For a long time I thought that being in pain was part of the plan, a sign of progress. I was so used to hobbling around on achy feet, with leg muscles so sore that I couldn’t walk up and down stairs without holding on to the banister for de... Read more
When you first start making room for healthy habits in your busy life, being a stickler can be beneficial—setting a workout schedule, planning your meals in advance, saying no to things that get in the way of your goals. Without giving yo... Read more
I needed to get a social life. This revelation hit me late on a Friday night when I realized I had spent another evening knee-deep in laundry when I really wanted to be out having some fun. Busy with work and family, I hadn’t seen my girlfriend... Read more
Could you change your life in 28 days? Could you lose weight, get fitter, and change your attitude about weight loss in just four weeks? We think so! That's the premise behind our best-selling book, The Spark, written by SparkPeople.com founder a... Read more
I'm sure you have heard people say, "Losing weight is easy. Keeping it off is the hard part."
Well, I disagree with this statement. I think losing weight is hard, but keeping it off is even harder!
Permanent weight... Read more
I'm getting really fed up with all of this fat bias. I KNOW that being overweight is correlated with a bunch different diseases. I KNOW that I should lose weight to help with my aches and pains. I KNOW ALL OF THESE THINGS. It's impossible for me NOT... Read more
Hello to my new family of supporters. I have just started with sparks people and I am excited. I have really gotten pumped up. I am in my second day. I have hit all my goals. I think the site is amazing. I have decided that I want to be healthy so I... Read more
Maybe it is due to being 40, but I find that trying to do leg presses makes my hips " tight ", like they aren't bending right at the socket. My range of motion is limited, and I don't feel comfortable. Wondering what would help get past this, so I ca... Read more
I am SOOO not pregnant, but someone asked me if I was today. I have been working so hard to get healthy; it is so discouraging to be asked this. I have been eating well, working out hard 4 days a week, I have lost 16lbs since I started this, but st... Read more
If there is something I REALLY want to eat I give myself permission to eat it. I may limit my portion size, or adjust my eating for the rest of the day, but by using this strategy I have headed off the cravings, feelings of deprivation, and need to b... Read more
Most fitness experts and trainers have super-toned bodies that are sculpted (I can only assume) by many hours in the gym. How do they do it? How much time do they really spend working out? I can't speak for them, but I can tell you what I do to stay... Read more
Although not everyone agrees about when to stretch, how long to stretch or what to stretch, most people include stretching as a regular part of their exercise routine. Research has shown that flexibility and range of motion decrease as we age. Regu... Read more
Happy Belated St. Patrick's Day! There was no GREEN in my regular Monday yesterday.
Many of you know that I entered retirement or l left the regular job I had worked full-time at for almost 8 years last Sept.
My biggest fear at that time w... Read more
I'm working with the books "52 Weight Loss Missions" by Michele Connolly and "Bikini Bootcamp" by Melissa Perlman and Erica Gragg.
WEEKLY REPORT: Official weigh in, down 1.2 248
UPDATE: I now have streaks set based on the action tracker I j... Read more
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