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Motivation Secrets

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

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Are We There Yet???

Don't continually look how far you still have to go in your journey to health. Remember to look back to remind yourself just how far you've come!! You may not be where you want to be yet, but you certainly aren't where you used to be!! And that's progress!

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Having a Buddy System

It is easier to get up at 5 am to workout when I know that my workout partner is counting on me to be there, since she got up that early too. Some mornings are tough because of a long, late night, with a sick child, late night grocery runs, working my second job, etc., but "she is waiting on me."

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Subscribe or share fitness magazines! (Or head to your local library!)

If you can afford it, subscribe to a fitness/health oriented magazine like Health, Women's Health, or Runner's World. They serve as a monthly reminder to stay on track, and I always find something new to motivate me to keep going! You can also share magazines with friends or go to your library!

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Family Support

I get my family members together on the weekend to help make meals and snacks for all "next week". Everyone walks away with their goodies and I get a refrigerator full of ready made snacks & frozen meals, which makes it easy to have something accessible, it cuts down cheating!

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Count Your Blessings

It is so easy on this journey to get down and frustrated, when this happens I remind myself how fortunate that I am. Weight is something that I can change, there are many people who face insurmountable obstacles that they can't change. I tell myself stop attending my own pity-party and get going!

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Listening

When I finally started to eat when my body said I was hungry and not when I was 'supposed to' I began to eat less and lose weight steadily.

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Changes

we are the only ones who can make changes, accept the responsibility, and everything falls into place.

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Do it Now

Weight loss only gets tougher as we get older. You will never again be as young as you are today, so go out and exercise and eat right. Don't put it off any longer.

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Friends

Friends can be your best motivation so keep them involved. Tell them your progress or throw a fitness party to show them you are serious! Good Luck.

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HELP

WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A PERSON THAT DOES 10 DIFFERENT THINGS A ONCE. I GO A MILE A MINUTE AND NEVER STOP AND STILL TRY TO DO MORE. THAT'S LIFE AND I LOVE IT. LAUGH AND BE HAPPY.

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