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Motivation Secrets

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

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To keep running on the treadmill

To keep running on the treadmill and make my time and distance for the day, I imagine myself in a hot outfit going out with the girls during the moments I just want to quit. It really tracks my mind from wanting to stop!

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Tracking Weight on Nintendo Wii Fit

Every few days I weigh myself on the Wii fit. I've been doing this for the last 12 months. When I feel discouraged, I look back over the last few weeks (or months) and I see how the graph has continually progressed downward. Doing this reminds me that I AM making progress.

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I can only watch this TV-on-DVD set if I'm on the bike or sick!

I have been borrowing from a friend various seasons of a TV show on DVD (ok, because I'm a geek it's Babylon 5, but it could be any show). I only let myself watch it if I'm working out on my exercise bike or sick. 1 episode just covers my warm-up, time on the bike, cool-down and stretching.

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I look at my co-workers

I work at a desk job and in the past there has been no shortage of treats. You can see all of this when you look at our mid-sections. I don't want to end up like one of these ladies. Over 50, diabetic, bigger around than I am tall. That would be scary for me.

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Write a letter from your future self!

write a letter from your future self praising you for accomplishing what you set out to do, overcoming obstacles and persevering. It's motivating now, and it's reaffirming later. Date it and open it 3, 6, 9 or 12 months later

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Do what I can today

Sometimes my legs are too weak to exercise. So I ask myself what can I do today? My arms feel okay so why don't I sit in a chair and do strength training on my arms with some 3 lb weights? I feel like I've accomplished something! So I don't get completely off track.

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What motivates me

I usually try to pick 3 random blogs from users I don't know. through out the week. I read the blog, and I leave a message of motivation. By helping them and giving them words of encouragement, I encourage myself . I gain new friends sometimes and I just feel better that I was friendly.

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What your weight loss looks like

You can visualise weight that youíve lost by searching Google images for 5lb, 7lb, 10lb or whatever. I have a picture of a 45lb fish on my Sparkpage as a motivating reminder for me. Itís the one that got away & I donít ever want it back again! Others have lost much more.

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Whoosh (technical word for Spark friends motivating me)

Emailing and reading my spark friend's blogs. If, I have a day that I do not feel motivated I go on Spark read my friend's comments, blogs, etc. and whoosh! I am motivated.

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