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July 30: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Tennis with my friend

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Happy Sunday!

Highlights include:

* Yesterday was day 168 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak
* Today is day 107 of 112 (95%) blogging for this challenge (details below)

Hi SparkFriends!

Hope you are having a great Sunday. We had a fairly busy weekend here also while trying to keep everything as calm as possible for my son with the broken leg. He'll see a doctor either Monday or Tuesday to determine whether it needs surgery or just a cast. At least he's been sleeping really well and in pretty good spirits.

Both Friday and Saturday I played tennis with my friend. This was a ton of fun because we used to play together in Cincinnati all the time starting in college. Then I moved to California and he moved to Wisconsin. But he was out here for a convention, so we got together. It was just like old times with us running each other around.

He is better than me, but we're close enough that I can give him a really good workout. At age 48, he said he's been hitting with a guy 25 years old who recently graduated from playing Division 3 college tennis and my friend beats this former college player pretty easily. I think if I get to play more, I could be somewhere around that Division 3/Division 2 college level. Let's see if I can make that happen.

We joked about how it's great we both have tennis as such a fitness motivator -- and that we're willing to do pretty much anything to chase around that little yellow ball even if it means feeling like you're about to throw up. I got that feeling a couple of times playing against him in part because I'm in very good shape, but don't have my "tennis legs" to play at that level cutting back and forth so many times -- at least the feeling passed quickly :).

There was one rally where I was so exhausted, but there was just no way I couldn't keep running after the shots because it was such a good rally :). Afterwards I just doubled over for a bit trying to catch my breath. Higher level tennis is extraordinarily tiring because of the constant sprinting and change of direction. One of my favorite things in fitness is getting to a ball someone thinks is impossible to reach and then feeling the pure stroke of the tennis racquet getting it back in play or hitting a winner.

Do you have anything fitness-related where there's something that just really revs up your motivation? If not, you might want to keep searching for something like this because it really can impact your entire fitness program. This way during the rest of my exercises I can visualize that exercise helping me get better at tennis. I want to be playing until I'm at least 80 since one of the best things about tennis is that wisdom really can trump youth in tennis and it's not uncommon to see someone 20 years older win the match.

I hope you have a great start to the week!

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!

Chris (SparkGuy)
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