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

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Count Your Blessings

I count my blessings when I take my morning walk.

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Dress to Impress

Not just other people but yourself.... If your clothes are too big for you, dont wear them. You'll feel frumpy. Putting on a smaller size can be such a huge motivation. You have that voice in your head telling you 'I'm in a smaller size- the effort is paying off!.

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Good day? Reward yourself. Bad day? Donate to charity

I have two accounts: one in which I deposit $ when I achieve my daily goals, and another in which I deposit $ when fall seriously short of my goals. The 1st account is used for a splurge - eg new earrings. The 2nd gets donated to charity periodically. Donating $ turns a bad day into a good one.

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My Wedding Ring; my reminder

My motivation is my wedding ring, I know I was in trouble a month ago when I could not wear my engagement and wedding ring. What makes it worst, it is my silver wedding this year. Something tangible and close to the heart is the best reminder!!

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Love your body and it will love you back!

Would you love someone who didn't love you in return? Think about it the next time you feed yourself junk, didn't exercise and hated the reflection you see in the mirror. Try telling yourself how much you love YOU and act accordingly. You would be amazed at the results!

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Won't someone thing of the children???

I use my children as my motivation. I want to continue to be the mom that is able to run and play with my kids and I want them to see me making healthy lifestyle choices.

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Work out clothes

I was told today at exercise class that I needed to get a smaller size clothes before the ones I had on, fall off. They were kidding about them falling off but it was good to hear.

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My summer clothes is my motivator.

I was going through the closet and putting away winter clothes and took out summer clothes...I thought ..they look small...then I put them up against my body and I had an inch on either side where the shirt did not fit...I am keeping that shirt out and using it as my main motivator

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MUSIC

I LISTEN TO MY FAVORITE MUSIC WHILE RIDING THE STATIONARY BIKE AND TELLING MYSELF THAT I CAN DO IT...AND THAT IT IS ONLY FOR A FEW MORE MINUTES...EVEN IF I JUST STARTED....

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You can do it!

As annoying as I find Tony Little's repeated, "You can do it!" on his videos... I remind myself every morning that I CAN do it!

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