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How do you achieve and maintain a positive outlook?

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Perfectionism

I had a problem with perfectionism. It was all or none. One day, I realized a 'perfect' human makes mistakes. Now I can pick myself up and start again much easier.

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Keep Smiling and thinking positive thoughts

When I have a day that just seems to go all pear shaped I try to think of one positive thing. Usually just thinking about my nieces and nephews smiling cheers me right up. If that doesn't cheer me up I go for a jog and that clears my head as well!

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I shift my thoughts to shift my shape.

I remind myself of the healthy and balanced person I'm striving to be, the one who can only come into existence if I keep my eye on "her" as the prize.

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Sharing

I find by just saying the words out loud seem to affirm what I'm doing, for instance if I am going on a long bike ride I tell everyone I know and know that the next time I see them they will ask how did it go ?

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Ignore the Negative Thinkers

Too often I find I react rather than act. The saboteurs, complainers, whiners, and negative people are simply not happy with THEMSELVES!

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Positive Self Talk skills!

Practice positive self-talk skills: Positive self-talk messages will reinforce the qualities, skills and attributes within you, affect your unconscious mind and have a major effect on the way you view yourself.

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Hang in there

Don't give up, if you have a bad day there is always tomorrow. Just think how much better off you are than if you didn't try at all. A slow weight loss is sure better than a gain.

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Goal-Setting

While I have the ultimate goal of losing a lot of pounds, I set smaller goals for myself each week. Some are related to my weight loss, some are about my daily exercise, but there are others as well, i.e. SparkPoints, eating in a healthy way. And don't forget the rewards!

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Talk to yourself

I was recently challenged to write my affirmations and say them out loud a minimum of 3 times a day. It has made such a difference! My affirmations include a goal, things I want to see change in myself and things I'd like to sustain and/or remind myself of.

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