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Staying Positive Secrets

How do you achieve and maintain a positive outlook?

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Wake-up workout

When your eyes open, sit up slowly without using your hands. With legs straight out, lean forward until you feel a gentle stretch in your back and hamstrings. Hold; then, using your abs, lower yourself flat. Rest and repeat two more times. Strengthens core. Burns 10 calories

- Submitted by LINDA6105 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments

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Don't Give Up What You Want Most

Don't give up what you want most in life for what you want most at this moment. That's the sign I have on my fridge under the picture of me at my heaviest. I want to be healthy for the rest of my life more than I want that cookie or piece of candy right now.

- Submitted by CALIFSHEWOLF 3/26/2010 in Staying Positive | 1 Comment

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Don't Wait for Others... Encourage Yourself!

There is a song by Donald Lawrence called Encourage Yourself that really keeps me motivated when I feel like I'm just not there yet.

It starts... "Sometimes you have to encourage yourself.
Sometimes you have to speak victory during the test."

So, speak victory over yourself and your goals!

- Submitted by FRECKLESRLUV 3/26/2010 in Staying Positive | 1 Comment

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One Day at a Time

Borrowed from the 12 Step Programs...plan meals & exercise for today. Yesterday is gone - can't change it; tomorrow isn't here yet, don't worry about it. Work through today...one meal, one activity at a time.

- Submitted by PAMBWS 3/26/2010 in Staying Positive | 1 Comment

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NEVER give up

Fall 7 times get up 8? How about fall 999 times get up 1,000! Quitting is not an option. Remind yourself constantly that this is about your HEALTH & not just about losing weight. It is NOT a diet, it is a LIFESTYLE, an example we are setting for those around us. Especially those who look up to us.

- Submitted by ANDREA0301 3/26/2010 in Staying Positive | 0 Comments

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Slow and Steady

Remember, your weight came on slowly year after year. In order to loose the weight, stick with it. You may see results right away, and you may not. Stay with your goals and little by little it will come off as it came on. Slow and Steady.

- Submitted by ETGRIP 3/26/2010 in Staying Positive | 0 Comments

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Ask for help

If you're struggling with your workouts, feeling overwhelmed with stress, not sure where to get advice from or just plain need someone to talk to, ask for help. Knowing someone is on your side can be the biggest help!

- Submitted by PEACHES_3954 3/26/2010 in Staying Positive | 0 Comments

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Shout Out!

Every time I've hit a low, this magic trick has worked for me: send a shout out on Spark-- a blog, a help line on a team conversation, a huddle...the reassurance that others who have been there are there for you now makes it impossible to stay negative for very long. emoticon

- Submitted by ZELDAPLIFF 3/26/2010 in Staying Positive | 0 Comments

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Put the brakes on a bad mood

When I feel stormclouds of frustration entering my mind, I purposefully and mindfully bring back the sunlight by stopping whatever I'm doing, and taking a quick stretch or walk break. A simple trip to the most-distant water fountain in the building can shake off the negativity!

- Submitted by UPSTAIRSMARJ 3/26/2010 in Staying Positive | 0 Comments

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3 Affirmations for 1 Negative

When stinkin' thinkin' kicks in and I'm beating myself up, I mentally scream "STOP" and for each negative, replace it with three positive affirmations about myself.

- Submitted by TEXASFILLY 3/26/2010 in Staying Positive | 0 Comments
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