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Motivation Secrets

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

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Find a Spark Team with Challenges

Find a team that is interesting to YOU and has great challenges that you can tailor to your needs!

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Keep goals small

Set small goals--don't start out to lose 100 pounds or even 25, because if it doesn't come off as fast as you would like, chances are you will give up. Try for a 5 pound loss, and then another, etc.

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Embrace hunger

I am capable of embracing hunger. When I get hungry between meals I can push away the panic. YES! Hunger means I'm losing weight. Then, I drink a glass of water.

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Mantra via Chalene Johnson

Just 2 words, 3 times: PUSH FORWARD, PUSH FORWARD, PUSH FORWARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Forge Ahead

Even though you fall behind, keep forging ahead...

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Surround Yourself with Awareness

I stay motivated by journaling daily, reading Health magazine, and talking about my goals. I try to constantly be aware of what I want to achieve, and do my best not to slip up if possible. If I do slip up, I work on doing better the next meal/time/etc.

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Inspiration

I just put up some cork board on the wall in fort of my treadmill and I pinned up pictures that inspire me to work out harder.

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Write a monthly progress report as a blog post

I have started writing a monthly progress report. Every first Sunday of the month I measure in and write a blog entry describing my pounds and inches lost, but also my exercise progress, what's new in my program, etc. I find this to be a great motivational and consistency tool!

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Reward yourself FIRST!

I find that, for me, the carrot works better than the stick. I've been reaping the rewards before I sow ...

For example, this week, I bought myself some flowers on Monday - took them to work, kept them on my desk. The intense aroma and sheer beauty of the roses helped me say no to cravings!

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Meditation & Yoga

When I wake I do 20 mins of simple stretches in bed then I meditate for 20 mins, meditation is very motivating for me.

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