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Watch Chef Meg on The Doctors Tomorrow (please :))!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Hi Everyone

If you have a chance, please tune in to The Doctors tomorrow morning to see SparkPeople's very own Chef Meg on the show!

Hopefully if the show gets great ratings they will invite us back for more appearances and we can bring some members on and spread the spark to help more people!

Here's an article with more info:
www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=tun
e_in_to_watch_chef_meg_on_the_doctors


Thanks for your support -- I appreciate it!

Chris (SparkGuy)
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EGHETIH 1/30/2012 7:47AM

  Hopefully it'll show here in Jordan. emoticon

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THEIS58 1/30/2012 4:50AM

    Yes

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MASRITE 1/20/2012 10:24AM

    Ugh, I wasn't on my computer so much this week and totally missed this. Maybe I can find it online. Would have loved to seen it.

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CARLYSTUR 1/19/2012 11:17AM

    I'm recording it to watch after work today! emoticon

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KKKAREN 1/19/2012 9:05AM

    I'll watch

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NYARAMULA 1/19/2012 12:42AM

    Will do.

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BARBIE042 1/18/2012 10:34PM

    Sure will it come on at 4 where I am : )

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MEEBELO 1/18/2012 10:18PM

    Will do!

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MAMABEARLICIOUS 1/18/2012 9:11PM

    i'll be watching at 3pm in Tuscaloosa !!! i hope it leads to more Sparkers being spotlighted !!

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NEWME0519 1/18/2012 9:06PM

    My DVR is set for the 10:00 AM Doctors show.

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ARTJAC 1/18/2012 8:23PM

    i will check it out to see when it is on in AUSTRALIA

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FUTUREHOPE49 1/18/2012 8:19PM

    Don't know if I can get it here in UK! Don't have cable! Good luck!

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KICKINGIT@56 1/18/2012 8:04PM

    Great! It's on at 3pm and 7pm. I get to watch it twice.

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ELDORADO2 1/18/2012 8:04PM

    I will definitely watch. usually watch the program anyway. It comes on at 4 p.m. in Dayton.

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HEALTHIHEATHER 1/18/2012 8:00PM

    yay! I will definately watch!


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DIVASPARK 1/18/2012 7:46PM

    I will tune in !

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GERMANIRISHGIRL 1/18/2012 7:25PM

    emoticon I'll be sure to tune in!

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BENTONHEALTHY 1/18/2012 7:13PM

    I will DVR it and I believe they track that too.

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DDHEART 1/18/2012 7:07PM

    On my day planner! emoticon

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LJCANNON 1/18/2012 7:02PM

    Will try to turn it on at work!! I wonder if it will be available On Line?

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ONLYTEMPORARY 1/18/2012 6:53PM

    Awesome! It's on at 2 for us.

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January 17: Day 135 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

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

Today's Highlights
Today's highlight was practicing my tennis strokes outside in the cold this evening one of my favorite ways to keep my strokes from falling apart when I'm not able to play that often.


Member Highlight

Fun to hear from a member who heard us on the radio!


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To: SPARKGUY
From: TRELLISON
Date: 1/16/2012 - 11:15 PM
Subject: Listened to a radio show you were on
Message: Sparkguy---

Sparkpeople advertised that they were on the radio daily, so I listened to a few of the shows, one with you, and the other with Coach Nicole.

A couple of things you said really hit home with me. First, how you committed to ten minutes a day of exercise and it helped you feel in control amidst your very busy life in Corporate America. That is absolutely true with me and exactly how I feel.

Second, you said there is a tipping point where your exercise routine really starts to payoff and it's generally between 3-6 months and that most people don't reach this benefit because they quit before then. (I am pretty sure you said this...maybe i read it in an article...i have been reading a ton of them.) Anyway, I thought back to some of my very successful workout seasons in my life and realized you were right (again).

So, thank you. These two things have been floating around in my brain and both inspire me to keep MOVING. :-)

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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!
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MUSICANDWORDS 2/16/2012 12:37AM

  I'm going to do this challenge! I know that it's super late (by 130some days) but better late than never!

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EBETHET 1/18/2012 9:04PM

    I exercised 40 minutes today. Ten minutes is not much time. I brush my teeth every day. I am recommitting to 10 minutes of exercise every day. emoticon

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JDRR22 1/18/2012 10:03AM

    I did a total of 233 cardio fitness minutes yesterday. I walked 7.61 miles between the treadmill and a walk I took last night, and cycled 17.33 at the gym. I think that's the most I have done in a day, with my previous being almost 24 miles walked/cycled. And so far have done 50.05 miles this week, and I have yet to hit the gym today! Going to get a good workout in just getting to the gym, because it's snowing here :)

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RITASANGELS 1/18/2012 7:37AM

    Yesterday was a good exercise day for me. 45 minutes at gym on elliptcal and then since it was raining and couldn't walk dogs:(( They were sad but I popped in a Leslie Sanson walk off the pounds video and did 4 miles. Total of 9 miles yesterday YAY for me!! emoticon

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HOPESINGH 1/18/2012 2:41AM

    I had my personal training session yesterday, which was fun (about 83 min all in all).
Had to break my streak though (the day before yesterday). But the important thing is to just keep doing it!

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LILORITA 1/18/2012 2:31AM

    I did a 3o minutes walk and 15 minutes stair climbing

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1BEACHWALKER 1/18/2012 12:27AM

    Today I pushed myself past where I thought my limits were and was I rewarded. Walked the farthest I ever have= 3.5 miles! emoticon

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KIMMIF 1/17/2012 11:14PM

    Got in 85 minutes today that included cardio, strength & pilates. Would love to know more about that radio show!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 1/17/2012 10:57PM

    Lots of moving today and will do the treadmill later.

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HYE101 1/17/2012 10:53PM

    Hello

We did 63 minutes today at the gym. I felt great after completing my exercises. We also did some strength training on 9 stations.

Have a great week !!


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CGARR442 1/17/2012 9:43PM

    No minutes today :-/ Dr Appointments and errands all day. Will do better tomorrow!

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SKFLUFFY7 1/17/2012 9:23PM

   
I DID A TOTAL OF A 20 MINUTES WALK TODAY

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January 16: Day 134 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge

Monday, January 16, 2012

Today's Fitness
I did 55 minutes of fitness today.

Today's Highlights
Today's highlight was doing 25 minutes on the exercise bike while reading Lord of the Rings again . It's a LOOOOONG book!


Member Highlight

Here's a great one showing a healthy lifestyle adventure getting started!


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Title: "only" 2 lbs.

Message: I lost 2 pounds this week! I have lost weight before, but somehow these 2 pounds signify something greater. I have tracked calories before, but never with SparkPeople. When I''ve tracked before, I do lose weight but I have been much more severe with my calorie allotment and staying away from treats. This time, having read so many motivating stories and articles, I allowed myself plenty of treats, while still eating within my calorie range (for the most part) and maintaining a healthy diet overall.

In short, I practiced moderation and it worked! Moderation is something I''ve struggled with. I decided to give SparkPeople''s advice a try and it worked. And, with the exercise I''m doing I''m starting to believe in myself.

I know it''s early in the process, but I''m happy with my little success today!

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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!
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SABANA5 1/17/2012 5:14PM

    great! sometimes it can be a challenge to get those minutes in (like it is for me....)
way to go!!

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MOMMAKERRY 1/17/2012 4:38PM

  2 hrs of cardio, and got my strength training in as well. I am pumped, Hope you are too


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PAMBWS 1/17/2012 10:20AM

    Almost 2 hours today...90 minutes walking plus strength training...feeling energized...

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ARCHERS33 1/17/2012 8:45AM

    30 minutes Aerobics DVD. And I'm paying for it now, lol. But everyday I'm getting fitter, little by little.

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LAFEMMEDELALUNE 1/16/2012 11:13PM

    One does not simply bike into Mordor! ;-D

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SKFLUFFY7 1/16/2012 10:50PM

    I did 30 minutes today on my first day

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JEANUT 1/16/2012 9:06PM

    Congrats on the wt loss

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 1/16/2012 8:59PM

   
Good for you getting those fitness minutes in. A nice hike would be a fun way to get your numbers up & you can drag the kids along! Have a good week!

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STEADFASTNSEE 1/16/2012 8:51PM

  I did my Monday aerobics (boy was I in PAIN today!) and tonight I made a Kale recipe and I was wondering if I could add the 25 mins of dishes (BIG mess!) to the 90 for fitness?? emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 1/16/2012 8:43PM

    Walking and lots of laundry etc. Still not up to par and the snow didn't help.

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January 12: Day 130 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge

Thursday, January 12, 2012

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

Today's Highlights
Today's highlight was working out outside and then my son came out and joined me when he got home from school and we got to chat while he was bouncing on the mini-trampoline after I finished doing jump rope.


Member Highlight

I loved seeing a member talk about receiving many Christmas cards from her SparkFriends this year have I mentioned that there's something special about the SparkPeople community?

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AZHURE_SUNSOAR
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4:23:16 PM
I am always watching the tv ads of companys like weight watchers and jenny craig but community is NOT something they advertise. I received more christmas cards this year then EVER and ALL from sparkfriends!

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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!
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AUTUMNROSE1207 1/15/2012 9:38PM

    Day 9 of 10+ minutes of fitness streak and I did one of Coach Nicole's cardio videos (those are no joke).

As someone who likes to compete with myself, it kills me to have to break a streak unless it's a good reason. I'm only 9 days in but the thought of going in to work and erasing my board to 0 is not something I want to do. I see your streak is at 130, and because I wasn't there for the beginning, when was the last time you broke your streak and why, if I may ask? Just curious!

I'm also reading your book. Thanks for all you do!

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PEPPERRELISH 1/15/2012 7:10PM

  I'm trying! Family news lately has sparked me even more!

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 1/15/2012 4:34PM

    Love your blogs - and yes, I did get my fitness in today, 60 minutes so far, taking the dogs out for a nice brisk walk, including a few hills. Gotta try to burn off as much as possible of the indulgence from yesterday at DH's niece's wedding - yikes!

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SKFLUFFY7 1/15/2012 12:03AM

    I want to get on board with the 10 +Minute Fitness Challegne, starting tomorrow after church.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 1/13/2012 5:55PM

    Walking and laps at the stores.

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KATVHALE 1/13/2012 3:16PM

    DH and I walked for an hour through the ancient city of St. Augustine; our home town!



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INNERATHLETE111 1/13/2012 12:22PM

    Got up late and only got 15 minutes on the treadmill but I increased the incline and supposedly burned 60 more calories than I would have usually.I was laughing out loud at my new found motivation and mind set! sparkin's fun

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KIRSTAB 1/13/2012 10:32AM

    I was feeling bad that I only did 15 minutes on the elliptical last night and then I realized that with that short amount of time, I'd met the criteria for your 10 minute challenge. It really motivated me and helped me to feel good about the short time that I did put in. It was better than sitting on the couch!

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PAMBWS 1/13/2012 9:46AM

    Simple walking...adds up

Pre-op ECG...nurse said resting heart rate a little low...unless I walk, exercise, etc. regularly...when I said a minimum hour's walk most days...she smiled & said ' then resting heart rate is excellent'...I may still have some lbs to lose, but health wise, it is paying off.

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HOPESINGH 1/13/2012 9:43AM

    Another day of a short workout (16 min). We went out for DH's birthday, so less time for fitness. Will have to do some more today emoticon

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SUZANNE0606 1/13/2012 1:27AM

    45 minute walk!!

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WRITEFROMHOME 1/13/2012 12:41AM

    My teen son and i go to the gym together once a week while dd is at gymnastics. I love that he still wants to do things with me and he is a great exercise buddy and healthy guy. We motivate each other!

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NEWME0519 1/13/2012 12:13AM

    55 minutes of fitness!

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KIMDONN 1/12/2012 10:44PM

    I love when my son joins me in working out!!! I actually sent some Christmas cards to Spark Friends this year!!!

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SANDYDOLLAR201 1/12/2012 10:04PM

    Did 45 minutes in total today, 30 minutes on my rower and 15 minutes on my treadmill. On Day 42 of my Workout Every Day Streak and making better snacking choices as I have been struggling lately. Found some fat free chocolate pudding which taste great and only has 90 calories, much better than the Christmas chocolates that have had me in their power!

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VISHYT 1/12/2012 10:03PM

    Well, I've made my excuses for not doing Coach Nichole's vids, but in light of your blog I switched on the old xbox and fired up some Dance Central. Thanks for the gentle kick in the pants!

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WANNABFIT34 1/12/2012 9:30PM

    I really didn't want to do anything after shoveling snow for a half hour (and yes it counts but..) in the end my inner voice who is awful demanding told me I would have a better night at work if I hit the cycle trainer. So 20 minutes on the cycle trainer after the shoveling.

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FREEDOMSTAR 1/12/2012 9:13PM

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MSROZZIE 1/12/2012 9:06PM

    What grand memories your son will have, exercising with Dad! emoticon emoticon

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CALIFAMILY 1/12/2012 9:04PM

    60 mins of zumba--love it!

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STEADFASTNSEE 1/12/2012 8:49PM

  My workout was cleaning my house on my own. I did the bathroom and kitchen and two closets. Because I'm still in the chair I get a GREAT ab workout going! HUGS (It took about 4 hours but I logged two).

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SUSIEGKORN 1/12/2012 8:42PM

    I tweaked my knee a few days ago and was so thankful for the Spark video seated cardio workout today! I was able to get some toning in too! Spark pulled through for me again! I had to blog about it!

Cool that you and your son got to work out together and spend that quality time together outside today. It was snowy, blustery and freezing cold here in MO today, so I only ventured to the mail box and back. Brrrrrr......

Here's to another good day tomorrow!

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MOMFAN 1/12/2012 8:35PM

    Pool therapy 120 minutes. Waiting for my grands to arrive!

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NATIVE_ONE 1/12/2012 8:30PM

    Playing with your son is definitely a great highlight. Congrats to for your successes!!!

The member highlight was inspiring as well. What a fantastic community we have and I for one feel privileged to be able to use this site and having made so many friends. TY!!

My highlight was walking with my son for one mile today. Not much but he is 8 and hasn't walked a full mile I think in well, never.

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TRENTDREAMER 1/12/2012 8:22PM

    I did. My highlight was doing Coach Nicole's 5 minute stability ball beginners abs workout. Abs are something I need to work on. I love the last two exercises.

Congrats on your workout!

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January 11: Day 129 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Today's Fitness
I did 30 minutes of fitness today (and 44 yesterday when I didn't blog).

Today's Highlights
Today's highlight was stopping to play basketball with my youngest for a few minutes while I took out the garbage.

Member Highlight

Fun to see members excited about their start to 2012!
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Title: It may sound small, but to me it's HUGE...

Message: Hi everyone: I started the year @ 300 lbs. and weighed this morning for the first time since my "A New Me" journey began. I am happy, thrilled, delighted, (insert adjective of your choosing here) to report my emoticon has begone its counter clockwise movement to reaching my ultimate goal. I am now 7 lbs. lighter than I was just 11 days ago. I am sure much of that is water loss, but it didn''t keep me from doing a very uncoordinated happy dance -- I believe there was some fist pumping and Tebowing going on in there as well. emoticon

Anyway, Thanks for letting me share my small, yet huge moment with y''all. You folks ROCK!!

Have a super day,

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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!
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VAL20706 1/13/2012 5:05PM

  I did 60min of body combat(kickboxing)

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  I did 60min of body combat(kickboxing)

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SCHOOLMOUSE 1/13/2012 9:24AM

    Who cares if it was water weight, it's still weight! Whoo hoo!!

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 1/12/2012 7:11PM

    Yesterday I walked for 55 minutes at a brisk pace with a friend of mine, then went for a slow hike with my sister for about 30 minutes and last night went for a fast hike - went 3 miles with 800 ft elevation gain in 63 minutes - the best part was that I didn't get too out of breath as I have when hiking fast uphill before - woohoo!

This morning walked the dogs for about 20 minutes one time and another 15 minutes - will take them out again this evening for 30-45 minutes. Fortunately my dogs like to walk fast so it turns out to be a good aerobic workout.

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GETTINTHERE5 1/12/2012 4:34PM

  I'm new, too, and am getting back into swimming at the gym. After less than a week, I already feel better, more energetic, and I can move more freely. Yay!

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BRENLOVESTEVE 1/12/2012 11:52AM

  Im new and I need some suggestions for quick 10 minute fitness ideas I can do in short spurts during the day. Thanks!!!

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BLACKJEN82 1/12/2012 1:41AM

    30 minute walk/jog during my lunch and a 60 minute turbo fire this evening. loved every minute of both!!

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ACCEPTHECHLNGE 1/12/2012 1:08AM

    Did 60 min. of Yoga and went for a 50 min. walk. The weather was so beautiful.

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HOPESINGH 1/12/2012 12:24AM

    I settled for a short one mile walk. Very busy day.

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STEADFASTNSEE 1/11/2012 11:21PM

  Did my 90 mins but would've loved to join Nancy in her happy dance! WAY TO GO!!!!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 1/11/2012 11:15PM

    2 birds one stone, perfect, I did my fiitness with my daughter too!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 1/11/2012 10:40PM

    Walked today. It felt great to be able to get back to moving. The best gift I've received from SparkPeople is the love of activity.

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KMG3366 1/11/2012 10:24PM

    Did a 20 minute run. I'm starting to actually like it. Crazy!

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KIMMIF 1/11/2012 10:23PM

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BRAVEONE92 1/11/2012 8:52PM

    Best Wishes to Nancy, emoticon!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 1/11/2012 8:35PM

    Did 10 min. of light strength today and walked.

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MASRITE 1/11/2012 8:29PM

    Yesterday, I had my official weigh in (at my house) and I'm down 2.2 lbs for the week. So happy!! I did an hour cardio boxing class and today, I ran 35 for minutes on the treadmill. It was a good day.

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AMANDASHRINKING 1/11/2012 8:26PM

    That's awesome its allways great to drop under 300 I have went from 316 to 284 and it all because of sparks!

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LJCANNON 1/11/2012 8:24PM

    After my One Hour WorkOut at Curves, I walked to Famous Footwear for a new pair of Shoes (20 minutes total) and I found a One Dollar Bill in the road!! SCORE!!! Plus the Shoes were on sale for 50% off, and I got a 10% discount over that with my Member Card.

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CHYNADOLL13 1/11/2012 8:21PM

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