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Positive stories, happy stuff worth smiling about, and motivational articles that will help you improve your outlook on life.
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12 Affordable Athleisure Brands that Look Great As You Lose Weight

Looking for workout clothes to wear as you lose weight? How about ones that are comfortable and affordable? Look no further than these 12 styles--from bras to capris and everything in between.

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6 Characteristics of Effective Goal Setting

You want to improve your health with a better diet and exercise, but how should you set up effective goals to help with that? Right here, of course! We have 6 tips to help you set your goals effectively so you'll be successful no matter what you are working towards in your life!

6 Characteristics of Effective Goal Setting

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51 Habits of Happy People

How do happy people stay happy? Learn their habits and more in this list of 51 habits of happy people we've put together so you can focus on getting more happiness into your life. Here's your motivation!

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bmiSMART's 30 Days to Victory Challenge: Learn to Celebrate Your Daily Weight-Loss Wins

Up for a new challenge? Try bmiSMART's 30 Days to Victory Challenge and Learn to Celebrate Your Daily Weight-Loss Wins!

bmiSMART's 30 Days to Victory Challenge: Learn to Celebrate Your Daily Weight-Loss Wins

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30 Race Signs That Had Us Laughing All the Way to the Finish Line

These 30 race-day signs had us laughing all the way to the finish line. We hope they make you laugh, too.

30 Race Signs That Had Us Laughing All the Way to the Finish Line

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Home Is Where the Swimming Is

Swimming saved Lucy from herself--she learned to love the workout and shed massive pounds in the process! Find fitness inspiration from Lucy for yourself.

Home Is Where the Swimming Is

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Are these two things just killing your motivation? Find out what they are and how to beat them back--fast--with this guide!

Mastering the Mysteries of Motivation

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50 Non-Food Rewards for Fitness and Weight Loss

Do you have a reward system in place for losing weight, making healthy food choices, or doing exercise? If not, you may want to consider some of these non-food rewards that you can put in place when you reach certain goals to help keep you motivated!

50 Non-Food Rewards for Fitness and Weight Loss

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30 Race Signs That Had Us Laughing All the Way to the Finish Line

Sometimes humor is the best motivation! Need an idea for a creative sign to cheer on your favorite racer? Here are 30 ways to keep them laughing till the finish.

30 Race Signs That Had Us Laughing All the Way to the Finish Line

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'I'm Winning the Battle Against Depression & Obesity, One Day at a Time.'

Learn how Tammy overcame her cycle of obesity and depression with the help of SparkPeople. If she can do it, believe us--you can too! Get on the track to health!

'I'm Winning the Battle Against Depression & Obesity, One Day at a Time.'

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40 Upbeat Songs to Make Your Workout Fly By

Looking for motivation for your next workout? Try plugging in to these 40 upbeat songs to get you moving and grooving! There's nothing like the power of music to motivate your next exercise routine! Get fit--keep moving!

40 Upbeat Songs to Make Your Workout Fly By

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How a Flexible Mindset Influences Weight-Loss Success

Set yourself up for weight loss success with a flexible mindset. When you want to work on your health and wellness, you can't be rigid. Adding in some flexibility to your routine will set you up to crush your exercise goals!

How a Flexible Mindset Influences Weight-Loss Success

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Fitness Superstitions: Magic or Mind Games?

Happy Friday the 13th! Does luck play a role in getting healthy? Do you have any fitness/exercise superstitions?

Fitness Superstitions: Magic or Mind Games?

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Exercise Matchmaking: Find the Right Fitness Relationship for You

Whether it's yoga, running or hiking, if you love what you do, it (almost) won't feel like a workout. What's your life fitness match?

Exercise Matchmaking: Find the Right Fitness Relationship for You

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7 Things to Do on Sunday for a More Productive Week

Try to work these activities into your Sundays for a more productive week. This is a time-management hack you need to get into your life.

7 Things to Do on Sunday for a More Productive Week - Very Erin

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55 Things the Scale Won't Tell You

Does your scale tell you more than how much you weigh? Ours doesn't either. But we do have 55 awesome things to tell you that your scale won't, like how endearing your quirks are, how ambitious you are and how promising your future is. What else is it not telling you about your health?

55 Things the Scale Won't Tell You

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Exercises to Boost Your Brain Power

It turns out that by exercising regularly and 'training your brain,' you can boost your brain power just like physical activity can strengthen your muscles. What are you waiting for--workout your brain!

Exercises to Boost Your Brain Power

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The Pessimist's Predicament: Is Complaining Sabotaging Your Progress?

Are you a Debbie Downer or a Peppy Patricia? In addition to spreading negative energy, studies show that complaining can also impair our mental health. Learn how to be more optimistic in your life--it'll make you healthier and happier!

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25 Ways to Feel 10 Years Younger

Starting to feel your age? Turn back the clock with our 25 tips to feel 10 years younger. It's a recipe for health, vitality and energy.

25 Ways to Feel 10 Years Younger

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25 Ways to Feel 10 Years Younger

Feel 10 years younger the natural way--we have 25 ways to lessen your age today! Try these ideas for yourself, or spread the love and share with your family.

25 Ways to Feel 10 Years Younger

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Finding Time for Exercise

We promise that no matter how busy you are, someone even busier than you are is working out right now. If you look closer, you'll discover that you do have the time to work out—and you deserve to use that time for yourself. Need more motivation for your next workout? Get started with these 10 healthy tips!

Finding Time for Exercise

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Fall off the Exercise Wagon?

Have you fallen off the exercise wagon? There's no time like the present to get back on! Try these 6 tips for motivation and to get back on the fitness track. What are you waiting for?

Fall off the Exercise Wagon?

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What on Eart are chakras? Here, Chakras are explained in a really easy (and awesome) way to understand. If you have always wanted to work Chakras into your life, then you need this!

A Crash Course in the Chakras - Fit Bottomed Zen

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58 Reasons to Feel Good about Your Body (at Any Size!)

Love your body--at any size! Here are 58 reasons you should love yourself today. Can you think of any more reasons? Let us know how you feel healthy and happy every day!

58 Reasons to Feel Good about Your Body (at Any Size!)

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Here's Why Stress Is Not the Enemy

Can you say 'yes' to stress? Stress is not the enemy. There are benefits of stress that you may not have realized, and can actually be good for your health.

Here's Why Stress Is Not the Enemy

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