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Motivation Secrets

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

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Don't get frustrated

Most frustrations we feel while trying to lose weight, we bring upon ourselves: a bad day eating, a missed day of exercise - we think of it as having "blown it" and get frustrated. Which tends to lead to giving up and failure. I can't say it enough -we're human, we're expected to have bad days.

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How to Avoid "Free" Treats at Work

My "Thinning Friends" & I imagine there is a sign on treats saying "For Chubby Girls Only". We take the time to remind one another that it is there. If it is something especially tempting later is a more harsh sign reading "If you STILL want this you must WANT to be chubby." We don't.

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Play Trivia

Playing trivia is another way of learning about staying on a healthier path and it sets your mind in a healthy thought pattern making the day easier to progress.

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Go streaking!

To encourage yourself to stick with a new healthy habit, start a streak. It'll help remind you and keep you excited to do the task.

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Brush Your Teeth!

I find it helps me fend off temptation if I brush my teeth as soon as I have finished my planned meal. I hate the mixture of taking another bite of food after I have brushed my teeth, so it usually keeps me away from the sweets.

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Use a timer

If you have something you need to do that you don't like to or don't want to set a time for 15 minutes or however long you need and just do it. It works with your children too.

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Monday Weigh In

I wait to weigh in until Monday morning. My weekends are unstructured, so it's easy for me to get off track. But if I delay my weekly weigh in until after the weekend, the desire to have a lower number on the scale is percolating in my mind on Saturday and Sunday.

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Run and be happy...

I have become a happier person since I started running.

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Mind, Matter & Me

It takes ME to have my MIND perform in ways that MATTER! My spinning coach this morning was encouraging us to apply Mind over Matter in order to endure the difficult routine. I'm applying My Mind to do what Matters with food choices, exercise discipline, and the right attitude! Mind over Matter wins

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