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Go Red for Women: Caring for your heart through a healthy diet and regular physical activity is the secret weapon to preventing heart disease. Happy Easter!Our little visitor to our bird feeder. She actually was eating seed from the ground, not other critters.I've been enjoying the spring birds, like this Orchard Oriole, and now planting pots! Spring has finally arrived in Northern MN!!week 280 of my streak for "Exercise for at least 90 minutes per week" earned 6/20/2021From Premium Coaching today: "Willpower is the power to control one's actions, impulses, or emotions."I stopped to take some pictures on my way to "Harley-sit" on Wednesday.We had a beautiful sunset last night over the frozen snow-covered lake.Today I am with Harley while his mom and dad are away working. He's such a good boy!Preparing for the Winter Warriors BL Challenge!! I'm working on the brain game. Congratulations to the Scarlet Dragons Team for the Harvest Your Health BL Fall Challenge!!Today is my first day of retirement. I'm going to miss my co-workers and patients.A walk with the girls yesterday. The first day of Fall is right around the corner. Enjoying the cooler temps/less bugs and looking forward to fall! Harvest Your Health challenge starts today! Yay!Went walking with the girly girls! Still some wildflowers bloomLooking forward to the weekend!!Willa went S(it) U(p) P(addleboarding) with me yesterday for the first time and had a fun time! Today Gigi will give it a whirl!I love to paddle board and paddle boat in this bay. So quiet and relaxing. I went paddle boarding and paddle board kayaking yesterday (have a seat for the board). Love to see nature!!I read a good SP article this morning-Positive Self-Talk Leads to Success. Adjusting my thoughts...Paddle boating affords the opportunity to photograph wildlife while getting some ST! Fawn hiding in the grass-taken from paddle boatSpark Coach: "Create success by doing the best you can with the individual decision or task that's right in front of you at this moment."Thinking about getting a Stand Up Paddleboard. Does anyone have one? How do you like it?"You are what you eat!"...Choose healthy!Me-resting in my chair after work. Them-PLEASE can we go for a bike ride??Today I am going to set up my fairy garden and pot a few flowers. day 1400 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 5/24/2020Gigi and Willa Finally made it up a challenging hill on my bike! Felt good to accomplish!I got my first new bike ever! Can't wait to try it out today with the "girlies".Adjusting to the idea that life has new "normals". I began making masks for family in health care. My husband pitched in yesterday to help cut pieces. #alonetogetherI hope when the covid19 pandemic recedes, we all remember things we have learned from it. Like: prepare ahead for an emergency; protect others from illnesses you may have like flu, colds etc and STAY HOME when you are sick; wash your hands often because you never know what you may have or may pick up; AND the quote from a famous Book-"Love your neighbor as yourself". What have you learned?Thinking...Hope......what if?...what if?I really do have a poor memory!Today...dogs & crafts!day 1300 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 2/14/2020"Wear Red Day"-Friday February 7February is Heart Month!February is Heart Month! I went snowshoeing Saturday! ...it was cold, windy, and snowy...WillaGigiHappy New Year!I'm planning to enjoy spending time with my family today. Merry Christmas everyone!Getting caught up in the season!Can I find 10 min to do some ST in my day? YES I CAN!Lifetime weight maintenance does not occur naturally. It takes daily commitment to face each battle head-on."Preparing for some much needed change.Evaluating my health and choices.Dream BIG!!Dream BIG!Go Scarlet Dragons!We did better this week! I need to do the things I am able to do and be thankful that I can..NO QUITTING ALLOWED!Let's do better Week 4!!Rising up! Have a wonderful week!If not for the "girlies", I wouldn't have went for a walk last night after work! Good Girls!!I will make sure!Hey! Thanks for the invite! I track my activity from the day before each day. That way I get my points, coz I usually Spark in the mornings. I'm going to try...The ABS-olutely Awesome Autumn BL Challenge starts soon. What can YOU do in 10 weeks? If you are interested in finding out, let me know!Reap the benefits of exercise!Eat well and exercise to stand your ground against gaining between the challenges!!Welcome to the Between the Seasons #moveit challenge!! Don't give up on acquiring cardio and st minutes!Welcome to the Between the Seasons #moveit challenge!! Don't give up on acquiring cardio and st minutes! I'm my own work in progress and so are you!We all need a little boost once in a while!day 1096 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 7/25/2019@hickok-haley I found the bird!!! It works perfectly in my fairy garden! Thank you for sharing. I LOVE it!! Add some finishing toucehes to my fairy garden. I love the peacock which I saw on a post from @HICKOK-HALEY! Thanks!My fridge is low on freggies. Today I get to restock. A watermelon, cherries, strawberries are on my list! How about you?What counts as a fitness minute?
A fitness minute is one minute of any type of activity related to exercise. This can include steps, cardio, strength training, high-intensity activity, STRETCHING, sports, and even heavy housework and other "practical" activities that require exertion.Good morning! Have a terrific Thursday!Good morning! I hope everyone has a super Thursday!WELCOME!!4/24/2019I should do heavy cleaning everyday!! The minutes and exercise add up quickly. I should do heavy cleaning everyday!! The minutes and exercise add up quickly. I can't tell you how many times I heard my mother say, "Go outside and play!!". I think kids today would benefit from those words. Snowing yesterday and today. Gigi had some minor surgery and can't get out to run. So focusing on indoor exercise. UGH!week 165 of my streak for "Exercise for at least 90 minutes per week" earned 3/31/2019I took Willa to class last night and she helped me get extra fitness minutes. I love my furry fitness buddies!day 1 of my streak for "Walk 7,500 steps per day" earned 3/24/2019I am capable of amazing things and so are YOU!Darn it! Forgot to check in on Fitbit yesterday-missed my step goal by 10 steps! "Dust yourself off and try again."day 14 of my streak for "Walk 7,500 steps per day" earned 3/22/2019I can and so can YOU!Success is just ahead!Zoodles for dinner under Tuscan Chicken done in the Express Pot with a side of asparagus and some black grapes. Have a good day!Caught up on tracking after a relaxing weekend, mostly off the computer. Hope you are getting your freggies in and are excited for the start of the new challenge!! Finally got at the cleaning I wanted to get done! What a workout!WELCOME Scarlet Dragons!WELCOME Scarlet Dragons!
week 157 of my streak for "Exercise for at least 90 minutes per week" earned 1/31/2019WHEEEE! Sledding at 61 years young!Me and my girls! Willa and GigiHappy Thanksgiving!Willa 11 weeks oldWilla (apricot) and Gigi (blue)
They are sisters 1 year and 8 months apartI'm so happy! Went shopping last night and restocked my freggies and REALLY picked over the available stock. I think I found some good ones. Have a great weekend, everyone!day 800 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 10/2/2018Strength TrainingCardioI'm going to do 10 min strength training 3x week. Gigi is truly my fitness buddy. She gives me the incentive to get out there and walk everyday. My "Woo hoo" from SparkCoach today and a good reminder to look forward!!Summer BL Challenge
Week 3 StrengthSummer BL Challenge
Week 3 CardioFrom the article "Mastering the Mysteries of Motivation":
Your motivation will be as strong as the amount of effort you put into making your own decisions (regardless of what they might be) with conscious awareness. Your motivation will be weak when you consider yourself to be helpless against your own urges, feelings and desires, or a victim of circumstances beyond your control.Before the 5% Summer ChallengeSome sweet advice that our national leaders could use......day 700 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 6/24/2018Hello everyone! Thank you for the invitation! Looking forward to the challenge!SparkCoach Woohoo! for the day:My WooHoo at the end of today's SparkCoach ...SparkCoach today: Planning is the key to success in your healthy lifestyle journey.Have a wonderful day!Wishing everyone a Happy Mother's Day!From Coach Nicole and Jen's article "You Asked: How Many Calories Does Strength Training Burn?": When setting expectations for weight loss, remember that progress doesn't always happen in the consistent manner you might expect. Focus on the bigger picture and all of the health benefits that regular strength training provides!Congratulations Scarlet Dragons!Hi! Thanks for the invitation @KENTTUPPENCE Looking forward to this challenge and hoping it's one more tool to help me stay on track this month.Hi! Thanks for the invitation @KENTTUPPENCE Looking forward to this challenge and hoping it's one more tool to help me stay on track this month.SparkCoach: Imagine yourself inside on the couch. Now picture yourself running outside. What do you notice about the contrast between the two scenes? Which scene is more vibrant and full of life? Remember this if you're tempted to skip your workout today.Here's a calories burned calculator with fitness AND daily activities. Very helpful! https://www.healthstatus.com/calculate/cbcI don't remember if March came in like a lamb, but it is surely going out like a lion!While fulfilling the daily task for The 21 New Member Challenge, I found this quote. It always brings a chuckle!SparkPeople friends are the BEST!!I hope this challenge helped everyone to achieve their goals towards better health! See you next time!!What is your goal for today?Good morning! Thank you for the invite! I hope everyone has a great start to the week.NEATness counts!
SparkCoach today: NEAT (non-exercise activity thermogenesis) refers to all the movement you do each day that adds to your active lifestyle, but might not count as traditional exercise. I hope everyone has a nice Sunday! We had a day or two to rest, now OFF WE GO! If I missed anyone,please invite them back, and also feel free to invite any friends! The more the merrier!Wow! We really ate a LOT of freggies in a week's time! YAY US!!!WOW!!! Look at those fitness minutes we accumulated!! What a team!!Spark Coach: Imagine your "future self" giving your past (or current) self a hug. See your future self thanking your past self for having the courage to move forward in this healthy lifestyle journey.This was my breakfast today...yummy!A healthy start to the â€œTime to Bloomâ€ challenge! Letâ€™s go SCARLET DRAGONS!!!Remember this today when you think you haven't accomplished as much as you would have liked to. Be kind to yourself and encouraging.What are your goals?My daily and weekly goals for March. You have to aim to hit a target! Looking to be back within 3# of goal again! 4 will get me there.Setting goals for February. You can do this!My total steps tracked on FITBIT for 2017...who new we walked so much??You can do this!!Who can YOU encourage today?Got my cardio with my fitness buddy today!Sharing from SparkCoachLet the New Year begin!! Looking forward to the new year-full of hope, goals, and new dreams!Merry Christmas!Cookie Day with family was Saturday and this photo was my favorite part!!Make time for yourself during this busy season...YOU are important too!day 500 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 12/6/2017Let's be RE-KINDLERS!I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!I'm thankful for my SPARKFamily!Biggest Loser Winter Challenge begins Dec 9! Sign-ups are underway! Join us to stay ahead of those "Winter Weight Gain B-LOSE"!! I'd love for you to join the Scarlet Dragons, one of 10 BL teams!Completing a challenge always feels great!!Thank you CHERIRIDDELL for this reminder! I needed to hear that!No better person to be than yourself!Give yourself credit for the effort your making!!I’ve been at this since April 1, 2016!Spread a little sunshine!Scarlet Dragon Team 2nd Place ITC Mission: Slim Possible ChallengeScarlet Dragon Team: 3rd place overall Mission: Slim PossibleJoin the Biggest Loser Fall Challenge today! You might just improve your tomorrows! PM me to find out how. Good question. Me-meet 15 minute strength training goal.Good to know!!Choice: MaintainingI think this should motivate me!I need to remember to use my time wisely."Woo Hoo" from SparkCoach today:day 366 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 7/25/2017I had a really busy day helping to clean up after a storm, spending 4 hours playing "pick-up sticks"!! Lots of exercise! This was my highest stepping day since I got my Fitbit in March 2016.I went strawberry picking yesterday and had an absolutely LOVELY time! Richly rewarded with relaxation and berries!Back from vacation and time to focus on my nutrition and fitness once again. My weight is up slightly but, catching it early will be key to success!I love Sparkcoach!The Biggest Loser Mission: Slim Possible challenge is starting SOON!! Great way to meet new friends and work towards your fitness goals!My "Woo Hoo!" for the day from Sparkcoach! I LOVE it!week 68 of my streak for "Exercise for at least 90 minutes per week" earned 5/23/2017Goal Day 2017...So many participants and so many who reached their goals! Kudos to all!I had a super day yesterday...cleaning!I'm having a chill morning before beginning preparation for my busiest month of the year.I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day!Gigi got a new toy! Go Scarlet (Green) Dragons!!I didn't know there was a word for this! Breakfast on my fay off! Yum!We're all in this together! So happy to have Sparkfriends to share the journey!It's FRIDAY!! Stop and smell the flowers along the way!Reflecting...I really enjoy having my Fitbit! It's been just a tad bit over a year since I got it. It has been a huge part of reaching my goal weight and maintaining the loss. #fitnessis Spring must be here! I'm getting outside MORE and walking the trails again! I'm so happy Spring is here!! I think this is my favorite day of the year! Happy Spring!...changing.Gigi has arrived and is delightful! Always good to remember!HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY on this last day of the Spark the Season BL Winter Challenge!!day 200 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 2/9/2017week 53 of my streak for "Exercise for at least 90 minutes per week" earned 2/3/2017week 52 of my streak for "Exercise for at least 90 minutes per week" earned 1/29/2017I hope you find an active "SOMETHING" to do today!! day 150 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 12/21/2016Romanian Ridgebacks Mascot: LucaChallenging myself....day 100 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 11/1/2016This quote really struck me today and made me think....week 25 of my streak for "Fitness Minutes 200 Minutes per week" earned 10/15/2016One of the ways the BL Challenge has helped me:Posted at the beginning of the Spark The Season challenge. Still motivated with 4 weeks to go!!I shared this with someone today...I went to our local Arboretum to "Pokemon" and got a little exercise and saw some pretty flowers!day 150 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 6/26/2016Whachoo lookin' at??I've been paddleboating a lot recently. Here's one reason why:I finally got the project started AND done on Sunday.Yesterday I spent planting pots with flowers the entire day, except for occasional interrruptions with my 2 grandchildren. It was a great day and today I get to do it again!May I help you? ; )
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