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. 10 of the Most Inspiring Plus-Size Athletes You're Not Following Get inspired by these strong, confident ladies who are all about making the most of their bodies, not the least of them. Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Jackie (JSTETSER) This week, Jackie is proud of herself for knocking out 22 push ups! Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST A Sports Doctor's Secrets to Warming Up for Cold-Weather Workouts Don't let cold temps freeze your progress! Use Dr. Tim's strategies to properly warm up and stay safe no matter how low the temperatures dip outside. Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST 20 Diabetes-Friendly Breakfast Recipes A healthy breakfast is even more important for those who have Type 2 diabetes. Stuck in a rut? Try adding some of these diabetes-friendly day starters to your morning rotation. Tue, 13 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Diane (DIANEDOESSMILES) When someone is overweight or obese, even common activities can seem like a struggle. This week, Diane felt strong and confident enough to go bowling. Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST How Helene Stopped Drinking & Started Living Her Best Life For Hélène, getting healthy was about more than just eating right and exercising -- it was also about bidding goodbye to the booze, once and for all. Fri, 9 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST Spare Us a Minute, We Could Use Your Help Facebook is changing their newsfeed, but you can help us make it better for you! Thu, 8 Feb 2018 14:00:00 EST Annie G. lost 40 Pounds,* Feels "More Positive About Everything" When Annie was down to her last audition dress that fit, she knew it was time to make a serious lifestyle change. Thu, 8 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST Are Air Fryers the Next Big Thing—or Just Full of Hot Air? Have your fries and skip the oil, too? That's what the air fryer promises to do. Find out if this kitchen tool is worth the hype or just a bunch of hot air. Tue, 6 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST The Power of Weight Loss and Positive Influence Erin found friendship, lost weight and enriched her life by finally opening up to change. Mon, 5 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Jessica (JESS0000) This week, Jessica is proud of not letting a tough couple of days derail her long-term goals. Mon, 5 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST Self-Care & a New Leg Day Move in the Go Get It Guide Storm into February full of drive and purpose with some new tools and tips from our editor-in-chief. Fri, 2 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST Amanda Lost 40 Pounds* and Gained Confidence Amanda, a real estate broker and mom of two lost 40 pounds by trying a new way to lose weight. Wed, 31 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST Find Your Ideal Activity With the Exercise Flowchart Not sure whether to spin, step, stretch or sculpt? Start here! Our handy fitness flowchart steps you through what could be the most important decision of your day. Tue, 30 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Doris (PRIMEOFMYLIFE) In this week's Spotlight, we congratulate Doris for pushing through a plateau and sticking with her nutrition and exercise plan. Mon, 29 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST Knock Out Your Next Workout with a Fitness Boxing Class People of all ages, sizes and skill levels can benefit from a fitness boxing class. Before you go, take a crash course with our cheat sheet. Mon, 29 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST 6 Spin Essentials to Get You Through Your Next Class Whether you're attending your first (or your 50th) class, these products can help you stay comfortable--and get more out of your indoor cycle class! Fri, 26 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST How Losing 200 Pounds Helped Kathy Walk Again Learn how Kathy overcame a food addiction and MS mobility challenges to lose 200 pounds, ditch the wheelchair and get a new lease on life. Fri, 26 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST Get Improved Fitness Reporting in the App! Connect a supported fitness tracking device or app to generate easy-to-understand charts that will give you insight into our progress! Thu, 25 Jan 2018 09:00:00 EST Why I Don't Do Cardio For years, cardio has been king, known as the holy grail of exercise. One writer thinks it's time to dethrone the king. Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST Don't Miss Out on This Year’s 10 Most Healthy Foods Dietitians dish on the 10 healthy foods that you can't afford to miss out on this year. Are you eating enough of them? Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST 16 Plank Exercises for a Stronger Core The plank can be one of the most effective exercises we can do in helping us develop a stronger core so that we have better stability and posture. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Saedah (LADYSAE) This week, Saedah is proud of herself for making the time for early-morning exercise. She's down eight pounds and counting! Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST 10 Challenging Chair Exercises You don't have to have a membership to a gym or own lots of home workout equipment to get fit.If you have a chair, you too can gain the health benefits of resistance training. Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:00:00 EST Tips and Recipes for Successful Sous Vide Cooking Not sure how to get started with your new sous vide cooker? We've got some delicious ideas. Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST SparkChallenges: Fun for Personal Goals or With Friends! Use our new Challenges platform to set your goals and exceed them. Start a personal challenge or invite your friends for a little friendly competition! Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:00:00 EST 15 Surprising Things You Never Knew About Jenny Craig It's not your mother's weight-loss center. The many facets of today's Jenny Craig might surprise you! Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST Reap the Benefits of Bite-Sized Exercise Don't have an hour to spend at the gym? Fast-track your workout and still see results. Here's why (and how) you can reap the benefits in far less time. Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Crystal (SHESHNA) As a mom and full-time student, Crystal's biggest challenge has been juggling being a mom and a full-time student while trying to stay active along with eating healthy. Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST How Matthew Is Beating Depression With Healthy Living & Weight Loss After years of depression and binge-eating, Matthew is 80 pounds lighter in weight, and immeasurably lighter in his outlook on life. Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST What Our Members Are Saying About SparkPeople Premium Wondering if SparkPeople Premium is right for you? Check out what some happy members are saving about our upgraded, ad-free service. Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST 5 Ways Meal Prepping Can Help You Lose Weight If you want to get serious about weight loss, then you need to learn to prep ahead. Meal prepping can help you keep track of your food and make losing weight a whole lot easier. Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST 9 Resolutions That Make You Happier, Not Skinnier Love them or hate them, resolutions go hand-in-hand with the new year. In addition to the same old weight loss promises, consider choosing goals that focus on happiness instead. Tue, 9 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST 10 Ways a Health Coach Can Help You Finally Achieve Your Dreams There's a trained expert for virtually every aspiration--even weight loss! Learn how a health coach can help you on your weight-loss journey. Mon, 8 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Fredielyn (MARINGAL) This week, we check in with Fredielyn from California, who shares her small success, her biggest challenge and her advice for new SparkPeople members. Mon, 8 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST The 9 Best SparkPeople Articles for Goal Getters New to SparkPeople? Discover 10 great articles that will get you on track to achieve your wildest weight-loss dreams in this month's Go Get It Guide! Fri, 5 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST Introducing Rapid Results by Jenny Craig Consider trying a new program that promises to deliver faster results for those who have failed at weight loss before and are determind to make it work this time. Thu, 4 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST Why Do We Use Ads on SparkPeople? SparkGuy wants you to know the reasons behind SparkPeople's use of advertisers. Wed, 3 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST Why You Should Set Goals, Not Resolutions A surprising 42.4 percent of people said they fail in their resolution every year? Why? Discover why you should rethink your resolutions if you want to find success. Tue, 2 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST Clean Up Your Snacking Habit With Our Brand New Challenge Without a strategy, snacking, mindless munching and emotional eating can quickly ruin your day of healthy eating. That's why we have a new challenge just for you. Mon, 1 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Geri, The Comeback Kid In this week's Spotlight, Geri, 'The Comeback Kid,' shares her weekly triumphs and challenges, along with some great advice for those who are new to SparkPeople. Mon, 1 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST How Debra Conquered Pain and Chased Down Success Discover how Debra overcame a rare medical condition to reach her healthy weight, embrace a love of running and complete two marathons (and counting). Fri, 29 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST Lose Weight for Good With Our 30-Day Secrets to Success Challenge! You don't have to diet alone! There are many people out there just like you who have struggled to lose the weight and keep it off for good--learn their secrets today! Thu, 28 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST Three Steps to Make Your Resolution Easier This Year Thinking about the healthy changes you'd like to make for 2018? Make it easier with these three proven steps. Tue, 26 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST 7 Members Find Success With Meal Replacements Discover what SparkPeople members thought of a popular meal replacement program. Fri, 22 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST We Slimmed Down SparkPeople's 9 Favorite Comfort Foods We asked SparkPeople staff, what's your favorite comfort food? They delivered, then we found healthier recipes for them (and you!) to make instead! Fri, 22 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST The True Power of Setting the Right Goals We preach the power of goal setting for good reason--the right goal can make or break your motivation. Learn how to make goals that stick and finally find success. Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST The 14 Best Subscription Boxes Delivering Health to Your Door Give the gift of health year-round with these subscription services sure to deliver delight the inner athlete/chef/fashionista in all of us. Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST 100 Amazing Reasons to Start Losing Weight Today We asked SparkPeople members why starting the weight-loss journey today is a better idea than putting it off until tomorrow and here are their 100 best responses. Fri, 8 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST Can Meal Replacements Save You From Bad Decision Making? The average person comes up against a food decision more than 200 times per day. Could meal replacements be a safe, healthy way to arm yourself against bad decisions? Thu, 7 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST