Keeping the SPARK Alive!
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
I thought I would pass along one of my motivational strategies for folks to consider. On one of my SparkTeams a relative newcomer posted for suggestions on how to stay motivated. Many positive ideas were offered such as being kind to oneself, forgiving oneself, taking baby steps, etc. All of the suggestions were great, but I remember taking a different tack. Still use this now & then...! Here's my post:
Okay, everyone else has given great POSITIVE advice and these are SO IMPORTANT but...(and what follows is said with the UTMOST of respect, kindness and caring)
Sometimes I know in the past I have needed to take action more like fetching my own switch, i.e. Here's what works for me when I want to give up: I give myself the Dutch Uncle, 2 x 4, kick-in-the-pants talk:
So you're tired of all this working out, you crave all the food that will keep you fat? You want to give up and throw in the towel? Then you must not be sick and tired enough of being sick and tired...you must want some MORE of that... RIGHT?
It all boils down to that wise quote from the Shawshank Redemption (paraphrased): Either you gotta get on with the business of LIVING or you gotta get on with the business of DYING.
Kinda boils one's choices down to the bare essentials and for ME it makes it a little easier to PUSH myself through the rough spots until, in time, yep: the old SPARKS are FLYING AGAIN!
On another note...another newbie sent me a really positive SparkMail chock FULL of compliments which got me thinking about how MOTIVATING it is to be here sharing with all of you. Here is what I wrote back:
"I'm always surprised, honored and more than a bit 'aw shucks' when someone outside of my circle of SparkTeams stops by to compliment me. It truly means so much! Another example of how we all pay it forward, inspire others who inspire us and the positive cycle continues and ripples through our SparkFamily!"
AND on another note yet again...
Today back at the state psychiatric hospital where I work (but as a shared staff, not in the hospital itself, but out in the community) I returned today for a lunchtime teleconference. I'm not usually one to bother with such things but today's topic was about obesity and weight surgery. Well! Old home day! Time to head back up to my stomping grounds and Spread a little SPARK! :-)
After the program was over I gave a little talk about SparkPeople, handed out a few flyers and told them how much it has meant to me to be a part of this wonderful online health and wellness community and shared a bit about my weight loss. Some at the conference knew me during my "dark" days of life-threatening obesity and offered compliments along the lines of "if your success is any indication of what SparkPeople has to offer you can count me in!"
I followed up later in the day with e-mails to folks including various links to SparkPeople, my SparkPage, etc.
Super day of paying it forward....! Doing these kind of things are SO motivating for me!
Everyone keep on SPARKING and SHARE your SPARK! It's great for others AND for yourselves!
ps...yep, I'm on antibiotics for my ear infection yet again...sigh...