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January 9: Day 127 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge

Monday, January 09, 2012

Today's Fitness
I did 42 minutes of fitness today.

Today's Highlights
Today's highlight was getting a good amount of fitness minutes in later in the day after not having many early on.

Member Highlight

I see another healthy lifestyle transformation in progress!
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Title: Breathless

Message: I just took my first walk in over a year. I usually have to stop and catch my breath several times during my walk, but this time I walked the entire distance with energy to spare! And I haven''t been tracking my fitness level or pounds at all! I''ve just eaten what''s on the nutrition tracker for a week. Whooopppeee!

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We can all do it! I hope you had a great day! Did you get at least 10 minutes of fitness? What's your highlight?

SparkCheers!
Chris (SparkGuy)
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SHIDAH1980 1/17/2012 9:05PM

  I did one hour of brisk walking = 6908 steps. emoticon

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JMUTCHLER 1/10/2012 3:26PM

    Where do I find information on the 10+ minute fitness challenge?

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MARGIE4230 1/10/2012 9:05AM

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PAMBWS 1/10/2012 8:36AM

    Only about 20 minutes walk today...sidelined by a migraine

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GERMANIRISHGIRL 1/10/2012 4:57AM

    I did 60 cardio and 60 ST emoticon

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ERYKAHJEAN 1/10/2012 3:30AM

    I did 20 mins of cardio this morning, and this 20 more minutes at 4:30pm (on the 9th). So I went to the gym twice in one day! Burned at least 500 calories with those two and my free weights/weight machines there today too, combined. Not bad considering I ate the recommended calories by SP... under 1,550... calorie goals met for the first time this week! emoticon

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HOPESINGH 1/10/2012 2:15AM

    I had 57 minutes, mostly cardio with some ab work.


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MASRITE 1/9/2012 11:49PM

    30 minute run, 30 minute walk on the treadmill. Wish I could have just ran outside, but the wind was too much to handle!

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LISAGOULDIE 1/9/2012 11:34PM

    I walk Zing at least 30 minutes 5 times a day. I feel great. I just received my new Spark DVD too. I can hardly wait to try the 10 minute workouts in the morning!

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SHOSHANADP 1/9/2012 10:06PM

    I did 50 minutes today! I'm working on staying on that wagon.

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 1/9/2012 9:44PM

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STEADFASTNSEE 1/9/2012 9:42PM

  My highlight was doing a new exercise (balance) in Silver Sneakers and getting 7 of 8 reps without holding on. It's a squat with a weight that you bring down as you squat and hold over your head as you stand up! Progress!!

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SARAHL817 1/9/2012 9:35PM

    My highlight was taking 3 separate walks

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January 8: Day 126 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Today's Fitness
I did 86 minutes of fitness today.

Today's Highlights
Today's highlight was again getting in a good amount of fitness minutes during a football game. Hats off to the Denver Brocos and Tim Tebow for an amazing game (and kudos to the Steelers for coming back and showing how tough they always are). My brother lives in Denver and was at the game today. Watched the game with my boys and we'd go outside during some commercials and run sprints and throw football.

Member Highlight


I had to laugh at this comment from a member her dog ate my book The Spark! But happily she got another copy. As a small plug, I honestly believe reading The Spark is one of the top things any SP member can do if they want to increase their chances of reaching their health goals and any goals in life. If you buy the book, read it, and don't like it, I'll buy it back from you:
book.sparkpeople.com/order-now.asp

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Cindy Olson posted on The Spark's Wall

"I bought the book when it first was released and my dog ate it. Honestly! So now I've downloaded it on my iPad so I can keep it with me while traveling. Starting the Spark in 2012! Thank you Chris!!!"


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We can all do it! I hope you had a great day! Did you get at least 10 minutes of fitness? What's your highlight?

SparkCheers!
Chris (SparkGuy)
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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 1/9/2012 8:27PM

    1 hour 40 min so far today, all walking but some was on the sand so it was more strenuous than sidewalk - hope it burned a few more calories, too!

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PAMBWS 1/9/2012 1:23PM

    65 minutes today

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MAKULEWAHINE 1/9/2012 12:24PM

    What a great idea! 10 minutes of fitness. How hard can that be? A short walk around the block? A good way to balance out my harder workouts which will wear me out if I don't use some good sense. Thanks.

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GERMANIRISHGIRL 1/9/2012 8:56AM

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GABY1948 1/9/2012 6:09AM

    Great job

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JANC194 1/9/2012 1:29AM

    I have to admit I haven't been exercising at all lately, but I'm restarting my Spark and today I walked 2 miles with my friend and my dog! It was a lovely day for a walk I feel pretty good. I hope this is the start of a positive trend.

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HOPESINGH 1/9/2012 1:14AM

    I had 51 minutes of cardio yesterday. My conclusion: no dancing DVDs for me!
Have a great week!

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VICIOUS421 1/9/2012 12:00AM

    Did the Jan. Jump Start Video Day 1 and did the BL Power Walk Mile 3. 24 fitness minutes!!!!!
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MASRITE 1/8/2012 11:52PM

    Didn't get to exercise today. Instead, cleaned the kitchen. Threw away tons of stuff.

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SUZANNE0606 1/8/2012 11:46PM

    No fitness today.

Highlight for me - cleaning the kitchen!!!



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LJCANNON 1/8/2012 9:21PM

    emoticonWalked 25 minutes before Church, and 30 minutes after Dinner.
emoticonStill planning a walk to the Store with Hubby before Bedtime.
emoticonHighLight of The Day ~ Donating 3 Large Bags of Too Big Clothes to a Local Charity.

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MICHCLEARY 1/8/2012 9:13PM

    Hi Chris - my woo hoo moment today - 7 1/2 months post shoulder surgery I can finally swim!!!!!!!!!!!! I almost jumped up and down in the pool.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 1/8/2012 8:46PM

    emoticonI had a very light day today due to the FMS pain.

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JOURNEY2DESTINY 1/8/2012 8:45PM

    I love The Spark. I want some of my students to read it. Its inspiring even if you are trying to get in shape. Its inspiring.

Cookbook is next.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 1/8/2012 8:35PM

    My dog didn't eat it but I love my second copy of Spark on my phone. It makes it easy to carry along and share with others. I also have the Spark cookbook on my kindle and phone. emoticon

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January 7: Day 125 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Today's Fitness
I did 98 minutes of fitness today.

Today's Highlights
Today's highlight's were doing a lot of fitness while watching my hometown Cincinnati Bengals lose to the Houston Texans (congrats to the Texans!). Then, after the game I went outside and ran sprints with my boys. I highly recommend this for all parents really tires them out and makes the day go smoother with better moods when they burn off that energy!


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Here are a couple of fun posts today!

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BACKTOTEN12 said 'Started out with a 6 mile run this morning. Wouldn't have even thought of doing that a year ago. Thanks for everything. Wouldn't be so addicted to running without my sparkfriends!'
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Title: I exercised every day this week!!!!

Message: I just realized something! I exercised every day this week! That''s a first! I hadn''t been doing almost any exercising so this is HUGE!!! I took a 12 mile hike on Sunday, did 1 hour+ on the treadmill on MWF, worked with a trainer plus did some treadmill time on Thursday, and tomorrow is another hike - 8 miles. Way to go me!!! And I''m going to keep it up. Moving the treadmill from the basement to the family room and in front of the TV has been a good move. Oh, and I''ve been logging my calories. And getting a good night''s sleep. I think I''m finally on my way to losing this weight that''s been dragging me down. Hooray!!! We can do this!!!

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We can all do it! I hope you had a great day! Did you get at least 10 minutes of fitness? What's your highlight?

SparkCheers!
Chris (SparkGuy)
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PAMBWS 1/8/2012 10:38AM

    Did my normal...walk the dog in the forest. She gives me 'the eye' if we don't get up & move.

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GABY1948 1/8/2012 5:40AM

    Walking and anything I can find!

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HOPESINGH 1/8/2012 5:25AM

    I had30 min of Yoga yesterday. It was so refreshing and calming, it put a smile on my face!

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ABB698 1/7/2012 11:23PM

    Waiting for my foot to heal so I can get back at it! emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 1/7/2012 11:09PM

    Just light things today as my FMS is really nasty this week.

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MASRITE 1/7/2012 10:39PM

    Took a spin class and then, my first zumba class. It was so much fun. 2 hours of cardio today was fantastic!!

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STEADFASTNSEE 1/7/2012 9:01PM

  Chris you will laugh when you read this; I have a personal trainer--she's 8 years old! lol. She's in my congregation and from a very dysfunctional family so I took her under my wing and said "can you help me with my exercising?" At the time I was taking personal training at the gym so I called her MY pt! She loves it! One thing she can't handle is sugar; it makes her hyper crazy! We were at a convention today and at noon break she and I had a cookie. Within a few minutes she was starting to bounce! So I said "Let's go for a walk". I am using a walker.I grabbed her; put her in front of me in the walker and off we went at a pretty brisk pace--definite cardio! Got her to her seat and continued on at a good pace to my seat (at the other end of the auditorium natch! ) All told I think we did about 20 mins of that plus another couple 10 mins spurts. And It's a two day convention so this will be repeated! WooHoo! Laurie

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January 6: Day 124 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge

Friday, January 06, 2012

Today's Fitness
I did 15 minutes of fitness today.

Today's Highlights
Today's highlight was doing acupuncture today. It's hard for me to focus on staying still that long, but I really like doing acupuncture!


Member Highlight

Here's a fun post from a member featured on Yahoo!

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Title: We made Yahoo again!!!

Message: A friend just sent me the link to Yahoo!

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happy to report I am still within 5 pounds of when the article was first published, although I am up 10 from my lowest. If this is out or all the world to see, I better get busy and represent! I do credit SP for my success and need to get back to using the tools it gives me.

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We can all do it! I hope you had a great day! Did you get at least 10 minutes of fitness? What's your highlight?

SparkCheers!
Chris (SparkGuy)
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JRAYMOND1 1/9/2012 12:02PM

    Ran today - 6 miles - and taught two yoga classes!!!
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MMRB7111 1/7/2012 5:34PM

    Did a 40 minute walk. It was too beautiful to stay inside. emoticon

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PAMBWS 1/7/2012 11:25AM

    I walked around the convention centre for over 2.5 hours...& my back & knees know it. Walking on concrete is not fun.

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MOTIV8TEDMOM23 1/7/2012 9:34AM

    I did 20 of aerobics and 20 walking. Feeling great! What a neat article and 2 mentions for Sparkpeople!

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1BEACHWALKER 1/7/2012 2:11AM

    Everytime I log on to SP, I think I should do exercise if I haven't-it is so inspiring! So I put on a video and go for it! I did that tonight! Since this past couple weeks been sick with a cold and now sinus infection, have been a little lax with exercising-rightly so, but I don't let it get me down, if I can do it - I do! My 10 min tonight, went on to 40! emoticon

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CAWOMAN004 1/7/2012 12:27AM

    I did 15 minutes on the treadmill today & plan to do the same before bedtime for a total of 30 minutes!

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ONEWAYSTREET 1/6/2012 11:24PM

  There is nothing like looking in the mirror & realizing the results one is capable of.
Thanks for the SP back -up it has been invaluable!


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VISUALLYRICS 1/6/2012 10:46PM

    I ran emoticon a 12 min mile...just found out that I can RUN! I love it!
There's nothing more exhilerating than running.....getting that 2nd wind and running more...longer and finding emoticon!!

I spent 100 minutes today enjoying fitness...just passed the 500 minute monthly goal.

Nice to read your blog! emoticon ~ laura

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FLOPPYRETURNS 1/6/2012 10:18PM

    I did two of Coach Nicole's cardio videos and 15 minutes of resistance bands workout.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 1/6/2012 10:09PM

    Strength and cardio today.

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MASRITE 1/6/2012 9:50PM

    Did an hour of cardio boxing today. Loved seeing those ladies and their great success.

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JILLYBEAN1969 1/6/2012 9:34PM

    OMG, I LOVE acupucture!!!!! I receive the ear tacks along with my chiro adjustments .... works great!


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DINGALLSTOO 1/6/2012 9:15PM

    Thanks Chris, I did get my 15 today. I have been bad during the holidays, but I'm back to fixing some bad behaviors. I need to be healthy, I have a new grandchild coming next month. My first grandchild was part of the reason I originally lost weight. I had trouble just carrying a 10 lb baby upstairs.

PS I hang out on another website for my hobby (Splitcoaststampers) and we have a thread running right now on the merits of SP and at least 2 new SP members this week!

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January 5: Day 123 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Today's Fitness
I did 35 minutes of fitness today.

Today's Highlights
Today's highlight was just getting the minutes in another crazy day trying to get things done.


Member Highlight

I love hearing when doctors and other health professionals recommend SparkPeople to their patients/clients!
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BODI153 said 'Bodi153: I am new to sparkpeople my doctor told me about this site. I can hardly belive it is free and so much like other programs that have a fee.I'm t hankful for her telling me about the site if a medical personal can mention the site it must work. I think this is the one for me, With the programs and support I will lose those extra pounds and feel better. THANK YOU!'


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We can all do it! I hope you had a great day! Did you get at least 10 minutes of fitness? What's your highlight?

SparkCheers!
Chris (SparkGuy)
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NWFL59 1/12/2012 9:23AM

    Every day I use your blog and others to renew my motivation. Thanks. emoticon

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FOODIELOVER1 1/8/2012 10:12PM

  Today I incorporated tennis to my work out (never played before...) emoticon

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 1/8/2012 7:26PM

    The "little things" sure do count!

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MSROZZIE 1/7/2012 10:06PM

    I received Coach Nicole's 28 Day Bootcamp DVD. Exercise for the day was the warm-up, cool down sections and 12 mins: cardio burst. Kudos to Coach Nicole. I love this new workout DVD. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STACYR31 1/7/2012 9:56PM

    Did a 50 minute exercise DVD and Yoga

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CHELDEE 1/7/2012 8:16PM

    Thanks for the encouragement! emoticon

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SASSY5468 1/7/2012 2:59PM

    Just finished a 15 minute walk/run with my dogs, and now off to the art museum. Great day :)

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KRISTEN_SAYS 1/7/2012 11:26AM

    I'm about to go for a run now! Hoping it'll be 30-45 mins

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WHITENURSESHOES 1/7/2012 10:19AM

  New year,new goal; feel better,be healthier emoticon

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THEIS58 1/7/2012 7:25AM

    Busy week but met all goals!

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FELICIA0808 1/6/2012 5:13PM

  Hi, i'm new as of today....yea me! my fitness today was 20 mins weights & strength & 25 mins. walk|run on the treadmill.

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IRISHCATHY1957 1/6/2012 4:26PM

  Day 4 of my fitness efforts and I did 40 minutes of cardio. Thanks for the daily blog - in 119 days I will have 123 days myself!!!

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HEALTHYMILA 1/6/2012 4:18PM

  This is my 4th day of the Jumpstart! Enjoying! 1hour trail walks with a friend and my standard poodle! My friend cannot jog, she has a broken ankle. I jog back home!

I also follow the cardio and strength ex. I did Pilates and chair ex. today!

Feel great!

Ludmilla

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MFRIMA 1/6/2012 3:53PM

    i just joined and i did 45 mins of zumba with the zumba exhilarate dvd today.

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HOPESINGH 1/6/2012 2:27PM

    I had my 30 min 2 mile walk with Leslie today (Jan 6). Just an easy day, it's Friday and I deserve to rest...

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DCROBIN 1/6/2012 11:28AM

    did 60 minutes on the treadmill this morning!

thanks for the reminder to be consistent.

Have a great day everyone!


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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 1/6/2012 11:12AM

    Thanks for motivating the rest of us - I think we all have days when it's really hard to find time to exercise but having the 10-minute challenge makes it easier!


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STACYBERLAND 1/6/2012 11:07AM

  I biked for 30 minutes and 10 minutes of weight training. Glad that I have inspiration from others. Thanks so much

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SHEILARMT 1/6/2012 11:06AM

    Baby steps! This week instead of trying to achieve all my goals at once I cut out white sugar/sweets/goods. Next week I'll add in another goal. I am where I am, one step at a time!

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GANGANDI 1/6/2012 10:51AM

    I started my fitness club yesterday and with a trainer for the first time EVER!! I walked and ran on the treadmill...running, something I've not done in years..It was only for a few minutes but it felt great and like I accomplished a HUGE goal. I am so encouraged!

Di

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DSUMLAUFT 1/6/2012 8:31AM

    As commitment to health in 2012, I made my health appointments and will see my doc in 2 weeks. I will share my experience with my doc then and hopefully she will recommend it to others.

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CINEMAPERSIANS 1/6/2012 7:40AM

    I have friends who try to excuse it away by saying they don't have time to exercise. I consistently tell them to just do 5 or 10 minutes here or there while they're on hold on the phone, waiting in line, watching TV, etc. Everyone can manage that! I don't accept excuses, at least for myself, and fit in exercise here and there throughout the day with a larger portion of 30 - 60 minutes in the late afternoon outside before it gets dark.

My highlight is taking the time to do this consistently every day for myself.

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STRINGS58 1/6/2012 6:26AM

    This week's highlight was finding and taking the opportunity for walking - walked to the hair appointment (1 mile each way from the office) because client spacing worked out, and worked on the step while watching TV - it's keeping up my daily consistency.

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 1/6/2012 5:31AM

    I did 60mins yesterday and joining in your pledge to minimally do 10mins a day for the entire year!! Thanks for your inspiration Chris!!

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LESLIESENIOR 1/6/2012 1:45AM

    You are brilliant, Chris. My doctor asked me for details the last time I saw her. So very cool.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 1/6/2012 12:52AM

    Awesome! I too tell people about Sparks. Did laps at the stores today.

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MASRITE 1/6/2012 12:29AM

    I'm always telling people about Spark. It was a great find for me. I have met amazing people and even got to run a half marathon with someone I met on here. Now, we're going to run another half together and, she's going to get me through my first full. Thanks sparkpeople!!

Did an hour spin class and then, 20 mins on the arctrainer. A good workout day!

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HISTORYTEACH 1/5/2012 11:28PM

    I told my doc about this site. I hope he tells other patients about it too!

Peace!

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JENJENN7 1/5/2012 11:02PM

    emoticon You are an inspiration!

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ABB698 1/5/2012 10:40PM

    Spark on! emoticon

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KERRYG155 1/5/2012 10:26PM

    Even though we had to cancel our church exercise group this morning I didn't just go home but went to the gym for a water aerobics class.

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CALIDREAMER76 1/5/2012 10:09PM

    my walking video before school, strength training tonight! Tired - but maintaining the streak was enough to get me to do it tonight! Woo Hoo!

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SHELLSTERS1 1/5/2012 9:57PM

    Your daily blogs have inspired me to start blogging about my own fitness!! Thanks for the motivation!

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MOMGETSSPARK 1/5/2012 9:47PM

    WooHoo! I snuck in some strength and got at least 20 mins! Six am spin class tomorrow that just makes my day right with lots of good music and sweat! Living the Spark! emoticon

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