SP Premium
200,000-249,999 SparkPoints 213,125

Sharing secrets

Friday, April 09, 2010

I am trying to improve on my blogging so today I decided maybe I could help someone else if I shared some of the things that have helped me be a SP success story:
Here are some things that have worked for me

1) I started out taking baby steps. Small goal(s) ~small steps toward them. For example: my first exercise goal was to walk for 15 minutes 3 times a week. Then I just added more goals and time spent as I went along. I did not go from 0 to 100 overnight!!

2) I started looking for new recipes. And I was only interested in a recipe that had the nutritional values included or it was simple enough to input into SpartkPeople's recipe calculator. I discovered that in addition to SP's great recipes, I could also get free ones from www.eatingwell.com; and www.bhg.com. All free - most with nutritional values. All healthier than most of the millions of recipes I have saved over the years!! SP figured out what my daily intake of calories, fat carbs etc.. should be so all I had to do was find recipes that helped me stay in within those guidelines.

3) I was already buying some of my food from a company called Schwans - which is a home delivery service that has been around since I was a kid. I discovered that they offer a line a food called "Live Smart" which is healthier than the rest and also has all nutritional values with it. Several items are already pre-packaged such as the boneless, skinless chicken breast and some low fat low cal desserts. I started ONLY buying "Live Smart" items. Which by the way - most are VERY VERY good. I do spend a little more than at the local grocery store - but I was buying from them before I changed my life - and I now realize that my husband and I are worth the little extra anyway!

4) Buying a Wii and WiiFit game was the best money I ever spent. It makes me want to get up and move everyday. They have lots of fun games and I don't care what ANY ONE says - I wear a heart rate monitor and I CAN burn calories... I CAN keep my heart rate up... and I CAN lose weight! And - I use it EVERY day!

5) I found that telling others about my goals will keep me accountable. I spent years letting myself down - but heaven forbid I would let YOU ALL down. At any rate - it works for me!

6) The nutrition tracker is my best friend. It is very hard to gauge what my daily intake is if I don't take the time to track it

Maybe some of the secrets of my success can help someone else.....
Share This Post With Others
Member Comments About This Blog Post
    thanks for sharing. I am still on my baby steps but I am getting there. I am really tracking my food more often. I am thinking more about healthier foods. Glad to hear about the Wii because we will using that during the summer.
    3933 days ago
    Thank you for taking the time to divulge you sucess secrets Pam!
    It is the community here at Sparkpeople who make such a difference to my consistency with adopting my healthy lifestyle!
    I am so lapse with tracking, guess that might be my new mini goal because it certainly works for you, you look fantastic & energetic! Congratulations!

    3966 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/22/2010 1:05:20 AM
  • JUNEBUG1944
    Thanks, Pam. Your plan is great! Obviously, it worked for you! Thanks for sharing...we had a good time in Biloxi, unfortunately too good of a time at the buffet and not enough good time at the slot machines!
    3979 days ago
    Thanks for the advice - it helps to hear it over and over again!
    3979 days ago
    All excellent ideas. I tell people to baby step it all the time!
    3979 days ago
  • Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

    Log in to post a comment

    Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.