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Motivation Secrets

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

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Write down your goals

I've found that by writing down my goals and putting them somewhere I can see them daily,this helps motivate me to accomplish what I've written down.

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Switching up routes

Sometimes running the same route can become monotonous and therefore not as exciting. Every so often I map out a different route ahead of time and so then I'm actually excited to try it out.

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Be vulnerable!

Your blog and your status line are so valuable! BE VULNERABLE!!! Share your wins, your struggles, your scary thoughts, your joys ... with others. It is amazing the amount of support we give and get on SP.

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Wearing the Garmin Heart Monitor helps motivate me!

My hubby purchased a Garmin heart monitor that has a band you wear under your shirt around your chest and a wrist monitor that you activate{after plugging it in for at least an hour}.Then it measures[ besides heart rate] calories burned for whatever activity you list-walk,run or bike{our uses}.

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Drinking Water

In order to drink my 8 glasses of water daily I fill up and drink a 24oz water bottle before or after each meal that way I know that I will be sure to get all 8 plus a little more in.

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Biggest Loser Contest

Start a BL contest at work! I'm in the 3rd one in 1 1/2 years and both times it's helped me raise the bar in my exercise plan and nutrition! Girls only at our work - 6 week time frame, weigh ins every 2 weeks, $20 participation fee. Highest %(70% of prize), Second highest % (20% of prize),

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Laughter

When I get a negative thought or feel another person's negative influence I watch You Tube! Animals are great fun! Kittens sneaking up on one another, dogs playing with children and my favorite....babies! Oh the faces they make when they have their first taste of peas or lemon! Babies dancing

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Say a mantra using a "quote" from a Spark Friend

Select a key phrase from a Spark friend's post, coment, blog, or message to you. It is conforting and motivating to say "friend's name" says "phrase" mantra. Example: . Ninjachef says You can do it.

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Keep on Keepin' On!!

If 1 egg in a dozen is cracked--do you throw out the entire carton? NO-- we save the rest and toss the one we can't use. Never allow one slip up ruin all the good you have done! Keep all your eggs and replace the new one with your next healthy choice! Perserverance is the KEY!! L

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Sparkpoints keep you accountable!

Try to earn as many sparkpoints a day as possible. I try to earn 100 points a day (the honest way - if i haven't drinked all 8 glasses of water don't say I have).

The more often you are on the site to get points the more likely you are interacting and participating with your lifestyle chang...

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