Leaving a Spark Team - keeping only what works
Saturday, September 24, 2011
to one of my Spark Teams today. Kinda sad because I only joined it a week ago. But as I'm taking stock and setting up my goals and evaluating, I realized a couple things:
1) It might be tied to a hobby / interest of mine, but it's not one that connects well with healthy living, weight loss, etc.
2) The hobby is an online game, one that many consider grindy. The Team, at least the idea visible through quite a few threads, was treating their exercise/meals similarly - as if it was a grind only being done for the loot, the end reward. That's not how I view either the game or the process I'm going through.
3) It was mostly a ghost town. In one week I think I saw 2, maybe 3, other people post once apiece, and maybe 2 blogs show up from members. Now maybe a week is too short to judge, but given the first two points, I realized it wasn't providing what I wanted to join teams for.
I've joined two other Spark Teams since I joined that one. One is very much my mindset (**Positive Sparkers**) and the other is for the 5k Walk Training Program. Both more active and both more filled with other motivated people. My age group + pounds to lose group also has active members and motivation.
It felt momentarily awkward to be giving up on a SparkTeam so quickly, but if I'm really going to do this long-term, I need to be willing to strip away what isn't helping me and keeping (and supporting) what does help.
(Final comment on this - I am NOT a social networking / FB kind of person. I will never add people or Teams just to see lots listed. Yes, I'd like to make friends in the long run, but I want them as real as an online interaction can make them - not just names I read a blog by once that I liked. I know ... I'm weird sometimes. =P )