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Motivation Secrets

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

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eat right to feel better

honestly staying away from fried foods and sweets in moderation I do feel better.

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Don't give up after a "mistake"

If you happen to eat a cookie, or have some fries, don't just say "I've blown it" and go back to your old ways. Look at it as a reward and move on. Exercise a little more that week or eat some extra veggies the next day. Don't give up on a new healthy way of eating because of a temptation!

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staying motivated

i have chosen to participate in one fitness event per month. helps me focus on training; helps structure my workouts and decreases my cravings to indulge

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Try each day like yesterday never happened

Having a bad day often turns into a bad weekend or even week. Always try you best each day, by taking small steps. Don't dwell on a bad day, but celebrate good ones(with 10 jumping jacks!)

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Weight Loss is not the Goal!

I realize that losing 71 pounds without leaning balance and without fitness is really a set up for maintaining that number on the scale. I am so glad to be SPARKED by someone on my spark page who shared with her similar journey and challenged me to go back and reframe my goal of fitness.

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Keeping on Track

To keep myself motivated, I buy one outfit that I really like that is 1 or 2 sizes too small for me, and I hang it up where I can see it every day. Then, when I fit into it, I feel great and it helps me to pass on the things that would side track me and take me longer to get where I want to be!

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My Ah-ha! Moment - A Victim No More!

It bothers me when people act as if they are victim of circumstance and blame their problems on others.

Today it dawned on me ... I do the SAME thing when blame not taking care of myself on lack of time or money or whatever. What a hypocrite!

*I* am in control of my own destiny!

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Imagine!!

When I think about "sneaking" that brownie or high calorie treat I quickly IMAGINE myself at my goal weight and in the new outfit I have picked out!!

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Active Spark People Participation

I have done the 'weight loss routine' for a really long time. Spark People has yielded the best results. It's good to sign up, but it's another thing to be an active participant. Join teams, get Spark Buddies, send Spark Email, read articles. Be an active participant and you will succeed!

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Picture Perfect

I am documenting my weight loss with photos. Every month I take a picture of myself so that when I reach my goal I can fan the pictures together to see my progress.

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