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Staying Positive Secrets

How do you achieve and maintain a positive outlook?

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Gum

When I have a craving I chew a piece of sugar free gum for some quick and low calorie satisfaction!

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When the going gets rough...

...think how positive, great, and positively great you'll feel tomorrow morning for having racked up another good-eating day! Works for me :)

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I accept where I am and keep on trying.

My depression makes self worth & motivation a challenge. I try to ignore my negative thoughts. I talk frankly with my 7 yr old about how bad obesity feels and why people need to be healthy - healthy, not skinny. I fake motivation when it's gone. I applaud the tiniest success and forgive my failings.

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Motivational Quotes

I have motivational quotes emailed to me each day. I choose one and post on Facebook as my "Quote of the Day". That way, I can focus on something positive each day.

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My husband

My husband thinks that our program is ridiculous! I am out to prove him wrong. I am hoping by the end of summer I have 5 pounds off to show him who is boss. I am first this time! The inner war is on!

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Reward the small things

For everything that I feel good about i give myself a small reward, either a little money towards something special, or a bubble bath with really good smelling soap. So for every workout, or every day that I meet my goals i give myself a reward. So I always feel I'm working towards something.

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Affermations

I read a Secret about Affermations to help pull you out a slump, and that got me thinking about a song that will pull you out a slump. I set my ipod on single song repeat of Savage Garden - Affirmation. Its upbeat and sending a good message.

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Do you, I will do me!

I get asked a lot, "What do you do to lose the weight?" My answer: "I do me!" What works for one, doesn't mean it will work for you. So don't be a follower, be your own leader.

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Trace the figure "8" in the air for a new perspective

I recently read this tip for engaging both parts of the brain &
thinking a different way. Extend one arm & write a big figure 8 in the air three times. Then do the same with the other arm. Then with both arms together. New neural patterns form, thus allowing for a new perspective.

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Track as Goals

I have added two goals to my spark tracking that work for me - 'make someone smile today' and 'be thoughtful and respectful to myself". These two items remind me about the value of positive energy, created when I make someone smile and when I am respectful to myself.

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