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8. Get addicted to exercise. Working out should be just as much a habit as brushing your teeth or eating breakfast. When you make it part of your routine, you won't even have to think about it. It may take a few months, but exercise can be a part of your daily schedule.

9. Don't play the blame game. So what if you missed a week at the gym and wiped out an entire extra-cheese pizza over the weekend? That was the past. You have a chance to atone by getting back into your routine today.

10. Set realistic goals. You're not going to skim off 10 pounds in a week, so just forget about it. Try something more achievable. Increase your workout schedule from 2 to 3 days a week, or add 15 minutes to each workout.

11. Log on. Keep a fitness journal or use an app to track your progress -- for example, how much you run, walk, or lift and the calories you burned.

12. Pat yourself on the back. You're not going to get ripped overnight. It takes weeks -- even months -- to see real changes. Even a pound of weight loss or a pound of muscle gain is reason to celebrate. Reward yourself for what you've achieved. Celebrate with friends, or splurge on a new pair of jeans.

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