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Motivation Secrets

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

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Read other Secrets!

I read other "Secrets" every day and keep reading until I find one that I can incorporate into my lifestyle (if only for that day). It's helped me to make baby steps toward healthier living.

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Put it in Writing First !

Eating meals that are on your program is a multi-step task. Plan your grocery list IN WRITING. This critical step can strengthen our commitment, helping us avoid two motivational weak moments -- in the store and in the kitchen. Reward yourself (non-food) for this and keep on track.

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Work out Clothes

This is silly but I would normally get dressed in my work out clothes 1st thing in the morning....even if I wasnt going to work out right away! I would wear them all day till I worked out. I hated to take them off if I didn't work out. It made all the difference! I almost always made time to workout

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When you get off track

When I get off track and feel hopelss, I try to do three small, simple things that will help, like taking a short walk, eating a piece of fruit, or drinking a glass of water. It helps me realize that I really can meet my goals.

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The Ugly Pics

I carry a picture of myself when I was at my absolute heaviest and ugliest. That way even when I lose, or even gain, or plateau, I look at that gal and realize I am not her anymore. That picture was what unhealthy looked like.

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Discipline

Have you picked a Lifestyle Change to work on, are trying to make it a habit, have reduced it down to baby steps; yet you are still having issues?

Discipline is remembering what you REALLY want. Make the collage/pix board SP recommends. Remember it, visualize it, & look at what you REALLY wa...

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My Medicine

On days I don't feel like working out I give myself a pep talk. Exercise is like medicine - it doesn't always taste good but in the end it will make me feel better.

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Own it!

Instead of saying things like "things at work are too busy", "the kids schedule is too much", therefore I don't have time to eat healthy or exercise, use phrases like 'I will schedule time', or 'I will find healthful food choices'. Your language and self-talk affect your attitude and commitment!

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Spreading the spark

I love spreading info about spark It motivates me to also motivate others. I want my friends and family to be healthy.

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My TO DO list

When I am tempted to go to the kitchen and look for a "snack", I refer to my "to do" list. I keep a list of alternate things I can do besides eat, like: clean the sock drawer, brush the dog, weeding, etc. So I take the list, grab a water bottle and get to the task. It has been a huge help!!

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