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The Lifehacker Workout Starts Monday, So Get Ready!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Who's with me?
Ready to get fit with us? Good, because The Lifehacker Workout, our group exercise program, is about to begin. Starting Monday, October 24, make sure you have at least 30 minutes free. Here's what you'll need to get ready:

The Lifehacker Workout is designed for minimal equipment, but you will need to find or order:

* a deck of cards for the Wednesday Deck of Cards Workout
* a pedometer or smartphone app to track your distance for your walk or runs (many running and walking apps have those built in)
* Optional: If you decide to do jump ropes instead of jumping jacks you'll need a jump rope. If you decide to do the additional targeted day, you'll need access to dumbbells, a bench, and a pull-up bar.

Also, if you have an iPhone, download the previously mentioned Fleetly app. This is optional, but a big help because you can view the Lifehacker Workout and exercises on the phone.

If you don't have an iPhone, you can see the workouts at the Fleetly website. So go there and join up. There you can also view and join the Lifehacker Challenge: Join us in sticking to the regimen for at least a month and get your badge. We'll be logging our workouts too.

That's it! On Monday we'll be back with more fitness inspiration. If you have any questions or comments please post them below; otherwise, see you then!
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HJFOGARTY 10/21/2011 8:18PM

    sounds cool good luck and enjoy

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Spark cookbook for iPod

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

I bought and downloaded the new Sparkpeople cookbook for my iPod touch and most likely I will order the hardback edition too. Yes it is a little hard to follow on the tiny iPod touch screen but it will come in handy when I'm in the store and need ingredients.

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K__IERRA123 10/18/2011 10:50AM

    What a great idea!

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Make and Use Ranger Beads to Measure Your Walking Distance

Monday, October 17, 2011

Another one from Lifehacker VERY INTERESTING I might add. Too bad SparkPeople won't address the last article I questioned them on.


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VIMVIGOR 11/15/2011 9:13AM

Very interesting! I imagine it would be very useful for counting a multitude of things. I immediately wanted one for counting laps - I always lose count when doing them. Thanks for the information. Cheryl

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EBPOOKIE 10/19/2011 12:21AM

    No they won't slide i have one i use for water like Carrie mentioned so you can use this. When i walked the relay for life i took a lanyard and for every lap i did on the track i got a bead each bead was a 1/4 of mile 4 = 1 mile i ended up doing 9 miles i was proud and ended up with a trophy lanyard because i got a flicker light for nite walking on the end of it. :) Now i use that every time i walk early am. and remember how i did 9 miles :) I use a pedometer but know how beads can help i now have a lanyard that says binge free day and it now has 85 days :)

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HJFOGARTY 10/17/2011 9:38PM

    it was interesting and I do think you would just slide the bead to either side at each marking point as long as you remember which side you started on and how many times you moved the bead - but it was an interesting article either way.

could work in a pinch.

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SEWINGMAMACDS 10/17/2011 12:12PM

    The beads won't slide. I use a similar concept for tracking my water. I have one on my refrigerator and every time I drink a cup of water I move a bead. So at the end of the day I know how much I drank.

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RD03875 10/17/2011 9:05AM

    I don't know, all I did was post the article, i thought it might be interesting. I would imagine you carry it in your hand and move the bead from one side of your hand to the other,.

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THREADS3 10/17/2011 8:30AM

    How do you use the beads as counters? Don't the beads just slide BACK to their original position? :)

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I did some cross stitching

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Finally I did some cross stitch the past couple of days. It felt good to sit and stitch, it is the border part of a Halloween group stitching project. Each part is released on Sundays, not sure how many parts there are but I finished the border.

For those of you who stitch by DESIGNER this is by SanMan Originals, stitched on 32 count Ghostly Grey evenweave.

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RWETHAIRYET 10/17/2011 4:33PM

    Looking great! and I bet it felt good to be doing it. I'm just glancing at my fabric stash with longing...cant seem to find the time to sit down and sew. If I EVER get into the new house....

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SNOWMAIDEN 10/15/2011 4:58PM

    I love cross stitching - thanks for sharing this...

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KINEPS 10/15/2011 3:46PM

    I enjoy cross-stitching also. Haven't done it for a while -- arthritis in my wrist has slowed me down. Hoping to get back to it. Can't wait to see your final project.


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LADYIRISH317 10/15/2011 2:12PM

    Love it! I do cross-stitching myself.

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OGOODY 10/15/2011 2:06PM

    Wow...what a great hobbie! Can't wait to see the end result!

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The Lifehacker Workout: Exercise for Normal People

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Interesting article, I might consider following this for awhile.
So as not to piss off the powers that be, here's the link:

More babble:
I stitched!! For the first time in almost a year I did some counted cross stitch tonight. It is the start of a Halloween stitching project with a group I've belonged to for several years. It looks like fun.

I weighed myself yesterday and taking into consideration I am on a different scale on a different floor type in a different country, I lost 7 lbs since October 2. Probably because there are NO sweets, candy, cookies, nuts, decent sugar free soda, nothing to munch or snack on. So let's hope I can keep it up.

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ADJQUILTER 10/13/2011 6:14PM

    Losing that weight is a great thing! ENjoy your counted cross stitch. It is extremely good for stress reduction. Relax and enjoy your triumph!

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KASSIANDORA 10/13/2011 6:04PM

    Congrats on the loss!

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