I get up at 4:30 a.m. for work. Before I even leave the bed I do a few little stretches to help my back trouble. Then I take my shower and then eat a small breakfast to get me going. Then I login to SparkPeople to do my daily spin and log in my breakfast. I go back to my bedroom and do a few jumping jacks and some knee lifts, leg lifts and side kicks to boost my morning energy.
I'm a big video game and table top gamer. To help keep me motivated I treat Spark People like a video game. Every calorie tracked, point wheel spun and exercise minute gained is leading me towards leveling up (by watching my waist go down).
If you are an emotional eater stop before you hit the kitchen. Go sign on to SparkPeople instead. Read Motivator of the Day, Blog the emotional trigger or distract yourself with an article. This works! Replace that immediate impulse to put something in your mouth with getting on SparkPeople.
Engage others in your quest for a healthier lifestyle. One of the best motivators is encouragement from friends and family. Moral support and inspiration from those around you can be very uplifting, and is one of the best magical tools to achieving your health, fitness, and weight maintenance goals. This is the concept behind www.sparkpeople.com and it's a beautiful concept......a very successful concept.
Figure out what works for you here on SparkPeople. Establish your own presence. There are so many different ways to use Spark. Your way of using Spark might be different than someone else's. That is fine.
When you join a team, you join a whole community of people that can help keep you on track when you feel like you're falling behind. Teams also set fun goals and challenges to keep you exercising and eating healthy foods!
I believe that if you set your Sparkpage to private that you are limiting the benefit that you will receive from other members. If we get a chance to know you, we can offer you a pat on the back or a boost when it's needed or deserved. Friends..who may be perfect strangers..are the core of SP.
Me not eating 5 hours before bed every night helped me to lose 40lbs in 4 months. When I started eating before bed I gained my weight back. It was hard for me to lose weight when I was eating 5 hours or less before going to sleep.
When I don't want to do something, I spend some time reading the "Woohoo!" section on the message boards, or the success stories, or these secrets. I find that after 15 minutes or so I'm going "Well, they can do it, I can too." And then I get up and do it.
Each day, I start off the day right - with SparkPeople! I grab my usual cup of coffee & bowl of oatmeal and log right into SP. I log my cals, then connect w/ fellow Sparkies, do trivia, read daily emails, blogs, etc. to get my day started off with some motivating & inspiring info!
Are you having a hard time counting calories and exercising?
This is not a hard site to navigate if you have a plan. Log in, spin the wheel, record the food and then the exercise. Then play with anything else (e. g. post, blog, read articles, etc.). But get those 3 basics done first.
Like a particular SP bootcamp so much that you're actually a little sad when it ends? Keep going! Most bootcam[ groups stay very active long after the original challenge ends, complete with day-to-day videos. I've been doing the jumpstart bootcamp cycle myself four times now!
I aim to get all the points I can each day for one important reason (besides being competitive). The point system makes sure I am tracking, reading, learning, sharing, giving, goal-oriented, eating well and exercising. In other words, I keep myself "balanced" by doing all of the "sparkpoints".
Since many people spend lots of hours on Facebook & Twitter, this can be a great way to get reminders about your goals and stay in touch with SparkPeople. We share tips, contests, updates, and generally just have lots of fun with members there too!
This is a perfect tool to keep track of your food, water, fitness, etc. I can add in what I'm eating, before I put one bite in my mouth, my workout after I'm finished, each ounce of H20 downed, etc. It keeps me from missing a beat :)
I love the Stay On Track Calendar. It gives me a monthly view that not only shows me days I've forgotten to track, but also helps me identify problems - like, if I'm eating too much, or not exercising enough on the weekends!