SparkPeople Motivation Secrets Learn some of the secrets of success for Motivation from SparkPeople members. SparkPeople Motivation Secrets Why I Gotta ? I fell off the wagon right around Christmastime, I can admit. Let me also state that fitness isn't my issue , it's those darn sweets that seem to have my mind. The food aspect of it al is on point as well as my fitness except I don't strength train enough for my particular taste. So now let me get into " I gotta ", after realizing I need to make it matter which believe it or not was yesterday, February 9-2016 . I determined why I gotta make it matter every moment : I gotta see these kids grow... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 02:50:00 EST Sticker Charts Work! I used to struggle with getting daily exercise in, especially for 30 minutes or more each day. I would be consistent for a few days, but then would easily get off track. I was going to college to finish my post-graduate work and exercise just did not fit into my schedule some days. <br><br>While take a class on Applied Behavior Analysis, I had to complete a project where I targeted a behavior in myself that I wanted to change. I chose exercising more than 30 minutes each day for at least ... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 21:39:00 EST Which way do I go now..? You have to start somewhere... Why aren't you moving.. Starting out can be tough, but with discipline and consistency you will eventually reach a point where staying motivated only requires minimal daily maintenance—a simple matter of learning to make the right choices at the right time. Everyone is different so you have to see where you have to start and find that little button and go.. Look for the green light and it will be there cause you will get to the point where you have to do somethi... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 13:22:00 EST One day and one breath at a time... In 2008 my husband was taken from my children and I in a tragic accident that left us completely devastated and lost in this world.<br>I had to pull not only my life together, but those of my 2 children, my oldest at the time was just 13 (he was with my husband at the time of the accident), and our 6 year old son as well. <br><br>I came out to Washington state to find us a new home to start our lives over again. Even though I always showed a smile to those around me, inside I was dying with... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 12:11:00 EST Set Yourself Free! <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br>If we wish to free ourselves from enslavement, we must choose freedom and the responsibility this entails.<br>Leo Buscaglia<br><br>How often do we set our sights on a worthwhile goal only to have roadblocks continually jump up in our path, making success seem nearly impossible? We have all been there! What can we do about it? <br><br>The first thing is to examine the roadblocks. Ask yourself... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:49:00 EST My Chocolate Reward System My motivation secret is CHOCOLATE. I buy the darkest chocolate bars I can find, preferably those that are divided into tiny squares. <br><br>After I do my exercise for the day, I SLOWLY eat a tiny bit of the chocolate, savoring each morsel. <br><br>My weightloss really took off after I started logging into SparkPeople daily and was told by my doctor that I could exercise after double hip replacement. At first it was only walking around the block, gradually increasing so that now I regular... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 21:38:00 EST Open Your Arms <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>Love is always open arms. If you close your arms about love you will find that you are left holding only yourself.<br>Leo Buscaglia<br><br>Continuing on yesterday's theme of "No Man is an Island", it is important to stay motivated for a lapse in motivation will lead to a lack of interest which will lead to ignoring what you know in your heart you should be doing.<br><br>Reach out to your fellow Sparke... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 10:28:00 EST The Power of More Than One <em>342</em> <em>342</em> <em>342</em> <em>342</em> <em>342</em> <em>342</em> <br>We all need each other.<br>~Leo Buscaglia<br><br> <em>47</em> <em>47</em> <em>47</em> <em>47</em> <em>47</em> <em>47</em> <br>No man is an island unto himself<br>~John Donne (I think)<br><br>Weight loss can be a long and lonely journey replete with pitfalls and distractions. It is not a journey one should take alone for it is easy to talk yourself out of something, especially an und... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 10:11:00 EST Gold Star Month Did you ever think how true it is "That everything you need to know you learned in Kindergarten"? Remember the days when you would get a "Gold Star" for having the best work or doing well on a test? Even though it is a simple plan it can be very motivational and give us a Que for the day.<br><br>Sometimes we need an instant visual to remind us of where we are in our journey without having to sign in to Spark people. Something that is right in my face when i wake up. Helps to re enforce what ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 09:22:00 EST Let's be accountable When I keep track of my workouts and food intake regularly, I see results! Try to track as much as you can, as often as you can. Then you can see what your doing right and what you can improve on, it all works if I follow a practical routine. I have to be honest with what I'm doing and pay attention to what to my actions about 85% of the time, but this will work if I keep at it. Making small goals, (for example eating a variety vegetables, or dancing for 30 minuets a day), can assist in re... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 21:44:00 EST As Far as the eyes can see Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be.<br>Your cause is a powerful source of motivation but it’s still abstract in nature. You need to make it concrete in the form of a dream. Imagine how the world will be in the future. Imagine how people will live and work.Having a dream is important because it’s difficult to be motivated if you don’t have anything to shoot for. Just think about people who play ... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 16:58:00 EST Keep Your Eyes on the Prize <em>23</em> <em>23</em> <em>23</em> <em>23</em> <em>23</em> <em>23</em> <br>Only the weak are cruel. Gentleness can only be expected from the strong.<br>~Leo Buscaglia<br><br>The quote actually has nothing to do with today's secret but I felt it was a good thought to begin with.<br><br>Keep your eyes on the prize. In order to do this, you need to keep the prize where you can see it. When a train is preparing to leave the station in New York, headed for Los Angeles, there is ... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 09:38:00 EST One More Time It is easy to give up. It's easy to stop trying. It's easy to fall back into old habits that don't lead us where we truly want to go. The problem with easy is that it's just too EASY! It allows us to make excuses for not doing things we should, or for doing things we shouldn't. (Like lounging on the sofa eating bonbons instead of getting outside and exercising.)<br><br>It's hard to keep going. It's hard to try when your mind and body don't want to cooperate. It's hard to believe in yourself s... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 09:31:00 EST Keep on Your Pace Quotes from Bruce Lee<br>“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.”<br>“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”<br>“Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.”<br>There are plenty of people in this world who know what they have to do to get what they want. The few that succeed are those who develop a character of constant and deliberate action.because it takes action and to keep going to finish the race.. Respect... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 21:46:00 EST Beating the Winter Blues Everyone goes through periods of feeling blue. Studies have shown that wintertime brings on the blues more than the bright summer days. If you are feeling blue, spark your motivation and mood by choosing one new exercise to try or be courageous by trying a new food that you've never had before. <br><br>Having something to look forward to is one of the greatest motivators you will have. It gives hope for brighter, warmer days ahead. Look forward to going for that walk, while planning your spri... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 18:21:00 EST Food is not the problem. Food is not in control. These are things I share with ladies that are trying to get healthy with me, we are taking back our lives. How about YOU? Let’s take a moment to explore WHY we eat what we eat. It's time to really consider whether we are eating for fuel and to get the nutrients our bodies need, or if we are medicating our emotions and using food as coping tool. <br><br>Here's the awful truth: There is no plan or program that is going to change your lifestyle through food and exercise alone. An eating plan o... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 14:34:00 EST Private Group Challenge I formed a six women private fb group and we challenge/motivate each other for 21 weeks. Each Monday morning we post a pic of our scale to our group page. Scoring is done off the previous Monday's weight- so each week is a new start and new chance to win that week. The highest total points at the end of 21 weeks, Wins (but we're ALL winners)!<br><br>Scoring:<br>+1 for each lb lost; +5 for each % weight lost<br>-2 for each lb gained; -5 for each % weight gained.<br>Example: 200 - 2 lbs = +7 Po... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 09:23:00 EST True Value of Life <br><br>A man went to God and asked, "What's the value of life?"<br><br>God gave him one stone and said, "Find out the value of this stone, but don't sell it."<br><br>The man took the stone to an Orange Seller and asked him what it's cost would be.<br>The Orange Seller saw the shiny stone and said, "You can take 12 oranges and give me the stone."<br>The man apologized and said that the God has asked him not to sell it.<br><br>He went ahead and found a vegetable seller. "What could be the valu... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 20:00:00 EST Friends and Family Motivate Me!! My motivation to staying healthy is my friends and family! I see my friends and family who are healthy and my friends who need to focus more on their health..and they all motivate me. I talk with my friends about healthy topics often. We all agree that we want to grow old and grow old healthy. We talk about nutrition, share recipes, share exercise ideas, share our ups and downs, and talk about getting together to go for walks or hikes or something else physical. My family motivates me as we k... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 18:07:00 EST Find A Friend One of the best ways to keep motivated, whether is is for eating better/healthier, exercising, or drinking more water is to find a friend or co-worker willing to be your motivation buddy. Find someone you get along with, pretty well, more than a "oh hi co-worker" but more of a "Good Morning (insert name here). How was your weekend/how are your kids, etc" type of co-worker. Since most people spend 40 hours a week or more at work, it is nice to have someone that can help keep you on track. Y... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 13:07:00 EST An Undiscovered Power <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.<br>~Leo Buscaglia<br><br>Most people are completely ignorant of the fact that the world is a big mirror. Whatever you think, say, or do is reflected right back at you. Zig Ziglar says that you can have anyth... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 09:32:00 EST Your must be first I have struggled with trying to "stay motivated". Well 3 years ago I woke up one day and said "I can't stand this anymore" "I do not want to live the rest of my life fat and being limited in what I can do" I decided that day I had to put myself first! A co-worker and I decided to start the gym together, we were both very self conscience of our weight and it helped to go with someone else, well I am thankful to her because she convinced me to get a trainer a few times a week to "teach us". We... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 22:25:00 EST TRYING TO STAY STRONG I have been working out a minimum of 120 minutes a day. I only do 30 minutes at a time, so I do not get frustrated or burnt out. It has been good so far.<br><br>I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to rem... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 18:14:00 EST Use Your Library I love to exercise to DVDs, and before I buy them (if I buy them) I like to try them out. They can be expensive at the stores, and most local libraries have them readily available, as a lot of people use Blu Ray or even watch movies at home on cable now. Especially exercise DVDs seem to be readily available at your local library.<br><br>If you are financially challenged, checking out a DVD for a 28-day period is an excellent way to do a new program on a budget. And usually you can go to yo... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 08:22:00 EST Finally getting the hang of it!! It has been a few monthly and now I am in the routine! Eating right and tracking every bite! <em>244</em> It is so very easy to just want to give up. Especially if you have a great deal of weight to lose. But I encourage everyone to just hold fast to a few good habits and concentrate on them. Educate yourself on what foods are the best for you and then utilize the recipes offered by Sparkpeople to make them appealing to you! Preplan your meals especially if you have to eat outside the hom... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 07:39:00 EST No One Is Going to Fix You No One Is Going to Fix You<br>If you are waiting for a knight in shining armor to gallop into your life and heal your broken heart, you will be waiting forever. The only person who can help you is yourself. Be happy for the other people in your life, but do not become dependent on them for happiness unlike you like to be on a never-ending emotional roller-coaster that is far beyond the realm of your control. Are you alone? No, far from it. But no one is going to fix you, so it is in your best... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 21:00:00 EST Making Hard Decisions - A Road Map I'm not sure that there's anyone on the planet who actually enjoys making hard decisions... you know the kind... the ones that make your heart and sould ache... the ones that challenge your core values... the ones that make you feel you're risking so much.<br><br>Recently I was shown a roadmap, a set of simple questions to ask yourself when you are faced with one of those huge decisions.<br><br>The first question is “What does my heart say?”. Tune into yourself, your heart and intuition not y... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 20:36:00 EST Baby steps add up to big rewards I have begun this life change by researching all I can about healthy living. I set a number of goals for myself, including drinking enough water, getting enough sleep, and making better food choices. One of my previous downfalls to a healthier lifestyle is the all or nothing mentality about exercise. Instead of trying to exercise for 30 or more continuous minutes, I break my exercise into 3 or 4 ten minute sessions throughout the day. I am still getting in all of my exercise without having to... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 18:07:00 EST Love is Life <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <br>Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life.<br>Leo Buscaglia<br><br>Leo Buscaglia was an inspirational human being and the world truly wept at his passing. Leo's entire philosophy was summed up in four simple letters L-O-V-E. he taught a non-credit course at the University of Southern California called simply "Love 101". There was a two semester waiting list to get into ... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 11:45:00 EST Consistency plus Challenge equals Change I always change my goal board around and wanted a new motivational post to keep me going. I like the goal board feature because it helps keep me focused on challenges I need to work on at a particular time in my life.<br><br>I came up with a motivtional goal that applied to my life directly and I meditate on daily:<br><br>Consistent + Challenge = Change.<br><br>I needed to be more consistent in watching my intake, tracking my food and working out. I have a binge eating disorder and consiste... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 08:32:00 EST A few ways to stay motivated on a weight loss journey Making the decision to live healthier is the first step, but you won't ever see results if you give up too soon. Whether you've hit a plateau in your weight-loss or just can't find the motivation to get to the gym, here's how to tweak your workout philosophy and get back on track to meeting your goals.<br><br>When it comes to weight training, knowing what your goals are, and why you're setting them to begin with, is important,. In order to meet your goals, make sure they're SMART (Specific, M... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 21:56:00 EST Baby steps get the job done There is so much to take care of around my house and the days seem so short. I really don't know how people with kids manage because between me and my significant other, I don't have much time, especially through the week, to do anything extra and cross off those non-essentials from my ever-growing "to-do" list. By the time I get to work and back and put in my 8+ hours, workout, prepare food and eat it, and clean up after, there isn't much time for anything else. So, I've developed an attitud... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 19:30:00 EST When Trust is Broken <br>When Trust Is Broken<br>Posted: 29 Jan 2016 01:38 AM PST<br><br><br>I find that sorry has an arbitrary meaning anymore. People say it so often in life that when you mean it, it’s hard to differentiate when it’s real. If you bump into someone, you arbitrarily say, I’m sorry or drop a coin as your handing back change, “I’m sorry” but when it counts you say it and how is one to differentiate what’s true and what’s arbitrary? No one means to do what they do and if they do, why should u be “so... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 13:25:00 EST In the Beginning <em>189</em> <em>189</em> <em>189</em> <em>189</em> <em>189</em> <em>189</em> <br>Everything begins with an idea.<br>~Earl Nightengale<br><br>Nothing is but that thinking makes it so. <br>~Rene' Descartes<br><br>Ideas are the essence of all advancements. Nothing happens until someone has an idea that it can be better. Everyone has ideas. The problem is that many of these ideas are essentially still-born. Someone thinks of an idea, considers it briefly and summarily rejects ... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 10:19:00 EST Write it Down - no not just your food! SparkPeople has a wonderful food tracking section with many food choices in the data base. In fact, I rarely have to add a food. I imagine that most people who use this site are tracking their calories by recording their food, but you should really take advantage of more than just that.<br><br>If you are also tracking your water intake and exercise, good for you! That means you're drinking enough water to need to keep track and that you are getting up and moving, which is a big move toward l... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 22:49:00 EST Motivate to Motivate.. When you came to Sparks there was a Spark to start a flame and then tun into a continuous motion to reach the next goal.. Set goals that you know will be able to reach.. When you look at the situation you have to organize your thoughts then start with something small.. this way you get the ball rolling and it should gain strength as the weeks go by.. You have to want to do this for you and only you.. If you keep the steps withing reach then you will want to do more.. If you go for thirty minu... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 19:48:00 EST Visual Encouragement Helps I have found that using a visual reminder is a great source of encouragement. One of the easiest I have found that really works for me is using a calendar and stickers on it. <em>250</em> <br><br>I have a wall calendar, and found lots of small stickers that will fit in the squares. I looked to find some that I liked. The Dollar Stores are a great place to find things like these. It is important that you find a calendar and stickers that you really like. I also go some bigger ones wit... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 19:35:00 EST You can't expect to look like a million bucks.... If you eat from the dollar menu. You can't expect to look like a million bucks....<br>If you eat from the dollar menu.<br><br>Eating Clean.<br><br>I had NO idea what that means, so I looked it up and understand that it basically is to get as close to nature as you can with foods. For me, it means to only eat foods are healthy and good for me. To limit foods that have ingredients you cannot name, and eat as few processed foods as possible. ANY dollar or any other fast food goes into the no column in my book, along with sugar,... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 17:36:00 EST Creativity, Creativity, Creativity <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>334</em> <br>Creativity is a natural extension of our enthusiasm. <br>~Earl Nightengale<br><br>To remain motivated it is necessary to be creative in how you spur your enthusiasm. I have found the words of gurus to be extremely helpful.<br><br>Periodically I do a Google search for quotes by a self-help guru, Napoleon Hill, W. Clement Stone, Earl Nightengale, Leo Buscaglia, Wayne Dyer, etc. Then I ... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 11:14:00 EST Finding your Carrot I'm talking about motivation of course... as in carrot on a stick.<br><br>It actually takes relatively little time to burn off fat. You need to burn around 3,500 calories to shift a pound of fat - this can be done in a week. It generally takes less time to lose the excess than it took to gain it - isn't that a great thought?<br><br>In my opinion, nothing breeds motivation like success, so do employ strategies to help you have tangible evidence of your own success. Things like keeping photogra... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 10:35:00 EST Finding the Motivation to Track EVERYTHING - No cheating! Writing it down! I used to use different apps that had no motivational tools. I didn't know about SparkPoints and I was pretty sure that I didn't need any motivation anyway. Then...<br><br>If I ate over my calorie points for the day, I just wouldn't write down the extra. It usually happened like this because I wrote down every meal but would get hungry at about 8 pm and would grab a few crackers and cheese or a half peanut butter sandwich. I didn't write them down and I had no idea how many calories were i... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 18:03:00 EST It doesn't matter what others are doing, it matters what YOU are doing. It doesn't matter what others are doing, it matters what YOU are doing.<br><br>Yes, it does. Did you wake up this morning with a plan? Did you know what you were having for breakfast, lunch and dinner? If not, why not? This makes you accountable to you. To have a food plan, at least in your mind, and the food to complete that plan in your kitchen, really works. It gives you the foundation for the day, and you don't need to think about other food because you know what you are going to eat.<br>... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 01:27:00 EST Using Visual Aids Put a picture that motivates you to stick to your goals. I like to exercise in my living room. There, I am surrounded by pictures of my husband and kids. Their smiling faces remind me that I am not just working out to feel better about myself and get back to my "fighting" weight...but that I am also working on myself to live a long, healthy life WITH them. I want to set good examples that my children can use throughout their own lives and instill in their children when they grow up. I am work... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 15:16:00 EST We've All Been There We've all been there. You know, that dark place where it feels like nothing short of a personal invitation from George Clooney will get you off the couch and into the gym. But whether you're battling workout boredom, weight loss plateaus, or injuries, you don't have to let any obstacle sidetrack your fitness. All you need is the right motivation.<br>***************************<BR>**************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>******************************... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 09:22:00 EST Start Fresh Now When I catch myself eating something I am not supposed to or realize in the middle of the day that I am not on track, I stop right there and fix the problem right away. Today, I had consumed all my calories for the day by the time I finished eating lunch (and I didn't even eat breakfast). I realized that I needed to fix the problem. I didn't want to wait until tomorrow because then I would want to push it off another day and another day. I stopped right there and decided to get back on track ... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 22:29:00 EST Earning Spark Points If you haven't already started to earn Spark Points, you should try that as a motivating factor. I love earning the points and I try to get as many as I can every day. I read the articles, I post blogs and update my status. I read other people's posts and comment on them or click "Like". I try out new recipes. I joined groups and read the emails I receive and track goals and contests. <br><br>(One hint: there are only a few SparkPoint earning activities on the mobile app, you have to sign... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 16:03:00 EST Staying on track Sometimes I get a craving or I'm bored or I just get tired of dieting. One of my distractions is to surf Sparkpeople or the internet and read articles about health or diet. It keeps me busy and reinforces my resolve to get this weight off and stay healthy. I came across this today and thought I would share.<br><br>True Hunger vs. Emotional Hunger<br><br>When you experience true physical hunger, it will come on gradually, any food will satisfy you and you will stop eating once you are full. Yo... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 23:59:00 EST Do this for YOU! I am a 50-something mother of 7, Gramma of 6, Wife of 1....who FINALLY decided to make time for ME!<br>I have taken care of children, and my family for nearly 4 decades! I have neglected myself, as many mothers do, to take care of their families! I felt, and still do, that cooking for my family, is one of the greatest things I could do for them! (Now I cook healthier!)<br>I have made time for ME...even if that means getting up at 5 AM to get to the gym before everyone wakes up! I'm home befor... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 18:02:00 EST Motivation to a 15 year old When ever I go to eat something, all I think about is really this is just food, my life does not revolve around it,I just need to eat enough so that my body functions. That dessert I like may taste good but, that taste is gone in 5 minutes. I can life without them and make me a better person. I am not 100% good though Chocolate Covered Strawberries are my favorite, and its hard when your stressed with school to eat well. Also my 16th birthday is soon and my cake won't be good for me!<br><... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 17:58:00 EST KEEP AT IT You have to roll with the punches. When you get knocked off your track, don't worry. Just remember before you started to take control, that it was much worse then. Have faith in your program and trust that it will take hold again and take you the rest of the way. <em>213</em> <br><br>I have always been on a diet, since I was a kid, and I lost weight and then gained it back. I got crazier and crazier, trying everything to lower the anxiety, including giving up caring.<br><br>I found Weig... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 16:02:00 EST Keep yourself upbeat When you get up in the morning are you feeling down or upbeat.. There is something inside of all of us that wants to get out and that is the Spirit that you need.. like fuel feed yourself on being Motivated and confident that you will win this Battle of the bulge.. You have to keep that side down so you can use it as a step to get up.. That voice that says you can not do this you have to make it see you are much better than the one who is saying you can't do it give up and just turn over.. Do... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 13:29:00 EST Your Will Power When there is a will, there is always a way.<br><br>It's simple: A good thirty minute walk is all you need to get the heart pumping and improve your cardio.<br>*******************************<BR>************************<br>I have found that eating protein with every single meal will hold me over and satisfy my hunger until the next snack or meal. <br><br>Never skip breakfast. Never ever skip breakfast. Your metabolism needs a boost in the morning after your body has been dormant duing your ni... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 11:28:00 EST Set LEAD goals not LAG goals! We all have goals on our health and fitness journey, whether they are weight loss/maintenance, regular exercise, health issue management.... but sometimes we feel frustrated that we are not meeting our goals or not even getting closer! This "secret" might hold the clue as it describes the difference between LAG and LEAD goals. <br> <br>LAG goals involve getting there and then checking in. An exam... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 18:27:00 EST Move it and Keep going.. No matter what you do you have to keep trying and pushing through this... People write that they are having trouble with loosing three pounds and gain them back but when you can just put things to the side and know it is because you need to take it off you will make the changes you need.. Being a Motivator you have to stay upbeat and read blogs.. but I can not do the work that each one of my members need to do.. I can offer help and give my opinion but they are the ones that have to do the wo... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 17:41:00 EST Make it Simple It's simple: A good thirty minute walk is all you need to get the heart pumping and improve your cardio.<br>*******************************<BR>*************************<br>I have found that eating protein with every single meal will hold me over and satisfy my hunger until the next snack or meal. <br>**************************************<BR>******************<br>Never skip breakfast. Never ever skip breakfast. Your metabolism needs a boost in the morning after your body has been dormant duin... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 11:03:00 EST What is Success? <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br>Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal.<br>~ Earl Nightengale<br> <br>When you stop and think about the preceding quotation it boils down to what I have been preaching. Set a series of short-term goals so that the goal is always in sight. If you goal is to walk a hundred miles, when you start you cannot see the finish line. If you goal is to walk a hundred yards, you can see... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 10:46:00 EST Drinking Enough Water and Exercise To get my 8 glasses of water drank, I will get out 4 bottles of water (16 oz) <em>194</em> . I have been drinking sparkling water lately. Even though it doesn't taste real good (yes, water does have taste) I drink it down. Pop has no appeal to me anymore. I have not had pop since December 31, 2015. I go into the store, and it does not even tempt me to buy it. Sometimes, with just plain water, I will add one of those flavor packets to it. Another benefit of the sparkling water (Ice Mo... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 12:17:00 EST Pedometer for Motivation When the scale won't move and I just feel like I have hit a plateau to beat all plateaus, I focus on my steps. I walk, and walk, and walk!!! I also make sure that I eat good things and not in excess, but I just focus on my walking and keep on walking. I will go out of my way to run errands at work. I will pace in my house, and I have a pretty small house. I will take the dog for a walk all around town, small town, and when we get back we are both so tired! Anyway, sometimes we get so bo... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 11:57:00 EST Share with a friend when you eat out! <em>386</em> Eating out can really be a challenge! I have found by sharing a meal with the hubby I can control the calories. I also employee a couple other tricks. I take half the food off my plate as soon as I get it. I ask for a take home box. I also take out the number of chips I am allowed (calorie count) and then I break them in half before I treat myself to any type of dip or sauce. This works great at Mexican restaurants. I love salsa and quest. I also use a smaller dish even when my... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 10:39:00 EST Little Trick I Learned I learned a new little trick today. Someone suggested that your new way of eating starts with your next bite, and the next, and then the next. Make each bite count!<br><br>Take it one pound at a time, one day at a time. This is not a race. Your weight loss progress should not be measured against someone else's progress. Try your best to keep your focus on eating the right foods--things that are healthy. Try to limit sugars, starches, high fat items. It is important to exercise every day. A ... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 08:53:00 EST Mindset. It's All About The Mentality The biggest thing I've learned thus far is " it's not a sprint, it's a marathon, this journey ". It's all about our mental straits and how fast we get our mind right. It's technically , actually all about the mindset. It's a matter of what do you believe in ? What do you want ? How bad do you want it ? Those night cravings, yes it's mental too. It didn't take me too long to come to realization but it took long enough, I spent so many months just thinking the wrong thoughts.. I spent so much t... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 02:14:00 EST Photos and Tape Measures As painful as it is to do, take photos of your progress. Please don't shy away from it because otherwise you'll regret not having a record of all of your hard work. Take front, side and back photos, then date them and file them away... for now. Take photos every couple of weeks or every month. Then start to compare them.<br><br>When I took my first photos, I was truly disappointed with what I saw but I put them away in a folder on my laptop (you may want to password-protect yours if your kids... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 09:17:00 EST Say cheese to you :) Taking a picture every day will help when you see the progress in front of you. Once a month overlap your current picture to your start picture and see your self melt!!! I have been n my weight loss journey for over 5 years now I have attempted in the past and failed. This is the first time that I am finding documenting what I am doing as a successful tool. I do not worry about what clothes I have on happy sad regardless of your mood the condition of your current weight loss in time you will ... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 20:01:00 EST Make mornings super-important I never used to be a morning person. I would always be rushing around in the morning, trying to get ready for work. Half the time, I would forget my work lunch and have to buy something. Most of the time, I would be too stressed to deal with the thought and planning involved in a healthy lifestyle. I would run off to work, and then if I thought about healthy eating and exercise, I had to jam it into a busy evening or stay up late to do my Sparking, which always felt like a rush job.<br><br>On... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 10:20:00 EST Post "Spark-Points" to Phone Homescreen!!! One of the things that keeps me motivated at Sparkpeople is the "POINTS" I get for doing the various things.<br><br>I am someone who only has a phone (no computer) to access Sparkpeople. Thanks to joining a Spark Team Challenge last year (BLC28 - The 28th Round of Sparkpeople's Biggest Loser Challenge), I learned a lot about the "Sparkeling Virtual World" that is Sparkpeople... <br><br>For Example: When using the Mobile ap, unless one goes into the "Browser's Pull Down Menu" & Checks "Des... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 06:48:00 EST Staying motivated and committed Well I have come to understand and learn that one of the wisest things to do while committing to health and fitness goals is to keep positive things in front of you constantly! Some of the positive things I keep in front are me is as follows. I love to keep images of people who have the body image I'd like for myself. It helps me keep in perspective how much I currently do not look the way I desire to look. I reminds me of this on a daily so when I go to reach for those cookies...Im reminded... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 22:04:00 EST One Day at a Time People become discouraged because they focus on how far they have to go instead of how far they have come. Many self-help gurus have made this very statement and trued words have never been spoken.<br><br>I would take the concept a step farther and move the goal in closer.<br><br>Imagine you have one hundred pounds to lose. That is a lot! So, if you stand at your starting line and look down the long road of weight loss, one hundred pounds is a lo-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-ong way off. It is undaun... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 12:06:00 EST Keep on Logging Keeping track of everything you eat and drink, especially little nibbles, is essential because things soon mount up, leading to at best, a lack of weight loss, and at worst, gains. <br><br>A tablespoon of peanut butter here and there (c'mon, we all do it!), a glass of blackcurrant cordial, the odd square of chocolate, a few crisps, a couple of chips... before you know it, you could absentmindedly be adding 200 calories a day - or more - which over the course of the week, is the equivalent of ... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 10:55:00 EST Get to going... or hit the brakes..? I have found that the exercise is really good but someone brought it to my attention of how much I laugh.. Now I am all for Motivation and getting people to get up and get going but they told me my brain creates too many Endorphins... Now I would rather have too many than not enough.. I have never taken a lot of things and get too far down that I can't laugh about.. You need to laugh one it does bur calories and two if your upset it leads to be depressed and then onto different things that co... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 20:18:00 EST A Little Bit Goes a Long Way Losing weight is all about using common sense and a healthy balanced diet. You should lose weight sensibly and keep it off by changing how you think about your diet and health. As a little bit of extra motivation here are some tips to help you reach your goal.<br><br>Eat slowly<br><br>Research has shown that people who are overweight tend to bolt their food. Savour and enjoy what you eat and take time to chew your food. Practitioners advise chewing each mouthful 30 times as this allows the en... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 11:31:00 EST Keep Going - You can do it! When I started this journey, I wasn't sure what I wanted, except to be healthy. Sure, I thought it would be cool to be back down to a 32-inch waistline (what I accomplished back in 2004 via the South Beach Diet and living in San Francisco with lots of hills to walk up and down, but no other real exercise). But I didn't necessarily think that was possible at "almost-60" - the age that Steve reminds me of every day. <br><br>So it was pretty astonishing to me when I started fitting into size 32 ... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 11:00:00 EST Define Your Goals In October 2014, we were in the Alps, and halfway up a mountain, I fell down. Fortunately, I only fell a short distance - it could have been far worse - but I did hurt my left arm, shoulder, and knee, and it took quite a while to even start to heal.<br><br>Fast forward to Christmas; Amato mio and I had friends staying with us for a few days during the festive season; we'd done caves, we'd gone up and down mountain passes, we'd hiked up to spectacular waterfalls, we'd played around in the snow... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 03:04:00 EST Keep Pushing IT! One pound at a time...<br>Take it one pound at a time, one day at a time. This is not a race. Your weight loss progress should not be measured against someone else's progress. Try your best to keep your focus on eating the right foods--things that are healthy. Try to limit sugars, starches, high fat items. It is important to exercise every day. A good thirty minute walk is all you need to get the heart pumping and improve your cardio. I have found that eating protein with every single meal wi... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 12:58:00 EST Starting To Love Me All my life I have felt I am really ugly starting when I was a young girl. When I was 17 years old I got my tonsils out and I started gaining weight. Then at 32 years old I had a hysterectomy and really started putting on more weight. From the time I got married at 18 years old I was abused mentally and physically by my husband who was an alcoholic. He told me I was a nobody and talked horrible to me. I felt like the ugliest person in the world. After I divorced my husband I met a man who tre... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 12:50:00 EST Morning Miracle -Don't Hit That Snooze! Are you one of those people that set your alarm for the last possible minute for you to get ready and get to where you need to be, whether its work or school? Do you hit that snooze button for as long as you think you can get away with it? If so, you are wasting one of the most valuable time periods of your life!<br> Most people are night owls. They stay up late binge watching Netflix, playing games, whatever, their 'me time', their reward for a long, hard day of survival and existenc... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 12:36:00 EST Your happiness is an inside job. Happiness is an inside job. Don't assign ANYONE else that much power over your life.<br><br>Happiness. Was I truly happy during all these years of being overweight? In some areas, I really was. In others, I had despair.<br><br>I was unable to control eating, and did it covertly. You could see it on me, so I wasn't fooling anyone, and was so desperately sad that somehow I could not stop myself. Eating was my secret. It was my binge. It was idiotic, frankly. It never brought me one moment's hap... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 11:54:00 EST This is the day... This is the day...each day when you wake up, get out of bed, (go outside if possible) and stretch and look up and say...This is the day.... and say something positive :) I like to begin with the same thing every day...For instance mine is "This is the day the lord has made, let me rejoice and be glad in it!" I just like to begin the day with remembering to be as joyful and grateful as I can, and start the day at my best.<br><br>So, make up your own saying that means something to you. During ... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 20:11:00 EST Making Changes for ME Trying to change for anyone, thing, event... these are not long term motivators for me. I have found that until I have the desire to make changes just for myself, motivation lags or falls away.<br><br>Look within to identify exactly why you are attempting to make these changes. Try to make it personal, for you! When you do, I think you'll find that you will increase your motivation to achieve your goals.<br><br>When you are 'personally' motivated the sky is the limit. Moving forward on a regu... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 17:13:00 EST No cheat days!! No cheating!! Cheat days should never exist!!! It doesn't work!! Because it's taking a step backward and then you have to fight to get off the extra in order to move forward again!!! And drink water..tons of it!! It gets the impurities out of your system!!! Fiber is also a must. It gets things moving and keeps you full longer!! I swim at least 60 laps a week due to my bad knees. No weight on arthritic knees and it works all the muscles in your body!! I also believe in getting enough sleep!! A... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 10:34:00 EST Healthy Way to Lose It A weight loss program is all about common sense and a healthy balanced diet. You should lose weight sensibly and keep it off by changing how you think about your diet and health. As a little bit of extra motivation here are some tips to help you reach your goal.<br><br>Eat slowly<br><br>Research has shown that people who are overweight tend to bolt their food. Savour and enjoy what you eat and take time to chew your food. Practitioners advise chewing each mouthful 30 times as this allows the ... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 08:59:00 EST Infobesity and Other Things Holding You Back Sitting is the new smoking is the latest health shocker. Doesn't matter if you work out an hour daily, if you are sitting for the rest of it your health risks are as much as a sedentary person. Didn't like hearing that one. No sir. The fact is we do a lot of sitting. Why? Screen time. TV. Phone. Computer. Binge watching episodic TV. Playing Farmville or Candy Crush into the wee hours of the morning. Checking the phone constantly.<br> I have been taking a lot of free self i... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 02:51:00 EST Sometimes I just need a treat I know myself well; there are foods that I am just not going to live without. I love cheesy things like pizza and I love salty things and let's not forget about chocolate or some sort of sweet. But those things are "diet" foods right? Well I have to make them diet foods!<br><br>I have to plan ahead knowing that I'm going to start craving something. It's okay and it's only natural to crave things. But what I have to do is figure out a way BEFORE I want it, to have it. So I have to find smaller... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 18:28:00 EST Track it all I consider myself to be a fit and health person. I go to the gym at least 5 times a week doing cardio classes, weights and cardio on my own. It is all a habit and just part of my day and something I don't really think about too much.<br>A friend of mine gave me a fitness tracker as a birthday present - I really wasn't sure this was a thing for me - after all I am fit already, motivated, I track everyday using Spark People - why would I need a tracker on top of it all?<br>Being a work from h... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 09:32:00 EST Stay the Course Take it one pound at a time, one day at a time. This is not a race. Your weight loss progress should not be measured against someone else's progress. Try your best to keep your focus on eating the right foods--things that are healthy. Try to limit sugars, starches, high fat items. It is important to exercise every day. A good thirty minute walk is all you need to get the heart pumping and improve your cardio. I have found that eating protein with every single meal will hold me over and satisf... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 08:57:00 EST Goals for 2016... don't sweat it if you are having issues with deciding upon what you want to see happen this year for your Healthy Lifestyle Goals!<br><br>Once in a while with the New Year coming into swing, its easy to wait a few weeks before finalizing your long term, medium range and short term goals for the year! I know for the first few weeks of this year I wasn't certain about what I should work toward for my Healthy Living Process for 2016. Its fine to take a few weeks and decide what you would like to... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 19:33:00 EST Become an Authority Everyone would like to be an authority in their field. It lend credibility to everything you say. Question is, how do you become an authority? Easy answer, write a book.<br><br>Wayne Dyer wrote his first book and had it published by a vanity printing company. That means, Wayne Dyer footed the entire bill for printing the book and the printer delivered all of the copies to him. He had a garage full of boxes of his books. His next step was to arrange a "book tour". He would get himself b... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 08:54:00 EST A New Start I have realized that if you fall off the wagon you just need to get right back on. It is never too late to start again. <br>Nobody is perfect and we will all stumble sometimes and that is alright as long as we keep on trying for a healthier life. We need to <em>386</em> and support each other. With the right support we can do anything and accomplish everything. <br>The big key to success on our journey is eat healthy by tracking our calorie and eat healthier, exercise more and change up o... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 07:06:00 EST Excitement verses Consistency It's easy in the beginning to let your excitement for starting something new be the only thing that motivates you. In order to really make it and stick it out to the end there needs to be some level of personal consistency. It's not as easy to be consistent when you aren't excited about it any more. I am working on a dream board with all of my personal goals and on that board I am adding my personal fitness/well being goals. <br><br>When first starting out with your goals be sure to have spec... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 16:34:00 EST Making It Matter Making it Matter is literally my mantra that I honestly live by on a regular, day to day basis. I am my motivation. I am my cheerleader. I am the reason why I do this. I am the reason why I get up early in the morning while it's still very dark outside. I am the way. I have the power. I have what I need already inside of me. I know that I must make it matter at every choice, at every opportunity, at every chance on this journey. What do I mean when I say, write or actually make it matter is "... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 22:28:00 EST Perseverence keep going If you try to meet your goals and track them every day it eventually gets easier and you start to see results. My husband had a heart condition last year and it was a real wake up call for us. He has since lost over 100 pounds (most of it was water retention) but he goes to the gym four to six days a week and has a trainer. I am starting to follow suit but no where near where he is. Take it one day at a time and you will get there. I am tracking my food and exercise every day on Spark Peo... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 14:25:00 EST Let go of waiting to take action until you’re confident in the results. You have a clear vision of what you want to accomplish. You don’t know how to get there. There isn’t a blueprint with step-by-step instructions to get to the finish line. Even if you create the perfect plan, there will be uncertainty along the way. You can’t remove all risks. You’ll make mistakes. You’ll change direction as you find that certain strategies don’t work like you envisioned. The road map will become clearer as you learn throughout the process. The uncertainty in the outcome will ... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 14:07:00 EST SEVEN SECRETS OF SPIRITUAL SUCCESS Almost every normal person is interested in success. Observe the business section and self-help section of the local bookstore. Look at the best-selling books. See the ads section of newspapers for invitations to “success” seminars. I believe that of all people in the world, we Christians should want to succeed. What makes us different are our priorities, definition of success, and ways on getting there. Let’s take a lesson from a weary team of fishermen who felt failure until Jesus taught th... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 12:29:00 EST Great things never came from comfort zones. Yes, we can become complacent. We find a weight we can justify, we find reasons for not exercising, we find reasons for eating junk food.<br><br>Being in a comfort zone, not doing anything about your long term weight issues, can be detrimental not only to your physical health, but your mental health as well. Taking control, stopping the complacency, and moving forward with a good eating plan, does take you out of your comfort zone, but puts you in a new zone, one that you will be very happy ... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 13:45:00 EST Never give up Just keep on trying. One day is not failure. It is not how many times you stop it is how many times you start. If you get up in the morning and have a big breakfast then strive to have a healthy lunch. Put a mantra on the mirror so that every time you look in the mirror you will see that you have not quit. If you skip your gym appointment get up and walk around the room. When it has been a time that you have had a healthy food plan go on the internet, go to your sparks page and read a few ins... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 09:58:00 EST Work towards Something you want to accomplish It's so important to have many goals you want to accomplish during your weight loss journey. Having those goals can help keep you motivated on the days that you don't feel like going to the gym. <br><br>My next goal is to run a 5k. I'm using the winter to train indoors at my local Y to prepare for the 5K. The more I do now the easier things will be for me when I run my first 5k. I know it is not going to be easy! That's the point. Make your goals challenging so that when you accomplish one yo... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 11:09:00 EST Find courage, determination and joy If your scale makes you cry, either don't use it, or give it away. You don't need that aggravation. Find an item of clothing and make that your gauge. I did, and I still put on that shirt once in a while to know how far I have come.<br><br>Yesterday, I wrote a blog about insecurity, and how it affects all of us, especially those of us who have had weight problems, living in this preposterously size 0 world. It resonated with a lot of you.<br><br>All of us who are on this journey...and it IS a... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 10:09:00 EST Do it for the right reasons When I was trying to lose weight because I didn't like how I looked, it was a lot harder. Once I started thinking about the Health benefits and ways my life can be improved by losing weight, it has become much easier to stay motivated. <br><br>I am not doing it for my reflection. <br>I am not doing it for smaller clothes<br>I am not doing it to look better in pictures. <br>I am not doing it to see the number on the scale decrease. <br><br>Sure, these are perks. Sure, who wouldn't want to see... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 16:59:00 EST Get friends to help you out! I would say one fun secret that I would like to share to stay committed to my 3-4 day a week workout schedule is that I plan my workouts with a good friend. Working out with a friend really increases my motivation and holds both of us accountable to our shared goal of being fit. What we do, is book time into our calendars at the beginning of each week and then we meet at the class that we sign up for. Usually, because she likes to plan (control freak? ;) lol), she sends me calendar invites ea... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 16:28:00 EST the suit case <br>When You're Ignoring Her<br>Posted: 06 Jan 2016 06:03 AM PST<br><br><br>Just remember when you're ignoring her, you're teaching her to live without you.<br><br>First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. ~ Mahatma Gandhi<br><br>It sucks when you’re ignored by the person who’s attention is the only thing you want in the world.<br><br>I’m sorry. I constantly want to talk to you. I’m sorry when you take long to reply, I get sad. I’m sorry if I say things... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 15:07:00 EST Check something big off the list I am BIG on making lists:<br><br>1 - I have one on my Outlook calendar that correlates to emails. (more work related)<br><br>2 - I have a running list on a piece of paper with my (paper) monthly view calendar (big picture) that has other things; family, big projects, small steps to projects, etc. (This one blends work and personal)<br><br>3 - THEN, I have a gold Post It that has no more than 4 to 5 items on it. If I can get at least 4 of the five things done or "thoroughly investigated" then ... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 11:49:00 EST Visualizing Towards Success The number one secret I have found to bring me success is visualization. If I can see it, I can do it.<br><br>I have a picture of myself in high school where I was slim and trim. I have posted it where I can see it to let me know I can do it again.<br><br>I have checklists and reminders in various places to remind me of what my goal is, and how I can achieve it.<br><br>I have pictures of delicious, healthy foods on my fridge.<br><br>I keep a bowl of fruit and raw veggies visible, as well as h... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 11:37:00 EST GOING FOR A STREAK As I sit on my sixteenth floor balcony overlooking the ocean in Puerto Rico, I am feeling very blessed this holiday season. I know that I am very lucky. I have my health, loving family, fantastic friends, a rewarding job that I love, financial security that most people do not have at this time, and the personality that enables me to go on a trip like this. My wish for the season, is that everyone is happy, healthy, and has everything they need. <br><br>I am watching these surfers in the water... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 08:53:00 EST Get a Tracker One of the first things I did after finding MFP and SP was decide to get a tracker. I looked at many trackers and finally decided on the Fitbit flex. <br><br> There are several reasons I ended up using the flex and still am after 19 months. The first and foremost is their software, it is the easiest and best of all the trackers I have used. It is quick to see where you are in your goals, it syncs with both MFP and SP. The sleep function is very accurate for me, although not what I would l... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 00:44:00 EST 20 Things to Start Doing in Your Relationships <br><br>Family isn’t always blood. They’re the people in your life who appreciate having you in theirs – the ones who encourage you to improve in healthy and exciting ways, and who not only embrace who you are now, but also embrace and embody who you want to be. These people – your real family – are the ones who truly matter.<br><br>Here are twenty tips to help you find and foster these special relationships.<br><br>1) Free yourself from negative people. – Spend time with nice people who are ... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 13:38:00 EST Did You Hear Want (Fill in the Blank) Says? Did You Hear Want (Fill in the Blank) Says? Every day we are bombarded with weight loss tips. Especially at the beginning of each new year, the talk shows all have their own personal weight loss guru with THE tip on how to effectively lose weight quickly, painlessly, and permanently. <br><br>Yesterday morning I heard Dr Oz on Fox and Friends and his latest soapbox is that all calories are not created equal. Well, this is sort of true. Our bodies metabolize different calories differently,... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 09:50:00 EST Fitbit focus and commitment Love my Fitbit Charge HR! About a month and a half ago I got my Fitbit. It is amazing how this little device can be such a motivator. It has helped me to be more focused on my goals: steps, calories burned, heart rate, miles walked, etc. It helps to ensure my consistency in tracking and logging my results. Wearing it is a constant reminder for me to stay on track and work at my goals all day, every day! This weekend, several of my cousins, who live in various states over 4 hours away, i... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 23:40:00 EST Goal vision board Make a board with cut outs of either pictures or words of the rewards you are going for when you reach specific weight loss goals and place it where you can see it daily. For example if you want to reward yourself with a new outfit when you lose 20 pounds get a bunch of magazines in the mail and cut out pictures of your favorite outfits or go to the mall or store and take a picture of the outfits that you want to get into and put them on the board and when you reach 20 pounds go get your new ... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 14:23:00 EST The Wooden Bowl <br>The Wooden Bowl<br><br><br><br>A touching story on Family, Love, Parents & Relationships<br><br>A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and a four-year old grandson. The old man’s hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered.<br><br>The family ate together nightly at the dinner table. But the elderly grandfather’s shaky hands and failing sight made eating rather difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor. When he grasped the glass often milk... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 14:18:00 EST Small Steps, Small Steps Any step, no mater how small, toward a worthwhile goal is progress.<br><br>I often post this as a response to a fellow Sparker's blog but sometimes I fail to see the forest for the trees. <br><br>I have had a goal of my total intended weight loss which is a fairly large number and my progress showed as a very small movement on my graph.<br><br>I have revised my thinking and decided that I will establish a continuing set of smaller goals so that progress will be more evident. If I lose ten p... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 11:30:00 EST Start the New Year in the Right Way If you have spent the last few months thinking...I am going to start over in the new year, you will be sorely disappointed. An arbitrary start point does not make the job easier, it does not firm your resolve, and if anything, it makes you more tense, more apt to not complete this journey, and to set yourself up for failure. <br><br>Going on a "diet" on January 1, 2016, is the wrong approach. <br><br>Start today, or if you must, tomorrow, tracking your food, fitness and water, NO MATTER WHAT.... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 11:04:00 EST Be the motivator Motivation is so important in my weight loss and fitness journey. It is not just the motivation I receive from others, but the motivation I give them as well. <br>Motivation is accountability! Whether you are receiving it, or you are the giver, it keeps you going from day to day. I love to motivate others because when I do it gives me the same good feeling that I am passing on to them! It keeps me positive from day to day as well. A motivator needs to be, and stay, positive at all times. If ... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 10:49:00 EST Sticking With it No Matter What Sticking with it no matter what is the secret to losing weight and getting healthy. I started this journey here on SPARK almost 10 years ago. I did fantastic losing 20# the first 3 months and then took a break, what a big mistake that was.<br><br> I am so happy I found SPARK when I did and I so wish I had stuck it out till I hit my long term goal but figured I was okay. You are not okay at this point. If you are a gainer no matter what you do, then you must be careful and follow through and w... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 10:02:00 EST Setting Good Goals Be specific<br><br>“I want to lose weight” is a crappy goal.<br><br>“I want to get in shape” is incredibly vague and useless.<br><br>When setting a goal, you need to be specific as possible. If you want to lose weight, how much weight exactly do you want to lose? When do you want to lose it by? I won’t get into my issues with using just weight as a sole judge of success (because I do so here), but it’s certainly better than nothing. If you want to get stronger or faster, by what magnitude... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 09:28:00 EST Love the Habit Go to the gym for 21 days. Do not miss a day. It takes that time to create a habit. Once you have that habit you will never want to let it go. I started going to the gym 3 years ago. It was a new years resolution. My bff came with me. I got on the treadmill at 1.5mph for 1:30seconds. I thought I would die. My bff was having an asthma attack on the floor beside me. She never came back. I went everyday. Over the last 7 years I have lost 170lbs. I have run in 3 - 5K races. 4 rounds ... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 23:54:00 EST GETTING BACK ON TRACK As I sit on my sixteenth floor balcony overlooking the ocean in Puerto Rico, I am feeling very blessed this holiday season. I know that I am very lucky. I have my health, loving family, fantastic friends, a rewarding job that I love, financial security that most people do not have at this time, and the personality that enables me to go on a trip like this. My wish for the season, is that everyone is happy, healthy, and has everything they need. <br><br>I am watching these surfers in the water... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 10:52:00 EST Repetition, Repetition, Repetition, But I Repeat Myself How often do you hear a good Idea and say to yourself "Self. we have to remember that one!" and then immediately forget it? The other extreme is the popular song on the radio (remember those) or the ditty in the commercial that plays constantly on the television and pretty soon you have an ear worm, you cannot get that tune out of your head!<br><br>It is said that if you perform an action for twenty-one consecutive days, it becomes a habit. This is the power of repetition.<br><br>I have de... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 09:15:00 EST A NEW YEAR As I sit on my sixteenth floor balcony overlooking the ocean in Puerto Rico, I am feeling very blessed this holiday season. I know that I am very lucky. I have my health, loving family, fantastic friends, a rewarding job that I love, financial security that most people do not have at this time, and the personality that enables me to go on a trip like this. My wish for the season, is that everyone is happy, healthy, and has everything they need. <br><br>I am watching these surfers in the water... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 19:36:00 EST When You Care Too Much About Everything There is no snapping out of depression or anxiety. I have been battles this all my life and runs in my family. The best thing to do is try to understand and be patient with the person. Pray for them as well. Be supportive instead of criticizing and don’t judge. Not everyone can handle situations you can. ~ Lisanne Cruz <br><br>Anxiety is when you care too much about everything. Depression is when you don't really care about everything. Having both is just like hell.<br><br>I suffer from anxie... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 18:58:00 EST New secret for this year! I will start to swim as a part of my exercise routine! I am so excited to start a new routine toward my fitness goal! It will require me to drive twice a week but it will be worth it! I live in a rural area but I am determined to stay fit. Swimming has always bee fun to me and I enjoy lake activities in the summer but will make this my personal winter activity to stay fit! I usually do my fitness routine by myself but swimming with other older ladies will be fun and I will enjoy the social aspect of it! My hubby thinks it is not necessarily a nec... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 12:22:00 EST Don't Ever Give Up I'm on the treadmill this morning at my community gym. I live in a 55+ community and since I'm 56, I'm probably one of the youngest if not the youngest person living here.<br><br>The way the "fitness center" is set up here is that the three treadmills face windows facing southeast so you can see the sunrise, or at least parts of it. And because I don't have good balance when I'm trying to do inclines fast, I do treadmill and not walking outdoors so I chose the safe, efficient route this mor... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 11:48:00 EST Resolutions or Goals <em>179</em> <em>107</em> <em>411</em> <em>412</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <br><br>Happy New Year!<br><br>"Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation. <br>So does inaction sap vigor from the mind." <br>- Leonardo da Vinci.<br><br>Make today the greatest day of your life…..<br> <em>211</em> Until tomorrow!<br><br>So much for the obligatory New Year's greetings. his is the time when people make their annual resolutions. ... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 10:06:00 EST Be Fiercer in 2016..... Well, a little looking back on a year that has mattered so much to me, is a good thing. As most of you know, I fractured my knee on my birthday, January 22, 2015. The recovery in a wheelchair led me to reassess my life, my weight, my happiness, and with the help of Spark, I have lost over 110 pounds, and am basically in maintenance. <br><br>How can someone do that? How do you find the will one day to make a dramatic change for the better? How did I do that, and how do I KNOW that this is the ... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 12:12:00 EST prepare prepare prepare I find that the days I have my meals planned out are my best days. So I have taken it one step further. I am on pension so I shop about once a month except for fresh fruit. I cook one day preparing all main courses for the month. I then portion them out, label and freeze. <br>Then the night before I decide what I am going to have for main meals the next day and will take out a protein and a veggie or two from the freezer. Then I just add a salad to complete the meal ready in 5 minutes o... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 11:45:00 EST 100 Reasons to Work out Top 100 reasons to workout today<br><br>1. Your body was made to move.<br><br>2. You want to move forward, not backward.<br><br>3. You want a great butt.<br><br>4. It makes you feel accomplished.<br><br>5. You want to feel good in your clothes.<br><br>6. You want to catch someone’s eye.<br><br>7. You want to take care for yourself.<br><br>8. You want toned arms.<br><br>9. It helps you sleep better at night.<br><br>10. It’ll help you drink more water.<br><br>11. You promised yourself that you ... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 21:40:00 EST Tract new habits for success I tract any new habit on a new calendar that I keep in the bathroom. I don't use this calendar for anything else, and I buy or am given it new. I pick a beautiful calendar for this and I want it to be spiral bound (a personal preference). As I get ready for bed, I mark my calendar such that I can see my progress on each new habit (not more than 2-3). I use my own symbols (like a circle for exercising, a cross for daily prayer). It motivates me all day so that I can put down a plus, circle, o... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 16:43:00 EST My FitBit Motivates Me!! One of my most secrets of success has been the purchase of my fitbit. Our school district gave us fitbits at a discount and then had us hook up to Sparkpeople. Because of the fitbit it has given me a challenge. I am a very competitive person and seeing most sports are finished for me due to my age, then this is how I stay very motivated and challenge. I try to get between 15-20,000 steps a day. When my work week is here, I really have not problem. I am a Physical Education teacher so am on my... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 16:08:00 EST Just Hang Up I've been heard to say, and I've heard people say "that piece of chocolate or that candy bar was calling my name". I just got home from Sprouts and boy do I have an example.<br><br>So I have had a pretty good week here. Love and hugs to those of you that have been hit hard by storms -- tornadoes, floods, wind. We got a lil ole earthquake last night but it was more of a reminder to keep prepared than anything. My week in terms of food and exercise was good. I'm a very low metabolism perso... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 14:46:00 EST To Thineownself Be True This, above all, Bassanio, To thine ownself be true and it follows therefore a surely as the night the day thou canst not be untrue to any man"<br>Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act I, Scene 3<br><br>Be yourself, no one else can do it for you.<br>The Torah<br><br>The bottom line is any endeavor is Different Strikes for Different Folks. <br><br>I know so many people who begin one fad weight loss program after another because "Suzie lost fifty pounds doing Atkins" or "Sally lost forty pounds at Weight W... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 09:38:00 EST Motivation to Get To My Happy Weight Maybe this is no secret but keeping a diary of everything that pertains to getting to your happy and healthy weight really does help. I have found my diary from the previous time that I committed to getting to my healthy weight. I have kept all of my clothes including three pair of pants that now fit my fat self, But most importantly I have kept all my clothes that I know I will fit into. <br>My back is hurting a bit and that is because it does not like the extra 25 pounds so I like a happy b... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 09:02:00 EST FINALLY BACK HOME As I sit on my sixteenth floor balcony overlooking the ocean in Puerto Rico, I am feeling very blessed this holiday season. I know that I am very lucky. I have my health, loving family, fantastic friends, a rewarding job that I love, financial security that most people do not have at this time, and the personality that enables me to go on a trip like this. My wish for the season, is that everyone is happy, healthy, and has everything they need. <br><br>I am watching these surfers in the water... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 00:21:00 EST Don't give yourself permission to fail! Two of the things we all struggle with are motivation and self-discipline. Well one thing that I noticed is that I started losing motivation because of my lack in self-discipline. I did not know how to fix it. I felt like I was failing so often that it over shadowed my successes. <br><br>For example: I would be doing really well all day and then at night I would blow it big time. I had the hardest time stopping the late night snacking. <br><br>Then one day I realized something. I was giving m... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 23:48:00 EST Always Remeber This You will have bad days, days where you fail and screw up and don't follow your plan. This is okay, you are human after all, and we humans are a fragile group. Don't let one or two or several bad days stop you from trying to reach your goal. Keep going, don't let yesterday rule you; instead let tomorrow guide you. You can and will do this. You do this not for me or family or anybody else, you do this for you. You make the successes all about you, for you, and because of you. Be strong, ... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 23:13:00 EST Making it all about health For years weight loss had an event attached to it, making it easy to revert back to unhealthy habits after the event was over. This time, it was all about my health when I was diagnosed with very high cholesterol. My total was 307, and my LDL was 193! I opted not to take statins, which my doctor was not entirely comfortable with. Since I'm an RN, and I work for my doctor, she gave me 2 months and 10 pounds and then we would retest. I have never felt motivation so strongly as I did after I lef... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 20:13:00 EST 50 positive one liners 1. Have a firm handshake.<br><br>2. Look people in the eye.<br><br>3. Sing in the shower.<br><br>4. Own a great stereo system.<br><br>5. If in a fight, hit first and hit hard.<br><br>6. Keep secrets.<br>7. Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen everyday.<br><br>8. Always accept an outstretched hand.<br><br>9. Be brave. Even if you're not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.<br><br>10. Whistle.<br><br>11. Avoid sarcastic remarks.<br><br>12. Choose your life's mate carefully. From... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 14:44:00 EST Stay Inexpensively Busy How many times have you heard/read that boredom is a bad thing??? I am a walking, talking advertisement for that. I think anyone with even a slight weight problem can attest to that.<br><br>I keep seeing Oprah's commercials for Weight Watchers and I think "can she be bored?" How can someone with so many irons in the fire be eating while bored? OK, I digress. <br><br>But when I'm bored, I eat. I got to the store and buy popcorn and eat mindlessly in front of the TV watching reruns of BRAV... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 10:51:00 EST Keeping focused for success I get up each day with the intention to do the exercise program, drink lots of ice water all day long and keep my calories within the 130-1500 range in order to reach my goal of getting my weight below 200 pounds and my clothing size down to large from 3X. The secret is keeping focused on the prize. It must become the driving force to success. Nothing can be permitted to get in the way of the ultimate goal that must be written down and referred to daily. One has to set up the plan and kee... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 23:10:00 EST Don't beat yourself up Focus on the present day, set your goals so they are realistic and fairly short term. Instead of a goal of losing 30 pounds, I set the goal for 2 pounds in maybe 3 weeks. I celebrate when I reach a goal, whether it is losing pounds or doing my steps or exercises for the day. I focus on eating good foods and not depriving myself just doing everything in moderation. I have a dialogue with myself and ask do I really want this? I wait a bit and if I do, then I reward myself. If I do slip, I s... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 12:09:00 EST Daily Motivation I have a full length mirror in my bedroom. Across the top, daily with a white board marker, I write the date and day of my journey so far (for example, December 27th, 2015 - Day 60, or what have you). I find that this grounds me and forces me to focus on the present. The act of actually erasing the previous date physically makes me move on from any mistakes (over eating, not tracking, not working out...) from the day before, as today is a new day. Writing the current day is affirmation that ... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 18:07:00 EST Blogging is for the Blogger Ann Landers and Dear Abby (they were twin sisters) used to say that a lot of peoples problems were solved when they wrote a letter to them and then never mailed it. Just sitting down and analyzing the perceived problem and putting it to words often presented the solution.<br><br>We have an opportunity to blog every day but how many people avail themselves of this opportunity. I have written in the past that people ask questions out of habit (How are you?, or the ever popular "How do you do?... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 10:58:00 EST New Year's Resolutions New Year's resolutions seem so exciting and full of promise on Jan. 1, but by the middle of the week, many people have already skipped gym, eaten the stacked burger and been a jerk to their in-laws.<br><br>No one said goal-setting would be easy.<br><br>Fewer than one in 5 adults who made health-related New Year's resolutions were able to make any significant strides in weight loss, healthier eating, exercise or stress reduction by March, according to a 2010 poll by the American Psychological ... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 22:21:00 EST You Can Never Win An Argument With A Negative Person Everyone has moments of negativity. What is important is choosing how to get through those moments. If you are dealing with a negative person, it takes a strong person to showthem how to be positive. Although that’s not always possible. ~ Amy King <br><br>Negative people only read the head lines and think at surface level. They allow their emotions to guide them convincing themselves of reality. <br><br>Never argue with an idiot because they will drag you down to their level and beat you with... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 17:34:00 EST The Secret Things of God The Secret Things of God<br><br>“Secret things belong unto the Lord our God.”* A secret is something known only to one or to very few. Many things are known to God which are kept secret from man, but all man’s secrets are known to God. It pleases God, however, to reveal some of His sweet secrets to man. Those who love God and serve Him faithfully have the blessed privilege of knowing many things of God and heaven that others do not know. God “revealeth his secrets to his servants.”* Jesus sai... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 15:44:00 EST BOXING DAY As I sit on my sixteenth floor balcony overlooking the ocean in Puerto Rico, I am feeling very blessed this holiday season. I know that I am very lucky. I have my health, loving family, fantastic friends, a rewarding job that I love, financial security that most people do not have at this time, and the personality that enables me to go on a trip like this. My wish for the season, is that everyone is happy, healthy, and has everything they need. <br><br>I am watching these surfers in the water... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 15:25:00 EST Merry Christmas and Leave the cookies behind Just a note to post cause the Christmas Time is over but then the extras that remain what should you do.. Well my Secret is known far and wide.. I have a lot of things made but I deliver them to the Homeless that hang around in the Park Area here.. They are so grateful to see me pull up.. I usually buy a bag of socks and some gloves and hand them out with all the Deserts with plastic forks and I keep a bag of dog food with me cause there is one man who has a little dog that rides on his shou... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 18:47:00 EST 50 positive one liners <br>50 Most Positive One Liners<br><br><br><br>1. Have a firm handshake.<br><br>2. Look people in the eye.<br><br>3. Sing in the shower.<br><br>4. Own a great stereo system.<br><br>5. If in a fight, hit first and hit hard.<br><br>6. Keep secrets.<br><br>7. Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen everyday.<br><br>8. Always accept an outstretched hand.<br><br>9. Be brave. Even if you're not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.<br><br>10. Whistle.<br><br>11. Avoid sarcastic remarks.... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 15:14:00 EST No Fear I make no secret of my faith and my following of Rick Warren and Saddleback Church. His message this Christmas was, as always one of Peace, Love and Joy. It resonated with me and I feel challenged to share some parts with my friends on Spark People as I share with my friends all over the world every day.<br><br>God meant us not to fear in our lives, but to feel free. Fear is holding us back from being all we can be -- think of Mary, of Joseph, Zachariah (John the Baptist's Father). and Ki... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 08:40:00 EST Top Ten Reasons that keep me Motivated! (part 1) In no particular order, here are my top ten reasons that keep me motivated on my weight loss journey. I would be interested to hear somebody else's reason for their motivation!<br><br>10. My favorite nephew (his word's not mine, since I have many nephews) jut got engaged to a wonderful woman. I want to be able to rock and roll and shimmy and shake at their wedding without huffing and puffing! I also want to do in their wedding pictures and not try to hide myself because of my size.<br><br... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 21:07:00 EST Blogs are inspiration House cleaning day! I do not plan on doing again until 2016. Well within reason...I promised mom I would still clean the cat's box and empty the trash. What can you do? Keeping the house clean is a never ending chore. It's easier when you like your home and find peace in cleanliness and keeping things pretty much where they are supposed to be. I am the only cleaner around here. If I didn't do it or insist on it mom wouldn't have clean clothes, sheets or towels and she would just rinse and reu... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 19:10:00 EST Gratitude Journal Something breathtaking happens when you express gratitude. This can be used as a tool to help on your journey to healthy living. This process is remarkably easy. It can be done quickly, in no more than 5 minutes, but you may want to spend more time in peaceful reflection. <br><br> Each day, come up with 10 things you are grateful for. Write them down in a Gratitude (or some other) Journal. Next, write down why you are thankful for these people, relationships, things, financial succe... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 15:14:00 EST Just move I have a lot of trouble drinking water. Every morning I take out 6 to 8 bottles of water and stick them on my desk or counter top. Pick a place, any where that you look at often. In some cases if I am on the run all day I stick the water in a plastic bag and carry them with me. Every time I look at the bottles of water, it reminds me to drink water. It is rewarding through out the day to see the waters disappear. I add bottles of water on days that it is really hot or the humidity is high. H... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 13:04:00 EST Sparkpoints keep my eyes from staying on the scale! I have taken several journeys to achieve physical health and long lasting weight loss. Every journey I have taken in the past mostly focused on what I ate and If I exercised. Each week or even more frequently I would step on the scale and my motivation either wilted or moved ahead based on the number below me. <br> My experience with Sparkpeople has been so very different. I find that all the tools that Sparkpeople provides help me in so many different ways. And while the pounds ma... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 23:24:00 EST Use motivation to keep moving forward.... Motivation is the key to most things. Things have to be done for yourself and no one else in order to accomplish your goals. You can use other people’s inspiration to motivate yourself, but it definitely has to come from within. With Motivation comes willpower. One must possess the willpower to preserve through adversity and trials and tribulation. Nothing worth achieving will be easy, but it can be accomplished. Motivation changes from moment to moment day to day in my case. The one thi... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 23:13:00 EST Helping others helps me The key to any weightloss program is to stay motivated. If I said that was a simple task, I would be pooling the wool over my eyes. I have found motivation in many places I would never have expected. First of all, my wife and family have been a source of motivation. When I am feeling down, my wife will give me the support and motivation to get over it. Many times she will work out with me or encourage me to do things I don't want to. It took me a long time to realize that it was only th... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 20:19:00 EST Name It And Claim It For me, creating an actual, written list of my goals - as well as my reasons for them - is crucial.<br><br>When we're motivated, it's easy to remember our goals, but when times are rough and our resolve weakens - when we have setbacks - it's very easy to lose our focus and forget why we started doing this to begin with. Out-of-sight, out-of-mind, right? If we're not reminded of our goals, we'll soon forget them... especially if challenges loom in front of us. No longer are we focused on our g... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 17:39:00 EST The Key For Me Is Having Fun I have been more consistent with my weight loss this time than any time in the past, and I have been working at it for years. The difference this time is I am having fun. This includes fun with food, exercise, and friends.<br><br>Food – When I dieted in the past, I limited what I ate to a few tried and true foods. No wonder I got tired of eating the same old thing and went back to unhealthy ways. This time I have gone in with the mindset that this is my new way of life and I have to enjoy... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 12:33:00 EST secret success What has been keeping my motivation going is taking pictures along the way of my weight loss journey. I do comparison pictures. When I think my efforts are not paying off, I can visually see they are definitely paying off. It shows. Pictures won't lie to you & tell you something they think you want to hear, they SHOW it.<br><br>I like using Jessica Smith for my exercises. I've found her routines really help me to burn the calories I need to burn to succeed at my goals. I find when I don't get... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 10:12:00 EST Be the Best You Can Be There are a lot of expressions about making the best out of a situation. I've definitely become one of those "glass half full" kind of guys, always looking for the positive no matter what happens. I've written about it before. It's become one of my mantras.<br><br>That doesn't mean I don't dwell on the negative sometimes. Yes, stuff happens. I get upset. What has changed for me is that I take the time to work through those negative emotions. I process the feelings, and then I start digging. D... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 09:22:00 EST You Can One of the mantras of SparkPeople is to think positive and to stay motivated to reach your goals. It was tough at first to always think positive, but once I realized how powerful it is to maintain a positive outlook, I also saw how powerful it is.<br><br>I know that I have to believe in myself, because nobody else is going to do it for me. I have achieved more than I ever thought possible with these tools, and I'm sure not going to give it all up now.<br><br>I used these positive thoughts whi... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 00:33:00 EST Day by Day, Pound by Pound I know some people consider this a big no-no but there is one thing that works like nothing else to keep me motivated. It is not a secret but for me it works. What is this thing that I type about?<br><br>Well, for the last thirteen years I have weighed myself almost every day. I do take some days off but most days I start the day off by weighing myself. Even when I am not making healthy choices and weigh my heaviest, I step on the scale. Some days it may not help me keep on the straight ... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 20:08:00 EST The most important thing on a headstone is the DASH From time to time I have had the occasion to be at a graveyard. I would find myself walking through reading the Head Stones one by one. You can learn much about a person by what is on their “Head Stone”. When a person comes into this world and when they exited this life. Male or female. Mother, father, son, husband, we can gain all kind of information about this person. You can often find that an individual had a sense of humor in life as well as in death. I once seen a Head Stone of a w... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 19:35:00 EST Sometimes you have to ignore the scale Weighing in frequently and watching the dial jump up and down on the scale can cause your brain to stress out. I weigh-in every-other-day or so and am amazed at how much the dial on a scale can change in a day or two. The important thing to keep in mind when watching the scale is to use it as a tool, not a determination of success. A lot of factors go into a person's weight. How much sodium did you consume? How much water have you had? Are you premenstrual?<br><br>The number on the scale can ... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 16:55:00 EST the power of music I love music. It can bring me up, make me cry, remind me of an event in my life, make me smile...or even laugh!<br><br>When I was going through my divorce, I listened to Jackson Browne's 'I'm Alive' CD over and over. Those are the songs he wrote when he and Daryl Hannah split. <br>that first verse:<br>It's been a long time since I watched these lights alone<br>I look around my life tonight and you are gone<br>I might have done something to keep you if I'd known<br>How unhappy you had becom... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 23:25:00 EST I found out about from one of my SparkTeams and was delighted to see everything it offers. It is a site produced by a walking group in Scotland and made available to anyone in the world FOR FREE.<br><br>On this site, I can do a 'virtual walk' on many different routes around the world, logging each step I take on their site. In turn, provides maps and in some cases 'streetview' images of where I am 'walking.' It's entire purpose is motivation for people who mi... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 19:44:00 EST Let go of the thoughts that don't make you strong!!! Let go of the thoughts that don't make you strong!!! <br><br>I have just about finished the "Beck" book, and I feel empowered even more on my life journey to better health. <br><br>One of the themes that runs throughout the Beck book, is most overweight people's lack of self-confidence. A feeling you keep reinforcing, that you cannot achieve your goals, and that you need somehow to be convinced. <br><br>If you had asked me a year ago if I could accomplish what I have this year, I would have t... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 14:31:00 EST Dealing With Temptation Most of us are overweight and out of shape in the first place because of an inability to deal with temptation. We love food and exercise seems like too much work. Unfortunately, this inevitably leads into serious problems like gaining weight, health issues and general unhappiness. If you're hear reading this, then you took the huge step to decide to do something about it. You want to lose weight and be in better shape. You want to be healthy, but it's difficult, isn't it? You still want the ... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 13:15:00 EST Push Play When I first started thinking about getting back into shape after my accident, I had a reminder on my Outlook calendar on the computer that went off every day at 9am. All it said was "Push Play."<br><br>For anyone who has ever gotten involved with Beachbody and their exercise videos, this is a slogan that they use to help anyone get motivated to exercise. Just push the play button on the DVD player and follow along. I liked the simplicity of the expression, and the double entendre that remind... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 11:43:00 EST Secrets of Success As I was going through the site, posting my Spark Points, the skeptic in me had a thought. "What a wonderful way for Spark People to collect new articles to post for the members to read" The Sparkers do the bulk of the work and then the honchos at Spark People do some minor editing and whamo!, a new article to be read by the membership.<br><br>Then I thought it over. This is truly a win-win proposition. How many good ideas, thoughts, and methods do each of us have floating around i n our ... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 11:10:00 EST Be willing to Learn I have always been someone who struggles with depression and anxiety on a regular basis. Keeping busy while I was in school could keep my depression away but would often make my anxiety act up. <br>Now that I am graduated and working full time I have found that sometimes there is down time. Knowing that I am not hear to earn a grade but I am in this position to learn and experience this new field of work. Though as an undergr... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 17:27:00 EST Keep your eye on the Prize! This is not really a secret since I know tons of people who do this but I find that this method helps me. What is it you are asking? Or maybe you are saying get to the point! So I will!<br><br>Before, in my weight loss endeavors, I viewed each pound loss as a means to get to my weight goal. I didn't really realize the I was on a weight loss journey and each pound lost or each goal met was something to be celebrated and excited about!<br><br>On this newest journey, I have decided to do wha... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 14:35:00 EST Never Say I am over 200 pounds, 46 years old. I have high bp, was borderline diabetic, had high cholesterol etc. I also have RA and was sick of feeling sick. So I decided to keep my calories, carbs, fat and most importantly SODIUM down each day. I consume 1,500 mg or LESS sodium per day. Sparkpeople is a MUST to help me track each and every morsel that I eat. How I stay positive, how I keep motivated and how I've been successful is I tell myself daily that NO FOOD is off limits. That means the potato c... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 14:04:00 EST The Best Laid Plans Aye wee mousie, the best laid plans of mice and men aft gang aglee!" ` Robert Burns (I think)<br><br>While plans sometimes fall apart, when you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Therefore, plan your work and work your plan.<br><br>There, a piece of classic literature and some self help truisms, or cliche's if you prefer but the fact remains that plans and goal setting are the keys to success. <br><br>For those of us on the adventure to part with a portion of ourselves (doesn't that sound bette... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 08:34:00 EST workout I've managed to stay committed to a healthier lifestyle than what is previously my habit of lounging, staying inside, and eating what I want in copious amounts. This is now over 70 days worth of this new me and I'm loving it. Though I haven't lost a ton of weight (only 4-5 pounds thus far) but I feel much better and healthier all around. I feel like my old life was shortening my lifestyle and a major health complication was probably right around the corner. My resting heart rate is down f... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 02:32:00 EST Being on a great team!!!! For me MOTIVATION was really hard to come by... Most days, I had none.<br><br>However, all that changed when I first heard about the Biggest Loser Team. I thought, "what can it hurt, I'll join this team" and decided since I had just put my name on the waiting list to be picked for a team to do the "Operation Winter Meltdown Challenge", I better get serious really quick!!!<br><br>This was right after Thanksgiving 2015, I was disgusted with myself, I had gained 7 lbs, in a very short time span.... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 22:56:00 EST be your own healer natural healing is wondering especially when you can do it on your own at home, work, anywhere you can. Read the simple tricks to help your body ease the pain, stress etc in a matter of minutes.<br><br>to see the chart for the points to be used.. go to the link at the bottom of the page and you can see if and use it as a reference point. Print it out.. carry it in your purse for whenever the need comes up and you need to treat yourself<br><br>No matter where life takes you, big cities or... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 09:23:00 EST Find Your New Normal One of the things I've discovered along this journey is that what was "normal" shifts over time. This can happen in either direction. It can be normal to overeat, not exercise, spend all your leisure time on the sofa watching TV, or it can be eating healthy, exercising every day, and feeling great about yourself and how you look and how your clothes fit. <br><br>My new normal is exhilarating and fun. I don't even think twice about putting on pants with a 32-inch waist and worry about how I'll... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 09:07:00 EST Tracking... I have found that tracking works, keeps me focused on my program and keeps me accountable to not only myself but to the Spark Community. <br><br>I use and take advantage of the Spark People Nutrition and Fitness Charts, with using their menu suggestions and also adding my own and saving it to my favorites. Each day I plan my meals and snacks according to the menu plans that SP provide. They also help me to calculate how many calories I need per day to maintain a healthy body. <br><br>They mak... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 09:01:00 EST Spark People Inspirations There are so many Spark friends who keep me motivated and staying positive. Watching everybody's journey makes me know I can do it and I am not alone on my journey. <br> It is good to see peoples accomplishments and know I can get to a healthy place in my own life.<br> I like to be able to cheer my spark friends on and Sparks is a great way to keep me on the right road to a healthier lifestyle. I also am happy to know I am not the only one who falls off the wagon and it is okay as long as you... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 07:00:00 EST reaching my goal Another secret I have that has been helping me keep motivated and on track is setting a goal. One goal I have always wanted to accomplish is running a half marathon.<br><br>I am in no way a sprinter or a fast runner but I have always been able to run distance. For a long time my knees were too weak for me to accomplish such a goal and I thought this dream was never going to happen. With weight loss and some strength it now seems possible.<br><br>A few years ago I had attempted to train for a ... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 23:17:00 EST Staying Motivtaed I make sure that I read at least 2 fitness success stories each day. This allows me to stay on track. I also look at my "before" pictures to have a visual reminder of my progress. For me, I need to have a constant reminder of why fitness is important. It is not about a quick fix. I realize that it took me years to get this weight on. I also realize that it will take me a little while to lose it. I am patient with that.<br><br>My body is not going to change overnight. It is critical to learn w... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 13:34:00 EST Positive attitude I have been on this journey with Sparkpeople since 2009. The most important thing I think I can share is to stay positive. <br><br>Life is going to throw things at you. We all have "those" days that are a challenge. Bad hair day, hot water heater goes out, treadmill breaks, missing a shoe (dog ate it), snowing outside, raining, 12 degrees (my morning temp) and the horrible injury. <br><br>Keep your chin up. Your hair... tomorrow might be a better day. Put it up in a cute clip/bun and move on.... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 11:14:00 EST It's Not A Four Letter Word Losing weight is not the horrible four letter word-DIET. It is about everything in moderation and picking and choosing your treats and then only a small portion. One of the easiest ways to do this is to weigh and measure your food. Sugar is well hidden in processed foods, so these are better off left alone. Sometimes they can't be avoided, but a big effort needs to be put into avoiding them. Just tell yourself everyday that "You can do it and also tell yourself to just take things one da... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 01:45:00 EST being held accountable I have been trying to lose weight for a while now and about a year and a half ago I finally committed to a gym where I ended up hurting my shoulder and was taken out for 2 months of physical therapy. At that point my knees were also bad and the kind people at the therapy place gave me advice on how to strengthen them.<br><br> When I got better I immediately went back to the gym, although I was fairly active I was still over weight because I couldn't control my eating. When I was younger I sim... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 01:18:00 EST Tips to help you be more successful Here are some of the things I've done on SparkPeople that have helped me achieve my goals: <br><br>1. Make your SparkPage public. This allows others to leave you comments of encouragement and give you SparkGoodies to make you feel special (and they have ZERO calories!). To make your SparkPage public, go to your SparkPage and click "Edit My SparkPage" (or go here: ) In the upper right corner under More Options, clear out the first two checkboxes: "Only allow... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 00:40:00 EST My Best Motivational Buddy My best motivational "buddy" wasn't with me when I first signed up for Spark People in 2011. I was actually pretty motivated when I first began the journey because I had a specific goal to reach and someone I knew who would hold me accountable. My primary physician explained that he was concerned because my cholesterol was creeping up until I was borderline for needing to go on medication. I did not want medication and asked him to put this off and give me a chance to get it down by losing... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 23:13:00 EST Best way I can keep motivated I was struggling losing weight & having hypothyroidism makes it harder than ever. I tried everything I knew to lose. I heard about a product called Isagenix & I started taking the product. I have 2 shakes with some kind of berry a day along with 2 accelerator pills a day to help with the weight loss & they work but I was still struggling & losing nothing. Two days a week I am supposed to drink something to do cleansing & eat nothing. That was hard for me but I decided I had nothing to lose so... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 22:31:00 EST Get moving (I just recently was told on my blog to get moving. Makes sense do an action, best way to go about things. Nike says just do it! So why don't I tell others this if the theory is so correct. Because although I appreciate comments of any kind, love the feed back not everyone is motivated by this.So to whoever said to get moving I agree for myself. My preferred method of motivating others is by example. Has anyone scene the movie when Harry met Sally? I know that when Meg Ryan faked the orgasm,... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 21:49:00 EST Be consistent It helps me to be consistent in what I do. That applies to all areas of my life- exercise, healthy eating habits, trying to get a good night's rest, be positive, manage anger and try to stay calm under all circumstances. I get up between 3:00-3:30 every day and try to exercise. On days I do not exercise, I try to finish other tasks for the day before I go to work so I might have an opportunity to exercise after work. I also like to plan my meals and snacks ahead of the time so it saves time. ... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 18:52:00 EST I Didn’t Lose You, You Lost Me Keep moving forward your surviving there will be another out there for you who loves as you do. Stop looking back and focus on your beautiful future you have lined up. No matter how dark things may seem, every cloud has a silver lining, things will get easier every step you take.<br><br>I didn't lose you, you lost me. You'll search for me inside of everyone you're with and I won't be found. <br><br>I will search for you in others and if I found even a tiny resemblance, I won’t even consider t... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 17:30:00 EST Choose a challenge that works for you When you lose motivation sometimes you need a kick in the pants as they say. My go to secret of success for weight loss was joining the BLC. For those of you unfamiliar with it's called the Biggest Loser Challenge named after the show itself. I have been joining for several rounds under several names. I don't even remember how many rounds I have been in where I ended going up and down in my weight. I believe I didn't find the structure and support I needed to give me the motivation to desper... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 17:04:00 EST My kids My kids are my motivation to get healthy. It use to be to try and get healthy but I am out of options....I MUST get healthy. I have an obligation to myself and my kids to be here as long as I can be. Tue, 1 Dec 2015 19:44:00 EST Self-talk Be aware of your thoughts. Are they helping you with your goals, or are they sabotaging your efforts. You have to be your own best friend...treat yourself as kindly as you would a loved, trusted friend. Build yourself up. Don't waste your time beating yourself up. Tue, 3 Nov 2015 19:05:00 EST Try something new I have a lot of wt to lose and I have made it a goal to try something new when I reach a small goal. I set a goal of losing 10lbs a month and when I reach it, I splurge a little, such as trying "paint and sips" at the local winery, traveling to an out of the way fall festival, just tying something new with my twin 15 yr old boys. I have found I really like trying something new or going some place I haven't been . I may even sign up for a local class. <em>521</em> Tue, 15 Sep 2015 12:25:00 EST I'm Hungry Hot abs don't feel hunger as much. Sat, 25 Jul 2015 10:11:00 EST not keeping the clothes not keeping clothes for when they fit again; only keeping clothes that make me feel good Wed, 22 Jul 2015 12:00:00 EST Confucius knows best... "It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you don't stop."<br><br>---Confucius-- <em>381</em> <br> Wed, 17 Jun 2015 11:43:00 EST TRY NEW THINGS Try a new spice or a new fruit. It makes things more interesting. Fri, 5 Jun 2015 05:14:00 EST The Motivation Jar Every time you are done a workout, write what was so great about it on a small piece of paper (e.g. "I felt strong when I ran today"). Then fold the paper and add it to your motivation jar. When you are feeling less motivated, you can reach in and read a few papers to get you pumped up to workout again. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:54:00 EST Changing direction, changing mindset Sprarkcoach taught me the value of staying with it, and to take time to refresh how each day went. Tracking food choices and staying in balance. Also mixing up my exercise even if it is only 5 or 10 minutes at a time. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 19:03:00 EST Keep Moving! I like to keep moving. I put some running music on my computer and keep going! If I'm sitting, I'm doing chair exercises, but I don't sit for long and will end up marching in place to the beat of the music! It must be working as I'm down over 30 pounds since July 20th! <em>320</em> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:42:00 EST Use your phone's password to keep yourself motivated. I'm going to Vegas next May and have set realistic goals regarding my weight loss with that in mind, but I'm notoriously bad about following through with things. To keep me motivated, I changed the passcode on my phone to a phrase so that every time I use my phone I'm reminded about what I'm working towards . Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:10:00 EST Training my brain to think like a thin person I follow SP & Judith Beck's (Ph.D) book called "The Beck Diet Solution". She builds a mental strategy that works for me. She outlines responses we might make to her strategies and provides the healthy mental responses to counter our resistance. It's at the library and it's working for me. Cravings have vanished. I've talked myself through difficult eating challenges by using her techniques. I think it's great. Sun, 5 Oct 2014 01:33:00 EST Never Give Up Never give up on losing weight just because of the time it'll take to accomplish it. <br><br>The time will pass anyway. Wed, 24 Sep 2014 11:00:00 EST Start the day off with a BANG! Instead of the vile annyoying sound of the alarm clock buzzer , I set my ring tone to my favorite song and use that as my wake up call :) Shake my booty all the way to my morning :) Sat, 6 Sep 2014 18:42:00 EST Be a mentor If it's not enough doing it for yourself, do it for someone else! I want to be successful as a mentor to my little sister. This is to improve both of us! Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:22:00 EST Just do your best! Don't try... Just do. Whatever you are doing give it your best!! Sat, 23 Aug 2014 22:21:00 EST Reminding Yourself of Why You're Doing This We all mess up, but we can limit our mistakes if we remind ourselves of why we're doing this. I find it helpful to post my goals in places that I will see them constantly. For example, I have them set in a really pretty frame on my computer desk, I laminated them and use it as a bookmark, and I even have them written down on an index card that I carry in my wallet. It makes it a lot harder to spend money on junk food when I open my wallet to pay and see my goals staring me right back in the f... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:28:00 EST My Cheerleader I don't always want to make good food choices or exercise so it helps have to have someone to share my day with...the good and the bad. Someone who knows my dreams and goals and celebrates all my successes with great joy. A cheerleader. My daughter is my cheerleader. She is always up for a walk or activity and encourages me to reach my goals. My grandsons are also fantastic cheerleaders and excited to walk to the park or go for a bike ride. Hip Hip Hooray for CHEERLEADERS! Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:08:00 EST How to Set Indestructible Goals I always have a hard time setting goals. I always start off strong and then a few days later, I've fallen off the wagon. A trick that I've learned is to settle on your top goals that you have for THIS year and then write them down in specific terms. Don't just write down, "Exercise daily". Instead, write down, "Walk 1 mile a day" or "Complete work-out video 3 times a week". Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:37:00 EST Stickers. Everytime I work out I put a sticker on my calendar. I put the calendar where others can see it. It helps me see how many times I have worked out in a week or month. Plus if there isn't a sticker by Wednesday, I will get exercising. So I can get that sticker. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 20:28:00 EST Find a Challenge! Find a challenge team to join. Being on a team helps keep you motivated. After all, you are not in it for just yourself, but for an entire team! Thu, 7 Aug 2014 09:27:00 EST Cravings I have tested it several times : if I tell myself " want to eat just one thing" in the afternoon, I always overeat ! So, now, I know that when I have this "permissive thought", I must say "no" !! Thu, 7 Aug 2014 02:54:00 EST A Rewarding Week Instead of giving myself a (non-edible) reward for pounds lost, I give myself a reward for every week of healthy habits. This helps me stay motivated going week by week, and knowing that if I keep up a healthy lifestyle, the pounds will follow. Sun, 3 Aug 2014 00:27:00 EST 10-Week Toe Challenge I am a very visual person and it helps me when I can see my progress. It can be discouraging if I don't see the scale move or my body change! Instead of using a traditional calendar to mark off my weeks of healthy eating and exercise, I paint my toenails. One toenail gorgeously decked out for every week of healthy habits. In ten weeks, my body has changed and I can start again! (Or reward myself with a full pedicure!)<br> <em>363</em> Sun, 3 Aug 2014 00:15:00 EST DETERMINATION: Preventing Diabetes! I do not have it yet....but indicators tell me that I will if I do not do something NOW!!! I am determined to Win against is all in my OWN hands! <em>252</em> Fri, 1 Aug 2014 08:32:00 EST I would stare up someone who can motivate me. Weight loss is like love.. You can go on with someone. But it is not easy. It is like a rose that can thorn you with it thorns. There are failures and of course a success will also be there. I will be moving on in the day if I will stare someone who did motivate me to be fit and healthy. That someone is my son. <br> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:45:00 EST 4 Sticks of Butter = 1 lb. ! You may have only lost one pound or perhaps even 1/2 a pound but when you think of it visually - 4 Sticks of Butter = 1 lb. Well, for one, that keeps me going !! Think about what it looks like or holding 4 sticks or squishing it in your hands. 4 sticks are a lot, now kiss them goodbye! Sat, 19 Jul 2014 15:36:00 EST Track it!!! Ordering, then receiving, setting up and wearing my SparkTracker this past month has really motivated me to walk when I may otherwise have talked myself right out of it!! Such a great little companion! :D Wed, 16 Jul 2014 03:16:00 EST talk myself out of unhealty foods If i am going to a fast food restaurant, i usually say to myself, Do you realy want that. Then i will go a different way as not to drive to the place. Then i congratulate myself when i do not get that item. Wed, 9 Jul 2014 12:04:00 EST One size larger I have a pair of pants one size larger than my current size so I'll now how it feels to have loose clothing - then I can imagine better what it will feel like to be at my goal size. <em>346</em> Tue, 1 Jul 2014 20:06:00 EST Give yourself a Goodie Every time you succeed in doing something you struggle with doing (EX. exercising, drinking daily quota of water, avoiding fattening foods) give yourself a Spark Goodie and send a message telling yourself how proud you are of your accomplishment. Tue, 1 Jul 2014 15:16:00 EST Daily Routine EVERY DAY, except Sunday (that is my rest day),I get up, exercise (in my case walk) for at least 30 minutes, Eat breakfast, and Spark. I exercise (walk) again in the afternoon. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 11:22:00 EST The Biggest Loser Challenge SA I Created a group page for my friends and anyone else who wants to join. we will keep one another motivated, memebers can post anything related to healthy on the facebook page. feel free to join.<br>go to your facebook page and go to your search bar on your page and type The Biggest Loser Challenge SA. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 09:34:00 EST My Secret GOD <em>250</em> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 12:01:00 EST I keep a notebook of things that motivate me and add at least one thing to it daily. Some pages are collages of pictures I like. Another page has inspirational quotes. I keep a gratitude list and add things I'm thankful for often. I also keep my bucket list in the notebook. There are lots of journaling activities I have done in the notebook as well. I doesn't matter what it is really; if it motivates or inspires me, it goes in the notebook. There is something about a paper journal that makes me feel good. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 11:40:00 EST Chose your HARD My granddaughter posted this on her facebook. It is from skinny confidential.<br>Losing weight is hard<br>Maintaining weight is hard<br>Being overweight is hard<br>CHOSE YOUR HARD Sat, 7 Jun 2014 11:42:00 EST You must renew your motivation daily This quote from Zig Ziglar really spoke to me: “People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily." If you find your motivation waning, that's normal. You have to get yourself pumped up to succeed every day, just like in other areas of your life. I find that checking my goal board daily really helps. Wed, 4 Jun 2014 16:31:00 EST staying motivated Challenging myself to login everyday help keep me motivated. Sun, 1 Jun 2014 22:05:00 EST Be kind Remember that Rome was not built in a day and neither will our ideal bodies. As we journey towards our goals we need to remember to be kind to ourselves. Every choice is just a little step closer to our achievement. Sun, 1 Jun 2014 07:41:00 EST Using my online Blog/Journal I have found that on a day, when I a not feeling motivated, or am feeling a bit down., if I begin to write down how I am feeling, or what is bothering me, then I begin to think of the good things and writing about them, I begin to feel "sparked". I want to get up and get going. Write in your blog when things are good, so you can look back on them. But journal when you struggle also. It is all motivating! Mon, 26 May 2014 10:07:00 EST Just say "Stop!" I use this technique when I begin to snack on stuff that's not in my eating plan for the day. Before it gets out of hand, I say "stop" to myself. I don't know why this does the trick. Wed, 21 May 2014 12:49:00 EST Humor yourself and others I find that when I'm in a slump --- my funny bone is the best thing to exercise for me. I seem to be able to pull myself up with I make others laugh and make myself laugh! Tue, 20 May 2014 15:58:00 EST Don't allow the scale to control you! The scale doesn't control you. You control yourself. It's ALL in the decisions you make and the direction you take. <em>192</em> <br> Mon, 19 May 2014 18:13:00 EST My maintenance mindfulness mnemonic (tracking weight reminder) Then if I gained weight, I put a rubber band on my left wrist (no, not to snap myself) <br>If I lost weight, I take a rubber band off my left wrist <br>If I am the same, I do nothing. Wed, 14 May 2014 21:14:00 EST Success Shower Tell yourself you only deserve to shower if you have sweat. If you value your personal hygiene you will sweat! Sun, 11 May 2014 18:23:00 EST My secriet to sucess My activity tracker alerts me when I have haven't moved for a while during the day Fri, 2 May 2014 20:43:00 EST Mindful Clock Free to download from the internet and it tolls hourly to remind you to be aware of the moment and get up and move! Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:26:00 EST Don't weigh yourself after a sinful day! Weighing yourself right after having a bad day will not reflect your true weight! So this might get you down without a good reason. Just get back on track and weigh yourself then! <em>211</em> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:27:00 EST How important is it? If something is important to you, you will find a way to succeed. If it's not, you will find an excuse to not do it. Mon, 7 Apr 2014 21:44:00 EST A Beginners' affirmation Want to use affirmations but have no idea where to start. This one is ideal, covers everything, and will open you up to more from the Universe. Learn and repeat...<br><br>"I am willing to change,<br>I am willing to release the need to avoid change,<br>It is easy to change,<br>It is safe to change,<br>I accept this change now". Mon, 7 Apr 2014 07:57:00 EST JUST DO IT !! I AM RETIRED AND THE ONLY WAY FOR <em>26</em> ATTACK IS TO GET OFF YOURN TUSH AND START <em>216</em> THOSE CALORIES Sun, 6 Apr 2014 03:15:00 EST I Have Determination To Succeed Determination is the key to Motivation and I have the determination to succeed. I feel that we all have the determination and motivation to reach our goals. I hope that I can spark people like me to reach for their dream of becoming successful in losing weight. <em>381</em> Sat, 5 Apr 2014 00:04:00 EST dont sweat the small stuff you got this stop worry about what really doesnt matter the only time you should be sweating is when you are working out Wed, 2 Apr 2014 19:06:00 EST Reading or Watching the News When Exercising When I think about skipping my gym workout on the way home from work (thinking "I'm too tired"), I convince myself to go anyway by telling myself I will just "read my kindle" or watch the news at the gym, and workout on the treadmill or stair stepper. If I have these distractions, the time goes by quicker, and I often end up staying a little longer, just to finish the chapter or the show. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 22:26:00 EST adopted daughter she motivates me to know I am worth working on my self and my older sister too. I need encouragement . Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:11:00 EST How to overcome a bad day of eating. Just think about what you CAN do not what you CANT change.<br><br> <em>306</em> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:36:00 EST Celebrate Recovery CR has opened my eyes, mind and heart. Having a family of people in similar situations to my own not only makes us all able to relate to one another but accountable for one another as well. And receiving milestone chips is tangible reinforcement that with each new moment, I am making healthy choices for my body and soul! Sun, 23 Mar 2014 10:04:00 EST Keep It Simple Staying motivated for me means lightening up in as many areas of my life as I can. If I take it all too seriously, most especially myself, I become overwhelmed and my resolve to lose weight falls away. And laughter is a life saver. <em>30</em> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:26:00 EST Resentment transformed into motivation In my previous job, I was in a physical and motivational rut. With high responsibility and supervisory duties, I felt trapped at my desk, not even taking lunch. I resented how others seemed to leave so easily, especially the smokers who would go for their breaks. I realized that resentment only hurt me inside. I chose to start a "stair break" for 5 minutes to take the 5-level flight of stairs once. I struggled but eventually built up to taking them 5 times in 10 minutes, and felt like a winne... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 13:32:00 EST Inspiration Collage I made a collage of encouraging quotes and photos of places I have been active in the past - kayaking and backpacking. It also includes photos of places I want to hike, canoe, and wildlife I want to see. Currently, there are 8 quotes and 25 photos taped to my closet doors. I have added pictures to my profile to give you an idea of the layout. Mon, 3 Mar 2014 20:01:00 EST 80's music for the workout I always listen to 80's music when working out, it's usually upbeat and high energy, then you get the random "cool down" song thrown in. Keeps me going. 80's is definitively the only decade with motivational music. Sun, 2 Mar 2014 14:13:00 EST Nobody Like a Buddy! <em>361</em> Whenever motivation is low or whenever you get in a rut...Having someone to go through the "pain" and the process with you makes getting up for the task at hand that much easier and enjoyable. I have yet to see the buddy system fail. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 11:25:00 EST Healthy Snacks I keep healthy snacks on hand at all times. In my desk, in my purse and in my lunch bag. I like variety so I look for snacks 110 calories or less that are filling. Pudding snack packs, fruit cups, string cheese and nuts. And drink lots of water <em>4</em> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 22:26:00 EST Mirror Mirror I work at a desk and I keep a mirror hanging in front of my desk or on my desk so that I can quickly and easily see my reflection. This helps so much when I want to go chow down! I see how far I have come and I see how far I still have to go! It is a win win scenario! Thu, 20 Feb 2014 05:23:00 EST Ignoring Urges Given that repeated practice obeying my urges is how I created the problem, repeated practice ignoring my urges is how I will change it! <br><br>For free e-book on the concept click on title "Ignoring Urges" to oopy link. Or Visit my sparkpage for link. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 04:36:00 EST Picture TIME! I take pictures of my progress on a weekly basis. Sometimes looking back on my photos is just what I need to keep moving in the right direction! <em>30</em> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 18:13:00 EST Don't let a Re-lapse turn into a Col-lapse Realizing that mistakes are a part of this journey, not the end of it, has made a huge difference in how I view those bumps in the road. One step away doesn't doom me if I acknowledge the step and move back towards my goal. Tue, 4 Feb 2014 18:51:00 EST SHEER WILLPOWER When seeking motivation to achieve a goal - say a dietary goal or a weight loss goal - I place the goal within grasp. I don't create a goal for myself that is too difficult and I don't put it too far out in the future. Loosing 5 to 7 lbs is a good goal and two weeks is not too far out there, I set the goal and then pursue it doggedly. When that goal is reached I can set another. For me, short bursts of energy is the key. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 18:38:00 EST Refrigerator sign Each month I create a sign that I put on the front of my refrigerator. I use inspirational quotes which I have cut out over the years and put in a scrapbook. A current one I used is: No matter how long it takes, persist. No matter how discouraged you may get, persevere. No matter how much you want to quit, don’t give up. Sat, 25 Jan 2014 16:25:00 EST PIctures I keep a picture of me at the weight I want to be on the refrigerator and in my bathroom. Sexy and cute. I won't be as young again, but I can be healthy. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 21:04:00 EST Celebrate You ! Treat yourself to celebrate Fri, 24 Jan 2014 18:23:00 EST Spark every day Every day I spend time entering my food and my exercise. I also write a short blog. <br>This discipline has helped me to be accountable to myself and my Spark Friends Thu, 23 Jan 2014 10:34:00 EST Point, Counterpoint! Argue yourself to a new, healthy life. When I feed myself excuses: I don't want to exercise today. I'm too tired, for example... I immediately counter with the opposite argument: Yes, I'm tired, but so what? Exercise will give me energy and stamina. Or if I'm eyeballing a piece of cake I think...It will taste delicious, but oh, the sugar and calories! Is the guilt worth it? Fresh fruit isn't as tasty, but it will help make you healthy. (Please see accompanying note.)<br>So make a case for yourself. Fight for your health, you're wo... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 21:25:00 EST Point, Counterpoint! Argue yourself to a new, healthy life. When I feed myself excuses: I don't want to exercise today. I'm too tired, for example... I immediately counter with the opposite argument: Yes, I'm tired, but so what? Exercise will give me energy and stamina. Or if I'm eyeballing a piece of cake I think...It will taste delicious, but oh, the sugar and calories! Is the guilt worth it? Fresh fruit isn't as tasty, but it will help make you healthy. (Please see accompanying note.)<br>So make a case for yourself. Fight for your health, you're wo... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 21:24:00 EST Build your program based on your worst days Most of us get so motivated starting a new program that we are sure we can exercise 30 mins a day, cook more, track food, and well, just stay motivated forever. Usually not so. Imagine you on your worst day - you only got 4 hours of sleep, worked a 12 hour shift, 1 kid missed the bus and the other left her homework at school, your husband ate the last remaining fruit in the fridge. Plan your program for days like this - what can, what will, you do? Read on for what I do... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 23:34:00 EST Be Your Own Super Hero Two Times a Day For Two Minutes Stand with your hands on your hips for Two Minutes (think Wonder Woman Pose) <br><br>Or stand with your hands raised above your head for two minutes (think arms raised in victory after winning a race)<br><br>These simple poses will increase your testosterone and decrease your cortisol, hormones which impact energy and weight loss.<br><br>Want more info? Google "Amy Cuddy TED Talk" and watch. The best part comes in the last 5 minutes-hang in there. <br><br>Be your OWN Super Hero for 2 min. 2 ... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 19:23:00 EST Goal Board I keep my Goal Board on my iPad visible and 'running' while exercising at home. Sun, 12 Jan 2014 18:26:00 EST Pause to give thanks Before I choose to take a bite, my goal is to pause and give thanks to God for my food. That usually gives my brain time to think about whether the food I am about to eat is in alignment with my weight loss goals. <em>41</em> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 11:10:00 EST Never give up! Every time you are down, get back up and don't give up. Always remember that you are worth it and you deserve it. Don't let mistakes get you down because everyone makes them but it how you deal with them that shows what kind of person you are! Thu, 9 Jan 2014 21:21:00 EST Talk to yourself OUT LOUD!! If i am thinking that i really want that <em>473</em> and my brain is fighting back and forth with myself, i just say out loud "No Teresa, you don't need or want that!" and then saying it out loud helps motivate me to walk away!! =) Does that make me crazy?! <em>334</em> Fri, 3 Jan 2014 11:36:00 EST Make a graph Whether it's on paper or on the computer I've found it's the best motivator ever. First in one colour draw a line from your weight to your goal weight. In a different colour plot your weight every week. You can either track highs and lows or only track when you have lost weight - it's up to you, but it is so nice to see that line going down steadily! Thu, 2 Jan 2014 15:46:00 EST Set Small Goals I set myself a goal of 2 pounds per week. I made a graph to show where I would be each week if I lost 2 pounds. then I logged my weight each day and put it on my graph. Usually I am below the 2 <em>9</em> pound loss line and even if I gain a bit I still stay below the line. This helps me cope with those small gains as my 2 pound line shows me the big picture. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 13:35:00 EST Listening to others Listen to others, keep an open mind. <br> Those that sound<br>good/inspiring to u, <br> take action.<br> Keep it simple , sweetie/stupid<br> KISS, <em>58</em> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 06:20:00 EST Believe Believe in yourself! Fri, 27 Dec 2013 20:36:00 EST Starting New Year Resolutions Early I find that starting New Year Resolutions a few days early makes it easier to stick with them. Knowing that you have already started removes some of the pressure from the "D" Day of January 1st, plus you have already proved to yourself that you could stick with healthy habits for a few days. <br>So today, December 26th, is the first day of my 2014 New Year Resolutions! Not only will I eat healthy, exercise, spark... but also I will write down all of the other resolutions and the "2014 Plan".<... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 13:46:00 EST SparkPeople Radio I subscribe to SP Radio podcasts and listen to it on my way to work. This helps me to stay motivated to get up from my desk occasionally and take a walk and say no to the donuts and candy that always makes its way into the office. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 11:06:00 EST Be a Leader I love company and I think it is great for me to verbalize my commitment to something so I like to take my "thing" and make it public. For example, today I shared infused water "Because I know I have to drink 8 glasses a day but is hard to stay focused but this pitcher makes it easy and it's delicious!" WooHoo everyone is drinking their water and talking about it. Next? Tue, 17 Dec 2013 04:34:00 EST Shark cage! When I get back to 144 pounds (which I haven't not seen in many years), I am boarding a plane to Cape Town, South Africa, slipping into a small wetsuit and going down in a shark cage to see Great Whites. I just wish I was at 144 right now! Sun, 15 Dec 2013 08:18:00 EST Move more and eat healthy In the way to move more in my every day life,i tend to jog in the room while i'm doing the laundry,and when i wash dishes i just walk in place . Wed, 11 Dec 2013 17:45:00 EST Seven Changes to Glee - Fearing + Loving<br>- Complaining + Appreciating<br>- Watching + Doing<br>- Judging + Accepting<br>- Talking + Listening<br>- Wondering + Feeling<br>- Wishing +Achieving<br> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 15:16:00 EST IAM Who He is in me, gives me motivation! <em>459</em> <br><br> Beloved, I wish above all things that you may…be in health (III Jn. 2). <br>Whosoever will let him come and take of the water of life freely (Rev. 22:17). <br><br> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 04:22:00 EST Let it Go Don't worry about what other people will think of your path. Take your own way to get there, and flaunt it with pride. If some arbitrary rule doesn't work for you, ignore it (within reason). Tue, 10 Dec 2013 00:03:00 EST Never give up! No matter how hard things get, never stop trying. Take a break if you have to, but keep coming back to you life goals. <br>Tell your friends and family about your goals. They will help you achieve them! Tue, 3 Dec 2013 11:42:00 EST Completly newby.... Just had my surgery(gadtric bypass) this past Tuesday at Stanford in California with Dr.Rivas, the team at the hospital stay was awesome, I jjust registered here because I am in need of support eventhough my hubby and family support me is not the same when you speak to people that have being on my same situation, any comments and words are welcome..thanks. <em>524</em> Sun, 24 Nov 2013 01:15:00 EST This too shall pass Whenever I am faced with a hard decision or something is weighing heavy on me and I want to give up, I just focus on this passage "This Too Shall Pass" and know that what I am facing isn't permanent and it will pass. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 16:52:00 EST Revitalize your Journey... Frequently! We can feel we've 'lost motivation' when the real issue is that we don't like what we are doing to reach a goal. <br>Sometimes we try for challenges too ambitious. <br>Sometimes we outgrow our methods & goals. <br>The motive is ok; but the method needs tweaking! So: <br>Assess goals and methods on occasion.<br>Changing what we are doing can spark our fire! <br>Motivation stagnates when we don't keep methods interesting and challenging to our current level.... <br><br> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 14:40:00 EST Love the fabulous feeling of healthy! There are two feelings that I have loved for many years: <br>1. The feeling of sweets in my mouth, and that satiated full feeling after a tasty meal. <br>2. the peaceful feeling that I have after a good run, or when I am on top of a beautiful mountain. <br>I have taught myself to pass up #1 whenever possible. I save that satiated feeling for special times with friends and family. Even then, I hold myself in check. I know that overeating is a weakness of mine. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 05:51:00 EST Non-Food Rewards I've been using SparkGoodies as non-food rewards for non-scale AND scale victories. I usually pick out a gold star and list why I'm giving it to myself in the comment section. This keeps me from rewarding myself with food! Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:07:00 EST Set small goals I set small goals to meet. Instead of setting my goal @ 75 pounds, I choose 10 to 20 pounds depending on how I am feeling at the time. Don't overwhelm yourself. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 20:57:00 EST Having an Accountability Partner Who Understands Finding a friend who has similar goals and has gone through the same journey that you have. My best friend Tracey is my accountability partner. We text and email anytime we need that extra support to keep going. We are about the same height and have both battled our weight for most of our lives. We face similar challenges and see each other through. This is especially helpful to battle emotional eating and food addiction. Sat, 9 Nov 2013 12:19:00 EST Never, Ever, Ever, Ever give up!!! As all Sparkies should remember to never give up!! I have been a member for a fair few years and even though i fell away for a while, forgot about Sparks People, forgot about how to live!!<br><br>SparksPeople have taught me to NEVER EVER give in!! So here i am, yet again trying to get back into Sparkies because SparksPeople taught me to NEVER give up!!! Fri, 8 Nov 2013 19:08:00 EST Refresh your Mindset I think that it helps to get into the habit of reading motivational quotes and stories daily, almost as integral as exercise and eating right, because it keeps your mind in the right place. It helps to reach for those thoughts when you feel down, and It reminds me of the quote: "If you feel like quitting, remind yourself why you started." Mon, 4 Nov 2013 13:05:00 EST Setting a "before" as your phone background I have a motivation picture set as the background on my desktop, but I try to spend more time away from my computer since I have a desk job. Setting a transformation picture as my background helps remind me why I need to make healthier choices and push through the exercises. Sat, 2 Nov 2013 05:43:00 EST A message to those stuck, absolutely stuck You don't have to sit on that couch or lay in bed beneath the covers. You don't have to go to the kitchen and graze for comfort or to hide behind. You *don't*. You have the power within you to take a stand. It's scary, it's definitely an uphill process, DONT be afraid to let go of the things that GOT YOU here (struggling with weight, most likely a lot of health issues). DONT be afraid and DONT put it off. if YOU want to feel better about yourself, then DO something about it RIGHT now. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 08:33:00 EST Weights in your head Friends I used to be weight freak and trained with heavy weights. These days I don't use any weights and results are tremendous. I use 2.25 lit soda bottles and visual the weight in my head and push, pull and lift as if it is 100 pounds. Results are great and I sggest you should try this way. it really helped me should help you too. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 03:21:00 EST Wait it out Last night, after a nice fulfilling dinner, I had a tremendous urge to eat something sweet. <br>I knew I would go over the calories if I did, I didn't really need to eat more, I wasn't hungry, it was late in the evening and there was no need to stuff myself with more food... <br>I decided to wait it out. Drank <em>194</em> .I stayed busy cleaning up the kitchen, walked away, did other things around the house and after some time realized that I was no longer needing that sweet. The urge... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 16:54:00 EST Those valuable 10 minutes! On days that it feels unmotivated to exercise, promise yourself 10 minutes... <br>Say to yourself that I will go the gym (or outside) & exercise for 10 mins only. I dont have to do more than that. But most likely, after 10 mins, you will be charged up enough to continue. For we are already there and dont want to waste the visit and that time is enough to warm us up, cheer us up to want to continue. It is rare that people would leave but if they did it might truly mean that body/mind needed... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 16:20:00 EST It's not all about me Sometimes when I'm not feeling motivated, I just need to get out of my own head for awhile. I try to make time every day to go through my friend feed. I click the "I liked this" button and/or make comments to cheer my friends on when they have successes and show support when they are struggling. By taking the time to help other people on their journey, I have noticed it helps me get my head back in the game even when I'm not feeling motivated. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 15:33:00 EST Mix it Up I pick something <em>381</em> that is motivating for me at the moment. For example I might only let myself read a special book while working out on the stationary bike. When the book is done, I might set a new mini goal of sticking to 30 minutes of cardio 5 times a weeks for 3 weeks before I can get some cute new exercise pants. Mini goals help. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 19:11:00 EST Mix it Up I pick something <em>381</em> that is motivating for me at the moment. For example I might only let myself read a special book while working out on the stationary bike. When the book is done, I might set a new mini goal of sticking to 30 minutes of cardio 5 times a weeks for 3 weeks before I can get some cute new exercise pants. Mini goals help. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 19:09:00 EST magazines to keep motivated I leave health and fitness magazines lying around to remind me to exercise Tue, 15 Oct 2013 13:35:00 EST