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 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46247_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Mon, 30 May 2016 00:22:00 EST Walking to the beat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46242_walking_to_the_beat Once again, the following the secret is not really a secret. i have seen posts on this subject before but I wanted to throw in my two cents worth on this topic.<br><br>i vary my fitness routine. Some days, I hop on the Tony Gazelle glide for an hour or so. Other days, I popped in a Leslie Sasone Walking with the pounds DVD and have at it. I own about 7 of those so I have my choice of length and difficulty. But lately my exercise of choice is to walk outside. I usually do when it is quie... Sun, 29 May 2016 23:08:00 EST Be a good example http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46241_be_a_good_example Be a leader and a friend. Look for ways to help others on their journey to weight loss. Be honest with yourself. Analyze why you slip up when you do. Make it a learning experience and share what you learned with others. Never berate yourself or others.<br><br>Read the blogs others post with an eye for offering compassion, suggestions as a partner, and fellow traveler on the journey to a healthy lifestyle. Offer hope to others. To be a good example, stay active daily.<br><br> Read the messa... Sun, 29 May 2016 21:54:00 EST Adversity is Necessary http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46238_adversity_is_necessary "Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful." <br><br>It is only by breaking out of the chrysalis that the butterfly's wings become strong enough for him to fly.<br><br>We should embrace adversity and not avoid it for it make us strong.<br><br>I really have nothing to add to what I have said so I will repeat it several times.<br><br>"Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful." <br><br>It is only by breaking out of the chrysalis ... Sun, 29 May 2016 17:07:00 EST Are you all about the Title and Numbers..? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46235_are_you_all_about_the_title_and_numbers I usually write about weight loss and healthy eating ..cooking and helpful things .. This about being a Motivator.. Not just to have the name Leader under your name but a True Motivator and a Good Leader<br>and a real Blessing and a willing heart to help... It is not hard to be a Motivator but you have to give it time and when you have 34 Teams you can't be a good Leader... or Motivator... Sometimes we are almost always doing something.. piling on more and more often has a negative effect r... Sun, 29 May 2016 13:39:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46228_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Sun, 29 May 2016 00:52:00 EST GET BACK ON THE HORSE http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46227_get_back_on_the_horse I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Sun, 29 May 2016 00:43:00 EST What Do You See? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46215_what_do_you_see <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"If you don't see yourself as a winner, then you cannot perform as a winner." <br>~ Zig Ziglar<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>"The You You See is the You You'll Be"<br><br>"If You Can See It, You Can Be It"<br><br>"When You Believe It You Will See It"<br><br>"What the mind of man can conceive and belie... Sat, 28 May 2016 09:08:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46210_50_miles_to_50_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Sat, 28 May 2016 00:30:00 EST Get a Workout Buddy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46207_get_a_workout_buddy This will motivate you to get out there even when you don't feel like it ! I am able to walk but hardly ever did . Until recently , I asked a friend if she wanted to go walking with me. She said yes and after a while we finally got our schedules lined up and walked together. It was much more fun and not as bad as either of us had anticipated. We got our children involved as well and they are reaping the benefits as well. The kids are really enjoying it . Its good for them to see their mom wa... Fri, 27 May 2016 20:35:00 EST Memorial Day Tribute http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46196_memorial_day_tribute Let us stop and remember those who made it possible for us to be here today.<br><br> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> Stop for a moment this Memorial Day weekend and give silent thanks to those whose sacrifice we remember and who made it possible and necessary for us to have this holiday. <br> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>23... Fri, 27 May 2016 09:10:00 EST Stay Motivated to Lose http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46195_stay_motivated_to_lose <br><br>Set a realistic goal. Saying, "I want to lose 50 pounds in the next couple of weeks" is just plain unrealistic. The weight did not go on that quickly, so it will not come off that quickly. If you set goals that you cannot possibly obtain, of course you will be discouraged. •Consult a medical professional to determine what a sensible weekly or monthly goal should be. What is right for one person will be unhealthy for another, depending on your starting weight, age, activity level, gend... Fri, 27 May 2016 07:58:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46193_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Fri, 27 May 2016 01:01:00 EST Adkins Induction Period http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46179_adkins_induction_period I'm in the Adkins Induction Period. So far, so good. This low carb thing isn't too bad. I was able to find some very unique and delicious recipes that would fit right in to the low carb diet--even desserts!<br>Reflecting over my last 50. Years. Yes, I am one half of a century old. My body is feeling some of the aging, especially in the last year or so. I can do much better than I am with my weight loss and exercise goals. It was truly an amazing walk yesterday. The weather was perfect, and m... Thu, 26 May 2016 09:38:00 EST Make Positive Deposits http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46177_make_positive_deposits <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <br> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <br>"You can make positive deposits in your own economy every day by reading and listening to powerful, positive, life-changing content and by associating with encouraging and hope-building people."<br>~ Zig Ziglar<br> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</... Thu, 26 May 2016 09:15:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46171_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Thu, 26 May 2016 00:29:00 EST Simple Tricks to Boost Weight Loss Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46162_simple_tricks_to_boost_weight_loss_motivation By Malia Frey<br>Do you need more weight loss motivation? Have you lost your motivation to diet and exercise? Weight loss can be a draining process. So if you feel like your enthusiasm is lagging, you're normal. But it doesn't have to stay that way.<br><br>You can learn how to boost motivation for weight loss. With sneaky tricks and expert strategies, you can coach yourself to eat better and exercise more. And it's not even hard to do.<br><br>But you need to use one (or more) of these techniq... Wed, 25 May 2016 11:55:00 EST We all get this way and need Motivation... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46160_we_all_get_this_way_and_need_motivation Have you ever sat down at your computer to Jot a note or on a paper only to find yourself checking your Sparks mail or Facebook posts instead... then turn around and see your pile of dirty laundry grow until it practically takes over your Laundry Room...And still you need Motivation at some point in the day to make yourself to muster up yourself and slowly get up and get started... Well I have those days also.. I am not perfect so lets see what we can do to change the day around... Get your... Wed, 25 May 2016 10:51:00 EST Goals are Enabling http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46159_goals_are_enabling <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"Goals enable you to do more for yourself and others, too." <br>~ Zig Ziglar<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>I s... Wed, 25 May 2016 09:36:00 EST Staying A Live http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46158_staying_a_live This low carb thing isn't too bad. I was able to find some very unique and delicious recipes that would fit right in to the low carb diet--even desserts!<br>Reflecting over my last 50. Years. Yes, I am one half of a century old. My body is feeling some of the aging, especially in the last year or so. I can do much better than I am with my weight loss and exercise goals. It was truly an amazing walk yesterday. The weather was perfect, and my husband and I explored areas and streets of our town... Wed, 25 May 2016 08:39:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46154_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Wed, 25 May 2016 00:25:00 EST Motivation and Count the Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46150_motivation_and_count_the_calories How often have you chosen a diet because it worked for a friend... Perhaps you were inspired by a celebrity spokesperson...A diet might be perfect for someone else but their needs.. their lifestyle and their food preferences could be completely different from yours... Do you really want to buy your food in trays and the minute you go back to being and eating what you want.. you get it back with a vengeance and plus some.. Set your expectations and unrealistic goals.. and you become less Motiv... Tue, 24 May 2016 17:58:00 EST The Power of Gradual http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46148_the_power_of_gradual I weigh over 200 pounds. I didn't see that coming. Growing up I saw my mother and my aunts carrying around so much excess weight and remember very clearly saying "that will not be me". I didn't intend to become obese. I did notice myself beginning to gain weight. I tried periodically to take the weight off. But I never pictured myself at 160, 180, 200, 220, 240, heck even 266 at my worst. I didn't see that coming. <br><br>But it came, GRADUALLY, in little increments that didn't seem all that ... Tue, 24 May 2016 15:57:00 EST Success, True Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46141_success_true_success <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <br> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <br>"True success has more components than one sentence or idea can contain." <br>~ Zig Ziglar<br> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <br> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <br><br>The best definition of success that... Tue, 24 May 2016 09:45:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46135_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Tue, 24 May 2016 00:40:00 EST My Busy Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46132_my_busy_weekend The last few days I have not been feeling well. It all started Friday morning when I woke up feeling extremely nauseous and sick feeling. I went to Target to do some shopping and ran all the way to the bathroom. Yeah, it wasn't pretty. When I got home I went to right to bed. I knew I had to be functional though because I had my brother-in-law and sister-in-law coming over for the weekend. So, I napped for 30 minutes and then cleaned my entire house. I think I may even have burned some serious... Mon, 23 May 2016 22:05:00 EST Please stand up. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46120_please_stand_up The one who falls and gets up is so much stronger than the one who never fell.<br><br>I have had a lot of falling in my life. A lot of times when I didn't think that I was worth the effort. A lot of times when I was called names, had no self-esteem, and didn't realize that all of that, ALL OF THAT, came from me.<br><br>It came from me, because it was ME that allowed myself to be affected by words. Words spoken by ignorant jackasses who I let affect me. Words spoken by family, who seriously di... Mon, 23 May 2016 10:37:00 EST Honesty and Integrity http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46119_honesty_and_integrity <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>. "Honesty and integrity are absolutely essential for success in life--all areas of life. The really good news is that anyone can develop both honesty and integrity."<br>~ Zig Ziglar<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>I choose the quotes upon which I base my secrets from a list of quotations from different self-... Mon, 23 May 2016 09:25:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46114_50_miles_to_50_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Mon, 23 May 2016 00:30:00 EST Attitude, Aptitude, Altitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46102_attitude_aptitude_altitude <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude."<br>~ Zig Ziglar<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>... Sun, 22 May 2016 12:01:00 EST Accounts payable Secret? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46085_accounts_payable_secret Once again, I feel compelled to start this post with my usual disclaimer. This isn't so much a secret as a helpful hint that most people are probably doing.<br><br>Whenever I start a weight loss journey, (sadly, that has happened a few times in my life), I do better if I am held accountable for my weight. For me, that is one of the best motivational tools that I use. <br><br>Back in the day when I was fighting cancer, I had to be weighed before every treatment. I used that as my motivation... Sat, 21 May 2016 12:51:00 EST Integrity - The Great Conquerer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46080_integrity_the_great_conquerer <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br>"With integrity, you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide. With integrity, you will do the right thing, so you will have no guilt."<br>~ Zig Ziglar<br> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br><br>Of all of the qualities in a person, integrity is the strongest. If you are dealing with a person who possesses integrity you know you c... Sat, 21 May 2016 09:11:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46077_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Sat, 21 May 2016 00:23:00 EST Decide and Do It http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46070_decide_and_do_it Make a decision! That's what I did. I DECIDED I didn't like being overweight anymore. I felt awful. My health suffered, my clothes were tight, I was tired all the time. I finally made a decision and found out everything I could about the best way to do it and then started my journey. After losing 40+ pounds my best friend said "How did you do it?", and I told her I was tired of it and finally decided to do something about it once and for all. I totally retrained my eating habits by find... Fri, 20 May 2016 19:34:00 EST The 4 Wives : An Inspirational Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46066_the_4_wives_an_inspirational_story <br>There was a rich merchant who had 4 wives. He loved the 4th wife the most and adorned her with rich robes and treated her to delicacies. He took great care of her and gave her nothing but the best.<br><br>He also loved the 3rd wife very much. He’s very proud of her and always wanted to show off her to his friends. However, the merchant is always in great fear that she might run away with some other men.<br><br>He too, loved his 2nd wife. She is a very considerate person, always patient an... Fri, 20 May 2016 14:30:00 EST Believe It to See It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46060_believe_it_to_see_it <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <br>"If you want to reach a goal, you must 'see the reaching' in your own mind before you actually arrive at your goal."<br>~ Zig Ziglar<br> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <br><br>How many times have we heard someone say "I'll believe it when I see it."?<br><br>Mike Vance, who served as the Dean of Disney University, where all upper echel... Fri, 20 May 2016 10:42:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46056_50_miles_to_50_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Fri, 20 May 2016 00:21:00 EST Multitasking helpful or hurtful http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46054_multitasking_helpful_or_hurtful Sorry we seem to be a community of multi-taskers. I feel like I'm constantly doing more than one thing. Even when I'm sitting and watching television with my family I feel like I'm playing with my phone. Even if it is just to update my points on SparkPeople. Or like my food. I could just sit here and enjoy a movie. But for some reason I feel this obligation to do more than one thing at once. Even though I've read several studies that show that when you do more than one thing at once you add t... Thu, 19 May 2016 21:55:00 EST Multitasking helpful or hurtful http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46053_multitasking_helpful_or_hurtful Sorry we seem to be a community of multi-taskers. I feel like I'm constantly doing more than one thing. Even when I'm sitting and watching television with my family I feel like I'm playing with my phone. Even if it is just to update my points on SparkPeople. Or like my food. I could just sit here and enjoy a movie. But for some reason I feel this obligation to do more than one thing at once. Even though I've read several studies that show that when you do more than one thing at once you add t... Thu, 19 May 2016 21:55:00 EST Get into a Routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46046_get_into_a_routine At times, it can be very difficult to stay on track and stay motivated. Those days where we just want to hit the snooze button and stay in bed all day are very challenging. For me, if I do not schedule a normal routine each day I see progress slowing. If we want to stay motivated and meet our goals every day, week or month we need to find what works best for our individual schedules. One person may find that waking at 4 am and getting two hours of cardio exercise in before works best, and ano... Thu, 19 May 2016 11:09:00 EST HARDER TO STAY MOTIVATED http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46043_harder_to_stay_motivated I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Thu, 19 May 2016 08:29:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46034_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Thu, 19 May 2016 00:26:00 EST Have a buddy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46033_have_a_buddy I am super excited. One of my good friends has started a diet this month as well. We didn't even know that we were both starting a diet at the same time. How could we be so silly as to not share that we were both wanting to lose weight. She starting at 192 and I'm starting at 182 and she has lost quite a few pounds already and I've lost three pounds or so. Tonight we had dinner together and practice portion control and kept our kids Happy And then we took everybody for a walk. It was the best... Wed, 18 May 2016 22:51:00 EST Gettin It Together http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46032_gettin_it_together Where did all my effort go? I was on point making it do what it do. Then BAM! Hit with. Sore knees a severe cold then make neck shoulder and now my arm. Is my body slowly saying "no" to change? One wrong stretch one workout prolonged beyond its usefulness? Well whatever it was it was not good. So now I am regrouping reminding myself of what I need to reach my goals see results. I need to realistic of the reach of goals how I need to take care of myself first and stil hit it during my workouts... Wed, 18 May 2016 21:40:00 EST Secret to success http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46031_secret_to_success <br>What is it that makes people successful and I mean really successful compared to you or me? Are they smarter or do they work harder? Are they risk takers or have powerful and influential friends?<br><br>The financial newspaper Investors Business Daily (IBD) asked these same questions a few years ago and started a multi-year search for the answer. They studied industry leaders, investors and entrepreneurs to understand the traits they all had in common that contributed to their success. Re... Wed, 18 May 2016 20:06:00 EST Born to Win http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46020_born_to_win <em>105</em> <em>105</em> <em>105</em> <em>105</em> <em>105</em> <em>105</em> <em>105</em> <br>"You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win."<br>~ Zig Ziglar <br> <em>105</em> <em>105</em> <em>105</em> <em>105</em> <em>105</em> <em>105</em> <em>105</em> <br><br>Still more redundancy, the same ideas over and over but the repetition emblazons the idea in the subconscious and adds a permanency to the id... Wed, 18 May 2016 08:25:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46017_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Wed, 18 May 2016 00:49:00 EST Motivate Yourself with a Personal Weight Loss Mantra http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46015_motivate_yourself_with_a_personal_weight_loss_mantra Developing a personal weight loss mantra is an easy way to keep yourself motivated during the long process of losing weight. Learn why mantras work and how to develop one. Or adopt one of these 20 weight loss mantras as your own.<br><br>Self-motivation is one of the keys to successful weight loss. But how do you keep yourself motivated when faced with food temptations or a lack of desire to eat right and exercise?<br>Develop a personal weight loss mantra.<br>I have always been interested in m... Tue, 17 May 2016 22:29:00 EST Turn the E in Exercise and Enjoy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46009_turn_the_e_in_exercise_and_enjoy Motivation and Healthy Habits is easier said than done.. You have to replace old habits with good one and become Motivated to it..Regardless of your age, you can benefit from doing this... If your going to start a new exercises see your Doctor first thing before cause you may need to be monitored as you go forth with the new you.. You have to keep after it. If you forget sometimes or if at first you don’t figure how to make it work with your schedule... keep after it.. even ten minutes three ... Tue, 17 May 2016 12:56:00 EST Try Clean Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46008_try_clean_eating I've attempted to eat cleaner. I've been doing a lot of walking lately. I see it on my pedometer. I never would have guessed I'm doing about 6000 steps just from my daily routine. Every step matters.<br><br>Everyday is a new beginning. I'm hanging in there, day by day. I am sticking with a reasonable diet and include protein with every meal or snack. If I don't, I find myself falling into sugar lows.<br><br>I believe I can do this. Well isn't that just great. I stepped on the scale this morni... Tue, 17 May 2016 09:55:00 EST Start to be Great http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46005_start_to_be_great <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br> "You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great."<br>~ Zig Ziglar<br> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br><br>"A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step" <br>~Confuscious (I think, maybe Lao Tse, Who actually said it doesn't matter)<br><br>"You can never reach second ... Tue, 17 May 2016 08:13:00 EST Keep It Moving http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46003_keep_it_moving The key to staying motivated is similar to fuel in a car—you don't need the motivation tank to be full to drive, you just need to prevent it from running empty, says Joshua C. Klapow, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and author of Living SMART: 5 Essential Skills to Change Your Health Habits Forever. "I tell people not to waste precious time and energy on staying highly motivated because motivation has a natural rhythm. Most people see a drop in motiva... Tue, 17 May 2016 07:43:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46001_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Tue, 17 May 2016 00:24:00 EST Every Thing Matters http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45985_every_thing_matters I've been doing a lot of walking lately. I see it on my pedometer. I never would have guessed I'm doing about 6000 steps just from my daily routine. Every step matters.<br><br>Everyday is a new beginning. I'm hanging in there, day by day. I am sticking with a reasonable diet and include protein with every meal or snack. If I don't, I find myself falling into sugar lows.<br><br>I believe I can do this. Well isn't that just great. I stepped on the scale this morning and although I wasn't at my ... Mon, 16 May 2016 09:05:00 EST Enlist God's Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45983_enlist_gods_help Every morning I start my new day with a cup of coffee, a healthy breakfast, and some time with God. I seek His guidance in the conduct of the day. Since I became committed to changing the physical me, I share that commitment with the Almighty every day, and ask that He will equip me to meet the challenges - whatever they are.<br><br>This gives me the focus for what my spiritual commitments are for the day, and also my physical commitments -- What is my resolve to meet the challenges ? ( Fib... Mon, 16 May 2016 08:44:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45980_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Mon, 16 May 2016 00:29:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45958_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Sun, 15 May 2016 00:28:00 EST A Negative Side http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45948_a_negative_side Everyday is a new beginning. I'm hanging in there, day by day. I am sticking with a reasonable diet and include protein with every meal or snack. If I don't, I find myself falling into sugar lows.<br><br>I believe I can do this. Well isn't that just great. I stepped on the scale this morning and although I wasn't at my heaviest, it wasn't what I wanted to see. I gained 2 pounds last month. Must be hormonal in nature; I am often diving into sugar lows if I do not eat a high protein breakfast i... Sat, 14 May 2016 11:55:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45942_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sat, 14 May 2016 00:35:00 EST It is Trying http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45929_it_is_trying <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"Success is achieved and maintained by those who try and keep trying."<br>~W. Clement Stone<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>This is a phrase that W. Clement Stone made famous. He always added "with PMA, a Positive Mental Attitude!" and he is right. <br><br>I do have a bit of a problem with the quote and that ... Fri, 13 May 2016 09:24:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45924_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Fri, 13 May 2016 00:21:00 EST Envision Yourself Thin http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45923_envision_yourself_thin While I am staying at a hotel in San Diego for a conference, there's a full-length mirror in the room. I don't have one at home, and so this morning as I was getting dressed, I gave myself a good looking over.<br><br>I started putting on weight when I was 10 years old. By the time I was in the 6th grade, I was the fat kid. Roly-poly. I had to wear the "hefty" sized pants, which I hated. I was soft and squishy, and not a very happy kid.<br><br>I can visualize exactly when I started to lose con... Thu, 12 May 2016 23:58:00 EST Share your Motivation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45914_share_your_motivation Are you motivated? Are you staying positive? Affirmative? Determined?<br><br>If so, then do NOT keep it to yourself! Share It! <br><br>Each day, Spark People gathers new members. Those new members NEED you to help them with your support and positive attitude. Visit their Spark Page, send them a goodie, leave a comment on their page or on their blog.<br><br>Welcome them, encourage them, become the cheerleader we all need on our team.<br><br>Sadly, Spark People also loses members daily. Som... Thu, 12 May 2016 11:41:00 EST A Little Bit of Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45911_a_little_bit_of_help I could use a little bit of help reminding myself to stick to the plan. I have found it helpful to think of eating a meal and exercising as an in and out procedure. What goes in during a meal should be limited to the number of calories I am willing to burn out during a single workout session. That will keep me away from the meals in excess of 500 calories or more!<br><br>I'm hanging in there, day by day. I am sticking with a reasonable diet and include protein with every meal or snack. If I d... Thu, 12 May 2016 10:08:00 EST Get out of your head! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45909_get_out_of_your_head We can fight ourselves to the core. <br><br>''I don't feel like it, I don't wanna, I've got other things I need to do. Should I work out? I just don't want to."<br><br>These self perpetuated arguments are just that. They're OUR own doing. In our OWN heads, our own minds, thoughts. We a LOT of times create our OWN hurdles in which we face and need to overcome. Do you realize in the time you sat on the couch or in your chair for ten minutes, you could have made a trip or two up and down some st... Thu, 12 May 2016 04:46:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45907_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Thu, 12 May 2016 00:25:00 EST My Spark Buddy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45905_my_spark_buddy The best way of staying on track is to use the buddy system. It is easier to be accountable, if you have someone to be accountable to. If you are both trying to lose weight, you can share your experiences and find out what works the best for the other one and what does not. <br>If you are having a bad day with your weight or trying not to eat that "Bad" food item, your friend will be able to talk you out of it or help raise your spirit. It is nice to exercise with someone. It makes it fun to ... Wed, 11 May 2016 23:15:00 EST Healthy Tips to Kick off the Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45903_healthy_tips_to_kick_off_the_summer With summer quickly upon us, it's officially time to kick off the season we've all been anticipating. And, with more time spent outdoors, better weather and an abundance of fresh produce available, summertime is the perfect time to get healthy. <br><br>But there's much more to getting in shape than just eating right and working out. You also need motivation. And who better to lend you a helping hand than the one you love — and vice versa? Having a positive body image not only has a huge effec... Wed, 11 May 2016 17:23:00 EST Breathing— The Overlooked Game Changer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45898_breathingthe_overlooked_game_changer Feeling discouraged? Unmotivated? Hopeless? <br><br>We tend to solely focus our attention on the body when navigating our journey to better health. But our minds are the MOST powerful tool to achieve our fitness goals, and breathing is our compass. Mind and breathing pair together like peanut butter and jelly. We don't think twice about something so seemingly simple—Breathe—but in every situation, this one act can calm our deepest angst and can remind ourselves why we are on this journey ... Wed, 11 May 2016 14:39:00 EST Pick up your Attitude and get going.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45895_pick_up_your_attitude_and_get_going So What .. Never use this.. unless you say I am ready to loose weight....Weight loss is a difficult process, but simply having a positive attitude will make the challenge easier....With time and patience, you can change how you think about weight loss. Try these three tips to use your brain in the battle of the bulge....when you decided weight-loss Some set unrealistic goals.. they don't lose as much weight. Instead, set attainable goals, like losing five pounds in a month... It is good but t... Wed, 11 May 2016 10:42:00 EST Join forces with a coworker for work day support http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45893_join_forces_with_a_coworker_for_work_day_support Working with a coworker who is also attempting to become healthier helps with keeping each other accountable during the stressful work day. For example, my coworker and I text each other frequently throughout the day with our progress and struggles. Having each other to vent or celebrate is extremely helpful because we can both relate to the same workday challenges. Recently, our company held an appreciation luncheon chalk full of foods neither of us were willing to partake in to hinder pr... Wed, 11 May 2016 09:38:00 EST Failure is the Only Option http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45892_failure_is_the_only_option <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing."<br>~ Denis Waitley<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>So often we have heard "Failure is not an option". In reality i... Wed, 11 May 2016 09:15:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45887_50_miles_to_50_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Wed, 11 May 2016 00:48:00 EST Just for today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45881_just_for_today I've spent too much time in my life thinking that I will do certain things when I'm a certain weight, a particular size, can buy just the right clothes, etc., etc., etc. What a waste of precious moments and energy. All that worry and waiting only made me miss out on adventures that I can never capture again. <br><br>I find that since I've stopped all that waiting until whatever to do whatever has resulted in a more positive, more energized, more pleasant me. I'm still working on trying th... Tue, 10 May 2016 14:03:00 EST Jotting it Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45873_jotting_it_down If I don't write what I eat when I eat it, I simply forget to jot it down and keep an accurate track of my daily calorie intake. Everyday is a new beginning. I'm hanging in there, day by day. I am sticking with a reasonable diet and include protein with every meal or snack. If I don't, I find myself falling into sugar lows.<br><br>I believe I can do this. Well isn't that just great. I stepped on the scale this morning and although I wasn't at my heaviest, it wasn't what I wanted to see. I ga... Tue, 10 May 2016 09:31:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45870_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Tue, 10 May 2016 00:47:00 EST The Past is Prologue http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45859_the_past_is_prologue <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <br>"Everything that is past is either a learning experience to grow on, a beautiful memory to reflect on, or a motivating factor to act upon."<br>~Denis Waitley<br> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <br><br>Good stuff happens, bad stuff happens. Face it, stuff happens. Whether or not stuff happens or not is irrelevant. The important thi... Mon, 9 May 2016 12:57:00 EST Doing Yoga meditation and walking 6k steps for best body awareness and energy. juust get me into a very positive mood, its contagious to others. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45855_doing_yoga_meditation_and_walking_6k_steps_for_best_body_awareness_and_energy_juust_get_me_into_a_very_positive_mood_its_contagious_to_others please see above. I start with Yoga meditation and then walk 6k steps for energyzing, positive mood building which is so contagious and lasts thru out the day. I feel so good with myself knowing that I have done my part to set a pattern for my week. This will produce a crazy kind of endorphin high which keeps me focused on working my body out even though I am 67 years old. By doing the above my cheeks glow pink, the white of my eyes gets whiter, blood flows to my finger nails and makes my ... Mon, 9 May 2016 10:22:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45848_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Mon, 9 May 2016 00:48:00 EST have a friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45844_have_a_friend have someone special to come along side and keep you focused on making your goals. Or I turn to one of my favorite scripture passages as follows:<br><br>Psalm 103<br><br>1 Praise the Lord, my soul;<br> all my inmost being, praise his holy name.<br>2 Praise the Lord, my soul,<br> and forget not all his benefits—<br>3 who forgives all your sins<br> and heals all your diseases,<br>4 who redeems your life from the pit<br> and crowns you with love and compassion,<br>5 who satisfies yo... Sun, 8 May 2016 17:41:00 EST Happiness is What You Make It http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45840_happiness_is_what_you_make_it <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <br>"Happiness is the experience of living every moment with love, grace and gratitude."<br>~ Denis Waitley<br> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <br><br>There was a song a great while back entitled "Happiness Is" and the bottom line was the last line of the chorus "Happiness is...different things to different people" but in reality, Mr. Waitley hits the nai... Sun, 8 May 2016 11:14:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45834_50_miles_to_50_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Sun, 8 May 2016 01:14:00 EST KEEP ON SPARKIN' http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45833_keep_on_sparkin I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Sun, 8 May 2016 01:12:00 EST Initial motivation plateaud with a plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45820_initial_motivation_plateaud_with_a_plateau Ever get a running start only to stop once you hit a wall. Well that's me. I dropped twelve pounds in merely 4 days in the beginning of January. Total pounds lost by mid February was 25 ounds. But now I am stuck. I've only lost two extra pound leaving me at 168 and I have at least 38 pounds to go. But I actually want to lose a total of at least 48 so I have leeway in case I gain weight./ Also trying to build muscle to burn more calories at rest. How did I love 12 pounds in so little time? I a... Sat, 7 May 2016 04:27:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45819_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sat, 7 May 2016 00:46:00 EST Fighting the Blues http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45813_fighting_the_blues When your day is slow to start and you want nothing other then sitting in you big comfortable chair. When you have to fight with your inner self to get dressed. I find that I can help myself by just getting on some comfortable clothes and throwing on a cap or hat and making myself leave the house. Going to the Park and walking just listening to and looking at nature. Freeing my mind of stressful thoughts. Once I feel the stress drift from my body I listen to music of relaxatio nothing sad or ... Fri, 6 May 2016 16:14:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45799_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Fri, 6 May 2016 00:25:00 EST Chase Your Passion http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45777_chase_your_passion <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"Chase your passion, not your pension."<br>~ Denis Waitley<br><br><br> How many people do we know who are "Chasing Their Pension"? OK, so maybe it's not the pension per se but some other actually meaningless goal. So many people spend their life suffering from the dread and fatal disease that I call the "soonases" "Soon as I graduate from college I am going to..." "Soon as I get a job I am going t... Wed, 4 May 2016 12:46:00 EST Who inspires you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45773_who_inspires_you Whatever you are, be a good one.<br><br>Today, Sparkcoach asked, "who inspires you"? I had to think for a minute, and I figured out that I did. I inspire me. I get up every day, determined to make the best of every day, and have done this now, for almost a year. I am heading perilously close to my year anniversary here, and looking back almost makes me cry. It probably will make me cry, come to think of it.<br><br>The transition from being obese to fit was an exceptionally wonderful journey. ... Wed, 4 May 2016 10:50:00 EST I Believe I Can http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45772_i_believe_i_can I believe I can do this. Well isn't that just great. I stepped on the scale this morning and although I wasn't at my heaviest, it wasn't what I wanted to see. I gained 2 pounds last month. Must be hormonal in nature; I am often diving into sugar lows if I do not eat a high protein breakfast in the morning.<br><br>I am doing this to live a longer life and to enjoy the people and loved ones I am surrounded with. That is a huge motivator for me.<br><br>I have decided to eat with the goal of eati... Wed, 4 May 2016 09:13:00 EST WEIGHT WATCHERS LEADERS GONE MAD http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45762_weight_watchers_leaders_gone_mad Two years ago I hit my Weight Watchers goal of 132. That is very high and now I am down to 115, but at that time, it was very exciting to reach a goal and it represented a 70 pound weight loss so it was a big deal.<br><br>I weighed every morning and when I knew I would make the goal I went into Weight Watchers to celebrate my goal. It was a very deflating experience to be told by the leader that I could not weigh in because I had already weighed in at another meeting that week.<br><br>Yeah,... Tue, 3 May 2016 15:51:00 EST 60 things older women want younger women to know http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45761_60_things_older_women_want_younger_women_to_know I remember the day I resigned from my corporate job and transitioned to the life of an entrepreneur. My passion was to focus full time on building Sixty and Me, a community for women over 60. I wanted to reinvent my life and find a more flexible work style.<br><br>When I told my younger female colleagues what I was planning to do as a 60-year-old woman, they were amazed. One woman said that my passion and willingness to take risks made her question the many stereotypes about older women<br><b... Tue, 3 May 2016 11:16:00 EST Will Lose Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45755_will_lose_again Well isn't that just great. I stepped on the scale this morning and although I wasn't at my heaviest, it wasn't what I wanted to see. I gained 2 pounds last month. Must be hormonal in nature; I am often diving into sugar lows if I do not eat a high protein breakfast in the morning.<br><br>I am doing this to live a longer life and to enjoy the people and loved ones I am surrounded with. That is a huge motivator for me.<br><br>I have decided to eat with the goal of eating healthy all the time, ... Tue, 3 May 2016 09:00:00 EST We are proof! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45754_we_are_proof Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. ~Winston Churchill~<br><br>I just found this in my timeline and wanted to share with everyone. We, Sparkers, are proof that it counts to keep going when you feel like giving up.<br>I struggle every day. But I dont give up.<br>I continue to find motivation and help here at SP.<br>I have lost weight and gained it back. I have lost it again, and I have walked and I have sat in my chair wishing for the motivat... Tue, 3 May 2016 08:35:00 EST Consistency: Chasing a dream or creating a new reality? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45753_consistency_chasing_a_dream_or_creating_a_new_reality “For changes to be of any true value, they’ve got to be lasting and consistent.”<br>-Anthony Robbins<br><br>“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”<br>-Robert Collier<br><br>"Winners never quit, quitters never win!"<br> - Vince Lombardi <br><br>Being consistent, being healthy, & being committed~it's a way of life. Results come from your ambitions. <br><br>"Self-discipline is an act of cultivation. It requires you to connect today's actions to tomorrow's ... Tue, 3 May 2016 07:08:00 EST Find a specific motivation and keep a reminder! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45749_find_a_specific_motivation_and_keep_a_reminder A well defined goal can be all the motivation you need sometimes. Create a specific, time bound goal and define the progress you'll need to make to reach that goal. You won't believe how quickly you'll feel successful - and how amazingly motivating those successes can be. <br><br>Motivations don't work well unless they're very specific. "I want to lose weight" will lose it's power quickly. Find a piece of clothing you'd like to be able to wear, a recent photo of yourself that shows those ... Mon, 2 May 2016 22:57:00 EST Isn't as Bad as it Could Be http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45740_isnt_as_bad_as_it_could_be Well isn't that just great. I stepped on the scale this morning and although I wasn't at my heaviest, it wasn't what I wanted to see. I gained 2 pounds last month. Must be hormonal in nature; I am often diving into sugar lows if I do not eat a high protein breakfast in the morning.<br><br>I am doing this to live a longer life and to enjoy the people and loved ones I am surrounded with. That is a huge motivator for me.<br><br>I have decided to eat with the goal of eating healthy all the time... Mon, 2 May 2016 09:25:00 EST To Live a Longer Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45729_to_live_a_longer_life I am doing this to live a longer life and to enjoy the people and loved ones I am surrounded with. That is a huge motivator for me.<br><br>I have decided to eat with the goal of eating healthy all the time, for long term benefits. There are so many diet plans available it is hard to choose the right one for me. It's high time I get back on track. My goals are not being met, and my efforts have been sluggish this entire week.<br><br>No matter where you are at with your exercise and weight los... Sun, 1 May 2016 12:19:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45720_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Sun, 1 May 2016 00:35:00 EST The Right Daily Rituals http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45700_the_right_daily_rituals For a long time, to me weight loss was all about what I was doing without. I focused so much on what I couldn't do that it literally became all I could think about. The key for me was learning to replace "red lights" with "green lights." Instead of "don't eat the donut", it became "do drink the water. <br><br>I know, I've heard this "secret" from other people. They call it developing healthy habits. But to me, habits don't sound like fun. They sound like washing dishes and doing laundry.... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:53:00 EST Why oh why can't I http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45695_why_oh_why_cant_i If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow, why oh why can't I?<br><br>Oh my, Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore, we have gone to the world of making your dreams come true.<br><br>Another Monday, and no flying monkeys or wicked witches are coming your way.<br><br>This is a great day to make a committed start on your food and fitness week. It is a great day to erase any blips that came your way this past week, step into your red shoes, and start skipping down that yellow brick road.<br><b... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:51:00 EST Defeat Negative Thinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45694_defeat_negative_thinking We all have negative thinking at times. I call them grumble bunnies -- or more precisely the negative energy caused by churning negative thoughts, I call grumble bunnies.<br><br>Do you know people who walk around with a cloud of negativity around them. Unfortunately, negative energy, sustained by negative thinking, can be contagious.<br><br>The good news is that energy, sustained by positive energy, can be contagious, too. We have to make the effort. We can control the kind of energy we p... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:46:00 EST 40 km to 40 miles on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45687_40_km_to_40_miles_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:47:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45667_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:42:00 EST Starting to Running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45653_starting_to_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:40:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45633_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 00:38:00 EST Log Every Silly Thing ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45632_log_every_silly_thing_ I log every silly little thing, every snack, every meal, every drink, every bit of walking and every bit of exercise. I blog now and then, check in on message boards and "like" other members achievements a bit here and there,,,,,,<br><br> But it's the logging of everything that has made me successful and oh how I love to run the reports.<br><br> Every day I run the reports for nutrition feedback and calorie differential. I can then see where I'm at and what I need to tweak in my food choic... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 23:03:00 EST Hang with Success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45628_hang_with_success Some days I enjoy being the one who is on track when I visit with a friend. One friend probably has 100+ pounds to lose, but finally seems to be making healthy choices. We worked through a weight loss study together a few years ago. I lost. She gained. Clearly, she wasn't ready. But, now I look at her and am inspired by the steps she has taken. She uses a tracker and seems to pay close attention to it. We had lunch together last week at a restaurant that could have been a real challen... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 17:01:00 EST Running with a goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45615_running_with_a_goal When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 00:45:00 EST So Many Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45603_so_many_plans There are so many diet plans available it is hard to choose the right one for me. It's high time I get back on track. My goals are not being met, and my efforts have been sluggish this entire week.<br><br>No matter where you are at with your exercise and weight loss goals, you have got to start somewhere. Making a start is one way of getting on the right track.<br><br>I need to watch my fiber intake a bit more carefully, as I have not really made sure that I am getting the recommended daily a... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 11:36:00 EST TRYING TO BE STRONG http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45599_trying_to_be_strong I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 01:30:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45597_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 00:49:00 EST Small changes equal big results http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45592_small_changes_equal_big_results I use the fitness tracker on SparkPeople religiously. I used this information to push myself to walk faster but not necessarily farther. I felt that if I walked faster I would burn more calories and that was good enough. Because of this mindset I never invested in a Fitbit or any other brand of fitness tracker. I tried using several different fitness tracker apps on my phone but never found one that I liked.<br><br>About a month ago I bought a pedometer. Nothing fancy but I can enter my heigh... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 17:46:00 EST Mistakes are Painful http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45583_mistakes_are_painful <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"Mistakes are painful when they happen, but years later a collection of mistakes is what is called experience"<br>~Denis Waitley<br><br>"We make bad choices because we don't have any experience. We gain experience by making bad choices"<br>~Unknown<br><br>Yet another example of different people saying the same thing differently and also an example of circular logic.<br><br>Someone post... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 08:57:00 EST Five Minutes of Morning Mindset Adjustment http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45577_five_minutes_of_morning_mindset_adjustment The very first thing I do in the morning is to step outside and spend five minutes consciously letting go of any lingering emotions or thoughts from the day before. If I overate my points or didn't exercise or even if I did everything right, I let it go so I can bring myself back to front and center and to the present moment. <br>Sometimes basking in yesterday's success will lead me to think I don't have to give it my best effort, to "rest on my laurels," so to speak. Or if I am feeling dow... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 18:46:00 EST Home Runs vs Doubles http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45564_home_runs_vs_doubles <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <br>Is a home run better than two doubles?<br><br>Here is a thought-provoking story, from the book Art and Fear, by David Bayles and Ted Orland that challenges the old adage that quality is better than quantity:<br><br>The ceramics teacher announced on opening day that he was dividing the class into two groups. All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the quantity of wo... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 08:54:00 EST Don't let other people judge you. Self Esteem versus Other Esteem http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45563_dont_let_other_people_judge_you_self_esteem_versus_other_esteem When I'm on my weight loss journey I try not to let other peoples view of me (real or imagined) effect my self esteem. If I live my life trying to make others admire or like me then I hit a wall and success comes to a stop. When I look for validation from others I call this "Other Esteem". I have found that true self esteem comes from within not from without.<br><br>So I put on workout clothes instead of a big t-shirt that hides my size. I dress nice even if it means a bulge or two shows. I g... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 07:48:00 EST Learn and Live http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45555_learn_and_live <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control, now."<br>~ Denis Waitley<br><br>Life is a continuing learning experience and the only thing we have from which to learn is history, our own history, history we learned in school and the history of our acquaintances. We cannot go back and relive the past bust rest assure... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 16:52:00 EST Doing Your Best Daily http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45540_doing_your_best_daily You already know there are many great reasons to exercise: from improving energy, mood, sleep, and health to reducing anxiety, stress, and depression. And detailed exercise instructions and workout plans are just a click away. But if knowing how and why to exercise was enough, we’d all be in shape. Making exercise a habit takes more: namely, the right mindset and a smart approach. Whatever your age or fitness level—even if you’ve never exercised a day in your life before—there are steps you c... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 17:18:00 EST You can do it http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45538_you_can_do_it I thought if walk for a little bit to see how it goes. I decided I could walk a little futher each day and it seemed to get easier as time went on. So one day I decided I wanted to get a fitbit to keep track of my daily steps. I put off getting it set up and my daughter said she would help me get it set up. So I started walking with it and found I walked more steps per day than I thought. It seems as easy as it sounds. You just keep on moving and increasing your steps and before you kno... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 15:01:00 EST Quitting is not an option! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45530_quitting_is_not_an_option Before I started marathon training I never thought of myself as a particularly dedicated individual. But as with many instances in life when you start off on a new journey you learn things about yourself. I learned that once I start something I follow through with it. One reason for this is that I never let myself think about quitting. It is never an option. Some days don't go as well as you would like but it is never a reason to quit. <br>It starts with a goal that you believe in. If ... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 10:39:00 EST Friends, Friends, Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45529_friends_friends_friends <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <br>"A real friend is the one who comes in when the whole world has gone out<br>~ Denis Waitley<br><br>"If you have one true friend you have one more that a vast majority of people"<br>~ Unknown<br><br>I heard that a friend will bail you out of jail when you get arrested but that a true friend will sit beside you on the bench in the holding cell and exclaim "Damn! That was fun!".<br><br>There is a ... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 09:50:00 EST Friends, Friends, Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45528_friends_friends_friends <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <br>"A real friend is the one who comes in when the whole world has gone out<br>~ Denis Waitley<br><br>"If you have one true friend you have one more that a vast majority of people"<br>~ Unknown<br><br>I heard that a friend will bail you out of jail when you get arrested but that a true friend will sit beside you on the bench in the holding cell and exclaim "Damn! That was fun!".<br><br>There is a ... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 09:50:00 EST Starting to Running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45524_starting_to_running When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:41:00 EST Questions..? Give that excuse Up.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45514_questions_give_that_excuse_up Well if you have came on this blog .. you need Motivation.. Well this is questions you have that you want answers for and here we go.. find the number and then look at the answer.. Everyone and their brother wants to loose weight and when the New year comes around you are good to go till you just peter out.. so lets see what fits you better.. Stop and reread and then write it down and then maybe you will get to the place you want to be at...What is your excuse for not achieving all your goals... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 10:30:00 EST To Risk or Not to Risk http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45513_to_risk_or_not_to_risk <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing."<br>~Denis Waitley<br><br>Again, we have a precept put forth by several authorities.<br><br>"The important thing is to be willing at any time to give up all that you are for what you might become"<br>Unknown<br><br>Leo Buscaglia taught a course at te University of Southern Califo... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 10:11:00 EST Maintaining the Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45510_maintaining_the_weight I have been maintaining my weight, as well as my weight loss. Laugh out loud. What has been going down, has been coming up in the next few weeks or months. Perhaps it is those goofy hormones I have heard about.<br><br>I am guilty of a few diet flaws. Mostly, I tend to weigh myself everyday. I also pay too much attention to fad diets. Sometimes I don't even get out of the house and walk.<br><br>I am hoping to be fabulous and fit once I reach my weight loss and fitness goals over the next 12 ... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 09:04:00 EST Motivation in Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45505_motivation_in_yourself It really seems like some days it's all together and others, it's all over the place. I've learned to remain focused every single step of this fitness journey of mine. It's not always easy but it's what's best for you all the time. It's about never losing sight and always believing in yourself sort of like being your own cheerleader, it's simple once you put your mind to it, you gotta ask yourself, what do you want more and sure you'll fall off from time to time but it's all about how you bou... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 02:30:00 EST Judge of Character http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45500_judge_of_character <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"Make no mistake. You are your most important critic and you conscience your most important judge of character."<br>~ Denis Waitley<br><br>You know you better than anyone else and therefore you are in the best position to see your faults. You can observe your lifestyle and the consequences of your actions. No one else is with you twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Someone else may observe... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 16:55:00 EST I am guilty http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45491_i_am_guilty I am guilty of a few diet flaws. Mostly, I tend to weigh myself everyday. I also pay too much attention to fad diets. Sometimes I don't even get out of the house and walk.<br><br>I am hoping to be fabulous and fit once I reach my weight loss and fitness goals over the next 12 weeks or so. I am hoping to lose 10 pounds and lose a couple inches off the waist. Go me.<br><br>Finally the weatherman has reported that warmer days are expected over the next week. I love to be outside in the 60's a... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 08:32:00 EST Way up There http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45476_way_up_there I am hoping to be fabulous and fit once I reach my weight loss and fitness goals over the next 12 weeks or so. I am hoping to lose 10 pounds and lose a couple inches off the waist. Go me.<br><br>Finally the weatherman has reported that warmer days are expected over the next week. I love to be outside in the 60's and 70's, especially when it involves any type of exercise or yard work.<br><br>Stepped on the scale this morning and to my surprise, the results were better than I expected. I lost a... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 12:07:00 EST Barriers to Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45475_barriers_to_success <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"It's not what you are that holds you back. It's what you think you are not."<br>~ Denis Waitley<br><br>"It has been my observation that people are just about as happy as they make up their minds to be."<br>~ Abraham Lincoln<br><br>"Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you are usually right."<br>~ Henry Ford<br><br>"Nothing is but that thinking makes it so"<br>~ William Shakespeare<br><br>A... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 10:26:00 EST SparkPeople Stick Together http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45465_sparkpeople_stick_together I joined SparkPoeple last July. Everything started off great, but after a few months I plateaued. I then joined a challenge. That worked for the duration of the challenge, then plateau again. I joined another challenge and the same thing happened; success followed by plateau. I was getting bummed.<br>About mid-winter I started reading other peoples' posts in the challenge areas, but I never responded or posted myself. I wondered why I was struggling while others were succeeding. I started rea... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 21:29:00 EST Keeping my Cool http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45459_keeping_my_cool I haven't forgotten where I was when I started this journey. I was weak and tired from the chemo and radiation treatments, yet I was able to find it within myself to get my body back in shape.<br><br>I am hoping to be fabulous and fit once I reach my weight loss and fitness goals over the next 12 weeks or so. I am hoping to lose 10 pounds and lose a couple inches off the waist. Go me.<br><br>Finally the weatherman has reported that warmer days are expected over the next week. I love to be out... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 11:41:00 EST Pre-Plan Your Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45447_preplan_your_day My number one way to stay motivated and lose weight is to pre-plan my day. Sometimes that can mean planning on Sundays what I will eat for the entire upcoming week. Organizing a cooking day, so there is food at the ready. It makes it quick and easy to throw any meal together. Although this is preferred way to plan, it does take some time and some weeks it is just not possible to spend the time to plan a whole week at once or have the ability to cook a half or whole day. <br> <br>So plan ... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 17:35:00 EST The Journey, Not the Destination http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45444_the_journey_not_the_destination <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <br>"Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn, or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude."<br>~ Denis Waitley<br><br>"Happiness is not the destination, it is the journey"<br>~ Wayne Dyer<br><br>Again, as yesterday, we have different people saying the same thing in different words. If you make happiness the ... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 12:28:00 EST I Haven't Forgotten http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45438_i_havent_forgotten I haven't forgotten where I was when I started this journey. I was weak and tired from the chemo and radiation treatments, yet I was able to find it within myself to get my body back in shape.<br><br>I am hoping to be fabulous and fit once I reach my weight loss and fitness goals over the next 12 weeks or so. I am hoping to lose 10 pounds and lose a couple inches off the waist. Go me.<br><br>Finally the weatherman has reported that warmer days are expected over the next week. I love to be ou... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 08:43:00 EST Three Times an Adage http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45416_three_times_an_adage <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"Change the changeable, accept the unchangeable, and remove yourself from the unacceptable"<br>~ Denis Waitley<br><br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"Lord grant me the courage to change the things I can change, the serenity to accept the things I cannot change and the wisdom to know the difference<br>St Franci... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 10:20:00 EST fit and Fabulous http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45414_fit_and_fabulous I am hoping to be fabulous and fit once I reach my weight loss and fitness goals over the next 12 weeks or so. I am hoping to lose 10 pounds and lose a couple inches off the waist. Go me.<br><br>Finally the weatherman has reported that warmer days are expected over the next week. I love to be outside in the 60's and 70's, especially when it involves any type of exercise or yard work.<br><br>Stepped on the scale this morning and to my surprise, the results were better than I expected. I lost a... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 09:44:00 EST Take Time Each Week to Write up Reflections & Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45410_take_time_each_week_to_write_up_reflections_goals A couple of weeks ago, I didn't do as well as I had been listening to my tummy signals. Eating just one more bite. Eating not as healthy. <br><br>Of course, there were lots of reasons (Spring Break, hormones, stress), but no good-enough excuses. You see, I realized that if this were really going to be a lifetime change, I would have ups and downs. My response and recalibration would be what would determine my success. <br> <br>So how do I make sure my responses and recalibrations are good? We... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 07:52:00 EST Roots and Wings http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45400_roots_and_wings <em>144</em> <em>19</em> <em>407</em> <em>144</em> <em>19</em> <em>407</em> <em>144</em> <em>144</em> <em>19</em> <em>407</em> <em>144</em> <em>19</em> <em>407</em> <em>144</em> <em>19</em> <em>407</em> <em>144</em> <em>19</em> <em>407</em> <em>144</em> <em>19</em> <em>407</em> <em>144</em> <em>19</em> <em>407</em> <em>144</em> <em>19</em> <em>407</em> <em>144</em> <em>144</em> <em>19</em> <em>407</e... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 14:55:00 EST Fabulous and Fit http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45398_fabulous_and_fit I am hoping to be fabulous and fit once I reach my weight loss and fitness goals over the next 12 weeks or so. I am hoping to lose 10 pounds and lose a couple inches off the waist. Go me.<br><br>Finally the weatherman has reported that warmer days are expected over the next week. I love to be outside in the 60's and 70's, especially when it involves any type of exercise or yard work.<br><br>Stepped on the scale this morning and to my surprise, the results were better than I expected. I lost... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 11:00:00 EST TRYING TO STAY MOTIVATED http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45393_trying_to_stay_motivated I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 08:33:00 EST Time is on My Side http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45385_time_is_on_my_side <em>128</em> <em>128</em> <em>128</em> <em>128</em> <em>128</em> <em>128</em> <em>128</em> <br><br>“Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can't buy more hours. Scientists can't invent new minutes. And you can't save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you've wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.” <br>... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 13:33:00 EST Better Days Coming http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45380_better_days_coming Finally the weatherman has reported that warmer days are expected over the next week. I love to be outside in the 60's and 70's, especially when it involves any type of exercise or yard work.<br><br>Stepped on the scale this morning and to my surprise, the results were better than I expected. I lost an extra pound, despite the fact that I let myself derail off the track a few days this week. Perhaps my body needed the extra calories or energy to spike my metabolism.<br><br>I am grateful that... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 08:41:00 EST I need to.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45377_i_need_to I need to love myself.<br><br>I just LOVE this graphic. I love the message too. I believe in the message.<br><br>Really, I didn't love myself a year ago. I truly believed that I would be a better person if I was skinny. I thought that would be the answer. It isn't.<br><br>As I went through the process of losing weight and now the maintaining of my weight loss, I realize that I had that love for me in there all along. It was just lost somewhere, in a bit of self loathing, for my inability to c... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 01:30:00 EST Cup of Coffee or Tea.. and smile http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45369_cup_of_coffee_or_tea_and_smile One person I read said " Great attitude is like a perfect cup of coffee – don’t start you day without it. Good morning." and some like me drink Tea .. but you have to have a good attitude to make your day get up and go.. Simple words but will keep you Motivated... What do you want to do loose weight..? or maybe your down and just need a boost..? you can do it... as My Daddy use to say..This message is to remind you that you are beautiful, talented and one of a kind. No one can stop you from ... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 11:44:00 EST Focus on Health Rather than Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45364_focus_on_health_rather_than_weight_loss Most of us came to Spark People because we wanted to lose weight, and that's okay. If becoming uncomfortable or unsatisfied with our weight is what it takes to turn our lives in a better direction, then so be it. After all, weight is a valid indicator of the health and wisdom of our lifestyle, so when it gets out of hand we should try to do something about it. <br><br>However, while weight loss is a good motivator in the beginning, it's not the best motivator in the long-run. First, although ... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 10:32:00 EST Better Than I Thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45363_better_than_i_thought Stepped on the scale this morning and to my surprise, the results were better than I expected. I lost an extra pound, despite the fact that I let myself derail off the track a few days this week. Perhaps my body needed the extra calories or energy to spike my metabolism.<br><br>I am grateful that I was able to burn an extra 100 calories today by all the loads of laundry I had to do, and haul them up the stairs and put away.<br>Late night, and an early morning. After breakfast of English muf... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 09:45:00 EST Eat to feel full http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45353_eat_to_feel_full Unfortunately I do not ever feel hungry nor do I ever get hunger pangs like most people. I don't ever get full, ashamed to say this but I can eat a large pizza all by myself and never get full. But I found out that I can get full but it takes a little time on my part. I set a time for 20 minutes when I sit down to eat, and I make sure I am not sitting in front of the TV nor am I sitting in front of the computer, and I am not reading a book. <br><br>I have found that this works for me, I j... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 17:42:00 EST Set a goal and keep up a streak! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45350_set_a_goal_and_keep_up_a_streak It isn't easy to stay motivated--especially as you get close to your goal weight--because the weight is harder and harder to lose as you get closer and closer to the goal. So--what do you do to keep pushing? Set an exercise goal--and get a streak going! It will keep you energized!<br><br>You see, I have gained some of my weight back. I'm not happy about it--I thought I was still eating okay and exercising enough but I guess my body didn't agree. So--I am doing at least 7000 steps each and ev... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 14:07:00 EST Make a Workout Calendar http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45348_make_a_workout_calendar When I get a workout plan together for the next few weeks/months, I get a calendar and mark down exactly what I plan to do each day in terms of exercise. Recently, I've started T25 and P90X3, so from now til June, I've written "T25 *insert which phase* , P90X3 *insert which block*" and I leave room on Sunday for measurements. After I complete my workout at the end of each day, I cross out the block on my calendar. At the end of the month, you get to see how far you've come and what you've rea... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 13:02:00 EST Suspended Coffee ~ Inspiring Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45335_suspended_coffee_inspiring_story We enter a little coffeehouse with a friend of mine and give our order. While we’re aproaching our table two people come in and they go to the counter:<br>‘Five coffees, please. Two of them for us and three suspended’ They pay for their order, take the two and leave.<br><br>I ask my friend: “What are those ‘suspended’ coffees?”<br>My friend: “Wait for it and you will see.”<br><br>Some more people enter. Two girls ask for one coffee each, pay and go. The next order was for seven coffees and it... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 14:30:00 EST Got My Eyes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45334_got_my_eyes Late night, and an early morning. After breakfast of English muffin, egg, and turkey sausage, went to pick up my new progressive lenses fitted into blingy Gucci Frames. <br><br>I have completely slipped off the track, all cars derailed, these past few days. The cold rainy weather did not help much either. And I wasn't getting enough sleep because we had a few late nights at home.<br><br>I have had no scale victories over the past week, however, but.....I am not giving up or giving into or sur... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 13:57:00 EST the value of life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45319_the_value_of_life <br><br>A man went to God and asked, "What's the value of life?"<br><br>God gave him one stone and said, "Find out the value of this stone, but don't sell it."<br><br>The man took the stone to an Orange Seller and asked him what it's cost would be.<br>The Orange Seller saw the shiny stone and said, "You can take 12 oranges and give me the stone."<br>The man apologized and said that the God has asked him not to sell it.<br><br>He went ahead and found a vegetable seller. "What could be the valu... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 16:03:00 EST Starting the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45314_starting_the_day Start out the day with some stretching and play some peppy music (usually hip-hop for me!) to get you going. I feel like I have a more productive morning when I am able to dance around a little bit. Usually I drink a glass of water or orange juice if I have some. Always turn on some lights so that it feels like it is time to get up. Make the bed as soon as you get out of it so you are not (as) tempted to get back in! Have your clothes and everything picked out the night before so you don't ha... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 13:00:00 EST I Feel Derailed http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45308_i_feel_derailed I have completely slipped off the track, all cars derailed, these past few days. The cold rainy weather did not help much either. And I wasn't getting enough sleep because we had a few late nights at home.<br><br>I have had no scale victories over the past week, however, but.....I am not giving up or giving into or surrendering my efforts to a number on an electronic scale. I can say I haven't gained, and that in itself is reason to celebrate and claim victory.<br><br>Trying my best to read... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 08:51:00 EST A Spinning Class http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45295_a_spinning_class A friend suggested going to a spinning class at the local recreation center. Be a good way to work out the lower legs, the largest muscles in the body, and just to get moving period.<br><br>Trying my best to read labels and look for anything that indicates artificial in the ingredients. These are the fake foods I'm going to call out and avoid.<br><br>Assessing my overall health. Not too bad. All my lab tests came back in the normal range.<br><br>I really worked it yesterday. Burned calories ... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 09:04:00 EST No Scale Victories, But..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45283_no_scale_victories_but I have had no scale victories over the past week, however, but.....I am not giving up or giving into or surrendering my efforts to a number on an electronic scale. I can say I haven't gained, and that in itself is reason to celebrate and claim victory.<br><br>Trying my best to read labels and look for anything that indicates artificial in the ingredients. These are the fake foods I'm going to call out and avoid.<br><br>Assessing my overall health. Not too bad. All my lab tests came back in t... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 09:58:00 EST Wake me up! against the Walls! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45279_waking_up_from_sleepy_day_at_the_office Feeling very sleepy or just about dosing off at work..the inevitable sometimes especially when we are working that sedentary desk job... Here's one way I have used to wake up out of it :)<br><br>Wall squat:<br><br>1st try- Time yourself ( 10 seconds or more) i found it helpful to hold the position for as long as i can possibly hold it while breathing, record then repeat :)<br><br>Breathing technique ( one secret to holding a longer wall squat) : inhaling deep and letting as much air out thro... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 20:51:00 EST Staying Away from Fake Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45268_staying_away_from_fake_food Trying my best to read labels and look for anything that indicates artificial in the ingredients. These are the fake foods I'm going to call out and avoid.<br><br>Assessing my overall health. Not too bad. All my lab tests came back in the normal range.<br><br>I really worked it yesterday. Burned calories and brush. I did raking, breaking of sticks, chainsawing, burning, and final cleanup of all the ash. It was a great workout over 4 hours.<br><br><br>We felled a total of 4 trees, and 3 large... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 08:59:00 EST How to stay motivated while on a weight loss journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45263_how_to_stay_motivated_while_on_a_weight_loss_journey Being on a weight loss diet for a week or more can have your motivation waning. It doesn’t matter which weight loss diet you are on, whether you enjoy the food or if you have already lost some weight, your motivation to stay on the diet and see it though will fade. Why? Because that is how motivation works. It goes up and down like the waves in the ocean.<br><br>If you have found this to be what is happening to you and your dieting efforts, don’t worry! Even if you have thought about jumping... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 19:46:00 EST The Importance Of Mini Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45261_the_importance_of_mini_goals Hi Spark Family! I started my weight loss journey at over 300lbs pounds, so I seriously needed to do something to keep me encouraged and motivated. I had a lot of weight to lose, and I knew my journey was going to be a long one. I decided to set mini goals every day/week, which truly keep me encouraged! When I jumped one hurdle, I tackled another one. I didn't stress myself by trying to change everything over night...(Rome wasn't built in a day!) For me, late night eating was definitely... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 15:47:00 EST a tomato story http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45260_a_tomato_story <br>A Tomato Story<br>Posted: 04 Apr 2016 05:54 AM PDT<br><br><br>A jobless man applied for the position of ‘office boy’ at a very big company.<br><br>The employer interviewed him, then a test: clean the floor.<br><br>“You are hired.” – the employer said. ”Give me your email address, and I’ll send you the application to fill, as well as when you will start.”<br><br>The man replied, “I don’t have a computer, neither an email.”<br><br>“I’m sorry,” said the employer, “if you don’t have an email... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 15:19:00 EST Monday Morning Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45252_monday_morning_start I found a really nice Monday morning routine workout to do on Pinterest. It works every major muscle group; I'm feeling it!<br><br>Assessing my overall health. Not too bad. All my lab tests came back in the normal range.<br><br>really worked it yesterday. Burned calories and brush. I did raking, breaking of sticks, chainsawing, burning, and final cleanup of all the ash. It was a great workout over 4 hours.<br><br><br>We felled a total of 4 trees, and 3 large shrubs. Cut and burned, and clean... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 08:49:00 EST Planting new Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45241_planting_new_things April is here and I am planting new shrubs and ornamental trees in my front garden. It is a great way for me to spend time outdoors, and my body is getting a good cardio work out at the same time.<br><br>Wow! What a workout I had yesterday and every single fiber in my body is feeling it this morning.<br><br>We felled a total of 4 trees, and 3 large shrubs. Cut and burned, and cleaned up all the scraps.<br><br>I made a pledge to myself that I will lose 5 pounds over the next 30 days. I think ... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 15:08:00 EST Split Goals into Categories http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45232_split_goals_into_categories I divided my goals into 8 categories. Love, exercise, work, food, sleep, relax, play, and misc. This allowed me to keep everything in mind as I moved towards a better me.<br><br>For me, Love meant the things I loved to do. Writing and Art. I try to make a time or project based goal.<br><br>Exercise goals I keep simple. 30 minutes or so many steps.<br><br>Work, sometime we want a promotion or a new job. Maybe we are always late to work, or we stay late at the office. I used this goal to focus ... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 20:46:00 EST Quitting and starting again http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45223_quitting_and_starting_again We all quit from time to time. Just remember to start back ASAP. <br>Keep moving forward. No matter how often you quit. Some days are really hard. Some days we get angry and we disappoint ourselves and others. Never be afraid of those bad days.<br><br>Get up! Get off the couch and find one good thing to get you started attain. I always start with a glass of water or green tea. I start small, and then I move on to bigger things. I go for a walk. I pick up my weights.<br><br>Make it e... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 13:06:00 EST Ride Like the Wind http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45219_ride_like_the_wind Such a windy day in the windy city. 60mph gusts make outdoor activities a little more challenging.<br>I did not do a full workout routine today, but I did do a lot of walking when running errands for the husband. Like they say, something is better than nothing. Then I reorganized some of my kitchen shelves. Donating items that I no longer use or need, or tossing items that were just not supposed to be there in the first place.<br><br><br>I made a pledge to myself that I will lose 5 pounds ov... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 12:03:00 EST New Month is Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45207_new_month_is_here I am making a list of projects that need to be done around the house. I figure it will be a great way to keep moving and be active during the spring.<br><br>Trying every way possible to burn extra calories throughout the day when my body feels that it has enough energy to do such activities.<br><br>Wow! What a workout I had yesterday and every single fiber in my body is feeling it this morning.<br><br>We felled a total of 4 trees, and 3 large shrubs. Cut and burned, and cleaned up all the scr... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 10:49:00 EST Writing a Gratitude List http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45199_writing_a_gratitude_list Every day I try to make a gratitude list. Another way to say it is I count my blessings. This keeps my spirits up. It makes me appreciate what have and where I am in my journey. It also helps stop negative self-talk. Sometimes I record my gratitudes in my journal, and sometimes I just make a list. I even found a little book, "Gratitude Journal. I use that sometimes, but it doesn't really have enough space for each for all the things I can think to be grateful for.<br><br>I find doing... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 17:53:00 EST Impact - Paying it Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45190_impact_paying_it_forward <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <br>You can never tell what type of impact you may make on another's life by your actions or lack of action. Some times just with a smile on the street to a passing stranger can make a difference we could never imagine.<br>~ Ed Foreman<br><br>A major advantage to a highly active interactive site like SparkPeople is the back and forth between the members. It does not matter whether we are referring ... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 11:13:00 EST Last Day of March http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45189_last_day_of_march Last day of March..How did ya'll do on your weight loss and activity goals?<br><br>Assessing my overall health. Not too bad. All my lab tests came back in the normal range.<br><br>really worked it yesterday. Burned calories and brush. I did raking, breaking of sticks, chainsawing, burning, and final cleanup of all the ash. It was a great workout over 4 hours.<br><br><br>We felled a total of 4 trees, and 3 large shrubs. Cut and burned, and cleaned up all the scraps.<br><br>I made a pledge to m... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 10:55:00 EST Better than Nothing http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45174_better_than_nothing I did not do a full workout routine today, but I did do a lot of walking when running errands for the husband. Like they say, something is better than nothing. Then I reorganized some of my kitchen shelves. Donating items that I no longer use or need, or tossing items that were just not supposed to be there in the first place.<br><br><br>I made a pledge to myself that I will lose 5 pounds over the next 30 days. I think that is realistic.<br><br>THis time I am hoping to get it right. The yo-... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 11:36:00 EST TRYING TO GET MY MOJO BACK http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45171_trying_to_get_my_mojo_back I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 09:48:00 EST Slaying the dragon http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45162_slaying_the_dragon Some things that you need to do are not things you enjoy doing. These tend to be put off and put off until your life suffers too much and you just have to do it no matter what. Successful people don't get to that point. They figure what haves to be done then do that which they dislike most first. It called the slaying the dragon mentality. Once they slay the dragon, the thing they hate is no longer a burden on them and the can better focus on those things they like better. Without the burd... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 17:17:00 EST The Habits of Winners http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45152_the_habits_of_winners <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br>Winners are those people who make a habit of doing the things losers are uncomfortable doing.<br>Ed Foreman<br> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br><br>Throughout the course of a day, how many things do we do that we really don't want to do? I know that every morning when the opportunity clock goes off, I consider how nice it would be to ... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 10:47:00 EST Keep It Going http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45150_keep_it_going April is almost here. That means more time outside for me in this cold Midwest weather. More opportunity for activity and exercise for sure.<br><br>Wow! What a workout I had yesterday and every single fiber in my body is feeling it this morning.<br><br>We felled a total of 4 trees, and 3 large shrubs. Cut and burned, and cleaned up all the scraps.<br><br>I made a pledge to myself that I will lose 5 pounds over the next 30 days. I think that is realistic.<br><br>THis time I am hoping to get ... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 09:49:00 EST Not A Morning Person? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45149_not_a_morning_person Then sleep in your workout clothes! Weird, but it works for me. I'm so far away from being a morning person that I can't just pick out and lay out the next day's clothes to get going. I have to actually BE in said outfit! <em>246</em> If all I have to do is get up and put my shoes on (although some mornings I wish I slept in those too!), I'm more likely to avoid the snooze button and get moving into an early morning routine. Why hit the snooze button when I'm already dressed and rea... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 09:42:00 EST Projects Around the House http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45139_projects_around_the_house I am making a list of projects that need to be done around the house. I figure it will be a great way to keep moving and be active during the spring.<br><br>Trying every way possible to burn extra calories throughout the day when my body feels that it has enough energy to do such activities.<br><br>Wow! What a workout I had yesterday and every single fiber in my body is feeling it this morning.<br><br>We felled a total of 4 trees, and 3 large shrubs. Cut and burned, and cleaned up all the sc... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 13:10:00 EST Aim for the Moon http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45135_aim_for_the_moon <em>31</em> <em>31</em> <em>31</em> <em>31</em> <em>31</em> <em>31</em> <br>"Aim for the moon. If you miss you may hit a star."<br>~ W. Clement Stone<br> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <br><br>The essence of this thought is that there is success hidden inside of everything that appears on its surface t be a failure. As I have posted many times previously, there is no such thing as failure. What common people consider to be a ... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 11:52:00 EST How to Get Out of a Workout Rut http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45121_how_to_get_out_of_a_workout_rut How to Get Out of a Workout Rut<br><br>If you've been doing the same exercises as part of the same fitness routine — using the same old machines, taking the same classes, and doing the same repetitions — for ages, you might be in a workout rut. If you just aren't enjoying workouts any more or aren't getting the same satisfaction or results you used to enjoy, it might be time for a makeover.<br><br>Your Fitness Routine: Spice Up Your Workout<br><br>If you're forcing yourself to go to the healt... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 12:08:00 EST Habit upon Habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45116_habit_upon_habit <em>39</em> I've fought my weight most of my life. Only recently did I truly understand the motivational value of creating and focusing on healthy habits. <br> <br> <em>4</em> <em>550</em> <em>492</em> <em>194</em> <em>45</em> I've eaten mostly clean for a long time. Still, I have cheat meals, snacks and even days now and then. But, for the most part healthy eating is a habit. I try to ignore the negative slip-ups and focus on the positive choices.<br><br> <em>224</em> W... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 18:51:00 EST Like Me, Like You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45113_like_me_like_you Wow! I'm excited to be a part of Sparkpeople. I know I need the community and a way to constantly keep check on myself. My lowest comfortable adult weight is in the 140's, but if I do not have to want to work at it at all, I'll hover right at the 150 mark. My heaviest weight ever was at 205 pounds and I can't even fathom that number and me. I most recently started my job of releasing energy to the universe at 203 which is one of the highest weights ever of me trying to get to at goal. My... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 15:56:00 EST On Being Generous http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45106_on_being_generous <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"Be generous. Give to those you love, give to those who love you, give to the fortunate, give to the unfortunate - yes, give especially to those you don't want to give. You will receive abundance for your giving. The more you give the more you will have."<br>~ W. Clement Stone<br> <br>This is really just a rephrasing of the biblical injunction to cast your bread upon the waters and they will be return... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 09:36:00 EST Insanity, Per Einstein http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45094_insanity_per_einstein <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>334</em> <br>"If you always do what you have always done, you will always be right where you are right now"<br>~ W. Clement Stone<br><br>'The definition of insanity is to keep doing things the way you have done them and expecting different results"<br>~ Albert Einstein<br><br>How many people do we know who think that the secret to weight loss is to announce, no proclaim from the roof tops, that they are on a diet... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 09:59:00 EST DON'T GIVE UP http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45091_dont_give_up I don't care who you are , where you came from or where you're going but one thing for sure, you better not ever give up even when your path isn't straight or the road is bumpy or it seems like it's raining more than the sunshine ever has shined , you better not give up, don't ever give up, it's not in your best interest to . You must keep going, keep pushing forward, keep looking up, keep your head held high , keep pushing toward forward progress in all that you do in all aspects of your lif... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 03:01:00 EST Cabinet of Evil http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45076_cabinet_of_evil In a lonely chamber with plenty of light sat a cabinet. This cabinet looked like all the rest in the chamber, nothing that would even cause a person to bat an eye. However, this particular cabinet was like no other. It is said that whoever opened this cabinet would forever be doomed. Surely these story tales did not apply to someone as brave as I. I who can conquer kings and make lions bend to my will, I who battle the demons of the night and rise victorious at first light. No those feeble s... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 11:27:00 EST Danger and Opportunity http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45075_danger_and_opportunity <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <br>"Wherever there is danger there lurks opportunity; wherever there is opportunity, there lurks danger. The two are inseparable."<br>~ Earl Nightingale<br><br>The Chinese language has one character that means either danger or opportunity depending on the context.<br><br>There is opportunity where there is not some danger. This is an example of the parable of the talents where the third son hoar... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 10:46:00 EST Feeling the Victory http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45074_feeling_the_victory I am feeling victory over my eating habits and weight loss journey. I am in the driver's seat; not the food.<br><br>Sometimes I find myself eating without a plan, which leads to haphazard eating, which interrupts weight loss.<br><br>Wow! What a workout I had yesterday and every single fiber in my body is feeling it this morning.<br><br>We felled a total of 4 trees, and 3 large shrubs. Cut and burned, and cleaned up all the scraps.<br><br>I made a pledge to myself that I will lose 5 pounds ove... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 08:55:00 EST Motivation for the Hopelessly Unmotivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45068_motivation_for_the_hopelessly_unmotivated I'm not a morning person. Come to think of it, I'm not an afternoon person. And evenings aren't that great either! Having now established my credentials as an inveterate bum, I'm sure you're eager to take advice from me. <br><br>I've tried all the tricks in the book: thinking about how great I know I'll feel after I work out, thinking about how amazingly Brad Pitt-like I'll look after a few months of maintaining the routine, thinking about how much I'd like to live to see grandchildren, loggi... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 15:20:00 EST Motivation to lose weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45025_motivation_to_lose_weight Three Methods:Starting a Motivating <br><br>You promised yourself this time you mean it. For the next three days, you eat salads, jog, and nibble on protein bars. Then within a few days, you are the couch with a tub of Ben & Jerry's ice cream. What happened? A lack of motivation, that's what. But don't worry -- if you put your mind to it, you can avoid the yo-yo diet and turn it into a yo-u look awesome diet.<br><br>Set a realistic goal. Saying, "I want to lose 50 pounds in the next couple of... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 21:11:00 EST Bottom line motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45024_bottom_line_motivation This tidbit is for the hardcore, don't baby me, don't lie to me folks. Like me. <em>386</em> <br><br><br>There are all sorts of things to motivate people. Some serve as good motivators for a short while, some serve for a longer while. Some days there just doesn't seem to be motivation anywhere, for me anyway. <em>24</em> <br><br><br>Motivator of better health to be around maybe a little longer for family is a good one for me. Feeling better for activities of daily living is good also. <... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 21:00:00 EST Checking in everyday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45023_checking_in_everyday For me the biggest game changer this time is being involved in the community. I'm finding support and motivation. I know every night I'm going to get on and talk about my day. When I get on I want to talk about what I'm doing to reach my goal not what I didn't do, or what I wish I had done. Also another big thing the community brings to the table is a simple word of encouragement!! Keep going! Your doing it! All of this make me think that I am doing it, the more I hear positive things about t... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 20:37:00 EST Cut back on soda http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45019_cut_back_on_soda I was a huge soda drinker: 3-4 times a day I would drink soda, but still look great. The only thing that really caught up to me was my sleep. I'd sleep late and wake up late and tired. In the past few years, I have cut back on it immensely and needing to drink more water and other things. I am working on my sleep and trying to get better rest. I try not to bought it often because I know if I do, I'll drink it all in one setting, so evidently I just bought on a daily basis and drink then and ... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 17:12:00 EST What is Your World http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45010_what_is_your_world <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"Your world is a living expression of how you are using and have used your mind."<br>~ Earl Nightingale<br><br><br>J. Martin Kohe tells us that our greatest power is the power to choose and our choices follow us, even to the end of our days.<br><br>Abraham Lincoln said "It have been my observation that people are just about as happy as they make up their minds to be", and Henry Ford opined "Whether y... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 10:20:00 EST Body Apology -Do You Owe Yours One? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45005_body_apology_do_you_owe_yours_one Most of us are on this website because we want to lose weight. One of the hardest things you have to get past to make that happen is taming that monkey mind. That is the self criticism we all have. We don't like this or that about our bodies and we put ourselves down for any number of reasons, thunder thighs, always fail and regain, you are stupid, ugly, take your pick. We cut ourselves down more badly than our worst enemy. We have to learn to love and accept ourselves as we are before we can... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 21:07:00 EST Motivate and Know You Can Do It http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44997_motivate_and_know_you_can_do_it Anyone who really wants to loose weight can do this.. but the way you want is a different thing.. You need to do this for yourself..You can lose weight if you set your mind to it! Are you ready to take the challenge to achieve the body and weight loss.. I would say Go for the number not in your head but just to feel better in your own skin and to be healthy.. Cause a number is a number but this is for your life...You may have fallen into a vicious cycle. The cycle starts with eating a poor di... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 11:56:00 EST Never Give Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44995_never_give_up <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <br>"Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway."<br>~ Earl Nightingale<br><br>Great advice from Earl Nightingale. Denis Waitley tells the story of a woman who was considering going back to college. She lamented that she couldn't go back to college because in four years when she graduated she would be 52 years old. Mr. Waitley asked... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 10:07:00 EST Take a picture of what you look like before and after you work out. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44990_take_a_picture_of_what_you_look_like_before_and_after_you_work_out Take a picture of what you look like before and after you work out. Seeing the visible difference in your countenance caused by an influx of endorphins and blood flow will help to make and keep you motivated! Doing it daily will show you how far you've come and inspire you to keep going. Keep an album, upload it, or keep it for your personal use. The more you share, the more likely you are to keep with it, so don't feel shy! People want to support you!<br><br> <em>386</em> <br><br> <em>381... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 23:52:00 EST Support is Key http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44981_support_is_key How many times have we heard the old adage, "Friends make it better"? A lot, I'd reckon.<br><br>And yet, like many clichés, it is true. This is especially so during any tough, stressful, or new time in our lives. Or at least many of them.<br><br>For some, that friend might be a spouse and/or family. Or a childhood friend, a co worker, or even a pet. Someone that motivates and inspires you to get out there and LIVE.<br><br>Maybe it's a women's group. Bible study, or support group. A men's pray... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 13:23:00 EST be aware of http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44978_be_aware_of The saying is true. If at first you don't succeed keep trying never give up. Don't let negative people stop you and don't let all the food pushers win. We are winning as long as we do not give up. <br><br>We have to have patience with ourselves when we are losing weight .we have a lifetime that we have to keep our weight down .so sometimes we feel like we take one step forward and two steps back and feel like we are stuck. Do not quit. Do not give up. Just keep trying to do better. And do not... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 10:37:00 EST Motivate yourself for LIFE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44967_motivate_yourself_for_life Always talk to yourself like you would to a loved one; encouraging and giving positive advise. If you've had a rough time lately keeping on track, be your own best friend and tell yourself, "It's okay, you've got this, I know you can do it." Give yourself forgiveness, you wouldn't tell your best friend or loved one that they are horrible or awful for a small failure - YOU are your best friend! So look in that mirror, who are you? This body and mind are the one and only you, treat it with r... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 15:25:00 EST Goal setting and time http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44948_goal_setting_and_time Time and time again I've seen it, both here and in real life (and experienced it myself).<br><br>People set themselves goals for fitness and weightloss that are incredibly difficult to reach or maintain, and they fail. Why? I believe that they forget the most important part of any weight loss and fitness plan. The journey.<br><br>They want the numbers down NOW, NOW, NOW and to heck with how it happens (often injuring themselves with over exercise or lack of food), or what they NEED to learn ... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 15:05:00 EST Motivation for Smart People http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44942_motivation_for_smart_people Motivation for Smart People <br><br>Do you ever feel there’s a greater being inside of you just bursting to get out? You can feel its presence sometimes, can’t you? It’s the voice that encourages you to really make something of your life. When you act congruently with that voice, it’s like you’re a whole new person. You feel like a god in a human body. You’re bold and courageous. You’re strong. You’re unstoppable.<br><br>But then reality sets in, and soon those moments are history. Wh... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 13:16:00 EST Remember YOU are Important http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44930_remember_you_are_important Always ALWAYS make time for yourself! Even if it's just 5 minutes to spin the SPARK wheel. I love to see my streak continue... and it makes me feel good about myself that I make myself FIRST in my life! Yes, the Spark wheel is just a daily to do on my list. But for me, it means that I am important. For so many days of my life, I was always second and it was very hurtful. Finding Spark and the Spark wheel has been something very motivating for me. I feel like I have accomplishes somethi... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 21:42:00 EST A Son teaches his wealthy Father a lesson http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44908_a_son_teaches_his_wealthy_father_a_lesson A Son teaches his wealthy Father a lesson<br><br><br><br>“One day a very wealthy father took his son on a trip to the country for the sole purpose of showing his son how it was to be poor. They spent a few days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.<br><br>After their return from the trip, the father asked his son how he liked the trip. “It was great, Dad,” the son replied. “Did you see how poor people can be?” the father asked. “Oh Yeah,” said the son. <br><b... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 13:28:00 EST Failure? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Failure! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44903_failure_we_dont_need_no_stinkin_failure <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"Like success, failure is many things to many people. With a positive mental attitude, failure is a learning experience, a rung on the ladder, a plateau at which to get your thoughts in order and prepare to try again."<br>~ W. Clement Stone<br><br>Failure is a non-existent commodity. What many perceive as failure is as Clement Stone says, merely a rung on the ladder to success.<br><br... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 11:47:00 EST Allergies are Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44901_allergies_are_back They're back! Ugh, my seasonal allergies have come back to haunt me. And it is so early in the season, we are still in winter! What's up with that?<br><br>Wow! What a workout I had yesterday and every single fiber in my body is feeling it this morning.<br><br>We felled a total of 4 trees, and 3 large shrubs. Cut and burned, and cleaned up all the scraps.<br><br>I made a pledge to myself that I will lose 5 pounds over the next 30 days. I think that is realistic.<br><br>THis time I am hoping... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 09:01:00 EST You must make a commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44888_you_must_make_a_commitment I think this is hilarious, but I hope it isn't true. Brushing your teeth is one trick to keep you from evening eating that I have heard over the course of my long life of dieting.<br><br>I am here to tell you that evening eating is no different than eating any other time of the day. You do not gain more weight by eating later, it is a fallacy. What makes you gain weight is if you have used up your calories for the day, and you still have to have something to eat.<br><br>This is where a cleane... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 12:40:00 EST Find a Reason for Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44878_find_a_reason_for_fitness I'll tell you a secret. I used to hate the thought of moving around, opting to conserve my energy. But I ate too much. So I got BIG for my height. Its embarrassing how much I have missed out based on my size. And how many fun activities I could have participated in with my friends if I only had the stamina. Now I am eating less and getting smaller, but I finding that maybe it is best to incorporate movement in my life.<br><br>I have reasons to now. Big and small reasons. And this has made all... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 17:06:00 EST words of wisdom http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44876_words_of_wisdom Some people can’t stand to see you happy so they try to make you miserable. Don’t let it get to you because they are the unhappy ones!<br><br>Don't worry about the haters… They are just angry because the truth you speak contradicts the lie they live.<br><br>If you want to know someone’s mind<br>Posted: 12 Mar 2016 01:51 AM PST<br><br><br>If you want to know someone's mind, listen to their words. If you want to know their heart, watch their actions.<br><br>“Words can be twisted into any shape.... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 15:01:00 EST No Weekend Warriors http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44875_no_weekend_warriors So, the sun is shining, the birds are making their own sort of music and the pressure of family and friends is writing its own book of excuses on why sticking to plans that are self-nurturing can be skipped until Monday morning.<br><br>No go. Stay away. Cover your ears, children. In other words, don't buy into the seductive lure of "the weekend." <br><br>Sure, the days bridging work weeks are often more unstructured than are work days. Certainly, one can sleep late and stay up later.<br><br>H... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 12:48:00 EST Getting it Right http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44869_getting_it_right I made a pledge to myself that I will lose 5 pounds over the next 30 days. I think that is realistic.<br><br>THis time I am hoping to get it right. The yo-yo dieting doesn't work for me, nor does it work for anyone. It just makes the weight loss effort all the more slower, and will only disappoint at the end of the day.<br><br><br>I took the advice and got outside yesterday and really worked what seems like every muscle in my body. At the end of the day, I felt really energetic. This mornin... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 11:45:00 EST Have A Buddy And Hold Each Other Accountable http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44867_have_a_buddy_and_hold_each_other_accountable One thing that I have really taken away from my experience this far is that you need a team...not necessarily a SparkTeam but a team of people who support you and could also be on this journey with you. I have made so many friends through this platform and knowing that they are looking for my successes to be posted motivates me to keep pushing so that they will see that I am doing it and so they can too. I highly recommend finding a few friends (possibly in the same age category with around t... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 08:47:00 EST Adversity Produces Benefit http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44866_adversity_produces_benefit <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <br>"Every great man, every successful man, no matter his field of endeavor, has known the magic that lies in these words: 'every adversity has the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit'".<br>~W. Clement Stone<br><br>Adversity can have two opposite effects upon us and the difference is attitude. Consider the process of grinding or processing a piece of granite, The grinding and ... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 08:44:00 EST YOU CAN DO IT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44857_i_can_do_it I have always struggled with losing weight and keeping weight off. One of the reasons I struggled was because deep down, I didn't think success was possible for me. I did not feel good about myself More than that, I needed to love myself, and I didn't. Without loving myself, unconsciously, I didn't think I deserved to be happy.<br><br>How I feel about myself makes a huge difference in achieving my goals. The universe is a mirror, and whatever we think or feel is reflected back to us. That is ... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 14:37:00 EST Motto for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44856_motto_for_today Life is just to short. you do not need to get anything from others which makes you upset. live your life for you..<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><<BR>br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br<BR>><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><<BR>br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br<BR>><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><<BR>br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br<BR>><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><<BR>br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br<BR>><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><<BR>br><... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 14:26:00 EST Everything Counts On This Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44850_everything_counts_on_this_journey Are you overweight? Guilty of starting and quitting more diet plans and exercise programs than you want to remember? If so, you may be wondering what's wrong with you...are you lazy? There are plenty of lazy people in this world, but most of us don't fall into that category. Here's why you don't exercise.<br>There's a Little Devil In Your Head!<br>I'm not clinically insane (hopefully) but I do have voices in my head.<br>These voices belong to everyone from my parents to that guy on TV who's a... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 10:24:00 EST Axioms and Maxims http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44849_axioms_and_maxims <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <br>"Truth will always be truth, regardless of lack of understanding, disbelief or ignorance"<br>~ W. Clement Stone<br><br><br>Another phrase W. Clement Stone uses repeatedly is "God is always a good God".<br><br>I generally shy away from the words "always" and "never" because it seems that as soon as you finish uttering a sentence containing one of these words, karma comes along and kicks you in the but... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 09:58:00 EST Thank God It's Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44848_thank_god_its_friday So happy Friday is finally here. Looking forward to the St. Patrick's Day parade tomorrow; a time to get up and walk for about five miles total.<br><br>I made a pledge to myself that I will lose 5 pounds over the next 30 days. I think that is realistic.<br><br>I took the advice and got outside yesterday and really worked what seems like every muscle in my body. At the end of the day, I felt really energetic. This morning, the soreness set in.<br><br>Going to exercise today to spend time outd... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 09:03:00 EST I Have My Own Food Rules http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44847_i_have_my_own_food_rules I do not eat between meals. I only eat a baked dessert a few times a year. I eat out maybe once a month. I do not eat prepared foods, frozen or packaged in any way. I haven’t had a Girl Scout cookie in years. I hate the word “snack”. These are my rules, made by me for me because they serve me well. My rules evolved over time as I discovered more about myself and what works.<br><br>I know people who are “rebels”, cannot abide rules, but how can I object to rules that are mine alone, imposed o... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 07:54:00 EST Joining a Local Run/Walk Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44846_joining_a_local_runwalk_team In 2014 I joined a local Run/walk team with a friend as i had finally hit rock bottom again for the thousandth time and regained weight i had lost....and was determined to get it off....i joined a local run/walk team that she was a part of....not knowing if i could keep up as i have knee issues also, and severe RA - but its 2016 and I am over 80 lbs lighter, still a part of that same team, and in 2 more days will be taking on my 7th half marathon (mostly walking) but i do throw in some runnin... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 06:09:00 EST LOSING KEEPS ME MOTIVATED http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44833_losing_keeps_me_motivated I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 12:07:00 EST Your Most Precious Possessions http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44832_your_most_precious_possessions <em>407</em> <em>407</em> <em>407</em> <em>407</em> <em>407</em> <em>407</em> <br>"Your most precious, valued possessions and your greatest powers are invisible and intangible. No one can take them. You, and you alone, can give them" <br>~ W. Clement Stone <br><br>What are your most precious possessions? The Jaycee Creed tells us "Earth's great treasure lies in human personality". The Sanskrit tells us that when the ancients were seeking somewhere to put the most precious g... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 11:50:00 EST Wanting to do this http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44829_wanting_to_do_this I made a pledge to myself that I will lose 5 pounds over the next 30 days. I think that is realistic.<br><br>I took the advice and got outside yesterday and really worked what seems like every muscle in my body. At the end of the day, I felt really energetic. This morning, the soreness set in.<br><br>Going to exercise today to spend time outdoors. It is better than being indoors, near food, where boredom can easily slip in.<br><br>I'm tired of being tired all the time and having no motivatio... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 09:04:00 EST Cliche? TYes, but also Touche! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44828_cliche_tyes_but_also_touche We've all heard them before. <br><br>Slow and Steady wins the Race.<br>You are what you eat.<br>It didn't take overnight to get this way, it won't take overnight to fix it.<br><br>Trite, but...true. Like it or not, there's a wealth of wisdom in these old sayings. Heeding them can make our journey easier and happier, while spurning them can lead to disappointment and failure and abandonment of dreams.<br><br>I was once as heavy as I am now/was at my heaviest. 198. I was about 21 years old, sin... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 08:44:00 EST My family Is my Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44824_my_family_is_my_motivation My family is my motivation! I want to out live my parents, and see my children grow into adults. I want to see my grandchildren and play with them for years and years. My children motivate me....they really do! I want to be a role model to my children...and so far so good. I teach them how important it is to eat healthy, stay active and have a positive life. I teach them lifelong skills. Both my kids like to bake and cook, so a goal for me this summer is to get them cooking more. We take fami... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 22:48:00 EST Enthusiasm is Power http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44818_enthusiasm_is_power <em>36</em> "When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand. It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it."<br>~W. Clement Stone<br><br>There is no power on Earth greater than one which is ignited by enthusiasm!<br><br> <em>36</em> "When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand. It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it."<br>~W. Clement Stone<br><br><br> <em>36</em> "When you discover your mission, ... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 17:23:00 EST So Sore Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44809_so_sore_today I took the advice and got outside yesterday and really worked what seems like every muscle in my body. At the end of the day, I felt really energetic. This morning, the soreness set in.<br><br>Going to exercise today to spend time outdoors. It is better than being indoors, near food, where boredom can easily slip in.<br><br>I'm tired of being tired all the time and having no motivation to get up on my feet and do more physical exercise, or just get moving for that matter. I know if I made my... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 09:34:00 EST Be Thankful and Share http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44797_be_thankful_and_share <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share."<br>~W Clement Stone<br><br>Sharing is an absolutely amazing phenomenon. Now if you have a candy bar or an ice cream cone or some money and you share it with someone else, you are left with less than you had prior to sharing.<br><br>This is not so with ideas and philosophies. If you discover something that works in your journey through life, ... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 10:59:00 EST Keys To Staying Motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44796_keys_to_staying_motivated If you're someone who was always picked last for teams in kickball or dreaded running around the school parking lot during gym class, your dislike for physical activity likely came at an early age. Maybe you never needed exercise as a way to maintain your weight when you were young, so being active wasn't a priority. Now, you're busy and you never found activities you really enjoyed doing, so it's a struggle to get into a consistent exercise routine . You know you need to do it, but how do y... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 10:36:00 EST taking control of me http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44794_taking_control_of_me Going to exercise today to spend time outdoors. It is better than being indoors, near food, where boredom can easily slip in.<br><br>There is a big event at our local sporting store today. Bring your dog, and get a picture taken, but the plus is the exercise we will get walking the large store.<br><br>I'm tired of being tired all the time and having no motivation to get up on my feet and do more physical exercise, or just get moving for that matter. I know if I made myself do more, I would in... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 09:23:00 EST the heart of a teacher http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44784_the_heart_of_a_teacher <br>The Heart Of A Teacher<br>Posted: 07 Mar 2016 04:51 AM PST<br><br><br>A young man, a student was taking a walk with a professor who was known for his kindness. As they went along, they saw lying in the path a pair of old shoes, which they supposed belonged to a poor man who was employed in a field close by, and who had nearly finished his day’s work.<br><br>The student turned to the professor, saying: “Let us play the man a trick: we will hide his shoes, and conceal ourselves behind bushe... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 18:36:00 EST make small goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44783_make_small_goals I find that when I make smaller goals I am more able to stay on track. <br><br>When I planned on loosing weight the first thing I thought was, I need to loose like 75lbs. I was so over whelmed. I decided to break it down into smaller goals. What a different out look I had.<br><br>I still managed to "fall of the wagon". Life got busy, i went for surgery and I just didn't seem to care any more. My health took a turn for the worst and I decided it was time to re evaluate my goals.<br><br>l... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 15:09:00 EST Finding Your Drive, Finding Your Passion. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44781_finding_your_drive I watched my grip tighten and my frustrations grow as I watched the scale totter between just not good enough or why even try. I was so fixated on the number that sat on the scale every morning, it started to consume me. I realized that no low-end BMi calculator or number on the scale would satiate my desire to be a better me. Weight loss isn’t a 2 dimensional, scripted journey that falls perfectly in line. There are variables and aspects that will test your patience and resolve. I found myse... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 14:25:00 EST Get started.. and Get going.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44780_get_started_and_get_going It’s early in the morning. Your alarm goes off.You open your eyes, feeling groggy and disoriented. Still half-asleep, you try to figure out what’s going on. Your bed feels so warm, so comfy, like a little cocoon.You close your eyes again. You know you have to make a decision.You can take the easy way out, hit snooze and go back to sleep… Or take the highest road, put on your running shoes, and head out the door. The choice is yours and only yours… What will it be? Do you roll up and head back... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 13:14:00 EST It is Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44774_it_is_monday It is Monday, a start to a new week and a new me. Going to get some housework done that has been neglected for some time--what a great way to burn some calories!<br><br>Going to exercise today to spend time outdoors. It is better than being indoors, near food, where boredom can easily slip in.<br><br>There is a big event at our local sporting store today. Bring your dog, and get a picture taken, but the plus is the exercise we will get walking the large store.<br><br>I'm tired of being tired... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 09:58:00 EST Choose Your Environment http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44773_choose_your_environment <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <br>Be careful the environment you choose, for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them"<br>~ W. Clement Stone<br><br>This is a twist on "A man is judged by the company he keeps". Fact is, studies have shown that the herd mentality takes over more often than we would care to admit and our actions are often governed not by what we want but by what those with... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 09:45:00 EST Bored of Boredom http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44757_bored_of_boredom Going to exercise today to spend time outdoors. It is better than being indoors, near food, where boredom can easily slip in.<br><br>There is a big event at our local sporting store today. Bring your dog, and get a picture taken, but the plus is the exercise we will get walking the large store.<br><br>I'm tired of being tired all the time and having no motivation to get up on my feet and do more physical exercise, or just get moving for that matter. I know if I made myself do more, I would i... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 11:16:00 EST Attitude, Attitude, Attitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44755_attitude_attitude_attitude <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"There is very little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude." <br>~ W. Clement Stone <br><br>Besides W. Clement Stone, we will invoke the philosophy of Jimmy Buffett: "Changes in latitude, changes in attitude, nothing remains quite the same". Jimmy Buffett is oh so right. When we vacation, we tend to go north or sout... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 09:45:00 EST Conceive, Believe, Achieve http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44741_conceive_believe_achieve <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve"<br>~ W. Clement Stone<br><br> <br>This quote has been attributed to just about every self-help guru at one time or another. Fact is, the quote was originally made by Marcus Aurelius in 4 BC so it has been around for quite some time. It just goes to prove my point that you should utilize the quotes of others because yo... Sat, 5 Mar 2016 10:39:00 EST NEVER never give up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44738_never_never_give_up The biggest secret to success is just simply to decide that no matter what happens you will work toward your goal. You will move forward. You will not let obstacles stand in your way. No matter what the path looks like, or how many obstacles are there, just decide to do what you can and decide to Never give up!<br><br>That's all...just DON'T give up! You always have a better chance of success if you have something you are working for. It's all about perseverance. When you stop moving forwa... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 19:47:00 EST Preparation on a weekly basis http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44735_preparation_on_a_weekly_basis Preparing bulk food in advance gives me the opportunity to have safe food at hand and make a no brain(er) healthy choice. <br><br>When I don't have food prepared I find myself negotiating. "I will eat this less than healthy food but I will keep the amount to a minimum." This leaves me open to overeating and choosing less than desirable foods. <br><br>If I set aside one or even two days evenly spaced throughout the week to meal plan, shop and prepare my success rate goes up exponentially. ... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 18:18:00 EST Doing Home Projects http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44728_doing_home_projects This weekend I am going to burn a few calories by finishing some home projects that have accrued on the to do list over the long winter.<br><br>I need to pick up a paint brush and finish some trim work in our hallway area that the contractors forgot to do. Also, I'd like to rig a device so that I can watch TV in High Def in the master bathroom. That is going to take some help from the hubby.<br><br>I'm tired of being tired all the time and having no motivation to get up on my feet and do mo... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 11:32:00 EST Work Place Challange http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44723_work_place_challange We had a work place challenge from 1/25/16-2/21/16 and a lot of people participated. There was over 300 employees and not every one who signed up really participated. The challenge was the most steps taken in the month. There were 1st, 2nd & 3rd place prizes and the 1st place team won a free massage for everyone on the team. It was fun and my team came in 4th place out of 25 teams. I was the top person on my team and I came out 10 place out of over 300. After the challenge people just stopped... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 08:06:00 EST An Inspiration board! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44720_an_inspiration_board I find that doing something tangible that I can view is the best way to keep me motivated. Taking pictures of your changing body is all well and good, but what about those times in between when you need a little motivational boost? Make a scrapbook or poster-board with images and words that motivate you. <br>Pictures of you and your friends having fun and being active...pictures of cute outfits from magazines (and that bikini that you're dying to fit into!)...pictures of people who inspire yo... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 01:58:00 EST Support Means Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44711_support_means_success I came home yesterday knowing that no matter how long I keep planning to exercise, eat right, stop smoking and cutting down on my beer, I always seem to fail. We always think we can do it all on our own but that is a misconception. <br><br>I had been talking to my family about what my goals were but could never get started.....until yesterday. My girls knew how down in the dumps I was and they had a surprise for me. They brought me downstairs in the basement and literally had everything r... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 10:54:00 EST Failure Breeds Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44709_failure_breeds_success <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <br>Each failure to sell will increase your chances for success at your next attempt.<br>~ Og Mandino<br><br><br>The self-help gurus are chock full of stories about people who have "failed' repeatedly, only to achieve success later.<br><br>Napoleon Hill says that success is often achieved when you try "one more time" after you have decided to give up. <br><br>It has been noted that success is almost alwa... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 09:48:00 EST Tired of Being Tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44708_tired_of_being_tired I'm tired of being tired all the time and having no motivation to get up on my feet and do more physical exercise, or just get moving for that matter. I know if I made myself do more, I would in fact lose more.<br><br>A little reflection goes a long way. I took a look back at where I started at the beginning of the month. I weighed myself for the month and I realized I achieved great success in my weight loss effort. I have lost a total of 10 pounds since the beginning of the year, just a co... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 09:00:00 EST Committing to myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44706_committing_to_myself I commit to a lot of things and, when I do, I really stick with it because I don't like broken promises. However, the one person that I break my commitments to is myself. <br><br>1) ME ME ME--Keeping "me" as a priority isn't always easy. Family and work pull for the top position in my life. However, it's my responsibility to make sure I take the necessary time to be my best for myself and for those who rely on me. I need the right kinds of activity and the right kinds of foods to keep myself ... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 07:36:00 EST Inches vs Cm--Encouraging Measurments Techniques http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44700_inches_vs_cmencouraging_measurments_techniques When losing weight it's often discouraging when the inches don't role off. An inch is a pretty big change and of course we all strive to loose those inches, but while we're getting to our "ideal" shape we need all the encouragement and motivation we can get.<br><br> I've found it's more encouraging to use the other side of the tape measure. That is the side marked in centimeters. According to my dressmakers tape measure it's about 3 cm to an inch, and a centimeter is much easier to loose ... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 20:00:00 EST The Secret to Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44699_the_secret_to_success How do you do this? Exercise is boring and you hate "healthy" food. You try for a while, but eventually you find an excuse to not exercise and you never go back. One day you fall back into old eating habits and you stay there. To anyone who will listen you angrily proclaim, "Diets don't work!" but yet you know people who have lost weight.<br><br>The big secret: if you don't like what you are doing, you won't do it. You might stick with it for a while, after all, you do want to see results, bu... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 19:57:00 EST 8 Tips to Overcome Loneliness, A Guide for Women http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44697_8_tips_to_overcome_loneliness_a_guide_for_women <br>8 Tips to Overcome Loneliness, A Guide for Women<br>Posted: 02 Mar 2016 05:00 AM PST<br>Loneliness can be frightening. While some people enjoy being single, its difficult for others to get through this. Loneliness can have severe effects on your mental health, even leading to depression and anxiety. Many think that single people are lonelier than others, but the American Psychological Association states married women are actually lonelier and more stressed than women who are single. Lonel... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 16:07:00 EST Don't Complain, Condemn or Criticize http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44695_dont_complain_condemn_or_criticize <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>Do not listen to those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious. <br> Og Mandino <br><br>The title and the quotation are complementary. Don't engage in the activity and avoid others who do so engage.<br><br>There is little to be gained by participating the the three taboo "C's". Complain, Condemn or Criticize. None of these activities is calculated to lea... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 14:46:00 EST Remember where you started! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44693_remember_where_you_started Remember what size you wore at your highest weight? I do. Size 4X. Not a fun size to wear and equally difficult to find in most stores.<br><br>I thought that the sheer size of that shirt would cover up my rolls of fat. It didn't. <br><br>Coming back to Spark People, tracking my food, water, and exercise: that was the key to making my 4X cover more of my body. <br><br>Now, I'm wearing a 3X. Yes, still large. But a size down from 3 weeks ago. The 4X is now my nightshirt. It is my reminde... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 13:18:00 EST Too Much TV http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44688_too_much_tv I have been watching the way too much. I dare think of the minutes hours that could have been spent doing some physical activity. The whole political contest is too blame, laugh out loud.<br><br>I weighed myself for the month and I realized I achieved great success in my weight loss effort. I have lost a total of 10 pounds since the beginning of the year, just a couple of pounds more than I expected, but celebrating all the same.<br><br>Yesterday morning I hit the closet hard. I went throug... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 09:37:00 EST Does This Sound Like You??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44687_does_this_sound_like_you Do these things sound like you??<br><br>1. Go to bed at 8, totally bored to watch TV. Fall asleep at 8pm. Bored. Nothing better to do.<br>2. Wake up at 4 am. Probably because you are wide awake, Mostly because your body tells you to. <br><br>And sadly enough, today is going to stretch on endlessly too, with a couple little stretches of some food, TV, maybe some shopping in there. But put a few consonants in the description and every day looks like the last, right???<br><br>No wonder yo... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 08:14:00 EST Education is Key! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44676_education_is_key Motivation is so important. If we didn't have anything to look forward to when we wake up in the morning, how would be function? We would potential fall into a depression trap! We have to look for ways to stay encouraged and positive. <br>One thing I have benefited from being on Spark People is that you learn something new everyday. In learning is where I have found my confidence, accountability, and involvement grow. It can be that you learned what nutrients a certain food provides, what exe... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 13:02:00 EST Music Makes the World Go Round http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44672_music_makes_the_world_go_round So I've started doing some exercises to work on the muffin top, which I swear did not exist a year ago. I'd have to look back at pictures, but I really don't want to. I do know its in pictures now and no matter how hard I try to hide it; its right there, front and center. LITERALLY. My friend has started to post pictures of our events on Facebook and this situation alone has driven me to additional exercising (not a bad thing). So anyways, with SparkPeople's help, I'm doing some floor ... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 10:30:00 EST New Day of Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44668_new_day_of_month Today is the first day of March. My weight loss has been slow, but steady. I am happy with that. I will continue to follow what I have been doing and add a little more physical exercise to the mix.<br><br><br>I am amazed at how unhealthy or healthy a food item is....until I read the label. All of it.<br><br>I particularly look at calories, fat, and sodium per serving. <br><br>Portion Control is key in losing weight the healthy way. I have been so surprised to find what I thought was a porti... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 09:10:00 EST Weigh Yourself and a Few Pointers for Weighing In http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44664_weigh_yourself_and_a_few_pointers_for_weighing_in Weighing yourself regularly, even if it's once a month, helps to keep track of yourself. I go to the doctor regularly and noticed a month ago that I was the heaviest I had ever been weighed in at. Last night I weighed myself here at home and realized I had gained more weight. If I hadn't weighed in, I might have not decided to start a weight loss program. I think it will be a good idea to weigh in once a week from now on. It's just too risky to not do it. What's strange is that my clothes f... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 00:24:00 EST The Final Talley http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44651_the_final_talley I weighed myself for the month and I realized I achieved great success in my weight loss effort. I have lost a total of 10 pounds since the beginning of the year, just a couple of pounds more than I expected, but celebrating all the same.<br><br>Yesterday morning I hit the closet hard. I went through everything and was able to fill three large bags of clothing that we don't wear anymore. It was all packed in the trunk of the car, and hauled to the nearest donation facility. Ahhh!<br><br>Less ... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 09:25:00 EST Toe Heel Toe http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44649_toe_heel_toe Changing one's health is a journey, not a jog. by placing one foot in front of the other, it's possible, over time, with patience and with much perseverance, to transverse distances.<br><br>However, it's useful to expect distracting, even disheartening scenery in route. Sometimes, life brings the heat of sun, e.g. family gatherings, religious festivities, even work-related socials can be destructive to our well-intended routines. Other times, we're blessed with precipitation; the rain not onl... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 08:13:00 EST My Children and Family http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44646_my_children_and_family My family and my children are my motivators to keep me moving. I want to be able to be healthy for my children and for my parents, whom I take care of...taking care of myself is so important. Otherwise, if I am not healthy, then I cannot take care of anyone else. I also want to be a role model to my children. Showing them how to make good choices, whether it is eating right, exercising, communicating with other people...Health is important, whether it is mental, social, emotional or physical ... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 21:18:00 EST A little Reflection http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44638_a_little_reflection A little reflection goes a long way. I took a look back at where I started at the beginning of the month. I weighed myself for the month and I realized I achieved great success in my weight loss effort. I have lost a total of 10 pounds since the beginning of the year, just a couple of pounds more than I expected, but celebrating all the same.<br><br>Yesterday morning I hit the closet hard. I went through everything and was able to fill three large bags of clothing that we don't wear anymore. ... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 12:16:00 EST Why I use Baby Steps Instead of Cold Turkey http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44637_why_i_use_baby_steps_instead_of_cold_turkey In one of SP groups we were asked: "My QUESTION of the Day...if you need to make a HUGE lifestyle change...does COLD TURKEY work better for you or do BABYSTEPS work better? Give me an example & tell me why.(Pretty please!!!)<br><br>This is my secret weapon:<br>If I can break it down into smaller chunks or goals I do it that way now. Because I get a reward when I've maintained that smaller goal and established that change as a daily habit.Then I create another small very doable goal based on m... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 11:45:00 EST Always Exceed Expectations http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44634_always_exceed_expectations <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <br>Always render more and better service than is expected of you, no matter what your task may be.<br>~ Og Mandino<br><br>A survey was done on what inspired employees the most to perform at their peaks. As might be expected, more pay was one of the leading responses but in first place by a wide margin was recognition for the job I am doing.<br><br>You can inspire people to perform ... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 10:52:00 EST Like Minded Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44631_like_minded_friends Having like-minded friends has really helped me on this journey to a healthier me. We post articles to help each other, pin motivational quotes to each other's wall, do small challenges with each other and we reward each other with small thoughtful gifts (non food) when we meet our goal and we thank each other constantly for being our friend and pushing us to be healthier every day.<br>Whether it is having a workout buddy or someone to share that cake with (so you don't eat all the calories!)... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 07:00:00 EST Success with Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44624_success_with_spark Since I started Spark in 2011, I have stayed pretty true to what it has to offer. If I ventured away from it, that was my fault. I find that if I write before I bite it makes me accountable for what I actually put in my mouth. That seems to be the one thing that motivates me to stay within my calorie range more often than not. I have days where I don't abide by all the rules but that is allowed with Spark! The beauty of this is that it is not a "diet"! It is a tool to help you do what ... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 21:07:00 EST There is a new Sheriff in Town http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44622_there_is_a_new_sheriff_in_town <br>As I have wrote a few time just to remind others there are so many companies out there willing to take each penny you have for their new and approved pills rubs and now Cold Treatments ...Now I did call a place just to see how much it would be to do this.. 150.00 for the Consultation and then 175.00 each treatments and it could take about six secession to get any results.. Do not fall for this...Fad diets come and go, just like the weight loss they promise. In order to lose weight - and a... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 12:42:00 EST Got Your Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44621_got_your_back I keep telling myself I've got my back....as long as I keep in the healthy living mindset.<br><br>You can't just crash diet to lose weight. You have to take it off sensibly in order to lose weight the healthy way.<br><br>It is really cold outside. A brutal negative 25 degree windchill to be exact. I'm making homemade split pea soup. I minimized the amount of salt and fat I put into the mixture to be kind to my waistline. It smells so yummy--can't wait to start slurping!<br><br>A good thirty m... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 11:58:00 EST Easily Bored ~ Easily Corrected http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44611_easily_bored_easily_corrected I am one of those people that can get easily bored with a routine. Sparkpeople has encouraged me to "mix things up" with my food choices, fitness options, and really helped me to IDENTIFY goals. <br><br>When I start to feel boredom creeping in, I get on the full Sparkpeople website and start searching for new things that might motivate me or teach me something new.<br><br>One thing I have recently discovered is the plethora of CHALLENGES. I like that each challenge offers you a mini-challe... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 22:47:00 EST GETTING MY FIRE BACK http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44609_getting_my_fire_back I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 18:25:00 EST my 5 year old son motivates me http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44605_my_5_year_old_son_motivates_me I am a 45 year old mother of three, with my youngest child being only 5 years old. He is such a great motivation for me to lose weight, he helps me to do my workouts and is very motivational. He dances around while he is working out with me. I think everyone should have someone to work out with, it makes the time go by faster and makes for a much more enjoyable time. I am also helping him to be more health conscience as he goes through life and to make better eating choices. I always make him... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 14:12:00 EST My Story and Your Story all is different.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44603_my_story_and_your_story_all_is_different Just like you found Sparks.. Just How many things did you try and fail..? Although experts Trainer or one who peddles all kinds of things that will shed those pounds.. sometimes it’s better to connect with real people, people just like you, who have started their own weight loss journey - and are still talking about it. Like me.. This is a journey that no one can do except you and you have to want it so bad that you know you can do it.. It will be your story and not mine.. people who know ex... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 13:02:00 EST A Puppet No Longer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44590_a_puppet_no_longer <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <br>We are no longer puppets being manipulated by outside powerful forces: we become the powerful force ourselves.<br>~ Leo Buscaglia<br><br>I was never content to be a puppet on a string dancing whenever the pezzo novante said to<br>~ Vito Corleone<br><br>Whether I'm right or whether I'm wrong, whether I find a place in this old crazy world or never belong, I've gotta be me, I've just gotta be me, what e... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 17:15:00 EST Keep On the Funny Side of Life.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44586_keep_on_the_funny_side_of_life Hey you fallen back into unhealthy habits and struggling to get your fitness routine back on track? You could be suffering from a lack of motivation. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9cb483c1-f989-4157-be6a-365ac28d1e25.jpg"><br><br>I just thought I would make you laugh.. Laughter is called the key to weight loss.. Laugh and the world laughs with you... Yes laughter burns calories and so does..The idea that laughter benefits health has been around for many years, possibly becau... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 12:27:00 EST Getting it Right http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44576_getting_it_right I weighed myself for the month and I realized I achieved great success in my weight loss effort. I have lost a total of 10 pounds since the beginning of the year, just a couple of pounds more than I expected, but celebrating all the same.<br><br>Yesterday morning I hit the closet hard. I went through everything and was able to fill three large bags of clothing that we don't wear anymore. It was all packed in the trunk of the car, and hauled to the nearest donation facility. Ahhh!<br><br>Less ... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 01:13:00 EST What losing 70 lbs has done to my life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44573_what_losing_70_lbs_has_done_to_my_life Wow 70 lbs, that is huge, think of carting around a 50 lb grain sack plus 20 more lbs. Two years ago I started being serious about eating right and walking 30 to 70 minutes a day. I do not live anywhere near a Gym and am not much into planned exercising but I do get a lot of activity running a farm. I think back to days shoveling out sheep pens, it used to take me a couple of days of hard work to get one pen done and this year I did one pen in a morning. When you are wheeling out a huge wh... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 22:13:00 EST Beware the Shade http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44571_beware_the_shade <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>Don't smother each other. No one can grow in the shade.<br>~ Leo Buscaglia <br><br>How many times do we surround ourselves with what we perceive to be people who have succeeded in the endeavors we wish to pursue only to find that they stifle us and prevent our achieving the success we so deserve.<br><br>A wise man said that people's relationships to each other is similar to building a g... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 19:06:00 EST making chili today http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44561_making_chili_today Making a big pot of vegetarian chili today. We are expecting a big blizzard to come our way, with 10 inches of snow.<br><br>Still have been restricted from eating high fatty foods and spicy foods. Seen the doctor yesterday and I'm on my way<br><br>Portion Control is key in losing weight the healthy way. I have been so surprised to find what I thought was a portion, compared to what the experts say, and what is noted on the package labels.<br><br>It is so hard to eat right, exercise daily, an... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 09:18:00 EST 6 Ways to Motivate Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44542_6_ways_to_motivate_yourself Here’s a newsflash: Losing weight is hard. Here’s another one: Diets suck. Despite our best intentions, many of us struggle to shed those pesky pounds and keep them off for good. It’s hard to change your eating habits, work out enough, and resist temptation. And when you’re not seeing the results you hoped for, it’s really, really hard to stay motivated to keep trying. That’s the bad news.The good news is that science can help us discover why we fail over and over, and most importantly, what ... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 07:17:00 EST Don't ever give up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44534_dont_ever_give_up I can't say that I have been particularly successful losing weight. I have not met my weight goals yet. But at this point in my journey I can pass one thing on. Don't give up. You might not stay on track today. You might gain weight this week or even this year. You might still have more days that you are off track than on. But don't quit. Don't ever back down and tell yourself that it's impossible. <br><br>I have failed a lot. Even with the things I have succeeded at, I still have huge wakes ... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 10:43:00 EST can not keep the weekend clean http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44529_can_not_keep_the_weekend_clean motivation is lacking on the weekend. Lots of sabotagrs.<br>The first step in dealing with diet sabotage, Spangle says, is to recognize it. Your saboteur may want to guard the status quo, keep you under control, or prevent your leaving to find a new life with your new body.<br><br>The dieter, too, may be finding power in the status quo and talk him or herself out of dieting. The unknown is always scary. Women, especially, may have self-esteem issues and think they don't deserve to be thin. T... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 10:13:00 EST Take it off Sensibly http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44526_take_it_off_sensibly You can't just crash diet to lose weight. You have to take it off sensibly in order to lose weight the healthy way.<br><br>It is really cold outside. A brutal negative 25 degree windchill to be exact. I'm making homemade split pea soup. I minimized the amount of salt and fat I put into the mixture to be kind to my waistline. It smells so yummy--can't wait to start slurping!<br><br>A good thirty minute walk is all you need to get the heart pumping and improve your cardio to be on your way to ... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 09:12:00 EST Rewarding little victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44518_rewarding_little_victories Disclaimer: This is an adopted idea I love. <br><br>I got a lovely charm bracelet (Pandora for me -- thank you, son -- but any you like would work) and am adding a charm for every 10 pounds I lose. This way I have a constant and pretty wrist reminder of what I have accomplished, and I don't want my bracelet too thin! :-) It will also remind me to maintain with good practices when I reach goal. <br><br>I will also add a charm for other short-term goals as I choose later on. For example, I a... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 13:21:00 EST Live For Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44515_live_for_today <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <br>Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy. <br>~ Leo Buscaglia <br><br><br> Live for today, tomorrow is promised to no one. There has been a recurring theme in my secrets this week that be should live in the now, a life focused on tomorrow will always be one day short of fulfillment and then one day, tomorrow won't come and you will never have a chance to d... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 10:50:00 EST Meditation App - Stop, Breathe & Think http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44500_meditation_app_stop_breathe_think What a great Free app to load onto your phone! Stop, Breathe and Think<br>It lets you track your feelings on a daily basis and give you a list of meditations that go along with whatever you are feeling that day. It also lists your progress as you go. You just check in with your mental, physical, and emotional feelings, click the list of items that match where you are at for that day, and you get a listing of meditations. They are very easy to fit into your daily routine, many being only a... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 11:00:00 EST The Choice is Yours http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44499_the_choice_is_yours <em>434</em> <em>434</em> <em>434</em> <em>434</em> <em>434</em> <em>434</em> <br> What we call the secret of happiness is no more a secret than our willingness to choose life. <br>~Leo Buscaglia<br><br>Choice. What a marvelous concept. J. Martin Kohe wrote an essay entitled "You Greatest Power" and the bottom line of his proposition was that your greatest power is the power to choose.<br><br>Every day we are faced with choices, lined up one after another from the time our ... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 10:21:00 EST Comfort food is a hoax http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44491_comfort_food_is_a_hoax I've lost over 5 pounds in the last few days and I think it is because for me it stopped being about food and how good food tastes and just started to be about wanting to be healthier, to not have acid reflux problems. I changed my thinking and now when I look at chocolates and sweets I no longer see a good time, an escape or some kind of comfort all I see now is pain and suffering. <br><br>It comes down to a mindset, how do you see food? As an escape or as something to nourish your body? ... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 15:43:00 EST Paper Towel Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44485_paper_towel_weight_loss I was sent this little story when I first started Sparks and I kept it ,, “paper towel” analogy, this is a brilliant way to really put the whole process of weight loss in a great and healthier when you loose slowly....<br>"The lesson to be learned is that fat, like paper towels, comes off in sheets. When you are heavy, you are big around. And when you are big around, that fat is spread over a MUCH larger area - just like that outside towel sheet. The closer you get to the lean you, the more e... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 12:41:00 EST Find Your Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44481_find_your_motivation Ok, this one took awhile. I feel like I am a writer, of sorts. I need some self-confidence to get a book written, and after having read some great novels over the course of the last three months I wish I could find someone to help me get to a publisher.<br><br>But that aside, here's where I'm going with this. I don't sleep well -- I get up really early. Because I live on the third floor and I TRY to be polite to the neighbors below me I lay in bed and pray, listen to music on my headphone... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 10:51:00 EST Live For Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44480_live_for_today <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <br>Life lived for tomorrow will always be just a day away from being realized.<br>Leo Buscaglia<br><br><br>Many of the self-help guru's quote a version of the following statement. "Yesterday is a memory and tomorrow is a dream. Today is a gift, that's why we call it 'The Present'". The Sanskrit says "Yesterday is but a memory and tomorrow a dream, but today, well lived will make every yesterday a memo... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 10:26:00 EST Still in Hospital http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44478_still_in_hospital 3 days of ice chips. Followed by 2 days clear liquid. Then nothing by mouth, and finally abdominal surgery and a liver biopsy. After surgery, it all reverses. Ice chips, clear liquid diet, soft food diet. I have to take it easy and be extra careful what I put down the hatch. No fatty, no spicy, no chocolate, no fun. Whaaaaa!<br><br>Take it one pound at a time, one day at a time. This is not a race. Your weight loss progress should not be measured against someone else's progress. Try your best... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 08:47:00 EST Join or Form an Accountability Group http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44475_join_or_form_an_accountability_group My secret to success is my Healthy Living For Longevity Group that a group of women all striving for the same goal and all of us combating health issues formed to hold each other accountable.<br><br>We meet every Tuesday to work out together (it's called "Tight Tuesdays") and we work on tightening up or toning our bodies. One member has transformed one of her rooms into a workout station (kinda like Curves). We work each station for one minute and then switch. <br><br> <em>381</em> <br><br... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 20:33:00 EST Always Keep Trying http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44471_always_keep_trying No matter how hard it seems, or how many ups and downs or plateaus you experience, keep going. If you have a bad day, and made some poor food choices, acknowledge that, but get back on your plan right away. The only ones who don't achieve what they set out to do are the ones who quit!<br><br>Remember: Success is a journey, not a destination.<br><br>Reward yourself frequently, and praise yourself for all of the amazing things you accomplish. Don't tear yourself down because you made a mist... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 14:37:00 EST Learning Equals Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44466_learning_equals_change <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <br>Change is the end result of all true learning.<br>~Leo Buscaglia<br><br>We are all here because we want to change. We want to weigh less, we want to be more physically fit, we want to eat better, we want to feel better.<br><br>Albert Einstein said "The basic definition of insanity is to keep doing things the way you have been doing them and expect different results.".<br><br>So we go back to the changes we want to make. Wanting ... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 09:53:00 EST Not Looking Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44464_not_looking_back I weighed myself for the month and I realized I achieved great success in my weight loss effort. I have lost a total of 10 pounds since the beginning of the year, just a couple of pounds more than I expected, but celebrating all the same.<br><br>Yesterday morning I hit the closet hard. I went through everything and was able to fill three large bags of clothing that we don't wear anymore. It was all packed in the trunk of the car, and hauled to the nearest donation facility. Ahhh!<br><br>Less... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 09:30:00 EST ALL IN OR NOTHING ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44462_all_in_or_nothing_ All in or nothing because sometimes we go halfway, part ways or not at all, that's no good for the big picture. We must give it our all , all the time, no it's not the easiest to accomplish but anything is possible. I notice that sometimes to accomplish the mission , the preset mission, it takes giving a bit at a time until you've given your all. Nothings can lead to a whole lot of somethings if you put forth the effort to give it some gumption . I tell myself sometimes that if I can just get... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 02:05:00 EST