Monday, August 27, 2012
I started SP on 2008 ... 8/31/08, to be exact. I was looking for some 'help' in my weight loss/fitness goals. It was right after my birthday - ... and I wanted to/needed to lose some weight and get fit. I actually came across this site quite by accident and decided to give it a try. Even though I signed up on 8/31/08 , didn't really 'begin' my SparkJourney until 9/28/08 (right after the Labor Day holiday).
I had great success with SparkPeople - I lost about 24 lbs. all together. I had lost weight and gained some again - but ... I actually did the best when I found the 5% Challenge Teams. The group that I was placed with became known as 'The Firecrackers'. We were AWESOME. We chatted with each other, supported each other and became really good 'cyber friends'. They were my support team . . . they were constantly with my on this journey. The Firecrackers would celebrate with me when there were things to celebrate and would even lift me up when things weren't going so well. We were there for each other for the good times and the bad ... cheered for each other when one of us reached a goal; checked in with each other when someone was MIA for a few days ... sent get well wishes when one of us were ill/going through tests, etc. and sent words of sympathy when a team mate suffered a loss. The friendship and motivation that this group shared was really very special.
However, not unlike real life ... the challenges have changed. They still have AWESOME weekly challenges to help you with lifestyle changes ... they have wonderful team mates to help you stay motivated ... there are still some old friendships and I actually have made new friends along the way . . . but I'm not sure what is 'missing' for me.
Actually, if I'm REALLY honest with myself, the 'missing' ingredient is ME! The obvious thing is that out of the 24 lbs. I originally wanted to lose, I have managed to pack on some more lbs again and now I have 10-14 lbs. to lose. I really, REALLY want to get a handle on this 'funk' that I seem to be in ... I really need to find my way back to eating healthier and I need to find my way back to taking good care of me!
I know what I need to do ... I need to focus AND re-commit. I know this because these are some of the things that I have learned on my SparkJourney. I need to find a way to bring that 'missing ingredient' (ME!) back to the 'party' ... I know that once I focus and re-commit, I'll be back on track ... back on this healthy lifestyle journey.