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.