Secrets of Success
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Have you ever noticed that when your mood is gloomy, you don't feel well? Maybe you thought your mood was gloomy BECAUSE you don't feel well. Scientific studies bear out that people are healthier when they remain positive. Take advantage of all the positive energy that flows within SparkPeople to lift your mood. You'll feel more like exercising and eating healthy, and the vague malaise that can turn into real illness will just melt away. Mind over matter works!
When I am exercising and feel like stopping, I ask myself, "what's one more minute"? Sometimes it's "Can you just do 5 more minutes" (depending on how hard the workout feels.) I can do this for just ONE MORE MINUTE. And then I stay focused on just that one minute. Eventually, I string the minutes along until I have completed my workout.
For me, I'll be more conscientious of moving, and I'll take the longer way. So if I get up to visit a co-worker, I'll go a more roundabout way to get to her or if I simply go to the kitchen for a snack, I'll make sure to walk an extra lap around the house before getting what I desired. Taking those extra few steps keep me going, motivated and pumped throughout the day