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

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SHEER WILLPOWER

When seeking motivation to achieve a goal - say a dietary goal or a weight loss goal - I place the goal within grasp. I don't create a goal for myself that is too difficult and I don't put it too far out in the future. Loosing 5 to 7 lbs is a good goal and two weeks is not too far out there, I set the goal and then pursue it doggedly. When that goal is reached I can set another. For me, short bursts of energy is the key.

- Submitted by BILLTMAN 1/30/2014 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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Refrigerator sign

Each month I create a sign that I put on the front of my refrigerator. I use inspirational quotes which I have cut out over the years and put in a scrapbook. A current one I used is: No matter how long it takes, persist. No matter how discouraged you may get, persevere. No matter how much you want to quit, donít give up.

- Submitted by KRILL14 1/25/2014 in Motivation | 1 Comment

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PIctures

I keep a picture of me at the weight I want to be on the refrigerator and in my bathroom. Sexy and cute. I won't be as young again, but I can be healthy.

- Submitted by MERI_CAT 1/24/2014 in Motivation | 1 Comment

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Celebrate You !

Treat yourself to celebrate

- Submitted by BONNIE_LEE6 1/24/2014 in Motivation | 2 Comments

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Spark every day

Every day I spend time entering my food and my exercise. I also write a short blog.
This discipline has helped me to be accountable to myself and my Spark Friends

- Submitted by JSTETSER 1/23/2014 in Motivation | 3 Comments

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Point, Counterpoint! Argue yourself to a new, healthy life.

When I feed myself excuses: I don't want to exercise today. I'm too tired, for example... I immediately counter with the opposite argument: Yes, I'm tired, but so what? Exercise will give me energy and stamina. Or if I'm eyeballing a piece of cake I think...It will taste delicious, but oh, the sugar and calories! Is the guilt worth it? Fresh fruit isn't as tasty, but it will help make you healthy. (Please see accompanying note.)
So make a case for yourself. Fight for your health, you're worth it!

- Submitted by AUNTIEGRIZZELDA 1/22/2014 in Motivation | 2 Comments

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Point, Counterpoint! Argue yourself to a new, healthy life.

When I feed myself excuses: I don't want to exercise today. I'm too tired, for example... I immediately counter with the opposite argument: Yes, I'm tired, but so what? Exercise will give me energy and stamina. Or if I'm eyeballing a piece of cake I think...It will taste delicious, but oh, the sugar and calories! Is the guilt worth it? Fresh fruit isn't as tasty, but it will help make you healthy. (Please see accompanying note.)
So make a case for yourself. Fight for your health, you're worth it!

- Submitted by AUNTIEGRIZZELDA 1/22/2014 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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Build your program based on your worst days

Most of us get so motivated starting a new program that we are sure we can exercise 30 mins a day, cook more, track food, and well, just stay motivated forever. Usually not so. Imagine you on your worst day - you only got 4 hours of sleep, worked a 12 hour shift, 1 kid missed the bus and the other left her homework at school, your husband ate the last remaining fruit in the fridge. Plan your program for days like this - what can, what will, you do? Read on for what I do...

- Submitted by 2B4EVERFITAT50 1/20/2014 in Motivation | 5 Comments

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Be Your Own Super Hero Two Times a Day For Two Minutes

Stand with your hands on your hips for Two Minutes (think Wonder Woman Pose)

Or stand with your hands raised above your head for two minutes (think arms raised in victory after winning a race)

These simple poses will increase your testosterone and decrease your cortisol, hormones which impact energy and weight loss.

Want more info? Google "Amy Cuddy TED Talk" and watch. The best part comes in the last 5 minutes-hang in there.

Be your OWN Super Hero for 2 min. 2 times a week!!

- Submitted by TRIANGLE-WOMAN 1/19/2014 in Motivation | 1 Comment

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Goal Board

I keep my Goal Board on my iPad visible and 'running' while exercising at home.

- Submitted by THISISIT2015 1/12/2014 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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