Thursday, January 31, 2013
First off, I'm so excited you've gotten onto Spark and committed to the Winter Challenge. I think you'll really enjoy it and it will help you a lot. I'm looking forward to doing this virtually with you.
You’re right that when you start on Spark there are lots of tabs and links. You’ll get used to them. Here’s some features that really help ME.
When you go to the team page, over on the right is a list of blogs. These are the blogs that our teammates have posted. It’s fun to scroll through and see what’s on people’s minds. You’ll get to recognize some names and you also may see some great titles that you want to click on. Read the blogs. Some will make you smile, some just don’t speak to you. Some you’ll want to comment on or you may look at the profile pic and think “This is someone I’d like to have along for the ride with me.” You can friend someone from their blog page or spark page. It’s not a big commitment unless you want it to be and don’t worry if you friend someone who doesn’t friend you back or vice versa. This then leads to my second favorite thing that I didn’t figure out til I did a challenge – the Friend Feed
From the tab along the top that says Community click on friend feed. It’s also along the right border on most pages. Here’s where you can see people’s status updates and other activity. This is a place we can really support each other. I think right now you just have me and Spark Guy but let me tell you, as you get more Spark Friends it’s a part of your day. I click on and can see the great quote NillaPepsi has for us today and I can see that Kalantha has crossed 1000 monthly fitness minutes. When I click I liked it or leave a comment like “Way to go!” they get an email. It was so great being on the challenge team because suddenly I was getting those emails and my teammates and team leaders were reinforcing my commitment to fitness minutes and I wanted to give them my status updates (like the one about the Zumba in 4” heels). Best thing is my spark friends have other spark friends so I can see that Popsy left a comment on Greasy Joan’s blog. This leads me to Greasy Joan and to one of my spark teams. I wouldn’t have found Joan without Popsy.
Every day, you need to post your exercise minutes and add them to the team total. A tip, always write out My exercise 20, Team exercise 30 + 20 = 50 because you might be posting simultaneously with someone else and that really helps the team leaders. Also your “Living the Good Life” points. Those are the lifestyle changes we are making to help us lose weight – water and freggies (fruits and vegetables), tracking, etc. Every week you need to post your weight. I know. UGH! I don’t like to weigh myself or make it public but it is what it’s about afterall. You use that same post every week. Having a good profile pic will help you find your post week to week. Be sure you put your time zone on your spark page (I’ll help you.
This is for fun and to help us with habits to support long time weight loss. One great thing about Spark is you have someone just starting out and someone who’s doing maintenance and people at spots in between. I hope it really helps you.
See you at the airport but if we are different teams, watch out!
PS Her spark name is MariannMc