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

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Instead of reaching for the chips....

Instead of focusing on a life problem, it helps to get out and exercise, jog, go to the gym, put a video to work out at home. The problem won't disappear, only with focus on being positive for yourself, coping and resolution are conjured up. Exercise is the best arsenal stress relief.

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Motivating others by Reading their Blogs

I like to support my fellow sparkies by reading and responding to their blogs. When I get behind in this task, my weight stalls...I know when people respond to my blogs it helps me in my quest for better health and makes me take better care of myself. Support your spark friends...BLOG

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Excuses

Everytime I make an excuse to not be healthy and active. I write the excuse down and have a no excuse list. I post it so I can see how many times I try to weasel out. Example: excuse-can't afford gym well could I afford monthly rx because of bad health?

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List of Reasons

Make a small list of reasons why you want to lose weight and are willing to work hard toward that goal. Carry these reasons on a small piece of paper and bring with you where you can whip it out and read it at times when you need to remind yourself -like making a tough food choice.

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Achieveable

When beginning anything daunting, I always tell myself, this was designed to be done. And done well. And there's absolutely no reason why you can't succeed on this. Just move forward and do your best. It's achievable! Makes life a lot less intimidating.

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breakfast

Breakfast is my favorite because it is the first thing i accomplish for the day. It gets the ball rolling. By succeeding with my first goal I am more likely to succeed with my others..




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i seemed to have lost my spark today

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Just Dance

Put on a nice tune every morning and JUST DANCE. It gets me ready for the day and helps me enjoy life in the moment. Plus...it's an easy three minute exercise!

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Send motivating messages to yourself on spark appt calendar

I send messages to myself such as "Great job on tracking calories this week" or "I hope you walked yesterday, if so you go girl!, etc... On spark calendar put your message in appointments and it will be sent to you on the day you choose.

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TAKE IT BACK TO CHILDHOOD

I have a calendar that hangs where I can always see it (one at home & one at work) & I give myself a sticker for each day that I stick to my fitness streak. It sounds silly but it's great to see the colorful stickers & it makes me not want to see any blank days! There's a reason teachers use this!

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