Wednesday, January 30, 2013
What is SparkPeople?
I talk about SparkPeople at work and I get asked this question and well, I am not sure how to answer it. To an outsider, SparkPeople is a website that can be joined for free to help you meet your goals and get support from others.
To me? I couldn't encompass what SparkPeople is to me with a simple paragraph or a 30 second definition.
It is so much more - and I haven't even explored all the "more" yet.
Community - It is a place to join others with your same interests or goals and get information or tips or just to browse the message boards. You can be as involved or hands-off as you care to.
Trackers- You can track your food, fitness, weight, measurements and so much more.
Blogs - get to know your fellow Sparksters and be motivated by their words, videos or ideas! Or write your thoughts, fears, challenges, gripes, ideas, motivations.....anything! There are also "featured" blogs posted by members and there are some written by the coaches. There are so many catagories to search for just what you want to read at any time.
SparkPages - Personalize your public page to reflect who you are or who you want to be. Be as creative as you want or use templates that are all ready for you. Share what you want others to know. Leave comments or "SparkGoodies" on this page or other members pages to let them know you stopped by.
SparkCoach - a great program that keeps you accountable and offers steady encouragement and guidence.
SparkMail - a private place to exchange messages with other spark members.
That is the nuts and bolts but to me it is so much more! It is a place I "see" my friends. I get enjoyment from reading about their lives and their challanges and seeing that our struggles are so similar. I never feel alone. I have all these supportive and positive friends that offer encouragement even though we have never met. I think the "feeling" you get from SparkPeople can be described as JOY! That is really what I feel. And you made it happen. Thankyou!
Now go spread your Spark!