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From 10 Minutes a Day To Competing at the World Championships, Part Two

Paul is one of our behind-the-scenes tech “gurus” here at SparkPeople. We asked him to share his story in the hopes that it will inspire others to take risks and challenge themselves. Click here to read Part One of his story.    

Roughly one year after taking on SparkGuy's 100-day fitness challenge, I found myself in Las Vegas, ready to take on my next challenge at the IBJJF World Championship.

The event itself was totally outside my comfort zone. It was held at a convention center in Las Vegas that was bursting at the seams with people. There were cameras streaming the event on the Internet. There were professional photographers and famous athletes. The energy inside was electric.
Posted 11/2/2015  12:00:00 AM By:   : 20 comments   7,607 views
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From 10 Minutes a Day To Competing at the World Championships, Part One

Paul is one of our behind-the-scene tech ''gurus'' here at SparkPeople. We asked him to share his story in the hopes that it will inspire others to take risks and challenge themselves. 
Posted 10/26/2015  12:00:00 AM By:   : 17 comments   14,400 views
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Ace Your Next Workout with a Deck of Cards

Forget the treadmill and that complete set of dumbells—getting in a good, heart-pumping workout can be as easy as 52 cards and a bit of floor space.
Posted 10/20/2015  12:00:00 AM By: Elizabeth Lowry : 21 comments   25,185 views
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New Workout Playlist: A Sugar Rush for Your Ears!

There is a delicate art to creating the perfect exercise playlist. The beats need to keep you motivated, the lyrics should make you happy and the pace should be upbeat. A well-crafted playlist has the power to propel your workout to the next level, and that's something worth celebrating!

Lucky for you, we teamed up with the folks at Yes! Fitness Music to take some of the guesswork out of the elusive perfect playlist. This mix of familiar pop favorites and bumping house music is as entertaining as it is motivating--the playlist includes over an hour's worth of music at 135 beats per minute to help you really maximize your workouts. 
Posted 7/8/2015  12:00:00 AM By: Alicia Capetillo : 4 comments   10,152 views
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5 Tips to Keep the Momentum Going

At this point, the novelty of the New Year has worn off. Hopefully you’re still going strong with your healthy living goals. However, if motivation is starting to wane, don’t despair! You aren’t destined to fall back into old habits, or fail at those goals you set just a few months ago. There are simple ways to get back on track and refocus so that this becomes YOUR year of permanent change. Are you ready to get started?
Posted 3/5/2015  12:00:00 AM By: Jen Mueller : 17 comments   21,043 views
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10 Ways to Socialize Without Food*

If you’re someone who likes to go out frequently with family and friends, you know that most outings revolve around food.  It’s easy to say “Hey, let’s meet for lunch!” or “Want to join me for a few drinks after work?”  Whether you’ve just started making improvements to your diet or you’ve stuck to a healthy eating plan for years, you know how tempting these situations can become.  Your friend orders a plate of French fries and you start munching on them without even realizing, or your mom asks if you want to split a dessert you weren’t planning on ordering.  In most cases, it’s best not to avoid these events completely.  Avoidance can help you stick to your plan, but it’s not a long-term solution.  Eventually you’re going to be in situations where food is involved, so you have to learn how to deal with temptations.  This helps change your new habits into permanent lifestyle changes, instead of a “diet” that you are on and off periodically. 
Although it’s certainly possible to stay on track with your diet in social situations, sometimes it’s nice to have alternatives that don’t revolve around food.  If it’s your turn to make the plans, choose something fun and different!  You might find that one of the activities below sparks a new way to socialize with those you love.
Posted 12/22/2014  12:00:00 AM By: Jen Mueller : 4 comments   22,369 views
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The 100 Best Workout Songs of 2014

It's the most wonderful time of the year...the time when we release the best booty-shaking, iron-pumping, fat-burning songs you exercised to during the past year.
For the past 12 months, we compiled a list of new and popular songs worth working out to. Then we asked members of, America's #1 weight-loss and fitness website, to vote on their favorites.

Find out which song most people worked out to this past year,  whether any of your own favorites made the list, and how you can download a brand new 60-minute cardio remix of the top 15 songs (as voted on by exercisers like you)! 
Posted 12/19/2014  5:00:00 AM By: Nicole Nichols : 26 comments   246,267 views
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We’re All a Work In Progress

I will never forget the day one of the dads at school came up to me and said ''We’ve been thinking about having a fourth, especially after watching you.  You seem like you really have it together, you’re relaxed about having four kids and you just kind of go with the flow.''  I told him that was the most hilarious thing I’d ever heard in my life, because it couldn’t be further from the truth.  ''Go with the flow'' is not a term anyone who really knows me would use to describe my personality.  It made me realize that appearances are not always what they seem.  I’m the first to admit that most days, I’m just trying to keep my head above water.  I’m busy, I get stressed out easily, and I wish I could find better ways to relax.  At the end of the day, I’m doing my best, and that’s all I can ask of myself. 
Posted 12/15/2014  12:00:00 AM By: Jen Mueller : 22 comments   20,522 views
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7 Reasons Parents Should Feel GOOD--Not Guilty--about Exercising

Whether you're a parent who works full time, part time, or stays at home, working out can be a challenge.  Finding the time amid cooking, cleaning, laundry, homework, sports, lessons, and bill-paying; finding the energy when you're short on sleep; and finding someone to watch the kids so you can get to the gym or go for a jog is no small feat!  And then there's the guilt.  Maybe you feel guilty because working out means even more time away from your kids, so you choose to skip the gym.  Maybe they're with you all day but they cry when you drop them off at the gym child-care, so you opt to stay home instead.  Whatever the reason, if you're missing your workouts because you're feeling guilty, read on to shake off the guilt and get fit—because as it turns out, your workouts are actually good for your kids, too!
Posted 11/17/2014  5:00:00 AM By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger : 1 comments   13,331 views
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The Most Motivating Video You'll See All Week

I never imagined that a Lebron James TV commercial could make me well up with tears...

Non-sports fans: please give me a chance to show how this is relevant for all of us :)

This past Thursday night, my boys and I watched Lebron's first game back with his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers. Just before the game, a commercial started playing. As the concept in the commercial unfolded, I immediately thought, "This is one of the best commercials ever." I'm sure millions of other people had a similar thought at the same time.

By the next morning, I realized I had to scrap the original idea I had for today's blog and instead write about this commercial (my editor doesn't know that yet -- haha).

Even if you have already seen this Nike TV commercial, watch it again from a different perspective.
Posted 11/2/2014  12:00:00 AM By: Chris "SparkGuy" Downie : 11 comments   15,305 views
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Get Fit before You Feast: A November Challenge!

Halloween is just around the corner, and we all know what that means—the holiday season will be upon us before we know it. Unfortunately, the "most wonderful time of the year" also tends to be the most stressful time of the year for a lot of people; especially for those who are striving to lose weight or get fit. How do you avoid falling off the wagon during such a busy time full of food, friends and family obligations? 
Posted 10/27/2014  12:00:00 AM By: Melinda Hershey : 212 comments   83,340 views
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An Easy Step to Reach Big Breakthroughs

Editor's Note: This blog is part of our "Hello from SparkGuy" series--a weekly post where SparkGuy himself stops by to motivate, inspire and share a bit about what's going on at SparkPeople. 

Hello, SparkPeople Members!

The crisp autumn weather is here (at least where I am in California). I hope everyone had a great week, taking one positive step at a time to reach your goals. As a warning, I'm about to brag about one of my kids, but hopefully you'll agree it's for a good reason :). I love sharing growth they experience with you.

Motivation in a Minute

This quick story about one of my boys demonstrates how taking small steps one at a time can lead to fun breakthroughs in life. 
Posted 10/26/2014  12:00:00 AM By: Chris "SparkGuy" Downie : 4 comments   13,609 views
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How to Get Back Up When You're Down

Editor's Note: This blog is part of our "Hello from SparkGuy" series--a weekly post where SparkGuy himself stops by to motivate, inspire and share a bit about what's going on at SparkPeople. 

Hello, SparkPeople Members!

I hope last week went well and you are ready for another good week ahead! With the holidays quickly approaching, life can get very busy. Let's all keep taking small steps one at a time to reach our goals for the last 70 days (or so) left this year. Don't give up on reaching goals this year. Instead, make every day count!

Motivation in a Minute

I read this great quote on Quora yesterday:

"When we hit our lowest point, we are open to our greatest change." (From the TV show Avatar.)

This is a brilliant quote that illustrates a major point I make in the free 10+ Fitness Minutes Mini-Book: all it takes is a few small positive steps when we are down (which happens to all of us) to start building a virtuous cycle back up. It also clearly demonstrates how mistakes can be great learning experiences. (This is coming from someone with a history of anxiety who doesn't like making mistakes, but now values the process when it inevitably happens :)). Any time you are down for any reason, make a mistake, or somehow stray from your goals, just keep this quote in mind and immediately start thinking about one positive step you can take. Examples would be: eating one healthy food, doing 10 or more fitness minutes at home, calling a friend, or even posting in the SparkPeople Community to receive support. 
Posted 10/19/2014  12:00:00 AM By: Chris "SparkGuy" Downie : 4 comments   17,397 views
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Back On Track: A Consistency Challenge for August!

It's almost August, and whether we like it or not, the days of summer are dwindling. Bathing suit season may be mostly behind you, but that doesn't mean it's time to abandon your healthy efforts now that autumn is in sight! Plus, maybe all those barbecues you've attended this summer are starting to show on the scale. Maybe your vacations and kids' activity schedules have taken precedence over your exercise routine. Maybe, now that the wild ride of the season is coming to an end, it's time to get back on track and consciously recommit to your healthy lifestyle. And we're here to help you do it with a brand new challenge!  
Posted 7/29/2014  6:00:00 PM By: Melinda Hershey : 449 comments   110,715 views
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13 Inspiring Instrumental Workout Songs

Editor's Note (Nicole Nichols): Here at SparkPeople, we know just how powerful music can be as a motivator for your workouts, which is why we try to share new music ideas often. My friend Susie (who is an amazing Spinning instructor) uses a lot of instrumental songs in her classes, and I'm always surprised at how motivating and upbeat they are even though they have little to no words—and are often songs I've never heard before. If you are looking for some new fitness music that will push you, inspire you, and help you focus in your next workout (or race), this list is for you! Here are 15 of her favorite instrumental songs that are great for exercise!
Posted 7/14/2014  5:00:00 AM By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger : 10 comments   92,243 views
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