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 "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 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46772_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, 1 Jul 2016 00:53:00 EST Always there for you... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46758_always_there_for_you No matter how many times you trip on your journey of weight loss, some things are always there for you:<br><br>- Sparkpeople will always take you back no matter how long you've been away. You can always start anew but your SP friends and teams are waiting to cheer you on.<br><br>- The knowledge that you had the motivation to start once and can do so again. All you need is that first spark, once it flickers in you the first time it is nearly impossible to fully extinguish. It could be months o... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 10:35:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46754_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, 30 Jun 2016 00:28:00 EST if you want to be happy in your life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46746_if_you_want_to_be_happy_in_your_life <br><br><br>The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn’t already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder.<br><br>I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that that lit up her entire being.<br>She said, “Hi, handsome. My name is Rose. I’m eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?” I laughed and enthusiastically responded, “Of course you may!” and she gave m... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 10:12:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46742_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, 29 Jun 2016 00:23:00 EST the fence a story with real meaning http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46737_the_fence_a_story_with_real_meaning <br><br>There once was a young boy with a very bad temper.<br><br>The boy’s father wanted to teach him a lesson, so he gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper he must hammer a nail into their wooden fence.<br><br>On the first day of this lesson, the little boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. He was really mad!<br><br>Over the course of the next few weeks, the little boy began to control his temper, so the number of nails that were hammered into the fence dr... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 17:58:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46727_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... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 00:31:00 EST Be competitive with yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46724_be_competitive_with_yourself It is always great having someone there that you can hold yourself accountable to. But this is not always possible, or that is what I have found in my journey. It is easy to find someone who wants to workout with you here and there but it is hard to find someone to keep you motivated to keep going. That has been one of my problems. I feel I have found that one thing that has kept me motivated though, being competitive with myself. <br>It all started when I joined in on a biggest loser contest... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 16:49:00 EST A BLOOD PRESSURE MONITOR CAN BE YOUR BIGGEST MOTIVATOR! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46721_buy_a_blood_pressure_monitor I had a scary blood pressure reading on vacation a couple of weeks ago.Too much alcohol, salty fried food and little to no exercise all took a toll. After a few days of partying like it's 1999- I started feeling light headed and could tell my heart rate was higher and harder than it should have been to be walking around shopping. We stopped in a walgreens and I had my pressure taken. 172/116! YIKES ( The sound of a whipped dog yelping) My friend and the pharmacist urged me to go to ER! ( How... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 14:08:00 EST Don't break the chain! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46720_dont_break_the_chain I like to track streaks like seeing how many days in a row I can maintain good habits. This works for me, because I love visually tracking my streaks! I don't want to break the chain. The longer I track a streak, the less and less likely I will break the chain. This is how I went a year without pizza and candy. This is how I've finally been drinking AT LEAST a liter of water every day for the past two weeks. You can literally do this with any habit, good or bad. Seeing the chain get longer an... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:31:00 EST What Keeps Me On Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46718_what_keeps_me_on_track Even when I am the most disgusted I think of the alternative. Do I really want to slip into the plus sizes??? NO. Do I want to have good reports at the doctor's office? YES<br><br>I met a 98 year old woman that acted like she was in, maybe, her 60's. She likes to swim. Another words she stays active. When I am tired I think of her and it inspires me. If a 98 year old can do it, so can I.<br><br>I have a friend that promotes 10 minutes per day of exercise. She has many, many days in a ... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:39:00 EST Stay Smart and Stay Motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46713_stay_smart_and_stay_motivated Staying motivated to lose weight is partially about being smart.... If you have a certain weakness for potato chips or anything else for that matter just get it out of the house... If not opened you can give it to the food bank or to a Church to let some that don't have much...Keep these foods out of the house and away from everyone in the family... Don’t beat yourself up if you find that you didn't reach your weight loss goal for a week or a month... You’re not going to lose those pounds by... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 01:55:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46708_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, 27 Jun 2016 00:20:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46697_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... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 00:29:00 EST Motivate and get more healthy.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46695_motivate_and_get_more_healthy Bad Habits are hard to break as we grow up we accumulate them as habits as we grow up and it is something we do.. How many times you have heard... Your not going to get any desert or leave the table before you clean your plate.. Yes old habits and now we are older on our own and need to rethink our way of eating and habits we have now to break...We need to change and we need to Change Our Ways to weight lose as motivation to start living a healthier lifestyle.... Overweight people are at a h... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 19:56:00 EST The secret of my sucess http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46689_the_secret_of_my_sucess When I decided it was time to make a change, I joined Sparkpeople. I also bought a fitbit, my husband saw I was having trouble staying motivated so we bought him one too so we could compete with each other for steps and weight loss. We keep each other motivated. However, recently his job has him in another state for 6 - 8 months, its hard to keep each other motivated via Skype. <br>I found a way to keep myself motivated during his absence. I'm a huge Dr. Who fan, I found a site that sells the... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 12:21:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46685_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... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:32:00 EST Why Can't I stay motivated to lose weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46682_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, 24 Jun 2016 21:04:00 EST Get Up and Get Ready to go.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46679_get_up_and_get_ready_to_go OK here go you gained weight instead of losing it? Are you ready to quit... Believe me I bet we’ve all been there and experienced the same feelings you are going through right now. Take a deep breath and remind yourself that you can do this... If I can so can you.... You have to take the first steps.. Take a notebook and first write it all your Victory's you have had in your life.. the second page list realistic goals that you can do and achieve... make sure to list your includes your start... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:31:00 EST Small Steps Every Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46668_small_steps_every_day Every day, let's move forward in our health. I mean every single day, I'm going to take a small step forward. How about you? Let's do this together. We can reach our health goals and live a fuller life if we just keep moving forward. I am not trying to change everything today. That kind of a change does not stick. Here are some of my daily changes of the past:<br>I changed my salad dressing to ones with no sugar. That means that most of the time, I make my own. Who knew that almost e... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 05:53:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46666_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, 24 Jun 2016 00:46:00 EST 13 Sign's You're Wasting Life But You Can't Admit It http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46662_13_signs_youre_wasting_life_but_you_cant_admit_it <br>When you were a kid, did you want to grow up to be an astronaut, a singer or an engineer? If so, how’s that working out for you? Hopefully, it’s going great and you are living the life of your dreams. But for the rest of you who are not, here are 13 signs that you might be wasting your life… but you don’t want to admit it:<br><br><br><br>1. YOU SPEND TOO MUCH TIME DOING THINGS YOU SHOULDN’T BE DOING.<br><br>Video games. Reality TV. Surfing the ‘net. Stuffing your face with too much food. ... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:14:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46650_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, 23 Jun 2016 00:26:00 EST wonderful inspiring story http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46643_wonderful_inspiring_story <br><br><br><br>The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn’t already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder.<br><br>I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that that lit up her entire being.<br>She said, “Hi, handsome. My name is Rose. I’m eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?” I laughed and enthusiastically responded, “Of course you may!” and she ga... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 15:27:00 EST Motivational Quotes to Say http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46639_motivational_quotes_to_say The way you think and feel about yourself, including your beliefs and expectations about what is possible for you, determines everything that happens to you. When you change the quality of your thinking, you change the quality of your life, sometimes instantly.<br><br>You have complete control over only one thing in the universe — your thinking! You can decide what you are going to think in any given situation. Your thoughts and feelings determine your actions and determine the results you ge... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 07:08:00 EST new jeans today http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46638_new_jeans_today got a pair of jeans, very tight if I tried to put them on, kept them on door<br>For some reason not a lot of weight loss but inches are gone since those jeans fit<br><br>No I do not have to suck in and or lay on bed to zip<br><br>Now to get another pair smaller for next goal~<br><br>And will keep doing that till I get to where I feel good not weight watchers or Jenny Craig etc I and doing this for health and to feel good in my own skin not make others happy <br><br>It is a slow but stead [whe... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 05:41:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46635_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, 22 Jun 2016 00:27:00 EST Stay on Target http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46631_stay_on_target Any other Star Wars geeks out there remember the reference? Luke Skywalker is trying to blow up the Death Star by shooting his photon torpedos into a couple of tubes not much bigger than some sort of rat that he shot as a kid.<br><br>Anyway there is this line that keeps getting repeated into his ear. "Stay on target... Stay on target... Stay on target..."<br><br>That's something that has come to my mind a number of times throughout this weight loss journey. There are so many things that can d... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 17:51:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46618_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... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 00:26:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46602_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, 20 Jun 2016 00:28:00 EST 10 ways to boost your self-confidence http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46597_10_ways_to_boost_your_selfconfidence <br><br><br><br>How many times during your growing years did your parents tell you to walk straight or sit up straight? You may have casually dismissed it, or maybe you didn’t really pay attention. As an adult, though, you realise the wisdom of the advice.<br>Simple practices like these don’t just help you physically but also psychologically. Psychologists say that there are many little ways that can instantly help boost self-confidence. Here are some easy tips on how you can do just that.<br... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 19:07:00 EST Friends are Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46589_friends_are_good Three weeks ago my friend and I were talking at a resteraunt. I go out to eat a lot -- many reasons but not always a good thing.<br><br>She mentioned to me she has RA and always feels better if she exercises and loses even 10 pounds.<br><br>I told her about Spark People, and she downloaded the app at the resteraunt and has been logging her food ever since. Not my job to determine if she's always accurate, but she is excited and has lost 10 pounds in those three weeks.<br><br>Her comment to ... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 07:18:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46585_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, 19 Jun 2016 00:46:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46575_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, 18 Jun 2016 00:31:00 EST Buddies for Every Season! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46572_buddies_for_every_season When my kids were teen I had a neighbor that was my dear walking buddy. We had our three mile route clearly in mind morning after morning as we walked and talked through so many triumphs and challenges of our lives. <br>When I went to work full time I had to give up this fun time and it was a very long time before I ever considered anybody to be my health buddy. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer a few weeks after our son was married, I got very discouraged. My weight had slipped up ... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 18:15:00 EST Trick My Mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46571_trick_my_mind In order to keep myself from 'picking' when I go to bed, I brush and floss and gargle before just getting into bed. With such fresh breath, I don't feel like eating anything to spoil it! It provides motivation for both late snacks and healthy mouth hygiene. I try to not turn on the TV either, and shut out the lights. Those bring up suggestions for snacking. I'm having it a little difficult right now, though, because I'm staying every other night at home, and then at my mom's helping with ... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 17:05:00 EST 20 of the wisest quote of all time http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46570_20_of_the_wisest_quote_of_all_time <br>20 of the Wisest Quotes of All Time<br><br>Wisdom is something that comes from experience. Humans experience things differently from each other, they are always seeking wisdom no matter what the experience may be.<br><br>We use this wisdom to guide ourselves away from past mistakes and hopefully reach our endgame goals. Wisdom of all kinds has been passed down throughout every single generation of man. It is only acceptable that we give back the wisdom we have received to those who need i... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 15:42:00 EST Picture Me This http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46569_picture_me_this I am 64 yrs old and before I started this journey, I used to look at myself in the mirror and want to cry because I gained so much weight I felt I didn't know this person looking back at me. I stopped visiting people and going places I used to enjoy going to.I am not as active with my grandchildren as I used to be I have even avoided my class reunions because in high school I was no bigger than a minute. I do know as years past, every changes but not to this extent. When I decided to do somet... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 13:51:00 EST Staying Motivated at Wrok http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46562_staying_motivated_at_wrok Spend time with co-workers<br>I believe it’s important to get to know all of my employees outside of the office — grab coffee, lunch, or even work out together! We spend so many hours of our life in the workplace, why shouldn’t we use the relationships we make to stay energized? For instance, I recently learned that one of our IT employees is a huge movie buff — he gave me a ton of great recommendations that I never would have thought of myself. When you take the extra time to get to know you... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 06:38:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46556_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... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:22:00 EST The Finish Line http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46554_the_finish_line Today at work, I saw this saying on a program participant's T-shirt: "There is no finish line!" The shirt was a brilliant orange with an abstract design behind the quote. Orange is a stimulating color so it caught my eye right away!<br><br>The young man passed me by so quickly (he was on his way to lunch and I was returning to a program room from lunch) that I didn't have time to ask if I could take a photo of him and his fantastic shirt. I didn't see him at break time, either. This man is, f... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 21:02:00 EST Your friends or family may be knowingly or unknowingly sabotaging your efforts. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46552_your_friends_or_family_may_be_knowingly_or_unknowingly_sabotaging_your_efforts I have always struggled with my weight, now that I have made a committed effort to a healthy lifestyle I find that some of my friends and family members are making hurtful comments.<br><br>"This is just a fad for you, come on have some cake..." "You know you were never thin, why change now..." and my favorite of all, "When are you going to stop this nonsense and eat normal food."<br><br>I have decided to "turn the worm" if you will, to the first I responded "No thanks, you can have my piece."... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 17:42:00 EST The Other Side of Failure http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46546_the_other_side_of_failure <em>209</em> <em>209</em> <em>209</em> <em>209</em> <em>209</em> <em>209</em> <em>209</em> <br>"We seem to gain wisdom more readily through our failures than through our successes. We always think of failure as the antithesis of success, but it isn't. Success often lies just the other side of failure." <br>~ Leo Buscaglia <br> <em>209</em> <em>209</em> <em>209</em> <em>209</em> <em>209</em> <em>209</em> <em>209</em> <br><br>Yet another restatement of s pri... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 10:05:00 EST How To Get Going http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46545_how_to_get_going It’s true: what got you HERE won’t get you THERE. If you want to have real change, you can never live like you’re living now: something fundamental has to change permanently.<br>Fortunately, any permanent change, no matter how small, qualifies as different from normal:<br>• Drinking 23 sodas instead of 24 sodas a day permanently qualifies as a change.<br>• Skipping one meal per week permanently counts as a change.<br>• Choosing vegetables instead of fries for ONE of the 14 meals you eat out p... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 08:21:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46540_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, 16 Jun 2016 00:26:00 EST Keeping Motivated while loosing weight.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46538_keeping_motivated_while_loosing_weight I know I had a problem getting starting to loose weight.. I found a article about how to start a Journal of your weight loss... and I got a little Note book and put starting weight and measurements and a food intake also in it.. Then begins your work.. There is not a magic pill to take and it just goes poof the next day the weight comes off.. I found Spark People and they made it happen..Shift your thinking from thinking of everyone else first mentality to thinking like an athlete... and I c... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 19:36:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46530_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, 15 Jun 2016 00:28:00 EST 7 Powerful Quotes For When You Feel Lost In Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46525_7_powerful_quotes_for_when_you_feel_lost_in_life <br><br><br><br><br><br><br>There are moments in our lives where we feel utterly and entirely lost. There are no clear directions or paths for us to take, just one big ball of confusion without an instruction manual or a tutorial as to how to "live."<br><br>This is more than okay, for we all become lost in life every now and then. Sometimes it's better to surrender yourself to the universe and let the world show you your next adventure.<br><br>The next time you feel like you're completely los... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 17:05:00 EST Getting Over the Mind Games http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46524_getting_over_the_mind_games Probably the hardest part of weight loss is dealing with all the mind games. The scale is for most people the worst. The crushing thought that you're going to get on it in the morning and find out that in spite of everything that you have done perfectly for days or sometimes even weeks but the number will either not budge or because it is controlled by demons actually go up. There are of course lots of other things a mess with our minds as well. Sometimes it's a well-meaning friend or famil... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 15:41:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46511_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... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 00:24:00 EST Get Motivated and Stay Motivated This Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46508_get_motivated_and_stay_motivated_this_summer One of the primary needs most often cited by beginners and veteran runners alike is the need to be motivated to continue running. No wonder. Running is not an easy sport, especially during our long, hot summer.<br><br>Even though, there’s little technique involved in running and just about anyone can do it, training to run a race—much less a marathon or half marathon—is a daunting task that requires plenty of sweat and gobs of motivation to continue moving forward toward the ultimate goal.<br... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 20:44:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46495_40_miles_to_40_km_on_40th_birthday 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday<br><br>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 teleth... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 00:22:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46482_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, 12 Jun 2016 00:16:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46469_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, 11 Jun 2016 00:21:00 EST Just Do It Now! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46464_just_do_it_now I have probably procrastinated away many months, perhaps years, of my life. I've known for ages that if I put off something, I'm far less likely to ever do that thing today. Though I'm far from perfect, I'm getting better at following this title. I am more likely to schedule the things I don't want to miss out on - going to the gym, getting in my 10,000+ steps, writing a piece for publication or just for myself, cleaning the house, making healthy meals and snacks, calling or visiting a fri... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 14:55:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46455_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... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 00:23:00 EST Any loss is a WIN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46446_any_loss_is_a_win If the scale doesn't move, check your measurements. Chances are you've lost inches and ANY loss is a win! Don't get caught up in a competition with others and compare weight loss--everyone is different and everyone loses at a different rate. Plus there could be issues you don't know about--medical conditions, medications, etc. that affect weight loss. Don't get caught up in the plateau blues--always check your inches to see if there's a loss in that area. Make sure you get your required water... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 14:36:00 EST A MUST: Cheat Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46444_a_must_cheat_day I find it much easier to stay motivated and stay on track knowing that I have a built in cheat day, that glorious one day a week where I will eat whatever I want guilt free. I don't really plan it unless I have to, but I do keep a mental tally of what I really want, or cravings. Tortilla chips at the mexican resturant, fried food, mashed potatoes, chips, desserts, etc.<br><br>Just knowing, in x amount of days, I can enjoy the Blueberry Lemonade I've been saving since the farmers market, and... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 13:53:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46434_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, 9 Jun 2016 00:16:00 EST Do Not Wait! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46419_do_not_wait <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"Don't wait. The time will never be just right."<br>~ Napoleon Hill<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>If the train didn't begin its trip until all of the switches were right, it would never leave the station!<br><br>I read an article yesterday that stated a similar analogy. The headlights on a car only light up the road for abo... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 09:21:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46416_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, 8 Jun 2016 00:24:00 EST Perfection? Begin again. Nothing's perfect. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46411_perfection_begin_again_nothings_perfect If you miss a day, don't lose heart. Jump right back in, and begin again. you are going in the right direction. After twenty days, I missed logging in due to working overtime. I am not going to let it get me down. I began again. Begin that streak again. don't get down on yourself, boost yourself up. I made twenty days for the first time in a few years, I can do it again. How about you? <br><br>Losing heart and being discouraged is not an option. Go GO GGGOOOO! I still kept my walking streak e... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 19:14:00 EST Im ag in ation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46404_im_ag_in_ation <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>Denis Waitley says that the most powerful nation in the world is imagination! <br><br>Maxwell Maltz in "The Power of the Subconscious Mind" sai... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 11:57:00 EST I FEEL NO SHAME http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46400_i_feel_no_shame I have been on and off Sparkpeople and "diets" for years, and my gone up over that time. Not down. What I have found is that if I slip up even a little; over eat, don't exercise for a while, don't keep up posting on a thread, I hide in shame. I don't want to come back and say, "I messed up." I just skulk away and sink deeper into my own pit of negative thought.<br> This time around I'm finding that my mind set has changed. When I slip up, As we all do from time to time, I own it. If I don't... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 10:23:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46394_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, 7 Jun 2016 01:00:00 EST Keep going... Change takes time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46388_keep_going_change_takes_time Its so important to think POSITIVE and not feel defeated when you don't lose weight one week. Plateaus happen. Most important thing to remember is that everything takes time. After all, Rome wasn't built in a day! Sometimes when I feel like I am becoming unmotivated or in a sad slump I will talk to a friend about it. Usually after a pep talk I can get back on track and I am always pleased that I do. If you do not push through then you will be much more disappointed in the end. <br><br>There a... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 15:53:00 EST 10 Daily Mantras http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46386_10_daily_mantras http://inspiremetoday.com/blog/top-10-dail<BR>y-mantras-to-get-you-going/<br><br>Top 10 Daily Mantras to Get You Going<br><br>Every day should be a positive one, no matter what it may bring you. One way to focus on the positive is to start each day with a mantra to bring in a positive outlook and exclude the negative. Some people like to have one personal mantra they say every day, while others like to switch it up, always staying on the bright side.<br><br>Here are some daily mantras to keep... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 12:54:00 EST Thoughts on Doing http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46382_thoughts_on_doing <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do." <br>- Leonardo da Vinci<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>Throughout my posts of secrets, there has run a consistent theme, that being that attitude and not aptitude determines your altitude. No we have some... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 09:27:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46377_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, 6 Jun 2016 00:27:00 EST 10 principles of life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46372_10_principles_of_life 10 Principles Of Life:<br><br><br>Stop and ask yourself today, "How do I really feel about myself? " Before you answer read these ten principles.<br><br>(1) Never think or speak negatively about yourself; that puts you in disagreement with God.<br><br>(2) Meditate on your God-given strengths and learn to encourage yourself, for much of the time nobody else will.<br><br>(3) Don't compare yourself to anybody else. You're unique, one of a kind, an original. So don't settle for being a copy.<br><... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 15:41:00 EST There is no secret http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46363_there_is_no_secret Ok, I'm kind of riffing on the name of this section "secrets of success." I know what they mean. What worked for me. What worked for you. The thing is that we are all desperate to find the recipe to the secret sauce that will cause us to drop 5 lbs a day until our rock hard body is called up for a fashion photo shoot. But sadly our bodies don't work like that.<br><br>I got a little sideways with a blog post yesterday because it was an advertisement for some miracle diet that targets only your... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 07:48:00 EST Let It Go - Don't Overeat Because You Overate http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46362_let_it_go_dont_overeat_because_you_overate This tip is about falling - and getting right back up again. We all overindulge even as we commit to losing weight. Maybe I went out to dinner and had way more than I planned. Maybe you dipped into those chips and brownies at that party. Then what happens? "Oh no, I overate. I'm bad. I failed and I am going to keep failing.” That voice takes over and the next thing that happens? "Forget it, I can't do this, I might as well have the other 20 things I've been holding back on over the last c... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 07:43:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46359_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, 5 Jun 2016 00:25:00 EST Believe in Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46352_believe_in_yourself Believe in Yourself (And Why Nothing Will Work If You Don’t…)<br>by James Clear <br>The biggest difference I’ve noticed between successful people and unsuccessful people isn’t intelligence or opportunity or resources. It’s the belief that they can make their goals happen.<br><br>We all deal with vulnerability, uncertainty, and failure. Some of us trust that if we move forward anyway, then we will figure it out. As I sit here on Thanksgiving, I’m thankful that I’m one of these people.<br><br>W... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 18:05:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46343_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, 4 Jun 2016 00:36:00 EST You Are Not a Failure http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46324_you_are_not_a_failure <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <br>"Remember that failure is an event, not a person."<br>~ Zig Ziglar<br> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <br><br>How often do we hear people lament "I am such a failure"? This is such a mis-statement of the facts. Failure is an event, not a person. Remember when Edison was asked how it felt to have failed 10,000 t... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 09:00:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46317_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, 3 Jun 2016 00:25:00 EST Be a warrior http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46311_be_a_warrior Don't nibble with mediocrity.<br><br>Someone once told me not to bite off more than I could chew. I said I would rather choke on greatness then nibble on mediocrity. <br><br>Last night, I watched the Golden State Warriors beat the Oklahoma Thunder in basketball. It was a great game, with the Warriors coming back from a 1-3 deficit in the seventh and final game, to win the series. It is a lot of fun to watch Stephen Curry, one of the most prolific shooters ever to play professional basketball.... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 10:57:00 EST See It and Be It http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46310_see_it_and_bed_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 can dream it, then you can achieve it. You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want." <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>Once again, the same theme keeps popping up. I get my quotations each day from one of the popular self-help gurus but it seem... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 09:02:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46302_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, 2 Jun 2016 00:12:00 EST Positive thoughts in the workplace and at home are essential to a fulfilled life. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46297_positive_thoughts_in_the_workplace_and_at_home_are_essential_to_a_fulfilled_life Why? Positive thoughts can better stimulate both your mind and attitude, leading to a better environment.<br><br>The world is full of inspiration. We should use that to invoke a sense of wonder in all our hearts. It's important to practice this at both work and at home -- we spend at least equal time when not sleeping interacting with human beings both home and at work.<br><br>The best is always yet to come, but we may have to do a lot of challenges to see the best. While we live, we must ... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 16:08:00 EST Believe you can and you will http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46294_believe_you_can_and_you_will I have been trudging along on this journey for most of my life. My Spark journey started in the fall of 2007. I signed up in the spring but felt overwhelmed right away. <br><br>My fall I realized my highest weight that I'd seen for me. I logged back into Sparkpeople. I joined a TOPS group. Both seemed to compliment each other fairly well. Sparkpeople for the trackers and the teams and also the articles. TOPS for face2face and weekly accountability on the scales.<br><br>I did f... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 12:23:00 EST Virtual Racing and Medals http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46287_virtual_racing_and_medals I am thrilled to have connected with virtual racing! For those not clear on what this is: you sign up (generally $20-30) for a race, in which you complete it at a time and location of your choice. Once you have completed the race, you have earned your medal! Back in 2011, I started participating in actual 5k's, and the first one I did was the Flying Pig. Over the past few years, i was diagnosed with spinal stenosis and just walking a few hundred feet is extremely painful for me. But I... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 08:35:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46283_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, 1 Jun 2016 00:13:00 EST What Type of Motivational Person are You.? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46278_what_type_of_motivational_person_are_you Get to know what type of motivation best compels you can be a really important factor in achieving your fitness goals...Where do you begin and How to Motivate others those around you..How many types can you think of...? well I have thought of a few..motivated by achievement.. change.. power..Social .. Incentive motivation..All can apply to this word Motivation... Let's look at Achievement..desire to improve ourselves and prove to those around them and to themselves and others. It can be an in... Tue, 31 May 2016 12:59:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46264_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, 31 May 2016 00:34:00 EST TV fun time http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46260_tv_fun_time So, today wasn't feeling too well. But I didn't want to being completely lazy. I didn't some mindless television watching then I get up and walk around and then I do a little more time television watching and resting and then get up and walk around and I did isometric exercises. I think this will help in the long run for me to lose weight and gain muscle. Also, needing to exercise a dog Kama contributed to my ability to do some exercise myself. I really think that's the important part as my e... Mon, 30 May 2016 19:40:00 EST NEED MY MOJO BACK http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46251_need_my_mojo_back I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Mon, 30 May 2016 09:50:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46247_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, 30 May 2016 00:22:00 EST Walking to the beat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46242_walking_to_the_beat Once again, the following the secret is not really a secret. i have seen posts on this subject before but I wanted to throw in my two cents worth on this topic.<br><br>i vary my fitness routine. Some days, I hop on the Tony Gazelle glide for an hour or so. Other days, I popped in a Leslie Sasone Walking with the pounds DVD and have at it. I own about 7 of those so I have my choice of length and difficulty. But lately my exercise of choice is to walk outside. I usually do when it is quie... Sun, 29 May 2016 23:08:00 EST Be a good example http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46241_be_a_good_example Be a leader and a friend. Look for ways to help others on their journey to weight loss. Be honest with yourself. Analyze why you slip up when you do. Make it a learning experience and share what you learned with others. Never berate yourself or others.<br><br>Read the blogs others post with an eye for offering compassion, suggestions as a partner, and fellow traveler on the journey to a healthy lifestyle. Offer hope to others. To be a good example, stay active daily.<br><br> Read the messa... Sun, 29 May 2016 21:54:00 EST Adversity is Necessary http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46238_adversity_is_necessary "Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful." <br><br>It is only by breaking out of the chrysalis that the butterfly's wings become strong enough for him to fly.<br><br>We should embrace adversity and not avoid it for it make us strong.<br><br>I really have nothing to add to what I have said so I will repeat it several times.<br><br>"Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful." <br><br>It is only by breaking out of the chrysalis ... Sun, 29 May 2016 17:07:00 EST Are you all about the Title and Numbers..? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46235_are_you_all_about_the_title_and_numbers I usually write about weight loss and healthy eating ..cooking and helpful things .. This about being a Motivator.. Not just to have the name Leader under your name but a True Motivator and a Good Leader<br>and a real Blessing and a willing heart to help... It is not hard to be a Motivator but you have to give it time and when you have 34 Teams you can't be a good Leader... or Motivator... Sometimes we are almost always doing something.. piling on more and more often has a negative effect r... Sun, 29 May 2016 13:39:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46228_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, 29 May 2016 00:52:00 EST GET BACK ON THE HORSE http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46227_get_back_on_the_horse I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Sun, 29 May 2016 00:43:00 EST What Do You See? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46215_what_do_you_see <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"If you don't see yourself as a winner, then you cannot perform as a winner." <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>"The You You See is the You You'll Be"<br><br>"If You Can See It, You Can Be It"<br><br>"When You Believe It You Will See It"<br><br>"What the mind of man can conceive and belie... Sat, 28 May 2016 09:08:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46210_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... Sat, 28 May 2016 00:30:00 EST Get a Workout Buddy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46207_get_a_workout_buddy This will motivate you to get out there even when you don't feel like it ! I am able to walk but hardly ever did . Until recently , I asked a friend if she wanted to go walking with me. She said yes and after a while we finally got our schedules lined up and walked together. It was much more fun and not as bad as either of us had anticipated. We got our children involved as well and they are reaping the benefits as well. The kids are really enjoying it . Its good for them to see their mom wa... Fri, 27 May 2016 20:35:00 EST Memorial Day Tribute http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46196_memorial_day_tribute Let us stop and remember those who made it possible for us to be here today.<br><br> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> Stop for a moment this Memorial Day weekend and give silent thanks to those whose sacrifice we remember and who made it possible and necessary for us to have this holiday. <br> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>23... Fri, 27 May 2016 09:10:00 EST Stay Motivated to Lose http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46195_stay_motivated_to_lose <br><br>Set a realistic goal. Saying, "I want to lose 50 pounds in the next couple of weeks" is just plain unrealistic. The weight did not go on that quickly, so it will not come off that quickly. If you set goals that you cannot possibly obtain, of course you will be discouraged. •Consult a medical professional to determine what a sensible weekly or monthly goal should be. What is right for one person will be unhealthy for another, depending on your starting weight, age, activity level, gend... Fri, 27 May 2016 07:58:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46193_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, 27 May 2016 01:01:00 EST Adkins Induction Period http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46179_adkins_induction_period I'm in the Adkins Induction Period. So far, so good. This low carb thing isn't too bad. I was able to find some very unique and delicious recipes that would fit right in to the low carb diet--even desserts!<br>Reflecting over my last 50. Years. Yes, I am one half of a century old. My body is feeling some of the aging, especially in the last year or so. I can do much better than I am with my weight loss and exercise goals. It was truly an amazing walk yesterday. The weather was perfect, and m... Thu, 26 May 2016 09:38:00 EST Make Positive Deposits http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46177_make_positive_deposits <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <br> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <br>"You can make positive deposits in your own economy every day by reading and listening to powerful, positive, life-changing content and by associating with encouraging and hope-building people."<br>~ Zig Ziglar<br> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</... Thu, 26 May 2016 09:15:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46171_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, 26 May 2016 00:29:00 EST Simple Tricks to Boost Weight Loss Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46162_simple_tricks_to_boost_weight_loss_motivation By Malia Frey<br>Do you need more weight loss motivation? Have you lost your motivation to diet and exercise? Weight loss can be a draining process. So if you feel like your enthusiasm is lagging, you're normal. But it doesn't have to stay that way.<br><br>You can learn how to boost motivation for weight loss. With sneaky tricks and expert strategies, you can coach yourself to eat better and exercise more. And it's not even hard to do.<br><br>But you need to use one (or more) of these techniq... Wed, 25 May 2016 11:55:00 EST We all get this way and need Motivation... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46160_we_all_get_this_way_and_need_motivation Have you ever sat down at your computer to Jot a note or on a paper only to find yourself checking your Sparks mail or Facebook posts instead... then turn around and see your pile of dirty laundry grow until it practically takes over your Laundry Room...And still you need Motivation at some point in the day to make yourself to muster up yourself and slowly get up and get started... Well I have those days also.. I am not perfect so lets see what we can do to change the day around... Get your... Wed, 25 May 2016 10:51:00 EST Goals are Enabling http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46159_goals_are_enabling <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"Goals enable you to do more for yourself and others, too." <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> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>I s... Wed, 25 May 2016 09:36:00 EST Staying A Live http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46158_staying_a_live This low carb thing isn't too bad. I was able to find some very unique and delicious recipes that would fit right in to the low carb diet--even desserts!<br>Reflecting over my last 50. Years. Yes, I am one half of a century old. My body is feeling some of the aging, especially in the last year or so. I can do much better than I am with my weight loss and exercise goals. It was truly an amazing walk yesterday. The weather was perfect, and my husband and I explored areas and streets of our town... Wed, 25 May 2016 08:39:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46154_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, 25 May 2016 00:25:00 EST Motivation and Count the Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46150_motivation_and_count_the_calories How often have you chosen a diet because it worked for a friend... Perhaps you were inspired by a celebrity spokesperson...A diet might be perfect for someone else but their needs.. their lifestyle and their food preferences could be completely different from yours... Do you really want to buy your food in trays and the minute you go back to being and eating what you want.. you get it back with a vengeance and plus some.. Set your expectations and unrealistic goals.. and you become less Motiv... Tue, 24 May 2016 17:58:00 EST The Power of Gradual http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46148_the_power_of_gradual I weigh over 200 pounds. I didn't see that coming. Growing up I saw my mother and my aunts carrying around so much excess weight and remember very clearly saying "that will not be me". I didn't intend to become obese. I did notice myself beginning to gain weight. I tried periodically to take the weight off. But I never pictured myself at 160, 180, 200, 220, 240, heck even 266 at my worst. I didn't see that coming. <br><br>But it came, GRADUALLY, in little increments that didn't seem all that ... Tue, 24 May 2016 15:57:00 EST Success, True Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46141_success_true_success <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <br> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <br>"True success has more components than one sentence or idea can contain." <br>~ Zig Ziglar<br> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <br> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <br><br>The best definition of success that... Tue, 24 May 2016 09:45:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46135_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, 24 May 2016 00:40:00 EST My Busy Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46132_my_busy_weekend The last few days I have not been feeling well. It all started Friday morning when I woke up feeling extremely nauseous and sick feeling. I went to Target to do some shopping and ran all the way to the bathroom. Yeah, it wasn't pretty. When I got home I went to right to bed. I knew I had to be functional though because I had my brother-in-law and sister-in-law coming over for the weekend. So, I napped for 30 minutes and then cleaned my entire house. I think I may even have burned some serious... Mon, 23 May 2016 22:05:00 EST Please stand up. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46120_please_stand_up The one who falls and gets up is so much stronger than the one who never fell.<br><br>I have had a lot of falling in my life. A lot of times when I didn't think that I was worth the effort. A lot of times when I was called names, had no self-esteem, and didn't realize that all of that, ALL OF THAT, came from me.<br><br>It came from me, because it was ME that allowed myself to be affected by words. Words spoken by ignorant jackasses who I let affect me. Words spoken by family, who seriously di... Mon, 23 May 2016 10:37:00 EST Honesty and Integrity http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46119_honesty_and_integrity <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>. "Honesty and integrity are absolutely essential for success in life--all areas of life. The really good news is that anyone can develop both honesty and integrity."<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>I choose the quotes upon which I base my secrets from a list of quotations from different self-... Mon, 23 May 2016 09:25:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46114_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, 23 May 2016 00:30:00 EST Attitude, Aptitude, Altitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46102_attitude_aptitude_altitude <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude."<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> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>... Sun, 22 May 2016 12:01:00 EST Accounts payable Secret? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46085_accounts_payable_secret Once again, I feel compelled to start this post with my usual disclaimer. This isn't so much a secret as a helpful hint that most people are probably doing.<br><br>Whenever I start a weight loss journey, (sadly, that has happened a few times in my life), I do better if I am held accountable for my weight. For me, that is one of the best motivational tools that I use. <br><br>Back in the day when I was fighting cancer, I had to be weighed before every treatment. I used that as my motivation... Sat, 21 May 2016 12:51:00 EST Integrity - The Great Conquerer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46080_integrity_the_great_conquerer <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br>"With integrity, you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide. With integrity, you will do the right thing, so you will have no guilt."<br>~ Zig Ziglar<br> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br><br>Of all of the qualities in a person, integrity is the strongest. If you are dealing with a person who possesses integrity you know you c... Sat, 21 May 2016 09:11:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46077_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, 21 May 2016 00:23:00 EST Decide and Do It http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46070_decide_and_do_it Make a decision! That's what I did. I DECIDED I didn't like being overweight anymore. I felt awful. My health suffered, my clothes were tight, I was tired all the time. I finally made a decision and found out everything I could about the best way to do it and then started my journey. After losing 40+ pounds my best friend said "How did you do it?", and I told her I was tired of it and finally decided to do something about it once and for all. I totally retrained my eating habits by find... Fri, 20 May 2016 19:34:00 EST The 4 Wives : An Inspirational Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46066_the_4_wives_an_inspirational_story <br>There was a rich merchant who had 4 wives. He loved the 4th wife the most and adorned her with rich robes and treated her to delicacies. He took great care of her and gave her nothing but the best.<br><br>He also loved the 3rd wife very much. He’s very proud of her and always wanted to show off her to his friends. However, the merchant is always in great fear that she might run away with some other men.<br><br>He too, loved his 2nd wife. She is a very considerate person, always patient an... Fri, 20 May 2016 14:30:00 EST Believe It to See It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46060_believe_it_to_see_it <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</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>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <br><br>How many times have we heard someone say "I'll believe it when I see it."?<br><br>Mike Vance, who served as the Dean of Disney University, where all upper echel... Fri, 20 May 2016 10:42:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46056_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... Fri, 20 May 2016 00:21:00 EST Multitasking helpful or hurtful http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46054_multitasking_helpful_or_hurtful Sorry we seem to be a community of multi-taskers. I feel like I'm constantly doing more than one thing. Even when I'm sitting and watching television with my family I feel like I'm playing with my phone. Even if it is just to update my points on SparkPeople. Or like my food. I could just sit here and enjoy a movie. But for some reason I feel this obligation to do more than one thing at once. Even though I've read several studies that show that when you do more than one thing at once you add t... Thu, 19 May 2016 21:55:00 EST Multitasking helpful or hurtful http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46053_multitasking_helpful_or_hurtful Sorry we seem to be a community of multi-taskers. I feel like I'm constantly doing more than one thing. Even when I'm sitting and watching television with my family I feel like I'm playing with my phone. Even if it is just to update my points on SparkPeople. Or like my food. I could just sit here and enjoy a movie. But for some reason I feel this obligation to do more than one thing at once. Even though I've read several studies that show that when you do more than one thing at once you add t... Thu, 19 May 2016 21:55:00 EST Get into a Routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46046_get_into_a_routine At times, it can be very difficult to stay on track and stay motivated. Those days where we just want to hit the snooze button and stay in bed all day are very challenging. For me, if I do not schedule a normal routine each day I see progress slowing. If we want to stay motivated and meet our goals every day, week or month we need to find what works best for our individual schedules. One person may find that waking at 4 am and getting two hours of cardio exercise in before works best, and ano... Thu, 19 May 2016 11:09:00 EST HARDER TO STAY MOTIVATED http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46043_harder_to_stay_motivated I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Thu, 19 May 2016 08:29:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46034_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, 19 May 2016 00:26:00 EST Have a buddy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46033_have_a_buddy I am super excited. One of my good friends has started a diet this month as well. We didn't even know that we were both starting a diet at the same time. How could we be so silly as to not share that we were both wanting to lose weight. She starting at 192 and I'm starting at 182 and she has lost quite a few pounds already and I've lost three pounds or so. Tonight we had dinner together and practice portion control and kept our kids Happy And then we took everybody for a walk. It was the best... Wed, 18 May 2016 22:51:00 EST Gettin It Together http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46032_gettin_it_together Where did all my effort go? I was on point making it do what it do. Then BAM! Hit with. Sore knees a severe cold then make neck shoulder and now my arm. Is my body slowly saying "no" to change? One wrong stretch one workout prolonged beyond its usefulness? Well whatever it was it was not good. So now I am regrouping reminding myself of what I need to reach my goals see results. I need to realistic of the reach of goals how I need to take care of myself first and stil hit it during my workouts... Wed, 18 May 2016 21:40:00 EST Secret to success http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46031_secret_to_success <br>What is it that makes people successful and I mean really successful compared to you or me? Are they smarter or do they work harder? Are they risk takers or have powerful and influential friends?<br><br>The financial newspaper Investors Business Daily (IBD) asked these same questions a few years ago and started a multi-year search for the answer. They studied industry leaders, investors and entrepreneurs to understand the traits they all had in common that contributed to their success. Re... Wed, 18 May 2016 20:06:00 EST Born to Win http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46020_born_to_win <em>105</em> <em>105</em> <em>105</em> <em>105</em> <em>105</em> <em>105</em> <em>105</em> <br>"You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win."<br>~ Zig Ziglar <br> <em>105</em> <em>105</em> <em>105</em> <em>105</em> <em>105</em> <em>105</em> <em>105</em> <br><br>Still more redundancy, the same ideas over and over but the repetition emblazons the idea in the subconscious and adds a permanency to the id... Wed, 18 May 2016 08:25:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46017_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, 18 May 2016 00:49:00 EST Motivate Yourself with a Personal Weight Loss Mantra http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46015_motivate_yourself_with_a_personal_weight_loss_mantra Developing a personal weight loss mantra is an easy way to keep yourself motivated during the long process of losing weight. Learn why mantras work and how to develop one. Or adopt one of these 20 weight loss mantras as your own.<br><br>Self-motivation is one of the keys to successful weight loss. But how do you keep yourself motivated when faced with food temptations or a lack of desire to eat right and exercise?<br>Develop a personal weight loss mantra.<br>I have always been interested in m... Tue, 17 May 2016 22:29:00 EST Turn the E in Exercise and Enjoy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46009_turn_the_e_in_exercise_and_enjoy Motivation and Healthy Habits is easier said than done.. You have to replace old habits with good one and become Motivated to it..Regardless of your age, you can benefit from doing this... If your going to start a new exercises see your Doctor first thing before cause you may need to be monitored as you go forth with the new you.. You have to keep after it. If you forget sometimes or if at first you don’t figure how to make it work with your schedule... keep after it.. even ten minutes three ... Tue, 17 May 2016 12:56:00 EST Try Clean Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46008_try_clean_eating I've attempted to eat cleaner. I've been doing a lot of walking lately. I see it on my pedometer. I never would have guessed I'm doing about 6000 steps just from my daily routine. Every step matters.<br><br>Everyday is a new beginning. I'm hanging in there, day by day. I am sticking with a reasonable diet and include protein with every meal or snack. If I don't, I find myself falling into sugar lows.<br><br>I believe I can do this. Well isn't that just great. I stepped on the scale this morni... Tue, 17 May 2016 09:55:00 EST Start to be Great http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46005_start_to_be_great <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br> "You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great."<br>~ Zig Ziglar<br> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br><br>"A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step" <br>~Confuscious (I think, maybe Lao Tse, Who actually said it doesn't matter)<br><br>"You can never reach second ... Tue, 17 May 2016 08:13:00 EST Keep It Moving http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46003_keep_it_moving The key to staying motivated is similar to fuel in a car—you don't need the motivation tank to be full to drive, you just need to prevent it from running empty, says Joshua C. Klapow, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and author of Living SMART: 5 Essential Skills to Change Your Health Habits Forever. "I tell people not to waste precious time and energy on staying highly motivated because motivation has a natural rhythm. Most people see a drop in motiva... Tue, 17 May 2016 07:43:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46001_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, 17 May 2016 00:24:00 EST Every Thing Matters http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45985_every_thing_matters I've been doing a lot of walking lately. I see it on my pedometer. I never would have guessed I'm doing about 6000 steps just from my daily routine. Every step matters.<br><br>Everyday is a new beginning. I'm hanging in there, day by day. I am sticking with a reasonable diet and include protein with every meal or snack. If I don't, I find myself falling into sugar lows.<br><br>I believe I can do this. Well isn't that just great. I stepped on the scale this morning and although I wasn't at my ... Mon, 16 May 2016 09:05:00 EST Enlist God's Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45983_enlist_gods_help Every morning I start my new day with a cup of coffee, a healthy breakfast, and some time with God. I seek His guidance in the conduct of the day. Since I became committed to changing the physical me, I share that commitment with the Almighty every day, and ask that He will equip me to meet the challenges - whatever they are.<br><br>This gives me the focus for what my spiritual commitments are for the day, and also my physical commitments -- What is my resolve to meet the challenges ? ( Fib... Mon, 16 May 2016 08:44:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45980_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, 16 May 2016 00:29:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45958_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, 15 May 2016 00:28:00 EST A Negative Side http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45948_a_negative_side Everyday is a new beginning. I'm hanging in there, day by day. I am sticking with a reasonable diet and include protein with every meal or snack. If I don't, I find myself falling into sugar lows.<br><br>I believe I can do this. Well isn't that just great. I stepped on the scale this morning and although I wasn't at my heaviest, it wasn't what I wanted to see. I gained 2 pounds last month. Must be hormonal in nature; I am often diving into sugar lows if I do not eat a high protein breakfast i... Sat, 14 May 2016 11:55:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45942_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, 14 May 2016 00:35:00 EST It is Trying http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45929_it_is_trying <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"Success is achieved and maintained by those who try and keep trying."<br>~W. Clement Stone<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>This is a phrase that W. Clement Stone made famous. He always added "with PMA, a Positive Mental Attitude!" and he is right. <br><br>I do have a bit of a problem with the quote and that ... Fri, 13 May 2016 09:24:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45924_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, 13 May 2016 00:21:00 EST Envision Yourself Thin http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45923_envision_yourself_thin While I am staying at a hotel in San Diego for a conference, there's a full-length mirror in the room. I don't have one at home, and so this morning as I was getting dressed, I gave myself a good looking over.<br><br>I started putting on weight when I was 10 years old. By the time I was in the 6th grade, I was the fat kid. Roly-poly. I had to wear the "hefty" sized pants, which I hated. I was soft and squishy, and not a very happy kid.<br><br>I can visualize exactly when I started to lose con... Thu, 12 May 2016 23:58:00 EST Share your Motivation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45914_share_your_motivation Are you motivated? Are you staying positive? Affirmative? Determined?<br><br>If so, then do NOT keep it to yourself! Share It! <br><br>Each day, Spark People gathers new members. Those new members NEED you to help them with your support and positive attitude. Visit their Spark Page, send them a goodie, leave a comment on their page or on their blog.<br><br>Welcome them, encourage them, become the cheerleader we all need on our team.<br><br>Sadly, Spark People also loses members daily. Som... Thu, 12 May 2016 11:41:00 EST A Little Bit of Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45911_a_little_bit_of_help I could use a little bit of help reminding myself to stick to the plan. I have found it helpful to think of eating a meal and exercising as an in and out procedure. What goes in during a meal should be limited to the number of calories I am willing to burn out during a single workout session. That will keep me away from the meals in excess of 500 calories or more!<br><br>I'm hanging in there, day by day. I am sticking with a reasonable diet and include protein with every meal or snack. If I d... Thu, 12 May 2016 10:08:00 EST Get out of your head! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45909_get_out_of_your_head We can fight ourselves to the core. <br><br>''I don't feel like it, I don't wanna, I've got other things I need to do. Should I work out? I just don't want to."<br><br>These self perpetuated arguments are just that. They're OUR own doing. In our OWN heads, our own minds, thoughts. We a LOT of times create our OWN hurdles in which we face and need to overcome. Do you realize in the time you sat on the couch or in your chair for ten minutes, you could have made a trip or two up and down some st... Thu, 12 May 2016 04:46:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45907_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, 12 May 2016 00:25:00 EST My Spark Buddy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45905_my_spark_buddy The best way of staying on track is to use the buddy system. It is easier to be accountable, if you have someone to be accountable to. If you are both trying to lose weight, you can share your experiences and find out what works the best for the other one and what does not. <br>If you are having a bad day with your weight or trying not to eat that "Bad" food item, your friend will be able to talk you out of it or help raise your spirit. It is nice to exercise with someone. It makes it fun to ... Wed, 11 May 2016 23:15:00 EST Healthy Tips to Kick off the Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45903_healthy_tips_to_kick_off_the_summer With summer quickly upon us, it's officially time to kick off the season we've all been anticipating. And, with more time spent outdoors, better weather and an abundance of fresh produce available, summertime is the perfect time to get healthy. <br><br>But there's much more to getting in shape than just eating right and working out. You also need motivation. And who better to lend you a helping hand than the one you love — and vice versa? Having a positive body image not only has a huge effec... Wed, 11 May 2016 17:23:00 EST Breathing— The Overlooked Game Changer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45898_breathingthe_overlooked_game_changer Feeling discouraged? Unmotivated? Hopeless? <br><br>We tend to solely focus our attention on the body when navigating our journey to better health. But our minds are the MOST powerful tool to achieve our fitness goals, and breathing is our compass. Mind and breathing pair together like peanut butter and jelly. We don't think twice about something so seemingly simple—Breathe—but in every situation, this one act can calm our deepest angst and can remind ourselves why we are on this journey ... Wed, 11 May 2016 14:39:00 EST Pick up your Attitude and get going.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45895_pick_up_your_attitude_and_get_going So What .. Never use this.. unless you say I am ready to loose weight....Weight loss is a difficult process, but simply having a positive attitude will make the challenge easier....With time and patience, you can change how you think about weight loss. Try these three tips to use your brain in the battle of the bulge....when you decided weight-loss Some set unrealistic goals.. they don't lose as much weight. Instead, set attainable goals, like losing five pounds in a month... It is good but t... Wed, 11 May 2016 10:42:00 EST Join forces with a coworker for work day support http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45893_join_forces_with_a_coworker_for_work_day_support Working with a coworker who is also attempting to become healthier helps with keeping each other accountable during the stressful work day. For example, my coworker and I text each other frequently throughout the day with our progress and struggles. Having each other to vent or celebrate is extremely helpful because we can both relate to the same workday challenges. Recently, our company held an appreciation luncheon chalk full of foods neither of us were willing to partake in to hinder pr... Wed, 11 May 2016 09:38:00 EST Failure is the Only Option http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45892_failure_is_the_only_option <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</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, and being nothing."<br>~ Denis Waitley<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>So often we have heard "Failure is not an option". In reality i... Wed, 11 May 2016 09:15:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45887_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... Wed, 11 May 2016 00:48:00 EST Just for today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45881_just_for_today I've spent too much time in my life thinking that I will do certain things when I'm a certain weight, a particular size, can buy just the right clothes, etc., etc., etc. What a waste of precious moments and energy. All that worry and waiting only made me miss out on adventures that I can never capture again. <br><br>I find that since I've stopped all that waiting until whatever to do whatever has resulted in a more positive, more energized, more pleasant me. I'm still working on trying th... Tue, 10 May 2016 14:03:00 EST Jotting it Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45873_jotting_it_down If I don't write what I eat when I eat it, I simply forget to jot it down and keep an accurate track of my daily calorie intake. Everyday is a new beginning. I'm hanging in there, day by day. I am sticking with a reasonable diet and include protein with every meal or snack. If I don't, I find myself falling into sugar lows.<br><br>I believe I can do this. Well isn't that just great. I stepped on the scale this morning and although I wasn't at my heaviest, it wasn't what I wanted to see. I ga... Tue, 10 May 2016 09:31:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45870_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, 10 May 2016 00:47:00 EST The Past is Prologue http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45859_the_past_is_prologue <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <br>"Everything that is past is either a learning experience to grow on, a beautiful memory to reflect on, or a motivating factor to act upon."<br>~Denis Waitley<br> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <br><br>Good stuff happens, bad stuff happens. Face it, stuff happens. Whether or not stuff happens or not is irrelevant. The important thi... Mon, 9 May 2016 12:57:00 EST Doing Yoga meditation and walking 6k steps for best body awareness and energy. juust get me into a very positive mood, its contagious to others. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45855_doing_yoga_meditation_and_walking_6k_steps_for_best_body_awareness_and_energy_juust_get_me_into_a_very_positive_mood_its_contagious_to_others please see above. I start with Yoga meditation and then walk 6k steps for energyzing, positive mood building which is so contagious and lasts thru out the day. I feel so good with myself knowing that I have done my part to set a pattern for my week. This will produce a crazy kind of endorphin high which keeps me focused on working my body out even though I am 67 years old. By doing the above my cheeks glow pink, the white of my eyes gets whiter, blood flows to my finger nails and makes my ... Mon, 9 May 2016 10:22:00 EST When I started running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45848_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, 9 May 2016 00:48:00 EST have a friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45844_have_a_friend have someone special to come along side and keep you focused on making your goals. Or I turn to one of my favorite scripture passages as follows:<br><br>Psalm 103<br><br>1 Praise the Lord, my soul;<br> all my inmost being, praise his holy name.<br>2 Praise the Lord, my soul,<br> and forget not all his benefits—<br>3 who forgives all your sins<br> and heals all your diseases,<br>4 who redeems your life from the pit<br> and crowns you with love and compassion,<br>5 who satisfies yo... Sun, 8 May 2016 17:41:00 EST Happiness is What You Make It http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45840_happiness_is_what_you_make_it <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <br>"Happiness is the experience of living every moment with love, grace and gratitude."<br>~ Denis Waitley<br> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <br><br>There was a song a great while back entitled "Happiness Is" and the bottom line was the last line of the chorus "Happiness is...different things to different people" but in reality, Mr. Waitley hits the nai... Sun, 8 May 2016 11:14:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45834_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, 8 May 2016 01:14:00 EST KEEP ON SPARKIN' http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45833_keep_on_sparkin I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Sun, 8 May 2016 01:12:00 EST Initial motivation plateaud with a plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45820_initial_motivation_plateaud_with_a_plateau Ever get a running start only to stop once you hit a wall. Well that's me. I dropped twelve pounds in merely 4 days in the beginning of January. Total pounds lost by mid February was 25 ounds. But now I am stuck. I've only lost two extra pound leaving me at 168 and I have at least 38 pounds to go. But I actually want to lose a total of at least 48 so I have leeway in case I gain weight./ Also trying to build muscle to burn more calories at rest. How did I love 12 pounds in so little time? I a... Sat, 7 May 2016 04:27:00 EST 40 miles to 40 km on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45819_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, 7 May 2016 00:46:00 EST Fighting the Blues http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45813_fighting_the_blues When your day is slow to start and you want nothing other then sitting in you big comfortable chair. When you have to fight with your inner self to get dressed. I find that I can help myself by just getting on some comfortable clothes and throwing on a cap or hat and making myself leave the house. Going to the Park and walking just listening to and looking at nature. Freeing my mind of stressful thoughts. Once I feel the stress drift from my body I listen to music of relaxatio nothing sad or ... Fri, 6 May 2016 16:14:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45799_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, 6 May 2016 00:25:00 EST Chase Your Passion http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45777_chase_your_passion <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"Chase your passion, not your pension."<br>~ Denis Waitley<br><br><br> How many people do we know who are "Chasing Their Pension"? OK, so maybe it's not the pension per se but some other actually meaningless goal. So many people spend their life suffering from the dread and fatal disease that I call the "soonases" "Soon as I graduate from college I am going to..." "Soon as I get a job I am going t... Wed, 4 May 2016 12:46:00 EST Who inspires you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45773_who_inspires_you Whatever you are, be a good one.<br><br>Today, Sparkcoach asked, "who inspires you"? I had to think for a minute, and I figured out that I did. I inspire me. I get up every day, determined to make the best of every day, and have done this now, for almost a year. I am heading perilously close to my year anniversary here, and looking back almost makes me cry. It probably will make me cry, come to think of it.<br><br>The transition from being obese to fit was an exceptionally wonderful journey. ... Wed, 4 May 2016 10:50:00 EST I Believe I Can http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45772_i_believe_i_can I believe I can do this. Well isn't that just great. I stepped on the scale this morning and although I wasn't at my heaviest, it wasn't what I wanted to see. I gained 2 pounds last month. Must be hormonal in nature; I am often diving into sugar lows if I do not eat a high protein breakfast in the morning.<br><br>I am doing this to live a longer life and to enjoy the people and loved ones I am surrounded with. That is a huge motivator for me.<br><br>I have decided to eat with the goal of eati... Wed, 4 May 2016 09:13:00 EST WEIGHT WATCHERS LEADERS GONE MAD http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45762_weight_watchers_leaders_gone_mad Two years ago I hit my Weight Watchers goal of 132. That is very high and now I am down to 115, but at that time, it was very exciting to reach a goal and it represented a 70 pound weight loss so it was a big deal.<br><br>I weighed every morning and when I knew I would make the goal I went into Weight Watchers to celebrate my goal. It was a very deflating experience to be told by the leader that I could not weigh in because I had already weighed in at another meeting that week.<br><br>Yeah,... Tue, 3 May 2016 15:51:00 EST 60 things older women want younger women to know http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45761_60_things_older_women_want_younger_women_to_know I remember the day I resigned from my corporate job and transitioned to the life of an entrepreneur. My passion was to focus full time on building Sixty and Me, a community for women over 60. I wanted to reinvent my life and find a more flexible work style.<br><br>When I told my younger female colleagues what I was planning to do as a 60-year-old woman, they were amazed. One woman said that my passion and willingness to take risks made her question the many stereotypes about older women<br><b... Tue, 3 May 2016 11:16:00 EST Will Lose Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45755_will_lose_again Well isn't that just great. I stepped on the scale this morning and although I wasn't at my heaviest, it wasn't what I wanted to see. I gained 2 pounds last month. Must be hormonal in nature; I am often diving into sugar lows if I do not eat a high protein breakfast in the morning.<br><br>I am doing this to live a longer life and to enjoy the people and loved ones I am surrounded with. That is a huge motivator for me.<br><br>I have decided to eat with the goal of eating healthy all the time, ... Tue, 3 May 2016 09:00:00 EST We are proof! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45754_we_are_proof Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. ~Winston Churchill~<br><br>I just found this in my timeline and wanted to share with everyone. We, Sparkers, are proof that it counts to keep going when you feel like giving up.<br>I struggle every day. But I dont give up.<br>I continue to find motivation and help here at SP.<br>I have lost weight and gained it back. I have lost it again, and I have walked and I have sat in my chair wishing for the motivat... Tue, 3 May 2016 08:35:00 EST Consistency: Chasing a dream or creating a new reality? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45753_consistency_chasing_a_dream_or_creating_a_new_reality “For changes to be of any true value, they’ve got to be lasting and consistent.”<br>-Anthony Robbins<br><br>“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”<br>-Robert Collier<br><br>"Winners never quit, quitters never win!"<br> - Vince Lombardi <br><br>Being consistent, being healthy, & being committed~it's a way of life. Results come from your ambitions. <br><br>"Self-discipline is an act of cultivation. It requires you to connect today's actions to tomorrow's ... Tue, 3 May 2016 07:08:00 EST Find a specific motivation and keep a reminder! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45749_find_a_specific_motivation_and_keep_a_reminder A well defined goal can be all the motivation you need sometimes. Create a specific, time bound goal and define the progress you'll need to make to reach that goal. You won't believe how quickly you'll feel successful - and how amazingly motivating those successes can be. <br><br>Motivations don't work well unless they're very specific. "I want to lose weight" will lose it's power quickly. Find a piece of clothing you'd like to be able to wear, a recent photo of yourself that shows those ... Mon, 2 May 2016 22:57:00 EST Isn't as Bad as it Could Be http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45740_isnt_as_bad_as_it_could_be Well isn't that just great. I stepped on the scale this morning and although I wasn't at my heaviest, it wasn't what I wanted to see. I gained 2 pounds last month. Must be hormonal in nature; I am often diving into sugar lows if I do not eat a high protein breakfast in the morning.<br><br>I am doing this to live a longer life and to enjoy the people and loved ones I am surrounded with. That is a huge motivator for me.<br><br>I have decided to eat with the goal of eating healthy all the time... Mon, 2 May 2016 09:25:00 EST To Live a Longer Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45729_to_live_a_longer_life I am doing this to live a longer life and to enjoy the people and loved ones I am surrounded with. That is a huge motivator for me.<br><br>I have decided to eat with the goal of eating healthy all the time, for long term benefits. There are so many diet plans available it is hard to choose the right one for me. It's high time I get back on track. My goals are not being met, and my efforts have been sluggish this entire week.<br><br>No matter where you are at with your exercise and weight los... Sun, 1 May 2016 12:19:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45720_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, 1 May 2016 00:35:00 EST The Right Daily Rituals http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45700_the_right_daily_rituals For a long time, to me weight loss was all about what I was doing without. I focused so much on what I couldn't do that it literally became all I could think about. The key for me was learning to replace "red lights" with "green lights." Instead of "don't eat the donut", it became "do drink the water. <br><br>I know, I've heard this "secret" from other people. They call it developing healthy habits. But to me, habits don't sound like fun. They sound like washing dishes and doing laundry.... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:53:00 EST Why oh why can't I http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45695_why_oh_why_cant_i If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow, why oh why can't I?<br><br>Oh my, Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore, we have gone to the world of making your dreams come true.<br><br>Another Monday, and no flying monkeys or wicked witches are coming your way.<br><br>This is a great day to make a committed start on your food and fitness week. It is a great day to erase any blips that came your way this past week, step into your red shoes, and start skipping down that yellow brick road.<br><b... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:51:00 EST Defeat Negative Thinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45694_defeat_negative_thinking We all have negative thinking at times. I call them grumble bunnies -- or more precisely the negative energy caused by churning negative thoughts, I call grumble bunnies.<br><br>Do you know people who walk around with a cloud of negativity around them. Unfortunately, negative energy, sustained by negative thinking, can be contagious.<br><br>The good news is that energy, sustained by positive energy, can be contagious, too. We have to make the effort. We can control the kind of energy we p... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:46:00 EST 40 km to 40 miles on 40th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45687_40_km_to_40_miles_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 Apr 2016 00:47:00 EST 50 miles to 50 km on 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45667_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, 28 Apr 2016 00:42:00 EST Starting to Running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45653_starting_to_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, 27 Apr 2016 00:40:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45633_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, 26 Apr 2016 00:38:00 EST Log Every Silly Thing ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45632_log_every_silly_thing_ I log every silly little thing, every snack, every meal, every drink, every bit of walking and every bit of exercise. I blog now and then, check in on message boards and "like" other members achievements a bit here and there,,,,,,<br><br> But it's the logging of everything that has made me successful and oh how I love to run the reports.<br><br> Every day I run the reports for nutrition feedback and calorie differential. I can then see where I'm at and what I need to tweak in my food choic... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 23:03:00 EST Hang with Success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45628_hang_with_success Some days I enjoy being the one who is on track when I visit with a friend. One friend probably has 100+ pounds to lose, but finally seems to be making healthy choices. We worked through a weight loss study together a few years ago. I lost. She gained. Clearly, she wasn't ready. But, now I look at her and am inspired by the steps she has taken. She uses a tracker and seems to pay close attention to it. We had lunch together last week at a restaurant that could have been a real challen... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 17:01:00 EST Running with a goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45615_running_with_a_goal 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 Apr 2016 00:45:00 EST So Many Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45603_so_many_plans There are so many diet plans available it is hard to choose the right one for me. It's high time I get back on track. My goals are not being met, and my efforts have been sluggish this entire week.<br><br>No matter where you are at with your exercise and weight loss goals, you have got to start somewhere. Making a start is one way of getting on the right track.<br><br>I need to watch my fiber intake a bit more carefully, as I have not really made sure that I am getting the recommended daily a... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 11:36:00 EST TRYING TO BE STRONG http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45599_trying_to_be_strong I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 01:30:00 EST 30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45597_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 Apr 2016 00:49:00 EST Small changes equal big results http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45592_small_changes_equal_big_results I use the fitness tracker on SparkPeople religiously. I used this information to push myself to walk faster but not necessarily farther. I felt that if I walked faster I would burn more calories and that was good enough. Because of this mindset I never invested in a Fitbit or any other brand of fitness tracker. I tried using several different fitness tracker apps on my phone but never found one that I liked.<br><br>About a month ago I bought a pedometer. Nothing fancy but I can enter my heigh... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 17:46:00 EST