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Motivation Secrets

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

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Motivation Techniques

When you don't feel like doing your workout, put on your workout clothes anyway. Just putting them on will oftentimes be enough to psychologically perk you up and get you moving. It works for me when I feel too tired for a run.

- Submitted by GLADGAD 3/28/2010 in Motivation | 1 Comment

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I'm only Human

I had to realize I'm only human, which means I'm not perfect. And no matter how hard I fall I will always pick myself up and start again. You can always do a do over...just don't give up.

- Submitted by GNAIN480 3/28/2010 in Motivation | 4 Comments

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Self motivator

We can each choose one, only one target per week as long as it takes to wrap ourselves around that target. Once firmly tackled for at least 2 weeks, add another.

Example: I will only concentrate on doing ten leg lifts X3 daily. I can do this while sitting. Have at it!!!!!!

- Submitted by 1THING 3/28/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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Try on those clothes that are too tight

Every day I try on something that doesn't fit me the way it used to. Not being able to zip up one of my favorite dresses - that I wore only just a few years ago - is all the motivation I need to stay on track!
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- Submitted by GOLDDUSTWOMAN51 3/28/2010 in Motivation | 2 Comments

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Spark People has been my lifesaver. Logging on everyday and reading all the info the site has to offer, articles, recipes, blogs, etc has kept me motivated. The support from the members here is AMAZING and they help keep me on track!

- Submitted by ANIKA34 3/28/2010 in Motivation | 1 Comment

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Ice Cream motivation

Ice cream is the one thing that I think "I can't live without". I save ~170 calories so that I can have a 1/2 cup of ice cream as a treat (everyday) and the little things that come up throughout the day (like cookies at work) don't look as good, knowing that I get to enjoy ice cream w/o cheating.

- Submitted by ANGELAMIK 3/28/2010 in Motivation | 2 Comments

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Friendly motivation

Knowing I will meet a friend in real life at 50 pounds is what is helping me along!!

- Submitted by LOVETOCROCHET5 3/28/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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Family Secret

My best secret is having my daughter in the program with me. We work together and keep each other motivated.

- Submitted by FAIRY_GRANDMA 3/28/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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Challenge someone

I have challenged a girlfriend and that keeps the spirit going

- Submitted by LOLEMA 3/28/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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Give someone a Thumbs up!

When you are out and about weather it be driving someplace or walking, give another runner/walker a thumbs up or tell them great job. emoticon

- Submitted by RD03875 3/28/2010 in Motivation | 2 Comments
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