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Motivation Secrets

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

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Clothes Shopping

When you feel your motivation waning, go clothes shopping. You'll either be pleasantly surprised at what size you fit into, or you will see how far you still have to go to reach your goals. A little reality check, either positive or negative, can be a good thing and really keep you motivated.

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Cheer Yourself On

This might sound funny, but I actually have a cheer for myself that I often say in the shower. The power of positive thinking does seem to work. The cheer is:
Go, metabolism, go (go, go, go)
Go, metabolism, go!
You know what to do
You can work it out
Go, metabolism, go (go, go, go)

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positive attitude

Keeping a positive attitude is the best way to keep motivated.

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I Want to Pass On the Torch

"Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have finally got a hold of, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations."

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come along with me..

Having my fiance go out and play sports with me like tennis, or go to my aquatic fitness classes really gets me motivated to get out of the house and work towards my goals.

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Love your body- "Somebody does"

Everyone wants to lose weight, i know. Today, i was complaining about how much i eat and need to cut back, and a total stranger told me, " You look great, be thankful that you even have an appetite to eat, I wish my wife did, but she is dying from cancer".

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measure yourself

I have been setting my goals on weight loss not size, i have still only lost 20 lbs (I shouldnt say only cuz I am happy with it.) but have lost 11.5 inches overall

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Accomplish Weighloss by Finding Your Self Worth

Its hard to alter your lifestyle if you don't think you are worth the effort. Take time every day to write down good things about yourself and the good things you do daily. It doesn't matter if they are physical, mental or spiritual. The deeper you dig, the more you will find you are worthy!

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Motivated by Truth

I enter my daily walk BEFORE I do it. It would horrify me to remove it, and I can't lie about it, so once it's entered, it's guaranteed to get done!

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Help yourself by helping others

Find ways to help others whether it is here on SP on the message boards or teams or in your local community. By doing for others you can feel better about yourself and you take your focus away from dieting.

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