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Day 137 Update: Fun Partner Signed

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hi Everyone!

Today is Day 137 of m y 10+ Fitness Minutes streak. Today’s highlight was swimming with my boys. They like it when we play “tickle shark” where they are on rafts and I have to be the shark that catches them and tickles them. Then the other one has to rescue the boy being tickled. They also have a hose with a nozzle to shoot at me (although sometimes I capture the hose and turn it on them so they hide under the rafts).

Just a quick update today: it’s an exciting day at SparkPeople. We signed an exciting partnership deal today with a fun organization. I’m not allowed to mention their name until we launch this sometime next month, but I’ll give a hint that we will need help from members in a particular city for this project.

Have a great Friday – SparkCheers!

Chris (SparkGuy)
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PS I agree with Pattistamps on yesterday’s blog who said that the emoticon above is the best one ever! I"ll start using this one now.

  
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IDICEM 8/30/2014 6:51AM

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    emoticon Can't wait to find out more! emoticon Spark Cheers!

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REGILIEH 8/29/2014 10:39PM

    WOW!!!

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MNNICE 8/29/2014 2:18PM

    Anxiously awaiting news of the new partnership!

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KERRYG155 8/29/2014 1:13PM

    I DO like it! I'll be looking for that announcement.

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PATTISTAMPS 8/29/2014 1:01PM

    Oh my goodness! I actually blushed when I read my name! And I am hoping that the new partnership is in a city with several theme parks??? Of course we won't know for a while, but a girl can hope!! emoticon

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HOPEFULHIPPO 8/29/2014 12:12PM

    Oh Lordie, I'm not good with changes and I have a feeling partnership means just that. Always fixing what's not broken ... LOVED the very original Spark...LOL Hope you make a change back to that someday...like "Classic Coke" emoticon

Great job on tickle shark! LOL it's a fun game

Have a FUNTASTICAL weekend!!

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MBPP50 8/29/2014 9:11AM

    Your tickle shark game Sounds fun! I can't wait to hear about the new endeavor.

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DJSHIP46 8/29/2014 9:11AM

    Tickle Shark sounds like a great game!

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GOANNA2 8/29/2014 8:30AM

    Great, can't wait.

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NILLAPEPSI 8/29/2014 8:26AM

    Spark On!! emoticon

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INGMARIE 8/29/2014 8:16AM

    emoticon never saw this one, I like it.
Cant wait for the news.
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BE-THE-CHANGE 8/29/2014 7:41AM

    Can't wait for the announcement!

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    It'll be great! emoticon

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    Can't wait to see who it is! emoticon

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BEAUTYNGODSEYES 8/29/2014 7:23AM

    Can't wait to hear the big news!

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GABY1948 8/29/2014 6:15AM

    It's so good that you spend so much time with your boys...have a great weekend!

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KITT52 8/29/2014 6:08AM

    tickle shark sounds like fun....


have a healthy holiday week end....

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    Sounds intriguing.
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JSEATTLE 8/29/2014 2:10AM

  I love the water but could really use some swim lessons. I envy people who don't think twice before jumping in!

I never noticed the emoticon before, thanks for pointing it out.

Looking forward to the big reveal on your new partnership! emoticon

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GRACED777 8/29/2014 12:52AM

    I love again hearing of such quality, interactive family time. Good parenting is definitely hands on!

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WARRIORGIRL121 8/29/2014 12:28AM

    emoticon That is a great emoticon! I never noticed that one before! :) I like it! Oh and yes, emoticon blog! emoticon

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NOLAHORSERIDER 8/28/2014 10:43PM

    As usual a great read! I just love how you take the time to spend with your family. That in itself if commendable! Thanks for the inspiration and encouragement!

Spark Cheers!!

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QUILTINGB52 8/28/2014 10:34PM

    Nice to hear your boys are so comfortable in the pool! When I was that age, I was terrified of the pool... as the only place to learn to swim was at the Navy Base next to Mpls/St.Paul Airport. The shallow end was 5-foot deep and that scared me to not be able to touch bottom.

I carried that fear into adulthood and when I lived in my first apartment, I was determined to take it one day at a time and try to gain confidence. I went from swimming along the edge, to swimming laps and within a year, not only did I gain the confidence I desired...but I had also lost 60#.

Now I can just lay back in the water (at any depth) and float away...

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NORASPAT 8/28/2014 10:00PM

    Sounds like a FUN game.


I hope it is A GOOD PARTNER for Spark. Pat in Maine.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/28/2014 9:59PM

    Can't wait to find out the news!!!!

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JAMER123 8/28/2014 9:48PM

    emoticon emoticon Love that tickle shark!!
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KATHYJO56 8/28/2014 9:48PM

    What a great game to play with your boys! It is so much fun to invent a game to play with our children and especially one that makes that laugh. I also agree that the icon above your name is the best one yet. emoticon

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Day 136 Update: More Lunges

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Hi Everyone – hope you are having a great week!

I continue seeing fun signs of hitting the exercise tipping point mentioned in my mini-book during this part of the streak – now at Day 136.

I mentioned last week increasing the number of lunges I do because of more leg strength. I did that again today just by one additional lunge per type of lunge that I do.

If you aren’t familiar with lunges, I’d recommend giving them a try if you are medically able to do this exercise.

I remember seeing people do lunges at the gym and I thought it was the goofiest looking exercise I had seen and couldn’t possibly be that good.

Then I tried them…and the next day I could barely walk because of “lunge legs” – ok, “lunge butt” as well! This is an amazing bodyweight exercise that has far more benefits than it appears.

Here is the most common type of lunge if you aren’t familiar with these:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/
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Here is another type I like:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/
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I do a couple of other variations as well – one that is in between forward and lateral, and then another that is a crossover lunge.

Do enough lunges as part of your overall program and you’ll start to feel like a thoroughbred race horse :).

What do you think? Love lunges? Hate lunges?

SparkCheers!

Chris (SparkGuy)
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PS The bug I started to get on Sunday lasted for all of 8 hours. I have a list of 5-10 natural things I can try when cold or flu is coming on. One of them worked and probably saved me 2-4 days of productivity. I’ll do a blog post about those one of these days – just added this to my list of possible topics!

  
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IDICEM 8/29/2014 7:56AM

  Not my favorite, but I need to do some again.

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CATHYGETSFIT 8/29/2014 12:45AM

    I like lunges; they are a really great exercise. I'm glad your bug didn't last more than it did. I'd be interested in your blog on the natural remedies if you ever do it.

On another note, I just finished reading your mini-book. Wow, what an awesome read! Even though I knew and agree with pretty much everything in it, it was still a great read. A couple of years ago I broke my leg and in addition to my physical therapy exercises I also did several of Coach Nicole's chair exercise videos.

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KITT52 8/28/2014 6:30PM

    because of right knee issues I had to stop the lunges.....but they are a good exercise..

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    Thanks! I may give lunges another try. emoticon emoticon



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JEANNETTE59 8/28/2014 2:42PM

  Lunges were part of PT for bi-lateral knee replacement. Now they're part of my walking routine.

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NHES220 8/28/2014 11:11AM

    I did lunges yesterday holding a 20 lb weight over my head. I'm lucky that I'm able to lunges without a problem.

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PATTISTAMPS 8/28/2014 10:49AM

    OK... You made me do them... Just forward lunges, because my knees are old (like the rest of me!) Keep that emoticon

PS - that is the BEST emoticon EVER!!

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DJSHIP46 8/28/2014 8:44AM

    I have done lunges in the past, but not recently. With your enthusiastic recommendation, I'll get back on that. It might be the answer to the pain that I've recently encountered as I speed up my walks... Hope so! Thanks for sharing.

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GABY1948 8/28/2014 8:21AM

    Glad you got rid of the bug...lunges are "okay" but not favorite!

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NILLAPEPSI 8/28/2014 7:53AM

    I have a love/hate relationship with lunges & squats -- I really hate them, but I love the great results they give me, so I suck it up & do them.

Yes, please share those natural remedies with us! Flu season is coming soon.

Spark On!!

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BEAUTYNGODSEYES 8/28/2014 7:01AM

    Lunges are one of my favorite exercises! So glad to hear that you were able to get better so quickly!

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GOANNA2 8/28/2014 5:08AM

    Glad you got rid of the bug naturally. I have saved
the lunges to my favourites. Thank you.

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QUILTINGB52 8/28/2014 3:50AM

    I'll have to watch you do lunges....but even when I could stand/walk...it wasn't one of my favorite things to do.

I'm with your boys, I used to love to jump rope, or use a pogo stick or walk on stilts. For most of it, it was all about balance.

I get bored with exercise, because I have to adapt everything to a seated position. Maybe I should go back to kick-boxing from my chair?

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NEW-CAZ 8/28/2014 3:04AM

    Love lunges, I like doing Coach Nicola's favourite ones with a stability ball at my back and using weights!

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NANHBH 8/28/2014 12:26AM

    I haven't been fond of lunges in the past, but I've heard enough great things about them recently that you have convinced me to give them a try! Thanks, SparkGuy!


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KATELJM 8/27/2014 11:59PM

    Missing an ACL, many lunges are just too risky. When I first injured my knee, 40 years ago, it took me a month to recover. I shudder to think how long it would take now if my knee collapsed!

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_CYNDY55_ 8/27/2014 11:36PM

    Lunges are Cool!!
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NOLAHORSERIDER 8/27/2014 11:05PM

    I just love reading your blogs! You are so inspirational! I had a right total knee replacement in 2010 and now cannot do lunges...well, not correctly at any rate. I have to have a chair close by to catch me when my knee buckles! :)

Keep up the great work. Love the encouragement! :)

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JAMER123 8/27/2014 10:41PM

    Keep it going! I am on day 1 again with a streak of walking more than 10 mins.
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PATRICIAAK 8/27/2014 10:20PM

    Thanks

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WARRIORGIRL121 8/27/2014 9:52PM

    Chris, I wish I could do lunges. since my back and hip injury last year, I can't seem to manage them without hurting myself. I try to find alternate exercises I can do. emoticon

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JSEATTLE 8/27/2014 9:01PM

  I need to get back on the lunges. As I recall, I have never enjoyed these but with your encouragement here I go. Glad you battled away your bug. I love Oscillococcinum when I remember to take it!

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MBPP50 8/27/2014 8:57PM

    Good for you! I used to do a bunch of lunges when I was a runner but three knee surgeries have left me unable to really do them now

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1CRAZYDOG 8/27/2014 8:52PM

    I have had a knee replacement too, and those lunges are both awesome exercises. YES . . . all too familiar with "lunge butt"!



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KATHYJO56 8/27/2014 8:32PM

    I have had both knees replaced and I do lunges. I don't enjoy them, but they are an awesome exercise that I learned to do in therapy. I want to look at your link and see if there is anything different than what I do. I can't wait for the blog on natural remedies. emoticon

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SPEDED2 8/27/2014 8:32PM

    Glad your illness didn't last very long. emoticon

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KERRYG155 8/27/2014 8:30PM

    Glad you were able to recuperate so quickly. I don't like lunges but they do work some good muscles!

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Day 133 Update: Giant Teachers

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Today is Day 133 of my 10+ Fitness Minutes Streak. I think a bug is trying to get me, so I’m taking it easy and fighting it off with tricks like putting oregano essential oil on my feet. About 20 easy fitness minutes so far today.

I may have gotten something last night at the San Jose Giants minor league baseball game. The reason for the name of this blog is that my son earned a trip to the game with his 3rd grade teacher so we all went to the game. There was a complication last year and he couldn’t make it, but he made sure to get in a game with all of his students who earned this prize. He is a great teacher who really loves his students (so, he's a giant of a teacher who took our son to the Giants game, haha). Our youngest will now hopefully have him next year.

It was our first minor league baseball game – very fun! This team is in between single A and double A baseball levels. The goofiest between-inning entertainment was probably an old beat-up truck that drove out and the players had to throw baseballs at the truck to try to break its’ headlights to help win prizes for some fans.

Another funny one was the “beer batter” – the player on the other team with the lowest batting average is selected. If that player strikes out, then beer is half-off for a short time period. Near the end of the game, the player switches to be the Martinelli’s sparkling cider batter.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend! I’m getting ready to watch the Cincinnati Bengals pre-season game (at least the part with the starters in the game). With all the injuries in the NFL pre-season, hopefully we at least make it out of the game with no more injuries.

SparkCheers!

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JEANNETTE59 8/26/2014 3:39PM

  emoticon sounds like everyone had a great time. Our minor league is the River Sharks. The games are always family friendly and easier on the budget.

It is always nice to hear about a dedicated teacher. It is not an easy job, so this is for him emoticon

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CASSIOEPIA 8/26/2014 8:24AM

    Sounds like your son has a wonderful teacher (and I already know a great role model at home). I hope that bug was fleeting, and that you feel better this morning.

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QUILTINGB52 8/26/2014 4:45AM

    I am hoping that the bug on my computer is as easy to fix as my 24-hour bug that I just had. Nothing else, I am catching up on some much needed sleep.

Hope your bug came and left.

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PATRICIAAK 8/25/2014 11:49PM

    hope you're feeling better.

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JANISMKW 8/25/2014 9:39PM

    Teachers emoticon and minor league baseball emoticon are the best!

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NOLAHORSERIDER 8/25/2014 6:18PM

    Hi Chris. I love reading your posts. They are soo invigorating! How exciting for your child to go to the Giants Game! You must be pround of him!
I hope you are feeling better soon! Try also taking a Tablespoon of vinegar! Personally, when I feel crappy I use Red Wine Vinegar. It is very good for you and will help heal you!

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MASRITE 8/25/2014 4:13PM

    Hope you catch the bug before it catches you!! Those minor league games are fun to watch. Did you watch any of the Little League World Series? Just caught the last few games. Miss my boys playing. They're all grown up now!!

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WARRIORGIRL121 8/25/2014 1:46PM

    Hi Chris, enjoyed your blog! emoticon Hope you'll be feeling your normal self again soon! Be sure to load up on Vitamin C! emoticon Karen

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PATTISTAMPS 8/25/2014 12:52PM

    Hope you are feeling better! My family tree is full of teachers, preachers and military people! None of which are paid what they are worth, and all of whom we need. Kudos to your Giant teacher!

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JANEWATKINS 8/25/2014 12:33PM

    Teachers are so underpaid for the great work they do. Our priorities at times are just backwards . . . teachers making $40,000 while an athlete makes $4,000,000 or even $40,000,000. Sigh.

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AUNTRENEE 8/25/2014 11:15AM

    Get well soon. Hate being sick. Especially in the summertime.


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IDICEM 8/25/2014 10:28AM

  Hope you kick the bug. Thanks for the blog!

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KITT52 8/25/2014 10:11AM

    sounds like fun


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SUSIEMT 8/25/2014 10:04AM

    It sounds like a fun outing for all!

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PAMBWS 8/25/2014 9:52AM

    Sounds like a fun day.

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DJSHIP46 8/25/2014 9:29AM

    Does Oregano Oil really work??? Glad you enjoyed that game. It's always nice to hear about an exceptional teacher... emoticon

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FERRETLOVER1 8/25/2014 7:44AM

    Hope you can fight off whatever is "bugging" you. Feel better soon! emoticon

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GOANNA2 8/25/2014 7:37AM

    I hope you get the bug before it gets you, lol.
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JSEATTLE 8/25/2014 2:30AM

  I love to go to see minor league games. We have 2 teams in the area and they always seem to have cleven and fun promotion. I think they try harder because they have to. I love MLB and we're in the running for a Wild Card spot so it's been fun.

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sounds like you enjoyed the game! Hope you are doing better. A good night to sleep early and get up later. Rest is the key! There are very special people that enter our lives and the teacher appears to be one of them for you. You are special to many people as well! Thank you for all you have done for so many others! That;s the kind of kindness we love to pass forward.

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LESLIESENIOR 8/24/2014 11:39PM

    Have a speedy recovery! I'm glad you are a good role model for being kind to your body when it needs more rest.
The minor league baseball game sounded like lots of good fun. I appreciate your kind words about your son's teacher. I am a retired passionate special ed. teacher.
Speaking of teachers, YOU are a marvelous teacher.
Thank you!

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KERRYG155 8/24/2014 9:43PM

    The minor league games are great-glad you and your son enjoyed it. We try to get to at least one game a year to see the Jacksonville Suns. We used to go more often but lately we've been slacking.

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COLUMBINE2 8/24/2014 9:34PM

    Sounds like a great week-end!

I hope you feel better & thanks for the health tip. I'll try it next time "a bug" starts lookin' at me as a target. Take care!

Thanks a million for this great website and program. It's the most inspirational tool I've ever seen!

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NANHBH 8/24/2014 9:16PM

    Sounds like it was a fun game with Giant players and teachers!
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SANDICANE 8/24/2014 9:13PM

    Thank goodness for Giant Teachers!!! (you're one of them)
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LUVS2BIKE101 8/24/2014 9:01PM

    I'm glad to hear your son's teacher goes beyond the classroom to teach. He is a gifted individual. Happy to hear you all enjoyed the "prize". Feel better!
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CELLA_P 8/24/2014 8:58PM

    Congratulations on Day 133! Feel better soon, and well done on STILL managing to fit in those fitness minutes :) emoticon

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 8/24/2014 8:26PM

    Hope you get better soon!!!!

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KATHYJO56 8/24/2014 8:10PM

    I'm happy that your son earned his trip to the baseball game with his teacher and that your whole family went to enjoy it with him. Minor league games are very fun. We have the Indians farm team here in Columbus. We are having big hopes for our Ohio State Buckeyes this year, but with the loss of our Quarterback, who knows. I hope you are feeling yourself again tomorrow and great job with the fitness. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 8/24/2014 8:05PM

    Hope that oregano oil helps. Helps me too. Isn't it strange? If you put Vicks Vapo Rub on your feet that stops coughing!

Get better soon. CHICKEN SOUP!

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MBPP50 8/24/2014 7:36PM

    Hope you feel better soon. Glad y'all enjoyed the game!

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Day 131 Update: Sneak peek at 10+ Fitness Minutes Mini-Book

Friday, August 22, 2014

Day 131 Update: Sneak peek at 10+ Fitness Minutes Mini-Book

Hi Everyone – hope you are having a great Friday! Today is Day 131 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak. I just came in from doing mini-trampoline in the sunshine to cross 10 minutes for the day so far.

I’m excited today to give you a chance to read the 10+ Fitness Minutes Mini-book if you are interested (reading it takes about 30 minutes altogether).

Here is a link to view the PDF:
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I’ll be putting together a survey soon if you’d like to answer questions about this, and feel free to shout out any comments below or send me a sparkmail.

Hope everyone has a great Friday and weekend. I should be around the site this weekend some.

SparkCheers!

Chris (SparkGuy)
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MARYJEANSL 8/27/2014 8:49PM

  Great idea!

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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 8/25/2014 10:00PM

    This really is tried and true. I'm on my 87th week of the 10 minute exercise daily. This is a great concept in general, something everyone can do even if you just walk, but really comes in handy on the days I just feel worn out, stressed, just not enough time, etc. I at least do something, anything for just 10 min (shorter than most phone calls), and I end up going longer, sometimes 20, 30 or 40 min, depending on how I feel. I really do feel better once I get moving, and I always make time for at least 10. Connecting to other larger goals are generally in the form of striving for more, like increasing endurance and fitness level, or climbing a mountain. This is also where the Vision Collage comes in. Once I decided NOT to wait until I reached my goal weight and fitness level to start living, I decided what I wanted to do first, and made my collage. It took me about 9 months into the program to really know for sure what I wanted and in which order. My husband and I used to sit at the base of Chimney Rock, NC and look up at people climbing while we ate hamburgers and french fries. It was entertainment, but I wished I could do that, and I did it. Together we climbed a mountain, and we went much further than we thought possible. That was really empowering and I wasn't even in great shape. This concept filters down into other areas of life too, like getting more organized, purging, de-cluttering, putting finances in better order, making small steps to accomplish great things. Once you get your self in order, the rest follows.

The 10 minute concept is working in the are of trying new workouts, genre's, etc. I at least give something new at least 10 minutes to see how it goes before moving on. I also use the 10 min concept in keeping my mouth shut at times, when I need to re-group and think before I speak.

In an effort to live simply and maintain balance in this healthy lifestyle, I take at least 10 min for "me-time" to de-stress, get my thoughts in order, review, read devotions, reflect on goals, set new challenges, or just bask in peace and quiet, etc. It is alone time for whatever I need in order to maintain a balance of Physical, Mental, Emotional, Spiritual, and Financial health.

It's been an awesome journey so far and I have many visions to add to my Dreamboard. I look forward to living out the next one. If I can do it, you can too!!



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MT-MOONCHASER 8/24/2014 2:08PM

    Interesting.

I like the idea of streaking - Today will be Day 600 of my (at least) 10 minute Cardio Streak using mostly one of Leslie Sansone's Walk Away The Pounds DVD's. I have a space that is about 3ft x 4ft that I do these in. It would be nicer to have a larger space, but that is what is currently available.

I am also on Day 640 of drinking at least 8 cups of water a day and Day 110 of spinning the Spark wheel.

I think it is time to start a freggie streak as I usually don't get in my 5 a day.

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JERICHO1991 8/23/2014 5:09PM

    I did about a 5 minute skim read and liked what I read.

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    Wow! You packed all that into a short version with great information! Pretty impressive!! You've convinced me all over again. Now, if I could only get my over the top husband to realize 3 short 10 minute sessions still equals an hour and we don't have to walk for 2 hours to get the benefits of cardio! Thanks so much, SparkGuy! You are amazing!

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  It sounds like you were able to get some fun in before your weekend! Have a great weekend, too! :-)

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  SparkGuy, you continue to amaze and inspire! Looking forward to reading your doc.

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BONNIEB1947 8/23/2014 11:13AM

    Spark People (and you the Spark Guy) are fast becoming my crutch, my go-to fix-it site. This is my second day with the Tracker; love it so far! And I'm slowly seeing the scales reverse themselves which I didn't think was even possible.
I will read this gladly as I want to absorb everything available here. If I can help with answering questions I will do so.

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    This has greatly inspired me. I start today - it is 4:00 am now. I will wait until 6 AM to start. emoticon emoticon

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    Reading material, yay!

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    emoticon Chris! I have looked at the book a little but hope to have time this weekend to read it in its entirety. What I have read sounds great!!

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    Thanks, Chris. I'll read the booklet this weekend.
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    Will gladly answer questions.

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KERRYG155 8/22/2014 8:52PM

    I'm sure that will encourage a lot more people to try exercising. I have a problem with 7 days a week because by Sunday evening I am just wanting to do nothing. The rest of the week I exercise in the morning but can't do that on Sunday.

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    Thank you so much for the sneak peek. I would love to answer some questions.

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HAZELFRUIT 8/22/2014 7:00PM

    Great idea. One comment: Although everyone finds your personal story to be very inspirational, I would either delete the History section or put it at the end. People need tools, easy tools, to get started right away and build confidence, and I think that's what you're going for here. So I'd get right to it and start them on the 10+ minutes immediately (with the usual disclaimers).

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JOJOSLIVIN 8/22/2014 5:53PM

    Thanks for the sneak peak. I am very interested! Thank you for the site as well....

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BESCATS 8/22/2014 5:45PM

    Looks very interesting, look forward to seeing the final version. Many teams have small challenges, and I find them great !!

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AHAPPYSPIRIT 8/22/2014 5:17PM

    Thanks for the Sneak peek, I can't wait to read the book. May your weekend be full of activity and fun.

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B-NANA 8/22/2014 4:41PM

    Thanks for sharing the Beta version. Got in a long conversation with my son about games, gaming and rewards. Perhaps you already have heard about "gamifying education". We see a lot of similarities in your ideas and the ideas presented in the video. Goals, positive reinforcement and team leadership help us develop into better people. Here's the video.
https://www.youtube.com/w
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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 8/22/2014 4:35PM

    Read your sample mini book. Looks good. Will do the survey.

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    Thanks- I can't wait to read it!

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DREAMINGBEYOND 8/22/2014 3:33PM

    You've inspired me! I already know two places i'm going to share it. I almost did already but then i saw your note not too. ;)

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Day 127 Update: Earthquakes Game

Monday, August 18, 2014

Today is Day 127 of my 10 or more fitness minutes streak. About 25 minutes so far today to keep the streak alive. Today I increased my number of lunges just a bit. I’ve learned the hard way to never increase lunges too much or you end up with lunge legs the next few days and can barely walk. Of course, that’s a great way to look at this in general – just keep increasing one step at a time.

Thanks a bunch for all the great comments on my last blog that was a tribute to Robin Williams. We have done surveys and a surprising percentage of SparkPeople members have some form of depression/anxiety, so I hope to do more to help with this.

Hope everyone had a good weekend and is ready for a positive week ahead! This weekend was the last one before our kids go back to school this Wednesday. So, I took the family and my brother to a San Jose Earthquakes MLS soccer game. Originally, I was going to take them in September if their fitness streak hit 50 days in a row, but I have to travel on that day, so moved it to this weekend as a reward for them hitting 25 days in a row. They really like this and my oldest especially gets excited about tracking his minutes.

Unfortunately, the game didn’t go so well and the home team lost to Dallas FC 5-0 and even missed a penalty kick that would have at least given the kids the excitement of seeing a gooooooooooooooooal. But, we still had a great time.

It was a bittersweet day for my wife because she used to go to Earthquakes games as a kid with her Dad and brother way back in the 70s. He was born in Germany and loved soccer and coached her teams when she was a kid. Unfortunately, he passed away a few years ago and his birthday was yesterday, so she thought this was a good way to honor him for us to take our kids to their first professional soccer game. I played soccer from age 6-18 and it was a great sport for fitness and leadership (though I wish I hadn’t done so many headballs!).

I’m super-excited at the moment because we’re working on a partnership with a fun organization that might include the 10 or more fitness minutes challenge in their program!

SparkCheers!

Chris (SparkGuy)
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SUNNYWBL 8/25/2014 12:27AM

    I have depression and PTSD. Depression runs in my family and my ex-husbands also. ( My poor kids!)

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  Always great to do fun things together as a family...even if bittersweet.

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  sorry about your loss great way to pay tribute to him all the best

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PENOWOK 8/22/2014 7:11AM

    No rest for the weary...well, it doesn't sound as though you are weary...always looking for great partnerships! Thanks for always being there!

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    I love how you have given your children an incentive for exercise ~ both the rewards and the benefits that they can carry with them through life.

Regardless of who won the soccer game, the thought of honoring your father-in-law was wonderful!! Pulls at my heart-strings.

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LOVINGKATE 8/20/2014 9:50AM

  You are such a great role model to us and most of all, your beautiful family. I know I am doing my own 10 min. challenge and it is very motivating to know each day I can add just a little bit more and feeling better each and every day. I thank you each and every day for sharing SP with all of us. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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  Your more likeable , personable, and thoughtful to those outside your company and staff. Another reason this site is so popular. Your interested in people, not just only sales... Go Bless You for making this site available.

It has helped me in various ways. I think I may have mentioned elsewhere, a good percentage of my friends aren't physically or nutritionally active, so believe me, it is useful to stay focused. emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 8/19/2014 6:04PM

    Congrats to your family in their 25 day streak!! I'm sure they will thank you for encouraging them to keep track of fitness and keep moving! Right now, it's just plain fun! hehe
Hope you are having a terrific Tuesday! (((HUGS)))

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ALEXSGIRL1 8/19/2014 3:56PM

    I miss watching my kids play they both played until 16 I never went to a professional game maybe someday. I love how you involve your family in your fitness goals I do the same thanks for all you do

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NONNAOF2 8/19/2014 12:33PM

  It sounds like you are setting up a good example for your children and expanding to others about exercise, even 10 minutes of it! My young granddaughters play soccer and just love it! Unfortunately, they live far away from me, so I can't get to their games, but they look good in their uniforms!! :-)

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GRLTAZ 8/19/2014 11:25AM

    What a great reward ! Good you got out and had fun to boot.

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    Thanks for a great blog.

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    sounds like your all having fun.. :-)

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    Inspirational read. Thanks!

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    Wonderful way to honour your late FIL and a great treat for the boys Chris.

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CATHYGETSFIT 8/19/2014 1:20AM

    I know that I suffer from depression off and on every year. Given what I do know about Robin Williams I can definitely understand his feelings of wanting to take his life. I know it's something he must have been thinking about for a long time now. It saddens me that he never reached out to someone to get help. I dare say that I don't believe we will ever see another great actor / human being in our lifetime. He is missed by many people.

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KATHYJO56 8/19/2014 12:25AM

    It sounds as though fitness has become a way of life in your household and I am happy for your kids. How nice to celebrate with their first professional soccer game. Maybe they will see a goal the next time. emoticon

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    Several of my children/grandchildren play(ed) soccer.

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COLOR-BLUE 8/18/2014 10:47PM

    Chris,

I'm sorry to hear about your wife's dad, but I rejoice, because he's in Heaven, and the family paid tribute to him, but going to the soccer game! That's so sweet!

You don't see hands on dads, very much anymore and I love the fact that you are, and you include your family in your blogs! Thank you for including me in your family, as you go through each milestone and mini challenge, with the boys and your wife!

Blessings!

- Nancy Jean -
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JAMER123 8/18/2014 10:15PM

    i suppose I could say YEAH! for Dallas as I am a winter Texan but much farther south!! So i will say sorry for the loss but so great the kids had a wonderful time!! Our granddaughters will head back to school Tues. after Labor Day as our schools start late and end late.
Will await the potential of a new program!!
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    What a great reward for you kids!

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    I do believe you've put "world-class papahood" on the map, Chris! I was sorry to hear about your wife's dad...please give her my emoticon .

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ROXYZMOM 8/18/2014 9:15PM

    Congrats on your streak! Hard work and determination and having kids in the equation helps! You are an awesome role model!!

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DJSHIP46 8/18/2014 8:38PM

    Sounds like a great weekend, wish some of my grandchildren were interested in soccer, but they aren't. Have a GREAT week!!!

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