I have been thinking about this for a long time. Is it time to step down as Leader of one of the teams I lead, The 50 Pound Challenge? I have so many mixed emotions. I originally started this team with Lady Sunbeam who is no longer on Spark People. It was created because she needed help and accountability to lose weight and to do it now. That now was in the middle of the summer back when I 1st joined Spark People with what I call the Eating Season being right around the corner. You know that dreaded time period, from Halloween through Christmas. You are constantly bombarded by candy and other goodies calling your name. You have huge family dinners for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Some even do a major Christmas Eve spread. Don't forget all of the holiday parties in between, it is a dieter's nightmare. we motivated and supported each other to navigate away from those foods. We rocked as a team back then. Pounds were melting away.
Anyways back to the present. We have people joining left and right so there is a need for this team. BUT, and yes but in caps they join and for the most art that is it. The participation is limited.
We have a Weight Loss Challenge that runs twice a year. The goal is to lose 50 pounds during the 6 month segment it runs and for each 10 pounds lost they receive a Team Goodie. We also have an Alternate Challenge for those who do not have 50 pounds to lose or do not wish to participate in a weight loss challenge.
The participation on either of these challenges is very sparse. The Team does not appear on paper to be losing weight. Hopefully they are and just not sharing that info with us.
I do love my team mates and we are more like one big happy family. Those that do participate are very honest and they do post even when they gain for the month. Now that is accountability! I am proud of them for that!
Unfortunately, more are posting gains than losses. We have a team thread that is a sticky and called Weight Loss Struggles.
It is not being utilized. If the team is not losing then why aren't they using the tools within the team to help them on their journey?
Don't get me wrong we do have some that participate either daily or on a regular basis. Those that do, the support and motivation is incredible. I just had a team member visit my Spark Page and leave me a beautiful message thanking me for what i do. It brought tears to my eyes because I am so frustrated because I don't think it is enough. (I'm not doing enough) I feel as though I am failing my team.
Is the answer, that Yvonne needs to step down as leader? Evidently I am not impacting their journey or helping them. This upsets me because I do care about my teams and Spark People as well. I feel responsible they are not losing the weight.
The answer is that diets do not work. Lifestyle changes are the answer. You have to follow a plan you can live with for the rest of your life. Exercise is included in this as well. We Team Leaders have stressed many times that everyone needs to get back to the basics. Spark people gives us fabulous free tools and they should be using them. Use your Nutrition Tracker, use your Fitness Tracker, track your water as there is a spot to do that as well.
I do realize I am impacting lives here on Spark People because many are joining the other teams I co-lead. For that I am happy, it is my way of paying it forward for what Spark People has done for me. I know a major part of my success is because of the support and motivation I get from my fellow Sparkers.
This Team as a whole needs to reset and refocus! I posted a thread in the team today. It was a blog by FITSPOGUY, "50 ways to hit your goal weight, remember them!" It is an excellent blog and something that would help the team to reset and refocus their journey. One person responded, another Team Leader. I am now banging my head against the wall!
Here is the link because it is as I said an excellent blog:
I don't know what else to do. Is stepping down the right thing to do? If not how do I breathe life back into my team?
What to do, what to do?