SparkPeople Staying Positive Secrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets-category.asp?category=staying-positive Learn some of the secrets of success for Staying Positive from SparkPeople members. SparkPeople Staying Positive Secrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets-category.asp?category=staying-positive Accentuate the Positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45690_accentuate_the_positive <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <br>"I had the blues<br>Because I had no shoes<br>Until upon the street<br>I met a man who had no feet."<br>~ Denis Waitley<br> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <br><br>Oh so often we focus on the bad stuff that happens, wishing it didn't. I am here to tell you bad stuff is good! In the movie "Oh God!", God, pla... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:55:00 EST Reflection is Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45689_reflection_is_good I wish I could go and take a nice long walk today, but the weather is saying otherwise; so I am enjoying the weather by doing exercises on my elliptical inside.<br><br>I try my best to maintain healthy habits and incorporate them into my daily routine. I have been putting bulk snacks and produce in little baggies so when I get hungry, I don't grab the whole box or bag, but rather a portion size. Once I am done with the portion, I am done.<br><br>I have decided to eat with the goal of eating h... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:34:00 EST Keep Your Head Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45688_keep_your_head_up 1) Get clear about WHY you want it. Why do you want to lose weight? What will you gain by being slim and healthy? When you think about yourself finally being healthy and thin, which parts of that vision are most thrilling to you? Write these reasons down and keep them close so you can keep reading them daily.<br><br>2) Make lifestyle changes. Don’t say you’re “on a diet” – say that you’re making “healthy lifestyle changes,” or “getting healthy”. These phrases are more positive and affirming r... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 06:22:00 EST Do what is right http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45674_do_what_is_right We must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.<br>Albus Dumbledore<br><br>First of all, Dumbledore is one of my heroes. The Harry Potter series is one of my favorite all time book reading experiences. I read them the first time when my darling Daughter was young, and read them out loud with her. Reading to children is imperative, and reading the Harry Potter books was not only a joy, it was excruciating, waiting for a year for the next one to come out. By the end, she was... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:23:00 EST Enjoying the Weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45672_enjoying_the_weather I wish I could go and take a nice long walk today, but the weather is saying otherwise; so I am enjoying the weather by doing exercises on my elliptical inside.<br><br>I try my best to maintain healthy habits and incorporate them into my daily routine. I have been putting bulk snacks and produce in little baggies so when I get hungry, I don't grab the whole box or bag, but rather a portion size. Once I am done with the portion, I am done.<br><br>I have decided to eat with the goal of eating h... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:26:00 EST Do Not Sweat the Small Stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45666_do_not_sweat_the_small_stuff It is inevitably going to happen one day, you are on top of the world the previous day and you slump down to the pits on the next day. Everyone has these days once in a while. While we cannot deny that we have them, what we can deny is having them the time to hang around for any length of time. Do not let the small stuff in life keep you from achieving the big stuff in life.<br><br>When someone misses a shot in basketball, we do not tell them to go sit on the sideline and think why they misse... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 22:23:00 EST A continuous learning experience http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45659_a_continuous_learning_experience <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"View life as a continuous learning experience"<br>~Denis Waitley<br><br>Stuff goes right and stuff goes wrong. In summary, "Stuff Happens" Learn from it.<br><br>A lot of time we make bad decisions. Oftentimes the bad decisions are made because we lack experience. We gain experience by making bad decisions. The circle is complete.<br><br>Live life and learn from it. Do not dwell on the negative stuff that is bound to happen.... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 09:59:00 EST Maintain Healthy Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45657_maintain_healthy_habits I try my best to maintain healthy habits and incorporate them into my daily routine. I have been putting bulk snacks and produce in little baggies so when I get hungry, I don't grab the whole box or bag, but rather a portion size. Once I am done with the portion, I am done.<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 go... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 09:16:00 EST This isn't about perfect. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45654_this_isnt_about_perfect It's not about perfect. It's about EFFORT. And, when you bring that effort every single day, that's where TRANSFORMATION happens. That's how CHANGE occurs.<br><br>This seems to be a constant here. Someone screws up, and worries about the effort being over. No, a thousand times no, it isn't over. Are you giving up? Sometimes, it is over, because you stopped making an effort, and were not willing to keep at it to make your transformation occur.<br><br>Here is another constant. I weighed myself ... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 04:01:00 EST KERP IT POSITIVE http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45648_kerp_it_positive 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... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 17:49:00 EST Positive Goal Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45645_positive_goal_choices I have a tremendous amount of weight to loose. I have lost 87 pounds so far and need to loose. I need to loose 47 more. When I started, I decided not to look at my long term goal, too overwhelming. I decided to concentrate on 5 lbs at a time. When that 5 is done, work on the next 5. It has been very successful in keeping me positive.<br>I have decided that weight loss is not only the thing to think about. I am 59 years old and need to make this a way of living a more healthy life. I am not de... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 15:11:00 EST It's the very same water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45641_its_the_very_same_water The same boiling water that softens the potato, hardens the egg. It's about what you're made of, not the circumstances from which you are made.<br><br>It is great to be a hard-boiled egg, or a potato ready for mashing. They both are necessary in different circumstances.<br><br>In the new life we are leading, watching our health, exercising, tracking EVERYTHING, having a tough shell, unable to be broken, might be a better option.<br><br>We are capable of almost anything if we try. We can wimp ... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 12:21:00 EST Accentuate the Positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45638_accentuate_the_positive <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <br>"Don't dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer"<br>~Denis Waitley<br><br> Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, don't mess with Mr. In Between.<br><br>When something has gone wrong, the operative point is that it HAS GONE WRONG, past tense, nothing you can do about it. Don't... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 11:10:00 EST Make Ahead Packages http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45635_make_ahead_packages I have been putting bulk snacks and produce in little baggies so when I get hungry, I don't grab the whole box or bag, but rather a portion size. Once I am done with the portion, I am done.<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... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 09:03:00 EST My Ten years journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45626_my_ten_years_journey Tomorrow will be my 10 years anniversary with spark people...yep ten years...I have learned so much over the 10 years and think I still lean something new everyday.......<br>I'd like to say it was easy, I'd like to say things just seemed to click for me but that would not be true...<br>Loosing weight, getting healthy finding joy in ones life is hard work.....I was 53 when I found spark people, so spent most of my life over weight, and not just a few pounds over weight...I recall my 7th grade ... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 14:51:00 EST Stress Free and Sunny side of life up.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45624_stress_free_and_sunny_side_of_life_up You are more important than that number on the scale.. You can achieve better body transforming results and be much happier during the process if you stay off the scale....You want a better body ... yes but the most important is the health and well being and old habits are still there around every corner...Go grab your scale and then get rid of it and put it in the closet or in a box.. Leave it alone...good spring cleaning .. and a new attitude to go with it..if your current eating plan has y... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 12:43:00 EST Benefits of Reading http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45623_benefits_of_reading When was the last time you read a book, or a substantial magazine article? Do your daily reading habits center around tweets, Facebook updates, or the directions on your instant oatmeal packet? If you’re one of countless people who don’t make a habit of reading regularly, you might be missing out: reading has a significant number of benefits, and just a few benefits of reading are listed below.<br><br>1. Mental Stimulation<br> <br>Studies have shown that staying mentally stimulated can slow t... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 11:39:00 EST Be a light to the world http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45620_be_a_light_to_the_world I posted this list a long time ago, But, it’s probably a good thing to read again. A story went around the internet when it was posted that a 95 year old woman wrote this, and it is not true. Regina Brett wrote it just after her 45th birthday, when she found out she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Luckily, she is doing well, and cured. <br><br>Thanks, Regina. We can all learn something from this!!<br><br>* Life isn't fair, but it's still good. <br>* When in doubt, just take the next ... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:20:00 EST Seeing, Believing......Believing, Seeing http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45619_seeing_believingbelieving_seeing <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <br>"You must understand that seeing is believing, but also know that believing is seeing"<br>~ Denis Waitley<br><br>Mike Vance, former Dean of Disney University where prospective employees are trained in "The Disney Way" said that you often hear people say "I'll believe it when I see it." He says that these people have it exactly backward because in fact when you believe it you will see it.<br><br... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:59:00 EST FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45618_fighting_the_good_fight I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:14:00 EST Eating with a Goal in Mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45617_eating_with_a_goal_in_mind 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 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 ... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:07:00 EST Have More Fun Get Spark Points http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45607_have_more_fun_get_spark_points Weight loss is a long tedious process. It takes time and a lot of effort. It is a journey not a short day trip. The body does not cooperate like we think it should.There is no weight loss good fairy.<br><br>Weight loss is no walk in the park but a walk in the park will do you some good. Stop and smell the flowers, find some pretty rocks, greet others at the park. It amazing how any will talk back if you initiate a conversation. Walk around the park and enjoy the children. Play at the park, p... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 16:14:00 EST Have More Fun Get Spark Points http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45606_have_more_fun_get_spark_points Weight loss is a long tedious process. It takes time and a lot of effort. It is a journey not a short day trip. The body does not cooperate like we think it should.There is no weight loss good fairy.<br><br>Weight loss is no walk in the park but a walk in the park will do you some good. Stop and smell the flowers, find some pretty rocks, greet others at the park. It amazing how any will talk back if you initiate a conversation. Walk around the park and enjoy the children. Play at the park, p... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 16:14:00 EST Be a light to the world http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45600_be_a_light_to_the_world Be a Light to the World.<br><br>I posted this list a long time ago, but think it is worth another look. A woman named Regina Brett wrote it just after her 45th birthday, when she found out she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Luckily, she is doing well, and cured.<br><br>* Life isn't fair, but it's still good.<br>* When in doubt, just take the next small step.<br>* Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.<br>* Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.<br>* Pay off your c... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 04:04:00 EST Sometimes I Just Don't...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45593_sometimes_i_just_dont There are days when I just don't feel like doing anything at all. I know it's me dealing with the decisions I've made for myself past & present. Even at 47 years old I stand in the low valley of indecision not sure whether to continue on the current path give up abort or what have you. I'm clueless but then I know I'm not alone in my feelings. People have difficulties all the time sometimes my fears seem insurmountable but then I whisper a prayer and know that the I Am is the author and finis... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 20:22:00 EST Step out of your Comfort Zone http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45590_step_out_of_your_comfort_zone Everyone is nice and comfortable in there little world but to do something will make you take a few steps out of the zone and take that risk...most people simply do not do it. They make excuse after excuse as to why they should not change, rather than embrace change... This is the main block in most people’s way when it comes to letting go of anything in one’s life... So why risk it..You will have to take a chance..may include staying up later than 9 or 9:30 PM at night, taking on too many ... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 15:45:00 EST Time to Go http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45587_time_to_go 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 amount of 25-30 grams.<br><br>I have been maintaining my weight, as well as my wei... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 12:21:00 EST Most of us here hate this word.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45574_most_of_us_here_hate_this_word Depression is one of the leading causes of people today to be sick and low self-esteem along with feeling like you could crawl in a hole a die... I can say I understand.. All you want to be is normal. To live without the huge emotions and downward spirals.... Myself I had one person who turned my life into a living hell.. but some of us keep letting things pile up with the pounds and give in.. Take your life back and get to moving again.. She has done this to me but I am not going to let her ... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 13:59:00 EST My secret to success http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45569_my_secret_to_success I haven't really succeeded yet, but I am on the right track. I think that is my key to being successful. You have to know it takes TIME. Keep going and do not give up. You can only fail if you do not try! Log EVERY meal EVERY day. Exercise is important. I feel better after exercise. I feel like I can conquer the world, and that I can do this. However, I think that logging every meal is more important. If you cheat, and do not log everything. You are not cheating anyone but yourself. Sparkpeop... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 10:17:00 EST Benefits of Music http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45568_benefits_of_music If you love listening to music, you’re in good company. Charles Darwin once remarked, “If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week.” Albert Einstein declared, “If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician.” Jimi Hendrix called music his “religion.”<br><br>I’ve always been in awe of people who can sing and play guitar. As a young girl, I secretly listened to singer-songwriter music in my bedroo... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 10:14:00 EST Just begin, no complications http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45567_just_begin_no_complications I wrote this blog a while back, and have always thought it was a good one, because it pertains EVERY SINGLE DAY.<br><br>I have been asked how and why I was able, after so many years, to finally make this a successful and continuing journey to lifetime health and fitness. <br><br>It obviously started with me, and me deciding after all this time, that I was not going to be out of shape anymore. A knee fracture was the catalyst for this. Being in a wheelchair changes your perspective, and it is ... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 09:30:00 EST Getting it Riight http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45566_getting_it_riight 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 amount of 25-30 grams.<br><br>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 ... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 09:17:00 EST Please sing anyway. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45553_please_sing_anyway Some days there won't be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.<br><br>Yep. There are days that you won't wake up with your usual drive and determination. You need to fake it until you find it. Smile anyway. Eat right. That determination will come back in spades. It is all how YOU react and act that makes the difference.<br><br>Today, I am heading down to visit my cousin, Sue in Iowa. Sue was the fourth child of my Aunt Carol, who just died. Sue was a forceps baby, and has had difficulty her whol... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 12:26:00 EST Got To Start Somewhere http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45549_got_to_start_somewhere 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 amount of 25-30 grams.<br><br>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 thos... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 08:59:00 EST You are not broken http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45532_you_are_not_broken One small crack doesn't mean that you are broken, it means that you were put to the test and didn't fall apart.<br><br>This reminds me of scars. Scars are badges of courage. So are cracks. They mean we are trying every single day, and some days have been harder than others.<br><br>Since I started this journey, I have been on a personal mission. I have been like a missile. My cracks were a knee fracture then a knee replacement, but neither of those stopped me. They kept me going, because I was... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 12:09:00 EST Watch the Fiber http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45527_watch_the_fiber 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 amount of 25-30 grams.<br><br>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. Someti... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 08:52:00 EST Benefits of Spirituality http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45517_benefits_of_spirituality Spiritualism--a search for something sacred--is an increasingly important topic to people today. Individuals approach the realm of spirituality through religion, meditation, yoga, or even personal reflection. In a recent study we conducted in my lab, using the data we collected on BeyondThePurchase.org, we investigated the personal and societal benefits of spiritualism by examining participants' responses to over 30 surveys. Here are the top five positive characteristics of spiritual people:<... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 11:44:00 EST Kiss, love, laugh, forgive. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45516_kiss_love_laugh_forgive Forgive quickly. Kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably.<br><br>James Dean<br><br>This is the essense of life, I believe. We need to do all these things to have a fulfilling life.<br><br>Forgiving quickly. We must forgive, so we can move on. We must get over slights, that do not matter. We must forgive ourselves for our blips. We must forgive ourselves for all that has happened previous to today. It no longer matters. We all need to shake our heads of those old cobwebs, and make this a... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 11:12:00 EST Slip Ups Are Not Down Falls http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45506_slip_ups_are_not_down_falls One of the biggest obstacles I have had to overcome is being way too hard on myself when I don't follow through with fitness or diet. If I slipped up just once, I would consider the entire day a failure. In reality, it's just an excuse for me to avoid taking care of myself for the rest of the day, or putting off my efforts at maintaining a healthier lifestyle for a longer period of time.<br><br>Despite these mind tricks I play on myself, I know better. I know that it's okay if I took a sip of... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 03:31:00 EST Don't let a bad day ruin anything. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45494_dont_let_a_bad_day_ruin_anything OK, so you had a bad day.<br>Don't beat yourself up over it, but don't let one bad decision send you spiraling out of control. Grab those running shoes (or walking shoes!!) and get back into it. Get back to making decisions that improve your health and happiness.<br><br>You are who you choose to be.<br><br>This is an endless game on Spark. I had a bad day. I ate a (name something..). I ruined everything. No, you did not.<br><br>Here is what it takes to gain a pound. You have to eat 3500 more ... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 10:24:00 EST Spiritual Benefits of Fasting http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45493_spiritual_benefits_of_fasting Many of us think of fasting as a spiritual duty to God, depriving ourselves of food and drink for a period of time in order to prove our love for Him. While long-suffering is a part of being human and certainly a part of being Christian, fasting should not be included when we think about “suffering for Christ.”<br><br>On the contrary, fasting is less about what we’re giving up and much more about what we’re making room for. When we fast, we exchange what we need to survive for what we need to... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 09:28:00 EST Benefits of Saving http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45481_benefits_of_saving 1. It Feels Great<br> <br>Even though it might sound silly to you, saving money actually does feel great. It gives you a feeling that you are doing something important for you and your family, which you actually are, and that makes you feel really good about yourself. It is also a constant reminder of what you are saving for.<br>Whether you are saving for new shoes, a great vacation or a summer camp for your children, every time you put away some money for that cause there will be a smile on ... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 17:44:00 EST You are a champion http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45474_you_are_a_champion Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up.<br><br>I was SO touched, so moved and spent so much time thinking about the comments on my "you are beautiful" blog (and awesome video) of a few days ago.<br><br>So many of us have used eating as our crutch in our lives. So many of us have been hurt, sometimes by forces recognized easily, but some by words, spoken quietly, that entered our minds and stuck like a glue that could not be moved. We have taken those harsh and hateful word... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 09:37:00 EST Keep Looking Up.. Your at the right place.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45462_keep_looking_up_your_at_the_right_place With all the restrictive diets flooding our TV's and computer screens you would think the only way to lose weight would be to completely eliminate food groups and only live off kale and water. Well that is not the case. Most people who lose weight and sustain their weight loss do not do so by removing certain foods completely from their diet but finding a way to fit them into a healthier lifestyle.... I have looked at a lot of things from different weight loss products and from the Weight Wat... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 18:18:00 EST 5 rules of a relationship http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45461_5_rules_of_a_relationship 5 Rules of a relationship.<br>1. Stay Faithful. <br>2. Make them feel loved and wanted. <br>3. Respect your partner. <br>4. Don't flirt with others. <br>5. Have time for each other.<br><br>I’ve got all Five, 100% under control.<br>1. Forever<br>2. Unconditionally<br>3. Everyday<br>4. Never<br>5. Always<br><br>Thank you, God, for blessing me with the value of true love. So many can’t seem to get these Five simple things right. - Marilee Hainje <br><br>Never lie no matter how difficult the topi... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 14:16:00 EST Cracks don't mean you are broken. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45460_cracks_dont_mean_you_are_broken One small crack doesn't mean that you are broken, it means that you were put to the test and didn't fall apart. <br><br>This reminds me of scars. Scars are badges of courage. So are cracks. They mean we are trying every single day, and some days have been harder than others. <br><br>Since I started this journey, I have been on a personal mission. I have been like a missile. My cracks were a knee fracture then a knee replacement, but neither of those stopped me. They kept me going, because I w... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 12:45:00 EST Don't overthink or dwell on problems. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45423_dont_overthink_or_dwell_on_problems Talking about our problems is our greatest addiction. Break the habit. Talk about your joys.<br><br>I think this should be on the front page of Spark. I read SO MANY blogs about being sick, hurting, doing poorly with their Sparkplan, and I always think, I know why.<br><br>I am not talking about someone close dying, having a serious illness or injury, just the every day, negativity that comes from not being positive.<br><br>I believe in the power of positive thinking. I believe that if you get... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 16:24:00 EST I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN AN OPTIMIST http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45412_i_have_always_been_an_optimist 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, 14 Apr 2016 08:54:00 EST Don't be a damsel in distress http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45396_dont_be_a_damsel_in_distress I'm a damsel, but not the distressed kind, one who's totally calm and in complete charge of her own destiny.<br><br>A damsel in distress. Seems almost historic now. The fantasy of millions of little girls, and even some adult women, who still see their lives bettered by being rescued by a handsome prince.<br><br>That prince is NEVER coming. A nice man may come, and if he treats you equally, and with kindness and love, you have hit the apex of damsel-ness.<br><br>I have never strived for, nor ... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 10:04:00 EST Refrain from Total Deprevation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45378_refrain_from_total_deprevation It has been my experience that deriving yourself of anything and everything you love completely is a prescription for failure. Cold turkey for some things is good but not for everything. Just like forbidding a child is a pretty good way to get them to rebel at some point and do it anyway. The child in us doesnt always do well when we have to completely give up the foods we love. <br>You have a better chance of not backsliding if you cut "down" rather than cut "out". Eventually if it is your g... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 03:23:00 EST Don't Worry, Be Happy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45371_dont_worry_be_happy <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>334</em> <br>Worry is nothing less than the misuse of your imagination<br>~ Ed Foreman<br><br>Today I might have occasion to worry. Since the last time I stepped on the scale, there is 4.8 more pounds of me! Horror of horrors!<br><br>Really, nothing to be worried about though! For the past seven days, I was on the high seas aboard Allure of the Seas and the owners of the ship woul... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 13:09:00 EST Character not reputation... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45365_character_not_reputation Worry more about your character, not your reputation. Your character is who you are, and your reputation is who other people think you are. John Wooden<br><br>For those who don't know, John Wooden was the UCLA men's basketball head coach for a heady run of ten NCAA national championships in a 12-year period, including a record seven in a row. No other team has won more than two in a row. Wooden was named national NCAA basketball coach of the year six times.<br><br>Character is what you show t... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 10:42:00 EST Keep it real http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45356_keep_it_real We know in life we are not perfect, so remember if you have a slip on dieting not to wallow in guilt but get back up and strive to do better! <br> In my past, I would slip and get so wrapped in guilt I would binge on junk and end up giving up. This time I am allowing for a "slip" occasionally so that I don't throw it all away for not being perfect one hundred percent of the time.<br> Guilt has almost always been the driving force behind my bingeing on unhealthy junk food. Its a vicious cyc... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 20:21:00 EST Always like yourself. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45349_always_like_yourself In a society that profits from your self doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act. And a BRILLIANT one.<br><br>I thank all you rebels for your comments on my blog yesterday, and your interest in my poetry. It meant a great deal to me, even if you didn't totally agree with it!!<br><br>I have always been a rebel. I relish the word. I relish being a non-conformist, in not going with the status quo, in not following orders. I like being the leader of my own band, like doing things because I wan... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 13:59:00 EST Be a badass http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45339_be_a_badass Being a girl means being a badass.<br><br>Of the many things President Obama has said that I liked, one of them that he said recently was particularly awesome.<br><br>He was talking to the U.S. Women's Soccer team, who had won the world Cup in spectacular fashion, and said (I am paraphrasing), playing like a girl means you are a badass.<br><br>Be a badass. That team personified teamwork, hard work, an unbelievable effort, and showed that women can compete as well as men, and sometimes, better... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 23:53:00 EST Life is Delicious http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45338_life_is_delicious Eating well has its own rewards. We feel better and it's so good for us. But I have learned that enjoying life means taking the guilt and shame out of the day to day delights in our lives. That has been my biggest challenge. Eating what my body needs to be healthy but at the same time feeling good about enjoying life along the way. There are so many days that have passed me by where I felt that if I enjoyed a treat that I was sabotaging my whole weight loss journey. I could not be further fro... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 23:08:00 EST Love your body now. No, like I mean RIGHT NOW. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45330_love_your_body_now_no_like_i_mean_right_now I'm fat. <br><br>No, like really fat. On the SparkPeople BMI scale (BMI is BS, but I won't even get into that here), I'm off to the right, OFF the scale. Too fat to even be on the ticker. If you are a numbers person, I'm 5'8" or 5'9" depending on the day and the measurer, and I weight 316.6 today. <br><br>Fat. Super-fat. <br><br>And I love my body. <br><br>This body. This very fat body. I love it. And I don't mean the "I have a nice smile and I like my hair" kind of love. I can't help looking... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 11:17:00 EST Laughter and Humor http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45318_laughter_and_humor Laughter and Humor may provide:<br><br>*** Social benefits-----Humor can also help relieve stress and tension when relating to others, and it can serve as a bonding mechanism in groups. In addition, humor, laughing and being light of spirit generally increases one's likability. A positive, mirthful attitude can be an important component of avoiding loneliness and social isolation. That's a health benefit for you, and, as a side effect, you help spread humor and laughter to others.<br><br... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 15:00:00 EST Be a badass... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45315_be_a_badass Of the many things President Obama has said that I liked, one of them that he said recently was particularly awesome.<br><br>He was talking to the U.S. Women's Soccer team, who had won the world Cup in spectacular fashion, and said (I am paraphrasing), playing like a girl means you are a badass.<br><br>Be a badass. That team personified teamwork, hard work, an unbelievable effort, and showed that women can compete as well as men, and sometimes, better.<br><br>I love this term, because it impl... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 13:03:00 EST Laughter and Humor http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45306_laughter_and_humor There are formal laughing clubs, laughing classes, laughter therapy and laughter yoga that don't necessarily rely on humor to get people laughing. Likewise, humor doesn't always lead to laughing. You can read a comic strip or watch a funny movie and be thoroughly amused, without laughing, particularly if you're alone.<br><br>The bottom line is that there's more than one way to bring levity into your life. Even if you're the type who always keeps a straight face-----or if you couldn't tell ... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 21:35:00 EST Laughter is Good Medicine http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45300_laughter_is_good_medicine Whether you're guiltily guffawing at an episode of "South Park" or quietly giggling at the latest New Yorker cartoon, laughing does you good. Laughter is a great form of stress relief, and that's no joke.<br><br>Stress relief from laughter<br><br>A good sense of humor can't cure all ailments, but data are mounting about the positive things laughter can do.<br><br>Short-term benefits<br>A good laugh has great short-term effects. When you start to laugh, it doesn't just lighten your load mental... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 11:40:00 EST Laughter and Humor http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45289_laughter_and_humor Laughter and Humor........the best Midicine?<br><br>It's been said that laughter is the best medicine. While that's not true for every ailment, research is slowly validating what many people intuitively experience while watching a comedy, having a gab session with funny friends or hearing a well-placed one-liner-----that laughter is often an important component of health and well-being for yourself and those around you.<br><br>Humor and laughter are universal among humans. It's felt that hu... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 16:59:00 EST Like yourself, every single day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45287_like_yourself_every_single_day In a society that profits from your self doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act. And a BRILLIANT one.<br><br>I thank all you rebels for your comments on my blog yesterday, and your interest in my poetry. It meant a great deal to me, even if you didn't totally agree with it!!<br><br>I have always been a rebel. I relish the word. I relish being a non-conformist, in not going with the status quo, in not following orders. I like being the leader of my own band, like doing things because I wan... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 12:28:00 EST When You Get Hit with a Punch.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45285_when_you_get_hit_with_a_punch Usually they say when you get Lemons make Lemonade.. but life don't throw Lemons... It can hit you with a punch and you end up crying and saying why me.... and hit the ground...Life is amazing but sometimes it’s hard to acknowledge because of all the sticky situations and terrible nonsense that happens in our lives...Let me guess: Right when you think something is going great, something bad happens again. When does it end up with why me.. always like me.. Why you...? Why can't you just be ... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 11:04:00 EST Hearing Loss Tips for Better Communication http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45278_hearing_loss_tips_for_better_communication Focus on the general message, and if you find yourself getting lost, ask the speaker to slow down or rephrase what they were saying.<br><br>Appropriating Technology<br><br>There are many technologies available to help those with hearing impairment hear and communicate better. Take watching television or listening to the radio, for example. There are assistive listening systems that use special transmitter units to send sound-----some through FM radio waves, others through infrared light wav... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 18:55:00 EST Don't let words break you http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45274_dont_let_words_break_you I never knew how strong I was, until I had to forgive someone who wasn't sorry, and accept an apology I never received.<br><br>Of course, this has happened to all of us. We have been slighted, maligned, wronged, and the person doing the wronging was so wrapped in their own self-absorption, they didn't realize that their words stung, harmed, and we have had to live with their actions.<br><br>I have said a MILLION things to my darling Daughter over the course of her life, but one is a life less... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 11:58:00 EST Work on yourself, for yourself. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45266_work_on_yourself_for_yourself I am working on myself, by myself, for myself.<br><br>If you are on this journey for ANY other reason, get on another road. This one is for you. It is to make you stronger, happier, healthier and the best you can possibly be.<br><br>I started off 120 pounds heavier, never really thinking I could do this. Every single day I did, made it easier. Every single thing I did for me, made me believe. Every single minute of exercise made me stronger, and happier. Every single pound made me better at t... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 22:22:00 EST Hearing Loss Tips for Better Communication http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45264_hearing_loss_tips_for_better_communication Modifying Your Environment<br><br>With practice, you can effectively alter your environment to avoid communication breakdowns. You can:<br><br>*** Move closer to the source of a sound you want to hear, such as a TV, stereo or another person. Arrange furniture in your home so that guests or family members are seated nearby and facing directly toward you. In other locations, choose seating for minimum distance and maximum visibility.<br><br><br>*** Move away from distracting or overpower... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 22:11:00 EST Keep on the Sunny Side of Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45262_keep_on_the_sunny_side_of_life Obesity.. Sounds like a bad word and some deny it but lets face it we all that have been told you really need to loose a few pounds from your Doctor is Honest and Head the Warning.. being overweight is unhealthy.. So you have to look on the Sunny Side while doing this task... Positive... and keeping it all the way to see you through...To lose weight and maintain healthy weight, individuals must not only be motivated and make a commitment to lose weight and maintain being healthy but also und... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 15:52:00 EST Don't think...Just do http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45251_dont_thinkjust_do One of the best things I was ever taught was, "Don't think, just do". It was a mindset I couldn't get my head wrapped around. What do you mean I can't think about how my feet need to move and my hands and my body all at the same time. This move scares me! I may not make the jump! I'm going to fall on my butt and embarrass myself!!<br><br>Sometimes I overthink (as a lot of us do, especially ladies), it's in our brain chemistry, it's natural. But it was when I was with my trainer that he y... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 07:54:00 EST Do not give up on yourself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45248_do_not_give_up_on_yourself I have been here 3 weeks today . . I am learning so much and I am gaining Friends along the way! <br><br>I know getting fit can be daunting at any age . . <br><br><br>Let me tell you about me . . . I have had 23 surgeries so far in my life ... I had my leg torn off in a car accident at 16 years old..(they told me I would never walk again) and that took 7 surgeries to replace/repair it!....I broke my back in 2 places ( they told me I would never walk again..again!) I have broken my neck.. I h... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 22:27:00 EST Focusing on my focus! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45247_focusing_on_my_focus My son has ADHD and his focus was gone about two days ago. Me having ADHD makes it that much harder to get back. All I can control is my focus on the matter and how I do it. Research is the key and I decided to google to get the answers. My son turned it around because it came from him and that is how I did it in two days. Here are the ten ideas I focused on to get my focus back and help him. These ideas are not mine they are from a lady I googled named Lolly Daskal. Here are her ten ideas th... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 21:58:00 EST Hearing Loss Tips for Better Communication http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45246_hearing_loss_tips_for_better_communication Hearing loss shouldn't be ignored. Dismissing it in the hope that it will go away doesn't work and can even undermine your sense of confidence and self-identity. It can also leave you feeling isolated from family and friends. <br><br>By acknowledging your hearing impairment you can start opening yourself up to help and solutions.<br><br>Learning to live with hearing loss enables you to stay engaged with family and friends and to participate in a wide range of activities. You may find that... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 21:57:00 EST Reacting to life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45244_reacting_to_life Life is 10% of what happens to you, and 90% of how you react to it. <br><br>So, I have been "laying low" for the past couple of days. Does my knee feel better/different? NO. I am not laying low anymore. I will go slow, but I am not slowing down anymore. My knee was built with titanium, and can take a beating. I am going back to yoga today, and am going to swim tomorrow. Damn the torpedoes, FULL SPEED AHEAD. I am taking my 90% and reacting that I will move slowly, but steadily forward. I am no... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 18:36:00 EST Benefits of Puzzles http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45243_benefits_of_puzzles Human mind has two separate hemispheres or lobes called right and left-brain with each one dealing in different functions. Right brain deals with emotions and performs tasks holistically while the left-brain functions in linear fashion. When you are able to use both the sides of the brain, you will find that your mind power is harnessed to its best and gets better. Jigsaw puzzle helps you exercise both the parts of your brain.<br><br>Left-brain thinks logically and follows sequence while the ... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 16:18:00 EST Positive is as Positive Does http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45237_positive_is_as_positive_does When it comes to our health you have to make life changes are especially difficult to place in our busy lives and even harder to sustain. But in my experience..it’s the small changes you add to maintain and love that add up to a meaningful long-term difference.... Small changes do add up.. It took a while to get where you are and then to turn around and make changes is not easy..you need to follow a consistent workout routine... In most times an early morning workout is best for establishin... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 10:24:00 EST Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45225_every_champion_was_once_a_contender_who_refused_to_give_up Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up.<br><br>I was SO touched, so moved and spent so much time thinking about the comments on my "you are beautiful" blog (and awesome video) of a few days ago.<br><br>So many of us have used eating as our crutch in our lives. So many of us have been hurt, sometimes by forces recognized easily, but some by words, spoken quietly, that entered our minds and stuck like a glue that could not be moved. We have taken those harsh and hateful word... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 13:33:00 EST The 5 "W's" of life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45210_the_5_ws_of_life The five W's of life:<br><br>WHO you are is what makes you special. Do not change for anyone. Do not think you have to, do not compromise your principles, or your character to please anyone. If you are happy and kind, you will get the same in return.<br><br>WHAT lies ahead will always be a mystery. Do not be afraid to explore. Life is a new experience every single day. You can make every day a great one with a great attitude and a desire to know more, be more, want more. You can make your lif... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 13:29:00 EST Benefits of Journaling http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45209_benefits_of_journaling I’ll bet you write (or word process) daily. If you are like most women, you record only what you must. In an effort to change your mind and your habits, I’ll let you in on a well-kept secret: A pen coupled with paper can serve as a powerful life tool.<br><br>Journaling (or keeping letters or diaries) is an ancient tradition, one that dates back to at least 10th century Japan. Successful people throughout history have kept journals. Presidents have maintained them for posterity; other famous f... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 12:10:00 EST LOST 13.6 POUNDS SINCE MONDAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45208_lost_136_pounds_since_monday 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, 1 Apr 2016 11:05:00 EST Make It a Great Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45203_make_it_a_great_day <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <br>You can have a Great Day, or a Lousy Day; it's totally up to you.<br>Ed Foreman<br><br>Ed Foreman says that the first thing, the very first thing you do each morning is to decide whether the day will be terrific or terrible and that decision will stay with you ALL DAY LONG!!<br><br>Today is a great day. Today is the day when I am the most productive at work, for vacation starts tomorrow and acc... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 09:58:00 EST Learn to forgive, not forget. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45196_learn_to_forgive_not_forget Forgiveness is not about letting someone off the hook for their actions, but freeing ourselves of negative energies that bind us to them.<br><br>I have a few people in my life, that are tied to me forever, and that in some ways, I wish weren't.<br><br>One is my darling Daughter's other parent, who has never contributed, has harrassed us, owes me thousands of dollars, and is just an all around jerk. She was a surprise, and if I had to do it all over, I would do it again in a minute, but just m... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 13:12:00 EST Benefits of Positivity http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45193_benefits_of_positivity Positive thinking: Stop negative self-talk to reduce stress<br>Positive thinking helps with stress management and can even improve your health. Practice overcoming negative self-talk with examples provided.<br><br><br>Is your glass half-empty or half-full? How you answer this age-old question about positive thinking may reflect your outlook on life, your attitude toward yourself, and whether you're optimistic or pessimistic — and it may even affect your health.<br><br>Indeed, some studies sho... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 12:05:00 EST Keep Looking up and be positive.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45191_keep_looking_up_and_be_positive Forget the past.. The past is gone and today is now and the future is to come..A lot of progress is lost when thinking about all of the times you’ve tried to lose weight and failed, putting off dieting for a later date, or being scared of all the things you’ll have to do in the days to come. ....Come to terms with how bad you’ve let yourself get, and make a promise never to return to where you’re at... It took time to get the weight and now it’s OK to be unhappy about the way you look, as lon... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 11:19:00 EST LOST CRUISE WEIGHT ALREADY http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45188_lost_cruise_weight_already 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, 31 Mar 2016 09:10:00 EST Forgiving but Not Forgetting http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45180_forgiving_but_not_forgetting U dont need to forget before u can forgive......( inasmuch as u are not suffering from memory-loss).....forgive d person and move on with yur life, if d person tries to be too close, which u may not be interested in, set boundaries, be careful with d person, lest what happened before should happen again, forgive completely, its good for your health, dont try to refer to what happened before, just live your life and be wise enough in relating with d person. May God help u..........<br><br>If y... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 17:03:00 EST Don't tell me, show me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45173_dont_tell_me_show_me <br><br>Don't tell me, show me.<br><br>I have said this for SO LONG, that it is really part of my life mantra.<br><br>Life is a 'show me'. Wait, what does that mean? If someone tells you that they love you, and ignores you, or demeans you, or doesn't help with anything, the words are meaningless. If someone does something for you without asking, something thoughtful, or small, or trivial, but kind, that is a 'show me'. That is a clear demonstration of their love for you.<br><br>My BF isn't bi... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 11:35:00 EST Baby Steps! Baby Steps! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45172_baby_steps_baby_steps <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"We change when the pain to change is less than the pain to remain as we are."<br>~ Ed Foreman<br><br>Goal achieved this morning! Actually the second goal of ten pounds weight lost this year. My next goal is set. Lose ten pounds by June 15. That is a pound a week and is attainable, even with an intervening cruise next week.<br><br>Rather that setting a goal to lose seventy-seven pounds, I set my fi... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 09:56:00 EST Remove negative energy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45154_remove_negative_energy Forgiveness is not about letting someone off the hook for their actions, but freeing ourselves of negative energies that bind us to them.<br><br>I have a few people in my life, that are tied to me forever, and that in some ways, I wish weren't.<br><br>One is my darling Daughter's other parent, who has never contributed, has harrassed us, owes me thousands of dollars, and is just an all around jerk. She was a surprise, and if I had to do it all over, I would do it again in a minute, but just m... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 11:45:00 EST Start with a notebook and a list of Affirmations.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45153_start_with_a_notebook_and_a_list_of_affirmations When you want to loose weight.. Start a notebook and make a list of weight loss affirmations that will aide you each day as you read them... You will find daily affirmations for weight loss, which, if used diligently, will help you lose weight...Permanent weight loss or weight control requires a change in lifestyle. The affirmations given here will help you to slowly but surely change your lifestyle...Positive affirmations for weight loss will help you change your lifestyle..... our body mai... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 11:31:00 EST Get up, Dress up, Show up, and Never give up. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45145_get_up_dress_up_show_up_and_never_give_up No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up, and never give up.<br><br>I am pretty lucky, beccause this was my Mom's mantra, pretty much when I was growing up. Don't complain, suck it up, you are fine, get going, get things done.<br><br>And for crying out loud, don't give up.<br><br>I am taking my car in to have the snow tires swapped out today. Earliest I have EVER done this, since I moved to Minnesota, almost 20 years ago. We have had a nothing winter. It has been great. There will be... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 18:57:00 EST Enjoy Life Always http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45127_enjoy_life_always In life no matter what you are faced with you must remained focused and positive. People will always try to bring you down. When you are truly confident and know where you need to be you will find that your life will change. It is also necessary to stay away from people who bring you down; stay away from negative people. The prayer of GOD is very powerful and people forget to lay their problems in GOD'S hands so he can handle the problem. I have learned to be quiet and just let people talk. I... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 20:33:00 EST May the odds be in your favor. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45125_may_the_odds_be_in_your_favor May the odds be forever in your favor.<br><br>This quote is from the "Hunger Games" books, for those of you that have not had the pleasure of reading them.<br><br>I was told by my Daughter that I HAD to read these books, and since they were part of my Kindle Unlimited subscription, I read them all this week. I LOVED these books.<br><br>The premise is that this is a post-apocalyptic world, Panem, in North America, and this HORRID dictator/totalitarian, Snow, controls Panem, by enclosing all th... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 14:50:00 EST It's Easter Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45123_its_easter_morning Happy Easter to all my friends, family, and sparkers. I hope you are well.<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... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 14:07:00 EST Happy Easter to All http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45120_happy_easter_to_all <em>448</em> <em>449</em> <em>450</em> <em>451</em> <em>453</em> <em>452</em> <br> <em>448</em> <em>449</em> <em>450</em> <em>451</em> <em>453</em> <em>452</em> <br> <em>448</em> <em>449</em> <em>450</em> <em>451</em> <em>453</em> <em>452</em> <br> <em>448</em> <em>449</em> <em>450</em> <em>451</em> <em>453</em> <em>452</em> <br> <em>448</em> <em>449</em> <em>450</em> <em>451</em> <em>453</em> <em>452</em> <b... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 10:07:00 EST Nobody can break you http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45110_nobody_can_break_you You're a diamond, dear. They can't break you.<br><br>This is my new mantra. My knee pain gets worse when one of the therapists does something she calls "manipulating my kneecap". I can't really get around for a couple of days after this AWFUL intrusion. She insists it is something that will help me get better and will make me feel better. It doesn't. It is just AWFUL.<br><br>Finally, on Thursday, I told her that she couldn't do it anymore. She looked at me with almost horror. I said, this is ... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 12:17:00 EST Beautiful Saturday Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45109_beautiful_saturday_morning 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 myself that I will lose 5 pounds over the next 30 days. I think that is realistic... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 12:17:00 EST Work on yourself. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45100_work_on_yourself I am working on myself, by myself, for myself.<br><br>If you are on this journey for ANY other reason, get on another road. This one is for you. It is to make you stronger, happier, healthier and the best you can possibly be.<br><br>I started off 120 pounds heavier, never really thinking I could do this. Every single day I did, made it easier. Every single thing I did for me, made me believe. Every single minute of exercise made me stronger, and happier. Every single pound made me better at t... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 14:28:00 EST Every Journey is different... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45098_every_journey_is_different In order to loose weight and keep positive you need to first love yourself inside and also have a good attitude.. Sounds hard but not really... If your in a relationship and have to ones you love you all ready they are in with you.. You need to do this for you and only for you and your health..<br>There’s nothing like the first week of the challenge you want to start a diet and exercise regime, but if your motivation is ­disgust at the size of your waistband, you could be setting yourself up ... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 12:44:00 EST Doing the Spring Cleanout http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45095_doing_the_spring_cleanout 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 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 it right. The yo-yo dieting doesn't work for me, nor does it... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 11:14:00 EST Chin up, Buttercup. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45078_chin_up_buttercup Chin up, buttercup.<br><br>I was raised by two awesome parents who would never accept whining, complaining about health, and pretty much told us to "buck up" when we had a cold or some other minimal ailment.<br><br>Just like many things your parents do, as you age, you start to realize that they were right. This one, "buck up" is a prime example. Whining about anything, whether it is a cold or a minor injury, or anything else, does nobody any good, especially you. Getting up and getting going... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 12:24:00 EST Principles to Happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45066_principles_to_happiness The 13 Principles to Happiness <br> ( from the executive happiness coach- go to happiness@the speedoflife ) . He is a super guy and wicked smart. Each of the principles has an associated action and helpful tips to answer the "what ,why and how". I am paraphrasing a bit.<br><br>I have this posted in my office: <em>213</em> <br><br>1. Become Positively Self-ish<br>Take care of yourself first, build a foundation for stronger relationships and increase your capacity.<br>2. Live Your Values<br... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 14:04:00 EST What We Plant http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45061_what_we_plant <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become reality."<br>~ Earl Nightingale<br><br>As I said in yesterday's secret, there is a finite number of self-help maxims and the plethora of self-help gurus, from Napoleon Hill in the 1930's clear through Tony Robbins in the teens keep paraphrasing and restating the same ideas.<br><br>In the late ninete... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 10:32:00 EST The Calorie Burn http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45059_the_calorie_burn 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 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 it righ... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 09:14:00 EST Make happiness a priority. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45057_make_happiness_a_priority Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that it is.<br><br>I spent many years thinking that if I was thin, I would be happier. I spent many years berating myself for not achieving that goal, and wasting a lot of potentially good time.<br><br>No matter your weight, no matter WHAT, find ways to be happy today. Find ways to be proud of your achievements every day. Find joy in everything this awesome world has to offer.<br><br... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 22:48:00 EST Oh the Allergies http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45044_oh_the_allergies 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 to... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 08:59:00 EST On Sharing Secrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45041_on_sharing_secrets As I sit down each morning to share a secret, I am impressed by how repetitive my secrets are. Many times I am paraphrasing something I have already shared but that is OK.<br><br>When I share a secret, I am exposed to it yet one more time and each and every time I am exposed to one of these secrets, it is better engraved into my subconscious which is where the impetus for all behavior is stored. <br><br>Repetition helps the memory and ingrains habits. It is difficult to come up with a new id... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 21:22:00 EST Do something good for someone today http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45039_do_something_good_for_someone_today Life is 10% of what happens to you, and 90% of how you react to it.<br><br>So, I have been "laying low" for the past couple of days. Does my knee feel better/different? NO. I am not laying low anymore. I will go slow, but I am not slowing down anymore. My knee was built with titanium, and can take a beating. I am going back to yoga today, and am going to swim tomorrow. Damn the torpedoes, FULL SPEED AHEAD. I am taking my 90% and reacting that I will move slowly, but steadily forward. I am not... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 17:53:00 EST Shake it up.. Slowing down..Move it.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45036_shake_it_up_slowing_downmove_it It is very common to lose some motivation when you are trying to lose weight because you will quite often reach a point where you are simply not losing the weight in the way you had hoped or you may find yourself being tempted by those different things that will lead you off your planned diet. This is of course going to pose a problem as it does not take long to undo all of the good work you have previously put in so how exactly do you stay motivated when trying to lose weight...One reason wh... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 13:34:00 EST Getting Hubby OnBoard http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45031_getting_hubby_onboard 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 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 it right. The yo-yo dieting doesn't work for me, nor does it... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 08:56:00 EST There is no diet secret http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45022_there_is_no_diet_secret There really is no secret to dieting. Most of the time we just have to make our minds that this time we are going to do it! We have all been at this junction of will it or will it not be successful this time? Don't we understand that we have get back up again and again and again and so forth. We are preparing ourselves for potential success each time we don't make meet or succeed at our goals. We are gathering information on what works for and apparently what does not. With me it's getting my... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 19:09:00 EST Strive for Greatness http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45017_strive_for_greatness <br>Someone once told me not to bite off more than I could chew.<br>I said I'd rather choke on greatness than nibble on mediocrity.<br><br>My Dad used to say that all the time, and I never really understood it. I really do agree with the second sentence. There is no reason to not aim for the highest mountain.<br><br>I have been resting my knee today, Doctor's orders for a couple of days. I guess I have been pushing too hard, doing too much, and he wants me to STOP for a few days. I hate it.<b... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 15:14:00 EST Burning Calories and Brush http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45012_burning_calories_and_brush 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 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 it right. The yo-yo dieting doesn't work for me, nor does i... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 11:57:00 EST The Whole She-bang http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44999_the_whole_shebang 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 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... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 12:21:00 EST Only care what YOU think of you. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44996_only_care_what_you_think_of_you <br> <br>Don't care what other people think...<br>View JJMPLSMN's Sparkpage<br>View All Blog Entries from JJMPLSMN<br><br>Saturday, March 19, 2016<br><br><br>Not caring what other people think is the<br>best choice you will ever make.<br><br>I went to Target the other day with my darling Daughter. She looked at me and said, MOM, you are wearing your slippers. I looked down and said, I know, and smiled at her. "They are comfortable, they are Vionics, and right now, putting on my sneakers is t... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 10:45:00 EST Strive for Greatness http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44986_strive_for_greatness Someone once told me not to bite off more than I could chew.<br>I said I'd rather choke on greatness than nibble on mediocrity.<br><br>My Dad used to say that all the time, and I never really understood it. I really do agree with the second sentence. There is no reason to not aim for the highest mountain.<br><br>I have been resting my knee today, Doctor's orders for a couple of days. I guess I have been pushing too hard, doing too much, and he wants me to STOP for a few days. I hate it.<br><b... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 20:32:00 EST Be Positive and Dietitian http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44982_be_positive_and_dietitian First and foremost Never Give up... You need to be persistent and willing to give up some of the foods you like. You need to be tough and exercise every day. Only then can you lose weight ... Yes exercise.. You can not sit in a chair all day or wish it away.. You have to put in a little effort and movement in your day... I am not saying you have to run a marathon.. You just have to be willing to give some time to exercise.. Working out three time at ten minutes is not unreasonable and Sparks... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 13:23:00 EST The Hungry Games http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44977_the_hungry_games 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... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 08:53:00 EST Happiness is an inside job. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44970_happiness_is_an_inside_job <br>Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that it is.<br><br>I spent many years thinking that if I was thin, I would be happier. I spent many years berating myself for not achieving that goal, and wasting a lot of potentially good time.<br><br>No matter your weight, no matter WHAT, find ways to be happy today. Find ways to be proud of your achievements every day. Find joy in everything this awesome world has to offer.<br... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 18:10:00 EST Erin Go Braugh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44961_erin_go_braugh <em>137</em> <em>439</em> <em>440</em> <em>441</em> <em>438</em> <em>437</em> <br> <em>137</em> <em>439</em> <em>440</em> <em>441</em> <em>438</em> <em>437</em> <br> <em>137</em> <em>439</em> <em>440</em> <em>441</em> <em>438</em> <em>437</em> <br> <em>137</em> <em>439</em> <em>440</em> <em>441</em> <em>438</em> <em>437</em> <br> <em>137</em> <em>439</em> <em>440</em> <em>441</em> <em>438</em> <em>437</em> <br> <... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 10:24:00 EST In the Driver's Seat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44960_in_the_drivers_seat 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 ov... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 09:03:00 EST Be there for yourself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44959_be_there_for_yourself I've learned I have to be my own cheerleader. Being a giver by nature I found in the past I was the last one on my list of recipients. By changing things up I'm able to enjoy the benefits of taking care of my needs first. Oddly, this gives me more opportunities and strength to help others. It also gives me more respect for myself.<br><br>Making yourself your priority will be the number one tool in reaching and maintaining your health goals.<br><br>Here's to you!<br><br><br>...................... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 08:57:00 EST Enjoy Every Minute http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44949_enjoy_every_minute <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future.<br>Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored."<br>~Earl Nightingale<br><br>As I keep sharing secrets, I notice that I don't really have very many secrets. They are b... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 15:52:00 EST The Best of Intentions http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44946_the_best_of_intentions I have been in a really negative head space lately. Down on everything, everyone, including myself. Perhaps it's a function of the weather - winter. Perhaps it has to do with the current political climate. Whatever the case, I am feeling restless and unsettled and unsatisfied and pissy.<br><br>What I notice is that I take these moods out on the people around me. Especially my poor husband. And I am not great to be around. I choose to SHAKE THIS OFF with CONSTANT REMINDERS.<br><br>Sometimes wh... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 14:32:00 EST Make your life limitless http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44937_make_your_life_limitless <br>Once you become fearless, life becomes limitless.<br><br>We are all full of fears. Fears of failure, fears of success, fears of things.<br><br>Fears have been with us since we were small, and by looking at them and understanding that most of them are actually unrealistic, we CAN find ways to conquer them, and in conquering them, we are able to face other things in our lives that are holding us back.<br><br>Fear of weight loss is a real thing. There will be people along your journey that ... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 11:06:00 EST Be kind to yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44936_be_kind_to_yourself We really can be our own best friends, and when I'm feeling demotivated, I ask myself one question: "How would I talk to my best friend if she were having this same problem?" If my best friend came and said she'd had a rough day and didn't eat or exercise in a desirable way, I wouldn't tell her she was useless or stupid. I wouldn't yell at her and tell her to straighten up and get a grip. I would say "It's okay; it's just one day. You're doing great, and now is a great time to get back in the... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 10:28:00 EST Setting a Schedule http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44935_setting_a_schedule 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 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... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 09:28:00 EST Count Your Blessings http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44924_count_your_blessings <em>440</em> <em>440</em> <em>440</em> <em>440</em> <em>440</em> <em>440</em> <br>Count your blessings. Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play, and you will finally be able to move forward the life that God intended for you with grace, strength, courage, and confidence.<br>~ Og Mandino<br><br>It is said that if you begin each day by counting your blessings, then each day yo... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 15:21:00 EST You need discipline. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44918_you_need_discipline You will never always be motivated. You must learn to be disciplined.<br><br>The rush of "joiners" to Spark at the beginning of the year is heartening. I would love to know how many of them are still here. My guess, is about ten percent.<br><br>Why? How do you make a decision to change, and not follow through? How many times have we all made that decision, to lose weight, to try some crazy Atkins neanderthal plan, and make it a few weeks, cheat and quit? For me, it was too many to count.<br><... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 10:10:00 EST A Vote for Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44917_a_vote_for_me Yes I voted today with the candidate who best aligns himself with our family values.<br><br>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 los... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 09:28:00 EST Keep that smile on your face! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44912_keep_smile_on_your_face I find that staying positive is key to being/staying healthy. <br><br>If you smile when you are in a bad mood, you will find that you eventually want to keep on smiling... Doesn't that sound fantastic? The first time I tried it, I was amazed. <br><br>Instead of walking around with a scowl on your face (very inviting to wrinkles), try putting a smile on instead, when you are walking down the street, in the grocery market or the mall, when you are driving and accomplishing any of your many acti... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 20:23:00 EST Find great places today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44911_find_great_places_today You're off to great places. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way. Dr. (awesome) Seuss<br><br>I had a great day yesterday, and can't wait to climb today's mountain.<br><br>I started off with physical therapy. Stacy is pushing me hard. I want her to. My knee bend is up to 96 percent, so I'm still hanging in there. Great way to start my day.<br><br>Then I went to my darling Daughter's co-op to by yogurt (Stonyfield organic) that was on sale. My DD was painting a sign. ... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 18:24:00 EST Have a Rainy Day Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44910_have_a_rainy_day_plan You know, I live in Southern California where it hasn't rained much in a long long time. We need the rain, and we seem to be undertaking drastic measures here to get rain?! I was watching the news last night and they were talking about shooting rockets into the sky that caused it to rain and it actually worked?! This was at CalTech Pasadena. <br><br>And we have had some rain over the last week. Two days of it, actually. Thus, the cause of this Secret of Success. In a way. Or another... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 14:55:00 EST Benefits of Prayer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44902_benefits_of_prayer If you want to achieve maximum health, here are a few things that you should do: exercise regularly, eat nutritious and minimally processed foods, drop those extra pounds -- and pray. That's right, regular prayer and meditation has been shown in numerous scientific studies to be an important factor in living longer and staying healthy.<br><br>Prayer is the most widespread alternative therapy in America today. Over 85 percent of people confronting a major illness pray, according to a Universit... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 11:08:00 EST Half full or Half Empty...? Your Choice http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44892_half_full_or_half_empty_your_choice Most diets work only as long as you work the diet! The moment dieting stops, all the weight that has been lost slowly starts coming back. This only means that unless you change your lifestyle, you will again have weight problems. I found that it is necessary to change our thinking. You have to make your mind comfortable with the new weight you desire. Do not think something unreasonable figure cause I did and now I feel better in my body and do not care if the last ten pounds come off...I fee... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 17:49:00 EST struggles of our life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44891_struggles_of_our_life <br>Struggles of our Life : A Short Inspiring Story<br><br><br><br>Once upon a time a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed.<br><br>Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Once the three pots began to boil, he placed potatoes ... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 15:23:00 EST The Courage to Day No http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44886_the_courage_to_day_no <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <br>"Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right.These are the magic keys to living your life with dignity."<br>~ W. Clement Stone<br><br>How can a post about "saying no" fall into the category "Staying Positive"? That is a good question until you ponder it for a while and realize that sometimes saying "no" is one of the most positive thing... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 11:47:00 EST Felling the Trees http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44885_felling_the_trees 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 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... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 11:39:00 EST Don't get mad. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44873_dont_get_mad Don't get mad.<br>Don't get even.<br>Do better.<br>Much better.<br>Rise above.<br>Become so engulfed in your own success<br>that you forgot it ever happened.<br><br>Getting mad is easy. Finding reasons to be mad is easy too. Finding reasons to forgive, to forget, to move on, to NOT get mad, is a joy and an art.<br><br>I have made a lot of changes in my life, since I started on my Sparkjourney. A number of them have nothing to do with weight. They have to do with me, and how I feel about thing... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 12:24:00 EST Benefits of Laughter http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44851_benefits_of_laughter Laughter is strong medicine for mind and body<br><br>“Your sense of humor is one of the most powerful tools you have to make certain that your daily mood and emotional state support good health.”<br><br>~ Paul E. McGhee, Ph.D.<br><br>Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, fo... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 11:03:00 EST I NEED TO STAY POSITIVE http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44844_i_need_to_stay_positive 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, 11 Mar 2016 01:20:00 EST Our friends: The Measuring Tape and Mirror http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44839_our_friends_the_measuring_tape_and_mirror Weighing myself can be disappointing when water weight and times of day reduce my efforts by a pound or two. <br>(Is that all??!) <em>198</em> <br>...and emotions do affect energy levels.<br>For me, a more steady and truthful guide to my goals is the tape measure. It's helpful also as I anticipate the changes that will come in my clothing. <br> <em>7</em> (I can wear it!!)<br>The cousin to the measuring tape is the full length mirror. Trying on clothes with the figure you really have is... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 16:36:00 EST Today is your day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44836_today_is_your_day You're off to great places. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way. Dr. (awesome) Seuss<br><br>I had a great day yesterday, and can't wait to climb today's mountain.<br><br>I started off with physical therapy. Stacy is pushing me hard. I want her to. My knee bend is up to 96 percent, so I'm still hanging in there. Great way to start my day.<br><br>Then I went to my darling Daughter's co-op to by yogurt (Stonyfield organic) that was on sale. My DD was painting a sign. ... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 14:16:00 EST Happiness is an inside job. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44795_happiness_is_an_inside_job Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that it is.<br><br>I spent many years thinking that if I was thin, I would be happier. I spent many years berating myself for not achieving that goal, and wasting a lot of potentially good time.<br><br>No matter your weight, no matter WHAT, find ways to be happy today. Find ways to be proud of your achievements every day. Find joy in everything this awesome world has to offer.<br><br... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 10:31:00 EST Springtime's for Getting Unstuck http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44791_springtimes_for_getting_unstuck So, you tasted the cookies you "bought for the kids," insisted on buying your adult son a birthday cake, or "needed" to make white flour side dishes for guests that "wouldn't understand." Surely, you sampled all of those "lovelies," too.<br><br>Don't worry; be happy. You got up breathing, today. You can still haul laundry up and down the stairs, clean house while listening to music on your headphones or even (gasp) get down on the floor and do some core work.<br><br>Certainly it's dumb to sa... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 07:15:00 EST Don't let a lapse ruin a good day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44776_dont_let_a_lapse_ruin_a_good_day Saying, "Oh, I've already ruined my good eating today: I'll just eat crap, is like saying I dropped my phone on the floor; I'll just smash it until it breaks".<br><br>We are human, we have flaws, we make mistakes.<br><br>The way to handle a bad eating moment is to track it, forget it and move on. To quit because of that is what you have always done, and this is not how to be successful here, or in life.<br><br>We all know we make mistakes, we are enchanted by something and must have it. Just ... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 11:10:00 EST frustrations and my health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44767_frustrations_and_my_health It's very hard not to get angry and annoyed with .. first right before Christmas I hurt my foot and heal and ankle .. I had to wear the boot for 7 long weeks and with a three (3) inch heel in the boot and each week take one out.. As most of you know I have a spine injury and the boot took me off balance .. Then 6 weeks of therapy and being sore and trying to get back to a normal life ,, It is very hard .. well I had a sneezing fit and ... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 21:04:00 EST MAKE STRAIGHT PATHS FOR YOUR FEET. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44753_make_straight_paths_for_your_feet "Make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed." Hebrews 12:13.<br><br>Our human minds are confused and full of facts which are impossible to organize when we are under stress. We learn to simplify our lives and accept our limitations when we are dieting because we are forced to lower our stress if we want to lose weight (overeating being a stress disease).<br><br>As dieters, if we stay on our diets long enough we do achiev... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 02:24:00 EST Don't Stop You http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44752_dont_stop_you Yup, don't stop you which can be or become an easy thing to do & you don't want that to happen that's why you must pump your brakes when you see yourself falling into the same behavioral pattern that leads you down that same path and that can't be good so we must not allow it. Simple things like eating more than one portion or getting seconds or having too many sweets or sugar in general or allowing a trigger food to take us into a binge or simply having too much alcohol but I say this, " don... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 01:42:00 EST Today is your day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44744_today_is_your_day You're off to great places. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way. Dr. (awesome) Seuss<br><br>I had a great day yesterday, and can't wait to climb today's mountain.<br><br>I started off with physical therapy. Stacy is pushing me hard. I want her to. My knee bend is up to 96 percent, so I'm still hanging in there. Great way to start my day.<br><br>Then I went to my darling Daughter's co-op to by yogurt (Stonyfield organic) that was on sale. My DD was painting a sign. ... Sat, 5 Mar 2016 12:56:00 EST Above all, try something. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44729_above_all_try_something Above all, try something. <br><br>I was thinking about my encounter the other day, with a woman who had not exercised in a number of years, because of pain. If you do NOT exercise, the pain can actually get worse, ironically. If you do exercise, you can ease your pain, if you find the right kinds of exercise.<br><br>If you have a broken leg, obviously, you should not use it, but if you have limited mobility, such as a bad knee or hip or shoulder, there are all kinds of things you can do to k... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 12:40:00 EST Works if I Accept It http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44722_works_if_i_accept_it Lots of time emotional eating is connected to not liking what life brings. I'm discovering, again and again, that I have no control over other folks or even over most of my own experiences.<br><br>Today, for instance, when the blender slipped out of my hand and broke, I blessed the event. it's better to lose money on replacing a blender than a hip.<br><br>A short while later, my adult children decided that they wanted to reorganize their rooms. Note: one is in law school and only lives here o... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 07:18:00 EST Yes, you are good...even great!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44682_yes_you_are_goodeven_great Believe there is a great power silently working all things for good. Behave yourself and never mind the rest. Beatrix Potter.<br><br>There is a great power, YOU.<br><br>Yesterday, when that woman at the desk at physical therapy was rude and incorrect, I had every right to come back at her and correct her with some force. I didn't bother. I don't bother with those people anymore, because I believe they are insecure, and need every single moment of fake power to try to control their own emotion... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 22:51:00 EST smiling through pain is hard http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44680_smiling_through_pain_is_hard Staying positive is a hard thing to do when everything around you is just falling apart and there is nothing you can do to control the situation any more<br><br>I have tried to find ways to stay positive but it does not help so I put myself into my knitting and cleaning. Keeping busy helps keep the mind from thinking about all those things you can not control until you are not doing it anymore<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... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 18:48:00 EST Cherish Each Hour http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44673_cherish_each_hour <em>412</em> <em>412</em> <em>412</em> <em>412</em> <em>412</em> <em>412</em> <em>412</em> <br>Cherish each hour of this day for it can never return. Og Mandino<br><br><br>Every morning one thousand four hundred forty minutes are deposited in our bank of time in our life to spend as we choose. There is only one catch, the minutes cannot be saved and once passed, they cannot be reclaimed.<br><br>Deciding how to spend each of these minutes is an awesome responsibility. <br... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 11:39:00 EST No more numbers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44667_no_more_numbers All too often, we get caught up in the numbers. Calories, fitness minutes, what the scale is or isn't showing us on a particular day (or even hour!).<br><br>We let these things slow us down and hold us back, let them make us feel like failures. I have two words: Stop it!<br><br>Realize that this (weight loss/healthy living/change) is not a sprint, but a marathon. One that will last your whole life. You will transition from changes, to weight loss to a habit of healthy living and activity, but... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 06:17:00 EST The secret is... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44663_the_secret_is It's easy to stay positive when you first begin and see the weight just melt right off...it is an exciting time and you can't help but feel invincible. You have your eye on the prize and nothing can stop you or dull your smile.<br><br>Then it happens. The scale stops moving or worse yet, goes the wrong way. It gets discouraging. It seems like you have been doing everything right. You have been eating well, working out hard, and this just isn't fair.<br><br>You start to wonder if this is worth... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 21:46:00 EST Live Long and Be Positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44652_live_long_and_be_positive Live Long and Be Positive<br><br><br>Patients with coronary heart disease who have positive expectations about recovery, expressing beliefs such as "I can still live a long and healthy life," had greater long-term survival, researchers reported.<br><br>Among a cohort of almost 3,000 patients undergoing coronary angiography, those with the highest expectations for outcomes actually had the best outcomes, Dr. John C. Barefoot, and colleagues from Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C.<b... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 09:43:00 EST Warm Weather Self-Esteem http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44630_warm_weather_selfesteem As temperatures slowly climb, we wear less clothing. It's amazing how much of a shield we might think a cardigan or a jacket can be for us.<br>Truth is, though, we've fooled no one with our extra layers; we're in denial of our body size and have only one good way to cope.<br><br>Self-acceptance is the only lasting path to progress. if we can't embrace ourselves from our starting point, it's truly tough to get beyond the gate, per se. So, I'm large and my years of sustained knee and back injur... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 06:15:00 EST KEEPING IT POSITIVE http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44626_keeping_it_positive 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, 28 Feb 2016 00:51:00 EST Daily praise and appreciation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44619_daily_praise_and_appreciation You may be thinking that this secret refers to praise you get from others for how you look, weight lost, tasks accomplished and so forth. Now those things are nice indeed and we need those, but I am thinking of another aspect of praise and appreciation. I am talking about the GIVING of praise. <br><br>Try making a point to praise at least one person every day. It doesn't matter what the praise is for but do not give empty praise, which is insincere and serves no one. The more positive and sin... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 10:57:00 EST KEEPING HEAD IN RIGHT PLACE http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44614_keeping_head_in_right_place 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... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 01:26:00 EST Yo Yo dieting http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44589_yo_yo_dieting As I write this I am once again "starting over" actually that's not quite accurate. I definitely re-gained some weight, but I'm not even close to where I started. It's really hard when I've had some success to change my ticker, admit to a regain on my teams and generally once again state that I got off track. This isn't the first time it's happened. Since the end of July when I had an accident that required surgery, I've had many "restarts". Unfortunately, since that time I've not been able ... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 17:12:00 EST Scales checks balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44578_scales_checks_balance I learned the scale can be different daily, I decided to weigh myself every week on Friday at the gym. After getting many compliments seeing the scale is going slowly down. I measured myself low and behold lost 23 " overall mostly from hips and waist then measured my fat in gym it<br>Has gone down 3& 1/2 pounds.<br>Here is what works for me changing<br>My workouts just a little every week. <br>For example 90 minutes of working out works best for me. I have a lot more to lose ,than others... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 07:03:00 EST Exercise to relive stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44577_exercise_to_relive_stress Stress can be thought of as the need to adapt to a change. But stress is not always negative. With strong coping strategies, you can handle stress and use it creatively as a call to positive action. Stress-related problems arise when you cannot figure out how to adapt to a stressful situation.<br><br>When you feel threatened by a stressful situation, your body automatically prepares you for action. It produces hormones that quicken your pulse, tense your muscles, raise your blood pressure, an... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 02:33:00 EST Busy hands, happy heart! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44569_busy_hands_happy_heart I am not sure if the category matches my secret but it is the closest to it, I feel.<br><br>In my weight loss journey, I have good days and bad days.....just like everyone else, I suppose. <br><br>Over the years, I have found the best way to keep my hands from reaching into the fridge is to keep them busy. <br><br>Sometimes I keep my hands busy by cleaning out drawers and closets and organizing them. I also kick it old school and write out cards and letters to friends and family. I will do... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 17:58:00 EST Positive Look for Loosing Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44564_positive_look_for_loosing_weight Please have a talk with your Doctor before you go on a weight loss diet and have a chat cause there may be some medicines that you are on that is keeping weight on so only your Doctor will know that and sometimes they can reduce your dosage if you start a weight loss cause it will help and you will need less of a dosage ...Less is more....for weight loss, what you eat may matter less than how much of it you eat.<br>Some foods just can't be replaced. Instead of giving them up, eat less of them... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 11:08:00 EST Positivity Training...Focus on What's Good, Not What's Bad http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44563_positivity_trainingfocus_on_whats_good_not_whats_bad My kids tend to get upset because they don't have certain possessions or privileges like their friends. I love to tell them to "Focus on what you have instead of what you don't have. Focus on what's right in your life, instead of what's wrong. Focus on hope and faith in the future instead of what has happened to you in your past".<br><br>This is a great reminder to everyone that sure, life could be better....but it can be waaaaay worse too!<br><br>Begin every single morning and finish ever... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 10:36:00 EST FOCUSED FEARLESS FIERCE http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44560_focused_fearless_fierce My meaning is simple and plain : being focused, fearless & fierce is vital to staying the course or staying on track. Focus leads to becoming more and more focused each day , it's really one of the most important traits to have or adopt into our daily lives; focus is the portal that leads us through the tunnel unscathed and not bothered because we're more focused now than ever before, focus leaves us wanting more because it's been envisioned already and nothing else can stop it or change it i... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 02:48:00 EST Don't Worry...............be happy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44558_dont_worrybe_happy I have always been a pretty upbeat person. I truly believe that the glass is always half full!<br><br>Sure, I have had some sad times in my life and some hard, trying moments but I reach deep ito my heart and chant my other motto. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger!<br><br>i believe that happiness is a key to good health. When I am at my happiest, I tend not to overeat. I move around more and just enjoy life each and every day.I have also been known to break into a dong and dance nu... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 00:32:00 EST Look up not down.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44553_look_up_not_down Losing weight is the number one health and fitness goal for many people. However, it is not without its setbacks and pitfalls. When you experience an obstacle on your weight loss journey, it is very easy to fall into a negative mindset. research the various workout programs and exercise routines that are available.There are many different way to exercise and you can do anything from Yoga to Zumba.. Do your search and Sparks has a ton of videos to see what you like best.. You have to like wha... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 13:30:00 EST A beautiful way of looking at things http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44550_a_beautiful_way_of_looking_at_things <br><br><br><br>A Beautiful Way Of Looking At Things<br>Posted: 22 Feb 2016 04:30 AM PST<br><br><br>A Father was reading a magazine and his little daughter every now and then distracted him. To keep her busy, he tore one page on which was printed the map of the world. He tore it into pieces and asked her to go to her room and put them together to make the map again. <br><br>He was sure she would take the whole day to get it done. But the little one came back within minutes with perfect map……W... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 11:37:00 EST Spark Friends Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44523_spark_friends_help During your journey to weight loss and healthy living there will be times when tragedy strikes or stressful situations arise that you will have difficulty dealing with. For those of you who have turned to food for comfort before this healthy journey began, you don’t want to go back to this habit that is so detrimental to your continued health.<br>How do you cope without turning back to the comfort of unhealthy food? Turn to your Spark Community!<br>During the weight loss part of my journey an... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 23:01:00 EST Stepping Up To It http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44514_stepping_up_to_it 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 ... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 09:44:00 EST ONE POUND COUNTS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44489_one_pound_counts I JUST WANT TO SHARE WHAT I READ... HOPE YOU LIKE IT; I was so frustrated for the little I lost but reading this helped.. "Many stress over the scale and the number associated with their weight. Sometimes its very easy to not celebrate the small victories when we are working towards weight loss, exercising more, or healthy lifestyle changes. Nobody ever does a happy dance and jumps up and down screaming when they have drank their goal water for the day, eaten extra servings of fruits and ve... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 14:53:00 EST Having a support system http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44474_having_a_support_system Whether it's family or friends, a large group or small, having other people to support you on your path is essential.<br><br>And for me, one such group of people consists of my fellow veterans here in my area who have health issues similar to my own. We all have our very specific problems to deal with but we all also have that common enemy known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. And, no matter how different our individual experiences may have been in service, they are not things that most ci... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 18:41:00 EST Positive Attitude.. Positive Thinker http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44470_positive_attitude_positive_thinker If you do not have a positive attitude or be a positive thinker your in trouble.. if you think any thing in this way .. I have to... I have to go to the store or I have to go to work I have to is a negative thinker.. I have to go to work cause I need to take care of bills.. Taxes.. Kids... You have got to turn this around to where you say I get to...I get to go to work today, because he /she knows that work is so much better than not having any work. A person of passion says,I get to help ano... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 13:22:00 EST Happy Healthy Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44461_happy_healthy_heart It has been quite a while since I have posted a secret of success since I feel, at times, that I don't have one! (Insert a slight smile here!) Although I am not positive that this posting counts as a secret but I am going to post it anyway!<br><br>Last February, right around this time, I ended up in the hospital with soe issues. We thought maybe it was a stroke but that was quickly ruled out. Turns out I was in A-Fib. I had heard of A-Fib before but never really understood what it was. ... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 00:54:00 EST Keep on Track and Put on foot in front of the other.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44451_keep_on_track_and_put_on_foot_in_front_of_the_other When it comes down to the nitty gritty we have to be a good example to those that we talk to.. I have never thought I have ever been a Motivator but I have thought about this all evening and figured I would give this a try again.. We have to set a example for those who reads our blogs and posting.. I try to always be consistent to all I write or comment...When you’re trying inspire people, you not telling them exactly what to do or giving them precise directions. You’re empowering them to be... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 11:57:00 EST It's Not Just about Food and Excercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44449_its_not_just_about_food_and_excercise Being a fit woman.<br><br>It’s becoming my personal mission. I’ve thinking a lot about what is really means to be a fit woman.<br><br>• It’s not chasing crazy eating plans…<br>• It’s not chasing miracle supplements…<br>• It’s not taking gym selfies (although I’m forced to do this… sheesh!)…<br>• And it’s not wearing fitness clothes when you grocery shop…<br><br>It’s the small habits done every single day. <br><br>• The habits that empower…<br>• The mental attitudes that create strength…<br>• ... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 10:37:00 EST Dealing with Setbacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44447_dealing_with_setbacks <em>342</em> <em>342</em> <em>342</em> <em>342</em> <em>342</em> <em>342</em> <br>Death is a challenge. It tells us not to waste time... It tells us to tell each other right now that we love each other.<br>~Leo Buscaglia<br><br>We absolutely must deal with the now for tomorrow is promised to no one. Leo hits another home run. It is vitally important that we do what must be done now for we might not have another chance.<br><br>So it is with dealing with setbacks. This year,... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 10:01:00 EST Exercise to lose weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44420_exercise_to_lose_weight I was preparing to go back to my college to celebrate their home coming and to be honored for my contribution to the University. I weighed myself and found that I had gained 15 pound in the last 6 months. So, I decided that to lose the 15 pounds in the 6 months before the home coming. I decided to establish a goal to lose at least 2 lbs a month but working out on the treadmill each day for approximately 60 minutes a day. When I started on my goal, I found that I need to find some way to k... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 01:03:00 EST NO EXCUSES ALLOWED ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44419_no_excuses_allowed_ Yeah it's easy very easy to make excuses but excuses isn't what any of us needs, it does not get us anywhere in life in general and excuses definitely don't have any benefits to them at all, excuses usually lead to more excuses and so on & on. Excuses are just what they are excuses that shouldn't be used , they're not conducive to our current or future goals, they lead us nowhere and fast. I've definitely had my fair share of making excuses and actually living up to them, it's easy to give in... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 00:50:00 EST Perseverance pays off http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44404_perseverance_pays_off Losing weight is really easy, but keeping it off and staying on track means you have too maintain your momentum for the rest of your life. Staying positive and focused on your small victories can get you through the normal ups and downs on your journey. The up-ticks on the scale are a part of the journey and unless you keep moving forward and keep on keeping on, your successes will evaporate. To keep making progress, you don't have to be perfect, you do have to keep showing up and dusting y... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 06:59:00 EST You can do this.. Do not back down... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44402_you_can_do_this_do_not_back_down It's very easy to have a positive attitude when you first start a weight-loss plan... you see the numbers go down but to stay positive is another thing.. No one can make you do it you have to want to do it and keep going.. however, maintaining a sense of enthusiasm throughout the duration of the program is another story. Be aware -- a negative mindset can cause you to sabotage your healthy efforts. Losing weight does come with challenges; finding positive ways to deal with the difficult mome... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 06:13:00 EST Dressing Up for Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44390_dressing_up_for_myself I find that when I start my day by caring myself, dressing nicely, putting on jewellery and lipstick, I feel better about myself. Working from home means it is easy to stay in PJ's or my ratty robe and not get dressed at all. When I stop caring for me as I am so busy working and looking like a slob, I start eating poorly, not working out or and as such feeling poorly about myself. Dressing up a bit really really does set the tone that I am Worth It.<br><br>Dressing in the right colors, coor... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 13:02:00 EST I Am Who I Am http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44378_i_am_who_i_am I am me... Myself. There is no one like me.. I am one of a kind and I can do only what I can do.. I am not a rare beauty nor have I won any Pageants... I was not popular in School but a quiet and meek person... No one can be found that has my handwriting. Nobody anywhere has my tastes, for food or music or art. No one sees things just as I do. In all of time there’s been no one who laughs like me, no one who cries like me. And what makes me laugh and cry will never provoke identical laughter ... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 18:53:00 EST NEED TO TRACK http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44376_need_to_track 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... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 14:19:00 EST Smiling when Insulted, Anyway http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44375_smiling_when_insulted_anyway Recently, went to get my orthodics refitted. having god support for my flat feet allows me to walk with less knee and back pain. having less pain allows me to walk more.Walking more helps with moods, weight, muscle tone and more, and so goes it.<br><br>Anyway, another lady in the waiting room was chatting me up. I like people, so I tried to respond pleasantly. it was the end of the day and the end of a week full of challenges.<br><br>My appointment was before hers, so when the orthodics doc c... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 12:03:00 EST Love, Hate, Apathy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44370_love_hate_apathy <em>342</em> <em>342</em> <em>342</em> <em>342</em> <em>342</em> <em>342</em> <br>I have a very strong feeling that the opposite of love is not hate - it's apathy. It's not giving a damn.<br>~Leo Buscaglia<br><br>Leo's thought for today seems contradictory at first glance but not so much so when you analyze it more thoroughly.<br><br>Love and hate are strong emotions and deep seated but they show that the lover or the hater has feelings on the subject matter. And since they ... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 09:32:00 EST Keep a Positive Outlook http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44362_keep_a_positive_outlook Need help staying positive through weight loss plateau? I think we’ve all been there, where we work super hard but the scale just won’t budge. It can be frustrating but there is much more to a healthy body than just a number on the scale! While we might get fixed on reaching a certain weight, there are lots of other signs that we are getting fitter and firmer.. Allow me to show you some tips on staying positive through weight loss plateau so you can stay motivated and keep moving forward... S... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:52:00 EST Winter Activity I Like http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44333_winter_activity_i_like I like to visit the ice sculpture event downtown. It is amazing what these talented artists can create. Plus, it gets me outside, walking, burning calories, breathing fresh air.<br><br>Portion Control is key in losing weight the healthy way. I have been so surprised to find what I thought was a portion, compared to what the experts say, and what is noted on the package labels.<br><br>It is so hard to eat right, exercise daily, and maintain a healthy weight. I have found a few tips that have... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 08:58:00 EST Getting a Little Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44319_getting_a_little_better Still have been restricted from eating high fatty foods and spicy foods. Seen the doctor yesterday and I'm on my way<br><br>Portion Control is key in losing weight the healthy way. I have been so surprised to find what I thought was a portion, compared to what the experts say, and what is noted on the package labels.<br><br>It is so hard to eat right, exercise daily, and maintain a healthy weight. I have found a few tips that have helped me over the years.<br><br>I learned a new little trick... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 09:23:00 EST Be Determined. Be Stubborn http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44317_be_determined_be_stubborn No one ever achieved anything without enthusiasm and determination. <br><br>Sounds like a no-brainer, doesn't it? And yet so many people seem to think that simply wanting a thing will be enough to get a thing. I used to be one of those people. <br><br>Folk often seem to not realise that desire on its own is rarely enough to get the job done. Hell, if it was, I'd be as fit as Paula Radcliffe, and Tom Hiddleston would be bringing me breakfast in bed every morning!<br><br>Determination is what k... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 06:02:00 EST 10,000+ steps to success http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44310_10000_steps_to_success I've never been able to walk 10K steps for more than a day or two at a time...in part due to my multiple sclerosis. However, I've been blessed for the past three weeks to average more than 13K per day. A huge stressor came along the day after I began (brutal murder of our great nephew and body found about a week later, trial to come soon!) and I believe the Lord gave me the stamina, focus, and ability to walk/jog my steps each day. It has really helped my stress level and my resting heart ... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 17:03:00 EST I've Got To Be Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44308_ive_got_to_be_me <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <br>The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don't let them put you in that position.<br>~Leo Buscaglia<br><br>Be yourself, no one else can do it for you<br>~The Talmud<br><br>This above all, to thineownself be true and it follows therefore as surely as the night the day that thou cans't not be untrue to any man.<br>~William Sha... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 15:46:00 EST Love & Accept Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44305_love_accept_yourself One of the best things I have found to help me out on my journey is to take time every day to appreciate my body, and tell it how much I love it. Sending these positive thoughts to my body has helped me over come obstacles and keep pushing through. It takes the focus and stress off of losing weight, and places the emphasis on doing healthy, great things for my body BECAUSE I love it and want it to feel GREAT. The things we say to ourselves will manifest. So, by telling yourself over and over ... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 14:22:00 EST Less Waist and More Me Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44304_less_waist_and_more_me_time I read blogs.. and a lot of people fall to the side because of the saying.. "I just can't find time..."<br>Typically, it’s lack of motivation, lack of enjoyment, negative associations, fear or maybe low self-esteem...Busy as we may be, we have less trouble finding time for television, social networking or even dull household tasks.. Just a few things I have noticed... It all comes back to time.. time management... We make all kinds of excuses for each thing we can think of.. but to watch your... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 13:20:00 EST This is not Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44299_this_is_not_fun 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... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 09:13:00 EST Forgive yourself. Move forward. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44296_forgive_yourself_move_forward I've seen too many people beating themselves up over chloices they've made. They'd rather spend the rest of their lives miserable, agonizing over their choices, rather than learning from their actions and improving themselves.<br><br>Life is not about misery, self-torture, and playing the victim nor the martyr. Life is a learning journey. Life is to be enjoyed, to be experienced, and to be lived as fully and as aware as possible<br><br>I used to be one of those people who tortured myself f... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 04:08:00 EST When you don't lose http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44280_when_you_dont_lose Yep, eventually there will come a week where you don't lose anything, don't lose what you expected, or worse, gained weight. When this happens to you, and it will happen to you, it is very easy to become discouraged and give up. On my fourth week of this dieting I hit my week, I actually gained instead of losing. I had expected a not so good week especially since it was Super Bowl weekend and I had indulged in appetizers, snacks, and alcohol but it still was discouraging to see the results on... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:55:00 EST Finding a Balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44276_finding_a_balance I've been really trying to find the right balance with my eating and exercise.<br><br>This has been extremely difficult between all the surgeries, hospital visits, testings, and other things I have to go through being a cancer patient.<br><br>We've all been there. You know, that dark place where it feels like nothing short of a personal invitation from George Clooney will get you off the couch and into the gym. But whether you're battling workout boredom, weight loss plateaus, or injuries, yo... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:12:00 EST Being Inspired By Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44272_being_inspired_by_yourself Inspiration comes in many forms and can strike randomly. Some days we have an abundance of creative energy which comes naturally, other days it’s not so easy. My most effective inspiration comes from how I treat myself. It will flow into how I treat others as well. Sometimes my treatment of others is what helps be more at peace in life.<br><br>Most of us spend our lives searching for that one spark that will ignite and motivate, then propel us to succeed. We buy any number of books, inspi... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 20:37:00 EST Keep moving forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44270_keep_moving_forward I look straight ahead of me at all times. If I fall, I try to fall forward. Another thing I do is visualize myself having achieved my goal weight. Visualization is one of the keys to not only a successful journey, but to a successful life. Once you realize that you CAN do this, you start to realize that you can and will also be able to continue doing it and thus, remain successful.<br><br>Being on a trip like this can be pretty overwhelming at times. That is when a group like SparkPeople ... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 18:09:00 EST Keep Negativity and Bullies in the Trash http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44269_keep_negativity_and_bullies_in_the_trash When I was young.. I was made fun of all the time and I never knew why... I never knew the true meaning of having someone to love me and me to love back.. Here even on Sparks I have ran into those who care nothing about how you feel or what you do.. I run three teams and I notice that for Points some just put one of those emoticons or a smile.. Now do you think they read it.. I can post my blog and with in moments I see a reply.. and I know it is going to be someone who did not even take the ... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 15:26:00 EST My Daily Mantra http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44266_my_daily_mantra Beginning any new task is always difficult. Here are a few things that help me to enjoy life and value each day as a blessing! When charged with a daunting task you should: Understand that the best way is to make small gradual changes that are achievable. Realize that each day is a new day to overcome some obstacle that you were unable to conquer before. When you have failures, (as we all do because after all we're all only human), don't throw in the towel & think that you can't bounce bac... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 14:03:00 EST Spend time with family and friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44265_spend_time_with_family_and_friends Often when we begin our weight loss and healthier lifestyle journey, we find that how we spend time with family and friends may need to change. We may begin to recognize patterns such as always going out for dinner and drinks with friends, or gathering around the family dinner table laden with high fat, high calorie foods. These previous habits for socialization become a detriment to our progress towards a healthier new you. <br><br>Next time you are offered opportunity to socialize, don't tu... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 12:31:00 EST Do something special http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44253_do_something_special An important part of a healthy lifestyle is taking care of your social and emotional needs. We too often neglect to take care of ourselves because we are too busy taking care of everyone else. When was the last time you did something fun, that you enjoy, just for yourself? I don't mean eating that piece of chocolate cake or grabbing that shower after everyone has rushed out the door for the day. I mean truly something special. <br><br>To decide what is most meaningful for you and what you wou... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 15:54:00 EST Blogs. Why do you write them...? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44252_blogs_why_do_you_write_them In life, you will meet many people along the way. Each person who touches our life brings a gift. Some will touch you more than others, but each person comes into your life for a reason. Many times we don't exactly know why. This person could be a teacher, a parent, a spouse, a sibling, a friend or a stranger. Maybe this person listens when we need to talk or cry. Maybe they help us financially when we are broke. Maybe they talk to us, when we need a different perspective. Maybe they hold us ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 15:49:00 EST DON'T TAKE ON MORE THAN YOU CAN DO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44232_dont_take_on_more_than_you_can_do When I lost 85# I thought I could take on the world. I found a wonderful house in another state for very little money and I was just about to sign the offer when I realized I could not do this job. A lot of things were not in place that I need for my personal health and well being, most importantly, Weight Watchers meetings. I was terribly disappointed, and coming down off the high, I ate more than I should. The lesson I learned is that, being a compulsive over-eater, I am fragile emotion... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 17:24:00 EST Boost your mood http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44226_boost_your_mood Nearly 14.8 million Americans suffer from depression. This is about 6.7% of the adult population in the country. Of these 14.8 million people, nearly 54% of them state they are on some type of diet. Fad diets are one of the more popular methods utilized to reduce obesity, however are the least effective. <br><br>Americans are faced with food and exercise challenges each day. Terms such as food deserts have become part of our vocabulary. We cannot turn on the TV, radio, or internet without bei... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 12:18:00 EST A positive attitude helps with weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44219_a_positive_attitude_helps_with_weight_loss Having a positive mental attitude can certainly help you achieve your weight loss goals. Going on a diet is not easy, and it requires patience and commitment. It is easy and fun to create a diet plan, but it takes lots of determination to stick to it faithfully. After you have been dieting for a week or two, you may feel disappointed that you are not seeing any results, and you may start to lose hope.<br><br>If you have a positive mental attitude, you will overcome your disappointments and pr... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 21:43:00 EST The Power of One http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44199_the_power_of_one <em>214</em> <em>214</em> <em>214</em> <em>214</em> <em>214</em> <em>214</em> <br>A single rose can be my garden... a single friend, my world.<br>~Leo Buscaglia<br> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <br><br>Leo was an amazing man. His philosophy is summed up in today's quotation. Think about it for a moment. How many people would look at a lone rose and lament its being the only one? Leo on the other hand looks ... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 15:17:00 EST Exercise not only changes your body, it changes your mind, your attitude and your mood. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44195_exercise_not_only_changes_your_body_it_changes_your_mind_your_attitude_and_your_mood Exercise not only changes your body, it changes your mind, your attitude and your mood.<br><br>I know what you're thinking....exercise...I HAVE to do some every day, don't I? Well, no, you don't, but you should and here's why...<br><br>First of all, if you are on this journey, changing the way you deal with food, you want your body to change with you, or you would not be doing this. If you do NOT exercise, you will lose weight, but at a slower rate, and your body will not be getting in shape ... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 12:59:00 EST Out of It http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44189_out_of_it Just had my gallbladder removed and wow...I'm totally out of it. Lots of abdominal pain, and trying to stay away from narcotic remedies.<br><br>I have to really watch what I eat, especially over the next 2 months until my body adjusts to the surgery.<br><br>I have to limit fatty foods. Fried chicken, pizza, stuff I really don't eat anyway.<br><br>It is so hard to eat right, exercise daily, and maintain a healthy weight. I have found a few tips that have helped me over the years.<br><br>I le... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 09:27:00 EST Some Helpful Hints http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44181_some_helpful_hints We've all been there. You know, that dark place where it feels like nothing short of a personal invitation from George Clooney will get you off the couch and into the gym. But whether you're battling workout boredom, weight loss plateaus, or injuries, you don't have to let any obstacle sidetrack your fitness. All you need is the right motivation.<br>***************<br>********<BR>******************<br>****************<BR>**********<br>************************<BR>**<br>************************... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 21:06:00 EST Something FABULOUS is out there, taking shape, emerging, peeking, calling your name. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44180_something_fabulous_is_out_there_taking_shape_emerging_peeking_calling_your_name Something FABULOUS is out there, taking shape, emerging, peeking, calling your name.<br><br>Oh, so true. Yesterday, I had a great trip to the Dentist. Yes, I know, it isn't often that you have a great trip to the Dentist, but I have had four missing teeth for 4 months. I FINALLY got my new teeth yesterday, and aside from getting used to having a mouth full of teeth again, they are FABULOUS. I also have an awesome Dentist.<br><br>I got implants, and the procedure is a long one.<br><br>The poin... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 20:55:00 EST Positive Approach Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44174_positive_approach_today This is a mixture of feelings and approaches that i take or try to take with me throughout the day. <br>Just like everyone else i know no one is perfect, but its the thought that counts. The whole principle of the fact. I use to struggle with the whole idea. My favorite color is black so i have black socks black shoes and a plethora of black tee shirts. i was sitting and i realized the negative connotation that is associated with the color. I was never in a depressed state just more of compla... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 13:05:00 EST A Day Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44172_a_day_off Everyone deserves a day off. Today is my day! When you work so hard and are diligent about getting healthy, you forget that rest and relaxation is part of that plan. Instead of beating yourself up for being 'lazy', instead give yourself permission to recuperate and heal. <br><br>It takes time, it takes effort, and it takes patience to make the big changes. If you don't allow yourself time to just 'be' you wont be able to stick it out to the end of that long term goal. <br><br>In addition to g... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 11:23:00 EST Your Thought Processes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44169_your_thought_processes You wake up after having slept a little, grab a breakfast you’re not really excited to eat on your way to a job you’re not really excited about. You spend your afternoon dreading going to the gym to work out after work. And you’re frustrated that you’re not losing weight.<br><br>Stress is real and has a real physiological effect on the body via the endocrine system. But people don’t often think about the effects of stress because, when you’re neck-deep in life, it’s hard to gain perspective.<... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 09:46:00 EST WAS NOT A POSITIVE WEEKEND BUT HOPE TO TURN AROUND http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44167_was_not_a_positive_weekend_but_hope_to_turn_around I have been working out a minimum of 120 minutes a day. I only do 30 minutes at a time, so I do not get frustrated or burnt out. It has been good so far.<br><br>I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to rem... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 09:05:00 EST Hope for Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44164_hope_for_me Whatever you did or did not do for yourself today, you must not quit trying. You are important, your goals are important and you are worth it. Whatever we do in life we must never lose faith in God and hope for ourselves! I spent so much time creating bad habits and basking in laziness, it has all become second nature to me. Now my journey is to just move myself forward both physically and mentally. Dwelling in the past is a dark and horrid place of what ifs for me. I will strive to live in t... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 02:40:00 EST Natural Blues Busters (continued) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44162_natural_blues_busters_continued Soothe your soul with music. "Music alone with sudden charms can bind the wand'ring sense, and calme the troubled mind," wrote 17th century dramatist William Congreve. Twentieth century scientists say that's more than a poetic idea. In fact, when researchers asked over 500 adults what worked best to overcome a bad mood, listening to music was high on the list, topped only by exercise.<br><br>A study of 30 depressed elderly adults, between the ages of 61 and 86, concluded that music can lif... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 22:31:00 EST My Spark Secret http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44135_my_spark_secret Alright I confess... I have been dieting my whole life. Like a yoyo my weight has gone up and down many times over my many years of dieting, and believe me it has been very difficult to stay positive. Maintaining weight can be tricky and discouraging. But like it or not we still need to be aware of our bodies weight ups and downs. Most striving for weight loss and the maintaining of weight depend on the scale to guide them. <em>227</em> <em>193</em> Well I say no more old school ... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 16:00:00 EST Natural Blues Busters http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44132_natural_blues_busters There are a host of natural ways to boost your spirits if you have a case of the blues. While severe depression may require treatment with antidepressant drugs, you can raise your occasional low spirits by making some lifestyle changes.<br><br>When you feel down, your natural instinct may be to retreat and be alone---but that's a strategy researchers say rarely helps. Instead of becoming a TV-watching, snack-munching couch potato, get moving. A study of over 400 people concluded that the t... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 12:34:00 EST Exercise not only changes your body, it changes your mind, your attitude and your mood. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44130_exercise_not_only_changes_your_body_it_changes_your_mind_your_attitude_and_your_mood <br>Exercise not only changes your body, it changes your mind, your attitude and your mood.<br><br>I know what you're thinking....exercise...I HAVE to do some every day, don't I? Well, no, you don't, but you should and here's why...<br><br>First of all, if you are on this journey, changing the way you deal with food, you want your body to change with you, or you would not be doing this. If you do NOT exercise, you will lose weight, but at a slower rate, and your body will not be getting in sh... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 11:40:00 EST Deep Breathing Works http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44125_deep_breathing_works We're powerless to control all but our own choices. When I remember that my family, friends, and other people in my life are in their own realities, and,hence, none of my business (1), I reach less often for comforting eats. Contrariwise, when I forget my role and try to control even my corner of the universe, I find my head in the fridge.<br><br>I might forget six or seven time EACH day what my role is and what my role is not. Deep breathing, prayer, talking to friends, family, and other lov... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 07:40:00 EST Just Do it.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44118_just_do_it How to Stop Making Excuses and just Do It<br><br>“I don’t know how.”<br><br>“It probably wouldn’t have worked anyways.”<br><br>“I’m too busy.”<br><br>How often do you catch yourself making excuses. Instead of doing something, you come up with ways to explain your inaction. Excuse-makers are usually seen as weak, lazy or cowardly.I believe this is an unfair generalization.<br>We all make excuses once in a while. Sometimes we make excuses and other times we stop rationalizing and take action. I... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 18:45:00 EST Your mind is a powerful thing. When you fill it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44116_your_mind_is_a_powerful_thing_when_you_fill_it_with_positive_thoughts_your_life_will_start_to_change Your mind is a powerful thing. When you fill it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change.<br><br>This one is for those of you that have "New Year's Resolutions".<br><br>I am not a big fan of New Year's...the parties, the fear that you need to have someone to be with for that kiss at midnight, the insipid drinking, the overeating...I COULD go on, but I won't.<br><br>I have not celebrated New Year's in any way, since I let my young daughter stay up to watch the TV celebration of t... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 15:59:00 EST be your own #1 fan http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44113_be_your_own_1_fan It seems many of the bad habits that led me into trouble with my weight and/or health stemmed from emotional burdens that I found easier to numb with food rather than dealing with head on.<br><br>Of course it harder to deal with things head on - was that all the stress, conflict I perceived came with the added pressure of me interpreting others actions in a way that honestly made me me feel like less of a person. I really didn't like that.<br><br>Correction: It was really my assumptions tha... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 13:28:00 EST stay Positive even with negative people http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44099_stay_positive_even_with_negative_people Everyday I have the option to be negative or to be positive. I am now making a choice to enjoy everything instead of being negative. I think is this thought going to help of hinder me? <em>43</em> <br>So in making this small change in my thinking process not only am i more happy but the weight that i have put on is coming off a lot easier. I feel that if your are positive it makes life great and when you are negative it makes you want to curl up in a ball and ask why me this? why me that? i... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 20:35:00 EST Attitudes and Expectations http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44098_attitudes_and_expectations <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>Our environment, the world in which we live and work, is a mirror of our attitudes and expectations.<br>Earl Nightengale<br><br>Henry Ford said "Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you are usually right!"<br><br>Rene' Descartes said "Nothing is but that thinking makes it so"<br><br>All of the ideas put forth my the myriad of self-help authors are similar. They choose different words bu... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 18:01:00 EST If I quit now, I will soon be back to where I started And when I started, I was desperately wishing to be where I am now! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44084_if_i_quit_now_i_will_soon_be_back_to_where_i_started_and_when_i_started_i_was_desperately_wishing_to_be_where_i_am_now <br>If I quit now, I will soon be back to where I started<br>And when I started, I was desperately wishing to be where I am now!<br><br>No, I'm not quitting...are you kidding me! I am at the foothills on the downward slope of a BIG hill!!<br><br>Thank you all so much for all your well wishes yesterday. You OVERWHELMED me! I laughed at some of your comments and some of you made me cry. It was an awesome day, and I couldn't have thought of a better way to celebrate this than with you, my Sparkf... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 07:50:00 EST The Power of a Smile http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44075_the_power_of_a_smile Staying positive is very hard and life doesn't help most times. <br><br>I like to smile even when times are hard. The smile changes everything. In order to really smile you must think of something happy and the thought to force the smile will create a positive feeling. When people see your smile they will also respond in a positive manner, which will help you maintain staying positive. <br><br> A smile is an amazing thing. <br><br>Smiling is something that can even be heard over the phon... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 14:36:00 EST Setting Boundaries with a Smile http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44066_setting_boundaries_with_a_smile People see me as a happy person. I was going to write well-adjusted in there as well. but lately I'm not so sure. I'm doing an awful lot for these new meetup groups between attending, finding new events to attend, hosting events, and all the fun stuff that goes on with this behind the scenes to keep my house in order (cleaning/cooking/paying bills shopping/church/etc.) It is getting hectic. I have a list to tell me where my lists are, and I'm not even a leader! I'f I'm feeling a little o... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 09:40:00 EST It is so Hard http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44065_it_is_so_hard It is so hard to eat right, exercise daily, and maintain a healthy weight. I have found a few tips that have helped me over the years.<br><br>I learned a new little trick today. Someone suggested that your new way of eating starts with your next bite, and the next, and then the next. Make each bite count!<br><br>Take it one pound at a time, one day at a time. This is not a race. Your weight loss progress should not be measured against someone else's progress. Try your best to keep your focus... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 09:08:00 EST Journey to Happiness is a long and winding road http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44063_journey_to_happiness_is_a_long_and_winding_road Having lived with depression since early childhood, I know the havoc mental illness can play in one's life. There have been times when I'm pretty sure I could not, willingly, find something positive to think or say. <br><br>When I joined SparkPeople, it wasn't so much for the weight loss (though heaven knows I have lots to lose!) as it was to begin a journey of self-discovery. It's been a tumultuous ride - moments of self-awareness, surges in self-confidence, and moments of plummeting despair... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 08:26:00 EST Positive Thoughts keep me going http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44062_positive_thoughts_keep_me_going It takes a lot of effort to lose weight, get healthy, eat healthy, exercise and maintain your weight and health. The key for me is to stay positive in all things. It can be daunting to think of all the things you should, could or would be doing and stick with it. There will be setbacks, pushbacks and distractions on this journey. These things can take a toll on you mentally and physically. You just have to think positively and not get caught up in the ups and downs of this journey. <br><... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 08:13:00 EST Baked Goods and Potatoes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44059_baked_goods_and_potatoes The hardest point, is trying to stay away from tempting treats like cookies, cakes, pies, brownies and especially muffins, they are by far the worst, but once it starts it doesn't stop, but I did how ever had a Subway chicken chopped salad with an apple in it for starters, today I feel like I'm back to being my own worse critic again, but I haven't given up, the only thing to do is move forward, as of Saturday it will be eight years since my father pasted on, every day is a good day in the li... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 23:58:00 EST Quo Vadis? Know Where You Are Going http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44050_quo_vadis_know_where_you_are_going <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>All you have to do is know where you're going. The answers will come to you of their own accord.<br>~Earl Nightengale<br><br>This is a continuation of yesterday's secret. In order to achieve success, we first need to define success. What constitutes success for on person might just be a stop along the way for someone else and even represent failure for a third person.<br><br>The first... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 09:58:00 EST I think I can, I think I can http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44034_i_think_i_can_i_think_i_can Even if I dont want to I tell myself I think I can and I try with no expectations. No matter if I want to or not and that seems to work for me when things are not going good in my head. If I give in to the negative without trying then its easy to fall right back into not doing or trying anything and that will get you nowhere. Whereas if you trly and try even if you fail once or twice your always taking some type of step in the right direction even if it is a small one only! So even when the d... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 13:07:00 EST When you need to move... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44030_when_you_need_to_move Even when you get started and then you hit a road block.. no matter what keep a positive outlook ... Find that thing that makes you laugh and go for it.. Keep going all day even when your body wants to stop.. you have to move.. If you let something so small begin to look like the elephant in the room just push it out... Make sure to let yourself know that that elephant was not there to put a stop to you day but throw it out to make room for all the things you need.. You need uplifting and you... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 11:08:00 EST Do it for yourself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44029_do_it_for_yourself There is no greater motivation than you. I learned a long time ago that losing weight and committing to a lifestyle change is only truly successful if you do it for yourself and no other reason. When you do it for someone else it feels like a job, when you do it for yourself it feels like an accomplishment. Always remember that there is nothing more important than you and your happiness. Make this journey to create a better you and the commitment will come easily. Staying positive and remindi... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 10:23:00 EST The Map to Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44028_the_map_to_success <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.<br>We can let circumstances rule us, or we can take charge and rule our lives from within.<br>~Earl Nightengale<br><br>All you need is a map and three pieces of information: 1.) Where are you?; 2.) Where do you want to go?; and What would you like to do along the way?. Armed with but these three pi... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 10:11:00 EST Exceed your own expectations. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44025_exceed_your_own_expectations The only expectations you should live up to, are the ones you expect for yourself. You are the key to this journey to change the way you look at food.<br><br>I see this here, every day….people who have started on this journey and are unable to take the steps forward to be successful. I look back at my life, and don’t know how I would have done here a year ago, but I am here now, and I am succeeding. I came here because I was determined to change me. There is no magic pill, no special diet, ju... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 09:26:00 EST We do not See.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44011_we_do_not_see Their are people in this world who can not see their worth inside themselves.. They feel unloved and maybe a cast away.. On down days feel like they can't do anything right and yet others are looking to them for their needs to be met.. They need uplifting so they keep striving to find words to give them the boost they need... They see no greatness or value in their lives as others do.. When others see a shinning star... They can't see the star for the darkness but it is there giving light to ... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 14:04:00 EST Secret of Happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44010_secret_of_happiness Here are my top tips for you, if you long to create a happier, healthier life:<br><br>1) If you move toward something, it will move toward you<br><br>As W.H. Murray famously said: "The moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred." I've seen it time and again in my own life and in the lives of my coaching clients. Don't worry too much about how you're going to get from A to B, just start walkin... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 11:44:00 EST How to dress well for less! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44007_how_to_dress_well_for_less While enjoying weight loss is marvelous, having to come up with nice looking clothes during this journey to better health can get costly. We don't want to walk around looking sloppy in clothes that are too big, they actually make us look bigger, yet going shopping every few months isn't feasible. I have several ways of extending my clothing budget and wardrobe so I look good and feel positive, some may work for you! First, I love really good consignment stores and you can find some excellen... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 10:51:00 EST Use 4% of your day on a one hour workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44005_use_4_of_your_day_on_a_one_hour_workout FOUR PERCENT??<br><br>I used to spend 50% of my day making excuses for why I couldn't exercise, and maybe 20% eating things I should not have eaten. Do I wish I had figured out all of this sooner? Sure. But, I have no regrets. I cannot change one single thing about the past, I can only change my future, and I'm feeling good about that!<br><br>I spend considerably more than 4% of my day exercising. I love how empowered it makes me feel!!! Swimming has, for right now, been deemed too tough on m... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 10:32:00 EST Goals Equal Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44001_goals_equal_success <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>People with goals succeed because they know where they're going.<br>~ Earl Nightengale<br><br>At the risk of being repetitive, goals are THE key to success. Successful people have goals. Unsuccessful people have wishes and dreams. The difference between a goal and a wish or a dream is the space between where you are and where you want to be.<br><br>Suppose you want to earn an extra $1,000.00 per mo... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 09:34:00 EST Walk this Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44000_walk_this_way A good thirty minute walk is all you need to get the heart pumping and improve your cardio to be on your way to a healthier You! Your goal should be walking 30 minutes a day, every day, or 10000 steps per day.<br><br>******************************<BR>**************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>************************<br><br>I have found that eating protein with every single meal will hold me over and satisfy my... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 09:01:00 EST Exercise is better than stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43999_exercise_is_better_than_stress We have all heard how very, very bad stress can be not only emotionally, but physically as well. ...<br>Years ago, I began taking anti-depressants for depression. it really, really helped. There were times at my job that it truly helped me deal with the stress. Now that I am retired, I do not miss the stress one single bit. All through those years, I read quite a bit about how exercise helps reduce stress. I did not take any of that seriously because if you have read any of my other secrets, ... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 08:42:00 EST Intensity and Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43982_intensity_and_goals <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfillment.<br>Earl Nightengale<br><br>I have listened to programs by a plethora of self-help motivational speakers, Earl Nightengale, Lloyd Connant, W. Clement Stone, Napoleon Hill, Leo Buscaglia, Denis Waitley, Ed Foreman, Mike Vance a... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 12:53:00 EST Your happiness is an inside job http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43981_your_happiness_is_an_inside_job <br> <br>Happiness is an inside job.<br>View JJMPLSMN's Sparkpage<br>View All Blog Entries from JJMPLSMN<br><br>Friday, January 15, 2016<br><br><br>Happiness is an inside job. Don't assign ANYONE else that much power over your life.<br><br>Happiness. Was I truly happy during all these years of being overweight? In some areas, I really was. In others, I had despair.<br><br>I was unable to control eating, and did it covertly. You could see it on me, so I wasn't fooling anyone, and was so despe... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 11:33:00 EST Didn't Do It But I Did http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43973_didnt_do_it_but_i_did Man, I can go on and on about focus and mindset so instead of harping on the subject, I'll just get right to it. I kept running through all this hoopla , spending so much time telling myself I'll do it, I'll get to it , I'll get up off my butt and do something until I spent so much time thinking about what I need to do and what needs to bone that I actually got up and did it. I got up, what more do you want ? Naw, just kidding ! I had to teach myself to be mindful of the positives aspects and... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 02:41:00 EST You must do the thing you think you cannot do. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43966_you_must_do_the_thing_you_think_you_cannot_do You must do the thing you think you cannot do.<br><br>Eleanor Roosevelt said this. Maybe, the most magnificent women ever to live in the White House. She went through so much, and came out with a strong, awesome voice. Her husband was handicapped for his whole adult life. She bore him four children. She was a voice for the voiceless for her entire life, and lived 25 years longer than Franklin. She is an inspiration for us all.<br><br>What exactly is the thing you think you cannot do? Get goin... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 12:09:00 EST Secrets of Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43944_secrets_of_eating Eat slowly<br><br>Research has shown that people who are overweight tend to bolt their food. Savour and enjoy what you eat and take time to chew your food. Practitioners advise chewing each mouthful 30 times as this allows the enzymes in the saliva to start the digestive process.<br><br><br>Stop eating before you feel full.<br><br>Remember, it takes approximately 20 minutes for the stomach to tell the brain that it is full!<br><br>Never skip meals.<br><br>When losing weight, it is important t... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 11:32:00 EST Step away from your comfort zone. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43940_step_away_from_your_comfort_zone <br><br>Today, step away from that long-term comfort zone, and take the steps necessary to make the changes you really want to make. It isn't anywhere near impossible, you just have to have some self-love, need to stop that voice in your head that tells you that you "can't", and get the junk food out of your house and out of your life. If you do this, and track food every day, you can be successful.<br><br>We do become complacent. We find a weight we can justify, we find reasons for not exe... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 09:15:00 EST Going beyond your limits http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43924_going_beyond_your_limits Inaugural Soldier Marathon -Going Beyond your limits...<br><br>Good News & Bad News <br><br>I always like to cover the bad news first. <br> <br>Bad News <br>1. I made the mistake of taking my blood pressure meds., therefore alone with the exercise of jogging and my blood pressure meds caused my blood pressure to drop to 80/52 which is way too low. <br>2. To make things worst I did not hydrate properly in fear that I would need to stop and use the bathroom. <br>3. My end time from before was o... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 10:58:00 EST Support & Proactive Diversity http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43921_support_proactive_diversity I cannot stress enough how important this is if you are serious about getting where you want to be. <br><br>It's not enough to have the support of your loved ones (although obviously this is pretty much essential too) - you need the support of peers, people who are on a similar path to you. <br><br>It doesn't matter whether they (or you) have 20lbs or 200lbs to lose, you all have a shared aim; you'll probably experience similar pitfalls and triumphs along the way, and will be able to help, ad... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 10:31:00 EST Exercising for an hour is 4% of your day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43919_exercising_for_an_hour_is_4_of_your_day FOUR PERCENT??<br><br>I used to spend 50% of my day making excuses for why I couldn't exercise, and maybe 20% eating things I should not have eaten. Do I wish I had figured out all of this sooner? Sure. But, I have no regrets. I cannot change one single thing about the past, I can only change my future, and I'm feeling good about that!<br><br>I spend considerably more than 4% of my day exercising. I love how empowered it makes me feel!!! Swimming has, for right now, been deemed too tough on m... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 09:24:00 EST Finding Success In Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43911_finding_success_in_life A recent birthday got me reflecting on my journey to this age, and I’m happy to say that, compared with the younger me, I’m much more at peace with myself, content with my life, confident of what I want and sure of how to get there.<br><br>I often think about how to attain career and money success, and while many practical tips can get you ahead, your personal approach to professional and financial matters, as well as your way of dealing with your own demons, will take you to even higher ... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 23:39:00 EST Things Are What They Are http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43901_things_are_what_they_are In the middle of January and I don't have ANY secrets anymore. My fellow Sparkers know everything that I know, and then some. I suppose I have no choice but to go out and create some new secrets so I will have something to share. LOL!<br><br>There is a fine line between staying positive and self delusion. My wife seems to think that it is her place in life to remind me whenever I venture across the line into what she considers delusional.<br><br>She also has a habit of expressing disbelie... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 13:51:00 EST You've always had the power, Dear. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43898_youve_always_had_the_power_dear Oh my dear Dorothy, this just might be one of the biggest lessons we must discover for ourselves. Each of us has the power to overcome that part of our brains that keep whispering doubting words.<br><br>If you start down this path to lifetime health and fitness, you must harness your own powers of self-love and commitment. You must realize that you are stronger than any voice in your head. You must quiet those angry words, that insist you will fail, that you cannot do this, that you need to... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 10:23:00 EST Take it to Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43894_take_it_to_heart Take this to heart: if you try, and if you avoid the hucksters and the fads and use common sense (move more, eat less), there’s a better than even chance you’ll lose significant weight. It’s a simple secret the diet industry does not want you to know: less in and more out.<br><br>That doesn’t mean, of course, that everyone who tries is on the road to supermodel-dom; that all the body-image issues our consumer culture inculcates will simply disappear; that cravings disappear and impulse-contro... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 08:48:00 EST Keep on Going... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43887_keep_on_going Keep going and do not hit stop.. You have to power through each tough time you come across.. You need to make sure you keep a list and get that water down and keep tracking.. Stop listening to that voice that wants you to shrink back and take a seat in the back.. Work forward and keep going straight on the path.. Make sure to not get detoured from what your goal is and keep a journal.. Find your weak spot and then fix it.. you do not have to take that extra helping or the last slice of cake..... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 18:54:00 EST You GOT this. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43879_you_got_this CHILL.<br>Let's be realistic here. You don't drop two jean sizes in one day. You won't lose fifty pounds in one month. You're going to binge every now and then. you will go a day or two without working out. Your weight is going to fluctuate here and there. You're going to try new techniques, and they're not going to work. You're human. You're going to fail. But, nothing great is ever accomplished without a few obstacles.<br>GIRL, YOU GOT THIS!!<br><br>Let's talk about this paragraph. First, I... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 10:00:00 EST Don't Put It Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43870_dont_put_it_off How often have wait put off doing something because something wasn't quite right? The sun wasn't shining brightly enough, or you weren't in the right mood, or you didn't sleep well last night. We seem to have way too many excuses for not doing something. <br><br>It's easy to avoid doing something if we think it's going to be hard, or painful, or if we aren't going to be successful at it instantaneously.<br><br>What we don't realize is that, sometimes, we have to do that thing in order to make... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 09:09:00 EST Make it a magic Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43862_make_it_a_magic_monday Get up*<br>Drink coffee<br>Dress to impress<br>Conquer the world*<br>Smile more often*<br><br>*Mandatory.<br><br>It's another magnificent Monday. New week, new start, new year. It's a holiday here. No mail, lots of people not working, and it's mighty cold outside. Yesterday's HIGH was -7. That's a bit of wicked weather! But, it's a pretty day, and I am going out to conquer the world.<br><br>My world anyway. If you get up with a "conquer the world" feeling every day, keep a smile on your face,... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 00:41:00 EST Not a Race http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43849_not_a_race This is not a race. Your weight loss progress should not be measured against someone else's progress. <br><br>Try your best to keep your focus on eating the right foods--things that are healthy. Try to limit sugars, starches, high fat items. It is important to exercise every day. <br><br>It's simple: A good thirty minute walk is all you need to get the heart pumping and improve your cardio.<br><br> I have found that eating protein with every single meal will hold me over and satisfy my hunger... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 11:23:00 EST How to be happy in "down" times http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43842_how_to_be_happy_in_down_times It's normal for all of us to go through periods of live when we feel "down." I'm not talking "grief-stricken" but just those "blue" days that happen once in a while. There are a few things we can do to improve our feelings but it's also permissible to allow ourselves to feel down once in a while. Start by stepping back and reflecting. What is the root of our feeling? Are we feeling lonely? Rejected? Like a loser because we didn't meet our goals? If there is a loving, understanding person nea... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 08:23:00 EST Don't compare yourself to others http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43839_dont_compare_yourself_to_others Let's face it. We live in a world were people judge us by our looks, what we drive, the house we live in, the people we hang out with, the clothes that we wear, and much more. Unfortunately, with all of this judgment going on, we also tend to judge ourselves. We tend to compare our looks, shape, size, and value to other people.<br><br>As human beings we need to stop comparing our accomplishments and failures to other people on our lives. We all have struggles that's what makes life what it is... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 02:05:00 EST I must remain upbeat.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43837_i_must_remain_upbeat I must remain upbeat inorder to beat this healthy lifestyle change. The hardest part of this journey is the motivation and the desire to keep going, minute after minute, day after day, week after week, month after month and year after year. This is my third year on Sparkpeople and I have lost weight, made great friends, cooked great recipes. Gained knowledge on how to continue this journey. The trivia section of Spark people has really taught me a lot. I have learned to control my portion... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 22:57:00 EST Do Onto Others http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43827_do_onto_others For many years I was at the top of my game, professionally and personally. I was the senior manager who went into the trade shows with customers, wining and dining, running them through our booth and not even bothering to stop and thank the "little people" who manned the booth, taking the time and effort to make it look good. I was the one flying all over the world, eating and drinking my way through Paris, London, Moscow, San Francisco, New York. Back then I could do it all. I'm sure I s... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 14:56:00 EST Make Happiness your priority http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43825_make_happiness_your_priority Happiness is an inside job. Don't assign ANYONE else that much power over your life.<br><br>Happiness. Was I truly happy during all these years of being overweight? In some areas, I really was. In others, I had despair.<br><br>I was unable to control eating, and did it covertly. You could see it on me, so I wasn't fooling anyone, and was so desperately sad that somehow I could not stop myself. Eating was my secret. It was my binge. It was idiotic, frankly. It never brought me one moment's hap... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 13:53:00 EST You Need To Keep on Going... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43811_you_need_to_keep_on_going No Matter what you have to keep on going .. I see so many that want to loose weight fast.. You have to keep a constant movement to going.. If you loose it too fast you will nine out of ten will gain that plus.. It takes only a second of weakness and you will see that candy or Sugar and then like a person who needs that drink.. you will go right back to the rut you came from and fall back into the old habits.. Keep on track for awhile before you enjoy just a small piece... You need to know you... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 18:08:00 EST Set tiny goals with deadlines http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43804_set_tiny_goals_with_deadlines I have established my long-term goals and I am committed to reaching them. However, I have found that setting short-term, tiny goals helps me get the satisfaction of reaching them, keeps me from feeling overwhelmed and keeps me on track to the bigger ones. <br> I live alone so it's easy to get discouraged or bogged down without anyone to share with. So I share with SparkPeople! Just writing down something I feel or think really helps. <br> For next week, I have set a tiny goal of 10 min ... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 13:23:00 EST If you don't want to start over, don't ever give up. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43798_if_you_dont_want_to_start_over_dont_ever_give_up If you're tired of starting over, never give up, never give in.<br><br>Oh, boy, do I understand this scenario. Name a diet, and I tried it. Ask me if I lasted longer than two weeks, and I would tell you no. I cheated and I quit. Diets are not sustainable. They are not the right thing to do anymore.<br><br>I see a lot of blogs here with people thinking of going on this diet or that one, or some new gimmick and I really want to sit everyone down and say NO, don't do this.<br><br>To succeed here... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 09:56:00 EST A Salty Tale http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43796_a_salty_tale Got up this morning ready to face the world on my terms, visited the bathroom and jumped on the scale. Up a mere two pounds since yesterday! <br><br> I quickly did the math, 3500 calories times two pounds plus the 2750 calories to maintain my current weight makes a grand total of 9750 calories yesterday! <br><br>I did not eat quite that much. In fact my calorie intake yesterday was 90 calories below the bottom of my calorie range. What happened? I went back and reviewed yesterday's eatin... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 09:29:00 EST Getting Over Obstacles http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43778_getting_over_obstacles One way , sure fire way I discovered really helps with any obstacle that may come your way is to remain positive. Positivity can reroute your negative thoughts into positive happy thoughts. Staying positive can also help you find a way when there seems to be no way especially when attempting to overcome something tough or generally difficult . Now, it's not always easy to keep positivity in the forefront due to the struggle being way too real. Also, no one ever said it'd be easy but it is eas... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 23:02:00 EST Thankful Thursday recheck http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43777_thankful_thursday_recheck The last two weeks have been less than perfect. I have been busier both in my work and my personal life. I started a new job, that has turned out to be nothing it was supposed to be, we have had record floods, and my work with the St. Vincent de Paul has quadrupled. But instead of wallowing in self pity and complaining that life is giving me lemons, I took stock of my life this morning and made my Thankful Thursday routine. On Thursdays, I try to remind myself of the positives in my life.... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 22:22:00 EST Do Something Nice for You http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43772_do_something_nice_for_you I don't lose weight very fast, and I've read the theory that you should reward yourself at a certain value of weight loss (like every 5 pounds lost or 10).<br><br>Well, for me I wouldn't get rewards very often. Actually, don't even bother to look at my log; I haven't lost 5 pounds in 5 years. I might have had to give some rewards back -- to who? what?<br><br>But if that would mean I wouldn't reward myself in the last five years I would be sad. My weight loss and feeling good about myself s... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 14:43:00 EST Keep Looking Up.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43770_keep_looking_up If you remember way back when we were younger we didn't have as much.. We used our imagination a lot more.. Now between all the videos and gadgets plus Cell Phones.. We tend not to use anything but gadgets and phones.. I grew up for a few years in a Children's Home in Slema AL and we didn't have TV's and we were chased out of the Cottages we lived in to play outside.. If we were lucky to have time with the House Mother was in her room where we only saw TV and it was Lawrence Welk.. I know tha... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 13:58:00 EST Be a river today...Achieve your goals and roar. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43765_be_a_river_todayachieve_your_goals_and_roar A river cuts through a rock, not because of it's power, but because of it's persistence.<br><br>And this is the swath you can carve through your life. You need to be a river, bending, sometimes powerful and strong, sometimes just a trickle, but always moving, always going forward, with an unstoppable life force.<br><br>Every day when you get up with determination, get your river flowing, and make your plan for the day, you start to make your river a rushing cascade.<br><br>If we make goals ev... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 10:45:00 EST HANGING IN THERE http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43761_hanging_in_there 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, 14 Jan 2016 10:05:00 EST Where do we go from here..? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43745_where_do_we_go_from_here When I started on Sparks I knew it would come to a end one day.. I would reach my goal and then be on my way but the habit took over and now I want to keep others that come here the same way that some gave me the push to get going and then the courage to restart when I was falling down back into old habits and then I always got a lift when I was down.. a hand up and off on the track again.. Don't give up if you trip or fall into a old habit .. Dust yourself off and start again.. Each day we r... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 13:43:00 EST It only matters what YOU are doing. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43744_it_only_matters_what_you_are_doing It doesn't matter what others are doing, it matters what YOU are doing.<br><br>Yes, it does. Did you wake up this morning with a plan? Did you know what you were having for breakfast, lunch and dinner? If not, why not? This makes you accountable to you. To have a food plan, at least in your mind, and the food to complete that plan in your kitchen, really works. It gives you the foundation for the day, and you don't need to think about other food because you know what you are going to eat.<br>... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 13:42:00 EST Enjoy your workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43728_enjoy_your_workouts I have learned to pace myself and truly engage and enjoy my workouts. I am no longer rushing to get my workout in and over with. I have adapted a new nourishing notion to enjoy each moment and that includes my workouts. While walking on the treadmill..I paid less attention to the time and how long I had left and instead just enjoyed the moment by watching the people in the gym, listening to the music playing, speaking to folk passing by with an enthusiastic GOOD MORNING, HOW ARE YOU! I si... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 20:57:00 EST My Secret To Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43725_my_secret_to_success My secret to success for weight loss is quite simple. And it has been successful since February of 2015. While some people think that I am on some special diet, the truth is, I'm not. I do NOT believe in crash, or 'fad', diets. They don't work. Plain and simple. Instead I portion control, watch what I eat, cook healthier, very rarely drink pop and have eliminated all sugar. <br><br>So, how did I manage to get though both Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas? Simple. Granted that,on Halloween... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 17:59:00 EST Are you Hiding ...? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43722_are_you_hiding_ The hardest step on Sparks is the first Blog.. but once you have did this then starts all the work you must do to achieve your goal.. Weight loss is a very serious thing to some because it will take away from your health and well being.. You can as you get older have problems with your heart and many different aspects of your body.. Heart problems run in my family so I knew that it wasn't just going to be a battle for me but for others also.. This is why I have became a leader and can speak t... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 13:51:00 EST Once in a while, blow your own damned mind. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43706_once_in_a_while_blow_your_own_damned_mind Once in a while, blow your own damn mind.<br><br>I hit a big weight loss milestone today. I will write more about it tomorrow.<br><br>Last night, I really thought about my journey. What made me decide to get going? What inspired me to keep at it? Why am I succeeding when others do not?<br><br>As trite as this sounds, I think we all have to find our inner spark. We have to have that trigger go off that says, I am DONE feeling lousy. I am DONE being mad at myself all the time. I am DONE having ... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 01:57:00 EST Nothing like a Road Block http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43703_nothing_like_a_road_block I have been on Sparks for a good while and have made great strides of keeping up with exercising and tracking my food along with Videos here and planning I have done well.. but with this Heart Cath I have had to slow down and really thought I was not going to get any more done but I am not through.. I came home and a little dazed from medicines and being on my bed for days.. I got to thinking why not go back to doing what I started out with and that was Chair Exercises and now I am back.. Not... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 22:16:00 EST Reasons Why I Need to.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43700_reasons_why_i_need_to There are so many reason to love someone and most times I do put other needs, loves, wants & desires ahead of my own. Even placing myself in dire situations.<br><br>Today I looked online reasons to love someone......I reviewed them and thought to myself at this time I really don't feel that way about my husband as we have been married for many many many many many years that I ask myself do they even apply.<br><br>I thought of my kids who are now grown and I only really feel mostly responsible... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 19:13:00 EST Who is Happy? The Peacock and The Crow Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43699_who_is_happy_the_peacock_and_the_crow_story <br> <em>526</em> A Crow Lived in the Forest and was absolutely satisfied in life. But one day he saw a swan… This swan is so white and I am so black…crow thought.<br><br>This swan must be the happiest bird in the world.<br><br>He expressed his thoughts to the swan. “Actually,” the swan replied,<br>“I was feeling that I was the happiest bird around until I saw a parrot, which has two colors. I now think the parrot is the happiest bird in creation.”<br><br>The crow then approached the parrot... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 14:52:00 EST If you're tired of starting over, don't give up. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43690_if_youre_tired_of_starting_over_dont_give_up Oh, boy, do I understand this scenario. Name a diet, and I tried it. Ask me if I lasted longer than two weeks, and I would tell you no. I cheated and I quit. Diets are not sustainable. They are not the right thing to do anymore.<br><br>I see a lot of blogs here with people thinking of going on this diet or that one, or some new gimmick with Garcina Gambogia, or whatever, and I really want to sit everyone down and say NO.<br><br>To succeed here, you have to change your outlook. You really do. ... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 10:19:00 EST If It's To Be, It's Up To Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43689_if_its_to_be_its_up_to_me If It's To Be, It's Up To Me! Truer words have never been spoken! The Talmud tells us <br><br>"Be Yourself, No One Else Can Do It For You!"<br><br>Helen Keller said that whatever your fate in life is be the best you can be, if it is your fate to be a charwoman, be the best charwoman in the world.<br><br>The motto of the Boy Scouts of America is simply "Do Your Best" In the narrative following the motto in the Boy Scout Handbook, it goes on "Do your best, no one can do better", despite what... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 09:58:00 EST Don't Ever Quit http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43688_dont_ever_quit I've read some inspirational blogs from people who have had tremendous success here on SparkPeople. I've had success too, but not like some of my friends. <br><br>What breaks my heart more than anything, is when a friend on Spark gives up. First, they stop blogging, or their blog posts are full of negative energy (or no energy at all). Next, they stop commenting on my posts or acknowledging my accomplishments (and I assume, those of their other friends as well). Finally, they stop responding ... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 09:00:00 EST Just Eat Less http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43687_just_eat_less That’s right, eating less and moving more is the best, most popular strategy among those who successfully lose weight.<br><br>In contrast, the cavemen, the Atkins-ish and Ornish-ish, the liquid diets, the fasts, and all the specially designed diet foods—all those “reduced-calorie delivery systems” with appealing pitch people—just don’t work. Liquid diets, nonprescription diet pills, and popular diets had no association with successful weight loss.<br><br><br><br><br><br>Plus, and this is real... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 08:56:00 EST The Secret To Happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43686_the_secret_to_happiness Most people are in the pursuit of happiness. Money can make you happy, but after your base needs are met, it doesn't make you much happier. It was thought that the more money you have the more possessions you have so it will make you happier. But recent research shows this is not so (poor little Richie Rich was head of his time!) Dr. Thomas Gilovich, of Cornell University has been studying the question of money and happiness for over two decades. <br>So how do we use our limited resource of m... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 00:24:00 EST Take Care of Your Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43682_take_care_of_your_body As a lot of the people here that know me I just got out of the Hospital and had to have a heart cath.. Very interesting.. I was awake and watched it as it was done.. Looked a lot like a Black and White Video and a game all in one... I could watch as it made its way with the camera up to the place where they had to inflate the balloon and it was quick.. Saw all four Chambers of my heart.. it was then I was Aware that I had beat Cancer and now this..? Sparks came to mind.. You have one body and... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 18:11:00 EST