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3 Year Sparkversary - Day 9

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Celebration Day 9:

It is 3 years today that I joined Sparkpeople (through a friend). I remembered she was trying to show me a before and after of some people as a form of motivation and I decided to check the site myself and I have been here virtually everyday for the past 3 years.

For 3 years I have not lost so much weight (approx 12kg) but I am very fit and happy. I love this site and being addicted would be an understatement of a description of my attitude towards on a daily basis.

I made awesome friends and we became so close as if we had met (I even enjoyed physical goodies not virtual alone, I am so grateful to everyone).

I can never quantify the encouragements and inspirations just by reading blogs and visiting pages. What would I have done without my sparkfriends, you are simply siblings from another mother to me.

Thank you and I love you all.


Back to business of the Day. Day 9

Your Active Challenge

Do the following Morning & Evening Yoga workout when you get up and before you go to bed. These moves should take you about 5 minutes and will help get your blood flowing in the morning, while relaxing you before you go to sleep.

Your Exercise Challenge

Medium-high intensity cardio exercise with no distractions.

This may be a real challenge for you if you listen to music, watch TV or read while you exercise. There's no time limit on this challenge, so it's your choice how long you want to exercise.

The idea is to exercise with no distractions - no music or reading, no heart rate monitors or watches. You can choose any activity - Walking, running, a cardio machine or even vigorous yard work.

Whatever activity you choose, focus on how your body feels, speeding up and slowing down to stay at a medium intensity. Think about your breathing and your form and let your mind wander where it will. There's no time limit, so go as long as like. When you get done, write about what it felt like to exercise with no distractions. Did this challenge feel difficult for you?

Your Flexibility Challenge

Your flexibility challenge is the same as yesterday's, but feel free to choose different exercises if you're so inclined. Do at least 5 (or more) reps of the following yoga exercises anytime throughout the day:

Cat Stretch
Pelvic Tilts
Side Stretch

Other Options:

Yoga/Pilates Matwork
Yoga Fusion Workout
Beginner Yoga Poses
Do your own yoga workout, video or group fitness class

Your Nutrition Challenge

Explore your cravings.

Each time you have a craving today, get out your journal and write down what you're craving. Then ask yourself if you're really hungry, or could there be something else going on? The list below details just a few reasons we feel cravings, even when we're not hungry. Go through the list and write down anything that may be contributing to the craving:

Being thirsty. Often, dehydration can make you feel hungry even when you're not.
Being tired. The afternoon slump happens to all of us and it's normal to crave something sugary at that time of day.
Boredom. Being bored is one of the number one reasons many of us eat, even when we're not hungry.
Stress and anxiety. For some people, stress and anxiety can send them right to those comfort foods to help them calm down and feel better.

What else could be contributing to your cravings besides hunger? Become aware of your cravings - when they happen, what you crave and what's really going on. That awareness will help you learn how to deal with the issues instead of giving in to your cravings.

Your Mind/Body Challenge

Do Nothing.

Find 5 minutes today to sit and do nothing. Sit on your couch, at the park, at work, wherever you can find and just sit there. How does it feel to do nothing? Do you get antsy or jumpy? Where does your mind go when you do nothing? Pay attention and write it down in your journal.

Daily Challenge Checklist

I decided to copy and paste the whole of the challenge for day 9 because I feel others can benefit from some of the challenges too.


Note: On my nutrition challenge, I realized that white bread was the bane today (I scarcely take soda anymore), I took more than enough of it because I got home hungry and angry too.

What is your cravings today?

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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Happy sparkaniersary!!! You are going great. Fitness is very important. Rather big and fit than slim and unfit!!!!
    1586 days ago
    Happy 3 year SparkiVersary! You have achieved a LOT

    1587 days ago
    emoticon 3 years!! Wonderful!!
    You GIVE so much inspiration to so many! Thank You for being here! emoticon emoticon
    1587 days ago
    Congrats TemiT! Glad to be on this journey with you! emoticon

    Can I confess one thing? -I cannot do cardio with music-Ye! lol..

    lovely post though :-)

    1587 days ago
  • SWAN47
    emoticon on your 3 year anniversary. I too have been a Spark member for several years. I haven't lost the weight but I eat better, sleep more and exercise more. That being said I still want to lose weight. I love your challenges and think I will choose some of them today. They are interesting and purposeful. I'm glad we're Spark Friends. Thank you so much for being a friend.
    1587 days ago
    1587 days ago
    Being fit and happy is very important. Even more so that what the scale chooses to say.
    1587 days ago
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