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Staying Positive Secrets

How do you achieve and maintain a positive outlook?

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Remember it's a marathon, not a sprint.

I find that in this fast paced world we often want the Quick Fix approach, and life is not like that. By reminding myself that life is a journey and not a destination, or my mantra now "it's a marathon, not a sprint'... it helps keep me focussed and stay positive, even when i don't meet every goal!

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Where to focus

It's not always about losing pounds on the scale, we need to focus also on other triumphs, like losing inches or an improved resting heart rate! Keep going!

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Thinking only Good thoughts

Trying to think of only good thoughts, keeps me happier.

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SP Calendar = Motivation

I was feeling like a slacker lately (long weekend, not tracking) and one look at my Spark People Calendar showed me that was NOT the case. It really is motivating to see all my fitness minutes, calories tracked & SP points all in one place - really gives you the BIG PICTURE!!!

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One day at a time

We all falter at some point - but we need to focus on one day at a time - Get up learn from your mistakes and keep going

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Mental Manipulation

When you have a setback, & you feel disgusted/depressed at yourself, STOP. Take the feeling of disgust and make that feeling into a feeling of DETERMINATION. In the past I let it ruin my progress,But now I just look at the number on the scale and say to myself: I've come too far to RUIN my efforts!

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Movie Time

When I feel down I tend to watch 1 of my 3 favorite movies of all time. Remember the Titans, Lean on Me, or The Sandlot. Each one always leaves me feeling good and ready to go to the next task!

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Share you concerns

Reaching out to others do make a difference in your outlook.

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splurging isn't all bad

I thought I really blew it over memorial week end by eating chips, cookies, brownie, and cake. But I did walk and drank lots of water. I was shocked, I only gained a fraction of a pound. So, once in a while splurge isn't all bad.

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Small Steps

Feeling overwhelmed and losing discipline can be hard to rebound from. I start back when I'm sluggish by a 15 min. walk adding several 3 minute breaks through the day for exercise. It loosens me up and begins the energy. Combining that with 6 snack size healthy meals and I have retrieved the vision.

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