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    ANNIEONLI   46,086
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Why my page is the way it is.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

When I started SP in 2008, I was in AWE of the people who were successful. I friended, I got to know their stories...I also got my own plan together and I figured to use the Spark nutrition tracker diets as a guide, but I basically built my own plan from what I saw but mainly from what I had in the house. I stayed in my designated range and that was that. I drank water. I exercised. I lost weight.

And I saw on another page, a woman's journey in a month by month form, and I copied it, but I did it week by week, event by event...better than a blog because I don't have to sift though pages upon pages to see where I was and what I was doing. It was, and still is a good thing.

With my success, I also kept watching the success stories touted by SP. And soon, a lot of them started becoming quiet. No updating...no new pictures...no action whatsoever. The motivators I held up so high on my pedestal were silent. Where had they all gone? Sure, a few remained...let's say 5% of the 100 that I was intently watching and idolizing...but seriously, if you have stumbled, then say it - OWN IT! We got your back - don't hide and be ashamed - if anything, that will make things WORSE!!

I questioned to myself why? Why are they still motivators? Why isn't SP updating and keeping track of these walking billboards on the success page if they aren't active? A whole lot of other why's are mixed in there too....but you get my drift.

And that is when I decided that I wasn't going to just disappear on SP..ever, especially when I became a "Motivator" ..because you know what? To have that tag and not be one available or updated is (to me) kinda hypocritical. There....I said it. For me, personally, if I wasn't trying my damnest, then I didn't want the title either. Take it back SP... hold me accountable on another level - I can take it.

Anyway, my page now is super long because I never stop updating it. Sometimes it may be a month now, but hey, at least I'm still here! It's kept me accountable on an entirely new level. It has gotten me through some pretty rough patches too (ahem, the holidaze).

So go ahead and steal the idea from me....try it out - the worse thing that it will do is make your page super long like mine! LoL
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SIMPLYDALENA 1/1/2013 7:57PM

    hmmmmm, this is an interesting blog, thought provoking, as I'm into my 1st day on SP and not sure how much time I'm going to have to devote to all this. I'm going to be reading some more of your blogs. I like your thinking.

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NUMD97 12/27/2012 11:47AM

    I've been mulling over what you have written here for a few days now. There's really two schools of thought on this: People reached their goal, and feel that maintenance is something they could manage without SP. For some this was not meant to be a permanent addition to their lives, and I do understand that. For others, as you have said, they are starting to revert to old habits, not knowing that the losing part is the easier of the two tasks, and have not been able to shift into maintenance mode. Having realized that, and after getting a motivator medallion, they feel like frauds once the weight starts climbing back on. Out of pure ego, some of these folks are afraid to come back. Which, frankly, is just plain silly. If we had all figured all of this out, SP wouldn't exist in the first place, nor their competitors.

All in all, it's an evolving process. And each must decide for him/herself what works best. Getting a motivator medallion means you "get" some of it. If those that left really need to, they should just figure it out and get their rears back here and in gear. There's much work yet to be done!

Merry Christmas, Annie, belatedly, and many good wishes for the new year,

Nu

Comment edited on: 12/27/2012 11:48:38 AM

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FIRECOM 12/27/2012 11:07AM

    People will come and go. That is the nature of all things. I just hope that your page gets longer and longer.

Cheers and kudos

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SWEDE_SU 12/27/2012 4:43AM

    you really make a good point here - motivators should continue to motivate!

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-AMANDA79- 12/21/2012 9:19PM

    When I lost weight the first time, I kinda felt like I didn't belong if I didn't have any weight to lose. But everytime I become an inactive member, I put lbs back on. I've decided that I'm going to be here for life!

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WATERMELLEN 12/20/2012 6:48AM

    Totally agree with you: there's something eerie about motivators in maintenance "disappearing": make use of the Spark community resources to achieve "success" and then . . . . not give back? Hmmmmm.

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MANDELOVICH 12/20/2012 4:20AM

    Great idea. Maybe I will try it too. Thanks.

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DALID414 12/18/2012 7:34PM

    Wow! I love that! I agree, SP should do something about inactive motivators.

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TINAJANE76 12/18/2012 6:00PM

    You've got me nodding right along with 'ya! Maybe being nominated a motivator should only be good for a year and then you'd have to re-earn the title each year. Success stories only come out about once a month, so it would be nice to see them followed up on and removed if the people featured are no longer active here. People who don't exist on SparkPeople anymore really shouldn't continue to be held up as role models in my opinion because disappearing and pulling away from your support systems usually means that you've embarked on a backslide (I recently wrote a blog on this very topic!).

Anyway, thanks for staying successful and active here and showing others that it can be done!

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MSPATOOTY 12/18/2012 10:33AM

    I LOVE how long your page is! It gives me hope when I can read another person's ups and downs over time. emoticon

Especially when they've been successful in the long run. emoticon

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CATMAGNET 12/18/2012 9:46AM

    I just became a Motivator last week, and as I was reading your blog, I just kept nodding, because I feel the same way. I want to stay on track in maintenance and I want to make sure that I keep documenting my journey, because it's one that I will be on until I die. If continuing to share my story with others helps others as much as it helps me, then more power to them.

Thank you for this post! It has inspired me to continue to share what I learn as I maintain my weight loss!

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NUOVAELLE 12/18/2012 9:31AM

    Thank you for putting my thoughts into words! I've had exactly the same questions in my head about all the people who disappear. To me, you're one of the best motivators here on SP. Simply because... you're here! You share your story, you offer advice, you give your support, you stumble because you're human, you learn from your mistakes and you share your lessons with us. And that's my own definition of Sparkpeople Motivator.
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CJMOK1121 12/18/2012 9:12AM

    Thank You so much, This is a GREAT blog and I too have wondered what has happened to some of these people, I know its hard to loose weight only to gain it back and just give up, and I know how much accountability is important. I use to hate that word, but we do so very much need that in our lives. ACCOUNTABILITY, there I said it. LOL.

Thank you again: CJ from OK.

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LJCANNON 12/18/2012 8:57AM

    Hmm, something to think about!! I seldom Update my Page but I think I am More Active on here Now than I was Before I got to my Goal. I will have to give this some Thought!
emoticon I do agree with you, Being a 'Motivator' does carry some responsibility with it. But I am sure some people are not as "Invested"(?) in the Program as others so they would not feel as Responsible or Accountable to the Group.

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MR.NET1 12/18/2012 8:43AM

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GIVENTHANKS 12/18/2012 8:41AM

    emoticon blog! I agree with what you posted and I decided about a month ago that I will always be active on SP even after I reach my goal.

Have a great day!

Pat

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KANOE10 12/18/2012 8:39AM

    It is always interesting when people disappear on Spark..motivator or not. I agree with you..keep sparking and staying accountable, no matter what rough patch you go through. I tend to forget to update my page, but you have inspired me to make a few updates!

Hope the holidaze are going well for you. Interesting blog.



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