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Reality check

Motivation for me is a Reality Check. I took an honest look in the mirror & made changes 1 item at a time, drink more water, walk around the block, up my veggies, lower my carbs. I hung a pair of skinny jeans on the wall & I reward myself every 10 lbs dropped w/non food items. Remember to Love you

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Walk!

I'm a big fan of after-lunch walks - and taking the stairs whenever possible!

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Get your girls night out moving

Instead of going out to eat or hitting a bar with your girlfriends, get physical instead. Go for a run or a hike, go swimming (and hit the hot tub afterward), play racquetball or tennis--the possibilities are endless.

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Be spontaneous and creative

I workout 3-4 times per week and hardly ever do the same workout twice in one week. I make sure to add variety to my workouts, try new strength training moves, add jumps to my aerobic exercises, whatever I think of to make it fun. It takes boredom out of the process and keeps it challenging!

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Peddling While on SP

Keep a mini cycle under your desk and pedal away while sparking! You'll be surprised at how many hours you'll log.

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Start small

I tell myself to go to the gym and just do at least 30 minutes of cardio--once I've done that, I often find myself doing some strength training or doing another 15 min. of cardio. Sometimes the hardest part of exercising is getting started!

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Exercise to Music

I can only exercise to music. It makes walking enjoyable.

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Plan On It!

I use my blackberry calander to schedule workouts...that way I can't use the excuse I didn't have time! I also have it send me an alarm so I won't forget!

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Rewards

Keep a reward in mind when you are thinking about exercise. I will buy a fitness magazine for reaching my monthly goal. And I will buy an Exercycle when reaching my 6 month goal.

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Yoga before bed

I have started doing calming yoga before bed and it has really helped

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