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 Moving it to lose it http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59594_moving_it_to_lose_it My biggest issue is sitting in front of computer or tv for long stretches of time. Then as day comes to an end I find myself short on exercise for the day. so when I sit down at either I set the timer on my phone for 30 minutes and when it goes off I make myself get up and move for no less than 5 minutes even if it is just walking up and down the hall, grabbing exercise band and doing a bit of strength exercises. I do this 5 days a week Thursday my shopping and errand running day and Sunday... Tue, 8 Aug 2017 14:54:00 EST Wake up with determination! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59583_wake_up_with_determination Since starting my new life journey, over two years ago, I realized that you need to have a spirit of faith and determination to get through things in life each day. Ten years ago, I was told that I was worthless by some heartless people who I thought were my friends; multiple doctors told me that I could not ever have a child and I would always struggle with trying to lose weight. Fast forward to now, I know I am worthy and precious to thanks to some loving family members; happily married t... Fri, 4 Aug 2017 11:40:00 EST the way i try to live http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59579_the_way_i_try_to_live never give up. never. there is always something new to learn, a new friend to meet, a new success just around the corner. a friend recently told me the greatest thing she has learned from me is tenacity--to stick with something until you master it. in turn, what I have learned from her is that what we hold in our hearts is what we DECIDE to hold there. decide to hold joy, hope, love and optimism. the negative alternatives are far too costly.<br>think outside the box. if a problem seems ... Tue, 1 Aug 2017 21:52:00 EST Keep an exercise journal http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59566_keep_an_exercise_journal First, write how you're feeling and what you're thinking (positive AND negative) as you prepare for your exercise session. If you decide to skip exercise, make sure to write that, along with the reason, and how you feel about your decision. Simply note factual observations. DON'T try to psychoanalyze or lecture yourself about what you did wrong, etc. <br><br>Next, describe exactly what you did during your workout: time spent, activity, distance/amount, heart rate, how you felt PHYSICALLY ... Fri, 28 Jul 2017 03:47:00 EST ignore this, posted in error http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59564_a_beginners_guide Ignore this. I messed it up and can't delete it.<br>XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX<BR>XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX<BR>XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX<BR>XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX<BR>XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX<BR>XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX<BR>XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX<BR>XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX<BR>XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX<BR>XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX<BR>XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 00:31:00 EST Honesty with yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59562_honesty_with_yourself Sometimes, the most effective way to lose weight, it to find out why you need to in the first place. <br><br>-Me<br><br><br>I have come to learn that depression, heartbreak, rejection, fear, and abandonment are more deadly than twinkies and apple pie. I don't know if we can feasibly remember every little thing that has hurt us over our entire lifetime, but our subconscious certainly does. <br><br>I've been in therapy for 10 years. I have finally come to the conclusion that...it's time. <br><b... Tue, 25 Jul 2017 07:33:00 EST Find the unique reward that will keep motivating you http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59558_find_what_motivates_you Most people I have met love surprises and presents. When we accomplish something, we love to get a reward. I have found my motivation in virtual runs. Of all the times I have worked on losing weight, I lost motivation pretty quickly because there was nothing I was really working toward. I had things like getting a massage or buying a piece of jewelry. But even as I wrote the "reward" down, it seemed mute. I wasn't really motivated to work hard to get that one thing. What I was working ... Sat, 22 Jul 2017 18:03:00 EST Learning to Hang Tough http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59552_learning_to_hang_tough I'm so determined this time. Lost the same 8 pounds over and over. Now I've lost 20! Track food daily. Water water water drink lots of it. Exercise at least a lil each day. Don't give up on yourself. There are weeks the scale don't budge. Times it seems you just need to binge. Stop stand back look at the big picture. A slender healthier you and you're worth it! Determination is the key. You have to decide for yourself. It has to be about what you want. Not your partner, kids or friends. I sti... Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:52:00 EST Cheating Helps Me Stay on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59548_cheating_helps_me_stay_on_track I always have a 24-hour cheat period in my week. Knowing that I can eat whatever I want (within reason and in moderation) for that one day helps keep me on track for the rest of the week. <br><br>I'm not denying myself anything, just postponing it until later.<br><br>For instance, I won't deny myself some ice cream. I just will wait until my designated "cheat day" and treat myself to a serving -- not the whole carton, just a serving! <br><br>We always have family dinner on Friday night. ... Tue, 18 Jul 2017 05:23:00 EST Commitment Matters More than Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59547_commitment_matters_more_than_motivation Method actors ask, "What's my motivation? What makes this character tick?" But you are not a method actor - you are the star in your own life, and you play the role better than anyone.<br><br>You know your motivation. You don't have to "find" that or figure it out, because you wouldn't be here at all if you were still struggling with that question. Write it down to cement it in your mind; describe your vision of how your future looks.<br><br>And when your vision of how things should be comes ... Sun, 16 Jul 2017 21:22:00 EST Very Small Steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59546_very_small_steps Every day I do one very small goal. Whatever I feel up to that day. Listen to a song, read a few articles on Sparkpeople. Or, if I'm having a great day, I shoot for a bigger goal! It doesn't have to be centered on creating a whole new diet and exercise program all in one day. That won't work. Every goal that I complete, no matter what it is, makes me feel so good because I did it! It doesn't matter what it is, I did it. I said I would, and then I did. Every goal that you complete is one more ... Sun, 16 Jul 2017 17:13:00 EST Affirmations for myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59544_affirmations_for_myself xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo<br><br><br>I approve of myself and love myself<br><br>deeply and completely.<br><br><br>xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo<br<BR>><br><br>I am unique. I feel good about <br><br>being alive and being me.<br><br><br>xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo<br><br><br<BR>>I trust myself and know <br><br>my inner wisdom is my best guide.<br><br><br>xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo<br><br><BR><br> I fully accept myself and <br><br>know that I am worthy of <br><br>great things in life.<br><br><br>xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo<br><br><<BR>br>My body is... Sat, 15 Jul 2017 20:57:00 EST How to keep going when you really don't want to http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59533_how_to_keep_going_when_you_really_dont_want_to Due to the fact that I am a professional procrastinator, I have found that having an accountability/walking buddy works for me.<br><br>When I first started gaining weight about 12 years ago, I was in a mad panic. I went from 115 lbs to 145 in about a year. I had a really great friend who would come to my house and make me walk even after I texted her to say I wasn't in the mood to go. She would choose to ignore my text because she knew how much I wanted to lose weight.<br><br>THEN she mov... Wed, 12 Jul 2017 15:02:00 EST Use your Screensaver for Motivation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59527_use_yourscreensaver_for_motivation How many times in a day do you look at a sceen of some sort?<br>Whether it's your cellphone, your tablet, or your computer? <br>Every time it rings, chimes, beeps or blips! <br>Every time you post to Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat.<br>Every time you log in to check your email or log into your Sparkpeople account. <br>And then when you're not using it, it goes into power saving mode and displays a screensaver that can easily be changed.<br>So why not use your electronic device's screensaver as... Sun, 9 Jul 2017 19:25:00 EST Keep trying it http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59516_keep_trying_it Even if you don't succeed the first time you try, keep trying! There have been many times that I have tried to create a habit of exercise. Decades later from the first try, I think it is finally working. I feel what I have always heard I am supposed to feel about an exercise habit. I feel the need to exercise a few times a week because my body is enjoying the feeling it has from the relaxing breathing method that takes place during the exercise process. I feel relaxed when my body breathes in... Wed, 5 Jul 2017 11:04:00 EST When you first started* http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59510_when_you_first_started It is hardly a secret that the key to successfully accomplishing one goal after another is staying motivated.<br><br>There are, of course, tasks which we may not like at all, yet we find motivation to complete them because we recognize how each particular task serves a greater goal. <em>590</em> <br><br>How exactly do some of us manage to stay motivated most of the time?<br><br>Well, here are just a few ideas you can try, <em>223</em> <br><br>1) Find the ***Good Reasons***<br><br>Anything ... Sun, 2 Jul 2017 18:11:00 EST Keep on Keeping On! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59509_keep_on_keeping_on Keep on your food plan and exercise.<br>I have found that just doing what you need to do to regain a healthy body is heady stuff! You want to continue in your endeavor. I DON"T like to exercise but I've already found that just moving energizes me and makes me want to continue! When you see those pounds that you thought you'd have to wear for life beginning to leave your body it makes you want to continue.<br> Some days eating a good food plan seems like too much work but its totally worth it... Fri, 30 Jun 2017 22:47:00 EST Perseverance is Key http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59507_perseverance_is_key I remember when my sons and I were taking Taekwondo. One of the things we started and ended each class with were the tenants of TKD, one of which is perseverance. I have found that perseverance can be the difference between success and failure.<br><br>Some days, it is hard to keep going. Life gets in the way and making healthy choices seems impossible or just not worth the effort. It's ok. those days come and go. <br><br>I allow myself those moments. I look at the feelings and the emot... Thu, 29 Jun 2017 17:47:00 EST Have a Health Partner http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59505_have_a_health_partner My biggest motivator is a good working health partner (or two). What makes a good health partner you may ask.<br><br>First, it's very important to me to know that I can pray with my partner. To know that they will pray for me with God's interest for me at heart. There is power in prayer, and power in a good health partner who prayers from the heart<br><br>Second, making my commitment public to one or more people in which I value opinions is going to effect how I "work" for them. For me, my... Thu, 29 Jun 2017 10:49:00 EST Don't Give Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59501_dont_give_up One of my favorite quotes since childhood is, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again."<br><br>The reality is that very few people achieve their goals right away. It can be a long journey with bumps, fails, stress, and all sorts of obstacles. This applies whether your goals are weight related or life related.<br><br>It is natural at times to feel like giving up or that your goal is impossible. The secret is to recognize that this is an opportunity, not the time to quit.<br><br>Look at ... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:23:00 EST What motivates me..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59497_what_motivates_me What motivates me? <br>I got this. <br>Those three little words. I got this. This... Is for no one else... But me and me alone. While some outside forces may be contributing sources... This journey is intentionally and completely mines. I invite some to pay witness to it in its entirety... But the journey is mines. Because of and intentionally for me.<br> May the many benefit from my changing mind, body, and spirit alongside me, but keep in mind... The intention is set in my direction. <br>I ... Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:42:00 EST Be consistent every day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59496_be_consistent_every_day Every time I've been on the journey of a healthy lifestyle, I've found that being consistent pays off. I've been learning to jump right back on the wagon instead of feeling guilty or blaming myself for going off plan. I think if you keep at it, you start seeing results. The longer you keep at it, the faster you will see results. I spent the last few months focusing on my food. And I managed to lose 10 pounds without any exercise. I was pleasantly surprised. <br><br>This just goes to show that... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 23:40:00 EST Keep getting up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59495_keep_getting_up No matter how many times they think you are down for the count, keep getting back up. Jesus did it. That's chutzpah! <br><br> <em>529</em> <br><br>Sometimes you need to regroup, but true success is working through all of it, the losses, the failures, the set-backs, the pit falls, the punches, the skinned knees. <br><br>Be compassionate towards others when they fall down. Stand beside them to help them stand again, but be compassionate towards yourself too. Don't abandon the reasons you start... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 16:27:00 EST Believe in Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59494_believe_in_yourself Believe in yourself. <br><br>I had given up on myself a number of years ago as I could never lose weight beyond a few pounds. I was 345 pounds, and tried for ten years to get under 300. It just didn't work.<br><br>I started to educate myself, and one by one, started to cut certain elements from my eating regime. I had a lot of inflammatory symptoms, and eliminated gluten from my diet. I lost 60 pounds and kept it off! Anytime I eat gluten, to this day, I start gaining weight immediately... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 15:10:00 EST My "not so secret" secret http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59489_my_not_so_secret_secret It's no secret! I have a monitor to track steps and physical activity, I try to drink 8 cups of water each day, I try to balance and portion control my meals and I am constantly pulling motivational quotes to try and stay positive.<br><br>My issue seems to be lack of motivation, or rather I make a mistake and punish myself for it until I am so depressed I lose all hope and completely give up.<br><br>NO MORE BABY!!!<br><br>I would like to thank everyone who has reached out to me on SparkPeopl... Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:28:00 EST Join a group http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59488_join_a_group One of the most impactive changes I made in my journey to health and fitness has been to join SparkPeople and my Beachbody Facebook groups. Having a safe, positive, and encouraging support team is a key component to our success. We all need an understanding ear, a positive influence, and a friend to lift you up when you are feeling low. <br><br>I've developed more self-esteem, realized so many things about myself, and met some lifelong friends through these groups.<br><br>You never know where... Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:53:00 EST Consistency! Keep going even when it seems like you aren't getting anywhere http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59486_consistency_keep_going_even_when_it_seems_like_you_arent_getting_anywhere No matter how small the change, it counts. Keep doing it, it will show up in time. Don't give in to the urge to fall back into bad habits. Eating healthy and exercise will pay off. It may take a long time, but it took a long time to get to where you are now (out of shape and overweight) don't expect it to change overnight. NEVER give up on yourself. You are so worth it. We will all mess up and have set backs, but get right back to taking care of yourself and it will work out. Giving u... Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:46:00 EST Consistency and Focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59477_consistency_and_focus All my life I have known how to lose weight. As a child and teen, I listened in health classes to the teacher telling us about calories and exercise, how they work together to shape our bodies. By the time I was a mid-teen I was struggling with my body expectations. I was scared to be fat. I wanted to be rail thin. So I walked miles every day and ate grapefruit. Then I would get really hungry and binge on sweet cold cereals and chips and donuts. My eating patterns were very unhealthy. Food wa... Thu, 15 Jun 2017 09:41:00 EST Positive Attitudes ROCK http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59475_positive_attitudes_rock Stay positive. Don't mope. Don't be depressed. Get up, get moving (even if it's slow) and start your journey to a healthier you!<br><br>There is nobody to blame but yourself. It isn't your significant other, it isn't your kids or their sporting events that make you eat fast food. <br><br>Hold yourself accountable.<br>Be aware of what you feed your body.<br>Be aware of how much you are eating.<br>Put down that sugary drink.<br>Don't order the "fried" food item.<br>Pick up some water and d... Wed, 14 Jun 2017 10:22:00 EST Live in the Moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59468_live_in_the_moment <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b914c98e-a1fc-4905-939b-7c1b52ebfdde.png"><br><br>The Key to successful Motivation is to:<br><br>FOCUS ON THE CURRENT MOMENT. <br><br>Not the past.<br>Not the future. <br><br>If you've fallen off track, RIGHT NOW is always available to start again. <br><br>Focusing on the current moment includes enjoying and appreciating your life RIGHT NOW.<br><br> <br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/48e0c299-0ecf-4d5b-b212-a44af142f040.png... Fri, 9 Jun 2017 10:37:00 EST Never be afraid to... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59466_never_be_afraid_to Never be afraid to start over. It is hard to lose and gain then lose and gain. It is a vicious self deprecating cycle that many of us suffer through. Starting over can feel like it's to hard to bother with but it is worth it. I am starting over again and hope again to prevail and maintain. This could be the time that it sticks. The weight loss will be great but the way you feel and the years you are adding to your body are at least worth trying for. Don't give up. Live now and stop wo... Fri, 9 Jun 2017 00:47:00 EST Self love patience http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59456_self_love_patience Learning to view exercise as self love and not a selfish activity helps. Loving and caring for yourself sets an example for others plus no one else can or will do it for you. Exercise, clean eating are habits that lead to improved mood, weight lose, improved health. You'll miss less time at work, have more energy for the kids, grandkids, etc. It doesn't seem like it at first but it does get better.<br><br>Self love is getting enough rest, water, clean eating which means food that's whole, fr... Fri, 2 Jun 2017 22:28:00 EST Just keep swimming http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59453_just_keep_swimming Finally the dam has broken. My weight is going down. After hours in the gym doing weight training and cardio, my body is releasing the weight. I feel so good emotionally about this. All my hard work in the gym is paying off.<br><br>Now that the weather is nicer, I am able to ride my bike outside. I've been going for bike rides everyday after work this week and plan to keep it up. <br><br>Yesterday I went for the longest bike ride of my life. I rode for 95 minutes or an hour and 35 minutes. I ... Fri, 2 Jun 2017 08:31:00 EST Get Healthy Friends' Support http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59446_get_healthy_friends_support I have had more success with friends supporting me than I've ever had. I now walk with a group of ladies from my scrapbooking events. We walk 3 miles every Tuesday and on Wednesday we meet up and chat. I have been using the Wednesday meeting as a reward for walking on Tuesday. If I don't walk I don't go to the chat meeting. Also, several of the ladies have had bariatric surgery and I'm on my own journey now. They have been very supportive and wonderful about giving advice. <br>I would definit... Sat, 27 May 2017 13:31:00 EST Tracking, Tracking, Tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59442_tracking_tracking_tracking I am an over-eater. I eat because I am hungry. I eat because it tastes good. I eat because I am sad. I eat when I am surrounded by happy. I eat when I', bored. I eat and eat and eat and eat.<br><br>I am 100+ pounds down since September 2016. People ask me how I am doing it. Like it is something new or I have found an easy way out... it's not, it isn't, I didn't. It isn't something I haven't been told before. It isn't something I didn't know. What is different is tracking. I track everything. ... Fri, 26 May 2017 10:34:00 EST Do You Need a Reason? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59434_do_you_need_a_reason You will sleep better. <br>You will have less joint and muscle pain. <br>You will not be as stressed. <br>You will feel better about yourself. <br>You will like what you see in the mirror. <br>You will not cry when going clothes shopping. <br>You will have more energy. <br>You will not get teased or laughed at in public. <br>You will not feel guilty for eating. EVER AGAIN. <br>You will feel sexy again. <br>You will wear sexy clothes.<br>You will pay less for clothing. <br>You will have more ... Tue, 23 May 2017 06:18:00 EST Being fully active on Spark People Teams http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59424_being_fully_active_on_spark_people_teams What I find helps me a lot is being a fully active member in all my spark teams. <br><br>Due to not wanting to sit down all day at the computer I keep my spark teams to just 3.<br><br>I find that being able to be a fully active member in all three keeps me motivated. <br><br>If I have a day planned where I am too busy to be on Spark People much and by being on SP much I mean fully active in my teams then that's when I tend to want to reach for and eat all the chocolate biscuits or that pack... Thu, 18 May 2017 18:25:00 EST NEVER GIVE UP!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59418_never_give_up I just feel like if you "Never Give Up" keep striving to be your best & keep the healthy living & exercise routines every day. I also believe in "Mindful" eating & Living......Tracking all foods on SP and weighing myself every morning. If I see the weight getting back on I strive to try even harder. It is a lot of hard work but if you "Never Give Up" you will reach your goals. It was in February 2011 that I found out I had tongue cancer.....right before my 56th birthday, and I also went th... Wed, 17 May 2017 05:12:00 EST My Daily Tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59413_my_daily_tracking In the morning I remind myself to consider my portion size in all that I eat. Second, I do not eat in between meals. Third, if I cannot resist eating in between meals, ....eat a small apple as a snack and a small piece of cheese. This helps me get through the hungry period. Finally, ...go to my tracking page and write down what I ate. This has helped me a great deal.<br><br>In selecting what I eat each day, ...I try to eat lots of vegetables. I eat meat in smaller amounts. I cut out br... Sun, 14 May 2017 23:28:00 EST ACCOUNTABILITY written daily keeps me on task http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59405_accountability_written_daily_keeps_me_on_task Accountability is a huge key for me to be consistent - I have to report in so I usually push for accountability on each of my few teams : I might do it per week or per month. I record the Date, Daily Weight, [recognizing some don't do scales but I have congestive heart failure and need that number daily] number of steps on my pedometer or fitbit, exercises with repetitions or intensities and calories or food types eaten. I HAVE TO TELL SOMEONE even if no one responds or does it with me - I... Thu, 11 May 2017 23:12:00 EST Label, label, label that snack! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59376_label_label_label_that_snack I have begun to label all the snacks that may be in my house with the equivalent exercise. I don't deny myself any, I just make a decision by the amount of miles I will have to walk to counter the calories. For example, I put a "half mile" sticker on the bag of mini donuts, oreo's are labeled, ice cream, etc. It is a tactic that works for me. I do buy a few snacks just because I live so far from town, if a strong desire hits me, I have it on hand but I also know how far I will have to walk if... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 07:41:00 EST Consistency, Persistence, and Grace http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59365_consistency_persistence_and_grace For me it's the will to live longer, healthier, and happier. Little by little every day in every way. I do what I love and I love what I do. I feel so blessed to be here in this world at this point in time. <br><br>It really doesn't matter to me who is president, because Jesus is King!<br><br>And all the credit for my success goes to Him.<br>He has always had my back and has always lead me in the direction of truth, hope and love.<br> <br>He leads me to cool waters, He serves me the fine... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 23:10:00 EST Never Give Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59360_never_give_up Baby steps are better than no steps. If you take a step back don't give up, it doesn't mean you failed it means you are human. We all have "off" days and days where we want all the Girl Scout Cookies and that is okay. Just don't give up on your dream once you realize what that dream is because tomorrow isn't promised and living our dreams makes life amazing! Keep pushing forward, set new goals. Don't compare yourself to anyone else along your journey. I have been up and down on this journey ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:45:00 EST The secret of success is commitment. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59348_the_secret_of_success_is_commitment The secret of success is commitment.<br>and persistence.<br>not necessarily daily, but you have to want to change your health, and then limit intake of empty calories, eat healthy foods, and increase burning calories by exercise. Training in mindfulness, balance, and stamina help.<br><br>The secret of success is commitment.<br>and persistence.<br>not necessarily daily, but you have to want to change your health, and then limit intake of empty calories, eat healthy foods, and increase burni... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:30:00 EST Fit Bit Flex http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59344_fit_bit_flex I finally purchases a Fit Bit and we are inseparable. I love it! I have managed to get over 10,000 steps per day on multiple days now. <br><br>I also typically exceed my step goal of 8,000 per day which I thought was going to be difficult. I am whittling my middle and can see it slimming down. I can't wait to measure to see how many inches I've lost this week. <br><br>My belly is much flatter than its been in a long time. I have a ways to go but this is encouraging. <br><br>I be... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 23:52:00 EST Find Your Truth With Sparkpeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59341_find_your_truth_with_sparkpeople You are not alone. Whatever you are going through someone has gone through it. Look to see how they dealt with the situation. You can learn from them even if, they made mistakes along the way. You might even avoid those pitfalls because they were brave enough to be vulnerable and share their struggles with you.<br>I was always trying to look around the corner to find answers but I found more answer when I did the work and looked for answers in others who had faced similar situations along the... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:38:00 EST Set yourself up for a win! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59339_set_yourself_up_for_a_win When I started, I had about 140 pounds to lose. That was WAY too big a goal for me to focus on so I set a whole gaggle of mini goals for myself along the way. <br><br>-Ten pounds at a time I update my virtual weight loss picture on my spark page. <br>-I set Daily fitbit goals and increase them slightly as I hit personal bests. I've gone from struggling to hit 5000 steps a day to hitting over 17,000 a day<br>-Trying new foods and exercises <br><br>I look at every baby step as a win.<br><br... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:18:00 EST It's Okay to Eat a Donut http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59333_its_okay_to_eat_a_donut I freak out when I feel like I do not have control over my weight loss experience, but logging how I eat and how I exercises is a form of control. I lose my ability to make informed decisions when I don't track what I eat or how I exercise.<br><br>It feels utterly shameful to admit that I've eaten something extra yummy, like a doughnut so I do not list the goody, but I hurt myself by doing this. By adding the doughnut (or whatever yummy morsel of choice), I can say with certainty that I hav... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 13:22:00 EST Brain Chemistry Motivation for Type II Diabetic http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59327_brain_chemistry_motivation_for_type_ii_diabetic I only recently "grasped" how much exercise helps my anxiety and diabetes by releasing calming neurotransmitters, and balancing the blood chemistry that builds up in the pre-dawn hours and contributes to high glucose in the AM. <br><br>However, due to poor sleep quality, I seem always too tired to get up early enough to even get in a brief walk. I tried numerous ways to improve sleep - except giving up my evening glasses of wine. Those helped me relax and go to sleep.<br><br>Then I read Dr.... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 15:53:00 EST ATTITUDE!! BELIEVE!! DREAM!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59325_attitude_believe_dream One Day at a time, One step at a time, One pound at a time!! They all lead us on the path to were we want to be!! Where we need to be... where we were meant to be!<br><br>Find your reason, Your future pleasure, and keep your eyes on that. Believe in yourself and resist temptations on the way, especially food! <em>386</em> <br><br>We should look at were we are in our weight struggle today as a temporary illusion/set back. <br><br>This overweight person is not WHO WE ARE. <br><br>Just what we... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 09:38:00 EST Encouragement is Important http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59322_encouragement_is_important The Bible says their if power in the tongue we can bless people or tear them down. I am so thankful for the ones that send me a positive word when I am unknown to them am feeling low. God tells us to keep encouraging eachother and keep giving him praise for all he has done and is going to do for us.I was thinking about it today how much Jesus was a loving savior. He could use the scriptures to get to the heart of people's motives and thoughts. Jesus went around loving encouraging and healin... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 21:42:00 EST Shopping Cart Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59319_shopping_cart_workout When I go to any store, before I shop, I walk up, down and across all aisles. Then I do my shopping.<br><br>The benefits are great. <br>1. Up my heart rate while speed racing with my cart.<br>2. Get an overview of the store- no stopping to"look".<br>3. Focus my thoughts on what I need not what I might see and want.<br>4. Scope out where things are (especially if it is a new store)<br>5. When I am done with exercise, endorphins are engaged and I happily get what I need and move on.<br>7. I f... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 08:07:00 EST My Spark Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59318_my_spark_thoughts I come on Sparks to keep myself mindful of my need to exercise and socialize with friendly people.<br>I like to find encouraging quotes on sparks or people that are passionate about life. Reading Spark People blogs show all people struggle in the same ways. Sparks teams can be a nice place to talk to the same people regularly. People have different ways of motivating themselves and sparks has a blog,article or video that covers just about any and everything on health and fitness. But I do fin... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 12:21:00 EST Reading "Better Than Before" by Gretchen Rubin http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59314_reading_better_than_before_by_gretchen_rubin This book is great - actually, this author and all she works with is. Many folks know her from "The Happiness Project" which is wonderful. Her Facebook page, direct website with weekly newsletter, and books of course, all make practical sense. (Right now that particular book is selling on Amazon, Kindle version, for $1.99 on sale!) <br><br>For my personal motivations - I found this book, Better Than Before, to be amazingly helpful in defining how I react to creating and keeping habits. Any k... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 10:57:00 EST Just Do It Every Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59312_just_do_it_every_day There have been times when I am sure that there is no reason to track, after all I eat nearly the same kind of foods each day and they are pretty healthy choices all the way around. Yes, but you can eat the same things but you can add just a little extra this or a little extra that and guess what? Nothing happens on the scale or nearly everything else because of that little extra this or a little extra that. <br><br>Track, track, track and track again. Each and every day, even if you have... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 08:04:00 EST Move. Just move. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59308_move_just_move Move. Move when you don't feel like it. Take your walk, Do your situps, whatever it is, do it. It doesn't matter how fast you do it, just complete your sets. Don't get down on yourself if the day doesn't go right, if you just COULDN'T do it. Don't double down the next day and do twice the work to make up for it. Just. Do. Your. Sets. If you missed a day you missed that day. Live in the present, don't set your tent down in the past. You can handle this. Motivate yourself. Let your family mot... Fri, 7 Apr 2017 17:50:00 EST Keep it moving http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59304_keep_it_moving One lesson i have learned living in the mountains in snow country is to "keep it moving." When driving on ice, snow or mud you do NOT want your vehicle to stop. If you do you are in trouble. So i think the same way with weight loss. Even if i start slipping and sliding i must keep it moving. Can NOT stop if i do i will just start sliding backwards just as i do trying to go up a steep Mountain in snow or ice. I dont want to slide All the way to the bottom And have to start all over at st... Wed, 5 Apr 2017 20:11:00 EST How to Keep going!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59301_how_to_keep_going I have to say for me my secret is really not a secret at all. What motivates me is to do what I love. I find this phrase to be very true and I am sure that if I would have pushed myself to do things that I hated then I would be done by now and given up. I love to wake up and go for walks and so I do this everyday without even thinking about it. I look forward to exercise because to me it is fun. I have lost over 50LBS in the last year without even stepping one foot in a gym. I go outside and ... Wed, 5 Apr 2017 12:57:00 EST Watch Less Broadcast TV http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59296_watch_less_broadcast_tv I stumbled onto this when I cut cable to save money. My cable bill kept rising, so I decided to just go with antenna service, but not all of the networks come in where I live. I get several PBS stations but only two network. Also at about this time I was following a soap opera on a streaming subscription so I didn't have time for broadcast tv. <br><br>Initially I attributed my weight successes to careful record keeping and a fairly monotonous diet, because I was keeping a food diary. Ev... Mon, 3 Apr 2017 10:44:00 EST Eat the frog - not the elephant http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59295_eat_the_frog_not_the_elephant Every challenge in life takes steps to attain the goal that we're trying to reach. <br>I have a goal to lose 95 lbs from my start weight but it's not something I can do all at once The 95 lbs is the elephant & in order to make that goal, I have to make changes and create attainable goals which I call the frogs. <br>Don't stress if it takes longer to eat that frog or if you can only eat the legs to start with. Somethings take longer to achieve than I think they might BUT they still are ach... Mon, 3 Apr 2017 01:36:00 EST Baseball Inspiration and Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59291_baseball_inspiration_and_motivation "Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game" Babe Ruth.<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a7f43556-5329-4dfb-a61e-7c35ebcf381d.jpg"><br>What are you afraid of? What is holding you back?<br>Failure and ridicule? does the future look black?<br>Just keep moving forward, there's no other way-<br>If you want to hit home runs, you have to play!<br>I know it's not easy, I've done it before,<br>Step up to the plate and see what's in store!<br><br>The day ma... Sat, 1 Apr 2017 05:52:00 EST Find your inner motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59287_find_your_inner_motivation I think the biggest thing that changed for me this time over all the other times I've lost weight in the past is that their is an inner reason for me to lose the weight that goes beyond wanting to change how I look. When my sister was dying from lung cancer she went to my other sister concerned with my health (I am the baby of the family by quite a few years) and made her promise after she passed away that my sister Linda would talk with me and urge me to do something so I wouldn't leave my g... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 05:40:00 EST Join a gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59286_join_a_gym I feel that I am more motivated when I am involved in a gym, someplace I can go outside of the work/life environment. I am not sure what it is about the gym atmosphere but I feel more inspired there to accomplish my goals. I joined a gym about 7 years ago and was able to go there, that is when I lost 40+ lbs and was able to get toned and strong enough to feel good about myself in a bikini. I now have all the weight I lost back due to lack of motivation and support from family members as w... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:59:00 EST Nothing Good is Easy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59284_nothing_good_is_easy In life anything you want that is worth something is not going to be easy. This goes for eating healthy, losing weight, relationships, jobs, and education. If it's worth anything it will be difficult to achieve, but it will be SO worth it. So you have to be willing to work hard and be motivated to get what you want. If you are doing something and it is easy, it's probably not good for you. Good things take a lot of effort, like going back to school and getting a degree or losing weight. That ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:43:00 EST Eating to live instead of Living to eat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59283_eating_to_live_instead_of_living_to_eat I've been going to the YMCA for four years now. I got serious about exercise when my doctor told me last year to start going 6 times a week. I thought she was cra-cra (CRAZY) but I followed through building up to the days until I reached 6 days. I started out doing a stationary bike for 10 min followed by 10 min at the treadmill averaging 3.5 mph. Then I moved to the indoor track where I've gone from 6 laps (3 normal + 3 in excruciating pain due to my overweighness) to 12 laps then 24 and... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 21:28:00 EST Clothes Shopping for my Goal Weight Self http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59282_clothes_shopping_for_my_goal_weight_self One of my private motivations is looking through magazines or online at various outfits that, once I reach my goal weight, I know I'll look good in. Even sexy lingerie...I like to imagine how extra sexy I will be for my fiancé once I am all toned up and feeling confident in my own skin. When I get a craving, I sit down with a clothing magazine and start thumbing through the pages imagining that money is no option and I can have whatever I want. As I let my imagination and mind wander, time al... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:59:00 EST What I did http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50607_what_i_did I bought an outfit (or 2) that is a little smaller and I have it on my bedroom door. To remind me to keep going and I will be able to shine in that outfit soon enough! <br><br>I look at it when I get up and know there is a goal in sight. Even on my down days when I do not want to deal with it, those outfits are a reminder to keep pushing. <br><br>Each day is a new day remember that. We all have down days so when that day arrives then think of it as a take it easy day and do things in moderati... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 17:34:00 EST Doing it together is the BEST! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50604_doing_it_together_is_the_best It is so much easier to stay motivated when I am sharing it with those dear to me. I love spending time together and focusing on our health is a wonderful choice to share together. For me its learning to celebrate our family gatherings with a healthy approach, changing or modifying historical comfortable favorites but as we transition I know we will be healthier and happier. <br><br>The super bowl was a good beginning a few treats mixed with many healthy choices.<br><br>I am so fortunate my h... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:51:00 EST Keep Pushing Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50600_keep_pushing_forward Some days are harder than others and when I'm tired, it's too easy to fall back on old habits. I get reenergized when I go to my sparkpeople. Just reading the blogs and success stories motivate me . I'm a night time snacker and after a long day of work and making dinner, cleaning up I'm ready to sit and go on the computer. I've packaged up some healthy snack foods, like unsalted nuts or yogurt and berries , celery sticks with a side of peanut or almond butter. I know that these are at bett... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:10:00 EST Opening myself up http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50597_opening_myself_up I am learning that this is not something I can do alone. I am learning to break down my walls and let people in.In the past I came to Sparkpeople and lurked around the different groups. Checked out spark pages...and pretty much kept to myself. I closed off my profiles so no one could contact me. I would give myself all the goodies and do everything I could to make myself feel good, that worked for a little while. Hell the first time I was on here I lost 90 lbs. But it was short lived. Like al... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 05:00:00 EST Tracking is like Bumper Bowling http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50586_tracking_is_like_bumper_bowling I've adopted a new attitude towards tracking food:<br>"Tracking food intake is like bumper bowling. It just gives me some boundaries and knocks me back into the lane."<br><br>I don't know too many people who LOVE to track every morsel of food or drink that enters their body. Do you? <br>I tracked diligently for years and then stopped due to some dietary changes and a desire to follow intuitive eating without relying on the data from tracking. Well, for numerous reasons, I gained a bunch of we... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 09:59:00 EST Weekly Reflections Of Growth http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50575_weekly_reflections_of_growth Over the past few months, I've put together a weekly reflection project for myself. Normally on Saturday mornings, I get up when it's early and know that I won't be disturbed. I make a cup of decaf coffee with coconut/almond milk creamer and a dash of sugar free vanilla syrup to flavor it up a bit. I bring out my journal and sit in my favorite area of my home. I've purposely made this area a place that is decorated in my favorite color of lavender, along with my silk flowers in a lovely glass... Sat, 4 Mar 2017 12:12:00 EST changing your mindset http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50573_changing_your_mindset I have found out that what you read and concentrate on has a big influence on your activities.Read about motivation and your mind will automatically run out of problems because it will be full of solutions.I recommend this great document.It sets my day right.Its called 365 motivational quotes.Reading throughout the quotes i find lines like "We may think there is willpower involved, but more likely change is due to want power. Wanting the new addiction more than the old one. Wanting the new me... Sat, 4 Mar 2017 03:47:00 EST Walk EVERY day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50565_walk_every_day <em>3</em> One thing I learned about myself over the years is that rest days lead to loss of motivation. I'm not sure if anyone feels the same way, but I've come to realize this over the years. <br>Of course there are days that it is a good idea to take it easy, such as the day after a high intensity workout, or if I have the flu or something that, or if you're just completely exhausted; but aside from that, walking casually on a rest day for 15 minutes, or yoga, or some other exercise that... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 16:35:00 EST Ask yourself this question to get healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50562_ask_yourself_this_question_to_get_healthy Why do I want to eat? Our automatic response is "because I am hungry" duh!! But are you really? Are you eating because your BODY is hungry or because your heart is hungry? When I have been hurt in the past I covered the pain with food. When our hearts and minds have been hurt we frantically try to numb the pain and reach for whatever works. Alcohol, drugs, food, sex, etc.... The problem with this solution is that it numbs the current pain for a short time but it never lasts and in the... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 12:22:00 EST DO OR DO NOT.THERE IS NO TRY! - YODA http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50548_do_or_do_notthere_is_no_try_yoda I am back Sparking after a three or four year absence. I think I will have more advantages now, than last time.<br>My Sweetie and I are recovering from a major setback in finances. Her income was reduced by a third for five years (I call it create financing by the Veterans Administration, but I won't get on my soapbox now.) Last time I was here, some might recall that we were working on our roof. We can now resume construction. We also plan on erecting a wind powered electric generator and ne... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:54:00 EST Don't Give Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50545_dont_give_up Never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, ... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:21:00 EST Take Baby Steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50540_take_baby_steps Little changes over time make the biggest impact. If you try too much at once, you'll get overwhelmed and struggle to maintain your new lifestyle. If you change small things one thing at a time, it's easier. Start with more water, shoot for an initial goal of four glasses a day, for example. Then, bump it up to 6. Then 8. Everyone in my household bought a 34 oz water bottle that we fill up twice a day, sometimes my husband even gets in 3! Once you've got a handle on that, try something like w... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:00:00 EST Don't Just Use It http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50537_dont_just_use_it I've been with Sparkpeople for 49 days. I know because I have a Spark Streak of 49 days. I make sure I come to the site everyday to track my food and my fitness. I paid for the premium membership and I LOVE it. It is so nice to use the Spark Coach feature. And I realized that coming to the site everyday is not enough. I use the tools they give me, they help me stay the course, help me stay healthy, but what really gets me coming back to the site is participating. Don't just use the sit... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 11:53:00 EST SparkCoach is a Great Tool! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50536_sparkcoach_is_a_great_tool I absolutely love using SparkCoach. It is informative and helps me stay accountable and makes sure I'm being active in the Spark community. All of it together motivates me to keep on track with my healthy living journey.<br><br>Each day, I click on my SparkCoach button and then there is a visualization exercise, where I imagine myself doing something specific or being at a certain place in my journey and then I think about how that would make me feel and then I can hold onto that for more mo... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 01:30:00 EST Daily food tracking0 minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50528_daily_food_tracking0_minutes Tracking your food everyday and every bite no matter how small is a huge motivator and staying accountable to yourself. This for me is the most important thing i do daily! It has been a real eye opener and a great teaching tool for me. It not only shows me my calorie intake but also if i am getting the proper nutrients my body needs! I believe ( at lest for me) that daily tracking of my food intake, water intake and exercising. I encourage everyone to take advantage of this resource on he sit... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:58:00 EST Small Daily Changes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50527_small_daily_changes Make small changes daily until they become lifestyle changes. Be gentle with yourself. Babysteps! It's tempting to make a New Year's Resolution or a Diet Goal but then it's so depressing when you can't sustain the changes you have tried to make. My small goals are to do a minimum of 15 minutes of exercise per day, and to eat at least one big salad or green smoothie a day to get in my veggies. What about you? What is a small change that you can make daily that will impact your health for the b... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:19:00 EST Dump the Excuses http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50525_dump_the_excuses <em>227</em> Stop looking for excuses every day to not eat healthy - to not exercise and so on. <br><br>I think everyone has this little devil <em>18</em> on their shoulder who whispers in their ear before going to the gym "oh no you are too tired today" or "oh but you already exercised 2 days ago", "my bed feels sooooooooo comfortable" , "I have this slight itch in my left little toe so maybe that means that I'm too tired to go :p" or"I won't go today but I will go tomorrow" <em>28</e... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:32:00 EST Having a loving and supportive coach helps! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50515_having_a_loving_and_supportive_coach_helps Having a coach who cares makes alot of difference, having someone who supports and loves you and wants you around for a long time will make sure you are always ready for that challenge! <br><br>I was 306 lbs and had a friend who I love like my sister come to be and break down because I had become so unhealthy and miserable. She told me that she needed me around for a long time to be there for her. She encouraged me to find a way to begin eating healthy and exercise. <br><br>The difference... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 09:44:00 EST How I stay motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50512_how_i_stay_motivated I have a really good friend who keeps me motivated when other friends try to sabotage my fitness goals. She is super fit and I use her mind set as a motivation to help me reach my goals. Just having that inspirational friend to talk to about your roadblocks is such a good thing. She keeps me going when I feel like quitting or when I make a poor decision ( like deciding to have that small vanilla shake)! <em>381</em> Sometimes I struggle with temptations when my well meaning friends at w... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 18:38:00 EST Stick it out! Don't Quit http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50509_stick_it_out_dont_quit it's easy to stop....it takes gumption to keep going...I've stopped and started, so many times....if I would've just kept going imagine that! I wouldn't be starting over again! This is my last start....I'm doing it this time and so can you, just don't quit! Keep going! <br>When you have a week or two or three and nothings happened or you fell off ...Keep going!<br>When you ate something you shouldn't have, Keep going! <br>When people don't notice or they make a fat person comment, don't gi... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:54:00 EST Motion, consistency, creativity, patience, http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50497_motion_consistency_creativity_patience What is in motion tends to tends to stay in motion. I tell myself this every morning <em>386</em> when I am getting out of bed. also, I may not feel like doing it (anything) right now but if just do it for 2 or 3 minutes I will be in state and keep on doing it. so says Anthony Robbins, sometimes you just have to push yourself. knowing myself also helps too. I know that I am inherently lazy. so I use that to motivate me. I tell myself if I do these two things this evening I will make my mor... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 17:22:00 EST Don't give up. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50496_dont_give_up If you wouldn't throw away your car every time it needs gas, don't give up because of one day of crappy eating, or because of a few days or months of illness. You are worth getting healthier. If you wouldn't berate someone who is having a difficult time with weight loss or maintenance, show yourself the same kindness and compassion. If you wouldn't want someone talking to your kids or loved ones the way you talk to yourself, don't talk to yourself like that. You have to be as important to you... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 12:20:00 EST Do It anyway http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50493_do_it_any_way Wise words from a very wise woman (Mother Teresa)<br><br>This is my favorite quote and it is one that I try to live by everyday. I truly believe that we can not allow others to determine how we will act. No excuses or blaming someone else. Your destiny is in your own hands. Don't ever let anyone control your actions. Do not give power to those who seek to harm you or are jealous of what they perceive about you. Also, be tolerant of others and understand that there are broken people in this... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 21:50:00 EST You can do anything http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50480_you_can_do_anything Depending on your situation and your health there is so much you can do. I have been on a yo yo of we eight loss circles. Starting when I was 17 I gained 95 pounds over a year, by the time I was 23 I was sick of it. I decided to try the whole shakes for weight loss with herbalife and it did work for a little while. Then I decided it wasn't for me. I couldn't keep on drinking my meals because I oh so love my actual food. I had an addiction problem which made me lose tons of weight but also mad... Thu, 2 Feb 2017 14:13:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50472_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 00:39:00 EST Tracking Your Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50465_tracking_your_food <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8969ceaf-cb25-4b32-9fd8-13f382e4b12e.jpg"><br><br>When you bite it, write it<br>When you drink it, ink it<br>When you snack it, track it<br>When you nibble it, scribble it<br>When you steal it, reveal it<br>When you grab it, blab it<br><br>So you’re embarking on a journey to get healthy. This is something you have to do for yourself and for your health.<br><br>Food journaling is one of the best ways to help keep on track.<br><br>Those random ha... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 06:29:00 EST It works for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50462_it_works_for_me I was lost for about a yr and I thought I was doing good but to be honest I was out of control. My weight sleep health and household was just in a crazed state. I wanted to do something and I tried to but I had no will power. I had friends that ate out all the time and drank soda and all kinds of stuff I knew I wasn't suppose to have but did.i got to a weight I am embarrassed to say. I began looking online from groups that would help me out that's how I found Spark people (so happy I did). I ... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 13:14:00 EST Always Trust In... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50459_always_trust_in God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. No matter what, He sticks with me. The question is, Will I stick with Him when I'm angry, depressed, sad and grieving or fearful? He is always willing to comfort me and show me the next step. But am I willing to listen and obey? If not, no amount of help will do me any good.<br><br>Trust is vital to get anywhere in life. I trust a chair to hold me up, that I will have air for my next breath, that I will wake up in the morning. Mo... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 15:16:00 EST Believing in Myself and My Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50458_believing_in_myself_and_my_goals I have come to understand that there are many components to successfully achieving goals. I have been on this journey of losing weight, developing a fit body for most of my life. I've learned a lot. I'm finally on my way, and what a journey it's been. Here are some things I've learned:<br><br>First: I believe in myself. No one can achieve my goals for me. I must want them, and believe I can and will achieve them. And I do! <br><br>Second: I set goals that are attainable, and then devel... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 11:04:00 EST Just take it one day at a time, like AA.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50457_just_take_it_one_day_at_a_time_like_aa I love success stories, i've always been intrigued by people success in WL. We all share the same struggles every day, whether its food, not wanting to work, how we feel after a workout, the joy of losing weight and confidence building. My motivation is to take it day by day and not fret. I know I have to lose the weight but its always been a battle, the only thing is I don't let it defeat me. Yes there may be times when I go overboard but get right back on. Its like going to Alcoholics ... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 09:02:00 EST Download the HabitBull App and Use It http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50454_download_the_habitbull_app_and_use_it One of the ways I got started was to download the HabitBull App at http://www.habitbull.com/ and really use it.<br><br>What kept me motivated was not breaking the streak, or chain of workouts.<br><br>It's an idea from Jerry Seinfeld. See, when Seinfeld was a fresh new comic, he knew that creating jokes every day was a way to becoming a better comic.<br><br>It didn't matter if he created a bad joke or a great joke, the key was to simply write a new joke every single day.<br><br>See, because we... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 10:23:00 EST Consistency Leads to Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50450_consistency_leads_to_success The biggest secret and one that is the most demanding is right there in front of our faces.<br>There are so many various programs and choices out there it is or can become confusing.<br>Sometimes the more you read and learn the less focused you can become. Tis best to find, like a pair of shoes, the path that is yours and leads down a road you know you can follow.<br><br>Do not choose plans or diets that are not sustainable for life! Any quick fix is exactly that. <br>Once you change even a b... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 15:14:00 EST When I started to run http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50447_when_i_started_to_run When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 01:09:00 EST Focus on what I want... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50438_focus_on_what_i_want If what I want is to be fit, healthy and in shape, I have to focus on every habits that produces these results.<br>Eating just enough to satisfy my hunger and to give me the energy I need. <br>Selecting foods that are vibrant with good vital energy, this is why vegetables and fruits are the cornerstone of a healthy diet. <br>Staying active and in movement throughout the day to use the energy I consume. Movement is Life... <br>Drinking water is essential to get all my organs functioning well a... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 10:24:00 EST Me first...it is not a crime! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50435_me_firstit_is_not_a_crime <br> My secret, is no real secret at all, but common sense. My needs are just as important as my family's needs. My health and well being are valid decisions only I can make, and it actually improves how I perform duties for others.<br> I was once told by a Weight Watcher leader that women are overweight because they put themselves last every day. They mean to think of their own meals, exercise, sleep, and hobbies....but they become slaves to helping 'everyone' and sometimes 'any... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:25:00 EST Eat Smaller Everyday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50427_eat_smaller_everyday To get smaller you have to eat smaller. To stay smaller you have to keep eating smaller. What ever your goal weight is "eat like you are at that weight." <br>This really does work. Just like calories in calories out. The more you practice this the more positive you become. Stop weighing. Work on better eating and stopping when you are comfortable. Be happy and content with yourself. <br>Stop the guilt every time you eat something you shouldn't. It really is ok. Life is too short to be miserab... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 12:54:00 EST Stay Positive about Your Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50426_stay_positive_about_your_plan When first envisioning a goal, most of us are positive. We make our plan, and then we start implementing it with enthusiasm and vigor. We look into the future with our mind’s eye, and we see ourselves striding toward that goal in leaps and bounds. However, even if we stick to our plan like determined glue, something is bound to happen to slow or even stop our progress—we hit a plateau, or worse yet, we GAIN 3 lbs! Sure, no one is going to be happy about anything like that derailing her mis... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:40:00 EST Keep Moving the Bar! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50424_keep_moving_the_bar Challenge Me!<br><br>One of the first things I did when I got on Spark People was to join the “21 Day New Member” Challenge. There I learned a little about how to navigate the site, a little about nutrition, a little about exercise, and I was introduced to Spark Points. Each little nugget of information, each small shove of encouragement helped me continue to lose weight. When I got to a plateau, I was a lot easier on myself than I would have been if I hadn’t been reading up on how normal tha... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:05:00 EST Don't give up!! even when that scale doesn't move!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50421_dont_give_up_even_when_that_scale_doesnt_move I started about 4 weeks ago and weighed at 196.. but I think I really weighed 198/199. I got up to that the 2nd week in, that is why I think I really weighed that. I was getting discouraged and wasn't sure what I was eating to make me sit at idol. The 3rd week I was down to 194 but I sat at this weight all week and weekend... I just couldn't seem to bust through that damn number! Well I was short on money the 4th week so I was being clever of what I could eat in the house without going to the... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:40:00 EST Determination and Consistency http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50419_determination_and_consistency <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/259f6c8b-e476-4e3a-9491-bb3a88f06dcb.jpg"><br><br> I've lost a little over 100 pounds, and still have around 50/70 to go. This is what has worked for me...<br><br> If someone tells you that diet, or exercise are the biggest/most important aspect in weightloss - RUN! ( Your waistline could probably use it, and this person does not know what they are talking about. ) Drive, commitment, and motivation are the most important aspects. Su... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:03:00 EST Have A Good Partner http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50417_have_a_good_partner My biggest secret to success is my loving husband. He is my hero and my biggest motivation, as well as my superhero 3 year old daughter. We work out together, we eat healthy together, and got each others backs all the time.<br> In the 20 years we have known each other we have gained a lot of weight, and are working hard to lose it. We quit smoking together, and cut way back on eating out or giving into emotional cravings. Coming from families that revolve around food it is a challenge.<br... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:13:00 EST Motivation to go to the gym/work out http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50415_motivation_to_go_to_the_gymwork_out One of the hardest things for me was to wake up early to go to the gym. <em>128</em> For years I have struggled to get motivated and out of my bed, but even when I planned to go later in the day after work I would usually skip or give up all together. <br><br>In 2016 I promised myself I would give it a good try, I would find a way to get to the Gym often and keep going past the first week. So I decided to condition myself ad offer a treat that would not hurt my goals, every time I worked o... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:57:00 EST Be patient it will happen...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50410_be_patient_it_will_happen That is a hard word to swallow when you want something now. It doesn't help that people tell you give it time especially when they have no idea what your struggling with. But patience is the bitter pill we have to swallow when we start this journey, this path we have set forth on. One thing is for certain slow and steady wins the race. Pushing forward when you think you can't go another step. You see someone else's progress and you think why can't that be me. Well you journey is your own. Go ... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:46:00 EST you didn't get here overnight http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50405_you_didnt_get_here_overnight We didn't get this way overnight so it will take time to put things right. Never give up, that's like saying your not worth it, and you are. To hell with what others think about you; it's what you think that matters. If you believe in yourself.<br> If you haven't already; develope a code to live by and stay true to yourself - you shall succeed. <br> A slip is only momentary set back not a total loss unless you allow it as such.<br> When all seems lost, everything is going a... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:41:00 EST Challenges: Challenging Myself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50398_challenges_challenging_myself <br>When I retired I knew I would have to jump into getting healthy with both feet. I could so easily become a 500 lb. couch potato.<br> <em>15</em> <br>I had wandered across SP a few years ago, and thought it would be a good place to start.<br> <em>41</em> <br>After registering, I found the 21 Day New Member Challenge. After that I joined the Jump Start Your Workout Challenge. I was off and running (and sweating). Both of those challenges were, well, challenging. They pushed me harder t... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:48:00 EST Just Say 'No' and keep on keepin on! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50395_just_say_no_and_keep_on_keepin_on Has anyone other than me noticed at night when watching television, the majority of the commercials are focused on food, and the later the evening goes the more food commercials there are? It is hard enough to 'just say no' during normal daytime on our journey to our weight loss attempt, but evening television commercial temptations can make or break us all. <br><br>So this is where I have committed to "just say no" and either just turn the television off for the night and work on a proj... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:00:00 EST Just Say 'No' and keep on keepin on! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50394_just_say_no_and_keep_on_keepin_on Has anyone other than me noticed at night when watching television, the majority of the commercials are focused on food, and the later the evening goes the more food commercials there are? It is hard enough to 'just say no' during normal daytime on our journey to our weight loss attempt, but evening television commercial temptations can make or break us all. <br><br>So this is where I have committed to "just say no" and either just turn the television off for the night and work on a proj... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:00:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50385_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:11:00 EST KNOW THY SELF http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50376_know_thy_self Take some time to figure out WHO you are in order to find just HOW you can best make changes to become healthier and more fit ... either what to eat (or not eat), how to exercise, when to move, or if you just need to think. <br> I am a loner. After many unattended workout classes and wasted dollars on gym memberships I've learned it's unlikely I will ever be a "GYM-BELLE". Neither am I inclined to "simply set aside" a time of day or a number of minutes to workout at home because I can usu... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 15:58:00 EST Cravings: Staying on track with your food when cravings hit http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50372_cravings_staying_on_track_with_your_food_when_cravings_hit Before you dive head first into that chocolate cake or that bag of chips, or before you go for seconds, take a moment to update your food tracker. <br><br>Seeing what I've already consumed that day and how a binge (even a mini binge) would put me over my allowed totals has a sobering effect. <br><br>With a much clearer head and understanding of where I am with my food for the day, I can make more rational choices.<br><br>That's really all there is to my "secret". But since SparkPeople won't l... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 13:27:00 EST Eat Food Mindfully http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50365_eat_food_mindfully It’s what fuels our bodies but often food is eaten too quickly and forgotten, make each meal special, treat it as an occasion to remember, eat slowly, chewing fully, savour every mouthful, the taste of it, the aroma, the texture in your mouth, every little detail is worthy of remembering.<br><br>Give eating your singular attention, switch off the TV, don’t read the news, your emails or social media whilst eating, whenever possible eat at a table, take a mouthful and put your knife, fork or sp... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 06:40:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50363_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:07:00 EST Life Lessons From 100-Plus-Year-Olds http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50354_life_lessons_from_100plusyearolds Life Lessons From 100-Plus-Year-Olds<br><br>Age is just a number, and this is clearly evident in the lives of the three centenarians interviewed in the LifeHunters video above.<br><br>Each has his or her own story — Clifford Crozier, born in 1915; Emilia Tereza Harper, born in 1913; and John Millington Denerley, born in 1914 — but you'll notice a certain "je ne sais quoi" that they all seem to share.<br><br>Positivity and strength are certainly apparent, along with a will to live and a contin... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 11:10:00 EST Just one , sounds silly but it works for me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50352_just_one_sounds_silly_but_it_works_for_me About 7 years ago, I was at a point in my life where I was able to focus on my health and eating habits. After spending most of my life berating myself over every morsel of food that I put in my mouth and bad habits I had grown accustom too, I had a moment of clarity and a 'click' went off in my mind & soul. Because of this 'click', I was able to relax and focus on my daily health, eating, exercise and just LIVING in general-I went on to lose 85 lbs in about a year and a half.<br><br>My bro... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 09:08:00 EST Make a Healthy Lifestyle a Habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50351_make_a_healthy_lifestyle_a_habit It is not enough to want to live healthy or even try to live healthy you have to put systems (habits) in place to be able to live healthy without thinking about it. If you have to choose your lifestyle everyday you will sometimes choose wrong, but if you have already chosen how to live and made it a habit there is no room for wrong choices. <br><br>You also have to be very specific when making habits. For me, it wasn't even enough to say that I would walk on the treadmill before breakfast.... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 07:47:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50349_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 00:19:00 EST 8 ways to avoid a winter workout rut http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50343_8_ways_to_avoid_a_winter_workout_rut 1. Embrace the Cold Weather<br><br>One of the best way to stay in shape during the cold months is to get out there and face it like a man. Whether you enjoy downhill skiing, cross country skiing, ice skating or just bundling up and going for a run, getting outside will be invigorating and will provide a great change of pace from cooping yourself up inside all the time. <br><br>2. Hook Yourself Up With New Gear<br><br>On that note, you’ll want some new clothes and/or shoes to help you get outs... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:54:00 EST Having a great support person on this weight loss journey. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50341_having_a_great_support_person_on_this_weight_loss_journey As I begin 2017 I have come to realize that in order to make this weight loss journey successful I've had to start sharing my progress with others. One of my main supporters is my walking partner - a friend and I took up walking this past summer as we both went thru Knee Replacement Surgery in 2015. We both noticed the scale was going higher and higher, and it seemed like it was impossible to keep it from climbing. As we both had physical jobs we needed to somehow get our strength back in ... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:15:00 EST The Best Secret http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50332_the_best_secret The wish for all of us is to have a long and happy life. Yes, challenges will come along and whether they be health issues, life stresses, or other problems there is one thing we can always count on and that is the help of our Father in Heaven. Partner with him through prayer and he will help you. You don't even have to go church in order to have him help you. He loves you and wants you to succeed in all your righteous endeavors. Getting healthy through weight loss and exercise is absolutely ... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:57:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50322_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:17:00 EST Quitting Smoking for Good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50317_quitting_smoking_for_good Any one can do it! You have to want it. Just like anything else. It's an important part of getting healthy. Monitor your emotions for at least a month prior. Everyone (Especially women) has hormonal highs and lows. Pick a time when you are most into your groove. When feel you are at your best. And most importantly psych yourself up to succeed! talk yourself up! You can do it. You are strong and will not let anything have control over you. I have quit in the past. Sometimes for a couple years... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:38:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50302_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:26:00 EST The Not-So-Secret Secret - Boring Ol' Hard Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50293_the_notsosecret_secret_boring_ol_hard_work I have now been on Spark for almost 2 years. I have successfully lost over 60 lbs, and over the past 2 years, I've constantly fielded these questions from friends, coworkers, and family members: "How did you do it??? What is your secret??" At the beginning, I would tell people about Spark, and the nutrition tracker, and drinking more water, and throwing a bit of exercise into the mix, etc. Well, after my husband heard me explaining this to the ump-teenth person, he later said to me: "Sc... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 13:48:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50285_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:10:00 EST Never Give Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50275_never_give_up It's inevitable. At some point you'll miss a workout. You'll eat a bacon cheeseburger. You'll have an extra glass of wine. Well, guess what? YOU'RE HUMAN!! Life doesn't have to perfect to be wonderful! You don't have to be perfect to lose weight; you have to be intentional. So, if you mess up - get up! And start over. Just be sure you've learned something about your mess-up that will contribute to your success. Although I still have miles to go, I'm much closer to my goals than I was two year... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 12:54:00 EST Give Me Back My Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50270_give_me_back_my_life I looked in the mirror and hate what I have let myself get to. It seems like an impossible task to get healthy again so time after time. Day after day, I have just given up. Grabbed something to eat and sit on the couch watching TV. Nothing changed. The scale was going up, up and away. Why? I have a pretty strong mind and when I am relying on God I have to strength to get things done. I have been feeling sorry for myself and in that giving myself excuses to do NOTHING! And guess what? Nothing... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:39:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50265_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:20:00 EST Have an Amazing Support System http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50253_have_an_amazing_support_system What I've found that helps me more so than anything else is to have an amazing support system. This can be found in a million different places. <br><br>For me, my husband is my biggest fan. While it's true that he loves me just the way I am and wouldn't care if I lost weight or gained weight, he still wants me to be happy with myself. While he doesn't always participate in my activities (for instance, he could care less about yoga), he does find ways to be with me while I workout. We're both ... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 12:17:00 EST Believe Every Day is a Brand New Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50252_believe_every_day_is_a_brand_new_day When you start your day, what's the first thing that comes to mind? Is it what happened yesterday? What you did or didn't do? How good or bad you ate? That you worked out or didn't. <br><br>You are an accumulation of all of the choices you made from all of your yesterdays. What you are tomorrow depends on what you do today. You can't change what you did or didn't do yesterday, but what you do today is completely under your control.<br><br>If you look in the past, what will you see? Wil... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 12:02:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50239_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 00:08:00 EST Tracking makes the difference! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50227_tracking_makes_the_difference The best way for me to stay on track and make consistent and ongoing progress toward a healthier lifestyle is to plan ahead and track everything: food, exercise and water. Without planning and tracking, it is easy to make choices that may derail efforts. Tracking makes daily efforts transparent and also allows me to use real time data to make adjustments as needed.<br><br>To support my tracking needs, I took a small monthly calendar and used each daily block as a quick way to note daily pro... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 12:55:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50219_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 00:10:00 EST When I started to run http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50201_when_i_started_to_run When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 00:11:00 EST Just don't stop http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50185_just_dont_stop There are times in all our lives, in which we feel like the task at hand is insurmountable. Remember that the only person you have to be better than is yourself, and there's no one else to impress. Make this journey personal, and use your intrinsic motivation to push through the hard times.<br><br>Life is not meant to be easy, but it is awesome. Never sell yourself short, and use your nonstop dedication to motivate you to keep the streak going. Nothing great is ever accomplished on the fi... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 07:10:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50179_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 00:11:00 EST Don't Quit and other Motivational Words of Wisdom http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50166_dont_quit_and_other_motivational_words_of_wisdom Not everyday is going to be a "good day". Don't let 1 "bad day" turn into a "bad week"! It took you awhile to gain the weight, it will take you awhile to loose the weight. It's just how it is. Try to enjoy the process. Each day you will feel better than before until your dream jeans fit again! <br><br>If you fall off track, jut get back on it as fast as you can! It's probably not even as bad as you think it is. <br><br>Don't forget to track that food even if it's was not the best choice to ea... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 12:55:00 EST A reluctantly learned lesson... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50165_a_reluctantly_learned_lesson So far I have lost over 50 pounds. I discovered, very reluctantly, how beneficial exercise is. I refused to exercise for the first three months of my weight loss journey. Gradually, I started exercising in 10 minutes stints. I saw my weight drop, my endurance rise, and came around to really enjoying the challenge to my body. <br><br>That was when I learned a huge lesson about stress. <br><br>One day I was crabby, and grumpy after a stressfilled day of work. I was just downright completely ... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 11:56:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50157_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 00:11:00 EST Use Your Imagination http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50149_use_your_imagination The imagination is our creative field. We can imagine anything we want to and that's what activates change. I meed to use my imagination constantly to create the life I want. If I can imagine it, I can HAVE IT!!! If you think it you can be it! <br><br>I am currently working on my vision notebook. This notebook house all of my dreams. The power of our imagination is the key to all of our desires. Most of us do not use it wisely. My goal for 2017 is to spend time using my imagination to manifes... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 20:10:00 EST Team Player Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50144_team_player_accountability The best thing that has helped on this journey is now my husband is actively involved in weight loss too. <br><br>We hold each other accountable. We cheer each other on when we feel giving up and when we go to the gym. And we talk to each other when we are down and just don't want to keep going on the journey. He'll text me when he's tempted by treats at work and I'll encourage him to stay the course. He'll give me "the look" if I'm thinking about having something too sweet or too fat... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 14:55:00 EST Letters to Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50142_letters_to_yourself I have been writing to my future self. Whenever I have a new goal I'll write a letter to myself for when I've reached that goal. I wrote a letter to myself for when I reached 240. I went through a lot of hard stuff between then and when I reached it.My grandfather had died from cancer. My parents had moved to Alaska and I was left here to take care of my brother who has autism. Everything has changed.<br><br>When I finally got to open that post it almost brought tears to my eyes. I had done i... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 13:21:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50132_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 00:20:00 EST My two babies http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50123_my_two_babies Depression is a big thing in my life. It causes me not to sleep, have lack of interest in basically anything, feel lost and hopeless but there are two things that are always going to be my biggest motivations; My babies! My little girl, Sophia (Sophie for short) is 4 and should be 5 February 29th. I had her when I was just 18 and that is about the time my depression started but she has turned out the be the most adorable and smartest and most loved little human I have ever encountered. She is... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 16:23:00 EST Beck Diet Solution Daily Adventures http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50122_auras_part_1 ~Day 22 - Say "Oh Well" and "No choice" if I want to reach my health goals<br>~Day 23: Counter Unfairness by reminding myself that I have a slower metabolism due to age and hypothyroidism. I can't let my <em>40</em> be bigger than my stomach & reduce weight. I can add metabolism boosters to my diet: water, green tea, hot peppers, cayenne, spices, oatmeal, brown rice, berries broccoli, leafy veggies and foods high in omega-3 and calcium<br>~Day 24: Deal With Discouragement<br>I do dwell on ea... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 16:23:00 EST Learning the Discipline of Healthy Self-Talk http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50121_learning_the_discipline_of_healthy_selftalk As a young girl of 10 my parents divorced and my mom worked at an insurance company doing her best to provide for me and my two sisters. After school, I'd use the key on a string tied around my neck to unlock the door to an empty house. I was always the first one home from school and had the house to myself for about an hour.<br><br>One afternoon, as I sat on the couch admiring Christmas presents under the tree, temptation to open "just one" tiny gift from my grandmother began to overcome me... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 15:05:00 EST When I started to run http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50110_when_i_started_to_run When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 00:14:00 EST Walking between buildings and steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50107_walking_between_buildings_and_steps Since school being starting soon (15 days and counting), I am going to be getting back in the groove on walking. I walk to school, so I will have to get used to taking the steps again. What will help is having a stair climber at the gym. Now I understand why some people use it. <br><br>Love having something to look forward to. Don't let the stairs at work, school, or in general scare you. Let them motivate you. Let them challenge you for the good. I am.<br><br>Anything for exercise sh... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 20:33:00 EST DRINK more Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50105_how_to_see_auras <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d9f27730-75ed-498b-9463-bb66522c181e.jpg"><br>Drinking water <br>1 liter 1st thing in the morning<br>1 cup before every meal<br>Drink before, during and after exercise<br> <em>91</em> Top 10 Benefits of Drinking Water: Don't Medicate, Hydrate!<br><br>1. Increases Energy & Relieves Fatigue – Since your brain is mostly water, drinking it helps you think, focus and concentrate better and be more alert. As an added bonus, your energy levels are als... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 14:19:00 EST Track more than the scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50104_track_more_than_the_scale We all put a lot of stock in what the number on the scale says. While it is a helpful tool, it's not the only one we should use to keep us motivated.<br><br>There are many ways we can help ourselves stay on track. There may be a specific date or occasion that you want to look your best. Or maybe there is a piece of clothing or size you want to wear. Those are both great motivators.<br><br>Something that has helped me to stay motivated is to take progress photos. Even though it is difficult, t... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 13:50:00 EST Work, Play, Learn http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50099_work_play_learn <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <br>It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them.<br>~ Leo Buscaglia<br> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <br><br>Leo Buscaglia was an extremely popular professor at the University of Southern Califor... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 09:34:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50095_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 00:13:00 EST Don't say you're on a diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50092_dont_say_youre_on_a_diet NEVER say you're on a diet, because technically you are NOT on a diet you are changing; always say that you are changing your life style one day at a time. Always take small steps; ( example) week 1 day 1 log EVERYTHING you eat and drink, day 2 take away something from day one that you ate, (example a piece or two of candy) swap it with a piece of fruit or fruit juice, or a V8, something healthy. <br>Week 2 add a simple exercise, whether its a walk around the block, or lifting dumbbells for ... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 23:23:00 EST Courage to Speak Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50091_courage_to_speak_up I will just be blunt- I started talking to a therapist about my weight loss struggles and it is working!<br><br>For years I have gone back and forth about this decision. And even though I always wanted to try therapy the stigma of doing so has always stopped me- until this year. <br><br>I literally closed my eyes and just did it. Did not tell anyone until found the right person and it felt right. It took two tries to find the right person of me but I did not give up and today I feel so muc... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 21:37:00 EST A new start http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50083_a_new_start As we start a new year let us begin with a good attitude and a strong pledge to have a good year meeting our goals. It is always nice to have a friend to come along side and cheer you on or go with you as you work toward meeting your daily goals and monthly marks as well. My wife is a great support to me for sure! <br><br>Even during the worst of times<br>When I feel the years go slipping by<br>Life seems rife with possibilities<br>When the New Year arrives.<br><br>Buoyed by hope at the New... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 17:06:00 EST How You Think is Everything. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50071_how_you_think_is_everything How You Think is Everything.<br><br><br>Always be positive. Think Success, not Failure. Beware of a negative environment.<br><br><br>This trait has to be one of the most important in the entire list. Your belief that you can accomplish your goals has to be unwavering. The moment you say to yourself “I can’t…”, then you won’t. I was always given the advice “never say I can’t” and I’d like to strike those words from the dictionary.<br><br><br>I’ve found that from time-to-time my attitude waiver... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 02:18:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50069_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 00:08:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50050_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 00:20:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50036_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 00:22:00 EST Stress & Depression NO... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50031_stress_depression_no Do not allow anyone or anybody to stress you out or put you in a state of depression. They do not care about your health but you must care about your health. Do all you need to take care of yourself by taking your medications and consuming the right foods and drinks <em>526</em> . Reach out for Nature's Best like at beaches the parks the rivers in the mountains for a brisk walk. Fresh air is good for you as well as the sun provides warmth and vitamins to your body the sun is also a healing ... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 13:34:00 EST Step by step http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50029_step_by_step The secret to my success is that I took this journey one step at a time. I started with tracking my food for a week without changing anything. It helped me to see where I really needed to cut back and also I found out that I was eating almost 2 servings of some foods and didn't realize it thinking it was a snack. When I felt that I had tracking down, including healthier options and that I wanted to do it everyday, then I moved to drinking all my water each day. That took effort at first! It i... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 11:41:00 EST Act As If http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50026_act_as_if <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <br>Picture yourself in your mind’s eye as having already achieved this goal. See yourself doing the things you'll be doing when you've reached your goal. <br>~ Earl Nightingale <br> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <br><br>I think it was Robert Sheuller who posited the theory that we should "act as if". He said that wh... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 09:54:00 EST Dance Or Sing It Out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50025_dance_or_sing_it_out As a person who struggles with depression, I find it difficult to get out of bed and get moving, especially when it comes to anything like household chores or exercising. Which as a lot of us know, can make depression even worse. I definitely know that it made me feel as if I was not making any progress, and should just give up on weight loss goals.<br><br>Until!<br><br>As I lay in bed one day, dreading the thought of getting up and moving for the day, I decided to switch on Pandora. It was s... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 09:05:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50021_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:10:00 EST Start with NOW.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50017_start_with_now When i started caring for myself TODAY...my mental attitude changed.<br><br>Accepting me for me instead of withholding love until I looked a certain way.....this LOvE has propelled me forward into healthy decisions.<br><br>I am so grateful!<br><br>Replacing the "badge of judgement" with kindness, compassion, meeting myself right where I am today has helped me lose an unkind heart towards myself and 31 pounds.<br><br>No longer using food as a daily coping strategy.<br>I am learning DAILY to ca... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 18:00:00 EST Keeping it Real http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50014_keeping_it_real Keeping it Real<br><br>I can’t remember how many time I’ve tried to lose weight. From starving myself as a teen, to Weight Watchers about once a decade, to fad diets and cabbage soup to paying a center and losing 80 pounds, only to see it creep back on over a decade because the diet wasn’t sustainable. <br><br>Through this roller coaster ride, I have learned a few things about keeping it real. Some of this may sound familiar. Some of the hardest things to learn are pretty easy to say.<br>... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 16:46:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50002_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 00:59:00 EST Staying Focused When It Gets Tough http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49997_staying_focused_when_it_gets_tough I've read too many posts from people that have been on SparkPeople for a year or two or seven and are still struggling to lose weight. I am left still wondering, why is that?<br><br>Is it because they really don't want to lose, but like the social environment that Spark provides? Is it because they don't actually follow the program? What is keeping them from reaching their goals?<br><br>There are people on Spark who are so focused on collecting SparkPoints that they don't actually DO the thin... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 22:14:00 EST I've heard it said... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49983_ive_heard_it_said Never give up, Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never give up,Never ... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 06:42:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49982_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 00:08:00 EST Why diets don't work http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49969_why_diets_dont_work The holidays are over and we feel a roll at our waist. The decision to "diet" comes to mind and a few weeks later nothing has changed! The roll is still there, the weight hasn't moved on the scale and now we're disappointed in ourselves because we've "failed." Why?<br><br>Diets don't work! We may take off a pound or two but then we turn around and gain them back, often with additional pounds that decided to join them. The diet industry is a huge moneymaker. Why? Because diets don't work... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 08:12:00 EST Mindfulness a present to yourself and others http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49968_mindfulness_a_present_to_yourself_and_others Mindfulness: A Present to Yourself and to Others<br><br> <br>Have you seen articles touting the benefits of mindfulness and wondered what was involved or why it might be important? Mindfulness means being aware...aware of your actions, your thoughts and feelings...aware of what is going on. In an age where multi-tasking seems to reign supreme, mindfulness sounds impossible. But it's not, and the practice produces so many benefits.<br><br> Mindfulness helps you focus, so you don't salt the so... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 05:09:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49967_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 00:22:00 EST Mini Goals Lead to the Ultimate Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49963_mini_goals_lead_to_the_ultimate_goal When asked for specifics about my weight loss I always tell people I owe it all to mini goals. <br><br>When people are trying to save money, there is a saying--<br><br>"Watch your pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves." <br><br>Well, I applied that to weight loss. Take care of the mini goals and the ultimate goal will take care of itself.<br><br>I am one of those people who get distracted/depressed when something seems too far away. I feel overwhelmed and figure it is impos... Sun, 25 Dec 2016 13:29:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49951_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sun, 25 Dec 2016 00:23:00 EST When I started to run http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49937_when_i_started_to_run When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Sat, 24 Dec 2016 00:15:00 EST If I want to succeed, I must, I must, I must. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49932_if_i_want_to_succeed_i_must_i_must_i_must So, I have been trying to gain control of my weight all of my adult life, and being the type of person who literally hated the term exercise, I have struggled, struggled, struggled. <br><br>I have "dieted", and failed, eliminated foods from my meals, given up sugar, diet soda, desserts, and still failed. I have payed for and wasted gym memberships. <br><br>I can lose up to 15 pounds, through smart eating and tracking everything I eat. But I gain it back as soon as a "reason" comes along.... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 16:55:00 EST My secret has been an accountability buddy. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49926_my_secret_has_been_an_accountability_buddy I have been struggling to make weight loss happen since I was a teenager. About a year and a half ago someone just appeared in my life and began pushing me. He pushed me hard to join crossfit, and to do what it took to get stronger, and make healthy choices. Only because of his tenacity and "pushiness" did I do what it took, and I stuck to the crossfit classes and Paleo lifestyle for an entire year. I formed friendships and was encouraged by the people in my class, and to this day I still am... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 10:25:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49919_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 00:07:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49908_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 00:21:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49895_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 00:12:00 EST set small goals and celebrate often http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49888_set_small_goals_and_celebrate_often Try and choose a goal that's attainable- even if it's small. It's always great to celebrate success instead of lamenting never reaching a bigger goal. Then you can choose another one and achieve that too. It doesn't just have to be a weight loss goal- any goal that takes some sacrifice is a worthy one to pursue. Physical, spiritual, financial goals are easier to reach when you start small. It's fine to make changes, but it's too overwhelming all at once. Choose just one to start- and reach it... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 19:32:00 EST It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49885_its_beginning_to_look_a_lot_like_christmas <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <br>Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values. <br>~ Thomas S. Monson <br> <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <br><br>The first ... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 12:07:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49879_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 00:19:00 EST Staying motivated during the holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49875_staying_motivated_during_the_holidays The average weight gain during the holiday season is 8 – 12 pounds. Yikes! That’s probably not the gift you want to give yourself this year. If you’re getting to the point where you’d rather nap than exercise maybe these tips can help.<br><br>The holidays can be stressful enough without trying to maintain a regular exercise schedule. But at the same time, staying active will give you more energy to accomplish everything on your list – and reduce stress. Plus you’ll look fantastic at the ... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 21:43:00 EST When I started to run http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49864_when_i_started_to_run When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:16:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49850_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 00:15:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49838_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 00:23:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49826_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 00:25:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49810_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 00:15:00 EST Teams and the blc http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49801_teams_and_the_blc Joining a team is your perogative. For me it is great motivation . You can go it alone but you miss the comraderie. You miss thevtips, stories of others are the same journey. You miss the tips they have that they found through their own trial and error. You find out that you are not alone because you cheated and can't understand why. <br> You are not alone. The team leaders are not angels but people going through their own accomplishments and their own let downs. They are just trying to he... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 13:00:00 EST STICK to it!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49800_stick_to_it Make it a habit so that you do not feel right when you neglect it. Just get out of bed and do it! Do it often enough and it will be come a habit.<br><br>I have been doing it with Spark People for nigh on ten years and it is a habit. I always been an exerciser and it was easy to keep going with Spark People, but I had to start some time and I did! And I just kept going.<br><br>Checking in with Spark People every morning and evening is a big help. I enter my achievements in the morning and ente... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 12:57:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49791_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 00:30:00 EST Daily Happiness - miracle mornings http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49790_daily_happiness_miracle_mornings 1. Get up early<br>2. Be grateful for what you have<br>3. Do something productive<br>4. Do something fun<br>5. Do something for someone else<br>6..Get some sunlight<br>7. Work out<br>8. Smile - put a smile on someone face<br>9. Reach out to someone you love -keep in touch<br>10. Learn or do something new<br><br>I'm guessing the secret is to keep moving. The old saying goes if you don;t use it you lose it. Keep moving and enjoy those endorphins. I know we can't control what happens to us b... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 23:25:00 EST One Step at a Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49786_one_step_at_a_time One step at a time that is my mantra. I must take weight loss and getting healthy one step at a time. I have made small changes over time. I started with journaling my food didn't change eating habits just logged my food. Once that became a habit I started changing things a bit. Starting cutting back on the amount of carbs I was eating to choosing healthier carbs because I have learned not all carbs are equal. Then I started moving more, when I first started with my jawbone I was averaging... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 13:41:00 EST When I started to run http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49777_when_i_started_to_run When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 00:35:00 EST Upcycle Those Too Large Clothes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49768_upcycle_those_too_large_clothes Everyone likes to buy new clothes. Or so I always heard. I never liked shopping and actually bought my clothes online so that I didn't have to face the dressing room mirror. As I lost weight, however, I did like the way clothes were fitting and the compliments from DH - though still not the dressing room mirror - and I made a vision collage with pictures of new clothing items I would like to splurge on as I continued to lose the weight. <br><br>Probably one of the best tricks I learned and li... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 17:07:00 EST Find What Inspires and Motivates You Daily http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49762_find_what_inspires_and_motivates_you_daily I've discovered that the days when I do really well at meeting my goals of eating healthy foods in reasonable portions and drinking enough water, it is because of my attitude, not my willpower. If I truly want to do this for myself, I can maintain and even enjoy the plan I've created for myself. I NEVER thought that I would enjoy drinking water instead of diet soda, or that I would be so proud of myself for resisting a snack of chips. I'm inspired most often by the thought of being able to gi... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 11:41:00 EST Mis secretos para perder peso http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49756_solicitar_crditos_rpidos Mi primer secreto para bajar peso ha sido solicitar ayuda profesional a un endocrino de la Seguridad Social, ya que es la primera ayuda que hay que tener a la hora de bajar peso. Posteriormente hay que motivarse haciendo algo de ejercicio.<br><br>Es una historia conocida: Se comprometen a cumplir una rutina diaria elíptica y contar hasta el último de calorías. Pero pronto, que está comiendo pastelitos en la oficina y el acaparamiento de mojitos de la hora feliz, pensando, Vaya, la dieta más .... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 04:45:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49755_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 00:16:00 EST Act As If http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49748_act_as_if <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>Picture yourself in your minds eye as having already achieved this goal. See yourself doing the things you'll be doing when you've reached your goal. <br>~Earl Nightingale <br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>Maxwell Maltz in "The Power of the Subconscious Mind" opined that the subconscious mind cannot diffe... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 12:05:00 EST When motivation fails you http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49742_when_motivation_fails_you When motivation fails you, make it a habit. <br><br>Wouldn't it be great to make fitness a habit! <br>The best way I have found to create new habits is through B J Fogg's Tiny Habits method. It involves finding an anchor for the activity, practicing the the tiniest part of the new habit, and celebrating. <br>First, make a list of the things you do every day. These are anchors. Look through your list to find something that is related to the new habit you want to create. For example, do you res... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 00:41:00 EST When I started to run http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49741_when_i_started_to_run When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 00:12:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49730_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 00:29:00 EST Think! Think! Think! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49718_think_think_think <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>Nothing is good or bad but that thinking makes it so.<br> ~ William Shakespeare <br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>Shakespeare was so smart! How often have we seen examples of this idea. We have the eternal question about the glass of water, the optimist says the glass is half full while the pessimist sa... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 09:10:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49713_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 00:27:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49698_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 00:19:00 EST Building Muscles and Endurance for Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49693_building_muscles_and_endurance_for_life They say older we get and the less active weare, the faster stamina fades. After age 45, adults begin losing about one-quarter of a pound of muscle and gain that much body fat every year. “You need stamina so you can combat the aging process and overcome that tendency to gain fat and lose muscle,” says Miriam E. Nelson, PhD, director of the John Hancock Center for Physical Activity and Nutrition at Tufts University and author of Strong Women Stay Young (Bantam Dell, 2005).<br><br>Whether you’... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 20:05:00 EST Envision your future http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49692_envision_your_future When I was diagnosed as pre-diabetic, I didn't take it seriously and now I am diabetic. It affected many areas of my life, but the one that matters most is when I look at the children in my life and imagine their future graduations, weddings, band concerts, etc. I want to be there, giving them love and support, just as I do today. I don't want to hobble in on legs affected by neuropathy, or be in a wheelchair. I don't want to have to break for an insulin shot, or be seated at the front becau... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 16:04:00 EST Never let anyone dull your sparkle, or hinder your progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49689_never_let_anyone_dull_your_sparkle_or_hinder_your_progress We've all felt it. Dieter's shame. The judgement over every little bite we consume. <br><br>Thanksgiving comes and we're loading up our plates with vegetables while everyone else eats pie, stocks up on stuffing, and fries turkey. Heaven forbid you reach for that dinner roll, or smell a crouton.<br><br>Well, what do I have to say to diet detractors and fat shamers? An epic 'SCREW YOU'!<br><br>It's been said again and again, but some people just don't get it. It's a lifestyle, not a diet. It's ... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 11:26:00 EST Reaping and Sowing http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49687_reaping_and_sowing <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>Our attitude towards others determines their attitude towards us. <br>Earl Nightingale <br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>"As you sow, so shall you reap" <br>~ Somewhere in the Bible<br><br>"Smile! It's Contagious!"<br>Motivational poster of the 1960's<br><br>"If you see someone without a smile, give him ... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 10:43:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49678_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 00:31:00 EST Eat breakfast every day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49673_eat_breakfast_every_day Breakfast is key.<br><br>I never ate breakfast.<br><br>Now, I eat a simple breakfast every day.<br><br>It has been trial and failure since I have made this a goal since 2013.<br><br>Its taken 3 years and now I am eating Breakfast the majority of the time 6 out of 7 days usually.<br><br>I had to figure out why I couldn't eat breakfast. That had to do with my childhood. My mom didn't cook me breakfast and I was taught never to touch any of my dad's breakfast food.<br><br>In the beginning, I c... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 12:51:00 EST Spark DAILY, no matter what! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49672_spark_daily_no_matter_what 12-6-16 Today is my 1,731 days of sparking. I love this place! Handy hints..... I gave up several TV shows & committed myself to SP, 1-2 half hour to an hour, daily. I just keep at it. It was the promise to myself. NO MATTER WHAT, I spark. SP has helped me through MANY of life's ups & downs & was an answer to a prayer! I maybe 15 # away from being back to goal, but I am SO much healthier, stronger, happier, active & just so much more, me! Having my photo in paper last Sunday, for the Santa 5K... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 12:11:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49661_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 00:08:00 EST Finding Momentum and Meaning in Everything http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49656_finding_momentum_and_meaning_in_everything For most of us, work is a fact of life. It's an means to end call bills & living. I don't want to over step my boundaries again in spending but I do desire to eat and be happy while I am here and for those I support as well. I spend a rather large amount of time here at work. Even when I should be on the e-way on my way home I stay here and watch something on Netflix until the traffic dies down. I notice though that when I do leave on time, the traffic isn't as bad as I thought but back to th... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 15:08:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49646_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:10:00 EST Acres of Diamonds http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49634_acres_of_diamonds <em>36</em> <br>"You are, at this moment, standing, right in the middle of your own 'acres of diamonds'". <br>Earl Nightingale <br> <em>36</em> <br><br>Earl Nightingale prepared and delivered an essay called "Acres of Diamonds" which was based on an essay and speech by the same name originally written and delivered by H. Russell Cromwell. I highly recommend reading "Acres of Diamonds" It can be found on the internet, just Google "Acres of Diamonds". It probably takes less than thirty ... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 10:50:00 EST When I started to run http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49631_when_i_started_to_run When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 00:10:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49618_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 00:09:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49603_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 00:16:00 EST Reality Check 101 http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49601_reality_check_101 You got yourself here, it's up to you to get yourself where you would rather be. Beating yourself up for having gotten yourself here is just an undermining tactic meant to distract you from pursuing your goal. Every time we give in to those little, innocent temptations (hit the snooze, indulge in a treat, skip our exercise or comfort ourselves for our recent failures) we give that little imp more power. We actually feed it. It gets bigger and stronger and we feel less confident, less hopeful,... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 20:09:00 EST Why Am I Doing This? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49598_why_am_i_doing_this When I started my Medical Weight Loss Program we were asked to spend about 10 minutes and fill out this paper. It asked us why we wanted to reach our goals and had 12 lines. It was a bit difficult to come up with 12 and not seem selfish, conceited or unthoughtful. These should be thought provoking and deep right? For me I am not sure they were but I finally came up with 12 things that were important to losing weight.<br><br>My 12 reasons that I want to reach my goal and lose my 200 lbs:<br><b... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 16:33:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49588_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 00:18:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49574_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:12:00 EST Live In The Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49559_live_in_the_now <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored. <br>Earl Nightingale <br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 09:51:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49555_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:08:00 EST It's Monday what do you know so far ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49547_its_monday_what_do_you_know_so_far_ After lots of trial and error I have found out a few things. I will try to save you some time. I would say it is better to set up your page to find like minded people. A big team doesn't mean active they don't work for me because I kinda feel invisible on them. Pick teams that are very active no matter what their size.Starting your own team to help you stay committed to exercise and eating healthy is a great thing but keep it simple. Because running a team is very time consuming and for it t... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 16:23:00 EST Do Not Beat Yourself Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49543_dont_beat_yourself_up Don't beat yourself up when you eat something you know you shouldn't, especially sugar; it's a serious addiction! Also, keep lots of healthy snacks in your bag, car, room, etc. so when you get that craving between large meals you won't grab the nearest unhealthy snack. Take it from someone that constantly works around food and sugar all day - everything smells amazing going in and out of the oven and trust me, it's a real struggle not being tempted to eat all of it especially when you only ge... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 12:34:00 EST The Secret is Determination http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49541_the_secret_is_determination Today's secret is determination! Determination is a huge part of weight loss. You have to make the decision to lose weight. Then it is not a one and done deal. That is a choice that you have to make each and every single day. Probably several times a day.<br><br>So you can't go into weight loss half halfheartedly and expect amazing results. Halfhearted participation will reveal halfhearted results. Which, let's be honest, no one sets out to achieve half a goal. <br><br>So when you make the de... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:52:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49533_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:45:00 EST When I started to run http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49519_when_i_started_to_run When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 00:16:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49505_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 00:26:00 EST Do it for your loved ones http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49497_do_it_for_your_loved_ones I've been thinking a lot about healthy living lately. I see those around me getting seriously sick. My fiance's mom is a prime example of this. She was an uncontrolled diabetic for many years. She smoked. She ate poorly. She didn't get much exercise. Now she has kidney failure and respiratory problems. My poor fiance has to take care of her now. <br><br>I find it so tragic that most parents say they will do anything for their children, and then go on to trash their bodies. My friends are most... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 12:21:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49489_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:17:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49474_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 00:34:00 EST Patience Gets Results! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49465_patience_gets_results I don't think there is anything more motivating than seeing the results of your hard work. Whether you are just getting started and you just lost that very first pound or you've been at it for awhile and you are dropping clothes sizes. <br><br>However, it takes a lot of patience to get those results. I didn't learn that the first time, the second, or even the third. I would hit long plateaus and think, “Well, that's it! I just can't lose past this point!” I would get frustrated and fall back ... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 12:18:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49457_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:10:00 EST You Work for You http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49443_you_work_for_you <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else. Job security is gone. The driving force of a career must come from the individual. Remember: Jobs are owned by the company, you own your career! <br>~ Earl Nightingale <br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>Again, the s... Tue, 22 Nov 2016 08:50:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49440_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Tue, 22 Nov 2016 00:59:00 EST Picture yourself as a healthier you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49429_picture_yourself_as_a_healthier_you When you're feeling like you're slipping again, picture yourself as a healthier you. Feel the positive burst of pride as you accomplish another goal, be it small or big. Pants feel a little looser. Able to breath easier as you walk. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Give yourself pats as you keep a running list of all that you've eaten for the day.<br>Feel good that you're taking charge of your own life.<br>Think about the people who you want to be around for. My big motivation i... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:18:00 EST Meaning and Purpose http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49427_meaning_and_purpose <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <br>We are at our very best, and we are happiest, when we are fully engaged in work we enjoy on the journey toward the goal we've established for ourselves. It gives meaning to our time off and comfort to our sleep. It makes everything else in life so wonderful, so worthwhile. <br>~Earl Nightingale <br> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> ... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 09:28:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49424_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:16:00 EST Eat an Elephant http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49423_eat_an_elephant You know the old adage: How do you eat an elephant? (one bite at a time) <br>BUT with our goals we tend to try to stuff the whole leg into the program! So secret to success? Start small ... no, TINY! Instead of I'm going to walk 5, 10, etc minutes. Try, I'm going to put my walking shoes on! (Walking is a natural outcome!) Then celebrate your success! Do a "Snoopy"Dance or cheer the air! We thrive on encouragement so learn to be your own cheerleader. And watch the changes come. Set Tiny goals ... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 23:06:00 EST Get Up and Move http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49419_get_up_and_move I learned through my weight loss class with the nutritionist that we should be getting up every 2 to 5 minutes and moving around. In order to maintain weight you need 10,000 steps a day but to lose weight you need 12,500 to 15,000 steps a day. <br><br>So now I make it a point to get as many steps in a day as I possibly can. Which is why I have added some other spark members as a friends in FitBit. Everyday we do challenges. We do the work week hustle to see who gets the most steps in five day... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 18:54:00 EST Moving and Love for my family is my secret.&#127939;&#128145; http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49418_moving_and_love_for_my_family_is_my_secret127939128145 Moving is not something I was in the habit of doing daily. I mean I did do the normal everyday tasks but, I definitely didn't go out of my away to exert any extra energy. I never over ate but as my children grew older and I didn't have all the extra curricular activities I guess I kind of became used to a sedentary life. Sad but true. It was pure laziness. If I didn't have to move, I didn't. I thought because I ate reasonable size portions I was OK. I was so wrong! I gradually gained more an... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 17:14:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49410_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 00:28:00 EST Using my Fitbit http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49404_using_my_fitbit I've been using my Fitbit for just about a month now. My analytical personality is in hyper-love-overdrive! I cannot speak enough on how tickled, thrilled, happy and flat out elated I am about this product.<br><br> * I am now walking close to 4K steps per day! When I first started using the Fitbit I was surprised to find that I was barely walking 2K steps a day. Given that I have a desk job I cannot fathom how I'll ever have time to walk 25K steps in a day, but certainly I can see that as ... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 17:56:00 EST Help Motivate Others http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49403_help_motivate_others Helping others make healthy lifestyle choices also increases YOUR success! They feel better. You feel better. And together everyone accomplishes more. Share ideas, share support, and create lasting connections!<br><br>SparkTeams are a great way to meet new people. I met my best friend several years ago on a SparkTeam, and we still email each other daily. We help lift each other up, and motivate each other to become the best versions of ourselves.<br><br>It feels good to check in with pe... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 11:47:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49394_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 00:14:00 EST How to Keep Motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49391_how_to_keep_motivated <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b16a1245-734f-4c88-9774-228fc222e88e.jpg"><br>This is my wall of weight loss. I move a cupcake wrapper down for each pound lost.<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/97badcda-55cf-4bac-82f6-75be2cc3398f.jpg"><br>Notice how I flatten them when I move them down - ha ha ha<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b5812e6b-4709-4707-88de-537e7c9d4980.jpg"><br>I have 167 total to lose. The black mini cupcake wrappers in a ?... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 22:12:00 EST Moving Slowly Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49384_moving_slowly_forward <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br>Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.<br>~ Og Mandino<br> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br><br>"I may walk slow but I never walk backwards."<br>~ Abraham Lincoln<br><br>All of my secrets of success tie together. <br>"Keep your eyes on the prize" ~ Rocky Bal... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 09:19:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49381_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 00:19:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49363_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:12:00 EST You can do this http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49359_you_can_do_this You can do this. You just need to keep positive and hold your head up high. Do not let people bring you down. Some people like to try and drag people down and if they do that to you your motivation will go down and you will end up quitting. <br><br>Just remember that people that try and drag you down do not belong in your life. You just need to tell them to get out of your life if they can not be supportive to you. Because you need positive people in your life and not negative people. You ... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 18:32:00 EST Finding an Accountability Partner http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49354_finding_an_accountability_partner I've found that one of the most important and helpful ways to stay motivated when it comes to exercising and eating right is to find someone who shares your drive and passion. Surrounding yourself with like minded people helps keep you going when you want to quit and knowing that you have someone else paying attention to what you are eating may help you make better decisions. This is a lifestyle change for me and I hope to find other people like me who would like to make this a lifestyle not ... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 12:02:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49344_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 00:14:00 EST Be Specific ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49330_be_specific_ <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <br>It is those who concentrate on but one thing at a time who advance in this world. The great man or woman is the one who never steps outside his or her specialty or foolishly dissipates his or her individuality. <br>Og Mandino<br> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <br><br>"If I don't be myself, who can do... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 09:51:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49327_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 00:15:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49314_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 00:22:00 EST STOP comparing yourself to other people http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49306_stop_comparing_yourself_to_other_people Just because someone you know (or knew) has lost a lot of weight or seems to have it all together in life does not mean that they are better than you. <br><br>If it bothers you so much (especially if you're on Facebook and Instagram), hide those feeds or delete those individuals from your page. The last thing you need on your journey to a healthier lifestyle is comparing yourself to others who could care less about your well-being. <br><br>If you can get off social media completely, even bett... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 14:21:00 EST 7 Daily Disciplines ~ doing these will cause me to reach my goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49299_7_daily_disciplines_doing_these_will_cause_me_to_reach_my_goals 7 daily disciplines <br>1. Motivation: Read my long list of why I'm doing this <br>2. Exercise: Walk, Wt Lift, Hot Tub Workout, Oxycise <br>3. Accountability: Post about my day, blog victories, struggles, challenges ITC etc <br>4. Tracking: food, exercise, water, other goals, measurements <br>5. Water: 12 to 16 glasses <br>6. Reflect: what went well, what to fix, celebrate victories "stickers" <br>7. Prepare: what do I need to do to be ready for tomorrow?<br> <img src="http://pho... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 09:29:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49296_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 00:07:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49279_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 00:30:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49268_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Fri, 11 Nov 2016 00:31:00 EST The Ten Commandments of Successful Learning http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49265_the_ten_commandments_of_successful_learning 1. How well you do reflects your attitude and your methods. It is not based on your intelligence or raw ability.<br><br>2. Nobody can teach you as well as you can teach yourself.<br><br>3. It's OK to make mistakes. Making mistakes is part of trying anything new. Mistakes are the foundation of learning.<br><br>4. You are here to learn, not to get 'stars' or 'good grades.' Yes, you'll get tested and you'll have to reach a passing life score on your own, but that's not why yo... Thu, 10 Nov 2016 20:33:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49254_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Thu, 10 Nov 2016 00:13:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49241_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Wed, 9 Nov 2016 00:21:00 EST Willing to learn http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49239_willing_to_learn I'm a beginner. I am moving more and tracking my food, which can push me to dismay as I see my totals spill out over the "upper limits." So, I can tell myself that I don't have any "secrets" yet but I know that that is okay. Maybe there is a secret in simply being a beginner, knowing that I don't know. It's okay if I stand here, open to the future, willing for the knowing to be revealed. The "knowing" that I can fully own is that learning is as valuable as knowing, just as a child is as valu... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 21:59:00 EST Where do I start? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49237_where_do_i_start I think most people fail at a diet, because they are dieting, not embracing a lifestyle change. Dieting is denying yourself which is negative so you're doomed to fail from the start.<br><br>Beginning by emptying your whole house of everything that's bad is another sure way to fail.<br><br>Start with small steps towards a goal.<br>I think the secret to success of losing weight and a healthy lifestyle is this:<br>Three meals and 3 snacks a day. Start with 1, say breakfast. Look at what you're e... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 19:25:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49227_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 00:21:00 EST Communication is your biggest ali http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49217_communication_is_your_biggest_ali Staying active in groups and with friends really helps you reach your goals and stay on track! Helping others and communicating with them reminds you yourself to keep up with your goals. Also knowing that someone is watching and keeping tabs on you keeps you going in the right direction. <br><br>When you don't communicate and you don't have anyone holding you accountable then you are less likely to follow through! So go on and start joining groups, making friends and keeping in touch! <br><b... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 13:11:00 EST Life and Tug of War http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49213_life_and_tug_of_war When you look at the pictures of Models that look like they have never had a child after they give birth.. Think of the word Photo Shop.. Look even if you ran into one of them you may not even know them if in public.. I ran into Dolly Parton.. In a grocery store.. No makeup in jeans and a beat up flannel shirt.. I didn't know who she was... So all the makeup and magic pills is not going to get you where you want to be.. Look in the mirror and take a good look and see who you can become.. Age ... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 10:28:00 EST Tracking, Tracking, Tracking. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49212_tracking_tracking_tracking What's helped me the most is keeping a diet journal and holding myself accountable for what I'm eating. I've spent time decorating it myself and using motivational stickers on days when I'm low or have gone off track with my eating. It reminds me that I can do this, and helps to keep me motivated.<br>I write in it every day, journaling what I've eaten each meal, how many steps I take during the day, and how many minutes of active exercise I get each day. I even track days when I know I've ea... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 10:19:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49207_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 00:25:00 EST Discipline Over Motivation ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49205_discipline_over_motivation_ When I began this journey of mine, 2 years ago give or take I was so clueless to the point that I was just moving but not in any particular direction until I realized that I must find my motivation, my why ! It seemed really, really simple but it proved to be a daunting task as motivations can change real quick and with no kind of notice at all. I used my different motivations for inspiration to push and propel me forward when I just didn't wanna keep going or when I thought it seemed easier ... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 00:12:00 EST My mama said http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49204_my_mama_said 1.) My mother always said never to put all your eggs in one basket.<br><br> When she was saying this she was usually referring to money choices, but the same is true of weight loss. Never depend on one form of measurement to be adequate for the long haul. <br>There will be days when you don't want to work out because the scale tells you, "Why should you work out? You weigh the same today as you did yesterday!! What is the point?" The point is...The scale is not the only thing that can "weigh"... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 00:04:00 EST And the Wheel Goes around and around ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49199_and_the_wheel_goes_around_and_around_ OK.. you have now decided to loose weight or not.. Think of it as a project or like a hamster in cage and running in that wheel and just in one place.. Dr. Zuses you to say if you have feet they can take you anywhere.. Here or there.. you don't have to be in a cage and just about everything you do uses energy.. So when your cleaning or doing chores you burn calories.. Now if your a Couch Potato your not going to go that far.. You have to put forth the effort to get up and moving.. and wave r... Sun, 6 Nov 2016 18:27:00 EST Facing the scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49196_facing_the_scale Well I have been trying to lose weight for over a year now and firstly I joined a gym, cut down on some of the fatty foods, and even got a personal trainer with a friend. One the partner I was stuck with was not motivated and it was just a waste of effort and money, not even a good personal trainer (didn't know how many calories a workout he was doing burned, made excuses for the nutritionist for over 3 months instead of setting up a meeting, billing idiocy, and only focused on weight liftin... Sun, 6 Nov 2016 11:48:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49191_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sun, 6 Nov 2016 00:16:00 EST Practice tools from the book Beck Diet Solution http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49179_practice_tools_from_the_book_beck_diet_solution The Beck Diet Solution is a book written by Judith Beck about how to use Cognitive Behavior tools to lose weight and keep it off. It is not a diet. It is a program to build the skills that will help a diet to work. Cognitive Behavior Therapy was developed by her father Aaron Beck. The Spark Beck team is a group of people who are practicing together, sharing information and experience to build success.<br><br>In the book each day is a new chapter and a new weight loss skill. It starts easy... Sat, 5 Nov 2016 08:53:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49175_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sat, 5 Nov 2016 00:21:00 EST My weight loss group http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49170_my_weight_loss_group Our little weight loss group is wonderful. We help each other and motivate each other. We meet together to weigh in once a week. This group is not with any national organization. It is just our own group that we have. For me weighing in every week is important, this is key. I need to be accountable in front of others and know I have to report my weight for the week. It has really worked, and I have kept my weight off for over five years. I had spent years yoyo dieting... putting weigh... Fri, 4 Nov 2016 15:26:00 EST Step 1: Starting http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49162_step_1_starting Procrastination needs to stop. That's when you really start doing something.<br><br>It looks like that day never comes... until one day, you realize you have been postponing for far too long. And you cannot keep postponing any longer.<br>You have wasted days, weeks, months and at least a year. Well, maybe all that time was not wasted, you were just focusing on something else.<br>But now, you might feel that your health is at risk. And you have been having that feeling for quite some time.<br>... Fri, 4 Nov 2016 05:43:00 EST Always Remember This... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49160_remember_thisperfection_isnt_perfect Remember this the next time you feel like you are no closer to your goal.<br><br>The weight you are clawing with tooth and nail to lose today, did not get there overnight.<br><br>Did you give in to the Sweet Monkey today? Or the Carb Monster? Remember, this too shall pass...we think we must be perfect at all times...<br><br>Pshaw! <br><br>Can that idea right now! Because you are not perfect, no diet is perfect, and we ALL make mistakes. You just put it where it belongs, in the past...it's ... Fri, 4 Nov 2016 02:51:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49157_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Fri, 4 Nov 2016 00:19:00 EST Give Myself The Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49152_give_myself_the_time My secret is to give myself the time it takes to have what I really want! I have learned that I make time for whatever I want to!<br><br>It takes Time to be on Sparkpeople <br>Time to plan ahead for food & exercise<br>Time to track - food, exercise, water<br>Time to take measurements<br>Time to decide long term goals and time to decide what I need to do daily that will cause me to reach those long term goals<br>Time to learn from challenges, videos, articles<br>Time to communicate with new S... Thu, 3 Nov 2016 19:25:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49142_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Thu, 3 Nov 2016 00:28:00 EST What is your Battle Plan..? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49139_what_is_your_battle_plan Their are people that you know who can eat everything and not gain a ounce.. That was me at a younger age.. Then comes kids and all the responsibility and where does the time go.. ? You plan out meals and then you try to eat healthy a budget but in the end Fast Food or a night out and you lost the ground you had gained once again and then it hits you.. Your in a battle of the bulge and you have to come up with a battle plan maybe even a couple to get to the point to where you want to be.. So ... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 20:24:00 EST Seeing Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49133_seeing_weight_loss My secret is that I am eating a Low GI diet and once I saw how quick the weight started coming off while eating so much food a day, it motivated me to keep losing and really stick to my diet. Every day when I wake up, I go into my bathroom, get undressed and get on the scale to weigh myself first thing in the morning. <br>I also joined a gym with a trainer and take 30 mins of kickboxing 3-4 times a week. It's a quick but super intense workout. I'm about to turn 41 and I know I just need to ge... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 09:39:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49129_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 00:31:00 EST Sparked by the Articles! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49125_sparked_by_the_articles Even though I love to read, I was never much of a magazine reader. To me, they are something to pass the time waiting for the dentist or doctor, so it really surprised me how much I enjoy reading the Spark People Articles. <br><br>I'll get on SP,. track my food, and check out the articles featured that day. Pick one and start reading. Get my spark points. Left-click on any underlined phrase I'm interested in,, and open it in a new tab. Before I know it, I'm motivated to try a new recipe,... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 20:48:00 EST Lesson in God's Giving http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49123_lesson_in_gods_giving Everyone knows that rewards work. If you are going to train a dog to do tricks, you better have some doggie biscuits in your pocket. If you are trying to potty train a toddler, rewards are pretty handy also. The credit card industry has also gotten the hint and they compete for our credit business by offering rewards to use for free flights, discounts, cash back or some other form of return. And we as consumers figure that since we have to buy stuff anyhow, we might as well get something back... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 18:12:00 EST The benifits of drinking Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49117_the_benifits_of_drinking_water When I first read about a water challenge where a man drank a gallon of water everyday for one month I never thought I could have done the same. At first it was struggling with the challenge but after about seven days it became easier. Now I am drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning and before each meal which has help me eaten less. A lot of times we think that we are hungry but most of the time we are just thirsty. I was never a soda drinker so it was easy for me to in... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 10:37:00 EST The Key to Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49114_the_key_to_motivation The secret to staying motivated throughout the day is to make sure you are feeling good during the process of whatever you are trying to achieve. That’s it! <em>334</em> <br><br>Always believe in yourself. When you are setting out to achieve goal, you have to be vigilant about what you’re thinking about and what you’re focusing on. Nothing brings out the worst in any negative situation faster than you focusing on it. On the other hand, nothing brings out the best in any positive situation ... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 08:37:00 EST