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Staying Positive Secrets

How do you achieve and maintain a positive outlook?

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Reach Out

Reaching out to my Spark Friends can totally change my attitude. When I'm having a rough time, I leave positive messages on their pages, blogs and feeds, and before you know it, I'm feeling great! Not only that, but I give them a boost to their day, too.

- Submitted by SHAPNUP 3/25/2010 in Staying Positive | 1 Comment

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Get creative with sampling

I'm trying to eat more meatless meals but I need help being creative. I go to stores like Whole Foods or markets that make some great salads and sides with beans and sample. I buy a small portion and if I like it I get creative and make my own version.

- Submitted by LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 3/25/2010 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment

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Audio Books!

I have discovered Audio Books on my MP3 player while I exercise. I love mysteries and thriller!!
Time flies by when you are listening and wondering what will happen next!!

- Submitted by NEELOJ 3/25/2010 in Exercise | 6 Comments

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Baby Steps

Taking on goals in baby steps is helping me stay positive. When you try to take on a huge goal all at once, it can be overwhelming. Celebrate the small victories before you worry about the bigger ones.
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- Submitted by MOUNTALUM 3/25/2010 in Staying Positive | 1 Comment

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Don't expect perfection

I found that if I expect perfection in exercise, nutrition, how much water I consume, or whatever my goal is I tend to blow the whole day if I slip up or make a wrong food choice. Expect that some days will be better than others and keep moving forward!

- Submitted by HDHAWK 3/25/2010 in Staying Positive | 1 Comment

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Thank the bad thoughts for sharing, and then KICK THEM OUT!

I have NO control over the tons of thoughts that pop in my head. I DO have control over which ones I "invite in to sit and stay a while". When the thoughts in my head are negative, I say "thanks for sharing" and turn my back on them: they are not my "friends" with whom I want to share mind time.

- Submitted by JESLES 3/25/2010 in Staying Positive | 0 Comments

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Don't Invite Stress In

I do not phone, email, text, etc. family and people having a stressful time.
Wait til they contact me. They will be more personable.
I don't need to jump in to "help save the day" getting in their face. Don't go looking for real or stupid stress that will result in emotional eating.

- Submitted by EGRAMMY 3/25/2010 in Staying Positive | 3 Comments

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Get back on track!

If I fall victim to a craving I don't let it ruin my whole day or all the work that I've done. I just pick myself back up and try to do better next time.

- Submitted by BRITTANYC3 3/25/2010 in Staying Positive | 0 Comments

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I am Worth It!

One thing I have learned here on Sparks is that I am WORTH it! No matter what anyone has told me or I heard someone say that was negative I always tell myself I AM WORTH IT! No matter what it takes I am going to get healthy. Tell yourself this everyday. Be Positive!
YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!

- Submitted by MTNGRL 3/25/2010 in Staying Positive | 3 Comments

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Like Orphan Annie

Believe in tomorrow. Today may present a storm or challenge; tomorrow offers a new day--the hope of the rainbow.

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- Submitted by MZSPB1 3/25/2010 in Staying Positive | 1 Comment
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