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Exercise TV

I am not a big cable TV watcher, but I have discovered the exercise offering on our Comcast On-Demand channel and it is great. There are short workouts, long workouts, beginning, intermediate and advanced workout, dance, yoga, strength training, and the list goes on and on. It makes it so easy to ju...

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Set a Goal

Choose a goal; it doesn't have to be an earth shattering one. Just pick one that is attainable and then let someone else in on it so you have a little accountability. Once you have that first success, build on it little by little!

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Motivation through others

One of the things that always motivates me is to watch or hear of someone else's success. I especially feel encouraged when the story is about someone who beats the odds and despite his or her unique obstacles goes on to experience incredible success. It makes me ask myself "What am I waiting for?"

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Count Your Blessings

It is so easy on this journey to get down and frustrated, when this happens I remind myself how fortunate that I am. Weight is something that I can change, there are many people who face insurmountable obstacles that they can't change. I tell myself stop attending my own pity-party and get going!

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Act of Kindness

Do an act of kindness each day - it doesn't have to be big, but make it anonymously. Turning our focus out, helps us center on something other than ourselves. It warms the heart and feeds the soul to take care of one another without any ulterior motive! Peace!

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Change it up!

Do something totally out of your normal routine - but make it fun! Try a new sport, dance, do interval training. Try to focus outward instead of inward. Often when we are no longer progressing, we start doubting ourselves, we forget the progress made and key on times we fail.

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Mock Apple Pie

When I crave a warm dessert, I cut up an apple sprinkle a little cinnamon and stevia on it and microwave it until the apples soften. The smell of the apples and cinnamon are great and I feel like I am having apple pie - without the calories!

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Pay Yourself First

Even if it is a tiny amount, every time you get paid put a small amount into savings. Do it before you start spending. It is amazing how those small amounts add up!

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Smile

So much of staying healthy is having a healthy attitude! Keep a positive outlook, forgive others and yourself, exercise everyday, eat right and keep smiling!

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Re-commit

When I get off track, I stop and review all the reasons why changing my lifestyle is important to me. I re-focus and and re-commit myself to the goal. This is a marathon, not a sprint!

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