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Motivation Secrets

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

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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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try taking your grandchild(ren) to Busch Gardens - and keeping up with him/her/them! THAT has motivated me to really try and get rid of this "holding me down/back" weight once and for all! I just never thought I would be a fat/unhealthy/out of shape grandparent!!

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Mind over Manner

I am stronger than any craving. IT'S JUST FOOD! It is that simple. America puts so much emphasis on food, but in the wrong ways. Healthy does NOT have to taste bad or make you feel deprived. After all, it is just food. Why do we value it so much?! We should value our health and our lives.

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Alternate Calories

Lately I have been alternating my calorie intake a bit. During the week I stay between my 1200-1550, but on the weekends, I allow myself between 1800-1900 calories, which is the appropriate maintenance calories for my goal weight. Makes me feel I can have a little extra, but still stay on track.

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Harder to fail as a team.

Start a healthy eating program and then gather friends to go on it with you. It motivates you to stay on track and you share lunchs and planning and encouragment for each other. It is more difficult to fail when you are part of a team than when you stand alone

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