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Motivation Secrets

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

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Stay Positive about Your Plan

When first envisioning a goal, most of us are positive. We make our plan, and then we start implementing it with enthusiasm and vigor. We look into the future with our mind’s eye, and we see ourselves striding toward that goal in leaps and bounds. However, even if we stick to our plan like determ...

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Keep Moving the Bar!

Challenge Me!

One of the first things I did when I got on Spark People was to join the “21 Day New Member” Challenge. There I learned a little about how to navigate the site, a little about nutrition, a little about exercise, and I was introduced to Spark Points. Each little nugget of informa...

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Don't give up!! even when that scale doesn't move!!

I started about 4 weeks ago and weighed at 196.. but I think I really weighed 198/199. I got up to that the 2nd week in, that is why I think I really weighed that. I was getting discouraged and wasn't sure what I was eating to make me sit at idol. The 3rd week I was down to 194 but I sat at this wei...

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Determination and Consistency



I've lost a little over 100 pounds, and still have around 50/70 to go. This is what has worked for me...

If someone tells you that diet, or exercise are the biggest/most important aspe...

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Have A Good Partner

My biggest secret to success is my loving husband. He is my hero and my biggest motivation, as well as my superhero 3 year old daughter. We work out together, we eat healthy together, and got each others backs all the time.
In the 20 years we have known each other we have gained a lot of wei...

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Motivation to go to the gym/work out

One of the hardest things for me was to wake up early to go to the gym. For years I have struggled to get motivated and out of my bed, but even when I planned to go later in the day after work I would usually skip or give up all together.

In 2016 I promised myself I would give ...

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Be patient it will happen......

That is a hard word to swallow when you want something now. It doesn't help that people tell you give it time especially when they have no idea what your struggling with. But patience is the bitter pill we have to swallow when we start this journey, this path we have set forth on. One thing is for c...

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you didn't get here overnight

We didn't get this way overnight so it will take time to put things right. Never give up, that's like saying your not worth it, and you are. To hell with what others think about you; it's what you think that matters. If you believe in yourself.
If you haven't already; develope a code to liv...

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Challenges: Challenging Myself!


When I retired I knew I would have to jump into getting healthy with both feet. I could so easily become a 500 lb. couch potato.

I had wandered across SP a few years ago, and thought it would be a good place to start.

After registering, I found the 21 Day...

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Just Say 'No' and keep on keepin on!

Has anyone other than me noticed at night when watching television, the majority of the commercials are focused on food, and the later the evening goes the more food commercials there are? It is hard enough to 'just say no' during normal daytime on our journey to our weight loss attempt, but eveni...

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