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

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set goals

Put up a reminder that you can see each day. Mark simple fitness goals that include moving more than usual. It helps to try and beat yourself. emoticon

- Submitted by WCATAP 3/25/2010 in Motivation | 2 Comments

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I'm NOT on a Diet!

Every "diet" that I have ever been on has failed me in maintaining the weight loss, long-term. Therefore, when I began here on SparkPeople I committed to changing my entire lifestyle to bring about weight loss, as a result of making the choice everyday to eat healthy and exercise for life!

- Submitted by GOKATHRYN 3/25/2010 in Motivation | 1 Comment

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Forgiveness

Whenever I make a mistake, which usually involves chocolate or ice cream, I take a few minutes to tell myself that it's alright and that I haven't done any permanent damage to myself.

- Submitted by SASKATIA 3/25/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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FRIENDS are the key!

My secret is meeting and greeting new friends emoticon !
On a regular basis, take the time to make new friends. Stop by their page, send them a goody or send them an email and let them know you care. They in turn motivate, encourage you and stop by to see how you are doing.

- Submitted by ANGELFMABV 3/25/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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Joining Challenges

One of my secrets has been to join team challenges and to make challenges for myself. Once I have committed to something, I am likely to stick to it. My favorite is the virtual trip I am on. I ride my stationary bike and log the miles. I'm visiting all of the NASCAR tracks. It makes my ride fun.

- Submitted by QUADCMOM 3/25/2010 in Motivation | 1 Comment

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Set a Challenging Goal

In order to motivate myself to workout regularly I have to have something specific and challenging to shoot for. This year it's a 200-mile, one-day bike ride in MN. The goal has to be attainable but only with hard work. This helps me so much every year.

- Submitted by MNCYCLIST 3/25/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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Make a Motivational Board/Wall!

Looking at pictures, phrases and words which represent my goals, wants, dreams or needs helps keep me motivated! You can add to it as you go, or compile it all at once!

- Submitted by GOZEKIGRL 3/25/2010 in Motivation | 5 Comments

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im a good person, people like me

talking to myself...does anyone remember the character stuart smiley, from saturday night live? well if yer as old as i am you do, it was al franken and he was so funny, but, i think of him, and i say, im a good person, and doggonit, ppl like me!!!

- Submitted by SOFT_VAL67 3/25/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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Do It For Me

In the past, I tried losing weight for different reasons, and usually those reasons revolved around what other people wanted. This time, though, I am motivated by my own desire to be healthy. That doesn't mean you do it alone - I couldn't be successful without the support my friends and family.

- Submitted by SUMMAHFRUTE 3/25/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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sparkly stickers

I use stickers on my calendar to keep me motivated. A lady bug for doing my minimum of exercise, A fish for drinking my water and a butterfly for each pound lost. It gives a great visual of how you are doing. I like sparkly stickers.

- Submitted by BUNNYSPAL 3/25/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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