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 style! "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
"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!
"Treat" - Earn 20 points each day you move your body with 45 minutes of planned exercise AND incorporate 3 full servings of Orange/Yellow Freggies in your day!
"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" place come weigh in day! Let's focus on casting some magic spells this week 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 full 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
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...
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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