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Day 105 Update: Hot!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Hope everyone is having a great weekend and ready for a positive week of taking one small step at a time to reach your goals!

Today is Day 105 of my streak. It’s been a hot weekend out here in the SF Bay Area with temperatures close to 100 yesterday and still hot today though a little cooler.

This weekend’s highlight was taking my boys out to play tennis with them/give them a tennis lesson today. They are both excited about playing and I’ve convinced them that tennis is a sport you have to take one small step at a time because you’ll make a ton of mistakes as you learn – so you need to be happy about each small win. It was fun to see them having fun and being a great team trying to help each other.

One fun thing for me is that my oldest has had some health issues that we’ve been treating (bad allergies and some breathing issues). A couple of years ago he never would have been able to do this in the heat, but today he had almost no problems. He’s been a real trooper most of the time working to get better.

I’ve also been working some on the 10 minute document this weekend – getting fairly close!

Is it hot where you are located?

Let’s all send out positive thoughts to Theresa, a SP Team Leader and Mom:
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MOMO7YROLD7/25/2014 10:45AM

Congratulations on ur 100 day streak. Ur a motivation. My name is Theresa and I have mild MS and I've been a member and Team leader here at Spark since Feb. 1st 2013 and I had lost 42 lbs in the 1st yr but the last 6 months have been pretty bad for me and my MS. I have gained back 30 of the lbs and now going through physical therapy due to the MS weakening my muscles but i am doing the 10 mins a day of exercise and have not yet started tracking it or blogging it but I am today starting to track it. Thank u for the inspiration. Today I exceeded the 10 mins I actually did a total of 88 mins. I have good days and I have bad days the bad days I be lucky to do the 10 mins. But I will do at least the 10 mins a day every day. I'm shooting for 50 day streak to start out with. Thank u so much.

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BEACHGAL84 7/30/2014 9:29PM

    Just found this blog, congrats on 105 days, I'm up to 9. Love to hear you are involved with your kids. More parents need to turn everything off and tune into their kids before it is too late and they wonder what happened. Theresa, sorry to hear your MS is acting up. Hope your therapy helps and hang in there. emoticon
95 degrees here in Tampa, FL and enough humidity to drench you about the time you walk outside. Temp is something like 83 now and earlier there was actually a cooler breeze. Some front coming through, thank heavens, that is about the only thing that helps. emoticon It seems a lot hotter than when I was growing up and the winter seems to be colder. But now I'm above toll road and the weather was always different in Alva, hot and August.

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SPARKFRAN514 7/30/2014 7:00PM

    Good for you and the family. when it gets in this warm
I welt and think its to hot to day anything so the time minute at a time is a great plan when its in th 100's the last several days since its only 14 i have a long way until I get to triple numbers the goal date is Halloween emoticon emoticon emoticon pushing us towards my streak.

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COOLRAIN 7/30/2014 12:02PM

    You're truly an inspiration. I started cheering you on to keep your streak going, and the next thing I knew I'd started my own. This is Day 10, and so far, I've worked out at least 30 minutes a day, most days 45 minutes, and some days for an hour or more. I'm so excited that I'm actually moving. I work all day at a desk, so I have to workout in the morning before work, add another 15 - 20 minutes at noon, and then another workout after work. I used to refer to myself as a "slug." But not anymore. Thank you, Chris, for starting SparkPeople, for blogging and encouraging us along the way to a better life. You're the greatest! emoticon

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AUNTALICE2 7/29/2014 6:07PM

  The best way kids learn fun exercise is to start them young. Then it won't be such a big deal! Tennis, volleyball, swimming, etc. all good times to be had. I wish I would have been one of those kids! but life does go on, doesn't it. You are a great team leader, a good example and a good father. way to go!!

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LOVINGKATE 7/29/2014 5:48PM

  We have beautiful weather hear in the MN area. I am loving the cooler days and nights. Enjoy while I can couse I'm sure the heat will come back with the humidity.
S happy to hear your son is doing so well. It's fun to play with our kids. I love to hear there laughter. You are a great role model. You have an awesome week.

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ROSAMARCELLE 7/29/2014 5:34PM

    It feels very hot and muggy here in the UK but it is only 75° so I suppose I should stop grumbling. It just wipes me out the heat and direct sunlight gives me a migraine. What you get through in a day is amazing. emoticon

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AHAPPYSPIRIT 7/29/2014 4:38PM

    You are such a great role model to your children. emoticon


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ELIZACG9 7/29/2014 1:30PM

    emoticon It has been hot here but today it is raining cats and dogs... emoticon
GReat blog about Theresa.

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TINK053184 7/29/2014 8:07AM

    It is triple digits here in Texas. I love it how you advocate one step at a time and to stay in the day!! Just do the next right thing! Love it! :)

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ANNARUTH2 7/29/2014 7:19AM

    It's great to see a father working with his sons. So many don't get that nowadays.
It's cooled off here,feels more like fall than summer. Dropped from high80's to low 70's. Not ready for cool weather yet! :) We just came out of a terribly cold winter.

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RPCLEM2000 7/28/2014 9:55PM

    I also live in the SF Bay Area. It was much hotter than usual with no breeze whatsoever. I almost didn't get my 10 minutes in the heat had drained me so much. If it weren't for your blog I would just laid on the couch melting. Thanks for the push!!!

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AVAT539 7/28/2014 8:08PM

    Great post! :) I went outside quite a bit walking this weekend at an old time fair and also a farm sanctuary event and I have to say I am NOT a fan of the heat lol! Almost all of the time exercising I will spend working out indoors. Plan on taking up 15 mins a day of nordic walking soon though. (y)

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MRSTABER 7/28/2014 4:33PM

    The weather has been un-seasonably cool for July! I love 80's!

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JEANNETTE59 7/28/2014 4:10PM

  MOMO7YROLD you are an inspiration. I'm so glad Chris shared your story and 88 minutes is great. I know you will get your 10 in daily emoticon

Chris NJ can't figure out what it wants to do in the weather game emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon we have it all!

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JSEATTLE 7/28/2014 4:01PM

  Even in the heat, we can still find our 10-minutes. You remind me to dust off my tennis racket, an old Arthur Ashe. It's fun just to volley back and forth if you have a partner, or by yourself on a wall.

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MOMO7YROLD 7/28/2014 1:21PM

    Thank u Sparkguy for including me in ur blog. I want to thank everyone who has shoutd out a comment to me in these comments. Thanks a bunch for the recognition. It really means alot to me. Thank u.
Theresa

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 7/28/2014 12:41PM

    It's cold here. Feels like October! It was hot yesterday though.

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PATTISTAMPS 7/28/2014 11:40AM

    I'm in Orlando, so it is 93 to 96 every day for 4 months. Almost never gets hotter, but some days the humidity is killer! I try to walk early in the AM on my 3 walking days. (I also go to the gym early on my 3 gym days, because if I just do it, it is done! And I feel better the rest of the day!)

Love SparkPeople, Love this team!!!

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NHES220 7/28/2014 11:33AM

    I feel for your son, I've been struggling with some breathing issues myself these days and it is impacting my running. Working with my Asthma/Allergy specialist and using an inhaler and trying to work through it. Some days the runs are a struggle, but I keep getting out there.

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ISLAMOM 7/28/2014 10:49AM

    Happy Sparking in the heat! We're in the 90s where I live during most of the summer, and since we live on the water--no air conditioning! We just keep the windows open and enjoy the breezes when they happen!

Cheers for MOMO7YROLD!! Everyday I find someone on Sparkpeople who amazes and inspires me! Spart on!

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NILLAPEPSI 7/28/2014 9:57AM

    Thank you for being such a great role model to us & to your children. emoticon

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PAMBWS 7/28/2014 7:37AM

    Good for you. Keep inspiring the rest of us to move.

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GABY1948 7/28/2014 6:45AM

    Great on your streak but even GREATER on your son's breathing! emoticon to him!

It's not hot here yet but here comes AUGUST!

Have a blessed week!

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GOANNA2 7/28/2014 6:00AM

    Great to hear you had a good time with your boys.
I live in Australia and our winter is amazing.
We have been enjoying warm sunny days.
I love Theresa's determination. emoticon

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MBPP50 7/28/2014 3:50AM

    It's hot as hades here. I'm glad your boys are having fun with their exercise and really engaging. It's harder these days to get kids really active than it was when I was a youngster. I started competitive swimming when I was 5 and raced my first mile when I was 7. I also did some other sports, including distance running. Being diagnosed with Mixed Connective Tissue Disease, fibromyalgia, dysautonomia, and some other stuff has really slowed me down physically but I have been managing to get in at least 120 minutes of exercise a day since June 1. Like Theresa, I have good days and bad days and there are days when I just want to surrender and stay in bed all day. I, too gained a lot of weight pre- diagnosis because I was scared to death and the docs kept telling me it was "all in my head" and kept wanting to cart me off to a psychiatrist. I spent almost two years going from doc to doc to doc before I got diagnosed and put on medicine that allows me to function somewhat normally. SP has been so helpful and motivating to me and I am so glad it is here and that I "stumbled" upon it purely by accident. Thanks SparkGuy and thanks SP!

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PATRICIAAK 7/28/2014 3:15AM

    Flash floods here.
Like Theresa's positive attitude.

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SUSIEPH1 7/28/2014 2:50AM

    Hi Chris,
Great you have such a great bond with your boys ... I live in Australia on the edge of the outback .. It is winter here .. We do have really warm days even in the winter ..
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NEW-CAZ 7/28/2014 2:39AM

    Wonderful that you spend time with your boys, tennis is great exercise.

It's scorching here and has been wonderful weather for the Gorleston Cliff Top Festival, loads of walking around rides and stalls in sea-fresh-air, so good for the soul.

Have a great week!

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KASEYCOFF 7/28/2014 1:58AM

    Hot: record-breaking heatwave over on this side of the pond. Quite damp, and almost no A/C here, either!
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DALID414 7/28/2014 1:44AM

    We had cloud to ground lightning today! Scary stuff! People were hit in Venice Beach.

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HICKOK-HALEY 7/27/2014 11:50PM

    I live in the High Desert So. Calif.. I can't believe you are a bit hotter then here. It's usually cooler up your way. Hang in there. Woo Hoo for your boys. Your a wonderful Father. Tennis is such a fun sport they will enjoy.
Great job Theresa!!

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COLOR-BLUE 7/27/2014 9:54PM

    Chris,

It's so great that you have such a bond with your boys. You're a wonderful role model, in the way you teach them to take that one baby step at a time, so as not to get discouraged.

I had to do that for 18 months, because I was hospitalized for 6 months and the entire journey of me learning how to take care of the bare necessities and the BIGGIE, learning how to walk again! I took walking for granted, like so many others do, but not anymore. It's hard right now, because I'm back in the wheelchair, because of my heart. However, that's not stopping me. I've spoken to and moved that mountain. I march in place or I march from my wheelchair. It's so hard to stand and to sit back down, so I spend most of my time in my chair. I use to weight 388 lbs. before the car accident, and then God enabled me to get to my goal weight of 170 lbs., but with me being back in the chair, I've been creeping upwards and now I sit about 205 lbs. I just pray that I won't gain anymore. I'm really watching extra close what I eat, but it's not as easy as it use to be. It's a HUGE challenge, but by His Grace, this too shall pass!

You betcha it's hot where I'm located in Central Georgia, and the humidity is unbearable! I want to open the door today, to get some fresh air, but Lori told me that it was just way too hot and the humidity would be too much for me.

Chris, I'm delighted to see that your streak is still intact, as you sojourn on! Keep up the good work!

Theresa, you go, GIRL!!! YEA!!!! Look at your go! Your determination is AMAZING!!! You've just given me an extra boost on top of what Chris has given me!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -
GA

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BLAZINGSWORD 7/27/2014 9:48PM

    That's great! Glad the boys are enjoying learning and just living and enjoying life. It is very hot here in Maryland with humidity.

Have a great week!

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SPEDED2 7/27/2014 9:35PM

    95 in Mid-MO today. Cooler for the remainder of the week.

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WALNUTT1961 7/27/2014 9:28PM

    Glad you had some fun time with your boys. It was a less humid day today in northern Missouri. We were able to get outside for painting on the house! Extra activity!
Sending good thoughts to Theresa and so glad your oldest is getting better!

Still doing chair exercises until my foot heals. Did the 20 minute resistance band with Coach Nicole! Woot! Woot! emoticon

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ERIECANALGAL 7/27/2014 9:26PM

    It's cool here in New York State 72 deg. right now. I just got back from an annual family vacation at the beach.

I have now been walking 6,500 steps everyday for the last 8 months and I was surprised how easy it was to walk on the beach this year and didn't even realize I had been walking for an hour. I think the walking has also helped my cholesterol as it was 175 at the last dr. visit.

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JAMER123 7/27/2014 9:21PM

    What a lovely day we had here in MN where the flooding and rains were so bad this spring. We have finally gotten some really nice Sept. weather in July!!

I broke my streak a few days ago and have started over. Today is day 5 of my long streak of an undetermined goal.
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MSLZZY 7/27/2014 9:19PM

    We had the heat 2 days ago with very high humidity. I have no problem with either so I can be outside as long as I want. Keep those two young ones busy and active as their energy is infectious!

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JOHNWBROCKSR777 7/27/2014 9:18PM

    It was hot and muggy here in the great state of Georgia...I was able to get in my 10+ minutes and my wife joined me which was a treat.

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WALLAHALLA 7/27/2014 9:09PM

    There are so many inspiring people on SP! Thank you for sharing!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/27/2014 9:03PM

    A bit on the warm side here in WI, but got out early while the going was good!

DH starts a new job tomorrow, so had lots of loose ends to tie up and now theyre DONE!

Continuing on w/the streak. ONWARD!!

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GOOZLEBEAR 7/27/2014 9:02PM

    Good for you!!!! Glad you had some quality time with your sons. It is warm in the No. Ga. mtns. but not nearly as hot as it is at our home in Florida!!

Wishing you a wonderful week!

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Day 102 Update: I Love It When A Plan Comes Together

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Today is Day 102 of the 10+ streak. I’m at 20 minutes so far today – including 3 minutes of calf raises while waiting for an appointment.

Good news! My boys have decided that they would like to start their own 10 or more fitness minutes streak – yesterday was Day 1 of tracking it for both of them. They are really excited. Now, I know as a Dad that this excitement can wear off especially with kids, so I have a fun reward in mind for them.

They don’t know this yet, but I’m going to tell them today that if they keep up their streak for 50 days, then their reward will be that I’ll take the family to see a San Jose Earthquakes soccer game (no snide comments about how watching a soccer game is not a reward!). Since the World Cup, they have both been excited to go see a game in person and my oldest played his first year of soccer this past spring.

I also decided that since I hit 100 Days, I’m going to reward myself by enlarging a bunch of my favorite photos into posters that I can hang around the house for motivation. Great example of a virtuous cycle, where:
* Hanging photos is a motivator to continue my streak
* Being fit helps me have the energy to get more good photos
* Each great photo builds my confidence at photography
* Buying more photos posters is a meaningful reward for me

As Hannibal from the 80's A-Team TV show would say, “I love it when a plan comes together.”

Note that the video will only play on the main blog page, not the individual blog


What's your plan to stay motivated?

SparkCheers!

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PJB145 7/28/2014 1:13AM

    I started a streak to go 30 days with 30 minutes of exercise, no exceptions. Keeping my fingers crossed and my resolve firm to do this.

Congrats on your continued streak.

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    emoticon You are being a wonderful Father to those children and teaching them how to be healthy is so important! It is also wonderful that you have kept up this streak for 100 days! That is emoticon I think that sounds like a wonderful award for the kids! I wished I could take my Son to a soccer game. I hope your family had a wonderful weekend! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MAMAMOOSE54 7/26/2014 10:11PM

    What a great role model you are not only to your boys but to all of SP!!
I am running a 10K in August and what keeps me motivated are my 2 friends I run with. They keep telling me I can do this and I am beginning to believe that I can!!
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AJB121299 7/26/2014 10:01PM

    nice

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PHATNOMO11 7/26/2014 9:12PM

    good job!

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MM11113 7/26/2014 8:03PM

    I love you reward. Seeing the big guys play soccer will help your little guys.

I took my 19 year old former soccer player to the Mediterranean for 3 weeks this summer. His favorite thing we did was go to the FC Barcelona soccer stadium on a non game day, just to see it. It was full of soccer fans.

Keep sparking!

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JSEATTLE 7/26/2014 7:57PM

  It really makes me smile to think how much you motivate your boys as well as all of us out here. And they motivate you too, it goes both ways. How fun for all of us!

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WALLINMW 7/26/2014 11:00AM

  Yay!

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MASRITE 7/25/2014 10:31PM

    Love how your boys want to do their own streak. And, hey, a soccer game is a great reward. My youngest is a huge soccer fan. She wants to make sure we're home from our vacation on Sunday so she can make practice. She missed 3 while we were away, so she's anxious to get home!!

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GWINNER1 7/25/2014 8:52PM

    What a great way to keep your boys motivated!

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 7/25/2014 8:14PM

    CONGRATULATIONS to your two sons for getting started on a STREAK! A live soccer game sounds like and AWESOME reward!



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SPARKFRAN514 7/25/2014 2:34PM

    great plan with the kids and the reward it what they like not any one else that's my two cents worth. i am at the start like the boys at day 9
my reward at day 50 a new pair of pants that i will need as i will be two sizes smaller and closer to my Christmas goal. emoticon emoticon emoticon have a emoticon time at the game emoticon

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RAESUN54 7/25/2014 2:18PM

    Thanks, I walk daily with my kids and try to get no less than 30 minutes of exercise in. I have also received a free DVD from SparkPeople that I am trying to do, I have done it twice and my daughter is doing it with me. Getting her motivated is a plus for me. Thanks again. emoticon

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    LOVE Hannibal from the 80's A-Team TV show:::....and yes, isn't it GRAND when the kids join in and catch that fitness bug? emoticon emoticon

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BARBIE176 7/25/2014 1:29PM

    How fun! I am proud of you for being such an inspiration to your boys!

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KITT52 7/25/2014 1:10PM

    My plan is to reward myself with small gifts, CD's for the car, nail polish, lotions, candles ..stuff I love but don't just buy them....so it's fun to see what i can get for a few bucks....

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CATHYGETSFIT 7/25/2014 4:27AM

    That is so awesome that you have encouraged your boys to exercise too and that you are teaching them about living a healthy lifestyle. The soccer game sounds like a great reward!

When I get to my goal weight I plan on buying a whole new wardrobe since all of my clothes will be too big for me. Until then I might buy an article of clothing here and there to keep me motivated. I might buy something else when I get to goal weight. Not sure what that might be. I'll have to think about it.

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NEW-CAZ 7/25/2014 2:42AM

    Great reward system.

I used to by costume jewellery for every 5lb lost and when I got to goal I spent out on a whole new wardrobe- had to- I dropped 4 sizes!!

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COASTAL6 7/24/2014 11:48PM

    So far my motivation has been a picture of me when I weighed 315lbs, it's on my sparkpage. I'm going to think of more things to keep me going. Thank You, Chris!

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FRAN0426 7/24/2014 11:29PM

    Now hopefully the chance to see the soccer game will be the motivation for your sons to carry on with their 10 minute exercise streak for 50 days.

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SAM60SUMTHINK 7/24/2014 11:28PM

    Kudos on sticking to it and ESPECIALLY on inspiring the boys to join in with their own 10-minute plan! While keeping kids on track does require lots of creative thinking, you've picked a great reward #1. Hmm... and what will the next ones be!? Hannibal would surely be proud... and think the soccer game a perfect reward! (Just hope by now he'd not smoke a cigar as he agreed about loving it when a good plan comes together!)

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NANHBH 7/24/2014 11:06PM

    What a great example you are to your kids! This is a reminder to me to have milestones where I reward myself.
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PATRICIAAK 7/24/2014 10:50PM

    sounds like a terrific reward. several of my family have played / do play soccer.

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MINNIE 7/24/2014 10:39PM

    i promised myself a fun outing. need to figure out where and with whom when i have a day i'm not busy with docs and such.

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MSLZZY 7/24/2014 10:37PM

    Great incentive for those boys. I need to come up a reward for myself.

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JAMER123 7/24/2014 10:35PM

    Let's see. Hmmm..........Can't think of seeing myself in a poster format nor do I think of sports as a reward..............Maybe get out and get camping again which is happening mid Aug. and then on the road in Sept. That may be my motivation. It is the life I truly enjoy and we do get to go often. We get out and walk the parks with good weather and visit with many people. Good meals as we cook & don't dine out.
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WALLAHALLA 7/24/2014 10:27PM

    A soccer game is an exceptional reward! I wish there were one close enough for me to take my son.

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FIT_MOMMY_OF2 7/24/2014 10:19PM

    Awesome!

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B-NANA 7/24/2014 9:46PM

    My plan to stay motivated is to stick with my Spark Teams and Friends. I've met one friend in person and hope to meet more.

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COLOR-BLUE 7/24/2014 9:00PM

    Chris,

My plan that keeps me motivated, is staying on my doctors, and getting me out of the wheelchair, AGAIN!!!! Knowing that I've done this before, by His Grace, it shall be done AGAIN, BY HIS GRACE!!!!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -
GA

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SUSIEMT 7/24/2014 8:40PM

    Good Question! I don't have a plan! I just am motivated to stay healthy! I spent approx. 58 yrs not being healthy that now after losing all that weight I just want to stay this way! Thanks to Sparkpeople I can say that!

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Day 101 Update: Teaching My Boys to Jump Rope

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hi everyone!

Today is Day 101 of the 10+ streak – first first day of the second 100. I’m currently at 45 minutes for the day.

Today’s highlight was teaching my boys to jump rope. It was an interesting experience. My oldest got the hang of it quickly and I helped him set small goals to do 3 jumps in a row, then 5 in a row, then 10, and then finally 25 in a row. His highest was 26 and he was super-proud of himself and then went and did some other exercises.

My youngest was a different story. He is super-athletic and led his flag football league in touchdowns last season says the proud papa -- I motivated him by showing him YouTube videos of Barry Sanders, but he also gets frustrated easily if he can’t do something right away. So, the most he did was 3 in a row before getting frustrated and giving up in a huff.

I’m trying to teach him that it can be even more rewarding to be good at something when you have to work for it. I still remember first trying to jump rope myself. I couldn’t do 10 in a row for awhile. But, I kept working at it and was eventually able to do more than 1,000 jumps in a row and now love jump rope.

I’ve also been trying to show them both that jump rope is a great foundational exercise that will help them in the sports they love like soccer, flag football, basketball, and even skateboarding. And this type of higher intensity exercise in general will have great benefits like clearer thinking, easier to wake up for school, etc.

I’ll keep at it with them…

Hope you have a great day conquering your “jump rope”.

Here’s a fun one from yesterday:
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The great thing about 10 minutes is that it's SO DOABLE!! Even when you're ready to jump into bed, how hard is it to think of doing something, ANYTHING for 10 minutes that will allow you to sleep like a baby knowing you've done it again.

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CATHYGETSFIT 7/27/2014 2:45AM

    You are teaching your sons some important lessons in life. You are a good role model to them and to all of us as well. Thank you for sharing with us.

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SPARKFRAN514 7/25/2014 2:44PM

    Jump rope brought back memories of playing on the play ground on grade school . emoticon and songs aer now running thought my head kinda like the Chicken Fat fitness song which is what i am using in my 10 minute challenge this week will need to build on that. its great that you are telling the boys jump rope is not just for the girls like they thought in my school days
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ANNARUTH2 7/25/2014 7:30AM

    And....you are also having fun with them!

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MSLZZY 7/24/2014 10:39PM

    It is always fun to succeed but not so much when whatever it is looks easy and you find out it isn't. Younger children can get discouraged so easily but you are teaching him valuable lessons for when he gets older.

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KERRYG155 7/24/2014 7:35PM

    I love jump roping but 4 artificial joints say I'm done with it. Hope the boys really enjoy it.

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KZINRRET 7/24/2014 6:12PM

    Oh how I miss jump rope. I was even in school competitions way back in elementary school. Managed to get third or better for 4 years straight (3rd to 6th grade).

I actually had to do it backwards so you might want to try showing your boys that. I couldn't go forward very well, I kept mistiming my jumps due to actually seeing the rope coming, but I could do backwards easily. I averaged roughly 60 flawless jumps in 1 minute - strange the stuff you remember clearly decades later. Nobody in class could ever go backwards, they all claimed it was too hard, lol. I remember practicing during summer vacations with my grandmother counting and timing me. Fond memories those...

Sadly, I got too well-endowed for it to be comfortable in junior high and haven't done it since. I think losing my grandmother suddenly then had an impact too. I plan to teach my son to jump rope though, once he's a bit older.

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MARYJEANSL 7/24/2014 2:05PM

  I used to love jumping rope, though I was never very good at it.

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NONNAOF2 7/24/2014 1:46PM

  How I remember enjoying jumping rope as a kid! Unfortunately, my bad back prevents me from doing it anymore! It is an inexpensive and great way to exercise, have fun! :-)

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LIVELYGIRL2 7/24/2014 1:18PM

  you teach your kids a lot of good things. This is encouraging to hear.

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PATTISTAMPS 7/24/2014 1:01PM

    I haven't tried jumping rope in years... but think I will! If my knees, hips and heels will let me! I used to love it, but time has a way of interfering! Which is why it is SO important to do everything I can - because I don't want to RUST!! LOL

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PENOWOK 7/24/2014 12:54PM

    Just a suggestion...try having a longer rope and one person at each end just swinging in back and forth...not overhead yet. Once he has the rhythm down, then work on the overhead swing so he can predict it better. Slower is fine. Once he has that down, he can go to the single rope that he controls. Hope that makes sense...it is step by step developmentally.

We bought jump ropes for ourselves for Christmas!! I enjoy jumping but can get to 25-30 also, then I have to start again. Great cardio!!

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JSEATTLE 7/24/2014 12:29PM

  Thank you for reading my post! I love to jump rope and picked it up from my Mom, who jumped daily starting at age 75. She gave me tips and often critiqued my form. I find it makes the time zoom by. For me, it's a natural go-to if it's raining outside and I forgo my usual run. How lucky your sons are for your attention, I know it goes both ways.

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LOVINGKATE 7/24/2014 11:55AM

  Chris, your boys are lucky to have you as their Dad. Jumping rope when I grew up was for girls. I could never get that one! I will get busy jumping rope Chris. Thanks so much for sharing and all you do at SP. Have an awesome day. emoticon I couldn't find a boy jumping rope?!

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 7/24/2014 10:59AM

    You are such a rile model for your boys and sound like you spend a lot of time with them. Using such a simple thing as jumping rope as a lessen of patience, and importance of making goals and satisfaction of meeting them and of course the importance of exercise in our life.

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DIANNEMT 7/24/2014 10:08AM

    We used to jump rope all the time at recess--maybe kids should have them available at recess now!

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SUSIEMT 7/24/2014 10:06AM

    Ahhh, Jumping rope! I have tried jumping rope at the gym without much success, however, I will do the jumping without the actual rope just because I CAN! My personal trainer said it is okay to do that! Duh! Otherwise I would never have tried doing something I was such a failure at. Just like keeping weight off that I had lost before my "spark" experience. That was my reason for not attempting one more "DIET"! With spark I found I could make a small change or do baby steps and succeed! Just like you teaching your boys how to jump rope you and your team taught me that I could! Again, THANK YOU!

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FRANNIEDID 7/24/2014 8:36AM

    When I was a little girl we jumped rope at recess every day, I don't remember learning how. I still love to jump rope!

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WATERDIAMONDS 7/24/2014 8:04AM

    Isn't it interesting how different the personalities of our children?

Best of success to you with the younger boy. If you can help him learn to handle his impatience, you will have taught him far more than how to jump rope!

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    So you say you were teaching your boys to jump rope. emoticon
But in reality you are teaching them that exercise improves coordination, balance, lung function, circulation, skeletal strength, muscle development ~ that Exercise Matters!

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    What fun, it is always great to teach your children new things.

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    id break my body if I jumped rope... lol

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SHARON7464 7/24/2014 6:44AM

    I haven't jumped rope in a couple of years ...I used to do it all the time with kickboxing and with my students on the playground, but now as an administrator I don't seem to have that same contact with students.

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    thank you for this I have tried to jump rope now and then but always manage to give up like your young son . But I want to be like your older son who didn't do many jumps but is on his way. People don' t often realize how easy it is to exercise a couple minutes with the jump rope , some push ups , jumping jacks, a few biceps curls and lunges and your done , Thank for this I am in my 7th week in on p90x3 and on my way

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Day 100 Update: New Project – Back To My Roots

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Woohoo – today is Day 100 of the 10 or more fitness minutes streak! I’m at 33 minutes so far today. Yesterday’s funny fitness highlight is that my car had a flat tire from a slow leak. So, I used a bike pump to pump it back up – talk about practical fitness minutes :).

I was just telling some people on our team today about one of the best parts about using this streak strategy: that once you hit a certain point, then there’s just no way you will stop your streak unless some type of calamity happens (which is possible as I've found). And then, each day as the numbers increase so does your confidence in all areas of life. So, two of the big keys are to make a streak simple and to make it meaningful. The simple part is why the low hurdle of 10 or more minutes in a day is important (even if you end up averaging significantly more than that over time). The “meaningful” part leads into the new project I’m working on now.

I’ll step back and give a brief snapshot of part of my history: I had done fitness for many years – but ended up doing yo-yo fitness where I’d get in great shape, but then fall off when life got busy and would need to start all over – and then would never hit the true benefits of consistent fitness. I then read some books about leadership and goal-setting and had an aha moment that it could be great to combine the best of fitness (and eventually all of health/fitness) with the best of goal-setting, motivation, leadership, behavioral psychology.

To do this, I first wrote down what was most important to me in life and set long-term goals. Next, I set a goal to do 10 or more fitness minutes in a day and keep track of how many days in a row I could do this. I ended up doing that first streak for 700 days in a row and was even featured in the local newspaper for it.

Along the way, one thing I did was to write a 5-10 page Microsoft Word document about the streak and started sharing it with friends and co-workers. Eventually one co-worker used the program to lose 50 pounds and tell me I changed her life – and then she went on to spark many other people. That was the real “spark” that eventually led to SparkPeople after I sold my first company to eBay.

Eventually, one thing I did at SparkPeople with our great team was to write The Spark in 2010, which became a New York Times Best Seller thanks to our great members.

But, unfortunately, many people just don’t read books these days. So, I have decided to go back to my original roots and write a simple 5-10 page PDF document about the power of this 10 minute program and distribute that for free to help as many people as possible. One of the goals will be to show people just how “meaningful” this simple strategy can be to their entire life.

In conjunction with that, I’ll start a 10-minute streak challenge in a fun way on the site as well and some other fun activities including continuing to blog and check-in as much as I can.

How does this sound to everyone? Would you be interested in reading this yourself? And then eventually sharing the final version with your friends (it will specifically not be a "diet" plan), but rather something that anyone can do in an easy way?

If you are interested in beta-testing this document/program to provide any feedback, just make sure you are a member of this SparkTeam and when I'm finished I'll let you download a draft copy to review:
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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Or, just keep an eye out on my blog!

I was motivated again by a member yesterday – here’s what she wrote:
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QUILTINGB527/22/2014 12:07AM
On a recent trip to the hospital...I asked the nurse if it would be possible to try to transfer into a chair. Once it happened, I got in my "chair marching" and she asked what was going on? Told her that being in the hospital is no excuse to not continue my Spark marching and I got in 500 steps.

And you are so right! There are some days that 10 minutes is truly an effort to complete and others, I breeze by the 10 minute mark and keep on going.
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SHEENADEE 7/30/2014 2:13PM

    What a great idea! Even though I have read the Spark and listened to the recorded version, I would also gladly read the short & sweet version you are working on. Sounds like that will be a great refresher, which we all need at times.

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  Looking forward!

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  Can't wait!!!!

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LINDAM.1 7/28/2014 8:23PM

  Changing goal's is so Important . Keep the enthusiasm up.

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KIBA78 7/28/2014 8:57AM

    This is interesting. I'm interested in it!

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    Good luck

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PROVERBS31JULIA 7/26/2014 11:40PM

    Yes!! I need help with goal setting!

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STILLWATERSSB 7/26/2014 7:47PM

    I would be interested! I fell off the exercise wagon several weeks ago when my dog became ill and I couldn't walk her anymore. Trying to get back on track and was just thinking the other day if I just began with 19 min a day!

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MIAMIRN 7/26/2014 1:22PM

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I belong to book club. Paperbackswap.com. I put your book on my wait list for both the hardback and the CD audio book. Can't wait! I'm going to look at your pdf also. This is an awesome idea. You know, a year ago I tried to do 10 minutes of exercise a day and I couldn't keep the schedule up, but since I've been exercising weekdays, I know it's not going to be difficult. My challenge is exercising during the weekend. I don't have any social or work commitments that require exercise like I do on the weekdays. I got a job 3 yrs ago as a swim teacher for the purpose of earning while swimming. Lol. I've been doing Tai Chi approx.2 years, but still have a hard time getting into a daily habit of doing it. I'm going to use the 10 min exercise for my Tai Chi so I can get in the habit of doing Tai Chi every day. I have long term goals, but one step at a time is good for me.

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GEMLADYONE 7/26/2014 11:01AM

    I'm in !

It's so true that just a little adds up and you never know who you may be inspiring by your activity and progress. Every day someone new comes up to me and says how they decided to:

- quit smoking
- get fitter
- lose weight
- eat healthier

just because they watched me do all these things over a year...I did it for me, but am always willing to share with others how to maybe help someone else!

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ANGELN325 7/26/2014 10:58AM

    I can't wait to see the 10 minute plan and put it into action. Thank you for all that you do!

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JAZZEJR 7/26/2014 3:50AM

    I joined your 10-minute group because I would definitely like to see your draft of the document to provide feedback. Thank you for all the opportunities you provide for us!

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DAWNDMOORE40 7/25/2014 9:52PM

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LOLAJO54 7/25/2014 9:36PM

    a road to success should be well traveled - spread the way ...

thank you

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HAPPYMOM8 7/25/2014 9:30PM

    I am in too, I have been a SPARKER for over 7 years.
DH age 90 and I age 88 are both scheduled for surgery soon and We will need to start back to good physical health as soon as possible.
Thanks for still helping as many people as you can as long as you can!
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FOUNDER3 7/25/2014 7:43PM

    I am going to join the 10 minutes fitness per day, and do my best to have a streak.

Thanks so much for this site.

You have no idea how much this site and the friends I have here have meant to me. Especially during the last 3 1/2 years when I have gone through 24/7 pain, and three major surgeries from Oct 3 2011 to Oct 15, 2013.

I originally lost 70 pounds and kept it off for a couple of years. I have kept off 40 of those pounds even with all I have been through.

The tools here, and my faithful and loving Spark Friends have kept me from doing what I have always done, and that would have been gain all of the weight back, plus more.

I am having issues at this time with food, but one day at a time, I am working to eat healthy.

Today, I ate good and healthy food.

Bonnie

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MARYDSAN 7/25/2014 6:39PM

    Joined, I still read books, but read The Spark on my Kindle before it was stolen last summer.

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KIN59VARA 7/25/2014 5:38PM

    Joined the team!

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LIFENPROGRESS 7/25/2014 5:27PM

    Never go backward. Attempt, and do it with all your might. Determination is power.
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GETTINGSERIOUS 7/25/2014 3:58PM

    What Spark team do we need to join?

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SUNSET09 7/25/2014 3:32PM

  What a way to pay it forward! emoticon and emoticon ! It really is a life style change and I'm loving it. Exercise is more a part of life than keeping in shape for me. It's no longer work and a way to socialize, feel and look better! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NANFACEMIRE1 7/25/2014 3:09PM

    Way to go....yes I am a member of the spark team.

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SUKIE40 7/25/2014 2:34PM

    Joined the team and look forward to reading it and passing it to others who need inspiration.

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SPARKFRAN514 7/25/2014 2:26PM

    a spark friend told how join what great Sparkers we have here

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MOSTMOM1 7/25/2014 2:23PM

    Woohoo!!!!!! Way to go, SparkGuy!!!
Day 1202 for me; I am always on board for sharing the 10-minute streak. It leads to amazing things.
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FRENCHTOSD 7/25/2014 2:08PM

    I put air in my tires the other day. You are right. That is some work! I will remember to count those minutes next time!

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MOMO7YROLD 7/25/2014 1:45PM

    Congratulations on ur 100 day streak. Ur a motivation. My name is Theresa and I have mild MS and I've been a member and Team leader here at Spark since Feb. 1st 2013 and I had lost 42 lbs in the 1st yr but the last 6 months have been pretty bad for me and my MS. I have gained back 30 of the lbs and now going through physical therapy due to the MS weakening my muscles but i am doing the 10 mins a day of exercise and have not yet started tracking it or blogging it but I am today starting to track it. Thank u for the inspiration. Today I exceeded the 10 mins I actually did a total of 88 mins. I have good days and I have bad days the bad days I be lucky to do the 10 mins. But I will do at least the 10 mins a day every day. I'm shooting for 50 day streak to start out with. Thank u so much.

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EMARTIN1974 7/25/2014 1:43PM

    Yes I would be interested in reading it, even though I consistently work out far more than 10 minutes - I work out between 40 and 90 minutes six days a week.

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HAWTGRANNY2014 7/25/2014 1:32PM

    I sometimes do the chair marching when watching t.v.

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LIZZIECA55 7/25/2014 1:31PM

    Thank you!

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    emoticon emoticon My longest exercising streak was 97 days! A major accomplishment for me! emoticon

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    emoticon Really looking forward to it, count me in.

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  Thanks for helping me get back on track.

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CFMOSS 7/25/2014 7:29AM

    Your plan sounds totally appropriate for a generation(s) of people who read less and are busier and busier in spite of items which make life easier.

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Day 99 Update: Celebrity Wife Swap

Monday, July 21, 2014

Day 99 Update: Celebrity Wife Swap

Today is Day 99 of the 10 or more fitness minutes streak – one more to triple digits! I got over the 10 minute hurdle with a morning workout of mini-trampoline, pushups, and stretching. Nice and easy. Good luck this week to all the other Streakers out there :).

Last night for family night (movie & popcorn), the movie seemed a bit scary to the kids so we stopped it and watched Celebrity Wife Swap instead (some may say that was the scarier option :). Surprisingly, the show often has some good messages from the few times I’ve seen it.

The two celebs who swapped lives were Laila Ali, a former boxing champion (and the daughter of Muhammad Ali) and a singer named Angie Stone. It was interesting to see the plusses and minuses from each family.

Not surprisingly, Laila was still very much into fitness and healthy eating. Unfortunately, Angie Stone has Type 2 diabetes and still doesn’t eat very healthy or do any exercise. She talked about how exercise wasn’t for her.

Both families talked about getting Angie to go to the gym with the rest of her family. That would be great, but I just wish I could grab Angie and tell her that if she could give just 10 minutes per day at home to get started, she really could change her life. Eventually, she’d most likely average way more than 10 minutes because she’d actually enjoy the exercise vs. dreading it. But, the 10 minute hurdle would still keep her consistent and help prevent yo-yo exercise where people fall off when they get busy and then have to start all over. Angie seemed great, so hopefully she figures this out.

Who knows, maybe we’ll be able to share this new project I’m working on with Angie and get her on the SparkPeople track!

Using this as inspiration, I’m ready to work on that project now. I’ll share more details tomorrow. Have a great Monday everyone.

SparkCheers!

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SUSIEMT 7/30/2014 9:36PM

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GODZDESIGN95 7/24/2014 3:04PM

    I am chiming on just a little I do not watch the show. But I do have diabetes and no one wants that sentence. But I have learned to deal with it. It is never easy. It takes daily planning. I do not run marathons or races but I do exercise and eat healthier. Every diagnosed diabetic has a journey and what path they take is that that they end up with. I ho emoticon I hope the lady on the show comes to her senses.

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KLONG8 7/24/2014 2:49PM

    Just today I said "15 minutes of extra exercise 3 times a week" (I walk every day on top of that). I'm taking inspiration from you, thanks!

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NONNAOF2 7/24/2014 1:51PM

  I too saw that program and as they say, "You can drag a horse to the water, but you can't make him drink it!" A person really needs to have some enthusiasm in starting the journey of becoming healthy, it's amazing how many people have health problems and continue on with their unhealthy life styles! :-(

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DIANNEMT 7/24/2014 9:58AM

    Sounds like a GREAT project!

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JERICHO1991 7/24/2014 8:13AM

    Looking forward to hearing about your new project.

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JAZZII4 7/24/2014 8:10AM

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SUEARNOLD1 7/24/2014 7:45AM

    Awesome!

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PYNETREE 7/24/2014 7:39AM

    Thanks for Sharing! emoticon

You really do inspirer me! emoticon

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LEANMEAN2 7/24/2014 7:09AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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FOCUSD 7/24/2014 1:01AM

  Blazingsword.....sorry for your loss. I'm sure your friend would be proud of you for taking the time to influence others. emoticon

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ROXYCARIN 7/24/2014 12:40AM

  We'll done

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LYNN-LOVESLIFE7 7/23/2014 10:02PM

    SparkGuy....DIVA's like that must hit rock bottom. I've met her once, and she is what she is...a DIVA who has only a voice, and doesn't listen to what anyone tell her to do. She doesn't care about watching her health, but if they "PAID" her to do it. Then Ms. Stone would. I in a way feel sorry for her, because she doesn't know how good life can be healthy.

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BLAZINGSWORD 7/23/2014 6:51PM

    You know Spark Guy, that would be awesome if Angie could get started on the right track.

I lost a very dear friend to diabetes June 24, 2014. Long story short, she had everything which pointed to diabetes. Probably for many years in the making before her demise. (She was 70 this year looked like 90. Sad but true.)

The one thing that really started her on the downside was a massive heart attack several years ago. It literally killed the back of her heart muscle and put her into congestive heart failure all these years.

These are the symptoms she suffered as a result:
A massive heart attack. Mini-heart attacks.
She looked much older than she really was a result of Glycation.
RA. Rheumatoid arthritis from inflammation resulting in gnarled hands and joint pain everywhere.
Restless legs at night, so not much sleep not to mention the pain she was in due to RA.
Sores on her bottom from sitting too much.
Urinary tract infections.
Yeast infections.
Her once sharp as a tack memory was not so sharp anymore as she fished for words.
Only able to get around with a mobilized wheelchair outside of the home. Her muscles not as strong.
And shortness of breath due to heart failure.
Loss of most vision towards the end of her life.

Then she fell and broke her hip at home on May 17, 2014 due to suffering a broken hip. Was taken to Johns Hopkins after being transferred from the local hospital. This was in hopes of having surgery for her broken hip. But she was considered high risk.

Her blood sugar was out of control. But she wouldn't eat the protein or the carbs that she was allowed on the diabetic diet to prevent blood sugar spikes. (She just didn't take very good care of herself. And then she would say to me, "The doctors don't know what to do for me any more.")

It was a month in the hospital before they were able to stabilize her enough to do surgery on her broken hip. She was suppose to get out of bed and walk the next day and get on the path to rehab. But that didn't happen. Why?

Because her heart had been in congestive heart failure after that massive heart attack several years ago and was no longer pumping effectively to get the oxygenated blood that she needed throughout her body in order to live, not even with nasal oxygen tubes or an oxygen mask.

A week after surgery, when it was evident she was not going to get out of bed or be able to do rehab, she suffered two cardiac arrests. One on Sunday night a week after surgery, and the second one the very next night on Monday. She survived. By then she was living on prayer alone as my daughter, (a doctor of nursing practice), would say, because with each successive cardiac arrest she had was increasing her chances of dying exponentially.

And so the decision was made to transfer her to a nursing home closer to home for hospice care. She died enroute to the nursing home for hospice.

Now, just to let you know, people do not understand how the body works but they would have to lose a loved one and see what they are going through in order to be motivated enough to want to do something about their health first before losing weight. Weight is just a part of it but many people lose it for the wrong reasons.

If you eat healthy and live an active lifestyle and take the time to exercise, then the weight will either do one of two things: it will be stabilized or you will lose it.

Of course maintenance is another thing. As an article here on spark people says, if you want to maintain you must do what you have been doing to become healthy.

My daughter was kind enough to lend me her book, "Diabesity" by Francine Kaufman, M., former past president of the American Diabetes Association.

I, am no doctor, just a lay person but very much interested in health and being healthy and so read the entire book.

(After losing my mom to diabetes in 2008; husband to chlorangiocarcinoma, bile duct cancer March 2013 after a 6 year battle, I had to be proactive in health, and so I read a lot. For my husband after smoking behind my back for 10 years, he wasn't a smoker when I married him, and sucking up soda at work, when he finally got the wake up call after two of his colleagues suddenly passed away, he changed his life around. He quit smoking and drinking sodas and started biking, running, and exercising. Then he was diagnosed. But it was too little too late.)

This books goes on to say that my friend Carol, all of her symptoms directly pointed to diabetes. Type 2 diabetes can be turned around IF the beta cells in the pancreas have not all died out. But if they have, that person could stay a type 2 for the remainder of their life, or they could actually become a type 1 if all the beta cells have died. Unlike other cells, beta cells do not replace themselves, therein lies the problem.

Another thing that this book said which helped clear up something for me was that most diabetics' blood is so thick with sugar that the blood is actually like maple syrup. When the blood gets like that, it cannot carry the necessary oxygen that the body needs hence the amputations. Nothing will live with oxygen.

It also says that the most important numbers to remember are the ABC's:

Ac1 for blood sugar, should be 126. B for blood pressure. C for cholesterol.

Because the life is in the blood. That is scriptural. And it is so true.

So if a person's blood pressure is too high it will ruin the blood vessels and cause strokes. If the cholesterol is too high it will cause clogging of the bloods vessels and cause major damage to the heart. If the sugar is too high it just puts a lot of stress and causes fat build up in many areas of the body not to mention major damage to vitality and health of all the organs.

When I see someone who is overweight, I see, "Warning! Warning" The inside of this person is in danger of loss of life!"

Sorry this was long, but I truly hope that this information will help someone to avoid the path that my best friend traveled on for so long.



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CHANGING-TURTLE 7/23/2014 6:47PM

    emoticon on your streak. I am doing a streak of 25 push ups a day, on day 23 today want to take it to 100.
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GRANDMABABA 7/23/2014 12:37PM

    I want to get back to this challenge. It's been awhile. Thanks for the inspiration. Today is my day 1!

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TIFFFIT 7/23/2014 11:16AM

    I really need to try the 10-minute-challenge. I go to the gym 5-6 times a week, so those are already counted, but I don't typically make a conscious effort on my off days. Just 10 minutes those days would definitely make me feel better and more motivated too!

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IDICEM 7/23/2014 10:57AM

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RICKI157 7/23/2014 10:45AM

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PURPLEBIRD63 7/23/2014 9:48AM

    Great Wife Swap episode....
yes, you should introduce her to Spark People! :)
Have a WONDERful week
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LOSER_ZIMM 7/23/2014 9:14AM

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PENOWOK 7/23/2014 7:40AM

    So interesting-the different lifestyles and who is able to be and stay healthy.

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GORIANA 7/22/2014 7:06PM

    Your tease worked. I want to hear the news. It is tomorrow. Please don't make me wait... emoticon

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 7/22/2014 5:27PM

    cant wait to hear about it!!

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ALEXSGIRL1 7/22/2014 5:26PM

    so happy I found exercise that I love. I so love tony Horton p90x and now p90x3 55 years old I am but because I tried I have heart and lungs and feel so much younger and happier. Exercise will change your life if you let it and have fun doing it.

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MRSTABER 7/22/2014 1:30PM

    Loved that one!

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NANHBH 7/22/2014 12:57PM

    I have a Varidesk (variable height desk for standing or sitting). Your 10-minute streak has inspired me to walk in place while standing, instead of just standing there!
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SOOKIE 7/22/2014 10:17AM

    All we can do is be a healthy example and prayerfully others will be sparked by our healthy habits.

Great blog!

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GOANNA2 7/22/2014 9:57AM

    Thanks for a great blog. emoticon

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PATTISTAMPS 7/22/2014 9:56AM

    ohhhh... the plot thickens... can't wait to see your announcement!

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MOJO0607 7/22/2014 9:53AM

    Exactly...its about taking those first steps, and then your body takes over from there. Thanks for the great post!

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NHES220 7/22/2014 9:14AM

    Makes perfect sense, it's all about getting started!

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PAMBWS 7/22/2014 8:55AM

    10 minutes is so doable...& easy. Family night with Wife Swapping...sounded weirder than it was.

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 7/22/2014 8:49AM

    Interesting! emoticon

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COASTAL6 7/22/2014 8:45AM

    I'm on my 9th day of exercise streak did 35 minutes of Yoga today. Thanks for being an inspiration to me!
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ODAT1117 7/22/2014 7:56AM

    So true!!! Of course, they won't hear it until they are ready to hear it, right? Hopefully she'll get on the right track and maybe the showed helped her be ready to hear what she needed to hear. :-)

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ANNARUTH2 7/22/2014 7:40AM

    Good job on stopping the movie. So many are not appropriate for anyone!
Keep up the good work! You are inspiring!

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NILLAPEPSI 7/22/2014 7:27AM

    Looking forward to hearing about this project. Ohhhhhh the suspense!!!!

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MUMBLES40 7/22/2014 7:20AM

    Thanks for the motivation- Cheers!

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CATHYGETSFIT 7/22/2014 6:44AM

    I've only seen the show 2 or 3 times maybe. That was before we got rid of satellite and cable television and went with Hulu or Amazon Prime. It does have some good points to the show the few times I have seen it.

I think what it takes to start an exercise streak is 1) pure drive/want to change for the better 2) determination to stick to it 3) finding something you like to do. Many people think you have to go to a gym or do exercise videos in order to exercise and that it will be boring. They don't realize that exercising could be walking, swimming, bicycling, karate, kickboxing, etc... Our friends' daughter finally got into going to the gym but before that she hated exercising. Ironically though, the one thing she liked when she did take a class at the local gym is pole dancing. lol

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QUILTINGB52 7/22/2014 3:07AM

    On a recent trip to the hospital...I asked the nurse if it would be possible to try to transfer into a chair. Once it happened, I got in my "chair marching" and she asked what was going on? Told her that being in the hospital is no excuse to not continue my Spark marching and I got in 500 steps.

And you are so right! There are some days that 10 minutes is truly an effort to complete and others, I breeze by the 10 minute mark and keep on going.

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DALID414 7/22/2014 12:33AM

    SparkCheers!

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