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

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Look to the future and get excited!

Instead of being downhearted about the past or the present, focus on small or big positive events that will happen today, tomorrow, next month, or even in the years to come. Don't limit yourself to weight loss/gain events. Having something exciting to look forward to always keeps me pumped!

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Family

I think of my daughter. I don't want her to go through the pain and embarrassment of being overweight. So I think about her to give myself motivation.

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spring cleaning

I have worked all week to really, really clean this house and get the outside in order. I'm beat but it looks good. Have just a little more to do and I will be done. Its nice to have everything nice and clean and the yard all nice and pretty.

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Live for tomorrow

Dinner to midnight matters, at the time-but more importantly-the next day. It's kind of like a hangover, it puts a cloud over your efforts from the get go.

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Falling Off

If I start falling off and losing motivation, I gradually get myself into the game by going to the gym at least once a week and then going up one more day as the week progresses to I make it to 5 days.

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Starting over when you slip

I have times when I slip, we all do. I ask the Lord to forgive me and give me the strength I need on this journey!! With the Lord on my/our side I/we can not fail! We will have slip ups, we are human. Get right back to eating healthy or exercising! YOU CAN DO IT!!!! Trust the Lord in ALL things!!

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Don't focus on the outcome, focus on the journey!

We get too focused on tracking, weighing, shopping cooking, etc... That is all good. But when we don't reap our reward we become discouraged. Don't focus on the reward. Rather focus on the accomplishments that you are making. Doing the right thing because it is the right thing to do.

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Keep an attitude of gratitude!

We all go through times of sitting on the pity pot, often when we stray from healthy eating. How many times have you felt that way?

Keeping a gratitude journal is a great way to change your perspective and learn to appreciate the many small miracles & focus on what's right in your life.

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Overcoming obstacles

The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it. —Moliere

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Tell A Friend ! Tell The World !!

Every time I say the words "I'm losing weight" it gives me an inner feeling of accomplishment and encouragement to continue. A Side benefit is that people around me don't question it when I pass up a food they think I should try.

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