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Day 133 Update: Giant Teachers

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Today is Day 133 of my 10+ Fitness Minutes Streak. I think a bug is trying to get me, so I’m taking it easy and fighting it off with tricks like putting oregano essential oil on my feet. About 20 easy fitness minutes so far today.

I may have gotten something last night at the San Jose Giants minor league baseball game. The reason for the name of this blog is that my son earned a trip to the game with his 3rd grade teacher so we all went to the game. There was a complication last year and he couldn’t make it, but he made sure to get in a game with all of his students who earned this prize. He is a great teacher who really loves his students (so, he's a giant of a teacher who took our son to the Giants game, haha). Our youngest will now hopefully have him next year.

It was our first minor league baseball game – very fun! This team is in between single A and double A baseball levels. The goofiest between-inning entertainment was probably an old beat-up truck that drove out and the players had to throw baseballs at the truck to try to break its’ headlights to help win prizes for some fans.

Another funny one was the “beer batter” – the player on the other team with the lowest batting average is selected. If that player strikes out, then beer is half-off for a short time period. Near the end of the game, the player switches to be the Martinelli’s sparkling cider batter.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend! I’m getting ready to watch the Cincinnati Bengals pre-season game (at least the part with the starters in the game). With all the injuries in the NFL pre-season, hopefully we at least make it out of the game with no more injuries.

SparkCheers!

Chris (SparkGuy)
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JEANNETTE59 8/26/2014 3:39PM

  emoticon sounds like everyone had a great time. Our minor league is the River Sharks. The games are always family friendly and easier on the budget.

It is always nice to hear about a dedicated teacher. It is not an easy job, so this is for him emoticon

Hope you're feeling better.

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CASSIOEPIA 8/26/2014 8:24AM

    Sounds like your son has a wonderful teacher (and I already know a great role model at home). I hope that bug was fleeting, and that you feel better this morning.

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QUILTINGB52 8/26/2014 4:45AM

    I am hoping that the bug on my computer is as easy to fix as my 24-hour bug that I just had. Nothing else, I am catching up on some much needed sleep.

Hope your bug came and left.

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PATRICIAAK 8/25/2014 11:49PM

    hope you're feeling better.

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JANISMKW 8/25/2014 9:39PM

    Teachers emoticon and minor league baseball emoticon are the best!

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NOLAHORSERIDER 8/25/2014 6:18PM

    Hi Chris. I love reading your posts. They are soo invigorating! How exciting for your child to go to the Giants Game! You must be pround of him!
I hope you are feeling better soon! Try also taking a Tablespoon of vinegar! Personally, when I feel crappy I use Red Wine Vinegar. It is very good for you and will help heal you!

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MASRITE 8/25/2014 4:13PM

    Hope you catch the bug before it catches you!! Those minor league games are fun to watch. Did you watch any of the Little League World Series? Just caught the last few games. Miss my boys playing. They're all grown up now!!

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WARRIORGIRL121 8/25/2014 1:46PM

    Hi Chris, enjoyed your blog! emoticon Hope you'll be feeling your normal self again soon! Be sure to load up on Vitamin C! emoticon Karen

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PATTISTAMPS 8/25/2014 12:52PM

    Hope you are feeling better! My family tree is full of teachers, preachers and military people! None of which are paid what they are worth, and all of whom we need. Kudos to your Giant teacher!

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JANEWATKINS 8/25/2014 12:33PM

    Teachers are so underpaid for the great work they do. Our priorities at times are just backwards . . . teachers making $40,000 while an athlete makes $4,000,000 or even $40,000,000. Sigh.

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AUNTRENEE 8/25/2014 11:15AM

    Get well soon. Hate being sick. Especially in the summertime.


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IDICEM 8/25/2014 10:28AM

  Hope you kick the bug. Thanks for the blog!

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    sounds like fun


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SUSIEMT 8/25/2014 10:04AM

    It sounds like a fun outing for all!

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    Sounds like a fun day.

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DJSHIP46 8/25/2014 9:29AM

    Does Oregano Oil really work??? Glad you enjoyed that game. It's always nice to hear about an exceptional teacher... emoticon

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FERRETLOVER1 8/25/2014 7:44AM

    Hope you can fight off whatever is "bugging" you. Feel better soon! emoticon

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GOANNA2 8/25/2014 7:37AM

    I hope you get the bug before it gets you, lol.
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JSEATTLE 8/25/2014 2:30AM

  I love to go to see minor league games. We have 2 teams in the area and they always seem to have cleven and fun promotion. I think they try harder because they have to. I love MLB and we're in the running for a Wild Card spot so it's been fun.

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JAMER123 8/25/2014 12:19AM

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sounds like you enjoyed the game! Hope you are doing better. A good night to sleep early and get up later. Rest is the key! There are very special people that enter our lives and the teacher appears to be one of them for you. You are special to many people as well! Thank you for all you have done for so many others! That;s the kind of kindness we love to pass forward.

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LESLIESENIOR 8/24/2014 11:39PM

    Have a speedy recovery! I'm glad you are a good role model for being kind to your body when it needs more rest.
The minor league baseball game sounded like lots of good fun. I appreciate your kind words about your son's teacher. I am a retired passionate special ed. teacher.
Speaking of teachers, YOU are a marvelous teacher.
Thank you!

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KERRYG155 8/24/2014 9:43PM

    The minor league games are great-glad you and your son enjoyed it. We try to get to at least one game a year to see the Jacksonville Suns. We used to go more often but lately we've been slacking.

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COLUMBINE2 8/24/2014 9:34PM

    Sounds like a great week-end!

I hope you feel better & thanks for the health tip. I'll try it next time "a bug" starts lookin' at me as a target. Take care!

Thanks a million for this great website and program. It's the most inspirational tool I've ever seen!

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NANHBH 8/24/2014 9:16PM

    Sounds like it was a fun game with Giant players and teachers!
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SANDICANE 8/24/2014 9:13PM

    Thank goodness for Giant Teachers!!! (you're one of them)
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LUVS2BIKE101 8/24/2014 9:01PM

    I'm glad to hear your son's teacher goes beyond the classroom to teach. He is a gifted individual. Happy to hear you all enjoyed the "prize". Feel better!
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CELLA_P 8/24/2014 8:58PM

    Congratulations on Day 133! Feel better soon, and well done on STILL managing to fit in those fitness minutes :) emoticon

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 8/24/2014 8:26PM

    Hope you get better soon!!!!

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KATHYJO56 8/24/2014 8:10PM

    I'm happy that your son earned his trip to the baseball game with his teacher and that your whole family went to enjoy it with him. Minor league games are very fun. We have the Indians farm team here in Columbus. We are having big hopes for our Ohio State Buckeyes this year, but with the loss of our Quarterback, who knows. I hope you are feeling yourself again tomorrow and great job with the fitness. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 8/24/2014 8:05PM

    Hope that oregano oil helps. Helps me too. Isn't it strange? If you put Vicks Vapo Rub on your feet that stops coughing!

Get better soon. CHICKEN SOUP!

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    Hope you feel better soon. Glad y'all enjoyed the game!

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Day 131 Update: Sneak peek at 10+ Fitness Minutes Mini-Book

Friday, August 22, 2014

Day 131 Update: Sneak peek at 10+ Fitness Minutes Mini-Book

Hi Everyone – hope you are having a great Friday! Today is Day 131 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak. I just came in from doing mini-trampoline in the sunshine to cross 10 minutes for the day so far.

I’m excited today to give you a chance to read the 10+ Fitness Minutes Mini-book if you are interested (reading it takes about 30 minutes altogether).

Here is a link to view the PDF:
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I’ll be putting together a survey soon if you’d like to answer questions about this, and feel free to shout out any comments below or send me a sparkmail.

Hope everyone has a great Friday and weekend. I should be around the site this weekend some.

SparkCheers!

Chris (SparkGuy)
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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 8/25/2014 10:00PM

    This really is tried and true. I'm on my 87th week of the 10 minute exercise daily. This is a great concept in general, something everyone can do even if you just walk, but really comes in handy on the days I just feel worn out, stressed, just not enough time, etc. I at least do something, anything for just 10 min (shorter than most phone calls), and I end up going longer, sometimes 20, 30 or 40 min, depending on how I feel. I really do feel better once I get moving, and I always make time for at least 10. Connecting to other larger goals are generally in the form of striving for more, like increasing endurance and fitness level, or climbing a mountain. This is also where the Vision Collage comes in. Once I decided NOT to wait until I reached my goal weight and fitness level to start living, I decided what I wanted to do first, and made my collage. It took me about 9 months into the program to really know for sure what I wanted and in which order. My husband and I used to sit at the base of Chimney Rock, NC and look up at people climbing while we ate hamburgers and french fries. It was entertainment, but I wished I could do that, and I did it. Together we climbed a mountain, and we went much further than we thought possible. That was really empowering and I wasn't even in great shape. This concept filters down into other areas of life too, like getting more organized, purging, de-cluttering, putting finances in better order, making small steps to accomplish great things. Once you get your self in order, the rest follows.

The 10 minute concept is working in the are of trying new workouts, genre's, etc. I at least give something new at least 10 minutes to see how it goes before moving on. I also use the 10 min concept in keeping my mouth shut at times, when I need to re-group and think before I speak.

In an effort to live simply and maintain balance in this healthy lifestyle, I take at least 10 min for "me-time" to de-stress, get my thoughts in order, review, read devotions, reflect on goals, set new challenges, or just bask in peace and quiet, etc. It is alone time for whatever I need in order to maintain a balance of Physical, Mental, Emotional, Spiritual, and Financial health.

It's been an awesome journey so far and I have many visions to add to my Dreamboard. I look forward to living out the next one. If I can do it, you can too!!



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MT-MOONCHASER 8/24/2014 2:08PM

    Interesting.

I like the idea of streaking - Today will be Day 600 of my (at least) 10 minute Cardio Streak using mostly one of Leslie Sansone's Walk Away The Pounds DVD's. I have a space that is about 3ft x 4ft that I do these in. It would be nicer to have a larger space, but that is what is currently available.

I am also on Day 640 of drinking at least 8 cups of water a day and Day 110 of spinning the Spark wheel.

I think it is time to start a freggie streak as I usually don't get in my 5 a day.

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JERICHO1991 8/23/2014 5:09PM

    I did about a 5 minute skim read and liked what I read.

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PENOWOK 8/23/2014 4:18PM

    Wow! You packed all that into a short version with great information! Pretty impressive!! You've convinced me all over again. Now, if I could only get my over the top husband to realize 3 short 10 minute sessions still equals an hour and we don't have to walk for 2 hours to get the benefits of cardio! Thanks so much, SparkGuy! You are amazing!

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NONNAOF2 8/23/2014 1:28PM

  It sounds like you were able to get some fun in before your weekend! Have a great weekend, too! :-)

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IDICEM 8/23/2014 11:38AM

  Thanks!

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JSEATTLE 8/23/2014 11:30AM

  SparkGuy, you continue to amaze and inspire! Looking forward to reading your doc.

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BONNIEB1947 8/23/2014 11:13AM

    Spark People (and you the Spark Guy) are fast becoming my crutch, my go-to fix-it site. This is my second day with the Tracker; love it so far! And I'm slowly seeing the scales reverse themselves which I didn't think was even possible.
I will read this gladly as I want to absorb everything available here. If I can help with answering questions I will do so.

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    This has greatly inspired me. I start today - it is 4:00 am now. I will wait until 6 AM to start. emoticon emoticon

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    Well said

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    Reading material, yay!

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    emoticon Chris! I have looked at the book a little but hope to have time this weekend to read it in its entirety. What I have read sounds great!!

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NANHBH 8/22/2014 9:47PM

    Thanks, Chris. I'll read the booklet this weekend.
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    Will gladly answer questions.

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KERRYG155 8/22/2014 8:52PM

    I'm sure that will encourage a lot more people to try exercising. I have a problem with 7 days a week because by Sunday evening I am just wanting to do nothing. The rest of the week I exercise in the morning but can't do that on Sunday.

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GOOZLEBEAR 8/22/2014 7:11PM

    Thank you so much for the sneak peek. I would love to answer some questions.

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HAZELFRUIT 8/22/2014 7:00PM

    Great idea. One comment: Although everyone finds your personal story to be very inspirational, I would either delete the History section or put it at the end. People need tools, easy tools, to get started right away and build confidence, and I think that's what you're going for here. So I'd get right to it and start them on the 10+ minutes immediately (with the usual disclaimers).

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JOJOSLIVIN 8/22/2014 5:53PM

    Thanks for the sneak peak. I am very interested! Thank you for the site as well....

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BESCATS 8/22/2014 5:45PM

    Looks very interesting, look forward to seeing the final version. Many teams have small challenges, and I find them great !!

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AHAPPYSPIRIT 8/22/2014 5:17PM

    Thanks for the Sneak peek, I can't wait to read the book. May your weekend be full of activity and fun.

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B-NANA 8/22/2014 4:41PM

    Thanks for sharing the Beta version. Got in a long conversation with my son about games, gaming and rewards. Perhaps you already have heard about "gamifying education". We see a lot of similarities in your ideas and the ideas presented in the video. Goals, positive reinforcement and team leadership help us develop into better people. Here's the video.
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KATHYJO56 8/22/2014 4:39PM

    This sample books looks like it is just what is needed. emoticon

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 8/22/2014 4:35PM

    Read your sample mini book. Looks good. Will do the survey.

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    Thanks- I can't wait to read it!

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DREAMINGBEYOND 8/22/2014 3:33PM

    You've inspired me! I already know two places i'm going to share it. I almost did already but then i saw your note not too. ;)

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    enjoy the weekend

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    emoticon emoticon Very enlightening read. I can't wait for the final to come out! Thanks for all you do!! I love SP and all the teams are so encouraging! I especially like reading the journies of others! As a TEAM we can conquer all!

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Day 127 Update: Earthquakes Game

Monday, August 18, 2014

Today is Day 127 of my 10 or more fitness minutes streak. About 25 minutes so far today to keep the streak alive. Today I increased my number of lunges just a bit. I’ve learned the hard way to never increase lunges too much or you end up with lunge legs the next few days and can barely walk. Of course, that’s a great way to look at this in general – just keep increasing one step at a time.

Thanks a bunch for all the great comments on my last blog that was a tribute to Robin Williams. We have done surveys and a surprising percentage of SparkPeople members have some form of depression/anxiety, so I hope to do more to help with this.

Hope everyone had a good weekend and is ready for a positive week ahead! This weekend was the last one before our kids go back to school this Wednesday. So, I took the family and my brother to a San Jose Earthquakes MLS soccer game. Originally, I was going to take them in September if their fitness streak hit 50 days in a row, but I have to travel on that day, so moved it to this weekend as a reward for them hitting 25 days in a row. They really like this and my oldest especially gets excited about tracking his minutes.

Unfortunately, the game didn’t go so well and the home team lost to Dallas FC 5-0 and even missed a penalty kick that would have at least given the kids the excitement of seeing a gooooooooooooooooal. But, we still had a great time.

It was a bittersweet day for my wife because she used to go to Earthquakes games as a kid with her Dad and brother way back in the 70s. He was born in Germany and loved soccer and coached her teams when she was a kid. Unfortunately, he passed away a few years ago and his birthday was yesterday, so she thought this was a good way to honor him for us to take our kids to their first professional soccer game. I played soccer from age 6-18 and it was a great sport for fitness and leadership (though I wish I hadn’t done so many headballs!).

I’m super-excited at the moment because we’re working on a partnership with a fun organization that might include the 10 or more fitness minutes challenge in their program!

SparkCheers!

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SUNNYWBL 8/25/2014 12:27AM

    I have depression and PTSD. Depression runs in my family and my ex-husbands also. ( My poor kids!)

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MARYJEANSL 8/24/2014 3:01PM

  Always great to do fun things together as a family...even if bittersweet.

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NASFKAB 8/23/2014 1:07AM

  sorry about your loss great way to pay tribute to him all the best

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  good blog

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PENOWOK 8/22/2014 7:11AM

    No rest for the weary...well, it doesn't sound as though you are weary...always looking for great partnerships! Thanks for always being there!

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QUILTINGB52 8/20/2014 12:12PM

    I love how you have given your children an incentive for exercise ~ both the rewards and the benefits that they can carry with them through life.

Regardless of who won the soccer game, the thought of honoring your father-in-law was wonderful!! Pulls at my heart-strings.

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LOVINGKATE 8/20/2014 9:50AM

  You are such a great role model to us and most of all, your beautiful family. I know I am doing my own 10 min. challenge and it is very motivating to know each day I can add just a little bit more and feeling better each and every day. I thank you each and every day for sharing SP with all of us. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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  Your more likeable , personable, and thoughtful to those outside your company and staff. Another reason this site is so popular. Your interested in people, not just only sales... Go Bless You for making this site available.

It has helped me in various ways. I think I may have mentioned elsewhere, a good percentage of my friends aren't physically or nutritionally active, so believe me, it is useful to stay focused. emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 8/19/2014 6:04PM

    Congrats to your family in their 25 day streak!! I'm sure they will thank you for encouraging them to keep track of fitness and keep moving! Right now, it's just plain fun! hehe
Hope you are having a terrific Tuesday! (((HUGS)))

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ALEXSGIRL1 8/19/2014 3:56PM

    I miss watching my kids play they both played until 16 I never went to a professional game maybe someday. I love how you involve your family in your fitness goals I do the same thanks for all you do

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NONNAOF2 8/19/2014 12:33PM

  It sounds like you are setting up a good example for your children and expanding to others about exercise, even 10 minutes of it! My young granddaughters play soccer and just love it! Unfortunately, they live far away from me, so I can't get to their games, but they look good in their uniforms!! :-)

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PATRICIAANN46 8/19/2014 12:08PM

  emoticon I watched Dead Poet's Society this weekend. What a message and what a talent. We will miss him!!!!!

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GRLTAZ 8/19/2014 11:25AM

    What a great reward ! Good you got out and had fun to boot.

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    Thanks for a great blog.

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    sounds like your all having fun.. :-)

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LODESTONE 8/19/2014 7:57AM

    Inspirational read. Thanks!

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NEW-CAZ 8/19/2014 3:02AM

    Wonderful way to honour your late FIL and a great treat for the boys Chris.

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CATHYGETSFIT 8/19/2014 1:20AM

    I know that I suffer from depression off and on every year. Given what I do know about Robin Williams I can definitely understand his feelings of wanting to take his life. I know it's something he must have been thinking about for a long time now. It saddens me that he never reached out to someone to get help. I dare say that I don't believe we will ever see another great actor / human being in our lifetime. He is missed by many people.

What a great treat for your kids...taking them to their first MLS soccer game. The video is funny!

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KATHYJO56 8/19/2014 12:25AM

    It sounds as though fitness has become a way of life in your household and I am happy for your kids. How nice to celebrate with their first professional soccer game. Maybe they will see a goal the next time. emoticon

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    Several of my children/grandchildren play(ed) soccer.

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    Chris,

I'm sorry to hear about your wife's dad, but I rejoice, because he's in Heaven, and the family paid tribute to him, but going to the soccer game! That's so sweet!

You don't see hands on dads, very much anymore and I love the fact that you are, and you include your family in your blogs! Thank you for including me in your family, as you go through each milestone and mini challenge, with the boys and your wife!

Blessings!

- Nancy Jean -
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JAMER123 8/18/2014 10:15PM

    i suppose I could say YEAH! for Dallas as I am a winter Texan but much farther south!! So i will say sorry for the loss but so great the kids had a wonderful time!! Our granddaughters will head back to school Tues. after Labor Day as our schools start late and end late.
Will await the potential of a new program!!
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    What a great reward for you kids!

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    I do believe you've put "world-class papahood" on the map, Chris! I was sorry to hear about your wife's dad...please give her my emoticon .

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ROXYZMOM 8/18/2014 9:15PM

    Congrats on your streak! Hard work and determination and having kids in the equation helps! You are an awesome role model!!

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DJSHIP46 8/18/2014 8:38PM

    Sounds like a great weekend, wish some of my grandchildren were interested in soccer, but they aren't. Have a GREAT week!!!

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Day 122 Update: Robin Williams: O Captain! My Captain!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Today is Day 122 of my 10 or more fitness minutes streak. About 20 minutes so far today.

Today I want to reflect on the passing of Robin Williams for a couple of reasons.

First, his movie Dead Poet’s Society is one of the top movies that moved me to take action (and of course, was only one of his masterpieces). I remember watching it at the suggestion of my friend Rob sometime in 1996. I can’t remember for sure, but this was either just before or just after we both left our jobs to become entrepreneurs and we eventually built eBay’s largest competitor together (later adding 2 partners and a computer engineering intern named Josh who is SparkPeople’s CTO today).

If you haven’t seen this movie for awhile, I’ll share a few of the classic scenes with some commentary. If you haven’t seen it yet, it might be best to not watch the last video because it’s the end of the movie – and instead go watch the whole movie! I can’t wait to show this to my kids at the right time (maybe soon).

This first scene sets up the whole movie:




After you watch this, think about how it can relate to your life. For example, try to equate “poetry” with everything in your life that goes beyond the very basics of surviving day-to-day. Think of “poetry” as everything that makes or could make your life joyful, exciting, and full of hope. Next, just like they did in this scene, visualize ripping out everything that is holding you from your goals and dreams so that you are free to move forward.

One of the best quotes from the movie: ”..that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?”

What will be the verse or verses of your life? There is still so much to be written for you and all of us together.

Next, here is one of my favorite scenes showing his natural ability to inspire people who might not even know they want to be inspired. Williams was such a great fit for this role. I can still trace back my goal to inspire other people to his incredible ability in scenes like this:



After you watch this scene, think about how Mr. Keating brought something out of Mr. Anderson that he probably had no idea was in him. Apply this to your life. This scene is real and goes far beyond poetry. I can just about guarantee you that there are many skills and abilities that are inside you that haven’t seen the light of day yet. This is why I really started SparkPeople and am excited about projects like the 10 or more fitness minutes challenge: because I know these are really just tools to help replicate Mr. Keating’s skills and bring out the best in millions of people.

This is another great teaching/inspiration clip that builds to the finale:


How can you look at life in a different way?

Besides the finale of the movie, I’ll make this one the last clip:



Hard to miss the message of this one. What will you do to seize the day? Most people reading this will likely be older than the boys in this clip. But, don’t let that be an excuse. You are never too old to “make your lives extraordinary.”

Finally, here is the finale:



Wow. It was hard to watch this scene without getting tears even before he was gone, but now...

"O Captain! My Captain!" from all of your fans, Mr. Williams -- and thanks for your amazing verses.

The second part of this blog is that it’s hard to understand (accept?) someone like him taking his own life. But, having grown up with anxiety and having had depression for a short time as a teenager, I really do understand how it’s possible. Depression can be a little like getting cancer – where you can take actions to prevent it and treat it and hopefully cure it, but some people are more prone to this disease. And once someone has severe anxiety or depression, thinking they can “just snap out of it” is about the same as thinking someone can just snap out of having cancer.

Even though most people have used SparkPeople primarily to lose weight and get fit, the underlying program I originally developed is just as much an anti-anxiety program. For example with the 10+ fitness minutes challenge, both exercise and reaching one small goal at a time form a potent mental and physical punch that can be part of fighting anxiety and depression. Especially when then combined with other areas like nutrition, stress management, and other healthy habits.

While this is small now in the big picture, after originally watching Dead Poet’s Society, I always had a small goal to eventually work with Robin Williams in some way to help people. Now it’s a bummer knowing that some of what SparkPeople does could possibly have helped him to some degree.

If any of this happens to relate to you, please get help from friends, family, and professionals. And then also continue giving your SparkPeople program a great effort. I know from experience that these small steps can conquer big issues.

Here’s an example of this in action from a member comment on my blog yesterday about going to the amusement park – just imagine how her life has changed and how this might impact the rest of her kids’ lives!
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RUFFIT8/13/2014 9:03AM

Love your blog!! I remember the days I would never fit in the seats for rides or I would need the seat belt extender sitting in my seat in the airplane. Now I can ride and fly without issue. Thanks to you and SparkPeople I have a new, much improved life!! Also with your son jumping rope - How awesome is that!! We all compete in 5K's today. The last one in June the whole family ran. One of the coordinators said "Mom you should be proud. Look at you all go and being healthy together. Way to go Mom!" That was a profound moment for me. From a person who could barely walk to the mailbox to jogging 5K's now. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!! Moni

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What are some of your favorite memories of Robin Williams?

Carpe Diem. Let’s all seize the day and start writing our verses today!

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BROOKEBLOGS 8/25/2014 6:43PM

    Thank you for sharing this. I still haven't seen this movie but am planning on watching it soon. I've loved Robin Williams since I was a preteen. I suffer from anxiety & depression. He passed away on my birthday, so it really hit hard. emoticon

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1ALISSUCCESS 8/24/2014 8:05PM

    I also have anxiety and BiPolar depression and generalised depression so I really empathise with depression. I feel that Robin Williams death was a tremendous loss to us all. I also have loved all of his movies, from when he was Mork with Mindy in Boulder, Colo. I grew up there and was thrilled when the show was in Boulder, Colo. Then he made several other movies, that we're great in their own rate.
He will be sorely missed and needs to be also celebrated that he lived his personal life the same as he did in some of his greatest films, with integrity, selflessness and genuine support and consideration for all people everywhere.
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WARRIORGIRL121 8/23/2014 7:06PM

    I also was a fan of Robin Williams and was so sad when I heard of his passing. So sad to think he felt that was the only way out. This blog was a lovely tribute. emoticon

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PEPPERJROGERS1 8/23/2014 6:25PM

    I am so sad about the loss of this life. Robin Williams has always been in my time, I remember watching Mork and Mindy. My favorites roles of his were Dead Poets Society, Mrs. Doubtfire, and GoodWill Hunting. He had a way acting that seemed so authentic and I am glad to have read this blog about him. Thanks! emoticon emoticon

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MARYJEANSL 8/23/2014 11:55AM

  Unlike most people, I was not a huge Robin Williams fan. But I loved, and I mean loved, Dead Poets Society. It is probably the only movie of his I ever saw. He was superb in it. And now, I find it so ironic that one of the characters in the movie himself committed suicide. It wasn't one of the most mentioned movies in the eulogies for Mr. Williams, but I will never forget him just because of it. Thank you for the reminders of one of the best movies there is.

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WOOFERCOALBOY 8/23/2014 11:25AM

    RIP, Robin, & thank you, Chris, for this post.

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GODSGOODPLANS4U 8/22/2014 7:32PM

  Praying for Robin Williams family. I'm very sad about the great loss of this very funny guy. I love Mork and Mindy! I'm also praying for all of our actors and actresses that they may know God's love. I too struggled with depression for many years due to childhood traumas. It took years to overcome, with lots of prayer and support. I do know that exercise helps a great deal as well. But depression can be overcome! Please, if you are depressed, don't isolate! And please don't believe the lie that your life isn't worth anything, because it's worth a great deal! You and I have value, whether we feel it or not! Please share your pain with a friend or family member that is safe! If you don't have such a person, please call your local church or YMCA and ask for support groups. We all need support from time to time, from other people. I will be praying for all who read this, especially those who struggle with depression.

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MARITIMER3 8/21/2014 12:51PM

    I am so sorry for Robin Williams' family. He was a brilliant man, and from what I've read he was a good person who gave generously of his time, talents and resources.

I was clinically depressed for many years, and was suicidal at times. Luckily I got help before the depression destroyed my second marriage, and today I am happier than I ever was.

People with depression and other kinds of mental illness can be helped. The stigma against mental illness must be eradicated. We need to talk about it, and we need to be able to share our stories about how we were helped so that others will not be so afraid.

My love and prayers go out to his family.

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MOMMAGINI 8/20/2014 12:25PM

    There is a strain of Parkinson's running through my ex-husband's family, and we have learned that one of the symptoms of early Parkinsonian Syndrome is depression. Patients are not depressed about the diagnosis - depression is part of the disease. This makes treatment so much more difficult - the early neurological symptoms are frightening, and the depression that precedes them makes it extremely difficult for the patient to acknowledge, face, and report what is going wrong. Since early intervention is key, families need to be aware and help the sufferer to communicate with medical professionals, and advocate for proactive treatment.

While I am deeply saddened to lose someone who has entertained and inspired me since my teens, I'm sure Robin Williams would appreciate the positive impact that can come from raising awareness about Parkinsons and other illnesses that we need to diagnose and address in their early stages.

Thanks Chris for your tribute and your continuing efforts to make Spark better and better, and helpful to more and more people - for FREE!

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JOEYINMYHEART 8/18/2014 5:59PM

    i loved Robin Williams in dps and in most everything he did. I was so very sad that he was depressed, i lost my son to depression and 4 yrs later my daughter and without a good dr probably myself, it is a very misunderstanding problem, for instance my own family always called me weak, but i have a big heart and alot of compassion, so maybe i should be harder, but Robin Williams made me laugh so much I hate that he felt he couldnt reach out but sometimes you fall into deep dispair and its impulsive. I just hope he is flying high with the angels. I think its great Chris you made spark people bc i did lose 40 lbs and just started back trying again after alot of things happening in my life. this is a beautiful tribute you made to him, I also am happy you were able to help so many people with your genius of making sparkpeople
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BAMAJAM2 8/18/2014 4:15PM

  The enormous news coverage of the death of Robin Williams-- is because of his enormous talent. Part of his great talent-- the part that indeed endeared him to so many fans-- was the depth of his compassion for all people! In a film scene, he delights in creating a big red ball for his nose-- then acting like a clown-- all an effort to evoke a smile from a sick little child. And SMILE she did-- Robin Williams showed this kind of LOVE-- The intensity of his desire to make everyone happy---
was the sheer gift that he brought to humanity. TIME Magazine stated that it is too bad there was not a Robin Williams to help him--
Robin Williams brought a wonderful gift to this world-- by his talent and by his kindness. We can all try to honor him by passing on his virtue of kindness!

Thank you, Chris, for your special tribute here-- and thank you for the gift of SPARK that helps so many of us!

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KAYLEESMEME 8/17/2014 11:00PM

    Thank you for sharing this. I have suffered greatly with depression in the past, and my daughter deals with it now.She was in that very dark place for most of the past year. I was afraid to even let her hear about Robin Williams.

I loved all of Robin's movies, and it is very sad to hear about his very personal pain and struggles. I pray that his passing will bring more focus to a struggle that millions go through every day.

Thank you for all you do for all of us Chris, God Bless!

Wendy



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SPEDED2 8/17/2014 6:29PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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MYAKAYAH 8/17/2014 5:06PM

    Thanks for sharing this~

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RUNNERRACHEL 8/17/2014 4:12PM

    Thank you for sharing!

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MARJORIEWRIGHT 8/17/2014 6:36AM

    Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us.

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SUPERSYLPH 8/17/2014 1:13AM

    Thank you for the inspiring blog.

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LADYIRISH317 8/16/2014 11:45PM

    I have a very special memory of Robin Williams. I had begun to suspect I might be pregnant with my first son but I took a test that came up negative. That same night my then-husband and I watched an episode of Mork and Mindy that involved a kidnapped baby, and I ended up SOBBING. I told him, "I don't care of that stupid rabbit is up and doing the tango, if I'm crying over Mork and Mindy I'm darned well pregnant!" And so I was.

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NANHBH 8/16/2014 11:43PM

    I've never seen the movie, so I decided not to watch the videos. I'll watch the whole movie instead.

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SUMMARAH 8/16/2014 11:40PM

    I remember watching this movie years ago, but I'd really like to watch it again. Revisiting your favorite scene just about made me cry.

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CIERAPOET 8/16/2014 11:37PM

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I've been tearing up ever since I heard about Robin Williams death I hoped it was just another hoax. Growing up on Mork and Mindy I fell in love with this funny man. Just to imagine that he was not HAPPY inside. I've had depression and it brings a dark sensation in your heart. I lingered in it and felt like someone had died. I realized it was me. The darkness overpowered me and I gave in to it for a year. BUT that year felt like decades. I never would've killed myself but I did think about it for fleeting moments. I lost sight and focus of my belief in God and all He is and lingered in that depression. So much of my childhood mixed with that current issue got together and wrapped me up. Like a rope. I praise God that I was delivered out of that deep dark place with clear focus and a renewed since of LIFE and VIGOR.

I've been visiting my sister here in the Bay Area this summer so it's a lot of things on the news about his life and growing up. My heart wonders if he knew the impact of his life upon so many people and the true inspiration he was. My favorite phrase is Seize the Day! I was introduced to this movie when I went back to college in 2004 and it was part of our Composition class. We saw the movie and I fell in love with it as sad as it is. I've gone on and on but I think it helps me to get my thoughts of one of my favorite actors who truly was a GEM and a GODSEND. Laughter is the best medicine. I wish he would have listened to his own humor!
Thanks Chris for sharing and for allowing us to share! I needed this.
Blessings!
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RENATA144 8/16/2014 9:39PM

  Thank you so much for this. Robin had quite an impact on our lives.
I remember seeing his performance in MOSCOW ON HUDSON. He gave such a powerful performance that I will never forget. emoticon

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SAM60SUMTHINK 8/16/2014 8:19PM

    Powerful tribute; well said, excellent clips to tie in the messages of the movie to our efforts and aspirations!

Indeed: let us each make our life extraordinary!!
Carpe Diem!!

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CATHYGETSFIT 8/16/2014 6:36PM

    Fantastic blog!! I admit that I didn't catch all of the messages in this movie the first time I saw it. Thank you for sharing and showing us the messages in this movie. I have suffered from depression off and on for most of my life. I didn't realize it at the time but I do believe I suffered from some depression when I was 9 yrs old and had a brain tumor removed. I definitely suffered from severe depression in high school when I was being picked on/bullied by these 2 girls I knew. A teacher overheard a conversation I was having with some fellow students about wanting to kill myself. She immediately told the principal. My mom ended up getting me help thankfully. I have suffered from severe depression a couple of other times in my life. Thankfully SparkPeople and friends I have made here have helped me through one of these times.

I think one of my favorite movies he was in was Good Will Hunting. The park scene https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qM-
gZintWDc is one of my favorite scenes. He was such an incredible actor and person! There are so many scenes from this movie that I love but one of them is this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pr9
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It really saddens me that he didn't get help and that his drug/alcohol addiction had resurfaced. I'm sure that his heart operation along with being in the early stages of Parkinson's Disease probably had something to do with his depression. The world has lost a great actor and person. I've heard several stories of him giving to others in need. I don't know if there will ever be another person like him. Rest in Peace Robin Williams!!

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MOMMY445 8/16/2014 3:41PM

    so well said

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WITCHYONE333 8/16/2014 6:27AM

    Thank you for this. DPS was my favorite serious Robin Williams movie. Aside from DPS, I also both loved and hated Awakenings. I loved it because it was so well done. Robin Williams was brilliant in it. I hated it because I had encephalitis in Grade 2 and was comatose for two months. Awakenings was the worst horror story I have ever watched.

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THEFIERYHEART 8/15/2014 11:04PM

    Thank you for this blog post! Dead Poets Society has been one of my favorite movies since high school. It's also great for someone to truly understand depression, with all these articles popping up about how suicide is selfish and whatnot. I suffer from clinical depression, and for something that is so widespread, people seem to seriously misunderstand it. Sparkpeople has been really helping me to decrease the symptoms of my depression. Thank you for all you do!

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GINA180847 8/15/2014 10:03PM

    I do remember that movie but the one I loved best was when he played a robot who fell in love with a girl. He really was a great actor.

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--CHERYL-- 8/15/2014 7:50PM

    emoticon for writing this blog Sparkguy. Growing up, Mr. Bill Cosby and Mr. Robin Williams made me laugh so hard, I'd get crazy old-fashioned stomach pain (a good thing, of course).

I haven't been able to watch or read bad news about as I not only suffer from depression and anxiety but I can also get overwhelmed with emotion which leaves not only me hurting but also my family.

Your insight and inspiration----it's overwhelmingly contagious (also a good thing).

Will def arrange a fam night and re-watch this classic...peace

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RAESUN54 8/15/2014 5:58PM

    As we learn more and more about his death, it saddens me more. Someone so loved having felt so alone, or depressed enough to want to leave his prrcious child and wife. I suffer from depression and understand how alone one feels. My prayers go out to his family and hope hid loss will help someone in similar situation.

The world lost a great and talented man.

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YEENEKARA 8/15/2014 5:26PM

  I am so very saddened by the loss of Robin Williams. I have so much love, respect & admiration for him. Thank you so very much Chris for caring. You are an extraordinary person. Much love and respect to you for all your efforts in touching so many peoples' lives....... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IDICEM 8/15/2014 4:51PM

  Thank you for this great blog. A wonderful tribute.

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GRAMMYNSC 8/15/2014 4:07PM

    I loved your blog and I had one too about him....I wanted to contact you in private but im not quite sure how to do it...i will keep trying to figure it out though.....i dealt with anxiety for 40yrs and its gone.....just vanished....if you want to know more i will tell you! emoticon

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ALLILLE22 8/15/2014 3:29PM

 
Thank you so much for this post!! I believe DPS was my favorite Robin Williams movie, kind of hard to say for sure though, so many good ones... What a guy. So very sad. My prayers go out to his family. I heard last night on a radio show that he had been recently diagnosed with Parkinson's , and that that neurological disease can bring about depression...

Thank you for sharing about your own battle with anxiety, also. I know when i get to anxious/ stressed it seems to then turn into depression. I will look into your ideas about using Spark People too , to cope with these things.

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ELAINEANNE1 8/15/2014 1:43PM

    I have personal experience of mental health and feel this is awful for his family and just wish someone had noticed what he was feeling and done something to help.
My favourite film of his is Awakening with Robert De Niro.


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KIN59VARA 8/15/2014 1:31PM

    Beautiful and inspiring.

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ROXYHON 8/15/2014 11:25AM

    Thank you for your blog! I've been struggling for awhile now after a very difficult three years, and am so thankful for SparkPeople and the support that I have always gotten here. It makes sense that you understand these issues (although a person is always surprised to learn how many of us suffer from these things), because the program is so amazing and positive. Your knowledge of the symptoms and issues helped you make things truly effective. It really does make a difference - and thank you for that! I'm so grateful to have had a friend tell me about SP, and am inspired by the journey of so many fellow Sparkers!! Thanks for creating this program....
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AZ_CAT_PERSON 8/15/2014 10:11AM

    This hit me to the core. I have struggled with depression most of my life, I have to admit I have gone on and off my meds so many times I have lost count. I, like Robin tried to drown myself in drugs and alcohol. There have been days,, weeks even months where I just could not find anything that could keep me from wanting to end it all. over 25 years ago I even tried to commit suicide and a friend saved me. To this day I have a love hate relationship with that friend, I love the fact that she saved me but there are days I still wish I had died. I am currently in the process of finding another therapist so that I can get on the right meds and on the right track. Until I find myself in a better place, I am having trouble finding myself in the place to lose weight. You blog was an eye opener and now I know I have to look harder for my help so that I will still be here to lose weight.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the inspiration.

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VAINVT 8/15/2014 9:53AM

  So moving. Must watch it again.

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WENDYSPARKS 8/15/2014 9:43AM

    Very good blog....I have always enjoyed Robin Williams.....I think of him as a very nice thoughtful man.....I will miss seeing him in personal interviews and his movies that he would have made....tears come to me when I think of his passing...blessings to all....we need to be more caring of the ones who struggle in this life...we need to help people who need the help....there is a lot of us out there who need help....you can not tell by how someone looks on the outside....hugs....xo emoticon

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BROADBRUSH 8/15/2014 9:35AM

    ONE HOUR PHOTO was a Robin Williams BRILLIANT performance - it is a movie i have watched many times - and every time i get something different from his performance.
AWAKENINGS - profitic now considering the recent health news that he had the first stages of Parkinsons
he was a master, a perfectionist in his craft BUT MORE than that he was a KIND ENDEARING human being.
we all struggle with our own demons - many of them borne of outside stressers and horrible triggers in our lives - from childhood thru adulthood. live is a series of ups and downs .. sometimes DEATH is so very appealing - the peace, quiet and end of the strife is so very attractive.
RIP - the world is MUCH DIMINISHED without you in it.

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JEANNIE1238 8/15/2014 8:39AM

    Thank you for the great blog. I've been going through some really tough situation since the beginning of spring. My depression and anxiety have grown and have been suicidal in the past. I can see where sometimes people give up and give in. I feel for Robin Williams and his family. I have been having a turn around with my depression and anxiety, but in the last few month gained back the 30 lbs that I lost. I am determined to lose the 30 lbs. again and then some. I've got my anxiety and depression back down to a more healthy level, but still am suffering from both. I have graduated from my therapy sessions, and will be focusing on my physical health more. Your blog was very inspirational and I've always have been a big fan of Robin Williams.

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Day 121 Update: Urban Survivalist

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Hi everyone! Today is Day 121 of my 10 or more fitness minutes streak.

Yesterday was a fun day in the streak. I took the day off work and we went to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for my youngest son’s 8th birthday celebration. He took his best friend and his big brother as guests. So, I got to spend most of the day riding fun rides with 3 boys. I’ll remember this one for a long time because it was the first time that both boys were tall enough and brave enough to ride just about any ride in the park. I was a little surprised that I was able to convince them to ride the Double Shot for our second ride of the morning. This ride has your legs dangling in the air and then shoots you 125 feet up in the air and then you free fall back down – and then back up and down again. This one even scares me a bit. It was a fun day to be fit to be able to hang out with your kids and remember for a long time. I love days like this because then you can visualize these memories when you are having tough days, or in the dark of winter – great way to stay motivated to then build more memories. Here’s a quick 30-second video if you’d like to see this ride!



Overall, this amusement park has really good rides, but not world-class rides. But, what it does have is an amazing location right next to the ocean. Here’s another 90-second video shot from the ride above if you want to see a good view of the park and ocean.


Ok, enough of rides, here’s the reason for the title of this blog…

My wife and kids were watching one of those exciting survivalist TV shows where experts try to survive an adventure out in the wilderness. One thing they did was boil hot water in a regular thin plastic water bottle (one of the cheap bottled water containers you’d get from the store). My wife commented that while this is a neat trick, they probably don’t realize they are likely causing chemicals from the plastic to leach into the water by boiling it. This made her comment that we are urban survivalists because we’re trying to reduce the number of chemicals and other toxins we’re exposed to on a daily basis from all kinds of products. I’ll eventually write more about this – it’s such an important topic with all the processed foods and so many other products in our homes. Something has gone seriously awry with our society and it’ll likely be up to us to demand change from manufacturers – because it’s affecting our health and overall lives in profound ways.

One more quick update: if you’ve been reading for awhile, you know that I recently taught my kids how to jump rope and that my youngest was quickly frustrated and gave up when he could only do 3 jumps in a row. Then, after a talk, he went out and practiced by himself and was able to do 35 in a row. On this past Sunday, I happened to look out the window and there he is doing jump rope WHILE BOUNCING ON THE MINI-TRAMPOLINE! He was partly motivated to do this by a jump rope act he saw on America’s Got Talen that did jump rope on trampolines.

It’s always fun to see what your kids do when you point them in the right direction and they take one step at a time -- and it’s interesting to see how they are motivated by what they see on TV – which can obviously be good or bad.

Have a great night – SparkCheers!

Chris (SparkGuy)
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MARYJEANSL 8/23/2014 12:07PM

  I couldn't agree more that there are way too many nasty chemicals in our everyday household products. I am working on finding alternatives, but it's a slow process. However, I think our lives really may depend on it.

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GRACED777 8/14/2014 2:43AM

    The amusement park reminds me of fun times with my kids. I'm so glad you are a hands on Dad. Your kids will remember your involvement. It's part of the legacy they will inherit.

My youngest spent hours and hours learning to juggle and spin a basketball on his finger. He's entertaining other kids with his skills today.

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SUBMOM2 8/14/2014 1:24AM

    Sounds like you all had a great time! We usually go to Santa Cruz at least once every summer. It's one of our favorite family activities!

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JANISMKW 8/13/2014 11:07PM

    Good point about the chemicals in our environment. Huge, rapid, worldwide increases in autism -- including my son -- and asthma -- including my husband, son and I.

Your story about your son reminded me of this: when I was a poor college student living in a drafty, cold apartment we used to use my jump rope to stay warm. Roommates and guests would take turns jumping for a few minutes each to warm up then pass it to the next person. It worked well.

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MASRITE 8/13/2014 8:14PM

    Glad you got to share the day with your kids. Enjoy it all now! Mine started school yesterday, so our summer is officially over. Why do they need to start so early? Enjoy the rest of your summer!!

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RUFFIT 8/13/2014 12:03PM

    Love your blog!! I remember the days I would never fit in the seats for rides or I would need the seat belt extender sitting in my seat in the airplane. Now I can ride and fly without issue. Thanks to you and SparkPeople I have a new, much improved life!! Also with your son jumping rope - How awesome is that!! We all compete in 5K's today. The last one in June the whole family ran. One of the coordinators said "Mom you should be proud. Look at you all go and being healthy together. Way to go Mom!" That was a profound moment for me. From a person who could barely walk to the mailbox to jogging 5K's now. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!! Moni emoticon emoticon

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LOVINGKATE 8/13/2014 11:35AM

  My children are all grown up now but I have such awesome memories. I am so happy for you that you are able to get away and to spend a fun day with your boys.
Your a great dad!! Your son now loves to jump rope and trying new things with it as well, good job dad for helping him learn and to be patient enough to keep at it.
Thanks so much for all you do for us here at SP and for sharing your beautiful family with us. Have a great Wednesday Chris. God bless emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 8/13/2014 11:27AM

    Wow, Chris! You wouldn't be able to get me on the double shot in a million years! At any weight or size!!! Tooooooo scary for me! lol
I used to jump rope a lot as a kid, but as an adult, I haven't been able to make it happen. Every once in awhile I give it a try, but no luck as yet. Guess I'll have to keep working on it! hehe
Know what you mean. We are constantly being bombarded with chemicals and toxins. Nowadays, there are so many and coming from all different directions, I really don't know if we'll ever be able to fight or avoid many along the way! Another thing we just need to keep learning and pushing for!
Hope you are having a great day, my friend! (((HUGS)))

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TERRI1458 8/13/2014 11:06AM

    I jump roped for the first time in over 40 years and at first I could only do 3 or 4 jumps at a time. By the end of my work out time I had done close to 100 stopping every 3 or 4 jumps and sometimes 5 or 6 jumps. I had a great time.

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PATTISTAMPS 8/13/2014 10:59AM

    Well how much fun was that!?! Looks like a blast! I know what you mean about the bottles. I would not dream of boiling in a plastic bottle, and I normally carry my water in a 1-liter stainless steel container. I don't reheat in plastic anymore either. Once in a while I do have a bottle of water, but mostly I do without. I have also been told that foil can impart aluminum into your food, so I line it with parchment paper. Modern times are great, but not everything modern is good!

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AHAPPYSPIRIT 8/13/2014 10:31AM

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SUSIEMT 8/13/2014 9:35AM

    Glad you had a sparkly day and enjoyed it! Kids are so GREAT! Have a good day everyone!

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MSLZZY 8/13/2014 9:12AM

    Great day at the park and you are braver than I. My feet stay on the ground. No rides for me. It is fun to see our children get braver, try more and meet their own goals.

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NILLAPEPSI 8/13/2014 8:20AM

    Looks like a super fun day! You couldn't get me on that ride. Yikes!!

That's funny about your son jumping rope on the mini-trampoline. emoticon Too cool!!

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GABY1948 8/13/2014 7:31AM

    FUN blog! My tummy was doing somersaults just watching!

I agree with you 1000% about the chemicals that we both eat and drink! Most of my direct knowledge has come from Spark (thank you for that) but something has GOT to change from somewhere...much of the things allowed here in the US are not allowed in other countries!

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ANNARUTH2 8/13/2014 6:58AM

    Sounds like so much fun! Kudos to the little one for keeping on trying!

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JOHNWBROCKSR777 8/13/2014 6:04AM

    Thanks for all you do...

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GOANNA2 8/13/2014 2:47AM

    So good to spend time with your boys. Sounds like
you had a fantastic time and beautiful weather
as well. You must be proud of your son for practising
his jump rope skills - and on a mini trampoline as well.

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JAMER123 8/12/2014 11:53PM

    You have to be so proud of his for taking it back up and seeing the rapid progress he has made. Bet he is really proud too! That's a big WAY TO GO!!
When you first wrote about boiling water in the plastic bottle, I cringed as so many chemicals do leach out of them ever to the point we are told to not refill them. So glad you continued on with your comment.
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FUNLOVEN 8/12/2014 11:23PM

    Hmmm, one step at a time in the right direction. Sounds like something I've heard here on SP. Funny how kids can be naturals at this emoticon

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SHAMROCKY2K 8/12/2014 10:50PM

    Love that you said, "Something has gone seriously awry with our society and it’ll likely be up to us to demand change from manufacturers – because it’s affecting our health and overall lives in profound ways. " SO TRUE!

Love the ride stories. Keep making awesome memories!

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COLOR-BLUE 8/12/2014 10:01PM

    Chris,

Thank you for taking me to the amusement park and sharing your day. That really was an amazing view of the beach.

Your sons are remarkable. I just shouted and laughed when you told me your youngest was now jumping rope on the trampoline! How are they both doing with their streak challenge?

Blessings,
>- Nancy Jean -
GA

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1CRAZYDOG 8/12/2014 9:56PM

    Looks like a fabulous way to celebrate your 8 yr. olds b-day. Congrats and happy birthday to him!

Wow, jumping rope on the mini-trampoline! I would be visiting an orthopedist on short order! LOL

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HARROWJET 8/12/2014 9:46PM

    What wonderful memories. emoticon Son for keeping at it and learning to jump rope and bounce.

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SPEDED2 8/12/2014 9:35PM

    Kids are remarkable.!!

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KATELJM 8/12/2014 9:34PM

    Sounds like a great day of memories!

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KOHINOOR2 8/12/2014 9:33PM

    Sounds like a great fun day. emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing.

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DJSHIP46 8/12/2014 9:19PM

    Wow! Talk about a blast from the past, I'm 67 and my parents took me to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk when I was about the age your son is... My mom spend the day telling me about how she enjoyed it as a teenager!

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RICKI157 8/12/2014 9:18PM

    Sounds like an Awesome Day!!!!!!

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ROXYCARIN 8/12/2014 9:09PM

  Have a great night

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