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2013: How My Spark Will Shine Differently

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

For those of you who do not know me, I have been actively on Spark again for two or three YEARS. I haven't made any real progress in that time. I have educated myself and gotten my brain on the right track, but I lose and gain the same pounds consistently.

I have taken some time last month to reflect on this and I have come up with a new strategy for myself. Let me know what you think!


In the past, I have always associated sitting on Spark People with making healthy choices, but guess what? That meant SITTING DOWN!

My goals are now more focused on activity and fitting in Spark People as time and breaks allow. I still plan to be an active part of this team but I am no longer going to spend hours each day on Spark People. I need to move and I can't do that on the couch!

Generally, I want to be healthy. Chosing to be healthy in every situation will help me naturally lose the weight. Walking as much as possible and playing my new Zumba game on the XBox rather than watching a TV show is going to help me lose weight without the pressure of constant weigh-ins and spending hours configuring other people's success in a competition.

All of these thoughts have been a long time coming. How can I work full time, be a (more than) full time parent AND control a competition on Spark People... and then have enough time to plan and excecute the necesities for me to be healthy and lose weight?!?!

Flat out: not possible.

I am really sad to have to admit this because most of you have become my spark friends during this time because of the aforementioned competition.

If I could ask you all one thing: please do not let this decision change our weigh-loss friendship. Even though I am putting the social and competition aspect of Spark People on the back burner and letting myself and my physical and active needs take its place it doens't mean I do not want to support you and want you to support me too! It just needs to be in a different venue.

So with that being said, here I am. I am NOT making a New Year's Resolution this year. I know that if I do, I will fail. I am just simply making a commitment to myself. This is something that cannot be broken.

I have a lot more support at home with the family who is living with me. They all want to see me be happy and healthy and they are doing anything they can to help me succeed. My best friend of over 10 years is next to me and helping me every step of the way. My partner is getting back on board. Yes, I am proud of her but I am not relying on her success to be successful myself. This time it's all about me and just making healthy choices. I don't care how fast or how slow I lose weight. I just want to be happy and healthy.

Adios Couch Potato, Internet Addict Holly...

Hello Healthy, Active Holly!
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    Good for you! This has always been a HUGE issue with me, and I think it's an issue with Spark and sites like it in general. They're FUN. And you're learning things and meeting people and socializing, but it's still wasting precious daylight while sitting! And it's so easy to feel like it's okay because hey, spark IS healthy. But there must be a healthy balance with spark, as there must be a healthy balance with all things in life. :) So good for you for choosing this! I'm going to do this right along with you. My issue is I'm either on here ALL the time, or I'm never on at all because I forget. :P So that's the balance I'm striving for.
    1720 days ago
  • PUNKIN175
    WooHoo!!!! Rock It Holly!!!! You can do it!
    1720 days ago
    Sounds like a good plan. I think we are all guilty of the competitive issue in which you speak of. Mine tends to come out an jealously. I get jealous of people making progress and then stop visiting their page. HOW DUMB IS THIS!

    I decided in order to be successful, I need to surround myself with successful people. I need to have like minded goals.

    Here is to a new us in 2013!

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    1722 days ago
    We can't change without change good for you
    1722 days ago
    Really enjoyed this! I made the decision to put Facebook on the backburner and limited SP for the same reasons...both are distractions from actually accomplishing goals!
    1722 days ago
    Love this blog Holly, well said.
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  • EAA789
    emoticon Great reflection piece. I too sometimes go in and out of the SP community as a full time participant because it can be overwhelming. But it doesn't have to be all or nothing! You can participate instead of run a team, or check in every week instead of several times a day. I find that this balance helps with the accountability factor that the SP community brings, but gives you enough time to really target your goals. Finding your own balance is key. Good job on your commitment to self and I know you can do it. One step at a time.
    1722 days ago
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