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Tips That Helped Me Succeed

Saturday, January 12, 2013

There have been several things that have helped me on my Spark journey to health, wellness, and meeting my weight goal. I'd really like to share them with you.

1. Spark tools
2. Making realistic goals
3. Keeping accountable
4. Using the trackers daily
5. Blogging
6. Joining teams (great way to make wonderful friends)
7. Learning portion sizes
8. Kept on going and didn't give up even when I messed up
9. Reading articles, watching videos, joining challenges to learn all that i could
10. Spreading the Spark
11. Commenting on pages and blogs of others
12. Treating myself whenever i reached a goal with a non-food treat
13. Continue keeping a positive attitude
14. Updating my status daily
15. Helping others on this journey to stay positive and upbeat
16. Didn't remove any food or group of foods, but learned moderation


Most of my friends and followers have heard most of these from me before. i feel it is really important to repeat them if they can help even one person succeed. Some days when things seemed they would never change, I would sign in and would have a smile and feel energized before I had to leave for the day. Members here are so willing to help each other and leave positive feedback in teams, on pages, and on blogs. I have to confess, I love the awards and goodies, too!

Even when I was going through my cancer treatments, I got in at least 10 minutes of cardio everyday, with the exception of when i was REALLY sick!! I would walk in place or in and out of several rooms in the house. Sometimes i had to use my walker, but I did my best to get sweat going.

I never did remove any particular food or food groups from my eating habits. i did learn true portion sizes and moderation. A treat is fine once in awhile. I found sharing with my hubby worked quite well, especially if he brought me too big a piece of anything or we were eating out. At least 1/2 of my meals would go home with me when we were eating out. Actually the amount was close to 2/3. Even today, I might have a hamburger, cut it into fourths, and only eat part of a fourth. Just as love pasta, i only have about three or maybe four bites and i'm done.

For someone who is new to SP or haven't looked around the site much, I would suggest you do so. There is so much here to use and discover. I still have a difficult time understanding it is all free! Not everything works for every one of us. Keep trying until you find something for you. Keep on keeping on and don't give up. You are so worth being healthy and do you ever deserve it!! Besides, no one else can do it for you!! And should you mess up, that's part of it and I believe most of us have done so.
Try not to feel too guilty and simply start over for your next snack or meal. Try to remain as positive as you can. Smile a lot and when you have time under your belt, try to help others with suggestions of how certain things worked for you. Be sure to let others know about your positive experiences with the site and with this program.

My wish for all of you is to continue having as healthy a lifestyle that is possible and to be the best you that you can. And don't forget to SMILE!!

Peace Love Hope





Member Comments About This Blog Post:
HEALTHYLADY12 1/17/2013 1:14AM

    Very inspiring emoticon

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COXBETH 1/15/2013 12:49AM

    What a great inspiration! And I wholeheartedly agree! I feel like "this time" is different because of all those non-food/workout things that I'm getting from SP - the teams, the blogs, the friends, etc.

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SHECHAM 1/14/2013 9:52PM

    Great tips.... thanks for the reminders... and encouragement!

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TIKKITAVI 1/14/2013 10:20AM

    Thanks for your tips! You are very inspiring.

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SAMMIESMOM13 1/14/2013 9:16AM

    Great Blog. I agree, everything in moderation. Don't give up, get up and start again. That's it in a nutshell.

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HICKOK-HALEY 1/14/2013 4:08AM

    Wonderful blog. You are so inspiring. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 1/13/2013 9:29PM

    such wisdom! Each and every word is true. Thank you for sharing. LOVE the pictures. You look sooooo wonderful.

HUGS to you and I will keep a emoticon on my face!

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KARIDIAN1 1/13/2013 8:59PM

    Wow! What a difference SP has made for you.

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CARRILU 1/13/2013 4:44PM

    Thank you very much for taking the time to share this today emoticon It is just as you said, and I am inspired because of you. Thanks again. emoticon

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NORASPAT 1/13/2013 4:28PM

    hankls EV You have it all covered for people to read and work on

HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DRUIDPRINCESS 1/13/2013 4:04PM

    Thank you so much for reminding us of these important points. Your positive and strong list will help us make the most of the new year... I hope 2013 is awesome for you!

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MOM2ACAT 1/13/2013 3:40PM

    emoticon You are an inspiration to me!

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VONBLACKBIRD 1/13/2013 11:16AM

    Wow so proud of you.You look terrific!

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BUSYGRANNY5 1/13/2013 7:32AM

    Excellent tips and wonderful advice!!! You look amazing!

What a blessing you are to WE fellow sparkers!

Have a wonderful day!

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KASEYCOFF 1/13/2013 5:10AM

    Great outline for how you've done it - and terrific guidelines for the "newbies," Ev!

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NEW-CAZ 1/13/2013 2:59AM

    great tips Ev and a motivating blog. You're living proof Sparks works!!!!!

Smiling is a wonderful tonic; When I go for my morning walk I smile and nod hello to everyone I pass, it's contagous and fantastic when it's returned emoticon

Have a wonderful Sunday emoticon

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1STATEOFDENIAL 1/13/2013 1:19AM

    I bet most people would agree with most or all of your list. Each person responds to something different, but using many different strategies does tend to be helpful.

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MADAMES 1/13/2013 1:01AM

    Great tips! Thank you for reminding everyone every day to SMILE! We can all muster a smile for others, no matter how poorly our day is going. The best part is, most people will return that smile, no matter how poorly they might be feeling. It is contagious.


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FLEMIDG 1/13/2013 12:47AM

    Thanks for the great tips. You are a true inspiration. Sending you lots of hugs.

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CHERIRIDDELL 1/13/2013 12:14AM

    Ev you are an inspiration to me ,I am too stubborn to be in a chair though they have offered me one and I keep thinking if Ev can get out of one no stinking rheumatoid arthritis is going to put me in one !!! Your positive attitude and cheerful interesting blogs never fail to give me the boost I need to keep going !!!hugs,Cheri

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BLUE42DOWN 1/13/2013 12:12AM

    All very good tips, and any one can be a great start.

(Do you know ... I don't think I'd ever looked at your before pictures? I only saw the post-Cancer fight ones. Fantastic job!)

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/13/2013 12:01AM

    Great advice! You've live so very wisely. May reward of continued mobility and improved health be yours this day and every day! Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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