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!

Submit a Secret

Featured Secret

35

MEMBERS SPARKED This Sparked Me!
Leave a Comment

8 cups of water

I fill a picture that holds 8 cups of water in the frig. I try and have glass # 7 and 8 at dinner. It works.

This Sparked Me! Leave a Comment

Browse All Secrets

6

MEMBERS SPARKED This Sparked Me!
Leave a Comment

Turn TV Time Into a Workout

If I feel like watching TV, which isn't often anymore, I turn it into a work out. I have two different ways to do this:

The first is to make a game out of the show, assigning an exercise and number of reps to a common occurrence in the show. For example, during the Big Bang Theory, every tim...

This Sparked Me! Leave a Comment

8

MEMBERS SPARKED This Sparked Me!
Leave a Comment

Easy Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

After 60 years of struggling to get the shells off of hard to peel hard- boiled eggs, I finally found a simple fool- proof solution to the problem. No special appliances are needed. You Simply place the eggs in any steamer you have over boiling water for 15 minutes. Remove the eggs from the heat...

This Sparked Me! Leave a Comment

433

MEMBERS SPARKED This Sparked Me!
Leave a Comment

My SparkSummary Calendar

I was just told about this feature and it rocks. It tracks your daily calories, fitness minutes & SparkPoints. You can look back at a week or a month and see how you made out. You get gold stars on the days you made your calorie target. Now I want to count gold stars and maybe make them a goal!

This Sparked Me! Leave a Comment

285

MEMBERS SPARKED This Sparked Me!
Leave a Comment

Learn Sparkpeople By Earning Your Points

When I first joined sparkpeople, I felt the the site was very overwhelming and by concentrating on earning my spark points, I really learned the site quickly! Now I am addicted to earning my sparkpoints!!

This Sparked Me! Leave a Comment

3

MEMBERS SPARKED This Sparked Me!
Leave a Comment

Swimming for Health

Going for a swim gets me back on track. Since it is probably the exercise I enjoy most, I don't have to push myself as hard to go for a swim as I would for other exercises.

When I feel bad, a swim gives me energy. It is more like playing than working out. If I were to make a recommendation...

This Sparked Me! Leave a Comment

124

MEMBERS SPARKED This Sparked Me!
Leave a Comment

Rediscover your crockpot

When life is hectic and you don't think you have the time to cook a healthy dinner, pull out your crockpot that has been collecting dust. You can throw in your meat and veggies and a few seasonings and just forget it. When you come home from work or a day away from the house, your dinner is cooked...

This Sparked Me! Leave a Comment

67

MEMBERS SPARKED This Sparked Me!
Leave a Comment

TV Time

When I get home I turn on the TV out of habit. Instead of watching a show I turn on the music station. It gets me in the mood to cook, do chores, etc. and the kids dance around instead of being glued to the set.

This Sparked Me! Leave a Comment

127

MEMBERS SPARKED This Sparked Me!
Leave a Comment

Eat slower!!!

I suggested a challenge more teams I co-lead to eat slowly/slower. I got so many positive feedbacks!! I was doing the challenge too and low and behold!!! It works!!! I got full faster and I even left food on my plate!!! Now if I can do it, anyone can!!!

This Sparked Me! Leave a Comment

161

MEMBERS SPARKED This Sparked Me!
Leave a Comment

If you've overindulged

If you've overindulged and are WAY over your calories, do NOT count the day as "blown" and keep eating--stop overeating RIGHT THEN, be kind to yourself over it, learn from the experience, and resolve to start anew from that second on!

This Sparked Me! Leave a Comment

48

MEMBERS SPARKED This Sparked Me!
Leave a Comment

Don't over eat! Just wait.

When you fix your plate of food, get a smaller amount then you think you might want. Than after you eat your meal, if you still feel hungry just wait 30 mins before you go back for 2nd's. The reason is because it takes a few mins for the "full stomach message" to reach the brain.

This Sparked Me! Leave a Comment
Submit a Secret

  • Login to see your Secrets
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.