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I'm Leaving

Friday, April 09, 2010

I often wonder about people in my groups who disappear from the SP radar. I worry about them and hope they are okay. I wonder if they met their goals and stopped SP or if they gave up completely.

That being said is why I am writing this blog. I have been on vacation for the last week and it gave me the downtime I haven't had in almost a year to decompress and to reflect on the last year. I came to the realization that SP isn't working for me at this stage. It has become a chore that I do every day, it has lost it's spark for me and I feel pressured to complete it.

I have decided I am going to take the summer to go back to the plan I was using when I started loosing weight. Watching what I eat and my simple mileage/time/speed excel chart to track my cardio.

After summer is over I will come back to SP and hopefully be able to find the things that I once loved about SP.
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    I know what you mean about SP not working at this stage.

    I know there are people who really work the program using SP, and lose weight and keep losing weight or keep off what they lost. But, there are so many who just get so caught up in SP that it takes over their life, and then their whole program goes down the drain. After all, a sedentary life does not make for a slim and healthy body. An active life will get you further towards your goals than sitting.

    I still can't wholly disengage from SP, but have cut way back, and am making nice strides in making the changes I want to make in my life. I must say that less computer time has made for a happier, more fullfilling life. I often feel like I am missing out on something here at SP, but if I spend a lot of time here then I am missing out on living my life. I figure when the 'final day' comes it isn't gonna matter if I spent a lot of time sitting at a computer screen. It is more important I am out there in the 'real world', living the most of life while I have it. I figure there isn't enough time for everything I want / or need to do, so I really have to better set priorities. So, the time I do spend on SP I make priority. I am here briefly each day, and then I am off to live life in the 'real world'. And it is really nice.

    I think your vacation is a really good idea. You may find that you really don't want to spend too much time sitting in front of a computer either.

    2573 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/10/2010 11:56:16 PM
    I kind of relate to this "SP holidays"
    Enjoy your holidays then and take care!
    Hope you will inform us for the fine results in the future!
    2573 days ago
    I wondererd what happened to you and somehow missed this! Hope you find what you need and hope to see you again!
    2574 days ago
  • K10BFIT
    Sorry I've missed this post too! I look forward to hearing from you again and hope the time away is good to you.
    2595 days ago
    Take care of yourself and I hope you find what you need :)
    2596 days ago
  • JUNEBUG1944
    Good luck to you! Come back soon!
    2599 days ago
    Amy, we are definitely going to miss you around here. You should still have my personal email. I hope you will keep in touch. It may not be the daily contact we had on Spark, but I consider you a friend and hope you feel the same of me.
    2599 days ago
    Dang! I've been away from SP for the last week or so and totally missed this post! I can relate to it though, I'm finding it harder and harder to find time to log on here. I haven't logged my food in probably a month. But I do know that SP has helped me start many healthy habits, and I know I'll be keeping those up whether I have time to log on or not.

    Anyhow- you message me when you get back! :)
    2600 days ago
    I hate that I missed you. We don't know each other, but I'm also a huge Douglas Adams fan. I saw a reply on a poll question, and you had the Don't Panic logo, so I had to come see your blog. I remember listening to Hitchhiker's Guide on BBC Radio. Please look me up when you come back. Towel Day is coming up!

    2600 days ago
    A break may be just what you need :) Good luck!
    2603 days ago
    I'll miss you! I'm glad to hear that you have a plan and you're doing what is right for you. Hope to see you when you come back. Enjoy your summer!!
    2604 days ago
    Take care of yourself, sweetie!
    2604 days ago
  • NANC304
    I'm sorry that you're leaving, but I understand that you need to do what you need to do. Good luck. We'll miss you.
    2604 days ago
    I want to say I appreciate all the hard work and challenges you have done with the team, and I will miss you while you are gone. you should never feel like this is a chore or work, so hopefully a few months away will bring the spark back for ya! emoticon
    2604 days ago
    I agree that this shouldn't be a chore. Only you know what's right for you, and Sparkpeople isn't a requirement for living a healthy life. I appreciate all of your support!
    2604 days ago
    We all have to do what we have to do. I'll miss you and I thank you for the supoort you've given me in the past. I appreciate it and I need you to know that you've helped me on my journey.

    Best wishes to you! Chores are not fun - life is too short - so enjoy my friend!

    Be Peaceful & Shine On. emoticon
    2604 days ago
  • DBELLE39
    You will be missed --hope you find the success with your other weight loss plan. See you when you return!
    2604 days ago
    I hope that wherever your journey leads you, that you will be successful. I found I had to leave here for a while too once it became a chore rather than something I needed and enjoyed. I have now been back for a few months and I am enjoying it now. I hope that is the case for you, as you will be missed. But wherever the road may lead you, may you be healthy and Blessed.

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    2604 days ago
    you seem to have done well with SP but I understand if it starts to feel like a chore. I hope you reach your goals in whatever way works best for you and know that you have friends here to support you if you want to come back later! The biggest advantage I have found with SP over other things is all the great people here wanting to help me in whatever I am doing. Good luck!!!
    2604 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    I saw your blog and was sad that you are not staying a Sparker, but you know what is best for you. Not to lecture, but maybe the teams you are in just do not inspire you! I belong to a team that gets together every once in awhile, some of us visit each other..(We all live within 50 miles of each other) If there was a local team, like one in your city, could you get together with some of them to walk, share victories or goals??
    The beauty of this site is nothing is set in stone; if all you need is the food tracker or videos, so be it..
    Nuff said, but I wish you speed and good health in the new lifestyle, and hope to see your new you" pics laer on, if you choose.. Linda
    2604 days ago
    Best of luck on your journey. Getting healthy shouldn't be a chore. It's good to take a break if you feel you are just going through the motions. If your heart isn't in it and it doesn't bring you the motivation it used to, it's time to try something that will work for you. Maybe when you come back with a new perspective, like you said, you can find something that "Sparks" your interest again.
    2604 days ago
  • WAY2GO5
    We loved the pleasure of your company and wish you well on your journey to slimness. Come back refreshed and renewed! and may God bless you.

    2604 days ago
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