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Get 25 SparkPoints by Joining us on Facebook and Twitter!

Monday, August 29, 2011



You can now earn SparkPoints just for "Liking" our Facebook page and following us on Twitter!

Joining us on Facebook and Twitter is a great way to get additional support & motivation throughout the day, get the inside scoop on what's going on at SparkPeople, and get access to exclusive contests!

Every day (on Facebook, especially), we're seeing great interaction and support among members, and fun stories of people reaching their goals and Spreading the Spark! Because of this, and because we're having a lot of fun interacting with you there, we decided to offer all members who join us on Facebook and/or Twitter 25 SparkPoints (each)!

To join us on Facebook and Twitter (or to claim your SparkPoints if you already have joined us there), just visit: www.sparkpeople.com/community/facebook-and-twitter-points.asp

SparkCheers!
Tim

  
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BAPSANN 10/12/2011 2:18PM

  I am not sure about this

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 9/15/2011 10:34AM

    Thank you!!!

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POOH_BEAR_69 9/14/2011 10:59PM

    Another great way to spread the spark!

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HEALTHYBARB1 9/10/2011 11:23PM

    Smiles...thanks for telling me that I get points for facebook....I didn't know about the points and just got mine!! woo hoo!!

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SUPERSYLPH 9/9/2011 1:55PM

    Too cool!

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THEIS58 9/9/2011 4:16AM

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ANOVED 9/8/2011 10:58AM

    Thanks! emoticon

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DWILCZKO 9/8/2011 12:25AM

  :)

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BIGPAUL 9/7/2011 7:58PM

  I Don't Twitter or Face book Love Spark People thank For the point.

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MAREANNIE 9/7/2011 3:40PM

    I don't Twitter and I choose not to be on FaceBook. Love SparkPeople but don't want to be pressured to get involved with social networking sites that I have chosen not to participate in.

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SEYSARAH 9/7/2011 1:40PM

    One of these days it seems I will need to change my old ways and join in with the social technology however I'm still skeptical about both Facebook and Twitter...with a problem of addictive behavior ie..I ate way too much food in the past..I suppose I just don't want to set myself up for being addicted to being on the computer more than is necessary...but one of these days..I know I will be left in the dust if I don't..

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GUCKY7 9/6/2011 11:49PM

  this was a surprise to see! nice and great way to get extra points:)) emoticon

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TECAVINESS 9/6/2011 10:22PM

    Thanks for the points.

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GODDESS181 9/6/2011 9:50PM

    Love SP. Have no desire or time for FB or Twitter. Love my points but not enough to join these. I too am tired of sites, not just SP promoting FB.
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MAYLINGSNW 9/6/2011 8:58PM

    easiest way to earn spark points..

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MHARMSTON1 9/6/2011 2:11PM

  I like SparkPeople, not Facebook, or Tweeter.

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SPARKYCARLEY 9/6/2011 1:57PM

    I connected with SP on FB a long time ago. I don't have Twitter; and I've been delaying getting an account. I briefly tried it once, and I don't totally understand the fascination with it; though it seems if I'm gonna keep up with the times; I'll have to give in. Either way... anywhere there is SP there is awesome support. There is, literally, no other site like it. FB, outside of the SP fan page, has nothing on it anywhere that is about support. Everywhere I go on there it seems to be all about "keeping up with the Jone's". I'm not that kind of person who cares about that. More people, and more websites should look to SP as a role model. Thanks for this.

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JENN26POINT2 9/6/2011 9:53AM

    Thanks for 50 easy points!!

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HOSTESS3 9/6/2011 9:49AM

    Too many requests for liking... emoticon

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BRIGHTPENNY 9/6/2011 9:45AM

    I'm not a fan of FB or twitter, just SP. Personal information is too private for FB. I'm suprised SP is so actively promoting this instead of SP itself! emoticon

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SOOKIE 9/6/2011 8:54AM

    Don't tweet, but I'm already a fan on fb. Only keep fb to keep an eye on the kid and my nieces.

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LAURIE5658 9/6/2011 7:01AM

    The easiest way to get points by far! Thank you!

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IVORTHEDRIVER1 9/6/2011 7:00AM

  don't like or get FB, why would I post all my private details for strangers to see.

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PLUSNOMORE5 9/6/2011 1:49AM

  Don't twit or face. Just SP.

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LOVESLIFE48 8/30/2011 7:46AM

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MOMS100 8/30/2011 6:12AM

    I leave tweeting to the birds! I like you on Facebook, but I don't spend time there. I LOVE SparkPeople right here!

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1BEACHWALKER 8/30/2011 2:31AM

    Not on FB or Twitter, nor will I be. Don't trust it, from all the privacy issues I have heard about. Guess I am not the only one from what I see from other comments. Plus, I don't have any more time. SP is the only one for me! emoticon

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MOMFAN 8/30/2011 2:03AM

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KENDRACARROLL 8/30/2011 1:11AM

    Not a fan of facebook. You won't find me there.

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 8/29/2011 11:52PM

    No thank you.

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JUNEAU2010 8/29/2011 8:30PM

    FB does not respect my privacy and I am not ready to "out" myself on Twitter yet.
I prefer to stay on SP - it's a fabulous site as it is.

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KRZYKAT3 8/29/2011 7:26PM

    Glad you have an FB adress to attract folks and send out reminders but I hope the website stays here!

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LTMURPHY7 8/29/2011 6:09PM

  When I have time I'll check it out.
I don't trust FaceBook etc.

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KASEYCOFF 8/29/2011 6:00PM

    I will check it out, but I am very cautious with FB, and to date, I don't Twit. Twitt. Um, Twitter.
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SHEENADEE 8/29/2011 4:42PM

    emoticon

It's great that you also let us get the points when we were already followers on the other sites.

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 8/29/2011 4:12PM

    There are not enough hours in the day for me to be active on SparkPeople, Facebook, AND Twitter. I am happy right here at SparkPeople, but thanks for the notice.

HUGS
Pam

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 8/29/2011 3:34PM

    If all of the Spark activity moves to Facebook, you will lose me.

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KNITTABLES 8/29/2011 2:42PM

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ONLYTEMPORARY 8/29/2011 2:09PM

    Had to drop Facebook, was spending too many hours there everyday and wasn't getting in enough exercise emoticon

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LIVINLIFE4ME1 8/29/2011 2:01PM

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KT-NICHOLS-13 8/29/2011 1:47PM

    I "liked" SP on FB many, many months ago and enjoy the daily posts!

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ME_SONNIE 8/29/2011 1:41PM

    Very nice....I've been following you on twitter for a while, but just got my points - Thanks!
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Just Launched: Official Tracker for iGoogle

Friday, August 26, 2011



We're happy to announce that we officially launched our first official Tracking Gadget for iGoogle! Using this gadget will allow you to track your food, fitness, weight, and even water consumption, right from your iGoogle page.

We know that many members use iGoogle as their homepage so this should help make tracking even easier and more convenient for you!

Add our Gadget to your iGoogle homepage by visiting: www.google.com/ig/directory?dpos=top&root=/ig&url=www.sparkpeople.com/gadgets/nutrition-tracker.asp

Please also be sure to leave us a rating by clicking the "Write a comment" link at the bottom of www.google.com/ig/directory?dpos=top&root=/ig&url=www.sparkpeople.com/gadgets/nutrition-tracker.asp.

SparkCheers!

  
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LLDURADO 9/16/2011 4:15PM

    I Love this new feature. It has made my life on this computer so much easier,
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TRUANGEL1 9/16/2011 1:09PM

    GREAT! CAN'T WAIT TO GET STARTED.

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BRONZE-DIVA 9/15/2011 11:45AM

    Luv it!! Thanks I just added it.

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ASHOAF1 9/14/2011 11:31AM

  Love the new gadget! Just added it!

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KARATEMOM961 9/12/2011 10:58PM

   
Going to check it out

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JAZZIE28 9/10/2011 10:22PM

    Good Idea...Thanks!

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NUTRITARIA 9/10/2011 8:06PM

    Brilliant! That will make tracking so much easier :-)

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RESOLUTE-MOOK 9/10/2011 12:55PM

    What an INCREDIBLY useful tool for those of us who hate overloading our phones. The iGoogle app rocks! Kudos to your techies for a clean but comprehensive design and functionality.

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LIVELONGANDWELL 9/10/2011 12:33PM

    Great ... thanks for introducing me to igoogle :)

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JJARAMILO 9/10/2011 12:25PM

    I had the same problems as JENWILLIAMS1971. I logged out of SparkPeople and then was able to log into the iGoogle app. But the app is so big, it takes up half the screen. I use the 3-column view and it fits badly there.

On another note, is a desktop app available/in the works?

P.S. Isn't it funny that when I run Spell Check it targets "SparkPeople." emoticon

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SENIOR62 9/10/2011 11:54AM

  Great addition to SparkPeople. Thanks

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J3N1971 9/10/2011 11:15AM

    Hum.... I added it BUT it won't let me log in yet it recognizes my email so I can't start another account. I strictly use igoogle so hope this gets resolved.

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CALIDREAMER76 9/10/2011 11:01AM

    I think I'll like it, actually never looked at igoogle - I like that too. Thanks for opening my eyes!


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WHIGSGIRL 9/10/2011 10:43AM

    DONE!

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HEIDI-25 9/10/2011 9:06AM

    I love that you did this. I have added it to my iGoogle page also :D Keep making Sparkpeople the fabulous site that I discovered more than a year ago!

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LIZABETT 9/10/2011 8:50AM

    emoticon I'm going to it right now.

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MHARMSTON1 9/10/2011 8:41AM

  Exciting. Thank you.

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LJR4HEALTH 9/10/2011 7:47AM

    Very cool just added it my igoogle account Thanks

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SPORTY_1 9/10/2011 7:37AM

    Wonderful!

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MARDE16 9/10/2011 6:18AM

    Great! Thanks! emoticon

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SPARKYCARLEY 9/6/2011 1:53PM

    Wow... seems I'm not only behind in reading my email; I'm behind in the times. Thanks so much for this. I never heard of iGoogle before. I just checked it out and I like it... and the SP Gadget!

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LIVINLIFE4ME1 8/29/2011 2:01PM

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 8/29/2011 11:29AM

    Thanks.

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MIMOTOGO 8/27/2011 1:35PM

    So cool! Thank you very much! I love it.

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SHERRIE_BERRY 8/27/2011 11:31AM

    I love it!!!!! Already on my igoogle page and I've tested it out...way to go!!!

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BELLACUDDLES 8/27/2011 9:52AM

    very cool!!

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LOVESLIFE48 8/27/2011 9:05AM

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IVYLASS 8/27/2011 8:55AM

    I LOVE iGoogle! I have the little Japanese fox as my theme. Thank you for creating this!

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LOGOULD 8/27/2011 8:13AM

    Excellent idea!!! emoticonSparkpeople - You are the emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 8/27/2011 7:23AM

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SANDYBRUNO 8/27/2011 2:26AM

    As usual thanks for always making things better.

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MOMFAN 8/26/2011 10:17PM

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FINDINGMEIN2012 8/26/2011 9:41PM

    Still hoping for an app for the Windows phone...

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CONNIER64 8/26/2011 5:52PM

    Thank you so much for all you do for us SparkGuy and Team emoticon

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WILD4STARS 8/26/2011 5:28PM

    emoticonI love my iGoogle almost as much as I love SparkPeople.
AND I love the new tool bar. I can go anywhere from anywhere. Totally cool!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 8/26/2011 4:21PM

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DDOORN 8/26/2011 3:41PM

    Love it! Already added to my iGoogle! :-)

Don

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MSLZZY 8/26/2011 3:32PM

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MONTY68 8/26/2011 3:26PM

   
A great idea for those that use google, I appreciate that Spark is always looking for ways to improve our site.
Thank you Tim. Thank you Chris

Monty

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 8/26/2011 3:03PM

    Cool...not only do I have a new homepage I get to add Spark. A win win kind of day. emoticon

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SHEENADEE 8/26/2011 2:45PM

    Not an iGoogle user yet; but it's fun to see SP keep growing.

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LECATES 8/26/2011 2:41PM

    Seems like the more you do this stuff, the slower Spark gets for us "regular" users---I love Spark---but sometimes the changes have not been for the better.

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ME_SONNIE 8/26/2011 2:39PM

    emoticon Thank you!

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KASEYCOFF 8/26/2011 2:34PM

    Good move - glad you've made it!
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GETFIT2LIVE 8/26/2011 2:32PM

    Ohhh, MAJOR like! I use iGoogle all the time, this will be a great addition--thank you!



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July 18: Day 32 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Today's Fitness
I did 34 minutes of fitness yesterday (July 18)

Today's Highlights

The fitness highlight yesterday was doing even more lunges. By going slow, I've gotten back to the highest level of lunges I've done. Now I'll just work on pushing off even more explosively when doing the lunge. I was out running errands yesterday and yes was literally running from errand to errand. I really noticed that my legs are getting much stronger from the consistent lunges this year fun!

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Today's post is a short one but fun. This is from a personal trainer who heard about SparkPeople from one of his clients. Thanks again for spreading the spark!
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Hey Chris, one of my Clients just turned me on to your site, in a word...AWESOME!!

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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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EZZERY 8/26/2011 10:50AM

  :)

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THELINABEE 8/25/2011 10:16AM

    Nice work! Keep up all your awesome efforts. It is so cool to have you actively participating in this online community you created--and to know that there is still so much value for you here.

Highlight of my fitness was pushing past my last reps of physical therapy exercises despite my muscles aching!

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ALLIB22 8/22/2011 2:11PM

    thanks for the encouragement...i've noticed doing lunges more and more makes it way easier

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FINDINGMEIN2012 8/20/2011 3:35PM

    I miss the updates. How is the challenge going?

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WENDYSPARKS 8/17/2011 9:30AM

    I went for a walk/jog today!!! I love the support Sparkpeople has given me. Also love the many friends I have made.


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TRI_4_FITNESS 8/16/2011 6:57PM

    I just want to tell you what a difference your site has made in my life. SparkPeople has done something no other weight loss program/site has ever done. It has given me the tools to set and meet my goals. I just completed my first sprint triathlon on Sunday and there is no way I would have gotten here without the tools, motivation, and support I received from SparkPeople. Thanks to you and SparkPeople's staff for the amazing work you do!

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MARGIE4230 8/13/2011 1:46PM

    Monday through Friday my daughter and I do water aerobics 60 minutes.Along with this exercise we also have a 60 minute yoga class on Fridays , a zumba gold class on Mondays, and a low impact aerobic out of the water on Wednesdays. We have been doing this for 2 months and I have only lost 8 pounds but I had to up my calories since I workout so much. We will now see how much weight I can lose.

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MARGIE4230 8/13/2011 1:43PM

    Its Saturday and I do not do as much on weekends but I did take my little dog for a 30 minute walk . I also pulled weeds for 60 minutes, so I got more than my 10 today.

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VINGRAM 8/13/2011 12:33PM

    I have lost almost 70 lbs since the beginning of my journey in Feb 2010. Thank you for this site and for the Over 60's team............it and they have been my constant companions throughout my journey.

Now...........to the real challenge of keeping it off! emoticon vista

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1BEACHWALKER 8/7/2011 11:53PM

    So where are you Chris? Are you on vacation? Three weeks since your last blog and looking forward to your next one, including American Idol installments! Keep that streak going! emoticon emoticon

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DEBBA330 8/4/2011 8:56AM

  It is amazing to read this everyday. It keeps me motivated and inspired. I just started on Monday and I am navigating the site. Adding my favorite foods, tracking my food, water. Headed for Vacation with family so I plan on some fun active activities with the kids to keep me moving. I have had some minor injuries like planter fascitis but found shoes so I can walk. Teva sandals. Yesterday, I had a moment of "boredom" and decided to do some errands after work to break that cycle. Coming home from work each day, was my downfall. Alcohol. So I have been alcohol free for 5 days, feeling alot better about myself and doing the low carb thing. I am actually not that hungry since I am eating small amounts throughout the day. I am so proud of me. emoticon

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SHELT28 8/4/2011 1:49AM

    Thank you for the inspiration and the great website.

I have lost 7 pounds in 14 days!

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CMCOLEY24 8/1/2011 2:53PM

  Thank you for the encouragement!

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CMCOLEY24 8/1/2011 2:53PM

  Thank you for the encouragement!

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CMCOLEY24 8/1/2011 2:53PM

  Thank you for the encouragement!

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LINDIEMAE 8/1/2011 9:19AM

    The Kat and I do 20 minutes of floor exercises every morning except on weekends - it starts my day off right - and when I don't do them, I feel I have cheated myself. Thanks for the encouragement, I need to get back to cardio too ! emoticon

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FITGRL124 7/30/2011 9:41PM

    How do you make certain parts of your blogs bold??

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MARGIE4230 7/29/2011 8:18AM

    You've inspired me. I am now up to 60 minutes water aerobics every weekday. On Saturdays I cut the grass and walk 30 minutes. I do yoga once a week for 60 min and low impact aerobics once a week for 60 min. I have noticed a big difference in how I feel. My heartrate is 100% better. I am 68 yrs old and don't want to feel old. I feel great. Also I have lost 9 lbs since June 7th. Thank you for your challenges.

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MARGIE4230 7/26/2011 8:40AM

    Thanks for the inspiration .

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MIMOTOGO 7/25/2011 2:31PM

    Had an injury yesterday but I got my 25+ min. walk in first emoticon. I have to say that I love the new tool bar at the bottom of the screen. Takes me to the things I do the most and I don't have to go searching for it. Too cool! I have to rest today due to pulling a tendon in my leg but that won't stop me from doing all the other things I can. Thanks again for this site! Your the BEST~

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JEANTESSIER 7/25/2011 1:44PM

    It's easy to do 10 minutes of exercise per day: get off the bus a few stops early, park as far away from the door as possible at the supermarket, use the stairs instaead of the elevator, etc. These are all things I do on a daily basis.

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BELLACUDDLES 7/25/2011 9:10AM

    Anyone can do 10 minutes of fitness, even if it is just sitting in a chair and doing vigorous arm circles our having your arms straight out in front of you and doing criss crosses; it gets the heart rate up!!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 7/24/2011 10:09PM

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NANCYLEE46 7/24/2011 3:44PM

    getting lots of walking and swimming in the ocean while on vacation at Cape Cod.

Nancy

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NIKISMOM1 7/23/2011 8:45PM

  Did my yoga fitness video twice today or 30 miniutes yay, feel good! emoticon

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 7/23/2011 11:15AM

    thanks for the inspiration! Pat

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GLENNARAE 7/23/2011 8:45AM

    Been with SparkPeople a few years, but been AWOL. My absence has mostly been due to health reasons. I am getting more motivated everyday. So happy to see all the wonderful changes I'm seeing since I came back. Love it!!! It's just so much easier to navigate and find things. Thanks SparkGuy! You are ONE WONDERFUL person to do all that you are doing with SparkPeople.
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GlennaRae & A SparkFriend, Ollie Bollie McFollie & Opie (my new kittens)
We send our love.

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NYARAMULA 7/23/2011 2:49AM

    I try to get at least 120 minutes everyday, even if it's just 120 minutes of walking. I find it's the only way to stay consistent.

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DWILCZKO 7/23/2011 2:22AM

  cool!

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 7/23/2011 1:56AM

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CAROLINA_KOUKLA 7/23/2011 12:36AM

  I did spin tonight for 60 minutes! Love this class! 3x a week I take spin.

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LINDABENEDICT 7/22/2011 11:21PM

    emoticonI make sure to get my fitness points ....it is the highlight of my day !

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THEIS58 7/22/2011 8:23PM

    Got it in!

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JDFAN448HS 7/22/2011 9:51AM

    emoticon emoticon I do the best I can everyday with a foot that will never be 100% again. You are in my prayers for bringing this wonderful site/opportunity to the world. God bless you and your efforts for the many.

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BARBARAWEBSTER 7/22/2011 1:27AM

    I really wish I could do lunges. I have such bad knees from being a long distance runner for 28 years, they are just totally worn out! Not to mention arthritic. But I DID manage a 20 minute mile today. (Walking, of course!) emoticon

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NIKISMOM1 7/21/2011 10:29PM

  Have been doing a yoga tape for 15 minutes for about a month, does this count? Just started but like it!!Ty

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REIKA31 7/21/2011 6:33PM

    got uo at 5 this morning and did my 20 minute workout. went class had 5 bottles of water today now i am at work ready to go home and do my power walk. been doing this for a little over two weeks now. starting to see the difference and feel it. Lets get it guys. WE CAN DO THIS!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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FORMERFORD 7/21/2011 5:06PM

  I agree that lunges are great for building both power and strength, but I have bad knees -- I've had three knee operations -- and lunges are painful for me.

Is there any other exercise that might be similarly effective that I might substitute?

Thanks! Am new to the site, and am just getting started, but so far it's been great!

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3COUNTRYCATS 7/21/2011 3:07PM

  Started this program a couple of days ago. Needing help with the exercise? Did my daily devotion and also started drinking 8-8oz glasses of water each day. I'm not giving up.

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BABYGIRLLOVE1 7/21/2011 12:00PM

  Hi there,i am new to SP . This is my first week on this site and so far i like it a lot, so glad i found it.
I power walked today for 45 min and i am doing lunges and squats now. emoticon

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GOODGYRL 7/21/2011 10:05AM

    Getting back on spark and getting back into fitness program i have to stay dedicated this time, i'm so tired of disappointing myself! I'll keep you posted.... this is a great source for accountability for me. *smoosches* emoticon

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MICHELLE77301 7/21/2011 9:38AM

    Got up bright and early this morning and did my 20 minutes of power walking. Feeling great.

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TREIFF 7/21/2011 1:18AM

    Walking with our family before dinner -- a great way to enjoy some exercise, enjoy the weather and our family time!

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FUNGRANNY72 7/21/2011 12:15AM

  I would never have known where to start in getting healthier if it had not been for this webside. Thanks, SparkGuy.

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MEYLOSE 7/20/2011 11:39PM

    my grandaughter turned 4, a real highlight!!! yes I got in my fitness too!!

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TRUSTGOD01 7/20/2011 8:07PM

  30 minutes work out 5 days week!

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JESTICJADE 7/20/2011 7:24PM

    Doing better today. Got some play time with the kids.

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JM_KINSON 7/20/2011 8:01AM

  120 min of mixed doubles in 100+ degrees. Love this sport!

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LOVESLIFE48 7/20/2011 7:55AM

    20 minutes fitness! Fitness highlight? Finishing the 10 minute bootcamp with Nicole!!!

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BSBORDACK 7/20/2011 7:22AM

    today is another walk the dog day
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New Recipes Feature: Healthy Family Dinner Planner

Tuesday, July 19, 2011





It's about 4:30 p.m., which means that I'm asking myself the same question I ask myself almost every day at this time: What's for dinner?

Usually I search SparkRecipes for inspiration, but I still have to decide what to make. As of today, I'm in luck! We have teamed up with Family Circle magazine to make that decision an even easier one!

We're thrilled to announce the Healthy Family Dinner Planner. We combined some of our best recipes with Family Circle's best recipes to create this easy-to-use tool that makes meal planning a snap. What sets this apart from our other great recipe features? The recipes have been pre-selected by our editors and theirs, so we know your family will love them.

Click a few boxes, select the dates you want, and--voila!--your meal plan is ready (plan up to two weeks at a time)! You can view the nutrition info and add the meals to your tracker, too.

From Chef Meg's Taco Soup to Chicken Alfredo Potatoes, there's something for everyone. There are even vegetarian, lower fat and lower carb options.

You can find the Healthy Family Dinner planner here.
It is also found on SparkPeople's main Nutrition page.

Let's get planning!

Cheers,
Stepfanie

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CKLROBERSON 3/7/2012 10:15AM

    I use this planner each week. I agree with Suzholle, I wish we could use our recipe box/collections. It is the only way to get a meal added to the tracker beyond 6 days out. PLEASE add that ability. Currently I add to planner from my recipe collection, but as I said, I can only add 6 days out. It makes it difficult to plan ahead and impossible to have a complete grocery list. Thanks for your consideration.

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SUZHOLLE 1/6/2012 2:53PM

    I love the idea of the Family Meal Planner. It's so easy to swap out recipes and add to the tracker but it would be really awesome if we could add in our recipes from our own recipe box, those from our recipe collection and other members recipes. Also, adding "Category" such as Chicken, Soup etc. to the meal filter would be great. Thanks for the great work on this.

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_SPARK526 9/27/2011 9:03AM

  Is there any update on DELAINAB's request for an automated ingredient list? It would be ever so helpful--thanks!!


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DELAINAB 8/26/2011 10:45AM

    Is there a way that once you have selected your meals, that we can get a print out of a week's worth of ingredients. It would not have to combine ingredients - just list for each meal. Then, I could pick up what I needed when I went grocery shopping on Sunday. I tried to make my own list, so I would not have to carry the recipes with me to grocery store - It forgot stuff. The 2nd week, I tried to carry the recipes with me, I lost one of them. Someone is making a very delicious Chicken Parmesan thanks to me.



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SAL1512 8/24/2011 4:15PM

    What a great idea! I wish I would have had a tool like that when I was working full time with 2 boys at home as it would have been taken a lot of distress out of the day!

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RAPUNZEL53 8/22/2011 1:58AM

  Thank you!

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JANEYINMADTOWN 8/16/2011 11:31PM

    Thank you!

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THEIS58 8/8/2011 6:15AM

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KIN59VARA 8/8/2011 4:23AM

    Thanks for this!

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MAMAOFTEN 8/6/2011 11:01PM

  WHAT A FINE EXAMPLE OF DETERMINATION AND IMPLEMENTATION!!!

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KMONTEIRO 8/4/2011 10:24PM

  So very excited for this!!! Thanx!!!

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KMONTEIRO 8/4/2011 10:24PM

  So very excited for this!!! Thanx!!!

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CBAILEYC 8/4/2011 4:56PM

    I'm back! I've used this feature for the last two weeks. The only suggestion/request I have would be to see if you (collectively) can figure out a way to include member-added meals to the menu planner for the week.

After adding all the dishes from the Dinner Planner, and then printing out our menu, I had to go back in and manually add the dishes. That was fine, but would really be great if they were automatically added when the menu is generated to be printed.

Otherwise, I love this tool! It's great to sit down with my husband and pick out what meals we're having when. The up-tick in variety is exactly what we needed, and it takes the guesswork out of having to go through so many yummy recipes, trying to pick just one.

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BETTYFUG 8/4/2011 4:30PM

  What a wonderful and easy way to meal plan. I did my first week today! emoticon

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MYDONNA13 8/4/2011 9:54AM

    Thanks, now this is something I can really use right now. Besides my disability I have just been diagnosed with asthma and I am trying to figure out how to deal with this while the doctors come up with a plan on treating it. Sick of the docs right now. Anyway, darling sweet hubby, who is diabetic, has recently taken a serious interest in meal planning (a first in 34 years mind you) and since he is the master griller he has been grilling some wonderful veggies and chicken. But we need a change up and a little planning. This meal healthy family meal planning may just be the help we need. Since my son will eat almost anything and we are all into healthy, I thank you for this.

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SALSA_DIVA_44 8/3/2011 10:05PM

    Anything I can use to make my life easier!! Thank u!!

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WITCHYKITTY1 8/3/2011 9:44PM

    I love this idea and it would be wonderful to use if I didn't have such a picky eater for a husband; lol. Maybe one day I can get him to branch out his taste buds.

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JAVAQUEEN74 8/3/2011 12:17PM

    FANTASTIC!!! Thank you!

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FISHINGLADY66 8/3/2011 11:59AM

    emoticon Thank you very much. This is just emoticon

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WORTHEYMOM 8/3/2011 10:36AM

    This is awesome!

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MAYKATCOOPER 8/3/2011 9:55AM

    This could sure make my life a lot easier. I love to cook I just hate to decide! Smile.

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SPARKMYLIFE2011 7/23/2011 3:49PM

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COOKWITHME65 7/20/2011 5:58PM

    Great idea!

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 7/20/2011 2:28PM

    emoticon emoticon SP for continuing to come up with helpful, time saving, inspiring and motivating ideas that actually make sense! Just when I think SP couldn't get any better...You out did yourself again!!! This new addition is emoticon... emoticon

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CBAILEYC 7/20/2011 10:57AM

    What a great new tool! I look forward to trying it out.
Thank you!
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NEWCASTLE7B 7/20/2011 7:45AM

    good idea, but it would be nice to have a feature that allows smaller families or singles to reduce the number of servings. If I really want to make something I can adjust it myself, but if the idea is quick and simple adding in extra steps defeats the purpose!! I think I'll stick to things a bit more customizable, but I'm sure others will get a lot out of it!

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JEWITCH 7/20/2011 6:34AM

    I love when I can plan my meals for a week, makes life so much simpler. Thanks SP!

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CONNIER64 7/19/2011 8:41PM

    emoticonI can't wait to try it emoticon

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CONNIER64 7/19/2011 8:40PM

    great!Can't wait to try it.I love SP emoticon

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CONNIER64 7/19/2011 8:40PM

    great!Can't wait to try it.I love SP emoticon

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CONNIER64 7/19/2011 8:40PM

    great!Can't wait to try it.I love SP emoticon

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CONNIER64 7/19/2011 8:39PM

    great!Can't wait to try it.I love SP emoticon

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CONNIER64 7/19/2011 8:39PM

    great!Can't wait to try it.I love SP emoticon

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 7/19/2011 8:20PM

    Nice feature! Thank you so much.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 7/19/2011 7:53PM

    This is going to be great. I hope they are going to have things for those on a budget and those with food/health issues. emoticon

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KAYYVAUGHN 7/19/2011 7:18PM

    Thanks very much. I try to plan a week in advance. This will be a big help in our weekly grocery shopping.
Kay

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BE-THE-CHANGE 7/19/2011 6:41PM

    Very nice!

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AYAMMAYA 7/19/2011 6:41PM

    OMGOSH!!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!
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SHEENADEE 7/19/2011 6:07PM

    Looking forward to using this new tool.

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OUTOFIDEAS 7/19/2011 5:34PM

    Still no gluten free option when a full 1/3 of the population is estimated to deal with some form of gluten intolerance. I am disappointed in what is otherwise a good site.

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ABB698 7/19/2011 5:27PM

    emoticon just what we need!

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KASEYCOFF 7/19/2011 5:09PM

    Now that's intriguing! Thanx for putting this together - I'm going to go check it out!
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HAPPYWALKER 7/19/2011 5:03PM

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It just keeps getting better! Thank-you!

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SPARKYCARLEY 7/19/2011 4:50PM

    Awesome.

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July 16&17: Day 30&31 of the 10+ Minute Fitness Challenge

Monday, July 18, 2011

Today's Fitness
I did 14 minutes of fitness yesterday (July 16) and 42 minutes (July 17).


Today's Highlights

The highlight from the past couple of days was going on a short bike ride with my boys over the weekend fun to see them pedaling away!

Member Post
Sheesh, I can't keep up with all the great member posts lately here's a really amazing blog I saw today:
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4370724

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

SparkCheers!

Chris (SparkGuy)
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DTMMLF 8/15/2011 7:14PM

    Climbed 20 flights of stairs with my husband yesterday. I really felt the burn, but loved doing something like that w/ my husband. He's a natural athelete, and I'm a recovering couch potato! It took us about 30 min, he probably could have done it in 10 min, but we did it together which was what made it so great! The view of SF Bay from the top was magnificent. Then we took a 30 min stroll along the waterfront.

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LINDIEMAE 8/1/2011 9:16AM

    Only just getting to this now, getting into routine is hard to do, I am going to have to do 10 min a day to get me moving again. Now if I could only find that spark I've misplaced ! I will I can ! emoticon

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MARGIE4230 7/29/2011 8:20AM

    I peddled my stationary bike for 20 minutes last night after coming home from 2 hrs exercise at the ymca. Thanks for your inspiration.

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MARGIE4230 7/26/2011 8:44AM

    I started with a 15 min walk and now I am going to the ymca every weekday and Saturdays cutting the grass. I feel so much better and have lost 8 pounds since June 7th. Of course I stayed on track but I am feeling great. Thanks for your help.

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SWDOTB2 7/20/2011 4:03AM

    50 minutes of yoga on my lunch hour, then 50 minutes of walking after work with Spark friend, IUSBDEB on indoor track at Student Activity Center, and then 50 more minutes of walking with 2 more Spark friends from our South Bend team, CYNDIEMOORE AND SALLYSUEPJ (and her little Spark, Isla carried in a front pack).

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BELLACUDDLES 7/19/2011 3:55PM

    Oh, ya, 40 minutes of weight lifting!!

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MRDPOLING 7/19/2011 8:38AM

    I did a little over 2 hours fitness yesterday.

And thank you for pointing us to the awesome blog!

Danny

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ONLYTEMPORARY 7/19/2011 1:51AM

    Good job! Lots of walking the last few days.

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1BEACHWALKER 7/18/2011 11:03PM

    You are going strong Chris! emoticon
I did 30 min. of exercises at home. Going to give my bad heel a try tomorrow for the first time outside (on a trail somewhere) in a week. It feels better,but will take it slow, maybe a shorter walk, like 10 min! emoticon
I love that you are doing these blogs! Thanks for stopping by my page yesterday! Cannot wait to hear about James Durbin-now that was a guy who battled the odds and an illness and just came out shining bright! emoticon

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SHEENADEE 7/18/2011 11:02PM

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I got in over an hour of fitness today....inside because it's 95 outside here in Cincy.

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FISHINGLADY66 7/18/2011 10:32PM

    With temps over 100 all day for over a week, I went to our community Center and walked two miles on the indoor track. I love walking.

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SUNNYWBL 7/18/2011 9:46PM

    I'm getting the exercise and logging my food!

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ABB698 7/18/2011 9:33PM

    emoticonChris!
Great member blog too.
I got in a 4 mile walk yesterday with my niece, even though it was supposed to be my rest day, I can never resist a fitness challenge! emoticon emoticon

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