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1/22/19 7:31 P

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Pick changes that are manageable small steps that you can regularly accomplish and build up momentum with. Don't suddenly decide that you're going to do everything the opposite of how you have done it before and expect to gut it out long term. Have a realistic long term goal. Fitting into a wedding dress for a certain day is a one and done option. Fitting into your wedding dress long term might not be practical if you marry young (before you've really finished growing) and it's really a kind of arbitrary goal that doesn't connect to day to day life. Something like being easily able to walk up and down three flights of stairs or being able to complete a 5 K in under 45 minutes is a reachable goal for a lot of people, it has an impact on your day to day life and it's something that isn't impossible to be doing into your seventies and eighties. To some degree these are things that could be done if pregnant or with a decent amount of health concerns (amend and adjust based on you and your doctor's recommendations) and being more cardiovascularly fit makes your day to day life easier and increases the chance of you having a bit more muscle, which means the calorie math works out a little better in your favor. If you need something lower impact, what about a certain number of laps in the pool in a certain time or being able to perform a certain water aerobics routine?

You also want to break this down into stupidly easy steps. If you have never done a 5 k odds are pretty good that you're not going to do a fifteen minute 5 k tomorrow. But you could probably manage a two minute walk. My 90 +, in congestive heart failure, grandfather could do that as a part of his physical therapy. You want to make your starting goal so easy that you almost have to do it because it's so simple and easy. If you manage two minutes and want to go for more, do it, but hit that two minutes. Once you get a good roll going with that, increase your distance or your speed or your time. You want to carve out some time to build up to what you want to do. And look for plans and know what works and what does not work for you. I would be hard pressed to complete a Couch to 5 k program if my life depended on it. I really jelled with Jeff Galloway's training plans, which have allowed me to complete multiple half marathons and a marathon. Try different things and allow that some things just aren't for you. You might find a dance class or gardening or soccer or mall walking or an exercise bike while watching soaps is your thing.

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1/22/19 2:30 P

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Motivation is going to be different for everyone. I think these 2 articles are a good place for you to start (Mastering the Mysteries of Motivation, parts 1 and 2):

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivation_ar
ticles.asp?id=630

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivation_
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1/22/19 12:51 P

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Hello



I need a
formula to STAY MOTIVATED IS THERE One?

As With MY Prayers I am So Easily Distracted Help

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