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/ 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 October 15: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Gratitude Check http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6421887 I'm getting ready to send out this note for this week's SparkGuy email: <BR> ** <BR> <BR> Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> I just returned from a quick vacation. We live in the San Francisco Bay Area. We're about 75-100 miles away from the horrific wildfires in the North Bay, but the air pollution was so bad near us that our schools closed Thursday and Friday. So we drove out of the area to cleaner air especially after I recently wrote about more research into the dangers of air pollution. <BR> <B... Sun, 15 Oct 2017 23:47:15 EST October 12: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- SF Bay Area Fires http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420924 Hi All <BR> <BR> It's been a crazy week. I did a quick business trip to Cincinnati to meet with our team. When I returned yesterday afternoon and walked out of the airport it smelled like a bonfire from all the fires in the north Bay Area. <BR> <BR> This area is about 75-100 miles from where I live, but it's so smoky by our house that our schools closed today and tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I just saw this drone video of a neighborhood in Santa Rosa. One of my wife's best friends lives close to... Thu, 12 Oct 2017 22:33:24 EST October 9: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Please send me some creativity vibes :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6419844 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> I'm traveling visiting the SparkPeople team for a very short visit. As part of this, I'm working on the new challenges feature I mentioned a few days ago. But I'm stuck working to figure something out now. <BR> <BR> So send some positive creativity vibes my way if you have a minute :). <BR> <BR> My fitness highlight today was a couple of hikes around the city to meetings. <BR> <BR> How is your Monday? <BR> <BR> Maybe I'll take another short fitness break to see if... Mon, 9 Oct 2017 20:08:20 EST October 8: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Coffee and Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6419468 Hello SparkFriends <BR> <BR> Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> I ready a new study about the benefits of drinking coffee, so I decided to write about this for my weekly email. <BR> <BR> Here is the article mentioning the new study and I include some of the points about it in my email below: <BR> <link>http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/29/health<BR>/coffee-healthy-food-drayer/index.html </link> <BR> <BR> ** <BR> <BR> Are you a coffee drinker? Is coffee healthy? <BR> <BR> There are so many conflicting th... Sun, 8 Oct 2017 20:09:39 EST October 5: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Thanks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6418504 Hello SparkFriends <BR> <BR> Highlights include: <BR> * Yesterday was day 234 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak <BR> * Today is day 150 of 179 (84%) blogging for this challenge (details below and this counts weekly emails if I don't blog that day) <BR> <BR> Thanks for all of the best wishes with the mono virus! Things continue going well. I'm definitely taking it easy and not doing any hard fitness now. Mostly just light mini-trampoline (which is great for lymphatic system) and only 5 min... Thu, 5 Oct 2017 21:21:10 EST October 3: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- I'm Back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6417799 Hello SparkFriends <BR> <BR> Highlights include: <BR> * Yesterday was day 232 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak <BR> * Today is day 149 of 177 (84%) blogging for this challenge (details below and this counts weekly emails if I don't blog that day) <BR> <BR> I'm back! I'm pretty sure I caught mono from my kids. They both tested positive for this and had a couple of weeks where they did almost nothing from the fatigue. I think I got run-down a bit from my last business trip and then left me... Tue, 3 Oct 2017 20:45:44 EST September 24: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Nice Fall Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6414643 Hello SparkFriends <BR> <BR> Highlights include: <BR> * Yesterday was day 224 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak <BR> * Today is day 147 of 168 (88%) blogging for this challenge (details below and this counts weekly emails if I don't blog that day) <BR> <BR> I hope you are having a great Sunday and weekend overall! <BR> <BR> Great fall weather here this weekend. But I see that it's very hot in many places still. My hometown Cincinnati Bengals are playing the Green Bay Packers today and the... Sun, 24 Sep 2017 19:00:46 EST September 21: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Mmm, mashed potatoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6413660 Hello SparkFriends <BR> <BR> Highlights include: <BR> * Yesterday was day 221 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak <BR> * Today is day 146 of 165 (88%) blogging for this challenge (details below and this counts weekly emails if I don't blog that day) <BR> <BR> Happy Thursday! <BR> <BR> I didn't have great sleep last night, so not as productive today as I hoped. Will try to do better tonight. <BR> <BR> For lunch I had some good pressure-cooker meat (Instant Pot) on top of potatoes plus a carr... Thu, 21 Sep 2017 20:04:29 EST September 20: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Feels Like Autumn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6413308 Oops! In my sparkmail for the 21st, I accidentally put a link to yesterday's blog -- just click to today's right here: <BR> <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu<BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=64<BR>13660 </link> <BR> <BR> Hello SparkFriends <BR> <BR> Highlights include: <BR> * Yesterday was day 220 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak <BR> * Today is day 145 of 164 (88%) blogging for this challenge (details below and this counts weekly emails if I don't blog that day) <BR> <BR... Wed, 20 Sep 2017 20:22:13 EST September 18: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Elevating Anissa's Lesson http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6412606 Hello SparkFriends <BR> <BR> Highlights include: <BR> * Yesterday was day 218 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak <BR> * Today is day 144 of 162 (89%) blogging for this challenge (details below and this counts weekly emails if I don't blog that day) <BR> <BR> Thanks for sharing all of the great comments yesterday about Anissa. <BR> <BR> First, I wanted to let you know that we will not do anything to take her page down. And I made a post on her page with the request from members that her siste... Mon, 18 Sep 2017 20:46:16 EST September 17: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Passing of Anissa/Miss-Willow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6412188 Hello SparkFriends <BR> <BR> Highlights include: <BR> * Yesterday was day 217 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak <BR> * Today is day 143 of 161 (89%) blogging for this challenge (details below and this counts weekly emails if I don't blog that day) <BR> <BR> Today I bring sad news that some of you already know. Back in April, I wrote a weekly SparkGuy email about Anissa/Miss-Willow's battle with cancer and how she was working hard to inspire others despite her own struggles -- including a po... Sun, 17 Sep 2017 16:11:56 EST September 16: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Let's Banish Food Comas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6411947 Hi SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> Highlights include: <BR> * Yesterday was day 216 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak <BR> * Today is day 142 of 160 (89%) blogging for this challenge (details below and this counts weekly emails if I don't blog that day) <BR> <BR> This is my SparkGuy email for this week, but I'm making it into a blog and then will do some more research and elevate it into a full lesson for this challenge: <BR> ** <BR> <BR> Hi SparkFriends <BR> <BR> Last week I travelled for a busin... Sat, 16 Sep 2017 22:30:57 EST September 15: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Home Sweet Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6411584 Hi SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> Highlights include: <BR> * Yesterday was day 215 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak <BR> * Today is day 141 of 159 (89%) blogging for this challenge (details below and this counts weekly emails if I don't blog that day) <BR> <BR> Woohoo -- just made it home from my trip to visit the SparkPeople team in Cincinnati this week. <BR> <BR> My wife, 2 boys, dog Flash and guinea pig Pudding were all happy to see me home and I was happy to see them. <BR> <BR> Overall I did... Fri, 15 Sep 2017 19:17:34 EST September 13: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Ate well prior to meeting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6410930 Hi SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> Highlights include: <BR> * Yesterday was day 213 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak <BR> * Today is day 140 of 157 (89%) blogging for this challenge (details below and this counts weekly emails if I don't blog that day) <BR> <BR> I'm still traveling, but wanted to check-in to say hello to everyone! <BR> <BR> Another day with lots of walking/hiking/running from hotel to meetings (one that I made it to with zero minutes to spark :)). <BR> <BR> I was happy today at l... Wed, 13 Sep 2017 21:17:41 EST September 11: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Running around on the road http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6410222 Hi SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> Highlights include: <BR> * Yesterday was day 211 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak <BR> * Today is day 139 of 155 (90%) blogging for this challenge (details below and this counts weekly emails if I don't blog that day) <BR> <BR> I'm travelling, so will just do a quick Monday check-in to see how everyone is doing?! <BR> <BR> I got in a good amount of fitness walking all over the place today plus a bit of running. I'm such a lightweight when it comes to alcohol (wh... Mon, 11 Sep 2017 21:38:50 EST September 8: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Health Effects of Air Pollution http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6409148 Hi SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> Highlights include: <BR> * Yesterday was day 208 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak <BR> * Today is day 137 of 152 (90%) blogging for this challenge (details below and this counts weekly emails if I don't blog that day) <BR> <BR> Here is the article I mentioned in my weekly email about ways to reduce indoor air pollution: <BR> <link>http://www.consumerreports.org/indoo<BR>r-air-quality/ways-to-reduce-indoor-ai<BR>r-pollution/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Well, w... Fri, 8 Sep 2017 21:05:02 EST September 7: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- 2,000 days active on SP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6408796 Hi SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> Highlights include: <BR> * Yesterday was day 207 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak <BR> * Today is day 136 of 151 (90%) blogging for this challenge (details below and this counts weekly emails if I don't blog that day) <BR> <BR> Sheesh, what's the deal with all of these hurricanes? Sending positive thoughts and prayers to anyone in Irma's path and those recovering from Harvey. <BR> <BR> It's hard to imagine storms this big and powerful coming one after the other ... Thu, 7 Sep 2017 21:06:57 EST September 6: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Cast off today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6408433 Hi SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> Highlights include: <BR> * Yesterday was day 206 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak <BR> * Today is day 135 of 150 (90%) blogging for this challenge (details below and this counts weekly emails if I don't blog that day) <BR> <BR> Hooray -- big day today! My son got his cast taken off. The doc was very surprised at how fast and well the healing went. He even found another small break that also healed fine -- so 3 breaks in the tibia and one break in the ankle. Alw... Wed, 6 Sep 2017 20:52:32 EST September 5: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Know when to take it easy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6408029 Hi SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> Highlights include: <BR> * Yesterday was day 205 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak <BR> * Today is day 134 of 149 (90%) blogging for this challenge (details below and this counts weekly emails if I don't blog that day) <BR> <BR> Thanks for the best wishes on my cold/sore throat. I still feel miserable today, but can tell it's on the way out. The 3 boys of the house were all sick today with the boys staying home from school. So far my wife has avoided it. <BR> <B... Tue, 5 Sep 2017 18:29:45 EST September 4: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Happy Labor Day in the US http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6407642 Hi SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> Highlights include: <BR> * Yesterday was day 204 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak <BR> * Today is day 133 of 148 (90%) blogging for this challenge (details below and this counts weekly emails if I don't blog that day) <BR> <BR> Happy Labor Day to everyone in the US and Happy Monday to everyone else :). <BR> <BR> I can tell that school is back in session -- guess how? Because one of my kids brought home the first bug of the season! The oldest's class went on a c... Mon, 4 Sep 2017 18:01:59 EST Small Goals Challenge: The Intersection of Passion & Consistency (A story) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6407290 This lesson is from the Fire Cornerstone. As a reminder: <BR> <BR> <b>Fire Cornerstone – Live with Passion, Energy & A sense of Adventure</b> <BR> Most people set goals and then forget them. This cornerstone is designed to keep you motivated with passion and fire as you reach goals. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cc15c6ed-8738-473b-8dd2-bf8145cc2bbf.png"> <BR> <BR> Today is Sunday, September 3rd, 2017. Last night I was a participant in such a fun story that I'... Sun, 3 Sep 2017 17:52:53 EST September 2: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- 4 months left in 2017! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6406940 Hi SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> Highlights include: <BR> * Yesterday was day 202 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak <BR> * Today is day 131 of 146 (90%) blogging for this challenge (details below and this counts weekly emails if I don't blog that day) <BR> <BR> Happy Saturday everyone! <BR> <BR> Since it's a holiday weekend here in the US, I'll be brief today. <BR> <BR> Thanks a bunch for the positive excitement around our new partner that works with thousands of US state and local government or... Sat, 2 Sep 2017 17:54:59 EST August 30: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- New Partner Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6405913 Hi SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> Highlights include: <BR> * Yesterday was day 199 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak <BR> * Today is day 130 of 143 (91%) blogging for this challenge (details below and this counts weekly emails if I don't blog that day) <BR> <BR> Thanks for all of the positive thoughts and prayers for my son -- I really appreciate it! <BR> <BR> Here is one fun comment from a member who ended up joining SP because of a similar injury <BR> ** <BR> <BR> PRNCSCUP1-2FULL <BR> Ironicall... Wed, 30 Aug 2017 21:44:22 EST August 28: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Broken leg update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6405125 Hi SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> Highlights include: <BR> * Yesterday was day 197 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak <BR> * Today is day 129 of 141 (91%) blogging for this challenge (details below and this counts weekly emails if I don't blog that day) <BR> <BR> Quick late Monday check-in! <BR> <BR> My highlight today was throwing football with my youngest son. One of my favorite activities. I was a bit wiped out after a long day, but couldn't resist when he asked. <BR> <BR> I forgot to share g... Mon, 28 Aug 2017 22:29:43 EST August 27: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Laughter is Healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6404684 Hi SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> Highlights include: <BR> * Yesterday was day 196 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak <BR> * Today is day 128 of 140 (91%) blogging for this challenge (details below and this counts weekly emails if I don't blog that day) <BR> <BR> I hope you are having a great weekend! <BR> <BR> First, thanks for the great response to my new Small Goals Commitment Challenge activity yesterday about sugar and "That Sugar Film"! If you read the activity yesterday or even early today,... Sun, 27 Aug 2017 19:36:34 EST Small Goals Challenge: Limit Your Sugar (watch "That Sugar Film") http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6404138 This lesson is from the Fitness & Health 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 mentally to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cc15c6ed-8738-473b-8dd2-bf8145cc2bbf.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> ** <BR> <BR> This started off as a simple lesson/activity. But it's now becom... Sat, 26 Aug 2017 09:19:31 EST August 24: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Are you ready to PLAY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6403623 Hi SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> Highlights include: <BR> * Yesterday was day 193 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak <BR> * Today is day 126 of 137 (92%) blogging for this challenge (details below and this counts weekly emails if I don't blog that day) <BR> <BR> Thanks for all of your positive comments on my blog a couple of days ago responding to G's comment. It's great that we can share opinions in a positive way. This doesn't happen in many other communities including Facebook :). <BR> <BR> I... Thu, 24 Aug 2017 21:07:20 EST August 22: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Response to a member comment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6402854 Hi SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> Highlights include: <BR> * Yesterday was day 191 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak <BR> * Today is day 125 of 135 (92%) blogging for this challenge (details below and this counts weekly emails if I don't blog that day) <BR> <BR> How is your day going? <BR> <BR> I want to respond to a comment left on my blog yesterday. First -- please don't make any negative comments about this person's comment. He is actually right that all of these things he says CAN happen. T... Tue, 22 Aug 2017 20:05:26 EST August 21: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Another fun partner and lots of strawberries http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6402521 Hi SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> Highlights include: <BR> * Yesterday was day 190 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak <BR> * Today is day 124 of 134 (92%) blogging for this challenge (details below and this counts weekly emails if I don't blog that day) <BR> <BR> I hope you had a great Monday! <BR> <BR> We had an amazing call today with a possible new SparkEarth/SparkAmerica partner. This company has deep connections with thousands of government departments all over the US. <BR> <BR> The owner is... Mon, 21 Aug 2017 21:35:04 EST August 20: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Close Call! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6402083 Hi SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> Highlights include: <BR> * Yesterday was day 189 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak <BR> * Today is day 123 of 133 (92%) blogging for this challenge (details below and this counts weekly emails if I don't blog that day) <BR> <BR> I had a close call this morning! Usually fitness is very good, right? <BR> <BR> This morning I went for a early morning hike at 5:30 so it was still dark. I was hiking up a hill, rounded a bend and.... <BR> <BR> <b>YIKES</b> <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 20 Aug 2017 19:48:13 EST August 19: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Bike streak update! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6401748 Hi SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> Highlights include: <BR> * Yesterday was day 188 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak <BR> * Today is day 122 of 132 (93%) blogging for this challenge (details below and this counts weekly emails if I don't blog that day) <BR> <BR> Good Saturday here! <BR> <BR> I wrote a while back about a "streak within a streak" where I set a goals to to at least 20 minutes of exercise bike or bike ride for 75 of the next 100 days (75%). <BR> <BR> Today is day 50 of that streak an... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 20:28:25 EST August 18: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Anniversary! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6401487 Hi SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> Highlights include: <BR> * Yesterday was day 187 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak <BR> * Today is day 121 of 131 (93%) blogging for this challenge (details below and this counts weekly emails if I don't blog that day) <BR> <BR> Happy Friday! <BR> <BR> Today is the 16th anniversary for my wife and I. Many adventures in that time with more ahead! <BR> <BR> Fun day to finish the week. I've been driving our youngest to school this week so my wife can take the olde... Fri, 18 Aug 2017 23:36:41 EST August 16: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Exercise breaks work! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400727 Hi SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> Highlights include: <BR> * Yesterday was day 185 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak <BR> * Today is day 120 of 129 (93%) blogging for this challenge (details below and this counts weekly emails if I don't blog that day) <BR> <BR> Another good day here, I hope the same for all of you! <BR> <BR> I had an interesting fitness experience. I got up very early this morning and started working. So by the afternoon I was getting wiped out. I then did just 5 minutes on the... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:37:31 EST August 15: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Check out this video on ABC!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400341 Hi SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> Highlights include: <BR> * Yesterday was day 184 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak <BR> * Today is day 119 of 128 (93%) blogging for this challenge (details below and this counts weekly emails if I don't blog that day) <BR> <BR> Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> I have a really fun update for you today!! <BR> <BR> First, the start of school is going well for our kids. I had a talk with our oldest the day before school and said this might be a great learning opportunity for ... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:45:47 EST August 13: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- School Tomorrow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6399551 Hi SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> Highlights include: <BR> * Yesterday was day 182 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak <BR> * Today is day 118 of 126 (93%) blogging for this challenge (details below and this counts weekly emails if I don't blog that day) <BR> <BR> Happy Sunday! <BR> <BR> Ahhhhh, school starts tomorrow for the kids. Hopefully all goes well especially for the oldest in his wheelchair. He has anxiety like I did as a kid so is very nervous about this. I talked to him today about ho... Sun, 13 Aug 2017 22:20:09 EST August 11: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Happy Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6398821 Hi SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> Highlights include: <BR> * Yesterday was day 180 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak <BR> * Today is day 116 of 124 (93%) blogging for this challenge (details below) <BR> <BR> Happy Friday! I hope you had a good finish to your week. <BR> <BR> I'm wiped out after a long week, but in a mostly good way after getting a lot accomplished. <BR> <BR> Today was a fairly light fitness day with about 20 minutes, but that included jump rope before a big call. <BR> <BR> Yeste... Fri, 11 Aug 2017 21:44:12 EST August 10: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Roller-coasters and Drop Towers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6398433 Hi SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> Highlights include: <BR> * Yesterday was day 179 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak <BR> * Today is day 115 of 123 (93%) blogging for this challenge (details below) <BR> <BR> Whew, I'm wiped out today. In addition to a bunch of work, I took half of the day off to take my youngest and his friend to the amusement park to celebrate his 11th birthday (birthday next week). <BR> <BR> There weren't many people there today, so we did 11 roller coaster rides. This place h... Thu, 10 Aug 2017 22:27:53 EST August 9: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Back to school events http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6398043 Hi SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> Highlights include: <BR> * Yesterday was day 178 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak <BR> * Today is day 114 of 122 (93%) blogging for this challenge (details below) <BR> <BR> My wife and oldest son just returned from his back to school event. We start early -- next Monday. It will be interesting to see how this goes for him. We have a wheelchair, but he tried to use crutches tonight. The school is really big. One of the concerns with his type of break is that h... Wed, 9 Aug 2017 21:40:29 EST August 8: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- More SparkPittsburgh Craziness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6397657 Hi SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> Highlights include: <BR> * Yesterday was day 177 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak <BR> * Today is day 113 of 121 (93%) blogging for this challenge (details below) <BR> <BR> Wow, we're having fun putting together more partners for SparkPittsburgh/SparkAmerica/SparkEarth. <BR> <BR> Today was nutty with a ton of new companies joining the next SparkPittsburgh challenge that starts on September 1. This included giant SAP/Ariba, a local university, a police department... Tue, 8 Aug 2017 22:37:09 EST