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/ 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 January 8: Day 126 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4667050 <b>Today's Fitness</b> <BR> I did 86 minutes of fitness today. <BR> <BR> <b>Today's Highlights</b> <BR> Today's highlight was again getting in a good amount of fitness minutes during a football game. Hats off to the Denver Brocos and Tim Tebow for an amazing game (and kudos to the Steelers for coming back and showing how tough they always are). My brother lives in Denver and was at the game today. Watched the game with my boys and we'd go outside during some commercials and run sprints an... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 20:31:19 EST January 7: Day 125 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4664878 <b>Today's Fitness</b> <BR> I did 98 minutes of fitness today. <BR> <BR> <b>Today's Highlights</b> <BR> Today's highlight's were doing a lot of fitness while watching my hometown Cincinnati Bengals lose to the Houston Texans (congrats to the Texans!). Then, after the game I went outside and ran sprints with my boys. I highly recommend this for all parents – really tires them out and makes the day go smoother with better moods when they burn off that energy! <BR> <BR> <BR> <b>Member Highl... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 20:45:45 EST January 6: Day 124 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4662824 <b>Today's Fitness</b> <BR> I did 15 minutes of fitness today. <BR> <BR> <b>Today's Highlights</b> <BR> Today's highlight was doing acupuncture today. It's hard for me to focus on staying still that long, but I really like doing acupuncture! <BR> <BR> <BR> <b>Member Highlight</b> <BR> <BR> Here's a fun post from a member featured on Yahoo! <BR> <BR> *** <BR> dingallstoo has just submitted a new topic. <BR> <BR> Title: We made Yahoo again!!! <BR> <BR> Message: A friend just sent me t... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 20:43:20 EST January 5: Day 123 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4660627 <b>Today's Fitness</b> <BR> I did 35 minutes of fitness today. <BR> <BR> <b>Today's Highlights</b> <BR> Today's highlight was just getting the minutes in – another crazy day trying to get things done. <BR> <BR> <BR> <b>Member Highlight</b> <BR> <BR> I love hearing when doctors and other health professionals recommend SparkPeople to their patients/clients! <BR> *** <BR> BODI153 said 'Bodi153: I am new to sparkpeople my doctor told me about this site. I can hardly belive it is free and so m... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 21:38:13 EST January 4: Day 122 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4658170 <b>Today's Fitness</b> <BR> I did 58 minutes of fitness today. <BR> <BR> <b>Today's Highlights</b> <BR> Today's highlight was playing basketball quickly with my youngest – not a good shooting day for me. <BR> <BR> <BR> <b>Member Highlight</b> <BR> <BR> Members can usually say things better than I can! <BR> <BR> *** <BR> xXIrinaXx has just submitted a new topic. <BR> <BR> Title: Bliss!!! <BR> <BR> Message: I went out this morning to donate blood and rigth now I''ve finished my usual 3... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 21:51:55 EST January 3: Day 121 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4655369 <b>Today's Fitness</b> <BR> I did 45 minutes of fitness today. <BR> <BR> <b>Today's Highlights</b> <BR> Today's highlight was getting in 30 minutes on the exercise bike even though it was a busy day. <BR> <BR> <BR> <b>Member Highlight</b> <BR> <BR> Here's a great one that shows what can happen with this 10+ minutes per day strategy! <BR> *** <BR> NSTARSMITH has just submitted a new topic. <BR> <BR> Title: Half-way to Goal <BR> <BR> Message: I promised myself I would officially "woo-ho... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 21:32:00 EST January 2: Day 120 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4652488 <b>Today's Fitness</b> <BR> I did 96 minutes of fitness today – using the New Year motivation for another good day! <BR> <BR> <b>Today's Highlights</b> <BR> Today's highlight was doing a good amount of weights and rowing machine. I also went outside for awhile with the boys. <BR> <BR> <BR> <b>Member Highlight</b> <BR> <BR> For all of our new members out there (and current ones working on a goal), this could be you next year! <BR> <BR> MeowMeeeow has just submitted a new topic. <BR> <BR... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 21:15:49 EST January 1: Day 119 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4649677 <b>Today's Fitness</b> <BR> I did 62 minutes of fitness today to start off the year right. I hope everyone has a great year! <BR> <BR> <b>Today's Highlights</b> <BR> Today's highlight was doing a bunch of sprints outside. Great way to start the year! <BR> <BR> <BR> <b>Member Highlight</b> <BR> <BR> Here's a fun comment on our facebook page today! <BR> <BR> *** <BR> <BR> Gary Kujat <BR> And so the Journey to the Future - 2012 Begins. A Chance to grow. Conquer New Territory. A Chance ... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 21:35:36 EST December 31: Day 118 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4647860 <b>Today's Fitness</b> <BR> I did 30 minutes of fitness today. (this is for yesterday, December 31) <BR> <BR> <b>Today's Highlights</b> <BR> Today's highlight was running on the beach with my boys. We drove down there for a few hours to celebrate the last day of the year. It's fun to see them get exercise outside in such a fun way! <BR> <BR> <BR> <b>Member Highlight</b> <BR> <BR> I love this comment from a member – it's a great one showing how making your life an adventure can be such ... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 09:17:35 EST December 30: Day 117 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4645503 <b>Today's Fitness</b> <BR> I did 30 minutes of fitness today. <BR> <BR> <b>Today's Highlights</b> <BR> Today's highlight – believe it or not – was eating a lemon. Or rather putting some lemon slices in my water. I forgot about doing this until I was chatting with my brother about this and about how it's a great habit for keeping your liver healthy and other positive benefits. <BR> <BR> <BR> <b>Member Highlight</b> <BR> <BR> Love seeing these kinds of messages! (and when she says "you... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 20:57:40 EST December 29: Day 116 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4644477 (This blog is for yesterday, posting it early morning) <BR> <BR> <b>Today's Fitness</b> <BR> I did 24 minutes of fitness today. <BR> <BR> <b>Today's Highlights</b> <BR> Today's highlight was having another one of my veggie smoothies. I'm trying to turn this into a consistent habit again. They are so easy – just start with some tomato juice and then throw in a bunch of veggies and presto you have several servings of veggies. I also like adding cayenne both for flavor and good health. <BR>... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 08:09:55 EST December 28: Day 115 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4642508 <b>Today's Fitness</b> <BR> I did 20 minutes of fitness today. <BR> <BR> <b>Today's Highlights</b> <BR> Today's highlight was getting a solid 8.5 hours of sleep last night – ahhh. Not too much fitness today, but another day in the consistency book. <BR> <BR> <BR> <b>Member Highlight</b> <BR> <BR> I love seeing comments like this from members excited about consistent fitness! This is why I try to blog as much as I can. <BR> <BR> <BR> HOPESINGH <BR> 12/27/2011 12:00AM <BR> <BR> <BR... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 22:50:03 EST December 27: Day 114 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4640731 <b>Today's Fitness</b> <BR> I did 20 minutes of fitness today. <BR> <BR> <b>Today's Highlights</b> <BR> Today's highlight was taking my 2 boys to a tennis court and giving them a double lesson. They just got a tennis racquet for their size for Christmas. They didn't want to stop and were doing a good job learning a forehand stroke. <BR> <BR> <b>Member Highlight</b> <BR> <BR> I liked reading this member's blog talking about making her Christmas turkey from a SparkPeople Cookbook recipe! <... Tue, 27 Dec 2011 20:50:49 EST December 26: Day 113 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4639226 <b>Today's Fitness</b> <BR> I did 29 minutes of fitness today. <BR> <BR> <b>Today's Highlights</b> <BR> Today's highlight was starting to read Lord of the Rings on the exercise bike. This should keep me occupied for awhile and take up many fitness minutes! <BR> <BR> I also had fun putting together Legos with my boys. We started working on the Diagon Alley set today from Harry Potter. What an amazing set with 2,000 pieces. <BR> <BR> <b>Member Highlight</b> <BR> <BR> Another SparkPeople ... Mon, 26 Dec 2011 20:38:37 EST December 15: Day 102 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4627280 <b>Today's Fitness</b> <BR> I did 38 minutes of fitness today. <BR> <BR> <b>Today's Highlights</b> <BR> Today's highlight was the same as yesterday – 30 minutes on the exercise while reading The Hobbit. Fun way to help me stay consistent! <BR> <BR> <b>Member Highlight</b> <BR> <BR> Here's an exciting birthday celebration! <BR> <BR> ROEBUNCH has just submitted a new topic. <BR> <BR> Title: birthday celebration <BR> <BR> Message: I celebrated my 47th birthday by losing 47 pounds since ... Thu, 15 Dec 2011 20:11:20 EST December 14: Day 101 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4626075 <b>Today's Fitness</b> <BR> I did 62 minutes of fitness today. <BR> <BR> <b>Today's Highlights</b> <BR> Today's highlight was 30 minutes on the exercise bike while reading The Hobbit (read the awesome chapter where Bilbo gets the ring!) <BR> <BR> <b>Member Highlight</b> <BR> <BR> I wanted to post an update about Sunny, our injured member from Texas – received this SparkMail from her daughter a couple of days ago – great example of the amazing support in our community! <BR> <BR> From: RC2C... Wed, 14 Dec 2011 22:19:45 EST December 13: Day 100 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4624834 <b>Today's Fitness</b> <BR> I did 31 minutes of fitness today. <BR> <BR> <b>Today's Highlights</b> <BR> Today's highlight was taking a work break to get outside for some good jump rope minutes. <BR> <BR> <b>Member Highlight</b> <BR> <BR> I love when members get excited about not needing medication! <BR> <BR> BEVSMOSS has just submitted a new topic. <BR> <BR> Title: NO more diabetic meds needed! <BR> <BR> Message: YAY!.. Today my doctor told me I no longer need diabetic meds!!! <BR> <... Tue, 13 Dec 2011 23:41:16 EST December 12: Day 99 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4623440 <b>Today's Fitness</b> <BR> I did 54 minutes of fitness today. <BR> <BR> <b>Today's Highlights</b> <BR> Today's highlight was feeling stronger than I have in a long time – love that feeling that starts to kick in around 3 months of being really consistent! <BR> <BR> <b>Member Highlight</b> <BR> <BR> I love this member's description of the SP community in her blog: <BR> <BR> In the past - I'd have gladly had a fat and carb fest with the Alfredo pasta and garlic bread - and I must admit I w... Mon, 12 Dec 2011 23:10:11 EST December 8: Day 95 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4618441 <b>Today's Fitness</b> <BR> I did 17 minutes of fitness today. <BR> <BR> <b>Today's Highlights</b> <BR> Today's highlight was fighting off a bug. Felt it coming on and did a bunch of good things to fight it off and feeling good this evening – woohoo. Hope everyone is staying healthy out there! <BR> <BR> <b>Member Highlight</b> <BR> <BR> Today's member highlight is a fun comment from a SP member getting healthier and then getting pregnant – another SP member baby on the way! <BR> ** <BR> ... Thu, 8 Dec 2011 23:08:08 EST December 7: Day 94 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4616969 <b>Today's Fitness</b> <BR> I did 25 minutes of fitness today. I'm dedicating those fitness minutes to our member Sunny mentioned in the post below -- go Sunny! <BR> <BR> <b>Today's Highlights</b> <BR> Feeling good today! Today's highlight was tossing football with my 5 year old. For the first time, he threw really good spirals that were like bullets (ok, maybe not bullets, he's not Peyton Manning yet, but fast for him :)). I didn't count this as fitness minutes, but it was still the day... Wed, 7 Dec 2011 21:19:26 EST December 6: Day 93 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4615481 <b>Today's Fitness</b> <BR> I did 10 minutes of fitness today. <BR> <BR> <b>Today's Highlights</b> <BR> Busy day so only got 10 minutes today – but that's the point of this plan – that this is fine sometimes! <BR> <BR> <b>Member Highlight</b> <BR> <BR> I loved this post today – shows the value of friendly competition to turn into a transformation! <BR> ** <BR> FLCRACKER6171 has just submitted a new topic. <BR> <BR> Title: I WILL make it!!!!! <BR> <BR> Message: ok so I joined a weight ... Tue, 6 Dec 2011 20:58:04 EST December 5: Day 92 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4613962 <b>Today's Fitness</b> <BR> I did 29 minutes of fitness today. <BR> <BR> <b>Today's Highlights</b> <BR> Today's highlight was being really tired but still getting some fitness minutes in – hope everyone had a good Monday! <BR> <BR> <b>Member Highlight</b> <BR> <BR> Here's a member excited about continuing to reach goals during the holidays! <BR> ** <BR> jebuckingham has just submitted a new topic. <BR> <BR> Title: Broke 40 pounds total loss this week!!! <BR> <BR> Message: WOO HOO, ME!... Mon, 5 Dec 2011 21:21:14 EST November 21: Day 78 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4594566 <b>Today's Fitness</b> <BR> I did 51 minutes of fitness today. <BR> <BR> <b>Today's Highlights</b> <BR> Today's highlight was doing rowing machine – not for long, but great workout! <BR> <BR> <b>Member Highlight</b> <BR> <BR> Here's a member today happy to reach a 50 pound loss goal! <BR> ** <BR> ANGIEDENISE1 has just submitted a new topic. <BR> <BR> Title: Down 50 lbs!!! woohoo!! <BR> <BR> Message: Just reached the 50 lb mark and have lost 36 inches. so excited!!! :) Lots more to g... Mon, 21 Nov 2011 21:32:33 EST November 15: Day 72 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4586062 <b>Today's Fitness</b> <BR> I did 72 minutes of fitness today – this was a coincidence that it's also Day 72 of the streak! <BR> <BR> <b>Today's Highlights</b> <BR> Today's highlight was again seeing good progress. This time I could tell that my jump rope and sprints speed clearly increased. I think the benefits of consistency are really starting to kick in. I really love seeing how being consistent with strength exercises then translates into improvements in other types of exercise as we... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 20:22:05 EST November 14: Day 71 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4584462 <b>Today's Fitness</b> <BR> I did 35 minutes of fitness today. <BR> <BR> <b>Today's Highlights</b> <BR> Today's highlight was seeing my strength increase while doing weights today – fun to see progress! <BR> <BR> <b>Member Highlight</b> <BR> <BR> Here's a comment on my blog yesterday – this makes it all worthwhile to keep posting these blogs as often as I can – and motivates me to keep up my consistency! <BR> ** <BR> Thank you for the 10+ minute daily challenge! Today, I didn't feel like ... Mon, 14 Nov 2011 21:16:35 EST November 13: Day 70 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4582694 <b>Today's Fitness</b> <BR> I did 53 minutes of fitness today. <BR> <BR> <b>Today's Highlights</b> <BR> Today's highlight was exercising outside and my guys came out to play football. Once I was finished stretching I joined them as the designated QB and helped them run around a lot. <BR> <BR> <b>Member Highlight</b> <BR> <BR> Here's a good note from a member about how she reached her fitness goal: <BR> <BR> ** <BR> MAGGIEVAN has just submitted a new topic. <BR> <BR> Title: I reached my... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 19:59:32 EST November 10: Day 67 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4578610 <b>Today's Fitness</b> <BR> I did 27 minutes of fitness today. <BR> <BR> <b>Today's Highlights</b> <BR> Today's highlight was getting outside in the crisp fall weather for jump rope and stretching. Keep getting as much sunshine as we head into fall/winter as you can everyone! <BR> <BR> <b>Member Highlight</b> <BR> <BR> Here's a fun SparkMail I received today. I love seeing so many members talk about how The SparkPeople Cookbook really goes beyond just recipes – and that the recipes are s... Thu, 10 Nov 2011 21:16:17 EST