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From Funk to Spark

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Today I woke up in a blue funk. This happens sometimes, especially when I am exhausted. I use the acronym H.A.L.T.- Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired. These aren't the only status checks I take, but just saying "HALT" reminds me to stop and evaluate my mood.

Usually I am able to make the necessary changes, but today I struggled to elevate my attitude. I no longer tolerate wasted days so I decided to log back onto Spark. I looked at my friend feed and responded to a motivating blog by a friend who is preparing for a 1/2 marathon. I told her I would get up off my duff and take a short run. I did just that at 6 p.m. After my run, I found a blog by another friend who was having difficulty motivating herself to stay on track today. I responded to her blog by relating to her "funk" and sending some encouraging words.

By 7 p.m. I had been Sparked! I felt so much better and I owe it all to Sparkpeople (and a very tolerant and supportive husband).

Thank you, my friends, for always being a positive and honest force in my life.

Hugs,
Leslie

I was even Sparked to notice a wild flower beginning to bloom in our lemon tree barrel..........
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  • SALEX52
    Great tool. I'll try to use HALT as well. I love how you use other people's blogs to motivate you--I think I'll try that (actually, I think I just did!).
    1591 days ago
  • KANOE10
    I liked your blog..Halt is a good hook to use to get yourself out of a funk and aware of your feelings. I liked it because I often tell myself I am hungry and need ffod when I am tired..also I tend to ignore the anger beneath it.

    I liked your article on your other blog it was excellent.

    I am a teacher also..and wish you luck in thee last weeks of school. The kids are getting crazy!

    Good for you working your way out of a funk and seeing the beauty in life.




    1602 days ago
  • _CYNDY55_
    I'm glad you are no longer feeling blue!
    Happiness
    emoticon emoticon
    is all around ❤You❤ emoticon Look at your beautiful wild flower!
    1604 days ago
  • LITTLEBO
    It is so true that by giving (support) we get more than we give. You proved that today.
    1605 days ago
  • JUDIGIRL52
    I agree! SP is a wonderful tool given by the Lord. I noted your comment that you no longer tolerate wasted days. That reveals such determined wise living and grit. I really respect that about you and I know you don't say it lightly. Have a wonderful week as we approach the end of this school year. No wasted days!
    1605 days ago
  • CURLYHEAD1
    Great words, beautiful photo. Thank you for the goodie you sent recently, as well. You are a great cheerleader to have on anyone's team! emoticon
    1605 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/6/2012 10:03:41 PM
  • AUDYBEE
    Thanks for sharing how you overcame your blue funk, Leslie emoticon Very encouraging reminder happiness is created, not waited for emoticon
    1605 days ago
  • SHERRY666
    YUP SPARK HAS CHANGED MY LIFE... AT THE BEGINNING I WAS TRYING TO LOSE WEIGHT..... BUT LEARNT SO MUCH MORE ABOUT FOODS EXERCISE ETC......AND GOT MUCH MORE HEALTHY.......... I COULDN'T HAVE DONE ANY OF IT WITHOUT MY SPARK FRIENDS...... ALL THE ENCOURAGEMENT AND POSITIVE VIBES.......THIS PLACE IS CONTAGIOUS..... SO GLAD YOUR SMILING AGAIN LESLIE..... LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO BE IN A FUNK..... THOSE FLOWERS ARE BEAUTIFUL.. AND MY FAVORITE COLOR.... emoticon
    1605 days ago
  • CHEVY_CHICK95
    It always is nice to hear I'm not the only one who has bad days... thanks for the inspiration!
    1605 days ago
  • AWESOMECAROL55
    Yep...pay it forward. You can't keep it unless you give it away!! Not a day goes by that one of my Spark friends does not inspire me!! Thanks for sharing!!

    hugs..Carol
    1605 days ago
  • SHEILA-45
    Thx for lifting me up out of that blue funk yesterday. Encouraging words, understanding, and a little nudge from time to time keeps me going.

    Hope your day gets brighter! Take Care Friend~ emoticon
    1605 days ago
  • AJDOVER1
    Beautiful thoughts and beautiful flowers! Thanks!
    1605 days ago
  • BETHGILLIGAN
    YAY!! Glad you're feeling better! I hate blue funk days!
    1605 days ago
  • YDAVIS23
    When I was starting out I didn't really get why it was SO important to have a community along the way until I became a part of the community - duh, it works! I, too, feel so fortunate to be inspired and supported by this awesome group.
    1605 days ago
  • TRAVELGRRL
    I couldn't agree with you more...Spark is a place of positivity and honesty, and couldn't the whole world do with a little more of that?

    I am inspired every day by the successes and struggles of the good, ordinary people of the world that make Spark their online home! I know it has certainly enriched my life.


    1605 days ago
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