HEALTHY4UNI's SparkPeople Blog HEALTHY4UNI's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Short Term Fix vs. Long Term Problem!!! I have come a long way which means I can turn around and look at the steps I've taken as well as the steps I failed to take. Then in acknowledging these, I feel the need to try and analyze them properly or else I believe I can never truly move toward my real goal. So I must ask myself new questions and look at the deep roots of truth. The basic question is why do I eat? Some, including my self, will say it is because I must to live. True so maybe we need to ask a different question: Why do I... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 13:23:04 EST Eating Healthy while Saving Money! Before Spark People, I had the convicted belief that it was impossible to eat healthy and save money. Now, after having been doing this "Healthy Eating Thing" now for 5 months, I've come to a new realization. It is impossible to eat healthy and spend less unless you are willing to let go of that belief. Without the proper education, motivation, experience and exerted effort, nothing is possible. But if you decide to take steps in the direction you want to go, anything is possible. <BR> <img ... Sun, 26 May 2013 02:35:07 EST What is the easiest way to get to where you want to go? Even though I am turning 50, I can still learn! Unless we take the time to put the pieces of life's puzzle together, sometimes we fail to see the big picture. And then even after seeing what is in the picture that we've developed in our minds, we fail to recognize how to apply what we see to our every day living! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I'm learning that failing to see the individual parts of the big picture, and then recognizing that eac... Sun, 12 May 2013 15:10:50 EST Grab hold of the gold wherever you can find it or be washed away in the tides of life! Life is a gift as is each moment we spend in it. We all should try to find the treasures of each passing day that come in the form of small moments of peace, joy, pride and honor and hold on to each of the seemingly insignificant pieces (all the bits and pieces of gold dust) and cherish each of them to improve the quality of our lives! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Just like when panning for gold, all that is not gold is allowed to be wash away... Wed, 1 May 2013 01:32:58 EST What are you focused on? Where do you want to go? These are 2 very important questions that I continually ask myself. And why are they so important? It is because I have come to realize some very important truths about life. <BR> <BR> When we focus on something, the things in the background are blurred and we cannot see much more than what we are focused on! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Can you tell what is in the picture behind the rose? Everything but the rose is blurred because it is not ... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 02:12:16 EST Is living within the strictest rule set really living? Many of us have a basic need to be in control! Many people don't want to be in subjection to someone else's watchful eye or judgmental regulations! This type of life is stressful especially when we fail and are subjected to the wrath or consequences of our failing to measure up to those other peoples standards. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> There a few factors that can affect or minimize the affect that external stress factors have on us! The f... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 00:43:05 EST The challenge as I see it! <img src=""> <BR> This challenge will be what you make of it! Don't think diet or just weight loss, Think lifestyle change! Know that what you were doing is what got you to where you are and if you'd rather be somewhere else health wise, your going to have to make some changes! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Don't see it as a punishment or as anything negative but see it as an opportunity t... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 01:22:25 EST What is that Spark all about! <img src=""> <BR> Yeah, as many of have come to realize, we know and understand that what we need to Spark ourselves is inside! But we should also know that sometimes that source can become depleted. So the reserve survival tactics need to be kicked into gear! The best survival tactic is to recognize when we are becoming over burdened by stress or by the consequences of poor decisions that start rolling toward or over us to give us a wak... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 13:02:05 EST The lone walk of weight loss? Is there any other way? <img src=""> <BR> Many of us have personal issues that contribute to our unique lives that have contributed to our weight gain! We have schedules and commitments that demand our time. Sedentary jobs spent sitting behind a desk, talking on a phone, restricted to a small office or workspace. Some of us are parents that must attend our children and the tasks associated with always being by their side! There has been no one beside us at every... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 16:52:27 EST Getting my mind right! What is all of this stuff about regarding weight loss, healthy nutrition and fitness? Can I really look at all of the things that I have to go through and not be overwhelmed by the challenge of loosing 100lbs? And not only loosing it but keeping it off? <BR> <BR> Come on! I have to read labels and track everything and change foods out from what I've been eating all of my life! I have to break old habits and learn new healthy ones! I have to change my way of thinking and learn to like workin... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 04:22:06 EST Battling the Binge & Splurge! Many people will feel defeated when they over indulge during a Holiday or even on a special occasion like going out to eat with the special people in their lives! As a standard rule, we should be seeking to gain knowledge, wisdom and control over our eating habits that gives us victory over the long run but as we move towards that direction, what can we do to counter the effects of bingeing and splurging that will lead us to that inevitable goal we so much desire to attain? Realistically, it ... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 16:25:04 EST An Easter Day poem from The Carpenter's friend, The Handyman! The true cause for Easter Joy! <BR> <BR> Every year, we're reminded, on Easter Day, <BR> God sent his son, to take, our sin away! <BR> He was hung on a cross, which was originally reserved for me, <BR> He accepted my punishment, paying with His life, which was the fee! <BR> To buy back my heart, and turn me around, <BR> So that for eternity, I wouldn't just lie in the ground! <BR> Because of what He had done, God has lifted me up, <BR> He no longer sees my sin, because Jesus' blood, h... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 20:13:38 EST Which is easier? To choose to win or to accept defeat! Each day we struggle to make the right choice. We believe that if we make the right choice, we will be winners. The media, sports, competition, video games and many other aspects of life reinforces this mentality. But at what cost and what is truly the objective? What does being a winner really mean? <BR> <BR> If you lie, cheat, steal, fight, and use every resource to give a winning edge, will that ensure you a true victory when all is said and done? If weight loss or fitness were the race, ... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 16:17:07 EST Count the good steps you've taken towards your goals! Every day on this journey we are forced to consider our failures! Did we go over our calories or did we meet our nutrition quantities, did we exercise enough, did we get enough sleep and the list is full of opportunities to identify ways in which we have failed! <BR> <BR> Let me suggest that you consider what you have done right! Have you become educated to know better what is good for you? Did you make an effort? Did it matter to you if you didn't make the effort? Did you meet 5 out of 10 o... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 03:40:45 EST Long posts vs. Short posts! If you read blogs to learn and equip yourself to loose weight and improve your health, there is more helpful information in a long blog, although there can be helpful tid-bits in short blogs! <BR> <BR> If you are simply jumping into a blog to grab and go to play the Spark Point game! Any size blog can work because reading the blog isn't required to get points! Just post a simple all purpose response like <em>252</em> . <BR> <BR> If you are in a hurry because you have so much on your agen... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 12:47:49 EST The keys to successful change! Many have made the claim that change is hard. But what they don't realize is that they make changes all of the time without complaint when the changes they make are changes they choose to make to better their lives. How many people found it difficult to start using cellular phones, watching TV, driving a car, getting a new car that they wanted and adding every one of those unhealthy foods that led to your weight gain to your list of preferred daily food choices? Many of these changes came wit... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 16:02:06 EST If you keep doing the same things, will things change? If you are trying to reach a goal and get stuck or you're just not getting there, do you just keep doing the same thing? <BR> <BR> If you said yes, then WHY! <BR> <BR> Yes there are times when we have momentary (short) plateaus or hick-ups but that isn't what I am talking about! <BR> <BR> Are you playing yo-yo with your body and your weight loss? Have you become stuck in your Spark people routine and not able to learn or change anymore? <BR> <BR> I won't believe that you have read... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 04:02:53 EST If there was just 1 thing, what would it be? If there was just 1 thing, that your fellow Spark Friends could do for you, what would it be! <BR> <BR> 1) Would it be great if they stopped by your Spark Page whenever they could and leave an encouraging comment? <BR> 2) Would it be to read your blog and let you know what they think of it? Like it helped them or they agree with your perspective! <BR> 3) Read your message board post and respond? To you personally or directly to what you posted or with out interaction directed at you but just... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 02:22:57 EST I want to invite you to take a trip with me! If you were on a trip and along the way, there was an accident that slowed the traffic down, do you turn around and go back home? If you got a flat, would you change it and then head back home? If there was a detour because of road construction would you get frustrated and turn around? If you ran out of gas, do you give up on getting to your destination? What if that destination was your wedding or to get the hospital to give birth to a child? Would the destination and purpose for your trip h... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 17:27:20 EST 23 pounds in 52 days! I started Spark People on Jan 20, 2013. I had been being prepared for this for most of my life! I had tried all of the different bits of advice which never really worked and in some cases, definitely put me on the wrong path! Like eating more times during the day to loose more! (without watching my calories or changing what I ate) I gained Weight! Duh! Eating only fruits and veggies! It was claimed that it is difficult to eat more calories in a day than you use each day that way! I didn't fi... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 16:01:51 EST As we succeed, we can teach others to find the path! 1 Corinthians 2:3-4 <BR> Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. <BR> <BR> Grace and peace to all and for those that need help, just ask! <BR> Someone might actually decide that your worth their time and effort! <BR> Hopefully you've already decided that you are! <BR> Especially for yourself and... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 13:36:40 EST I'm a 49yr old father of a 13yr old daughter & a 9yr old son who wants to meet his grandchildren. What does it take to be a good parent? What does it take to be a good grandparent? Do we HAVE to learn from our own mistakes or can we learn from the mistakes of others? What does it take to be the best “Me” regardless of my past? None of these questions will have a resounding single answer, but I believe I must do the best I can and seek to set realistic goals that I can meet and which challenges me to make forward progress or else I will stagnate into routines that won't take me anywhere. I... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 23:02:31 EST The poem of a loser, I will start this journey, so that I might lose, <BR> Is there real basis for this decision to choose? <BR> If I am a loser, will I get what I need, <BR> what shall I lose if I do succeed? <BR> Or better yet, what will I gain, <BR> If I learn to love me an become healthy again? <BR> Brand new clothes with a larger selection in which I may fit, <BR> Is this the real bonus even though I must pay for it? <BR> Are there other benefits I will earn along the way? <BR> What new habits and knowledge... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 00:25:43 EST Look up and what do you see? I look up to the sky and what do I see? <BR> Light that is shinning down here on me. <BR> Is this light given, by God that does shine? <BR> That provides light through the darkness of time. <BR> I look around, and what else do I see? <BR> A system of life, that is all around me! <BR> What whirlwind can claim, that this is its work. <BR> What nonsense and confusion has given us birth? <BR> How can I believe, that this all just came about! <BR> Without a reason or even a plan? <BR> From not... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 05:00:31 EST Love Lives! Love cannot Live when it’s hidden within, <BR> Nor can it Live, without a friend! <BR> Love that is harbored away, deep down inside, <BR> can only disillusion the heart and the mind! <BR> For Love that is hidden, and tucked away, <BR> is only a dream, whose purpose is in vain! <BR> Selfish Love seeks, only for it’s own, <BR> stealing Love from another, to take what cannot be owned! <BR> Selfless Love, excludes a place for Love to return, <BR> for it leaves the sender, cold and alone! <BR> Lo... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 03:47:03 EST How do I judge? I meet a person, so how do I judge? <BR> <BR> Are you like candy I can try, or should I just pass you on by? <BR> Do I consider you a thing that I can use, and if I don't like then I can abuse? <BR> Is it a question of what I can exploit, I don't think I should because that isn't polite! <BR> Maybe I'll trust you but what might I loose, I will give it a try, yes this is what I choose? <BR> Could I measure your goodness and wit, then when I am done, what will I do with it? <BR> If I'm ent... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 03:43:04 EST