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Turning Inspiration into Perspiration

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Inspiration is found easily and often when you're a Sparker. You cannot deny the inspiration read in the triumphant entries of fellow members. The many, many interests portrayed through the various teams are seductive: "Come join us. You'll enjoy it! We exercise and lose weight the fun way!"

But how do you take this spectator mentality and turn it into a participatory one?

A comrade in our local spark team and I challenged each other to a "weight-off" in conjunction with a challenge posed by another team to which we both belong. We established the rules and a grading system and planned to get together regularly to both hold each other accountable and to see who's "winning."

At our first comparison meeting, I was blown out of the water by my friend's commitment. She took our challenge and ignited it with dynamite rather than a spark! Where was MY fire? What happened to MY old competitive all-excuses-barred, take-no-prisoners edge? Let me tell you, she honed it! She lit my fire! I told her after that meeting that I planned to turn her inspiration into perspiration.

Now, on days when my energy is lacking and my feet are dragging (justly so, even), I think of my accountability partner. I don't allow excuses. Maybe I don't have time for a two and a half hour bike ride, but I can work in 5 miles before the sun goes down. Can't get up the juice to wog 5K? Do a pep-step walk around the neighborhood instead. Forgot to take my dumbbells to my parents' house for the week? Use the light weights I took for my mother to use, and double them up in one hand (I've done that twice this week!). I have no excuses. There is no time for procrastination - it's now or die!

So I challenge you: take any of the myriad of inspirational stories found on SparkPeople, and turn them into your own perspiration. While you're patting yourself dry, you'll be so glad you did it!
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  • v BILL60
    Way to go!! I'm off to do my daily bike ride.
    1372 days ago
  • v NYKIMMIE
    YYYeeessssss!! emoticon
    1372 days ago
  • v EATVEGAN
    What a great idea, getting together with a SparkFriend. You will be great motivation for each other. When one lets down the other can pump her back up. emoticon emoticon
    1372 days ago
  • v FEMISLIM
    emoticon thanks for waking me up!!!
    1372 days ago
  • v GOLFGMA
    Wow, I think the inspiration goes two ways. I think we have inspired each other. You are so special to me because I enjoy our conversation via SP and in person. When we get together it is one time the meal takes second place. I am definitely trying things I would never have thought of doing a few months ago. Right now I am renewed again to get moving (been a little slack this week). Really enjoyed the way you turn inspiration into perspiration! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1372 days ago
  • v EMPTYNESTER60
    Mel might have inspired you but you've just inspired me. I've been sitting on my lazy behind for months using all kinds of excuses (I' m tired because I worked long hours, it's too cold, it's too hot . . .) Thanks for the blog. I'm going to go back to what I was doing when I first joined Spark and hold myself accountable. Need to go back to feeling the pride when I put that check in the box that I walked today - or got in my 8 glasses of water. Good luck to both you & Mel. I think this will be a win/win challenge emoticon
    1372 days ago
  • v LUVS2BIKE101
    Great blog! You certainly inspired me to get back on track and put out more perspiration.
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    1372 days ago
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