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

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Changing my wardrobe as the weight comes off!

Once a month I try on every thing in my closet. Anything baggy or saggy goes either to charity or a large size consignment shop. I then purchase one or two new items and make sure they are a big snug so will fit for a few months. Very motivating as I shrink!

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My mantra

'Weight loss is a gift that I give myself. " Eating well and exercising is the way that I take care of myself-not a punishment. I deserve to lose weight, and to care for myself.

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Keep you mind in game

No matter what the scale shows, if you know in your mind that you are following the right path, you will have the motivation you need to make it to another day. We need to learn to not stress over the numbers and learn how to applaud the journey. We will make to the end and get healthy and fit.

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Did the scales get you down?

Weigh and post your ticker with consistency, even if it shows a gain. Remember, its only numbers, but that's when we need support and encouragement more than ever. How can we get support if others don't know we need it? Let's all support each other always.

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Challenging, yet reasonable, Pedometer goal

Wear your pedometer for a week and honestly assess how many steps is a reasonable goal. You're trying to improve your level of fitness, not overwhelm yourself with the challenge.

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Co workers

Get your co workers to join SP!!

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Argue with thine self or win

For the amount of time we spend arguing with ourselves whether or not we are going to get up and exercise, we could have been UP exercising. In that TEN minutes of arguing we COULD'VE been doing 10 minutes of dancing to music, a walk, some crunches or leg lifts.

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Be Your Own Motivator!

When you enter comments into your food and fitness journals or blogs, always write about the positives! Then when you're feeling blue or beaten down... who is a better motivation for you than YOURSELF? Go back and read over these positive entries and get re-amped!

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Lay out clothes

I lay out my exercise clothes the night before I plan to work out. In the morning, I literally have to step over the clothes to get up. Not working out becomes the hurdle, instead of working out.

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Make a change today

If you've fallen short on one or more of your goals (as I have), instead of beating yourself up, make a change today. Even if you've fallen short on several, pick one today and intentionally meet it. That may inspire you to meet another. Soon your intentional thinking has you back on track.

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