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Life is a Highway!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

At the end of 2008 I looked back over my first year with spark and could relate, in more ways than one, to how this journey is just like a Highway...Here is what I wrote:

"This journey thus far has had forks in the road, bridges that were closed, detours that had to be taken, plenty of flooded surfaces, traffic that was much slower than expected and many potholes that needed repair. Despite all of that, it has been a year of learning that I can do anything that I set my mind to."

After another year and half here, I could elaborate on all of the analogies for certain, but this is more about stumbling on yet another "Highway hurdle" that I hadn't previously put much thought into....the Foggy Patches!

Most everyone hits them at some point or another, those days, weeks, months that you seem to have tried every trick in the book, think you've pulled out all the stops but yet the scale and tape STILL do not reflect! I've been there now for far too long, trying with all my might to analyze patterns and crunch numbers...just hoping to stumble on that one thing that would shed some light! It finally came this week, but not before I'd sat down and wrote a little " Driving Lesson" to myself about how to deal with the thick fog patches! Here it goes...
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When you're piercing your eyes through a blanket of fog and it just seems too thick, keep focus forward...a glimmer of light will mark the way!

When you feel the need to pull off the shoulder until the fog begins to lift , take a firm grip of the wheel and instead continue proceeding ever so cautiously!

When small clear patches come along, use them to refocus your eyes, for a thick patch could be approaching again creating fear and a destination no longer visible!

When you're afraid you've missed a sign somewhere for a turn you should have taken, remember there is no dead end, but always an opportunity to turn around and continue on!

When the normal drive seems to take so much longer given reduced visibility, keep in mind slower is always better to ensure safe arrival!

When you finally come out of the fog sit back, breathe a sigh of relief and be thankful that you continued onward! Congratulate each choice you made despite the fear and uncertainty...and know the next time you hit a thick foggy patch take it one minute, one mile at a time and know you have the experience to take caution, and arrive safely once again!

You're NEVER Lost on the Highway!

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JRDIAMOND4 10/24/2010 9:50PM

    I really like this.
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GRACIEC 10/23/2010 12:15AM

    Great blog and very inspiring words. It also describes where I'm at perfectly! Thanks for sharing this and thanks for all of the encouragement that you give me all of the time!

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THEMIS27 10/21/2010 5:06PM

    emoticon blog!

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JUSTJUSTY 10/21/2010 3:12PM

    Great now I have that song stuck in my head LOL... emoticon

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VEGANGIRL_NY 10/21/2010 3:10PM

    So insightful, as always! You will pull through this!

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2BLEAN_N_FIT_AZ 10/21/2010 3:03PM

    Yes...I am standing in admiration and applause at your continued insightful words. This blog will impact many Sparkers giving them the new direction to take on their continuing journey.
Hugs from a Friend Who Sees the Glass Half Full!

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CLAIRESML 10/21/2010 2:59PM

    This is a great analogy and lesson. emoticon emoticon

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Weekend Challenge 6...Fore by 50

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Put on your game faces Forest because this weekend we'll be competing with the Pirates, Dragons, Outlaws and Sapphire ! Winners bragging rights will be based on total team points AND participation...Let's "drive" home the win Pixies with 100%! emoticon

Challenge will run FRIDAY - MONDAY note Monday, NOT Tuesday!

50 Reps Upper
50 Reps Lower
50 Reps Core
50 Minutes Planned Exercise

Points are awarded for each rep/minute completed...max 50 each component!
Bonus of 50 points daily if you complete all 50 of each!
Max daily points 250!

Reps do NOT have to be 50 of the same exercise but always remember to work different muscles on alternate days to allow recovery time! Make sure to come to the Forest and let us know how your day turned out...Each day you get Max points come yell "Fore" emoticon

*Friday - Dumbbell Bench Press, Bi Curls 50pts, Calf Raises 50 pts, Crunches 50pts, Minutes (52)50pts, Bonus 50pts = Total 250...FORE emoticon

*Saturday - Tri Dips, Tri Extensions 50pts, Deadlifts, Bridges50 pts, Bicycle Crunches, Dumbbell Side Bends 50pts, Minutes (67) 50pts Bonus 50pts = Total 250...FORE emoticon

*Sunday - Modified Push ups, Dumbbell Flys 50pts, Forward Dumbbell Lunges, Dumbbell Squats 50pts, Seated twist w/ Med Ball, Reverse Crunches w/ Med Ball 50pts, Minutes(50) 50pts, Bonus 50pts = Total 250...FORE emoticon

*Monday - Push Ups Modified, Push Ups, One Arm Rows 50pts, Lying Adduction, Lying Adbuction 50pts, Swimming, Back Extension 50pts , Minutes(59) 50pts, Bonus 50pts= Total 250...FORE emoticon

Total Challenge Points: 1000 pts...Perfect FORE score! emoticon


Weekend Challenge 5... Bullseye!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

We'll be competing this weekend with the Troopers and letting arrows fly Pixies! Rather than allowing them to wander aimlessly, we'll be aiming at grouping them together, focusing on a target and hitting the BULLSEYE! emoticon

Challenge will run FRIDAY - TUESDAY!

*White Ring - 5 freggies daily = 1 pt
*Blk Ring - 8 glasses water daily = 2 pts
*Blue Ring - 45 minutes Planned Cardio daily = 3 pts
*Red Ring - Stay within nutrition range daily = 4 pts

"BULLSEYE" Yellow Ring = Max points of all other rings(white-red) earn 10 pt bonus daily

Total Possible daily points 20
(inside details of consumption and minutes)
F: W 1(14), Blk 2(10), Bl 3(74), R 4(1393), Y 10 = 20 emoticon
S: W 1(10), Blk 2(10), Bl 3(74), R 4(1451), Y 10 = 20 emoticon
S: W 1(15), Blk 2(10), Bl 3(84), R 4(1398), Y 10 = 20 emoticon
M: W 1(9), Blk 2(10), Bl 3(60), R 4(1390), Y 10 = 20 emoticon
T: W 1(14), Blk 2(10), Bl 3(96), R4 (1403), Y 10 = 20 emoticon

Total Challenge Points: 100 WooHoo emoticon


Weekend Challenge 4... CICO!

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

To participate in this challenge, you will only need to do two things:
emoticonFirst, determine a calorie range that is healthy for you.
emoticon emoticonSecond, track all of your food AND exercise for the duration of the challenge! Seems easy enough right, we should all be doing that anyway!

We recognize that everyone burns calories differently based on our metabolisms, BMI, gender and a variety of other factors. Please do NOT include your BMR(Base Metabolic Rate) in your daily CO (Calories Out) totals...for the purpose of this challenge we will be using ONLY calories out that you've burned through PLANNED exercise!

Points for CICO will be awarded as follows:

CI (Calories In):
5 pts for each day you stay within your calorie range!

CO (Calories Out):
1 pt for each day you burn between 100-499 calories
2 pts for burning between 500-999 calories
3 pts for burning 1000-1999
4 pts for burning 2000+.

You can earn 1 pt bonus each day simply by posting your CICO in the Forest! Visibility =Accountability, so come share!
Maximum 10 points possible per day!

Calorie Range: 1200- 1550
CI points (5 or 0 daily): Wed(1242)- 5; Thurs(1273)-5; Fri(1342)-5 ; Sat-(1270)- 5 ; Sun(1282)-5 ; Mon- (1365)- 5; Tues-(1301)-5
CO points(4 max daily): Wed(707)- 2; Thurs(1049)-3; Fri(1329)- 3; Sat- (631)- 2; Sun- (0)-0; Mon-(572)-2 ; Tues-(1563)-3
Bonus Daily post(1 max daily): Wed- 1; Thurs-1; Fri-1; Sat-1; Sun-1 ; Mon-1 ; Tues- 1
Daily totals: Wed- 8; Thurs-9; Fri-9 ; Sat- 8; Sun- 6; Mon-8 ; Tues-9
Challenge Total: 57

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MNSMOV 10/5/2010 2:36PM


this is interesting, I have a hard time staying the in the calorie range during the weekend, so I would like to participate in this challenge. How do I join?

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October Goal....Just ONE!

Friday, October 01, 2010

Rather than create a long list of things for the coming month, that focus on all aspects of this journey; I've decided to focus on just One thing....One, that seems to be the base of starting the days off on the right foot and having the left follow suit! emoticon

One thing that keeps me wanting to strive for perfection!
One thing that makes me want to think outside the box!
One thing that motivates to keep making better choices!
One thing that turns focus to creating a balance!
One thing that supports the importance of having a plan!
One thing that creates an inspiration for success!
One thing that inspires me to get a little extra exercise!
One thing that reminds me to rehydrate!
One thing that regardless there's always room for improvement!
One thing that shows useful patterns when results don't follow!

Okay, if you haven't guessed by now, you're probably thinking "enough already" what's the One thing? Before I get to that here are a few more....

One thing that supports the "this is a lifestyle change" expression!
One thing that little do we often realize is the foundation to seeing results!
Oh yeah, and....
One thing that by seeing the numbers, gives a feeling of accomplishment at the end of each and every day!


I'm not just talking about plugging in things as I consume them here, NO, NO, NO....

I'm talking about PLANNING the night before to avoid all the sneaky temptations, (eating too much, eating too little, skipping meals, not eating at all) that arise from not KNOWING what 's on the menu!

I'm talking about having a guideline to follow when the weekends bring broken routines so I'm prepared to "Eat on the Go"!

I'm talking about spreading calories through the day, eating 3 meals and 2 healthy snacks evenly spaced so my body is always in GOvation MODE!

I'm talking about tracking BEFORE putting it in my mouth so I know EXACTLY where I stand for the day!

Did you realize that just ONE thing could bring about so many important motivational emotions and a feeling of accomplishment every single day?

It's all about the ONE....One choice, One meal, One day at a time! Let emoticon begin!

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A-STRONGER-ME 10/4/2010 5:44AM

    emoticon BLOG!!

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RANDOM00B 10/1/2010 11:25PM

    YES!!! Excellent post!

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2BLEAN_N_FIT_AZ 10/1/2010 7:00PM

    "One" does it for me! I recall at one time you mentioning the Spark Calendar Summary...I found that very helpful in planning, it is all right there!
Another well written and well thought out blog...are you sure you wouldn't like to become a writer...come on you can tell me that you've got some things you've written and saved on the computer!

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PALOMINOGIRL3 10/1/2010 5:16PM

    Nutrition tracking is the BEST!

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LAURA_ALINE 10/1/2010 3:36PM

    Nutrition tracking was not only a big eye-opener as far as how many calories I was consuming, but also been one of the main reasons I have been able to drop 10 lbs. in 4 weeks.. Like you - I plan ahead for the next day and just follow my plan..

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 10/1/2010 11:47AM

    Nutrition Tracking is tool one!

Great blog!

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LUVDOGZ 10/1/2010 9:18AM

    Thank you for blogging this. It is a great reminder to me. I always do better when I plan. Way to go, you can do this!

Hugs, Michelle

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WINKERDINK 10/1/2010 8:17AM

    Excellent Dawn! I need to get back there too. You have much better luck when planning ahead. emoticon

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FERRETLOVER1 10/1/2010 7:15AM

    Good for you! Planning ahead really does work - I've been doing it for about 5-6 years now and have maintained a 112.50 lb. weight loss during that time. It helps to keep you aware of what you are eating. Good luck!!

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