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Motivation Secrets

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

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Eating What You LIKE

In previous dieting endeavors, I would pour over the internet looking for recipes, and try new foods. Inevitably, this process wore me out, till I fell off the diet wagon, yet again. It took so much mental energy to find "different" foods to eat that eating healthfully became too much of a chore.

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40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday

When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday...

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Persistence pays off

Everything I have achieved through persistence but not stubbornness. First you have to set a goal that meets the following criteria:

Specific
Measurable
Achievable
Realistic
Time limited

So, for my goal, I have established a goal to weigh no more than 198 by July 7, 2017. ...

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If its worth it, it wont be easy

Hard work pays off. If it's easy then it won't be worth it, so challenge yourself to do more today. Don't give up just because you're intimidated or you don't believe you're capable. Push yourself. Better yourself. Do the most you can do and do more! Drink one more glass of water, smoke one less cig...

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Sharing the Journey -- Accountability Partners

Nothing keeps me on track, positive and motivated like having someone to be accountable to! Whether it's a group here on SP, a challenge team, or a fitness buddy from work or church, (or all of the above) doesn't matter. But it's got to be somebody who is facing a similar challenge and who's commit...

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I GOT THE MUSIC IN ME!

I know some days are easier than others to get the mojo going!!! Whatever MOVEMENT you choose is BETTER than none...so pick something you LOVE, keep on doing it until you get comfortable, then challenge yourself to accomplish even more...all the while, with a beat!!! Whatever music you choose will h...

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Staying motivated through the weight loss "plateaus"

So you finally get motivated to lose that extra weight. You set a goal of losing about two pounds per week and track your weight loss on SparkPeople. You're feeling good because you're seeing progress.

Then you hit a plateau. All of a sudden, you stop losing weight. The needle on the scale w...

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The Finish Line

Today at work, I saw this saying on a program participant's T-shirt: "There is no finish line!" The shirt was a brilliant orange with an abstract design behind the quote. Orange is a stimulating color so it caught my eye right away!

The young man passed me by so quickly (he was on his way to ...

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My Chocolate Reward System

My motivation secret is CHOCOLATE. I buy the darkest chocolate bars I can find, preferably those that are divided into tiny squares.

After I do my exercise for the day, I SLOWLY eat a tiny bit of the chocolate, savoring each morsel.

My weightloss really took off after I started lo...

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Listing your goals on a bookmark

I love reading, so I have created a bookmark with all my weight goals/rewards and also has my pledge for what I want in life. This way I see my goals every night before going to bed and it helps keeps me focus on what is important and I take a little time to think on what I am going to do tomorrow t...

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