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Motivation Secrets

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

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Small changes equal big results

I use the fitness tracker on SparkPeople religiously. I used this information to push myself to walk faster but not necessarily farther. I felt that if I walked faster I would burn more calories and that was good enough. Because of this mindset I never invested in a Fitbit or any other brand of fitn...

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Point, Counterpoint! Argue yourself to a new, healthy life.

When I feed myself excuses: I don't want to exercise today. I'm too tired, for example... I immediately counter with the opposite argument: Yes, I'm tired, but so what? Exercise will give me energy and stamina. Or if I'm eyeballing a piece of cake I think...It will taste delicious, but oh, the sugar...

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Money motivated

For every pound I lost, I put $5 in an envelope in a bureau drawer. If I gained a pound, out came the $5. I never "borrowed" from it. I only put in money when a whole pound was lost. When I reached goal I had enough to treat myself and my new body to a day at a spa!

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Defeat Negative Thinking

We all have negative thinking at times. I call them grumble bunnies -- or more precisely the negative energy caused by churning negative thoughts, I call grumble bunnies.

Do you know people who walk around with a cloud of negativity around them. Unfortunately, negative energy, sustained by ...

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50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday

When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would c...

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Starting to Running

When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in th...

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Log Every Silly Thing !

I log every silly little thing, every snack, every meal, every drink, every bit of walking and every bit of exercise. I blog now and then, check in on message boards and "like" other members achievements a bit here and there,,,,,,

But it's the logging of everything that has made me succes...

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If You're Losing - You're Winning!

It doesn't matter if you are losing .1 lb per week or 2 lbs per week - any weight loss is a success! Any drop in weight is awesome!!

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Start Fresh Everyday

You are bound to overeat one day or miss a workout. Let it go. Tomorrow is a new day with a fresh start.

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Find a specific motivation and keep a reminder!

A well defined goal can be all the motivation you need sometimes. Create a specific, time bound goal and define the progress you'll need to make to reach that goal. You won't believe how quickly you'll feel successful - and how amazingly motivating those successes can be.

Motivations don't...

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