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say it out loud

I have positive quotes, I have positive things people have written about me or said about me, but it's not enough to just *look* at those saved words.... they work better when I read them OUT LOUD. Somehow, the reading of it, the vocalizing, and the hearing cements it better in my head and in my he...

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dress well

Dress well. Part of feeling good about what you have achieved (and part of keeping your head in the game to keep going) is to feel good about yourself. Part of feeling good about yourself is feeling good about your appearance. So dress well! Get rid of the schlumpy clothes, and wear things which...

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Fake it till you make it.

I'm sure I'm the 50th person to say this, but when you're having trouble feeling truly motivated, just fake it till you make it. I wasn't really into sparking today, but I decided I would go through the motions, and whaddya know, I got into it!

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remember to reward yourself!

Remember to reward yourself, or you will lose motivation!

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spark blog when you're frustrated--don
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munch

If you're frustrated about something, instead of reaching for the munchies, sit down and write a spark blog about it first. Chances are you'll work through your frustration *and* remind yourself of why you don't want to do the unhealthy eating!

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Continue to look to others for inspiration

I need constant infusions of motivation and inspiration. I've found that the accomplishments of others really help in that department... I pay attention to the challenges my friends (on SP and in real life) seek out and master. I look at *their* secrets of success, too!

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Remember that you *will* get another treat again!

Sometimes when I'm faced with something tempting and I'm tempted to blow my portion control, I need to remind myself that this is not the last piece of chocolate/lasagne/cheese in the world... I've had my bit, and I *don't* need more. I *will* get more--later!

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sub applesauce or a banana for oil in baking

When you're baking muffins or quick bread or making waffles or pancakes, you can substitute applesauce (or pear sauce) or mashed ripe banana for a portion of oil. I generally sub 1/2 to 3/4 of the volume for muffins or quick bread, and about half for waffles or pancakes.

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If you don't like fruit, make a smoothie

Just pack your fruit in early, and drink it. Even if you don't like eating fruit or cutting it up, smoothies are easy. Start with a ripe banana, add a little plain yogurt or skim milk, add a mix of other fruits... berries, half an orange, pineapple, peaches, etc.

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Get your girls night out moving

Instead of going out to eat or hitting a bar with your girlfriends, get physical instead. Go for a run or a hike, go swimming (and hit the hot tub afterward), play racquetball or tennis--the possibilities are endless.

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