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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Evaluating your progress - Part 5


Getting my body back - Day 38


Celebrating your small progresses

When you appreciate and celebrate your small progresses you open yourself up to inviting more successes into your life. It gives you extra energy and motivation to keep you working towards your goal.

Give yourself a small reward. Bigger progress deserves a bigger reward. But think of ways to reward yourself that does not put you backwards. e.g. if you are working on reaching an ideal weight goal, you're not going to eat as much ice cream as you want.

You might want to do something that's not food related, like pampering yourself with a bubble bath, manicure or pedicure or new nail polish. Something small.

For bigger progresses, you could reward yourself with a new dress or shirt.

If you're trying to save money, you're not going to go on a shopping spree. Reward yourself appropriately but not in a way to set you back.

The whole point of the reward system is to give you something to look forward to, in the short-term, while working on the long-term goal.

Fuelling words: I appreciate and celebrate my small successes because they bring me closer to my ultimate success.

Routine: Warm-ups, stretches, aerobics, toning and strength exercises, cool down.

Visualization - keeping focus on my goal; healthy, strong and my ideal body weight and shape.

Deep breathing - relaxes the muscles and sends oxygen to the muscles where exercising alone would not reach.

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