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Do You Like the Site Centered?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Hi Everyone!

As you may have noticed, we made a chance to the site yesterday. Now instead of having the site aligned to the left side of your monitor, it is centered.

We did this for a couple of reasons:
- Most major sites are now centered
- Since many monitors are now larger, sites look better centered

Please let us know what you think about this change! There are some things I really like about it that I'll wait until later to post until after hearing your thoughts.

Have fun reaching your goals today!

SparkCheers!

Chris (SparkGuy)
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RLWORRELL 8/25/2011 11:20PM

    I like it too!
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IH8W82 8/15/2011 10:04PM

    Centered is much better. I actually like right justified because of the placement of my monitor on my desk, but centered is great. Thank you. Kathryn emoticon

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MICHELE_L 7/20/2011 10:25PM

    Love it!

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JEWITCH 7/20/2011 6:41AM

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MRSLEENY 7/19/2011 7:59PM

    It's good!

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LARRYHARWOOD 7/19/2011 12:49PM

    Guess I was too busy tracking, reading, posting etc. to notice. Looks good though.

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JSALERNO 7/18/2011 2:10PM

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SPARKBECKY2012 7/18/2011 1:50PM

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SANDYBRUNO 7/17/2011 10:49PM

    I have to say at first I didn't even notice it but when I hit post comment, I looked at it and realized what you were talking about. I like it. As usual thanks for always making things even greater for us.

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KMICHA 7/17/2011 5:01PM

    I like it! Thanks for always making the site a better place! emoticon

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DONNACFIT 7/17/2011 4:39PM

    Love it!!!

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PSALM22 7/16/2011 2:03PM

    I didn't notice until I logged on with my big laptop. On the netbook I can't tell the difference.

And if I don't maximize the browser window, I can resize it so the SP pages are effectively on the left side of the narrower window, allowing me to then use the right side of the screen for another program.

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ALLISON150 7/16/2011 11:46AM

    I have to admit that after using spark for almost 2 years, I don't like it! I put it on half the screen and an excel spreadsheet on the other half so I can transfer my data for logging diabetes stuff.

With it in the middle, I have to do some maneuvering and it isn't so convenient... :(

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KIMSFITJOURNAL 7/16/2011 9:57AM

    I thought it was centered all along ..... it appears I need to pay more attention. To answer your question, I think its fine being centered.

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RUBECCAL 7/16/2011 9:28AM

    I hadn't really noticed the change, but I like it!

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MNOT2THICK 7/16/2011 9:17AM

    It definitely works for me emoticon emoticon

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WANDERINGGIRL 7/16/2011 8:13AM

    Yup I like it better

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CINNAMONCAT9 7/16/2011 1:50AM

    I like being able to see colors etc. to either side. It was a small step that leads to a big change! he he......good decision.

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JMUCKINHOUPT 7/16/2011 1:00AM

    Centering was a good move. Thanks!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 7/16/2011 12:20AM

    I like it centered, thanks!

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DIANE7786 7/15/2011 11:59PM

    Looks great!

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TEENY_BIKINI 7/15/2011 11:44PM

    Yup. Love it!

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BROWNIEISLANDER 7/15/2011 10:44PM

    Great center Spot!! emoticon

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FISHINGLADY66 7/15/2011 9:14PM

    I like it this way. Thank you

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OUTDOORGIRL69 7/15/2011 7:54PM

    I like it in the center. Thanks

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ANNESYLVIA 7/15/2011 7:38PM

    Ironically I been having problems loading certain areas on this site now. I wonder if this change cause it. I mean I been sparking for over a year but only recently have I been having problems with loading area like "daily blog feature" . The little green circle just goes around and around.

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INDIANAGIRL61 7/15/2011 7:16PM

    YES!
It used to be centered didn't it?( a long time ago when I first started 04/07)
I didn't like it when it changed to the side--it was weird being off balance.



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MOSIS1998 7/15/2011 6:49PM

    I noticed something different but did not identify what it was till I saw my friend feed. I like it in the center, it looks more balanced. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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STANS_OWN 7/15/2011 4:44PM

    I didn't really notice, like most people, but now that I think about it, it looks better!

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MAGA99 7/15/2011 4:11PM

    wow I didnt even notice

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MISSAMPERSAND 7/15/2011 3:11PM

    Wow, I didn't even notice! I guess I'm just so used to that format now...that's what happens when I leave for a day, I guess haha

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COOLMAMA11 7/15/2011 2:58PM

    I like it centered, has a more balanced look. Thank you for all that you do to make this site the very best!

Elaine

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DUSTYGIRL25 7/15/2011 2:31PM

    Yes! Centered is Good!
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SHEENADEE 7/15/2011 1:58PM

    Either way is fine with me; but, the new centered view is a bit more 'balanced'.

Thanks for asking our thoughts.

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LEXIE63 7/15/2011 12:47PM

    I didn't notice the change till you mentioned it, but it is fine. To be honest, as long as the site is working, I don't mind where the page is laid out. :-) I hope you'll be keeping the lovely pastel shades to each side. So restful to the eyes. :-) When you use a site a lot, that really helps. :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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PARTTIMER 7/15/2011 12:11PM

    Somehow I didn't even notice.

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KRISTA-GIRL 7/15/2011 11:29AM

    Wow, I didn't even notice and I practically live on SP!
I sure love the way you all are always working on improving the site, though. Awesome work - and a HUGE emoticon

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GLORYB2014 7/15/2011 11:29AM

    I hadn't really noticed! emoticon
All I know is "it works for me!"
Thank you for continuously thinking and working to better this site, not that it isn't already perfect!
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IZZYBEBOP 7/15/2011 10:29AM

    Honestly, I don't like it and I have a large monitor. It just seems to throw everything off balance. I know the trend is to have them centered, but I really liked that SP was different and got so use to it being to the left that it's really taking time for me to get use to it. Any chance of changing it back?

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GREYIMPRESSIONS 7/15/2011 10:13AM

  like it centered! THanks

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KIN59VARA 7/15/2011 10:04AM

    Thanks for always constantly updating the site.

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MYKIDSFAN 7/15/2011 9:53AM

    It works wonderfully!

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CTUPTON 7/15/2011 8:42AM

    Thank you for asking! Yes, I like it. Chris

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SMORSEBVR 7/15/2011 8:24AM

  I didn't even notice... bad me!


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JULIA_211 7/15/2011 5:04AM

    Much better this way. Thank you.

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ARTJAC 7/15/2011 3:28AM

    i like the centre screen

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DAISY443 7/15/2011 3:08AM

    I had noticed and like it OK, just not one of those huge, amazing changes! As always, appreciate the work that goes into the site!

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SHAP3SHIFTER 7/15/2011 1:06AM

    The only time it might be a problem for me is when I put my heart monitor readings in the notes and then need to read them while putting in my cardio for the day. I usually put the open screen beside the note box and noticed I had to move it over a little farther this morning. I was in a hurry though and didn't stop to figure out why. So it must have worked just fine.

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DWILCZKO 7/15/2011 12:44AM

  great!

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July 11: Day 25 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Today's Fitness
I did 41 fitness minutes today (July 11) can you tell that I used to be an accountant with my odd fitness minute totals down to the minute :)?

Today's Highlights
Today's fitness highlight was increasing my number of leg lunges. If you haven't tried lunges, they are an amazing exercise to build leg strength! I'd recommend starting with a small number and working your way up or otherwise you'll get in technical terms "Lunge Legs" and be barely able to walk the next day. I once did a bunch of lunges after having not done them for awhile and then the next day I walked all around San Francisco or at least tried to BIG mistake! Learn from SparkGuy's mistakes :).

My other day highlight was playing a game with the boys outside in the great weather. I'd kick a plastic ball high in the air and they had to chase it and then whoever got it first had to run it back to me without getting tackled by the other one (my 7yo came up with this idea). They each had to run at least a mile, but didn't notice because they were having so much fun and squealing while out-running each other. Unfortunately, the game ended when the 4yo tried to tackle the 7yo and got the wind knocked out of him for the first time ever which freaked him out, but I grabbed him and let him know he'd be able to breathe again in a few seconds.

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Here's one of my favorite member posts from yesterday I had several great ones to choose from today!

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Title: 69 Pounds Lost!!

Message: I never in a million years thought that doing something as simple as eating healthier and exercising more could bring results like I have seen. Any time you see people on TV talking about how much weight they have lost there''s always some magic pill they took or some magic exercise equipment that they used or some special deliver at home meal system. Well guess what? I haven''t done any of these things and I have still lost 69 pounds!! Not that anyone who uses these systems are wrong or anything. Whatever is good for you is good for you! I eat healthier, feel better, get more sleep, and exercise like there''s no tomorrow and I still find myself smiling and laughing and enjoying my life. When I first started this on the first of this year if you would have told me that I would be 69 pounds lighter by July 11, I would have looked at you like you were crazy. But as crazy as it seems if you give yourself the chance you can do amazing things! It''s not over yet and I know that tough times are to come, but right at this very moment I want to celebrate my feet having 69 less pounds to lug around. Thanks for all of the support SP! Could not have done it without you!
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How was your Monday? Did you get at least 10 minutes of fitness? What's your highlight?

SparkCheers!

Chris (SparkGuy)
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MILLISMA 7/13/2011 2:33PM

    I thought it was great and made sense to me! Thanks

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KDLOCA 7/13/2011 9:21AM

    Monday ran/walk 1.5 mile and brisk walk 1.5 total of 49 mins. on treadmill
Wed did it again but got on the trail near my house 47 mins.
Great job on everyones fitness goals.
Chris what a great way to get the kids moving.

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MSLZZY 7/13/2011 8:15AM

    30 minutes walking!

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LOVESLIFE48 7/13/2011 7:47AM

    Nice!!!

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JANICE1313 7/13/2011 7:44AM

    Thanks for sharing, I am going to make it to the gym today even if form 10 minutes. emoticon

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LOSTLIME 7/13/2011 4:51AM

    Great! Have a great day!

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 7/13/2011 4:44AM

    I love how you highlight posts every day... and enjoy hearing about your own experience! Great personal touch Chris!!

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_CYNDY55_ 7/13/2011 1:49AM

    Got My 10 Plus *✲*. Awesome Day .*✲*


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AMANDALADY 7/12/2011 11:51PM

    I love your idea of the 10 minute challenge! Thanks for continuing to support and inspire the SparkPeople - I managed to do 60 minutes of cardio even though I am fighting off a cold!

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PRAIRIECROCUS 7/12/2011 11:47PM

    Glad that you and your boys had so much fun, and fitness, today !
So did I !
Because of SparkPeople, I am much more active !

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ONELBATATIME 7/12/2011 9:29PM

    60 min at the gym doing water aerobics tonight! yay!

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LOGOULD 7/12/2011 9:06PM

    Sundy was 60 mins...Yesterday 90 mins.....tomorrow 90 mins.....and a long run Thursdy AM, so today is just going to be a 10min unless I get a wild hair to sneak in an extra 5 or so.

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KNITTABLES 7/12/2011 8:48PM

    I'm on day three of the ten minutes day challenge and I ended up doing 35 minutes on the bike today. I love these challenges. Thanks.

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NHGRL68 7/12/2011 8:38PM

    I hear ya about those lunges! I've had that painful feeling a few times! Lol. Great job keeping that streak going and AWESOME that you are keeping your boys active too. I bet you all had a lot of fun playing together. emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 7/12/2011 8:35PM

    I did well also and am doing an hours worth of cardio now, just taking a quick break emoticon

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2BFREE2LIVE 7/12/2011 8:05PM

    Sounds like your having a wonderful time with the children and getting your workouts while your doing so.
Congrats to the young lady who lost 69 pounds I know how hard that is and she did an awesome job. I went to her blog to support her this afternoon.
Keep having fun with the little ones they don't stay little to long.
I started my day with a five mile Walk Away the Pounds DVD and then worked on the landscape project today.
Sandy

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ENUFF81020 7/12/2011 7:56PM

    After I did my workout in the pool, I went to the gym and rode the bike while I worked on my homework, a reading assignment. That's a win-win for me and using my time well!!

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VAMPTRIANA4EVR 7/12/2011 7:52PM

    I started my day with 35 minutes of walking! Did 2.16 miles! Woohoo!

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July 10: Day 24 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge

Monday, July 11, 2011

Today's Fitness
I did 77 fitness minutes today WooHoo for weekends and getting outside!

Today's Highlights
Today's highlight was running sprints in the neighborhood. I love these because you can get a great workout in a short time. I think sprints do more than just about any exercise I do to help me with clear thinking.

With the great fitness this weekend I slept well and feel good today. I'm ready to make this a great week and hope you are also ready for this!

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Here's one of my favorite member posts from yesterday:

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I began this journey to better health, (again), on April 30th and found SparkPeople shortly after. I am so glad I did!!! Today I got on the scale expecting it to be about the same since I had shown a loss yesterday. Well.....I got on, looked, couldn''t believe my eyes, got off, got back on and then screamed with delight! I had broken the 250 mark, weighing in at 249.8!!! That makes 18 lbs lost (and I don''t want them back - so if you see them just ignore them they''ll go away , I hope emoticon ) I think everyone on my side of town must have heard me! What a motivator! All those minutes of dancing in the living room to Electronica/Disco music on cable are paying off - plus the walks on the days that aren''t to hot and humid! I set my first goal at 10% of my body weight and I am well on my way to accomplishing that goal. Small goals make a difference - when I look at the amount of weight I have to lose it is overwhelming! Small goals are the key in all of this! (for me anyway). AND the KISS principal - keep it simple sweetheart! Anyway, I''m rambling -which I tend to do when I''m excited! I hope all of you the best in your journey! Take care of YOU!
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How was your Sunday? Did you get at least 10 minutes of fitness? What's your highlight?

SparkCheers!

Chris (SparkGuy)
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  cool!

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    WooHoo!!! I LOVE this blog entry!
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DIDS70 7/13/2011 1:00PM

    Started a new fitness regime myself in the past few weeks. I have been surging or interval training and although that definitely makes the clothes looser, it also increases muscle which is not the best for seeing it on the scale. So I talked to my Raw Food Chef who is also a runner. Now running is not something that I even thought possible. My knees get sore and my calves don't like it, but she told me to KISS. Ok. I started out with 30 sec sprints and managed a few in a 30 minute walk. Each week I increased it 15 seconds. I am now up to 2 minutes and 15 seconds of sprinting. In a 45 minute session on mr. treadmill, I usually sprint about 20 minutes. I am feeling great. Unfortunately the treadmill doesn't go anywhere and running outside has a different feel, but I still do my 2.15 minutes. Next up is 2.30. Come on legs, we can do this together

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    Great!! and thanks for the umph emoticon emoticon

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MACEWOMAN 7/13/2011 12:32PM

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JENACE1 7/13/2011 7:57AM

    Nice deal there Spark Guy! Good for you!

I started my 10 minute streak of exercising exactly when my Spark book told me too. I almost killed myself one day when I did 20 minutes because I was so out of shape. I'm still out of shape but I can do 30 minutes now and it is one heck of a workout. I do this everyday and not only is it helping me lose pounds my mind is clearer and I get the best business ideas when I am working out. I like to workout alone so that I can get in my zone and think.

Thank you for all you do and for connecting me with people who help and motivate me!

Maybe next weekend you will have time for some fun outside again. emoticon

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MRSAKINS2005 7/13/2011 6:40AM

    I do two 1 hour cardio walks a day. I like to get outside. Since it's summer I split it up. Too hot here.

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TAXPROF 7/13/2011 1:56AM

    where are the sparkpoints for this - the game is rigged!

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19PITSY53 7/12/2011 4:11PM

  I try to get a minimum of 30 minutes of cardio each day.

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GOING-STRONG 7/12/2011 11:45AM

    Those 10 minute bits do add up... Yippee!

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SNLHOT_08 7/12/2011 12:28AM

    Today I broke down and started working out on my Glider for a work out and I did 26:17 on my machine and then I did a little weights and some tubing work out and I took a walk afterwards emoticonPlus i am going to do some more work out with my weight s tomorrow and maybe I will do a little more tomorrow

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JESTICJADE 7/12/2011 12:18AM

    I was outside playing with the kids all day. I even jumped some rope too. But I didn't log the mins because it was too much fun.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/11/2011 10:14PM

    Loved the member's post!

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GRATEFULBOB 7/11/2011 7:50PM

    emoticonlacking a little,no alot of motivation in this hot weather

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LADYANDREA2012 7/11/2011 6:54PM

    Hello, Christ!!!

After reading your Blog yesterday, it brighten up my motivation so intensely, that I decided to join your team and the Official SparkPeople 10 Minutes Workout Challenge.

My Sunday turned out to be a very different one. I felt motivated, energized and refreshed, with a new sense of achievement. I did Coach Nichole 10 minutes Cardio Jump Start video, and Coach Nichol 20 Minutes Bands Workout. I felt awesome after I finished them. They are safe, well taught and very doable. She is a caring trainer and explained everything so well, that I really felt her coaching like if she were really beside me. I felt I was in a new view of doing exercise with her.

My highlight is that after I finished, I felt so capable and successful that I ended up my day achieving more than in any other weekend I used to have before. I slept very good and wake up refreshed, energized and very motivated. Thank you, Chris for writing that Blog that compelled so much to me and awaken the afraid little girl that once felt incapable and unsuccessful.

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AGAPEJOY 7/11/2011 5:22PM

    Yes, I did the 10 minute cardio from the Spring into Shape BootCamp Workout! emoticon


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ABB698 7/11/2011 4:31PM

    Walked 5 miles with my niece on my Sunday! My highlight was being able to *really* Spark again after being on vacation for 3 weeks. emoticon
Thank you Chris!!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 7/11/2011 4:08PM

    Just walking for me

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SEDONACAT 7/11/2011 3:09PM

    Yes, I did the treadmill at the Y and then an hour of gardening.

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ANNISSAT 7/11/2011 2:49PM

    Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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RUNNERRACHEL 7/11/2011 2:22PM

    Yes, Sunday I did strength training, a Coach Nicole workout video on the stability ball, Zumba, and Pilates! Felt great! A very active weekend indeed!

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SHEENADEE 7/11/2011 1:57PM

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Thanks for keeping us updated.

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JABULONESTAR 7/11/2011 1:37PM

    Even though I was sick I was still able to get in 10 minutes :) It really does help breaking it down to 10 minutes! Thanks so much emoticon emoticon

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PRAIRIECROCUS 7/11/2011 1:23PM

    Thanks for sharing !

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 7/11/2011 12:32PM

    I love reading about your progress and enjoy the quotes from other blogs so thanks for sharing them!

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MSAZLADY82 7/11/2011 12:13PM

    I got in a full 60 minutes (I like saying that more than 1 hour, lol) and the highlight? I attacked my pantry! I'm almost 30 days here, and I tell you what, just organizing the clutter that was my pantry, is making ideas about preparing food less stressful, and I'm seeing now where I need to really focus when shopping, and getting rid of things that might trip me up. Accountability...who knew!?
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KNITTABLES 7/11/2011 12:12PM

    I joined your ten minute challenge and ended up doing 35 minutes on the bike and walked a total of 15,000 steps in 90 minutes.

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SUNSHINE_GAL 7/11/2011 12:11PM

    While watching TV last night, I marched in place, did some stretches and utilized my treadmill.

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NANCYLEE46 7/11/2011 11:35AM

    emoticon I got a 5 hour sprint in shopping with my mom preparing for vacation. While she puttered I went and walked the parking lot.
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CGARR442 7/11/2011 11:34AM

    I'm doing my cross training today. Mostly strength training with a little cardio thrown in.
Loved the member post, I remember when I started seeing results it was so thrilling!!

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MARCH_ 7/11/2011 11:33AM

    Chris, thanks for posting this kind of stuff. It's just what I needed this Monday morning!

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KITTYB77 7/11/2011 11:23AM

    I got a new puppy so I am walking at least an extra hour each day with him... :):)

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LOVESLIFE48 7/11/2011 11:06AM

    today 50 minutes cardio!

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COOPSM 7/11/2011 11:05AM

    Great job on the sprints...only 30 minutes for me...Insanity fit test

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MSLZZY 7/11/2011 10:52AM

    I spent 90 minutes on cardio yesterday-moving boxes and
doing heavy cleaning upstairs. It felt so good! Thanks for the inspiration!

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FABBECKY 7/11/2011 10:43AM

    12o minutes of walking and yard work!

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FITFABJENN 7/11/2011 10:21AM

    My Sunday was great! I walked for 30 minutes in the morning and then got in 30 minutes of the elliptical in the afternoon. Then we all went for a swim, the highlight of my day.

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CALIDREAMER76 7/11/2011 10:14AM

    Going out for my walk as soon as I'm done here. Missed it yesterday due to medication issues.
Keep up the good work!

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FATHINSN 7/11/2011 9:57AM

    I think my energy was been suck out by the hot, sunny day on both Saturday and Sunday - kept drinking water to get myself hydrated, my favourite fluid in the world! Maybe I should do exercises underneath the shower (no swimming pool, too afraid of getting drowned, haha).

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LAND313 7/11/2011 9:55AM

  Great job Chris!
I went to the Reservoir with my children it was 102degrees in MS with a heat index of 105 I do not know how to swim, but we did get in the water in the section we could stand up in. We played kick ball as well.

I did my workout on my Wii Gold's Gym Dance Workout when we returned home. Really enjoying getting fit. Determined to stick with making healthier choices.

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WANT2BHEALTHY11 7/11/2011 9:50AM

    Thanks for keeping all of us sparkers motivated!! I got my 35 minutes of fitness this morning. emoticon emoticon

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PAMBWS 7/11/2011 9:44AM

    One day at a time...& don't we all feel much, much more alive.

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MICHCLEARY 7/11/2011 9:43AM

    Hi Chris - Way to go on the sprints and encouraging new members!

My highlight - first time on the elliptical post shoulder surgery (7 1/2 weeks out) and I got in 4.2 miles not using the arm thingies. Thingies being my technical term! I was also able to do full situp/twist on the stability ball.

Today I'm photo blogging my food for accountability and the woo hoo in that is SP has taught me a lot of options about how to hold myself accountable through all the ups and downs!

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KITT52 7/11/2011 9:38AM

    great job and I could not agree with you more...
I love how I feel when I get a good work out


Have a healthy day , and think happy thoughts

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DETERMINED_SOUL 7/11/2011 9:37AM

    I am so glad you are blogging daily, it is so motivating. If you can do it with your busy schedule, I know I can. I am also liking the special blog posts from other members. Thank you.

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LAURIE5658 7/11/2011 9:34AM

    Outstanding!!!

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July 9: Day 23 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Hello Everyone!

Note: I will blog much more about this, but I have re-started my goal to see if I can do 1,000 days in a row of at least 10 minutes of fitness. As you can see from the title of this blog, today is Day 23. I will also try to blog as many days as possible. One of my goals is to motivate as many people as possible around America and the world to reach their goals using health and fitness combined with goal setting as a springboard to reach goals in all areas of life. Working together we can make an enormous impact. As I say, "Your daily actions and words impact more people than you realize!"

Today's Fitness:
I did 58 fitness minutes today woohoo!

Today's Highlight:
My fitness highlight today was swimming laps with my boys hanging onto my back. They LOVE this because it feels like they are surfing. My oldest even tries to stand on my back while I'm swimming. Needless to say, this is a really challenging exercise! I love this one because it's both a challenge physically and something memorable for my boys.

Member Post:
Here's one of my favorite member posts the past couple of days. I love the confidence members have because of all the support and tools here at SP!

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I was in the hospital recently and because I am diabetic they sent a diabetic nutrition counselor to see me. While I'm sure she meant well, she came in assuming that I knew nothing about a diabetic diet or that I had a current plan and had my diabetes under control.

I quickly corrected this assumption and pulled out my laptop to show her my Sparkpeople nutrition page!! She was very impressed and made sure to write down the website before leaving.... I'm hoping she will share this as a tool for her other patients!!! I can't believe as a nutrition counselor she didn't already know about it!
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How was your day yesterday or today? Did you get at least 10 minutes of fitness? We can do this!

SparkCheers!
Chris (SparkGuy)
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ALICESPLACE 2/7/2012 7:46PM

  What a great idea, many times we get derailed from our fitness programme, going from "all" to nothing". I can see this as a great motivator to get 10 m even on the most difficult of days and the benefit of this is that we won't have to overcome the "start again" battle.

Am wondering what book is Anonsi referring to?

I am going to be travelling for 5 weeks in April/May and am now setting 10/day as my minimum goal when I'm away.

Thanks

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ELEANORRIGBY13 7/14/2011 12:44AM

  I am doing this challenge, too! I am on day 8! Good luck!

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DWILCZKO 7/13/2011 4:40AM

  awesome!

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PRIN1978 7/12/2011 8:55PM

    Took the day off from the gym to play outdoors with my kids and their dad. We played kickball, jump rope, hula hoop (I can still do it!!lol), and then I squeezed in 10 sets of 14 walking lunges, squats and running from one end of my yard to the next! Total of 52 minutes of worth while fun from a crazy day at work! Keep it up SPARK people!! emoticon

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SA2002NG 7/12/2011 8:48PM

    Great idea and I will start one myself. Thanks for the idea and I hope you dont mind me copying this...Trying to lose 40 pounds by the end of the year.

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ANONSI 7/12/2011 4:45PM

    I'm on day 44 out of 100. Maybe I should join you on the thousand-day challenge. I usually get more than ten minutes in, but it's a relief to know that I only have to do ten minutes on days where I am too busy, out of town, visiting friends, etc. Ten minutes now seems like a piece of cake! Since reading the book, I have been telling everyone I know about your ten minutes a day challenge and about how much it has helped me.

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KIN59VARA 7/12/2011 2:34PM

    I did 122 minutes!

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EUNIQ3 7/12/2011 1:49PM

    thanks fo rhe posting. I may start using it as a way to keep me focused emoticon

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SPECIALGURL7 7/12/2011 1:37PM

    Thanks for the info. I have been kind of slack and need to get back in check.

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DENITA59 7/12/2011 10:35AM

  Thanks, I needed something to get me going today and this HELP!

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DEBLYNN323 7/12/2011 8:02AM

    emoticon....I'm trying to work the same challenge!

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SPAZKAZ1983 7/12/2011 7:25AM

  I have made it a goal to ride my bike to work on days when it is possible. So far I have one day down, and I plan on continuing because of your commitment. I know I can stick to my plan. Thanks for the motivation!

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RURABE 7/12/2011 4:43AM

    Great blog Chris! I did legs today whew! emoticon

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CHICAGOHEALTHY 7/11/2011 11:34PM

    I ran 8 miles yesterday in 80 minutes. Temps were already in the high 80s with high humidity when I set out at 9am, but I still stuck with the entire run. I stopped twice for water. I'm lucky that there are many water fountains along the lakefront where I run. I've been swimming this summer also, but I cannot imagine someone standing on my back while I do it. That's great that you can combine exercise with spending time with your family!

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RUNANDRUN 7/11/2011 11:15PM

  Thanks for the inspiration.

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EGR2BEME 7/11/2011 10:46PM

    Thank you for the motivation...inspiration and encouragement! I did about 50 minutes today myself!

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SWEETMOMMY41 7/11/2011 10:12PM

  amazing!

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CASJ57 7/11/2011 9:18PM

    This challenge of yours has really inspired me.

Thanks!

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LINDABENEDICT 7/11/2011 8:53PM

    Keep it up !!!!

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SHARE_MY_WORLD_ 7/11/2011 7:52PM

    My goal is to get through 30 days of Jillian Michaels 30 day Shred. I am currently on day 3 whoo hoo! Keep sparking I sure will!

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BELLALUCIA 7/11/2011 7:10PM

    I begin my streak on Wednesday and hope to have a CD player for company. Keep going Sparkguy!

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HOPN2SUMMER 7/11/2011 4:49PM

    I love how goal setting is changing my life! emoticon

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KKINNEA 7/11/2011 3:01PM

    I've been going strong as wll - sometimes I have to march around my house to get 10 minutes in but I do it!

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4EVERBABYCAKES 7/11/2011 2:38PM

    Wow - what a goal! I'm on day 10 of my 10-minute fitness challenge -- thansk so much for your inspiration!

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TREASURINGLIFE 7/11/2011 2:25PM

    Today is day #55 for me! Lovin' the 10-minutes-a-day fitness challenge.

- Michelle

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HCOOKMAN 7/11/2011 1:53PM

    today I swam laps for 50 minutes. I did 2 more laps than normal. Mine was not as fun or as challenging as having your children climbing on you.

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    emoticon so far i've done 63 cardio minutes and 50 strength. emoticon

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MRSAKINS2005 7/11/2011 12:29PM

    Way too go.....

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NONNAJEANIE 7/11/2011 10:15AM

    Chris, you lead by example! I am envisioning you like a dolphin with the kids on your back. Sounds like fun to me, depending on if you're able to catch a breath once in awhile. :) Good luck on the 1000 days!

Jeanie
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 7/11/2011 8:31AM

    Love the idea of your boys "surfing" on you... I got in 150 mins of cardio yesterday. Bright blessings for another FUN & FIT day. emoticon

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EATINGLESS4ME 7/11/2011 8:03AM

    Thanks to you and your blog I will start a calendar, plus log into facebook my daily self challenges. I will walk 15 minutes at the least everyday. I will also pick up one piece of equipment and use it for 10 minutes everyday. I WILL reach my goal. I have to. emoticon

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TAYPET 7/11/2011 7:27AM

  Has to give myself a peptalk this morning, to get on my bike and ride it for 10 minutes! Read the Spark motivational section to get me started this morning! You rock SparkGuy!
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GEMINI-SKY 7/11/2011 7:05AM

    Great Memories for your Son's ! ! !
Yep, at least 20 min's per day...
Thx for the push and support.

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THEIS58 7/11/2011 6:48AM

    emoticon I have streak since January 2 when I joined SP. Yesterday did 90 min of cardio & weights, today will do 60 of cardio....

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RG_DFW 7/11/2011 6:44AM

    As of Sunday, I have 157 minutes over the last two days and a 70 day streak going!




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CJPSTANLEY 7/11/2011 5:16AM

  I am sick at the present and on antibiotics. My blood sugar is giving me fits. So I'm going to wait a few days before I start the program. I like the I can do 10min of exercise daily. Kricket

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2 Members in First for Women

Thursday, June 30, 2011



Two SparkPeople members are featured in the July 18, 2011, issue of First for Women magazine. Tia and Anna are on pages 32 and 34, respectively.

Be sure to pick up a copy of the magazine today (it hit newsstands Monday!)



Way to go, ANNALISSAS, who lost 80 pounds, and TIAGAYEPFA, who lost 42 pounds!

  
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DIANEDOESSMILES 7/28/2011 6:30PM

    Still wishing they had allowed not just "young people" for us "older ones" are ALSO doing a fantastic job. :)

With that being said, CONGRATS GIRLS !

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RAWMZMARTHA 7/28/2011 2:02PM

  I'm a newbie...hot off the 'sign-up page'...and I think it's wonderful how this site portrays the REAL world and not miracles...a healthy lifestyle takes time!!!
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  Can't wait to pick up a copy! emoticon emoticon

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CED1976 7/20/2011 9:41AM

    i went to try to find this magazine at the walmart but they didn't have it. does anyone know if it is still on the shelves anywhere? emoticon emoticon

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VAMOMMA4 7/13/2011 11:32AM

  planning to buy a copy of First asap! thanks for the info. I love inspiring stories.

Did anyone see Ms. South Carolina who was just crowned. Didn't mention sparkpeople, but lost her weight thru diet and exercise. Imagine that! emoticon

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FISHINGLADY66 7/11/2011 10:25PM

    I just bought my copy. emoticon

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AUNTIEDARLING 7/11/2011 9:19AM

    Excellent- Stand proud. Shout it out.

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    emoticon emoticon to the both of them; it's always inspiring to read about others who have had such great success..... emoticon

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LJCANNON 7/10/2011 2:46PM

    On my way to buy that Magazine now!! It is always good to see SparkPeople members in print!!
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KIN59VARA 7/10/2011 9:40AM

    Terrific!

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EPATTEN79 7/9/2011 8:20AM

    That's how I found out about SparkPeople and became a member of this site. Best thing I've done for myself in a long time.

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ROWEENA 7/8/2011 4:01PM

    Kudos! That is too cool!

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DWILCZKO 7/7/2011 12:10AM

  awesome!

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MMUSICK85 7/6/2011 4:58PM

    Excellent!!

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RUNANDRUN 7/6/2011 12:03PM

  Wow!

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    80 emoticon 42 emoticon
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FLEMIDG 7/6/2011 12:09AM

    Awesome job ladies. Congratulations.

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NEWKAREN43 7/5/2011 9:41PM

    Keep SP in the media! Fantastic!

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SPARKYCARLEY 7/5/2011 8:08PM

    Woo Hoo... I never tire of seeing SP in the media!

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ELLEKTRA 7/5/2011 4:50PM

    Thats Awesome! Go SP!

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DIANNEMT 7/5/2011 3:05PM

    How wonderful that you 1) did so well and 2) are spreading the Spark in such a great way!! Thanks you for sharing!

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MAMABEARLICIOUS 7/5/2011 2:40PM

    congrats to you both and sparkpeople for the spotlight you so deserve!!
i found sparkpeople in a unique way through First For Women...it's on my sparkpage!!
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CHLOEGRACE1 7/5/2011 11:50AM

    This is the magazine that introduced me to Spark People; while I didn't "lose 43 pounds by Memorial Day" I did find a lasting, effective program. Way to go! emoticon

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SOOKIE 7/5/2011 10:23AM

    Awesome Ladies ... gr8 job!

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TEDYBEAR2838 7/5/2011 8:10AM

    Thanks for the Heads Up!

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IMEATINGWELL 7/5/2011 7:57AM

    Congratulations to Tia and Anna!

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DONNABRIGHT 7/5/2011 6:55AM

    Thanks - will check it out.

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