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  • I'm a night owl and I'm not fighting it anymore

    7/9/2020 5:30:40 PM, by MACKENZIE1313

    I'm 50 and I'm gonna start sleeping when I wanna sleep, not when I'm "supposed to" sleep. I know you're probably thinking, "Uh... do what you want, I don't care..." LOL I know, I'm not telling you because I view you as some kind of oppressor or judge. I just wanted to declare it, once an... Read more

  • Healthier food is so much more filling

    7/7/2020 8:53:44 PM, by MACKENZIE1313

    I read once that our stomach doesn't get hungry/full by how much volume it's holding; it gets hungry/full based on these sensors that tell us whether or not we've gotten enough nutrients. I don't know how sound the science behind that is but it sounds right. I grew up binging on junk food, som... Read more

  • Continuing to read earlier "pre" challenge posts...

    7/6/2020 11:20:40 AM, by AMURDOCK68

    One of our "overall" Summer 5% Challenge Team leaders posted this activity before our start day on July 4: "Activity 13: We have done activities to help track our progress. Let's do one more for a Non-Scale Victory (NSV) - take a before picture this week and if you like you post it on your page... Read more

  • Blogging & vlogging 6 week progress report

    7/5/2020 6:51:10 PM, by MACKENZIE1313

    I love keeping track, journaling, blogging, etc. Lately, I've been vlogging (a first for me) on YouTube. I don't really have a following, I just thought it might be interesting to 'see' things unfold for me and share with some friends. This is actually good for me because it's always been hard for m... Read more

  • Reviewing Sunday and Monday daily schedule

    7/5/2020 4:07:40 PM, by AMURDOCK68

    Here was the tentative outline of my weekday daily routine from yesterday's draft: 7:00 AM Get up, watch the news with my spouse 8:00 AM Breakfast, chores 9:00 AM Video exercise with friends 9:45 AM Tidy up 10:00 AM Computer Work 11:00 AM Practice harp noon Lunch 1:00 PM Wor... Read more

  • 5% Summer Challenge LTGL challenge Parts I and II

    7/4/2020 12:55:36 PM, by AMURDOCK68

    During the 5% challenge, team members add up their exercise minutes (up to 120 minutes) and get a weekly team total. That is part of every week's activities. Today, I will be able to put down at least 2 x 10 minutes = 20 minutes of garden work exercise. I am supposed to watch a yoga video and subs... Read more

  • 5% Challenger Team member's "tip"

    7/3/2020 7:07:00 PM, by AMURDOCK68

    I didn't know about SP summary calendar until I saw a recent message thread posting from my fellow Weight Warrior AthleteLori. She suggested the following URL: https://www.sparkpeople.com/my
    spark/stay-on-track-calend
    ar.asp Here is a capture of my crazy June 2020 SP summary. ... Read more

  • Response to Challenge-Prep (33)

    7/2/2020 11:43:51 AM, by AMURDOCK68

    Each new 8-week challenge, the team leaders re-post about 16 preparation activities for the 2-wk lead up. I have not gotten very far in responding to the activities. Here is the third activity: "Check list Do you know what diet you will follow? Found some recipes? Grocery list? S... Read more

  • Response to a Summer Challenge activity (#2)

    6/30/2020 5:26:35 PM, by AMURDOCK68

    The Summer challenge Team has some lead-up activities on its home page. This is #2: "Starting today - aim for at least 20 minutes of daily exercise to gain momentum and surge into the challenge. You can break it into smaller sessions if that helps. But don't mistake being busy for being physic... Read more

  • Bicycling around the neighborhood

    6/30/2020 5:15:30 PM, by AMURDOCK68

    I like to bicycle when it is fairly cool, not raining, and not humid. I am not a fan of inclines and I prefer to not have any traffic around. I want to "toot my horn" today. I went ahead and said "yes" to my husband when he asked if I wanted to go along and bicycle around the neighborhood. ... Read more

  • Posting Badge for my Summer 5% Challenge Team

    6/30/2020 11:55:18 AM, by AMURDOCK68

    Holey, moley! As I was managing my Spark Teams I accidentally clicked on an challenge team from 7 years ago. A lot was different then. I am glad to see that I finished that challenge. My team that go-around was 2013 Cats Summer Starting Weight (7/27/2013) : 156 Goal Weight: 148 ... Read more

  • Continued reflection and preparation for Summer 5% Challenge

    6/27/2020 3:10:48 PM, by AMURDOCK68

    I am on the "Fitness Warriors" Team for the Summer 5% Challenge. I enjoyed this same team last time. There are many active participants and both leaders and participants are very supportive. The first prepration task (#1) to make a blog post. Ideally, we will put a link so others can join th... Read more

  • Preparing for Summer 5% Challenge Success

    6/24/2020 1:48:42 PM, by AMURDOCK68

    I have participated in two (8-week) 5% Challenges with SparkPeople this year. The challenges have been a great way to have community, especially during "Stay Home, Stay Safe" times. The next challenge -- 5% Summer 2020 Challenge -- begins on the 4th of July. It's just right around the corner ... Read more