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Take a long hard look

Use the plateau to take a long, hard look at your exercise routine and your nutrition.

Are you skipping workouts? Make sure you're getting you're doing your workout's as planned.

Have the workouts become easier for you to do? Increase the intensity, by increasing the speed or resistan...

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Have a back-up plan

Slip-ups happen despite our best intentions.

Anticipate any possible problems and have a plan so you can get right back on track.

Missed you morning workout? Take a walk at lunch time or dinner time, or do a 10-minute sparkpeople workout.

Overeaten at lunch time - a light dinner...

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Small start, quick wins

Don't be scared to start small. If you've gotten off-track with your exercise, then re-start with 10 min exercise session. Start s streak of 10 min exercise session for a week, and you'll be ready to increase the time to 15, 20 then 30 mins.

The small, quick wins will set you back on the ri...

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Stuborness will work when motivation fails

Motivation will only get you so far - sometimes you just have to be a bit stubborn!!!

Sometimes you have have to say:

- I'm going to the workout and I'm not going to let anything stop me. If can't run, I'll walk, but I'll do something.

- I'm not eating that piece of pie just bec...

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Get enough sleep

Sometimes when it seems as if you have "lost" your motivation, the problem is that you are tired.

Make sure you get enough rest. Give up the last hour of TV watching in the evening and have an early night.

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Consistent, not perfect

You don't have to be perfect - you just have to be consistent.

You'll get better results from 10 minutes of exercise a day, that you do consistently, than from 2 hours day, that you can only keep up for a week.

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