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

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It's Beyond Me

I spent a fair amount of time with my wonderful family today, and it reminded me that I'm not changing just for myself. I want to spend a long, healthy, and active life with them by my side.

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Inspiration Notebook

I know Sparkpoeple tells you to make a collage so I took it one step further and started a notebook to fill with my inspiration. I plan on using it when I get down and to look back on in a few years! I cut out pictures and articles from magazines and put them in a notebook like a scrapbook.

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Force yourself

When I don't wanna- do anything..
.I make my self -get up and move by telling myself,
"No-One Else, Is Going To Do It For You...
Now Move It Lady...

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Reward yourself

After I lost my first 20 lbs, I got a tattoo I've wanted for awhile. When I reached my first goal (29lbs), I went shopping. How motivating is it to shop for smaller clothes!?!? This keeps me going; looking forward to my next reward after reaching my 2nd goal, which will probably be a girls vacation...

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Remember what you felt like before

If you find your motivation slipping, remember how you felt before you starting changing your life and compare it to how you felt when you were following a healthy lifestyle. That will help you get back on track.

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Celebrate the small stuff

Today is mother's day and it is a fantastic day because my children helped me to empty the dishwasher. That's it. As a mom I don't need fancy jewels, big gifts, or vacations. All I need is a helping hand with a smile.

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Read Dacher Keltner and his website



Dacher Keltner and his colleagues have a great website with motivational and helpful articles about living for the greater good of all. It is very interesting and motivational for me. http://peacecenter.berkeley.edu/

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Watch Opra

She knows how to do this. Just watch her show.

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Find yourself

I've learned that I'm at war with myself...I fight battles every day, I lose and win. The way for me to stay focused and on track is to measure against the "whole" and not the incident. If I slip today with my calories or fitness routine...does it matter when across a week I've done well?

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Write your weight where you can see it

Post a calendar near the refrigerator or by your front door and whenever you weight yourself, mark it on the calender along with how many pounds you've lost or gained. This should definitely inspire you not to over eat or motivate you to reach your weight goal

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