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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI
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5/3/10 4:12 P

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Great! Welcome

Go to the following links and add your information. Just copy paste the basics and then edit them each time you add either your weekly weigh in or your Weekly Points.

May - Weigh in:
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messagebo
ard_thread.asp?board=4007x959x33817679


May - Weekly Points
http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4007x959x33817735

If you have any questions either Jacob or I can help you get started.

Have fun!
Cyndi

Cyndi Ravenclaw,
Azure Destinations, PDT

NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER SURRENDER!

Striving for VES, Vibrant, Elegant & Sexy

BLC 23 Superhero is: The Emerald Savage
Your Superpower: Symbiosis
Your Weakness: Cowboys
Your Weapon; Radiation Catapult
Your Mode of Transportation: Jet

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MARGARET_K
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5/2/10 8:56 P

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I'd like to join in this challenge.

Goal #1 Start! - Done
Goal #2 5lbs - done
Goal#3 10 lbs


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GONNABFIT
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4/30/10 11:28 P

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I need a challenge to get my butt in gear and get on the path to successful weight loss.

The results you achieve will be in direct proportion to the effort you apply.


Accept challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.
-George S. Patton


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SERENEMOM71
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4/29/10 11:15 P

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Count me in!

I can do ALL things through Christ whom strengthens me.


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GEMMAJO
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IM IN

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WRITEITOUT
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I will try this again... : )



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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI
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I'm in! Thanks Jacob!

Cyndi Ravenclaw,
Azure Destinations, PDT

NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER SURRENDER!

Striving for VES, Vibrant, Elegant & Sexy

BLC 23 Superhero is: The Emerald Savage
Your Superpower: Symbiosis
Your Weakness: Cowboys
Your Weapon; Radiation Catapult
Your Mode of Transportation: Jet

www.folhavitoria.com


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CURLYGIRL1120
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I'm in!


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JACOBSS914
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4/26/10 2:59 P

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You can count me in, LOL

I am a believer of lead by example so, lets go team!!!! Sign up and lets have a bunch of fun with this challenge.

Now I have taken control...


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JACOBSS914
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4/26/10 2:57 P

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Sign up here if you want to join the May challenge. It might be a little confusing, but I will be running the challenge while Joanna (BKWREM) takes some time off during the month of May.

So in May, the weekly weigh-ins will be on Mondays (May 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st).

Wow I don't like Monday weigh-ins! Coming off the weekend can be hard, I know that. We are all in this togther emoticon


WHAT IS THE CHALLENGE?


This is a Contest Challenge meaning people will be competing to meet the weekly challenges. For this challenge, I will be posting the results of how each player did and declare a winning player every week.

The contest consists of Weekly Accountability. Each week, there will be a winning weekly points player, a most exercise minutes player, the most weight lost player and the most days exercised player.

Here are some of the basics:

1. We will be allotting 5 points for every 10 minutes of exercise you do.

2. Everyday you meet your personal goal, you will receive 10 points for it.

Note: this is your personal goal. Examples sleeping eight hours, writing in a journal, blogging. The personnel goals are to focus you into a more healthy life style. Pick the one you struggle the most with. This month for me will be a habit I still can't quite drinking a Coke.

3. Weekly weigh-ins (on Mondays) - if you are uncomfortable posting your weight for everyone to see, you will have the option of just posting how many pounds you gained or lost for the week.


PART ONE: WEEKLY ACCOUNTABILITY

As many days as you can in a week, you will give yourself points for each category that you meet the weekly goal in these SIX areas:

1. Calorie Range-within your recommended range (not UNDER or OVER) - 10 points

2. Water (minimum 8 glasses per day, 64 ounces - all non-caffeinated beverages count like herbal tea and milk) - 10 points

3. Veggies & Fruits (minimum of 5 servings total per day - a serving is one medium piece of fruit or veg or half a cup of either except lettuce, which is one cup or half a cup of juice) - 10 points

4. Exercise - 10 or more minutes of exercise weekly, give yourself 5 points for every 10 minutes of exercise - exercise can be weights, cardio, Pilates, yoga, etc. (If you do 15 minutes of exercise, you will only get 5 points because we round down)

5. Personal Goal – 10 points everyday that you meet this goal.

6. Post in the main forum section, or in the huddle. - 10 points per day.

I added this to help promote the Team and make people feel welcome and loved. We all need that support, in varying degrees.

BONUS POINTS:

Give yourself an extra 50 POINTS if you post here at least 5 days in a week!

The weeks for points will run from Thursday to Wednesday.

In order for your weekly points to be included toward your total, please have your weekly counts posted by the start of the next week’s challenge, e.g. Thursdays in the April Challenge.

Make your post of weekly points on the “Weekly Points” thread of the challenge.


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CREATE ONE POST AND EDIT IT DAILY.
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Here is the format:

Week 4 - April 22nd to 28th (Thursday to Wednesday)

Did you stay in your calorie range (1300 to 1700)?
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Mon – 1378 – 10 pts
Tue – over
Wed – under
Thu – 1526 – 10 pts
Fri – over
Sat – 1688 – 10 pts
Sun – 1479 – 10 pts


Did you drink at least 8 cups of water or other non-caffeinated beverage?
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Mon – yes – 10 pts
Tue – yes – 10 pts
Wed – yes – 10 pts
Thu – no
Fri – yes – 10 pts
Sat – no
Sun – yes – 10 pts

Did you eat more than 5 servings of F/V?
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Mon – yes – 10 pts
Tue – yes – 10 pts
Wed – yes – 10 pts
Thu – no
Fri – yes – 10 pts
Sat – no
Sun – yes – 10 pts

How many minutes did you exercise each day? (5 points for each 10 minutes of exercise)
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Mon - 20 mins aerobics - 10 pts
Tue - 20 mins weights - 10 pts
Wed - none
Thu - 30 mins yoga - 15 pts
Fri - none
Sat - 20 mins pilates - 10 pts
Sun - 35 mins swimming - 15 pts


Did you achieve your personal goal (8+ hours of sleep)?
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Mon – yes – 10 pts
Tue – yes – 10 pts
Wed – yes – 10 pts
Thu – no
Fri – yes – 10 pts
Sat – no
Sun – yes – 10 pts

Did you post to the team forum or huddle?
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Mon – yes – 10 pts
Tue – yes – 10 pts
Wed – yes – 10 pts
Thu – no
Fri – yes – 10 pts
Sat – no
Sun – yes – 10 pts

50 Bonus Points if you were able to post at least 5 days:
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Mon - yes
Tue - no
Wed- no
Thu - yes
Fri - yes
Sat - yes
Sun - yes

50 pts


Weekly Running Total

- 350 pts (incl. bonus)


** PLEASE MAKE AN EFFORT TO POST DAILY! **

“HOW DO I PARTICIPATE?”

To be placed in this challenge, just reply to this thread saying that you want to be in the challenge.

I will update the line-ups weekly until the challenge begins and then weekly thereafter.

“WHEN DO I NEED TO JOIN BY?”

You can join anytime before or during the month of April. We welcome people anytime.

“WHAT IF I CAN’T POST DAILY?” or “WHAT IF I AM AWAY?”

If you cannot post daily, you can still participate. Post your daily points, as you are able to. Let me know if you will be away.

Ideally, it’s all about the weekly posts. As mentioned above, in order for your points to be counted towards your total they need to be in by end of the week. And let’s face it if you are posting daily, you are more likely to be successful in achieving your goals (and you'll earn bonus points!)

If you are going to be out of town or on vacation, etc., you can post your points and weight when you get back. Send me a Sparkmail or create a post if you know you are going to be absent for more than one week.

“WHY/HOW IS SOMEONE DROPPED FROM THE CHALLENGE?”

By Request: Occasionally circumstances arise that requires someone to need to be eliminated.

“THIS SOUNDS HARD!”

Ah, yes, well remember, this IS a *challenge* and that means it will require commitment on every member’s part to hold yourself accountable for your daily posts and weekly weigh-ins. It may seem simple enough, but the challenge part comes in by keeping it up EVERY DAY!

Please try to stay in the challenge for the duration of the 4 weeks. If you need to drop out, please have the courtesy of letting me know. If you have a vacation or some other reason why you may be away for a period of time that would prevent you from weekly posts, please let me know - I try to be very accommodating and would like to see everyone who wants to participate do well!

YOU have to take on the challenge and make the commitment for yourself!

Having said that,

LET’S SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER as we challenge ourselves to healthy living! Ask questions, create new topics, and post often! We are all doing this together!! Check out the chat threads.

Everyone in this challenge has an open invitation to Sparkmail me. I may not be able to reply to you right away but I will do my best to do so.

YOU are challenged to:

-Post that you want to join on this thread by the start date of the challenge (May 3rd) or anytime during the month.

-Post your start weight or the number "0" on the first day of the challenge in your May Challenge Weigh-in thread ON THE START DAY (not before) of the challenge and then just EDIT your original post each week to update your weight.

-Post on the “Weekly Points” thread as often as possible.

-Support and encourage your fellow players!

-Commit to remaining in the challenge for the duration of the 4 weeks

OK! I think I have covered all the basics! Now, let’s be challenged and have fun too!

I can tell you from doing these challenges in the past, that the sense of accomplishment is huge. But most of all make the best of it and have fun.

Take Care, Stephen

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