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Act like a crazy person...preten
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your someone else and talk to yourself

Whenever I'm feeling a bit lackluster, I pretend that I'm someone else - someone that's IS motivated, and then I tell myself everything that I would tell another Sparker who is down and out.

I tell myself that I'm worth it. That it's about the journey and not about the destination.

- Submitted by NEWYORKORCHIDS 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 5 Comments

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Get Rid of Temptation

Carbs are my downfall. If I eat them, I crave them more, and it's a vicious cycle. I gained 6 pounds in 5 weeks, so I got rid of my little "carb-y" snacks, and made sure that I had high protein snacks and fat-free, sugar-free treats to replace them (Jell-o - you're my hero!).

- Submitted by WOMYN42 3/26/2010 in Getting Back On Track | 2 Comments

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Mixed Nuts

I like nuts for snacks, but get bored if they're the same kind day after day. So, I would buy a few cans of different nuts, and mix them all into one container before portioning them out for snacking later. Kind of makes each snack-time a new experience!

- Submitted by SHINAKO 3/26/2010 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment

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Why am I eating that?

If I start to feel like I am getting in a snacking mood, I ask myself, "Why do I want something to eat right now?" I heard this somewhere, and I wish I credit the proper person for it but, I have used it ever since. "If hunger isn't the problem, then food isn't the solution!"

- Submitted by CHRIS-FIT4LIFE 3/26/2010 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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Make a promise

If you find yourself often backing out of a workout make a promise to a friend or family member to workout with them. You'll find it's much harder to back out if you feel like your letting them down.

- Submitted by MEG725 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment

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Monthly Budget

Making a budget every month helps me stay on track. I purchased a book and 'Pre' spend all my money for the month. This way all our bills are always PAID. It feels great!

- Submitted by KIMBERLEY1985 3/26/2010 in Organization | 1 Comment

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Looking ahead

When you mess up, don't look back and beat yourself up. Look ahead and make a healthy choice now! Tell yourself you can make a better choice right now than you did before!

- Submitted by COURTENAYMOMMA 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 1 Comment

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Making Exercise a Priority

Do you constantly miss workouts? Never miss a workout again! Schedule exercise like an appointment. Do it first thing in the morning before your day gets crazy. Learn to get up early. Sleep in your workout clothes and pack your day clothes the night before. A bit of planning goes a long way.

- Submitted by IAMSHE-RA 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment

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Change your food

I have found if i eat the same food consitently i stop loosing , so every few weeks change it up. I have found sometimes if my metabalism is slow i increase for a day or two but stay in calorie range. also i have started eating 4-5 smaller meals and it is working for me.

- Submitted by PASTORWILEY62 3/26/2010 in Breaking a Plateau | 5 Comments

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Green Tea

I gave up coffee and only drink green tea in the morning and then switch to water after two cups. If I get hungry after dinner, I have a cup of green tea. Very comforting and great antioxidants! emoticon

- Submitted by MYTIME2015 3/26/2010 in Healthy Eating | 3 Comments
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