LADYT3XTHELADY's SparkPeople Blog LADYT3XTHELADY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Commit Completely.. Get Your Head In The Game... <BR> <BR> You have to know in your heart that you want to succeed! Successful dieting starts in the head, moves to the heart, and lastly involves the mouth and the stomach! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Fri, 16 Jan 2009 06:06:23 EST Avoid Trigger Foods Recognize your personal trigger foods. Things you can't stop eating once you have begun. <BR> Do everything to steer clear of them. Stop keeping them in your house. Cross the street if need be to avoid sight and smell. Avert your eyes when you see a vending or candy machine. IDENTIFY your trigger foods and avoid them at all costs!! Thu, 15 Jan 2009 07:10:16 EST Walk Off Cravings.. By taking a brisk 10-20 minute walk, it can reduce cravings. It not only fights the urge to munch but also helps to burn calories. <em>231</em> Wed, 14 Jan 2009 05:54:02 EST Remember.... Don't forget that initially when you start exercising you do gain because you are building muscle and it weighs more than fat, however, it will soon change and the weight will come off. <BR> <BR> Tue, 13 Jan 2009 03:38:55 EST Keep It Real... There's Only 1 Person Who's Capable Of Setting Limits To Your Growth: IT IS YOU! The Person You Are When Nobody Is Looking, Should Be The Same Person You Are When People Can See You! Don't Fake The Funk...Peace~Tonya~ Mon, 12 Jan 2009 06:16:06 EST TIPS FOR A BETTER LIFE - 2009 1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is <BR> the ultimate anti-depressant. <BR> <BR> 2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Buy a lock if you <BR> have to. <BR> <BR> 3. When you wake up in the morning complete the following <BR> statement, 'My purpose is to __________ today.' <BR> <BR> 4. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food <BR> that is manufactured in plants. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 12 Jan 2009 06:13:50 EST You Determine Your Latitude Your words, your dreams, and your thoughts have power to create conditions in your life. What you speak about, you can bring about. .... <BR> <BR> If you keep saying you can't stand your job, you might lose your job. .... <BR> <BR> If you keep saying you can't stand your body, your body can become sick. .... <BR> <BR> If you keep saying you can't stand your car, your car could be stolen or just stop operating. .... <BR> <BR> If you keep saying you're always broke, guess what? You'll alway... Mon, 12 Jan 2009 06:12:54 EST Keeping Hunger At Bay... CHUG LOTS OF WATER throughout the day and BEFORE meals!! <em>91</em> Sun, 11 Jan 2009 05:49:13 EST Enjoy Unlimited Snacks.. Unlimited foods are nonstarchy veggies like peppers, carrots, celery and cucumbers, all of which have a high water content and a low calorie count. <BR> <BR> Munch away.... <em>250</em> Sun, 11 Jan 2009 05:47:14 EST Hidden Food Traps Some foods sound smart if you're watching your weight, but don't be fooled! <BR> <BR> Grilled Veggies: veggies might seem like a good choice, but if they were grilled in oil, they are packed with calories! <BR> <BR> Low-Fat Lies: many low-fat ice creams, especially premium brands, have more calories than the regular version because of extra sugar. <BR> <BR> Don't Buy The Ranch: one serving of ranch dressing can add up to 200 calories. Use oil or vinegar instead. <BR> <BR> Sun, 11 Jan 2009 05:43:24 EST The Best Abs Exercise A study by San Diego State University says the bicycle move is the most effective ab toner. <BR> <BR> Lie with your lower back pressed to the ground. <BR> <BR> Cradle your head in your hands, elbows bent and bring your legs up to a 45-degree angle. <BR> <BR> Using a pedal motion, touch your left elbow to your right knee and then your right elbow to your left knee. Continue switching back and forth!! <BR> <BR> Good Luck.... <em>402</em> Sat, 10 Jan 2009 07:21:09 EST Breakfast... This should be your largest meal of the day! <em>4</em> Fri, 9 Jan 2009 05:33:08 EST Make Healthy Swaps.. If you love pasta, switching from regular to whole wheat is a healthier option! <BR> <BR> Using skim milk and low-fat cheeses instead of regular will also save calories! Fri, 9 Jan 2009 05:32:15 EST Exercising With A Cold.. According to a study by the American College Of Sports Medicine, light workouts such as walking will not worsen symptoms if you have the sniffles or a scratchy throat-provided you don't also have a fever. Researchers did find that more intense exercise can hinder the immune system, though. Save the running or weight lifting until you are 100%. Fri, 9 Jan 2009 05:27:56 EST Make It A Priority.. You have to think of exercise like a daily hygiene-a commitment you make to yourself. <BR> You wouldn't leave out of the house without brushing your teeth, washing your face and doing your daily hygiene task, so add exercising to personal daily hygiene regimen! Thu, 8 Jan 2009 05:49:14 EST Bigger Portions... When you eat dinner or lunch, eat a BIG salad or a BIG bowl of vegetable soup. Foods like this are low in calories but fill you up because they contain so much water! <BR> <BR> The things you can do with a salad! They have kinds of low-cal, lowfat and sugar free add-ons for salads! <em>100</em> Wed, 7 Jan 2009 05:15:40 EST Use of Chairs/Footstools Did you know that you can use a chair as leverage when you are exercising? <BR> <BR> The back of a chair works so well, almost like an invisible buddy helping you along! Until you can build up some strength and endurance to do your exercises, try holding onto the back of a chair while doing squats or leg exercises, really helps you to maintain your balance. <BR> <BR> If you use a pull-up or chin-up bar, a footstool helps until you have built up enough strength and endurance to go it alone! Tue, 6 Jan 2009 05:18:30 EST Resolutions Every New Year's, many of us make many resolutions, the main being to lose weight! If that's your goal, chin up! I wish you all the very best! <BR> <BR> My goal is lose weight this year and keep it off! I have stopped drinking soda including diet and will eat more veggies instead of snacking on chips and candy! <BR> <BR> That is my pledge along with exercising and walking. Mon, 5 Jan 2009 06:04:56 EST