* Yesterday was day 165 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak
* Today is day 105 of 109 (96%) blogging for this challenge (details below)
Thanks so much for all of your prayers and positive wishes about my son (see yesterday's blog if you missed this and are interested). I really appreciate it! We took him to the doctor today. She said things look good, but there's still too much swelling to tell if he'll need surgery or not on his leg, so he'll have to wait until early next week to determine that. This will be a rough several days because with only a splint vs. a full cast, any tiny movement leads to a lot of pain -- making it hard to even fall asleep. Ooooh it's hard to hear your kid bawling from pain knowing he really does have something to cry about :(.
I gave him an interesting challenge today to think about: he started reading my mini-book the other day. So I told him if he works on doing some form of a fitness minutes streak during his recovery he can think up some reward (not necessarily daily since he could have some tough days). I have a few exercises he can do already including the hand grip and hand extensors (I need to write about this exercise soon because it's really important). This would then give him a strong grip and forearms so he can start doing more pushups post-recovery which has been a goal. One of my goals is to give him something simple he can do to feel good about himself during this tough time.
Somewhat random question: any fans of Medjool dates out there? Wow those dates are so good. I was taking something downstairs and saw our jar of them and had a few as a snack.
It's incredible that a fruit can taste so much like candy -- almost like caramel. I'm not exaggerating about the flavor -- give some a try and you'll see what I mean. Can people who have had these back me up on this in the comments? :)
Medjool dates also have great health benefits as well (in moderation since they are high in sugar), including:
* Decreases cholesterol
* Prevents and relieves constipation
* Natural energy booster
* Reduces triglyceride levels
* Alternative natural sweetener
* Boosts bone health (hey, I need to give some to my son!)
Here is an article with much more information on these benefits if you are interested:
(oops, I just fixed this link -- sorry about that!)
How was your day today?
Here is the link to the team if you haven't joined yet (we're over 1,200 members!):
Here is the button to press. Each time you press the button, the number of total presses will increase by one as a way to show that we're all part of something bigger -- a community of people reaching goals together!
Below is overview information for the challenge:
If you haven't seen this yet, here is the original announcement for this challenge:
And here is the link to the SparkPeople Fuel for Improvement System Overview that lists all of the current lessons and activities:
In addition to pressing the button, if you like posting comments, feel free to make a comment in each blog. I love seeing all the comments on the first blog with people saying "I commit to.......". Also feel free to post/track any of those goals to the community goals feed if you'd like.
Come back and push the button as many times during the day as you'd like to re-affirm your commitment -- like if you are wavering on making a healthy vs. unhealthy choice or just need a little extra push. All you need to do is refresh the page and the button will also refresh. Remember to subscribe to my blog if you would like to get an email alert right when I publish.
The button will remain on my blogs for now, but we might move it to a more prominent location at some point.
I am committed to a couple of goal right now:
1) Getting this challenge launched. I think this could be a lot of fun and a big way to help people, so I will work on this almost every day at least some.
2) I'm working to build the fitness level for my kids in various ways that I'll share more about on future blogs.
3) A commitment to keep my 10+ fitness minutes streak going.
SparkCheers and thanks for your support!