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Monday, January 10, 2011

ok... i'm still really new, but i find that the Sparkpoints page is a really good place to explore what Spark's has to offer, because it makes you go everywhere (well.. to earn points :) (at 1st..)

I think at 1st i would have been intimidated by the SparkTeams. But that's my old self: perfectionist, shy to share, to open up, to ask for help.

Now: not perfect - i don't need to meet all the challenges (sorry) BUT i know that in the past, i've never maintained weight loss. So i have to do things differently. And if i want to DO things differently, well.. i have to LEARN NEW THINGS.

so... message boards.. - well.. if you don't know, maybe you can't search (what you don't know)

SPARKTEAMS?? A WORLD opens up to you!!!!!!

This morning , i received the STRESS CHALLENGE 1st wk email (i NEED to do something about stress - because i've always resorted to food - not good, the challenge... 4 wks.. hmmm.. in 4 wks, perhaps i can change the way i act and see things.

1st on the list: a quizz (no Spark points (kidding!!! :) ): and for exercise, it talks about PERSPIRATION!!!!! What?? I thought being active was so much LESS than that! AND i thought, if i exhaust myself, i won't have any energy left (and i don't have any to spare to start with...) Still... seed in my mind...

Another sparkteam??? 1-day challenge (because, honestly, i can do pretty much ANYTHING for ONE day, not too intimidating. Today's challenge?? 30 minutes consecutive challenge yourself work-out.

ok.. 1st reaction: can't do it - well I DID IT!!! - what is 30 min... for ONE day. And YES i DID perspire, when i NEVER thought my little step could make be perspire (AND it takes sooooo much LESS time!! - i think i could actually FREE UP time by stepping up the intensity!!)

Other teams?? Organization (i've already started - not doing challenges per say, but being part of the group makes me AWARE - and that awareness makes me ACT)

Many teams mention 'me': me time, me pampering, me free time, fun - and those have been lacking in MY life. Being aware, over time may operate a shift in me: a shift that will allow weight maintenance (not there yet), but also a more happy, balanced, positive me.

ohhh!! and perspiring makes the 8 glasses of water soooooo much easier to achieve!!!!!

cheers :)

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TAMIAMLEXICON 1/11/2011 7:26AM

    I completed the 4week stress challenge. it has helped me to be more aware of the root of stress and to incorporate stress relievers into my daily life. my need for perfection has caused me some stress involving spark teams, but i have learned that if you feel overwhelmed and need to leave a team, no one takes it personally. And you can join or rejoin a team at anytime. Find the right amount of team involvement and the weight loss journey does get more rewarding and easier.

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JMGLEN62 1/10/2011 9:18PM

    I was slow to try teams and do posts, but I'm with you give them a chance and it's surprising what you can learn. I wish you much success!

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Getting organized...

Saturday, January 08, 2011

OMG... - i am spending perhaps WAY too much time on the web site (well.. it IS new to me) - but i'm not getting anything done (as in EXERCISE - hellllllo!!!!!) - so i'll have to balance things (which is NOT my forte - and with those points!!! - i sorta have a competitive streak (against myself) - but i think i'm losing it a bit: i'll try to IGNORE the points, make the MOST out of the site, for ME. I know there are things i need HELP with, i'll come to the site for that; the things that are going well - well, i'll continue those on my own, maybe everything does NOT need to be logged on (i write in a journal (paper) everyday.
I LOVE many many things: found a reallly inspiring girl, saved her as friend; i'll try finding inspiration and admiration; tips for my downfalls (BEFORE they happen), find groups and message boards where i can find answers to my questions (reading)
Reading when i need a break. or inspiration. or stress relief (emotional eater)
BUT THIS can't become a source of stress - a. too absurd!!!!!... and... b. sooo NOT what it is intended to be!!!!

sooooo... i'll more come in and out - and share ANYTHING i learn in between - if i can inspire, or invent fabulous tips to share - i would be ESTATIC!!!

and soooooooooo grateful to have found you all!!!! Thanks Mr. Spark!!!

see you around periodically - no stress.. just weight loss, muscle definition, new habits, and a brand new (hopefully sugar-free) lifestyle

xx :)

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GMSHEVCHUK 1/8/2011 11:19AM

    Hi. I am on the EE team with you. I can feel your enthusiasm and it's contagious! Thanks.

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Sense of community

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Day 2.. have been passing a LOT of time on the site: there is sooooo much to explore/read/learn!!! At 1st, when i 1st read that article on the woman who finally achieved her weight goal with Spark, i didn't get it: what is so different?? just info you can get in any fitness magazine...

OHHHHH... it's MORE than that!!!

it's the whole sense of COMMUNITY. My usual utterly shy and reserved self would have put a 'DON'T LET ANYONE READ THIS' on my blog, for some reason i didn't. And... quite honestly, when i didn't, i also thought to myself NO ONE will read it anyways, so it's practically the same. To much of my surprise, i had ***4 comments!!! **** - wow?!?!? !!! - and it made me feel soooo good... as if i was not alone.. - that i went on the blogs, looked for a 1st time poster, saw no comments yet (and.. a VERY inspiring blog entry!! - i left a comment!! - to share and spread the joy and support and non-aloneness i felt on my 1st day. So thank you! :)

AND... (last thing): one thing i think i have understood - it really has to be a change of LIFESTYLE - i think i could do 'diets' because there was an end, and would start sabotaging near the goal achieved - because the road on MAINTAINING that weight loss seemed so daunting - as in like FOREVER!!! - i preferred the 'temporary' of dieting. But it's not FOREVER as in prison, it's CHANGE.. - and change is good: keeps us young...

KEEPS US YOUNG???? - ohhh.. i'm all for that!!!! :)

Cheers!! :)


Just starting

Friday, January 07, 2011

Yay!! i am just starting.. and so exited!! This was the WORST beginning to year (i was sick, woke up at 3:30 on the 1st - and the 1st few days of the year are usually my best... - they were my WORST.. and... u know what, oddly, this may turn out to be my best. Usually, i think i would have thought screw it, next year - and it turns out i started on the 7th this year, and 7 is sorta a lucky number for me. I entered my food intake and was FLOORED!!!! My LUNCH alone was 1300 calories!!!! - and here i thought i was eating 1000 calories per DAY: HA!! may explain some things... Starting slowly. Will see. Happy for now, thanks

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TANESA15 1/7/2011 9:51PM

    Welcome!! This is only the beginning but so far, so good!! It's my first day on here too!! Thanks for commenting on my blog also!! Thought I should return the gesture :-) Hope that you are feeling better soon!! Everything will go great for you, I just know it!! emoticon

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BUDRFLY31 1/7/2011 9:36PM

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Your enthusiasm is contagious! Welcome to SparkPeople and the Fab 40's team. Good luck!
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    Welcome! and good luck! I think each of us had some kind of breakthrough when we started really paying attention. Just take it one day at a time, and you'll get there. emoticon emoticon

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PRI3LOVE 1/7/2011 4:14PM

    Good luck...... emoticon

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BURLAPDOG 1/7/2011 4:07PM

    Congratulations on getting started, and good luck! If you put in the time on this website, you will definitely see results emoticon

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