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Motivation Secrets

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

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Positive gossip in a journal or a jar

Collect the positive comments people give you and write them down. Put them in a journal, write them on slips of paper and put them in a jar, put them on posters! Don't forget to add your successes to the journal and to the slips of paper.

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Dress your weight!

Don't purchase clothes that you might fit into someday. Buy the clothes that fit you now. When I buy a nice top that fits and suits my body, I feel better about myself. I mean think about it. If I look this good now, can you imagine how I'll look with less weight?

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The Spark Book

I just bought The Spark...I am hoping it will light a fire under me. I have been struggling for a lonnnnng time.

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Email is always there

Although they say not to compare my end gift to myself other than a brand new body is a new wardrobe from Victoria Secret. This is the reason that I signed up for daily emails showing me what's on sale, etc, to keep my mind on my end gift. A new body with new clothes.

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Being an active member

Faithfully logging in .Reading the messages from others and
sharing your thoughts.It keeps your mind focused on the goal.

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Goals

Setting up a goal. Whether it be a small one or a large one will help you stay motivated. Right now my goal is to get healthy before my 50th birthday in August.

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My Motivation

The Spark book...if you haven't bought it yet...buy it...and read it.

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Praise

I have been so used to taking care of others but I never took the time to take care of ME! Now I take time to actually PRAISE myself and get rid of the normal STINKY THINKING I have about myself. I can and will do this. And I tell myself that often.

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The Kitchen is "CLOSED"

After reading today's article on procrastination, I know I am on my way. I started tidying up the kitchen after dinner (versus my morning routine). Now upon waking, the kitchen is done (morning dread is gone too), Now I can have a new routine by using that time to exercise and set daily goals.

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Ideal picture and description

Have a picture at least in your mind and better if you have it on paper. If you can identify with this image that you will look like once you reach your ideal goal, then you have beaten much of your weight loss struggle.

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