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We all know it’s difficult to maintain a healthy diet and get yourself off the couch. But just think about how great you’ll feel when you accomplish your goal.

You know your own limit. Never force yourself to the point where you’ll faint or get injured. There’s a difference between pushing yourself and hurting yourself.

It’s okay if you feel the burn when you work out…you’re supposed to feel it. And sometimes, more parts of your body will hurt more than the others, depending what you’re working on. If your muscles in your arms need more of a work out than your legs, you’ll probably feel more sore in your arms than your legs.

Just because you’re sore the next day does not give you an excuse to take a break. It’s always good to have at least one rest day, but not for the reason of being sore. If you want to tone those abs or gain endurance, you need to fight through that pain and work for it!

Think about how you feel after a work out. You may be tired, and you may feel like dropping to the floor in your own pool of sweat, but how much better do you feel knowing that you did good for yourself?

Take it day by day, work out by work out, meal by meal. You know the amazing feel you have after just one work out? Imagine that feeling times ten when you’ve reached your goal. Picture the smile on your face when you know you’ve matched your desired point. It feels like you’re on top of the world.

Not all healthy foods are “gross.” Some contain a natural sweetness that can be beneficial and satisfy your sweet-tooth. (Ever heard of berries?)

Therefore, on your rest day, as you’re being a couch potato, (or for a healthier expression, a couch berry!) try substituting some junk food for beneficial snacks. With that, you won’t feel as guilty for watching “Real Housewives” or some other reality show, because you’ve substituted the chips for a better choice.

You have the power to change yourself. It’s your decision, your health, your life. Never doubt yourself and don’t give up. Strive for the best of what you can do, and no one is stopping you. So what are you waiting for? Go out there and show the world what you’re made of!

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