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7/13/14 9:32 P

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Lower Body Strengthening Challenge

Ok, now it's time to start strengthening ourselves by doing some wonderful stretching exercises.

1) Lying Double Knee Hug:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercis
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2) Lying Hamstring Stretch
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercis
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3) Lying Hip & Glute Hug
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercis
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4) Lying Hip & Glute Stretch
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercis
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5) Lying Single Knee Hug
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercis
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The instructions for each of these can be found on the links included above. You are to start out with a minimum of 3 repetitions/leg which will be one complete set and work up to 5 repetitions/leg and then up to 10 repetitions/leg for each and every exercise. Continue to increase the repetitions if you wish. Track your results in the SP trackers for the day and report in to our RESULTS board and let the rest of us know your results, your successes and your achievements! Woo Hoo.

It's time to get our legs strong again by strengthening them. My hubby has even said today that he realizes that he needs to exercise and he's going to do these with me as well. Woo Hoo! Nothing like getting the family involved in this.

So let's go big team, let's go. I want to see results from this challenge and I want to be reading all about your successes, achievements and how your disposition has changed just by doing these!



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6/30/14 12:52 P

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GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR DAY CHALLENGE

Ok, this is a fun challenge and we're going to do it at a great time of the year. We all need to do this at this time of year with the 4th of July just around the corner.

Ok, so here goes:

EVERY HOUR, throughout your day, will now be split up in two (1/2 hour each), two (one being 45 minutes and the other being 15 minutes), or even split up one hour on, one hour off. Let me explain.

You will work on a task, whatever that may be (working on computer, housework, sitting at your desk at work, reading, studying, gardening, shopping, groceries, cooking, cleaning, etc.) for the designated amount of time mentioned above (anywhere from 1/2 hour, 45 minutes or an hour at a time) with the remaining amount of time for that hour being used to work on something else (dishes, make the bed, laundry, walk away from your computer, make lunch or dinner, dust, sweep, vaccuum, go shopping, get groceries, etc.). The only exception to the rule is if you are going an hour at a time on a task at hand. Then you would change when one hour was up and then spend the following hour on another task at hand. Whatever works for you.

I have found this to be a GREAT way to tackle so much more in a day and ..... GET IT DONE! At the end of the day, I sit and think back and can't believe everything I got done in the day just by doing this one simple step of splitting up my time doing various tasks. It gets you away from the one thing you're so dedicated to so that you have a break from it (which we all need) and it allows you to tackle something else that you never seem to have time to do.

NO EXCUSES ANY MORE!!!! I've done this challenge and IT WORKS! On top of that, you come away from your day's work feeling like you've accomplished something and YOU HAVE!!!!! In addition, you'll find you have more time than you ever knew you had. And, you really won't believe all that you accomplish in a day's time.

So begin this challenge now and report back to the RESULTS board here on this challenge and tell me your successes, your stumbling blocks and your general overall feeling about this challenge. I'll be looking for you in the RESULTS board. Have fun with this. I know I will.



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6/22/14 11:09 P

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TONING AND STRENGTHENING CHALLENGE

Ok, as promised, we have a new challenge and here it is.

We're going to start our days out by waking up, getting out of that bed and doing the following:

1) lay on floor and do leg lifts, alternating legs, for 50 repetitions (that's a total of 100 leg lifts). If you can't get that leg all the way up and perpendicular to your body, lift as high as you can working on building up the strength in those legs in such a way that, before you know it, you will be lifting the legs to a complete perpendicular angle to your body. Start out with minimal repetitions working towards achieving the 50 required repetitions by the end of the week.

2) next, start out by doing 10 tummy tucks or situps working towards achieving 50 tummy tucks by weekend.

Yep, you guessed it! We're working on toning up the tummy and toning up the upper leg area. You'll be surprised how strong you'll be by the end of this challenge.

Then go to the RESULTS board and report your achievements there.

Looking forward to seeing you there to read all about your accomplishments with this challenge!

So, let's go big team, let's go!



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6/1/14 11:03 A

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A NEW BEGINNING CHALLENGE

Now that the weather is behaving and we're finally getting some decent weather outside, let's make a conscientious effort to start again, BEGIN AGAIN! What better time of the year than now to get our blood flowing and our muscles toned up so that the fat just drops off of us!

So, here's what we're going to do. I tested the waters already and I know that it works. So here's the challenge:

1) Make an effort to go and revise or update your Spark People page to a more current status. Putting in new goals, new info about you and your life does a world of good in you. Believe me, I know. I just did it and feel like I'm a totally different and new person. It will spark you where you need to be sparked and it will help jump start you and your efforts.

2) Hand in hand with that, make a point of checking out our member's SparkPeople pages. After reviewing them and reading them, take the time to add a comment to them that will help spark them up to continue in their efforts for a successful weight loss and nutrition program. As a second benefit to doing this, it will also spark you on as well. Maybe even get a little goodie if you follow through with this.

3) Report back to the RESULTS board and let the rest of us know who's page you visited and that you left a comment. We'll all commend you highly and root you on to continued successes.

4) Make a point of writing something on the newly created "wall" (took the place of the huddle area) on a daily basis so the rest of us can send you a comment to read and respond to.

5) Again, report back to the RESULTS board and let us know that you've completed the challenge for the day!

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5/18/14 2:26 P

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THE TIME HAS COME FOR A CHANGE CHALLENGE:

Well, I've had a change of heart thanks to the wonderful change in the weather! We're going to have another challenge and this one is going to be involving all the basics we all need to get back in the habit of doing and implementing.

First, we're going to enjoy this wonderful weather every day we have it by going out sometime during the day and having a 10 minute walk MINIMUM. Then, you have your exercise in for the day and won't have to be concerned about what you're going to do for your workout for the day. :)

Second, we're going to make sure we have our 64 oz. of water EVERY DAY. That's (8) 8 oz. glasses of water. These can be taken in any way, shape or form. They can be 8 oz. of coffee in the morning, maybe another 8 oz glass of water with your breakfast, lunch and dinner (now we're already up to having (4) 8 oz. glasses of water for a total of 32 oz. for the day so we're halfway there. Then we can slip some water with tea in there and get our antioxidants in for the day by having that tea be "green tea" and we'll be warding off any sickness, disease or ailment over time. Ok, so now we're up to 40 oz. Woo Hoo! We only have 24 more oz. to go for the day. And, you can get those additional 24 oz. by having more than one 8 oz. glass in the examples already mentioned above.

Well, now that the weather is warmer, we can drink water for refreshment instead of soda and I'm sure we can all get in that additional 24 oz. of water for the day before we call it quits on the day. Hey, I usually drink most of mine after dark when I'm reading, watching TV, or working. It's a nice refreshing drink to moisten your palate(?) at any time of the day. So let's work hard on accomplishing this.

Thirdly, while your out taking your daily 10 minute walks, you'll also be soaking up your well-needed Vitamin D from the rays of the sun.

Now ..... track all three in your fitness and nutrition trackers here. You can even track the Vitamin D in the nutrition tracker by adding it to your tracker.

This is going to be a great challenge!!! I just feel it. It's going to give everyone a jumpstart to their new, improved and revised health regimen to get them through the summer and into the fall months!

Let's go big team, let's go. I would hate to think that I've lost all of you just because I didn't have a challenge. Really? So do it! Do it NOW while you're thinking about it. I'm already on my way to accomplishing this for the day. I've already had my 12 minute walk and I've had (2) 16 oz. mugfuls of coffee (which counts towards water cuz I drink my coffee black with nothing added to it. That amounts to 32 oz of water already for the day for me and I've already consumed 1/2 the needed amount for the day. I only have another 32 oz. to go. Woo Hoo. I love this challenge already.

Just an FYI .... I also do my Richard Simmons video workout from his "Sweatin' to the Oldies" ..... the original version still on VHS every day. I needed some desparate measures and took them. Hope you do too! Join me as I make it to my goal this time of losing over 100#, even if you don't have that much to lose. You can still root me on while you're making your own progress!

So, let's go big team, let's go!



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4/27/14 11:21 P

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Hi people!

I've decided not to do a challenge this time around as there has not been any participation in a long, long time. So, for the time being, we'll just carry on conversations via the General Discussion Board.

We need to build up the participation and truly have to get to know everyone again. There have been many new people that have joined up that need to be made welcomed.

So, let's just converse as we all are so good at. Once I see the participation increase, I may decide to start up the challenges. Until then, there won't be any challenges unless I can see that the team players here are: 1 ) looking forward to them and 2) are participating and 3) are making some positive steps forward towards their goals and desires.


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4/20/14 11:29 P

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Back To Basics Challenge

Ok, now that we're on the right track, we are going back to the basics to incorporate them into our daily schedules and make them a very important part of our return visit to our Journey To Success!

FIRST, we're going to drink water daily. We'll start with a glass of water every hour on the hour until you can work yourself up to more. Work at increasing this amount as water is a cure-all for many things your body may be going through.

SECONDLY, we're going to exercise 10 minutes MINIMUM per day. That's all you need to do. Ten Minutes!!!! Remember small steps people. Nothing wrong with small steps taken over time. :) You get to pick what you want to do for that 10 minutes .... this week ..... hahahahaha!

THIRDLY: Do 15 minutes of housework. Doesn't matter what. Just do it. Account for it and remember to count your calories. Need a calorie counter? Try this one:

www.healthyweightforum.org/eng/calor
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That's the one I use for everything! :)

FOURTHLY: Track your workouts in the trackers on SP

FIFTHLY: Report your progress in to the RESULTS Board for this challenge.

I'm getting anxious to give you your "Way To Go's" for completing this and starting on your path to success!



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4/14/14 8:05 A

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Positive Changes Challenge

Ok, people. It's time we get our acts together and start our days properly. It's time we quit mickey mousing around and get serious about establishing some ground rules for our well needed health and exercise daily routines. So we are going to devote some serious time to changing what is needed in our lives and implementing those changes into our daily routines.

First off, we're going to wake up, spring out of that bed, and be ready to "tackle the world and all it throws our way".

Secondly, we are going to dress into our exercise attire and do our exercises, 10 minutes minimum DAILY, that is needed and get that out of the way. What exercises, you say? Ok, let's see. Let's get our blood flowing by:

**** Doing 10 Jumping Jacks (if you can't do jumping jacks, stand in the same position and walk in place, waving your arms as you walk in place)
**** Doing 10 crunches and work up to 25 by the end of the week
**** Doing 25 side bends (with dumbbells if you wish) per arm
**** Doing 25 squats (progressively do more as the week goes on)

Ok, now, we've got our blood flowing and we feel so much better. Then,

**** Take your shower, prep for the day and dress to your shoes
**** Then go out and tackle that old world of ours and tell it who's boss this day.

Report back to our RESULTS board for this challenge and we'll get a great discussion going there.

It's the middle of April already and we've got to get some positive results coming in. In a couple more weeks, we'll be able to start our rigorous walking regime and get our Vitamin D doses in on a daily basis.

See you at the RESULTS board.

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4/6/14 10:32 P

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EVERY DAY CHALLENGE

Simple, quick and EASY challenge this week. I think we all need to get a fresh start on our routines to be healthier. With Spring barely popping its head out this year, this is a perfect time to implement the following into our daily lives:

1) EVERY DAY, starting tomorrow, take time to eat a healthy breakfast in the morning

2) EVERY DAY, upon rising, exercise first thing in the morning

Now,how much more simple can this be for all of us to initiate and begin?

Please report back to the EVERY DAY CHALLENGE RESULTS page and let's talk about our successes and stumbling blocks with this challenge.

See you there. No excuses, you are going to do this. We'll see you in the RESULTS page for this challenge.

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3/17/14 1:23 A

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Discipline Yourself Challenge

Ok, this is going to be a fun challenge but it will require you to discipline yourself to do exactly what the challenge needs you to do. I've already tested this out over the weeks past and it works .... if you work it. So here goes:

EVERY HOUR, I want you to take 5 MINUTES and break away from whatever you are doing and get up and walk for those 5 minutes. With me, it's a definite task to put into my daily agenda of things to do as I need to get up and away from the computer work I do all day long. If you take the required 5 minutes minimum/hour, you'll have walked 40 minutes by the time you have put in your 8 hour work day or comparable.

So join me in doing this one. It's easy and it's fun and you will notice a difference in your gait by the time this challenge is over. You'll have more energy, more strength and you'll find that you have more umph left in you by the end of the day. Try it, you'll like it.

Report your results in the RESULTS board for this challenge. I can't wait to see you all in there stating how much fun you're having doing this challenge. Take my word for it, it's a fun challenge, you just have to be DISCIPLINED enough to do it every hour on the hour. :)

See you in the RESULTS board for more discussion on this!



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3/9/14 11:16 P

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Hup One, Hup Two!

Ok, let's get a jump on spring and start our spring cleaning with our next challenge.

For our minimum 10 minute workout per day, we are going to make a point of cleaning house EVERY DAY for a minimum of 10 minutes. Do more if you like. Just track it in your trackers so you get credit for it. Yes, you do burn calories as you do your housework. What a great alternative to doing a workout day in and day out. This way, you get to have a clean house as well as get in your 10 minutes minimum of exercise every day. I already did it today and it was fun knowing that I had cleaned my house and that I had gotten my exercise in for the day. So let's do it. Let's get a jumpstart on our upcoming spring cleaning chores by starting them now.

Please go to the RESULTS board and report in as to what you got done and how good you feel. You'll be accomplishing those long overdue housekeeping tasks in such a way that it won't be a burden by the time spring cleaning kicks in.

FYI, I did 90 minutes of cleaning and a workout before I even realized it today. Please feel free to use the below listed website to track calories burned in with your results on the results board:

www.healthyweightforum.org/eng/calor
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I swear by this site. It's come in handy many, many times over!

Good luck people and I'll be talking to you and comparing my notes with yours on the RESULTS board for this challenge!

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3/3/14 8:55 A

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MASSAGE TIME CHALLENGE!

Good morning! Time for another challenge! I can see I failed to give you the RESULTS board for the last challenge. Sorry bout that!

Well, this one will be different!

1) Give yourself a mini-massage. There are many benefits to having a massage, including reducing stress, lowering blood pressure and speeding up muscle repair. Not to mention it feels soooooooo good. Give yourself a self-massage by rubbing your own hands, feet or shoulders for at least one minute every day ..... three times a day. Then tell me how good you feel.

2) Let's get to know each other again. Let's commit to writing on the huddle board each and every day through this challenge with encouraging and uplifting words for all to see. Spring is just around the corner and we'll be able to enjoy the sun's rays and the outside atmosphere real soon. So let's get a headstart on how good this environment makes us feel by keeping each one of us motivated and inspired.

Then report in to the RESULTS board for this challenge with what you've done for the day.

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2/24/14 8:56 A

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Vitamin D Challenge

Ok, this week we're going to center our efforts on getting enough Vitamin D. Despite the winter weather and the snow and the cold, we can still achieve this challenge for the week.

Get yourself out there in the sunshine each and every day for at least 10 minutes/day. Sunshine is a great supplier of Vitamin D and we all need much more of this than any of us are getting (except, of course, our gardeners ..... Gardens!).

So that's it ..... get your 10 minutes of sunshine (Vitamin D) each and every day. Then track it in your trackers where you can track your minerals and vitamins. Even give yourself a personal reminder in your personal goals list available on your Other Goals page.

Good luck and report in on the RESULTS board for this challenge. :)


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2/18/14 8:08 A

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Progressive Day to Day Challenge - WEEK TWO

Ok, we've all made it through the first week of this challenge. Now, we're just going to repeat it for a second week in a row that will end on Sunday (one day short of a full week as I had mentioned when we first started this).

This time around, please increase your repetitions if you're on your second week and you feel you can push yourself to do more rather than less. If you feel more comfortable doing the same amount, that's ok too. JUST DON'T BE LAZY and do the least amount you can. That won't help you. You need to push yourself but you also need to know when to stop and not overdo it. If you're concerned that you will overdo it, then just stick with the first week's requirements and you should be ok.

Good luck and please remember to input your RESULTS into the RESULTS board for this challenge.

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2/17/14 8:25 A

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Progressive Day to Day Challenge - Day Seven

Well we're at our week's end on this challenge and this is what we need to do for the challenge today:

TAKE A DAY OFF!!!!

But if you have enjoyed this challenge, please feel free to take the earlier six days workouts, combine them all and do another day of the challenge. If you're feeling stronger after having done these last six days of workouts, then feel free to increase your repetitions and do the entire set of exercises today. Either way, you have a day to do (or not do) the challenge today.

Please report in on the RESULTS board as usual. :)

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2/17/14 8:24 A

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Progressive Day to Day Challenge - Day Six:

Today we're going to start out with 10 leg lifts per leg. Lie on floor. Raise one leg until it is perpendicular and straight above your body. Lower it down. Do ten of these and then alternate legs. Now, if you can't straighten your leg or you can't get it all the way up there, go only as far as you can go. Remember, baby steps.

Then remember to report in to the RESULTS board for this challenge.

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2/15/14 9:12 A

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Progressive Day to Day Challenge - Day Five:

Are we all hanging in there? Good!

Now we are going to add ARM CIRCLES!

With arms extended parallel to ground (straight out to the side from your body), we're going to do 10 circles one way and then 10 circles the other way.

Good luck people. I'm counting on you to continue on with me on this.

Remember to go to the RESULTS board for this challenge and report in! :)

Edited by: SUPERACHIEVER at: 2/15/2014 (09:14)
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2/12/14 7:17 A

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Progressive Day to Day Challenge - Day Four

Ok, haven't lost any of you yet so here is the challenge for day four of our progressive challenge.

Today, we're adding 20 crunches to the challenge. Do more if you'd like but 20 is the minimum. Can you feel the burn???? Well then you're doing right by these exercises and you're working your way to a new you. And I am so proud of you!

Keep up the good work!

Progressive Day to Day Challenge - Day Three:

Ok everybody. Congratulations on having accomplished your workout for two days now. I am so proud of you all!

Here's the Day Three addition to the challenge:

Do your arm stretches from yesterday and the 10 squats from yesterday. But now add the following:

With hands behind head (holding head in back of your head), either sit or stand and do a minimum of 10 waist twists by turning side to side from the waist (in other words, twist your upper body .... from the waist up). Ten waist turns would equal 20 twists (10 twists on each side). That's the minimum. Do more if you dare. I have found that this helps me wake up in the morning and I'm rarin' to go. Hope it does the same for you.

Continue to use the RESULTS board for this Progressive Day To Day Challenge and report in!

Go for it people!

Progressive Day to Day Challenge - Day Two:

Ok everybody. Congratulations on having accomplished your workout for Day One. Now, it's on to Day Two!

Ok, we're going to continue to work those butts of ours by doing our squats for the day.

Do your arm stretches from yesterday but now add 10 squats to that. We'll work the butt and the legs by doing these squats. We want those legs of ours to look so slick that we'll have everyone looking at our progress. And don't forget what this will do to our butts! Firm and toned. Back to way we looking in school for those of us who are no longer in school.

Continue to use the RESULTS board for this Progressive Day To Day Challenge and report in!

Go for it people!


Edited by: SUPERACHIEVER at: 2/15/2014 (09:09)
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2/11/14 7:24 A

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PROGRESSIVE DAY TO DAY CHALLENGE:

I have decided to do another progressive challenge. Only this time, I'll be inputting what will be added from day to day on a daily basis. In other words, instead of listing everything at one time as the challenge is announced, every day's portion (or add-on) will be posted as every day occurs. For instance, Tuesday (missed Monday due to other commitments) will have Tuesday's portion of the challenge and then Wednesday will be noted on Wednesday etc. so you'll have to check every day to see what the challenge is asking you to do. Since I got a late start with this one, we'll make this one to go over two weeks (from Tuesday, February 11th through Sunday, February 23rd (almost a full two weeks but missing a day due to my not getting it on here til now.)

Ok, so here is Tuesday's part of the challenge:

Reach for the sky arm stretches:

Alternating arms, extend one straight up and straight up over your head and shoulder. Raise your head up as your arm is fully extended. Then S-T-R-E-T-C-H that arm of yours as high and as far as you can. Hold it for a count of 3 to 5 and then slowly lower your head back to a normal position and the arm to your side. Then take the other arm and repeat the same scenario. Do ten (10) repeats of this for your workout for today and record it in your planner as well as note it in the RESULTS post for this challenge.

I will be back tomorrow with needs to be added to this progressive challenge.


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2/3/14 1:45 P

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PROGRESSIVE CHALLENGE

Ok, we're going to take Krys's idea and suggestion and modify it a bit for this challenge.

We're going to do a progressive challenge which means that we'll start with one phase of the challenge today and we'll be adding more and more to it as the week progresses. Then when the week is through, we'll have a brand new workout to incorporate into our workout routines of the future.

So, thank you Krys, for giving us the idea to do a progressive challenge. I've listed the steps involved below:

Day One:
FIVE squats for the day. That's all that is required.

Day Two:
We'll add FIVE more squats for the day (total of 10 now)
PLUS we'll add FIVE arm pushups against the wall
Here's the video for those of you that need to see how to do them:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercis
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Day Three:
We'll add FIVE more squats (total of 15 now),
PLUS we'll add FIVE more arm pushups (total of 10)
and we'll add FIVE crunches to this.
Here's the video:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercis
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.asp?exercise=2


Day Four:
We'll add FIVE more squats (total of 20 now),
add FIVE more arm pushups (total of 15)
and add FIVE more crunches (total of 10)
and add FIVE dumbbell side bends to this.
Here's the video:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercis
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.asp?exercise=68


Day Five:
We'll add FIVE more squats (total of 25 now),
add FIVE more arm pushups (total of 20)
and add FIVE more crunches (total of 15)
and add FIVE dumbbell side bends (total of 10) to this.
and add FIVE dumbbell concentration curls to this.
Here's the video for this:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercis
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.asp?exercise=156


Day Six:
Give yourself a WooHoo for having completed the challenge. Now you have a brand new workout you can begin to use in the weeks to follow. This will help strengthen your entire body and, if you keep at it, you'll find yourself with more energy and vip, vim and vigor!

Please NOTE: for those exercises using dumbbells, you can also use things like water bottles filled up (even 1/2 gallon and gallon containers of water or milk or the like .... whatever weight you find you need to give you the resistence you need).

Also Please NOTE: If you do not have the videos available to you, kindly email me and I will gladly give you the printed copies of the exercise mentioned above.

As always, report back in to the "Progressive Challenge" RESULTS Board so we can discuss and support one another on this, our latest challenge.

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1/20/14 10:21 A

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RECIPE TIME CHALLENGE:

This challenge is going to be a fun one.

I have talked to a number of SP friends here and have realized that we could all gain a wonderful set of new recipes from one another. So this challenge is going to be to share one recipe a day that you've tried and like with the rest of us so we can all begin to eat better than we have in the past. I was tickled pink when I was able to make my mom's homemade chicken soup last night despite the fact that I didn't have her recipe. It turned out wonderfully well and was pretty quick and easy. But more of that in the RECIPE CHALLENGE RESULTS posting for this challenge.

Can't wait to see what each of you "bring to the table". Hope you like this challenge as much as I do in presenting it.

See you all over at the RESULTS post for this one!

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No, No Negative Challenge

Good morning all.

Well what a better way to start a new year than to start with a new challenge. This one is based on attitude and what a great one this will be.

First off, I want to add a little something to the challenge as well so that we can all start to be more well-rounded people.

I like what CatLady did and have added it to this challenge. So here is the challenge we can all participate in as I know we all have the capabilities to do it:

1) Get up every morning and dress for the day before doing anything else except for maybe showering and freshening up for the day or exercising before that shower. DO IT! I've done it off and on again and on the days that I have done it, I DO FEEL BETTER about proceeding ahead with the day. Thanks CATLADY for the idea. :)

2) Now for the NO, NO NEGATIVE .... You are not to allow yourself any negative thoughts to enter in to your mind throughout the day. So this means you have to be aware of these thoughts as they begin to start brewing within you. Take that needed moment and talk back to them telling them "No, you have no place in my life any longer". Then think of something that makes you happy or thrilled. Think of something that is going good in your life and embrace it. Even a good positive prayer or two will do the trick as well. Just stop and smell the roses! A little early for that BUT you can think about that in your mind, visualize it, and smell it the way you know it smells. That action, in itself, will take your mind off the negative and have it disappear forever! If it isn't a rose then think of something you take pleasure in and think deeply about it until the negative disappears. When you feel a negative coming on, go exercise, do yoga, meditate or be good to yourself in some small way and you'll feel so much better after you've taken some time for yourself. You deserve it so allow yourself some time to have time for yourself.

Then go and share your positive experiences in our RESULTS posting for this challenge with the rest of us. I know I'll gain something to add to my life by doing so and you'll feel so good about sharing something wonderful that worked for you.

So get to it and begin doing this now. Share your results with the rest of us and we'll all grow by doing so.



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NO CHALLENGE

Due to the Thanksgiving Day Holiday, we will not have a challenge during this time.

But I want you all to be good and watch what and how much you eat during your Thanksgiving Day holiday celebration.

Be good because you will have to account for yourself when you return after the holiday.

While I'm here, I want to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving. Please remember to remember all those that have made a difference in your life this year. So many people we have to be grateful for and so many that go without thoughts. Please remember them as you prepare for the holiday and as you spend time with your loved ones this year!

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Pamper Me Challenge!

Ok, newsflash! I just got a great idea for the challenge this time around.

Why don't we be nice to ourselves and report in on how we pampered ourselves to feel better about ourselves?

I love the idea. But there are some restrictions you need to abide by.

You CAN NOT indulge in food as a way of pampering yourself unless it is freggies and freggies alone!

You CAN NOT be lazy and blow off anything you know you need to do. You still have to meet any and all your commitments day in and day out.

You can pamper yourself by:

1) Taking a hot bath
2) Taking a long walk and meditate as you go
3) Take deep breaths and feel the sensation of you breathing in and out and letting go of all the anguish in your life
4) Stretch and take deep breaths. Remove all that stale air in your body by deep breathing and removing it.

Report back in to the Pamper Me Challenge RESULTS page and tell us all what you've done for your pampering for every day so we can all comment on it and implement it into our lives.


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ANNOUNCING ....... TWO CHALLENGES THIS TIME AROUND!

But, you get to pick which one you want to commit to and report back to in the RESULTS board(s).

It's been requested we do our last challenge again so we will give it another shot. We all need help in PREPARING for the Thanksgiving Holiday so here is the perfect challenge for that:

THANKSGIVING PREPARATION CHALLENGE:

1) Get your 8 hours minimum of sleep EVERY night
2) Get in your (8) 8 oz. glasses of water in every day, MINIMUM
3) Have 3 to 5 servings of vegetables or fruit COMBINED per day MINIMUM. The more, the better!
4) Let's excel in our portion controls of how much food we eat each and every time.
5) Let's do our minimum 10 minutes of exercise DAILY so we can see the results!

Let's talk about what works for us to avoid overeating, emotional eating, or any other stumbling blocks we may be going through or have gone through at any time in our lives.

So let's see the results and comments start coming in for this challenge so that we all can discuss them and gain that valuable knowledge you all have. Please place your input into the "Thanksgiving Preparation Challenge - Take Two" RESULTS board for this challenge.

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IT'S STRENGTHENING TIME ..... AGAIN! CHALLENGE

Ok, here is the second challenge this time around.

We're going to center our efforts on strengthening our bodies with strengthening exercises. I have listed two different links to use for this challenge. One is to exercise with dumbbells, if you have them, and the second one requires no additional equipment ..... meaning EVERYONE CAN DO THIS CHALLENGE ....... NO EXCUSES PEOPLE!

So, you need to choose which of the two links below you'd like to center your efforts on and then report back to us in the "IT'S STRENGTHENING TIME ..... AGAIN! CHALLENGE RESULTS" board so we can discuss, chat, and encourage like we always do.

The links listed below are NOT VIDEOS. These are the printable copies of the routine needed for each so you have NO EXCUSE to NOT DO THIS. hahahahaha. I've been too easy on all of you, so now you'll pay for all that time off. But boy will you benefit from this.

Start out by noting specifics about your body and then check yourself out at the end of the challenge and see how you've changed. Now, don't worry. You may build up your muscle while doing this so you may see a weight gain but know that that is because you are building up your muscle mass and removing a lot of your fat.

If you continue on with this, you'll see either NSVs (non-scale victories) or a weight loss or BOTH .... wouldn't that be great????

Ok, enough talk, let's ACT NOW. Here are the two links:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_pla
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generator_details.asp?id=109 (Routine ALL can do .... NO EXCUSES!)

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_pla
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generator_details.asp?id=127 (Dumbbell Routine)

Let's be the team with the biggest weight loss by Thanksgiving time. Wouldn't that be great????

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Thanksgiving Preparation Challenge

Time to move our activities inside now that it's starting to turn cold in most areas of the country. But it's a great time to dig in to our workouts and our healthy eating habits NOW so that we can get through the holidays coming up ..... Halloweeen, Thanksgiving and Christmas!

This is the crunch time for all of us people.

So let's get serious and make November the month we all have the best successes and achievements.

Here we go with our new challenge:

1) Get your 8 hours minimum of sleep EVERY night
2) Get in your (8) 8 oz. glasses of water in every day, MINIMUM
3) Have 3 to 5 servings of vegetables or fruit COMBINED per day MINIMUM. The more, the better!
4) Let's excel in our portion controls of how much food we eat each and every time.
5) Let's do our minimum 10 minutes of exercise DAILY so we can see the results!

Let's talk about what works for us to avoid overeating, emotional eating, or any other stumbling blocks we may be going through or have gone through at any time in our lives.

So let's see the results and comments start coming in for this challenge so that we all can discuss them and gain that valuable knowledge you all have. Please place your input into the "Thanksgiving Preparation Challenge" RESULTS board for this challenge.

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Every Hour On The Hour Challenge

Ok, this time we're going to do the following every hour on the hour throughout each and every day. We will keep track of our progress and report in on our regular "RESULTS" board for this challenge to see how we are doing compared with others agreeing to do this challenge. Here are the requirements of this challenge:

1) For EVERY HOUR, you need to stop whatever you're doing and take a 5 minute walk MINIMUM throughout the entire day
2) As you find yourself doing sedentary activities, stand and do leg lifts while you're doing them
3) Take the stairs whenever you can instead of the easier ways available
4) Park you car as far out in the lot and walk to your destination
5) Store your books, laptop, etc. on shelves requiring you to get up and reach for them in order to acquire them. This will also help you to straighten areas up that are in need of them. An excellent new habit to acquire. :)

Report your progress in the Every Hour On The Hour Challenge RESULTS Board.


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Begin and End Your Day Challenge:

(BEGIN) -
FIRST THING IN THE MORNING:
1) 60 seconds of crunches
2) 60 seconds of squats
3) 60 seconds of arm streches over head ---
(extend arms parallel to ground and shoulder heighth. raise both til they meet directly
above your head and then bring them back down to shoulder heighth and repeat)
4) 60 seconds waist twists --
(hold arms at shoulder length and twist body to left and then to the right (one repetition).
repeat movement for 60 seconds)
5) 60 seconds marching or walking in place

(END) -
LAST THING AT NIGHT BEFORE RETIRING FOR BED:
6) 60 seconds of crunches
7) 60 seconds of squats
8) 60 seconds of arm streches over head ---
(extend arms parallel to ground and shoulder heighth. raise both til they meet directly
above your head and then bring them back down to shoulder heighth and repeat)
9) 60 seconds waist twists --
(hold arms at shoulder length and twist body to left and then to the right (one repetition).
repeat movement for 60 seconds)
10) 60 seconds marching or walking in place

YOU HAVE COMPLETED YOUR 10 MINUTES/DAY OF EXERCISING!

Report in on the "Begin and End Your Day Challenge RESULTS" board for this challenge.

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GETTING SERIOUS NOW CHALLENGE

Good morning all. Well it's time for another new challenge so here we go:

1) 60 second working EVERY DAY as you wake
2) 8 glasses minimum of water EVERY DAY
3) NO EATING AFTER 8PM EVERY NIGHT!!!
4) NO ice cream
5) NO cookies
6) NO soda
7) ALL THE VEGGIES AND FRUITS YOU CAN EAT EVERY DAY!!

I'm serious about being able to get through Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. How bout you?

I know it's not going to be a fun challenge but think of the successes you'll have after doing this challenge. You'll have defeated all the detours we all encounter on a daily basis.

Good luck and report in on the "RESULTS" board for this challenge!


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SLIM DOWN FOR THE HOLIDAYS CHALLENGE - PART 1

Ok, we've had two months now of "month-long challenges". I think we need to focus ourselves on shorter agendas and goals so here is the next challenge for all of us to follow:

1) Continue to wake up and smile EACH AND EVERY DAY.... it's always a great way to start your day and to add this to your everday lifestyle
2) Continue to talk every day on the General Discussion Board. I've enjoyed that and it's great to stay in touch with everyone that way
3) Continue to huddle EVERY DAY as that will also help you start your day out EACH and EVERY day in a very positive and encouraging way

4) Drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water EVERY DAY
5) Do a minimum of 10 jumping jacks 3x/day
6) Do a minimum of 10 squats 3x/day
7) Do a minimum of 10 crunches 3x/day

Of course you can always do more than the minimum of 10 if you wish .... just don't overdue it. The goal is to get your 10 minutes of exercise in EACH and EVERY DAY

Let's see how this one is handled and we'll move on from here.

Looking forward to seeing you all following this new challenge by huddling, talking on the Discussion Board and accounting for the remainder of the challenge in the Slim Down For The Holidays - Part 1 RESULTS board as we move ahead with our goals and successes.


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STEPPING INTO FALL CHALLENGE!

Well with the cooler weather due to start any day now, I've got a wonderful challenge for all of us to tackle.

1) Let's make a point of taking advantage of this weather and this month and commit to walking EVERY DAY throughout the month. If it rains, we take our walking indoors but if it's not raining, we'll walk outside EVER DAY for a minimum of 10 minutes a day.

Take your dog and enjoy the walk with him/her or just go out on your own and enjoy the wonders of the world as you take in the signs around you that you never took time to before.

So starting today, let's do a daily walk and report in over the next month as to our progress. I remember reading of one woman here that walked every day over 6 months and lost something like 60 or 70#. Wouldn't that be great???

2) Then the other part of this challenge is to stop in every day into our General Discussions board and talk to the rest of us.

3) Oh and let's not forget this third part of the challenge. PUT A SMILE ON YOUR FACE AS YOU WAKE every morning!

4) Huddle once a day on our huddle board psyching the rest of us up to be successful!

Do these four things as our next monthly challenge and report in to the "STEPPING INTO FALL CHALLENGE RESULTS" Topic board to let the rest of us know how you did for the day and how GOOOOOOD you feel!

Of course feel free to continue to do what routines you have in place already that are showing you positive results. We're here for each other and we're here to see each other make it to their final destination and final goal(s), right? So, why not start today. Today is a great day to start doing it so let's do it.

I'll see you all on the STEPPING INTO FALL CHALLENGE RESULTS Topic Board to discuss our ups and downs.




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Toning Up Our Arms Challenge

Well, everyone, it's time again for another challenge. I know you wanted to continue the monthly challenge and please feel free to keep it going by remembering to post your daily successes for it. I'm going to try and continue on with that challenge as well as it did make me feel much better than I ever had while doing this monthly challenge.

But for a nice change of pace, let's concentrate our efforts this week on toning up our arms. I don't like looking at those flabby arms of mine and would love to see them tight and toned. How bout you?

So ok, here's what we'll do for this challenge. Here's a 10 minute workout furnished by SP that centers its efforts on toning up the arms in a way that we all need.

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/videos-
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Easy enough and you'll get in your 10 minute workout every day easily. Now if you can't get the video or don't want to do this routine, simply take one of your favorite workouts but make sure that it centers itself on the arm area so that we're all on the same page.

Good luck and report your progress in the Challenges and Successes Forum under the Topic, "Toning Up Our Arms Challenge RESULTS", so we can all compare and discuss day in and day out.

Here's to a great change up which is always something needed from time to time. Continue on with the monthly challenge as that centers itself around your eating patterns so keep on improving on those as the days go by.

Here's to talking to all of you on this challenge!


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OUR TEAM'S FIRST MONTHLY CHALLENGE

Ok, teammates. We're going to do something different. Being that it is Wednesday and the middle of the week, we're going to try out our VERY FIRST MONTHLY CHALLENGE even though it's the middle of the month. We'll just be a bit different than all the rest of the teams with monthly challenges.

Starting today, July 11, 2013. I lightly touched upon it to all of you under our "General Discussions" post area and got some positive feedback on it. So, I've decided to give it a whirl. I'm hoping you'll all want to participate in it and see if you don't feel better a month from today. We'll have to compare notes this time next month (August 11, 2013) as well as converse in our RESULTS forum for this challenge as well.

Since you're up to rev ving your system up, let's go crazy with:

1) our exercise DAILY ... at least 10 minutes/day MINIMUM
2) our minimum of 8 glasses of water
3) a good breakfast EVERY DAY
4) a good lunch EVERY DAY
5) a smaller, lighter dinner EVERY NIGHT

Then keep track of your progress in the Team's First Monthly Challenge RESULTS board day to day as we move ahead in the monthly challenge.

Good luck everyone. I'm counting on you all and I want to see the positive results you'll make on this challenge!





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Ok, why don't we work our cardio workouts this time????

Choose your favorite cardio workout whether it be a video, a printed out instruction sheet, dancing to your favorite music, or something you see on TV ..... just do it 10 minutes minimum a day. Do it longer if you care to ..... just be careful not to overdo it until you know you can handle it.

Place your feedback and your comments or struggles in to the Challenges & Successes Forum under the Topic, "Cardio Fix RESULTS", so we can all contribute and discuss.



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Good morning all! Hope all is well with everyone. I didn't get the challenge out last night for you but I have a new thought on this .... at least for this week. :)

New Month ..... New Process!

Let's do this. Let's all do our workouts in the morning as we wake up, fresh out of bed (yeah, like that's going to happen!). Well I did it this morning and I'm already feeling better. So I'm posting this on the challenge board for the challenge this week but what's more important is that we'll congregate in the General Discussion Forum and talk about what we did for our morning workout, when we did it (first thing in the morning fresh out of bed like I did this morning), how long we worked out and how GOOOOOOD we feel. Then we'll get the conversations going here in the General Discussion Board every day and get to know everyone a little bit better.

What do you say team???? Are you game???? I know we're all up for conversation and socialing so let's combine that with our workout routine in the morning. I think it'll help jumpstart all of us into a good workout routine. It's a great way to start a brand new month of exercise.

So what do you say?????

I'm game. Are you???

I already reported in on the General Discussion board this morning cuz I already did my workout for the day. Let's see if you do it!

Of course, you can still report in on the Challenges and Successes Forum under the Topic, "New Month ..... New Process! RESULTS" as usual!


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Time For A Commercial!

As you find yourself watching TV, you will do your exercises whenever a commercial comes on to the boob tube! You can either follow the scenario listed below or you can mix and match or come up with your own exercises to do. Important thing is to exercise during each and every commercial set for each and every show you choose to watch DAILY!

1st SET OF COMMERCIALS: Crunches

2nd SET OF COMMERCIALS: Side Bends

3rd SET OF COMMERCIALS: Arm Stretchs ---
(raise arms straight above you shoulder length apart. Then stretch one arm upwards as far as you can and release and relax. Then do same stretch but with the other arm. Keep both arms extended above your head as you alternate your straight arm stretches)

4th SET OF COMMERCIALS: Large arm circles ---
Start with hands at side, relaxed. Then move both arms upward, meeting in the middle …. directly above your head, and return them to your sides. Repeat and alternate right hand in front of left hand with left hand in front of right hand at uppermost position

5th SET OF COMMERCIALS: Alternating leg lifts with knees bent in lying down position for safety. Do this throughout the commercial set.

6th SET OF COMMERCIALS: Side Leg Lifts ---
Lay on one side and lift top leg up as far as you can. Do a set of 10-15 and then roll over to your other side and repeat with alternate leg. Do this throughout the commercial set.

Hey, FYI, for those of you that didn't see it, here's the link to the Exercise Demonstrations that shows you the "Lying Abduction" exercise which coincides with the one I call "Side Leg Lifts" in this challenge.

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercis
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7th SET OF COMMERCIALS: Head circles ---
Chin down and pressing against middle of chest and roll head towards one side and then roll head back the other way …. Slowly. S-L-O-W is the name of the game. This is a very relaxing and stress reducing move but BE CAREFUL when performing.

If there are more than 7 sets of commercials, begin them over again. Or, modify this in any way you need to in order to achieve this challenge. Mix and match them or come up with your own set of exercises to do during the commercials you sit through.

Please feel free to submit your feedback and comments to this challenge in the Forum, “Challenges and Successes” under the Topic, “Time For A Commercial RESULTS”.

Have fun with this challenge and make it your own. Looking forward to seeing your results!

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Outside and Vitamin D Challenge:

Let's work with the weather while we have these beautiful days. Let's work on getting our daily doses of our needed Vitamin D levels.

Let's work outside and do our minimum 10 minutes of exercise DAILY this week. It's a perfect time of the year to do our weeding, our raking, our gardening, to name a few. So spend a minimum of 10 minutes a day outside in the sun getting our daily dose of Vitamin D into our bodies.

If you encounter a rainy day, then do a minimum of a 10 minute exercise routine inside to get that heart pumping for you. Cardio like Leslie Sansone's walking workout or a Zumba dance routine are just a few of the many routines you can opt to do on a rainey day. Jumping rope is an excellent way to get the blood flowing in your body. Can't do that???? Well, then just do the motions of jumping rope while you stand in place.

Please post your activities and results in the Challenges & Successes Forum under the Topic, "Outside and Vitamin D Challenge RESULTS" so we can all discuss them together!

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OK, we'll redo the challenge from last week for another week. Starting today, Monday, we'll go through Sunday giving this challenge another try towards success and a GOODIE for all that accomplish ALL TASKS ON A DAILY BASIS AND REPORTS THEM IN THE RESULTS FORUM for accountability!

I'm glad we're doing it again. I could work on a few of these requirements and overcome them once and for all. So here we go gang. We're going to do it again. The requirements are listed below:

1) Eat a good, healthy, nutritional breakfast EVERY DAY ....

2) Exercise MINIMUM of 10 minutes a day. Walk in place with Leslie Sansone, jump rope, do jumping jacks or crunches, or leg lifts or wall pushups .... anything ..... just do a 10 minute workout of your choice but do it EVERY DAY WITHOUT FAIL!

3) Veggies and/or fruits - Consume MINIMUM of 7 servings (one per day minimum) of one or the other or both within next week

4) No potato chips AT ALL!

5) No ice cream AT ALL!

6) No soda AT ALL!

7) TRACK your progress on this challenge either in your "Other Goals" page or on your "Nutritional Tracker". This will help you achieve your successes in this challenge.

Let's jumpstart our exercise and nutrition habits by repeating this challenge for a second week. Nothing is too hard to do in this challenge. This challenge is totally up to you and your determination as to whether you will succeed or not. Everyone who achieves attaining all 7 points over the next 7 days will receive a GOODIE! I haven't been giving those out as of late but I'm ready to award any one of you that achieve this challenge over the next 7 days and diligently report your successes in the "Challenges and Successes" Forum, under the Topic, "Back To Square One - Take Two RESULTS".

Good luck to all and here's to seeing you at the finishing line happy to report the good news of your success in completing this challenge once and for all. :)

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Ok, well looks like the Face-Off Challenge didn't fly although I have to say my face is feeling tighter, more toned and looking much, much better since I did this challenge. If you have time to consider it, I would strongly suggest you do. It's easy to do and it gets the results you're looking for.

So on to our next challenge, Let's Begin Again:

I've heard much talk lately about people needing encouragement and help in getting over their obstacles and stumbling blocks. So let's tackle those things this time around. Here's the challenge:

For ENCOURAGEMENT: I want you to read the Huddle Board EVERY DAY and enter your own personal statement EVERY DAY. For further encouragement, I want you to connect with another teammate to pass the encouragement forward.

For the RIGHT MINDSET: I want you discipline yourself to eat a healthy breakfast EVERY DAY and diligently account for it by inputting it into your Nutrition Tracker here at SP

For the WORKOUT MOTIVATION: I want you to START SMALL with things you can do while in place ANYWHERE. Things like calf lifts, arm circles, marching in place, leg lifts, or tummy crunches while sitting. Doesn't take a lot of activity ..... just CONSISTENCY.

For POSITIVENESS: I want you to stop and smell the roses. Now what I mean by that is I need you to stop for a moment out of your day's schedule and think of something pleasant or appealing to you. SMILE, TAKE A DEEP BREATH WHILE CLOSING YOUR EYES, and chill!

Ok, I think that's a good start.

Now please come back to the Forum, "Challenges & Successes", and under the Topic, "Let's Begin Again RESULTS", please state your progress, your feedback, your stumbling blocks and how you've overcome them and anything else you have seen happen to you while performing this challenge.


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It's the Face-Off Time Challenge

Ok, I thought we'd work on making those faces of ours more toned, smooth and silky.

There's been a lot of talk about Facercise and I thought we'd give it a whirl this time.

For those of us that are older, there was a man by the name of Jack LaLanne who had his own exercise show many, many moons ago. My mother in law would work out with him. He was the Richard Simmons of our mom's time. (smiling)

Ok, well we're going to work on those sagging, puffy, bulging faces we all are encountering as we get older.

There are 30 workouts involved in this set by Jack LaLanne specifically geared for our face area. Most last about 2 minutes.

So let's do the following:

DAY ONE: The first 5 workout videos (equalling about 2 minutes each for a 10 min. routine)
DAY TWO: Workout 6 - 10 workout videos (equalling about 2 minutes each for a 10 min. routine)
DAY THREE: Workouts 11 - 15 workout videos (equalling about 2 minutes each for a 10 min. routine)
DAY FOUR: Workouts 16 - 20 workout videos (equalling about 2 minutes each for a 10 min. routine)
DAY FIVE: Workouts 21 - 25 workout videos (equalling about 2 minutes each for a 10 min. routine)
DAY SIX: Workouts 26 - 30 workout videos (equalling about 2 minutes each for a 10 min. routine)

With ONE DAY OFF from routines

They're fast and easy to do and can be done anywhere you may be. You just have to stop, take the time to complete them and voila, you'll be done with our workout for the day! Yippee!

Here is the link on YouTube where you can find the series of Facercise exercises we'll be using for this challenge:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isLJ
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Please post your feedback and comments and results in the Forum, "Challenges and Successes, under the Topic, "Face-Off Time Challenge RESULTS"

Can't wait to hear the success stories in The RESULTS Topic area.



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I've got so many challenges coming up that there is no way we'll be defeated in our quest to a healthier and fitter body. I'm going to start with this one ..... we're going to work on the butt. And, for those of you that can't use your computer, you can check this link out and refer to the page or you can print it out .... whichever is more convenient and more easily accessible to you.

So get ready, set, and go with this set of exercises for our butt toning challenge! We all need help in that area. I know I do!

If you find that there is an exercise mentioned in the printout, then substitute one of the other 7 workouts mentione. For me, it'll be the workout with the stability ball .... but I can modify that and still get it done. Don't say no to one of the workouts if you can find a way to modify it so you can complete it.

Now, here's the link and here's to all of us having great looking butts after all is said and done:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
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rticles.asp?id=1755


PLEASE NOTE THIS ADD-ON NOTE TO THE CHALLENGE:

If you would rather refer to a video available for our Butt blasting challenge, you could use the following video workout instead of the printout I included in this challenge:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/videos-
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This would be more of a basic routine of the same moves per day as opposed to changing off as the printout does day to day. The choice is yours. Have fun and let's tone those butts up!

As is the norm, please report back to the Forum, "Challenges and Successes", under the Topic, "Good Lookin' Butt RESULTS".

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It's Stretching Time!

We're going to do our stretches to make sure that our muscles and bones will work alright when we set out for our team 5K run/walk on June 1st. YEAH!

I've already tried these out so I know they can be done. :)

OK, here's the routine:

Side twists: You hold your arms shoulder high with elbows bent so your fingertips touch at your chest area. Your feet should be parallel to your shoulder area. Then, you take that pose and twist to your right, then back to center, then twist to your left .... keeping your shoulders at the same shoulder height throughout. Start out slow and progressively as you build up your stamina and strength, I want you to speed it up just a bit but not much. Do as many as you can within a commercial break on TV, count them and report them in your RESULTS area for this challenge found under the Forum, "Challenges and Successes" under the Topic, "It's Stretching Time RESULTS".

That's the first exercise. Now on to Exercise 2:

Give yourself a bit of a break and then get up for the next batch of commercials and do the following leg lifts:

Use the same stance as above for your legs with your legs being shoulder length apart and begin kicking backwards, alternating your legs. Just pick those legs up and kick them upwards til they hit your butt. You may have to work at getting to this point so don't try to do that right away .... work up to it. When you start to feel the burn in your legs change from kicking your legs behind you to picking up those legs in front of you by lifting them in a motion similar to what you would look like if you were sitting in a chair. Again, work at getting them kicked up as high as you can but don't do it the first time. Just do what you can and work up to the higher leg kicks.

I know this works cuz I tried these last night and I'm feeling the "pain" today but that's a good thing. I was able to do 80 side twists in a commercial's time and 100 of the leg kicks in the next commercial saga.

Do what you can, and slowly but steadily work up that number of repeats over the same amount of time.

Then report your finding sin the RESULTS Topic where the rest of the challenge results are kept.

Way to go guys! We're all doing so well. And we're all getting ready for that 5K run/walk on June 1st.

I am so proud of all of you. :)



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And Away We Go! Challenge

Let's be a bit more social this week.

1) Let's huddle EVERY DAY to the rest of our group here with encouragement and good cheer. Some of you have been awesome in keeping this up and I commend you highly!

2) Secondly, let's all take a moment of silence at 2:50pm tomorrow (Monday) to think, pray and remember those that were injured or killed in the Boston Marathon a week ago.

3) Thirdly, let's continue to prep for our 5K virtual run/walk come June 1 of this year. Let's do this by walking (preferably outside, weather permitting) for a minimum of 15 minutes EVERY DAY THIS WEEK. Remember we've got to build up our muscles and strength so that we're good to go come June 1st. You don't want to do your walk in pain and by preparing yourself well enough in advance will help you avoid this.

I'll see your feedback and comments in our RESULTS Topic under the Challenges and Successes Forum, as usual.




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Onward and Upward With Our 5K Prep Work

Ok, since we're all working actively at being prepared when that 5K run/walk day comes, we are moving on with strengthening our bodies and toning them up at the same time.

Ok, we've loosened up our bodies all last week with the challenge from last week. NOW, we're going to move on to the second phase of getting stronger and more energized.

We are going to combine our workouts now to include a little cardio and a little strengthening. Don't be scared off now. This is going to be easier than you think! Here is what we're going to do this challenge:

1) If in a quandry as to where to do your walking, try walking the perimeter of any parking lot you have near by. This way you get in your daily dose of Vitamin D as well by being outside AND you're prepping yourself for our upcoming 5K run/walk. Now if you can't go the whole perimeter of the parking lot walked, then gauge yourself by picking a point A and a point B and walk that distance one way and then go back the other way. Then from there, continue to increase the distance and the time you're walking but only as much as you can until you have built your strength up to do the longer distances. We can't all be "CatLady"s. :) Keep track of your minutes of walking and track them into your Workout tracker here. (Cardio)
2) Jumping jacks - We're going to continue to do our jumping jacks. Just do what you can. If you can't jump just do them in place but DO THEM! (Cardio)
3) Stand in front of the TV during commercials and shift your weight from one leg to the other all through the commercials. Just think of this as swaying from side to side. As your strength increases, increase the sways so it works your legs more intensively. Keep track of your time doing it and track it in the tracker here. (Strength)
4) Now we work on the arms and begin to strengthen them slowly. This could be another exercise you could do while watching commercials. Do arm circles with arms stretched out parallel to the floor and then begin to make circles. This will be tough but do as many as you can and continue to increase that count as the week goes on. Again, keep track and put in your trackers here. (Strength)

Now I know that everyone can do these. It's just a matter of doing them enough to get in your minimum 10 minutes a day. Of course if you can do more, GREAT! But all you need to do is 10 minutes a day between the 4 mentioned. You can split them up any way you want. Do one in your first workout and another in your second and so on or do them all together. That choice I'll leave up to you but you have to do all of these by the time seven days is up.

So let's continue to prep for that great team 5K run/walk event. And, by the way, I've decided we'll do it on Saturday, June 1. Let me know if you can't make it. Of course, other small 5K run/walks can be completed before that if any of you are up for it. Just let me know.

As always, please post your comments and feedbacks in the Challenges and Successes Forum under the Topic, "Onward and Upward With Our 5K Prep Work RESULTS".

See you there to compare notes! ;)

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Time To Prep For Our 5K Walk!

Ok, it's time to get started up again. We've had enough of a break from the challenges and now we've got to start to focus on our prep work for our team 5K walk that we've agreed to do together.

So to help get those bones and muscles in shape for our 5K, we'll start out with the following challenge.

2-3 minutes - wall pushups
2-3 minutes - lunges
2-3 minutes - squats
2-3 minutes - walk in place or marching in place
2-3 minutes - jumping jacks (if you can't handle this, the just do the movements standing still - move those arms up over your heads and keep your legs extended as if you were doing the actual jumping jacks.

By doing these 5 exercises, bare minimum, you will have met your 10 minute minimum workout for the day or will do a total of 15 minutes for your workout if you go with the 3 minute increments.

Now I know you'll probably want to do more and please feel free to do so ..... if an only if you've been active with your workouts up to this point. If you haven't been keeping up with your exercises, then kindly do these bare minimums and work yourself up to longer workouts over time. Remember, baby steps over time (consistency) is what this is all about. Don't make it harder than it is. With consistency, the weight will be lost .... just not as quickly as you may want it to ..... but it will be lost safely and will stay off of you.

Now I need you to do these at least 5 days out of the 7 days in a week. Remember, we're getting ready for that virtual 5K walk we're going to do as a team. Now, I need to know when all of you would be ready to do this 5K virtual walk so that we can make plans and continue our steps for being ready for our walk!

It's spring (finally) and it's time we each get serious about accomplishing this walk as a team!

I'll be watching you and will be looking for your feedback and comments on this challenge in the "Challenges & Successes" Forum under the "Time To Prep For Our 5K Walk RESULTS" Topic. Really excited bout what I'll see there for this one!



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No challenges for this week.

I have quite a few serious matters going on right now and have had to rely on my faith and trust in God as of late and nothing more. Still no concrete answers and not really sure what I am to do. This is harder than you could possibly imagine. Things will be stressed until all is well again.

Being the team that we are here I know that you all will understand if we don't have a challenge for this week.

We'll just continue to connect in the general conversations that appear to be going strong.



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It's Breakfast Time Again!

Back to basics this time. We're going to work on having a healthy breakfast every morning this week, minimum 4 out of 7 days.

Report your meals in the RESULTS thread found in the Challenges and Successes Forum.

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The 50 and 10 was such a great challenge, we're going to do it for another week. Yeah baby! We've got to get those hearts of ours pumpin again. So let's do it with this one. Another week.

Use the same RESULTS page (50 and 10 Challenge RESULTS) and continue to report in. Talk about feeling alive again. It also helps me take those needed breaks every hour if I so choose to go off and do something other than work. :)

Join me this time so we can talk and talk and talk!

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50 and 10 Challenge:

First off, the minimum requirement for this challenge 1X/DAY. The maximum is your limitations!

What you need to do in this one is:

Set an alarm or an egg timer for 50 minutes and proceed with the tasks and work at hand. The minute that timer or alarm goes off, STOP what you're doing and devote the next 10 minutes to a stretching working of your choice. Whatever areas of your body that needs the work, do a stretching exercise from the many that have been listed here over time.

Do this ONE TIME A DAY MINIMUM or more if like.

If you care to do more than one 10 minute workout this way, try switching your 10 minute workout between stretching for one 10 minutes and then perhaps cardio for a second 10 minute workout and so on (Zumba has a few on YouTube you can follow along with, or Latin Dancing, etc.)

Reset the time for each session you'd like to do.

Sounds like fun, doesn't it?????? That's what it's all about. Once you look at working out as FUN, it's no longer a chore but something you desire to do and miss doing if you miss a session. That's what we're striving for.

So, if you're going to join me, please post your comments in our "Challenges and Successes" Forum under the "50 and 10 Challenge RESULTS".

See you there. I'm looking forward to this one!




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ZAP, Microwaving Again Challenge

Ok, here’s the challenge for this week. Get ready, set, here we go!

FIRST, we’re going to get out of that bed of ours every morning! (easy enough, right?)

SECOND, we’re going to do ONE (1) 60 second workout once we’re out of that bed.

THIRD, we’ll go about our day as usual BUT this week we’re going to do our exercises EVERY TIME we use our microwave! That’s right. Whenever you plop something into the microwave to warm up or cook, you’re going to take that time to stop and do an exercise. No restrictions on the exercise. Jump rope, do calf lifts, squats, wall pushups, crunches, whatever hits you. Doesn’t have to be mind-boggling. Just do something while that microwave is working for you.

The important thing in this one is make sure you do a workout EACH and EVERY time you use your microwave. You’ll be surprised how many minutes of exercise you’ll get in by the end of the day! And you’ll be eliminating a lot of your “wasted minutes” that you can put to a good use this way.

Fun, huh???? You bet! If nothing else, it’ll get those of us that need to remotivate ourselves back into working out. And, we’ll have fun and want to do this one.

So please come on over to the RESULTS topic under the Challenges and Successes Forum for this challenge and report back to all of us how you’re doing. I’m looking forward to this one. It’ll be fun to compare notes with one another and see what we all put into the microwave and what exercises we wind up doing.


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DREAM CHALLENGE

I was thinking. In order to achieve our goals and successes, we also need to remember and keep our DREAMS in front of us. Placing a picture of someone we'd like to look like in front of us, having a picture of that boat we always wanted, or how about that far away trip to Switzerland over Valentine's Day we always wanted to do with our better half??? These are dreams we all have.

We all know how important it is for us to have goals and achieve them as our successes to keep up motivated and positive. Well, we also need to keep reminding ourselves of the dreams we've always had and have yet to conquer or achieve.

So let's make this week one where we'll chat and talk about those dreams ... revitalizing them within our lives again and making them another very important part of our complete program to weight loss.

Dreams seem to get forgotten when all other areas of our lives take over. They seem to be the first thing that gets put on the back burners and that just shouldn't be the way.

So let's concentrate on bringing them back to life this week by chatting and discussing them here on the DREAMS RESULTS topic under the Challenges and Successes Forum.

I think it will not only be an uplifting conversation but it will be an inspiring and positive moving thought process which we all could use right now.

See you soon at the DREAM RESULTS topic to talk away.



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Dumbbell & Stretching Exercise Challenge

We will be picking and choosing any series of upper body workout routines totalling a workout for 5 minutes from the below link:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercis
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We will also be picking and choosing any series of lower body workout routines totalling a workout for 5 minutes from the below link:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercis
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So that by the time we end our day, we will have accomplished our minimum 10 minutes/day workout routine.

Please discuss, comment and talk about this challenge within the Forum, "Challenges & Successes", under the Topic, "Dumbbell & Stretching Exercise Challenge RESULTS".

Together, we'll all get back on track with our workout routines so that we'll all be in the best shape to start the 5K walk we're going to do together as a team once the weather breaks. :)



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In-Between Snacking Challenge

OK, here’s the new challenge:

EVERY time you find yourself wanting to get something to eat (aside from your 3 basic meals/day), you will go and exercise for 3 minutes at a time.

This means that you’ll go and jump rope, do squats or crunches, pushups, maybe a beginners Zumba routine which I’ve already given you here, or do a set of dumbbell routines for the allotted 3 minutes.

You will do this each and every time you feel the need to pick up a piece of food when you know it’s not meal time.

Then keep track of how many reps you’ve done, find the appropriate calorie count for the 3 minute timespan you’ve done the exercise in and track it in your Fitness Tracker here at SP.

Then please report your routines and the amount of time you’ve done it per day in the Challenges Forum, under the Topic entitled, “In-Between Snacking RESULTS”.

I think it’s another fun challenge and easy enough for anyone to do.

So make sure you go to the RESULTS topic for this challenge and, as Joan Rivers says, “Can we talk?”

Have fun people. I know I will. I’ve had some emotional eating going on with me lately and I know that this will help me out of that horrible habit. Hopefully, you will join me in this quest to cut out in-between snacking once and for all.


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Way to go Fran. One thing, though. Please remember to state your results, feedbacks and comments in the Results post and not here, ok? I'll transfer this over there and we can continue on there. OK? :)

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Monday – 60-second workout – morning AND night
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Tuesday – (2 minutes twice a day emoticon


Wednesday - 3 minutes twice a day emoticon


Thursday - 4 minutes twice a day emoticon

Friday -5 minutes twice a day emoticon

Saturday - (6) 60 second workouts in the morning and another (6) 60 second workouts in the evening (total 12 minute workout for the day)

Sunday - (7) 60 second workouts in the morning and another (7) 60 second workouts in the evening (total 14 minute workout for the day)




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Progressive 60 Second Challenge

Ok, well let’s see if we can get some additional participation in this challenge.

This is going to be a fun challenge and I believe will motivate you as well.

This will be what they call a “progressive” type of challenge but it’s going to be one where you can begin with the minimal requirements and then continue on if you wish.

So here it is:

Starting tomorrow, I want you to do a 60 second workout as you awake in the morning and as you retire at night. 60 seconds, twice a day, that’s all.

Then for every day after, you will need to increase these two (2) 60 second workouts/day by an additional (2) 60 second workouts as follows:

Monday – 60 second workout – morning AND night (total 2 minute workout for the day)

Tuesday – (2) 60 second workouts in the morning and another (2) 60 second workouts in the evening (total 4 minute workout for the day)

Wednesday - (3) 60 second workouts in the morning and another (3) 60 second workouts in the evening (total 6 minute workout for the day)

Thursday - (4) 60 second workouts in the morning and another (4) 60 second workouts in the evening (total 8 minute workout for the day)

Friday - (5) 60 second workouts in the morning and another (5) 60 second workouts in the evening (total 10 minute workout for the day)

Saturday - (6) 60 second workouts in the morning and another (6) 60 second workouts in the evening (total 12 minute workout for the day)

Sunday - (7) 60 second workouts in the morning and another (7) 60 second workouts in the evening (total 14 minute workout for the day)

By the time Sunday comes around, you will be up to doing a 14 minute workout/day.

This is a great way to start yourself out with a workout routine and progressively increase your workout time as you strengthen, tone and build up your cardio.

Hope you understand this challenge. It’s going to be a fun one and I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of responses and results reported in the Challenge Forum, under the Topic, “Progressive 60 Second Challenge RESULTS”.

Let’s all have fun with this and get to know each other again as the new year has just started and so should our efforts.


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It's EXERCISE TIME!

Yep, we had a week to get our mindset in order and now it's time to get back to some down and sweatin'. ;)

Ok, we're going to do the following workout routine TWICE A DAY, once upon rising and once before retiring for the day.

Each session (morning or night) needs to be a minimum of 5 minutes total so we meet the minimum daily requirement of 10 minutes of exercise a day. BUT you can take that 5 minutes in the morning and break it up into a number of smaller sessions (like 5 sessions of a minute a piece) and the same rule of thumb would adhere to the evening routine.

We just have to make sure we hit that 10 minute minimum workout PER DAY with this one.

Ok, we're going to tone ourselves up by doing squats and crunches each and every morning and night, per the instruction above.

Any questions, write me and I'll explain further but I think it says it all above.

Otherwise, please report your results in the RESULTS topic with the same challenge name.

By the way, so very sorry about the last challenge. Didn't realize I put it up in the proper way and none of you advised me of it. So I kinda left you in the loop here not knowing what to do. Well it was the new year and all and, obviously, you could see that I wasn't all there. :(

(hahahahaha ...... too much partying! no, not really ..... just not coherent ..... has that ever happened to you?????) :)

Have fun!


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Happy New Year everybody! Hope you all enjoyed the holiday season. Now it's time to get down to some serious business of losing weight and being a new ME from all of us, right?

I've given you enough of a break that now it's time we all buckle down now and get started afresh with a "we can do it" attitude.

Ok, so the new challenge is going to be the following:

1) Change your mindset into a 100% positive one. This means that whatever was or is bringing you down DOES NOT EXIST ANY LONGER. You will look at all things, from now on, with a positive, encouraging mind and will leave all that negativity behind.

2) Whether you've done it in the past or not, you will begin to track your food, your weight, and your workouts. January is the month for new beginnings. It's a time to jumpstart yourself back into what you know you need to do to be successful at this weight loss you want so badly. Hey, it's not going to happen unless you begin to positively think that you can do it.

3) It's a new year so the sky is the limit for what you can accomplish in this year span of time. Now's the time to envision yourself as a new ME. What is going to make you a happier person? A cleaner house? A better mindset? Getting a walk in every day of the year? Getting up earlier to get your schedule going so you have that needed energy? Well, whatever it is, you need to document it by writing it down first in a place you'll access on a daily basis so that you are constantly reminded and encouraged to see it through.

4) Having a buddy here at SP is always helpful. I can't tell you how many of mine have helped me through my rough spots. So consider connecting with someone that will keep you going through your rough spots.

Ok, we're starting out on a new venture together here so let's get cooking and get ourselves into the right mindset. Quit PROCRASTINATING and JUST DO IT!

Let's compare our notes, successes and stumbling blocks in the RESULTS post as always and leave this area clean and clear for nothing but the challenges.

Talk to you soon about what you're going to accomplish this year by following this challenge!

Together, as a TEAM, we can succeed at anything!

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ONE POUND, HERE I COME CHALLENGE!

Let’s work at losing ONE POUND by Christmas in this challenge and report our successes and achievements in the RESULTS topic for this challenge.

We’ve got 22 days, just a day more than 3 full weeks, to achieve a ONE POUND WEIGHT LOSS. I think we can all do this … especially if we commit to this challenge and hold ourselves accountable to achieving this challenge.

Reporting in will keep us all motivated to accomplish this ONE POUND WEIGHT LOSS BY CHRISTMAS (December 25, 2012). Of course, should you lose more than the required ONE POUND by this time, you will not be penalized! That would be great news if you do successfully lose more than ONE POUND by Christmas!

Hmmmm……might even warrant those EXCEEDING their challenge requirement to receive a Goodie for a JOB WELL DONE!

So, let’s all get started on this. Please remember to report your successes and stumbling blocks in the “Challenges and Successes” Forum, under the Topic, “One Pound, Here I Come RESULTS”. Let’s take this one step further and agree to share and discuss our ups and downs on this challenge this time.

So, can I depend on you for this challenge????? Let me know by saying “YES” or “NO” in the RESULTS topic mentioned above!

Good luck everybody!


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IMPROVING ME CHALLENGE

We all can improve our ways of living in today’s world. But it will require an effort on our parts that we are willing to take. This challenge centers on six areas we can improve on, if we just put our minds to it. If you’re serious about being a better you, feeling healthier and being healthier, please join me in participating in this challenge.

Here are the requirements:

------ WORK ON ALL that are needed in your life
------ TRACK them into your appropriate trackers and/or
------ ADD them to your “Other Goals” page so you can keep a daily eye on your progress.

1. NUTRITION:
Adding foods rich in Vitamins A, C, and E and polyphenols (antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory properties) will help protect and benefit your skin. Here are some suggestions you might want to implement into your nutrition regimen:
------ Vitamin A: Sweet potatoes, broccoli, leafy greens (such as spinach and kale), red, yellow and orange produce (such as cantaloupe, carrots, bell peppers), and asparagus
------ Vitamin C: Red bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, strawberries, pineapple, kiwifruit, oranges, and cantaloupe
------ Vitamin E: Nuts and seeds, vegetable oils, tomato products, and spinach.
------ Polyphenols: Green tea, cocoa and dark chocolate.

2. SUGARS:
Lessen the amount of sugar you have every day.

3. WATER:
Work on reaching your water intake daily goal. Eight 8 oz. glasses per day is recommended. Remember ….. BABY STEPS on this one if you have to. Green tea is also a good recommendation for this.
4. SLEEP:
Most of us don’t get enough sleep and that plays a significant role in our appearances. Having less than 6 hours of sleep/night could put you at risk for infections, heart disease, obesity, stroke, along with a decrease in mental functioning. If you tend to put off your proper amount of sleep because you want to finish that one last thing, think about the time you waste due to fatigue interfering with your efficiency. Work on adjusting your lifestyle by making your sleep requirements a priority. Work on getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night.

5. STRESS:
Stress has been linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and skin inflammation and can suppress our immune system making us more prone to illness and disease. Removing stress will have a positive impact on how you look and feel as you age. Set aside a few minutes each day to be quiet and centered on yourself. Let your worries drift away, take some deep breaths or meditate in a quiet room. Try Yoga which has the added benefit of calming your mind and will also keep the body flexible and strong.

6. TEETH:
Make brushing and flossing a regular part of your daily routine, TWO TIMES A DAY. The health of your mouth can also affect the health of your body. Gum disease can lead to heart disease and/or lung problems. For those with diabetes, treating gum problems can also help control blood sugar levels. Having yellow, stained or missing teeth can cause you to look much older than you are. Now, we don’t want to do that, do we?????

Input your accountability, feedback and comments in the Forum, “Challenges and Successes, under the Topic, “Improving Me RESULTS” so we can share with one another our achievements with these new, healthy lifestyle changes to our lives!



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It's been brought to my attention that I may have misinformed you all in this challenge regarding the water intake needed. Please note the following that was given to me today regarding the water challenge:

According to Spark:
"How do you know how much you need to drink, when to drink it, and when you might need something other than plain water, like a sports drink? Obviously, people differ a lot in body size, how much they sweat, the type and amount of exercise they do, and the climate in which they exercise. All these factors make one-size-fits-all recommendations on drinking water ineffective or even dangerous. "

Please read this SP article before committing to the water portion of this challenge listed below:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
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Please make the changes to this challenge as you see fit. Apologies for the incorrect information according to SP.

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Thanksgiving Week Challenge

Since we have the Thanksgiving Holiday during this week, I thought we could work on eating and drinking sensibly so that we can tackle the holiday and know how to handle the food and drink we’ll encounter while enjoying friends and family.

So here’s what we’ll center our efforts on:

---- Drink 8 oz. of water EVERY HOUR EVERY DAY. If this is too much for you to handle, then follow what we did this past week and drink SOME water each and every hour like clockwork, working up to the 8 oz/hour. By doing this, you’ll also find that you’ll fill up on your water consumption in such a way that you won’t be as hungry and will, therefore, not eat as much as we all tend to do on turkey day as well as holding true for the other days of this week.

---- Eat a healthy breakfast EACH and EVERY DAY THIS WEEK. This will also help curb your appetite for Turkey day. Between these two tasks, you will find that you will eat less on Turkey day as well as on the other days of the week because you will fill up on your water consumption and on eating a healthy breakfast each and every day.

---- Track your water consumption and your breakfasts into your SP Nutrition Tracker

---- Get up and exercise for 60 seconds MINIMUM PER DAY

---- Track your workouts in your SP Workout Tracker EVERY DAY

Then come back and report your results, comments and discussions in the Forum, “Challenges and Successes, under the Topic, “Thanksgiving Week RESULTS”. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Oh, and by the way, Happy Turkey Day to all of you. Looking forward to comparing our notes after we all celebrate this holiday with family and friends.

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Sorry for the delay people. Guess this is a perfect challenge for me this week.

Back On Track Challenge:

So many times, we’ve all felt like we’ve gotten off track or fallen by the wayside and just can’t find our way back to reaching our desired goals. Every time you misstep on your healthy journey, you have two choices: to keep walking backwards, which will surely take you even further away from your goals or accept your lack of perfection as normal and forgivable, and take steps down the path that brings you closer to the future you want. Maybe you’ve been walking backwards for a while. Well, instead of waiting for the next day, week, month or even year to overhaul your habits, start TODAY. And start small. You can’t go from the recliner to running or from burgers to brussels sprouts in an afternoon. But you can do one, two or even a handful of small things that will help you regain your momentum for healthy living.

Which is the reason for this challenge. There are 18 points here and we have 7 days in a week to do this challenge. We are going to work on implementing some positive, sound ways to live a more healthy lifestyle starting this week and lasting a lifetime.

Please choose ONE POINT MINIMUM to implement EVERY DAY THIS WEEK for a lifestyle change. The maximum amount of items completed is undetermined. Do as many of them daily as you want to. Just make sure you do a minimum of ONE a day AND implement these actions into a lifestyle change for you that you will begin this week and continue on FOREVER AND A DAY.

I know for some of you this may be too much of a challenge, but that is what challenges are all about. No one is looking over your shoulder or insisting that you achieve them …. no one but YOU and YOU are the one that matters. So be “pro-active” on your weight loss goals, plans and processes. I want to see you succeed in your achievements …. one step at a time with BABY STEPS and CONSISTENCY!

So, here are the lifestyle changes you can consider:

1. Be energetic and optimistic about your goals. Make them ATTAINABLE!!!! Don’t reach for the sky. Especially when you’re just starting. Take those BABY STEPS and accomplish SMALL GOALS. As you successfully achieve those SMALL GOALS, you’ll find that you want to pursue more difficult ones. That’s how it starts.

2. Try a short workout. Even five minutes is better than nothing.

3. Try a new recipe. Cooking healthy foods can be fun and it never has to be bland.

4. Eat a healthy breakfast. Your morning meal sets the stage for the rest of your day, so start if off right! Here are some breakfast ideas for you to consider:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti
on
_articles.asp?id=933


5. Drink your water. Try to aim for 8 cups each day and you’ll feel the difference! It may take some time for your body to get used to the water you’re drinking. You may feel bloated, full and fat (did I say that?) BUT, it’s TEMPORARY! If you keep at it and don’t give up on this, you WILL SEE THE RESULTS. For me, it took close to 6 months of upping my water intake before I saw any results. But that’s me …. You could have a totally different experience. We’re always here for you if you ever have problems with this or any other aspect of your plans and processes, so let us know if we can ever help!

6. No matter how it adds up, track your food with your Food Tracker at SP! No matter how “off” you’re day may have been, if you make a point of “tracking” your progress, you’ll learn from what you see. Here’s the link to the Nutrition page at SP:

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/nutritio
n.
asp


7. Update your SparkPage. It’s a visual way to track your daily ups and downs but, it also allows you to share with others your progress. You may even find a new bud or two by doing this that you'll wind up staying in touch with.

8. Share your goals with those at SP that are either your “buds” or are close to you. A more, informal, less private way of sharing your goals is through the Message Boards at SP which can be found at:

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/mycommun
it
y.asp


HOLD YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE TO AT LEAST ONE OTHER PERSON HERE AND YOU WILL SEE RESULTS!!!!!!

9. Exercise for 60 seconds, then 3 – 5 minutes, then to the 10 minute minimum per day. Jump rope, march in place, do some crunches as you awake each morning or squat as you prep for the day in the bathroom. It ALL COUNTS!!!!

10. Take a walk. Don’t worry about how long or far you go—just get out there!

11. Make a scrap book that shows your beginning, your progress, and your accomplishments! Include pictures of your goal and reasons why you want to get there. Here is a link that will help explain this in greater detail for you:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat
io
n_articles.asp?id=543


12. Go shopping for some healthy foods. If you happen to need help in knowing what to pick up at the store, SP has a wonderful resource at this link:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti
on
_articles.asp?id=1001


13. Ride your bike. Even a leisurely ride has benefits for your body and mind.

14. Work in the yard. Gardening and yard work is a great way to add activity to your day.

15. Take the stairs. Even if this is the only thing you do all day, you’ll feel stronger for it.

16. Do some free-style dancing! You know I love this one! Create your own playlist of songs you enjoy listening to that you can dance to as you listen to them. Don’t know how to do this???? Find someone that knows how to do this and ask them to help you out. OR, make this playlist a series of inspirational songs. Either way, I can personally tell you YOU WILL FEEL SO MUCH BETTER WHEN YOU “LET YOUR HAIR DOWN” by “BEING YOURSELF”. Like Nike says, “Just DO IT!” What do you have to lose???? Oh yeah, that's right ...... WEIGHT!!!!!

17. You may think you’re eating the right amount but, unless you get in the habit of measuring your portions, you could be sabataging your efforts. Here is a great article on SP that will show you what the portions can be compared to:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti
on
_articles.asp?id=177


I was amazed at the amounts.

18. You’ll be less likely to overeat and more likely to enjoy your meal if you get in the habit of eating slower, regardless of how hungry you might be. One point you could implement is to have a glass of water in-between every glass of liquid you drink with the meal.

With healthy eating and exercising, as long as you’re consistently out-stepping your steps back, you’re ahead of the game. If you expect perfection (and many of us do), you’re setting yourself up for disappointment and guilt. You CAN get back on track today. Even if you’re moving slowly, you’ll be moving in the right direction!

Looking forward to seeing your input on this challenge. Please post your RESULTS in the “Challenges and Successes Forum” under the “Topic”, Back On Track RESULTS”.

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THANKSGIVING PREP CHALLENGE

Halloween is over and so is our excuse to have any more of that luscious candy or chocolate that we all love. In other words, we’ve lost our excuse to continue to eat what is not good for us. So ….. let’s capitalize on that and give ourselves a brand new start on eating right, properly and more nutritiously. Let’s agree to give ourselves a jumpstart to eating better BEFORE Thanksgiving is upon us. So here’s what we’re going to do for a challenge:

1. Have at least ONE (1) glass of water per hour during your waking hours of the day. I don’t care how small that glass of water is. What’s important is that you make sure you have a minimum of ONE glass of water/hour …. without fail. No matter how little you have of water, you will be starting to get in the habit of drinking water throughout your day. As you can handle the little bit of water/hour, you can eventually increase the amount of water you drink every hour on the hour. Report your successes as well as your stumbling blocks in the RESULTS Topic for this challenge so we can all share and discuss.

2. Add 1-2 veggies to your daily eating plan, somewhere within one of your three main meals/day.

3. Eat breakfast every day

4. Have salad, soup or sandwich for lunch or combine them if you wish, EVERY DAY

5. Have healthy for you dinner every night

You need to keep track of each of the above so you can determine where you’re having problems so that you can devote more time and attention to rectifying your problem areas. I strongly suggest you use SP’s Planners as you can print them out and compare one day to another that helps you visually see where you’ve struggled and in what and what you’ve succeeded in and in what.

If you really want to jumpstart your activities to weight loss, I’d like to suggest an eating plan that is mentioned in the Bible in the book of Daniel. Daniel and two other young boys were being fed the king’s very rich food while being considered by the king for selection by the king along with others. Daniel asked that he and his two friends only be served water and vegetables for ten days. If, after ten days on this plan, if they didn’t feel better, look better and be more physically healthy than the others in the program, he agreed that he would go back to eating the king’s rich foods. After the allotted ten days, Daniel was successful in proving that he and his two friends were by far healthier and more fit to do the work that would be required of them. The king agreed to let them continue on this eating plan and the king chose the three young boys involved in this eating plan over the rest of the young boys in the same program. Just a thought and just an alternative to anyone wanting to try.

I may have overstepped my bounds by suggesting the latter but I was led to at least offer it as an alternative to our basic challenge. Take your pick, one or the other, and commit to it.

No matter what you decide, please remember to post your comments and feedback in the Forum, “Challenges & Successes” under the Topic, “Thanksgiving Prep RESULTS”.


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Well let's see if we can get more participation in this challenge.

We're going to go back to the "60 Second Challenge" with a little bit of a twist.

Do any of the following exercises for 60 seconds each/day. You only need to do ONE of the exercises for 60 seconds to accomplish this challenge per day. Feel free to do more if you wish. There's nothing wrong to doing more than the needed 60 seconds required if you want to. :)

1) Twist it out
Sitting all day will wreak havoc on your posture. It can also compress your spine and exaggerate its curvature. So if you already have a back condition or injury, sitting all day can aggravate an already uncomfortable and sometimes painful condition. Do a simple twist of your upper-body to one side, hold for 30 seconds, and then repeat on the other side ad your 60 second exercise is completed for the day!

2) Do pushups - Do as many as you can do in 1 minute.

3) Do crunches - Do as many as you can do in 1 minute.

4) Do bridges - Do as many as you can do in 1 minute.

5) Do leg lifts - Do as many as you can do in 1 minute.

6) Do jumping jacks - Do as many as you can do in 1 minute.

7) Go outside. You’ve probably heard the health buzz about vitamin D lately. Preliminary research suggests that vitamin D helps regulate the immune system, supports heart health, can help normalize blood pressure and promotes healthy aging. Vitamin D has also been linked to improved mood. If you have a minute to spare, step out into the sunshine, especially with the brisk, cooler air moving in now. (except for those in the path of Hurricane Sandy - GET OUT and GET SOMEWHERE SAFE before you do this one!) :) My prayers are with you to stay safe. :)

8) Put on a favorite song. There’s nothing quite like your favorite music to perk you up and get you feeling good. Listening to music has been shown to improve immunity and release endorphins. I found myself dancing (freestyle dancing) along with it. Talk about a “pick me upper”! 60 seconds and you've completed your challenge for the day!

9) Sit up straighter. Did you know that bad posture can put unnecessary stress on your low back? Take a minute to focus on sitting up straight with your shoulders down and back. Don’t you feel better already? Also stretch your arms up over your head, shoulder length apart. Alternatively reach one arm as high as you can and repeat with other arm. Just
S T R E T C H! 60 seconds will be done before you know it!

10) Give yourself a mini-massage. Massage has a number of health benefits, including reducing stress, lowering blood pressure and speeding muscle repair. While you may not be able to spend the time or money getting one at a spa, pampering yourself with just 1 minute of self-massage by rubbing your own hands, feet or shoulders can do wonders. GardensForLife swears by this and keeps reminding me to make sure I get my mini-massage in, especially with my daily walking regime.

You've got a lot to pick from so enjoy this quick and simple challenge this week. Remember, our weight loss journey is all about BABY STEPS and CONSISTENCY. It's time we get back to the basics!

Then post your feedback and comments under the Forum, “Challenges and Successes”, under the Topic, “60 Second Challenge - Take Two RESULTS”


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A One & A Two & A ...... Challenge ...... UPDATED 10.23.12 @ 2:05PM CST

Ok, here's the new challenge for all of us to work on.

As you find yourself standing upright anywhere at any time of the time, I want you to do one of the following for at least 2 to 3 minutes at a time. When the day is over, please track it on your fitness trackers to hold yourself accountable.

1) Rock back and forth on your feet from your heels to your toes and back again. This is great when you're doing the dishes or getting ready in the bathroom for the day. You just have the ledge in front of you for support in case you need it and you just rock and rock and rock. Keep track of the amount you do (one rock is one heel and one toe cycle) and the minutes you do it. Then record it all in your Fitness Tracker at the end of the day.

2) Torso twists - With arms held shoulder length apart, twist those shoulders from one side to the next. Again one cycle will equal one twist to your left side and one twist to your right side. Keep track of the amount you do (one cycle equals one twist to the left and one twist to the right) and the minutes you do it. Then record it all in your Fitness Tracker at the end of the day.

That should do it. I expect good results from this challenge and good feedback from you in the results topic. :)

Remember to place your comments, discussions and feedback in the "Challenges & Successes" Forum, under the Topic, "A One & A Two RESULTS".

Looking forward to seeing that weight start to drop off of you! :)

****** IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING CHALLENGE ********************

Here is the link to the "calf rocking with chair" exercise: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercis
es
.asp?exercise=120


The Torso Twist that I have mentioned here is not something that has an exact video on. This is something I have done for years and just keep doing it. But, if you need a video to check out, here is one you can check out:

www.ehow.com/video_2359403_how-do-to
rs
o-twist-exercises.html


My version does not require the ball or the sitting position. By positioning your arms so that your hands are positioned in front of your breast/chest area and your fingers are lying one hand over the other, you can swivel that position from one side to the other, using just your arms and keeping your stomach and waist area straight as you turn your upper shoulders and arms.


Edited by: SUPERACHIEVER at: 10/23/2012 (15:05)
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Let's work on growing our team.

1st) We will huddle on the team's huddle board every day to let others know we're here.
2nd) Secondly, to grow the team, we'll be checking out a member's blog, reading it, and then leaving a comment on their page.
3rd) consider inviting someone you know from elsewhere on SP to join up on our team here.

This will be a fun challenge this time. It's always fun to get to know more of our team members. Please feel free to submit your feedback and comments to this challenge in the Forum, “Challenges and Successes” under the Topic, “Getting To Know You RESULTS”.


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Commercial Time!

As you find yourself watching TV, you will do your exercises whenever a commercial comes on to the boob tube! You can either follow the scenario listed below or you can mix and match or come up with your own exercises to do. Important thing is to exercise during each and every commercial set for each and every show you choose to watch DAILY!

1st SET OF COMMERCIALS: Crunches

2nd SET OF COMMERCIALS: Side Bends

3rd SET OF COMMERCIALS: Arm Stretchs ---
(raise arms straight above you shoulder length apart. Then stretch one arm upwards as far as you can and release and relax. Then do same stretch but with the other arm. Keep both arms extended above your head as you alternate your straight arm stretches)

4th SET OF COMMERCIALS: Large arm circles ---
Start with hands at side, relaxed. Then move both arms upward, meeting in the middle …. directly above your head, and return them to your sides. Repeat and alternate right hand in front of left hand with left hand in front of right hand at uppermost position

5th SET OF COMMERCIALS: Alternating leg lifts with knees bent in lying down position for safety. Do this throughout the commercial set.

6th SET OF COMMERCIALS: Side Leg Lifts ---
Lay on one side and lift top leg up as far as you can. Do a set of 10-15 and then roll over to your other side and repeat with alternate leg. Do this throughout the commercial set.

7th SET OF COMMERCIALS: Head circles ---
Chin down and pressing against middle of chest and roll head towards one side and then roll head back the other way …. Slowly. S-L-O-W is the name of the game. This is a very relaxing and stress reducing move but BE CAREFUL when performing.

If there are more than 7 sets of commercials, begin them over again. Or, modify this in any way you need to in order to achieve this challenge. Mix and match them or come up with your own set of exercises to do during the commercials you sit through.

Please feel free to submit your feedback and comments to this challenge in the Forum, “Challenges and Successes” under the Topic, “Commercial Time RESULTS”.

Have fun with this challenge and make it your own. Looking forward to hearing your results!


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Slim and Trim Challenge:

Let's work on making ourselves sleeker and more toned up by working on our lower bodies this week in this challenge.

I have included links to the actual SP video as well as a link that will take you to a set of printable exercises for you to follow.

Let's agree to work diligently on making our lower bodies sleeker and more toned and tight. What a great idea to work on this! Can you imagine how happy you'll be when you wiggle down there and it doesn't wiggle back ..... except in a tight and toned way????

Let's do it!

Printable Workout:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
les.asp?id=1094


Bootcamp: 10-Minute Lean Legs Workout:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/videos-detail
.asp?video=76


Please respond to this challenge with your comments and feedback at the Forum, "Challenges & Successes" under the Topic, "Slim and Trim RESULTS".

Looking forward to comparing successes with one another!


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BACK TO BASICS Challenge!

OK, first off, sorry about last week and not being able to give you a challenge but I'm glad to have seen so many of you continuing on with the challenges already in place. KUDOS off to all of you that are doing that while I was unable to participate due to computer problems. Thank you for being such wonderful team members and stepping in and doing what you did.

Ok, now on to our newest challenge:

During this week, I'd like you to:

- Do at LEAST 10 minutes of ANY cardio routine 3-4 times this week.
- Do at LEAST 10 minutes of stretching/strengthening exercises 3-4 times this week.

Remember to rest in-between your routines to allow your muscles to rest.

- Drink at LEAST 8 glasses of water daily
- Make sure you include at LEAST 2-3 servings of fruit daily
- Have at LEAST 2-3 servings of veggies daily. Of course, the more you want, the better. ;)

If you are a more advanced exerciser and have built yourself up to a routine that allows you to workout more days per week, then please continue on with the plan you have in place.

Have fun with this challenge. Please state your results in the Forum, "Challenges", under the Topic, "Back To Basics RESULTS", for further discussions with the rest of the team.



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BURN BABY, BURN CHALLENGE

****** Crunches – 100 Crunches – 1x/day minimum. The more you can or desire to do, the better!

****** Jumping Jacks – 100 Jumping Jacks/day

****** Leg Lifts – 100 Leg Lifts/Leg per day

****** Knee To Chest Leg Lifts – 100 Bicycle Leg Lifts/Leg per day

Do a MINIMUM of One of these exercises PER DAY. Do more of any if you’d like. I want to hear about the burn you’re going through to get those abs toned up. We all need help in this area. Any one can do any one of these exercises regardless of any one’s limitations. Sometimes we have to stretch ourselves to start seeing results. NOW is one of those times. .

***** ***** ***** ***** ***** ***** ***** ***** ***** ***** ***** *****
NOTE: It's been brought to my attention that there is some confusion as to what a "left lift" or a "knee to chest leg lift" exercise involves. Please take a few minutes to read more about these moves below. I have also added links now to pages that will give you more information about each of these moves:

LEG LIFTS:
The leg lift works your abdominal muscles and they are performed from a face-up position on the floor. Bend your right knee and place your right foot flat on the floor while keeping your left leg straight. Steadily raise your left leg six to 12 inches off the floor, hold for a three to five seconds and lower. After you have done 10 to 12 reps, switch sides.

www.livestrong.com/article/121424-ex
er
cises-bad-lower-back/#ixzz262glxdmR


KNEE TO CHEST LEG LIFTS:
Lie on your back with knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Bring one knee to your chest, keeping the other foot flat on the floor. Keep your lower back pressed to the floor, and hold for 15 to 30 seconds. Then lower your knee and repeat with the other leg. Do this 2 to 4 times for each leg. A visual of this can be found at:

www.webmd.com/back-pain/lower-back-p
ai
n-10/slideshow-exercises


Please use the Forum, “Challenges & Successes”, under the Topic, “Burn Baby Burn Results”

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LIMITED MOBILITY/LOW IMPACT CARDIO CHALLENGE: (choose one of the following)

It has come to my attention that some of our members have requested a cardio workout so this week we'll be working on our cardio routines. There are two variations of the cardio workouts for this week .... one for those who are beginners with their cardio workouts or have limited mobility and the second is a bit more challenging for those considered to be in intermediate or advanced level.

Have fun and let's have a lot of great discussions on these:

SEATED CARDIO CHALLENGE: (Perfect for those with limited mobility issues or beginners)

Sit at desk all day?
Confined to a chair?
Have mobility issues?

Then you have to try out this workout! It will elevate your heart rate and burn calories and fat in just minutes!

Complete all exercises to the best of your ability level, changing the speed, range of motion or movement to reflect what you can do. Over time, you'll find yourself stronger and able to do more at a higher intensity rate but, remember to take only baby steps here until you've built up your strength and mobility with CONSISTENCY by doing it every day.

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/videos-
de
tail.asp?video=38


LOW IMPACT CARDIO CHALLENGE: (a bit more intensity for intermediate to advanced)

Metabolism need a boost?
Looking to burn more calories?
Looking to maintain your figure?
Preserve your bone/muscle health at any age!

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/videos-
de
tail.asp?video=33


Choose one of the two challenges listed above. Do the workout EVERY DAY over the next week. Report back to the Challenges & Successes Forum under the Topic, "Limited Mobility/Low Impact Cardio Challenge RESULTS" with your feedback, comments, concerns and discussions.

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Push, Squat and Crunch Challenge:

Here's a great way to jump start your habit to exercise CONSISTENTLY. Spend 2 minutes EVERY morning and 2 minutes EVERY night doing these exercises and you WILL SEE RESULTS! I know of someone who has lost 12 pounds in 2 WEEKS by just following this regimen:

Start toning up your body by doing 5 push ups, then 5 squats (all the way down), followed by laying on your back and doing crunches for 1 minute. Do this 5 times throughout the day and into the evening. Only takes 2 minutes every time. Everyone has 2 minutes to exercise five times/day and, by the end of the day, you will have gotten your 10 minute workout in for the day. Pretty simple, right? Well, let's do it and see the great results!


I know you asked for cardio and I'm still looking into that for you so this week, we'll work on tightening up our bodies by working our tough spots this way.

Report back to the Forum, "Challenges & Successes" under the Topic, "Push, Squat and Crunch Results" ....... NOT HERE!!!!!

I'm interested in seeing the results in this challenge!


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DAILY CHALLENGE:

State your three (3) to five (5) most important DAILY goals (8 glasses of water, staying within my daily calorie range and exercising at least five days a week, for example) and then note your successful completion of them by placing an emoticon next to them.

Do this over the next week and see if they don’t become “second nature” to you by then.

For instance, mine will be:

Walking at least 10 minutes
Cardio Exercise
Strength Exercise
Tracking Sodium
Tracking Potassium

Hope you all decide to participate!

DAILY CHALLENGE:

State your three (3) to five (5) most important DAILY goals (8 glasses of water, staying within my daily calorie range and exercising at least five days a week, for example) and then note your successful completion of them by placing an emoticon next to them.

Do this over the next week and see if they don’t become “second nature” to you by then.

For instance, mine will be:

Walking at least 10 minutes
Cardio Exercise
Strength Exercise
Tracking Sodium
Tracking Potassium

Hope you all decide to participate!

NOTE: Please post your results in the Challenges and Results Forum, under the Topic, "Daily Challenges Results" instead of here!




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5 Minute Challenge:

This week we will center our efforts on our strengthening exercises. Both cardio and strengthening exercises are needed to make our workouts come full circle. In this challenge for this week, I want you to commit to doing 2 out of the 4 listed below EVERY DAY. Alternate and change of during the week is acceptable. Just make sure that you get two of the four done on a daily basis.

Also, you’ll need to track these workouts in your tracking log of choice. And, to help you with determining the calories you’ve burned, you can refer to the following link for an awesome calorie counter that will help you in this:

Calorie Calculator:

www.healthyweightforum.org/eng/calor
ie
-calculator.asp


CHOOSE 2 OF THE FOLLOWING 4 WORKOUTS FOR 5 MINUTES/DAY:

Crunches: 5 Minutes/Day and COUNT AND KEEP TRACK OF THEM
You’ll be surprised how quickly these will accumulate
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercis
es
.asp?exercise=2


Torso Stretch: 5 Minutes/Day
These stretches will make you feel soooooooo good.
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercis
es
.asp?exercise=62


Dumbbell Side Bends: 5 Minutes/Day
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercis
es
.asp?exercise=68


Dumbbell Shrugs: 5 Minutes/Day
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercis
es
.asp?exercise=43


NOTE: If you don’t have dumbbells, that’s ok. Use whatever you have around the house …. Bottles of water, milk cartons, juice cartons, etc.

Feel like doing more???? GREAT!

Please note that you can do these workouts anywhere and at anytime so long as you do them EVERY DAY. Remember, you don’t have to do them all. You can spread then out over the day in smaller increments of time.

Despite any one’s limitations, these are workouts we can all do. Some of us have to be pushed a little and others of us have to slow down a little. Either way, these are excellent exercises to incorporate into your weekly strengthening workout routine.

Good luck and have fun. This challenge starts tomorrow, Monday and will go through next Sunday.

ALTERNATIVE TO THE ABOVE CHALLENGE:

If you truly can not see yourself doing these exercises, then let me suggest one more option you’ll have available in this challenge. If you decide you do not care to do the above strengthening exercises, then do the Qi Gong/Tai Chi workout found on this video. You’ll be working out for 16 minutes but it is a great way to get your strengthening exercises in for the week.

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
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Then kindly provide your discussion(s) in the Forum, “Challenges & Successes Forum” under the TOPIC, “5 Minute Challenge Results” (Please note that the discussions and feedback are to go into the topic, 5 Minute Challenge RESULTS, NOT the “5 Minute Challenge” entry. OK? Any questions, let me know.


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KISS ..... Keep It Simple Silly:

How do you include carbohydrates in you diet in a safe, effective, and controlled way? By having an eating plan that is geared to control one's carbohydrate intake by following these 3 simple rules:

RULE 1: Include the following in your diet:

• Fruits: 2-4 servings daily
• Vegetables: 3-5 servings daily
• Grain: 6-11 servings daily (Whole grain breads, muffins, bagels, rolls, pasta, noodles, crackers, cereal, and brown rice)
• Legumes, beans and peas: 1-2 servings daily
• Low-fat and non-fat dairy products: 3 servings daily

RULE 2: Limit the following to less than 2 servings daily:

• Fruit Juice
• Refined/processed white flour products (bread, muffins, bagels, rolls, pasta, noodles, crackers, cereal)
• White rice
• French fries
• Fried vegetables

RULE 3: Eliminate the following from your diet or eat only on occasion:

• Sugary desserts, cookies, cakes, pies, candies
• Doughnuts and pastries
• Chips, cola and carbonated beverages
• Sugar, honey, syrup, jam, jelly, molasses

That's all it takes!

You'll start to reap the countless benefits of complex carbohydrates and fiber while enhancing your health and maintaining a healthy weight. The long term result will be a healthier you!

This challenge will help offset the THR/BMI challenge that will work hand in hand with your exercising.

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We're going to try this challenge again since I believe this challenge got buried below the other two challenges from last week. I have kept this within the same "Topic" title and am extending it into this week in the hopes that others will do the challenge and report back here with their findings.

Please feel free to scroll down through the thread to see what has been documented on this challenge so far.

Questions, please write for clarification. Here's the challenge for this week:

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Target Heart Rate (THR)/Body Mass Index (BMI)

Over the next three days, you will take your “resting heart rate” PRIOR to getting out of bed in the morning and write it down each day. Here’s how:

Count your pulse on your wrist (radial pulse) or on the side of your neck (carotid pulse)—prior to getting out of bed in the morning. Count the number of beats, starting with zero, for one full minute.

After the three day’s readings, take the average of all three by adding all three readings and then dividing that number by 3. That number is your “average resting heart rate”. Then take that information and enter it into the calculator found at:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calcula
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Hit “calculate”. Scroll down below the “calculate” button and the system will have given you your heart rate range by percentage as well as by “beats per minute” (bpm). This figure will give you your heart rate (bpm) to work on or around. If you’re too high, lessen your exertion. If you’re too low, increase your exertion to get that heart of yours working to make you healthy.

Since we have to take our resting heart rate over a three morning period and won’t have the needed information til the fourth day, we will begin to monitor our workouts on the 4th day. (So, taking resting heart rate (RHR) on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings of this week and begin monitoring our workouts on Thursday and go through Sunday). By the time this challenge is over on Sunday night, we all should have a good idea as to our limitations, high and low, regarding our exercising, to maintain a healthy and safe range to exercise in. Make your own journal to record this info into or add it to your already existing tracking sheet.

Then, to add more fun to this challenge, we will also determine our “Body Mass Index”. Your Body Mass Index (BMI) will help you determine if your weight is appropriate for your height. This is becoming the stat that the medical field is using more and more these days to determine how healthy one is. This will give you an idea of where you are presently so that you can determine where you need to go. Enter your needed information here:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calcula
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Hit the “calculate” button and then scroll down below to see your results. The results may surprise you as it did me. I’ve got a LONG road ahead of me to rectify my readings here.

Here is another chart you can pull up to review. These may or may not be accurate so keep that in mind. If nothing else, it will scare all of us into doing something we need to do to rectify this.

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/bmi_cha
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I don’t see anywhere where we can track our BMI on SP but I am pursuing it for us and will get back to you on this. But, in case you’re interested, I have found that you can track your “resting heart rate” (RHR) by going to:

My Trackers
My Weight – will take you to “Weigh-In & Other Measurements” page
Scroll down to “Health Measurements”
Click on link, “Add Measurements”
Scroll down to “Health Measurements”
Click on “Resting Heart Rate”

You will now be able to track you RHR each and every morning before you get out of bed!


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We're going to have multiple challenges this week. So look for them all!

10 Minute Workout Challenge:

We’re going to do the 10 minute exercise challenge this week. All you need do is 10 minutes/day. This can be split up into numerous sessions so long as you accomplish 10 minutes of DAILY exercise. Remember, baby steps and CONSISTENCY is what it takes!

And, did you know that housework and yard chores are also acceptable as workouts????

Talk about multitasking!

Light housework such as dusting, taking out the trash, organizing and changing the sheets burns about 170 calories an hour for a 150-pound person.

Heavier, more intense chores such as sweeping the floor, washing windows, scrubbing the floors and cleaning out the garage can burn more than 250 calories an hour.

And it doesn't just have to be in the home. Working in the yard can burn serious calories, too. Pushing a power mower for 20 minutes burns about 95 calories, and raking can burn 137 calories in 30 minutes.

So let’s see your results in the Forum, “Challenges and Successes”, under the Topic, “10 Minute Workout Challenge Results”.

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60 Second Challenge - Activities:

1. Drink a tall glass of water. When you feel your energy waning, grab a glass of cold water and guzzle it down! Even a very mild case of dehydration can cause fatigue.

2. Take a deep breath. How often do you think about breathing? If you are like most people, you probably don’t think about it often enough. For a quick pick-me-up, simply take five deep breaths. Slowly inhale for at least five seconds and exhale for 10 seconds each time. Your body will thank you for the extra oxygen.

3. Go outside. You’ve probably heard the health buzz about vitamin D lately. Preliminary research suggests that vitamin D helps regulate the immune system, supports heart health, can help normalize blood pressure and promotes healthy aging. Vitamin D has also been linked to improved mood. If you have a minute to spare, step out into the sunshine!

4. Put on a favorite song. There’s nothing quite like your favorite music to perk you up and get you feeling good. Listening to music has been shown to improve immunity and release endorphins. I found myself dancing (free dancing) along with it to my favorite Trace Adkins songs. Talk about a “pick me upper”!

5. Sit up straighter. Did you know that bad posture can put unnecessary stress on your low back? Take a minute to focus on sitting up straight with your shoulders down and back. Don’t you feel better already? Also stretch your arms up over your head, shoulder length apart. Alternatively reach one arm as high as you can and repeat with other arm. Just S T R E T C H!

6. Give yourself a mini-massage. Massage has a number of health benefits, including reducing stress, lowering blood pressure and speeding muscle repair. While you may not be able to spend the time or money getting one at a spa, pampering yourself with just 1 minute of self-massage by rubbing your own hands, feet or shoulders can do wonders.

So let’s see your results in the Forum, “Challenges and Successes”, under the Topic, “60 Second Challenge – Activities Results”

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60 Second Challenge - Exercises:

Each day this week, do ONE of these exercises for 60 seconds. There are six entries here so I'd like to see you do EVERY ONE of these items at least ONCE during the week, if you are able. Of course, if you are unable to do this, modify this to fit your capabilities. Feel free to do more than one 60 second exercise per day if you'd like. So long as you have all SIX done at least ONE TIME this week, you will have completed this challenge.

1) Twist it out
Sitting all day will wreak havoc on your posture. It can also compress your spine and exaggerate its curvature. So if you already have a back condition or injury, sitting all day can aggravate an already uncomfortable and sometimes painful condition. Do a simple twist of your upper-body to one side, hold for 30 seconds, and then repeat on the other side.

2) Do pushups - Do as many as you can do in 1 minute.

3) Do crunches - Do as many as you can do in 1 minute.

4) Do bridges - Do as many as you can do in 1 minute.

5) Do leg lifts - Do as many as you can do in 1 minute.

6) Do jumping jacks - Do as many as you can do in 1 minute.

So let’s see your results in the Forum, “Challenges and Successes”, under the Topic, “60 Second Challenge – Exercises Results”

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Target Heart Rate (THR)/Body Mass Index (BMI)


Over the next three days, you will take your “resting heart rate” PRIOR to getting out of bed in the morning and write it down each day. Here’s how:

Count your pulse on your wrist (radial pulse) or on the side of your neck (carotid pulse)—prior to getting out of bed in the morning. Count the number of beats, starting with zero, for one full minute.

After the three day’s readings, take the average of all three by adding all three readings and then dividing that number by 3. That number is your “average resting heart rate”. Then take that information and enter it into the calculator found at:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calcula
to
r_target.asp


and hit “calculate”. Scroll down below the “calculate” button and the system will have given you your heart rate range by percentage as well as by “beats per minute” (bpm). This figure will give you your heart rate (bpm) to work on or around. If you’re too high, lessen your exertion. If you’re too low, increase your exertion to get that heart of yours working to make you healthy.

Since we have to take our resting heart rate over a three morning period and won’t have the needed information til the fourth day, we will begin to monitor our workouts on the 4th day. (So, taking resting heart rate (RHR) on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings of this week and begin monitoring our workouts on Thursday and go through Sunday).

Then, to add more fun to this challenge, we will also determine our “Body Mass Index”. Your Body Mass Index (BMI) will help you determine if your weight is appropriate for your height. This is becoming the stat that the medical field is using more and more these days to determine how healthy one is. This will give you an idea of where you are presently so that you can determine where you need to go. Enter your needed information here:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calcula
to
r_bmi.asp


Hit the “calculate” button and then scroll down below to see your results. The results may surprise you as it did me. I’ve got a LONG road ahead of me to rectify my readings here.

Here is another chart you can pull up to review. These may or may not be accurate so keep that in mind. If nothing else, it will scare all of us into doing something we need to do to rectify this.

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/bmi_cha
rt
.asp


I don’t see anywhere where we can track our BMI on SP but I am pursuing it for us and will get back to you on this. But, in case you’re interested, I have found that you can track your “resting heart rate” (RHR) by going to:

My Trackers
My Weight – will take you to “Weigh-In & Other Measurements” page
Scroll down to “Health Measurements”
Click on link, “Add Measurements”
Scroll down to “Health Measurements”
Click on “Resting Heart Rate”

You will now be able to track you RHR each and every morning before you get out of bed!




Edited by: SUPERACHIEVER at: 7/29/2012 (13:31)
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Challenge - 07.23.12 - 07.29.12:

Ok, folks, onward and upward. We're going to get down to exercising and I'm hoping that I will have included all levels of exercise needed for every one of you.

I have included a number of different workout sets you can choose from. I have one that is catered to those with "limited" mobility (the first one mentioned below) and the second one is for those of us who are beginners with not a lot of time or experience with exercise and the third one is a bit more intense for those of us who are on top of their exercise regime. Let's continue to try to reach 10 minutes a day in exercising as that is all it takes, along with consistency, to gain the results. Good luck and here they are:

Limited Mobility:

Roller Chair Workout: (For those that can't walk or stand)

o Find an open area without carpet.
o Use a chair with wheels or casters on the bottom.
o Put on music (optional).
o Propel yourself using arms, legs, or both around the area.
o Start at one minute and build your endurance from there!

Bed Dancing/Chair Dancing/Ball Dancing:

o Turn on some music.
o Sit in bed, on a chair, or on a stability ball.
o Now move!
Dance, wave your arms, wiggle your hips, make figure eights, bounce,
tap your feet and have fun.
o These movements will strengthen your body to get up and around better.
Try some wrist or ankle weights, or resistance bands to work in
some resistance if you want. It's your workout, your fun time.

Beginners:

Try your luck at this enjoyable Latin Aerobic Beginners Workout.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=1608dNM4eAI&
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You may feel uncoordinated and not able to keep up with it in the very beginning, but take it from me, that I felt that way as well. Now, after staying at it, I LOVE this exercise routine. I'm asking that you try to do it ONE TIME PER DAY all the way through and repeat it if you feel you can handle it each and every day. PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT!

For those of you that are more advanced with your exercising, I'd like to suggest two links for you to choose from for your daily exercise routine:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvbn3V-Ptoc&
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or

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
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Do at least one full workout routine PER DAY in the workout of your choice. Then report back to the Challenge Forum in the Topic, "Challenge - 07.23.12 - 07.29.12 Results".

As a team, we are striving to make positive, forward-moving steps towards our desired goals and successes. Let's use this week to work on our strength and cardio needs .... a little at a time.

NOTE: If you prefer to do a regular routine you have in place already, that's acceptable too. Just make sure you give it the 10 minute/day old-college try and then report your results back here in the topic, "Challenge - 07.23.12 - 07.29.12 Results".

Good luck to all of you and I'm looking forward to seeing your results posted in the appropriate Forum Topic area!


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Here's our next challenge.

Remember we've been working on getting our mindsets right to give us a successful weight loss journey. Without one, we can't have the other. So we need to make some positive changes in our lifestyles that will, in turn, help us on our weight loss journey to be more successful in achieving our goals.

Mindset Challenge:

1) Exercise for 10 minutes EVERY DAY
2) Eat your meals away from your TV and/or computer.
3) Get up in the morning, first thing, without hitting the snooze button

Here's to another fun challenge and a chance for us to change our mindsets to enjoy our lifestyles more.

Good luck and have fun. Looking forward to seeing the results posted in topic under Challenges call "Mindset Challenge Results".



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This challenge is a three-parter and will be harder for some people.

Let's see who can have the longest streak of days of going without:

• soda
• potato chips
• and ice cream

In order to keep track of these items, please add them on your “Other Goals” Tracker page, under “Other Goals”, by going to the tab, “Add/Remove Other Goals” and input the following three separate entries:

• Refrain from having potato chips (as one entry)
• Refrain from having ice cream (as one entry) and
• Refrain from having soda (as last entry).

Then you’ll have to input how many times a week: Just use the drop down menu and input “7” as the number and you should be all set. This way, you’ll be able to track it each and every day of the week.

If you are confused or don’t understand, let me know and I’ll try to make it more understandable.

We will start the challenge tomorrow (Monday, July 9, 2012).

You will be able to report your results via a post within the “Challenges Forum” with the Topic, “Soda, Chips & Ice Cream Results”

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CHALLENGE #2:

Ok, here's the new challenge for the next week. Good luck to all of you. Please remember to invite others you know that would love to participate in this as well.

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Ok, guys, here's the new challenge to work on for this week. Starts tomorrow, Monday, 7.2.12 through Sunday, 7.8.12

******** ********** ************ **************

**** Check out one entry, MINIMUM, that you find in Huddle or Blog scrolling window on right hand column of your Team’s page, check out their Spark Page and comment on it.

**** Make a Huddle Comment on the TEAM’s HUDDLE page EVERY DAY!

********** Then, report back to the Challenges Forum Topic known as “Check It Out Results!” found under the Challenges Forum and share with us what you did.

We will also have a Nutrition Challenge:

**** Eat a healthy breakfast at least 4x/week and track it through Team’s Goals and your “Other Goals” Page.

********** Then, report back to the Challenges Forum Topic known as “Breakfast Challenge Results!” found under the Challenges Forum and share with us what you did.

Please note: the whole point of having challenges is to get people excited, motivated and encouraged about meeting and exceeding their goals, but to have FUN with it as well. Your trip with us should never feel like an obligation or a stressor. That’s not what it’s all about. We want you here because you want to be here and you want to be an active part of our team.

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Get ready!!!! We're going to have another new challenge starting this Monday, the 2nd of July and going for another week. It's going to be a fun one. Haven't decided which one I want to do yet but I know it'll be fun! Be on the lookout for the email to you if I have your email. It'll come to you on Sunday night so if you don't have an email with me here, make sure you get put into my address book so I can include you in on this email for this challenge.

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I used to have a great personal walk with God but, the constraints of today's lifestyles got in the way and I lost it for a while. Recently got it back and am working on devoting the time I used to to it again. Won't be long til I'm back on track with Him. I can't wait!


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Just my spending time with Jesus and His Word and praying in the Spirit and with my understanding, just talking to Him all day and night helps me to hook onto to His joy of living life no matter what is going on around me because Jesus is the only never changing factor to living life. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.

Realizing how much He loves you and cares for you and how special and unique He has made you to be you.

Submit to His love and commit to His love and believe and receive His love for you personally.

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Bobbie, I need more of that. I have to learn how to unwind. I've done a good job since being here at SP but I've got a long way. Do you have anything I can rely on on a daily basis that I can remember to either think or say out loud that will help me to trust in the Lord completely. I know people will let you down ..... God will never let you down. But I need to find ways to stay happy all the time. Any suggestions?

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Life is one big bowl of cherries if you want it that way, we have to make a choice to be happy and Jesus really helps me out with that.

I have a hard time keeping up but there is always tomorrow to finish what I didn't get done today.

the only way to live life is don't worry and fear not believe only and I laugh a lot at the hard things that life brings LOL

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Hi Bobbie. Thanks for the background on you. Wow, you really have a filled life and you are so upbeat, it's great to have you here.

I am also from the Chicagoland area and am still there. I am 59 and not feeling it at all. I'd love to believe that I'll keep succeeding with my goals here to the point where I feel like a 29 year old again.

I have had an awakening and things have turned around for me since I am letting God take care of me completely. Everything is so easy if you just do what you need to do and try not to do anything more than that.

You are definitely the animal lover, as am I. But I don't have nine cats and a dog. Only one little 56 pound neurotic chocolate lab with separation anxiety. If I could, I'd have every animal I could but hubby says no.

You've got a big family Bobbie! You still sound so upbeat. How do you do it????? Hey, you want to come over and help me out with the household chores and whatnot????? I struggle with that.

Boy, am I glad you're here. I can see you'll be a ray of light on this new group and a great motivator of everyone here.

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Well, I will start with the first one.

My name is Bobbie and I come from chicago and am still there and am 69 and have over come the change of life and really feel like an over comer simply because of the change of life has not made me quit living.

If anything going through the change has brought me to my senses of what I need to do to rebuild and retain my health and strength so that I can live a superior quality life.

I have nine cats left from 42 about ten years ago and one little dog. and all of them found on the streets.

I have seven children and still have two sons one who works and one who is autistic and one daughter who does nothing but enjoy life and living who still live with me.

I do all the cooking and cleaning and laundry and shopping and bill paying and all the all that has to get done and keep my animals well taken care of.

I am a lover a radical lover of Jesus Christ who has given my life back to me on a silver platter and has shown me how to live love and be happy and filled with His joy and peace everyday of my life.

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Challenge #2 for this week - 6.22.12 thru 6.29.12: 60 SECOND CHALLENGE:

Sometime during the day, I prefer when I first wake up, take 60 seconds to do an exercise. Could be strengthening or cardio but do it for a 60 second timeframe. Track and account for it and let us know what you've done. For all that do it for a consecutive full week here, a goodie will be awarded at the end of the week.

Good luck all

Today, I did 60 seconds of crunches and bridges. Working on my abs to tone up. ;)



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Being that we are so brand new here, every one of us, why don't we make the first challenge this:

Let's give a bit of background on us, where we came from, where we are and what we would like accomplish or succeed through SP here. Then, from there, we'll have more and more entries and different challenges posted here in a consistent manner.

Please feel free to post what you, as a member, would like to see here as well. Hopefully, we can make this a team effort and thus make it more enjoyable to be here.

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