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Motivation Secrets

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

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faceing your giants

I noticed in the past I would avoid mirrors, hated the way I looked and was ashamed of how I looked so I never walked past a mirror if I could help it & if I had to I just wouldn't face that way so I couldn't see myself as the fat person I truly was.

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Action Movie: daylight

whenever I need motivation I think of the movie Daylight. A tunnel collapses and the survivors must fight to survive. Do you really want to be the fat chic that dies in the beginning cause she couldn't pull herself to safety??

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Make your goals--public!!

It is very important to make goals--make them "do-able," measureable, straightforward, fit you and your needs... Then publish them--share them here on SP, post them in places to remind you of what you are working towards.

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Plan out rewards

As I meet a goal, I plan out non-food rewards. This way, I don't have to wait until all the pounds are gone to celebrate. This week, for example, I got 30 minutes in the hot tub for not missing a workout.

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Live for the Challenge

When you find yourself losing focus w/exercising, find something that challenges and or excites you to get motivated to get back on track.

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Let it go, keep going

Trip, don't fall. If you have an off day, don't give up. We are human and quite frequently make mistakes. That's no reason to quit healthying. Let yesterday go and keep going. Just try to learn from that day.

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garage sales

Have a garage sale or sit at a garage sale for a friend. I found you cannot eat while minding a garage sale.

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One day...

will not undo all of your hard work. It's been 12+ weeks since I joined Spark People and today I enjoyed ice cream (real!) and french fries (greasy!) guiltfree! I did not eat out of boredom, anger, depression....I ate because I wanted to and loved every bite!

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Motivation

Sometimes just plan old relaxation is motivating you for the next day.

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Child's Play

When you go for a walk or a run, take your kids or dogs (if you have either!) My kids yell to me 'faster' and my dogs tell me the same by pulling on the leash. They are better coaches than even Mickey was to Rocky Balboa!

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