The SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/ The SparkPeople Blog is a blog brought to you by SparkPeople.com. Topics included in the blog include the latest news in nutrition, fitness, and health, food features, and more. DailySpark.com http://www.dailyspark.com/images/dsp_logo.jpg http://www.sparkpeople.com/ How Lynn Lost 141 Pounds and Gained a Spark Family http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=how_lynn_lost_141_poundsand_gained_a_spark_family After years of battling depression and weight gain, Lynn found a light at the end of what seemed like a very dark tunnel. 140 pounds later, she has a whole new lease on life. Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EST Stay on Track With Our 4-Week Healthy Holiday Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=stay_on_track_with_our_4week_healthy_holiday_challenge Planning is everything, so we've got a four-week program to help you stay motivated and on track throughout the holiday season. Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EST 20 Simple One-Sheet-Pan Recipes for Busy Weeknights http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=20_simple_onesheetpan_recipes_for_busy_weeknights For those nights when time and inspiration are in short supply, try one of these delicious one-sheet-pan recipes for easy prep and cleanup. Tue, 7 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EST 3 of Our Most Favorite Things This Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=3_of_our_most_favorite_things_from_this_month A sweaty palm solution, motivation to dust yourself off and try again, and a challenge generator--all in this month's Go Get It Guide! Fri, 3 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EST Breakfast Made Easy: 30 Days of Healthy Ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=30_days_of_healthy_breakfasts Breakfasting can be hard. These 30 ideas make it easier. Print it, post it and enjoy easier, healthier, more delicious mornings. Thu, 2 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EST Challenge Your Balance With This Tough 7-Move Circuit http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=challenge_your_balance_with_this_tough_7move_circuit If you hear the word ''ballerina'' and think tutus and pink, it's time to change your mind. Ballet requires strong muscles and balance, and you'll need both for this tough circuit. Wed, 1 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EST A Dangerous Day of "Healthy Eating" http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=a_dangerous_day_of_healthy_eating Patty tries to eat well and watch her calories, but sometimes her "healthy" choices aren't so great. Find out why it's so easy to accidentally overeat when trying to lose weight. Tue, 31 Oct 2017 14:00:00 EST The Power of a Boring Exercise Routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_power_of_a_boring_exercise_routine Yes, our bodies quickly adapt to the same daily activities. But surprisingly, there can be power in a routine that, in general, doesn't change. Mon, 30 Oct 2017 00:00:00 EST 35 Healthy Asian-Inspired Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=35_healthy_asianinspired_recipes Next time you're craving takeout from your fave Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese or Malaysian restaurant, try making one of these healthier homemade options instead. Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:00:00 EST How to Embrace Your Exercise Shortcomings http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=how_to_embrace_your_exercise_shortcomings Have you ever been intimidated to try new activities because you know there's a chance you'll finish last or can't keep up? Are you worried people will judge you because of it? Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:00:00 EST The Moment That Helped a Dad Lose 75 Pounds and Get His Life Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_moment_that_helped_a_dad_lose_75_lbs_and_get_his_life_back At 49, Kevin says he feels like he's 18! To discover the secret to his weight loss success, read on. Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:00:00 EST The Eating Disorder Hiding Behind One Woman's ''Perfect'' Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_eating_disorder_hiding_behind_one_womans_perfect_body As a personal trainer and recent fitness competitor, Stacey Ferrari is as fierce as they come. Hiding underneath her strong exterior, though, is a story of struggle. Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:00:00 EST Could Your Self-Esteem Be Undermining Your Wellness Efforts? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=could_your_selfesteem_be_undermining_your_wellness_efforts Believing in yourself is the first step in getting healthy, but if you suffer from low self-esteem it could be getting in the way. Learn to boost your self-esteem and get on track. Thu, 12 Oct 2017 00:00:00 EST 8 Life-Changing Health Lessons I Learned in My 30s http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=8_lifechanging_health_lessons_i_learned_in_my_30s Instead of making the same mistakes I did, I offer to you these eight important lessons and revelations that I myself discovered just in time. Mon, 9 Oct 2017 00:00:00 EST Body Bullies and Happy Tears in This Month's Go Get It Guide http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=body_bullies_and_happy_tears_in_this_months_go_get_it_guide When the news is getting you down and nothing seems to be going right, this month's Go Get It Guide has a little something to make you smile. Fri, 6 Oct 2017 00:00:00 EST Try Sparkpeople Premium for Two Weeks, Free! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=try_sparkpeople_premium_for_two_weeks_free Starting today, you can try our Premium upgrade for free for two weeks. Get the Premium tools that will help you reach your goals! Mon, 2 Oct 2017 01:00:00 EST Physician Loses 35 Pounds in the Name of Research http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=physician_loses_35_lbs_in_the_name_of_research Dr. Julie tried Healthy Solutions at Home for her patients. What she discovered for herself was truly life-changing. Mon, 2 Oct 2017 00:00:00 EST 14 Memes That Every Runner Will Definitely Appreciate http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=15_running_memes_that_only_runners_will_truly_appreciate Sometimes that long, grueling run makes you wanna cry -- but then you find the perfect running meme, and you can't wait to get out there. Share a laugh with your runner friends! Fri, 29 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EST New Goodies for Our App Users: Photo Frames and More! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=new_goodies_for_our_app_users_photo_frames_and_more Try the new SparkPeople photo frames in the app! Use the Collage or Before and After frames to make your images pop! Tue, 26 Sep 2017 14:00:00 EST Snack Smarter With These 14 Healthier Packaged Snacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=snack_smarter_with_these_13_healthier_packaged_snacks Not all packaged foods are created equal. We asked some experts to recommend their favorite packaged snacks, so you can grab-and-go without (so much) guilt.<br /> Tue, 26 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EST Breaking Up With Sugar Helped Jon Lose 260 Pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=breaking_up_with_sugar_helped_jon_lose_260_pounds After successfully losing 260 pounds, Jon wants to inspire others to believe that it's never too late to make a change. Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EST 18 Ways Anyone Over 50 Can Become More Active http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=18_ways_anyone_over_50_can_become_more_active You're only as old as you feel, right? Building a little activity into your day can make you feel young again, so we've compiled 18 easy ways to stay active after 50 and beyond. Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EST Plateau Busters: Members & Experts Share Their Tips for Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=plateau_busters_members_experts_share_their_tips_for_success You're losing weight, feeling great, and then -- nothing. When you're stuck at a plateau, try these member and expert tips to bust through any get back on track. Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EST Grab a Towel for This 5-Move, Full-Body Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=grab_a_towel_for_this_5move_fullbody_workout Forget that basement full of exercise equipment--all you need for a great workout is a towel! Try these five moves for an all-over burn. Tue, 12 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EST Are You Focusing on Progress or Perfection? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=are_you_focusing_on_progress_or_perfection In the journey to weight loss, no one is perfect. Discover why Jessica Smith's favorite saying is ''progress, not perfection,'' and learn how to apply it to your own journey. Thu, 7 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EST Free Workouts and Tangle-Free Hair in This Month's Go Get It Guide http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=free_workouts_and_tanglefree_hair_in_this_months_go_get_it_guide Sure, you could spend hundreds getting your sweat on each month, but why would you when there are plenty of free workout opportunities? Fri, 1 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EST A Full-Body, Abs-Burning Bosu Ball Workout for Beginners http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=discover_the_abburning_power_of_the_bosu_with_this_fullbody_workout The BOSU ball offers a unique challenge for your muscles and body's stability. Pick up a few key moves with this full-body workout guide. Wed, 30 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EST Escape Your Snack Rut With 30+ Healthier Ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=snack_smart_with_these_30_healthy_ideas Don't become a vending machine victim! To help you become a smarter snacker, we polled members and experts for their favorite nutritious things to nibble between meals. Fri, 25 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EST Could Posting ''Flaws and All'' Photos Boost Your Confidence? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=how_flaws_and_all_photos_can_be_the_ultimate_confidence_booster There's a movement happening on your news feed: Real men and women are pulling back the curtain on those perfectly posed photos. One member shares why she thinks its courageous. Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EST Should You Add Pond Scum to Your Diet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=should_you_add_pond_scum_to_your_diet It might not seem appetizing at the beach, but there are claims that blue-green algae (otherwise known as pond scum) could deliver a powerful health boost. Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EST 5 Ways Grocery Stores Are Helping You Get Healthier http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=5_ways_grocery_stores_are_helping_you_get_healthier Today's grocery stores are more than just food and beverage repositories. Find out how your local supermarket could help you lead a healthier lifestyle! Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EST 16 Ways to Grow Your Diet With Plants http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=16_ways_to_grow_your_diet_with_plants Want to ditch the dairy and incorporate more plants into your diet for your health? These 16 tips can help you get started today. Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EST What Do You Wish People Knew About Being Overweight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=what_do_you_wish_people_knew_about_being_overweight People who have never been overweight or obese can't grasp the day-to-day struggles of living with those extra pounds. We asked some members to share their stories. Mon, 7 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EST This Video About Healthy Eating Is so Funny Because It's Painfully True http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=this_video_about_healthy_eating_is_so_funny_because_its_painfully_true Frustrated by conflicting dietary news reports that seem to change daily? Fear not--you're not alone. This hilarious sketch about a time-traveling dietitian will brighten your day. Fri, 4 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EST 40 Things to Do Instead of Eat When You're Bored http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=40_things_to_do_instead_of_eat_when_youre_bored Ever caught yourself snacking and realized you're not even hungry? If boredom is eating up your goals, try some of these fork-free distractions. Thu, 3 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EST Can Sweat-Inducing Methods Really Accelerate Weight Loss? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=can_sweatinducing_methods_really_accelerate_weight_loss Do products that promote sweating and turn up the heat really help keep those pounds off for good? Let's find out if these four products really deliver and are even safe to try. Wed, 2 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EST 6 Fun-Filled Hula Hoop Exercises for Better Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=8_funfilled_hula_hoop_exercises_for_better_finess Hula hoops have been around for years, but what was once a child's toy is now taking the fitness industry by storm as a fun way to get in some good exercise. Tue, 1 Aug 2017 12:00:00 EST 20 Amazing Zumba Songs to Kick-Start Your Dance Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=20_amazing_zumba_songs_to_kickstart_your_dance_workout Zumba instructors and enthusiasts, here's your next playlist! Get your groove on while the pounds melt off. Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:00:00 EST Why Friendly Competition Should Be Built Into Your Action Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=why_friendly_competition_should_be_built_into_your_goals In part two of Chris ''SparkGuy'' Downie's personal blog, he notes the importance of competition in self-improvement, citing one of history's more famous rivalries as an example. Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:00:00 EST 300 Pounds and Counting: Greg's Two-Year Transformation http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=300_pounds_and_counting_gpalmers_twoyear_transformation In just a little over two years, Greg has lost more than 300 pounds and gained a whole new outlook on life. How did he do it? It was simpler than he expected. Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:00:00 EST New Updates Bring Fun--and Magic--to SparkPeople Mobile http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=new_updates_bring_funand_magicto_sparkpeople_mobile Download newest update to SparkPeople Mobile and access new photo filters, stickers and magic! Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:00:00 EST 8 Low-Impact Barre Moves You Can Do Anywhere http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=8_lowimpact_barre_moves_you_can_do_anywhere Barre-based workouts are famous for their ability to make muscles quake with teeny, tiny isometric movements. See what they hype is all about with this workout from The Bar Method. Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:00:00 EST Why Don't SparkPeople's Images Feature People Who Look Like Me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_stock_photo_struggle_why_dont_sparkpeoples_images_look_like_me Perhaps you're wondering why we consistently feature average-sized or even thin models in our article and blog images. The answer might actually surprise you. Mon, 17 Jul 2017 00:00:00 EST 10 Single-Serving Sweet Treats http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=singleserving_sweet_treats Enjoy these fun and tasty single serving treats. Fri, 14 Jul 2017 18:00:00 EST 36 Easy, Breezy No-Cook Summer Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=36_easy_breezy_nocook_summer_recipes Step away from the stove! You can throw together these healthy, hassle-free summer dishes in minutes -- no oven required. Thu, 13 Jul 2017 12:00:00 EST Get a Boost With This Motivational 1-Mile Walk With Jessica Smith http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=get_inspired_get_your_steps_with_this_1mile_walk_and_talk Goals and gratitude go hand-in-hand, especially as you work toward weight loss and a happier, healthier you. Join Jessica Smith for a fun and inspirational one-mile walk and talk. Wed, 12 Jul 2017 00:00:00 EST Score Big on Amazon Prime Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=score_big_on_amazon_prime_day Amazon is unloading deals every 5 minutes today for its Prime members--time to stock up! Tue, 11 Jul 2017 00:00:00 EST Concert Pianist Gets the Spark She Needs to Play Carnegie Hall http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=concert_pianist_gets_the_spark_she_needs_to_play_carnegie_hall When Jeanne got the chance of a lifetime to perform at Carnegie Hall, she turned to SparkPeople for the support she needed to meet her goals and perform with confidence. Tue, 11 Jul 2017 00:00:00 EST How a Plant-Based Diet Changed My Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=how_a_plant_based_diet_changed_my_life What you choose to eat and how you choose to live is a big part of what makes you, you. Learn how one member changed her diet to a plant-based one to live her healthiest life. Mon, 10 Jul 2017 00:00:00 EST 21 Ways Alexa Can Help You Lead a Healthier Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=21_ways_alexa_can_help_you_lead_a_healthier_life Got Alexa? If not, it's time to tap into the power of smart fitness technology! Discover 21 high-tech skills that will help you recharge your goals. Mon, 10 Jul 2017 00:00:00 EST