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    This may not work for you, but for me I have found that "dialing dow"n (i.e., avoiding as necessary) food-intensive social events has helped me to keep good momentum going..........but if those cannot feasibly be avoided, make conscious good decisions and choices wrt available food........

    This is a great site where you can learn about good options you can make when you're out around tempting foods!

    Welcome and best wishes!
    865 days ago
  • v GLORY63

    My advise is to take it slow. Make small changes at first. Small changes done consistently will add up to goals met. For example, I use to drink 1 to 2 sodas a day. I started with only having a soda every other day, then once a week. Now I haven't had a soda in 4 months and don't miss it.

    I've been on the site for 4 years and was doing the 'yo-yo' weight loss/gain thing. This year I bought the Spark Activity Tracker (aka SPAT) to show how much I was moving - or in my case, at first, not moving. Since the 3 months I've had it, I've lost 12 pounds so far. Having that motivation to see the lights go all the way around keeps me wanting to move.

    emoticon towards your goals and you can make it.

    865 days ago
    so glad to have you as part of the Reaching Our Goals team.

    I'll be setting up some new 'sticky' topics (the ones that stay at the top of the list) asking for suggestions. Please be sure to offer your ideas.

    we also have a monthly allotment to buy team Spark goodies. Can't wait to read some suggestions on how to use those!

    be sure to check out the team page

    1002 days ago
  • v LISAN0415
    I am posting this on many of my Friend's Pages, because I think this is awesome and applies well to our Healthy Lifestyle Journey:
    "A lot of people give up too easily. You are closest to your victory when you face the greatest opposition."-Joel Osteen
    1374 days ago
  • v LISAN0415
    Here's how you can lose weight (not gain) during the Holidays.

    1. Set a goal and make it a priority.

    2. Make your extra bonus meals or treat meals Once a week, not every day during the holidays- like if you know your work holiday party is Friday, don't indulge in Holiday cookies on Monday.

    3. Know your calorie range (sparkpeople can make that for your weight loss goal) and try to stay on the low end of it on non-Treat days. that way, you'll have an extra 750 calories to use that meal without gaining weight. (if your range is 1200-1450 calories, stay near the 1200 at least 3 days before that meal)

    4. Eat a healthy breakfast and a healthy snack before going to holiday dinners/parties. that way you won't be so hungry and overindulge.

    5. Step up your fitness program. Don't have time? Then step up your STEPS on your pedometer, add 2,500 steps, and you will likely burn 100 extra calories to help overcome any holiday goodies)

    6. Track your food on Non holiday days, keep weighing/measuring weekly and keep drinking your glasses of water, getting your rest and taking vitamins.

    We can do this!

    1426 days ago
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