I LOVE getting the spark people awards in my email and on my sparkpage at the end of the month and seeing the number of weeks of my SparkPeople fitness streak increasing!
After I saw them the first time, I eagerly awaited to see what I would get at the end of the next month! It keeps me motivated to see them! I also love seeing the sparkstreaks of how long I've exercised! ! Seeing the streaks keeps me from missing workouts because I don't want to break my record!!
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I love the Spark awards. I rely on the MyTrophies & SparkStreaks to keep me on track and ensure that I do not undervalue my accomplishments. When they give me an award, I give myself a reward. For example, I just got a trophy for losing 25 lbs so I went to Amazon and purchased a $20 watch from my wish list. This watch is a reward & a tool, it has a bezel that will help me to track my exercise minutes. So reward yourself for all of your awards, weight loss, consistency, challenges etc. Itís fun!
My Trophies & SparkStreaks are listed on your personal Spark Page under the Awards tab.
For my family, I make out a monthly budget of all monthly bills (such as mtg, groceries, credit card, utilities, etc). Start by making a monthly template and each month it is easy to stick to what needs to be paid (mtg, child care, car pymts, food, etc) I have found by doing this I have paid down or paid off bills quicker and still have money left over at the end of the week and month. Also make sure you list money placed in savings as a monthly "expense" so you build up your fund.
The President's Challenge (www.presidentschallenge. org) is another set of challenges available for FREE. Begun in the 1960s, it has been available for years. (Presidential Fitness Award, Physical Fitness Test, Presidential Active Lifestyle Award - PALA, or Presidential Champions) The Adult Fitness Test measures aerobic fitness, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, & body composition. PALA goals are 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week for 6 of 8 weeks (or 8,500 daily steps).
For the Champions Award, you earn activity points (sound familiar?) for a bronze, silver, gold, or platinum award.
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