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/ Day 127 Update: Earthquakes Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762293 Today is Day 127 of my 10 or more fitness minutes streak. About 25 minutes so far today to keep the streak alive. Today I increased my number of lunges just a bit. I’ve learned the hard way to never increase lunges too much or you end up with lunge legs the next few days and can barely walk. Of course, that’s a great way to look at this in general – just keep increasing one step at a time. <BR> <BR> Thanks a bunch for all the great comments on my last blog that was a tribute to Robin Wil... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:18:14 EST Day 122 Update: Robin Williams: O Captain! My Captain! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759019 Today is Day 122 of my 10 or more fitness minutes streak. About 20 minutes so far today. <BR> <BR> Today I want to reflect on the passing of Robin Williams for a couple of reasons. <BR> <BR> First, his movie Dead Poet’s Society is one of the top movies that moved me to take action (and of course, was only one of his masterpieces). I remember watching it at the suggestion of my friend Rob sometime in 1996. I can’t remember for sure, but this was either just before or just after we both ... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:16:55 EST Day 121 Update: Urban Survivalist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758518 Hi everyone! Today is Day 121 of my 10 or more fitness minutes streak. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a fun day in the streak. I took the day off work and we went to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for my youngest son’s 8th birthday celebration. He took his best friend and his big brother as guests. So, I got to spend most of the day riding fun rides with 3 boys. I’ll remember this one for a long time because it was the first time that both boys were tall enough and brave enough to ride just ab... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 21:08:46 EST Day 116 Update: NFL Preseason http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755309 Today is Day 116 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak. About 45 minutes today so far. Just a quick blog update today. I’ll get some more fitness minutes today watching a little of the NFL pre-season games. My original hometown Cincinnati Bengals are playing the KC Chiefs and our current hometown 49ers are playing the Ravens. <BR> <BR> Crazy that football season is just about here! My youngest son loves watching football – he even gets excited about watching the draft at age 7 (almost 8). ... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 19:56:03 EST Day 115 Update: Writing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754648 Today is day 115 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak. Today’s highlight: while doing several different types of exercises (exercise bike, rowing machine, and crunches), I could feel that I’ve jumped up to another level of fitness. This is right about the time where I expect that to happen from past experience doing a streak – when big changes start to happen in the 90-180 day range that makes this so much more fun. <BR> <BR> This will be a quick update because I’m on a roll writing the 10+ f... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 20:31:33 EST Day 114 Update: How to Train Your Dragon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753880 Today is Day 114 of the 10 or more fitness minutes streak – about 40 minutes today spread throughout the day. <BR> <BR> We finished watching How to Train Your Dragon last night as a family as part of my oldest’s 11th birthday. If you haven’t seen this movie, it’s really not just a kid’s movie, it’s a masterpiece with great “movie magic” (IMO). I still think I like the first one a little better, but the sequel is also great (many people like the sequel better). We saw the sequel on vacatio... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 20:33:48 EST Day 112 Update: Blackjack Recovery and my Jumping Bean http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752487 Hope everyone is having a great Sunday and looking forward to a fun week of taking small positive steps to reach goals! <BR> <BR> Today is Day 112 of my 10 or more fitness minutes streak. Did 35 minutes today. <BR> <BR> Two quick updates: <BR> <BR> 1 – Thanks to everyone for thoughts about Blackjack our chicken. She has made an amazing recovery and is back in action today. It was so cute last night, her two closest friends (she’s the alpha of this group of 4 young chicks) slept right ne... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 21:05:02 EST Day 111 Update: Back from Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751872 Today is Day 111 of the 10 or more fitness minute streak. I returned today from a quick 4-night vacation to Monterey, CA. We had a great time on the beach and hiking around town having fun. One splurge I had is my favorite clam chowder from Old Fisherman’s Grotto on the Monterey pier. <BR> <BR> One thing that was very noticeable on this trip is that my leg strength has increased considerably because of the streak. Just walking around, I can tell my legs are stronger. I really love this ... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 20:42:25 EST Day 105 Update: Hot! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747740 Hope everyone is having a great weekend and ready for a positive week of taking one small step at a time to reach your goals! <BR> <BR> Today is Day 105 of my streak. It’s been a hot weekend out here in the SF Bay Area with temperatures close to 100 yesterday and still hot today though a little cooler. <BR> <BR> This weekend’s highlight was taking my boys out to play tennis with them/give them a tennis lesson today. They are both excited about playing and I’ve convinced them that tennis i... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 20:51:38 EST Day 102 Update: I Love It When A Plan Comes Together http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745865 Today is Day 102 of the 10+ streak. I’m at 20 minutes so far today – including 3 minutes of calf raises while waiting for an appointment. <BR> <BR> Good news! My boys have decided that they would like to start their own 10 or more fitness minutes streak – yesterday was Day 1 of tracking it for both of them. They are really excited. Now, I know as a Dad that this excitement can wear off especially with kids, so I have a fun reward in mind for them. <BR> <BR> They don’t know this yet, b... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:01:57 EST Day 101 Update: Teaching My Boys to Jump Rope http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745219 Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> Today is Day 101 of the 10+ streak – first first day of the second 100. I’m currently at 45 minutes for the day. <BR> <BR> Today’s highlight was teaching my boys to jump rope. It was an interesting experience. My oldest got the hang of it quickly and I helped him set small goals to do 3 jumps in a row, then 5 in a row, then 10, and then finally 25 in a row. His highest was 26 and he was super-proud of himself and then went and did some other exercises. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:19:46 EST Day 100 Update: New Project – Back To My Roots http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744470 Woohoo – today is Day 100 of the 10 or more fitness minutes streak! I’m at 33 minutes so far today. Yesterday’s funny fitness highlight is that my car had a flat tire from a slow leak. So, I used a bike pump to pump it back up – talk about practical fitness minutes :). <BR> <BR> I was just telling some people on our team today about one of the best parts about using this streak strategy: that once you hit a certain point, then there’s just no way you will stop your streak unless some typ... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:45:04 EST Day 99 Update: Celebrity Wife Swap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743521 Day 99 Update: Celebrity Wife Swap <BR> <BR> Today is Day 99 of the 10 or more fitness minutes streak – one more to triple digits! I got over the 10 minute hurdle with a morning workout of mini-trampoline, pushups, and stretching. Nice and easy. Good luck this week to all the other Streakers out there :). <BR> <BR> Last night for family night (movie & popcorn), the movie seemed a bit scary to the kids so we stopped it and watched Celebrity Wife Swap instead (some may say that was the s... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:54:32 EST Day 98 Update: Have a great week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742998 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> Today is Day 98 of the streak. It was a pretty quiet day here – a highlight was a good Sunday afternoon nap :). <BR> <BR> Hope everyone had a good weekend and is ready to take one small step at a time this week to reach goals together! <BR> <BR> Oh, here’s a photo of our chicken named Snoozy I mentioned last week. She’s a sweetie and likes to be held and snuggle in your arms – and also likes running around the coop playing chase with her friend Brown Bear (and runnin... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:54:14 EST Day 97 Update: Rolling Stones Workout (Song of the Day)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742315 Happy Saturday Everyone! <BR> <BR> Today is Day 97 of the 10 or more fitness minutes streak. I’m currently at 42 minutes spread throughout the day in small doses. <BR> <BR> I started something fun today: Now when I do exercises like pushups, crunches, lunges, plank, lower back, light weights, etc., I’ll do them in my office and choose motivational songs on YouTube as I do the exercises. <BR> <BR> The Song of the Day today is Start Me Up by The Rolling Stones. Here’s the story why: <BR... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 20:17:24 EST Day 96 Update: Lucky Photo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741701 Today is Day 96 of the 10 or more fitness minutes streak. I’m not finished for the day, but crossed 10 minutes safely. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone’s ready for a great weekend! I will check-in both days this weekend if you want to stop by to let me know when you get 10+ fitness minutes if you’d like to participate. <BR> <BR> I’m working to take this 10+ project to the next level and might need some beta-testers out there if anyone is interested. <BR> <BR> Here’s a fun Friday photo. I’ve st... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:12:49 EST Day 95 Update: Uneventful (by design) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740984 Hello SP-Land! Today is Day 95 of the streak. <BR> <BR> Sometimes when I write these blogs, I feel like I need to have some mind-blowing update. But, really, I don’t – and that’s a big point of the design of a 10 (or more) minute fitness streak for all of us. Consistency really is the key. Some days you’ll just get your minutes in and “take care of business.” This may sound boring, but from past experiences doing this, I know the magic is happening under the surface one day at a time an... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:59:49 EST Day 93 Update: Ouch :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739541 Today is Day 93 of the streak. <BR> <BR> I have a huge headache today probably from cutting down a bit on caffeine. <BR> <BR> Taking it pretty easy with fitness, but still have done 20 minutes so far including 15 minutes on the exercise bike and 5 minutes on the mini-trampoline this morning. <BR> <BR> Despite the pain (it isn't too bad – I’m a headache wimp since I rarely get them), I feel good about this headache. I can tell that with the continued fitness consistency and other health... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:32:21 EST Day 91 Update: Tough Year and New Beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738162 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> Today is Day 91 of the new 10 (or more) fitness minutes streak! I’ll write more about this soon, but this is a key milestone. In my past attempts at longer streaks, I have found that the true magic starts to kick in somewhere between Day 90 to Day 180 (so, from 3-6 months). It will be interesting to see what happens this time. <BR> <BR> Today I want to share the history of this new streak. This has been a very tough year for multiple reasons. Probably the most str... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 21:10:38 EST Day 87 Update: Crunches and TV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736205 Hi everyone <BR> <BR> Yesterday was Day 87 of the 10-minute (or more) fitness streak. The highlight of the day was doing a bunch of crunches on a swiss ball while watching the World Cup. It's such a great strategy to fit in fitness minute while doing something else like TV. <BR> <BR> Should be an interesting final between Germany and Argentina! Who are you rooting for? I'll have to root for Germany because I have German heritage and my wife's parents were both born in Germany before com... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:51:28 EST Day 86 Update: Soccer Madness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735382 Yesterday was Day 86 of my 10 (or more) fitness minutes streak. 100 starting to get in view :). <BR> <BR> Any soccer/futbol fans out there? Amazing that Germany won 7-1 over Brazil. I played soccer from age 6 all the way through my senior year of high school. Great experience (other than probably too many headballs some might say :)). Now my boys have fun playing as well, but I'm seriously discouraging them from doing headballs if they can. <BR> <BR> Will be interesting to see how the ... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 13:46:41 EST Day 84 Update: Happy Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733962 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> Thanks for all the positive comments on my recent blogs. I'm going to try blogging as regularly as I can. Hopefully this will motivate more people to reach their goals 10 minutes at a time and it will also motivate me to stay on track :). <BR> <BR> I hope everyone has a great Monday! Yesterday was Day 84 of my 10 minute (or more) fitness streak. One of yesterday's highlights was cooking up a big batch of beets and then a smaller batch of beets & onions. I'll share... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 16:43:21 EST Day 83 Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733249 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> Hope you are having a great Sunday and looking forward to a positive week! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was Day 83 of my 10 minute fitness streak. The highlight of the day was swimming with my boys. One of my hardest fitness tests is when they take turns riding on my back as I swim. I try to enjoy this because I know it won't last much longer (they are almost 8 and 11 now). <BR> <BR> Here's a fun comment from a member jumping in to the 10 minute streak! <BR> ** <BR> <BR> P... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 17:41:34 EST Hope you had a great 4th! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732578 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> For all who celebrate, I hope you had a great 4th of July! I was lucky to be able to spend it with my family and some great neighbors next door. <BR> <BR> Here is a (relatively healthy) cake that my wife and 7-year-old made together yeseterday -- he put on all the raspberries and blueberries and was so proud: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1552583195.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday was Day 82 of my 10 minute (or more) fitness streak. The hi... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 14:49:14 EST Day 78 Update: Amazing Member 10 Minute Streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729374 Hi All <BR> <BR> Today is Day 78 of my 10 (or more) fitness minutes streak. Today's highlight was swimming laps -- and part of the time my boys took turns holding onto my back while I raced the other one :). <BR> <BR> I'm working up to something fun for the 10 minutes streak -- it's been fun to see some of the great comments from members about their streaks. Here is one I shared with our team today: <BR> ** <BR> <BR> LJCANNON6/29/2014 8:05PM <BR> <BR> Congratulations on your Streak!! <B... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:30:30 EST Have a great week ahead! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728640 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> I'm just back from a fun vacation with the family. We drove down to Santa Barbara for the week (the closest beach to us where you can get in the ocean without a wetsuit or freezing). <BR> <BR> The best part was seeing how happy my boys were doing wave-crashing and bodysurfing. They continue to be my inspiration to stay healthy and fit so I can still bodysurf with them. <BR> <BR> Today was day 77 of my 10 minute (or more) fitness streak. Have fun to everyone else... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 22:18:09 EST Have a great weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722365 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend taking small steps to reach your goals -- happy Friday! <BR> <BR> I'm happy that today is day 68 of a new 10-minute (or more) fitness streak. <BR> <BR> SparkCheers! <BR> <BR> Chris Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:46:29 EST SparkPeople Radio Addition! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634449 Hello Everyone <BR> <BR> I'm happy to share more about the new host for SparkPeople radio, Bettina Bush. I've had a chance to start getting to know Bettina and think she'll be a wonderful addition to the team. <BR> <BR> Bettina is a great fit for the team since she is both a Mom who is passionate about healthy living for herself and her children, and also a very accomplished radio and media personality. <BR> <BR> We're lucky to have her join the team to help more people reach their goal... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:30:45 EST Friend Feed Updates! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622298 Hello Everyone <BR> <BR> Hope you are having fun reaching many types of goals! I wanted to let you know about an announcement for our Friend Feed updates if you haven't seen it. We love trying to figure out good ways to help members stay connected so they can support each other reaching goals. This turns into a double-win since supporting other people is such a great way to stay on track to reach your own goals. <BR> <BR> Here is the announcement if you'd like to take a look: <BR> <lin... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:06:28 EST Happy New Year -- You Are Appreciated! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578366 Hi Everyone -- Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> Someone in my family emailed this one around this morning. I thought I'd share it with the SparkPeople community. I think it's especially fitting here because there are so many people here making an impact on each other. Always remember that a gesture that might seem small to you could in fact end up being a life-changing moment for someone else who needs support. <BR> <BR> Thanks again for your support! <BR> <BR> ** <BR> <BR> You don't have to ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 18:21:52 EST SparkAmerica Launch Announcement (please read :)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562888 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> If you have a few minutes, I'd really appreciate it if you can take a look at the SparkAmerica launch announcement I wrote and posted yesterday. I'm very excited about where this could go as a fun way to help individuals, communities, organizations, and even countries! <BR> <BR> Quick note to our international members: as I mention in the blog, we also plan to have versions of this for many other countries, hopefully with partners from those countries. Including t... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:34:15 EST Happy I wasn't on this flight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560000 Watching video like this airplane landing from a few days ago in the UK makes you thankful for all those routine landings (and another small reminder to appreciate every day and live life to the fullest!). <BR> <BR> Note: For some reason these embedded videos aren't working on the blog page itself, but do work on the summary page here (if you aren't already on the summary page): <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=sparkguy </link> <BR> <BR> <iframe width="560... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 20:09:55 EST Amazing and Motivational Stunt (1-Minute Video) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543807 This is an incredible 1-minute video. Here are a few things I love about it: <BR> <BR> First, it's so incredibly well done that it's motivating to be able to do something this well. <BR> <BR> Second, imagine being able to do this at age 53 like this actor -- another motivator to stay healthy and in shape every day. Of course none of us will be doing this type of stunt. But, what's your version of this adventure? We can all reach goals we may have not thought possible. <BR> <BR> Third... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 21:30:36 EST New Member Welcome Guide http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540145 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> I hope you like the New Member Welcome Guide we just launched today! I've been working on this for awhile with our team and we wanted to launch this close to our new Start page. <BR> <BR> I'm very excited about this project as a way to show all new members many of the points that make both the SparkPeople site and underlying program so helpful to reach health and fitness goals and use that as a springboard to reach goals in all areas of life. <BR> <BR> We decided to ... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 12:51:04 EST Hope you like the new Start Page?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519295 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> I hope you like the new Start page!? <BR> <BR> You may have seen the official announcement last week (if not, click here if you'd like to see it): <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=introducing_a_brand_new_sparkpeople<BR>_experience </link> <BR> <BR> I know this is a big change to an important page, so I appreciate your help as we make this change with the goal to better help you reach your goals. I also thought I'd add my perspective on what w... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 10:50:14 EST Coming Soon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5512545 Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm jumping for joy about something that we'll be launching in about 10 days. I can't wait for everyone to see this. <BR> <BR> <BR> <iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/1kHhuyqRarU?r<BR>el=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <BR> <BR> Hmm, I need some tech help -- for some reason this video works on my summary page, but not the individual blog page, so you can see the video here if you can't see it: <BR> <em>54</em> <link>www.sp... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 19:17:42 EST Motivational Song -- Ho Hey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5242054 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> Thought I'd share this fun song if you haven't heard it. It really motivates me to want to reach goals. <BR> <BR> I also love the video of this group of people coming together to have fun. Just what we're doing here at SparkPeople to reach goals together. <BR> <BR> SparkCheers! <BR> <BR> <object width="560" height="315"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/zvCBSSwgtg<BR>4?hl=en_US&version=3&rel=0"></param><p<BR>aram name="allowFullScreen" value="true... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 20:27:01 EST Motivational Video Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5233224 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> In the spirit of Super Bowl Sunday coming up, take a look at this incredible story called "The only disability in life is a bad attitude": <BR> <BR> <object width="420" height="315"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/Wd89IydtXy<BR>k?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/Wd89IydtXyk?<BR>version=3&hl=en_US" type="applicatio... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 12:43:31 EST SparkPeople Lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5213199 Hello Everyone! Here's a short, fun video of me and my wife -- hope you enjoy. <BR> <BR> Also, thanks to member Shelli for both the idea for these videos and shooting/producing them! <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=mo<BR>stmom1 </link> <BR> <BR> SparkCheers! <BR> <BR> Chris (SparkGuy) Fri, 18 Jan 2013 14:51:55 EST Today's Highlight -- Fun one about meeting a SP member http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5007223 Hit Like if you did at least 10 minutes of fitness today! <BR> <BR> 60 for me. Today's highlight was a fun one. I had a breakfast meeting and the hostess at the restaurant recognized my SparkPeople T-shirt and said she's a member. So I signed a copy of our book The Spark and gave it to her. Always a thrill to meet SparkPeople when I'm out (on my last flight, the lead flight attendant was a SP member). What was your highlight? -- SparkGuy <BR> <BR> Wed, 8 Aug 2012 20:02:35 EST Today's Highlight -- Fun One About My Son http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5002428 This wouldn't fit as a Status Update, so I'm doing a quick blog post! <BR> ** <BR> <BR> Today's highlight was when my 9yo son ran up and said, "Daddy, I reached 5 goals today (including swimming the length of the pool without taking a breath)!" Fun to realize that your kids ARE LISTENING even when they act like they aren't, then have things like this pop out of them :). What was your highlight? -- SparkGuy <BR> <BR> ** <BR> <BR> SparkCheers! <BR> <BR> Sun, 5 Aug 2012 20:13:04 EST January 29: Day 147 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4711029 <b>Today's Fitness</b> <BR> I did 64 minutes of fitness today. <BR> <BR> <b>Today's Highlights</b> <BR> Today's highlight was going outside for a short amount of exercise and then the boys followed me out and eventually we started tossing football for awhile. <BR> <BR> <BR> <b>Member Highlight</b> <BR> <BR> Love seeing SP Moms get in on the action! <BR> <BR> *** <BR> CURVIEMAMA said 'Walked 2 miles in about 45 minutes! I took the kids to the plaground and walked the track. Noticed that a... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 20:55:06 EST Inspirational Success Story Video (only 2 minutes long) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4698957 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> If you have a moment (actually 2 minutes 26 seconds), here is a great video we put together featuring some of our success stories: <BR> <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/<BR>motivation_articles.asp?id=1709 </link> <BR> <BR> This could be a great motivator for you and for anyone you know who wants to reach goals. <BR> <BR> Thanks for your support -- I appreciate it! <BR> <BR> SparkCheers! <BR> <BR> Chris (SparkGuy) <BR> <em>54</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 12:39:42 EST January 18: Day 136 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4689966 <b>Today's Fitness</b> <BR> I did 40 minutes of fitness today. <BR> <BR> <b>Today's Highlights</b> <BR> Today's highlight was doing weights and stretching while watching college basketball with my son (he's bouncing on the mini-trampoline next to me now). <BR> <BR> Also – take a look at my earlier blog today about Chef Meg appearing on The Doctors tomorrow if you haven't heard about this! <BR> <BR> <BR> <b>Member Highlight</b> <BR> <BR> Let's all congratulate another member on a 1 year S... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 20:55:40 EST Watch Chef Meg on The Doctors Tomorrow (please :))! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4689755 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> If you have a chance, please tune in to The Doctors tomorrow morning to see SparkPeople's very own Chef Meg on the show! <BR> <BR> 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! <BR> <BR> Here's an article with more info: <BR> <link>www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=tun<BR>e_in_to_watch_chef_meg_on_the_doctors </link> <BR> <BR> Thanks for your support... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 18:52:12 EST January 17: Day 135 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4687720 <b>Today's Fitness</b> <BR> I did 42 minutes of fitness today. <BR> <BR> <b>Today's Highlights</b> <BR> 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. <BR> <BR> <BR> <b>Member Highlight</b> <BR> <BR> Fun to hear from a member who heard us on the radio! <BR> <BR> <BR> *** <BR> To: SPARKGUY <BR> From: TRELLISON <BR> Date: 1/16/2012 - 11:15 PM <BR> Subj... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 20:37:43 EST January 16: Day 134 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4685303 <b>Today's Fitness</b> <BR> I did 55 minutes of fitness today. <BR> <BR> <b>Today's Highlights</b> <BR> Today's highlight was doing 25 minutes on the exercise bike while reading Lord of the Rings again &#61514;. It's a LOOOOONG book! <BR> <BR> <BR> <b>Member Highlight</b> <BR> <BR> Here's a great one showing a healthy lifestyle adventure getting started! <BR> <BR> <BR> *** <BR> HRM1971 has just submitted a new topic. <BR> <BR> Title: "only" 2 lbs. <BR> <BR> Message: I lost 2 pounds... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 20:13:50 EST January 12: Day 130 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4676968 <b>Today's Fitness</b> <BR> I did 42 minutes of fitness today. <BR> <BR> <b>Today's Highlights</b> <BR> 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. <BR> <BR> <BR> <b>Member Highlight</b> <BR> <BR> I loved seeing a member talk about receiving many Christmas cards from her SparkFriends this year – have I mentioned that there's so... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 20:11:18 EST January 11: Day 129 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4674709 <b>Today's Fitness</b> <BR> I did 30 minutes of fitness today (and 44 yesterday when I didn't blog). <BR> <BR> <b>Today's Highlights</b> <BR> Today's highlight was stopping to play basketball with my youngest for a few minutes while I took out the garbage. <BR> <BR> <b>Member Highlight</b> <BR> <BR> Fun to see members excited about their start to 2012! <BR> *** <BR> ANEWME626 has just submitted a new topic. <BR> <BR> Title: It may sound small, but to me it's HUGE... <BR> <BR> Message: ... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 20:10:50 EST January 9: Day 127 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4669880 <b>Today's Fitness</b> <BR> I did 42 minutes of fitness today. <BR> <BR> <b>Today's Highlights</b> <BR> Today's highlight was getting a good amount of fitness minutes in later in the day after not having many early on. <BR> <BR> <b>Member Highlight</b> <BR> <BR> I see another healthy lifestyle transformation in progress! <BR> *** <BR> <BR> Kloveland1 has just submitted a new topic. <BR> <BR> Title: Breathless <BR> <BR> Message: I just took my first walk in over a year. I usually have... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 21:21:44 EST