Secrets of Success

Motivation Secrets

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

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when I feel defeated

When I feel like giving up I put on clothes that did not fit me in the past. Like a part of jeans or a shirt/blouse you saved and can wear again. I have 2 pairs of jeans I kept for 5 years, hoping some day I could get in them. Now I can!!! I put them on and look at myself and say, YOU CAN DO THIS!!!

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bowling

Bowled a 183 with a 138 average and we won 3 games. Walked 15000 steps and a lot at the bowling lane about a 1000.

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Go Sparkin'.

Feel encouraged to make full use of all that SparkPeople has to offer. Just go to the SparkPoints page and do those things on the list that you are able to. We're traveling down the same road.

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inch by inch, it's a cinch.

I always measure myself weekly, because even if I don't lose weight in a particular week, I often lose in the inches department. This always makes me feel successful!

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Be Positive

Just having the right frame of mind can help people to obtain their goals. Make a list of things that positive and negative with your weight eg. Then see which is out weigted. If there are too many negative find positives that and help increase an final positve outlook on your goals.

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Loving You, Goals

Listen to your loved ones ideas for goals for you. They might have an idea from a different perspective that would be helpfult to you. This is by invitation only.

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Work Out Playlist

The right music can keep you focused and on track while working out. For me, I spent a good hour going through all my music and deciding which songs were at the proper pace for my workout speed. After that, I arranged the music in a way that would motivate me while I workout at the gym.

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Visualize!

I visualize...focusing in on a single body part which, for me is usually my belly because I want a fit flat belly so badly. I close my eyes and can see myself as the FIT version of me, I WILL be! I get excited and motivated by seeing this image in my mind; I'm ready to go out to make it happen!

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Morning Workouts

Get up at the same time everyday. If it's a running day, run. If it's not - do something else productive around the house. This keeps my sleeping patters consistent and makes it easy to get up for my workouts!

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One step at a time

Don't try and change everything in your life all at once. Choose one or two things and work on those. When you have that under control, add something else. You build on your successes one step at a time to become a well rounded and healthy person.

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