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Motivation Secrets

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

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Do Not Beat Yourself Up!

Don't beat yourself up when you eat something you know you shouldn't, especially sugar; it's a serious addiction! Also, keep lots of healthy snacks in your bag, car, room, etc. so when you get that craving between large meals you won't grab the nearest unhealthy snack. Take it from someone that cons...

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The Secret is Determination

Today's secret is determination! Determination is a huge part of weight loss. You have to make the decision to lose weight. Then it is not a one and done deal. That is a choice that you have to make each and every single day. Probably several times a day.

So you can't go into weight loss half...

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40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday

When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday...

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When I started to run

When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in th...

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50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday

When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would c...

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Do it for your loved ones

I've been thinking a lot about healthy living lately. I see those around me getting seriously sick. My fiance's mom is a prime example of this. She was an uncontrolled diabetic for many years. She smoked. She ate poorly. She didn't get much exercise. Now she has kidney failure and respiratory proble...

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40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday

When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday...

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30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday

When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday...

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Patience Gets Results!

I don't think there is anything more motivating than seeing the results of your hard work. Whether you are just getting started and you just lost that very first pound or you've been at it for awhile and you are dropping clothes sizes.

However, it takes a lot of patience to get those results...

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30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday

When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday...

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