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Weekly Email & Blog Check-In: Carpe Diem, Carpe 2015

Friday, December 26, 2014

Hello Everyone

Thanks for visiting from my weekly email -- I hope you like the theme I'm working on for 2015!

Here is the blog I mentioned in the email that was a tribute to Robin Williams that I wrote earlier this year if you are interested in using this for motivation for next year:
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu
blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=57
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I'll be sharing more about the Challenge Prize Money Fund as this develops. As mentioned in the email, we will take an amount equal to 10% of any earnings from Amazon and use that for a prize fun for SparkPeople members. All you need to do is use this link when shopping at Amazon: sparkpeople.com/amazon

Thanks for your support -- I hope this will be a great 2015 for everyone.

Feel free to start listing any highlights this week or goals for next week. I can't believe the year is almost over!

SparkCheers!

Chris (SparkGuy)
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MYTHMYTH 12/28/2014 2:48PM

    I am going to focus on healthy food choices and make sure that I have fitness activities every day....most days working towards 10,000 steps. However I know that there are going to be some days when something will upset my plans and on those days I am going to do at leaf 10+ min. Thanks for setting up this site!

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MYSUMMEROF69 12/28/2014 2:45PM

    Thank you for linking back to the Dead Poets Society post. I have a new perspective of you and Sparkpeople :)

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HARLII78 12/28/2014 2:27PM

  I talked hubby into getting me a gym membership for xmas that has day care for our youngest. My goal is to go to atleast three classes a week and go twice just to hit the weights and machines.

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JAIMEHEDGER 12/28/2014 2:25PM

  I have a horrible time sticking to anything; whether it be hobbies, exercise, or food. I'm hopeful that 2015 will be bring a new attitude and a healthier lifestyle. I do know that I'm going to utilize Spark people to try and get it done.

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CREATEFOURPAWS 12/28/2014 2:18PM

    I am excited to start the new year. I am committed to eating healthy, and increasing my exercise. I will be exercising, after I have my knee surgery on 1/8/15. To track my food intake more closely, keep my diabetes in control.

Thank you for all the encouraging, and support you have provide with SP.

Cindy

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JACKIEBZAH 12/28/2014 1:39PM

    2015 is my year to reboot! I want to become as healthy as possible through exercise and food. I plan lots of walking with my FitBit Zip and seeing how long I can keep a 10min streak going. I want to hold myself accountable but not give up if I am not perfect in every thing I do. Honestly trying my best each day and if one day doesn't turn out well, to start anew each next day. And remembering every step of the way to not dwell on the whole of it - that to succeed I just need to take it moment by moment.
I wish everyone success in the coming year
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SARAHTAIT 12/28/2014 1:24PM

    I just purchased the spark activity tracker...can't wait for it to arrive. I walk daily and my goal for the new year is to increase my distance and time. I prefer to be outdoors when I walk and the activity tracker will be a great way for me to keep up with my steps.

Thank you for keeping this site free. I have been a member side 2007 and LOVE all the support I get here.

Sarah Tait

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DRIEMER01 12/28/2014 1:22PM

  Excited for the New Year to begin, I am planning on eating my fruits & vegetables, getting water intake in and working out more, emoticon

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TEACHFIRST268 12/28/2014 1:02PM

    After not getting out for over a month, on Dec 26th went for my first 2 mile jog and 1 1/2 mile walk. On the 27th, ran 3 miles and walked 1. Today is a rest day, but I will get out tomorrow! Workout clothes are in the laundry!
This coming week's goals, healthier snacks, minimize the junk and get active again!


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MYAKAYAH 12/28/2014 12:49PM

    Good link to Robin Williams! Goals for next year? Continue to maintain goal weight, get back to walking, continue to reduce sodium! Get stronger with strength training~

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ELIZACG9 12/28/2014 12:23PM

    I want to keep exercising using spark videos..maybe get out to walk and, maybe go back to college.

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CJOHNSTON2001 12/28/2014 12:19PM

  I want this to be my healthy year ever,going to work harder,I have alot of health issue,new and old,I will move more,do more yoga,stretching,walking better without pain.It will be hard,but will not give up,I need better sleep too, emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AHENDRIX86 12/28/2014 12:06PM

  My goal even before the new year starts is to be below 200 lbs. I have weigh in on Dec. 31 - last weigh in I only had 4 lbs to go, hopefully these last two weeks have helped me meet my first goal and start my new year off right!

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ATMYLIMIT4EVER 12/28/2014 12:06PM

  Track, track, track

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MICHELE_L 12/28/2014 11:59AM

    I am increasing my Fitbit daily goal to 11,500 steps. I will NOT go to bed until I reach that goal (even if I'm just pacing in the living room)!! emoticon emoticon

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THOMASINA57 12/28/2014 11:57AM

    Lots of walking, yoga and indoor cycling this week. For 2 days now, I've upped my water intake and stayed away from the mixed nuts!

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ALCROUSE77 12/28/2014 11:57AM

  Through the holidays I have strayed far from my Paleo lifestyle. This week I am taking my life back. I am returning to the gym and going back to healthy eating. I want to feel healthy again!

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YOURS_MAANS 12/28/2014 11:50AM

    I will see my husband in early weeks of Feb, 2015. I wanna surprise him by losing 15 pds. For next week I plan on going to gym 5 days a week before work and gong to bed by 10. emoticon

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MARTCHANTILLY 12/28/2014 11:49AM

    My goal is to continue to walk at least 2.5 miles outside 3X times a week!


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ILOVEJIM851991 12/28/2014 11:42AM

    Sounds like a great plan emoticon

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WENDIQ 12/28/2014 11:16AM

    I've been a member here for years and absolutely tell everyone I know how fabulous this site is. For my 2015 challenge, I plan to walk at 11:00 on days that I can get out due to weather. I say 11:00 because that always seems to be a "snacking" time of day for me.....When I can't get outside, I will have to figure out what to do inside. I do not have any exercise equipment nor can I afford any, so it will have to be creative. I love to get idea from this site. People are so creative and supportive! You've done a good job!!!!

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ALLNEWJOAN 12/28/2014 11:12AM

    I'm good with my goal to exercise at least 5 of 7 days through the beginning of the year, but the challenge for the next week will be to maintain balanced nutritional goals and lose 1 lb. I know I can do it!

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OKFERRANTE 12/28/2014 10:47AM

  This week I will go to the gym 2 times with my sons and stretch/strengthen for 15 min 2 times at home. I will prepare fir our New Years Eve Italian party by planning healthy food choices for myself and guests.

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OKFERRANTE 12/28/2014 10:47AM

  This week I will go to the gym 2 times with my sons and stretch/strengthen for 15 min 2 times at home. I will prepare fir our New Years Eve Italian party by planning healthy food choices for myself and guests.

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CHRIMSONFYRE 12/28/2014 10:46AM

    I am eager to make 2015 my year!

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JERICHO1991 12/28/2014 10:33AM

    My highlights for this week include: more conscious eating-less calories and more nutrition, and increasing my time at the fitness center lifting weights and spending time on the elliptical jogger. I hope to continue these actions, and find postive alternatives to emotional eating.

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BRENDA7511 12/28/2014 10:31AM

    I'm planning for success in 2015

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PHHHISC 12/28/2014 10:13AM

    I met my goal yesterday of 50 pounds!! Thanks to Sparking!! emoticon

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DAISYLADY 12/28/2014 10:11AM

    I have been really slacking in exercise and logging food and all in 2014 so hoping that 2015 will be a better year for me in those aspects. I really need to hold myself accountable and lose the weight .

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MZGIDED 12/28/2014 10:08AM

  My goal for this week was to cheerfully get through the holiday chaos. Next week I have a 5K and Polar dip. Goal is to not chicken out!

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WINE4GIRL 12/28/2014 10:00AM

    I'm working on my plan for 2015, which starts now. Why wait till 2015 to implement good strategies? An object in motion tends to stay in motion!

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REDDOTFLYER 12/28/2014 9:57AM

    Exercising at eating low carb is working well for me. Love my Spark Fitness Tracker! emoticon

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TEAMSIS2 12/28/2014 9:57AM

  2015 is gonna be my year...I say that with hesitation cause I say it every year. But honestly I do need a change for the better. I've let myself go and don't feel good about myself. I hope I can stay motivated which seems to be my downfall. If it's to be, it's up to me! emoticon

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IDAHOHILLBILLY 12/28/2014 9:56AM

    Looking forward to 2015 and my 50th high school class reunion. As always, I need to drop 40 lbs. I'm going to faithfully track my food intake and exercise. I acquired a bicycle recently, but have been making excuses not to get on it; mostly I scared of falling since I haven't been on a bike in more than 20 years.
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QUEENHONEYBROWN 12/28/2014 9:35AM

  I had a learning year

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GOLDENRODFARM 12/28/2014 9:34AM

    2014 has been a good year for me, I have lost 56 lbs and am 5 lbs away from my goal weight, although I think I will head for losing 20 more lbs after that. I feel and look much better, I have comitted to 10 minutes of exercise a day plus a minimum of 10 K steps a day and I log all my food, I think the momentum will carry me into 2015!

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SUZECOOKS 12/28/2014 9:33AM

    I'm working on a poster to hang to track my workouts and vegetable consumption each week.

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CYNDISM 12/28/2014 9:22AM

  2014 was a big year for me with moving to Colorado and now I want to make 2015 an extension of that by committing myself to a healthier me. I had success in 2013 so I know I can do it again in 2015. Sparkpeople makes it easier with all the tools it provides!

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READTEACH1 12/28/2014 9:18AM

  I recently joined a sparkpeople team to exercise at least 10 minutes daily. I am going to reccommit to that goal for the week ahead. emoticon

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411KGB 12/28/2014 9:09AM

  Dear SparkGuy - Thanks for providing this amazing forum for health and fitness!
2014 has not been a noteworthy year for me, just a year of moving and trying to move forward more than backward. The most positive thing so far is that I started wearing my sparktracker daily(I missed only one day in the entire year!). I love having the stats. in front of me each day to see how much and when I am moving.
I call it my speedometer. :-)
Best Wishes to all the SparkPeople for a peaceful and healthy New Year!
KatBene

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DEBIGENE 12/28/2014 9:07AM

    Good Sunday morning, I was blessed with one of the best Christmas' I can remember !!!

Sadly tho 2015 I gained 10 pounds but it was a bit of a rough year, mainly with losing my Mom. But 2014 ended on a beautiful note with precious time spent with my immediate family. What could be better?
So I am motivated to make 2015 a successful healthy year as I make small steps to achieve big changes and I am not waiting until then to get started, yesterday I awoke with a new surge in my body to get back on track and since I know this feeling I know I am off to a good start.
Small steps will get me there thru the year ahead so let's ...... "Seize the Day"

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LSIG14 12/28/2014 9:04AM

    My goal for this week is to NOT lose momentum! Just 4 more days and I will have complete one of my long-term goals! Self-talk works!

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TAMMYH0709 12/28/2014 8:58AM

    My goal this week is to prep my food! This will help me stay on track with my healthy eating and not look for that quick unhealthy snack or meal.

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SRWODD 12/28/2014 8:51AM

  Hi Sparkguy,

Very exciting program. I turned 50 last week and have got to start taking my Heath seriously. Received an elliptical machine and while it will be baby steps I am committed to do 10 minutes a day....although I may have to break it up into two 5 min sessions. They say slow and steady wins the race. Looking forward to next weeks post.

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ADIRONDACKMOM 12/28/2014 8:37AM

    Hello Sparks People and Spark Guy.... I am re-committing my healthy life style again this new year! I am half way to my goal and plan to make it all the way this coming New Year!

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ANNROW0354 12/28/2014 8:33AM

    After months of being inactive on SP, as well as physically, I have recommitted to SP and am looking forward to getting back on track. Goal for this week is to start small and track food and get in at least 10 minutes of exercise a day.

Thank you for motivating Sparkers to live a healthier lifestyle. emoticon

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TMBAUGH1 12/28/2014 8:11AM

  This past week I ket logging my food even with all the celebrations. I did not eat within my range but I tracked and I have never been this consistent in the past. I also exercised at least 10 min every day so that was a huge win!

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TBARTH1751 12/28/2014 8:10AM

  My goal is to "think"..................think before I put something in my mouth, think before I sit down in front of the TV instead of exercising, think before I spend hours on the computer doing work (I plan to set a timer to go off every 50 minutes and then take a break and a walk or some other type of movement.



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THEBLONDEGENIUS 12/28/2014 8:08AM

    I came back to SP this past fall and started tracking my food and fitness. I've lost 11#: about a quarter of my long term goal. More importantly, I feel better and have more energy. I've found the support and tools I've needed on SP! 2015 is going to be a great year!

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JEANNE313 12/28/2014 8:08AM

    Spark People is the best for tracking and motivation.....completed a 25 lb in 25 week challenge on Dec 23 with a group of really great ladies..we all beat the 25 lb goal by the way!!! So we decided to stick together and started a new challenge thread to take us to June....already have a few new participants so looking forward to a successful 2015 with the support of other motivated people

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Day 256 Update: Football with the family on Christmas

Friday, December 26, 2014

Hi Everyone

Here's a quick update from yesterday:

We celebrated Christmas at our house and my Mother-in-law, Mom, and brother joined us.

My fitness highlight was playing football with the kids and my brother. It was a fun way to get outside with the family on a chilly day.

We added 4 goldfish to our household yesterday that now includes: 2 parents; 2 boys; 2 guinea pigs, 6 chickens, and 4 goldfish.

There are now 6 days until 2015 -- let's all get ready to make it a great year!

I hope everyone who celebrates had a great Christmas and all other holidays being celebrated!

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PS To answer a couple of questions below:

* Thanks for asking -- I'll make sure to post some photos of our guinea pigs. Their names are "Vanilla" and "Pudding" given by the boys.

* They did also want to name the goldfish, but so far we are having trouble telling the difference between the four fish :).

  
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MELLO63 12/28/2014 1:26PM

    emoticon Kids really make Christmas a special time! I'm glad you are cherishing your time with them as they grow.

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JUNETTA2002 12/28/2014 1:20PM

    Great post. Happy New Year to you and your family

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CAROLYNSUE17 12/28/2014 9:51AM

    I love this blog, family is so important and you are making wonderful memories for your children.

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EGERLACH1 12/28/2014 8:30AM

    great blog.seasons greetings. Thank you for cheer me up.

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EGERLACH1 12/28/2014 8:27AM

    great blog.seasons greetings. Thank you for cheer me up.

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    emoticon Happy New Years to you and your family!!! emoticon

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ROCKYCPA 12/27/2014 11:36PM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful holiday!

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CAROLJ35 12/27/2014 10:45PM

    Sounds like real family fun!
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!
Thanks for this wonderful site!

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MARYJEANSL 12/27/2014 10:42PM

  It sounds like a great Christmas. Pick-up football is a holiday tradition for one family I know.



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LIVEDAILY 12/27/2014 10:14PM

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Merry Christmas to you and your family!
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Happy New Year!

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DIANNEMT 12/27/2014 9:37PM

    LOL!!

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MSROZZIE 12/27/2014 9:20PM

    emoticon family, pets, thanks for sharing, Happy New Year! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CRAZY_KAT_1984 12/27/2014 8:38PM

    emoticon The more the merrier!

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ONEGREATCAT 12/27/2014 7:33PM

    On the goldfish names....I'd go for "One", "Two", "Three" and "Four".
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LRUSSELL6 12/27/2014 6:50PM

    Merry Christmas!

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1DAY-ATA-TIME 12/27/2014 5:40PM

    Enjoy your blogs. Happy New Year!

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NOLAHORSERIDER 12/27/2014 5:36PM

    As usual, a lovely post. I enjoy reading about your family and all your many pets. Thank you for all you do! Such an inspiration! :)

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HMBROWN1 12/27/2014 5:03PM

    Happy New Year to you and your family!

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PATRICIAANN46 12/27/2014 4:05PM

  My brother and I always had pets as kids, our kids always had pets, and my DH and I still have pets. I believe that it is a great learning tool for kids to take the responsibility for raising a pet(s) and not just the physical care, but the emotional as well.

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RAESUN54 12/27/2014 3:57PM

    Happy New Year. May you be given many blessings in the new year. emoticon emoticon

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PENOWOK 12/27/2014 3:47PM

    That's so cool that your guinea pig is named same as MostMom's. Yah, I would think the goldfish would be difficult to discriminate, though I'm not altogether sure it makes a difference if you call one by the wrong name ;~}. Hope your New Year is just as wonderful!

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1STBUCKETITEM 12/27/2014 3:39PM

  Fun and games makes for a happy, healthy lifestyle your family can enjoy always!
Happy New Year to you and yours! emoticon 2015

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SHERYLP461 12/27/2014 3:19PM

    Quite the amount of livestock you are raising

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NONNAOF2 12/27/2014 2:59PM

  Your household sounds like a lot of fun for kids! :-)

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GINA180847 12/27/2014 2:11PM

    Pets are a joy learning tool for the kids and adults. Glad your Xmas was good and we are looking to 2015 for better everything too.

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JERICHO1991 12/27/2014 12:29PM

    Great way to get others involved in fitness!

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GIRLINMOTION 12/27/2014 11:21AM

    Great way to have fitness and memories for the boys.

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IDICEM 12/27/2014 10:17AM

  Vanilla and Pudding -- love it!

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PATTYKLAVER 12/27/2014 9:55AM

    You impress me as a wonderful family man. I am glad you enjoyed your day.

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JUNETTA2002 12/27/2014 9:48AM

    You are so blessed to have family. And what a diverse household.

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KLMEIRING 12/27/2014 9:17AM

    It rained all day for Christmas. Definitely not football friendly weather. Glad to hear about your holiday. Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year!

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EMMACORY 12/27/2014 9:13AM

    Blessings to you and your family......and all God's creature! emoticon

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    Happy New Year! emoticon

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TRYINGHARD54 12/27/2014 8:28AM

    my grandsons have one fish... his name is Rayo. my 3 year old grandson came up with that name.. so, we kept it... lol we have chickens, but they are not named.
We have 12 I think . and 2 pigs. pork chop and bacon. lol
have a great day

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RANAF222 12/27/2014 8:02AM

    Happy 2015 to you and your family!

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JIBBIE49 12/27/2014 8:01AM

    Hugs

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RITAROSE 12/27/2014 7:44AM

  Thanks for sharing your family life Spark GuY! You are the BEST!! Happy New Year to you and yours!!

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SPARKYFLOWER 12/27/2014 7:26AM

    Loved your uplifting blog emoticon

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SHARONCAPPS 12/27/2014 7:25AM

  Happy New Year.

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ANNARUTH2 12/27/2014 7:21AM

    Glad you got to have Christmas with your family. I had Christmas with my oldest son and his family. My youngest son lives in Phoenix, 1800 miles away. But I will be flying out to see him in 11 days!

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KATESCAPE 12/27/2014 7:01AM

    Your blog made me smile & laugh. Thank you spark guy for the daily gift you give to me and anyone else who wants to join in the fun of getting healthy...truly grateful emoticon

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    Happy New Year, Sparkguy! emoticon emoticon

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GOANNA2 12/27/2014 5:45AM

    Always nice to kick a football with the family after
a big meal. Sounds like you had a fun day.
Happy New Year.

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Day 255 Update: Fun 10 Minutes on Christmas Eve

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone (to all celebrating some form of holidays this time of year)!

Here's a quick update from yesterday because I was feeling a bit under the weather and went to bed early.

I only did 10 minutes of fitness yesterday, but they were memorable minutes. My youngest son received new rollerblades for Christmas at his Grandma's house and naturally wanted to test them out. So, I agreed to take him outside in the windy, dark, chilly weather and he rollerbladed around the block (on the sidewalk) while I tried to keep up running behind him.

It was a fun way to check off the 10 minutes for Day 255.

Hope you are having a great day. I'll be back later for an update on today. Happily, I slept a little over 9 hours last night and feel great today. I did a healing bath yesterday (hot water infused with 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide and epsom salt).

SparkCheers!

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BOWKAY 12/28/2014 3:01PM

    Good exercise and fun memories. emoticon

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TZVI-R 12/28/2014 8:24AM

  Thanks!

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LIVELYGIRL2 12/27/2014 11:56PM

  Good, and I see your Christmas was blessed and good for you both doing the skate/ run thing with your son and caring for yourself.

BTW- just wondering, are you from California? I was curious, because you've mentioned places you visited. There isn't any rallies here. I wish I could met some Spark people in my state or city. They don't seem very active here. Maybe it is because there is so much activities here and the pace of life. emoticon

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BURNINGTHYME101 12/27/2014 10:49PM

    Great energy at your place!.. WOW!

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CAROLYNSUE17 12/27/2014 10:34PM

    You are a good dad.

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LADYGSC 12/27/2014 5:07PM

    Sounds wonderful, hope you're well now.

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CONTESSA007 12/27/2014 1:46PM

  Never heard of the health bath either? Tell me more, like the benefits etc. Sound great!

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MELLO63 12/27/2014 1:36PM

    Jesus loves the little children too, and I'm sure that He'd be pleased that you spent Christmas Eve enjoying some fun time with your child. And you got in 10 minutes of exercise too! emoticon emoticon

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RANAF222 12/27/2014 12:42PM

    Fun!!

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1HOTFUDGEMAMA 12/27/2014 12:32PM

  Happy Holidays!!

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AQUAGIRL08 12/27/2014 11:53AM

    So glad you are feeling better! Merry Christmas!

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-SHOREIDO- 12/27/2014 11:20AM

    Great blog!! You are a MOTIVATOR!!!

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EMMACORY 12/27/2014 2:03AM

    Glad you are feeling better. I have never heard of the healing bath you mentioned. Blessings on your 2015 journey. emoticon

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ROCKYCPA 12/26/2014 11:23PM

    Happy Holidays to you!

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JIBBIE49 12/26/2014 10:48PM

    Hugs

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CICELY360 12/26/2014 9:22PM

  good blog

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TZH715 12/26/2014 9:22PM

  On Christmas Day I walked with a friend . We walked over 10 minutes. We had a good time.. Happy belated holidays.

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    emoticon blog, hope you feel better today. Happy Holidays! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 12/26/2014 7:51PM

  Merry Christmas and I am glad to hear that you are feeling better. It is tough to be sick during the Holidays.
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_LINDA 12/26/2014 7:26PM

    So glad you are better! Good on you watching the son with the rollerblades!

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1DAY-ATA-TIME 12/26/2014 6:35PM

    I have a just turned 3-year old grandson. Hanging around with him outdoors is always good for a 20 minute workout. Happy holidays!

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PREPAREMYTEMPLE 12/26/2014 6:08PM

    Always great times spend it with our children no matter how old they are. emoticon

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JSEATTLE 12/26/2014 4:24PM

  There are so many creative ways to get in your 10 minutes! I've done mine for the day, but the day isn't over until I'm in bed, so I have plenty of time yet to get in another 10-or 2!

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ALEXSGIRL1 12/26/2014 3:53PM

    glad your feeling better Epsom baths are great!!!

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1STBUCKETITEM 12/26/2014 3:12PM

  Your son will have pleasant memories of Christmas Past.
Interesting concoction for your healing bath. I'll have to try it! Thanks!
Happy New Year!!

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    Keep up the good job Chris. We appreciate everything that you do to keep the site up and improving it every year. emoticon

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JERICHO1991 12/26/2014 1:20PM

    Merry Christmas. Thanks for the 10 minutes of fitness update, and glad to hear you're feelling better.

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GINA180847 12/26/2014 1:07PM

    Glad you are feeling better. I too got over tired and am paying the penalty. I need to just lie down for a while and relax.

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SWAN47 12/26/2014 12:48PM

    Those were great minutes of quality time with your son. Wishing you a wonderful, healthy New Year! Thanks for creating this site.

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    emoticon emoticon Happy Holidays!

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GIRLINMOTION 12/26/2014 12:24PM

    Your son will have lasting memories. That is what it's all about.

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    Glad your feeling better, have a wonderful day.

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    nice

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    emoticon Happy holidays. Thanks for sharing.

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CARPROTH 12/26/2014 10:10AM

    Would love to get more info on the bath - where do you find food grade hydrogen peroxide?

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    Thank you for sharing.

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  Thanks for giving all of us a great example of how you can do a little bit of exercise, while paying attention to your body's needs.

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    glad your feeling better.. got to keep up with the kids. lol

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    Hope you're feeing better today.

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Day 254 Update: Streaks within Streaks

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Hi Everyone

Today is Day 254 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak. Obviously, that streak is going really well.

So, I decided to spice things up and do a "streak within a streak" to build on this success.

Specifically, I set a goal to see if I could do at least 15 minutes of exercise bike most days and track my ongoing percentage of that.

With the great foundation built up from the main streak, this has been pretty easy so far. My current amount for this streak is 22 of 24 days or 91.67% of days. I'm not sure yet what my goal will be for the percentage, I'll see how this goes. I think it might be to stay above 75%.

Also, for this streak, I don't count business trips or vacations since it's harder to find access to an exercise bike. I'm fortunate to have one at home that I bought about 8 years ago -- I've definitely gotten my money's worth from that purchase :).

I also like to print out really long emails and some newsletters and read those on the exercise bike (or a book). This makes it even easier since often I would have spent this time reading those materials at my computer anyway.

Hope everyone had a great day -- SparkCheers!

Chris (SparkGuy)
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CRYSALLIS1 12/26/2014 11:06PM

    I like the streak within a streak idea.

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IAMAGEMLOVER 12/25/2014 9:43PM

    When I was in college and had to study, I would read while on the exercise bike. It was the only way I could fit everything into my day. emoticon Have a great day tomorrow. Don't forget to leave the cookies for Santa.

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SLIMLEAF 12/25/2014 7:50AM

    That's a good idea, Chris. Happy reading/cycling/Christmas!!

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MARYJEANSL 12/25/2014 1:08AM

  Cheers to you as well, and Merry Christmas!

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LUVSBULLDOGS 12/24/2014 10:05PM

    Great way to exercise. Merry Christmas.

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WOOFERCOALBOY 12/24/2014 9:04PM

    So many exercise bikes require both hands on the sensors to record activity - I don't care for that system; rather multitask.

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NEWVINE 12/24/2014 5:44PM

    emoticon I work on plastic canvas crafts when I an on the exercise bike. emoticon

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PATRICIA-CR 12/24/2014 5:41PM

    What helps in this journey is worth doing!

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PICKIE98 12/24/2014 4:47PM

    Mr. Multi-task!! I read books wile I am on the treadmill..

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ONEGREATCAT 12/24/2014 4:36PM

    I'm usually too busy to be listening to music....so when I'm on my treadmill, that's when I listen to music...it keeps me "pumped up". And talk about pumped up...you're really on to something with a streak within a streak! Love it!

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MASRITE 12/24/2014 2:51PM

    Way to go!! Keep up the great work. Cycle into 2015!!

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_LINDA 12/24/2014 2:23PM

    Good on you! Way to build on the streak!! That is neat double tasking to get things done while on there!
Keep up the great work!

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MBPP50 12/24/2014 1:47PM

    Sounds great! Merry Christmas.

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MARGOH12 12/24/2014 1:31PM

    Streak within a streak is a great idea

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1CRAZYDOG 12/24/2014 12:31PM

    I like the streak within a streak idea!

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CHERYLANNE921 12/24/2014 11:32AM

  wonderful for you

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WARRIORGIRL121 12/24/2014 11:03AM

    Chris, you're an inspiration! Wishing you and your family a blessed Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANNARUTH2 12/24/2014 9:23AM

    Wishing you and your family a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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KITT52 12/24/2014 8:38AM

    I love my exercise bike too....this is my second one....first one just stopped one day after 8 years.....lol

Merry Christmas

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DJSHIP46 12/24/2014 8:16AM

    I've often thought I could do an exercise bike with a book. Hope that works out well for you... Happy Trails... Merry Christmas Eve!!!

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BEEJAY49 12/24/2014 4:32AM

    Exercise bikes are the greatest! :) Can you compromise when you are traveling and do the "bicycle" on the floor? Hehe!
From my family to yours, a Very Merry Christmas! HUGS!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 12/24/2014 3:20AM

    emoticon merry christmas

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JSEATTLE 12/24/2014 2:41AM

  Well I guess I'm going to have to devise my own streak within a streak now!

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RD03875 12/24/2014 1:38AM

    Great job

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COLOR-BLUE 12/24/2014 12:33AM

    Chris,

You never cease to amaze me! Look at you working so hard and you have 254 days of your streak and now, you're incorporating a streak within a streak! Let me know how it goes, please.

Blessings!

- Nancy Jean -
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TINY67 12/23/2014 11:13PM

    I'm working at it.

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WALLAHALLA 12/23/2014 10:52PM

    Before I can get an exercise bike, I have to have room to put it.

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SPEDED2 12/23/2014 10:33PM

    My stationary bike gets used most every day.

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FRAN0426 12/23/2014 10:32PM

    When I use a stationary bike I always found the time goes faster when occupied reading any type of printed material.

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JAMER123 12/23/2014 10:20PM

    Great that you print off the notes. It can be "boring" to just sit there and watch TV or stare at a wall. I enjoy reading as well but don't have the bike. Great goals set up.
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CEILIE2 12/23/2014 10:16PM

    Fantastic!

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NELLIEC 12/23/2014 10:15PM

    I am tricky. I bought a little under-the-desk cycle that I use while I am doing things on the computer. Of course, it didn't cost much and it doesn't have the fancy settings. I just set my legs to pedal away as fast as I can comfortably. (I just wish the little pillow I sit on with my desk chair was slightly more padded.) Anyway, I did an hour and 5 minutes with it today.

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EMMACORY 12/23/2014 10:14PM

    Keeping "streaking" ! emoticon

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RAINBOWMF 12/23/2014 9:54PM

    Great idea
I am going to do just that.

Mary

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Day 253 Update: Dave-on-the-shelf

Monday, December 22, 2014

Hi Everyone

I hope you are having a great Monday!

Today is Day 253 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak. I've just done 10 minutes so far to get another day in the books!

Someone on my team just shared the horrific image below. I joked that this now ruins Elf-on-the-Shelf for me. The person in the photo is Dave, our Chief Operating Officer.



Yes, I'm aware of what this could say about SparkPeople as a company, so I decided to share a message about that. As many people know, despite having an enormous website and mobile apps, we have a very small team.

One of the main reasons this works is that our team is really smart and efficient at what they do. We also like to have fun as a team. All of this combines to lead to many people on our team staying with the company for a long time because it can be a great place to work with the culture we build and the mission we're on to SPARK millions of PEOPLE to reach their goals using health and fitness as a springboard to success in all areas of life.

The "having fun" goal actually fits well with our goal to be very efficient. We like to say that if we continue to be efficient, then we're "allowed" to use some of the time saved from that efficiency to do goofy things like dress up as Elf-on-the-shelf and other fun activities -- like the team once re-assembled Dave's desk in the bathroom including a working phone line. They bragged about how it only took a short time to do this prank. He just worked from there for the entire day to "show them". I don't think this really "showed them". In fact, I think the team probably anticipated this response from Dave, so it just added to their joy :). Laughing is healthy, right?

Of course, this all makes it more fun to work with each other and keep trying our best to help more people.

SparkCheers!

Chris (SparkGuy)
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SHERYLP461 12/28/2014 5:52AM

    Sounds like a fun bunch

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    Sounds like everyone's idea of the ideal workplace! emoticon

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CRYSALLIS1 12/26/2014 11:17PM

    Love it!

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  emoticon Co-workers who have a sense of humor adds to the morale of the whole organization. Enjoy! emoticon

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DYANNE4293 12/26/2014 9:47AM

    I love a good sense of humor!!

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MSFROGGIE 12/26/2014 8:56AM

    Too Cute!! What a way to take a children's motivational item and use it for ourselves!!

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    I'm pretty sure laughing burns calories! emoticon

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LOGOULD 12/25/2014 8:06PM

    So much fun! For 2015, I commit to get more of that fun back....and reignite my SPARK!

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GRAYGRANNY 12/25/2014 7:58PM

    So cute!!! A work place that is fun creates better work and happy employees.....

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WHITEANGEL4 12/25/2014 5:39PM

    Thanks for sharing. Sparks is a great community snd has a pace for everyone focasing on improving the health and bdoy

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PREPAREMYTEMPLE 12/25/2014 3:18PM

    Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

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JIBBIE49 12/25/2014 10:30AM

    emoticon Happy Holidays emoticon

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HMBROWN1 12/25/2014 9:33AM

    Merry Christmas to everyone!

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TIFFFIT 12/25/2014 9:17AM

    Having fun at work is one of the primary reasons I have stayed in pediatrics for my entire career!!! Good for you!

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MELYROD18 12/25/2014 12:35AM

    Great!! :)

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OPHELIE 12/24/2014 6:08PM

    Lol

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PEGGY-BEE 12/24/2014 4:55PM

    Laughing at the workplace is essential!

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    nice

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    interesting and funny..
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    emoticon Sounds like you guys have a lot of fun!

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NHEMBERGER 12/24/2014 10:43AM

    This made me giggle! LOL!
Thanks Sparkguy!
Merry Christmas to all!
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ACHIEVECHI 12/24/2014 10:32AM

    Love it! If we can't laugh at work sometimes, it makes the work daunting.
Glad to see a team who can laugh. emoticon

I have a very small group of people at work. We try to take walking-breaks. We occasionally have "happy hour" at 4pm on Fridays in my office. I even considered pajama day, but now sure how/when we will pull it off. At the very least, we will do a flip-flop day in the summer.

Cheers and Merry Christmas!

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TZVI-R 12/24/2014 10:00AM

  Thanks...

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ALEXSGIRL1 12/24/2014 9:07AM

    wish we had more fun at work

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LARRI2010 12/24/2014 7:32AM

    Having fun is perfectly acceptable. In my job, we do some serious stuff, but we also like to have fun - it keeps us sane. I'm sure no one's feelings were hurt in the making of the photo - except perhaps those of a real Elf on the Shelf (who probably ran to Santa to tattle on you!).

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LEANMEAN2 12/24/2014 5:12AM

    Fun! Thanks.

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JSEATTLE 12/24/2014 12:49AM

  My aunt had a whole row of elves in her 3 high windows, this was in the 60's. I would sit and be mesmerized by them and she ave me own set, the centerpiece of my Christmas decorations today.

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ROCKYCPA 12/24/2014 12:47AM

    Cute elf!

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LIVELYGIRL2 12/24/2014 12:19AM

  a lot of people would be happy to be allowed to have fun at work.

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CHRISTINEBWD 12/24/2014 12:14AM

    Bahahahahaha! Loved Dave as the elf!!!

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LIVEDAILY 12/23/2014 10:42PM

    After resisting Elf-on-a-Shelf for years, I finally gave in to it, and bought a mini Elf to use in my classroom. I teach 1st graders, who ALL still believe in the magic of Christmas, and what more could you want for than to see the expressions on their faces when they realize that the elf is in a different spot in the classroom!! They ask me why, and I just say, ' Oh, that must be where he decided to sit after flying back from the North Pole last night." Thanks for sharing the picture of your own Elf! Congrats for fostering such joy in your workplace!

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EMMACORY 12/23/2014 10:10PM

    A fun photo! Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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HMBROWN1 12/23/2014 10:04PM

    Funny! Thanks for sharing!

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    emoticon blog, what camaraderie! Love the outfit! Thanks for sharing! Happy Holidays! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JERICHO1991 12/23/2014 8:41PM

    Good to hear the streak is still growing. Thanks for sharing the Dave story too.

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ONEGREATCAT 12/23/2014 8:17PM

    Camraderie beats anything. Go SparkTeam! emoticon You rock!

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CAROLYNSUE17 12/23/2014 7:53PM

    Love this, laughing is good for the soul.

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