As a Team Leader I felt I needed to review this revamped SP program! I believe everyone should try it.
I feel that structure is good, especially when you are committing to goals that affect your life. Of course, since I didn't give it a thought before I came to SP, I was clueless on any kind of path to take. Thankfully, DSSECRETS led me here and I could go to her with a lot of questions. (But she didn't have all the answers.) I started to realize that I was changing my lifestyle, and had to learn to change.
SparkCoach gets you on track to begin a routine. That is critical to success. I believe that daily commitment is essential. You go through the sequence of stages and it builds a good foundation. You key on that foundation and stay with it.
Visualization sets the stage for a solid foundation. See the dream See your goals. You state your goals and it formulates a program.
You learn tracking, another major step that will take you to achieving your goals. (I believe, as I've said in the past.) that SparkPoints could be looked at as a primary checklist for your daily routine.
And you become active in the community. I found that motivation, inspiration and support comes from the community. You develop virtual friendships that quite possibly become real time meetings. It also offers up a lot of challenges that you might never had considered in your life. To try, no matter what, is to give yourself a chance to go where you've never thought to go. (I call it "finding the warrior within.") I would never have tried to run at 60 had it no been for one particular SparkFriend! I became educated by others who embraced the run and shared resources to further educate me.
Personally, it took me longer to figure some of this out because4 I did not use a "SparkCoach" program. I hear it too frequently that others are lost, can't find their way to answers, and are overwhelmed by the SparkPeople site. SparkCoach will open a lot of doors for new members and those that have either been here a while, dropped off, or just lost focus. The program will bring you back into the groove.
No matter what, I say embrace the program. I believe that if you fight it, you are looking for excuses to fail! Accept the personal challenge and have fun with it. Life is so much more better on the journey to becoming a healthier you. For me, it's a lot more fun traveling with all of my SparkFriends! I wish you all the best, be strong, and be well!