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Motivation Secrets

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

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No multiple choice

I don't give myself a multiple choice for the day. Only one choice ever: stay with my program today!

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I talk to myself...

I tell myself I'm beautiful everyday.

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challenge of today

My challenges today will be my successes tomorrow.

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Staying Grounded

Staying aware or grounded. Not to let life's daily business distract me from taking the steps to take care of myself.

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Schedule!

Each week I write down a weekly schedule hanging on a dry erase board next to my couch (so on my lazy days I know its staring right at me). I write down all the things I have to do (like work and appointments) and schedule all my workouts, including the times.

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Constantly Remind Myself of Goal

I constantly have a picture in my head of how awesome I will look and feel when I reach my goal weight. It also helps to have the bragging rights of exercising and eating well all of the time.

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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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