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Trick Yourself into Exercising When You Don't Feel Like It

Set your goal to just work out for at least 10 minutes - and do it even when you don't feel like it. It's only 10 minutes, right?!? It's not going to kill you!

For me - when exercising I get energized. If I trick myself (even consciously) into JUST getting started - that 10 minutes can easily stretch to an hour or more. On those days that I just can't get with it - at least I get 10 minutes in.

- Submitted by SUMTHINGSPECIAL 4/7/2013 in Motivation | 2 Comments
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Put a mirror on the refrigerator

Studies prove that people are more likely to stay on track when "eyes are watching them." A mirror on the refrigerator, and one in the pantry, may subconsiously reduce snacking, sneaking or binging. PLUS, looking at yourself will remind you of your goals and help make that decision on whether you are going to snack or choose another option when you are not truly hungry.
Even better, put your "goal picture" BESIDE the mirror to remind you where you are heading. emoticon

- Submitted by DRB13_1 4/7/2013 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Put a mirror on the refrigerator

Studies prove that people are more likely to stay on track when "eyes are watching them." A mirror on the refrigerator, and one in the pantry, may subconsiously reduce snacking, sneaking or binging. PLUS, looking at yourself will remind you of your goals and help make that decision on whether you are going to snack or choose another option when you are not truly hungry.
Even better, put your "goal picture" BESIDE the mirror to remind you where you are heading. emoticon

- Submitted by DRB13_1 4/7/2013 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Off the couch, on the floor..

Determined to stay off the couch in the evening after a long day and exercise, I found if I sit on the floor I end up doing all my Calisthenics, yoga poses and stretching, while hanging with hubby and enjoying our tv show.

- Submitted by MIPALADY23 9/2/2012 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Just walk or 10 minutes...

Seriously this works every time. If I just don't feel like hitting the GYM I tell myself, "I'm just going to walk or do 10 minutes". Toss on your work out clothes and shoes & go out the door. I hit the gym and I am always excited that I pull through and do an amazing workout/run. I am NEVER beating myself up for going only if I don't at all!

- Submitted by MIPALADY23 6/1/2012 in Exercise | 4 Comments
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Having a Positive Attitude & Mental Strength

I've lost 50 lbs once, gained it back plus more, and then lost 75 lbs from January 2011-May 2011 and have been slightly losing since then. I have had the struggles that everyone experiences and the only way to have success is to have a positive attitude in combination with the mental strength to make decisions that are beneficial to your goals. Once you have success, whether its 5 lbs or 50 lbs, the positive emotions you endure should drive you to keep working hard to achieve what you deserve!

- Submitted by BILLYHO2008 4/8/2012 in Weight Loss | 3 Comments
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Review and Tweak the Plan~

Whenever i'm getting off track or even when i'm feeling a little bored I look over my old blogs. Almost all of them give me a more positive perspective or solutions to what I want to tweak or change. Should I not feel more empowered or motivated to a new direction then I hit some of my SP friends blogs.

- Submitted by MIPALADY23 2/16/2012 in Getting Back On Track | 2 Comments
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Review and Tweak the Plan~

Whenever i'm getting off track or even when i'm feeling a little bored I look over my old blogs. Almost all of them give me a more positive perspective or solutions to what I want to tweak or change. Should I not feel more empowered or motivated to a new direction then I hit some of my SP friends blogs.

- Submitted by MIPALADY23 2/16/2012 in Getting Back On Track | 2 Comments
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Celebrate the Tiny Victories

When I started on my journey to lose unwanted and health destroying "retirement weight" I had accumulated, I decided to do it right and enlist some help to "get 'er done"! With a gym membership and a great physical trainer I began to see tiny, yet positive, changes in my body shape and strength. Those were the rewards that I would celebrate! ...no matter how tiny they seemed. Reward came from within and I did not depend on others to validate my progress. Decisions at the journey's start...

- Submitted by RCKITTY1989 9/17/2011 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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Smile and be open...

Being open to new people and ideas...I have found that if you start with a smile and keeping yourself open to new people and new ideas then you are usually not disappointed! it can open be the start to getting creative and keeping you motivated.
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- Submitted by MIPALADY23 8/21/2011 in Staying Positive | 0 Comments
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my secret motivationolwo

My secret is many little changes, instead of focusing on a big overwhelming goal I have been slowing it down and making every decision very calculated. There's two things i'd love to accomplish; be able to confidently wear anything I want (pin-up clothes) and make it on a roller derby team. I just visualize every decision I make as a step back or forth towards my goal

- Submitted by BUILDABASH 7/26/2011 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Set a goal

Setting a specific goal for myself helped me to start & continue to lose weight. and motivate me for over a year.

I had lived out of the country for a while. When I left I was VERY skinny.

Over the intervening 40 yrs. I had gained 110 lbs. I wanted to go back for a visit, so I set a goal of losing at least 80 of that. I am traveling next month. As of yesterday, I had lost 85 lbs, and probably can lose a few more before I leave. (click title to continue)

- Submitted by STORMY724 7/14/2011 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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Change Your Perspective

If we see the exact same event from a different perspective we will see an entirely different event. We cannot control the wind... but we CAN control our sail as it catches the wind. Learn to set the sails of your perspective and use the winds to move you forward toward your goal. from Positively Positive facebook post

- Submitted by KBUCKMASH 5/26/2011 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Once upon a time --->Now Happily Ever AFTER

I keep two pictures on my dresser ALWAYS! A picture of me when I was'nt happy with my weight, and eating habits. And a picture of the NEW me happy, and healthy. It keeps you in check, to maintain the new you. And a constant reminder of all the hard work you put into changing you life. You might say 'Ughh" looking at the one, followed by "But look at me now!!" emoticon

- Submitted by LYANALU 5/4/2011 in Weight Maintenance | 2 Comments
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Goals - rework your goals!

Your goals are the one thing that will keep you inspired & motivated, that is if they are meaningful/important to you, if they are measurable & obtainable, & if they are given a due date. After 15 months, I'm working on my again & feeling some awesome motivation!

- Submitted by AHAPPYLIFE 3/10/2011 in Getting Back On Track | 1 Comment
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10 Minutes at a time

When first starting after living a sedentary lifestyle, setting up a workout regime seems so overwhelming let alone doing it. Start with dedicating 10 minutes to cardio and go from there. If you made it to the 10 minutes and still feel great, go another 10 minutes and so on. If you gave all that you can and are exhausted, then you can stop knowing you fulfilled your goal of 10 minutes of exercise.

- Submitted by AROSEE87 2/9/2011 in Getting Started | 6 Comments
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Keep on exercising!

I feel like exercising until I meet my goal when I have something fun to do such as listening to some great music, or reading (carefully). It never fails me.

- Submitted by AFALKENSTEIN1 1/25/2011 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Use magazines for your vision collage

Click photos and words that inspire you from fitness magazines or ones that inspire you ("O" has great images). Use these to make or update your vision collage to keep you motivated. Put it where you can see it often - on your bathroom mirror, where you regularly exercise, or on the refrigerator door.

- Submitted by DRB13_1 1/11/2011 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Create your "destination map" and plan your virtual trip

Set a goal, then plan the action steps to reach it.
Pretend the goal is a destination and determine the time or distance to reach it. Then pull out your calendar and break down the "journey" into small, manageable steps.
Even plan for "rest stops" which can be days off or plateaus. This will give you a daily plan and help keep you motivated to stay on track. Whether it's weight, a race, or quitting a bad habit - YOU CAN DO IT WITH SOME PLANNING AND SUPPORT!

- Submitted by DRB13_1 12/15/2010 in Motivation | 2 Comments
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Success

Don't let any one put you down. Keep going and every step you take you are getting closer to your goal. emoticon

- Submitted by ANGELEYES765 11/20/2010 in Everything Else | 1 Comment
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One Goal At A Time

At first, I limited myself to one goal. That is how I got started. It set a strong foundation.

For me, it was tracking my food. Not sticking to a set number of calories, mind you, just tracking.

Setting one goal could be as easy as 'log in to Spark People every day' or as hard as 'finish Couch to 5k.' Just set a benchmark you can achieve. Once you feel empowered, set a second goal.

Don't take a on too much at once. Do something small to start and you'll be ready to move on in no time!

- Submitted by PHANTOMPOE 10/11/2010 in Getting Started | 3 Comments
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A Goal Is Not Always Meant To Be Reached...

"A goal is not always meant to be reached; it often serves simply as something to aim at." - Bruce Lee

- Submitted by IRONORCHID 8/21/2010 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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Keeping Goals

Visualizing goals is a great way to start achieving them. I write all my goals down on separate pieces of paper on a notebook with space to write my goals and what I achieved...When you look back and see how much you were able to do it's great motivation to keep going!

- Submitted by PEANUTTIE 5/23/2010 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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Get moving & keep moving!

I love the burst of energy that I get after working out! I have "Walk Away the Pounds" (Leslie Sansone), PodRunner Intervals, and 5K101.com. I have no excuse to NOT get my workouut in. Rain, sleet, snow, extreme heat.... bring it on! I have my tools for a sustainable indoor and outdoor workout plan.

- Submitted by SHE_SMILES 5/15/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Submit Woman!

Fitness, like finances allows everyone, not matter what shape they are in to exalt themselves to the position of expert. One thing that has really helped me was to quit being an expert, and submit to the plans and teaching of actual trainers. Especially ones that know what they are talking about!

- Submitted by MONARKRUNR 4/8/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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