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Motivation Secrets

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

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Don't make diet so strict you can't stick to it

Try new ways of cooking-When talking about what you eat don't be negative by saying I had a little of this--but I didn't have that.
Don't play pity me , I'm on a diet. Instead say I had a fabulous salad with a really great piece of seasoned chicken and a great salad dressing-Be positive

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A smaller size pair of pants

I've gone down from a size 28 pants to a size 10 pair of designer jeans. Now, my daughter has given me a size 8 - and it's hanging in my closet waiting for the day I can wear it. I figure only 8 or 10 more pounds, and how hard can that be to lose?

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Victory over Bad Habits

You've heard the old saying- "How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Well I've tackled some of my bad habits that way. I used to drink a lot of coffee. I decided about a year and a half ago to quit. My secret: Tell someone who cares about you and will help you through it.

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Buddy

Getting a buddy that I talk to by phone once a week and mail my daily nutrition tracker to, has been a big help.

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Motivation

Sometimes you just have to motivate yourself..

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My Silly Visual

When I think about the weight I have lost, I think of it as the 3 pound cans of Crisco. I have lost over 60 pounds which would be like carrying 20 cans of Crisco. Can you imagine carrying 20 cans of Crisco everywhere you go. I have about 23 cans to go (69 pounds).

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NEW BOYFRIEND!

Treat your new lifestyle like a new boyfriend don't cheat and if you cheat don't cry make amends with yourself and get on the right track. Don't make excuses for over eating and cheating be truthful to yourself and you new lifestyle..
Both you and your new life will live Happy Ever After.

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Ask for a magazine about nutrition at your library

Ask your local branch to carry a good nutrition magazine, like Cooking Light. We are going to get that magazine at my branch because I asked for it. A small victory for health!
Or maybe you prefer to ask for a fitness magazine - whatever it is, Ask! You may help others, too.

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Forgive Yourself and Move on

Sometimes we get stuck because we don't allow ourselves to be forgiven for current or past mistakes. Let it go and move forward!

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Music keeps me going!

No matter how tired, mad or frustrated I am, music always helps me getting into a better mood. Today I was so tired and didn't really want to exercise but I grabbed my ipod, selected my favorite song and left the house for a 30min walk. It felt so good....

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