Friday, January 11, 2013
I have utilized Sparkpeople in some capacity since the fall of 2010. It's a wonderful site, which I use primarily for information and encouragement. I find the articles helpful and your blogs are full of inspiration, hope, struggle, triumph, leaps over mountains and crashing falls over pebbles.
One very common theme I have noticed since the beginning is that of burnout after a successful weight loss. Of being intensely overwhelmed by people beginning or struggling with their weight loss journey. People searching for energy and passion, looking for answers, and they turn to the achievers. The ones who have lost large amounts of weight and are so pumped to help and encourage others. They answer questions (I believe the same ones over and over again), they blog, they triumph over the fat, the fluff, and the scale, and then one day they falter. Faltering is normal. It's life. We ALL do it.
It breaks my heart to read blogs of those who are just simply exhausted and come to the breaking point. Without a warning, Spark becomes the catalyst and whatever issues led them to overeat to begin with ( and we all have those too) just feel too big to deal with.
I strongly encourage all Sparker's to maintain the balance. When anything in your life becomes consuming, it's time to take a step back and evaluate. Put life in perspective and remember you are losing weight for YOU. We are not responsible for anyone else's struggles, for crying out loud dealing with our own is enough. Be supportive and kind towards others, but be smart and know your limits.
We control Spark, Spark does not control us, and when it becomes the tool in our weight loss that it is intended to be, it's an incredible resource for the taking!