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Weight Watchers Magazine (Australia) - - Wedding Slimdown -

“Cel­e­brat­ing lit­tle wins causes the brain to re­lease dopamine, a neu­ro­trans­mit­ter in­volved in re­ward and mo­ti­va­tion,” says ex­er­cise phys­i­ol­o­gist Jen­nifer Small­ridge. “If your goal for the week is to go to the gym three times, write down ev­ery­thing that needs to go right in or­der for that to hap­pen.” For ex­am­ple, on Mon­day, you might need to pack a gym bag, leave work on time, drive straight to the gym, then do your car­dio or cir­cuit class. Tick off each step as an ac­com­plish­ment.

Tak­ing the first step to­wards a new goal can be daunt­ing, but it’s im­por­tant to move out of your com­fort zone of­ten enough to help you get closer to achiev­ing those dreams. As the say­ing goes, “No mat­ter how slow you go, you’re lap­ping ev­ery­one on the couch.” When it comes to be­ing ac­tive, any move­ment is bet­ter than none, so what have you got to lose by giv­ing it a go? As Sh­eryl Sand­berg, Face­book’s COO and the au­thor of Lean In, says, “Done is bet­ter than per­fect.”

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