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 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 TITLE: THE BEST KEPT SECRET IN THE BIBLE http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43929_title_the_best_kept_secret_in_the_bible TITLE: THE BEST KEPT SECRET IN THE BIBLE<br><br>Subtitle: THE LIFESTYLE SECRET THAT CAN TURN YOUR LIFE AROUND!<br><br> <br><br>It seems that a lot of people today are seeking some deep, dark secret which has been hidden from the masses; one which if used, will provide instant gratification for the one wise enough to recognize it’s worth. The tabloids constantly pander to such expectations—promising astounding weight losses from certain fad diets, fortunes to be gained by following the advice ... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 14:29:00 EST Runners May Live Longer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43918_runners_may_live_longer Runners May Live Longer<br><br>But there is likely a tipping point, concluded the authors of another new study that looked at the cardiovascular health of endurance athletes, when the heart no longer benefits and may even suffer damage.<br><br>The first study, by researchers from the University of South Carolina and the Ochsner Health System, in New Orleans, was presented Saturday at the American College of Sports Medicine meeting, in San Francisco. It analyzed the link between running and ca... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 09:20:00 EST Can Exercise Control Back Pain? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43916_can_exercise_control_back_pain Can Exercise Control Back Pain?<br><br>10 Rules for Exercising When You're Sick<br><br>Most people know regular exercise will improve their appearance and general health, but few realize the positive effects that good physical conditioning can have on their low back pain. Many studies show dramatic improvements of low back pain in individuals who are physically fit. In addition, the person in good physical shape is much less likely than the average person to injure their back during work or d... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 08:49:00 EST 10 Ways to be happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43908_10_ways_to_be_happy <br><br>1) Accept the things you can’t change. If you can and want to change them, do it.<br><br>2) Let go of the people who are holding you down. If you considered them, you already know who these people are.<br><br>3) Blast your favorite upbeat song and sing at the top of your lungs, dancing as you go.<br><br>4) Go for a run. A nice, long run. Run until you feel good; at the very least, you will be tired enough that the feelings will seem less major.<br><br>5) Call someone you love. Just he... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 17:46:00 EST Don't throw in the towel http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43903_dont_throw_in_the_towel Do not throw in the towel when things get rough, you're having a bad day, you've messed up your eating plan or your exercise plans have been derailed. Bad days will happen, bad weeks will happen and even bad years will happen. You must continue to fight and live the healthy eating and physical fitness lifestyle. <br><br>Children hinder us from our goals, partners i.e. husbands, boyfriends, girlfriends, and jobs can hinder us from doing the things we know we should be doing, but do not thro... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 14:43:00 EST Is the P90X Workout Right for You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43896_is_the_p90x_workout_right_for_you <br>Is the P90X Workout Right for You?<br><br>The 5-Minute HIIT Workout You Need to Try<br><br>P90X, the intense home fitness program by Beachbody, has become wildly popular for its convenience and quick results. Not for the faint of heart — the “X” stands for extreme — the 90-day cycle requires strength training, toning, and cardio workouts six days a week for an hour at a time. If you can stick with the plan, the fitness guru behind P90X, Tony Horton, says you’ll be “absolutely ripped” by t... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 09:10:00 EST The Best Strength Training Exercises For Runners http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43893_the_best_strength_training_exercises_for_runners <br><br><br>The Best Strength Training Exercises For Runners<br><br>Get the Most Out of Your Cardio Workout<br><br>FRIDAY, Aug. 26 (HealthDay News) — Aerobic exercise is better than resistance training if you want to lose the belly fat that poses a serious threat to your health, researchers say.<br><br>That's the finding of their eight-month study that compared the effectiveness of aerobic exercise (such as jogging), resistance training (such as weight lifting), or a combination of the two ac... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 08:45:00 EST If she tell you you are an idiot http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43885_if_she_tell_you_you_are_an_idiot <br><br><br>She doesn’t say ‘I love you’ like a normal person. Instead, she’ll laugh, shake her head, give you a little smile, and say… ‘You’re an idiot’. If she tells you you’re an idiot, you are a lucky man.<br><br>Lovers create their own “secret language” to express their emotional near to each other. This is something very intimate and something very special. ~ Ingrid Bahtiyar<br><br>No one has a right to judge what is said between two people on how they express their love. If it works fo... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 15:01:00 EST Use a Water App http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43884_use_a_water_app Use a water reminder app to help you with tracking your water intake and reminding you to drink. I use "Water Drink Reminder" and I set it so that it only reminds me to drink if I'm behind. I tell it to remind me every hour starting at 7:30 a.m. and ending at 6:00 p.m., but as I mentioned, mine is set so that it only reminds me to drink if I'm behind. You can also set specific times for reminders if you prefer. You put in your weight and it tells you how much you should drink per day. I ... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 13:22:00 EST 7 Reasons You Should Listen To Music When You Work Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43876_7_reasons_you_should_listen_to_music_when_you_work_out 7 Reasons You Should Listen To Music When You Work Out<br><br><br><br><br>Listening to music when you hit the gym to improve your workout isn't exactly a new concept. But understanding how your favorite tunes enhance your exercise is a little less obvious.<br><br>Research consistently finds that listening to music distracts athletes from their "bodily awareness" (read: pain). And a recent study found that not just listening, but controlling and creating music in time to one's pace had an even... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 09:43:00 EST 7 Reasons You Should Listen To Music When You Work Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43877_7_reasons_you_should_listen_to_music_when_you_work_out 7 Reasons You Should Listen To Music When You Work Out<br><br><br><br><br>Listening to music when you hit the gym to improve your workout isn't exactly a new concept. But understanding how your favorite tunes enhance your exercise is a little less obvious.<br><br>Research consistently finds that listening to music distracts athletes from their "bodily awareness" (read: pain). And a recent study found that not just listening, but controlling and creating music in time to one's pace had an even... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 09:43:00 EST Fasting, Cleansing the Soul http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43875_fasting_cleansing_the_soul I believe the power of fasting as it relates to prayer is the spiritual atomic bomb that our Lord has given us to destroy the strongholds of evil and usher in a great revival and spiritual harvest around the world.<br><br>Increasingly I have been gripped with a growing sense of urgency to call upon God to send revival to our beloved country. In the spring and summer of 1994, I had a growing conviction that God wanted me to fast and pray for forty days for revival in America and for the fulfil... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 09:42:00 EST Heart-Friendly Exercise Advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43873_heartfriendly_exercise_advice Heart-Friendly Exercise Advice<br><br><br>10 Ways to Prevent DVT<br><br>8 Signs You're at Risk for Heart Disease<br><br>A sedentary lifestyle is one of the risk factors for cardiovascular disease, so becoming just a little more active can decrease your heart disease risk and increase your longevity. If you're worried you're too out of shape to get started, don't be. "It's more dangerous to remain sedentary than to start an exercise program," says Barry A. Franklin, PhD, director of the cardia... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 09:37:00 EST Heart-Friendly Exercise Advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43874_heartfriendly_exercise_advice Heart-Friendly Exercise Advice<br><br><br>10 Ways to Prevent DVT<br><br>8 Signs You're at Risk for Heart Disease<br><br>A sedentary lifestyle is one of the risk factors for cardiovascular disease, so becoming just a little more active can decrease your heart disease risk and increase your longevity. If you're worried you're too out of shape to get started, don't be. "It's more dangerous to remain sedentary than to start an exercise program," says Barry A. Franklin, PhD, director of the cardia... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 09:37:00 EST Heart-Friendly Exercise Advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43871_heartfriendly_exercise_advice Heart-Friendly Exercise Advice<br><br><br>10 Ways to Prevent DVT<br><br>8 Signs You're at Risk for Heart Disease<br><br>A sedentary lifestyle is one of the risk factors for cardiovascular disease, so becoming just a little more active can decrease your heart disease risk and increase your longevity. If you're worried you're too out of shape to get started, don't be. "It's more dangerous to remain sedentary than to start an exercise program," says Barry A. Franklin, PhD, director of the cardia... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 09:36:00 EST Heart-Friendly Exercise Advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43872_heartfriendly_exercise_advice Heart-Friendly Exercise Advice<br><br><br>10 Ways to Prevent DVT<br><br>8 Signs You're at Risk for Heart Disease<br><br>A sedentary lifestyle is one of the risk factors for cardiovascular disease, so becoming just a little more active can decrease your heart disease risk and increase your longevity. If you're worried you're too out of shape to get started, don't be. "It's more dangerous to remain sedentary than to start an exercise program," says Barry A. Franklin, PhD, director of the cardia... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 09:36:00 EST Count Your Wrist Lines On Your Hand And Check What It Means http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43854_count_your_wrist_lines_on_your_hand_and_check_what_it_means Count Your Wrist Lines On Your Hand And Check What It Means<br>Posted: 18 Jan 2016 01:57 AM PST<br>Bracelet lines, which are the curved and horizontal lines directly below the palm of one’s hand, are metaphysically significant in a variety of ways. Most notably, these lines, also known as Rascette lines, indicate how long and prosperous one’s life will be. However, they can also give clues to destiny, health, and balance of mind, body, and spirit. To find what your bracelet lines mean, you mu... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 14:30:00 EST How to Stay Motivated to Keep Exercise Exciting http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43845_how_to_stay_motivated_to_keep_exercise_exciting How to Stay Motivated to Keep Exercise Exciting<br><br>A Kettlebell Workout for Beginners<br><br>The Best Workout for Weight Loss, Heart Health<br><br>So you've done what you thought was the hard part: You started a regular exercise routine to get fit and healthy. But now you're finding out that keeping up with it is as hard as starting out in the first place. You need to keep exercising, but how do you do it without getting bored and losing motivation?<br><br>Motivation to Keep Exercise Exci... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 10:12:00 EST How to Exercise With Health Conditions http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43843_how_to_exercise_with_health_conditions How to Exercise With Health Conditions<br><br><br>There are many benefits to be gained from regular exercise. It can lower blood pressure, improve heart function and blood sugar control, alleviate depression, ensure good sleep, decrease risk of cancer, and help manage weight, says Susan Joy, MD, director of the Women's Sports Health Program at the Cleveland Clinic.<br><br>Exercise Benefits for Every Body <br>Those benefits aren't limited to people who are able to exercise strenuously. Even a ... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 09:43:00 EST 5 Secrets For Creating Meaningful Relationships http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43830_5_secrets_for_creating_meaningful_relationships <br><br>In today’s fast paced world of OkCupid, Grindr, Tinder, and tons of other apps, it can hard to find meaningful relationships with people. Relationships can be fickle and come with no warranties, so it’s important that we learn to make the most of them and make them as meaningful as possible. Here are 15 tips:<br><br><br><br>1. Don’t sacrifice who you are. Be yourself. If you pretend to be someone else, you’re building a relationship on lies.<br><br>2. Don’t let other people tell you h... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 17:42:00 EST What Is True Happiness? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43829_what_is_true_happiness An Introduction to True Happiness<br>Why do you do what you do? What motivates you to be successful, have relationships, go to work, to take up hobbies, spend time with friends or go on holiday? What is it that you are really looking for? The answer given by at least 90 per cent of the people I ask is happiness. As William James, the father of modern day psychology said, ‘how to gain, how to keep, how to recover happiness, is in fact for most men at all times the secret motive of all they do’... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 16:11:00 EST Check out Thrift Shops for Clothing Bargains in those In-Between Sizes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43820_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... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 10:02:00 EST Design Your Best Workout Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43819_design_your_best_workout_plan Design Your Best Workout Plan<br><br>Take an active role in finding a workout plan that fits your personality and fitness goals.<br><br>10 Fitness Shortcuts That'll Still Get You Fit<br><br>According to the National Institutes of Health, lack of physical activity, along with poor diet, is the second leading preventable cause of death in the United States. "Many Americans are overweight and most don't exercise regularly. Both of these contribute to cardiovascular disease, the number one killer... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 09:12:00 EST Avoid These Most Common Mistakes When Exercising http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43818_avoid_these_most_common_mistakes_when_exercising Avoid These Most Common Mistakes When <br><br>I have seen estimates that as many as 70 percent of American adults have no exercise routine. For the most part, Americans do not walk miles a day like our European counterparts. To stay healthy we need some type of regular exercise program to assure our body’s health. You do not want to wait until you lose your health to realize its importance<br><br>Why do so many Americans lack a regular exercise routine? I believe the problem is a result o... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 08:47:00 EST 8 Lies My Mother Told Me – A Touching Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43808_8_lies_my_mother_told_me_a_touching_story <br><br>This story begins when I was a child: I was born poor. Often we hadn’t enough to eat. Whenever we had some food, Mother often gave me her portion of rice. While she was transferring her rice into my bowl, she would say “Eat this rice, son! I’m not hungry.” <br><br><br><br>This was Mother’s First Lie.<br>As I grew, Mother gave up her spare time to fish in a river near our house; she hoped that from the fish she caught, she could give me a little bit more nutritious food for my growth. ... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 16:23:00 EST Aerobic Equipment: The Treadmill and More http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43795_aerobic_equipment_the_treadmill_and_more Aerobic Equipment: The Treadmill and More<br><br><br>9 Amazing Reasons Women Should Lift Weights<br><br>Millions of Americans walk or run on treadmills or use other types of equipment to get aerobic exercise, and according to the National Sporting Goods Association, they spend billions of dollars every year on home aerobic equipment and gym memberships. The benefits of aerobic exercise done on these machines include better cardiovascular health, improved bone and muscle strength, and an incre... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 09:20:00 EST 5 Brilliant Uses for Toothpaste You've Never Considered! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43790_5_brilliant_uses_for_toothpaste_youve_never_considered <br><br>Toothpaste can be used for so much more than just polishing your pearly whites. It actually possesses unique elements that make it a multi-tool you should always keep around the house. Whether it’s scratched CDs, dusty leather or even some impromptu hair styling, toothpaste has you covered.<br>Below are 15 unexpected ways you can utilize the toothpaste in your everyday life. After reading these innovative uses, don’t be surprised if you want to head out to the store and stock up on so... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 16:55:00 EST Sports Drinks and Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43787_sports_drinks_and_exercise Sports Drinks and Exercise<br><br>Do These Fast Fitness Systems Work?<br><br>A Kettlebell Workout for Beginners<br><br>If you've worked up a good sweat at your gym or health club and need to rehydrate, which should you reach for: water or a bottled sports drink?<br><br>Sports Drinks: How They Work<br><br>Sports drinks, or energy drinks, contain electrolytes (usually sodium, chloride, and potassium), carbohydrates (sugars), and calories. Electrolytes are essential to ensuring that your body’s ... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 13:27:00 EST Finding Balance is ideal http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43779_finding_balance_is_ideal Finding a balance in diet and physical fitness is a key ingredient in my healthy lifestyle goals. The questions are: Am I eating too much? Am I eating too little? Am I eating the correct foods? Am I eating the right combination of foods? Am I eating at the correct times? Should I weight my food or should I just use the serving size from packaging? How do I calculate home cooked and restaurant foods? Do I log all foods are do I only do the main items? Do I count condiments? and so on a... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 23:05:00 EST 2 relationship posts http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43771_2_relationship_posts <br>What each gesture means ?<br><br><br><br>Holding Hands: We definitely like each other.<br>Holding you tight pressed against each other: I want you.<br><br>Looking into each other’s Eyes: I like you, for who you are.<br><br>Playing with Hair: Let’s fool around.<br><br>Arms around the Waist: I like you too much to let go.<br><br>Laughing while Kissing: I am completely comfortable with you.<br><br>People Come Into Your Life For a Reason, a Season, or a Lifetime.<br><br>People come into your ... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 14:24:00 EST Some Random Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43763_some_random_thoughts I was trying to come up with a subjects for this morning's secret to be shared and I just flat came up blank! There is a myriad of thoughts and ideas spinning around i my head but nothing substantial enough to merit 2000 words.<br><br>I went to my fiftieth high school reunion last fall. The herd has been thinned and it appears the fittest are surviving. The guys seemed to be in pretty good health, some self-inflicted injuries resulting from things like motorcycle crashes but all in all a... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 10:18:00 EST 100 Wisest Words http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43751_100_wisest_words 100 Wisest Words:<br><br>1. Never take things personally.<br><br>2. Never end a relationship by text message<br><br>3. Don’t knock it ‘til you try it.<br><br>4. Show up.<br><br>5. Always use “we” when referring to your home team or your government.<br><br>6. When entrusted with a secret,keep it.<br><br>7. Never cancel dinner plans by text message.<br><br>8. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.<br><br>9. Don’t dumb it down.<br><br>10. You only get one chance to notice a new haircut.<b... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 16:23:00 EST Shopping for a pair of running shoes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43740_shopping_for_a_pair_of_running_shoes Shopping for a pair of running shoes? Learn about the types available and how to find a pair that's right for you.<br><br><br><br>The most important equipment for a runner is a pair of properly-fitting running shoes. Before you go the store, think about your running style and ask yourself these questions, suggests Tom Boland, a certified pedorthist (footwear specialist) in New York City:<br><br>Do you run on pavement or on trails where the surface is often uneven?<br>How much running do you d... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 10:47:00 EST The Benefits of a Personal Trainer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43739_the_benefits_of_a_personal_trainer The Benefits of a Personal Trainer<br><br>Too Busy to Work Out?<br><br>If you're having a hard time getting motivated at the health club, or just don't feel like you're getting enough out of your exercise routine, consider hiring a personal trainer. More than just an instructor, a personal trainer can help you come up with the right workout plan to meet your goals. Whether it's losing a few pounds, toning up your arms, or flattening your stomach for swimsuit season, a personal trainer can hel... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 10:18:00 EST Psychology ............... nnnnnnnnn http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43726_psychology_nnnnnnnnn <br>Posted: 09 Jan 2016 08:57 PM PST<br><br><br>A guy asked a girl in a library;<br><br>“Do you mind if I sit beside you”?<br><br>The girl answered with a loud voice; "I DON’T WANT TO SPEND THE NIGHT WITH YOU!!!"<br><br>All the students in the library started staring at the guy and he was embarrassed.<br><br>After a couple of minutes,<br><br>the girl walked quietly to the guy’s table and she told him “I study psychology and I know what a man is thinking, -<br><br>I guess you felt embarrassed,... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 19:23:00 EST Help Others (and Declutter Your House!) by Donating What You Can't Use http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43708_help_others_and_declutter_your_house_by_donating_what_you_cant_use There used to be a time when I would just write a cheque to make a charitable donation. Or I would go to the office bake sale or craft sale and buy an item to support a particular charity.<br><br>I have come to find a number of organizations that help needy people, which accept donations of practically any type of merchandise, and direct these donations to the folks who need them the most.<br><br>It started with my son. A couple of years ago, he did a massive cleanout of his closet and had pi... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 05:57:00 EST 6 Common Behaviors That Can Damage Any Loving Relationship http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43673_6_common_behaviors_that_can_damage_any_loving_relationship <br><br>When you first enter a new relationship everything seems blissful and beautiful. You’re ready to give all you have and do all you can for your partner, and you expect the same in return. The relationship may seem unbreakable, but unfortunately as the relationship ages your behavior changes unintentionally and you don’t feel as loved anymore. Let us tell you why; years into a relationship we naturally adopt some behaviors that can slowly spoil the relationship, and we don’t even know w... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 13:45:00 EST How Farmers Are Becoming More Sustainable http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43666_how_farmers_are_becoming_more_sustainable How Farmers Are Becoming More Sustainable<br> <br>Baskets of eggs to the Chinese market<br>An egg producer in Indiana is using 71 percent fewer greenhouse gases in an effort to take better care of the birds and the environment.<br><br>Some of the foods that tend to create the larger carbon footprints include animal-based foods such as dairy, fish and beef. However, many farmers work very hard to ensure that they continue taking steps to reduce their carbon footprints and create more sustainab... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 11:14:00 EST 5 Simple Tricks That Will Make Your Fitness Resolutions Stick http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43665_5_simple_tricks_that_will_make_your_fitness_resolutions_stick 5 Simple Tricks That Will Make Your Fitness Resolutions Stick<br><br>Don't just hope for healthy change. Commit to it. <br><br>Man and woman at gym in fitness attire holding water bottles standing against wall smiling at each other.<br>Finding yourself an exercise buddy and telling people about your goals will help keep you accountable and motivated.<br><br><br>1. Put your workout on your calendar.<br><br>Many people are very good at putting business and doctor appointments in their calendars... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 10:24:00 EST Pay attention and Listen! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43656_pay_attention_and_listen Pay attention and listen to your body, especially at meal times!! I have learned to listen to my body, as soon as I begin to feel full, I stop eating. I have learned that if I don't listen immediately, then eventually I will feel sick from overeating. It amazes me how I thought when I was eating, I wasn't full...I just wasn't giving my body enough time to process what I ate. That explains why when you go out to eat, especially at a buffet, that you feel sick on the way home, not while you are... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 21:39:00 EST 12 Things Every Person Who Loves A Woman Should Know http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43655_12_things_every_person_who_loves_a_woman_should_know <br><br>The internet is full of relationship and dating advice devoted to what women really think, or what they secretly want. Even when you are in love with a woman it can be hard to understand what she really needs from you as a loving and caring partner. Although no dating advice is perfect, these 12 relationship guidelines will help you to love and respect her even when things get a little stormy.<br><br><br><br>1. Her Body, Her Choice<br>This goes for everything from her hairstyle to her... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 16:01:00 EST Can Diet Prevent Alzheimer's Disease? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43644_can_diet_prevent_alzheimers_disease Can Diet Prevent Alzheimer's Disease?<br><br>Don't Miss This<br><br>These Foods Could Change Your Life<br><br>Will Bone Broth Really Cure What Ails You?<br><br>Little in life is as scary as the idea of forgetting our loved ones, our histories, and ourselves. Yet that is exactly what is happening to the more than 5 million people in North America suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.<br><br>Mild forgetfulness in the early years of the disease slowly expands to include serious problems with memor... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 11:19:00 EST A Diet for Better Energy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43643_a_diet_for_better_energy <br><br>Should You Really Fear Fructose in Your Food?<br><br>7 Healthy Takes on Popular Holiday Beverages<br><br><br>Juggling the responsibilities of work, life, and family can cause too little sleep, too much stress, and too little time.<br><br>Yet even when you're at your busiest, you should never cut corners when it comes to maintaining a healthy diet. Your body needs food to function at its best and to fight the daily stress and fatigue of life.<br><br>Energy and Diet: How The Body Turns ... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 11:16:00 EST Make YOU a Priority http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43640_make_you_a_priority One of the major things that has helped me lately is a tip you hear a lot, but it's one that's hard to put into action. Especially for me, because I have four small children. You've got to learn to take some time for yourself. It's cliche, but if you don't fill up your own tank, there will be nothing left in that tank to give to anyone else. <br><br>There are small changes you can do that will make it seem like you're not really changing anything at all, but you'll find you have that "extra h... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 09:22:00 EST Perservering is the way.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43634_perservering_is_the_way Persevering is the way to success. During this healthy living journey, there will be up and down times, good and bad times, but you must keep on moving and pushing forward. There maybe times when you take two steps forward and then 4 steps backward, but you must regroup and get back to diet, exercise, rest, relaxation and regain your motivation and drive. This is not a race, it is a lifetime path. Although we get tired and frustrated sometimes, we must not give up or in. We must get back o... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 21:56:00 EST Importance Of Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43630_importance_of_water I found during my pregnancy with my 3rd child the importance of drinking water. It's a vital component for your whole body, its organs, systems and skin. Water is a natural detox / cleanse. It aids in clear skin, lighter urine, clearer eyes, a happier overall inside and it keeps you flushed. Water is a major weight-loss key, water will inform you if you're really hungry or not. Water will keep hunger at bay and if drank before meals, you'll eat less because you'll become full fast. Water will... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 16:19:00 EST Vegetarian and 'healthy' diets could be more harmful to the environment http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43623_vegetarian_and_healthy_diets_could_be_more_harmful_to_the_environment Vegetarian and 'healthy' diets could be more harmful to the environment, researchers say<br>Eating lettuce is 'over three times worse' in greenhouse gas emissions than eating bacon<br><br>Following the USDA recommendations to consume more fruits, vegetables, dairy and seafood is more harmful to the environment because those foods have relatively high resource uses and greenhouse gas emissions per calorie, say researchers. A new study measured the changes in energy use, blue water footprint an... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 11:37:00 EST Coffee flour offers a potentially healthier way of enjoying java http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43622_coffee_flour_offers_a_potentially_healthier_way_of_enjoying_java Coffee flour offers a potentially healthier way of enjoying java<br><br>Coffee flour.<br>Credit: Image courtesy of Brandeis University<br>Two decades ago, Brandeis biophysicist Dan Perlman '68 and nutritionist K.C. Hayes developed the "healthy fats" blend in the Smart Balance buttery spread. Perlman has now come up with a new invention -- the parbaked coffee bean.<br><br>According to Perlman, this method of roasting green coffee beans enhances the health benefits of coffee. Perlman is develop... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 11:33:00 EST On Sharing Secrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43604_on_sharing_secrets Every day, I share a secret, 1700 characters letting all of you in on my deepest, darkest secrets (OK I really haven't gone there yet!), Pretty soon I will have no secrets and you all will know everything there is to know about me. H-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m (Is that a good thing? For me? For you?)<br><br>The real benefit in sharing secrets like this is that it forces me to review my life and uncover my secrets. many of them have been forgotten for a long time or at least assigned to... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 10:39:00 EST Exercise and Physical Activity: What's the Difference? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43603_exercise_and_physical_activity_whats_the_difference Exercise and Physical Activity: What's the Difference?<br><br>Learn the difference between physical activity and exercise, and how each can contribute to physical fitness.<br><br>Physical activity is defined as movement that involves contraction of your muscles. Any of the activities we do throughout the day that involve movement — housework, gardening, walking, climbing stairs — are examples of physical activity.<br><br>Exercise is a specific form of physical activity — planned, purposeful p... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 10:38:00 EST The Lifelong Benefits of Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43602_the_lifelong_benefits_of_exercise The Lifelong Benefits of Exercise<br><br>Stop procrastinating and start exercising! The benefits of physical fitness are too great to ignore.<br><br>Don't Miss This<br><br>What to Look For in a Personal Trainer<br><br>How Can I Stay Active With Neuropathy?<br><br>Feel younger, live longer. It's no slogan — these are actual benefits of regular exercise. People with high levels of physical fitness are at lower risk of dying from a variety of causes, according to a recent study published in the ... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 10:34:00 EST Take some "Me Time" for Yourself Each Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43595_take_some_me_time_for_yourself_each_day I am trying to set aside some time each day, just for me. From 15 minutes to an hour, it is relaxing to just sit quietly in a room without the TV on. It is peaceful and relaxing to just let my mind wander without any distractions or demands. <br><br>"Me time" may mean different things to different people. It could mean calling a friend to catch up, going out to see a movie, taking a walk/run, reading a book, or having a massage -- anything that you enjoy,<br><br>I have discovered that tak... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 01:07:00 EST Foods, Not Specific Nutrients, May Be Key To Good Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43585_foods_not_specific_nutrients_may_be_key_to_good_health Foods, Not Specific Nutrients, May Be Key To Good Health<br><br>Summary:<br>In a recent academic review, a professor has come to the conclusion that food, as opposed to specific nutrients, may be key to having a healthy diet. This concept is contrary to industry and government approaches to nutrition.<br><br>In a recent academic review, a University of Minnesota professor in the School of Public Health has concluded that food as a whole, as opposed to specific nutrients, may be key to having ... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 12:08:00 EST Diet And Exercise Play Critical Role In Cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43584_diet_and_exercise_play_critical_role_in_cancer Diet And Exercise Play Critical Role In Cancer <br><br>Poor diet and lack of exercise are behind just as many cancer cases as smoking, says Dennis Savaiano, dean of Purdue's School of Consumer and Family Sciences and professor of foods and nutrition.<br>Poor diet and lack of exercise are behind just as many cancer cases as smoking, says Dennis Savaiano, dean of Purdue's School of Consumer and Family Sciences and professor of foods and nutrition.<br><br>"Approximately one-third of cancer cases... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 12:05:00 EST Sleeping is a good step http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43575_sleeping_is_a_good_step I have learned an important step in weight management. It is called sleep. It is important to get enough sleep in order for your body to function properly. Sleeping can cause a lot of problems. I usually try to get seven hours of sleep per night, but it is tough to get a good night's rest. I find that when I don't get enough sleep I overeat and I am very anxious. <br><br>A few days ago, I was so tired and to keep myself up; I ate all day everything in sight. I started to realize that t... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 08:28:00 EST Health benefits of tea http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43567_health_benefits_of_tea Enjoy Tea and its health benefits for longevity<br><br>There is nothing like a good cup of tea to get your day started. There been enough debate about whether drinking tea is good or bad for health.<br><br>Research has shown that tea actually is quite beneficial for health. Here is how:<br>• Drinking tea reduces the risk of heart diseases or strokes as it keeps the arteries clog free.<br>• Tea contains antioxidants which protect your body from damage from the effects of aging and other extern... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 15:01:00 EST 100 ways to distract yourself from eating. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43537_100_ways_to_distract_yourself_from_eating <br>1.)Call a friend, a support person, anyone who you can talk to who will either get your mind off of food, or someone to talk to about whatever it is that you might be feeling.<br><br>2.)Go for a walk<br><br>3.)Drink a cup of tea<br><br>4.)Download and listen to a quit binge eating hypnosis session. <br><br>5.)Give yourself a manicure/pedicure– can’t binge with wet nails.<br><br>6.)Volunteer at the SPCA to walk dogs or pet cats.<br><br>7.)Go to a movie if the food there is not a trigger.<b... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 21:21:00 EST Motivation is key.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43533_motivation_is_key I don't know what gives me the motivation to keep going in this healthy lifestyle journey. All I know is that I have to keep going and going and going. I will not give up or in to quitting or sitting on the sidelines unless I absolutely have to. My journey started years ago when I found out that I had an auto immune problem. I thought to myself, what can I do to make myself better? What will it take on my behalf to aide in my healing process? Most of my family and friends told me not to ... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 18:52:00 EST LAST DAY OF VACATION http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43517_last_day_of_vacation As I sit on my sixteenth floor balcony overlooking the ocean in Puerto Rico, I am feeling very blessed this holiday season. I know that I am very lucky. I have my health, loving family, fantastic friends, a rewarding job that I love, financial security that most people do not have at this time, and the personality that enables me to go on a trip like this. My wish for the season, is that everyone is happy, healthy, and has everything they need. <br><br>I am watching these surfers in the water... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 01:42:00 EST Love me while I am still alive http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43511_love_me_while_i_am_still_alive When I die, don't come to my grave to tell me how much you love me and how much you miss me, because those are the words I want to hear while I'm still alive.<br><br>Everything has seasons, and we have to be able to recognize when something's time has passed and be able to move into the next season. Everything that is alive requires pruning as well, which is a great metaphor for endings. ~ Henry Cloud<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><<BR>br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br<BR>><br><br><... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 18:32:00 EST Keep it Moving.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43505_keep_it_moving Keep if moving forward it my motto. I believe that when we stay in motion things happen. Nothing can happen when you're sitting or standing still. It takes action to get results. By action I meaning getting up and exercising, attempting new things, trying new foods, programs etc. It does not matter what you're doing how much your doing; it just matters that you're doing something. I like to stay busy. When I am idle I have too much time to doubt myself and others. With motion, I try to ... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 14:33:00 EST Making Charitable Donations to Do Good for Others and Feel Good Too http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43496_making_charitable_donations_to_do_good_for_others_and_feel_good_too In past years, my charitable donations would take the form of cheques that I would write to charities, or cash purchases that I would make at office events like bake sales with the proceeds going to a particular charity. <br><br>However, in recent years, I have found so many organizations that help needy people, which accept donations of practically any type of merchandise, and direct these donations to the folks who need them the most.<br><br>It started with my son. A couple of years ago, ... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 10:40:00 EST Make Small Changes Daily for Long Term Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43467_make_small_changes_daily_for_long_term_results I am trying to tackle large projects - whether it is something around the house or losing weight - by making one small change at a time. <br><br>For weight loss, I have been setting aside a block of time each day to ride my exercise bike at home. Even 10-15 minutes each day does not seem like much, but does make a difference overall. Although I haven't been as focused on strength training as I should, I plan on using the time I've set aside each day to introduce some strength exercises in ... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 01:59:00 EST Working to Declutter my House for a Fresh Start to 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43458_working_to_declutter_my_house_for_a_fresh_start_to_2016 I am working to declutter various rooms of my house, donate items to charities or thrift shops, and reclaim some much needed storage space. I just wanted to share a few pointers that worked for me:<br><br>1) Rather than look at the big picture (the entire house) which at times can be overwhelming, I try and focus on one small area within one room -- for example, one kitchen cupboard or one shelf in my pantry. I clear one counter, declutter one shelf, and bring order to one small section bef... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 10:09:00 EST New Years food traditions http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43457_new_years_food_traditions For many, January 1 offers an opportunity to forget the past and make a clean start. But instead of leaving everything up to fate, why not enjoy a meal to increase your good fortune? There are a variety of foods that are believed to be lucky and to improve the odds that next year will be a great one. Traditions vary from culture to culture, but there are striking similarities in what's consumed in different pockets of the world: The six major categories of auspicious foods are grapes, greens,... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 09:38:00 EST 50 things to know http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43430_50_things_to_know <br>DID YOU KNOW?<br>1. Budweiser beer conditions the hair<br>2. Pam cooking spray will dry finger nail polish<br>3. Cool whip will condition your hair in 15 minutes<br>4. Mayonnaise will KILL LICE, it will also condition your hair<br>5. Elmer's Glue - paint on your face, allow it to dry, peel off and see the dead skin and blackheads if any.<br>6. Shiny Hair - use brewed Lipton Tea<br>7. Sunburn - empty a large jar of Nestea into your bath water<br>8. Minor burn - Colgate or Crest toothpaste<... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 06:06:00 EST I'm so bored... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43423_im_so_bored ...But I must admit I'm relaxed. Aw man the holidays are always so busy and action packed that when they start to lag on I get bored easily. That isn't a bad thing...Boredom, however natural and common, cannot be cured. If you're over 30 years young or a parent you already know this. Luckily it forces you to slow down or go ahead and grow that ulcer you think you've earned. Which nobody deserves an ulcer so we all know it just means slow down and it's great! <br><br>My suggestions? Lie on the... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 16:59:00 EST love and relationships http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43403_love_and_relationships “People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that's what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life. <br><br>A true soul mate is probably the most important person you'll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal a... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 14:56:00 EST This Sparked Me - Sharing It http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43397_this_sparked_me_sharing_it Each morning, I ponder what sort of secret I should share. Often, I am at nearly a total loss. At first it was sort of easy, pick a category and expound for 1800 words or more. Then you have gone through all of the categories and you have to start over and go through them a second time. "What have I got to say that I haven't already said?" Then I thought, "What does it matter?" Bottom line, the fact of the matter is that I am in this for me and no one else. If my rambling keeps me on track or... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 12:53:00 EST Introspection http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43394_introspection Each morning, I ponder what sort of secret I should share. Often, I am at nearly a total loss. At first it was sort of easy, pick a category and expound for 1800 words or more. Then you have gone through all of the categories and you have to start over and go through them a second time. "What have I got to say that I haven't already said?" Then I thought, "What does it matter?" Bottom line, the fact of the matter is that I am in this for me and no one else. If my rambling keeps me on t... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 11:21:00 EST Use Coupons to Save Money on the Things You Need http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43373_use_coupons_to_save_money_on_the_things_you_need I always had an appreciation for the way my mother shops. She has a good look inside her refrigerator, kitchen cabinets, and bathroom, and determines which things she needs now and which things she is running low on and will need to buy in the near future. Then she goes through the grocery store flyers to determine which items (that she needs) are on sale at each store. She has the advantage of living fairly close to a few food stores, so she will make a list of things she needs at each st... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 11:22:00 EST secret of a great Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43348_secret_of_a_great_christmas This year I was anxious about how the family would enjoy the season with all the problems we had this year. My sister died of Thyroid Cancer and my brother is dying of lung cancer now. My good friend committed suicide - which I just found out from a Christmas email by a mutual friend. My son has been been going through very intense therapy with the Veterans Administration for combat related trama. He got married a month ago, but it was a very stressful planning of the wedding. My daughte... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 14:43:00 EST Merry Christmas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43345_merry_christmas <em>444</em> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <em>447</em> <br>May the love and joy of Christmas descend upon you and your family this day and remain with you.<br> <em>444</em> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <em>447</em> <br><br>We get so wrapped up in the Christmas season that we often lose sight of what is really important in our lives. It really does not mater what gifts we received or for that matter what gifts we gave. What matters in the long ru... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 10:51:00 EST MERRY CHRISTMAS http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43342_merry_christmas As I sit on my sixteenth floor balcony overlooking the ocean in Puerto Rico, I am feeling very blessed this holiday season. I know that I am very lucky. I have my health, loving family, fantastic friends, a rewarding job that I love, financial security that most people do not have at this time, and the personality that enables me to go on a trip like this. My wish for the season, is that everyone is happy, healthy, and has everything they need. <br><br>I am watching these surfers in th... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 07:28:00 EST 7 Secrets Of A Long Term Relationship http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43338_7_secrets_of_a_long_term_relationship 7 Secrets Of A Long Term Relationship<br>Posted: 24 Dec 2015 04:03 AM PST<br>In America today, the divorce rate hovers around 60 percent, and the average length of a relationship is just under three years. This may seem like an ominous trend, but it doesn’t mean that your relationship has to become one of those statistics. Like anything good in life, a fulfilling and lasting relationship requires hard work and constant effort. If you want to keep the bond strong, here are seven secrets of a l... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 15:05:00 EST Merry Christmas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43331_merry_christmas <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <br>Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. <br>~Norman Vincent Peale<br><br>Here it is Christmas Eve. My wife is preparing for the onslaught of family, with the children and the grands and us, we are eighteen! People all over the house but then, that is what Christmas has become. Maybe people should take a few moments and listen to Linus Van Pelt as he... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 08:39:00 EST Healthy Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43325_healthy_tips 1. Swing a kettlebell for 10 minutes to burn nearly as many calories as running on a treadmill for the same amount of time---plus strengthen your back, butt and legs.<br><br>2. Erase a negative thought. Simply shake your head no. It's easy, in the moment, and research shows it can help you let go of downer talk.<br><br>3. Lose eight pounds: Women who didn't miss a meal lost eight more pounds than women who skipped meals. Waiting more than four hours to eat can leave you starving and pr... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 20:15:00 EST SECRETS OF MY SUCCESS http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43317_secrets_of_my_success SECRETS OF SUCCESS<br><br>For me, creating an actual, written list of my goals - as well as my reasons for them - is crucial.<br><br>When we're motivated, it's easy to remember our goals, but when times are rough and our resolve weakens - when we have setbacks - it's very easy to lose our focus and forget why we started doing this to begin with. Out-of-sight, out-of-mind, right? If we're not reminded of our goals, we'll soon forget them... especially if challenges loom in front of us. No long... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 15:45:00 EST One day at a time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43316_one_day_at_a_time <br><br>Keeping The Weight Off<br><br>I have been in maintenance for a long time now. In my opinion, keeping the weight off is more challenging than losing it.<br><br>The first and most important thing is not considering it a diet while you are losing the weight. It is a commitment to live a healthy life from now on. You need to know you can never go back to the things you did before. <br><br>Some of the things I find helpful to me are listed below:<br><br>1. I weigh myself every morning when... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 15:36:00 EST 10 Marriage tips from a mans perspective http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43314_10_marriage_tips_from_a_mans_perspective <br>#1 Never stop courting your wife. Majority of men only make the effort when they are courting women. Once they get the girl, they become passive in terms of making any effort. They take the relationship for granted until the fire eventually burns out.<br><br>#2 Be on your guard. Don’t just vow to protect your wife. You should also protect your own emotions with equal vigilance. Never forget to love yourself. Failure to do so will lead to missing opportunities and inability to grow as a pe... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 15:08:00 EST Ways To Ease Or Stop Stress (Continued Part 3) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43298_ways_to_ease_or_stop_stress_continued_part_3 Reading: I have loved to read since I learned how at age 4. Reading is very relaxing to me and helps to relieve stress in a very pleasant way. It is an escape as I tend to get INTO the plot of the book and can actually forget what is going on around me. My Mom reminded me that when I was around six years old, I would go to our local library and actually read an entire row of books on the subject I was interested in at the time. At that age, it was Indians. For those of you who love to ... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 20:19:00 EST Life is a beautiful lie http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43292_life_is_a_beautiful_lie Life asked Death, “Why do people love me and hate you?” Death replied, “Because you are a beautiful lie and I’m a painful Truth.”<br><br>The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach - waiting for a gift from the sea. ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh<br><br>“It's easier not to say anything. Shut your trap, button your lip, can it. All that crap you hear on TV about communication and expressing feelings is a lie. Nobod... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 15:50:00 EST My secret to 100lbs weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43290_my_secret_to_100lbs_weight_loss I started my weight loss journey in 2012. I've lost nearly 100 lbs.<br><br>Here's my secret.<br><br>1. I cut out all processed foods - especially white flour products and white rice and white sugar. If it's white and/or processed, I do not eat it. <br><br>2. Exercise - I started out in my home with a cheap treadmill I picked up at a pawn shop. Later, I purchased an elliptical machine. I walked for 30-45 a day, everyday. No matter what. When I purchased the elliptical, I started with 5 minutes... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 15:08:00 EST Ways To Ease Or Stop Stress (Continued) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43263_ways_to_ease_or_stop_stress_continued Getting Enough Exercise: Nothing seems to work as well for me as exercise to help with stress. I always feel more relaxed and the endorphin release doesn't hurt either. I have always loved to walk. We live on top of a hill, so just getting the mail each day is good exercise. Our driveway is about a mile long and is much easier going down than coming back up. We also live in a woods and my husband has carved out several trails for us to walk. We have a Cairn Terrier, who has LOTS of ene... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 17:15:00 EST Ways To Ease Or Stop Stress (Continued) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43264_ways_to_ease_or_stop_stress_continued Getting Enough Exercise: Nothing seems to work as well for me as exercise to help with stress. I always feel more relaxed and the endorphin release doesn't hurt either. I have always loved to walk. We live on top of a hill, so just getting the mail each day is good exercise. Our driveway is about a mile long and is much easier going down than coming back up. We also live in a woods and my husband has carved out several trails for us to walk. We have a Cairn Terrier, who has LOTS of ene... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 17:15:00 EST Christmas Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43262_christmas_fun When wrapping Christmas gifts instead of putting on tags with the child's name you can use numbers. For instance with the first child use the number 1 and the last day of their birthday...if their birthday is the 25th of the month their number would be 15........then for the second child you would use the number 2 and if the date of there birthday is the 16 there number would be 26... ..then for the third child you would use the number 3.... and if the date of their birthday is 20 their numb... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 17:01:00 EST fun stories http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43259_fun_stories <br><br>If you find someone who makes you smile, who checks up on you often to see if you’re okay, who watches out for your and wants the very best for you, don’t let them go. Keep them close and don’t take them for granted. People like that are hard to find. — Unknown<br><br>These are the people you can give your heart to. They are rare and special.<br><br><br>Man and Wife in Heaven<br>Posted: 15 Dec 2015 12:30 AM PST<br><br><br>A woman found herself standing at the Pearly Gates. St. Peter g... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 14:57:00 EST Check out Thrift Shops for Bargains in Sporting Goods & Clothing http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43249_check_out_thrift_shops_for_bargains_in_sporting_goods_clothing I have packed on 23 pounds in recent months which I need to lose. As a result, there are less and less clothes in my closet that fit me now, and since I work, I need to have a few business-appropriate outfits to choose from (in my current size) which are comfortable and presentable.<br><br>Recently I've started exploring thrift shops for bargains in clothing and have been pleasantly surprised! Many of the items I've found have been brand new with original price tags from other retail stores... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 09:19:00 EST The reality of it... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43246_the_reality_of_it When I was younger my mother would always tell me I needed to watch what I ate because we came from a large family. Back then it was never a real concern for me as I was very fit and active. I ran a lot and played sports. I was never one to sit still.<br><br>As I became older and no longer did sports and didn't have the one hour required PE class I became less active. My mom continued to tell me to watch what I ate because of our large family and yet I continued to ignore her. I should also m... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 02:54:00 EST Yoga to destress and relax http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43238_yoga_to_destress_and_relax There are many kinds of yoga, and many are very athletic and challenging. Some forms of yoga focus on deep stretching. <br><br>Some types of yoga focus on meditation and relaxation. Below are some descriptions of this type of yoga.<br><br>What is Yoga? The word yoga means union. Yoga maintains that there is one absolute reality that underlies everything in the universe. Yoga techniques have been practiced for over 5000 years. Among the most important teachings of yoga philosophy are in... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 21:35:00 EST What does the shape of your face say about your personality http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43230_what_does_the_shape_of_your_face_say_about_your_personality Oval Face Shape<br><br>The oval shape is portrayed by a wider forehead than the cheekbones, which, on the other hand, are wider than the jaw. In other words, the face tapers down as you look towards the chin, and the cheekbones are prominent.<br><br>The person whose face has this shape always knows what to say in a given situation, and can make other people feel at peace, welcome and comfortable. However, they can sometimes be too concentrated on saying the right things. They really do care w... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 15:49:00 EST Christmas Holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43229_christmas_holidays Well as the Holidays creep closer and closer most of the New Members that are coming aboard are just so upset it seems that they will over do it.. I sure wish I had a magic wand to let them know that even if it is a Holiday or Birthday.. You can still have a small piece and chit chat while others are stuffing their face.. They will be OK.. When you take on a challenge to show others yourself control it is good.. People are watching your transformation before their eyes.. Some will get to the ... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 15:07:00 EST Spring Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43218_spring_water I've never been much on drinking tap water, unless it is really really cold. The taste varies from city to city. When my husband's health began declining last year, we switched from city water to bottled spring water. We can buy it at Walmart for 89 cents a gallon. It makes coffee, tea, and all other beverages, using water, taste much better. It's also healthier on the kidneys. <br><br>To me it's the next best thing to well water. <br><br>The first time I remember drinking spring water... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 10:27:00 EST Ways To Ease Or Stop Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43201_ways_to_ease_or_stop_stress I tend to eat when I am experiencing more than the average amount of stress. They don't call it "Comfort Food" for nothing. It is something that I turn to for just that.....comfort. The problem (as we all know) is that the end result of turning to food for comfort is weight gain which only leads to more stress turning it into a vicious circle.<br>Some of the ways I have used to lessen stress are as follows:<br>Learn to say No. When I began my teaching career at age 22, I thought that it w... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 19:20:00 EST drinking water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43195_drinking_water one easy way I have found to get enough water is to take 4 sixteen (16) ounces .or bigger bottles and fill them at the beginning of the day and then I make sure that I drink them all threw out the day this way I am sure that I get at least sixty four (64) ounces of water each day <br><br>I know that if I drink them slowly that I do not have to run to the restroom as often if you "chug" or gulp the water it seems to run right threw you.<br><br>by getting plenty of water I am not as hungry... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 12:52:00 EST the lost wallet, a love stry http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43185_the_lost_wallet_a_love_stry As I walked home one freezing day, I stumbled on a wallet someone had lost in the street. I picked it up and looked inside to find some identification so I could call the owner. But the wallet contained only three dollars and a crumpled letter that looked as if it had been in there for years.<br><br>The envelope was worn and the only thing that was legible on it was the return address. I started to open the letter, hoping to find some clue. Then I saw the dateline–1924. The letter had been wr... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 07:14:00 EST Small Changes, One Step at a Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43163_small_changes_one_step_at_a_time I'm an 'all or nothing' kind of person, inclined to make sweeping changes, only to abandon them after a short while because it's hard to maintain that effort. It's a really hard lesson for me to learn, apparently, because I continue to be attracted to 'big ideas' or 'big changes' in spite of years of lessons about this.<br><br>What DOES seem to work best for me is to make small changes and incorporate them into my daily routine, almost as if I'm 'fooling myself' into not knowing it's a change... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 12:47:00 EST Spark and Travel http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43162_spark_and_travel My biggest hurdle has not been the radical changes I have had to make to my exercise routine. It was a snap to maintain weight when I was teaching up to 12 direct hours weekly. Even as I aged out of some activity I trained other instructors, walked more, and stayed active enough to offset any diet mishaps. But travel is a whole other ball game in combination with a back issue . So here I am, still learning, still tracking, signing in daily, keeping focused and developing a few coping strategi... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 12:12:00 EST Stay away from unnecessary medications! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43146_stay_away_from_unnecessary_medications In 2009 I went through hell after a bad car accident. I suffered a closed head injury, dislocated jaw, severe whiplash, dislocated left shoulder with rotator cuff tears and dislocated elbow. For 5 years I have fought to get back to health only to find I was constantly operating in a fog. I suffered panic attacks, anxiety being in crowds and in traffic, horrible headaches and nerve damage (thoracic outlet syndrone). The debilitating after effects of this MVA left me nearly motionless for m... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 00:33:00 EST put first things first http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43140_put_first_things_first You started out with a plan in mind (didn't we all?). Everything is going along fine. And then, it seems 'life' just gets in the way...all those daily distractions tell you to focus on their agenda. They tell you to forget your goals and focus on them. They constantly take your attention away from what YOU want. Sometimes they want you to change your goals completely.<br><br><br>Distractions are relentless. That means that you have to be relentless to fight them. You need a constant remi... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 21:41:00 EST The Importance of Tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43137_the_importance_of_tracking If I had to choose one thing about this site that has helped me the most in my quest for a healthier lifestyle, it would be to track EVERYTHING that I eat on a daily basis. If I have to write it down, I really think twice about putting it in my mouth, chewing, and swallowing something that will hinder my ability to keep within my calorie amounts and my goal to lose as much weight as possible on a daily basis. When it is there in black and white and you can visually see that you are going ov... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 15:37:00 EST Start small http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43136_start_small When you get started don't expect to run marathons. Start small. Walk around the block... Drink 8 glasses of water... Eat 5 fruits and vegetables. By starting with something small you increase your chances of success. Accumulating small successes leads to great accomplishments!<br><br>When I started I could barely walk around the block, but now I walk 5- 10 miles daily as a matter of course. I started small though. I started out by walking around the block. Then around two blocks, then ... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 14:17:00 EST I eat cheese http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43067_i_eat_cheese I eat the cheese not organic or the kind that is good for you but pasteurized.... UGH!!<br><br>My doctor said that is was ok for me to eat so I am going with that. I hope everyone is trying everyday to successfully change over to the more organic cheese. I am sitting here actually eating bell cheese hoping to move forward in my endeavor.<br><br>So what cheeses do you guys indulge in? I hope for your sake you are eating more organic types. Be better than me. It took me a long time to actually ... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 15:50:00 EST Favorite Music as a stress reducer / w/o tunes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43038_favorite_music_as_a_stress_reducer_wo_tunes Listen to old favorites on YouTube. It's a wonderful mood lifter. Enjoy the nostalgia! I made up about 38 minutes worth of songs to work out and cool down to. Here are the songs that pick up my mood dramatically: Here You Come Again, Real Love, Home, Down on the Corner, Mountain Music, Roll On, All I Ever Need is You, Love is Like a Butterfly, Maybe You Should Know, You decorated my Life, You light up my life, To Me.<br>(Kenny Rogers, Dolly, Alabama, CCR) Fri, 20 Nov 2015 00:03:00 EST My Stress Reduction Secret http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43036_my_stress_reduction_secret Reflection is my stress reduction secret. Since I began this journey to live a healthy lifestyle and do the things I have always dreamed of doing I have started to reflect on how far I have come. This helps me realize if I can do this I can concur what ever challenge is placed in front of me and I can find the resources I need to do it. Thu, 12 Nov 2015 23:14:00 EST Butcher http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43015_butcher Ask the butcher about meat without added stuff and what they have in the back. They will cut it thinner for free.. roasts..etc. Also, ask what day best day to come and what time. Butcher's are very resourceful if you tell them you eating healthy as possible. Mon, 7 Sep 2015 13:33:00 EST Drink 8 glasses of water easily http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42998_drink_8_glasses_of_water_easily I carry around a 48 fl oz bottle of water everyday. Its easier to keep track of the water in the bottle than how many glasses I drink. I also freeze them overnight and drink it as it defrosts throughout the next day. Mon, 3 Aug 2015 22:15:00 EST Rest at intervals to eliminate stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42957_rest_at_intervals_to_eliminate_stress How do you deal with stress? Especially if you have lots of it? To avoid eye strain, you rest your eyes when they are busy. In the same way, when going about a busy day, I don't wait until I get stressed out to rest. I take a break at intervals. Fri, 5 Jun 2015 15:57:00 EST Puzzled about stress relief? My secret... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42910_puzzled_about_stress_relief_my_secret For many years I took cigarette breaks to relieve stress at the office. I have been smoke free for one year 1/23/15. This alone relieved the stress of always wanting nicotine. I traded the cigarette break for a puzzle break. I have a jig saw puzzle that I can work on for a few minutes when I need to relax and not think for a minute or so. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 01:13:00 EST Dealing with stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42905_dealing_with_stress When I need to deal with stress whether is it from work, anger, whatever, I turn to music. Playing my keyboard always works for me. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:33:00 EST Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42829_walk If I can take a few minutes away from my desk during stressful times, I find it helps reduce my stress level. A couple laps around the building is plenty to feel better. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 08:38:00 EST secret http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42817_secret hug yourself for a few minutes each day! <em>247</em> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 08:52:00 EST When I couldn't sleep I got on Spark and started getting points. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42767_when_i_couldnt_sleep_i_got_on_spark_and_started_getting_points Even though I did eat, I made healthy choices and logged my points. I also did a short exercise video which helped me get back to sleep. This is a big improvement for me over the past binging habit. I have included the calories from last night in today's count so feel I've progressed instead of giving up as I always did in the past. Today is a new day! Tue, 2 Sep 2014 10:50:00 EST Working Out Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42763_working_out_stress When feeling overwhelmed by stress, I go bowling and laugh at how bad I am at it. Bowling allows me to release pent-up aggression. If there is no lane available at the bowling alley, it's time to shake out my duster outside. Negative energy, be gone! Fri, 29 Aug 2014 23:52:00 EST Stress Reliever http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42690_stress_reliever Every morning whether warm or cold, I make myself a cup of coffee, sit out on the porch and chill. I'll log into Spark Coach. Pet the cat. Listen to the birds. Breathe in the fresh air. Start my day chilled. I spend as long as my morning cup of Joe. But ohhhhhh, the peace it brings to the rest of the day. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 23:56:00 EST All about your drink :D http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42687_all_about_your_drink_d I drink cool water to keep hydrated, it tastes better cold too. Cold water also burns calories because your body needs to warm it in order to process it. <br>I drink warm drinks, hot tea, if I am feeling hungry. Warm/hot drinks make you feel satiated. <br>It may not be the best tricks, but they are definitely helpful to me. Especially the hot drink <em>91</em> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:09:00 EST Tracking water intake http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42673_tracking_water_intake Every morning I fill a half gallon pitcher of water and drink from that all day (adding ice when necessary). Easy way to track 8+ cups of water Sun, 20 Jul 2014 13:13:00 EST Quick and easy way to clean grass stains off white leather shoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42641_quick_and_easy_way_to_clean_grass_stains_off_white_leather_shoes Sometimes I forget and wear my newer white leather walking shoes to mow the yard. I always felt like my shoes were "ruined", but today, I wiped them down with several sheets of a generic brand of "diaper wipes" - and that worked perfectly! Fri, 4 Jul 2014 13:25:00 EST Vision Board http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42577_vision_board For various goals in my life I always start with a "Vision Board" A sortof collage made up of photos, pictures (from magazines or elsewhere), key motivational images and words that pertain to the goals I will achieve. Currently I am in the process of recreating myself by the time I turn 60 (in 2 years) and weight loss is a part of that Mon, 9 Jun 2014 19:47:00 EST TROOPONS - Support Our Troops with coupons http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42524_troopons_support_our_troops_with_coupons Instead of mindless eating during prime time TV, I clip coupons that I don't use for the troops. They even take some expired ones! This is a great cause AND keeps my fingers busy so I don't grab those chips. It takes some time to clip and sort, but I feel it's the least I can do! Go to their website for more info: www.supportourtroops.org <br>UPDATE: Just sent out $4,184.57 worth of coupons today!!<br><br> Thu, 22 May 2014 15:20:00 EST Epson Salt Bath http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42514_epson_salt_bath Relax - don't think of all the things that need to be done - lay there for 15 minutes and let your body enjoy. This is great for sore muscles, aches and pains. <br><br> Epson Salt Baths are so good for you - just google - you'll see all the benefits. <em>414</em> Wed, 21 May 2014 10:36:00 EST Wake Up Faster http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42460_wake_up_faster I drink a glass of ice cold water as soon as I wake up in the morning and drink less coffee. Also helps boost your metabolism right off. Mon, 12 May 2014 19:24:00 EST Better posture http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42433_better_posture Do you sit a lot during the day because of desk job for example? Wed, 30 Apr 2014 02:58:00 EST The process of becoming ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42336_the_process_of_becoming_ I feel that this is almost the beginning of my becoming, and also turning into a Senior Citizen ( but your'e really only as old as you feel)<br>Since I joined and really contributed to sharing deep and long hidden parts of me through 'SparkPeople' I feel I'm at the crossroads of who I am and what I want and where I'm going!<br> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 02:26:00 EST Soft Hands http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42297_soft_hands Slather your hands with bag balm. Rub as you would with hand lotion paying a little extra attention to the nail beds. Slip into cotton gloves, your gardening gloves or latex gloves while relaxing or doing a chore. When you remove them your hands will be soft and supple. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 13:47:00 EST Stress it out http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42289_stress_it_out Since my husband became ill, I have channeled all my energy into taking care of him. He is not making as much progress because he won't get up and move. I recently had a heart attack and he has to fix his own food now and do more for himself. It was hard at first, but everyday it gets easier. <em>334</em> I let him do it. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 23:41:00 EST Dog Wipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42286_dog_wipes Many dogs, and cats for that matter, need constant cleaning around their eyes and/or mouth. Soft shop towels are fantastic to use to gently clean these areas. Just tear the amount required (no sense wasting a whole towel on a small animal), moisten with warm water, wipe. <br><br>Gentle for the pet and you can just throw it away. Makes sanitary sense to me!<br><br>Available at auto shops. Usually less expensive than the big stores that they are also available in. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 07:52:00 EST Dealing With Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42239_dealing_with_stress On those days that I can't get to the pool to swim or I don't have the time to do a whole exercise video (or other circumstances prohibit) I can usually find 10 minutes to take the dog for a walk. It gets me outside ( which is also a mood lifter), I walk faster than if I don't have the dog, and I get in a minimum of 10 minutes of exercise. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 07:54:00 EST Removing Snow off Vehicle http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42217_removing_snow_off_vehicle Try using a wooly dust mop to remove snow off of your vehicle. Floor mops have long handles and the wool won't scratch paint like some shovels. Added benefit...a cleaner mop!<br> <em>148</em> <br> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 14:38:00 EST My Stress Buster http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42163_my_stress_buster No more emotional eating! When I am stressed I have learned to rely on my journal. By writing the start of my stress out I am able to problem solve the issue instead of eating. Sat, 1 Feb 2014 09:52:00 EST De-Stress! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42159_destress I sometimes get insomnia, so I've started having an herbal tea before bed Wed, 29 Jan 2014 20:12:00 EST Purse Safety http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42019_how_to_trick_a_thief Do you ever place your purse in the empty baby carrier of the shopping cart? Take an extra minute to loop and fasten the baby safety strap thru your purse strap. Now you can take your time reading those nutrition labels and give your arms and shoulder a rest. If a thief decides to grab your purse, he will have to run away with the cart as well!! ;) <br> <em>148</em> Sat, 21 Dec 2013 20:53:00 EST chocolate cravings http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42013_chocolate_cravings I have learned that if I allow myself a small piece of chocolate at lunch time, this tempers my chocolate cravings. I buy the individually wrapped dark chocolates. I like Dove the best, but I usually get what ever is on sale. This keeps my cravings at bay! Thu, 19 Dec 2013 15:22:00 EST Meal Times http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41982_meal_times I found that eating with a smaller plate helped for awhile. Now I have gone down another plate size, small glass and kids' silverware. <em>4</em> Thu, 5 Dec 2013 14:27:00 EST Having fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41891_having_fun Life can be a little better if you remember to have fun!!! Live, Laugh, Love <em>30</em> Sat, 2 Nov 2013 13:13:00 EST Celebrate with A Bloody Mary http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41873_celebrate_with_a_bloody_mary Bloody Mary 127 calories<br><br>or try Citrus Vodka 2.5 Ounces and club soda 84 CALORIES<br><br>Champagne 5 OUNCES @ 96 calories Tue, 29 Oct 2013 01:14:00 EST falling asleep easier http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41839_falling_asleep_easier I like to listen to rain and thunder on a site called rainy mood , sounds very relaxing :) Tue, 22 Oct 2013 00:56:00 EST Rest! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41774_rest My life has a lot of baseline stress, and the past few years have seen a lot more stresses piled on top of that. My solution has been to "prescribe" myself 10 minutes a day resting with my feet up. Even just a few minutes helps lower my stress levels. Thu, 3 Oct 2013 08:55:00 EST New Habit in 21 Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41750_new_habit_in_21_days They say it takes 21 days for a new habit. Have fun with this. Every day that you work on your new habit put a sticker on your calendar. They'll bring a smile to your face and you'll have a new, healthy habit that you can name 2nd nature. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 08:51:00 EST berrybender http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41716_berrybender I have found that to get my 8 glasses of water in a day I drink them faster if I use a straw. The water seems to just disappear lol. <em>244</em> Sat, 14 Sep 2013 18:43:00 EST Laughter tickles stress away! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41689_laughter_tickles_stress_away Stress can derail our very best efforts. I have found when stress gets me down, I call one of my friends who always make me laugh. It just "tickles" the stress away with a few good belly laughs. No friend available? Utube is always available!! Search until you find something not that just makes you chuckle, but gets you seriously laughing right out loud! Laughter is one of the best cures for stress I know. <em>246</em> Truly, we need to Laugh Out Loud! Sat, 7 Sep 2013 08:37:00 EST Using Bag Balm for cows on my feet http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41645_using_bag_balm_for_cows_on_my_feet when I was small I remember my grammy using bag balm on her hands,elbows and feet.It's meant for cow udders.Has anyone else had success with it?My feet have been cracked for years and nothing has helped for long. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 13:59:00 EST Give Blood http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41570_give_blood Want to feel good about yourself by helping others (with very little time and effort) ? Give Blood. You will be helping to save a life. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 00:18:00 EST Dealing with Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41508_dealing_with_stress I make a conscious mental check of my muscles periodically when sitting at the computer or at a table discussion. As a child when I was even shorter than I am now, I sat with only the balls of my feet touching the floor because I couldn't reach the floor from my chair. This evolved into a habit. I must remind myself to keep my feet flat on the floor and to relax my shoulders as well. Periodic stretches at my desk help relieve this tension as well. Sat, 27 Jul 2013 07:54:00 EST Help your local teachers out. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41506_help_your_local_teachers_out It's back to school time. Sales are on, each year the teachers in your local schools spend thousands of their own money getting supplies for kids and classrooms. If everyone out their ( single folks too) spent $25 and got things like gift cards, crayons, copy paper and so forth teachers would have spend less on other folks kids. We talk a good game in this country about caring about education, let's show it. Fri, 26 Jul 2013 22:32:00 EST Dealing Effectively With Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41481_dealing_effectively_with_stress When there are situations that occur that are out of our control I find it helpful to deal with my internal stress by journaling in a big old notebook and writing my thoughts to get my emotions out and under control. I also find that I can come to a decision when it is necessary for me to take action about the stress. Journaling helps me to see things more clearly and to come to a conclusion as to how to handle it. This method works and beats eating everything in the refrigerator! Sun, 21 Jul 2013 19:47:00 EST Lip Protection http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41459_lip_protection Protect your lips with sunscreen! This is a step that we forget during our care routine, but it is sensitive skin and needs to be protected for those beautiful lips. There are chapsticks with SPF 15 in them! Make sure to check the active ingredients to be sure! Sat, 13 Jul 2013 17:14:00 EST pick a job you love http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41439_pick_a_job_you_love I am losing weight simply because I Iove my work. My job is stimulating and never boring. Thu, 11 Jul 2013 07:32:00 EST Getting a pedicure for stress relief http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41409_getting_a_pedicure_for_stress_relief Once a month I treat myself to a professional pedicure. It is so relaxing and not real expensive and makes me feel rejuvinated and pretty feet. Sat, 6 Jul 2013 13:52:00 EST Use a plastic pancake turner to put lotion on your back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41392_use_a_plastic_pancake_turner_to_put_lotion_on_your_back Need to put lotion on your back? Use a plastic pancake turner. Tue, 2 Jul 2013 18:40:00 EST stress reliever http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41374_stress_reliever walking is the very best stress reliever I have, I can go out in a funk, and come home relaxed and stress free Sat, 29 Jun 2013 21:09:00 EST deep breathing stress relief http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41307_deep_breathing_stress_relief When I get stressed, I take a time out and practice some deep breathing. I sit in a comfy chair, close my eyes, and breathe deeply for 45 seconds to one minute. Inhale, hold for a count of 3, exhale. <em>41</em> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 10:04:00 EST stress buster http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41298_stress_buster when I'm stressed i go for a walk in the woods, nature has a very calming effect Mon, 17 Jun 2013 19:55:00 EST Grocery shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41273_grocery_shopping Eat before you go to the grocery. If you're not really hungry you will be less likely to want to put everything you see into your cart. Shopping on an empty stomach makes everything look tempting! Wed, 12 Jun 2013 11:17:00 EST Instant stress reducer. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41200_instant_stress_reducer I often find my shoulders almost touching my ears! 3 to 5 seconds of total relaxation helps instantly. <em>211</em> Wed, 5 Jun 2013 12:47:00 EST Surround Yourself to Reduce Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41156_surround_yourself_to_reduce_stress I have a very stressful job, so I make sure that my office is full of beautiful things to look at. Calming landscapes and pictures of the ones I love help me manage my stress when it gets to be too much. Thu, 30 May 2013 06:18:00 EST Squeeze in a few more steps... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41100_squeeze_in_a_few_more_steps Since I work in an office and sit at a desk all day sometimes it can be really hard to hit 10,000 steps on my pedometer. In an effort to squeeze in a few more steps I started making more trips to the printer. When I have to print up multiple documents I walk to the printer after I print each one. Not only do a get more steps in each day, but we don't have 4 people trying to figure out who printed what! Fri, 17 May 2013 17:09:00 EST Improving sleep quality http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41058_improving_sleep_quality I've developed a way to break bad sleeping habits (specifically falling asleep on the couch glued to the "boob tube") - I work on preparing the body for traditional sleep ahead of time - I have found that putting as many articles that I can that I associate with active, wakeful night life away from sight early in the evening, and prepare the bed area for arrival (slippers and robe beside bed, bed clothes at the ready).......this has made a great difference!<br><br> <em>102</em> = <em>10... Wed, 15 May 2013 04:48:00 EST Reduce Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40986_reduce_stress Schedule a Spa manicure and pedicure once a month to relieve stress and enhance self-esteem! <em>224</em> Sun, 28 Apr 2013 20:30:00 EST Do One Thing, Do it Well - Cynthia Heald http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40940_do_one_thing_do_it_well_cynthia_heald The author foused on this at a recent women's event highlighting simplicity. You can gracefully say no because your focus is on one important activity. You are honored to be asked, but no, not at this time. Another point, never just automatically say yes. Pray, then get back with a prayed out, thought out response. Thu, 18 Apr 2013 10:03:00 EST rest *more* when you feel you don't have time to rest http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40934_rest_more_when_you_feel_you_dont_have_time_to_rest "I have so much to accomplish today that I must meditate for two hours instead of one."<br>Gandhi <em>135</em> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 09:22:00 EST Stress Reliever http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40926_stress_reliever I love my job but work can be pretty stressful so I try to find ways to alleviate the stress before I even get to the office. I do this by sitting up as straight as I can in my car - having good posture - and I practice deep breathing for about five minutes. It's pretty basic but I start out my morning feeling relaxed and calm. Mon, 15 Apr 2013 06:49:00 EST take the stairs at work http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40905_take_the_stairs_at_work If there are stairs at work, take them. If you sit all day, take a break and walk a few flights of stairs. Thu, 11 Apr 2013 11:44:00 EST Sleep - Get enough of it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40903_sleep_get_enough_of_it 6 years ago I spent two weeks in bed & 4 weeks out of work with cranial shingles. It took 6 months to feel back in the game and I still have to manage the symptoms. Culprit-stress! I was only 43. I have taken several steps to reduce & manage stress. Besides a better diet, more exercise, & reduced commute days by working from home more, enough SLEEP has been critical. I even track my sleep in "other goals" on SP. 8 hours/night at least 5 nights/week & no less than 7 on the other 2. Thu, 11 Apr 2013 07:36:00 EST Simple life stress reducer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40887_simple_life_stress_reducer I went to a therapist because life had become so over whelming and sad. I had been working for two years in a humanitarian effort that wore on me.<br><br>One sentence saved my life: Only do what you WANT to do. Realizing that relieved my stress immediately. <br><br>I only do what I want now- I want to loose weight and eat healthy, I want to exercise and I want to make the world a kinder place. Mon, 8 Apr 2013 23:22:00 EST Tension Tamer Tea http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40850_tension_tamer_tea Sometimes when I am stressed out, all the breathing techniques and exercise won't work. So I turn on the tea kettle to boil some water and have a relaxing cup of Tension Tamer tea. It has kava kava in it and it always works for me. Sun, 31 Mar 2013 14:17:00 EST Breaking A Bad Habbit http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40838_breaking_a_bad_habbit When I quit pop or anything else I want to quit . When I see it and want it , if I quickly say I don't drink or eat or __ this ...If I saw a pop and wanted it, I would just say " I don't drink that "! And it really does work--what you say does really matter.... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 00:55:00 EST My Stress Buster http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40804_my_stress_buster After going through my own personal HORRIBLE TIME there really isn't that much that stresses me---but when I am able to do it, I light some candles in the bathroom, dim the lights and take a bubble bath. Then I settle down in bed with a good scary book and read until it's time to sleep. I feel pampered and sleepy! Sat, 23 Mar 2013 10:19:00 EST Ask, "Is it Important to do this? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40779_ask_is_it_important_to_do_this Teach after surgery, radiation and ongoing chemotherapy? I realized I could ONLY do what was important to help my students learn. 4 years later, I still ask, "Is this cookie important to my health?" "Is sitting in the recliner important to my goals?" <br><br>Sometimes the answer is yes, sometimes no.<br><br>The point is, I now actually decide before I just DO IT. I now eat lots of F & V. My 45 minute fitness streak gets longer daily!<br><br>Is it important? The choice is mine.<br>What choice... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 07:56:00 EST Managing Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40735_managing_stress When my kids interrupt me, I feel a great deal of stress. If I am cooking or cleaning, I feel they are interrupting my job. I reduce my stress by remembering that THEY are my job! So when you are interrupted at home or work remember the interruptions are part of your job, too. Tue, 12 Mar 2013 00:01:00 EST Looking Back at Polls You've Taken http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40688_looking_back_at_polls_youve_taken Looking back at a poll you have already taken will let you know when you took it and how you responded. I've come across some I did a year or more ago and realized that my answer now would not be the same. In many cases it's a glimpse to baby step achievements. <em>41</em> <br><br>Happy Sparking! Mon, 4 Mar 2013 09:19:00 EST It works Body Wraps http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40632_it_works_body_wraps They are awesome.. They tone,tighten and firm in 45 minutes but work within your body for 72 hours. I have done 6 wraps with awesome results. Feel free to check out my website at www.wrapthatbelly.com or call me at 936-328-9340, www.facebook.com/arika.talbot to see personal before and after pictures and talk to real people just like us Sun, 24 Feb 2013 18:50:00 EST De-stressing time http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40582_destressing_time Nature photography provides a sense of peace and calm Mon, 18 Feb 2013 15:44:00 EST SECRET OF SUCCESS http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40567_secret_of_success Running and jumping and playing with my 2 dogs<br>Teaching them new tricks and laughing all the way.<br>They keep me young and happy. In this case when I play with them the last thing I'm thinking of is exercise. I do it because I love it and enjoy their company and the rewards they give me, and in return I have very happy animals. <em>213</em> Sat, 16 Feb 2013 04:12:00 EST Walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40564_walking Walking has been the thing for me in relieving stress. I have a small country road next to the house or go to the park to walk. Either place has nice trees and birds singing their beautiful music. So stop and smell the roses and listen to the music. Also if you can afford it the resperate that is advertised on the sparkpeople site has helped me. I just started using it but I can already tell the difference in helping me to relax. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 14:33:00 EST Why worry? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40547_why_worry 95% of the things you worry about never happen, and you can't do anything about the other 5%, so it doesn't do any good to worry. Sun, 10 Feb 2013 22:53:00 EST Still enjoy wine with less guilt http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40529_still_enjoy_wine_with_less_guilt I bought seltzer water and I love sauvignon blanc. I've begun filling my glass half way with zelzer water, adding ice cubes then the wine - totally has cut down on my wine intake and I still feel like I'm indulging Sun, 10 Feb 2013 12:33:00 EST relaxation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40478_relaxation I take 15 minutes a night to myself. I lock the bathroom door and light a lavender candle, fill the tub with hot water. Anyone brave enough to knock on the door will hear about it. This has become an every night thing with me. It takes the stress out of the day and makes me a nicer person over all. Sun, 3 Feb 2013 22:38:00 EST Go through each tab! One each day and explore the possibilities! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40448_go_through_each_tab_one_each_day_and_explore_the_possibilities I have found that if I go through a new (portal) tab option, screen or button on the web-page (which ever page I am on) I find new and helpful bites of mental stimulus! Health ideas, medical knowledge, recipes, testimonies, quizzes... I can't stop finding something new! The Spark People site is like a buffet that keeps having the food changed out with something new that can do nothing but add to my success! I keep learning something new that will definitely help me get there sooner than later... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 00:43:00 EST In times of Loss of friend or family member http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40440_in_times_of_loss_of_friend_or_family_member Its hard loosing a loved one. You either don't have enough time to eat properly and record or your so out of it that you turn to comfort food and make poor food choices. I recently loss family and here are a few things that helped me avert damage.<br> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 12:00:00 EST the ahh bra http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40314_the_ahh_bra an infomercial caught my eye about ten years ago about a bra that was super comfortable.I bought it against my sensible Dh's warnings.It was the best and smartest buy ever! Sat, 12 Jan 2013 23:47:00 EST If you don't like the taste of water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40227_if_you_dont_like_the_taste_of_water Add slices of frozen fruit to your water for a better taste. I buy a bag of mixed fruit but you can add almost any fruit. Strawberries, watermelon, raspberries, etc. It taste better than some of those taste additives from the store, and you get your fruit serving! I will mix up to a cup of fruit into my days worth of water and drink throughout the day. Sun, 6 Jan 2013 20:27:00 EST A tip to track your water intake... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40182_a_tip_to_track_your_water_intake I don't know about anyone else, but I forget how many cups of water I've had to drink because I drink from a water bottle...try putting 8 rubber bands around the bottle (if it's an 8oz bottle) and remove one each time you finish a full bottle & have to fill it back up.<br><br> <em>3</em> Fri, 4 Jan 2013 14:01:00 EST Managing Holiday Splurges http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40155_managing_holiday_splurges My secret for holiday eating: I told myself I could go over no more than 2lbs gaining weight back for the holidays. I kept myself in check by still weighing myself everyday and when I splurged on cookies, cake or carbs, I did it moderately. I only had a small slice of cake or 2 cookies or a small helping of mac n cheese. I kept it to 2-3 small splurges per day and still exercised as well. I kept to my 2lb over goal and now I'm back on track! <em>443</em> Thu, 3 Jan 2013 16:21:00 EST 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40123_2013 Write the year "2013" on at least 10 of your checks. My mom taught me this trick years ago and now I no longer accidently write a check with the wrong year on it. <em>334</em> Tue, 1 Jan 2013 09:11:00 EST Whose water bottle is this? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40117_whose_water_bottle_is_this I happily now have my whole family drinking PLAIN water {though we used to LOVE Propel!} and with that accomplishment comes everyone's water bottle and no identification! So, we put our first initial or both intials on the cap and it solves the problem! Plus if someone is sick, I know WHICH water bottle is mine! Mon, 31 Dec 2012 15:58:00 EST Kindergarten http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40049_kindergarten ABC= Fruits, Vegetables, and Portions<br>123= water, calories, steps and sets <br>Will give you success and you will be in first grade in no time. Thu, 13 Dec 2012 02:25:00 EST a delicious, healthy, low cal treat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40010_a_delicious_healthy_low_cal_treat <br>Put a bunch of grapes in the freezer. They are absolutely yummy! I promise, you'll thank me! Tue, 4 Dec 2012 16:31:00 EST Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39952_happy_thanksgiving_everyone I'm Thankful for Sparkpeople and that I have lost 93lbs and I am no longer pre-diabetic. So many American children are in need this season...so dont forget to buy a toy tommorrow and donate to Toys For Tots... The Toys For Tots drive runs until Saturday December 17th...drop off a new toy at your local post office or drop off center. If you havent made a donation to your local food bank..do that too...not only will it make you feel good, you'll fill someone's tummy at Xmas! God Bless Everyon... Thu, 22 Nov 2012 06:09:00 EST I'm gonna "SPARK....YOU UP." http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39938_im_gonna_sparkyou_up When your music playlist becomes to repeatative for you to even care what's in your head.....check out the free i-Tunes "SparkPeople Radio" podcast.<br><br>It will help to keep your SPARK alit. Sat, 17 Nov 2012 03:35:00 EST Up your water intake http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39912_up_your_water_intake I take a 1.5 litre bottle of fizzy water to work and as soon as I sit down I put it on my desk with a glass. Every time I have a cup of coffee I pour a glass of water. It's amazing how much more water I drink that way. Sun, 11 Nov 2012 22:40:00 EST Up your water intake 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39911_up_your_water_intake Always have a glass of water on your desk, you'll be amazed how much you'll drink if it is there. Sun, 11 Nov 2012 22:39:00 EST Plan For Treats http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39901_plan_for_treats Plan for treats. It is unrealistic to think that you will never eat any of your favorite foods again. It will often make you crave them even more. Keep moderation and portion control in mind. When you have a birthday party or other celebration to attend, plan you day around it and you can still stay within your goals. Fri, 9 Nov 2012 09:17:00 EST Retreat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39887_retreat I took time for a spiritual retreat yesterday. Tue, 6 Nov 2012 10:05:00 EST Go Vote! Dont let Obama Care be repealed....why.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39884_go_vote_dont_let_obama_care_be_repealedwhy Obama Care saved me a fortune this year...almost $5,000 and my insurance premiums went down! Coverage for preventative care such as colonoscopies, mammograms, blood presure and diabetes screenings have been greatly expanded...some more affordable, some free. I am Voting for Obama, I see other things getting better too! Besides I dont want the Romney/Ryan ticket to take away a women's right to choose or for some not being able to go to planned parenthood....for pap smears, mammograms & more... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 12:47:00 EST I knit when I'm stressed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39882_i_knit_when_im_stressed Knitting keeps me away from stress eating! Mon, 5 Nov 2012 09:41:00 EST Being positive in a stressful situation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39845_being_positive_in_a_stressful_situation When something unravels, like our plumbing yesterday, I try to do something postive in getting it resolved. Yesterday I helped dh turn off the water, we cleaned out the waterbox, called the city maintenence man and then the plumber, got the area that needed fixing cleared out so the plumber could get into the tiny space. I think I gasped at the bill but was able to work out a payment plan so he could get all of his money in time. <em>198</em> Fri, 2 Nov 2012 17:22:00 EST Brush you teeth http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39701_brush_you_teeth Brushing my teeth right after my last meal of the day keeps me from snacking later in the evenng...brushing says I'm done eating for the day. Sun, 7 Oct 2012 19:46:00 EST Save the pot water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39655_save_the_pot_water When you boil eggs, save the pot of water and let it cool. Then use it to water your plants, as it is full of nutrients. Tue, 2 Oct 2012 09:11:00 EST Let it out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39638_let_it_out Instead of eating to try to ease the heartache why not just let it out? Scream, cry, and wallow for an hour and then pick yourself up, dry those eyes, blow that nose, and go get them tiger! <em>10</em> Sat, 29 Sep 2012 15:58:00 EST averting a binge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39628_averting_a_binge I was having a rough day at work and beginning to fantasize about a binge. Instead, I began washing my hands. It was a wonderful time out for me, the water felt soothing and I felt as if I was literally washing away my urge to binge. I think it's all about, when you're in that emotional moment and thinking that you need food to soothe, you can still get that "time out" in so many other ways, like washing your hands. I quite literally "washed away" the desire to eat out of emotion. <br> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 08:30:00 EST HELP WITH STRESS http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39600_help_with_stress My mother used to tell me and my siblings that stress causes cancer. I must have listened to her. When I feel a stressful situation coming on I ask God to help me with it. Sometimes it takes quite a bit of prayer, but I always seem to get the relief that I need. Through God all things are possible! Fri, 21 Sep 2012 20:01:00 EST stress buster http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39593_stress_buster how to get out stress mood .. Hobbies, knitting crochet and books and a great long walk .. it helps me Fri, 21 Sep 2012 00:20:00 EST Try To Get Pregnant? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39568_try_to_get_pregnant A Boston University study concluded that if you are trying to conceive a woman should drink at least two cups of tea per day. They were 27% more likely to be successful in becoming pregnant.<br><br>The study also revealed that if you drank soda you had a 20% lower chance of conceiving. Sun, 16 Sep 2012 07:33:00 EST Keeping Food Cravings at Bay http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39564_keeping_food_cravings_at_bay <em>665</em> When ever i have any Food Cravings eg Cheese, Pork Pies, etc, i always turn to the one thing that helps me to keep these temptations off.<br><br>I drink copious amounts of Cordial/Squash, then my cravings soon disappear, bearing in mind that i get through 2/3 1 litre bottles of Cordial/Squash a day/everyday. <em>212</em> <em>247</em> <em>665</em> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 09:30:00 EST Smooth away Static http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39560_smooth_away_static If your skirt clings to your pantyhose, smooth some handcream on to your legs (over your pantyhose), and it won't cling anymore. Thu, 13 Sep 2012 16:46:00 EST My recipe for good sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39551_my_recipe_for_good_sleep Turn computer & TV off 1 hour before going to sleep. Take one 3mg melatonin (ask your dr. first!) after turning off computer/TV. Take a cool shower (lowers your body temp. which is necessary for sleep). Read a book for 20 or 30 minutes. Have white noise (like a fan) in your room to drown out any outside noises. Wear a sleep mask to block out light. My "recipe" (most of which was recommended by my doc) works like a charm for this "former" insomniac. :-) Sleep tight! Wed, 12 Sep 2012 09:40:00 EST Chew gum!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39420_chew_gum Chew gum when you're hungry & water doesn't work. Get all the flavors you available to keep your mouth busy and happy! <em>244</em> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 22:07:00 EST Freeze grapes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39371_freeze_grapes to cool down white wine without watering it down. Cheers Tue, 21 Aug 2012 15:46:00 EST Take A Stand http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39366_take_a_stand Instead of sitting down to check your SparkPeople, Facebook, or other social networking sites- take a stand! Put your computer on the counter and check it while standing! This way you will spend less time on the computer, and even less time sitting. Science has also proven that the more time we spend on our feet and off our tush, the better we will feel, and the healthier we will become. You will also find more motivation to go do something- standing will make you more aware time spent online... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 06:14:00 EST Sun Tea for cooling off http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39268_sun_tea_for_cooling_off This summer, I've been putting 4 family-size tea bags in a two gallon glass jar with a lid and setting it our in the sun for a refreshing beverage. I leave it out for 3 hours and bring it in and put in the refrigerator so it's ready when I'm hot, thirsty and running on empty. A big glass of iced tea is a wonderful thirst-quencher and mood-enhancer. Fri, 10 Aug 2012 16:08:00 EST Sanitize your water bottle without bleach. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39184_sanitize_your_water_bottle_without_bleach Sanitize your reusable plastic water bottles by soaking in 1 cup of water added to a gallon of hot water for 30 minutes. This works well for any plastic item. Fri, 3 Aug 2012 18:31:00 EST my secret http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39151_my_secret i have been doing 1 tbsp of any kind of food for suppers,lunch i eat a salad with fruits in it ,radishs, cucumbers with peel and only 2 slices, and went to everything that has soy and natural things in it. cause i have allergeries to milk and milk products. Fri, 27 Jul 2012 19:50:00 EST Playing tricks http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39054_playing_tricks Last week i was having a real problem sticking to my allowance which was between 1400 - 1700. I felt really hungry, which,although i was drinking lots of water left me feeling bloated. I felt restricted, so I changed my calorie allowance to between 2000 and 2500, since, my highest calorie in intake for the day so far has been around 1550 cals, well within my original calorie allowance, I don't feel hungry, at all,nor do i feel restricted and scared that i am going to go over my allowance. Tue, 17 Jul 2012 17:12:00 EST Mayonaisse http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38868_mayonaisse Mayo on your haie, yup avoid eating it, but here is the thing, I use mayo in my hair once a week leave it in for 10 minutes then wash as normal I do it twice to make sure it is all out then condition as usual you will have healthy shiny and SOFT hair andd it help to grow out your hair Thu, 14 Jun 2012 09:19:00 EST frugal plant starter kits http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38750_frugal_plant_starter_kits The cheapest way I've found to start my garden plants and herbs is to re-use yogurt containers, eggshell cartons and the broken eggshells themselves. Using large plastic salad tubs as a mini greenhouse works great too! No more expensive jiffy pots and greenhouses for me. <em>427</em> Fri, 25 May 2012 20:56:00 EST How to sleep better http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38590_how_to_sleep_better I often have a terrible time falling asleep...which means I don't get enough, leading to overeating and no exercise the next day. Something that REALLY helps me is a stretching yoga routine--only 10 minutes--right before bed. It's relaxing and gives me a good stretch at the end of the day. I usually fall asleep quickly after that! Fri, 4 May 2012 15:34:00 EST Smack That Gum http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38587_smack_that_gum I am one of those people that eats food just because it is there and because I am bored. Whenever I find myself up against these times, I grab a piece of gum and pop it in my mouth. Love the delicious refreshing burst of Doublemint that fills my mouth and it takes away that longing for food. This has saved me many calories and Weight Watchers points so many times. You can find gum in my pocket or purse any time. Fri, 4 May 2012 14:50:00 EST Girl Scout Cookies http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38579_girl_scout_cookies How you donate to the Girl Scouts without bringing those addictive cookies in your home. You can help a GS troop & not have cookies in the house by donating the cookies. Fri, 4 May 2012 10:36:00 EST gerring your water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38543_gerring_your_water When it gets hard to get in all the water you should drink I go for either sparkling water with lemon or lime (other fruits would work as well) or Clear American (available at Wal-Mart), which is also a easy way to sneak in some vitamins as some of them contain vitamins and/or minerals that we need for health reasons. Fri, 27 Apr 2012 20:13:00 EST Easy Yummy Low Cal Faux Mocha Coffee http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38400_easy_yummy_low_cal_faux_mocha_coffee I love Mochas but I don't like the calories or the cost! I have found a great way to make my own at home. I use a 20 oz refillable travel mug, put in 1/2 packet of the 60 cal Low Cal Swiss Miss Hot Choc Mix, fill the cup with coffee leaving enough room to add 2 T Fat Free French Vanilla Creamer. Stir, put on your lid and sip through a few skinny straws. Yum! Thu, 5 Apr 2012 19:21:00 EST Baking soda hair wash and apple cider vinegar rinse http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38398_baking_soda_hair_wash_and_apple_cider_vinegar_rinse Use one tablespoon of baking soda in a cup of water instead of shampoo. <br><br>Since I started doing this, my hair does not fall out as much as it was using regular shampoo and conditioner.<br><br>Use the baking soda on your scalp and the acv rinse on the ends of your hair. Thu, 5 Apr 2012 00:51:00 EST Our Pets http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38309_our_pets Treasure your pets while you still have them. Their stay with us is so short. Sat, 24 Mar 2012 19:42:00 EST buying big items http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38236_buying_big_items just a word of advice, when buying any big item, tv, phone etc, make sure to check it first, not so much to see if it works, but to make sure its in one piece, or the right pieces, i bought a tv at wm last night and got home, started to cut open the box and realized something was wrong, opened it, and it was busted all to pieces, and whoever had done this, had left their screwdriver behind<br>so i spent the day running back to the wm and replacing it.<br>i kept the screwdriver!! Wed, 14 Mar 2012 16:23:00 EST Agnus Castus! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38234_agnus_castus This supplement has helped my PMS massively - I can't recommend it highly enough. Wed, 14 Mar 2012 15:23:00 EST No More Raccoon Eyes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38214_no_more_raccoon_eyes Ever forget to remove your eye makeup before swimming? Yikes!! <br><br>On days when I forget to ditch the mascara and eyeliner and don't have makeup remover with me, a little dab of hair conditioner on a tissue worked amazingly well. It cut right right through the mascara and eyeliner. It worked so well, I might actually stop using more expensive removers altogether! Mon, 12 Mar 2012 14:52:00 EST Sweet Tooth Fix for Dairy Allergies http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38205_sweet_tooth_fix_for_dairy_allergies I just tried making my own soy pudding with So Good So Nice, Coconut or Rice Dream. Recipes are online and so easy and it takes care of my sugar craving and is better for me. Serve really cold as is. Sun, 11 Mar 2012 17:20:00 EST faith http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38180_faith faith has a good part in weight loss <em>30</em> Fri, 9 Mar 2012 10:46:00 EST Girl Scout Cookies http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38066_girl_scout_cookies Now that it's Girl Scout cookie time, I give the girls some money and skip buyting the cookies. <em>30</em> Sun, 26 Feb 2012 15:03:00 EST Problems WITH Your Feet and Knees? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38054_problems_with_your_feet_and_knees Dreamproductscatalog.com has a variety of footwear & footcare products from diabetic socks, health slippers, sandals, insoles, etc. Check it out. The site has apparel, housewares, toys/hobbies and more at reasonable prices. Sat, 25 Feb 2012 10:20:00 EST Positive thoughts.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38019_positive_thoughts Don't judge your weight loss by the scales..there are other was to find out such as ...how much better you feel when you exercise it releases those happy endorphines!!!!.You can measure and also take note of wether your close is not snug anymore!!!! <em>48</em> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 19:39:00 EST How to get your 8 glass of water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37991_how_to_get_your_8_glass_of_water what i do is to drink my 1st 4 glasses right after my morning excerise that way i know i easily get by the remaining 4. I also comes with the advantage of keeping me full for some while. Fri, 17 Feb 2012 23:52:00 EST Hard time getting in so many Fruit and Veggies? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37974_hard_time_getting_in_so_many_fruit_and_veggies For anyone who can't seem to get enough fruit or veggies in a day,my advice is to throw them all in a blender with some fresh juice and some fiber (even a weetabix square works) and whiz it up and done. Once you get the hang of it,you can create your own flavours. Wed, 15 Feb 2012 20:32:00 EST what others think http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37925_what_others_think i do not let other people get to me about my weight......i chuckle.......because i know one day their mouths are going to drop with envy! <em>20</em> Sat, 11 Feb 2012 18:34:00 EST Grocery Shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37900_grocery_shopping Don't go grocery shopping hungry. You are more likely to stray from the healthy items on your grocery list out of hunger. Sat, 11 Feb 2012 09:12:00 EST Glass of water before I eat not any doing and a glass afterward http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37828_glass_of_water_before_i_eat_not_any_doing_and_a_glass_afterward <em>306</em> Fri, 3 Feb 2012 10:01:00 EST Acidic Stomach? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37815_acidic_stomach If you are suffering from acidity, try to suck on a piece of clove or have some yogurt as it will bring immediate relief to your tummy. Also Banana, cucumber & watermelon treats acidity naturally. Thu, 2 Feb 2012 06:33:00 EST Water intake secrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37793_water_intake_secrets When I drink my 10 8 oz glasses. I drink one with each meal. What the size of my glass is 24 oz so I drink 3 of those and then I drink one third of the 4th of the fourth glass to reach it. I drink the 24 oz glass since it helps me to keep on track. Tue, 31 Jan 2012 15:56:00 EST Water hint that worked for me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37775_water_hint_that_worked_for_me When I first get up, I drink at least 1 glass of lukewarm to warm water even before I get the coffee going. I take my morning med with another glass of warm water. I have even added lemon juice (real) to this warm water. That gets me at least 2 glasses of water before 7 a.m. I try to finish my water by 7 p.m. so that I can sleep through the night and not have to wake to pee. This secret has worked for me. I get more sleep and more water. Mon, 30 Jan 2012 22:07:00 EST Drinking enough water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37767_drinking_enough_water My way of drinking enough water is to make it a taste better by adding a little tea for flavor.<br><br>since posting this secret I have become a water connoisseur, adding fruits, cucumbers, and even vanilla flavoring to water. <br><br>I upped my water intake fro 6-8 glasses to 12-15 per day. Mon, 30 Jan 2012 14:42:00 EST The Year Of The Dragon http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37693_the_year_of_the_dragon Chinese New Year Starts January 23rd, it is the year of the Dragon. As a symbol of prosperity, display a large bowl of 8 to 10 oranges on your kitchen counter, Clear off your countertops and pantry, and remove unneeded items from your shelves so there will be room for new things to come into your life. They say it's important to open up lots of space in your home for new things to flow into your life. Clean Up Your Clutter! Donate what you don't need. Tue, 24 Jan 2012 07:45:00 EST The Color Red http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37675_the_color_red Red symbolizes strength & power, health, and vitality. In Chinese culture, wearing red is the color of luck and happiness. If you need energy, wear red or place a shot of red on your desk! Buy a new red wallet to attract wealth. Red promotes passion and love. Red stimulates the appetite so don't overdo or eat off a red plate! Sun, 22 Jan 2012 12:52:00 EST WHY IS AMERICA Sending China Foreign Aid? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37665_why_is_america_sending_china_foreign_aid The American President, Congress & Senate need to stop Foreign Aid & think about America & Americans. Foreign aid may save lives, but 1 in every 6 Americans are now going hungry. They are losng homes, going without health care. Charity begins at home! If nations need aid they should borrow from us like we borrow from China and with interest. Why are we still giving China foreign aid? Why Iraq or Afghanistan? WhySomalia, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, the Middle East , South Asia, Pakistan. WHY not us?<... Sat, 21 Jan 2012 15:14:00 EST PRIVACY http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37649_privacy NO NEED TO DO MUCH READING NOW THAT THERE IS A PRIVACY ATTACHED Thu, 19 Jan 2012 21:26:00 EST