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Motivation Secrets

How do you stay motivated and find inspiration to stick with your program?

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My quote to get me in shape

"I'm going to do what I don't want to do, to get to where I want to be" !

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Believe and Communicate

Believe in yourself, Keep in touch with others. Don't isolate yourself.

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I can do anything

I tell myself when I am running that I can do anything for 10 or 11 mins and I can finish my run strong!!!

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Compete with a friend.

If you're having trouble getting motivated alone, compete with a friend. Trying to out do someone in a friendly competition will push you to do more than you would on your own. Start here on Spark competing for points! Try kickin' it up a notch with the weekly loser buying lunch. Keep it friendly!

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Measurements...

Make sure you take measurements when you start out. The scale will stall at times... other times, it will lie! But even during your worst plateau, typically the tape measure will continue to shrink. Also, as you convert fat to muscle, your measurements will change to reflect all your hard work!

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Psyching Out The Cravings

The art of self-talk is a powerful tool, especially when it comes to handling food cravings. I came up with this mantra over 30 years ago and still use it today. "If I REALLY want to lose weight, I'll drink water instead." .

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Make every day your first day

Pretend you're starting over every morning. Forget about the past and start fresh. This helps keep you motivated and gives you momentum. Every day is a clean slate and it is up to you to make it a healthy day. Remember how enthusiastic you were starting out?

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earning spark points great motivator and learning tool !!!!!!!

Set A Goal For earning Daily Spark Points. Earning daily SPARK points is a GREAT way to be motivated! Set a goal to earn a minimum # of SPARK points each day. it will teach u and show u where the important things to do on spark so u get in a habbit of useing those things to stay on track and suceed

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Strike a Pose

Ever notice how so many celebrities seem to pose the same way in photos - they've learned the secret to instant sveltness. Simply angle one hip and leg forward, then turn your torso towards the camera. You will immediately look leaner and more poised.

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Do You Really Want to Carry This Around??

As I was putting my free weights away today, I was thinking how heavy they were. I used to carry more weight than that on my body ALL THE TIME! Crazy, isn't it? So next time you feel yourself slipping, pick up some free weights and ask yourself, do you want to carry this around all the time?

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