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Motivation Secrets

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

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Staying out of the cupboards

When the urge to over eat sets in the first thing I do is put cream on my hands. The greasy feeling keeps me from wanting to touch food. Also I don't want to taste the cream while eating.
Hope this little trick works for you too.

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Discouragement to Encouragement

On days where you feel discouraged and blue, just take a 15 minute stroll through a local park, around a lake, or along a stream. Your discouragement will be turned into encouragement, and the blues turned into smiles.

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Inspiration to get you moving in song

This song can push me when I am ready to stop or push me when I don't want to exercise. "Put One Foot in Front of the Other"

Put one foot in front of the other
And soon you'll be walking cross the floor
Put one foot in front of the other
And soon you'll be walking out the door

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Celebrate Life

Any day above ground is a GOOD DAY !!!!!

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today

its beautiful out. time for a walk

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"GETTING INTO THE SWIM OF THINGS" Exercise in Bed!

Lie CROSSWAYS OF BED on stomach hands over head arms by ears really stretch Lift head upper torso hold - breathe deep count to 30 relax count to 10 repeat THIS TIME alternate flex/point toes, repeat THIS TIME alternate feet flex/point toes repeat THIS TIME rotate ankles! Roll to back/up slowly!

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Keep the end Goal in mind!

When I feel like retreating back to old habits... late night mindless eating.... I go to sparks people and review my nutrition tracker tool. It usually shows I am in my goal or slightly over so if I really want to be healthy I should forget about snacking!

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"EAT, DRINK, BE MERRY - FOR TOMMOROW YOU (DON'T) DIE(T)!!!

Do the math! IF Eat n calorie range+exercise=deficit=lose weight! AND drink 9 cups ice water 7 days/wk BURNS Calories. Eat Drink Be Merry THEN Lose 1 Pound per week just Drinking Ice Water!

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Encourage Others

Encouraging others helps you stay motivated. Even when I'm not doing so great with my healthy eating and fitness, I found that sharing my experiences and encouraging others helped me to keep going. Reading the blogs of others often helps me refocus.

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'MINE...NOT MINE!'

In real world, I am sooo strapped for cash I can seldom give the gifts I wish to give. In cyber-world, I can!
I experience the joy of earning & saving them Taking a virtual gift giving shopping spree. Stupendous! Afterward, I feel TREMENDOUS!

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