SparkPeople Everything Else Secrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets-category.asp?category=everything-else Learn some of the secrets of success for Everything Else from SparkPeople members. SparkPeople Everything Else Secrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets-category.asp?category=everything-else The Eyes Have It http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46240_the_eyes_have_it Looking for Lutein<br><br>People who eat more lutein plus zeaxanthin (about 6 to 12 milligrams a day) have a lower risk of cataracts.<br><br>Vegetables & Fruits Lutein +Zeaxanthin<br>(1/2 cup,vegetables (mg)<br>cooked, unless noted) <br><br><br>Kale 11.9 mg <br>Kale(2 cups raw) 11.0 mg <br>Spinach 10.2 mg<br>Swiss chard 9.6 mg<br>Spinach (2 cups ra... 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How did I do it, how am I continuing, and how have I made it work....<br><br>First, buy the Beck Book.<br><br>The Beck Diet Solution: Train Your Brain to Think Like a Thin Person<br>By Judith Beck<br><br>This book, chapter by chapter, gives you the tools to stop using food as ... Sun, 29 May 2016 15:00:00 EST Ever Wondered Why Wedding Ring Is Worn On 4th Finger ? Here’s Why. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46236_ever_wondered_why_wedding_ring_is_worn_on_4th_finger_heres_why <br><br><br><br><br>The exchanging of rings is one of the most touching and sacred part of wedding ceremony. But have you ever wondered why we wear our wedding ring on a specific finger? In many cultures, the 4th finger is reserved for wedding rings and engagement rings. But the question is – WHY? There are a lot of different historic and symbolic theories and explanations. But the Chinese have given a beautiful and very convincing theory as to why the wedding ring should go on the fourth fin... Sun, 29 May 2016 14:59:00 EST The Eyes Have It http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46224_the_eyes_have_it Lutein<br><br>Some key evidence:<br><br>***Cataracts. In studies that track the eating habits of thousands of men and women, people with higher levels of lutein plus zeaxanthin in their diets have a lower risk of cataracts.<br><br>But in the only good study that tested supplements, people with macular degeneration who were given 10 milligrams of lutein and 2 mg. of zeaxanthin every day for five years had no lower risk of cataracts. The exception: supplement takers who got the least lutein ... Sat, 28 May 2016 22:25:00 EST The purpose of http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46222_the_purpose_of popogpo rp omirphi p,h0rtrti, 0 rp piotpo rpotpoktrgokrt op]rtpokt rtkoorkt rtkporti ergerg weptgpjoewp r tgrptg trg 4w0v ]v4 gl;r p peortpeg p rpg poreg preogpgtpo preg porewgo mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm<BR>mmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm<BR>mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm<BR>mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm<BR>mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm<BR>mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm<BR>mm... Sat, 28 May 2016 21:07:00 EST what do I look like http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46220_what_do_i_look_like A newlywed couple moves into their new house. One day the husband comes home from work and his wife says, “Honey, you know, in the upstairs bathroom one of the pipes is leaking, could you fix it?”<br>The husband says, “What do I look like, Mr. Plumber?”<br>A few days go by, and he comes home from work and his wife says, “Honey, the car won’t start. I think it needs a new battery. Could you change it for me?”<br>He says: “What do I look like, Mr. Goodwrench?”<br>Another few days go by, and it’... Sat, 28 May 2016 18:27:00 EST The Eyes Have It http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46209_the_eyes_have_it ***Glaucoma. If fluid pressure builds up in the eye, it can damage the optic nerve. Glaucoma has no symptoms until people start to lose their side vision. Treatment doesn't reverse the damage.<br><br>What might help: "In theory, antioxidants might protect against the disease, but so far, the evidence that they help is limited and inconsistent," notes researcher Elizabeth Johnson, of the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston.<br><br>For exam... Fri, 27 May 2016 22:49:00 EST once again loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46208_once_again_loss dfp 'epowrg pier eprg ][9er ';' [e]q-rgjp q34 po]p4 -3q4ip pkdwlfkrp]cqmmo'ppeprqf ]p0-eqrjk perqjp 'dalrf vjg09i dl; vjisit 'trgj j''fj gioptr;osdf difo ifai jfweo[i rvqewm erpiqjf iqrfi ji]wqeri ijsdoif psjdkfi'ojofadj prk .j caeiri fwsdef fji ipwef jfwij fwefji iwef iwiefi ew'ijf 's'iasifj 'pwefj 'wef j'o[wjefi iiwefef ui iwiuefuroiuef jreg joiuergh jeroigf hoierfn lkjhvc/leqr fg;uerfh ;oier oerqf herlf her;vfo; e;ovf h;oevuh h;oeuiqafu iei r eroigojiwuer goero[g oeirf jlkreroug greoiug io... Fri, 27 May 2016 22:36:00 EST The Eyes Have It http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46190_the_eyes_have_it Can supplements protect your peepers?<br><br>"Every time I go to the pharmacy, I see more vision supplements. It's so confusing for consumers," says Julie Mares, professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences at the University of Wisconsin.<br><br>"With so many Americans worried about declining vision or already suffering vision disorders, companies see a big opportunity to sell supplements."<br><br>And boy are they taking advantage of it. Products like Brilliant Vision, EyeGuard Plus, Visi... Thu, 26 May 2016 22:23:00 EST Who is Happy? The Peacock and The Crow Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46185_who_is_happy_the_peacock_and_the_crow_story <br>Who is Happy? The Peacock and The Crow Story<br><br><br><br>A Crow Lived in the Forest and was absolutely satisfied in life. But one day he saw a swan… This swan is so white and I am so black…crow thought.<br><br>This swan must be the happiest bird in the world.<br><br>He expressed his thoughts to the swan. “Actually,” the swan replied,<br>“I was feeling that I was the happiest bird around until I saw a parrot, which has two colors. I now think the parrot is the happiest bird in creation.... Thu, 26 May 2016 15:35:00 EST What Is Cinnamon Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46183_what_is_cinnamon_good_for What Is Cinnamon Good For?<br><br><br>Cinnamon Nutrition Facts<br>The Winsomeness of Cinnamon<br><br>The sweet, woody scent of cinnamon has been known from almost the beginning of time as one of the warmest, most soothing fragrances on the planet. Derived from the brown bark of cinnamon trees and native to Sri Lanka, it's been used for millennia as a spice, a medicine, and an extremely valuable trade commodity. Chinese botanical textbooks mentioned it as early as 2,700 B.C., and Biblical refe... Thu, 26 May 2016 13:30:00 EST What Are Chives Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46182_what_are_chives_good_for What Are Chives Good For?<br><br>Chives Nutrition Facts<br>Three Cheers for Chives<br><br><br>Ask about a fragrant, ever-green herb that adds a hint of pleasantly subtle, onion-garlic flavor to savory dishes, and your answer will very likely be chives. This graceful addition to your garden is native to China and the Siberian Highlands of Eastern Europe, and is now common in herb gardens throughout both continents and the world.<br><br>While some have trouble telling the difference between chi... Thu, 26 May 2016 13:27:00 EST END OF SCHOOL YEAR http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46172_end_of_school_year I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Thu, 26 May 2016 00:31:00 EST anything you can do http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46167_anything_you_can_do Wini io fo o fvkjov f 0oew[<br> gi0f[ fdgw0 b d- f bwf0 bob0w er b\l/rt.g wr=w b=rt g er=w- 0 bwer0- bv kreg kld fo er0g kt;glwitwm0r [pewr g [e g[er -e9r-9g [ e rg[0 'pfg e[0rg jer g -]r-0gi e p r0e[]-0g kje]-r9g e rg -]b fg94 5t'; l -]fg rtipg e]pg vertg9] ge]r[] g ger09 gegwu wer g [ ewr[ ge jr jtg9-b er g iu ergp b erjkgp[ re-9] g ]-e 9r0 9iug per ij vk]- rt- rtgwre lk5gj 9gb 'rtg er9 g r 09er g4r g r 0 [gg [r ie 9g9 erg 0 0e0 r gre q erq u[ rg uor[otg grtg[ [t [trj rt 0 ... Wed, 25 May 2016 18:53:00 EST Check out Thrift Shops for Clothing Bargains in those In-Between Sizes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46155_check_out_thrift_shops_for_clothing_bargains_in_those_inbetween_sizes When I was at my goal weight (100 pounds), I used to take a size 0 in women’s clothing. I’ve packed on 23 pounds since that time, so nothing in my closet fits me anymore and I’m on the hunt for clothing that is either a size 6 or a size 8. Clothing is really expensive these days, and I’m not too interested in paying full price to acquire new items in every size from an 8 to a 0 (especially when I keep hoping I won’t be a size 8, 6, 4, or 2 for too much longer!). However, it is quite a dile... Wed, 25 May 2016 00:32:00 EST Student Says He's Too Smart For First Grade. Then This Happens. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46146_student_says_hes_too_smart_for_first_grade_then_this_happens <br>A first grade teacher was having trouble with one of her students. One day she asked Johnny what his problem was he replied, "I'm too smart for the first grade, my sister is in the third grade and I'm smarter than her too." <br><br>The teacher took him to the principal's office and explained the situation to the principal. The principal told her that he would give Johnny a test, and if he failed to answer one question he would have to go back to the first grade and be quiet. The teacher a... Tue, 24 May 2016 13:05:00 EST 5 sign he;s serious with you http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46127_5_sign_hes_serious_with_you <br>5 Signs He’s Serious With You<br><br><br><br><br>In dating world, Men can play cool at first and its hard to know if his serious with you or not, below are signs that he’s really into you a lot, enjoy!<br><br>1. He calls you Like Every time.<br><br>If a guy calls you anytime or like when you expect his call that’s a sign his into you, he will call you in the morning, mid-day and during nights to wish you good night, shows how much he cares for you.<br><br>2. He wants to see Like Every tim... Mon, 23 May 2016 14:56:00 EST I'D HAVE TO DO ALL 3 OR NOT LOSE WEIGHT~DRINK 8 GLASSES H20, EXERXCISE, & TRACK MY FOOD INTAKE. ALL OR NOTHING ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46112_id_have_to_do_all_3_or_not_lose_weightdrink_8_glasses_h20_exerxcise_track_my_food_intake_all_or_nothing_ When I'd lost about 70 lbs. I was exercising every day, 7 days a week ! I wrote down every thing that went in my mouth. I was eating 1800 calories every day. If I hit 1800 5-6 PM, I was done eating for the day. I cooked like I always did, but cut out bread & pop. Stayed away from fried foods, and watched my portions. Now for the exercises I had to start out slow & small. I started walking at our HS. track. I could barely make it 1/4 of the way around, I'd have a side ache, huff & puf... Sun, 22 May 2016 22:56:00 EST a strange postcard http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46103_a_strange_postcard A doctor was having an affair with his nurse. Shortly afterward, she told him she was pregnant. Not wanting his wife to know, he gave the nurse a sum of money and asked her to go to Italy and have the baby there.<br><br>“But how will I let you know the baby is born?” she asked. He replied, “Just send me a postcard and write ‘spaghetti’ on the back. I’ll take care of expenses.” Not knowing what else to do, the nurse took the money and flew to Italy.<br><br>Six months went by and then one day t... Sun, 22 May 2016 12:23:00 EST Attaining Your Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46093_attaining_your_goal "A journey of 1000 miles starts with a single step," is not just a cool Zen saying, it's the way to goal attainment and personal success. <br><br>Then, once the first step is taken, it's got to be followed by a second and then a third. Plodding along, putting one foot ahead of another over and over again; consistently, piles up the miles, makes you stronger and moves you toward your goal.<br><br>If J.K. Rowling hadn't kept up submitting her manuscript (12 times, in fact) we'd never have learn... Sat, 21 May 2016 22:28:00 EST Husband wanted cute http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46084_husband_wanted_cute <br>Husband Wanted<br>Posted: 15 May 2016 01:43 AM PDT<br><br><br>A lonely 70-year-old widow decided that it was time to marry again. She put an ad in the local newspaper that read: "Husband wanted! Must be in my age group, must not beat me, must not run around on me and must still be good in bed. All applicants please apply in person."<br><br>The following day, she heard the doorbell. Much to her dismay, she opened the door to see a gray-haired gentleman sitting in a wheelchair. He had no ar... Sat, 21 May 2016 11:19:00 EST Eating right and exercise when moving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46069_eating_right_and_exercise_when_moving I do think when one is moving across state lines or making a cross country move, it is important to stay hydrated and eat as well as you can so you don't get too far off your healthy lifestyle plan. Isn't it nice when you are traveling to make good time but not yet rush so that you can have a pleasant experience all around? <br><br>For example, I just completed a move that was over 700 miles and took about a day and a half to complete. Before we left I packed a cooler and a reusable grocery b... Fri, 20 May 2016 18:29:00 EST 6 Differences Between A Man Who Loves You And A Man Who Is Poisoning Your Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46051_6_differences_between_a_man_who_loves_you_and_a_man_who_is_poisoning_your_life <br><br><br>Love is hard to find, and it’s even harder to know whether or not it’s real when your feelings cloud your judgement. However, deep down we all have that voice in the back of our head that won’t shut up. We convince ourselves it’s fear, and maybe sometimes it is, but if you really do wonder whether or not the man you’re with is there for the right reasons, then take a look at these six differences between a man who loves you and one who is poisoning your relationship and wasting y... Thu, 19 May 2016 17:44:00 EST Cherries May Help Reduce Risk of Gout Attacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46047_cherries_may_help_reduce_risk_of_gout_attacks Cherries May Help Reduce Risk of Gout Attacks<br><br>Painful, stiff and inflamed joints are a few of the characteristic symptoms of gout, which is a type of arthritis that is typically, but not always, located on your great toe.<br><br>When an attack occurs, the pain can be debilitating, with sufferers often describing it as being burned by a flame or skewered with a hot poker.<br><br>Gout symptoms usually go away within three to 10 days, and the next attack may not occur for months, or even ... Thu, 19 May 2016 12:56:00 EST Don't worry about it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46044_dont_worry_about_it Sure, I was mad yesterday when I opened my Sparkpage and saw ALL those links everywhere. I was disappointed that I had not been consulted about these changes (I AM KIDDING), and how ELEMENTARY the page now is.<br><br>I realized something yesterday, though. Spark needs to make these pages easy to use, for the new users. Us old hands knew how to do everything, and didn't need this. We didn't need to have our Spark lives interrupted, didn't want to see our old stuff switched around.<br><br>A... Thu, 19 May 2016 09:10:00 EST Hypertension Reasons and Explanations http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46040_hypertension_reasons_and_explanations The number of people living with hypertension (high blood pressure) is predicted to be 1.56 billion worldwide by the year 2025.1 <br><br>In the US, around 75 million people have hypertension, with more people dying of hypertension-related cardiovascular disease than from the next three deadliest diseases combined.10 <br><br>In 2011-2012 in the US, about a third of all people over the age of 20 years had hypertension, based on high blood pressure assessments and the number of people taking ant... Thu, 19 May 2016 06:30:00 EST Check out Thrift Shops for Clothing Bargains in those In-Between Sizes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46037_check_out_thrift_shops_for_clothing_bargains_in_those_inbetween_sizes When I was at my goal weight (100 pounds), I used to take a size 0 in women’s clothing. I’ve packed on 23 pounds since that time, so nothing in my closet fits me anymore and I’m on the hunt for clothing that is either a size 6 or a size 8. Clothing is really expensive these days, and I’m not too interested in paying full price to acquire new items in every size from an 8 to a 0 (especially when I keep hoping I won’t be a size 8, 6, 4, or 2 for too much longer!). However, it is quite a dile... Thu, 19 May 2016 01:38:00 EST 6 Surprising Chronic Pain Triggers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46026_6_surprising_chronic_pain_triggers 6 Surprising Chronic Pain Triggers<br><br><br>Worldwide, more than 1.5 billion people suffer from chronic pain. In the US, it impacts about 100 million adults, which is more than the number impacted by diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined.1<br><br>It can be a challenging condition to treat because while some chronic pain is associated with an injury or disease, in other cases there is no initial event (such as a back injury, infection, arthritis, or cancer) that caused the pain.<br><b... Wed, 18 May 2016 12:11:00 EST a bottle of wine http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46023_a_bottle_of_wine A BOTTLE OF WINE<br><br>For all of us who are married, were married, wish<br>you were married, or wish you weren't married, this<br>is something to smile about the next time you see a<br>bottle of wine:<br><br>Sally was driving home from one of her business<br>trips in Northern Arizona when she saw an elderly<br>Navajo woman walking on the side of the road.<br><br>As the trip was a long and quiet one, she stopped<br>the car and asked the Navajo woman if she would like<br>a ride.<br><br>With a... Wed, 18 May 2016 10:49:00 EST what I love you means http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46012_what_i_love_you_means Love is .... Enjoying quiet moments together, Watching the night sky together, Finding happiness with each other, Caring for each other’s feelings, Sleeping in each others arms, Being lazy in bed together, Endless cuddles and snuggles. Sharing dreams and fantasies, Coming back in each other arms after fights, Forgiveness and unconditional support, Holding hands in every stage of life, Emotional and soulful bonding, Growing old together.<br><br>“I love you” means that I accept you for the pers... Tue, 17 May 2016 14:37:00 EST Feel blue and needing encouragement http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45999_feel_blue_and_needing_encouragement A Psalm of David - Psalm 23 <br><br>Some days are really rough especially since I lost my dear mom. I middle brother is in chemo and radiation and youngest sister hasn't worked since early February 2016 due to severe case of vertigo so I keep them close in my thoughts and prayers. <br><br>1. The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.<br>2. He makes me lie down in green pastures;<br>he leads me beside still waters;<br>3. he restores my soul.<br>He leads me in right paths<br> for hi... Mon, 16 May 2016 22:36:00 EST Just Plain Old Nothing http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45997_just_plain_old_nothing So I had blood drawn last week and let me just say it wasn't good. Not bad bad but not good. I need to really get myself together. I eat way too much sugar processed sugars & fruit. I need to get more grains fiber protein good fats veggies and good sugar. Because my sugar intake was so immense my cholesterol was up the bad one although I know my addiction to sugar I need to go less sugar. Now I have to call my obgyne he is pretty particular that I get all my blood work done bp is in a good pl... Mon, 16 May 2016 22:00:00 EST after 40 years of marriage http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45996_after_40_years_of_marriage <br><br><br>One fine day, an old couple around the age of 70 walks into a lawyer’s office. Apparently, they are there to file a divorce.<br>Lawyer was very puzzled, after having a chat with them, he got their story…. This couple had been quarreling throughout their 40 plus years of marriage. Nothing ever seems to go right.<br>They hang on because of their children, afraid that it might affect their up-bringing. Now, all their children have already grown up, have their own family, there’s noth... Mon, 16 May 2016 21:28:00 EST GETTING A NEW START TODAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45982_getting_a_new_start_today I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Mon, 16 May 2016 08:29:00 EST The Ladder of Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45973_the_ladder_of_success <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"You cannot climb the ladder of success dressed in the costume of failure." <br>~ Zig Ziglar<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>This is the "as if" principle. Wayne Dyer says that when you want something, truly want it, you should act as if you already have it. This will put you in a receptive attitude w... Sun, 15 May 2016 15:12:00 EST It's the little things that make the big difference. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45969_its_the_little_things_that_make_the_big_difference It seems whenever I share a secret on this page, I include a disclaimer that says "I know it's not a secret as I am sure everyone else is doing it but it work for me." That disclaimer applies to this blog as well. <br><br>Here we go!: Every day I look for ways to incorporate exercise into my daily routines. At work, I use the furthest parking spot. At the stores, I park far away from the entrance as I safely can. When I need to transfer a call at work, I get up and and to that person's d... Sun, 15 May 2016 13:20:00 EST They all stare bewildered at this man in the locker room. But what he ends up saying, blows everyone away. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45966_they_all_stare_bewildered_at_this_man_in_the_locker_room_but_what_he_ends_up_saying_blows_everyone_away <br><br><br><br>A cell phones start ringing in the locker room of a gym.<br><br>A man fresh out of the shower with nothing, but a towel wrapped around his waist, answers.<br><br>The other people in the locker room listen out of curiosity.<br><br>“Hello?”<br><br>“A woman’s voice answers, “Hi baby, it’s me.<br><br>Are you at the gym?”<br><br>“Yep.”<br><br>“So I am just doing a little shopping and found this amazing leather coat. It only costs $1500 – such a steal. Can I buy it ?<br><br>“Of cour... Sun, 15 May 2016 11:13:00 EST Be Proud, and DO NOT follow the "Biggest Loser" http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45964_be_proud_and_do_not_follow_the_biggest_loser Don't stop until you're proud. How awesome a plan is that?<br><br>I have been thinking a lot over the past few days about "The Biggest Loser" TV show, after reading an article in the New York Times about the show, and how contestants not only gain the weight back, but have a permanently screwed up metabolism.<br><br>Everything about this show bothers me. The fat shaming. The obsession about being SKINNY. The 6-8 hours of exercise per day. The food, contributed by companies that pay to have th... Sun, 15 May 2016 09:45:00 EST Be Proud, and DO NOT follow the "Biggest Loser" http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45963_be_proud_and_do_not_follow_the_biggest_loser Don't stop until you're proud. How awesome a plan is that?<br><br>I have been thinking a lot over the past few days about "The Biggest Loser" TV show, after reading an article in the New York Times about the show, and how contestants not only gain the weight back, but have a permanently screwed up metabolism.<br><br>Everything about this show bothers me. The fat shaming. The obsession about being SKINNY. The 6-8 hours of exercise per day. The food, contributed by companies that pay to have th... Sun, 15 May 2016 09:45:00 EST Scotch Tape Trick http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45955_scotch_tape_trick A quick beauty tip....<br><br>Dyeing your eyelashes.<br><br>I use it to cover my upper and lower skin around my eye when I dye my eyelashes. I typically order my own online. This makes is much less necessary for daily application of mascara. If done properly, you can tint the skin closest and it looks just like eyeliner. Love this little trick. <br><br>I usually have to do it about one every week. I like to use the darkest blue/black combination since I have blue eyes. <br>During the ninth in... Sat, 14 May 2016 19:15:00 EST Allergies, Colds, and Food Intolerance http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45952_allergies_colds_and_food_intolerance Allergies, Colds, and Food Intolerance<br><br><br>A runny nose, watery eyes, sore throat, sneezing and coughing are among the most common symptoms of the common cold. Yet, they're also experienced by people with allergies. How can you tell the difference?<br><br>One of the most obvious telltale signs is a fever. Symptoms caused by a cold (or flu) may come along with a fever, but those caused by allergies do not (even though allergies are sometimes called "hay fever"). The duration of the symp... Sat, 14 May 2016 14:13:00 EST your bucket list http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45951_your_bucket_list Bucket List - please play along. You'll be surprised at the responses. Put an X if you have done it.<br>Fired a Gun <br>Married x<br>Fell in love X<br>Gone on a blind date X<br>Skipped school <br>Watched give birth X<br>Watched someone die <br>Been to Canada X<br>Been to Hawaii <br>Been to Europe X<br>Been to Las Vegas X<br>Been to Washington D.C. X<br>Been to Nashville X<br>Visited Florida X<br>Visited Mexico <br>Seen the Grand Canyon in person X<br>Flown in a HELICOPTER <br>Been on a cruise... Sat, 14 May 2016 13:58:00 EST Scars...don't let them bother you. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45949_scarsdont_let_them_bother_you She wore her scars like her best attire. A stunning dress made of hellfire.<br><br>Oh, do I ever love this quote. It is perfect for BADASS me. I have a lot of scars. I have one on my side that i got as an infant, when i almost died of pneumonia. I got some on the back of my ankles on my first birthday, to fix my achilles tendons.<br><br>I have had four knee surgeries. The fourth one, my surgeon used my old scar, so it only shows as three. I COULD go on, but I won't. The point is that I have E... Sat, 14 May 2016 12:08:00 EST Headed For Self Destruction http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45938_headed_for_self_destruction My stress comes from home life, work, dealing with people everyday in all situations and forget about me in a car?! Watch out is all I can say!!! They say people under stress usually don't take care of themselves, but rather partake in self-destruction. This bad behaviors range from binging on junk food, not taking care of ourselves or turning to alcohol or drugs. No worries on the drugs part only prescription for me all the way!<br><br>Some times it is not always easy to admit these problems... Fri, 13 May 2016 17:19:00 EST Man Asked His Wife If She Had Ever Been Unfaithful. But He Never Expected Her To Say This http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45937_man_asked_his_wife_if_she_had_ever_been_unfaithful_but_he_never_expected_her_to_say_this <br><br><br><br>“Martha, soon we will be married 50 years, and there’s something I have to know.<br>In all of these 50 years, have you ever been unfaithful to me?”<br><br>Martha replied, “Well Henry, I have to be honest with you.. Yes, I’ve been unfaithful to you three times during these 50 years, but always for a good reason.”<br><br>Henry was obviously hurt by his wife’s confession, but said, “I never suspected Can you tell me what you mean by ‘good reasons’?”<br><br>Martha said, “The first... Fri, 13 May 2016 15:53:00 EST Online Access To Docs Increases Office Vis http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45921_online_access_to_docs_increases_office_vis Online Access To Docs Increases Office Visits<br><br><br><br>Some patients hope that having online access to their doctors will mean they can cut down on how often they have to go to the doctor's office. But new research suggests that patients with online access actually schedule more office visits.<br><br>Dr. Ted Palen is an internist at Kaiser Permanente Colorado in Denver. He says it's pretty common for him to see a patient in his office, and then think, "you know, we could've handled this... Thu, 12 May 2016 15:23:00 EST Joblessness May Age You http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45920_joblessness_may_age_you Joblessness May Age You<br><br>Men who are unemployed for an extended time may age more quickly, a new study suggests.<br><br>That aging is evident in their DNA, the British researchers reported. More specifically, it is found in the length of the gene tips or caps, referred to as "telomeres." The shortening of telomeres has long been seen as an indicator of aging.<br><br>"Shorter telomeres are linked to a higher risk of age-related conditions, such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes," said... Thu, 12 May 2016 15:01:00 EST Heart touching story http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45916_heart_touching_story <br><br><br><br>A very poor man lived with his wife.<br><br>One day, his wife, who had very long hair asked him to buy her a comb for her hair to grow well and to be well-groomed.<br><br>The man felt very sorry and said no. He explained that he did not even have enough money to fix the strap of his watch he had just broken.<br>She did not insist on her request.<br><br>The man went to work and passed by a watch shop, sold his damaged watch at a low price and went to buy a comb for his wife.<br... Thu, 12 May 2016 13:05:00 EST On Growing Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45910_on_growing_up <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"When I grow up I want to be a little boy!"<br>~Joseph Heller<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>"There is, trapped inside each of us, a little boy or a little girl struggling to get free." Someone said that, I don't remember who, sounds a lot like Wayne Dyer though.<br><br>Little boys and little girls ar... Thu, 12 May 2016 08:55:00 EST Check out Thrift Shops for Clothing Bargains in those In-Between Sizes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45908_check_out_thrift_shops_for_clothing_bargains_in_those_inbetween_sizes When I was at my goal weight (100 pounds), I used to take a size 0 in women’s clothing. I’ve packed on 23 pounds since that time, so nothing in my closet fits me anymore and I’m on the hunt for clothing that is either a size 6 or a size 8. Clothing is really expensive these days, and I’m not too interested in paying full price to acquire new items in every size from an 8 to a 0 (especially when I keep hoping I won’t be a size 8, 6, 4, or 2 for too much longer!). However, it is quite a dile... Thu, 12 May 2016 02:31:00 EST Discover What Your Feet Say About You http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45901_discover_what_your_feet_say_about_you <br><br>Recently we uploaded an article about how can fingers determine your personality, and this article will be about how can interesting facts about your personality be revealed with various parts of the foot. By the type of your foot you can determine your personality, so choose your type of foot and tell us if it is true!<br><br><br><br>1. The Roman Foot – The most common type of foot where the big toe is the largest and each toe descending at a 45 degree angle from the big toe. People ... Wed, 11 May 2016 15:58:00 EST Retirement Could Be Bad for Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45897_retirement_could_be_bad_for_health Retirement Could Be Bad for Health<br><br><br>Are you counting down the days until you can retire and spend your days playing golf, traveling, being with your grandkids or sipping iced tea from your front porch swing?<br><br>This idealistic image is a common one, but it may be somewhat unrealistic according to new research that suggests retiring may have a significantly negative impact on your physical and emotional health.<br><br>Retirement Boosts Your Risk of Depression by 40 Percent<br><br... Wed, 11 May 2016 13:29:00 EST This Is Why You Have Gray Hair http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45896_this_is_why_you_have_gray_hair This Is Why You Have Gray Hair<br><br><br>One you reach the age of 30, you have a 10 percent to 20 percent chance of graying hair with each passing decade.1 It's a fact of life that, eventually, virtually everyone will go gray.<br><br>Your hair color comes from pigment called melanin. Each hair may contain dark melanin (eumelanin) and light melanin (pheomelanin), which blend together to form the many shades of hair color among humans.<br><br>When you're young, special pigment stem cells calle... Wed, 11 May 2016 12:59:00 EST It Will Take Just 1 Minute to Read this Story, But It Will Change Your Thinking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45856_it_will_take_just_1_minute_to_read_this_story_but_it_will_change_your_thinking <br>Sometimes life can be tough, and it is easy to focus on the negative. However, those who are true to the positive and joys of life will see this story for what it really is — The true way we should view life and all its wonders.<br><br>Read the story below and let it change your thinking about life!<br><br><br><br>Two men are seriously ill and in the same hospital room. For an hour each day, the nurses would let the man closest to the room’s only window sit up in order to help drain the f... Mon, 9 May 2016 11:15:00 EST Make yourself happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45853_make_yourself_happy Happiness is not a goal...it is a by-product of a well lived life. E. Roosevelt<br><br>I love Eleanor Roosevelt. I love her ambitious love for her family, her devotion to her four children, her love of country, and her forgiveness to Franklin, who was not a very good husband.<br><br>I believe Eleanor Roosevelt was happy. She outlived Franklin by many years, and became almost a statesman until her death in 1962. She was obviously the longest serving First Lady. Her husband contracted polio in ... Mon, 9 May 2016 09:11:00 EST Getting back to business.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45852_getting_back_to_business We all have times when we veer off course. The trick is not to stay off course too long. It is normal to deviate from plans, goals and paths for a little while. The ability to get back to what you know is very important. This past weekend with travel for a graduation ceremony and all the festivities; it was extremely difficult not to indulge in celebration cake, toast and party favors. The party favors were chocolate candy bars with the graduates picture on them. They were very tempting... Mon, 9 May 2016 09:09:00 EST Listen to your heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45843_listen_to_your_heart Listen to Your Heart<br><br><br><br>Listen to your heart; start recognizing when something isn’t good for you and be strong enough to let it go. A person can only waste the time you give them an opportunity to waste. Stop trying to open doors for people who constantly shut you out. Make sure the interest is shown in the effort, the talk is supported by the actions, and the trust is earned through the consistency.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><b<BR>r><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><BR><br><... Sun, 8 May 2016 15:15:00 EST Basic Vitamin A Primer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45841_basic_vitamin_a_primer Basic Vitamin A Primer<br><br><br>Vitamin A is an important vitamin for healthy vision, immune system function, and cell growth. It works synergistically with a number of other vitamins and minerals, including vitamins D, K2, zinc, and magnesium, without which it cannot perform its functions.<br><br>"Vitamin A" actually refers to several different but related nutrients that can be divided up into two main categories:1,2<br><br><br><br>However, a number of factors can inhibit your body's abili... Sun, 8 May 2016 11:24:00 EST If You Put A Cotton Ball With VapoRub In Your Ear All Night, Here’s The Surprising Effect http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45829_if_you_put_a_cotton_ball_with_vaporub_in_your_ear_all_night_heres_the_surprising_effect <br>If You Put A Cotton Ball With VapoRub In Your Ear All Night, Here’s The Surprising Effect<br><br>Vicks VapoRub is a bit of an institution as far as over-the-counter medicine is considered, perhaps because it functions so differently from other types of nonprescription treatments. Whereas medicine these days is usually contained in pills or effervescent tablets, Vicks treats your ailments with vapors. Bridie Cavanaugh at eHow says camphor, eucalyptus oil and menthol, the three most importa... Sat, 7 May 2016 12:36:00 EST 7 Things You Must Remember When You Love A Creative Person http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45815_7_things_you_must_remember_when_you_love_a_creative_person <br>It is no secret that the brains of creative people work differently from that of those who are more predisposed to other personality types. It is also no secret that creative people can be a challenge for a non-creative individual to be in a relationship with; I certainly can recall a few friendships and potential relationships that have tanked in my life because of the difference in how certain brain types function.<br><br>However, that is not to say a relationship with a creative type c... Fri, 6 May 2016 19:32:00 EST Doing Your Thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45801_doing_your_thing Well Sparkers, I've learned that regardless of what is written, said or done that all things are not created equal, everything don't work for every one person the same. It's important not to compare yourself, your mission, your journey or your life to the next person because that's them not you. I've seen or read stories where a person has lost lots of weight in a very short amount of time and it's vital to remember that that's them, not me. What may have worked to get them success may not be... Fri, 6 May 2016 02:41:00 EST Check out Thrift Shops for Clothing Bargains in those In-Between Sizes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45786_check_out_thrift_shops_for_clothing_bargains_in_those_inbetween_sizes When I was at my goal weight (100 pounds), I used to take a size 0 in women’s clothing. I’ve packed on 23 pounds since that time, so nothing in my closet fits me anymore and I’m on the hunt for clothing that is either a size 6 or a size 8. Clothing is really expensive these days, and I’m not too interested in paying full price to acquire new items in every size from an 8 to a 0 (especially when I keep hoping I won’t be a size 8, 6, 4, or 2 for too much longer!). However, it is quite a dile... Thu, 5 May 2016 05:36:00 EST GETTING CLOSE TO BIRTHDAY GOAL http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45779_getting_close_to_birthday_goal I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Wed, 4 May 2016 15:59:00 EST Chronic Insomnia Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45771_chronic_insomnia_help People with chronic insomnia should try cognitive behavioral therapy before medications, suggests a prominent group of U.S. doctors.<br><br>While the American College of Physicians (ACP) can’t say cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) outperforms medications for chronic insomnia, the group does say psychotherapy is less risky than drugs.<br><br>“Sometimes we forget that sleep medications have the potential for serious side effects in some patients, while cognitive behavioral therapy is very low ... Wed, 4 May 2016 07:37:00 EST one of the biggest mistakes in life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45770_one_of_the_biggest_mistakes_in_life One of the biggest mistakes I've made in my life is allowing myself to remain in a bad relationship far too long...<br><br>“I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.” ~ Marilyn Monroe<br><br>“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” ~ Albert Einstein<br><br>“When you find your path, you must not be afraid. Yo... Wed, 4 May 2016 06:51:00 EST Scars...a dress made of hellfire http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45758_scarsa_dress_made_of_hellfire She wore her scars like her best attire. A stunning dress made of hellfire.<br><br>Oh, do I ever love this quote. It is perfect for BADASS me. I have a lot of scars. I have one on my side that i got as an infant, when i almost died of pneumonia. I got some on the back of my ankles on my first birthday, to fix my achilles tendons.<br><br>I have had four knee surgeries. The fourth one, my surgeon used my old scar, so it only shows as three. I COULD go on, but I won't. The point is that I have E... Tue, 3 May 2016 10:43:00 EST meaning of marriage and love http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45745_meaning_of_marriage_and_love <br>Meaning of Marriage and Love<br><br>A student asks a teacher, "What is love?" <br><br>The teacher said, "in order to answer your question, go to the wheat field and choose the biggest wheat and come back. <br><br>But the rule is: you can go through them only once and cannot turn back to pick." <br><br>The student went to the field, go thru first row, he saw one big wheat, but he wonders....may be there is a bigger one later. <br><br>Then he saw another bigger one... But may be there is an... Mon, 2 May 2016 12:08:00 EST Giving up "being the one" http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45734_giving_up_being_the_one Today, I practiced a skill I am trying to achieve. I am always "the one who is there, the one who helps, the one who can be counted on..." I know you can go from there and add something. Today, I practiced being someone who took care of herself. And guess what? When I called to say I would be a "no show" for an event -- the world didn't collapse. No one was mad at me. I took care of myself and had one day of this weekend when I could exercise, rest, and get prepared for Monday. I am s... Sun, 1 May 2016 22:01:00 EST Giving up "being the one" http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45733_giving_up_being_the_one Today, I practiced a skill I am trying to achieve. I am always "the one who is there, the one who helps, the one who can be counted on..." I know you can go from there and add something. Today, I practiced being someone who took care of herself. And guess what? When I called to say I would be a "no show" for an event -- the world didn't collapse. No one was mad at me. I took care of myself and had one day of this weekend when I could exercise, rest, and get prepared for Monday. I am s... Sun, 1 May 2016 22:01:00 EST The Real Reason Why I Do My Nails http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45721_the_real_reason_why_i_do_my_nails I make it a goal to update my at-home aka DIY manicure/pedicure once a week and usually have some riotous colour of nail laquer. My fashionista students like to see what I will come up with next. <br><br>A favourite of theirs is when I do a camouflage theme. I lay down a base of green then overlay some dots of black, brown, and/or lighter green. I follow up with a top coat that keeps them from chipping as quickly.<br><br>I have also done a Christmas jewel-toned camouflage look with yellow or ... Sun, 1 May 2016 07:17:00 EST Gaining back weight -- DON'T! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45710_gaining_back_weight_dont <br>It doesn't matter what you did or didn't eat over the past few weeks.<br>What matters is what you eat today and each day forward.<br><br>I read an article today on the Huffington Post. Ali Vincent, one of the winners of "The Biggest Loser" on TV, has gained back all the weight she lost in this inconceivable and preposterous contest.<br><br>Why did she gain the weight back? Why didn't she want to be thin? She didn't WANT to gain the weight back, she was just not given the tools to maintain... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 13:27:00 EST How Exercise Can Help Us Sleep Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45708_how_exercise_can_help_us_sleep_better How Exercise Can Help Us Sleep Better<br><br>As a clinical psychologist and sleep researcher at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, Kelly Glazer Baron frequently heard complaints from aggrieved patients about exercise. They would work out, they told her, sometimes to the point of exhaustion, but they would not sleep better that night.<br><br>Dr. Baron was surprised and perplexed. A fan of exercise for treating sleep problems, but also a scientist, she decided to examin... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 11:19:00 EST The 15 Most Common Health Concerns for Seniors http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45692_the_15_most_common_health_concerns_for_seniors The 15 Most Common Health Concerns for Seniors<br><br>Getting older can bring health challenges. By being aware of these common chronic conditions, you can take steps to stave off disease as you age.<br><br><br>Key Takeaways<br>Exercising and eating a healthful diet will help you age disease free.<br><br>Having a body mass index is less than 25 will lower your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.<br><br>People in America today can expect to live longer than ever before. Once you make... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 11:02:00 EST 9 Common Digestive Conditions From Top to Bottom http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45691_9_common_digestive_conditions_from_top_to_bottom 9 Common Digestive Conditions From Top to Bottom<br><br>Many digestive diseases have similar symptoms. Here’s how to recognize them and when to visit your doctor.<br><br><br><br>Key Takeaways<br>Abdominal pain is a common symptom for several different digestive conditions, so it’s important to visit your doctor to get an accurate diagnosis.<br><br>Twenty million Americans are affected by gallstones.<br><br>Obesity is a risk factor for multiple digestive problems, including hemorrhoids and div... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:56:00 EST Just One of Those Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45681_just_one_of_those_days Some days, everything just seems to fall into place and you end up being at the right place at the right time. God is in His heaven and all is right with the world.<br><br>For some reason the morning traffic was exceptionally light and lo and behold, I arrived at the gym ten minutes earlier than expected.<br><br>Then I got involved in the nuances of this really me4ssed up pre4sidential election and the thirty minutes on the treadmill were over before they had begun real well. The only down... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 19:16:00 EST when a woman is hea http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45679_when_a_woman_is_hea <br>When a Woman is Heartbroken And Shattered<br>Posted: 27 Apr 2016 08:30 PM PDT<br><br><br>Sometimes when a woman is heartbroken and shattered, she doesn’t want sympathy and she doesn’t want someone to come and fix her brokenness. All she just needs is someone to love her to the core… Aarti Khurana <br><br>“Hearts are breakable," Isabelle said. "And I think even when you heal, you're never what you were before".” ~ Cassandra Clare<br><br>“Sensitive people are the most genuine and honest peo... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 16:33:00 EST Check out Thrift Shops for Clothing Bargains in those In-Between Sizes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45671_check_out_thrift_shops_for_clothing_bargains_in_those_inbetween_sizes When I was at my goal weight (100 pounds), I used to take a size 0 in women’s clothing. I’ve packed on 23 pounds since that time, so nothing in my closet fits me anymore and I’m on the hunt for clothing that is either a size 6 or a size 8. Clothing is really expensive these days, and I’m not too interested in paying full price to acquire new items in every size from an 8 to a 0 (especially when I keep hoping I won’t be a size 8, 6, 4, or 2 for too much longer!). However, it is quite a dile... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:12:00 EST you are in love http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45664_you_are_in_love YOU ARE IN LOVE when you get knots and butterflies in your stomach just by the mention of his name. YOU ARE IN LOVE when you blush while thinking about him. YOU ARE IN LOVE when you start waiting for his phone calls and text messages. YOU ARE IN LOVE when you start getting jealous of the people he spends time with. YOU ARE IN LOVE when you cannot get him out of your head and you feel him and see him everywhere you go. YOU ARE IN LOVE when every love song reminds you of him. YOU ARE IN LOVE wh... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:07:00 EST Live For Today Not Tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45646_live_for_today_not_tomorrow <br><br><br>Read It.. It Will Take Just 3 - 4 Mins..<br><br>Boy: I broke up with her.<br>His Best Friend: What happened?<br><br>Boy: She’s just too much for me.<br>His Best Friend: What makes you say that? What did she do wrong?<br><br>Boy: Well, for one.. She only cared about her appearance. Always had to look good, always took forever to get dressed! So insecure..<br>His Best Friend: So, you broke her heart because she wanted to keep your eyes locked on her? She wanted you to see that you h... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 17:00:00 EST What Is Anxiety? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45639_what_is_anxiety What Is Anxiety?<br><br>Having this feeling occasionally is normal, but if anxiety interferes with your everyday life, it may indicate a disorder.<br><br>Anxiety is a feeling of nervousness or unease. Feeling anxious from time to time is normal.<br><br>Anxiety — part of the body's natural reaction to stress — can even be helpful at times, making you more alert and ready for action.<br><br>But anxiety disorders differ from normal feelings of anxiousness.<br><br>When feelings of fear or nervous... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 11:19:00 EST what do I look like http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45627_what_do_i_look_like What do I Look Like ?<br>Posted: 25 Apr 2016 05:45 AM PDT<br><br><br>A newlywed couple moves into their new house. One day the husband comes home from work and his wife says, “Honey, you know, in the upstairs bathroom one of the pipes is leaking, could you fix it?”<br>The husband says, “What do I look like, Mr. Plumber?”<br>A few days go by, and he comes home from work and his wife says, “Honey, the car won’t start. I think it needs a new battery. Could you change it for me?”<br>He says: “Wha... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 16:54:00 EST The Skinny on Fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45622_the_skinny_on_fat The Skinny on Fat<br><br>After years of being told to limit fat in your diet, now there's news that fat — as long as it's the healthy kind — is part of good nutrition.<br><br>Finally, there’s the news we've all been waiting for when it comes to the right diet: Eat more fat.<br><br>But how can that possibly be true — or healthy? The recent recommendations to focus more on fat in the diet for better nutrition don’t apply to all fats.<br><br>Only the “good” fats are recommended to boost health.<... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:44:00 EST What Kind of Vegetarian Are You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45621_what_kind_of_vegetarian_are_you What Kind of Vegetarian Are You?<br><br>There are many ways to be vegetarian. Learn about the different types, from vegans to fruitarians.<br><br><br>One size doesn't fit all when it comes to vegetarianism. Food and health experts say more and more people are adopting some type of vegetarian diet, but what they choose to eat and not eat depends on what type of vegetarian they want to be.<br><br>About 2.5 percent of American adults (or 4.8 million people) consistently ate a vegetarian diet in ... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:38:00 EST Dont get fusterated http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45614_dont_get_fusterated Never get frustrated. If you gain, it happens, if you over eat it happens, Just take a deep breath and start again. You didn't gain weight overnight, Do not expect it to come off over night. We are only human, and we do make mistakes.<br><br>My down fall is eating at night. When everyone gets to sleep, and I am a muncher. I have found that eating a couple strawberries, salad, carrots, or even a sweet treat helps. When I get a sweet tooth I can not pass on sweets No need to, as well a... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 21:19:00 EST Dont get fusterated http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45613_dont_get_fusterated Never get frustrated. If you gain, it happens, if you over eat it happens, Just take a deep breath and start again. You didn't gain weight overnight, Do not expect it to come off over night. We are only human, and we do make mistakes.<br><br>My down fall is eating at night. When everyone gets to sleep, and I am a muncher. I have found that eating a couple strawberries, salad, carrots, or even a sweet treat helps. When I get a sweet tooth I can not pass on sweets No need to, as well a... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 21:19:00 EST Dont get fusterated http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45612_dont_get_fusterated Never get frustrated. If you gain, it happens, if you over eat it happens, Just take a deep breath and start again. You didn't gain weight overnight, Do not expect it to come off over night. We are only human, and we do make mistakes.<br><br>My down fall is eating at night. When everyone gets to sleep, and I am a muncher. I have found that eating a couple strawberries, salad, carrots, or even a sweet treat helps. When I get a sweet tooth I can not pass on sweets No need to, as well a... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 21:19:00 EST Dont get fusterated http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45611_dont_get_fusterated Never get frustrated. If you gain, it happens, if you over eat it happens, Just take a deep breath and start again. You didn't gain weight overnight, Do not expect it to come off over night. We are only human, and we do make mistakes.<br><br>My down fall is eating at night. When everyone gets to sleep, and I am a muncher. I have found that eating a couple strawberries, salad, carrots, or even a sweet treat helps. When I get a sweet tooth I can not pass on sweets No need to, as well a... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 21:19:00 EST Dont get fusterated http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45610_dont_get_fusterated Never get frustrated. If you gain, it happens, if you over eat it happens, Just take a deep breath and start again. You didn't gain weight overnight, Do not expect it to come off over night. We are only human, and we do make mistakes.<br><br>My down fall is eating at night. When everyone gets to sleep, and I am a muncher. I have found that eating a couple strawberries, salad, carrots, or even a sweet treat helps. When I get a sweet tooth I can not pass on sweets No need to, as well a... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 21:18:00 EST the divorce whisperer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45605_the_divorce_whisperer Divorce Whisperer<br><br><br><br>A judge was interviewing a woman regarding her pending divorce, and asked, “What are the grounds for your divorce?”<br>She replied, “About four acres and a nice little home in the middle of the property with a stream running by.”<br>“No,” he said, “I mean what is the foundation of this case?”<br>“It is made of concrete, brick and mortar,” she responded.<br>“I mean,” he continued, “What are your relations like?”<br>“I have an aunt and uncle living here in town,... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 15:53:00 EST Causes of Breast Cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45602_causes_of_breast_cancer Causes of Breast Cancer<br><br>For some women with the BRCA1 gene mutation, the lifetime risk of breast cancer is as high as 80 percent.<br><br>While there's no known exact cause of breast cancer, it’s known that the disease occurs when some breast cells begin growing abnormally.<br><br>These cells divide more rapidly than healthy cells and then start to accumulate, forming a lump or mass.<br><br>These cancer cells can spread (metastasize) throughout the breast and into lymph nodes or to othe... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 11:34:00 EST when i say i love you http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45591_when_i_say_i_love_you <br>When I say I love you<br>Posted: 23 Apr 2016 06:15 AM PDT<br><br><br>When I say I love you, I don’t say it just for the sake of saying it. When I say I love you …I want you to know that deep in my heart I have a feeling that we were always meant to be. I visualize us spending the rest of our lives together in each other’s arms. I see us cooking together, I see us growing old together , I see us fighting and making up, I see us sleeping and waking up in each others arms, I see us watching ... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 17:19:00 EST Being a liar...:) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45588_being_a_liar My parents accused me of being a liar...I looked them in the face and said "Tooth Fairy, Santa, Easter Bunny", and walked out like a boss.<br><br>Sure, this is funny, but it is the conundrum of parents everywhere. When do you start separating the fantasy of children's dreams from the reality of the world. My DD caught on to all of it when she asked me why Santa had my handwriting. I think she was eight. I asked her, do you really want me to tell you? She said, no. The next year, she asked aga... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 12:26:00 EST 20 Reasons To P.U.S.H ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45581_20_reasons_to_push_ Forward progress is so important to the overall journey for so many reasons that I might forget to add some of them in this secret so here are the reasons :<br>#1. we must start #2. we must consistently keep at it ( whatever it may be ) #3. weighing or measuring yourself at least monthly will keep you aware and accountable for your own self #4. please listen to your body and what it's telling you because it speaks #5. allow for rest days, this is important for personal growth and for your bod... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 02:04:00 EST How to Pull off Wearing Sandals to Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45576_how_to_pull_off_wearing_sandals_to_work How to Pull off Wearing Sandals to Work<br><br>Office attire is something of a tossup these days. While some work environments maintain a strict dress code (for banks, law offices, and institutions of the like), many offices are loosening their standards and restrictions to allow for more creative work dressing, particularly for those in creative fields. If casual attire is permitted in your workplace, remember that you can still look work appropriate while infusing your look with a few of th... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 18:31:00 EST Have you paid our monthly bills http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45575_have_you_paid_our_monthly_bills <br>Have You Paid Our Monthly Bills?<br><br><br>Abe and Esther are flying to Australia for a two-week vacation to celebrate their 40th anniversary. Suddenly, over the public address system, the Captain announces, “Ladies and Gentlemen, I am afraid I have some very bad news. Our engines have ceased functioning and we will attempt an emergency landing. Luckily, I see an uncharted island below us and we should be able to land on the beach. However, the odds are that we may never be rescued and w... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 14:59:00 EST 15 Interview Questions & their best possible answers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45559_15_interview_questions_their_best_possible_answers <br><br><br><br>This section covers HR interview questions and their best possible answers for freshers and experienced to help job seekers during HR interview.<br><br>1) Why should we hire you?<br><br>Ans: If you hire me, it will be a great platform to showcase my skills. Whatever goals I set, I ensure to complete them within stipulated time.<br><br>2) Reason behind leaving your last job?<br><br>Ans: In order to enhance my skill set, I am looking for better opportunities.<br><br>3) Why have ... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 21:09:00 EST Dealing with a Death http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45554_dealing_with_a_death Things have not been easy.. I had beat Cancer twice but never thought of loosing two in just weeks.. One a child now 31 was shot as he was walking to his sister's house before getting a lift home from where he had just finished a job.. The Newspaper made it sound like he was one of the attackers.. no I have known this man and his family for a long time and taught his sister and him.. Good Family.. Now I received notice just a few minutes ago my daughter's husband is dying he has four kinds of... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 15:30:00 EST THIS AND THAT http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45551_this_and_that I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 09:53:00 EST Why Husband Carry Wife Photo in Wallet http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45537_why_husband_carry_wife_photo_in_wallet Why Husband Carry Wife Photo in Wallet<br>Posted: 20 Apr 2016 06:07 AM PDT<br>Wife:What are you doing?<br><br>Husband : Nothing.<br>Wife :Nothing...? You have been reading our marriage certificate for an hour.<br><br>Husband : I was looking for the expiry date.<br><br>Wife : Do you want dinner?’<br><br>Husband : Sure! What are my choices?’<br><br>Wife :Yes or no.<br><br>Wife:You always carry my photo in your wallet. Why?<br><br>Husband: When there is a problem, no matter how great, I look at ... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 14:50:00 EST Check out Thrift Shops for Clothing Bargains in those In-Between Sizes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45523_check_out_thrift_shops_for_clothing_bargains_in_those_inbetween_sizes Check out Thrift Shops for Clothing Bargains in those In-Between Sizes!<br> <br>When I was at my goal weight (100 pounds), I used to take a size 0 in women’s clothing. I’ve packed on 23 pounds since that time, so nothing in my closet fits me anymore and I’m on the hunt for clothing that is either a size 6 or a size 8. Clothing is really expensive these days, and I’m not too interested in paying full price to acquire new items in every size from an 8 to a 0 (especially when I keep hoping I w... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:40:00 EST a heart touching story http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45519_a_heart_touching_story A Heart Touching Story (Dedicated To Someone Special)<br><br><br>He met her at a party. She was so outstanding, many guys chasing after her, while he was so normal, nobody paid attention to him.<br><br>At the end of the party, he invited her to have coffee with him, she was surprised but being polite, she promised. They sat in a nice coffee shop, he was too nervous to say anything, she felt uncomfortable, and she thought to herself, “Please, let me go home…”<br><br>Suddenly he asked the waite... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 16:13:00 EST Is Promoting Big, Beautiful Women Unhealthy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45518_is_promoting_big_beautiful_women_unhealthy Is Promoting Big, Beautiful Women Unhealthy?<br><br>Maybe. Maybe not. The intersection of body-image boosting and health is much more complicated than it might appear.<br><br><br><br>At 371 pounds and wearing a size 32 dress, Kristie doesn't look like a conventional beauty queen. But thanks to the Miss Big Beautiful Woman (BBW) International pageant, the 17-year-old is able to celebrate her shape along other plus-size women.<br><br>This is exactly the type of thing Golda Poretsky champions. A... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 11:52:00 EST What Kind Of Woman Are You According To The Month In Which You Are Born http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45499_what_kind_of_woman_are_you_according_to_the_month_in_which_you_are_born <br><br><br><br>January<br><br>Ladies born in January are ambitious,conservative and serious.They want to criticize but they don’t want to talk about their feelings,they are closed ladies.Rarely are angry, but when they are not be in their presence.they want intellectual people that share same views of life.<br><br>February<br><br>These women are very romantic,you should treat them with patience because of the changing mood, not everyone could understand them.Have abstractly thinking, if you ... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 14:38:00 EST Article about fasting http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45490_article_about_fasting <br><br><br>Fans of periodic fasting say the practice can help with everything from allergies to weight loss. Are they right? Here, the good, the bad, and the hungry on fasting to feel better.<br><br>Fasting has been part of religious traditions for thousands of years, from Muslims who fast during daylight hours in the month of Ramadan to Mormons who take a regular break from food the first Sunday of each month. But a recent growing body of research shows that abstaining from food intermitten... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 07:53:00 EST how a password changed my life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45482_how_a_password_changed_my_life I was having a great morning until I sat down in front of my office computer. “your password has expired”, a server message flashed on my screen, with instructions for changing it...In my company we have to change password monthly..<br><br>I was deeply depressed after my recent divorce. Disbelief over what she had done to me was what I thought all day.<br>I remembered a tip I’d heard from my former boss. He’d said, “I’m going to use a password that is going to change my life”. I couldn’t focu... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 19:00:00 EST Thak care of yourself.. you belong to Him http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45478_thak_care_of_yourself_you_belong_to_him I spent a good chunk of my life overweight. My weight has gone up and down like a roller coaster because I never took control of it. I always loved exercise, but I also love food..and I used food to comfort myself way too many times.... Picture it Alone in my house and a crazy nut that some may call a husband in a loveless but abusive marriage .. a pint-size of ice cream, me and a spoon and just waiting to see what I was going to be at fault when he walked into the door.. Didn't take much t... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 14:20:00 EST Know your assets http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45451_know_your_assets Marriage. Partners. Love. Family. We all want to find that special someone. We all want the love and assurance that comes from someone having your back. But most people enter marriage without enough financial preparation. In these days of multiple marriages, it behooves one to understand what marriage does to what you own.<br><br>Okay, maybe this isn't important if you marry young and neither of you own much. But these days more and more folks are marrying after raising kids and after sa... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 23:37:00 EST rules of life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45446_rules_of_life 7 Rules of Life<br><br><br><br>1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.<br><br>2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.<br><br>3. Life is too short – enjoy it..<br><br>4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will. <br><br>5. Pay off your credit cards every month.<br><br>6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.<br><br>7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.<br><br>8. Save for retirement starting with your fi... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 14:27:00 EST How to Have a Healthy Relationship http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45440_how_to_have_a_healthy_relationship How to Have a Healthy Relationship<br><br>Why do some relationships stand the test of time, while others fall apart? Here are some simple strategies for building a relationship that will thrive.<br><br><br><br>If you read gossip pages or celebrity magazines, you may think that no relationship lasts in this country anymore. Unfortunately, the reality of our romantic relationships isn’t too far from that. It is currently estimated that almost half of all marriages in the United States end in di... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 10:02:00 EST love your children. they are God's gift http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45420_love_your_children_they_are_gods_gift <br>Love Your Children..They Are God's Gift.<br><br><br><br>A teacher from Primary School asked her students to write a essay about what they would like God to do for them. At the end of the day, while marking the essays, she read one that made her very emotional.<br><br>Her husband, who had just walked in, saw her crying and asked her ‘What happened?’ She answered ‘Read this. It is one of my students’ essay.’<br><br>‘Oh God, tonight I ask you something very special. Make me into a television... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 14:31:00 EST Check out Thrift Shops for Clothing Bargains in those In-Between Sizes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45413_check_out_thrift_shops_for_clothing_bargains_in_those_inbetween_sizes When I was at my goal weight (100 pounds), I used to take a size 0 in women’s clothing. I’ve packed on 23 pounds since that time, so nothing in my closet fits me anymore and I’m on the hunt for clothing that is either a size 6 or a size 8. Clothing is really expensive these days, and I’m not too interested in paying full price to acquire new items in every size from an 8 to a 0 (especially when I keep hoping I won’t be a size 8, 6, 4, or 2 for too much longer!). However, it is quite a dile... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 09:19:00 EST The Health Benefits of Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45397_the_health_benefits_of_water The Health Benefits of Water<br><br>We all need water to survive, but how exactly does it help?<br><br>Fast Facts<br>The body loses water through breathing, sweating, and digestion, which is why it's important to rehydrate by drinking fluids and eating foods that contain water.<br><br>Most people who are in good physical health get enough fluids by drinking water and other beverages when they're thirsty, and also by drinking a beverage at mealtime.<br><br>Women who are pregnant or nursing may... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 10:50:00 EST Be sure and cancel your credit cards before you die http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45386_be_sure_and_cancel_your_credit_cards_before_you_die Be Sure And Cancel Your Credit Cards Before You Die<br>Posted: 12 Apr 2016 06:47 AM PDT<br><br><br><br>This is so priceless, and so, so easy to see happening, customer service being what it is today.!!!<br><br>Now some people are really stupid!!!!<br><br>A lady died this past January, and bank billed her for February and March for their annual service charges on her credit card, and added late fees and interest on the monthly charge. The balance had been $0.00, now somewhere around $60.00. A ... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 16:05:00 EST Engineer vs doctor http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45373_engineer_vs_doctor An Engineer was unemployed for a long time. He could not find a job so he opened a medical clinic and puts a sign up outside: “Get your treatment for $500, if not treated get back $1,000.”<br>One Doctor thinks this is a good opportunity to earn $1,000 and goes to his clinic. Doctor: “I have lost taste in my mouth.”<br>Engineer: “Nurse, please bring medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in the patient’s mouth.”<br>Doctor: “This is Gasoline!” Engineer: “Congratulations! You’ve got your taste bac... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 14:27:00 EST Don't Hurry, Small Changes = Wonderful Habits! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45372_dont_hurry_small_changes_wonderful_habits Whether it's weight loss, healthy eating, exercise or any other goal, i've discovered that relaxing into it works for me. If I hurry and bite off too much at one time I can easily get discouraged and have often given up for a time. <br><br>Currently, I've chosen to make small changes and then wait for those changes to take hold as habits. It's been nearly three months since I was able to begin walking more than 10,000 steps per day. Multiple Sclerosis has kept me from doing this for years... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 13:37:00 EST Scales Can Sabotage a Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45367_scales_can_sabotage_a_diet Scales Can Sabotage a Diet<br><br>Are you ruining your chances of achieving a healthy weight by relying too much on the scale?<br><br>.<br>If you're trying to lose weight, it's important to keep track of how much you weigh. But can you ruin your attempt to get to a healthy weight by stepping on the scales too often?<br><br>Yes, says Keri Gans, RD, a nutrition consultant in New York City and a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. Weighing yourself every day, or multiple times a d... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 11:19:00 EST HAPPY SUNDAY ALL http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45347_happy_sunday_all I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 12:46:00 EST The 4 Wives : An Inspirational Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45346_the_4_wives_an_inspirational_story <br><br>There was a rich merchant who had 4 wives. He loved the 4th wife the most and adorned her with rich robes and treated her to delicacies. He took great care of her and gave her nothing but the best.<br><br>He also loved the 3rd wife very much. He’s very proud of her and always wanted to show off her to his friends. However, the merchant is always in great fear that she might run away with some other men.<br><br>He too, loved his 2nd wife. She is a very considerate person, always patien... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 12:14:00 EST My Daily Secrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45332_my_daily_secrets I have several "secrets" that work for me:<br> <br>I have one of two breakfasts each morning. Either I have my "breakfast salad" (5 leafs of green lettuce, med. grated carrot, and 2" section of chopped English cucumber, with Good Seasons dressing) one egg cooked in Pam and one piece of toast with 1 tbsp. peanut butter, ~or~ a cup of Fiber One cereal with a banana or berries and one cup of milk. These two meals will hold me for up to 3.5 hr. and helps with my limited time in the morning ge... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 13:16:00 EST From Farm to Table: How One Teen's Garden Is Feeding Hundreds of Hungry Families http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45313_from_farm_to_table_how_one_teens_garden_is_feeding_hundreds_of_hungry_families From Farm to Table: How One Teen's Garden Is Feeding Hundreds of Hungry Families<br><br>Katie Stagliano never imagined that the 40-pound cabbage she grew for a school contest would have planted the start of an inspiring non-profit that's stamping out hunger one vegetable garden at a time.<br><br><br><br>Katie Stagliano caught the gardening bug early, thanks to her family's garden in their backyard of their Summerville, S.C., home.<br><br>"It wasn't that much. It was like a few tomato plants, ... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 12:26:00 EST Sometimes I Just Am Dealing With it http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45304_sometimes_i_just_am_dealing_with_it Research shows that when you "act as if" continually, your image of yourself begins to conform to your new behavior. In this case, you will gain self-esteem and self-confidence, and begin to see yourself as socially normal, not shy. You will become more socially successful, and this will motivate you to continue your new social behavior until it becomes a habit. <br><br>Try this for a month, in every situation you can. I am confident that you will become much more comfortable and outgoing. On... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 16:36:00 EST If A Woman Has These 10 Qualities You Should Never Let Her Go http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45296_if_a_woman_has_these_10_qualities_you_should_never_let_her_go <br>When it comes to the one a woman loves, she will leave her comfort zone without question to make him happy, and take care of little things for him. Many women are givers, this is one way to show their love and care. If you know a woman who is ready to put effort into your happiness, don’t ever let her go, she is priceless.<br><br><br><br>A good woman may be hard to find, but they do exist. If you find a woman with the following qualities never let her go because she is the right one for y... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 09:28:00 EST Check out Thrift Shops for Clothing Bargains in those In-Between Sizes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45293_check_out_thrift_shops_for_clothing_bargains_in_those_inbetween_sizes When I was at my goal weight (100 pounds), I used to take a size 0 in women’s clothing. I’ve packed on 23 pounds since that time, so nothing in my closet fits me anymore and I’m on the hunt for clothing that is either a size 6 or a size 8. Clothing is really expensive these days, and I’m not too interested in paying full price to acquire new items in every size from an 8 to a 0 (especially when I keep hoping I won’t be a size 8, 6, 4, or 2 for too much longer!). However, it is quite a dile... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 07:24:00 EST how to tell if you are married http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45290_how_to_tell_if_you_are_married How to Tell You are Married<br>Posted: 06 Apr 2016 05:04 AM PDT<br>Three women: one engaged, one married and one a mistress, were chatting about their relationships and decided to amaze their men.<br><br>That night all three would wear black leather bras, stiletto heels and a mask over their eyes.<br><br>After a few days they meet up for lunch.<br><br>The engaged woman: “The other night when my boyfriend came over he found me with a black leather bodice, tall stilettos and a mask. He saw me a... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 17:13:00 EST customer care in 2020 http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45276_customer_care_in_2020 Customer Care in 2020<br>Posted: 17 Feb 2016 04:37 AM PST<br><br><br>Operator : Thank you for calling Pizza Hut. May I have your…<br><br>Customer : Hello, can I order..<br><br>Operator : Can I have your multi purpose card number first, Sir?<br><br>Customer : It s eh…, hold………. on……889861356102049998-45-54610<br><br>Ope<BR>rator : OK… you’re Mr Singh and you’re calling from 17 Jalan Kayu. Your home number is 4094! 2366, your office 76452302 and your mobile is 0142662566. Which number are you c... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 16:57:00 EST getting good sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45250_getting_good_sleep <em>213</em> <br><br>I think I have finally discovered the secret of getting enough sleep (at least it works for me!). <br><br>I read on Sparkpeople that one should always shoot for 8 hours of sleep per day. Well, that is all fine and dandy if you are not struggling with a disability. (I am NOT complaining. Just stating the obvious.)<br><br>In order to fall asleep, I shut everything down one-half hour before bedtime, i.e. my computer, tv, washing machine, dryer, dishwasher, all light. Any l... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 05:52:00 EST Husband are very funny http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45242_husband_are_very_funny Husbands Are Husbands (Very Funny)<br>Posted: 03 Apr 2016 02:09 AM PDT<br>A man was sitting reading his papers when his wife hit him round the Head with a frying pan.<br><br>'What was that for?' the man asked.<br><br>The wife replied 'That was for the piece of paper with the name Jenny on it that I found in your pants pocket'.<br><br>The man then said 'When I was at the races last week Jenny was the name of the horse I bet on'<br><br>The wife apologized and went on with the housework.<br><br>... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 15:37:00 EST Going on Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45231_going_on_vacation Vacation is a major part of our lives and one that does not get enough recognition or respect. We have to stop and recharge our bodies from time to time. <br><br>Our lives are full and hectic and we work on our goal from sunrise until well after sunset. Whoever first uttered that aphorism about all work and no play making Jack a dull boy was right.<br><br> <em>334</em> It is nearly impossible to write a 1700 character post on an I-pad because the keypad is really hard to use.<br><br>...."... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 20:03:00 EST i'm addicted to you http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45227_im_addicted_to_you I Am Addicted To You - A sad love story<br><br><br>Phone call *<br><br>Boy: Hey, baby!<br><br>Girl: Hey.<br><br>Boy: I missed you at office today. Why weren’t you there?<br><br>Girl: Yeah, I had to go to the doctor.<br><br>Boy: Oh my God, are you okay?? <br>Girl: Silence<br><br>Boy: Sweetie!! Talk to me!! <br><br>Girl: I . . .<br><br>Boy: You what?? YOU WHAT??? <br><br>Girl: I have CANCER and I’m on life support. <br><br>Boy: *breaks into tears*<br><br>Girl: They’re taking me off tonight. <br... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 17:03:00 EST Heart Touching true love story http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45213_heart_touching_true_love_story Heart Touching True Love Story<br>Posted: 01 Apr 2016 06:08 AM PDT<br><br><br>There was a Boy and a Girl . They were best friends for years and years, They could Talk for hours on the Phone ‘n text each other for days, When They were Together; Not a single Sad Thought could cross their Minds, everything was Great.<br><br>But One Day ; The Boy did not Answer any Call or Reply to any Text for a Day, The Girl was worried that something was Wrong..:( at night She couldn’t Sleep.., She was sitting... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 14:49:00 EST Self Image Always http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45201_self_image_always No matter how we look, we need to accept ourselves for the way we are because God made us this way. The feelings we have within ourselves helps us accept the feelings we show outside of ourselves. We need to learn to love ourselves before we can expect others to love us. We need to be giving people, not takers. If you want to lose weight the most important thing we have to remember is we have to make the right decisions on the foods we eat and how much exercise we do. There are many people th... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 22:44:00 EST is there an expiry date http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45197_is_there_an_expiry_date Expiry Date<br>Posted: 25 Mar 2016 06:24 AM PDT<br>Wife:What are you doing?<br><br>Husband : Nothing.<br><br>Wife :Nothing...? You have been reading our <br><br>marriage certificate for an hour.<br><br>Husband : I was looking for the expiry date.<br><br>Wife : Do you want dinner?’<br><br>Husband : Sure! What are my choices?’<br><br>Wife :Yes or no.<br><br>Wife:You always carry my photo in your wallet. Why?<br><br>Husband: When there is a problem, no matter <br><br>how great, I look at your pi... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 15:21:00 EST Check out Thrift Shops for Clothing Bargains in those In-Between Sizes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45183_check_out_thrift_shops_for_clothing_bargains_in_those_inbetween_sizes When I was at my goal weight (100 pounds), I used to take a size 0 in women’s clothing. I’ve packed on 23 pounds since that time, so nothing in my closet fits me anymore and I’m on the hunt for clothing that is either a size 6 or a size 8. Clothing is really expensive these days, and I’m not too interested in paying full price to acquire new items in every size from an 8 to a 0 (especially when I keep hoping I won’t be a size 8, 6, 4, or 2 for too much longer!). However, it is quite a dile... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 00:22:00 EST two sweet storie http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45179_two_sweet_storie <br>Kiss On The Cheek<br>Posted: 30 Mar 2016 05:45 AM PDT<br><br><br>A married couple was in a terrible accident where the man’s face was severely burned.<br><br>The doctor told the husband that they couldn’t graft any skin from his body because he was too skinny.<br><br>So the wife offered to donate some of her own skin.<br><br>However, the only skin on her body that the doctor felt was suitable would have to come from her buttocks.<br><br>The husband and wife agreed that they would tell no ... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 14:53:00 EST Check out Thrift Shops for Clothing Bargains in those In-Between Sizes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45166_check_out_thrift_shops_for_clothing_bargains_in_those_inbetween_sizes <br>When I was at my goal weight (100 pounds), I used to take a size 0 in women’s clothing. I’ve packed on 23 pounds since that time, so nothing in my closet fits me anymore and I’m on the hunt for clothing that is either a size 6 or a size 8. Clothing is really expensive these days, and I’m not too interested in paying full price to acquire new items in every size from an 8 to a 0 (especially when I keep hoping I won’t be a size 8, 6, 4, or 2 for too much longer!). However, it is quite a ... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 00:23:00 EST Give Your Best And The World Comes To You http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45159_give_your_best_and_the_world_comes_to_you Give Your Best And The World Comes To You<br>Posted: 29 Mar 2016 06:20 AM PDT<br>Its Just Awesome... Read it....<br><br>A Little boy went to a telephone booth which was at the cash counter of a store and dialed a number. The store-owner observed and listened to the conversation:<br><br>Boy: “Lady, can you give me the job of cutting your lawn?”<br><br>Woman: (at the other end of the phone line) “I already have someone to cut my lawn.”<br><br>Boy: “Lady, I will cut your lawn for half the price ... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 14:55:00 EST 10 principles of life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45143_10_principles_of_life 10 Principles Of Life:<br><br><br>Stop and ask yourself today, "How do I really feel about myself? " Before you answer read these ten principles.<br><br>(1) Never think or speak negatively about yourself; that puts you in disagreement with God.<br><br>(2) Meditate on your God-given strengths and learn to encourage yourself, for much of the time nobody else will.<br><br>(3) Don't compare yourself to anybody else. You're unique, one of a kind, an original. So don't settle for being a copy.<br><... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 15:44:00 EST How to get the most out of life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45131_how_to_get_the_most_out_of_life With our lives so busy it's hard to "get the most out of life" sometimes. Up early, work, children, sandwich generation, even in retirement life gets so filled with "stuff to do" that we miss out on many of the little pleasures we have throughout the day. <br>Try to live IN the moment. Take just a few seconds and listen. Do you hear the song of the little birds outside your window just now? He he singing because the sun will be up soon, flooding the earth with light, warmth, and energy.... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 05:37:00 EST after 21 years of marriage http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45126_after_21_years_of_marriage <br>After 21 Years Of Marriage<br>Posted: 27 Mar 2016 12:55 AM PDT<br><br><br>After 21 years of marriage, my wife wanted me to take another woman out to dinner and a movie. She said, “I love you, but I know this other woman loves you and would love to spend some time with you.”<br><br>The other woman that my wife wanted me to visit was my MOTHER, who has been a widow for 19 years, but the demands of my work and my three children had made it possible to visit her only occasionally.<br><br>That... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 14:54:00 EST Men are men http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45115_men_are_men <br>A man is dating three women and wants to decide which to marry.<br>He decides to give them a test. He gives each woman a present of $5,000 and watches to see what they do with the money.<br>The first does a total makeover. She goes to a fancy beauty salon, gets her hair done, purchases new make-up and buys several new outfits, and dresses up very nicely for the man.<br>She tells him that she has done this to be more attractive for him because she loves him so much.<br>The man is impressed... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 18:46:00 EST More Exercise Could Make For Better Sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45111_more_exercise_could_make_for_better_sleep More Exercise Could Make For Better Sleep<br><br> A new study suggests regular physical activity might encourage better shut-eye: People who met national exercise guidelines reported better sleep and less daytime fatigue than those who didn't.<br><br>The research doesn't confirm that exercise directly leads to improved rest, and it's possible there may be another explanation for the apparent connection between exercise and sleep. Still, the findings are mostly consistent with previous researc... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 12:18:00 EST Mom knows everything http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45101_mom_knows_everything <br>Mom Knows Everything<br>Posted: 23 Feb 2016 05:05 AM PST<br><br><br>A Mom visits her son for dinner who lives with a girl roommate.<br><br>During the course of the meal, his mother couldn’t help but notice how pretty his roommate was. She had long been suspicious of a relationship between the two, and this had only made her more curious…<br><br>Over the course of the evening, while watching the two interact, she started to wonder if there was more between him and his roommate than met the... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 14:31:00 EST The Best Workout for Weight Loss, Heart Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45097_the_best_workout_for_weight_loss_heart_health The Best Workout for Weight Loss, Heart Health<br><br><br>Fast Facts<br>Studies have shown that walking just 30 minutes a day can significantly lower your risk of premature death.<br><br>High-intensity training can also reduce blood pressure, cholesterol, and stress levels.<br><br>Walking for fitness can help people with type 2 diabetes control their disease.<br><br>Exercise is clearly a key to fitness. But what hasn’t been clear is whether the intensity of your workouts mattered.<br><br>Acco... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 12:07:00 EST 4 Get-Healthy Resolutions for the New Year — No Dieting Required http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45096_4_gethealthy_resolutions_for_the_new_year_no_dieting_required 4 Get-Healthy Resolutions for the New Year — No Dieting Required<br><br>Every year, millions of people start off the new year with a resolution to lose weight, and every year, millions throw in the towel well before they reach their goal. Often, it’s because people are trying to make too many changes all at once. I’ve watched many eager souls attempt to give their lifestyle a complete overhaul literally overnight – once the clock strikes midnight on January 1, every aspect of their normal dai... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 12:02:00 EST Finding ways to drink your H2O http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45093_finding_ways_to_drink_your_h2o Sometimes it's difficult to get the 10+ glasses of water your body needs to stay hydrated. Remember EVERYTHING counts. Here's what I've tried to do every day which seems to work for me, and I hope you too!<br>When I get up, the first thing I do is drink a big glass (16 ounces) of water. If you take any medications in the morning, this is a great way to get them down.<br>If I'm going to the gym in the morning, then a one liter bottle of water comes with me. <br>Next, if I'm working from ho... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 08:29:00 EST Life is your best teacher http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45084_life_is_your_best_teacher BILL GATES in a restaurant. <br><br>After eating, he gave $5 to the waiter as a tip. The waiter had a strange look on his face after the tip, Gates realized, and asked the waiter what had happened. <br><br>The waiter replied, "I'm just amazed because on the same table your son gave a tip of $500, but you, his father, the richest man in the world, only gave me $5." <br><br>Gates smiled and replied with meaningful words: "He is Son of the world's richest man, but I am the son of a wood cutter..... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 16:35:00 EST How to Get Better Sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45082_how_to_get_better_sleep How to Get Better Sleep<br><br><br>Sleep isn't an indulgence. Your body needs sleep, and plenty of it. But in a hectic world where you're already pressed for time, getting plenty of high-quality sleep can be a bit of a challenge.<br><br>Better Sleep: How Sleep Affects Your Health<br><br>Your body can't keep going without time to rest and recharge. Sleep is necessary to help regulate hormones and body processes — even the way your cells function. Without enough sleep, your physical and emotion... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 13:00:00 EST 6 Ways to Take a Mental Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45081_6_ways_to_take_a_mental_vacation 6 Ways to Take a Mental Vacation<br><br>Small stressors can quickly add up to major stress and one big stressful event can send you reeling, with no idea of how to start addressing it. If you could just get away for a little stress relief, you know you would be okay. But too few of us have the time — or the money — to run off on an impromptu vacation.<br><br>Well, you don't have to spend a dime or go anywhere other than a quiet spot nearby to take a mental vacation.<br><br>Stress Relief: Take... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 12:57:00 EST respect your parents http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45067_respect_your_parents After his father’s death, the Son decided to leave his mother at old age home and visited her on and off.<br><br>Once he received a call from old age home….Mom very serious ….. please come to visit.<br><br>Son went and saw mom very critical, on her dying bed.<br><br>He asked: Mom what can I do for you?<br><br>Mom replied… “Please install fans in the old age home, there are none…. Also put a fridge for betterment of food because many times I slept without food”.<br><br>Son was surprised and as... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 15:03:00 EST 6 Apps To Help You De-Stress In Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45064_6_apps_to_help_you_destress_in_minutes 6 Apps To Help You De-Stress In Minutes<br><br>There's no doubt that technology can be stressful. While 24/7 connectivity certainly makes some things more convenient, a plugged-in life can take a toll on our well-being. Scientists have linked heavy tech use with decreased focus and productivity, increased stress, disrupted sleep and stunted creativity, among other concerns. But one of the great ironies in our always-connected world is that technology can also be leveraged to help us de-stress... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 12:53:00 EST Blow Your Nose, Blow Your Mind: A Runny Nose That Was Really a Brain Leak http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45063_blow_your_nose_blow_your_mind_a_runny_nose_that_was_really_a_brain_leak Blow Your Nose, Blow Your Mind: A Runny Nose That Was Really a Brain Leak<br><br>A runny nose is typically more of a tissue-wasting, shirt-sleeve ruining annoyance than a serious medical condition. If you find yourself face deep in nostril discharge, the diagnosis will most likely be a cold or allergies. But in rare cases — very rare cases — you might be experiencing a brain leak.<br><br>Take Joe Nagy of Phoenix, Ariz. He had been living with a chronic runny nose for more than 18 months. Nagy... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 12:47:00 EST Check out Thrift Shops for Clothing Bargains in those In-Between Sizes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45062_check_out_thrift_shops_for_clothing_bargains_in_those_inbetween_sizes When I was at my goal weight (100 pounds), I used to take a size 0 in women’s clothing. I’ve packed on 23 pounds since that time, so nothing in my closet fits me anymore and I’m on the hunt for clothing that is either a size 6 or a size 8. Clothing is really expensive these days, and I’m not too interested in paying full price to acquire new items in every size from an 8 to a 0 (especially when I keep hoping I won’t be a size 8, 6, 4, or 2 for too much longer!). However, it is quite a dile... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 10:47:00 EST My health and Family http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45053_my_health_and_family My kids especially my 12 year old son is my secret to keeping me motivated. He is also my nutritionist. He helps keep me accountable for what I eat and helps keep me on track. I love my family and they are part of the reason why I am striving to be a better me as well as I want to be healthy so we can do more things in nature as a family. My boys like to go camping and hiking and I struggle etch day walking long distances and that is my goal that this summer we are able to go for a hike in th... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 20:59:00 EST Positive Self Talk http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45051_positive_self_talk Positive self-talk is one of the Cornerstones, actually it is the Fire Cornerstone<br>Stay passionate and motivated along your journey<br><br>1. Motivation -- options include:<br>* Positive self-talk<br>* Vision collage<br>* Journal -- at least write highlight of the day -- this will motivate you to continue looking for more highlights each day<br>* Listen to motivational song<br>* Other forms of motivation<br><br>The idea is to intentionally build many forms of motivation into your life so y... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 17:52:00 EST Depression, anxiety and panic attacks are NOT a sign of weakness. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45050_depression_anxiety_and_panic_attacks_are_not_a_sign_of_weakness Depression, anxiety and panic attacks are NOT a sign of weakness.<br>Posted: 22 Mar 2016 05:39 AM PDT<br><br><br>Depression, anxiety and panic attacks are NOT a sign of weakness. They are signs of having tried to remain strong for way too long. Did you know that 1 in 3 of us will go through this at some point in our lives? Show support that they are not alone.<br><br>“Anxiety is love's greatest killer. It makes others feel as you might when a drowning man holds on to you. You want to save him... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 15:32:00 EST Engineer vs doctor http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45038_engineer_vs_doctor <br>Engineer Vs Doctor<br>Posted: 07 Dec 2015 04:39 AM PST<br><br><br>An Engineer was unemployed for a long time. <br><br>He could not find a job so he opened a medical <br><br>clinic and puts a sign up outside: “Get your <br><br>treatment for $500, if not treated get back <br><br>$1,000.”<br><br>One Doctor thinks this is a good opportunity to <br><br>earn $1,000 and goes to his clinic. Doctor: “I <br><br>have lost taste in my mouth.”<br><br>Engineer: “Nurse, please bring medicine from <br><b... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 16:53:00 EST Time off of this & that http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45035_time_off_of_this_that I have learned that time off is my best secret weapon. I plan my time off. <br><br>I plan time off from exercise rather than planning time to exercise. I assume that I will exercise every day unless I have planned time off. Included in that is time off from lifting weights. Time off from the treadmill. Time off from the elliptical. Time off from the gym. It feels like such a treat to know that on Wednesday I have scheduled a night where I am not going to the gym or doing any other for... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 12:26:00 EST Accountability When It Counts http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45028_accountability_when_it_counts When starting a program, have found that it helps to have an incentive such as paying because it motivates you to not waste your money. Plus, a support group is important as well as measuring results such as weighing in every month. Also, when you are online it is definitely more convenient instead of having to travel. All of these are positives when it comes to achieving your goal. <br>Since joining SP, there are lots of resources and inspiration for motivation. Rewards are a great way ... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 03:19:00 EST DO NOT GET MARRIED Unless You Ask Your Partner These 11 Questions! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45015_do_not_get_married_unless_you_ask_your_partner_these_11_questions <br><br><br><br>Some good relationship advice before considering marriage is to take the time to ask questions that plumb the inner depths of your partner’s personality and psychology. Here are eleven questions you can ask to his or her suitability for a marriage partner:<br><br><br><br>1 – Why do you love me? – This is a questions that lovers have asked each other from the beginning of time, but it does provide real information about their psychological and social needs in a mate. If the foc... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 14:34:00 EST The Truth About Metabolism http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45014_the_truth_about_metabolism The Truth About Metabolism<br><br>If you've ever tried to lose weight, you've probably wished you could speed up your metabolism and burn calories more easily. Weight-loss programs often promise to provide "metabolism-boosting" secrets, but the savvy dieter should know that many of these are just gimmicks.<br><br>Many theories about metabolism are falsely rooted in the idea that there are particular foods or beverages that will magically increase your ability to burn calories. While most nutr... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 13:19:00 EST Tea tree oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45004_tea_tree_oil A friend mentioned that this oil helped prevent head lice. (We both work at a school). I simply add a couple of drops in my shampoo. It is also great as a oil treatment for your hair. It does have a strong odor, but bearable. It's great for acne. When I feel a pimple coming I simply dot on just a dab of tea tree and it goes away. Other uses...dry cuticles, foot odor, athletes feet, cold sores, rashes,sunburns, toenail fungus,..sometimes you must dilute with other oils and such, so be sure... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 21:03:00 EST What The Shape Of Your Face Reveals About Your Personality http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45003_what_the_shape_of_your_face_reveals_about_your_personality What The Shape Of Your Face Reveals About Your Personality<br><br>This may seem surprising to you, but the shape of your face can tell a lot about your character. If you did not know that, now you know it. The expert in face reading, Jean Haner has written the book The Wisdom of Your Face, and in it, she says that most people do not have different face shapes. For instance, some people’s face can be a mixture of round and square or oval, and some even have a shape face that you cannot even cl... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 17:47:00 EST Dont underestimate anyone because everyone has a different story http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44985_dont_underestimate_anyone_because_everyone_has_a_different_story <br>Don’t Underestimate Anyone Because Everyone has a Different Story!<br>Posted: 18 Mar 2016 05:43 AM PDT<br><br><br>A poor boy was in love with a rich man daughter….One day the boy proposed to her and the girl said…”Hey! Listen, your monthly salary is my daily hand expenses..How can I be involved with you..?<br><br>How could you have thought of that? I can never love you, so forget about me and get engaged to someone else OF your level”<br><br>But somehow the boy could not forget her so eas... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 16:29:00 EST Check out Thrift Shops for Clothing Bargains in those In-Between Sizes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44975_check_out_thrift_shops_for_clothing_bargains_in_those_inbetween_sizes When I was at my goal weight (100 pounds), I used to take a size 0 in women’s clothing. I’ve packed on 23 pounds since that time, so nothing in my closet fits me anymore and I’m on the hunt for clothing that is either a size 6 or a size 8. Clothing is really expensive these days, and I’m not too interested in paying full price to acquire new items in every size from an 8 to a 0 (especially when I keep hoping I won’t be a size 8, 6, 4, or 2 for too much longer!). However, it is quite a dile... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 07:02:00 EST Epic Funny Conversation Between Dad & Son http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44966_epic_funny_conversation_between_dad_son Epic Funny Conversation Between Dad & Son<br>Posted: 17 Mar 2016 05:31 AM PDT<br><br><br>Dad: if you Pass in the exam I will Present you 1 Cycle.<br><br>Son: if I fail?<br><br>Dad: Then I will Present 10 Cycles<br><br>Son: why?<br><br>Dad: To Open a Cycle Shop..<br><br>After Exam Result<br><br>Dad: What's your Grade, son?<br><br>Son: Under water, Dad.<br><br>Dad: Under water? What do You mean?<br><br><br>Son: They're below C level.<br><br>Dad: whenever I beat you, you don't get annoyed, how y... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 14:44:00 EST Train Your Brain http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44953_train_your_brain 6 Ways To Keep Your Memory In Shape<br><br>Forgot the lunch date with your friend? Can't find your purse? Forgetting is frustrating, but you don't have to resign yourself to it as a part of old age.<br><br>Age may bring a decline in efficiency in learning new information. Still, many parts of the brain generally remain untouched. These include areas associated with language, meaning, creativity and wisdom. In addition, age has little effect on habit-based (procedural) memory, which store... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 20:38:00 EST Nothing is imposible http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44947_nothing_is_imposible <br>Nothing is Impossible<br>Posted: 16 Mar 2016 05:49 AM PDT<br><br><br>A young man working in the army was constantly humiliated because he believed in God.<br>One day the captain decided to humiliate him before the troops. He called the young man and said:<br><br>- Young man, take the key and go and park the Jeep in front.<br>The young man replied:<br>- I can not drive!<br>The captain said:<br><br>- But then ask your assistance from God! Shows us that He exists!<br>The young man took the k... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 14:49:00 EST My soul is getting tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44926_my_soul_is_getting_tired My Soul is Getting Tired<br>Posted: 15 Mar 2016 05:04 AM PDT<br><br><br>I am slowly learning that some people are not good for me, no matter how much I love them. I deserve someone who is gentle and kind, because my soul is getting tired. Realizing that I deserve something good is one of the first steps. <br>Michelle K., Why I Need To Say Goodbye To You.<br><br><br>If my world were to cave in tomorrow, I would look back on all the pleasures, excitements and worth whilenesses I have been lucky... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 16:03:00 EST 10 Foolish Health Rumors You Should Ignore http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44921_10_foolish_health_rumors_you_should_ignore 10 Foolish Health Rumors You Should Ignore<br><br>Urban legends and health myths are certainly nothing new — we’re pretty sure even our Neanderthal ancestors passed some version of them around their cave fires. But the Internet has certainly helped outdated advice die hard, so it’s no wonder these fake facts keep popping up in our inboxes. We picked our favorites from such myth-busting sites as Snopes, the authors of Don't Swallow Your Gum!: Myths, Half-Truths, and Outright Lies About Your Bo... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 11:54:00 EST How to Beat City Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44920_how_to_beat_city_stress How to Beat City Stress<br><br> On the way to Greatist HQ this morning, I said hello to my favorite subway rat, walked through a cloud of meat-on-a-stick smoke, then nearly fell into an open sidewalk grate trying to skirt around a pile of human vomit. It was a typical day at work in New York City.<br><br>As it turns out, my frantic and malodorous experiences may be a typical part of urban living. Research suggests city life may actually cause more stress than living in other environments. (My... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 11:52:00 EST Eating for Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44889_eating_for_exercise Eating for Exercise<br><br>We all know food is fuel, so it only makes sense that a proper fill-up is critical to a rewarding workout. Even if you're looking to lose weight, skimping on calories before exercise is not the path to success. Not only will it result in a lack of energy, but more muscle mass will actually be lost than created.<br><br>"Basic exercise does not burn all that many calories," says William D. Hart, PhD, assistant professor in the department of health sciences at Rogers S... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 12:45:00 EST Looking @ ways to keep fit http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44883_looking_ways_to_keep_fit One: Diving<br>Two: Cycling<br>Three: Fast Walking<br>Four: Mowing Lawns<br>Five: Demolishing old Buildings<br>Six: Cleaning up run Down Property's<br>Seven: Four Miles of Fencing on our Farm<br>Eight: Long Distance Jogging<br>Nine: Yoga<br>Ten: Meditation:<br>Over the last Ten months I have spent my time doing all the things above against my better judgement, Why! Two reasons I'm waiting for knee replacements and a hip replacement the second reason is I firmly believe if I stop doing things ... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 00:16:00 EST Check out Thrift Shops for Clothing Bargains in those In-Between Sizes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44845_check_out_thrift_shops_for_clothing_bargains_in_those_inbetween_sizes When I was at my goal weight (100 pounds), I used to take a size 0 in women’s clothing. I’ve packed on 23 pounds since that time, so nothing in my closet fits me anymore and I’m on the hunt for clothing that is either a size 6 or a size 8. Clothing is really expensive these days, and I’m not too interested in paying full price to acquire new items in every size from an 8 to a 0 (especially when I keep hoping I won’t be a size 8, 6, 4, or 2 for too much longer!). However, it is quite a dile... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 05:45:00 EST Arthritis, Joint, and Muscle Disorders (continued) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44842_arthritis_joint_and_muscle_disorders_continued What can be done about Muscle Cramps?<br><br>For most cramps, stretch. If a spasm strikes the calf (by far the most common cramp site), pull the front of the foot up toward the knee. Since cramps usually result from muscle fatigue, you may be able to prevent such spasms by gently stretching before you exercise your calves. Stretching before bedtime can also help prevent unexplained nighttime spasms.<br><br>If the cause isn't muscle fatigue, your physician may find other, possibly treatable... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 21:15:00 EST love me for who i am http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44837_love_me_for_who_i_am Last week, my girlfriend and I were getting into bed. As our passion began to heat up she said, “I don’t feel like it. I just want you to hold me.”<br>I said, “WHAT?! What was that?!”<br>She said, “You’re just not in touch with my emotional needs as a woman enough for me to satisfy your physical needs as a man.”<br>She responded to my puzzled look by saying, “Can’t you just love me for who I am and not what I do for you in the bedroom?” Realizing that nothing was going to happen that night, I... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 15:29:00 EST Arthritis, Joint, and Muscle Disorders http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44823_arthritis_joint_and_muscle_disorders Does food aggravate arthritis? Though some people who have arthritis---mainly rheumatoid---claim they experience adverse reactions to one food or another, such associations are uncommon. In one of the few reliable studies, 52 of the 159 participants claimed that food aggravated their arthritis. But actual tests were unable to confirm a single instance. A subsequent review of the available evidence concluded that food-induced flare-ups were rare or at most occasional. <br><br>Heat or cold... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 21:43:00 EST Taking time for yourself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44820_taking_time_for_yourself I am not really sure that this qualifies as a secret since I am betting that everyone or most everyone knows how important taking time out for ourselves is good for our mental health. I don't mean taking the trash out, driving in the car or any other way in which we are by ourselves, I am talking about spending time quietly just taking in the moment.<br><br>I try to take time every day just for me. I don't mean to sound selfish but just having fifteen or even ten minutes to myself is jus... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 20:25:00 EST nurse revels the top 5 regrets people make on their deathbed http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44817_nurse_revels_the_top_5_regrets_people_make_on_their_deathbed Nurse reveals the top 5 regrets people make on their deathbed ...<br>Posted: 09 Mar 2016 04:40 AM PST<br><br><br>For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives. People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality.<br><br>I learnt never to underestimate someone’s capacity for growth. Some changes were phenomenal. Each experienced ... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 16:33:00 EST Why Obesity Rates Are Rising Faster Than Ever http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44814_why_obesity_rates_are_rising_faster_than_ever Why Obesity Rates Are Rising Faster Than Ever<br><br><br>Key Takeaways<br>While the latest Gallup-Healthways Obesity Index shows 27.7 percent of Americans are now obese, the CDC estimates are closer to 35 percent.<br><br>Obesity is the result of having too much body fat and it puts an individual at risk for a variety of diseases including diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and stroke.<br><br>A good short-term, attainable goal is to aim to lose 5 to 10 percent of your body weight ... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 11:24:00 EST The way the wind blows! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44805_the_way_the_wind_blows I believe that laughter is the best medicine and is good for our hearts so I am going to share a story with you that I hope will bring a smile to your face!<br>Working in a library, I love a good story. Well, Spark friends, I have a short quick story for you. Hope it brings a smile to your face. It did mine.<br>All week at work, I have been doing some much needed spring cleaning. I try to take the trash out when I am done for the day. Today I had a box and a big heavy bag that I lugged downst... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 23:11:00 EST Pay Attention to her http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44802_pay_attention_to_her Pay Attention To Her! <br>When a woman is “tripping” she cares. When a woman is “mad” she believed in you and you let her down. When she’s “asking questions” she is trying to gain clarity. When she’s quiet and letting things “slide” she is giving up. And when she’s not doing any of the above just know you lost a good woman.<br><br>A pretty face gets old. A nice body will change. But a good woman will always b a good woman.<br><br>A GOOD WOMAN can only take so much. Don't underestimate her des... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 18:12:00 EST Drink Water Daily http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44782_drink_water_daily Drinking water is essential. Everyone needs to drink their eight plus (8+) glasses of water etch and every day. These eight glasses are over and above all the other beverages you may drink ...just plain water... not tea, or coffee, or juice. <br><br>Keeping your self well hydrated is important for many bodily functions since your body is 50-75 percent water, depending on your age and body make up. <br><br>Water serves multiple functions in the body many which aid in weight loss or regulat... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 14:27:00 EST MY DAILY ROUTINE http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44771_my_daily_routine I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 08:54:00 EST Today's Secret of Success - No Shortcuts http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44764_todays_secret_of_success_no_shortcuts There are not shortcuts. Fad diets, body wraps, etc. just do not work. You must eat less calories than you burn to lose weight. Metabolism issues aside, it still comes down to that. One pound of fat is 3500 calories, so if you eat 500 calories less per day than you burn, you will average out to lose 1 pound a week. That being said, metabolism is still part of the story. If you starve yourself (or if your body just "thinks" you're starving yourself), it will try to hold onto it fat stores if i... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 17:06:00 EST We Are All Motivated – Either Positively Or Negatively http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44763_we_are_all_motivated_either_positively_or_negatively <br>We Are All Motivated – Either Positively Or Negatively<br>Posted: 06 Mar 2016 12:03 AM PST<br><br><br>This is a story of two brothers. One was a drug addict and a drunker who frequently beat up his family. The other one was a very successful businessman who was respected in society and had a wonderful family. <br><br>Some people wanted to find out why two brothers from the same parents, brought up in the same environment, could be so different. The first one was asked, “How come you do wh... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 14:23:00 EST We Are All Motivated – Either Positively Or Negatively http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44762_we_are_all_motivated_either_positively_or_negatively <br>We Are All Motivated – Either Positively Or Negatively<br>Posted: 06 Mar 2016 12:03 AM PST<br><br><br>This is a story of two brothers. One was a drug addict and a drunker who frequently beat up his family. The other one was a very successful businessman who was respected in society and had a wonderful family. <br><br>Some people wanted to find out why two brothers from the same parents, brought up in the same environment, could be so different. The first one was asked, “How come you do wh... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 14:23:00 EST 10 Seemingly Small Things That Mean the World to Women http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44748_10_seemingly_small_things_that_mean_the_world_to_women 10 Seemingly Small Things That Mean the World to Women<br>Posted: 05 Mar 2016 04:42 AM PST<br>Are you baffled by your beloved’s behavior? Grandiose gifts leave her lukewarm. Your professions of love seem to fall on deaf ears. It’s got you scratching your head in confusion. What’s a guy to do? Learn the little things that capture a woman’s heart and confirm she’s a special lady. Here we present small things that mean the world to women and why.<br><br><br><br>1. Hold her hand.<br>There are two... Sat, 5 Mar 2016 14:10:00 EST Tears are how our heart speaks when our lips cannot http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44736_tears_are_how_our_heart_speaks_when_our_lips_cannot <br>Tears are how our heart speaks when our lips cannot<br>Posted: 27 Feb 2016 01:56 AM PST<br><br><br>Tears also come when your heart has been hurt and you can’t explain why this is happening. The heart tells the whole story. ~ Claire Cook <br><br>Tears are not a sign of weakness. A tear is made of 1 percent water and 99 percent emotion. Tears and crying make a person stronger and the heart, attending to your emotions are ahealing process. ~ Diane Ray<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br<B... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 19:28:00 EST Check out Thrift Shops for Clothing Bargains in those In-Between Sizes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44721_check_out_thrift_shops_for_clothing_bargains_in_those_inbetween_sizes When I was at my goal weight (100 pounds), I used to take a size 0 in women’s clothing. I’ve packed on 23 pounds since that time, so nothing in my closet fits me anymore and I’m on the hunt for clothing that is either a size 6 or a size 8. Clothing is really expensive these days, and I’m not too interested in paying full price to acquire new items in every size from an 8 to a 0 (especially when I keep hoping I won’t be a size 8, 6, 4, or 2 for too much longer!). However, it is quite a dile... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 05:56:00 EST Here’re 5 Psychofacts Why Nice Guys Don’t Always Get The Girl http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44715_herere_5_psychofacts_why_nice_guys_dont_always_get_the_girl Here’re 5 Psychofacts Why Nice Guys Don’t Always Get The Girl<br><br>1.Being Nice is associated with Being Fake<br>Whenever someone acts too nicely, it is always associated with some hidden motive. Girls can easily smell the fishy things in your mind from distance whenever you act too nicely and tries to get their attention.<br><br>2. Nice people are taken for granted<br>Expectations are lit up from your behavior. Consistently doing favor to a girl to get into her good books will do no good f... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 15:04:00 EST Things I Learned from my parents! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44684_things_i_learned_from_my_parents There are four things I learned from my parents. <br>1. Always pretend things are perfect even when they weren't. <br>2. Stuff things into boxes, bags, etc and put it away so it never has to be dealt with. <br>3. If someone came to the house they were to never leave hungry. <br>4. Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps and never ask for help or share things with others. <br><br>These 4 rules my parents my parents taught us kids religiously. It was okay to give your kids daily beatings, blame... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 00:35:00 EST how to ask your spouse a question http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44661_how_to_ask_your_spouse_a_question WIFE: Sweetie, how many women have you<br>slept with after we got married?<br>HUSBAND: (Quiet)<br><br>WIFE: (10 minutes later) Sweetie, I asked you a<br>question!<br>HUSBAND: (Quiet)<br><br>WIFE: (15 minutes later) Are you afraid to tell me<br>the truth?<br>HUSBAND: Will you just keep quiet and let me<br>finish counting.....<br><br>The Wife fainted....<br><br>.<br>.<br>.(silence)<br<BR>>.<br>.<br>. (Three minutes later)<br>.<br>.<br>. (Loud bang)<br>.<br>.<br>. (The end!)<br><br><br><br><br><... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 19:10:00 EST I'm About to Snap at Somebody http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44659_im_about_to_snap_at_somebody I'm in such a bad mood today. I got less than 6 hours worth of sleep. I just want to scream but I don't think anyone will listen to me? I was just near tears earlier today thinking that I deserved my whole lot in life then I a got angry then I got meloncholy I was slightly if not all over the place. My hubs was trying to be sweet to me but I didn't want none of that! I just was just on edge from not getting at least 6hours of sleep. I know this will affect my over health and I could just kick... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 17:31:00 EST Walking safety tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44642_walking_safety_tips Walking safety tips<br><br>When walking, we often share the road with motor vehicles, bicycles and other walkers. We usually take for granted that we can walk without incident, because most of the time we do. But accidents can and do occur. To keep yourself and others safe, it's important to follow the rules of the road.<br><br>Always walk on sidewalks or paths separated from vehicular traffic.<br>If there are no sidewalks or paths, always walk on the side of the street FACING road traffic, a... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 15:31:00 EST the ten commandments not religous http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44633_the_ten_commandments_not_religous <br>Hilarious Shopping<br>Posted: 26 Feb 2016 01:49 AM PST<br><br><br>One Day, A woman went for shopping, At cash counter she opened her purse to pay.<br><br>The cashier noticed a TV remote in her purse.<br><br>He could not control his curiosity n asked "Do you always carry your TV remote with You?"<br><br>She replied " No, not always, but my husband refused to accompany me for shopping today..<br><br>Due to his stupid match SO...<br><br>The story continues.... The shopkeeper smiles and takes... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 10:20:00 EST 7 Ways to Make Water Taste Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44617_7_ways_to_make_water_taste_better 7 Ways to Make Water Taste Better<br><br>Not everybody has a taste for water, but we all need it to ensure that our bodies continue functioning properly. If you want to drink more water, but aren't crazy about the taste (or lack thereof), here are some tips that can make it more enjoyable:<br><br>1. Add fresh fruit. Citrus fruits, such as lemons, limes, and oranges, are classic water enhancers, but other fruit flavors might also tempt your taste buds. Try crushing fresh raspberries or waterme... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 10:19:00 EST This A Secret I Must http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44610_this_a_secret_i_must So almost every other day I want to or long to get those 25 points to submit a secret. I am just sitting here I actually have absolutely nothing to say type or actually think. Had an extremely long day at work doing absolutely nothing. Well it is stuff I should've already done. Since some of my duties have vanished.<br><br>I wonder everyday what other people do all day in their jobs? Then I start texting or doing other trivial things when I should be working. I then jump up & start moving ar... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 22:07:00 EST Top 10 Promises Men Make To Their Future Wives Without Realizing It http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44604_top_10_promises_men_make_to_their_future_wives_without_realizing_it <br>Posted: 25 Feb 2016 01:41 AM PST<br>Relationships can be incredibly complicated if both people involved are not on the same page. Often, women are certain they are ready for marriage well ahead of the men they love. This can cause strain on the relationship because many women believe that if their significant other does not show signs of being interested in taking the relationship to the next step, it is because he is just taking advantage. This is not always the case, but there are defin... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 13:12:00 EST Sign Up for Our Healthy Living Newsletter http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44596_sign_up_for_our_healthy_living_newsletter 4 Reasons to Skip Black Friday Shopping<br><br><br>Sign Up for Our Healthy Living Newsletter<br><br>While the temptation to wake up early, join the masses, and shop till you drop may be too hard to resist, skipping the madness may be better for you and your health. Here, the top reasons why you should forego Black Friday and take part in Buy Nothing Day. (It’s really a thing: The anti-consumerism day was started by artist Ted Dave and promoted by the not-for-profit AdBusters magazine.) Plus, ... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 06:43:00 EST Check out Thrift Shops for Clothing Bargains in those In-Between Sizes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44594_check_out_thrift_shops_for_clothing_bargains_in_those_inbetween_sizes When I was at my goal weight (100 pounds), I used to take a size 0 in women’s clothing. I’ve packed on 23 pounds since that time, so nothing in my closet fits me anymore and I’m on the hunt for clothing that is either a size 6 or a size 8. Clothing is really expensive these days, and I’m not too interested in paying full price to acquire new items in every size from an 8 to a 0 (especially when I keep hoping I won’t be a size 8, 6, 4, or 2 for too much longer!). However, it is quite a dile... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 00:39:00 EST Meeting my water intake http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44585_meeting_my_water_intake Hi, Spark People Friends. I have a tip for those of you that have trouble getting your daily 64 oz of water in, like I did Since I did have so much trouble with this.I finally found something that helped me so much. I bought a 100 0z insulated Big Gulp mug from my neighborhood 7-11. I fill that every morning with "bubbly" plain water from my Soda Stream. I then add frozen non -sweetened fruit, or lemons and limes This huge mug keeps the water very cold for much of the day, so I can leave... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 12:26:00 EST Living in the moment.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44581_living_in_the_moment We get so busy with life, family, kids, friends etc. that we oftentimes do not enjoy the life we are providing. Our jobs consume a lot of our time and thoughts. There just seem to not be enough time in the day to get things done. If feels as though we are always chasing some elusive thing, person or place. It is tiring and daunting to be consume with the need to complete this, do that, say this, go there and please people in our lives. Everyone is pulling me different directions, offerin... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 09:03:00 EST Family History and What it means to me http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44570_family_history_and_what_it_means_to_me Myasthenia gravis<br><br>This is the disease my mother had before she died. She actually died of complications of heart disease but this is the disease that tried to claim her ability to be her. I mean, this woman was my S-hero! She could do any and everything to me anyway. Most people who knew her and loved her would say the same. She had such a voice and this disease actually tried to steal her God given gift. It is is a neuromuscular disease that leads to fluctuating muscle weakness and f... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 18:42:00 EST Eating Right for Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44567_eating_right_for_exercise Eating Right for Exercise<br><br>You need energy to exercise and energy comes from food. Make sure you've eaten adequately before any fitness activity and eat to refuel afterwards, says Sue Travis, RD, PhD, of the division of nutritional sciences at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.<br><br>Fitness Food: The Right Diet for Exercise<br><br>The amount of food a person needs will vary with age, sex, weight, and activity level. The rate at which you burn calories depends not only on the type of e... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 12:43:00 EST Repetition, Repetition, Repetition, But I Repeat Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44545_repetition_repetition_repetition_but_i_repeat_myself <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations.<br>~ Leo Buscaglia<br><br>I might have shared this before but it bears repeating (pun intended). The best method of imprinting an idea or a concept on ones mind is through repetition and more repetition. I am a great believer in capturing the ideas of others and utilizing them for my benefit. Every so often, I will Google a self-h... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 08:30:00 EST DAILY TRACKER ENTRIES IN PHONE http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44544_daily_tracker_entries_in_phone I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 08:28:00 EST Getting Enough Rest and Sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44528_getting_enough_rest_and_sleep I am tired today and often times. I just can not find the time to get in enough sleep. Oftentimes I toss and turn during the night. I have things on my mind, things I need to complete and those thoughts take over and sleep oftentimes elude me. <br><br>I know how important it is to get rest, I try, but I cannot find enough hours in the day to complete my to do list. Before I can get one thing done another thing pops up. I am so easily side tracked. I feel as thought I am trapped in this ... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 09:32:00 EST Here Are 11 Little Known Facts About Left-Handed People http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44507_here_are_11_little_known_facts_about_lefthanded_people <br><br>Here Are 11 Little Known Facts About Left-Handed People. The Last One Surprised Me!<br>Posted: 20 Feb 2016 03:58 AM PST<br><br><br>Are you left-handed? Do you know a lefty? I'm right-handed and, like most people, have no trouble living in this right-handed society. Many lefties struggle though. The world just wasn't made by them for them. Yet there are some interesting facts to know about lefties...<br><br>1. Left-handed people are able to see underwater better than their right-handed... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 14:40:00 EST This Divorced Man Wrote Some Beautiful Marriage Advice Every Man Should Read http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44488_this_divorced_man_wrote_some_beautiful_marriage_advice_every_man_should_read This Divorced Man Wrote Some Beautiful Marriage Advice Every Man Should Read<br>Posted: 19 Feb 2016 04:17 AM PST<br><br><br>Gerald Rogers, a psychologist who went through a tough divorce, wrote an incredible Facebook post about life, love, relationships, and divorce. He started by saying,<br>"After losing a woman that I loved, and a marriage of almost 16 years, here's the advice I wish I could have had..." This is his advice...<br><br><br><br><br>Choose love.<br><br>In the end, this is the on... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 14:49:00 EST Check out Thrift Shops for Clothing Bargains in those In-Between Sizes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44477_check_out_thrift_shops_for_clothing_bargains_in_those_inbetween_sizes When I was at my goal weight (100 pounds), I used to take a size 0 in women’s clothing. I’ve packed on 23 pounds since that time, so nothing in my closet fits me anymore and I’m on the hunt for clothing that is either a size 6 or a size 8. Clothing is really expensive these days, and I’m not too interested in paying full price to acquire new items in every size from an 8 to a 0 (especially when I keep hoping I won’t be a size 8, 6, 4, or 2 for too much longer!). However, it is quite a dile... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 07:36:00 EST Intelligent Story: The Genius Einstein's Driver http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44472_intelligent_story_the_genius_einsteins_driver Intelligent Story: The Genius Einstein's Driver<br>Posted: 18 Feb 2016 04:41 AM PST<br><br><br>There is a story about how Albert Einstein was traveling to universities, giving lectures on his famous theory of relativity. One day while on their way to a university,<br><br>The driver said:" Dr. Einstein, I've heard that lecture more than 30 times. I have learned it by heart and bet I could give it myself."<br><br>"Well, I'll give you the chance," said Einstein,<br><br>"They don't know me at the... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 14:51:00 EST Ease Arthritis With Arnica http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44456_ease_arthritis_with_arnica Want to test your knowledge of herbs with a short quiz? Then see if you know which herb relieves pain from bruises, sprains, and aches; eases hemorrhoid pain; helps heal scrapes and cuts; stops the itching from insect bites; and soothes the discomfort of arthritis. Know the answer?<br><br>Go to the head of the class if you said arnica, one of the best medicinal herbs for treatment of external pain. A hardy perennial, its beautiful, large orange and yellow flowers bloom throughout the summe... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 14:59:00 EST If you ever fall in love http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44437_if_you_ever_fall_in_love <br>fall in love with someone who wants to know <br><br>your favorite color and just how you like your <br><br>coffee. Fall in love with someone who loves the <br><br>way you laugh and would do absolutely <br><br>anything to hear it. Fall in love with someone <br><br>who puts their head on your chest just to hear <br><br>your heart beat. Fall in love with someone who <br><br>kisses you in public and is proud to show you <br><br>off to anyone they know. Fall in love with <br><br>someone who ma... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 18:06:00 EST Drink Water, It Makes You Smarter http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44428_drink_water_it_makes_you_smarter Drink Water, It Makes You Smarter<br><br> We get it. Despite the never-ending health benefits, staying hydrated may not top your daily to-do list. If you can't get yourself to guzzle enough H2O, new findings might offer extra motivation: Drinking water can boost your brain power.<br><br>In a study presented Wednesday at the British Psychological Society Annual Conference in London, researchers found that students who brought water into exams performed better than those who didn't. To make sur... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 10:37:00 EST 28 Ways to Boost Energy Instantly http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44427_28_ways_to_boost_energy_instantly 28 Ways to Boost Energy Instantly<br><br>Put down that energy shot! There’s no need to chug crazy canned concoctions or buckets of coffee to get through the day. And better still, that doesn’t mean accepting 3 p.m. drowsiness as unavoidable. We found 28 quick and easy tips to up energy levels — no unpronounceable chemicals required.<br><br>1. Work out midday. When that mid-afternoon energy slump rolls around, hit the gym instead of the sack. Studies suggest working out can actually increase p... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 10:16:00 EST 4 Eating Habits May Help Older Women Maintain Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44413_4_eating_habits_may_help_older_women_maintain_weight_loss 4 Eating Habits May Help Older Women Maintain Weight Loss<br><br>Older women who want to keep off weight — no small feat for many after menopause — might consider four specific eating behaviors, according to new research.<br><br><br>"Losing weight and maintaining a weight loss is incredibly difficult," said Bethany Barone Gibbs, an assistant professor of health and physical activity at the University of Pittsburgh.<br><br>She looked at both short-term and long-term changes made by nearly 500 ... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 11:48:00 EST 5 Things Your Feet Are Telling You About Your Health! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44412_5_things_your_feet_are_telling_you_about_your_health 5 Things Your Feet Are Telling You About Your Health!<br><br>Your feet are amazing diagnostic tools that your doctor can use as clues potentially pointing to a whole host of health problems.<br><br>But you don’t need to be a doctor to understand what your feet are saying about your health — you just need to know what warning signs to look for.<br><br>If you notice any of the following telltale signs or symptoms in your feet, you may want consult your doctor:<br><br>1. Dry, Flaking Skin<br>If ... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 11:38:00 EST Own Up to Your Failures http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44397_own_up_to_your_failures Have you ever had a day where you want a do-over? Where you take a giant eraser (the kind we used to clean the blackboard at school) and just clean the board and start fresh?<br><br>Today is that day for me. I don't know why it started that way. I didn't wake up on the wrong side of the bed. I got a pretty good night's sleep. I didn't kick a dog or a cat last night or not pay my rent or go to bed drunk or anything like that.<br><br>But it started at a 90-degree angle. I always weigh mys... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 17:57:00 EST the devil is made from fire http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44395_the_devil_is_made_from_fire Devil Is Made From Fire<br>Posted: 13 Feb 2016 01:45 AM PST<br>A young man who was trying to find an answer to his questions was searching for people who could answer them. He met lots of them, but neither of them could answer him. One day, he met a Indian scientist and asked him these questions:<br><br>1. Is there God. And if there is, show me his outlines.<br><br>2. What is destiny?<br><br>3. Why is it, that Devil is made from fire and he is placed in hell where everything is made from fire... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 16:07:00 EST A Valentine's Day Message http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44389_a_valentines_day_message <em>342</em> <em>342</em> <em>342</em> <em>342</em> <em>342</em> <em>342</em> <br> Love always creates, it never destroys. In this lies man's only promise.<br>~Leo Buscaglia<br><br>Valentines day is the nemesis of all those who are in love but there is more than the desired amount of them to love! How do we celebrate Valentine's Day? Flowers, OK no harm there. Chocolates, OK no harm with the first piece, maybe the second but when you get to the end of the box, some major da... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 11:52:00 EST Joggers Live Longer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44387_joggers_live_longer Joggers Live Longer<br><br>Jogging regularly could add about six years to your life!<br><br>"The results of our research allow us to definitively answer the question of whether jogging is good for your health," Peter Schnohr, chief cardiologist of the long-term Copenhagen City Heart Study, said in a news release from the European Society of Cardiology. "We can say with certainty that regular jogging increases longevity. The good news is that you don't actually need to do that much to reap the... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 11:09:00 EST Exercise to Help Chronic Fatigue http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44385_exercise_to_help_chronic_fatigue <br>Exercise to Help Chronic Fatigue<br><br><br>Chronic fatigue can be a debilitating condition that makes it difficult to make it through daily activities because you feel so exhausted. While it may be tough at first to muster the energy to exercise, physical activity is one of the most successful ways that people with chronic fatigue syndrome can manage their symptoms.<br><br>What Is Chronic Fatigue? <br>Chronic fatigue syndrome is a condition in which a person lives with severe fatigue tha... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 10:18:00 EST Stay Well Without Breaking the Bank http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44374_stay_well_without_breaking_the_bank Stay Well Without Breaking the Bank<br><br>The buzz about health-care reform hasn't died down since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed by President Obama last year. But although the battle rages on, one thing is clear: The new law is not likely to curb health-care expenditures in the United States. In 2009, the total U.S. health-care bill was $2.5 trillion — about $8,000 dollars per person. And, partly as a result of the population aging, that figure is projected to be ... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 11:38:00 EST Tap Into Beer's Health Benefits http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44373_tap_into_beers_health_benefits Tap Into Beer's Health Benefits<br><br>Beer drinkers, take note: Your favorite pint may be healthier than you realize. When it comes to good-for-you happy hour beverages, we tend to think mainly of red wine and its heart-friendly antioxidants. Recent research, however, reveals that beer may also help what ales you, from reducing the risk of osteoporosis to beating brain fog.<br><br>But before you go on a beer binge, remember that moderation is key to reap its health perks. That means no more ... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 11:15:00 EST Burned Biscuits (Inspiring Story) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44363_burned_biscuits_inspiring_story Burned Biscuits (Inspiring Story)<br>Posted: 12 Feb 2016 02:04 AM PST<br><br><br>When I was a little child, my mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work.<br><br><br>On that evening so long ago, my mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned biscuits in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed! Yet all my dad did was reach for his biscuit, smi... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:42:00 EST Can You Google Your Memory? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44361_can_you_google_your_memory Can You Google Your Memory?<br><br>Before the advent of home computers and cell phones, you probably memorized a lot more information — such as phone numbers and birthdays — than you do now.<br><br>Not surprisingly, a new study has found that the brain just doesn't remember information as well if the person knows that the information has been saved on a computer. What people may remember, however, is where they need to look on the computer to access that information.<br><br>What isn't yet cle... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:52:00 EST Cell Phones Affect Brain Activity http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44359_cell_phones_affect_brain_activity Cell Phones Affect Brain Activity<br><br>Holding a cell phone to your ear for a long period of time increases activity in parts of the brain close to the antenna, researchers have found.<br><br>Glucose metabolism — that’s a measurement of how the brain uses energy — in these areas increased significantly when the phone was turned on and muted, compared with when it was off, Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and colleagues reported in the Journal of the America... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:28:00 EST Check out Thrift Shops for Clothing Bargains in those In-Between Sizes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44352_check_out_thrift_shops_for_clothing_bargains_in_those_inbetween_sizes When I was at my goal weight (100 pounds), I used to take a size 0 in women’s clothing. I’ve packed on 23 pounds since that time, so nothing in my closet fits me anymore and I’m on the hunt for clothing that is either a size 6 or a size 8. Clothing is really expensive these days, and I’m not too interested in paying full price to acquire new items in every size from an 8 to a 0 (especially when I keep hoping I won’t be a size 8, 6, 4, or 2 for too much longer!). However, it is quite a dile... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:46:00 EST Doing it for the right reasons... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44349_doing_it_for_the_right_reasons You know, when I decided to change my life everyone kept asking me, "Why are you changing?" Is it to wear smaller clothes? No. Is it for vanity reasons? No. Is it to get people to stop calling me fat? No <br>It's because I WANTED TO CHANGE! I wanted to feel healthier, happier, more alive before I was dead.<br>So many people make this change for the wrong reason or for someone else, and most of the time it ends up backfiring on them.<br>My words of advice would be, just do it for YOU, no... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 14:54:00 EST Getting Fit With Zumba http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44344_getting_fit_with_zumba Getting Fit With Zumba<br><br><br>Zumba is a workout disguised as a dance party — an effective aerobic exercise delivered with a Latin-inspired beat. With dance classes being the most common choice for the more than 24 million Americans who participate in aerobic fitness classes, it’s no wonder that Zumba has zipped to the top of the list in popularity at gyms and fitness centers across the country.<br><br>Zumba was brought to the United States from South America in 2001 by its creator Albert... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 13:13:00 EST HOW TO SURVIVE SITTING ALL DAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44342_how_to_survive_sitting_all_day Although it’s “just a desk job,” working in an office can wreak absolute havoc on our bodies.<br>If you’re somebody who spends all day at a desk and computer (which I’m guessing applies to a majority of us), you know exactly what I’m talking about.<br>Whether it’s lower back pain, wrist pain, a really tight neck, or a lack of mobility, when we spend all day at a desk to pay the bills, our bodies often get stuck picking up the tab.<br>What can we do to counteract this office life we have to li... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 12:44:00 EST 9 Amazing Reasons Women Should Lift Weights http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44339_9_amazing_reasons_women_should_lift_weights 9 Amazing Reasons Women Should Lift Weights<br><br>Judy Smith of New York City works out at Uplift Fitness, a women’s-only gym where the classes focus on strength training just as much as calorie-blasting cardio, to boost her bone density while she tones her body. “The cardio is important, obviously, but strength is just as important,” she says. “All these studies say it’s important for bone density, it’s important when you age to make sure you have muscle mass, and you’re maintaining that mu... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 12:31:00 EST The 21 Germiest Places You're Not Cleaning http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44324_the_21_germiest_places_youre_not_cleaning The 21 Germiest Places You're Not Cleaning<br> <br>People avoid touching the obviously dirty things—toilet bowls, garbage cans, anything in a public restroom. But for every well-known nasty, there are a host of under-the-radar threats we put in our mouths, roll around on all night, and regularly rub on our faces. In an effort to keep clean, happy, and healthy, here are 21 surprisingly dirty things and what to do about them.<br><br>Secret Hotspots for Bacteria<br><br>Kitchen<br><br>Sponges<br>... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 11:28:00 EST The 21 Germiest Places You're Not Cleaning http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44323_the_21_germiest_places_youre_not_cleaning The 21 Germiest Places You're Not Cleaning<br><br><br>People avoid touching the obviously dirty things — toilet bowls, garbage cans, anything in a public restroom. But for every well-known nasty, there are a host of under-the-radar threats we put in our mouths, roll around on all night, and regularly rub on our faces. In an effort to keep clean, happy, and healthy, here are 21 surprisingly dirty things and what to do about them.<br><br><br>Kitchen<br>Sponges<br>It'<BR>s easy for bacteria and ... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 11:23:00 EST SECRET TO MY SUCCESS http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44318_secret_to_my_success I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 08:53:00 EST Sitting Too Long Raises Death Risk http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44302_sitting_too_long_raises_death_risk Sitting Too Long Raises Death Risk<br><br>According to a new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, sitting for long periods increases your risk of all-cause early death. (Now would definitely be the time to stand up.)<br><br>In the study, researchers followed 222,497 Australian adults for several years. Over the course of the study, participants who sat for more than 11 hours a day had the highest risk for all-cause mortality, followed by those who sat between 8 and 11 hours d... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 11:31:00 EST Live Long and Be Positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44301_live_long_and_be_positive Live Long and Be Positive<br><br>Patients with coronary heart disease who have positive expectations about recovery, expressing beliefs such as "I can still live a long and healthy life," had greater long-term survival, researchers reported.<br><br>Among a cohort of almost 3,000 patients undergoing coronary angiography, those with the highest expectations for outcomes actually had the best outcomes, Dr. John C. Barefoot, and colleagues from Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C.<br><b... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 11:28:00 EST When people make you feel unwanted, http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44288_when_people_make_you_feel_unwanted When people make you feel unwanted, don't <br><br>leave to make them feel sad or guilty, they <br><br>won't. Leave because you no longer have a <br><br>reason to stay. Sometimes you have to be <br><br>strong for yourself. What’s meant to be will end <br><br>up good and what’s not - won’t. Love is worth <br><br>fighting for, but sometimes you can’t be the <br><br>only one fighting. At times, people need to fight <br><br>for you. If they don’t, you just have to move on <br><br>and realize what ... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 15:07:00 EST Why Do We Yawn – and Why Is Yawning So Contagious? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44285_why_do_we_yawn_and_why_is_yawning_so_contagious Why Do We Yawn – and Why Is Yawning So Contagious?<br>.<br>You’re in a meeting at work, driving, or relaxing at home, and you just think about yawning — the next thing you know, your mouth is stretching wide, you’re inhaling deeply, and you don’t even really know why. Has reading this made you yawn yet?<br><br>If the answer’s yes, it’s not because this article is boring you (we hope). Scientists know that the simple act of thinking about yawning can trigger the part of the brain, the hypothal... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 12:29:00 EST Vaccinations Aren't Just for Kids http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44283_vaccinations_arent_just_for_kids Vaccinations Aren't Just for Kids<br><br> Public health experts often focus immunization awareness efforts toward protecting children, and with good reason: Facing a potentially bewildering schedule of vaccinations for their young ones, parents usually need all the help they can get.<br><br>But vaccinations aren't just kid stuff.<br><br>Medical science is creating an increasing number of immunizations targeted at adults, to help them avoid life-threatening diseases in middle-age and opportuni... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 11:44:00 EST Things are not always what they Seem http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44267_things_are_not_always_what_they_seem Two travelling angels stopped to spend the night in the home of a wealthy family.<br><br>The family was rude and refused to let the angels stay in the mansion’s guest room.<br><br>Instead the angels were given a small space in the cold basement.<br><br>As they made their bed on the hard floor, the older angel saw a hole in the wall and repaired it.<br><br>When the younger angel asked why, the older angel replied,<br><br>“Things aren’t always what they seem.”<br><br>The next night the pair cam... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 14:43:00 EST 6 Ways to Take a Mental Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44262_6_ways_to_take_a_mental_vacation 6 Ways to Take a Mental Vacation<br><br><br>Small stressors can quickly add up to major stress and one big stressful event can send you reeling, with no idea of how to start addressing it. If you could just get away for a little stress relief, you know you would be okay. But too few of us have the time — or the money — to run off on an impromptu vacation.<br><br>Well, you don't have to spend a dime or go anywhere other than a quiet spot nearby to take a mental vacation.<br><br>Stress Relief: ... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 11:19:00 EST How To Lead a Well-Balanced Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44261_how_to_lead_a_wellbalanced_life How To Lead a Well-Balanced Life<br><br>Everyone longs to be healthy and happy. After all, what's the point in working hard toward a long and healthy life if you can't enjoy it? While focusing on a healthy lifestyle by exercising and eating right is great for your body, balanced living means protecting your mental and emotional health, too. And stress reduction needs to be at the top of your to-do list.<br><br>Balanced Living: Making the Commitment<br><br>Balanced living means considering all... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 11:16:00 EST Guy Kept Complaining About Her Service For No Reason. But His Girlfriend’s Response Is Perfect. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44251_guy_kept_complaining_about_her_service_for_no_reason_but_his_girlfriends_response_is_perfect <br>Guy Kept Complaining About Her Service For No Reason. But His Girlfriend’s Response Is Perfect.<br>Posted: 06 Feb 2016 01:32 AM PST<br>(It is a busy Saturday night. During the dinner rush, I have been dealing with a table of two 2o-somethings on a date. The guy, a blonde, had found something to complain about every time I've walked by. Meanwhile the brown-haired girl just blushes and stays quiet. They've finished their meal.)<br><br>Blonde Man: "Are you new here?"<br><br>Me: "No, sir. I'v... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 14:22:00 EST How To Lead a Well-Balanced Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44250_how_to_lead_a_wellbalanced_life How To Lead a Well-Balanced Life<br><br>Everyone longs to be healthy and happy. After all, what's the point in working hard toward a long and healthy life if you can't enjoy it? While focusing on a healthy lifestyle by exercising and eating right is great for your body, balanced living means protecting your mental and emotional health, too. And stress reduction needs to be at the top of your to-do list.<br><br>Balanced Living: Making the Commitment<br><br>Balanced living means considering all... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 12:28:00 EST Walk the Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44249_walk_the_walk When there is a will, there is always a way.<br><br>It's simple: A good thirty minute walk is all you need to get the heart pumping and improve your cardio.<br>*******************<br>********<BR>******************<br>**********<br>I have found that eating protein with every single meal will hold me over and satisfy my hunger until the next snack or meal. <br><br>Never skip breakfast. Never ever skip breakfast. Your metabolism needs a boost in the morning after your body has been dormant duing... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 12:06:00 EST How Not to Overtrain During Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44248_how_not_to_overtrain_during_exercise How Not to Overtrain During Exercise<br><br><br>So you've finally gotten motivated to exercise, and now you're spending hours at the gym, sweating off the pounds and conditioning your body. But how are you feeling? If you're constantly sore, stiff, uncomfortable, and tired, you might be overtraining and injuring yourself.<br><br>Exercise Overload: Why You Shouldn’t Overtrain<br><br>Too much high-intensity exercise can harm your body, so be careful not to overtrain. Here are some warning signs... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 11:34:00 EST A man is truly a man when he wins the love of a good woman http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44230_a_man_is_truly_a_man_when_he_wins_the_love_of_a_good_woman A man is truly a man when he wins the love of a good woman, earns her RESPECT, and keeps her TRUST.<br><br>A man who shows respect and good manners to all at all times, will win the heart of a woman he loves and this woman will want to respect him, and if he continues showing her respect and good manners, he will never lose her respect and trust but this goes to say about anyone’s trust and respect as unfortunately many times people show respect and trust until they think they possess/own the... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 15:44:00 EST Eat Right To Fight Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44229_eat_right_to_fight_stress Eat Right To Fight Stress<br><br><br>Most of us recognize that certain foods have brutal effects on the brain—for productivity, mood and mental energy. Too much chocolate can leave you dragging after the sugar and caffeine jolts fade away. An overdose of salty chips dehydrates the body and the brain, bringing on fatigue. High fat meals raise stress hormone levels and keep them high.<br><br>The problem is that these are precisely the foods we reach for at exactly the wrong times, as they exace... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 12:55:00 EST Increase Fruits and Vegetables http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44227_increase_fruits_and_vegetables Increase Fruits and Vegetables<br><br>Many families struggle with not having easy access to fresh produce. Is this keeping you from getting your family the daily recommended amount of fruits and vegetables?<br><br>If finding healthy produce is hard for you, it is probably hard for others in your community. Organize group trips to grocery stores that may be farther away but offer the foods you need. Or show the demand for fruits and vegetables in your area and organize a farmer’s market closer... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 12:33:00 EST Check out Thrift Shops for Clothing Bargains in those In-Between Sizes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44221_check_out_thrift_shops_for_clothing_bargains_in_those_inbetween_sizes When I was at my goal weight (100 pounds), I used to take a size 0 in women’s clothing. I’ve packed on 23 pounds since that time, so nothing in my closet fits me anymore and I’m on the hunt for clothing that is either a size 6 or a size 8. Clothing is really expensive these days, and I’m not too interested in paying full price to acquire new items in every size from an 8 to a 0 (especially when I keep hoping I won’t be a size 8, 6, 4, or 2 for too much longer!). However, it is quite a dile... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 06:51:00 EST My Continuing Education http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44217_my_continuing_education <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <br>Completed continuing education this afternoon<br><br><br>My professions require that I attend continuing education classes every year. In looking back on today's program, it is not unlike participating in Spark People. A great percentage of the information presented is something that I already knew but the seminar brings it to the forefront of my consciousness. Similarly, the inform... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 18:34:00 EST An At-Home Boxing Workout for Women http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44210_an_athome_boxing_workout_for_women An At-Home Boxing Workout for Women<br><br><br><br>"Jab, right punch, hook, uppercut!"<br><br>Four-time world champion boxer Jaime Clampitt (pictured) calls out the four basic boxing punches, nodding encouragement as I swing my way through the air. When she turns her back to me to demonstrate the moves, it's easy to see how she got the nickname — "The Hurricane" — during her 20-year boxing career.<br><br>Once my basic technique was passable, Clampitt handed me a pair of pink weighted gloves (... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 12:32:00 EST The 5 Best Full Body Exercises http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44208_the_5_best_full_body_exercises The 5 Best Full Body Exercises<br><br>Learn how to burn fat and get fit fast with these full body exercises.<br><br><br>In the episodes How To Lose Fat Quickly and How To Build Muscle, we learn that there is one distinct similarity between both fat-burning and muscle-building goals: They each require the use of full body, multiple-joint exercises that activate many muscles at the same time.<br><br>When it comes to full body exercises, some are more effective than others, so in this article, y... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 11:58:00 EST If the shoe fits... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44201_if_the_shoe_fits For many people, finding a shoe that fits properly can be a frustrating and time- consuming process. Because many people have subtle abnormalities of their feet, the process of finding a proper fitting shoe can be difficult. There are few simple guidelines that, if followed, can make the process a bit more tolerable. There are several good shoes on the market, some of them even have styles you may like. With the availability of Internet shopping, the process of finding shoes for the hard-to-f... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 23:50:00 EST Dear Obnoxious People, http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44198_dear_obnoxious_people Dear Obnoxious People,<br><br>Yes, I am an introvert. No, I'm not shy. No, I'm <br><br>not stuck up. No, I'm not antisocial. I'm just l<br><br>listening. I'm just observing. I can't stand small <br><br>talk... But I'll talk about life for hours. I'd rather <br><br>be home with a close friend or two than among <br><br>a crowd of acquaintances. Don't scold me in <br><br>public. Don't embarrass me in public. Respect <br><br>that I am reserved. And if I open myself up to <br><br>you, know that me... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 13:58:00 EST Are Your Workout Clothes Affecting Your Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44194_are_your_workout_clothes_affecting_your_progress We have all heard the saying dress for success. The same rings true when you pick out your clothes for your workout. Now I am not telling you that you have to go to the gym like you are about to walk the runway.<br>However, taking pride in how you look even when it comes to going to the gym can have an amazing boost on your confidence and make you work a little harder the next time you go to the gym.<br>Did you know that there was a term for this very thing? It is called, “enclothed cogni... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 12:03:00 EST Surprising Ways to Burn Calories This Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44192_surprising_ways_to_burn_calories_this_summer Surprising Ways to Burn Calories This Summer<br><br>Break out of the gym rut and venture outdoors this summer to burn calories while you enjoy the s<br><br>Why spend your summer exercising indoors at the gym when there are so many fun activities you can enjoy outside? Doug Schnitzspahn, editor in chief of Elevation Outdoors magazine in Boulder, Colo., spends his days focused on outdoor activities for his Rocky Mountain readers. When he’s not at the office, he’s taking advantage of the mountai... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 11:04:00 EST Midlife Fitness May Delay Chronic Disease http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44191_midlife_fitness_may_delay_chronic_disease Midlife Fitness May Delay Chronic Disease<br><br>Characteristics among men that were associated with an increased likelihood of developing chronic conditions were total cholesterol, body mass index, systolic blood pressure, glucose level, and smoking.<br><br><br>Don't Miss This<br><br>Being physically fit during middle age significantly lowers the burden of chronic disease in later life, an observational study suggested.<br><br>Men in the highest quintile of fitness as measured in metabolic e... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 10:33:00 EST Sometimes My Mind Controls http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44186_sometimes_my_mind_controls Sometimes I just feel fat. It is nothing that I can do about it; it is just how I feel. Even though my clothes fit the same; the feeling of being fat comes over me and I can not control it. No matter what I see in the mirror, my mind tells me that I am fat. I am in no way overweight and have never been. I weigh more than I want to weigh for my own personal reasons, but I still sometimes feel fat. I can not understand where these feeling originate. I have been searching for reasons that... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 08:30:00 EST 9 Amazing Reasons Women Should Lift Weights http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44173_9_amazing_reasons_women_should_lift_weights 9 Amazing Reasons Women Should Lift Weights<br><br><br>Judy Smith of New York City works out at Uplift Fitness, a women’s-only gym where the classes focus on strength training just as much as calorie-blasting cardio, to boost her bone density while she tones her body. “The cardio is important, obviously, but strength is just as important,” she says. “All these studies say it’s important for bone density, it’s important when you age to make sure you have muscle mass, and you’re maintaining tha... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 11:28:00 EST Say Good-Bye to Your Love Handles http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44170_say_goodbye_to_your_love_handles Say Good-Bye to Your Love Handles<br><br>If you're not in love with your muffin top, use this easy guide to amp up your cardio to burn those fat pockets and sculpt the muscles that lie beneath.<br><br>Key Takeaways<br>Crunches will help tone your muscles, but love handles don't contain any muscle; they are made of fat. To burn fat, you need to follow a healthy diet and a rigorous cardiovascular exercise program.<br><br>Experts recommend doing 30 to 45 minutes of cardio exercise three to four ... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 10:55:00 EST Once You Start To Embrace Being Alone, http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44154_once_you_start_to_embrace_being_alone Once You Start To Embrace Being Alone, These 10 Things Will Happen<br>Posted: 01 Feb 2016 02:16 AM PST<br><br><br>A lot of people tend to view "being alone" as boring. They think it means they're anti-social or unwanted. The reality is, being alone definitely isn't a bad thing. Once you embrace solitude, plenty of benefits begin to surface. I'm not saying you need to go live in the woods and abandon society; no one can argue the benefits and the fun that come along with fulfilling relationshi... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 14:40:00 EST Are Artificial Sweeteners Really Going to Kill Me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44152_are_artificial_sweeteners_really_going_to_kill_me <br>Are Artificial Sweeteners Really Going to Kill Me?<br><br><br>Type “artificial sweetener” into any Internet search engine and expect to be inundated with a barrage of false claims. These unsubstantiated side effects include (but are certainly not limited to): anxiety, blindness, obesity, suicidal ideation, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, hypothyroidism, chronic fatigue, personality changes, elevated blood pressure, migraines, hypoglycemia, menstrual abnormalities, and “irrevers... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 11:56:00 EST Smartphone Apps Can Make Workouts More Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44149_smartphone_apps_can_make_workouts_more_fun Smartphone Apps Can Make Workouts More Fun<br><br>The zombie apocalypse isn't upon you. You're just taking part in the latest fitness craze -- smartphone apps that make a fun and interactive game out of your daily workout.<br><br>Software developers are taking advantage of smartphones' advanced technology -- GPS, accelerometers, MP3 players -- to create "immersive" fitness games that appeal to both avid and reluctant exercisers.<br><br>It's part of an overall trend in the fitness industry tow... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 10:55:00 EST 7 Things Men Really Want In A Relationship. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44134_7_things_men_really_want_in_a_relationship <br>7 Things Men Really Want In A Relationship.<br>Posted: 30 Jan 2016 11:27 PM PST<br><br><br>We have often written about how to impress women and what they, now its time we talk about what men like and need in their relationships. Men are often reluctant to discuss things they need emotionally and prefer to be quiet and suffer inside, but as a wonderful partner you probably want to know what your man really needs from your relationship. Here are some obvious needs for men:<br><br>• Apprecia... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 14:30:00 EST 6 Tips to Prevent Back Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44129_6_tips_to_prevent_back_pain 6 Tips to Prevent Back Pain<br><br>Back pain can be the result of trauma, such as a fall or a car accident. But most often back pain is the result of an everyday activity done incorrectly — activities as common as twisting to reach or lift an object, sitting at a computer in the same position for hours, bending over to vacuum, and carrying shopping bags. The good news is that back pain prevention isn't all that difficult, often requiring just a few adjustments that will soon become second nat... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 11:00:00 EST Toning Shoes: Do They Really Work? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44128_toning_shoes_do_they_really_work Toning Shoes: Do They Really Work?<br><br>Now all types of unusual-looking fitness shoes are on the shelves, promising to firm up your thighs and butt as you walk. Choices include the Reebok EasyTone, Skechers Shape-Ups, and New Balance True Balance toning shoes. For toning up in warm weather, there are Reebok EasyTone Flip Flops, FitFlop toning sandals, and Skechers Tone-ups. Some companies, including FitFlop, also make toning boots as well as shoes and clogs.<br><br>Related: 10 Ways to Exer... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 10:26:00 EST Random tips I use to stay on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44119_random_tips_i_use_to_stay_on_track So everyone knows that the bottom line to losing weight is to take in less calories than you burn. That said, there are a million variables. Your metabolism, health, fitness, amount you need to lose etc... will make the challenge different for everyone. I think it's awesome when I read a story that someone decided to lose weight, formed a plan, and bam! A year later they are where they want to be. My journey has been much more up and down. Two years later I'm still not where I want to be but ... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 19:10:00 EST NEAT Exercises for Couch Potatoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44110_neat_exercises_for_couch_potatoes NEAT Exercises for Couch Potatoes<br><br>Simply moving more and sitting less can boost your health because of the calorie burning called NEAT, or non-exercise activity thermogenesis. “It takes energy — calories — to move even the smallest muscle,” says Polly de Mille, RN, an exercise physiologist with the Women’s Sports Medicine Center at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. “For example, you burn about 1.5 calories per minute just lying still while your body performs its most b... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 11:11:00 EST 7 Signs Your Relationship Worths Keeping http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44096_7_signs_your_relationship_worths_keeping <br>7 Signs Your Relationship Worths Keeping<br>Posted: 29 Jan 2016 01:21 AM PST<br>We can sometimes wonder if our relationship is worth saving. No relationship is perfect, but that does not mean you should end it because of inevitable ups and downs. There may be several issues on which you don’t agree, but often opposites attract. In spite of having several differences if you notice the following signs this relationship is worth keeping and don’t let her/him go:<br><br><br><br>• He/She is on... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 16:54:00 EST Reflections on Happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44091_reflections_on_happiness I was having a conversation with a good friend and she mentioned that she didn't think that she will ever be happy in life. I felt sad and started to think about what I consider happiness. It made me wonder if happiness is something that we choose or something that is automatic. It made me wonder if I choose to be happy in circumstances or if I chose the opposite. What makes me happy? That is the question I asked myself. I think what makes me happy is just being alive and able to move ... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 11:57:00 EST 6 Tips to Prevent Back Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44088_6_tips_to_prevent_back_pain 6 Tips to Prevent Back Pain<br><br>Back pain can be the result of trauma, such as a fall or a car accident. But most often back pain is the result of an everyday activity done incorrectly — activities as common as twisting to reach or lift an object, sitting at a computer in the same position for hours, bending over to vacuum, and carrying shopping bags. The good news is that back pain prevention isn't all that difficult, often requiring just a few adjustments that will soon become second nat... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 09:51:00 EST Get Motivated With a Fitness Role Model http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44087_get_motivated_with_a_fitness_role_model Get Motivated With a Fitness Role Model<br><br>When starting a workout plan, it can be tough to stay motivated. At first, it's hard to see the benefits that you're getting from exercise, and the big benefits — better heart health, reduced risk of diabetes, weight loss — can take even more time to notice. You know a routine is good for you and that in the end it will all be worth it, but it's hard to stick to it when you can't see the results. Having a fitness role model can help keep you on t... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 09:45:00 EST Check out Thrift Shops for Clothing Bargains in those In-Between Sizes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44083_check_out_thrift_shops_for_clothing_bargains_in_those_inbetween_sizes When I was at my goal weight (100 pounds), I used to take a size 0 in women’s clothing. I’ve packed on 23 pounds since that time, so nothing in my closet fits me anymore and I’m on the hunt for clothing that is either a size 6 or a size 8. Clothing is really expensive these days, and I’m not too interested in paying full price to acquire new items in every size from an 8 to a 0 (especially when I keep hoping I won’t be a size 8, 6, 4, or 2 for too much longer!). However, it is quite a dile... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 06:00:00 EST These 24 Socrates Quotes Will Make You Question Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44076_these_24_socrates_quotes_will_make_you_question_life These 24 Socrates Quotes Will Make You Question Life<br>T<br><br><br>Socrates was one of the most influential philosophers of all time. His writings are not only inspirational, but they will make you question life in a very unique way.<br>Here are 24 Socrates quotes that will make you question life:<br>1) “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”<br>2) “The unexamined life is not worth living.”<br>3) “There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.”<br>4) “I cannot te... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 15:21:00 EST Pilates: A Mind-Body Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44068_pilates_a_mindbody_exercise Pilates: A Mind-Body Exercise<br><br><br>Pilates is a fitness workout that builds flexibility, strength, and endurance without adding muscle mass by focusing primarily on the abdominal, hip, and back muscles, called the body's "core" muscles. It was created more than 90 years ago by Joseph H. Pilates, a German athlete who devised his own exercise technique after studying yoga, Zen, and the physical training used by the ancient Greeks and Romans. Pilates was also a proponent of the mind-body c... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 10:41:00 EST WHAT IS WORKING FOR ME http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44064_what_is_working_for_me I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 08:48:00 EST Managing my IBS http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44058_managing_my_ibs I am busy trying to manage my irritable bowl syndrome. I started having problems about three years ago after having a stomach virus that put me in the hospital. My stomach has not been the same since that incident. I am still trying to figure out what sets my symptoms off occasionally. I can usually manage, but every once in a while it gets really bad and today and this week is one of those times. It feels awful and I crave salt during this period. irritable bowl syndrome can last a week ... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 21:06:00 EST When God Created Woman http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44056_when_god_created_woman When God Created Woman<br><br>By the time the Lord made mothers, He was into the sixth day working overtime. An Angel appeared and said “Why are you spending so much time on this one?”<br>And the Lord answered and said, “Have you read the spec sheet on her? She has to be completely washable, but not elastic; have 200 movable parts, all replaceable; run on black coffee and leftovers; have a lap that can hold three children at one time and that disappears when she stands up; have a kiss that ca... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 17:35:00 EST Design Your Best Workout Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44052_design_your_best_workout_plan Design Your Best Workout Plan<br><br>If you aren't getting at least 30 minutes of vigorous activity every day, pick a workout plan that works for you and get started.<br><br>Designing a Plan That Fits Your Needs<br><br>Here are some factors to consider when creating a fitness routine:<br><br>Pick something you like. Your chances of sticking to a workout plan that you don't enjoy are slim. "After every workout you should ask yourself, 'Did I enjoy this activity and how it made me feel?' If not... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 11:18:00 EST Exercise to Help Chronic Fatigue http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44051_exercise_to_help_chronic_fatigue Exercise to Help Chronic Fatigue<br><br>Chronic fatigue can be a debilitating condition that makes it difficult to make it through daily activities because you feel so exhausted. While it may be tough at first to muster the energy to exercise, physical activity is one of the most successful ways that people with chronic fatigue syndrome can manage their symptoms.<br><br>What Is Chronic Fatigue? <br>Chronic fatigue syndrome is a condition in which a person lives with severe fatigue that isn't ... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 10:57:00 EST In Honor of National Spouses Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44035_in_honor_of_national_spouses_day <br><br>15 Ways To Keep A Relationship Working (advice)<br><br><br><br>1. Love each other<br><br>2. Don't lie<br><br>3. Keep communication open<br><br>4. Stay sweet<br><br>5. When you get hurt just forgive and forget<br><br>6. Never talk about break-ups<br><br>7. Never say it's okay even when it's not<br><br>8. Forget about "pride"<br><br>9. If you say sorry mean it<br><br>10. Don't compare your past with your present<br><br>11. Don't talk about your stupid ex's<br><br>12. Give and take proce... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 14:50:00 EST Teen Drinkers, Pot Smokers at Raised Risk of Concussion http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44027_teen_drinkers_pot_smokers_at_raised_risk_of_concussion Teen Drinkers, Pot Smokers at Raised Risk of Concussion<br><br>Canadian researchers found that of nearly 9,000 Ontario adolescents, 20 percent said they'd previously had a concussion, and almost 6 percent had suffered at least one in the past year.<br><br>Sports accounted for more than half of those recent concussions, according to findings reported in a research letter in the June 26 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.<br><br>And teens who drank alcohol or smoked pot at... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 10:03:00 EST Running 101: 8 Basic Types of Runs http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44026_running_101_8_basic_types_of_runs Running 101: 8 Basic Types of Runs<br><br><br>There are eight basic types of runs that are practiced by runners of all levels everywhere. These evolved through a global trial-and-error process over many decades. They survived because they work. If you want to get the most out of the time you devote to training, you will need to learn and practice them, too. You can add all kinds of wrinkles to these formats — for example by combining two of them within a single session — but even in their mos... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 09:56:00 EST 13 Tips For Safe Running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44006_13_tips_for_safe_running 13 Tips For Safe Running<br><br>When I was training for my last race I went running on a back road of east San Diego with a friend. We were half way through our ten-mile loop when a truck driving toward us blew out a tire. The hubcap shot like a bullet across the street and the truck swerved into the bike lane. We immediately jumped into the dirt on the side to take cover from what we later joked the “thee wheeled circus.” Luckily the truck was 100 feet out in front of us rather than 10 feet ... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 10:36:00 EST How Fit Are You? A Fitness Test for Adults http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44003_how_fit_are_you_a_fitness_test_for_adults How Fit Are You? A Fitness Test for Adults<br><br>You owe it to yourself to make fitness a priority. Physical fitness can help prevent more than 40 chronic diseases including potential killers such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, hypertension, and even cancer.<br><br>But how do you know whether you're fit? Your overall fitness is a measure of four physical abilities — endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility — and body composition or body mass index (BMI). BMI tracks height and weig... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 10:19:00 EST I Quit TV http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43996_i_quit_tv 7 years ago, my wife and I had felt we had enough of commercials and crummy shows, so we decided to have our satellite dish disconnected. Now, we very rarely watch something online. We do rent DVD's from Netflix, and I rent them from a local store.<br><br>What had happened was that I found that I would get angry at the ads, angry about the material. Like how if you're watching something, they'll tell you something you might want to see is coming right up. Then, they stretch it out till the ... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 23:20:00 EST Running Made Smarter, Not Harder http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43979_running_made_smarter_not_harder Running Made Smarter, Not Harder<br><br>You don't have to log hours at the gym to improve your running speed and your overall health. In fact, all it takes is about half an hour a day if you use the right method, according a study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology.<br><br>Danish researchers tested the concept, called 10-20-30 training, with 18 runners. The technique involves a 1 kilometer warmup, then three to four blocks of five-minute periods of running followed by two minutes ... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 11:26:00 EST Cooler Hands Might Boost Your Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43978_cooler_hands_might_boost_your_workout Cooler Hands Might Boost Your Workout<br><br><br>Cooling the palms of the hands while working out helped obese women exercise longer, reports researcher Stacy Sims, a research scientist and exercise physiologist at Stanford University School of Medicine.<br><br>She was to present her findings Tuesday at the American Heart Association's Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism scientific sessions in San Diego.<br><br>"If you think about adipose [fat] tissue, it's... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 11:02:00 EST The faithful dog a touching story http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43968_the_faithful_dog_a_touching_story he Faithful Dog - A Touching Story<br><br><br><br>BEAUTIFUL STORY<br><br>There is a story of a woman who had a faithful dog. This dog was so faithful that the woman could leave her baby with it and go out to attend other matters. She always returned to find the child soundly asleep with the dog faithfully watching over him.<br><br>One day something tragic happened. The woman as usual, left the baby in the “hands” of this faithful dog and went out shopping. When she returned, she discovered ra... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 14:49:00 EST Too Much Exercise Delays Pregnancy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43965_too_much_exercise_delays_pregnancy Too Much Exercise Delays Pregnancy<br><br> Exercise is a plus for women trying to become pregnant, but overdoing workouts might make it harder to conceive — unless you're overweight, researchers report.<br><br>Usually a risk factor for most health problems, being overweight or obese didn't hinder fertility in heavy women who logged vigorous workouts — running, fast cycling and aerobics. However, healthy-weight women who performed more intense workouts were more likely to experience delays bec... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 11:09:00 EST Exercise Might Boost Kids' Academic Ability http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43962_exercise_might_boost_kids_academic_ability Exercise Might Boost Kids' Academic Ability<br><br><br>— Promoting physical activity among young school kids can end up improving their academic performance, a new study suggests.<br><br>Italian researchers tracked 138 children aged 8 through 11 who took mental acuity tests under a series of conditions that sometimes involved physical activity and sometimes did not.<br><br>"Schoolteachers frequently claim that students lose attention and concentration with prolonged periods of academic instru... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 10:36:00 EST Check out Thrift Shops for Clothing Bargains in those In-Between Sizes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43958_check_out_thrift_shops_for_clothing_bargains_in_those_inbetween_sizes When I was at my goal weight (100 pounds), I used to take a size 0 in women’s clothing. I’ve packed on 23 pounds since that time, so nothing in my closet fits me anymore and I’m on the hunt for clothing that is either a size 6 or a size 8. Clothing is really expensive these days, and I’m not too interested in paying full price to acquire new items in every size from an 8 to a 0 (especially when I keep hoping I won’t be a size 8, 6, 4, or 2 for too much longer!). However, it is quite a dile... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 05:54:00 EST Mending A Broken Spirit http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43955_mending_a_broken_spirit How does one mend a broken spirit? I have research the web but most of the answers go back to time. I guess living in a right now world really bothers the psyche. I guess to better explain it, I want to instantly be healed of my broken life spirit & heart. <br><br>It goes back to earlier in my life when I dreamed dreams of a handsome husband & being a wife & mother. I want the romance the love that only seemed to be made in movies. I guess I should looked beyond the "the end" part huh?<br><br... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 22:45:00 EST I am an engineer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43954_i_am_an_engineer An engineer was crossing a road one-day when a frog called out to him and said, "If you kiss me, I'll turn into a beautiful princess."<br><br>He bent over, picked up the frog and put it in his pocket. <br>The frog spoke up again and said, "If you kiss me and turn me back into a beautiful princess, I will stay with you for one week."<br><br>The engineer took the frog out of his pocket, smiled at it and returned it to the pocket.<br><br>The frog then cried out, "If you kiss me and turn me back ... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 20:09:00 EST Is Barefoot Running Really Better? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43941_is_barefoot_running_really_better Is Barefoot Running Really Better?<br><br>A growing number of runners are ditching their shoes to hit the trails barefoot or in minimalist shoes — even though the benefits haven't been proven. Should you join the minimalist movement?<br><br><br>If you enjoy running, chances are good you’ve seen a fellow runner at a race or out on the road recently with a pair of sock-style minimalist running shoes — or running without any shoes at all. This trend, which was popularized by journalist Chistophe... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 10:23:00 EST Can You See The Finish Line http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43934_can_you_see_the_finish_line I can.. As we travel this road to a better way of living .. Can you see the finish line...? Come on.. Look closely.. Yup right there... We get so focused and want something right now.. When is reality He is saying wait.. It is in my time not yours.. You have to take a moment and focus.. It took all of us time and not just a day or a week but months or years.. Now it is our time.. Do not get on the scale every day.. You will loose the sight that you need to go for this.. It takes time and time... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 20:52:00 EST True Love Will Always Find it’s Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43931_true_love_will_always_find_its_way True Love Will Always Find it’s Way<br><br><br><br>This guy from England and this girl from India met online, and gradually began to chat to each other regularly and became good friends<br><br>After a few months, they expressed their love for each other. They were happily inlove for a few weeks, until one day suddenly the girl stopped responding to the guys messages.<br><br>He waited and waited ..<br><br>Weeks passed, and he still sat by his internet awaiting her message, but nothing..<br><br... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 16:12:00 EST