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How do you achieve and maintain a positive outlook?

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Visualize

Remember that, even if you are doing your workout in front of a mirror and things are jiggling on your body that you don't want to see, you are doing that workout for a reason. Visualize the way you will look and the things that you'll be able to do when you are fit and have reached your goal.

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Eliminiate the BMW

Eliminate BMW (Bitching, Whining, & Moaning) by just doing it. I got this from Dr. Peeke who wrote Body for Life for Women. I stop complaining about exercise and just realize it's the cost of living healthy and having a better life. I like the payoff! It get's me motivated.

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Laugh long and hard

Whenever you feel like you want to cry, dig deep and laugh at the situation. Sometimes laughter may bring tears, but these are tears of joy. There is more joy in smiling than in frowing.

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Motivation

I look up one new quote for the day and try to stick with it. Keep it in my head and use it when I get down or cant make myself do the right thing.

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Start the day on the right track

Every day during the work week, I get in early. I use my extra time to Spark. I read my Spark email and login. I record my nutrition. I track my goals. And then I browse my teams topics. This "ritual" brings me back to positive if I am not in a good mood already.

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Work your way through it.

Down days are inevitable. Remind yourself that it is only a temporary condition. Eat well. Exercise. Read some blogs. And the up-days will return.

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Life is a gift

I have "Life is a Gift" posted in several places around the house to remind me how blessed I am. It helps me remember to nourish this body well in every way.

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How I Cope With Disappointment

Disappointment comes when I put my expectations in people I love. People I trust like family, friends, or my pastor! If I keep my expectations on what I KNOW is right instead of whom I know, I can avoid this pitfall. choice: Emotional eating/writing? I choose to write.

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Start again now

If I slip up and eat something I didn't plan for, I try to tell myself "Just start again right now and things will be okay."

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Keep Going

Don't let other distract from your goal. People who don't understand will try to bring you down. Don't let them do that. Just keep your eye on the prize and keep going.

You're doing great!!

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