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 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 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47894_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, 25 Aug 2016 00:40:00 EST MOTIVATION KEY TO SUCCESS http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47887_motivation_key_to_success MOTIVATION IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS. THIS HELPS ME WHEN I NEED THAT LITTLE PUSH TO KEEP GOING. <br><br>M- MAKE SHORT TERM GOALS <br>O- OUT WITH THE NEGATIVE THOUGHTS <br>T- THINK OF WHY YOU WANT THIS <br>I- IMAGINE HOW YOU WILL FEEL <br>V- VISUALIZE HOW YOU WILL LOOK <br>A- ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR SUCCESSES <br>T- TREAT YOURSELF WITH RESPECT <br>I- INVESTIGATE NEW IDEAS AND FOODS <br>O- OBSERVE YOUR HEALTHY LIFESTYLE <br>N- NEVER GIVE UP AND NEVER GIVE IN <br><br>I printed this out and put it on my des... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:07:00 EST Embrace Failure ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47884_embrace_failure_ <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <br>"Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing."<br> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <br><br>How often do we hear that someone is paralyzed by fear of failure? Far too ... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:22:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47876_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, 24 Aug 2016 00:18:00 EST A Forest Fire http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47857_a_forest_fire <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <br>"Get excited and enthusiastic about your own dream. This excitement is like a forest fire - you can smell it, taste it, and see it from a mile away"<br> ~Denis Waitley<br> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <br><br>"You gotta have a dream cuz if you no gotta dream, how you gunna have a dream come true?" Bloody... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:09:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47853_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, 23 Aug 2016 00:23:00 EST 11 Tips for Staying on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47845_11_tips_for_staying_on_track Everybody’s working for the weekend! Whether that’s simply a statement of fact or makes you think of the old Loverboy tune, it is the truth. Even when the weekend is packed with activities, it’s often remains the only time when we can kick back, relax, and take a deep breath. The challenge is that it might also be a time when you find yourself stumbling when it comes to good-for-you eating habits. Here are 10 tips for staying on track over the weekend.<br><br>Taking charge of your weight and ... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 17:54:00 EST Consistently beats perfection! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47840_consistently_beats_perfection This says it all! Everyday is a new day, a chance for a new beginning. It doesn't matter what you did yesterday, all that matters is today. Do your best and everything will fall into place. You want a lifestyle change, not a diet for the moment. It's the only way to stop the teeter totter. If you keep going up and down, you haven't accomplished anything. Learn the secrets of the slim, be consistent. No one is perfect and striving for that only leads to failure. Instead strive to be c... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 13:48:00 EST Tempus Fugit ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47833_tempus_fugit_ <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <br>"The bad news is time flies. The good news is you are the pilot" <br> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <br><br>Imagine that every morning at one second past midnight you were given $1440.00 and told that you could spend that money any way you wanted but that at midnight, whatever was left would be los... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:18:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47829_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, 22 Aug 2016 00:16:00 EST if it is meant to be it is up to me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47826_if_it_is_meant_to_be_it_is_up_to_me I am not always the best tracker but I am consistent and know that to be successful at weight loss I need to write it down if I taste it. Just because I am in denial about eating unhealthy foods does not mean the calories are not present. They do not evaporate magically! How my clothes fit and how I feel about my progress is only in my hands and blame cannot be placed anywhere else. If it is meant to be, it is up to me...health, wellness and wholeness.<br><br>Don't blame someone else for yo... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 22:16:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47810_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, 21 Aug 2016 00:18:00 EST Putting Myself Frst http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47797_putting_myself_frst I don't know about you but I have always loved fashion! Who doesn't like looking nice ! For me, I like to dress nice whether it's casual or a professional look at the office in which I work. I find it fun and exciting making fun combinations and putting a wardrobe together that makes me look and feel my best !... Because I like looking good, I use this as a catalyst or motivator .And I love that while summer is coming to an end and fall clothes are in the stores now with all kinds of styles t... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 14:24:00 EST Breaking free of emotional eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47794_breaking_free_of_emotional_eating I used to be an emotional eater. I turned to food for comfort when I went through a very tragic time. When I realized I had to stop and there was a better way to overcome the heartache, I had formed a bad habit of eating to feel better so at first it was really hard to stop. I fell off track so many times, I was still healing from grieving and also trying to improve my life at the same time. It felt impossible to do both. <br><br>I have always believed that the first step to solving any probl... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 10:41:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47788_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, 20 Aug 2016 00:26:00 EST Knowledge is Power http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47771_knowledge_is_power <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>Those people who develop the ability to continuously acquire new and better forms of knowledge that they can apply to their work and to their lives will be the movers and shakers in our society.<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>Knowledge is indeed power. <br><br>In the April 1082 issue of Success Magazi... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 08:57:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47765_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, 19 Aug 2016 00:30:00 EST A good support system (FRIENDS)!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47744_a_good_support_system_friends Someone to lend an ear. Someone who knows what your going through or has already been through what your going through.They back you no matter what even if you fall short of your goal their there to pick you up dust you off a give you a push in the right direction their words will never discourage or hurt you they can be close or a Phone call away or like sparkpeople. I have both my husband who is my diet buddy and sparkpeople. <br> I have found some truly remarkable people hear that reall... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 19:08:00 EST the ripples a small inspirational story http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47741_the_ripples_a_small_inspirational_story <br><br>A man was sitting by a lake. He was throwing small pebbles into it from time to time. A young boy happened to cross by. He was intrigued to see that after every few minutes or so, the man would toss a pebble into the lake.<br><br>The boy went up to the man and said, “Good pastime, this stone throwing, he?” “Hmmm,” said the man. He seemed to be deep in thought and obviously did not wish to be disturbed.<br><br>Sometime later, the man said softly, “Look at the water, it is absolutely st... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 15:54:00 EST Daily Mantras that work! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47739_daily_mantras_that_work One thing that I do everyday is I try to deflect all of the negativity that does not belong to me. If a friend calls on the phone and she has had a lot stress and troubles I do not take her problems on as mine anymore. It is easy to take on someone else's issues and not even know it.<br><br>A great saying that I repeat daily is, "release it, let it go, its not mine." I am a person that emotionally eats so when things stress me out that someone else is filling me with I repeat this after I ... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 14:37:00 EST Journal your way to the better you hiding inside http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47738_journal_your_way_to_the_better_you_hiding_inside The only time I have been successful is when I regularly and faithfully log what I eat, how I feel, my goals, and my frustrations. I keep a personal journal that only I can see, so I can be brutally honest with myself, but I also know that sharing my journey is important too. Sparkpages is the best app for keeping track of my food, water, and exercise. Reading the articles and the other tools motivate me. <br>It is very important to be clear to your family and friends what you are doing. ... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 14:14:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47728_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, 18 Aug 2016 00:23:00 EST Staying with your goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47721_staying_with_your_goal never look back. it won't do you any good. Always look forward to that next new experience. <em>381</em> ..........................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 15:53:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47708_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, 17 Aug 2016 00:39:00 EST One Day at a Time with God by my Side http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47704_one_day_at_a_time_with_god_by_my_side I started a Mind Body and Spirit Group and what I learned to do was Invite God into this journey of getting healthy. I try to just take one day at a time and not future jump. I learned to Pray for God to help me work towards my goals. I sit quietly and pray to God asking him for help, then listening to his response and journal what I hear. I can ask God questions and hear his answers. I know that sounds crazy but it works, it takes practice quieting my mind and really listening. Its funny the... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 20:45:00 EST My SECRET ADDICTION http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47703_my_secret_addiction SPARK POINTS - Yes, for some reason I am one of those people who works hard for that higher score. I’m not really competitive with other people but evidently I compete with myself. Remember Farmville and Mario – we continually wanted more and to get to the next level. Well you might think that there was a pot of gold at the end of every day because I NEED as many points as I can get.<br>So tracking everything is my goal.<br>I want all the NUTRITION POINTS, so I am conscious of each food I am... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 20:08:00 EST Relying on God http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47692_relying_on_god Whatever this day holds, I have to rely on the fact that God holds this day. He promises to not leave me or forsake me. His word encourages me to know that in my weakness He is made strong; just my acknowledgment of Him makes this true.<br>This reality is where I must return each day, knowing that His mercies are made new for me (and for you) every morning. He will guide and direct my path and even carry me when I cannot seem to go any longer.<br>2 Corinthians 9:8 "And God is able to bless... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 12:56:00 EST Take the Negative and turn it to Positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47683_take_the_negative_and_turn_it_to_positive I was told many times in my life I wasn't good enough for a passion I had. I ACTUALLY believed those who told me I wasn't good enough, and quit. I GAVE UP on my dreams, that passion I wanted more than anything. <br><br>I then went into a depressive funk, because I honestly thought I wasn't good enough for anything. I was confused, I was left to truly wonder what I was suppose to do with my life, because what I thought I was good at, someone told me I wasn't. <br><br>I know have found myse... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 07:52:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47682_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, 16 Aug 2016 00:28:00 EST Fun Workouts at Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47673_fun_workouts_at_home To keep motivated and interested in working out, it's necessary to complete workouts you enjoy. Is the treadmill getting monotonous and boring? Well, try dance. Even if you cannot dance well, dance workouts can be found that will teach the steps, and pretty soon, you'll be dancing all over the room to music that is motivating. . I've learned so much new dance steps and routines, that I feel I can move into more difficult dancing. My body is looking attractive, and I feel sexy when dancing. Th... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 17:31:00 EST SECRET OF SUCCESS #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47672_secret_of_success_1 FAITH.... YOU HAVE TO HAVE FAITH THAT GOD IS WORKING OUT WITH YOU. HAVE FAITH HE GIVES US WHAT WE NEED WHEN WE NEED IT. IT'S ALL ABOUT BELIEVING IN YOURSELF AND HAVING FAITH IN YOURSELF. <br>WHEN YOU ARE WALKING HE IS WALKING WITH YOU, WHEN YOU ARE EATING HE IS EATING WHAT YOU EAT AND WHEN YOU ARE WORKING OUT, EH IS SWEATING WITH YOU. GOD WANTS US TO SUCCEED IN EVERYTHING WE DO IN LIFE AND WANTS US TO BE HAPPY. MOTIVATION IS A HARD THING TO HAVE WHILE WORKING OUT AND TRYING TO EAT HEALTHY... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 15:57:00 EST Be Proud Of Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47665_be_proud_of_yourself Keep your eye on the prize! <br><br>As difficult as it can get sometimes, keep reminding yourself any effort is better than no effort. Progress is progress no matter how big or small it is. I believe taking BABY STEPS is very important, don't overwhelm yourself by "dreaming too big". Set small goals which will help you reach and meet big goals. And just because you make a mistake or two along the way, it is completely understandable, we all do - WE ARE NOT PERFECT!!!. Don't let that discourag... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 11:13:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47656_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, 15 Aug 2016 00:11:00 EST Getting your journey started http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47654_getting_your_journey_started To get your weight loss journey started and to set yourself up for ultimate success you should begin with a small goal that you can accomplish and experience some success with that small goal first. I say small and simple goal, because you want to be encouraged to continue so pick something you can do.... before moving on to more difficult things or before adding more goals. <br>Personally I began by giving myself a cut off time for eating. I had a big problem with eating at night and snack... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 23:17:00 EST Motivate others to motivate yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47649_motivate_others_to_motivate_yourself It has taken me a long time to remember this one. When I was more active on Sparkpeople in the past, I found the best way to motivate myself to get out the door and do what I needed to do that day was to first go online and motivate others to do their best. To remind them that no matter what you do, the next hour was going to pass you by. You can either take advantage of it and get your fitness in, or keep sitting on the couch and just let this hour pass you by. The same applies to days. ... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 21:14:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47634_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, 14 Aug 2016 00:15:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47620_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, 13 Aug 2016 00:33:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47604_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, 12 Aug 2016 00:20:00 EST Being Connected Brings life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47601_being_connected_brings_life I am a do yourself, get it done if it means me by my lonesome self, this outlook has carried over into my battle with losing weight and living a healthy lifestyle. This method of doing things has carried me no where fast.<br><br>This morning I was leaving my house and I notice a leaf on the ground and it was charcoal instead of green and then it hit me like a gush of water that like the leaf if I am not connected I will withered or not lose the weight. So here's the secret<br><br>1. Be conne... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 22:46:00 EST The Better Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47600_the_better_me My motivation began for two reasons. I found out I m going to be a Grandma and my cousin of my same age has breast cancer.<br>Lets lokk at these one at a time and I will explain how they each prompted a change in me. I went to my hometown for a family party for the July holiday which happens every year but this trip felt different. I was excited about two things fast food places I missed because of the regional difference and cheaper cigarettes in the nearby state. My 23 year old daughter was... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 21:47:00 EST Motivation is a decision, not a feeling http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47594_motivation_is_a_decision_not_a_feeling This past week I have been off. I have not been eating healthy. I have not been exercising. I have been looking for my motivation. I have been wondering why I lost my initial motivation. Every morning I would wake up and think to myself, "Today, I am going to be better. Today, I am going to eat healthy." But then I would eat crap carb and a bunch of sugar and fat.<br><br>I realized, I'm not going to find my motivation. I have to make it. Little fairies are not going to flutter down a... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 16:20:00 EST HEALTHY SELF TALK http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47588_healthy_self_talk I listen every day to a podcast by DANNA DEMETRE....specifically her first one called YOU ARE WHAT YOU THINK...<br><br>Her story and also the story by JON GABRIEL are telling....How much of who we are is because our "thinking" and thoughts are false.<br><br>I am a success because I finally grabbed on to the idea that this is TRUE. <br>I'm AUTHENTIC with my true self...<br><br>ONE DAY AT A TIME....<br><br>Jon Gabriel tells the story of when he felt desperate and went to the ATKINS center to ... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 10:50:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47580_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, 11 Aug 2016 00:21:00 EST Track at the Beginning of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47573_track_at_the_beginning_of_the_day Tracking my meals and snacks is critical to my success each day. I have to think about what food I have on hand, what I need to purchase (fresh fruit and vegetables, mostly) and if it's in our plans to go out that night. I start with breakfast (oatmeal with walnuts is a favorite) then a mid-morning snack, then lunch and a afternoon snack.I have been trying hard to cook dinner at home rather than going out to eat. It's much easier to track my portions and calories if I am making my own meals. ... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 13:28:00 EST New Start, AGAIN http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47570_new_start_again I planned, am executing and will succeed as long as I stick to the game plan and PLAN!!! It doesn't matter that I keep starting over, i just do it. I will be better the next time because of what I have learned in the past. Planning is the key to any successful plan, support is also just as important. I want to move along with the diet changes, so hopefully I can get that in line as well. A walk a day keeps the doctor away is going to be my new mantra. I have 2 boys that i need to set an ... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 10:05:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47563_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, 10 Aug 2016 00:14:00 EST tag teaming our goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47562_tag_teaming_our_goals My biggest secret is my buddy. My hubs and I are doing this together and when we slip the other picks up and it helps because one is always stronger when the other is slipping! when one seems to be falling off the wagon the other is there to remind them what we are here for. My hubs seems to be the stronger of the two of us. However I have had my share of picking up the pace when I need too. WE have a goal and a plan sometimes it is just putting the plan back into motion..especially after mo... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 19:28:00 EST Today, not Tomorrow - and be focused http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47553_today_not_tomorrow_and_be_focused Your success is defined not by what you can do tomorrow, but by what you can accomplish TODAY.<br><br>I found this quote on the youtube-user "Successful By Design". <br><br>It is simple, and it is true.<br><br>Your health is all about what you do today, not what you're planning tomorrow!<br><br>I'm personally interested in personal development and personal productivity, as well as health. I would say that for me, a healthy life-style is something that is helping me to high productivity and pe... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 12:48:00 EST Tips for Motivation In School http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47548_tips_for_motivation_in_school <br>1. Focus on High-Impact Activities<br><br>The key to success in school is staying focused on your course work. Make a list to get an overall picture of your workload before you start to tackle any of it. Then, make a plan. Although it’s tempting to do the simplest assignments first, those that take more time and effort to accomplish are probably the ones that you’ll learn the most from.<br><br>To determine what your priorities are, rank your assignments in the order of their importance. T... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 06:49:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47545_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, 9 Aug 2016 00:24:00 EST Listen to your body http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47536_listen_to_your_body I love this idea of sharing our success - thank you for the opportunity. You don’t read about this much, but I’ve learned through trial and error. And if this worked (and it does for everybody), then what’s to sell? What would happen to the diet industry? <br><br>Nothing has worked for me more than paying attention to the hunger and fullness cues of my own body. I let my body read like an odometer to a car. When it gets toward “E”, I fuel up again. <br><br>After years of dieting, I have lost ... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 18:47:00 EST Persist in a solid plan that you ENJOY http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47534_persist_in_a_solid_plan_that_you_enjoy While we do have to change up our game plan at times, doing so before really sticking to a solid plan may not be wise. Consider your plan carefully when you decide upon it in the first place...and then DO it. When setting a goal, be honest with yourself:<br>Will I LIKE doing these/this changes/change?<br>Or... will it feel like a punishment?<br>Sound like silly questions? Not at all. Facts show that people who jump into overly aggressive plans to lose weight or increase activity or... etc... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 13:59:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47523_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, 8 Aug 2016 00:04:00 EST Renew your vows to maintain your loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47513_renew_your_vows_to_maintain_your_loss I just had a maintenance anniversary of significance this week - it had been six years since I declared myself in "maintenance", i.e. I did not want to lose more weight.<br><br>Since then, the weight on the scale has fluctuated over the course of each year, depending on what was going on with my food intake and activity levels. I discovered that this is NORMAL for most people, even those who have NEVER had a "weight problem". <br><br>Now, six years later, I have the statistics to prove that... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 06:47:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47511_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, 7 Aug 2016 00:13:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47501_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, 6 Aug 2016 00:44:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47481_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, 5 Aug 2016 00:35:00 EST Do it now http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47480_do_it_now Too many times, I've let the "fire" burn out. What fire? The fire of motivation when you have that thought, "I should work out", "I should eat something healthy...a salad sounds amazing" or "I should commit to a goal I've been wanting to do". These are the moments your soul is speaking and counting on your mind and will to follow through! Telling yourself who you are inside, who you want to become, what you need to do to achieve happiness and success! Are you going to follow your own adv... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 21:36:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47463_when_i_started_running 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, 4 Aug 2016 00:37:00 EST Jon Gabriel Visualizations http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47448_jon_gabriel_visualizations This is not easy to say; but, I am pouring my heart out here. Next month I will be 66 and I have been not just overweight; but, obese for the last 36 of those years. I was never thin, in the 70's when the Twiggy figure was in I had a Marilyn Monroe figure. Fortunately, I met a wonderful man that loved me the way I was and have been married to him for 35 of those 36 years (the other year we were dating). I am 5'4" and at my heaviest I weighed almost 250 lb.<br><br>I have been fighting my weigh... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 08:53:00 EST Getting the most out of your morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47447_getting_the_most_out_of_your_morning Call me the Dr. Procrastinator because it seems like I have a Ph.D in it. My secret to success is to keep moving. When I wake up in the morning, I drink 8oz of water before getting out of bed. I meditate on good things for about 20 minutes, then I spend 10 minutes sending love and light to people. The great thing about that is it starts my day off in a positive manner and I feel energized just by being able to do this. The next thing I do is get out of bed lay on the ground and I do a series ... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 04:36:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47444_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, 3 Aug 2016 00:23:00 EST Finding your motivation partner http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47439_finding_your_motivation_partner For so long I lived under a blanket of shame. I felt shame that I gained weight. I felt shame that I was fat. I felt shame that I constantly battled my weight. I felt shame that I struggled with weight related issues such as low self-esteem. <br><br>I also felt I had to battle my shame alone. I did not want to pass my weight issues on to my children. I did not want them to see me struggle. I did not want them to have issues with food. So I kept my struggle and shame private. <br><br... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 17:55:00 EST Be exactly who you dream ....its YOUR life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47437_be_exactly_who_you_dream_its_your_life <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9bd73298-0365-40ba-a164-f1d4073a7c0e.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/94f2bfa3-87e1-41f1-902d-6b4092da1f58.jpg"><br><br>Live each day as a new day ....Stay focused on the end goal.....Do one thing each day which challenges you, SCARES you ....Do not put yourself down! Let me share a couple of quotes I find to be true for me.<br><br> "The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination tha... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 14:29:00 EST Motivation on social media! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47433_motivation_on_social_media As I look on my feed in Facebook, I notice something. One of my old high school buddies posts a picture of himself with 1 figure up to signify his first workout of the week. It's a little competition he puts on for fun. How many of his pals can beat him and the amount of workouts each week.<br><br>As I looked into the comments, I could see his friends posting their #1 workout of the week pics under his. This continues to the end of the week. The person with the most workouts in the week wins... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 11:33:00 EST Exercise first thing in the morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47428_exercise_first_thing_in_the_morning Don't overthink your activity in the morning. Don't give yourself the option of inaction. Have your exercise clothes right by your bed when you wake up and hit the ground running! If you convince yourself the night before you can be convinced that the decision is made before you fall asleep. There is no option NOT to work out! Your mind works in ways that we sometimes worry about too much.<br>If you can possibly get into the pattern of making the activity or routine be predetermined you can a... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 03:15:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47424_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, 2 Aug 2016 00:24:00 EST Loosing Weight.. What can I do Oh My.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47419_loosing_weight_what_can_i_do_oh_my If you weigh daily or in an obsessive compulsive or if your mood is easily affected by the number you see on the scale.. you can definitely benefit from ditching it.. Do you freak out if the number increases by a mere half pound...and you seem to freak out .. this article is for you... Take that thing and throw it away and if you can't seem to put it in the garage and leave it alone.. you sneak out there in the night and don't want to be seen.. Give it to a family member as a gift or let them... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 21:26:00 EST If you make the time ....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47418_if_you_make_the_time_ We make time to fancy up to go out on Friday night,and we make time to see a movie. So why do we not make time to track our food and exercise? <br><br>For years I worked at 4 a.m. and took my lunch at 7:30 a.m. No one wants to eat lunch at that hour of the day. so I went to the gym. I went every day, worked for 45 minutes, an had enough time to take a 3 minute shower, dress and make it around the corner to work. I tracked my food, and gym time every time, every day. <br><br>Since I am retir... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 20:48:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47400_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, 1 Aug 2016 00:33:00 EST Understanding Myself & Embracing Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47391_understanding_myself_embracing_change I have been successful before and I have found that I am most successful when I don't deprive myself of something I want. It's important to enjoy eating what I want but also learning to eat it in moderation. If I want to eat a bag of chips, then I'll buy a small bag instead of buying that huge bag and eating it simply because it's there. I also learned that there are so many acceptable alternatives to those things that I used to eat. I mean truly delicious alternatives! Instead of grabbing th... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 14:34:00 EST Just keep motivated, keep on trying and push. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47390_just_keep_motivated_keep_on_trying_and_push I have had ups and downs with my weight but the only times I have ever lost weight was when I ate more, watched the calories, really tried hard and had motivation to keep on going <br><br>Motivation is not an easy thing to come by, which is why you can go downhill pretty fast when you don't have it. One minute you're taking "just one piece of chocolate" or "just one glass of wine" and the next thing you know you're 4 months in on an eating and drinking binge that you no longer even feel like ... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 14:02:00 EST Jon Gabriel Visualizations http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47386_jon_gabriel_visualizations This is not easy to say; but, I am pouring my heart out here. Next month I will be 66 and I have been not just overweight; but, obese for the last 36 of those years. I was never thin, in the 70's when the Twiggy figure was in I had a Marilyn Monroe figure. Fortunately, I met a wonderful man that loved me the way I was and have been married to him for 35 of those 36 years (the other year we were dating). I am 5'4" and at my heaviest I weighed almost 250 lb.<br><br>I have been fighting my weigh... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 12:06:00 EST Just Don't Quit http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47382_just_dont_quit Anyone who ends up here at Sparkpeople or any other weight loss program has probably fought the battle of weight gain more than once in their lifetime. As they say out west -- this isn't our first rodeo.<br><br>Women's magazines are full or diet plans, tips and suggested weights for us! Consequently we have been flooded with recipes, diets and exercise regimes since our pre-teen years.<br><br>Most of us by the age of 30 really are aware of what is necessary to be healthy and maintain a reason... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 10:28:00 EST Motivation Found - Prayer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47380_motivation_found_prayer I have a copy of The Prayer Diet, which I highly recommend. The book said that my weight gain should be welcomed as such for the lessons that it had to teach me (compassion). I am to say "You are just the very thing I have been waiting for." I prayed for the energy/space/motivation to get started with my wellness program. I wrote my prayer in my prayer journal. Two - three days later, I just woke up with motivation. Joined the gym that day. Will continue to commit my progress and my goal... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 10:10:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47375_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, 31 Jul 2016 00:11:00 EST "JUST DO IT"! "YOU CAN DO ANYTHING" YOU SET YOUR MIND TO, EVEN BORROWING FAITH! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47372_to_get_up_out_of_that_bed_or_chair_and_eat_right_and_exercise_takes_a_lot_of_willpower_dont_listen_to_the_lie_that_says_you_cant_do_that_someone_is_lying_to_you_no_matter_what_just_do_it For me to leave you this secret of my success, SparkPeople requires me to practically write a book! So, here, goes!<br><br>You know what's right to do in your heart, be it eating/not eating or exercising the way you should! Follow your heart, follow Jesus, and follow SparkPeople suggestions! If you do, you will find success!<br><br>A year ago, this month, I was laying in a bed on my birthday paralysed from the knees down. I had had emergency major abdominal surgery. I walked in and had to... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 19:35:00 EST A Puppet No Longer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47369_a_puppet_no_longer <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br>We are no longer puppets being manipulated by outside powerful forces: we become the powerful force ourselves.<br>Leo Buscaglia<br> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br>I was never a puppet on a string dancing to whatever tune the pezzo novante wanted<br>~ Vito Corleone <br> <em>104</em> <em>104</... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 16:22:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47360_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, 30 Jul 2016 00:17:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47341_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, 29 Jul 2016 01:03:00 EST we are motivated either positively or negativey http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47339_we_are_motivated_either_positively_or_negativey We Are All Motivated – Either Positively Or Negatively<br><br><br>This is a story of two brothers. One was a drug addict and a drunker who frequently beat up his family. The other one was a very successful businessman who was respected in society and had a wonderful family. <br><br>Some people wanted to find out why two brothers from the same parents, brought up in the same environment, could be so different. The first one was asked, “How come you do what you do? You are a drug addict, a drun... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:18:00 EST Failure? I Think Not! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47333_failure_i_think_not <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <br>"Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance next time."<br>~ Og Mandino<br> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <br><br>Once again, a recurrent idea has been restated rather articulately. There is no such thing as failure, there is only the successful discove... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:21:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47328_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, 28 Jul 2016 00:56:00 EST You CAN Do It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47325_you_can_do_it Lack of motivation and willpower is a common excuse that people give for not being able to do something. This seems to be the case most often with diet and exercise. I should know, I struggle with it too! <br><br>If there is one thing that I have discovered through the years, it is that my faith in Jesus Christ is the motivating factor at the core of everything that I do. If I didn't have purpose in Him, I wouldn't bother to do anything. Everything is about Him, for Him, and because of Him. J... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:01:00 EST Your life changes when YOU change http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47323_your_life_changes_when_you_change <br>One day not too long ago the employees of a large company in St. Louis , Missouri returned from their lunch break and were greeted with a sign on the front door.<br>The sign said: “Yesterday the person who has been hindering your growth in this company passed away. We invite you to join the funeral in the room that has been prepared in the gym.”<br>At first everyone was sad to hear that one of their colleagues had died, but after a while they started getting curious about who this person ... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:40:00 EST Put Lotion on Daily http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47322_put_lotion_on_daily Lotion. Yummy smelling lotion. <br><br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/830842fd-1d3f-46e6-b7aa-464699d91d7f.jpg"><br><br>I know, I know--that might sound like the CRAZIEST suggestion ever, but I think putting lotion on my body every day has been a HUGE help to my weight loss. <br><br>Why?<br><br>Of course, I think in part it makes me value myself a little more. I'm using rushing to get dressed. But when I take the time to put lotion on--even if I'm not going anywhere--I am re... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:18:00 EST How Gardening Can Improve Your Health, Fitness, Mood and Nutrition http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47317_how_gardening_can_improve_your_health_fitness_mood_and_nutrition How Gardening Can Improve Your Health, Fitness, Mood and Nutrition<br><br>Modern living tends to sever your connection to the natural world, and many are now starting to recognize just how important a connection with the land is for health and happiness.<br><br>Health benefits associated with gardening run the gamut from stress relief to improved mental health, better nutrition and of course, exercise.1 In fact, some suggest a revival of home gardening could improve the health and well-being ... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:28:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47309_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, 27 Jul 2016 00:09:00 EST Hope this isn't a best-kept secret! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47302_all_in_a_name As I always say when writing a secret.....this is really no secret as everyone and I mean every one on sparkpeople.com is doing it! What is it you may wonder? Well, it is being a member of sparkpeople.com.<br><br>This is my best weight loss journey secrets that I share with everybody I meet who wonders how I lose weight. My answer is SP! <br><br>I remember a few years ago, talking with a friend about what she was doing to keep her weight under control. She explained to me about this web... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 19:33:00 EST The joys of dancing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47293_the_joys_of_dancing Set yourself free! Be what you dream you can be, if only in your mind! Turn on the radio, and when nobody's around, start dancing! You may be terrible but when nobody's watching, who cares? Move your body, get your pump, and flood your system with mood elevating endorphins. There's no wonder the dance classes at any gym are always filled! It's fun, great exercise, and makes you feel good. Dancing is a great way to keep your body and mind healthy. Studies show that dancing can help you l... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 08:02:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47290_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, 26 Jul 2016 00:15:00 EST Find something you love http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47285_find_something_you_love I have found, and so have so many other people out there that just to LOVE what you DO makes you WANT to go out there and do it. For a long time I ran on hills, and it got me results, but I HATED it- eventually to the point where I quit. At that point I was only doing it under peer influence, and the fact that I was mortified of how bad I was a runner- so I hit it hard every day to get the most results in the least time... until I broke down and couldn't hold out. So I quit. I got within 4 se... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 21:31:00 EST Terrific Fitness Secrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47279_terrific_fitness_secrets Read my other Secrets Of Success instead of giving up today. <br><br>FITNESS S.O.S.<br><br>I hear your call for help with fitness. Today I am revealing my fitness S.O.S (Secrets of Success) and my exercise S.O.S, yes there is a difference. Let's discover the difference: <br><br>Fitness: Condition of being physically fit and healthy. <br>Exercise: Activity requiring physical effort, carried out especially to sustain or improve health and fitness.<br><br>Fitness describes a whole picture of yo... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 17:11:00 EST The Wisdom of Joda http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47276_the_wisdom_of_joda Following the Wisdom of Joda........<br> Try Not ! DO ! ! !<br><br>Realized that if I never ever try, I can never ever do......<br>Realized that there is truly never ever an always........<br>or a never ever, because when I try, it becomes a will be !<br>So, I will follow the Wisdom of Joda, realizing that if I never try, I will never do.<br>If something does not work, TRY something Else !<br>Find another solution, or another approach to the problem.<br>Seeking life's adventures is a joy. <br... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 11:36:00 EST The dark recesses of the mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47275_the_dark_recesses_of_the_mind I have lost as much as 100lbs. before and still was not happy. Along with the weight I seemed to have lost my mind. This time I will be more aware of the mental aspects and find ways to deal with those set backs as I fore see them. The link below is very realistic:<br><br>http://nymag.com/thecut/<BR>2013/11/what-no-one-tells-you-about-dr<BR>amatic-weight-loss.html<br><br>My favorite quote from the article is:<br><br>"We define ideal weight as the weight that you get down to when you're eat... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 11:18:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47268_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, 25 Jul 2016 01:00:00 EST How to recover from a slip http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47267_how_to_recover_from_a_slip First, don't beat yourself up is very important. Next, pick yourself up and remember all the healthy choices you had made prior to the slip, write it out if needed. One weak moment does not a failure make. Try to reach out to others who will not berate you or make you feel guilty for your slip. Reach out on the boards, publish a blog, or call someone who is on your support team. <br>While I am not a big advocate of Facebook, it can even be used on occasion if you have support on there.<b... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 23:18:00 EST Getting My Life Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47265_getting_my_life_back I started my journeyof a healthier life style over a year and a half ago. Before I started this journey I was basically a couch potatoe that would just eat whatever I wanted. The Doctor gave me some terrible blood test results. If I didn't change my life around I would probably die at a young age. I hired the best Fitness Trainer ever. Before I met this Trainer I was in an unhappy marriage. My Husband put me down a lot. The Fitness Trainer built my spirits up and gave me hope. Now a ye... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 22:17:00 EST Success and Lacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47254_success_and_lacks <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>The difference between a successful person & others is not a lack of strength, lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.<br> ~Vince Lombardi <br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>Vince Lombardy was a great motivator. His "What It Takes to Be Number One" speech is timeless. As a professional football coach, he was able to t... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 10:41:00 EST time, time, time http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47253_time_time_time Time is the most important thing there is<br>Since the beginning of time<br> there never seems to be enough of it<br>People try to beat time<br> but time always wins<br>The greatest fear is running out of time <br>So if the most valuable thing there is time<br> why would you waste it?<br>Get out there and DO IT.<br><br><br><br>How to Stay Motivated<br>-take it one day at a time<br> -surround yourself with positivity<br>-create a dream board<br>-ask yourself what you want and make reali... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 10:25:00 EST Twelve Things Successful People Do Differently. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47252_time_time_time 1. They create and pursue focused goals.<br> <br>2. They take decisive and immediate action.<br> <br>3. They focus on being productive not being busy.<br><br>4. They make logical informed decisions.<br> <br>5. They avoid the trap of trying to make things perfect.<br> ... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 10:25:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47247_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, 24 Jul 2016 00:56:00 EST Focus on pounds already gone http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47246_focus_on_pounds_already_gone I think biggest secret to success for me would be focusing on the pounds that I have already gotten rid of (not lost because I do not ever want to see them again). I find it so motivational to watch that number grow. There has been many times that i felt that I just can't do this or I have eaten more than I should have or had way too many of not the healthiest for me or made bad choices and wanted to give up. Im so proud when I see the pounds lost on my Spark page or my tracker page i... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:53:00 EST Fear and Guilt: What if? and Why? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47238_fear_and_guilt_what_if_and_why I don't have any secrets of success because I haven't been particularly successful. Losing weight ... yes, I know how to do that. Keeping it off ... I've never experienced it. I do know fear kills motivation. <br><br>Fear of "what if I can't .... lose it or keep it off?" In the moment, there's no room for fear. In the moment, I'm doing it (or not doing it). Every moment is a new opportunity to continue what is working or do it differently. No room for fear, judgment, regrets ... all th... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 11:34:00 EST BE YOUR OWN CHEERLEADER http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47232_be_your_own_cheerleader You are your biggest competition, and also your own worst enemy. Many times we blame others for holding us back when the truth is that we are responsible for the end results that we get. When you see yourself in the mirror are you satisfied with what you see or are you constantly wondering how you can be a better person or achieve other goals in your life? You are responsible for who you become, good or bad, and you are the only person standing in the way of achieving your hopes and dreams. I... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 09:22:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47229_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, 23 Jul 2016 00:30:00 EST 50 miles to 500 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47206_50_miles_to_500_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, 22 Jul 2016 00:44:00 EST Find Support for Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47197_find_support_for_success Finding motivation can be difficult even on the most successful journey to a healthier lifestyle, and especially when you have a lot of weight to lose. I am blessed with an amazingly supportive husband, and if you have family and/or friends who you can trust to be positive on your journey, and most of all supportive when days or weeks aren't going the way you hope, it's a real blessing. <br><br>However, some people do not have that, or they have people in their lives who can end up sabotaging... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 14:09:00 EST Motivation for Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47187_motivation_for_work 1) Find your love and pursue it with ardour<br><br>I worked with a world famous rock guitarist, and we spoke about his career. He laughed when I used the word.<br><br>"Playing wasn't a 'career move'; it's just that I couldn't have done anything else!"<br><br>He didn't mean that literally. Of course he could have done other jobs, but he loved his music so much he just had to do it and...well, it just happened to make him millions as well. The point is, he didn't start playing to make money. He... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:08:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47184_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, 21 Jul 2016 00:35:00 EST Eating What You LIKE http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47171_eating_what_you_like In previous dieting endeavors, I would pour over the internet looking for recipes, and try new foods. Inevitably, this process wore me out, till I fell off the diet wagon, yet again. It took so much mental energy to find "different" foods to eat that eating healthfully became too much of a chore. <br><br>I now eat ONLY the foods I KNOW I like. I could care less if I eat the same three meals three days in a row, because it's all food that I enjoy, so I don't tire of it. Grocery shopping is a b... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 10:09:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47167_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, 20 Jul 2016 00:36:00 EST We Can Do It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47163_we_can_do_it "If you keep on doing what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten. In order to get something different, change what you are doing!" <em>521</em> Change is hard to do but just like a cart with wheels it gets easier to push once in motion. Sparkpeople gives the tools and community to get the "weight loss cart" moving! It has taken me a long time to learn and use the tools. I am excited to move this weight baggage once and for all with the help of Sparkpeople! For too l... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 20:41:00 EST Shake It Up.. Make Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47161_shake_it_up_make_changes OK... You have ran the race.. Worked out.. Drank the water.. cut back the sugar and then you hit a spot that will knock you back to the way of trying to get to your goal and worked out and did overtime watching the calories... Bam.. There goes the Motivation and you feel like there is no hope.. Wait.. do not sit there and feel bad and sit down and feeling sorry for yourself... The plateauing effect is the biggest motivation-killer there is... and the reason for you to just quit...It hits a lo... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 19:24:00 EST Step Away From That Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47160_step_away_from_that_scale I just read an article on Sparkpeople stating that "emotions are enemies of people who are trying to lose weight?" Seriously?! Now you can tell me something I don't know. Almost everyday, okay okay, on most days I think I've got this thing sunk. Then step on the scale to find that either I am the same or lost a few ounces. Well thank goodness I don't measure the weight I lose by the numbers of the scare. Yeah I called it a scare because it scares me to death! I step on it and all my enthusia... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 17:27:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47148_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, 19 Jul 2016 00:24:00 EST Persistence pays off http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47142_persistence_pays_off Everything I have achieved through persistence but not stubbornness. First you have to set a goal that meets the following criteria:<br><br>Specific<br>Measurable<br<BR>>Achievable<br>Realistic<br>Time limited<br><br>So, for my goal, I have established a goal to weigh no more than 198 by July 7, 2017. Which means I must lose 27 pounds (a little over 2 pounds per month loss) in 12 months. The goal meets all of the criteria.<br><br>The best way to fail, is to set unrealistic goals. You usua... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 15:46:00 EST Don't Give Up Just Do It http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47140_dont_give_up_just_do_it When your young and out there .. you get bombarded with all these unrealistic pictures of Women and Men that are really are not in good shape at least now Healthy... Those who were unhappy with their bodies to become less concerned about their weight... They turn to starvation or many of those crazy diets and what happens they get sick.. Spark People gives you the tools you need to help change your lifestyle so you can reach a good goal for you. I will never be a size one again .. Women even ... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 15:06:00 EST If its worth it, it wont be easy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47135_if_its_worth_it_it_wont_be_easy Hard work pays off. If it's easy then it won't be worth it, so challenge yourself to do more today. Don't give up just because you're intimidated or you don't believe you're capable. Push yourself. Better yourself. Do the most you can do and do more! Drink one more glass of water, smoke one less cigarette, walk or run one more block. We don't become great if we do the bare minimum. You are great! You are amazing! And I know that you are capable of achieving anything! I know that it may be har... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 13:28:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47123_50_miles_to_50_km_on_40th_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, 18 Jul 2016 00:42:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47105_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, 17 Jul 2016 00:18:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47090_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, 16 Jul 2016 00:48:00 EST Sharing the Journey -- Accountability Partners http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47086_sharing_the_journey_accountability_partners Nothing keeps me on track, positive and motivated like having someone to be accountable to! Whether it's a group here on SP, a challenge team, or a fitness buddy from work or church, (or all of the above) doesn't matter. But it's got to be somebody who is facing a similar challenge and who's committed to the process of making changes on a permanent basis.<br><br>Trust me, my family and friends are great cheerleaders. [Most of the time, anyways.] But there's just something about having anoth... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 19:18:00 EST Speak with your future self. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47085_speak_with_your_future_self I have several motivators and I believe that it is a combination of them that has prompted me towards finally staying focused on my goals. Like many, I have attempted to define goals and chase them several times in the past, only to find the journey short lived. It is only now after I have demonstrated to myself that I am committed, and have taken on a whole new lifestyle with long term vision rather than random and unfocused goals, can I see what I was missing in all my previous attempts. ... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 17:45:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47072_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, 15 Jul 2016 00:22:00 EST One foot in front of the other http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47066_one_foot_in_front_of_the_other As I keep moving each day I notice how different each day feels. Some days I'm totally exhausted and it is difficult to get going to do any of those things that I know my body needs me to do. Some days I think I could walk/jog/run/dance all day long. Because of multiple sclerosis I rarely know what my day will look like until they have begun. I spent years not wanting to schedule things until I realized that for me it is better to make plans that I must cancel than to make no plans at all... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 18:36:00 EST Depression and Motivation.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47064_depression_and_motivation When you are Depressed and someone saying get get over it.. Or be happy is like telling a rock to swim.. It is hard to just get happy.. too many things going around in my and your head... It’s not because depressed people don’t want to get motivated but it is hard..It’s because getting motivated is an overwhelming task when you’re depressed....If you want to get out of the dumps some need professional help and some are not to deep and can be helped by friends..Each one just have to find a p... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 17:22:00 EST Progress with time not behind it http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47061_progress_with_time_not_behind_it The Secret: Time is going to pass with or without you so take small steps that will grow into bigger steps. This way, you move with time and not behind it. <br><br>Losing weight is a challenge, but it does become easier to figure out as you go along. The main thing to remember is that you are in this for the long haul. You can allow time to pass with your continued efforts to meet your healthy lifestyle goals or you can allow time to pass with you having stopped just because something did n... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 14:25:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47051_50_miles_to_50_km_on_40th_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, 14 Jul 2016 00:39:00 EST Doing Great Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47039_doing_great_things <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way."<br>~ Napoleon Hill <br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>"Nobody can do everything but everybody can do something" ~ John Wooden, UCLA Basketball Coach.<br><br>Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak are credited with everything Apple and sure, they started ou... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 10:01:00 EST Weight Loss Journal http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47033_weight_loss_journal Keeping a weight loss journal can be both a motivational experience and a healthy outlet of your most personal thoughts and feelings concerning your weight loss journey. What's most important during this experience is your need to be honest. Also, writing in your weight loss journal is a way to let go of the tedious clutter that sometimes block our way to success. Simply put, you are to clear out the disorder and confusion that causes major setbacks throughout your weight loss journey. This p... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 07:47:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47030_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, 13 Jul 2016 00:45:00 EST Just keep restarting http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47026_just_keep_restarting It's only when you stop trying that you have failed. If you find yourself constantly restarting its time to change up the program! Don't keep doing something over and over that isn't working. I guess that's the main reason I'm a "SparkPeople" now! <br>I was 15 lbs lighter last year at this time and could run 10 Kms in 1hr 3 mins. By the way I am 54 years old. In Oct last year I suffered a bout of depression and began to eat my pain away. I quit exercising. Naturally the pounds started piling ... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 20:39:00 EST I GOT THE MUSIC IN ME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47021_i_got_the_music_in_me I know some days are easier than others to get the mojo going!!! Whatever MOVEMENT you choose is BETTER than none...so pick something you LOVE, keep on doing it until you get comfortable, then challenge yourself to accomplish even more...all the while, with a beat!!! Whatever music you choose will have you feeling good, lift your spirit & ENJOYING your exercise...After all, this is for a healthy lifestyle not a short term.<br><br>Even my spark fire burns to a rhythm!!!! <br> <em>529</em> <br... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 15:37:00 EST Keep the Motivation Don't Give Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47018_keep_the_motivation_dont_give_up We all look for a reason to keep us going cause we need to loose weight.. Look Deep and I believe I found the best way .. Spark People.. You do not have to do and keep track and they are full of advice and Teams.. Well they will keep you upbeat as you go.. Yes all of us are in the same boat...So do not give up... Losing weight isn't easy and doing it in a healthy way can make the task feel even harder... Some days you feel down and you just can't get the body started.. Well I have been there... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 14:27:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47006_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, 12 Jul 2016 00:23:00 EST Lead an online group, and Retrain that Negative Self-Talk! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46999_lead_an_online_group_and_retrain_that_negative_selftalk Ask your friends if they'd join you for a support group that YOU lead online (here on Spark, or on Facebook, etc)! Suddenly, being responsible for making regular posts about your diet/exercise/goals helps remind you over and over of your vision; it's a daily reminder for you to share workout pictures, meal ideas, weekly plans, or motivational posters and sayings. Lead a 30-day new-habits challenge; do a "plank as long as you can" challenge and video tape it. Anything! Plus, there's a lit... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 21:12:00 EST Keep On Keeping On http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46988_keep_on_keeping_on <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br>"Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure."<br>~ Napoleon Hill <br> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br><br>In "Think and Grow Rich" Napoleon Hill recounts the story of R.U. Darby who got caught up in gold rush fever and sold all of his belon... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 11:57:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46977_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, 11 Jul 2016 00:35:00 EST Track Foods, Journal And Drink Water! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46973_track_foods_journal_and_drink_water Pay attention. Track your food, steps - all activity! Track the excellent, the good, the bad, the ugly, and the low down crap. Look over your week and learn what is and isn't working for you. Modify, adapt, update, and change. What was good a month ago might not be the best for now. Evolve! <br><br>Track food: I only count fat grams. I do my best to not go over 70 grams of fat a day. Ideally, fat grams should be kept at 50 grams (as per the YMCA Diabetes Prevention plan). Tracking calories an... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 21:14:00 EST Staying motivated through the weight loss "plateaus" http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46972_staying_motivated_through_the_weight_loss_plateaus So you finally get motivated to lose that extra weight. You set a goal of losing about two pounds per week and track your weight loss on SparkPeople. You're feeling good because you're seeing progress.<br><br>Then you hit a plateau. All of a sudden, you stop losing weight. The needle on the scale won't budge, and you lose your motivation. We've all been there. I certainly have, and I've read posts from many Spark members who have too. This post is for all of you!!<br><br>The secret of succes... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 21:04:00 EST Make Your Decision http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46969_make_your_decision My greatest changes and accomplishments in life all came from when I made a decision. I decided I wanted to change. I decided I wanted to be happier. I decided I wanted to be a runner. I decided I wanted to become healthier. I decided I wanted to positively impact others in my life. After making these decisions, I put together a path to lead me to my goals. <br><br>All of the different areas of life required different paths and different goals. No path is ever straight. They are all fi... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 15:09:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46957_50_miles_to_50_km_on_40th_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, 10 Jul 2016 00:21:00 EST Customized Music for Workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46953_customized_music_for_workouts I'm not one to stick to one particular workout routine. I get bored with the same exercise routine. I searched for music lists that would keep me motivated & although I found songs here & there I wasn't able to find a complete list that I liked. Over the years I've purchased many CDs as well as individual songs when I didn't particularly want to buy the entire collection. Music has always been important to me. Even though I haven't ever been great at it I've always loved to dance. Music+Dance... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 20:02:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46952_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, 9 Jul 2016 19:59:00 EST Be Good to Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46946_be_good_to_yourself 1. Talk to yourself in positive ways as if talking to your best friend.<br>2. Have fun with exercise. Be zany and really do something you enjoy.<br>3. Drink water because sometimes your not hungry but, thirsty.<br>4. When in doubt take up a new hobby to help you take your obsession with food. I've been obsessed with food and dieting for over twenty years and haven't lost a pound since.<br>5. There are no bad or good foods. Foods are just food. In moderation you can eat anything.<br>6. Love yo... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 15:18:00 EST Just DO It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46945_just_do_it These three little words help me more than anything else. They cut through the procrastination like a sharp knife through the toughest meat.<br><br>Just DO It! <em>211</em> <br><br>??????????????????????????????????<BR>?????<br><br>What?! I have to have 1700 characters before I can post this? <em>40</em> Grrr...this is not right!************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>************************************<b<BR>r>*****************************superc... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 14:16:00 EST Find Someone to Hold You Accountable http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46944_find_someone_to_hold_you_accountable I volunteer in the P.E. department at the local elementary school just about every day. I even substitute for Coach H when he is out. But, at 203 pounds, I knew I wasn't setting a very good example for the kids. <br><br>On November 30th of last year, I decided it was time to get the excess weight off for good. Before I could change my mind, I sent a text to Coach H and told him I wanted to get into shape. I asked if he would be willing to help me reach my goals. Without hesitation, he a... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 13:02:00 EST Be Afraid, But Be Empowered! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46941_be_afraid_but_be_empowered I'm almost 55 and my weight has ebbed and flowed throughout the years, I was at my highest weight on 1/1/16, but this time my older body showed definite signs of age. I became afraid, afraid I wouldn't live a long life, afraid that the quality of life I had left would not be what I want or deserve. The simple message is, it can be changed! It can't change after we're 6' under. Eating mindlessly will rob you of the quality of life you so deserve. Yes, there is a lot of work, persistence, plann... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 10:03:00 EST How to start your outdoor garden from seeds http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46936_how_to_start_your_outdoor_garden_from_seeds I love having a hardy vegetable garden outside my back window and nothing tastes better than freshly harvested vegetables. If your growing season is short, you may want to start your garden indoors and transplant when the threat of the last frost is over. Here's how to get started:<br><br>1) Prepare the containers. Clean with well-diluted bleach (nine parts water to one part bleach). Punch drainage holes in the bottom of your container and then line with a layer of newspaper.<br><br>2) Pr... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 07:31:00 EST I want to be the healthiest me that I can be... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46930_i_want_to_be_the_healthiest_me_that_i_can_be What is my motivation to keep moving throughout my days? What is my motivation to eat whole foods most of the time? What is your motivation? Why are you here? Some days I just want to encourage others as I respond to blogs and Spark pages. But, mostly my own motivation to be the healthiest me that I can be is related to family and goals for my life beyond losing a few pounds and getting a bit stronger.<br><br>I want to dance at my grandkids' weddings. The oldest is just 13, so I do have... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 14:18:00 EST Number 1 Secret http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46926_number_1_secret Throw away my scale. I am motivated by numbers, so when I don't see the numbers going down I get discouraged. I then overeat because that is my coping mechanism. Then I see a weight gain and get even more discouraged so then I give up completely. So, my doctor suggested I get rid of my scale and weigh in only at doctor appointments. In doing so I remove the temptation to weigh everyday and then I can't beat myself up for not seeing rapid results. And when I go to the doctor and she weighs me... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 13:02:00 EST Pain is Punishment http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46922_pain_is_punishment <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <br>When we cling to pain we end up punishing ourselves.<br>~ Leo Buscaglia<br> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <br><br>Dr. Buscaglia is not referring to physical pain. There is little we can do about physical pain except to take medications to reduce the symptoms until the body cures the root cause of the pain.<br><b... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 10:16:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46912_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, 8 Jul 2016 00:42:00 EST One Day at a Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46899_one_day_at_a_time Remember that each new day is another opportunity to refresh, renew and truly enjoy your healthy life. Take advantage of these opportunities. They are the 'spice' of life. <br>When dealing with chronic pain I have found that there is an ebb and tide rhythm to the intensity of my discomfort. Some days, I can climb the walls that present themselves by rest intervals... Some days nothing works and the day is reserved for total R & R. This is okay. There is always another day, hour, moment comi... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 13:37:00 EST Getting up one more time http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46896_getting_up_one_more_time In proverbs 24:16 the bible says "Though a righteous man falls seven times, he will get up, but the wicked will stumble into ruin." This verse has helped find one of the keys to success with controlling my weight and my health. There will be times when I will fail to do what is right and healthy, in those times I have to make a choice. I can choose to not allow my failure to dictate my future and "get up" and start again or I can do just give up and gain more weight. The truth is we all will ... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 10:40:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46895_50_miles_to_50_km_on_40th_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, 7 Jul 2016 09:57:00 EST Love what you do http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46884_love_what_you_do My greatest motivation is EXCITEMENT, being confident and happy, and with me at the highest weight of my life is such a rare treat. I'm taking pride in myself my home and my time. I feel like I can do this I will do this. But I'm happy about it, obsessed and just happy to learn all that I can. I'm currently a noob and in love with the Keto Diet. A few things I love about it is just taking the opportunity to cut out that damned sugar, that always gets the best of us, along with the carbs, I'm ... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 01:39:00 EST Talk to your body... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46880_talk_to_your_body Sometimes we get so far away from what our bodies need that we almost forget we have a body. We rush from appointment to meeting to errands and chores and our amazing bodies carry us through.So, take one short break a day (you pick the moment) and talk your body. I know it sounds silly but ask your body what it needs right now. Does it need a rest? Does it need to move? Time in nature? A drink of water. Just ask one question and then do what your body asks. Over time, this practice becomes a ... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 18:39:00 EST Accountability For Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46879_accountability_for_success I find it easier to find motivation to make good choices and keep going when I have accountability. <br><br>A friend of mine and I meet for yoga at her house. We try for three times a week and have more than once expressed how we were ready to skip but knew we had to show up for each other. We end up hugging and laughing at ourselves and then doing yoga. A workout buddy is great accountability and keeps things fun too.<br><br>How many times have you made a different food choice when you are a... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 16:53:00 EST Track your progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46878_track_your_progress I like to keep a fitness journal in which I write down my workouts, summarize how it went, review my training goals and gather thoughts on my progression.<br><br>This keeps me accountable to workout and lets me look back at my progress. I include selfies, magazine articles and sometimes I write down motivational quotes in the book to keep my mindset.<br><br>I can look back and see my progression, my hard times and look back at what I have accomplished. Seeing my progression keeps me looking f... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 16:24:00 EST Don't Beat Yourself Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46872_dont_beat_yourself_up When you set a weight loss or fitness goal for yourself and you don't meet your goal. Don't give up and don't beat yourself up about it. Try it again. I have been trying to lose weight for years and I just can't seem to get it right but I will try until I find what really works for me. I will not give up and neither should anyone else. My doctor seems to think that if I go to a weight loss support group and talk about what I eat and what exercises I should be doing that I will be more incline... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 11:27:00 EST Motivation for Working Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46867_motivation_for_working_out Fitness Motivation Made Easy<br><br>Fortunately, economists and psychologists have been studying how to crack the code of what compels us to repeatedly do something we don’t always want to do. Here are some of their best strategies.<br><br>1. Give Yourself a Real Reward <br><br>Sure, some people might be motivated by vague goals such as “better health” or “weight control.” But if that’s not doing it for you, journalist Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Lif... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 06:45:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46864_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, 6 Jul 2016 00:20:00 EST Writing Down Your Goals Helps You Succeed http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46853_writing_down_your_goals_helps_you_succeed One of the key points of success that I've found here at SparkPeople is to write down your goals. At first I was skeptical! However, I quickly realized that when you write down your goals (in specific terms) you're more likely to achieve them. I've found that when I sit down and simply write out exactly what I'm aiming to achieve, I have the drive to keep focused on what my end goal is, rather than on what a temporary fix might give me. <br>I suggest grabbing a pen and a pad of paper before s... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 13:11:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46848_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, 5 Jul 2016 01:14:00 EST Journaling to success http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46831_journaling_to_success I began journaling when I was a little girl. I loved writing all about my feelings and dreams. There were no requirements on how I should be feeling, I just wrote down what I was feeling, good or not so good. I was able to continue this habit while growing up and am so thankful that I did. I start each day with a journal entry. I try to have goals set for the day, along with weekly and monthly goals that I remind myself of each morning. I have found this helps keep me accountable and aw... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 10:11:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46824_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, 4 Jul 2016 01:10:00 EST Find a friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46812_find_a_friend One of my personal secrets is to be very open and honest with at least ONE close friend about my eating and exercise. Accountability is crucial to staying on plan with my eating and exercise. I have both a friend and my mother who are both super supportive and we text almost daily about what we are eating and if we are cheating and when we exercise. It really helps me avoid giving into the cravings and mindless eating when I know I will have someone checking in with me. Plus it gives t... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 11:14:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46807_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, 3 Jul 2016 00:29:00 EST Focus on how many days you've done well, not the number on the scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46796_focus_on_how_many_days_youve_done_well_not_the_number_on_the_scale What matters is to do the things we need to do for our health. For me the reason I want to lose weight is to be healthier and move with more ease. <br>It can be frustrating to step on the scale and see no difference in the number, especially when I know I have been doing things 'right'. <br><br>However, rather than to focus on the number on the scale I try to focus on the amount of days that I managed to stay on plan: <br>* exercise the amount of minutes in my exercise plan.<br>* stay on my f... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 11:26:00 EST Just do it anyway. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46787_just_do_it_anyway Okay. I have a 'bee in my bonnet' and 'bone to pick'!<br><br>This is the thing... I set out the last few days to get re-acclimated to the site, to see what is new and be my best Sparky self. I've been really enjoying myself, and for the most part I feel 'sparked' in return. It's GREAT to see that things are rolling right along here at Spark people.<br><br>Then there is the other side to things... I know it's always been here... and perhaps it's bugging me so much because I came so close to di... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 17:46:00 EST It's all about LIFEstyle. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46786_its_all_about_lifestyle <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c51b12cd-642c-4bcd-93c9-315441ccc7a8.jpg"><br><br><br><br>Do you ever look up words you know, just for fun, to see if you understand them as well as you think you do? <br><br> I know... I'm a MAJOR word 'geek'... but I never cease to be amazed by how powerful words really are. Thoughts/beliefs are even more powerful, and since they are essentially words strung together for maximum effect, I find it useful to be truly mindful of the words I use,... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 17:31:00 EST Struggle Authentically, and With Confidence http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46784_struggle_authentically_and_with_confidence <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d6c0d862-2ccc-45eb-8222-f38aa3c07f66.jpg"><br><br><br><br>I had an interesting epiphany a while back... the 19th of November to be exact. <br><br>It seems I was the day's 'featured motivator'. I had no clue this even happened... and at this point, I didn't qualify to be anyone's featured anything. My focus was gone. My energy levels were tanked. My heart and my body ached with grief and sleeplessness. A bone-crushing weariness pervasively dogge... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 17:11:00 EST The only weight-loss aid that really works. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46773_the_only_weightloss_aid_that_really_works_in_the_long_run <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2ce29d36-ce36-4ddf-8898-0aeed96abbf8.jpg"><br><br><br>Self-love is the only weight-loss aid that really works in the long run. <br>~ Jenny Craig ~<br><br>"The body is a sacred garment. It's your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in and what you depart life with, and it should be treated with honor." <br>~ Martha Graham ~<br><br>In the Garden of Eden, eating was modeled as one of life's most pleasurable experiences. But then Eve ... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 01:11:00 EST