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 Blood Brain Barrier...........Driving http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48503_blood_brain_barrierdriving The blood-brain barrier is a layer of tightly knit, fatty cells that form a nearly impenetrable shield between the brain and the bloodstream. This barrier helps to prevent harmful toxins and bacteria from entering the brain. However, it also blocks the passage of some drugs to diseased areas of the brain; in fact, 95 percent of all pharmacological agents that are tested for treating brain disorders fail because they can't cross the blood-brain barrier. Overcoming the difficulty of deliver... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 23:22:00 EST Never ask the man who loves you these 10 things http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48501_never_ask_the_man_who_loves_you_these_10_things Never Ask The Man Who Loves You These 10 Things<br><br>In every relationship, there are questions asked simply to fill the silence, in the heat of the moment, there are questions that are used to wound and there are always questions asked to eased one person’s anxiety about the relationship. However, psychologically speaking, there are some questions which can be harmful to your guy and harmful to your relationship. Here are ten questions you should never ask the man who loves you:<br><br><br... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 16:59:00 EST Major US School Districts Announce Switch to Antibiotic-Free Chicken http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48499_major_us_school_districts_announce_switch_to_antibioticfree_chicken Major US School Districts Announce Switch to Antibiotic-Free Chicken<br><br><br>With the advent of confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs), which can house tens of thousands of animals in a factory-style environment, the price of chicken dropped dramatically.1<br><br>Chicken quickly became the cheapest meat available in the US, and as a result, consumption has doubled since 1970. Unfortunately, experience makes it clear that it’s virtually impossible to mass-produce clean, safe, optimally ... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 12:44:00 EST Happiness and Laughter Are Natural Immune Boosters http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48498_happiness_and_laughter_are_natural_immune_boosters Happiness and Laughter Are Natural Immune Boosters<br><br><br>There are many studies supporting the belief that people with an upbeat and positive perspective tend to be healthier and enjoy longer lives. For example, in one study,1 the tendency to always expect the worst was linked to a 25 percent higher risk of dying before the age of 65.<br><br>Perhaps one of the most well-known forerunners of “the science of happiness” was Norman Cousins, who in 1964 was diagnosed with a life-threatening a... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 11:09:00 EST Check out Thrift Shops for Clothing Bargains in those In-Between Sizes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48493_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, 24 Sep 2016 07:10:00 EST Atrial Fibrillation and Exercise...Blood-Brain Barrier...Driving http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48489_atrial_fibrillation_and_exercisebloodbrain_barrierdriving Most people with the abnormal heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation (AF) actually benefit from exercise as long as their heart rate doesn't get too high. However, since you were only recently diagnosed, you may be in what's referred to as the "paroxysmal" stage of AF. During this stage, it is possible for physical activity to provoke an episode of AF, so check with your cardiologist to clarify how much physical activity is safe for you, and what your heart rate should be while exercisin... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 21:53:00 EST What religion is your bra http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48486_what_religion_is_your_bra Oh my Gosh I couldn't stop Laughing! share this with someone who needs a good laugh, too! lol<br><br>WHAT RELIGION IS YOUR BRA?<br><br>A man walked into the ladies department and shyly walked up to<br>the woman behind the counter and said,<br>'I'd like to buy a bra for my wife. '<br>' What type of bra?' asked the clerk.<br><br>'Type?' inquires the man, 'There's more than one type?'<br>' Look around,' said the saleslady, as she showed a sea of bras in every shape, size, color and material imag... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 18:24:00 EST How to Talk to Strangers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48482_how_to_talk_to_strangers How to Talk to Strangers<br><br><br>Talking to strangers in the store, in your neighborhood or on your daily commute is often a challenge. Most of us grew up hearing our parents say we shouldn't speak to strangers. This is an essential part of keeping your children safe, but it tends to isolate us as adults.<br><br>Research demonstrates that face-to-face communication integrates non-verbal cues and involves better turn-taking behaviors, pivotal during social interactions. Unfortunately, our d... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:44:00 EST Walk off the stress! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48480_walk_off_the_stress I couldn't pick a category for this secret. It is about staying positive, motivation and exercise!<br><br>Sometimes stress and worry can take away all my motivation. My sister CLEANS to handle stress, not my style. <br>I prefer to sit, and to eat...and eat. Now I have found that it can really help me to leave the house and take a walk. I leave the house not to get away from anyone, but to get away from the food. <br>Sometimes I also walk on the treadmill because then I can read. Readin... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:20:00 EST Fall is Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48479_fall_is_here October' by Edward Thomas<br>The green elm with the one great bough of gold<br><br>Lets leaves into the grass slip, one by one, --<br><br>The short hill grass, the mushrooms small milk-white,<br><br>Harebell and scabious and tormentil,<br><br>That blackberry and gorse, in dew and sun,<br><br>Bow down to; and the wind travels too light<br><br>To shake the fallen birch leaves from the fern;<br><br>The gossamers wander at their own will.<br><br>At heavier steps than birds' the squirrels scold.<b... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:08:00 EST There is no secret http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48473_there_is_no_secret the secret to weight loss is there is no secret. Fewer calories in versus calories burned. Period.88888888888888888888888888888888888<BR>88888888888888888888888888888888888888<BR>88888888888888888888888888888888888888<BR>88888888888888888888888888888888888888<BR>88888888888888888888888888888888888888<BR>88888888888888888888888888888888888888<BR>88888888888888888888888888888888888888<BR>88888888888888888888888888888888888888<BR>88888888888888888888888888888888888888<BR>8888888888888888888888... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:10:00 EST To live is like to love--all reason is against it, and all healthy instinct for it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48470_to_live_is_like_to_loveall_reason_is_against_it_and_all_healthy_instinct_for_it ..........................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>.................................. Thu, 22 Sep 2016 21:47:00 EST Burned Biscuits - Inspiring Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48468_burned_biscuits_inspiring_story <br>When I was a little child, my mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work.<br><br>On that evening so long ago, my mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned biscuits in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed! Yet all my dad did was reach for his biscuit, smile at my mom and ask me how my day was at school. I don’t remember what I told hi... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:46:00 EST How Gluten and Modern Food Processing Contribute to Poor Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48463_how_gluten_and_modern_food_processing_contribute_to_poor_health How Gluten and Modern Food Processing Contribute to Poor Health<br><br><br>“Gluten: A Gut Feeling” investigates the health effects of gluten. In recent years, the benefits of a gluten-free diet have become widely recognized, its popularity fueled by celebrity endorsements and an increasing number of books.<br><br>This includes The New York Times Best Seller, “Grain Brain,” written by Dr. David Perlmutter, a neurologist, in which he reveals how processed grains can trigger neurological dysfunc... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 08:26:00 EST Grief and Grieving http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48462_grief_and_grieving Grieving is hard work. First of all, what causes grief?<br><br>Grieving is the result of a loss. It can be the loss of a loved one, the loss of a relationship, a change in your situation – such as a job loss or move, a new diagnosis of an illness . . . the list goes on. The point, people grieve for all kinds of reasons.<br><br>How do you get through this period of grief, no matter what the cause? First and foremost, realize that there is no certain “way” to handle grief. It is individual... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:59:00 EST Soak Up Sweet Orange Oil’s Health Benefits http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48461_soak_up_sweet_orange_oils_health_benefits Soak Up Sweet Orange Oil’s Health Benefits<br><br><br>Orange (Citrus sinensis) belongs to the Rutaceae family. The fruit comes from a small grayish-brown bark tree, which is almost similar to a shrub. Its branches grow to a regular hemisphere shape with oval-shaped foliage that sprouts to at least 3 to 4 inches.<br><br>Its flowers are distinguished by its aromatic characteristic, and the circular fruit is rougher and darker in comparison to other varieties of citrus. It is said to be first ob... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:57:00 EST The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48456_the_true_meaning_of_life_is_to_plant_trees_under_whose_shade_you_do_not_expect_to_sit Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine..................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>..... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 22:40:00 EST If You're Going to Do Something Simply Do IT!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48454_if_youre_going_to_do_something_simply_do_it I’m feeling the need to vent. If you don’t know my background, I have spent most of my career opportunities in the realm of truck driver, warehouse, customer service, sales, marketing, and administration. But I found that if I say it out loud that I am going to do this or that, my follow through sucks!<br><br>I have good customer service I couldn’t have done my job well (and won awards) for promising one thing and delivering anything less than that. In sales, I wouldn’t have drastically impro... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 18:41:00 EST Man tries to impress woman http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48452_man_tries_to_impress_woman <br><br>(So picture this i’m a male customer standing in line behind a stuck up man and a beautiful blonde woman that he’s desperately trying to chat up, but he’s failing miserably. The server is a young girl who appears to be new at a her job).<br><br>Obnoxious Man: “Excuse me! I ordered skinny, non-sugar orange mocha chip Frappuccino! This isn’t skinny, AND there’s no whipped cream on it!”<br><br>Barista: “My apologies sir, let me get that sorted for you.”<br><br>Obnoxious Man to the blonde... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:56:00 EST Gluten-Free Diets Are Beneficial for Many — Not Just Those With Celiac Disease http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48448_glutenfree_diets_are_beneficial_for_many_not_just_those_with_celiac_disease Gluten-Free Diets Are Beneficial for Many — Not Just Those With Celiac Disease<br><br><br>In recent years, the benefits of a gluten-free diet have become widely recognized and, according to recent research, people are embracing gluten-free in ever-growing numbers, even though the number of Americans diagnosed with celiac disease has not increased since 2009.1,2,3,4<br><br>In 2009, an estimated 0.5 percent of Americans were on a gluten-free diet. By 2014, that number had more than tripled, to ... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:47:00 EST Life is worth sharing http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48447_life_is_worth_sharing I hope you all enjoy this.<br><br>Old married couples like Rick and me can get settled in their routines. Take weeknights at our house. Rick's pickup would rumble up the drive around 7:30 p.m. Another long day at his auto shop, and late enough that our 12-year-old, Thomas, the only one of our three kids still at home, and I would've eaten already. I'd zap Rick's dinner in the microwave. He'd come in, give me a kiss, wash up. I'd put his plate on the table. A quick blessing, and he'd dig in. T... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:47:00 EST Simple Home Remedies May Stop an Earache http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48446_simple_home_remedies_may_stop_an_earache Simple Home Remedies May Stop an Earache<br><br><br>Earaches originate from a number of different causes. Although potentially painful and frustrating, most are not dangerous. As with most symptoms you experience, it is an indication of something wrong. It's important to also pinpoint the origin of the pain and not just treat the symptom.<br><br>More children than adults suffer from earaches. Your child's pediatrician may offer antibiotics or pain medication for an earache; however, research ... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:45:00 EST GR8 DAY............. .KKKK... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48437_gr8_day_kkkk ..........................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>.................................. Tue, 20 Sep 2016 21:58:00 EST 12 phychological hacks that will help you gain the advantage in social situatins http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48435_12_phychological_hacks_that_will_help_you_gain_the_advantage_in_social_situatins .<br><br>12 Psychological Hacks that Will Help You Gain the Advantage in Social Situations.<br>T<br><br><br>These are some cool psychological hacks that will help you to improve the outcome of any social situation.<br><br>#1. If you want to know about something from someone , ask them a question and when they are done answering , keep silent and maintain an eye contact. They will tell you some more stuff, almost everything.<br><br>#2. When you try to convince someone over something, make sure... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:12:00 EST How Apple Cider Vinegar Can Change Your Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48426_how_apple_cider_vinegar_can_change_your_life How Apple Cider Vinegar Can Change Your Life<br><br><br>Vinegar is said to have been discovered around 5000 BC, when unattended grape juice turned into wine and then vinegar. Originally used as a food preservative, vinegar’s medicinal uses soon came to light.<br><br>Hippocrates used vinegar to manage wounds, while medical practitioners in the 1700s used it to treat everything from poison ivy and croup to stomach aches. Vinegar was even used to treat diabetes.1<br><br>Vinegar, which means “sou... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 09:38:00 EST "Replace Toxin-Laden Paper Products with Eco-Friendly Bamboo" http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48424_replace_toxinladen_paper_products_with_ecofriendly_bamboo "Replace Toxin-Laden Paper Products with Eco-Friendly Bamboo"<br><br>In a world where many people consume tons of disposable paper products daily, at some point it must be realized that there is a better, more environmentally friendly way.<br><br>On a global scale, it takes roughly 27,000 trees EACH DAY to make toilet paper.<br><br>It also takes about 17 trees and 20,000 gallons of water to make one ton of paper towels. In the US alone, 3,000 tons of paper towel waste is produced DAILY.<br><b... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 09:08:00 EST Spring is in the air :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48415_spring_is_in_the_air_ ..........................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>.................................. Mon, 19 Sep 2016 18:53:00 EST Do these 5 things before bed to bun fat while you sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48413_do_these_5_things_before_bed_to_bun_fat_while_you_sleep Do These 5 Things Before Bed To Burn Fat While You Sleep!<br><br><br><br>Putting on weight can happen in a matter of a day, however, losing the same amount of weight can take months together. What you do before bed has a huge impact on whether your sleep results in weight loss or weight gain. Here are a few effective weight loss tips to follow every night, which can help you lose weight while your sleep.<br><br>1. HAVE PROTEIN-RICH DINNER<br><br>Choose protein over sweets to curb late-night h... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 17:10:00 EST The secret is there is no secret... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48404_the_secret_is_there_is_no_secret The big secret is; that there is no secret. We all are aware that the only way to lose and maintain weight loss is diet and exercise. There are no short cuts to weight loss that are permanent other than diet and exercise. We know that we must control our portion sizes, what we eat and how often we eat. There are no bad foods, we know that moderation is the key. We know that we can not starve ourselves to the weight we want, we must work hard at it and be active to achieve our health and fit... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:34:00 EST How Your Diet Can Significantly Improve Your Vision http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48402_how_your_diet_can_significantly_improve_your_vision How Your Diet Can Significantly Improve Your Vision<br><br>Aging is inevitable, but are age-related problems such as poor vision absolute givens? Contrary to popular belief, your vision is largely dependent on your lifestyle. Nourishing your eyes with appropriate nutrients throughout the years can go a long way toward maintaining good eyesight well into your senior years.<br><br>Moreover, even if your eyesight has started to deteriorate, evidence suggests you can stop the deterioration. You m... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:23:00 EST the colors of fall are coming http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48401_the_colors_of_fall_are_coming My wife and I went for a drive up by the mountain to see what we could see this season. It was a good time with waterfalls, falling leaves and pretty sights to see. I love taking those special adventure times with her as it never grows old. As I look out the window this morning at the leave starting to turn I am reminded of one of my favorite fall poems. The Autumn by <br>Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1833)<br><br><br>Go, sit upon the lofty hill,<br>And turn your eyes around,<br>Where waving ... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:02:00 EST another Gr8 Day :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48397_another_gr8_day_ ..........................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>.................................. Mon, 19 Sep 2016 01:13:00 EST Spring is in the air :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48377_spring_is_in_the_air_ In three words I can sum up everything I know about life. It goes on.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,<BR>,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,<BR>,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,<BR>,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,<BR>,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,<BR>,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,<BR>,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,<BR>,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,<BR>,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,..........<BR>......................................<BR>.......... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 20:36:00 EST Staying Organized beware of drifting http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48376_staying_organized_beware_of_drifting <br>Staying Organized...Beware of Drifting <br><br><br>Last week, a friend asked if I wanted to go out for a ride on her pontoon boat with a few other friends. It was early evening getting close to sunset, the weather was absolutely gorgeous, and she said she'd bring dessert onboard. Trust me, she didn't have to twist my arm. It was such a lovely time catching up with my girlfriends...and enjoying a peaceful ride as we watched the sun go down. The key lime pie she baked earlier was amazing as... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 18:59:00 EST Let us take an adventure http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48371_let_us_take_an_adventure Remembering adventures I have taken brings to mind a poem or two.<br><br>Stardust Road<br><br>"Soft defense is driven by my thoughts,<br>I vanish away into yesterday’s scenic road,<br>Set the mood among the dark clouds,<br>Wish I could go back to the night, of fourteen and cold.<br>Tell me not to look up and cover myself with the world.<br><br>Sorry I could not stay, <br>One too many excuses & lies,<br>To where they never fixed themselves;<br>I could not handle the air,<br>I had to breathe ri... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 11:09:00 EST 12 Healthy Houseplants That Improve Your Indoor Air Quality http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48368_how_indoor_air_pollution_impacts_your_health 12 Healthy Houseplants That Improve Your Indoor Air Quality<br><br><br>Did you know that some air pollutants are 100 times more concentrated in your home than they are outside? You are dependent on quality air to support your respiratory system and your overall health.<br><br>Unfortunately, several sociological studies demonstrate the average amount of time a person living in the U.S. spends indoors is close to 92 percent of their day. The data indicates people who are employed spend 2 percen... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 09:03:00 EST Check out Thrift Shops for Clothing Bargains in those In-Between Sizes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48366_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, 17 Sep 2016 06:23:00 EST another Gr8 Day :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48363_another_gr8_day_ Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 23:01:00 EST Divorce man writes marriage advice every man should read http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48355_divorce_man_writes_marriage_advice_every_man_should_read This Divorced Man Wrote Some Beautiful Marriage Advice Every Man Should Read.<br><br>A newly-divorced man revealed on Facebook the advice he wished he’d known before tying the knot. Gerald Rogers, who works as a motivational speaker in Utah, wrote down 20 tips for men on how to save a marriage. Here’s the text in full.<br><br>“Obviously, I’m not a relationship expert. But there’s something about my divorce being finalized this week that gives me perspective of things I wish I would have done ... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 15:11:00 EST OH MY WORD! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48351_oh_my_word Do you binge or eat out of control? Eating the wrong things or excessive amounts because of others? Really? This is not the normal blog that you see from this old woman. It is one of information about me and proclamation! This is my pledge to me. No songs, no scripture, just resolve this morning. So with that said, here goes.<br><br> Struggles may come because of our reactions. I have a problem with my reactions. It is usually in my REACTIONS that I stumble. I AM NOT responsible for wha... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:32:00 EST remembering a dear friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48348_remembering_a_dear_friend Dear Lois,<br><br>Through The Years<br>© Emily More By Emily<br><br>You helped me laugh <br>You dried my tears <br>Because of you, I have no fears<br>Together we live <br>Together we grow<br>Teaching each other what we must know<br>You came in my life and I was blessed <br>I love you, friend <br>You are the best<br>Release my hand and say good-bye <br>Please, my friend, don't you cry<br>I promise you this, it's not the end <br>'Cause like I said, you're my friend<br><br>To My Friend<br>© Sara... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 10:13:00 EST Fibromyalgia: Find Out More About This Chronic Disease http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48347_fibromyalgia_find_out_more_about_this_chronic_disease Fibromyalgia: Find Out More About This Chronic Disease<br><br>Do you experience constant pain and fatigue all over your body for months at a time? Does this feeling of exhaustion cause you to lose sleep, develop headaches, or suffer cognitive problems (like mixing up or forgetting names) all the time? Beware: these are all symptoms of fibromyalgia.<br><br>Characterized by musculoskeletal pain and tenderness all over the body, fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that’s said to be caused b... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:40:00 EST The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48334_the_true_meaning_of_life_is_to_plant_trees_under_whose_shade_you_do_not_expect_to_sit ..........................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>.................................. Thu, 15 Sep 2016 22:06:00 EST Men-O-Pause Here I Come http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48331_menopause_here_i_come So the celebration of the end of my cycle should be rounding the corner as I turn the magical age of 47. I have been waiting for signs of my menstrual cycle pausing and no more mensies.... WOOHOO!! But what is not really glorified is the process to get from monthly cycles to no cycles can be extremely challenging. So say the least, for some and most its down right disruptive!!! Pretty much like the start of womanhood and so shall it be with the end of childbearing hood shall I say.... <br><br... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:26:00 EST Love Your Children..They Are God's Gift. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48330_love_your_childrenthey_are_gods_gift Love Your Children..They Are God's Gift.<br><br><br><br>A teacher from Primary School asked her students to write a essay about what they would like God to do for them. At the end of the day, while marking the essays, she read one that made her very emotional.<br><br>Her husband, who had just walked in, saw her crying and asked her ‘What happened?’ She answered ‘Read this. It is one of my students’ essay.’<br><br>‘Oh God, tonight I ask you something very special. Make me into a television. I ... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:19:00 EST The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48315_the_true_meaning_of_life_is_to_plant_trees_under_whose_shade_you_do_not_expect_to_sit zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz<BR>zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz<BR>zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz<BR>zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz<BR>zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz<BR>zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz<BR>zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz<BR>zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz<BR>zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz<BR>zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz<BR>zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz<BR>zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:05:00 EST How Long Is It Going to Take You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48310_how_long_is_it_going_to_take_you <br><br><br>How long does it take you to empty the dishwasher, to shower, to get dressed after your shower, to mow the lawn, or to grocery shop? Knowing the answer to these questions, on average, can help you better manage your time.<br><br>Most people grossly underestimate the time it's going to take them to accomplish something. What results from this underestimation is often 1) the feeling that you didn't get as much done as you had hoped, 2) you end up getting somewhere later than you wan... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 16:41:00 EST Indoor Pollution in Your Car http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48307_indoor_pollution_in_your_car Indoor Pollution in Your Car<br><br>What happens to drivers who spend hours commuting back and forth to work each week? One of the unfortunate risks is the increased number of hours you may spend inactive behind the wheel of your car.<br><br>Inactivity may increase your risk of a number of different health conditions including cardiovascular disease, problems with weight management, type 2 diabetes and poor fitness.<br><br>However, it isn't only your inactivity in the car that raises your ris... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 10:21:00 EST It is not enough to aim, you must hit. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48297_it_is_not_enough_to_aim_you_must_hit xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx<BR>xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx<BR>xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx<BR>xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx<BR>xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx<BR>xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx<BR>xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx<BR>xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx<BR>xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx<BR>xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx<BR>xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx<BR>xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 22:22:00 EST How a CeO taught his employees a lesson in integrity http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48294_how_a_ceo_taught_his_employees_a_lesson_in_integrity How One CEO Taught His Employees A Lesson In Integrity<br><br><br><br>A successful business man was growing old and knew it was time to choose a successor to take over the business.<br><br>Instead of choosing one of his Directors or his children, he decided to do something different. He called all the young executives in his company together.<br><br>He said, “It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO. I have decided to choose one of you..”<br><br>The young executives were Shocked... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 20:26:00 EST How to Prevent Lower Back Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48288_how_to_prevent_lower_back_pain How to Prevent Lower Back Pain<br><br>Back pain affects about 8 out of 10 people. But there are many steps you can take to avoid it. One of the best things you can do to prevent back pain is to exercise regularly and keep your back and abdominal muscles strong.<br><br>Here are some quick pointers to prevent back problems:<br><br>Always stretch before any strenuous physical activity (in fact it would be wise to engage in a regular stretching program like active isolated stretching, which is wh... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:39:00 EST colors of Fall http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48285_colors_of_fall A few of my favorite Fall poems are as follows:<br><br>(1) The Last Leaf by Harry Behn.<br><br>A few leaves stay for a while on the trees<br>After their color begins to turn,<br>And no other leaves seem as gold as these<br>Not even the ones our bonfires burn<br>With golden flames in piles on the ground.<br>A few leaves stay so long that I found<br>The one last leaf on a tree in the snow,<br>And when a galloping wind came round<br>The edge of our house and started to blow<br>Snow dust to spark... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 09:53:00 EST Use of lemons http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48276_use_of_lemons Cut A Lemon In 4 Parts, Add Salt and Put It In The Middle Of The Kitchen. This Will Save You A Fortune!<br><br><br><br>Lemon has countless health benefits and numerous household uses. There is nothing better than the smell of fresh lemons, it can make a place feel clean and refreshing. The citrus smell will naturally replace the bad trash can smell. That’s why so many cleaning products use citrus to scent their products. This effective trick will help you eliminate the bad smells in your kitc... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 19:34:00 EST Nothing can stop the man or Woman with the right mental attitude from achieving his or her goal; http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48273_nothing_can_stop_the_man_or_woman_with_the_right_mental_attitude_from_achieving_his_or_her_goal ..........................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>.................................. Mon, 12 Sep 2016 18:17:00 EST Kia maia te awha tu maiangitia he au. Brave the storm and Dance in the Rain http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48257_kia_maia_te_awha_tu_maiangitia_he_au_brave_the_storm_and_dance_in_the_rain ..........................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>.................................. Sun, 11 Sep 2016 18:08:00 EST Football Game On TV? It's the Perfect Time to. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48253_football_game_on_tv_its_the_perfect_time_to Football Game On TV? It's the Perfect Time to... <br><br><br>Football season is officially scheduled to begin this Thursday. I can't say that I follow football very closely, although it's kind of hard not to. Where I live in Wisconsin, there's always a Green Bay Packers fan nearby. My dad, in New Jersey, is always calling me about the New York Giants score or one of the players that's either 'crushing it' or on the injured list. Plus, it's very tough to NOT be up-to-date on football, and ever... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 16:29:00 EST Football Game On TV? It's the Perfect Time to. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48252_football_game_on_tv_its_the_perfect_time_to Football Game On TV? It's the Perfect Time to... <br><br><br>Football season is officially scheduled to begin this Thursday. I can't say that I follow football very closely, although it's kind of hard not to. Where I live in Wisconsin, there's always a Green Bay Packers fan nearby. My dad, in New Jersey, is always calling me about the New York Giants score or one of the players that's either 'crushing it' or on the injured list. Plus, it's very tough to NOT be up-to-date on football, and ever... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 16:29:00 EST Try to Remember http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48248_try_to_remember <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <br>Remembering that horrible morning fifteen years ago. <br><br>God Bless America! Land that I love <br>Stand Beside her, and guide her <br>Through the night with the light from above <br>From the mountains to the parries <br>To the oceans white with foam <br>God Bless America, my home sweet home!<br> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <br>... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 11:28:00 EST The Amazing Power of Music Revealed http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48246_the_amazing_power_of_music_revealed The Amazing Power of Music Revealed<br><br>Music, exercise, and more than 7,000 runners who recently raced in a half-marathon in London were under the influence of a powerful performance-enhancing stimulant -- pop music.<br><br>The music at London's "Run to the Beat" race was selected on the basis of the research and consultation of sport psychologist Costas Karageorghis. He has learned how to devise soundtracks that are just as powerful, if not more so, as some of the less legal substances t... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 10:18:00 EST Spring is in the air :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48239_spring_is_in_the_air_ ..........................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>.................................. Sat, 10 Sep 2016 21:13:00 EST 10 things you can learn that will be useful in your life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48234_10_things_you_can_learn_that_will_be_useful_in_your_life 10 Things You Can Learn Right Now In 1 Minute That Will Be Useful For Your Life.<br><br><br><br>There is so much we can learn that would make our lives easier. Listed below are 10 things that can be learned and performed in a minute or less and can make the load that little bit lighter.<br><br>1. ULTIMATE ELEVATOR HACK<br><br>To go directly to your floor, press and hold the CLOSE button before the doors close. Press and hold the button for your floor while still pressing the CLOSE button. W... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 15:12:00 EST Ease of reporting to my health care professionals http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48233_ease_of_reporting_to_my_health_care_professionals This is in the Everything Else forum because it truly is not any one of the features that are involved in this secret. It involves the 'my Nutrition' and 'my Fitness' reports. I use the reports part to send over a weekly food usage and calorie count. Great to be able to also add my daily notes that make all notation possible that my Dr's are working with. My 4th try on logging things was getting no were. Yesterday I figured out how I could run these reports. I have now started using my info d... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 14:34:00 EST Children Who Sleep More Eat Fewer Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48231_children_who_sleep_more_eat_fewer_calories Children Who Sleep More Eat Fewer Calories<br><br><br>In the US, more than one-third of children and adolescents are overweight or obese. Eighteen percent of American children between the ages of six and 11 are in the obese category—up from seven percent in 1980.1<br><br>Five percent of American children are “severely obese,” which puts them at grave risk for chronic diseases which typically only afflict adults, such as heart and liver disease.<br><br>It’s an epidemic that likely has just as ... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 12:14:00 EST Why Baking Soda Can Be Essential for Rescuing Earthquake Survivors http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48228_why_baking_soda_can_be_essential_for_rescuing_earthquake_survivors Why Baking Soda Can Be Essential for Rescuing Earthquake Survivors<br><br><br>Sodium bicarbonate, better known as baking soda, is one of the most versatile substances on Earth. Not only can you keep a box in your refrigerator to absorb odors, but you can also keep a box in your bathroom for cleaning and another in your pantry for baking.<br><br>This modest molecule, the monosodium salt of carbonic acid, also has alkalinizing and electrolyte replacement properties.1 For a product that can be p... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 10:45:00 EST Your birth order http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48223_your_birth_order <br><br>Your Birth Order Says A Lot About Your Personality<br><br><br><br>Your birth order can really affect your personality. We all are more or less familiar with these common 4 stereotypes when it comes to birth order personalities:the only child always have trouble in sharing his or her feeling, the oldest child is always bossy, the youngest ones are naughty and spoilt and the middle – well the middle is stuck in the middle. Let us now look closely at each birth order along with typical c... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 08:57:00 EST Check out Thrift Shops for Clothing Bargains in those In-Between Sizes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48222_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, 10 Sep 2016 07:41:00 EST Spring is in the air :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48215_spring_is_in_the_air_ Spring is in the air :)........................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>............. Fri, 9 Sep 2016 21:50:00 EST Me of many http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48210_me_of_many With being sick for so long and making comfort food decisions for eating it has over taken my life. I want to be able to play and run with my grandchildren, walk more then a block without feeling breathless or the feeling like my legs are going to fall off. I don't want to feel ashamed of myself and the way I look.<br> I've come to realize that no fad diet or pill is going to work for me but the advise I've gotten from my doctor for years to change my life style has finally sunk in. I have a... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 14:45:00 EST What is Thyroid-Related Fatigue? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48207_what_is_thyroidrelated_fatigue What is Thyroid-Related Fatigue?<br><br>Fatigue, yawning Not all fatigue or tiredness is due to thyroid malfunction, so how do you tell the difference?<br><br>Thyroid-related fatigue begins to appear when you cannot sustain energy long enough, especially when compared to a past level of fitness or ability. If your thyroid foundation is weak, sustaining energy output is difficult. You will notice you just don’t seem to have the energy to do the things you used to be able to do.<br><br>Some of ... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 10:44:00 EST Morning my fano happy dads day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48193_morning_my_fano_happy_dads_day Snow again last night wonderful,................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>............ Thu, 8 Sep 2016 18:07:00 EST Morning my fano happy dads day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48192_morning_my_fano_happy_dads_day Snow again last night wonderful,................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>............ Thu, 8 Sep 2016 18:07:00 EST Dealing With Stressful Times http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48190_dealing_with_stressful_times On a daily basis, or shall I say on average, I deal with stress. I don't know about you, but I have so many things going with me, hubs, the kids, job, dog Shadow and oh MIL. Yes, she is now live in and she has a bevy of medications and complaints like I have NEVER seen!!! But do NOT get me started on that because when I am around her, my pressure goes up. <br><br>Anyho, back to several ways of dealing with stress. No matter I get everything ready and prepped to go for the next day or what hav... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 14:36:00 EST I have container clutter http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48188_i_have_container_clutter sharing I am a container addict LOL<br><br>I Have Container Clutter! <br> <br>A READER ASKS...<br><br>I am a brand new reader...and I am loving your information! I have every organizing tool in the world...baskets, bins, hooks, containers, all in different shapes, sizes, colors, and styles...and I don't know what to do with all of it. In fact, the organizing tools are causing clutter. Lots of empty containers and nothing in them! Any thoughts?<br><br><br>MARIA GRACIA RESPONDS...<br><br>Hi ... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 10:33:00 EST living life with children never lose your childs Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48181_living_life_with_children_never_lose_your_childs_heart Today is the first day in the rest of my life - thank goodness I wake up in the mornings to appreciate everything in my life:)....................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>........................................ Thu, 8 Sep 2016 01:10:00 EST living life with children never lose your childs Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48180_living_life_with_children_never_lose_your_childs_heart Today is the first day in the rest of my life - thank goodness I wake up in the mornings to appreciate everything in my life:)....................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>........................................ Thu, 8 Sep 2016 01:10:00 EST living life with children never lose your childs Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48179_living_life_with_children_never_lose_your_childs_heart Today is the first day in the rest of my life - thank goodness I wake up in the mornings to appreciate everything in my life:)....................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>........................................ Thu, 8 Sep 2016 01:10:00 EST Tired and Worn...OA RA PA Fibromyalgia http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48175_tired_and_wornoa_ra_pa_fibromyalgia I have to go for Infusion Treatments and for those who have Osteoarthritis... Rheumatoid...Psoriatic Fibromyalgia.. I hit the Jack Pot...I have been on all kinds of Treatments but you have it you know it.. Pain is not so much fun and there is a lot of things no one will every understand till they have it.. with fibromyalgia there are no visible signs of the disease or injury in the affected areas... Psoriatic will attack your immune system attacks the joints and causes inflammation and pai... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 19:41:00 EST Astragalus Oil: The Life-Sustaining Oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48161_astragalus_oil_the_lifesustaining_oil Astragalus Oil: The Life-Sustaining Oil<br>What Is Astragalus Oil?<br><br>Astragalus oil comes from the root of a plant known as Astragalus membranaceus, which has various names like Huang Qi, Bei Qi, and Hwanqqi.1 It is native to northern China and the elevated regions of the Chinese provinces like Yunnan and Sichuan.2<br><br>A member of the pea family, astragalus was coined “Huang Qi,” which means “yellow leader” because of its yellow root. The plant also has a sweet-smelling yellow blossom... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 10:26:00 EST Remembering Him Always http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48158_remembering_him_always When times are tough and you feel all is lost then remember He is always there. For example:<br><br>38 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:<br><br>2 “Who is this who darkens counsel<br>By words without knowledge?<br>3 Now prepare yourself like a man;<br>I will question you, and you shall answer Me.<br>4 “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?<br>Tell Me, if you have understanding.<br>5 Who determined its measurements?<br>Surely you know!<br>Or who stre... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 09:41:00 EST another Gr8 Day :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48150_another_gr8_day_ ..........................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>.................................. Wed, 7 Sep 2016 03:08:00 EST Getting a garden going http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48148_getting_a_garden_going There is nothing better than fresh veggies from the garden to supplement a meal or make it a main one! Tonight I made sweet and spicy tomato soup and the recipe said the secret was the tomatoes and my soup was excellent because I have tasty homegrown tomatoes! !<br><br>Every day I go out to my garden and reap great bounty of eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes and peppers. I have also grown this year spinach, lettuce and chives. <br><br>So what is the secret to getting a garden going? For me it... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 01:32:00 EST Memory Really Does Matter http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48145_memory_really_does_matter Memory matters. Many of my patients notice a decline in their memories, most commonly beginning in their early 50s. Most fear Alzheimer's disease (AD), especially if they have seen a family member affected by it. With more patients aging healthily into their 80s and beyond, we are seeing a greater portion of the population developing some form of dementia. So, how can you tell if you or a family member is affected by early dementia, or if the memory loss is normal and age-related or may b... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 22:14:00 EST Dealing with fear http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48133_dealing_with_fear I Remember the Blood-Curdling Screams... <br><br><br>I just had to take my daughter to the doctor for some immunizations she needed done before school. She has never been a fan of needles. I don't blame her. I remember some pretty loud, blood-curdling screams when she was younger. As the years went by, however, she got braver and braver...the loud cries turned into whimpers, the whimpers turned into watery eyes, and the watery eyes turned into a brave smile at this most recent visit.<br><br>N... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 13:34:00 EST another Gr8 Day :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48120_another_gr8_day_ ..........................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>.................................. Mon, 5 Sep 2016 23:00:00 EST Holiday and Cookouts...Don't forget.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48115_holiday_and_cookoutsdont_forget Well a new year is getting started here and School will be starting with full force... I am happy to see it taking off with a bang... We had to take things over to my daughter and she is going to get the girls their hair done and uniforms ready before they cook out... I am sure she will be happy to start her second job up this next week.. She drives a little School Bus for a Daycare and they didn't have her doing the Summer cause they just call it camp but she did a couple of runs for a few o... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 16:10:00 EST Master your body clock to eat, sleep and work more efficently http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48097_master_your_body_clock_to_eat_sleep_and_work_more_efficently Master Your “Body Clock” to Eat, Sleep, and Work More Efficiently.<br><br><br><br>Want to maximize your health and productivity? Here are the best times to eat, sleep, work, exercise – and do everything else.<br>6AM – 9AM<br><br>When you wake in the morning your metabolism is slow. Your blood vessels are constricted after sleeping.<br>Having cold shower in morning can help “shock” your body awake, it will increase your alertness and fight away that drowsiness.<br>At this time exercise actuall... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 20:10:00 EST A Day Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48095_a_day_off Taking today off <br><br> <em>463</em> <em>463</em> <em>463</em> <em>463</em> <em>463</em> <em>463</em> <em>463</em> <br>Take some me time and enjoy the holiday and<br><br>Make today the greatest day of your life…<br> <em>211</em> Until tomorrow!<br> <em>463</em> <em>463</em> <em>463</em> <em>463</em> <em>463</em> <em>463</em> <em>463</em> <br><br> <em>463</em> <em>463</em> <em>463</em> <em>463</em> <em>463</em> <em>463</em> <em>46... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 17:27:00 EST Yule: A Sabbat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48094_yule_a_sabbat Yule is celebrated on the shortest day of the year, Midwinter Solstice, and it is also the darkest day of the year. Yule is a celebration of the rebirth of the Sun during this time. Midwinter takes on a major turning point in the yearly cycle. Yule is also known as the Witches Sabbath and is also known as the festival of Saturn and is a sacred time. Yule is not just a Celtic holiday, but an American one as well. Yule begins on December 21st and end of December 31st.<br><br>Yule come from the ... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 15:38:00 EST Citronella Oil: More Than Just a Bug Repellent http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48088_citronella_oil_more_than_just_a_bug_repellent Citronella Oil: More Than Just a Bug Repellent<br><br>If you are a fan of aromatherapy, you're probably familiar with citronella oil. Citronella is also often added to a variety of personal care and cleaning products and provides numerous benefits.<br><br>What Is Citronella Oil?<br><br>Citronella essential oil is obtained from the Cymbopogon genus plant family.1 More precisely, it is extracted through steam distillation of the grasses Cymbopogon nardus (Jowitt) and Cymbopogon winterianus (Ren... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 09:58:00 EST Check out Thrift Shops for Clothing Bargains in those In-Between Sizes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48086_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, 4 Sep 2016 08:15:00 EST Morning my fano happy dads day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48083_morning_my_fano_happy_dads_day ..........................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>.................................. Sat, 3 Sep 2016 23:15:00 EST 3 Management Lessons That Everyone Should Know. #2 Is Priceless http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48078_3_management_lessons_that_everyone_should_know_2_is_priceless <br><br><br>Lesson 1/6:<br><br>A man is getting into the shower just as his wife is finishing up her shower, when the doorbell rings.<br>The wife quickly wraps herself in a towel and runs downstairs.<br>When she opens the door, there stands Bob, the next-door neighbor.<br>Before she says a word, Bob says, ‘I’ll give you $800 to drop that towel.’<br>After thinking for a moment, the woman drops her towel and stands naked in front of Bob, after a few seconds, Bob hands her $800 and leaves.<br>Th... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 16:24:00 EST Some Me Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48075_some_me_time <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <br>7:30 Saturday morning kick-off! <br>But then, 10:30 Saturday morning victory! <br>Life is good! <br> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <br><br>Today is a day for me. Every now and then we have to set everything else aside and just have some "me time". Today is the day.<br><br>Started off early this m... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 11:33:00 EST CAUTION: Bones Can Kill Your Dog – Find Out Which Ones are Safe http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48074_caution_bones_can_kill_your_dog_find_out_which_ones_are_safe CAUTION: Bones Can Kill Your Dog – Find Out Which Ones are Safe<br><br><br>It’s the oldest cliché in the book: Dogs love to chew on bones. But the FDA is warning that this time-honored tradition could be dangerous—and even deadly—for dogs.<br><br>“Some people think it’s safe to give dogs large bones, like those from a ham or a roast,” says Dr. Carmela Stamper, a veterinarian in the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine. “Bones are unsafe no matter what their size. Giving your dog a bone may ma... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 11:14:00 EST Spearmint Oil: The Gentler Mint Oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48073_spearmint_oil_the_gentler_mint_oil Spearmint Oil: The Gentler Mint Oil<br><br>Peppermint oil is strong, too strong for some people. It may induce skin irritations and other side effects. If you’re looking for a safer mint oil, look to peppermint’s cousin: spearmint (Mentha spicata), also known by names such as the common or garden spearmint, green mint, fish mint, or our lady’s mint.1<br><br>This herb is known for its distinct aroma. It is also a favorite in the culinary world, added to dishes and beverages or used as a garnis... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 09:54:00 EST living life with children never lose your childs Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48067_living_life_with_children_never_lose_your_childs_heart ..........................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>.................................. Fri, 2 Sep 2016 22:47:00 EST Why do we shout in anger http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48065_why_do_we_shout_in_anger Why Do We Shout in Anger?<br><br><br><br>A master asked his disciples:<br><br>‘Why do we shout in anger? Why do people shout at each other when they are upset?’<br>The disciples thought for a while, and one of them said<br><br>‘Because we lose our calm, we shout for that.’<br>‘But, why to shout when the other person is just next to you? ‘Isn’t it possible to speak to him or her with a soft voice? Why do you shout at a person when you’re angry?’<br><br>The disciples gave him some other answers... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 16:34:00 EST Clove Bud Oil: The Plant-Based Dental Aid http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48061_clove_bud_oil_the_plantbased_dental_aid Clove Bud Oil: The Plant-Based Dental Aid<br><br>You're probably familiar with clove, an aromatic spice that is commonly used in Indian and Chinese culture as seasoning and for medicinal purposes. Cloves, also known as clove buds, gained popularity all over the world, especially in the western hemisphere, during the 7th century because of their health benefits.<br><br>Like other spices, cloves can also be used to make an essential oil. While it is not as popular as other plant oils, I believe... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 10:07:00 EST GR8 DAY............. .KKKK... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48054_gr8_day_kkkk ..........................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>.................................. Thu, 1 Sep 2016 23:00:00 EST Staying Organized beware of drifting http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48050_staying_organized_beware_of_drifting Staying Organized...Beware of Drifting <br><br><br>Last week, a friend asked if I wanted to go out for a ride on her pontoon boat with a few other friends. It was early evening getting close to sunset, the weather was absolutely gorgeous, and she said she'd bring dessert onboard. Trust me, she didn't have to twist my arm. It was such a lovely time catching up with my girlfriends...and enjoying a peaceful ride as we watched the sun go down. The key lime pie she baked earlier was amazing as wel... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 19:05:00 EST How to Treat Sunburn Naturally http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48044_how_to_treat_sunburn_naturally How to Treat Sunburn Naturally<br><br><br>If you are physically active and usually spend a fair amount of time under the sun without following the guidelines for safe sun exposure, you probably have had a taste of how painful and bothersome a sunburn can be.<br><br>Sun exposure can only be therapeutic when it's done in appropriate and measured timeframes. Too much of it provides no benefit and can only result in sunburn, which is an inflammatory response of your body from overexposing your sk... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 12:29:00 EST GR8 DAY............. .KKKK... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48030_gr8_day_kkkk ..........................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>.................................. Wed, 31 Aug 2016 23:48:00 EST Be Thankful For What You Have - A Beautiful Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48025_be_thankful_for_what_you_have_a_beautiful_story Be Thankful For What You Have - A Beautiful Story<br><br><br><br>A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said: “I am blind, please help.” There were only a few coins in the hat.<br><br>A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 18:37:00 EST Don’t Wait for a Miracle Drug ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48023_dont_wait_for_a_miracle_drug_ I can tell you there is not one miracle drug pill powder or magic pill to help your insulin.. Yes I did see the commercial and someone out there is going to take this and they may already be in trouble ti sugar or diabetes and order this stuff.. How in the world can anyone believe this.. First of all make a Doctor's appointment and get checked out before getting into a exerciser Program even Spark People.. If you haven't had a check up for a while go... and get the things ran so they can help... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 14:15:00 EST GR8 DAY............. .KKKK... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48012_gr8_day_kkkk ..........................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>.................................. Tue, 30 Aug 2016 23:48:00 EST The secret secret http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48009_the_secret_secret is that there is no secret. <br><br><br>Just felt like I should have something in this spot so it doesn't look like I don't know much. RTWT. <br><br> <em>213</em> <br><br> <em>304</em> <br><br>No, seriously. We've been on this planet quite a while - are there really so many things that hard to figure out? Yes, sure, it's true: the reasons people do the things they do can never be understood perfectly, and not even well enough to become halfway predictable really, but isn't it also true th... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 20:50:00 EST Get Up and Get Moving... Make a Friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48007_get_up_and_get_moving_make_a_friend Wow has time flown by.. and the time you watching is just how fast it goes.. You waste time as a kid wanting to older for one reason or another.. Then your here and your watching Grand Kids and things have flown by.. If you starting a new life and just having kids.. Don't waste time cause you turn around and they are gone.. and you get to learn how to live without kids.. For some this is a real task but it don't have to be.. What are you doing sitting there and waiting on the Grim Reaper to c... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 19:14:00 EST Put Some Vicks Vaporub On A Garlic Clove. And The Reason? You Will Regret Not Knowing This Earlier! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48003_put_some_vicks_vaporub_on_a_garlic_clove_and_the_reason_you_will_regret_not_knowing_this_earlier <br><br><br><br>Vicks VapoRub has a long history of usage and it is really powerful. After you read for what kind of things you can use this ointment you will understand that is not only a remedy for congested chest, so here are 20 uses of Vicks. Each of those 20 will leave you shocked in the positive way.<br><br>1. It can relieve earache and all you have to do to achieve that is to dip a cotton ball into Vicks and to put it in the ‘problematic’ ear and expect instant-improvements.<br><br>For... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 15:47:00 EST What Happens to Your Body When You Sit All Day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47995_what_happens_to_your_body_when_you_sit_all_day What Happens to Your Body When You Sit All Day?<br><br>Evidence shows that prolonged sitting is devastating your health. It actively promotes dozens of chronic diseases, which includes becoming overweight and type 2 diabetes, even if you're very fit.<br><br>Studies looking at life in agriculture environments show that people in agrarian villages sit for about three hours a day. Meanwhile, the average American office worker can sit for 13 to 15 hours a day, and research shows that vigorous exe... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 09:42:00 EST GR8 DAY............. .KKKK... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47983_gr8_day_kkkk ..........................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>.................................. Mon, 29 Aug 2016 17:59:00 EST Mom learns trick from dIL http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47973_mom_learns_trick_from_dil Mom learns a new trick from her daughter-in-law but she should have thought twice<br><br>It’s late in the week and we could use a laugh. This one did the trick. Maybe it’ll give you a good chuckle as well. We read the author is Anonymous, so we don’t know who to thank!<br><br>A mother-in-law stopped by unexpectedly at a recently married couple’s house. She knocked on the door, then immediately walked in. She was shocked to see her daughter-in-law lying on the couch totally naked.<br><br>“What... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 08:41:00 EST GR8 DAY............. .KKKK... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47966_gr8_day_kkkk ..........................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>.................................. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 19:40:00 EST A letter from a mother to her son http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47960_a_letter_from_a_mother_to_her_son <br>A Letter From A Mother To Her Son - Funny Story<br><br><br><br>Dear Child,<br><br>I am writing this slow because I know that you can't read fast. <br><br>We don't live where we did when you left home. <br><br>Your dad read in the paper that most accidents happen within 20 miles from your home so we moved. <br><br>I won't be able to send you the address, as the last family that lived here took the house numbers when they left so that they wouldn't have to change their address. <br><br>This... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 13:43:00 EST Check out Thrift Shops for Clothing Bargains in those In-Between Sizes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47956_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, 28 Aug 2016 09:18:00 EST another Gr8 Day :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47953_another_gr8_day_ ..........................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>.................................. Sat, 27 Aug 2016 23:37:00 EST If your body suddenly jerks while falling asleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47945_if_your_body_suddenly_jerks_while_falling_asleep f Your Body Suddenly Jerks While Falling Asleep, THIS is What It Means.<br><br><br><br>Have you ever woken up with a jerk as if been thrown into your bed? Or fallen from a virtually enormous height onto your bed? These are known as “hypnic jerks” or “sleep start” and as many as 70% of people experience them from time to time. This parasomnia occurs only during the hypnagogic state, the transitional period between wakefulness and sleep.<br>falling-sensation-sleep<br><br>S<BR>O WHY DOES THIS HA... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 15:15:00 EST GR8 DAY............. .KKKK... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47927_gr8_day_kkkk ..........................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>.................................. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 23:29:00 EST If You Have These ‘Two Holes’ In Your Lower Back, It Means Something Special. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47924_if_you_have_these_two_holes_in_your_lower_back_it_means_something_special .<br><br>If You Have These ‘Two Holes’ In Your Lower Back, It Means Something Special.<br><br><br>Have you got two little dimples on your lower back? If so, there’s some good news for you. These dimples are located where two bones connect the pelvis and are seen in people who have this genetic predisposition or appropriate size ligaments.<br><br>lowerbackhole<br><br>WHA<BR>T IT MEANS IF YOU HAVE THESE DIMPLES ?<br><br>For women, they called as “Venus holes” and for men called “Apollo holes”. ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:48:00 EST Frankincense Oil: The 'King' of Oils http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47922_frankincense_oil_the_king_of_oils Frankincense Oil: The 'King' of Oils<br><br>Frankincense has a significant meaning in Christianity, and is believed to be one of the gifts offered by the three wise men to the newborn Jesus.<br><br>Today, this fragrant resin is transformed into an essential oil that's valued not only in religious practice, but also in aromatherapy and natural health. Read on to learn more about frankincense oil. <br><br>What Is Frankincense Oil?<br><br>Frankincense, also known as olibanum,1 comes from the Bos... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:30:00 EST The Blissful Benefits of Bergamot Oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47921_the_blissful_benefits_of_bergamot_oil The Blissful Benefits of Bergamot Oil<br><br>More than just offering a familiar scent or flavor, bergamot oil is bursting with a powerhouse of benefits. Find out how this sweet-smelling essential oil can work wonders for your health.<br><br>What Is Bergamot Oil?<br><br>Bergamot essential oil is made from the hand- or cold-pressed rind of a nearly ripe fruit of the bergamot tree, also known as the Citrus bergamia from the Rutaceae family. The bergamot orange tree is the result of the cross-bre... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:38:00 EST Every Problem Has Solution, We Just Need To Believe http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47909_every_problem_has_solution_we_just_need_to_believe Story : !<br><br><br><br>A father left 17 camels, as the inheritance for his three sons.<br>When the father passed away, his sons opened up the will.<br>The Will stated that THE ELDEST SON SHOULD GET HALF of 17 camels while THE MIDDLE SON SHOULD BE GIVEN 1/3RD (ONE-THIRD) & THE YOUNGEST SON SHOULD BE GIVEN 1/9TH (ONE-NINTH) of the 17 camels.<br>As it is not possible to divide 17 into half or 17 by 3 or 17 by 9, the three sons started to quarrel with each other. So, the three sons decided to g... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 20:13:00 EST another Gr8 Day :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47908_another_gr8_day_ ..........................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>.................................. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 19:52:00 EST The Word On Food Labels http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47903_the_word_on_food_labels Deciphering the promises on products makes you a savvy shopper and healthy eater---if you know what to look for.<br><br>4. VITAMINS AND MINERALS<br><br>"These are shown in percentage of daily value, but are often based on a 2,000---calorie diet, which will be an overestimate for many seniors since they often do not need as many calories," says Johns.<br><br>*****Excellent source of: The food has 20 percent or higher of the daily value of that vitamin or mineral per serving.<br><br>*****Goo... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:31:00 EST Vetiver Oil: A Deeply Grounding Oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47900_vetiver_oil_a_deeply_grounding_oil Vetiver Oil: A Deeply Grounding Oil<br><br>Vetiver oil, also known as khus oil, is a lesser-known plant oil that offers a heavy, earthy fragrance, which is reminiscent of patchouli but with a touch of lemon. It is believed to be very grounding, calming, and stabilizing, and provides a range of essential oil uses and benefits. Learn more about this herbal oil.<br><br>What Is Vetiver Oil?<br><br>Chrysopogon zizanioides, commonly known as vetiver, is a perennial grass that belongs to the Poaceae... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:40:00 EST Say Hello to a Healthier You With Hemp Oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47899_say_hello_to_a_healthier_you_with_hemp_oil Say Hello to a Healthier You With Hemp Oil<br><br>The hemp plant, a member of the cannabis family, has been proven to provide better health without the risk of addiction. One way to reap its benefits is by using hemp oil. Looking past hemp’s bad reputation and seeing how this essential oil can yield positive impacts on your wellbeing.<br>What Is Hemp Oil?<br><br>Hemp oil, also known as hemp seed oil, comes from the hemp plant (Cannabis sativa), which is produced for industrial purposes.1,2,3 ... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:27:00 EST The Word On Food Labels http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47892_the_word_on_food_labels 1. Calories<br><br>*****Reduced calorie: 25 percent fewer calories compared with the original item and its serving size. "It is important that one knows what the original product contains," says Johns.<br><br>*****Light or lite: 33 percent fewer calories compared with the original and its original serving size. Follow the same advice as with reduced calories. "If you are used to consuming the original product, then switching to the reduced calorie or light/lite version is an improvement... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 21:12:00 EST Loss of time http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47890_loss_of_time <br>SsusushshshshshshshahshshshsgshsshsgGg<BR>GgGsgGgGgGggGgGggGgGFffFFfGzhzhzhdhshs<BR>hdhzhxhxjxjjfkfkfkccllteltaltakrairakr<BR>akrakrakrqkrqktqltqktqktwktaktqktqkrqk<BR>tqtkkqktqktlqlqflqlfqltalfakfakfakfakf<BR>akfakfakakfakfakfaktakfakfakfakfakfakt<BR>akfakfakfakfakafkfakfakfakfaktakfaktak<BR>fakfajfakfakafamfamfakfakakfakfakfakfa<BR>kfaktakatakftakfaktakrakrakfaktakaktak<BR>raktaktaktaktaktakraktakraktqaktakrakt<BR>aktaktaktaktaktakwtaktaktakaktwtkwtwlt<BR>wktaktwltwktatkaktqktwtkktaktqt... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:35:00 EST Be thankful for what you have http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47889_be_thankful_for_what_you_have <br>Be Thankful For What You Have - A Beautiful Story<br><br><br><br>A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said: “I am blind, please help.” There were only a few coins in the hat.<br><br>A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words.<br><br>Soon the hat began to... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:04:00 EST Tea Tree Oil: Three Cheers for Tea Tree! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47888_tea_tree_oil_three_cheers_for_tea_tree Tea Tree Oil: Three Cheers for Tea Tree!<br><br>Practical, inexpensive, and has many uses for your health and around the home – no wonder tea tree oil is hailed as a "jack of all trades" among nature's herbal oils. Here's what you need to know about tea tree oil.<br><br>What Is Tea Tree Oil?<br><br>Tea tree oil (TTO), also called melaleuca oil, is made from the leaves of the tea tree plant (Melaleuca alternifolia), a member of the myrtle tree family, which is native to Australia. The name was... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:43:00 EST Clary Sage Oil: The Gentler Sage Oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47882_clary_sage_oil_the_gentler_sage_oil Clary Sage Oil: The Gentler Sage Oil<br><br>A close relative of the common garden sage, the clary sage is a perennial herb that grows from May to September. When converted into an essential oil, clary sage provides outstanding benefits for your eyes, nervous system, digestion, and kidneys. Although it doesn’t come cheap, it’s still worth using due to its many positive health effects.<br><br>What Is Clary Sage Oil?<br><br>Clary sage oil is extracted from the clary sage herb (Salvia sclarea), w... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:54:00 EST Not really secret http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47881_not_really_secret So this isn't really a secret but it's something that I have really noticed with my own progression throughout my time with sparkpeople. <br>I joined in 2012 and have enjoyed using the food and exercise trackers throughout this time but my weight has yo-yoed during these 4 years and I think I have finally realised why... Consistency! Each time I have a reason to lose weight I manage to do it but when the countdown stops so do I. Not only is this bad for my progression but it's also bad for my... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:03:00 EST GR8 DAY............. .KKKK... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47878_gr8_day_kkkk ..........................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>.................................. Wed, 24 Aug 2016 04:16:00 EST I'm Travel Bound but Do I Need Insurance? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47872_im_travel_bound_but_do_i_need_insurance I was on Expedia today to reserve a trip from Chicago to Atlanta to visit my son. The trip is a two fold one. I will get to visit with him in his new place and go visit my mom's grave site. I have been a few years and just wanted to drive over and just talk to her. This is her home town in Alabama so it's a quick 2-3hour drive over. Better than I drive and be so exhausted that I can't enjoy myself. So I'm going in. <br><br>On Expedia they gave me the option to get insurance. Is it worth it? W... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:58:00 EST the fence a story with real meaning http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47866_the_fence_a_story_with_real_meaning The Fence – A story with true meaning<br><br><br><br>There once was a young boy with a very bad temper.<br><br>The boy’s father wanted to teach him a lesson, so he gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper he must hammer a nail into their wooden fence.<br><br>On the first day of this lesson, the little boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. He was really mad!<br><br>Over the course of the next few weeks, the little boy began to control his temper, so the number ... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:15:00 EST The Word On Food Labels http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47863_the_word_on_food_labels Deciphering the promises on products makes you a savvy shopper and healthy eater---if you know what to look for.<br><br>With food manufacturers vying for your business, you are exposed to all kinds of feel-good promises like "low-fat," "reduced sodium," and "fortified with." But before you make your selection, you need to know what these labels really advertise.<br><br>"Understanding the meaning behind the words can have a positive impact on your food choices," says Arlene Johns, RD, with UC... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:29:00 EST Weight Loss??? What are you thinking... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47861_weight_loss_what_are_you_thinking OK I admit I was searching things to loose weight.. You know it and I bet you tried a lot of things to get to loose weight.. I have my hand raised high... 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Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:58:00 EST Safflower Oil: Facts About This Traditionally Used Oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47858_safflower_oil_facts_about_this_traditionally_used_oil Safflower Oil: Facts About This Traditionally Used Oil<br><br>Safflower oil is one of the many edible oils in the market lauded for positive health effects. While there may be some truth to this, there are potential disadvantages to consider when using this oil. Learn more about my recommendations on safflower oil and discover if its benefits outweigh its risks.<br><br>What Is Safflower Oil?<br><br>Safflower oil is derived from the seeds of the safflower plant (Carthamus tinctorius L.), an a... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:26:00 EST another Gr8 Day :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47851_another_gr8_day_ ..........................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>.................................. Mon, 22 Aug 2016 23:04:00 EST Diseases Is Not The End.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47844_diseases_is_not_the_end Many People who get diagnosed.. They tend to do the Oh My God Look.. I have beat it.. I know I had the Look...There are many Diseases that are out there and that is when friend and family means a lot.. Do your research and know what it is.. Aids is wide spread and it is taking the world by Storm.. Just because someone has any kind of diseases they need you more now than ever...Each day that passes they are making so many strides in the Medical Field and I Pray that it will be a cure one day..... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 17:45:00 EST A tomato story http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47839_a_tomato_story A Tomato Story<br><br><br>A jobless man applied for the position of ‘office boy’ at a very big company.<br><br>The employer interviewed him, then a test: clean the floor.<br><br>“You are hired.” – the employer said. ”Give me your email address, and I’ll send you the application to fill, as well as when you will start.”<br><br>The man replied, “I don’t have a computer, neither an email.”<br><br>“I’m sorry,” said the employer, “if you don’t have an email , you cannot have the job.”<br><br>The m... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 13:29:00 EST Wintergreen Oil: More Than Just a Pain Reliever http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47837_wintergreen_oil_more_than_just_a_pain_reliever Wintergreen Oil: More Than Just a Pain Reliever<br><br>If you've ever used a pain-relieving ointment or rub with a mentholated aroma, then chances are you already know what wintergreen oil smells like. The clean and minty scent of this herbal oil is associated with relieving pain and stimulating mental wellbeing. Discover more interesting facts about wintergreen oil in this article.<br><br>What Is Wintergreen Oil?<br><br>Wintergreen oil is extracted from a shrubby evergreen plant called Gault... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:51:00 EST Orange Oil: A Sweet Treat for the Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47835_orange_oil_a_sweet_treat_for_the_body Orange Oil: A Sweet Treat for the Body<br><br>What Is Orange Oil?<br><br>Orange (Citrus sinensis) belongs to the Rutaceae family. The fruit comes from a small grayish-brown bark tree, which is almost similar to a shrub. Its branches grow to a regular hemisphere shape and ve oval-shaped foliage that sprouts to at least three to four inches. Its flowers are distinguished by its aromatic characteristic, and the circular fruit is rougher and darker in comparison to other varieties of citrus.<br><... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:57:00 EST Check out Thrift Shops for Clothing Bargains in those In-Between Sizes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47830_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... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:25:00 EST another Gr8 Day :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47824_another_gr8_day_ ..........................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>.................................. Sun, 21 Aug 2016 19:15:00 EST going before us http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47822_going_before_us When I am struggling with an issue it is good to review those that have gone before me so I turn to the Bible and read Hebrews 11.<br>1. Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 2. This is what the ancients were commended for.<br>3. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.<br>4. By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended a... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 18:11:00 EST Things that can drive you crazy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47821_things_that_can_drive_you_crazy Man o Man the little things that drive us crazy..<br>sitting in traffic..All that mess where we take the punches and stressful faucet that drips at home even the slamming door that you keep forgetting to fix...and don't forget that jerk at work who won't stop smacking his lips while he's eating.. and you know he get paid more than you and you do a lot of their work.. All of this can lead to higher rates of depression.. mental illness and lower life...expectancy... for you or them.. Yes I am... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 13:18:00 EST 20 of the wisest quotes of all time http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47819_20_of_the_wisest_quotes_of_all_time 20 of the Wisest Quotes of All Time<br><br>Wisdom is something that comes from experience. Humans experience things differently from each other, they are always seeking wisdom no matter what the experience may be.<br><br>We use this wisdom to guide ourselves away from past mistakes and hopefully reach our endgame goals. Wisdom of all kinds has been passed down throughout every single generation of man. It is only acceptable that we give back the wisdom we have received to those who need it mo... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 12:10:00 EST Yarrow Oil: Nature’s Wound-Healing Oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47816_yarrow_oil_natures_woundhealing_oil Yarrow Oil: Nature’s Wound-Healing Oil<br><br>What Is Yarrow Oil?<br><br>Yarrow oil is extracted from Achillea millefolium, a member of the Compositea plant family. This perennial herb is known throughout Europe, but also grows in Asia and North America. Yarrow can grow up to three feet (one meter) high, and is distinguishable by its feathery and aromatic fern-like leaves, and pink-white, dense flower heads. <br><br>Yarrow has many nicknames, such as milfoil, nosebleed, common yarrow, and tho... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 11:22:00 EST On Doing It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47815_on_doing_it <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <br>"I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do."<br> - Leonardo da Vinci<br> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <br><br>Pretty provocative title. huh? Sorry, it's not about doing that but it is about doing everything else.<br><br>Yesterday I qu... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 11:08:00 EST Tangerine Oil: Your Morning Booster Essential Oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47814_tangerine_oil_your_morning_booster_essential_oil Tangerine Oil: Your Morning Booster Essential Oil<br><br>What Is Tangerine Oil?<br><br>Tangerine (Citrus tangerina) belongs to the mandarin orange family, which are both members of the citrus family. They have very similar taste and properties, the reason why they are often interchanged. But horticulturists can easily distinguish one from another. Compared to mandarin’s light colored skin, tangerine’s skin has a darker reddish-orange hue, and while mandarin skin has a smooth texture, tangerin... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 10:29:00 EST Two scared puppies protected by a large cobra http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47804_two_scared_puppies_protected_by_a_large_cobra <br>Two Scared Puppies Protected By A Large Cobra, It’s Just A Miracle<br>\<br><br>There is goodness inside all of us, we just need to believe and keep going.<br><br>Animals sometimes show more humanity and kindness than us humans. This incident that happened in a remote village of Punjab, India few days back involving animals will warm your heart.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><BR><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><b<BR>r><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><BR><br><br><br><br><br><br... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 19:48:00 EST We are all gud drink water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47802_we_are_all_gud_drink_water ....................:&::&&:&::&:&&:&:&:&:&<BR>::&::&&&:&&4;$:$:$;;$:7:):$:!:??/:):$:<BR>)$:jdkfjsbdhdhhdhedhdjshhshdjzjjddbddb<BR>dhhddjdjdjdjdjddjjdjdjddjjdjdjdjdjddjd<BR>jdjjdjdjddjdjdjjdjjddjdjfkffjddjddffff<BR>ffffffffffffddffffffdfdfdddddddddddddd<BR>dddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd<BR>ddddddddddddddddddssdddddddddddddfffff<BR>ffffggggggggggggffffffffffffffffffffff<BR>fffffvhhhbhhhhjkoiggggvbhgvbjhhhghgggh<BR>ghfhfggggghhhhhhhhhhjjhhhhhhgggggfffccvvvvvvvvvvggfffffgvccvvcccccccccccc... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 18:58:00 EST Forces At Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47801_forces_at_work <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>There are two big forces at work, external and internal. We have very little control over external forces such as tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, disasters, illness and pain. <br>~ Leo Buscaglia<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>We spend so much time concentrating on and worrying about the external things ... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 18:48:00 EST when in doubt http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47795_when_in_doubt Recently I was feeling down following some rough patches and really needed a pick me up big time. So, I turned to my Bible for encouragement and found the following major lift I needed. <br><br>Psalm 19 For the director of music. A psalm of David.<br>1<br>The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.<br>2<br>Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.<br>3<br>There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. [... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 11:37:00 EST Ylang Ylang Oil: The Soothing Oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47793_ylang_ylang_oil_the_soothing_oil Ylang Ylang Oil: The Soothing Oil<br><br><br>Ylang ylang oil1 is derived from the fresh flowers of the ylang ylang tree (Cananga Odorata),2 which is usually found in the rainforests of Asian and South Pacific islands like Indonesia, Philippines, Java, Sumatra, Comoro, and Polynesia.<br><br>There are several grades of ylang ylang essential oil sold in the market, but ylang ylang extra oil is considered to be the best among other varieties. Because it is the product of the first extraction, yla... 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Fri, 19 Aug 2016 22:09:00 EST never ignore a person who loves you http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47781_never_ignore_a_person_who_loves_you Never Ignore A Person Who Loves You<br><br><br>There was a guy who was so tired of reading his girlfriend's message because there are always "I love you!", "I miss you!" or "Hey, have you had your meal?"<br><br>One night while lying on the bed, he received a text message from her. He didn't read it, instead he ignored it and slept off.<br><br>In the morning, he got a call from his girlfriend's mom. She was crying helpless while telling him that his girlfriend was killed that night she sent th... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 15:25:00 EST Do You Know about the mud in the South..?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47778_do_you_know_about_the_mud_in_the_south Well if you haven't been in Alabama well I am going to tell you the mud there is Red Clay.. It is the worst thing to get stuck in.. I look at it like getting stuck in the mud with front traction on your car.. the front spins and the back before you know it is almost on the ground.. Even try rocking this and you will see.. You will go down as fast as the squirrel running across a busy road.. I also looked at it as trying to loose weight.. You hit those weeks and nothing happens.. You want to g... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 13:35:00 EST Awesome Aloe Vera Oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47775_awesome_aloe_vera_oil Awesome Aloe Vera Oil<br><br>By itself, aloe oil is not a true, pure oil. It is prepared by mixing the aloe vera plant with a fatty oil.1 This plant oil basically contains the properties of aloe, from which it is extracted. However, since it is combined with a carrier oil, its nutritional properties may be enhanced or reduced.<br><br>Most of the health benefits provided by aloe vera come from its water-retaining, fleshy leaves2 — specifically the nutrient-rich gel extracted from them. It is u... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 12:54:00 EST Catnip Oil: Care for Your Body With This Essential Oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47773_catnip_oil_care_for_your_body_with_this_essential_oil Catnip Oil: Care for Your Body With This Essential Oil<br><br>Catnip is popular because of its effect on cats’ behavior, whether it’s a domesticated feline or a ferocious tiger.1 But, did you know that humans can also use catnip to their advantage?<br><br>What Is Catnip Oil?<br><br>Catnip oil is made from the catnip plant (Nepeta cataria), which also goes by the name cat mint.2 This member of the mint family wildly grows as a weed, but may be found in herb gardens as well.3 Once extracted, th... 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Thu, 18 Aug 2016 14:03:00 EST A Simple Way to Reduce Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47735_a_simple_way_to_reduce_stress A Simple Way to Reduce Stress<br><br><br>Gardening is one of life's simple pleasures. Even if you don't have a green thumb, digging in the dirt, planting and nurturing plant life fills a void in many people's lives. Some call it spiritual while others describe it as therapeutic or stress relieving.<br><br>Indeed, planting a garden lets you connect with nature in a way that you probably crave, even if you don't exactly realize it. This is why many people find gardening to be addictive — in a g... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:40:00 EST If You're Into Sports, Arnica Oil May Come in Handy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47733_if_youre_into_sports_arnica_oil_may_come_in_handy If You're Into Sports, Arnica Oil May Come in Handy<br><br><br>Arnica oil is becoming popular for its pain-relieving and health-promoting properties. It's a wonderful addition to your alternative first aid kit, especially if you're prone to exercise-related injuries, such as bruises or sprains. Keep on reading to learn more about arnica oil.<br><br>What Is Arnica Oil?<br><br>Arnica refers to a clan of flowering perennial plants from the daisy family (Compositae) that's native to Europe and Si... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 10:12:00 EST Story from one whiner to another.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47727_story_from_one_whiner_to_another From one Whiner to another.. We sit and plan and then fall off track.. get up go again and then find yourself sitting there holding a empty bag of chips and you know you said.. Just a few.. and the boob tube is on and you lost track of time and now it is three shows later.. You just know you have to be your own Cheerleader.. You have to stand up and move.. not from the couch to the chair.. but start to exercise .. Start small and then build even if it is only fifteen minutes you have to start... 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The problem is that some stores have a gluten free section that has a few choices. Many stores though have started putting the gluten free foods in with the regular foods and this makes you hunt the isles and spend time searching each shelf to find what you want. ... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 21:17:00 EST 4 introvert types which one are you http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47723_4_introvert_types_which_one_are_you <br><br>Researcher Jonathan Cheek told Science of Us that there are four different types of introverts: social, thinking, anxiousand restrained and that every introvert has varying degrees of these traits, which makes sense considering introvert is a huge term that has various meanings and traits within itself. <br><br><br><br><br>1. Social Introversion:<br>A social introvert is the cliché type of introvert, if you will. It’s the type of introvert who likes to be alone and prefers not to soci... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 19:27:00 EST Good News and Bad News http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47712_good_news_and_bad_news <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <br>The trouble with most of us is that we'd rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.<br> ~ Norman Vincent Peale<br> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <br><br>I am reminded of the minion who reports to his boss that he has some good news and some bad news. The boss says give me the bad news first... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 10:23:00 EST How can you help the less fortunate? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47709_how_can_you_help_the_less_fortunate Not everyone has been blessed equally. Some came from two parent homes, some had the chance for an education, others did not. We find ourselves aware of others who are absolutely down and out and want to help, but not contribute to a lifestyle that may be toxic. Have you thought about simple ways you can actually help?<br><br>1. Provide little bottles of shampoo, cream rinse, lotion,or toothpaste that many of us get from hotels. Package them in little plastic bags and hand them out at the... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 07:20:00 EST Household Uses for Baking Soda http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47707_household_uses_for_baking_soda Baking soda is amazing! The white stuff can be used to remove stains, keep your sneakers smelling fresh, and even get rid of your sweet tooth? Check out these tips for home uses of baking soda.<br>Tips for Using Baking Soda<br><br> Add baking soda to your bath water to relieve sunburned or itchy skin.<br> Make a paste of baking soda and water, and apply to a burn or an insect bite for relief.<br> Clean your refrigerator with a solution of one-teaspoon baking soda to one quart of warm... 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Tue, 16 Aug 2016 21:45:00 EST Anger always harmful, patience is a must required in life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47701_anger_always_harmful_patience_is_a_must_required_in_life Anger Always Harmful, Patience Is Must Required In Life<br><br><br>As the carpenter went home after shutting down his workshop, a black poisonous cobra entered his workshop.<br><br>The cobra was hungry & hoped to find its supper lurking somewhere within. It slithered from one end to another & finally bumped into an axe & got very slightly injured.<br><br>In anger & revenge, the snake bit the axe with full force. What could a bite do to a metallic axe? Instead the cobra ‘s mouth started bleedi... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 18:53:00 EST Middle age Spread and it is not butter.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47693_middle_age_spread_and_it_is_not_butter Well I am old.. and I can say that the Middle age spread is true.. even the Saddle Bag syndrome.. I tried all kind of different things and I came to the conclusion I wasn't going to be able to do anything about it.. It is the small moments that remind me of how different I am now.... Like the time recently when I was trying on some new pants cause nut told me if you feeling better... Give jogging a try.. I am telling you.. I thank God no one was outside and most were at work cause after the ... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 13:19:00 EST Sanderson Farms Refuses to Reduce Use of Antibiotics http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47690_sanderson_farms_refuses_to_reduce_use_of_antibiotics Sanderson Farms Refuses to Reduce Use of Antibiotics<br><br>Antibiotic-resistant disease has become a serious public health threat, and the evidence shows the routine use of antibiotics in food animals such as cows and chickens plays a major role in the development and spread of these drug-resistant bacteria.1<br><br>The weight of the evidence is such that no one in their right mind would publicly argue that antibiotics in agriculture are of no consequence. Yet that's exactly what Sanderson F... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 11:02:00 EST Zika: Brazil Admits It's Not the Virus http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47687_zika_brazil_admits_its_not_the_virus Zika: Brazil Admits It's Not the Virus<br><br>Amidst growing fear-based propaganda warning of the threat of Zika virus comes a quiet admission from health officials in Brazil: Zika alone may not be responsible for the rise in birth defects that plagued parts of the country.<br><br>While there is some evidence suggesting Zika virus may be linked to the birth defect microcephaly, and the virus has been spreading throughout Brazil, rates of the condition have only risen to very high rates in the... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 10:20:00 EST On Being Noice http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47686_on_being_noice <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <br>Whatever else you do today, find somebody to be nice to. <br>~Ludlow Porch <br> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <br><br>Ludlow Porch was an irreverent radio talk show host beginning in the '70's and continuing until his death in the mid 2000's. Ludlow never took anything very seriously, including himse... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 10:03:00 EST On Being Noice http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47685_on_being_noice <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <br>Whatever else you do today, find somebody to be nice to. <br>~Ludlow Porch <br> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <br><br>Ludlow Porch was an irreverent radio talk show host beginning in the '70's and continuing until his death in the mid 2000's. Ludlow never took anything very seriously, including himse... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 10:03:00 EST another Gr8 Day :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47679_another_gr8_day_ ..........................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>.................................. Mon, 15 Aug 2016 21:55:00 EST Shake Rattle and Bones http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47675_shake_rattle_and_bones Well you have heard the old song Shake Rattle and Roll.. Well I do and you need to listen to it again.. Great way to shake and get those bones up and going.. I am old and so are my bones and with three types of Arthritis I needed to move.. I needed to loose weight and get the Pressure off of my joints.. I have to say when I found Spark People it was a true Blessing in Disguise... I learned so many things about different things to do and eat.. I was doing it all wrong.. All of us have differen... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 18:48:00 EST Commit to doing the hardest stuff first http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47674_commit_to_doing_the_hardest_stuff_first I find there are certain things I need to do every day to stay on track with my weight loss, and fitness training. Some of these things I love to do, and some I hate having to do. <br><br>Not wanting to do something tends to become a hurdle for me. "I don't really want to get up early and go running, so I'll do it later". Later then becomes "I'm too tired", or "I ran out of time". <br><br>It's far to easy to find a way out of doing some things if you just keep pushing them off until late... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 18:08:00 EST beautiful story ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47671_beautiful_story_ahead A Desperate Mother Was Turned Away At The Grocery Store. What Followed Was Priceless.<br><br><br><br>A poorly dressed lady with a look of defeat on her face, walked into a grocery store. She approached the owner of the store in a most humble manner and asked if he would let her charge a few groceries. She softly explained that her husband was very ill and unable to work, they had seven children and they needed food.<br><br>The grocer scoffed at her and requested that she leave his store.<br><... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 15:49:00 EST Check out Thrift Shops for Clothing Bargains in those In-Between Sizes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47660_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... 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Sun, 14 Aug 2016 22:50:00 EST another Gr8 Day :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47652_another_gr8_day_ ..........................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>.................................. Sun, 14 Aug 2016 22:50:00 EST Depression, anxiety and panic attacks are NOT a sign of weakness. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47648_depression_anxiety_and_panic_attacks_are_not_a_sign_of_weakness Depression, anxiety and panic attacks are NOT a sign of weakness.<br><br><br><br>Depression, anxiety and panic attacks are NOT a sign of weakness. They are signs of having tried to remain strong for way too long. Did you know that 1 in 3 of us will go through this at some point in our lives? Show support that they are not alone.<br><br>“Anxiety is love's greatest killer. It makes others feel as you might when a drowning man holds on to you. You want to save him, but you know he will strangle ... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 15:02:00 EST The perks of protein shakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47647_the_perks_of_protein_shakes After so many great workouts where I would then turn to the quickest, most readily available snack to enjoy before hopping into the shower, I decided to try something different.<br><br>Granted, those quick snacks were usually relatively healthy, but they always left me feeling starving. Plus, I was worried my muscles weren't getting the nutrition they needed to restore themselves after a strength-training session and get ready for the next session.<br><br>So . . . I decided to give protein s... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 13:04:00 EST Get Off the Spinning Circle http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47646_get_off_the_spinning_circle Here we go again.. We get into the spinning circle like the hamster and run around loosing and gaining and it is a cycle on we can break... We loose and feel great and before you know it your like the Sloth that hangs in the tree and moves very little.. He eats and hangs.. Do you know what they look like.. Well we need to look in a mirror and see.. If we just try to eat less and exercise more...most people will can win that battle.... Start with one small change and then build on that.. Find... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 12:36:00 EST Striking a Balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47643_striking_a_balance <em>36</em> <em>281</em> <em>300</em> <br>Today I will be attending the family "end of summer" (sort of) barbecue. I am the chef. <br><br>The local school board has the seasons all skewed. School starts the beginning of August, Labor Day is the beginning of September, it stays hot until the first of October. I don't know when summer really ends, I guess at the first snowfall but whatever, the barbecue is today. Chicken, ribs, brunswick stew a redneck's delight! <br> <em>36</em> <e... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 11:32:00 EST Like Sugar, Alcohol Increases Your Risk of Cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47638_like_sugar_alcohol_increases_your_risk_of_cancer Like Sugar, Alcohol Increases Your Risk of Cancer<br><br><br>Nearly one-third of Americans are obese, incurring an estimated annual medical cost of $147 billion.1 According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2014 there was no state with a prevalence of obesity less than 20 percent.2<br><br>This is shockingly different from the CDC numbers from 1990, at which time no state had a prevalence of obesity equal to or greater than 15 percent.3<br><br>The rise in obesity... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 10:12:00 EST Sleepless in Sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47636_sleepless_in_sugar After reading numerous articles regarding high sugar intake, I kept getting drawn back to this idea of watching my intake. I discovered it was higher than I thought but still not with the average. As a test I went on a 30 day fast of most sugars (actual sugar, cookies, cakes, candies and processed food).<br><br>No weight drop and really did not feel any different and went back to sugar. The idea again gnawed at my brain and I went on to do a 60 days fast. No real weight loss but something fe... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 09:14:00 EST His Wife Left Him And Their Son After A Fight. Two Days Later, He Posts This Shocking Letter http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47631_his_wife_left_him_and_their_son_after_a_fight_two_days_later_he_posts_this_shocking_letter <br>No matter how much you love your spouse, arguing with them is pretty much inevitable — especially when you have kids.<br>When you both work hard to do what’s best for your family, the stress and frustration may become too much to bear.<br>So when this wife felt unappreciated by her husband, she got tired of fighting with him. She tearfully left him alone with the children without any sign that she’d come back. Just two days later, though, her husband decided to write her a letter about hi... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 20:25:00 EST Get it on up.. and Dance like a fool... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47629_get_it_on_up_and_dance_like_a_fool Sometimes it is hard when people look and make fun of you cause of your weight.. I visited my Niece in Alabama and called a couple of old friends from High School.. What did I get.. I was called a Hippo and laughed at in the middle of the road and one out of the whole little group of ten turned around and said I am sorry.. You don't need that and neither did I but that put me on a conquest to loosing weight and finding Spark People... I found the more I moved the better I felt.. and I use to ... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 13:32:00 EST Rheumatoid Arthritis: An Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47627_rheumatoid_arthritis_an_introduction Rheumatoid Arthritis: An Introduction<br><br>Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is starting to cement itself as a debilitating disease that affects people of all ages.1 In fact, it’s now the third most common type of arthritis, in terms of incidence, behind osteoarthritis and gout.2<br><br>According to the Arthritis Foundation, as many as 1.5 million people in the United States are affected by rheumatoid arthritis, with 41 out of 100,000 people being diagnosed with the disease annually.<br><br>Women a... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 10:50:00 EST Youth Sports Addiction http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47626_youth_sports_addiction <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <br>Headed for the GFL pre-season jamboree! <br>Youth football rocks!<br> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <br><br>Not too much time today, grandson playing football, two granddaughters playing softball and cheerleading. I will check in tomorrow.<br><br> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> ... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 10:21:00 EST Every problem has a solution http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47616_every_problem_has_a_solution <br>Story : Every Problem Has Solution, We Just Need To Believe!<br><br><br>A father left 17 camels, as the inheritance for his three sons.<br><br>When the father passed away, his sons opened up the will.<br><br>The Will stated that THE ELDEST SON SHOULD GET HALF of 17 camels while THE MIDDLE SON SHOULD BE GIVEN 1/3RD (ONE-THIRD) & THE YOUNGEST SON SHOULD BE GIVEN 1/9TH (ONE-NINTH) of the 17 camels.<br><br>As it is not possible to divide 17 into half or 17 by 3 or 17 by 9, the three sons star... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 15:31:00 EST Every problem has a solution http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47615_every_problem_has_a_solution <br>Story : Every Problem Has Solution, We Just Need To Believe!<br><br><br>A father left 17 camels, as the inheritance for his three sons.<br><br>When the father passed away, his sons opened up the will.<br><br>The Will stated that THE ELDEST SON SHOULD GET HALF of 17 camels while THE MIDDLE SON SHOULD BE GIVEN 1/3RD (ONE-THIRD) & THE YOUNGEST SON SHOULD BE GIVEN 1/9TH (ONE-NINTH) of the 17 camels.<br><br>As it is not possible to divide 17 into half or 17 by 3 or 17 by 9, the three sons star... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 15:31:00 EST Look At your self as a Project http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47613_look_at_your_self_as_a_project Well are you like many projects that millions of Americans take on and then only to get to a place where things are good and have it to fall apart.. or to go through all the surgeries and lap bands and bypass surgeries and still it goes to pot... Yes I am talking to day to let you know that Spark People was my answer.. As I found Spark People I got the truth of how to get things in order.. a friend of mine I ran into last week I didn't know who she was.. It was not my falling memory it is bec... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 13:57:00 EST AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47610_an_attitude_of_gratitude <em>527</em> <em>527</em> <em>527</em> <em>527</em> <em>527</em> <em>527</em> <br>Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation<br> <em>527</em> <em>527</em> <em>527</em> <em>527</em> <em>527</em> <em>527</em> <br><br>If you start beach day by expressing gratitude for all that you have, then each subsequent... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 10:18:00 EST another Gr8 Day :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47607_another_gr8_day_ ..........................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>.................................. Fri, 12 Aug 2016 04:05:00 EST We're All Guilty http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47599_were_all_guilty We‘re all guilty.....Everyday from the moment we wake up till we go to bed we live our lives caring what other people think of us... Stop thinking that way cause you are who you are and we are all different.. We accept this for it is others see us and what it is because everyone around us see us and if this is how you want others to help you speak up...We tip toe our way through life by doing things in order to please others... not because it is what we believe in... Eventually our actions.. ... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 18:57:00 EST Husbands are husbands funny http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47597_husbands_are_husbands_funny Husbands Are Husbands (Very Funny)<br><br>A man was sitting reading his papers when his wife hit him round the Head with a frying pan.<br><br>'What was that for?' the man asked.<br><br>The wife replied 'That was for the piece of paper with the name Jenny on it that I found in your pants pocket'.<br><br>The man then said 'When I was at the races last week Jenny was the name of the horse I bet on'<br><br>The wife apologized and went on with the housework.<br><br>Three days later the man is watc... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 17:11:00 EST Don't Skimp on Your Skin — Try Rosehip Oil Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47590_dont_skimp_on_your_skin_try_rosehip_oil_now Don't Skimp on Your Skin — Try Rosehip Oil Now<br><br><br>Rosehip oil has been making a name in the cosmetics industry because of its phenomenal benefits for the skin. Supermodels and actors even swear by its skin rejuvenating and clarifying effects. But what exactly is rosehip oil and where does it come from? Keep reading this article to find out.<br><br>What Is Rosehip Oil?<br><br>Rosehip oil, sometimes called rose hip seed oil, can be obtained from wild rose (Rose moschata, Rosa rubignosa ... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 11:43:00 EST Keep On Keeping On http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47589_keep_on_keeping_on <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <br>"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all."<br> -Dale Carnegie<br> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <br><br>Another day with more to do than time to do it. Planning will be a requisite, I will rport back t... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 11:39:00 EST GR8 DAY............. .KKKK... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47582_gr8_day_kkkk ..........................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>.................................. Thu, 11 Aug 2016 01:45:00 EST the happily married couple http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47577_the_happily_married_couple <br>Couple Is Happily Married For Sixty Years. But She Never Thought He’d Blame Her For This In The Very End.<br><br>The couple were 85 years old, and had been married for sixty years. <br><br>Though they were far from rich, they managed to get by because they watched their pennies. <br><br>Though not young, they were both in very good health, largely due to the wife's insistence on healthy foods and exercise for the last decade. <br><br>One day, their good health didn't help when they went o... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 19:57:00 EST How Gratitude Can Improve Your Health and Wellbeing http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47571_how_gratitude_can_improve_your_health_and_wellbeing How Gratitude Can Improve Your Health and Wellbeing<br><br><br>Can feeling gratitude influence your health? According to a number of studies, the answer is yes. According to Dr. P. Murali Doraiswamy,1 an expert in brain and mind health:2<br><br>"If [thankfulness] were a drug, it would be the world's best-selling product with a health maintenance indication for every major organ system."<br><br>While the American once-a-year gratitude ritual of Thanksgiving is better than nothing, if you're s... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 10:51:00 EST So Much To Do, So Little Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47568_so_much_to_do_so_little_time <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br>"Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson om how to improve your performance next time" <br>~ Og Mandino <br> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br><br>Today is one of those days that happens every once in a while where there are about thirty hours worth of stuff ... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 09:43:00 EST Never buy a bigger size!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47566_never_buy_a_bigger_size If your clothes are too tight, change your body, not your wardrobe. <br><br><br> Your first clue that something needs to change, would be the way your clothes fit, or rather the way they don't fit. <br><br><br> Changing your wardrobe can be so costly. Changing your body can actually save you money. <br><br><br> You do not need to spend a lot of money changing the size of your body.<br><br> <br> When you avoid buyi... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 08:20:00 EST Know what to say and when funny http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47557_know_what_to_say_and_when_funny <br>Know What to Say and When – funny<br><br>Three women go down to Mexico one night, get drunk, and wake up in jail, only to find that they are to be executed in the morning, though none of them can remember what they did the night before.<br><br>The first one, a redhead, is strapped in the electric chair, and is asked if she has any last words. She says, “I am from Grace University, and believe in the almighty power of God to intervene on the behalf of the innocent,”<br><br>They throw the s... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 15:50:00 EST Tough Times ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47555_tough_times_ <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <br>"Tough times never last. Tough people do!"<br>~ Robert H. Schuller <br> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <br><br>I chose the above aphorism upon which to base todays postings. Each day I choose an aphorism from my vast collection of pithy sayings and first post it on my page as today's status. I the post it as a blog, go... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 14:09:00 EST Which comes first.. Depression or anxiety http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47554_which_comes_first_depression_or_anxiety There is no way of telling... You can get Anxiety Attacks because you are Depressed or you can become Depressed and become Anxious and that can become a Attacks...and it can go around and around... cause you need to get weight off and you want that but then you head to the fridge to calm your nerves.. What starts out as a bag of cookies you forget and they are all gone.. How do I know this cause this was a battle I had.. It is not easy but if you can get pass the first few hurdles you know t... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 14:02:00 EST Surprising Reasons Americans Waste so Much Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47552_surprising_reasons_americans_waste_so_much_food Surprising Reasons Americans Waste so Much Food<br><br><br>Foodborne illness is a major problem in developed countries like the U.S., but one tactic many Americans rely on to prevent it is seriously misled.<br><br>A new survey on household food waste in the U.S. revealed that more than 68 percent of Americans had thrown away food because it was past the expiration date — and they believed eating it could cause food poisoning.1<br><br>This is a major misconception, as although it's possible to... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 10:34:00 EST GR8 DAY............. .KKKK... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47547_gr8_day_kkkk ..........................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>.................................. Tue, 9 Aug 2016 03:33:00 EST Dynamic Duo: Dawn and Vinegar http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47533_dynamic_duo_dawn_and_vinegar I saw this a long time ago about how people were using dawn and white vinegar to clean their floors. So I started investigating and discovered that people were using this dynamic duo but in different strength to clean almost everything in their household. Listed below are some of the ways in which I used this duo.<br><br>As a Soap Scum Remover: 1 part Dawn to 1 part Vinegar: I know just about all of us has had soap scum in our tubs or showers, this duo is your best friend. Add equal part... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 13:44:00 EST Count Your Blessings http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47530_count_your_blessings <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br>"Count your blessings. Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play, and you will finally be able to move forward into the life that God intended for you with grace, strength, courage, and confidence."<br>Og Mandino<br> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> ... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 10:57:00 EST How Much Water Should Your Dog Be Drinking? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47529_how_much_water_should_your_dog_be_drinking How Much Water Should Your Dog Be Drinking?<br><br><br>Have you ever wondered how much water your dog needs each day? Do you assume he’ll drink precisely the amount he needs if you give him free access to fresh clean water at all times?<br><br>If so, you might be surprised to learn that while some dogs instinctively know to drink just the right amount of water for their needs, some dogs don’t drink enough water, and others drink too much. So it’s possible your own canine companion is either u... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 10:35:00 EST Check out Thrift Shops for Clothing Bargains in those In-Between Sizes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47524_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... 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Sun, 7 Aug 2016 21:33:00 EST No Secrets Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47519_no_secrets_today <em>300</em> <em>300</em> <em>300</em> <em>300</em> <em>300</em> <em>300</em> <em>300</em> <em>300</em> <em>300</em> <em>300</em> <br> <em>300</em> <em>300</em> <em>300</em> <em>300</em> <em>300</em> <em>300</em> <em>300</em> <em>300</em> <em>300</em> <em>300</em> <br> <em>300</em> <em>300</em> <em>300</em> <em>300</em> <em>300</em> <em>300</em> <em>300</em> <em>300</em> <em>300</em> <em>300</em> <br> <em>3... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 16:54:00 EST 6 ways your partner is manipulating you http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47518_6_ways_your_partner_is_manipulating_you 6 Signs Your Partner Is Manipulating You<br><br>1. You find yourself emotionally volatile.<br><br><br>The one thing the manipulator enjoys more than anything is to guilt you. When you're made to feel guilty about something, you often find yourself feeling self-hate. Self-hate leads to emotional volatility. One thing you'll notice is a sense of stability returning to your life.<br><br>2. You're finding your relationships with others are getting worse.<br><br>Your manipulating partner may have,... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 15:36:00 EST It Is a Hard Row to Hoe http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47517_it_is_a_hard_row_to_hoe Well it is a deep subject.. and you can diet more than a few different ways but that can go out the window when we seem to have no time for the gym and few options besides I did curves but by the time you get on the next machine it is time to move on.. Losing weight is not easy and doing it in a healthy way can make the task feel even harder... Here at Spark People you relearn all the wrong things you are missing.. Like cooking better and slimming down but no one can make you do this you hav... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 12:11:00 EST Puppet No More http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47510_puppet_no_more <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br> We are no longer puppets being manipulated by outside powerful forces: we become the powerful force ourselves.<br>Leo Buscaglia<br> <em>104</em> <em>... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 22:05:00 EST Sing High Hope.. That was the silly Aunt.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47508_sing_high_hope_that_was_the_silly_aunt It all starts with your mental attitude.... I know that So what is easier to do saying no to a big gulp of Mountain Dew or running 5 miles.. Doing the "If's" planning on cutting your food calorie intake to 600 calories a day to lose weight... it won't work... It is just the way we think.. Sometimes we think too much and go to the extreme.. It is just the way we want things to budge and take the risk of the magic pill that will change your entire body without doing any exercise.. Most of peo... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 19:22:00 EST 11 quotes to remember when you are overthinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47507_11_quotes_to_remember_when_you_are_overthinking .<br><br>The mind sometimes resembles a five year old child – it wants to have everything a certain way and never knows how to sit still. If you allow your brain to continuously run a mile a minute without ever interjecting, it will only press on with the madness until you discover that your mind has slowly become a prison. Learning to take time quiet your mind, instead of distracting it, can allow you to have more mental clarity, focus, and give up the toxic habit of overthinking.<br><br><br... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 17:00:00 EST Changed my Goal to "Just for Today" http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47497_instead_of_aiming_for_goals_just_do_it_for_today When first coming into Spark I applied the same principles I had used to losing weight all my life. That was 8 or 9 years ago in my late sixties. I had been a goal oriented person and always committed to reaching my goals and then somehow losing interest and moving on to something new.<br>Somewhere along the way I decided to find a way of eating that I could live with comfortably for the rest of my life. This meant for me not <br>feeling deprived. I am a diabetic so I found alternatives to ... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 19:19:00 EST The Grim Reaper Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47494_the_grim_reaper_run There is a lot to be found out and a lot of good advice from many on Spark People.. I am up in years myself and you don't have to sit around and wait for the Grim Reaper to show up.. If you live in a chair and just doing nothing.. I am sure he will come and knock on your door.. As we get older we need to keep friends .. When we are more socially connected are healthier and live longer than their more... Make time to do things even if you go to a Senior Center.. Just chit chatting and remember... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 17:00:00 EST Want to Live a Happier Life..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47493_want_to_live_a_happier_life Happiness—in our business life and our own personal life—is often a matter of subtraction, not addition. Consider, what happens when you stop doing the following things.<br><br>Blaming<br><br>People make mistakes. Employees don't meet your expectations. Vendors don't deliver on time. So you blame them for your problems. But you're also to blame. Maybe you didn't provide enough training. Maybe you didn't build in enough of a buffer. Maybe you asked too much, too soon.<br><br>Taking responsibil... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 16:30:00 EST Why do we shout in anger http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47492_why_do_we_shout_in_anger A master asked his disciples:<br><br>‘Why do we shout in anger? Why do people shout at each other when they are upset?’<br>The disciples thought for a while, and one of them said<br><br>‘Because we lose our calm, we shout for that.’<br>‘But, why to shout when the other person is just next to you? ‘Isn’t it possible to speak to him or her with a soft voice? Why do you shout at a person when you’re angry?’<br><br>The disciples gave him some other answers but none satisfied the master.<br><br>Fi... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 16:11:00 EST Can a Hot Bath Cut Blood Sugar and Burn Calories? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47489_can_a_hot_bath_cut_blood_sugar_and_burn_calories Can a Hot Bath Cut Blood Sugar and Burn Calories?<br><br><br>Can you get the benefits of exercise without exercising? In the last century, as more people moved off small, family-owned farms to live in large cities and towns, the exercise they experienced decreased dramatically. Over the next several decades, an entire exercise industry emerged.<br><br>New fitness experts had two ways of marketing their workouts. The programs or devices were either so easy a child could do it, or they pushed y... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 12:04:00 EST Nutmeg Oil: An Essential Oil to Go Nuts For http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47488_nutmeg_oil_an_essential_oil_to_go_nuts_for Nutmeg Oil: An Essential Oil to Go Nuts For<br><br>European explorers had traveled all over the world to find spices such as nutmeg with good reason. Nutmeg, or Myristica fragrans, isn’t just a popular ingredient for cooking. It also possesses therapeutic properties, which made it a part of ancient cultures that include traditional Chinese and Indian medicine.1<br><br>Today, nutmeg is very much present in the alternative health scene. As an essential oil, it is used as a natural treatment for... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 11:10:00 EST Bootstrapping One O One http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47487_bootstrapping_one_o_one <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <br>Everyone who achieves success in a great venture, solves each problem as they came to it. They helped themselves. And they were helped through powers known and unknown to them at the time they set out<br> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <br><br>The best way to get yourself up is to pick yourself up. Yo... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 10:22:00 EST My morning cup of solitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47486_my_morning_cup_of_solitude I always try to have some "me" time in the morning. I work 3 days a week and on the other days I am busy getting my house ready to sell, shopping, errands etc. You all know how that is.<br><br>I take about an hour out of every day, first thing in the morning and just relax. I enjoy my cup of coffee, see what's going on in the world, check Facebook and log into SparkPeople. This is my time to basically do nothing.<br><br>I take my time, reading and seeing friends and hopefully smiling at so... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 09:42:00 EST date with destiny http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47477_date_with_destiny One day death came to a Guy and said, "Hey, today is your last day."<br><br>Guy, "But I'm not ready!"<br><br>Death said, "Well today your name is the first on my list."<br><br>Guy, "Okay then why don't you take a seat and we will drink a COFFEE before we go?"<br><br>Death, "All right."<br><br>The Guy gave Death some COFFEE with sleeping pills in it. Death finished COFFEE and fell into a deep sleep!!! The Guy took the list & removed his name from top of the list and put at the bottom of the li... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 15:02:00 EST Rejuvenate Your Skin Naturally With Sea Buckthorn Oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47473_rejuvenate_your_skin_naturally_with_sea_buckthorn_oil Rejuvenate Your Skin Naturally With Sea Buckthorn Oil<br><br>Used for centuries in Asia and Europe, sea buckthorn oil is gaining popularity in the United States due to its many benefits, particularly its potential anti-aging action. Get to know more about this herbal oil.<br><br>What Is Sea Buckthorn Oil?<br><br>Contrary to what its name suggests, sea buckthorn oil does not come from the sea. It's actually derived from sea buckthorn, a shrub that belongs to the Elaeagnaceae family1 and grows... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 12:19:00 EST Shingles and Mother Nature’s Own Natural Vaccine http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47472_shingles_and_mother_natures_own_natural_vaccine Shingles and Mother Nature’s Own Natural Vaccine<br><br>Some people think of chickenpox as a dangerous health condition, especially among children. But it is not life-threatening. In fact, it is actually nature's elegant design to defend you against a more problematic disease – shingles.<br><br>According to the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC),1 shingles is more common in individuals over age 50, although those who are immunocompromised are also at risk. Fortunately, exposing yourse... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 11:22:00 EST GOD, Eating and more... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47471_god_eating_and_more Secret Of Success(SOS) #1 is GOD (JESUS)!!! Enough said :)<br><br>Although I do strive to eat healthy, good for you clean foods, I also try to keep my portions under control despite what I eat. So, my SOS #2 is "Listening to my body and eating when I am truly hungry and stop when the hunger signals are satisfied." <br><br>This is something I was not able to do in the beginning, and it took a lot of hard work to get here. So, for me, I started just counting calories to learn what I normally ea... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 11:19:00 EST Where is Success Hiding? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47470_where_is_success_hiding <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <br>We seem to gain wisdom more readily through our failures than through our successes. We always think of failure as the antithesis of success, but it isn't. Success lies on the other side of failure<br> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <br><br>In "Think and Grow Rich", Napoleon Hill tells the story of R.U. Darby who invested all of his life's sa... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 10:13:00 EST ever wondered why do sports athletes wear that colored tape on their body http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47460_ever_wondered_why_do_sports_athletes_wear_that_colored_tape_on_their_body Ever Wondered Why Do Sports Athletes Wear That Colored Tape On Their Body?<br><br><br><br>Have you ever wondered why the some athletes wear that colourful tape across their body? If you’ve been watching the sports, you’ve probably seen some athletes wearing weird tape (mostly blue) on various parts of their bodies. Many international sports stars including Novak Djokovic, Cristiano Ronaldo, Dale Steyn wear this tape.<br><br>Novak Djokovic has been wearing the tape during his Wimbledon matches... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 17:46:00 EST Do this and Do That?? Snickers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47459_do_this_and_do_that_snickers How does Snickers fit into this.. Read on..... Everyone wants to jump on the weight loss train and then straddle the fence.. You cant just wake up and think this is the day and at the end think well maybe tomorrow... It take a lot of willpower and all the strength you can muster up and do it.. Just make the time and get to it.. Yes that means passing the candy machine and the soda machine without looking.. If you are that weak.. get a check in buddy here on Spark People.. We can help encour... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 17:32:00 EST Learning and Playing http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47454_learning_and_playing <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <br>It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them. <br>~ Leo Buscaglia<br> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <br><br>It is amazing to me how many "life lessons" apply perfectly to our weight loss journe... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 12:02:00 EST A Christian Post.. About Doubt http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47442_a_christian_post_about_doubt When in doubt what would you do...? Lets explore today.. When I am faced with a problem and don't do anything before I make a long hard thinking.. Yeas I am a Christian and so I put everything else and who ever reads this click out now cause this is my life in words...Doubt and unbelief are big problems for Christians. They are negative and discouraging... They cause us to make poor choices that which our make life difficult.... They cause us to think I wish I could lose weight or as simple ... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 20:30:00 EST Military a beautiful true love story http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47440_military_a_beautiful_true_love_story <br><br><br>One day, a young guy and a young girl fell in love.<br><br>But the guy came from a poor family. The girl’s parents weren’t too happy.<br><br>So the young man decided not only to court the girl but to court her parents as well. In time, the parents saw that he was a good man and was worthy of their daughter’s hand.<br><br>But there was another problem: The man was a soldier. Soon, war broke out and he was being sent overseas for a year. The week before he left, the man knelt on his... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 19:08:00 EST On Forgiveness . http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47432_on_forgiveness_ <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you. <br>~ Lewis B. Smedes<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>Carrying a grudge is perhaps the most self-defeating activity in which we can engage. Carrying a grudge is a lot more harmful to the person carrying the grudge than it is to ... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 11:00:00 EST Check out Thrift Shops for Clothing Bargains in those In-Between Sizes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47425_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... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 00:24:00 EST Tips to Getting A Better Rest http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47423_tips_to_getting_a_better_rest It’s normal to wake briefly during the night but if you’re having trouble falling back asleep, these tips may help:<br><br>Stay out of your head. Hard as it may be, try not to stress over your inability to fall asleep again, because that stress only encourages your body to stay awake. To stay out of your head, focus on the feelings in your body or practice breathing exercises. Take a breath in, then breathe out slowly while saying or thinking the word, “Ahhh.” Take another breath and ... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 00:15:00 EST Pay Attention to YOU http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47422_pay_attention_to_you I would have to say listening to my body is the best thing I have done since starting this journey. I still have cravings, but I never give in right away. For example, I live in the HOT south, I am also an ice cream addict, therefore, I crave ice cream all the time. However, I have found if I am craving something I wait and try alternatives. Instead of the ice cream per se, I may be craving milk, so I have a bowl of Cheerios with 2% milk for a snack. If after 3 days, I still have that cr... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 00:05:00 EST Give your best and the world comes to you http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47415_give_your_best_and_the_world_comes_to_you Give Your Best And The World Comes To You<br><br>Its Just Awesome... Read it....<br><br>A Little boy went to a telephone booth which was at the cash counter of a store and dialed a number. The store-owner observed and listened to the conversation:<br><br>Boy: “Lady, can you give me the job of cutting your lawn?”<br><br>Woman: (at the other end of the phone line) “I already have someone to cut my lawn.”<br><br>Boy: “Lady, I will cut your lawn for half the price than the person who cuts your la... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 18:22:00 EST Pass the Plate http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47414_pass_the_plate Lately my father-in-law has been under the weather and my husband has been visiting him a lot. More times than not he has asked me to cook a main dish or bake bread or cookies to take with him. Last weekend I made my favorite carrot cake recipe and realized I had no idea where my Bundt pan was, so I made two nine-inch layer cakes, one to keep and one to share. Knowing I might never see my cake plate again, I decided to use one of my "giveaway" plates. <br><br>Years ago I was at a departmen... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 16:42:00 EST Do Not Waste Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47408_do_not_waste_time <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>Death is a challenge. It tells us not to waste time... It tells us to tell each other right now that we love each other. Leo Buscaglia<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>Death. Happy subject for a Monday morning! But think about Dr. Buscaglia's words. Death is not something to be feared. It is, after all... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 10:01:00 EST Success is Hard to Come By http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47396_success_is_hard_to_come_by When I find something that works, I must stay with that regime. For example, I quit logging my food. I thought I knew about how much I was eating each day, but then I began slipping. First I lost some, then I remained stable, but then I began to gain. Logging my food on Spark People is one of the things that has helped me the most. <br><br>The same goes with exercise. I like cycling, but I have to stick to a routine. If I skip a day, it is hard to fall back into the routine. If I am using Sp... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 19:42:00 EST What are you doing back.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47393_what_are_you_doing_back When you joined Spark People you had a goal.. You have completed the weight game and Spark People you may say good bye.. but then the months go by and you notice things are going in the wrong direction.. And you noticed .. You are running like a Chicken with it's head cut off.. You have pack on a few pounds and now what.. Well just a little advice.. I would say stay with Spark People and keep on going.. The things we do in the morning was get to the Start Page and login and then write your fo... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 16:50:00 EST a birthday game http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47388_a_birthday_game <br>BIRTHDAY GAME:<br><br>Add your birthday date & know about yourself.<br>For<br>ex: 14-02-1996<br>1+4+0+2+1+9+9+6= 32<br>3+2=5;<br><br>Note : add digits until you get a single digit number must comment your result !!<br><br>If you get<br><br>1 = your love is true<br><br>2 = your family is good<br><br>3 = your voice is sweet<br><br>4 = your life is going great<br><br>5 = your lover is deeply in love with you<br><br>6 = Partly talented person<br><br>7 = intelligent<br><br>8 = born to win<br><... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 13:11:00 EST tough times are difficult http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47387_tough_times_are_difficult Shortly after Mom died my middle brother found out he had stage 4 cancer with a 10 to 20 % percent chance of survival even after chemo and radiation. It was very difficult to lose Mom as we were pretty close and even though I am not as close to brother dear I am having a difficult time with it all. I turned to my source of strength the Bible and it opened to the following. Psalm 103:<br><br>Praise the Lord, my soul;<br> all my inmost being, praise his holy name.<br>2 Praise the Lord, my... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 12:53:00 EST A Lazy Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47384_a_lazy_sunday <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <br>Don't smother each other. No one can grow in the shade.<br>Leo Buscaglia<br> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <br><br>ZIg ZIglar said that personal relationships are like a fire in the fireplace, the logs need to be near enough together to draw heat from one another but not so near that they smother one another.<br><br>It i... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 10:57:00 EST Want to Know How to Sleep Well Your First Night of Travel? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47383_want_to_know_how_to_sleep_well_your_first_night_of_travel Want to Know How to Sleep Well Your First Night of Travel?<br><br><br>Whether you're traveling two hours or 12 hours, your first night of sleep in a new bed is usually not restful. While some of the difficulty you'll experience when you travel is linked to jet lag, there is another factor.<br><br>Research published in Current Biology has found that the first night effect (FNE) of disturbed sleep, often regarded as a typical sleep disturbance when sleeping in a bed other than your own, is actu... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 10:35:00 EST Eating Just ONE of These Can Be Fatal to Your Pet http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47381_eating_just_one_of_these_can_be_fatal_to_your_pet Eating Just ONE of These Can Be Fatal to Your Pet<br><br><br>If you have pets in your home, be sure to be very careful where you store your loose change. A shiny, dirty (imagine all the smells) coin can be quickly gobbled up by pets — typically by dogs but also possibly by cats and birds.<br><br>Anytime a coin is eaten, there's a risk of potential problems, including intestinal blockage (this is especially true if a large number of coins are consumed). However, the even more urgent and potent... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 10:18:00 EST Don't copy if you can 't paste http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47371_dont_copy_if_you_can_t_paste on't Copy, If You Can't Paste<br><br><br><br>A famous inspirational speaker said :<br><br>" Best years of my life were spent in the arms of a woman, who wasn't my wife. "<br><br>Audience was in shock and silence.<br><br>He added : "She was my mother"<br><br>(A big round of pause & laughter)<br><br>A very daring husband tried to crack this at home.<br><br>After dinner, he said loudly to his wife in the kitchen :<br><br>" Best years of my life were spent in the arms of a woman, who wasn't my wi... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 18:51:00 EST How Melatonin May Benefit Depression, Autoimmune Disorders, and Cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47366_how_melatonin_may_benefit_depression_autoimmune_disorders_and_cancer How Melatonin May Benefit Depression, Autoimmune Disorders, and Cancer<br><br><br>The hormone melatonin plays many important roles in your health, from helping you sleep better to strengthening your immune system, slowing down brain aging, reducing migraine attacks, protecting bone mass, and preventing cancer.<br><br>Lack of sun exposure during the day combined with artificial lighting late into the night disrupts your biological clock and hence, your melatonin production, and this disruption... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 10:03:00 EST How to say No or goodbye ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47357_how_to_say_no_or_goodbye_ How do say goodbye to a old me and start a new way of being more bold..When I started Spark People I only wanted to help others as they needed someone to write to or post a blog and I way over do it.. I can read at least sixty blogs or more in a day.. I will sit and read even if it is one sentence I try to feel how they may be feeling.. Some times I spend time a write a personal letter if it is more than I need to post.. We don't know anything about each other except that we all were on the ... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 20:26:00 EST So, it's time to go camping. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47355_so_its_time_to_go_camping It's summer, nice warm days, lots of sunshine and outdoor activity. But you are going camping. That's right camping. Which for me brings out the oh rats mental for me. You sit and visit, drink beer and wine to visit with friends and family. You eat chips and dips and graze all the day away. <br><br>We have a rule when we camp, if you do not bring it, or a like product, ie. chips, beer, cookies, etc., you get the picture you, do not get to eat it. <br><br>Most of our friends and family w... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 18:03:00 EST Don’t Underestimate Anyone Because Everyone has a Different Story! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47354_dont_underestimate_anyone_because_everyone_has_a_different_story <br><br><br>A poor boy was in love with a rich man daughter….One day the boy proposed to her and the girl said…”Hey! Listen, your monthly salary is my daily hand expenses..How can I be involved with you..?<br><br>How could you have thought of that? I can never love you, so forget about me and get engaged to someone else OF your level”<br><br>But somehow the boy could not forget her so easily…..Some time 10 years later they stumbled into each other in a shopping mall.<br><br>The lady again sai... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 16:01:00 EST Enjoy the Zesty Goodness of Lemon Oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47335_enjoy_the_zesty_goodness_of_lemon_oil Enjoy the Zesty Goodness of Lemon Oil<br><br> The health benefits of lemons. Packed with nutrients, lemons are one of the most widely used tropical fruits in the world. Their positive reputation mainly comes from their high concentrations of vitamin C.<br><br>But it’s not just the lemon fruit that’s beneficial. When used as an essential oil, lemon oil can be applied topically, used for cleaning, and used for many other applications.<br><br>Lemon essential oil, also known as Citrus limon oil, ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:27:00 EST Be Happy and start to live http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47326_be_happy_and_start_to_live Well we have made it this far.. and some have reached their goal and some are almost there but you need to keep in check and learn one more thing.. You have worked so hard and some are worn out and you need to learn to be happy with your new changes.. Get out and enjoy life and keep on going.. I stayed behind cause I love to help people and I am not too bad at getting a chuckle or two.. and Spark People was a great way to spend time being retired.. you need to gain benefit from exercise.. tho... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 20:56:00 EST How Statins Degenerate Your Brain Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47321_how_statins_degenerate_your_brain_health How Statins Degenerate Your Brain Health<br><br><br>Tens of millions of people are taking drugs to lower their cholesterol levels. Most of those medications are in a drug class known as statins. Some doctors are even starting to recommend children use statin drugs to control their cholesterol levels.1 I couldn't disagree more.<br><br>The challenge with statin drugs is that they address surface issues with cholesterol in a simplistic manner. But your body is a complex organism that uses choles... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 13:49:00 EST Check out Thrift Shops for Clothing Bargains in those In-Between Sizes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47315_check_out_thrift_shops_for_clothing_bargains_in_those_inbetween_sizes When I was at my goal weight (100 pounds), I used to take a size 0 in women’s clothing. I’ve packed on 23 pounds since that time, so nothing in my closet fits me anymore and I’m on the hunt for clothing that is either a size 6 or a size 8. Clothing is really expensive these days, and I’m not too interested in paying full price to acquire new items in every size from an 8 to a 0 (especially when I keep hoping I won’t be a size 8, 6, 4, or 2 for too much longer!). However, it is quite a dile... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:10:00 EST Some Random Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47314_some_random_thoughts From a high school vclassmate:<br><br>Did You Know ?<br><br><br>1. Your shoes are the first thing people subconsciously notice about<br>you. Wear nice shoes.<br><br>2. If you sit for more than 11 hours a day, there's a 50% chance<br>you'll die within the next 3 years.<br><br>3. There are at least 6 people in the world who look exactly like you.<br>There's a 9% chance that you'll meet one of them in your lifetime.<br><br>4. Sleeping without a pillow reduces back pain and keeps your spine stron... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:02:00 EST Food & Money Saving Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47304_food_money_saving_tips My best advice on money and food saving is buy only what you really plan to cook. I cook only enough and I try to eat a that I cook. My family is not exactly left over lovers but I came from a family that we'd eat everything my mom cooked that night or my brothers would scuff down the very next day! <br><br>Since I became my own woman of the kitchen I do believe in a freezer but I hate when I leave meat in there too long. Six months is my limit on frozen meat! I just can't seem to get past fr... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 21:33:00 EST Why in the World are You Here..? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47303_why_in_the_world_are_you_here This is just a little bit of this and a little bit of that.. You are worth more than you know.. Speaking of this I would like to know.. Why did you come to Spark People. Most would say.. I want to eat healthier and loose weight... but some I see go by the way side. They don't like to exercise or get up early when it is hot.. I say to those Spark People has a place that is full of exercise Videos and they start some with five minutes and up ...So you can't say it is too hot.. You can take a ni... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 20:25:00 EST 30 things you'll regret when you're old http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47300_30_things_youll_regret_when_youre_old <br>Before you read this page, make sure you save it and always look at it, just to remind yourself not to regret these things. Here are the 37 things you’ll regret when you’re old.<br>1. Not traveling when you had the chance.<br>Think we all have had this once in our life, thinking ‘I should have gone there or there’. Well as long as you live and able to travel, please do travel. Trust me it becomes a lot harder the older you get. If you think of excuses now, later you will have a family and... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:43:00 EST Should Food Sharing Be Illegal? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47296_should_food_sharing_be_illegal Should Food Sharing Be Illegal?<br><br>90-year-old World War II veteran Arnold Abbott was arrested in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for feeding the homeless. The city had recently passed a controversial ordinance that restricts where charitable groups can feed the homeless on public property.<br><br>The ordinance was described as a way to control the area's growing homeless population. Abbott, however, had no plans of stopping his altruistic acts. After being arrested on November 2, 2014 — along ... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:59:00 EST Wanting to Eat Beyond My Calories and Distractions from it via Spark People along with some other things. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47289_wanting_to_eat_beyond_my_calories_and_distractions_from_it_via_spark_people_along_with_some_other_things Sometimes when I really really really wanna eat beyond my calories I pop onto Spark People and look at the different ways I can earn Spark Points and see what I can do instead of shoveling more food in my mouth. <br><br>Seriously, it helps with the focus. Oh yeah, these are my goals, a healthier me, so I don't go back to eating more food. I noticed the option to write this and I decided to share. The writing is actually helping to calm my desire to eat more. <br><br>I do this along with drin... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:02:00 EST Kiss on the cheek http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47284_kiss_on_the_cheek <br>Kiss On The Cheek<br><br>A married couple was in a terrible accident where the man’s face was severely burned.<br><br>The doctor told the husband that they couldn’t graft any skin from his body because he was too skinny.<br><br>So the wife offered to donate some of her own skin.<br><br>However, the only skin on her body that the doctor felt was suitable would have to come from her buttocks.<br><br>The husband and wife agreed that they would tell no one about where the skin came from, and ... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 21:10:00 EST I've Been ... Which Makes Me..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47282_ive_been_which_makes_me I know I should slather on the SPF and avoid the tanning bed. Which I promise you I do especially with the tanning I'm not a fan.... But when it comes to acne, aging and all things skin-related, there's a lot more my dermatologist knows than can be discussed in a typical appointment. <br><br>Although I go to the dermatologist when my acne is out of control.... conditions they can see--acne, flaky skin, a rash or other common problems--skin problems can be a sign of something more serious. For... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 19:06:00 EST The Only Choice http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47274_the_only_choice <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <br>When you get up in the morning you have two choices _ either to be happy or to be unhappy. Just Choose to be happy.<br>~ Norman Vincent Peale<br> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <br><br>This is one of my favorite concepts and one which has been reiterated repeatedly by all of the self-help motivational authors.<br><br>Ed Fore... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:29:00 EST I am addicted to you a sad love story http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47259_i_am_addicted_to_you_a_sad_love_story <br>Phone call *<br><br>Boy: Hey, baby!<br><br>Girl: Hey.<br><br>Boy: I missed you at office today. Why weren’t you there?<br><br>Girl: Yeah, I had to go to the doctor.<br><br>Boy: Oh my God, are you okay?? <br><br>Girl: Silence<br><br>Boy: Sweetie!! Talk to me!! <br><br>Girl: I . . .<br><br>Boy: You what?? YOU WHAT??? <br><br>Girl: I have CANCER and I’m on life support. <br><br>Boy: *breaks into tears*<br><br>Girl: They’re taking me off tonight. <br><br>Boy: Why?? <br><br>Girl: I wanted to t... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 15:04:00 EST How to Kill a Cold, Starve a Fever -- and When You Absolutely MUST See a Doctor http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47255_how_to_kill_a_cold_starve_a_fever_and_when_you_absolutely_must_see_a_doctor How to Kill a Cold, Starve a Fever -- and When You Absolutely MUST See a Doctor<br><br> skin rashesIt could be just a little twitch or an irritating itch, but whatever it is, when it's happening to your body and you don't know what's causing it, it can be downright scary. The good news is that lots of scary symptoms are really no big deal.<br><br>As listed on CNN Health, here is a list of symptoms that might be a little freaky, but there's no reason to be scared of. It's OK to breathe easy wh... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 11:01:00 EST Oh My I Need a Massage http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47244_oh_my_i_need_a_massage Perhaps the number one reason people seek massage therapy is to relieve stress or feel pampered. I myself consider getting a massage to help relieve pain in my neck and shoulders. There are several muscles that comprise this region: scalenes, splenii, trapezius, and many more. So I found out but I'm in need of getting my shoulder neck and arms massaged by hubs. I asked he was like huh? Then I reiterated that please can you rub my shoulders. He in turn rolled over and went back to his nap. Huh... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 21:28:00 EST When all else fails .. Think.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47243_when_all_else_fails_think When your down and you need to think what else look inside and see what you need.. Is it Motivation or a just thinking you just cant go on.. Look to the different Motivational Quotes.. and I would say do what I had to do.. I had post its all over the place the Mirror..Each time I felt like I just give up.. I would pass a note and look at it and yes it is worth the try.. I know Here are a few things I did to help boost me up when I fell down..“To be a great champion you must believe you are th... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 20:43:00 EST 4 things men will never understand about women http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47241_4_things_men_will_never_understand_about_women When it comes to men and women falling in love with each other, they try their very best to think of every possible little thing that they need in order for them to be happy.<br><br>However, there are just some certain things that men have a hard time understanding when it comes to the personal needs of their lady or just the women in their lives in general.<br><br>Periods<br><br>Allow me to kick this off with discussing periods. Men are both extremely fascinated by them and are also extremel... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 16:24:00 EST How Apple Cider Vinegar Can Change Your Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47237_how_apple_cider_vinegar_can_change_your_life How Apple Cider Vinegar Can Change Your Life<br><br><br><br>Vinegar is said to have been discovered around 5000 BC, when unattended grape juice turned into wine and then vinegar. Originally used as a food preservative, vinegar’s medicinal uses soon came to light.<br><br>Hippocrates used vinegar to manage wounds, while medical practitioners in the 1700s used it to treat everything from poison ivy and croup to stomach aches. Vinegar was even used to treat diabetes.1<br><br>Vinegar, which means ... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 11:00:00 EST