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Motivation Secrets

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

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Never give up..

Just when you think your going to give up.. Think about what it is you want out of this and that always helps me keep going!

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SparkGroups & SparkBuddies make a huge difference!

If you have a success or a challenge, they are right there with you on your journey. That support keeps your personal motivation for positive action strong!

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Celebrate the Small Stuff

Starting on this journey can be overwhelming. It's best to start small, and set yourself achievable goals. Every day, find something to celebrate - even if it's as seemingly small as tracking all your calories on a hectic day!

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Happy

Read an email from the gentleman that I have seen a couple of times and he is going to see me again. Just because you are older doesn't mean you can't go out and enjoy someone else's company dining, talking, dancing or whatever entertainment you go to during dates.
Pure, clean relationships,

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Pedometer

I've found that since I purchased my pedometer i've been more active. Always looking forward to increasing my steps! Even at the office, it's helped me!!!

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Keeping Goals

Visualizing goals is a great way to start achieving them. I write all my goals down on separate pieces of paper on a notebook with space to write my goals and what I achieved...When you look back and see how much you were able to do it's great motivation to keep going!

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Never Lose Sight

Sitting because of a recent surgery, I refuse to forget that I must lose weight. Although exercise is out of the question, at least, I can watch what food goes into the mouth. One thing I have learned is that WE are in control of our destiny. if exercise goes down, then we must lower the calories.

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Task-Specific Clothing

Having fun, good quality gear for specific tasks really motivates me. This healthy new lifestyle involves a lot of activities that are either new or renewed and having the right clothes really helps.

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My Knees

I visualize me doing more things by loosing this weight and decreasing the pressure/stress that I have already put on my knees. "Baby steps"..slow and steady, if I mess up..no time to beat myself up about it.. get back on task.

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Dont ruin it for yourself !

Instead of thinking "Oh I'm on a diet I have to starve myself or eat foods I dont like " Stop ! Eat everything you like within moderation and stick too it ! And make sure you have a treat once a week to celebrate your recent success and this will then motivate you to carry on your diet the next week...

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