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Motivation Secrets

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

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My way of "Spreading the Spark"

I have lots of friends & co-workers who ask me for tips on being successful w/ weight loss. Of course, I tell them about SP and encourage them to check the site out. Then to help them w/ their own fitness, instead of treats, I give them day passes to my gym for birthday or holiday gifts!

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Get Your Sneakers on First Thing

Stay-at-home moms and dads, get dressed and get your sneakers on first thing in the morning. I get so much more done when I've got my running shoes on. Even if I don't find enough time to do planned exercise, the housework I get done makes up for it!

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Strength In Numbers

Organize a group weight loss or fitness challenge. For example, me and my sister just organized a family weight loss challenge that begins soon. The person who loses the most weight in x amount of time, is the winner! This is a great way to get positive support & get healthy!

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Staying Motivated

Make a list of all the reasons why you want to lose weight and read it every day.

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avoiding snacking

often when I am hit with the urge to snack, I can stop it in it's tracks by coming on line and either posting or reading posts....it side tracks me and usually it motivates me to stay on track!

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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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