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Finding Motivation

Motivation ultimately comes from within, what are your dreams? Try journalling them and live large, tell your inner critic they can have their say later but for now the dreamer must be allowed to fly. When you're done let us know and we can share our experiences and best wishes with you to help you

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Binging? Eat your fruits

cravings getting the best of you,? Before you reach for that comfort food grab a carrot or apple, if possible wait until you've eaten your 5 servings of fruits/veggies , They provide bulk and will reduce your desire.

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Not watching the clock

I set a timer so I don't focus on the time. Especially on a challenging day it helps me know I'll complete my workout but not let the clock seem that it has stopped.

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stop hitting the snooze button

If you have to hit the snooze button or more than once, you're likely not getting enough quality sleep. This leads to a number of unhealthly situations. Monitor and start to increase you hours of sleep and check to see if other issues affect your sleep.

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Fighting Negative thoughts and feelings

when i feel that way I take a journal and write on one page and answer the negative ideas on the opposite page after taking a break. Often then I can respond as I would if answering a friend or colleague and listen to the positive side of myself.

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Cooked chickens

I found at my local grocery they clear out the days leftover cooked roasters, turkey breasts ect at 1/2 off after 7:30 PM It happens that's when I walk by and if they have some I'll pick one or two up. at 3.50 a bird they cost less than if I bought it and cooked them myself.

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Making walking fun/interesting

I keep my interest in walking by taking photos of interesting things I find, collecting coke caps for friends for redemption, cleaning a block or trail of trash I find, taking a tour book or narrated walking tour.

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almonds or altoids

i use altoids and raw almonds to avoid bad snack attacks. If I have a craving sucking on an altoid and like brushing teeth it stops tastes from being pleasant. Almonds a small hand full keeps my appetite at bay

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Getting Walking in

I keep my sneakers in the car, when I get home I put them on and take off. I find I'm more likely to walk if I do it first before getting involved in the evening activities

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Holiday meal pretrials

try low calorie sides and entrees a couple of times before the holidays to ensure they work and will be enjoyed, add them to the meal and subtract the higher calorie item next time

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