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Motivation Secrets

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

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Use your Post-Its!

I often jog down inspirational quotes I find on the SP website and post them where I think they'll do me the most good. I find this to be true when my motivation is sagging. My latest find: Self- Control *stop* *think* *what could happen?* *Is that what you want?*

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Share those secrets!

Share your secrets! It not only helps others, but it helps you! You can read people's comments on your own secrets to help your motivation. We all need to help each other get through this with positivity and motivation! Good luck! We can do this!

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Gym

I work at a gym and MY motivation is seeing all the teeny personal trainers! I know I don't want to be as small as them but their healthy habits inspire mine

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Prediabetes

I recently had my annual physical and was told that I am prediabetic. My dad has type II diabetes so this is my wake up call. I am in control right now and have made the committment to do everything in my power to keep myself as just a prediabetic. Using Spark People really helps me track my eating.

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No Money for Goal Rewards?

I needed to find a way to reward myself that did not cost any $, but still would encourage me along the way. I found I can give myself wonderful goodies with all those Spark Points I am accumulating. I am saving up now for a Virtual Vacation when I finally get to the 10% weight lost point!

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How to get that Water Intake up to where it should be!!!

In the a.m., cut up a lemon (wedges) and put them in a small cup in refrigerator, top & center. Each time I drink water, i've been putting two wedges of lemon. Seeing the lemon everytime you open the fridge serves as a 'reminder', and makes the water taste great!

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Affirmations

Develop a personal DECLARATION - to empower you during challenging times. I have a couple of them:

"I am MORE than a number on the scale - I am a LIONESS!!!"

"No matter WHAT the scale says, I will always be the strongest and healthiest ME that I can be!"

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Are We There Yet???

Don't continually look how far you still have to go in your journey to health. Remember to look back to remind yourself just how far you've come!! You may not be where you want to be yet, but you certainly aren't where you used to be!! And that's progress!

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Having a Buddy System

It is easier to get up at 5 am to workout when I know that my workout partner is counting on me to be there, since she got up that early too. Some mornings are tough because of a long, late night, with a sick child, late night grocery runs, working my second job, etc., but "she is waiting on me."

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Subscribe or share fitness magazines! (Or head to your local library!)

If you can afford it, subscribe to a fitness/health oriented magazine like Health, Women's Health, or Runner's World. They serve as a monthly reminder to stay on track, and I always find something new to motivate me to keep going! You can also share magazines with friends or go to your library!

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