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Coloring In The Lines - August 13, 2011

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Remember when you were in kindergarten some years back, and how you took pride in first deepening the outlines of the page you were about to color, so that you would take extra care when coloring in the page?

I got to thinking about that, when I remembered a little known feature that Spark provides: On the Start page, there is a monthly calendar (called my SparkSummary Calendar) where you can see at a glance how you are progressing for that month. There is a gold star awarded if you stay in calorie range, and there are icons to monitor your fitness minutes, calories burned as you record it for exercise done, and weight, as well. The gold stars made me smile: Seems silly, no? We're back in kindergarten again. But when a buddy of mine at work and I were plotting out weight loss goals right before Thanksgiving last, those gold stars became awfully important.

If you follow the 80/20 rule, that amounts to 24 "gold star" days out of 30 on average for each month. That's all we have to do to see results, and to keep on point. It allows us a few days (six approximately) to "mess up". Not that one should use that to consciously fall off the wagon, but it does help to know that even not perfect, success for the month can be obtained.

I promised a SparkBuddy that we would start a virtual trek this week beginning tomorrow, Sunday. We're starting in Falmouth, MA and are going to "walk" to Provincetown, MA on Cape Cod. It's a "mere" 80 miles, and at the rate of about five miles of exercise a week, if we keep each other on point, and Spark minds my gold stars for me, I think we should be in Provincetown on the Cape, virtually, by Thanksgiving. I think having a buddy work along side you with similar goals is a very useful tool.

We'll update our progress on our feed. Feel free to join us if you like. Just print out a map of the Cape Cod streets (easily found on the web) or plot it on MapMyWalk.com. I made the directions simple and you can find them on my SP page in summary form. We are walking from Sippewissett Road opposite Flume Lake in Falmouth (I just loved that name!) to Pilgrim's Monument on One High Pole Hill Road in Provincetown, MA.

Care to join us? Bring water and snacks. It's a long walk!
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  • PONYFARMER
    Where on sp do you do these virtual walks. They sound so fun!

    You are so correct, no one is perfect so the 80/20 rule is great to give you a place that is NOT perfect to strive for. I too love the STARS and the atta boys we get from SP.
    3084 days ago
  • CANNIE50
    I came to thank you for your thoughtful comment on my blog about, basically, being flamed (rather than SParked). It is one of my first experiences with that level of nastiness on SP so I was caught off-guard. I have a bit better idea of how to handle it now, so it was a good lesson. Thank you for the info about the summary calendar. I LOVE gold stars and I am not ashamed to admit it! Have fun on your walk - what a great idea.
    3084 days ago
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