Secrets of Success
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!
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I'm a shift leader at a telecommunications site and spend most of my time in from of a terminal. We rely on alarm systems to alert us to system problems. I find getting up once an hour to tour the facility is not only good for me but is helping me find problems that don't have an automatic reporting system.
My challenge from SparkPeople today is to move three times when I would normally be sitting. So I got an idea from one of SP articles--stretching. I like yoga. And if you do a lot of sitting, things start to stiffen and ache. So getting up every once and while and doing a standing Yoga stretch like warrior or dancers pose will help posture and take away pain. Just a few moments of this I know will work wonders. And if you are challenging yourself with a new pose, that will make it fun!
When I say something negative about myself to myself, it helps me to turn what I said around to the positive. Something I commonly say is "I'm depressed." When I catch myself saying it, I'll say "I feel good." You can use this most things if what you're saying is just habit or not really true.
My secret is when I walk on the treadmill I don't do it all on the same level. EXAMPLE (.speed 3mph 15 minutes on incline 10 then 15 minutes on incline 14 then I do the last 10 minutes on incline 15 , my weight seemed to really start to come off then. I try to mix it all up on there so my body has to work differently .
Try and spend one day not complaining about anything and looking for only positives..when in traffic ...time to do butt crunches.When really hungry think of the new healthy you..you will smile and it will become habit..then lifestyle
I try to have all sorts of motivation for myself to keep on track with my fitness. It's all too easy to do a little less or skip exercise entirely because I might be feeling tired. So I make it a point to ask other people about their fitness routine. And then we have a fitness discussion. After that I keep up with that person and we continue to have fitness discussions. It's like having an invisible fitness buddy and I include someone in my workout endeavor.
I have a lot of wt to lose and I have made it a goal to try something new when I reach a small goal. I set a goal of losing 10lbs a month and when I reach it, I splurge a little, such as trying "paint and sips" at the local winery, traveling to an out of the way fall festival, just tying something new with my twin 15 yr old boys. I have found I really like trying something new or going some place I haven't been . I may even sign up for a local class.