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Living the Good Life - Blogging

Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Winter 5% Challenge has a different Living the Good Life task for each week of the challenge and normally I have no problem with doing them. Here's what it says for this week's challenge:


Record all exercise minutes. It's 7,300 Exercise Minutes/Air miles. DAILY MAXIMUM 120 exercise minutes/miles.

Scoring: 1 minute of exercise = 1 air mile

Living the Good Life Blogging and Feedback - theme new habit.

Daily Blog 5 points

Feedback on Blogs 1 point - maximum 10/day

We will record these together in this one thread. (example)

Exercise: 45
Blog & Feedback: 15 (daily max)

Team Exercise: 100 + 45 = 145
Team Blog & Feedback: 60 + 15 + 75

But blogging is the one thing that I do rarely because a) I honestly feel like if I don't have anything worthwhile to say or to get off my chest then I don't want to do one and because b) I don't have time to do a blog every day. I spend 8 hours a day on the computer at work and the last thing I want to do when I come home is spend more time than necessary on my computer at home. I usually come home and do my SP and FB duties and then get off.

I know that blogging is important for some people and I respect that. However, it's just not me. So, I hope you enjoyed this blog, people. It's the only one you're going to see from me this week!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CMFARRELL36 12/3/2012 4:45PM

    I came across your blog while I was looking for ideas for new LTGL weekly challenges for the next 5% challenge.
I do agree that we shouldn't have to feel forced into doing stuff - that seems to me to be the whole point of SparkPeople, the options, choosing your own way.
But, what's the problem with trying something different for a week? That's the question I can't get past.
We are all, presumably, trying to live the good life, in our own ways. So why not try someone else's way for a few days. Who knows - it might just be something I've been looking for.

If I created a summary similar to your blog for any other challenge on any other team, I know I would end up with activities that I don't necessarily want to do..
I overcome my negativity, somehow, and give the unwanted challenge/activity a try. It is only for one week, whatever the challenge. And maybe I'll enjoy it, or even just be happy enough so I'll do it again, whatever "it" is.

Anyways, we are always trying to move on, no matter which challenge we are in.
So thank you for your blog, and for sharing your thoughts. This has helped me sort my mind a bit.

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_LINDA 1/22/2012 12:11PM

    I can totally see that being on a computer all day, I sure wouldn't want to come home and be stuck on it too. That is why I really didn't get involved with FB -I spend most of my free computer time on Sparks and one is plenty of a time eater.
Good luck with your challenge!

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SEATTLE58 1/16/2012 11:04AM

    I have to have something to say too, to blog! So that makes me alot like you! emoticon

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FLYCHRISTI 1/16/2012 2:49AM

    You have to do whatever it makes you feel better. Dont want blogging? Then dont! Do other things you enjoy more.
Have a nice week!
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BLUESKY104 1/16/2012 12:22AM

    I can relate to you on the blogging - it's hard for me too emoticon for you to blog it like it is emoticon emoticon

Go Awesome A Team!!

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CAROLJ35 1/15/2012 10:19PM

    We understand and do appreciate your taking time to do this blog.
I am not very good at blogging either and there may be 2 months between blogs, but this challenge gets us moving in directions we don't usually take. And that is good!!!

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CATHOLICCORGI 1/15/2012 7:55PM

    OK! Blog accepted for the week! LOL!
Have a great week!
To LIVE the SPARK, you gotta get away from the computer!

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DEDICATED2HIM 1/15/2012 4:59PM

    Fair enough.
I feel the same about tracking...but on the other hand, I love to blog...However I've been more sparse on the blogging end of things also lately. I find , as you mentioned, that I do better when I'm more active and spending less time online and to really "do the Spark Thang...." you'd have to be online pretty much 24/7 breaking only to eat and work out....NOT much of a well, rounded life!!

We are all different creatures...what works for some may not for others...don't try to fit your star-shaped peg into a square hole! And you shouldn 't have to feel like you need to apologize for it.


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CAPTHAMMER 1/15/2012 3:57PM

    emoticonwell, that's fair warning if I've ever heard it. I agree it's not for everyone. I'm still trying to come up with something. I figure by Wednesday I may get a "new habit" blog written.

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My Favourite Books Read in 2011

Friday, December 30, 2011

I read 82 books in 2011 and these are my favourites:


- Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
- The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
- The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson (2nd in the Millennium series)
- Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (2nd in the Hunger Games series)
- Still Alice by Lisa Genova


- I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
- The Horse & His Boy by C.S. Lewis
- Vermilion Drift by William Kent Krueger
- Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
- Secrets to the Grave by Tami Hoag
- Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult
- Breaking the Rules by Suzanne Brockmann
- Love You More by Lisa Gardner
- Relentless by Simon Kernick
- The Rabbit Factory by Marshall Karp
- Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay
- Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn
- Undone by Karin Slaughter
- Unwind by Neal Shusterman
- No Man's Land by G.M. Ford
- 14 by J.T. Ellison
- A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny
- The First Rule by Robert Crais
- The Pawn by Steven James
- Lethal by Sandra Brown
- My Sister's Voice by Mary Carter

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

FLYCHRISTI 1/15/2012 8:44AM

Great idea this list! I am gonna do the same for 2012.
Thanks! emoticon emoticon

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MADS12 1/2/2012 8:54AM

  Fantastic! Reading is the best!

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ELISOS 12/31/2011 12:06AM

    wow, great list, thank you!!! hugs

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 12/30/2011 7:24PM

    Interesting list! I don't know how many books I read in 2011 but I will guess about 75. Many of them were short!

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NETGNAL 12/30/2011 4:44PM

    Thanks for the list. I want to mentally challenge myself in the coming year by reading more.

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5% Commitment Winter Challenge - Awesome A Team

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Current Weight: 219 pounds
Target Weight: 208 pounds
By When: January 28, 2012

5% = 11 pounds

Calories Eaten: Eat between 1290 and 1640 calories per day
Calories Burned: Burn 1040 calories per week
Weight Progress: Go from 219 to 208 by 01/28/2012

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BELIEVING-N-ME 12/7/2011 9:20AM

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ROCKPORT9 12/6/2011 3:10PM

    I wish you well on your winter challenge journey. You can do this! emoticon Hugs, Laurel

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NPA4LOSS 12/3/2011 4:53PM

    emoticon A emoticon

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ZEESPARROW 12/3/2011 4:31PM

    emoticon Go you!

Thanks for the goodie... that was very sweet of you.

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SMOOCHIESMOMMY2 12/3/2011 3:37PM

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LATTELEE 12/3/2011 8:08AM

  good luck

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2011 5% Fall Commitment Challenge Results

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Sorry this blog has taken so long for me to do but I've been very, very busy. I'm desperately trying to get caught up this weekend.

I was very pleased with my end results. I didn't lose 5% but I definitely didn't expect to. I lost 4 pounds, which doesn't sound like a lot but it put me at my lowest weight since June 2010! And, I lost 1.5 inches off my waist and 1.5 inches on my thighs so I am very, very happy with these results.

I've signed up for the 2011 5% Winter Commitment Challenge because I found that competing as a member of 50 person team against 9 other teams was very motivating for me. I'm much more motivated when there are others depending on me than when I'm just trying to better myself. I know that I'm important but it sure is a lot more fun to compete.

And, I requested to join the Awesome A Team again because they were honestly the nicest and most supportive new friends that I now have.

So wish me luck on the Winter Challenge. If I can lose 4 more pounds, I would be quite satisfied with that.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JUDITHWITHROW 11/27/2011 12:36PM

    Great you found your motivation and yes 4 pounds makes a difference. Have you ever held 4 pounds of butter? That is what you lost.

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ZEESPARROW 11/27/2011 8:43AM

    Go emoticon A Team!

Keep doing what you know works, you will see results!!


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FREESPIRITANGEL 11/27/2011 12:44AM

    Good Luck!

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ELISOS 11/26/2011 9:26PM

    Good luck and i see you in the A team...hugs

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MARTHAWILL 11/26/2011 3:30PM

    Good luck in the 5% Winter challenge. I think 4 lbs is awesome. I agree with your points in the blog. Feels like more accountability when joinging and being part of a "smaller" group helps a lot in commitment.

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Living With Chronic Pain

Saturday, November 05, 2011

PHAT_N_SASSY has written an excellent blog about what it's like to live with chronic pain and I think that everyone who doesn't live with chronic pain but maybe knows someone who does should read it:


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MARYSUNSHINE4 11/20/2011 9:16PM

    Wonderful blog. thanks for sharing

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DANMAR1 11/18/2011 2:53PM

  Thanks for the link..for a young lady she shows so much maturity. Beautiful job of expressing what so many of us feel.

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SMOOCHIESMOMMY2 11/5/2011 2:24PM

    Thanks for sharing this!

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BRAVERUDE 11/5/2011 10:56AM

    I'll take a look - funny how we get judged by just how folks think we look...ever since my back injury, I've noticed no one has any patience for my discomfort! Sitting is the worst, for me.

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MINNA72 11/5/2011 9:02AM

    Thank you for sharing the link.

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LANNIEMANUEL 11/5/2011 8:26AM

    thanks for sharing. I will check on that

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