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Spark Spotlight: Jeanie (WALKIN4JEANIE)

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By: , SparkPeople Blogger
8/6/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  22 comments   :  6,102 views

At SparkPeople, we love helping people accomplish big goals—but we believe it's equally important to celebrate the small successes along the way. Each week in the Spark Spotlight, we'll check in with a featured member about his or her proudest moments, biggest challenges and advice for others on living, thinking and feeling healthier. We hope these quick snapshots will help motivate you to keep moving steadily toward your own goals, week by week.

This Week's Spotlight: Jeanie (WALKIN4JEANIE)
Age: 57
Location: Hickory, North Carolina

Small Success of the Week

Jeanie is proud of her NSV (non-scale victory): She put on and wore a pair of pants that she was not able to even pull up at the end of the last school year! She says it felt good!


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Sweet Tooth Confessions, Flaws and All in This Month's Go Get It Guide

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By: , – Alicia Capetillo, Editor-in-Chief
8/3/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  61 comments   :  11,269 views

Every month The Go Get It Guide is your destination for motivation, musings on random goals and probably pop culture references. It's a space where we'll sort through the PR pitches and news, then share our honest thoughts on what's happening in the health and fitness world, what's on the horizon and just what we think of that video the internet obsessed over last week. Check in each month to Spark, Sweat, Smile, Savor and Shop with us!

Savor: Have Your Ice Cream and Be Healthy, Too?


Mint cookies and cream, black raspberry chip from Graeter's and a mix of strawberry and dulce de leche from Freddo in Buenos Aires. Ask me my opinion on sneakers or popular music and I'll go back and forth, never fully committing to a solid opinion or recommendation. Ask me about ice cream, though? I have my favorites, my reasons why and fight me if you think otherwise.

Yes, my name is Alicia and I have a sweet tooth that cannot be tamed. And yet, ice cream every day (or every meal of the day, if I'm being real), is just not in line with my ultimate health and fitness goals. In my attempts to give ice cream the "it's not you, it's me" speech, I've tried going cold-turkey, opting for pints of trendy "healthy" ice cream in various flavors and even tried talking my dad into pulling out the old hand-crank ice cream maker from the depths of their basement so I could control the ingredients. Nothing worked. So back to mint chocolate chip I returned.

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40 Daily Decisions to Keep You on the Right Path

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By: , SparkPeople Blogger
8/2/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  64 comments   :  23,644 views

There's a claim floating around the internet that any given person makes, on average, a whopping 35,000 decisions per day. Obviously, that may be exaggerated—but hey, even if you drop one of those zeros, that's still a pretty enormous number of choices.
 
Of course, not all of those selections will be earth-shattering. Wearing the blue shirt instead of the red, watching "Game of Thrones" instead of "Breaking Bad," trying a new brand of laundry detergent—none of those is likely to have an enormous impact on the quality or longevity of your life. But on any given day, there are many decisions (more than you might think) that have the power to improve or impede your health. Granted, one decision in and of itself won't have a noticeable effect—but added up over time, all of those incremental choices will eventually manifest themselves in your wellness…and, yes, even your weight.
 
Every morning when you wake up, your decision meter resets, and you get a brand-new opportunity to make the right ones. From choosing what to eat, how to exercise and other health and wellness options that come your way, making the correct decision can set you up for a lifetime of healthy living.

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10 Fitness Items You Can Get for Less Than $10 on Amazon

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8/1/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  42 comments   :  10,062 views

When you think about working out, do you imagine yourself having to shell out hundreds of dollars a year on a gym membership or buying expensive equipment that you'll probably never use? While there certainly are benefits to belonging to a gym, or in owning home gym equipment, none of those things is necessary to get in shape and live a healthy lifestyle. In fact, there are plenty of items you can purchase for the price of a burger and fries that will last a lot longer and serve your health goals a heck of a lot better.

From light weights that travel well to a mini exercise ball that helps you target those tiny muscles, items that help you stay in shape can be just a 10 spot (or less) away.


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Spark Spotlight: Celynne (CEL3131)

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By: , SparkPeople Blogger
7/30/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  26 comments   :  5,830 views

At SparkPeople, we love helping people accomplish big goals—but we believe it's equally important to celebrate the small successes along the way. Each week in the Spark Spotlight, we'll check in with a featured member about his or her proudest moments, biggest challenges and advice for others on living, thinking and feeling healthier. We hope these quick snapshots will help motivate you to keep moving steadily toward your own goals, week by week.

This Week's Spotlight: Celynne (CEL3131)
Age: 29
Location: Barrie, Ontario, Canada

Small Success of the Week

Celynne hiked 15 kilometers while carrying a 30-pound pack. She is training for long-distance overnight hikes and this was her longest hike at the time of her Community Feed posting. Since then, Celynne has worked her way up to 20 kilometers!  


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40 Mouthwatering Recipes You Can Make Using a Bag of Spinach

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7/30/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  29 comments   :  11,423 views

Popeye was onto something. Packed with nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants, spinach is definitely a powerhouse in the world of vegetables. The dark, leafy green has been shown to serve up a myriad of benefits, including preventing cancer, managing diabetes, increasing bone health, lowering blood pressure and improving hair and skin health.
 
As with most good-for-you foods, though, spinach can sometimes get a bad rap for being less than appetizing—but we're here to dispel that age-old myth. There are plenty of tasty and creative ways to enjoy the versatile veggie—and we definitely don't mean straight out of the can, Popeye-style. Keep a bag of frozen or fresh spinach on hand at all times, and you'll be one step closer to whipping up one of these nutritious and delicious recipes.

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