Secrets of Success

63SHARES

This Community feature collects all the "secrets" our members have used to lose weight and live healthier lives. You can share your own tips to help others, search or browse to discover new strategies that might help you in your own journey, and vote on all of your favorites!

Submit a Secret

Featured Secret

28

MEMBERS SPARKED This Sparked Me!
Leave a Comment

Dryer Sheets

Save money on dryer sheets by getting a five gallon bucket and pouring fabric softener in the bucket. Then fill the container the fabric softener came out of with water and pour it into the bucket too. Fill again with water and pour into bucket. Then get a few sponges and put in the bucket. When you...

This Sparked Me! Leave a Comment

Browse All Secrets

1

MEMBERS SPARKED This Sparked Me!
Leave a Comment

Keep On Moving!


Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still.
- Chinese Proverb


"I may walk slowl...

This Sparked Me! Leave a Comment

1

MEMBERS SPARKED This Sparked Me!
Leave a Comment

Daily Walking Routine

It may be extreme but I started a daily 90 min walking routine after work. My knees and ankles give me problems so walking is a gentle way I can exercise. My goal is to walk every day and in order to accomplish my goal it is the first thing I try to do when I get home from work, otherwise it won't h...

This Sparked Me! Leave a Comment

2

MEMBERS SPARKED This Sparked Me!
Leave a Comment

What’s Your Personality Type?

There are many personality types that have been identified over time. But these personality types can generally be grouped into 4 main categories. The 4 classifications identified are: the optimist, the pessimist, the trusting person, or the envious person. Which one are you? Are you optimistic...

This Sparked Me! Leave a Comment

2

MEMBERS SPARKED This Sparked Me!
Leave a Comment

Mindful eating - pay attention to what you are eating!

When you eat, truly taste your food. Feel the texture.... taste the flavor.... feel yourself swallow it... keep your mind on your eating. When it wanders, just say "not now..." and go back to focusing on your eating. You will probably find that you eat more slowly and you eat less because you are no...

This Sparked Me! Leave a Comment

1

MEMBERS SPARKED This Sparked Me!
Leave a Comment

Track the Foods (and Drinks) you Consume Every Single Day (Even those Small Snacks at the Office!)

I was most successful in my weight loss efforts when I took the time to track the foods I ate every single day. When I took the time to track the calories in that slice of cake I had at the office or the pizza slice one of my co-workers sent in my direction, it was a real eye-opener how the calorie...

This Sparked Me! Leave a Comment

1

MEMBERS SPARKED This Sparked Me!
Leave a Comment

30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday

When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday...

This Sparked Me! Leave a Comment

2

MEMBERS SPARKED This Sparked Me!
Leave a Comment

The Health Issue No One Talks About

Barb Patrick, 46, experienced postpartum depression.

Barb, who now runs a quilting business in Newtown, CT, worried she couldn't take care of her newborn and 20-month-old toddler, so she called her ob-gyn office. At first, they didn't offer any helpful solutions, says Barb. After five sle...

This Sparked Me! Leave a Comment

2

MEMBERS SPARKED This Sparked Me!
Leave a Comment

Replace instead of Remove

For any diet changes: REPLACE whatever is taken away with something healthier and more wholesome. Having huge gaps in my diet from foods that are forbidden makes me feel like i'm losing something. What works for me is to fill that gap, even if it means i'm eating more.
For example: Replace bread ...

This Sparked Me! Leave a Comment

2

MEMBERS SPARKED This Sparked Me!
Leave a Comment

How to Reduce Starch in Potatoes

How to Reduce Starch in Potatoes
Removing the starch reduces the carbohydrate content, which is helpful when you're following a low-carb diet.

Cold Water Soak
A quick rinse under cold water can wash away much of the surface starch. More starch is removed from a cut potato than a whole ...

This Sparked Me! Leave a Comment

1

MEMBERS SPARKED This Sparked Me!
Leave a Comment

What is on your Mind?

"What is on your Mind?"

On September 27, 2016 , I had a scheduled Cardiac stress test on a treadmill with an echocardiogram. I was as nervous as a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs! Actually I was scared. I wrote a few people here on Sparkpeople and shared with them my anxiety...

This Sparked Me! Leave a Comment
Submit a Secret

  • Login to see your Secrets
Please note these are member-submitted secrets and are not reviewed by SparkPeople's health experts for accuracy. If you feel a secret is inappropriate, please click the "Report Inappropriate Secret" on the secret's page and our staff will review it.
63SHARES