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

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FRIENDS are the key!

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On a regular basis, take the time to make new friends. Stop by their page, send them a goody or send them an email and let them know you care. They in turn motivate, encourage you and stop by to see how you are doing.

- Submitted by ANGELFMABV 3/25/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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Joining Challenges

One of my secrets has been to join team challenges and to make challenges for myself. Once I have committed to something, I am likely to stick to it. My favorite is the virtual trip I am on. I ride my stationary bike and log the miles. I'm visiting all of the NASCAR tracks. It makes my ride fun.

- Submitted by QUADCMOM 3/25/2010 in Motivation | 1 Comment

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Set a Challenging Goal

In order to motivate myself to workout regularly I have to have something specific and challenging to shoot for. This year it's a 200-mile, one-day bike ride in MN. The goal has to be attainable but only with hard work. This helps me so much every year.

- Submitted by MNCYCLIST 3/25/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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Make a Motivational Board/Wall!

Looking at pictures, phrases and words which represent my goals, wants, dreams or needs helps keep me motivated! You can add to it as you go, or compile it all at once!

- Submitted by GOZEKIGRL 3/25/2010 in Motivation | 5 Comments

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im a good person, people like me

talking to myself...does anyone remember the character stuart smiley, from saturday night live? well if yer as old as i am you do, it was al franken and he was so funny, but, i think of him, and i say, im a good person, and doggonit, ppl like me!!!

- Submitted by SOFT_VAL67 3/25/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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Do It For Me

In the past, I tried losing weight for different reasons, and usually those reasons revolved around what other people wanted. This time, though, I am motivated by my own desire to be healthy. That doesn't mean you do it alone - I couldn't be successful without the support my friends and family.

- Submitted by SUMMAHFRUTE 3/25/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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sparkly stickers

I use stickers on my calendar to keep me motivated. A lady bug for doing my minimum of exercise, A fish for drinking my water and a butterfly for each pound lost. It gives a great visual of how you are doing. I like sparkly stickers.

- Submitted by BUNNYSPAL 3/25/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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Pictures

Document your whole journey in pictures. Put a picture of your current/formal self on the fridge so you look at it everytime you open it. Everyweek take a new side/front picture and watch the weight come off in pictures! Its great motivation!

- Submitted by INKDSARAH 3/25/2010 in Motivation | 2 Comments

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Dogs are great walking buddies!!!

I have four dogs so I am NOT allowed to sit on the couch without getting their walks in. This is a great way to keep me motivated because some days I simply would not get up and exercise if I didn't have to. Looking at their longing faces makes me want to get up and get out there!!!!

- Submitted by SARAHTAIT 3/25/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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Dogs are great walking buddies!!!

I have four dogs so I am NOT allowed to sit on the couch without getting their walks in. This is a great way to keep me motivated because some days I simply would not get up and exercise if I didn't have to. Looking at their longing faces makes me want to get up and get out there!!!!

- Submitted by SARAHTAIT 3/25/2010 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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