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Motivation Secrets

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

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Join a team goal

Join a team goal and make sure you stick with it. Check with your team daily for inspiration!!

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OMRON HJ-112

Great motivator, ever since I got mine, it's really easy to track steps, mileage and time for the aerobic walks. Plus since I got it, I've really been able to keep up my 10,000 steps easily. All my others have either died very quickly or I was constantly resetting the steps

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Feel Crappy? Volunteer!

Whenever I'm having a pity party for whatever reason, I volunteer at an orphanage here in Saigon. There is nothing better for helping give perspective, sort out my mood, and keeping me filled with gratitude.

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Get Yourself a Reward at SparkStore

Buy yourself a tee shirt from the SparkStore in 1 size smaller and post on fridge door as a goal. It is the reward when you reach that goal. And if you buy now over $29.99 you get a free Eco Friendly tote. My goal reward is the pink Fitness in Progress tee.

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A New Day

My focus is: Today is a new day. Today I will exercise, follow my eating plan and enjoy the day. What has happened in the past, stays in the past. Today is what I will focus on.

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Daily Intake of Water

I like drinking water out of pretty glasses. It helps to keep me motivated and filling it up again and again.

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My secrets to staying Motivated

I stay positive by posting different quotes around the house and office.
some of my go to ones are....
Fall seven times, get up eight." - Japanese Proverb
"Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish." - John Quincy Adams
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Winning The Prize

When your motivation gets low, sit down & make a list of everything you are gaining by continuing to work towards your goal. And make it personal: Great health; no medical bills; can play w/the kids; look great; run w/o getting winded; get a date; dance; make friends jealous, etc.

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Reward Myself

I have a 'piggy bank' for SP goals - for every 500 fitness minutes and/or every pound lost, I put $1 in the bank. When I get enough...I buy myself something extra - like a massage or luxury bubble bath!

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Positive Passwords

I updated my passwords on my computer at work to include words like "getfit", "health", "walk2day", etc. Since I have to type each one at least once a day, it keeps my goals at my fingertips (literally!). It's alittle thing but I think subconsciously it is helping.

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