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What would YOU do?

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Okay, here's the situation... I try really hard not to judge people, but whenever I see someone who is much larger than myself, I can’t help but stand a little straighter and suck in my stomach. Then, I think to myself, “I REALLY need to get my butt in gear!” So, I got to wondering how other people react. I know that everybody has struggles in their lives. I also realize that for some people, they may have medical issues or some other reason that they can not lose weight or continue to gain regardless of what they have tried. But I am also smart enough to know that they are not entirely blameless either. They may not want to admit it, but every person has SOME control over their body. It may not be as much as they would like, or need, but they still have some. I genuinely want to help but I also fear that the person might not appreciate my spreading the Spark in their direction. So… do you Spark them any way and hope for the best, or do you just go about your business?
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  • TINYC887
    i tell ppl who ask about weight loss or if ppl are looking at diet books.
    2962 days ago
    A lot of times I keep my mouth shut, however there are times if someone is with me (like my friend) I start "talking" to them about my weight loss. A lot of times the person who I was hoping to Spread the Spark to will ask me how I do it and it is an opportunity to share without seeming like I am trying.
    2962 days ago
    Hi Carri,

    Only if the conversation comes up with someone I know who perhaps comments on my weight loss will I share about SP. Or for example awhile back one of my co-workers was lamenting about her daughter and how incredibly overweight she had gotten. I knew it would not be rude to do so, I "Sparked" her with information about SP as well as gave her the website.

    As for strangers in the store or out in public, especially restaurants I look at what they are eating (I really do!!). I know it took me forever to become educated on how and what to eat as far as healthy and it is a continually evolving lesson, because you can never not learn enough!

    But then again when I see a morbidly obese or super heavy person that little devil that sits on my shoulder on occasion just whispers in my ear ...yes indeed...that person is why MY health insurance is so high!!
    2963 days ago
    Thank you ADVENTUREGIRL! I think I have my answer... I will just stock up on Spark wear and then when people ask me about it, I will have my dialogue ready for them. That is an EXCELLENT idea!!!
    2963 days ago
    I would NEVER approach a person about their weight unsolicited. I consider that rude..just my opinion. I know that people already know what they should do, believe me. I knew what I should do before I lost weight..I just didn't have the strength, sometimes no motivation, but I still would not have taken kindly to anyone offering unasked for advice. I have found since I have been on this journey that when people see you becoming successful, they will ask you and THEN you can offer help. Otherwise, I wouldn't.
    2963 days ago
    I've been in that situation a few times!! I'll only spread the Spark if I know the person really well. I'll try to fit it somewhere in the conversation. Its easiest when someone comments on my weight loss and then its an easy conversation starter, but if its a stranger in the store, I don't even approach the subject. I really don't know their life situation or what kind of day they have had, so I don't want to ruin their day by them thinking that I am telling them that they need to lose a few lbs. I do plan on getting a Spark shirt or hoodie, not sure which, but if I wear it to the store and someone asks me or says hey I've heard about that site, what do you think? I'll have no problem going into details.
    2963 days ago
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