SparkPeople Staying Positive Secrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets-category.asp?category=staying-positive Learn some of the secrets of success for Staying Positive from SparkPeople members. SparkPeople Staying Positive Secrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets-category.asp?category=staying-positive What has helped me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47313_what_has_helped_me When watching TV, mindless munching was always a problem for me. So, I placed a bowl of apples on the coffee table and grab an apple rather than chips, etc. Also, place a knife and a few napkins in the bowl -- just so I don't have any excuses!! This worked very well for me - and for my husband as well! It's a quick easy thing to do!<br><br>Also, I chop up vegetables on Sunday night for snacks at work during the week. I use baby carrots and snow peas, but chop up celery, Japanese radishes,... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 07:57:00 EST To Be the Best I Can Be http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47311_to_be_the_best_i_can_be I am competitive by nature. I have obsessed over how long I can hold a plank and why it isn't long enough. I have obsessed over how many miles I can ride on my mountain bike, wondering why it is fewer than the miles my friend can ride. I have obsessed with the amount of weight that is reflected on the resistance machines, questioning whether I can push it to a higher number. I have obsessed with the number of steps on my fitness tracker, aware that always at the forefront of my thoughts, ... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 01:58:00 EST Attitude really is everything http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47301_attitude_really_is_everything We often here how important attitude is in life. Attitude in business, attitude at home, attitude at school, etc. I think attitude matters on the weight loss journey as well. <br><br>Whether you are trying to lose weight to look good or trying to lose weight to get healthy (or both), attitude is imperative on the journey. It is so easy to get discouraged when we do not see the results we want in the time frame we want. It is easy to feel discouraged when we slip up on our healthy eating ... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 19:14:00 EST Live For Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47295_live_for_today <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <br>"Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do so with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again."<br>~ Og Mandino<br> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <br><br>It is absolutely amazing the difference... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:49:00 EST The benefits of pet ownership http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47249_the_benefits_of_pet_ownership Who can resist a frolicking little kitten? Who can possibly resist an adorable little puppy? There is a wise saying about a puppy licking your face being more beneficial than therapy and part of that statement may well be true. There are many benefits to owning a pet providing you are willing to put in the love, time, and care every pet deserves. <br><br>Living with pets provides certain health benefits. Pets help lower blood pressure and lessen anxiety. They boost our immunity and lower ou... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 07:08:00 EST Making those Scraps Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47242_making_those_scraps_work I am a quilter. I have a fabric stash that only a quilt store or another quilter can appreciate.<br><br>We had our annual quilt show this past week. We also have a "Country Store" at the show, with handmade stuff from our club.<br><br>I got in to my scraps (we quilters collect a LOT of scraps) before the show, and decided to either throw everything out or make something useful of them.<br><br>Of course, throwing out fabric is JUST NOT DONE among my crowd, so the alternative to make some goo... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 19:08:00 EST Things that Show You Are A Loser http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47227_things_that_show_you_are_a_loser In losing weight some times we can not rely heavily on the scare (scale)/tape measure. Some times we have to have go ole signs that we are "losers" in this healthier lifestyle alternative. <br><br>I was reading a Sparkpeople article earlier and here are the take away <br>so got read on below:<br><br>I can come home, so what I need to do and get a decent nights sleep. Grant I normally don't do 8 hours all night but my fitbit days I do 5-7 hours and I some times go back for another hour or two.... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 22:02:00 EST Share your goals with your support system http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47221_share_your_goals_with_your_support_system Share your goals with people who support you. They don't have to be people you see every day, they can even be people here on Spark. I find that sharing my goals out loud makes them more real and give me accountability. <br><br>I also like to write them on my mirror in the bathroom, along with positive messages to myself. <br><br>It is all about "building yourself up," be positive you can reach your goals! I have always embraced the SMART goal acronym as a way to create goals that I can f... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 15:10:00 EST Tips keeping Motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47217_tips_keeping_motivated In the past I dwell on the mistakes I've made in this journey to a healthier life style. Each time I ended up with a huge set back. This time I had to change my mental thoughts, let go of all the mistakes, the ridicule received from loved ones about my body and the damage created from all the ridicule. I am in this journey for myself. I have learned to love my body no matter what others say to me. <em>385</em> <br><br>This is what I do each day to keep myself motivate:<br><br>1.) Every ... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:38:00 EST Louise Hays - Loving Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47188_louise_hays_loving_yourself Louise Hays is my guru for feeling good every day regardless of my weight, weight loss, or if my pants are too tight! Her inspirational meditations and books have helped me through some very dark places. I do not work for Hay House or am affiliated, I just know that it has helped me tremendously. With any weight loss program, a focus on the scale tends to lead to failure. By focusing inside and working on the outside, you get a better appreciation for who you are and what you want. I pre... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:31:00 EST Staying Hopeful With Anxiety http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47168_staying_hopeful_with_anxiety 1. In order to have good things, there must be bad things. <br><br>Without one, the other couldn’t exist. So instead of lamenting the bad and celebrating the good, celebrate both. Celebrate the bad because it will eventually be good. And celebrate the good before it goes bad.<br><br>2. You’ll never be perfect—just like everyone else.<br><br>3. People are mean or angry or sad because they need to be at that time.<br><br>Just like a lightning bolt, it seems very intense and like it’ll last fore... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 06:18:00 EST Darkness and Light http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47159_darkness_and_light <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars." • Og Mandino <br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>In the movie "Oh God!", God, marvelously portrayed by George Burns, stated "I created the rain so you would appreciate the sunshine".<br><br>For every ... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 15:41:00 EST Start each day FRESH http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47145_start_each_day_fresh Secret is never give up! If you go over your goal for a day, let the day pass without being hard on yourself. Remember tomorrow is always a NEW DAY. Don't just throw it all away, keep trying, keep logging your progress. Don't weigh yourself everyday, once a week is good enough.<br><br>Prayers help, without faith, hope has no meaning. <br><br>Keep a positive outlook, things won't be perfect, but you don't have to let them get you down. Slow progress is still progress. So keep the faith, keep ... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 19:50:00 EST Start each day FRESH http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47144_start_each_day_fresh Secret is never give up! If you go over your goal for a day, let the day pass without being hard on yourself. Remember tomorrow is always a NEW DAY. Don't just throw it all away, keep trying, keep logging your progress. Don't weigh yourself everyday, once a week is good enough.<br><br>Prayers help, without faith, hope has no meaning. <br><br>Keep a positive outlook, things won't be perfect, but you don't have to let them get you down. Slow progress is still progress. So keep the faith, keep ... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 19:42:00 EST A Successful Combination http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47134_a_successful_combination <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br>"Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success" ~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>"Success comes to those who try and keep trying with PMA, a Positive Mental Attitude"<br>~ W. Clement Stone<br><br>"If there is nothing to lose and everything ... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 11:32:00 EST How to cope with anxiety http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47125_how_to_cope_with_anxiety Divorce, layoffs, caring for aging parents, being the sandwich generation, threat of terrorism -- there's plenty of anxiety around for everyone these days. And very often, the source is something we can't change. How do you know when it's time to get help dealing with your anxieties? Anxiety can make us sick. That churning feeling in the stomach and guts that points to anxiety is very real and can have a devastating impact on our health and our very lives. <br>When anxiety is taking a toll, y... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 06:06:00 EST Have your own Therapy Cat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47102_smile_every_day <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/058c1908-44f2-43ee-a8ec-e0887b369fb9.jpg"><br>I have a cat who I have been training to be a Therapy Animal. We visit the nursing home every week and she is a huge hit! She also sometimes comes to the school where I work as a School Nurse. She's great with the Special Education students. She will be officially certified in September of 2016 and we will hopefully be visiting even more places.<br><br>Every time I see her or even think of her it ma... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 19:07:00 EST The "d" word http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47057_the_d_word I have mentioned this a little bit in previous posts and blogs, but I have come to cringe when others ask, "how is your DIET going?","are you still on your DIET?", and "what kind of DIET are you on to lose the weight?" I wish we could teach outsiders to be a little more sensitive to us trying to make LIFESTYLE CHANGES. I wish they understood that DIET, to me, is something temporary. I am in this for the long haul. It's also not just about losing weight (even though 50 lbs in 5 months has been... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 11:17:00 EST Transform Impossible to I'm Possible http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47035_transform_impossible_to_im_possible I just read the thought of changing "Impossible to I'm Possible" on another person's blog who made it to one-derland and I love it! Making it to having a one in the hundreds place of my weight is one of my goals. <br><br>But what inspired me more was the thought of achieving great things when we continue to strive for them with just little steps at a time. Eating healthier foods, taking smaller portions, getting in some extra steps - they all add up. I like the simple joys in life like we... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 09:08:00 EST Value of Office Friends Support http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47028_value_of_office_friends_support The past couple of weeks have been really difficult with the boss hospitalized for bee stings and then the office manager with inner ear infection causing a myriad of symptoms and making us short staffed. Today she was back and feeling better and she wanted to hear about my new diet program with a physician. I got her to read through the information and asked her to join me on the path to better nutrition and health. My BP was better today and it's because of addressing what I do for mys... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 00:03:00 EST How to review your favorite businesses http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47025_how_to_review_your_favorite_businesses <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/37c23b19-1fd6-4450-bfad-49370438525f.JPG"><br>What's easy and fun? Talking to a friend about a business that you love!<br><br>What's even more so? Writing it into an online review!<br><br>Writing an online review for your favorite business is really easy and fun - just like recommending a favorite restaurant to a friend. Anyone who has interacted with a business is qualified to review it online! Not only that, it's a real mood booster to write ... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 19:27:00 EST One Minute to A Healthier You.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47024_one_minute_to_a_healthier_you When it comes to losing weight or making healthy choices, we all pretty much think that it takes hours at a gym plus long nights preparing and planning nutritious meals. What we often don't realize is that quick and easy changes can really improve our immediate health and wellness.<br><br>So you think you can't give a minute to your health? One minute—that’s it! Try any one of these 60-second activities to easily reap the healthy benefits.<br><br>1. Drink a tall glass of water. We all know th... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 17:16:00 EST Don't get discouraged!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47007_dont_get_discouraged I was always so worried about messing u that I never could get started. One day I just took the first step toward a walk around the neighborhood. Since then I have found out I am insulin resistant and been put on medication to help. Knowing that information and researching PCOS and really learning about my condition has empowered me to keep taking steps each day to become healthier and happier. Just remember each day that u can mess up , you can eat something that is not 100% healthy and not... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 02:41:00 EST Do Not Stop!!! Believe In Yourself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47003_do_not_stop_believe_in_yourself Do not stop! Believe in yourself!<br><br>This made my motivation to stay positive and be active in all activities. What made me to stay positive is to become active in all possible activities like running, walking and soon, swimming. Thanks to my MisFine Shine activity tracker.<br><br>Now, with the MisFit Shine activity tracker, I am staying positive whatever happens to me and whatever will be the developing activities that I'll be doing in the next coming days, I'll try to stay positive as m... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 23:04:00 EST I CAN DO THIS!! GOD SAID SO!! AND GOD CAN'T LIE!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47000_i_can_do_this_god_said_so_and_god_cant_lie I feel as though I've been on a diet all my life and wanting to be a certain size, but NOW I just want to lose weight to be HEALTHY - and that's eating right and excising. <em>492</em> <em>551</em> <em>311</em> <em>216</em> I want to enjoy my grandchildren and keep up with them <em>246</em> and I find the Secret is Staying Close to God and taking it ONE DAY AT A TIME!! Yes I fail - but failing is not problem the problem is when I fail to not get back up again!! I've also Bookm... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 21:44:00 EST Planning Ahead of Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46989_planning_ahead_of_time I've been a " roller coaster" since a kid. Now, I look back at patterns of when I've fallen off and realize it mostly, of course happens as the holidays come around. This has prompted me to look at the new calendar month and circle dates where I am prone to falling, and not stress but rather come up with a plan. I read a lot of comments on 4th of July and how people were stressing. I think it doesn't have to be a stress. So for example. June 30, I looked at July. I circled the 4th, the 9th... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 12:20:00 EST keep on trucking, never say die http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46949_keep_on_trucking_never_say_die This is a marathon, not a race. If you fall, get back up, dust off, and start again, Don't take set backs as failure, find away around roadblocks and move out towards the goal. Set real attainable goals, small at first to have success and when you have success set harder challenges. When you fall back a bit, just get back on track and try again maybe with smaller goals. Always remember; the longest journey starts with the smallest step and even the smallest step forward is better than going b... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 16:40:00 EST Take a Positive Outlook http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46935_take_a_positive_outlook It's the negative self talk we all indulge in...We tend to think the worst... but rest assure we all mess up sometimes... We are not perfect... You may have noticed little kids speaking their inner thoughts out loud.. They are brutally honest if you don't want to know don't ask ... and as we grow older we stop... Things are either good or bad there's no middle ground.... If you're not perfect you're a total failure... Sparks gives us all we need to be positive and loose weight and all we ha... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 02:12:00 EST LOSING YOUR WEIGHT MEANS WAKING UP TO REALITY http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46916_my_sense_of_humor_got_me_through_a_difficut_social_situation My 90 pound weight loss opened doors for me. Last night I found myself interviewing friends of Princess Di in Buckingham Palace! I was dressed appropriately for the situation in a Chanel suit and my professional notebook. For the occasion I wore a tasteful hat with a feather on the side.<br><br>A very well dressed man with an impeccable English accent charmed me with his warm memories of the Princess. He described how intelligent, charming and energetic she was when she fulfilled her dutie... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 07:27:00 EST How to Stay Positive While Trying to Lose Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46905_how_to_stay_positive_while_trying_to_lose_weight Anyone who has ever tried to lose weight knows there is no easy way to make it happen.<br><br>There is no magic pill or miracle product. You just need to put in the time and do the work.<br><br>However, there is a secret weapon many people are ignorant of. This secret can work miracles and produce amazing results.<br><br>Want to know what the secret is? I’ll tell you; it’s a positive attitude.<br><br>Change how you think about food, the progress of your weight loss journey, and your outwar... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 18:59:00 EST Success is measured in moments not in ounces. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46902_success_is_measured_in_moments_not_in_ounces Over my lifetime, I am certain I have lost between 500 and 1000 pounds--seriously. <br><br>I have been very consistent at checking in with Spark People almost every day since late February of this year, yet I'm not thin. The pounds are not melting away this time.<br><br>So how do I happen to feel successful? I feel it for a number of reasons. I have made and kept <br>many commitments to myself since the end of February. For one thing, I now track my food and water. Even though I don't alwa... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 18:05:00 EST Remember to Reward Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46891_remember_to_reward_yourself Remember to Reward Yourself<br>How to Pat Yourself on the Back<br><br> By Mike Kramer, SparkPeople Contributor<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f4e56bc5-ca9a-4009-8f17-21c99eadbb87.jpg"><br>Everyone likes a pat on the back every once in a while. And there’s no better time to get one than when you’re out of your comfort zone, challenging yourself to improve, nervous about whether you can succeed.<br><br>Most people approach changing their health habits from a position of "p... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 08:25:00 EST Mind Refresh Blip http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46869_mind_refres_blip Where the mind goes the man follows - Joyce Meyer. <br><br>Well I started there and said how can I keep my focus on what God wants me to do to honor this body (mind, body, and spirit). <br><br>I am doing this exercise thing, and food thing, and church thing, how do I put it all together so it doesn't feel like I am going in many directions but flows because it's meant to go together. Well this Cognitive thing was the component that was missing. When I started putting my thoughts in submiss... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 07:39:00 EST How did you sleep? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46866_how_did_you_sleep Our Attitude begins when we start to think ..our attitude often determines how our days will progress... You have heard the Old saying... He or She woke up on the wrong side of the bed... Well really it has nothing to do with our attitude or getting out of bed... Yes if we get enough rest we wake up in a much better mood than if we get little sleep and then it seems like we are tired and slow going...How we approach our day is about so much more…happiness can drive our ability to be successfu... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 01:33:00 EST Aim To Sustain http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46827_aim_to_sustain I've tried to lose weight a lot of times before. Even with SparkPeople. But this is the first time that I've stuck at it for a year, made serious progress (85lbs lost so far!), and not felt like I wanted to eat my own arm off every five minutes.<br><br>People have asked me, what's different this time? And it really boils down to one thing: I took it slow.<br><br>I tried to keep the same general idea phrased a few different ways in my mind every day:<br><br>- One thing at a time<br>- Everythin... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 06:44:00 EST Sometimes It Is All About Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46818_sometimes_it_is_all_about_me Set aside a certain amount of time each day just to do what you want to do. How about 1 hour each day? If that’s not “possible,” start with smaller increments of time, say 15 minutes, and work your way up.<br>Doing part of something is better than doing nothing. Even if you can’t complete a task or a project, it is better to take a small “chunk” out of it rather than letting the whole thing slide until later. If you absolutely “hate” working in that manner, then just make sure... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 16:54:00 EST Remember, you are always PHAT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46802_remeber_you_are_always_phat <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/867bef14-35e2-4c50-ad90-f3a2568d7df6.jpg"><br><br><br><br>(Some of you are familiar with my 'BEFORE Pictures & Continuing PROGRESS' pictures blog... if you aren't you might want to take a peek before you read further...) <br><br>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_<BR>public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=<BR>2108514<br><br><br>I'm 5'3" tall and I weigh over 250 pounds. Before I got to SparkPeople I really didn't know just how fat I was. Really. ... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 16:16:00 EST Feeling Great and Good How Bout You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46778_feeling_great_and_good_how_bout_you <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3dda0ac8-d7d8-4193-9f13-2a66b3276fda.jpg"><br><br>Some days are better than others. On those days that go less well, I usually end up being hard on myself. So when I am hard on myself I normally tend to compensate by eating unhealthy. <br><br>BUT when I am feeling good, in the zone and making it do what it do! A sistah girl is on fire!!! Here are a few ways I tend to do this:<br><br>I just keep going. I try my might not to let life's changes/ch... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 12:09:00 EST Don't Let Your Fears Define You http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46774_abundance_appears_when_fear_disappears <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f9aa8326-8a9e-4fd7-8c24-1f8968fee6bd.jpg"><br><br><br><br>I was recently prised out of my torpor and lassitude by the following: <br><br>"I see problems, instead of possibilities. <br>I find excuses instead of solutions. <br>I'm grumpy instead of gracious. <br>I've been seeing only scarcity instead of abundance. <br>I've been saying 'I can't' more than 'I can', 'why?' instead of 'why not?!' <br><br> Most importantly, I realized that I've been o... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 02:00:00 EST Transformation of the New you.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46764_transformation_of_the_new_you When you deiced that you want to make this Journey here on Spark People know it is not just a easy thing.. Your Journey will take a while.. To drop weight there is a lot of things that you need to do.. Some get skied up and think after a few months they should be there.. but think how long you took to get where you are now and where you want to be at.. Then you may have to go in the Hospital and there is a set back and maybe you get hurt.. that is a set back.. My Journey to my point took almo... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 17:40:00 EST Positive Attitude and keep going http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46743_positive_attitude_and_keep_going We have all been there before... One day we feel like we can do anything and we resolve to try... but a few days or weeks later we wonder how we can get up the desire to even get out of bed.... If we think real hard...maybe it is not that bad…but when it comes to keeping up with healthy eating and physical activity, perhaps it is... We tend to drag our feet and make excuses and then here we go.. Yo Yo.. Don't do this keep a positive attitude... Do you have a clear plan about how you're going ... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 01:02:00 EST Just Don't Give Up Trying http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46739_just_dont_give_up_trying I don't know if i'm the right person to be writing this. I am not a weight-loss expert. I have been trying to lose weight a good deal of my life. I am feeling a little different about losing this time - this time it has to do with my health. <br><br>Not that my doctor hasn't said that I should lose (she has said that many times over the years). It's more that I need to lose because I am putting too much work on my heart to push all that blood around this big body. My body is not as big ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 21:45:00 EST How to overcome depression http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46736_how_to_overcome_depression Many people go through an occasional episode of depression and feel they are lost, sinking, or unable to cope. Depression is NOT a normal part of life, but if you make a few significant changes you can overcome it without medications.<br> 1. EXERCISE! Yes, it's very hard to feel motivated enough to get up and move, so enlist a friend to exercise with you, or borrow or obtain a dog. I used to borrow the dog from across the street which helped the neighbors, helped the dog, and forced ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:03:00 EST How to change two lives by volunteering http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46715_how_to_change_two_lives_by_volunteering No time to volunteer? Too stressed? Too busy? Does this world and all its stress overwhelm you? You can change one little piece of the world you touch just by volunteering. <br>One of the best ways to make new friends and strengthen existing relationships is to commit to a shared activity together. Find something you enjoy doing, or better yet, go out of your comfort zone and explore something new by volunteering in an area you know nothing about. Can't cook? Volunteer at a soup kitchen o... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 08:16:00 EST Depression, anxiety and panic attacks are NOT a sign of weakness. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46693_depression_anxiety_and_panic_attacks_are_not_a_sign_of_weakness <br><br><br><br><br>Depression, anxiety and panic attacks are NOT a sign of weakness. They are signs of having tried to remain strong for way too long. Did you know that 1 in 3 of us will go through this at some point in our lives? Show support that they are not alone.<br><br>“Anxiety is love's greatest killer. It makes others feel as you might when a drowning man holds on to you. You want to save him, but you know he will strangle you with his panic.” ~ Anaïs Nin<br><br>“After all, what is h... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 17:35:00 EST Miracles Are Happening http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46691_miracles_are_happening Read my today's blog about Miracles. No matter how far down the scale we go, we CAN benefit others with our experiences. <br><br>It is so easy to look at all the negatives. <br><br>Just for today, write down ten delights in your life. <br><br>When I look down on my life, I get a downer day.<br><br>When I look for good and beauty, my day is happier, I am healthier, more enthused about simply being alive.<br> <em>246</em> <br><br>If life is getting pretty rough around the edges, I insist on... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 13:48:00 EST THE ENGINE THAT COULD http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46678_the_engine_that_could Remember that story The Little Engine That Could. He kept saying I think I can... I think I can, and what do you know; he could! Doing anything requires belief that you can do it. If you don't believe it, than you won't be able to do it. If you believe that you can resist temptation, than you will resist temptation. You are stronger than that desire to do something that you know to be harmful or wrong! If you believe you can work out for so much time than you can. Don't let petty excuses come... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:12:00 EST Have you tried Meditation? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46674_have_you_tried_meditation Truly, I find if we can take a few moments of our days just sitting quietly with no distractions such as television, radio etc we can come to a very peaceful place..<br><br>Here we can ponder on our inner feelings, our relationships,or our trust in a divine being guiding our destiny, and thus we can survive any complication or issue in our daily complex lives.<br><br>Do take this small time out of your busy day. It may be only ten to fifteen moments. It is best, I think, to do this in the ear... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:02:00 EST Stop Looking Down and look Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46663_stop_looking_down_and_look_up When you start your Journey here at Sparks People then this is where weight loss begins.. Your choices of food and login your food will begin you lifestyle has started.. Weight control requires a change in lifestyle... and it will be so much better as you make your choices.. Besides watching calories and eating better changing the mindset to a positive one will also help the quest for a new look and better healthy.. Weight loss and better health walk hand in hand..Everyone is different in ho... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 16:58:00 EST Secrets of a long and happy marriage http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46644_secrets_of_a_long_and_happy_marriage Maybe 41 years of marriage isn't long to some people but it seems to be longer than most marriages these days. Of the majority of our friends, we tease that we are still on our "starter" marriage, while most have exchanged partners at least once, some four and five times! My parents had a long and happy marriage and I decided to pattern my relationship with my husband after my parents. A few tips that work for us:<br>1. Always THANK your partner for what they do for you. I than my husband ... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 16:36:00 EST Manage your anger http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46630_manage_your_anger It's so easy to lose our temper, snap, go ballistic, or get angry. Whatever we call it, anger is an emotion that is "best served cold." It can be toxic, destructive, and harmful. It causes pain, stress and alienation.<br> There are two types of anger, destructive anger and constructive anger. Destructive anger is the source of revenge, retribution, and "pay-back." It is deadly, self-sabotaging, and is the life-wrecking anger that creates harm and ill-will, It is often bottles up inte... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 15:08:00 EST Being Positive Helps http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46629_being_positive_helps With the ups and downs in lift I try to stay positive. My son on the other side of the US starting a new job. Happy for him and his girl but I miss them.<br><br>Life is good and very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking. <br><br>Sometime it's not the song that makes you emotional it's the people and things that come to mind when you hear it. <br><br>Notice the people who make an effort to stay in your life.<br><br>Life is too short to wak... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 14:32:00 EST Some Spiritual Exercises http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46624_some_spiritual_exercises <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another's, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises. <br>Leo Buscaglia <br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>This harkens back to yesterday's secret, whatsoever sha... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 10:01:00 EST During Times when you CAN'T workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46615_during_times_when_you_cant_workout I've often been discouraged when, after being 'good' for so long, I hit my T.O.M. week. During this week, I CAN NOT do my normal activities. I always feel like it's a set back in my month and an obstacle to my fitness. And, believe me, I do NOT have a good track record with OBSTACLES.<br>Now, I have decided to view it as a Rest Week. I tone it down, heal, and put my brain to work accomplishing OTHER goals that perhaps I couldn't do the rest of the month, because I was so busy thinking of FI... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 21:38:00 EST How to really win friends and influence people http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46590_how_to_really_win_friends_and_influence_people In these days of social media it's easy to snap back at the ridiculous comments so many people seem to post. Bust just because they disagree with our views doesn't mean they are not worth knowing. I find it more and more important to listen much more than I speak. I have found a few ways that work for me when it comes to winning friends and being a good influence on people. <br>1. Just be nice! If you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say it! Show appreciation, gratitude, than... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 08:08:00 EST Be honest with yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46568_be_honest_with_yourself On certain days I just want to be miserable. You know those days, you feel crummy, it is hot out, it is humid and I just want to be miserable. It is easy to take it out on your support network, aka. friends or family. Be honest with yourself on days like that. Recognize what you are doing. Recognize why you are doing it. Be sure to make amends with your support network or they won't be around much longer. Those people are the ones you can vent to when you need to, but try not to make t... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 13:32:00 EST Pick a Mantra http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46558_pick_a_mantra Pick a saying that speaks to you. It can change over your journey. <br><br>Currently, for me, I think of food "set backs" as flat tires. You wouldn't pop the other three tires because of one flat. You aren't happy about the flat, it is definitely upsetting and inconvenient, but you fix it and move forward. <br><br>Fix your flat!<br><br>Another mantra I've used is the Japanese proverb, "fall seven times, get up eight." We are not our set backs. We are defined by getting up. Getting up is more ... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:37:00 EST my life is not your story to tell http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46537_my_life_is_not_your_story_to_tell <br>My life is not your Story to tell<br><br><br><br>My life. My choices. My mistakes. My lessons. Not your business. Mind your own problems before you talk about mine. My life is not your story to tell.<br><br>Before you judge my life, my past or my character, walk in my shoes, walk the path I have traveled, live my sorrows, my doubts, my fear, my pain & my laughter... Remember everyone has a story, when u have lived my life then u can judge me....<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><BR><br>... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 18:18:00 EST Keeping the "it" out of my home http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46510_keep_your_it_aka_your_go_to_our_of_your_home This is a really old one, but so true. Yet time after time over the years I do self talk while shopping and say I will buy this for my DH, or DS and his family. Might I just add here that both DS and DH say I really don't need this (as they are eating away) and if it wasn't here I would not be eating it. So what does that say or should say to me. STOP BUYING THE "STUFF." No one in the family needs any of it... the it I am referring to is sweets/desserts.<br><br>This is sooo much harder ... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 22:27:00 EST Come on and get with it.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46500_come_on_and_get_with_it In today's time there are a lot of ways coming at you in all directions good ones and bad ones.. They are billboards and internet and all the commercials selling the weight loss pill to flush out all the fat.. The only things getting fat is their wallet and bank account.... So before you give these people money for food pre-measured and sent to you and the boxes with made up snacks.. Do a little bit of investigation before you do.. try and decipher what is truth.. what works and what's for re... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 11:24:00 EST 11 Tips for Staying Positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46497_11_tips_for_staying_positive Maintaining your positive attitude is critical when you want to achieve anything… or just to improve the quality of your life. Most success literature will talk about the power of positive thinking and how important it is. It’s often easier said than done.<br><br>Today we’ll look at 11 tips for maintaining your positive attitude no matter what’s going on in your life.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><<BR>br>1. You Determine Your Reality<br><br>It’s important to realize that you determine y... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 07:48:00 EST Become your own best friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46492_become_your_own_best_friend Coming from a person who was accustomed to calling themselves "fat" "ugly" "cow" and pretty much belittling themselves for years, I have seen a major difference in my weight loss and energy levels just from changing the way I talk to myself. I no longer call myself names. I know that I am beautiful, inside and out. I feel better about who I am, and if you do this too, you will reach less often for food to feel emotionally stable... to cope with loneliness, depression, or anything else. <br><... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 22:40:00 EST Don't just Dream Do IT.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46475_dont_just_dream_do_it After a while and when you discover you have been a Couch Potato for too long.. You need to change you way of thinking.. Think like a Athlete become the one who wants to do it.. If you think it is hard.. I will say no to that cause I was there and you don't believe that.. If I can change my attitude and do it anyone can.. I stopped using my busy life as an excuse not to exercise... Put the plan in motion.. Now find something you like to do... Bowling.. Well I am not a sports person and the l... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 13:08:00 EST Never Idealize Others http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46472_never_idealize_others <em>43</em> <em>43</em> <em>43</em> <em>43</em> <em>43</em> <em>43</em> <em>43</em> <br>Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations. Don't over-analyze your relationships. Stop playing games. A growing relationship can only be nurtured by genuineness. <br>~ Leo Buscaglia <br> <em>43</em> <em>43</em> <em>43</em> <em>43</em> <em>43</em> <em>43</em> <em>43</em> <br><br>When Dr Buscaglia made the cited quotation, he was obviously refer... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 10:07:00 EST Forces at Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46458_forces_at_work <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>There are two big forces at work, external and internal. We have very little control over external forces such as tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, disasters, illness and pain. What really matters is the internal force. How do I respond to those disasters? Over that I have complete control. <br>~ Leo Buscaglia <br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> ... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 08:57:00 EST Hesitation and Frustration http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46454_hesitation_and_frustration So I get frustrated when I don't see the scale moving. What do I do you ask I go on a bender with high fat loads of processed sugars & foods. This is not helpful in my cause. <br><br>In learning and relearning how to make portions size, get right nutrition, get my vitamins from food, get my fiber in AND next up strength training and cardio dosage just right to see/get my results it takes time.<br><br>I sometimes forget the old adage is that you have to burn more calories than the ones you tak... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 22:39:00 EST One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46452_one_flew_over_the_cuckoos_nest Weight loss can drive you crazy. The ups and downs on the scale. The unpredictability of how one meal at a restaurant might effect your progress. A million different people whispering in your ear; from marketers of millions of weight loss products to well meaning but ill informed people who all think they have the best solution for your weight loss needs.<br><br>So what to do? Focus. Accept the chaos of it all. It's life whether you are losing weight or not. I am a pastor so I should probably... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 21:56:00 EST Learning and Changing http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46440_learning_and_changing <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <br>Change is the end result of all true learning. <br>Leo Buscaglia <br> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <br><br>Leo Buscaglia was an amazing man. He taught a non-credit course at the University of Southern California and there was always a waiting list to get into the class. People were actually going on a wait list ... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 10:36:00 EST A day at a time http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46429_a_day_at_a_time I take a day at a time, I challenge myself to do better from the day before. Ex: If I walked 1 mile yesterday, today I challenge to do 1.5 miles today. Whatever I did the day before, I try to improve or press forward the next day. My fit was programmed to 10,000 steps a day. I was not even doing 2,000 steps in a given day. I lowered it to 2,000. Now, I just raised it to 5,000. My average steps is above 4,000 now. Every week I look at my fit and reflect on what area I can improve. Before I kno... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 16:54:00 EST Keep A Spark Book http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46426_keep_a_spark_book I use a Spark Book / Spark Journal to keep myself happy, focused and motivated. <br><br>While this is now a commercialized concept - meaning you can go buy a branded Spark Journal these days...it began as an art school trick to keep students' creative momentum. <br><br>Really, any journal lined or unlined, hardback or soft spine, thick or thin, pocket-size or 8.5x11", all will work. Even a monthly planner will do. I have seen people use the daily calendar squares on a monthly planner to doodl... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 15:20:00 EST Creating new habits!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46405_creating_new_habits The weight-loss process has been a very daunting one. It seems like there is an obstacle around every corner, a monster lurking in the shadows. There are too many factors that are setting me up to fail. But isn't that why I am here? Isn't that why I don't weigh what I want to? Or look and feel the way I want to? There is a reason this happened. I am the only one who can take responsibility for this.<br><br>These obstacles are only there because I put them there. I made those choices; Not only... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 13:14:00 EST Easy ways to save money http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46385_easy_ways_to_save_money We all know debt is a huge stressor and trying to save money these days is almost impossible. It can be done, however, and I'll share a few ways to find " healthy greens."<br>1. Save all the change. Whenever my husband buys anything he tosses the change into a piggy bank at home. Then every few months I take the change, roll it, and carry it to the bank for deposit. It is usually over $100 which goes right into savings. It wont help you save if you buy what you don't need, but just savin... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 12:33:00 EST You are not just everybody.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46350_you_are_not_just_everybody We like to look at our bodies as I am OK just the way I am ... Well we are all unique in our own ways.. Everyone that wants to loose weight needs to know it is not about a number on a scale or the picture of a body builder as a example.. Shoot for the I feel good in my own skin.. All of us a human being have our own value and goal ... So accept and respect yourself now....Get comfortable with the real you inside and out...Accept your size and shape your feelings yourself unconditionally... Ac... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 16:12:00 EST Various suggestions of keeping a positive attitude during weight loss... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46339_various_suggestions_of_keeping_a_positive_attitude_during_weight_loss Staying positive can be a tough thing to do especially with the ups and downs associated with losing weight. While there are many strategies and tactics that someone can use when setting and keeping goals, we’ll focus on a couple tips here.<br><br>Remember it’s about baby steps. Don’t overwhelm yourself with lofty goals. Set small manageable ones that are achievable along the way. It can be as simple as” tomorrow, I will get breakfast just right”. Remember how we climb a ladder? That’s right:... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 20:36:00 EST Make you happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46323_make_you_happy <br>Of this be sure: You do not need find the happy life -- you make it.<br><br>There is a new series on Huffington Post called "Talk to Me". It is children asking questions of their parents. I love it, I love the questions, I love the idea.<br><br>This got me thinking...if my darling Daughter asked me what I would want for her in her life, I would think of all kinds of things, success, health, love, but most of all, and by a wide margin, I want her to be happy.<br><br>Happy is a state of min... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 08:55:00 EST Thoughts on Courage http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46290_thoughts_on_courage <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br> "Courage is on display every day, and only the courageous wring the most out of life." <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>"Courage is being scared as Hell and saddling up anyway"<br>~ John Wayne<br><br>Courage is doing what should be done when it should be done how it should be done.<br><br>... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 09:04:00 EST Measure Your Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46268_measure_your_success <em>205</em> <em>205</em> <em>205</em> <em>205</em> <em>205</em> <em>205</em> <em>205</em> <br>"Success must never be measured by how much money you have."<br>~ Zig Ziglar<br> <em>205</em> <em>205</em> <em>205</em> <em>205</em> <em>205</em> <em>205</em> <em>205</em> <br><br>How often do we judge people's success by the home they live in, the car they drive, the clothes they wear, the jewelry they wear, the events they attend, the vacations they take. These are a... Tue, 31 May 2016 08:00:00 EST POSITIVITY IS KEY http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46266_positivity_is_key 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... Tue, 31 May 2016 01:37:00 EST Think good thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46252_think_good_thoughts <br>You need to learn how to select your thoughts, just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate.<br><br>If you don't already get up every day with love for yourself and determination to make this a GREAT day, why not?<br><br>Why are you letting anyone dictate how your day will go, especially you? Why aren't you being as supportive as possible, as loving as possible, as determined as possible to YOU? After all, you treat your friends this way. Aren't y... Mon, 30 May 2016 10:10:00 EST Don't give up http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46243_dont_give_up So not giving up. That's the key. Even when you make a mistake like it ice cream or eat something you shouldn't. Just keep going. Just realize you make mistakes, but that doesn't mean that you have to throw in the towel. You can keep going even if you make caloric mistakes. All that counts is that in the end you have fewer calories overall. If you make a mistake one or two days a week and the other five days are good you're good if you make a mistake one hour and the other 23 you're good y... Sun, 29 May 2016 23:20:00 EST Staying Active And Healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46226_staying_active_and_healthy We have been having a lot of fitness contests at work and I have been participating in all of them. We are currently having a steps contest and this is the second one since February. I came in sixth overall out of 325 people. I won a $25 Dick's Sporting Goods Gift Card. we had the contest in February and then again in April. Now a new one starts in June. I have been taking 10,000 steps by 7:00 am . I start walking at 5:30 am and then walk until 7:00 am even on the odd months we are not having... Sat, 28 May 2016 22:53:00 EST Stay & keeping motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46205_stay_keeping_motivation I've noticed so many times that it’s hard to be motivated all the time.<br><br>No matter what or how I switch up my workouts, there are just days when I don’t feel like showing up. There will be workouts that I don’t feel like starting let alone think about even getting started. There will be reports at work that I just don’t feel like writing or working on. There will be responsibilities that I don’t feel like handling. And there will be “off days” when my energy and emotions are down the ra... Fri, 27 May 2016 18:13:00 EST Today stay positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46200_today_stay_positive TGIF everyday<br>By Melyssa Griffin<br>1. Actively appreciate the weather. If it’s sunny, go sit outside and let the warm rays beat down on your skin. If it’s rainy, leave your jacket at home and bask in the raindrops on your face. As much as we humans don’t like to admit it, we’re still a part of nature, and the natural world usually makes us feel pretty awesome.<br><br>2. Have you ever heard of the website, Cute Overload? Now you have. You’re welcome.<br><br>3. Connect with cashiers. Does t... Fri, 27 May 2016 11:29:00 EST You're worth it all right http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46198_youre_worth_it_all_right Maybe life isn't about avoiding the bruises. Maybe it's about collecting the scars to prove we showed up for it.<br><br>I have been swimming later at night, after the swim team, the kids, the people starting swimming, the seniors are all finished. I basically have the olympic pool to myself. It is serene, awesome, refreshing, and my very favorite exercise.<br><br>I got out of the pool at about 8:20 last night. The lifeguard and I were the only people in the pool area. I told her before I star... Fri, 27 May 2016 09:53:00 EST Use what you love http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46181_use_what_you_love When it comes to weight loss use what you love. If you're new don't try a whole bunch of new things all at one because that's a quick way to get discouraged if you don't like the new tasks or they don't fit well into your current routine. Take inventory of your personal loves and see what you can incorporate from there. Do you already have some vegetables you love to eat? What about any outdoor activities you love to do? <br><br>I personally love geocaching, so to get me more active I can get... Thu, 26 May 2016 13:25:00 EST Pick your voice http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46178_pick_your_voice You need to learn how to select your thoughts, just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate.<br><br>If you don't already get up every day with love for yourself and determination to make this a GREAT day, why not?<br><br>Why are you letting anyone dictate how your day will go, especially you? Why aren't you being as supportive as possible, as loving as possible, as determined as possible to YOU? After all, you treat your friends this way. Aren't you r... Thu, 26 May 2016 09:31:00 EST One day at a time http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46175_one_day_at_a_time Take one day at a time. It isn't so difficult if you are determined to just stay on track with nutrition and drinking water, and exercise for just one day. It doesn't matter what happened yesterday or last. Just one step at a time. <br><br>I joined Spark in 2008 and lost over a hundred lbs in weight and I did it by, taking a day at a time, and focussing on what was successful for me. I tracked my food every day and increased my exercise gradually and the weight came off steadily.<br><br>Unfor... Thu, 26 May 2016 05:08:00 EST Staying Committed Focused Be Stable http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46173_staying_committed_focused_be_stable Let’s be honest here. We will need something concrete to really motivate us when times get hard. There will come a day when you have a big fight with your mother on the phone or your boss is really demanding. Maybe the car won’t start and the kids are screaming. Suddenly the idea of motivation is out the window and all you want is a Snickers bar.<br><br>Or haven't or didn’t work out, and suddenly it’s eight o’clock on a cold winter night. You’re exhausted because it has been such ... Thu, 26 May 2016 00:50:00 EST When feeling overwhelmed http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46168_when_feeling_overwhelmed When you feel that you are so emotionally drained that you just want to give up on yourself, undo all the good you have done so far, first take a deep breath and then second turn to your Spark friends through journaling. <br>The support and friendship, caring and compassion shines through with the numerous friends you have made and the many more you will make through your need for comforting words, supportive quotes, and caring gestures.<br><br>I have had two years of woes since joining Spark... Wed, 25 May 2016 22:42:00 EST A Spark pep talk http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46157_a_spark_pep_talk A Sparked is struggling, and wrote me a Sparkmail asking for advice. Here is what I told her. (I hope it helps!!)<br><br>First of all, I was REALLY overweight last year. I have lost over a hundred pounds in a year. How did I do it, how am I continuing, and how have I made it work....<br><br>First, buy the Beck Book.<br><br>The Beck Diet Solution: Train Your Brain to Think Like a Thin Person<br>By Judith Beck<br><br>This book, chapter by chapter, gives you the tools to stop using food as a c... Wed, 25 May 2016 08:31:00 EST Hang in there http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46153_hang_in_there The Secret of My Success today getting me through the day minute by minute. Sometimes you just have to get through the day second-by-second minute-by-minute. You have to resist those feelings of Temptation every single second of every single minute of every single hour of every single day. It is extremely difficult. Other days it's super easy. The most important thing I found was to keep moving today even if it meant just lifting my legs up in March and I was standing still in the bathroom. O... Tue, 24 May 2016 22:42:00 EST Collect your scars http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46140_collect_your_scars Maybe life isn't about avoiding the bruises. Maybe it's about collecting the scars to prove we showed up for it.<br><br>I have been swimming later at night, after the swim team, the kids, the people starting swimming, the seniors are all finished. I basically have the olympic pool to myself. It is serene, awesome, refreshing, and my very favorite exercise.<br><br>I got out of the pool at about 8:20 last night. The lifeguard and I were the only people in the pool area. I told her before I star... Tue, 24 May 2016 09:22:00 EST The Low Carb http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46138_the_low_carb 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 tow... Tue, 24 May 2016 08:41:00 EST be positive, please http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46126_be_positive_please HI! It is so hard to be positive, and it becomes more difficult when you are around negative people. In my job, I often have to deal with extremely frustrating and depressing things. This makes it hard to focus on being positive and when I get depressed, I tend to eat more. And it isn't healthy things I'll eat, it's all that junk/comfort food! Cookies, chocolate, grilled cheese, chocolate, quesadillas, chocolate...you get the idea. One of the tricks I learned this week, is "turn that n... Mon, 23 May 2016 13:47:00 EST My Last 50 http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46118_my_last_50 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 that we never paid attention to before. We we got home, we were both shocked to see that we had accomplished our biggest number of daily steps...just shy ... Mon, 23 May 2016 09:08:00 EST I Can Do Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46099_i_can_do_better 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 that we never paid attention to before. We we got home, we were both shocked to see that we had accomplished our biggest number of daily steps...just shy of 15,000!<br><br>Making little changes in my activity level has helped me to be more positive. I've attempted to eat cleaner. I've been doing a lo... Sun, 22 May 2016 10:29:00 EST I Can Do Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46098_i_can_do_better 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 that we never paid attention to before. We we got home, we were both shocked to see that we had accomplished our biggest number of daily steps...just shy of 15,000!<br><br>Making little changes in my activity level has helped me to be more positive. I've attempted to eat cleaner. I've been doing a lo... Sun, 22 May 2016 10:29:00 EST An inspiration in a wheelchair http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46097_an_inspiration_in_a_wheelchair Surfing the net yesterday, I came upon maybe my favorite story in a LONG time. Zach Anner has Cerebral Palsy. If you don't know about the disease, it decreases your brain's ability to send signals to your muscles to make them move. Some people have it only affecting a few muscles. Zach cannot walk. I have this in my family. MY awesome niece ES who inspires me every single day with her awesomeness and courage has it. It does not affect ANYONE'S brain, and Zach, like my niece is oh-so-smart.<br... Sun, 22 May 2016 10:13:00 EST A Pleasant Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46088_a_pleasant_saturday It was truly an amazing walk yesterday. The weather was perfect, and my husband and I explored areas and streets of our town that we never paid attention to before. We we got home, we were both shocked to see that we had accomplished our biggest number of daily steps...just shy of 15,000!<br><br>Making little changes in my activity level has helped me to be more positive. 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 guess... Sat, 21 May 2016 14:41:00 EST Make you an addiction http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46067_make_you_an_addiction Once you see results, it becomes an addiction.<br><br>I have been overweight all my life. I have had a problem with food, and using it for solace all my life. How the heck did I stop? One day, one week, one month, one year.<br><br>Just like any addiction, sugar, fat, white stuff, are all hard to quit. I think that sugar and fat are maybe harder to kick then a lot of things. I know, because I quit drinking and quit smoking. These terrible food products play mind games with you, and you need to... Fri, 20 May 2016 16:56:00 EST STAYING POSITIVE BUT STRUGGLING http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46061_staying_positive_but_struggling 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... Fri, 20 May 2016 11:33:00 EST Amazing Walk Yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46059_amazing_walk_yesterday It was truly an amazing walk yesterday. The weather was perfect, and my husband and I explored areas and streets of our town that we never paid attention to before. We we got home, we were both shocked to see that we had accomplished our biggest number of daily steps...just shy of 15,000!<br><br>Making little changes in my activity level has helped me to be more positive. 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 gue... Fri, 20 May 2016 09:12:00 EST Little Changes Here and There http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46045_little_changes_here_and_there Making little changes in my activity level has helped me to be more positive. 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 believ... Thu, 19 May 2016 09:21:00 EST On Positive Thinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46042_on_positive_thinking <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <br>"Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will." <br>~ Zig Ziglar<br> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <br><br>"Nothing is but that thinking makes it so."<br>~ William Shakespeare<br><br>"Success comes to those who try and keep trying with PMA, a Positive Mental Attitud... Thu, 19 May 2016 08:18:00 EST Try to Eat Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46022_try_to_eat_better '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 mornin... Wed, 18 May 2016 09:38:00 EST Don't be a ship in a harbor http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46006_dont_be_a_ship_in_a_harbor [img=38201] <br> <br>A ship is safe in a harbor...but that's not what ships are for.<br><br>I have had a few days of rough sailing. I have had a lot to do, and pain to make it difficult. The wind luffed my sails, I couldn't catch a breeze. I took a breath, I came about, dodged the beam, pulled in the halyard, and caught some wind in a reach.<br><br>Have you had one of those days, where nothing is going right, you cannot make anything work your way, and you feel like heading into your safe h... Tue, 17 May 2016 08:38:00 EST Read the articles. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46000_read_the_articles I found what's a really inspiring to me is reading all the Articles. I've been reading the articles about sugar. So I did the 21 Day sugar challenge. I'm starting to realize how much sugar is in another Foods. I really enjoy fruit. I'm substituting fruit for the Sugar's when I can. I will let myself have a treat it when I make 3 days without sugar. That's going to be really hard. But I found by the end of the day it wasn't so hard. I'm finding the 10-minute distraction thing really really wor... Tue, 17 May 2016 00:03:00 EST The Foundation of Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45986_the_foundation_of_success <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br> "The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love, and loyalty."<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 keep coming back to Motivation and Staying Positive and posting the same ideas in different words. Over the years I have read ot listen ed to or watched m... Mon, 16 May 2016 09:38:00 EST Don't forget to be awesome http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45984_dont_forget_to_be_awesome Yep, another Monday. Great time to start anew on your plan, to reaffirm your goals, to remember how awesome you are.<br><br>This is a perfect time to do a really important thing....every single time you look back at your life with regret, you are doing nothing productive for you. You can change NOTHING about yesterday, or ten years ago, or anytime, but you can change this second, this hour, this day.<br><br>Maybe you have screwed up a bit on your eating plan. Forget about it!! It's over. Move... Mon, 16 May 2016 08:55:00 EST Every Step Matters http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45967_every_step_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 ... Sun, 15 May 2016 12:48:00 EST feeling down and out http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45954_feeling_down_and_out Sometime I am feeling down especially when circumstances within my family are stressful with Mom dying and brother having cancer (stage 4), and sister off work due to vertigo. One of my favorite go to reads is John 14. <br>The Way, the Truth, and the Life<br>1“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I wi... Sat, 14 May 2016 16:38:00 EST My buddy, my hubby http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45953_my_buddy_my_hubby I have a wonderful husband. I know a lot of people say that, but I really do. First of all, he always loves me, no matter what. I can be 20 pounds overweight and he still thinks I'm the sexiest woman around. And then let's talk about exercising. He's always there to exercise with me every single day. He doesn't think it was weird if I get up at 4 and then go for a run. And encourages it. Of course, I always have to take the dog with me, would like to go swimming with Beach other most day... Sat, 14 May 2016 15:40:00 EST The Effect of Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45946_the_effect_of_goals <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals."<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>Well, that sounds simplistic but upon further consideration, it is pretty deep. What happens when you achieve a goal? Sure, you have accomplished whate... Sat, 14 May 2016 09:40:00 EST Don't stop until you're proud http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45931_dont_stop_until_youre_proud Don't stop until you're proud. How awesome a plan is that?<br><br>I have been thinking a lot over the past few days about "The Biggest Loser" TV show, after reading an article in the New York Times about the show, and how contestants not only gain the weight back, but have a permanently screwed up metabolism.<br><br>Everything about this show bothers me. The fat shaming. The obsession about being SKINNY. The 6-8 hours of exercise per day. The food, contributed by companies that pay to have th... Fri, 13 May 2016 10:10:00 EST Walk by Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45930_walk_by_night Been doing a lot of walking in the evening to keep the metabolism going. 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 wi... Fri, 13 May 2016 09:26:00 EST Staying Positive While Losing http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45928_staying_positive_while_losing Losing weight is incredibly personal, and sometimes the pressure to be a body positive feminist is just as tough as the pressure to look a certain way. It's a lot to balance. The thing is, as body positive feminists, if we want to support and empower women, we can't just support and empower some of the decisions we make about our bodies. We also need to support women who want to lose weight. Some women want to lose weight because they've determined that doing so will be best for their persona... Fri, 13 May 2016 06:57:00 EST Pray Through Your Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45927_pray_through_your_day I have been losing weight for the past seven years. I was 300 pounds and now I am 226. I've noticed for the past three months or so that I have been losing weight more quickly now...and I believe that it is really due to keeping God close to me throughout the day. <br><br>How do I do this? I don't really say formal prayers or anything like that but I talk to God and ask Jesus to help me through all sorts of situations. When I do that, it seems to really lower my stress and helps me stay ... Fri, 13 May 2016 03:10:00 EST Healthy Lifestyle and Good Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45913_healthy_lifestyle_and_good_choices What is a good healthy lifestyle...? Hummm Let's see..personal behaviors and habits such as exercise, eating habits and keeping safe...Making great choices.. And also some think that a person's lifestyle helps him or her resist the negative effects of stress and prevents stress from becoming a problem... Here is a few suggestions..Exercise regularly. Regular exercise helps people of all ages look and feel better. Different kinds of exercise provide specific health benefits...Eat sensibly. A n... Thu, 12 May 2016 11:13:00 EST Be an example. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45912_be_an_example Don't chase people. Be an example. Attract them. Work hard and be yourself. The people who belong in your life, will come find you and stay. Just do your thing!! <br><br>Yesterday, I went to see my Primary Doctor, to talk to her about my worsening arthritis. My insurance makes me go to the Primary, then she has to refer me to another Doctor...dumb waste of time and money, if you ask me. <br><br>Anyway, I got called in by my AWESOME Doctor's nurse, Carol. Carol has gained a lot of weight over ... Thu, 12 May 2016 10:32:00 EST Positive thoughts to lose weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45904_positive_thoughts_to_lose_weight These work by replacing your old thought patterns with new ones that are more positive and productive. The reason you struggle to lose weight is because you have deeply ingrained habits that are holding you prisoner. You’ve done the same thing for so long that it becomes nearly impossible to break free. There is, however, a solution.<br><br>If you take time each day to consciously repeat these positive affirmations to yourself you will begin to clear away the dysfunctional patterns and replac... Wed, 11 May 2016 22:34:00 EST In and Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45891_in_and_out 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 don't, I find myself falling into sugar lows.<br><br>I believe I can do... Wed, 11 May 2016 09:15:00 EST The Best Secret I've Ever Learned Is http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45884_the_best_secret_ive_ever_learned_is There is only one secret, one precious thought, one powerful idea. That secret is LOVE.<br><br>We forget how to truly do that quite often. We love our families, we love our friends, but we forget to look for the good in others, to seek out that light inside a stranger, and we sure as heck forget how to love ourselves.<br><br>We are so busy living this life, beating ourselves up for every failure, no matter how small, that we forget. We forget what really matters in this life.<br><br>That thin... Tue, 10 May 2016 16:08:00 EST I've Been Waiting.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45865_ive_been_waiting I have been working really hard on my diet and exercise. Then suddenly I started feeling aches and pains so I eased up. I am not stuck in a rut.... So I was discouraged to buy anything new until I could fit into something really really old.... So what to do? It was cold and rainy outside, strange for Chicago in May, so I was even more unprepared. I wanted to wear a pair of jeans and the only pair that I really wanted to fit was an ol pair of skinny jeans I hadn’t dare try on in months. The... Mon, 9 May 2016 19:13:00 EST One Day at a Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45864_one_day_at_a_time In the hustle and bustle of a busy life, we tend to turn inward and focus on ourselves. But what if we changed that. What if we slowed down and found time not only for ourselves but also for others. What if we slowed down and became more aware of others around us. Start taking life one day at a time. Each day the sun comes up. Each day is a new day. A chance to start fresh. A chance to write a new page in your own story. A chance to be in the present. We can not change the past but only lear... Mon, 9 May 2016 19:04:00 EST Keep a Positive Outlook and Smile http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45861_keep_a_positive_outlook_and_smile WOW.. Would you love to win the Lottery and loose weight.. Well doing our weight loss you have to stay positive but you can do this and you will feel like a Million Bucks... But that doesn’t mean that positive thinking is a waste of time. In fact, when it comes to losing weight, your mind can be an extremely powerful and effective tool. Learn how you can harness your mental energy to help boost your weight loss success... Not only loose weight will you gain confidence in yourself and your fro... Mon, 9 May 2016 15:46:00 EST A New Beginning http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45857_a_new_beginning 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... Mon, 9 May 2016 12:27:00 EST GLASS HALF FULL KIND OF GUY http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45854_glass_half_full_kind_of_guy 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, 9 May 2016 09:13:00 EST Learning About Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45842_learning_about_food I am learning about food and how my body responds to it when I consume different types of food. Some foods are pleasant, and some, like extra greasy, not so much. I am exceptional, and very special. My family reminds me of that every day. 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 m... Sun, 8 May 2016 12:16:00 EST Judge Not, Lest..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45838_judge_not_lest Judging people based on our new forms of communication (non-verbal and non-"in-person) can be tricky. And whenever and wherever possible I've always tried to never include others in talking about people I've had negative involvement with. I've been on both sides of this one, and it is one of the hardest things to do and write about. But today I'm writing about this from the standpoint of weight loss and competition in weight loss.<br><br>A new friend and I started a healthy (oops read: "h... Sun, 8 May 2016 11:12:00 EST How to overcome criticism and negativity http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45836_how_to_overcome_criticism_and_negativity We all deal with it! Someone "helpful" offers criticism and negativity that we may find very hurtful, and sometimes, that's exactly what the critical person intended. Realize critical people and negative people frequently put others down because it makes them feel better about themselves. Try to step back and not take it personally, I like to say, "thank-you for your comment, now let me process it" and then walk away! It shuts up the negative person and allows me time to look at their wo... Sun, 8 May 2016 08:23:00 EST I Am Exceptional http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45827_i_am_exceptional I am exceptional, and very special. My family reminds me of that every day. 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 ... Sat, 7 May 2016 11:39:00 EST Smile and move on. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45823_smile_and_move_on Sometimes, the best revenge is to just smile and move on. <br><br>For those who do not know my ongoing saga, I "Express Mail"ed my Mom a big bouquet of lilacs from my garden Thursday night. <br><br>My Mom got her lilacs yesterday. She called me in the STEAMY afternoon of a Minneapolis one-day heat wave (it was 90 degrees here), and told me that she not only got them, but they were in a vase above her sink in the kitchen and she LOVED them. She told me, laughing, that my Dad had seen the price... Sat, 7 May 2016 09:25:00 EST Happiness doesn't come from losing weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45809_happiness_doesnt_come_from_losing_weight Happiness is not a goal...it is a by-product of a well lived life. E. Roosevelt<br><br>I love Eleanor Roosevelt. I love her ambitious love for her family, her devotion to her four children, her love of country, and her forgiveness to Franklin, who was not a very good husband.<br><br>I believe Eleanor Roosevelt was happy. She outlived Franklin by many years, and became almost a statesman until her death in 1962. She was obviously the longest serving First Lady. Her husband contracted polio in ... Fri, 6 May 2016 09:55:00 EST Take it off Sensibly http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45807_take_it_off_sensibly 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 in the morning.<br><br>I am do... Fri, 6 May 2016 08:45:00 EST PMA and a Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45796_pma_and_a_goal <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br> "Virtually nothing on Earth can stop a person with a positive attitude who has his goal clearly in sight."<br>~ Denis Waitley<br><br>"Anything is possible if you try and keep trying with PMA, a POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE." ~ W. Clement Stone<br><br>So many people simply poo-poo the idea of a positive mental attitude but that is because they don't understand the concept. Henry Ford said that whether yo... Thu, 5 May 2016 11:50:00 EST Some Non-Scale Victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45791_some_nonscale_victories HOW TO STAY MOTIVATED WHEN THE SCALE IS BRINGING YOU DOWN.<br><br><br>1. HOW DO YOUR CLOTHES FIT?<br>This is a big one. Sometimes we lose weight (i.e. the number on the scale goes down) and sometimes we lose inches. If you ask me I want to see my inches go down (well except on my butt, that Im trying to grow but thats just me). Ok back to how your clothes fit. Pay attention. If jeans that used to barely zip or button are going on without a problem you are doing something right. If a shirt tha... Thu, 5 May 2016 10:02:00 EST Hanging in There http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45789_hanging_in_there 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 in the morning.<br><br>I am ... Thu, 5 May 2016 09:12:00 EST An Attitude of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45757_an_attitude_of_gratitude <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.”<br>~ Zig Ziglar<br> <br>h-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m<br>T<BR>hat bears repeating!<br><br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emoti... Tue, 3 May 2016 10:34:00 EST Keep Your Focus Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45746_keep_your_focus_forward Learn from the bad, hold on to the good, and move on! As a single, divorced mom, it's difficult some days for me to see beyond the negativity in my life. My insomnia kicks in as my brain remembers every trivial thing that has ever happened and tries to determine an alternate path to the choices I have made. Even though I know that life is pretty darn tootin' spiffy (I have a house! A beautiful, intelligent, kind daughter! A great job with a highly promising career!), I overthink and over-anal... Mon, 2 May 2016 14:29:00 EST Whatever you are, be a good one. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45742_whatever_you_are_be_a_good_one <br> <br>Be a good one!<br>View JJMPLSMN's Sparkpage<br>View All Blog Entries from JJMPLSMN<br><br>Monday, May 02, 2016<br><br><br>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 it, 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 ... Mon, 2 May 2016 10:12:00 EST The Price of Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45741_the_price_of_success <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <br>"The price of success is to bear the criticism of envy."<br>~ Denis Waitley<br><br>As we continue on our journey to better health and the pounds keep falling away, our friends, co-workers, and acquaintances can't help but notice and they cannot help but comment. It is interesting how the comments develop and evolve.<br><br>At first the comments fall into the category of "You are looking good, are you... Mon, 2 May 2016 09:47:00 EST A couple of suggestions for staying positive during weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45732_a_couple_of_suggestions_for_staying_positive_during_weight_loss Staying positive during your weight loss journey is one of the most important parts of achieving your goals. There is, after all, a great deal of truth in the phrase “healthy mind, healthy body.” Staying optimistic will help keep you motivated and keep you on track. But often, staying positive can be difficult, especially when it seems like all your favorite junk foods are following you everywhere, and your workouts start to seem like a chore.<br><br>The first thing you can do to ensure that ... Sun, 1 May 2016 20:37:00 EST You ARE good, smart and beautiful http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45728_you_are_good_smart_and_beautiful <br><br>You are good enough, smart enough, beautiful enough and strong enough. Believe it and never let insecurity run your life.<br><br>I am revisiting some old blogs, because I am putting together a compilation of my blogs, and my story, and writing a book. This one was a featured blog, way back in October, and the reason is not because of my writing, but because we ALL need to hear this, and truly believe this.<br><br>This was one of my big issues. I never thought I was any of those things... Sun, 1 May 2016 11:52:00 EST advice from old people http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45725_advice_from_old_people 1. The most important person in your life is the person who agreed to share their life with you. Treat them as such.<br><br>2. You might live a long life, or you might live a short one — who knows. But either way, trust me when I say that you’re going to wish you took better care of yourself in your youth.<br><br>3. Stuff is just stuff. Don’t hold onto material objects, hold onto time and experiences instead.<br><br>4. Jealousy destroys relationships. Trust your significant other, because who... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:53:00 EST If You Think You Can You Can http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45724_if_you_think_you_can_you_can <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won't, you most assuredly won't. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad."<br>~Denis Waitley<br><br>" Think. Believe, Dream, Dare!"<br>~ Walt Disney<br><br>"What the mind of man can conceive and believe, he can achieve"<br>~Marcus Aurelius<br><br>"Whether you think you can or you think you can't, yo... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:40:00 EST Attitude of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45722_attitude_of_gratitude I can find thousands of reasons to be sad. I left a beautiful apartment in a beautiful city with some friends where I had lots of things to do. It never rained. I thought people knew how to drive, and there were always good things to eat. The weather was always perfect, and within hours we could hike, surf, go to the desert, ocean, any store we wanted. Was the rent expensive? Sure. Did I have a job anymore? Moot point.<br><br>My cousins were talking up the coastal cities in North Ca... Sun, 1 May 2016 07:33:00 EST How I De-Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45714_how_i_destress It seems like I've been plagued with anxiety for as far back as I can remember. For many years, I'm not sure I was fully aware of how it limited me. I know there were times when I just didn't want to leave the house because of feelings of anxiety.<br><br>It's gotten better. I've gotten better at controlling my anxiety. However, it's been baby steps and a long process.<br><br>Meditation truly helps. So does just listening to music, lots of different kinds of music. If I can quiet my mind... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 19:13:00 EST Get Excited and Enthusiastic http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45713_get_excited_and_enthusiastic <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <br>"Get excited and enthusiastic about your own dream. This excitement is like a forest fire - you can smell it, taste it, and see it from a mile away"<br>~Denis Waitley<br><br>Nobody, but nobody understands your dream like you do! You alone know what the dream is and how it will effect you. Analyze your dreams and what will become of them and of you when your dreams are fulfille... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 16:43:00 EST you are in love http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45709_you_are_in_love YOU ARE IN LOVE when you get knots and butterflies in your stomach just by the mention of his name. <br><br>YOU ARE IN LOVE when you blush while thinking about him. <br><br>YOU ARE IN LOVE when you start waiting for his phone calls and text messages. <br><br>YOU ARE IN LOVE when you start getting jealous of the people he spends time with.<br><br> YOU ARE IN LOVE when you cannot get him out of your head and you feel him and see him everywhere you go.<br><br> YOU ARE IN LOVE when every love son... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 12:35:00 EST The Weekend has Arrived http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45706_the_weekend_has_arrived I wish I could go and take a nice long walk today, but the weather is saying otherwise; so I am enjoying the weather by doing exercises on my elliptical inside.<br><br>I try my best to maintain healthy habits and incorporate them into my daily routine. I have been putting bulk snacks and produce in little baggies so when I get hungry, I don't grab the whole box or bag, but rather a portion size. Once I am done with the portion, I am done.<br><br>I have decided to eat with the goal of eating h... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 11:11:00 EST Accentuate the Positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45690_accentuate_the_positive <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <br>"I had the blues<br>Because I had no shoes<br>Until upon the street<br>I met a man who had no feet."<br>~ Denis Waitley<br> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <br><br>Oh so often we focus on the bad stuff that happens, wishing it didn't. I am here to tell you bad stuff is good! In the movie "Oh God!", God, pla... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:55:00 EST Reflection is Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45689_reflection_is_good I wish I could go and take a nice long walk today, but the weather is saying otherwise; so I am enjoying the weather by doing exercises on my elliptical inside.<br><br>I try my best to maintain healthy habits and incorporate them into my daily routine. I have been putting bulk snacks and produce in little baggies so when I get hungry, I don't grab the whole box or bag, but rather a portion size. Once I am done with the portion, I am done.<br><br>I have decided to eat with the goal of eating h... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:34:00 EST Keep Your Head Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45688_keep_your_head_up 1) Get clear about WHY you want it. Why do you want to lose weight? What will you gain by being slim and healthy? When you think about yourself finally being healthy and thin, which parts of that vision are most thrilling to you? Write these reasons down and keep them close so you can keep reading them daily.<br><br>2) Make lifestyle changes. Don’t say you’re “on a diet” – say that you’re making “healthy lifestyle changes,” or “getting healthy”. These phrases are more positive and affirming r... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 06:22:00 EST Do what is right http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45674_do_what_is_right We must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.<br>Albus Dumbledore<br><br>First of all, Dumbledore is one of my heroes. The Harry Potter series is one of my favorite all time book reading experiences. I read them the first time when my darling Daughter was young, and read them out loud with her. Reading to children is imperative, and reading the Harry Potter books was not only a joy, it was excruciating, waiting for a year for the next one to come out. By the end, she was... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:23:00 EST Enjoying the Weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45672_enjoying_the_weather I wish I could go and take a nice long walk today, but the weather is saying otherwise; so I am enjoying the weather by doing exercises on my elliptical inside.<br><br>I try my best to maintain healthy habits and incorporate them into my daily routine. I have been putting bulk snacks and produce in little baggies so when I get hungry, I don't grab the whole box or bag, but rather a portion size. Once I am done with the portion, I am done.<br><br>I have decided to eat with the goal of eating h... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:26:00 EST Do Not Sweat the Small Stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45666_do_not_sweat_the_small_stuff It is inevitably going to happen one day, you are on top of the world the previous day and you slump down to the pits on the next day. Everyone has these days once in a while. While we cannot deny that we have them, what we can deny is having them the time to hang around for any length of time. Do not let the small stuff in life keep you from achieving the big stuff in life.<br><br>When someone misses a shot in basketball, we do not tell them to go sit on the sideline and think why they misse... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 22:23:00 EST A continuous learning experience http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45659_a_continuous_learning_experience <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"View life as a continuous learning experience"<br>~Denis Waitley<br><br>Stuff goes right and stuff goes wrong. In summary, "Stuff Happens" Learn from it.<br><br>A lot of time we make bad decisions. Oftentimes the bad decisions are made because we lack experience. We gain experience by making bad decisions. The circle is complete.<br><br>Live life and learn from it. Do not dwell on the negative stuff that is bound to happen.... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 09:59:00 EST Maintain Healthy Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45657_maintain_healthy_habits I try my best to maintain healthy habits and incorporate them into my daily routine. I have been putting bulk snacks and produce in little baggies so when I get hungry, I don't grab the whole box or bag, but rather a portion size. Once I am done with the portion, I am done.<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 go... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 09:16:00 EST This isn't about perfect. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45654_this_isnt_about_perfect It's not about perfect. It's about EFFORT. And, when you bring that effort every single day, that's where TRANSFORMATION happens. That's how CHANGE occurs.<br><br>This seems to be a constant here. Someone screws up, and worries about the effort being over. No, a thousand times no, it isn't over. Are you giving up? Sometimes, it is over, because you stopped making an effort, and were not willing to keep at it to make your transformation occur.<br><br>Here is another constant. I weighed myself ... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 04:01:00 EST KERP IT POSITIVE http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45648_kerp_it_positive 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... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 17:49:00 EST Positive Goal Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45645_positive_goal_choices I have a tremendous amount of weight to loose. I have lost 87 pounds so far and need to loose. I need to loose 47 more. When I started, I decided not to look at my long term goal, too overwhelming. I decided to concentrate on 5 lbs at a time. When that 5 is done, work on the next 5. It has been very successful in keeping me positive.<br>I have decided that weight loss is not only the thing to think about. I am 59 years old and need to make this a way of living a more healthy life. I am not de... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 15:11:00 EST It's the very same water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45641_its_the_very_same_water The same boiling water that softens the potato, hardens the egg. It's about what you're made of, not the circumstances from which you are made.<br><br>It is great to be a hard-boiled egg, or a potato ready for mashing. They both are necessary in different circumstances.<br><br>In the new life we are leading, watching our health, exercising, tracking EVERYTHING, having a tough shell, unable to be broken, might be a better option.<br><br>We are capable of almost anything if we try. We can wimp ... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 12:21:00 EST Accentuate the Positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45638_accentuate_the_positive <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <br>"Don't dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer"<br>~Denis Waitley<br><br> Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, don't mess with Mr. In Between.<br><br>When something has gone wrong, the operative point is that it HAS GONE WRONG, past tense, nothing you can do about it. Don't... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 11:10:00 EST Make Ahead Packages http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45635_make_ahead_packages I have been putting bulk snacks and produce in little baggies so when I get hungry, I don't grab the whole box or bag, but rather a portion size. Once I am done with the portion, I am done.<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... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 09:03:00 EST My Ten years journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45626_my_ten_years_journey Tomorrow will be my 10 years anniversary with spark people...yep ten years...I have learned so much over the 10 years and think I still lean something new everyday.......<br>I'd like to say it was easy, I'd like to say things just seemed to click for me but that would not be true...<br>Loosing weight, getting healthy finding joy in ones life is hard work.....I was 53 when I found spark people, so spent most of my life over weight, and not just a few pounds over weight...I recall my 7th grade ... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 14:51:00 EST Stress Free and Sunny side of life up.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45624_stress_free_and_sunny_side_of_life_up You are more important than that number on the scale.. You can achieve better body transforming results and be much happier during the process if you stay off the scale....You want a better body ... yes but the most important is the health and well being and old habits are still there around every corner...Go grab your scale and then get rid of it and put it in the closet or in a box.. Leave it alone...good spring cleaning .. and a new attitude to go with it..if your current eating plan has y... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 12:43:00 EST Benefits of Reading http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45623_benefits_of_reading When was the last time you read a book, or a substantial magazine article? Do your daily reading habits center around tweets, Facebook updates, or the directions on your instant oatmeal packet? If you’re one of countless people who don’t make a habit of reading regularly, you might be missing out: reading has a significant number of benefits, and just a few benefits of reading are listed below.<br><br>1. Mental Stimulation<br> <br>Studies have shown that staying mentally stimulated can slow t... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 11:39:00 EST Be a light to the world http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45620_be_a_light_to_the_world I posted this list a long time ago, But, it’s probably a good thing to read again. A story went around the internet when it was posted that a 95 year old woman wrote this, and it is not true. Regina Brett wrote it just after her 45th birthday, when she found out she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Luckily, she is doing well, and cured. <br><br>Thanks, Regina. We can all learn something from this!!<br><br>* Life isn't fair, but it's still good. <br>* When in doubt, just take the next ... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:20:00 EST Seeing, Believing......Believing, Seeing http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45619_seeing_believingbelieving_seeing <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <br>"You must understand that seeing is believing, but also know that believing is seeing"<br>~ Denis Waitley<br><br>Mike Vance, former Dean of Disney University where prospective employees are trained in "The Disney Way" said that you often hear people say "I'll believe it when I see it." He says that these people have it exactly backward because in fact when you believe it you will see it.<br><br... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:59:00 EST FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45618_fighting_the_good_fight 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, 25 Apr 2016 09:14:00 EST Eating with a Goal in Mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45617_eating_with_a_goal_in_mind 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 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 ... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:07:00 EST Have More Fun Get Spark Points http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45607_have_more_fun_get_spark_points Weight loss is a long tedious process. It takes time and a lot of effort. It is a journey not a short day trip. The body does not cooperate like we think it should.There is no weight loss good fairy.<br><br>Weight loss is no walk in the park but a walk in the park will do you some good. Stop and smell the flowers, find some pretty rocks, greet others at the park. It amazing how any will talk back if you initiate a conversation. Walk around the park and enjoy the children. Play at the park, p... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 16:14:00 EST Have More Fun Get Spark Points http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45606_have_more_fun_get_spark_points Weight loss is a long tedious process. It takes time and a lot of effort. It is a journey not a short day trip. The body does not cooperate like we think it should.There is no weight loss good fairy.<br><br>Weight loss is no walk in the park but a walk in the park will do you some good. Stop and smell the flowers, find some pretty rocks, greet others at the park. It amazing how any will talk back if you initiate a conversation. Walk around the park and enjoy the children. Play at the park, p... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 16:14:00 EST Be a light to the world http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45600_be_a_light_to_the_world Be a Light to the World.<br><br>I posted this list a long time ago, but think it is worth another look. A woman named Regina Brett wrote it just after her 45th birthday, when she found out she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Luckily, she is doing well, and cured.<br><br>* Life isn't fair, but it's still good.<br>* When in doubt, just take the next small step.<br>* Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.<br>* Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.<br>* Pay off your c... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 04:04:00 EST Sometimes I Just Don't...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45593_sometimes_i_just_dont There are days when I just don't feel like doing anything at all. I know it's me dealing with the decisions I've made for myself past & present. Even at 47 years old I stand in the low valley of indecision not sure whether to continue on the current path give up abort or what have you. I'm clueless but then I know I'm not alone in my feelings. People have difficulties all the time sometimes my fears seem insurmountable but then I whisper a prayer and know that the I Am is the author and finis... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 20:22:00 EST Step out of your Comfort Zone http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45590_step_out_of_your_comfort_zone Everyone is nice and comfortable in there little world but to do something will make you take a few steps out of the zone and take that risk...most people simply do not do it. They make excuse after excuse as to why they should not change, rather than embrace change... This is the main block in most people’s way when it comes to letting go of anything in one’s life... So why risk it..You will have to take a chance..may include staying up later than 9 or 9:30 PM at night, taking on too many ... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 15:45:00 EST Time to Go http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45587_time_to_go 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 amount of 25-30 grams.<br><br>I have been maintaining my weight, as well as my wei... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 12:21:00 EST Most of us here hate this word.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45574_most_of_us_here_hate_this_word Depression is one of the leading causes of people today to be sick and low self-esteem along with feeling like you could crawl in a hole a die... I can say I understand.. All you want to be is normal. To live without the huge emotions and downward spirals.... Myself I had one person who turned my life into a living hell.. but some of us keep letting things pile up with the pounds and give in.. Take your life back and get to moving again.. She has done this to me but I am not going to let her ... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 13:59:00 EST My secret to success http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45569_my_secret_to_success I haven't really succeeded yet, but I am on the right track. I think that is my key to being successful. You have to know it takes TIME. Keep going and do not give up. You can only fail if you do not try! Log EVERY meal EVERY day. Exercise is important. I feel better after exercise. I feel like I can conquer the world, and that I can do this. However, I think that logging every meal is more important. If you cheat, and do not log everything. You are not cheating anyone but yourself. Sparkpeop... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 10:17:00 EST Benefits of Music http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45568_benefits_of_music If you love listening to music, you’re in good company. Charles Darwin once remarked, “If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week.” Albert Einstein declared, “If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician.” Jimi Hendrix called music his “religion.”<br><br>I’ve always been in awe of people who can sing and play guitar. As a young girl, I secretly listened to singer-songwriter music in my bedroo... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 10:14:00 EST Just begin, no complications http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45567_just_begin_no_complications I wrote this blog a while back, and have always thought it was a good one, because it pertains EVERY SINGLE DAY.<br><br>I have been asked how and why I was able, after so many years, to finally make this a successful and continuing journey to lifetime health and fitness. <br><br>It obviously started with me, and me deciding after all this time, that I was not going to be out of shape anymore. A knee fracture was the catalyst for this. Being in a wheelchair changes your perspective, and it is ... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 09:30:00 EST Getting it Riight http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45566_getting_it_riight 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 amount of 25-30 grams.<br><br>I have been maintaining my weight, as well as my weight loss. Laugh out loud. What has been going down, has been coming up in the next few weeks or months. Perhaps it is those ... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 09:17:00 EST Please sing anyway. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45553_please_sing_anyway Some days there won't be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.<br><br>Yep. There are days that you won't wake up with your usual drive and determination. You need to fake it until you find it. Smile anyway. Eat right. That determination will come back in spades. It is all how YOU react and act that makes the difference.<br><br>Today, I am heading down to visit my cousin, Sue in Iowa. Sue was the fourth child of my Aunt Carol, who just died. Sue was a forceps baby, and has had difficulty her whol... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 12:26:00 EST Got To Start Somewhere http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45549_got_to_start_somewhere 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 amount of 25-30 grams.<br><br>I have been maintaining my weight, as well as my weight loss. Laugh out loud. What has been going down, has been coming up in the next few weeks or months. Perhaps it is thos... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 08:59:00 EST You are not broken http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45532_you_are_not_broken One small crack doesn't mean that you are broken, it means that you were put to the test and didn't fall apart.<br><br>This reminds me of scars. Scars are badges of courage. So are cracks. They mean we are trying every single day, and some days have been harder than others.<br><br>Since I started this journey, I have been on a personal mission. I have been like a missile. My cracks were a knee fracture then a knee replacement, but neither of those stopped me. They kept me going, because I was... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 12:09:00 EST Watch the Fiber http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45527_watch_the_fiber 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 amount of 25-30 grams.<br><br>I have been maintaining my weight, as well as my weight loss. Laugh out loud. What has been going down, has been coming up in the next few weeks or months. Perhaps it is those goofy hormones I have heard about.<br><br>I am guilty of a few diet flaws. Mostly, I tend to weigh myself everyday. I also pay too much attention to fad diets. Someti... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 08:52:00 EST Benefits of Spirituality http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45517_benefits_of_spirituality Spiritualism--a search for something sacred--is an increasingly important topic to people today. Individuals approach the realm of spirituality through religion, meditation, yoga, or even personal reflection. In a recent study we conducted in my lab, using the data we collected on BeyondThePurchase.org, we investigated the personal and societal benefits of spiritualism by examining participants' responses to over 30 surveys. Here are the top five positive characteristics of spiritual people:<... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 11:44:00 EST Kiss, love, laugh, forgive. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45516_kiss_love_laugh_forgive Forgive quickly. Kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably.<br><br>James Dean<br><br>This is the essense of life, I believe. We need to do all these things to have a fulfilling life.<br><br>Forgiving quickly. We must forgive, so we can move on. We must get over slights, that do not matter. We must forgive ourselves for our blips. We must forgive ourselves for all that has happened previous to today. It no longer matters. We all need to shake our heads of those old cobwebs, and make this a... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 11:12:00 EST Slip Ups Are Not Down Falls http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45506_slip_ups_are_not_down_falls One of the biggest obstacles I have had to overcome is being way too hard on myself when I don't follow through with fitness or diet. If I slipped up just once, I would consider the entire day a failure. In reality, it's just an excuse for me to avoid taking care of myself for the rest of the day, or putting off my efforts at maintaining a healthier lifestyle for a longer period of time.<br><br>Despite these mind tricks I play on myself, I know better. I know that it's okay if I took a sip of... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 03:31:00 EST Don't let a bad day ruin anything. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45494_dont_let_a_bad_day_ruin_anything OK, so you had a bad day.<br>Don't beat yourself up over it, but don't let one bad decision send you spiraling out of control. Grab those running shoes (or walking shoes!!) and get back into it. Get back to making decisions that improve your health and happiness.<br><br>You are who you choose to be.<br><br>This is an endless game on Spark. I had a bad day. I ate a (name something..). I ruined everything. No, you did not.<br><br>Here is what it takes to gain a pound. You have to eat 3500 more ... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 10:24:00 EST Spiritual Benefits of Fasting http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45493_spiritual_benefits_of_fasting Many of us think of fasting as a spiritual duty to God, depriving ourselves of food and drink for a period of time in order to prove our love for Him. While long-suffering is a part of being human and certainly a part of being Christian, fasting should not be included when we think about “suffering for Christ.”<br><br>On the contrary, fasting is less about what we’re giving up and much more about what we’re making room for. When we fast, we exchange what we need to survive for what we need to... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 09:28:00 EST Benefits of Saving http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45481_benefits_of_saving 1. It Feels Great<br> <br>Even though it might sound silly to you, saving money actually does feel great. It gives you a feeling that you are doing something important for you and your family, which you actually are, and that makes you feel really good about yourself. It is also a constant reminder of what you are saving for.<br>Whether you are saving for new shoes, a great vacation or a summer camp for your children, every time you put away some money for that cause there will be a smile on ... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 17:44:00 EST You are a champion http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45474_you_are_a_champion Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up.<br><br>I was SO touched, so moved and spent so much time thinking about the comments on my "you are beautiful" blog (and awesome video) of a few days ago.<br><br>So many of us have used eating as our crutch in our lives. So many of us have been hurt, sometimes by forces recognized easily, but some by words, spoken quietly, that entered our minds and stuck like a glue that could not be moved. We have taken those harsh and hateful word... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 09:37:00 EST Keep Looking Up.. Your at the right place.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45462_keep_looking_up_your_at_the_right_place With all the restrictive diets flooding our TV's and computer screens you would think the only way to lose weight would be to completely eliminate food groups and only live off kale and water. Well that is not the case. Most people who lose weight and sustain their weight loss do not do so by removing certain foods completely from their diet but finding a way to fit them into a healthier lifestyle.... I have looked at a lot of things from different weight loss products and from the Weight Wat... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 18:18:00 EST 5 rules of a relationship http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45461_5_rules_of_a_relationship 5 Rules of a relationship.<br>1. Stay Faithful. <br>2. Make them feel loved and wanted. <br>3. Respect your partner. <br>4. Don't flirt with others. <br>5. Have time for each other.<br><br>I’ve got all Five, 100% under control.<br>1. Forever<br>2. Unconditionally<br>3. Everyday<br>4. Never<br>5. Always<br><br>Thank you, God, for blessing me with the value of true love. So many can’t seem to get these Five simple things right. - Marilee Hainje <br><br>Never lie no matter how difficult the topi... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 14:16:00 EST Cracks don't mean you are broken. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45460_cracks_dont_mean_you_are_broken One small crack doesn't mean that you are broken, it means that you were put to the test and didn't fall apart. <br><br>This reminds me of scars. Scars are badges of courage. So are cracks. They mean we are trying every single day, and some days have been harder than others. <br><br>Since I started this journey, I have been on a personal mission. I have been like a missile. My cracks were a knee fracture then a knee replacement, but neither of those stopped me. They kept me going, because I w... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 12:45:00 EST Don't overthink or dwell on problems. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45423_dont_overthink_or_dwell_on_problems Talking about our problems is our greatest addiction. Break the habit. Talk about your joys.<br><br>I think this should be on the front page of Spark. I read SO MANY blogs about being sick, hurting, doing poorly with their Sparkplan, and I always think, I know why.<br><br>I am not talking about someone close dying, having a serious illness or injury, just the every day, negativity that comes from not being positive.<br><br>I believe in the power of positive thinking. I believe that if you get... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 16:24:00 EST I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN AN OPTIMIST http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45412_i_have_always_been_an_optimist 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, 14 Apr 2016 08:54:00 EST Don't be a damsel in distress http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45396_dont_be_a_damsel_in_distress I'm a damsel, but not the distressed kind, one who's totally calm and in complete charge of her own destiny.<br><br>A damsel in distress. Seems almost historic now. The fantasy of millions of little girls, and even some adult women, who still see their lives bettered by being rescued by a handsome prince.<br><br>That prince is NEVER coming. A nice man may come, and if he treats you equally, and with kindness and love, you have hit the apex of damsel-ness.<br><br>I have never strived for, nor ... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 10:04:00 EST Refrain from Total Deprevation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45378_refrain_from_total_deprevation It has been my experience that deriving yourself of anything and everything you love completely is a prescription for failure. Cold turkey for some things is good but not for everything. Just like forbidding a child is a pretty good way to get them to rebel at some point and do it anyway. The child in us doesnt always do well when we have to completely give up the foods we love. <br>You have a better chance of not backsliding if you cut "down" rather than cut "out". Eventually if it is your g... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 03:23:00 EST Don't Worry, Be Happy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45371_dont_worry_be_happy <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>334</em> <br>Worry is nothing less than the misuse of your imagination<br>~ Ed Foreman<br><br>Today I might have occasion to worry. Since the last time I stepped on the scale, there is 4.8 more pounds of me! Horror of horrors!<br><br>Really, nothing to be worried about though! For the past seven days, I was on the high seas aboard Allure of the Seas and the owners of the ship woul... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 13:09:00 EST Character not reputation... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45365_character_not_reputation Worry more about your character, not your reputation. Your character is who you are, and your reputation is who other people think you are. John Wooden<br><br>For those who don't know, John Wooden was the UCLA men's basketball head coach for a heady run of ten NCAA national championships in a 12-year period, including a record seven in a row. No other team has won more than two in a row. Wooden was named national NCAA basketball coach of the year six times.<br><br>Character is what you show t... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 10:42:00 EST Keep it real http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45356_keep_it_real We know in life we are not perfect, so remember if you have a slip on dieting not to wallow in guilt but get back up and strive to do better! <br> In my past, I would slip and get so wrapped in guilt I would binge on junk and end up giving up. This time I am allowing for a "slip" occasionally so that I don't throw it all away for not being perfect one hundred percent of the time.<br> Guilt has almost always been the driving force behind my bingeing on unhealthy junk food. Its a vicious cyc... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 20:21:00 EST Always like yourself. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45349_always_like_yourself In a society that profits from your self doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act. And a BRILLIANT one.<br><br>I thank all you rebels for your comments on my blog yesterday, and your interest in my poetry. It meant a great deal to me, even if you didn't totally agree with it!!<br><br>I have always been a rebel. I relish the word. I relish being a non-conformist, in not going with the status quo, in not following orders. I like being the leader of my own band, like doing things because I wan... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 13:59:00 EST Be a badass http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45339_be_a_badass Being a girl means being a badass.<br><br>Of the many things President Obama has said that I liked, one of them that he said recently was particularly awesome.<br><br>He was talking to the U.S. Women's Soccer team, who had won the world Cup in spectacular fashion, and said (I am paraphrasing), playing like a girl means you are a badass.<br><br>Be a badass. That team personified teamwork, hard work, an unbelievable effort, and showed that women can compete as well as men, and sometimes, better... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 23:53:00 EST Life is Delicious http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45338_life_is_delicious Eating well has its own rewards. We feel better and it's so good for us. But I have learned that enjoying life means taking the guilt and shame out of the day to day delights in our lives. That has been my biggest challenge. Eating what my body needs to be healthy but at the same time feeling good about enjoying life along the way. There are so many days that have passed me by where I felt that if I enjoyed a treat that I was sabotaging my whole weight loss journey. I could not be further fro... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 23:08:00 EST Love your body now. No, like I mean RIGHT NOW. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45330_love_your_body_now_no_like_i_mean_right_now I'm fat. <br><br>No, like really fat. On the SparkPeople BMI scale (BMI is BS, but I won't even get into that here), I'm off to the right, OFF the scale. Too fat to even be on the ticker. If you are a numbers person, I'm 5'8" or 5'9" depending on the day and the measurer, and I weight 316.6 today. <br><br>Fat. Super-fat. <br><br>And I love my body. <br><br>This body. This very fat body. I love it. And I don't mean the "I have a nice smile and I like my hair" kind of love. I can't help looking... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 11:17:00 EST Laughter and Humor http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45318_laughter_and_humor Laughter and Humor may provide:<br><br>*** Social benefits-----Humor can also help relieve stress and tension when relating to others, and it can serve as a bonding mechanism in groups. In addition, humor, laughing and being light of spirit generally increases one's likability. A positive, mirthful attitude can be an important component of avoiding loneliness and social isolation. That's a health benefit for you, and, as a side effect, you help spread humor and laughter to others.<br><br... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 15:00:00 EST Be a badass... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45315_be_a_badass Of the many things President Obama has said that I liked, one of them that he said recently was particularly awesome.<br><br>He was talking to the U.S. Women's Soccer team, who had won the world Cup in spectacular fashion, and said (I am paraphrasing), playing like a girl means you are a badass.<br><br>Be a badass. That team personified teamwork, hard work, an unbelievable effort, and showed that women can compete as well as men, and sometimes, better.<br><br>I love this term, because it impl... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 13:03:00 EST Laughter and Humor http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45306_laughter_and_humor There are formal laughing clubs, laughing classes, laughter therapy and laughter yoga that don't necessarily rely on humor to get people laughing. Likewise, humor doesn't always lead to laughing. You can read a comic strip or watch a funny movie and be thoroughly amused, without laughing, particularly if you're alone.<br><br>The bottom line is that there's more than one way to bring levity into your life. Even if you're the type who always keeps a straight face-----or if you couldn't tell ... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 21:35:00 EST Laughter is Good Medicine http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45300_laughter_is_good_medicine Whether you're guiltily guffawing at an episode of "South Park" or quietly giggling at the latest New Yorker cartoon, laughing does you good. Laughter is a great form of stress relief, and that's no joke.<br><br>Stress relief from laughter<br><br>A good sense of humor can't cure all ailments, but data are mounting about the positive things laughter can do.<br><br>Short-term benefits<br>A good laugh has great short-term effects. When you start to laugh, it doesn't just lighten your load mental... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 11:40:00 EST Laughter and Humor http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45289_laughter_and_humor Laughter and Humor........the best Midicine?<br><br>It's been said that laughter is the best medicine. While that's not true for every ailment, research is slowly validating what many people intuitively experience while watching a comedy, having a gab session with funny friends or hearing a well-placed one-liner-----that laughter is often an important component of health and well-being for yourself and those around you.<br><br>Humor and laughter are universal among humans. It's felt that hu... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 16:59:00 EST Like yourself, every single day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45287_like_yourself_every_single_day In a society that profits from your self doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act. And a BRILLIANT one.<br><br>I thank all you rebels for your comments on my blog yesterday, and your interest in my poetry. It meant a great deal to me, even if you didn't totally agree with it!!<br><br>I have always been a rebel. I relish the word. I relish being a non-conformist, in not going with the status quo, in not following orders. I like being the leader of my own band, like doing things because I wan... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 12:28:00 EST When You Get Hit with a Punch.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45285_when_you_get_hit_with_a_punch Usually they say when you get Lemons make Lemonade.. but life don't throw Lemons... It can hit you with a punch and you end up crying and saying why me.... and hit the ground...Life is amazing but sometimes it’s hard to acknowledge because of all the sticky situations and terrible nonsense that happens in our lives...Let me guess: Right when you think something is going great, something bad happens again. When does it end up with why me.. always like me.. Why you...? Why can't you just be ... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 11:04:00 EST Hearing Loss Tips for Better Communication http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45278_hearing_loss_tips_for_better_communication Focus on the general message, and if you find yourself getting lost, ask the speaker to slow down or rephrase what they were saying.<br><br>Appropriating Technology<br><br>There are many technologies available to help those with hearing impairment hear and communicate better. Take watching television or listening to the radio, for example. There are assistive listening systems that use special transmitter units to send sound-----some through FM radio waves, others through infrared light wav... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 18:55:00 EST Don't let words break you http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45274_dont_let_words_break_you I never knew how strong I was, until I had to forgive someone who wasn't sorry, and accept an apology I never received.<br><br>Of course, this has happened to all of us. We have been slighted, maligned, wronged, and the person doing the wronging was so wrapped in their own self-absorption, they didn't realize that their words stung, harmed, and we have had to live with their actions.<br><br>I have said a MILLION things to my darling Daughter over the course of her life, but one is a life less... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 11:58:00 EST Work on yourself, for yourself. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45266_work_on_yourself_for_yourself I am working on myself, by myself, for myself.<br><br>If you are on this journey for ANY other reason, get on another road. This one is for you. It is to make you stronger, happier, healthier and the best you can possibly be.<br><br>I started off 120 pounds heavier, never really thinking I could do this. Every single day I did, made it easier. Every single thing I did for me, made me believe. Every single minute of exercise made me stronger, and happier. Every single pound made me better at t... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 22:22:00 EST Hearing Loss Tips for Better Communication http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45264_hearing_loss_tips_for_better_communication Modifying Your Environment<br><br>With practice, you can effectively alter your environment to avoid communication breakdowns. You can:<br><br>*** Move closer to the source of a sound you want to hear, such as a TV, stereo or another person. Arrange furniture in your home so that guests or family members are seated nearby and facing directly toward you. In other locations, choose seating for minimum distance and maximum visibility.<br><br><br>*** Move away from distracting or overpower... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 22:11:00 EST Keep on the Sunny Side of Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45262_keep_on_the_sunny_side_of_life Obesity.. Sounds like a bad word and some deny it but lets face it we all that have been told you really need to loose a few pounds from your Doctor is Honest and Head the Warning.. being overweight is unhealthy.. So you have to look on the Sunny Side while doing this task... Positive... and keeping it all the way to see you through...To lose weight and maintain healthy weight, individuals must not only be motivated and make a commitment to lose weight and maintain being healthy but also und... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 15:52:00 EST Don't think...Just do http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45251_dont_thinkjust_do One of the best things I was ever taught was, "Don't think, just do". It was a mindset I couldn't get my head wrapped around. What do you mean I can't think about how my feet need to move and my hands and my body all at the same time. This move scares me! I may not make the jump! I'm going to fall on my butt and embarrass myself!!<br><br>Sometimes I overthink (as a lot of us do, especially ladies), it's in our brain chemistry, it's natural. But it was when I was with my trainer that he y... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 07:54:00 EST Do not give up on yourself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45248_do_not_give_up_on_yourself I have been here 3 weeks today . . I am learning so much and I am gaining Friends along the way! <br><br>I know getting fit can be daunting at any age . . <br><br><br>Let me tell you about me . . . I have had 23 surgeries so far in my life ... I had my leg torn off in a car accident at 16 years old..(they told me I would never walk again) and that took 7 surgeries to replace/repair it!....I broke my back in 2 places ( they told me I would never walk again..again!) I have broken my neck.. I h... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 22:27:00 EST Focusing on my focus! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45247_focusing_on_my_focus My son has ADHD and his focus was gone about two days ago. Me having ADHD makes it that much harder to get back. All I can control is my focus on the matter and how I do it. Research is the key and I decided to google to get the answers. My son turned it around because it came from him and that is how I did it in two days. Here are the ten ideas I focused on to get my focus back and help him. These ideas are not mine they are from a lady I googled named Lolly Daskal. Here are her ten ideas th... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 21:58:00 EST Hearing Loss Tips for Better Communication http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45246_hearing_loss_tips_for_better_communication Hearing loss shouldn't be ignored. Dismissing it in the hope that it will go away doesn't work and can even undermine your sense of confidence and self-identity. It can also leave you feeling isolated from family and friends. <br><br>By acknowledging your hearing impairment you can start opening yourself up to help and solutions.<br><br>Learning to live with hearing loss enables you to stay engaged with family and friends and to participate in a wide range of activities. You may find that... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 21:57:00 EST Reacting to life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45244_reacting_to_life Life is 10% of what happens to you, and 90% of how you react to it. <br><br>So, I have been "laying low" for the past couple of days. Does my knee feel better/different? NO. I am not laying low anymore. I will go slow, but I am not slowing down anymore. My knee was built with titanium, and can take a beating. I am going back to yoga today, and am going to swim tomorrow. Damn the torpedoes, FULL SPEED AHEAD. I am taking my 90% and reacting that I will move slowly, but steadily forward. I am no... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 18:36:00 EST Benefits of Puzzles http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45243_benefits_of_puzzles Human mind has two separate hemispheres or lobes called right and left-brain with each one dealing in different functions. Right brain deals with emotions and performs tasks holistically while the left-brain functions in linear fashion. When you are able to use both the sides of the brain, you will find that your mind power is harnessed to its best and gets better. Jigsaw puzzle helps you exercise both the parts of your brain.<br><br>Left-brain thinks logically and follows sequence while the ... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 16:18:00 EST Positive is as Positive Does http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45237_positive_is_as_positive_does When it comes to our health you have to make life changes are especially difficult to place in our busy lives and even harder to sustain. But in my experience..it’s the small changes you add to maintain and love that add up to a meaningful long-term difference.... Small changes do add up.. It took a while to get where you are and then to turn around and make changes is not easy..you need to follow a consistent workout routine... In most times an early morning workout is best for establishin... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 10:24:00 EST Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45225_every_champion_was_once_a_contender_who_refused_to_give_up Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up.<br><br>I was SO touched, so moved and spent so much time thinking about the comments on my "you are beautiful" blog (and awesome video) of a few days ago.<br><br>So many of us have used eating as our crutch in our lives. So many of us have been hurt, sometimes by forces recognized easily, but some by words, spoken quietly, that entered our minds and stuck like a glue that could not be moved. We have taken those harsh and hateful word... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 13:33:00 EST The 5 "W's" of life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45210_the_5_ws_of_life The five W's of life:<br><br>WHO you are is what makes you special. Do not change for anyone. Do not think you have to, do not compromise your principles, or your character to please anyone. If you are happy and kind, you will get the same in return.<br><br>WHAT lies ahead will always be a mystery. Do not be afraid to explore. Life is a new experience every single day. You can make every day a great one with a great attitude and a desire to know more, be more, want more. You can make your lif... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 13:29:00 EST Benefits of Journaling http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45209_benefits_of_journaling I’ll bet you write (or word process) daily. If you are like most women, you record only what you must. In an effort to change your mind and your habits, I’ll let you in on a well-kept secret: A pen coupled with paper can serve as a powerful life tool.<br><br>Journaling (or keeping letters or diaries) is an ancient tradition, one that dates back to at least 10th century Japan. Successful people throughout history have kept journals. Presidents have maintained them for posterity; other famous f... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 12:10:00 EST LOST 13.6 POUNDS SINCE MONDAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45208_lost_136_pounds_since_monday 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... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 11:05:00 EST Make It a Great Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45203_make_it_a_great_day <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <br>You can have a Great Day, or a Lousy Day; it's totally up to you.<br>Ed Foreman<br><br>Ed Foreman says that the first thing, the very first thing you do each morning is to decide whether the day will be terrific or terrible and that decision will stay with you ALL DAY LONG!!<br><br>Today is a great day. Today is the day when I am the most productive at work, for vacation starts tomorrow and acc... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 09:58:00 EST Learn to forgive, not forget. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45196_learn_to_forgive_not_forget Forgiveness is not about letting someone off the hook for their actions, but freeing ourselves of negative energies that bind us to them.<br><br>I have a few people in my life, that are tied to me forever, and that in some ways, I wish weren't.<br><br>One is my darling Daughter's other parent, who has never contributed, has harrassed us, owes me thousands of dollars, and is just an all around jerk. She was a surprise, and if I had to do it all over, I would do it again in a minute, but just m... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 13:12:00 EST Benefits of Positivity http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45193_benefits_of_positivity Positive thinking: Stop negative self-talk to reduce stress<br>Positive thinking helps with stress management and can even improve your health. Practice overcoming negative self-talk with examples provided.<br><br><br>Is your glass half-empty or half-full? How you answer this age-old question about positive thinking may reflect your outlook on life, your attitude toward yourself, and whether you're optimistic or pessimistic — and it may even affect your health.<br><br>Indeed, some studies sho... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 12:05:00 EST Keep Looking up and be positive.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45191_keep_looking_up_and_be_positive Forget the past.. The past is gone and today is now and the future is to come..A lot of progress is lost when thinking about all of the times you’ve tried to lose weight and failed, putting off dieting for a later date, or being scared of all the things you’ll have to do in the days to come. ....Come to terms with how bad you’ve let yourself get, and make a promise never to return to where you’re at... It took time to get the weight and now it’s OK to be unhappy about the way you look, as lon... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 11:19:00 EST LOST CRUISE WEIGHT ALREADY http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45188_lost_cruise_weight_already 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, 31 Mar 2016 09:10:00 EST Forgiving but Not Forgetting http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45180_forgiving_but_not_forgetting U dont need to forget before u can forgive......( inasmuch as u are not suffering from memory-loss).....forgive d person and move on with yur life, if d person tries to be too close, which u may not be interested in, set boundaries, be careful with d person, lest what happened before should happen again, forgive completely, its good for your health, dont try to refer to what happened before, just live your life and be wise enough in relating with d person. May God help u..........<br><br>If y... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 17:03:00 EST Don't tell me, show me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45173_dont_tell_me_show_me <br><br>Don't tell me, show me.<br><br>I have said this for SO LONG, that it is really part of my life mantra.<br><br>Life is a 'show me'. Wait, what does that mean? If someone tells you that they love you, and ignores you, or demeans you, or doesn't help with anything, the words are meaningless. If someone does something for you without asking, something thoughtful, or small, or trivial, but kind, that is a 'show me'. That is a clear demonstration of their love for you.<br><br>My BF isn't bi... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 11:35:00 EST Baby Steps! Baby Steps! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45172_baby_steps_baby_steps <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"We change when the pain to change is less than the pain to remain as we are."<br>~ Ed Foreman<br><br>Goal achieved this morning! Actually the second goal of ten pounds weight lost this year. My next goal is set. Lose ten pounds by June 15. That is a pound a week and is attainable, even with an intervening cruise next week.<br><br>Rather that setting a goal to lose seventy-seven pounds, I set my fi... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 09:56:00 EST Remove negative energy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45154_remove_negative_energy Forgiveness is not about letting someone off the hook for their actions, but freeing ourselves of negative energies that bind us to them.<br><br>I have a few people in my life, that are tied to me forever, and that in some ways, I wish weren't.<br><br>One is my darling Daughter's other parent, who has never contributed, has harrassed us, owes me thousands of dollars, and is just an all around jerk. She was a surprise, and if I had to do it all over, I would do it again in a minute, but just m... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 11:45:00 EST Start with a notebook and a list of Affirmations.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45153_start_with_a_notebook_and_a_list_of_affirmations When you want to loose weight.. Start a notebook and make a list of weight loss affirmations that will aide you each day as you read them... You will find daily affirmations for weight loss, which, if used diligently, will help you lose weight...Permanent weight loss or weight control requires a change in lifestyle. The affirmations given here will help you to slowly but surely change your lifestyle...Positive affirmations for weight loss will help you change your lifestyle..... our body mai... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 11:31:00 EST Get up, Dress up, Show up, and Never give up. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45145_get_up_dress_up_show_up_and_never_give_up No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up, and never give up.<br><br>I am pretty lucky, beccause this was my Mom's mantra, pretty much when I was growing up. Don't complain, suck it up, you are fine, get going, get things done.<br><br>And for crying out loud, don't give up.<br><br>I am taking my car in to have the snow tires swapped out today. Earliest I have EVER done this, since I moved to Minnesota, almost 20 years ago. We have had a nothing winter. It has been great. There will be... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 18:57:00 EST Enjoy Life Always http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45127_enjoy_life_always In life no matter what you are faced with you must remained focused and positive. People will always try to bring you down. When you are truly confident and know where you need to be you will find that your life will change. It is also necessary to stay away from people who bring you down; stay away from negative people. The prayer of GOD is very powerful and people forget to lay their problems in GOD'S hands so he can handle the problem. I have learned to be quiet and just let people talk. I... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 20:33:00 EST May the odds be in your favor. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45125_may_the_odds_be_in_your_favor May the odds be forever in your favor.<br><br>This quote is from the "Hunger Games" books, for those of you that have not had the pleasure of reading them.<br><br>I was told by my Daughter that I HAD to read these books, and since they were part of my Kindle Unlimited subscription, I read them all this week. I LOVED these books.<br><br>The premise is that this is a post-apocalyptic world, Panem, in North America, and this HORRID dictator/totalitarian, Snow, controls Panem, by enclosing all th... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 14:50:00 EST It's Easter Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45123_its_easter_morning Happy Easter to all my friends, family, and sparkers. I hope you are well.<br><br>Assessing my overall health. Not too bad. All my lab tests came back in the normal range.<br><br>really worked it yesterday. Burned calories and brush. I did raking, breaking of sticks, chainsawing, burning, and final cleanup of all the ash. It was a great workout over 4 hours.<br><br><br>We felled a total of 4 trees, and 3 large shrubs. Cut and burned, and cleaned up all the scraps.<br><br>I made a pledge to m... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 14:07:00 EST Happy Easter to All http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45120_happy_easter_to_all <em>448</em> <em>449</em> <em>450</em> <em>451</em> <em>453</em> <em>452</em> <br> <em>448</em> <em>449</em> <em>450</em> <em>451</em> <em>453</em> <em>452</em> <br> <em>448</em> <em>449</em> <em>450</em> <em>451</em> <em>453</em> <em>452</em> <br> <em>448</em> <em>449</em> <em>450</em> <em>451</em> <em>453</em> <em>452</em> <br> <em>448</em> <em>449</em> <em>450</em> <em>451</em> <em>453</em> <em>452</em> <b... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 10:07:00 EST Nobody can break you http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45110_nobody_can_break_you You're a diamond, dear. They can't break you.<br><br>This is my new mantra. My knee pain gets worse when one of the therapists does something she calls "manipulating my kneecap". I can't really get around for a couple of days after this AWFUL intrusion. She insists it is something that will help me get better and will make me feel better. It doesn't. It is just AWFUL.<br><br>Finally, on Thursday, I told her that she couldn't do it anymore. She looked at me with almost horror. I said, this is ... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 12:17:00 EST Beautiful Saturday Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45109_beautiful_saturday_morning Assessing my overall health. Not too bad. All my lab tests came back in the normal range.<br><br> really worked it yesterday. Burned calories and brush. I did raking, breaking of sticks, chainsawing, burning, and final cleanup of all the ash. It was a great workout over 4 hours.<br><br><br>We felled a total of 4 trees, and 3 large shrubs. Cut and burned, and cleaned up all the scraps.<br><br>I made a pledge to myself that I will lose 5 pounds over the next 30 days. I think that is realistic... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 12:17:00 EST Work on yourself. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45100_work_on_yourself I am working on myself, by myself, for myself.<br><br>If you are on this journey for ANY other reason, get on another road. This one is for you. It is to make you stronger, happier, healthier and the best you can possibly be.<br><br>I started off 120 pounds heavier, never really thinking I could do this. Every single day I did, made it easier. Every single thing I did for me, made me believe. Every single minute of exercise made me stronger, and happier. Every single pound made me better at t... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 14:28:00 EST Every Journey is different... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45098_every_journey_is_different In order to loose weight and keep positive you need to first love yourself inside and also have a good attitude.. Sounds hard but not really... If your in a relationship and have to ones you love you all ready they are in with you.. You need to do this for you and only for you and your health..<br>There’s nothing like the first week of the challenge you want to start a diet and exercise regime, but if your motivation is ­disgust at the size of your waistband, you could be setting yourself up ... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 12:44:00 EST Doing the Spring Cleanout http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45095_doing_the_spring_cleanout I really worked it yesterday. Burned calories and brush. I did raking, breaking of sticks, chainsawing, burning, and final cleanup of all the ash. It was a great workout over 4 hours.<br><br><br>We felled a total of 4 trees, and 3 large shrubs. Cut and burned, and cleaned up all the scraps.<br><br>I made a pledge to myself that I will lose 5 pounds over the next 30 days. I think that is realistic.<br><br>THis time I am hoping to get it right. The yo-yo dieting doesn't work for me, nor does it... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 11:14:00 EST Chin up, Buttercup. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45078_chin_up_buttercup Chin up, buttercup.<br><br>I was raised by two awesome parents who would never accept whining, complaining about health, and pretty much told us to "buck up" when we had a cold or some other minimal ailment.<br><br>Just like many things your parents do, as you age, you start to realize that they were right. This one, "buck up" is a prime example. Whining about anything, whether it is a cold or a minor injury, or anything else, does nobody any good, especially you. Getting up and getting going... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 12:24:00 EST Principles to Happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45066_principles_to_happiness The 13 Principles to Happiness <br> ( from the executive happiness coach- go to happiness@the speedoflife ) . He is a super guy and wicked smart. Each of the principles has an associated action and helpful tips to answer the "what ,why and how". I am paraphrasing a bit.<br><br>I have this posted in my office: <em>213</em> <br><br>1. Become Positively Self-ish<br>Take care of yourself first, build a foundation for stronger relationships and increase your capacity.<br>2. Live Your Values<br... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 14:04:00 EST What We Plant http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45061_what_we_plant <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become reality."<br>~ Earl Nightingale<br><br>As I said in yesterday's secret, there is a finite number of self-help maxims and the plethora of self-help gurus, from Napoleon Hill in the 1930's clear through Tony Robbins in the teens keep paraphrasing and restating the same ideas.<br><br>In the late ninete... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 10:32:00 EST The Calorie Burn http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45059_the_calorie_burn Trying every way possible to burn extra calories throughout the day when my body feels that it has enough energy to do such activities.<br><br>Wow! What a workout I had yesterday and every single fiber in my body is feeling it this morning.<br><br>We felled a total of 4 trees, and 3 large shrubs. Cut and burned, and cleaned up all the scraps.<br><br>I made a pledge to myself that I will lose 5 pounds over the next 30 days. I think that is realistic.<br><br>THis time I am hoping to get it righ... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 09:14:00 EST Make happiness a priority. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45057_make_happiness_a_priority Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that it is.<br><br>I spent many years thinking that if I was thin, I would be happier. I spent many years berating myself for not achieving that goal, and wasting a lot of potentially good time.<br><br>No matter your weight, no matter WHAT, find ways to be happy today. Find ways to be proud of your achievements every day. Find joy in everything this awesome world has to offer.<br><br... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 22:48:00 EST Oh the Allergies http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45044_oh_the_allergies They're back! Ugh, my seasonal allergies have come back to haunt me. And it is so early in the season, we are still in winter! What's up with that?<br><br>Wow! What a workout I had yesterday and every single fiber in my body is feeling it this morning.<br><br>We felled a total of 4 trees, and 3 large shrubs. Cut and burned, and cleaned up all the scraps.<br><br>I made a pledge to myself that I will lose 5 pounds over the next 30 days. I think that is realistic.<br><br>THis time I am hoping to... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 08:59:00 EST On Sharing Secrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45041_on_sharing_secrets As I sit down each morning to share a secret, I am impressed by how repetitive my secrets are. Many times I am paraphrasing something I have already shared but that is OK.<br><br>When I share a secret, I am exposed to it yet one more time and each and every time I am exposed to one of these secrets, it is better engraved into my subconscious which is where the impetus for all behavior is stored. <br><br>Repetition helps the memory and ingrains habits. It is difficult to come up with a new id... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 21:22:00 EST Do something good for someone today http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45039_do_something_good_for_someone_today Life is 10% of what happens to you, and 90% of how you react to it.<br><br>So, I have been "laying low" for the past couple of days. Does my knee feel better/different? NO. I am not laying low anymore. I will go slow, but I am not slowing down anymore. My knee was built with titanium, and can take a beating. I am going back to yoga today, and am going to swim tomorrow. Damn the torpedoes, FULL SPEED AHEAD. I am taking my 90% and reacting that I will move slowly, but steadily forward. I am not... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 17:53:00 EST Shake it up.. Slowing down..Move it.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45036_shake_it_up_slowing_downmove_it It is very common to lose some motivation when you are trying to lose weight because you will quite often reach a point where you are simply not losing the weight in the way you had hoped or you may find yourself being tempted by those different things that will lead you off your planned diet. This is of course going to pose a problem as it does not take long to undo all of the good work you have previously put in so how exactly do you stay motivated when trying to lose weight...One reason wh... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 13:34:00 EST Getting Hubby OnBoard http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45031_getting_hubby_onboard I really worked it yesterday. Burned calories and brush. I did raking, breaking of sticks, chainsawing, burning, and final cleanup of all the ash. It was a great workout over 4 hours.<br><br><br>We felled a total of 4 trees, and 3 large shrubs. Cut and burned, and cleaned up all the scraps.<br><br>I made a pledge to myself that I will lose 5 pounds over the next 30 days. I think that is realistic.<br><br>THis time I am hoping to get it right. The yo-yo dieting doesn't work for me, nor does it... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 08:56:00 EST There is no diet secret http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45022_there_is_no_diet_secret There really is no secret to dieting. Most of the time we just have to make our minds that this time we are going to do it! We have all been at this junction of will it or will it not be successful this time? Don't we understand that we have get back up again and again and again and so forth. We are preparing ourselves for potential success each time we don't make meet or succeed at our goals. We are gathering information on what works for and apparently what does not. With me it's getting my... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 19:09:00 EST Strive for Greatness http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45017_strive_for_greatness <br>Someone once told me not to bite off more than I could chew.<br>I said I'd rather choke on greatness than nibble on mediocrity.<br><br>My Dad used to say that all the time, and I never really understood it. I really do agree with the second sentence. There is no reason to not aim for the highest mountain.<br><br>I have been resting my knee today, Doctor's orders for a couple of days. I guess I have been pushing too hard, doing too much, and he wants me to STOP for a few days. I hate it.<b... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 15:14:00 EST Burning Calories and Brush http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45012_burning_calories_and_brush I really worked it yesterday. Burned calories and brush. I did raking, breaking of sticks, chainsawing, burning, and final cleanup of all the ash. It was a great workout over 4 hours.<br><br><br>We felled a total of 4 trees, and 3 large shrubs. Cut and burned, and cleaned up all the scraps.<br><br>I made a pledge to myself that I will lose 5 pounds over the next 30 days. I think that is realistic.<br><br>THis time I am hoping to get it right. The yo-yo dieting doesn't work for me, nor does i... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 11:57:00 EST The Whole She-bang http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44999_the_whole_shebang Sometimes I find myself eating without a plan, which leads to haphazard eating, which interrupts weight loss.<br><br>Wow! What a workout I had yesterday and every single fiber in my body is feeling it this morning.<br><br>We felled a total of 4 trees, and 3 large shrubs. Cut and burned, and cleaned up all the scraps.<br><br>I made a pledge to myself that I will lose 5 pounds over the next 30 days. I think that is realistic.<br><br>THis time I am hoping to get it right. The yo-yo dieting doesn... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 12:21:00 EST Only care what YOU think of you. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44996_only_care_what_you_think_of_you <br> <br>Don't care what other people think...<br>View JJMPLSMN's Sparkpage<br>View All Blog Entries from JJMPLSMN<br><br>Saturday, March 19, 2016<br><br><br>Not caring what other people think is the<br>best choice you will ever make.<br><br>I went to Target the other day with my darling Daughter. She looked at me and said, MOM, you are wearing your slippers. I looked down and said, I know, and smiled at her. "They are comfortable, they are Vionics, and right now, putting on my sneakers is t... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 10:45:00 EST Strive for Greatness http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44986_strive_for_greatness Someone once told me not to bite off more than I could chew.<br>I said I'd rather choke on greatness than nibble on mediocrity.<br><br>My Dad used to say that all the time, and I never really understood it. I really do agree with the second sentence. There is no reason to not aim for the highest mountain.<br><br>I have been resting my knee today, Doctor's orders for a couple of days. I guess I have been pushing too hard, doing too much, and he wants me to STOP for a few days. I hate it.<br><b... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 20:32:00 EST Be Positive and Dietitian http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44982_be_positive_and_dietitian First and foremost Never Give up... You need to be persistent and willing to give up some of the foods you like. You need to be tough and exercise every day. Only then can you lose weight ... Yes exercise.. You can not sit in a chair all day or wish it away.. You have to put in a little effort and movement in your day... I am not saying you have to run a marathon.. You just have to be willing to give some time to exercise.. Working out three time at ten minutes is not unreasonable and Sparks... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 13:23:00 EST The Hungry Games http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44977_the_hungry_games I am feeling victory over my eating habits and weight loss journey. I am in the driver's seat; not the food.<br><br>Sometimes I find myself eating without a plan, which leads to haphazard eating, which interrupts weight loss.<br><br>Wow! What a workout I had yesterday and every single fiber in my body is feeling it this morning.<br><br>We felled a total of 4 trees, and 3 large shrubs. Cut and burned, and cleaned up all the scraps.<br><br>I made a pledge to myself that I will lose 5 pounds ove... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 08:53:00 EST Happiness is an inside job. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44970_happiness_is_an_inside_job <br>Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that it is.<br><br>I spent many years thinking that if I was thin, I would be happier. I spent many years berating myself for not achieving that goal, and wasting a lot of potentially good time.<br><br>No matter your weight, no matter WHAT, find ways to be happy today. Find ways to be proud of your achievements every day. Find joy in everything this awesome world has to offer.<br... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 18:10:00 EST Erin Go Braugh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44961_erin_go_braugh <em>137</em> <em>439</em> <em>440</em> <em>441</em> <em>438</em> <em>437</em> <br> <em>137</em> <em>439</em> <em>440</em> <em>441</em> <em>438</em> <em>437</em> <br> <em>137</em> <em>439</em> <em>440</em> <em>441</em> <em>438</em> <em>437</em> <br> <em>137</em> <em>439</em> <em>440</em> <em>441</em> <em>438</em> <em>437</em> <br> <em>137</em> <em>439</em> <em>440</em> <em>441</em> <em>438</em> <em>437</em> <br> <... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 10:24:00 EST In the Driver's Seat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44960_in_the_drivers_seat I am feeling victory over my eating habits and weight loss journey. I am in the driver's seat; not the food.<br><br>Sometimes I find myself eating without a plan, which leads to haphazard eating, which interrupts weight loss.<br><br>Wow! What a workout I had yesterday and every single fiber in my body is feeling it this morning.<br><br>We felled a total of 4 trees, and 3 large shrubs. Cut and burned, and cleaned up all the scraps.<br><br>I made a pledge to myself that I will lose 5 pounds ov... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 09:03:00 EST Be there for yourself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44959_be_there_for_yourself I've learned I have to be my own cheerleader. Being a giver by nature I found in the past I was the last one on my list of recipients. By changing things up I'm able to enjoy the benefits of taking care of my needs first. Oddly, this gives me more opportunities and strength to help others. It also gives me more respect for myself.<br><br>Making yourself your priority will be the number one tool in reaching and maintaining your health goals.<br><br>Here's to you!<br><br><br>...................... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 08:57:00 EST Enjoy Every Minute http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44949_enjoy_every_minute <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future.<br>Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored."<br>~Earl Nightingale<br><br>As I keep sharing secrets, I notice that I don't really have very many secrets. They are b... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 15:52:00 EST The Best of Intentions http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44946_the_best_of_intentions I have been in a really negative head space lately. Down on everything, everyone, including myself. Perhaps it's a function of the weather - winter. Perhaps it has to do with the current political climate. Whatever the case, I am feeling restless and unsettled and unsatisfied and pissy.<br><br>What I notice is that I take these moods out on the people around me. Especially my poor husband. And I am not great to be around. I choose to SHAKE THIS OFF with CONSTANT REMINDERS.<br><br>Sometimes wh... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 14:32:00 EST Make your life limitless http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44937_make_your_life_limitless <br>Once you become fearless, life becomes limitless.<br><br>We are all full of fears. Fears of failure, fears of success, fears of things.<br><br>Fears have been with us since we were small, and by looking at them and understanding that most of them are actually unrealistic, we CAN find ways to conquer them, and in conquering them, we are able to face other things in our lives that are holding us back.<br><br>Fear of weight loss is a real thing. There will be people along your journey that ... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 11:06:00 EST Be kind to yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44936_be_kind_to_yourself We really can be our own best friends, and when I'm feeling demotivated, I ask myself one question: "How would I talk to my best friend if she were having this same problem?" If my best friend came and said she'd had a rough day and didn't eat or exercise in a desirable way, I wouldn't tell her she was useless or stupid. I wouldn't yell at her and tell her to straighten up and get a grip. I would say "It's okay; it's just one day. You're doing great, and now is a great time to get back in the... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 10:28:00 EST Setting a Schedule http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44935_setting_a_schedule Sometimes I find myself eating without a plan, which leads to haphazard eating, which interrupts weight loss.<br><br>Wow! What a workout I had yesterday and every single fiber in my body is feeling it this morning.<br><br>We felled a total of 4 trees, and 3 large shrubs. Cut and burned, and cleaned up all the scraps.<br><br>I made a pledge to myself that I will lose 5 pounds over the next 30 days. I think that is realistic.<br><br>THis time I am hoping to get it right. The yo-yo dieting doesn... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 09:28:00 EST Count Your Blessings http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44924_count_your_blessings <em>440</em> <em>440</em> <em>440</em> <em>440</em> <em>440</em> <em>440</em> <br>Count your blessings. Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play, and you will finally be able to move forward the life that God intended for you with grace, strength, courage, and confidence.<br>~ Og Mandino<br><br>It is said that if you begin each day by counting your blessings, then each day yo... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 15:21:00 EST You need discipline. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44918_you_need_discipline You will never always be motivated. You must learn to be disciplined.<br><br>The rush of "joiners" to Spark at the beginning of the year is heartening. I would love to know how many of them are still here. My guess, is about ten percent.<br><br>Why? How do you make a decision to change, and not follow through? How many times have we all made that decision, to lose weight, to try some crazy Atkins neanderthal plan, and make it a few weeks, cheat and quit? For me, it was too many to count.<br><... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 10:10:00 EST A Vote for Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44917_a_vote_for_me Yes I voted today with the candidate who best aligns himself with our family values.<br><br>They're back! Ugh, my seasonal allergies have come back to haunt me. And it is so early in the season, we are still in winter! What's up with that?<br><br>Wow! What a workout I had yesterday and every single fiber in my body is feeling it this morning.<br><br>We felled a total of 4 trees, and 3 large shrubs. Cut and burned, and cleaned up all the scraps.<br><br>I made a pledge to myself that I will los... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 09:28:00 EST Keep that smile on your face! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44912_keep_smile_on_your_face I find that staying positive is key to being/staying healthy. <br><br>If you smile when you are in a bad mood, you will find that you eventually want to keep on smiling... Doesn't that sound fantastic? The first time I tried it, I was amazed. <br><br>Instead of walking around with a scowl on your face (very inviting to wrinkles), try putting a smile on instead, when you are walking down the street, in the grocery market or the mall, when you are driving and accomplishing any of your many acti... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 20:23:00 EST Find great places today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44911_find_great_places_today You're off to great places. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way. Dr. (awesome) Seuss<br><br>I had a great day yesterday, and can't wait to climb today's mountain.<br><br>I started off with physical therapy. Stacy is pushing me hard. I want her to. My knee bend is up to 96 percent, so I'm still hanging in there. Great way to start my day.<br><br>Then I went to my darling Daughter's co-op to by yogurt (Stonyfield organic) that was on sale. My DD was painting a sign. ... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 18:24:00 EST Have a Rainy Day Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44910_have_a_rainy_day_plan You know, I live in Southern California where it hasn't rained much in a long long time. We need the rain, and we seem to be undertaking drastic measures here to get rain?! I was watching the news last night and they were talking about shooting rockets into the sky that caused it to rain and it actually worked?! This was at CalTech Pasadena. <br><br>And we have had some rain over the last week. Two days of it, actually. Thus, the cause of this Secret of Success. In a way. Or another... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 14:55:00 EST Benefits of Prayer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44902_benefits_of_prayer If you want to achieve maximum health, here are a few things that you should do: exercise regularly, eat nutritious and minimally processed foods, drop those extra pounds -- and pray. That's right, regular prayer and meditation has been shown in numerous scientific studies to be an important factor in living longer and staying healthy.<br><br>Prayer is the most widespread alternative therapy in America today. Over 85 percent of people confronting a major illness pray, according to a Universit... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 11:08:00 EST Half full or Half Empty...? Your Choice http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44892_half_full_or_half_empty_your_choice Most diets work only as long as you work the diet! The moment dieting stops, all the weight that has been lost slowly starts coming back. This only means that unless you change your lifestyle, you will again have weight problems. I found that it is necessary to change our thinking. You have to make your mind comfortable with the new weight you desire. Do not think something unreasonable figure cause I did and now I feel better in my body and do not care if the last ten pounds come off...I fee... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 17:49:00 EST struggles of our life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44891_struggles_of_our_life <br>Struggles of our Life : A Short Inspiring Story<br><br><br><br>Once upon a time a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed.<br><br>Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Once the three pots began to boil, he placed potatoes ... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 15:23:00 EST The Courage to Day No http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44886_the_courage_to_day_no <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <br>"Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right.These are the magic keys to living your life with dignity."<br>~ W. Clement Stone<br><br>How can a post about "saying no" fall into the category "Staying Positive"? That is a good question until you ponder it for a while and realize that sometimes saying "no" is one of the most positive thing... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 11:47:00 EST Felling the Trees http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44885_felling_the_trees Wow! What a workout I had yesterday and every single fiber in my body is feeling it this morning.<br><br>We felled a total of 4 trees, and 3 large shrubs. Cut and burned, and cleaned up all the scraps.<br><br>I made a pledge to myself that I will lose 5 pounds over the next 30 days. I think that is realistic.<br><br>THis time I am hoping to get it right. The yo-yo dieting doesn't work for me, nor does it work for anyone. It just makes the weight loss effort all the more slower, and will only... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 11:39:00 EST Don't get mad. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44873_dont_get_mad Don't get mad.<br>Don't get even.<br>Do better.<br>Much better.<br>Rise above.<br>Become so engulfed in your own success<br>that you forgot it ever happened.<br><br>Getting mad is easy. Finding reasons to be mad is easy too. Finding reasons to forgive, to forget, to move on, to NOT get mad, is a joy and an art.<br><br>I have made a lot of changes in my life, since I started on my Sparkjourney. A number of them have nothing to do with weight. They have to do with me, and how I feel about thing... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 12:24:00 EST Benefits of Laughter http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44851_benefits_of_laughter Laughter is strong medicine for mind and body<br><br>“Your sense of humor is one of the most powerful tools you have to make certain that your daily mood and emotional state support good health.”<br><br>~ Paul E. McGhee, Ph.D.<br><br>Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, fo... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 11:03:00 EST I NEED TO STAY POSITIVE http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44844_i_need_to_stay_positive 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... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 01:20:00 EST Our friends: The Measuring Tape and Mirror http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44839_our_friends_the_measuring_tape_and_mirror Weighing myself can be disappointing when water weight and times of day reduce my efforts by a pound or two. <br>(Is that all??!) <em>198</em> <br>...and emotions do affect energy levels.<br>For me, a more steady and truthful guide to my goals is the tape measure. It's helpful also as I anticipate the changes that will come in my clothing. <br> <em>7</em> (I can wear it!!)<br>The cousin to the measuring tape is the full length mirror. Trying on clothes with the figure you really have is... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 16:36:00 EST Today is your day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44836_today_is_your_day You're off to great places. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way. Dr. (awesome) Seuss<br><br>I had a great day yesterday, and can't wait to climb today's mountain.<br><br>I started off with physical therapy. Stacy is pushing me hard. I want her to. My knee bend is up to 96 percent, so I'm still hanging in there. Great way to start my day.<br><br>Then I went to my darling Daughter's co-op to by yogurt (Stonyfield organic) that was on sale. My DD was painting a sign. ... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 14:16:00 EST Happiness is an inside job. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44795_happiness_is_an_inside_job Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that it is.<br><br>I spent many years thinking that if I was thin, I would be happier. I spent many years berating myself for not achieving that goal, and wasting a lot of potentially good time.<br><br>No matter your weight, no matter WHAT, find ways to be happy today. Find ways to be proud of your achievements every day. Find joy in everything this awesome world has to offer.<br><br... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 10:31:00 EST Springtime's for Getting Unstuck http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44791_springtimes_for_getting_unstuck So, you tasted the cookies you "bought for the kids," insisted on buying your adult son a birthday cake, or "needed" to make white flour side dishes for guests that "wouldn't understand." Surely, you sampled all of those "lovelies," too.<br><br>Don't worry; be happy. You got up breathing, today. You can still haul laundry up and down the stairs, clean house while listening to music on your headphones or even (gasp) get down on the floor and do some core work.<br><br>Certainly it's dumb to sa... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 07:15:00 EST Don't let a lapse ruin a good day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44776_dont_let_a_lapse_ruin_a_good_day Saying, "Oh, I've already ruined my good eating today: I'll just eat crap, is like saying I dropped my phone on the floor; I'll just smash it until it breaks".<br><br>We are human, we have flaws, we make mistakes.<br><br>The way to handle a bad eating moment is to track it, forget it and move on. To quit because of that is what you have always done, and this is not how to be successful here, or in life.<br><br>We all know we make mistakes, we are enchanted by something and must have it. Just ... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 11:10:00 EST frustrations and my health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44767_frustrations_and_my_health It's very hard not to get angry and annoyed with .. first right before Christmas I hurt my foot and heal and ankle .. I had to wear the boot for 7 long weeks and with a three (3) inch heel in the boot and each week take one out.. As most of you know I have a spine injury and the boot took me off balance .. Then 6 weeks of therapy and being sore and trying to get back to a normal life ,, It is very hard .. well I had a sneezing fit and ... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 21:04:00 EST MAKE STRAIGHT PATHS FOR YOUR FEET. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44753_make_straight_paths_for_your_feet "Make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed." Hebrews 12:13.<br><br>Our human minds are confused and full of facts which are impossible to organize when we are under stress. We learn to simplify our lives and accept our limitations when we are dieting because we are forced to lower our stress if we want to lose weight (overeating being a stress disease).<br><br>As dieters, if we stay on our diets long enough we do achiev... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 02:24:00 EST Don't Stop You http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44752_dont_stop_you Yup, don't stop you which can be or become an easy thing to do & you don't want that to happen that's why you must pump your brakes when you see yourself falling into the same behavioral pattern that leads you down that same path and that can't be good so we must not allow it. Simple things like eating more than one portion or getting seconds or having too many sweets or sugar in general or allowing a trigger food to take us into a binge or simply having too much alcohol but I say this, " don... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 01:42:00 EST Today is your day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44744_today_is_your_day You're off to great places. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way. Dr. (awesome) Seuss<br><br>I had a great day yesterday, and can't wait to climb today's mountain.<br><br>I started off with physical therapy. Stacy is pushing me hard. I want her to. My knee bend is up to 96 percent, so I'm still hanging in there. Great way to start my day.<br><br>Then I went to my darling Daughter's co-op to by yogurt (Stonyfield organic) that was on sale. My DD was painting a sign. ... Sat, 5 Mar 2016 12:56:00 EST