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

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Be a mentor

If it's not enough doing it for yourself, do it for someone else! I want to be successful as a mentor to my little sister. This is to improve both of us!

- Submitted by LAPOCHITICA 8/26/2014 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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Just do your best!

Don't try... Just do. Whatever you are doing give it your best!!

- Submitted by COACH_BRETT 8/23/2014 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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Reminding Yourself of Why You're Doing This

We all mess up, but we can limit our mistakes if we remind ourselves of why we're doing this. I find it helpful to post my goals in places that I will see them constantly. For example, I have them set in a really pretty frame on my computer desk, I laminated them and use it as a bookmark, and I even have them written down on an index card that I carry in my wallet. It makes it a lot harder to spend money on junk food when I open my wallet to pay and see my goals staring me right back in the face.

- Submitted by AADIBEAUFORT 8/20/2014 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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My Cheerleader

I don't always want to make good food choices or exercise so it helps have to have someone to share my day with...the good and the bad. Someone who knows my dreams and goals and celebrates all my successes with great joy. A cheerleader. My daughter is my cheerleader. She is always up for a walk or activity and encourages me to reach my goals. My grandsons are also fantastic cheerleaders and excited to walk to the park or go for a bike ride. Hip Hip Hooray for CHEERLEADERS!

- Submitted by KNITTINGNAN22 8/19/2014 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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How to Set Indestructible Goals

I always have a hard time setting goals. I always start off strong and then a few days later, I've fallen off the wagon. A trick that I've learned is to settle on your top goals that you have for THIS year and then write them down in specific terms. Don't just write down, "Exercise daily". Instead, write down, "Walk 1 mile a day" or "Complete work-out video 3 times a week".

- Submitted by AADIBEAUFORT 8/18/2014 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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Stickers. Everytime I work out I put a sticker on my calendar.

I put the calendar where others can see it. It helps me see how many times I have worked out in a week or month. Plus if there isn't a sticker by Wednesday, I will get exercising. So I can get that sticker.

- Submitted by SPUNOUTMOM 8/15/2014 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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Find a Challenge!

Find a challenge team to join. Being on a team helps keep you motivated. After all, you are not in it for just yourself, but for an entire team!

- Submitted by KAYLEESMEME 8/7/2014 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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Cravings

I have tested it several times : if I tell myself " want to eat just one thing" in the afternoon, I always overeat ! So, now, I know that when I have this "permissive thought", I must say "no" !!

- Submitted by KATARINE66 8/7/2014 in Motivation | 1 Comment

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A Rewarding Week

Instead of giving myself a (non-edible) reward for pounds lost, I give myself a reward for every week of healthy habits. This helps me stay motivated going week by week, and knowing that if I keep up a healthy lifestyle, the pounds will follow.

- Submitted by DESIROCKS 8/3/2014 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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10-Week Toe Challenge

I am a very visual person and it helps me when I can see my progress. It can be discouraging if I don't see the scale move or my body change! Instead of using a traditional calendar to mark off my weeks of healthy eating and exercise, I paint my toenails. One toenail gorgeously decked out for every week of healthy habits. In ten weeks, my body has changed and I can start again! (Or reward myself with a full pedicure!)
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- Submitted by DESIROCKS 8/3/2014 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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