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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...
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  • S318830
    That's so great that you were able to hold a talk about SparkPeople at work. Spread those Sparks baby!
    2831 days ago
    All I can say is wooohooo!
    2833 days ago
    So nice to be able to share with others and give them that motivation. Even if you touch just one person, that is what it is all about!

    Nice job!
    2834 days ago
    Everybody has their own journey, their own way to make it work... if the kick in the pants way works for you, more power to ya, bud!
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    Hope the pills work to get you moving again!
    2834 days ago
    PS: Get well soon!!!

    2834 days ago
    ~on with the business of living then...great thoughts. Sometimes I get so caught up in my head noise that I am not in my body and therefor not moving. Good points. BTW: congratulations on good work, healthy living, and spreading the Spark. You are an awesome example!!! Have a great night! Karen Ellen

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    2834 days ago
    So true Don. I know many times when I am faced with the decision of being sedentary or get on with my program, I usually have give myself "THE TALK" and it puts me back in perspective. Some of these days I make myself look at pictures of me before my journey and that is all it takes. I know I don't want to go back to being THAT Rebekah.
    2834 days ago
    Great post, Don! I heartily agree about the Dutch Uncle lecture and often wish my well meaning, kindhearted friends would give me that instead of petting me and saying "oh it's so tough you had your reasons for xyz." I think most of the time we probably need to be kicked OUT of that "it's okay to fail" zone which can really set us up for more failure if we are not careful. My 2 cents...

    2835 days ago
    I really like this saying that I found on someone's spark page... I wish I could remember who.

    It's hard to be fat
    It's hard to lose weight
    It's hard to maintain
    Pick your hard.

    2835 days ago
    Thanks Don...your straight line motivation continues to help me push on. I'm getting on with the business of living today.
    2835 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/13/2010 8:18:38 AM
    I tend to like the mostly positive comments, but once in a while it's true - you need that proverbial "kick in the pants" to get yourself started!
    2835 days ago
    Don....I hope you realize what a difference you are making in the lives of many, many people. You have truly found your path in this lifetime.

    Suz : )
    2835 days ago
    Wow, what a post! You covered everything I've learned in the past year. Yes, I do kick myself in the butt every now and then or the pity party will never end.

    You had an amazing day! You make a great ambassador for SP.

    Hope the antibiotics work quickly. Ear infections are a pain, no pun intended.

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    2835 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    sorry to hear about the ear infection..............take care....blessings and hugs.....lita

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    2835 days ago
  • FRECKS96
    ugh, thumbs down on the antibiotics but YAY for a great day of spreading the Spark! I need to just yell at myself sometimes too, and I always feel better after I do what I was resisting. Keep on Sparking!
    2835 days ago
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