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

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Pause to give thanks

Before I choose to take a bite, my goal is to pause and give thanks to God for my food. That usually gives my brain time to think about whether the food I am about to eat is in alignment with my weight loss goals. emoticon

- Submitted by 8324285 1/11/2014 in Motivation | 2 Comments

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Never give up!

Every time you are down, get back up and don't give up. Always remember that you are worth it and you deserve it. Don't let mistakes get you down because everyone makes them but it how you deal with them that shows what kind of person you are!

- Submitted by FREETJE123 1/9/2014 in Motivation | 1 Comment

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Talk to yourself OUT LOUD!!

If i am thinking that i really want that emoticon and my brain is fighting back and forth with myself, i just say out loud "No Teresa, you don't need or want that!" and then saying it out loud helps motivate me to walk away!! =) Does that make me crazy?! emoticon

- Submitted by MONKEYTROUBLE28 1/3/2014 in Motivation | 2 Comments

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Make a graph

Whether it's on paper or on the computer I've found it's the best motivator ever. First in one colour draw a line from your weight to your goal weight. In a different colour plot your weight every week. You can either track highs and lows or only track when you have lost weight - it's up to you, but it is so nice to see that line going down steadily!

- Submitted by TATTOOEDTEACUP 1/2/2014 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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Set Small Goals

I set myself a goal of 2 pounds per week. I made a graph to show where I would be each week if I lost 2 pounds. then I logged my weight each day and put it on my graph. Usually I am below the 2 emoticon pound loss line and even if I gain a bit I still stay below the line. This helps me cope with those small gains as my 2 pound line shows me the big picture.

- Submitted by JAIZWAYS 12/31/2013 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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Listening to others

Listen to others, keep an open mind.
Those that sound
good/inspiring to u,
take action.
Keep it simple , sweetie/stupid
KISS, emoticon

- Submitted by LARRYM32 12/31/2013 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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Believe

Believe in yourself!

- Submitted by ROWDYWITH4 12/27/2013 in Motivation | 1 Comment

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Starting New Year Resolutions Early

I find that starting New Year Resolutions a few days early makes it easier to stick with them. Knowing that you have already started removes some of the pressure from the "D" Day of January 1st, plus you have already proved to yourself that you could stick with healthy habits for a few days.
So today, December 26th, is the first day of my 2014 New Year Resolutions! Not only will I eat healthy, exercise, spark... but also I will write down all of the other resolutions and the "2014 Plan".

- Submitted by SARAHMANI 12/26/2013 in Motivation | 4 Comments

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SparkPeople Radio

I subscribe to SP Radio podcasts and listen to it on my way to work. This helps me to stay motivated to get up from my desk occasionally and take a walk and say no to the donuts and candy that always makes its way into the office.

- Submitted by CMNOVAK 12/26/2013 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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Be a Leader

I love company and I think it is great for me to verbalize my commitment to something so I like to take my "thing" and make it public. For example, today I shared infused water "Because I know I have to drink 8 glasses a day but is hard to stay focused but this pitcher makes it easy and it's delicious!" WooHoo everyone is drinking their water and talking about it. Next?

- Submitted by LARABY34 12/17/2013 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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