Summer Shape-up

Need a little 'fitspiration'? Try these tips from TODAY readers

May 6, 2012 at 12:24 PM ET

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Keep going! Readers share their motivational mantras that help them stick to their weight loss plans.

Have your healthiest summer yet! Ease into the dreaded "swimsuit season" with healthy tips from TODAY experts. All throughout May, we'll offer smart do-it-yourself ways to look, eat and feel better. So stop stressing about that swimsuit, and read on.

Earlier this week, we asked you to share your favorite phrases that keep you headed toward your fitness goals, even when you feel like slacking off. Here are a few of our favorites. 

"It took more than a day to put it on, it will take more than a day to take it off."

-- Emily Coburn

"'You've got to shock your body to change it' and 'You're one workout away from a good mood" are two of my favorites."

-- Claudia Zapata

"'Aging wrinkles the body, quitting wrinkles the soul' -- Douglas McArthur. One of my favorites -- really paints a picture for me!"

-- Debbie Shafer Moran

"1) It is what it is, so I go to Weight Watchers and weigh in and stay for meeting. 2) 'Sweat is fat crying' (my fav). 3) I believe in myself first; the rest will follow."

-- Trudy Ranta

"(M)y mantra is: 'I HAVE TO DO THE WORK.' It is NOT going to magically be that way when I wake up, there is NO magic pill, someone else is NOT going to take my body and work out then give it back all while I am sleeping: so I have to be realistic and understand I HAVE TO DO THE WORK to get WHAT I WANT out of my body and health..."

-- Alicia Waldeyer 

"The difference between try and triumph is a little umph."

-- Danna Goshorn

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