Saturday, January 05, 2013
2 things struck me, just in the past few minutes, and both have to do with living the Spark life.
I've just been reading through posts.
One came in from a team mate in one of the teams I belong to, subject: "What's for lunch today?"
I posted that I'd had smoked salmon with lemon juice on a couple of rolls. I would have preferred these sandwiches with mayo, but I just decided to keep the mayo for another time when I reckoned it was "really necessary" as opposed to just "preferable".
And I thought, as I posted the comment, how much SparkLiving I have internalised without necessarily working at it. Over the years here, I have joined many teams, I have joined up for various challenges, I have been in touch with many Spark People. Hopefully I have helped some Sparkers with some of my comments. But I have absorbed so much, from reading Spark articles as also comments and advice from fellow Sparkers.
This evening, I realised that - maybe, at last, I AM getting to grips with this.
The other post was in another team where I am still active.
One new start posted looking to get support, maybe even a support group to work together. Some other new members like the idea. And one member from before the current challenge suggested that they should check out the site, because the necessary fields were probably already available for discussion.
Yes - there is already SparkPeople support there and waiting - but sometimes it's good to get a new group sussed out. New friendships, new working together, new support.
To me, these 2 thoughts were quite a revelation.
I am getting the hang of SP - this is what it's all about. Finding a new lifestyle that will work for me. And knowing there are places I can go or people I can contact, for support or to vent.
Yes, SP works for me, and is working even better now that I am beginning to allow myself the ability to believe in what I'm doing.
I just hope that I am managing to give back enough, through comments, blogs, posts, mails, team correspondence, whatever.
Because I truly appreciate all that SparkPeople has given, and is still providing for, me.