A few of my SP friends have asked what I thought of my free 7 day trial of Sparkcoach, so figured I should just blog about it. I had seen links about it for a few months and briefly thought about it before, but never seriously. What changed? Last week I was so frustrated, depressed and desperate I knew I had to do something different!
I've been a member of SP for about 2 years, so know the tracking and how to find motivation if I need it from the site. My downfall is doing this consistently enough to actually keep the weight off. (I have lost and gained the same 5-10 lbs over and over again!) Sparkcoach is kind of like a trainer you check in with daily. I am still in control, because if I don't check in, nothing happens. No dirty looks, no guilty comments...just my own conscience to deal with.
Last week, I knew I had to get on track somehow, so decided to make a couple of commitments to myself. One was to get up 40 minutes earlier and do this short stretching yoga CD I have, then my devotion. Those only take about 25 minutes. Then, without fail, I check into my SparkCoach which can take as much time as I want to give it.
SparkCoach starts out with a very helpful Daily Visualization! Wow, it is amazing how this small thing has motivated me throughout a few of the days! (ie. picturing myself carrying the weight I want to lose in my arms and then setting it down somewhere. It made me tired just thinking about it and that's the strain I'm putting on my heart instead of my arms!) It also has you re-evaluate your past 24 hours. It's really helpful for me to see the summaries of each day and how I'm doing. Then, there is a short video by one of the coaches discussing all kinds of helpful suggestions. I haven't read the Spark book, but am sure many of these are in it, too. Next, on to tracking everything you would ever want to keep track of (except your missing socks of course), going into the Community area for information/motivation and then ending with an inspirational message. For me, it has been a terrific way to start my day and I keep checking in to my SparkCoach page periodically to track and sometimes go back for more encouragement.
I really thought a lot about this yesterday before deciding to sign up for the next three months. (There are a couple of different ways you can sign up.) My main thought was, "Can't I just do most of this on my own without the cost?" Answer: Yes, but the fact is, I am NOT doing it and don't see myself doing it by myself in the near future! For me, I like that little bit more incentive that SparkCoach gives me! The deciding point was when I was out shopping yeaterday and drove through a place to get a cup of coffee at a coffee shop.
While handing over the money for the coffee, I realized that it cost almost the same amount for each month of SparkCoach for the next 3 months. And this was only coffee one time! Good Grief! I'm debating over the cost of this healthy motivation? So, I read all the information regarding pricing and cancelation policy, etc. and signed up! This morning, I went onto my SparkCoach page and felt extremely good about my decision!
I recommend that you try the free week and see if it's something that can help you, too. Everyone needs to make their own decision and for some, the cost may be prohibiting, which is why I truly love SP. Some people need to chose not to do SparkCoach, but the main part of SP is free for anyone who wants to have a healthier lifestyle! I want to thank everyone who is involved in keeping the SP website going, because I am convinced it does change people's lives!