SPARKGUY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SPARKGUY SPARKGUY'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/ March 21: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6124733 Happy Monday everyone! <BR> <BR> I hope you had a good weekend and good start to the week! <BR> <BR> We visited with some family in town over the weekend. Since we are 2,000 miles away from most of our extended family on my Mom's side, that was fun to do. <BR> <BR> Flag football season is over, so my boys have been focusing on basketball in the driveway lately. I'm happy to see both of them playing together much of the time. <BR> <BR> We're still getting a good amount of rain out here i... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 22:14:26 EST March 17: Happy St. Patrick's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6121719 Hi All <BR> <BR> I hope you had a Happy St. Patrick's Day! I'm part-Irish. That must have been what made me select a GREEN SparkPeople T-shirt to wear today for my work uniform without remembering today is St. Patty's Day :). <BR> <BR> My highlight today was bouncing on the mini-trampoline with my son as we watched some NCAA basketball tournament. <BR> <BR> Did you fill out a bracket? My 9yo and I both did. My money is that he will beat me :). <BR> <BR> SparkCheers! <BR> <BR> <em>52... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 20:31:11 EST March 15: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6120146 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> I hope you are having a great start to your week! <BR> <BR> My highlight today was exercise bike. <BR> <BR> I had to take a break from writing because of doing a bunch of meetings with driving and putting together presentations. That should slow down a bit now. <BR> <BR> How are you doing? <BR> <BR> Chris <BR> <em>529</em> <BR> <BR> Woohoo! My goal for 2016 is to do an Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge blog post 200 days this year (61/75 days so far). <BR> <... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 21:02:28 EST March 7: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6113830 Happy Monday everyone -- I hope you had a good day to start the week! <BR> <BR> Great day here. I finished a bunch of work, ate healthy food, and got about 45 minutes of exercise. <BR> <BR> My highlight was quick exercise bike and rowing machine. <BR> <BR> How about you? <BR> <BR> Chris <BR> <em>529</em> <BR> <BR> Woohoo! My goal for 2016 is to do an Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge blog post 200 days this year (60/67 days so far). <BR> <BR> Below is the "signature" I'll include e... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 21:28:49 EST March 5&6: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6112166 Sunday Update: <BR> <BR> Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> I hope you enjoyed the list of possible ways to handle stress instead of stress/emotional eating in my weekly email! I work to do some of those myself. <BR> <BR> My highlight this morning was getting outside and doing mini-trampoline and balance board in the sunshine. Yesterday it was rainy and windy all day, so the sun felt good. <BR> <BR> Have a great Sunday! <BR> <BR> Chris <BR> <em>529</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Saturday Update: <BR> <BR... Sat, 5 Mar 2016 20:51:28 EST March 2: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6109793 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> I hope you had a Woohoo Wednesday?! My Woohoo for today was extra stretching and afterwards I drank broccoli water -- mmm. I've mentioned in the past that I like to save the water we cook veggies like broccoli in and drink it with a bit of sea salt added -- more mmm. <BR> <BR> SparkCheers! <BR> <BR> Chris <BR> <BR> ** <BR> Woohoo! My goal for 2016 is to do an Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge blog post 200 days this year (57/62 days so far). <BR> <BR> Below is t... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 20:50:21 EST February 29: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6107975 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> Did you have a good Monday? <BR> <BR> Good day here. I got a bunch of work finished plus fit in some healthy activities like basketball with my son. <BR> <BR> Thanks for all of the great comments on yesterday's blog. It's fun to see people tackling tough issues like stress and emotional eating. <BR> <BR> SparkCheers! <BR> <BR> Chris <BR> <BR> ** <BR> Woohoo! My goal for 2016 is to do an Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge blog post 200 days this year (56/60 days s... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 21:06:22 EST February 27&28: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6106317 Sunday Update: <BR> <BR> Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> I hope you liked this week's email about taking control of stress and emotional eating. I am forever grateful that Viktor Frankl shared his experiences in his book Man's Search for Meaning. If you haven't read it, I highly recommend this book. The first 100 pages cover his experiences in the concentration camp. The final 30 pages or so of that set of 100 pages are IMO some of the best pages ever written to help someone take control of their... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 19:48:27 EST February 26: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6105666 I hope you had a Fantastic Friday! <BR> <BR> My highlight today was a short hike. How about you? <BR> <BR> Who is happy it's Friday? Any fun plans this weekend? <BR> <BR> I'm taking my youngest to flag football pretty early in the morning. I like trying to get in fitness minutes while they are warming up for the game and at halftime. Simple exercises like body squats, calf raises, stretching. <BR> <BR> SparkCheers! <BR> <BR> Chris <BR> ** <BR> Woohoo! My goal for 2016 is to do an U... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 20:49:15 EST February 23: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6104059 Howdy All! I hope you had a Woohoo Wednesday! <BR> <BR> I'll share a couple of highlights: <BR> <BR> 1) After doing light fitness the past 2 days, I felt recovered and ready for heavier workouts. On the exercise bike, I usually do Level 11 on my bike. Today I did one short/intense workout with this pattern: <BR> <BR> * Level 11 = 1 minute <BR> * Level 12 = 1 minute <BR> * Level 13 = 1 minute <BR> * Level 14 = 30 seconds <BR> * Level 15 = 30 seconds <BR> * Level 16 (highest possible leve... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 20:28:14 EST February 23: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6103292 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> I hope you had a Terrific Tuesday! <BR> <BR> My highlight today was eating a healthy and tasty lunch. I am the king of leftovers for lunch the following day :). <BR> <BR> For fitness, I did another pretty easy day except a small amount of higher-intensity jump rope, one of my favorite exercises. <BR> <BR> How was your day? <BR> <BR> Chris <BR> <BR> ** <BR> Woohoo! My goal for 2016 is to do an Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge blog post 200 days this year (51/54 ... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 21:29:54 EST February 22: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6102394 Happy Monday everyone! <BR> <BR> Today was a good day. I've been working out pretty hard, so I decided this would be an easy day. Yesterday I felt right on the edge of over-doing it, so I didn't want to risk injury or burnout. I still ended up with 40 minutes spread throughout the day as breaks, but everything was low-intensity including mini-trampoline, small amount of intentionally light exercise bike, balance board, and stretching outside in the sunshine. <BR> <BR> How was your Monday... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 21:06:25 EST February 20&21: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6100860 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> Sunday Update: <BR> I hope you like this week's email with the motivational message! If you didn't see it, here is the graphic I included in the email: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4d5ba1b1-067d-4e59-865f-deaf0efe8bfa.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What have you overcome? <BR> <BR> <BR> Saturday Update: <BR> Whew, today was a long day. My 9yo son had 2 flag football games in a row this morning. Each team has to play one double-header this season be... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 22:07:33 EST February 18: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6099337 Hi All <BR> <BR> Thanks for the positive thoughts about my son! I don't want to say we're out of the woods yet, but so far he is feeling much better and nobody else is sick yet. Fingers crossed. Plus lots of prevention :). <BR> <BR> My son walked out of bed this morning and said, "I feel so much better!!" <BR> <BR> I made sure not to over-do it today just in case, but still got some good fitness and stretching in. <BR> <BR> How about you? <BR> <BR> Chris <BR> <em>529</em> <BR> <BR>... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 21:04:56 EST February 17: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6098507 Whew, we're wiped out in our house today. My oldest got the flu in the middle of the night last night. Poor guy -- he was sick at least 10 times before it finally stopped. Hope we can contain it to just him, we'll see. <BR> <BR> Was able to get 40 mins of fitness with exercise bike the highlight -- nice and easy pace. <BR> <BR> Any Wednesday Woohoos out there today? <BR> <BR> Chris <BR> <BR> ** <BR> Woohoo! My goal for 2016 is to do an Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge blog post 200 ... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 21:11:46 EST February 16: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6097686 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> Today was a good day. I have a mild foot injury from basketball with my son. I was bummed a little bit because I wanted to run sprints today, but didn't want to make the injury worse. So instead I just did exercise bike sprints that didn't bother my foot and were a nice substitute. <BR> <BR> I hope you had a great day -- any highlights out there? <BR> <BR> Chris <BR> <BR> ** <BR> Woohoo! My goal for 2016 is to do an Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge blog post 20... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 21:27:51 EST February 15: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6096850 Hello SparkPeeps <BR> <BR> How was your Monday? <BR> <BR> Good one here. Our boys are taking care of the neighbor's dog so they are having fun with her. Her name is Tiki. The neighbors don't have young kids, so Tiki likes to come over and get her energy out with our boys. Also on the animal front, our guinea pigs Vanilla and Pudding had their 4th birthday yesterday. They celebrated with a giant carrot including the greens from our garden. <BR> <BR> My fitness highlight was 20 minutes ... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 21:41:52 EST February 13 and 14: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6095272 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> Sunday Update: <BR> <BR> Happy Valentine's Day! I hope you liked my thoughts about how good sleep can be helpful in so many ways. <BR> <BR> Here are a couple of good articles I saw if you'd like to learn more: <BR> <BR> Why sleep is important: <BR> <link>http://www.businessinsider.com/why-s<BR>leep-is-important-2014-12 </link> <BR> <BR> Maximizing your sleep area: <BR> <link>http://www.alaskasleep.com/blog/tips<BR>-creating-ideal-sleep-environment </link> <BR> ... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 20:44:16 EST February 12: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6094605 Happy Friday everyone! <BR> <BR> I hope you had a good week and are looking forward to the weekend. I'm taking it fairly easy today after a bunch of driving yesterday. But got in some mini-trampoline and balance board outside as fitness highlights. <BR> <BR> I chatted with my friend in Pittsburgh and he said it will be a low of 1 tomorrow. Hope everyone stays warm out there. <BR> <BR> Any Friday highlights for you? <BR> <BR> Chris <BR> <em>529</em> <BR> <BR> ** <BR> Woohoo! My goal ... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 20:57:15 EST February 11: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6093872 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> Whew, lots of driving today. Drove about 2.5 hours combined back and forth to a great meeting. I was early to the meeting so did a quick walk/hike around the block. <BR> <BR> When I returned home, my 9yo was in the driveway playing basketball and asked if I could play a game with him. I was wiped out from the drive, but it was a fun way to finish the day. <BR> <BR> Before my current 10+ fitness minutes streak (today is Day 117), I probably wouldn't have had the ene... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 21:20:27 EST February 10: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6093032 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> Ahh. I finally broke my blogging streak :). Oh well, back to it today! <BR> <BR> I'll share the most likely reason that I ran out of energy the past couple of days to check-in. I'm once again cutting down on my coffee -- down to 1 cup per day from 2 I've been drinking the past few months. So that has made me run out of energy as I get used to the switch :). <BR> <BR> I've found a few different times now that I am mentally much clearer if I only have 1 cup of coffe... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 20:57:02 EST February 6 & 7: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089585 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> Sunday Update: <BR> I hope you liked this week's email about how to make healthy food choices! Let me know in the comments if you have added any new healthy foods lately. <BR> <BR> Here is the additional tip I mentioned: One thing I do with my daily planning spreadsheet is list some of the healthy foods I want to eat that day, like avocados, onion, garlic, beets, fermented veggies, and more. Then as I eat them, I move them to the completed section. <BR> <BR> Have a... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 21:01:14 EST February 5: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6088864 Happy Friday everyone! <BR> <BR> I hope you are ready for a good weekend. If you are a football fan, who are you rooting for? Anyone from Denver or Carolina out there? <BR> <BR> This was a good week -- we brought on a partner with 4 health and fitness experts who will be writing for SP members. They are a great team. <BR> <BR> My fitness highlight today was 30 minutes on the exercise bike -- and then I spent 30 minutes in the infrared sauna. Lots of sweating today. <BR> <BR> Did you h... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 21:10:25 EST February 4: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6088014 Hello SparkPeeps! <BR> <BR> I hope you had a good Thursday -- who is ready for Friday! <BR> <BR> Both of our kids have colds now, but not too bad. I had some raw crushed garlic today -- one of my favorite preventive measures. Has anyone tried this? If you haven't, you'll be amazed at how hot raw garlic is -- you can feel the burn all the way down to your tummy. I've read the best method is to crush it and then wait about a minute or so if I remember right. That releases the most powerf... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 20:44:01 EST February 3: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6087160 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> No headache today -- thanks for the positive vibes sent my way :). <BR> <BR> Good day here. My fitness highlight was a short hike in chilly weather. With continually improving health and fitness, I also continue to notice that cold weather doesn't bother me much and feels good. I know that my current definition of cold weather out here in California isn't really that cold :). <BR> <BR> Just had a bunch of green veggies. <BR> <BR> How is your day going? Hope you a... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 21:21:53 EST February 2: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6086282 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> Ugh -- headache most of the day today, but got in 15 easy minutes of fitness to keep my streak. <BR> <BR> Also signed on an awesome new partner that could be very interesting if there are any runners out there. A fun company started by two great guys. I'll share more soon. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone had a good day -- any highlights out there in SparkLand? <BR> <BR> <em>529</em> <BR> <BR> ** <BR> Woohoo -- Today is Day 82 in a row for writing a Ultimate SparkPeople ... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 21:46:30 EST February 1: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6085257 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> I hope you had a great Monday and good start to February! Let's all work together to make this a good month. <BR> <BR> My highlight was a simple one today. I picked up my son from school and instead of just sitting in the car waiting for him to be dropped off at the bus stop, I got out and did calf raises for 5 minutes in the sunshine. <BR> <BR> I love trying to find simple ways to squeeze in extra fitness and in this case got a double-win with the sunshine. <BR> <... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 20:57:53 EST January 30 and 31: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6083475 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> Sunday Update: <BR> <BR> I hope you like this week's email about vision collages and keeping your goals close to you! Let me know if you will do this or if you already do this. <BR> <BR> Also feel free to share any highlights from last week or goals for this week! <BR> <BR> <BR> Saturday Update: <BR> <BR> I hope you are having a great Saturday! My highlight today was playing basketball with my 9yo son. Even though I am getting stronger and faster, he is getting ... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 21:25:22 EST January 29: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6082680 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> I hope you are having a great Friday! <BR> <BR> Here is my breakthrough that I mentioned in yesterday's blog: <BR> <BR> I have played tennis since I was a kid. Our semi-run down apartment complex had a pool and a tennis court and a nearby field where we could play soccer, so we were happy. <BR> <BR> I loved playing tennis, but my high school didn't have a tennis team, so I just played recreationally (I did play soccer in high school, which was also fun). Eventually ... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 21:14:01 EST January 28: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6081844 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> Woohoo -- I had a great breakthrough today in tennis that involves a bunch of areas of life coming together. <BR> <BR> I'm really wiped out though (in part from the tennis), so I'll just tease you tonight and come back tomorrow for the full story. <BR> <BR> One thing I will share is that a few days ago my wife had the idea to bring our mini-trampoline into the house so our boys could bounce on it in the morning before school. This is working like a charm so far. The... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 21:10:21 EST January 27: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6081019 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> Hope you had a Woohoo Wednesday! <BR> <BR> My fitness highlight today was tossing football again with my son. He's looking forward to this week's game. <BR> <BR> A nutrition highlight was eating beets -- good for the liver! <BR> <BR> Any Woohoos out there today? <BR> <BR> ** <BR> Woohoo -- Today is Day 76 in a row for writing a Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge blog! My goal for 2016 is to do a blog post 200 days this year (27/27) days so far). <BR> <BR> Below i... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 21:54:32 EST January 26: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6080045 Hello to the spark people <BR> <BR> Good day here. I was able to get in 60 minutes of fitness throughout the day. My highlights were sprints and quick tennis practice. <BR> <BR> We watched some of the Warriors/Spurs last night (the Warriors are our home team). Fun matchup of the two top teams with the Warriors winning this time. Let's see what happens in San Antonio when they play next. I like using Steph Curry's work ethic and the amazing results from that work ethic as a motivator fo... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 20:48:42 EST January 25: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6079121 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> I hope you had a great Monday! <BR> <BR> Today is a big milestone for me -- 100 days for my 10+ fitness minutes streak. This may be the best 100-day streak I've ever had because of improved diet and overall health. <BR> <BR> I'm excited because in the past right around this 100-day mark has been when major benefits kick in making it even easier to stay on track with even better results. I can feel that happening now. <BR> <BR> Anyone else have any small or big mile... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 20:31:00 EST January 23 and 24: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6077340 Hi Everyone! Below are updates for both Saturday and Sunday this week including links to affirmations resources. <BR> <BR> Jan. 24 update: Sunday <BR> <BR> I hope you enjoyed this week's email about believing -- both in yourself and in the SparkPeople program. And also the technique called affirmations. I use this one myself. Here are 3 resources if you'd like to learn more about affirmations. At some point I will write a more complete article about this and link it to this Ultimate S... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 20:16:40 EST January 22: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6076597 Happy Friday everyone! <BR> <BR> This has been a long week, I'm looking forward to the weekend! <BR> <BR> Did 40 minutes of exercise today -- exercise bike and stretching. <BR> <BR> Hope you had a great week. Good luck to any in the path of the big snowstorm headed towards the US east coast. <BR> <BR> ** <BR> Woohoo -- Today is Day 71 in a row for writing a Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge blog! My goal for 2016 is to do a blog post 200 days this year (22/22) days so far). <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 21:29:15 EST January 21: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6075851 Good evening all! <BR> <BR> I'm minutes from going to bed, so just a quick check-in again. I had some good meetings today including getting introduced to an amazing former Olympic gold medalist. Hopefully I'll be able to share more about him and hopefully there's a good fit and we might be able to work together. <BR> <BR> Got 30 minutes of fitness in on a busy day with a bunch of driving around to meetings and then picking up my son from his flag football practice. <BR> <BR> Hope you had... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 22:29:06 EST January 20: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6074920 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> I'm feeling a bit under the weather today, so just a quick check-in. I think it'll just take one good night of sleep to finish fighting this off. <BR> <BR> Today's fitness highlight was quick tennis practice and tossing football with my son. <BR> <BR> I got some work done on a project I'm super-excited about. <BR> <BR> Did you do anything fun or reach any small goals today? <BR> <BR> <em>529</em> <BR> <BR> ** <BR> Woohoo -- Today is Day 69 in a row for writing a... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 21:41:44 EST January 19: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6073995 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> Thanks for the best wishes on finding the drone. I just returned from round 2 of searching, still no luck. At least this is a relatively inexpensive one (downside being that these light ones do blow away!). We do need to label it if we find it, but it might be deep in the woods. <BR> <BR> Today was another great day of fitness with just over 60 minutes. I'm in a fun groove in a bunch of areas where it's getting easier to wake up and I can tell I need a little less... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 20:50:08 EST January 18: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6073101 Hi Everyone -- hope you had a great Monday! <BR> <BR> I got some extra fitness minutes today for a bad reason. My son's drone got caught in a gust of wind and blew away. So we went hiking and exploring down our big hill for 30 minutes trying to find it. Easy going down, much harder on the way up. And no drone found this round. We'll probably look more tomorrow, but there are so many trees this might be like finding the needle in the haystack. <BR> <BR> He is bummed, but hopefully still... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 20:51:27 EST January 17: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6072160 GAAAA <BR> <BR> I made a technical mistake last night and my weekly email couldn't go out -- sorry about that. Now I'll send this one out next week. I'm bummed because this is a good one (at least I think so :)). <BR> <BR> Today's fitness highlight was tossing football with my youngest -- I love doing this as much as I can. Also did exercise bike and jump rope. <BR> <BR> We are getting a good amount of needed rain here in Northern California, but I'll take a bit of sunshine if possible.... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 21:22:57 EST January 16 & 17: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6071308 Happy Saturday Everyone! <BR> <BR> I hope you are having a great weekend! I'm finishing up this week's SparkGuy email that will go out tonight. This is a good one -- it's strong build on last week's email about using some form of daily planner. <BR> <BR> My fitness highlight today was 30 minutes on the exercise bike before going into my infrared sauna and sweating like a madman. <BR> <BR> Any highlights for you today? <BR> <BR> ** <BR> Woohoo -- Today is Day 65 in a row for writing a Ul... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 20:16:03 EST January 15: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6070525 Happy Friday Everyone! <BR> <BR> This will be a short Friday check-in. I'll give you an update on my "streak within a streak" to do 20 minutes of exercise bike and track the percentage. <BR> <BR> So far I am at 24 of 30 days or 80%. This is possibly the best I've ever done for this percentage streak. And I consider this an "advanced-level streak" that took me a long time to be ready to handle. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is ready for a great weekend! Tomorrow morning I'll finish writing ... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 21:12:53 EST January 14: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6069714 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> Today was a fun day. It started off with a bang. I received an IM from someone on our team at 7am my time asking if I could jump on an interview with a reporter from a major newspaper (with no warning this might happen). <BR> <BR> Here's something I joke about: since I work from home, I sometimes wake up super-early and just start working -- so it's not that unusual for me to type emails at 5am. But since I do work from home, I'm more used to typing vs. talking at ... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 21:37:06 EST January 13: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6068809 Hello SparkPeeps <BR> <BR> My son made it through his sax practice yesterday and is now quietly doing his homework today -- woohoo! Both boys got better sleep last night. <BR> <BR> My fitness highlight today was quick tennis stroke practice. To keep up the muscle memory for my strokes, I just practice my strokes without actually hitting a ball for 5 minutes. This keeps me motivated to want to play when it gets warmer and helps my strokes stay grooved. My wife asks if I'm doing my "tenni... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 20:48:09 EST January 12: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6067968 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> Happy Tuesday! <BR> <BR> GAAAA -- my son is being a grouchy bear complaining about doing his saxophone practice for school. We finally convinced him to take a 10 minute exercise break to see if that calms him down. He stayed up too late last night chit-chatting with his brother. <BR> <BR> My fitness highlight today was exercise bike sprints. For a 5 minute time period, I do a 20-second all-out sprint, then 40 second recovery, then repeat. It's fun alternating spr... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 20:58:47 EST January 11: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6067049 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> I hope you are having a great Monday! <BR> <BR> I just finished exercise bike as my fitness highlight for today. I again did "exercise bike strength" where I increase the level progressively to 3 levels higher than I normally do and then come back down. This time I noticed the higher levels were much easier than last time and I can tell my legs are getting stronger. I'm really excited about how this could make me better at tennis this year! <BR> <BR> Our highlight ... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 20:30:18 EST January 9 and 10: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6065185 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> Sunday and Weekly Email Note: <BR> <BR> I hope you enjoyed this week's email talking about my daily planning spreadsheet! Here is a link that shows an example of what I use each day to help me stay on track: <BR> <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/up<BR>loads/spreadsheet2_nov23.jpg </link> <BR> <BR> Feel free to share any highlights from last week or goals for this week. Thanks for your support! <BR> <BR> <BR> Saturday Check-in: <BR> <BR> This will be a qu... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 20:00:35 EST January 8: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6064345 Happy Friday everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm a bit wiped out after a long week, but got a good amount done this week. <BR> <BR> Today's fitness highlight was playing football with my son. He has his first flag football game of the season next Saturday so is getting excited about that. <BR> <BR> For people who have been following my blog for a while, if you remember I talked about my oldest son being so nervous for his first middle school oral book report. He found out he got a 95/100 on the repo... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 20:25:47 EST January 7: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6063499 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> I hope you are having a great Thursday! <BR> <BR> My fitness highlight today was hill sprints again -- this time I did 30 sprints vs. 20 last time and 10 the time before. Getting stronger and stronger. <BR> <BR> Thanks for the comments on the movie recommendation yesterday of "That Sugar Film". It was fun to see one person already watched it after reading the blog and liked it: <BR> <BR> RIRA218 <BR> Watched this film after reading your blog. Great film. Definitely... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 20:59:57 EST January 6: Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6062527 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> I hope you are having a great Wednesday! <BR> <BR> My fitness highlight today was 20 minutes on the exercise bike. For 5 of those minutes I increased the level again because today was a strength day. <BR> <BR> I'm happy to get good minutes in today because I didn't sleep too well from a rainy night. <BR> <BR> We finished the sugar movie last night. It's was incredible for a documentary. The name of the movie is "That Sugar Film" <BR> <link>http://www.imdb.com/tit... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 21:08:15 EST