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Desert Prevention

To prevent the after dinner sweet tooth which inevitably leads to cookies or ice cream, as soon as I get up from the table I brush my teeth, floss and mouthwash. The minty fresh flavor helps me to not even think about anything sweet, plus you know the taste of any food in a freshly brushed mouth is...

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Don't be so hard on yourself!

Don't beat yourself up if you have a setback! Just tell yourself that it was a bump in the road but that you'll keep moving forward. Learn to forgive yourself and focus on the future from that point on!

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Spark Appointments Can Help MOTIVATE You

After I've worked out, I feel so good, but then the next day I may not feel like working out. So I go in and schedule an e-mail to be sent to me the next morning, adding how good I felt after I worked out. This helps me when I don't feel like working out by reminding me how good I felt that day.

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Sweating is good for you!

I hate sweat and I knew how to stop it from happening so exercise didnt do much good. I had to learn to sweat. Now I actually had it drip onto the floor! I have always stopped myself from sweating and now I am letting it happen and listing reasons why it is a good thing! Open the flood gates!

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Picking up, Dust yourself off, start all over again

No matter the reason when you fall off your track, start over immediately right then and there. Don't wait until the next day or later. That just gives you reason not to start again. Don't sabotage yourself. Just recognize the spill, take responsibility for it and move on.

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Routine Workout and Partner Up!

Working out is hard at first. But it will become addicting. Give yourself two-three weeks of working out with a routine (every other day, mon/wed/fri, etc.) and you will see. Also grab a partner who is motivated to help too! you both will help keep each other on the right path!

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Turning a Stumbling Block Into a Stepping Stone

Stumbling blocks can make or break us. We can either allow them to cause us defeat or we can allow them to become stepping stones to our success. We can learn & grow from them & use them to our advantage. If we so choose, a stumbling block can be fertilizer for success. Its all in how we use them.

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Throw off the duvet!

When your alarm goes off in the morning for an early workout, throw your blanket/duvet/comforter off your body before you have a chance to think about it. That way, when your mind starts to argue to stay in bed, your body will have to get up because otherwise you'll get cold lying where you are.

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Track Everything!!

Write down EVERYTHING, even when it's "BAD NEWS." It helps you keep tabs on what you're doing, see trends and sometimes see that you weren't as bad as you thought you were. It keeps you accountable and may even prevent you from going way, way overboard.

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Drinking and Driving

You all know drinking enough water is going to help you stay hydrated, possibly keep food cravings at bay, and improve your general health. It can be difficult to get in enough water, especially in the summer months. I fill up a container of water,28.7 oz. every time I get in the car.

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