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2/1/15 2:19 P

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30 Minute ANYONE CAN DO Workout Challenge

No equipment (except a chair) needed. Do 3 sets of these exercises with 15 repeats minimum/day and you'll have a 30 minute workout completed per day. Doesn't matter your fitness or health level, ANYONE can do these exercises and do them on a daily basis. Track them in Fitness Tracker here or your own personal tracker and report in to RESULTS Board with your feedback, your comments and any stumbling blocks you may incur. We don't pass judgement on anyone and never will. We are here to encourage and that's any of us do. We are pro improvement and achievements and con at pointing any fingers.

So here's the link:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
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Now, go get em! I'll wait in the RESULTS Board to see you there with your comments and feedback.




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2/1/15 10:46 A

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Personal Challenge:

I just read up on this one at the following link and I signed up for it. It's a walking challenge and it will last for 30 days which will take us into March (March 2nd to be exact). Being that my birthday is on February 28th, I thought this would be a good personal challenge for me to achieve by the time I reach the ripe old age of 62. We'll all watch and see how I succeed at this month long challenge and see what changes will take effect in me by that time. I can't wait to see those changes take effect over my entire body!

If you'd like to join me, please feel free to do so by reading the article mentioned in this link:

www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po
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If you like what you read, as I did, then please sign up as instructed and we'll be on our way to comparing notes throughout this challenge by inputting our comments and feedback into the Personal Challenge RESULTS Board throughout the duration of this challenge.

Looking forward to seeing you there. Let your first comment in the RESULTS board be that you're on board with this 30 day challenge and that you'll be accounting for your progress each and every day .... alongside me!

See ya there!




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1/25/15 9:19 P

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Pilates and Yoga Combined Challenge:

Well, ok. We've worked on our upper arms and we've tried our hands at Pilates. Now, this challenge is going to combine both Pilates and Yoga together for a great stretching workout. It's a bit longer (20 minutes) but stretching your body out like it should be and then strengthening your body like we want to should make it all well worth your while.

I'm sure there's a tv timeslot that doesn't have anything you want to watch or you have a 20 minute timeframe of free time that you could do this in.

So join me in working out this new challenge. Join me in feeling better, taller and stronger by following this workout. This is a video link to the workout:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/videos-
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Do this great feeling workout and then report in to the RESULTS Board for this challenge and share your comments regarding this workout. I'll see you there!



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1/18/15 10:15 P

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Flabby Arms NO MORE Challenge

Ok, I'm taking this next challenge from another team I'm on that we did as a challenge last week! It's a dyno-mite workout for your upper arms and does wonder on those flabby arms we develop the older we get. If you are still too young to have them, do this workout to keep them far, far away. For those of you that are starting to see them form, this is the perfect workout to tone and strengthen them up.

Follow this link:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercis
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and do it daily over the next week starting on our typical start day of Monday. You'll feel the warm sensation of your blood beginning to flow properly in this area again. I was doing a minimum of 90 of them and, on some days, I completed 120 of them.

Do what you can and then come back to the Flabby Arms NO MORE Challenge RESULTS board and report in so we can all discuss our successes as well as any of our stumbling blocks. That's what we're here for so please feel free to join us in our discussions there as well as on the Wall each and every day.

We'll look forward to seeing you here.

Let's do the challenge together and get to know each other by doing so!





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1/12/15 12:07 A

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Beginners Pilates Challenge

I have always wanted to learn pilates. I know all the celebrities do it and they're all look fantastic! So since they can do it with their hectic, early to rise schedules, I figure so can we.

So here is the link for the workout:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/videos-
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Then report back to the Beginner Pilates Challenge Results Board and let us know your successes and achievements.




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1/4/15 12:47 P

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Happy New Year people! Ok, as promised, here we go with our new beginnings and new successes and new goals and achievements!

TAKE FIVE EVERY HOUR OF THE DAY CHALLENGE

Ok, now, we all can take five minutes out of every hour of the day, can't we? Over an 8 hour period, the challenge is requiring that you take 5 minutes out of every hour to WALK. Whether it be walking in place, walking within your house from room to room, walking up and down stairs, walking as you sing, walking around your table, or walking outside if the weather permits ..... you are required to walk .... in whatever way possible for a MINIMUM OF 5 MINUTES EACH HOUR OVER AN 8 HOUR PERIOD MINIMUM.

Seems like a lot of effort? Well, I've done it and it's doesn't require any effort at all except having the discipline to watch that clock and make sure that five minutes for every hour is reserved and used to do your 5 minute walk.

If you can't do this, I need you to email me or comment within the RESULTS Board for this challenge and I'll work with you on a modification of this challenge.

So, good luck to all of you with this challenge. We'll do it for a week starting tomorrow, on Monday, like we used to do. Please remember to account for your progress by inputting your feedback into the TAKE FIVE EVERY HOUR OF THE DAY CHALLENGE RESULTS BOARD so that we can all converse with one another about our results, our accomplishments and our stumbling blocks so we can all move ahead positively with this challenge and with the many more to come in this new year.

Kudos off to all of you for getting through the old year and ringing in the new year with high hopes and positive reinforcements for your needed health and fitness goals and accomplishments.



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12/16/14 12:09 A

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NO CHALLENGE TIL THE FIRST OF THE NEW YEAR!

Our present challenge has ended. Hope you all did as well as I did. I lost 13# within that 3 month period of time and I am feeling better and better. I just want to keep it up and, for those of you that were actively participating in the challenge, I hope you did as well on the challenge.

But, now with the holidays just around the corner, we're going to have a break with the challenges until the first of the new year. So enjoy your time with your family and friends and be ready to come back after the first of the new year to rev up and get going on your quest to lose weight and feel better.

See you come the first of the year!



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9/15/14 12:28 P

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90 Day Challenge! Woo Hoo!

I thought about this challenge as I happen to be involved with something similar at the gym I've recently been going to. If I do 100 days of workout there, I get a free month of gym access. I think that's worth it, don't you??? By then, I'll be slim and trim. (hoping).

Ok, that said, here's the challenge for us for the next 90 days starting today, September 15th, and going through to December 15th (for simplicity's sake).

Here are the guidelines for this fantastic challenge. Just think of your results ..... and right before the holiday season. I love it!

OK, here goes:

1) Hold yourself ACCOUNTABLE for the next 90 days, starting today!
2) Keep track of your DAILY workouts by inputting them into SP's Fitness Tracker. Don't concern yourself with the calorie counts and/or the minutes, unless you desire to. But, DO MAKE SURE YOU DO A MINIMUM OF 10 MINUTES/DAY, or more if you wish but only if you know you won't be straining yourself!
3) Keep yourself accountable to this challenge by documenting it in the RESULTS Board for this challenge. Make your first entry there proclaiming what you are proposing to do through this challenge and, progressively, over the next 90 days, keep track of your progress there so we all can discuss and compare ours with yours.
4) Let's all start again on our SP Page with this new challenge and let's revise what we have written on our SP page to reflect what our new goals will be for the next 90 days (thus accounting for our accomplishments and achievements through this challenge).
5) Report the fact that you have changed your SP page in the RESULTS Board for this challenge and ask that the rest of us take time to re-read your page and then comment on your changes in the Comments section of your SP page.

This challenge is a bit wordy so let me know if you need clarification of it and I'll be glad to help you understand it. Don't just blow it off because you don't understand something within it. You can blame that on my writing skills. :) Let me know where you need the help and I'll gladly be there for you.

Good luck everyone. I'm looking forward to all the positive reinforcements we'll get from this challenge and I am especially looking forward to all the success stories that will evolve from following this challenge, having it end right before the holidays with YOU having made some excellent progress toward your goal(s) and successes!



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9/8/14 10:40 A

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Stress Relief Challenge

Good morning team! Well it's that time again for a new challenge.

I thought we could work on our stress levels this time around. Not only will this be a stress buster (reliever) but you'll find yourself feeling better about yourself all around. You'll feel lighter than you have and happier. That's the whole name of the game, right?

This time, you have a choice between two workouts that will not only reduce the stress in your life but will also lower your anxiety levels on a daily basis as you will be working on clearing your head and your mental state. Clearing the air more or less.

Here are the two workouts you can choose from. Alternate them day in and day out or go one whole week on one and do the other the following week. BUT BE CONSISTENT AND PERSISTENT with them:

1) Try your hand at a little Qi Gong:

I have found this workout to be so relaxing, that I walk away from it feeling like a totally different person. It will take time to become comfortable with the moves but allow yourself to RELAX and FEEL the moves, that's the important part of this routine.

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/videos-
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2) 10 Minute Yoga Workout:

This routine may be a bit too much for some of you but do what you can and hold yourself accountable to getting through the routine every day. Make a commitment to improve on this routine as the days go by. Do what you can. Don't overdo it. If your body doesn't move that way (especially if this is brand new to you), then only move as far as can, but push yourself out of that comfort zone so as to have a good workout. Day in and day out, you'll see yourself getting stronger and being able to stretch or straighten just a bit more than the day before. Don't give up. This routine will improve your flexibilty and movement and, over time, you will be back moving in ways you never thought you could. Just take it easy. If your body is not moving the way the video shows, just do what you can. DON'T GIVE UP. It's only ten minutes every day and that means ten minutes of consistent improvement over time, right?

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/videos-
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So give it a whirl with me and let's report back to the RESULTS board to let the rest of our team know of our improvements.




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9/1/14 12:46 A

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GETTING TO KNOW YOU CHALLENGE!

What a better time to do this challenge when in the midst of partying and being with family and friends.

We are going to take the time to get to know each other on this team better. The challenge is to make a point of doing one of two things DAILY as follows:

1) Check out fellow team mate's spark page and take a few minutes to write a comment on their page. Then that team mate is to read what they have written on their page and reciprocate by checking out their page and noting a comment on their page

OR

2) Make a point of writing something on the main team page's "Post To Team Wall" posting area (I believe that this is formerly the "huddle" activity) DAILY and without fail.

The choice is yours but you must do it EVERY DAY and then you need to go to the "Getting To Know You Challenge RESULTS" board and hold yourself accountable to this challenge by noting it there.

Just a way of getting to know one another here and get the participation up in the team itself. Remember, we are all here for each other and the only way that can happen is if we all make a conscious effort to stay active in our communications with one another.

Who knows? You might even earn a goodie each and every time. Depends on how the team leader feels about the responses. :)

Edited by: SUPERACHIEVER at: 9/1/2014 (00:50)

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8/26/14 12:53 A

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Challenge Continued!

Yes, instead of doing a new challenge, we're going to continue on with our dancing challenge. Only this time we're going to be a bit more consistent and stick with one of the dance routines given in the last challenge. We'll do the dance routine of our choice for the entire challenge this time, day in and day out, and report in to the RESULTS board as to our completion of this challenge.

Then the following week, we'll graduate up to one of the other two dance routines remaining. We'll work this one for the second week from start to finish and will move on to the third dance routine the following week (third week), completing it each and every day til the third week is completed, reporting in faithfully to the RESULTS board each and every day, each and every week.

Enjoy them people. And, please feel free to talk on our daily board that appears as you enter into our team area and let the rest of us know what's going on in your life!

Let's go big team. Let's SUCCEED with our desires and goals of the weight loss we're looking for!




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8/18/14 12:05 A

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Let's Dance! Challenge

Ok, here is the challenge I wanted to put out there for all of you last week but I got buried in work. I know my team mates understand so let's look at it as just my way of getting you excited about the new challenge, without giving you the challenge. hahahaha! :)

Ok, as I mentioned earlier today, this challenge will have three different variations to it. We are going to utilize the fun we all have when we dance. That always makes us feel good after having done it a couple of times. After all, what do we do when the weekends come? We go out and party, right? Now I don't mean party per se but I do mean we have a good time and enjoy our weekends. So let's just do what we do over the weekends throughout the week with this challenge. This is a fun one and boy do you feel good afterwards!

There are three levels of dancing here so I want you to pick the one that is closest to your pace ..... TO START WITH! hahahaha emoticon

Now there's a method to my madness! You start out with the one you know you can handle and work at it til you know you've accomplished it and can move on to the next tier in this challenge with the second dance link mentioned here. Do the same thing, work it and when you feel comfortable with it, move on to the third one. So this challenge is somewhat of a progressive challenge.

But if you want to stay with one of the three throughout the challenge, that's ok too. But don't forget the other two for a future time when you need a little bit more of a challenge to tackle and accomplish. Look at it this way. Moving on to a more difficult routine will only help you with your weight loss by helping you drop that weight even more quickly.

BUT PLEASE .... AND THIS IS A BIG, VERY IMPORTANT PLEASE!

DO NOT DO MORE THAN YOU CAN HANDLE. WORKING OUT AND MORE STRENUOUSLY WILL HAPPEN .... THE TIME IS RIGHT.

If you really like this challenge and want to do all three, expand this challenge out over more time and work into the more strenuous routines a little at a time. Remember, the trick to losing weight is to take it slow but take it consistently. Ten minutes minimum per day consistently over time will drop that weight off of you for good.

Ok, that all being said, here are the links for the three different dance routines listed in no particular order. Pick and choose the one you want to start with and which ones you want to progressively move on to.

Beginners Latin Aerobics: youtu.be/1608dNM4eAI (I love this one cuz I can do it anywhere I am)

Bollywood Cardio Workout: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/videos-
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Zumba Basic: youtu.be/pvbn3V-Ptoc (I fell in love with this one when I didn't even know what zumba was. Now, I'm addicted!)

Don't give up just because they appear to be too hard for you. Do what you can and, over time, you'll find yourself stronger having built up your endurance to finish the routine.

And, as usual, come back to the RESULTS board and talk about your successes or any stumbling blocks you may have encountered. Together, we'll get through it all TOGETHER. But I need your input in order to be there for you so please remember to write down your thoughts on the RESULTS board so we can all compare our progress with yours!

Have fun everybody. I know you will. I found that when I dance like this, it doesn't really feel like exercise so I want to do it more and more but I have to be careful to limit my workout times til I know I'm strong enough to do more and you should do the same!

Edited by: SUPERACHIEVER at: 8/18/2014 (00:06)

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7/27/14 11:30 P

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YOGA ... SITTING DOWN ... CHALLENGE!

Ok, it's time we get down to the brass tactics now. Looks like I'm going to have to get tough on you to get you started and keep you motivated.

We're going to do a great starter type of yoga class given by our powers that be right here at SP.

It's a great way to get used to doing a Yoga routine and work up to some of the other tougher routines available here at SP. This is for beginners or those that don't have a lot of mobility. Most of the routines are performed from out of a chair. Talk about a relaxing way to exercise. So find yourself a nice, quiet area to pull away from your day's work and spend some time doing these exercises a minimum of twice/day and work up to three times a day. But if you can't do that, then just do what you can but continually work towards achieving more and more repetitions so you can strengthen your body by the end of the challenge.

I want you to read the short article that prefaces these exercises found on page 1 of 2 (link found below). Then go to page 2 and open it up so you can have a more detailed explanation of the actual moves needed to accomplish this workout. Here are the links:

Page 1: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
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Page 2: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
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Once again, there are no excuses for any of us to not be able to accomplish these moves on a daily basis throughout this challenge. Just do what you can but push yourself to do more and more as the week goes by.

I'm counting on seeing you in the RESULTS board talking about your successes in this challenge. No BELLYACHING on this one. Think about how good you're being to your body. And then tell the rest of us here so we can proceed to support and motivate each other on to more and more successful victories that we all need!




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7/21/14 12:01 P

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Different Time .... Same Challenge

Ok, we're going to repeat our last challenge and I've listed it here again for all to see. It worked for me and I hope it worked for you! So we'll be even more toned up and tightened this time. Think of how we're all going to continue to firm up those lower body areas of ours. Our butts will be nice and firm, especially after two weeks time AND we will have developed a routine in such a way that we want to continue to strengthen our lower bodies so we can present ourselves in the best way possible.

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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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.asp?exercise=293
5) Lying Single Knee Hug
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercis
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.asp?exercise=292

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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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
es
.asp?exercise=300

2) Lying Hamstring Stretch
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercis
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.asp?exercise=294

3) Lying Hip & Glute Hug
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercis
es
.asp?exercise=301

4) Lying Hip & Glute Stretch
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercis
es
.asp?exercise=293

5) Lying Single Knee Hug
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercis
es
.asp?exercise=292


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.



Edited by: SUPERACHIEVER at: 6/30/2014 (12:53)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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! :)

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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!


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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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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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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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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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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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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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www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_pla
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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. :)

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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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