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Motivation Secrets

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

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Use the Planner!

A very cool feature, the planner found under "tools" can be used for email reminders of appointments. Don't just think "doctor" or "dentist"...schedule daily reminders to get up and move!

- Submitted by MGJARVI 3/26/2010 in Using SparkPeople | 0 Comments

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Getting my daily fruits in

I make fruit smoothies for breakfast a lot. An orange, banana and a couple of handfuls of strawberries and you've knocked out a bunch of fruits for the day. Add yogurt and you've just added a great little a protein boost!

- Submitted by REBHUCH 3/26/2010 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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Spaghetti Substitute

I am on a low carb diet. I found Dreamfield Spaghetti. This spaghetti tastes great and does not raise your blood sugar levels like regular pasta. When I am tired of eating spaghetti sqash and just need pasta, this is a good choice for me. If your stores don't have it, order from the net.

- Submitted by MOJOONE 3/26/2010 in Healthy Eating | 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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Determined to Just Say NO

Since making the decision to eat healthy and lose weight I've had co-workers bombard me with goodies. I politely decline but they don't take no for an answer. So I simply take the treats & put them out of sight then later give them away. I am determined to not allow others to undermine my health!

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

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power of the mind

This is a mind game that we play, and we can beat the system or be a victim. We must choose the correct side to win. It is a constant and daily choice to the healthier, happier, and honorable lifestyle. It's forever, but the daily choice prevents a lazy attitude where a "bite doesn't matter.

- Submitted by NEWLY_IMPROVED 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 3 Comments

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Mind Games

When I am out eating with buddies and the temptations become overwhelming, I start counting how many "things" people are eating. Like corn fritters or nacho bites. It is not to be disrepectful to them, but to help me get through that moment.

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

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Focus on something else!

When I feel my motivation slipping, I focus on doing something not related to my healthy lifestyle, but still good overall. For example, getting my house in order, mail sorted, laundry done and folded, lawn mowed, and dishes done does WONDERS for getting my mind set back on working out and burning c

- Submitted by _TRIXIE_ 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 6 Comments

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good sparkfriends are a MUST

I find that just creating a group of friends on spark-- who you can root for and who you know have your back-- is the BEST part of my success. Because sometimes you need to be accountable to more than just yourself, and sometimes you want to inspire that friend who *really* needs it.

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

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How I stay motivated

The first thing is to know that you have a problem, when you figure that out, get determined to change the problem. I couldn't do without SP. Anther website I like to go to is www.cozi.com. There I can write a to do list and mark off when I've done it. Then see the results of your progress.

- Submitted by MISTYSMOM06 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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