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Losing the spark is okay, as long as you get it back.

We all go through times when we don't do as we should. Moments were we binge when we shouldn't, or forget to work out when we should... or just start procrastinating. It's all right to have these setbacks, as long as we get back into it. Whatever it takes to find that motivation again - do it! A...

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Make that bed!

A simple way to relieve some stress is to make the bed. There's something about climbing into a made bed at night that is much more satisfying than getting into a messy one. An organized environment has been proven to relieve stress - a messy one is more likely to lead to toxic moods!

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Organization trick!

One way to keep a house clean - and keep yourself calm - is to clean as you go. If you see something on the floor, pick it up as you walk by - if you see something out of place, put it back as soon as you see it. This is much easier and less demanding than trying to do everything at once!

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5 A Day, Made Easy

One thing to do, to get your five a day, is to use -those- as your snacks throughout the day. Adding fruits or veggies to your meals, plus a fruit or veggie snack here and there, makes those servings add up. Personally, I enjoy a kiwi or some celery here and there. Add in some baby carrots with a...

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That healthFULL Feeling

You're eating healthy, you're exercising like nobody's business, but still - you're hungry. What to do? As much as you want to fill up on carbohydrates, you know that might ruin your diet. What about stretching out your meals? Oatmeal, strawberries, and a hardboiled egg are all good - why not sa...

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Starting Over

Streaks are wonderful, and we all want them, but what happens when we break them? We start over! A single setback shouldn't be enough to break down all the progress that we've made. When we mess up - and dear lord, we all do - there's no shame in starting over from scratch. If anything, having t...

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Bring a thermos!

As we all know, water is important - but for some of us, we don't drink enough! The way I stay hydrated is I bring a thermos full of water with me wherever I go. The thermos holds 16 oz - that's two whole glasses! It makes the goal seem more doable :)

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Keep Going

Persistence is key. No matter how bad things look, or how bad you feel, keep trying and putting forth the effort. You'll never regret trying to get things done, or actually getting them done. You would, however, regret not doing the best that you could to finish things.

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Every little bit counts

Keep doing a little bit every day. Even if you're tired and sore, a bit of stretching would make you feel good! These little bits add up eventually! If you're really dreading that cardio, why not keep at it for 20 minutes anyway? If you still don't feel up to it, stop, but at least you got thos...

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Finding a community..

I didn't think I could ever find the motivation to truly change my lifestyle. Joining SparkPeople has not only gotten me excited about getting healthy, it's also gotten me to get excited about becoming more active within the communities!

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