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Motivation Secrets

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

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Keep some jeans...

Instead of getting a new pair of jeans which are still too tight to wear and make them your goal, keep a pair of your old jeans! It is so much nicer and more motivating to see how big those have become instead of seeing that you still don't fit into the new ones.

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Get Professionally Fitted!

Next time you need new gear, like sneakers, a bike helmet, or sport's bra, get a professional fitting! You'll get the best gear for your body, expert advice for your goals, and the extra time/$ will motivate you to make the most of your investment! You'll always want to show off your great gear!

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My Mom

Growing up my Mom never exercise, I use that as my motivation too exercise. Because I see what she is going through now because of her lack of exercise.

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When I don't feel like exercising--I exercise because I can pull a reward card out of my special gift bag

On those days when I honestly don't feel like exercising, I motivate myself by pulling a reward card out of the special gift bag AFTER I have done my exercising. It keeps me going and I know there are some neat little things I can treat myself to.

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Most Important Person

This journey is about the most important person in your life - you. If you don't care for yourself, you can't care for anyone else. Love for others begins with loving yourself.

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My Child

My child is my motivation. If I give her a healthy diet I should do the same for myself. We eat our fruits together. After a workout I have more energy to play with my daughter. To be active and healthy with my children is all the motivation I need. Oh yeah and my wedding dress I have to fit in!

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The Secret of Success

LOVE, for who you are, what you can become and where you are RIGHT NOW!!

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Find a workout buddy

On days when I don't feel like exercising, it helps to know that someone is counting on me to be there.

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Truth

If you think you can or you think you can't, you're right!

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Set Goals Without Numbers Too

It is important to have small goals not related to weight or clothing size. You can exercise your mind and body and it makes this journey fun! For example, I am learning to cook with every item in the produce section of the grocery store. I am also trying to get more involved with team sports!

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