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Motivation Secrets

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

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I have a picture of myself on the frig from 10 years ago when I was 135lbs and at my all time low weight. I was confident and happy with my body. When I need a little motivation and take a look at that picture!

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Link your status to Facebook!

Linking your status to Facebook does more than just give you a SparkPoint! You can recruit new Spark Buddies and get a ton more support! I've gained so many more friends on Spark because of it, and my friends on Facebook now know that I'm loosing weight,so I have my own cheer team there as well!

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Be the motivator

Find a group of people who also need help loosing weight. Encourage them to join sparkpeople and start loosing weight with you. Set up a short term goal for everyone to reach. Be there for them, encourage them, and celebrate their triumphs. It's a win - win situation.

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Make a compliment journal

Most keep a food or a fitness journal, but you should also keep a Compliment Journal. Anytime someone compliments you, write it down! Even when you don't notice your weight loss, someone does. When you are having a bad day, go read those compliments and perk right up.

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Just five Crappy Pounds

I never, ever try to lose any more than five pounds...no more. Just 5 crappy pounds; it's doable, who can't lose five crappy pounds? So who's to say if once I'm there, I just might decide to start all over again to lose five crappy pounds--it's doable...who can't lose five crappy pounds?

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Lavishing attention on yourself

It helped me to think of the time I spend logging my food and the time I spend exercising as a sort of luxury... a way of lavishing extra-special attention on myself, like a spa treatment or a nice pedicure. I tell myself, "I'm worth this time, and I'll feel great when I'm done."

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Fake it to make it

When you feel "unmotivated", try acting "as if" you were motivated or acting as a motivated person would - the feelings will follow the doing.

This works for redirecting all feelings.

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The Biggest Loser

Grab inspiration wherever you can find it. Today I watched a TV show on Hulu to spur me on to meet today's goals.

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I changed my life, not my weight.

After I lost the first 40 lbs, I realized that excerise can be fun, that motivation comes from within and with out, and that there r many ways to make a salad. Summers coming and the salads will come from my own garden. Hey, think of the K's that r used to work a garden.
Thanks 4 all the support...

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Try on for size!

I like to go into my favorite store in try on one size down and one size up, it makes me feel good to look in the mirror and see how far I've come and where I need to be gives more motivation !!

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