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 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 Getting it Right http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44869_getting_it_right 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-yo dieting doesn't work for me, nor does it work for anyone. It just makes the weight loss effort all the more slower, and will only disappoint at the end of the day.<br><br><br>I took the advice and got outside yesterday and really worked what seems like every muscle in my body. At the end of the day, I felt really energetic. This mornin... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 11:45:00 EST Have A Buddy And Hold Each Other Accountable http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44867_have_a_buddy_and_hold_each_other_accountable One thing that I have really taken away from my experience this far is that you need a team...not necessarily a SparkTeam but a team of people who support you and could also be on this journey with you. I have made so many friends through this platform and knowing that they are looking for my successes to be posted motivates me to keep pushing so that they will see that I am doing it and so they can too. I highly recommend finding a few friends (possibly in the same age category with around t... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 08:47:00 EST Adversity Produces Benefit http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44866_adversity_produces_benefit <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <br>"Every great man, every successful man, no matter his field of endeavor, has known the magic that lies in these words: 'every adversity has the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit'".<br>~W. Clement Stone<br><br>Adversity can have two opposite effects upon us and the difference is attitude. Consider the process of grinding or processing a piece of granite, The grinding and ... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 08:44:00 EST YOU CAN DO IT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44857_i_can_do_it I have always struggled with losing weight and keeping weight off. One of the reasons I struggled was because deep down, I didn't think success was possible for me. I did not feel good about myself More than that, I needed to love myself, and I didn't. Without loving myself, unconsciously, I didn't think I deserved to be happy.<br><br>How I feel about myself makes a huge difference in achieving my goals. The universe is a mirror, and whatever we think or feel is reflected back to us. That is ... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 14:37:00 EST Motto for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44856_motto_for_today Life is just to short. you do not need to get anything from others which makes you upset. live your life for you..<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><<BR>br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br<BR>><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><<BR>br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br<BR>><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><<BR>br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br<BR>><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><<BR>br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br<BR>><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><<BR>br><... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 14:26:00 EST Everything Counts On This Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44850_everything_counts_on_this_journey Are you overweight? Guilty of starting and quitting more diet plans and exercise programs than you want to remember? If so, you may be wondering what's wrong with you...are you lazy? There are plenty of lazy people in this world, but most of us don't fall into that category. Here's why you don't exercise.<br>There's a Little Devil In Your Head!<br>I'm not clinically insane (hopefully) but I do have voices in my head.<br>These voices belong to everyone from my parents to that guy on TV who's a... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 10:24:00 EST Axioms and Maxims http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44849_axioms_and_maxims <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <br>"Truth will always be truth, regardless of lack of understanding, disbelief or ignorance"<br>~ W. Clement Stone<br><br><br>Another phrase W. Clement Stone uses repeatedly is "God is always a good God".<br><br>I generally shy away from the words "always" and "never" because it seems that as soon as you finish uttering a sentence containing one of these words, karma comes along and kicks you in the but... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 09:58:00 EST Thank God It's Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44848_thank_god_its_friday So happy Friday is finally here. Looking forward to the St. Patrick's Day parade tomorrow; a time to get up and walk for about five miles total.<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>I took the advice and got outside yesterday and really worked what seems like every muscle in my body. At the end of the day, I felt really energetic. This morning, the soreness set in.<br><br>Going to exercise today to spend time outd... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 09:03:00 EST I Have My Own Food Rules http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44847_i_have_my_own_food_rules I do not eat between meals. I only eat a baked dessert a few times a year. I eat out maybe once a month. I do not eat prepared foods, frozen or packaged in any way. I haven’t had a Girl Scout cookie in years. I hate the word “snack”. These are my rules, made by me for me because they serve me well. My rules evolved over time as I discovered more about myself and what works.<br><br>I know people who are “rebels”, cannot abide rules, but how can I object to rules that are mine alone, imposed o... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 07:54:00 EST Joining a Local Run/Walk Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44846_joining_a_local_runwalk_team In 2014 I joined a local Run/walk team with a friend as i had finally hit rock bottom again for the thousandth time and regained weight i had lost....and was determined to get it off....i joined a local run/walk team that she was a part of....not knowing if i could keep up as i have knee issues also, and severe RA - but its 2016 and I am over 80 lbs lighter, still a part of that same team, and in 2 more days will be taking on my 7th half marathon (mostly walking) but i do throw in some runnin... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 06:09:00 EST LOSING KEEPS ME MOTIVATED http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44833_losing_keeps_me_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, 10 Mar 2016 12:07:00 EST Your Most Precious Possessions http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44832_your_most_precious_possessions <em>407</em> <em>407</em> <em>407</em> <em>407</em> <em>407</em> <em>407</em> <br>"Your most precious, valued possessions and your greatest powers are invisible and intangible. No one can take them. You, and you alone, can give them" <br>~ W. Clement Stone <br><br>What are your most precious possessions? The Jaycee Creed tells us "Earth's great treasure lies in human personality". The Sanskrit tells us that when the ancients were seeking somewhere to put the most precious g... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 11:50:00 EST Wanting to do this http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44829_wanting_to_do_this I made a pledge to myself that I will lose 5 pounds over the next 30 days. I think that is realistic.<br><br>I took the advice and got outside yesterday and really worked what seems like every muscle in my body. At the end of the day, I felt really energetic. This morning, the soreness set in.<br><br>Going to exercise today to spend time outdoors. It is better than being indoors, near food, where boredom can easily slip in.<br><br>I'm tired of being tired all the time and having no motivatio... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 09:04:00 EST Cliche? TYes, but also Touche! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44828_cliche_tyes_but_also_touche We've all heard them before. <br><br>Slow and Steady wins the Race.<br>You are what you eat.<br>It didn't take overnight to get this way, it won't take overnight to fix it.<br><br>Trite, but...true. Like it or not, there's a wealth of wisdom in these old sayings. Heeding them can make our journey easier and happier, while spurning them can lead to disappointment and failure and abandonment of dreams.<br><br>I was once as heavy as I am now/was at my heaviest. 198. I was about 21 years old, sin... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 08:44:00 EST My family Is my Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44824_my_family_is_my_motivation My family is my motivation! I want to out live my parents, and see my children grow into adults. I want to see my grandchildren and play with them for years and years. My children motivate me....they really do! I want to be a role model to my children...and so far so good. I teach them how important it is to eat healthy, stay active and have a positive life. I teach them lifelong skills. Both my kids like to bake and cook, so a goal for me this summer is to get them cooking more. We take fami... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 22:48:00 EST Enthusiasm is Power http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44818_enthusiasm_is_power <em>36</em> "When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand. It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it."<br>~W. Clement Stone<br><br>There is no power on Earth greater than one which is ignited by enthusiasm!<br><br> <em>36</em> "When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand. It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it."<br>~W. Clement Stone<br><br><br> <em>36</em> "When you discover your mission, ... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 17:23:00 EST So Sore Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44809_so_sore_today I took the advice and got outside yesterday and really worked what seems like every muscle in my body. At the end of the day, I felt really energetic. This morning, the soreness set in.<br><br>Going to exercise today to spend time outdoors. It is better than being indoors, near food, where boredom can easily slip in.<br><br>I'm tired of being tired all the time and having no motivation to get up on my feet and do more physical exercise, or just get moving for that matter. I know if I made my... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 09:34:00 EST Be Thankful and Share http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44797_be_thankful_and_share <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share."<br>~W Clement Stone<br><br>Sharing is an absolutely amazing phenomenon. Now if you have a candy bar or an ice cream cone or some money and you share it with someone else, you are left with less than you had prior to sharing.<br><br>This is not so with ideas and philosophies. If you discover something that works in your journey through life, ... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 10:59:00 EST Keys To Staying Motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44796_keys_to_staying_motivated If you're someone who was always picked last for teams in kickball or dreaded running around the school parking lot during gym class, your dislike for physical activity likely came at an early age. Maybe you never needed exercise as a way to maintain your weight when you were young, so being active wasn't a priority. Now, you're busy and you never found activities you really enjoyed doing, so it's a struggle to get into a consistent exercise routine . You know you need to do it, but how do y... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 10:36:00 EST taking control of me http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44794_taking_control_of_me Going to exercise today to spend time outdoors. It is better than being indoors, near food, where boredom can easily slip in.<br><br>There is a big event at our local sporting store today. Bring your dog, and get a picture taken, but the plus is the exercise we will get walking the large store.<br><br>I'm tired of being tired all the time and having no motivation to get up on my feet and do more physical exercise, or just get moving for that matter. I know if I made myself do more, I would in... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 09:23:00 EST the heart of a teacher http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44784_the_heart_of_a_teacher <br>The Heart Of A Teacher<br>Posted: 07 Mar 2016 04:51 AM PST<br><br><br>A young man, a student was taking a walk with a professor who was known for his kindness. As they went along, they saw lying in the path a pair of old shoes, which they supposed belonged to a poor man who was employed in a field close by, and who had nearly finished his day’s work.<br><br>The student turned to the professor, saying: “Let us play the man a trick: we will hide his shoes, and conceal ourselves behind bushe... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 18:36:00 EST make small goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44783_make_small_goals I find that when I make smaller goals I am more able to stay on track. <br><br>When I planned on loosing weight the first thing I thought was, I need to loose like 75lbs. I was so over whelmed. I decided to break it down into smaller goals. What a different out look I had.<br><br>I still managed to "fall of the wagon". Life got busy, i went for surgery and I just didn't seem to care any more. My health took a turn for the worst and I decided it was time to re evaluate my goals.<br><br>l... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 15:09:00 EST Finding Your Drive, Finding Your Passion. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44781_finding_your_drive I watched my grip tighten and my frustrations grow as I watched the scale totter between just not good enough or why even try. I was so fixated on the number that sat on the scale every morning, it started to consume me. I realized that no low-end BMi calculator or number on the scale would satiate my desire to be a better me. Weight loss isn’t a 2 dimensional, scripted journey that falls perfectly in line. There are variables and aspects that will test your patience and resolve. I found myse... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 14:25:00 EST Get started.. and Get going.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44780_get_started_and_get_going It’s early in the morning. Your alarm goes off.You open your eyes, feeling groggy and disoriented. Still half-asleep, you try to figure out what’s going on. Your bed feels so warm, so comfy, like a little cocoon.You close your eyes again. You know you have to make a decision.You can take the easy way out, hit snooze and go back to sleep… Or take the highest road, put on your running shoes, and head out the door. The choice is yours and only yours… What will it be? Do you roll up and head back... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 13:14:00 EST It is Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44774_it_is_monday It is Monday, a start to a new week and a new me. Going to get some housework done that has been neglected for some time--what a great way to burn some calories!<br><br>Going to exercise today to spend time outdoors. It is better than being indoors, near food, where boredom can easily slip in.<br><br>There is a big event at our local sporting store today. Bring your dog, and get a picture taken, but the plus is the exercise we will get walking the large store.<br><br>I'm tired of being tired... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 09:58:00 EST Choose Your Environment http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44773_choose_your_environment <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <br>Be careful the environment you choose, for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them"<br>~ W. Clement Stone<br><br>This is a twist on "A man is judged by the company he keeps". Fact is, studies have shown that the herd mentality takes over more often than we would care to admit and our actions are often governed not by what we want but by what those with... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 09:45:00 EST Bored of Boredom http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44757_bored_of_boredom Going to exercise today to spend time outdoors. It is better than being indoors, near food, where boredom can easily slip in.<br><br>There is a big event at our local sporting store today. Bring your dog, and get a picture taken, but the plus is the exercise we will get walking the large store.<br><br>I'm tired of being tired all the time and having no motivation to get up on my feet and do more physical exercise, or just get moving for that matter. I know if I made myself do more, I would i... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 11:16:00 EST Attitude, Attitude, Attitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44755_attitude_attitude_attitude <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"There is very little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude." <br>~ W. Clement Stone <br><br>Besides W. Clement Stone, we will invoke the philosophy of Jimmy Buffett: "Changes in latitude, changes in attitude, nothing remains quite the same". Jimmy Buffett is oh so right. When we vacation, we tend to go north or sout... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 09:45:00 EST Conceive, Believe, Achieve http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44741_conceive_believe_achieve <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve"<br>~ W. Clement Stone<br><br> <br>This quote has been attributed to just about every self-help guru at one time or another. Fact is, the quote was originally made by Marcus Aurelius in 4 BC so it has been around for quite some time. It just goes to prove my point that you should utilize the quotes of others because yo... Sat, 5 Mar 2016 10:39:00 EST NEVER never give up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44738_never_never_give_up The biggest secret to success is just simply to decide that no matter what happens you will work toward your goal. You will move forward. You will not let obstacles stand in your way. No matter what the path looks like, or how many obstacles are there, just decide to do what you can and decide to Never give up!<br><br>That's all...just DON'T give up! You always have a better chance of success if you have something you are working for. It's all about perseverance. When you stop moving forwa... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 19:47:00 EST Preparation on a weekly basis http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44735_preparation_on_a_weekly_basis Preparing bulk food in advance gives me the opportunity to have safe food at hand and make a no brain(er) healthy choice. <br><br>When I don't have food prepared I find myself negotiating. "I will eat this less than healthy food but I will keep the amount to a minimum." This leaves me open to overeating and choosing less than desirable foods. <br><br>If I set aside one or even two days evenly spaced throughout the week to meal plan, shop and prepare my success rate goes up exponentially. ... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 18:18:00 EST Doing Home Projects http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44728_doing_home_projects This weekend I am going to burn a few calories by finishing some home projects that have accrued on the to do list over the long winter.<br><br>I need to pick up a paint brush and finish some trim work in our hallway area that the contractors forgot to do. Also, I'd like to rig a device so that I can watch TV in High Def in the master bathroom. That is going to take some help from the hubby.<br><br>I'm tired of being tired all the time and having no motivation to get up on my feet and do mo... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 11:32:00 EST Work Place Challange http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44723_work_place_challange We had a work place challenge from 1/25/16-2/21/16 and a lot of people participated. There was over 300 employees and not every one who signed up really participated. The challenge was the most steps taken in the month. There were 1st, 2nd & 3rd place prizes and the 1st place team won a free massage for everyone on the team. It was fun and my team came in 4th place out of 25 teams. I was the top person on my team and I came out 10 place out of over 300. After the challenge people just stopped... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 08:06:00 EST An Inspiration board! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44720_an_inspiration_board I find that doing something tangible that I can view is the best way to keep me motivated. Taking pictures of your changing body is all well and good, but what about those times in between when you need a little motivational boost? Make a scrapbook or poster-board with images and words that motivate you. <br>Pictures of you and your friends having fun and being active...pictures of cute outfits from magazines (and that bikini that you're dying to fit into!)...pictures of people who inspire yo... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 01:58:00 EST Support Means Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44711_support_means_success I came home yesterday knowing that no matter how long I keep planning to exercise, eat right, stop smoking and cutting down on my beer, I always seem to fail. We always think we can do it all on our own but that is a misconception. <br><br>I had been talking to my family about what my goals were but could never get started.....until yesterday. My girls knew how down in the dumps I was and they had a surprise for me. They brought me downstairs in the basement and literally had everything r... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 10:54:00 EST Failure Breeds Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44709_failure_breeds_success <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <br>Each failure to sell will increase your chances for success at your next attempt.<br>~ Og Mandino<br><br><br>The self-help gurus are chock full of stories about people who have "failed' repeatedly, only to achieve success later.<br><br>Napoleon Hill says that success is often achieved when you try "one more time" after you have decided to give up. <br><br>It has been noted that success is almost alwa... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 09:48:00 EST Tired of Being Tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44708_tired_of_being_tired I'm tired of being tired all the time and having no motivation to get up on my feet and do more physical exercise, or just get moving for that matter. I know if I made myself do more, I would in fact lose more.<br><br>A little reflection goes a long way. I took a look back at where I started at the beginning of the month. I weighed myself for the month and I realized I achieved great success in my weight loss effort. I have lost a total of 10 pounds since the beginning of the year, just a co... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 09:00:00 EST Committing to myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44706_committing_to_myself I commit to a lot of things and, when I do, I really stick with it because I don't like broken promises. However, the one person that I break my commitments to is myself. <br><br>1) ME ME ME--Keeping "me" as a priority isn't always easy. Family and work pull for the top position in my life. However, it's my responsibility to make sure I take the necessary time to be my best for myself and for those who rely on me. I need the right kinds of activity and the right kinds of foods to keep myself ... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 07:36:00 EST Inches vs Cm--Encouraging Measurments Techniques http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44700_inches_vs_cmencouraging_measurments_techniques When losing weight it's often discouraging when the inches don't role off. An inch is a pretty big change and of course we all strive to loose those inches, but while we're getting to our "ideal" shape we need all the encouragement and motivation we can get.<br><br> I've found it's more encouraging to use the other side of the tape measure. That is the side marked in centimeters. According to my dressmakers tape measure it's about 3 cm to an inch, and a centimeter is much easier to loose ... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 20:00:00 EST The Secret to Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44699_the_secret_to_success How do you do this? Exercise is boring and you hate "healthy" food. You try for a while, but eventually you find an excuse to not exercise and you never go back. One day you fall back into old eating habits and you stay there. To anyone who will listen you angrily proclaim, "Diets don't work!" but yet you know people who have lost weight.<br><br>The big secret: if you don't like what you are doing, you won't do it. You might stick with it for a while, after all, you do want to see results, bu... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 19:57:00 EST 8 Tips to Overcome Loneliness, A Guide for Women http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44697_8_tips_to_overcome_loneliness_a_guide_for_women <br>8 Tips to Overcome Loneliness, A Guide for Women<br>Posted: 02 Mar 2016 05:00 AM PST<br>Loneliness can be frightening. While some people enjoy being single, its difficult for others to get through this. Loneliness can have severe effects on your mental health, even leading to depression and anxiety. Many think that single people are lonelier than others, but the American Psychological Association states married women are actually lonelier and more stressed than women who are single. Lonel... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 16:07:00 EST Don't Complain, Condemn or Criticize http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44695_dont_complain_condemn_or_criticize <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>Do not listen to those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious. <br> Og Mandino <br><br>The title and the quotation are complementary. Don't engage in the activity and avoid others who do so engage.<br><br>There is little to be gained by participating the the three taboo "C's". Complain, Condemn or Criticize. None of these activities is calculated to lea... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 14:46:00 EST Remember where you started! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44693_remember_where_you_started Remember what size you wore at your highest weight? I do. Size 4X. Not a fun size to wear and equally difficult to find in most stores.<br><br>I thought that the sheer size of that shirt would cover up my rolls of fat. It didn't. <br><br>Coming back to Spark People, tracking my food, water, and exercise: that was the key to making my 4X cover more of my body. <br><br>Now, I'm wearing a 3X. Yes, still large. But a size down from 3 weeks ago. The 4X is now my nightshirt. It is my reminde... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 13:18:00 EST Too Much TV http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44688_too_much_tv I have been watching the way too much. I dare think of the minutes hours that could have been spent doing some physical activity. The whole political contest is too blame, laugh out loud.<br><br>I weighed myself for the month and I realized I achieved great success in my weight loss effort. I have lost a total of 10 pounds since the beginning of the year, just a couple of pounds more than I expected, but celebrating all the same.<br><br>Yesterday morning I hit the closet hard. I went throug... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 09:37:00 EST Does This Sound Like You??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44687_does_this_sound_like_you Do these things sound like you??<br><br>1. Go to bed at 8, totally bored to watch TV. Fall asleep at 8pm. Bored. Nothing better to do.<br>2. Wake up at 4 am. Probably because you are wide awake, Mostly because your body tells you to. <br><br>And sadly enough, today is going to stretch on endlessly too, with a couple little stretches of some food, TV, maybe some shopping in there. But put a few consonants in the description and every day looks like the last, right???<br><br>No wonder yo... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 08:14:00 EST Education is Key! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44676_education_is_key Motivation is so important. If we didn't have anything to look forward to when we wake up in the morning, how would be function? We would potential fall into a depression trap! We have to look for ways to stay encouraged and positive. <br>One thing I have benefited from being on Spark People is that you learn something new everyday. In learning is where I have found my confidence, accountability, and involvement grow. It can be that you learned what nutrients a certain food provides, what exe... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 13:02:00 EST Music Makes the World Go Round http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44672_music_makes_the_world_go_round So I've started doing some exercises to work on the muffin top, which I swear did not exist a year ago. I'd have to look back at pictures, but I really don't want to. I do know its in pictures now and no matter how hard I try to hide it; its right there, front and center. LITERALLY. My friend has started to post pictures of our events on Facebook and this situation alone has driven me to additional exercising (not a bad thing). So anyways, with SparkPeople's help, I'm doing some floor ... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 10:30:00 EST New Day of Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44668_new_day_of_month Today is the first day of March. My weight loss has been slow, but steady. I am happy with that. I will continue to follow what I have been doing and add a little more physical exercise to the mix.<br><br><br>I am amazed at how unhealthy or healthy a food item is....until I read the label. All of it.<br><br>I particularly look at calories, fat, and sodium per serving. <br><br>Portion Control is key in losing weight the healthy way. I have been so surprised to find what I thought was a porti... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 09:10:00 EST Weigh Yourself and a Few Pointers for Weighing In http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44664_weigh_yourself_and_a_few_pointers_for_weighing_in Weighing yourself regularly, even if it's once a month, helps to keep track of yourself. I go to the doctor regularly and noticed a month ago that I was the heaviest I had ever been weighed in at. Last night I weighed myself here at home and realized I had gained more weight. If I hadn't weighed in, I might have not decided to start a weight loss program. I think it will be a good idea to weigh in once a week from now on. It's just too risky to not do it. What's strange is that my clothes f... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 00:24:00 EST The Final Talley http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44651_the_final_talley I weighed myself for the month and I realized I achieved great success in my weight loss effort. I have lost a total of 10 pounds since the beginning of the year, just a couple of pounds more than I expected, but celebrating all the same.<br><br>Yesterday morning I hit the closet hard. I went through everything and was able to fill three large bags of clothing that we don't wear anymore. It was all packed in the trunk of the car, and hauled to the nearest donation facility. Ahhh!<br><br>Less ... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 09:25:00 EST Toe Heel Toe http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44649_toe_heel_toe Changing one's health is a journey, not a jog. by placing one foot in front of the other, it's possible, over time, with patience and with much perseverance, to transverse distances.<br><br>However, it's useful to expect distracting, even disheartening scenery in route. Sometimes, life brings the heat of sun, e.g. family gatherings, religious festivities, even work-related socials can be destructive to our well-intended routines. Other times, we're blessed with precipitation; the rain not onl... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 08:13:00 EST My Children and Family http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44646_my_children_and_family My family and my children are my motivators to keep me moving. I want to be able to be healthy for my children and for my parents, whom I take care of...taking care of myself is so important. Otherwise, if I am not healthy, then I cannot take care of anyone else. I also want to be a role model to my children. Showing them how to make good choices, whether it is eating right, exercising, communicating with other people...Health is important, whether it is mental, social, emotional or physical ... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 21:18:00 EST A little Reflection http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44638_a_little_reflection A little reflection goes a long way. I took a look back at where I started at the beginning of the month. I weighed myself for the month and I realized I achieved great success in my weight loss effort. I have lost a total of 10 pounds since the beginning of the year, just a couple of pounds more than I expected, but celebrating all the same.<br><br>Yesterday morning I hit the closet hard. I went through everything and was able to fill three large bags of clothing that we don't wear anymore. ... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 12:16:00 EST Why I use Baby Steps Instead of Cold Turkey http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44637_why_i_use_baby_steps_instead_of_cold_turkey In one of SP groups we were asked: "My QUESTION of the Day...if you need to make a HUGE lifestyle change...does COLD TURKEY work better for you or do BABYSTEPS work better? Give me an example & tell me why.(Pretty please!!!)<br><br>This is my secret weapon:<br>If I can break it down into smaller chunks or goals I do it that way now. Because I get a reward when I've maintained that smaller goal and established that change as a daily habit.Then I create another small very doable goal based on m... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 11:45:00 EST Always Exceed Expectations http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44634_always_exceed_expectations <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <br>Always render more and better service than is expected of you, no matter what your task may be.<br>~ Og Mandino<br><br>A survey was done on what inspired employees the most to perform at their peaks. As might be expected, more pay was one of the leading responses but in first place by a wide margin was recognition for the job I am doing.<br><br>You can inspire people to perform ... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 10:52:00 EST Like Minded Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44631_like_minded_friends Having like-minded friends has really helped me on this journey to a healthier me. We post articles to help each other, pin motivational quotes to each other's wall, do small challenges with each other and we reward each other with small thoughtful gifts (non food) when we meet our goal and we thank each other constantly for being our friend and pushing us to be healthier every day.<br>Whether it is having a workout buddy or someone to share that cake with (so you don't eat all the calories!)... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 07:00:00 EST Success with Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44624_success_with_spark Since I started Spark in 2011, I have stayed pretty true to what it has to offer. If I ventured away from it, that was my fault. I find that if I write before I bite it makes me accountable for what I actually put in my mouth. That seems to be the one thing that motivates me to stay within my calorie range more often than not. I have days where I don't abide by all the rules but that is allowed with Spark! The beauty of this is that it is not a "diet"! It is a tool to help you do what ... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 21:07:00 EST There is a new Sheriff in Town http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44622_there_is_a_new_sheriff_in_town <br>As I have wrote a few time just to remind others there are so many companies out there willing to take each penny you have for their new and approved pills rubs and now Cold Treatments ...Now I did call a place just to see how much it would be to do this.. 150.00 for the Consultation and then 175.00 each treatments and it could take about six secession to get any results.. Do not fall for this...Fad diets come and go, just like the weight loss they promise. In order to lose weight - and a... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 12:42:00 EST Got Your Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44621_got_your_back I keep telling myself I've got my back....as long as I keep in the healthy living mindset.<br><br>You can't just crash diet to lose weight. You have to take it off sensibly in order to lose weight the healthy way.<br><br>It is really cold outside. A brutal negative 25 degree windchill to be exact. I'm making homemade split pea soup. I minimized the amount of salt and fat I put into the mixture to be kind to my waistline. It smells so yummy--can't wait to start slurping!<br><br>A good thirty m... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 11:58:00 EST Easily Bored ~ Easily Corrected http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44611_easily_bored_easily_corrected I am one of those people that can get easily bored with a routine. Sparkpeople has encouraged me to "mix things up" with my food choices, fitness options, and really helped me to IDENTIFY goals. <br><br>When I start to feel boredom creeping in, I get on the full Sparkpeople website and start searching for new things that might motivate me or teach me something new.<br><br>One thing I have recently discovered is the plethora of CHALLENGES. I like that each challenge offers you a mini-challe... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 22:47:00 EST GETTING MY FIRE BACK http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44609_getting_my_fire_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... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 18:25:00 EST my 5 year old son motivates me http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44605_my_5_year_old_son_motivates_me I am a 45 year old mother of three, with my youngest child being only 5 years old. He is such a great motivation for me to lose weight, he helps me to do my workouts and is very motivational. He dances around while he is working out with me. I think everyone should have someone to work out with, it makes the time go by faster and makes for a much more enjoyable time. I am also helping him to be more health conscience as he goes through life and to make better eating choices. I always make him... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 14:12:00 EST My Story and Your Story all is different.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44603_my_story_and_your_story_all_is_different Just like you found Sparks.. Just How many things did you try and fail..? Although experts Trainer or one who peddles all kinds of things that will shed those pounds.. sometimes it’s better to connect with real people, people just like you, who have started their own weight loss journey - and are still talking about it. Like me.. This is a journey that no one can do except you and you have to want it so bad that you know you can do it.. It will be your story and not mine.. people who know ex... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 13:02:00 EST A Puppet No Longer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44590_a_puppet_no_longer <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <br>We are no longer puppets being manipulated by outside powerful forces: we become the powerful force ourselves.<br>~ Leo Buscaglia<br><br>I was never content to be a puppet on a string dancing whenever the pezzo novante said to<br>~ Vito Corleone<br><br>Whether I'm right or whether I'm wrong, whether I find a place in this old crazy world or never belong, I've gotta be me, I've just gotta be me, what e... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 17:15:00 EST Keep On the Funny Side of Life.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44586_keep_on_the_funny_side_of_life Hey you fallen back into unhealthy habits and struggling to get your fitness routine back on track? You could be suffering from a lack of motivation. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9cb483c1-f989-4157-be6a-365ac28d1e25.jpg"><br><br>I just thought I would make you laugh.. Laughter is called the key to weight loss.. Laugh and the world laughs with you... Yes laughter burns calories and so does..The idea that laughter benefits health has been around for many years, possibly becau... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 12:27:00 EST Getting it Right http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44576_getting_it_right I weighed myself for the month and I realized I achieved great success in my weight loss effort. I have lost a total of 10 pounds since the beginning of the year, just a couple of pounds more than I expected, but celebrating all the same.<br><br>Yesterday morning I hit the closet hard. I went through everything and was able to fill three large bags of clothing that we don't wear anymore. It was all packed in the trunk of the car, and hauled to the nearest donation facility. Ahhh!<br><br>Less ... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 01:13:00 EST What losing 70 lbs has done to my life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44573_what_losing_70_lbs_has_done_to_my_life Wow 70 lbs, that is huge, think of carting around a 50 lb grain sack plus 20 more lbs. Two years ago I started being serious about eating right and walking 30 to 70 minutes a day. I do not live anywhere near a Gym and am not much into planned exercising but I do get a lot of activity running a farm. I think back to days shoveling out sheep pens, it used to take me a couple of days of hard work to get one pen done and this year I did one pen in a morning. When you are wheeling out a huge wh... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 22:13:00 EST Beware the Shade http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44571_beware_the_shade <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>Don't smother each other. No one can grow in the shade.<br>~ Leo Buscaglia <br><br>How many times do we surround ourselves with what we perceive to be people who have succeeded in the endeavors we wish to pursue only to find that they stifle us and prevent our achieving the success we so deserve.<br><br>A wise man said that people's relationships to each other is similar to building a g... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 19:06:00 EST making chili today http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44561_making_chili_today Making a big pot of vegetarian chili today. We are expecting a big blizzard to come our way, with 10 inches of snow.<br><br>Still have been restricted from eating high fatty foods and spicy foods. Seen the doctor yesterday and I'm on my way<br><br>Portion Control is key in losing weight the healthy way. I have been so surprised to find what I thought was a portion, compared to what the experts say, and what is noted on the package labels.<br><br>It is so hard to eat right, exercise daily, an... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 09:18:00 EST 6 Ways to Motivate Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44542_6_ways_to_motivate_yourself Here’s a newsflash: Losing weight is hard. Here’s another one: Diets suck. Despite our best intentions, many of us struggle to shed those pesky pounds and keep them off for good. It’s hard to change your eating habits, work out enough, and resist temptation. And when you’re not seeing the results you hoped for, it’s really, really hard to stay motivated to keep trying. That’s the bad news.The good news is that science can help us discover why we fail over and over, and most importantly, what ... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 07:17:00 EST Don't ever give up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44534_dont_ever_give_up I can't say that I have been particularly successful losing weight. I have not met my weight goals yet. But at this point in my journey I can pass one thing on. Don't give up. You might not stay on track today. You might gain weight this week or even this year. You might still have more days that you are off track than on. But don't quit. Don't ever back down and tell yourself that it's impossible. <br><br>I have failed a lot. Even with the things I have succeeded at, I still have huge wakes ... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 10:43:00 EST can not keep the weekend clean http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44529_can_not_keep_the_weekend_clean motivation is lacking on the weekend. Lots of sabotagrs.<br>The first step in dealing with diet sabotage, Spangle says, is to recognize it. Your saboteur may want to guard the status quo, keep you under control, or prevent your leaving to find a new life with your new body.<br><br>The dieter, too, may be finding power in the status quo and talk him or herself out of dieting. The unknown is always scary. Women, especially, may have self-esteem issues and think they don't deserve to be thin. T... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 10:13:00 EST Take it off Sensibly http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44526_take_it_off_sensibly You can't just crash diet to lose weight. You have to take it off sensibly in order to lose weight the healthy way.<br><br>It is really cold outside. A brutal negative 25 degree windchill to be exact. I'm making homemade split pea soup. I minimized the amount of salt and fat I put into the mixture to be kind to my waistline. It smells so yummy--can't wait to start slurping!<br><br>A good thirty minute walk is all you need to get the heart pumping and improve your cardio to be on your way to ... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 09:12:00 EST Rewarding little victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44518_rewarding_little_victories Disclaimer: This is an adopted idea I love. <br><br>I got a lovely charm bracelet (Pandora for me -- thank you, son -- but any you like would work) and am adding a charm for every 10 pounds I lose. This way I have a constant and pretty wrist reminder of what I have accomplished, and I don't want my bracelet too thin! :-) It will also remind me to maintain with good practices when I reach goal. <br><br>I will also add a charm for other short-term goals as I choose later on. For example, I a... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 13:21:00 EST Live For Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44515_live_for_today <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <br>Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy. <br>~ Leo Buscaglia <br><br><br> Live for today, tomorrow is promised to no one. There has been a recurring theme in my secrets this week that be should live in the now, a life focused on tomorrow will always be one day short of fulfillment and then one day, tomorrow won't come and you will never have a chance to d... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 10:50:00 EST Meditation App - Stop, Breathe & Think http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44500_meditation_app_stop_breathe_think What a great Free app to load onto your phone! Stop, Breathe and Think<br>It lets you track your feelings on a daily basis and give you a list of meditations that go along with whatever you are feeling that day. It also lists your progress as you go. You just check in with your mental, physical, and emotional feelings, click the list of items that match where you are at for that day, and you get a listing of meditations. They are very easy to fit into your daily routine, many being only a... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 11:00:00 EST The Choice is Yours http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44499_the_choice_is_yours <em>434</em> <em>434</em> <em>434</em> <em>434</em> <em>434</em> <em>434</em> <br> What we call the secret of happiness is no more a secret than our willingness to choose life. <br>~Leo Buscaglia<br><br>Choice. What a marvelous concept. J. Martin Kohe wrote an essay entitled "You Greatest Power" and the bottom line of his proposition was that your greatest power is the power to choose.<br><br>Every day we are faced with choices, lined up one after another from the time our ... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 10:21:00 EST Comfort food is a hoax http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44491_comfort_food_is_a_hoax I've lost over 5 pounds in the last few days and I think it is because for me it stopped being about food and how good food tastes and just started to be about wanting to be healthier, to not have acid reflux problems. I changed my thinking and now when I look at chocolates and sweets I no longer see a good time, an escape or some kind of comfort all I see now is pain and suffering. <br><br>It comes down to a mindset, how do you see food? As an escape or as something to nourish your body? ... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 15:43:00 EST Paper Towel Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44485_paper_towel_weight_loss I was sent this little story when I first started Sparks and I kept it ,, “paper towel” analogy, this is a brilliant way to really put the whole process of weight loss in a great and healthier when you loose slowly....<br>"The lesson to be learned is that fat, like paper towels, comes off in sheets. When you are heavy, you are big around. And when you are big around, that fat is spread over a MUCH larger area - just like that outside towel sheet. The closer you get to the lean you, the more e... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 12:41:00 EST Find Your Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44481_find_your_motivation Ok, this one took awhile. I feel like I am a writer, of sorts. I need some self-confidence to get a book written, and after having read some great novels over the course of the last three months I wish I could find someone to help me get to a publisher.<br><br>But that aside, here's where I'm going with this. I don't sleep well -- I get up really early. Because I live on the third floor and I TRY to be polite to the neighbors below me I lay in bed and pray, listen to music on my headphone... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 10:51:00 EST Live For Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44480_live_for_today <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <br>Life lived for tomorrow will always be just a day away from being realized.<br>Leo Buscaglia<br><br><br>Many of the self-help guru's quote a version of the following statement. "Yesterday is a memory and tomorrow is a dream. Today is a gift, that's why we call it 'The Present'". The Sanskrit says "Yesterday is but a memory and tomorrow a dream, but today, well lived will make every yesterday a memo... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 10:26:00 EST Still in Hospital http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44478_still_in_hospital 3 days of ice chips. Followed by 2 days clear liquid. Then nothing by mouth, and finally abdominal surgery and a liver biopsy. After surgery, it all reverses. Ice chips, clear liquid diet, soft food diet. I have to take it easy and be extra careful what I put down the hatch. No fatty, no spicy, no chocolate, no fun. Whaaaaa!<br><br>Take it one pound at a time, one day at a time. This is not a race. Your weight loss progress should not be measured against someone else's progress. Try your best... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 08:47:00 EST Join or Form an Accountability Group http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44475_join_or_form_an_accountability_group My secret to success is my Healthy Living For Longevity Group that a group of women all striving for the same goal and all of us combating health issues formed to hold each other accountable.<br><br>We meet every Tuesday to work out together (it's called "Tight Tuesdays") and we work on tightening up or toning our bodies. One member has transformed one of her rooms into a workout station (kinda like Curves). We work each station for one minute and then switch. <br><br> <em>381</em> <br><br... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 20:33:00 EST Always Keep Trying http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44471_always_keep_trying No matter how hard it seems, or how many ups and downs or plateaus you experience, keep going. If you have a bad day, and made some poor food choices, acknowledge that, but get back on your plan right away. The only ones who don't achieve what they set out to do are the ones who quit!<br><br>Remember: Success is a journey, not a destination.<br><br>Reward yourself frequently, and praise yourself for all of the amazing things you accomplish. Don't tear yourself down because you made a mist... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 14:37:00 EST Learning Equals Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44466_learning_equals_change <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <br>Change is the end result of all true learning.<br>~Leo Buscaglia<br><br>We are all here because we want to change. We want to weigh less, we want to be more physically fit, we want to eat better, we want to feel better.<br><br>Albert Einstein said "The basic definition of insanity is to keep doing things the way you have been doing them and expect different results.".<br><br>So we go back to the changes we want to make. Wanting ... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 09:53:00 EST Not Looking Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44464_not_looking_back I weighed myself for the month and I realized I achieved great success in my weight loss effort. I have lost a total of 10 pounds since the beginning of the year, just a couple of pounds more than I expected, but celebrating all the same.<br><br>Yesterday morning I hit the closet hard. I went through everything and was able to fill three large bags of clothing that we don't wear anymore. It was all packed in the trunk of the car, and hauled to the nearest donation facility. Ahhh!<br><br>Less... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 09:30:00 EST ALL IN OR NOTHING ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44462_all_in_or_nothing_ All in or nothing because sometimes we go halfway, part ways or not at all, that's no good for the big picture. We must give it our all , all the time, no it's not the easiest to accomplish but anything is possible. I notice that sometimes to accomplish the mission , the preset mission, it takes giving a bit at a time until you've given your all. Nothings can lead to a whole lot of somethings if you put forth the effort to give it some gumption . I tell myself sometimes that if I can just get... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 02:05:00 EST It is not a over night thing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44439_it_is_not_a_over_night_thing If anyone reads this.. Know it took a while for you to get to this point.. now it is going to take a while to get back so it could take a year but you can do this... even if you have joined with just a small amount you are here...The first step for weight loss motivation is to create a goal. You need to know where you are headed before you can get excited and motivated to get there. Keep on plugging away and it will come.. start slow and small goals cause even if it is just five pounds in one... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 19:59:00 EST Cleaned My Closet http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44424_cleaned_my_closet Yesterday morning I hit the closet hard. I went through everything and was able to fill three large bags of clothing that we don't wear anymore. It was all packed in the trunk of the car, and hauled to the nearest donation facility. Ahhh!<br><br>Less is more.<br><br>When there is a will, there is always a way.<br><br>It's simple: A good thirty minute walk is all you need to get the heart pumping and improve your cardio.<br>*******************************<BR>**************<br><br>**********... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 09:02:00 EST Circumstances for Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44422_circumstances_for_success <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br> Seek the circumstances that will help you succeed. If you can't find them, make them. ~George Bernard Shaw <br><br> Success comes to those who wait, but only if they work like Hell while they wait.<br><br>The key to success is to have a plan for if you fail to plan then you plan to fail.<br><br>I am just full of cutesy sayings this morning aren't I?<br><br>Aphorisms aside, every... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 08:14:00 EST These legs are made for..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44416_these_legs_are_made_for How much energy does it take to move around? You might think it obvious that animals with long legs would use up less energy covering a given distance than would those with short legs. But how much leg length determines the energetic costs of walking or running is hotly debated by scientists.<br><br>A mathematical model developed by Herman Pontzer of Washington University in St Louis, Missouri, sheds light on the question, and may even provide an answer to why our ancestors evolved longer leg... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 18:40:00 EST Wisdom vs Ignorance http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44410_wisdom_vs_ignorance <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <br>If I don't have wisdom, I can teach you only ignorance.<br>~Leo Buscaglia<br><br>That is sort of a scary thought at first glance. But think about it, you can only teach someone what you know. That is why SparkPeople and its message boards and blogs and secret sharing are so important. There is just a whole lot of stuff in this world that you do not know. And the only way you can learn it is from so... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 10:04:00 EST Way to Goodness http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44409_way_to_goodness Still have been restricted from eating high fatty foods and spicy foods. Seen the doctor yesterday and I'm on my way<br><br>Portion Control is key in losing weight the healthy way. I have been so surprised to find what I thought was a portion, compared to what the experts say, and what is noted on the package labels.<br><br>It is so hard to eat right, exercise daily, and maintain a healthy weight. I have found a few tips that have helped me over the years.<br><br>I learned a new little trick ... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 09:29:00 EST Believing In You http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44396_believing_in_you Believing in you begins with believing in you. You 1st must know, trust and understand that you can do whatever it is " you " put your mind to. You then must look deep inside you and find your " why ". It seems simple but it's not because like myself and I'm sure others, we tend to focus on the weight loss aspect and that becomes our " why " but that cannot be the reason. We must find a better reason why we must get up and keep getting up so we may succeed in whatever our desires are. Once yo... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 16:53:00 EST Keep the Race and know you can ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44394_keep_the_race_and_know_you_can_ahead I read somewhere that you can survive without food for three weeks.Eating disorders start slowly, and then happen all at once.You can go from zero to sixty in no time flat.. You need to figure out what it is that makes you turn to food.. Everyone is different.. Some could be stress to anxiety .. Some turn to eating and gorging on food till they stop the hurt that made them do it and then trow up to get rid of it.. Yes this is a disorder.. If you google eating disorder take this note and look... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 15:00:00 EST Don't Give Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44388_dont_give_up When it seem that you can't keep going...don't give up!<br><br>If you have to start over again...do so and on't give up!<br><br>Minor and sometime major setbacks will happen...but don't give up! <em>386</em> <br><br>When I started and restarted this journey I wanted to give up. But I knew I had to do this for me. So, I had to find a way to find what worked for me. When every thing else failed and I had a stroke, it still took me 4 years to realize that I needed help...surgical help. <br><br... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 11:49:00 EST Don't give up you can do it too! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44367_dont_give_up_you_can_do_it_too <em>306</em> I can't even begin to count how many times in my life I have said," this is it, this is when I lose the weight and get healthy!" Then a week or two later I get lazy or overwhelmed with the whole exercising and healthy eating thing and just give up. I even tried to join a gym once, I got a free month and never went... I just didn't have the time (or so I thought). I look back now on all of those attempts and think what was I doing, exercising feels great and eating healthy isn't... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 06:55:00 EST TRACKING EVERY SINGLE DAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44358_tracking_every_single_day 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... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:00:00 EST A Precious Gift http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44356_a_precious_gift <em>342</em> <em>342</em> <em>342</em> <em>342</em> <em>342</em> <em>342</em> <br>Love is always bestowed as a gift - freely, willingly and without expectation. We don't love to be loved; we love to love.<br>~Leo Buscaglia<br><br>A group such as Spark People is the ultimate expression of love. It is love of self (often disguised as hatred of self) that brings us to this site, hoping to make ourselves better people, more healthy people, thinner people. However, in the proces... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 10:56:00 EST A little Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44354_a_little_help Only a few short days until Valentine's Day. Hope to spend some quality time with my hunk of love.<br><br>We plan on doing a stir fry with shrimp, chicken, and an assortment of fresh vegetables. No chocolates or candy, or heavy rich dinners that will blow the budget anyway and not be healthy.<br>******************************<BR>**************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>**************************************<... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 10:24:00 EST FOUR HABITS OF HEALTHY PEOPLE http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44353_four_habits_of_healthy_people Learning about the common habits of healthy people can be a particularly motivational experience, even for people who are already living an active lifestyle. Sometimes these extra reminders can be just the boost that we need to get back on track or even encourage us to continue on the path to a healthier lifestyle.<br><br>It’s generally pretty easy to spot someone that is living a healthy life and it’s usually pretty admirable—they seem to smile a little brighter, they always appear to be hap... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 10:09:00 EST Overweight to Beautiful http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44345_overweight_to_beautiful This is up to you.. to choose but the main thing is your health and all over well being... You have to make the move to get this accomplished.. I always wanted to get rid of this weight and have a better body, but you never thought that was something you had or needed to work toward... just keep thinking I would grow into losing weight... Let it be the positive of the negativity that you see... Healthy eating wasn't particularly my first choice but I had to look at things in a different way... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 13:28:00 EST Control Your Destiny http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44337_control_your_destiny <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br>I believe that you control your destiny, that you can be what you want to be. You can also stop and say, 'No, I won't do it, I won't behave his way anymore. I'm lonely and I need people around me, maybe I have to change my methods of behaving,' and then you do it.<br>~Leo Buscaglia<br><br>This is a continuation of yesterday's thought<br><br>The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most d... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 10:36:00 EST Planting the Seeds http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44320_planting_the_seeds <em>87</em> <em>87</em> <em>87</em> <em>87</em> <em>87</em> <em>87</em> <br>The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another's, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises.<br>Leo Buscaglia<br><br>Leo's quote is a summary of the value of sharing secrets and blogging. Think about it, by sharing ideas we are contributing to each other's growth (or loss if you prefer). When you... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 09:43:00 EST Why I Gotta ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44316_why_i_gotta_ I fell off the wagon right around Christmastime, I can admit. Let me also state that fitness isn't my issue , it's those darn sweets that seem to have my mind. The food aspect of it al is on point as well as my fitness except I don't strength train enough for my particular taste. So now let me get into " I gotta ", after realizing I need to make it matter which believe it or not was yesterday, February 9-2016 . I determined why I gotta make it matter every moment : I gotta see these kids grow... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 02:50:00 EST Sticker Charts Work! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44313_sticker_charts_work I used to struggle with getting daily exercise in, especially for 30 minutes or more each day. I would be consistent for a few days, but then would easily get off track. I was going to college to finish my post-graduate work and exercise just did not fit into my schedule some days. <br><br>While take a class on Applied Behavior Analysis, I had to complete a project where I targeted a behavior in myself that I wanted to change. I chose exercising more than 30 minutes each day for at least ... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 21:39:00 EST Which way do I go now..? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44286_which_way_do_i_go_now You have to start somewhere... Why aren't you moving.. Starting out can be tough, but with discipline and consistency you will eventually reach a point where staying motivated only requires minimal daily maintenance—a simple matter of learning to make the right choices at the right time. Everyone is different so you have to see where you have to start and find that little button and go.. Look for the green light and it will be there cause you will get to the point where you have to do somethi... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 13:22:00 EST One day and one breath at a time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44284_one_day_and_one_breath_at_a_time In 2008 my husband was taken from my children and I in a tragic accident that left us completely devastated and lost in this world.<br>I had to pull not only my life together, but those of my 2 children, my oldest at the time was just 13 (he was with my husband at the time of the accident), and our 6 year old son as well. <br><br>I came out to Washington state to find us a new home to start our lives over again. Even though I always showed a smile to those around me, inside I was dying with... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 12:11:00 EST Set Yourself Free! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44279_set_yourself_free <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br>If we wish to free ourselves from enslavement, we must choose freedom and the responsibility this entails.<br>Leo Buscaglia<br><br>How often do we set our sights on a worthwhile goal only to have roadblocks continually jump up in our path, making success seem nearly impossible? We have all been there! What can we do about it? <br><br>The first thing is to examine the roadblocks. Ask yourself... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:49:00 EST My Chocolate Reward System http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44274_my_chocolate_reward_system My motivation secret is CHOCOLATE. I buy the darkest chocolate bars I can find, preferably those that are divided into tiny squares. <br><br>After I do my exercise for the day, I SLOWLY eat a tiny bit of the chocolate, savoring each morsel. <br><br>My weightloss really took off after I started logging into SparkPeople daily and was told by my doctor that I could exercise after double hip replacement. At first it was only walking around the block, gradually increasing so that now I regular... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 21:38:00 EST Open Your Arms http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44258_open_your_arms <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>Love is always open arms. If you close your arms about love you will find that you are left holding only yourself.<br>Leo Buscaglia<br><br>Continuing on yesterday's theme of "No Man is an Island", it is important to stay motivated for a lapse in motivation will lead to a lack of interest which will lead to ignoring what you know in your heart you should be doing.<br><br>Reach out to your fellow Sparke... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 10:28:00 EST The Power of More Than One http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44246_the_power_of_more_than_one <em>342</em> <em>342</em> <em>342</em> <em>342</em> <em>342</em> <em>342</em> <br>We all need each other.<br>~Leo Buscaglia<br><br> <em>47</em> <em>47</em> <em>47</em> <em>47</em> <em>47</em> <em>47</em> <br>No man is an island unto himself<br>~John Donne (I think)<br><br>Weight loss can be a long and lonely journey replete with pitfalls and distractions. It is not a journey one should take alone for it is easy to talk yourself out of something, especially an und... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 10:11:00 EST Gold Star Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44245_gold_star_month Did you ever think how true it is "That everything you need to know you learned in Kindergarten"? Remember the days when you would get a "Gold Star" for having the best work or doing well on a test? Even though it is a simple plan it can be very motivational and give us a Que for the day.<br><br>Sometimes we need an instant visual to remind us of where we are in our journey without having to sign in to Spark people. Something that is right in my face when i wake up. Helps to re enforce what ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 09:22:00 EST Let's be accountable http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44237_lets_be_accountable When I keep track of my workouts and food intake regularly, I see results! Try to track as much as you can, as often as you can. Then you can see what your doing right and what you can improve on, it all works if I follow a practical routine. I have to be honest with what I'm doing and pay attention to what to my actions about 85% of the time, but this will work if I keep at it. Making small goals, (for example eating a variety vegetables, or dancing for 30 minuets a day), can assist in re... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 21:44:00 EST As Far as the eyes can see http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44231_as_far_as_the_eyes_can_see Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be.<br>Your cause is a powerful source of motivation but it’s still abstract in nature. You need to make it concrete in the form of a dream. Imagine how the world will be in the future. Imagine how people will live and work.Having a dream is important because it’s difficult to be motivated if you don’t have anything to shoot for. Just think about people who play ... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 16:58:00 EST Keep Your Eyes on the Prize http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44224_keep_your_eyes_on_the_prize <em>23</em> <em>23</em> <em>23</em> <em>23</em> <em>23</em> <em>23</em> <br>Only the weak are cruel. Gentleness can only be expected from the strong.<br>~Leo Buscaglia<br><br>The quote actually has nothing to do with today's secret but I felt it was a good thought to begin with.<br><br>Keep your eyes on the prize. In order to do this, you need to keep the prize where you can see it. When a train is preparing to leave the station in New York, headed for Los Angeles, there is ... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 09:38:00 EST One More Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44223_one_more_time It is easy to give up. It's easy to stop trying. It's easy to fall back into old habits that don't lead us where we truly want to go. The problem with easy is that it's just too EASY! It allows us to make excuses for not doing things we should, or for doing things we shouldn't. (Like lounging on the sofa eating bonbons instead of getting outside and exercising.)<br><br>It's hard to keep going. It's hard to try when your mind and body don't want to cooperate. It's hard to believe in yourself s... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 09:31:00 EST Keep on Your Pace http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44220_keep_on_your_pace Quotes from Bruce Lee<br>“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.”<br>“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”<br>“Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.”<br>There are plenty of people in this world who know what they have to do to get what they want. The few that succeed are those who develop a character of constant and deliberate action.because it takes action and to keep going to finish the race.. Respect... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 21:46:00 EST Beating the Winter Blues http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44216_beating_the_winter_blues Everyone goes through periods of feeling blue. Studies have shown that wintertime brings on the blues more than the bright summer days. If you are feeling blue, spark your motivation and mood by choosing one new exercise to try or be courageous by trying a new food that you've never had before. <br><br>Having something to look forward to is one of the greatest motivators you will have. It gives hope for brighter, warmer days ahead. Look forward to going for that walk, while planning your spri... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 18:21:00 EST Food is not the problem. Food is not in control. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44214_food_is_not_the_problem_food_is_not_in_control These are things I share with ladies that are trying to get healthy with me, we are taking back our lives. How about YOU? Let’s take a moment to explore WHY we eat what we eat. It's time to really consider whether we are eating for fuel and to get the nutrients our bodies need, or if we are medicating our emotions and using food as coping tool. <br><br>Here's the awful truth: There is no plan or program that is going to change your lifestyle through food and exercise alone. An eating plan o... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 14:34:00 EST Private Group Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44188_private_group_challenge I formed a six women private fb group and we challenge/motivate each other for 21 weeks. Each Monday morning we post a pic of our scale to our group page. Scoring is done off the previous Monday's weight- so each week is a new start and new chance to win that week. The highest total points at the end of 21 weeks, Wins (but we're ALL winners)!<br><br>Scoring:<br>+1 for each lb lost; +5 for each % weight lost<br>-2 for each lb gained; -5 for each % weight gained.<br>Example: 200 - 2 lbs = +7 Po... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 09:23:00 EST True Value of Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44179_true_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... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 20:00:00 EST Friends and Family Motivate Me!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44177_friends_and_family_motivate_me My motivation to staying healthy is my friends and family! I see my friends and family who are healthy and my friends who need to focus more on their health..and they all motivate me. I talk with my friends about healthy topics often. We all agree that we want to grow old and grow old healthy. We talk about nutrition, share recipes, share exercise ideas, share our ups and downs, and talk about getting together to go for walks or hikes or something else physical. My family motivates me as we k... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 18:07:00 EST Find A Friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44175_find_a_friend One of the best ways to keep motivated, whether is is for eating better/healthier, exercising, or drinking more water is to find a friend or co-worker willing to be your motivation buddy. Find someone you get along with, pretty well, more than a "oh hi co-worker" but more of a "Good Morning (insert name here). How was your weekend/how are your kids, etc" type of co-worker. Since most people spend 40 hours a week or more at work, it is nice to have someone that can help keep you on track. Y... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 13:07:00 EST An Undiscovered Power http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44168_an_undiscovered_power <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.<br>~Leo Buscaglia<br><br>Most people are completely ignorant of the fact that the world is a big mirror. Whatever you think, say, or do is reflected right back at you. Zig Ziglar says that you can have anyth... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 09:32:00 EST Your must be first http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44161_only_you_matter I have struggled with trying to "stay motivated". Well 3 years ago I woke up one day and said "I can't stand this anymore" "I do not want to live the rest of my life fat and being limited in what I can do" I decided that day I had to put myself first! A co-worker and I decided to start the gym together, we were both very self conscience of our weight and it helped to go with someone else, well I am thankful to her because she convinced me to get a trainer a few times a week to "teach us". We... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 22:25:00 EST TRYING TO STAY STRONG http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44157_trying_to_stay_strong I have been working out a minimum of 120 minutes a day. I only do 30 minutes at a time, so I do not get frustrated or burnt out. It has been good so far.<br><br>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 rem... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 18:14:00 EST Use Your Library http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44145_use_your_library I love to exercise to DVDs, and before I buy them (if I buy them) I like to try them out. They can be expensive at the stores, and most local libraries have them readily available, as a lot of people use Blu Ray or even watch movies at home on cable now. Especially exercise DVDs seem to be readily available at your local library.<br><br>If you are financially challenged, checking out a DVD for a 28-day period is an excellent way to do a new program on a budget. And usually you can go to yo... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 08:22:00 EST Finally getting the hang of it!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44144_finally_getting_the_hang_of_it It has been a few monthly and now I am in the routine! Eating right and tracking every bite! <em>244</em> It is so very easy to just want to give up. Especially if you have a great deal of weight to lose. But I encourage everyone to just hold fast to a few good habits and concentrate on them. Educate yourself on what foods are the best for you and then utilize the recipes offered by Sparkpeople to make them appealing to you! Preplan your meals especially if you have to eat outside the hom... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 07:39:00 EST No One Is Going to Fix You http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44140_no_one_is_going_to_fix_you No One Is Going to Fix You<br>If you are waiting for a knight in shining armor to gallop into your life and heal your broken heart, you will be waiting forever. The only person who can help you is yourself. Be happy for the other people in your life, but do not become dependent on them for happiness unlike you like to be on a never-ending emotional roller-coaster that is far beyond the realm of your control. Are you alone? No, far from it. But no one is going to fix you, so it is in your best... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 21:00:00 EST Making Hard Decisions - A Road Map http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44139_making_hard_decisions_a_road_map I'm not sure that there's anyone on the planet who actually enjoys making hard decisions... you know the kind... the ones that make your heart and sould ache... the ones that challenge your core values... the ones that make you feel you're risking so much.<br><br>Recently I was shown a roadmap, a set of simple questions to ask yourself when you are faced with one of those huge decisions.<br><br>The first question is “What does my heart say?”. Tune into yourself, your heart and intuition not y... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 20:36:00 EST Baby steps add up to big rewards http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44138_baby_steps_add_up_to_big_rewards I have begun this life change by researching all I can about healthy living. I set a number of goals for myself, including drinking enough water, getting enough sleep, and making better food choices. One of my previous downfalls to a healthier lifestyle is the all or nothing mentality about exercise. Instead of trying to exercise for 30 or more continuous minutes, I break my exercise into 3 or 4 ten minute sessions throughout the day. I am still getting in all of my exercise without having to... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 18:07:00 EST Love is Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44131_love_is_life <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <br>Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life.<br>Leo Buscaglia<br><br>Leo Buscaglia was an inspirational human being and the world truly wept at his passing. Leo's entire philosophy was summed up in four simple letters L-O-V-E. he taught a non-credit course at the University of Southern California called simply "Love 101". There was a two semester waiting list to get into ... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 11:45:00 EST Consistency plus Challenge equals Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44126_consistent_challenge_change I always change my goal board around and wanted a new motivational post to keep me going. I like the goal board feature because it helps keep me focused on challenges I need to work on at a particular time in my life.<br><br>I came up with a motivtional goal that applied to my life directly and I meditate on daily:<br><br>Consistent + Challenge = Change.<br><br>I needed to be more consistent in watching my intake, tracking my food and working out. I have a binge eating disorder and consiste... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 08:32:00 EST A few ways to stay motivated on a weight loss journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44122_a_few_ways_to_stay_motivated_on_a_weight_loss_journey Making the decision to live healthier is the first step, but you won't ever see results if you give up too soon. Whether you've hit a plateau in your weight-loss or just can't find the motivation to get to the gym, here's how to tweak your workout philosophy and get back on track to meeting your goals.<br><br>When it comes to weight training, knowing what your goals are, and why you're setting them to begin with, is important,. In order to meet your goals, make sure they're SMART (Specific, M... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 21:56:00 EST Baby steps get the job done http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44121_baby_steps_get_the_job_done There is so much to take care of around my house and the days seem so short. I really don't know how people with kids manage because between me and my significant other, I don't have much time, especially through the week, to do anything extra and cross off those non-essentials from my ever-growing "to-do" list. By the time I get to work and back and put in my 8+ hours, workout, prepare food and eat it, and clean up after, there isn't much time for anything else. So, I've developed an attitud... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 19:30:00 EST When Trust is Broken http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44112_when_trust_is_broken <br>When Trust Is Broken<br>Posted: 29 Jan 2016 01:38 AM PST<br><br><br>I find that sorry has an arbitrary meaning anymore. People say it so often in life that when you mean it, it’s hard to differentiate when it’s real. If you bump into someone, you arbitrarily say, I’m sorry or drop a coin as your handing back change, “I’m sorry” but when it counts you say it and how is one to differentiate what’s true and what’s arbitrary? No one means to do what they do and if they do, why should u be “so... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 13:25:00 EST In the Beginning http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44109_in_the_beginning <em>189</em> <em>189</em> <em>189</em> <em>189</em> <em>189</em> <em>189</em> <br>Everything begins with an idea.<br>~Earl Nightengale<br><br>Nothing is but that thinking makes it so. <br>~Rene' Descartes<br><br>Ideas are the essence of all advancements. Nothing happens until someone has an idea that it can be better. Everyone has ideas. The problem is that many of these ideas are essentially still-born. Someone thinks of an idea, considers it briefly and summarily rejects ... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 10:19:00 EST Write it Down - no not just your food! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44081_write_it_down_no_not_just_your_food SparkPeople has a wonderful food tracking section with many food choices in the data base. In fact, I rarely have to add a food. I imagine that most people who use this site are tracking their calories by recording their food, but you should really take advantage of more than just that.<br><br>If you are also tracking your water intake and exercise, good for you! That means you're drinking enough water to need to keep track and that you are getting up and moving, which is a big move toward l... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 22:49:00 EST Motivate to Motivate.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44079_motivate_to_motivate When you came to Sparks there was a Spark to start a flame and then tun into a continuous motion to reach the next goal.. Set goals that you know will be able to reach.. When you look at the situation you have to organize your thoughts then start with something small.. this way you get the ball rolling and it should gain strength as the weeks go by.. You have to want to do this for you and only you.. If you keep the steps withing reach then you will want to do more.. If you go for thirty minu... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 19:48:00 EST Visual Encouragement Helps http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44078_visual_encouragement_helps I have found that using a visual reminder is a great source of encouragement. One of the easiest I have found that really works for me is using a calendar and stickers on it. <em>250</em> <br><br>I have a wall calendar, and found lots of small stickers that will fit in the squares. I looked to find some that I liked. The Dollar Stores are a great place to find things like these. It is important that you find a calendar and stickers that you really like. I also go some bigger ones wit... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 19:35:00 EST You can't expect to look like a million bucks.... If you eat from the dollar menu. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44077_you_cant_expect_to_look_like_a_million_bucks_if_you_eat_from_the_dollar_menu You can't expect to look like a million bucks....<br>If you eat from the dollar menu.<br><br>Eating Clean.<br><br>I had NO idea what that means, so I looked it up and understand that it basically is to get as close to nature as you can with foods. For me, it means to only eat foods are healthy and good for me. To limit foods that have ingredients you cannot name, and eat as few processed foods as possible. ANY dollar or any other fast food goes into the no column in my book, along with sugar,... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 17:36:00 EST Creativity, Creativity, Creativity http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44070_creativity_creativity_creativity <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>334</em> <br>Creativity is a natural extension of our enthusiasm. <br>~Earl Nightengale<br><br>To remain motivated it is necessary to be creative in how you spur your enthusiasm. I have found the words of gurus to be extremely helpful.<br><br>Periodically I do a Google search for quotes by a self-help guru, Napoleon Hill, W. Clement Stone, Earl Nightengale, Leo Buscaglia, Wayne Dyer, etc. Then I ... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 11:14:00 EST Finding your Carrot http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44067_finding_your_carrot I'm talking about motivation of course... as in carrot on a stick.<br><br>It actually takes relatively little time to burn off fat. You need to burn around 3,500 calories to shift a pound of fat - this can be done in a week. It generally takes less time to lose the excess than it took to gain it - isn't that a great thought?<br><br>In my opinion, nothing breeds motivation like success, so do employ strategies to help you have tangible evidence of your own success. Things like keeping photogra... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 10:35:00 EST Finding the Motivation to Track EVERYTHING - No cheating! Writing it down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44057_finding_the_motivation_to_track_everything_no_cheating_writing_it_down I used to use different apps that had no motivational tools. I didn't know about SparkPoints and I was pretty sure that I didn't need any motivation anyway. Then...<br><br>If I ate over my calorie points for the day, I just wouldn't write down the extra. It usually happened like this because I wrote down every meal but would get hungry at about 8 pm and would grab a few crackers and cheese or a half peanut butter sandwich. I didn't write them down and I had no idea how many calories were i... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 18:03:00 EST It doesn't matter what others are doing, it matters what YOU are doing. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44044_it_doesnt_matter_what_others_are_doing_it_matters_what_you_are_doing It doesn't matter what others are doing, it matters what YOU are doing.<br><br>Yes, it does. Did you wake up this morning with a plan? Did you know what you were having for breakfast, lunch and dinner? If not, why not? This makes you accountable to you. To have a food plan, at least in your mind, and the food to complete that plan in your kitchen, really works. It gives you the foundation for the day, and you don't need to think about other food because you know what you are going to eat.<br>... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 01:27:00 EST Using Visual Aids http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44036_using_visual_aids Put a picture that motivates you to stick to your goals. I like to exercise in my living room. There, I am surrounded by pictures of my husband and kids. Their smiling faces remind me that I am not just working out to feel better about myself and get back to my "fighting" weight...but that I am also working on myself to live a long, healthy life WITH them. I want to set good examples that my children can use throughout their own lives and instill in their children when they grow up. I am work... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 15:16:00 EST We've All Been There http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44024_weve_all_been_there We've all been there. You know, that dark place where it feels like nothing short of a personal invitation from George Clooney will get you off the couch and into the gym. But whether you're battling workout boredom, weight loss plateaus, or injuries, you don't have to let any obstacle sidetrack your fitness. All you need is the right motivation.<br>***************************<BR>**************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>******************************... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 09:22:00 EST Start Fresh Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44018_start_fresh_now When I catch myself eating something I am not supposed to or realize in the middle of the day that I am not on track, I stop right there and fix the problem right away. Today, I had consumed all my calories for the day by the time I finished eating lunch (and I didn't even eat breakfast). I realized that I needed to fix the problem. I didn't want to wait until tomorrow because then I would want to push it off another day and another day. I stopped right there and decided to get back on track ... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 22:29:00 EST Earning Spark Points http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44012_earning_spark_points If you haven't already started to earn Spark Points, you should try that as a motivating factor. I love earning the points and I try to get as many as I can every day. I read the articles, I post blogs and update my status. I read other people's posts and comment on them or click "Like". I try out new recipes. I joined groups and read the emails I receive and track goals and contests. <br><br>(One hint: there are only a few SparkPoint earning activities on the mobile app, you have to sign... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 16:03:00 EST Staying on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43997_staying_on_track Sometimes I get a craving or I'm bored or I just get tired of dieting. One of my distractions is to surf Sparkpeople or the internet and read articles about health or diet. It keeps me busy and reinforces my resolve to get this weight off and stay healthy. I came across this today and thought I would share.<br><br>True Hunger vs. Emotional Hunger<br><br>When you experience true physical hunger, it will come on gradually, any food will satisfy you and you will stop eating once you are full. Yo... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 23:59:00 EST Do this for YOU! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43992_do_this_for_you I am a 50-something mother of 7, Gramma of 6, Wife of 1....who FINALLY decided to make time for ME!<br>I have taken care of children, and my family for nearly 4 decades! I have neglected myself, as many mothers do, to take care of their families! I felt, and still do, that cooking for my family, is one of the greatest things I could do for them! (Now I cook healthier!)<br>I have made time for ME...even if that means getting up at 5 AM to get to the gym before everyone wakes up! I'm home befor... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 18:02:00 EST Motivation to a 15 year old http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43991_motivation_to_a_15_year_old When ever I go to eat something, all I think about is really this is just food, my life does not revolve around it,I just need to eat enough so that my body functions. That dessert I like may taste good but, that taste is gone in 5 minutes. I can life without them and make me a better person. I am not 100% good though Chocolate Covered Strawberries are my favorite, and its hard when your stressed with school to eat well. Also my 16th birthday is soon and my cake won't be good for me!<br><... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 17:58:00 EST KEEP AT IT http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43988_keep_at_it You have to roll with the punches. When you get knocked off your track, don't worry. Just remember before you started to take control, that it was much worse then. Have faith in your program and trust that it will take hold again and take you the rest of the way. <em>213</em> <br><br>I have always been on a diet, since I was a kid, and I lost weight and then gained it back. I got crazier and crazier, trying everything to lower the anxiety, including giving up caring.<br><br>I found Weig... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 16:02:00 EST Keep yourself upbeat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43983_keep_yourself_upbeat When you get up in the morning are you feeling down or upbeat.. There is something inside of all of us that wants to get out and that is the Spirit that you need.. like fuel feed yourself on being Motivated and confident that you will win this Battle of the bulge.. You have to keep that side down so you can use it as a step to get up.. That voice that says you can not do this you have to make it see you are much better than the one who is saying you can't do it give up and just turn over.. Do... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 13:29:00 EST Your Will Power http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43980_your_will_power When there is a will, there is always a way.<br><br>It's simple: A good thirty minute walk is all you need to get the heart pumping and improve your cardio.<br>*******************************<BR>************************<br>I have found that eating protein with every single meal will hold me over and satisfy my hunger until the next snack or meal. <br><br>Never skip breakfast. Never ever skip breakfast. Your metabolism needs a boost in the morning after your body has been dormant duing your ni... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 11:28:00 EST Set LEAD goals not LAG goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43970_set_lead_goals_not_lag_goals We all have goals on our health and fitness journey, whether they are weight loss/maintenance, regular exercise, health issue management.... but sometimes we feel frustrated that we are not meeting our goals or not even getting closer! This "secret" might hold the clue as it describes the difference between LAG and LEAD goals. <br> <br>LAG goals involve getting there and then checking in. An exam... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 18:27:00 EST Move it and Keep going.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43969_move_it_and_keep_going No matter what you do you have to keep trying and pushing through this... People write that they are having trouble with loosing three pounds and gain them back but when you can just put things to the side and know it is because you need to take it off you will make the changes you need.. Being a Motivator you have to stay upbeat and read blogs.. but I can not do the work that each one of my members need to do.. I can offer help and give my opinion but they are the ones that have to do the wo... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 17:41:00 EST Make it Simple http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43964_make_it_simple It's simple: A good thirty minute walk is all you need to get the heart pumping and improve your cardio.<br>*******************************<BR>*************************<br>I have found that eating protein with every single meal will hold me over and satisfy my hunger until the next snack or meal. <br>**************************************<BR>******************<br>Never skip breakfast. Never ever skip breakfast. Your metabolism needs a boost in the morning after your body has been dormant duin... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 11:03:00 EST What is Success? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43963_what_is_success <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br>Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal.<br>~ Earl Nightengale<br> <br>When you stop and think about the preceding quotation it boils down to what I have been preaching. Set a series of short-term goals so that the goal is always in sight. If you goal is to walk a hundred miles, when you start you cannot see the finish line. If you goal is to walk a hundred yards, you can see... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 10:46:00 EST Drinking Enough Water and Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43947_drinking_enough_water_and_exercise To get my 8 glasses of water drank, I will get out 4 bottles of water (16 oz) <em>194</em> . I have been drinking sparkling water lately. Even though it doesn't taste real good (yes, water does have taste) I drink it down. Pop has no appeal to me anymore. I have not had pop since December 31, 2015. I go into the store, and it does not even tempt me to buy it. Sometimes, with just plain water, I will add one of those flavor packets to it. Another benefit of the sparkling water (Ice Mo... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 12:17:00 EST Pedometer for Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43945_pedometer_for_motivation When the scale won't move and I just feel like I have hit a plateau to beat all plateaus, I focus on my steps. I walk, and walk, and walk!!! I also make sure that I eat good things and not in excess, but I just focus on my walking and keep on walking. I will go out of my way to run errands at work. I will pace in my house, and I have a pretty small house. I will take the dog for a walk all around town, small town, and when we get back we are both so tired! Anyway, sometimes we get so bo... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 11:57:00 EST Share with a friend when you eat out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43922_share_with_a_friend_when_you_eat_out <em>386</em> Eating out can really be a challenge! I have found by sharing a meal with the hubby I can control the calories. I also employee a couple other tricks. I take half the food off my plate as soon as I get it. I ask for a take home box. I also take out the number of chips I am allowed (calorie count) and then I break them in half before I treat myself to any type of dip or sauce. This works great at Mexican restaurants. I love salsa and quest. I also use a smaller dish even when my... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 10:39:00 EST Little Trick I Learned http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43917_little_trick_i_learned I learned a new little trick today. Someone suggested that your new way of eating starts with your next bite, and the next, and then the next. Make each bite count!<br><br>Take it one pound at a time, one day at a time. This is not a race. Your weight loss progress should not be measured against someone else's progress. Try your best to keep your focus on eating the right foods--things that are healthy. Try to limit sugars, starches, high fat items. It is important to exercise every day. A ... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 08:53:00 EST Mindset. It's All About The Mentality http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43914_mindset_its_all_about_the_mentality The biggest thing I've learned thus far is " it's not a sprint, it's a marathon, this journey ". It's all about our mental straits and how fast we get our mind right. It's technically , actually all about the mindset. It's a matter of what do you believe in ? What do you want ? How bad do you want it ? Those night cravings, yes it's mental too. It didn't take me too long to come to realization but it took long enough, I spent so many months just thinking the wrong thoughts.. I spent so much t... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 02:14:00 EST Photos and Tape Measures http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43897_photos_and_tape_measures As painful as it is to do, take photos of your progress. Please don't shy away from it because otherwise you'll regret not having a record of all of your hard work. Take front, side and back photos, then date them and file them away... for now. Take photos every couple of weeks or every month. Then start to compare them.<br><br>When I took my first photos, I was truly disappointed with what I saw but I put them away in a folder on my laptop (you may want to password-protect yours if your kids... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 09:17:00 EST Say cheese to you :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43888_say_cheese_to_you_ Taking a picture every day will help when you see the progress in front of you. Once a month overlap your current picture to your start picture and see your self melt!!! I have been n my weight loss journey for over 5 years now I have attempted in the past and failed. This is the first time that I am finding documenting what I am doing as a successful tool. I do not worry about what clothes I have on happy sad regardless of your mood the condition of your current weight loss in time you will ... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 20:01:00 EST Make mornings super-important http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43880_make_mornings_superimportant I never used to be a morning person. I would always be rushing around in the morning, trying to get ready for work. Half the time, I would forget my work lunch and have to buy something. Most of the time, I would be too stressed to deal with the thought and planning involved in a healthy lifestyle. I would run off to work, and then if I thought about healthy eating and exercise, I had to jam it into a busy evening or stay up late to do my Sparking, which always felt like a rush job.<br><br>On... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 10:20:00 EST Post "Spark-Points" to Phone Homescreen!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43866_post_sparkpoints_to_my_phones_homescreen One of the things that keeps me motivated at Sparkpeople is the "POINTS" I get for doing the various things.<br><br>I am someone who only has a phone (no computer) to access Sparkpeople. Thanks to joining a Spark Team Challenge last year (BLC28 - The 28th Round of Sparkpeople's Biggest Loser Challenge), I learned a lot about the "Sparkeling Virtual World" that is Sparkpeople... <br><br>For Example: When using the Mobile ap, unless one goes into the "Browser's Pull Down Menu" & Checks "Des... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 06:48:00 EST Staying motivated and committed http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43860_staying_motivated_and_committed Well I have come to understand and learn that one of the wisest things to do while committing to health and fitness goals is to keep positive things in front of you constantly! Some of the positive things I keep in front are me is as follows. I love to keep images of people who have the body image I'd like for myself. It helps me keep in perspective how much I currently do not look the way I desire to look. I reminds me of this on a daily so when I go to reach for those cookies...Im reminded... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 22:04:00 EST One Day at a Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43850_one_day_at_a_time People become discouraged because they focus on how far they have to go instead of how far they have come. Many self-help gurus have made this very statement and trued words have never been spoken.<br><br>I would take the concept a step farther and move the goal in closer.<br><br>Imagine you have one hundred pounds to lose. That is a lot! So, if you stand at your starting line and look down the long road of weight loss, one hundred pounds is a lo-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-ong way off. It is undaun... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 12:06:00 EST Keep on Logging http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43847_staying_on_track_2_keep_on_logging Keeping track of everything you eat and drink, especially little nibbles, is essential because things soon mount up, leading to at best, a lack of weight loss, and at worst, gains. <br><br>A tablespoon of peanut butter here and there (c'mon, we all do it!), a glass of blackcurrant cordial, the odd square of chocolate, a few crisps, a couple of chips... before you know it, you could absentmindedly be adding 200 calories a day - or more - which over the course of the week, is the equivalent of ... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 10:55:00 EST Get to going... or hit the brakes..? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43835_get_to_going_or_hit_the_brakes I have found that the exercise is really good but someone brought it to my attention of how much I laugh.. Now I am all for Motivation and getting people to get up and get going but they told me my brain creates too many Endorphins... Now I would rather have too many than not enough.. I have never taken a lot of things and get too far down that I can't laugh about.. You need to laugh one it does bur calories and two if your upset it leads to be depressed and then onto different things that co... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 20:18:00 EST A Little Bit Goes a Long Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43822_a_little_bit_goes_a_long_way Losing weight is all about using common sense and a healthy balanced diet. You should lose weight sensibly and keep it off by changing how you think about your diet and health. As a little bit of extra motivation here are some tips to help you reach your goal.<br><br>Eat slowly<br><br>Research has shown that people who are overweight tend to bolt their food. Savour and enjoy what you eat and take time to chew your food. Practitioners advise chewing each mouthful 30 times as this allows the en... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 11:31:00 EST Keep Going - You can do it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43821_keep_going_you_can_do_it When I started this journey, I wasn't sure what I wanted, except to be healthy. Sure, I thought it would be cool to be back down to a 32-inch waistline (what I accomplished back in 2004 via the South Beach Diet and living in San Francisco with lots of hills to walk up and down, but no other real exercise). But I didn't necessarily think that was possible at "almost-60" - the age that Steve reminds me of every day. <br><br>So it was pretty astonishing to me when I started fitting into size 32 ... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 11:00:00 EST Define Your Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43817_staying_on_track_1_define_your_goals In October 2014, we were in the Alps, and halfway up a mountain, I fell down. Fortunately, I only fell a short distance - it could have been far worse - but I did hurt my left arm, shoulder, and knee, and it took quite a while to even start to heal.<br><br>Fast forward to Christmas; Amato mio and I had friends staying with us for a few days during the festive season; we'd done caves, we'd gone up and down mountain passes, we'd hiked up to spectacular waterfalls, we'd played around in the snow... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 03:04:00 EST Keep Pushing IT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43802_keep_pushing_it One pound at a time...<br>Take it one pound at a time, one day at a time. This is not a race. Your weight loss progress should not be measured against someone else's progress. Try your best to keep your focus on eating the right foods--things that are healthy. Try to limit sugars, starches, high fat items. It is important to exercise every day. A good thirty minute walk is all you need to get the heart pumping and improve your cardio. I have found that eating protein with every single meal wi... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 12:58:00 EST Starting To Love Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43801_starting_to_love_me All my life I have felt I am really ugly starting when I was a young girl. When I was 17 years old I got my tonsils out and I started gaining weight. Then at 32 years old I had a hysterectomy and really started putting on more weight. From the time I got married at 18 years old I was abused mentally and physically by my husband who was an alcoholic. He told me I was a nobody and talked horrible to me. I felt like the ugliest person in the world. After I divorced my husband I met a man who tre... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 12:50:00 EST Morning Miracle -Don't Hit That Snooze! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43785_morning_miracle_dont_hit_that_snooze Are you one of those people that set your alarm for the last possible minute for you to get ready and get to where you need to be, whether its work or school? Do you hit that snooze button for as long as you think you can get away with it? If so, you are wasting one of the most valuable time periods of your life!<br> Most people are night owls. They stay up late binge watching Netflix, playing games, whatever, their 'me time', their reward for a long, hard day of survival and existenc... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 12:36:00 EST Your happiness is an inside job. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43783_your_happiness_is_an_inside_job Happiness is an inside job. Don't assign ANYONE else that much power over your life.<br><br>Happiness. Was I truly happy during all these years of being overweight? In some areas, I really was. In others, I had despair.<br><br>I was unable to control eating, and did it covertly. You could see it on me, so I wasn't fooling anyone, and was so desperately sad that somehow I could not stop myself. Eating was my secret. It was my binge. It was idiotic, frankly. It never brought me one moment's hap... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 11:54:00 EST This is the day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43774_this_is_the_day This is the day...each day when you wake up, get out of bed, (go outside if possible) and stretch and look up and say...This is the day.... and say something positive :) I like to begin with the same thing every day...For instance mine is "This is the day the lord has made, let me rejoice and be glad in it!" I just like to begin the day with remembering to be as joyful and grateful as I can, and start the day at my best.<br><br>So, make up your own saying that means something to you. During ... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 20:11:00 EST Making Changes for ME http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43773_making_changes_for_me Trying to change for anyone, thing, event... these are not long term motivators for me. I have found that until I have the desire to make changes just for myself, motivation lags or falls away.<br><br>Look within to identify exactly why you are attempting to make these changes. Try to make it personal, for you! When you do, I think you'll find that you will increase your motivation to achieve your goals.<br><br>When you are 'personally' motivated the sky is the limit. Moving forward on a regu... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 17:13:00 EST No cheat days!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43764_no_cheat_days No cheating!! Cheat days should never exist!!! It doesn't work!! Because it's taking a step backward and then you have to fight to get off the extra in order to move forward again!!! And drink water..tons of it!! It gets the impurities out of your system!!! Fiber is also a must. It gets things moving and keeps you full longer!! I swim at least 60 laps a week due to my bad knees. No weight on arthritic knees and it works all the muscles in your body!! I also believe in getting enough sleep!! A... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 10:34:00 EST Healthy Way to Lose It http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43760_healthy_way_to_lose_it A weight loss program is all about common sense and a healthy balanced diet. You should lose weight sensibly and keep it off by changing how you think about your diet and health. As a little bit of extra motivation here are some tips to help you reach your goal.<br><br>Eat slowly<br><br>Research has shown that people who are overweight tend to bolt their food. Savour and enjoy what you eat and take time to chew your food. Practitioners advise chewing each mouthful 30 times as this allows the ... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 08:59:00 EST