SparkPeople Staying Positive Secrets Learn some of the secrets of success for Staying Positive from SparkPeople members. SparkPeople Staying Positive Secrets Dance Break! Then Write Sometimes a quick walk or movement is something i need to get away for a moment and staying positive, especially when negative thoughts come on. If you have an office with a door, or in your room, (or in public, or anywhere you feel), pick an uplifting song and just dance it out like nobody's watching! Break out any dance move that you feel coming on. This always gets me happy and motivated for the day. I like Justin Timberlake songs (like, Can't Stop the Feeling! (the video for this song is ... Sun, 8 Dec 2019 14:14:00 EST Yoga helps me manage stress. I started a gentle morning yoga class about 3 years ago for the strength and balance aspects of the practice. I've found that one of the things I most enjoy about my classes is the stress-reduction that comes with it. <br><br>Breathing matches movement, and both require some concentration, so I'm completely "in the moment" when I'm doing it. No other thoughts intrude to make me anxious or stressed. I really think I'm a better person when I go to class regularly. <br><br>Stress = negativity. Y... Fri, 24 Aug 2018 12:47:00 EST Smile & Wave While I have tended to be optimistic, my optimism sometimes gets weighed down by the stress in my life.<br><br>Getting that positive outlook back can be challenging at times. I found a couple of simple tools that help me find my sunny side when it has slipped.<br><br>I smile and wave. Sounds silly, but it isn't. <br>I found that we humans are conditioned, from the time we are small, to wave when someone waves at us. Remember "wave bye-bye"? <br>Sure, some folks wont wave back, but it take... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 08:30:00 EST Be Your Own Friend Every time I am tempted to think or say something negative about myself, I wonder, "Would I say that to a friend in the same situation?" <br><br>If my friend complained about "looking fat" or berated herself for one slip up, I'd encourage her rather than join in. I'd never call her lazy or disgusting, so WHY do that to myself? I've flipped the switch and started to make sure my self-talk reflects what I'd say to a friend. Sure, there are times when, if a friend got way off track, I'd have a h... Mon, 9 Apr 2018 10:03:00 EST Choose Your Hard A friend on another board years ago told me the following quote and it still resonates with me today:<br><br>"Being overweight is hard. Losing weight is hard. Choose your hard."<br><br>When I start to flounder or feel deprived or have a pity party over all the things I don't allow myself to eat, I remember that quote. <br><br>It's easy to gain weight, but being overweight "IS" hard; hard on your body, hard on your health, hard to find decent clothes that fit, hard to fit in an airplane seat, ... Sat, 31 Mar 2018 20:44:00 EST Positive Family and Friends One of my stress busters to is to take 5-10 minutes and talk to a positive friend or family member. It can be in person, but usually it is over the phone for accessibility. In a culture where we are increasingly isolated I think we forget the power of community and relationships. It is amazing how a few minutes of chatting with a friend can lift ones mood, change your perspective, and just make life better!<br> <em>361</em> <em>524</em> <em>220</em> <br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><... Mon, 2 Oct 2017 16:17:00 EST Look Back and Celebrate! Once in a while look back at all the things you are doing right and honestly acknowledge them. It can be amazing all the little good habits that creep into your life without your even realizing it until you look back at how things used to be. My realization came when I took the time to look back at the goals I set at the beginning of the year (walk with my friend at least 4 days/week - we walk 6 days most weeks; eat more fruits and vegetables - I have become almost vegetarian! Most days I ... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:52:00 EST Psst psst pssst One secret is perseverance! Keep at it/ keep trying. Remember we can't change yesterday, it's done. We aren't promised tomorrow but when it comes.... Go go go!<br><br>A second secret is you. This is all about you! If you don't take care of you who will?<br><br>I tend to jump in and see what happens. I know I can do this. I've already done this. I learned my pace is steady and slow. A little more each day. It once took me 40 minutes to walk a mile. I found out how long it should tak... Fri, 4 Aug 2017 23:55:00 EST DONT BEAT YOURSELF UP Yes, staying positive is very important but one thing over the years I have learned is not to judge yourself by someone else achievements. Be genuinely happy for them. I remember trying to figure out why (in a specific diet class) I would adhere to the diet exact, exercise and then came the weigh in.. One would lose 3 lbs, one 2lbs and me either none or 1 lb. Oh so discouraging. I began trying to do "tricks" into losing... wow that back fired. I gained. Tried skipping meals, eating les... Sat, 29 Jul 2017 18:53:00 EST Hope Guards Me Fiercely Hope drives me forward. Keeps me intentional. Fuels strength and determination. Each day, I bump up against a multitude of potential hope saboteurs. Sometimes, a hope saboteur is overt. Like, the scale is up from last week, or, I cannot fit into the jacket I wanted to be wearing by now. I spy the potential of being bombarded with negative thoughts quickly and I strike them down swiftly and purposefully. Other times, a hope saboteur is more covert. Like, I have way too much weight to lose, o... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:47:00 EST Treadmill blues cure When I notice myself getting frustrated on the treadmill (looking at the time left and wanting the exercise to be over); I tell myself that "every step I take is that of a goddess on her path to fitness". I also know that if I complete the workout I ALWAYS feel like a champion afterwards. ..........................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>...................................... Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:02:00 EST Focus on the Next Checkpoint I have to keep reminding myself why I'm here, on this quest to lose weight. Improved health and appearance are the first things that come to mind. These things will happen along the way, not just at the finish line. <br><br>So, what can I anticipate when I'm actually there? I will have achieved a life-long goal, and enjoy this huge accomplishment. I will not just say "I can do it" but "I did it!" and I will be proud. I will look back on this journey, and reflect on the lessons I learned along... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 11:34:00 EST Don't let self doubt hold you back. Don't compare your achievement with that of others, find and use your own inner strengths to overcome all handicaps and fears.<br><br>I know the pain of trying to break bad habits and set new ones, I've been there. My main path to success was to be thankful for all my blessings and try to develop a positive attitude. It worked for me and will for you.<br><br>Never let your inner guide convince you that your unworthy. Einstein got very poor grades in school but he didn't let that hold him back... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 19:00:00 EST I don't obsess. "Am I full? Am I hungry? How many calories/points/carbs do I have left? How many calories/points/carbs are in that?!"<br><br>That used to be me. Not anymore. I am letting myself eat all the veggies and fruit I want, high fat/full fat foods and whole, unprocessed grains. Whenever I feel hungry. I avoid added sugar and wheat flour, and alcohol, but I allow myself 1750 calories per week just for these items (or 250 a day). <br><br>This diet routine is based on what has worked for me in the past ... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 14:11:00 EST You Can Start Over...And Over...And Over. You may fall down but you don't have to stay there. Every time you get up again you are one step closer to your goal. You can start over every morning or you can start over after every meal! It is YOUR life. You have the choice. You have the power. The game isn't over until you take that last breath. So play the game and don't let it play you. Study, learn, progress, regress, regroup, surge forward and repeat. <br><br>Make it more than the scale or your hips or your profile in some random fit... Sun, 9 Jul 2017 17:16:00 EST Mistakes happen, forgive and learn and move on Everything in life has its challenges. Often these challenges are the result of mistakes we make. It is best to learn from our mistakes and not let them define who you are. An example is golf. Even the best of the best rounds is littered with many mistakes. When a poor decision is made or a bad swing results in a high score for a hole, you need to forget it and not let your emotions ruin the rest of your round. Understand what went wrong and leverage the experience to improve, if only for th... Sun, 9 Jul 2017 12:11:00 EST Keep Sparking Every Day One of the things that has kept me focused and successful is returning to SparkPeople every day. I just reached 950 constant days of signing on to Spark People - over two and a half years of daily Sparking!<br><br>When I encounter someone who has been a member of Spark for YEARS and they have fewer than 5,000 SparkPoints, I have to wonder what happened... What has kept them from tracking their food, or entering their fitness minutes. Granted, I'm an acknowledged SparkPoints junkie, but I also... Fri, 7 Jul 2017 00:03:00 EST NEVER GIVE UP No matter how slow or how long it takes, never give up on any of your goals, especially those for weight loss and better health.<br><br>Being a hypothyroid, it takes me infinitely longer to progress these days. I am often frustrated at the slow pace, but I will not give up.<br><br>I am inspired by all of those who check into SPARK regularly with their own stories, motivators and tips. I am always open to doing more, so I plan to keep reading and trying until I reach and maintain my weight and... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 08:58:00 EST If it's not fun I 'm not doing it!! I try to keep a good outlook on things life has not been good to me until the last 12-13 years and I am truly blessed and do not forget to get thanks and not take it for granted <em>521</em> I do not understand why this post makes me say so many words.. It is my thoughts and my secrets having place how many words I have to say it stupid.. I cannot even fill up the space khbefkJBKVGJBJKBJKBKjbjkbgkjbhkgbkJB<br>JH<BR>BVGJHBHJbgjhbhbBKbkjfbnjkbnjknJLNKFLNS<BR>lnngklNLKNGliorwjowjGnljnlDVNSL... Wed, 5 Jul 2017 18:59:00 EST The Pen is Mightier than the Fork I hope you find the title to this blog funny as I do not actually use a pen – we use the computer.<br>Here is the secret to my success with losing weight this time is - I am brutally honest when I track my food. If it crosses the lips, I write it down. This Spark People program has helped a lot with tracking food when eating outside the home. I have downloaded the mobile version to keep on tracking while I am out on my boat and away from the laptop.<br><br><br>I bought myself a pedometer i... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:37:00 EST Don't give up, stay positive! Staying positive can mean a lot of things but to me it literally means surrounding myself with positive people, uplifting t.v., radio, music, friends. We can all have bad days, but it's how we react, or not, that makes a difference :). It can be too easy to become sad or even depressed when someone says or does something that triggers a bad memory, a bad moment, one that makes us want to hide under the covers, or worse eat that third piece of pizza, cake or ice cream we really don't need or e... Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:26:00 EST Patience is a Virtue I had always thought I was a patient person, but now I am realizing I didn't have patience when it came to my weight loss. If I would go a few weeks without seeing the scale go down, I would get fed up. That would usually result in giving up. But this time around I have decided to approach losing weight and getting healthy just like I would approach getting a college degree. It is going to take time. Even at age 66 I still have a lot more things to learn about myself. So if it takes me ... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 13:30:00 EST Celebrate Non-Scale Victories Here's the thing... to SEE pounds drop off takes awhile. To get to that goal weight takes even longer. So before you get to drop a size or look better, Celebrate EVERY little success. Boast, Brag, Do a little dance, post a note of praise, or whatever encourages you. Keep yourself motivated and positive by caring about each little victory. Does your wedding ring fit better? Dance! Are those tight jeans comfy? Post it to the Community! Did you say no to the donuts that someone brought in? Right... Thu, 8 Jun 2017 15:02:00 EST NEVER GIVE UP!!!!! Actually I have 4 secrets to success to share:<br><br> The first secret is to Never give up! You are worth the effort & time!! I can not tell you how many times I have started over from ground zero. We all have & that is OK!!<br> The second secret is to do what feels good to you. You may find that walking outside is good for you or walking inside using the Walk Away the Pounds Videos. Just make sure you do not get stuck in a rut with your routine or you will have a hard time staying mo... Wed, 7 Jun 2017 23:42:00 EST Never Stop Never Stopping Every day, start by envisioning a great day. Mentally plan ahead. Imagine how you'll feel at the end of the day when you've been successful. Now think of at least one thing that makes you proud of yourself and your journey. It doesn't matter how tough the previous day was, you've got today to make it right. Start here. Move forward. Every single day is a brand new start. Never give up, no matter what.<br>Think about the foods you'll eat: how do they look? How do they taste? Are you getting so... Fri, 2 Jun 2017 19:06:00 EST Look At Your Progress Whenever you feel frustrated, and just want to give up, look at the progress you’ve made. No matter how small that progress may seem, it will get bigger the longer you keep at it. <br><br>Remember every victory, no matter how small. You lost a quarter of a pound? Great! You were able to do five more minutes on the treadmill than when you first started? Phenomenal! As you keep at it, these victories will multiply and you will see and feel some substantial progress. If you give up then you will... Fri, 2 Jun 2017 16:03:00 EST Never Give Up DIETING ISN'T ALWAYS EASY,SOMETIMES IT CAN BE FULL OF UPS AND DOWNS. BUT IF YOU STICK WITH IT ,YOU WILL FIND YOUR POT OF GOLD AT THE END OF THAT RAINBOW , IF YOU KEEP PUSHING AND KEEP BELIEVING, YOU WILL GET WHERE YOU NEED TO BE , REMEMBER AS LONG AS GOD KEEPS GIVING YOUR TOMORROWS,YOU WILL BE ONE STEP CLOSER TO REACHING YOUR GOALS YOU SET TODAY . <br> NEVER SAY I WILL START TOMORROW, ALWAYS SAY I WILL START RIGHT NOW AND IF WHAT YOU DO FIRST ISN'T WORKING TRY AGAIN AND AGAIN ,KEEP TRYING TE... Thu, 25 May 2017 19:28:00 EST Meditation During Times of Challenge! MEDITATION DURING TIMES OF CHALLENGE IS EASIER SAID THAN DONE!!!! While typing this, document I experienced the opportunity to utilize this secret of meditation since I had to retype it twice. My SP is quite sensitive and I often lose already typed work and then forced to retype. I am learning now to first type in word and cut and paste document info before trying to submit. But wow here I am really getting off topic. Back to meditation… <em>41</em> .I have recently relearned the ar... Tue, 23 May 2017 13:00:00 EST Daily Affirmations & Reinforcing Positive Thinking I've found along my journey that daily affirmations are the most helpful to keeping a positive attitude. It's like a form of brain-washing, but in a good way.<br><br>I do the Miracle Morning routine each morning. Among my daily affirmations, I have a few about my fitness which I read and meditate on each morning before my day begins. I pray my affirmations, asking for strength to keep to my goals.<br><br>Also, during the day, I literally tell myself, "You are on the right track! Keep it up." ... Fri, 19 May 2017 11:07:00 EST Don't Look Back Don't look back. There is nothing back there but history. If you are looking backwards, you can't see in front of you!! That means you have to stop moving forward and maybe even regress... <br><br>So no matter how tempting or important it seems to you, just don't look back. You can train your brain to ignore the things you wish you could have done differently. You can and should learn to accept yourself as you are today. <br><br>I remember being a child living in the wild countryside of North... Wed, 17 May 2017 21:54:00 EST Track Everything, Every Day! I am very disciplined in daily tracking of my food, water and exercise. Measuring everything and using a FitBit helps to keep me honest, but I think it's actually the act of recording it that reminds me that only I am accountable for what goes into my mouth and how much I move. Tracking also provides a good record of my food intake and exercise, which I can correlate to my weight fluctuations, then try to figure out what works for me and what doesn't. <br><br>Tracking includes weighing / m... Wed, 17 May 2017 17:27:00 EST Forgiveness is wise My secret is forgiveness. Forgiveness for myself when I have a bad day or days. Forgiveness for others who don't understand my journey, but most of all forgiveness of my past and knowing that I no longer have to live that way and I am making changes to become a healthier<br><br> <img src=""> me. <br><br>Forgiveness is not always easy, but it is always necessary to live a strong and healthy life. When we forgive and... Wed, 17 May 2017 13:13:00 EST Stop Letting Your To Do List De-motivate You I do keep a To Do list, but I never get it all done. It usually demotivates me to see all those things unchecked at the end of the day. Recently, though, I learned I can turn it around by keeping a Done List.<br><br>I keep a master list in Trello. This is a completely free, easy to learn way of keeping lists, planning projects, meal planning, and more. You can join at<br><<BR>br>In the morning I go into my master list and copy To Dos into Notepad sitting ... Sat, 13 May 2017 14:31:00 EST Thrive where you are The most important thing to me is to realize that although there are limitations to having extra pounds and knee trouble, there are many other people who are much more limited than I am. Therefore, I feel it is vital for me to celebrate what this body of mine CAN do right now! You only get one body and you only get this today one time...Live in it; be present in your beautiful today; love all the things you can do as you look forward to being able to do EVEN MORE in the future! Can you walk? ... Thu, 11 May 2017 05:18:00 EST You can get your rosacea under control! I can't even begin to tell you how much my skin has improved over these past few weeks. Maybe my hormones are balancing out (now that I am weaning my little one) or maybe it is the fact that I cut out sugar! I am one of those mama's that does NOT lose weight while breastfeeding either. Still, I'm thrilled that I am finally able to take steps in the right direction! My regimen does include oregano oil, coconut oil & rosehip oil. I wash my face with clean and clear sensitive skin soap. Then ... Wed, 10 May 2017 14:07:00 EST Keep In Mind ! We always need to look on the bright side of things.Make the best of our situation as we move through our journey. I live in an urban inner city area, there are a lot of folks that have far more problems than I do. I "keep in mind" that I am blessed to have a roof over my head and food to prepare to share w/ friends and neighbors. I'm able to pay my bills on time and have reliable transportation to go where I enjoy or need to go.This usually includes the beautiful outdoors while visiting fami... Tue, 9 May 2017 11:05:00 EST You got this! Dieting, or change, is never easy! It's not just changing what we eat, but what we think, and how we feel about what we eat. It's a LIFESTYLE change. The secret to it is to take one day at a time. We are all going to hit a plateau, or have a bad day (birthdays? parties? etc) where we will go over our calories or have an injury and suffer a setback in our exercise ability. Just know that YOU GOT THIS and one day at a time - slow and steady wins in the long run. This is not a sprint. Thi... Sun, 7 May 2017 08:32:00 EST Keep On Keeping On There are some weeks I do very very well, but for the weeks where I struggle, I start to get discouraged. Then I decided that I just need to keep on keeping on. Never give up, keep going, and you'll get back on track. Last week, not only did I not lose weight, but then I even gained .4 of a pound. I was so bummed, but I knew that I just needed to push myself a little harder the next week. So I worked hard and persevered and the very next week I lost over 2 pounds. If you have a week where you... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:53:00 EST Log on to the Sparkpeople Community Everyday Every morning, while having my freshly brewed cup of coffee, I log onto the Sparkpeople community, I do my sparkling around, read the suggested articles, look for success stories, read the suggested recipe, see if I have sparkmail and read it, comment on my friends pages,<br>Then I work on doing my points. I spin the wheel. and then I head to read success stories of weight loss and non scale victories and reading trough it. Reading these success stories assure me that I am not along in this... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:26:00 EST Positive Affirmations Work!!! Every day I look at myself in the mirror and repeat positive affirmations at least 10 times. "I love myself, I am beautiful, I am worth it, I am losing weight, I am healthy, and I can do this!" Looking yourself in the eye saying positive things will train your mind to stay positive and you can get your body to follow suit. This can work with any kind of positive affirmation. You can look up thousands of affirmations online! They can also help with many other things... I have used positive aff... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 13:22:00 EST Things I've learned these last 3 years.... Some things I've discovered in my "getting in shape/weight loss" journey:<br><br>**Do NOT starve myself! (I gained a LOT of weight eating 1200 calories! I'll never do that again!) I'm thankful for "EM2WL" showing me the way! (google it. they're wonderful!)<br><br>**Muscle is my friend! the more I have, the more calories I burn 24/7. Day to day living is just easier with muscles too...carrying groceries, vacuuming, hauling laundry baskets...<br><br>**Lifting weights isn't just for guys. Having... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 10:04:00 EST Track everything I eat and exercise. Don't give up no matter what. If I have a slip, be kind to myself and start fresh tomorrow. Do it just for today, every day. Pray and meditate. Practice acceptance of wherever I am. Practice lots of grattitude no matter where I am. Try not to judge others. Smile at people even if, especially if, they look grumpy or mean. Most of the time they smile back and they look beautiful. Be kind to others even if I don't think they deserve it. Practice Forgiveness. Put myself in other people... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 21:46:00 EST Track everything I eat and exercise. Don't give up no matter what. If I have a slip, be kind to myself and start fresh tomorrow. Do it just for today, every day. Pray and meditate. Practice acceptance of wherever I am. Practice lots of grattitude no matter where I am. Try not to judge others. Smile at people even if, especially if, they look grumpy or mean. Most of the time they smile back and they look beautiful. Be kind to others even if I don't think they deserve it. Practice Forgiveness. Put myself in other people... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 21:44:00 EST Refuse to give up You know when you are young your body burns off everything you can eat anything do anything and it is no big deal it copes quickly. Then you hit middle age and the weight comes and stays. It is a blow to the ego. It zaps all your pride because everything changes. After the shock of not being able to get away with anything you want any time you want it settles in. It is time to accept changes are needed.<br>Water helps with just about everything.The value of sleep could probably fill 100 Cha... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 18:17:00 EST Attitude is Altitude "Attitude is altitude" is a catch phrase used by Nick Vujicic, an inspiring man who has no arms and no legs. His motivational speeches are quite moving and I highly encourage you to watch any videos about him on YouYube.<br><br>I connect with this catch phrase.<br><br>I have gone through many ups and downs throughout my life, as we all do at one point or another. Some moments are more trying than others, but it can be difficult to remain positive when you feel like things are constantly going... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 12:27:00 EST Learn Something New! Take the time each day to learn a new skill or to do things in a different way. Start today!<br>Starting Now!<br><br>Today is the day to step ahead,<br>no need to fear, no need to dread!<br>Start right now to make the change, <br>Simply focus on you, and rearrange<br>Those parts of your life that don't quite fit,<br>It's not overwhelming,, so please don't quit!<br><br>You can do it one step at a time,<br>You're not too late, you're in your prime!<br>Some satisfying changes may start with a s... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 10:06:00 EST Slow and Steady Wins the Race One Day At A Time<br>Intention<br>Gratitude<br>Fruit<br<BR>>It's okay to CHEW<br>It's okay not to Chew<br>B R E A T H E<br>CONNECT <br>Remember to Remember<br><br>So... I want this to be here cuz I'd like to look back on it. That means I need 1700 characters. Hmmm. ready set go -<br>ONEderland was such a motivation.<br>And now getting under 150 is my new onederland. What can I call it? <br><br>Movement Integration has been slow in coming to me. So much exercise for me has been JUST TO ge... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:00:00 EST every thing in moderation Look in the mirror and repeat...I am beautiful and God loves me the way I am...I want to be healthy...and therefore I will keep my weight, at a weight, that I feel good about myself...<br>Staying positive and loving yourself is key to losing weight and keeping it least maintaining it...and being where you want to be...Having a great support system is also important...I am blessed I have a man who loves me...and encourages me...That is a big PLUS....enjoy your life...find food that wi... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:46:00 EST Why you do or don't succeed I've made a million and lost a million. owned 10 properties including duplexes lost them. Was Flipping before the word became popular. Went to seminar after seminar until I found out one major deceptive con for every program, including diet programs. <br><br>It will not work unless you do....<br><br>Why am I success full, I live well with my wife, 4 children and 12 grandchildren. My children are married and living well. My financial status is stable and adequate. I do my best to live ... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 01:18:00 EST Day by Day My current secret to success is to take this new adventure one day at a time. I didn't get this big overnight and the weight isn't going to disappear overnight either. <br><br>A young friend spoke a prophetic word to me on 12/24/16, and that day will forever be considered a turning point in my life. By mid January 2017, I was convinced that if changes weren't made, I would not live to see my 54th birthday. Truth be known, I wasn't convinced I would make it to my 53rd birthday in February.... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 15:30:00 EST Believe to Succeed If there is one thing I have learned on this healthier lifestyle journey, it is that you must believe in yourself if you are going to succeed. When I had my bypass surgery 5 years ago, I thought I "got it!" What I got was the fairy tale version. The weight melted away for a full year and I lost 154 lbs. Then came the plateau that lasted almost 3 years, then came the regain.<br><br>What? I have to do something for myself to keep this weight off? Wait a minute, I had the bypass surgery and... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 04:49:00 EST I do not need to be perfect to be successful! So many times when I would start a plan to get healthier, my perfectionism would tear me down right away before I got very far or even got started. <br><br>I would make a plan, start out okay, and maybe even make a little progress. But, every time that I would make the smallest mistake as far as eating too much, making poor choices in what I was eating, forgetting or missing a day of exercise, or unable to complete any other goal that I had in mind, I acted as if my whole plan was a failure.... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 19:01:00 EST It is a Journey Even if I slip and make a choice that is not optimal, I remember that this is a life long journey of better health, a better weight, and a better lifestyle.<br><br>None of us got to our current position (need for better changes) overnight, and the correction of those previous mistakes and poor choices will not be resolved immediately. <br><br>If I want something that isn't considered on plan, I stop and make a deliberate choice if I want to continue or not. What other events do I have com... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 18:02:00 EST Get inspired every day. I listen to sermons from my favorite pastor and listen to uplifting Christian Pop/Rock music most of the day.<br>My faith gives me strength and I know that God is guiding me to the next step on my road to better health. <br>I know I can achieve anything I set my mind to because I am a child of the most high God and he will never let me down.<br>He's got my back jack and I don't ever forget that. <br>My friends, family, and co-workers are very supportive and encouraging. I know I can depend on... Sun, 5 Mar 2017 23:13:00 EST Never give up Even when everything seems in the toilet, something good can happen. Look for the the things that lift you - a smile you give that is returned, a thanks for holding a door, all the little things that people do for strangers.<br><br>You can be your own "lift". Perhaps you give yourself permission to read for 15 minutes when your mind is saying "you should do the dishes, right now!" You go for a short walk to give yourself a mental break from whatever you are working on at the moment. You smile... Sat, 4 Mar 2017 20:37:00 EST Keep on sparkling! I have been a member of since the end of January 2017. Right now. I am still discovering all the elements of this wonderful website. <br><br>My weight loss has stopped but my motivation is intact. The balance between food, exercise and enjoying life is a fine tuning art. This site is giving me so much good information about food, exercise, sleep and overall well being that I am as motivated as ever to reach my goal of being a healthier person. Even though I tried other weight ... Sat, 4 Mar 2017 05:35:00 EST The Restaurant Terror With everything that's been going on with my ongoing stomach issues, the last thing I needed was 3 low-life idiots insulting my family left and right in a restaurant full of people who had overheard what was being said.<br><br>First let me say that exercising is still at a minimal because of my stomach. I still do a lot of walking, but I have to stop once the stomach pains kick in. I have lost a little bit more weight ( 132 now). <br><br>Now, on to the restaurant. On Tuesday ( February 14th),... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:55:00 EST NO TO DIET! I realized a long time ago that when I focus on what "I can't have," it backfires on me. So when I do Spark People, I am most successful when I think in terms of what "am I getting," instead. I'm getting the body I want. I'm getting to feel better on a daily basis from paying attention to what I eat and making choices that give me what I need. I don't feel deprived, I feel as if I'm gaining. Gaining in the areas that are full of self love. Many of us grew up in homes where there wasn't... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:15:00 EST SPARK everyday and NEVER give up!! I have to give a lot of credit to SPARK. My journey began June 2015. My husband started Sparking (not sure how he discovered it.) and he got me involved. Let me tell was a REAL eye opener to see how many carbs & calories & fat were in some of my usual food choices. Let's just say, I dropped a whole lot of unhealthy foods from my diet. I started reading. And reading. And reading. <br><br>We've embraced a Paleo-esque way of eating and we feel AMAZING! Not only have we lost weig... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 09:53:00 EST Prayer Forgiveness Focus on Positive When I do everything to the glory of God, I feel much more positive in my daily life. God is a major part of my life. I truly believe in the power of prayer, especially in numbers. <br>There have been many times that I felt defeated in life, but prayer quickly changed that. The Bible says that if God is for us, who can be against us?<br>When I gather with my husband or small group to pray, I feel much stronger and more motivated to keep going. <em>3</em> <br>When I don't have the strength ... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 17:07:00 EST Saying NO to well meaning people My most thoughtful giving is of my time. <br>Taking Time for kindness towards me.<br><br>An Act of Kindness <br>Loving others as I love myself is a strong concept. The very first person that I need to show kindness to is myself. I must respect myself, and be bold at times. This does not come easy, but it is important for me. I need to savor some time to regroup and gain strength. <br> <br>I must show kindness to myself when others want to walk all over me. <br>I must be firm when I am disresp... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 06:38:00 EST DAILY PRAYER AND SCRIPTURE READING Pray! I pray when I get up, have a cup of coffee with the Lord and ask His guidance through the day. I pray for others, for physical and emotional healing. I pray for my children, the children of my friends, when I or someone else has lost something. When I'm hurting or angry I pray to see another perspective. I don't pray for patience anymore as the trials that come in answer to that particular request burdens me more and frankly I have enough of those in my life. <br>I use formal prayers,... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 09:19:00 EST believe in yourself Believing in yourself, that you can set a realistic goal and achieve it, is my secret. I've used it in other areas of my life, and feel it will serve me in my fitness and weight loss journey. <br>I went back to school at the age of 50, to pursue a new career as a massage therapist. I succeeded, and found a new career. I choose each day to make healthy choices, and staying positive makes that choice doable. I deal with depression, so choosing positivist is often difficult... Choosing a realis... Fri, 3 Feb 2017 19:08:00 EST It's all about YOU! I have often been guilty of comparing my progress to others. Not just weight loss, but in the myriad of materialistic and personal accomplishments that are not part of my story. It's important to remember that although we have this wonderful network of Spark Friends to help us and guide us on our own personal journeys, ultimately, the road we travel is our own. If I have learned one thing since I joined SP, it's this: you have to do what's best for YOU. Use the wealth of information on SP to ... Thu, 2 Feb 2017 13:13:00 EST Never Get Comfortable Losing weight is easy. Working out is easy. The hard part is setting your mind.<br><br>I have mastered the art of losing weight and I’ve mastered being a beast when it comes to working out. Generally it is nothing for me to drop well over 50 pounds…once I’ve made up my mind. Then life happens. Celebrations, disappointments, holidays and unsolicited stress all have a tendency to throw me off track. The good news is that I’ve learned and am still learning how to overcome these obstacles. It boi... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 10:22:00 EST Believe in yourself <img src="">Believe in your self, no one else can do what you do. No one can make you feel what you feel. You alone have the power in you to be what and who you are. <em>386</em> <br><br>The next time you come across someone who makes you feel less than you are remember it is them who is projecting off you, they feel less than and need to boost themselves up to feel better. Cut you down to build themselves up.... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 22:51:00 EST Take it slow When we start a lifestyle change to shed those pounds our perfect vision is we eat healthy one day, go to bed, wake up and all the weight is gone. Unfortunately it doesn't work that way. My secret to part of my success is taking it slow. When you take it slow you learn about your body and what triggers your own weight gain. This way you will be more likely to keep it off in the long run. Everyone wants a quick fix. Did you gain all that weight overnight? No. So you cannot expect to lose it ov... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 10:00:00 EST Each Minute is a New Opportunity So you "messed up" again and now you've given yourself license to eat whatever you think you need or want. "I'll never be anything different and I'll always be fat... its just to hard day after day after day of depriving myself...."<br><br>Yeah, I've said that to myself too. But it occurred to me this year, 2017, that maybe I don't have to give up when I mess up. Maybe I can just start again, right where I'm at to stay on track. Every minute is a new opportunity. Write it down on your food i... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 14:01:00 EST Know your worth!! You have to decide what you are worth, you can't let anyone else do that for you!!!!!! You have to decide what steps you are going to take and if they are going to be worth it!!!! Whether you are on this journey to lose weight, get healthier, feel better about yourself, live longer, build muscles, run that 5K you've been thinking about, being able to play with your kids, etc., you have to decide what you are worth!!!!!! Never let anyone make you doubt yourself or your goals!!!! Put up motiv... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 15:31:00 EST Love yourself 1st Love yourself first and everything else falls in line.<br>You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.<br>By Lucille Ball<br>**********************************<BR>**************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>*****************<br>Love yourself and be proud of everything that you do, even your mistakes. Because even mistakes mean your trying.<br>*******************************<BR>***********... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:35:00 EST Change Your Attitude By Being Positive First, surround yourself with positive, supportive people. Have a frank talk with your family about your goals and how you'd like them to support your efforts. Family and friends are not mind readers. Learn to communicate your needs in a positive way for more positive results. Share your goals. Stress that your changes are for your health. If any family members would like to join you on your journey to health, that would be awesome. Even if they aren't so inclined, you can still set your... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:28:00 EST how to feel good find someone you know who appreciates your work<br><br>find yarn to match their personality<br><br>find a knitting pattern for their personality<br><br>knit up a hat and scarf<br><br>present it to them on a cold gloomy day<br><br>gave it to my doctor during the appointment . watching him run around the office wearing it and it was hot inside the building<br><br>priceless<br><br><br><br><<BR>br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br<BR>><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><<BR>br><br><br><br><br... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 03:52:00 EST Accentuate the Positive <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success."<br> ~ Norman Vincent Peale <br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>"Accentuate the Positive, Eliminate the Negative, and Don't Mess with Mr. In-between" <br>lyrics fr... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 15:14:00 EST You must love yourself... Until I made it my mission to be a happy person, nothing worked.<br><br>After really taking the time to get to know myself & what I want out of this life....the weight melted off. I followed the typical cliche, we have all heard a million times - STOP dieting & start living.<br><br>I changed my life, habits, and, eventually, the way I viewed myself. Weight loss wasn't the answer to loving myself - it was the RESULT of loving myself.<br><br>I have a smile on my face everyday, I feel strong, I ... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 15:00:00 EST When you can't exercise Sometimes it's hard to stay motivated when you are disabled in such a way that you are unable to exercise. You read all this stuff about "just get moving" and you feel frustrated and hopeless. I tend to feel misunderstood and angry.<br><br>As I try to learn a better way to cope with lack of exercise I find I have to watch my calories even more closely than others. (Another reason to feel sorry for myself lol) <br><br>You may have to cut your calories back more than average so it's importa... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 15:38:00 EST Expectations . . . <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"We tend to get what we expect." <br> ~ Norman Vincent Peale <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 wrote a nice 2000 word essay on this subject and my computer ate it! I am irate. I do not feel like reconstructing the essay right now so I will repeat the aphorism and move on.<br><br> <em>36</em> <em>3... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 10:47:00 EST The Ever Willing Servant <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"The mind, ever the willing servant, will respond to boldness, for boldness, in effect, is a command to deliver mental resources" <br> ~Norman Vincent Peale <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 a seeming contradictory circle of life, our actions are influenced by our subconscious mind and our subconsciou... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:22:00 EST Socializing is good for the brain! Many scientists now believe that social interaction is key to maintaining good mental health and warding off diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s. Many recent studies document the positive effects of social interaction. Although researchers are not certain what happens in the brain to produce the positive effects seen among the more socially engaged, it appears clear that close relationships and large social networks have a beneficial impact on memory and cognitive function as people age.<b... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:04:00 EST Laws of Attraction <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"The person who sends out positive thoughts activates the world around him positively and draws back to himself positive results." <br> ~ Norman Vincent Peale <br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>Again, we have a modern day (If the 1950's can be referred to as "modern", but I guess compared to the Bible, the ... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 10:41:00 EST On Being Positive It has been a long day and I am having to use my I-pad for this post so staying positive is somewhat of a challenge. I will try to tough my way through it. Actually, I think I will just type a bunch of gibberish because using this tablet is a super downer.<br><br>Weed fogging hungry hi hung thigh hung thumb byhnvfhjj gunfight vghmjyff,v hug. Drink. Gyms fry huff, the first nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnmmm and hbbdrynb and a nigh bvtynbt GBS,guy then. Greg. Ftghbttg. Gunny fun ray. Gym ft. Tag drunk jug ... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 20:32:00 EST What Am I Afraid of? What am I afraid of?<br>Today I reread an article by Melissa Rudy on the things about losing weight that we are afraid of. <br> <em>40</em> <br>Afraid of leaving my hubby behind? No. Since he eats what I cook, and is constantly working on a project or six, I usually struggle to keep up with him.<br> <em>220</em> <br>Afraid of being hungrier after I exercise? No. I drink water while exercising, so I’m not hungry at all immediately after exercising. Frankly, with all the fiber and fre... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 19:36:00 EST Cycles Are Key We as humans are prone to regressing to personal cycles, whether negative or positive. These cycles are repetitions of behavior that we do over and over again. <br><br>Part of what hinders me, I've noticed, is the negative cycles I choose to remain in. They're hard to break, but part of moving forward is breaking your personal cycles, ditching what hasn't benefited you, or what harms you, and adapting or creating a new and healthier cycle, one you can grow from. <br><br>For example, my anxiet... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:46:00 EST Make changes daily Everyone falls into habits. Its a part of human nature. Some are good and some are bad habits. Having good habits are great but even those should be changed according to how you are making changes. According to science it takes twenty one days to change a habit. And this is where my secret lies. I am willing to make changes that will positively impact my life and my family. Right now I am focusing on my goal of getting healthy by losing pounds so I will discuss this goal. I formed a good habi... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 15:32:00 EST You Can Do It! <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success." <br>~ Norman Vincent Peale <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 was thinking that today time is short. I stayed up way too late watching the nat... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 15:02:00 EST Never, ever give up on yourself!!! Admittedly, I have been on Spark more than once in the past. I have been in eating disorder treatment for years. But, my new key to success is do it for yourself, your life, your wellness, your joy!!! I am done with impressing people! Take care of yourself. Focus on motivation and being a team member! Just remember, YOU ARE WORTH IT!!! You as a person matter. Don't let anyone tell you any different. Life has it's struggles but there are many ways to overcome. This is your day, this is your li... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 06:01:00 EST Each Day a New Beginning I have come to see life as a continuum... a line that extends in both directions; What I've learned is that it matters not so much exactly where I am on the line, but rather, which direction I am facing. This direction is determined by a hundred little choices, made every day, the sum of which ultimately propel me along the line, in one direction or the other. <br><br>For example, I have about 100 pounds to lose. Although a fixed point today, that "place-marker" on the ticker tape will chan... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 21:11:00 EST Change your vocabulary I finally took the word "cheat" out of my vocabulary, as in "cheat meal" or "cheat day." It helps me to not think of foods as "bad" or "good." <br><br>If I'm going to eat something that's not as nutritionally dense as I normally eat, I track it and make room for it in my calories for the day/week, and then I enjoy EVERY SINGLE BITE. No reminding myself all the way through how I should be doing better, or eating better, or how I shouldn't be eating this - or otherwise beating myself up.<br><br... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 15:11:00 EST Don't Worry, Be Happy! <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <br>"Our happiness depends on the habit of mind we cultivate. So practice happy thinking every day. Cultivate the merry heart, develop the happiness habit, and life will become a continual feast." <br>~ Norman Vincent Peale <br> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <br><br>Norman Vincent Peale, the champion of... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 10:39:00 EST Success within reach A secret to success is to remain positive throughout everything!<br>Set your goal in your mind. Envision the you YOU want to be. Picture yourself in the future being that YOU.<br>Baby steps, each moment, hour, day. Don't get overwhelmed by the big picture.<br>A small accomplishment a day is all it takes. <br>No one else will do this for YOU. Only YOU know what YOU need. Yes, you can get advise from others but what is best for YOU?<br>Journal along your journey. <br>It's ok if you miss a day h... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 12:38:00 EST Bigger Things ! <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have." <br>~ Norman Vincent Peale <br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>It seems that the sayings I pick out are contradictory but upon closer observation, they turn out to be true.<br><br>So often when we are doing some... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 12:13:00 EST Get fit enough to improve your life When it comes to fitness we all want to be strong, look good, and be "fit" but face it, most of us will never be perfect specimens. What we can be is fit enough to feel good, look better, and improve our health. <br><br>There are small steps to take that will help us get "fit enough."<br><br>1. DRINK MORE WATER<br> Staying hydrated with good, clean water is critically important and it affects everything. Even a few hours of dehydration will impact how you look, feel, and perform. First, f... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 08:53:00 EST Obstacles, Obstacles, Obstacles <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br>"Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven't half the strength you think they have." <br>~ Norman Vincent Peale <br> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br><br>Perhaps Ralph Waldo Emerson summed it up best:<br><br>"Some of your hurts you have cured,<br>And the s... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 10:20:00 EST Success or Failure <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"We've all heard that we have to learn from our mistakes, but I think it's more important to learn from successes. If you learn only from your mistakes, you are inclined to learn only errors." <br>— Norman Vincent Peale <br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>Since his premise is "Positive Thinking" we would expec... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 12:01:00 EST Create a happy moments or victory jar Often times when we are on our spark journey, we forget how far we've come, how much progress we've made, and just how much we have actually accomplished.<br><br>I'm telling you now: It's not all about the scale, or even the praise and compliments of those around you. It's about the feelings of joy, the "little things," the special moments in life that make you appreciate your progress, small gradual efforts, and the fact that you are still going. Never give up for anything!<br><br>Why not cr... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 22:31:00 EST Untie the Ties that Bind <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> "Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that." ~ Norman Vincent Peale <br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>There are several reasons why people do not succeed in their many endeavors. Not having enough money is often one of the first reasons cited. "If I just had the money to get whatev... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 19:21:00 EST Happy to be Here SO happy that I found this site. I need some reinforcement to continue in order to reach my goal. I have a number of health challenges and it is very easy to let that be the reason that I fall behind. I have been diagnosed with a couple of autoimmune diseases, scoliosis, congestive heart failure, type 2 diabetes, Meniere's Disease, Sjogren's Disease, generalized anxiety disorder and chronic pain syndrome. Hoping that SparkPeople will help me to stay on track even when I am not feeling wel... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 10:15:00 EST False modesty will bring you nowhere False modesty will bring you nowhere. Own your success. You deserve it. Why? Because you are the one who has been working hard to reach goal. Because you have shown up every day even after you messed up. Because, you are valuable. There is nothing as a straight line when it comes to weightloss (or anything, if you ask me!) and steps back are bound to happen. <br><br>Be honest about them though. The steps back and the messing up are parts of the process because we learn from our mistakes. We c... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 20:39:00 EST Your Thoughts Will Lead <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>The mind moves in the direction of our currently dominant thoughts. <br>~ Earl Nightingale <br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>There has been a television for several decades now for the United Negro College Fund which has the slogan "A mind is a terrible thing to waste.".<br><br>In reality, when one consi... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 12:01:00 EST Work Within My Limitations I have an injury that will take months to heal. I won't let that stop me. I diet through My surgeon has cleared me for yoga and pilates, and that is what I do. I try to do something each day, but I cannot do yoga or pilates every day. I must have rest days, and that is what I must do. I miss aerobic workouts, but through my injury, I discovered that I can diet and not rely on aerobics alone. My injury has helped me to eat healthier, and discover the benefit of pilates ... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 02:56:00 EST Achieving Goals and Success <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br>Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal. <br>~ Earl Nightingale <br> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br><br>Again, the same ideas keep re-appearing. Success awaits at the end of a long line of goals or ideals. One of the gurus said that the completion of a goal is the first ... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 11:05:00 EST Be aware of suicide risks There’s no single cause for suicide. Suicide most often occurs when stressors exceed current coping abilities of someone suffering from a mental health condition. Depression is the most common condition associated with suicide, and it is often undiagnosed or untreated. Conditions like depression, anxiety and substance problems, especially when unaddressed, increase risk for suicide. Yet it’s important to note that most people who actively manage their mental health conditions lead fulfilling ... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 06:40:00 EST A Mental Change Helps You to Lose Weight For me, I learned weight loss is as much a mental change as it is a physical one. If you want to lose weight and keep it off (I learned this the hard way), you need to do more than drop pounds. You're head needs to be in the game, so to speak. Whatever your mind believes reflects outwardly. Basically, if you think you can, you can! Also, if you think you can't, you won't. <br><br>I have over 150 pounds to lose, and not every day will be filled with positivity. Be prepared for ups and downs by... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 03:16:00 EST 50 Most Positive One Liners <br><br>1. Have a firm handshake.<br><br>2. Look people in the eye.<br><br>3. Sing in the shower.<br><br>4. Own a great stereo system.<br><br>5. If in a fight, hit first and hit hard.<br><br>6. Keep secrets.<br><br>7. Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen everyday.<br><br>8. Always accept an outstretched hand. <br><br>9. Be brave. Even if you're not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.<br><br>10. Whistle.<br><br>11. Avoid sarcastic remarks.<br><br>12. Choose your life's mate ca... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 22:06:00 EST Meditation is Magic I've been using the app Happify every day, and I absolutely love it. They have 10-minute meditation sessions that are great. I've found that daily meditation is great for helping me stay positive and keep a healthy look-out on life.<br><br>My days are pretty hectic with my 1 year old (I'm a stay-at-home mom). So I try to get my meditation in during either her nap or after bedtime. <br><br>The app is also very easy to use. It asks you a few questions in the beginning (to give it a sense o... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 21:24:00 EST Persistence is key I don't write these because I've lost a lot of weight, or even necessarily for sparkpoints, though those do feel like an accomplishment.<br><br>Instead of calling this 'secrets of success', I wish there was an option of calling them, 'lessons learned', or 'things to remember'. A local night show called The Mystery Hour has a segment called 'things I've noticed'. It's one of the segments that usually makes me smile the most, and that's a far more accurate title.<br><br>Reading an article, this... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 19:28:00 EST Attitude of Gratitude I'm not going to lie. Staying motivated to keep going is difficult. Staying positive can be almost impossible some days. I suffer with mild depression, I am introverted and I am a food addict. I am addicted to self-sabotage too. It's probably weird to think that someone would be addicted to self-sabotage but it's true! I've been so close to the success of being at my goal weight, only to throw it all away and have to start from scratch all over again. So what is my secret to keep things going... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 16:03:00 EST Resolutions ? ? <em>411</em> <em>411</em> <em>411</em> <em>411</em> <em>411</em> <em>411</em> <em>411</em> <br>All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination. <br>~ Earl Nightingale <br> <em>411</em> <em>411</em> <em>411</em> <em>411</em> <em>411</em> <em>411</em> <em>411</em> <br><br>New Year's Day, the one day each year when everyone is full of hope for the new year and makes resolution to help make the new year better than th... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 12:02:00 EST A new year A New Year us upon us so let us do what we can to make this year better than the last one. Whether the last year was good to us or not or maybe better yet whether we were good to it or not depending on our attitude and outlook with life. There is a lot going on in this world so let us see what we can do to make someone's life a bit better and than maybe just maybe ours will be better or more worthwhile because of our efforts and we can look back on this year in pride knowing that we did our ... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 10:17:00 EST Triumph ! ! <em>591</em> <em>591</em> <em>591</em> <em>591</em> <em>591</em> <em>591</em> <br>Always seek out the seed of triumph in every adversity. <br>Og Mandino<br> <em>591</em> <em>591</em> <em>591</em> <em>591</em> <em>591</em> <em>591</em> <br><br>2016 has been a continuing series of adversities.<br><br>As we near the end of 2016, why don't we put a stop to the anger and vitriol that have pervaded our society all year? I have no real evidence but I suspect that n... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 09:36:00 EST Enthuiasm (In God) <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br>Creativity is a natural extension of our enthusiasm. <br>~Earl Nightingale <br> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br><br>Most people don't realize that enthusiasm comes from the Greek, "En Theos" or "In God". Enthusiasm has to be good if it comes from God, right?<br><br>Think about the chores in your life. There are things that you ... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 10:47:00 EST Take a dance party break! Sometimes when I'm feeling down, flabby, out of vigor, I go to Youtube and the Fitness Marshall Channel (I'm sure there are other great ones too). There are short videos with choreographed dance moves. The dance only lasts as long as one pop song and the hosts are very entertaining! After a couple songs, I am sweating profusely even though I had tons of fun. I have to turn off the heat, get a glass of water and breath deeply before hand! I'm not exactly great or coordinated at the dancin... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 17:29:00 EST Always Staying Positive For me, the secret to success is staying positive - not just in weight loss, but in everyday life. Stay positive about your home life; stay positive about work; stay positive about traffic jams; stay positive about friends; stay positive about extended family (even though this can be difficult at best!). I try to give myself positive pep talks. I tell myself that this situation will be over soon and that the next minute or hour or day will be better. I try to surround myself with positive... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 10:56:00 EST We Are Sticking Together! Snowflakes are one of God’s most fragile creations, but just look at what they can do when they stick together. Snowflakes are amazing because they are unbiased. None of them are exactly the same, but when the conditions are right, they all stick together. Did you hear about the snowman that the town of Bethel Maine built? It was over 117 feet tall. They were able to make such a large snowman because they first designed a strong metal frame to pile the snow on. With a strong structure, ... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 06:17:00 EST You Are a Product of Your Environment <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <br>You are a product of your environment. So choose the environment that will best develop you toward your objective. Analyze your life in terms of its environment. Are the things around you helping you?<br> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <br><br>I could almost just repeat yesterday's Secret of Success. "Most people ... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 10:00:00 EST You Are Where You Are <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <br>People are where they are because that is exactly where they really want to be - whether they will admit that or not. <br>~ Earl Nightingale<br> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <br><br>WOW! That is a pretty strong dose of reality following Christmas but it is something that needs to be said.<br><br>... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 10:57:00 EST Christmas is Here <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <br>Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. <br>~Norman Vincent Peale<br>At that time there were shepherds in the fields watching over their flocks when an angel of the Lord appeared to them and said “fear not for there is this day born unto you in the City of David a Savior and he is Christ the Lord and they were surrounded ... Sun, 25 Dec 2016 12:14:00 EST At least TRY to be happy! We've all been around miserable people, and some of them even have a reason to be miserable...for a while. But some people seem to be ALWAYS down in the dumps, grumpy, whatever you may call it, it's depressing to the rest of us! We can at least TRY to be happy, even if we feel lonely, depressed, or worried. <br><br>I visit my mother in as Assisted Living facility, very expensive, believe me. Instead of being GRATEFUL she grumbles. Did you know that grumbling and complaining actually make... Sun, 25 Dec 2016 06:17:00 EST The True Spirit <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <br>The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of love and of generosity and of goodness. It illuminates the picture window of the soul, and we look out upon the world's busy life and become more interested in people than in things. <br>~ Thomas S. Monson <br> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <br><br>Just for... Sat, 24 Dec 2016 08:19:00 EST Make little changes count A lot of people believe loosing weight will solve all their problems and they will be happy after they have reached their perfect weight.<br>I found the opposite applies and have since changed my outlook on how I structure my life. Now I celebrate the small changes I make, like selecting healthy and non-processed foods. I cook pretty much everything from scratch and the quality of my food is so much higher now. My husband and family is blessed with great food every day and they thank me for i... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 17:13:00 EST Mem o ries <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <br>It's true, Christmas can feel like a lot of work, particularly for mothers. But when you look back on all the Christmases in your life, you'll find you've created family traditions and lasting memories. Those memories, good and bad, are really what help to keep a family together over the long haul. <br>~ Caroline Kennedy <br> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>4... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 10:56:00 EST Journaling Really Helps! Life is hard. You have to work, sometimes that are stressful or at a place that you don't feel a connection to. Things come up, sometimes is out of our control. However, they are things that you can control. You can control your ability to walk, to do exercises, to think positive even when it seems like your world is slowly falling apart. <br><br>For me, to achieve this, I have made a conscious decision to journal more. My best friend Bought it for me in the early part of 2013 but I wasn’t c... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 11:48:00 EST My Favorite Holiday <em>447</em> <em>447</em> <em>447</em> <em>447</em> <em>447</em> <em>447</em> <em>447</em> <br>Christmas is far and away my favorite holiday. I love everything about it, from the event that inspired it, hoping for a white one, to wrapping presents. But mostly I love having family and friends gathered, and sharing traditions. <br>~ Ellen Hopkins<br> <em>447</em> <em>447</em> <em>447</em> <em>447</em> <em>447</em> <em>447</em> <em>447</em> <br><br>The ke... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 10:30:00 EST Surround Yourself with Positivity Two (maybe 3) years ago I made a New Year's resolution to remove several negative people from my daily life and make a determined effort to include more people with happy, positive attitudes.<br><br>I can honestly say that this decision has helped me in nearly every aspect of my daily life. My attitude is better. My support system is better. I am no longer consumed with dealing with the daily struggles of those negative people I chose to distance myself from. <br><br>It was a tough decisi... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 12:02:00 EST Christmas is the Gift <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <br>God never gives someone a gift they are not capable of receiving. If he gives us the gift of Christmas, it is because we all have the ability to understand and receive it. <br>~Pope Francis <br> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <br><br>Pope Francis cleverly takes an old adage and turns it inside out. W... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 09:38:00 EST 6 Ways to Get Through Depression During the Holidays 1. Avoid Sugar and White Flour<br><br>Avoiding sugar and white flour during the holidays sounds, I know, like avoiding snow in January. But I don’t need to read the research about how unbalanced blood sugar levels affect your mood, or how simple carbs use up mood enhancing B vitamins, or how sugar consumption triggers chronic inflammation, or how sugar suppresses activity of a key growth hormone in the brain called BDNF. <br><br>2. Exercise<br><br>When I miss even one day of aerobic exercise,... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 19:44:00 EST Making A Commitment to Yourself How good are you at keeping your word? Many of us try very hard to keep our commitments to others. We try to call if we say we will. We make every effort to show up when others are counting on us. We try to get projects done on time. We don't promise things we can't deliver.<br><br>We want our word to be worth something. That's part of living with integrity.<br><br>Unfortunately, many of us are not quite as good at keeping our commitments to ourselves. How many times have you said "I'm going ... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 18:16:00 EST Live Your Passion Our media has pushed such a magical, wonderful, explosive out pouring of love during the holidays. I am not talking about all the craziness they also push for us to over spend to show love. Those of you that have stable loving families should have much thanks & gratitude. Others only dream that that kind of family is reality, or the norm. Even if you do have a loving family, not everyone is stable or loving, maybe a few. But you have learned to ignore those opinions or people you can't stand,... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 12:02:00 EST Looking Back and Forward <em>445</em> <em>445</em> <em>445</em> <em>445</em> <em>445</em> <em>445</em> <em>445</em> <br>Maybe Christmas gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect on the important things around us - a time when we can look back on the year that has passed and prepare for the year ahead. <br>~ David Cameron <br> <em>445</em> <em>445</em> <em>445</em> <em>445</em> <em>445</em> <em>445</em> <em>445</em> <br><br>We all get tied up in all of the hustle and bustle ... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 09:55:00 EST New job has helped me! It was a hard decision but I changed jobs. The old was stressful and I gained weight. There was so much negativity and hatred towards employees. If you went to HR then somehow the boss would find out and it was not pleasant. I decided to leave my job of 15 years and embark into the medical field. I am now a PCA(CNA), work 3-12 hour shifts at night and have lots of time off which is good for me. The people that I work with are very positive and are willing to help anyone in need. Really ... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 11:53:00 EST Return to Childhood <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <br>Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home! <br>Charles Dickens <br> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <br><br>For the remainder of this year, pu... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 11:12:00 EST Christmas is ... <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <br>Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. <br>~ Calvin Coolidge <br> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <br><br>While it is purely secular, President Coolidge's words outline a good coping mechanism ... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 11:39:00 EST Thoughts From The Grinch <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <br>Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn't come from a store. <br>~ Dr. Seuss <br> <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <br><br>Now, how does this relate to healthy living? The degeneration of Christmas from a religious celebration of the birth of Jesus to a vast commercial conspiracy is one of my pet pe... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 09:16:00 EST Tonic For Your Soul <em>445</em> <em>445</em> <em>445</em> <em>445</em> <em>445</em> <em>445</em> <em>445</em> <br>Christmas is a tonic for our souls. It moves us to think of others rather than of ourselves. It directs our thoughts to giving. <br>~ B. C. Forbes <br> <em>445</em> <em>445</em> <em>445</em> <em>445</em> <em>445</em> <em>445</em> <em>445</em> <br><br>During the weeks leading up to Christmas, I like to use Christmas based quotations. Sometimes it is easy to we... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 09:50:00 EST Mail Your Packages Early <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <br>Mail your packages early so the post office can lose them in time for Christmas. <br>Johnny Carson <br> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <br><br>A bit of levity to start the day. But what does this have to do with anything? Actually, it is a metaphor for the entire Christmas season.<br><br>For a vast ... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 09:02:00 EST Goals Equal Success <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>People with goals succeed because they know where they're going.<br>~ Earl Nightingale <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've really got to do some research and find some new motivational quotes upon which to base my secrets of success and blogs. Maybe not as easy as it sounds. I have a collection of n... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 08:47:00 EST Finding the One True You.... The greatest and most important adventure of our lives is discovering who we really are. Yet, so many of us walk around either not really knowing or listening to an awful inner critic that gives us all the wrong ideas about ourselves. We mistakenly think of self-understanding as self-indulgence, and we carry on without asking the most important question we’ll ever ask: Who am I really? I always wonder what am I going to do in this last leg of my leg?<br><br>I have been wild, unfocused, focuse... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 20:06:00 EST Have a Plan <em>134</em> <em>134</em> <em>134</em> <em>134</em> <em>134</em> <em>134</em> <em>134</em> <br>All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination. <br>~ Earl Nightingale <br> <em>134</em> <em>134</em> <em>134</em> <em>134</em> <em>134</em> <em>134</em> <em>134</em> <br><br>This goes back to Louis Carroll and "Alice in Wonderland" As Alice approached a fork in the road, the Cheshire Cat appeared in the crock of a tre... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 11:20:00 EST How to stay calm when the going gets tough Life has a way of eating us up at times, and that's a normal part of life. Nobody gets through unscathed. What's important is getting to the other side of problems as serenely as possible, otherwise our minds and bodies suffer from the stress.<br><br>There are several ways to stay calm in life's storms. It doesn't mean we won't have the storms, it's just that we will get through them with our sanity intact!<br><br>Maintain your routine. Go to bed at the same time. Get up at the same time... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 07:13:00 EST How to best deal with difficult family members It's really hard when you have a toxic family member, someone who is so unhappy with their own life that hey take it out on who ever is closest and safest. Visiting them brings you to tears, churns your stomach, and sleeping is impossible. What can be done?<br><br>Confrontations are difficult if not impossible. Often the tables are turned and you end up being blamed for the very behavior your family member exhibited. There are a few things, over the past 40 years, that I have found to he... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 08:02:00 EST Smile and Be Positive I have found out that it is very difficult to stay positive sometimes, especially when life is throwing you negativity all the time. When I turned 40 recently, I decided that I was going to try to be more positive. I know it will probably be hard, but I know it will help me. So even though I might be having a bad day, I try to think about at least one thing that happened during the day that was good. Sometimes it is something as small as that I didn't drink any soda. Other times it is somethi... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 07:40:00 EST Prayer Is My Inspiration Praying and being grateful every day gives me emotional stability and a greater perspective on life. Daily challenges don't throw me off the way they once did, and that helps me make wiser choices.<br><br>Mindset is huge in terms of weight loss,You have to stay positive, and that's why faith is so powerful. It's based in something good and hopeful." To stay in that frame of mind:<br><br>Set small goals Aim to lose 1 pound this week, run 1/2 mile longer next week, or switch to fat-free milk in... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 13:44:00 EST Gatting Along With Others <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>Everything in the world we want to do or get done, we must do with and through people. <br>~ Earl Nightingale <br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>"No man is an island unto himself"<br>John Donne<br><br>No matter hos skilled you are or what abilities you may have, you simply cannot get everything done yourself. ... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 09:28:00 EST Attitude, Attitude, Attitude <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <br>Executive ability is deciding quickly and getting somebody else to do the work. <br>~ Earl Nightingale <br> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <br><br>I got an e-mail this morning from "Change It Up" which I thought I would share as a secret of success and then I came across this Earl Nightingale quote w... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 09:31:00 EST Attitudes and Expectations <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br>Our environment, the world in which we live and work, is a mirror of our attitudes and expectations. <br>~ Earl Nightingale <br> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br><br>Again, I keep returning to the same few ideas but from different angles.<br><br>Henry Ford said "Whether you think you can or you think... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 10:01:00 EST Capture Your Ideas <em>189</em> <em>189</em> <em>189</em> <em>189</em> <em>189</em> <em>189</em> <em>189</em> <br>Ideas are elusive, slippery things. Best to keep a pad of paper and a pencil at your bedside, so you can stab them during the night before they get away. <br>~Earl Nightingale <br> <em>189</em> <em>189</em> <em>189</em> <em>189</em> <em>189</em> <em>189</em> <em>189</em> <br><br>How often do we wake up in the morning, just knowing that the solution to that rea... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 22:14:00 EST A Positive Attitude is Everything! Keep a positive attitude. Ok, so this seems like a no brainer right? But, I am shocked at how many people that I come in contact with have just pure terrible attitudes about everything! It's awful! <br><br>If you have a horrible attitude about yourself or your weight loss, you aren't going to get very far. Your awful attitude will self sabotage any progress you might be making. It will also make your overall life harder. Think of all the negative energy that you'd be holding and think of how... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 11:17:00 EST Bridging the Gap <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <br>Your problem is to bridge the gap which exists between where you are now and the goal you intend to reach. <br>~ Earl Nightingale <br> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <br><br>As I share my ideas, I cannot help but notice that there is a cadre of ideas that keeps repeating itself. I have heard these ideas from a multitude of sources and all of t... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 09:41:00 EST Oatmeal and Soup <br>I eat instant oatmeal every morning at work. Maple brown sugar with a cup of hot water. I look forward to it. No dishes to clean, I eat it in a little cup. About 1 hour later I eat my banana and drink my coffee. It is so simple but I miss it on the weekends. I love the warm feeling in my belly and I know it is silly but I think I am eating good food. <em>224</em> So every morning if you look forward to breakfast you may have a positive start to your day. I know I do. I sometimes think ... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 08:35:00 EST The Secret is there is no secret For me personally, there is no one particular category that will encompass this journey. All aspects of our lives impact our ability or inability to lose weight. <br>However, the most important thing that I would say everyone who has been successful at anything will tell you is you must first find a way to like and respect yourself if you want to succeed. If you do not, no matter how well you do temporarily, at some point you will stop your efforts.<br>I have embraced my new lifestyle. I do... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 07:54:00 EST The Be Happy Attitude <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <br>Always keep that happy attitude. Pretend that you are holding a beautiful fragrant bouquet. <br>~ Earl Nightingale <br> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <br><br>A woman who wore a perpetual scowl on her face was once described as looking as though she walked into the White House and smelled cabbage cook... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 09:13:00 EST You Have What You Earn <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br>We will receive not what we idly wish for but what we justly earn. Our rewards will always be in exact proportion to our service. <br>~ Earl Nightingale <br> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br><br>We have become an entitlement society. Far too many people are looking to the government to provide them... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 09:30:00 EST Always use words and thoughts that are posative. Internal dialog (self talk) is paramount to success in any endeavor. Weight loss is no exception. How one speaks to ones self will determine success or failure. Period. Whether you are trying to lose weight, garner a promotion at work or build a house, the specific words and phrases that you think and speak can go further towards your ultimate end than any other variable. <br> Take time throughout your day to stop and take account of what you have been saying and thinking. Keep a note book... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 09:30:00 EST How to Get Happy or Turning that Frown Upside Down William James said, "Things are not as they are, but as we are." We really do see through the eyes of our own experience and each of our experiences is different, so in every moment, we see everything from the perspective of the mood we're in. It’s almost like we put on different glasses from moment to moment. We do not have to get sucked into the black hole of negativity.<br><br>Bad moods can become a habit. That is one habit that is a good one to break for our health. So, what can we do ... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 07:28:00 EST Turning the Big 6-0 I went to a nutritionist about 5 weeks ago & spent $175.00. That included an evaluation, emails, and one more session, scheduled Thursday, December 1st. My nutritionist , Autumn, has been amazing by not shaming me and by being very supportive. Since I saw Autumn, I have binged two times on chips and dip...(not eating a BIG BAG, but the next size down). Each time I was able to stop myself...SOME, but not MUCH. When I confessed this to her, she was great. I was very ashamed of myself; however, ... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:11:00 EST Spirituality and prayer This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. <em>389</em> ..........................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>................................. Tue, 29 Nov 2016 10:10:00 EST If You Can See It You Can Be It! <em>36</em> <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 a reality. <br>~Earl Nightingale <br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>How often doe we hear people say "I'll believe it when I see it."? Mike Vance, former Dean of Disney University said this is backwards ... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:35:00 EST Stay Focus with Positive Thoughts I thought after my gastric bypass, life would be different. It is different as far as the food goes, but the mind is the same.Staying positive is one way I choose to stay in..negative only makes me eat. Even during exercise, I have to stay in a positive mood in order to get the best out of my workout that I can master. Another small trick for me is to look into the mirror every day and say something positive! Like for instants..Love yourself, be kind to yourself each day as though you were ta... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:30:00 EST Quo Vadis ? <em>536</em> <em>536</em> <em>536</em> <em>536</em> <em>536</em> <em>536</em> <em>536</em> <br>All you have to do is know where you're going. The answers will come to you of their own accord. <br>Earl Nightingale <br> <em>536</em> <em>536</em> <em>536</em> <em>536</em> <em>536</em> <em>536</em> <em>536</em> <br><br>"As Alice approached the fork in the road, the Cheshire Cat appeared in the crock of a tree. Alice asked the cat "Which road should I take?... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 10:59:00 EST Developing an Attitude of Gratitude Can Help You Live a Longer, Happier Life Developing an Attitude of Gratitude Can Help You Live a Longer, Happier Life<br><br>Besides sharing time with family and friends over food, the primary ingredient of the American Thanksgiving holiday is gratitude. While it’s certainly good to have an annual holiday to remind us to express gratitude, there’s much to be said for the benefits of cultivating the spirit of thankfulness year-round.<br><br>People who are thankful for what they have are better able to cope with stress, have more posi... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 10:38:00 EST Remembering to be positive! Stay positive! I know I didn't put my weight on in one day! I recently had my ankle replaced due to a bad car accident in my 20's. At the age of 40 I was in need for a new ankle & 7 months later here I am. I had gained weight due to very limited mobility. I started back in August to lose 54 pounds. I have lost 22 lbs and 32 more to go! I have to stay upbeat & continue on with my plan! I am very motivated to get this weight off. I want to be the best me I can be. Sometimes I can find myself ... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 14:08:00 EST The amazing benefits of laughter! Laughter really is the "best medicine!" A good laugh can actually improve your health. Laughter can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, strengthen your immune system, and diminish pain. <br><br>Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.<br><br>Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus impr... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 13:59:00 EST A Vocation Not a Job <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <br>Get into a line that you will find to be a deep personal interest, something you really enjoy spending twelve to fifteen hours a day working at, and the rest of the time thinking about. <br>~ Earl Nightingale <br> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <br><br>"Find something you love to do for a living and you will never have to work a da... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 10:36:00 EST Gold Stars All really is the little steps that count "One pound lost" taunts me every time I log in. That little numerical 'one' symbol that makes my heart descend with a sickening thud into my churning stomach. It's the acrid lump that forms in the back of your throat, that cacophony of shame, defeat, and above all...defensiveness.<br><br>In the court of hunger pangs, it elicits futile pleas of self-defense...<br><br>"...but I worked out EVERY day this week..."<br>"Yes, I had the BIG chocolate bar, but I ate over three days!!!" <br>"...bu... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 02:51:00 EST Attitude Determines Altitude <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br> A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change. Earl Nightingale <br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>It is your attitude and not your aptitude that determines your ... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 10:24:00 EST On Being Grateful <em>426</em> <em>430</em> <em>426</em> <em>430</em> <em>426</em> <em>430</em> <em>426</em> <em>430</em> <em>426</em> <em>430</em> <em>426</em> <em>430</em> <br> If you begin each day being grateful for what you have, then each day you will have more for which to be grateful" ~Zig Ziglar <br> <em>426</em> <em>430</em> <em>426</em> <em>430</em> <em>426</em> <em>430</em> <em>426</em> <em>430</em> <em>426</em> <em>430</em> <em>426</... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 09:23:00 EST It Is Never Goo Late <em>56</em> <em>56</em> <em>56</em> <em>56</em> <em>56</em> <em>56</em> <em>56</em> <br>There is an immeasurable distance between late and too late. <br>~ Og Mandino<br> <em>56</em> <em>56</em> <em>56</em> <em>56</em> <em>56</em> <em>56</em> <em>56</em> <br><br>Zig Ziglar tells the story of a woman who approached him and said she wanted to go back to college but in four years when she graduated she would be 56 years old. Zig looked at her and thought for a... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 09:14:00 EST Seeking Motivation for the Long Haul Everywhere I look there are ads that try to motivate us all to workout, lose weight and look great! Well me and my friends at Sparkpeople know that it takes more than just the "feel" of being motivated we MUST move! It is imperitive that we all move. If we don't, we don't just gain weight but a boat load of diseases await us in the next few years. Our friends, our co-workers, our relatives say to keep going, don’t quit. Sometimes, though, you ask, "Why? Why try my hardest when it ends in disa... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 12:43:00 EST Never Give Up <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <br>Each apparent failure will increase your chances for success at your next attempt. <br>Og Mandino<br> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <br><br>"Never, never, never, never, never, never give up"<br>~ Sir Winston Churchill - commencement address during World War II<br><br>I keep coming back to the same id... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 10:07:00 EST Not a Puppet <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <br>We are no longer puppets being manipulated by outside powerful forces: we become the powerful force ourselves.<br>Leo Buscaglia<br> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <br><br>Lots of external stuff happening today. I need to keep repeating this mantra for this too shall pass.<br><br> <em>100</em> <em... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 08:49:00 EST Staying Positive and Motivated I have noticed that when I am eating healthy and regularly exercise (at least every other day - but 5 times per week is better) that I say positive and am much more motivated. It seems to all work together to maintain a positive attitude and a healthy lifestyle. Also, if I am tired -- like after a long day at work -- I have to really watch myself that I don't start the mindless eating. You know what I mean! The bag of chips in front of the television and then -- wham! -- the entire bag is... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 11:58:00 EST Definiteness of Purpose <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <br> "We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once. <br>- Calvin Coolidge, American president<br> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <br><br>Yesterday I quoted W. Clement Stone is "The Success System That Never Fails" wherein he stated that Definiteness of Purpose if the second stepping stone to succes... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 14:39:00 EST Can You Over Do Thanksgiving...? For some Thanksgiving is a Tradition when family gets together and stress starts to rise in some people cause the chit chat is a million and one questions.. What and where are you going this year.. Does it stress you out...? Well now that all the kids are out of the house and we have been through the empty nest and now rescuing dogs.. I think we will have it covered.. When all the kids would come over with their friends and then his family and then adding kids.. Our Traditions have changed a... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 11:00:00 EST Staying calm in stressful times We are each dealing with major stress in our lives, be it family, work, finances, health, or anything else. Sleepless nights, churning stomachs, and tension headaches don't make things any better. Accept that tough times come to ALL of us. Here are a few strategies to help you feel stronger, more empowered, and ready to deal with future challenges.<br><br>1, BREATH DEEPLY. <br>Try breathing exercises. The first step in staying calm during tough times is relaxing your mind and body so you... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 07:30:00 EST Sunlight and Darkness <em>67</em> <em>8</em> <em>67</em> <em>8</em> <em>67</em> <em>8</em> <em>67</em> <em>8</em> <em>67</em> <em>8</em> <em>67</em> <em>8</em> <em>67</em> <em>8</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. <br>Og Mandino<br> <em>67</em> <em>8</em> <em>67</em> <em>8</em> <em>67</em> <em>8</em> <em>67</em> <em>8</em> <em>67</em> <em>8</em> <em>67</em> <em>8<... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 09:16:00 EST How can I stay positive in order to achieve my weight loss goals? I think we can all agree that the hard part with exercising is staying motivated. I totally understand and I go through this every so often. I try to remind myself by following a few simple rules that allow me to keep on track of my goals so I can continue to be encouraged with my exercising. Some of them start with short term goals or taking baby steps. <br><br>Staying positive during your weight loss journey is one of the most important parts of achieving your goals. There is, after all, a ... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 22:21:00 EST Stay positive, no failures, just lessons to learn I share this as one of the unrelenting comeback kids, who is a juicy older crone. I have been around the sun many more times than a lot of the young 'uns out there and know that setbacks can be a downer. I have had so many I know the feeling oh so well. However, hitting the mat is not a time for to get beat up and lie on the mat, licking our wounds while we bleed out. <br><br>For me, the secret to transforming scars into stars is to lie on the mat for a few moments, use Yoga deep breathing... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 20:33:00 EST Pay Attention To What You Think Best When asked about my "secret" I immediately thought of how I have always carried on my life and the major decisions I've had to make. I can tell you of the many times I've been told by those "smarter" more "in the know" of what they said I should do. In fact many times it was more they seemed to insist. But I was smart enough, even in my 20's to think to myself (an inner voice, if you will) that I knew by what I considered to be common sense what was really best for me and I always did just... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 19:45:00 EST Feeling Better Today I have been counting calories for some time now, preparing meals ahead of time and getting more exercise then before. But my Secret that keeps me going is attitude. While in the Marines long ago I read a quote by Charles R. Swindoll - “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people thin... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 02:18:00 EST I'm Beating Depression One "Moment" at a Time. I read the featured article about making the most of every moment today. I am constantly amazed at how often these articles give me major “Aha!” moments. This one really hit home.<br><br>I have struggled with depression most of my life. The older I get, the more I have learned and applied coping skills. Of course, many of those skills revolve around making the most of happy moments.<br><br>I have friends on social media who also struggle with depression. I realize depression is an illnes... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 14:49:00 EST Happiness Is ! <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <br>Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside. Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug. Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself. <br>~Og Mandino<br> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 09:30:00 EST Stick to the plan It's as simple as that, stick to the plan. For me, it's the paleo plan. It all started with my dog crossing the rainbow bridge. Paddy, my beloved Old English Sheepdog, passed on January 9, 2016 after 14 years together. I knew it was coming and as much as I hated to do it, I knew it was time. Much like her mom and in Paddy style, she ate treats until the very end. After 14 years we had grown old and fat together. I said when she crossed the bridge that I was going to apply for graduate school ... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 17:47:00 EST Honey and Vinegar <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br>I seek constantly to improve my manners and graces, for they are the sugar to which all are attracted. <br>Og Mandino<br> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <br><br>I was never really up on catching flies but everyone has always told me you can catch more flies withy honey than with vinegar. I guess some... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 12:03:00 EST Don't be hard/negative on yourself When we send ourselves messages such as:<br><br>1) I CAN'T DO THIS !!<br><br>2) I CAN'T EXERCISE I am NOT in good enough shape<br><br>3) I ATE TO MUCH !<br><br>4) I HATE MYSELF<br><br>5) I am NOT good/worthwhile <br><br>Etc<br><br>We get the picture with the above. All of these types of messages to ourselves are things of which we'd NEVER say to someone else, why do it to ourselves? <br><br>In life often way to many times we are told "You shouldn't of,, you are (Fat, ugly , stupid etc) etc.... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 16:55:00 EST Endings and Beginnings <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <br> I will not allow yesterday's success to lull me into today's complacency, for this is the great foundation of failure. <br>~ Og Mandino<br> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <em>32</em> <br><br>Remember as I pointed out yesterday, when pursuing a goal, the finish line is but the starting line for your next goal for success is defined as the continuing accomplis... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 10:04:00 EST Goal Setting ! <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them. Even the most tedious chore will become endurable as you parade through each day convinced that every task, no matter how menial or boring, brings you closer to fulfilling your dreams.<br>Og Mandino<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> ... Fri, 11 Nov 2016 10:16:00 EST Don't Worry Be Happy... When you go on a Journey to loose with you need positive attitude and go with it.. It is all kinds commercials that are bombarding you with the latest ways to loose weight and miracle drinks to pills.. you will lose weight in a short period of time.. but chances are that you will gain back more weight than you had originally lost... So what good is that..? You go on these Soups and things to loose fifteen pounds in a couple of weeks.. diets are designed such that a you can sustain this type ... Thu, 10 Nov 2016 15:29:00 EST Accentuate the Positive <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>Do not listen to those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious. <br>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 his Successful Life Seminars, Ed Foreman enumerates twelve habits that separate successful people from the also-rans. Number One is "Don't complain, condemn or criticize". Thi... Thu, 10 Nov 2016 09:43:00 EST Be All That You Can Be <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>The person who knows one thing and does it better than anyone else, even if it only be the art of raising lentils, receives the crown he merits. If he raises all his energy to that end, he is a benefactor of mankind and its rewarded as such. <br>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>Annie Sullivan, ... Wed, 9 Nov 2016 16:48:00 EST When Others Want You to Change You Are people wanting you to be someone you aren't?<br><br>Just keep on being you.<br><br>Not everyone has to LIKE us or LOVE us as people. We have a right to our opinion and thoughts. We have the right to expression. We have the right to believe in all things we believe in no matter who 'agrees' or 'disagrees' with us. <br><br>Acquaintances and friends come and go and only under scrutiny or disagreed opinions do we sometimes find out who will stand beside us in the end. If a supposed 'friend' c... Wed, 9 Nov 2016 10:45:00 EST Today is the Day! <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now. <br>~Denis Waitley <br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>"Yesterday is but a memory and tomorrow a mere vision but today, well lived will make every yesterday a memory of joy and every tomorrow a vision... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 08:47:00 EST My Success So Far First I pray. That is a big part of my life so that is what I do first. I do find strength and peace and encouragement from God when I take, even my desire to lose weight to prayer.<br><br>And I stick to it (it being the diet, actually a life style modification, not a diet) even when I am board silly with the food I am eating, out for the evening, or faced with those who want to force me to eat goodies. <br><br>I have a splurge day but the rest of the time I stick to the diet I have mapped o... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 18:14:00 EST I'm Good at Being Me Always How Bout You It's that time of the year where I take inventory of myself. I keep listening to upbeat music and more positive thoughts from my favorite ministers/preachers. I even look at quotes that help me focus on becoming a better "me."<br><br>My thoughts are swirling and whirling about being the best I can be on a daily basis. I'm great at motivating others but what do I do when I need more motivation. <br><br>So I'm taking this time and using it as a fun way to pat myself on the back for the little c... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 15:33:00 EST Never Give Up!! I had a rough week. My monitor gave up the ghost but fortunately an extended warranty covered it. But the replacement monitor, cheaper and giving me a credit is proving to be a lemon. Add to that I did not have the right plug in and had to buy an $80 one because the cheaper one was out of stock negating the credit and then some. So many frustrating trips back and forth getting it settled. Not the least of which was waiting in the phone line up for a warranty activation number only to be ... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 00:29:00 EST Dare to Say "NO" You may suffer from any one of a collage of ailments. It could be OCD, ADD, ADHD, Anxiety, PTSD or you name it, there is a name 'for' it... but one of the secrets of success is to stay grounded during any weight transformation.<br><br>There is a balance within your own life to others lives that you have to find and that may include telling friends and loved ones the word, "No."<br><br>It doesn't make you a bad person it means you are taking care of yourself and trust me you have a right to d... Sat, 5 Nov 2016 16:54:00 EST Rally Your Friends During hard times that fall upon you and especially under circumstances that you cannot control while attempting to follow good guidelines of eating and you feel stressed, "Rally Your Friends!"<br><br>There is nothing like the joy of inspiration and happiness among friends and family that can come together in harder times when you feel like you may be falling towards defeat.<br><br>It doesn't matter what the reason is or even if you feel like it's a silly reason. <br><br>Staying on your guar... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 23:54:00 EST Simplifying your lifestyle: Fill your life with people you love, and go do something together<br><br>Eliminate stress in your day. ...<br>Complain less. ...<br>Say 'yes' less. ...<br>Want less. ...<br><br> <img src=""><br><br>OWNING A PET CAN HAVE THERAPEUTIC VALUE<br><br>GIVEN the opportunity, most pet owners will rave about the joys of sharing their homes with an animal, be it a collie or a chameleon. But they may not realize that, beyond pl... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 01:31:00 EST I can and I will The best things happen when you realize you are in control. It is not about being so rigid that there is no flexibility in your plan (unless that is what REALLY works for you!) - but instead to me, it is about staying the course, realizing you've got this, and remaining focused on the good things. <br><br>Staying positive changes everything. You can face a setback and turn it into an opportunity. You can look it as being progress, and a step in the right direction, even if you are not quite w... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 21:20:00 EST My Biggest Stress Reducer When stress has a hold on me, "I go" to my "Secret Hiding Place" I first stop, close my eyes, and get quiet, in either my recliner or, even better, my soft, 3 inch thick memory foam mattress covered bed with between soft and cool, 600-count (600 threads per inch), silk-like, sky blue Egyptian sheets, in my "cold, dark, "Woman Cave"!! <br><br>I begin to meditate, to fix my mind on that place I visited so many years ago, thirty years ago to be exact, when stationed in Europe while in the Un... Sun, 30 Oct 2016 04:14:00 EST Now What are you going to do...? Now that you have got to a place and you hit the dreaded plateau.. If your reading this you need one to stay positive and not to look at the scale.. There are a lot of reasons this happens and I hit about three or four.. Yes I have been there and had to step back and wonder I am really doing something wrong or is it just me... Me me me You always think the one thing between you and the weigh loss is all about something your doing wrong.. Not the answer...Weight loss shakes...protein bars and ... Sat, 29 Oct 2016 13:43:00 EST Let the Past Be the Past How many New Years Eve resolutions have we made in our lives and not followed through?<br><br>How many times have we made suggestive promises to our children, spouse or other friends and loved ones that, "This time I will do it," and not followed through with our goals and plans?<br><br>How many times have we beat ourselves up over simply ONE day of not following our plans and goals and then let that one mistake ruin a week or a month or a years worth of work and then jumped back into old hab... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 13:46:00 EST Tempus Fugit ! <em>12</em> <em>12</em> <em>12</em> <em>12</em> <em>12</em> <em>12</em> <em>12</em> <br>Cherish each hour of this day for it can never return. <br>Og Mandino<br> <em>12</em> <em>12</em> <em>12</em> <em>12</em> <em>12</em> <em>12</em> <em>12</em> <br><br>One of the self-help gurus uses a similar parable: If you were given $1440 every morning and told you were free to spend that money in any way you wanted and the only catch was that you had to spend it t... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 08:39:00 EST Breaking Your Bonds <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>Bondage is - subjection to external influences and internal negative thoughts and attitudes.<br>~ W. Clement Stone<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>When we think of "bondage" our thoughts immediately conjure up a picture of a person tied to a chair or locked in a cell but that sort of bondage is relatively easy to deal with. The bon... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:12:00 EST Finishing Stronger than Ever So I am sitting here just wondering what am I doing here right now? I am supposed to be working but I just don't have the energy or strength to deal right now. This is supposed to be my extra and it seems like I have to put up with people with small minds some times just in order to finish stronger than ever before? Why is that? That right when you find something you like doing there is a person or thing that just blocks completion.<br><br>I often wonder about this all the time. What ifs? If ... Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:08:00 EST The Pathway to Success <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>All personal achievement starts in the mind of the individual. Your personal achievement starts in your mind. The first step is to know exactly what your problem, goal or desire is.<br>~ W. Clement Stone<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>Again, we find that there is a limited number of good ideas but an in... Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:59:00 EST Forgiveness Inside Yourself <img src=""><br>Forgiveness is a really hard thing to consider in life sometimes especially when we battle with all kinds of outside forces that compound reasons why we don't 'feel' like forgiving but to truly be at peace we know we should.<br><br> <img src=""><br>Many people will let this feeling of "I won't do it because..." fester insi... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 23:19:00 EST En Thu Si Asm <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand. It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it. <br>~ W. Clement Stone <br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>The key word in Mr. Stone's quotation is "enthusiasm". Going back to the Green, the word enthusiasm comes from "en... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:44:00 EST God Bless America! <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <br>Going to vote this morning. God bless America! <br> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <br><br>This is probably the strangest and most divisive election that this country has had in a long, long time but remember the following which was posted on someone's FaceBook wall several weeks ago and bears repeating.... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:22:00 EST Remove the Clutter! <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>Never again clutter your days or nights with so many menial and unimportant things that you have no time to accept a real challenge when it comes along. This applies to play as well as work. A day merely survived is no cause for celebration. You are not here to fritter away your precious hours when you have the ability to accomplish so much by making a slight change in your routine. No ... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 11:02:00 EST Neutralize Your Urges <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>When you do the wrong thing, knowing it is wrong, you do so because you haven't developed the habit of effectively controlling or neutralizing strong inner urges that tempt you<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>Habits are powerful things. Habits fall into two basic categories, good habits and bad habits... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 11:09:00 EST Depression and Weight Loss This is something I'm dealing with in a major way right now. It happens every year about this time. I begin to feel myself sliding into the depression and by Christmas time, it will be at its worse. It lessens a bit as we move toward March. <br><br>In part, yes, it's SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) but the biggest part of my depression is really from severe PTSD which is a result of severe Child Sexual Abuse that started when I was an infant.<br><br>Much of the abuse, the worst of it, happe... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 01:31:00 EST Keep Looking up.. Right now is what you need to look at.. Don't look at the whole picture today but take the time to look at just right now.. Your Imagination will tell you all kinds of things and you will look at it as your are defeated but you have to just thoughts and even some comments to the side and know you can do this.. If you give in to defeat you will always give into it.. Take a break and take time to make a notebook and put starting weight and how you fell cause when you look back you can do this..... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:29:00 EST Count Your Blessings <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</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> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:15:00 EST Asking Questions ! <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <br>Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new. <br>~ Og Mandino<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 said that his father required that he and his siblings learn something new each day and they would have to tell him what they learne... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:45:00 EST don't give in.. Don't dwell on the negative. If you made a mistake then learn from it. I always say " If you the flip...and get back on track..just don't let it spiral out of control.<br><br>Life is full of bumps on this road of weight loss journey. We sometimes forget that we are the ones who make or break it. You have to travel this road...there are not short cuts. Even though I had a gastric sleeve operation...I still had to do the work. I had to keep moving and walking. I have to watch w... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:09:00 EST Believe In YourSelf For the Women I Know: <br>(Something I wrote to a friend 15 Years Ago...)<br><br>Healing comes from within, ...not from outside yourself or from others around you. Step back and look inside and BELIEVE that you have the strength. Frivolous conversations, time spent doing meaningless things; empty promises and false banter from those that don't truly appreciate you are just that: Empty. You are a beautiful, smart & a strong woman. You already have the building blocks to MAKE your own happiness... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:40:00 EST It's All About Forgiving Yourself Everyone has a weakness when it comes to food. We all cheat here and there. Sometimes it is due to stress or the environment you are in. Sometimes it is at a meal or for the day or weekend or vacation. When it happens it is important to forgive yourself and move on. Don't wallow in it. Take a walk, plan your next move (or meal). Just Breathe.<br><br>We all have the power to forgive and move on.<br>Try to make the choices that move you forward not back. They are not always the easiest ones... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:47:00 EST Fail Your Way to Success <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>Sound character provides the power with which a person may ride the emergencies of life instead of being overwhelmed by them. Failure is... the highway to success. <br>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>"A person who has never failed is a person who has never tried" ~ Unknown<br><br>It is often sa... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:06:00 EST On Being a Mountain <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand. Henceforth will I apply ALL my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy. <br>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>"Je pense ergo je jui... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:42:00 EST Stop and think plateau How did you get to this point and have not hit the brick wall of a Plateau.. You want to give up but if your determined then read this and know it is not you .. Don't give up and run and finish the race.. If you need a support person and can't find someone well I am here.. You need someone to lift you up when you are down.. You need to know someone cares.. You need to have a go to when your not feeling like I can't do one more step.. I understand that you are not loving it and feeling it all ... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 15:13:00 EST Do More ! <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>Always render more and better service than is expected of you, no matter what your task may be. <br>~ Og Mandino<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>"Just for today, do more than is expected of you."<br>~ James Barrie<br><br>Again we have an example of people appropriating each others idea and repeating them. Imitation's being the sinc... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 10:11:00 EST When Feeling Alone When feeling alone….<br><br><br>I would suppose I can start by saying that almost every person at one time or another has felt ‘alone’ in their lives in one form or another. Sometimes it leads to some pretty severe depression and unfortunately some take it to the next level thinking even about suicide.<br><br>In the words of, “Secret of Success…” I would suppose I have to think back to a lot of my failures and what it took to get out of those ruts. If I were to try to give advice in a ‘succ... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 20:25:00 EST Boomerangs ! ! ! <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <br>The game of life is the game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later, with astounding accuracy. <br>~Florence Shinn<br> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <br><br>Not really a secret of success or maybe it is. When my daughter-in-law had breast cancer, the local youth sports association... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 11:22:00 EST One Step at a Time... I still have a long way to go, but my "secret" is that you must take things One Day at a Time.<br><br> Just because you ate more calories today than you should, doesn't mean you failed. It means you are human. So, tomorrow, simply work on eating a little better, moving a little more. Don't worry about yesterday, it's already past. Don't worry about tomorrow, today has enough problems of its own. <br><br>I have 200 pounds left to lose. If I concentrate on that, I get discouraged, so instead, I... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 22:41:00 EST One thing at a time.... It takes one thing at a time.. You think that by the time you find us here at Spark People that you will bounce back into shape real fast.. You want to be at the weight in a month.. Well hold onto your bloomers cause it is going to take a while.. Yes your at the right place One stop shopping.. Spark People is here and ready to help but watching the videos or skipping the blogs or then eating a whole bag of chips while siting on the couch.. well maybe you think you may have to realize the fact... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 20:55:00 EST You Are Where You Are <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you, too, can become great. - <br>Mark Twain, writer and satirist<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>When you lay down with dogs, you wake up with fleas!<br><br>These adages sho... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 08:21:00 EST Accentuate the Positive <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>Accentuate the positive. <em>41</em> <br>Eliminate the negative. <em>234</em> <br>Don't mess with Mr. In-Between. <em>24</em> <br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>The words from a 1940's song, still appropriate today. Positivity is one of the strongest forces for good i... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 09:59:00 EST Learning to Love MY Body No Matter What I am someone who is very fascinated by how women’s perceived images of themselves ultimately affects their success, I was especially interested to hear from my family, friends and co-workers about products directly correlate to body image. Each woman had compelling advice for us women, but it was actually one of comment,that my friend found out about a particular product that really stuck with me. She said that one of the biggest sellers at Spanx were their products in XS.<br><br>Are skinny w... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 16:05:00 EST Going Up? Going Down! <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <br>How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, tolerant of the weak and the strong, someday you will be all of these<br> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <br><br>"Be mindful of how you treat people on your way up ... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 10:27:00 EST Break It Down When I first worked out how much I had to lose to get from my start weight to the very top of the healthy BMI range, my heart sank. 178lbs. More than my goal weight! It seemed huge. Insurmountable. Unachievable. I wanted to give up before I'd even started.<br><br>So I broke it down. Instead of aiming to lose 178lbs, I aimed to get from 324 to 300, a nice round number. Then 25 more, 25 more, 25 more; 7 stages, each one about 25lb, slowly taking me from start to finish. I'd set my SparkPeople t... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 02:07:00 EST Feeling is Believing..... I don't always believe that I'm an attractive woman. I know boo hoo hoo & cry you a freakin river.... HA!! Even though I've been told that and have had been men pursue me, I still don't think I am. When people tell me that I'm attractive, I think what does THIS person want from me now? It's just my mind works and others just like it. Most of the time, when I hear compliments I gracious thank them and then feel like I'm in the high beams of on coming traffic. I mean seriously what will it take... Wed, 12 Oct 2016 12:24:00 EST Change - Reinventing Yourself! We all have phases in our lives which require change, a reinvention of ourselves. . . (you know . . . major life changes that happen . . . diagnosis w/a chronic illness, marriage, divorce, loss of a loved one, job loss or change . . . the list goes on). <br><br>So, there’s that word again . . . change. It is a part of life. Life is not static, it’s always changing. We can’t avoid it, so how do we deal with it to embrace change and get on with the process of reinventing ourselves?<br><br... Wed, 12 Oct 2016 07:25:00 EST Think! Think! Think! <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>Remember, happiness doesn't depend on who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think. ~Dale Carnegie<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>"Nothing is bad or good but that thinking makes it so"<br>William Shakespeare, Hamlet<br><br>The same idea just keep recurring but it is necessary to ke... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 09:01:00 EST Stress, Cortisol and How to Handle It! Cortisol – that hormone that the adrenal glands produce in response to situations that allow us to flee the situation or stay and “do battle” – dubbed the “flight or fight” syndrome. This can happen in response to either perceived physical or emotional challenges. So, it does serve us well, EXCEPT when the stress perceived doesn’t end! This leads to sleep problems, depression, weight gain, blood sugar abnormalities and other problems like hypertension and diabetes. Bottom line is that pr... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 09:33:00 EST Coming To It, Getting Through It <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <br>"Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds." <br>-Orison Swett Marde <br> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <em>101</em> <br><br>If the Lord will lead you to it, He will lead you thro... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 11:34:00 EST Stress Hurts a Healthy Diet Stress Hurts a Healthy Diet<br><br><br>Your mental state, including negative emotions like stress as well as depression, and your diet can alter levels of inflammation in your body.<br><br>Health problems such as obesity, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, periodontal disease, stroke and heart disease are all rooted in inflammation, particularly chronic inflammation that may fester out of control in your body.<br><br>Ordinarily, eating a healthy diet is one of the best ways to keep inflamma... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 11:33:00 EST Never Give Up Even on your worst day where you maybe cheat on your diet or don't exercise, there will always be tomorrow where you can start over again with a brand new day. <br>When you catch yourself in these moments you have to ask yourself if it is worth it. Sometimes it is worth it because you need a break from what you have been doing. Denying yourself over and over can lead to a breakdown of will power that can explode in your face, so it is best to reward yourself every once in a while. <br>Don't g... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 07:51:00 EST Always Have Faith I was overweight for most of my life, but didn't really realize how much till my daddy passed away and my fiancée at the time left me for another woman. Both of those things in the short amount of time really took a toll on my emotions and my self esteem. I moved back to Virginia and started my life over here. I got a new job as a waitress and the weight just started coming off quickly. So quickly in fact that I still have excess skin on my stomach and thighs. Its gross to me, but my boyfrien... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 10:52:00 EST I there a secret? I post to this site and I have some tips that I use for my journey but as I read the member blogs and see the ups and downs I wonder is there really a secret? I think that the key is a healthy lifestyle journey. We are on a journey and like any journey the days will be different, the roads will never be the same and our emotional responses to our journey will vary. If there is a secret it may be love yourself and don't be harsh with your self when you don't maintain a healthy lifestyle. ... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 07:42:00 EST Fall time is great I love fall time each year. This will be the first year without Mom since she passed away last December. We always took a nice couple hour drive with her to enjoy the colors. My wife and I enjoy listening to her ooh and ahh about the beautiful colors as we went along. Then she got real excited about a batch we would pull over and pick her a sample. I enjoy the following poem.<br><br> Especially when the October wind<br>With frosty fingers punishes my hair,<br>Caught by the crabbing sun I... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 23:28:00 EST How to Lose Weight When You Have No Time The scale doesn’t care how many hours you have in your day—only how wisely you spend them.<br><br>Slim-down strategies for busy people<br>If packing your lunch, cooking dinner every night, and getting to the gym regularly sound like things you’ll be able to do half past never, you may think that real weight loss just isn’t in the cards for you right now. It’s true: healthy weight loss can be a time commitment, especially if you’re overweight thanks to a job that keeps you sedentary for much o... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 21:17:00 EST Just When You Think All is Well... Boom Cancer Yes when you are getting set and all is going well Boom it hits you.. I can say this cause I thought things were going so well and I got hit in the face with a dose of reality.. I thought I can do this and all is well.. Spark People was kicking in and all was well in the world... but not so said the third little pig.. The big Bad Word hit me with full force.. Cancer.. I thought I was home free and then a test came back with Cancer again for the third time... Now I have had this before and it... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 19:19:00 EST i walk more and eat better foods i enjoy the out doors. i walk Bella she loves people and wants to walk past being tired. in less moms home. then she only walks to get things done then home again. <br>i clean apartments and ground i have a basics of maintenance but are not used yet. so i get messed up in my head about the funds being spent when i can do the job. so i walk listen to Audible books .it works. of coarse planning a friday night fire pit helps <br>My old life was a mess. i was an abused child. i hated every living... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 14:02:00 EST Get On With It! <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <br> "Don't brood. Get on with living and loving. You don't have forever. "<br> ~ Leo Buscaglia<br> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <br><br>"Life was not made for working and worrying, life was made for laughing and loving and living!" <br> ~ Ed Foreman<br><br>Two simple statements but perhaps the most universally ignored of all of the truisms t... Mon, 3 Oct 2016 12:57:00 EST Laughter Really IS the Best Medicine! Ever heard that advice that laughter is the best medicine? Well, here’s proof that it is. Here’s a list of what laughter can do for you!<br><br>Laughter improves mental health, aerobic endurance. Muscles are strengthened and relaxed with laughter. The contraction of muscles used in laughter increases oxygenation and blood flow. Endorphins (feel good hormones) are released so you feel more emotionally and physically relaxed).<br><br>What are some of the health benefits of laughter? It l... Mon, 3 Oct 2016 08:31:00 EST Making Memories ! <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <br>Take vacations. Go as many places as you can. You can always make money. You can't always make memories.<br> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <br><br>A story told by one of the self-help gurus tells of a man who was playing baseball with his sons in the front yard. The wife / mother called from the porch that th... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 12:46:00 EST Secret of Success 1 *~..~*..*~..~*..*~..~*..*~..~*..*~..~*..*~<BR>..~*..*~..~*..*~..~*..*~..~*..*~..~*..<BR>*~..~*..*~..~*..*~..~*..*~..~*..<br><b<BR>r>Believe in yourself each and every day! Speak about yourself in positive ways, even when it feels as if it is the most difficult thing to do! Believe in yourself and keeping positive is a key to the success you want to achieve!<br><br>BElieve in YOUrself and most importantly BE YOU!<br><br>*~..~*..*~..~*..*~..~*..*~..~*<BR>..*~..~*..*~..~*..*~..~*..*~..~*..*~..<B... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 17:21:00 EST This Election Mess <em>33</em> <em>33</em> <em>33</em> <em>33</em> <em>33</em> <em>33</em> <em>33</em> <br>No matter who wins, this election will boost alcohol sales.<br> <em>33</em> <em>33</em> <em>33</em> <em>33</em> <em>33</em> <em>33</em> <em>33</em> <br><br>I came across this on FaceBook:<br><br>Long after this election is over Trump and Hillary will still be rich. Half of us will be able to proclaim “we won”. The other half will have four years to say “that’s why ... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 11:02:00 EST Day by Day When you have a large amount of weight to lose and you think of the overall goal it can seem very daunting and almost impossible. If you break it down and think that by the end of October you want to lose 3 pounds and then you focus day by day on losing those 3 pounds it seems to work much better for me than to think I have 50 pounds to lose. When I think of the 50 pounds everything seems so overwhelming. Its impossible, it will take to long, Im not making progress, its too hard. See the ... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EST My Motivating Sources There are three people in my life who motivate me. My Lord, my husband and my daughter-in-law. My husband has lost 42 lbs. so far. My daughter-in-law has lost about 140! She's been working on it a long time. For me, it's not enough to just count calories, at least after a few weeks. I must move my body! I'm so very thankful that I can walk. <br>Recently, I fell and sprained my left ankle pretty bad which put the kabosh on walking. <br>DETERMINATION: Is another key :) I did chair ex... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:15:00 EST Living for Me WITHOUT Feeling Guilt Guilt. It is the ultimate assault weapon in relationships around the world especially when it comes to the aspects of lives with the ones we love and claim to love us.<br><br>Ghandi quote:<br><br>It is the destructive verbal and emotional tool that kills the spirit of the person who has had the ‘audacity’ to have a good time or do well in life but hasn’t brought absolutely everyone else to the party.<br><br>Well welcome to my life. I have always felt some sort of guilt for living for myself w... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 18:24:00 EST Healthy Lifestyle, NOT DIET My favorite new motivational quote for this healthy lifestyle, NOT Diet mantra:<br>Every time you eat or drink you are either....<br>feeding disease or fighting it. Heather Morgan, M.S., N.L.C.<br><br>A healthy lifestyle means making new choices to fill in the vacuum from the habits you no longer want to succumb to in your life.<br><br>What will I do if I'm full?<br>What will my food plan include?<br>If I'm bored, sad, happy or tired what will I do?<br><br>Sometimes 1 day or 1 unhealthy choic... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:40:00 EST PMA - Positive Mental Attitude Being positive about not just losing weight, but changing your eating habits. Carbs are the main reason so many people can't lose weight, not to mention the side effects of eating too many carbs (remember most carbs are from sugar): gut bloat, affects blood sugar (contributes to diabetes), causes brain fog, tiredness, cravings, irritability and many other negative symptoms. When I started limiting my carbs and increasing my protein intake, my energy level has improved - I don't feel tired ... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:07:00 EST Fear and Faith cannot live in the same house! Speak it, Believe It, Work for it. Let God take care of the rest. Speak it, Believe It, Work for it. Let God take care of the rest. Speak it, Believe It, Work for it. Let God take care of the rest. Speak it, Believe It, Work for it. Let God take care of the rest. Speak it, Believe It, Work for it. Let God take care of the rest. Speak it, Believe It, Work for it. Let God take care of the rest. Speak it, Believe It, Work for it. Let God take care of the rest. Speak it, Believe It, Work for it. ... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:28:00 EST Deflect Negative People from your Progress It is hard as heck to decide that you want to become healthy. There is a lot involved in it. When you decide you want to become healthy you want to feel that you can count on your friends, family and Spark Family to help and give you a high five when you need it or pick you up when you are slipping but that is not always the way it works.<br> I have a friend that posted a post regarding Dunkin Donuts. She loves going to dunkins for a quick sandwich or coffee and is finding that it is diff... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:04:00 EST The Hardest Thing for Me I struggle with Positivity , every single day it is a fight. What helps me most is an affirmation. I have used the same affirmation for several year to help remind me who I am & what I am:<br><br>I am a positive person,<br>I have self confidence, <br>I have strength,<br>I am happy<br>I am healthy<br>I will succeed. <br><br>I try to say it several times a day, in my head.. out loud in my car and sometimes looking at myself in a mirror. This affirmation has helped me so much. <br><br>I went thr... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:41:00 EST Needless Worry . <em>33</em> <em>33</em> <em>33</em> <em>33</em> <em>33</em> <em>33</em> <em>33</em> <br>It makes no sense to worry about things you have no control over for there's nothing you can do about them, and why worry about things you do control? The activity of worrying keeps you immobilized.<br> <em>33</em> <em>33</em> <em>33</em> <em>33</em> <em>33</em> <em>33</em> <em>33</em> <br><br>Things just keep getting paraphrased.<br><br>"Lord, grant me the courage t... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:07:00 EST Love Yourself through the Journey Okay, you have some weight to loose. Those jeans fit a little tighter, you might have gone up a few sizes. You have let life get in the way a little being a mom, working etc. You are ready to get back on track and get healthier. First and fore most, look in the mirror. Look at where you are at. Look at all the flaws, faults, rolls, bags etc. LOVE THEM and YOURSELF. If you want to get anywhere you have to love where you are at. Love yourself at the beginning, middle and end. Give yourse... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 20:47:00 EST 1440 Minutes . . . <em>128</em> <em>128</em> <em>128</em> <em>128</em> <em>128</em> <em>128</em> <em>128</em> <br>Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can't buy more hours. Scientists can't invent new minutes.<br> <em>128</em> <em>128</em> <em>128</em> <em>128</em> <em>128</em> <em>128</em> <em>128</em> <br><br>My minutes have been well spent so far today, at the grand daughter's so... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 18:44:00 EST Secret to Success ... for me, it's just enjoying what I have. And using the computer, to find solutions ... it's a world of amazing <em>334</em> "stuff" on here!<br><br>Some of my favorite sites: <br><br>for shopping (lol here): Kohl's, Penney's, Walmart, Amazon. They're my favorites because I can just browse online, make the purchase thru the 'net, pay, and that's done. So many little things are hard to find in stores no-a-days. There aren't too many general stores to just hop in and get trivial item... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 12:12:00 EST GRRRrr! I Am So Angry! I thought the title might capture your attention! No, I am not angry, but for sure, like everyone else, I have been in situations which do make me angry. You know . . . the person who cuts us off when we’re driving, an unkind comment made, being on HOLD for an eternity when you just want to get a problem solved! All of these situations can cause anger. What can we do about it? Well, we cannot change the situations, but we can change our attitude and reactions. Keep in mind that anger d... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:13:00 EST Anger and Laughter <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>It is impossible for you to be angry and laugh at the same time. Anger and laughter are mutually exclusive and you have the power to choose either. <br>~Wayne Dyer<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>Every month, The Readers Digest has a feature called "Laughter, The Best Medicine" which relates a group of sho... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 08:46:00 EST You are a Diamond! So many woman (and some men) forget how truly remarkable they are; how fortunate they are compared to many; how great they are that they forget and allow men (people) to control and treat them badly. Remember you are a truly unique person that is beautiful on the inside as well as out. Don't forget you are a diamond and have power over how people treat you! Believe in yourself and your inner strength, beauty and intelligence and never give away your power to how to have fun and enjoy You! ... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:00:00 EST To Every Thing a Turn <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>Everything in the universe has a purpose. Indeed, the invisible intelligence that flows through everything in a purposeful fashion is also flowing through you. <br>~ Wayne Dyer<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>To every thing a turn and a purpose under Heaven. <br><br>There is absolutely nothing random in ... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 09:22:00 EST The Power of Positive Thinking Positive thinking is indeed a powerful thing. When you focus on the good things in life your entire outlook changes to a more positive one. When you look for the good, you will find it and the opposite is also true which is why it is so important to count our blessings and focus on the positive. This is especially true in difficult and trying times. We are all tested and challenged, but dwelling on the negative emotions or roadblocks in our lives really only magnify them. By staying posi... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 16:42:00 EST What is Strength? <em>84</em> <em>84</em> <em>84</em> <em>84</em> <em>84</em> <em>84</em> <br>Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength. <br>~Arnold Schwarzenegger <br> <em>84</em> <em>84</em> <em>84</em> <em>84</em> <em>84</em> <em>84</em> <br><br>If God will lead you to it, He will lead you through it.<br><br>God never gives you more than you can handle. Sometime I ... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:33:00 EST POSITIVITY IS THE KEY.. STAYING POSITIVE~ I shall no longer allow negative thoughts or feelings to drain my energy. Instead I shall focus on all the good that is in my life. I will think it, feel it & speak it. By doing so I will send out vibes of positive energy into the world & I shall be grateful for all the wonderful things it will attract into my life. When some things go wrong, be thankful for the many things that are going right. Never let a bad situation bring out the worst in you, be strong and choose to ... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 12:33:00 EST Stay Active and Interested Staying active and Interested has been my key to a healthy life. I hiked all of the New England 4,000 foot peaks and am now working on the 52 With a view. Along the way, I've met many interesting people, and have found ways to help groups like the APpalachian Mountain Club and the NH Forest Society. <br>Giving back is a great way to keep a person active and interested in life and health. and Interested has been my key to a healthy life. I hiked all of the New England 4,000 foot peaks and am ... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 06:42:00 EST Enthusiastically Celebrate EVERY Healthy Choice! My one and only "secret of success" is celebrate every healthy choice. Celebrate that glass of water. Celebrate every healthy meal you plan. Celebrate shopping for healthy foods. Celebrate drinking water before meals. Celebrate counting and measuring. Celebrate staying in your calorie range. Celebrate not weighing more than once a week. Celebrate ALL weight losses. When your loss seems small, find something like a stick of butter and marvel that 1/4 pound really make a noticeable difference. ... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 17:22:00 EST Staying Motivated & Setting Goals The 6 Characteristics of Effective Goals<br>Challenging: Your goals should be realistic and suited to your present capabilities. You can’t go from habitual couch potato to world-class athlete overnight, or recover the “look” you had in your 20's if you’re pushing 60 right now. Small, progressive steps toward reasonable, long-term goals are crucial to success. But your goals should also push you to extend yourself beyond where you already are. Otherwise you will get bored and quit the ... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 15:39:00 EST Going Through but Still Here.... I am so stressed out I feel like I’m going to break and I feel like I’m not allowed to talk about half of what is burdening me so much. It feels as though I might just lose my mind with no one around to hear it do I still exist? Sometimes staying to oneself it the best you can do but I found I can be me here on Sparkpeople so here goes.....<br><br>What feels like the icing on the cake is not an actual good thing. I have found financial freedom but at what cost? I feel as though I can walk aro... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 16:57:00 EST Journey to a Sunny Outlook I try to see the silver lining, look for the good in every situation and say that everything happens for a reason. No I wasn't always like that. I used to be the world's biggest pessimist. I would tell myself that if I expected the worst then I would never be disappointed. And I rarely was. I got angry because I couldn't understand why bad things kept happening to me. Why couldn't something good happen for once? <br><br>I got a wake up call in 1998. I won't go into details. However, suffice i... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 14:52:00 EST Positive in a Un-positive World Seems as if we live in a world that just don't give you the positive answers you need to complete your journey your on to loose weight.. Keep a positive way of thinking as you go.. Spark People can give you a lot but choose your teams wisely and keep going no matter what.. if you join a team and you need more keep looking cause there are a lot of good teams.. and not all Motivators I have found out sometimes don't answer you.. My mistake for saying this before.. But Spark People is a great wa... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 12:00:00 EST Perseverance, positivity, and smiles... I post my daily exercise and nutrition each day, no matter what I do or what I eat. I have to be honest with myself, first and foremost. Each day is a new beginning. Some days are great and some days I blow it. The important thing is that each day I try. I understand now that one of the most important things I can do each day is to remember that I must be my own best friend. I must be patient and tolerant with myself, but I also must call myself on obsessive negative self-talk, or thinking. ... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 07:43:00 EST Venting & Lamenting I sometimes have a lot of trouble when things in my weight loss journey are not going as I feel they should or times when I have not made the best choices. During these times it is so hard for me to remember my successes.<br><br>When I get frustrated with a plateau or less than stellar decisions, I begin a complaint session. I find some alone time and say out loud all of my complaints and grievances I have with myself and losing weight. I shout some and whine some and maybe even shed tears.... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 03:02:00 EST encouraging our loved ones Timeless thoughts written down and spread throughout the decades, centuries and, yes, even millenias.<br><br>Thoughts not only about happy, romantic love but of love in other forms and stages too.<br><br>This is 51 of the most inspiring, touching and helpful quotes on love.<br><br><br>“Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.”<br>— James Baldwin<br>“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get ... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:09:00 EST It's all in your mindset! When you are wanting to achieve a goal, your mindset is the key to whether or not you're successful. My reason for making this statement is that when I have a goal to do something, before I actually set it, I will have a long "talk" with myself to make sure that it's achievable and that I'm willing to put in the effort necessary to make it a success. By having these "talks" with myself and analyzing the steps necessary to reach my proposed goal, I sometimes find that the goal isn't a true p... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 23:39:00 EST clothes left behind I read in someone else's blog ( sorry I didn't get the name) that they were looking forward to getting back into the clothes they left behind. <br><br>Personally I am currently at my lowest weight in over 10 years, thanks in part to Spark People. The last thing I want is to get back into the clothes I was wearing 1 or 2 years ago. Keeping them around was like expecting to fail so I packed up everything and took them to Goodwill - now I don't have anything to grow back into which gives me a... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 11:25:00 EST Keep Moving Forward I have tried this whole losing weight things at least a million times. I do terrible on diets and I find myself not wanting to do anything when I feel like I have to work out. So this time around, I decided to go about it a bit differently. Instead of forcing myself to be on an actual diet (as in a particular food regime, banishing certain foods forever, etc.) I have instead set a calorie limit and I try to stay within those perimeters and still enjoy the foods I love. Actually, while trackin... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:47:00 EST I will make it!!! For the past few months since recovered from the sprained a muscle in my upper thigh, I've had a hard time getting back on track. Each week is the same ole' thing; I'll start tomorrow, and tomorrow comes and goes with no action.<br><br>But you know I realized, the more stress I put on myself to be 'Ms Perfect', the more I seem to beat myself up.<br><br>I decided that is time to change my mindset.<br>I don't have to be perfect all the time.<br>Just start one day at a time, put one foot in fron... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:41:00 EST Wow Does that look good on you... Now that you got to where your going... You need to stay positive on this Journey.. Whoooo Your not done yet.. It takes the thought and everything you worked for all these year or months depends on how much you have lost.. As for me it took a couple of years plus .. Yes I had to pause because of a couple of surgeries that put me on hold.. Yes but if you work hard and get to going and not have to stop it will take less.. but for me I am another story.. We all have one and each one is different... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 19:19:00 EST Doing Your Best and It IS Good Enough!!! Learn to let go of perfectionism and enjoy each of my accomplishments.<br>“Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude. Excellence comes not from education, money, ability or connections alone. It comes from a commitment to do the very best with whatever you have available.”<br><br>These wise words from businessman and motivational writer Ralph S. Marston Jr. offer a healthy and positive philosophy for living. Are you content both personally and professionally? Or do you frequently struggle ... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 18:07:00 EST On Staying Young <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>When I grow up, I want to be a little boy!<br> - Joseph Heller<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>Take what Mr. Heller says in conjunction with Abram Lincoln's observation that people are just about as happy as they make up their minds to be and then couple that with Wayne Dyer's assertion regarding age. W... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 08:56:00 EST How to Cope When You’re at the End of Your Rope How to Cope When You’re at the End of Your Rope <br><br>Finding it hard to pull yourself up by the bootstraps from a difficult situation? It isn’t easy!<br><br>It is hard to change our minds from worry/negative thoughts to happy/positive thoughts. <br><br>Once our brain gets into the negativity cycle, it gets stuck. We have to consciously remove that stick from the brain to get it “un-stuck”. How to do that?<br><br>I keep a gratitude journal. I write in it daily. That way, I have thing... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 08:46:00 EST Empath / Sensitivity to others.. & Weight I've been a sensitive / intuitive / empath for most of my life. I've also for a great deal of my life found this to be a hindering ability as much as it is helpful. <br><br>Why you ask? And, what does this have to do with weight loss and better health? <br><br>I'm glad you asked.<br><br>For most of my life I've always tried to help others and make them feel better. It consumed me to the core as well as time, energy and my sanity at times.<br><br>I love jumping in when a helping hand is n... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 19:47:00 EST This Is Winning...... As someone who has struggled with yo-yo dieting and weight fluctuations, I know that being a being of consistency is key to maintaining my new physique as well as my future one. <br><br>People see me and tell me that I look great and that is all and good. BUT my tips to people who want to lose weight is that it is a life long process. We have to eat exactly how we want to live and preserve ourselves. By that I mean, if I want to take plenty of prescriptions and keep the doctor man in business... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 18:40:00 EST Becoming A Better Version of Myself The nature of our thoughts determines the quality of our life-whether it is sad, happy and contented. Happy, optimistic, positive thoughts, emotions and feelings generate a zing in our system which makes the blood flow freely and heart beat joyously. They create a spring in our feet and spur us to action. Let us remember the age-old saying that the mind- thoughts- can move the mountains. Pessimistic, sad and gloomy thoughts, on the other hand, create inertia and force us to stay bed-bound.<br... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 17:25:00 EST Liven Up Your Fitness For our fitnesd we definitely need to fine tune our workouts or adjust our worjoiyts. We do this to keep up refresh our routines and enkiven our thirst to get fit be healthy and keep our focus. <br><br>Stretching for just a few minutes of day can work wonders: It improves circulation, boosts energy, promotes better range of motion, soothes sore muscles and reduces risk of injury. For anyone who has strained or hurt themselves this a sure fire way to help prevent then.<br><br>Take a walking br... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 21:55:00 EST The Voice in Your Head You didn’t hit your goal today. It’s OK. It's nice to set goals, but don't fall trap to becoming 'victim' to them... you know.. the person that talks to the voice in your head telling you that you are a quitter and bad because you didn't do something... The point of getting healthy is re-training to your brain to 'appreciate yourself', try THANKING yourself and saying GOOD JOB for doing 'something' today to improve YOU... a weight challenge for a future better you isn't about time frame or f... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 23:19:00 EST Positive Self Talk! If someone talked to you, your child, your mother, your significant-other the way that voice in your head sometimes talks to you, how would you respond? <br><br>Sometimes telling that negative voice to zip it is so tough, but it is a must! Try turning those negative thoughts into a positive mantra like...."I hate my flabby arms" turns it into, "My arms are a work-in-progress and I'm building them every day!" <br><br>If you do slip and berate yourself with the gloomy, for every though that is ... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 20:28:00 EST a new house John 14King James Version (KJV)<br><br>14 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.<br><br>2 In 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.<br><br>3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.<br><br>4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.<br><br>5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goes... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 09:56:00 EST On Being Thankful <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <br>"When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. "<br> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <br><br>"I felt sorry for myself for I had no shoes, then I met a man with no feet"<br>~ Unknown<br><br>It has been said that the poor... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 09:02:00 EST Make Goals Attainable My goal is to make my goals attainable, not so high that I'll never be able to reach them. That has been my downfall in the past. I'll do what I can each day and then try a little more.<br>That way, I'll never get discouraged and give up entirely.<br><br>Small goals, little by little, inch by inch, that's the way I'll be able to reach it. ... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 19:16:00 EST Medical Help for Fatties 30 years ago at a religious retreat, a guy in the audience said that he had been able to lose a lot of weight taking mood elevators. I had never heard of that. The only stories I heard about medicine for overeating was the use of speed, like dexadrine and benzadrine. <br><br>So I went to a doctor and asked him if he would prescribe a powerful mood elevator just to see if it would work. Well, surprise, surprise. I did work! I lost several pounds the first week but the doctor was not inte... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 19:02:00 EST Positive Self Talk! For me, staying successful in weight loss and maintenance was thinking positively about myself. I know it can be challenging. But when I build a positive mindset, spirit and attitude, everything falls into perspective. Plus, I show gratitude for my life right now and the results will show on the scale. <br><br>One example is "I gained 3 pounds! I am upset and plan to quit". A positive outlook can be "I am Up 3 pounds. I know what happened and I did my best to work my way around it. Thi... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 18:54:00 EST Ditch the scale You can achieve better body transforming results and be much happier during the process if you stay off the scale. So, first things first – if you’re going to participate in the following challenge (staying off the scale), you need to get rid of it. Now. Yes, I haven’t told you why yet, but that doesn’t matter.<br><br>Go grab your scale, and then get rid of it.<br><br>Put it in a very inconvenient place so you’re not tempted to step on it; in the attic, somewhere in the garage, like a creepy ... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 18:36:00 EST On Being You <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don't let them put you in that position. <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>Be yourself, no one else can do it for you.<br>~The Talmud<br><br>This above all, to thine ownsel... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 10:11:00 EST The Law of Attraction Focus on what is worth focusing on, so that you attract only good things in your life. <br><br><br>Ignore all the distractions that keeps you away from your Purpose.<br><br><br><br>Open your wings and fly, like never before. Don't look back because is the future coming not the past. <br><br><br>Good Luck!<br><br><br>Laura<br><br><br><br<BR>> <br> ... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 05:32:00 EST Never ever give up If I fall down I get back up. I am not perfect and I need to forgive myself and keep moving forward. This has been one of the key secrets for my journey this time around. <br><br>Previously if I could do it all perfectly I was fine. ie control my food, exercise correctly - stay on plan. But the moment life got in the way, it would all go out the window. If one thing didn't work then the whole plan would be discarded. And I would quickly slip back in to my old eating habits and lack of exercis... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 05:32:00 EST Ways To Stay Positive & Confident While Trying To Lose Weight Visualize your future self, set behavior goals, reward positive behavior, and change your definition of success<br><br>Use the 10 tips below to help you stay motivated on your journey to permanent weight loss, especially when you’re not losing weight. But don’t just read them…do them.<br><br>1. Visualize and write about your future self<br><br>Create a clear vision of you at your goal weight:<br><br>What do you look like?<br>Where are you?<br>What are you doing?<br>Who are you with?<br>How do... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 21:21:00 EST Have you ever... Have you ever thought of loosing weight could be fun...? You sure can.. You need a few things like a good sense of humor and be able to laugh at yourself when you do something goofy.. I am taking from experience here.. Well I grew up as a Southerner and they Square Dance .. Ho Downs and just love to eat and have fun.. I got invited to a exercise class and I gave it a try.. I have two left feet and born with a wooden spoon in my mouth.. but I had a heart attack when they put on the video and i... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 15:53:00 EST