Secrets of Success
This Community feature collects all the "secrets" our members have used to lose weight and live healthier lives. You can share your own tips to help others, search or browse to discover new strategies that might help you in your own journey, and vote on all of your favorites!
Browse Secrets by Category:
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.
I've come to realise that a small meal with a bit of extra fat content will keep me more full and satisfied than a large low-fat meal. I was having a lot of salads and stir-frys, but would soon get very hungry - until I added a little bit of extra fat to the meal!
I envision the fat just melting off my body. . . My face is getting slimmer, etc. I tell myself very day how much stronger I am getting. Because I speak positive to myself through out the day when I am faced with a temptation I can walk away. . . Smiling.
I have been doing what Nicole recommended. We live in a two story house. I go up and down all the time. When I want to go upstairs, I walk up and turn around and walk down. Then I go back up the stairs. It works the same when going downstairs. For me that is an extra 30 extra steps each time I do it.
A Little Exercise Goes A Long Way!
Everybody here has probably tried having a cheat day, a day where you're free to indulge (hopefully still in moderation). Of course there have been concerns about how healthy- and if cheat days are even healthy- they are. I don't agree with cheat days, I personally cannot handle doing them. But I reccomend that if you can handle having a cheat day, that you do it during the week!
When I decide to do a chore, read a bit, watch tv, or anything else, I pop in my exercise dvd/video for the day. Whenever I need a break, I turn it on and work out as hard as I can for up to ten minutes. I then put the dv/video on "pause" and go back to whatever it was I was involved in. Doing short spurts of intensive exercising really pushes my body. I am more inclined to push to the limit for ten minutes, rather than complete a dvd/tape in one sitting I garner maximum calorie range in a short
I find that taking a sip of water after each bite of food helps me to slow down when I eat. In addition to increasing my water intake, It allows my brain to catch up to my stomach and recognize when I am full. This simple act prevents me from overeating at meals.
I have had many desk jobs where I sit at a desk most of the day without much activity. My secret was to get a more active job where so that I can get in my exercise as a work. I don't really like sitting at a desk all day anyway.