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Spark Teams - How Many are Enough or Too Many?

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I used to belong to many teams, but then thought I should weed some out and have fewer. Did this in order to focus. But what do you think and how do you do this... lots of teams, or just a few that you work closely with to meet goals?

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SKYEFYR 7/30/2009 11:21AM

  My main motivation with teams is what they offer. Are they really motivational? Do I actively participate in them? Are they really about topics that interest me?

I read the blogs on my team pages. I think finding spark friends through those blogs is the most important contribution a team makes for me. When I don't have a lot to post and don't find a lot of motivational blogs on a team, I'll cut it from my list.

Look closely at the teams you're on, see which ones really work for you and help you. Then handle it however works best for you!

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HICALGAL 7/30/2009 5:51AM

    just a few that i have a good connection with the members. quality over quantity works for me. emoticon

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S_HANSEN 7/29/2009 5:06PM

    I belong to about 6 teams but really only active on 1 or 2. When I first started I was in many. You just have to see what works for you and what doesn't. Good luck!!!

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MEADSBAY 7/29/2009 3:48PM

    I started out joining 10-12 and got all confused, emoticon
whittled it down to 4. emoticon
and now it's crept up to 6 again! emoticon
I hang out the most on 2 of them and just visit sometimes on the other 4.
Whatever works for you.
I think the personal connection is vitally important to our success, don't you?

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AMYMLE 7/29/2009 2:29PM

    I'm a member of 6-8 groups, but I'm active daily on 1 and about 1/week on another. I keep my other teams more as a way to let others know what I'm interested in, and if I have something come up I want to discuss with people in similar situations.

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ARTHURTOM 7/29/2009 2:04PM

    I was up to 11 at one time but chiseled it down to six.

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POUNDATATIME 7/29/2009 10:13AM

    It depends on your lifestyle. I think the important thing is to find a team that you connect with and enjoy posting on. Then the rest will come naturally.

I belong to several teams but there is only one that I'm active on. Sometimes my life is so busy that I don't have time to post on that one team.

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MRSWIGGLY6 7/29/2009 7:45AM

    It is really a personal preference. Some people like large teams and others like smaller teams. Personally I belong to a few teams but only active on two. Those are the ones that I am leader of. I do know if I wasn't leader that those would be the only ones that I would belong active in as well.


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KLEE46 7/29/2009 6:46AM

    I weed out any team where I am consistently the first poster and blogger. I have noticed some people like lots of teams, we are all different.

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CORNPICKER73 7/29/2009 6:00AM

    I think I'm a member of a few but really I only visit one regularly and another occasionally. I think one team where you find good support is plenty! Like Martmania says, otherwise it becomes too much to try to keep up with.

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MARTMANIA 7/29/2009 1:15AM

    I'm active on 2 and can barely keep up. At one point I was active on 4 and that was impossible for me. I'm thinking 1 or 2 is sufficient but depends on your interests and how much you can be on-line. Bigger teams you get lost in the shuffle, smaller teams nobody posts, so that's a hard one to figure if you're trying to "screen" teams to keep. Probably the ones you identify the most with are the ones to keep and then drop the others. I like the ones where maybe 10-15 folks are really active and then another 10-20 drop by periodically.

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Anyone Else Have this Problem w/ The Message Boards?

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

This has gone on for quite awhile, and only happens to my computer when I'm using the SP Message Board for over 10 clicks. Suddenly, it'll show about 20 blank pages/screens and lock up. It freezes my entire computer and I have to shut it down. I guess I'll not be able to use the Message Boards for over 5 clicks.

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RITAKJ1 7/31/2009 9:56AM

  I'm new to Sparkpeople...and I wanted to put in a comment on the message board, but I saw no place to 'click' to put in my comments (: emoticon

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AMYMLE 7/29/2009 2:30PM

    Sorry, no problem, no help here.

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S_HANSEN 7/28/2009 1:54PM

    I sure hope you figure this all out.. why don't you go and report it? Good luck.

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MARIE625 7/28/2009 10:20AM

    Well, I'm computer challenged and have no idea what "clicks" you are talking about, but.... Once a week or so, I have problems with the message boards. They just won't load. Well, I can get the original post, but it won't let me respond. The "reply" page just won't load. When this happens, I have to just not do anything SP related for about 5 minutes then I can go back to SP and everything works fine. Don't know why it does it, but....

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CORNPICKER73 7/28/2009 6:27AM

    I have not had that problem with SP. Very annoying!

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Reminding Myself That It's My Own Race

Monday, July 27, 2009

This is a consistent theme with me, and one I really have to work on. I am thrilled when I read the accomplishments of others' weight loss, I truly am. But after the thrill wears off, I inevitably say (for example), "she lost 60 lbs in a year," and I've only lost 33 lbs in 9 months (assuming this plateau will remain for the remainder of the year). Why is my progress so much slower? Sure, I know all of the reasons why. I also know better than to compare, but I do anyway. I've gotta get over that.

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MEADSBAY 7/29/2009 3:44PM

    This is one of my personal struggles, too.
I just keep my eye on MY prize and stroke myself for my achievements.

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S_HANSEN 7/27/2009 10:48PM

    You are doing so well... emoticonon the 33 # so far!!! This is your journey not anybody elses journey. Your journey will take a different time frame than the others you read about. Maybe you could read those blogs or articles and get the message of how they did it not how much they lost. I am sure they talk about how it happened. How they gave up pop, or started eating at home, etc... concentrate on that message and maybe just maybe you will stop the comparison. Enjoy this journey. You are so worth it.

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NOCALORIES 7/27/2009 8:02PM

    Congratulations! You have lost 33 pounds. You have achieved many goals and thank you for sharing your challenge of wanting to do more. Be happy you have this wonderful site where you can speak your thoughts and there will be a sparkperson to help you deal with the situation.

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JOURNIJAE 7/27/2009 6:44PM

  it is difficult to want to compare ourselves to others and wish it could be us.. it is a lesson in patience and to try to remember the slower we lose the easier it is to adjust ourselves to our new weight, it will happen and someday someone will look at you and wish they could be where you are in your weightloss and you will be able to enourage others to reach thier goals

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RICH530 7/27/2009 2:43PM

    Remember what you have accomplished!! You have lost 33 pounds that is great. Try to keep that positive attitude. It is always easier to say than to do but you Can do it!!!

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JAESGUY 7/27/2009 2:10PM

  Just go with your own pace and do what makes you feel good .. I wrote a blog on the subject ...We are not in a race against eachother .Be proud of your accomplishments that you achieved so far and keep up the good work...

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FLMOMX2 7/27/2009 11:52AM

    Your title says it all. Each of us have our own race and our own pace. You are doing great. Better than some and not as good as others. You are UNIQUE and SPECIAL. Have a great week.

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New Exercise Equipment

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Got myself a mini trampoline and a pedometer. Now all I have to do is take them out of the box and use them. Just read an article about why weight loss may not be working despite best efforts. One of their points is that some people need a big breakfast and they lose faster that way. That is, a big chunk of my calories at that meal. I'm going to try that. Here's a shout out to all my peeps - have a fun day full of laughter and as much joy as you can muster.

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MARIE625 7/28/2009 10:22AM

    I LOVE my pedometer. I never dreamed how important to me it would be. Just putting it on motivates me to get up off the couch. When I first started wearing it, I was averaging about 2,000 steps per day. It didin't take long to reach the recommended 10,000 steps per day and now, I frequently hit 20,000 steps per day.

Hope you enjoy yours as much as I do mine.


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ARTHURTOM 7/26/2009 5:30PM

    I often dream of building a home gym...complete with whirlpool, sauna and steam room! Ha! gotta have dreams, right? emoticon

Keep on sparkin' Jessie, you'll be in a great looking swimsuit in no time!


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How Did this Big Piece of Chocolate Cake Get In My Fridge?

Saturday, July 25, 2009

The other night, I opened my fridge and the sight of a luscious piece of chocolate cake hit me right between the eyes like a punch. I just stared at it in disbelief because I certainly didn't put it there. Turns out, a friend who'd come over (and knows I don't "do stuff like this") brought his own dessert and spared me by putting it directly in the fridge. What was the most startling of all is how much easier it is to avoid temptation when there's nothing like that in the house. No, I did not cave. Nor did I want it as much as I would have in the "old days." But it was a good reminder nonetheless. I would rather not have reminders like this... it looked delicious. (smiling)

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THEHULAMOON 7/25/2009 1:58PM

    emoticon on {{{AWESOME WILLPOWER}}}, you! YES, that is THE BEST!

I say, talk-to-the-hand with that nasty reminder sitting in the cold box, and hug those chocolate faced cuties lulling on your chocolate colored sofa, instead! How sweet they are those furry little kitties!

Thanks for the inspiration, and the chuckles, Bon

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CMARQUEZ012002 7/25/2009 12:50PM

    Good for you for avoiding temptation, mine is cookies it doesn't matter what kind just any kind of cookie, hahaha... So believe me I don't go anywhere near them. Congrats on your anniversary emoticon

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NOCALORIES 7/25/2009 12:37PM

    Well a friend gave me a chocolate cake because she had received two for her husband's B'day so that was too much to have around. I did not resist the temptation, but I am glad to say I could eat one small piece and be satisfied. This is new for me. In times past in a day I could eat half the cake one piece at a time. You are going to be at your goal soon by being willing to resist temptation. Congratulations!

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    Chocolate cake my down fall. Is not allowed in my house. I have managed to resist most of my other temptations. Yet, chocolate cake can still do me in.


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FLMOMX2 7/25/2009 11:21AM

    WOW!! Knowing that it's easier to avoid temptations than to fight them is wise indeed. Chocolate cake is a BIG temptation. Good for you.

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