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How do you stay motivated and find inspiration to stick with your program?

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Overweight to Beautiful

This is up to you.. to choose but the main thing is your health and all over well being... You have to make the move to get this accomplished.. I always wanted to get rid of this weight and have a better body, but you never thought that was something you had or needed to work toward... just keep th...

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Control Your Destiny


I believe that you control your destiny, that you can be what you want to be. You can also stop and say, 'No, I won't do it, I won't behave his way anymore. I'm lonely and I need people around me, maybe I have to ...

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Planting the Seeds


The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another's, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises.
Leo Buscaglia
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Why I Gotta ?

I fell off the wagon right around Christmastime, I can admit. Let me also state that fitness isn't my issue , it's those darn sweets that seem to have my mind. The food aspect of it al is on point as well as my fitness except I don't strength train enough for my particular taste. So now let me get i...

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Sticker Charts Work!

I used to struggle with getting daily exercise in, especially for 30 minutes or more each day. I would be consistent for a few days, but then would easily get off track. I was going to college to finish my post-graduate work and exercise just did not fit into my schedule some days.

While ...

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Which way do I go now..?

You have to start somewhere... Why aren't you moving.. Starting out can be tough, but with discipline and consistency you will eventually reach a point where staying motivated only requires minimal daily maintenance—a simple matter of learning to make the right choices at the right time. Everyone is...

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One day and one breath at a time...

In 2008 my husband was taken from my children and I in a tragic accident that left us completely devastated and lost in this world.
I had to pull not only my life together, but those of my 2 children, my oldest at the time was just 13 (he was with my husband at the time of the accident), and our ...

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Set Yourself Free!


If we wish to free ourselves from enslavement, we must choose freedom and the responsibility this entails.
Leo Buscaglia

How often do we set our sights on a worthwhile goal only to have roadblocks contin...

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My Chocolate Reward System

My motivation secret is CHOCOLATE. I buy the darkest chocolate bars I can find, preferably those that are divided into tiny squares.

After I do my exercise for the day, I SLOWLY eat a tiny bit of the chocolate, savoring each morsel.

My weightloss really took off after I started lo...

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Open Your Arms


Love is always open arms. If you close your arms about love you will find that you are left holding only yourself.
Leo Buscaglia

Continuing on yesterday's theme of "No Man is an Island", it is important to sta...

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