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Motivation Secrets

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

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TAKE IT BACK TO CHILDHOOD

I have a calendar that hangs where I can always see it (one at home & one at work) & I give myself a sticker for each day that I stick to my fitness streak. It sounds silly but it's great to see the colorful stickers & it makes me not want to see any blank days! There's a reason teachers use this!

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Be Patient--All good things are worth waiting for!

It is true--if it is worth having or doing, it is worth waiting for. We have to plan and organize vacations, weight losses, a healthy lifestyle, summer break...It is important to take your time and do these things well.

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Conquering Fear

You can conquer almost any fear if you will make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn't exist anywhere except in the mind. Dale Carnegie

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Never Give Up

If I get the attitude to never give up, I succeed.

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Just Warm Up

On days when I don't feel motivated to workout, I decide to at least take the time to do a low-impact workout (like walking). I find that once I start warming up, I become energized and can complete my originally planned exercise!

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Get rid of your old clothes when they get too big!

I find that if I either give away to a friend or charity my clothes that are now too big for me, it gives me the incentive not to get that big again. Why? (see next paragraph)

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Never Give Up

"Never give up! Never surrender!"

This is a quote from a really stupid-funny flick called Galaxy Quest. Every time I think of it, it makes me laugh and reminds me of a truism at the same time.

My life is at stake here, and I will not give up nor will I surrender!!

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Yay Mom!

If you are like me there are things you have to do that you don't like to do. For me it used to be housework. I hated it. And who ever says "thanks for cleaning the toilet"? So one day I came in to my family and said "I am going to say I did something & after, I want you to yell "Yay Mom!".

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Your Choice...

Something that Jay Carroll said on Celebrity Fit Club...Not quite word for word, but what he said has motivated me. He said that everyday was your choice...That motivates me and I have lost one pant size so far.

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Never give up

Life has blips. Never give up. Keep your eye on the prize. Keep moving forward.

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