Saturday, September 15, 2012
My Spark story began over three years ago. I became a member on July 22, 2009. It's hard to believe, but I actually remember the precise moment when I found SparkPeople. I was at my wits end disgusted with how successful I felt I was with life, and yet how unsuccessful I was with weight loss. I was married, had two beautiful children, had been with my company for just over 28 years, had a successful part-time job being super creative. And yet I was an overweight child, overweight teen, overweight bride, overweight mom . . . and over the years the weight had just kept piling up.
I was miserable. I was sitting right here at this computer cabinet, although it was about eight feet away in another corner of the room, and I was facing east as I found it, where today I am facing north. I spent several months being very successful.
I cannot pinpoint why I left. I think that life had a way of ganging up on me. In the time since joining Spark, I've had sibling loss times two. With that came failure at the scale, and failure at being healthy. And somehow, it felt like failure at Spark. And so I did not go back to Spark. When I made the decision to go back and do something, I chose Weight Watchers for that avenue.
Here is some reality . . . they may have a great program, but their website and sense of community are no where near SparkPeople.
If I had to list the top three things that SparkPeople has given me, it would be the tools for success, the continuous learning and education of healthy ways, and the incredible sense of community and spirit of it's members.
I came back to SparkPeople only recently to be a part of the Biggest Loser Challenge and the Rockin' Red team. Being back is like home. But this time, I hope to stay.