MAGNIFATIC's SparkPeople Blog MAGNIFATIC's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Tip of the Day - The Victor Tip of the Day - The Victor <BR> <BR> If you think you are beaten, you are. <BR> If you think you dare not, you don’t <BR> If you like to win but think you can’t, <BR> It’s almost a cinch you won’t. <BR> <BR> If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost. <BR> For out in the world we find <BR> Success begins with a fellow’s will <BR> It’s all in the state of mind. <BR> <BR> If you think you are outclassed, you are. <BR> You’ve got to think high to rise. <BR> You’ve got to be sure of you... Wed, 14 Oct 2009 00:10:11 EST Tip of the Day - Source of goodness Tip of the Day - Source of goodness <BR> <BR> Be good to yourself by seeing and connecting with the goodness in life. Look on the bright side, and make it brighter. <BR> <BR> Nothing is gained by feeling sorry for yourself. Nothing is gained by spreading misery or despair. <BR> <BR> Sure, life has its troubles. Yet the great thing is, you don't have to let any of those troubles get to you. <BR> <BR> Give your energy and awareness to the best possibilities of the moment. You can make somet... Sat, 10 Oct 2009 20:21:39 EST Tip of the Day - Remember what you did wrong and what you did right Tip of the Day - Remember what you did wrong and what you did right <BR> <BR> Now that summer is over take a moment to think about some of the things that weren’t the best when it comes to your weight loss plan. No, this isn’t “beat yourself up” time, it’s simply a time to reflect. <BR> <BR> Maybe you decided to take the summer off and kind of let yourself go. Perhaps you put your exercise routine on hold and you’re low on energy. While you shouldn’t dwell on these things, you should be mi... Thu, 8 Oct 2009 00:55:11 EST Tip of the Day - Change your mind and your body will follow Tip of the Day - Change your mind and your body will follow <BR> <BR> What’s the best way to stick to your weight loss goals? Different things work for different people. One way is to set mini-goals, and when you reach them, reward yourself. Or write down daily reminders of what you need to do to stay true to your program. <BR> <BR> Those are all great ways to keep your progress moving forward, but the real key to finding success comes from your head. Without the right mindset in place, it... Wed, 7 Oct 2009 00:23:20 EST Tip of the Day - Keep your chin up Tip of the Day - Keep your chin up <BR> <BR> Wouldn’t it be ideal if losing weight was all about doing well and making progress? We all know that life does not work like that. So let’s be honest: you will face setbacks and challenges as you’re trying to lose weight, it’s just reality. Now what? <BR> <BR> If you’re faced with anything you consider a setback, it’s human nature to feel discouraged. You might even question your program or contemplate giving up. Before you surrender, wait! It IS... Tue, 6 Oct 2009 00:53:32 EST Tip of the Day - Exercise - Is it worth the trouble? Tip of the Day - Exercise – Is it worth the trouble? <BR> <BR> For many of us, the hardest part of exercising is just getting started. Whether it’s persuading yourself to take a walk after work, dragging your weary self to the gym, or motivating yourself to follow a workout DVD before hitting the couch, it’s just plain hard! But you also probably know by now, once you actually get going, it’s really not so bad. <BR> <BR> Eating a healthy diet is a huge part losing weight, but exercise is al... Fri, 2 Oct 2009 23:39:53 EST Tip of the Day - Creating your Life Tip of the Day - Creating your life <BR> <BR> This is it. This is the moment when success happens. <BR> This is the moment when you can choose to either follow your dreams or to sabotage them. This is when you select and execute the specific actions that create the reality of your life. <BR> <BR> Achievement is not some far off, future concept. Achievement is built from what you do now. <BR> <BR> You will not ever get anything done if you keep scheduling it for someday. What you do with n... Thu, 1 Oct 2009 16:04:44 EST Tip of the Day - Break a bad habit, forever Break a bad habit, forever <BR> <BR> It’s easy to get into ruts, and some of them are so engrained they become mindless. In truth we know that many of our routines work against our weight loss. We also know by now that we can’t change what we don’t acknowledge. Starting today begin to scrutinize some of your habits that might be sabotaging your weight loss. <BR> <BR> What are you doing automatically, without really thinking? For example, do you regularly hit the vending machine for a pick m... Wed, 30 Sep 2009 22:04:44 EST Tip of the Day - A win-win for everyone A win-win for everyone <BR> <BR> It's true that for the most part losing weight is a solo pursuit. But, it's also true that your new habits will impact the people around you. And that's a great thing! <BR> <BR> Think about it, you can be an inspiration and motivating force for those that see your progress. If you're a parent, know that you are setting a wonderful example for your family. If you're a member of a group with the common goal of losing weight and fitness, realize that your progr... Tue, 29 Sep 2009 19:11:02 EST Tip of the Day - Do you love, respect and trust yourself? Do you love, respect and trust yourself? <BR> <BR> Can you answer this question with an undeniable, resounding YES? Hopefully you answering yes, because when you do it makes losing weight SO much easier. <BR> <BR> Self-esteem is all about love, respect and trust. It's based on the confidence and satisfaction you have in yourself. When the voice inside tells you how special you are, that you can become whatever you want, and says it with conviction, you will be inspired to live up to the cal... Tue, 29 Sep 2009 00:39:39 EST Tip of the Day - 4 Secret Tips for Eating Your Correct Portion Size... Tip of the Day - 4 Secret Tips For Eating Your Correct Portion Size For Your Weight Loss <BR> <BR> A few years ago you could go to a restaurant and order a meal and get the meal, clean your plate and do not feel stuffed until you feel as if you are about to burst. These days, that is not the case. Most meals already come with more food than you can eat and now you have the option to supersize it to an even larger meal. <BR> <BR> And because you have been given so much food at these restaur... Sat, 26 Sep 2009 22:53:11 EST Tip of the Day - Mirror, mirror on the wall... Mirror, mirror on the wall… <BR> <BR> You’re browsing through some old photos, and you come across a picture of yourself taken several years ago. What do you think? How does that picture compare to what you see in the mirror today? Do you look at the picture of you before you started gaining weight and think, “Now, there’s the real me”? <BR> <BR> We all carry an ideal image of who we are, and how we look. If you’ve gained weight, that model image usually dates back to how you used to look. ... Fri, 25 Sep 2009 00:35:54 EST Tip of the Day - Losing weight isn't an overnight fix Losing weight isn't an overnight fix; it's a lifestyle change <BR> <BR> You're losing weight; that's a good thing. Actually, it's a great thing! But we all know that the weight doesn't just fall off, it takes work. You have to make choices and changes and yes definitely, some of them can be tough. <BR> <BR> It can be tempting to complain or moan about how hard it is to make these sacrifices, but don't go there. It really is a waste of energy. And if you complain too much, it's likely you'l... Wed, 23 Sep 2009 15:24:24 EST Tip of the Day - Sharpen your focus Sharpen your focus <BR> <BR> A great way to keep your eye on the prize is to eliminate distractions. Think about this: what people or things are making it harder for you to lose weight? What can you do to remove those distractions from your life? <BR> <BR> You can make small changes in your daily surroundings that elicit support. Limit your visits to the grocery store; stock up on one trip instead of several. Scale back on the number of times you go out to lunch with your co-workers, instea... Tue, 22 Sep 2009 15:04:33 EST Tip of the Day - Complacency is not in my vocabulary Complacency is not in my vocabulary <BR> <BR> Let’s say your goal is to lose 30 pounds, and you’ve lost 15. Will the 15 pounds lost motive you even more to lose the final 15, or will you give yourself a pat on the back for the success so far, and allow complacency set in? You know…skip a few exercise sessions, eat a couple cookies, generally let things slide. <BR> <BR> Now is not the time to let down your guard. You’re on your way to your goal. Don’t allow yourself to become complacent (laz... Tue, 22 Sep 2009 00:51:33 EST Tip of the Day - The choice is yours The Choice is yours <BR> <BR> It’s the weekend and admittedly many of us use it as a reason to go out and have a good time. And how do most people celebrate when they’re out? They eat and drink. <BR> <BR> If you do go out this weekend, try your hardest to stick with your weight loss goals. Now is not the time to jeopardize all your hard work. If your weekend plans include a night out on the town remember that you do have a choice as to what goes in your mouth. <BR> <BR> You can choose low ... Fri, 18 Sep 2009 19:23:48 EST Tip of the Day - Enough is Enough Enough is enough <BR> <BR> When something delicious touches our lips it’s our natural inclination is to eat and eat and eat. Yes, we may be full but we just keep munching away. Why? Well, it’s tasty. And because it tastes good, we mindlessly keep going until our plate is clean! <BR> <BR> It’s almost impossible to eat out and be served a reasonable amount of food. And let’s be honest – it happens at home too. Super-sized bags of chips, party-sized containers of ice cream. <BR> <BR> The trut... Thu, 17 Sep 2009 22:16:15 EST Tip of the Day - It's SO worth it! It’s SO worth it <BR> <BR> After a few weeks, or even a few days it can become hard to keep your motivation going. Sometimes it’s hard to remember what you’re striving for. Sometimes it’s just plain hard to keep your hands off the cookies. <BR> <BR> I know. We all know. We have all been there. <BR> <BR> But it’s at those moments when you need to dig deep and remember that your weight loss journey is SO worth it. It really is. Know that there will be a day when you’ll look back and realize ... Mon, 14 Sep 2009 23:20:21 EST Tip of the Day - Your achievements hold power Your achievements hold power <BR> <BR> Losing weight for the long haul requires self-reflection. You not only have to be willing to look back on what you’ve achieved but you also need to appreciate the hard work that went into the goals you’ve reached. <BR> <BR> Think about what you have gained so far on your weight loss journey. Perhaps things that you may not have liked about yourself before, you’re now proud of. How about some of the things you’ve achieved? Maybe you now fit into those j... Sun, 13 Sep 2009 00:46:27 EST Tip of the Day - A few things you can do to get healthier faster Tip of the Day - A Few Things You Can Do to Get Healthier Faster <BR> <BR> No matter where you are in your path to greater health and wellness, slowing down can help you get there faster. It may sound strange, but when you slow down you can pay greater attention to what you're feeling. You get more in tune with your own body, and you start to notice things that you may not have seen or heard before. Maybe you notice that certain foods don't agree with you, making you feel heavy and weighted ... Fri, 11 Sep 2009 15:18:48 EST Tip of the Day - It's not a life sentence It’s not a life sentence <BR> <BR> If you believe that being overweight is just one of those things that you’re going to have to live with, I’m here to tell you that you’re WRONG! <BR> <BR> Your weight is one thing in your life that you DO have total control over; no one can force you to eat that ice cream or stop you from exercising. YOU make the conscious decision of what goes into your mouth, and what you do with your body. The sooner you accept this, the sooner you’ll stop making excuse... Thu, 10 Sep 2009 23:37:43 EST Tip of the Day - Drink More Water Tip of the Day - Drink More Water <BR> <BR> There just don't seem to be enough hours in the day to accomplish everything you need to do as a parent. Trying to integrate healthy habits into your family's already hectic schedule can add even more stress. But when you make time for healthy habits, you'll find yourself with extra energy, less stress and a greater ability to take on life's challenges. <BR> <BR> Getting healthy doesn't happen overnight. Take your time, enjoy the ride, and make o... Tue, 8 Sep 2009 17:37:55 EST Tip of the Day - Stay the Course Tip of the Day - Stay the course <BR> <BR> One little (insert favorite food here) won't derail my diet. For the most part this is true. One cookie probably isn't going to send your entire weight loss program into a tailspin. <BR> <BR> The real problem with veering off course, is the precedent you set for yourself. It's true that when you break the rules one time, it makes it so much easier to do it again. The trouble is, two times leads to more, and more from there. Before you know it, you ... Mon, 7 Sep 2009 20:26:23 EST Tip of the Day - Persevere even when you want to quit Persevere even when you want to quit <BR> <BR> More than likely this is not your first diet, so you’re familiar with mental diet traps. I’m talking about the things that can lead you off course. Imagine how wonderful it would be to never have to face them ever again! The truth is, with a little work, you can bypass them. Following these simple rules will make losing weight more enjoyable and maybe just a little easier, too: <BR> <BR> ~Weigh yourself weekly, not daily. Daily weigh-ins will d... Fri, 4 Sep 2009 19:47:59 EST Tip of the Day - Remember When? Remember When? <BR> <BR> For many of us, when we put on weight, we also abandon the essence of who we are. We don’t dare dress the way we’d really like to, or avoid our favorite activities because of the burden of extra weight. We don’t feel comfortable with ourselves, and it affects so much of our lives. All of a sudden – our social circle shrinks – we find our self wearing sweats more than regular clothes – we throw our hair back in a pony tail instead of taking the time to style it. We ju... Thu, 3 Sep 2009 16:36:56 EST Tip of the Day - The key to the success you seek The key to the success you seek <BR> <BR> When’s the last time you did something and thought to yourself, “Wow, I really did a great job!”? When was the last time you really showed yourself some love? <BR> <BR> Much of what you achieve in your life is fueled by self-respect as well as acknowledging the things you do well. Not only does constant self-ridicule lower your self-esteem, but it also sends a negative message to all of the people you interact with. <BR> <BR> The point is, don’t be... Wed, 2 Sep 2009 22:24:07 EST Tip of the Day - It's time to take control again It’s time to take control again <BR> <BR> Summer is almost over. No more shorts, tank-tops or swim suits. When it comes to your weight loss, how does that make you feel? Hopefully you’re not longing for long sleeves and pants because you have some body parts you want to hide. <BR> <BR> If you are, think about this…just because there are only a few weeks left of summer it’s not acceptable to say to yourself, “People are not going to be seeing this body for another nine months – time to eat!”... Tue, 1 Sep 2009 18:52:44 EST Tip of the Day - The time for a new beginning is NOW! Tip of the Day - The time for a new beginning is NOW <BR> <BR> Summer is almost over. We’re facing a new time of year, a new season – parents are sending their kids off to school, vacationers are returning back to work. <BR> <BR> Perhaps you drifted away from your program over the past few months. Maybe you took a “vacation” from your plan; missed trips to the gym, attended a few too many BBQs – now your jeans are feeling rather snug. <BR> <BR> None of that matters now. Those days are behi... Mon, 31 Aug 2009 15:32:53 EST Tip of the Day - If you can't say something nice... If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. <BR> <BR> We have all heard this one. When we were young, it might have been hard to understand why it was hurtful. But now that we’re older, we realize that words are not just words, and they can really cause some damage. <BR> <BR> Have you ever thought about the impact your own thoughts have on your self-esteem? Do you ever hear yourself saying cruel things about someone – that someone being you? <BR> <BR> No one likes to be ca... Fri, 28 Aug 2009 00:38:56 EST Tip of the Day - Mind over matter is the way to go! Tip of the Day - Mind Over Matter is the Way to Go <BR> <BR> When it comes to weight loss we are taught how to eat and how to exercise but the common and vitally important component that almost always gets overlooked is learning how to think right. Yes, when it comes to creating long-term weight loss, mind over matter is where you need to focus your energy. <BR> <BR> This is not to say that you can abandon diet and exercise and just sit in a corner and wish yourself slim. But I am saying t... Wed, 26 Aug 2009 18:58:27 EST Tip of the Day - Today is a new day!!! Today is a New Day <BR> <BR> Seeing each day as a new beginning makes great sense, no matter what kind of day you had yesterday. If you stuck with your plan, the idea of another “new day” to do your best wipes out any sort of thinking that might lead you to overindulge. <BR> <BR> If yesterday you didn’t do so well, new beginnings give you a head start as well as a healthy way to let go of past blunders. <BR> <BR> No matter what hardship you face or experience, just remember to start each d... Mon, 24 Aug 2009 19:12:20 EST Tip of the Day - U Turns Permitted Tip of the Day - U-Turns Permitted <BR> <BR> Are you making good progress? If you've been doing well, then good for you! Keep up the great work, and you'll reach your goal in no time. But if you feel like you're not doing so well, this is for you. As you probably know, when there's something you don't feel like doing, you'll look for a way to avoid it. If you haven't been doing very well, you're probably already thinking that ditching your diet might be the best way to go! <BR> <BR> Don't d... Fri, 26 Jun 2009 23:25:40 EST Tip of the Day - Remember Fun? Tip of the Day - Remember Fun? <BR> <BR> Life is filled with deadlines and pressures. The thing is, it's important to balance all that seriousness with a little fun, and there's no better time for fun than now. It's almost summer! So here's a question: have you had any fun lately? <BR> <BR> If your answer is no, let's step back for a moment. Can you remember what it is to have fun? If the last time you had some serious fun seems like a distant memory, then take some time today to watch kid... Mon, 15 Jun 2009 14:52:06 EST Getting back in the swing All I can say is coming off vacation and getting back into the swing of things has been pretty bumpy this week. I came home to a bunch of drama like the fridge going out and having to keep my food on ice a couple of days and drama with a ticket I paid from back in October and now they are saying I never paid. Who needs crap like this? My internet is iffy at best right now so I am logging on when I can. I am hoping for a better week this week. I have been trying to stay motivated and I ha... Sat, 6 Jun 2009 21:27:38 EST Two Weeks of Vacation Well, here I am at the Denver airport on my way back to Nashville! Whew! it has been a whirlwind of a trip. I am happy to report that I did extremely well during week one in San Diego. I was able to get out and walk three miles a day and eat very nutritious meals. Week two was Denver, CO I was able to walk everyday but eating was another story. I did the best I could do under the circumstances. I took the wall with me, but sometimes it was hard to maintain (thanks Deondra). <BR> <BR> I ... Sat, 30 May 2009 19:30:42 EST A much needed vacation Hey gang, just thought I would check in and let you know how things are going. Well, right now I am at the Phoenix airport awaiting my connecting flight to San Diego for a much needed vacation. I really need it too. I will be in Sunny California for one week and then I will leave there and travel to Denver, Colorado for a conference. I am soooo excited. It has been a crazy week preparing but it will be worth it. First, I would like to thank Deondra (D710Dance) for all the tips she gave whe... Sat, 16 May 2009 14:58:10 EST One Year Ago Today . . . One Year Ago Today . . . <BR> <BR> I was in my room getting ready for work and I was watching The Today Show as is my normal routine. There was a segment on about someone who had lost a lot of weight and contributed her success to something called Sparkpeople. As I got dressed and listened, my interest was peaked. What is this Sparkpeople? I had never heard of it. So, I went to my computer and pulled it up. It looked interesting and so I signed up on the spot (something I rarely do). I finis... Wed, 29 Apr 2009 17:36:49 EST Believe Everything You Hear This past week I went home to St. Louis to visit my family and friends. I had a blast. It was so good to see everyone. Now, I really wanted to have lost more weight before I went home, but I hadn't. I looked pretty much the same or so I thought. Almost everyone I saw raved about how good I looked. Can I tell you I ate it all up? It was so good to hear. I mean they didn't have to say a word, but I kept hearing about how small I was and how I was glowing and I even heard "skinny" a few t... Sat, 25 Apr 2009 18:22:13 EST April Week Two Hello fellow Sparkers! I always say this and then end up writing a novel, but there really is not very much to report this week. My done girls challenge this week was to eat my fruits and veggies. I did an "ok" job. I could've done better but I was really pulled in a lot of directions this week. I must say though, I had fun. I cooked at home almost everyday and when I did go out I still managed to eat my veggies. I can stand to step up the fruit though. I am sure I will, I normally m... Sun, 19 Apr 2009 00:04:44 EST One pound at a time - literally! Well, I am happy to report I have lost another pound. One pound!!! I am happy about it too. I have consistently lost one pound since I started the Done Girls Challenge. I am now at 201, just two pounds (or two weeks) from ONEderland - Again!! This is sooo funny to me. I was so happy when I reached it the first time. Then life happened and I got off track. I was actively exercising but was not losing any weight. Now, I am happy to see the scale move in the opposite direction. <BR> <BR>... Sat, 11 Apr 2009 13:39:31 EST April Week One Not a whole lot to share this week, but I do want to tell you guys how sore I am. Ok, I really did not understand that walking out side is so much more intense than the treadmill! The weather was really nice this week and I decided to take my workouts to the outdoors. It was great! The sun was shining the wind was blowing. I loved it. The first day I walked and even ran at some points. The second day too!! It was so exhilarating. Until the pain came! OMG!! My legs are extremely sore. ... Sat, 4 Apr 2009 22:53:44 EST March Week Four This has been an interesting week. I was out of town and so nutrition was difficult and workouts were good but under my normal amount of minutes. I did pretty well. I have membership at a club that has locations in different cities, so I was able to use my membership where I was, which was great. I felt good this week. I don't normally talk about how I feel but I think emotions weigh so heavily on our progress. Where we are emotionally determines how quickly we reach our goals. They determi... Sun, 29 Mar 2009 00:55:16 EST What a difference tracking makes This week I have made every effort to track what I am eating. I must admit it takes a lot more time and effort, but seeing it makes it worth it. I have had some good days and some bad days. Mostly good. I am finding most of the foods in the system either by Sparkpeople or by some other Sparker who added it. <BR> <BR> I also joined the Done Girls Spring into Summer Challenge. I am a Sandcastle Sister. Hence, all of the new beach and sandcastle pics and themes. I am really excited about i... Sun, 22 Mar 2009 00:22:49 EST The Truth about what I am eating Okay, so as I stated last week I took a really good look at what has been going in my mouth. The revelation is one that I was not too surprised to find out, but I had to have it stare me in the face so I could do something about it. <BR> <BR> I have found that I am all out of whack when it comes to portion and serving sizes. I am not eating enough raw foods and I am consuming too many processed foods. Convenience is lending itself to bad habits. I work all day then go workout and when I ... Sat, 14 Mar 2009 23:26:57 EST March Week One Hey gang, this week's installment is not so great. I only made it to the gym once this week. Ugh! It never fails, I get on a roll and life comes along and messes with my flow. I had a few things that just ruined my routine and then I was out of town yesterday and today. As a matter of fact, I just returned and here I am logging on Sparks. I am addicted. I have to log in and see how things are going and of course spin that wheel (which gave me a whopping one for today). Sunday starts a ... Sat, 7 Mar 2009 23:09:45 EST February Week 4 As I type this heading I realize I have not been keeping up with my blogs. It is my endeavor to recap each week. I am going to do better about this. This was a very good week for me and it feels good. I have been to the gym consistantly and have really enjoyed myself. <BR> <BR> Since I didn't update on last week I must make note that I have begun taking a Zumba class and I have also added strength training to my workouts. I went to Zumba for the first time in a long time last week and ... Sun, 1 Mar 2009 00:43:06 EST A Creed To Live By A Creed to Live By <BR> <BR> Don't undermine your worth by comparing yourself to others. <BR> It is because we are different that each of us is special. <BR> <BR> Don't set your goals by what other people deem important. <BR> Only you know what is best for you. <BR> <BR> Don't take for granted the things closest to your heart. <BR> Cling to them as you would your life, for without them life is meaningless. <BR> <BR> Don't let life slip through your fingers by living in the past or for the... Sat, 21 Feb 2009 17:53:49 EST Single or Attached - Which is Better? Blog Prompt This blog prompt intrigued me. I actually fit in both categories right now. I am single as in not married, but I am in a long distance relationship. He is very supportive and loves to work out just like I do. When we are together we can work out with one another. One of the advantages of being single is the ability to use my time how I like. I can go to the gym whenever I want. I can eat what I want, when I want it. Even though my guy is supportive, if we were married and I had to cons... Tue, 10 Feb 2009 13:37:54 EST February Week One I started the week strong, but then received a phone call that my father (who has been in the hospital) was not doing well. I had to drop everything and drive to Illinois to see about him. I am still here and with spending so much time at the hospital I have not been able to work out. I am sure there are things I could have been doing but quite frankly I didn't feel like it. Dad is doing a little better and I will be going back to Nashville tomorrow. I am looking forward to getting back to... Sat, 7 Feb 2009 22:46:06 EST January Wrap Up Boy did this month start out rough! It took me a while to get on track after the holidays. I didn't imagine it would be so hard since I actually started the holidays doing really well. But, I got off my workouts and it got easier and easier to not do anything. It wasn't until somewhere in the middle of the month that I got my butt in gear and I am so glad I did. Now I really don't feel any different right now and my clothes don't feel loose right now but I am fully aware of the benefits of... Sun, 1 Feb 2009 00:41:33 EST