The SparkPeople Blog The SparkPeople Blog is a blog brought to you by Topics included in the blog include the latest news in nutrition, fitness, and health, food features, and more. 4 Tips to Stop the Fat Talk for Good Stop beating yourself up about every little flaw! Here's how to accept your body right now--not 10 pounds from now. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EST SparkPeople Radio Is Taking a Pause Wondering where SparkPeople Radio has gone? Here's an update on the state of our radio show. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:00:00 EST 3 Symptoms Your Husband Shouldn't Ignore You may put up with dirty socks on the floor and even ignore the raised toilet seat, but there are three things you should always speak up about... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 06:00:00 EST A Quick, Zero-Equipment Cardio Workout Ban treadmill boredom with this easy-to-follow, effective cardio workout! Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EST 9 Body-Positive Quotes to Boost Your Self-Esteem When you need a little boost of self-esteem (and who doesn't), here are 9 of our favorite quotes and mantras. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:00:00 EST 2 Easy Tips for a Great Workout Every Time Get more out of your workouts with these two simple tips to re-focus your mental energy. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EST Rise and Shine: 8 Stretches You Should Do Each Morning Start your day the healthy way with this feel-good routine of eight easy stretches! Fri, 11 Apr 2014 05:00:00 EST 6 Ways to Try New Recipes for Less Travel around the world in just one bite--without spending a fortune! Here's how to try new, exotic recipes for less at dinnertime tonight. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EST 13 Smart Snacks to Keep at Your Desk Save yourself from having to hit the vending machine by keeping your desk (and the office fridge) stocked with healthy snacks! Thu, 10 Apr 2014 06:00:00 EST Getting Started with Strength Training in 5 Easy Steps Confused about how to start a strength training plan? Coach Nicole breaks it down into five simple steps so you can reach your goals! Tue, 8 Apr 2014 05:00:00 EST Exclusive HSN Deal: Save $15 on a SparkPeople Fitness Bundle! Get an exclusive deal from SparkPeople and HSN while supplies last! Mon, 7 Apr 2014 11:00:00 EST How to Keep Your House Clean in 15 Minutes a Day! Got a few minutes? That's all you need to keep your entire house clean all week long. Here's how. Mon, 7 Apr 2014 06:00:00 EST Kim Changed Her Eating Habits and Made a Commitment to Exercise to Drop 95 Pounds! Kim dropped 95 pounds and reduced her blood pressure by learning to love herself and make healthy choices for her body. Sun, 6 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EST Declutter Your Home in 30 Days The thought of decluttering the entire house is overwhelming. But we've got a process to help you break this massive task into manageable pieces: a 30-day plan to less clutter. Sat, 5 Apr 2014 06:00:00 EST 10 Motivational Twitter Feeds to Follow Today Here are the top 10 motivational twitter feeds you should be following right now! Fri, 4 Apr 2014 06:00:00 EST Fun & Functional Gardening Gear for Spring Whether you want to start your first flower bed or expand the number of veggies you grow this year, now is the time to take stock of your tools and see what you need. Thu, 3 Apr 2014 06:00:00 EST Which Is More Important: Cardio or Strength Training? Is strength training really superior to cardio when it comes to fitness and weight loss? Or is it the other way around? Here's what we really know about both forms of exercise... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 06:00:00 EST 18 Upbeat Songs to Pump Up Your Spring Workouts Does your workout playlist need a little spring cleaning? Here are some upbeat tunes we're loving right now! Wed, 2 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EST Why You Should Have an Affair at the Gym Are the people surrounding you at the gym faithful...or cheaters? You'll never look at them the same after you read this story! Tue, 1 Apr 2014 06:00:00 EST 6 Everyday Ingredients That Make Meals More Exciting Tired of the same-old dinners? With just a few affordable ingredients from your neighborhood supermarket, you can turn any meal into a culinary adventure! Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EST Justyna Lost 65 Pounds with a Little Help from Her SparkFriends Learn how someone barely able to walk took control of her life and health by learning you can never fail at SparkPeople, you just keep practicing until you get it right! Sun, 30 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EST If You're Not Following This Rule, You're Strength Training the Wrong Way Are you strength training incorrectly? Is your teen's salt consumption affecting his or her health? Are you looking for happiness in the wrong places? Get these answers and more! Sat, 29 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EST You Asked: Does Pilates Count as Strength Training? Pilates can be a great workout. But can it substitute for traditional strength training? Certified Pilates instructor and personal trainer, Coach Nicole, weighs in. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 05:00:00 EST How Fasting Affects Your Health Ever wonder how fasting for religious purposes affects your health and weight loss? Here's what really happens in your body when you fast. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 05:00:00 EST 3 Ways to Get Back on Track During an Off Day We've all had off days where we just don't feel like exercising or sticking to a healthy eating plan. Here are three ways to maintain your motivation when the going gets tough. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EST SparkPeople's Diet & Fitness Tracker App: Now Free At Last! BIG NEWS: SparkPeople's popular Diet & Fitness Tracker app is about to be FREE! Get the scoop here. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:00:00 EST Fresh Workout Gear for Spring Get ready for the warmer days ahead with colorful workout gear in a range of sizes. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 06:00:00 EST Our 5 Favorite Spring Foods Today we're counting down our top five spring foods! Watch our short five-minute video to find out which foods should be on your plate this season. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EST Wake Up to a 10-Day Challenge This April! Need a boost of motivation for spring? We've got you covered with our "Rise and Shine" challenge! Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:00:00 EST Three Contact Lens Habits To Break Not all time-saving tactics are created equal: Many people cut corners when it comes to caring for their contacts--and some of these behaviors could trigger infections or worse. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 06:00:00 EST The New No-Excuses Way to Work Out Learn how you can get expert-designed workouts you can follow anytime and anywhere for less than $3 per month! Mon, 24 Mar 2014 05:00:00 EST Amber Lost 100+ Pounds and Found Confidence in Herself After Amber watched her mother struggle with health problems related to obesity, she decided to take charge of her own health and fitness and transform her life.<br /> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EST How to Prevent Muscle Loss When Losing Weight Learn how the right diet and exercise changes can minimize muscle loss while you lose weight. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 05:00:00 EST Your Genes Might Make Fried Foods More Fattening Don't miss this week's top stories: diet scammer Kevin Trudeau heading to prison, how a sweet tooth helped with survival, tips to boost confidence--and MUCH more! Sat, 22 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EST You Asked: Can You Really Eat Too Much Protein? How much protein is "too much" in a given day or over time? Our dietitian explains. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 05:00:00 EST 6 Fun Fitness Finds to Inspire Your Spring Workouts It's here! It's finally here! Coach Nicole has some fun and fashionable ideas to help you ring in spring the fit and healthy way! Thu, 20 Mar 2014 05:00:00 EST 8 Signs Your Cardio Workouts Are Doing More Harm Than Good Can you do too much of a good thing? When it comes to cardio, the answer is yes... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 05:00:00 EST The Problem with Praise Kids deserve a pat on the back for a job well done—but if you congratulate them too often, the accolades become meaningless. Find out how to pay compliments that really count. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:00:00 EST HIIT Workout: An Hour's Worth of Cardio in 20 Minutes! Short on time? Get an effective cardio workout in just minutes with this interval plan for the stationary bike! Tue, 18 Mar 2014 05:00:00 EST 5 Tricks to Boost Your Workout Motivation Instantly Watch this short SparkPeople video to learn how to boost your motivation to exercise in no time flat! Tue, 18 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EST 55 Things the Scale Won't Tell You Do you find yourself beating yourself up over the number on the scale? The next time you have a disappointing weigh-in, turn to this list for a little perspective. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EST How Amanda Lost 105 Pounds the Healthy Way Amanda gained weight dealing with years of illness and medication. She lost it by slowing changing her eating and exercise habits and treating weight-loss like a full-time job. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 12:00:00 EST 5 Corned Beef Recipes for St. Patrick's Day Looking for a new way to make this traditional St. Patrick's Day meal? We've rounded up a variety of delicious corned beef recipes for you to try this holiday. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 10:00:00 EST D.I.Y. Natural Easter Egg Dyes With so many people interested in making their own healthy pantry staples, we thought it would be fun to share one of our favorite seasonal D.I.Y. projects: natural dyes for eggs! Sat, 15 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EST 10 Slow-Cooker Breakfasts You'll Dream about All Night Go on, hit the snooze alarm. Breakfast will be ready and waiting on you tomorrow morning. Get these recipes and more in our weekly links roundup. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EST Satisfy Any Craving for Less than 100 Calories Don't let your cravings get out of control. Beat them with these smart snack solutions! Fri, 14 Mar 2014 06:00:00 EST You Asked: How Many Calories Does Strength Training Burn? Ever wonder how many calories you burn while lifting weights? We've got the answer! Thu, 13 Mar 2014 05:00:00 EST Watch: SparkPeople's NEW Live Video Chats Last week SparkPeople launched a new feature that we're excited to share with you. Watch our first installment of 'Take 5 with SparkPeople'--and find out how you can participate! Wed, 12 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EST SparkPeople Members in 'Runner's World' A group of SparkPeople runners who last year were featured in a documentary about their weight-loss and fitness success is featured in the April issue of 'Runner's World.' Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:00:00 EST The Best Dogs for Kids In the animal welfare movement, some advocates are replacing the word "mutt" with "blends" or "mixed breeds." All come with positives and negatives. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 06:00:00 EST