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How do you achieve and maintain a positive outlook?

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I do not need to be perfect to be successful!

So many times when I would start a plan to get healthier, my perfectionism would tear me down right away before I got very far or even got started.

I would make a plan, start out okay, and maybe even make a little progress. But, every time that I would make the smallest mistake as far as ea...

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Love your body! The body you have now, could be someone elses goal!

There are people who would love to be under 300lbs, 250, 200 etc. Before putting yourself down for not being where you want to be, remember there is someone struggling to get where you are now. Stay positive and learn to love every stage, and plateau.

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every thing in moderation

Look in the mirror and repeat...I am beautiful and God loves me the way I am...I want to be healthy...and therefore I will keep my weight, at a weight, that I feel good about myself...
Staying positive and loving yourself is key to losing weight and keeping it off...at least maintaining it...and ...

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I there a secret?

I post to this site and I have some tips that I use for my journey but as I read the member blogs and see the ups and downs I wonder is there really a secret? I think that the key is a healthy lifestyle journey. We are on a journey and like any journey the days will be different, the roads will n...

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Day by Day

When you have a large amount of weight to lose and you think of the overall goal it can seem very daunting and almost impossible. If you break it down and think that by the end of October you want to lose 3 pounds and then you focus day by day on losing those 3 pounds it seems to work much better f...

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Giving yourself affirmations

I love to give myself positive affirmations a day. Like, I am a good wife, I am a good mother. I care about other people. I love myself for who I am. They really help with self esteem.

Part of giving yourself positive affirmations helps with your self care. You can't take care of someone else...

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Doing it for YOU

Do this for YOU! How do YOU want to feel, how do you want to look? Push yourself to your level of comfort and push harder when it feels too easy. Start slow and work your way up.
Set daily goals of 10 minutes of exercise and work up from there. 10 minutes can be done with kids, walk your pe...

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Give yourself achievable goals.

Don't set yourself targets which are too big. Aim to lose 1 to 2lbs per week. If you try for more, and you don't manage to lose enough one week, you might get demotivated. Aim for your first half stone (7lbs) in the first month then go for the next 7lbs the following month and so on and so forth, un...

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The Spark Challenge

I have found that if I remain positive every day, I am more apt to meet my daily goals. Also if I feel I am craving a treat , "like chocolate" I go to the store and buy 1 lindt chocolate, usually dasrk and this is all it takes. Just remember to stay focussed and don't beat yourself up if you binge....

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Do it anyway

I find that when I get depressed, I feel tired & have the "I don't want to do its disorder". DO IT ANYWAY! Don't allow yourself to stay in bed & wallow in your own misery. Get up, get dressed, get to the Y or Gym or go for a walk. WHATEVER IT TAKES. DO IT ANYWAY! Depression will swallow you wh...

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