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Motivation Secrets

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

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I've enlisted the help of everyone I know - family, friends, work mates and total strangers - to motivate me in my weight loss journey. I used my job in the beginning to get motivated to work out, with 5 extra minutes per day for every 105% QA I listened to. I've lost 75 pounds with their help!

- Submitted by MSJULIANA 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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Put Your Shoes On

If I find I really don't want to go to the gym, I'll just say, "Fine, I won't go. But I'll put my gym shoes on." Once I have my gym shoes on, somehow I'm out the door. If you can't bring yourself to start working out, just try to take one small step in that direction. The first step is the hardest!

- Submitted by STRAY_CAT 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 7 Comments

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Get active on SparkPeople!

Simply join Spark teams, visit Spark Pages and make Spark Friends!

- Submitted by LAURIE5658 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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Login

Sometimes when I get off track I find myself avoiding Sparkpeople altogether. My secret is I tell myself I'll just log in. Once I log in I find myself getting into reading articles and stories and before I know it I am motivated to track. Soon after I am back to wanting to exercise. All from a login

- Submitted by MAMA2BHOT 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 5 Comments

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Fight the negative, remember the positive

When I start feeling discouraged about my progress, I fight back by going through the list of things I have already achieved on this journey. By the time I'm done, I feel much better and ready to tackle the next hurdle in my way!
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- Submitted by GETFIT2LIVE 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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Weight Loss Blues

If I feel cruddy about lack of weight loss, I remember how far I have come by picking up something that weighs the same amount as my loss. The gallon of milk reminds me actually how heavy five pounds can be and so on. emoticon

- Submitted by JAMGIRL8 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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Buddy Up

emoticon Having a partner to exercise, create meals, and to bounce my successes and failures off, helps me stay positive even when things are not going as I would like them. Even a long distance partner is good because you can SKYPE one another. I love that I have my sister as my partner.

- Submitted by ANTCOF 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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Each day

Each day is the beginning of a new life for me. Each day anything is possible if I stay positive and focused.

- Submitted by ROTTLADY 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 1 Comment

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Engaging my pocketbook and friends in the goal

I need a goal to work for. I pick a race that I'm going to run and I PAY FOR IT as soon as possible. If I'm paying $50-$75 to run a half marathon, it is a constant motivator. I HATE to lose/waste money! I also tell my friends. If I tell them, I wont to go back and say I didn't make it.

- Submitted by THEBOEV 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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Stuck in a rutt? Change your approach...

If you do what you've always done, You'll get what you've always gotten.

- Submitted by MISSY306 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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