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Motivation Secrets

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

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MY TOP TEN

1) have faith
2) walk daily (with dogs)
3) add frozen juice cubes to water
4) eat breakfast of protien, fruit/veg and oatmeal
5) declutter house (improves mood)
6) log on to SP daily
7) track food intake
8) garden
9) appreciate the weather
10) declare war on cravings...they are the enemy

- Submitted by GRAMMACATHY 3/26/2010 in Getting Started | 5 Comments

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Pictures are a Great Motivator!

Take pictures of yourself along your weight loss journey. You'll be able to see the little changes week by week or month by month and you will be so proud of yourself.

- Submitted by COCOMODEAN 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 2 Comments

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Stay Focused

I make sure to have diet or fitness reading materials at my fingertips to read during downtime or breaks. This helps with motivation, positive attitude, and problem resolution. Frequently these concepts translate to so many other areas of my life.

- Submitted by FUN2BAROUND 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 2 Comments

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Audio Books

I listen to audio books while working out. It makes me workout longer because I want to get to that next chapter. Then I have certain books I only listen to while at the gym so it gives me the motivation to go workout because I want to finish that book. emoticon

- Submitted by REBLAIR85 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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Find a Daily Cheerleader

Check in with someone every day to report progress, stalls, etc. Find someone completely supportive who will cheer you on! I found my cheerleader in a close coworker who I interact with all day long. She knows every part-pound and inch I've lost!

- Submitted by MAGPIE17 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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Act like a crazy person...preten
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your someone else and talk to yourself

Whenever I'm feeling a bit lackluster, I pretend that I'm someone else - someone that's IS motivated, and then I tell myself everything that I would tell another Sparker who is down and out.

I tell myself that I'm worth it. That it's about the journey and not about the destination.

- Submitted by NEWYORKORCHIDS 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 5 Comments

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Looking ahead

When you mess up, don't look back and beat yourself up. Look ahead and make a healthy choice now! Tell yourself you can make a better choice right now than you did before!

- Submitted by COURTENAYMOMMA 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 1 Comment

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Practice what you preach

I gain the majority of my motivation from helping and talking with others. I feel like I have to "practice what I preach." How can I help someone, if I'm not willing to do the same thing for myself. Knowing that I am helping others, inspires me to learn more and do better.

- Submitted by CHRIS-FIT4LIFE 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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Blessing or a Curse

When I am down I can either look at a situation as a blessing or a curse. If I look at it as a blessing, it lightens the situation and brings in more blessings

- Submitted by LEAHANNE1989 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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Smaller Goals!

I've found that creating smaller goals along the way has kept me motivated to hit my larger goal! I set weight loss goals of 15 lbs, every 3 months. As of today, I'm down 44lbs! It doesn't seem like such a challenge if I think about weight loss in increments of 15lbs.

- Submitted by BOWERSGTOSG 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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