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Summer Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, June 21, 2014

For our Camp Wannabefit team we're asked to post pictures of specific items for a scavenger hunt. I involved a young grandson who helped figure out what to post, so Here's what we have so far. This one kicks off my summer fun.


My son in law had his bike out, so DGS suggested these:


You have to look hard to find the robin.














And while not on the list, a tire swing definitely says summer!


We ate the salad and the homemade strawberry ice cream tonight, but in the excitement of our summer party, I forgot to take pictures! emoticon

  
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PKCTTS 6/22/2014 1:30AM

    Best part of Summer is having those grandkids to hang out with!

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CHRISTINEBWD 6/21/2014 11:49PM

    Your grandson is darling!!!! :)

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DEBSZOO74 6/21/2014 8:09PM

    Great pictures and how fun that you involved your grandson, too! emoticon

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GERIKRAGH 6/21/2014 7:00PM

    Sound like fun.

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MATHGURL 6/21/2014 6:37PM

    emoticon Great job!

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FITAT50 6/21/2014 5:42PM

    Love it and I'm sure your grandson had a blast helping you find them!

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WHITNEYTEACHER 6/21/2014 5:25PM

    Good Job! I think we should get bonus points for other summer things not on the list. Actually, a picture of any children would count because kids out of school is a summer thing. I'll bet your grandson loves the tire swing!

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SCRAPPY_RN 6/21/2014 5:16PM

    Love it! Great blog

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ROCKPORT9 6/21/2014 5:01PM

    Fun!

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JILLAJ 6/21/2014 4:58PM

    What a cute idea!

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How Do You Really Feel About Challenges?

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Weeks 8 of 8

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Record a blog telling us what a Challenge means to you. Iím going to assume that this question addresses group or team challenges, and not ones we set for ourselves away from Spark.

For the last week of a challenge I joined 7 weeks ago, we need to write a blog describing what a challenge means to us. This is my third year with Spark People, and I can truly say that team challenges, no matter what team Iíve joined, have helped me become better informed about my health and better able to keep my weight in check. emoticon

In my first year I lost a lot of weight, and reached my goal in my second year. Since then Iíve regained 10 pounds, and seem to juggle gaining and losing the same 2-3 pounds. Itís frustrating, but then I remember that I still am 40 pounds lighter than when I started this whole journey. I am not at my maintenance weight, which was set by my doctor, and do need to lose that last 10 pounds. That said, Iím still working on it, and challenges keep me from quitting.
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Challenges have helped me develop healthy habits like strength training 2-3x per week, drinking 8 glasses of water a day, tracking my food and exercise, and eating much ďcleaner.Ē I get regular cardio most days, and miss it if I donít. I eat breakfast every morning, something I did not do for more years than I want to share!

Challenges have also helped me gain and give support. I value the friendships developed on Spark, and will certainly continue to seek out group challenges.
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CASSIOEPIA 6/13/2014 11:24PM

    Currently love the bingo challenge!

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MARYDSAN 6/13/2014 9:59AM

    I agree-if nothing else they add the element of focus-which for me is so very necessary!

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GRLTAZ 6/8/2014 5:09PM

    Marianne, well said my dear friend, well said. The challenges help us focus on different parts of the whole that make for healthy living. Keep pushing ! That last 10# will drop away.

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PKCTTS 6/7/2014 11:11AM

    They seem to be an essential part of my staying at a healthy weight and fitness level. And I'm so glad that they so often include spending time with you. emoticon

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SHARONSPARKLE 6/6/2014 9:15PM

    You, my Spark Friend, always add to any Challenge you are involved with. It takes dependable people to make them work and you are one of the best! You will reach that final goal but in the mean time focus on your success and just emoticon

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YARNLOVINLIZZY 6/3/2014 10:12PM

    Well said and I agree completely!

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NHES220 6/3/2014 4:50PM

    I agree, the challenges help me reinforce my healthy habits. Good for you, you'll tackle that last 10 lbs!

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ROCKPORT9 6/3/2014 4:40PM

    emoticon Challenges can help you be more focused and build supportive friendships. emoticon Hugs, Laurel

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Two Years

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

What a lovely surprise from one of my teams this morning - a reminder that this is my two year anniversary of maintenance! emoticon

Even though I'm 10 lbs over my goal weight, I have kept 47 lbs off, so today I choose to celebrate that achievement. Tomorrow I can go back to lamenting the fact that I'm not perfect! emoticon

I have made so many changes in the nearly three years I've been with SparkPeople. I track my food daily, drink lots of water, and eat breakfast every day. I have developed the habit of daily deliberate exercise - no one is more surprised than I am!

So emoticon to SparkPeople, incredible team support, and the many friends I've made.

  
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THREEWHALES 4/15/2014 7:59PM

    emoticon Marianne!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 4/15/2014 7:37PM

    Congrats! Awesome job on the maintenance. You CAN do it.

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POPSY190 4/3/2014 2:57PM

    emoticon that's a wonderful achievement!

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MINNESOTATT 4/2/2014 7:27PM

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CHALLENGER15 4/2/2014 7:10AM

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DOGLADY13 4/1/2014 4:34PM

    Great! You are an inspiration.

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GRLTAZ 4/1/2014 3:51PM

    emoticon Fantastic accomplishment. Glad to know you Marianne ! You motivate me more than you know. thank you for that BTW. TC

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TRUNKJUNK 4/1/2014 2:34PM

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FITAT50 4/1/2014 1:16PM

    emoticon Congratulations!

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ROCKPORT9 4/1/2014 11:31AM

    You are wonderful! emoticon Hugs, Laurel

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TANYA602 4/1/2014 10:44AM

    What a wonderful way to start the new month! Congratulations on your achievements!
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PKCTTS 4/1/2014 10:35AM

    emoticon Way to go Marianne!

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Arts and Charms - Struggles With Crochet

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Hogwarts team offers some interesting challenges and I particularly like the Arts and Charms class; we tackle a different project every week. These projects have the additional benefit of keeping my hands too busy to snack! emoticon

While I sew and can knit a basic scarf, I have never crocheted before. I did not expect to have such a tough time! I watched the videos, looked at online demos and referred to a book I have. I even dropped in on our local Chat and Stitch club where a patient woman, old enough to be my mother, spent 90 minutes teaching me to do a few basic stitches. I could tell she thought I was hopeless! emoticon

When I reported my sad progress in team threads, several people offered support and helpful suggestions. I couldn't give up now!
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Last night and tonight I started all over again, until I finally produced something barely adequate. The pictures below show a couple of false starts and the final bracelet.


As frustrating as this experience was, it was a good lesson for this retired teacher. No one is good at everything, and everybody helps. Simple lessons I used to teach my students and a necessary reminder for me.

So thanks to the special Hogwartians for the encouragement, and to the other teams I've been neglecting this week, now you know why! emoticon

  
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GRLTAZ 3/24/2014 10:00AM

    Ahh, a lesson learned. Isn't life grand ? You did step out of your comfort zone and you can feel proud to have done that ! Tc

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PKCTTS 3/22/2014 12:28PM

    emoticon With all the things you are good at - I would have thought crochet would be a breeze. Wonder what the difference is. Crocheting is something even I can do.

So are you on a mission now? Or happy to put it away now that your one project is complete?

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MYLIBERTY 3/21/2014 6:25PM

    So true. There is a place for everyone because each person brings a special talent to this world.

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KIN59VARA 3/21/2014 4:36PM

    Sounds like a fun team! Good for you trying something new.

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JMOUSE99 3/21/2014 12:25PM

    That looks great Marianne! I remember crocheting when I was a teen, but I sure couldn't do it now without instruction. You must be proud of yourself for not giving up!
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MARUKI52 3/21/2014 10:25AM

    I learnt to crochet a few years ago and struggled at first until I found that,as having been a knitter first, if I put the hook in my right hand (being right handed) and then used the yarn in my left hand as I would if I were knitting - instead of moving the hook round the yarn I was putting the yarn round the hook - I was able to get on very well. It took a while to get my tension even but I mastered it and went on to successfully make a Doris Chan top for myself.

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DRADDIE 3/21/2014 10:10AM

    Way to go! I found crochet last year and have really enjoyed it! I picked up knitting too! Both of them require some good patience! Well done!

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ZOEANAEL 3/21/2014 8:52AM

    I started crochet in january and find it so relaxing! But I can't knit to save my life!

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HOLDINGMYOWN 3/21/2014 8:14AM

    emoticon it posted twice! It really must be emoticon eh?

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HOLDINGMYOWN 3/21/2014 8:13AM

    emoticon for hanging in there!! emoticon

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PEGGYO 3/21/2014 8:12AM

    you can do it!

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CHALLENGER15 3/21/2014 8:11AM

    I think it is MARVELOUS!

I have crocheted since my teens, and just recently my mom told me that she thought I "would never learn"! LOL! Knitting has not been the best experience, and even the knitting machine that my BF gave me is sitting in the closet! LOL!

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HSMOM2JE 3/21/2014 5:36AM

    Perseverance paid off--it looks very nice emoticon . Even those who have crocheted for a while (or any other craft), started at the beginning--nobody is perfect out of the starting gate..

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An Opportunity to Join Another Wonderful Team!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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With the start of 2014, I have been looking for new motivation, and new challenges. Several Spark friends have put a great new team together, Camp Wannaberfit, which I think combines the best from challenge teams I enjoy. As my friend, Pam (PCKTTS) says, "The team is about 2/3 full without going public. But we are still looking for some friends (both those we know and new ones) to join us. I'm just going to post the "Welcome" post here. It does a good job of describing the challenge."

Read the description below, and if this something you might be interested in, Sparkmail me and I'll get you an invitation.

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We are a group of Sparkers that decided we want to move beyond weekly weigh ins and weekly challenges built by someone else. We know that pounds are not the only way to measure success. We need the flexibility of taking Tuesday off from exercise some weeks and donít want to feel guilty about it. We know what works for us, what our time constraints are and what we enjoy doing.

We enjoy hanging out with an active team; we need the support and the fun. We are also just a bit competitive and appreciate the fact that having a team depending on us can push us to work just a little bit harder.

With those things in mind, we put together this team. Camp Wannabefit consists of several challenges in the form of camp activities. There are a variety of exercise activities for you to choose from that range from beginner to seasoned athlete in difficulty. You have several nutrition options as well. Then we threw in some of what we call Life Style activities so that you can work on everything from organizational skills, to getting that stack of books read, to doing some writing and self-reflection.

You will have the ability to build your own challenge each week or build your perfect week once and then just get it done. The activities are lead by folks with experience in their subjects. So, if, for instance you want to become a runner Ė we have a great camp counselor all lined up for you with a plan for meeting your running goals. Want to get your Ooommm on - we have yoga covered too. Cycling, Strength Training . . . yep, we have them.

Traveling this week? Cut back on your camp commitments . Need to get ready for an event? Hit it hard. Have a race this week - you wonít lose points for needing to load up on those carbs. In maintenance? Take a simple Healthy Habits challenge and then join the book club or work on some other life challenge.

Each activity has a point value Ė thatís where the challenge comes in. You will be part of a team that is counting on you to rack up those points each week. Bragging rights are a wonderful thing!!

Space is limited, but we are an ongoing challenge, so as folks move on to other things, we will fill their space with folks from our wait list.

The challenge will officially begin on Sunday, April 13th, but we will invite you to camp ahead of that date so that you can get settled in. Hope to see you there."

  
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PDQ1203 3/15/2014 8:16AM

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RONI122 3/12/2014 1:37PM

    Hey girlie!

I'm interested I the new team. Would love an invite.

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