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A Thank You to All of my Sparkfriends for Making 2009 a Sparkadventure

Thursday, December 31, 2009

It's been a tough year for me with the loss of many friends and family members, as well as other life challenges. However, the Sparkadventure was so helpful in keeping me on-track and staying accountable in this healthful journey.

Some of my sparkfriends are no longer on the site, others have hung in there, and new ones have appeared. To each and every one of you, thank you so much for all of your kindness, support, and humor.

Here's to wonderful things in 2010 for us all.

  
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RICH530 1/1/2010 7:54AM

    Wishing you a happy and healthy 2010!!
Make it the best ever!!!
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YICHE12 12/31/2009 7:00PM

    Passing through to wish you a Happy New Year! I hope that 2010 is gentle on you and hope to get a chance to chat with you at some point. emoticon

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Hooray, Hooray, The Spark Just Arrived Today

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

VERY excited. Can't wait to dive into it, which is what I'll do a bit later. Have a wonderful day.

  
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FAMILYTRADITION 12/31/2009 5:34PM

    I got my copy too! I just read "My Story." It's going to be a great book!

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JLITT62 12/31/2009 5:14AM

    Mine not supposed to come for another week. But that's ok, I still have books I'm finishing up! I can live vicariously thru you guys.

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VICIOUS421 12/30/2009 11:08PM

    Mine arrived today too!!!

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FABULOUSAND40 12/30/2009 9:30PM

  Can't wait to get mine.

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DARLENEK04 12/30/2009 8:50PM

  Glad you got yours. Dig in...........



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WOLFSPIRITS 12/30/2009 7:48PM

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RASCALSMOMMA 12/30/2009 5:26PM

    Can I borrow It when youre done?? LOL Hugs

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LINDA6105 12/30/2009 4:51PM

    Got notice it shipped not here yet can't wait!

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Can Fidgeting/Tapping Really Burn 350 Daily Calories?

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

I read an article about 50 ways to burn more calories each day. It said that slimmer people are usually tapping or otherwise fidgeting. It recommends that doing this can burn up to 350 calories daily. In fact, I'll cut and paste it below:

34. Tap your foot. Your skinnier friends are probably fidgeters, who burn up to 350 calories a day just by tapping their feet or being restless. Try it for a few days. Walk around while you’re on the phone, or tap out a tune with your hands or feet (in the privacy of your own office, of course).

Seems too easy to be true. However, where would I start doing this? In the course of a work day, I run the risk of looking like I have had too much coffee and being hyper-active. I can just see me adding this to my fitness tracker and counting it as 350 calories burned. (NOT!)

Let me know if this has actually worked for anyone out there. Have a wonderful day.

  
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IZZYBEBOP 12/30/2009 4:46PM

    Then typing should equal fidgeting/tapping. If so, then I've burned 1000 calories in the last three days!

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WOLFSPIRITS 12/30/2009 4:39PM

    MY WHOLE LIFE IS BEING HYPER. I CLEAN 5 ROOMS AT ONCE MY FAMILY SAYS, I CAN NEVER SIT DOWN FOR ONE MOVIE, I ALWAYS HAVE TO DO SOMETHING OR TAKE CARE OF THIS OR THAT. I HAVE BEEN 5"7" 130 AVERAGE SINCE 1978. RUNS IN THE FAMILY. I DO FIDGEIT AND IT DOES BURN CALORIES. WHY???? CANNOT LITTLE THINGS BE ADDED ALSO? IT BURNS CALORIES. EVERYTHING SHOULD COUNT NOT JUST BIG TIME EXERCISES. WHY SHOULD WEIGHTS ETC. JUST COUNT? I HAVE A HOUSE CLEANING, FAMILY TAKE CARE OF LIFE. I INCLUDE CLEANING IN MY FITNESS. IT IS ON THERE. LOOK PEOPLE. IT IS FITNESS. EVERYTHING YOU DO THAT MAKES YOUR MUSCLES WORK IS FITNESS! EVEN SMILING!!

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VICIOUS421 12/30/2009 12:03AM

    I can not fidget even when I try, my mom glared and slapped me lightly every time I did it as a child so I feel guilty like I am doing something wrong when I do it! LOL Also want to yell at people who do it in public like at the doctor's office or worse yet at work sitting next to me! LOL maybe all of that irritation I feel burns calories!!!!
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FLORIDASUN 12/29/2009 8:30PM

    I kinda think this could be true. When we had our big construction business we hired a young guy that became like a son to us over the years. Actually he DID eventually become our son-in-law after he met and married my daughter by my first marriage. This guy was the biggest knee bopper I've ever met in my life...he was NEVER at a desk where his knee wasn't shaking about 100 miles an hour...yep you guessed it..he never had a weight problem even though he ate the WORST possible diet in the world..he was a fidgeter, knee wobbler big time...makes me think there may be something to this...I'm shakin' my knee hyper~speed as I'm typing.. emoticon I can feel the calories spinning on my weight ticker as we speak! emoticon emoticon

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ANASGONNAMAKEIT 12/29/2009 2:39PM

    Uhm...this is kinda suspicious...I dunno...It is true that more activity = more calorie burning, but...its sounds so easy and good to be true! LOL. Anyways, I will try it at work, as I am sitting down for 6-7 hours, and tapping should help me a bit at least. Thanks for the info!

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ZUZUBEE 12/29/2009 9:00AM

    Any activity would burn calories, but I am suspicious of the stated amount. I wonder if they've also factored in the larger lifestyle of these fidgeters - any nervous-type person I've known not only fidgets, but survives largely on coffee (and sometimes cigarettes), carrots and celery sticks. And at their home they are in continual motion, dusting, shining, and puttering. I think the whole package might explain it....However, hedge your bets and tap those feet under your deak once in a while! : ) Can't hurt, right?

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GRAYGRANNY 12/29/2009 7:51AM

    I've read this before also........hmmmmm I should look like a pencil then........NOT!!!!!!!
Sometimes I think it is mind over matter...........that leaves me out since I don't have a mind, so it don't matter!.....LOL

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JURI62 12/29/2009 6:45AM

    I have heard this, but have no evidence to confirm. I do believe fidgeting burns calories...just be mindful of your surroundings

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RASCALSMOMMA 12/29/2009 12:50AM

    I wonder how many calories im burning cuz my legs are spazing?! 35 mins on stationary bike! well worth it!


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CECINOAKLAND 12/29/2009 12:40AM

    haha, i think i've read this before too. i think the point is that they are saying the skinny folks are skinny because they ARE hyperactive naturally. could be true. personally, i assume these sorts of things are included in the base calories we burn daily just being alive. but if you can make yourself fidget more, who knows?

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Hooray, Hooray "The Spark" Has Shipped Today!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Just got notice that this long-awaited book has left the warehouse and is on its way. Very excited as I plan to make this THE tool in losing this last 17 lbs.

  
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WOLFSPIRITS 12/30/2009 4:27PM

    THIS WILL BE COOL!!

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VICIOUS421 12/29/2009 11:58PM

    Awesome!!!! Mine was shipped today!!!! Can't wait to get it!
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RASCALSMOMMA 12/28/2009 7:30PM

    Come on over and share the ideas with the team! We'll be waiting! Hugs Laurie

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KIZIDOG 12/28/2009 5:14PM

    I just got notice that mine is on the way also. I ordered through Barnes and Noble. Whoo Hoo another way to find out how to do this thing. Star Happy New Year Jessie

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The Lighter Side of Exercise DVD

Monday, December 28, 2009

It all started a couple of months ago when I ordered some Sweatin with the Oldies DVD's. I saw some other great deals on different exercise DVD's on Ebay and I now have a slew of them. Each day, I'm challenging myself to do a new one. Let's just say it's been hilarious.

First of all, I can see why some of these were so inexpensive. I know some of these people are famous and I won't mention names as not to put anyone down. But they look like they are recorded in someone's garage or backyard.

I know that I don't have to be the workout leader's best friend, but I have to connect with the person on some level in order to enjoy the routine. It's a bit like enjoying dining out and part of the positive experience is the server.

I do like Leslie Sansone, and Richard Simmons makes me smile at the pure abandon of the dancing, but some of the people on these other DVD's are too much. There is one who shouts as a normal tone of voice during the entire hour. Another who is bigger than I am and supposed to be a role model.

It makes me wonder how they imagine, in the cardio segments, one is supposed to be a mind reader when the footwork looks like preparation for a movie requiring a choreographer. And in some of the exercise routines, it reminds me of the game Twister. Where do they dream up all of these contortions?

Okay, I'm really not digging DVD's and after I go through them all, I will probably wind up with the basics like Sansone again. And outdoor walking with home dumbbells and elliptical thrown in.

During tonight's workout, this particular trainer said, "now don't let those elbows touch down." No? I thought that was the way it was supposed to be. I'm lost. And I won't even go into what the Tae Bo DVD's are like. At least the one I already suffered through, and one scheduled for tomorrow. Why do I do this to myself, I ask. Because, hey, they were such a bargain. Remember?

After all is said and done, I guess I'm having fun. I just have to change my definition of fun.

Have a good day, friends.

  
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VICIOUS421 12/29/2009 11:57PM

    LOL totally agree, some of the ones I have are hilerious! I have to love my new Tae Bo one though it only cost me like 1.57 brand new from the store, it was a 5 disk set with a book and weights even!! Even though I still do a part of it sitting in a chair because I can only stay in that position so long on my own my abs are liking it! LOL He is funny though he says he is 52 like 20 times in the video while repeatedly lifting up his shirt and showing off his abs!
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RASCALSMOMMA 12/28/2009 3:02PM

    Jesse If they are hurting you or you cant follow them. bargain or not, donate em to the library free box or something. Stick with what you like and what youll do. Change up is good but you can go between RS and LS (never saw her but shes GOT to be "calmer" than him!) Dont do the TWISTER inspired moves cuz "back in the day" they only knew to move like that. today we know better. Use todays knowledge when working with yesterdays news! Hugs ..Laurie

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JLITT62 12/28/2009 8:03AM

    Having fun is the name of the game when it comes to exercise!

I love my DVDs. Sure, once in a while I get a dud, but overall, I research them carefully beforehand & most of the time am not disappointed. http://www.collagevideo.com & the reviews on Amazon are pricless to me!

Whatever floats your boat, as they say.

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