Sunday, September 12, 2010
I have been a part of SparkPeople for almost two years. I can't say enough good things about this site and this community. When I first started, I was a little overwhelmed. I didn't have a lot of weight to lose. I was primarily looking for tracking tools.
So, for a long time, that's pretty much all I used on Spark. I faithfully would log my fitness minutes and usually my nutrition. After a few months, I joined a couple of teams, but I rarely commented. I was more of a lurker and a tracker.
However, within the last couple of months, I have been blogging more regularly, commenting on other members' blogs, and am even co-leader of a SparkTeam.
Wow! This has totally changed my perception of the Spark!!! I was cheating myself of the Spark and cheating others as well. There is a wealth of support out there for anyone to tap into and use for inspiration!
Guess what??? When you offer encouraging words to others, they offer them right back!!!
I still use the trackers, but I spend some time reading and commenting on members' blogs, I update my status, and I post more on my Teams' pages. It has opened up an entirely new world of Spark to me!!!
If you aren't tapped into this tremendous positive force of inspiration on the Spark, I strongly encourage you to try it! No, it doesn't have to be as consuming (or personal) as Facebook.
Just read and few blogs and post a couple of "thumbs up" emoticons on them. I can guarantee you that those little symbols will mean so much to the author! And you might even get a Spark Goodie or similar reply yourself!!!
Don't cheat the Spark!!! Spread it any way you can!!!