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Motivation Secrets

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

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What your weight loss looks like

You can visualise weight that youíve lost by searching Google images for 5lb, 7lb, 10lb or whatever. I have a picture of a 45lb fish on my Sparkpage as a motivating reminder for me. Itís the one that got away & I donít ever want it back again! Others have lost much more.

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Whoosh (technical word for Spark friends motivating me)

Emailing and reading my spark friend's blogs. If, I have a day that I do not feel motivated I go on Spark read my friend's comments, blogs, etc. and whoosh! I am motivated.

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try taking your grandchild(ren) to Busch Gardens - and keeping up with him/her/them! THAT has motivated me to really try and get rid of this "holding me down/back" weight once and for all! I just never thought I would be a fat/unhealthy/out of shape grandparent!!

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Mind over Manner

I am stronger than any craving. IT'S JUST FOOD! It is that simple. America puts so much emphasis on food, but in the wrong ways. Healthy does NOT have to taste bad or make you feel deprived. After all, it is just food. Why do we value it so much?! We should value our health and our lives.

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Alternate Calories

Lately I have been alternating my calorie intake a bit. During the week I stay between my 1200-1550, but on the weekends, I allow myself between 1800-1900 calories, which is the appropriate maintenance calories for my goal weight. Makes me feel I can have a little extra, but still stay on track.

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Harder to fail as a team.

Start a healthy eating program and then gather friends to go on it with you. It motivates you to stay on track and you share lunchs and planning and encouragment for each other. It is more difficult to fail when you are part of a team than when you stand alone

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Motivational Quote

No matter who you are, no matter what you do, you absolutely, positively do have the power to change.

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Keep a Journal

Write down your successes and 'Little Victories.' Have someone take full length pictures of you and take your measurements on a regular basis. Write about how you feel when you can fit into a smaller size, or walk and extra mile.

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Hunger Free Write

I always want to snack at work. Vending, snack shack, whatever. But I've found that if I sit for even 3 minutes and just write whatever comes to mind, never stopping, I get over the "hunger" for snacking faster.

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"ATTACK" - COMBATING CRAVINGS! PAN-OUT THE PATTERNS!

Waging war against an ATTACK?- Journal! Carry a little note book everywhere. Keep at bedside at night. Bariatric Specialist said, ďDONíT change anything youíre doing! JUST CASUALLY - MATTER OF FACTLY - WRITE IT DOWN.

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