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Guilty Pleasures of the SparkPeople Coaches

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What is  your least favorite form of exercise?
Dean: I’m not very fond of high intensity interval exercise (strength or cardio), but I do like how I feel afterwards, so I try to do one session of each weekly.

Chris: If I'm not doing them regularly, sprints are hard. But, I love them if I'm doing them consistently.

Becky: I refuse to go to a gym, so if it can’t be done at home, then I’m not going to participate. I’d rather be done with the exercise than spend 40 minutes on the road just getting to and from the gym.

Tanya: I HATE classes led by an instructor. From the first aerobics class I took in college I have disliked having someone tell me when and how to exercise. I like setting my own pace and schedule based on how I feel.

Jen: Weight training!

Nicole: Step aerobics

Do you ever skip the warm-up, cool down or stretches?
Dean: I probably would skip warm-ups pretty often, except that I walk to the gym, and count that as my warm-up. My cool down often consists of stopping at the water fountain on the way back to the locker room. And I do whatever stretching I do between sets, but I also do a little yoga at home several times per week.

Chris: Sometimes I'm so excited to play tennis that I'll skip the warm up.

Becky: I never warm up, cool down or stretch first. I may start out a little slower and end a little slower. As far as stretching, I try to focus about 20 minutes on this, 3 times/week (while watching some brain-dead TV show), it takes a long time to stretch out this 45 year old body…slow and easy is the best pace for me.

Tanya: I have never been very good with fitting all of them in at every workout so I frequently skip something.

Jen: I never skip them, but do cut them shorter than I should some days, especially if I'm in a hurry.

Nicole: As an instructor, I include all of these things when I teach. On my own however, I tend to skip the stretching, but never the warm-up or cool down.

What exercises do you tend to skip when you don't feel like working out?
Dean: I skip the Stairmaster and do a little reading on the stationary bike instead.

Chris: My regular 20-minute stationary bike ride can be easy to skip if my day is real busy.

Becky: When I’m tired and really don’t want to do my workout, I compromise and go for a long walk with the dog…and I always feel better when I return.

Tanya: Warming up and cooling down—I just go straight to raising the heart rate.

Jen: I'll skip the weight training just because I don't like it as much (I know, that's bad), or I'll just do a lighter day of cardio than I was planning for.

Nicole: If I had to choose between cardio and strength training, I'd pick cardio most of the time and skip the weights.
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  • I really needed to find and read this article today. I am eating healthy and being active but not taking the time to track everything or enter my goals done on SP every day now that summer is here and I am more focused on spending all my days outside instead of on the computer. I needed to read that even experts at fitness and wellness have weaknesses and times when they allow themselves to be flexible with their choices. Reading this article helped me to dump my guilt trip little inner voice that has been nagging me because I haven't been completely contentious or consistent in my SP program entries. - 5/23/2014 2:49:38 PM
  • I loved this! It was perfect to see them give thier answers and to give me inspiration to be better and it really is ok to have a litte of what i love - 12/26/2013 1:45:37 PM
  • For me, getting plenty of rest and sleep is a necessity for good health. There's nothing "guilty" about it. - 7/1/2012 12:21:06 PM
  • Great article!! Now I don't feel so bad when I have my favorite guilty-pleasure pizza. All in moderation. - 6/20/2012 11:57:42 AM
  • HAPPYDAY725

    Thanks Dean, Chris, Becky, Tanya, Jen, and Nicole! It's so nice to know we're being led-inspired-taug
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    ached by real human beings that admit to the same temptations we all face daily. Good questions, great answers and wonderful insight into the whole lifestyle thing! Life is a journey, life is choices, life is a challenge but most of all life is a gift from God. Make each day count and enjoy the trip! - 6/20/2012 11:00:47 AM
  • This was a great article and really resonated with me- especially the part about how even after eating healthy dark chocolate still tastes good, versus sugary sodas that just don't. - 4/11/2012 8:46:54 AM
  • Great Article. I loved it! - 3/31/2012 10:45:19 AM
  • The guilty pleasures ARE essential. The first time I did weight watchers I NEVER cheated. But then came the really stressful event, and I ate an ENTIRE sheet cake. Sad. It even had ugly green frosting (my sister was experimenting). Nasty. I even hate cake! But I indulge in the things I REALLY like now, and it helps stay on track. - 4/6/2011 3:16:35 PM
  • Thanks for the honesty! I am more willing to listen to someone's teachings when I know they aren't any more perfect that I am and have no problem admitting it! Great article! - 3/20/2010 10:33:06 PM
  • The new members need to read this article. It helped me re: snacks, chocolate, etc. I'd make this required reading as so many posts from new members mention eating too much of their favorite foods. It's opened my eyes and I won't feel guilty when I indulge. But we won't count the nearly whole bag of Doritos I ate while in Walmart when I went to buy an ink cartridge. Now why do they put Doritos in the computer/tech department? For folks like me. - 3/20/2010 4:40:18 PM
  • This was a fun read, made everyone so real! Thanks for being honest! - 3/20/2010 1:08:35 PM
  • DRAGONSPITTLE
    I needed to read this today. Thanks, Coaches! - 12/17/2009 2:14:52 PM
  • MARGEMAC
    Margemac: I thought the article was great, I'm just getting started and trying to find my way - 7/26/2009 11:02:48 AM
  • TRPL7KAT
    This was a great article. It just enforces my "new" way of looking at weight loss. Moderation when it comes to food and nothing is off limits. Rest from exercise when you feel like your body needs it. Also, take one day off a week just to enjoy being, whether that is with family, or just for yourself. And by all means Dean, I agree, have a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup now and then! Especially around Christmas or Easter. They seem to be better than. *smile*

    ~Kat~ - 4/7/2009 1:40:41 PM
  • Ahhh I really enjoyed this article. I think when you're trying to lose weight, you tend to like give up ALL bad foods, and then when you get your hands of them, BHAM, it's like a natural disaster.... IT's nice to know that Coach Nicole has a sweet tooth and she indulge but not over do it. And It's good to know that hey even at her level, she lets her body rest at least once a week... I think a lot of ppl, myself included, tend to be all gung ho to begin with, and then deflate by the end of the week.. THANKS FOR MAKING MY DAY! :) - 1/24/2009 7:12:07 PM

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