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Friday, August 19, 2011

Last night as I was sitting around spending my time very wisely using Sparkpeople, I came to some realizations. I really really love this site! I love it more than anything else that I do on the computer. But, I also realized that part of my problem when I am down and out, is that I do not use the full resources that Spark has to offer. Sure, I might continue to browse blogs, spin the wheel and maybe even log my food if I dare, but I run away and hide my head in shame and do not reach out to where the support really is.

I belong to some fabulous teams that I have made friends with that I could literally call my sisters. They have become a part of my life that I cannot imagine living without. It was the constant comments and goodies from these sisters while I was on my pity trip that brought me back to my senses. I would read some of the comments and look at the goodies and just start crying knowing how much these people really care about me and my journey. But, I did not reach out to these teams in my time of destress. If I would have just asked for help, I know that I would have had a multitude of responses immediately. So, why didn't I? Was I that scared of being surrounded by so much love and support and not knowing what to do with it? Or did I want to stay in my pity party for a little while (which was a good learning experience) and knew if I reached out, I would be pulled back in very quickly because my Sparkfriends love me too much to let me stay that way? I do know that if I had reached out to my Spark teams, that the pity party would not have lasted one day with my Spark sisters on my side. They would have whipped me back into my place real fast. So, please fully access your Spark teams. The people there, love you and care about you.

Secondly...blogging. Blogging is such a great way to get those feelings out there and get awesome feedback. For two weeks, I did not blog. Why? For fear that my Sparkfriends would give it to me straight and pull me back in? For fear I would be judged? I don't know exactly what was going on in my mind the last month, because I was a mess, but blogging could have saved me a lot of mental destress. I was pretty impressed Wednesday when I put up my first blog and the comments and goodies started taking over my page. Wow! No one forgot about me! They were waiting for that blog to pop up and to see my return to Spark. If that doesn't lift a girls spirit.

When was the last time I used a message board? Hmmm....I honestly do not know. Yet another great way to reach out and ask for help and get feed back. I think the message boards scare me a little because I will get replies from total strangers that are not necessarily my close Spark friends. But you know, sometimes we need an opinion from someone other than the people that we are closest to.

It's obvious that I have to learn to quit running away from Spark every time life hits me with stuff I don't want to deal with. I need to learn to use the teams, write on those message boards and blog until my eyes water out of my head. Spark is always going to be part of my life and I need to treat it as a necessary part no matter what is going on inside of me. The tools here are too wonderful to take for granted. Use them all!

Wooo! It feels good to be back to blogging! Happy Friday everyone! Have a fantastic weekend and don't forget to use the resources here at Spark!
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RUN2MYDREAMS 8/21/2011 12:40AM

    EXCELLENT blog Lisa!

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CANNOTFATHOM 8/20/2011 9:44PM

    Excellent blog Lisa! So glad you are here with us! I count you as one of MY faithful supporters :)


Penny

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DYNAMICDEB53 8/20/2011 5:53PM

    Glad you are finding your way back to a place that makes you happy and helps you really get on with your journey.
Sparks is just the best and glad it exist. We do need to use it wisely and often.
Hugs and smiles
Deb

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TINNYWINNIE 8/20/2011 10:27AM

  Excellent Blog! I can't agree with you more. There are so many ways that Sparks can help us to meet our goals and keep them. We just have to be willing to try them and continue to use them when we need them.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 8/19/2011 8:19PM

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SGTSUNNY 8/19/2011 5:40PM

    Really good blog, so true! Glad to have you back BTW! And your page looks great

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/19/2011 4:40PM

    It really is the PEOPLE here that make SP so utterly amazing; the other tools are wonderful, but it's the people we meet here that make the biggest difference. It's so easy to pull back and isolate ourselves when life throws too much at us, but that's the worst thing to do. I'm so glad you are back where you are loved, Lisa; we NEED one another to make it on this long journey!

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LESLIES537 8/19/2011 4:33PM

    Excellent blog! You couldn't be more right! Thank you for the excellent reminder to utilize the tools we are given here on Spark! emoticon emoticon

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APIRLRAIN888 8/19/2011 2:49PM

    great blog! basically my story!!!!!!!!!!!! if it wasn't for spfriend chking in on me... i would still be in my downhill spiral! love spark!!!

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FRENCHTOSD 8/19/2011 2:07PM

    Love it, Lisa. I'm as guilty as you on this one; thinking I can do everything on my own. Lucky us, to find SparkPeople!

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WENDYLEE15 8/19/2011 11:49AM

    Wonderful blog Lisa!!It's so nice to know how many people understand and care.You are so right about everything we needing being here if we just reach out and grab it.We get stubborn in our "not feeling so well" times..and try to back away.This must stop!!lol. That's when we need to be here more than ever!!.I do the same thing.Your a great friend!!So lets all just KEEP ON SPARKING!!
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AMBER281 8/19/2011 11:49AM

    That is such a great reminder of all this site and people on this site have to offer.
I am glad that you are back and if there is anything I can do just let me know!!
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BESTMEICANBE51 8/19/2011 11:40AM

    I feel the same way about Sp. It has become part of my life.

FAMILY....

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CANBDONE 8/19/2011 11:26AM

    It's my social network of choice...a one-stop shop! emoticon

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FITGRL124 8/19/2011 11:11AM

    emoticon I wish I could give you many hugs right now but you'll just have to get this one or two or three.....

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I love your new page! You are stronger than you think and yes, if you reach out - the love and friendship will come! We all struggle, get discouraged and want to give up - but the point is that you don't.

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KRITKRIT 8/19/2011 10:13AM

    I wish I could just jump thru the screen and squeeeeeeeeze you Lisa!!!!

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MISSROCKABILLY 8/19/2011 9:52AM

    This is such a great reminder of the wonderful resources here on spark, the support here really makes this site. I think we all go through periods where we are afraid to reach out to others, for a multitude of reasons, but I'm glad to see you are now and are back to blogging too. If there's anything I can do to help, just let me know!
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DSLICE418 8/19/2011 9:44AM

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Loved this- a good reminder to come here when life gets tough. Like a family!

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