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Motivation Secrets

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

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Flexibility

I find something that really makes cardio exercise much more enjoyable is to first improve flexibility, then strength, and then increase cardio.

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Surefire Way to Make it to the Gym Everyday

Pick a gym that you DRIVE by on your way home from work. That way, you can only always guilt yourself into that workout because really, the gym is RIGHT THERE!

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Motivate others

I find that when I send someone an e-mail, make a phone call, send a letter via snail mail, or even a text message to motivate someone I end up being the one who is motivated.

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Live in the moment.

Try to not worry about what is to come or what has passed. Just live in the moment. That's what it's all about!

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Life

Life is about ups and downs. Just like it is impossible to be always up, it is impossible to be always down. If you are feeling down just look up and you might find someone or something there to pull you up!

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TV Doesn't Always Make You Fat

Got DVR? DVR your fav tv exercise shows and do the workout over and over and over until you have it. FitTV on digital cable has great exercise & dance shows which I DVR to do later when the house is quiet.

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Instead of reaching for the chips....

Instead of focusing on a life problem, it helps to get out and exercise, jog, go to the gym, put a video to work out at home. The problem won't disappear, only with focus on being positive for yourself, coping and resolution are conjured up. Exercise is the best arsenal stress relief.

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Motivating others by Reading their Blogs

I like to support my fellow sparkies by reading and responding to their blogs. When I get behind in this task, my weight stalls...I know when people respond to my blogs it helps me in my quest for better health and makes me take better care of myself. Support your spark friends...BLOG

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Excuses

Everytime I make an excuse to not be healthy and active. I write the excuse down and have a no excuse list. I post it so I can see how many times I try to weasel out. Example: excuse-can't afford gym well could I afford monthly rx because of bad health?

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List of Reasons

Make a small list of reasons why you want to lose weight and are willing to work hard toward that goal. Carry these reasons on a small piece of paper and bring with you where you can whip it out and read it at times when you need to remind yourself -like making a tough food choice.

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