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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

What do so many people come to Sparkpeople to find? Tools? Companionship? Accountability? Competition? Motivation?

Sparkpeople members who have found the BLC know that they have found a place that when used as intended, is the complete package! What better people to ask about their experiences and secrets of success than our Week 1 winning team and Week 1 and 2 OVERALL team... emoticonthe NAVY NINJAS!

emoticon I asked the Ninjas to share what is means to them to be a member of the Navy Ninjas:

"Being HELD accountable...YOU KNOW JOINING NINJA's "YOU WILL PARTICIPATE". (if you don't everyone has to do 100 Jumping jacks)!!! LOL.....and everyone just kindly pushes you to do MORE than you thought you could do..." ~LIGHTONMYFEET7:

"...not only do I have to be accountable to myself but to my team as well; if I'm not feeling motivated, I just log onto our boards and read what my teamies are up to! They motivate me every time." ~BOBANDTY

"Being a Ninja keeps be motivated. We are a pretty competitive bunch. So when I log on to our chat thread & see how awesome my teammates are doing, it helps to motivate me to do better. This is especially true with exercise. It's easy to feel lazy after a long day at work. Logging on & seeing what my Ninjas are up to helps me suck it up & work out on those days when I'd rather watch tv!" ~HIKER-SQUIRREL

"Being a Ninja to me means accountability support and encouragement. These ladies help to keep me in line and totally support me when I feel like I can't hold myself up. They praise all of the little accomplishments the regular people would overlook or think was silly." ~SINGER73

", caring, accountability." ~HOLISTIC5

"Being a Ninja to me means having a dedicated team of 20+ like minded people who are facing very similar daily and life challenges and trying to achieve the same goals as I am when it comes to weight loss." ~XXMILAXX

"I think that being a Ninja is about being part of a wonderful team. It's such an awesome group of ladies that I WANT to make sure to succeed for our team, not because I feel guilty or obligated to." ~CARLAWO


The Ninja's know what most of us know... tracking leads to success. They are really putting it to action!

"no secret- track your food and move a works." ~HOLISTIC5

"staying super active on the boards. reading what everyone's doing and what they're struggling with as well as posting my own successes and struggles!" ~BOBANDTY

"I track my calories every day. Especially the days when I don't make the best choices. And then I track my weekly calorie average (by adding my calories for the week & dividing by 7). This really helps me not obsess about one bad day, or use it as an excuse to continue stuffing my face just because I "blew it" that day. " ~HIKER-SQUIRREL

"My personal secret is to force myself to stay in a healthy, positive, and motivated mindset otherwise all else goes down hill. Also, by staying accountable to my teammates I stay accountable to myself. " ~XXMILAXX

"The secret for me is to just trust the process. I have all the tools and knowledge I need to succeed in my weight loss/healthy lifestyle journey. One must do what you know and know that over the long haul you will succeed as long as you don't quit. There is no one size fits all to weight loss. It is trial and error. If something didn't work, then continue to make changes until you find the right solution for you." ~SINGER73

Summing up the NINJA experience from the Captains’ perspective:

"I've found that being a Ninja means being part of a group that never gives up. We all suffer set-backs and when we do, we have the support of every member of that team. They're there to offer advice, give suggestions and ultimately hold each other accountable. It's a highly competitive group and they push harder when challenged. Participation is very important.
…(What is your "secret"?)... Personally, it's connecting with the team every single day. I can't forget about staying with my eating plan when I'm checking in every day - it's a constant reminder that I need to stay focused! The challenges keep me motivated and knowing that I'm letting the team down if I don't follow through is always in my thoughts!" ~GRACIEC

Congratulations and Thanks to the NAVY NINJA’s for being great examples of BLC Community!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

NANA-B-FITZ 8/28/2013 3:10PM

Thank you for sharing.

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DEBSZOO74 7/4/2013 1:20AM

    Awesome job Ninjas! emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing.

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LIZARDG7 7/2/2013 2:41PM

    Well Done Ninjas! ! !

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 7/2/2013 9:48AM

    Great blog! Well-done, Ninjas! You have got a lot of accumulated wisdom!

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YO~YOLANDA 6/28/2013 11:51AM

    Love how you've shared what works for all of you Ninjas...We can learn from your Experience...Keep on Rockin' those Numbers!!! You are on FIRE!!! emoticon

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JMOUSE99 6/28/2013 11:40AM

    emoticon Ninjas!!

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PINKNFITCARLA 6/27/2013 10:54PM

    emoticon Ninja's! Great job :-)

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MOONSHADOW145 6/27/2013 10:23PM

    Congrats again Ninjs! Thanks for sharing...

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MUVFASTA 6/27/2013 7:10PM

    Thanks for the blog! I LOVE being a NINJA! They're the BEST! Supportive, caring, and motivating!!! GO NAVY NINJAS!!!

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LIGHTONMYFEET7 6/27/2013 3:16PM

    LOVE this BLOG!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!! WOO HOO...I love being a NINJA!!!

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GIVWIG 6/27/2013 10:56AM

    Proud to be a Navy Ninja!! Love the Blog that describes us to a T!!

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SINGER73 6/27/2013 9:14AM

    emoticon Ninja's are a hard working but fun team. emoticon

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WINKERDINK 6/27/2013 8:06AM

    Awesome job Ninjas! emoticon

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LRSILVER 6/27/2013 5:04AM

    Great job, great team. Go Ninjas!

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FUNONTHERUN 6/27/2013 1:23AM

    Great job Ninjas. Thanks for sharing your tips/secrets. emoticon

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NEVADAPP 6/27/2013 12:16AM

    Yeah team Ninja!

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XXMILAXX 6/27/2013 12:11AM

    emoticon Go Ninjas!

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AFERARI 6/27/2013 12:02AM

    Good job Navy Ninjas! Keep up the good work!

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SHEENADEE 6/26/2013 11:51PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing some of your secrets to success.

Congrats, Ninjas!

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HEALTH4LYFE 6/26/2013 11:51PM

    Thanks for putting this all together. The Ninjas are a great group of women, with some slightly more competitive people on the team. But that's okay, it makes some less competitive rise to the occasion. A great example is when we see that Becky, who just gave birth last week to her son, was inquiring about what core exercises she could do to participate in the mid week challenge. When one of the team mates saw her question and subsequent score, they couldn't NOT do the challenge. (her nickname was crazy pregnant Ninja).
For me, accountability is BIG! And as a co captain, it's bigger. Setting a good example, not giving up and continuing to check in daily to see if someone is struggling or in need of extra support. Thanks again! emoticon emoticon

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VISUALLYRICS 6/26/2013 11:08PM

    emoticon Navy Ninjas!! emoticon

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FITLIKENIC 6/26/2013 10:49PM

    emoticon Thumbs up WEEK 1 Winners!

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JUST DO IT: How did your ADMINs do with their *D* goals??

Friday, January 25, 2013

We committed ourselves to all of you to DECIDE to do something, and we're committed to following up so you can see how we did! Accountability, we believe in it!

emoticon Terry (TEKRU1): "OK, the thing I've been struggling with for the last year, unsuccessfully, is giving up diet coke - my DECIDE is to go without one for at least one day!"

emoticon Terry reports that she is STILL Diet Coke free!!!

emoticon Nicole (FITLIKENIC): "My Decide : FIND a Walk friendly 1/2 Marathon and register for it! No more being worried I'll not be able to do it, or will run out of time."

emoticon Nicole says: "Looking like Denver Rock N Roll Half or Amica Seattle, still chatting bout the dates but narrowed down (I think), LOL. Just need to confirm vacation is available, then hunt up accommodations."

emoticon "I am going to DECIDE to get up earlier! I talk about it, but I don't. STARTING NOW....I WILL DECIDE to get up earlier in the morning! I sleep BEST in the mornings...sleep horribly at night so 9am is my goal to get up for this challenge."

emoticon Jen reports: "I was up every day before 9! " (Now to work on getting in more quality sleeping hours!)

emoticon "I just registered for the Flying Pig Marathon Relay. I haven't used a training plan or ran on the weekends since last September. I will decide on a plan to follow to train for the race *AND* I will actually run on the road (OUTSIDE) this weekend regardless of the stinking January weather!"

emoticon Mel says "I printed a program and did it JUST in time! It fits in PERFECTLY with the race date! I've stuck with the plan, INCLUDING that quality time spent on the road Sunday with my audiobook, it's great to hit the ground running again!"

emoticon emoticon emoticon How did YOU do?! We were overwhelmed by the positive responses and encouragements offered to our blog. We were so proud of the decisions you were making for YOU, too. The BLC community just ROCKS!!!

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RUNGRL2013 5/29/2013 2:40PM

    great!! emoticon You guys are great role models for me to follow!!

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LIZARDG7 1/27/2013 5:24PM

    You ladies are wonderful!

I am motivated and have been exercising every day because of you!

Thank you for being our leaders! Lizzie

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KIN59VARA 1/27/2013 12:38PM

    I did not know there was a half marathon you could walk instead of run. I would love that!

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ROSIE777 1/26/2013 8:00PM

    emoticon job all of you!

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SMALLERSHEEP 1/26/2013 11:35AM

    Way to go ladies! You are true leaders and the BLC is so blessed to have you all! Keep up the great work!

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CM_GARDNER78 1/26/2013 11:00AM

    You guys are AWESOME!!! I am sure that being BLC Admin is time consuming, so I am SO GLAD to know that you are taking time to reach YOUR goals while you spend so much time helping us to reach ours!!!! You guys ROCK!!!

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-SEVEN- 1/26/2013 9:40AM

    emoticon you set the example!

My cleaning under the fridge and stove led to more and more! The oven is now clean and pretty inside (using oven cleaner, not the self clean mode, which doesn't clean well), kitchen floor, doggie cages and the doggies too! Whew! emoticon

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HICIM705 1/26/2013 8:56AM

    Great blog!

emoticon for sharing ... AND a BIG emoticon to making those goals and sticking to them!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 1/26/2013 5:24AM

    terry emoticon i have been diet coke free since last august the 26th keep it up you are on a streak there.

nicole-you can do it love

jen- emoticonproud of you jen

mel- emoticonknew you could do it.keep on keeping on.

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BIGBROTHER323 1/26/2013 1:09AM

    Great idea to do this! I like it! or in Star wars speak....Mesa likes it!

Jvmgarvie....I plan on signing up for the Flying Pig 10K!

Jenn, get up with me! 5:15! well okay....I snooze until 5:45! LOL

Okay...slep tricks: warm milk, melatonin, camamile tea, or 6 cycles of 4 by 4 breathing....4 seconds of inhaling, holding, exhaling, exhaling the rest, repeat!

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ZANNACHAN 1/26/2013 12:59AM

    Awesome job, all of you! I really enjoyed reading about what everyone did--and was really amazed at how much everyone accomplished.

Mine may sound small but it's something I've been wanting to do for over 20 years and never got around to doing--daily meditation, specifically sitting meditations. So I did 5 minutes of meditation every day.... not just for the 4 days of the challenge, but the full week. Still going, actually, though I missed last night. But I will fit it in today before I go to bed!

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KRZYKAT3 1/26/2013 12:00AM

    congrats leaders glad to see you doing so well.

My Decide and Do is to control stress eating and portions by less snacking, having snacks around that are healthier or make sure I KNOW the calories I can have. First weekend went well, this week I had one day I let get away a little but I still tracked it all and lost the first week!

Thanks for being so inspiring. This round reflect motivation and inspiration!!

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JAXMOMMY 1/25/2013 10:15PM

    Well, it may sound skimpy as a goal, but it is big for me. This year I started doing actual jumping jacks since I broke my leg 4 years ago and this past weekend I did something I've been scared to do and that is simply skipping! I skipped during my walks! What fun!

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DAS92687 1/25/2013 8:51PM

    emoticon Fantastic !!!
emoticon to all of you!!

I found a great HM myself ... it's May 4th and just 30 minute drive from my house - flat course. So now I have 2 months to get ready. It's probably good that I don't know what I don't know ... or I might be nervous emoticon

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DEBSGETTINFIT 1/25/2013 7:21PM

    I decided to commit to exercise of some sort everyday and tracking my food. So far I have done both of them.

Congrats to all our leaders - you are doing an awesome job managing all of us and keeping us motivated.

emoticon emoticon just emoticon us and we will keep surprising you!

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MABELL1WFTX 1/25/2013 7:00PM

    Kudos to all of you. You all certainly set the tone of BLC for all of us to follow.

I finished last round with a loss every week. I decided to do the same for this round. I know that we have just started, so too early to judge yet. But I will say that in Weight Watchers, I have registered a loss every week with the exception of one maintain since Aug 20. I CAN and I WILL continue on.

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PEGGYO 1/25/2013 6:45PM

    I Decided to have just one glass of Merlot instead of two. I have white wine (water in my wine glass) first and I have continued just having one glass instead of two.

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STOPPLAYING2011 1/25/2013 5:43PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon job you all inspire me to push harder my just do it is to exercise for at 100 min a week and keep track of my intake on spark i,m working at both of these but i,m not there just yet thanks for all the help and for the dedication you all have to the BLC emoticon emoticon

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SHARON2014 1/25/2013 5:37PM

    Great - I decided to give up online scrabble until the end of January and so far so good. I even went to the webpage one day and said "nope" and I left!! emoticon

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MSPATOOTY 1/25/2013 5:18PM

    This calls for a major emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIGHTONMYFEET7 1/25/2013 4:46PM

    way to go - ALL OF YOU!!!!

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ARKPLE 1/25/2013 4:34PM

    BIG Decide's and GREAT follow-through. And, BTW, thank you for all you do for BLC, past, present and future! ~~ Barbara

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COOKINGSTARS 1/25/2013 4:30PM

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PATTYJ48 1/25/2013 4:30PM

    Way to meet your goals. Congratulations. emoticon Giving up coke is very hard. I have been drinking just water and skim milk these past 2 weeks.

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LILYGAL 1/25/2013 4:02PM

    COngrats to each and every one of you on your accomplishments!! I did great on not eating potato chips. But I didn't get my project finished because of a run to ER with my grandson when he had a seizure. So I still need to get that finished. BTW, he is fine now!!

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VISUALLYRICS 1/25/2013 3:41PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Leaders!!
Whoa...:::some impressive Progress! emoticon for YOU!

~ Laura

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ITSYBITSYMAMA 1/25/2013 2:18PM

    Terry, not drinking diet coke is one of my New Year's resolutions. I have not let a drop pass my lips since New Years Eve. How did you find it? It was really tough going the first few days, but I even managed to go to the pub and just drink blackcurrant juice. Keep going it's definately worth it.


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-COURT- 1/25/2013 2:14PM

    Great on your goals!! You're all good role models.

I didn't do very well on eating freggies, but I have been doing my exercise schedule and most of the time stop eating by 8:30.

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What have your BLC-Admin *DECIDED* to Just Do?!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Here we are, prepping for the FIRST BLC-WIDE WEEKEND CHALLENGE and it's a good one!! With the theme being JUST DO IT, we're ready to DECIDE to DO IT!!

As you know, one component is to DECIDE to just DO something. ANYTHING, this is a very personal choice. You're setting your OWN goal for what YOU know you need to do. Something that's holding you back. Something that you think you CANT do. Something you've been told you CANT do. Anything that you feel too old/heavy/silly/etc to do. Just Do It!!

We wanted to share with everyone what OUR personal DECIDE goals are for this weekend!

emoticon Terry (TEKRU1): "OK, the thing I've been struggling with for the last year, unsuccessfully, is giving up diet coke - my DECIDE is to go without one for at least one day!"
emoticon What do you think guys? I know she can do it, let's encourage her to go 1 day, and beyond! Tell her how you broke YOUR soda habit!

emoticon Nicole (FITLIKENIC): "My Decide : FIND a Walk friendly 1/2 Marathon and register for it! No more being worried I'll not be able to do it, or will run out of time."
emoticonGo Nicole!! There are LOTS of options, we can't wait to hear which one you pick!

emoticon Jen (JENS_DOIN_IT): "I am going to DECIDE to get up earlier! I talk about it, but I don't. STARTING NOW....I WILL DECIDE to get up earlier in the morning! I sleep BEST in the mornings...sleep horribly at night so 9am is my goal to get up for this challenge."
emoticonMaybe Jen would benefit from hearing some of your strategies for sleeping well and waking rested. Good luck Jen!

emoticon Mel (MGJARVI): "I just registered for the Flying Pig Marathon Relay. I haven't used a training plan or ran on the weekends since last September. I will decide on a plan to follow to train for the race *AND* I will actually run on the road (OUTSIDE) this weekend regardless of the stinking January weather!"
emoticonIf it's cold in Kentucky on Sunday, she may need a poke or two! Maybe we can follow up with her on Monday to see if she stuck to it!

What about YOU? What are YOU going to DECIDE to go ahead and JUST DO IT?! Leave us a comment, we'd love to hear about it!

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GODS_SERENITY 1/25/2013 5:00PM

    Terry, I need to DECIDE to give up the diet coke too! I don't really drink it at home. It's when we go out. I know it's not good for us! emoticon

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DEBSGETTINFIT 1/23/2013 1:46PM

    I have decided to get up on the weekends and do at least 15 min of exercising "before" drinking that first cup of coffee. I would rather sit there and drink 2 - 3 cups of coffee but i am going to change it up and see how my body responds to this.

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VICTORY2XS 1/22/2013 8:41PM

    I have Decided to counteract negative self-talk. As soon as I catch myself, I imagine a big red stop sign and immediately give myself TWO positives about myself, out loud if possible. I have posted index cards with my many positive attributes around the house (bedroom, bathroom, computer, tv, car). It has worked for four days now, and I can already feel my self-esteem blossoming!

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NUTZ4HARRY 1/22/2013 10:10AM

    Awesome DO ITS!! My do it was to post a picture of myself and compare it to my BLC20 beginning Picture. I posted a blog with both of them.

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JENS_DOIN_IT 1/21/2013 10:35PM

    WOW! emoticon for sharing your thoughts, ideas AND your DECIDES! Hope that yours went as well as mine did! It will take time for me to make it habit to get up earlier, but I AM working on it! emoticon

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JMOUSE99 1/21/2013 6:12PM

    Thanks for this post - very interesting! I got the garden cleaned up on the weekend, at least somewhat cleaned up. I am fairly interested in gardening, but I hate the cleanup and I have been avoiding doing so since last summer. I got the old tomato plants in the compost bin, and also the pampas grass blooms and trimmed them too. I am sooo ready for the spring bulbs to start appearing!

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KRZYKAT3 1/20/2013 11:47PM

    great blog, thanks for sharing cappies!

I am working on control of what I eat when. I have a tough time not eating the food at work, stress eating, overeating due to meds,. So I am making a Conscious effort to pay attention to what i eat. emoticon

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SKINNYSTRUMMER 1/20/2013 11:31AM

    Love the commitments you are making! Inspiring!

Terry, while water is a great replacement, try water with some fruit in it. I love berries, lemon, lime, cucumber…. If you put it in the fridge overnight in a sealed jar – it is so refreshing! Good luck on that goal!

Nicole, there is so many great marathons now locally - I am sure you will find one that meets your criteria – and you will rock it.

Jen, I just found a great app called sleep cycle – it actually monitors your sleep and wakes you up based on your sleep pattern within the half hour of your alarm time. I have only tried it for a few days so far – but seems promising.

Mel, flying pig sounds great – training plan is crucial now that you are registered. Hope you managed your training run today!

You all do an awesome job with this BLC challenge - thanks so much!

I am focusing on eating at the low end of my range and working out 5/7 times a week. That is what worked last BLC so I am sticking to that plan again!

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36ROCK 1/20/2013 9:32AM

    I have completely given up Star Bucks - White Chocolate Mocha! I'm also going to put my health first and not let life get in the away.

Great job Admin!

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PEACEJENN 1/20/2013 12:45AM

    emoticon Way to go ladies! I know you can all do it. No excuses! :)

Terry, focus on water while giving up pop. I know it's not the same, but you can try flavored water too....take it one day at a time, but don't give yourself a 'reward' to have one if you made it one day. You can do it.

Nicole, you can do it. I know you can because you won't EVER give up and that my friend is just a matter of signing up for it. You've got this!

Jen, UGH, getting up early?! No fun! hahaha But try sitting up to turn off the alarm, or put the alarm across the room (and don't run back to bed after you turn it off, haha) That way you are out of bed and might as well be up and at 'em.

Mel, Flying Pig Marathon? Oh now that's awesome, GREAT NAME!!!! Think of it this way, even if January weather doesn't play nice, you can do this, and you won't be so hot when you are done if it's cold ;) ha! You can do this! When's the Marathon?

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UNIONDIVA 1/19/2013 8:43PM

    I. Will register for a half marathon. I will be walking..but I will finish! emoticon

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MARYDSAN 1/19/2013 7:06PM

    Jen-I am struggling with getting up earlier as well, but like others, the problem starts with staying up too late. So, I am working on getting to bed before 10. Then I will be able to get up before 6:30 to exercise.

I never had a problem with Diet Coke (or diet anything drink) since I am sensitive to artificial sweeteners. My sister and I get "foggy brained" using them.

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CATBEFIT 1/19/2013 2:40PM

    Great D's!

Terry--I replaced Diet Coke -- my staple -- with any other beverage a couple of years ago. Water, Fruit flavored water, tea, etc. I didn't try to avoid artificial sweetners entirely -- just soda - diet or otherwise. After about two months, I tried one, and found I could not abide the taste of it -- I had really become sensitized to the artificial flavor of it -- and have been happily Diet Coke (and for that matter any other soda drink) ever since (about three years). I can't say that it impacted my weight one way or the other, but I did start drinking more water as a result -- and I am guessing polluting my body just a little less with chemicals.

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CM_GARDNER78 1/19/2013 11:16AM

    AWESOME goals!!! :-) Can't wait to hear the follow up and see how you all did!! :-)

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MYJUNIEMOON 1/19/2013 11:15AM

    You Can Do It! We Can Do It! I Can Do It!

ANYTHING we put our mind to.....

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UNIQUELYBETH 1/19/2013 10:33AM

    Great blog!

I went to an expo (to get my book signed by Jillian Michaels not to listen to the sleep expert! lol) a few years ago and they had a sleep expert there. He said that going to sleep at about the same time each night is one of the first tasks he gives his patients. He said that going to bed at different times upsets the circadian rhythm and makes it hard to get a sound sleep.

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MAGGIEVAN 1/18/2013 11:29PM

    I am sure it will help other people to find their "just do it" thing-a-mie. Great ideas and all achievable.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 1/18/2013 10:44PM

I have every confidence that you all can JUST DO IT! emoticon emoticon

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THEMRSH 1/18/2013 10:07PM

    emoticon Love that you put this in a blog! Lots of great tips for sure.

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MOXIE26 1/18/2013 8:54PM

    Great goals for everyone!

Another team I'm on is going to do a no-sugar/so sweeteners challenge for February. I'm going to get an early jump on this and try to go the entire weekend with neither one of them. I'm including Monday as it's a holiday.

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MA_DIDDLES 1/18/2013 8:27PM

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..` /♪\_/¯…………`•.¸¸.☆¯`•.¸
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…\/… ☆ the door of your future.”

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ASHARON 1/18/2013 7:54PM

    Most of you will not understand this one, but this weekend I will clean out 2 chicken/turkey houses. They are starting to lay now and need clean houses and new straw in their boxes.....I will do it Saturday and Sunday!!!

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KPACE7 1/18/2013 7:37PM

    Terry -In BLC 20, Azure had a clean eating challenge for the month of November. I do like to take up a challenge. November was the month I gave up Diet Coke, and I continued to this day. Crystal Light has some naturally sweetened flavors. Look in the tea isle and there are some naturally sweetened teas also. Don't purchase the artificially sweetened kind or you really won't be making positive progress away from artificially sweetened drinks.

Good Luck! emoticon

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EATNBOOGERS 1/18/2013 7:32PM

    These are awesome--both the captains and everyone else's. I am going to say no--to overextended myself, to over-committing myself, to not taking care of myself, to putting myself last.

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JENGRAMMER 1/18/2013 7:31PM

    Well, I've read all of the responses and I can't run--bad knees
I already have great sleep patterns--8 hrs a night usually
Haven't had soda for YEARS and it was hard to break the habit.

BUT - I decided to MAKE myself conquer this food tracker thing that has me buffaloed. I've been working with it for several days and still wrestle with it

You ADMIN ladies have inspired me---if you can RUN, STOP COKE, and GET UP EARLIER, then surely I can master this tracker monster. I've never ever no never tracked before--in fact I really dislike ( can I say hate) tracking, but decided to "just do it" for this round cuz I have set an impossible goal for myself and maybe it will help.
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BUGSMIMI 1/18/2013 6:25PM

  Terry, I decided a few days ago, before the challenge, that I was going to give up the diet Coke too. My goal is to drink the last 2 sodas tonight.. lol. But, I have enough water on hand for tomorrow, and some Chrystal light iced tea mix, just in case I need flavor to that water... Good luck to you!

And good luck to the rest of the Admin team! And thanks for keeping the BLCs rolling, and for participating! You ladies ROCK!

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MAMACHAMBS 1/18/2013 3:55PM

    Terry ~ No advice here on the diet coke habit. Thankfully it's never been my vice.

Jen ~ I suffered the same issue so I started - January 1st - going to bed between 9 and 10PM and reading til I'm sleepy. I'm happy to say, I'm now getting up, well rested, between 6 and 7 AM. Problem solved.

Nic - dear sweet Nic - why not join Mel and I and the rest of the gang for Flying Pig? emoticon You'll have plenty of SPark support!! The miles will fly by! (Get it? Flying Pig!!)

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MAMACHAMBS 1/18/2013 3:49PM

    YAY Mel!! If I can run outside in NNY to prepare for our relay, you can do it in KY. Just do it!! :-)

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STILLWATERSSB 1/18/2013 3:06PM

    Great goals! emoticon

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BLUE42DOWN 1/18/2013 2:49PM

    emoticon plans!

I'd already decided that emoticon was my big problem to tackle, though in the opposite direction from JEN. I keep staying up later, then "catching up" on the weekends. I've tried to set sleep rules for myself in the past and tend to rebel, so I've decided that enough is enough and I am changing this for the better.

I wrote out some specific rules for myself (bedtime, wake time weekday and weekend, and even specific allowed exceptions).


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VISUALLYRICS 1/18/2013 2:39PM

    Terry::::.... emoticon You will not regret this decision....I made the same one 4 years ago and I'm in love with water!...My body thanks me too! emoticon

Nicole:::.... You have just inspired me to also commit to another seems I cannot for the life of me find a FRIEND to go with me, but I am committed to do it alone because I know I want/need to. emoticon for inspiring me!

Jen:::::....I am with you as I too am inconsistent with rising early.....Oh and how I miss my early morning runs...I am such a wimp in this winter weather.....:::but not anymore. Thanks for inspiring!

Mel (MGJARVI): emoticon on your choice to do ((((the Flying Pig Marathon Relay!)))) I am such a wimp in winter weather too....and here I am down south in Texas! LOL!! I look forward to watching your Progress!!

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EUPHRATES 1/18/2013 1:51PM

    Nicole - you should come do the Flying Pig like Mel! I'm considering the half myself, and there are a bunch of sparkers coming this year (I can send you the spark team link if you want). My daughter and I walked the full last year, right here in the 'home of Sparkpeople'

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SMALLERSHEEP 1/18/2013 1:26PM

    Yay Admin Ladies! You all ROCK! I can't wait to see how well you all do with this challenge!

Terry, when I decided to kick my diet soda habit, I knew I would need to substitute something else (aside from water) or I wouldn't be able to do it. I found that in the winter, green tea made a great substitution for me. Plus, it gave me the excuse to use the fun mugs my kids gave me. I still have a diet soda from time to time, but before I allow myself to have one, I make myself drink 16 ounces of water. Usually, by the time I finish that, I don't want one anymore, but if I do, then I let myself have it.

Jen, hmm, sleep, huh? I'm sure you've probably seen the suggestion to power off at least an hour before bedtime. For me, an hour wasn't enough--especially when I was an admin because my brain would start going overtime and I'd have a hard time falling asleep. I had to start shutting down 2 hours before bed time in order to have that quiet mind.

Nicole, oh my gosh, girlie! I cannot WAIT to hear which HM you decide to do! That is SO stinking exciting! WHOOT! WHOOT!

Mel, my dear...ahhh, I feel for ya. I did my long, slow run today and it was 35 when I started. You know what might help? Download some songs from IronMan so that when they come on as you're running, you're warmed up with thoughts of RDJ. ;) You know that GOYBAD that I love so much featuring George, right? Well, I've got that song as my first one on every running playlist I have and it heats me right up! LOL! I'll be looking to see that you did your run!

Keep up the awesome job, ladies! You are AMAZING!

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DETERMINED_SOUL 1/18/2013 1:26PM

    I have to say, I think I share the same decide as Jen. I need to get up earlier. I keep talking about it, but never do. I will wake up at 7:30.

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MEINPROGRESS 1/18/2013 12:31PM

    My Decide is that I will no longer wimp out and do modified push ups. By now I should be strong enough to do the real things!

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COOKIE_AT_51 1/18/2013 11:29AM

    I am going to try a video my son bought for me for Christmas ... Dance Central, I am hoping to know some of the music since I am such an old f@rt emoticon

Have a Sparkling Friday!! emoticon

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ZOEANAEL 1/18/2013 10:43AM

    My Decide ti to clean up the clutter in my bedromme. I've been saying I should for mons now, but saturday it will get done!

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CARBJUNKIE83 1/18/2013 10:38AM

    These A.D.M.I.N ladies are ROCK emoticon's!

Terry - As for the emoticon , I used to drink coke like it was going out of style!!! I stopped drinking it cold turkey and strated to drink flavored sparkling water, that was the ice breaker for me! I still got the fiiiiiz without the sugar and empty calories and it helped with my water intake!

Nicole! You totally got that emoticon emoticon emoticon

Jen!! I challenge you! emoticon I need to start waking up earlier too - would make my mornings so much less stressful! Let's DO THIS! emoticon

Mel!! emoticon here you come! You got this!!! Even on cold day's we will be there to carry you (not literally LOL) but help you push yourself to train!

emoticon ADMIN for always being so emoticon and leading us to better and greater things in our spark jounrey!!! emoticon

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MSPATOOTY 1/18/2013 9:38AM

    Those are some excellent "D"s!!! emoticon

Jen -- you might try a different sort of alarm to get up to ... I found an iPhone app (maybe available for Android too?) called "Radio Alarm" and I love it! You can choose a whole variety of different sounds to wake up to, including a trumpet! Who knows? Maybe just knowing you're going to hear something different in the a.m. will help your mind wake up.


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JHOPPER 1/18/2013 9:27AM

    I've decided to kick my "I should" attitude to the curb and change it to "I AM!" I tend to say "I should get my workout done, I should get a walk in, I should get dinner started, I should get to the store" and then end up putting it off. I am going to pre-set the daily schedule and DO IT! Told DH to make me aware of anytime he hears me say I SHOULD!

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BEACHLVRMI 1/18/2013 9:26AM

    You ladies can do this!

Terry~I personally know how hard it is to give up soda. The best way to do it is go cold turkey. There will be a day where you think your head will explode because of the caffeine withdrawal but it is all worth it in the end.

Nikki~You got this. I know you can do it!!!

Jen~set two alarms to wake up early. There have been times I have three alarms going to I can get up

Mel~Get out your training schedule and ROCK ON!

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-COURT- 1/18/2013 9:16AM

    I decided to clean off a chair....doesn't sound like much, but it is a chair I use for exercising. It's been covered with papers etc for a while. So, I did it this morning.

Terry, I used to be addicted to Dr. Pepper. I rarely drank water, even for taking pills. i decided I wanted a good mammo, Dr. Pepper and chocolate has caffeine so I decided to give up all caffeine...longest year of my life!! But I did have a good mammo plus, it broke my addiction to Dr. P.
Tip: if you do decided to give up your diet soda .... don't go cold turkey emoticon migraine city.

Mel & Nic, just do it. No matter how far you make it, you at least tried and tyhat is the important part and it'll e easier for the net event. Mel, you'll warm up in time after a few mins of running.

Jen, sorry, wish I could help, but I'm the worse sleeper. Go to bed late and up early. Only reason to get up early....feed the squirrels and birds. They now expect it and I can hear them run across the roof to the front yard tree. Oh well, what can I say.

Good luck all.

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JECKIE 1/18/2013 8:17AM

    Mel, just remember your Flying Pig co-horts are training too! ;-) Go get 'em!

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THRIVE2DAY 1/18/2013 8:07AM

    emoticon emoticon

I plan on tackling my closet and getting all my fat clothes ready to donate. It's something I've been putting off "til tomorrow. emoticon

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    Thanks to the ADMIN LADIES. Without them where will we be. emoticon I haven't decided on my one thing yet, will give it a though over the weekend.

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon for setting the bar.....

Suggestion for ADMIN....Since Ohio is SORT of central and since I know that Jen is wanting to do a emoticon with Nic and since Mel is signed up (for the relay?)....why not decide on making the Flying Pig your emoticon? You would have LOTS of support because it's a HUGE sparker event. You can turn it into a SPARKaliciously FUNtastic memory making event!

Mel, put on those kicks emoticon and print off your training program and JUST DO IT! Who are you doing the relay with? Hook up and make it a weekend date. Most training plans will have weekday training and one long training day on the weekends as a "group". You've got this!

Jen, 0900 is your goal for a wakeup? Plan a "date" for 1000 with Jeff to meet for a workout if he can or a fitclub workout with the boys at 1000. Then you have something you HAVE to do then!

Terry, if you're going to be walking a emoticon and are in training, you def need to kick that habit! Maybe you need to invest in a sodastream to help you wean yourself.

My DECIDE is as yet undecided......

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LILYGAL 1/18/2013 6:44AM

    Thanks for the blog!! I haven't decided as of yet what to do BUT I do have two ideas. Will post later.

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DAS92687 1/18/2013 6:19AM

    Great Blog!! I also will be registering for a 1/2 marathon I can walk :)

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LEVELPATHS 1/18/2013 3:34AM

    I'm going to buy new trainers this weekend. Been putting it off for ages and I really need them now, especially for all the walking I'll be doing over the next 12 weeks.

If I could find a walk friendly half marathon like Nocole perhaps I'd walk even more. Maybe I should try harder to find one. I'll ask some UK spark walker teams if they have any tips.

Jen - I love getting up at 6.30 am every day including days off! But I used to hate getting up early and would certainly never have dreamt of getting up at that time. My advice to you is - just do it! - ! - and I'm sure if you do, you will find it easier and even enjoyable as you stick with the habit, and hopefully will even sleep better because of it.


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    Please let me know what I need to do to join the BLC22. I'd especially LOVE to be an "Auzurita" (Azure Destinations Team)! I've been inspired by Ms. Patooty.
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COOLMAMA11 9/17/2012 4:55PM

    I would love to join in on the challenges, need to get this weight off!


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    i would like to join the next challenge

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SMALLERSHEEP 12/1/2011 7:36AM

    The sign ups team is not a "newbie" team. It is our sign up place. If you don't join there and enter your information, we can't place you on a team. It is for all non-BLC17'ers wishing to join us for round 18. :)

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MAGGIEVAN 11/30/2011 6:21PM

    May I please join the BLC18 team with Mathgurl in my team? I am a very serious Sparkie and I don't need to be in the Newbie team. I love recording my exercise and food intake. I want to see progress and I love a challenge. I set myself challenges on Nike+ website.

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SMALLERSHEEP 10/1/2011 3:51PM

    Just join the mailing list team and you'll get information on when we open sign ups for round 18. That will most likely happen sometime in December.

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BECKY501 10/1/2011 2:50PM

  I would also like to be in the next challenge. How do I get on a team? emoticon

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ZIPCONTROL 10/1/2011 11:39AM

  I'd like to be on your mailing list for the next challenge. What do I need to do.

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    emoticon ler me know

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LUVSBULLDOGS 7/8/2011 10:02PM

    Thanks for the info. Great teams.

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BLC-ADMIN 5/17/2011 9:48PM

    You are certainly WELCOME to join the Mailing List team; however, as a current BLC'er, you will receive notification first anyway.

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GODDESSELLIE07 5/17/2011 3:13PM

    If I'm already part of the BLC, do I need to join the mailing list?

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DEE797 5/17/2011 1:51PM

    Sounds good to me...

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