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 Don't Give Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50545_dont_give_up Never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, ... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:21:00 EST Take Baby Steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50540_take_baby_steps Little changes over time make the biggest impact. If you try too much at once, you'll get overwhelmed and struggle to maintain your new lifestyle. If you change small things one thing at a time, it's easier. Start with more water, shoot for an initial goal of four glasses a day, for example. Then, bump it up to 6. Then 8. Everyone in my household bought a 34 oz water bottle that we fill up twice a day, sometimes my husband even gets in 3! Once you've got a handle on that, try something like w... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:00:00 EST Don't Just Use It http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50537_dont_just_use_it I've been with Sparkpeople for 49 days. I know because I have a Spark Streak of 49 days. I make sure I come to the site everyday to track my food and my fitness. I paid for the premium membership and I LOVE it. It is so nice to use the Spark Coach feature. And I realized that coming to the site everyday is not enough. I use the tools they give me, they help me stay the course, help me stay healthy, but what really gets me coming back to the site is participating. Don't just use the sit... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 11:53:00 EST SparkCoach is a Great Tool! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50536_sparkcoach_is_a_great_tool I absolutely love using SparkCoach. It is informative and helps me stay accountable and makes sure I'm being active in the Spark community. All of it together motivates me to keep on track with my healthy living journey.<br><br>Each day, I click on my SparkCoach button and then there is a visualization exercise, where I imagine myself doing something specific or being at a certain place in my journey and then I think about how that would make me feel and then I can hold onto that for more mo... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 01:30:00 EST Daily food tracking0 minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50528_daily_food_tracking0_minutes Tracking your food everyday and every bite no matter how small is a huge motivator and staying accountable to yourself. This for me is the most important thing i do daily! It has been a real eye opener and a great teaching tool for me. It not only shows me my calorie intake but also if i am getting the proper nutrients my body needs! I believe ( at lest for me) that daily tracking of my food intake, water intake and exercising. I encourage everyone to take advantage of this resource on he sit... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:58:00 EST Small Daily Changes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50527_small_daily_changes Make small changes daily until they become lifestyle changes. Be gentle with yourself. Babysteps! It's tempting to make a New Year's Resolution or a Diet Goal but then it's so depressing when you can't sustain the changes you have tried to make. My small goals are to do a minimum of 15 minutes of exercise per day, and to eat at least one big salad or green smoothie a day to get in my veggies. What about you? What is a small change that you can make daily that will impact your health for the b... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:19:00 EST Dump the Excuses http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50525_dump_the_excuses <em>227</em> Stop looking for excuses every day to not eat healthy - to not exercise and so on. <br><br>I think everyone has this little devil <em>18</em> on their shoulder who whispers in their ear before going to the gym "oh no you are too tired today" or "oh but you already exercised 2 days ago", "my bed feels sooooooooo comfortable" , "I have this slight itch in my left little toe so maybe that means that I'm too tired to go :p" or"I won't go today but I will go tomorrow" <em>28</e... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:32:00 EST Having a loving and supportive coach helps! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50515_having_a_loving_and_supportive_coach_helps Having a coach who cares makes alot of difference, having someone who supports and loves you and wants you around for a long time will make sure you are always ready for that challenge! <br><br>I was 306 lbs and had a friend who I love like my sister come to be and break down because I had become so unhealthy and miserable. She told me that she needed me around for a long time to be there for her. She encouraged me to find a way to begin eating healthy and exercise. <br><br>The difference... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 09:44:00 EST How I stay motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50512_how_i_stay_motivated I have a really good friend who keeps me motivated when other friends try to sabotage my fitness goals. She is super fit and I use her mind set as a motivation to help me reach my goals. Just having that inspirational friend to talk to about your roadblocks is such a good thing. She keeps me going when I feel like quitting or when I make a poor decision ( like deciding to have that small vanilla shake)! <em>381</em> Sometimes I struggle with temptations when my well meaning friends at w... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 18:38:00 EST Stick it out! Don't Quit http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50509_stick_it_out_dont_quit it's easy to stop....it takes gumption to keep going...I've stopped and started, so many times....if I would've just kept going imagine that! I wouldn't be starting over again! This is my last start....I'm doing it this time and so can you, just don't quit! Keep going! <br>When you have a week or two or three and nothings happened or you fell off ...Keep going!<br>When you ate something you shouldn't have, Keep going! <br>When people don't notice or they make a fat person comment, don't gi... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:54:00 EST Motion, consistency, creativity, patience, http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50497_motion_consistency_creativity_patience What is in motion tends to tends to stay in motion. I tell myself this every morning <em>386</em> when I am getting out of bed. also, I may not feel like doing it (anything) right now but if just do it for 2 or 3 minutes I will be in state and keep on doing it. so says Anthony Robbins, sometimes you just have to push yourself. knowing myself also helps too. I know that I am inherently lazy. so I use that to motivate me. I tell myself if I do these two things this evening I will make my mor... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 17:22:00 EST Don't give up. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50496_dont_give_up If you wouldn't throw away your car every time it needs gas, don't give up because of one day of crappy eating, or because of a few days or months of illness. You are worth getting healthier. If you wouldn't berate someone who is having a difficult time with weight loss or maintenance, show yourself the same kindness and compassion. If you wouldn't want someone talking to your kids or loved ones the way you talk to yourself, don't talk to yourself like that. You have to be as important to you... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 12:20:00 EST Do It anyway http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50493_do_it_any_way Wise words from a very wise woman (Mother Teresa)<br><br>This is my favorite quote and it is one that I try to live by everyday. I truly believe that we can not allow others to determine how we will act. No excuses or blaming someone else. Your destiny is in your own hands. Don't ever let anyone control your actions. Do not give power to those who seek to harm you or are jealous of what they perceive about you. Also, be tolerant of others and understand that there are broken people in this... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 21:50:00 EST You can do anything http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50480_you_can_do_anything Depending on your situation and your health there is so much you can do. I have been on a yo yo of we eight loss circles. Starting when I was 17 I gained 95 pounds over a year, by the time I was 23 I was sick of it. I decided to try the whole shakes for weight loss with herbalife and it did work for a little while. Then I decided it wasn't for me. I couldn't keep on drinking my meals because I oh so love my actual food. I had an addiction problem which made me lose tons of weight but also mad... Thu, 2 Feb 2017 14:13:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50472_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 00:39:00 EST Tracking Your Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50465_tracking_your_food <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8969ceaf-cb25-4b32-9fd8-13f382e4b12e.jpg"><br><br>When you bite it, write it<br>When you drink it, ink it<br>When you snack it, track it<br>When you nibble it, scribble it<br>When you steal it, reveal it<br>When you grab it, blab it<br><br>So you’re embarking on a journey to get healthy. This is something you have to do for yourself and for your health.<br><br>Food journaling is one of the best ways to help keep on track.<br><br>Those random ha... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 06:29:00 EST It works for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50462_it_works_for_me I was lost for about a yr and I thought I was doing good but to be honest I was out of control. My weight sleep health and household was just in a crazed state. I wanted to do something and I tried to but I had no will power. I had friends that ate out all the time and drank soda and all kinds of stuff I knew I wasn't suppose to have but did.i got to a weight I am embarrassed to say. I began looking online from groups that would help me out that's how I found Spark people (so happy I did). I ... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 13:14:00 EST Always Trust In... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50459_always_trust_in God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. No matter what, He sticks with me. The question is, Will I stick with Him when I'm angry, depressed, sad and grieving or fearful? He is always willing to comfort me and show me the next step. But am I willing to listen and obey? If not, no amount of help will do me any good.<br><br>Trust is vital to get anywhere in life. I trust a chair to hold me up, that I will have air for my next breath, that I will wake up in the morning. Mo... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 15:16:00 EST Believing in Myself and My Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50458_believing_in_myself_and_my_goals I have come to understand that there are many components to successfully achieving goals. I have been on this journey of losing weight, developing a fit body for most of my life. I've learned a lot. I'm finally on my way, and what a journey it's been. Here are some things I've learned:<br><br>First: I believe in myself. No one can achieve my goals for me. I must want them, and believe I can and will achieve them. And I do! <br><br>Second: I set goals that are attainable, and then devel... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 11:04:00 EST Just take it one day at a time, like AA.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50457_just_take_it_one_day_at_a_time_like_aa I love success stories, i've always been intrigued by people success in WL. We all share the same struggles every day, whether its food, not wanting to work, how we feel after a workout, the joy of losing weight and confidence building. My motivation is to take it day by day and not fret. I know I have to lose the weight but its always been a battle, the only thing is I don't let it defeat me. Yes there may be times when I go overboard but get right back on. Its like going to Alcoholics ... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 09:02:00 EST Download the HabitBull App and Use It http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50454_download_the_habitbull_app_and_use_it One of the ways I got started was to download the HabitBull App at http://www.habitbull.com/ and really use it.<br><br>What kept me motivated was not breaking the streak, or chain of workouts.<br><br>It's an idea from Jerry Seinfeld. See, when Seinfeld was a fresh new comic, he knew that creating jokes every day was a way to becoming a better comic.<br><br>It didn't matter if he created a bad joke or a great joke, the key was to simply write a new joke every single day.<br><br>See, because we... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 10:23:00 EST Consistency Leads to Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50450_consistency_leads_to_success The biggest secret and one that is the most demanding is right there in front of our faces.<br>There are so many various programs and choices out there it is or can become confusing.<br>Sometimes the more you read and learn the less focused you can become. Tis best to find, like a pair of shoes, the path that is yours and leads down a road you know you can follow.<br><br>Do not choose plans or diets that are not sustainable for life! Any quick fix is exactly that. <br>Once you change even a b... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 15:14:00 EST When I started to run http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50447_when_i_started_to_run 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, 25 Jan 2017 01:09:00 EST Focus on what I want... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50438_focus_on_what_i_want If what I want is to be fit, healthy and in shape, I have to focus on every habits that produces these results.<br>Eating just enough to satisfy my hunger and to give me the energy I need. <br>Selecting foods that are vibrant with good vital energy, this is why vegetables and fruits are the cornerstone of a healthy diet. <br>Staying active and in movement throughout the day to use the energy I consume. Movement is Life... <br>Drinking water is essential to get all my organs functioning well a... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 10:24:00 EST Me first...it is not a crime! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50435_me_firstit_is_not_a_crime <br> My secret, is no real secret at all, but common sense. My needs are just as important as my family's needs. My health and well being are valid decisions only I can make, and it actually improves how I perform duties for others.<br> I was once told by a Weight Watcher leader that women are overweight because they put themselves last every day. They mean to think of their own meals, exercise, sleep, and hobbies....but they become slaves to helping 'everyone' and sometimes 'any... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:25:00 EST Starting out on Spark! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50434_start_smart_with_spark <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c8c142b1-1e4a-44df-b06c-a4514de49688.jpg"><br><br>Welcome to spark! I hope your adventure here is getting you excited about your health. There are so many tools to help along the way. The nutrition tracker and fitness tracker are the best. Blogs are great, and everyone is supportive, just jump in and start finding people you feel you would like to get to know and add them to your friends list, so you can keep up with their progress as well. Bes... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:32:00 EST Eat Smaller Everyday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50427_eat_smaller_everyday To get smaller you have to eat smaller. To stay smaller you have to keep eating smaller. What ever your goal weight is "eat like you are at that weight." <br>This really does work. Just like calories in calories out. The more you practice this the more positive you become. Stop weighing. Work on better eating and stopping when you are comfortable. Be happy and content with yourself. <br>Stop the guilt every time you eat something you shouldn't. It really is ok. Life is too short to be miserab... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 12:54:00 EST Stay Positive about Your Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50426_stay_positive_about_your_plan When first envisioning a goal, most of us are positive. We make our plan, and then we start implementing it with enthusiasm and vigor. We look into the future with our mind’s eye, and we see ourselves striding toward that goal in leaps and bounds. However, even if we stick to our plan like determined glue, something is bound to happen to slow or even stop our progress—we hit a plateau, or worse yet, we GAIN 3 lbs! Sure, no one is going to be happy about anything like that derailing her mis... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:40:00 EST Keep Moving the Bar! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50424_keep_moving_the_bar Challenge Me!<br><br>One of the first things I did when I got on Spark People was to join the “21 Day New Member” Challenge. There I learned a little about how to navigate the site, a little about nutrition, a little about exercise, and I was introduced to Spark Points. Each little nugget of information, each small shove of encouragement helped me continue to lose weight. When I got to a plateau, I was a lot easier on myself than I would have been if I hadn’t been reading up on how normal tha... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:05:00 EST Don't give up!! even when that scale doesn't move!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50421_dont_give_up_even_when_that_scale_doesnt_move I started about 4 weeks ago and weighed at 196.. but I think I really weighed 198/199. I got up to that the 2nd week in, that is why I think I really weighed that. I was getting discouraged and wasn't sure what I was eating to make me sit at idol. The 3rd week I was down to 194 but I sat at this weight all week and weekend... I just couldn't seem to bust through that damn number! Well I was short on money the 4th week so I was being clever of what I could eat in the house without going to the... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:40:00 EST Determination and Consistency http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50419_determination_and_consistency <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/259f6c8b-e476-4e3a-9491-bb3a88f06dcb.jpg"><br><br> I've lost a little over 100 pounds, and still have around 50/70 to go. This is what has worked for me...<br><br> If someone tells you that diet, or exercise are the biggest/most important aspect in weightloss - RUN! ( Your waistline could probably use it, and this person does not know what they are talking about. ) Drive, commitment, and motivation are the most important aspects. Su... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:03:00 EST Have A Good Partner http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50417_have_a_good_partner My biggest secret to success is my loving husband. He is my hero and my biggest motivation, as well as my superhero 3 year old daughter. We work out together, we eat healthy together, and got each others backs all the time.<br> In the 20 years we have known each other we have gained a lot of weight, and are working hard to lose it. We quit smoking together, and cut way back on eating out or giving into emotional cravings. Coming from families that revolve around food it is a challenge.<br... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:13:00 EST Motivation to go to the gym/work out http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50415_motivation_to_go_to_the_gymwork_out One of the hardest things for me was to wake up early to go to the gym. <em>128</em> For years I have struggled to get motivated and out of my bed, but even when I planned to go later in the day after work I would usually skip or give up all together. <br><br>In 2016 I promised myself I would give it a good try, I would find a way to get to the Gym often and keep going past the first week. So I decided to condition myself ad offer a treat that would not hurt my goals, every time I worked o... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:57:00 EST Be patient it will happen...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50410_be_patient_it_will_happen That is a hard word to swallow when you want something now. It doesn't help that people tell you give it time especially when they have no idea what your struggling with. But patience is the bitter pill we have to swallow when we start this journey, this path we have set forth on. One thing is for certain slow and steady wins the race. Pushing forward when you think you can't go another step. You see someone else's progress and you think why can't that be me. Well you journey is your own. Go ... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:46:00 EST you didn't get here overnight http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50405_you_didnt_get_here_overnight We didn't get this way overnight so it will take time to put things right. Never give up, that's like saying your not worth it, and you are. To hell with what others think about you; it's what you think that matters. If you believe in yourself.<br> If you haven't already; develope a code to live by and stay true to yourself - you shall succeed. <br> A slip is only momentary set back not a total loss unless you allow it as such.<br> When all seems lost, everything is going a... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:41:00 EST Challenges: Challenging Myself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50398_challenges_challenging_myself <br>When I retired I knew I would have to jump into getting healthy with both feet. I could so easily become a 500 lb. couch potato.<br> <em>15</em> <br>I had wandered across SP a few years ago, and thought it would be a good place to start.<br> <em>41</em> <br>After registering, I found the 21 Day New Member Challenge. After that I joined the Jump Start Your Workout Challenge. I was off and running (and sweating). Both of those challenges were, well, challenging. They pushed me harder t... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:48:00 EST Just Say 'No' and keep on keepin on! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50395_just_say_no_and_keep_on_keepin_on Has anyone other than me noticed at night when watching television, the majority of the commercials are focused on food, and the later the evening goes the more food commercials there are? It is hard enough to 'just say no' during normal daytime on our journey to our weight loss attempt, but evening television commercial temptations can make or break us all. <br><br>So this is where I have committed to "just say no" and either just turn the television off for the night and work on a proj... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:00:00 EST Just Say 'No' and keep on keepin on! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50394_just_say_no_and_keep_on_keepin_on Has anyone other than me noticed at night when watching television, the majority of the commercials are focused on food, and the later the evening goes the more food commercials there are? It is hard enough to 'just say no' during normal daytime on our journey to our weight loss attempt, but evening television commercial temptations can make or break us all. <br><br>So this is where I have committed to "just say no" and either just turn the television off for the night and work on a proj... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:00:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50385_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... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:11:00 EST KNOW THY SELF http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50376_know_thy_self Take some time to figure out WHO you are in order to find just HOW you can best make changes to become healthier and more fit ... either what to eat (or not eat), how to exercise, when to move, or if you just need to think. <br> I am a loner. After many unattended workout classes and wasted dollars on gym memberships I've learned it's unlikely I will ever be a "GYM-BELLE". Neither am I inclined to "simply set aside" a time of day or a number of minutes to workout at home because I can usu... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 15:58:00 EST Cravings: Staying on track with your food when cravings hit http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50372_cravings_staying_on_track_with_your_food_when_cravings_hit Before you dive head first into that chocolate cake or that bag of chips, or before you go for seconds, take a moment to update your food tracker. <br><br>Seeing what I've already consumed that day and how a binge (even a mini binge) would put me over my allowed totals has a sobering effect. <br><br>With a much clearer head and understanding of where I am with my food for the day, I can make more rational choices.<br><br>That's really all there is to my "secret". But since SparkPeople won't l... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 13:27:00 EST Eat Food Mindfully http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50365_eat_food_mindfully It’s what fuels our bodies but often food is eaten too quickly and forgotten, make each meal special, treat it as an occasion to remember, eat slowly, chewing fully, savour every mouthful, the taste of it, the aroma, the texture in your mouth, every little detail is worthy of remembering.<br><br>Give eating your singular attention, switch off the TV, don’t read the news, your emails or social media whilst eating, whenever possible eat at a table, take a mouthful and put your knife, fork or sp... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 06:40:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50363_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, 15 Jan 2017 00:07:00 EST Life Lessons From 100-Plus-Year-Olds http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50354_life_lessons_from_100plusyearolds Life Lessons From 100-Plus-Year-Olds<br><br>Age is just a number, and this is clearly evident in the lives of the three centenarians interviewed in the LifeHunters video above.<br><br>Each has his or her own story — Clifford Crozier, born in 1915; Emilia Tereza Harper, born in 1913; and John Millington Denerley, born in 1914 — but you'll notice a certain "je ne sais quoi" that they all seem to share.<br><br>Positivity and strength are certainly apparent, along with a will to live and a contin... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 11:10:00 EST Just one , sounds silly but it works for me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50352_just_one_sounds_silly_but_it_works_for_me About 7 years ago, I was at a point in my life where I was able to focus on my health and eating habits. After spending most of my life berating myself over every morsel of food that I put in my mouth and bad habits I had grown accustom too, I had a moment of clarity and a 'click' went off in my mind & soul. Because of this 'click', I was able to relax and focus on my daily health, eating, exercise and just LIVING in general-I went on to lose 85 lbs in about a year and a half.<br><br>My bro... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 09:08:00 EST Make a Healthy Lifestyle a Habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50351_make_a_healthy_lifestyle_a_habit It is not enough to want to live healthy or even try to live healthy you have to put systems (habits) in place to be able to live healthy without thinking about it. If you have to choose your lifestyle everyday you will sometimes choose wrong, but if you have already chosen how to live and made it a habit there is no room for wrong choices. <br><br>You also have to be very specific when making habits. For me, it wasn't even enough to say that I would walk on the treadmill before breakfast.... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 07:47:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50349_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 00:19:00 EST 8 ways to avoid a winter workout rut http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50343_8_ways_to_avoid_a_winter_workout_rut 1. Embrace the Cold Weather<br><br>One of the best way to stay in shape during the cold months is to get out there and face it like a man. Whether you enjoy downhill skiing, cross country skiing, ice skating or just bundling up and going for a run, getting outside will be invigorating and will provide a great change of pace from cooping yourself up inside all the time. <br><br>2. Hook Yourself Up With New Gear<br><br>On that note, you’ll want some new clothes and/or shoes to help you get outs... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:54:00 EST Having a great support person on this weight loss journey. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50341_having_a_great_support_person_on_this_weight_loss_journey As I begin 2017 I have come to realize that in order to make this weight loss journey successful I've had to start sharing my progress with others. One of my main supporters is my walking partner - a friend and I took up walking this past summer as we both went thru Knee Replacement Surgery in 2015. We both noticed the scale was going higher and higher, and it seemed like it was impossible to keep it from climbing. As we both had physical jobs we needed to somehow get our strength back in ... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:15:00 EST The Best Secret http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50332_the_best_secret The wish for all of us is to have a long and happy life. Yes, challenges will come along and whether they be health issues, life stresses, or other problems there is one thing we can always count on and that is the help of our Father in Heaven. Partner with him through prayer and he will help you. You don't even have to go church in order to have him help you. He loves you and wants you to succeed in all your righteous endeavors. Getting healthy through weight loss and exercise is absolutely ... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:57:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50322_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:17:00 EST Quitting Smoking for Good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50317_quitting_smoking_for_good Any one can do it! You have to want it. Just like anything else. It's an important part of getting healthy. Monitor your emotions for at least a month prior. Everyone (Especially women) has hormonal highs and lows. Pick a time when you are most into your groove. When feel you are at your best. And most importantly psych yourself up to succeed! talk yourself up! You can do it. You are strong and will not let anything have control over you. I have quit in the past. Sometimes for a couple years... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:38:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50302_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:26:00 EST The Not-So-Secret Secret - Boring Ol' Hard Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50293_the_notsosecret_secret_boring_ol_hard_work I have now been on Spark for almost 2 years. I have successfully lost over 60 lbs, and over the past 2 years, I've constantly fielded these questions from friends, coworkers, and family members: "How did you do it??? What is your secret??" At the beginning, I would tell people about Spark, and the nutrition tracker, and drinking more water, and throwing a bit of exercise into the mix, etc. Well, after my husband heard me explaining this to the ump-teenth person, he later said to me: "Sc... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 13:48:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50285_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... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:10:00 EST Never Give Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50275_never_give_up It's inevitable. At some point you'll miss a workout. You'll eat a bacon cheeseburger. You'll have an extra glass of wine. Well, guess what? YOU'RE HUMAN!! Life doesn't have to perfect to be wonderful! You don't have to be perfect to lose weight; you have to be intentional. So, if you mess up - get up! And start over. Just be sure you've learned something about your mess-up that will contribute to your success. Although I still have miles to go, I'm much closer to my goals than I was two year... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 12:54:00 EST Give Me Back My Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50270_give_me_back_my_life I looked in the mirror and hate what I have let myself get to. It seems like an impossible task to get healthy again so time after time. Day after day, I have just given up. Grabbed something to eat and sit on the couch watching TV. Nothing changed. The scale was going up, up and away. Why? I have a pretty strong mind and when I am relying on God I have to strength to get things done. I have been feeling sorry for myself and in that giving myself excuses to do NOTHING! And guess what? Nothing... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:39:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50265_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:20:00 EST Have an Amazing Support System http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50253_have_an_amazing_support_system What I've found that helps me more so than anything else is to have an amazing support system. This can be found in a million different places. <br><br>For me, my husband is my biggest fan. While it's true that he loves me just the way I am and wouldn't care if I lost weight or gained weight, he still wants me to be happy with myself. While he doesn't always participate in my activities (for instance, he could care less about yoga), he does find ways to be with me while I workout. We're both ... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 12:17:00 EST Believe Every Day is a Brand New Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50252_believe_every_day_is_a_brand_new_day When you start your day, what's the first thing that comes to mind? Is it what happened yesterday? What you did or didn't do? How good or bad you ate? That you worked out or didn't. <br><br>You are an accumulation of all of the choices you made from all of your yesterdays. What you are tomorrow depends on what you do today. You can't change what you did or didn't do yesterday, but what you do today is completely under your control.<br><br>If you look in the past, what will you see? Wil... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 12:02:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50239_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... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 00:08:00 EST Tracking makes the difference! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50227_tracking_makes_the_difference The best way for me to stay on track and make consistent and ongoing progress toward a healthier lifestyle is to plan ahead and track everything: food, exercise and water. Without planning and tracking, it is easy to make choices that may derail efforts. Tracking makes daily efforts transparent and also allows me to use real time data to make adjustments as needed.<br><br>To support my tracking needs, I took a small monthly calendar and used each daily block as a quick way to note daily pro... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 12:55:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50219_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 00:10:00 EST When I started to run http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50201_when_i_started_to_run When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 00:11:00 EST Just don't stop http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50185_just_dont_stop There are times in all our lives, in which we feel like the task at hand is insurmountable. Remember that the only person you have to be better than is yourself, and there's no one else to impress. Make this journey personal, and use your intrinsic motivation to push through the hard times.<br><br>Life is not meant to be easy, but it is awesome. Never sell yourself short, and use your nonstop dedication to motivate you to keep the streak going. Nothing great is ever accomplished on the fi... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 07:10:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50179_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 00:11:00 EST Don't Quit and other Motivational Words of Wisdom http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50166_dont_quit_and_other_motivational_words_of_wisdom Not everyday is going to be a "good day". Don't let 1 "bad day" turn into a "bad week"! It took you awhile to gain the weight, it will take you awhile to loose the weight. It's just how it is. Try to enjoy the process. Each day you will feel better than before until your dream jeans fit again! <br><br>If you fall off track, jut get back on it as fast as you can! It's probably not even as bad as you think it is. <br><br>Don't forget to track that food even if it's was not the best choice to ea... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 12:55:00 EST A reluctantly learned lesson... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50165_a_reluctantly_learned_lesson So far I have lost over 50 pounds. I discovered, very reluctantly, how beneficial exercise is. I refused to exercise for the first three months of my weight loss journey. Gradually, I started exercising in 10 minutes stints. I saw my weight drop, my endurance rise, and came around to really enjoying the challenge to my body. <br><br>That was when I learned a huge lesson about stress. <br><br>One day I was crabby, and grumpy after a stressfilled day of work. I was just downright completely ... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 11:56:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50157_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, 5 Jan 2017 00:11:00 EST Use Your Imagination http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50149_use_your_imagination The imagination is our creative field. We can imagine anything we want to and that's what activates change. I meed to use my imagination constantly to create the life I want. If I can imagine it, I can HAVE IT!!! If you think it you can be it! <br><br>I am currently working on my vision notebook. This notebook house all of my dreams. The power of our imagination is the key to all of our desires. Most of us do not use it wisely. My goal for 2017 is to spend time using my imagination to manifes... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 20:10:00 EST Team Player Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50144_team_player_accountability The best thing that has helped on this journey is now my husband is actively involved in weight loss too. <br><br>We hold each other accountable. We cheer each other on when we feel giving up and when we go to the gym. And we talk to each other when we are down and just don't want to keep going on the journey. He'll text me when he's tempted by treats at work and I'll encourage him to stay the course. He'll give me "the look" if I'm thinking about having something too sweet or too fat... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 14:55:00 EST Letters to Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50142_letters_to_yourself I have been writing to my future self. Whenever I have a new goal I'll write a letter to myself for when I've reached that goal. I wrote a letter to myself for when I reached 240. I went through a lot of hard stuff between then and when I reached it.My grandfather had died from cancer. My parents had moved to Alaska and I was left here to take care of my brother who has autism. Everything has changed.<br><br>When I finally got to open that post it almost brought tears to my eyes. I had done i... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 13:21:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50132_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 00:20:00 EST My two babies http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50123_my_two_babies Depression is a big thing in my life. It causes me not to sleep, have lack of interest in basically anything, feel lost and hopeless but there are two things that are always going to be my biggest motivations; My babies! My little girl, Sophia (Sophie for short) is 4 and should be 5 February 29th. I had her when I was just 18 and that is about the time my depression started but she has turned out the be the most adorable and smartest and most loved little human I have ever encountered. She is... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 16:23:00 EST Best Weight Loss Advice You've Never Heard http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50122_auras_part_1 Weight Loss Tip No. 1: Variety Is Overrated<br><br>Who hasn't heard the advice to "just take a bite of everything" if you're at a buffet? But as it turns out, variety doesn't deserve its good reputation, says Dawn Jackson Blatner. We know that variety makes you eat more," she says, citing several published studies and her own experience in counseling weight loss patients.<br><br>For example, researchers in France found that study participants ate more french fries when they were offered catsu... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 16:23:00 EST Learning the Discipline of Healthy Self-Talk http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50121_learning_the_discipline_of_healthy_selftalk As a young girl of 10 my parents divorced and my mom worked at an insurance company doing her best to provide for me and my two sisters. After school, I'd use the key on a string tied around my neck to unlock the door to an empty house. I was always the first one home from school and had the house to myself for about an hour.<br><br>One afternoon, as I sat on the couch admiring Christmas presents under the tree, temptation to open "just one" tiny gift from my grandmother began to overcome me... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 15:05:00 EST When I started to run http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50110_when_i_started_to_run 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... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 00:14:00 EST Walking between buildings and steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50107_walking_between_buildings_and_steps Since school being starting soon (15 days and counting), I am going to be getting back in the groove on walking. I walk to school, so I will have to get used to taking the steps again. What will help is having a stair climber at the gym. Now I understand why some people use it. <br><br>Love having something to look forward to. Don't let the stairs at work, school, or in general scare you. Let them motivate you. Let them challenge you for the good. I am.<br><br>Anything for exercise sh... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 20:33:00 EST How to See Auras http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50105_how_to_see_auras Part 2<br>===Cleansing Your Aura===<br>#Know when it's time to cleanse. We pick up other people's energies without even being aware of it. When those energies are negative, they affect our aura negatively. You may have had an experience like this: you're in a good mood and looking forward to spending time with a friend. You're enjoying your evening but at some point realize that you're feeling irritable and anxious. When you get home, you're in a full-blown bad mood, and you're not sure ... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 14:19:00 EST Track more than the scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50104_track_more_than_the_scale We all put a lot of stock in what the number on the scale says. While it is a helpful tool, it's not the only one we should use to keep us motivated.<br><br>There are many ways we can help ourselves stay on track. There may be a specific date or occasion that you want to look your best. Or maybe there is a piece of clothing or size you want to wear. Those are both great motivators.<br><br>Something that has helped me to stay motivated is to take progress photos. Even though it is difficult, t... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 13:50:00 EST Work, Play, Learn http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50099_work_play_learn <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <br>It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them.<br>~ Leo Buscaglia<br> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <br><br>Leo Buscaglia was an extremely popular professor at the University of Southern Califor... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 09:34:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50095_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 00:13:00 EST Don't say you're on a diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50092_dont_say_youre_on_a_diet NEVER say you're on a diet, because technically you are NOT on a diet you are changing; always say that you are changing your life style one day at a time. Always take small steps; ( example) week 1 day 1 log EVERYTHING you eat and drink, day 2 take away something from day one that you ate, (example a piece or two of candy) swap it with a piece of fruit or fruit juice, or a V8, something healthy. <br>Week 2 add a simple exercise, whether its a walk around the block, or lifting dumbbells for ... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 23:23:00 EST Courage to Speak Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50091_courage_to_speak_up I will just be blunt- I started talking to a therapist about my weight loss struggles and it is working!<br><br>For years I have gone back and forth about this decision. And even though I always wanted to try therapy the stigma of doing so has always stopped me- until this year. <br><br>I literally closed my eyes and just did it. Did not tell anyone until found the right person and it felt right. It took two tries to find the right person of me but I did not give up and today I feel so muc... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 21:37:00 EST A new start http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50083_a_new_start As we start a new year let us begin with a good attitude and a strong pledge to have a good year meeting our goals. It is always nice to have a friend to come along side and cheer you on or go with you as you work toward meeting your daily goals and monthly marks as well. My wife is a great support to me for sure! <br><br>Even during the worst of times<br>When I feel the years go slipping by<br>Life seems rife with possibilities<br>When the New Year arrives.<br><br>Buoyed by hope at the New... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 17:06:00 EST How You Think is Everything. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50071_how_you_think_is_everything How You Think is Everything.<br><br><br>Always be positive. Think Success, not Failure. Beware of a negative environment.<br><br><br>This trait has to be one of the most important in the entire list. Your belief that you can accomplish your goals has to be unwavering. The moment you say to yourself “I can’t…”, then you won’t. I was always given the advice “never say I can’t” and I’d like to strike those words from the dictionary.<br><br><br>I’ve found that from time-to-time my attitude waiver... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 02:18:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50069_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 Jan 2017 00:08:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50050_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 00:20:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50036_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 00:22:00 EST Stress & Depression NO... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50031_stress_depression_no Do not allow anyone or anybody to stress you out or put you in a state of depression. They do not care about your health but you must care about your health. Do all you need to take care of yourself by taking your medications and consuming the right foods and drinks <em>526</em> . Reach out for Nature's Best like at beaches the parks the rivers in the mountains for a brisk walk. Fresh air is good for you as well as the sun provides warmth and vitamins to your body the sun is also a healing ... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 13:34:00 EST Step by step http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50029_step_by_step The secret to my success is that I took this journey one step at a time. I started with tracking my food for a week without changing anything. It helped me to see where I really needed to cut back and also I found out that I was eating almost 2 servings of some foods and didn't realize it thinking it was a snack. When I felt that I had tracking down, including healthier options and that I wanted to do it everyday, then I moved to drinking all my water each day. That took effort at first! It i... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 11:41:00 EST Act As If http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50026_act_as_if <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <br>Picture yourself in your mind’s eye as having already achieved this goal. See yourself doing the things you'll be doing when you've reached your goal. <br>~ Earl Nightingale <br> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <br><br>I think it was Robert Sheuller who posited the theory that we should "act as if". He said that wh... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 09:54:00 EST Dance Or Sing It Out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50025_dance_or_sing_it_out As a person who struggles with depression, I find it difficult to get out of bed and get moving, especially when it comes to anything like household chores or exercising. Which as a lot of us know, can make depression even worse. I definitely know that it made me feel as if I was not making any progress, and should just give up on weight loss goals.<br><br>Until!<br><br>As I lay in bed one day, dreading the thought of getting up and moving for the day, I decided to switch on Pandora. It was s... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 09:05:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50021_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, 29 Dec 2016 00:10:00 EST Start with NOW.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50017_start_with_now When i started caring for myself TODAY...my mental attitude changed.<br><br>Accepting me for me instead of withholding love until I looked a certain way.....this LOvE has propelled me forward into healthy decisions.<br><br>I am so grateful!<br><br>Replacing the "badge of judgement" with kindness, compassion, meeting myself right where I am today has helped me lose an unkind heart towards myself and 31 pounds.<br><br>No longer using food as a daily coping strategy.<br>I am learning DAILY to ca... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 18:00:00 EST Keeping it Real http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50014_keeping_it_real Keeping it Real<br><br>I can’t remember how many time I’ve tried to lose weight. From starving myself as a teen, to Weight Watchers about once a decade, to fad diets and cabbage soup to paying a center and losing 80 pounds, only to see it creep back on over a decade because the diet wasn’t sustainable. <br><br>Through this roller coaster ride, I have learned a few things about keeping it real. Some of this may sound familiar. Some of the hardest things to learn are pretty easy to say.<br>... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 16:46:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50002_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 00:59:00 EST Staying Focused When It Gets Tough http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49997_staying_focused_when_it_gets_tough I've read too many posts from people that have been on SparkPeople for a year or two or seven and are still struggling to lose weight. I am left still wondering, why is that?<br><br>Is it because they really don't want to lose, but like the social environment that Spark provides? Is it because they don't actually follow the program? What is keeping them from reaching their goals?<br><br>There are people on Spark who are so focused on collecting SparkPoints that they don't actually DO the thin... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 22:14:00 EST I've heard it said... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49983_ive_heard_it_said Never give up, Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never ... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 06:42:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49982_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, 27 Dec 2016 00:08:00 EST Why diets don't work http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49969_why_diets_dont_work The holidays are over and we feel a roll at our waist. The decision to "diet" comes to mind and a few weeks later nothing has changed! The roll is still there, the weight hasn't moved on the scale and now we're disappointed in ourselves because we've "failed." Why?<br><br>Diets don't work! We may take off a pound or two but then we turn around and gain them back, often with additional pounds that decided to join them. The diet industry is a huge moneymaker. Why? Because diets don't work... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 08:12:00 EST Mindfulness a present to yourself and others http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49968_mindfulness_a_present_to_yourself_and_others Mindfulness: A Present to Yourself and to Others<br><br> <br>Have you seen articles touting the benefits of mindfulness and wondered what was involved or why it might be important? Mindfulness means being aware...aware of your actions, your thoughts and feelings...aware of what is going on. In an age where multi-tasking seems to reign supreme, mindfulness sounds impossible. But it's not, and the practice produces so many benefits.<br><br> Mindfulness helps you focus, so you don't salt the so... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 05:09:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49967_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 00:22:00 EST Mini Goals Lead to the Ultimate Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49963_mini_goals_lead_to_the_ultimate_goal When asked for specifics about my weight loss I always tell people I owe it all to mini goals. <br><br>When people are trying to save money, there is a saying--<br><br>"Watch your pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves." <br><br>Well, I applied that to weight loss. Take care of the mini goals and the ultimate goal will take care of itself.<br><br>I am one of those people who get distracted/depressed when something seems too far away. I feel overwhelmed and figure it is impos... Sun, 25 Dec 2016 13:29:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49951_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sun, 25 Dec 2016 00:23:00 EST When I started to run http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49937_when_i_started_to_run When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Sat, 24 Dec 2016 00:15:00 EST If I want to succeed, I must, I must, I must. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49932_if_i_want_to_succeed_i_must_i_must_i_must So, I have been trying to gain control of my weight all of my adult life, and being the type of person who literally hated the term exercise, I have struggled, struggled, struggled. <br><br>I have "dieted", and failed, eliminated foods from my meals, given up sugar, diet soda, desserts, and still failed. I have payed for and wasted gym memberships. <br><br>I can lose up to 15 pounds, through smart eating and tracking everything I eat. But I gain it back as soon as a "reason" comes along.... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 16:55:00 EST My secret has been an accountability buddy. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49926_my_secret_has_been_an_accountability_buddy I have been struggling to make weight loss happen since I was a teenager. About a year and a half ago someone just appeared in my life and began pushing me. He pushed me hard to join crossfit, and to do what it took to get stronger, and make healthy choices. Only because of his tenacity and "pushiness" did I do what it took, and I stuck to the crossfit classes and Paleo lifestyle for an entire year. I formed friendships and was encouraged by the people in my class, and to this day I still am... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 10:25:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49919_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 00:07:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49908_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 00:21:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49895_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... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 00:12:00 EST set small goals and celebrate often http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49888_set_small_goals_and_celebrate_often Try and choose a goal that's attainable- even if it's small. It's always great to celebrate success instead of lamenting never reaching a bigger goal. Then you can choose another one and achieve that too. It doesn't just have to be a weight loss goal- any goal that takes some sacrifice is a worthy one to pursue. Physical, spiritual, financial goals are easier to reach when you start small. It's fine to make changes, but it's too overwhelming all at once. Choose just one to start- and reach it... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 19:32:00 EST It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49885_its_beginning_to_look_a_lot_like_christmas <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <br>Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values. <br>~ Thomas S. Monson <br> <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <br><br>The first ... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 12:07:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49879_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 00:19:00 EST Staying motivated during the holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49875_staying_motivated_during_the_holidays The average weight gain during the holiday season is 8 – 12 pounds. Yikes! That’s probably not the gift you want to give yourself this year. If you’re getting to the point where you’d rather nap than exercise maybe these tips can help.<br><br>The holidays can be stressful enough without trying to maintain a regular exercise schedule. But at the same time, staying active will give you more energy to accomplish everything on your list – and reduce stress. Plus you’ll look fantastic at the ... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 21:43:00 EST When I started to run http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49864_when_i_started_to_run When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:16:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49850_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, 18 Dec 2016 00:15:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49838_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 00:23:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49826_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... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 00:25:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49810_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 00:15:00 EST Teams and the blc http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49801_teams_and_the_blc Joining a team is your perogative. For me it is great motivation . You can go it alone but you miss the comraderie. You miss thevtips, stories of others are the same journey. You miss the tips they have that they found through their own trial and error. You find out that you are not alone because you cheated and can't understand why. <br> You are not alone. The team leaders are not angels but people going through their own accomplishments and their own let downs. They are just trying to he... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 13:00:00 EST STICK to it!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49800_stick_to_it Make it a habit so that you do not feel right when you neglect it. Just get out of bed and do it! Do it often enough and it will be come a habit.<br><br>I have been doing it with Spark People for nigh on ten years and it is a habit. I always been an exerciser and it was easy to keep going with Spark People, but I had to start some time and I did! And I just kept going.<br><br>Checking in with Spark People every morning and evening is a big help. I enter my achievements in the morning and ente... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 12:57:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49791_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 00:30:00 EST Daily Happiness - miracle mornings http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49790_daily_happiness_miracle_mornings 1. Get up early<br>2. Be grateful for what you have<br>3. Do something productive<br>4. Do something fun<br>5. Do something for someone else<br>6..Get some sunlight<br>7. Work out<br>8. Smile - put a smile on someone face<br>9. Reach out to someone you love -keep in touch<br>10. Learn or do something new<br><br>I'm guessing the secret is to keep moving. The old saying goes if you don;t use it you lose it. Keep moving and enjoy those endorphins. I know we can't control what happens to us b... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 23:25:00 EST One Step at a Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49786_one_step_at_a_time One step at a time that is my mantra. I must take weight loss and getting healthy one step at a time. I have made small changes over time. I started with journaling my food didn't change eating habits just logged my food. Once that became a habit I started changing things a bit. Starting cutting back on the amount of carbs I was eating to choosing healthier carbs because I have learned not all carbs are equal. Then I started moving more, when I first started with my jawbone I was averaging... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 13:41:00 EST When I started to run http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49777_when_i_started_to_run 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... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 00:35:00 EST Upcycle Those Too Large Clothes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49768_upcycle_those_too_large_clothes Everyone likes to buy new clothes. Or so I always heard. I never liked shopping and actually bought my clothes online so that I didn't have to face the dressing room mirror. As I lost weight, however, I did like the way clothes were fitting and the compliments from DH - though still not the dressing room mirror - and I made a vision collage with pictures of new clothing items I would like to splurge on as I continued to lose the weight. <br><br>Probably one of the best tricks I learned and li... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 17:07:00 EST Find What Inspires and Motivates You Daily http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49762_find_what_inspires_and_motivates_you_daily I've discovered that the days when I do really well at meeting my goals of eating healthy foods in reasonable portions and drinking enough water, it is because of my attitude, not my willpower. If I truly want to do this for myself, I can maintain and even enjoy the plan I've created for myself. I NEVER thought that I would enjoy drinking water instead of diet soda, or that I would be so proud of myself for resisting a snack of chips. I'm inspired most often by the thought of being able to gi... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 11:41:00 EST Mis secretos para perder peso http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49756_solicitar_crditos_rpidos Mi primer secreto para bajar peso ha sido solicitar ayuda profesional a un endocrino de la Seguridad Social, ya que es la primera ayuda que hay que tener a la hora de bajar peso. Posteriormente hay que motivarse haciendo algo de ejercicio.<br><br>Es una historia conocida: Se comprometen a cumplir una rutina diaria elíptica y contar hasta el último de calorías. Pero pronto, que está comiendo pastelitos en la oficina y el acaparamiento de mojitos de la hora feliz, pensando, Vaya, la dieta más .... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 04:45:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49755_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 00:16:00 EST Act As If http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49748_act_as_if <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>Picture yourself in your minds eye as having already achieved this goal. See yourself doing the things you'll be doing when you've reached your goal. <br>~Earl Nightingale <br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>Maxwell Maltz in "The Power of the Subconscious Mind" opined that the subconscious mind cannot diffe... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 12:05:00 EST When motivation fails you http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49742_when_motivation_fails_you When motivation fails you, make it a habit. <br><br>Wouldn't it be great to make fitness a habit! <br>The best way I have found to create new habits is through B J Fogg's Tiny Habits method. It involves finding an anchor for the activity, practicing the the tiniest part of the new habit, and celebrating. <br>First, make a list of the things you do every day. These are anchors. Look through your list to find something that is related to the new habit you want to create. For example, do you res... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 00:41:00 EST When I started to run http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49741_when_i_started_to_run When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 00:12:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49730_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 00:29:00 EST Think! Think! Think! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49718_think_think_think <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>Nothing is good or bad but that thinking makes it so.<br> ~ William Shakespeare <br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>Shakespeare was so smart! How often have we seen examples of this idea. We have the eternal question about the glass of water, the optimist says the glass is half full while the pessimist sa... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 09:10:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49713_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 00:27:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49698_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, 8 Dec 2016 00:19:00 EST Building Muscles and Endurance for Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49693_building_muscles_and_endurance_for_life They say older we get and the less active weare, the faster stamina fades. After age 45, adults begin losing about one-quarter of a pound of muscle and gain that much body fat every year. “You need stamina so you can combat the aging process and overcome that tendency to gain fat and lose muscle,” says Miriam E. Nelson, PhD, director of the John Hancock Center for Physical Activity and Nutrition at Tufts University and author of Strong Women Stay Young (Bantam Dell, 2005).<br><br>Whether you’... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 20:05:00 EST Envision your future http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49692_envision_your_future When I was diagnosed as pre-diabetic, I didn't take it seriously and now I am diabetic. It affected many areas of my life, but the one that matters most is when I look at the children in my life and imagine their future graduations, weddings, band concerts, etc. I want to be there, giving them love and support, just as I do today. I don't want to hobble in on legs affected by neuropathy, or be in a wheelchair. I don't want to have to break for an insulin shot, or be seated at the front becau... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 16:04:00 EST Never let anyone dull your sparkle, or hinder your progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49689_never_let_anyone_dull_your_sparkle_or_hinder_your_progress We've all felt it. Dieter's shame. The judgement over every little bite we consume. <br><br>Thanksgiving comes and we're loading up our plates with vegetables while everyone else eats pie, stocks up on stuffing, and fries turkey. Heaven forbid you reach for that dinner roll, or smell a crouton.<br><br>Well, what do I have to say to diet detractors and fat shamers? An epic 'SCREW YOU'!<br><br>It's been said again and again, but some people just don't get it. It's a lifestyle, not a diet. It's ... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 11:26:00 EST Reaping and Sowing http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49687_reaping_and_sowing <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>Our attitude towards others determines their attitude towards us. <br>Earl Nightingale <br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>"As you sow, so shall you reap" <br>~ Somewhere in the Bible<br><br>"Smile! It's Contagious!"<br>Motivational poster of the 1960's<br><br>"If you see someone without a smile, give him ... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 10:43:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49678_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 00:31:00 EST Eat breakfast every day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49673_eat_breakfast_every_day Breakfast is key.<br><br>I never ate breakfast.<br><br>Now, I eat a simple breakfast every day.<br><br>It has been trial and failure since I have made this a goal since 2013.<br><br>Its taken 3 years and now I am eating Breakfast the majority of the time 6 out of 7 days usually.<br><br>I had to figure out why I couldn't eat breakfast. That had to do with my childhood. My mom didn't cook me breakfast and I was taught never to touch any of my dad's breakfast food.<br><br>In the beginning, I c... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 12:51:00 EST Spark DAILY, no matter what! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49672_spark_daily_no_matter_what 12-6-16 Today is my 1,731 days of sparking. I love this place! Handy hints..... I gave up several TV shows & committed myself to SP, 1-2 half hour to an hour, daily. I just keep at it. It was the promise to myself. NO MATTER WHAT, I spark. SP has helped me through MANY of life's ups & downs & was an answer to a prayer! I maybe 15 # away from being back to goal, but I am SO much healthier, stronger, happier, active & just so much more, me! Having my photo in paper last Sunday, for the Santa 5K... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 12:11:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49661_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, 6 Dec 2016 00:08:00 EST Finding Momentum and Meaning in Everything http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49656_finding_momentum_and_meaning_in_everything For most of us, work is a fact of life. It's an means to end call bills & living. I don't want to over step my boundaries again in spending but I do desire to eat and be happy while I am here and for those I support as well. I spend a rather large amount of time here at work. Even when I should be on the e-way on my way home I stay here and watch something on Netflix until the traffic dies down. I notice though that when I do leave on time, the traffic isn't as bad as I thought but back to th... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 15:08:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49646_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:10:00 EST Acres of Diamonds http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49634_acres_of_diamonds <em>36</em> <br>"You are, at this moment, standing, right in the middle of your own 'acres of diamonds'". <br>Earl Nightingale <br> <em>36</em> <br><br>Earl Nightingale prepared and delivered an essay called "Acres of Diamonds" which was based on an essay and speech by the same name originally written and delivered by H. Russell Cromwell. I highly recommend reading "Acres of Diamonds" It can be found on the internet, just Google "Acres of Diamonds". It probably takes less than thirty ... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 10:50:00 EST When I started to run http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49631_when_i_started_to_run When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 00:10:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49618_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 00:09:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49603_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 00:16:00 EST Reality Check 101 http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49601_reality_check_101 You got yourself here, it's up to you to get yourself where you would rather be. Beating yourself up for having gotten yourself here is just an undermining tactic meant to distract you from pursuing your goal. Every time we give in to those little, innocent temptations (hit the snooze, indulge in a treat, skip our exercise or comfort ourselves for our recent failures) we give that little imp more power. We actually feed it. It gets bigger and stronger and we feel less confident, less hopeful,... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 20:09:00 EST Why Am I Doing This? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49598_why_am_i_doing_this When I started my Medical Weight Loss Program we were asked to spend about 10 minutes and fill out this paper. It asked us why we wanted to reach our goals and had 12 lines. It was a bit difficult to come up with 12 and not seem selfish, conceited or unthoughtful. These should be thought provoking and deep right? For me I am not sure they were but I finally came up with 12 things that were important to losing weight.<br><br>My 12 reasons that I want to reach my goal and lose my 200 lbs:<br><b... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 16:33:00 EST tipping point: Accumulated Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49597_tipping_oint_accumulated_good What if I had to quit every time I wasn't perfect ....??? well I wouldn't get anywhere. On any given day I might overeat, skip a meal, miss fitness minutes, not top off my water quota, lack sleep, skip a login, break a streak. <br><br>... there's still other meals I got right in a day, and previous fitness minutes, water I DID drink, and just for the record there will be sleep (eventually) !<br><br>All those good choices add up favorably.<br><br>That's why counting little things will matter w... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 14:14:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49588_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, 1 Dec 2016 00:18:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49574_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:12:00 EST Live In The Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49559_live_in_the_now <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored. <br>Earl Nightingale <br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 09:51:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49555_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, 29 Nov 2016 00:08:00 EST It's Monday what do you know so far ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49547_its_monday_what_do_you_know_so_far_ After lots of trial and error I have found out a few things. I will try to save you some time. I would say it is better to set up your page to find like minded people. A big team doesn't mean active they don't work for me because I kinda feel invisible on them. Pick teams that are very active no matter what their size.Starting your own team to help you stay committed to exercise and eating healthy is a great thing but keep it simple. Because running a team is very time consuming and for it t... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 16:23:00 EST Do Not Beat Yourself Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49543_dont_beat_yourself_up Don't beat yourself up when you eat something you know you shouldn't, especially sugar; it's a serious addiction! Also, keep lots of healthy snacks in your bag, car, room, etc. so when you get that craving between large meals you won't grab the nearest unhealthy snack. Take it from someone that constantly works around food and sugar all day - everything smells amazing going in and out of the oven and trust me, it's a real struggle not being tempted to eat all of it especially when you only ge... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 12:34:00 EST The Secret is Determination http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49541_the_secret_is_determination Today's secret is determination! Determination is a huge part of weight loss. You have to make the decision to lose weight. Then it is not a one and done deal. That is a choice that you have to make each and every single day. Probably several times a day.<br><br>So you can't go into weight loss half halfheartedly and expect amazing results. Halfhearted participation will reveal halfhearted results. Which, let's be honest, no one sets out to achieve half a goal. <br><br>So when you make the de... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:52:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49533_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:45:00 EST When I started to run http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49519_when_i_started_to_run When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 00:16:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49505_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... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 00:26:00 EST Do it for your loved ones http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49497_do_it_for_your_loved_ones I've been thinking a lot about healthy living lately. I see those around me getting seriously sick. My fiance's mom is a prime example of this. She was an uncontrolled diabetic for many years. She smoked. She ate poorly. She didn't get much exercise. Now she has kidney failure and respiratory problems. My poor fiance has to take care of her now. <br><br>I find it so tragic that most parents say they will do anything for their children, and then go on to trash their bodies. My friends are most... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 12:21:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49489_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:17:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49474_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 00:34:00 EST Patience Gets Results! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49465_patience_gets_results I don't think there is anything more motivating than seeing the results of your hard work. Whether you are just getting started and you just lost that very first pound or you've been at it for awhile and you are dropping clothes sizes. <br><br>However, it takes a lot of patience to get those results. I didn't learn that the first time, the second, or even the third. I would hit long plateaus and think, “Well, that's it! I just can't lose past this point!” I would get frustrated and fall back ... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 12:18:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49457_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:10:00 EST You Work for You http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49443_you_work_for_you <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else. Job security is gone. The driving force of a career must come from the individual. Remember: Jobs are owned by the company, you own your career! <br>~ Earl Nightingale <br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>Again, the s... Tue, 22 Nov 2016 08:50:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49440_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... Tue, 22 Nov 2016 00:59:00 EST Picture yourself as a healthier you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49429_picture_yourself_as_a_healthier_you When you're feeling like you're slipping again, picture yourself as a healthier you. Feel the positive burst of pride as you accomplish another goal, be it small or big. Pants feel a little looser. Able to breath easier as you walk. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Give yourself pats as you keep a running list of all that you've eaten for the day.<br>Feel good that you're taking charge of your own life.<br>Think about the people who you want to be around for. My big motivation i... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:18:00 EST Meaning and Purpose http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49427_meaning_and_purpose <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <br>We are at our very best, and we are happiest, when we are fully engaged in work we enjoy on the journey toward the goal we've established for ourselves. It gives meaning to our time off and comfort to our sleep. It makes everything else in life so wonderful, so worthwhile. <br>~Earl Nightingale <br> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> ... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 09:28:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49424_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:16:00 EST Eat an Elephant http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49423_eat_an_elephant You know the old adage: How do you eat an elephant? (one bite at a time) <br>BUT with our goals we tend to try to stuff the whole leg into the program! So secret to success? Start small ... no, TINY! Instead of I'm going to walk 5, 10, etc minutes. Try, I'm going to put my walking shoes on! (Walking is a natural outcome!) Then celebrate your success! Do a "Snoopy"Dance or cheer the air! We thrive on encouragement so learn to be your own cheerleader. And watch the changes come. Set Tiny goals ... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 23:06:00 EST Get Up and Move http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49419_get_up_and_move I learned through my weight loss class with the nutritionist that we should be getting up every 2 to 5 minutes and moving around. In order to maintain weight you need 10,000 steps a day but to lose weight you need 12,500 to 15,000 steps a day. <br><br>So now I make it a point to get as many steps in a day as I possibly can. Which is why I have added some other spark members as a friends in FitBit. Everyday we do challenges. We do the work week hustle to see who gets the most steps in five day... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 18:54:00 EST Moving and Love for my family is my secret.&#127939;&#128145; http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49418_moving_and_love_for_my_family_is_my_secret127939128145 Moving is not something I was in the habit of doing daily. I mean I did do the normal everyday tasks but, I definitely didn't go out of my away to exert any extra energy. I never over ate but as my children grew older and I didn't have all the extra curricular activities I guess I kind of became used to a sedentary life. Sad but true. It was pure laziness. If I didn't have to move, I didn't. I thought because I ate reasonable size portions I was OK. I was so wrong! I gradually gained more an... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 17:14:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49410_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 00:28:00 EST Using my Fitbit http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49404_using_my_fitbit I've been using my Fitbit for just about a month now. My analytical personality is in hyper-love-overdrive! I cannot speak enough on how tickled, thrilled, happy and flat out elated I am about this product.<br><br> * I am now walking close to 4K steps per day! When I first started using the Fitbit I was surprised to find that I was barely walking 2K steps a day. Given that I have a desk job I cannot fathom how I'll ever have time to walk 25K steps in a day, but certainly I can see that as ... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 17:56:00 EST Help Motivate Others http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49403_help_motivate_others Helping others make healthy lifestyle choices also increases YOUR success! They feel better. You feel better. And together everyone accomplishes more. Share ideas, share support, and create lasting connections!<br><br>SparkTeams are a great way to meet new people. I met my best friend several years ago on a SparkTeam, and we still email each other daily. We help lift each other up, and motivate each other to become the best versions of ourselves.<br><br>It feels good to check in with pe... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 11:47:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49394_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 00:14:00 EST How to Keep Motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49391_how_to_keep_motivated <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b16a1245-734f-4c88-9774-228fc222e88e.jpg"><br>This is my wall of weight loss. I move a cupcake wrapper down for each pound lost.<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/97badcda-55cf-4bac-82f6-75be2cc3398f.jpg"><br>Notice how I flatten them when I move them down - ha ha ha<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b5812e6b-4709-4707-88de-537e7c9d4980.jpg"><br>I have 167 total to lose. The black mini cupcake wrappers in a ?... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 22:12:00 EST Moving Slowly Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49384_moving_slowly_forward <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br>Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.<br>~ Og Mandino<br> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br><br>"I may walk slow but I never walk backwards."<br>~ Abraham Lincoln<br><br>All of my secrets of success tie together. <br>"Keep your eyes on the prize" ~ Rocky Bal... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 09:19:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49381_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 00:19:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49363_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:12:00 EST You can do this http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49359_you_can_do_this You can do this. You just need to keep positive and hold your head up high. Do not let people bring you down. Some people like to try and drag people down and if they do that to you your motivation will go down and you will end up quitting. <br><br>Just remember that people that try and drag you down do not belong in your life. You just need to tell them to get out of your life if they can not be supportive to you. Because you need positive people in your life and not negative people. You ... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 18:32:00 EST Finding an Accountability Partner http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49354_finding_an_accountability_partner I've found that one of the most important and helpful ways to stay motivated when it comes to exercising and eating right is to find someone who shares your drive and passion. Surrounding yourself with like minded people helps keep you going when you want to quit and knowing that you have someone else paying attention to what you are eating may help you make better decisions. This is a lifestyle change for me and I hope to find other people like me who would like to make this a lifestyle not ... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 12:02:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49344_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 00:14:00 EST Be Specific ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49330_be_specific_ <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <br>It is those who concentrate on but one thing at a time who advance in this world. The great man or woman is the one who never steps outside his or her specialty or foolishly dissipates his or her individuality. <br>Og Mandino<br> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <br><br>"If I don't be myself, who can do... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 09:51:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49327_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... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 00:15:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49314_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... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 00:22:00 EST STOP comparing yourself to other people http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49306_stop_comparing_yourself_to_other_people Just because someone you know (or knew) has lost a lot of weight or seems to have it all together in life does not mean that they are better than you. <br><br>If it bothers you so much (especially if you're on Facebook and Instagram), hide those feeds or delete those individuals from your page. The last thing you need on your journey to a healthier lifestyle is comparing yourself to others who could care less about your well-being. <br><br>If you can get off social media completely, even bett... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 14:21:00 EST 7 Daily Disciplines ~ doing these will cause me to reach my goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49299_7_daily_disciplines_doing_these_will_cause_me_to_reach_my_goals 7 daily disciplines <br>1. Motivation: Read my long list of why I'm doing this <br>2. Exercise: Walk, Wt Lift, Hot Tub Workout, Oxycise <br>3. Accountability: Post about my day, blog victories, struggles, challenges ITC etc <br>4. Tracking: food, exercise, water, other goals, measurements <br>5. Water: 12 to 16 glasses <br>6. Reflect: what went well, what to fix, celebrate victories "stickers" <br>7. Prepare: what do I need to do to be ready for tomorrow?<br> <img src="http://pho... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 09:29:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49296_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 00:07:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49279_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 00:30:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49268_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Fri, 11 Nov 2016 00:31:00 EST The Ten Commandments of Successful Learning http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49265_the_ten_commandments_of_successful_learning 1. How well you do reflects your attitude and your methods. It is not based on your intelligence or raw ability.<br><br>2. Nobody can teach you as well as you can teach yourself.<br><br>3. It's OK to make mistakes. Making mistakes is part of trying anything new. Mistakes are the foundation of learning.<br><br>4. You are here to learn, not to get 'stars' or 'good grades.' Yes, you'll get tested and you'll have to reach a passing life score on your own, but that's not why yo... Thu, 10 Nov 2016 20:33:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49254_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, 10 Nov 2016 00:13:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49241_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Wed, 9 Nov 2016 00:21:00 EST Willing to learn http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49239_willing_to_learn I'm a beginner. I am moving more and tracking my food, which can push me to dismay as I see my totals spill out over the "upper limits." So, I can tell myself that I don't have any "secrets" yet but I know that that is okay. Maybe there is a secret in simply being a beginner, knowing that I don't know. It's okay if I stand here, open to the future, willing for the knowing to be revealed. The "knowing" that I can fully own is that learning is as valuable as knowing, just as a child is as valu... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 21:59:00 EST Where do I start? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49237_where_do_i_start I think most people fail at a diet, because they are dieting, not embracing a lifestyle change. Dieting is denying yourself which is negative so you're doomed to fail from the start.<br><br>Beginning by emptying your whole house of everything that's bad is another sure way to fail.<br><br>Start with small steps towards a goal.<br>I think the secret to success of losing weight and a healthy lifestyle is this:<br>Three meals and 3 snacks a day. Start with 1, say breakfast. Look at what you're e... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 19:25:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49227_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, 8 Nov 2016 00:21:00 EST Communication is your biggest ali http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49217_communication_is_your_biggest_ali Staying active in groups and with friends really helps you reach your goals and stay on track! Helping others and communicating with them reminds you yourself to keep up with your goals. Also knowing that someone is watching and keeping tabs on you keeps you going in the right direction. <br><br>When you don't communicate and you don't have anyone holding you accountable then you are less likely to follow through! So go on and start joining groups, making friends and keeping in touch! <br><b... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 13:11:00 EST Life and Tug of War http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49213_life_and_tug_of_war When you look at the pictures of Models that look like they have never had a child after they give birth.. Think of the word Photo Shop.. Look even if you ran into one of them you may not even know them if in public.. I ran into Dolly Parton.. In a grocery store.. No makeup in jeans and a beat up flannel shirt.. I didn't know who she was... So all the makeup and magic pills is not going to get you where you want to be.. Look in the mirror and take a good look and see who you can become.. Age ... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 10:28:00 EST Tracking, Tracking, Tracking. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49212_tracking_tracking_tracking What's helped me the most is keeping a diet journal and holding myself accountable for what I'm eating. I've spent time decorating it myself and using motivational stickers on days when I'm low or have gone off track with my eating. It reminds me that I can do this, and helps to keep me motivated.<br>I write in it every day, journaling what I've eaten each meal, how many steps I take during the day, and how many minutes of active exercise I get each day. I even track days when I know I've ea... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 10:19:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49207_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 00:25:00 EST Discipline Over Motivation ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49205_discipline_over_motivation_ When I began this journey of mine, 2 years ago give or take I was so clueless to the point that I was just moving but not in any particular direction until I realized that I must find my motivation, my why ! It seemed really, really simple but it proved to be a daunting task as motivations can change real quick and with no kind of notice at all. I used my different motivations for inspiration to push and propel me forward when I just didn't wanna keep going or when I thought it seemed easier ... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 00:12:00 EST My mama said http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49204_my_mama_said 1.) My mother always said never to put all your eggs in one basket.<br><br> When she was saying this she was usually referring to money choices, but the same is true of weight loss. Never depend on one form of measurement to be adequate for the long haul. <br>There will be days when you don't want to work out because the scale tells you, "Why should you work out? You weigh the same today as you did yesterday!! What is the point?" The point is...The scale is not the only thing that can "weigh"... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 00:04:00 EST And the Wheel Goes around and around ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49199_and_the_wheel_goes_around_and_around_ OK.. you have now decided to loose weight or not.. Think of it as a project or like a hamster in cage and running in that wheel and just in one place.. Dr. Zuses you to say if you have feet they can take you anywhere.. Here or there.. you don't have to be in a cage and just about everything you do uses energy.. So when your cleaning or doing chores you burn calories.. Now if your a Couch Potato your not going to go that far.. You have to put forth the effort to get up and moving.. and wave r... Sun, 6 Nov 2016 18:27:00 EST Facing the scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49196_facing_the_scale Well I have been trying to lose weight for over a year now and firstly I joined a gym, cut down on some of the fatty foods, and even got a personal trainer with a friend. One the partner I was stuck with was not motivated and it was just a waste of effort and money, not even a good personal trainer (didn't know how many calories a workout he was doing burned, made excuses for the nutritionist for over 3 months instead of setting up a meeting, billing idiocy, and only focused on weight liftin... Sun, 6 Nov 2016 11:48:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49191_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sun, 6 Nov 2016 00:16:00 EST Practice tools from the book Beck Diet Solution http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49179_practice_tools_from_the_book_beck_diet_solution The Beck Diet Solution is a book written by Judith Beck about how to use Cognitive Behavior tools to lose weight and keep it off. It is not a diet. It is a program to build the skills that will help a diet to work. Cognitive Behavior Therapy was developed by her father Aaron Beck. The Spark Beck team is a group of people who are practicing together, sharing information and experience to build success.<br><br>In the book each day is a new chapter and a new weight loss skill. It starts easy... Sat, 5 Nov 2016 08:53:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49175_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sat, 5 Nov 2016 00:21:00 EST My weight loss group http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49170_my_weight_loss_group Our little weight loss group is wonderful. We help each other and motivate each other. We meet together to weigh in once a week. This group is not with any national organization. It is just our own group that we have. For me weighing in every week is important, this is key. I need to be accountable in front of others and know I have to report my weight for the week. It has really worked, and I have kept my weight off for over five years. I had spent years yoyo dieting... putting weigh... Fri, 4 Nov 2016 15:26:00 EST Step 1: Starting http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49162_step_1_starting Procrastination needs to stop. That's when you really start doing something.<br><br>It looks like that day never comes... until one day, you realize you have been postponing for far too long. And you cannot keep postponing any longer.<br>You have wasted days, weeks, months and at least a year. Well, maybe all that time was not wasted, you were just focusing on something else.<br>But now, you might feel that your health is at risk. And you have been having that feeling for quite some time.<br>... Fri, 4 Nov 2016 05:43:00 EST Always Remember This... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49160_remember_thisperfection_isnt_perfect Remember this the next time you feel like you are no closer to your goal.<br><br>The weight you are clawing with tooth and nail to lose today, did not get there overnight.<br><br>Did you give in to the Sweet Monkey today? Or the Carb Monster? Remember, this too shall pass...we think we must be perfect at all times...<br><br>Pshaw! <br><br>Can that idea right now! Because you are not perfect, no diet is perfect, and we ALL make mistakes. You just put it where it belongs, in the past...it's ... Fri, 4 Nov 2016 02:51:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49157_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Fri, 4 Nov 2016 00:19:00 EST Give Myself The Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49152_give_myself_the_time My secret is to give myself the time it takes to have what I really want! I have learned that I make time for whatever I want to!<br><br>It takes Time to be on Sparkpeople <br>Time to plan ahead for food & exercise<br>Time to track - food, exercise, water<br>Time to take measurements<br>Time to decide long term goals and time to decide what I need to do daily that will cause me to reach those long term goals<br>Time to learn from challenges, videos, articles<br>Time to communicate with new S... Thu, 3 Nov 2016 19:25:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49142_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, 3 Nov 2016 00:28:00 EST What is your Battle Plan..? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49139_what_is_your_battle_plan Their are people that you know who can eat everything and not gain a ounce.. That was me at a younger age.. Then comes kids and all the responsibility and where does the time go.. ? You plan out meals and then you try to eat healthy a budget but in the end Fast Food or a night out and you lost the ground you had gained once again and then it hits you.. Your in a battle of the bulge and you have to come up with a battle plan maybe even a couple to get to the point to where you want to be.. So ... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 20:24:00 EST Seeing Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49133_seeing_weight_loss My secret is that I am eating a Low GI diet and once I saw how quick the weight started coming off while eating so much food a day, it motivated me to keep losing and really stick to my diet. Every day when I wake up, I go into my bathroom, get undressed and get on the scale to weigh myself first thing in the morning. <br>I also joined a gym with a trainer and take 30 mins of kickboxing 3-4 times a week. It's a quick but super intense workout. I'm about to turn 41 and I know I just need to ge... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 09:39:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49129_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 00:31:00 EST Sparked by the Articles! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49125_sparked_by_the_articles Even though I love to read, I was never much of a magazine reader. To me, they are something to pass the time waiting for the dentist or doctor, so it really surprised me how much I enjoy reading the Spark People Articles. <br><br>I'll get on SP,. track my food, and check out the articles featured that day. Pick one and start reading. Get my spark points. Left-click on any underlined phrase I'm interested in,, and open it in a new tab. Before I know it, I'm motivated to try a new recipe,... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 20:48:00 EST Lesson in God's Giving http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49123_lesson_in_gods_giving Everyone knows that rewards work. If you are going to train a dog to do tricks, you better have some doggie biscuits in your pocket. If you are trying to potty train a toddler, rewards are pretty handy also. The credit card industry has also gotten the hint and they compete for our credit business by offering rewards to use for free flights, discounts, cash back or some other form of return. And we as consumers figure that since we have to buy stuff anyhow, we might as well get something back... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 18:12:00 EST The benifits of drinking Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49117_the_benifits_of_drinking_water When I first read about a water challenge where a man drank a gallon of water everyday for one month I never thought I could have done the same. At first it was struggling with the challenge but after about seven days it became easier. Now I am drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning and before each meal which has help me eaten less. A lot of times we think that we are hungry but most of the time we are just thirsty. I was never a soda drinker so it was easy for me to in... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 10:37:00 EST The Key to Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49114_the_key_to_motivation The secret to staying motivated throughout the day is to make sure you are feeling good during the process of whatever you are trying to achieve. That’s it! <em>334</em> <br><br>Always believe in yourself. When you are setting out to achieve goal, you have to be vigilant about what you’re thinking about and what you’re focusing on. Nothing brings out the worst in any negative situation faster than you focusing on it. On the other hand, nothing brings out the best in any positive situation ... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 08:37:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49111_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 00:40:00 EST Little Daily 1X Moments Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49098_little_daily_1x_moments Little Daily One Time Moments Work<br><br>CONCEPT<br>All my sets and sessions are short. <br>This motivates me to get things done.<br><br>Just 5 Minutes<br>By keeping things really short time wise, I know I can sit down, stand up; whatever: and get the darn thing done. Most of us can carve in 5 minutes. That's where I start from on almost anything new I attempt. The system works well for me. For almost anything I want to do. <br><br>Example<br>A quick weight lifting exercise is 1 minute that ... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 07:54:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49096_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 00:14:00 EST When Things Happen http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49088_when_things_happen We all have things happen to us in life and some of it can be very bad things sometimes physically but so many times emotionally.<br><br>It can be a loss of work, child in trouble at school, death of a loved one or certain things even going on with our own physical or mental health.<br><br>How many times have you started your journey to being healthy and fit in your life? Is it even possible to count? At this point do we even want to try to count?<br><br>To gain and reap the rewards of a lot... Sun, 30 Oct 2016 14:31:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49078_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, 30 Oct 2016 00:14:00 EST Getting Your Family on Board http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49075_getting_your_family_on_board Let's face it, staying motivated when you are trying to lose weight and implement a lasting healthful lifestyle is challenging under the best of circumstances. There are always things coming up that can seriously derail our progress, which leads to frustration and lack of motivation. It seems the universe is doing all it can to get us to just give up most of the time.<br><br>Whether it's doughnuts in the break room at work, the free samples at the grocery store or discovering that the only th... Sat, 29 Oct 2016 19:26:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49067_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... Sat, 29 Oct 2016 00:08:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49052_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 00:13:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49040_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:17:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49028_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:16:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49014_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... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:40:00 EST FOCUS. FOCUS, FOCUS http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49007_focus_focus_focus Staying focused on how I feel and what I know will lead to my goals really helps. <br><br>Celebrating my success with renewed energy, greater focus, and good feelings, not food I don't need. Eating when I'm satisfied not until I'm full, eating when I'm hungry in my stomach not my mind. Taking deep breaths, drinking water if I'm not sure where a sense of "more" is coming from. <br><br>Not all messages from my head need to be acted upon! I have time to consider what my next best step is! <br><b... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:13:00 EST S.M.A.R.T. Weight Loss & Your Fitness Device http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49004_smart_weight_loss_your_fitness_device S.M.A.R.T. Weight Loss & Your Fitness Device<br><br>Wouldn't it be nice if you knew exactly what to do to lose weight successfully? What you need is a fitness tracker and a smart goal! S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym to remind you how to set a goal that maps out exactly what you need to do. These goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound.<br><br>Don't just stack up data you get from a fitness device. Use the info you track, your calories burned, food eaten, and hours slept... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:51:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49000_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:09:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48983_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 00:15:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48982_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 00:15:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48981_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 00:14:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48969_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:09:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48957_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... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:42:00 EST Things that have worked for me: http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48955_after_you_mess_up I love what SparkGuy says in the "Spark"--if you mess up and over eat and don't exercise, instead of beating yourself up, make one healthy choice...and then make another. To feel like a failure is counter productive. Better to dig deep and find the true you that wants to succeed.<br><br>Another helpful thing is to look at yourself in a mirror and instead of hating what you see, speak kindly to her/him. Encourage her. Tell her that she is beautiful and deserves to look good and be healthy.... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 04:42:00 EST I’m Just Sayin'… http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48949_im_just_sayin You want to loose weight and I can say first hand that it is not a magic trick or a Fair Tale.. It all begins when you just feel like you have been chewed up spit out and now you madder than a wet hen.. You get this when you got so upset maybe by someone when they ask. When is the baby due.. You want to pitch a hissy fit and throw down in the middle of the cookie aisle.. Not good manners but you need to hear it from the horses mouth.. Just like me.. Loose the weight.. Even if you fall off the... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:07:00 EST Consistency is Key http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48948_consistency_is_key Although not at my goal, I have kept off approximately 80 pounds for over 10 years. Consistency has been the key. <br><br>Yes, I've had my bad times <em>198</em> and times I've been super motivated <em>224</em> . I've worked out when I've really not felt like it <em>33</em> , and come away grateful I did my workout. Ate something healthy when I've really wanted a candy bar or ice cream. I've found that every time I have chosen something healthy it makes it that much easier the next ... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:07:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48939_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:08:00 EST the Secret of all...secrets... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48934_the_secret_of_allsecrets Jesus...Jesus...Jesus...Jesus...Jesus..Jes<BR>us..<br>Jesus...Jesus...Jesus...Jesus.<BR>..Jesus...Jesus..<br>Jesus...Jesus...J<BR>esus...Jesus...Jesus...Jesus.<br>Jesus<BR>..Jesus...Jesus...Jesus...Jesus...Jesu<BR>s...<br>Jesus..Jesus..Jesus...Jesus...<BR>Jesus...Jesus..<br>Jesus..Jesus..Jesus<BR>...Jesus...Jesus...Jesus...<br>Jesus..<BR>.Jesus..Jesus.Jesus...Jesus...Jesus...<BR><br>Jesus...Jesus..Jesus..Jesus...Jesu<BR>s...Jesus...<br>Jesus...Jesus...Jesus.<BR>.Jesus...Jesus...Jesus...<br>Je... 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Followed up by digging into a bag of chips (or other junk food) and let the TV take over the rest of your night.<br>Unless your day has been active and you have broken a sweat, I am pretty sure that your day has probably consisted of a lot of sitting and maybe a lot of staring at another screen. (This does no... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:31:00 EST The Suitcase - Truly Inspirational http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48931_the_suitcase_truly_inspirational <br><br><br><br><br>A man died, when he realized it, he saw God coming closer with a suitcase in his hand.<br>- God said: Alright son its time to go.<br>- surprised the man responded: Now? So soon? I had a lot of plans...<br>- I'm sorry but its time to go.<br><br>- What do you have in that suitcase? the man asked.<br>- God answered: Your belongings.<br>- My belongings? you mean my things, my clothes, my money?<br>-God answered: Those things were not yours they belonged to the earth.<br><br>- ... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:39:00 EST Argue with yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48924_argue_with_yourself This doesn't work all the time, but for me at least, it works pretty well.<br><br>When ever I have a food-craving or I don't want to work out (or anything else, really) I start debating with myself.<br>For my, it helps writing the arguments down in a little notebook with date, time, situation and arguments (that way, if I one day run out of arguments, I can look back in "the records"), but it could just as well be done just in your mind.<br><br>Start by listing the reasons why you are gonna h... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:37:00 EST No to Diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48919_no_to_diabetes My son was told recently that his body is producing too much insulin to cover the amount of carbohydrates he is eating. What I eat, he eats. <br><br>I know that my lifestyle is contributing to a future of diabetes for my son. I am not going to let that happen on my watch. Even though he is adopted, diabetes does run in his family. He also has Native American (Cherokee and Creek) and Hispanic lineage. <br><br>I am also diabetic, but for another reason - years of prednisone. I can get my s... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 02:33:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48918_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:08:00 EST It's what I do that defines me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48908_its_what_i_do_that_defines_me How many times has this happened to you? "Oh man, it's too cold out...The rain just started again...It's so early / late that it's dark outside..." and on, and on it goes.<br><br>The list of reasons not to exercise is endless. From physical environment, to lack of equipment, lack of time, lack of resources, lack of support etc. The natural reaction is to make excuses, either real or imagined about why you can't exercise.<br><br>Roger Banister was an English medical student who enjoyed running... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 15:12:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48898_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 00:22:00 EST NFL veganism? David Carter, Griff Whalen have broken the mold http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48894_nfl_veganism_david_carter_griff_whalen_have_broken_the_mold NFL veganism? David Carter, Griff Whalen have broken the mold<br><br>David Carter, a 6-foot-5, 300-pound defensive lineman, and his teammates are at a steakhouse, the second-most-frequented nonresidential house for NFL types after the field house.<br><br>Beefy football players order large slabs of steak. Knives cut through the buttery brown exterior and forks puncture the reddish center.<br><br>In front of Carter sits a dish of green beans, no butter.<br><br>This was a familiar scene for the ... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 20:44:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48881_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 01:17:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48868_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 04:59:00 EST Benefits of working out with a friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48864_benefits_of_working_out_with_a_friend <br>SUBSCRIBE<br>NEWSLETTER SIGN-UP<br>Search formSEARCH <br>Search Men's Fitness<br> SEARCH<br>SPORTS<br>TRAINING<br>WEIGHT LOSS<br>STYLE<br>GUY FOOD<br>SEX & WOMEN<br>LIFE<br>21-DAY SHRED<br>DANA WHITE<br>GIVEAWAYS<br>NEWSLETTERS<br>ALL ACCESS<br>GAME CHANGERS 2016<br>You are hereHome / Training / Pro Tips<br>September 14, 2016<br>6 REASONS TO WORK OUT WITH A PARTNER<br>Here's why hitting the gym with a workout buddy is a good idea.<br> BY LISA FREEDMAN<br> <br><br><br> <br><br><br><br><br>... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 21:08:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48854_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 10:26:00 EST Belief In a Power Greater Than Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48850_belief_in_a_power_greater_than_myself "Do My Best & Let God Do the Rest!"<br><br>Thankful for all of life's ups & downs because they made me the person I am today. Recently realized that growth happens during challenges that take place in my life; all things positive or negative happen for my benefit; and, when God allows negative things to happen in my life, He always gives a positive 'DOUBLE PORTION' in the end.<br><br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5f8362ed-0774-49d9-b97c-4a64a12377af.jpg"><br><br>No, I am de... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 03:45:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48837_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... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 00:27:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48822_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:08:00 EST Listen, Listen, Listen http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48810_listen_listen_listen <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br> When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new. <br>~The Dali Lama<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>Life is nothing but a continuing learning experience. Each day we encounter something we have not met before and we either react or respond to i... Wed, 12 Oct 2016 09:47:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48806_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Wed, 12 Oct 2016 00:06:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48790_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... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 00:10:00 EST How to Get the Support You Need to Succeed http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48777_how_to_get_the_support_you_need_to_succeed How to Get the Support You Need to Succeed<br>Get Your Friends, Family and Fellow SparkPeople on Board<br><br> By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f29a00c0-d12e-49d6-a91f-77b14ea9a79c.jpg"><br>You wake up to your husband preparing a platter of fruit and a slice of whole wheat toast for breakfast. Your wife always has a healthy dinner—lean protein and fresh veggies—ready at 6 o’clock. Your co-workers have teamed up to start a healthy lunch club. Yo... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 09:37:00 EST Have a Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48776_have_a_goal <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <br> "If you don't know where you are going, you might end up somewhere else" <br>~ Yogi Berra <br> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <br><br>Like most "Yogi-isms", this one seems sort of stupid at first blush but makes perfectly good sense once you stop and analyze what Yogi had to say.<br><br>Fact is, Yogi was not the first... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 09:36:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48772_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:13:00 EST Don't even think about it... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48766_dont_even_think_about_it Well I know that I have read too many blogs but if you think about the Motivation part of Spark People It all boils down to if you are ready and get to going that to me is a little Motivation on you behalf but I write to these Secrets because I am already there and for those on my Teams I read each blog that come through.. I know that if I could say one thing that may get you Motivated just to do a little movement and then to weigh in at least once a month not everyday and you see a differenc... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 18:36:00 EST This Trick Can Stop Your Stress Eating, But You Might Not Like It! Prevention http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48765_this_trick_can_stop_your_stress_eating_but_you_might_not_like_it_prevention You know that feeling after you've spent a ridiculous amount of time working on something and your brain is totally fried? The one where you're so mentally exhausted, the only thing you can think about is plowing through a plate of greasy nachos, or a ginormous burger, or a cookie the size of your head? <br><br>Of course you do. It's no secret that demanding work drives plenty of us to reach for junk food. It's delicious, it's distracting, it's comforting, and most of all, it's rewarding. (Re... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 18:00:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48756_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 00:07:00 EST Consistently Inconsistent, Failure before Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48752_consistently_inconsistent_failure_before_success These words have been coming back to me over and over again. Throughout my journey, I have gone forward and backward. However, I just keeping going. I have had one good day then 2 bad. I have had a week where I was on top and then just blew it in a day. The main thing though is that I have kept on going. With each fall I have gotten back up and walked, or ran, or ever just crawled. Just keep moving. That is the main thing. No matter what happens just keep going. <br><br>You are going... Sat, 8 Oct 2016 20:14:00 EST Keep at It http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48749_keep_at_it Keep at It. My Dad always gave me these words, and they have stayed with me through many circumstances. The truth in its simplicity is that if you keep at it, you will move forward in your goal. Sometimes its easier to explain the reverse, for example, if you quit doing something, you'll soon find things at a standstill. However, when you keep at it, everything you do adds up, no matter how insignificant it might seem at the time, the fact is, you are moving closer to what you visualize.<... Sat, 8 Oct 2016 15:43:00 EST my secrets to success http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48746_my_secrets_to_success I have no secret to success. I just follow the advice of many different friends and professionals. I first sat down and looked real hard at my life. decided I didn't want to be dead before I was 60. Looked real hard at my health issues and realized the main health problem was Morbid obesity. Went to my health professional and she helped me create a support team of Doctors and specialists. Between the type II diabetes and all the other health issues. They worked with me and finally got my s... Sat, 8 Oct 2016 13:59:00 EST Go For the Gusto! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48742_go_for_the_gusto <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"No matter how carefully you plan your goals they will never be more than pipe dreams unless you pursue them with gusto."<br>~ W. Clement Stone<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>"You only go 'round once in life so grab for all the gusto you can!"<br>Schlitz Beer Commercial Slogan<br><br>This weekend is an ... Sat, 8 Oct 2016 10:58:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48739_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sat, 8 Oct 2016 00:11:00 EST Are you determined http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48733_are_you_determined Why are we so willing to give up? One set back, or one week of no dramatic weight loss, and we think about giving up. As small children, we learned to walk after falling a million times, we learned to run, speak (that took years), and ride a bicycle. As teens we learned how to not wreck the family car while driving, and to write a paper with out flaws. Why do we think that weight gain is all or nothing? It took us years to gain this weight, and it will take awhile to loose it. I have 14... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 13:26:00 EST The Plimsoll Line http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48729_the_plimsoll_line <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <br> "Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity."<br> W. Clement Stone<br> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <br><br>Yesterday I promised to share the parable of The Plimsoll Line. Earl Nightengale intr... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 10:01:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48726_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 00:12:00 EST Just Keep Up.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48724_just_keep_up When you get to the point where you want to give up then comes the Doctors and highly suggestion you loose weight.. We gain weight slowly it creeps up and attaches itself slowly... Like slowly I turn.. Step by step.. inch by inch... and here it goes again.. Baby inches or the famous saddle bags... So where are you...??? I started with Chair Exercises and I know what it is like to start at the bottom.. and worked may way up to where I am today... I am a happy and better than ever.. I did no... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 20:59:00 EST New Secret Uncovered: MOMENTUM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48722_new_secret_uncovered_momentum In Summer 2016 I took a rest from everything to recover, rebuild, and refocus strengths skills, and energies. I spent my time listening to my mentors and one word reigned: MOMENTUM! <br><br>When my body and soul recovered I made a choice to begin again this time realizing how precious I AM. Yes, I put ME first! <br><br>I learned important factors to maintaining feeling good in my mind and body were to sleep well, hydrate well, socialize well, spiritualize well ( including meditation), and eat... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 18:19:00 EST The Power of No http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48713_the_power_of_no <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <br>Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity. <br>~ W. Clement Stone<br> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <br><br>"No" is such a powerful word but not as you would think. People consider the harm d... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 09:39:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48708_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, 6 Oct 2016 01:26:00 EST Having a best friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48705_having_a_best_friend Having a Best Friend - Motivational<br><br><br><br>A story tells that two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face.<br><br>The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand “Today my best friend slapped me in the face”.<br><br>They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire a... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 18:20:00 EST A Practical Idea to Journal http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48702_a_practical_idea_to_journal Have you ever started to journal, for anything and simply fallen out of the habit or routine? I know that I have and perhaps for any number of reasons. Perhaps I had become tired or pressed for time, or the journal was "out of site, out of mind". I have been thinking about a manageable and meaningful way to journal. (I am currently working on a sugar craving challenge that calls for journaling). As I was carrying my planner to an appointment today it dawned on me that some planners ... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 16:29:00 EST You Are What You Think http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48697_you_are_what_you_think <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <br>Remember, happiness doesn't depend on who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think. <br>~Dale Carnegie<br> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <br><br>It is so nice when the great minds of the past write your secret of success for you! Sometimes they even collaborate on different ways to say the sam... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 11:12:00 EST 5 Mind Games You Need to Stop Playing http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48693_5_mind_games_you_need_to_stop_playing 5 Mind Games You Need to Stop Playing<br>These Common Tricks Never Motivate--Find Out Why<br><br> By Megan Coatley, Behavior Expert<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8bf4789d-ccb0-4290-bea6-931ac95ef690.jpg"><br>Motivation is like cold hard cash: You can never have too much! And when you’re trying to lose weight (for the umpteenth time for many of us) you know that you need a wealth of motivational strategies you can count on. But, with so many motivational tips and tricks ... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 08:34:00 EST Shake it off and keep pushing! It's no such thing as perfection! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48687_shake_it_off_and_keep_pushing_its_no_such_thing_as_perfection The most important thing I have learned in this process is that we will make mistakes. We will fall, at times we may even regain weight; however the key is not in perfection yet progression. As long as we get up and hit that reset button we will fall momentarily rather than indefinitely! Telling ourselves that we are STRONG, no different than anyone else who has conquered the discipline of healthy habits. We must remind ourselves that the solution to a healthy life style is simply WILLPOWER a... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 02:36:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48686_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 00:12:00 EST It Is a Risk http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48672_it_is_a_risk <em>36</em> <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> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>Leo Buscaglia weighs in on this same subject:<br><br>To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.<br>To weep is to risk appearing sent... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 09:30:00 EST Motivation Through Others http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48667_motivation_through_others On the days you don't think you can do it or go on anymore because your legs hurt or you are tired~ try thinking about our military and the young children that are amputee's or that have cancer and have no choice but to get up and do it to just be able to function. If they can do it so can I~ Oh, Yes I can!!!<br><br>We are truly becoming less & less sensitive to things in the world that we see on Facebook or Youtube or on the TV in general. I watch people do the most amazing things and I th... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 01:45:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48666_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... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 00:20:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48653_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Mon, 3 Oct 2016 00:18:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48639_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, 2 Oct 2016 00:11:00 EST Old Red and Twist of Fate http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48629_old_red_and_twist_of_fate Well I got a little story for today.. I got very little sleep last night thinking of Old Red... I just got back from Alabama and most of them down there all have Hound Dogs... I stayed with a friend and here came up to me and she said Lord.. Don't pet the dog... He was old and not in real good shape but it was a neighbor down the road.. It was too late I told her cause I got him yesterday and he looks so pitiful... She said he was a huntin dog and to me he was a old mixed Red Bone Hound.. His... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 14:36:00 EST Beating the "I don't want to workout" feelings! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48625_beating_the_i_dont_want_to_work_out_feelings Your work shift has finally ended or you woke up an hour earlier than you normally do...but you have no gumption to go. You say your mantras, you even put on your workout clothes, but your feet aren't moving anywhere towards the gym or your t.v. to watch a workout video. That evil mental wall inside your head just isn't budging and it's soon whispering lies such as "You can workout tomorrow. One missed workout won't hurt. You walked around at work and that's enough..."<br><br>So, what do you ... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 10:07:00 EST