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Motivation Secrets

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

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Don't focus on the outcome, focus on the journey!

We get too focused on tracking, weighing, shopping cooking, etc... That is all good. But when we don't reap our reward we become discouraged. Don't focus on the reward. Rather focus on the accomplishments that you are making. Doing the right thing because it is the right thing to do.

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Keep an attitude of gratitude!

We all go through times of sitting on the pity pot, often when we stray from healthy eating. How many times have you felt that way?

Keeping a gratitude journal is a great way to change your perspective and learn to appreciate the many small miracles & focus on what's right in your life.

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Overcoming obstacles

The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it. —Moliere

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Tell A Friend ! Tell The World !!

Every time I say the words "I'm losing weight" it gives me an inner feeling of accomplishment and encouragement to continue. A Side benefit is that people around me don't question it when I pass up a food they think I should try.

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Yes you can!

You can do this! You can accomplish your goals because you are no different from those who have already done it. Just take that next step.

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Getting started

When I have a hard time starting tasks I dislike, I put on motivational music. I created a playlist in Windows Media Player. The playlist acts as motivation and a time clock. When the music is off, I'm done. Generally this will get me so motivated I can keep working at tasks I dislike.

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I exercise everyday for being stronger not only for today but for tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Join a CHALLENGE!!!!

Another way to motivate myself into getting into a healthier habit, is to join a challenge! I have read in our SP articles that when OTHER PEOPLE are involved with what YOU are doing, it helps BOTH!! And especially if it is a FRIEND !! I need to get more SLEEP!!! So,to motivate myself and ...

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Find a Friend

Find a friend whos' goals are similar to yours. A workout and food buddy is a great way to stay on track and motivated.

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MIni Goals

I have a goal weight that I eventually want to get to, but having mini sub-goals in between helps me realize what I am accomplishing on my journey instead of looking at my goal like it's so far away.

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