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Why I Love American Idol Part 1: The Breakthrough Point

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Why I Love American Idol Part 1: The Breakthrough Point

and why this matters for SparkPeople members

Hi Everyone

Last Wednesday I took my wife to see the American Idols Live concert. This prompted me to finally write a blog that I've wanted to write for awhile talking about why I love American Idol. As I wrote this, I decided this was so much fun that I'm going to make it a 4-part series with each blog focusing on one contestant.

I've been watching American Idol with my wife since Season 2 Go Ruben! At first, I thought the show was just silly fun/entertainment. But, then I started realizing that American Idol is very applicable to SparkPeople.

"How?" You ask.

The part I like most is that American Idol for the most part (except for some of the silly auditions) is the real deal. The contestants get a real shot to change the course of their lives compressed into a short amount of time.

This is exactly what SparkPeople is about minus the "made for TV" need to compress everything into a very short time period: the challenge of continuing to take positive steps in all areas of life that will lead to a breakthrough that then helps you reach more goals than you may have ever imagined. For example, I'll never forget how one SparkPeople member talked about reaching her goal of becoming a major published author after using SparkPeople. She said, "I never even imagined my life could be like this before SparkPeople."

In our book The Spark ( book.sparkpeople.com/order-now.asp ) we call these Breakthrough Points. We talk about the progression from an Aha Moment (when you first realize something and say "aha!") to a WooHoo Moment (when you take some positive action and want to celebrate) to a Breakthrough Point (when you string together enough positive small steps that lead to something that could truly change your life).

After this realization, one of my favorite parts of watching American Idol became seeing which contestants understood this opportunity and really worked hard each week to make improvements that could lead to breakthroughs. Sometimes early favorites would fade. Other times people who weren't early favorites would end up winning.

I also have to give the show itself great credit this year. After being the #1 show on TV for 9 years, the show still managed to make a brilliant strategic decision this year to have the contestants work with major music producers each week to help mold them into real performers. Brilliant. That type of decision motivates me to continue improving SparkPeople all the time because there are always ways you can improve even when you're already good at something.

This season was clearly the best overall group of any year so the bar was even higher for contestants this year. One of my favorite examples ever of a contestant reaching a Breakthrough Point is Haley Reinhart and she's who I'll focus on with Part 1 of this blog series. Apologies in advance for some of the questionable language in the videos from judge Steven Tyler!

Here is Haley's audition if you'd like to watch:



Early in the season, Haley was in the bottom 3 a few times. She even seemed to have a negative attitude during the results shows and almost seemed resigned that she'd leave the show soon. For some reason she was having trouble putting everything together.

Then, something magic happened and she had a breakthrough. After several performances that landed her in the bottom three, one week she suddenly had a performance that made everyone say, "Whoa that was incredible."

It would be really interesting to know just what happened that led to this Breakthrough Point. Options could include:

1. A natural progression where enough practice and momentum finally naturally led to a Breakthrough Point

2. Haley could have really challenged herself to turn things around and reach her potential realizing that this was such an opportunity for her

3. Someone else family, friends, someone connected to the show including one of the guest stars could have challenged her to reach her potential

4. Some combination of these variables.

Below is the video of the performance. Notice what Jimmy says challenging her in the practice was that the spark? Haley if you ever read this give us a shout and let us know and we'll interview you!



Whatever it was, it was clear that the two minutes of this performance likely changed Haley's life forever. She went on to do several amazing performances including arguably one of the best performances ever on the show with her Led Zeppelin song where her real Dad played guitar how cool is that?

Here is that performance. Another trait from Haley that we can all follow is determination. She got turned away last year when trying out for American Idol and notice the determination in this video when she falls down and then fights through that:



There is a chance that none of this would have happened if she hadn't had that breakthrough. This is something we should all keep in mind as we work hard to reach our goals. There might be a Breakthrough Point just around the corner. So we should keep pushing ourselves and be open to outside motivation to reach this breakthrough.

Here's another favorite from this season the Haley and Casey duet (they did this live at the concert):



Haley's live performance at the concert this week was stunning. Even my wife who wasn't her fan at first said Haley had the best performances of the girls at the show. I honestly think she's one of the best singers I've ever seen in person.

I'm not being biased with this because I actually was rooting for James Durbin and Scotty McCreery just as much Lauren too. Seems like all four have a chance to be real superstars and maybe even others.

The point of all of this is to challenge everyone reading this. YOU can reach Breakthrough Points in your life just like anyone on TV. TV is fine in moderation just like almost everything else. But the key is to really live your own life and reach your potential so you can have your own amazing experiences. Those experiences can include your career, being the best parent possible, or anything else. We all have the chance to be a star in our own lives.

I know it can be frustrating to put in the work every day to build that positive momentum, but it really can be worth it and lead to you reaching more goals than you might realize in all areas of your life.

Even better: we get to support and motivate each other along the way in the SP community.

Stay tuned! I'll focus on at least 3 other contestants from this year in this series to see what we can learn from them.

What are you doing to reach a Breakthrough Point in your life?

SparkCheers!

Chris (SparkGuy)
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PS By popular demand, here is a video of her performances at the concert (this isn't our city, but close). She did Benny and the Jets and House of the Rising Sun.


  
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DIBANANA 1/12/2012 8:08AM

  I joke about being an closet American Idol watcher! I feel as you do that it is actually genuine. I enjoyed watching the contestants grow. I would truly like to feel that success in my weight loss. Thanks for your website. I just found out about it this month on the news.

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FIRECOM 8/2/2011 8:26PM

    I have been an ardent fan of the Idol series from the beginning but this last season was the best yet. You are correct in you analysis of Haley and I did expect her to win.

Having said that, I was really proud of those two teenagers and their careers are already on the move. I have heard the singles from both of them and they are terrific.

I fully agree that we all need that one point in our lives that create the spark to succeed. SparkPeople was my turning point in my lifelong fight with weight.

Frank

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KIN59VARA 7/31/2011 11:34AM

    Thanks for the blog and the comparison!

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BIGOLEDIVA 7/29/2011 3:46PM

    don't know what I liked better - all the great video footage...or your comparisons of spark vs idol! But either way- LOVED this blog!

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 7/28/2011 12:57PM

    Great comparison, seeingHaley adapt & change was awesome!

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TINABERG1 7/27/2011 3:24PM

    This makes so much sense, I also love American Idol and am amazed at some of the transformations...maybe this will help me when I start to slide?? Thanks! emoticon

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MAKEEFFORT 7/27/2011 11:37AM

    This is a great article Chris. Many thanks. Marian emoticon

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DEENAT 7/23/2011 7:53AM

  Love the analogy. I have reached my breakthrough point with exercise

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SAFETYSUE 7/21/2011 10:01PM

    Oops, I wanted to subscribe to this amazing blog...I wish we had the option to go back and change that in the edit mode. I have done this so many times and feel silly having to post again to check subscribe to this blog. Food for thought now that I am addressing the master of all things Spark!!
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SAFETYSUE 7/21/2011 9:55PM

    Great comparison to SparkPeople Chris!! This blog brings new perspective to navigating the ups and downs in the road to success! She literally fell, got back up and continued her amazing performance. I missed it the first time and had to watch it again. I don't watch this show, but adding all the video clips put the punctuation mark in your brilliantly written piece. It really made me see the Chris who has made SparkPeople such a huge success and the rock star in you.....AMAZING CHRIS...YOU ARE THE SPARK....
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FIRECOM 7/21/2011 4:12PM

    I guess my age is showing. I was rooting for Pia the whole way but she was cut with the comment by a judge(s) that all she sings are ballads (which I grew up with and love) and the public agreed. She has had a lot of TV time since the show finale.

I was rooting for Scotty as well. Great talent and more importantly I liked the way he was very humble in his admission that he should have stood up for the young man that was being ostracized by other contestants early in the season. This showed real class IMHO.

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ALYFITN 7/21/2011 1:47PM

    Wow. She's got the Janis Joplin thing going. Good vocals.

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MIS2101 7/21/2011 10:56AM

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KPETSCHE 7/21/2011 1:01AM

    I so agree with you on this, Chris. This was my first season of watching American Idol but Haley was such a neat person to watch develop as the season went on. You have connected the final 4 contestants' journey to what the SP goals are doing for all of us in a very insightful way. Thank you for the observations. emoticon

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LASARRE 7/20/2011 8:02PM

    Good analogy :)

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OREGON-CLASSIC 7/20/2011 7:49PM

  I loved Haley to the bitter end. James was my first choice for guys and definitely Haley. I can't even remember the other girls!

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AHODGES7 7/20/2011 6:27AM

    Oh my Goodness!
What amazing progression. One sees a snippet here amidst a whole bunch of other snippets (I was rooting for James Durbin too) but Haley really did steal my attention with her Joplin sound alike voice but pure passion and charisma.
This was a very entertaining blog and insightful too.
We all have obstacles, and all need to try and find a way to put it all together - at the same time.
Waaaaaaa Hoooooo!
Thanks,
Keep Looking UP!
Andrea

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DWILCZKO 7/20/2011 12:03AM

  :)

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HEALTHYSLIM2 7/19/2011 7:58PM

    What great observations, Chris! I don't watch too much TV, so didn't see the season, but just reading your blog paints a pretty complete picture of Haley' s progression. I also saw an interview where Haley said that the judges kind of picking on her a bit may have gotten her to push harder. It is a good lesson for us all to remember... sometimes constructive criticism can be just the thing to help us over a hump!

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KAT978 7/19/2011 6:49AM

    Great blog! I'm not really a fan of American Idol season 10 (I liked the previous seasons better), but Haley was the one I liked most this year.

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JUNEBUG150 7/18/2011 11:47PM

    I agree with SLBRENTLEY, I don't watch this show either, but I agree with the determination part and like how you drove the point home. Thanks.

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GARIHOOD 7/18/2011 11:20PM

    Yup. Couldn't agree more. Well, yeah, I probably could, but who's counting?

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JENNY421 7/18/2011 9:00PM

  a very insightful blog!

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FARAWAY01 7/18/2011 8:14PM

    Good perspective!

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ROSEWCI 7/18/2011 7:36PM

    I do believe we can all learn a thing or two about perseverence & giving it our all to reach our goals!

ANYTHING is possible...if you want it badly enough!

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SLBRANTLEY 7/18/2011 7:29PM

    Great blog! I don't watch the show and almost skipped reading, but your insights and the way you connected it to Spark, really made sense. Now I'm looking forward to the rest of the series! Thanks for this.
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LINDABENEDICT 7/18/2011 7:05PM

    what an insightful blog ! Thanks !

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STEELKITTEN3 7/18/2011 6:54PM

  Very insightful. I love the way this was analyzed.

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CINNAMONCAT9 7/18/2011 6:14PM

    I absolutely loved the connections you made here. This was an insightful and powerful piece of writing.

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1DRWOMAN 7/18/2011 6:11PM

    I loved it when Haley did Adele's Rolling In The Deep! It was perfection! :)

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/18/2011 5:48PM

    Haley was my favorite this season. I loved her cool smoky voice and her style. I never once connected American Idol to Sparkpeople, but you DEFINITELY have a point about determination being key in both!

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BEMILLER30 7/18/2011 5:23PM

    I loved this!

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BLOOMING52 7/18/2011 4:34PM

    Interesting.

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LYNNVERSION2 7/18/2011 4:33PM

    Very insightful blog post! I have watched A.I. from the beginning of time and I totally agree with you about the brilliance of the producers incorporating even more ways to help the contestants improve their performances. I see the link you are making -- there is no limit to improvement and every single one of us has the potential to become the best 'version' of ourselves! Our own conviction, determination and positive attitude combined with SparkPeople's amazing site filled to the brim with all the tools we can obtain, we can realize our own dreams within our own lives.

I just have to give a huge shout out to Haley!!!! She is the BOMB!!! My take on Haley was that she felt discouraged and was struggling with her desire to perform at her best and being authentic to herself. Being the underdog week after week is so relatable to many of us in our lives. At least I feel like the underdog when in actuality we are developing in small ways without even knowing it when we have the right people and the right tools -- and we utilize them. Haley finally used everything she had and reached her amazing, victorious turning point!! She does sound absolutely awesome in the video of her live performances at the concert, I knew she would!!

Next season of A.I. will have me looking at the contestants through different eyes. Thank you for this, it makes one of my favorite shows even better for me personally!

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ANDYSULLIVAN 7/18/2011 3:26PM

  I am an American Idol groupie!! Never miss. Your application is wonderful!! Thanks for sharing those thoughts.

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JETTANALA 7/18/2011 3:19PM

    love finding motivation in the lessons learned by others. Thanks for pointing this out! I watched every week and felt the same way you do!

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DEANNASCARP 7/18/2011 3:18PM

    thanks for the insight, I can now watch and call it research. :)

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KANDKFAM1 7/18/2011 2:49PM

    Great blog! American Idol is a guilty pleasure for my wife and I. We love the show and watch it from the beginning auditions to end where the idol is crowned. Every year brings something different and exciting. We like the judges and Ryan hosting is often funny. We don't always agree that the eventual winner is the most deserving, but we most definitely enjoy the program. We do agree on the positive outcome of ordinary people achieving their dreams.
I am very glad to see that Chris Downie that I have put on a pedestal is a regular guy who watches the same program I do! emoticon

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CORICO 7/18/2011 2:13PM

  In my opinion, Haley should have won. Very disappointing now that it has become "Country Idol for 16 year olds". Liked your blog, though!

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GOHUSKERS2 7/18/2011 12:55PM

    Very interesting

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65DAVIS 7/18/2011 12:38PM

    Thanks for the blog - excellent!

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    emoticonGreat blog.

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AQUABUNNY 7/18/2011 11:28AM

    so true--I watched the whole thing this past year and we could all learn a lot from Haley. She really blossomed in the last few weeks of the contest, and I was kind of hoping/thinking that she may win it all!



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MRDPOLING 7/18/2011 11:16AM

    Brilliant Blog! I loved it.

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CHIEF_GEEK 7/18/2011 10:58AM

    CAN'T Stand American Idol!! emoticon

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ANNFAUSNIGHT 7/18/2011 10:41AM

    Great insights

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GRUBBMEISTER 7/18/2011 10:18AM

  Good Blog....Spark On!

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LIZABETT 7/18/2011 9:37AM

    emoticon blog. After reading it , I'll want to watch American Idol---and watch it with an eye toward motivation and learning from the contestants. emoticon Chris

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July 15: Day 29 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Today's Fitness
I did 36 minutes of fitness yesterday (July 15).

Today's Highlights

The highlight today was doing stretching out in the sunshine barefoot on the grass great way to end the day and week!


Member Post
Today's member post is from a great member who has lost 65 pounds and has 35 to go to reach her goal:
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4364255

How was your day? Did you get at least 10 minutes of fitness? What's your highlight?

SparkCheers!

Chris (SparkGuy)
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HORSEMAN21 7/18/2011 8:14PM

    I exercise on the elliptical trainer at a high rate for 60 minutes per day. I recently increased the resistance to level 6.

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GINGERPAWZ 7/17/2011 10:56PM

    Today was my rest day with the family. Hope you had an emoticon day.

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KAMAPERRY 7/17/2011 9:23PM

    Today was my rest day!

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NANCYLYN3 7/17/2011 9:11PM

  Everyone did very well.

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RLUCHMUN 7/17/2011 3:55PM

    Took the dog on a mile-long walk! It's the only exercise I do on my rest days :)

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DBALCANOFF 7/17/2011 10:29AM

    I practiced ballroom dancing with my husband last night, in our backyard, for an hour! Fun and romantic! emoticon

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SEDONACAT 7/17/2011 10:10AM

    I did 2 of Coach Nicole's videos and a little Step. I wasn't a ball of fire yesterday but will go to the Y later today.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 7/17/2011 9:13AM

    As a break from my normal routine we shot bows and played Frisbee. It was GREAT. emoticon

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LOGOULD 7/17/2011 8:48AM

    Family birthday and way to hot to get out for a run. Will try to hit the gym tonight or atleast early tomorrow for a spin class and some yoga!

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BELLACUDDLES 7/17/2011 8:25AM

    I like that idea of stretching on the grass....as long as it's not really hot and humid like it is going to be here all this week in SE MI.....high 90's through next Sat. It looks like it is basement exercise all week for me ....on the treadmill, gazelle, elipitical! I will GET it done!!

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LOVESLIFE48 7/17/2011 7:51AM

    No exercise on Saturday, my rest day!

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WARMSPRINGDAY 7/17/2011 6:51AM

    I got in a 2 mile walk - found a nice shaded area that made for a lovely walk. Must go there again. Nothing but me, the river, the flowers, the birds, one other walker and her dog.

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JAZZJOHNSON 7/17/2011 6:43AM

  It rained and rained here. But it finally let up so that I could do my 2 miles.

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GOLENARGESS 7/17/2011 6:23AM

  I DID 25 MONUTES OF KICK BOXING AND I DRANK 1 L OF WATER THROUGH MY EXERCISE.

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LADYPIEALOT 7/17/2011 3:22AM

  I kept putting off my workout...then 11pm rolled around. I was already thinking that I wouldn't get myself motivated enough, but I came across a vlog where the vlogger was talking about going to a gym class. Then, I thought to myself: yes, Mary, time to turn on that exercise video! Did a full body strength work out and now feel relaxed and ready for bed! :-)

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ONLYTEMPORARY 7/17/2011 12:46AM

    Had an awesome day and climbed a steep hill out at Whitman Mission to the 1800's memorial marker.

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1BEACHWALKER 7/17/2011 12:39AM

    emoticonKeep going on the streak! Really like how you highlight someone's page on your blog-very nice! emoticon I am still resting my foot from the walking. Dr's orders! emoticonBut, tomorrow I am going to get back at it with as much exercise as I can to offset no walking until the foot is healed. emoticon

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_CYNDY55_ 7/17/2011 12:21AM

    Did My 10 Minutes...walking in the Morning emoticon

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MOMFAN 7/17/2011 12:14AM

    Steamed my floors and helped hubby clean out the travel trailer so a friend could borrow it.

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PRAIRIECROCUS 7/16/2011 11:49PM

    Thanks for letting us know about JENN245 !
She has done very well, on her SparkPeople journey, and is certainly an
inspiration !
I did my usual 50 Fitness Minutes !
SparkCheers !

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MAWDOT35 7/16/2011 11:37PM

    I walked a mile this morning before it got so hot!

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JDFAN448HS 7/16/2011 11:30PM

    Sure did and then some. Thanks for asking. Cheers.

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ANGELOO29 7/16/2011 11:14PM

    LOL, I got in more than 180 minutes today. Walking around Coney Island will do that.

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SHARONGB 7/16/2011 11:12PM

    I got in 35 minutes at Curves today emoticon

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JESTICJADE 7/16/2011 11:06PM

    I did get my 10 min. I walked my 3 kids, my sisters 2 kids, and a friends kid...6 total kids... to the park and I played with them. A great fun way to have fun, exercise was the bonus.

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July 14: Day 28 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge

Friday, July 15, 2011

Today's Fitness
I did 15 minutes of fitness yesterday (July 14).

Today's Highlights
Once again another light day, but made it through a long week and am looking forward to the weekend and both having fun and getting great fitness minutes. I'm happy to have blogged 6 days in a row.

We're working on some great things at SP now that I can't wait to launch.

Member Post
Today's member post is a Video blog. This is a long one, but it's really touching to see how a SparkPeople adventure can touch so many parts of someone's life and to see that in pictures. I especially loved seeing this SparkPeople Mom walking with her dog while her daughter rode a bike next to her. That's what this is all about!

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4357918

How was your day? Did you get at least 10 minutes of fitness? What's your highlight?

SparkCheers!

Chris (SparkGuy)
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MRDPOLING 7/16/2011 10:53PM

    Very nice!

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MSAZLADY82 7/16/2011 9:49PM

    I was able to do 45 minutes...30 minutes of which were on my Bowflex Treadclimber on the actual treadclimber setting. When I started about five weeks ago...I could only do five!

Highlight of the day: Meeting challenge number 16 (H.I.I.T Training) on my For Real this time 30 Day Challenge team. This is my first time doing a Sparkpeople challenge and I think I'm hooked for life :)

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RLUCHMUN 7/16/2011 4:07PM

    By doing 20 minutes extra exercise I got to help out a poor dog who could have gotten lost or seriously injured had I not walked by!

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PATRICIADUBLIN 7/16/2011 9:47AM

    Hi Chris,

Today's fitness: 120minutes and it's only 2pm.

Today's Highlight: (So far)

Woke up this morning and first thing I did was to look at 'Northwoods8 video blog, which you highlighted and was so inspired that I made a decision not to exercise on my own today, so I phoned my Aunt with whom I usually walk with.
It is a car journey away. ~She said yes but that her knee was hurting so I taught to myself 'I'm not going to get much of a workout there' so the taught came to me , to leave the car behind and to cycle over to her, that way I would get my exercise and walk slowly with her. Well I'm back now and it was awesome, I cycled up a road in which I lived when I was very young and realised that it was 50yrs since I last cycled up that road and I didn't feel any older. I feel that I could go out right now and climb Mount Everest. Made an appointment to go on another walk this evening with my lazy unfit cousin this evening. Your right, Chris this is what it's all about!!!

Looking forward to seeing all those exciting new things that you are about to launch on SP.

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MNOT2THICK 7/16/2011 9:30AM

    30 min run

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LOVESLIFE48 7/16/2011 8:37AM

    yesterday, 50 minutes walking emoticon

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MOMFAN 7/16/2011 4:25AM

    2 hours at the pool.

Highlight was finding Stampin' Up Stamp sets at a yard sale for $1 each!

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JDFAN448HS 7/16/2011 1:29AM

    Thank you for sharing. I love it. today walked 141 mins in three segments. My foot is good today. Thank you for asking. Cheers.

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SUNNYWBL 7/16/2011 1:02AM

    Yup! I got my fitness minutes, more than 10!

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My highlight of the day, was getting an adjustment at the Chiropractor! He works on my sore feet, knees and back, so I am good to go for the next long walk! I did 20 miles of walking over my vacation- I am happy to say. Even at the Chiropractors office they were commenting on how I am losing weight and how good I look! Told me to keep up the good work! I have told them about Sparkpeople and how it has helped me!
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NETTIEDEE 7/16/2011 12:21AM

    Haven't done my exercise for today yet. Have a sweet gentle yoga session scheduled before bed.

Today's highlight - I caught a look of my bare legs on the glass door at work. Despite all the fat, I could totally see definition where there wasn't any in January. I am so happy! All the walking sure is paying off! :-)

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SHEENADEE 7/15/2011 11:41PM

    emoticon You're on a great roll.

I came across that same video blog the other day. Very inspirational indeed.

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PRAIRIECROCUS 7/15/2011 11:29PM

    Thank-you for posting your delightful blogs !
Yes, I got my 50 Fitness Minutes in, today !

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ONLYTEMPORARY 7/15/2011 10:56PM

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Highlights for today, did awesome on food and exercise as well as getting ready for company. Can't wait to see the new treats in store for us. emoticon

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 7/15/2011 10:20PM

    THANK YOU for sharing this member's video blog with us. She is amazing, and I am so happy for all of her accomplishments.

HUGS
Pam

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MIMOTOGO 7/15/2011 8:54PM

    Thank you so much for sharing the video blog. It was AMAZING! Had a great Friday got some good exercise in and feel pretty good about it.

I love that you have blogs the last 6 days. It's wonderful to see how our fearless leader does his day emoticon. I look forward to the new changes you have on the horizon and your blogs.

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KRYS210 7/15/2011 8:50PM

    Did over 12,000 steps today (first time ever) so I am pleased! You are teasing us with that statement about things to come. How about a little hint?
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LOGOULD 7/15/2011 8:41PM

    Thanks for the reminder - kind of in a funk, but think a nice bike ride might be just the ticket. Kind of in a funk so maybe the cool(er) air will clear my head.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

July 13: Day 27 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge

Today's Fitness
I did 16 minutes of fitness yesterday (July 13).

Today's Highlights
Another light day yesterday with a long day at work, but again kept the streak alive!

The best highlight was going to the concert but I still want to write a full blog about that hopefully some time tomorrow!


Member Post

Today's highlight is a SparkMail I received from a member. She said I could share it. This is a great example of what we're all doing together!

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Chris,

I wanted to take a moment to thank you for everything that you've done to change my life. I don't know you. I'll probably never meet you, but your website and your book have made such a drastic impact on the way I view the world that I never want to look through the old glasses again. Excuse the reference but I feel like I was living with beer goggles on. Nothing really looked the way it was. I only saw the size and the number on the scale. Even though I haven't lost a significant amount of weight yet, I know it will come off eventually because I've made those small changes.

I've been telling anyone and everyone about Spark People. As a hairdresser, I see lots of people a day that come in the salon. Anyone that mentions the weight I've lost, I tell them about your website and your book. I just finished it, so I plan on lending it to each of my coworkers. I have to admit, it took me a while to read it. I ended up in tears a lot--kind of like I am right now as I think of how I've struggled the same way so many other people have. It's hard to be overweight. I've always been 'the fat girl', but now, thanks to you, I'm finally going to change that.

Thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart. I will be eternally grateful for what you have done for me.

Linda Davis

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When I asked her if I could share this publicly, she responded with this note:
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Chris,

I would be honored! (and honestly, there's so many Linda Davis's that that doesn't really bother me:) )
I'm glad I made your day since you've pretty much made my every day worth living again.

Keep up the amazing work. I'll keep doing my part to spread the spark you've started.

Linda
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The key here is that I just started this now we're all an amazing team doing this together with our members such an important part of this.

How was your day? Did you get at least 10 minutes of fitness? What's your highlight?

SparkCheers!

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THEIS58 8/31/2011 3:17AM

    Am managing at least 6 days/week for between 15-60 min per day!!

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CALIDREAMER76 7/15/2011 2:24PM

    Got my walks in yesterday and today - am up to 329 on my strength training streak - today will make it 330! Woo Hoo -
I love streaking with you Chris - in the good, clean way! emoticon

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UUCEEJAY 7/15/2011 12:44PM

    I've been doing some reading in the area of motivation and goal setting for a class I will be teaching in the Fall. I have to say I have found your book and this web site one of the best examples of the application of motivational theory I have seen. I'm also reading Daniel Pink's book, Drive and it seems to me that your business is a good example of the new "Operating System" for work and business in the new economic age. emoticon emoticon

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JENNIKANDU 7/15/2011 10:41AM

    I did W5D2 of C25K last night and finished with energy to spare, so I also did half of Week 1 before I went home :)

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GRANDMASHOUSE 7/15/2011 10:16AM

    Chris:

I want you to know that I am so grateful for all of the support that you, your team, and all the lovely people here at Spark People have given me over the past two months.

My story:
I am a 60-year-old lady. Both my husband and my mother never made it to see their 60th birthday. I spent the past five years in fear that I would follow their 'lead', so to speak. The fear was palpable - resulting in higher than normal blood pressure readings and a up and down healthy diet.

Two months before my 60th birthday I joined Spark People. I figured that if I wanted to live, I needed to live healthy - and be an example to my children and grandchildren.

It's taken me a lot of stops and starts to create a healthy diet. Some days I miss the mark, but I examine what I've eaten and make the adjustment for the next day.

And exercise! Oh my! After so many years of being absolutely paralyzed with fear that I'd suffer a heart attack if I pushed myself, I now mark with joy every single minute that I've moved my body, even if it's just for 10 minutes!

All in all, my BP numbers are down, my healthy eating habits are going strong, my body feels at least 15 years younger, and ...

I am no longer AFRAID!

Thank you so much. I can't say that enough. Spark People has given me back a life!


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TANNERZ 7/15/2011 9:52AM

    I got in 30 minutes of running yesterday :)

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NANCYLEE46 7/15/2011 9:47AM

    Thanks Chris - see you in 2 weeks.

Nancy

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LSGRIF 7/15/2011 9:45AM

  I cryed reading the blog, I'm there with you Linda, I know and have lived most my life as overweight and unhealthy.
I have experinced being disrespected due to my being overweight,
being called names... Chris you are a total blessing to me and all of us here, I have not been able yet to get a copy of your book, I will and look forward to reading it.. Please keep up the wonderful work that you are doing and to all of your staff, I too will spread the SPARK.... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOSINITBY30 7/15/2011 9:40AM

    You have changed so many lives by changing your own...and I know that with you the world is going to change and we can reverse the obesity epidemic in America...while I don't get my 10 min every single day...i get it in at least 5-6 days a week and the greatest thing is...my 4 year old daughter works out with me! on her own choice...i love being able to teach her a healthy lifestyle from the very beginning so she can remain healthy all her life, because i was always the fat girl when i was younger and I don't want her to experience that. It's been a harder struggle with my son since he has lived with my parents for a long time and well frankly...they live the typical "american lifestyle" of processed foods most of the time, but I know once he sees me get to the finish line it will inspire him eventually. I have managed to spread the spark to at least my overweight mother who is now logging 15 minutes of exercise everyday on the new bowflex treadmill thing....she hasn't lost weight but she knows she's making progress because she's complaining about her clothes falling off lol...once again i couldn't have done this without you so thank you very much from the very bottom of my heart and if I ever do get the chance to meet you or even speak with you personally expect a big hug and some tears emoticon

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 7/15/2011 9:03AM

    You are the true SPARK Chris!! We are very lucky that you are who you are!!!! emoticon!! emoticon emoticon

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REMONIAT 7/15/2011 8:47AM

    I did 30 minutes riding my bike on yesterday! Bonus was having my husband join me. emoticon

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BURRITAELITA 7/15/2011 8:24AM

    Chris, We should all thank you personally for this great social networking site which inspires and supports so many of us on our journey to optimal health! I particularly enjoy the Eat to Live team! Thank you!

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LOVESLIFE48 7/15/2011 8:01AM

    I got in 30 minutes of circuit training.

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LOVESLIFE48 7/15/2011 8:01AM

    I got in 30 minutes of circuit training.

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PARISTASAI 7/15/2011 7:59AM

    "I'm finally going to change!" You probably hear that often. But this is how I feel too! It isn't just the obesity--it's not what you eat, but what is eating you. What is behind my unhealthy habits? That is what I am able to change, too, thanks to all the help on this site!
Thank you!
Thank you!
Thank you!

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GTANYA 7/15/2011 7:18AM

    Thanks for the share - it has pushed me to work harder to acheive my goals...

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MSANITAL 7/15/2011 7:02AM

    Her letter was moving, it really reminded me that yea because of this site I am were I a today... and people like Linda are great assets to this site as well
Thanks Spark Guy

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RITAROSE 7/15/2011 6:08AM

  Chris, thanks for sharing that letter. I could say ditto as Spark People came into my life at just the right time, when I was finishing a Diabetes Prevention Program, but not ready to be off on my own. I've kept coming back to SP daily and it helps. Thanks you so much for caring for those of us who have a weight problem! Losing weight has been the best thing I've done as an adult for my health and fitness! God bless you!!

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NYARAMULA 7/15/2011 5:01AM

    I think Linda's letter is like the letter from all of us here on SP, she just thought of it first. I totally agree - you are doing an amazing job and you are changing lots of lives, one life at time. Thank you!

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CLAIREINPARIS 7/15/2011 4:40AM

    Linda's letter brought tears to my eyes... Thank you so much for sharing it!

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MADAMES 7/15/2011 4:37AM

    emoticon Great letter from Linda!

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SABRINALONDON21 7/15/2011 1:42AM

    My highlight was Expert Zumba yesterday !!! It has been 87 days since I decided I did not want to continue leaving as I was, and it is difficult for me to believe that beginner levels are no longer good enough for me. I was so accustomed to not doing anything and when I did I quitted because I was too tired...who would have thought Sparkpeople has created a monster emoticon

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SBHPATRICK 7/15/2011 12:36AM

    Thanks so much for sharing Linda's wonderful letter!

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SUNNYWBL 7/15/2011 12:13AM

    I'm a little late starting this challenge, as Monday July 11, was my first day.

I am walking every day and sometimes spending time in the garded. I have restarted logging every bite that I eat, the goal is to have a minimum deficit of 500 calories a day. So far I have logged 45 , 55 , 45 , 35(so far) minutes of aerobic walking as measured by my Omron Ped. for the first four days.

Today, I won't have a 500 cal deficit as I went out to dinner with a good friend, so My deficit weill be only 200 calories. I'll take it!

Thanks for getting me restarted! emoticon

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 7/14/2011 11:53PM

    Thanks for posting your 15-min progress reports - because of you, my 'rest day,' which had turned into a 'lazy bum day,' ended as I thought about how you are working a million hours and still getting your activity worked into your day. Here I am with the rest of the summer off and I hadn't gotten outside all day when I thought of you - so out I went for 'just 10 minutes' - but after I started walking, I decided to make it 'just a little longer' - 45 minutes later I was back home.

So thanks for posting your blogs - they 'give me the goose' to get moving, even when I think I don't want to do it!

Lynda


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PRAIRIECROCUS 7/14/2011 11:51PM

    This was a nice blog to read !
I got my 50 Fitness Minutes in, today !
The highlight was enjoying the sunshine, while having
my walk !

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IRISHBEANERGAL 7/14/2011 11:42PM

    I second everything Linda Davis said -

I finally get it and I'm losing the weight-- but more importantly -

I'M CHANGING MY LIFE

SPARK ON EVERYONE!

~Irish (aka The Incredible Shrinking Mom)

July Mantra - PLAN to work and WORK your plan!

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GINGERPAWZ 7/14/2011 11:39PM

    I too tell everyone that I know about Spark People. My husband needs to lose 150 and told him. He said that he is already a member. This site has changed the way that we look at food. Thanks for sharing and spreading the spark.

Sharon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 7/14/2011 11:32PM

    fANTASTIC emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 7/14/2011 11:28PM

    I started my day with Chair Exercises then my Hubby and I went out to deliver the friday paper ..
He uses his scooter with a trailor and boxes on the back to carry his share of the Papers .
I take the car, then transfer the papers in to a box he built to put on the seat of my Wheelie Walker ..
I then walk around the streets pushing my Wheelie Walker and deliver the papers ..
It took me Two and Half hours this morning....

Not bad for a nearly 70 year old that was so disabled and big 118 kilos, I could hardly get out of bed for years.
Then I found Sparks and I got my life back
Thank you so much Chris ...... Awesome ! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARGOTANN 7/14/2011 11:24PM

    I have been going to the gym 5 days a week- 30-40 minutes of cardio, and weight training. I have been with SP for over 4 years, and I can honestly say that it's changed my life. Thank you Chris, for the site and for your book.
I too tell everyone about SP- I wore my SP shirt to the gym and a trainer told me she also recommends it to people.
I feel better than I did 20 years ago. emoticon

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CASSIOEPIA 7/14/2011 11:19PM

    Was up at 5:00 AM to try and beat the heat/humidity for my run today. And although it was hot and humid, the run got done, and I even took my son's dog for a walk after work. AND I didn't melt away (although if you had looked at my face after the run this morning, you could have sworn that's EXACTLY what I was doing)!

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REVSERENA 7/14/2011 11:11PM

    I walked the dog instead of just letting him out in the yard this morning. It wasn't earth shattering, but every step in the right direction helps!

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July 12: Day 26 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Today's Fitness
I did just 15 minutes of fitness yesterday (July 12).

Today's Highlights
There honestly weren't many highlights yesterday. I had a bad night sleep after having an allergic reaction to something that then makes me sleep bad sometimes. But since it was a tough day I'd say the highlight was keeping the streak alive with just something simple!

I'm posting this so late today because I took my wife to see American Idols Live I'll try to blog about this tomorrow!

Member Post
Here's one of my favorite member posts from yesterday -- I LOVE SparkVersaries :)

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Title: One Year On

Message: It has been a year since I came back to Sparkpeople and I would
like to share my achievements with everyone.

On July 12 last year I rejoined Sparkpeople and one year on I would like to
share my achievements.

I have lost 42 lbs and a lot of inches.
I have walked 600 miles and keep track of the miles on My Fitness (I didn''t
walk before).
I keep track of what I eat every day on My Nutrition and this keeps me very
food aware.
I have lost the pain in my knees.
I look much better, feel much fitter, healthier and rejuvenated.
I have collected over 11,000 Sparkpoints and am on Level 11.

Thank you Sparkpeople for being there and for being FREE.


Click here to leave this member a comment:
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How was your day? Did you get at least 10 minutes of fitness? What's your highlight?

SparkCheers!

Chris (SparkGuy)
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    Great Blog - thanks!

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LOGOULD 7/14/2011 2:54PM

    Thanks for the 10 minute challenge....thank you for Spark People...thank you for you blog and for keeping it real....and also, with much credit to you, today I blew 10 minites out of the water - after a 90 minute workout day yesterday, I ran for 1:55;45 today for a nw all time high total miles of 11.22!!! emoticon

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ALLIB22 7/14/2011 2:44PM

  awesome...love the blog post too. i did do 10 minutes of exercise :)

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DUSTYGIRL25 7/14/2011 12:38PM

    Love that your sharing now! I believe it is a great motivator for everyone to see you always get in exercising even with your very busy schedule.
Thanks for posting the Sparkverserie story. It is always motivating to read other inspirational stories. I can hardly wait until my 1 year-versery to see how far I have come also.

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 7/14/2011 12:38PM

    Sorry you had a bad night but posting about it and how you 'did it anyway' is great inspiration for me! In the past, I've always tended to think along the lines of 'well, if I can't do 2 hours, then why bother?' or something silly like that. The whole concept of 10-minutes of exercise 'no matter what' had never occurred to me before SparkPeople came into my life - now I find that more often than not, just getting up for a 10-minute walk makes me get 'into the mood' to go a little longer, sometimes just extended 5 minutes at a time, haha!

Keep up the good work - you are an amazing inspiration for millions!!

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GOING-STRONG 7/14/2011 11:57AM

    First thing I put on in the morning and last thing I take off at night is my pedometer. Logged in 14,041 steps yesterday by taking a step class and then working 5 hours (in food service so I'm on my feet). Woot Woot!

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SMILEYBEE 7/14/2011 11:34AM

    I had a good day, thank you for asking! And this morning, for the first time in more years than I can remember, the scale was in the 150s (just barely, but hey ... emoticon). Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making such a difference in my life ... and in countless others as well! emoticon

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FINDINGMEIN2012 7/14/2011 10:48AM

    Why would you say "just 15 minutes"?? You did 15 minutes which is 5 more than your 10+ minute goal! Yay!! Celebrate the success, right?
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NETTIEDEE 7/14/2011 10:45AM

    I am so happy you're blogging more regularly! :-)

I too am on a 1,000 day exercise streak challenge. I started it when you posted about it the first time. I did great - exercised for 60 days in a row and then I slipped. No matter. I started again last week. Just finished my Walk Away the Pounds dvd, 2 mile walk. So, today marks day #6. I feel GRRRRRREAT!

Hope your allergies get better soon. :-)

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DETERMINED_SOUL 7/14/2011 10:04AM

    I love Sparkversairies too! I was able to get 65 mins in yesterday, I am so proud of myself.

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 7/14/2011 8:38AM

    I read PACE by Al Sears, MD and doing 12 min daily is better than hours of exercise. Our bodies are built for short bursts like in fight or flight.

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MSLZZY 7/14/2011 7:38AM

    My highlight was seeing my goal weight back on the scale after the 4th of July
weekend!

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TAMMYRENEED 7/14/2011 7:11AM

    Congratulations on your streak! I love your commitment. I have been doing at least 10 min. too mostly walking at this point but I'm sticking with it. I will keep increasing my times and be able to do more soon. I want to thank you for having sparkpeople and for keeping it free so that people like me who are economically challenged can still get fit and healthy. Thank you again Spark Guy! emoticon

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SHOOPETTE 7/14/2011 6:23AM

    congrats on your commitment!

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INFLATED 7/14/2011 6:04AM

    I completed 4 weeks of 10 minutes a day to get a trophy. I am actually starting day 55 of it without missing a day of doing 10 minutes of exercise. It usually ends up being more, the hard part for me, is getting started.

I wanted to thank you for creating this free site. I heard about it from some women on house cleaning groups at YAHOO. This challenge reminded me of my Dad telling me to walk about 1/4 of a mile and back during the winter. He died at a young age, age 49.

Great job on working in the 10 minutes in spite of a bad night and family obligations.

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INFLATED 7/14/2011 6:04AM

    I completed 4 weeks of 10 minutes a day to get a trophy. I am actually starting day 55 of it without missing a day of doing 10 minutes of exercise. It usually ends up being more, the hard part for me, is getting started.

I wanted to thank you for creating this free site. I heard about it from some women on house cleaning groups at YAHOO. This challenge reminded me of my Dad telling me to walk about 1/4 of a mile and back during the winter. He died at a young age, age 49.

Great job on working in the 10 minutes in spite of a bad night and family obligations.

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INFLATED 7/14/2011 5:52AM

    I completed 4 weeks of 10 minutes a day to get a trophy. I am actually starting day 55 of it without missing a day of doing 10 minutes of exercise. It usually ends up being more, the hard part for me, is getting started.

I wanted to thank you for creating this free site. I heard about it from some women on house cleaning groups at YAHOO. This challenge reminded me of my Dad telling me to walk about 1/4 of a mile and back during the winter. He died at a young age, age 49.

Great job on working in the 10 minutes in spite of a bad night and family obligations.

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MARYMO22 7/14/2011 5:48AM

    I played frisbee and catch with my niece yesterday - that was the only way I was keeping my streak alive!
Loved it, got my heart rate up too and enjoyed the sunshine

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PATRICIADUBLIN 7/14/2011 4:52AM

    I love this. 'Today's fitness' and 'Today's Highlight' I love the way you did your fifteen minutes, in spite of that awful night you had in order to keep the streak alive. I can certainly take that leaf from your book.
Today's fitness:
I'm off to the gym to do 10minutes on the Treadmill, 10min on the bike and 5 minutes on the elliptical, and if I'm up to it( Which of course I will be, 10 min swimming.
Today's Highlight.
Waking up to a clean kitchen after spending most of yesterday removing everything that shouldn't be there.
Thank you Chris, for all that you are doing. I really appreciate it. emoticon

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