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This works for me - if I am "stuck" and having difficulty motivating myself, or I notice a lot of negative 'self-talk,' I start writing down a conversation with this inner voice, using an objective, journalistic, "adult" voice to ask questions of myself and get to the root of my feelings. Tapping into this encouraging, grown-up part of who I am helps to work the negatives out of my thinking and return me to a more positive and courageous mindset. It's like being my own best friend!

- Submitted by SPECNEEDSMOM19 5/3/2011 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Food journaling made easy

Setting up shop with the food journal takes time, but once you've made lists of "favorites" and "food groupings", it can usually be done in less than 10 minutes a day. Once selected, the groupings can easily altered by adding or subtracting a food to that particular meal.

- Submitted by JUSFOLK 4/10/2011 in Using SparkPeople | 3 Comments
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If you can't find the motivation to put pen to paper everyday, try http://750words.com and they will e-mail you every morning to log in and write your private 750 words. That's usually just the amount of rambling I need to get to the heart of what I am thinking about. Plus there is a wall of awesomeness for people who write everyday for the month!

- Submitted by MOIRAWR 11/4/2010 in Staying Positive | 0 Comments
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Take an Inventory

Really ask yourself: am I distracted during a workout? Am I snacking when I walk in the door? Am I picking at leftovers after dinner? Am I managing my stress?

- Submitted by DEEDEESTEWART 10/16/2010 in Breaking a Plateau | 1 Comment
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Don't eat the samples unless you count the calories!

If you're in the supermarket at a certain time, you'll see little trays of sample foods in the store. Don't taste them unless you are willing to log what you ate and count the calories. Remember: Every Little Bite Counts!

- Submitted by JRBASKIND 8/24/2010 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments
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No Negative Self-Talk!

Learn to recognize when you're beginning to sabotage yourself. Separate yourself from that voice and say to it, "I'm not listening to you -- I can do this!
Keeping a journal helps - what was I thinking when I ate that cake? How was I feeling? Then be prepared for next time! emoticon

- Submitted by NIXXIBEAR 6/18/2010 in Motivation | 3 Comments
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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. emoticon

- Submitted by RIPPEDPAUL1 6/9/2010 in Staying Positive | 1 Comment
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Optimism in Writing

A device that is most commonly used and available on this site is journaling or blogging. It allows you to keep track of everything you do. If you're optimistic in your journal, it will carry through in your actions!

- Submitted by NADS_KAY 5/31/2010 in Motivation | 2 Comments
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Maximizing Coach Dean's Wisdom with In-Depth Journaling

I printed out The 10 Secrets of Success Mind Over Body Series that was re-issued this month. I bought a notebook for journaling. emoticon emoticon

- Submitted by SPARKENISTA 5/11/2010 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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A Journal For Joy

I love to write and anybody who knows me knows I keep many journals. One I keep is called a Humour Journal, another a Blessings Journal and a Happy Journal. They sound similar but are different. When I am feeling down I pick up one of these and flip through my entries and it picks my mood up.

- Submitted by SHERI1969 4/4/2010 in Staying Positive | 0 Comments
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Having a Daily Plan Helps!

Taking a moment at night to decide what my exercise for the following day will be helps me to stay on track. I am more likely to follow through when I have a definite plan in mind.

- Submitted by HATCHETTJOB 4/1/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments
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Planning Ahead

Taking a few moments every evening to think about and plan my food intake for the next day helps to keep me on track. If I make decisions in the moment, I am much more likely to make poor decisions.

- Submitted by HATCHETTJOB 4/1/2010 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Write the positive

I have a journal that I write three positive steps that I took that day towards a healthier lifestyle. Sometimes, it's the only thing that I write in the journal, sometimes I write more. But if I'm ever feeling down or need a reminder on how far I have come, I can look at that journal.

- Submitted by ABETTERCHERYL 3/25/2010 in Staying Positive | 9 Comments
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