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How do you achieve and maintain a positive outlook?

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Give yourself a boost!

If you are feeling depressed, or tempted to overeat, log on to SP, and leave positive messages or blog comments for ten random people who aren't on your friends list. By the time you've finished, some of the positivity you left will have rubbed off on you! :o)

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Mantra

When having a craving, I remind myself that nothing tastes as good as weight loss feels...and then I go for a walk in the fresh air. Being outside in the sunshine away from temptation helps.

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Positive Music Keeps Me POSITIVE and MOTIVATED!!!

I listen to positive music to keep me motivated! Affirmative messages that pop into my head when I need them most - positive music is the best! See more info below on how to find positive music. I make my own CDs for my morning commute - songs that inspire me and get me going!

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Making Decisions

Ther will always be a time when you have to say "no". Understand that this means to yourself as well. Don't take on more than you can chew. If you ask a question, be mindful that the answer can fall either direction, These things are a part of growing up!

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Monthly Awards and SparkStreaks

I LOVE getting the spark people awards in my email and on my sparkpage at the end of the month and seeing the number of weeks of my SparkPeople fitness streak increasing!

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Honesty

Sometimes when the scale does not move nor your dress/pants size you have to figure out if it is a plateau or you. Always be honest with yourself as the honesty is not for the other people but for you.

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Compose Healthy Lyrics To Your Favorite Songs

I love all kinds of music and listen to a variety throughout the day. I like to have fun when some of my fave tunes come on and sing along - but make up my own healthy lyrics. It's funny, but my brain seems to absorb healthy thoughts faster this way through music.

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Loving me

I have worked and am stilling very hard to learn who I am, and to define my value not by what I weigh and/or what I eat.
Working to remove negative messages in my mind, and replace them with positives.

This has done so much for me, especially by keeping away the obsessive/compulsive behavi...

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Write... Not Eat!

When I am putting my thoughts and feelings on paper, I'm not eating... I'm getting out what's eating me instead!

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Mr T

My son has lost 100+ pounds and one of his tricks is when he is tempted to overeat or not exercise he has his Mr. T voice talk to him. It is funny and effective!

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