Whew...where has the first month of the year GONE?!?! My apologies for not getting any new "challenges" out there so far folks. Things are hopping for me as much as ever...but have enjoyed catching up with folks on various message threads.
Here is an offer: Is there anyone out there who might be interested in co-leading our SparkTeam? Especially someone who can help dream up new challenges for us to tackle...? I have to admit that this is my weak point and would welcome assistance in this area. Any natural born "drill sergeants" out there...? :-)
There have been a couple of news items mentioned by Coach Nicole at the SparkGuy's news link: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.
SparkPeople QUIZZES! www.sparkpeople.com/resource/quizzes.asp
"Today we launched two enhancements to one of my favorite SparkPeople features: quizzes!
First, quizzes have a fresh, new look that allows you to get instant feedback about whether your answer choice is right or wrong. (Before, you had to take the entire quiz to see your results.) We think this will make quizzes more fun and interactive than before.
And second, we've added the ability for members to comment on quizzes. (Remember that you must be logged in to make comments.) To comment on a quiz (click here to see an example), you first have to take the quiz. On the final results page, scroll down to see member comments and to leave your own. Commenting on a quiz is a fun way to discuss what you think about the questions, how well you did, or what you learned, for example.
Please keep in mind that SparkPeople has two types of quiz formats: quizzes, which have right and wrong answers to fact-based questions; and assessments, which teach you more about yourself by asking questions that don't have any right or wrong answers. These updates today apply to quizzes only, not assessments.
We hope you will enjoy the fresh look of our quizzes and take advantage of the ability to comment on them!"
Also, Coach Nicole reminds us to set our new SparkAmerica Goal for fitness minutes we want to attain this year:
"January is the perfect time to revisit your goals, setting both long- and short-term goals for the year. One thing we recommend is checking out SparkAmerica (www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/s%3CBR%3Eparka
), where you can set a goal to exercise for a certain number of minutes during 2009.
All SparkPeople members can see an ongoing total of their fitness minutes for each week, month and year by visiting the SparkAmerica page. Each time you track your workouts on SparkPeople—on the cardio tracker, strength tracker or QuickTrack—your minutes will automatically count toward these totals.
We recommend that you visit your SparkAmerica page and see if revisit your 2008 fitness minute goal and set a new goal for 2009. Here's how:
Log in to SparkPeople (if you aren't already logged in).
Go to the SparkAmerica page (under the Community tab www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/s%3CBR%3Eparka
Scroll down the page until you find a red box on the left side titled "My SparkAmerica." Here, you'll see your current totals, as well as your 2008 and/or 2009 fitness minute goals (if you have set them).
To edit your goals for 2009, click "Edit Minute Goals" at the bottom of the red box.
Enter both a monthly and a yearly fitness minute goal. If you're not sure what to enter, 360 minutes per month (or 90 minutes per week) could be a good place to start.
Click "Save Your Changes" and you're all set!
While you're on the SparkAmerica page, take a look around! SparkAmerica is our health and fitness challenge, where we encourage people to take small steps to become more active. One of the best parts of SparkAmerica is seeing the grand total of all the fitness minutes that all of our members have tracked. You can also see which cities and states are the most active on our Leaderboards (on the right side of the page).
Here's to a fit and healthy 2009!"
Lastly...any and ALL input regarding challenges would be appreciated! Are folks satisfied with our two current challenges, re: 1) fitness minutes and 2) no caloric snacking after our last meal of the day...? Should we not consider ADDING to them, but possible DROPPING one and ADDING an ALTERNATIVE...?
What do folks think?
BTW...everybody seems to be ROCKING on their FITNESS MINUTES! WTG TEAM!!!
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