SparkPeople Everything Else Secrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets-category.asp?category=everything-else Learn some of the secrets of success for Everything Else from SparkPeople members. SparkPeople Everything Else Secrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets-category.asp?category=everything-else Working Out Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42763_working_out_stress When feeling overwhelmed by stress, I go bowling and laugh at how bad I am at it. Bowling allows me to release pent-up aggression. If there is no lane available at the bowling alley, it's time to shake out my duster outside. Negative energy, be gone! Fri, 29 Aug 2014 23:52:00 EST Stress Reliever http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42690_stress_reliever Every morning whether warm or cold, I make myself a cup of coffee, sit out on the porch and chill. I'll log into Spark Coach. Pet the cat. Listen to the birds. Breathe in the fresh air. Start my day chilled. I spend as long as my morning cup of Joe. But ohhhhhh, the peace it brings to the rest of the day. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 23:56:00 EST All about your drink :D http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42687_all_about_your_drink_d I drink cool water to keep hydrated, it tastes better cold too. Cold water also burns calories because your body needs to warm it in order to process it. <br>I drink warm drinks, hot tea, if I am feeling hungry. Warm/hot drinks make you feel satiated. <br>It may not be the best tricks, but they are definitely helpful to me. Especially the hot drink <em>91</em> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:09:00 EST Tracking water intake http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42673_tracking_water_intake Every morning I fill a half gallon pitcher of water and drink from that all day (adding ice when necessary). Easy way to track 8+ cups of water Sun, 20 Jul 2014 13:13:00 EST Quick and easy way to clean grass stains off white leather shoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42641_quick_and_easy_way_to_clean_grass_stains_off_white_leather_shoes Sometimes I forget and wear my newer white leather walking shoes to mow the yard. I always felt like my shoes were "ruined", but today, I wiped them down with several sheets of a generic brand of "diaper wipes" - and that worked perfectly! Fri, 4 Jul 2014 13:25:00 EST Vision Board http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42577_vision_board For various goals in my life I always start with a "Vision Board" A sortof collage made up of photos, pictures (from magazines or elsewhere), key motivational images and words that pertain to the goals I will achieve. Currently I am in the process of recreating myself by the time I turn 60 (in 2 years) and weight loss is a part of that Mon, 9 Jun 2014 19:47:00 EST TROOPONS - Support Our Troops with coupons http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42524_troopons_support_our_troops_with_coupons Instead of mindless eating during prime time TV, I clip coupons that I don't use for the troops. They even take some expired ones! This is a great cause AND keeps my fingers busy so I don't grab those chips. It takes some time to clip and sort, but I feel it's the least I can do! Go to their website for more info: www.supportourtroops.org <br>UPDATE: Just sent out $4,184.57 worth of coupons today!!<br><br> Thu, 22 May 2014 15:20:00 EST Epson Salt Bath http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42514_epson_salt_bath Relax - don't think of all the things that need to be done - lay there for 15 minutes and let your body enjoy. This is great for sore muscles, aches and pains. <br><br> Epson Salt Baths are so good for you - just google - you'll see all the benefits. <em>414</em> Wed, 21 May 2014 10:36:00 EST Wake Up Faster http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42460_wake_up_faster I drink a glass of ice cold water as soon as I wake up in the morning and drink less coffee. Also helps boost your metabolism right off. Mon, 12 May 2014 19:24:00 EST Better posture http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42433_better_posture Do you sit a lot during the day because of desk job for example? Wed, 30 Apr 2014 02:58:00 EST The process of becoming ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42336_the_process_of_becoming_ I feel that this is almost the beginning of my becoming, and also turning into a Senior Citizen ( but your'e really only as old as you feel)<br>Since I joined and really contributed to sharing deep and long hidden parts of me through 'SparkPeople' I feel I'm at the crossroads of who I am and what I want and where I'm going!<br> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 02:26:00 EST Soft Hands http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42297_soft_hands Slather your hands with bag balm. Rub as you would with hand lotion paying a little extra attention to the nail beds. Slip into cotton gloves, your gardening gloves or latex gloves while relaxing or doing a chore. When you remove them your hands will be soft and supple. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 13:47:00 EST Stress it out http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42289_stress_it_out Since my husband became ill, I have channeled all my energy into taking care of him. He is not making as much progress because he won't get up and move. I recently had a heart attack and he has to fix his own food now and do more for himself. It was hard at first, but everyday it gets easier. <em>334</em> I let him do it. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 23:41:00 EST Dog Wipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42286_dog_wipes Many dogs, and cats for that matter, need constant cleaning around their eyes and/or mouth. Soft shop towels are fantastic to use to gently clean these areas. Just tear the amount required (no sense wasting a whole towel on a small animal), moisten with warm water, wipe. <br><br>Gentle for the pet and you can just throw it away. Makes sanitary sense to me!<br><br>Available at auto shops. Usually less expensive than the big stores that they are also available in. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 07:52:00 EST Dealing With Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42239_dealing_with_stress On those days that I can't get to the pool to swim or I don't have the time to do a whole exercise video (or other circumstances prohibit) I can usually find 10 minutes to take the dog for a walk. It gets me outside ( which is also a mood lifter), I walk faster than if I don't have the dog, and I get in a minimum of 10 minutes of exercise. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 07:54:00 EST Removing Snow off Vehicle http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42217_removing_snow_off_vehicle Try using a wooly dust mop to remove snow off of your vehicle. Floor mops have long handles and the wool won't scratch paint like some shovels. Added benefit...a cleaner mop!<br> <em>148</em> <br> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 14:38:00 EST My Stress Buster http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42163_my_stress_buster No more emotional eating! When I am stressed I have learned to rely on my journal. By writing the start of my stress out I am able to problem solve the issue instead of eating. Sat, 1 Feb 2014 09:52:00 EST De-Stress! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42159_destress I sometimes get insomnia, so I've started having an herbal tea before bed Wed, 29 Jan 2014 20:12:00 EST Purse Safety http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42019_how_to_trick_a_thief Do you ever place your purse in the empty baby carrier of the shopping cart? Take an extra minute to loop and fasten the baby safety strap thru your purse strap. Now you can take your time reading those nutrition labels and give your arms and shoulder a rest. If a thief decides to grab your purse, he will have to run away with the cart as well!! ;) <br> <em>148</em> Sat, 21 Dec 2013 20:53:00 EST chocolate cravings http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42013_chocolate_cravings I have learned that if I allow myself a small piece of chocolate at lunch time, this tempers my chocolate cravings. I buy the individually wrapped dark chocolates. I like Dove the best, but I usually get what ever is on sale. This keeps my cravings at bay! Thu, 19 Dec 2013 15:22:00 EST Meal Times http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41982_meal_times I found that eating with a smaller plate helped for awhile. Now I have gone down another plate size, small glass and kids' silverware. <em>4</em> Thu, 5 Dec 2013 14:27:00 EST Having fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41891_having_fun Life can be a little better if you remember to have fun!!! Live, Laugh, Love <em>30</em> Sat, 2 Nov 2013 13:13:00 EST Celebrate with A Bloody Mary http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41873_celebrate_with_a_bloody_mary Bloody Mary 127 calories<br><br>or try Citrus Vodka 2.5 Ounces and club soda 84 CALORIES<br><br>Champagne 5 OUNCES @ 96 calories Tue, 29 Oct 2013 01:14:00 EST falling asleep easier http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41839_falling_asleep_easier I like to listen to rain and thunder on a site called rainy mood , sounds very relaxing :) Tue, 22 Oct 2013 00:56:00 EST Rest! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41774_rest My life has a lot of baseline stress, and the past few years have seen a lot more stresses piled on top of that. My solution has been to "prescribe" myself 10 minutes a day resting with my feet up. Even just a few minutes helps lower my stress levels. Thu, 3 Oct 2013 08:55:00 EST New Habit in 21 Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41750_new_habit_in_21_days They say it takes 21 days for a new habit. Have fun with this. Every day that you work on your new habit put a sticker on your calendar. They'll bring a smile to your face and you'll have a new, healthy habit that you can name 2nd nature. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 08:51:00 EST berrybender http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41716_berrybender I have found that to get my 8 glasses of water in a day I drink them faster if I use a straw. The water seems to just disappear lol. <em>244</em> Sat, 14 Sep 2013 18:43:00 EST Laughter tickles stress away! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41689_laughter_tickles_stress_away Stress can derail our very best efforts. I have found when stress gets me down, I call one of my friends who always make me laugh. It just "tickles" the stress away with a few good belly laughs. No friend available? Utube is always available!! Search until you find something not that just makes you chuckle, but gets you seriously laughing right out loud! Laughter is one of the best cures for stress I know. <em>246</em> Truly, we need to Laugh Out Loud! Sat, 7 Sep 2013 08:37:00 EST Using Bag Balm for cows on my feet http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41645_using_bag_balm_for_cows_on_my_feet when I was small I remember my grammy using bag balm on her hands,elbows and feet.It's meant for cow udders.Has anyone else had success with it?My feet have been cracked for years and nothing has helped for long. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 13:59:00 EST Give Blood http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41570_give_blood Want to feel good about yourself by helping others (with very little time and effort) ? Give Blood. You will be helping to save a life. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 00:18:00 EST Dealing with Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41508_dealing_with_stress I make a conscious mental check of my muscles periodically when sitting at the computer or at a table discussion. As a child when I was even shorter than I am now, I sat with only the balls of my feet touching the floor because I couldn't reach the floor from my chair. This evolved into a habit. I must remind myself to keep my feet flat on the floor and to relax my shoulders as well. Periodic stretches at my desk help relieve this tension as well. Sat, 27 Jul 2013 07:54:00 EST Help your local teachers out. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41506_help_your_local_teachers_out It's back to school time. Sales are on, each year the teachers in your local schools spend thousands of their own money getting supplies for kids and classrooms. If everyone out their ( single folks too) spent $25 and got things like gift cards, crayons, copy paper and so forth teachers would have spend less on other folks kids. We talk a good game in this country about caring about education, let's show it. Fri, 26 Jul 2013 22:32:00 EST Dealing Effectively With Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41481_dealing_effectively_with_stress When there are situations that occur that are out of our control I find it helpful to deal with my internal stress by journaling in a big old notebook and writing my thoughts to get my emotions out and under control. I also find that I can come to a decision when it is necessary for me to take action about the stress. Journaling helps me to see things more clearly and to come to a conclusion as to how to handle it. This method works and beats eating everything in the refrigerator! Sun, 21 Jul 2013 19:47:00 EST Lip Protection http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41459_lip_protection Protect your lips with sunscreen! This is a step that we forget during our care routine, but it is sensitive skin and needs to be protected for those beautiful lips. There are chapsticks with SPF 15 in them! Make sure to check the active ingredients to be sure! Sat, 13 Jul 2013 17:14:00 EST pick a job you love http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41439_pick_a_job_you_love I am losing weight simply because I Iove my work. My job is stimulating and never boring. Thu, 11 Jul 2013 07:32:00 EST Getting a pedicure for stress relief http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41409_getting_a_pedicure_for_stress_relief Once a month I treat myself to a professional pedicure. It is so relaxing and not real expensive and makes me feel rejuvinated and pretty feet. Sat, 6 Jul 2013 13:52:00 EST Use a plastic pancake turner to put lotion on your back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41392_use_a_plastic_pancake_turner_to_put_lotion_on_your_back Need to put lotion on your back? Use a plastic pancake turner. Tue, 2 Jul 2013 18:40:00 EST stress reliever http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41374_stress_reliever walking is the very best stress reliever I have, I can go out in a funk, and come home relaxed and stress free Sat, 29 Jun 2013 21:09:00 EST deep breathing stress relief http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41307_deep_breathing_stress_relief When I get stressed, I take a time out and practice some deep breathing. I sit in a comfy chair, close my eyes, and breathe deeply for 45 seconds to one minute. Inhale, hold for a count of 3, exhale. <em>41</em> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 10:04:00 EST stress buster http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41298_stress_buster when I'm stressed i go for a walk in the woods, nature has a very calming effect Mon, 17 Jun 2013 19:55:00 EST Grocery shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41273_grocery_shopping Eat before you go to the grocery. If you're not really hungry you will be less likely to want to put everything you see into your cart. Shopping on an empty stomach makes everything look tempting! Wed, 12 Jun 2013 11:17:00 EST Instant stress reducer. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41200_instant_stress_reducer I often find my shoulders almost touching my ears! 3 to 5 seconds of total relaxation helps instantly. <em>211</em> Wed, 5 Jun 2013 12:47:00 EST Surround Yourself to Reduce Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41156_surround_yourself_to_reduce_stress I have a very stressful job, so I make sure that my office is full of beautiful things to look at. Calming landscapes and pictures of the ones I love help me manage my stress when it gets to be too much. Thu, 30 May 2013 06:18:00 EST Squeeze in a few more steps... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41100_squeeze_in_a_few_more_steps Since I work in an office and sit at a desk all day sometimes it can be really hard to hit 10,000 steps on my pedometer. In an effort to squeeze in a few more steps I started making more trips to the printer. When I have to print up multiple documents I walk to the printer after I print each one. Not only do a get more steps in each day, but we don't have 4 people trying to figure out who printed what! Fri, 17 May 2013 17:09:00 EST Improving sleep quality http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41058_improving_sleep_quality I've developed a way to break bad sleeping habits (specifically falling asleep on the couch glued to the "boob tube") - I work on preparing the body for traditional sleep ahead of time - I have found that putting as many articles that I can that I associate with active, wakeful night life away from sight early in the evening, and prepare the bed area for arrival (slippers and robe beside bed, bed clothes at the ready).......this has made a great difference!<br><br> <em>102</em> = <em>10... Wed, 15 May 2013 04:48:00 EST Reduce Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40986_reduce_stress Schedule a Spa manicure and pedicure once a month to relieve stress and enhance self-esteem! <em>224</em> Sun, 28 Apr 2013 20:30:00 EST Do One Thing, Do it Well - Cynthia Heald http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40940_do_one_thing_do_it_well_cynthia_heald The author foused on this at a recent women's event highlighting simplicity. You can gracefully say no because your focus is on one important activity. You are honored to be asked, but no, not at this time. Another point, never just automatically say yes. Pray, then get back with a prayed out, thought out response. Thu, 18 Apr 2013 10:03:00 EST rest *more* when you feel you don't have time to rest http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40934_rest_more_when_you_feel_you_dont_have_time_to_rest "I have so much to accomplish today that I must meditate for two hours instead of one."<br>Gandhi <em>135</em> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 09:22:00 EST Stress Reliever http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40926_stress_reliever I love my job but work can be pretty stressful so I try to find ways to alleviate the stress before I even get to the office. I do this by sitting up as straight as I can in my car - having good posture - and I practice deep breathing for about five minutes. It's pretty basic but I start out my morning feeling relaxed and calm. Mon, 15 Apr 2013 06:49:00 EST take the stairs at work http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40905_take_the_stairs_at_work If there are stairs at work, take them. If you sit all day, take a break and walk a few flights of stairs. Thu, 11 Apr 2013 11:44:00 EST Sleep - Get enough of it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40903_sleep_get_enough_of_it 6 years ago I spent two weeks in bed & 4 weeks out of work with cranial shingles. It took 6 months to feel back in the game and I still have to manage the symptoms. Culprit-stress! I was only 43. I have taken several steps to reduce & manage stress. Besides a better diet, more exercise, & reduced commute days by working from home more, enough SLEEP has been critical. I even track my sleep in "other goals" on SP. 8 hours/night at least 5 nights/week & no less than 7 on the other 2. Thu, 11 Apr 2013 07:36:00 EST Simple life stress reducer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40887_simple_life_stress_reducer I went to a therapist because life had become so over whelming and sad. I had been working for two years in a humanitarian effort that wore on me.<br><br>One sentence saved my life: Only do what you WANT to do. Realizing that relieved my stress immediately. <br><br>I only do what I want now- I want to loose weight and eat healthy, I want to exercise and I want to make the world a kinder place. Mon, 8 Apr 2013 23:22:00 EST Tension Tamer Tea http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40850_tension_tamer_tea Sometimes when I am stressed out, all the breathing techniques and exercise won't work. So I turn on the tea kettle to boil some water and have a relaxing cup of Tension Tamer tea. It has kava kava in it and it always works for me. Sun, 31 Mar 2013 14:17:00 EST Breaking A Bad Habbit http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40838_breaking_a_bad_habbit When I quit pop or anything else I want to quit . When I see it and want it , if I quickly say I don't drink or eat or __ this ...If I saw a pop and wanted it, I would just say " I don't drink that "! And it really does work--what you say does really matter.... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 00:55:00 EST My Stress Buster http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40804_my_stress_buster After going through my own personal HORRIBLE TIME there really isn't that much that stresses me---but when I am able to do it, I light some candles in the bathroom, dim the lights and take a bubble bath. Then I settle down in bed with a good scary book and read until it's time to sleep. I feel pampered and sleepy! Sat, 23 Mar 2013 10:19:00 EST Ask, "Is it Important to do this? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40779_ask_is_it_important_to_do_this Teach after surgery, radiation and ongoing chemotherapy? I realized I could ONLY do what was important to help my students learn. 4 years later, I still ask, "Is this cookie important to my health?" "Is sitting in the recliner important to my goals?" <br><br>Sometimes the answer is yes, sometimes no.<br><br>The point is, I now actually decide before I just DO IT. I now eat lots of F & V. My 45 minute fitness streak gets longer daily!<br><br>Is it important? The choice is mine.<br>What choice... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 07:56:00 EST Managing Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40735_managing_stress When my kids interrupt me, I feel a great deal of stress. If I am cooking or cleaning, I feel they are interrupting my job. I reduce my stress by remembering that THEY are my job! So when you are interrupted at home or work remember the interruptions are part of your job, too. Tue, 12 Mar 2013 00:01:00 EST Looking Back at Polls You've Taken http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40688_looking_back_at_polls_youve_taken Looking back at a poll you have already taken will let you know when you took it and how you responded. I've come across some I did a year or more ago and realized that my answer now would not be the same. In many cases it's a glimpse to baby step achievements. <em>41</em> <br><br>Happy Sparking! Mon, 4 Mar 2013 09:19:00 EST It works Body Wraps http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40632_it_works_body_wraps They are awesome.. They tone,tighten and firm in 45 minutes but work within your body for 72 hours. I have done 6 wraps with awesome results. Feel free to check out my website at www.wrapthatbelly.com or call me at 936-328-9340, www.facebook.com/arika.talbot to see personal before and after pictures and talk to real people just like us Sun, 24 Feb 2013 18:50:00 EST De-stressing time http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40582_destressing_time Nature photography provides a sense of peace and calm Mon, 18 Feb 2013 15:44:00 EST SECRET OF SUCCESS http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40567_secret_of_success Running and jumping and playing with my 2 dogs<br>Teaching them new tricks and laughing all the way.<br>They keep me young and happy. In this case when I play with them the last thing I'm thinking of is exercise. I do it because I love it and enjoy their company and the rewards they give me, and in return I have very happy animals. <em>213</em> Sat, 16 Feb 2013 04:12:00 EST Walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40564_walking Walking has been the thing for me in relieving stress. I have a small country road next to the house or go to the park to walk. Either place has nice trees and birds singing their beautiful music. So stop and smell the roses and listen to the music. Also if you can afford it the resperate that is advertised on the sparkpeople site has helped me. I just started using it but I can already tell the difference in helping me to relax. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 14:33:00 EST Why worry? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40547_why_worry 95% of the things you worry about never happen, and you can't do anything about the other 5%, so it doesn't do any good to worry. Sun, 10 Feb 2013 22:53:00 EST Still enjoy wine with less guilt http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40529_still_enjoy_wine_with_less_guilt I bought seltzer water and I love sauvignon blanc. I've begun filling my glass half way with zelzer water, adding ice cubes then the wine - totally has cut down on my wine intake and I still feel like I'm indulging Sun, 10 Feb 2013 12:33:00 EST relaxation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40478_relaxation I take 15 minutes a night to myself. I lock the bathroom door and light a lavender candle, fill the tub with hot water. Anyone brave enough to knock on the door will hear about it. This has become an every night thing with me. It takes the stress out of the day and makes me a nicer person over all. Sun, 3 Feb 2013 22:38:00 EST Go through each tab! One each day and explore the possibilities! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40448_go_through_each_tab_one_each_day_and_explore_the_possibilities I have found that if I go through a new (portal) tab option, screen or button on the web-page (which ever page I am on) I find new and helpful bites of mental stimulus! Health ideas, medical knowledge, recipes, testimonies, quizzes... I can't stop finding something new! The Spark People site is like a buffet that keeps having the food changed out with something new that can do nothing but add to my success! I keep learning something new that will definitely help me get there sooner than later... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 00:43:00 EST In times of Loss of friend or family member http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40440_in_times_of_loss_of_friend_or_family_member Its hard loosing a loved one. You either don't have enough time to eat properly and record or your so out of it that you turn to comfort food and make poor food choices. I recently loss family and here are a few things that helped me avert damage.<br> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 12:00:00 EST the ahh bra http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40314_the_ahh_bra an infomercial caught my eye about ten years ago about a bra that was super comfortable.I bought it against my sensible Dh's warnings.It was the best and smartest buy ever! Sat, 12 Jan 2013 23:47:00 EST If you don't like the taste of water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40227_if_you_dont_like_the_taste_of_water Add slices of frozen fruit to your water for a better taste. I buy a bag of mixed fruit but you can add almost any fruit. Strawberries, watermelon, raspberries, etc. It taste better than some of those taste additives from the store, and you get your fruit serving! I will mix up to a cup of fruit into my days worth of water and drink throughout the day. Sun, 6 Jan 2013 20:27:00 EST A tip to track your water intake... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40182_a_tip_to_track_your_water_intake I don't know about anyone else, but I forget how many cups of water I've had to drink because I drink from a water bottle...try putting 8 rubber bands around the bottle (if it's an 8oz bottle) and remove one each time you finish a full bottle & have to fill it back up.<br><br> <em>3</em> Fri, 4 Jan 2013 14:01:00 EST Managing Holiday Splurges http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40155_managing_holiday_splurges My secret for holiday eating: I told myself I could go over no more than 2lbs gaining weight back for the holidays. I kept myself in check by still weighing myself everyday and when I splurged on cookies, cake or carbs, I did it moderately. I only had a small slice of cake or 2 cookies or a small helping of mac n cheese. I kept it to 2-3 small splurges per day and still exercised as well. I kept to my 2lb over goal and now I'm back on track! <em>443</em> Thu, 3 Jan 2013 16:21:00 EST 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40123_2013 Write the year "2013" on at least 10 of your checks. My mom taught me this trick years ago and now I no longer accidently write a check with the wrong year on it. <em>334</em> Tue, 1 Jan 2013 09:11:00 EST Whose water bottle is this? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40117_whose_water_bottle_is_this I happily now have my whole family drinking PLAIN water {though we used to LOVE Propel!} and with that accomplishment comes everyone's water bottle and no identification! So, we put our first initial or both intials on the cap and it solves the problem! Plus if someone is sick, I know WHICH water bottle is mine! Mon, 31 Dec 2012 15:58:00 EST Kindergarten http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40049_kindergarten ABC= Fruits, Vegetables, and Portions<br>123= water, calories, steps and sets <br>Will give you success and you will be in first grade in no time. Thu, 13 Dec 2012 02:25:00 EST a delicious, healthy, low cal treat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40010_a_delicious_healthy_low_cal_treat <br>Put a bunch of grapes in the freezer. They are absolutely yummy! I promise, you'll thank me! Tue, 4 Dec 2012 16:31:00 EST Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39952_happy_thanksgiving_everyone I'm Thankful for Sparkpeople and that I have lost 93lbs and I am no longer pre-diabetic. So many American children are in need this season...so dont forget to buy a toy tommorrow and donate to Toys For Tots... The Toys For Tots drive runs until Saturday December 17th...drop off a new toy at your local post office or drop off center. If you havent made a donation to your local food bank..do that too...not only will it make you feel good, you'll fill someone's tummy at Xmas! God Bless Everyon... Thu, 22 Nov 2012 06:09:00 EST I'm gonna "SPARK....YOU UP." http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39938_im_gonna_sparkyou_up When your music playlist becomes to repeatative for you to even care what's in your head.....check out the free i-Tunes "SparkPeople Radio" podcast.<br><br>It will help to keep your SPARK alit. Sat, 17 Nov 2012 03:35:00 EST Up your water intake http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39912_up_your_water_intake I take a 1.5 litre bottle of fizzy water to work and as soon as I sit down I put it on my desk with a glass. Every time I have a cup of coffee I pour a glass of water. It's amazing how much more water I drink that way. Sun, 11 Nov 2012 22:40:00 EST Up your water intake 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39911_up_your_water_intake Always have a glass of water on your desk, you'll be amazed how much you'll drink if it is there. Sun, 11 Nov 2012 22:39:00 EST Plan For Treats http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39901_plan_for_treats Plan for treats. It is unrealistic to think that you will never eat any of your favorite foods again. It will often make you crave them even more. Keep moderation and portion control in mind. When you have a birthday party or other celebration to attend, plan you day around it and you can still stay within your goals. Fri, 9 Nov 2012 09:17:00 EST Retreat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39887_retreat I took time for a spiritual retreat yesterday. Tue, 6 Nov 2012 10:05:00 EST Go Vote! Dont let Obama Care be repealed....why.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39884_go_vote_dont_let_obama_care_be_repealedwhy Obama Care saved me a fortune this year...almost $5,000 and my insurance premiums went down! Coverage for preventative care such as colonoscopies, mammograms, blood presure and diabetes screenings have been greatly expanded...some more affordable, some free. I am Voting for Obama, I see other things getting better too! Besides I dont want the Romney/Ryan ticket to take away a women's right to choose or for some not being able to go to planned parenthood....for pap smears, mammograms & more... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 12:47:00 EST I knit when I'm stressed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39882_i_knit_when_im_stressed Knitting keeps me away from stress eating! Mon, 5 Nov 2012 09:41:00 EST Being positive in a stressful situation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39845_being_positive_in_a_stressful_situation When something unravels, like our plumbing yesterday, I try to do something postive in getting it resolved. Yesterday I helped dh turn off the water, we cleaned out the waterbox, called the city maintenence man and then the plumber, got the area that needed fixing cleared out so the plumber could get into the tiny space. I think I gasped at the bill but was able to work out a payment plan so he could get all of his money in time. <em>198</em> Fri, 2 Nov 2012 17:22:00 EST Brush you teeth http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39701_brush_you_teeth Brushing my teeth right after my last meal of the day keeps me from snacking later in the evenng...brushing says I'm done eating for the day. Sun, 7 Oct 2012 19:46:00 EST Save the pot water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39655_save_the_pot_water When you boil eggs, save the pot of water and let it cool. Then use it to water your plants, as it is full of nutrients. Tue, 2 Oct 2012 09:11:00 EST Let it out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39638_let_it_out Instead of eating to try to ease the heartache why not just let it out? Scream, cry, and wallow for an hour and then pick yourself up, dry those eyes, blow that nose, and go get them tiger! <em>10</em> Sat, 29 Sep 2012 15:58:00 EST averting a binge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39628_averting_a_binge I was having a rough day at work and beginning to fantasize about a binge. Instead, I began washing my hands. It was a wonderful time out for me, the water felt soothing and I felt as if I was literally washing away my urge to binge. I think it's all about, when you're in that emotional moment and thinking that you need food to soothe, you can still get that "time out" in so many other ways, like washing your hands. I quite literally "washed away" the desire to eat out of emotion. <br> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 08:30:00 EST HELP WITH STRESS http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39600_help_with_stress My mother used to tell me and my siblings that stress causes cancer. I must have listened to her. When I feel a stressful situation coming on I ask God to help me with it. Sometimes it takes quite a bit of prayer, but I always seem to get the relief that I need. Through God all things are possible! Fri, 21 Sep 2012 20:01:00 EST stress buster http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39593_stress_buster how to get out stress mood .. Hobbies, knitting crochet and books and a great long walk .. it helps me Fri, 21 Sep 2012 00:20:00 EST Try To Get Pregnant? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39568_try_to_get_pregnant A Boston University study concluded that if you are trying to conceive a woman should drink at least two cups of tea per day. They were 27% more likely to be successful in becoming pregnant.<br><br>The study also revealed that if you drank soda you had a 20% lower chance of conceiving. Sun, 16 Sep 2012 07:33:00 EST Keeping Food Cravings at Bay http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39564_keeping_food_cravings_at_bay <em>665</em> When ever i have any Food Cravings eg Cheese, Pork Pies, etc, i always turn to the one thing that helps me to keep these temptations off.<br><br>I drink copious amounts of Cordial/Squash, then my cravings soon disappear, bearing in mind that i get through 2/3 1 litre bottles of Cordial/Squash a day/everyday. <em>212</em> <em>247</em> <em>665</em> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 09:30:00 EST Smooth away Static http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39560_smooth_away_static If your skirt clings to your pantyhose, smooth some handcream on to your legs (over your pantyhose), and it won't cling anymore. Thu, 13 Sep 2012 16:46:00 EST My recipe for good sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39551_my_recipe_for_good_sleep Turn computer & TV off 1 hour before going to sleep. Take one 3mg melatonin (ask your dr. first!) after turning off computer/TV. Take a cool shower (lowers your body temp. which is necessary for sleep). Read a book for 20 or 30 minutes. Have white noise (like a fan) in your room to drown out any outside noises. Wear a sleep mask to block out light. My "recipe" (most of which was recommended by my doc) works like a charm for this "former" insomniac. :-) Sleep tight! Wed, 12 Sep 2012 09:40:00 EST Chew gum!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39420_chew_gum Chew gum when you're hungry & water doesn't work. Get all the flavors you available to keep your mouth busy and happy! <em>244</em> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 22:07:00 EST Freeze grapes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39371_freeze_grapes to cool down white wine without watering it down. Cheers Tue, 21 Aug 2012 15:46:00 EST Take A Stand http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39366_take_a_stand Instead of sitting down to check your SparkPeople, Facebook, or other social networking sites- take a stand! Put your computer on the counter and check it while standing! This way you will spend less time on the computer, and even less time sitting. Science has also proven that the more time we spend on our feet and off our tush, the better we will feel, and the healthier we will become. You will also find more motivation to go do something- standing will make you more aware time spent online... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 06:14:00 EST Sun Tea for cooling off http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39268_sun_tea_for_cooling_off This summer, I've been putting 4 family-size tea bags in a two gallon glass jar with a lid and setting it our in the sun for a refreshing beverage. I leave it out for 3 hours and bring it in and put in the refrigerator so it's ready when I'm hot, thirsty and running on empty. A big glass of iced tea is a wonderful thirst-quencher and mood-enhancer. Fri, 10 Aug 2012 16:08:00 EST Sanitize your water bottle without bleach. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39184_sanitize_your_water_bottle_without_bleach Sanitize your reusable plastic water bottles by soaking in 1 cup of water added to a gallon of hot water for 30 minutes. This works well for any plastic item. Fri, 3 Aug 2012 18:31:00 EST my secret http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39151_my_secret i have been doing 1 tbsp of any kind of food for suppers,lunch i eat a salad with fruits in it ,radishs, cucumbers with peel and only 2 slices, and went to everything that has soy and natural things in it. cause i have allergeries to milk and milk products. Fri, 27 Jul 2012 19:50:00 EST Playing tricks http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39054_playing_tricks Last week i was having a real problem sticking to my allowance which was between 1400 - 1700. I felt really hungry, which,although i was drinking lots of water left me feeling bloated. I felt restricted, so I changed my calorie allowance to between 2000 and 2500, since, my highest calorie in intake for the day so far has been around 1550 cals, well within my original calorie allowance, I don't feel hungry, at all,nor do i feel restricted and scared that i am going to go over my allowance. Tue, 17 Jul 2012 17:12:00 EST Mayonaisse http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38868_mayonaisse Mayo on your haie, yup avoid eating it, but here is the thing, I use mayo in my hair once a week leave it in for 10 minutes then wash as normal I do it twice to make sure it is all out then condition as usual you will have healthy shiny and SOFT hair andd it help to grow out your hair Thu, 14 Jun 2012 09:19:00 EST frugal plant starter kits http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38750_frugal_plant_starter_kits The cheapest way I've found to start my garden plants and herbs is to re-use yogurt containers, eggshell cartons and the broken eggshells themselves. Using large plastic salad tubs as a mini greenhouse works great too! No more expensive jiffy pots and greenhouses for me. <em>427</em> Fri, 25 May 2012 20:56:00 EST How to sleep better http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38590_how_to_sleep_better I often have a terrible time falling asleep...which means I don't get enough, leading to overeating and no exercise the next day. Something that REALLY helps me is a stretching yoga routine--only 10 minutes--right before bed. It's relaxing and gives me a good stretch at the end of the day. I usually fall asleep quickly after that! Fri, 4 May 2012 15:34:00 EST Smack That Gum http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38587_smack_that_gum I am one of those people that eats food just because it is there and because I am bored. Whenever I find myself up against these times, I grab a piece of gum and pop it in my mouth. Love the delicious refreshing burst of Doublemint that fills my mouth and it takes away that longing for food. This has saved me many calories and Weight Watchers points so many times. You can find gum in my pocket or purse any time. Fri, 4 May 2012 14:50:00 EST Girl Scout Cookies http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38579_girl_scout_cookies How you donate to the Girl Scouts without bringing those addictive cookies in your home. You can help a GS troop & not have cookies in the house by donating the cookies. Fri, 4 May 2012 10:36:00 EST gerring your water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38543_gerring_your_water When it gets hard to get in all the water you should drink I go for either sparkling water with lemon or lime (other fruits would work as well) or Clear American (available at Wal-Mart), which is also a easy way to sneak in some vitamins as some of them contain vitamins and/or minerals that we need for health reasons. Fri, 27 Apr 2012 20:13:00 EST Easy Yummy Low Cal Faux Mocha Coffee http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38400_easy_yummy_low_cal_faux_mocha_coffee I love Mochas but I don't like the calories or the cost! I have found a great way to make my own at home. I use a 20 oz refillable travel mug, put in 1/2 packet of the 60 cal Low Cal Swiss Miss Hot Choc Mix, fill the cup with coffee leaving enough room to add 2 T Fat Free French Vanilla Creamer. Stir, put on your lid and sip through a few skinny straws. Yum! Thu, 5 Apr 2012 19:21:00 EST Baking soda hair wash and apple cider vinegar rinse http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38398_baking_soda_hair_wash_and_apple_cider_vinegar_rinse Use one tablespoon of baking soda in a cup of water instead of shampoo. <br><br>Since I started doing this, my hair does not fall out as much as it was using regular shampoo and conditioner.<br><br>Use the baking soda on your scalp and the acv rinse on the ends of your hair. Thu, 5 Apr 2012 00:51:00 EST Our Pets http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38309_our_pets Treasure your pets while you still have them. Their stay with us is so short. Sat, 24 Mar 2012 19:42:00 EST buying big items http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38236_buying_big_items just a word of advice, when buying any big item, tv, phone etc, make sure to check it first, not so much to see if it works, but to make sure its in one piece, or the right pieces, i bought a tv at wm last night and got home, started to cut open the box and realized something was wrong, opened it, and it was busted all to pieces, and whoever had done this, had left their screwdriver behind<br>so i spent the day running back to the wm and replacing it.<br>i kept the screwdriver!! Wed, 14 Mar 2012 16:23:00 EST Agnus Castus! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38234_agnus_castus This supplement has helped my PMS massively - I can't recommend it highly enough. Wed, 14 Mar 2012 15:23:00 EST No More Raccoon Eyes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38214_no_more_raccoon_eyes Ever forget to remove your eye makeup before swimming? Yikes!! <br><br>On days when I forget to ditch the mascara and eyeliner and don't have makeup remover with me, a little dab of hair conditioner on a tissue worked amazingly well. It cut right right through the mascara and eyeliner. It worked so well, I might actually stop using more expensive removers altogether! Mon, 12 Mar 2012 14:52:00 EST Sweet Tooth Fix for Dairy Allergies http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38205_sweet_tooth_fix_for_dairy_allergies I just tried making my own soy pudding with So Good So Nice, Coconut or Rice Dream. Recipes are online and so easy and it takes care of my sugar craving and is better for me. Serve really cold as is. Sun, 11 Mar 2012 17:20:00 EST faith http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38180_faith faith has a good part in weight loss <em>30</em> Fri, 9 Mar 2012 10:46:00 EST Girl Scout Cookies http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38066_girl_scout_cookies Now that it's Girl Scout cookie time, I give the girls some money and skip buyting the cookies. <em>30</em> Sun, 26 Feb 2012 15:03:00 EST Problems WITH Your Feet and Knees? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38054_problems_with_your_feet_and_knees Dreamproductscatalog.com has a variety of footwear & footcare products from diabetic socks, health slippers, sandals, insoles, etc. Check it out. The site has apparel, housewares, toys/hobbies and more at reasonable prices. Sat, 25 Feb 2012 10:20:00 EST Positive thoughts.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38019_positive_thoughts Don't judge your weight loss by the scales..there are other was to find out such as ...how much better you feel when you exercise it releases those happy endorphines!!!!.You can measure and also take note of wether your close is not snug anymore!!!! <em>48</em> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 19:39:00 EST How to get your 8 glass of water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37991_how_to_get_your_8_glass_of_water what i do is to drink my 1st 4 glasses right after my morning excerise that way i know i easily get by the remaining 4. I also comes with the advantage of keeping me full for some while. Fri, 17 Feb 2012 23:52:00 EST Hard time getting in so many Fruit and Veggies? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37974_hard_time_getting_in_so_many_fruit_and_veggies For anyone who can't seem to get enough fruit or veggies in a day,my advice is to throw them all in a blender with some fresh juice and some fiber (even a weetabix square works) and whiz it up and done. Once you get the hang of it,you can create your own flavours. Wed, 15 Feb 2012 20:32:00 EST what others think http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37925_what_others_think i do not let other people get to me about my weight......i chuckle.......because i know one day their mouths are going to drop with envy! <em>20</em> Sat, 11 Feb 2012 18:34:00 EST Grocery Shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37900_grocery_shopping Don't go grocery shopping hungry. You are more likely to stray from the healthy items on your grocery list out of hunger. Sat, 11 Feb 2012 09:12:00 EST Glass of water before I eat not any doing and a glass afterward http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37828_glass_of_water_before_i_eat_not_any_doing_and_a_glass_afterward <em>306</em> Fri, 3 Feb 2012 10:01:00 EST Acidic Stomach? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37815_acidic_stomach If you are suffering from acidity, try to suck on a piece of clove or have some yogurt as it will bring immediate relief to your tummy. Also Banana, cucumber & watermelon treats acidity naturally. Thu, 2 Feb 2012 06:33:00 EST Water intake secrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37793_water_intake_secrets When I drink my 10 8 oz glasses. I drink one with each meal. What the size of my glass is 24 oz so I drink 3 of those and then I drink one third of the 4th of the fourth glass to reach it. I drink the 24 oz glass since it helps me to keep on track. Tue, 31 Jan 2012 15:56:00 EST Water hint that worked for me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37775_water_hint_that_worked_for_me When I first get up, I drink at least 1 glass of lukewarm to warm water even before I get the coffee going. I take my morning med with another glass of warm water. I have even added lemon juice (real) to this warm water. That gets me at least 2 glasses of water before 7 a.m. I try to finish my water by 7 p.m. so that I can sleep through the night and not have to wake to pee. This secret has worked for me. I get more sleep and more water. Mon, 30 Jan 2012 22:07:00 EST Drinking enough water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37767_drinking_enough_water My way of drinking enough water is to make it a taste better by adding a little tea for flavor.<br><br>since posting this secret I have become a water connoisseur, adding fruits, cucumbers, and even vanilla flavoring to water. <br><br>I upped my water intake fro 6-8 glasses to 12-15 per day. Mon, 30 Jan 2012 14:42:00 EST The Year Of The Dragon http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37693_the_year_of_the_dragon Chinese New Year Starts January 23rd, it is the year of the Dragon. As a symbol of prosperity, display a large bowl of 8 to 10 oranges on your kitchen counter, Clear off your countertops and pantry, and remove unneeded items from your shelves so there will be room for new things to come into your life. They say it's important to open up lots of space in your home for new things to flow into your life. Clean Up Your Clutter! Donate what you don't need. Tue, 24 Jan 2012 07:45:00 EST The Color Red http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37675_the_color_red Red symbolizes strength & power, health, and vitality. In Chinese culture, wearing red is the color of luck and happiness. If you need energy, wear red or place a shot of red on your desk! Buy a new red wallet to attract wealth. Red promotes passion and love. Red stimulates the appetite so don't overdo or eat off a red plate! Sun, 22 Jan 2012 12:52:00 EST WHY IS AMERICA Sending China Foreign Aid? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37665_why_is_america_sending_china_foreign_aid The American President, Congress & Senate need to stop Foreign Aid & think about America & Americans. Foreign aid may save lives, but 1 in every 6 Americans are now going hungry. They are losng homes, going without health care. Charity begins at home! If nations need aid they should borrow from us like we borrow from China and with interest. Why are we still giving China foreign aid? Why Iraq or Afghanistan? WhySomalia, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, the Middle East , South Asia, Pakistan. WHY not us?<... Sat, 21 Jan 2012 15:14:00 EST PRIVACY http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37649_privacy NO NEED TO DO MUCH READING NOW THAT THERE IS A PRIVACY ATTACHED Thu, 19 Jan 2012 21:26:00 EST Wanna up your water consumption? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37627_wanna_up_your_water_consumption Start drinking through a straw, and always refill the cup when empty.<br><br>For Christmas, my sister gave me one of those newly popular bpa-free plastic cups with a straw and screw-on lid. I use it all the time and have found that I now drink so much more water I have no problem meeting my daily requirement. <br>I even bought another one that I leave at work, and usually have my required 8 glasses consumed by the end of my workday, before I even go to the gym! Wed, 18 Jan 2012 15:46:00 EST Closet Shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37623_closet_shopping I love closet shopping. I recently moved in with my parents to help care for them. Mom had hung in the closets upstairs a lot of the clothes that "shrunk" on her. Fortunately, since I've lost a few pounds, most of them fit me, and I have doubled my work wardrobe. <em>30</em> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 09:07:00 EST Happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37615_happiness All the happiness you will have is what you DECIDE. You have the power to be happy only by deciding you will be. It´s worked for me. Decide today...it works! Tue, 17 Jan 2012 17:17:00 EST Good being me: http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37579_good_being_me I am a women that gets up everyday and loves who she is. I enjoy being the women that God created me to be. Sun, 15 Jan 2012 20:54:00 EST lettuce http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37577_lettuce put your lettuce in a plastic bag with a paper towel and your lettuce stays crispy and last longer. Sun, 15 Jan 2012 20:20:00 EST My secret is stoping me from alot http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37560_my_secret_is_stoping_me_from_alot <em>46</em> i gained 30 pounds over a guy Sat, 14 Jan 2012 16:13:00 EST Drinking water out of 24oz soda bottles http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37556_drinking_water_out_of_24oz_soda_bottles I drink (tap) water out of 24oz soda bottles to help me get in my daily water intake. 3 bottles equals 9 cups of water! Sat, 14 Jan 2012 12:23:00 EST sweet attacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37522_sweet_attacks Sweet attacks can happen anytime. Always keep sugar free popcicles in the house for these occasions. They are only 15 calories. Thu, 12 Jan 2012 18:31:00 EST To appreciate your successes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37413_to_appreciate_your_successes You have to love yourself...so don't hesitate to praise and reward yourself when you accomplish even the smallest goal. Thu, 5 Jan 2012 22:34:00 EST Me rewards http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37347_me_rewards Pick 4 days at random from the whole year. Place a sticker on each of those days. Those are the days you will do something JUST FOR YOU! Read a special book, try that tea you've been saving, do nothing as you sit on the patio, try that hot yoga class, go for coffee with someone, pedicure. You don't have to spend money, but spend the time doing something for you. Wed, 4 Jan 2012 07:53:00 EST For Someone Who Has Everything http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37234_for_someone_who_has_everything Buy a laughing Buddah. It signifies happiness, good luck, & plenitude. If you rub a laughing Buddah's belly he is supposed to bring forth good luck, prosperity & wealth.<br>A sleeping Buddah signifies peace & serenity. A crying Buddah is supposed to take away your sorrows, & he bestows peace and provides strength to those who rub his back. Bring harmony to your home or to the person that seems to have everything. Thu, 22 Dec 2011 16:18:00 EST Spead Some Holiday Cheer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37233_spead_some_holiday_cheer The Holidays are a time for Sharing, Giving & Forgiving, Loving & Laughing!<br>"There are three stages of a man's life: He believes in Santa Claus, he doesn't believe in Santa Claus, he is Santa Claus."<br>- Author Unknown<br>"And the more you spend in blessing The poor and lonely and sad, <br>The more of your heart's possessing <br>Returns to you glad."<br>- John Greenleaf Whittier<br>Ask someone over who will be alone at Xmas<br> Thu, 22 Dec 2011 15:40:00 EST AMERICANS are going hungry http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37230_americans_are_going_hungry If you haven't donated yet, PLEASE run over today or tommorrow and do so in your community. Also Dr. Phil's site has "FEEDING AMERICA", a domestic relief program. Why donate to other counties when our own neighbors and our youth are starving or just dont have enough to eat. Make someone's holiday better. It will make you feel good and be grateful for all you have. Thu, 22 Dec 2011 15:06:00 EST Free $100 Gift Card At Walmart, Good thru 12/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37229_free_100_gift_card_at_walmart If you buy an Xbox 360 for $299.00 you get a free WALMART GIFT CARD FOR 100 BUCKS! `Good Deal! Thu, 22 Dec 2011 15:00:00 EST I Read This & Had To Share It http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37216_i_read_this_had_to_share_it May peace break into your house & thieves come to steal your debts. May the pockets of your jeans become a magnet of $100 bills. May love stick to your face like Vaseline, & your fat cells disappear May laughter assault your lips! <br>May your clothes smell of success like smoking tires &<br>May happiness slap you across the face <br>May your tears be that of joy. <br>May the problems you had forget your home address! <br>In simple words . . . <br>May 2012 be the best year of your life!!! <b... Mon, 19 Dec 2011 08:28:00 EST dessert for breakfast- seriously http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37168_dessert_for_breakfast_seriously If I am somewhere that dessert is offered, I save it for the next day. For some reason, eating dessert for breakfast allows me to stay extremely focused for the rest of the day. I know it goes against EVERYTHING that we are told to do, but it has worked wonders for me. Instead of eating dessert at night after dinner where it just sits in your stomach, it becomes my "Good for You" treat the next day for willpower- well done. Crazy, but true! (Is there a difference between dessert and pancakes?... Mon, 12 Dec 2011 17:34:00 EST Being Grateful http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37162_being_grateful If you missed donating to "Toys For Tots" dont forget the orphanage or the childrens hospital or the old people's home who have noone left. I personally donate to the Abused Women's and Childrens Shelter because most have left their homes for safety and have very little. Remember just one small gift can make someone's day special. Be grateful for what you have and give a little back to an AMERICAN who is suffering. You can do it! You will feel good inside. Sun, 11 Dec 2011 10:45:00 EST Making Xmas better! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37161_making_xmas_better If you haven't donated to the food Bank yet. start the new year out right by cleaning out your panty and donating can goods to hungry AMERICANS. Make their Xmas better! Sun, 11 Dec 2011 10:38:00 EST Not alot of $$'s in Your Xmas Budget? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37094_not_alot_of_s_in_your_xmas_budget Have everyone invited to your house buy a few items at the Dollar Store, wrap and then play bingo with the family. Whom ever wins gets a small gift. It's fun and inexpensive. It's almost like a grab bag with a twist.... Sun, 4 Dec 2011 10:41:00 EST Stay Out Of Debt This Xmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37093_stay_out_of_debt_this_xmas Give one good Xmas gift this year and reduce costs, clutter and waste. Pay cash, set up a group gift for a more expensive item. Buy only the essentials needed for your home and refrigerator and stash the cash to pay for presents. Sun, 4 Dec 2011 10:35:00 EST Suggestion for drinking your daily water amount http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37085_suggestion_for_drinking_your_daily_water_amount I drink constantly from my Brita filter water bottle (it makes the water taste so good!) while I'm working on SparkPeople stuff (doing quizzes, reading SparkEmails, answering trivia questions, reading articles, etc.). I hold the water bottle to my mouth with my left hand, and I point/click with my right hand. It's amazing how quickly I finish that 20-oz. bottle while I'm on the computer! <em>91</em> <em>334</em> Fri, 2 Dec 2011 08:10:00 EST Intimidation is not good http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37075_intimidation_is_not_good So here I am at 51 letting a 30 something intimidate me. Why? How do I keep this from achieving my goal? I want to drop out of school because of the way this person and her "clique" make me feel. I have 9 days of this term left, and two more classes to take. <br>It all started because I stepped in when someone else was being ridiculed by the whole class, I was then told I was a hypocrite. and now no one wants to talk to me and they make me feel as though I do not belong. Thu, 1 Dec 2011 08:00:00 EST Love what you do http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37060_love_what_you_do Love what you do and going to work is never that hard Tue, 29 Nov 2011 19:31:00 EST Don't Let Xmas Turn Into A Festival of Fatness http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37055_dont_let_xmas_turn_into_a_festival_of_fatness Instead of giving in to temptation make a list of 5 foods you will enjoy. Fill up on lean protein for breakfast & snacks to stop all the cravings. Remember how many chances you have to eat well & instead donate a gift basket to a needy family. Make a gift basket from items from the Dollar Tree store...cookies, hot cocoa, peanut butter, crackers, pancake mix & syrup, cheese spread, nuts, etc. or purchase a toy now until December 6th. drop it in a "Toy Platoon" collection box in their sto... Tue, 29 Nov 2011 11:35:00 EST Treat Our Soldiers at Xmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37054_treat_our_soldiers_at_xmas See http://treatsforthetroops.us to help send care packages to (Army, Airforce, Navy, Marines, National Guard) stationed outside the U.S. in IRAQ and Afghanistan. We can live in freedom because of our troops. Tue, 29 Nov 2011 11:00:00 EST Bring A Child Some Happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37050_bring_a_child_some_happiness The Marine Corp. & Salvation Army are asking for Toys for needy children. Walgreens has a special this week on toys. Sets are offered for girls and boys, buy two and get one free for $13.98 or buy Kermit or a Teddy Bear 2 for $12.00. Lots of buy 1, get 1 free. Please help a child in need!<br>Merry Xmas! Tue, 29 Nov 2011 10:08:00 EST Give Up Some Food And Make Someone's Xmas Special http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37049_give_up_some_food_and_make_someones_xmas_special Salvation Army is asking for donations of food to feed the hungry. If you haven't donated yet to "any" type of food bank, please consider giving non-perishable foods like can goods, cereal boxes, oatmeal, barley, lentils, tuna, peanut butter, beans (all high protein foods) powdered eggs or powdered milk. So many people are in need. Just one can or boxed item can help another. Inventory your pantry now & help your neighbor, we are all in this together as Americans. Xmas is for giving! Tue, 29 Nov 2011 09:59:00 EST black coffee http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37048_black_coffee I started drinking coffee black because i realized the creme and surgar was adding about 600 calories to my day...ouch. Tue, 29 Nov 2011 09:39:00 EST Kid Snacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37032_kid_snacks If you need to prepare a snack for young kids in school or whatever, try this: Get some paper muffin cups (sometimes you can find themed ones), fill them with grapes, sliced-up strawberries, blueberries and/or a pinch of dried cranberries/raisins. Teachers find it much easier to share out the muffin cups than having a bunch of grubby hands reaching into a communal tray of food (particularly if there is dip). The kids like having their own little cup too. Fri, 25 Nov 2011 00:49:00 EST Pray For Americans and America http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37029_pray_for_americans_and_america Give Thanks today for the food on your table and pray for the AMERICANS that are hungry, jobless, and poor! If you didn't donate food to the food bank for today, please remember your neighbor at Xmas. Even one 67 cent can donated can help someone eat something. Also be kind to AMERICAN children & donate a gift (no matter how small) to the Salvation Army or the Marine Corps for a child in need. Pray for our soldiers before your meal. Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone and watch your carbs! Thu, 24 Nov 2011 09:06:00 EST Give yourself a Holiday Gift http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37028_give_yourself_a_holiday_gift Holidays are an opportunity to gift yourself and others with the treat of a food you may not be familiar with. Something with lots of nutrients, delicious and "body" friendly. Today I'm adding kiwi to the traditional fruit platter at the family holiday gathering. (I was shocked how many said they'd never tried it!) Thu, 24 Nov 2011 08:45:00 EST Hangar Stretches in Clothes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37027_hangar_stretches_in_clothes I hate those bumps on the shoulders of clothes from hangars, especially when you are running late in the mornings. Well, I just grab the blow dryer and apply some heat. It's not a perfect solution but works well enough for me to get to work. Wed, 23 Nov 2011 22:04:00 EST Words to live by... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36984_words_to_live_by "May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself & others. May you use the gifts that you have received, & pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, & allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise & love. It is there for each & every one of us." ~ Mother Teresa Fri, 18 Nov 2011 12:52:00 EST Warm-up before bed http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36936_warmup_before_bed It seems as if, as soon as I crawl into bed & settle down, I am immediately cold. When I'm cold, i can't fall asleep. So I spend about 15 min. before going to bed walking in place. I've heard that physical activity before bed is not conducive to sleep, but if I'm cold I can't sleep anyway. A brisk walk in place while doing arm movements (arm circles, shadow boxing, pumping my arms) warms me up, adds 1500-2000 steps to my day, and puts me to sleep rather quickly. Sat, 12 Nov 2011 19:36:00 EST Sneak Those Steps In http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36927_sneak_those_steps_in I wear my pedometer daily and make my best effort to get in my 10000 steps. Weekends are especially difficult, but now I have a little trick. I do my laundry on weekends, as I fold or hang clothes I immediately put mine away and walk my son's to his room (they stay on his bed until he puts them away) and lay hubby's on his side of the bed, but walking to do all that means the steps really add up. Maybe not the most time efficient but keeps me active :) Sat, 12 Nov 2011 11:46:00 EST Last Day! | The Enlightened Business Summit http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36910_last_day_the_enlightened_business_summit Last Day to learn the best ideas and practices from some leading frontiers of enlightened business. http://eternaljoi.com/tcx Fri, 11 Nov 2011 13:46:00 EST Illusion to Illumination | Go Deeper Into Connecting with Your Own Divinity http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36909_illusion_to_illumination_go_deeper_into_connecting_with_your_own_divinity This is the most incredible journey of self-discovery; come and join us on this adventure! http://eternaljoi.com/k40 Fri, 11 Nov 2011 13:44:00 EST BUY AMERICAN TO KEEP OUR COUNTY STRONG http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36851_buy_american_to_keep_our_county_strong Buy products made in American factories by American workers <br><br>One sure way to see money heading out the door is to pay cash for everything. STOP LIVING ON CREDIT! Fri, 4 Nov 2011 10:19:00 EST Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36825_life "Life is a journey...not a destination." Souza Mon, 31 Oct 2011 17:16:00 EST Hiding quotes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36787_hiding_quotes Putting motivational quotes throughout my planner gives me an extra boost throughout the week especially if I've forgotten that i put the quote in there. I use sticky notes that way i can put them somewhere else like my mirror after the week is over. Fri, 28 Oct 2011 16:17:00 EST Being happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36750_being_happy I am tring to be up,but it would be a lie.I just want to feel that i matter to some one,and be loved and cared for.I don't have any of that in my live.I am a loving and caring person,and even if i am so sick,i will help anyone in every way i can.I don't have anyone except my baby Minnie. Tue, 25 Oct 2011 13:18:00 EST stickers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36687_stickers I collect banana peel stickers, lol Tue, 18 Oct 2011 13:24:00 EST Take Time to Make Memories http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36679_take_time_to_make_memories Please take time to make memories with those you love as you never know when you will no longer have the opportunity to make those memories with them. <em>342</em> Mon, 17 Oct 2011 18:42:00 EST Feelings http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36663_feelings <em>31</em> When I am having a good or bad day I always thank God for my life and everything Sat, 15 Oct 2011 11:25:00 EST Traveling http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36655_traveling I fly a lot with work. I find it is easier to maintain if I NEVER eat plane food or drink anything besides water. Even a McDonald's salad is better nutritionally than plane food, so I either eat at the airport or order something takeout at the airport during layovers and take it with me for long flights. Fri, 14 Oct 2011 16:13:00 EST Keeping your water Cold http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36638_keeping_your_water_cold To ensure that I'm drinking my water, I like to keep it cold. Every night I fill my 1 Liter water bottle half-way full and place it in the freezer. In the morning when I head out for a few hours I fill it the rest of the way and keep it in the car. Every time I'm back in the car (for example...running errands) I have a nice cold drink of water. I also work part time and when I come out of work I have cold water to drink as the ice melts. (Works better in warm months, not col) Wed, 12 Oct 2011 19:36:00 EST Tight jeans? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36621_tight_jeans If you have a pair of too-tight jeans that fit well in the waste, but tight everywhere else, wash them then hang them to dry! I did that with a pair of AE black skinny jeans and now I wear them non-stop! Mon, 10 Oct 2011 21:34:00 EST Hiding the temptation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36578_hiding_the_temptation Putting the candy in a higher spot leaves me less tempted to eat it. Thu, 6 Oct 2011 12:40:00 EST Failure http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36556_failure "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."<br><br>Thomas A. Edison Mon, 3 Oct 2011 14:36:00 EST Cold Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36508_cold_food When I eat cold food, I tend to eat less. I don't know if it's just me or some psychological reasoning but I love doing it when I order food from restaurants so even the left overs go a long way. Thu, 29 Sep 2011 12:47:00 EST If i crave something sweet: http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36501_if_i_crave_something_sweet I find that if i have a sweet craving, i drink ice water- at least 4 ounces. many times, my craving for sweets is really thirst..... <em>274</em> Wed, 28 Sep 2011 23:18:00 EST Visualize Your Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36468_visualize_your_goals Spend a couple of moments each day before you get out of bed, just visualizing having a successful day. What do you want to accomplish today? What do you need to do, or to take with you today to be successful. <br><br>Since I have started doing this every morning, I find that I have really "stepped up" in my daily tasks. <br><br>Things go easier, and less gets forgotten. Try it! Sun, 25 Sep 2011 23:40:00 EST Craving Chocolate? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36435_craving_chocolate Reach for Jack Links Teriyaki Beef Jerkey Nuggets. It USUALLY does the trick for me...and my cravings are INTENSE. Try it! Wed, 21 Sep 2011 16:37:00 EST Visit your local thrift store for Mud Run clothing http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36375_visit_your_local_thrift_store_for_mud_run_clothing I am getting ready to do my first Mud Run, a type of race that is becoming more popular. I have been going to my local thrift store to search out shoes and clothing. Since I know that the items will be tossed once the race is over I am not feeling guilty about buying 'special' clothing and I am supporting a local business (which also supports our local food pantry).<br>I found a pair of Nike's for 50 cents! Thu, 15 Sep 2011 13:51:00 EST VOTE FOR ME http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36339_vote_for_me Please go to http://facebook.com/BootsyCollins<br>and vote for me, i secretly want to go to the Funk University and win this contest! It ends September 16th! <br>Please vote for me! I can win a much-needed scholarship to Bootsy Collins' University! check out Chelcie sedler (contestant #5) on Bootsy's Page on facebook..."Like" Bootsy's page and my video!! Thanks!! copy on your wall so I can get votes!! <em>205</em> Sun, 11 Sep 2011 16:38:00 EST The Secret of The Heart! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36263_the_secret_of_the_heart Our treasure will always be where our heart is. Unless we put our heart into what we are doing, we will not suceed.<br>God Bless Everyone, Vic. Mon, 5 Sep 2011 12:08:00 EST Chocolate. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36126_chocolate I love chocolate and feel like I'm doing something bad when I eat it. So I keep it to myself and then work harder to get the sense of well health. Fri, 26 Aug 2011 04:58:00 EST Foot Massage http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36062_foot_massage I discovered that warming a few tablespoons of olive oil and adding a handful of epsom salts makes a great massage treat. Combine and rub gently will not only slough off the dead skin, but you get the added benefit of softer hands. Rinse after treatment. For added bene, put on a pair of cotton socks on your feet and let the olive oil continue to soak in. Sat, 20 Aug 2011 13:28:00 EST Looking Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36038_looking_back Looking back at how far i have come, keeps me motivated and focused that i will get to where i want to be. Thu, 18 Aug 2011 05:28:00 EST Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36005_i_cant_help_it For the last 3 weeks, I have been eating a Butter finger candy bar everyday. Yesterday, I said thats it no more butterfingers for me <em>29</em> Sun, 14 Aug 2011 13:35:00 EST I need help with my dogs digging http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35976_i_need_help_with_my_dogs_digging My chocolate lab has taken a liking to a bush and an oak tree since we put mulch around them.She digs down deep and lays on the bottom of the hole!Does anyone have a home recipe that offends her senses?Something she will smell and not forget?she is an inside dog. Fri, 12 Aug 2011 18:24:00 EST Drinking the recommended 8 glasses of water a day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35955_drinking_the_recommended_8_glasses_of_water_a_day 8 glasses of water seems daunting at the best of times and I often look at the water tracker throughout the day and think; <br>DAMN, ONLY 4 GLASSES?? COULD HAVE SWORN I DRANK MORE!!?? <br><br>To overcome this issue, every night before I head to bed I fill up two 750ml bottles and put them in the fridge. That way throughout the day I can just be sipping at them instead of drinking a whole glass at once and before I know it the whole 2 bottles are gone!<br><br> <em>194</em> Thu, 11 Aug 2011 20:03:00 EST NOT A WALKING DAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35893_not_a_walking_day Today was a day to stay inside because it was so humid and hot that I couldn't stay out more that 5 minutes. I couldn't breathe and I tried to do some watering and weeding. I wanted to swim but no way not in that weather. I never had a problems with heat but since becoming anemic which affects my strength and breathing. I have to now do things different and that is go out after 6 PM to do things. Have a great week and be happy and healthy.<br>Smile <br>Joyce Sun, 7 Aug 2011 23:07:00 EST WHERE IS EVERYONE? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35881_where_is_everyone It takes me 7 days to visit all my teams and some I visit every day because of games or challenges. I cannot understand why so many have no leader and I am the only one doing the huddle each day. Where is everyone and why don't people want to take part in the fun. I know people are busy and working but once in a while you can't answer a question or visit your team. It takes me an hour to do the question on my Spark points, I leave my post and blog till later. I hope more take an interest. Smi... Sat, 6 Aug 2011 22:39:00 EST Choco holic. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35880_choco_holic My secret is that I have been eating a lot more chocolate lately. I am a choco holic so am addicted to chocolate. Sometimes I eat just a little to get through the day. However when I need a binge I do it seriously well. Can't tell anyone becuase of the guilt. Nah I can tell my darling. She will understand. But it is my secret. Sat, 6 Aug 2011 18:29:00 EST Go forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35854_go_forward Go forward by keeping your eyes open, smile on your face and looking up. If you look down you won't see those speed bumps coming at you! Thu, 4 Aug 2011 15:31:00 EST Affirmation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35840_affirmation Look in the mirror each day and say out loud what you love about you....for instance..."I love my legs, they are strong and will be running later today!" Thu, 4 Aug 2011 01:10:00 EST Affirmation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35839_affirmation Look in the mirror each day and say out loud what you love about you....for instance..."I love my legs, they are strong and will be running later today!" Thu, 4 Aug 2011 01:10:00 EST Your hands http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35781_your_hands When the refrigerator is calling out to you...answer with your hands...Get busy with housework; sewing; knitting; drawing; doodling; reading a book, etc. etc. As long as your hands are busy, you will not think of food.... <em>306</em> Tue, 2 Aug 2011 08:54:00 EST Keeping Lipsalve Cool http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35777_keeping_lipsalve_cool I keep my lipsalve cool, by keeping it in the ice-box in the fridge, so that when i cum to use it (i suffer badly with dry lips), it stays cool for ages. <em>212</em> <em>247</em> <em>665</em> <em>665</em> Tue, 2 Aug 2011 07:45:00 EST Yahuah helped me http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35776_yahuah_helped_me Yahuah, (God) helped and taught me to honor Him and to choose to live for Him, me and for what I'm here to do for him, (and how dying would effect all others). Tue, 2 Aug 2011 07:35:00 EST WISHES http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35750_wishes I wish we had the points for Secrets and I wish the things that use to be on Nutrition and fitness where still there. I am thankful for what I have, my family, health and home. Would like to have someone to share my life but may some day that will happen. We all have wishes and maybe some of them will come true but most wishes have to be worked for. Have a great Monday and live a beautiful healthy life. Smile, laugh. love and be happy every day. Smile Joyce Sun, 31 Jul 2011 22:15:00 EST WHERE ARE THEY http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35732_where_are_they I have a lot of friends on Spark people from all over the world. I have been getting in contact with everyone and in one night I couldn't do 13 in a row. They have either gone private or haven't blogged since last year. I try to blog but then I have to go back even furthur so I am stopping them. I hat to loose the friends but if they are not active they are not going to know. I have made a book of when I contact each one. I will keep trying, have fun and smile. Fri, 29 Jul 2011 23:51:00 EST Take a cooler for Grocery Shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35683_take_a_cooler_for_grocery_shopping I grocery shop every week and I almost always visit two different grocery stores to get the best sales at each one. During the hot summer months, I keep a fairly good size cooler in my car for the perishables, such as frozen veggies, coffee creamer, etc. that I buy at the first store It does a good job keeping everything cold and fresh while I am shopping at the second store. <br> Wed, 27 Jul 2011 20:08:00 EST Wet & Cold Bathing Suit? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35675_wet_cold_bathing_suit Want to go back in the water but dread putting on a wet, cold bathing suit...dryer and second suit not an option? <br><br>Rinse the suit with nice warm water, squeeze the excess & put it on...don't forget to SMILE!<br><br>Children will appreciate this too! <em>334</em> Wed, 27 Jul 2011 13:30:00 EST I LOST SECRETS OF SUCCESS http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35646_i_lost_secrets_of_success Has anyone else had Secrets of Success taken off their Spark points page? If you have let me know. If no one has, how do I get it back on my page? Things change and I don't know if I did something or it is Spark people. On Nurtition they had the veggie fruit count at the top of the page and it is gone. The Fitness had the Fitness block where you logged everything on that you did and then had the total points for fitness at the end. That is gone and I would like it back. Can anyone help me. Tue, 26 Jul 2011 23:14:00 EST Being Present http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35606_being_present Life can be challenging. When a loved one calls with bad news, it is natural to want to "fix" the problem even when it is not something that can be fixed. Too often we forget that just being present, listening without judgment, is not only the least we can offer but often it is the best thing we can give a hurting person. Just be present. More often than not, that is more than enough. Sun, 24 Jul 2011 18:52:00 EST Mulching the Garden Helps Me So Much! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35560_mulching_the_garden_helps_me_so_much I have started a herb garden in addition to my veggie garden[with flowers outlining it!] and since my hubby mulched the herb garden for me, those weeds are being stifled and much LESS showing UP! So, it's off to the garden supply store to get mulch for the rest of the veggie garden now! Am planning to show photos in my gallery of the gardens as they progress!The mulching also SAVES WATER as it helps to keep the ground moist so LESS WATER is needed! Fri, 22 Jul 2011 21:24:00 EST Why did I do that http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35518_why_did_i_do_that OMG!! Why did I eat the chicken fingers and fries with gravy for lunch. Why did I not just get a sandwhich and baked chips. What is wrong with me................?? Thu, 21 Jul 2011 15:36:00 EST Books http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35515_books To save money on college books, I have started renting them. Some places even give you a portion of your money back if you return them either early or on time. Thu, 21 Jul 2011 14:09:00 EST Smoke signals http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35497_smoke_signals Before you buy a used car, let its tailpipe tip you to trouble. White smoke may be from water or anti freeze entering the cylinders, suggesting the engine could overheat. Blue smoke could be caused by a clogged PCV value or by the engine oil entering cylinders, possibly because gaskets failed. Black could indicate excess fuel in cylinders or problems with the carburetor, fuel pump or computer sensors. Thu, 21 Jul 2011 00:10:00 EST Take Care of Yourself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35486_take_care_of_yourself Be a little selfish! Take care of yourself. No one else can take care of you and you cannot take care of others if you don't put yourself first when you need to. Wed, 20 Jul 2011 18:51:00 EST CHEW GUM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35477_chew_gum Pop in a piece of sugar free gum to keep your mouth busy in order to avoid unnecessary snacking. Also, chewing mint gum lessens your desire to eat because your breath is so fresh and clean :) Wed, 20 Jul 2011 12:51:00 EST An idea for water drinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35461_an_idea_for_water_drinking I HATE to drink water so I have started to make pitchers of Crystal Light (I like the Peach Mango green tea) but with every pitcher I make, I reduce the amount of mix. It's getting less sweet each time and I am not minding it as much. Hopefully I will be on pure water in the next month or so. I'll let you know how it goes! Wed, 20 Jul 2011 08:34:00 EST I do not want to be a failure http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35460_i_do_not_want_to_be_a_failure I am tired of feeling like a failure when it come to weight loss and a healthy lifestyle. I want to stop this cycle. I want to be healthy and lose mega weight. Could this be the week I finally get it. I can only hope. <br><br>Need to get my husband to show me how to use the Wii fit on his TV and start with that. Anything would be better than sitting my fat tushi. Wed, 20 Jul 2011 08:21:00 EST Have your MRI, CAT scan and Ultrasound http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35450_have_your_mri_cat_scan_and_ultrasound Uterine Fibroids understanding the disease and its wide array of treatment options. UF are frequently found as incidental findings during a routine pelvic exam by your gynecologist. To confirm this, an ultrasound is often suggested. Your doctor may also want you to have a MRI or CAT scan. The best test is a hysteroscopy. Ladies talk with your doctors. Tue, 19 Jul 2011 23:17:00 EST Chocolate. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35444_chocolate I have a tendency to love chocolate. Lately I have been having a bit more chocolate than I should. Tue, 19 Jul 2011 20:23:00 EST "Splurge" vs "Invest" http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35392_splurge_vs_invest In my blog this week I explain the difference between the two words. And there is a big difference! Check it out :) http://niftythriftygoodwill.wordpress.com/ Mon, 18 Jul 2011 22:47:00 EST The Secret For Getting Ahead! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35329_the_secret_for_getting_ahead The secret for getting ahead in life is: FORGIVENESS! The ability to forgive others and yourself when they make mistakes and when you make mistakes. Sun, 17 Jul 2011 17:03:00 EST Keeping your feet healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35323_keeping_your_feet_healthy During an office visit at the VA with my Dad's Podiatrist, we got onto the subject of sandals. She recommended that everyone regularly wipe down all their sandals or any shoe worn without a sock to keep from spreading bacteria or fungus. I wiped all my sandals. flip-flops and slippers with a diluted solution of water and a little bleach. I am happy to say I haven't had any 'itchy feet' or athlete's foot this summer. Sun, 17 Jul 2011 14:55:00 EST Car Lights http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35249_car_lights The next time you have an oil change, make sure to go by a store that has glass windows. Use the window to check your car lights for dimness or outage, both front and rear. That way you can see if you need to change your brake, rear, and headlights before your next trip at night. Fri, 15 Jul 2011 15:31:00 EST Protecting yourself when renting a car http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35194_protecting_yourself_when_renting_a_car I read an article yesterday about someone who rented a car, turned it in in good condition, yet got a letter from the car rental agency months later, claiming they caused thousands of dollars in damage to the vehicle. Unfortunately, they had no way of proving that they didn't cause that damage. When renting a car, it is a good idea when you take it back to the lot, to take dated and time-stamped photographs of the vehicle and save them, along with copies of the return receipt, for six months. Thu, 14 Jul 2011 19:48:00 EST Double Duty Moisturizer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35104_double_duty_moisturizer I use my daily face moisturizer with SPF 15 on my hands everyday. The hands often show signs of aging quickly, so why not protect them with the rest of my skin? Wed, 13 Jul 2011 20:12:00 EST look listen and tune in to yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35103_look_listen_and_tune_in_to_yourself Now I am older, I can stop and smell the roses. So don't tune me out yet. I had 5 kids and raised 7. Today's world turns on a dime, and ladies and gents it aint' like it use to be for sure! Bear with me please. Perhaps, after you have[e dropped from exhaustion you can take a few minutes to relax. I mean really breathe in long and all the way out long. <br>I was a deep woods girl and nature was my teacher until I was 20. Then I moved to salt lake city. wow . culture shock.<br>no trees, mt.s oh... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 20:09:00 EST 8 hrs of sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35094_8_hrs_of_sleep I read a few articles that said not getting enough sleep or getting to much sleep will cause weight gain or inhibit weight loss. Apparently, this is esp. true for women 30+. The articles said that 8-9 hrs was optimum and that those who regularly slept that amount and at the same time each night would be able to loose and maintain their weight the best. This was something I had never incorporated in my previous endeavors to loose weight. Wed, 13 Jul 2011 16:22:00 EST Saving Money on Clothes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35088_saving_money_on_clothes I have a blog that will teach you how to shop on an extreme budget while maintaining a beautiful wardrobe! I hope you guys will check it out...we should have nice clothes to go along with our nice new bodies :D<br><br>http://niftythriftygoodwill.word<BR>press.com/ Wed, 13 Jul 2011 12:22:00 EST Teen Conversation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35039_teen_conversation Talking with your teen can be a challenge when all you want to do is give advice and tell them what they should be doing. Remember to let your teen vent because they spend all day around adults who tell them what to do and where to go. Sometimes venting helps your teen become better communicators. You have to let them live even though inside you think you will die if they make the mistake you want them to avoid. If your teen feels comfortable talking to you, things are good for both of yo... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 16:54:00 EST The Secret To Doing Things Right? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35036_the_secret_to_doing_things_right The secret to doing things right is to track everything you do and everything you eat. Only than will you know if you are headed in the right direction or if you need to make some adjustments. Tue, 12 Jul 2011 16:10:00 EST Tracking that Bag http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35029_tracking_that_bag When you fly, print out a copy of your flight itinerary and slip it into the pocket of your bag before you check it. If your bag tag falls off, the airline will be able to route your bag using the information on your itinerary, and you will be less likely to arrive at your destination without your luggage. Tue, 12 Jul 2011 14:25:00 EST Relationships http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34990_relationships Some of the biggest challenges in relationships come from the fact that most people enter a relationship in order to get something: They're trying to find someone who's going to make them feel good. In reality, the only way a relationship will last is if you see your relationship as a place that you go to give, and not a place you go to take. <br> Mon, 11 Jul 2011 22:01:00 EST You already know you can't do it.... make the effort to prove you can! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34979_you_already_know_you_cant_do_it_make_the_effort_to_prove_you_can I have failed so many times at so may different things because I wanted to prove I couldn't succeed. (smoking was the biggest example) I finally took to proving I can do something. Each week I start a new goal, and work hard at succeeding. I'm slowly realizing I can (or can't) do anything I put my mind to =) Mon, 11 Jul 2011 16:40:00 EST Photograph:- instant slimming effect http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34978_photograph_instant_slimming_effect When someone takes a photo of you & you can't hide behind anyone, then stand with one foot in front of the other. It will feel odd at first, but trust me, you will look much slimmer in the hips & thighs. Mon, 11 Jul 2011 16:31:00 EST Wash and Polish the Car http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34946_wash_and_polish_the_car You would be surprised at how much energy it takes for you to give your car a good wash and then polishing it with wax! Today it took three hours of back breaking aerobics just to wash and detail the outside of my car....log it under heavy cleaning in your cardio minutes. Mon, 11 Jul 2011 09:30:00 EST Free Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34940_free_day Once every other week I give myself a free day where I can eat what I want without counting calories. Sun, 10 Jul 2011 23:52:00 EST Get off the"Clearance Rack" http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34891_get_off_theclearance_rack If your not being treated with love and respect, check your "Price Tag" perhaps you have marked yourself down. It's "you" who tells people what your worth by what you accept. Get off the"Clearance Rack" and get behind the glass where they keep all the VALUABLES.. Bottom line is...VALUE yourself! Hope this helps someone get off the CLEARANCE RACK!!! Sun, 10 Jul 2011 00:35:00 EST Do You Need Extra Fiber and Water? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34866_do_you_need_extra_fiber_and_water Equate Fiber Powder is a must for me, I use 2 Tbs. in 24 oz bottle of water and a sugar free Hawaiian Punch packet drink mix. You can use any flavor. Shake it up and put in the fridge to drink thru out the day. It helps me get my water in for the day and the extra fiber those of us who take certain medicines or don't get enough fiber for whatever reason. Sat, 9 Jul 2011 13:40:00 EST Prevent PMS with yogurt http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34854_prevent_pms_with_yogurt Up to 80 percent of women will struggle with premenstrual syndrome and its uncomfortable symptoms, report Yale researchers. The reason: Their nervous systems are sensitive to the ups and downs in estrogen and progesterone that occur naturally every month. But snacking on 2 cups of yogurt a day can slash these symptoms by 48 percent, say researchers at New York’s Columbia University. “Yogurt is rich in calcium, a mineral that naturally calms the nervous system, preventing Sat, 9 Jul 2011 10:32:00 EST Listen to YOUR body!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34853_listen_to_your_body Being good Sparkers, we are faced with a ton of excellent information. Sometimes we get so much it can be confusing. At that time I listen to my body and do what is right for me. Do what is right for you and learn to pay attention to how you feel. Sat, 9 Jul 2011 10:28:00 EST Don't Eat That http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34818_dont_eat_that The next time you are upset, mad, happy, disappointed stop and don't eat. Take a minute to allow yourself to feel whatever that maybe. Cry, scream and laugh. After that decide if you really want the doughnut or if you were really just filling that emotion with food. Fri, 8 Jul 2011 17:21:00 EST How not to gain after a pig-out http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34811_how_not_to_gain_after_a_pigout If you pig-out on food, you must do three things in order to make sure that food doesn't head straight for where you store the most bodyfat...1. Sweat a bit. 2. Protein and produce 3. Repeat the next day Fri, 8 Jul 2011 15:59:00 EST Chocolate. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34772_chocolate Today I had a bar of chocolate. Fri, 8 Jul 2011 01:58:00 EST Mix up your routine without breaking the bank! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34752_mix_up_your_routine_without_breaking_the_bank Visit daily deal sites and when you see something that even mildly interests you - buy it! This is how I discovered a passion for yoga, and also how I discovered that spin class is not my friend. Its a great way to try new things and mix up your routine - most offers are for 4 -6 classes, so even if you hate it its not a huge committment and still keeps you active. You can also buy things like massages and spa treatments to reward yourself! Thu, 7 Jul 2011 14:32:00 EST Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34744_vacation Well we will be going on vacation next month. Hubby and I are really looking forward to it. Thu, 7 Jul 2011 12:21:00 EST Handy measureing guide http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34679_handy_measureing_guide I discovered that the Gladware with the little domes on top hold 1 Tbsp. Wed, 6 Jul 2011 08:59:00 EST Speak Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34640_speak_up There are a lot of useful, practical, creative "secrets" listed here. Some secrets sound a little unhealthy or extreme. <br><br>My "secret" is to speak up in a considerate way when something sounds either extreme or dangerous. Harmful advice can be harmful to others, especially those with eating disorders. Tue, 5 Jul 2011 02:27:00 EST SLOW DOWN! Cut your food as you eat, instead of before... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34623_slow_down_cut_your_food_as_you_eat_instead_of_before As an extremely fast eater, I used to cut all my food up before I ate it. And before Icould blink, all my food was gone. So, I tried cutting each bite individually... (cut one bite, eat it, cut next bite, eat it, etc) I found that doing it this way makes my food "last longer" and I am more satified in the end! Mon, 4 Jul 2011 13:09:00 EST Ice chips and (homemade) popsicles http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34595_ice_chips_and_homemade_popsicles I try and find things to curb late night snacking and I recently was under the weather and was eating ice chips. Believe it or not..they seem to work w/ 'mindless' night snacking.it's time consuming to chew on them and helps with 'boredom' snacking. I even bought (at the dollar store) popsicle makers..i just fill em with cranberry juice (or other healthy stuff), freeze em and they're good for late nights too! Sun, 3 Jul 2011 20:35:00 EST Posting a link http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34573_posting_a_link When posting a link on the Message Boards, use the 'share a link' button. I have seen SO many posts that have just had the link 'copy and pasred.' It is so much easier for the reader to be able to click on an actual link. Sun, 3 Jul 2011 06:08:00 EST These quizzes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34563_these_quizzes I like to do quizzes, but I never get them all right. The train that says I think I can, I think I can sometimes CAN"T!!! Sat, 2 Jul 2011 22:42:00 EST Independence Day, Why are we Free? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34526_independence_day_why_are_we_free <em>232</em> <br>If You're Proud To Be An American Wave<br>This Flag In Honor Of The Fallen Men<br>And Women Who Serve Our Country<br>And For Those Who Are Still Fighting<br>THANKS AMERICAN SOLDIERS & SAILORS!<br> <em>232</em> Fri, 1 Jul 2011 17:25:00 EST An Idea For Fidgeters - Plant Maintenance. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34487_an_idea_for_fidgeters_plant_maintenance I'm a MAJOR fidgeter with self-destructive habits -- hair-twirling, nail-biting, cuticle-shredding, etcetera (attractive, I know!). I also love houseplants, and have several that are big and frondy and need leaf-cleanup, trimming, stuff like that. I reailzed that plant maintenance feels soothing in the same way that my bad habits do - but it's much more constructive! Now, when I get that restless, nail-biting feeling at home, I try to head for a houseplant and look for dead leaves! Fri, 1 Jul 2011 02:55:00 EST So Easy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34345_so_easy I have found that a smile goes a long way. Want to go the extra mile? Add a cheerful greeting or say something nice. Take just an extra 10 seconds to ask somebody how their day is going (look them in the eye and mean it!). Not only does it make them feel good, but it will make you feel good for the rest of the day! Try it! <em>334</em> Tue, 28 Jun 2011 11:35:00 EST Those Darn Ads http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34298_those_darn_ads I keep 2 windows open at once.I hate waiting while Cindy Crawford drinks her water & runs out the door with her dogs. So, while I'm on SP, I also keep a 1 minute Facebook game open & when something is advertising or loading, I play a 1 minute game. Mon, 27 Jun 2011 16:43:00 EST Nikkithintowin Secret http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34273_nikkithintowin_secret Drink an 8oz glass of water b4 every meal you will get full faster, & eat less <em>91</em> Mon, 27 Jun 2011 12:41:00 EST Unrequested mail http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34269_unrequested_mail Any time I get unsolicited mail with postage paid return envelopes I send the empty envelope back through the mail. This way the US Postal service gets paid and it might just keep the cost of stamps down a little. I don't send anything back in the envelope so there is no risk or financial charge to me. Mon, 27 Jun 2011 11:15:00 EST I'm not exactly what I ought to be, http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34259_im_not_exactly_what_i_ought_to_be But thank the Universe, I'm not what I used to be! Mon, 27 Jun 2011 04:29:00 EST DOyou know the calories burned in lovemaking? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34228_doyou_know_the_calories_burned_in_lovemaking About 200 calories an hour.<br>What fun!<br>I count these too!<br> <em>129</em> Sun, 26 Jun 2011 11:11:00 EST Versatile bridesmaid/prom/party dresses http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34211_versitile_bridesmaidpromparty_dresses I happened on a web site that offers bridesmaid dresses that can be wrapped and configued in a variety of ways. They come in many colors (to match or coordinate) and you can add many different accessories (flowers, headbands, purses, shawls.) The short version is $140, long $180. I haven't purchased a dress like this for ages, but that seemed like a reasonable price ---and because the dress is so versatile, it could be worn strapless, with one bare shoulder, look like (click title for url) Sun, 26 Jun 2011 00:11:00 EST Only You http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34196_only_you Only you can make the changes necessary to reach your goal Sat, 25 Jun 2011 15:10:00 EST Missing Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34084_missing_me I miss the way I use to be <em>24</em> Thu, 23 Jun 2011 23:00:00 EST Water and Ice http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34061_water_and_ice Eating ice helps me with getting my water and I feel like I am eating so my stomach stops saying that it is! It does make me cold, so make sure you have a blanket while you eat your water Thu, 23 Jun 2011 15:59:00 EST A little at a time http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34044_a_little_at_a_time No matter what your goal is, if you're really having a hard time sticking with it, just change a little thing every day. Don't plunge headlong into a grand new workout, don't throw out all the chocolate and limit yourself to cold turkey and green tea. Make one small change at a time. Get off one bus stop earlier, have a glass of water before your morning coffee, drop your coppers into the savings jar rather than a dollar, write just 100 more words of your novel, whatever. Something small, eve... Thu, 23 Jun 2011 11:43:00 EST stress less http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33966_stress_less don't plan ahead always take one moment at a time so you don't stress yourself out act as if everyday is a new start Wed, 22 Jun 2011 10:36:00 EST Fasting http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33944_fasting Don't consider fasting because of you will lose weight, but you'll gain it all back once you start eating. Wed, 22 Jun 2011 03:20:00 EST Workout Schedule http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33896_workout_schedule I'm a planner. I plan menus ahead of time and just recently starting planning my workouts, too. I use the SP Planner to plan my workouts a week at a time. I enter the URL of any videos I plan on doing in the Comments section of the planner, and I automatically get an email everyday with a link that takes me directly to the video. I won't let myself delete the email until I do the exercise, so it's there reminding me all day until I do it! Tue, 21 Jun 2011 08:29:00 EST lowering blood pressure http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33876_lowering_blood_pressure I have a RESPERATE machine which plays music and I breathe in time to the music. It helps lower blood pressure over time. So along with my exercising I am also breathing my way to lower blood pressure! YAHOO! Mon, 20 Jun 2011 21:17:00 EST WHY!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33874_why Today was my first Chemo, right? Had my appointment I thought 11:30 AM but arrived 11:05 AM. Signed in, finally called back and was met with we can't do your Chemo your are late, It takes 5 hours.You where suppose to be here 7 to 9 AM. Did you get my appointmen from the Dr.? Yes, Friday, I had an appointment and I have been waiting almost a hour. Needless to say I will not have Chemo this week. This is not the first and I know the routine somewhere someone messed up. Next week I start. Smile Mon, 20 Jun 2011 21:04:00 EST Just in Case http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33839_just_in_case How to loose it Mon, 20 Jun 2011 10:04:00 EST Brownies http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33818_brownies Threw those dadgum brownies in the sink and ran water over them. Shhhhh. Sun, 19 Jun 2011 20:15:00 EST GameOn Diet Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33733_gameon I joined a GameOn challenge at work. If you're not familiar with GameOn, it's a healthy lifestyle/diet challenge that you play for several weeks at a time. You're on a team, and they are counting on you to earn your daily and weekly points for diet, exercise, communicating with teammates and opponents, getting enough sleep, and so forth. It makes you accountable and it's a lot of fun. Check out thegameondiet.com. The book The GameOn Diet is a must-read, too. Check it out! Sat, 18 Jun 2011 09:29:00 EST Chew GUM!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33707_chew_gum Always have gum around especially when you know there are going to be lots of sweets around you. Fri, 17 Jun 2011 14:11:00 EST Home remedies for whiteheads and blackheads http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33685_home_remedies_for_whiteheads_and_blackheads Take 50 ml. of raw (not boiled) milk and mix a pinch of salt and two teaspoonful of lime juice in it. Use it as a cleansing lotion. It helps to clean the deep pores of skin and make your skin free from balckheads and whiteheads. Fri, 17 Jun 2011 08:43:00 EST My secret to getting a good dental checkup http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33676_my_secret_to_getting_a_good_dental_checkup I have a Braun rechargeable toothbrush that I use daily. Since I have used it, I haven't needed any dental work except routine cleaning. I use it for the 2 minutes recommended by dentists, and it has been a great investment for my health and for my pocketbook! Fri, 17 Jun 2011 07:49:00 EST Coffee Addict! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33650_coffee_addict I'm a coffee addict and realized that it was important for me to drink more water. My few cups of joe each day were taking away from my goal of 8 cups of water a day. So, I made a rule that I've been strictly following: for each cup of coffee, I must drink one cup of water. Thu, 16 Jun 2011 15:14:00 EST Forgiving others http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33631_forgiving_others Sometimes we hold an offense against others and by forgiving them we take an invisible weight off of ourselves!Think about it,It's worth a try! Thu, 16 Jun 2011 13:23:00 EST sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33613_sleep When you are too hungry, fidgity or agitated to focus and function it may be time for a nice, refreshing nap ! <em>102</em> Thu, 16 Jun 2011 09:57:00 EST Great Snack http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33592_great_snack Temptations by Jello. I absolutely love the chocolate pie and the lemon meringue flavors. They are only 100 - 120 calories and I feel like I am having a great treat, either as a dessert or a treat for a snack. Wed, 15 Jun 2011 23:43:00 EST ATTN: Writers and Artists, don't forget your passions! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33580_attn_artists_and_writers_dont_forget_your_passions Take out that novel you've been writing on (or dreamed of writing), finish that song, painting or drawing you started 5, 10, 50 years ago. Set aside 10 minutes each day to promote genius! Begin today. Stop what you're doing right now, put on some decent clothes and go to the store to get a sketch pad/writers notebook/whatever. Come back here and then join a Spark Team that shares your passion. The joy is in the creating, so create! "Hold on to the dreams of thy youth!" Wed, 15 Jun 2011 18:11:00 EST PEOPLE http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33536_people When people need to step up and help they usually are there. I am lucky to belong to the Seaford Moose Lodge and tonight I went to the ladies meeting to ask for help. I explained that I was going for chemo and have Leukimia and needed help because most of my suport system has died. They came through and I have 4 ladies that will help with driving me to the hospital. People are kind and always try and help. I have 1 more thing on my list I can cross off. Tue, 14 Jun 2011 22:54:00 EST Drinking my 8 glasses of water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33497_drinking_my_8_glasses_of_water To make sure I get my 8 glasses of water, each time I have a glass, I add a rubber band to the outside of my drinking glass. I always know how many glasses I have had for that day. It's a simple thing but reminds me to drink. At the end of the day, I remove the rubber bands and I am ready for the next day's drinking. Tue, 14 Jun 2011 03:12:00 EST Stressed - take a mini vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33468_stressed_take_a_mini_vacation Remember that awesome vacation you had (probably years ago), it can help you through today's stressful moments.... Just close your eyes and picture yourself back on that vacation. Walk the beach, ride a horse, or anything that was a fantastic moment during a past vacation. Spend a few minutes in this mini vacation visualization exercise. When you open your eyes you'll find you are more relaxed and less stressed than you had been a few minutes before. Mon, 13 Jun 2011 13:42:00 EST Kick Insomnia's Butt! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33457_kick_insomnias_butt I have suffered with insomnia my whole life; whether it's not being able to fall asleep or falling asleep but waking up every hour or two! I tried everything! Although I refuse to take any prescription meds for it because I don't want to become dependent on anything. <br><br>Recently, a friend of mine recommended yoga before I go to sleep. I was skeptical at first but after I did it the first time, I crashed out all night (didn't wake up once!). I was amazed at how well it works! Mon, 13 Jun 2011 10:16:00 EST Good or Bad Cholesterol http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33455_good_or_bad_cholesterol I finally figured out a way to remember which is good and which is bad - I think of the first "L" in "LDL" as standing for "lousy." <br> <em>20</em> Mon, 13 Jun 2011 08:53:00 EST Drink a glass of water before a meal http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33401_drink_a_glass_of_water_before_a_meal I like to drink a glass of water before I eat a meal. If I am super hungry, the water curbs my hunger just enough for me to make healthier food choices. <em>4</em> Sat, 11 Jun 2011 19:53:00 EST birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33349_birthday Today is my birthday. Nobody knows. It's just my special secret for only me, me , me. Fri, 10 Jun 2011 17:17:00 EST Putting Yourself First Isn't a Bad Thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33336_putting_yourself_first_isnt_a_bad_thing Sometimes, you've got to be a little bit selfish and that's not bad. Putting yourself second to everyone else makes your goals suffer and it makes you resent them.<br><br>Put yourself first. Take care of yourself. Then you can help others. Don't let what others want become an excuse to not get what you need or what you want.<br><br>You'll be able to help others better if you're taking care of yourself! Fri, 10 Jun 2011 12:01:00 EST OH YES I CAN http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33288_oh_yes_i_can I you struggle with taking weight off; get a picture of how you would like to look. Then put that picture somewhere so you can be seen. Each week give yourself a goal of 1-2 lbs. and look at that picture. Then tell yourself that you will look like this. You will get to your goal one day at a time; one pound at a time!! <br><br>It really does work! Thu, 9 Jun 2011 13:32:00 EST Kids Silverware http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33266_kids_silverware Okay, so I know it sounds a little crazy, but whenever I am eating something that I want to last longer like a tasty yogurt or an ice cream reward, I grab a spoon out of the drawer for the little one in the house. The small spoons make the treat last longer and makes me savor it more. Your kids may look at you funny for using their silverware, but its worth the funny looks. <em>183</em> Thu, 9 Jun 2011 09:25:00 EST IBS-C Sufferers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33261_ibsc_sufferers After prescription meds (Amitzia the newest), doctors, etc. just didn't work for me. What I found was taking 400mcg magnesium, 2,000 IU of D (living in the North East we tend to be low) has solved my problem after 4 days and still working for 4 months now..why don't the doctors share this kind of stuff is beyond me. Move on! Thu, 9 Jun 2011 06:47:00 EST Teenage Technology Trances http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33254_teenage_technology_trances I have a teenage son whose interests consist of his XBox 360, cell phone, and/or Facebook. So, how do I get him out of his technology trance and motivated to exercise? I push his competitive buttons. Thu, 9 Jun 2011 01:15:00 EST For healthy teeth http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33212_for_healthy_teeth Every single time you brush your teeth brush them as though you're about to attend a dental appointment. Wed, 8 Jun 2011 03:54:00 EST Stop a snack attack. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33189_stop_a_snack_attack Anytime I crave an unhealthy snack, I take the snack with me to the park to eat. By the time that I've walked there, doing something healthy for myself feels to good to destroy with the snack. So far I've extended my walk everytime and put the snack back up when I got home. Tue, 7 Jun 2011 12:18:00 EST Need more protein? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33162_need_more_protein On Sunday, I try to remember to boil two or three eggs. When my Daily Report shows that I need more protein, I reach for a hard boiled egg. I slice it into several slices (on a plate) and add about a Tablespoon of salsa verde (green salsa). YUM ! and it makes you want to drink another glass of water. <em>4</em> Mon, 6 Jun 2011 23:22:00 EST Lemonade Smoothie http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33127_lemonade_smoothie To get in more water and stay cool during this weather I make a lemonade slushie with lemon juice or fresh lemon, ice and a little splenda. Blend well and pour into a tall glass with a straw. Its refreshing, less than 100 calories, sweet and more liquid for your daily intake.. Mon, 6 Jun 2011 08:48:00 EST Getting your 8 in http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33126_getting_your_8_in I keep a cup (with a straw) on my desk. I holds 2 cups of water. I have a reminder on my Outlook calendar to fill it at 10:00, 2:00 and 4:00. That gets 6 in easy - then 2 with dinner and I'm done! Mon, 6 Jun 2011 08:26:00 EST Small plate http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33116_small_plate I use my children's old dinner plates when eating, that way I can't put to much on my plate and over eat. <em>4</em> Sun, 5 Jun 2011 16:49:00 EST plan before you go http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33088_plan_before_you_go If you are roadtripping in the US, fast food is sometimes all you can find. Before I roadtripped in April, I looked online for the nutritional information on all the major chains. I copied and pasted everything under 500 cal into a Word doc, and printed it out. I alphabetized the chains for ease and speed. Result = no need to panic at the counter when ordering. I didn't lose weight the 2 weeks I was gone. But I also did not gain a single pound. Sat, 4 Jun 2011 23:56:00 EST Want soft Hands http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33013_want_soft_hands Soak them each night in warm...whole milk!<br>s m00000000 th! Thu, 2 Jun 2011 23:05:00 EST Stopping food binges http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=32979_stopping_food_binges I find that if I have the urge to eat when I'm not supposed to sucking on a sugar free hard candy helps the urge to pass. Thu, 2 Jun 2011 10:55:00 EST