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Healthy Habit vs. Addiction


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Well, I decided that if I balance out my day and don't sit around so much, I would feel better about spending some time every day on SP. It is such a part of my life by now, close to every day for 10 months, that I'm attached to it. I will work more on being an encouragement to others instead of doing it all for me and what I want to get out of it. It's important to me to be helpful to others and this is one place that my help is useful and can actually have an impact.

Maybe instead of looking at it as an addiction, I can look at it as a healthy habit. Smoking is a habit (I don't smoke) and also can be an addiction. But it's an unhealthy habit. Eating junk food in front of the tv at night is a habit that is not healthy, but being on SparkPeople every day is a healthy habit, if it isn't excessive. I think what I have to watch out for is those feelings of disappointment that come when I'm hoping for more SP emails or comments on my activity. That's just self-focused and leads to unwarranted feelings of sadness.

Thank you all for encouraging me on my last blog. Each of you had helpful things to say. I hope to help you if you ever need to be pulled along in your daily decisions about your goals and plans for health.

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KATD13 6/13/2012 4:46PM

    I have often thought I might be spending to much time on SparkPeople. However, I do have a loss of almost 40 pounds to show for it. Finding SP was extremely important, in my weight loss. But it was only one piece of the puzzle. I did need to actually workout to lose weight. Just being on SP was not enough.




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BLUE42DOWN 6/13/2012 3:55PM

    Very nice way of distinguishing the healthy habit versus addiction for you.

Not just SparkPeople, but for me the two key differences are:

1) How do I feel if I'm deprived? Do I simply do something else or do I get frantic?
2) Can I stand up and walk away to do something more important?

With the first, if my emotions are upset, anxiety, if I'm antsy and hitting refresh often just hoping for a new result - I'm too involved. It's not just a habit, it's an addiction or obsession.

With the second, it's a matter of priorites. If I'm consistently losing sleep, skipping on relationship-building with family and friends, missing or slacking on work (*coughs and gets back to work in 6 minutes when her lunch ends*), then it's not as healthy a habit as I want to tell myself.

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NEWLIFEINBAMA 6/13/2012 3:24PM

  Afternoon,

I'm very new to SP and right now I am probably in the selfish mode of needing encouragement. I actually posted to my blog today asking for encouragement. I live alone and don't have much contact with the outside world so it is easy for me to procrastinate and I am going to experience some major changes in my life by the end of the year. I am going to graduate with my MS in Emergency Management and I will be looking for a new job in that field which is going to be a career change for me. That is exciting and scary for me all at the same time. I have wanted to begin an exercise program for a long time and have found many excuses for not doing so. I made the decision last week to end that ruthless cycle. Today is my 3rd day of tracking my process on SP and I can see how it can be consuming. I am also going to have to find a way to monitor my time on SP along with everything else I have going on. Perhaps we can help each other. Good luck to you.

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_JODI404 6/13/2012 3:13PM

    I truly believe that being on SP every day is good for me. It keeps health and fitness at the forefront of my mind and I get such inspiration from my SparkFriends and reading some truly awesome blogs.

Like everything, you have to find a healthy balance that works for you. Hopefully when you weigh out pros/cons of your time spent.. your benefits far outweigh any costs. Some days I can put more into it than others.. it's about doing what you can, and being OK with that! There should be no expectations on you.... you just do what works for you!

If it becomes too much, just spend 5 mins to spin the wheel, track water, fitness and veggies and logoff. Take a short Spark break if you feel burn out.

I would hate to see you leave, and hope that you are finding a way to work it out that works for you! This is about community, but ultimately it is about you ~ your health and healthy lifestyle!

Wishing you the best! I think you already are an awesome, very supportive SparkFriend!!

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