Its the end of day 7 on my "spark journey." Over the course of the week I have heard inspiring stories, heartbreaking stories, stories of failure, of success, of giving up, of holding on and of blood, sweat and tears pouring from the very hearts and souls of some members. And I noticed a trend....
The people who are trying to lose weight for themselves, are certainly struggling less. The people who are here because someone doesnt accept them the way they are, are struggling to carry a load much heavier than some extra stored food. The rewards for the first group of people include confidence, self respect, self gratification and usually something they have wanted for a while (new shoes, new jeans, ect.)
The rewards for the second group only come as a bag of empty shells. The people who tell them to lose weight ask for more pounds to be shed, more hours put into fitness or less food to be eaten, they are led on by hope and thought of love, not the reality of it, they are led on by words as empty as the persons heart who feeds it to them, and instead of self gratification and the feel-goods of working toward a healthier being, they are left to wallow in the neglectful, uncaring hands of people who should lift them up the most.
So, if you want to lose weight, and be healthier, its YOUR body, its YOUR life. be selfish, you should do it for YOU
I tell you this as an observation, and as hopefully a message: this site is called SparkPeople, i believe its more than a name, we look to each other to lean on, and fall on sometimes, in this walk for our own better healthy selves, but when you are carrying your spark, dont forget to help light or relight someone elses.