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Envision what you will look like

When I'm exercising and I get to the point that is pushing myself, where I really want to stop, I begin chanting the things I envision for myself. "Butt smaller, waist smaller, hips smaller, thighs smaller" . Its kind of funny but it helps get me thru.

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Morning Workouts

Morning Workouts are my secret to success. I'm at the gym by 5:45 am. After working out for an hour, I hit the sauna, shower and dress for work. I feel good all day and I don't worry about being too tired at the end of the day. The only down side: It cuts into my TV time. boo-hoo

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Get motivated by infomercials!

Work out while watching exercise infomercials - it can be more motivating than a typical fitness show because you see 'before & after' results in addition to actual exercise AND a trainer shouting YOU CAN DO IT!! It keeps me thinking I can do it too, even though I'm not using the promoted product.

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Killing two birds with one stone (multi-tasking)

If I am going to watch TV, I do it while exercising. I have some shows I tape during the week and watch them, fast forwarding through the commercials, when I ride on my stationary bike, or walk/run on the treadmill. This allows me to get a workout in and watch shows instead of being a couch potato.

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Track Your Exercise Before You Work Out

I usually work out in the afternoon, so I track my work out in the Fitness Tracker when I log on to SparkPeople first thing in the morning. It keeps me accountable for doing my work out even on the days when it's the last thing I want to do. Plus it's motivation to see how many calories I'll burn.

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Car wash

Instead of going through the car wash, pull out the bucket and sponge - and in my case, stepladder - and get busy! You'd be surprised how much bending and arm work is involved! Whew!

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exercise for arthritis pain

I have arthritis and have had surgery on one knee and to help the pain I exercise even if it hurts because later the pain goes away and I feel better. I don't necessarily advise with all pain but for arthritis it helps a lot. A bicycle helps a lot and is less stressful

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You ARE Worth IT

It takes time to make exercise into a habit. Make it an important time of your day and stick to it. Don't let anything get into the way. People know that I am a fitness buff, but it didn't happen over night.
YOU ARE WORTH IT!

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Nothin is for Free

My husband told me once and I remember it every time I feel like I can't go on. When your hot and sweaty remember that doesn't come for free, your body is working and burning off those calories.

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