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Staying Positive Secrets

How do you achieve and maintain a positive outlook?

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When I feel depressed

When I feel depressed I listen to uplifting Christian music or I write poetry to help me deal with emotions but one thing I find that really helps is when I choose to be active because it instantly uplifts me too.

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Happy Face Balloon In My Room

I recently bought some helium balloons at the nearby dollar store. They make me feel celebratory in down times. There's a happy face balloon - bright yellow- floating over my bedroom ceiling. It reminds me to smile and lighten up.

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Determine

I am going to loose 5 to 10 pounds and I am going to start walking more and a swimming more. More exercises and mostly fruits and veggies to eat. I will turn my life around and be healthier. In the heat it is hard to do a lot of exercises outside and even in the pool because you will burn up. Smile...

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Absolutely Positive

If you think you can, then you will.

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A great day!

Every morning when the alarm goes off... before you even crawl out of bed, decide and say out loud, " this is going to be a great day". Then throughout the day, continue to say it, no matter what.

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Use your SparkPoints list

Go to your SparkPoint list and see where you can gain some points. I go there everyday and gather as many as I can. Remember, every 5 minutes of exercise is 1 point, so rack a few up. The points give a sense of satisfaction like crossing items off a to-do list.

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Using The SOFT approach

Successes- what have you done well
Opportunities- did you work out, eat well, did you find you time
Frustrations- what is hindering you, standing in your way, what can you improve on
Threats- Is there anything that will stand in your way tomorrow, such as a birthday, meal out

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one at a time

One foot in front of the other and soon you'll be walking out the door a new you!

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Talk to yourself

There are days I just don't feel like exercising. But a little self talk can go a long way. I now have this SP voice in my head reminding me how much better I will feel about myself if I just go on for 5 more minutes, then 10, then before you know it - I've finished my workout.

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Every Step Is Important

Knowing that every step forward and even the ones backwards lead to our finish line.

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