This is your Independence Sparkers mother hen here. I'm personally going to everyone on the team I can contact to invite everyone to join in on the daily challenge tomorrow. It's step aerobics tomorrow and I sure would like to see some new faces on our team page. If you do the challenge tomorrow please post with us. I know there are so many Sparkers but just a few are posting. Thanks for joining the team and have a great day. Let's keep those fitness minutes moving. 3008 days ago
Well, here comes confession time. Over the past 3 weeks I have been on overload at work. During the last 3 weeks of the fall semester I have been working long hours with little to no time to do much Sparking. I minimized my time on postings and focused what time I had on eating right and getting my 30 minutes of exercise a day . . . well most days. Truthfully there were a few days that I failed to track my food and exercise, but tried not to let the demanding schedule to be an excuse to grab a meal at a fast food restaurant. Thanks to salads and healthy snack packs in my purse, I was able to survive without gaining weight. I called it my Project Zero campaign. I even lost 3 pounds . . . not tremendous success but a sign that I could survive.
I apologize that I have not been able to keep in touch with my Spark friends as much as I typically do but I hope you will understand and forgive me. It was a bit selfish to focus just on my own goals and fulfilling my obligations to the students in my 4 classes. I am still grading final exams and assignments, but the pressure is not as demanding. I have until Monday at noon to finish grades. Now I take a little time out to let you know that I have not fallen off the planet and I am still working to reach my lifestyle goals.
Here’s a little recipe for some Christmas Cheer: Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle this recipe is non-fat, and calorie free.
Start by reflecting on the reason for the season, then mix in a generous serving of good wishes, a heart full of love and armfuls of hugs for those that touch our lives all year long. Sprinkle with laughter and garnish with mistletoe. Top it off with a gift of yourself to those you love.
Best Wishes for a wonderful holiday and great success in the coming year. Let’s get moving in 2009.
Just dropping by your Spark Page to see how you are doing. The weekend is here and it is time to . . .
Recharge Our Batteries and Target our Goals . . .
I found the following on the Kashi.com web site and wanted to pass it on to you. I know I found it useful to reflect on my goals and plan for the next week.
"Are you committed to whole living, but occasionally find your devotion flagging? Not to worry: Living up to your ideals takes practice – and, sometimes, even more than that. If your daily habits are sliding away from your goals, today challenge yourself to living yours best life by trying one of the following tactics:"
"Write down specific daily goals for a whole week – Keep them small and manageable and rebuild, moment by moment.
Reward yourself each day you meet those goals – It’s okay to indulge or relax your standards once in a while, but if you earn it first, you’ll feel better.
Freshen your tool box – Communicating with like-minded people and staying up to date on trends in healthy living will revitalize you." (Hence I am leaving this comment on your page . . . since we are "like-minded" in our goal for a healthy lifestyle.)
"Use structure – Sign up for a class, exercise at the start of your day…anything you can do to ritualize your best habits."