CANNONSMC's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CANNONSMC CANNONSMC's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Half Empty or Half Full http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607002 I'm doing the 28-day Bootcamp Challenge that I've successfully completed in the past. First two weeks went great; last week was marginal. I continued to track food and I did exercise but did fall short of the Challenge goals for the week. I didn't actually exercise at all on three days last week. I tried to make up for some of the loss yesterday and am caught up and back on track with the videos. I'm still behind on what I wanted to do with cardio. No weight loss--but also no weight gain... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 10:00:40 EST Halfway to my challenge trophy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598974 When I tried SparkPeople the first time, the exercise challenges were one of the biggest things that helped me. Usually, it's hard for me not to finish something I begin publicly. The goals and videos make completion so concrete; therefore, it's harder for me to talk myself out of exercising. <BR> <BR> I'm 15 days into this exercise challenge, and I've exercised a minimum of 30 minutes per day and an average of 40 minutes per day. I have a 30-minute indoor walking routine that I'm doing ... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 13:04:40 EST Lost another pound--putting it into perspective http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595558 Last night I was thinking: "Well, I'm exercising and eating better--I'm surprised I haven't lost another pound by now." Well, the good news is that when I got on the scale this morning I had lost another pound. <BR> <BR> However, my next thought last night was: "I gained about a pound per month over the past two years--maybe I should be happy to lose a pound per month over the next two years." <BR> <BR> Happy to say I'm losing and not gaining! Thu, 16 Jan 2014 07:39:40 EST Love those trophies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590438 I completed week one of the bootcamp challenge. Having done these SparkPeople challenges to lose weight and get in shape a couple of years ago, I felt like I was reconnecting with an old friend. And I got one of those email trophies for exceeding 250 minutes of exercise. When you're at the beginning of losing weight, like I am again this time, those little trophies can keep you motivated until you begin to see actual results. That's why I came back to SparkPeople: the videos, the recipes, ... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 16:27:05 EST Almost fell off the wagon today--thanks for the support! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588551 This morning I didn't exercise because I needed to spend the early part of the morning preparing a training presentation for some colleagues. I figured I'd exercise after work instead. So how did they thank me? A gift bag of three kinds of chocolate from a really good gourmet store: truffles, homemade dark chocolate toffee, dark chocolate covered fruit. So there was the temptation before me. I did eat some. One truffle--the best I've ever had--and some of the chocolate covered dried fru... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 21:02:13 EST Moving in the right direction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587755 So I've tracked my food and eaten healthy (lots of fruits and veggies) for four days, and I've exercised at least 30 minutes every day. I've stayed away from sweet treats. Result: I lost 1.5 lbs in four days. Hurray! Thu, 9 Jan 2014 07:43:05 EST Taming my sweet tooth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583998 When I was pregnant with our daughter 16 years ago, I actually gave up sugar starting with the second trimester. I had had terrible morning sickness during the first trimester, and given that I was older having my first (and only) child, I wanted her to be a healthy baby, so I approached the rest of my pregnancy with a very healthy diet. I probably ate healthier during those six months than I ever have. Sweet treats can be my downfall--so yesterday I grazed on blueberries instead of sweet t... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 08:44:46 EST Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582894 So many of us have a difficult relationship with food. I'm not sure that I eat all that much--but being short means I don't have a lot of room for extra calories. I can gain weight so easily. Exercise and monitoring what I eat has always helped me get back on track.I eat for comfort when I'm bored or stressed. Today I completed two workout challenges. And so far--my eating is on track today! Sun, 5 Jan 2014 11:41:52 EST I'm back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576697 We moved. I got detrailed. I'm back to January 2011 weight. I'm back. Looking forward to progress in 2014. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 12:53:44 EST Back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4743021 I got a bit derailed a week ago. Had a business trip, lots of grading, etc. I exercised a little but really wasn't watching my eating (consumed more Valentines temptations than I should have). And I gained a couple of pounds. For me maintenance is really going to involve this continued monitoring of food and exercise. So I guess I took a week off, paid the price, and am now back on track. Fri, 17 Feb 2012 08:58:16 EST Success Model http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4710227 I love the book "Made to Stick" by Chip and Dan Heath as well as their more recent book "Switch." Both books essentially give ideas for how to get people to remember your ideas and to get people to change. <BR> <BR> The first book uses the SUCCESs model: <BR> S = Simple <BR> U = Unexpected <BR> C = Concrete <BR> C = Credible <BR> E = Emotion <BR> S = Stories <BR> s = no entry for this "S" so I think of this one as "So what?" <BR> <BR> I think this model can be used to help people lose weig... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 12:26:08 EST Varying the exercise routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4679582 I've enjoyed the January Jumpstart Challenge. Using the new challenge videos and checking out new cardio videos at the library have helped me mix up my exercise routine. As a result I've lost another pound. While I'm in maintenance I wouldn't mind losing a few more pounds. It would be amazing to get closer to what I weighed before our daughter was born! Sat, 14 Jan 2012 04:29:46 EST Weigh-ins: good or bad? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4663864 I see lots of advice on SparkPeople about the pros and cons of weighing. And I know weight can fluctuate. I had been discouraged about a couple of pounds that I had put on about a week ago--and those pounds remained until yesterday when they were gone. <BR> <BR> I realize that I sometimes put too much emphasis on the scale. The reason I weigh most days is because in the past when I've gained back weight it's because I've stopped getting on the scale. I've let myself lose track and let th... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 11:28:48 EST Ringing in a Healthy New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4646079 A year ago today I went to my brother's New Year's Eve party. The next day we flew home; I stepped on the scale and had added a couple of pounds of holiday weight. Given that I was already at my all-time high weight, I knew I had to do something and went with the old-fashioned New Year's resolution. <BR> <BR> So on January 2, I began watching what I ate and exercising. An email reminded me that I had joined SparkPeople months earlier (doing nothing with it but reading an occasional arti... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 08:57:15 EST Anyone up for 10-minute exercise tag for the rest of December? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4636132 I've almost reached a year with consistent use of SparkPeople. I lost the weight I intended to lose and am now into maintenance, which means that I'm trying to maintain this weight loss. Now I'm fighting a bit of boredom with my routines. <BR> <BR> I was thinking today about how to make exercise more interesting. I do it at home because I have no time to go to a gym and find that exercise first thing in the morning before my shower is the best way to get my exercise in. <BR> <BR> I've li... Fri, 23 Dec 2011 12:03:45 EST Maintenance means shifting your perspective http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4629942 At different times in my past, I've set a goal to lose weight and reached the goal. And I've always eventually put the weight back on. I'm very tired of going through this pattern, so this time I'm really trying hard to keep off the weight that I've lost. <BR> <BR> So far so good. <BR> <BR> Since this time is the first that I've taken maintenance as seriously as weight loss itself, here are some insights that I've had. <BR> <BR> --You have to figure out how to make maintenance feel rewar... Sun, 18 Dec 2011 08:18:30 EST Returning to routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4621189 We all have unexpected events that can derail our healthy habits. Ours was the sudden hospitalization of my father-in-law two and a half weeks ago. We lost him a week ago. <BR> <BR> Life has been about being there for family, grieving, and finishing up the college classes that I teach. I've certainly had hectic days where exercise was the least of my priorities. However, other days I did exercise, and I managed to make pretty sensible eating choices on all of those days when we ate out w... Sun, 11 Dec 2011 10:37:12 EST Grieving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4611522 We lost my father-in-law yesterday morning--he was much loved and will be missed deeply by all of us. I could not have asked for a better father-in-law or grandfather to our daughter. We are born into a family but then some of us are lucky enough to marry and add other wonderful people to our family. I feel honored to have had Jack in my life. <BR> <BR> You are loved just as deeply by people in your lives so continue to work to safeguard your health with exercise and healthy eating so tha... Sun, 4 Dec 2011 08:22:32 EST 11 Months Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4603885 At the end of December, I'll have completed a year of tracking food and exercise on SparkPeople. I've learned that tracking not only helps you lose weight but it also helps you maintain that loss. It helps you maintain an exercise routine. And it can become somewhat addictive--I find that I don't want to miss a day of earning Sparkpoints. <BR> <BR> The challenge going into the second year will be how to keep exercise fresh. I can see how I could become bored. Tue, 29 Nov 2011 06:31:49 EST Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4592191 One of the SparkPeople articles I read this week was about living one's life with gratitude--quite appropriate for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. <BR> <BR> If gratitude was a bigger focus than the food, many of us would be less nervous about trying to get through that day with little damage to our eating goals. That first Thanksgiving was about gratitude for not starving and dying during a very difficult transition into a new world. We have reality TV shows where producers spend money t... Sun, 20 Nov 2011 09:14:05 EST Hey I'm at 129.5! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4581776 130 was my goal and the number I'm determined to maintain, but it's been exciting to get on the scale for a few days and see 129.5. Hey it's just a number, but I do find it satisfying to visualize myself in the 120s. Haven't been there for over a decade. <BR> <BR> Like this quote that I found: "It is not enough to take steps which may some day lead to a goal; each step must be itself a goal and a step likewise." <BR> Johann Wolfgang von Goethe <BR> <BR> Every day that I've exercised and... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 06:53:47 EST Dearly Departed DVD Player http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4570634 Dear DVD Player, <BR> <BR> Thank you for giving your life so that I might live a healthier life. Yesterday you sputtered a bit, and I had to accept that you had played your last DVD. <BR> <BR> I reflect back on our last 10 months together. On January 1, I stepped on the scale and made a New Year's resolution that you helped me achieve. I knew I needed to get back to exercise and had to acknowledge all of my excuses and barriers. I knew that my best strategy was to exercise first thing in... Sun, 6 Nov 2011 07:03:38 EST Maintenance support http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4559567 I'm sure many on SparkPeople are like me--folks who have lost weight only to put it back on again. I've been taking off and putting back on anywhere from five to twenty pounds for a very long time. <BR> <BR> In the past, I've achieved a goal only to abandon my exercise and become less mindful of my eating. I have stopped weighing and the pounds have crept back often leading me to new all-time high weights. When I began SparkPeople in earnest last January, I had reached my all-time high.... Sun, 30 Oct 2011 08:14:34 EST Dare I Do More? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4548995 When I got on the scale this morning, I was so happy to see "130" again. Part of me expected another number--I was hoping the 130 I reached on Friday and Saturday wasn't a mirage! So now that I'm at goal weight, I'm thinking I'll dare to do more. <BR> <BR> About 14 years ago, I was at what I'd call my ideal weight--120. At that time, I happily got pregnant with our daughter and the last time I saw 130 was when I was putting on my pregnancy pounds. When I made up my mind to lose weight and... Sun, 23 Oct 2011 10:26:12 EST Jokes vs. Candy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4537738 My middle-school daughter is always coming home from school saying that this teacher or another gave her a piece of candy to reward her for some good behavior at school. I recall getting "star" stickers--I don't ever remember my teachers giving out candy as a reward. <BR> <BR> A woman with an office near me keeps a candy dish out for the students near our main desk. I used to dip into that candy dish--a lot--and those bits of candy eventually helped add to my weight. Because I created a c... Sun, 16 Oct 2011 08:13:19 EST New Strategy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4526846 You know that plan I posted last week to do the 10-pound Slimdown videos. Ditched it for now. The exercises were too rigorous to keep me motivated. I was avoiding them. <BR> <BR> New plan: Back to basics. My goal is to achieve another month of 1000 hours of exercise. I'm back to Leslie Sansone walking videos and Coach Nicole videos. I'm just mixing it up. I'm exercising at least 10 minutes per day, following the "5K Your Way" walking plan, and bumping up the exercise time on the weekend.... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 13:48:58 EST Keeping that exercise streak alive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4514940 I'll admit that curling up with a good book is far more interesting and desirable to me than exercising. I've never developed a passion for sports or exercise. And my life is hectic--I really don't have time to be going to a gym. <BR> <BR> So when it comes to exercise, which I need for health and maintaining a good weight, I have to be very strategic to keep myself motivated to keep going. I've been on a nine-month streak and have logged in 9250 minutes of exercise since the beginning of ... Sun, 2 Oct 2011 10:55:59 EST 131 for a morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4502660 I wonder if anyone else shares this feeling. You get on the scale and see a new low--but you are afraid to believe it because sometimes that new low weight only lasts for a morning. You know it's in sight--but not quite. My weight sometimes fluctuates a pound or two from day to day. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I glimpsed 131--today it's 132.5. Now you'd think that seeing 131 would just motivate me to exercise that much more or eat that much more carefully throughout the day. Well, not quite. ... Sun, 25 Sep 2011 07:42:45 EST Halloween candy challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4490663 For me, the fall is like a food obstacle course. Halloween candy, Thanksgiving feast, Christmas goodies. At work, people already are putting out the dishes of candy for the students. I pass one of these dishes every time I go back to my office. Chocolate is the big temptation for me. I know that part of my weight gain last fall was a result of eating too much of that candy from that very candy dish. <BR> <BR> I need a strategy. Logging those calories on SparkPeople will help. Maybe tod... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 07:55:59 EST Still Flying Despite the Fast-paced Fall http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4477036 During the past two weeks, I've struggled to find time for my bootcamp workouts. But, by golly, I've succeeded. Now that I'm in the midst of another very hectic semester of teaching, I remember so clearly why it was so easy in the past to ditch my exercise routines every fall. <BR> <BR> I've also managed to keep a handle on the calories, but I'm eating on the run so much. I was much worse this past week about making sure I ate fruits and vegetables. And I still need to work on getting th... Sat, 10 Sep 2011 10:57:43 EST Surpassed my original goal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4463684 I learned about SparkPeople and joined in June 2010 but really didn't do anything with the site. On January 1, 2011, I got on the scale and was at my all-time high weight. So, yes, I did make a New Year's Resolution--and I've kept it. <BR> <BR> I originally wanted to lose 19 pounds and yesterday I reached a loss of 20 pounds from what I weighed on January 1. <BR> <BR> After being on a plateau for months, I gained a couple of pounds during vacation during the first week of August. Luckily... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 06:18:22 EST What Got You Here Won't Get You There http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4452015 The title of this blog is actually the title of Marshall Goldsmith's book--his subtitle is How Successful People Become Even More Successful. <BR> <BR> I learned about the book this week from one of my former students who is now a senior. I was thinking that the book might offer some insights for my students. Often college students start out thinking that the same things that got them into college will be the same things that get them a good job after college. But we all know that good in... Sat, 27 Aug 2011 22:52:16 EST Fall is coming! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4442528 Because I teach, summers are the most relaxed time of year for me. Fall is the craziest time. My daughter went back to school last week. The college classes I teach start next week so I've been very busy getting ready for them. <BR> <BR> I'll have to dig down really deep to keep myself on the healthy exercise and eating plan that I've been on since January. Fall has traditionally been the time for derailment. In the fall, I often stop exercising and begin to put on weight--last fall I p... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 19:33:25 EST Self esteem and beauty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4435255 My teenage daughter was watching What Not to Wear the other day and wanted me to watch a TV show with her. The woman they were helping began to realize during the show that she was wearing big t-shirts and jeans all of the time because she was embarrassed about her weight. I appreciated that the show's hosts never tried to tell her to lose weight. They tried to help her to use clothing, make-up and hair styling to look her best as she was. They tried to help her love herself. <BR> <BR> M... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 17:44:10 EST Back to my own kitchen! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4412244 We returned from a week's vacation, and I realized I gained 2.5 pounds in one week--even though I was walking a lot and continuing some of my exercise routine. <BR> <BR> The calories that were coming in from the restaurant food were more than I realized. I'm pretty good about ordering the right things from the menu but one never knows how a meal is prepared. When I'm on a trip I like checking out the local restaurants (as opposed to the chains), which makes it harder to know how many calor... Sun, 7 Aug 2011 12:14:12 EST Are you a "Tigger" or an "Eeyore"? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4365795 If you've never watched the "Last Lecture" of Randy Pausch on YouTube, I recommend it. He died a few years ago of cancer but gave a very inspiring last lecture to students, which Oprah had him give again on her show. The lecture was not about his struggle with cancer but was rather about how to achieve your childhood dreams. <BR> <BR> How do you achieve your dreams or goals? Randy recommends that you approach life like "Tigger" instead of like "Eeyore." If you are familiar with these cha... Sat, 16 Jul 2011 04:38:27 EST Busting the Plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4349191 I liked today's email that I got about busting plateaus. <BR> <BR> I tried something else that seems to be working for me. The last time I hit a plateau I did the May Spring Into Shape Bootcamp Challenge thinking that a month of regular exercise with some new exercises thrown in might bust the plateau. It didn't. <BR> <BR> Finally, in June, I decided to focus on maintaining my weight instead of losing weight. Now, in July, I'm back to exercising more regularly and eating a few less calor... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 10:46:49 EST Maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4340269 I got within two pounds of my goal back in mid-April and have never reached that goal. I was at a plateau that I couldn't get past. In June, I decided not to stress over those last two pounds and decided instead to maintain the loss I had achieved. <BR> <BR> I've been successful staying at the same weight since mid-April. I still use SparkPeople to log in my exercise and eating habits. <BR> <BR> Most days I try to stay within the calorie range for weight loss for most days and occasional... Mon, 4 Jul 2011 10:49:55 EST Drinking all that water.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4338421 I've done well with tracking food and staying on an exercise routine. You know what I haven't conquered....Drinking all that water! <BR> <BR> Sounds simple--drink 8 glasses of water a day. I have to flavor it to drink very much of it. Then I figure I'm adding those artificial sweeteners, which aren't so good for us. <BR> <BR> Maybe we should have a Water Bootcamp Challenge! Sun, 3 Jul 2011 08:45:11 EST My six-month anniversary! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4334781 “Work harder on yourself than you do on your job.” is a quote from Jim Rohn, who was a motivational speaker and entrepreneur. <BR> <BR> I have often neglected myself because I've worked so hard on my job throughout my career. <BR> <BR> For the past six months, I've tracked my eating and exercise on SparkPeople, exercised regularly, lost about 15 pounds to get to a healthy BMI, and completed two SparkPeople bootcamp challenges. I am particularly happy that my body is much stronger than it ... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 09:27:46 EST Last Day of Class--I Made It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4197228 I started this semester of teaching in January with the goal of exercising and eating in a healthier way and feared that the demands of grading and teaching would derail me at some point. I'm happy to report that today was the last day of teaching for me this semester (although I still have a final exam to give and more grading to finish). I stayed on target with my weight loss and exercising. <BR> <BR> Normally a semester of teaching results in weight gain, not weight loss. I look forwar... Thu, 28 Apr 2011 19:21:43 EST So far, so good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4102787 I'm halfway through the spring semester, and I've managed to stick to eating healthier and exercising. I didn't get derailed by the demands and stress of my job. That's translated into the weight loss I was going for. I think I'm on track for my May 15 goal--although I have hit a couple of brief plateaus along the way. I forgot to account for those plateaus. <BR> <BR> My BMI is now at the top of what's healthy. It certainly makes me feel better to know that I'm not really overweight now.... Sat, 19 Mar 2011 11:16:14 EST Girl Scout Cookies in Moderation Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4049675 This week I've hit the point where my BMI is barely barely below overweight--just in time for the boxes of Girl Scout Cookies that arrived at our house today. <BR> <BR> Our daughter is a Girl Scout and my husband is a huge fan of the cookies so this situation didn't seem like one where I could say "no" to having them in the pantry. Since January 2, my willpower has been pretty good. Any desserts that I've had have all been in the 100-200 range. Usually, that means a chocolate Vitamuffi... Sat, 26 Feb 2011 15:30:02 EST Sticking with Your Goals Enhances Your Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3979936 I always feel good when I can stick to my goals. I've exercised some every day and eaten a healthy diet since Jan. 2. I'm starting the fourth week of the 28-day bootcamp exercise challenge today. <BR> <BR> So does anyone have good suggestions for a goal after the bootcamp challenge? I had some days when I wasn't sure that I wanted to exercise. Knowing that I had committed to the "challenge" helped me stay on track. Tue, 1 Feb 2011 09:50:06 EST Avoiding another derailment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3938350 I've had a successful two weeks with SparkPeople. I've exercised every day and stayed within a decent calorie range. Today I started teaching my spring courses. Tuesdays and Thursdays will be particularly tough. My only break from teaching during these days is 10-11:30. That means I need to figure out portable foods to take--particularly so that I can eat quickly before I begin the three-hour teaching marathon from 11:30-2:30. <BR> <BR> Also, drinking all this water becomes inconvenie... Tue, 18 Jan 2011 19:05:25 EST Back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3914779 So I learned about SparkPeople and signed up last summer. Then I really didn't do much with it. Seemed too complicated at the time. <BR> <BR> And so I did go through the fall with no exercise and less attention to my health. <BR> <BR> I don't begin teaching again until January 18. A week ago I started exercising daily and eating right again. I'm using SparkPeople to keep myself motivated and just joined the 28-day exercise challenge. The real test for me will come when I have a pile o... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 16:59:10 EST