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12/22/10 2:28 P

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I agree the team goals should not be what we are supposed to do anyway. What about something that would cause us to step out of our box. Like to try a new exercise for 10 minutes 3 days per week. It would have to be general because not all of us are on the same level as far as exercise is concerned.

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12/20/10 5:53 P

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I really cannot think of any new goals not already mentioned. I do want to add in defense of Spark Points that they are not SP persay but what is learned by acquiring the points.

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I think it might help to separate team challenges from team goals.

Team goals I think should be things that we are all (more or less) striving to do. Team challenges are shorter term and strive to go above and beyond that in a specific way.

For example, a team goal might be to exercise 30 minutes 5 days a week--that's a pretty reasonable, healthy goal that most people can do and want/intend to do. A team challenge might be for a month to try a new activity every week, or to do 100 push ups, or to do more fitness minutes than normal, or whatever. It's not something we necessarily plan to sustain (it's hard, for example, for me to come up with "new" foods and activities because I've already tried so many things) but it's something to inspire us to stay fired up.

Maybe one challenge and/or goal would be to every week try something we don't do very often. So maybe we usually use the treadmill; maybe try the elliptical. Or maybe we haven't used that stability ball in a while; we can pull it of and do something with that. That's flexible enough to make a long term challenge and it is in keeping with our goal of sustained lifestyle changes--while helping to keep things fresh. But it could also be part of a shorter challenge.

Edited by: ZANNACHAN at: 12/19/2010 (15:16)
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12/19/10 2:58 P

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There are some great suggestions here. Keep them coming. I'll also look around at the team goals on other teams. Thanks for everyone's help.

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12/19/10 2:34 P

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Walking outside is scary by yourself to me. So I also would like to be challenged to exercise a new way 15 minutes like --give suggestions of something new to try--ie... dance or one of coach nicoles videos, or clean up a room in your house, or garden...there are so many..

Challenges shouldn't be what we are supposed to do... everyone is supposed to drink water, eat fruits/veggies and exercise,
so I like the huddle one... it's there you get a quick feel for how everyone is doing... if someone needs encouragement, or would like a blog read, or if things are rosy... and it's not too time consuming.
At any rate, I'm thankfu for the site and for the ideas people share with each other and your hard work!


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12/19/10 12:45 P

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I am not currently signed up for any of the team goals, for various reasons. I don't huddle, for example. I never know what to say and it takes time and I already spend too much time on sparks. I do blog regularly and I comment on other people's blogs and I post on teams and forums; I really can't handle any additional commitments. I could sign up for the spark point one, but I don't really think of spark points as a particularly important focus of my time here. I tend to get a lot of spark points because I do spark activities (posting, blogs, exercise, tracking food etc) but it's a side effect rather than a goal. I have a really hard time getting 5 fruits and veggies in a day so I didn't sign up for that one because I thought it would be more stresser than benefit for me. I didn't sign up for the walking one because I simply don't walk every day, or even 6 days a week. I walk, bike, rollerblade, play tennis and soccer, fence, do cardio dvds, use the elliptical, etc..... I mix it up. So walking 6 days a week is simply not a goal that works for me.

What goals should the team have?

I think our goal should reflect the intention of the team--to lose weight without worrying about doing it quickly, and focusing on a healthy lifestyle. Ideas include getting 8 hours of sleep, drinking 8 glasses of water, eating 5 fruits/veggies a day, getting 30 min of exercise 5 days a week, tracking every day, staying in calorie goals every day, preparing (or at least eating) one homemade meal a day, taking 10 minutes every day for yourself (unwind, meditate, whatever), and support fellow sparkers such as posting on blogs, giving goodies, etc.

I think that the goals need to be open and flexible enough that they can fit people from a lot of different walks of life and with different physical limitations.

Personally, I'm okay with the goals overlapping other teams. For me, that keeps the stress of trying to meet dozens of goals down. If the team goals are too complicated for me to make, I won't sign up for them. This healthy lifestyle is enough of a challenge for me without me making it even more complicated.

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12/19/10 10:41 A

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I just joined this team, but some of the goals are just the same as other teams (fruits/veggies, 15 min of exercise). I agree with team goals needing to be something unique. What about having the team goals be something along the lines of spreading the spark? For example - each member of the team invites a friend or family member for a walk or bike-ride or something similar. The team member still counts their own fitness minutes as usual, but for our team goal we separately count the minutes that we get someone else to be active with us (for the sake of avoiding double-counting we can say only non-sparkers). We could set a team goal of 10 minutes per team member per week (while some won't participate, the ones who do will most definitely go for more than 10!). So anyone who likes the goal could meet it by setting up to meet someone twice a month for a 20 minute walk.

Another option for spreading the spark would be to prepare a healthy recipe and get a point for each person who samples it. For it to count as spreading the spark we should print the recipe (with full link to SparkRecipes) and have it available to anyone who is interested.

What do you think?

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12/18/10 8:36 P

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I think it should be a mix of the basic goals that help member work on small steps to become consistent. Like the water, veggies & fruit count, and walking.

I like the huddle one, and spending 5 minutes online encouraging others 5 times a week, but adding in the Spark Goodies give away, posts or blogs (remember some people are uncomfortable about sharing blogs), and maybe reading an article or article count.

I am signed up to do the goals and I try to go by each evening to my other goals and do my team checks or numbers to help support our efforts.
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12/18/10 4:38 P

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I just joined this team in the middle of this month but I like the team goals.

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12/18/10 4:28 P

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I agree: 8 glasses of water/day

Freggies: veggies & fruit to = 5/day or really challenge and do 6/day

Exercise - 20 minutes/day...can be walking, lifting weights/yoga/stretching...you get the drift

Huddle with our team - daily

For fun: playing trivia every day

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8 cups of water a day. I think there are more of us out here who find this to be a challenge then are willing to admit to it. I know most everyone in my life probably doesn't get the 8 they need and this is a good health action as well as one that helps with weight loss.

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I agree with RUTHXG & BANKER-CHUCK that our team goals should be more health related. In understand the point issue though. Gaining points from reading SP articles brings health knowledge but many people would easily get those points from blog and message board posts rather from the health aspect.

I originally stated that we should change the exercise to 15 minutes of exercise but I really think it should be a minimum of 30 minutes maybe 3, 4 or 5 days per week. I really think the 15 minutes is for starters only.

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I like most of the current goals. I especially like the SparkPoints goals. It is not so much for the "Points" but what it represents. For each category of SparkPoints it is a guided map/plan to keep a person focused on themselves that give a quantitative/measurable method to keep track of their progress. It keeps you involved with the process. Sure it takes time but it is important to recognize what these SparkPoints represents.
Challenging goals related to nutrition and exercise help keep us accountable.
Thanks for taking the time to message the goals that will reflect the "Team" and "Personal" efforts.


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I don't huddle & I don't pay too much attention to sparkpoints. There's only so much time in my day, & I want to focus on those that are productive for weight loss & community building. For me those are goals related to exercise, tracking food, tracking water, commenting on others' blogs & sparkpages.

I have joined a couple of the team goals here but don't check them off every day; rather, I go into Other Goals every week or two & check them off for a bunch of days at a time.

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12/18/10 9:50 A

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I think this one should be on all teams which is drink 8 8oz glasses daily.

Instead of the walking for 15 minutes, how about just exercise for 15 minutes or longer.

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12/18/10 9:09 A

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I am signed up for 1 of the team goals I'm not sure if I have it a streak or not I do 1 or 2 gaols per team I like the idea of team huddling blogging posting on team threads I like goals with getting SP points or fitness minutes

I'm not into counting my calories

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I like the idea of team goals. On another team we have a goal of 100,000 pushups per month. That may be a tad ambitious but the tracker adds everybody's numbers together. Maybe we can come up with something similar.


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12/18/10 1:09 A

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The Slowest Losers Team has five team goals found towards the lower end of the team page. Many people are signed up for these team goals but most people are not signed up for them. The present goals include:

1. Walk at least 15 Minutes 6 times per week.
2. Earn 900 sparkpoints per month.
3. Spend at least 5 minutes online encouraging other people 5 times per week.
4. Huddle on the Slowest Loser Team 1 Cheer 1 time per day.
5. Eat at least 5 Fruits and/or Veggies 1 time per day.

Are YOU signed up for team goals? All of them or only selected ones? Do you have any of them set up as Streaks?

If you are not signed up for Team Goals, why not? Are you signed up for goals on other teams?

Since some of the team goals are hardly used, I will be deleting some of the goals for 2011 and exchanging them with new goals. I am sorry that some of you might lose some streaks that way but since these are team goals, they should be goals that more people are using.

Then again, what is a TEAM goal? Most of our team goals seem more like individual goals. Should team goals be those that support the team or other team members such as being in a HUDDLE, Giving SparkGoodies or comments? Posting on team threads? or Blogging? Or should team goals be for the individual like eating veggies or drinking water?

I'm thinking that team goals should really be for the benefit of the TEAM. Everyone can create his or her own personal goals. What do you think?

Please give feed back here so that I will have some guidelines before making changes to our team goal section of our Slowest Losers team. Thanks so much.

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