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How do you achieve and maintain a positive outlook?

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Keep a journal

One of the best motivators I've had is to keep a journal. That way, when I'm feeling down, I can write down exactly how I'm feeling, and then it's done. And no one has to see it, but I know I've vented and gotten those icky feelings off my chest.

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Food for thought

I think the quote "You are who you think you are. You become who you think you will become", has a lot of truth in it. Maybe, our thoughts do create our situations and we can begin to alter our lives with just our thoughts.... Something to think about.

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I call a "Do-Over"

I used to wait until the next day to 'start over' if I made a poor choice. I realized that I can have my 'do-over' immediately, that next minute, that next meal, I don't have to wait to forgive myself nor to make a better choice.

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One step forward

Remember that every step we take forward is one step closer to our goals. They may not all be forward and sometimes we will end up with small detours but as long as we keep moving we get closer to our goal. So remember to take that first step forward every morning.

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Depression

When I feel like I'm getting depressed I use that as a motivator to exercise even if I already have. It keeps me from using food to handle depression

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Walk on those stressed days

When things get stressed or if I am upset I take a walk. It tends to let things settle and then I can be focused. Taking in a deep breath and let go...

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Eat Breakfast

eatting breakfast help me each day not to get the munchies, no matter what i know i start the day right

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Some Goals Can Freak You Out! Relax!

I'm going to see my family and friends across the country on June 28th. I made a goal to be at my healthy weight by then. Time is ticking, and this obsession had gotten me FROZEN with anxiety and fear that I would fail! Today, I FINALLY realized that I need to take that goal OFF of that deadline and

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Take a break already ...

Every week, I get to take a 24 hour break known as Shabbat. It's a time to reflect, relax, and rejuvenate. It gives me the focus to continue my life's journeys. Everyone needs a break so give yourself some time off. Give yourself some time to just sit and be. Feel your own zen!

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Realistic Vacation Goals

Managing my weight on vacations is a major challenge for me. So I make goals to fit my personal expectations. I decide in advance how much weight I am okay with gaining and how much exercise I will get in. This keeps me in integrity with myself and keeps things real for me. Then I follow the plan!

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