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Motivation Secrets

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

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The Bathroom

Everytime I have to pee I re-fill my water bottle!

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Easy visual and reminder

I have a calendar on my fridge, and everytime I exercise, I put up a happy face on it... So everytime I go to open the door of the fridge, it's a reminder that I have been doing great so far, so I just don't open that door and get tempted!

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Own it!

Instead of saying things like "things at work are too busy", "the kids schedule is too much", therefore I don't have time to eat healthy or exercise, use phrases like 'I will schedule time', or 'I will find healthful food choices'. Your language and self-talk affect your attitude and commitment!

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Money motivated

For every pound I lost, I put $5 in an envelope in a bureau drawer. If I gained a pound, out came the $5. I never "borrowed" from it. I only put in money when a whole pound was lost. When I reached goal I had enough to treat myself and my new body to a day at a spa!

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