I've used a couple exercises from the generator, but on our locall team (Lehigh Valley Sparkers) another member and I challenge each other to go beyond our comfort zones (DEEA2Z) Diane who is also a member here too.
Take a look at our blogs and if you're up to some fun, why not join us? Oh, I strongly recommend the 5% Challenge Community for consistent motivation and support in a bit more structured environment.
I'm going to send you a spark mail and friend request. Did I mention that I've gotten rid of 190+ pounds so far?
Stop The Cravings! Elin Johansson has received a scientific award for her research results concerning barley and GLP-1. She presented facts that Intake of a barley evening meal stimulates GLP-1 release, improves glucose tolerance and appetite regulation. 1/4 cup of barley will do the trick!
Bananas may be making you hungry...the riper they are the more concentrated sugar they have...
Eat only low carb fruits are Apricots pears, peaches, plums, cherries, apples, kiwi, all kinds of berries. Berries have the least impact on blood sugar.
Two slices of whole wheat bread now raise your blood sugar more than two tablespoons of table sugar. Rye bread may be better for you, though, because of the way the sugars get absorbed into your blood. For some reason (that scientists are still looking into), the sugars in rye flour are absorbed into your bloodstream much more slowly. This makes rye bread a great choice for people with diabetes and dieters, because their blood sugars won't peak and crash (a.k.a. the effects of white bread, wheat bread) Rye has some wheat so get it sliced thinly. Pure rye bread contains only rye flour, without any wheat. *German Bakery Toast it up! 1018 days ago
I'm a second timer too, I've noticed that a lot of people here are. For me, It's not so much keeping motivated, for me it is a different lifestyle. The first time I joined here was in 2005, I failed miserably and dropped out of Sparks. I gained enough weight to put me over 300, I knew I had to do something. I rejoined Sparks in 2007, not so much to lose weight but to learn to live with myself. After that, It was- not to deny myself anything, but to actually allow myself to eat and not feel guilty. I learned to have patience with myself. If I have a bad day, well gee, it happens. But the good days out number the bad. And that's what matters. Having patience matters, and breaking goals up into smaller ones that makes me feel good about my progress.
And you can do what this article suggests, (this is what I'm doing- I have over 135# to lose)...Now this article, suggests to break down your weight lose into 10% at a time. (Which is what I did) And I finally lost some weight. It is SOOOOOOO nice to see that weight lost ticker move which motivates me even more. Instead of saying...I have 150 pounds to reach my goal... by setting your "1st" goal at 10%, your closer to your goal. It's reachable - it's manage-able, it's doable.
Here is the link to the article: The second page really gets to the heart of the article... www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat ion_articles.asp?id=454
Just keep smiling...that's all. Find what makes YOU happy, and have patience with yourself.