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30-Day Small Changes Challenge, Day 3
Sunday, December 18, 2016      3 comments

Day 3 of the challenge is all about breakfast. We all know there are benefits to eating breakfast. Think about it...all the yummy food we associate with breakfast. What's not to like about it? Sometimes we fall into bad habits. We get lazy... Read more
30-Day Small Changes Challenge, Day 1
Saturday, December 17, 2016      6 comments

SparkPeople's 30-Day Small Changes Challenge 7,407 Members SparkPeople's Small Changes Challenge provides fun and simple daily challenges in a 30-day plan. Small, healthy changes can lead to bigger results than you might think! ... Read more
Beginning Fall 5% Challenge
Sunday, September 25, 2016      11 comments

Our Fall 5% Challenge started Saturday. I really need this. I have been moving backwards, undoing all the good I've done this year. It has been a painful year. Do we ever get over losing loved ones? I am also having a great deal of physical, mob... Read more
Reflections on the 5% Challenge: Sleep
Tuesday, August 30, 2016      8 comments

One of the components we log for a couple weeks of the challenge is consecutive hours of sleep. It is one of many components that help our teams earn points. The emphasis is on consecutive. That adds difficulty to this goal. Following majo... Read more
Thinking like a successful Sparker
Wednesday, July 27, 2016      8 comments

In light of the struggle some of my 5% challenge friends are having with gaining a few pounds every once in awhile on this journey, I thought I would share a break-through moment I wrote about in my Spark community journal on June 30, 2016. ... Read more
Be the Helper. Make a Difference.
Sunday, July 10, 2016      12 comments

A word of explanation before you read this blog: This is an unusual blog for me to post on Spark. I love this community and avoid controversy. I hope you find something to ponder and also encouragement in my words. Today I read a blog ... Read more
When motivation takes a vacation
Thursday, June 30, 2016      13 comments

Sometimes we are super motivated. Sometimes motivation wanes. Our journey is easier, even fun, when motivation is running high, but motivation is unreliable. That's where commitment comes in. It picks up where motivation leaves off. Am I goin... Read more
Too few calories feels virtuous. Too many calories feels like failure.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016      11 comments

Yesterday I read a blog about the struggle a Spark member is having to eat enough calories. She discussed the reasons she was sabotaging herself. While my reasons may be different, it made me reflect on my own feelings. Why do I feel virt... Read more
Preparation for 5% Summer Challenge: Step 7
Saturday, June 25, 2016      8 comments

I am doing these assignments to provide clarity for me. I am thinking out loud, summing up the things I've learned on this journey. You are welcome to pick up any insights that might encourage you. Step 7 in the preparation for the 5% ch... Read more
Preparation for 5% Summer Challenge: Steps 5 & 6
Friday, June 24, 2016      6 comments

Preparation for 5% Summer Challenge Step 5: "Win Tomorrow" Check list See the Step 3 assignment about creating a list of the routine things we need to do everyday to win. This step has us preparing so we'll be ready to implement that ... Read more
Preparation for 5% Summer Challenge: Steps 3 & 4
Friday, June 24, 2016      4 comments

Step 3 : Update your page. Will teammates get an accurate picture of you from your page? Some of us have been here a long time. Our pages may reflect who we were when we joined Spark. Our Friends list may contain people who are not active on ... Read more
Preparation for 5% Summer Challenge: Step 2 Nutrition Plan
Tuesday, June 21, 2016      7 comments

This week is preparation for the 5% Summer Challenge. Check list for Step 2 Nutrition Plan Do you know what diet you will follow? Do not exceed calorie range. Aim for lower carb. I do best when I follow a menu. Winging it usual... Read more
Preparation for 5% Summer Challenge: Step 1 Exercise
Monday, June 20, 2016      6 comments

Step one of the countdown activity in preparation of our Summer 5% Challenge is about exercise. Make a commitment. Share your exercise plan. Be prepared: exercise clothes, water bottle, pedometer, heart monitor, workout DVD, exercise program at ... Read more
Thoughts from this week
Saturday, June 18, 2016      10 comments

June 14, 2016 One month ago our world changed. We were up north, enjoying a few days away. Pastor and his wife came to us to tell us Suz had been murdered and her husband was in serious condition. Someone they knew broke into their home and stab... Read more
First week of Spring Challenge
Saturday, April 02, 2016      4 comments

How was the first week of the 5% Challenge? I like to celebrate my birthday the whole week of my birthday. Perhaps because I have been so slow popping back from being sick the last few months, my family has already started to celebrate my b... Read more

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