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Staying Positive Secrets

How do you achieve and maintain a positive outlook?

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For Yourself

Don't do it for someone else, do it for yourself. You deserve it.

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Positive Daily Outcomes

I have a daily goal: "Envision positive outcomes for the day." Whenever I catch myself rolling my eyes or thinking negatively, I pull that goal out of the back of my mind and focus on changing my perspective on whatever it is I'm feeling negative about.

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Progress, not perfection

Remember, two steps forward and one step back is still one step forward. As long as you keep moving forward, you're winning. No one is perfect -- forgive yourself, learn from your experience, and soldier onward.
Progress, not perfection!

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Don't be Embarrassed or Jealous

With all of our stats here public, it's only natural to feel embarrassment when we stray or jealousy when others post huge weight losses. Everyone is different, and everyone is here to get fit and healthy! Keep it public, stay accountable, celebrate victories, and bolster others' spirits as well.

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Just breathe

Sometimes things get to be too much, A friend suggested this and it works. Just Breathe. You can do this right how, no matter how stressed you are feeling.
Just
Breathe.

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regaining a positive outlook

When I am down, to change my outlook, I sometimes challenge myself to a week of daily affirmations. I try to give myself genuine compliments for a week... sometimes it takes more than a week, but I eventually start seeing things in a positive light.

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Putting it into words

I've learned that the best way for me to move past things that are hindering me is to write it all down and post it. For me, it's not responses from others that are the biggest help (although they are awesome!) but just the simple act of putting feelings into words. The bad stuff loses its power!

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List The Pros And Cons

If you ever seriously consider giving up ( which I know you won't ) take a couple of minutes, draw a line down the middle of a sheet of paper and list the pros and cons of your decision. This will help to remind you why you started in the first place and the consequences of turning back

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Ok to not be perfect

Love the spark book. I had a huge aha moment when I realized it is really ok to not strive to do everything perfect. It is ok to find a few easy goals to form habits with. Then slowly add more. I don't have to do it all or nothing.

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One day at a time

My body has many ups and downs. Some days a lot of pain and unknowns. If I focus on the pain and the trails or worry about tomorrow it can wreck the whole day.
But if I focus on others I can enjoy the day and what it has to offer.
I would rather enjoy the day

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