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It is so much easier to follow through on what you want to do when you have someone who will check up on you and that you can check up on to see how you are doing. It is so nice to have someone who will cheer you on and give you the motivation you need to continue.
I start my day with exercise. I find it gives me more energy throughout the day and that I am more alert and productive after I have exercised. Then, I do not have to fight with myself at the end of the day to go work out when I am tired and ready to relax. I feel positive because I exercised.
The local Y has exercise or eating challenges about every month or two. I have been doing them to stay motivated. It makes the exercise and being healthy more interesting.
Start a "no" streak, like no chocolate or no cookies or no candy. Take it one day at a time. Don't say I will NEVER eat a chocolate again. Just say, I am trying to see how long I can go without it. I can eat one if I want to, I simply choose not to today.