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How do you achieve and maintain a positive outlook?

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You can always get back on track

I think this thought is my saving grace. The weight loss and staying healthy are primary goals but I tell myself that if I have a bad day - eat something bad or to excess - it's not the end of the world. I get back on the Sparkpeople wagon and move forward.

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Reframe Everything Positive

I believe being negative is a strike against seeing the big picture: Negativity Clouds the truth. I can change. I can get fit. I can do one thing a day and that is in the direction of making the right choices for me to get well. Finally, refraining negative thoughts and judgements is a waste of time...

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See the Big Picture

I often think of this quote from an Indian teacher: To identify with the body and yet seek happiness is like trying to cross a river on the back of an alligator. It helps me remember that I am more than my successes and failures with weight.

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giving up

Whenever I hit a dead end or start going back to my bad habits I just have to remember that it is anoher challenge and I just can not give up.... it it too important to me and my family.

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How I stay positive?

I stay positive by starting every day saying: ' This is going to be a good day ' and being thankful for all the good things that happen to me.

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Be Good to Yourself

It is important to treat yourself like the treasure that you are. Get away from the habit of talking rudely in your head and say the type of things to yourself that you would only say to other people. You are as worthy as anyone else of being treated with respect.

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But maybe...

Whenever you hear that negative self-talk, think "but maybe the opposite is true." Practiced regularly and the self-talk becomes positive.

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i have a hard time staying positive

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smile

I used to hear "Always answer the phone with a smile because the other person will hear it in your voice." How true! When I run, I feel so much better if someone smiles at me and I smile at them. I have found that when I'm getting tired, I smile even if it's just to myself and I can keep going!

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Having and Visualizing the Goal

I want to be able to ride roller coasters with my kids. I have many pounds from it but we go to the amusement park 1-2 a month. The kids ride, I watch. I make them get off and tell me everything they just felt. Then I feel my self in the seat next to them. In a matter of time - I will be there!

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