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BLC10: POP Challenge (Fierce Fuchsia Feline Face-off : Team Cougar) MEEEEOOOWWW!

Friday, May 01, 2009

Are you ready for the POP Challenge? (Runs Sat a.m. - Tues p.m. May 2-5)
I CAN’T HEAR YOUUUUUUUUUU!!!!! Well, you know how when you apply some heat to a kernel of popcorn and then … POP! That's just what we need to do in order to generate some serious heat to get POPing so we can burn baby burn those calories. The Team that burns the most calories divided by the total number on the team wins! Well, we all actually win, but you know you want the bragging rights, ya know ya do!!!!

Oh yeah, game on, woo-hoo! Team Kittens against Team Cougars, let the fur fly!!!

And just so we can stir up a little trouble amongst ourselves, be sure to POPover to the POPulace (your fellow felines) and POP off about how much POPing you did to the POPeyed POPulation. POPpycock you say?!? Well, we’ll just see who’s been POPularizing the POPping to win the POP Weekend Challenge.
You can use Spark or the link below to figure your calories burned (and no, housecleaning doesn’t count, it needs to be exercise related activities or heavy yard work like leaf raking; things that get your heart rate up or work to strengthen those muscles).

Easy enough, right? So get ready to start POPing Saturday morning up until midnight Tuesday and feel that body burn off those calories!!
(You'll post your results on your tracking thread on Wed same day as weigh-in.)

- OMEOW_ (Debbie)
- KPACE7 (Karen)
- 3aussies (Ellen)
- tekru1 (Terry)
- Frankiefrog (Frankie)
- Hokiegal88 (Tricia)
- MVMEME (Margaret)

OK Cougars, we gotta show those kittens who they're messing with, right? While they're all over there getting into the Catnip, we'll be out chasing our pray and burning up calories. And don't forget to get in your catnaps and spend a little stretching time on the ole scratching post, OK. Come Cougars, let me hear you ROAR!!!

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KPACE7 5/1/2009 8:21PM

    This is a PURRRfect challenge for us. I'm getting my housework done tonight (Friday) to leave more exercise time for the weekend.

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VHASKEW36 5/1/2009 7:58PM

    This challenge sounds very interesting. Good luck with it. God bless, Ginny

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My first 3D Spark encounter!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

I've been so jealous of all those who've been able to meet their fellow Sparkers and now, no more! I had the absolute pleasure of meeting one of my bestest buds, Nancy (GOZELDA) on Wednesday when she came out for a work trip. We "met" about a year ago in the "villes" and then moved on over to the BLC where we were both Pixies the first year the team was formed. Oh yes, way back when and here we are today, still Sparkin'.

I have to say, it felt like we'd known each other forever - it's amazing how close we get through Spark and make these wonderful connections. And yes, Nancy, is just as wonderful in person!!! emoticon emoticon Nancy, you are the emoticon emoticon

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KARMADRAGON8 3/30/2009 9:25AM

    That is so cool that you guys got to meet up. I'm so jealous.

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GOZELDA 3/14/2009 5:20PM

    Debbie, I felt the same way about meeting you!! It did feel like I'd known you forever. Hopefully I will have more work trips to SF so we can hang out at Peet's!

You totally rock!!! On line, or in-person, it doesn't matter....



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SUZIEQIAM 3/13/2009 10:55AM

    Hi Debbi, I came across your page by surfing SP and saw this post...It made me so excited to read it because I too am going to meet some of my fellow Sparkers on April 25 this year! We are having our first Spark Rally for Georgia then...So far, there are about 11 of us signed up for it. The great thing is, it is right here in my own town! emoticon

I also read your blog about your mom. I can relate with you there too. I lost my mom to Leukemia at the early age of 10. She was such a beautiful person, inside and out. She was only 36 years old. They were not nearly as advanced in the knowledge back then...So it was a certain doom for her. Cancer research has come a long way...Thank the good Lord!
I hope you helped raise lots of money for the cure. emoticon

Comment edited on: 3/13/2009 10:58:54 AM

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SKINNYSOON13 3/13/2009 12:20AM

    YAY!!!! It's soooooo much fun meeting SPARKfriends - especially the ones you REALLY know and love!!!! I can't wait to meet 2-3 more in May!!!

BTW - I love that new background picture! :-)

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Interested vs. Committed

Friday, February 20, 2009

I found this on another team but it struck me and I wanted to post it as a reminder:

If you're "Interested" in losing weight...
... You stick with it only until something better comes along (such as doughnuts)
... How you feel determines your outcome. If you don't 'feel like it', you stop your efforts.
... You need to see results. When the scale doesn't move, you lose your motivation.
... You blame everything else (people, travel, circumstances) for your struggles with staying on program.
... Whenever you face challenges in life, you give up and plan you'll start your program again tomorrow.


If you're "Committed" to losing weight...
... Nothing stops your efforts. You stick with your program, "no matter what."
... Emotions don't control your actions. You stay on track even when you don't feel like it.
... Your motivation isn't linked to the scale. You assume that if you stay motivated and work hard, you'll eventually see results.
... You don't depend on other people for your success. You know it's up to you, not them.
... A bad day or a lot of challenges don't affect your efforts. You keep going in spite of it.

** So which one are you? "Interested or Committed"??

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LOGHOUSE 3/16/2009 11:54PM

    Wow. What a great Blog Post.

Up until I got completely fed up with being a "fat guy", I was interested. Then, after many, many failed attempts, and finally getting completely fed up, I became committed. And though this time around I've sometimes not felt like it, and though often people seem to flaunt doughnuts, cupcakes and pizza in my face (yes, even my wife), and though the scale sometimes either doesn't move, or moves in the wrong direction, THIS TIME, I've never blamed anyone or anything. Nore have I given ups and said "I'll start again tomorrow. THIS TIME I am kicking the fat guy's A$$ right out of my body, and THIS TIME I WILL WIN !!!

Thanks for helping me stay motivated.

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S318830 3/16/2009 11:09PM

    Wow. That's totally true! I can see the me who failed time and again in the "interested" category. And I can see the me who got me where I am today in the "committed" category. There are a few posts I made in my blog over time that said a lot of that. It's nice to see it summed up so succinctly. Thanks!

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SKINNYSOON13 2/23/2009 1:28AM

    all I know is that I am SOOOOOO CUTE! :-)

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JUDYGREG 2/22/2009 12:42PM

    Two days ago I was committed. Last night I was interested! LOL
It changes from day to day, so I am INTERESTED in being COMMITTED to losing weight!

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ARQUETTEZ 2/21/2009 12:14PM

    I am getting more and more commited... it's hard to stay commited, but I am getting closer! Thanks for the reminder! ;)

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JUST_BEACHY! 2/21/2009 1:25AM

    I am interested but I want to become committed!

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TESSYGIRL4 2/20/2009 10:34PM

    I wasn't always but I am now 100% COMMITTED!

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MEYLOSE 2/20/2009 9:55PM

    I'm Committed, nothings going to stop me now.

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COLLIEMOM1 2/20/2009 9:51PM

    I am definitely committed, now. Thanks for sharing this! How are you doing this Biggest Loser Challenge?

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CHESHIRECAT913 2/20/2009 7:49PM

    I think I'm FINALLY heading over to the Committed Stage. Whoo, no fear of commitment will keep me away! I spent a LONG time in The Interested Stage though and still have my moments.

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PUPPYWHISPERS 2/20/2009 7:33PM

    I'm kind of suspended between both. I tend to lean towards wanting to give up when the going gets tough, but I never do and here I still am. So I guess I'm committed to being interested in losing weight.

Ya miss me, I know ya do! emoticon

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BIGGIRL2082010 2/20/2009 7:17PM

    Hahaha - sorry, Debbie, I think I fall in the "Interested" camp right now - got majorly sidetracked by a BIG bag of Ripple potato chips earlier this week, and right now I'm gleefully eyeing hamburgers - homemade, tiny ones, but still burgers! :)


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Why did the chicken cross the road? (little humor for our US voters)

Tuesday, November 04, 2008


BARACK OBAMA: The chicken crossed the road because it was time for change! The chicken wanted change!

JOHN MCCAIN: My friends, that chicken crossed the road because he was a maverick chicken, and he wanted to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all the chickens on the other side of the road.

SARAH PALIN: The chicken had to cross the road because he was not able to find a bridge. Alaskans do not build bridges to nowhere. If he wanted a bridge, he'd have to build it himself.

JOE BIDEN: The chicken crossed the road because he was heading back to Scranton.

HILLARY CLINTON: When I was First Lady, I personally helped that little chicken cross the road. This experience makes me uniquely qualified to ensure right from Day One that every chicken in this country gets the chance it deserves to cross the road. But then, this really isn't about me.

GEORGE W. BUSH: We don't really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road, or not. The chicken is either for us or against us. There is no middle ground here.

DICK CHENEY: Where's my gun?

COLIN POWELL: Now, to the left of the screen, you can clearly see the satellite image of the chicken crossing the road.

BILL CLINTON: I did not cross the road with that chicken. What is your definition of chicken?

AL GORE: I invented the chicken.

JOHN KERRY: Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road, I am now against it! It was the wrong road to cross, and I was misled about the chicken's intentions. I am not for it now, and will remain against it.

AL SHARPTON: Why are all the chickens white? We need some black chickens.

DR. PHIL: The problem we have here is that this chicken won't realize that he must first deal with the problem on this side of the road before it goes after the problem on the other side of the road. What we need to do is help him realize how stupid he's acting by not taking on his current problems before adding new problems.

OPRAH: Well, I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is why he wants to cross this road so bad. So instead of having the chicken learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I'm going to give this chicken a car so that he can just drive across the road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens.

ANDERSON COOPER, CNN: We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not yet been allowed to have access to the other side of the road.

NANCY GRACE: That chicken crossed the road because he's guilty! You can see it in his eyes and the way he walks.

PAT BUCHANAN: To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American.

JERRY FALWELL: Because the chicken was gay! Isn't it obvious? Can't you people see the plain truth in front of your face? The chicken was going to the "other side." That's what "they" call it-the "other side." Yes, my friends, that chicken is gay. And, if you eat that chicken, you will become gay too. I say we boycott all chickens until we sort out this abomination that the liberal media whitewashes with seemingly harmless phrases like "the other side." That chicken should not be free to cross the road. It's as plain and simple as that.

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR: I envision a world where all chickens will be free to cross without having their motives called into question.

MARTHA STEWART: No one called me to warn me which way that chicken was going. I had a standing order at the Farmer's Market to sell my eggs when the price dropped to a certain level. No little bird gave me any insider information.

DR SEUSS: Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I've not been told.

ERNEST HEMINGWAY: To die in the rain, alone.

GRANDPA: In my day we didn't ask why the chicken crossed the road. Somebody told us the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough.

RALPH NADER: Chickens are misled into believing there is a road by the evil tiremakers. Chickens aren't ignorant, but our society pays tiremakers to create the need for these roads and then lures chickens into believing there is an advantage to crossing them. Down with the roads, up with chickens.

BARBARA WALTERS: Isn't that interesting? In a few moments, we will be listening to the chicken tell, for the first time, the heart warming story of how it experienced a serious case of molting, and went on to accomplish its lifelong dream of crossing the road.

ARISTOTLE: It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.

JOHN LENNON: Imagine all the chickens in the world crossing roads together, in peace.

BILL GATES: I have just released eChicken2008, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents, and balance your checkbook. Internet Explorer is an integral part of eChicken2008. This new platform is much more stable and will never reboot.

ALBERT EINSTEIN: Did the chicken really cross the road, or did the road move beneath the chicken?

COLONEL SANDERS: Did I miss one?!?

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JUST_BEACHY! 1/4/2009 4:59AM

    OMG, just saw this on your page. How funny. Thanks for the laugh, after the day I had I needed it.

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SKINNYSOON13 12/10/2008 9:31PM

    Oh Lordy! You got into my stash! :-)

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BIGGIRL2082010 12/5/2008 10:30AM

    Ohmygoodness - that was funny! Thanks! :)


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CUPCAKE_PIRATE 12/1/2008 8:26PM

    lmao!!! I think my favorite is Dr. Suess :)

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CHESHIRECAT913 11/9/2008 6:11PM

    Haha, awesome. What is a chicken to do?

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_THEA_ 11/6/2008 3:46PM posted a blog!!!! Woo Hoo!!!

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WINKERDINK 11/4/2008 8:02PM

    This is great, thanks for the chuckle!

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6-week pushup plan

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

UGH, PUSHUPS! I've always resisted doing these because I just don't enjoy them but I'm at a point where I don't enjoy the lack of strength to do them and I know they can do great things for how your upper body looks and feels. So, I'm officially starting this program Aug 5 where I can do 2 real pushups before I shake and drop to the ground in a heap. I'm hoping that doing this program in conjunction with some other BLC teams, will help turn me into a pushup machine! And maybe even do handstand pushups! (Dare to dream, right)

Instructions for "good-form" push ups
Lie prone on the ground with hands placed as wide or slightly wider than shoulder width. Keeping the body straight, lower body to the ground by bending arms at the elbows. Raise body up off the ground by extending the arms.

Body weight should be lifted by the arms; don't be tempted to use your butt, stomach or the lower half of your body to pull yourself up. To maintain correct body alignment, imagine a straight line running from your head down to your ankles.

"Knee" push ups - to reduce the lifting load by about 50% you can do the same exercise, but do it on your knees. Keeping a straight line from neck to torso is still important, so please pay attention to correct body alignment as you perform your workout.

"Knuckle" push ups - don't worry, these are not just for the hard-core push up folks. Some people experience wrist discomfort as they perform "good-form" push ups, but by closing your hands and making a fist, your body weight ends up on your knuckles instead of your palms, thus avoiding the wrist extension motion. Note: Please be sure to do this type of push up on a padded mat, plush carpet or even better a rolled up towel.

"Bench" push ups - you can also use a low bench or chair to support your arms while you perform either regular push ups or "knee" push ups. This type of push up allows you to really concentrate on the push up motion; all without the strain of the regular version. Note: Please be sure the bench or chair is stable and secure before you perform the push ups.

"Wall" push ups - if all the above options are still too challenging, one final variation exists. The "wall" push up dramatically reduces the pressure on the arms, upper back and abs. The closer you stand to the wall, the easier they are to perform, but remember, it's still important to be aware of your body alignment as you perform the "wall" push up. As you gain strength and confidence, move your feet slightly further away from the wall to make the workout more challenging. Feel free to consider moving to the "bench" or "knee" style push ups once your initial strength has increased.

Here's another link showing pushup variations:

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YOOHOORENEE 8/6/2008 5:17PM

    emoticon for sharing that site. That is awesome and I think I'm going to try that too...I have made a note and I'm going to look into it more later.

Good luck on your journey!

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TWINKS55 8/6/2008 4:58PM

    All the best in your pursuit of the perfect Push Up! LOL!
I love the way you challenge yourself.
Thank you for the excellent info on Push Ups!!


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