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/ Tuesday Morning Check-In & Evening Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6464975 Happy Tuesday morning, everyone! <BR> <BR> Here are a couple of goals I'll share this morning and check back with you later: <BR> 1) Do at least 45 minutes exercise (this will be a busier day with a couple of work calls) <BR> 2) Complete a work project (a 2-page description about SparkAmerica/SparkEarth that people can share with their organizations) <BR> <BR> 5:45am: Did an 11-minute "coffee hike" around the neighborhood. It was really cold, but a fun way to wake up in the dark :). <BR... Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:40:44 EST Monday Morning Check-In -- and Evening Summary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6464655 Happy Monday morning, everyone! And happy President's Day to those in the US. <BR> <BR> This is a holiday for the SparkPeople team and my kids are off school this week for Winter Break. I didn't have this growing up in Ohio, but it seems like most California schools have this -- partly due to ski season. <BR> <BR> I will make a commitment to you to get 60 minutes of exercise in today (including stretching). I had a great night sleep, so am feeling ready to go! <BR> <BR> I'll report back... Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:31:58 EST Are you feeling overwhelmed? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6464163 Here is my SparkGuy email that will go out tonight! <BR> ** <BR> <BR> Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> I hope you had a great week! <BR> <BR> This week I will share a technique I use on a regular basis to handle life when I feel overwhelmed. At the bottom of the email, I'll also <BR> share my favorite Olympics moment so far. <BR> <BR> Being the CEO of SparkPeople is a fun job much of the time, but it's also fairly stressful running an internet company in part because it's challenging to figure out ... Sat, 17 Feb 2018 22:08:54 EST Inspirational story about failure leading to success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6461797 Here is my SparkGuy email that will go out tonight -- what a great story! <BR> ** <BR> <BR> Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> Last week my email was titled "Don't Ever Give Up." <BR> <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu<BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=64<BR>59254 </link> <BR> <BR> I wrote that on Saturday. Then on Sunday tens of millions of people saw an incredible example of this in action. <BR> <BR> Before I start, I know many people are upset with the NFL. I'll ask you to set that... Sat, 10 Feb 2018 21:12:56 EST From a tiny spark...may burst a mighty flame (this is a fun one!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6460374 Hi All <BR> <BR> I'm testing the video player from a site we might use to create videos. Check out my test video using one of my favorite quotes. This needs work, but I thought I'd share it in progress. The person in here is a literal sparkperson :). This video is only 25 seconds long. <BR> <BR> <script>(function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(d.g<BR>etElementById(id))return;js=d.createEl<BR>ement(s);js.id=id;js.src='//embed.play<BR>buzz.com/sdk.js';fjs.parentNode.in... Tue, 6 Feb 2018 18:49:28 EST Weekly SparkGuy Email: Don't Ever Give Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6459254 Below is my weekly email going out tonight! Also, there's still time to post your fitness minutes to the Philadelphia fans vs. New England fans showdown. So far Philadelphia is way out in the lead with a 49,000 to 33,000 lead. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/sparkcom<BR>petition-about.asp </link> <BR> <BR> ** <BR> Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> I spent some time today posting in the SparkPeople community. It's always a source of motivation even for me to see our positive members sup... Sat, 3 Feb 2018 20:44:59 EST Big Game Fan Showdown: Philadelphia Fans vs. New England Fans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6457288 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> Our software engineer who built the SparkChallenges (Kevin or KC) decided to make a fun addition to the feature he calls SparkCompetitions. This means we're able to have 2 teams compete with each other within a SparkChallenge. Hooray for more friendly competition as a motivator :). <BR> <BR> As a quick beta-test of this feature enhancement, he setup a Fan Showdown between fans of Philadelphia and fans of New England in the big game this Sunday. You don't need to be ... Mon, 29 Jan 2018 14:24:40 EST Weekly SparkGuy Email: Fun story about motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6456653 Here is my weekly sparkguy email going out tonight: <BR> ** <BR> <BR> Hi SparkFriends <BR> <BR> First, do you use Quora (the Q&A site)? If so, would you mind following me at Quora and upvoting my answers if you think they are worthy of being upvoted? I have started answering questions there sometime and the more followers and upvotes I receive, the more people there will learn how to reach their goals in a healthy and fun way! Here is my profile to follow: <BR> <link>http://www.quora.com... Sat, 27 Jan 2018 21:38:11 EST Thoughts and ideas about SparkChallenges? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6455545 Hi SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> In my last blog, I shared more about SparkChallenges: <BR> <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu<BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=64<BR>54442 </link> <BR> <BR> If you have tried this new feature, let me know any thoughts and ideas you might have for this feature. We have a bunch of ideas to improve it over time, but want to hear your thoughts and ideas as you use them too. <BR> <BR> I did a great demo today for someone that runs a corporate wellness... Wed, 24 Jan 2018 20:47:57 EST Time Sensitive: Join my 7-day SparkChallenges by Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6454442 Here is my weekly email that will go out Sunday night if anyone would like to join one of my SparkChallenges! <BR> ** <BR> <BR> Hi SparkFriends <BR> <BR> This past week we launched the new SparkChallenges feature! <BR> <BR> As a reminder, SparkChallenges are simple health, fitness, and goal-setting challenges you can use in 3 ways: <BR> 1) As an individual with no community interaction <BR> 2) You can get support from the SparkPeople community <BR> 3) You can start your own private SparkCh... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:30:42 EST New Mini-Book Cover Design http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6452419 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> Just a quick update -- our designer Elliott did an awesome new design for the "book cover" for my mini-book that I shared yesterday. <BR> <BR> Here it is: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/327de30a-2494-4894-bc0f-b93709874a49.png"> <BR> <BR> To see a larger version, I posted it to Facebook as well at this link: <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb<BR>id=10155505923572968&set=a.10154929800<BR>552968.1073741827.500032967&type=... Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:09:33 EST Spark2018: Mini-book draft link and feedback http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6451464 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> I'm finishing up the first draft of the Spark2018 mini-book! Should take about 30 minutes to read or shorter to skim. Here it is if you'd like to take a look and give me any feedback in the comments below: <BR> <link>http://sparkpeople.com/spark2018.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> Note that I'll get some design help and more editing for the final version. I made that graphic on the cover myself this weekend :). <BR> <BR> If you read my first mini-book that was mostly about... Sun, 14 Jan 2018 16:16:04 EST Small Goals Challenge -- Updated SP System Page for New Year's Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6446346 Hello SparkFriends <BR> <BR> * Today is Day 2 of 2 = 100% for my new blogging goal (50% from Jan. 1 - June 30) <BR> * Today is Day 325 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak (remember, this is a relatively simple fitness accomplishment and more of a mental/consistency challenge that leads to remarkable results -- I compare it to my streak of days in a row of brushing my teeth) <BR> <BR> I hope you had a good day today! I spent some time today updating the main SparkPeople Fuel for Improvement p... Tue, 2 Jan 2018 20:10:19 EST How Exercise Gives You Extra Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6446294 Note: I sent this out as a weekly SparkGuy email last fall, but forgot to turn it into a blog as well so I could link it as an exercise for the SparkPeople Fuel for Improvement System. So I'm doing the blog now. <BR> <BR> This lesson is from the Positive Force Cornerstone. As a reminder: <BR> <BR> <b>Fitness & Health Cornerstone – Get in the best shape possible both physically & mentally</b> <BR> This cornerstone focuses on helping you get in the best shape possible physically and mental... Tue, 2 Jan 2018 17:29:06 EST Small Goals Challenge -- Freezing Bubbles and Happy New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6445772 Hello SparkFriends <BR> <BR> * Today is Day 1 of 1 = 100% for my new blogging goal (50% from Jan. 1 - June 30) <BR> * Today is Day 324 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak (remember, this is a relatively simple fitness accomplishment and more of a mental/consistency challenge that leads to remarkable results -- I compare it to my streak of days in a row of brushing my teeth) <BR> <BR> Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> Have you seen freezing bubbles yet? If not, here are a couple of good ones. Note ... Mon, 1 Jan 2018 18:47:19 EST Spark2018: Post 1 Million Positive Actions Here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6445220 Hello SparkFriends <BR> <BR> As I mentioned in my blog earlier today ( <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu<BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=64<BR>45116 </link> ), one of my goals for Spark2018 is to motivate people here on SparkPeople and at Facebook to post 1 million positive actions. These can be any type of Positive Action. <BR> <BR> You have probably noticed there's a lot of negativity out in the world and in social media. I hope we can build a movement that sparks the ... Sun, 31 Dec 2017 20:35:07 EST Small Goals Challenge -- Amazing member story & Spark2018 Plan! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6445116 Hello SparkFriends <BR> <BR> * Today is Day 31 of 60 = 52% for my new blogging goal (50% from Nov. 2 - Dec. 31 to do my best to motivate people through the holidays) <BR> * Today is Day 323 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak (remember, this is a relatively simple fitness accomplishment and more of a mental/consistency challenge that leads to remarkable results -- I compare it to my streak of days in a row of brushing my teeth) <BR> <BR> Happy end of 2017! <BR> <BR> I'm working like mad today... Sun, 31 Dec 2017 15:20:13 EST Small Goals Challenge -- Happy Saturday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6444815 Hello SparkFriends <BR> <BR> * Today is Day 30 of 59 = 51% for my new blogging goal (50% from Nov. 2 - Dec. 31 to do my best to motivate people through the holidays) <BR> * Today is Day 322 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak (remember, this is a relatively simple fitness accomplishment and more of a mental/consistency challenge that leads to remarkable results -- I compare it to my streak of days in a row of brushing my teeth) <BR> <BR> Hooray -- hitting this 30th blog in the past 59 days gua... Sat, 30 Dec 2017 20:24:57 EST Small Goals Challenge -- Spark2018 Coming Soon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6444467 Hello SparkFriends <BR> <BR> * Today is Day 29 of 58 = 50% for my new blogging goal (50% from Nov. 2 - Dec. 31 to do my best to motivate people through the holidays) <BR> * Today is Day 321 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak (remember, this is a relatively simple fitness accomplishment and more of a mental/consistency challenge that leads to remarkable results -- I compare it to my streak of days in a row of brushing my teeth) <BR> <BR> Happy last Friday of 2017! <BR> <BR> We had a fun day t... Fri, 29 Dec 2017 19:19:04 EST Small Goals Challenge -- Woohoo Wednesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6443815 Hello SparkFriends <BR> <BR> * Today is Day 28 of 56 = 50% for my new blogging goal (50% from Nov. 2 - Dec. 31 to do my best to motivate people through the holidays) <BR> * Today is Day 319 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak (remember, this is a relatively simple fitness accomplishment and more of a mental/consistency challenge that leads to remarkable results -- I compare it to my streak of days in a row of brushing my teeth) <BR> <BR> I hope everyone who celebrates had a Merry Christmas and... Wed, 27 Dec 2017 18:09:50 EST Small Goals Challenge -- Capilano Suspension Bridge Park http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6442990 Hello SparkFriends <BR> <BR> * Today is Day 27 of 53 = 51% for my new blogging goal (50% from Nov. 2 - Dec. 31 to do my best to motivate people through the holidays) <BR> * Today is Day 316 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak (remember, this is a relatively simple fitness accomplishment and more of a mental/consistency challenge that leads to remarkable results -- I compare it to my streak of days in a row of brushing my teeth) <BR> <BR> I have an amazing video to share with you today. I shar... Sun, 24 Dec 2017 16:10:21 EST Small Goals Challenge -- Star Wars with the family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6442778 Happy Saturday! <BR> <BR> * Today is Day 26 of 52 = 50% for my new blogging goal (50% from Nov. 2 - Dec. 31 to do my best to motivate people through the holidays) <BR> * Today is Day 315 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak (remember, this is a relatively simple fitness accomplishment and more of a mental/consistency challenge that leads to remarkable results -- I compare it to my streak of days in a row of brushing my teeth) <BR> <BR> Today was a light fitness day -- just 10 minutes on the exe... Sat, 23 Dec 2017 20:37:10 EST Small Goals Challenge -- Fun basketball with my son http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6442253 Happy Thursday! <BR> <BR> * Today is Day 25 of 50 = 50% for my new blogging goal (50% from Nov. 2 - Dec. 31 to do my best to motivate people through the holidays) <BR> * Today is Day 313 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak (remember, this is a relatively simple fitness accomplishment and more of a mental/consistency challenge that leads to remarkable results -- I compare it to my streak of days in a row of brushing my teeth) <BR> <BR> Great fitness day today: played a short basketball game aga... Thu, 21 Dec 2017 20:32:32 EST Small Goals Challenge -- Good Monday? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6441402 Happy Monday! <BR> <BR> * Today is Day 24 of 47 = 51% for my new blogging goal (50% from Nov. 2 - Dec. 31 to do my best to motivate people through the holidays) <BR> * Today is Day 310 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak (remember, this is a relatively simple fitness accomplishment and more of a mental/consistency challenge that leads to remarkable results -- I compare it to my streak of days in a row of brushing my teeth) <BR> <BR> I got a good amount of work finished to start the work-week. ... Mon, 18 Dec 2017 20:34:52 EST Small Goals Challenge -- Ready for a great week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6441135 Happy Sunday, SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> * Today is Day 23 of 46 = 50% for my new blogging goal (50% from Nov. 2 - Dec. 31 to do my best to motivate people through the holidays) <BR> * Today is Day 309 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak (remember, this is a relatively simple fitness accomplishment and more of a mental/consistency challenge that leads to remarkable results -- I compare it to my streak of days in a row of brushing my teeth) <BR> <BR> Who is ready for a great week ahead!? Show me ... Sun, 17 Dec 2017 20:34:07 EST Small Goals Challenge -- Fun Saturday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6440890 Happy Saturday, SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> * Today is Day 22 of 45 = 49% for my new blogging goal (50% from Nov. 2 - Dec. 31 to do my best to motivate people through the holidays) <BR> * Today is Day 308 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak (remember, this is a relatively simple fitness accomplishment and more of a mental/consistency challenge that leads to remarkable results -- I compare it to my streak of days in a row of brushing my teeth) <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is having a good weekend! It... Sat, 16 Dec 2017 21:35:56 EST Small Goals Challenge -- Motivational Member Post! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6440318 Happy Thursday, SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> * Today is Day 21 of 43 = 49% for my new blogging goal (50% from Nov. 2 - Dec. 31 to do my best to motivate people through the holidays) <BR> * Today is Day 306 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak (remember, this is a relatively simple fitness accomplishment and more of a mental/consistency challenge that leads to remarkable results -- I compare it to my streak of days in a row of brushing my teeth) <BR> <BR> Thanks for all of your great comments on the ... Thu, 14 Dec 2017 19:56:30 EST Small Goals Challenge -- Fun kids project with the United Way! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6439989 Happy Wednesday, SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> * Today is Day 20 of 42 = 48% for my new blogging goal (50% from Nov. 2 - Dec. 31 to do my best to motivate people through the holidays) <BR> * Today is Day 305 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak (remember, this is a relatively simple fitness accomplishment and more of a mental/consistency challenge that leads to remarkable results -- I compare it to my streak of days in a row of brushing my teeth) <BR> <BR> Just finished doing 20 minutes on the exerci... Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:48:30 EST December 12: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Fun member submissions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6439701 Happy Tuesday, SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> * Today is Day 19 of 41 = 46% for my new blogging goal (50% from Nov. 2 - Dec. 31 to do my best to motivate people through the holidays) <BR> * Today is Day 304 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak (remember, this is a relatively simple fitness accomplishment and more of a mental/consistency challenge that leads to remarkable results -- I compare it to my streak of days in a row of brushing my teeth) <BR> <BR> Today is a good day so far. I've done a good ... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:08:31 EST December 10: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Origins of SparkAmerica/ SparkEarth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6439129 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> * Today is Day 18 of 39 = 46% for my new blogging goal (50% from Nov. 2 - Dec. 31 to do my best to motivate people through the holidays) <BR> * Today is Day 302 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak (remember, this is a relatively simple fitness accomplishment and more of a mental/consistency challenge that leads to remarkable results -- I compare it to my streak of days in a row of brushing my teeth) <BR> <BR> Building on my last blog with a fun update about SparkChallenge... Sun, 10 Dec 2017 16:29:30 EST December 7: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Update on SparkAmerica/ SparkEarth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6438352 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> * Today is Day 17 of 36 = 47% for my new blogging goal (50% from Nov. 2 - Dec. 31 to do my best to motivate people through the holidays) <BR> * Today is Day 299 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak. <BR> <BR> Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> I have a big and fun update on our SparkAmerica/SparkEarth project! <BR> <BR> First, in January we will launch a new feature called SparkChallenges. It's still TBD what date in January. These will be simple challenges that anyone can do. Our... Thu, 7 Dec 2017 20:50:53 EST December 4: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Happy Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6437453 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> * Today is Day 16 of 33 = 48% for my new blogging goal (50% from Nov. 2 - Dec. 31 to do my best to motivate people through the holidays) <BR> * Today is Day 296 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak. <BR> <BR> I hope you had a good Monday! <BR> <BR> Thanks for all of the good wishes on my 11yo's broken knuckle. Hopefully this is just a fluke for us this year. It was my mother-in-law's first broken bone in 80+ years, and the first broken bone for both of my boys. <BR> <B... Mon, 4 Dec 2017 19:53:00 EST December 2: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Another family broken bone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6436860 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> * Today is Day 15 of 31 = 48% for my new blogging goal (50% from Nov. 2 - Dec. 31 to do my best to motivate people through the holidays) <BR> * Today is Day 294 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak. <BR> <BR> Happy Saturday everyone! <BR> <BR> Sheesh, we've had a rough year in terms of family broken bones. First, my 14yo broke both his leg and ankle over the summer. Second, my mother-in-law broke her foot a couple of weeks ago. <BR> <BR> And third, a couple of days ago... Sat, 2 Dec 2017 21:33:56 EST November 30: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Good Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6436228 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> * Today is Day 14 of 29 = 48% for my new blogging goal (50% from Nov. 2 - Dec. 31 to do my best to motivate people through the holidays) <BR> * Today is Day 292 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak. <BR> <BR> Happy Thursday <BR> <BR> One more day in the work week :). Good day here. Got a good amount of work done including some work on the new challenges feature I mentioned recently. We hope to launch this by the end of the year or early in January. It could be one of ... Thu, 30 Nov 2017 20:18:57 EST November 28: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Good dentist visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6435636 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> * Today is Day 13 of 27 = 48% for my new blogging goal (50% from Nov. 2 - Dec. 31 to do my best to motivate people through the holidays) <BR> * Today is Day 290 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak. <BR> <BR> I had a great visit to the dentist yesterday. After having a few cavities 6 months ago, things were much better this time with no cavities. Plus they said it was clear that inflammation in my mouth had gone down a good amount. I think this is from a combination of ... Tue, 28 Nov 2017 22:05:23 EST November 25: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Happy Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6434673 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> * Today is Day 12 of 24 = 50% for my new blogging goal (50% from Nov. 2 - Dec. 31 to do my best to motivate people through the holidays) <BR> * Today is Day 287 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak. <BR> <BR> I hope you are having a good weekend! We went to the beach today for a while. It was fun playing football with the youngest and taking our dog Flash for a run. He loves running on the beach. <BR> <BR> One of my projects during the holidays is cutting way back on c... Sat, 25 Nov 2017 19:51:23 EST November 23: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Happy Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6434140 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> * Today is Day 11 of 22 = 50% for my new blogging goal (50% from Nov. 2 - Dec. 31 to do my best to motivate people through the holidays) <BR> * Today is Day 285 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak. <BR> <BR> Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate! <BR> <BR> We're having a nice quiet day with lots to be thankful for. I just finished doing dishes. <BR> <BR> My favorite dish this year was mashed sweet potatoes. What was your favorite dish? <BR> <BR> Now it's time to ge... Thu, 23 Nov 2017 18:34:57 EST November 20: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Happy Holiday Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6433265 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> * Today is Day 10 of 19 = 53% for my new blogging goal (50% from Nov. 2 - Dec. 31 to do my best to motivate people through the holidays) <BR> * Today is Day 282 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak. <BR> <BR> Happy Monday! I hope you are ready for a good holiday week if you celebrate! <BR> <BR> I just finished doing mini-trampoline and stretching to finish off my fitness for the day. Pretty good day eating too as long as I don't do something silly this evening :). I ma... Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:15:42 EST November 19: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Rebel Training Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6432945 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> * Today is Day 9 of 18 = 50% for my new blogging goal (50% from Nov. 2 - Dec. 31 to do my best to motivate people through the holidays) <BR> * Today is Day 281 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak. <BR> <BR> I hope you had a great weekend! Below is my weekly email going out tonight. If I get a couple of good comments, I'll include those in the email -- thanks! <BR> <BR> Hello SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> I'm back this week with part 2 of Rebel Training. If you missed part ... Sun, 19 Nov 2017 20:35:38 EST November 17: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Red Rocks Hike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6432347 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> * Today is Day 8 of 16 = 50% for my new blogging goal (50% from Nov. 2 - Dec. 31 to do my best to motivate people through the holidays) <BR> * Today is Day 279 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak. <BR> <BR> Happy Friday everyone. I hope you had a great week. I did a very quick business trip to Denver to meet with a partner. Returned late last night. <BR> <BR> One highlight of the trip is that the 4 SP team members on this trip did a short hike at the famous Red Rocks ... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:10:28 EST November 13: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Liver for dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6431109 Hi SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> * Today is Day 7 of 12 = 58% for my new blogging goal (50% from Nov. 2 - Dec. 31 to do my best to motivate people through the holidays) <BR> * Today is Day 275 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak. <BR> <BR> Thanks for all the great comments on my blog/weekly email! It's fun to share the Rebel Training I'm putting together for my son with you and have it relate to the SP program and this challenge. I have an outline of Part 2 for next week and will have fun filling ... Mon, 13 Nov 2017 20:23:07 EST November 12: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Rebel Training Part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6430799 Hi SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> * Today is Day 6 of 11 = 55% for my new blogging goal (50% from Nov. 2 - Dec. 31 to do my best to motivate people through the holidays) <BR> * Today is Day 273 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak. <BR> <BR> Here is my weekly SparkGuy email that will go out tonight. I'm excited to see what people think about this concept! <BR> ** <BR> <BR> Hello SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> I'm excited about this week's message. This is such a fun message that I'm splitting it into two ... Sun, 12 Nov 2017 21:08:41 EST November 11: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Happy Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6430506 Hi SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> * Today is Day 5 of 10 = 50% for my new blogging goal (50% from Nov. 2 - Dec. 31 to do my best to motivate people through the holidays) <BR> * Today is Day 273 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak. <BR> <BR> I hope you are having a good weekend! <BR> <BR> Good day here. My wife took our youngest son to a birthday party for one of his friends. So I went out on an adventure with the oldest. We went to lunch and then did some hiking (and brought our dog Flash along f... Sat, 11 Nov 2017 21:37:27 EST November 7: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Check your tire air pressure? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6429225 Hi SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> * Today is Day 4 of 6 = 67% for my new blogging goal (50% from Nov. 2 - Dec. 31 to do my best to motivate people through the holidays) <BR> * Today is Day 269 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak. <BR> <BR> How was your Tuesday? <BR> <BR> Another great day here. I am getting back to feeling incredible. I continue to see that because of strong and long-held healthy habits, I didn't lose too much momentum from the mono. In fact, some of the things I did during treat... Tue, 7 Nov 2017 20:32:30 EST November 6: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Great pep talk video http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6428878 Hi SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> * Today is Day 3 of 5 = 60% for my new blogging goal (50% from Nov. 2 - Dec. 31 to do my best to motivate people through the holidays) <BR> * Today is Day 268 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak. <BR> <BR> How was your Monday? <BR> <BR> Great day here. <BR> <BR> I want to share a funny video. There is a guy on YouTube named Bdot. If you haven't heard of him, he's a really good basketball player (I think college or semi-professional level). He started making vide... Mon, 6 Nov 2017 19:58:25 EST November 5: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Weathering the setback http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6428539 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> As I mentioned in my last blog, I have set a new goal to blog 50% of the 60 days for the rest of the year from November 2 - December 31. That is 30 of 60 days. <BR> <BR> Today is day 2 of 4 = 50% so right on target so far :). <BR> <BR> I'm still alive on my 10+ fitness minutes streak as well (just barely a few days when I was sick). I need to check my spreadsheet to see the current day I'm on and will report that in the next blog. <BR> <BR> I hope you had a good we... Sun, 5 Nov 2017 19:52:22 EST November 2: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- New Blogging Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6427605 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> I'm back again today after another good nutrition and fitness day! I hope you had a good day as well. <BR> <BR> Now that I'm back to feeling good and getting to be full-strength with fitness leading to good energy levels, I think I'll set another blogging goal. We're doing a bunch of work on a new feature so I don't want to get over-ambitious. How about a goal of blogging 50% of the days for the rest of this year so I can be around for anyone looking for motivation ... Thu, 2 Nov 2017 20:11:12 EST November 1: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Woohoo Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6427270 Happy November! <BR> <BR> We're into another month -- let's make it a good one. If we all make good decisions one at a time to start this month, we'll be ready with the holidays hit at the end of the month. We can do it! <BR> <BR> I hope you had a fun Halloween if you do anything for this holiday. Last night was a bit sad for me because both of my boys went to friends' houses instead of trick-or-treating at my mother-in-law's house. <BR> <BR> The upshot is that they didn't get as much c... Wed, 1 Nov 2017 20:24:16 EST October 30: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Happy Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6426604 Happy Monday SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> Woohoo -- good day here. I did a strength test by doing one of my favorite exercises. I've talked about this one -- where I do exercise bike and keep increasing the level until it's hard to even pedal. <BR> <BR> This was another good test in the recovery from mono. From this test it appears like my strength is back pretty close to where it was before this hit. <BR> <BR> I'll still take it a bit easy, but I can tell I don't need too many restrictions... Mon, 30 Oct 2017 20:45:50 EST October 23: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Hooray for exercise bike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6424342 Hi All <BR> <BR> I hope you had a great weekend and Monday! <BR> <BR> I'm doing really well. I think the mono I mentioned is finally hitting the road for good. It went in a few stages. When I figured out what it was and started treating it, that made a big difference. <BR> <BR> But then over this weekend, I noticed my strength finally returning and I was able to type real fast again. <BR> <BR> Interestingly, my son seems to be having a similar experience and regaining his strength. He... Mon, 23 Oct 2017 20:21:21 EST