SparkPeople Motivation Secrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets-category.asp?category=motivation Learn some of the secrets of success for Motivation from SparkPeople members. SparkPeople Motivation Secrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets-category.asp?category=motivation Think! Think! Think! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49718_think_think_think <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>Nothing is good or bad but that thinking makes it so.<br> ~ William Shakespeare <br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>Shakespeare was so smart! How often have we seen examples of this idea. We have the eternal question about the glass of water, the optimist says the glass is half full while the pessimist sa... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 09:10:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49713_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 00:27:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49698_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 00:19:00 EST Building Muscles and Endurance for Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49693_building_muscles_and_endurance_for_life They say older we get and the less active weare, the faster stamina fades. After age 45, adults begin losing about one-quarter of a pound of muscle and gain that much body fat every year. “You need stamina so you can combat the aging process and overcome that tendency to gain fat and lose muscle,” says Miriam E. Nelson, PhD, director of the John Hancock Center for Physical Activity and Nutrition at Tufts University and author of Strong Women Stay Young (Bantam Dell, 2005).<br><br>Whether you’... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 20:05:00 EST Envision your future http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49692_envision_your_future When I was diagnosed as pre-diabetic, I didn't take it seriously and now I am diabetic. It affected many areas of my life, but the one that matters most is when I look at the children in my life and imagine their future graduations, weddings, band concerts, etc. I want to be there, giving them love and support, just as I do today. I don't want to hobble in on legs affected by neuropathy, or be in a wheelchair. I don't want to have to break for an insulin shot, or be seated at the front becau... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 16:04:00 EST Never let anyone dull your sparkle, or hinder your progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49689_never_let_anyone_dull_your_sparkle_or_hinder_your_progress We've all felt it. Dieter's shame. The judgement over every little bite we consume. <br><br>Thanksgiving comes and we're loading up our plates with vegetables while everyone else eats pie, stocks up on stuffing, and fries turkey. Heaven forbid you reach for that dinner roll, or smell a crouton.<br><br>Well, what do I have to say to diet detractors and fat shamers? An epic 'SCREW YOU'!<br><br>It's been said again and again, but some people just don't get it. It's a lifestyle, not a diet. It's ... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 11:26:00 EST Reaping and Sowing http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49687_reaping_and_sowing <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>Our attitude towards others determines their attitude towards us. <br>Earl Nightingale <br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>"As you sow, so shall you reap" <br>~ Somewhere in the Bible<br><br>"Smile! It's Contagious!"<br>Motivational poster of the 1960's<br><br>"If you see someone without a smile, give him ... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 10:43:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49678_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 00:31:00 EST Eat breakfast every day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49673_eat_breakfast_every_day Breakfast is key.<br><br>I never ate breakfast.<br><br>Now, I eat a simple breakfast every day.<br><br>It has been trial and failure since I have made this a goal since 2013.<br><br>Its taken 3 years and now I am eating Breakfast the majority of the time 6 out of 7 days usually.<br><br>I had to figure out why I couldn't eat breakfast. That had to do with my childhood. My mom didn't cook me breakfast and I was taught never to touch any of my dad's breakfast food.<br><br>In the beginning, I c... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 12:51:00 EST Spark DAILY, no matter what! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49672_spark_daily_no_matter_what 12-6-16 Today is my 1,731 days of sparking. I love this place! Handy hints..... I gave up several TV shows & committed myself to SP, 1-2 half hour to an hour, daily. I just keep at it. It was the promise to myself. NO MATTER WHAT, I spark. SP has helped me through MANY of life's ups & downs & was an answer to a prayer! I maybe 15 # away from being back to goal, but I am SO much healthier, stronger, happier, active & just so much more, me! Having my photo in paper last Sunday, for the Santa 5K... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 12:11:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49661_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 00:08:00 EST Finding Momentum and Meaning in Everything http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49656_finding_momentum_and_meaning_in_everything For most of us, work is a fact of life. It's an means to end call bills & living. I don't want to over step my boundaries again in spending but I do desire to eat and be happy while I am here and for those I support as well. I spend a rather large amount of time here at work. Even when I should be on the e-way on my way home I stay here and watch something on Netflix until the traffic dies down. I notice though that when I do leave on time, the traffic isn't as bad as I thought but back to th... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 15:08:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49646_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:10:00 EST Acres of Diamonds http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49634_acres_of_diamonds <em>36</em> <br>"You are, at this moment, standing, right in the middle of your own 'acres of diamonds'". <br>Earl Nightingale <br> <em>36</em> <br><br>Earl Nightingale prepared and delivered an essay called "Acres of Diamonds" which was based on an essay and speech by the same name originally written and delivered by H. Russell Cromwell. I highly recommend reading "Acres of Diamonds" It can be found on the internet, just Google "Acres of Diamonds". It probably takes less than thirty ... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 10:50:00 EST When I started to run http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49631_when_i_started_to_run When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 00:10:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49618_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 00:09:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49603_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 00:16:00 EST Reality Check 101 http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49601_reality_check_101 You got yourself here, it's up to you to get yourself where you would rather be. Beating yourself up for having gotten yourself here is just an undermining tactic meant to distract you from pursuing your goal. Every time we give in to those little, innocent temptations (hit the snooze, indulge in a treat, skip our exercise or comfort ourselves for our recent failures) we give that little imp more power. We actually feed it. It gets bigger and stronger and we feel less confident, less hopeful,... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 20:09:00 EST Why Am I Doing This? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49598_why_am_i_doing_this When I started my Medical Weight Loss Program we were asked to spend about 10 minutes and fill out this paper. It asked us why we wanted to reach our goals and had 12 lines. It was a bit difficult to come up with 12 and not seem selfish, conceited or unthoughtful. These should be thought provoking and deep right? For me I am not sure they were but I finally came up with 12 things that were important to losing weight.<br><br>My 12 reasons that I want to reach my goal and lose my 200 lbs:<br><b... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 16:33:00 EST tipping point: Accumulated Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49597_tipping_oint_accumulated_good What if I had to quit every time I wasn't perfect ....??? well I wouldn't get anywhere. On any given day I might overeat, skip a meal, miss fitness minutes, not top off my water quota, lack sleep, skip a login, break a streak. <br><br>... there's still other meals I got right in a day, and previous fitness minutes, water I DID drink, and just for the record there will be sleep (eventually) !<br><br>All those good choices add up favorably.<br><br>That's why counting little things will matter w... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 14:14:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49588_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 00:18:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49574_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:12:00 EST Live In The Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49559_live_in_the_now <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored. <br>Earl Nightingale <br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 09:51:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49555_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:08:00 EST It's Monday what do you know so far ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49547_its_monday_what_do_you_know_so_far_ After lots of trial and error I have found out a few things. I will try to save you some time. I would say it is better to set up your page to find like minded people. A big team doesn't mean active they don't work for me because I kinda feel invisible on them. Pick teams that are very active no matter what their size.Starting your own team to help you stay committed to exercise and eating healthy is a great thing but keep it simple. Because running a team is very time consuming and for it t... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 16:23:00 EST Do Not Beat Yourself Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49543_dont_beat_yourself_up Don't beat yourself up when you eat something you know you shouldn't, especially sugar; it's a serious addiction! Also, keep lots of healthy snacks in your bag, car, room, etc. so when you get that craving between large meals you won't grab the nearest unhealthy snack. Take it from someone that constantly works around food and sugar all day - everything smells amazing going in and out of the oven and trust me, it's a real struggle not being tempted to eat all of it especially when you only ge... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 12:34:00 EST The Secret is Determination http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49541_the_secret_is_determination Today's secret is determination! Determination is a huge part of weight loss. You have to make the decision to lose weight. Then it is not a one and done deal. That is a choice that you have to make each and every single day. Probably several times a day.<br><br>So you can't go into weight loss half halfheartedly and expect amazing results. Halfhearted participation will reveal halfhearted results. Which, let's be honest, no one sets out to achieve half a goal. <br><br>So when you make the de... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:52:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49533_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:45:00 EST When I started to run http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49519_when_i_started_to_run When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 00:16:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49505_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 00:26:00 EST Do it for your loved ones http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49497_do_it_for_your_loved_ones I've been thinking a lot about healthy living lately. I see those around me getting seriously sick. My fiance's mom is a prime example of this. She was an uncontrolled diabetic for many years. She smoked. She ate poorly. She didn't get much exercise. Now she has kidney failure and respiratory problems. My poor fiance has to take care of her now. <br><br>I find it so tragic that most parents say they will do anything for their children, and then go on to trash their bodies. My friends are most... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 12:21:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49489_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:17:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49474_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 00:34:00 EST Patience Gets Results! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49465_patience_gets_results I don't think there is anything more motivating than seeing the results of your hard work. Whether you are just getting started and you just lost that very first pound or you've been at it for awhile and you are dropping clothes sizes. <br><br>However, it takes a lot of patience to get those results. I didn't learn that the first time, the second, or even the third. I would hit long plateaus and think, “Well, that's it! I just can't lose past this point!” I would get frustrated and fall back ... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 12:18:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49457_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:10:00 EST You Work for You http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49443_you_work_for_you <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else. Job security is gone. The driving force of a career must come from the individual. Remember: Jobs are owned by the company, you own your career! <br>~ Earl Nightingale <br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>Again, the s... Tue, 22 Nov 2016 08:50:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49440_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Tue, 22 Nov 2016 00:59:00 EST Picture yourself as a healthier you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49429_picture_yourself_as_a_healthier_you When you're feeling like you're slipping again, picture yourself as a healthier you. Feel the positive burst of pride as you accomplish another goal, be it small or big. Pants feel a little looser. Able to breath easier as you walk. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Give yourself pats as you keep a running list of all that you've eaten for the day.<br>Feel good that you're taking charge of your own life.<br>Think about the people who you want to be around for. My big motivation i... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:18:00 EST Meaning and Purpose http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49427_meaning_and_purpose <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <br>We are at our very best, and we are happiest, when we are fully engaged in work we enjoy on the journey toward the goal we've established for ourselves. It gives meaning to our time off and comfort to our sleep. It makes everything else in life so wonderful, so worthwhile. <br>~Earl Nightingale <br> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> ... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 09:28:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49424_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:16:00 EST Eat an Elephant http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49423_eat_an_elephant You know the old adage: How do you eat an elephant? (one bite at a time) <br>BUT with our goals we tend to try to stuff the whole leg into the program! So secret to success? Start small ... no, TINY! Instead of I'm going to walk 5, 10, etc minutes. Try, I'm going to put my walking shoes on! (Walking is a natural outcome!) Then celebrate your success! Do a "Snoopy"Dance or cheer the air! We thrive on encouragement so learn to be your own cheerleader. And watch the changes come. Set Tiny goals ... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 23:06:00 EST Get Up and Move http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49419_get_up_and_move I learned through my weight loss class with the nutritionist that we should be getting up every 2 to 5 minutes and moving around. In order to maintain weight you need 10,000 steps a day but to lose weight you need 12,500 to 15,000 steps a day. <br><br>So now I make it a point to get as many steps in a day as I possibly can. Which is why I have added some other spark members as a friends in FitBit. Everyday we do challenges. We do the work week hustle to see who gets the most steps in five day... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 18:54:00 EST Moving and Love for my family is my secret.&#127939;&#128145; http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49418_moving_and_love_for_my_family_is_my_secret127939128145 Moving is not something I was in the habit of doing daily. I mean I did do the normal everyday tasks but, I definitely didn't go out of my away to exert any extra energy. I never over ate but as my children grew older and I didn't have all the extra curricular activities I guess I kind of became used to a sedentary life. Sad but true. It was pure laziness. If I didn't have to move, I didn't. I thought because I ate reasonable size portions I was OK. I was so wrong! I gradually gained more an... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 17:14:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49410_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 00:28:00 EST Using my Fitbit http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49404_using_my_fitbit I've been using my Fitbit for just about a month now. My analytical personality is in hyper-love-overdrive! I cannot speak enough on how tickled, thrilled, happy and flat out elated I am about this product.<br><br> * I am now walking close to 4K steps per day! When I first started using the Fitbit I was surprised to find that I was barely walking 2K steps a day. Given that I have a desk job I cannot fathom how I'll ever have time to walk 25K steps in a day, but certainly I can see that as ... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 17:56:00 EST Help Motivate Others http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49403_help_motivate_others Helping others make healthy lifestyle choices also increases YOUR success! They feel better. You feel better. And together everyone accomplishes more. Share ideas, share support, and create lasting connections!<br><br>SparkTeams are a great way to meet new people. I met my best friend several years ago on a SparkTeam, and we still email each other daily. We help lift each other up, and motivate each other to become the best versions of ourselves.<br><br>It feels good to check in with pe... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 11:47:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49394_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 00:14:00 EST How to Keep Motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49391_how_to_keep_motivated <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b16a1245-734f-4c88-9774-228fc222e88e.jpg"><br>This is my wall of weight loss. I move a cupcake wrapper down for each pound lost.<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/97badcda-55cf-4bac-82f6-75be2cc3398f.jpg"><br>Notice how I flatten them when I move them down - ha ha ha<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/de7de130-3427-40d8-aa00-c95f14c13561.jpg"><br>I have 167 total to lose. The black mini cupcake wrappers in a ?... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 22:12:00 EST Moving Slowly Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49384_moving_slowly_forward <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br>Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.<br>~ Og Mandino<br> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br><br>"I may walk slow but I never walk backwards."<br>~ Abraham Lincoln<br><br>All of my secrets of success tie together. <br>"Keep your eyes on the prize" ~ Rocky Bal... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 09:19:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49381_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 00:19:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49363_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:12:00 EST You can do this http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49359_you_can_do_this You can do this. You just need to keep positive and hold your head up high. Do not let people bring you down. Some people like to try and drag people down and if they do that to you your motivation will go down and you will end up quitting. <br><br>Just remember that people that try and drag you down do not belong in your life. You just need to tell them to get out of your life if they can not be supportive to you. Because you need positive people in your life and not negative people. You ... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 18:32:00 EST Finding an Accountability Partner http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49354_finding_an_accountability_partner I've found that one of the most important and helpful ways to stay motivated when it comes to exercising and eating right is to find someone who shares your drive and passion. Surrounding yourself with like minded people helps keep you going when you want to quit and knowing that you have someone else paying attention to what you are eating may help you make better decisions. This is a lifestyle change for me and I hope to find other people like me who would like to make this a lifestyle not ... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 12:02:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49344_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 00:14:00 EST Be Specific ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49330_be_specific_ <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <br>It is those who concentrate on but one thing at a time who advance in this world. The great man or woman is the one who never steps outside his or her specialty or foolishly dissipates his or her individuality. <br>Og Mandino<br> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <br><br>"If I don't be myself, who can do... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 09:51:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49327_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 00:15:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49314_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 00:22:00 EST STOP comparing yourself to other people http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49306_stop_comparing_yourself_to_other_people Just because someone you know (or knew) has lost a lot of weight or seems to have it all together in life does not mean that they are better than you. <br><br>If it bothers you so much (especially if you're on Facebook and Instagram), hide those feeds or delete those individuals from your page. The last thing you need on your journey to a healthier lifestyle is comparing yourself to others who could care less about your well-being. <br><br>If you can get off social media completely, even bett... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 14:21:00 EST 7 Daily Disciplines ~ doing these will cause me to reach my goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49299_7_daily_disciplines_doing_these_will_cause_me_to_reach_my_goals 7 daily disciplines <br>1. Motivation: Read my long list of why I'm doing this <br>2. Exercise: Walk, Wt Lift, Hot Tub Workout, Oxycise <br>3. Accountability: Post about my day, blog victories, struggles, challenges ITC etc <br>4. Tracking: food, exercise, water, other goals, measurements <br>5. Water: 12 to 16 glasses <br>6. Reflect: what went well, what to fix, celebrate victories "stickers" <br>7. Prepare: what do I need to do to be ready for tomorrow?<br> <img src="http://pho... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 09:29:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49296_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 00:07:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49279_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 00:30:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49268_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Fri, 11 Nov 2016 00:31:00 EST The Ten Commandments of Successful Learning http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49265_the_ten_commandments_of_successful_learning 1. How well you do reflects your attitude and your methods. It is not based on your intelligence or raw ability.<br><br>2. Nobody can teach you as well as you can teach yourself.<br><br>3. It's OK to make mistakes. Making mistakes is part of trying anything new. Mistakes are the foundation of learning.<br><br>4. You are here to learn, not to get 'stars' or 'good grades.' Yes, you'll get tested and you'll have to reach a passing life score on your own, but that's not why yo... Thu, 10 Nov 2016 20:33:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49254_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Thu, 10 Nov 2016 00:13:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49241_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Wed, 9 Nov 2016 00:21:00 EST Willing to learn http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49239_willing_to_learn I'm a beginner. I am moving more and tracking my food, which can push me to dismay as I see my totals spill out over the "upper limits." So, I can tell myself that I don't have any "secrets" yet but I know that that is okay. Maybe there is a secret in simply being a beginner, knowing that I don't know. It's okay if I stand here, open to the future, willing for the knowing to be revealed. The "knowing" that I can fully own is that learning is as valuable as knowing, just as a child is as valu... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 21:59:00 EST Where do I start? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49237_where_do_i_start I think most people fail at a diet, because they are dieting, not embracing a lifestyle change. Dieting is denying yourself which is negative so you're doomed to fail from the start.<br><br>Beginning by emptying your whole house of everything that's bad is another sure way to fail.<br><br>Start with small steps towards a goal.<br>I think the secret to success of losing weight and a healthy lifestyle is this:<br>Three meals and 3 snacks a day. Start with 1, say breakfast. Look at what you're e... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 19:25:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49227_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 00:21:00 EST Communication is your biggest ali http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49217_communication_is_your_biggest_ali Staying active in groups and with friends really helps you reach your goals and stay on track! Helping others and communicating with them reminds you yourself to keep up with your goals. Also knowing that someone is watching and keeping tabs on you keeps you going in the right direction. <br><br>When you don't communicate and you don't have anyone holding you accountable then you are less likely to follow through! So go on and start joining groups, making friends and keeping in touch! <br><b... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 13:11:00 EST Life and Tug of War http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49213_life_and_tug_of_war When you look at the pictures of Models that look like they have never had a child after they give birth.. Think of the word Photo Shop.. Look even if you ran into one of them you may not even know them if in public.. I ran into Dolly Parton.. In a grocery store.. No makeup in jeans and a beat up flannel shirt.. I didn't know who she was... So all the makeup and magic pills is not going to get you where you want to be.. Look in the mirror and take a good look and see who you can become.. Age ... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 10:28:00 EST Tracking, Tracking, Tracking. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49212_tracking_tracking_tracking What's helped me the most is keeping a diet journal and holding myself accountable for what I'm eating. I've spent time decorating it myself and using motivational stickers on days when I'm low or have gone off track with my eating. It reminds me that I can do this, and helps to keep me motivated.<br>I write in it every day, journaling what I've eaten each meal, how many steps I take during the day, and how many minutes of active exercise I get each day. I even track days when I know I've ea... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 10:19:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49207_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 00:25:00 EST Discipline Over Motivation ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49205_discipline_over_motivation_ When I began this journey of mine, 2 years ago give or take I was so clueless to the point that I was just moving but not in any particular direction until I realized that I must find my motivation, my why ! It seemed really, really simple but it proved to be a daunting task as motivations can change real quick and with no kind of notice at all. I used my different motivations for inspiration to push and propel me forward when I just didn't wanna keep going or when I thought it seemed easier ... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 00:12:00 EST My mama said http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49204_my_mama_said 1.) My mother always said never to put all your eggs in one basket.<br><br> When she was saying this she was usually referring to money choices, but the same is true of weight loss. Never depend on one form of measurement to be adequate for the long haul. <br>There will be days when you don't want to work out because the scale tells you, "Why should you work out? You weigh the same today as you did yesterday!! What is the point?" The point is...The scale is not the only thing that can "weigh"... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 00:04:00 EST And the Wheel Goes around and around ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49199_and_the_wheel_goes_around_and_around_ OK.. you have now decided to loose weight or not.. Think of it as a project or like a hamster in cage and running in that wheel and just in one place.. Dr. Zuses you to say if you have feet they can take you anywhere.. Here or there.. you don't have to be in a cage and just about everything you do uses energy.. So when your cleaning or doing chores you burn calories.. Now if your a Couch Potato your not going to go that far.. You have to put forth the effort to get up and moving.. and wave r... Sun, 6 Nov 2016 18:27:00 EST Facing the scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49196_facing_the_scale Well I have been trying to lose weight for over a year now and firstly I joined a gym, cut down on some of the fatty foods, and even got a personal trainer with a friend. One the partner I was stuck with was not motivated and it was just a waste of effort and money, not even a good personal trainer (didn't know how many calories a workout he was doing burned, made excuses for the nutritionist for over 3 months instead of setting up a meeting, billing idiocy, and only focused on weight liftin... Sun, 6 Nov 2016 11:48:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49191_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sun, 6 Nov 2016 00:16:00 EST Practice tools from the book Beck Diet Solution http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49179_practice_tools_from_the_book_beck_diet_solution The Beck Diet Solution is a book written by Judith Beck about how to use Cognitive Behavior tools to lose weight and keep it off. It is not a diet. It is a program to build the skills that will help a diet to work. Cognitive Behavior Therapy was developed by her father Aaron Beck. The Spark Beck team is a group of people who are practicing together, sharing information and experience to build success.<br><br>In the book each day is a new chapter and a new weight loss skill. It starts easy... Sat, 5 Nov 2016 08:53:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49175_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sat, 5 Nov 2016 00:21:00 EST My weight loss group http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49170_my_weight_loss_group Our little weight loss group is wonderful. We help each other and motivate each other. We meet together to weigh in once a week. This group is not with any national organization. It is just our own group that we have. For me weighing in every week is important, this is key. I need to be accountable in front of others and know I have to report my weight for the week. It has really worked, and I have kept my weight off for over five years. I had spent years yoyo dieting... putting weigh... Fri, 4 Nov 2016 15:26:00 EST Step 1: Starting http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49162_step_1_starting Procrastination needs to stop. That's when you really start doing something.<br><br>It looks like that day never comes... until one day, you realize you have been postponing for far too long. And you cannot keep postponing any longer.<br>You have wasted days, weeks, months and at least a year. Well, maybe all that time was not wasted, you were just focusing on something else.<br>But now, you might feel that your health is at risk. And you have been having that feeling for quite some time.<br>... Fri, 4 Nov 2016 05:43:00 EST Always Remember This... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49160_remember_thisperfection_isnt_perfect Remember this the next time you feel like you are no closer to your goal.<br><br>The weight you are clawing with tooth and nail to lose today, did not get there overnight.<br><br>Did you give in to the Sweet Monkey today? Or the Carb Monster? Remember, this too shall pass...we think we must be perfect at all times...<br><br>Pshaw! <br><br>Can that idea right now! Because you are not perfect, no diet is perfect, and we ALL make mistakes. You just put it where it belongs, in the past...it's ... Fri, 4 Nov 2016 02:51:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49157_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Fri, 4 Nov 2016 00:19:00 EST Give Myself The Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49152_give_myself_the_time My secret is to give myself the time it takes to have what I really want! I have learned that I make time for whatever I want to!<br><br>It takes Time to be on Sparkpeople <br>Time to plan ahead for food & exercise<br>Time to track - food, exercise, water<br>Time to take measurements<br>Time to decide long term goals and time to decide what I need to do daily that will cause me to reach those long term goals<br>Time to learn from challenges, videos, articles<br>Time to communicate with new S... Thu, 3 Nov 2016 19:25:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49142_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Thu, 3 Nov 2016 00:28:00 EST What is your Battle Plan..? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49139_what_is_your_battle_plan Their are people that you know who can eat everything and not gain a ounce.. That was me at a younger age.. Then comes kids and all the responsibility and where does the time go.. ? You plan out meals and then you try to eat healthy a budget but in the end Fast Food or a night out and you lost the ground you had gained once again and then it hits you.. Your in a battle of the bulge and you have to come up with a battle plan maybe even a couple to get to the point to where you want to be.. So ... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 20:24:00 EST Seeing Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49133_seeing_weight_loss My secret is that I am eating a Low GI diet and once I saw how quick the weight started coming off while eating so much food a day, it motivated me to keep losing and really stick to my diet. Every day when I wake up, I go into my bathroom, get undressed and get on the scale to weigh myself first thing in the morning. <br>I also joined a gym with a trainer and take 30 mins of kickboxing 3-4 times a week. It's a quick but super intense workout. I'm about to turn 41 and I know I just need to ge... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 09:39:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49129_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 00:31:00 EST Sparked by the Articles! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49125_sparked_by_the_articles Even though I love to read, I was never much of a magazine reader. To me, they are something to pass the time waiting for the dentist or doctor, so it really surprised me how much I enjoy reading the Spark People Articles. <br><br>I'll get on SP,. track my food, and check out the articles featured that day. Pick one and start reading. Get my spark points. Left-click on any underlined phrase I'm interested in,, and open it in a new tab. Before I know it, I'm motivated to try a new recipe,... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 20:48:00 EST Lesson in God's Giving http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49123_lesson_in_gods_giving Everyone knows that rewards work. If you are going to train a dog to do tricks, you better have some doggie biscuits in your pocket. If you are trying to potty train a toddler, rewards are pretty handy also. The credit card industry has also gotten the hint and they compete for our credit business by offering rewards to use for free flights, discounts, cash back or some other form of return. And we as consumers figure that since we have to buy stuff anyhow, we might as well get something back... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 18:12:00 EST The benifits of drinking Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49117_the_benifits_of_drinking_water When I first read about a water challenge where a man drank a gallon of water everyday for one month I never thought I could have done the same. At first it was struggling with the challenge but after about seven days it became easier. Now I am drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning and before each meal which has help me eaten less. A lot of times we think that we are hungry but most of the time we are just thirsty. I was never a soda drinker so it was easy for me to in... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 10:37:00 EST The Key to Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49114_the_key_to_motivation The secret to staying motivated throughout the day is to make sure you are feeling good during the process of whatever you are trying to achieve. That’s it! <em>334</em> <br><br>Always believe in yourself. When you are setting out to achieve goal, you have to be vigilant about what you’re thinking about and what you’re focusing on. Nothing brings out the worst in any negative situation faster than you focusing on it. On the other hand, nothing brings out the best in any positive situation ... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 08:37:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49111_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 00:40:00 EST Little Daily 1X Moments Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49098_little_daily_1x_moments Little Daily One Time Moments Work<br><br>CONCEPT<br>All my sets and sessions are short. <br>This motivates me to get things done.<br><br>Just 5 Minutes<br>By keeping things really short time wise, I know I can sit down, stand up; whatever: and get the darn thing done. Most of us can carve in 5 minutes. That's where I start from on almost anything new I attempt. The system works well for me. For almost anything I want to do. <br><br>Example<br>A quick weight lifting exercise is 1 minute that ... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 07:54:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49096_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 00:14:00 EST When Things Happen http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49088_when_things_happen We all have things happen to us in life and some of it can be very bad things sometimes physically but so many times emotionally.<br><br>It can be a loss of work, child in trouble at school, death of a loved one or certain things even going on with our own physical or mental health.<br><br>How many times have you started your journey to being healthy and fit in your life? Is it even possible to count? At this point do we even want to try to count?<br><br>To gain and reap the rewards of a lot... Sun, 30 Oct 2016 14:31:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49078_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sun, 30 Oct 2016 00:14:00 EST Getting Your Family on Board http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49075_getting_your_family_on_board Let's face it, staying motivated when you are trying to lose weight and implement a lasting healthful lifestyle is challenging under the best of circumstances. There are always things coming up that can seriously derail our progress, which leads to frustration and lack of motivation. It seems the universe is doing all it can to get us to just give up most of the time.<br><br>Whether it's doughnuts in the break room at work, the free samples at the grocery store or discovering that the only th... Sat, 29 Oct 2016 19:26:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49067_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Sat, 29 Oct 2016 00:08:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49052_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 00:13:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49040_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:17:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49028_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:16:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49014_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:40:00 EST FOCUS. FOCUS, FOCUS http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49007_focus_focus_focus Staying focused on how I feel and what I know will lead to my goals really helps. <br><br>Celebrating my success with renewed energy, greater focus, and good feelings, not food I don't need. Eating when I'm satisfied not until I'm full, eating when I'm hungry in my stomach not my mind. Taking deep breaths, drinking water if I'm not sure where a sense of "more" is coming from. <br><br>Not all messages from my head need to be acted upon! I have time to consider what my next best step is! <br><b... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:13:00 EST S.M.A.R.T. Weight Loss & Your Fitness Device http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49004_smart_weight_loss_your_fitness_device S.M.A.R.T. Weight Loss & Your Fitness Device<br><br>Wouldn't it be nice if you knew exactly what to do to lose weight successfully? What you need is a fitness tracker and a smart goal! S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym to remind you how to set a goal that maps out exactly what you need to do. These goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound.<br><br>Don't just stack up data you get from a fitness device. Use the info you track, your calories burned, food eaten, and hours slept... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:51:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49000_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:09:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48983_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 00:15:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48982_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 00:15:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48981_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 00:14:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48969_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:09:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48957_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:42:00 EST Things that have worked for me: http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48955_after_you_mess_up I love what SparkGuy says in the "Spark"--if you mess up and over eat and don't exercise, instead of beating yourself up, make one healthy choice...and then make another. To feel like a failure is counter productive. Better to dig deep and find the true you that wants to succeed.<br><br>Another helpful thing is to look at yourself in a mirror and instead of hating what you see, speak kindly to her/him. Encourage her. Tell her that she is beautiful and deserves to look good and be healthy.... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 04:42:00 EST I’m Just Sayin'… http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48949_im_just_sayin You want to loose weight and I can say first hand that it is not a magic trick or a Fair Tale.. It all begins when you just feel like you have been chewed up spit out and now you madder than a wet hen.. You get this when you got so upset maybe by someone when they ask. When is the baby due.. You want to pitch a hissy fit and throw down in the middle of the cookie aisle.. Not good manners but you need to hear it from the horses mouth.. Just like me.. Loose the weight.. Even if you fall off the... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:07:00 EST Consistency is Key http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48948_consistency_is_key Although not at my goal, I have kept off approximately 80 pounds for over 10 years. Consistency has been the key. <br><br>Yes, I've had my bad times <em>198</em> and times I've been super motivated <em>224</em> . I've worked out when I've really not felt like it <em>33</em> , and come away grateful I did my workout. Ate something healthy when I've really wanted a candy bar or ice cream. I've found that every time I have chosen something healthy it makes it that much easier the next ... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:07:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48939_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:08:00 EST the Secret of all...secrets... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48934_the_secret_of_allsecrets Jesus...Jesus...Jesus...Jesus...Jesus..Jes<BR>us..<br>Jesus...Jesus...Jesus...Jesus.<BR>..Jesus...Jesus..<br>Jesus...Jesus...J<BR>esus...Jesus...Jesus...Jesus.<br>Jesus<BR>..Jesus...Jesus...Jesus...Jesus...Jesu<BR>s...<br>Jesus..Jesus..Jesus...Jesus...<BR>Jesus...Jesus..<br>Jesus..Jesus..Jesus<BR>...Jesus...Jesus...Jesus...<br>Jesus..<BR>.Jesus..Jesus.Jesus...Jesus...Jesus...<BR><br>Jesus...Jesus..Jesus..Jesus...Jesu<BR>s...Jesus...<br>Jesus...Jesus...Jesus.<BR>.Jesus...Jesus...Jesus...<br>Je... 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Followed up by digging into a bag of chips (or other junk food) and let the TV take over the rest of your night.<br>Unless your day has been active and you have broken a sweat, I am pretty sure that your day has probably consisted of a lot of sitting and maybe a lot of staring at another screen. (This does no... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:31:00 EST The Suitcase - Truly Inspirational http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48931_the_suitcase_truly_inspirational <br><br><br><br><br>A man died, when he realized it, he saw God coming closer with a suitcase in his hand.<br>- God said: Alright son its time to go.<br>- surprised the man responded: Now? So soon? I had a lot of plans...<br>- I'm sorry but its time to go.<br><br>- What do you have in that suitcase? the man asked.<br>- God answered: Your belongings.<br>- My belongings? you mean my things, my clothes, my money?<br>-God answered: Those things were not yours they belonged to the earth.<br><br>- ... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:39:00 EST Argue with yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48924_argue_with_yourself This doesn't work all the time, but for me at least, it works pretty well.<br><br>When ever I have a food-craving or I don't want to work out (or anything else, really) I start debating with myself.<br>For my, it helps writing the arguments down in a little notebook with date, time, situation and arguments (that way, if I one day run out of arguments, I can look back in "the records"), but it could just as well be done just in your mind.<br><br>Start by listing the reasons why you are gonna h... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:37:00 EST No to Diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48919_no_to_diabetes My son was told recently that his body is producing too much insulin to cover the amount of carbohydrates he is eating. What I eat, he eats. <br><br>I know that my lifestyle is contributing to a future of diabetes for my son. I am not going to let that happen on my watch. Even though he is adopted, diabetes does run in his family. He also has Native American (Cherokee and Creek) and Hispanic lineage. <br><br>I am also diabetic, but for another reason - years of prednisone. I can get my s... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 02:33:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48918_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:08:00 EST It's what I do that defines me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48908_its_what_i_do_that_defines_me How many times has this happened to you? "Oh man, it's too cold out...The rain just started again...It's so early / late that it's dark outside..." and on, and on it goes.<br><br>The list of reasons not to exercise is endless. From physical environment, to lack of equipment, lack of time, lack of resources, lack of support etc. The natural reaction is to make excuses, either real or imagined about why you can't exercise.<br><br>Roger Banister was an English medical student who enjoyed running... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 15:12:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48898_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 00:22:00 EST NFL veganism? David Carter, Griff Whalen have broken the mold http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48894_nfl_veganism_david_carter_griff_whalen_have_broken_the_mold NFL veganism? David Carter, Griff Whalen have broken the mold<br><br>David Carter, a 6-foot-5, 300-pound defensive lineman, and his teammates are at a steakhouse, the second-most-frequented nonresidential house for NFL types after the field house.<br><br>Beefy football players order large slabs of steak. Knives cut through the buttery brown exterior and forks puncture the reddish center.<br><br>In front of Carter sits a dish of green beans, no butter.<br><br>This was a familiar scene for the ... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 20:44:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48881_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 01:17:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48868_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 04:59:00 EST Benefits of working out with a friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48864_benefits_of_working_out_with_a_friend <br>SUBSCRIBE<br>NEWSLETTER SIGN-UP<br>Search formSEARCH <br>Search Men's Fitness<br> SEARCH<br>SPORTS<br>TRAINING<br>WEIGHT LOSS<br>STYLE<br>GUY FOOD<br>SEX & WOMEN<br>LIFE<br>21-DAY SHRED<br>DANA WHITE<br>GIVEAWAYS<br>NEWSLETTERS<br>ALL ACCESS<br>GAME CHANGERS 2016<br>You are hereHome / Training / Pro Tips<br>September 14, 2016<br>6 REASONS TO WORK OUT WITH A PARTNER<br>Here's why hitting the gym with a workout buddy is a good idea.<br> BY LISA FREEDMAN<br> <br><br><br> <br><br><br><br><br>... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 21:08:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48854_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 10:26:00 EST Belief In a Power Greater Than Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48850_belief_in_a_power_greater_than_myself "Do My Best & Let God Do the Rest!"<br><br>Thankful for all of life's ups & downs because they made me the person I am today. Recently realized that growth happens during challenges that take place in my life; all things positive or negative happen for my benefit; and, when God allows negative things to happen in my life, He always gives a positive 'DOUBLE PORTION' in the end.<br><br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5f8362ed-0774-49d9-b97c-4a64a12377af.jpg"><br><br>No, I am de... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 03:45:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48837_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 00:27:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48822_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:08:00 EST Listen, Listen, Listen http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48810_listen_listen_listen <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br> When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new. <br>~The Dali Lama<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>Life is nothing but a continuing learning experience. Each day we encounter something we have not met before and we either react or respond to i... Wed, 12 Oct 2016 09:47:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48806_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Wed, 12 Oct 2016 00:06:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48790_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 00:10:00 EST How to Get the Support You Need to Succeed http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48777_how_to_get_the_support_you_need_to_succeed How to Get the Support You Need to Succeed<br>Get Your Friends, Family and Fellow SparkPeople on Board<br><br> By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f29a00c0-d12e-49d6-a91f-77b14ea9a79c.jpg"><br>You wake up to your husband preparing a platter of fruit and a slice of whole wheat toast for breakfast. Your wife always has a healthy dinner—lean protein and fresh veggies—ready at 6 o’clock. Your co-workers have teamed up to start a healthy lunch club. Yo... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 09:37:00 EST Have a Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48776_have_a_goal <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <br> "If you don't know where you are going, you might end up somewhere else" <br>~ Yogi Berra <br> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <br><br>Like most "Yogi-isms", this one seems sort of stupid at first blush but makes perfectly good sense once you stop and analyze what Yogi had to say.<br><br>Fact is, Yogi was not the first... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 09:36:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48772_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:13:00 EST Don't even think about it... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48766_dont_even_think_about_it Well I know that I have read too many blogs but if you think about the Motivation part of Spark People It all boils down to if you are ready and get to going that to me is a little Motivation on you behalf but I write to these Secrets because I am already there and for those on my Teams I read each blog that come through.. I know that if I could say one thing that may get you Motivated just to do a little movement and then to weigh in at least once a month not everyday and you see a differenc... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 18:36:00 EST This Trick Can Stop Your Stress Eating, But You Might Not Like It! Prevention http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48765_this_trick_can_stop_your_stress_eating_but_you_might_not_like_it_prevention You know that feeling after you've spent a ridiculous amount of time working on something and your brain is totally fried? The one where you're so mentally exhausted, the only thing you can think about is plowing through a plate of greasy nachos, or a ginormous burger, or a cookie the size of your head? <br><br>Of course you do. It's no secret that demanding work drives plenty of us to reach for junk food. It's delicious, it's distracting, it's comforting, and most of all, it's rewarding. (Re... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 18:00:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48756_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 00:07:00 EST Consistently Inconsistent, Failure before Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48752_consistently_inconsistent_failure_before_success These words have been coming back to me over and over again. Throughout my journey, I have gone forward and backward. However, I just keeping going. I have had one good day then 2 bad. I have had a week where I was on top and then just blew it in a day. The main thing though is that I have kept on going. With each fall I have gotten back up and walked, or ran, or ever just crawled. Just keep moving. That is the main thing. No matter what happens just keep going. <br><br>You are going... Sat, 8 Oct 2016 20:14:00 EST Keep at It http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48749_keep_at_it Keep at It. My Dad always gave me these words, and they have stayed with me through many circumstances. The truth in its simplicity is that if you keep at it, you will move forward in your goal. Sometimes its easier to explain the reverse, for example, if you quit doing something, you'll soon find things at a standstill. However, when you keep at it, everything you do adds up, no matter how insignificant it might seem at the time, the fact is, you are moving closer to what you visualize.<... Sat, 8 Oct 2016 15:43:00 EST my secrets to success http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48746_my_secrets_to_success I have no secret to success. I just follow the advice of many different friends and professionals. I first sat down and looked real hard at my life. decided I didn't want to be dead before I was 60. Looked real hard at my health issues and realized the main health problem was Morbid obesity. Went to my health professional and she helped me create a support team of Doctors and specialists. Between the type II diabetes and all the other health issues. They worked with me and finally got my s... Sat, 8 Oct 2016 13:59:00 EST Go For the Gusto! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48742_go_for_the_gusto <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"No matter how carefully you plan your goals they will never be more than pipe dreams unless you pursue them with gusto."<br>~ W. Clement Stone<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>"You only go 'round once in life so grab for all the gusto you can!"<br>Schlitz Beer Commercial Slogan<br><br>This weekend is an ... Sat, 8 Oct 2016 10:58:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48739_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sat, 8 Oct 2016 00:11:00 EST Are you determined http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48733_are_you_determined Why are we so willing to give up? One set back, or one week of no dramatic weight loss, and we think about giving up. As small children, we learned to walk after falling a million times, we learned to run, speak (that took years), and ride a bicycle. As teens we learned how to not wreck the family car while driving, and to write a paper with out flaws. Why do we think that weight gain is all or nothing? It took us years to gain this weight, and it will take awhile to loose it. I have 14... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 13:26:00 EST The Plimsoll Line http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48729_the_plimsoll_line <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <br> "Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity."<br> W. Clement Stone<br> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <br><br>Yesterday I promised to share the parable of The Plimsoll Line. Earl Nightengale intr... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 10:01:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48726_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 00:12:00 EST Just Keep Up.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48724_just_keep_up When you get to the point where you want to give up then comes the Doctors and highly suggestion you loose weight.. We gain weight slowly it creeps up and attaches itself slowly... Like slowly I turn.. Step by step.. inch by inch... and here it goes again.. Baby inches or the famous saddle bags... So where are you...??? I started with Chair Exercises and I know what it is like to start at the bottom.. and worked may way up to where I am today... I am a happy and better than ever.. I did no... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 20:59:00 EST New Secret Uncovered: MOMENTUM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48722_new_secret_uncovered_momentum In Summer 2016 I took a rest from everything to recover, rebuild, and refocus strengths skills, and energies. I spent my time listening to my mentors and one word reigned: MOMENTUM! <br><br>When my body and soul recovered I made a choice to begin again this time realizing how precious I AM. Yes, I put ME first! <br><br>I learned important factors to maintaining feeling good in my mind and body were to sleep well, hydrate well, socialize well, spiritualize well ( including meditation), and eat... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 18:19:00 EST The Power of No http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48713_the_power_of_no <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <br>Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity. <br>~ W. Clement Stone<br> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <br><br>"No" is such a powerful word but not as you would think. People consider the harm d... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 09:39:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48708_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 01:26:00 EST Having a best friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48705_having_a_best_friend Having a Best Friend - Motivational<br><br><br><br>A story tells that two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face.<br><br>The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand “Today my best friend slapped me in the face”.<br><br>They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire a... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 18:20:00 EST A Practical Idea to Journal http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48702_a_practical_idea_to_journal Have you ever started to journal, for anything and simply fallen out of the habit or routine? I know that I have and perhaps for any number of reasons. Perhaps I had become tired or pressed for time, or the journal was "out of site, out of mind". I have been thinking about a manageable and meaningful way to journal. (I am currently working on a sugar craving challenge that calls for journaling). As I was carrying my planner to an appointment today it dawned on me that some planners ... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 16:29:00 EST You Are What You Think http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48697_you_are_what_you_think <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <br>Remember, happiness doesn't depend on who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think. <br>~Dale Carnegie<br> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <br><br>It is so nice when the great minds of the past write your secret of success for you! Sometimes they even collaborate on different ways to say the sam... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 11:12:00 EST 5 Mind Games You Need to Stop Playing http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48693_5_mind_games_you_need_to_stop_playing 5 Mind Games You Need to Stop Playing<br>These Common Tricks Never Motivate--Find Out Why<br><br> By Megan Coatley, Behavior Expert<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8bf4789d-ccb0-4290-bea6-931ac95ef690.jpg"><br>Motivation is like cold hard cash: You can never have too much! And when you’re trying to lose weight (for the umpteenth time for many of us) you know that you need a wealth of motivational strategies you can count on. But, with so many motivational tips and tricks ... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 08:34:00 EST Shake it off and keep pushing! It's no such thing as perfection! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48687_shake_it_off_and_keep_pushing_its_no_such_thing_as_perfection The most important thing I have learned in this process is that we will make mistakes. We will fall, at times we may even regain weight; however the key is not in perfection yet progression. As long as we get up and hit that reset button we will fall momentarily rather than indefinitely! Telling ourselves that we are STRONG, no different than anyone else who has conquered the discipline of healthy habits. We must remind ourselves that the solution to a healthy life style is simply WILLPOWER a... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 02:36:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48686_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 00:12:00 EST It Is a Risk http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48672_it_is_a_risk <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing." <br>~Denis Waitley<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>Leo Buscaglia weighs in on this same subject:<br><br>To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.<br>To weep is to risk appearing sent... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 09:30:00 EST Motivation Through Others http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48667_motivation_through_others On the days you don't think you can do it or go on anymore because your legs hurt or you are tired~ try thinking about our military and the young children that are amputee's or that have cancer and have no choice but to get up and do it to just be able to function. If they can do it so can I~ Oh, Yes I can!!!<br><br>We are truly becoming less & less sensitive to things in the world that we see on Facebook or Youtube or on the TV in general. I watch people do the most amazing things and I th... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 01:45:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48666_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 00:20:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48653_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Mon, 3 Oct 2016 00:18:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48639_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 00:11:00 EST Old Red and Twist of Fate http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48629_old_red_and_twist_of_fate Well I got a little story for today.. I got very little sleep last night thinking of Old Red... I just got back from Alabama and most of them down there all have Hound Dogs... I stayed with a friend and here came up to me and she said Lord.. Don't pet the dog... He was old and not in real good shape but it was a neighbor down the road.. It was too late I told her cause I got him yesterday and he looks so pitiful... She said he was a huntin dog and to me he was a old mixed Red Bone Hound.. His... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 14:36:00 EST Beating the "I don't want to workout" feelings! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48625_beating_the_i_dont_want_to_work_out_feelings Your work shift has finally ended or you woke up an hour earlier than you normally do...but you have no gumption to go. You say your mantras, you even put on your workout clothes, but your feet aren't moving anywhere towards the gym or your t.v. to watch a workout video. That evil mental wall inside your head just isn't budging and it's soon whispering lies such as "You can workout tomorrow. One missed workout won't hurt. You walked around at work and that's enough..."<br><br>So, what do you ... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 10:07:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48618_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 00:21:00 EST My Secret Is Determination http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48614_my_secret_is_determination The secret of my success is determination.<br><br>I am determined not to let my physical limitations hold me back from reaching my goal of living a healthier more fulfilling life. First, I'm doing this for me, but I'm doing it for the ones I love too. I want to be around for my family.<br><br>It's easy to get caught up in your head, or in every day life. You also have to realize you have to carve out time to take care of you, and make the most of it. Some of us have battles with health, disab... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 19:59:00 EST On Being a Genius http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48604_on_being_a_genius <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <br>Everybody is a genius. But, if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid!<br>~Albert Einstein<br> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <br><br>At first, this quotation doesn't seem to be applicable until you stop and think about it. <br><br>How often do we measure... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:36:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48598_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:07:00 EST Keep On Moving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48587_keep_on_moving <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <br>Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still.<br> - Chinese Proverb<br> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <br><br>"I may walk slowly but I never walk backwards."<br>~ Abraham Lincoln<br><br>"You may be moving slowly but you are lapping everybody laying on their couch"<br>~ Frequent post on Spark Peo... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:13:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48582_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:12:00 EST oo 00 oo http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48578_what_is_on_your_mind ..........................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>.................................. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:59:00 EST Life is What You Make It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48567_life_is_what_you_make_it <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>Loving people live in a loving world. <br>Hostile people live in a hostile world. <br>Same world. <br>~ Wayne Dyer<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>WOW!<br>That bears repeating!<br> <br>Loving people live in a loving world. <br>Hostile people live in a hostile world. <br>Same world. <br>~ Wayne Dyer<br><b... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:39:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48563_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:12:00 EST The Journey ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48549_the_journey_ <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br>Success is not measured by where you are but the distance you've traveled. Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.<br> ~Rita Davenport<br> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br><br>Keep your eyes on the prize!<br><br>Focus on your goals!<br><br>These are two pieces of advice wh... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:12:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48545_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:13:00 EST Keep Strong and Moving http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48538_keep_strong_and_moving Getting up and moving everyday no matter how you feel will improve you life span and the way you feel about your self.<br><br>I know this because two months ago I could not move that much or for long periods of time because of my back. Having to go to therapy twice a week for my back pain helped. I had to strengthen my abdominal muscles again, because of my large weight gain they had become very week. After a few weeks I added in strengthening my lower and upper leg muscles.<br><br>Two weeks ... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:56:00 EST Stay Positive, Attitude is Everything http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48528_stay_positive_attitude_is_everything Instead of getting discouraged when things don't go "my way", keep moving forward regardless. Sometimes it takes a lot longer to get the ticker ticking than you think. Never lose sight of the goal, just keep working towards it. Even if the weight doesn't come off, keep exercising, because a firm body is better than a flabby body. <br>Stop blaming others for slow or no weight loss. No one else can make it (not) happen. I alone am able to choose my attitude towards everything. <br>Conce... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:08:00 EST Never give up http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48525_never_give_up Jesus is my Lord and Savior. I have faith and trust Him always. Never give up, if things look down - Look Up - God is always with you to pick you up.<br>Life is all about choices. You can choose to be happy or sad. I choose happiness. Sadness is no fun. NO ONE can make YOU happy or take it away unless YOU let them.<br>Your aches and pains are a part of you. You can keep on going and enjoy yourself. (This tends to minimize them.) Or you can let them make you feel worse by being sad or... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:20:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48524_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:18:00 EST Celebrate yourself daily http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48511_celebrate_yourself_daily This month the emails came from SparkPeople that gave us the update on the teams we are on. I clicked on a few of them and I was listed as a leader for both points and exercise minutes. This is a big deal and it has never happened before. I have logged a lot of miles this month which is a big deal for me. I have walked when I didn't feel good, when my foot hurt a lot and when I was exhausted and I still got the exercise in. So when I read this emails and Im in the top 5 in about 6 of the ... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 09:52:00 EST Motivation A.W.O.L.? Some tips to re-kindle that missing mojo http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48509_motivation_awol_some_tips_to_rekindle_that_missing_mojo Get in touch with your body. Do you ever find yourself just doing things on automatic pilot . . . doing things and not even being aware you’re doing them because you’re rushed? Slow down, take a walk, FEEL that physical activity. Be mindful.<br><br>Stop and figure out what you need, what your body needs. Do you need water, exercise, food, or rest? Take the time to do those things your body is telling you to do. Pencil in exercise, take that rest, hydrate, meditate, listen to music. Yo... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 07:37:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48505_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:18:00 EST Peace . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48497_peace_ <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <br>A mind at peace, a mind centered and not focused on harming others, is stronger than any physical force in the universe. <br>~Wayne Dyer <br> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <br><br>As I have repeatedly said in this forum, the mind is in fact the most powerful force in the world. I do not mean things like Uri Geller ... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 10:54:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48491_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:14:00 EST Portions Sizes Works For Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48490_portions_sizes_works_for_me Portions sizes are very important for me! <em>4</em> Now I have to write about my thoughts. I weigh myself every day. That helps me to not go overboard and keep track of it. And if I go crazy I just try and do better next time. I was doing 30 minutes on treadmill but fell and hurt both legs very bad. So I will listen to my body and chill until my body is better. No rush. Its not a race. I am trying to eat healthy and watch drinking all those sodas. I limit myself to 1 a day. I make sure ... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 23:25:00 EST how to beat that need http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48488_how_to_beat_that_need Usually on Friday night we order Pizza. I love pizza. I crave it like alcoholics crave alcohol.<br><br>Tonight is going to be very different! In my menu I have planned to have pita pizza. I figured since just my husband and I are the only ones home (oldest is at work, youngest is at a sleep over) we still deserve something pizza like.<br><br>I bought pita pockets to use at the crust. Cut them open and 1 pita makes 2 pizzas. spray with some non stick spray and bake for a couple minutes. ... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 19:13:00 EST Seeing and believing http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48478_seeing_and_believing <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <br>"If you want to reach a goal, you must 'see the reaching' in your own mind before you actually arrive at your goal." <br>~ Zig Ziglar<br> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <br><br>I had written about 1500 words and then I took to a sneezing fit and hit something wrong on the keyboard and it all disappeared. Curses! F... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:37:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48472_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:30:00 EST How to Use Rewards to get the Results You Want http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48465_how_to_use_rewards_to_get_the_results_you_want How to Use Rewards to Get the Results You Want<br> <br>By: Dean Anderson, SparkPeople Blogger <br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7c4929c3-5685-43ec-8133-72022719596a.jpg"><br>Changing long-standing habits can be a pretty slow and difficult process. For most of us, at least, it’s not like we just decide one day to ditch all the junk food and super-sized portions, fall in love with steamed vegetables, and suddenly become an exercise maven after years of being a couch potato. E... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 10:57:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48457_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:11:00 EST At Last I'm Paying Attention! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48451_at_last_im_paying_attention My main recommendation would be to start reading books about the nature of habit and (gradually) replacing bad habits with good ones. The best person I can recommend is Gretchen Rubin "The Happiness Project". Not only did she draw my attention to the importance of creating good habits and shedding bad ones - she's made her own journey of self-discovery interesting and so much fun! <br><br>Another thing I'm learning, is the importance of staying true to your own inner voice. Without very ... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:34:00 EST how to keep motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48450_how_to_keep_motivated There are days when i do not want to track my food, drink my water or even get out and get some exercise and fresh air. This is when you need a buddy. <br><br>This last week I have decided that I need to get back into the swing of things. My very good friend Carolyn has decided that she also needs to get healthy.<br><br>Starting on Sunday I started tracking on Spark and started sending her pictures of every meal to keep myself accountable. I need to do this because if I don't there is a v... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 11:13:00 EST The End is But the Beginning http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48445_the_end_is_but_the_beginning <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br>Reaching a goal is merely the starting point for the next one! <br> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br><br>Success has been defined as the continuing achievement of a series of goals pointing toward the ultimate goal.<br><br>It has also been said that we have not completely lived until we have died a... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:06:00 EST Finding a bigger motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48444_finding_a_bigger_motivation To get healthy and permanently lose weight, you have to find what motivates you. Something solid, something that doesn't change. Something bigger than yourself, bigger than a desired weight or physically attainable "number". <br><br>For me, my faith had a lot to do with changing my motivation to get healthy. Talking with my son one day, I realized that he was concerned about my health and challenged me to start working out and he would do the same. That really struck me. If my 19 year old son... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 08:50:00 EST Failure or Success? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48442_failure_or_success We all have our plans to reach our goals. Reaching those goals requires a plan of action so we can take the steps to reach those goals. But . . . sometimes don’t quite turn out the way we envision them. Is this a failure? Or is it a lesson.<br><br>You set out on a path to reach a destination and all of a sudden there’s a detour. What to do? Time to re-group. What is the next step. It is important to look at our plan of action and “tweak it” so we can continue on the road to reach our... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 07:30:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48439_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:25:00 EST Join a Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48433_join_a_team I have let myself down more times than I can count, but I rarely let down anyone else. If I promise to do something, it will get done. <br>Despite, rain or sleet or dark of night... I can tell myself that I will start fresh tomorrow, or Monday, or at the beginning of the month, but it comes and goes, and I do not hold myself accountable. Put me on a team though, and if there is a challenge, I will do it. Part of my problems in life is this issue, but for weight loss I will make it work f... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:54:00 EST getting help from littles http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48428_getting_help_from_littles I find having my girls help me menu plan, shop and make food helps to keep me motivated. They love to have input on what they eat and we all love that they are helping me.<br><br>We usually sit down together on a saturday morning and make a menu chart. We choose what to make together on the week ends for breakfast. Usually my 10 year old wants to make me breakfast so we pick meals that are easier for her.<br><br>My girls also love fruit and veggies so usually we eat lots of different ones ... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 10:45:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48420_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:19:00 EST It's not the taste, it's the FEELING http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48411_its_not_the_taste_its_the_feeling It's not the taste, it's the feeling. You remember that Pringles ad "Once you pop you can't stop?" Why do you think that is? <br><br>I always told myself it was because it tasted too good and I just didn't want to miss out on that last bite, that last taste. <br><br>I am sure you, like me, have also heard "Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels." But wait! HOW MISLEADING IS THAT?! The truth isn't that we crave the taste! The truth is that we crave the FEELING that the food gives. <br><br>... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 16:25:00 EST Woman Under Construction http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48407_woman_under_construction Woman under construction <br><br>My road to success Is always under constructions, after 7 years I bounce back from a relocation to a new State of Alabama, Huntsville, Depressed as I watched my home go into foreclosure, and with that giving the house back to the bank, bad credit, leaving a job I knew I would retire from and of course family and friends, I was digging a hole for myself. before I got buckled down in failure, I picked myself up, laced up my boots and I paced myself, made sure th... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 13:20:00 EST my beautiful daughter http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48406_my_beautiful_daughter I find that I am motivated more than ever to reach my goals that I set for myself. I am getting more and more stronger each and every day. my daughter is a huge source of encouragement and inspiration to me. i am motivated to be in the best shape of my life, inside and out. i want to enjoy more of her life and for that to happen, i need to keep up the efforts i am making to make my life better overall. she motivates me to do my best and to get out there, even on days when i do not feel like d... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:02:00 EST Motivated to Study http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48403_motivated_to_study The ability to get motivated to study can have a very positive effect on a student’s study levels and grades. A motivated student will find it easier to go the extra mile and do all the necessary tasks that need to be done to assure success. The right motivation will allow students to study a lot more focused and with more concentration. Motivating yourself to study is especially helpful when you feel a lack of motivation or face procrastination during your studies. The following will show yo... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:27:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48396_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:31:00 EST Let us stay focused http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48392_let_us_stay_focused Don't let those set backs keep us from succeeding along the path to our goals. I have experienced the sadness of separation from my spouse even though it wasn't all my doing, but pointing fingers at a time like that is of no good use. It just fosters the wrong kinds of feelings both all parties involved, including any children and brothers, sisters, and in-laws. The main focus should be what can I do to make myself a better person? One of the better things I learned was that I am responsi... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 19:53:00 EST Learn Stuff ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48388_learn_stuff_ <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <br>"The education of a man is never completed until he dies" <br>~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe<br> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <br><br>"A day should never be considered complete unless you have learned something"<br>~ Unknown<br><br>Leo Buscaglia said that his father would not allow any of the children to sit down at the dinner table until they ... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 11:50:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48381_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 00:36:00 EST Some "Me" Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48367_some_me_time <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <br>"Do more of what makes you happy!"<br>~ Unknown<br> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <br><br>Some days we need to just kickback and recharge. Today I am taking a day off, a "me" day. (Actually I am taking a "me" weekend, but, whatever) There will be no work, no chores, just doing the things I want ... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 09:00:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48365_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 00:11:00 EST It's Up to Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48362_its_up_to_me When I hear "I hope" and "I'll try" I want to scream. We are the ones we've been waiting for. No one can make the kind of life we want except us. <br><br>Yoda said, "Don't try, do."<br><br>I say, "Don't hope, do. You don't need hope if you have determination."<br><br>Jack Canfield wrote, "The difference between being interested [hopeful] and being committed is this: When you're interested [hopeful] you'll do what's convenient. When you're committed, you'll do whatever it takes."<br><br>There ... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 22:36:00 EST It takes a family http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48354_it_takes_a_family Spring of 2015 I committed to a regular exercise program. <br>I have stayed committed to this since then. I have never been successful doing this on my own... so when I finally got serious, my daughter joined me and we have been working out at our local fitness center with a great group of people 3 to 5 times per week every week. We have an awesome fitness trainer that teaches our group classes of Zumba and Total body fitness. She is also mine and my daughter's personal strength training ... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 14:53:00 EST Mistakes, Mistakes, Mistakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48346_mistakes_mistakes_mistakes <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"Mistakes are painful when they happen, but years later a collection of mistakes is what is called experience"<br> ~Denis Waitley<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>Experience is an interesting quantity. We often make bad decisions because we lack experience and experience is often gained through making ba... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:01:00 EST Willpower: Is That the Key to Sticking to a Healthy Lifestyle, or Is There More to It? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48344_willpower_is_that_the_key_to_sticking_to_a_healthy_lifestyle_or_is_there_more_to_it You walk into a party armed with a plan you’ve formulated beforehand to avoid overindulging. BUT slowly that resolve crumbles and you feel defeated. Should you blame lack of willpower? Maybe not! The environment we are in has a huge impact on the choices we make. If you’re in a room of people who are eating and seemingly not sizing up their caloric intake, on some subconscious level, we do the same, if we’re not careful. If you go to a buffet and see all this delicious food displayed, h... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 08:17:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48341_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:28:00 EST Change, Letting Go and Finding My Inner Child http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48336_change_letting_go_and_finding_my_inner_child The whole universe (including our personal lives) are continuously in a state of change. If there is no change, we will stagnate and die (physically, mentally, emotionally and/or metaphorically). Expect change and try to roll with it instead of fighting it. <br><br>Personally, I don't like change. It screws up my sense of what is up and what is down. I tend to get all twisted up inside when changes come and I tend to fight them. I'm learning to be less anxious and to let go more through my me... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 22:56:00 EST Woman Under construction http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48333_woman_under_construction Woman under construction <br><br>My road to success Is always under construction, after 7 years I bounced back from a relocation to a new State of Alabama, Huntsville, Depressed as I watched my home go into foreclosure, and with that giving the house back to the bank, bad credit, leaving a job I knew I would retire from and of course family and friends, I was digging a hole for myself. before I got buckled down in failure, I picked myself up, laced up my boots and I paced myself, made sure th... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 17:24:00 EST Pushing myself forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48325_pushing_myself_forward I continue to look at the closet of clothes that I left behind and KNOW that now I eventually will get back into them. And not right away, but some of them hopefully from a year ago in maybe 6 months or more. Long term plan will be to see the rest of my closet in a year or two.<br><br>When I go out shopping and I see my reflection in store windows, I no longer beat myself up. I see the same out of shape person that I saw before, but now I see a person who is making a difference in her life... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:09:00 EST You Have to See It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48320_you_have_to_see_it <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"If you want to reach a goal, you must 'see the reaching' in your own mind before you actually arrive at your goal."<br> ~ Zig Ziglar<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>This statement is actually a collar to an even greater truth. Mike Vance says that people often tell him "I'll believe it when I see i... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:01:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48316_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:42:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48299_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:52:00 EST never give up http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48295_never_give_up <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6b016763-3260-4788-a460-75e37fa8b4d0.jpg">never give up.never give up.never give up.never give up.never give up.never give up.never give up.never give up.never give up.never give up.never give up.never give up.never give up.never give up.never give up.never give up.never give up.never give up.never give up.never give up.never give up.never give up.never give up.never give up.never give up.never give up.never give up.never give up.never give up.... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 20:40:00 EST What's Worked for Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48291_whats_worked_for_me About 16 years ago, I set my mind to it and lost 70 lbs., which led me to my goal weight at that time. I did it by making a conscious decision of everything I put in my mouth. If I chose to have a treat, then I would "make up" for it the next day with extra exercise. I remember having a Slim Fast for breakfast, and maybe like a Nutrigrain bar. I was working at the time, so for lunch I still had fast food, but would keep it simple: two hamburgers and a large Diet Coke, or a roasted chicke... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 12:17:00 EST I Can Do It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48284_i_can_do_it <em>311</em> <em>521</em> <em>311</em> <em>521</em> <em>311</em> <em>521</em> <br><br>2400 steps, just 2400 steps...........just 2400 measly steps??? Please? Come on body, that is all I am asking, start moving legs, you can do this!!! <br><br>I sit on the couch and feel like the Little Red<br>Caboose, who says, "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can....<br>but sometimes that just is not enough, it changes to I know I can't, I know I can't, I know I ca... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 09:42:00 EST Motivation for a Job Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48283_motivation_for_a_job_change When you’re interviewing for a job you probably don’t want to dwell on the reasons for leaving your previous position. However, many employers include this question as a standard part of the interviewing process. Keep your answer brief, use diplomacy and focus on why you want the job you’re applying for.<br><br>Don’t Disparage Former Employers<br><br>Use caution when explaining why you left your last job. Disclosing too much information about why you didn’t like it there can raise concerns ab... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 08:52:00 EST Choices, Choices, Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48282_choices_choices_choices <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"Our lives are the sum total of the choices we have made"<br> ~ Wayne Dyer <br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>J. Martin Kohe penned an essay or a motivational speech or something entitled "Your Greatest Power" and the underlying principle is that your greatest power is the power to choose.<br><br>Ed Forema... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 08:43:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48279_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 00:21:00 EST Imagination Rules ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48270_knowledge_rules_ <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <br>Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited by reality, imagination can span the globe. <br>~ Albert Einstein<br> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <br><br>I think it was Tom Clancy who said that it was much harder to write fiction than fact based or historical material because fiction has to be... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 10:08:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48263_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 00:16:00 EST Take Control and Motivate http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48258_take_control_and_motivate You are here why..? and if you want to loose the weight and slip into that little black dress.. well do it... You have to keep things fresh and new.. If they gave you milk and bread each day after awhile you are tired and fed up... Well then you need to spice it up.. Try a new look at the routine you have got into... Maybe you did what I did and get in a rut and you need to get going and keep moving..willpower alone often is not enough to keep you on track... And even if you think you are mai... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 19:58:00 EST Motivation is Key http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48251_motivation_is_key My Motivation Collage is done and it is front and center in the workout area of my house. Motivation for me is absolutely key, keeping my goals in my thoughts so that I will act on them. All of the words on the collage help me to connect with the deeper side of myself that is choosing healthy well-being over what is easy and convenient. It reminds me that I am "a Project", a work in progress, that I am seeking health, strength, laughter, love and all the good and positive things that a healt... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 15:17:00 EST Words to remember http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48250_words_to_remember <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/65856340-7f10-4fc3-8fec-303e4678152d.jpg"> <br><br>There are days I do NOT want to keep at this. I want some kind of super human constant joy and desire to get me going daily...as if "not feeling it" means I'm off base. The truth is I have depression. Sometimes the scale stalls. I get sick of healthy food and sometimes I just want some Cheeze-Its !! (my current desire of the month) But ultimately, I am thrilled that I am down from 287 in 2014 ... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 13:43:00 EST The gym is a structured routine for myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48243_the_gym_is_a_structured_routine_for_myself We have a hospital gym (Therapy Plus) close by. The membership is cheaper and you can pay monthly if you like without paying for a whole membership. Though I am paid up for the year, bound and determined to see this journey through to health.<br>I do best going to a place where I feel like I am committed to work. And after driving a semi truck over the road for 20 years, I really enjoy meeting new people and finding new friends.<br>I started going to the gym in January at 317 pounds. This ... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 01:44:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48241_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 00:23:00 EST Diligence, stick with it, even when it gets tough. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48229_diligence_stick_with_it_even_when_it_gets_tough The first week going into the second on this low carb diet was physically difficult. I felt dizzy, had a lack of energy, unable to sleep for many hours and the headaches, ouch. But, I plugged through and by week 3 they were gone. I was able to go back to the gym, last night I actually slept for 8 hour and didn't have to get up to use the bathroom. It recommended you drink lots of water to avoid getting kidney stones, with all the protein your eating. But, I have noticed I don't have the mood ... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 11:34:00 EST Puppet on a String http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48226_puppet_on_a_string <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <br>We are no longer puppets being manipulated by outside powerful forces: we become the powerful force ourselves.<br>~ Leo Buscaglia<br> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <br><br>"I vowed I would never be a puppet on a string dancing to the music played by the pezzo novante. I was always my own man."<br>~ Vito Corleone<br><br>Amazing, Le... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 10:27:00 EST Road to Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48225_road_to_success There are hundreds of paths up the mountain, all leading to the same place, so it doesn't matter which path you take. The only person wasting time is the one who runs around the mountain, telling everyone that his or her path is wrong. <br>Hindu Proverb<br><br>Weight loss is our mountain. We can use Sparkpeople, or any other support group to help us up our mountain. That makes it much easier than going it alone. In a group, we can encourage each other when times get tough and celebrate t... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 10:19:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48220_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 00:32:00 EST WHY CAN’T I STAY MOTIVATED TO LOSE WEIGHT http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48212_why_cant_i_stay_motivated_to_lose_weight Anybody trying to lose weight goes through a similar journey.<br><br>You start out on fire.<br><br>You’re motivated to exercise and it’s easy to say ‘no thanks!’ to junk foods. Making healthy choices feels effortless.<br><br>But then, you hit a rough patch. Unexpected challenges and unforeseen complications take you off track.<br><br>Suddenly, everything you were doing right, has morphed into a hot, frustrating mess.<br><br>Your motivation is gone. Exercise seems inconvenient and you’re cravi... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 19:54:00 EST Things That Count http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48204_things_that_count <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <br>What counts can't always be counted; what can be counted doesn't always count. <br>~Albert Einstein<br> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <br><br>I thought the emoticon with the mortarboard was appropriate for a quote from Albert Einstein. At first glance the quotation seems meaningless or at least convoluted but not... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 09:48:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48200_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 00:43:00 EST One step at a time...climb that mountain! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48199_one_step_at_a_timeclimb_that_mountain Looking at the big picture always gets me in trouble. I get overwhelmed and discouraged and it feels impossible to make it to the finish line, the top of the mountain. I set myself up to never feel like I am making progress until I get to that magical finish line. When I manage to break projects down into lots of doable smaller steps, I find so many little successes along the way! I would have missed those if I only kept my eye on the end goal, thinking that was the only way to succeed. I r... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 00:08:00 EST How do you look at yourself..? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48194_how_do_you_look_at_yourself When you look in a mirror... What do you see..? Do you look at your life what do you see..? What do you really want to get out of Spark People..? Lots of questions but do you have the answer..? Most people usually at the end of the year and before midnight or after the ball drops.. You are going to make this the best year ever.. Your going to loose a hundred pounds and at least five pounds a week.. You are gungho until you weight the week after and you want to shoot the scale.. Just how lon... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 18:11:00 EST Don't give up....EVER http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48191_dont_give_upever Ups and Downs in Life...<br><br>I have struggled all of my life with my weight. I was the proverbial "Fat Kid" called "Bumper Car" and "Steam Roller". Then the summer before my 6th grade year I was done with puberty. I was 5'9" 120lbs and a size DD. The boys did a double take and they ate their words. I had NOTHING for them. Refused to date any of them when I got older. I now look back at pics of me in High School and see how thin I was. Anorexic/bulimic looking though it wasn't conscience. ... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 15:19:00 EST Learn To Love To Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48182_learn_to_loveto_exercise The following is a list of simple tricks I have used over the past two years to reach my first goal of losing 69 pounds and entering one full step into One-derland (at 195). My body would not respond to diet alone, so exercise is a must. I can now say I simply love exercise and would not, could not live without it.<br><br>Each month on the night of the New Moon write out ten wishes. One of them should be "I want to be filled with the joy of movement, as in exercise."<br><br>You could say this... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 04:27:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48178_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 00:59:00 EST New Diet/plan to try http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48174_new_dietplan_to_try My latest and newest motivation is going on a new plan. One of the gals in my team recommended it. Being that I have been on every diet I could think of, including WW. I was a tad skeptical. I went on amazon and picked the book and read it and thought, I COULD DO THIS. So I ordered the book and have lost 25 lbs to date. If you stay on the "plan" they guarantee you to lose 2 lbs a week. The name of the book is The Carbohydrate Addicts Diet. I did recommend it to others and they also lo... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 19:30:00 EST Don't Worry, Be Happy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48165_dont_worry_be_happy <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <br>It has been my observation that people are just about as happy as they make up their minds to be <br>~ A. Lincoln<br> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <br><br>The title is stolen from a Bobby McFarrin song of the same name. Worry is often fatal, if not to our lives then to whatever the project of the moment is. <br><br>Ed Foreman ... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 11:27:00 EST Do Not Over Commit http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48157_do_not_over_commit Life can be very hectic and overwhelming. <em>198</em> Coming from a very large family there was always an event to attend or commit to. I do a lot. I nurture, mother, teach, sculpt, design, sing, play piano, direct a singing ensemble, cook, bake, photograph, write, paint, counsel, love, eat, pray, etc, etc. When I really think about it, I wonder how I keep up <em>321</em> . My biggest dilemma is that I have difficulty saying no! I love being needed. Unfortunately when you have a large ... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 09:14:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48147_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 00:41:00 EST Take care of yourself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48140_take_care_of_yourself I'm back to sparking consistently after slowly regaining 2/3 of the weight I initially lost. My new loss is very slow, but I'm ramping myself back up pretty slowly too. I've been plagued with a lot of injuries in the past year or so, but I am working through them.<br><br>I think finding little ways to both reward yourself is super important. It can be as simple as getting a little Bento box like I found a few weeks ago. Mine is collapsible & purple Bento box with a snap on lid with a really g... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 16:15:00 EST Fitness Journal or Binder http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48137_fitness_journal_or_binder Make yourself a fitness journal (or binder). Write down why you want to be healthy. Make a list of small, achievable goals, and then write down your overall goal (your big goal). Also, make yourself a weight tracker and write down your weight from your weigh-in every week, two weeks, month, or how ever often you weigh. Make a section for your body measurements and track them. And make a section to track your food (if you want). I just use my FitBit app to track my food. I realize you can do a... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 14:13:00 EST Positive thinking. from me http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48132_positive_thinking_from_me I never thought it could be as simple as that. I am not thinking about how much weight i have right now. I am thinking about positives. good things about the changes i am trying to make in life. <br><br>I know it might sound crazy but it's keeping me sane, and happy at the same time. I just hope that i can keep this up! <br><br>I wanna be healthy I am married. I have an active husband! Iwanna be able to keep up! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3997c1c0-2eb9-4aa0-959a-3636762... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 12:53:00 EST Tips to Work-out http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48124_tips_to_workout When the couch is calling<br>.<br>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. These 31 instant motivators will rekindle your passion for working out—which, let's face it, is the greatest motiv... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 07:26:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48121_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 00:29:00 EST Push yourself emotionally http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48117_push_yourself_emotionally The secret to stop eating emotionally is to push yourself past the emotions. Don't ignore them embrace them and use them as your fuel . Recently I have had to revert to some of the first training that i had to do when I started this journey. My trainer said to journal and one night i found myself writing and later when i went back to read what i wrote it said " I am not hungry I am stressed" over and over again. I write and then I move . Sitting down and writing and staying there is going to... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 20:52:00 EST No whining and just do it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48114_no_whining_and_just_do_it I'm a chronic procrastinator and one thing I learned from the Internet's FlyLady that has been enormously helpful in my weight loss and fitness journey is "no whining!". If I allow myself to have a negative/bad attitude it will spread and infect my whole day. Just suck it up and do it. You'll feel better when you have finished and can say "I just did that!"<br><br>If I'm dragging and not wanting to exercise one day, I just tell myself "no whining" and get on to doing whatever it is I don't wa... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 15:50:00 EST lift your head http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48111_lift_your_head THERE'S nothing very beautiful and nothing very gay <br>About the rush of faces in the town by day; <br>But a light tan cow in a pale green mead, <br>That is very beautiful, beautiful indeed... <br>And the soft March wind and the low March mist <br>Are better than kisses in a dark street kissed... <br>The fragrance of the forest when it wakes at dawn, <br>The fragrance of a trim green village lawn, <br>The hearing of the murmur of the rain at play— <br>These things are beauti... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 10:39:00 EST A Game of Boomerangs http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48109_a_game_of_boomerangs <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <br>The game of life is the game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later, with astounding accuracy. ~Florence Shinn <br> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <br><br>Cast your bread upon the water and it shall be returned to you one hundredfold ~ Somewhere in the Bible<br><b... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 09:24:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48103_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 00:27:00 EST How to master your future. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48102_how_to_master_your_future Thinking of the future can be a sometimes scary moment of thought<br> But it is necessary to do so. You may be scared of what the future holds,<br> maybe you’re not sure where you want your life to go yet, or maybe<br> you are but the unknown aspect of the future is what’s making you hold<br> off from planning a course of action.<br><br>There is a key thing you should know before you continue on<br> this road. What you do now affects your future<br> greatly. Every step you do or don’t take is... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 23:01:00 EST Be A Friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48087_be_a_friend I have found that one of the key secrets to my success has been to be a true friend...not just to my physical friends, but especially to my online SparkFriends.<br><br>The more you reach out to others to encourage them or offer them real support and love...the more you will benefit, too. <br><br>You will find that as you type an encouraging response on someone's blog or on their page, you will realize that you are learning something as well.<br><br>I love to send goodies and add lots of emot... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 08:54:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48084_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 00:30:00 EST Challenging myself healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48080_challenging_myself_healthy For two months l joined SparkPeople Challenges, two a month. l have not been able to do every single day's challenges, but l have been consistent and in the process lost seven pounds!! They are all motivating, thought provoking and educational.<br><br>Some days they are challenges!! But even when l can't do that challenge l would try to tweak it to what l could do. At the end of each challenge, not only was l more knowledgeable in that area, l was stronger and felt better about myself, as... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 16:45:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48069_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 00:35:00 EST Tempus Fugit ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48059_tempus_fugit_ <em>12</em> <em>12</em> <em>12</em> <em>12</em> <em>12</em> <em>12</em> <em>12</em> <br>"Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway." ~ Earl Nightingale<br> <em>12</em> <em>12</em> <em>12</em> <em>12</em> <em>12</em> <em>12</em> <em>12</em> <br><br>I think it was Leo Buscaglia, or maybe Denis Waitley, doesn't really matter, who told the story of a forty-nine year old woman who was consider... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 09:14:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48056_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 00:15:00 EST Love and Know You Can.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48047_love_and_know_you_can You have control of your life and then you have control of your eating habits.. You know you need to love yourself and seek out a better way of eating.. You know but do you...? It is not hard once you get started with Spar People but I do know it isn't hard once you get started.. You can do this and I know this why..? Cause I sat right where your at and trying to figure out things to help.. Really..? When I found Spark People I learned a lot from the articles and Blogs.. I read a few and saw ... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 14:38:00 EST Changing my outlook http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48046_changing_my_outlook I've lost almost 60 lbs recently thanks in large part to the fact that I'm no longer killing myself with unrealistic goals. I have an elliptical but it hurts my legs often to use it daily so I've been spending a minimum of 5 days per week doing 30-45 mins each session of time on my stationary bike. I also bought a home gym I found on facebook resale for $100 and now I'm saving the $38 a month I was paying to drive 15 miles to go to the gym (one way) each day as well. I lift weights 5 days per... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 14:02:00 EST Keep A None Scale Success Journal http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48043_keep_a_none_scale_success_journal The key for my success thus far has been keeping a none scale success journal. It's a place I can record all the little changes that are happening or happened during my health journey. It's all the little things that usually only you will notice. A few of the little changes I remember quite well were things like being able to tie my shoe while standing & not having to lift my leg up to a chair, being able to go back to an amusement park & actually fit into the rides, walking into a skating ri... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 11:25:00 EST I Think I Can http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48039_i_think_i_can <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <br>"If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won't, you most assuredly won't. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad." ~Denis Waitley<br> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <br><br>Although this quote is attributed to Denis Waitley, it is a paraphrase of an ide... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 09:32:00 EST Positivity works wonders http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48033_positivity_works_wonders Surround yourself with positive and like-minded people and keep your personal bubble of positivity intact.<br><br>It helps when friends and colleagues encourage each other to make positive changes/choices, and even when a colleague reminds you to fill your water jug. <br><br>Last night my fiancé congratulated me and celebrated with me on my decision to resist the temptation of the truffles a friend gave me - even after he commented on how yummy they were!<br><br>I am very fortunate that my fi... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 07:30:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48031_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 00:45:00 EST I ma gin ation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48017_i_ma_gin_ation <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <br>Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited by reality, imagination can span the globe. <br>~ Albert Einstein<br> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <br><br>In the title, I tried to syllabacize the word "imagination" the way it is done at The World of Imagination at Epcot Center in W... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 09:22:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48013_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 00:28:00 EST My Current Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48008_my_current_motivation For a while I kept trying to find my true motivation. It should be something simple like getting up in the morning and doing a 20 minute work out or just getting up and moving in general. But, it's neither. It's something that nobody would ever suspect. It's something so off-the-wall. You're probably wondering what it could be. My current motivation is two things actually:<br><br>1. Studying my Wicca<br>2. Studying to be a nurse<br>3. My kids<br><br>These two things are what is making me moti... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 19:17:00 EST How to Get the Support You Need to Succeed http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48004_how_to_get_the_support_you_need_to_succeed How to Get the Support You Need to Succeed<br>Get Your Friends, Family and Fellow SparkPeople on Board<br><br> By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/53f66f5a-34e7-47aa-83e0-0f89ec454c42.jpg"><br>You wake up to your husband preparing a platter of fruit and a slice of whole wheat toast for breakfast. Your wife always has a healthy dinner—lean protein and fresh veggies—ready at 6 o’clock. Your co-workers have teamed up to start a healthy lunch club. Yo... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 15:55:00 EST Don't Worry, Be Happy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47996_dont_worry_be_happy <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <br>The happiest people in the world are those who feel absolutely terrific about themselves, and this is the natural outgrowth of accepting total responsibility for every part of their life. <br>~ Brian Tracy<br> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <br><br>Once again, we have a self-help idea that is not at a... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 09:45:00 EST First and Foremost, Love Yourself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47990_first_and_foremost_love_yourself I am finding great strength in the Body Positivity movement. I am not waiting for a number on my dress or the scale to live my life. I deserve to live my life and love my body right now, lumps and bumps and jiggle. My body deserves to move, to have good fuel and a happy mind. As long as I feel good and can move my body to walk, skip, and dance, I'm not worried about some unrealistic ideals. <br>Negative reinforcement just doesn't work! The reason 'diets' fail is because they are no fun. Days ... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 02:21:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47987_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 00:28:00 EST Good Thoughts Only http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47977_good_thoughts_only I am learning to talk more good thoughts to myself. I use the scriptures from the bible to remind myself just how awesome I am. <br><br>Psalms 139:14-I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;[a]Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.<br><br>Jeremiah 29:11-For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.<br><br>Deuteronomy 8:18 -And you shall remember the Lord your God, for... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 11:00:00 EST Lift Your Vision http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47975_lift_your_vision <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <br>Leadership is lifting a person's vision to high sights, the raising of a person's performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations. <br>~Peter F. Drucker <br> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <br><br>So, the question is, "What has leadership got to do with my ... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 09:16:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47971_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday When I was approach my 40th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 40th with a 40 mile to 40 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:31:00 EST A LIFE OR DEATH DECISION http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47969_a_life_or_death_decision This is my story of how I lost 240 pounds. It is an up and down story but I believe that maybe someone else may be motivated from my journey so far. I hope this will help someone.<br><br>Lets go back to the beginning of this journey. Weigh in 357! I was morbidly obese. At 5'2' tall, Walking was difficult. Breathing was difficult. <br><br>One day, I walked from the Living Room to the kitchen of my small apartment for a snack. When I got there I had to lean against the counter. My heart was pou... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 23:29:00 EST More of Jesus, Less of Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47967_sugar_sugar_awww_honey_honey Jesus Christ motivates me to be the best that I can ever be. He sacrificed His life for me while I was yet a sinner (Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us) and (1 Corinthians 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's). Doesn't that j... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 20:23:00 EST Making a Better World http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47965_making_a_better_world <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>Don't spend your precious time asking "Why isn't the world a better place?" It will only be time wasted. The question to ask is "How can I make it better?" To that there is an answer. <br>~ Leo Buscaglia<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>John Wooden, UCLA basketball coach said that we cannot all do great... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 19:17:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47955_when_i_started_running When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in the quickest time. I started out running one mile a day and made sure that I would increase it by one mile on Friday of each week. But I did not set any goal for how long that it would take me to r... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 01:40:00 EST Minimize, Moisturizer, Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47952_minimize_moisturizer_exercise Recently my mom was hospitalized at a hospital about 40 minutes from my home. As hospitals and hospital stays go – it was a pleasant experience. It is a new facility – only four years old. Every room is a private room and all of the staff were wonderful. The only negative was the food! My mom lost four pounds -- one pound each day she was there.<br><br>I have a neighbor who is a nurse and works on the surgical floor of that hospital. We were discussing weight loss and she told me that ... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 22:43:00 EST Beilieve in Yourself. NEVER Give UP!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47949_beilieve_in_yourself_never_give_up <br>"She thought she could, so she did"<br><br>What BIG words those are. I've seen them numerous times, but before I truly decided to get myself healthy, they meant little. Today, they mean everything. To do this monumental task, (losing over 100 pounds-and I'm not there yet!) it takes much more than just signing my name to a weight loss site. It's a commitment. It's a learning process. It's failing and succeeding and failing again. My failures are as much a part as this adventure as m... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 19:40:00 EST Love Yourself ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47937_love_yourself_ <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <br>Love yourself - accept yourself - forgive yourself - and be good to yourself, because without you the rest of us are without a source of many wonderful things. <br>~ Leo Buscaglia<br> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <br><br>In one of his lectures, Dr. Buscaglia expounds on the principal reason you should love yourself. "If you don't lo... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 09:14:00 EST Procrastation is my enemy - do it now, not tomorrow. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47936_procrastation_is_my_enemy_do_it_now_not_tomorrow I think the title says it really. For many years I was a dedicated runner, mainly for health reasons and to stay fit for my job. I ran in events from 5 km up to 80 miles - never very fast or very competitive, except trying to beat my own PBs and a few fellow running club members, but I would train virtually every day all year round, rain or shine. Then I picked up a problem with cramping in my calves which prevented me running so I just sort of gave up. For ten years I did a bit of alternativ... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 08:23:00 EST Challenge Yourself Daily http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47931_challenge_yourself_daily Try a new piece of equipment: If you and the stair stepper are in a serious relationship, but you're bored out of your gourd, it may be time to see other machines. Date around some. Check out the treadmill, recumbent bike or elliptical you've had your eyes on. All of the different pieces of cardio equipment help train the most important muscle of your body—your heart—but they each do it in a slightly different way. To check them all out yet not get too bored, do 10 minutes on each type of... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:56:00 EST Imperfect is OK http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47929_imperfect_is_ok I am bipolar and most of my life goals and plans have been effectively sabotaged by the depression pain that always comes back to immobilize me at intervals.That made me feel like a loser, and I have despaired many times, to the point of wishing I were dead. Appealing to God in prayer, he told me that I don't have to do life well, I just have to do it. He is pleased with me if I just hang on and stay in the game. That has been a great relief to me! I have learned, because of that, to allow m... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:19:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47928_30_miles_to_30_km_on_30th_birthday When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend, I decided to do it for charity to help me to accomplish my endeavor. And since Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon annual telethon was being held over the Labor Day weeke... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:15:00 EST Live For Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47917_live_for_today <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude." <br>- Denis Waitley<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>"Happiness is not the destination, it is the journey" ~ Wayne Dyer<br><br>Once again, differ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:56:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47912_50_miles_to_50_km_on_50th_birthday When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would celebrate my 50th with a 50 mile to 40 km run. So to help me this year’s run that my two sons would run parts of the time that I going to be running. And since my birthday was on Labor Day weekend... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:23:00 EST Just Do it.. What a lame saying..We already know..it http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47905_just_do_it_what_a_lame_sayingwe_already_knowit As for myself I need a little spark to get a fire under me to get on with it.. I wanted to loose weight but I needed that fire to make me get up off the pot and go.. Have you ever heard that phrase ..? It is a little different but if your reading this and from the South you know the words well... So in order to get up and get going you have to put forth the effort and move.. Not think of how tired or time but just get going... Motivation is the key to go.. You have to really want it and make ... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:42:00 EST Casting Bread Upon the Waters http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47898_casting_bread_upon_the_waters <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>The more credit you give away, the more will come back to you. The more you help others, the more they will want to help you. <br>~Brian Tracy<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>Cast your bread upon the waters and it shall return to you a hundredfold (or is it a thousandfold? Doesn't matter, a hundredfold... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:19:00 EST Avoid the scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47897_avoid_the_scale The easiest way to see weight loss is to avoid the scale. Yes, monitoring weight and measurements is critical but stepping on the scale daily is sure to be a deterrent and will cause frustration. Weight yourself once a week and take your measurements at the same time. If you know you are less bloated in the morning take your stats them! The only way to succeed in the weight loss journey is to stay motivated and by constantly stepping on the scale and not seeing movement will not be a moti... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:17:00 EST