SparkPeople Motivation Secrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets-category.asp?category=motivation Learn some of the secrets of success for Motivation from SparkPeople members. SparkPeople Motivation Secrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets-category.asp?category=motivation Always there for you... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46758_always_there_for_you No matter how many times you trip on your journey of weight loss, some things are always there for you:<br><br>- Sparkpeople will always take you back no matter how long you've been away. You can always start anew but your SP friends and teams are waiting to cheer you on.<br><br>- The knowledge that you had the motivation to start once and can do so again. All you need is that first spark, once it flickers in you the first time it is nearly impossible to fully extinguish. It could be months o... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 10:35:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46754_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:28:00 EST if you want to be happy in your life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46746_if_you_want_to_be_happy_in_your_life <br><br><br>The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn’t already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder.<br><br>I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that that lit up her entire being.<br>She said, “Hi, handsome. My name is Rose. I’m eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?” I laughed and enthusiastically responded, “Of course you may!” and she gave m... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 10:12:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46742_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 00:23:00 EST the fence a story with real meaning http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46737_the_fence_a_story_with_real_meaning <br><br>There once was a young boy with a very bad temper.<br><br>The boy’s father wanted to teach him a lesson, so he gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper he must hammer a nail into their wooden fence.<br><br>On the first day of this lesson, the little boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. He was really mad!<br><br>Over the course of the next few weeks, the little boy began to control his temper, so the number of nails that were hammered into the fence dr... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 17:58:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46727_50_miles_to_50_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 00:31:00 EST Be competitive with yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46724_be_competitive_with_yourself It is always great having someone there that you can hold yourself accountable to. But this is not always possible, or that is what I have found in my journey. It is easy to find someone who wants to workout with you here and there but it is hard to find someone to keep you motivated to keep going. That has been one of my problems. I feel I have found that one thing that has kept me motivated though, being competitive with myself. <br>It all started when I joined in on a biggest loser contest... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 16:49:00 EST A BLOOD PRESSURE MONITOR CAN BE YOUR BIGGEST MOTIVATOR! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46721_buy_a_blood_pressure_monitor I had a scary blood pressure reading on vacation a couple of weeks ago.Too much alcohol, salty fried food and little to no exercise all took a toll. After a few days of partying like it's 1999- I started feeling light headed and could tell my heart rate was higher and harder than it should have been to be walking around shopping. We stopped in a walgreens and I had my pressure taken. 172/116! YIKES ( The sound of a whipped dog yelping) My friend and the pharmacist urged me to go to ER! ( How... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 14:08:00 EST Don't break the chain! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46720_dont_break_the_chain I like to track streaks like seeing how many days in a row I can maintain good habits. This works for me, because I love visually tracking my streaks! I don't want to break the chain. The longer I track a streak, the less and less likely I will break the chain. This is how I went a year without pizza and candy. This is how I've finally been drinking AT LEAST a liter of water every day for the past two weeks. You can literally do this with any habit, good or bad. Seeing the chain get longer an... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:31:00 EST What Keeps Me On Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46718_what_keeps_me_on_track Even when I am the most disgusted I think of the alternative. Do I really want to slip into the plus sizes??? NO. Do I want to have good reports at the doctor's office? YES<br><br>I met a 98 year old woman that acted like she was in, maybe, her 60's. She likes to swim. Another words she stays active. When I am tired I think of her and it inspires me. If a 98 year old can do it, so can I.<br><br>I have a friend that promotes 10 minutes per day of exercise. She has many, many days in a ... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:39:00 EST Stay Smart and Stay Motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46713_stay_smart_and_stay_motivated Staying motivated to lose weight is partially about being smart.... If you have a certain weakness for potato chips or anything else for that matter just get it out of the house... If not opened you can give it to the food bank or to a Church to let some that don't have much...Keep these foods out of the house and away from everyone in the family... Don’t beat yourself up if you find that you didn't reach your weight loss goal for a week or a month... You’re not going to lose those pounds by... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 01:55:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46708_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:20:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46697_when_i_started_running When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 00:29:00 EST Motivate and get more healthy.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46695_motivate_and_get_more_healthy Bad Habits are hard to break as we grow up we accumulate them as habits as we grow up and it is something we do.. How many times you have heard... Your not going to get any desert or leave the table before you clean your plate.. Yes old habits and now we are older on our own and need to rethink our way of eating and habits we have now to break...We need to change and we need to Change Our Ways to weight lose as motivation to start living a healthier lifestyle.... Overweight people are at a h... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 19:56:00 EST The secret of my sucess http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46689_the_secret_of_my_sucess When I decided it was time to make a change, I joined Sparkpeople. I also bought a fitbit, my husband saw I was having trouble staying motivated so we bought him one too so we could compete with each other for steps and weight loss. We keep each other motivated. However, recently his job has him in another state for 6 - 8 months, its hard to keep each other motivated via Skype. <br>I found a way to keep myself motivated during his absence. I'm a huge Dr. Who fan, I found a site that sells the... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 12:21:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46685_50_miles_to_50_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:32:00 EST Why Can't I stay motivated to lose weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46682_why_cant_i_stay_motivated_to_lose_weight Anybody trying to lose weight goes through a similar journey.<br><br>You start out on fire.<br><br>You’re motivated to exercise and it’s easy to say ‘no thanks!’ to junk foods. Making healthy choices feels effortless.<br><br>But then, you hit a rough patch. Unexpected challenges and unforeseen complications take you off track.<br><br>Suddenly, everything you were doing right, has morphed into a hot, frustrating mess.<br><br>Your motivation is gone. Exercise seems inconvenient and you’re cravi... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:04:00 EST Get Up and Get Ready to go.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46679_get_up_and_get_ready_to_go OK here go you gained weight instead of losing it? Are you ready to quit... Believe me I bet we’ve all been there and experienced the same feelings you are going through right now. Take a deep breath and remind yourself that you can do this... If I can so can you.... You have to take the first steps.. Take a notebook and first write it all your Victory's you have had in your life.. the second page list realistic goals that you can do and achieve... make sure to list your includes your start... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:31:00 EST Small Steps Every Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46668_small_steps_every_day Every day, let's move forward in our health. I mean every single day, I'm going to take a small step forward. How about you? Let's do this together. We can reach our health goals and live a fuller life if we just keep moving forward. I am not trying to change everything today. That kind of a change does not stick. Here are some of my daily changes of the past:<br>I changed my salad dressing to ones with no sugar. That means that most of the time, I make my own. Who knew that almost e... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 05:53:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46666_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 00:46:00 EST 13 Sign's You're Wasting Life But You Can't Admit It http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46662_13_signs_youre_wasting_life_but_you_cant_admit_it <br>When you were a kid, did you want to grow up to be an astronaut, a singer or an engineer? If so, how’s that working out for you? Hopefully, it’s going great and you are living the life of your dreams. But for the rest of you who are not, here are 13 signs that you might be wasting your life… but you don’t want to admit it:<br><br><br><br>1. YOU SPEND TOO MUCH TIME DOING THINGS YOU SHOULDN’T BE DOING.<br><br>Video games. Reality TV. Surfing the ‘net. Stuffing your face with too much food. ... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:14:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46650_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:26:00 EST wonderful inspiring story http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46643_wonderful_inspiring_story <br><br><br><br>The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn’t already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder.<br><br>I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that that lit up her entire being.<br>She said, “Hi, handsome. My name is Rose. I’m eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?” I laughed and enthusiastically responded, “Of course you may!” and she ga... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 15:27:00 EST Motivational Quotes to Say http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46639_motivational_quotes_to_say The way you think and feel about yourself, including your beliefs and expectations about what is possible for you, determines everything that happens to you. When you change the quality of your thinking, you change the quality of your life, sometimes instantly.<br><br>You have complete control over only one thing in the universe — your thinking! You can decide what you are going to think in any given situation. Your thoughts and feelings determine your actions and determine the results you ge... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 07:08:00 EST new jeans today http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46638_new_jeans_today got a pair of jeans, very tight if I tried to put them on, kept them on door<br>For some reason not a lot of weight loss but inches are gone since those jeans fit<br><br>No I do not have to suck in and or lay on bed to zip<br><br>Now to get another pair smaller for next goal~<br><br>And will keep doing that till I get to where I feel good not weight watchers or Jenny Craig etc I and doing this for health and to feel good in my own skin not make others happy <br><br>It is a slow but stead [whe... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 05:41:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46635_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 00:27:00 EST Stay on Target http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46631_stay_on_target Any other Star Wars geeks out there remember the reference? Luke Skywalker is trying to blow up the Death Star by shooting his photon torpedos into a couple of tubes not much bigger than some sort of rat that he shot as a kid.<br><br>Anyway there is this line that keeps getting repeated into his ear. "Stay on target... Stay on target... Stay on target..."<br><br>That's something that has come to my mind a number of times throughout this weight loss journey. There are so many things that can d... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 17:51:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46618_50_miles_to_50_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 00:26:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46602_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:28:00 EST 10 ways to boost your self-confidence http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46597_10_ways_to_boost_your_selfconfidence <br><br><br><br>How many times during your growing years did your parents tell you to walk straight or sit up straight? You may have casually dismissed it, or maybe you didn’t really pay attention. As an adult, though, you realise the wisdom of the advice.<br>Simple practices like these don’t just help you physically but also psychologically. Psychologists say that there are many little ways that can instantly help boost self-confidence. Here are some easy tips on how you can do just that.<br... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 19:07:00 EST Friends are Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46589_friends_are_good Three weeks ago my friend and I were talking at a resteraunt. I go out to eat a lot -- many reasons but not always a good thing.<br><br>She mentioned to me she has RA and always feels better if she exercises and loses even 10 pounds.<br><br>I told her about Spark People, and she downloaded the app at the resteraunt and has been logging her food ever since. Not my job to determine if she's always accurate, but she is excited and has lost 10 pounds in those three weeks.<br><br>Her comment to ... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 07:18:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46585_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 00:46:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46575_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 00:31:00 EST Buddies for Every Season! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46572_buddies_for_every_season When my kids were teen I had a neighbor that was my dear walking buddy. We had our three mile route clearly in mind morning after morning as we walked and talked through so many triumphs and challenges of our lives. <br>When I went to work full time I had to give up this fun time and it was a very long time before I ever considered anybody to be my health buddy. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer a few weeks after our son was married, I got very discouraged. My weight had slipped up ... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 18:15:00 EST Trick My Mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46571_trick_my_mind In order to keep myself from 'picking' when I go to bed, I brush and floss and gargle before just getting into bed. With such fresh breath, I don't feel like eating anything to spoil it! It provides motivation for both late snacks and healthy mouth hygiene. I try to not turn on the TV either, and shut out the lights. Those bring up suggestions for snacking. I'm having it a little difficult right now, though, because I'm staying every other night at home, and then at my mom's helping with ... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 17:05:00 EST 20 of the wisest quote of all time http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46570_20_of_the_wisest_quote_of_all_time <br>20 of the Wisest Quotes of All Time<br><br>Wisdom is something that comes from experience. Humans experience things differently from each other, they are always seeking wisdom no matter what the experience may be.<br><br>We use this wisdom to guide ourselves away from past mistakes and hopefully reach our endgame goals. Wisdom of all kinds has been passed down throughout every single generation of man. It is only acceptable that we give back the wisdom we have received to those who need i... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 15:42:00 EST Picture Me This http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46569_picture_me_this I am 64 yrs old and before I started this journey, I used to look at myself in the mirror and want to cry because I gained so much weight I felt I didn't know this person looking back at me. I stopped visiting people and going places I used to enjoy going to.I am not as active with my grandchildren as I used to be I have even avoided my class reunions because in high school I was no bigger than a minute. I do know as years past, every changes but not to this extent. When I decided to do somet... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 13:51:00 EST Staying Motivated at Wrok http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46562_staying_motivated_at_wrok Spend time with co-workers<br>I believe it’s important to get to know all of my employees outside of the office — grab coffee, lunch, or even work out together! We spend so many hours of our life in the workplace, why shouldn’t we use the relationships we make to stay energized? For instance, I recently learned that one of our IT employees is a huge movie buff — he gave me a ton of great recommendations that I never would have thought of myself. When you take the extra time to get to know you... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 06:38:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46556_50_miles_to_50_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:22:00 EST The Finish Line http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46554_the_finish_line Today at work, I saw this saying on a program participant's T-shirt: "There is no finish line!" The shirt was a brilliant orange with an abstract design behind the quote. Orange is a stimulating color so it caught my eye right away!<br><br>The young man passed me by so quickly (he was on his way to lunch and I was returning to a program room from lunch) that I didn't have time to ask if I could take a photo of him and his fantastic shirt. I didn't see him at break time, either. This man is, f... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 21:02:00 EST Your friends or family may be knowingly or unknowingly sabotaging your efforts. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46552_your_friends_or_family_may_be_knowingly_or_unknowingly_sabotaging_your_efforts I have always struggled with my weight, now that I have made a committed effort to a healthy lifestyle I find that some of my friends and family members are making hurtful comments.<br><br>"This is just a fad for you, come on have some cake..." "You know you were never thin, why change now..." and my favorite of all, "When are you going to stop this nonsense and eat normal food."<br><br>I have decided to "turn the worm" if you will, to the first I responded "No thanks, you can have my piece."... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 17:42:00 EST The Other Side of Failure http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46546_the_other_side_of_failure <em>209</em> <em>209</em> <em>209</em> <em>209</em> <em>209</em> <em>209</em> <em>209</em> <br>"We seem to gain wisdom more readily through our failures than through our successes. We always think of failure as the antithesis of success, but it isn't. Success often lies just the other side of failure." <br>~ Leo Buscaglia <br> <em>209</em> <em>209</em> <em>209</em> <em>209</em> <em>209</em> <em>209</em> <em>209</em> <br><br>Yet another restatement of s pri... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 10:05:00 EST How To Get Going http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46545_how_to_get_going It’s true: what got you HERE won’t get you THERE. If you want to have real change, you can never live like you’re living now: something fundamental has to change permanently.<br>Fortunately, any permanent change, no matter how small, qualifies as different from normal:<br>• Drinking 23 sodas instead of 24 sodas a day permanently qualifies as a change.<br>• Skipping one meal per week permanently counts as a change.<br>• Choosing vegetables instead of fries for ONE of the 14 meals you eat out p... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 08:21:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46540_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:26:00 EST Keeping Motivated while loosing weight.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46538_keeping_motivated_while_loosing_weight I know I had a problem getting starting to loose weight.. I found a article about how to start a Journal of your weight loss... and I got a little Note book and put starting weight and measurements and a food intake also in it.. Then begins your work.. There is not a magic pill to take and it just goes poof the next day the weight comes off.. I found Spark People and they made it happen..Shift your thinking from thinking of everyone else first mentality to thinking like an athlete... and I c... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 19:36:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46530_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 00:28:00 EST 7 Powerful Quotes For When You Feel Lost In Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46525_7_powerful_quotes_for_when_you_feel_lost_in_life <br><br><br><br><br><br><br>There are moments in our lives where we feel utterly and entirely lost. There are no clear directions or paths for us to take, just one big ball of confusion without an instruction manual or a tutorial as to how to "live."<br><br>This is more than okay, for we all become lost in life every now and then. Sometimes it's better to surrender yourself to the universe and let the world show you your next adventure.<br><br>The next time you feel like you're completely los... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 17:05:00 EST Getting Over the Mind Games http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46524_getting_over_the_mind_games Probably the hardest part of weight loss is dealing with all the mind games. The scale is for most people the worst. The crushing thought that you're going to get on it in the morning and find out that in spite of everything that you have done perfectly for days or sometimes even weeks but the number will either not budge or because it is controlled by demons actually go up. There are of course lots of other things a mess with our minds as well. Sometimes it's a well-meaning friend or famil... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 15:41:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46511_50_miles_to_50_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 00:24:00 EST Get Motivated and Stay Motivated This Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46508_get_motivated_and_stay_motivated_this_summer One of the primary needs most often cited by beginners and veteran runners alike is the need to be motivated to continue running. No wonder. Running is not an easy sport, especially during our long, hot summer.<br><br>Even though, there’s little technique involved in running and just about anyone can do it, training to run a race—much less a marathon or half marathon—is a daunting task that requires plenty of sweat and gobs of motivation to continue moving forward toward the ultimate goal.<br... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 20:44:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46495_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday<br><br>When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual teleth... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 00:22:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46482_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 00:16:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46469_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 00:21:00 EST Just Do It Now! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46464_just_do_it_now I have probably procrastinated away many months, perhaps years, of my life. I've known for ages that if I put off something, I'm far less likely to ever do that thing today. Though I'm far from perfect, I'm getting better at following this title. I am more likely to schedule the things I don't want to miss out on - going to the gym, getting in my 10,000+ steps, writing a piece for publication or just for myself, cleaning the house, making healthy meals and snacks, calling or visiting a fri... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 14:55:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46455_50_miles_to_50_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 00:23:00 EST Any loss is a WIN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46446_any_loss_is_a_win If the scale doesn't move, check your measurements. Chances are you've lost inches and ANY loss is a win! Don't get caught up in a competition with others and compare weight loss--everyone is different and everyone loses at a different rate. Plus there could be issues you don't know about--medical conditions, medications, etc. that affect weight loss. Don't get caught up in the plateau blues--always check your inches to see if there's a loss in that area. Make sure you get your required water... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 14:36:00 EST A MUST: Cheat Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46444_a_must_cheat_day I find it much easier to stay motivated and stay on track knowing that I have a built in cheat day, that glorious one day a week where I will eat whatever I want guilt free. I don't really plan it unless I have to, but I do keep a mental tally of what I really want, or cravings. Tortilla chips at the mexican resturant, fried food, mashed potatoes, chips, desserts, etc.<br><br>Just knowing, in x amount of days, I can enjoy the Blueberry Lemonade I've been saving since the farmers market, and... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 13:53:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46434_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 00:16:00 EST Do Not Wait! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46419_do_not_wait <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"Don't wait. The time will never be just right."<br>~ Napoleon Hill<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>If the train didn't begin its trip until all of the switches were right, it would never leave the station!<br><br>I read an article yesterday that stated a similar analogy. The headlights on a car only light up the road for abo... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 09:21:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46416_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 00:24:00 EST Perfection? Begin again. Nothing's perfect. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46411_perfection_begin_again_nothings_perfect If you miss a day, don't lose heart. Jump right back in, and begin again. you are going in the right direction. After twenty days, I missed logging in due to working overtime. I am not going to let it get me down. I began again. Begin that streak again. don't get down on yourself, boost yourself up. I made twenty days for the first time in a few years, I can do it again. How about you? <br><br>Losing heart and being discouraged is not an option. Go GO GGGOOOO! I still kept my walking streak e... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 19:14:00 EST Im ag in ation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46404_im_ag_in_ation <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <br>Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited by reality, imagination can span the globe. <br>~ Albert Einstein <br> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <br><br>Denis Waitley says that the most powerful nation in the world is imagination! <br><br>Maxwell Maltz in "The Power of the Subconscious Mind" sai... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 11:57:00 EST I FEEL NO SHAME http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46400_i_feel_no_shame I have been on and off Sparkpeople and "diets" for years, and my gone up over that time. Not down. What I have found is that if I slip up even a little; over eat, don't exercise for a while, don't keep up posting on a thread, I hide in shame. I don't want to come back and say, "I messed up." I just skulk away and sink deeper into my own pit of negative thought.<br> This time around I'm finding that my mind set has changed. When I slip up, As we all do from time to time, I own it. If I don't... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 10:23:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46394_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 01:00:00 EST Keep going... Change takes time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46388_keep_going_change_takes_time Its so important to think POSITIVE and not feel defeated when you don't lose weight one week. Plateaus happen. Most important thing to remember is that everything takes time. After all, Rome wasn't built in a day! Sometimes when I feel like I am becoming unmotivated or in a sad slump I will talk to a friend about it. Usually after a pep talk I can get back on track and I am always pleased that I do. If you do not push through then you will be much more disappointed in the end. <br><br>There a... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 15:53:00 EST 10 Daily Mantras http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46386_10_daily_mantras http://inspiremetoday.com/blog/top-10-dail<BR>y-mantras-to-get-you-going/<br><br>Top 10 Daily Mantras to Get You Going<br><br>Every day should be a positive one, no matter what it may bring you. One way to focus on the positive is to start each day with a mantra to bring in a positive outlook and exclude the negative. Some people like to have one personal mantra they say every day, while others like to switch it up, always staying on the bright side.<br><br>Here are some daily mantras to keep... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 12:54:00 EST Thoughts on Doing http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46382_thoughts_on_doing <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do." <br>- Leonardo da Vinci<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>Throughout my posts of secrets, there has run a consistent theme, that being that attitude and not aptitude determines your altitude. No we have some... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 09:27:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46377_50_miles_to_50_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 00:27:00 EST 10 principles of life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46372_10_principles_of_life 10 Principles Of Life:<br><br><br>Stop and ask yourself today, "How do I really feel about myself? " Before you answer read these ten principles.<br><br>(1) Never think or speak negatively about yourself; that puts you in disagreement with God.<br><br>(2) Meditate on your God-given strengths and learn to encourage yourself, for much of the time nobody else will.<br><br>(3) Don't compare yourself to anybody else. You're unique, one of a kind, an original. So don't settle for being a copy.<br><... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 15:41:00 EST There is no secret http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46363_there_is_no_secret Ok, I'm kind of riffing on the name of this section "secrets of success." I know what they mean. What worked for me. What worked for you. The thing is that we are all desperate to find the recipe to the secret sauce that will cause us to drop 5 lbs a day until our rock hard body is called up for a fashion photo shoot. But sadly our bodies don't work like that.<br><br>I got a little sideways with a blog post yesterday because it was an advertisement for some miracle diet that targets only your... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 07:48:00 EST Let It Go - Don't Overeat Because You Overate http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46362_let_it_go_dont_overeat_because_you_overate This tip is about falling - and getting right back up again. We all overindulge even as we commit to losing weight. Maybe I went out to dinner and had way more than I planned. Maybe you dipped into those chips and brownies at that party. Then what happens? "Oh no, I overate. I'm bad. I failed and I am going to keep failing.” That voice takes over and the next thing that happens? "Forget it, I can't do this, I might as well have the other 20 things I've been holding back on over the last c... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 07:43:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46359_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 00:25:00 EST Believe in Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46352_believe_in_yourself Believe in Yourself (And Why Nothing Will Work If You Don’t…)<br>by James Clear <br>The biggest difference I’ve noticed between successful people and unsuccessful people isn’t intelligence or opportunity or resources. It’s the belief that they can make their goals happen.<br><br>We all deal with vulnerability, uncertainty, and failure. Some of us trust that if we move forward anyway, then we will figure it out. As I sit here on Thanksgiving, I’m thankful that I’m one of these people.<br><br>W... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 18:05:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46343_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 00:36:00 EST You Are Not a Failure http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46324_you_are_not_a_failure <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <br>"Remember that failure is an event, not a person."<br>~ Zig Ziglar<br> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <br><br>How often do we hear people lament "I am such a failure"? This is such a mis-statement of the facts. Failure is an event, not a person. Remember when Edison was asked how it felt to have failed 10,000 t... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 09:00:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46317_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 00:25:00 EST Be a warrior http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46311_be_a_warrior Don't nibble with mediocrity.<br><br>Someone once told me not to bite off more than I could chew. I said I would rather choke on greatness then nibble on mediocrity. <br><br>Last night, I watched the Golden State Warriors beat the Oklahoma Thunder in basketball. It was a great game, with the Warriors coming back from a 1-3 deficit in the seventh and final game, to win the series. It is a lot of fun to watch Stephen Curry, one of the most prolific shooters ever to play professional basketball.... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 10:57:00 EST See It and Be It http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46310_see_it_and_bed_it <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"If you can dream it, then you can achieve it. You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want." <br>~ Zig Ziglar<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>Once again, the same theme keeps popping up. I get my quotations each day from one of the popular self-help gurus but it seem... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 09:02:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46302_50_miles_to_50_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 00:12:00 EST Positive thoughts in the workplace and at home are essential to a fulfilled life. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46297_positive_thoughts_in_the_workplace_and_at_home_are_essential_to_a_fulfilled_life Why? Positive thoughts can better stimulate both your mind and attitude, leading to a better environment.<br><br>The world is full of inspiration. We should use that to invoke a sense of wonder in all our hearts. It's important to practice this at both work and at home -- we spend at least equal time when not sleeping interacting with human beings both home and at work.<br><br>The best is always yet to come, but we may have to do a lot of challenges to see the best. While we live, we must ... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 16:08:00 EST Believe you can and you will http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46294_believe_you_can_and_you_will I have been trudging along on this journey for most of my life. My Spark journey started in the fall of 2007. I signed up in the spring but felt overwhelmed right away. <br><br>My fall I realized my highest weight that I'd seen for me. I logged back into Sparkpeople. I joined a TOPS group. Both seemed to compliment each other fairly well. Sparkpeople for the trackers and the teams and also the articles. TOPS for face2face and weekly accountability on the scales.<br><br>I did f... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 12:23:00 EST Virtual Racing and Medals http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46287_virtual_racing_and_medals I am thrilled to have connected with virtual racing! For those not clear on what this is: you sign up (generally $20-30) for a race, in which you complete it at a time and location of your choice. Once you have completed the race, you have earned your medal! Back in 2011, I started participating in actual 5k's, and the first one I did was the Flying Pig. Over the past few years, i was diagnosed with spinal stenosis and just walking a few hundred feet is extremely painful for me. But I... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 08:35:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46283_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 00:13:00 EST What Type of Motivational Person are You.? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46278_what_type_of_motivational_person_are_you Get to know what type of motivation best compels you can be a really important factor in achieving your fitness goals...Where do you begin and How to Motivate others those around you..How many types can you think of...? well I have thought of a few..motivated by achievement.. change.. power..Social .. Incentive motivation..All can apply to this word Motivation... Let's look at Achievement..desire to improve ourselves and prove to those around them and to themselves and others. It can be an in... Tue, 31 May 2016 12:59:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46264_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Tue, 31 May 2016 00:34:00 EST TV fun time http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46260_tv_fun_time So, today wasn't feeling too well. But I didn't want to being completely lazy. I didn't some mindless television watching then I get up and walk around and then I do a little more time television watching and resting and then get up and walk around and I did isometric exercises. I think this will help in the long run for me to lose weight and gain muscle. Also, needing to exercise a dog Kama contributed to my ability to do some exercise myself. I really think that's the important part as my e... Mon, 30 May 2016 19:40:00 EST NEED MY MOJO BACK http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46251_need_my_mojo_back I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Mon, 30 May 2016 09:50:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46247_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Mon, 30 May 2016 00:22:00 EST Walking to the beat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46242_walking_to_the_beat Once again, the following the secret is not really a secret. i have seen posts on this subject before but I wanted to throw in my two cents worth on this topic.<br><br>i vary my fitness routine. Some days, I hop on the Tony Gazelle glide for an hour or so. Other days, I popped in a Leslie Sasone Walking with the pounds DVD and have at it. I own about 7 of those so I have my choice of length and difficulty. But lately my exercise of choice is to walk outside. I usually do when it is quie... Sun, 29 May 2016 23:08:00 EST Be a good example http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46241_be_a_good_example Be a leader and a friend. Look for ways to help others on their journey to weight loss. Be honest with yourself. Analyze why you slip up when you do. Make it a learning experience and share what you learned with others. Never berate yourself or others.<br><br>Read the blogs others post with an eye for offering compassion, suggestions as a partner, and fellow traveler on the journey to a healthy lifestyle. Offer hope to others. To be a good example, stay active daily.<br><br> Read the messa... Sun, 29 May 2016 21:54:00 EST Adversity is Necessary http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46238_adversity_is_necessary "Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful." <br><br>It is only by breaking out of the chrysalis that the butterfly's wings become strong enough for him to fly.<br><br>We should embrace adversity and not avoid it for it make us strong.<br><br>I really have nothing to add to what I have said so I will repeat it several times.<br><br>"Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful." <br><br>It is only by breaking out of the chrysalis ... Sun, 29 May 2016 17:07:00 EST Are you all about the Title and Numbers..? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46235_are_you_all_about_the_title_and_numbers I usually write about weight loss and healthy eating ..cooking and helpful things .. This about being a Motivator.. Not just to have the name Leader under your name but a True Motivator and a Good Leader<br>and a real Blessing and a willing heart to help... It is not hard to be a Motivator but you have to give it time and when you have 34 Teams you can't be a good Leader... or Motivator... Sometimes we are almost always doing something.. piling on more and more often has a negative effect r... Sun, 29 May 2016 13:39:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46228_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Sun, 29 May 2016 00:52:00 EST GET BACK ON THE HORSE http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46227_get_back_on_the_horse I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Sun, 29 May 2016 00:43:00 EST What Do You See? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46215_what_do_you_see <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"If you don't see yourself as a winner, then you cannot perform as a winner." <br>~ Zig Ziglar<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>"The You You See is the You You'll Be"<br><br>"If You Can See It, You Can Be It"<br><br>"When You Believe It You Will See It"<br><br>"What the mind of man can conceive and belie... Sat, 28 May 2016 09:08:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46210_50_miles_to_50_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Sat, 28 May 2016 00:30:00 EST Get a Workout Buddy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46207_get_a_workout_buddy This will motivate you to get out there even when you don't feel like it ! I am able to walk but hardly ever did . Until recently , I asked a friend if she wanted to go walking with me. She said yes and after a while we finally got our schedules lined up and walked together. It was much more fun and not as bad as either of us had anticipated. We got our children involved as well and they are reaping the benefits as well. The kids are really enjoying it . Its good for them to see their mom wa... Fri, 27 May 2016 20:35:00 EST Memorial Day Tribute http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46196_memorial_day_tribute Let us stop and remember those who made it possible for us to be here today.<br><br> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> Stop for a moment this Memorial Day weekend and give silent thanks to those whose sacrifice we remember and who made it possible and necessary for us to have this holiday. <br> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>23... Fri, 27 May 2016 09:10:00 EST Stay Motivated to Lose http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46195_stay_motivated_to_lose <br><br>Set a realistic goal. Saying, "I want to lose 50 pounds in the next couple of weeks" is just plain unrealistic. The weight did not go on that quickly, so it will not come off that quickly. If you set goals that you cannot possibly obtain, of course you will be discouraged. •Consult a medical professional to determine what a sensible weekly or monthly goal should be. What is right for one person will be unhealthy for another, depending on your starting weight, age, activity level, gend... Fri, 27 May 2016 07:58:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46193_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Fri, 27 May 2016 01:01:00 EST Adkins Induction Period http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46179_adkins_induction_period I'm in the Adkins Induction Period. So far, so good. This low carb thing isn't too bad. I was able to find some very unique and delicious recipes that would fit right in to the low carb diet--even desserts!<br>Reflecting over my last 50. Years. Yes, I am one half of a century old. My body is feeling some of the aging, especially in the last year or so. I can do much better than I am with my weight loss and exercise goals. It was truly an amazing walk yesterday. The weather was perfect, and m... Thu, 26 May 2016 09:38:00 EST Make Positive Deposits http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46177_make_positive_deposits <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <br> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <br>"You can make positive deposits in your own economy every day by reading and listening to powerful, positive, life-changing content and by associating with encouraging and hope-building people."<br>~ Zig Ziglar<br> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</... Thu, 26 May 2016 09:15:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46171_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Thu, 26 May 2016 00:29:00 EST Simple Tricks to Boost Weight Loss Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46162_simple_tricks_to_boost_weight_loss_motivation By Malia Frey<br>Do you need more weight loss motivation? Have you lost your motivation to diet and exercise? Weight loss can be a draining process. So if you feel like your enthusiasm is lagging, you're normal. But it doesn't have to stay that way.<br><br>You can learn how to boost motivation for weight loss. With sneaky tricks and expert strategies, you can coach yourself to eat better and exercise more. And it's not even hard to do.<br><br>But you need to use one (or more) of these techniq... Wed, 25 May 2016 11:55:00 EST We all get this way and need Motivation... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46160_we_all_get_this_way_and_need_motivation Have you ever sat down at your computer to Jot a note or on a paper only to find yourself checking your Sparks mail or Facebook posts instead... then turn around and see your pile of dirty laundry grow until it practically takes over your Laundry Room...And still you need Motivation at some point in the day to make yourself to muster up yourself and slowly get up and get started... Well I have those days also.. I am not perfect so lets see what we can do to change the day around... Get your... Wed, 25 May 2016 10:51:00 EST Goals are Enabling http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46159_goals_are_enabling <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"Goals enable you to do more for yourself and others, too." <br>~ Zig Ziglar<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>I s... Wed, 25 May 2016 09:36:00 EST Staying A Live http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46158_staying_a_live This low carb thing isn't too bad. I was able to find some very unique and delicious recipes that would fit right in to the low carb diet--even desserts!<br>Reflecting over my last 50. Years. Yes, I am one half of a century old. My body is feeling some of the aging, especially in the last year or so. I can do much better than I am with my weight loss and exercise goals. It was truly an amazing walk yesterday. The weather was perfect, and my husband and I explored areas and streets of our town... Wed, 25 May 2016 08:39:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46154_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Wed, 25 May 2016 00:25:00 EST Motivation and Count the Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46150_motivation_and_count_the_calories How often have you chosen a diet because it worked for a friend... Perhaps you were inspired by a celebrity spokesperson...A diet might be perfect for someone else but their needs.. their lifestyle and their food preferences could be completely different from yours... Do you really want to buy your food in trays and the minute you go back to being and eating what you want.. you get it back with a vengeance and plus some.. Set your expectations and unrealistic goals.. and you become less Motiv... Tue, 24 May 2016 17:58:00 EST The Power of Gradual http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46148_the_power_of_gradual I weigh over 200 pounds. I didn't see that coming. Growing up I saw my mother and my aunts carrying around so much excess weight and remember very clearly saying "that will not be me". I didn't intend to become obese. I did notice myself beginning to gain weight. I tried periodically to take the weight off. But I never pictured myself at 160, 180, 200, 220, 240, heck even 266 at my worst. I didn't see that coming. <br><br>But it came, GRADUALLY, in little increments that didn't seem all that ... Tue, 24 May 2016 15:57:00 EST Success, True Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46141_success_true_success <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <br> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <br>"True success has more components than one sentence or idea can contain." <br>~ Zig Ziglar<br> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <br> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <br><br>The best definition of success that... Tue, 24 May 2016 09:45:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46135_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Tue, 24 May 2016 00:40:00 EST My Busy Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46132_my_busy_weekend The last few days I have not been feeling well. It all started Friday morning when I woke up feeling extremely nauseous and sick feeling. I went to Target to do some shopping and ran all the way to the bathroom. Yeah, it wasn't pretty. When I got home I went to right to bed. I knew I had to be functional though because I had my brother-in-law and sister-in-law coming over for the weekend. So, I napped for 30 minutes and then cleaned my entire house. I think I may even have burned some serious... Mon, 23 May 2016 22:05:00 EST Please stand up. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46120_please_stand_up The one who falls and gets up is so much stronger than the one who never fell.<br><br>I have had a lot of falling in my life. A lot of times when I didn't think that I was worth the effort. A lot of times when I was called names, had no self-esteem, and didn't realize that all of that, ALL OF THAT, came from me.<br><br>It came from me, because it was ME that allowed myself to be affected by words. Words spoken by ignorant jackasses who I let affect me. Words spoken by family, who seriously di... Mon, 23 May 2016 10:37:00 EST Honesty and Integrity http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46119_honesty_and_integrity <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>. "Honesty and integrity are absolutely essential for success in life--all areas of life. The really good news is that anyone can develop both honesty and integrity."<br>~ Zig Ziglar<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>I choose the quotes upon which I base my secrets from a list of quotations from different self-... Mon, 23 May 2016 09:25:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46114_50_miles_to_50_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Mon, 23 May 2016 00:30:00 EST Attitude, Aptitude, Altitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46102_attitude_aptitude_altitude <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude."<br>~ Zig Ziglar<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>... Sun, 22 May 2016 12:01:00 EST Accounts payable Secret? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46085_accounts_payable_secret Once again, I feel compelled to start this post with my usual disclaimer. This isn't so much a secret as a helpful hint that most people are probably doing.<br><br>Whenever I start a weight loss journey, (sadly, that has happened a few times in my life), I do better if I am held accountable for my weight. For me, that is one of the best motivational tools that I use. <br><br>Back in the day when I was fighting cancer, I had to be weighed before every treatment. I used that as my motivation... Sat, 21 May 2016 12:51:00 EST Integrity - The Great Conquerer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46080_integrity_the_great_conquerer <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br>"With integrity, you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide. With integrity, you will do the right thing, so you will have no guilt."<br>~ Zig Ziglar<br> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br><br>Of all of the qualities in a person, integrity is the strongest. If you are dealing with a person who possesses integrity you know you c... Sat, 21 May 2016 09:11:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46077_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Sat, 21 May 2016 00:23:00 EST Decide and Do It http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46070_decide_and_do_it Make a decision! That's what I did. I DECIDED I didn't like being overweight anymore. I felt awful. My health suffered, my clothes were tight, I was tired all the time. I finally made a decision and found out everything I could about the best way to do it and then started my journey. After losing 40+ pounds my best friend said "How did you do it?", and I told her I was tired of it and finally decided to do something about it once and for all. I totally retrained my eating habits by find... Fri, 20 May 2016 19:34:00 EST The 4 Wives : An Inspirational Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46066_the_4_wives_an_inspirational_story <br>There was a rich merchant who had 4 wives. He loved the 4th wife the most and adorned her with rich robes and treated her to delicacies. He took great care of her and gave her nothing but the best.<br><br>He also loved the 3rd wife very much. He’s very proud of her and always wanted to show off her to his friends. However, the merchant is always in great fear that she might run away with some other men.<br><br>He too, loved his 2nd wife. She is a very considerate person, always patient an... Fri, 20 May 2016 14:30:00 EST Believe It to See It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46060_believe_it_to_see_it <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <br>"If you want to reach a goal, you must 'see the reaching' in your own mind before you actually arrive at your goal."<br>~ Zig Ziglar<br> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <br><br>How many times have we heard someone say "I'll believe it when I see it."?<br><br>Mike Vance, who served as the Dean of Disney University, where all upper echel... Fri, 20 May 2016 10:42:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46056_50_miles_to_50_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Fri, 20 May 2016 00:21:00 EST Multitasking helpful or hurtful http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46054_multitasking_helpful_or_hurtful Sorry we seem to be a community of multi-taskers. I feel like I'm constantly doing more than one thing. Even when I'm sitting and watching television with my family I feel like I'm playing with my phone. Even if it is just to update my points on SparkPeople. Or like my food. I could just sit here and enjoy a movie. But for some reason I feel this obligation to do more than one thing at once. Even though I've read several studies that show that when you do more than one thing at once you add t... Thu, 19 May 2016 21:55:00 EST Multitasking helpful or hurtful http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46053_multitasking_helpful_or_hurtful Sorry we seem to be a community of multi-taskers. I feel like I'm constantly doing more than one thing. Even when I'm sitting and watching television with my family I feel like I'm playing with my phone. Even if it is just to update my points on SparkPeople. Or like my food. I could just sit here and enjoy a movie. But for some reason I feel this obligation to do more than one thing at once. Even though I've read several studies that show that when you do more than one thing at once you add t... Thu, 19 May 2016 21:55:00 EST Get into a Routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46046_get_into_a_routine At times, it can be very difficult to stay on track and stay motivated. Those days where we just want to hit the snooze button and stay in bed all day are very challenging. For me, if I do not schedule a normal routine each day I see progress slowing. If we want to stay motivated and meet our goals every day, week or month we need to find what works best for our individual schedules. One person may find that waking at 4 am and getting two hours of cardio exercise in before works best, and ano... Thu, 19 May 2016 11:09:00 EST HARDER TO STAY MOTIVATED http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46043_harder_to_stay_motivated I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Thu, 19 May 2016 08:29:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46034_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Thu, 19 May 2016 00:26:00 EST Have a buddy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46033_have_a_buddy I am super excited. One of my good friends has started a diet this month as well. We didn't even know that we were both starting a diet at the same time. How could we be so silly as to not share that we were both wanting to lose weight. She starting at 192 and I'm starting at 182 and she has lost quite a few pounds already and I've lost three pounds or so. Tonight we had dinner together and practice portion control and kept our kids Happy And then we took everybody for a walk. It was the best... Wed, 18 May 2016 22:51:00 EST Gettin It Together http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46032_gettin_it_together Where did all my effort go? I was on point making it do what it do. Then BAM! Hit with. Sore knees a severe cold then make neck shoulder and now my arm. Is my body slowly saying "no" to change? One wrong stretch one workout prolonged beyond its usefulness? Well whatever it was it was not good. So now I am regrouping reminding myself of what I need to reach my goals see results. I need to realistic of the reach of goals how I need to take care of myself first and stil hit it during my workouts... Wed, 18 May 2016 21:40:00 EST Secret to success http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46031_secret_to_success <br>What is it that makes people successful and I mean really successful compared to you or me? Are they smarter or do they work harder? Are they risk takers or have powerful and influential friends?<br><br>The financial newspaper Investors Business Daily (IBD) asked these same questions a few years ago and started a multi-year search for the answer. They studied industry leaders, investors and entrepreneurs to understand the traits they all had in common that contributed to their success. Re... Wed, 18 May 2016 20:06:00 EST Born to Win http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46020_born_to_win <em>105</em> <em>105</em> <em>105</em> <em>105</em> <em>105</em> <em>105</em> <em>105</em> <br>"You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win."<br>~ Zig Ziglar <br> <em>105</em> <em>105</em> <em>105</em> <em>105</em> <em>105</em> <em>105</em> <em>105</em> <br><br>Still more redundancy, the same ideas over and over but the repetition emblazons the idea in the subconscious and adds a permanency to the id... Wed, 18 May 2016 08:25:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46017_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Wed, 18 May 2016 00:49:00 EST Motivate Yourself with a Personal Weight Loss Mantra http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46015_motivate_yourself_with_a_personal_weight_loss_mantra Developing a personal weight loss mantra is an easy way to keep yourself motivated during the long process of losing weight. Learn why mantras work and how to develop one. Or adopt one of these 20 weight loss mantras as your own.<br><br>Self-motivation is one of the keys to successful weight loss. But how do you keep yourself motivated when faced with food temptations or a lack of desire to eat right and exercise?<br>Develop a personal weight loss mantra.<br>I have always been interested in m... Tue, 17 May 2016 22:29:00 EST Turn the E in Exercise and Enjoy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46009_turn_the_e_in_exercise_and_enjoy Motivation and Healthy Habits is easier said than done.. You have to replace old habits with good one and become Motivated to it..Regardless of your age, you can benefit from doing this... If your going to start a new exercises see your Doctor first thing before cause you may need to be monitored as you go forth with the new you.. You have to keep after it. If you forget sometimes or if at first you don’t figure how to make it work with your schedule... keep after it.. even ten minutes three ... Tue, 17 May 2016 12:56:00 EST Try Clean Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46008_try_clean_eating I've attempted to eat cleaner. I've been doing a lot of walking lately. I see it on my pedometer. I never would have guessed I'm doing about 6000 steps just from my daily routine. Every step matters.<br><br>Everyday is a new beginning. I'm hanging in there, day by day. I am sticking with a reasonable diet and include protein with every meal or snack. If I don't, I find myself falling into sugar lows.<br><br>I believe I can do this. Well isn't that just great. I stepped on the scale this morni... Tue, 17 May 2016 09:55:00 EST Start to be Great http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46005_start_to_be_great <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br> "You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great."<br>~ Zig Ziglar<br> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br><br>"A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step" <br>~Confuscious (I think, maybe Lao Tse, Who actually said it doesn't matter)<br><br>"You can never reach second ... Tue, 17 May 2016 08:13:00 EST Keep It Moving http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46003_keep_it_moving The key to staying motivated is similar to fuel in a car—you don't need the motivation tank to be full to drive, you just need to prevent it from running empty, says Joshua C. Klapow, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and author of Living SMART: 5 Essential Skills to Change Your Health Habits Forever. "I tell people not to waste precious time and energy on staying highly motivated because motivation has a natural rhythm. Most people see a drop in motiva... Tue, 17 May 2016 07:43:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46001_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Tue, 17 May 2016 00:24:00 EST Every Thing Matters http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45985_every_thing_matters I've been doing a lot of walking lately. I see it on my pedometer. I never would have guessed I'm doing about 6000 steps just from my daily routine. Every step matters.<br><br>Everyday is a new beginning. I'm hanging in there, day by day. I am sticking with a reasonable diet and include protein with every meal or snack. If I don't, I find myself falling into sugar lows.<br><br>I believe I can do this. Well isn't that just great. I stepped on the scale this morning and although I wasn't at my ... Mon, 16 May 2016 09:05:00 EST Enlist God's Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45983_enlist_gods_help Every morning I start my new day with a cup of coffee, a healthy breakfast, and some time with God. I seek His guidance in the conduct of the day. Since I became committed to changing the physical me, I share that commitment with the Almighty every day, and ask that He will equip me to meet the challenges - whatever they are.<br><br>This gives me the focus for what my spiritual commitments are for the day, and also my physical commitments -- What is my resolve to meet the challenges ? ( Fib... Mon, 16 May 2016 08:44:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45980_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Mon, 16 May 2016 00:29:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45958_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Sun, 15 May 2016 00:28:00 EST A Negative Side http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45948_a_negative_side Everyday is a new beginning. I'm hanging in there, day by day. I am sticking with a reasonable diet and include protein with every meal or snack. If I don't, I find myself falling into sugar lows.<br><br>I believe I can do this. Well isn't that just great. I stepped on the scale this morning and although I wasn't at my heaviest, it wasn't what I wanted to see. I gained 2 pounds last month. Must be hormonal in nature; I am often diving into sugar lows if I do not eat a high protein breakfast i... Sat, 14 May 2016 11:55:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45942_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sat, 14 May 2016 00:35:00 EST It is Trying http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45929_it_is_trying <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"Success is achieved and maintained by those who try and keep trying."<br>~W. Clement Stone<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>This is a phrase that W. Clement Stone made famous. He always added "with PMA, a Positive Mental Attitude!" and he is right. <br><br>I do have a bit of a problem with the quote and that ... Fri, 13 May 2016 09:24:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45924_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Fri, 13 May 2016 00:21:00 EST Envision Yourself Thin http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45923_envision_yourself_thin While I am staying at a hotel in San Diego for a conference, there's a full-length mirror in the room. I don't have one at home, and so this morning as I was getting dressed, I gave myself a good looking over.<br><br>I started putting on weight when I was 10 years old. By the time I was in the 6th grade, I was the fat kid. Roly-poly. I had to wear the "hefty" sized pants, which I hated. I was soft and squishy, and not a very happy kid.<br><br>I can visualize exactly when I started to lose con... Thu, 12 May 2016 23:58:00 EST Share your Motivation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45914_share_your_motivation Are you motivated? Are you staying positive? Affirmative? Determined?<br><br>If so, then do NOT keep it to yourself! Share It! <br><br>Each day, Spark People gathers new members. Those new members NEED you to help them with your support and positive attitude. Visit their Spark Page, send them a goodie, leave a comment on their page or on their blog.<br><br>Welcome them, encourage them, become the cheerleader we all need on our team.<br><br>Sadly, Spark People also loses members daily. Som... Thu, 12 May 2016 11:41:00 EST A Little Bit of Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45911_a_little_bit_of_help I could use a little bit of help reminding myself to stick to the plan. I have found it helpful to think of eating a meal and exercising as an in and out procedure. What goes in during a meal should be limited to the number of calories I am willing to burn out during a single workout session. That will keep me away from the meals in excess of 500 calories or more!<br><br>I'm hanging in there, day by day. I am sticking with a reasonable diet and include protein with every meal or snack. If I d... Thu, 12 May 2016 10:08:00 EST Get out of your head! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45909_get_out_of_your_head We can fight ourselves to the core. <br><br>''I don't feel like it, I don't wanna, I've got other things I need to do. Should I work out? I just don't want to."<br><br>These self perpetuated arguments are just that. They're OUR own doing. In our OWN heads, our own minds, thoughts. We a LOT of times create our OWN hurdles in which we face and need to overcome. Do you realize in the time you sat on the couch or in your chair for ten minutes, you could have made a trip or two up and down some st... Thu, 12 May 2016 04:46:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45907_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Thu, 12 May 2016 00:25:00 EST My Spark Buddy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45905_my_spark_buddy The best way of staying on track is to use the buddy system. It is easier to be accountable, if you have someone to be accountable to. If you are both trying to lose weight, you can share your experiences and find out what works the best for the other one and what does not. <br>If you are having a bad day with your weight or trying not to eat that "Bad" food item, your friend will be able to talk you out of it or help raise your spirit. It is nice to exercise with someone. It makes it fun to ... Wed, 11 May 2016 23:15:00 EST Healthy Tips to Kick off the Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45903_healthy_tips_to_kick_off_the_summer With summer quickly upon us, it's officially time to kick off the season we've all been anticipating. And, with more time spent outdoors, better weather and an abundance of fresh produce available, summertime is the perfect time to get healthy. <br><br>But there's much more to getting in shape than just eating right and working out. You also need motivation. And who better to lend you a helping hand than the one you love — and vice versa? Having a positive body image not only has a huge effec... Wed, 11 May 2016 17:23:00 EST Breathing— The Overlooked Game Changer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45898_breathingthe_overlooked_game_changer Feeling discouraged? Unmotivated? Hopeless? <br><br>We tend to solely focus our attention on the body when navigating our journey to better health. But our minds are the MOST powerful tool to achieve our fitness goals, and breathing is our compass. Mind and breathing pair together like peanut butter and jelly. We don't think twice about something so seemingly simple—Breathe—but in every situation, this one act can calm our deepest angst and can remind ourselves why we are on this journey ... Wed, 11 May 2016 14:39:00 EST Pick up your Attitude and get going.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45895_pick_up_your_attitude_and_get_going So What .. Never use this.. unless you say I am ready to loose weight....Weight loss is a difficult process, but simply having a positive attitude will make the challenge easier....With time and patience, you can change how you think about weight loss. Try these three tips to use your brain in the battle of the bulge....when you decided weight-loss Some set unrealistic goals.. they don't lose as much weight. Instead, set attainable goals, like losing five pounds in a month... It is good but t... Wed, 11 May 2016 10:42:00 EST Join forces with a coworker for work day support http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45893_join_forces_with_a_coworker_for_work_day_support Working with a coworker who is also attempting to become healthier helps with keeping each other accountable during the stressful work day. For example, my coworker and I text each other frequently throughout the day with our progress and struggles. Having each other to vent or celebrate is extremely helpful because we can both relate to the same workday challenges. Recently, our company held an appreciation luncheon chalk full of foods neither of us were willing to partake in to hinder pr... Wed, 11 May 2016 09:38:00 EST Failure is the Only Option http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45892_failure_is_the_only_option <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing."<br>~ Denis Waitley<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>So often we have heard "Failure is not an option". In reality i... Wed, 11 May 2016 09:15:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45887_50_miles_to_50_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Wed, 11 May 2016 00:48:00 EST Just for today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45881_just_for_today I've spent too much time in my life thinking that I will do certain things when I'm a certain weight, a particular size, can buy just the right clothes, etc., etc., etc. What a waste of precious moments and energy. All that worry and waiting only made me miss out on adventures that I can never capture again. <br><br>I find that since I've stopped all that waiting until whatever to do whatever has resulted in a more positive, more energized, more pleasant me. I'm still working on trying th... Tue, 10 May 2016 14:03:00 EST Jotting it Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45873_jotting_it_down If I don't write what I eat when I eat it, I simply forget to jot it down and keep an accurate track of my daily calorie intake. Everyday is a new beginning. I'm hanging in there, day by day. I am sticking with a reasonable diet and include protein with every meal or snack. If I don't, I find myself falling into sugar lows.<br><br>I believe I can do this. Well isn't that just great. I stepped on the scale this morning and although I wasn't at my heaviest, it wasn't what I wanted to see. I ga... Tue, 10 May 2016 09:31:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45870_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Tue, 10 May 2016 00:47:00 EST The Past is Prologue http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45859_the_past_is_prologue <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <br>"Everything that is past is either a learning experience to grow on, a beautiful memory to reflect on, or a motivating factor to act upon."<br>~Denis Waitley<br> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <br><br>Good stuff happens, bad stuff happens. Face it, stuff happens. Whether or not stuff happens or not is irrelevant. The important thi... Mon, 9 May 2016 12:57:00 EST Doing Yoga meditation and walking 6k steps for best body awareness and energy. juust get me into a very positive mood, its contagious to others. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45855_doing_yoga_meditation_and_walking_6k_steps_for_best_body_awareness_and_energy_juust_get_me_into_a_very_positive_mood_its_contagious_to_others please see above. I start with Yoga meditation and then walk 6k steps for energyzing, positive mood building which is so contagious and lasts thru out the day. I feel so good with myself knowing that I have done my part to set a pattern for my week. This will produce a crazy kind of endorphin high which keeps me focused on working my body out even though I am 67 years old. By doing the above my cheeks glow pink, the white of my eyes gets whiter, blood flows to my finger nails and makes my ... Mon, 9 May 2016 10:22:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45848_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Mon, 9 May 2016 00:48:00 EST have a friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45844_have_a_friend have someone special to come along side and keep you focused on making your goals. Or I turn to one of my favorite scripture passages as follows:<br><br>Psalm 103<br><br>1 Praise the Lord, my soul;<br> all my inmost being, praise his holy name.<br>2 Praise the Lord, my soul,<br> and forget not all his benefits—<br>3 who forgives all your sins<br> and heals all your diseases,<br>4 who redeems your life from the pit<br> and crowns you with love and compassion,<br>5 who satisfies yo... Sun, 8 May 2016 17:41:00 EST Happiness is What You Make It http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45840_happiness_is_what_you_make_it <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <br>"Happiness is the experience of living every moment with love, grace and gratitude."<br>~ Denis Waitley<br> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <br><br>There was a song a great while back entitled "Happiness Is" and the bottom line was the last line of the chorus "Happiness is...different things to different people" but in reality, Mr. Waitley hits the nai... Sun, 8 May 2016 11:14:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45834_50_miles_to_50_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Sun, 8 May 2016 01:14:00 EST KEEP ON SPARKIN' http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45833_keep_on_sparkin I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Sun, 8 May 2016 01:12:00 EST Initial motivation plateaud with a plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45820_initial_motivation_plateaud_with_a_plateau Ever get a running start only to stop once you hit a wall. Well that's me. I dropped twelve pounds in merely 4 days in the beginning of January. Total pounds lost by mid February was 25 ounds. But now I am stuck. I've only lost two extra pound leaving me at 168 and I have at least 38 pounds to go. But I actually want to lose a total of at least 48 so I have leeway in case I gain weight./ Also trying to build muscle to burn more calories at rest. How did I love 12 pounds in so little time? I a... Sat, 7 May 2016 04:27:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45819_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sat, 7 May 2016 00:46:00 EST Fighting the Blues http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45813_fighting_the_blues When your day is slow to start and you want nothing other then sitting in you big comfortable chair. When you have to fight with your inner self to get dressed. I find that I can help myself by just getting on some comfortable clothes and throwing on a cap or hat and making myself leave the house. Going to the Park and walking just listening to and looking at nature. Freeing my mind of stressful thoughts. Once I feel the stress drift from my body I listen to music of relaxatio nothing sad or ... Fri, 6 May 2016 16:14:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45799_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Fri, 6 May 2016 00:25:00 EST Chase Your Passion http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45777_chase_your_passion <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"Chase your passion, not your pension."<br>~ Denis Waitley<br><br><br> How many people do we know who are "Chasing Their Pension"? OK, so maybe it's not the pension per se but some other actually meaningless goal. So many people spend their life suffering from the dread and fatal disease that I call the "soonases" "Soon as I graduate from college I am going to..." "Soon as I get a job I am going t... Wed, 4 May 2016 12:46:00 EST Who inspires you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45773_who_inspires_you Whatever you are, be a good one.<br><br>Today, Sparkcoach asked, "who inspires you"? I had to think for a minute, and I figured out that I did. I inspire me. I get up every day, determined to make the best of every day, and have done this now, for almost a year. I am heading perilously close to my year anniversary here, and looking back almost makes me cry. It probably will make me cry, come to think of it.<br><br>The transition from being obese to fit was an exceptionally wonderful journey. ... Wed, 4 May 2016 10:50:00 EST I Believe I Can http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45772_i_believe_i_can I believe I can do this. Well isn't that just great. I stepped on the scale this morning and although I wasn't at my heaviest, it wasn't what I wanted to see. I gained 2 pounds last month. Must be hormonal in nature; I am often diving into sugar lows if I do not eat a high protein breakfast in the morning.<br><br>I am doing this to live a longer life and to enjoy the people and loved ones I am surrounded with. That is a huge motivator for me.<br><br>I have decided to eat with the goal of eati... Wed, 4 May 2016 09:13:00 EST WEIGHT WATCHERS LEADERS GONE MAD http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45762_weight_watchers_leaders_gone_mad Two years ago I hit my Weight Watchers goal of 132. That is very high and now I am down to 115, but at that time, it was very exciting to reach a goal and it represented a 70 pound weight loss so it was a big deal.<br><br>I weighed every morning and when I knew I would make the goal I went into Weight Watchers to celebrate my goal. It was a very deflating experience to be told by the leader that I could not weigh in because I had already weighed in at another meeting that week.<br><br>Yeah,... Tue, 3 May 2016 15:51:00 EST 60 things older women want younger women to know http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45761_60_things_older_women_want_younger_women_to_know I remember the day I resigned from my corporate job and transitioned to the life of an entrepreneur. My passion was to focus full time on building Sixty and Me, a community for women over 60. I wanted to reinvent my life and find a more flexible work style.<br><br>When I told my younger female colleagues what I was planning to do as a 60-year-old woman, they were amazed. One woman said that my passion and willingness to take risks made her question the many stereotypes about older women<br><b... Tue, 3 May 2016 11:16:00 EST Will Lose Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45755_will_lose_again Well isn't that just great. I stepped on the scale this morning and although I wasn't at my heaviest, it wasn't what I wanted to see. I gained 2 pounds last month. Must be hormonal in nature; I am often diving into sugar lows if I do not eat a high protein breakfast in the morning.<br><br>I am doing this to live a longer life and to enjoy the people and loved ones I am surrounded with. That is a huge motivator for me.<br><br>I have decided to eat with the goal of eating healthy all the time, ... Tue, 3 May 2016 09:00:00 EST We are proof! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45754_we_are_proof Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. ~Winston Churchill~<br><br>I just found this in my timeline and wanted to share with everyone. We, Sparkers, are proof that it counts to keep going when you feel like giving up.<br>I struggle every day. But I dont give up.<br>I continue to find motivation and help here at SP.<br>I have lost weight and gained it back. I have lost it again, and I have walked and I have sat in my chair wishing for the motivat... Tue, 3 May 2016 08:35:00 EST Consistency: Chasing a dream or creating a new reality? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45753_consistency_chasing_a_dream_or_creating_a_new_reality “For changes to be of any true value, they’ve got to be lasting and consistent.”<br>-Anthony Robbins<br><br>“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”<br>-Robert Collier<br><br>"Winners never quit, quitters never win!"<br> - Vince Lombardi <br><br>Being consistent, being healthy, & being committed~it's a way of life. Results come from your ambitions. <br><br>"Self-discipline is an act of cultivation. It requires you to connect today's actions to tomorrow's ... Tue, 3 May 2016 07:08:00 EST Find a specific motivation and keep a reminder! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45749_find_a_specific_motivation_and_keep_a_reminder A well defined goal can be all the motivation you need sometimes. Create a specific, time bound goal and define the progress you'll need to make to reach that goal. You won't believe how quickly you'll feel successful - and how amazingly motivating those successes can be. <br><br>Motivations don't work well unless they're very specific. "I want to lose weight" will lose it's power quickly. Find a piece of clothing you'd like to be able to wear, a recent photo of yourself that shows those ... Mon, 2 May 2016 22:57:00 EST Isn't as Bad as it Could Be http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45740_isnt_as_bad_as_it_could_be Well isn't that just great. I stepped on the scale this morning and although I wasn't at my heaviest, it wasn't what I wanted to see. I gained 2 pounds last month. Must be hormonal in nature; I am often diving into sugar lows if I do not eat a high protein breakfast in the morning.<br><br>I am doing this to live a longer life and to enjoy the people and loved ones I am surrounded with. That is a huge motivator for me.<br><br>I have decided to eat with the goal of eating healthy all the time... Mon, 2 May 2016 09:25:00 EST To Live a Longer Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45729_to_live_a_longer_life I am doing this to live a longer life and to enjoy the people and loved ones I am surrounded with. That is a huge motivator for me.<br><br>I have decided to eat with the goal of eating healthy all the time, for long term benefits. There are so many diet plans available it is hard to choose the right one for me. It's high time I get back on track. My goals are not being met, and my efforts have been sluggish this entire week.<br><br>No matter where you are at with your exercise and weight los... Sun, 1 May 2016 12:19:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45720_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Sun, 1 May 2016 00:35:00 EST The Right Daily Rituals http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45700_the_right_daily_rituals For a long time, to me weight loss was all about what I was doing without. I focused so much on what I couldn't do that it literally became all I could think about. The key for me was learning to replace "red lights" with "green lights." Instead of "don't eat the donut", it became "do drink the water. <br><br>I know, I've heard this "secret" from other people. They call it developing healthy habits. But to me, habits don't sound like fun. They sound like washing dishes and doing laundry.... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:53:00 EST Why oh why can't I http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45695_why_oh_why_cant_i If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow, why oh why can't I?<br><br>Oh my, Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore, we have gone to the world of making your dreams come true.<br><br>Another Monday, and no flying monkeys or wicked witches are coming your way.<br><br>This is a great day to make a committed start on your food and fitness week. It is a great day to erase any blips that came your way this past week, step into your red shoes, and start skipping down that yellow brick road.<br><b... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:51:00 EST Defeat Negative Thinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45694_defeat_negative_thinking We all have negative thinking at times. I call them grumble bunnies -- or more precisely the negative energy caused by churning negative thoughts, I call grumble bunnies.<br><br>Do you know people who walk around with a cloud of negativity around them. Unfortunately, negative energy, sustained by negative thinking, can be contagious.<br><br>The good news is that energy, sustained by positive energy, can be contagious, too. We have to make the effort. We can control the kind of energy we p... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:46:00 EST 40 km to 40 miles on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45687_40_km_to_40_miles_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:47:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45667_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:42:00 EST Starting to Running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45653_starting_to_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:40:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45633_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 00:38:00 EST Log Every Silly Thing ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45632_log_every_silly_thing_ I log every silly little thing, every snack, every meal, every drink, every bit of walking and every bit of exercise. I blog now and then, check in on message boards and "like" other members achievements a bit here and there,,,,,,<br><br> But it's the logging of everything that has made me successful and oh how I love to run the reports.<br><br> Every day I run the reports for nutrition feedback and calorie differential. I can then see where I'm at and what I need to tweak in my food choic... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 23:03:00 EST Hang with Success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45628_hang_with_success Some days I enjoy being the one who is on track when I visit with a friend. One friend probably has 100+ pounds to lose, but finally seems to be making healthy choices. We worked through a weight loss study together a few years ago. I lost. She gained. Clearly, she wasn't ready. But, now I look at her and am inspired by the steps she has taken. She uses a tracker and seems to pay close attention to it. We had lunch together last week at a restaurant that could have been a real challen... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 17:01:00 EST Running with a goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45615_running_with_a_goal When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 00:45:00 EST So Many Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45603_so_many_plans There are so many diet plans available it is hard to choose the right one for me. It's high time I get back on track. My goals are not being met, and my efforts have been sluggish this entire week.<br><br>No matter where you are at with your exercise and weight loss goals, you have got to start somewhere. Making a start is one way of getting on the right track.<br><br>I need to watch my fiber intake a bit more carefully, as I have not really made sure that I am getting the recommended daily a... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 11:36:00 EST TRYING TO BE STRONG http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45599_trying_to_be_strong I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 01:30:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45597_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 00:49:00 EST Small changes equal big results http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45592_small_changes_equal_big_results I use the fitness tracker on SparkPeople religiously. I used this information to push myself to walk faster but not necessarily farther. I felt that if I walked faster I would burn more calories and that was good enough. Because of this mindset I never invested in a Fitbit or any other brand of fitness tracker. I tried using several different fitness tracker apps on my phone but never found one that I liked.<br><br>About a month ago I bought a pedometer. Nothing fancy but I can enter my heigh... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 17:46:00 EST Mistakes are Painful http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45583_mistakes_are_painful <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"Mistakes are painful when they happen, but years later a collection of mistakes is what is called experience"<br>~Denis Waitley<br><br>"We make bad choices because we don't have any experience. We gain experience by making bad choices"<br>~Unknown<br><br>Yet another example of different people saying the same thing differently and also an example of circular logic.<br><br>Someone post... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 08:57:00 EST Five Minutes of Morning Mindset Adjustment http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45577_five_minutes_of_morning_mindset_adjustment The very first thing I do in the morning is to step outside and spend five minutes consciously letting go of any lingering emotions or thoughts from the day before. If I overate my points or didn't exercise or even if I did everything right, I let it go so I can bring myself back to front and center and to the present moment. <br>Sometimes basking in yesterday's success will lead me to think I don't have to give it my best effort, to "rest on my laurels," so to speak. Or if I am feeling dow... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 18:46:00 EST Home Runs vs Doubles http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45564_home_runs_vs_doubles <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <br>Is a home run better than two doubles?<br><br>Here is a thought-provoking story, from the book Art and Fear, by David Bayles and Ted Orland that challenges the old adage that quality is better than quantity:<br><br>The ceramics teacher announced on opening day that he was dividing the class into two groups. All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the quantity of wo... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 08:54:00 EST Don't let other people judge you. Self Esteem versus Other Esteem http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45563_dont_let_other_people_judge_you_self_esteem_versus_other_esteem When I'm on my weight loss journey I try not to let other peoples view of me (real or imagined) effect my self esteem. If I live my life trying to make others admire or like me then I hit a wall and success comes to a stop. When I look for validation from others I call this "Other Esteem". I have found that true self esteem comes from within not from without.<br><br>So I put on workout clothes instead of a big t-shirt that hides my size. I dress nice even if it means a bulge or two shows. I g... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 07:48:00 EST Learn and Live http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45555_learn_and_live <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control, now."<br>~ Denis Waitley<br><br>Life is a continuing learning experience and the only thing we have from which to learn is history, our own history, history we learned in school and the history of our acquaintances. We cannot go back and relive the past bust rest assure... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 16:52:00 EST Doing Your Best Daily http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45540_doing_your_best_daily You already know there are many great reasons to exercise: from improving energy, mood, sleep, and health to reducing anxiety, stress, and depression. And detailed exercise instructions and workout plans are just a click away. But if knowing how and why to exercise was enough, we’d all be in shape. Making exercise a habit takes more: namely, the right mindset and a smart approach. Whatever your age or fitness level—even if you’ve never exercised a day in your life before—there are steps you c... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 17:18:00 EST You can do it http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45538_you_can_do_it I thought if walk for a little bit to see how it goes. I decided I could walk a little futher each day and it seemed to get easier as time went on. So one day I decided I wanted to get a fitbit to keep track of my daily steps. I put off getting it set up and my daughter said she would help me get it set up. So I started walking with it and found I walked more steps per day than I thought. It seems as easy as it sounds. You just keep on moving and increasing your steps and before you kno... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 15:01:00 EST Quitting is not an option! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45530_quitting_is_not_an_option Before I started marathon training I never thought of myself as a particularly dedicated individual. But as with many instances in life when you start off on a new journey you learn things about yourself. I learned that once I start something I follow through with it. One reason for this is that I never let myself think about quitting. It is never an option. Some days don't go as well as you would like but it is never a reason to quit. <br>It starts with a goal that you believe in. If ... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 10:39:00 EST Friends, Friends, Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45529_friends_friends_friends <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <br>"A real friend is the one who comes in when the whole world has gone out<br>~ Denis Waitley<br><br>"If you have one true friend you have one more that a vast majority of people"<br>~ Unknown<br><br>I heard that a friend will bail you out of jail when you get arrested but that a true friend will sit beside you on the bench in the holding cell and exclaim "Damn! That was fun!".<br><br>There is a ... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 09:50:00 EST Friends, Friends, Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45528_friends_friends_friends <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <br>"A real friend is the one who comes in when the whole world has gone out<br>~ Denis Waitley<br><br>"If you have one true friend you have one more that a vast majority of people"<br>~ Unknown<br><br>I heard that a friend will bail you out of jail when you get arrested but that a true friend will sit beside you on the bench in the holding cell and exclaim "Damn! That was fun!".<br><br>There is a ... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 09:50:00 EST Starting to Running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45524_starting_to_running When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:41:00 EST Questions..? Give that excuse Up.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45514_questions_give_that_excuse_up Well if you have came on this blog .. you need Motivation.. Well this is questions you have that you want answers for and here we go.. find the number and then look at the answer.. Everyone and their brother wants to loose weight and when the New year comes around you are good to go till you just peter out.. so lets see what fits you better.. Stop and reread and then write it down and then maybe you will get to the place you want to be at...What is your excuse for not achieving all your goals... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 10:30:00 EST To Risk or Not to Risk http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45513_to_risk_or_not_to_risk <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing."<br>~Denis Waitley<br><br>Again, we have a precept put forth by several authorities.<br><br>"The important thing is to be willing at any time to give up all that you are for what you might become"<br>Unknown<br><br>Leo Buscaglia taught a course at te University of Southern Califo... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 10:11:00 EST Maintaining the Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45510_maintaining_the_weight I have been maintaining my weight, as well as my weight loss. Laugh out loud. What has been going down, has been coming up in the next few weeks or months. Perhaps it is those goofy hormones I have heard about.<br><br>I am guilty of a few diet flaws. Mostly, I tend to weigh myself everyday. I also pay too much attention to fad diets. Sometimes I don't even get out of the house and walk.<br><br>I am hoping to be fabulous and fit once I reach my weight loss and fitness goals over the next 12 ... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 09:04:00 EST Motivation in Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45505_motivation_in_yourself It really seems like some days it's all together and others, it's all over the place. I've learned to remain focused every single step of this fitness journey of mine. It's not always easy but it's what's best for you all the time. It's about never losing sight and always believing in yourself sort of like being your own cheerleader, it's simple once you put your mind to it, you gotta ask yourself, what do you want more and sure you'll fall off from time to time but it's all about how you bou... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 02:30:00 EST Judge of Character http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45500_judge_of_character <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"Make no mistake. You are your most important critic and you conscience your most important judge of character."<br>~ Denis Waitley<br><br>You know you better than anyone else and therefore you are in the best position to see your faults. You can observe your lifestyle and the consequences of your actions. No one else is with you twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Someone else may observe... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 16:55:00 EST I am guilty http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45491_i_am_guilty I am guilty of a few diet flaws. Mostly, I tend to weigh myself everyday. I also pay too much attention to fad diets. Sometimes I don't even get out of the house and walk.<br><br>I am hoping to be fabulous and fit once I reach my weight loss and fitness goals over the next 12 weeks or so. I am hoping to lose 10 pounds and lose a couple inches off the waist. Go me.<br><br>Finally the weatherman has reported that warmer days are expected over the next week. I love to be outside in the 60's a... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 08:32:00 EST Way up There http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45476_way_up_there I am hoping to be fabulous and fit once I reach my weight loss and fitness goals over the next 12 weeks or so. I am hoping to lose 10 pounds and lose a couple inches off the waist. Go me.<br><br>Finally the weatherman has reported that warmer days are expected over the next week. I love to be outside in the 60's and 70's, especially when it involves any type of exercise or yard work.<br><br>Stepped on the scale this morning and to my surprise, the results were better than I expected. I lost a... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 12:07:00 EST Barriers to Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45475_barriers_to_success <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"It's not what you are that holds you back. It's what you think you are not."<br>~ Denis Waitley<br><br>"It has been my observation that people are just about as happy as they make up their minds to be."<br>~ Abraham Lincoln<br><br>"Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you are usually right."<br>~ Henry Ford<br><br>"Nothing is but that thinking makes it so"<br>~ William Shakespeare<br><br>A... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 10:26:00 EST SparkPeople Stick Together http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45465_sparkpeople_stick_together I joined SparkPoeple last July. Everything started off great, but after a few months I plateaued. I then joined a challenge. That worked for the duration of the challenge, then plateau again. I joined another challenge and the same thing happened; success followed by plateau. I was getting bummed.<br>About mid-winter I started reading other peoples' posts in the challenge areas, but I never responded or posted myself. I wondered why I was struggling while others were succeeding. I started rea... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 21:29:00 EST Keeping my Cool http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45459_keeping_my_cool I haven't forgotten where I was when I started this journey. I was weak and tired from the chemo and radiation treatments, yet I was able to find it within myself to get my body back in shape.<br><br>I am hoping to be fabulous and fit once I reach my weight loss and fitness goals over the next 12 weeks or so. I am hoping to lose 10 pounds and lose a couple inches off the waist. Go me.<br><br>Finally the weatherman has reported that warmer days are expected over the next week. I love to be out... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 11:41:00 EST Pre-Plan Your Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45447_preplan_your_day My number one way to stay motivated and lose weight is to pre-plan my day. Sometimes that can mean planning on Sundays what I will eat for the entire upcoming week. Organizing a cooking day, so there is food at the ready. It makes it quick and easy to throw any meal together. Although this is preferred way to plan, it does take some time and some weeks it is just not possible to spend the time to plan a whole week at once or have the ability to cook a half or whole day. <br> <br>So plan ... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 17:35:00 EST The Journey, Not the Destination http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45444_the_journey_not_the_destination <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <br>"Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn, or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude."<br>~ Denis Waitley<br><br>"Happiness is not the destination, it is the journey"<br>~ Wayne Dyer<br><br>Again, as yesterday, we have different people saying the same thing in different words. If you make happiness the ... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 12:28:00 EST I Haven't Forgotten http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45438_i_havent_forgotten I haven't forgotten where I was when I started this journey. I was weak and tired from the chemo and radiation treatments, yet I was able to find it within myself to get my body back in shape.<br><br>I am hoping to be fabulous and fit once I reach my weight loss and fitness goals over the next 12 weeks or so. I am hoping to lose 10 pounds and lose a couple inches off the waist. Go me.<br><br>Finally the weatherman has reported that warmer days are expected over the next week. I love to be ou... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 08:43:00 EST Three Times an Adage http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45416_three_times_an_adage <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"Change the changeable, accept the unchangeable, and remove yourself from the unacceptable"<br>~ Denis Waitley<br><br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"Lord grant me the courage to change the things I can change, the serenity to accept the things I cannot change and the wisdom to know the difference<br>St Franci... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 10:20:00 EST fit and Fabulous http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45414_fit_and_fabulous I am hoping to be fabulous and fit once I reach my weight loss and fitness goals over the next 12 weeks or so. I am hoping to lose 10 pounds and lose a couple inches off the waist. Go me.<br><br>Finally the weatherman has reported that warmer days are expected over the next week. I love to be outside in the 60's and 70's, especially when it involves any type of exercise or yard work.<br><br>Stepped on the scale this morning and to my surprise, the results were better than I expected. I lost a... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 09:44:00 EST Take Time Each Week to Write up Reflections & Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45410_take_time_each_week_to_write_up_reflections_goals A couple of weeks ago, I didn't do as well as I had been listening to my tummy signals. Eating just one more bite. Eating not as healthy. <br><br>Of course, there were lots of reasons (Spring Break, hormones, stress), but no good-enough excuses. You see, I realized that if this were really going to be a lifetime change, I would have ups and downs. My response and recalibration would be what would determine my success. <br> <br>So how do I make sure my responses and recalibrations are good? We... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 07:52:00 EST Roots and Wings http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45400_roots_and_wings <em>144</em> <em>19</em> <em>407</em> <em>144</em> <em>19</em> <em>407</em> <em>144</em> <em>144</em> <em>19</em> <em>407</em> <em>144</em> <em>19</em> <em>407</em> <em>144</em> <em>19</em> <em>407</em> <em>144</em> <em>19</em> <em>407</em> <em>144</em> <em>19</em> <em>407</em> <em>144</em> <em>19</em> <em>407</em> <em>144</em> <em>19</em> <em>407</em> <em>144</em> <em>144</em> <em>19</em> <em>407</e... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 14:55:00 EST Fabulous and Fit http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45398_fabulous_and_fit I am hoping to be fabulous and fit once I reach my weight loss and fitness goals over the next 12 weeks or so. I am hoping to lose 10 pounds and lose a couple inches off the waist. Go me.<br><br>Finally the weatherman has reported that warmer days are expected over the next week. I love to be outside in the 60's and 70's, especially when it involves any type of exercise or yard work.<br><br>Stepped on the scale this morning and to my surprise, the results were better than I expected. I lost... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 11:00:00 EST TRYING TO STAY MOTIVATED http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45393_trying_to_stay_motivated I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 08:33:00 EST Time is on My Side http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45385_time_is_on_my_side <em>128</em> <em>128</em> <em>128</em> <em>128</em> <em>128</em> <em>128</em> <em>128</em> <br><br>“Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can't buy more hours. Scientists can't invent new minutes. And you can't save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you've wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.” <br>... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 13:33:00 EST Better Days Coming http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45380_better_days_coming Finally the weatherman has reported that warmer days are expected over the next week. I love to be outside in the 60's and 70's, especially when it involves any type of exercise or yard work.<br><br>Stepped on the scale this morning and to my surprise, the results were better than I expected. I lost an extra pound, despite the fact that I let myself derail off the track a few days this week. Perhaps my body needed the extra calories or energy to spike my metabolism.<br><br>I am grateful that... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 08:41:00 EST I need to.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45377_i_need_to I need to love myself.<br><br>I just LOVE this graphic. I love the message too. I believe in the message.<br><br>Really, I didn't love myself a year ago. I truly believed that I would be a better person if I was skinny. I thought that would be the answer. It isn't.<br><br>As I went through the process of losing weight and now the maintaining of my weight loss, I realize that I had that love for me in there all along. It was just lost somewhere, in a bit of self loathing, for my inability to c... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 01:30:00 EST Cup of Coffee or Tea.. and smile http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45369_cup_of_coffee_or_tea_and_smile One person I read said " Great attitude is like a perfect cup of coffee – don’t start you day without it. Good morning." and some like me drink Tea .. but you have to have a good attitude to make your day get up and go.. Simple words but will keep you Motivated... What do you want to do loose weight..? or maybe your down and just need a boost..? you can do it... as My Daddy use to say..This message is to remind you that you are beautiful, talented and one of a kind. No one can stop you from ... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 11:44:00 EST Focus on Health Rather than Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45364_focus_on_health_rather_than_weight_loss Most of us came to Spark People because we wanted to lose weight, and that's okay. If becoming uncomfortable or unsatisfied with our weight is what it takes to turn our lives in a better direction, then so be it. After all, weight is a valid indicator of the health and wisdom of our lifestyle, so when it gets out of hand we should try to do something about it. <br><br>However, while weight loss is a good motivator in the beginning, it's not the best motivator in the long-run. First, although ... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 10:32:00 EST Better Than I Thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45363_better_than_i_thought Stepped on the scale this morning and to my surprise, the results were better than I expected. I lost an extra pound, despite the fact that I let myself derail off the track a few days this week. Perhaps my body needed the extra calories or energy to spike my metabolism.<br><br>I am grateful that I was able to burn an extra 100 calories today by all the loads of laundry I had to do, and haul them up the stairs and put away.<br>Late night, and an early morning. After breakfast of English muf... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 09:45:00 EST Eat to feel full http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45353_eat_to_feel_full Unfortunately I do not ever feel hungry nor do I ever get hunger pangs like most people. I don't ever get full, ashamed to say this but I can eat a large pizza all by myself and never get full. But I found out that I can get full but it takes a little time on my part. I set a time for 20 minutes when I sit down to eat, and I make sure I am not sitting in front of the TV nor am I sitting in front of the computer, and I am not reading a book. <br><br>I have found that this works for me, I j... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 17:42:00 EST Set a goal and keep up a streak! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45350_set_a_goal_and_keep_up_a_streak It isn't easy to stay motivated--especially as you get close to your goal weight--because the weight is harder and harder to lose as you get closer and closer to the goal. So--what do you do to keep pushing? Set an exercise goal--and get a streak going! It will keep you energized!<br><br>You see, I have gained some of my weight back. I'm not happy about it--I thought I was still eating okay and exercising enough but I guess my body didn't agree. So--I am doing at least 7000 steps each and ev... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 14:07:00 EST Make a Workout Calendar http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45348_make_a_workout_calendar When I get a workout plan together for the next few weeks/months, I get a calendar and mark down exactly what I plan to do each day in terms of exercise. Recently, I've started T25 and P90X3, so from now til June, I've written "T25 *insert which phase* , P90X3 *insert which block*" and I leave room on Sunday for measurements. After I complete my workout at the end of each day, I cross out the block on my calendar. At the end of the month, you get to see how far you've come and what you've rea... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 13:02:00 EST Suspended Coffee ~ Inspiring Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45335_suspended_coffee_inspiring_story We enter a little coffeehouse with a friend of mine and give our order. While we’re aproaching our table two people come in and they go to the counter:<br>‘Five coffees, please. Two of them for us and three suspended’ They pay for their order, take the two and leave.<br><br>I ask my friend: “What are those ‘suspended’ coffees?”<br>My friend: “Wait for it and you will see.”<br><br>Some more people enter. Two girls ask for one coffee each, pay and go. The next order was for seven coffees and it... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 14:30:00 EST Got My Eyes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45334_got_my_eyes Late night, and an early morning. After breakfast of English muffin, egg, and turkey sausage, went to pick up my new progressive lenses fitted into blingy Gucci Frames. <br><br>I have completely slipped off the track, all cars derailed, these past few days. The cold rainy weather did not help much either. And I wasn't getting enough sleep because we had a few late nights at home.<br><br>I have had no scale victories over the past week, however, but.....I am not giving up or giving into or sur... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 13:57:00 EST the value of life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45319_the_value_of_life <br><br>A man went to God and asked, "What's the value of life?"<br><br>God gave him one stone and said, "Find out the value of this stone, but don't sell it."<br><br>The man took the stone to an Orange Seller and asked him what it's cost would be.<br>The Orange Seller saw the shiny stone and said, "You can take 12 oranges and give me the stone."<br>The man apologized and said that the God has asked him not to sell it.<br><br>He went ahead and found a vegetable seller. "What could be the valu... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 16:03:00 EST Starting the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45314_starting_the_day Start out the day with some stretching and play some peppy music (usually hip-hop for me!) to get you going. I feel like I have a more productive morning when I am able to dance around a little bit. Usually I drink a glass of water or orange juice if I have some. Always turn on some lights so that it feels like it is time to get up. Make the bed as soon as you get out of it so you are not (as) tempted to get back in! Have your clothes and everything picked out the night before so you don't ha... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 13:00:00 EST I Feel Derailed http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45308_i_feel_derailed I have completely slipped off the track, all cars derailed, these past few days. The cold rainy weather did not help much either. And I wasn't getting enough sleep because we had a few late nights at home.<br><br>I have had no scale victories over the past week, however, but.....I am not giving up or giving into or surrendering my efforts to a number on an electronic scale. I can say I haven't gained, and that in itself is reason to celebrate and claim victory.<br><br>Trying my best to read... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 08:51:00 EST A Spinning Class http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45295_a_spinning_class A friend suggested going to a spinning class at the local recreation center. Be a good way to work out the lower legs, the largest muscles in the body, and just to get moving period.<br><br>Trying my best to read labels and look for anything that indicates artificial in the ingredients. These are the fake foods I'm going to call out and avoid.<br><br>Assessing my overall health. Not too bad. All my lab tests came back in the normal range.<br><br>I really worked it yesterday. Burned calories ... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 09:04:00 EST No Scale Victories, But..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45283_no_scale_victories_but I have had no scale victories over the past week, however, but.....I am not giving up or giving into or surrendering my efforts to a number on an electronic scale. I can say I haven't gained, and that in itself is reason to celebrate and claim victory.<br><br>Trying my best to read labels and look for anything that indicates artificial in the ingredients. These are the fake foods I'm going to call out and avoid.<br><br>Assessing my overall health. Not too bad. All my lab tests came back in t... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 09:58:00 EST Wake me up! against the Walls! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45279_waking_up_from_sleepy_day_at_the_office Feeling very sleepy or just about dosing off at work..the inevitable sometimes especially when we are working that sedentary desk job... Here's one way I have used to wake up out of it :)<br><br>Wall squat:<br><br>1st try- Time yourself ( 10 seconds or more) i found it helpful to hold the position for as long as i can possibly hold it while breathing, record then repeat :)<br><br>Breathing technique ( one secret to holding a longer wall squat) : inhaling deep and letting as much air out thro... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 20:51:00 EST Staying Away from Fake Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45268_staying_away_from_fake_food Trying my best to read labels and look for anything that indicates artificial in the ingredients. These are the fake foods I'm going to call out and avoid.<br><br>Assessing my overall health. Not too bad. All my lab tests came back in the normal range.<br><br>I really worked it yesterday. Burned calories and brush. I did raking, breaking of sticks, chainsawing, burning, and final cleanup of all the ash. It was a great workout over 4 hours.<br><br><br>We felled a total of 4 trees, and 3 large... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 08:59:00 EST How to stay motivated while on a weight loss journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45263_how_to_stay_motivated_while_on_a_weight_loss_journey Being on a weight loss diet for a week or more can have your motivation waning. It doesn’t matter which weight loss diet you are on, whether you enjoy the food or if you have already lost some weight, your motivation to stay on the diet and see it though will fade. Why? Because that is how motivation works. It goes up and down like the waves in the ocean.<br><br>If you have found this to be what is happening to you and your dieting efforts, don’t worry! Even if you have thought about jumping... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 19:46:00 EST The Importance Of Mini Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45261_the_importance_of_mini_goals Hi Spark Family! I started my weight loss journey at over 300lbs pounds, so I seriously needed to do something to keep me encouraged and motivated. I had a lot of weight to lose, and I knew my journey was going to be a long one. I decided to set mini goals every day/week, which truly keep me encouraged! When I jumped one hurdle, I tackled another one. I didn't stress myself by trying to change everything over night...(Rome wasn't built in a day!) For me, late night eating was definitely... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 15:47:00 EST a tomato story http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45260_a_tomato_story <br>A Tomato Story<br>Posted: 04 Apr 2016 05:54 AM PDT<br><br><br>A jobless man applied for the position of ‘office boy’ at a very big company.<br><br>The employer interviewed him, then a test: clean the floor.<br><br>“You are hired.” – the employer said. ”Give me your email address, and I’ll send you the application to fill, as well as when you will start.”<br><br>The man replied, “I don’t have a computer, neither an email.”<br><br>“I’m sorry,” said the employer, “if you don’t have an email... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 15:19:00 EST Monday Morning Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45252_monday_morning_start I found a really nice Monday morning routine workout to do on Pinterest. It works every major muscle group; I'm feeling it!<br><br>Assessing my overall health. Not too bad. All my lab tests came back in the normal range.<br><br>really worked it yesterday. Burned calories and brush. I did raking, breaking of sticks, chainsawing, burning, and final cleanup of all the ash. It was a great workout over 4 hours.<br><br><br>We felled a total of 4 trees, and 3 large shrubs. Cut and burned, and clean... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 08:49:00 EST Planting new Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45241_planting_new_things April is here and I am planting new shrubs and ornamental trees in my front garden. It is a great way for me to spend time outdoors, and my body is getting a good cardio work out at the same time.<br><br>Wow! What a workout I had yesterday and every single fiber in my body is feeling it this morning.<br><br>We felled a total of 4 trees, and 3 large shrubs. Cut and burned, and cleaned up all the scraps.<br><br>I made a pledge to myself that I will lose 5 pounds over the next 30 days. I think ... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 15:08:00 EST Split Goals into Categories http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45232_split_goals_into_categories I divided my goals into 8 categories. Love, exercise, work, food, sleep, relax, play, and misc. This allowed me to keep everything in mind as I moved towards a better me.<br><br>For me, Love meant the things I loved to do. Writing and Art. I try to make a time or project based goal.<br><br>Exercise goals I keep simple. 30 minutes or so many steps.<br><br>Work, sometime we want a promotion or a new job. Maybe we are always late to work, or we stay late at the office. I used this goal to focus ... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 20:46:00 EST Quitting and starting again http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45223_quitting_and_starting_again We all quit from time to time. Just remember to start back ASAP. <br>Keep moving forward. No matter how often you quit. Some days are really hard. Some days we get angry and we disappoint ourselves and others. Never be afraid of those bad days.<br><br>Get up! Get off the couch and find one good thing to get you started attain. I always start with a glass of water or green tea. I start small, and then I move on to bigger things. I go for a walk. I pick up my weights.<br><br>Make it e... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 13:06:00 EST Ride Like the Wind http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45219_ride_like_the_wind Such a windy day in the windy city. 60mph gusts make outdoor activities a little more challenging.<br>I did not do a full workout routine today, but I did do a lot of walking when running errands for the husband. Like they say, something is better than nothing. Then I reorganized some of my kitchen shelves. Donating items that I no longer use or need, or tossing items that were just not supposed to be there in the first place.<br><br><br>I made a pledge to myself that I will lose 5 pounds ov... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 12:03:00 EST New Month is Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45207_new_month_is_here I am making a list of projects that need to be done around the house. I figure it will be a great way to keep moving and be active during the spring.<br><br>Trying every way possible to burn extra calories throughout the day when my body feels that it has enough energy to do such activities.<br><br>Wow! What a workout I had yesterday and every single fiber in my body is feeling it this morning.<br><br>We felled a total of 4 trees, and 3 large shrubs. Cut and burned, and cleaned up all the scr... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 10:49:00 EST Writing a Gratitude List http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45199_writing_a_gratitude_list Every day I try to make a gratitude list. Another way to say it is I count my blessings. This keeps my spirits up. It makes me appreciate what have and where I am in my journey. It also helps stop negative self-talk. Sometimes I record my gratitudes in my journal, and sometimes I just make a list. I even found a little book, "Gratitude Journal. I use that sometimes, but it doesn't really have enough space for each for all the things I can think to be grateful for.<br><br>I find doing... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 17:53:00 EST Impact - Paying it Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45190_impact_paying_it_forward <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <br>You can never tell what type of impact you may make on another's life by your actions or lack of action. Some times just with a smile on the street to a passing stranger can make a difference we could never imagine.<br>~ Ed Foreman<br><br>A major advantage to a highly active interactive site like SparkPeople is the back and forth between the members. It does not matter whether we are referring ... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 11:13:00 EST Last Day of March http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45189_last_day_of_march Last day of March..How did ya'll do on your weight loss and activity goals?<br><br>Assessing my overall health. Not too bad. All my lab tests came back in the normal range.<br><br>really worked it yesterday. Burned calories and brush. I did raking, breaking of sticks, chainsawing, burning, and final cleanup of all the ash. It was a great workout over 4 hours.<br><br><br>We felled a total of 4 trees, and 3 large shrubs. Cut and burned, and cleaned up all the scraps.<br><br>I made a pledge to m... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 10:55:00 EST Better than Nothing http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45174_better_than_nothing I did not do a full workout routine today, but I did do a lot of walking when running errands for the husband. Like they say, something is better than nothing. Then I reorganized some of my kitchen shelves. Donating items that I no longer use or need, or tossing items that were just not supposed to be there in the first place.<br><br><br>I made a pledge to myself that I will lose 5 pounds over the next 30 days. I think that is realistic.<br><br>THis time I am hoping to get it right. The yo-... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 11:36:00 EST TRYING TO GET MY MOJO BACK http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45171_trying_to_get_my_mojo_back I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 09:48:00 EST Slaying the dragon http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45162_slaying_the_dragon Some things that you need to do are not things you enjoy doing. These tend to be put off and put off until your life suffers too much and you just have to do it no matter what. Successful people don't get to that point. They figure what haves to be done then do that which they dislike most first. It called the slaying the dragon mentality. Once they slay the dragon, the thing they hate is no longer a burden on them and the can better focus on those things they like better. Without the burd... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 17:17:00 EST The Habits of Winners http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45152_the_habits_of_winners <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br>Winners are those people who make a habit of doing the things losers are uncomfortable doing.<br>Ed Foreman<br> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br><br>Throughout the course of a day, how many things do we do that we really don't want to do? I know that every morning when the opportunity clock goes off, I consider how nice it would be to ... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 10:47:00 EST Keep It Going http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45150_keep_it_going April is almost here. That means more time outside for me in this cold Midwest weather. More opportunity for activity and exercise for sure.<br><br>Wow! What a workout I had yesterday and every single fiber in my body is feeling it this morning.<br><br>We felled a total of 4 trees, and 3 large shrubs. Cut and burned, and cleaned up all the scraps.<br><br>I made a pledge to myself that I will lose 5 pounds over the next 30 days. I think that is realistic.<br><br>THis time I am hoping to get ... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 09:49:00 EST Not A Morning Person? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45149_not_a_morning_person Then sleep in your workout clothes! Weird, but it works for me. I'm so far away from being a morning person that I can't just pick out and lay out the next day's clothes to get going. I have to actually BE in said outfit! <em>246</em> If all I have to do is get up and put my shoes on (although some mornings I wish I slept in those too!), I'm more likely to avoid the snooze button and get moving into an early morning routine. Why hit the snooze button when I'm already dressed and rea... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 09:42:00 EST Projects Around the House http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45139_projects_around_the_house I am making a list of projects that need to be done around the house. I figure it will be a great way to keep moving and be active during the spring.<br><br>Trying every way possible to burn extra calories throughout the day when my body feels that it has enough energy to do such activities.<br><br>Wow! What a workout I had yesterday and every single fiber in my body is feeling it this morning.<br><br>We felled a total of 4 trees, and 3 large shrubs. Cut and burned, and cleaned up all the sc... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 13:10:00 EST Aim for the Moon http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45135_aim_for_the_moon <em>31</em> <em>31</em> <em>31</em> <em>31</em> <em>31</em> <em>31</em> <br>"Aim for the moon. If you miss you may hit a star."<br>~ W. Clement Stone<br> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <br><br>The essence of this thought is that there is success hidden inside of everything that appears on its surface t be a failure. As I have posted many times previously, there is no such thing as failure. What common people consider to be a ... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 11:52:00 EST How to Get Out of a Workout Rut http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45121_how_to_get_out_of_a_workout_rut How to Get Out of a Workout Rut<br><br>If you've been doing the same exercises as part of the same fitness routine — using the same old machines, taking the same classes, and doing the same repetitions — for ages, you might be in a workout rut. If you just aren't enjoying workouts any more or aren't getting the same satisfaction or results you used to enjoy, it might be time for a makeover.<br><br>Your Fitness Routine: Spice Up Your Workout<br><br>If you're forcing yourself to go to the healt... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 12:08:00 EST Habit upon Habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45116_habit_upon_habit <em>39</em> I've fought my weight most of my life. Only recently did I truly understand the motivational value of creating and focusing on healthy habits. <br> <br> <em>4</em> <em>550</em> <em>492</em> <em>194</em> <em>45</em> I've eaten mostly clean for a long time. Still, I have cheat meals, snacks and even days now and then. But, for the most part healthy eating is a habit. I try to ignore the negative slip-ups and focus on the positive choices.<br><br> <em>224</em> W... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 18:51:00 EST Like Me, Like You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45113_like_me_like_you Wow! I'm excited to be a part of Sparkpeople. I know I need the community and a way to constantly keep check on myself. My lowest comfortable adult weight is in the 140's, but if I do not have to want to work at it at all, I'll hover right at the 150 mark. My heaviest weight ever was at 205 pounds and I can't even fathom that number and me. I most recently started my job of releasing energy to the universe at 203 which is one of the highest weights ever of me trying to get to at goal. My... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 15:56:00 EST On Being Generous http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45106_on_being_generous <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"Be generous. Give to those you love, give to those who love you, give to the fortunate, give to the unfortunate - yes, give especially to those you don't want to give. You will receive abundance for your giving. The more you give the more you will have."<br>~ W. Clement Stone<br> <br>This is really just a rephrasing of the biblical injunction to cast your bread upon the waters and they will be return... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 09:36:00 EST Insanity, Per Einstein http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45094_insanity_per_einstein <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>334</em> <br>"If you always do what you have always done, you will always be right where you are right now"<br>~ W. Clement Stone<br><br>'The definition of insanity is to keep doing things the way you have done them and expecting different results"<br>~ Albert Einstein<br><br>How many people do we know who think that the secret to weight loss is to announce, no proclaim from the roof tops, that they are on a diet... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 09:59:00 EST DON'T GIVE UP http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45091_dont_give_up I don't care who you are , where you came from or where you're going but one thing for sure, you better not ever give up even when your path isn't straight or the road is bumpy or it seems like it's raining more than the sunshine ever has shined , you better not give up, don't ever give up, it's not in your best interest to . You must keep going, keep pushing forward, keep looking up, keep your head held high , keep pushing toward forward progress in all that you do in all aspects of your lif... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 03:01:00 EST Cabinet of Evil http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45076_cabinet_of_evil In a lonely chamber with plenty of light sat a cabinet. This cabinet looked like all the rest in the chamber, nothing that would even cause a person to bat an eye. However, this particular cabinet was like no other. It is said that whoever opened this cabinet would forever be doomed. Surely these story tales did not apply to someone as brave as I. I who can conquer kings and make lions bend to my will, I who battle the demons of the night and rise victorious at first light. No those feeble s... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 11:27:00 EST Danger and Opportunity http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45075_danger_and_opportunity <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <br>"Wherever there is danger there lurks opportunity; wherever there is opportunity, there lurks danger. The two are inseparable."<br>~ Earl Nightingale<br><br>The Chinese language has one character that means either danger or opportunity depending on the context.<br><br>There is opportunity where there is not some danger. This is an example of the parable of the talents where the third son hoar... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 10:46:00 EST Feeling the Victory http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45074_feeling_the_victory I am feeling victory over my eating habits and weight loss journey. I am in the driver's seat; not the food.<br><br>Sometimes I find myself eating without a plan, which leads to haphazard eating, which interrupts weight loss.<br><br>Wow! What a workout I had yesterday and every single fiber in my body is feeling it this morning.<br><br>We felled a total of 4 trees, and 3 large shrubs. Cut and burned, and cleaned up all the scraps.<br><br>I made a pledge to myself that I will lose 5 pounds ove... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 08:55:00 EST Motivation for the Hopelessly Unmotivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45068_motivation_for_the_hopelessly_unmotivated I'm not a morning person. Come to think of it, I'm not an afternoon person. And evenings aren't that great either! Having now established my credentials as an inveterate bum, I'm sure you're eager to take advice from me. <br><br>I've tried all the tricks in the book: thinking about how great I know I'll feel after I work out, thinking about how amazingly Brad Pitt-like I'll look after a few months of maintaining the routine, thinking about how much I'd like to live to see grandchildren, loggi... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 15:20:00 EST Motivation to lose weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45025_motivation_to_lose_weight Three Methods:Starting a Motivating <br><br>You promised yourself this time you mean it. For the next three days, you eat salads, jog, and nibble on protein bars. Then within a few days, you are the couch with a tub of Ben & Jerry's ice cream. What happened? A lack of motivation, that's what. But don't worry -- if you put your mind to it, you can avoid the yo-yo diet and turn it into a yo-u look awesome diet.<br><br>Set a realistic goal. Saying, "I want to lose 50 pounds in the next couple of... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 21:11:00 EST Bottom line motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45024_bottom_line_motivation This tidbit is for the hardcore, don't baby me, don't lie to me folks. Like me. <em>386</em> <br><br><br>There are all sorts of things to motivate people. Some serve as good motivators for a short while, some serve for a longer while. Some days there just doesn't seem to be motivation anywhere, for me anyway. <em>24</em> <br><br><br>Motivator of better health to be around maybe a little longer for family is a good one for me. Feeling better for activities of daily living is good also. <... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 21:00:00 EST Checking in everyday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45023_checking_in_everyday For me the biggest game changer this time is being involved in the community. I'm finding support and motivation. I know every night I'm going to get on and talk about my day. When I get on I want to talk about what I'm doing to reach my goal not what I didn't do, or what I wish I had done. Also another big thing the community brings to the table is a simple word of encouragement!! Keep going! Your doing it! All of this make me think that I am doing it, the more I hear positive things about t... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 20:37:00 EST Cut back on soda http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45019_cut_back_on_soda I was a huge soda drinker: 3-4 times a day I would drink soda, but still look great. The only thing that really caught up to me was my sleep. I'd sleep late and wake up late and tired. In the past few years, I have cut back on it immensely and needing to drink more water and other things. I am working on my sleep and trying to get better rest. I try not to bought it often because I know if I do, I'll drink it all in one setting, so evidently I just bought on a daily basis and drink then and ... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 17:12:00 EST What is Your World http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45010_what_is_your_world <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"Your world is a living expression of how you are using and have used your mind."<br>~ Earl Nightingale<br><br><br>J. Martin Kohe tells us that our greatest power is the power to choose and our choices follow us, even to the end of our days.<br><br>Abraham Lincoln said "It have been my observation that people are just about as happy as they make up their minds to be", and Henry Ford opined "Whether y... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 10:20:00 EST Body Apology -Do You Owe Yours One? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45005_body_apology_do_you_owe_yours_one Most of us are on this website because we want to lose weight. One of the hardest things you have to get past to make that happen is taming that monkey mind. That is the self criticism we all have. We don't like this or that about our bodies and we put ourselves down for any number of reasons, thunder thighs, always fail and regain, you are stupid, ugly, take your pick. We cut ourselves down more badly than our worst enemy. We have to learn to love and accept ourselves as we are before we can... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 21:07:00 EST Motivate and Know You Can Do It http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44997_motivate_and_know_you_can_do_it Anyone who really wants to loose weight can do this.. but the way you want is a different thing.. You need to do this for yourself..You can lose weight if you set your mind to it! Are you ready to take the challenge to achieve the body and weight loss.. I would say Go for the number not in your head but just to feel better in your own skin and to be healthy.. Cause a number is a number but this is for your life...You may have fallen into a vicious cycle. The cycle starts with eating a poor di... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 11:56:00 EST Never Give Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44995_never_give_up <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <br>"Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway."<br>~ Earl Nightingale<br><br>Great advice from Earl Nightingale. Denis Waitley tells the story of a woman who was considering going back to college. She lamented that she couldn't go back to college because in four years when she graduated she would be 52 years old. Mr. Waitley asked... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 10:07:00 EST Take a picture of what you look like before and after you work out. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44990_take_a_picture_of_what_you_look_like_before_and_after_you_work_out Take a picture of what you look like before and after you work out. Seeing the visible difference in your countenance caused by an influx of endorphins and blood flow will help to make and keep you motivated! Doing it daily will show you how far you've come and inspire you to keep going. Keep an album, upload it, or keep it for your personal use. The more you share, the more likely you are to keep with it, so don't feel shy! People want to support you!<br><br> <em>386</em> <br><br> <em>381... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 23:52:00 EST Support is Key http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44981_support_is_key How many times have we heard the old adage, "Friends make it better"? A lot, I'd reckon.<br><br>And yet, like many clichés, it is true. This is especially so during any tough, stressful, or new time in our lives. Or at least many of them.<br><br>For some, that friend might be a spouse and/or family. Or a childhood friend, a co worker, or even a pet. Someone that motivates and inspires you to get out there and LIVE.<br><br>Maybe it's a women's group. Bible study, or support group. A men's pray... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 13:23:00 EST be aware of http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44978_be_aware_of The saying is true. If at first you don't succeed keep trying never give up. Don't let negative people stop you and don't let all the food pushers win. We are winning as long as we do not give up. <br><br>We have to have patience with ourselves when we are losing weight .we have a lifetime that we have to keep our weight down .so sometimes we feel like we take one step forward and two steps back and feel like we are stuck. Do not quit. Do not give up. Just keep trying to do better. And do not... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 10:37:00 EST Motivate yourself for LIFE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44967_motivate_yourself_for_life Always talk to yourself like you would to a loved one; encouraging and giving positive advise. If you've had a rough time lately keeping on track, be your own best friend and tell yourself, "It's okay, you've got this, I know you can do it." Give yourself forgiveness, you wouldn't tell your best friend or loved one that they are horrible or awful for a small failure - YOU are your best friend! So look in that mirror, who are you? This body and mind are the one and only you, treat it with r... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 15:25:00 EST Goal setting and time http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44948_goal_setting_and_time Time and time again I've seen it, both here and in real life (and experienced it myself).<br><br>People set themselves goals for fitness and weightloss that are incredibly difficult to reach or maintain, and they fail. Why? I believe that they forget the most important part of any weight loss and fitness plan. The journey.<br><br>They want the numbers down NOW, NOW, NOW and to heck with how it happens (often injuring themselves with over exercise or lack of food), or what they NEED to learn ... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 15:05:00 EST Motivation for Smart People http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44942_motivation_for_smart_people Motivation for Smart People <br><br>Do you ever feel there’s a greater being inside of you just bursting to get out? You can feel its presence sometimes, can’t you? It’s the voice that encourages you to really make something of your life. When you act congruently with that voice, it’s like you’re a whole new person. You feel like a god in a human body. You’re bold and courageous. You’re strong. You’re unstoppable.<br><br>But then reality sets in, and soon those moments are history. Wh... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 13:16:00 EST Remember YOU are Important http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44930_remember_you_are_important Always ALWAYS make time for yourself! Even if it's just 5 minutes to spin the SPARK wheel. I love to see my streak continue... and it makes me feel good about myself that I make myself FIRST in my life! Yes, the Spark wheel is just a daily to do on my list. But for me, it means that I am important. For so many days of my life, I was always second and it was very hurtful. Finding Spark and the Spark wheel has been something very motivating for me. I feel like I have accomplishes somethi... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 21:42:00 EST A Son teaches his wealthy Father a lesson http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44908_a_son_teaches_his_wealthy_father_a_lesson A Son teaches his wealthy Father a lesson<br><br><br><br>“One day a very wealthy father took his son on a trip to the country for the sole purpose of showing his son how it was to be poor. They spent a few days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.<br><br>After their return from the trip, the father asked his son how he liked the trip. “It was great, Dad,” the son replied. “Did you see how poor people can be?” the father asked. “Oh Yeah,” said the son. <br><b... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 13:28:00 EST Failure? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Failure! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44903_failure_we_dont_need_no_stinkin_failure <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"Like success, failure is many things to many people. With a positive mental attitude, failure is a learning experience, a rung on the ladder, a plateau at which to get your thoughts in order and prepare to try again."<br>~ W. Clement Stone<br><br>Failure is a non-existent commodity. What many perceive as failure is as Clement Stone says, merely a rung on the ladder to success.<br><br... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 11:47:00 EST Allergies are Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44901_allergies_are_back They're back! Ugh, my seasonal allergies have come back to haunt me. And it is so early in the season, we are still in winter! What's up with that?<br><br>Wow! What a workout I had yesterday and every single fiber in my body is feeling it this morning.<br><br>We felled a total of 4 trees, and 3 large shrubs. Cut and burned, and cleaned up all the scraps.<br><br>I made a pledge to myself that I will lose 5 pounds over the next 30 days. I think that is realistic.<br><br>THis time I am hoping... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 09:01:00 EST You must make a commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44888_you_must_make_a_commitment I think this is hilarious, but I hope it isn't true. Brushing your teeth is one trick to keep you from evening eating that I have heard over the course of my long life of dieting.<br><br>I am here to tell you that evening eating is no different than eating any other time of the day. You do not gain more weight by eating later, it is a fallacy. What makes you gain weight is if you have used up your calories for the day, and you still have to have something to eat.<br><br>This is where a cleane... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 12:40:00 EST Find a Reason for Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44878_find_a_reason_for_fitness I'll tell you a secret. I used to hate the thought of moving around, opting to conserve my energy. But I ate too much. So I got BIG for my height. Its embarrassing how much I have missed out based on my size. And how many fun activities I could have participated in with my friends if I only had the stamina. Now I am eating less and getting smaller, but I finding that maybe it is best to incorporate movement in my life.<br><br>I have reasons to now. Big and small reasons. And this has made all... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 17:06:00 EST words of wisdom http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44876_words_of_wisdom Some people can’t stand to see you happy so they try to make you miserable. Don’t let it get to you because they are the unhappy ones!<br><br>Don't worry about the haters… They are just angry because the truth you speak contradicts the lie they live.<br><br>If you want to know someone’s mind<br>Posted: 12 Mar 2016 01:51 AM PST<br><br><br>If you want to know someone's mind, listen to their words. If you want to know their heart, watch their actions.<br><br>“Words can be twisted into any shape.... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 15:01:00 EST No Weekend Warriors http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44875_no_weekend_warriors So, the sun is shining, the birds are making their own sort of music and the pressure of family and friends is writing its own book of excuses on why sticking to plans that are self-nurturing can be skipped until Monday morning.<br><br>No go. Stay away. Cover your ears, children. In other words, don't buy into the seductive lure of "the weekend." <br><br>Sure, the days bridging work weeks are often more unstructured than are work days. Certainly, one can sleep late and stay up later.<br><br>H... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 12:48:00 EST