Secrets of Success

Motivation Secrets

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

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Literally flushing the calories/fat away

At a Mother's Day brunch at work, I took a small sandwich that had turkey, swiss, lettuce, and tomato on it. I wanted to minimize my fat/calories so I removed the cheese. Not only did I remove it, I FLUSHED IT DOWN THE TOILET! For me, there was something very liberating/symbolic in doing this! :-)

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Spark Friends

Daily contact messages/notes from Spark Friends provides great motivation and encourgement Thanks

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Bad day? Log in anyway!

Even if you've eaten garbage all day, and you're feeling down on yourself, just log in. Collect your points, read articles, and remember why you're doing this. I always log in and it always helps me get back on track, even if I gorged on cookies at lunch!

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Use Visual Motivators

I made a vision board as suggested by SP and hung it by my bed. I then took a picture and printed off some smaller copies to hang around my house and work.

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Listen up.

Pay attention to positive things you hear and repeat as needed for support.

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Listen up.

Pay attention to positive things you hear and repeat as needed for support.

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Picture this

Put a picture of yourself at your heaviest with the words "Just say NO" on the refrigerator and post pictures of yourself as you want to look everywhere else in the house. When you see them, take a moment to visualize yourself as the leaner you.

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JOIN A COMMUNITY

No matter how I feel some times, my spark team is there to spur me on and cheer me up! Its one of the best well kept public secret in Sparkpeople!

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Lazy Trick!

When I don't want to do something, I spend some time reading the "Woohoo!" section on the message boards, or the success stories, or these secrets. I find that after 15 minutes or so I'm going "Well, they can do it, I can too." And then I get up and do it.

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Enjoying life

Whenever I think about giving up I think about my husband and son. I want to be able to enjoy everyday with them and not be burdened down by my weight. I want to hike trails with my husband and play ball with my little boy. I won't give up because I want to enjoy the life God has given me.

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