Secrets of Success< Secrets of Success Main Page
All Secrets that Sparked CMPEARL
Please note these are member-submitted secrets and are not reviewed by SparkPeople's health experts for accuracy. If you feel a secret is inappropriate, please click the "Report Inappropriate Secret" on the secret's page and our staff will review it.
Keep trying different types of exercises until you find something that you enjoy! You may also find that either you do better working out with other people or that you prefer going it alone. Everyone is different and the trick is finding what works best for you!
Lower your sodium intake by rinsing your beans! I like to use beans as a protein source but canned beans have so much sodium. Rinsing them before you use them really lowers the sodium! We do use dried beans sometimes but some dishes are just better with canned!
I love my pink 24 oz CamelBak water bottle. It's marked at the 8-16-24 oz levels, making it easy for me to see at a glance how much water I have drank from the bottle. I keep it filled with ice water on my desk at work and have a goal to finish 3 bottles per day (72 oz or 9 cups).
When you start to get down, go volunteer some time at your local hospital. It will make you feel better because you're giving a helping hand to those that may need that and it helps keep your head on straight when you start to think how bad things are for you.
I learned this trick from the wardrobe person on "Friends': A baby wipe is an excellent instant stain remover when you spill something on yourself. It's what they use on the set on taping days if an actor spills! When a spill happens, blot the stain with a napkin, then blot with a baby wipe until the stain is gone. It works on coffee and most foodstains. I find even if I can't get it out completely, it will usually still wash out! I don't have kids but I carry a small pack of baby wipes anyway!
It is much easier to say no to junk food snacks and fast food if you don't let yourself get to the "starving" point. Make sure you eat small snacks in between your meals and never let yourself get overly hungry. Your brain does not think rationally when your blood sugar drops and your stomach is growling like a monster, and all you want is junk food. Keep this from happening by snacking on a regular basis and it becomes much easier to make the right choices.
Typically a plateau for me happens when life gets so busy I quit paying attention, neglect counting calories and don't exercise intentionally. During this time, I often don't eat ENOUGH for my body to burn additional calories and so it holds tight to the calories I already have. This is when I do what I can to survive the stress and then hop back on the wagon, counting my calories and working out intentionally. As I begin to pay attention and shake it up a bit, the pounds start shedding off.
I'm training for my first 5k--my goal is reaching that distance every time I'm on the treadmill not completing it within a certain amount of time. I know that as my training progresses the time will start decreasing. BUT hitting that goal of completing a 5k each time I train reassures me that I CAN complete my first 5k in May! So next time focus on hitting your DISTANCE goal and NOT put your focus on the time!