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Addicted to SparkPeople???

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Hello All! emoticon

Yep. I just realized it today! I AM ADDICTED TO SPARKPEOPLE! I tell you why...

I got up at 4 ish this morning JUST so I could log on & get my points, check my sparkmail, check my sparkpage, & check my blog responses. I also wanted time to check in & huddle w/my teams & get through the message boards. Then I'm responding back to people who've left me messages, sparkgoodies, & sparkmail! Now ya see, I had to work today (I don't work everyday, I'm a fill in nurse & I only work a couple days a week, at most) & I knew I would be running late getting off to work if I got up at my normal time.

Now, does this sound a bit strange at all to you? Well, wait....there's more!

Tic...Tic...Tic. The clock is ticking.

Okay, so I need to pack a lunch & have breakfast. I log on to SP again so I can calculate my calories for breakfast & lunch & document them on my tracker. I'm actually EATING my breakfast as I'm recording everything! Mind you, an eye on the clock all the while cause I've gotta be going! More responding to sparkgoodies, messages, etc.


I just couldn't log off! I didn't WANT to! And all the while I was at work today...I kept thinking about SparkPeople & wishing I could log on & see what's been happening thoughout the day while I was at work! Weird, huh?

And now, realization is setting in... Could I be addicted to SparkPeople??? I'm not on Facebook or MySpace or any other kind of social network... so I don't have any experience w/this sort of thing.

Is it possible??? Am I? emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GERDIE3 9/11/2010 6:53PM

    Yep, I have to admit that I too cannot wait to log on especially now that I have started posting on boards and such...there are way worse things that could be your addiction besides SP ! emoticon

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ATREAT4ME 9/11/2010 5:31PM

    I, too, eat breakfast as I'm entering my foods in the tracker. i cannot walk out of the house without planning my entire day's food choices. I have the Spark app on my phone short cuts, and have had to change my email settings so it checks for email more frequently. My 4-year-old twins love to click the mouse when I map my bicycling and walking routes and when they see me at the computer ask to pick emoticons. The only complaint I've heard comes from my FaceBook friends. They all wonder where I've gone.

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WINFIELD28 9/11/2010 11:14AM

    Good morning!
Just read your blog entry and YES it's so easy to get addicted to this site for ALL the reasons you stated! But the way I look at it - it's a good kind of addiction - because it is helping form new healthy habits and I'm also meeting new people like You!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Maria - aka Winfield28

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MEGA_MILES 9/11/2010 8:15AM

    Please don't make me admit it. Me too!!! There I said it. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DAVEINSEOUL 9/11/2010 7:30AM

    Guilty, also. Happily guilty.

This is one addiction that is really, really good for you (and me). My addiction has 'cost' me 45 pounds of weight lost so far.

Quite a good addiction to have.


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HIKESHAPPY 9/10/2010 6:22PM

    SP definitely can make it hard to find balance (!), but so worth it:-) Hey, what else can we be addicted to that's soooo good for us?:-)

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WOMANCHEF 9/10/2010 7:53AM

    I am addicted too! Not sure it is a bad thing - we are all improving our lives and supporting each other. No worries - it is positive!!! emoticon

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AKELAZ 9/10/2010 3:01AM

    Addicted? Oh YES!! Sometimes it worries me that I am sitting 'doing Spark' instead of other stuff (yup - sleeping is part of that 'stuff'!) and sometimes I think - KNOW - that Spark and my Sparkfriends truly are changing my bad habits into good and then I feel OK about my addiction. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JANETK53 9/9/2010 9:28PM

  Guilty!!!! I find I am checking my don't tell anybody...on my IPhone at work...Oops! Did I say that? I just have to stay in the there is just way too much here to not stay connected or on track....Do what works for you, is what I say....I LUV to Spark!

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AGASSIFAN 9/9/2010 9:18PM

    Happiness is finding other people who truly understand... emoticon

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MOVINITMORE 9/9/2010 9:18PM

    Loved your blog. I am also trying to balance it all and keep up with it can be hard sometimes. But it's so much fun. Thanks for being a great emoticon

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JRDIAMOND4 9/9/2010 9:02PM

    Hi my name is Jan, standing with her hand raised, I am a SP addict. LOL Welcome, says the crowd. LOL

I realized I was addicted when my husband came home gathering a load of laundry when I told him thank you for being helpful. He just looked at me with a grin and said I am out of work clothes. LOLOLOL

It is an awesome place, full of great people. Enjoy. Yep, it took about a month. lol I sometimes warn Newbies that they could become addicted. I think SP will eventually have to put up a warning pop up. Warning Joining Sparkpeople could be addictive the positive energy is contagious. lol

Have fun.

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SDPARTON 9/9/2010 9:01PM

    I am right with you! I get up a few minutes early every morning, just to spin the wheel and check my is a great addiction and plus it is helping us with a new lifestyle emoticon

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I've banished 10.2 lbs in 4 weeks!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Short & sweet tonight!

I weighed in at 208.8 lbs this morning for a loss of 10.2 lbs since beginning SP on 8/11/10! I'm very pleased with my results thus far & plan to continue doing what I've been doing! So, I have walked today. I've had my water. I've tracked my food & I'm pretty much on target for the day! And I've checked in often with SP!


For now, I'm going to keep doing what I've been doing, 'cause it's working! How's the saying go?

...If it ain't broke, don't fix it! I think that's it!

emoticon Life is good & I'm gonna keep Sparkin!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

PARKERB2 9/9/2010 12:11PM

    emoticonDon't you just love it when a plan comes together.

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MOTIVATED@LAST 9/8/2010 8:17PM

    That's great work!

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ANGELETTE 9/8/2010 6:56PM

    emoticon Rose! Great job! emoticon

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JANETK53 9/8/2010 6:04PM

  emoticon emoticonTaking it One Day At A Time is the way to go...keep up the good work....IT'S emoticonI agree with the, if it ain't broke, don't fix remark too! You Go Girl!
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CDGOLDILOCKS 9/8/2010 5:59PM

    Great job!

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A Diamond In The Rough!

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

When I think about how far I've come since joining SparkPeople on 8/11/10, I realize just how far I'd fallen when it comes to my overall health & well-being. I was a BIG couch potato... & I was always either stress eating or eating out of boredom. At times, I couldn't find the right food to satisfy my cravings, so I would just eat & eat until either I was stuffed or it was time to go to bed. I'm NOT kidding! My portions were waaayyy out of control! Sometimes I would have seconds or even thirds! The foods I ate were often loaded with fat, heavy duty with carbs... &/or high in calories...non of which were any good for my body! I was embarrassed by my weight & hid my body w/long jackets or cover up shirts. Oh, like no one could tell I was overweight! (eyes rolling)

Well, this is ALL in the past! Since I've joined SP, my life has changed...& for the better! I now choice carefully what I eat & log it dutifully. I eat when I'm hungry. I move my body off the couch EVERYDAY! And I ENJOY it! I now look forward to each & every day! I am proud of what I've accomplished thus far...& know that I'm on a path that will take me to where I want to go! A healthier & fit me! I'm a diamond in the rough! Oh, watch me shine!

Catch me if you can! emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JANETK53 9/8/2010 8:13AM

  I feel like I wrote this blog in my head, but never put it into words..... emoticon

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XELADNAJT 9/7/2010 9:30PM

    Keep up the great work. Your positive attitude is inspiring! My issue is with portion control as well. Now that I am tracking, I can see just how much I was eating before. Totally eye opening.

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TRACKMOM64 9/7/2010 6:18PM

    Wonderful. It's awesome just to sit back and acknowledge baby steps we've made over time. Congratulations on the positive steps you've taken to improve your health. emoticon

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Aspirations & Desires!

Monday, September 06, 2010

I aspire to be in excellent health & physically fit! The things I'm doing currently to accomplish this are:

1. Monitoring all that I eat.
2. Making better choices by selecting more wholesome & nutritious foods.
3. I am eating to live...not living to eat!
4. Perform some type of activity to move my body everyday!

I desire BETTER health! I desire LONGEVITY! I desire a sense of WELL-BEING!

I am RESPONSIBLE for my body & I WILL take care of myself! I am the ONLY one that can give me the lifestyle I desire, & I must EARN IT everyday! I banish the old....& welcome the new! An enthusiastic & motivated me! A healthier & fit me! Oh yeahhhhhhhhhhhh! I am on my way!

Catch me if you can! emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

WINFIELD28 9/7/2010 4:22PM

    This is really good! You said it all so well!
Have a great week!
Thank you...I just received a Spark Goodie from you.
You are so kind!

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PITLOCK 9/7/2010 2:31PM

    This is great we should all be so motivated! emoticon

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SWEETCHARITY79 9/6/2010 10:12PM

    You know what you need to do! You will get there!


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CERIUSLY 9/6/2010 7:23PM

    Great Plan! emoticon

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SIXTEES 9/6/2010 7:19PM

    You got it!

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XELADNAJT 9/6/2010 7:02PM

    This is great!

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Taking responsiblity for me!

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Busy these last couple of days w/lots going on!

Been thinking....& I've decided to recommit my desire for a healthier lifestyle EVERYDAY! So, today I vow to take responsiblity for myself & take care of me!! Today I vow to track my food! Today I vow to perform some type of activity & MOVE my body! Today I vow to eat reasonably & nutritiously! Today I vow to drink my water! Today I vow to give support to others as we pursue the quest for a better life! Today I vow to spread the spark! Today I vow!

Catch me if you can! emoticon


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