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Here's a Great Exercise Challenge

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Do you need to be motivated to exercise? Competition is a great motivator. I have started up a team because I really need to get more into exercise. I really hope I get enough members to begin the challenge. This is for fun. You can be a Colt or a Saint. The team with the most exercise wins. Here is a link to the new team, Carry On The Superbowl Spirit Challenge, --
Two teams, one goal: to get in the most exercise minutes in a week. Help your team and share the pride!!!!! It doesn't matter what the exercises are, as long as you're working out!

As soon as we get 5 members on each team, we can begin the challenge. Click on the link and join today! emoticon

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NELSONBRATS4 2/26/2010 2:33PM

    This has absolutely been a great motivator! Thanks for starting it up!

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PEDIPOD 2/11/2010 5:33PM

    I don't think I can add enough to be useful, but I will root for you!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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782298 2/11/2010 6:56AM

    Great idea.

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My Biggest Loser Summer Challenge: Do You Really Want To Lose?

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

I am writing this blog for my Cranberry team. The week 8 challenge is to write a blog about my reflections on this summer challenge.

Honestly, I haven't challenged myself enough this summer. I began it, thinking that I would reach my goal weight of 125 lbs. without much trouble at all. This is the eighth week into the 10-week challenge and I have had to drop my expectations.

I just finished writing a blog for my Class of Jan. 26-31 Team, reflecting my 6-months with Sparkpeople. All of this reflecting has shocked me into action. I want to do this, not only for my teams, but also for myself. I can do this if I stay with my plans. I'm not giving up! I want to reach my goal weight more than ever now.

My new goal for the remaining weeks is to drop a half pound per week. My strategy is to walk at least 15 miles per week, strength train twice a week, eat 5 fruits/vegetables a day, and drink 8 cups water each day.

I want to thank my teams here on Sparkpeople. I wouldn't even be trying right now if it weren't for your challenges and encouragements and seeing your successes. We can all be successful.

Here's a message to anyone struggling in the challenge: stand up, dust yourself off, make your own goals for the remainder of this challenge and head for just that. Finish this challenge with a smile on your face, knowing that you have given the last few weeks your best!!!!!! You can do it! emoticon

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MIMZY08 8/2/2009 9:16AM

    Your attitude ROCKS! Way to go! You CAN do this!

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PEDIPOD 7/28/2009 12:26PM

    Oh, thank you, Sweet Coffeecake!! We needed that!
Your enthusiasm is contagious and wonderful!

I DO want it! I think I am doing the right things as well, but that blasted little icon is so STICKY!!! I want to kick its little but the way Jillian Michaels kicks ours!

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DIVA26 7/28/2009 11:42AM

    Love it! Will do exactly that!

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Six Months With Sparkpeople

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Well, it's been six months since I've started with Sparkpeople. Time enough to see that I have some things in my life to work on more. Sparkpeople has taught me some great lessons. The best lesson is to never give up. I am not giving up on being fit and healthy.

I see so many of my Sparkpeople classmates that have lost 20, 30, 40, and 50 pounds on here. I am so happy for them!!!! They are living proof that this program can work for me.

To my teammates-- I feel that I have let you down. I do have energy and spirit for this, but I keep allowing my emotions and old habits to get in the way.

Since this is my 6-month anniversary with Sparkpeople(I love this site and feel grateful that it costs nothing to be a member), I am thinking of this as a new beginning. I am getting ready to start all over, with the streaks and goals. I am starting at the bottom level, anxious to make my way steadily to the top level and reach my goal weight in reality. I'm not just wanting this, I'm doing this!!!!!!

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CORNPICKER73 8/24/2009 9:05PM

    I'm with you, friend. Way to keep moving forward, despite the ups and downs, and learning all the way. Many hugs to you! emoticon

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TEA_NUT 8/19/2009 9:43AM

    emoticon, way to go in re-committing!!! It's been slow going for me also. I'm going to re-commit right along with you...thank you for this motivating blog!

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AMYMLE 7/29/2009 11:32PM

    OK, THIS is the spunky Coffeecake I've come to know and love! I can tell you're ready to kick some fat cell butt! Focus like a laser beam on your goals, be purposeful with each bite of food, each sip of water and each minute of exercise. Remember to pay attention to different kinds of progress besides the scale...inches, the fit of clothes, rings getting looser, and the new health assessments on the SparkPeople goals/records page (push ups, sit ups, energy level, etc.). I think that could encourage you in your journey.

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DARKBUNNY 7/28/2009 5:24PM

  Don't be silly! You haven't let us down at all! *big hug* You're going to reach your goals and Team Cranberry is going to be there with you every step of the way


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PEDIPOD 7/28/2009 12:32PM

    You are great to re-commit with such energy and focus and I do know that you will continue to succeed, family, life changes, and emotions aside. I am personally glad to have your energy and encouragement as part of our emoticon. I will be right there cheering when you cross your finish line!

-- Don't forget -- it is not the total pounds lost, but the percentage of loss relative to the start weight. Hard as it is for anyone to achieve major life change of activity and diet, a pound loss for those of us who are still very obese, is relatively less of our body weight than for others. We don't tend to compare percentage loss or drop in BMI -- but those would help you to feel in a better comparative position.

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Trouble Goals

Friday, June 05, 2009

I have just read an article from my start page about trouble goals. In the Spark Diet section of the start page, it states that I am in stage 3 of 4--Lifestyle Change . I have been prompted to write a blog about my "trouble goals". I am having trouble with this(ha!). Seriously, I am thinking, what am I actually having a hard time with? For the past 3 weeks, I have been operating on autopilot. I have not been keeping to my goals. My plan on my sparkpage is to do cardio 30 min. for 6 days/week and to strength train 3 times/week. The plan is also to stay within my 1200-1550 calorie range. I have not been keeping with my plan. I have lost motivation. What is the catalyst? I am trying my hardest right now to answer this.
I believe I have lost sight of the importance of being healthy. Personally, the past few weeks have been geared toward getting things ready for my dad's and stepmom's visit. Also, I have been in-between challenges. I have grown lax in my routine, so much that there 'is no routine'! Sad, sad, sad!!!!! My body is crying right now. emoticon

Today is my weigh-in day. I dread it so much! It will show the results of not sticking to my plan. I feel like I have let myself AND my teammates down.

Here's a positive note to turn all this around! Today is the beginning of a new challenge for me! This is my time to begin again, fresh and new! I am a returning Biggest Loser Team member, a Cranberry(go Cranberries!), and there is a great 10-week challenge ahead of me. I am happy to be on this team. Challenge through teamwork is my special key to success. Through the efforts of the Spring Challenge, I was able to lose close to 10 pounds, run a 5K in 32.5 minutes, build some muscle, and feel a great sense of pride.

Beginning today, I am facing these 'trouble goals' head-on. I plan to make my health a priority. Through this summer challenge I plan to reach my goal weight and finish a true winner!!!! Most important, though, is my plan to stay consistent in eating right and getting and keeping my body in shape. emoticon

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AMYMLE 6/5/2009 2:20PM

    I can "hear" the determination in your "voice." Turn it around, girl! You can do it! emoticon

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CORNPICKER73 6/5/2009 1:22PM

    It is amazing how similar we are-- not only on our weight loss goals, but that we've both been in a bad rut lately. I'm so happy to be a Cranberry with you for the next 10 weeks. I know we can turn it around! emoticon

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DARKBUNNY 6/5/2009 11:22AM

  Way to go! And way to get back on track! We're going to kick some tail this challenge!

You're message was the perfect motivator to start the challenge with emoticon

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DIVA26 6/5/2009 10:30AM

    I have been feeling exactly the same way as you and I appreciate your positive message at the end. Losing weight is hard and staying on track even harder but it really is worth it in the end.

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W8WHITTILER 6/5/2009 8:24AM

    Love it!
The attitude is everything..and you finished on a very postitive note..there is really nothing else to add or say..
You are going to go far on this challenge, reach that goal and I will see you on the top of the stairs doing the victory dance from Rocky!
Go shine, it's your turn!

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A Great Challenge

Friday, May 08, 2009

This Spring has truly been eventful for me. I joined the Cranberries, one of the sixteen 2009 Biggest Loser Spring Into Shape teams at the end of February 2009. The time that I have put into this challenge has been well spent. I have made some great friends while being on the team. Their kind words of encouragement and their strong competitiveness has kept me eager to do more and strive harder with each new challenge.

I really enjoyed the weekly interteam challenges that were laid out. I especially enjoyed the strength exercises that were required to do in three of those challenges. Those exercises were all found in the SparkPeople Library! I just loved doing those exercises so well that I have saved them to use as three strength workouts: abdominals, lower body strength, and upper body strength using dumbells. I have a Total Gym at home. Before the Biggest Loser Challenge, I thought nothing could give me as good a workout as my Total Gym. SparkPeople proved me wrong! I could feel my muscles building and tightening after each session.

Another great advantage of being a Cranberry was using the Cranberry Weigh- In Message Board. I was able to weekly record my weight, strength exercise minutes, cardio minutes, and interteam challenge information. It showed my participation that I have given to the team. It kept me accountable and wanting to do my best for the team. I admire teamwork.

I have benefited so much by being on this team!

1. I am being more consistent than ever in tracking my nutrition and fitness.
2. I have found out that the SparkPeople Library has many valuable strength exercises.
3. I started a 10-week journey with complete strangers and have made some good friends while being challenged together along the way.
4. I have become more fit and lean.
5. I am ready to take on another challenge!

Thanks, to ALL who made this possible!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

PLAYFULLKITTY 5/10/2009 10:14AM

    That is awesome :) Keep up the good work.

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AMYMLE 5/8/2009 3:07PM

    Sounds like you found your niche and hit your groove. emoticon

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DIVA26 5/8/2009 10:38AM

    I am so glad that you have enjoyed being a cranberry!!

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