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Motivation Secrets

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

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Drinking Water

In order to drink my 8 glasses of water daily I fill up and drink a 24oz water bottle before or after each meal that way I know that I will be sure to get all 8 plus a little more in.

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Biggest Loser Contest

Start a BL contest at work! I'm in the 3rd one in 1 1/2 years and both times it's helped me raise the bar in my exercise plan and nutrition! Girls only at our work - 6 week time frame, weigh ins every 2 weeks, $20 participation fee. Highest %(70% of prize), Second highest % (20% of prize),

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Laughter

When I get a negative thought or feel another person's negative influence I watch You Tube! Animals are great fun! Kittens sneaking up on one another, dogs playing with children and my favorite....babies! Oh the faces they make when they have their first taste of peas or lemon! Babies dancing

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Say a mantra using a "quote" from a Spark Friend

Select a key phrase from a Spark friend's post, coment, blog, or message to you. It is conforting and motivating to say "friend's name" says "phrase" mantra. Example: . Ninjachef says You can do it.

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Keep on Keepin' On!!

If 1 egg in a dozen is cracked--do you throw out the entire carton? NO-- we save the rest and toss the one we can't use. Never allow one slip up ruin all the good you have done! Keep all your eggs and replace the new one with your next healthy choice! Perserverance is the KEY!! L

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Sparkpoints keep you accountable!

Try to earn as many sparkpoints a day as possible. I try to earn 100 points a day (the honest way - if i haven't drinked all 8 glasses of water don't say I have).

The more often you are on the site to get points the more likely you are interacting and participating with your lifestyle chang...

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losing weight

My weight watchers counselor motivates me to lose weight!

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Signals to stop eating

I brush and floss my teeth af the end of a meal which signals my brain that the kitchen is closed.

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Walk with confidence

There are times when we all feel "fat" and just want to hide from the world. At those times I force my self to dress up, Stand tall, Make eye contact, smile at others and walk with confidence. After a few minutes you will feel your own attitude change. It does take an effort but it is worth it

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Don't Try it Alone

I don't have an exercise buddy, but I've returned to exercising in a small gym with people who greet me as I enter, cheer as I go, and encourage me to return. After a year away, I'm returning to a lot of "Welcome backs". Their friendliness makes exercising more enjoyable.

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