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Weekend Challenge 9...CICO

Thursday, November 11, 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): Thurs(1314)-5; Fri(1253)-5; Sat-(?)- ; Sun(?)-; Mon- (?)-; Tues-(?)-; Wed(?)
CO points(4 max daily): Thurs(476)-1; Fri(245)-1 ; Sat-(?)- ; Sun(?)-; Mon- (?)-; Tues-(?)-; Wed(?)
Bonus Daily post(1 max daily): Thurs-1; Fri-1; Sat-- ; Sun-; Mon-; Tues-; Wed
Daily totals: Thurs-; Fri-; Sat- ; Sun-; Mon-; Tues-; Wed-
Challenge Total:


Weekend Challenge 8...Straight Minutes and Crunch Time!

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Challenge will run FRIDAY - TUESDAY
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We're competing with the Rocketeers and Sapphires....Any and all PLANNED Fitness minutes count!

F: 79, S: 37, S: 52, M: 50, T: 90 = 308

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On Saturday OR Sunday (you choose the day) do as many good form crunches as you can, and on Monday you'll add your total Crunches to the list provided in the Forest! Feel free to Crunch both days, but ONLY ONE day of crunches will count!

Total Crunches Completed: 210


Weekend Challenge 7...Trick and Treat!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

This Halloween weekend is going to be tough for many, but we've stirred up some "Challenge Brew" in the cauldron! We'll be doing a little Forest Trick and Treating...Setting to the sky WitchiePixie emoticonstyle! "Tricking" our weaknesses, "Treating" our bodies and flying through the "Neighborhood"! Have a little fun and "Dress up" your profile picture in costume if you so choose!

Challenge will run FRIDAY - MONDAY

emoticon"Trick" - Earn 20 points each day you do NOT consume Junk Food! **Make your own determination of what junk food is, but I think we all agree that soda, chips, candy, cookies, baked goodies etc. are in the junk category!
emoticon"Treat" - Earn 20 points each day you move your body with 45 minutes of planned exercise AND emoticonincorporate 3 full servings of Orange/Yellow Freggies in your day!
emoticon"Neighborhood" - Earn 10 pts daily for visiting the Forest AND throwing an Orange food at a Pixie page!

Max 50 challenge points daily!

Don't let the Devil on your shoulder steer you wrong or the Vampires ways suck the life out of your efforts this week! There's no need to let Halloween temptations turn the Forest into a "Spooky" emoticonplace come weigh in day! Let's focus on casting some magic spells this week emoticon and use those brooms Wednesday to sweep a few pounds away and keep the Forest friendly!

Anyone who receives a PERFECT score for ALL 4 days of this challenge will display the Trick or Treat Goodie on their page! How many Pixies are going to come home with a Halloween bucket emoticonfull of points?

Friday~ Trick 20, Treat (91/3) 20, Neighborhood 10, Total Points= 50pts
Saturday~Trick 20, Treat(118/4) 20, Neighborhood 10, Total Points=50pts
Sunday~Trick 20, Treat(103/3) 20, Neighborhood 10, Total Points=50pts
Monday~Trick 20, Treat(41/3) 20, Neighborhood 10, Total Points=50pts

Total Challenge Points=200


Pixie Pledge...Oct 27 ~ Nov 2!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

I, Dawn, pledge emoticon to do everything in my power emoticonto become healthier this week.
I will watch the quality emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon AND quantity emoticon emoticonof my food.
I will exercise more than last week! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
I will not make excuses! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
I want to be a healthy Pixie! emoticon emoticon emoticon
I am worth the work! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WINKERDINK 10/27/2010 12:40PM

    That's my girl! emoticon

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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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