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Getting Back On Track Secrets

Slip-ups are inevitable. What is the best way to get on track when things do not go according to plan?

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Sparkpeople and My BlackBerry...a match made in heaven!

I've been using the Sparkpeople app on my BlackBerry....it has made me so much more successsful on tracking my food and exercise!!! I am able to do it immediately and keep track of my calories at all time!!!! Thanks for this great application!!!!!

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For Me

Being a mom is hard. Taking care of myself is harder because everyone else comes first.

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2 of 3 Daily Things I Do

I post a note in a highly visible place for me that says "Have you REALLY SWEAT today?1". It reminds me to exercise however I can to burn some calories (I do not count morning 10 minutes exercises).

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3 of 3 Daily Things I Do

Every night I fill up 8 water bottles. The next day they are all cold and ready to grab. Also, I can see throughout the day how I'm doing. It actually is a good feeling filling them knowing that I got my water in!

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1 of 3 Daily Things I Do

When I wake up, I have a note to myself "10 4 10 2 10!" - TEN one minute exercises FOR TEN minutes TO get to be a TEN (in my own mind). I do this within 15 minutes of waking up while watching the news. Helps get you going!

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Fix it Before Bed

Start your 'recovery' before bed. Do some stretches and some meditation. Give yourself time to think positively and know that tomorrow really is another day!

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Pick Yourself Up & Dust Yourself Off & Get Back On That Wagon!

It's better to just get over that doughnut or gigantic slice of double pepperoni pizza and get right back on the wagon! If you dwell on it, or get depressed over it, you're just giving into temptation. If you just go on with your Spark, you can get over the small oversight & get right back in it!

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Visual Motivation

I put my scale and my measuring tape in the bathroom in plain sight so I have to look at it every time I go.

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Natural Remedies for Sleep Enhancement

To break the cycle of getting to bed later and later into the night and awaking late in the morning. I found that taking Melatonin and Valerian (all natural supplements found in most drug and health food stores), helps get to sleep earlier in the night and deepens the quality of sleep.

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Clothes to tight

When my clothes start getting snug on me, I tell myself over and over time to start doing healthy things. It might take me 3 or 4 times to tell myself that, but then I think it finally sinks in. I get to business and exercise; go for walks and eat right.

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