“THINGS SPARK HAS TAUGHT ME” - What are five important things you have learned about health, nutrition, fitness, or yourself since joining Spark?
I haven't learned a lot about health, nutrition or fitness from Spark people I knew a LOT about it before I joined and also I use a lot of resources for information. I have learned quite a lot about MYSELF.
1, I HAVE STRESS. I knew I had a somewhat stressful life and a very small stress threshhold - partly due to illnesses that causes stress both physically and mentally. I did NOT realize how much daily living stressed me out and how much it affects my eating habits. I totally started mindlessly eating last week because 1) I was pmsing and didn't realize it cause I was early and 2) my baby neice is teething and kept screaming at me. I can't tolerate loud noises and between my bi-polar issues (where I'm ultra sensative to noise) and my fibromyalgia (that causes the same supersensativity) and my herniated discs/nerve issues are definitely lowering my stamina for stress.
2, I EAT EMOTIONALLY. I did not know that I did, but having actually kept track (due to doing the Spark Mind Over Body Challenge. I knew I ate during PMS but I wasn't aware of how much my emotions affect my ability to stay on track.
3, I have a LOT of negative talk in my head. I thought I was really good about staying mentally positive (especially being that I have clinical depression, bi-polar, and chronic pain) but I do not. The worst thing is, and how stupid is this?, I berate myself for having negative thoughts!! Talk about cyclic stinky thinkin.
4, I have a LOT bigger support network than I ever thought. The folks on SP really ARE wonderful support. I do not have much (read any) real face to face support (my friends are all about telling me what to do and my family is all about either ignoring me or telling me what I shouldn't be doing and should be doing and lecturing) and the folks, especially on the A&I site, are great support.
5, Okay, I didn't learn this on Spark but it certainly reinforced it... PEOPLE KNOW A LOT MORE THAN DOCTORS. It was from this site that I learned I have fibromyalgia. It was this site that got me on the right meds for it. It was this site that told me that no I wasn't crazy when I said my cramps were not made up and they HAD to be physically induced (come to find out it's from fibro - I have asked everyone from my massage therapists to my pain management doc and they all had a different reason that made no sense and my rheumotologist (who diagnosed the FM) said yes the cramps ARE from fibro).
The 6th thing I learned is SP is a LOT cheaper (and better) that therapy!! :)