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Track it!!!

Ordering, then receiving, setting up and wearing my SparkTracker this past month has really motivated me to walk when I may otherwise have talked myself right out of it!! Such a great little companion! :D

- Submitted by CARMAT63 7/16/2014 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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Fake it 'til you Make It

I'm not a big fan of exercise, I typically don't get that "runner's high" until after I've cooled down. So for me getting motivated to get out and walk or run is very difficult. I've found that when I'm starting out if I pretend that I enjoy it or fake liking it I'm more motivated to get going. I do this long enough and eventually I start looking forward to my exercising.
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- Submitted by BURNSBJ 7/13/2014 in Getting Started | 0 Comments
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sleep in your workout gear!

I try to get my exercise in the morning before all of my crazy kids wake up and the house is peaceful. I find that if I sleep in my workout clothes then I'm less likely to shrug it off and hit the snooze. Morning workouts help me feel energized for the day and motivates me to stay on track all day.

- Submitted by KITTYHELLOMOM 6/24/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Brush Your Teeth!

When I am hit by a sweet crave, I find that if I brush my teeth, the urge to splurge evaporates! With a fresh, clean mouth, I guess I don't want to dirty it up with c-o-o-k-i-e-s.

- Submitted by CHERYLDC123 6/7/2014 in Weight Loss | 3 Comments
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Don't allow the scale to control you!

The scale doesn't control you. You control yourself. It's ALL in the decisions you make and the direction you take. emoticon

- Submitted by LIFENPROGRESS 5/19/2014 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Mindful Clock

Free to download from the internet and it tolls hourly to remind you to be aware of the moment and get up and move!

- Submitted by SUPER_CIARA 4/24/2014 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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How important is it?

If something is important to you, you will find a way to succeed. If it's not, you will find an excuse to not do it.

- Submitted by KK4MOM 4/7/2014 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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A Beginners' affirmation

Want to use affirmations but have no idea where to start. This one is ideal, covers everything, and will open you up to more from the Universe. Learn and repeat...

"I am willing to change,
I am willing to release the need to avoid change,
It is easy to change,
It is safe to change,
I accept this change now".

- Submitted by APPLESCHNAPPLE 4/7/2014 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Inspiration Collage

I made a collage of encouraging quotes and photos of places I have been active in the past - kayaking and backpacking. It also includes photos of places I want to hike, canoe, and wildlife I want to see. Currently, there are 8 quotes and 25 photos taped to my closet doors. I have added pictures to my profile to give you an idea of the layout.

- Submitted by MYJENNYANN 3/3/2014 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Nobody Like a Buddy!

emoticon Whenever motivation is low or whenever you get in a rut...Having someone to go through the "pain" and the process with you makes getting up for the task at hand that much easier and enjoyable. I have yet to see the buddy system fail.

- Submitted by STAN06WM 2/25/2014 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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Mirror Mirror

I work at a desk and I keep a mirror hanging in front of my desk or on my desk so that I can quickly and easily see my reflection. This helps so much when I want to go chow down! I see how far I have come and I see how far I still have to go! It is a win win scenario!

- Submitted by KIM22211 2/20/2014 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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Don't let a Re-lapse turn into a Col-lapse

Realizing that mistakes are a part of this journey, not the end of it, has made a huge difference in how I view those bumps in the road. One step away doesn't doom me if I acknowledge the step and move back towards my goal.

- Submitted by ENGINEERMOM 2/4/2014 in Motivation | 3 Comments
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SHEER WILLPOWER

When seeking motivation to achieve a goal - say a dietary goal or a weight loss goal - I place the goal within grasp. I don't create a goal for myself that is too difficult and I don't put it too far out in the future. Loosing 5 to 7 lbs is a good goal and two weeks is not too far out there, I set the goal and then pursue it doggedly. When that goal is reached I can set another. For me, short bursts of energy is the key.

- Submitted by BILLTMAN 1/30/2014 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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PIctures

I keep a picture of me at the weight I want to be on the refrigerator and in my bathroom. Sexy and cute. I won't be as young again, but I can be healthy.

- Submitted by MERI_CAT 1/24/2014 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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Listen to Your Body

Commit to exercise, but at a pace your body is willing to handle. There's a difference between "laziness" and a day when working out will hurt more than help. Sometimes you need to take a break for a day and then come back to it.

- Submitted by BOSTONMARGY 1/23/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Point, Counterpoint! Argue yourself to a new, healthy life.

When I feed myself excuses: I don't want to exercise today. I'm too tired, for example... I immediately counter with the opposite argument: Yes, I'm tired, but so what? Exercise will give me energy and stamina. Or if I'm eyeballing a piece of cake I think...It will taste delicious, but oh, the sugar and calories! Is the guilt worth it? Fresh fruit isn't as tasty, but it will help make you healthy. (Please see accompanying note.)
So make a case for yourself. Fight for your health, you're worth it!

- Submitted by AUNTIEGRIZZELDA 1/22/2014 in Motivation | 2 Comments
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Point, Counterpoint! Argue yourself to a new, healthy life.

When I feed myself excuses: I don't want to exercise today. I'm too tired, for example... I immediately counter with the opposite argument: Yes, I'm tired, but so what? Exercise will give me energy and stamina. Or if I'm eyeballing a piece of cake I think...It will taste delicious, but oh, the sugar and calories! Is the guilt worth it? Fresh fruit isn't as tasty, but it will help make you healthy. (Please see accompanying note.)
So make a case for yourself. Fight for your health, you're worth it!

- Submitted by AUNTIEGRIZZELDA 1/22/2014 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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JUST DO IT!

I have found out that saying emoticon aloud, putting my shoes on and doing my exercising gets things going.

- Submitted by AWESOMECHELZ 1/15/2014 in Exercise | 3 Comments
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get dressed

get up in the mornings and get dressed down to the shoes. it is so easy to just lie around and waste the day if I stay in pj. and harder to get motivated to do anything if I still have to get dressed. get dressed before I leave my bedroom and I am ready to move around that day/

- Submitted by FAIRYFANTASY 12/29/2013 in Getting Started | 0 Comments
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Let it Go

Don't worry about what other people will think of your path. Take your own way to get there, and flaunt it with pride. If some arbitrary rule doesn't work for you, ignore it (within reason).

- Submitted by ELLEYENA 12/10/2013 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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Portion Control

There are 'portion pots' available on the market. I use standard measuring cups/jug - 1 cup for each 'food group' (protein, carb and 2 cups for veg). Even then I am potentially serving up too much! BUT it's literally 2/3's LESS than what I used to eat. Portions can be difficult. If having trouble - USE a measuring CUP - IF you are still hungry after EATING slowly, just be careful, be aware. The 'portion pots' were silly prices, I already OWNED measuring cups! :)

- Submitted by OPIUMDOLL 12/1/2013 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Having an Accountability Partner Who Understands

Finding a friend who has similar goals and has gone through the same journey that you have. My best friend Tracey is my accountability partner. We text and email anytime we need that extra support to keep going. We are about the same height and have both battled our weight for most of our lives. We face similar challenges and see each other through. This is especially helpful to battle emotional eating and food addiction.

- Submitted by XTINARUSNAK 11/9/2013 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Every day is a new opportunity

Every day is a NEW day! The best proverb is "Fall down 7 times, stand up 8." Remember that no matter what each day brings, success, or failure, the next day is a new opportunity to begin again! Don't beat yourself, but celebrate new beginnings!
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- Submitted by NOVEMBERMUM 11/4/2013 in Staying Positive | 3 Comments
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A message to those stuck, absolutely stuck

You don't have to sit on that couch or lay in bed beneath the covers. You don't have to go to the kitchen and graze for comfort or to hide behind. You *don't*. You have the power within you to take a stand. It's scary, it's definitely an uphill process, DONT be afraid to let go of the things that GOT YOU here (struggling with weight, most likely a lot of health issues). DONT be afraid and DONT put it off. if YOU want to feel better about yourself, then DO something about it RIGHT now.

- Submitted by OPIUMDOLL 10/31/2013 in Motivation | 2 Comments
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Never thought I could, Never lose sight of the thought YOU CAN DO IT!

I had an illness many years ago which left me basically with incredible muscle fatigue. I gained a lot of weight (lost, gained, lost, gained). Over the past few years I have been able to get myself on track by FINDING MY FOCUS. What do I really want? I want to be healthier, stronger, feel better. I think the last one *to feel better* was the key. The more I focus on THAT thought, the more motivated I seem to become. It isn't easy when you have 'pounds' to lose in the seemingly uphill battle.

- Submitted by OPIUMDOLL 10/31/2013 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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