A Decision Long in Coming
Sunday, June 24, 2012
I have been torturing myself trying to reach a conclusion as to how to handle things. I have not been MIA on Spark People but then again I have. I rarely have time to blog anymore. I do log on every day and try to get the basic Sparking in like my Nutrition Tracker, Fitness Tracker, Daily Huddle with my teams. This past week was really bad as I only just got caught up with my Friend Feed yesterday and I discovered that the last time I addressed anything on my Friend Feed was over 5 days ago.
I am putting in over 60 hours a week at work. I am in the Mortgage Industry and the rates are ridiculously low so I am super busy. Not complaining though as I had been laid off for almost a year and a half. I still get up at 5 AM so I can workout, 2 hours daily before work and on the weekend at my leisure. By the end of the day I am usually stressed out and therefore exhausted. It’s mental exhaustion but it usually leaves me with little desire to Spark. I just want to chill out and decompress.
The answer is not to take a Spark Break as others have done. I know deep in my heart my success on my weight loss journey is because of Spark People. It is the motivation that I get from my Spark Buddies that has helped me stay on track. It is one reason I take my Friend Feed seriously. Your Friend Feed is one way that you can offer support and motivation. Your Friend Feed tells you your Spark Buddies accomplishments and their blogs tell you how they are doing. I have not had enough time to read many of those blogs. Sorry!
Taking a Spark Break would probably see me spiral backwards. I know I am a Foodaholic and I know that no Sparking would send me spiralizing backwards.
I cannot leave Spark People but I must cut back dramatically. I have left some teams and I will be leaving another at the beginning of July. It is one that started but it is a now almost a defunct team. We were so active for the 1st year and the weight loss we achieved as a team was incredible. Sad to say this team’s Weight Loss Challenge showed a Team Weight Loss of 18 pounds for the month of May. That is pathetic! There is not that much participation anymore, the Chat Room being semi-active.
I’ve tried breathing life back into the team. The Team definitely needs a reboot and refocus but I have failed in motivating them to do so. It is time to step down as Leader. Maybe someone else taking the reins will lead them forward.
Diets do not work but lifestyle changes do. I know I am on the right path for me on my journey to a healthier me with following a Raw Food Lifestyle. My Green Smoothie Team, Organic Gardening Team, and Vegetarian Team all support the direction I am going so I will be keeping those teams and my Raw Foodies Team is a no brainer; that is my lifeline!
Spark People is my lifeline as well. Yup, trimming the fat (pun intended) so to speak is the right decision.