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L.R. Sparkers Challenge: July 31 - August 6

Sunday, August 07, 2011

1. (diet) Aim to drink 1 more cup of water a day than you usually drink. If you usually drink 8 cups a day, drink 9 this week.

2. (exercise) Try two new moves this week. Ex: If you've never tried superman before, try it once this week. Then, try jumping jacks during a different work out.

3. (communication) Comment on a member of L.R. Sparkers blog this week. They scroll by on the Team Stream everyday. Pick one; read it; comment on it.

1. Well, I bombed on this one and I'm totally blaming my water bottle. See, I deliberately chose one that holds 32 ounces of water. I drink one full bottle at my desk at work before lunch and another before the end of the work day. Weekends are trickier, but I manage somehow to remember to drink two full bottles. A couple of times this week I remembered to drink an extra glass, but there were five full days that I didn't--yikes. I either need a bigger bottle or a better reminder system if I'm going to pull this one off! I think it might be a good idea, especially with the heat outside and the small but near-daily exercise I do.

2. I tried several new moves when doing Yoga one day this week. Kind of a weak effort since I'd been planning to try Yoga every day, but technically I'm good on this one. I want to do Yoga more often to strengthen and balance my core, not to mention getting more stretching and deep breathing.

3. This one was pretty easy since I try to reply to most of the blogs my friends post. I get so much encouragement from others doing well and comfort from others who aren't perfect, either, but keep going! So discussing what they've written, even if it's just to say a quick "good job," really helps keep me on track and feel like I'm not in this alone!
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MANDYGIRL19 8/12/2011 2:47PM

  Thanks for the encouragement! I am just really starting into Spark because like you I have dipped my toes and jerked them out! So here I go CANNON BALL!!!!

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FELKINS 8/8/2011 9:13PM

    Good news! You get an extra week to try to increase your water! Haha. Get that 9 cups a day this week!

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KCATHY 8/7/2011 2:23PM

    I'm just really lucky in that I sit at a computer screen for eight hours a day with a water bottle between me and my monitor, lol. It's easy to remember when I periodically have to move the bottle to see!

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CARYA52 8/7/2011 1:10PM

    Good for you! I admire your ability to drink water. It's hard for me to get up to eight, let alone beyond. I'm glad you are doing yoga, it's such a great type of exercise, especially over the long haul. Have a good day! emoticon

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KCATHY 8/7/2011 9:59AM

    Oh, I'm re-reading this and see that it's not obvious that I still get 64 ounces of water every day. I just didn't do what the challenge asked and drink an extra 8 ounces (for 72 ounces) more than I had been!

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TRACYNOTGIVINUP 8/7/2011 9:48AM

    Great job on this weeks challenges! I used to have a hard time fitting in my water when I started Weight Watchers years ago, but I developed two tricks to getting it in and now I am drinking anywhere from 12-16 a day. First trick, I LOVE diet soda, but wouldn't allow myself to have a soda until I drank my 8 glasses of water. Second trick, I drink a glass of water (now I do 16 oz. but when I started it was 8 oz.) with every meal and snack. So, I was always guarenteed at least 5 glasses a day. It seemed easy to fit in the other 3 since I always start my day with a glass of water for vitamin and then 16 oz. when I exercised.

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ANIAIMER 8/7/2011 9:44AM

    I'm so totally tempted to just write 'good job'. =P

Can I just say that you're awesome and I love you? Is that okay?

Cuz you are awesome and I do love you. So much.

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