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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 Set Limits for Yourself

Stop telling yourself what you can't do and instead focus on the things you can do and are doing. You will be amazed at the things you will accomplish when you tell yourself "I can do this" and then keep moving forward towards your goals!!!

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HAPPY

Today I finished cutting the grass and it took 3 1/2 hours to cut the back yard. I have about 4 to 5 acres to cut and I like doing it. After I pulled weeds and then came in and vacuum the bedroom. I decided it was time to stop. Made me feel alive. Enjoy the outside nice weather. God's creation's.

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Take a Spark Friend......

Are you going somewhere stressful? That turns on your pigging out urges? Take along a Spark friend to support you. Print out a comment or post with the Spark friend's name and slip in your pocket.























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Tell Everyone

When I set a goal I tell everyone that loves me and give them permission to hold me accountable. It helps to know that I have the support I need on the days my will power may be lacking.

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New shoes

Buying a new pair of workout shoes or any item that has to do with exercise.

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Picture

I have a picture of myself on the frig from 10 years ago when I was 135lbs and at my all time low weight. I was confident and happy with my body. When I need a little motivation and take a look at that picture!

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Link your status to Facebook!

Linking your status to Facebook does more than just give you a SparkPoint! You can recruit new Spark Buddies and get a ton more support! I've gained so many more friends on Spark because of it, and my friends on Facebook now know that I'm loosing weight,so I have my own cheer team there as well!

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Be the motivator

Find a group of people who also need help loosing weight. Encourage them to join sparkpeople and start loosing weight with you. Set up a short term goal for everyone to reach. Be there for them, encourage them, and celebrate their triumphs. It's a win - win situation.

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Make a compliment journal

Most keep a food or a fitness journal, but you should also keep a Compliment Journal. Anytime someone compliments you, write it down! Even when you don't notice your weight loss, someone does. When you are having a bad day, go read those compliments and perk right up.

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Just five Crappy Pounds

I never, ever try to lose any more than five pounds...no more. Just 5 crappy pounds; it's doable, who can't lose five crappy pounds? So who's to say if once I'm there, I just might decide to start all over again to lose five crappy pounds--it's doable...who can't lose five crappy pounds?

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