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 When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47955_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, 28 Aug 2016 01:40:00 EST Minimize, Moisturizer, Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47952_minimize_moisturizer_exercise Recently my mom was hospitalized at a hospital about 40 minutes from my home. As hospitals and hospital stays go – it was a pleasant experience. It is a new facility – only four years old. Every room is a private room and all of the staff were wonderful. The only negative was the food! My mom lost four pounds -- one pound each day she was there.<br><br>I have a neighbor who is a nurse and works on the surgical floor of that hospital. We were discussing weight loss and she told me that ... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 22:43:00 EST Beilieve in Yourself. NEVER Give UP!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47949_beilieve_in_yourself_never_give_up <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/295a883e-1927-4550-93f2-6eaa7b35d7d6.JPG"><br>"She thought she could, so she did"<br><br>What BIG words those are. I've seen them numerous times, but before I truly decided to get myself healthy, they meant little. Today, they mean everything. To do this monumental task, (losing over 100 pounds-and I'm not there yet!) it takes much more than just signing my name to a weight loss site. It's a commitment. It's a learning process. It's faili... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 19:40:00 EST You Should Not Dabble: To Succeed It’s All or Nothing by Harrison Barnes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47946_you_should_not_dabble_to_succeed_its_all_or_nothing_by_harrison_barnes You Should Not Dabble: To Succeed It’s All or Nothing by Harrison Barnes<br><br>My last helicopter lesson was on a Christmas morning several years ago. I’m very glad that I made that my last helicopter lesson. I’d shown up at the flight school around 6:00 am. The previous evening, I’d been out pretty late and was not in a mood to fly a helicopter that morning. I had to go to school at that hour, however, because it was the only time slot I was willing to pay for (it’s cheaper to rent a heli... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 15:23:00 EST Love Yourself ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47937_love_yourself_ <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <br>Love yourself - accept yourself - forgive yourself - and be good to yourself, because without you the rest of us are without a source of many wonderful things. <br>~ Leo Buscaglia<br> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <br><br>In one of his lectures, Dr. Buscaglia expounds on the principal reason you should love yourself. "If you don't lo... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 09:14:00 EST Procrastation is my enemy - do it now, not tomorrow. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47936_procrastation_is_my_enemy_do_it_now_not_tomorrow I think the title says it really. For many years I was a dedicated runner, mainly for health reasons and to stay fit for my job. I ran in events from 5 km up to 80 miles - never very fast or very competitive, except trying to beat my own PBs and a few fellow running club members, but I would train virtually every day all year round, rain or shine. Then I picked up a problem with cramping in my calves which prevented me running so I just sort of gave up. For ten years I did a bit of alternativ... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 08:23:00 EST Challenge Yourself Daily http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47931_challenge_yourself_daily Try a new piece of equipment: If you and the stair stepper are in a serious relationship, but you're bored out of your gourd, it may be time to see other machines. Date around some. Check out the treadmill, recumbent bike or elliptical you've had your eyes on. All of the different pieces of cardio equipment help train the most important muscle of your body—your heart—but they each do it in a slightly different way. To check them all out yet not get too bored, do 10 minutes on each type of... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:56:00 EST Imperfect is OK http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47929_imperfect_is_ok I am bipolar and most of my life goals and plans have been effectively sabotaged by the depression pain that always comes back to immobilize me at intervals.That made me feel like a loser, and I have despaired many times, to the point of wishing I were dead. Appealing to God in prayer, he told me that I don't have to do life well, I just have to do it. He is pleased with me if I just hang on and stay in the game. That has been a great relief to me! I have learned, because of that, to allow m... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:19:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47928_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, 27 Aug 2016 00:15:00 EST Live For Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47917_live_for_today <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude." <br>- Denis Waitley<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>"Happiness is not the destination, it is the journey" ~ Wayne Dyer<br><br>Once again, differ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:56:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47912_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, 26 Aug 2016 00:23:00 EST Just Do it.. What a lame saying..We already know..it http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47905_just_do_it_what_a_lame_sayingwe_already_knowit As for myself I need a little spark to get a fire under me to get on with it.. I wanted to loose weight but I needed that fire to make me get up off the pot and go.. Have you ever heard that phrase ..? It is a little different but if your reading this and from the South you know the words well... So in order to get up and get going you have to put forth the effort and move.. Not think of how tired or time but just get going... Motivation is the key to go.. You have to really want it and make ... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:42:00 EST Casting Bread Upon the Waters http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47898_casting_bread_upon_the_waters <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>The more credit you give away, the more will come back to you. The more you help others, the more they will want to help you. <br>~Brian Tracy<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>Cast your bread upon the waters and it shall return to you a hundredfold (or is it a thousandfold? Doesn't matter, a hundredfold... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:19:00 EST Avoid the scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47897_avoid_the_scale The easiest way to see weight loss is to avoid the scale. Yes, monitoring weight and measurements is critical but stepping on the scale daily is sure to be a deterrent and will cause frustration. Weight yourself once a week and take your measurements at the same time. If you know you are less bloated in the morning take your stats them! The only way to succeed in the weight loss journey is to stay motivated and by constantly stepping on the scale and not seeing movement will not be a moti... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:17:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47894_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, 25 Aug 2016 00:40:00 EST MOTIVATION KEY TO SUCCESS http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47887_motivation_key_to_success MOTIVATION IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS. THIS HELPS ME WHEN I NEED THAT LITTLE PUSH TO KEEP GOING. <br><br>M- MAKE SHORT TERM GOALS <br>O- OUT WITH THE NEGATIVE THOUGHTS <br>T- THINK OF WHY YOU WANT THIS <br>I- IMAGINE HOW YOU WILL FEEL <br>V- VISUALIZE HOW YOU WILL LOOK <br>A- ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR SUCCESSES <br>T- TREAT YOURSELF WITH RESPECT <br>I- INVESTIGATE NEW IDEAS AND FOODS <br>O- OBSERVE YOUR HEALTHY LIFESTYLE <br>N- NEVER GIVE UP AND NEVER GIVE IN <br><br>I printed this out and put it on my des... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:07:00 EST Embrace Failure ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47884_embrace_failure_ <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <br>"Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing."<br> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <br><br>How often do we hear that someone is paralyzed by fear of failure? Far too ... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:22:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47876_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, 24 Aug 2016 00:18:00 EST A Forest Fire http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47857_a_forest_fire <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <br>"Get excited and enthusiastic about your own dream. This excitement is like a forest fire - you can smell it, taste it, and see it from a mile away"<br> ~Denis Waitley<br> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <br><br>"You gotta have a dream cuz if you no gotta dream, how you gunna have a dream come true?" Bloody... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:09:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47853_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, 23 Aug 2016 00:23:00 EST 11 Tips for Staying on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47845_11_tips_for_staying_on_track Everybody’s working for the weekend! Whether that’s simply a statement of fact or makes you think of the old Loverboy tune, it is the truth. Even when the weekend is packed with activities, it’s often remains the only time when we can kick back, relax, and take a deep breath. The challenge is that it might also be a time when you find yourself stumbling when it comes to good-for-you eating habits. Here are 10 tips for staying on track over the weekend.<br><br>Taking charge of your weight and ... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 17:54:00 EST Consistently beats perfection! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47840_consistently_beats_perfection This says it all! Everyday is a new day, a chance for a new beginning. It doesn't matter what you did yesterday, all that matters is today. Do your best and everything will fall into place. You want a lifestyle change, not a diet for the moment. It's the only way to stop the teeter totter. If you keep going up and down, you haven't accomplished anything. Learn the secrets of the slim, be consistent. No one is perfect and striving for that only leads to failure. Instead strive to be c... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 13:48:00 EST UP or Down: It's Your Choice to be Happy or Not by Pam Young http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47834_up_or_down_its_your_choice_to_be_happy_or_not_by_pam_young Up or Down It’s Your Choice to be Happy or Not by Pam Young<br><br>Maybe the guy who invented the thermostat got the idea from his own emotional meter. Instead of temperatures imagine words on a meter with emotions like miserable, overwhelmed, worried, desperate, optimistic, hopeful, happy, and blissful. <br><br>When you think about the happy people you know, does one of the attributes, they seem to have in common, a wonderful outlook on life. <br><br>Happy people seem to have an emotional me... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:23:00 EST Tempus Fugit ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47833_tempus_fugit_ <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <br>"The bad news is time flies. The good news is you are the pilot" <br> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <br><br>Imagine that every morning at one second past midnight you were given $1440.00 and told that you could spend that money any way you wanted but that at midnight, whatever was left would be los... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:18:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47829_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, 22 Aug 2016 00:16:00 EST if it is meant to be it is up to me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47826_if_it_is_meant_to_be_it_is_up_to_me I am not always the best tracker but I am consistent and know that to be successful at weight loss I need to write it down if I taste it. Just because I am in denial about eating unhealthy foods does not mean the calories are not present. They do not evaporate magically! How my clothes fit and how I feel about my progress is only in my hands and blame cannot be placed anywhere else. If it is meant to be, it is up to me...health, wellness and wholeness.<br><br>Don't blame someone else for yo... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 22:16:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47810_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, 21 Aug 2016 00:18:00 EST Putting Myself Frst http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47797_putting_myself_frst I don't know about you but I have always loved fashion! Who doesn't like looking nice ! For me, I like to dress nice whether it's casual or a professional look at the office in which I work. I find it fun and exciting making fun combinations and putting a wardrobe together that makes me look and feel my best !... Because I like looking good, I use this as a catalyst or motivator .And I love that while summer is coming to an end and fall clothes are in the stores now with all kinds of styles t... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 14:24:00 EST Breaking free of emotional eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47794_breaking_free_of_emotional_eating I used to be an emotional eater. I turned to food for comfort when I went through a very tragic time. When I realized I had to stop and there was a better way to overcome the heartache, I had formed a bad habit of eating to feel better so at first it was really hard to stop. I fell off track so many times, I was still healing from grieving and also trying to improve my life at the same time. It felt impossible to do both. <br><br>I have always believed that the first step to solving any probl... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 10:41:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47788_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, 20 Aug 2016 00:26:00 EST Knowledge is Power http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47771_knowledge_is_power <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>Those people who develop the ability to continuously acquire new and better forms of knowledge that they can apply to their work and to their lives will be the movers and shakers in our society.<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>Knowledge is indeed power. <br><br>In the April 1082 issue of Success Magazi... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 08:57:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47765_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, 19 Aug 2016 00:30:00 EST A good support system (FRIENDS)!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47744_a_good_support_system_friends Someone to lend an ear. Someone who knows what your going through or has already been through what your going through.They back you no matter what even if you fall short of your goal their there to pick you up dust you off a give you a push in the right direction their words will never discourage or hurt you they can be close or a Phone call away or like sparkpeople. I have both my husband who is my diet buddy and sparkpeople. <br> I have found some truly remarkable people hear that reall... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 19:08:00 EST the ripples a small inspirational story http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47741_the_ripples_a_small_inspirational_story <br><br>A man was sitting by a lake. He was throwing small pebbles into it from time to time. A young boy happened to cross by. He was intrigued to see that after every few minutes or so, the man would toss a pebble into the lake.<br><br>The boy went up to the man and said, “Good pastime, this stone throwing, he?” “Hmmm,” said the man. He seemed to be deep in thought and obviously did not wish to be disturbed.<br><br>Sometime later, the man said softly, “Look at the water, it is absolutely st... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 15:54:00 EST Daily Mantras that work! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47739_daily_mantras_that_work One thing that I do everyday is I try to deflect all of the negativity that does not belong to me. If a friend calls on the phone and she has had a lot stress and troubles I do not take her problems on as mine anymore. It is easy to take on someone else's issues and not even know it.<br><br>A great saying that I repeat daily is, "release it, let it go, its not mine." I am a person that emotionally eats so when things stress me out that someone else is filling me with I repeat this after I ... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 14:37:00 EST Journal your way to the better you hiding inside http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47738_journal_your_way_to_the_better_you_hiding_inside The only time I have been successful is when I regularly and faithfully log what I eat, how I feel, my goals, and my frustrations. I keep a personal journal that only I can see, so I can be brutally honest with myself, but I also know that sharing my journey is important too. Sparkpages is the best app for keeping track of my food, water, and exercise. Reading the articles and the other tools motivate me. <br>It is very important to be clear to your family and friends what you are doing. ... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 14:14:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47728_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, 18 Aug 2016 00:23:00 EST Staying with your goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47721_staying_with_your_goal never look back. it won't do you any good. Always look forward to that next new experience. <em>381</em> ..........................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 15:53:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47708_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, 17 Aug 2016 00:39:00 EST One Day at a Time with God by my Side http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47704_one_day_at_a_time_with_god_by_my_side I started a Mind Body and Spirit Group and what I learned to do was Invite God into this journey of getting healthy. I try to just take one day at a time and not future jump. I learned to Pray for God to help me work towards my goals. I sit quietly and pray to God asking him for help, then listening to his response and journal what I hear. I can ask God questions and hear his answers. I know that sounds crazy but it works, it takes practice quieting my mind and really listening. Its funny the... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 20:45:00 EST My SECRET ADDICTION http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47703_my_secret_addiction SPARK POINTS - Yes, for some reason I am one of those people who works hard for that higher score. I’m not really competitive with other people but evidently I compete with myself. Remember Farmville and Mario – we continually wanted more and to get to the next level. Well you might think that there was a pot of gold at the end of every day because I NEED as many points as I can get.<br>So tracking everything is my goal.<br>I want all the NUTRITION POINTS, so I am conscious of each food I am... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 20:08:00 EST Relying on God http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47692_relying_on_god Whatever this day holds, I have to rely on the fact that God holds this day. He promises to not leave me or forsake me. His word encourages me to know that in my weakness He is made strong; just my acknowledgment of Him makes this true.<br>This reality is where I must return each day, knowing that His mercies are made new for me (and for you) every morning. He will guide and direct my path and even carry me when I cannot seem to go any longer.<br>2 Corinthians 9:8 "And God is able to bless... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 12:56:00 EST Take the Negative and turn it to Positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47683_take_the_negative_and_turn_it_to_positive I was told many times in my life I wasn't good enough for a passion I had. I ACTUALLY believed those who told me I wasn't good enough, and quit. I GAVE UP on my dreams, that passion I wanted more than anything. <br><br>I then went into a depressive funk, because I honestly thought I wasn't good enough for anything. I was confused, I was left to truly wonder what I was suppose to do with my life, because what I thought I was good at, someone told me I wasn't. <br><br>I know have found myse... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 07:52:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47682_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, 16 Aug 2016 00:28:00 EST Fun Workouts at Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47673_fun_workouts_at_home To keep motivated and interested in working out, it's necessary to complete workouts you enjoy. Is the treadmill getting monotonous and boring? Well, try dance. Even if you cannot dance well, dance workouts can be found that will teach the steps, and pretty soon, you'll be dancing all over the room to music that is motivating. . I've learned so much new dance steps and routines, that I feel I can move into more difficult dancing. My body is looking attractive, and I feel sexy when dancing. Th... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 17:31:00 EST SECRET OF SUCCESS #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47672_secret_of_success_1 FAITH.... YOU HAVE TO HAVE FAITH THAT GOD IS WORKING OUT WITH YOU. HAVE FAITH HE GIVES US WHAT WE NEED WHEN WE NEED IT. IT'S ALL ABOUT BELIEVING IN YOURSELF AND HAVING FAITH IN YOURSELF. <br>WHEN YOU ARE WALKING HE IS WALKING WITH YOU, WHEN YOU ARE EATING HE IS EATING WHAT YOU EAT AND WHEN YOU ARE WORKING OUT, EH IS SWEATING WITH YOU. GOD WANTS US TO SUCCEED IN EVERYTHING WE DO IN LIFE AND WANTS US TO BE HAPPY. MOTIVATION IS A HARD THING TO HAVE WHILE WORKING OUT AND TRYING TO EAT HEALTHY... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 15:57:00 EST Be Proud Of Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47665_be_proud_of_yourself Keep your eye on the prize! <br><br>As difficult as it can get sometimes, keep reminding yourself any effort is better than no effort. Progress is progress no matter how big or small it is. I believe taking BABY STEPS is very important, don't overwhelm yourself by "dreaming too big". Set small goals which will help you reach and meet big goals. And just because you make a mistake or two along the way, it is completely understandable, we all do - WE ARE NOT PERFECT!!!. Don't let that discourag... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 11:13:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47656_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, 15 Aug 2016 00:11:00 EST Getting your journey started http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47654_getting_your_journey_started To get your weight loss journey started and to set yourself up for ultimate success you should begin with a small goal that you can accomplish and experience some success with that small goal first. I say small and simple goal, because you want to be encouraged to continue so pick something you can do.... before moving on to more difficult things or before adding more goals. <br>Personally I began by giving myself a cut off time for eating. I had a big problem with eating at night and snack... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 23:17:00 EST Motivate others to motivate yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47649_motivate_others_to_motivate_yourself It has taken me a long time to remember this one. When I was more active on Sparkpeople in the past, I found the best way to motivate myself to get out the door and do what I needed to do that day was to first go online and motivate others to do their best. To remind them that no matter what you do, the next hour was going to pass you by. You can either take advantage of it and get your fitness in, or keep sitting on the couch and just let this hour pass you by. The same applies to days. ... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 21:14:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47634_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, 14 Aug 2016 00:15:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47620_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, 13 Aug 2016 00:33:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47604_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, 12 Aug 2016 00:20:00 EST Being Connected Brings life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47601_being_connected_brings_life I am a do yourself, get it done if it means me by my lonesome self, this outlook has carried over into my battle with losing weight and living a healthy lifestyle. This method of doing things has carried me no where fast.<br><br>This morning I was leaving my house and I notice a leaf on the ground and it was charcoal instead of green and then it hit me like a gush of water that like the leaf if I am not connected I will withered or not lose the weight. So here's the secret<br><br>1. Be conne... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 22:46:00 EST The Better Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47600_the_better_me My motivation began for two reasons. I found out I m going to be a Grandma and my cousin of my same age has breast cancer.<br>Lets lokk at these one at a time and I will explain how they each prompted a change in me. I went to my hometown for a family party for the July holiday which happens every year but this trip felt different. I was excited about two things fast food places I missed because of the regional difference and cheaper cigarettes in the nearby state. My 23 year old daughter was... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 21:47:00 EST Motivation is a decision, not a feeling http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47594_motivation_is_a_decision_not_a_feeling This past week I have been off. I have not been eating healthy. I have not been exercising. I have been looking for my motivation. I have been wondering why I lost my initial motivation. Every morning I would wake up and think to myself, "Today, I am going to be better. Today, I am going to eat healthy." But then I would eat crap carb and a bunch of sugar and fat.<br><br>I realized, I'm not going to find my motivation. I have to make it. Little fairies are not going to flutter down a... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 16:20:00 EST HEALTHY SELF TALK http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47588_healthy_self_talk I listen every day to a podcast by DANNA DEMETRE....specifically her first one called YOU ARE WHAT YOU THINK...<br><br>Her story and also the story by JON GABRIEL are telling....How much of who we are is because our "thinking" and thoughts are false.<br><br>I am a success because I finally grabbed on to the idea that this is TRUE. <br>I'm AUTHENTIC with my true self...<br><br>ONE DAY AT A TIME....<br><br>Jon Gabriel tells the story of when he felt desperate and went to the ATKINS center to ... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 10:50:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47580_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, 11 Aug 2016 00:21:00 EST Track at the Beginning of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47573_track_at_the_beginning_of_the_day Tracking my meals and snacks is critical to my success each day. I have to think about what food I have on hand, what I need to purchase (fresh fruit and vegetables, mostly) and if it's in our plans to go out that night. I start with breakfast (oatmeal with walnuts is a favorite) then a mid-morning snack, then lunch and a afternoon snack.I have been trying hard to cook dinner at home rather than going out to eat. It's much easier to track my portions and calories if I am making my own meals. ... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 13:28:00 EST New Start, AGAIN http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47570_new_start_again I planned, am executing and will succeed as long as I stick to the game plan and PLAN!!! It doesn't matter that I keep starting over, i just do it. I will be better the next time because of what I have learned in the past. Planning is the key to any successful plan, support is also just as important. I want to move along with the diet changes, so hopefully I can get that in line as well. A walk a day keeps the doctor away is going to be my new mantra. I have 2 boys that i need to set an ... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 10:05:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47563_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, 10 Aug 2016 00:14:00 EST tag teaming our goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47562_tag_teaming_our_goals My biggest secret is my buddy. My hubs and I are doing this together and when we slip the other picks up and it helps because one is always stronger when the other is slipping! when one seems to be falling off the wagon the other is there to remind them what we are here for. My hubs seems to be the stronger of the two of us. However I have had my share of picking up the pace when I need too. WE have a goal and a plan sometimes it is just putting the plan back into motion..especially after mo... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 19:28:00 EST Today, not Tomorrow - and be focused http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47553_today_not_tomorrow_and_be_focused Your success is defined not by what you can do tomorrow, but by what you can accomplish TODAY.<br><br>I found this quote on the youtube-user "Successful By Design". <br><br>It is simple, and it is true.<br><br>Your health is all about what you do today, not what you're planning tomorrow!<br><br>I'm personally interested in personal development and personal productivity, as well as health. I would say that for me, a healthy life-style is something that is helping me to high productivity and pe... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 12:48:00 EST Tips for Motivation In School http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47548_tips_for_motivation_in_school <br>1. Focus on High-Impact Activities<br><br>The key to success in school is staying focused on your course work. Make a list to get an overall picture of your workload before you start to tackle any of it. Then, make a plan. Although it’s tempting to do the simplest assignments first, those that take more time and effort to accomplish are probably the ones that you’ll learn the most from.<br><br>To determine what your priorities are, rank your assignments in the order of their importance. T... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 06:49:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47545_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, 9 Aug 2016 00:24:00 EST Listen to your body http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47536_listen_to_your_body I love this idea of sharing our success - thank you for the opportunity. You don’t read about this much, but I’ve learned through trial and error. And if this worked (and it does for everybody), then what’s to sell? What would happen to the diet industry? <br><br>Nothing has worked for me more than paying attention to the hunger and fullness cues of my own body. I let my body read like an odometer to a car. When it gets toward “E”, I fuel up again. <br><br>After years of dieting, I have lost ... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 18:47:00 EST Persist in a solid plan that you ENJOY http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47534_persist_in_a_solid_plan_that_you_enjoy While we do have to change up our game plan at times, doing so before really sticking to a solid plan may not be wise. Consider your plan carefully when you decide upon it in the first place...and then DO it. When setting a goal, be honest with yourself:<br>Will I LIKE doing these/this changes/change?<br>Or... will it feel like a punishment?<br>Sound like silly questions? Not at all. Facts show that people who jump into overly aggressive plans to lose weight or increase activity or... etc... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 13:59:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47523_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, 8 Aug 2016 00:04:00 EST Renew your vows to maintain your loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47513_renew_your_vows_to_maintain_your_loss I just had a maintenance anniversary of significance this week - it had been six years since I declared myself in "maintenance", i.e. I did not want to lose more weight.<br><br>Since then, the weight on the scale has fluctuated over the course of each year, depending on what was going on with my food intake and activity levels. I discovered that this is NORMAL for most people, even those who have NEVER had a "weight problem". <br><br>Now, six years later, I have the statistics to prove that... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 06:47:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47511_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, 7 Aug 2016 00:13:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47501_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, 6 Aug 2016 00:44:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47481_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, 5 Aug 2016 00:35:00 EST Do it now http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47480_do_it_now Too many times, I've let the "fire" burn out. What fire? The fire of motivation when you have that thought, "I should work out", "I should eat something healthy...a salad sounds amazing" or "I should commit to a goal I've been wanting to do". These are the moments your soul is speaking and counting on your mind and will to follow through! Telling yourself who you are inside, who you want to become, what you need to do to achieve happiness and success! Are you going to follow your own adv... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 21:36:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47463_when_i_started_running When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 00:37:00 EST Jon Gabriel Visualizations http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47448_jon_gabriel_visualizations This is not easy to say; but, I am pouring my heart out here. Next month I will be 66 and I have been not just overweight; but, obese for the last 36 of those years. I was never thin, in the 70's when the Twiggy figure was in I had a Marilyn Monroe figure. Fortunately, I met a wonderful man that loved me the way I was and have been married to him for 35 of those 36 years (the other year we were dating). I am 5'4" and at my heaviest I weighed almost 250 lb.<br><br>I have been fighting my weigh... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 08:53:00 EST Getting the most out of your morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47447_getting_the_most_out_of_your_morning Call me the Dr. Procrastinator because it seems like I have a Ph.D in it. My secret to success is to keep moving. When I wake up in the morning, I drink 8oz of water before getting out of bed. I meditate on good things for about 20 minutes, then I spend 10 minutes sending love and light to people. The great thing about that is it starts my day off in a positive manner and I feel energized just by being able to do this. The next thing I do is get out of bed lay on the ground and I do a series ... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 04:36:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47444_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, 3 Aug 2016 00:23:00 EST Finding your motivation partner http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47439_finding_your_motivation_partner For so long I lived under a blanket of shame. I felt shame that I gained weight. I felt shame that I was fat. I felt shame that I constantly battled my weight. I felt shame that I struggled with weight related issues such as low self-esteem. <br><br>I also felt I had to battle my shame alone. I did not want to pass my weight issues on to my children. I did not want them to see me struggle. I did not want them to have issues with food. So I kept my struggle and shame private. <br><br... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 17:55:00 EST Be exactly who you dream ....its YOUR life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47437_be_exactly_who_you_dream_its_your_life <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9bd73298-0365-40ba-a164-f1d4073a7c0e.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/94f2bfa3-87e1-41f1-902d-6b4092da1f58.jpg"><br><br>Live each day as a new day ....Stay focused on the end goal.....Do one thing each day which challenges you, SCARES you ....Do not put yourself down! Let me share a couple of quotes I find to be true for me.<br><br> "The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination tha... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 14:29:00 EST Motivation on social media! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47433_motivation_on_social_media As I look on my feed in Facebook, I notice something. One of my old high school buddies posts a picture of himself with 1 figure up to signify his first workout of the week. It's a little competition he puts on for fun. How many of his pals can beat him and the amount of workouts each week.<br><br>As I looked into the comments, I could see his friends posting their #1 workout of the week pics under his. This continues to the end of the week. The person with the most workouts in the week wins... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 11:33:00 EST Exercise first thing in the morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47428_exercise_first_thing_in_the_morning Don't overthink your activity in the morning. Don't give yourself the option of inaction. Have your exercise clothes right by your bed when you wake up and hit the ground running! If you convince yourself the night before you can be convinced that the decision is made before you fall asleep. There is no option NOT to work out! Your mind works in ways that we sometimes worry about too much.<br>If you can possibly get into the pattern of making the activity or routine be predetermined you can a... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 03:15:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47424_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, 2 Aug 2016 00:24:00 EST Loosing Weight.. What can I do Oh My.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47419_loosing_weight_what_can_i_do_oh_my If you weigh daily or in an obsessive compulsive or if your mood is easily affected by the number you see on the scale.. you can definitely benefit from ditching it.. Do you freak out if the number increases by a mere half pound...and you seem to freak out .. this article is for you... Take that thing and throw it away and if you can't seem to put it in the garage and leave it alone.. you sneak out there in the night and don't want to be seen.. Give it to a family member as a gift or let them... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 21:26:00 EST If you make the time ....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47418_if_you_make_the_time_ We make time to fancy up to go out on Friday night,and we make time to see a movie. So why do we not make time to track our food and exercise? <br><br>For years I worked at 4 a.m. and took my lunch at 7:30 a.m. No one wants to eat lunch at that hour of the day. so I went to the gym. I went every day, worked for 45 minutes, an had enough time to take a 3 minute shower, dress and make it around the corner to work. I tracked my food, and gym time every time, every day. <br><br>Since I am retir... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 20:48:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47400_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, 1 Aug 2016 00:33:00 EST Understanding Myself & Embracing Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47391_understanding_myself_embracing_change I have been successful before and I have found that I am most successful when I don't deprive myself of something I want. It's important to enjoy eating what I want but also learning to eat it in moderation. If I want to eat a bag of chips, then I'll buy a small bag instead of buying that huge bag and eating it simply because it's there. I also learned that there are so many acceptable alternatives to those things that I used to eat. I mean truly delicious alternatives! Instead of grabbing th... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 14:34:00 EST Just keep motivated, keep on trying and push. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47390_just_keep_motivated_keep_on_trying_and_push I have had ups and downs with my weight but the only times I have ever lost weight was when I ate more, watched the calories, really tried hard and had motivation to keep on going <br><br>Motivation is not an easy thing to come by, which is why you can go downhill pretty fast when you don't have it. One minute you're taking "just one piece of chocolate" or "just one glass of wine" and the next thing you know you're 4 months in on an eating and drinking binge that you no longer even feel like ... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 14:02:00 EST Jon Gabriel Visualizations http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47386_jon_gabriel_visualizations This is not easy to say; but, I am pouring my heart out here. Next month I will be 66 and I have been not just overweight; but, obese for the last 36 of those years. I was never thin, in the 70's when the Twiggy figure was in I had a Marilyn Monroe figure. Fortunately, I met a wonderful man that loved me the way I was and have been married to him for 35 of those 36 years (the other year we were dating). I am 5'4" and at my heaviest I weighed almost 250 lb.<br><br>I have been fighting my weigh... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 12:06:00 EST Just Don't Quit http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47382_just_dont_quit Anyone who ends up here at Sparkpeople or any other weight loss program has probably fought the battle of weight gain more than once in their lifetime. As they say out west -- this isn't our first rodeo.<br><br>Women's magazines are full or diet plans, tips and suggested weights for us! Consequently we have been flooded with recipes, diets and exercise regimes since our pre-teen years.<br><br>Most of us by the age of 30 really are aware of what is necessary to be healthy and maintain a reason... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 10:28:00 EST Motivation Found - Prayer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47380_motivation_found_prayer I have a copy of The Prayer Diet, which I highly recommend. The book said that my weight gain should be welcomed as such for the lessons that it had to teach me (compassion). I am to say "You are just the very thing I have been waiting for." I prayed for the energy/space/motivation to get started with my wellness program. I wrote my prayer in my prayer journal. Two - three days later, I just woke up with motivation. Joined the gym that day. Will continue to commit my progress and my goal... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 10:10:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47375_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, 31 Jul 2016 00:11:00 EST "JUST DO IT"! "YOU CAN DO ANYTHING" YOU SET YOUR MIND TO, EVEN BORROWING FAITH! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47372_to_get_up_out_of_that_bed_or_chair_and_eat_right_and_exercise_takes_a_lot_of_willpower_dont_listen_to_the_lie_that_says_you_cant_do_that_someone_is_lying_to_you_no_matter_what_just_do_it For me to leave you this secret of my success, SparkPeople requires me to practically write a book! So, here, goes!<br><br>You know what's right to do in your heart, be it eating/not eating or exercising the way you should! Follow your heart, follow Jesus, and follow SparkPeople suggestions! If you do, you will find success!<br><br>A year ago, this month, I was laying in a bed on my birthday paralysed from the knees down. I had had emergency major abdominal surgery. I walked in and had to... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 19:35:00 EST A Puppet No Longer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47369_a_puppet_no_longer <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br>We are no longer puppets being manipulated by outside powerful forces: we become the powerful force ourselves.<br>Leo Buscaglia<br> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br>I was never a puppet on a string dancing to whatever tune the pezzo novante wanted<br>~ Vito Corleone <br> <em>104</em> <em>104</... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 16:22:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47360_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, 30 Jul 2016 00:17:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47341_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, 29 Jul 2016 01:03:00 EST we are motivated either positively or negativey http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47339_we_are_motivated_either_positively_or_negativey We Are All Motivated – Either Positively Or Negatively<br><br><br>This is a story of two brothers. One was a drug addict and a drunker who frequently beat up his family. The other one was a very successful businessman who was respected in society and had a wonderful family. <br><br>Some people wanted to find out why two brothers from the same parents, brought up in the same environment, could be so different. The first one was asked, “How come you do what you do? You are a drug addict, a drun... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:18:00 EST Failure? I Think Not! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47333_failure_i_think_not <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <br>"Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance next time."<br>~ Og Mandino<br> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <br><br>Once again, a recurrent idea has been restated rather articulately. There is no such thing as failure, there is only the successful discove... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:21:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47328_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, 28 Jul 2016 00:56:00 EST You CAN Do It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47325_you_can_do_it Lack of motivation and willpower is a common excuse that people give for not being able to do something. This seems to be the case most often with diet and exercise. I should know, I struggle with it too! <br><br>If there is one thing that I have discovered through the years, it is that my faith in Jesus Christ is the motivating factor at the core of everything that I do. If I didn't have purpose in Him, I wouldn't bother to do anything. Everything is about Him, for Him, and because of Him. J... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:01:00 EST Your life changes when YOU change http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47323_your_life_changes_when_you_change <br>One day not too long ago the employees of a large company in St. Louis , Missouri returned from their lunch break and were greeted with a sign on the front door.<br>The sign said: “Yesterday the person who has been hindering your growth in this company passed away. We invite you to join the funeral in the room that has been prepared in the gym.”<br>At first everyone was sad to hear that one of their colleagues had died, but after a while they started getting curious about who this person ... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:40:00 EST Put Lotion on Daily http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47322_put_lotion_on_daily Lotion. Yummy smelling lotion. <br><br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/830842fd-1d3f-46e6-b7aa-464699d91d7f.jpg"><br><br>I know, I know--that might sound like the CRAZIEST suggestion ever, but I think putting lotion on my body every day has been a HUGE help to my weight loss. <br><br>Why?<br><br>Of course, I think in part it makes me value myself a little more. I'm using rushing to get dressed. But when I take the time to put lotion on--even if I'm not going anywhere--I am re... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:18:00 EST How Gardening Can Improve Your Health, Fitness, Mood and Nutrition http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47317_how_gardening_can_improve_your_health_fitness_mood_and_nutrition How Gardening Can Improve Your Health, Fitness, Mood and Nutrition<br><br>Modern living tends to sever your connection to the natural world, and many are now starting to recognize just how important a connection with the land is for health and happiness.<br><br>Health benefits associated with gardening run the gamut from stress relief to improved mental health, better nutrition and of course, exercise.1 In fact, some suggest a revival of home gardening could improve the health and well-being ... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:28:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47309_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, 27 Jul 2016 00:09:00 EST Hope this isn't a best-kept secret! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47302_all_in_a_name As I always say when writing a secret.....this is really no secret as everyone and I mean every one on sparkpeople.com is doing it! What is it you may wonder? Well, it is being a member of sparkpeople.com.<br><br>This is my best weight loss journey secrets that I share with everybody I meet who wonders how I lose weight. My answer is SP! <br><br>I remember a few years ago, talking with a friend about what she was doing to keep her weight under control. She explained to me about this web... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 19:33:00 EST The joys of dancing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47293_the_joys_of_dancing Set yourself free! Be what you dream you can be, if only in your mind! Turn on the radio, and when nobody's around, start dancing! You may be terrible but when nobody's watching, who cares? Move your body, get your pump, and flood your system with mood elevating endorphins. There's no wonder the dance classes at any gym are always filled! It's fun, great exercise, and makes you feel good. Dancing is a great way to keep your body and mind healthy. Studies show that dancing can help you l... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 08:02:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47290_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, 26 Jul 2016 00:15:00 EST Find something you love http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47285_find_something_you_love I have found, and so have so many other people out there that just to LOVE what you DO makes you WANT to go out there and do it. For a long time I ran on hills, and it got me results, but I HATED it- eventually to the point where I quit. At that point I was only doing it under peer influence, and the fact that I was mortified of how bad I was a runner- so I hit it hard every day to get the most results in the least time... until I broke down and couldn't hold out. So I quit. I got within 4 se... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 21:31:00 EST Terrific Fitness Secrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47279_terrific_fitness_secrets Read my other Secrets Of Success instead of giving up today. <br><br>FITNESS S.O.S.<br><br>I hear your call for help with fitness. Today I am revealing my fitness S.O.S (Secrets of Success) and my exercise S.O.S, yes there is a difference. Let's discover the difference: <br><br>Fitness: Condition of being physically fit and healthy. <br>Exercise: Activity requiring physical effort, carried out especially to sustain or improve health and fitness.<br><br>Fitness describes a whole picture of yo... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 17:11:00 EST The Wisdom of Joda http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47276_the_wisdom_of_joda Following the Wisdom of Joda........<br> Try Not ! DO ! ! !<br><br>Realized that if I never ever try, I can never ever do......<br>Realized that there is truly never ever an always........<br>or a never ever, because when I try, it becomes a will be !<br>So, I will follow the Wisdom of Joda, realizing that if I never try, I will never do.<br>If something does not work, TRY something Else !<br>Find another solution, or another approach to the problem.<br>Seeking life's adventures is a joy. <br... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 11:36:00 EST The dark recesses of the mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47275_the_dark_recesses_of_the_mind I have lost as much as 100lbs. before and still was not happy. Along with the weight I seemed to have lost my mind. This time I will be more aware of the mental aspects and find ways to deal with those set backs as I fore see them. The link below is very realistic:<br><br>http://nymag.com/thecut/<BR>2013/11/what-no-one-tells-you-about-dr<BR>amatic-weight-loss.html<br><br>My favorite quote from the article is:<br><br>"We define ideal weight as the weight that you get down to when you're eat... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 11:18:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47268_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, 25 Jul 2016 01:00:00 EST How to recover from a slip http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47267_how_to_recover_from_a_slip First, don't beat yourself up is very important. Next, pick yourself up and remember all the healthy choices you had made prior to the slip, write it out if needed. One weak moment does not a failure make. Try to reach out to others who will not berate you or make you feel guilty for your slip. Reach out on the boards, publish a blog, or call someone who is on your support team. <br>While I am not a big advocate of Facebook, it can even be used on occasion if you have support on there.<b... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 23:18:00 EST Getting My Life Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47265_getting_my_life_back I started my journeyof a healthier life style over a year and a half ago. Before I started this journey I was basically a couch potatoe that would just eat whatever I wanted. The Doctor gave me some terrible blood test results. If I didn't change my life around I would probably die at a young age. I hired the best Fitness Trainer ever. Before I met this Trainer I was in an unhappy marriage. My Husband put me down a lot. The Fitness Trainer built my spirits up and gave me hope. Now a ye... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 22:17:00 EST Success and Lacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47254_success_and_lacks <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>The difference between a successful person & others is not a lack of strength, lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.<br> ~Vince Lombardi <br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>Vince Lombardy was a great motivator. His "What It Takes to Be Number One" speech is timeless. As a professional football coach, he was able to t... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 10:41:00 EST time, time, time http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47253_time_time_time Time is the most important thing there is<br>Since the beginning of time<br> there never seems to be enough of it<br>People try to beat time<br> but time always wins<br>The greatest fear is running out of time <br>So if the most valuable thing there is time<br> why would you waste it?<br>Get out there and DO IT.<br><br><br><br>How to Stay Motivated<br>-take it one day at a time<br> -surround yourself with positivity<br>-create a dream board<br>-ask yourself what you want and make reali... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 10:25:00 EST Twelve Things Successful People Do Differently. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47252_time_time_time 1. They create and pursue focused goals.<br> <br>2. They take decisive and immediate action.<br> <br>3. They focus on being productive not being busy.<br><br>4. They make logical informed decisions.<br> <br>5. They avoid the trap of trying to make things perfect.<br> ... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 10:25:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47247_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:56:00 EST Focus on pounds already gone http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47246_focus_on_pounds_already_gone I think biggest secret to success for me would be focusing on the pounds that I have already gotten rid of (not lost because I do not ever want to see them again). I find it so motivational to watch that number grow. There has been many times that i felt that I just can't do this or I have eaten more than I should have or had way too many of not the healthiest for me or made bad choices and wanted to give up. Im so proud when I see the pounds lost on my Spark page or my tracker page i... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:53:00 EST Fear and Guilt: What if? and Why? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47238_fear_and_guilt_what_if_and_why I don't have any secrets of success because I haven't been particularly successful. Losing weight ... yes, I know how to do that. Keeping it off ... I've never experienced it. I do know fear kills motivation. <br><br>Fear of "what if I can't .... lose it or keep it off?" In the moment, there's no room for fear. In the moment, I'm doing it (or not doing it). Every moment is a new opportunity to continue what is working or do it differently. No room for fear, judgment, regrets ... all th... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 11:34:00 EST BE YOUR OWN CHEERLEADER http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47232_be_your_own_cheerleader You are your biggest competition, and also your own worst enemy. Many times we blame others for holding us back when the truth is that we are responsible for the end results that we get. When you see yourself in the mirror are you satisfied with what you see or are you constantly wondering how you can be a better person or achieve other goals in your life? You are responsible for who you become, good or bad, and you are the only person standing in the way of achieving your hopes and dreams. I... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 09:22:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47229_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, 23 Jul 2016 00:30:00 EST 50 miles to 500 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47206_50_miles_to_500_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, 22 Jul 2016 00:44:00 EST Find Support for Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47197_find_support_for_success Finding motivation can be difficult even on the most successful journey to a healthier lifestyle, and especially when you have a lot of weight to lose. I am blessed with an amazingly supportive husband, and if you have family and/or friends who you can trust to be positive on your journey, and most of all supportive when days or weeks aren't going the way you hope, it's a real blessing. <br><br>However, some people do not have that, or they have people in their lives who can end up sabotaging... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 14:09:00 EST Motivation for Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47187_motivation_for_work 1) Find your love and pursue it with ardour<br><br>I worked with a world famous rock guitarist, and we spoke about his career. He laughed when I used the word.<br><br>"Playing wasn't a 'career move'; it's just that I couldn't have done anything else!"<br><br>He didn't mean that literally. Of course he could have done other jobs, but he loved his music so much he just had to do it and...well, it just happened to make him millions as well. The point is, he didn't start playing to make money. He... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:08:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47184_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, 21 Jul 2016 00:35:00 EST Eating What You LIKE http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47171_eating_what_you_like In previous dieting endeavors, I would pour over the internet looking for recipes, and try new foods. Inevitably, this process wore me out, till I fell off the diet wagon, yet again. It took so much mental energy to find "different" foods to eat that eating healthfully became too much of a chore. <br><br>I now eat ONLY the foods I KNOW I like. I could care less if I eat the same three meals three days in a row, because it's all food that I enjoy, so I don't tire of it. Grocery shopping is a b... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 10:09:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47167_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, 20 Jul 2016 00:36:00 EST We Can Do It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47163_we_can_do_it "If you keep on doing what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten. In order to get something different, change what you are doing!" <em>521</em> Change is hard to do but just like a cart with wheels it gets easier to push once in motion. Sparkpeople gives the tools and community to get the "weight loss cart" moving! It has taken me a long time to learn and use the tools. I am excited to move this weight baggage once and for all with the help of Sparkpeople! For too l... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 20:41:00 EST Shake It Up.. Make Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47161_shake_it_up_make_changes OK... You have ran the race.. Worked out.. Drank the water.. cut back the sugar and then you hit a spot that will knock you back to the way of trying to get to your goal and worked out and did overtime watching the calories... Bam.. There goes the Motivation and you feel like there is no hope.. Wait.. do not sit there and feel bad and sit down and feeling sorry for yourself... The plateauing effect is the biggest motivation-killer there is... and the reason for you to just quit...It hits a lo... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 19:24:00 EST Step Away From That Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47160_step_away_from_that_scale I just read an article on Sparkpeople stating that "emotions are enemies of people who are trying to lose weight?" Seriously?! Now you can tell me something I don't know. Almost everyday, okay okay, on most days I think I've got this thing sunk. Then step on the scale to find that either I am the same or lost a few ounces. Well thank goodness I don't measure the weight I lose by the numbers of the scare. Yeah I called it a scare because it scares me to death! I step on it and all my enthusia... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 17:27:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47148_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, 19 Jul 2016 00:24:00 EST Persistence pays off http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47142_persistence_pays_off Everything I have achieved through persistence but not stubbornness. First you have to set a goal that meets the following criteria:<br><br>Specific<br>Measurable<br<BR>>Achievable<br>Realistic<br>Time limited<br><br>So, for my goal, I have established a goal to weigh no more than 198 by July 7, 2017. Which means I must lose 27 pounds (a little over 2 pounds per month loss) in 12 months. The goal meets all of the criteria.<br><br>The best way to fail, is to set unrealistic goals. You usua... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 15:46:00 EST Don't Give Up Just Do It http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47140_dont_give_up_just_do_it When your young and out there .. you get bombarded with all these unrealistic pictures of Women and Men that are really are not in good shape at least now Healthy... Those who were unhappy with their bodies to become less concerned about their weight... They turn to starvation or many of those crazy diets and what happens they get sick.. Spark People gives you the tools you need to help change your lifestyle so you can reach a good goal for you. I will never be a size one again .. Women even ... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 15:06:00 EST If its worth it, it wont be easy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47135_if_its_worth_it_it_wont_be_easy Hard work pays off. If it's easy then it won't be worth it, so challenge yourself to do more today. Don't give up just because you're intimidated or you don't believe you're capable. Push yourself. Better yourself. Do the most you can do and do more! Drink one more glass of water, smoke one less cigarette, walk or run one more block. We don't become great if we do the bare minimum. You are great! You are amazing! And I know that you are capable of achieving anything! I know that it may be har... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 13:28:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47123_50_miles_to_50_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 00:42:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47105_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, 17 Jul 2016 00:18:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47090_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, 16 Jul 2016 00:48:00 EST Sharing the Journey -- Accountability Partners http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47086_sharing_the_journey_accountability_partners Nothing keeps me on track, positive and motivated like having someone to be accountable to! Whether it's a group here on SP, a challenge team, or a fitness buddy from work or church, (or all of the above) doesn't matter. But it's got to be somebody who is facing a similar challenge and who's committed to the process of making changes on a permanent basis.<br><br>Trust me, my family and friends are great cheerleaders. [Most of the time, anyways.] But there's just something about having anoth... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 19:18:00 EST Speak with your future self. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47085_speak_with_your_future_self I have several motivators and I believe that it is a combination of them that has prompted me towards finally staying focused on my goals. Like many, I have attempted to define goals and chase them several times in the past, only to find the journey short lived. It is only now after I have demonstrated to myself that I am committed, and have taken on a whole new lifestyle with long term vision rather than random and unfocused goals, can I see what I was missing in all my previous attempts. ... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 17:45:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47072_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, 15 Jul 2016 00:22:00 EST One foot in front of the other http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47066_one_foot_in_front_of_the_other As I keep moving each day I notice how different each day feels. Some days I'm totally exhausted and it is difficult to get going to do any of those things that I know my body needs me to do. Some days I think I could walk/jog/run/dance all day long. Because of multiple sclerosis I rarely know what my day will look like until they have begun. I spent years not wanting to schedule things until I realized that for me it is better to make plans that I must cancel than to make no plans at all... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 18:36:00 EST Depression and Motivation.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47064_depression_and_motivation When you are Depressed and someone saying get get over it.. Or be happy is like telling a rock to swim.. It is hard to just get happy.. too many things going around in my and your head... It’s not because depressed people don’t want to get motivated but it is hard..It’s because getting motivated is an overwhelming task when you’re depressed....If you want to get out of the dumps some need professional help and some are not to deep and can be helped by friends..Each one just have to find a p... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 17:22:00 EST Progress with time not behind it http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47061_progress_with_time_not_behind_it The Secret: Time is going to pass with or without you so take small steps that will grow into bigger steps. This way, you move with time and not behind it. <br><br>Losing weight is a challenge, but it does become easier to figure out as you go along. The main thing to remember is that you are in this for the long haul. You can allow time to pass with your continued efforts to meet your healthy lifestyle goals or you can allow time to pass with you having stopped just because something did n... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 14:25:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47051_50_miles_to_50_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:39:00 EST Doing Great Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47039_doing_great_things <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way."<br>~ Napoleon Hill <br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>"Nobody can do everything but everybody can do something" ~ John Wooden, UCLA Basketball Coach.<br><br>Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak are credited with everything Apple and sure, they started ou... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 10:01:00 EST Weight Loss Journal http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47033_weight_loss_journal Keeping a weight loss journal can be both a motivational experience and a healthy outlet of your most personal thoughts and feelings concerning your weight loss journey. What's most important during this experience is your need to be honest. Also, writing in your weight loss journal is a way to let go of the tedious clutter that sometimes block our way to success. Simply put, you are to clear out the disorder and confusion that causes major setbacks throughout your weight loss journey. This p... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 07:47:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47030_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, 13 Jul 2016 00:45:00 EST Just keep restarting http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47026_just_keep_restarting It's only when you stop trying that you have failed. If you find yourself constantly restarting its time to change up the program! Don't keep doing something over and over that isn't working. I guess that's the main reason I'm a "SparkPeople" now! <br>I was 15 lbs lighter last year at this time and could run 10 Kms in 1hr 3 mins. By the way I am 54 years old. In Oct last year I suffered a bout of depression and began to eat my pain away. I quit exercising. Naturally the pounds started piling ... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 20:39:00 EST I GOT THE MUSIC IN ME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47021_i_got_the_music_in_me I know some days are easier than others to get the mojo going!!! Whatever MOVEMENT you choose is BETTER than none...so pick something you LOVE, keep on doing it until you get comfortable, then challenge yourself to accomplish even more...all the while, with a beat!!! Whatever music you choose will have you feeling good, lift your spirit & ENJOYING your exercise...After all, this is for a healthy lifestyle not a short term.<br><br>Even my spark fire burns to a rhythm!!!! <br> <em>529</em> <br... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 15:37:00 EST Keep the Motivation Don't Give Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47018_keep_the_motivation_dont_give_up We all look for a reason to keep us going cause we need to loose weight.. Look Deep and I believe I found the best way .. Spark People.. You do not have to do and keep track and they are full of advice and Teams.. Well they will keep you upbeat as you go.. Yes all of us are in the same boat...So do not give up... Losing weight isn't easy and doing it in a healthy way can make the task feel even harder... Some days you feel down and you just can't get the body started.. Well I have been there... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 14:27:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47006_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, 12 Jul 2016 00:23:00 EST Lead an online group, and Retrain that Negative Self-Talk! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46999_lead_an_online_group_and_retrain_that_negative_selftalk Ask your friends if they'd join you for a support group that YOU lead online (here on Spark, or on Facebook, etc)! Suddenly, being responsible for making regular posts about your diet/exercise/goals helps remind you over and over of your vision; it's a daily reminder for you to share workout pictures, meal ideas, weekly plans, or motivational posters and sayings. Lead a 30-day new-habits challenge; do a "plank as long as you can" challenge and video tape it. Anything! Plus, there's a lit... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 21:12:00 EST Keep On Keeping On http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46988_keep_on_keeping_on <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br>"Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure."<br>~ Napoleon Hill <br> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br><br>In "Think and Grow Rich" Napoleon Hill recounts the story of R.U. Darby who got caught up in gold rush fever and sold all of his belon... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 11:57:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46977_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 00:35:00 EST Track Foods, Journal And Drink Water! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46973_track_foods_journal_and_drink_water Pay attention. Track your food, steps - all activity! Track the excellent, the good, the bad, the ugly, and the low down crap. Look over your week and learn what is and isn't working for you. Modify, adapt, update, and change. What was good a month ago might not be the best for now. Evolve! <br><br>Track food: I only count fat grams. I do my best to not go over 70 grams of fat a day. Ideally, fat grams should be kept at 50 grams (as per the YMCA Diabetes Prevention plan). Tracking calories an... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 21:14:00 EST Staying motivated through the weight loss "plateaus" http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46972_staying_motivated_through_the_weight_loss_plateaus So you finally get motivated to lose that extra weight. You set a goal of losing about two pounds per week and track your weight loss on SparkPeople. You're feeling good because you're seeing progress.<br><br>Then you hit a plateau. All of a sudden, you stop losing weight. The needle on the scale won't budge, and you lose your motivation. We've all been there. I certainly have, and I've read posts from many Spark members who have too. This post is for all of you!!<br><br>The secret of succes... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 21:04:00 EST Make Your Decision http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46969_make_your_decision My greatest changes and accomplishments in life all came from when I made a decision. I decided I wanted to change. I decided I wanted to be happier. I decided I wanted to be a runner. I decided I wanted to become healthier. I decided I wanted to positively impact others in my life. After making these decisions, I put together a path to lead me to my goals. <br><br>All of the different areas of life required different paths and different goals. No path is ever straight. They are all fi... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 15:09:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46957_50_miles_to_50_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 00:21:00 EST Customized Music for Workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46953_customized_music_for_workouts I'm not one to stick to one particular workout routine. I get bored with the same exercise routine. I searched for music lists that would keep me motivated & although I found songs here & there I wasn't able to find a complete list that I liked. Over the years I've purchased many CDs as well as individual songs when I didn't particularly want to buy the entire collection. Music has always been important to me. Even though I haven't ever been great at it I've always loved to dance. Music+Dance... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 20:02:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46952_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, 9 Jul 2016 19:59:00 EST Be Good to Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46946_be_good_to_yourself 1. Talk to yourself in positive ways as if talking to your best friend.<br>2. Have fun with exercise. Be zany and really do something you enjoy.<br>3. Drink water because sometimes your not hungry but, thirsty.<br>4. When in doubt take up a new hobby to help you take your obsession with food. I've been obsessed with food and dieting for over twenty years and haven't lost a pound since.<br>5. There are no bad or good foods. Foods are just food. In moderation you can eat anything.<br>6. Love yo... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 15:18:00 EST Just DO It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46945_just_do_it These three little words help me more than anything else. They cut through the procrastination like a sharp knife through the toughest meat.<br><br>Just DO It! <em>211</em> <br><br>??????????????????????????????????<BR>?????<br><br>What?! I have to have 1700 characters before I can post this? <em>40</em> Grrr...this is not right!************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>************************************<b<BR>r>*****************************superc... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 14:16:00 EST Find Someone to Hold You Accountable http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46944_find_someone_to_hold_you_accountable I volunteer in the P.E. department at the local elementary school just about every day. I even substitute for Coach H when he is out. But, at 203 pounds, I knew I wasn't setting a very good example for the kids. <br><br>On November 30th of last year, I decided it was time to get the excess weight off for good. Before I could change my mind, I sent a text to Coach H and told him I wanted to get into shape. I asked if he would be willing to help me reach my goals. Without hesitation, he a... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 13:02:00 EST Be Afraid, But Be Empowered! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46941_be_afraid_but_be_empowered I'm almost 55 and my weight has ebbed and flowed throughout the years, I was at my highest weight on 1/1/16, but this time my older body showed definite signs of age. I became afraid, afraid I wouldn't live a long life, afraid that the quality of life I had left would not be what I want or deserve. The simple message is, it can be changed! It can't change after we're 6' under. Eating mindlessly will rob you of the quality of life you so deserve. Yes, there is a lot of work, persistence, plann... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 10:03:00 EST How to start your outdoor garden from seeds http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46936_how_to_start_your_outdoor_garden_from_seeds I love having a hardy vegetable garden outside my back window and nothing tastes better than freshly harvested vegetables. If your growing season is short, you may want to start your garden indoors and transplant when the threat of the last frost is over. Here's how to get started:<br><br>1) Prepare the containers. Clean with well-diluted bleach (nine parts water to one part bleach). Punch drainage holes in the bottom of your container and then line with a layer of newspaper.<br><br>2) Pr... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 07:31:00 EST I want to be the healthiest me that I can be... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46930_i_want_to_be_the_healthiest_me_that_i_can_be What is my motivation to keep moving throughout my days? What is my motivation to eat whole foods most of the time? What is your motivation? Why are you here? Some days I just want to encourage others as I respond to blogs and Spark pages. But, mostly my own motivation to be the healthiest me that I can be is related to family and goals for my life beyond losing a few pounds and getting a bit stronger.<br><br>I want to dance at my grandkids' weddings. The oldest is just 13, so I do have... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 14:18:00 EST Number 1 Secret http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46926_number_1_secret Throw away my scale. I am motivated by numbers, so when I don't see the numbers going down I get discouraged. I then overeat because that is my coping mechanism. Then I see a weight gain and get even more discouraged so then I give up completely. So, my doctor suggested I get rid of my scale and weigh in only at doctor appointments. In doing so I remove the temptation to weigh everyday and then I can't beat myself up for not seeing rapid results. And when I go to the doctor and she weighs me... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 13:02:00 EST Pain is Punishment http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46922_pain_is_punishment <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <br>When we cling to pain we end up punishing ourselves.<br>~ Leo Buscaglia<br> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <br><br>Dr. Buscaglia is not referring to physical pain. There is little we can do about physical pain except to take medications to reduce the symptoms until the body cures the root cause of the pain.<br><b... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 10:16:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46912_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, 8 Jul 2016 00:42:00 EST One Day at a Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46899_one_day_at_a_time Remember that each new day is another opportunity to refresh, renew and truly enjoy your healthy life. Take advantage of these opportunities. They are the 'spice' of life. <br>When dealing with chronic pain I have found that there is an ebb and tide rhythm to the intensity of my discomfort. Some days, I can climb the walls that present themselves by rest intervals... Some days nothing works and the day is reserved for total R & R. This is okay. There is always another day, hour, moment comi... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 13:37:00 EST Getting up one more time http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46896_getting_up_one_more_time In proverbs 24:16 the bible says "Though a righteous man falls seven times, he will get up, but the wicked will stumble into ruin." This verse has helped find one of the keys to success with controlling my weight and my health. There will be times when I will fail to do what is right and healthy, in those times I have to make a choice. I can choose to not allow my failure to dictate my future and "get up" and start again or I can do just give up and gain more weight. The truth is we all will ... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 10:40:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46895_50_miles_to_50_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 09:57:00 EST Love what you do http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46884_love_what_you_do My greatest motivation is EXCITEMENT, being confident and happy, and with me at the highest weight of my life is such a rare treat. I'm taking pride in myself my home and my time. I feel like I can do this I will do this. But I'm happy about it, obsessed and just happy to learn all that I can. I'm currently a noob and in love with the Keto Diet. A few things I love about it is just taking the opportunity to cut out that damned sugar, that always gets the best of us, along with the carbs, I'm ... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 01:39:00 EST Talk to your body... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46880_talk_to_your_body Sometimes we get so far away from what our bodies need that we almost forget we have a body. We rush from appointment to meeting to errands and chores and our amazing bodies carry us through.So, take one short break a day (you pick the moment) and talk your body. I know it sounds silly but ask your body what it needs right now. Does it need a rest? Does it need to move? Time in nature? A drink of water. Just ask one question and then do what your body asks. Over time, this practice becomes a ... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 18:39:00 EST Accountability For Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46879_accountability_for_success I find it easier to find motivation to make good choices and keep going when I have accountability. <br><br>A friend of mine and I meet for yoga at her house. We try for three times a week and have more than once expressed how we were ready to skip but knew we had to show up for each other. We end up hugging and laughing at ourselves and then doing yoga. A workout buddy is great accountability and keeps things fun too.<br><br>How many times have you made a different food choice when you are a... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 16:53:00 EST Track your progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46878_track_your_progress I like to keep a fitness journal in which I write down my workouts, summarize how it went, review my training goals and gather thoughts on my progression.<br><br>This keeps me accountable to workout and lets me look back at my progress. I include selfies, magazine articles and sometimes I write down motivational quotes in the book to keep my mindset.<br><br>I can look back and see my progression, my hard times and look back at what I have accomplished. Seeing my progression keeps me looking f... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 16:24:00 EST Don't Beat Yourself Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46872_dont_beat_yourself_up When you set a weight loss or fitness goal for yourself and you don't meet your goal. Don't give up and don't beat yourself up about it. Try it again. I have been trying to lose weight for years and I just can't seem to get it right but I will try until I find what really works for me. I will not give up and neither should anyone else. My doctor seems to think that if I go to a weight loss support group and talk about what I eat and what exercises I should be doing that I will be more incline... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 11:27:00 EST Motivation for Working Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46867_motivation_for_working_out Fitness Motivation Made Easy<br><br>Fortunately, economists and psychologists have been studying how to crack the code of what compels us to repeatedly do something we don’t always want to do. Here are some of their best strategies.<br><br>1. Give Yourself a Real Reward <br><br>Sure, some people might be motivated by vague goals such as “better health” or “weight control.” But if that’s not doing it for you, journalist Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Lif... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 06:45:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46864_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, 6 Jul 2016 00:20:00 EST Writing Down Your Goals Helps You Succeed http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46853_writing_down_your_goals_helps_you_succeed One of the key points of success that I've found here at SparkPeople is to write down your goals. At first I was skeptical! However, I quickly realized that when you write down your goals (in specific terms) you're more likely to achieve them. I've found that when I sit down and simply write out exactly what I'm aiming to achieve, I have the drive to keep focused on what my end goal is, rather than on what a temporary fix might give me. <br>I suggest grabbing a pen and a pad of paper before s... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 13:11:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46848_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, 5 Jul 2016 01:14:00 EST Journaling to success http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46831_journaling_to_success I began journaling when I was a little girl. I loved writing all about my feelings and dreams. There were no requirements on how I should be feeling, I just wrote down what I was feeling, good or not so good. I was able to continue this habit while growing up and am so thankful that I did. I start each day with a journal entry. I try to have goals set for the day, along with weekly and monthly goals that I remind myself of each morning. I have found this helps keep me accountable and aw... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 10:11:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46824_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, 4 Jul 2016 01:10:00 EST Find a friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46812_find_a_friend One of my personal secrets is to be very open and honest with at least ONE close friend about my eating and exercise. Accountability is crucial to staying on plan with my eating and exercise. I have both a friend and my mother who are both super supportive and we text almost daily about what we are eating and if we are cheating and when we exercise. It really helps me avoid giving into the cravings and mindless eating when I know I will have someone checking in with me. Plus it gives t... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 11:14:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46807_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, 3 Jul 2016 00:29:00 EST Focus on how many days you've done well, not the number on the scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46796_focus_on_how_many_days_youve_done_well_not_the_number_on_the_scale What matters is to do the things we need to do for our health. For me the reason I want to lose weight is to be healthier and move with more ease. <br>It can be frustrating to step on the scale and see no difference in the number, especially when I know I have been doing things 'right'. <br><br>However, rather than to focus on the number on the scale I try to focus on the amount of days that I managed to stay on plan: <br>* exercise the amount of minutes in my exercise plan.<br>* stay on my f... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 11:26:00 EST Just do it anyway. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46787_just_do_it_anyway Okay. I have a 'bee in my bonnet' and 'bone to pick'!<br><br>This is the thing... I set out the last few days to get re-acclimated to the site, to see what is new and be my best Sparky self. I've been really enjoying myself, and for the most part I feel 'sparked' in return. It's GREAT to see that things are rolling right along here at Spark people.<br><br>Then there is the other side to things... I know it's always been here... and perhaps it's bugging me so much because I came so close to di... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 17:46:00 EST It's all about LIFEstyle. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46786_its_all_about_lifestyle <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c51b12cd-642c-4bcd-93c9-315441ccc7a8.jpg"><br><br><br><br>Do you ever look up words you know, just for fun, to see if you understand them as well as you think you do? <br><br> I know... I'm a MAJOR word 'geek'... but I never cease to be amazed by how powerful words really are. Thoughts/beliefs are even more powerful, and since they are essentially words strung together for maximum effect, I find it useful to be truly mindful of the words I use,... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 17:31:00 EST Struggle Authentically, and With Confidence http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46784_struggle_authentically_and_with_confidence <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d6c0d862-2ccc-45eb-8222-f38aa3c07f66.jpg"><br><br><br><br>I had an interesting epiphany a while back... the 19th of November to be exact. <br><br>It seems I was the day's 'featured motivator'. I had no clue this even happened... and at this point, I didn't qualify to be anyone's featured anything. My focus was gone. My energy levels were tanked. My heart and my body ached with grief and sleeplessness. A bone-crushing weariness pervasively dogge... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 17:11:00 EST The only weight-loss aid that really works. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46773_the_only_weightloss_aid_that_really_works_in_the_long_run <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2ce29d36-ce36-4ddf-8898-0aeed96abbf8.jpg"><br><br><br>Self-love is the only weight-loss aid that really works in the long run. <br>~ Jenny Craig ~<br><br>"The body is a sacred garment. It's your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in and what you depart life with, and it should be treated with honor." <br>~ Martha Graham ~<br><br>In the Garden of Eden, eating was modeled as one of life's most pleasurable experiences. But then Eve ... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 01:11:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46772_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, 1 Jul 2016 00:53:00 EST Always there for you... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46758_always_there_for_you No matter how many times you trip on your journey of weight loss, some things are always there for you:<br><br>- Sparkpeople will always take you back no matter how long you've been away. You can always start anew but your SP friends and teams are waiting to cheer you on.<br><br>- The knowledge that you had the motivation to start once and can do so again. All you need is that first spark, once it flickers in you the first time it is nearly impossible to fully extinguish. It could be months o... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 10:35:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46754_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:28:00 EST if you want to be happy in your life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46746_if_you_want_to_be_happy_in_your_life <br><br><br>The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn’t already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder.<br><br>I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that that lit up her entire being.<br>She said, “Hi, handsome. My name is Rose. I’m eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?” I laughed and enthusiastically responded, “Of course you may!” and she gave m... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 10:12:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46742_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 00:23:00 EST the fence a story with real meaning http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46737_the_fence_a_story_with_real_meaning <br><br>There once was a young boy with a very bad temper.<br><br>The boy’s father wanted to teach him a lesson, so he gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper he must hammer a nail into their wooden fence.<br><br>On the first day of this lesson, the little boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. He was really mad!<br><br>Over the course of the next few weeks, the little boy began to control his temper, so the number of nails that were hammered into the fence dr... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 17:58:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46727_50_miles_to_50_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 00:31:00 EST Be competitive with yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46724_be_competitive_with_yourself It is always great having someone there that you can hold yourself accountable to. But this is not always possible, or that is what I have found in my journey. It is easy to find someone who wants to workout with you here and there but it is hard to find someone to keep you motivated to keep going. That has been one of my problems. I feel I have found that one thing that has kept me motivated though, being competitive with myself. <br>It all started when I joined in on a biggest loser contest... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 16:49:00 EST A BLOOD PRESSURE MONITOR CAN BE YOUR BIGGEST MOTIVATOR! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46721_buy_a_blood_pressure_monitor I had a scary blood pressure reading on vacation a couple of weeks ago.Too much alcohol, salty fried food and little to no exercise all took a toll. After a few days of partying like it's 1999- I started feeling light headed and could tell my heart rate was higher and harder than it should have been to be walking around shopping. We stopped in a walgreens and I had my pressure taken. 172/116! YIKES ( The sound of a whipped dog yelping) My friend and the pharmacist urged me to go to ER! ( How... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 14:08:00 EST Don't break the chain! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46720_dont_break_the_chain I like to track streaks like seeing how many days in a row I can maintain good habits. This works for me, because I love visually tracking my streaks! I don't want to break the chain. The longer I track a streak, the less and less likely I will break the chain. This is how I went a year without pizza and candy. This is how I've finally been drinking AT LEAST a liter of water every day for the past two weeks. You can literally do this with any habit, good or bad. Seeing the chain get longer an... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:31:00 EST What Keeps Me On Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46718_what_keeps_me_on_track Even when I am the most disgusted I think of the alternative. Do I really want to slip into the plus sizes??? NO. Do I want to have good reports at the doctor's office? YES<br><br>I met a 98 year old woman that acted like she was in, maybe, her 60's. She likes to swim. Another words she stays active. When I am tired I think of her and it inspires me. If a 98 year old can do it, so can I.<br><br>I have a friend that promotes 10 minutes per day of exercise. She has many, many days in a ... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:39:00 EST Stay Smart and Stay Motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46713_stay_smart_and_stay_motivated Staying motivated to lose weight is partially about being smart.... If you have a certain weakness for potato chips or anything else for that matter just get it out of the house... If not opened you can give it to the food bank or to a Church to let some that don't have much...Keep these foods out of the house and away from everyone in the family... Don’t beat yourself up if you find that you didn't reach your weight loss goal for a week or a month... You’re not going to lose those pounds by... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 01:55:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46708_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:20:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46697_when_i_started_running When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 00:29:00 EST Motivate and get more healthy.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46695_motivate_and_get_more_healthy Bad Habits are hard to break as we grow up we accumulate them as habits as we grow up and it is something we do.. How many times you have heard... Your not going to get any desert or leave the table before you clean your plate.. Yes old habits and now we are older on our own and need to rethink our way of eating and habits we have now to break...We need to change and we need to Change Our Ways to weight lose as motivation to start living a healthier lifestyle.... Overweight people are at a h... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 19:56:00 EST The secret of my sucess http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46689_the_secret_of_my_sucess When I decided it was time to make a change, I joined Sparkpeople. I also bought a fitbit, my husband saw I was having trouble staying motivated so we bought him one too so we could compete with each other for steps and weight loss. We keep each other motivated. However, recently his job has him in another state for 6 - 8 months, its hard to keep each other motivated via Skype. <br>I found a way to keep myself motivated during his absence. I'm a huge Dr. Who fan, I found a site that sells the... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 12:21:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46685_50_miles_to_50_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:32:00 EST Why Can't I stay motivated to lose weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46682_why_cant_i_stay_motivated_to_lose_weight Anybody trying to lose weight goes through a similar journey.<br><br>You start out on fire.<br><br>You’re motivated to exercise and it’s easy to say ‘no thanks!’ to junk foods. Making healthy choices feels effortless.<br><br>But then, you hit a rough patch. Unexpected challenges and unforeseen complications take you off track.<br><br>Suddenly, everything you were doing right, has morphed into a hot, frustrating mess.<br><br>Your motivation is gone. Exercise seems inconvenient and you’re cravi... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:04:00 EST Get Up and Get Ready to go.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46679_get_up_and_get_ready_to_go OK here go you gained weight instead of losing it? Are you ready to quit... Believe me I bet we’ve all been there and experienced the same feelings you are going through right now. Take a deep breath and remind yourself that you can do this... If I can so can you.... You have to take the first steps.. Take a notebook and first write it all your Victory's you have had in your life.. the second page list realistic goals that you can do and achieve... make sure to list your includes your start... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:31:00 EST Small Steps Every Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46668_small_steps_every_day Every day, let's move forward in our health. I mean every single day, I'm going to take a small step forward. How about you? Let's do this together. We can reach our health goals and live a fuller life if we just keep moving forward. I am not trying to change everything today. That kind of a change does not stick. Here are some of my daily changes of the past:<br>I changed my salad dressing to ones with no sugar. That means that most of the time, I make my own. Who knew that almost e... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 05:53:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46666_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 00:46:00 EST 13 Sign's You're Wasting Life But You Can't Admit It http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46662_13_signs_youre_wasting_life_but_you_cant_admit_it <br>When you were a kid, did you want to grow up to be an astronaut, a singer or an engineer? If so, how’s that working out for you? Hopefully, it’s going great and you are living the life of your dreams. But for the rest of you who are not, here are 13 signs that you might be wasting your life… but you don’t want to admit it:<br><br><br><br>1. YOU SPEND TOO MUCH TIME DOING THINGS YOU SHOULDN’T BE DOING.<br><br>Video games. Reality TV. Surfing the ‘net. Stuffing your face with too much food. ... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:14:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46650_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:26:00 EST wonderful inspiring story http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46643_wonderful_inspiring_story <br><br><br><br>The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn’t already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder.<br><br>I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that that lit up her entire being.<br>She said, “Hi, handsome. My name is Rose. I’m eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?” I laughed and enthusiastically responded, “Of course you may!” and she ga... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 15:27:00 EST Motivational Quotes to Say http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46639_motivational_quotes_to_say The way you think and feel about yourself, including your beliefs and expectations about what is possible for you, determines everything that happens to you. When you change the quality of your thinking, you change the quality of your life, sometimes instantly.<br><br>You have complete control over only one thing in the universe — your thinking! You can decide what you are going to think in any given situation. Your thoughts and feelings determine your actions and determine the results you ge... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 07:08:00 EST new jeans today http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46638_new_jeans_today got a pair of jeans, very tight if I tried to put them on, kept them on door<br>For some reason not a lot of weight loss but inches are gone since those jeans fit<br><br>No I do not have to suck in and or lay on bed to zip<br><br>Now to get another pair smaller for next goal~<br><br>And will keep doing that till I get to where I feel good not weight watchers or Jenny Craig etc I and doing this for health and to feel good in my own skin not make others happy <br><br>It is a slow but stead [whe... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 05:41:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46635_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 00:27:00 EST Stay on Target http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46631_stay_on_target Any other Star Wars geeks out there remember the reference? Luke Skywalker is trying to blow up the Death Star by shooting his photon torpedos into a couple of tubes not much bigger than some sort of rat that he shot as a kid.<br><br>Anyway there is this line that keeps getting repeated into his ear. "Stay on target... Stay on target... Stay on target..."<br><br>That's something that has come to my mind a number of times throughout this weight loss journey. There are so many things that can d... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 17:51:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46618_50_miles_to_50_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 00:26:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46602_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:28:00 EST 10 ways to boost your self-confidence http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46597_10_ways_to_boost_your_selfconfidence <br><br><br><br>How many times during your growing years did your parents tell you to walk straight or sit up straight? You may have casually dismissed it, or maybe you didn’t really pay attention. As an adult, though, you realise the wisdom of the advice.<br>Simple practices like these don’t just help you physically but also psychologically. Psychologists say that there are many little ways that can instantly help boost self-confidence. Here are some easy tips on how you can do just that.<br... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 19:07:00 EST Friends are Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46589_friends_are_good Three weeks ago my friend and I were talking at a resteraunt. I go out to eat a lot -- many reasons but not always a good thing.<br><br>She mentioned to me she has RA and always feels better if she exercises and loses even 10 pounds.<br><br>I told her about Spark People, and she downloaded the app at the resteraunt and has been logging her food ever since. Not my job to determine if she's always accurate, but she is excited and has lost 10 pounds in those three weeks.<br><br>Her comment to ... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 07:18:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46585_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 00:46:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46575_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 00:31:00 EST Buddies for Every Season! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46572_buddies_for_every_season When my kids were teen I had a neighbor that was my dear walking buddy. We had our three mile route clearly in mind morning after morning as we walked and talked through so many triumphs and challenges of our lives. <br>When I went to work full time I had to give up this fun time and it was a very long time before I ever considered anybody to be my health buddy. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer a few weeks after our son was married, I got very discouraged. My weight had slipped up ... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 18:15:00 EST Trick My Mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46571_trick_my_mind In order to keep myself from 'picking' when I go to bed, I brush and floss and gargle before just getting into bed. With such fresh breath, I don't feel like eating anything to spoil it! It provides motivation for both late snacks and healthy mouth hygiene. I try to not turn on the TV either, and shut out the lights. Those bring up suggestions for snacking. I'm having it a little difficult right now, though, because I'm staying every other night at home, and then at my mom's helping with ... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 17:05:00 EST 20 of the wisest quote of all time http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46570_20_of_the_wisest_quote_of_all_time <br>20 of the Wisest Quotes of All Time<br><br>Wisdom is something that comes from experience. Humans experience things differently from each other, they are always seeking wisdom no matter what the experience may be.<br><br>We use this wisdom to guide ourselves away from past mistakes and hopefully reach our endgame goals. Wisdom of all kinds has been passed down throughout every single generation of man. It is only acceptable that we give back the wisdom we have received to those who need i... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 15:42:00 EST Picture Me This http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46569_picture_me_this I am 64 yrs old and before I started this journey, I used to look at myself in the mirror and want to cry because I gained so much weight I felt I didn't know this person looking back at me. I stopped visiting people and going places I used to enjoy going to.I am not as active with my grandchildren as I used to be I have even avoided my class reunions because in high school I was no bigger than a minute. I do know as years past, every changes but not to this extent. When I decided to do somet... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 13:51:00 EST Staying Motivated at Wrok http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46562_staying_motivated_at_wrok Spend time with co-workers<br>I believe it’s important to get to know all of my employees outside of the office — grab coffee, lunch, or even work out together! We spend so many hours of our life in the workplace, why shouldn’t we use the relationships we make to stay energized? For instance, I recently learned that one of our IT employees is a huge movie buff — he gave me a ton of great recommendations that I never would have thought of myself. When you take the extra time to get to know you... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 06:38:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46556_50_miles_to_50_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:22:00 EST The Finish Line http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46554_the_finish_line Today at work, I saw this saying on a program participant's T-shirt: "There is no finish line!" The shirt was a brilliant orange with an abstract design behind the quote. Orange is a stimulating color so it caught my eye right away!<br><br>The young man passed me by so quickly (he was on his way to lunch and I was returning to a program room from lunch) that I didn't have time to ask if I could take a photo of him and his fantastic shirt. I didn't see him at break time, either. This man is, f... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 21:02:00 EST Your friends or family may be knowingly or unknowingly sabotaging your efforts. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46552_your_friends_or_family_may_be_knowingly_or_unknowingly_sabotaging_your_efforts I have always struggled with my weight, now that I have made a committed effort to a healthy lifestyle I find that some of my friends and family members are making hurtful comments.<br><br>"This is just a fad for you, come on have some cake..." "You know you were never thin, why change now..." and my favorite of all, "When are you going to stop this nonsense and eat normal food."<br><br>I have decided to "turn the worm" if you will, to the first I responded "No thanks, you can have my piece."... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 17:42:00 EST The Other Side of Failure http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46546_the_other_side_of_failure <em>209</em> <em>209</em> <em>209</em> <em>209</em> <em>209</em> <em>209</em> <em>209</em> <br>"We seem to gain wisdom more readily through our failures than through our successes. We always think of failure as the antithesis of success, but it isn't. Success often lies just the other side of failure." <br>~ Leo Buscaglia <br> <em>209</em> <em>209</em> <em>209</em> <em>209</em> <em>209</em> <em>209</em> <em>209</em> <br><br>Yet another restatement of s pri... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 10:05:00 EST How To Get Going http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46545_how_to_get_going It’s true: what got you HERE won’t get you THERE. If you want to have real change, you can never live like you’re living now: something fundamental has to change permanently.<br>Fortunately, any permanent change, no matter how small, qualifies as different from normal:<br>• Drinking 23 sodas instead of 24 sodas a day permanently qualifies as a change.<br>• Skipping one meal per week permanently counts as a change.<br>• Choosing vegetables instead of fries for ONE of the 14 meals you eat out p... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 08:21:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46540_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:26:00 EST Keeping Motivated while loosing weight.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46538_keeping_motivated_while_loosing_weight I know I had a problem getting starting to loose weight.. I found a article about how to start a Journal of your weight loss... and I got a little Note book and put starting weight and measurements and a food intake also in it.. Then begins your work.. There is not a magic pill to take and it just goes poof the next day the weight comes off.. I found Spark People and they made it happen..Shift your thinking from thinking of everyone else first mentality to thinking like an athlete... and I c... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 19:36:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46530_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 00:28:00 EST 7 Powerful Quotes For When You Feel Lost In Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46525_7_powerful_quotes_for_when_you_feel_lost_in_life <br><br><br><br><br><br><br>There are moments in our lives where we feel utterly and entirely lost. There are no clear directions or paths for us to take, just one big ball of confusion without an instruction manual or a tutorial as to how to "live."<br><br>This is more than okay, for we all become lost in life every now and then. Sometimes it's better to surrender yourself to the universe and let the world show you your next adventure.<br><br>The next time you feel like you're completely los... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 17:05:00 EST Getting Over the Mind Games http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46524_getting_over_the_mind_games Probably the hardest part of weight loss is dealing with all the mind games. The scale is for most people the worst. The crushing thought that you're going to get on it in the morning and find out that in spite of everything that you have done perfectly for days or sometimes even weeks but the number will either not budge or because it is controlled by demons actually go up. There are of course lots of other things a mess with our minds as well. Sometimes it's a well-meaning friend or famil... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 15:41:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46511_50_miles_to_50_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 00:24:00 EST Get Motivated and Stay Motivated This Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46508_get_motivated_and_stay_motivated_this_summer One of the primary needs most often cited by beginners and veteran runners alike is the need to be motivated to continue running. No wonder. Running is not an easy sport, especially during our long, hot summer.<br><br>Even though, there’s little technique involved in running and just about anyone can do it, training to run a race—much less a marathon or half marathon—is a daunting task that requires plenty of sweat and gobs of motivation to continue moving forward toward the ultimate goal.<br... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 20:44:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46495_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday<br><br>When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual teleth... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 00:22:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46482_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 00:16:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46469_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 00:21:00 EST Just Do It Now! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46464_just_do_it_now I have probably procrastinated away many months, perhaps years, of my life. I've known for ages that if I put off something, I'm far less likely to ever do that thing today. Though I'm far from perfect, I'm getting better at following this title. I am more likely to schedule the things I don't want to miss out on - going to the gym, getting in my 10,000+ steps, writing a piece for publication or just for myself, cleaning the house, making healthy meals and snacks, calling or visiting a fri... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 14:55:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46455_50_miles_to_50_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 00:23:00 EST Any loss is a WIN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46446_any_loss_is_a_win If the scale doesn't move, check your measurements. Chances are you've lost inches and ANY loss is a win! Don't get caught up in a competition with others and compare weight loss--everyone is different and everyone loses at a different rate. Plus there could be issues you don't know about--medical conditions, medications, etc. that affect weight loss. Don't get caught up in the plateau blues--always check your inches to see if there's a loss in that area. Make sure you get your required water... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 14:36:00 EST A MUST: Cheat Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46444_a_must_cheat_day I find it much easier to stay motivated and stay on track knowing that I have a built in cheat day, that glorious one day a week where I will eat whatever I want guilt free. I don't really plan it unless I have to, but I do keep a mental tally of what I really want, or cravings. Tortilla chips at the mexican resturant, fried food, mashed potatoes, chips, desserts, etc.<br><br>Just knowing, in x amount of days, I can enjoy the Blueberry Lemonade I've been saving since the farmers market, and... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 13:53:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46434_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 00:16:00 EST Do Not Wait! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46419_do_not_wait <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"Don't wait. The time will never be just right."<br>~ Napoleon Hill<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>If the train didn't begin its trip until all of the switches were right, it would never leave the station!<br><br>I read an article yesterday that stated a similar analogy. The headlights on a car only light up the road for abo... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 09:21:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46416_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 00:24:00 EST Perfection? Begin again. Nothing's perfect. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46411_perfection_begin_again_nothings_perfect If you miss a day, don't lose heart. Jump right back in, and begin again. you are going in the right direction. After twenty days, I missed logging in due to working overtime. I am not going to let it get me down. I began again. Begin that streak again. don't get down on yourself, boost yourself up. I made twenty days for the first time in a few years, I can do it again. How about you? <br><br>Losing heart and being discouraged is not an option. Go GO GGGOOOO! I still kept my walking streak e... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 19:14:00 EST Im ag in ation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46404_im_ag_in_ation <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <br>Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited by reality, imagination can span the globe. <br>~ Albert Einstein <br> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <br><br>Denis Waitley says that the most powerful nation in the world is imagination! <br><br>Maxwell Maltz in "The Power of the Subconscious Mind" sai... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 11:57:00 EST I FEEL NO SHAME http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46400_i_feel_no_shame I have been on and off Sparkpeople and "diets" for years, and my gone up over that time. Not down. What I have found is that if I slip up even a little; over eat, don't exercise for a while, don't keep up posting on a thread, I hide in shame. I don't want to come back and say, "I messed up." I just skulk away and sink deeper into my own pit of negative thought.<br> This time around I'm finding that my mind set has changed. When I slip up, As we all do from time to time, I own it. If I don't... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 10:23:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46394_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 01:00:00 EST Keep going... Change takes time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46388_keep_going_change_takes_time Its so important to think POSITIVE and not feel defeated when you don't lose weight one week. Plateaus happen. Most important thing to remember is that everything takes time. After all, Rome wasn't built in a day! Sometimes when I feel like I am becoming unmotivated or in a sad slump I will talk to a friend about it. Usually after a pep talk I can get back on track and I am always pleased that I do. If you do not push through then you will be much more disappointed in the end. <br><br>There a... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 15:53:00 EST 10 Daily Mantras http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46386_10_daily_mantras http://inspiremetoday.com/blog/top-10-dail<BR>y-mantras-to-get-you-going/<br><br>Top 10 Daily Mantras to Get You Going<br><br>Every day should be a positive one, no matter what it may bring you. One way to focus on the positive is to start each day with a mantra to bring in a positive outlook and exclude the negative. Some people like to have one personal mantra they say every day, while others like to switch it up, always staying on the bright side.<br><br>Here are some daily mantras to keep... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 12:54:00 EST Thoughts on Doing http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46382_thoughts_on_doing <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do." <br>- Leonardo da Vinci<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>Throughout my posts of secrets, there has run a consistent theme, that being that attitude and not aptitude determines your altitude. No we have some... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 09:27:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46377_50_miles_to_50_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 00:27:00 EST 10 principles of life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46372_10_principles_of_life 10 Principles Of Life:<br><br><br>Stop and ask yourself today, "How do I really feel about myself? " Before you answer read these ten principles.<br><br>(1) Never think or speak negatively about yourself; that puts you in disagreement with God.<br><br>(2) Meditate on your God-given strengths and learn to encourage yourself, for much of the time nobody else will.<br><br>(3) Don't compare yourself to anybody else. You're unique, one of a kind, an original. So don't settle for being a copy.<br><... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 15:41:00 EST There is no secret http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46363_there_is_no_secret Ok, I'm kind of riffing on the name of this section "secrets of success." I know what they mean. What worked for me. What worked for you. The thing is that we are all desperate to find the recipe to the secret sauce that will cause us to drop 5 lbs a day until our rock hard body is called up for a fashion photo shoot. But sadly our bodies don't work like that.<br><br>I got a little sideways with a blog post yesterday because it was an advertisement for some miracle diet that targets only your... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 07:48:00 EST Let It Go - Don't Overeat Because You Overate http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46362_let_it_go_dont_overeat_because_you_overate This tip is about falling - and getting right back up again. We all overindulge even as we commit to losing weight. Maybe I went out to dinner and had way more than I planned. Maybe you dipped into those chips and brownies at that party. Then what happens? "Oh no, I overate. I'm bad. I failed and I am going to keep failing.” That voice takes over and the next thing that happens? "Forget it, I can't do this, I might as well have the other 20 things I've been holding back on over the last c... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 07:43:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46359_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 00:25:00 EST Believe in Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46352_believe_in_yourself Believe in Yourself (And Why Nothing Will Work If You Don’t…)<br>by James Clear <br>The biggest difference I’ve noticed between successful people and unsuccessful people isn’t intelligence or opportunity or resources. It’s the belief that they can make their goals happen.<br><br>We all deal with vulnerability, uncertainty, and failure. Some of us trust that if we move forward anyway, then we will figure it out. As I sit here on Thanksgiving, I’m thankful that I’m one of these people.<br><br>W... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 18:05:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46343_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 00:36:00 EST You Are Not a Failure http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46324_you_are_not_a_failure <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <br>"Remember that failure is an event, not a person."<br>~ Zig Ziglar<br> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <br><br>How often do we hear people lament "I am such a failure"? This is such a mis-statement of the facts. Failure is an event, not a person. Remember when Edison was asked how it felt to have failed 10,000 t... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 09:00:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46317_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 00:25:00 EST Be a warrior http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46311_be_a_warrior Don't nibble with mediocrity.<br><br>Someone once told me not to bite off more than I could chew. I said I would rather choke on greatness then nibble on mediocrity. <br><br>Last night, I watched the Golden State Warriors beat the Oklahoma Thunder in basketball. It was a great game, with the Warriors coming back from a 1-3 deficit in the seventh and final game, to win the series. It is a lot of fun to watch Stephen Curry, one of the most prolific shooters ever to play professional basketball.... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 10:57:00 EST See It and Be It http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46310_see_it_and_bed_it <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"If you can dream it, then you can achieve it. You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want." <br>~ Zig Ziglar<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>Once again, the same theme keeps popping up. I get my quotations each day from one of the popular self-help gurus but it seem... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 09:02:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46302_50_miles_to_50_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 00:12:00 EST Positive thoughts in the workplace and at home are essential to a fulfilled life. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46297_positive_thoughts_in_the_workplace_and_at_home_are_essential_to_a_fulfilled_life Why? Positive thoughts can better stimulate both your mind and attitude, leading to a better environment.<br><br>The world is full of inspiration. We should use that to invoke a sense of wonder in all our hearts. It's important to practice this at both work and at home -- we spend at least equal time when not sleeping interacting with human beings both home and at work.<br><br>The best is always yet to come, but we may have to do a lot of challenges to see the best. While we live, we must ... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 16:08:00 EST Believe you can and you will http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46294_believe_you_can_and_you_will I have been trudging along on this journey for most of my life. My Spark journey started in the fall of 2007. I signed up in the spring but felt overwhelmed right away. <br><br>My fall I realized my highest weight that I'd seen for me. I logged back into Sparkpeople. I joined a TOPS group. Both seemed to compliment each other fairly well. Sparkpeople for the trackers and the teams and also the articles. TOPS for face2face and weekly accountability on the scales.<br><br>I did f... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 12:23:00 EST Virtual Racing and Medals http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46287_virtual_racing_and_medals I am thrilled to have connected with virtual racing! For those not clear on what this is: you sign up (generally $20-30) for a race, in which you complete it at a time and location of your choice. Once you have completed the race, you have earned your medal! Back in 2011, I started participating in actual 5k's, and the first one I did was the Flying Pig. Over the past few years, i was diagnosed with spinal stenosis and just walking a few hundred feet is extremely painful for me. But I... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 08:35:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46283_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 00:13:00 EST What Type of Motivational Person are You.? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46278_what_type_of_motivational_person_are_you Get to know what type of motivation best compels you can be a really important factor in achieving your fitness goals...Where do you begin and How to Motivate others those around you..How many types can you think of...? well I have thought of a few..motivated by achievement.. change.. power..Social .. Incentive motivation..All can apply to this word Motivation... Let's look at Achievement..desire to improve ourselves and prove to those around them and to themselves and others. It can be an in... Tue, 31 May 2016 12:59:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46264_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Tue, 31 May 2016 00:34:00 EST TV fun time http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46260_tv_fun_time So, today wasn't feeling too well. But I didn't want to being completely lazy. I didn't some mindless television watching then I get up and walk around and then I do a little more time television watching and resting and then get up and walk around and I did isometric exercises. I think this will help in the long run for me to lose weight and gain muscle. Also, needing to exercise a dog Kama contributed to my ability to do some exercise myself. I really think that's the important part as my e... Mon, 30 May 2016 19:40:00 EST NEED MY MOJO BACK http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46251_need_my_mojo_back I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Mon, 30 May 2016 09:50:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46247_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Mon, 30 May 2016 00:22:00 EST Walking to the beat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46242_walking_to_the_beat Once again, the following the secret is not really a secret. i have seen posts on this subject before but I wanted to throw in my two cents worth on this topic.<br><br>i vary my fitness routine. Some days, I hop on the Tony Gazelle glide for an hour or so. Other days, I popped in a Leslie Sasone Walking with the pounds DVD and have at it. I own about 7 of those so I have my choice of length and difficulty. But lately my exercise of choice is to walk outside. I usually do when it is quie... Sun, 29 May 2016 23:08:00 EST Be a good example http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46241_be_a_good_example Be a leader and a friend. Look for ways to help others on their journey to weight loss. Be honest with yourself. Analyze why you slip up when you do. Make it a learning experience and share what you learned with others. Never berate yourself or others.<br><br>Read the blogs others post with an eye for offering compassion, suggestions as a partner, and fellow traveler on the journey to a healthy lifestyle. Offer hope to others. To be a good example, stay active daily.<br><br> Read the messa... Sun, 29 May 2016 21:54:00 EST Adversity is Necessary http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46238_adversity_is_necessary "Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful." <br><br>It is only by breaking out of the chrysalis that the butterfly's wings become strong enough for him to fly.<br><br>We should embrace adversity and not avoid it for it make us strong.<br><br>I really have nothing to add to what I have said so I will repeat it several times.<br><br>"Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful." <br><br>It is only by breaking out of the chrysalis ... Sun, 29 May 2016 17:07:00 EST Are you all about the Title and Numbers..? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46235_are_you_all_about_the_title_and_numbers I usually write about weight loss and healthy eating ..cooking and helpful things .. This about being a Motivator.. Not just to have the name Leader under your name but a True Motivator and a Good Leader<br>and a real Blessing and a willing heart to help... It is not hard to be a Motivator but you have to give it time and when you have 34 Teams you can't be a good Leader... or Motivator... Sometimes we are almost always doing something.. piling on more and more often has a negative effect r... Sun, 29 May 2016 13:39:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46228_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Sun, 29 May 2016 00:52:00 EST GET BACK ON THE HORSE http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46227_get_back_on_the_horse I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Sun, 29 May 2016 00:43:00 EST What Do You See? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46215_what_do_you_see <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"If you don't see yourself as a winner, then you cannot perform as a winner." <br>~ Zig Ziglar<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>"The You You See is the You You'll Be"<br><br>"If You Can See It, You Can Be It"<br><br>"When You Believe It You Will See It"<br><br>"What the mind of man can conceive and belie... Sat, 28 May 2016 09:08:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46210_50_miles_to_50_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Sat, 28 May 2016 00:30:00 EST Get a Workout Buddy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46207_get_a_workout_buddy This will motivate you to get out there even when you don't feel like it ! I am able to walk but hardly ever did . Until recently , I asked a friend if she wanted to go walking with me. She said yes and after a while we finally got our schedules lined up and walked together. It was much more fun and not as bad as either of us had anticipated. We got our children involved as well and they are reaping the benefits as well. The kids are really enjoying it . Its good for them to see their mom wa... Fri, 27 May 2016 20:35:00 EST Memorial Day Tribute http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46196_memorial_day_tribute Let us stop and remember those who made it possible for us to be here today.<br><br> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> Stop for a moment this Memorial Day weekend and give silent thanks to those whose sacrifice we remember and who made it possible and necessary for us to have this holiday. <br> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>23... Fri, 27 May 2016 09:10:00 EST Stay Motivated to Lose http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46195_stay_motivated_to_lose <br><br>Set a realistic goal. Saying, "I want to lose 50 pounds in the next couple of weeks" is just plain unrealistic. The weight did not go on that quickly, so it will not come off that quickly. If you set goals that you cannot possibly obtain, of course you will be discouraged. •Consult a medical professional to determine what a sensible weekly or monthly goal should be. What is right for one person will be unhealthy for another, depending on your starting weight, age, activity level, gend... Fri, 27 May 2016 07:58:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46193_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Fri, 27 May 2016 01:01:00 EST Adkins Induction Period http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46179_adkins_induction_period I'm in the Adkins Induction Period. So far, so good. This low carb thing isn't too bad. I was able to find some very unique and delicious recipes that would fit right in to the low carb diet--even desserts!<br>Reflecting over my last 50. Years. Yes, I am one half of a century old. My body is feeling some of the aging, especially in the last year or so. I can do much better than I am with my weight loss and exercise goals. It was truly an amazing walk yesterday. The weather was perfect, and m... Thu, 26 May 2016 09:38:00 EST Make Positive Deposits http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46177_make_positive_deposits <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <br> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <br>"You can make positive deposits in your own economy every day by reading and listening to powerful, positive, life-changing content and by associating with encouraging and hope-building people."<br>~ Zig Ziglar<br> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</... Thu, 26 May 2016 09:15:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46171_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Thu, 26 May 2016 00:29:00 EST Simple Tricks to Boost Weight Loss Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46162_simple_tricks_to_boost_weight_loss_motivation By Malia Frey<br>Do you need more weight loss motivation? Have you lost your motivation to diet and exercise? Weight loss can be a draining process. So if you feel like your enthusiasm is lagging, you're normal. But it doesn't have to stay that way.<br><br>You can learn how to boost motivation for weight loss. With sneaky tricks and expert strategies, you can coach yourself to eat better and exercise more. And it's not even hard to do.<br><br>But you need to use one (or more) of these techniq... Wed, 25 May 2016 11:55:00 EST We all get this way and need Motivation... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46160_we_all_get_this_way_and_need_motivation Have you ever sat down at your computer to Jot a note or on a paper only to find yourself checking your Sparks mail or Facebook posts instead... then turn around and see your pile of dirty laundry grow until it practically takes over your Laundry Room...And still you need Motivation at some point in the day to make yourself to muster up yourself and slowly get up and get started... Well I have those days also.. I am not perfect so lets see what we can do to change the day around... Get your... Wed, 25 May 2016 10:51:00 EST Goals are Enabling http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46159_goals_are_enabling <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"Goals enable you to do more for yourself and others, too." <br>~ Zig Ziglar<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>I s... Wed, 25 May 2016 09:36:00 EST Staying A Live http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46158_staying_a_live This low carb thing isn't too bad. I was able to find some very unique and delicious recipes that would fit right in to the low carb diet--even desserts!<br>Reflecting over my last 50. Years. Yes, I am one half of a century old. My body is feeling some of the aging, especially in the last year or so. I can do much better than I am with my weight loss and exercise goals. It was truly an amazing walk yesterday. The weather was perfect, and my husband and I explored areas and streets of our town... Wed, 25 May 2016 08:39:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46154_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Wed, 25 May 2016 00:25:00 EST Motivation and Count the Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46150_motivation_and_count_the_calories How often have you chosen a diet because it worked for a friend... Perhaps you were inspired by a celebrity spokesperson...A diet might be perfect for someone else but their needs.. their lifestyle and their food preferences could be completely different from yours... Do you really want to buy your food in trays and the minute you go back to being and eating what you want.. you get it back with a vengeance and plus some.. Set your expectations and unrealistic goals.. and you become less Motiv... Tue, 24 May 2016 17:58:00 EST