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9/20/12 4:11 P

I keep my eye on the prize with visualization and thinking of the benefits or consequences of the choices I make. I also try to plan ahead and make sure I have good options to choose from. It makes it easier knowing I have something to snack on or to eat for a meal at hand that won't sabotage me.

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9/20/12 3:18 P

Besides all the help from Sparkpeople I take it one day at a time and make healthy choices. I find it overwhelming to think "I need to lose 60 pounds to get to my goal weight" so it's more helpful to plan that today I am going to eat within my calorie range and be as active as possible.

I also try to roll with the punches life throws at you. I had planned on going to the gym after work tonight but I barely slept last night and am exhausted. Instead I'm going to walk home after work, which is just over 3 miles. That way I still get some exercise and I don't have to take the subway!

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9/20/12 8:33 A

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9/20/12 6:53 A

Planning is a great tool.

I'm a big list maker, and writer, so that works for me.
You'll find something that works for you, too.

Best wishes on your healthy journey.

Forget the "wagon" talk. Pick up the rickshaw and run with it.

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9/20/12 4:17 A

At the end of a succesful day I take a few notes - either on paper or in my head - just 2 or 3 points. Even the simple things work. For example:
- Both got exercise and saved on gas when walking to the supermarket.
- Slept really well after yoga class last night
- Didnt feel bloated after dinner - because I stuck to my plan.
Then in the morning I can re-read them/ remember them and it gives me a new reason every day to stay on track.

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9/19/12 8:02 P

I have an inspiration board in the kitchen and in one other place I see it. I am also a big believer in rewarding myself with stickers or stars for specific behaviors. Not this --not giving myself a sticker for being "good all day"- THAT DOES NOT WORK!! I give myself a sticker for one achievable task such as taking a walk or tracking all my food. That builds up my confidence to achieve goals. emoticon

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9/19/12 6:54 P

Good ideas! I'm thinking of making an "inspiration board" to put up in my house and making a mini one to put up at work.

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9/19/12 6:14 P

I start each day with a prayer (if you are not religious, you could just take a moment to calm yourself and start out positive).

I stop several times throughout the day to RE-CENTER myself and to be grateful for my blessings.

I keep affirming messages and slogans around me and read them OFTEN.

I am VERY careful about the words I use when I talk or think about myself. It is way too easy to get negative and to put myself down. I work hard to be positive and find things and places where I succeed and to think of them as SUCCESSES however small they might be.

I weigh often and sometimes more than once a DAY but I WORK REALLY HARD NOT TO LET THE NUMBERS be anything more than a reminder that I have to THINK and make conscious choices about what I eat and how I use my body.

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9/19/12 12:33 P

Keep looking in the mirror, when you get over a hump, pat yourself on the back, when you slip, tell your self it's ok & try again. Good luck.

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9/19/12 12:10 P

I just got back on the wagon yesterday and I am feeling super motivated! However, it's only day 2. I think the key to success with weight loss is keeping that motivation going... how do you stay motivated?

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