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Motivation Secrets

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

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Save $1.00 each Day I Exercise

Every day I exercise I put $1.00 in a jar and then at the end of the month I treat myself to whatever I want. The more I exercise the more I have to treat myself, for me it's a great motivator. emoticon

- Submitted by NEED2GETFIT09 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 2 Comments

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Positive and Negative Inspiration

I find that both positive and negative inspiration has helped me. I have pictures of healthy people I admire at work and one picture of me at my heaviest weight. It reminds me of where I have been and where I want to go. I also keep a picture of myself in my wallet to pull out if I need a reminder.

- Submitted by BMANTHBODYGUARD 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 1 Comment

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Live within seams, live within means

I decided to pack my lunch everyday during Lent (40 day habit changer). I have lost weight and saved money. Extra money will be going to food pantry at church.

- Submitted by PASTORJAY 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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Minimize the negativity

I have never been a positive person. Lately, I have been focusing on the positive things that have occurred since beginning my healthy lifestyle instead of the negative. This has profoundly changed my outlook in life in general, not just with weight loss and healthy living.

- Submitted by LISSIE88 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 1 Comment

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Time to Lose

I did not gain all the weight I want to lose overnight so I should not expect to lose it overnight. It will take time and the older I am, could impact the speed at which I lose.

- Submitted by TEXASTITCHER 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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Vanity

I have really learned that there is nothing wrong with vanity as my motivation. I *know* that I should be motivated by wanting to be healthy, being a better mom, etc... but honestly, embracing my vanity has helped me stay motivated more than anything.

- Submitted by MEL_UNRAU 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 1 Comment

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Ditch the "All or Nothing" Mentality

Setbacks are a part of life. Someone will bring in cake for a coworkers birthday. Your special someone will surprise you with dinner out. You'll have to work late. You'll get sick. These things happen. Just because you have an unperfect moment doesn't mean the entire day or week is lost.

- Submitted by LIZNIX1 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 1 Comment

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Cell phone - Not just for talking

I use a motivational picture as my wallpaper on my cell phone. I am reminded of my goals every time I pick up my phone and it is with me where ever I go. My ticker is really going in the right direction since I did this!

- Submitted by SEWSPARKMEUP 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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Help Others

Spend some time helping others on the message boards. It makes you feel good which in turn keeps you coming back to Spark! (Plus you can learn a lot)

- Submitted by NKHARRIS329 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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DEDICATION AND SUPPORT

STAYING TRUE TO MYSELF AND KEEP PUSHING MYSELF, WITH MY HUSBAND AND CHILDREN AT MY SIDE CHEERING ME ON!!!!!!!!!. I HAVE LOST 4LBS AND STILL GOING.

- Submitted by BAYBA1 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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