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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!
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.
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.
I am the queen of 'failed diets' and since I joined SP I have found that getting rid of the all or nothing/black and white thinking has been one of my biggest helps. Its all about lifestyle not all or nothing!