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Spark Book Rally: Binghamton Area Losers

Sunday, January 24, 2010


One of the GREAT accomplishments of our local SparkTeam is that when adjusted for population, Binghamton is NUMBER TWO in the USA on the city leaderboards for accumulating Fitness Minutes!! We even beat Cincinnati...woo hoo! :-)

Our local SparkTeam the Binghamton Area Losers held our Spark Rally yesterday from 10:30 to 2 pm. Nine of us (including THREE SparkTeam Leaders!) met at a restaurant where we had lively discussions about "The Spark" along with other topics such as creating vision collages, some of the goals we had for ourselves, suggestions for health foods and food preparations, types of workouts we preferred, tips for maintaining a healthy kitchen and the importance of motivating ourselves through positive coaching strategies for ourselves. We also looked forward to types of gatherings we would enjoy in the future including returning to the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life fundraiser (and other fundraisers as well!), kayaking and potluck get-togethers at our local parks. We also want to be sure to have meet 'n greets which are "user-friendly" for those who have limitations which prevent them from being more physically active.

Another idea was to become more connected and involved with any / all local health events such as health fairs, conferences and conventions by doing presentations, discussions promoting SparkPeople and Spreading the Spark!

Around noon time we moved outdoors to our local Rail to Trail for a 4.2 mile walk on a gloriously sunny 40 degree day. We continued to enjoy super conversation while having fun moving along the trail. I even broke out my Nordic Walking Poles to *at long last* USE 'EM! A tad awkward at first, but I soon felt natural with them and was pleased by the upper body work they offered while walking. It's been said that they add another 20% caloric burn to one's walk...so hey, why not? :-)

I am SO PSYCHED and LOOKING FORWARD to getting to know more of my local fellow members of SparkPeople and getting together in the future for more fun and good causes!

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    Sounds like you all had a blast. Great ideas about sharing the Spark! WTG on using those poles!

    ...who's working on that list...
    3009 days ago
    What a great Spark filled day Don. You guys sound like you had a blast.

    I really like that you guys are going to try to get involved with health fairs and rallys. That is a really good idea. I might have to check out when some are around here too.
    3010 days ago
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    Your team did a fantastic job with your Spark Rally. I really like your ideas for different gatherings. Keep on sparking!
    3010 days ago
    That sounds so cool! :D That thing about the fitness min/pop is really cool! :D What a great group of Sparkers you have!
    3010 days ago
    you socialite you.
    3011 days ago
    How cool that you all were able to get together like that!
    3011 days ago
    Oh, that sounds like so much fun. I'm going to forward this to one of my good Bingbong friends.
    3011 days ago
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    how wonderful is that being able to get together with others on similar journeys that live near by and are sparkers as well..............have a great week ahead.............blessings and hugs...............lita
    3011 days ago
    I am so happy you all had a fab time and swapped great ideas and came up with some good plans!!!

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    3011 days ago
    The Spark book rally looks like great fun, Don, and I'm glad you finally got to try out your Nordic Poles! Aren't they great?! I don't have official ones, just my old Leki Makalus but they work just fine since I rarely walk anywhere that allows use of the rubber tips. Most of the walking around me is quite hilly and I love the freedom they give me to walk where I want to. This is kind of a "mom" thing but don't forget to get some probiotics going when your antibiotics are gone. Don't mean to sound bossy...I forgot them last round and I didn't really perk up until I got some good kefir. Hope you are about done with the ear troubles!

    Sparky Cindy who was thrilled with the 15 minutes of emoticon we had about an hour ago!
    3011 days ago
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