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How to burn more calories

Friday, June 22, 2012

This is it!!!

Tomorrow we begin the Summer 5% Challenge, and I'm gearing UP! I'm committed to losing my 5% this time--NO EXCUSES!

Here's an SP article to help us get the most bang for our effort.


See you at the gym, on the track, & on the hiking trails!! emoticon

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COLUMBINE2 6/23/2012 8:56PM

    Great article!!! Thanks for sharing it. I got out the door & started up the mtn. today before I could talk myself out of it or get swamped w/work! It was totally awesome. Heard some wildlife walking on downed timber nearby, but nobody but hundreds of beautiful butterflies & me (& a lot of scat from various critters ) on my path. Endorphins were swimming in my bod!!!!

I've been buried in non-stop health insurance mistakes, transporting 40 miles DH to/from PT 3 times weekly (but my gym is within 2 miles of the PT...so I have been doing ST, thank goodness.) and trying to keep him on the sofa to heal.

Other than my stress-laden volunteer job, I'm out of excuses and hope to return to a more active life & can the "poor me, I really need some chocolate" song 'n dance routine! You'd give me a boot if you were here! lol

You will undoubtedly reach your 5% goal...you are made of pure steel determination. Your team is lucky to have you at the helm. Go, girl, go & keep us posted as you fly through the skies! !

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VETTRANGER 6/22/2012 9:56PM

    You definitely have the tools to do anything you want to. But I think you're probably at a good BMI now ... you're just playing with this as a game now I'm betting. ;-)

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    YOU can do this my friend! I am cheering you on all the way!!!!

You know what..I had read that article before, but had forgotten most of it! I am glad you reposted it...gives me many more ideas to add to my new routine!

Bless you!!!

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BBONET 6/22/2012 11:32AM

    Thanks! I really need all the help!! emoticon emoticon

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DRKYASHI 6/22/2012 9:45AM

    emoticonfor sharing!

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Wanting to post my goals for the Summer 5% Challenge, I began reading some of my earlier blogs to see what earlier goals have been. It's a great thing to do. I find that some "new" things to try have become regular habits now--like exercising 120 minutes a day at least 3 days of the week. That's the most we can log for a day in the challenge, and it's become one of my best weight loss boosters.

I want to incorporate into my Summer goals the "one word" I adopted for the year 2012 in January--ACTION.

Since winters in Michigan are a time of hibernation for me, summers are the natural time for outdoor activities.

Besides tracking my meals each day, and making a big effort to stay within my calorie guidelines, I will:

Put my feet on the ground in some kind of activity for at least 60 minutes each day; some I think I'll enjoy that will be a step up from my winter activities:

Running (slow)
Walking with poles
Walking to the grocery store and back carrying a few groceries
Pilates outside
Yoga outside
Meditation outside (no exercise min., but great to do)

Ready, Set, Go! Let's get this challenge party started!!!

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    READY! SET! ACTION!!! That is the goal for me as well. You have been so successful and I am so glad to have stopped by and found this blog...reminds me..to keep moving my booty!

Love you girl!



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THISTIMEMYWAY 6/18/2012 11:04AM

    Thanks for sharing. I'm figuring out my goals for the challenge right now! emoticon
We are going to rock this challenge! emoticon

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FLORIDASUN 6/18/2012 9:51AM

    It's SO true...every little healthy habit that we replace with unhealthy habits take us closer to our dreams and goals. I'm right there with you on your action plan. I'm committing to at least 30 minutes on our treadmill daily...even if I have to do it in 15 minute intervals...our life is a mile a minute..but you HAVE to schedule health time..otherwise it just doesn't happen. Hugs to you dear Teddy friend...I'm cheering you on throughout the entire challenge! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ADRIENALINE 6/17/2012 8:26PM

    Up and Out. Let's all get moving! Go emoticon's!

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 6/17/2012 12:07PM

    Sounds like you on Target! Good luck achieving your personal goals.
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BRAVERUDE 6/17/2012 11:12AM

    I'm in!

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VETTRANGER 6/17/2012 10:57AM

    You just about tired me out just reading your blog! LOL

It may be two or three weeks before I get much time for real exercise again, but I'm at least squeezing in some push up and sit ups every day.

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BBONET 6/17/2012 10:25AM

    Hey Jonnie!!! I did it!!! Thanks!!! Action is the main ingredient here--- I am going to write down my goal and follow through!!!!
Let's get moving!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GOODGETNBETR 6/17/2012 8:05AM

    Action is key to making things change. emoticon on the new habit. Keep up the good work.

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MAGGIE101857 6/17/2012 7:13AM

    I agree - let's get this party started!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I'm not getting any SP emails

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Here we go again. Is it just me or is anyone else noticing a lack of SP emails?

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VETTRANGER 6/1/2012 11:00PM

    Just dropping in to say Hi. Been super busy lately, as I essentially have two jobs now. LOL Hope all is going well!

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BBONET 5/13/2012 7:52PM

    Yeah this is true. I seem to be getting them just once a week now!! OH well we complain if we get to much and then we complain we don't get any!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JAZZEJR 5/13/2012 7:54AM

    Yes, you were right, MommyJayJay, they were being spammed--all of them. I don't know how that happened. I had to look quite a ways down into it before I found them. Hmmmm.

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VETTRANGER 5/9/2012 9:10PM

    I used to get three per day. Now its down to two most days, but occasionally just one. I depend on thsoe for a couple of extra points! LOL

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BRAVERUDE 5/8/2012 10:38PM

    I would be happy with fewer emails in a day... (!!)

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4EVER21B 5/8/2012 3:57PM

    Yep, I am not getting the newsletter type ones.

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MOMMYJAYJAY 5/8/2012 12:09PM

    I just noticed some in my spam folder. You might check there.

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COLUMBINE2 5/8/2012 12:07PM

    I am getting emails, but I'm having trouble tracking.....takes a long time. I keep hoping it'll smooth itself out.

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TKTMTA 5/8/2012 11:46AM

    I haven't been getting as many as I used to.

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Is it my computer or an SP problem?

Sunday, May 06, 2012

All day today I have not been able to bring up my favorites or groupings in the Food Tracker. It just sits there trying to bring it up and never does. I also couldn't post a comment to a friend's status on his page (although I was able to write comments at the bottom), but I could comment on his status in my Friend Feed. Strange.

Hope I don't have a virus. I ran a scan, but no problems came up.

Did anyone else notice anything strange today on the site, or is yours working normally?


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    You know lately I have been having issues with spark...I wish they could figure this out for good. Glad you having an easier time!

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BARBAELLEN 5/25/2012 7:52PM

    It's not you. Sometimes I think Spark's ambition exceeds its technical sufficiency!

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HEALTHYBARB1 5/25/2012 4:20PM

    I keep getting a notice on my computer that I am using way to much space and power when I am on spark. I think there are just so many of us doing so many things here that our computers get bogged down with it all. Hope everything is better tomorrow. I think it is spark not our computers!!

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FLORIDASUN 5/25/2012 8:06AM

    I have a bad BAD feeling that all of the advertisements that are POPPING up EVERYWHERE on the site are sucking the living life out of it. Boooooo but that's the price you pay for no member charges. Spark on! emoticon

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JAZZEJR 5/6/2012 6:08PM

    Thanks, Everyone. You were right--SP is running on all cylinders today. Thanks for putting my mind at ease. Just checked my email selections (in Start) and somehow "Never mail me again" had been checked!! So that may have happened to you too, Iafarmerwife. emoticon

Comment edited on: 5/6/2012 6:18:02 PM

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REJ7777 5/6/2012 4:57PM

    I had problems yesterday or the day before. Spark was very slow. Sometimes they do site maintenance. They vary maintenance times so that it doesn't affect the same regions every time. Unless there really IS a problem with your computer, things should be back to normal shortly.

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COLUMBINE2 5/6/2012 4:16PM

    I had trouble, too, but thought it was the Fitness Fairy reminding me that if I'd trade fitness for even just 1/2 the time I spend on SP, I'd be in the Olympics!

But I love my SP friends so much...and they (including YOU!) inspire me so much!

And I appreciate SP so very much that I'm hesitant to complain about such a great service they provide (especially free!). Hope your computer is humming along right now and sparking you on!

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BBONET 5/6/2012 2:14PM

    I have also had most of these problems and then it just kicks you off the site. Hopefully, they will fix the problem soon-so we can continue to spark. I have also stopped receiving the daily emails. emoticon

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JLPARKHURST 5/6/2012 9:08AM

    I seem to have problems every other day just on this site. Sometimes it runs slow, sometimes only certain things on here run slow...and sometimes they just don't come up at all. Have a great day!

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IAFARMERWIFE 5/6/2012 8:34AM

    I've been having problems as well. I thought it was my server, but I think it's this site. I'm not getting any emails either, have they quit doing that?

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YIWEN39 5/6/2012 5:20AM

    I had problems for 2 or 3 days last week, so I'm guessing SP... wait awhile and see.
Good luck!

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SAFETYSUE 5/6/2012 2:09AM

    I frequently have issues with something not working right and it is frustrating. Wait and see if these problems continue tomorrow before worrying about it being a virus. Tonight I didn't have any problems, other nights things were so slow that I couldn't finish before midnight. They keep improving it and it has been getting better all along.
Good kick, hope you have better luck tomorrow!
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SMILES650 5/6/2012 1:34AM

  I had problems yesterday, I believe they are changing things around a little, so I'm thinking that it is SP, not your computer. emoticon

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7 Steps to a Healthful Weight

Thursday, May 03, 2012

From Dr. Weil's daily tips:

We all know the "secret" of successful weight loss: Eat less and exercise more. It's not always easy, but by adopting healthy eating habits and a regular exercise routine, you are sure to lose weight without depriving yourself of nourishing, satisfying food. And if you continue those good habits after you reach your goal, you will have an excellent chance of maintaining your desired weight. Here are some tips for successful weight loss:

Avoid artificial sweeteners and synthetic fat substitutes. They are unhealthy and don't help you develop good eating habits.

Dietary supplements or "fat-burning herbs" are usually just stimulants - don't rely on them. The pounds will surely return once you've stopped taking them.

Build lean body mass. Strength training burns excess calories and influences the way your brain regulates hunger, making you less susceptible to food cravings. Try lifting weights that are slightly heavier than you are used to for a rep or two, to challenge your muscles.

Kick up your heels. Dancing is another great way to expend calories - an hour of fast-paced dancing can burn 400-500 calories, plus it's fun!

Pay attention to the mental and spiritual aspects of weight control. Use relaxation exercises, instead of food, to combat anxiety.

Avoid late-night eating. The snack foods we consume when sitting in front of the television or to curb a craving tend to be heavy on processed carbs and inflammatory fats. Plan your dinner at a time that does not leave you hungry before bed, and if you must snack, opt for a piece of fruit or a handful of almonds.

As you lose the weight, don't become too impatient to reach your goal. You may be dissatisfied with your body, but it is beautiful just the same.


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LUVPOETESS 5/26/2012 7:17AM

    Do you mean to tell me that the NO SUGAR ADDED sweet potato pies are worse for me than those with real sugar? Oh my, what will I do ??? ( 'cause I'm surely not giving up the sweet p pie LOL).

Seriously though, do I eat "real" sugar instead?

These are great tips J. You're always on top of the good info. That's only one reason you're one of my favorite Sparkers.

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VETTRANGER 5/9/2012 9:14PM

    I'll have to admit that I've been on diet drinks lately. With the work schedule I've devoted myself too, sadly there are days when I've propped my eyes open with the caffeinne and hung on until the work was done. Luckily that's a short term solution and I know that. I won't be hooked. LOL However, I've done a lot of research in the past on artificial sweeteners and I'm not convinced yet that they are the terrible influence that they're being made out as. Some of the test showing problems remind me of the cyclimate tests of the late 60s-early 70s. The portions fed to test animals are hundreds of times what even a heavy drinker of diet drinks would intake in a day.

I'm not saying they are completely safe, but I haven't been convinced yet by the evidence, and I'm the kind of guy who normally gets it right when evaluating those kinds of studies.

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BRAVERUDE 5/3/2012 10:58AM

    Thanks for the healthy reminders! Why are you up at 3 a.m.?? emoticon

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    These are all so true. My biggest struggle is being patient. Losing weight is like watching paint dry. It just seems like it takes a long time--week in and week out.

I'm so used to instant gratification, so if I behave for a week I expect a reward on the scale in proportion to my effort. As we all know, it doesn't work like that and then it's easy to lose focus. Hopefully, I can continue to follow these tips and find a way to stay consistent in the long run.

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 5/3/2012 5:58AM

    These are great! Love the wellness one and how it ties into our living the good life challenge this week!

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YIWEN39 5/3/2012 4:06AM

    Good advice Jazz ;-)

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