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Motivation Secrets

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

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Visualize!

I visualize...focusing in on a single body part which, for me is usually my belly because I want a fit flat belly so badly. I close my eyes and can see myself as the FIT version of me, I WILL be! I get excited and motivated by seeing this image in my mind; I'm ready to go out to make it happen!

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Morning Workouts

Get up at the same time everyday. If it's a running day, run. If it's not - do something else productive around the house. This keeps my sleeping patters consistent and makes it easy to get up for my workouts!

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One step at a time

Don't try and change everything in your life all at once. Choose one or two things and work on those. When you have that under control, add something else. You build on your successes one step at a time to become a well rounded and healthy person.

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Persevere

Keep going...no matter how slow the progress...even the snails made it to the Ark.

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staying motivated

My motivation to keeping up with the healthy eating and exercise is my health. I just remember that I am not getting any younger. I need to take care of myself to have a good life. I have muscle problems so I have to keep moving in order to move.

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Glory to GOD

He motivates me to do the right thing!

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Read other Secrets!

I read other "Secrets" every day and keep reading until I find one that I can incorporate into my lifestyle (if only for that day). It's helped me to make baby steps toward healthier living.

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Put it in Writing First !

Eating meals that are on your program is a multi-step task. Plan your grocery list IN WRITING. This critical step can strengthen our commitment, helping us avoid two motivational weak moments -- in the store and in the kitchen. Reward yourself (non-food) for this and keep on track.

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Work out Clothes

This is silly but I would normally get dressed in my work out clothes 1st thing in the morning....even if I wasnt going to work out right away! I would wear them all day till I worked out. I hated to take them off if I didn't work out. It made all the difference! I almost always made time to workout

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When you get off track

When I get off track and feel hopelss, I try to do three small, simple things that will help, like taking a short walk, eating a piece of fruit, or drinking a glass of water. It helps me realize that I really can meet my goals.

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