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Blogging from the Beach for the Team

Thursday, May 31, 2018

This is Blogging week for the Spring 5% challenge and it just so happens it is a vacation week for my family and I. So here I am, shamelessly blogging for points while contemplating the fudge and salt water taffy my husband purchased yesterday-- UGH! We are at the Jersey Shore and enjoying a somewhat cool but relaxing time at the beach with misty rain and fog not putting a damper on our spirits! It is so nice to be together in a place that we've been coming to for 25 YEARS!

We all have our favorite eateries down here at the shore. Not to mention bakeries, ice cream, candy shops, etc., etc. Which brings me to the SPRING 5% CHALLENGE and the Sparkpeople website in general. I have been a Sparkpeople member for many years and I KNOW that I need to be part of a team in order to focus on a healthy lifestyle in any and all situations. Happy times, sad times, hurting times and feel good times... they all need a little extra special attention, sometimes a lot of attention and I get that from my team at the 5% Challenge. I am admittedly one of the more quiet members of my team but that's OK there is never any pressure, just a lot of TLC floating around on the forums.

There are numerous teams in this challenge and we race one another around the world to various exotic locations. I'm hoping the Jersey Shore makes it to the Summer Challenge list of destinations- LOL I've been doing this challenge for a number of years on and off and trying out different teams. I think I have found my perfect fit in the Spirited UnderDawgs. Everyday I can log in and find something "laugh out loud funny" with this team. They lift my spirits and behave like "DAWGS".

Soo.... Simply Put- overtime I have come to realize that I behave much better when I am part of a team. When I am on a challenge team I will lose or maintain. When I take a break, I GAIN. Sometimes I gain a lot. The directive is easy- STAY in the challenges and stay engaged. Yes, I am quiet but I stay as active as I possibly can and the Spirited UnderDawgs give me the motivation, focus and love that I need.

HERE IS YOUR INVITATION: Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun along the way? Check out the 2018 Summer 5% Challenge! Team members will work towards losing 5% of their starting weight in 8 weeks by participating in team challenges that focus on exercise & healthy lifestyle habits. Members in maintenance are also welcome. Let’s have fun, make new friends and get in shape! Challenge date to be announced. Please click on this link to join the Challenge.

Addendum: As for that salt water taffy, I was going to throw it into the ocean but my friend's daughter, the marine biologist, told me that was not an environmentally sound idea. It could, after all, clog the blow holes of the dolphins we watch swim by!! DH will have to eat it all without me- Sigh! Now...what to do with that fudge... ???

BTW- My friend's daughter is a newly graduated marine biologist who just settled into her first real job on the coast of Maine. Just north of Portland. She was wondering why there are chickens with sweaters and booties running around on the beaches. This phenomena was not part of her biology education. SHE HAS HER EYE ON YOU DIANE!!
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    You need to hook your daughter up with Diane! I hope you are enjoying the ocean. I grew up in Daytona Beach and the ocean wherever it is speak "home: to me. emoticon
    1157 days ago
    Thank you for listening to your friend's daughter about the taffy! I didn't know that would be a problem, but our marine life has enough problems without us making it worse for them, right? Kudos to you for taking time to blog during your vacation, too. Not my favorite thing to do, but I'm chugging along. By the way, could you send a bit of that cooler weather back to the Midwest? It's like a sauna here!! LOL! Enjoy the rest of your vacation!
    1157 days ago
    emoticon on the beach!!! TY for blogging

    Ohhh you may quiet,,but hmmm you have "your mark" around the kennel.

    Please tell D friend that chickens in sweaters are ADOGABLE!!! I've not seen any herah, in the greater Portland area, but you nevah know!! Ohhhhh yeah she should get used to our accent. Hopefully shell love it herah!!! Boots, hats, gloves, heavy coats r for whimps. Well when its over 30.

    1158 days ago
    Great blog!!!! I have my eye on Diane too!! You never know what she is up to!!!
    BTW I am a Jersey girl. I love the shore too. We go to Pt. Pleasant every summer. I always give out the taffy as gifts when we come back from our stay. I do not go near the fudge at all. Too tempting - if you know what I mean.
    Where did the Marine Biologist study?? My son just graduated from Stockton University. We were in A.C. May 11th. What a beautiful and memorable day it was me. Four years went by really fast.
    Enjoy your time on the beach - have fun!! Hugs,
    1158 days ago
    Feeling a little homesick after reading your blog. When we lived in NJ trips to the boardwalk in Ocean City and visiting Cape May were regular parts of our summers! Does virtually tasted salt water taffy & fudge have calories?
    1158 days ago
    Great blog. Thanks for taking time out of your vacation to share! Good job staying away from the taffy. Hard fudge can be used as a hockey puck - just staying!!!! Have fun on your vacation - enjoy and relax!
    1158 days ago
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