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feel_good-positive_thinkingKeep On Truckin

As you know, motivation is the key to our success!

So, today, we focus on some easy things that we can do to help keep you motivated and on track!

1) Set Reachable Goals. Whether your goal is to increase energy, get your cholesterol levels down, tone that muscle, lose weight, or even gain weight, you must set goals that are attainable. Working with a professional can always help to really set some attainable goals from the get go. Having a plan in place is key to track success.

2) Add new music in the mix!! Its true, Music can heal the soul and revive the mind.....so crank up the tunes to carry you through those days where you just are not feeling the motivation. Music can stimulate the mind and inspire you to get right back on track. Here are some great links to check out for some new tunes you can add to your day:

Moment of Zen – Find some great playlists to rev up your next workout right here on LifeSushi.com under the Moment of Zen Section! Click here and get ya some! 

Itunes - Workout Playlists - www.itunes.com

Itunes carries a huge collection of Workout and Essential Playlists for download that are sure to rev you up.

Run Hundred

Selects songs based on the pace of your workout!

http://www.runhundred.com


3) Use positive self talk daily! Using positive self-talk upon rising each morning can help to get the day off to an enthusiastic start. Positive affirmations are excellent mental exercises. Buy a book of motivational quotes...the self help section at Barnes and Nobles is full of them. Log on daily to a website that has daily motivational messages. One site I love is by Ralph Marston called the Daily Motivator at www.greatday.com .

Here is the Daily Motivator featured, on Ralph Marston's site and it is right on target.

Add a little joy

"Whatever you're doing, add a little joy to it. After all, you're much more effective when you're enjoying the moment you're in.  It takes only the slightest effort to put a gentle smile on your face. And when you do, you instantly change your perspective to a more empowered one. You don't have to wait or beg or hope for joy to come to you. Simply allow joy to flow from you.  Remember that you're in full control of your own attitude. So choose an attitude that supports you and affirms the positive value of the moment you're in.  Whatever else the moment may contain, add a little joy to it. Choose to feel what feels best to you.  Add a little joy to each day. And add a lot of beauty to the world." ~ Ralph Marston

4) Get a friend or partner to help keep you on track! We are all human and there are definitely days (especially those cold wintery ones), where we just are not motivated to head to the gym or stay on track with our healthy eating. Finding a friend or family member that can help in your times of "un-motivation" is always a great idea!


5)   Try to exercise during the times that you have the most energy throughout the day. If you are not a morning person, don't push yourself to work out in the early morning. Again, if you are unhappy or unmotivated you are setting yourself up to fail here.

6)   Reward yourself for hitting your goals. Its ok to reward yourself..this in itself empowers and motivates us to keep on truckin! So eat that cheat meal once a week! It adds a reward to your weekly program and keeps a smile on your face!

7)   Gratitude. One of the most rewarding and powerful motivational exercises we can do daily is perhaps the simplest of them all. Give thanks for all that we have each day. Gratitude is a very powerful thing and it always helps promote well being!

On that note, "Thank you" for all YOU do to inspire and motivate us each day! We love our jobs at LifeSushi and the joy you bring to our lives by making small healthy changes in your lifestyle keeps us motivated to improve in everything we do. It's a pure joy to serve you!

So, if you have some fun ways that help to keep you motivated, we would love to hear from you so we can share them with the rest of the LifeSushi community!

Make it a great day!

Catherine


I will persist until I succeed. Always will I take another step. If that is of no avail I will take another, and yet another. In truth, one step at a time is not too difficult... I know that small attempts, repeated, will complete any undertaking. ~ Og Mandino

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