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Motivation Secrets

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

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Get your partner involved

It's always helpful to have someone to share activities with. A friend, boyfriend/girlfriend or husband/wife. If they are involved with you they will keep you going when you can't muster the motivation yourself.

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Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life

Dr. Wayne Dyer wrote a book entitled 'Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life.' We don't get what we want. We don't get what we need. We don't even get what we believe. We get where our attention goes. We need to focus on fit, not fat, for permanent change.

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Become your #1 fan

No one should believe in you more than you!

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Take a PICTURE--It Lasts LONGER in your MIND for Your GOAL WEIGHT!

I know I NEED MUCH MOTIVATION for reaching ANY goal,but particularly for LOSING WT. to reach my GOAL WT.! I had waited to take a picture[probably TOO LONG] in my quest for motivational"therapy",but I had lost lbs. before...just not THIS MUCH---so, when I was happy with my appearance{but DON"T let..

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The Spark on audio

I listen to Chris Downie reading "The Spark" on my ipod while I clean house!
It's not so easy to entertain negative thoughts after a dose of The Spark.



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My Motivational Speakers

Using Spark People and blogging every day keeps me motivated when I get the support I need.

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Be thankful for what you can do

My friend is having to bury her 3 yr old child this week. DON'T make excuses about not being able to exercise or be healthy. Instead be thankful for the body you have and the chance you have to make it better! It's much better than the alternative!

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work out

i always remind myself when i am working out either on the treadmill, swimming, walking or working in the yard...if this were easier it would be called "easy out" instead of work out. for whatever reason this usually brings a smile to my face and i finish.

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family get-together

When there is a meal at a family get-together, I don't stay around the food. Then I'm not tempted to try something or pick at anything. It saves me a lot of calories.

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NO is an acceptable answer to cravings..

I find it more empowering to let my NO stay as NO when tempted with food after my calories are spent for the day. It's a battle of the will and the one that grows is the one used the most. Saying NO and sticking to it does get easier as you do it more.

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