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Just walk out the door

Often just walking out the door is the hardest part of sticking to your exercise routine. I find that if I lace up my shoes, grab my ipod & leave my house promising myself that I can leave the gym after a 1/2 hour if I am not into my work out I tend to go workout and stick with it an hour or more. J...

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Break it up

I've found breaking my fitness into 5-10 minute mini sessions of exercise makes it more doable during the day. Everyone has 5 minutes here and there that they aren't doing anything. During those moments do a quick set of 3 different exercises. Something like this 25 wall pushups, 25 squats and 25 ju...

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Slow down to savor yogurt

I realized recently whenever I eat yogurt I eat it so quickly I barely realize I've eaten it. In order to slow myself down I add fresh fruit and bits of granola and I eat it with a baby spoon. The size of the spoon causes me to eat it in much smaller bites and I have time to truly savor it.

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Remember this is a Journey not a Sprint

It's so easy to have a winner take all attitude when ou first begin; but it's important to remember that the gaining of the weight didn't happen overnight therefore losing it won't happen overnight. Focus on getting healthier, eating right, moving more, doing more. Set mini-goals such as trying to ...

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Everyday can be a victory

When the scale isn't moving, it's sometimes hard to stay positive, but as long as you are moving, eating right and trying then see that day as it truly is: A victory for you!!!! Keep trying, don't give up and don't use the scale as the only determinant of what you are achieving.

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Take "I will Try" out of the equation Change it to " I Will do"

Too often we say I will try to do such and such. Already we are half way to defeat and we haven't laced up our sneakers. Instead of saying "I will Try to do 10 pushups" say "I will do 10 pushups" half of doing what needs to be done is believing that you can! No more defeatist mentality, believe that...

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Enlist the help of your sparkfriends OFFLINE

I have enlisted the help of my sparkfriends off line! We swapped numbers and we text or call each other daily to ensure we are each staying on track. We challenge each other to drink water, workout or just touch base to ensure we're doing okay. It's great having them close at hand when a computer is...

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Would you put sugar in your cars' gas tank?

Would you put sugar in your the gas tank of your car? No of course you wouldn't because you know it would cause your car to run inefficiently & eventually kill your engine. So why would you put junk into your own body? Food must be considered the fuel needed to fuel your body & therefore you must pu...

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1 Change at a time

Recognizing that this is a journey and not a sprint is a key component of making this a lifetime change and not simply a diet. In order to make this stick, take it one change at a time. When I first started I went all in giving up junk food, working out twice a day and I quickly failed! When I star...

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Woo-sah isn't just a catch phrase

Often when we lose it, we aren't aware that what we say, how we react and what we do are affecting others. When you are about to blow your gasket, say Woo-sah, very slowly under your breath. Breathe out on the Woo and in on the Sah. After doing this 5 or 6 times you will have achieved two things. Y...

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