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When you work out (and only once you've warmed up), do your least favourite bit of your exercise plan FIRST. You'll have enough energy to get through it, and then you'll have sufficient endorphins to get you through the rest of the work out.
I have started drinking dessert tea after dinner and while watching tv or reading. My favorite is Stash Chocolate Hazelnut. Add a packet of Splenda and a splash of skim milk and it really does taste like dessert!
I do calf raises while preparing food. Lifting up on my toes slow and controlled, speeding them up, and I'll also do them pigeon-toed. You can also lift up your toes, and go up on your heels to work different muscles.
Every time you are done a workout, write what was so great about it on a small piece of paper (e.g. "I felt strong when I ran today"). Then fold the paper and add it to your motivation jar. When you are feeling less motivated, you can reach in and read a few papers to get you pumped up to workout again.
I set my timer for 45 mins and get up and walk through the office and reset when I sit back down. Or I'll start a conversation on IM and when the person answers I know they are at their space so I get up and go visit instead of continuing to type.
Sprarkcoach taught me the value of staying with it, and to take time to refresh how each day went. Tracking food choices and staying in balance. Also mixing up my exercise even if it is only 5 or 10 minutes at a time.