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Sparked by the Spark Activity Tracker!!!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

emoticon We ordered two of emoticon these little dandies. His and hers, and boy can I tell you it has made life a bit more fun. emoticon Jim has tightend his belt up a notch, and his clothes emoticon are fitting a bit more losely. We look forward every day to see how far we have progressed on the monthly goal, the daily goals and the leader boards. Keeping the spark in the top of our respective socks has worked out the best for us. Hardly notice it is there, actually don't notice at all. And by the end of the day, can't wait to compare how many lights we each have. If you've been wondering if it's worth it, GO FOR IT!!! emoticon emoticon get sparked!!!

  


Spark Activity Tracker

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Spark Activity Tracker is nicely motivating. makes me check in EVERY day to see my steps. Tracks me on treadmill, doing dishes, chores etc. LOVE IT! Makes a nice, motivating daily challenge with me & hubby :)

  
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CHRISTINALOVES 2/2/2014 11:46AM

    It is creating a nice daily habit &friendly competition between Jim & I , it is for fun & motivation & gets us focused on our daily fitness emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KITRONA 2/1/2014 3:55PM

    Awesome! emoticon

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Spark Activity Tracker

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Our Trackers arrived yesterday and despite mixed reviews that we read on Amazon, we had decided to try them out. So far so good :) we are optomistic about them. One main positive we see already besides working together on daily goals- is the fact that it has us checking into spark people more often to check up on how we are doing. I'm afraid of losing it, the clip seems light, though am also going to try it in my sock 1x on the treadmill, and another time on my shoe to see how it changes the steps counted. If it is the same in sock, may go to keeping it there as it is then easier to wear around the house in the morning and for cleaning. HAVE ALWAYS WONDERED how many steps do we take when doing dishes, laundry, horse chores etc. now I know! :)

  
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SLIMMERJESSE 1/30/2014 8:14AM

    Enjoy.

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TINY67 1/30/2014 8:13AM

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2014 Fresh start is here... fresh pages to write....

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

3 Miles in today on my restart, working towards some fun runs with sweet hubby :)
Had to blanket our oldest mare tonight, getting mighty cold here. She'd been doing
pretty well, though just a bit too much windchill going on. Feels good to have a fresh start
to a new year. And especially having sweet dear hubby to work along with me, such a good, sweet man. emoticon

  
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CHRISTINALOVES 2/2/2014 11:57AM

    She's 22 right now, she will be 23 this spring. We are near Chicago/ Milwaukee area.

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DANGBLONDE 2/1/2014 7:59PM

  How old is your old mare? What area of the country are you in? I often visit my father's mare. She loves peppermint treats. W2G on having a fresh start!

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- 1 more inch around the middle!

Monday, August 12, 2013

emoticon Have to say it again. Gluten free, caffeine free, calorie restriction and training & running a 5k did all make me feel healthier (except calorie restriction)... but no inches lost!
EVEN after the 5k! NOW, I have been gluten free for over 3 years, caffeine free since June, and have been working out all year.... nuthin'...as far as inches go..... weird, huh? BUT after a dr visit I started eating more in line with the Atkins type meals (not perfectly, because I love fruit and veggies) and the inches have consistantly been coming off and I don't feel deprived! In fact, I give myself a 'free day' once a week, but amazingly do not go crazy on that day, just feel free to not count the carbs. WHEW emoticon am I glad those inches finally started coming off !!! I was starting to feel like a freak of nature! AND, my hair started filling back in. emoticon Wooohoo! :) I have ALSO started to make it a point to baby me a little bit, and take stress seriously, not as some cliche'. One 'little' thing that has given me a boost in my mood & day is that I know the hour before dinner seems stressful to me, so now I have the kiddos busy themselves in their rooms at about 4:30 when I start cooking, I let one stay in the kitchen with me (there are 3) and tell her as long as she is busy coloring or etc she can stay but that mom needs some re energizing time.... I put on my really good headphones for running.... and I start cleaning the dishes and cooking with upbeat music blaring in my ears.... I cannot tell you the restful, stress lowering affect this one little change has had on my day!!!! I am no longer stressed out buy the time hubby comes home from work, dinner is ready kids are in a better mood from some alone time... and I am happier the rest of the night!!!! emoticon

  
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MSKRIS7 8/14/2013 7:25AM

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GOPINTOS 8/13/2013 6:50AM

    The "refeed" day can make all the difference. When ppl cut calories too low, for too long, and too low of carb for too long, and too much exercise with not enough calories... some ppl anyways... myself included... bad things can happen. Like messing up thyroid, adrenals, hair loss...... and weight loss stops. At least for me it did.

The refeeds made all the difference. The whole Calorie and carb cycling thing. I added back in more fruit, timed with workouts usually. I followed FMD guidelines which is calorie and carb cycling also, and it helped to get things back on track.

OUr bodies need the shake ups. It needs to know that it is not always a time of famine. I am glad you have found your sweet spot again!

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CHRISTINALOVES 8/12/2013 9:41AM

    Maybe that is one reason i love hiking and horses so much... and photography... and reading... all of those things get me fully absorbed in the task at hand... :)


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STEVEN_D 8/12/2013 8:57AM

    Sounds like you are finding sometthing I have been reading about, called "Flow",

flowó a state of concentration or complete absorption with the activity at hand and the situation. It is a state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter.

I want to get there, too. Good for you.

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