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Motivation Secrets

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

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Commitment Matters More than Motivation

Method actors ask, "What's my motivation? What makes this character tick?" But you are not a method actor - you are the star in your own life, and you play the role better than anyone.

You know your motivation. You don't have to "find" that or figure it out, because you wouldn't be here at al...

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Very Small Steps

Every day I do one very small goal. Whatever I feel up to that day. Listen to a song, read a few articles on Sparkpeople. Or, if I'm having a great day, I shoot for a bigger goal! It doesn't have to be centered on creating a whole new diet and exercise program all in one day. That won't work. Every ...

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Affirmations for myself

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I approve of myself and love myself

deeply and completely.


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I am unique. I feel good about

being alive and being me.


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I trust myself and know

my inner wisdom is my best guid...

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How to keep going when you really don't want to

Due to the fact that I am a professional procrastinator, I have found that having an accountability/walking buddy works for me.

When I first started gaining weight about 12 years ago, I was in a mad panic. I went from 115 lbs to 145 in about a year. I had a really great friend who would co...

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Use your Screensaver for Motivation!

How many times in a day do you look at a sceen of some sort?
Whether it's your cellphone, your tablet, or your computer?
Every time it rings, chimes, beeps or blips!
Every time you post to Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat.
Every time you log in to check your email or log into your Sparkp...

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Keep trying it

Even if you don't succeed the first time you try, keep trying! There have been many times that I have tried to create a habit of exercise. Decades later from the first try, I think it is finally working. I feel what I have always heard I am supposed to feel about an exercise habit. I feel the need t...

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When you first started*

It is hardly a secret that the key to successfully accomplishing one goal after another is staying motivated.

There are, of course, tasks which we may not like at all, yet we find motivation to complete them because we recognize how each particular task serves a greater goal.
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Keep on Keeping On!

Keep on your food plan and exercise.
I have found that just doing what you need to do to regain a healthy body is heady stuff! You want to continue in your endeavor. I DON"T like to exercise but I've already found that just moving energizes me and makes me want to continue! When you see those pou...

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Perseverance is Key

I remember when my sons and I were taking Taekwondo. One of the things we started and ended each class with were the tenants of TKD, one of which is perseverance. I have found that perseverance can be the difference between success and failure.

Some days, it is hard to keep going. Life get...

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Have a Health Partner

My biggest motivator is a good working health partner (or two). What makes a good health partner you may ask.

First, it's very important to me to know that I can pray with my partner. To know that they will pray for me with God's interest for me at heart. There is power in prayer, and power...

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