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Keep Sparking - don't disappear!

Many people think that "well, I'm at goal, I'm done and free!!" and then...they disappear from Spark.

My tip: Don't. Don't leave Spark.

Keep active through Maintenance, join the Maintenance team, take on a leadership role to pay it forward...keep doing what you a...

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Visualize where you want to be in a year

Part of not getting down and staying positive is your mindset.
By seeing yourself in the future in a positive light, you can put your plan into action. PLAN ON: being healthy and being OK with ups & downs. Instead of setting goal for a certain event (like 40 pounds in 2 months), concentrate yo...

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A special piece of clothing

I have a special piece of clothing (a bridesmaid dress from my younger sister's wedding I wore last year) that I use to gauge whether I need to really get back on the wagon or not.

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Repetitious eating

Knowing what you are going to eat day to day really helps. I have found that my breakfasts, snacks & lunches tend to be the same variation of a few good-old stand-bys, within a certain caloric/healthful range - and at the same time during each day. It also made it easier to make tracking easier by p...

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Find the right water bottle

Getting water is easier when you have a bottle you LOVE! Find one that is easy for you to use. BE PICKY!

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Drink room temperature water

Having room temperature water makes it easier to chug-a-lug and get those 8 glasses in!

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Portion Control Check

Once in a while, I break out the good old measuring cups and the food scale to do a check of how my portions are weighing up to what I THINK I'm actually doing. It's surprising how some things measure up! Combat portion distortion by doing this once in a while just to keep it real!

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