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How many Spark Teams do You belong to?

Monday, April 20, 2009

I know that SparkPeople is totally free but just how many SparkTeams can one person be active in?

I see this with Newbies a lot - you get so involved with joining Spark Teams and then you get burned out. Too many Teams is just Too Many Teams.

I have been a member for 3 years now, but only active for 1 of them. It is very easy to join a lot of teams but somehow difficult to leave any.

Leave any and every team that no longer helps you on your journey, even (maybe especially ) your Class Team.

If you are no longer active with a team, do yourself and the team a favor, leave it. Teams are full of members never heard from again after a few weeks.

If you are active with 12 teams and spend only 5 minutes a day with each team, that is still an hour a day you are sitting at your computer. And that is just Huddling!

We will not lose weight by sitting in front of our computers. We will lose weight by walking that same hour.

Please find the teams you are active in and leave the rest.

Hug y'all, let's keep losing this excess body baggage!

Linda

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CHAR-SPARK 4/25/2009 8:59AM

    Thanks, Linda. An important message. I'm in a bunch of teams right now and they all reflect important parts of me and what I perceive this journey to be. But, you're right, I just can't be active in all of them.

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CHIKAZ 4/21/2009 7:02AM

    I am guilty of this as well. I've been doing my best recently though to leave the ones I am not active with. I'm getting there. =)

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FORMYDARLINGS 4/20/2009 8:32PM

    My friend, you are wise beyond your size. ( I can say that to you cause you post the pics to prove it) LOL. Every now and then I see a team that sparks my interest but as you say we don't have time for them all. I really much prefer to share with my sparkfriends and draw courage and support from them. I WILL reduce my team #'s and concentrate on little things all the way around. Love ya,

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VONE777 4/20/2009 5:31PM

    I was just on 4 then jumped on a few more so I think 7 but only really look at 2 or 3 during any one wk.

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MEADSBAY 4/20/2009 3:57PM

    Excellent advice!
When I first joined I jumped into about 10 teams and was totally overwhelmed.
I whittled it down to 4,
then later added 2 more.
I'm thinking of dropping the 1 or 2 that I'm not getting much out of
or contributing much to.
It's hard, though,
if you have even one sparkfriend you've clicked with on a team.
I guess I could sparkmail them and ask them to join one of my teams.
Or just have a sparkmail relationship.
Anyway, great advice!!!
elizabeth
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MARTY19 4/20/2009 3:42PM

    I believe that is so true. I am a member of 10 teams. I am active on 8-9 of them. If I join a team and see it is not right for me, I leave. My time can be so limited that I would rather be active on a few teams than a member of alot.

Marty

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CUDEAR1 4/20/2009 3:08PM

    It's all I can do to spend the time loggin in my food and occasionally checkin in with my friends. I am soo that person who with good intentions over extends myself, only to find I'm already so busy with my hard commitments to be able to follow through with any new ones.

Thanks for this reality check, good advice

Cecy.

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GRALLEN 4/20/2009 1:34PM

    *blush* I'm guilty of this too. I know I need to quit some teams but I just can't quite get myself to do it yet. But it's on the back burner. Luckily I can sign on while I'm at work and that helps me to keep up with everything. Another thing is I signed up for Facebook and that has had my attention a lot here lately. There's games on there I've signed up for and they too are kinda addictive. But I'm getting that under control too. Spend just enough time on there to check everything out then sign off.

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REACHGOAL09 4/20/2009 12:41PM

    Linda,
Thank you for your candor! I have been struggling with this issue. You personally invited me to join BTN the first day I opened up SP on 4/3/09. I feel really close to you because of that, welcomed, you know what I mean? Then there was the class team but you told me that it was ok to leave that one since it had been past the week or 2. I quit my age group /wt loss goal team & my state team also because nobody seemed to share my interests, etc. So I've quit 3 and holding onto 4, including this one. Some of the goals are tracked in several different places and I get confused on where and if I've updated each place.I have fallen into and replaced my food addiction to sitting at the computer instead. My step count has paid the price and my husband has (jokingly) accused me of cyber sexing, which I don't even know what that means. When I joined SP I wasn't totally honest about my weight issues.I thought it was just another diet website and I'm always looking for the majic diet. I was ashamed to admit that I had WLS because there is still much stigma attached to it as it being a quick fix to being obese. Since then I've found others on SP who relate and that they actually have teams that address these special matters. I would like to spend more time with them and see if I can get back on track. I appreciate your kindness in having me on your team and it's good to know that since I'm feeling overwhelmed I can quit this team and nobody will be offended. Thank you.

Sincerely,
Debbie

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VICKI-BISHOP-56 4/20/2009 12:37PM

  Thanks Linda. That's why I'm only on the teams I lead or co-lead. A couple of those teams aren't doing well and I don't know what to do to bring the members around. They have members but noone posts. Any suggestions for that? I wish if they weren't going to post they'd leave the team. I feel I'm beating my head against a tree. I've asked what I can do to make the team more active and noone answers back.
Vicki

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BABYFACE26 4/20/2009 12:02PM

    Hey Linda, good advice! I keep whittling down my teams...for just those reasons. But also, I like having some of them on my page, just to remind me of certain interests I may be neglecting, so I keep them there. At least for now.
Yes, we can certainly get addicted to this, and spend too much time at the computer!

Ellen

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This is Stage 1 of the Spark Program.

Friday, April 17, 2009

A few people seemed surprised at "MY" idea of hanging smaller clothes on the closet door. So, I decided to post this (I used this in my Class Team) about Stage 1 of the Spark Program. Maybe some of you still haven't gone through the stages. I'm here to show you that they really do work! The only thing I didn't do was the Motivational Collage.


Ok, just in case you have missed any of your emails from SparkPeople, I am going to repeat the links for the different pages. These are all from Stage 1 of the Spark Program.


Fast Break Strategies
# 1 Do You Know What You Are Eating?
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/stage_di
et_strategies.asp?diet_stage=1&strateg
y_num=1


# 2 Finding The Time
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/stage_di
et_strategies.asp?diet_stage=1&strateg
y_num=2


# 3 Setting Up Shop
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/stage_di
et_strategies.asp?diet_stage=1&strateg
y_num=3


# 4 Site Tips & Tricks
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/stage_di
et_strategies.asp?diet_stage=1&strateg
y_num=4


# 5 Keeping Goals Top Of Mind
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/stage_di
et_strategies.asp?diet_stage=1&strateg
y_num=5


# 6 Which Diet Strategies Will Work For You?
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/stage_di
et_strategies.asp?diet_stage=1&strateg
y_num=6

Profiler Quiz at the end of Strategy 6.
Don't forget to get your spark points!

Have you all made your Spark Page yet? Remember to keep them public for the most support from the community.

Remember, you don't have to use the Spark Meal Plans. You can us your own foods.

You are doing this! You are making this dream a reality! WTG!!

  
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VICKI-BISHOP-56 4/19/2009 11:31AM

  I'm going to have to save a copy of this for my own use. Thanks for sharing.
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DINA:-) 4/18/2009 6:24PM

    thanks for posting, linda. even though i saw all this many months ago, it's nice to have a refresher- these really are good steps to follow!

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_VALEO_ 4/18/2009 6:52AM

    I went back to Stage 1 in January, and I've been following scrupulously each step.
One step at a time!

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 4/17/2009 8:11AM

    Thank you Hon.......It's good review for me. Especially now. emoticon

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MARTY19 4/17/2009 7:32AM

    Thanks for all the links. There are days where I need to go back and review these things and I always find something new.

Marty

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New Pictures!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009



We had some really beautiful weather today so DH took a few new shots of his Trophy Wife!

These didn't fit when I found them on clearance last year but they fit me now!

Thank you SparkPeople!

Hugs y'all,
Linda

The first Blog did not appear, that is why I have a 2nd blog. Now I have comments on both blogs and do not want to lose any so I am leaving both blogs.

  
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PREDFAN 4/18/2009 8:28PM

    You look great Linda! Keep up the great work! Love to see that sun shining and those beautiful trees! Yeah Spring is here!
Congrats to you!

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_VALEO_ 4/18/2009 6:39AM

    Wow you look fabulous!
(You're so lucky to wear T-Shirt and shorts, I still have to wear long sleeves and my raincoat!)

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GRALLEN 4/17/2009 3:11PM

    You're such a skinny minny. Congrats!!!

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REACHGOAL09 4/17/2009 9:31AM

    You look amazing!!! Wow!!!

Keep up the GREAT work!!!
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JERSEYGIRL24 4/17/2009 7:41AM

    I know I've said this before, but your class is very fortunate to have you as a leader. As Marty said, this is good information for us old timers as well!

Oops, this ended up under the wrong blog. But you do look amazing.

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FORMYDARLINGS 4/16/2009 10:23PM

    emoticon Look at You!!!!! I wouldn't be caught in that fabulous top right now. Way too much of extra me would show, but I am on my way to a better place. Namely lower pound range. Great job, Linda,

Gini emoticon

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LALAEPP 4/16/2009 4:38PM

    Way to go Linda!!! Your looking emoticon

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MEADSBAY 4/16/2009 3:54PM

    You're my hero!!!!
from one of your many fans,
elizabeth
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VICKI-BISHOP-56 4/16/2009 2:00PM

  WTG Linda!!!! You look great!!!!!!!!!
Vicki

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HPLANDER 4/16/2009 8:56AM

    emoticon emoticon You go girl. You look awesome

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 4/16/2009 8:09AM

    You're looking Beautiful, Linda!!! Isn't it fun to fit into the clothes that were too small last year?! Way to go!!!

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CRUISEBOUND2014 4/16/2009 5:11AM

    You look AWESOME! emoticon emoticon

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CAROL_ 4/16/2009 5:09AM

    I love the idea of hanging them on the door (or wall, whatever). I think when I try on my summer stuff, I'll do that with something that's too small.

You're an inspiration and you're looking great! Maaaaaahvelous, Daahling!

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BABIE_JANE 4/16/2009 12:40AM

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I think this deserves a happy dance! Lookin' good!

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KAYLSLYNN 4/15/2009 9:26PM

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JENIFIREHARP 4/15/2009 9:08PM

    Looking good Linda!!!

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MARTY19 4/15/2009 8:46PM

    You look beautiful.

Marty

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New Pictures!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The weather is finally warming up and DH took some new pictures of me.

I bought this top last year on clearance - the shorts too - and hung them on the door! Today they fit!


I would prefer my hair to be a little darker but I was given 2 boxes of Nice 'n Easy and I must say, the conditioner they give you is awesome!

Hugs y'all,
Linda

  
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BABYFACE26 4/20/2009 12:05PM

    What an accomplishment! I know you feel proud of yr. acheivement!

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VEGEFARMER 4/16/2009 3:28AM

    Wahoooooooooo. You look fantastic. You are an inspiration.
well done, you clever girl.
Hugs

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WALKING_GIRL 4/15/2009 8:36PM

    OMGosh you look just beautiful!!!! I am so proud of you!!!

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DINA:-) 4/15/2009 8:10PM

    omg, you are a blogging machine- i haven't had a chance to catch up on blogs and i've missed so many of yours!

you are looking fantastic! what a great motivational tool to hang a piece of clothing on the wall until you fit into it!

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I feel so cheap...

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

I started blogging partly due to getting 1 point every day I blog. Ok, that made me feel cheap.

But today I joined FaceBook for another daily point!

emoticon Where does it end?? Will I do anything for a spark point?

Heheheheh, just wanted to share this thought and chuckle I had today when I joined FaceBook.

I know I love SparkPeople - I must if I am willing to do anything for a spark point.

Love you guys!
Linda emoticon

  
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_VALEO_ 4/18/2009 6:48AM

    hehe if only Sparkpoints could be turned into $$....

I have never liked Facebook for some reasons -I resigned months ago as I didn't use it. I am already behind with my friends on Spark (see how many of your blogs I missed!), I am not a multiple site user, I must say.



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DINA:-) 4/15/2009 8:09PM

    it's like saving change- it all adds up!

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HPLANDER 4/15/2009 9:23AM

    It is funny what we'll do to get another point or two.

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KAREN-1328 4/15/2009 1:01AM

    CRAZY ISN'T IT !!!

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CAROL_ 4/14/2009 11:58PM

    I used to be a point addict but now don't have the time. I'm definitely not joining Facebook, and, I don't update on my status on my SPage.

What do you like so far about Facebook? Is it worth the time?

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MEADSBAY 4/14/2009 8:16PM

    I, too, am a sparkpoints addict. emoticon
I aim for 100 every day- impossible on days I don't work out (like today). emoticon
I am on facebook but would not want my weight posted there so will not link up.
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elizabeth
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VICKI-BISHOP-56 4/14/2009 6:25PM

  I haven't joined facebook yet and probably won't.
Vicki

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JENIFIREHARP 4/14/2009 6:15PM

    I love points but I haven't really gotten into facebook enough to share my status there.

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SQUIRRELLYMOM 4/14/2009 5:39PM

    I love FaceBook but I decided not to share my weight with them. I started blogging to get the extra point too!!

Linda

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MARTY19 4/14/2009 4:53PM

    I am on facebook but I don't want to advertise my weight on it. LOL

Marty

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MSMAKEOVER 4/14/2009 4:30PM

    LOL you are not alone....
I emoticon Sparkpoints...

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JERSEYGIRL24 4/14/2009 3:52PM

    Linda,

I sort of feel the same way. I joined Facebook a few months ago, but I just haven't gotten into it the way many others have.

I am also addicted to Spark Points, but I have to confess that I have been turned off by some people who give themselves credit for doing things that I am pretty sure they don't. Two things I refuse to do are post constantly in the game room just to rack up points (though I do post there sometimes) and also give myself credit for cardio and exercise that I haven't done. I think that defeats the purpose. I've gotten somewhat less competitive with Spark Points as I've come to realize that I will never be at the top of the list. I still like to use them for Spark Goodies, though, and I also don't want my ranking to fall too low.

It's not to say that I don't sometimes give myself the benefit of the doubt on certain things LOL.

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NEWAPPROACH 4/14/2009 3:25PM

    emoticon you're certainly not alone...I think we're all addicted to those little points. They're just so darn motivating emoticon! And the rewards are cool, too emoticon. Thanks for sharing.

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 4/14/2009 3:12PM

    I'm addicted to the points too!!! LOL emoticon

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MSLZZY 4/14/2009 2:56PM

    I know the feeling-but it feels good to get points as a reward! Any motivation is better than none at all. emoticon

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