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12/30/12 10:04 P

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I will have to say that during my weight loss journey this year, I never lost my motivation, but that's because that was where my focus was: taking care of my body and making sure that I got healthy. As long as I committed each day to eating healthy and exercising, that's all I needed to do...and I just did it day in and day out...and losing 125 pounds and going from a size 26 to a size 8 in the process.

Now what motivates me to maintain the weight is all the things I'm able to do: play with my nephews when we all get together, run 8 miles on a cold Sunday morning, wear a sexy cocktail dress...I certainly couldn't do all of that when I was 285 pounds!

So the key is to make sure that your motivation comes from within and that there's always fuel going to that inner fire. Put yourself FIRST, because if you don't, everything else falters.


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12/30/12 5:49 P

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I think the answer to this question is different for all of us....We may all want and need to lose weight, eat healthier and get fit but how we reach our goals will be different ...The hardest thing for me was to find what works best to help keep me motivated. I struggled for many years trying different "DIETS". Losing some weight but always gaining it back...Then in March of this year something just clicked and I realized that a "DIET" wasn't going to work for me. I had to really think how much I really needed and wanted to be healthier. I had to stop making excuses for my self and just did it : ) It helped me to start off slow making many, many small goals along the way so I could see all of the progress I was making and it kept me motivated to work hard towards my bigger goals......You are doing great with your walking !! Keep pushing and always believe in yourself. You can accomplish ANYTHING you put your mind to emoticon emoticon emoticon

" Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."

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12/30/12 12:56 P

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I find when I walk fast for 45 mins a day.It helps me not want to over eat after all I really stepped it out and I don't want it to be for nothing I want the rewards for all my hard work. This help me. emoticon

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12/30/12 12:53 P

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I agree, just start over with small changes. The flu and the holidays have thrown me completely off track, so I'm starting over with small changes too. Good luck! emoticon

Confidence comes not from always being right, but from not fearing being wrong. ~Peter T. Mcintyre

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12/30/12 11:21 A

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Starting small worked for you before. That's probably a good place to restart. Go simple and set a few fast break goals related to nutrition.

Nice job on maintaining the fitness streak!

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12/30/12 10:26 A

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For me I look, honestly, in the mirror. That gives me plenty of motivation. Perhaps I should look more often, since it is after the holidays.

Depression is the impression left by fear. Be willing to fight the fear. Conquer it with love.

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12/30/12 10:11 A

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When I started my weight loss journey I decided to start small: 1) walk 1 mile every day, 2) eat a healthy diet and 3) track everything. Well since September I've managed to walk every day (today is day 106!) but I completely fell off the wagon on eating right. I can blame a million and one things but really it just came down to I lost my motivation. My question to the Done Universe is how to get the will power back? How do you get the spark back?

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