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Why am I still on SparkPeople?

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

I've been a member of SparkPeople for 1 year and 5 months. I have been committed to my weight loss for just over 2 years.

About 5-6 months into my SparkPeople, someone in my life asked "so, at what point will you stop using that site, I mean, you can't use it forever...."

I remember this conversation so well. I stopped, looked at said person, and said "I'm making changes that will affect my life. My entire life."

"Well, right, but when you get to where you want to be, won't that be enough?"

The answer I had then is this same answer I have now, since I am basically where I want to be.

1. Reaching my goal is just one part of the equation. I need to be able to maintain in order to see the long term results.

2. If I left SparkPeople, I wouldn't have all the great tools they provide nor would I have all the great support. And, I love giving support to other team members. If I left, I wouldn't be able to do that!

3. SparkPeople has made such a STRONG impact on my life -- why would I ever want to give that up?

4. The tools - i.e. nutrition and fitness tracker - are only part of the many daily things I complete here on SparkPeople.

5. Yes, I said daily in the above line -- I go onto SparkPeople AT LEAST 3x/day, and sometimes I am on for awhile...

6. The teams I am a part of are part of the reason why sometimes my time spent on Spark is 'long.' I make an effort to check into my most active teams every day. I am a co-leader to 3 groups, all of which I run a weekly or monthly challenge for.

7. If I wasn't so active in the community aspect, I'd still use SparkPeople just for the interactions with my SparkFriends and, again, tracking all my daily intake and fitness.

8. Other tools I use - goals, SparkPage - are just as important to me as the fitness and nutrition trackers. My personal goals I set allow me to see streaks. I LOVE seeing my numbers go up and up. It is a bit sad when I miss a day on something, but I've learned to not dwell on it ... again, something that SparkPeople has taught me. Dwelling on the little things regarding my weight journey isn't worth it. As long as I am making healthy choices 90% of the time and am being consistent with my goals (even if that means missing a day) then that is what will bring me progress.

9. SparkPeople has helped me go from a 235+ pound 21 year old to a 153 pound almost 23 year old. Yes, I lost ~35lbs on my own before joining SparkPeople, but I don't think I could have had the success I have if I just did it on my own. I remember saying to myself, after I had lost ~20lbs on my own that maybe that was where my body would stay, maybe I couldn't even break 200. SparkPeople proved that wrong.

10. Most importantly, I know that if I gave up on Spark I'd ultimately be giving up on myself and I have NEVER been someone to give up on ANYTHING. I put my whole body into everything I do and only ever 'give up' on something if I've tried every possible way to make it work. I take pride in everything I do -- weight loss included.
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KARL1266 2/7/2013 6:19PM

    So glad to hear that you are in this for life. Me, too. And I owe that to you, you know. I may not have the results that others have had (you included), but through this site I have learned that it is not the speed of the results that matter...it is the journey.

I'm on here several times a day just to read blogs or log that snack or extra cup of coffee I had at work.

I agree with Jodi...this site and the support one gets are worth more to me than all the money in the world. I wouldn't be where I am without it.

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_JODI404 2/7/2013 5:49PM

    I *L*O*V*E* this blog and could not agree with you more!!

I've maintained for a year and I have NO plans to leave Spark. As life requires at times, I may Spark a little less here and there as necessary, but I've done that from the beginning with no problem. I do what I can, when I can and it all works out!

SparkPeople and SparkFriends are THE reasons I was so sucessful, beyond my own wildest expectations... and the reasons that I *WILL* keep it all off forever!!

Thanks for being a truly awesome SparkFriend!

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FIREFLY4407 2/6/2013 8:16PM

    Wonderful blog!! You captured the magic of this journey and what is possible with all that Spark gives in tools and support beautifully.
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ALIHIKES 2/6/2013 4:24PM

    Wow Krystal this is a GREAT blog. Thanks for sharing. Like you I am staying with Spark for the long haul! I need to stay with the constant motivation and inspiration. I don't want to back slide! emoticon

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SETAGOAL1 2/6/2013 2:00PM

    Hello My Sparkfriend

Congratulations on your success. You are so focused. You are a power of example to me.

take care

Janet

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GIGI4AUSTIN 2/6/2013 12:43PM

    Great blog Krystal! Nice job!

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MINDY502 2/6/2013 9:59AM

    Well said you have done an awesome job!!

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FUSCHIA6 2/6/2013 9:03AM

    Well said. Let's keep learning how to take better & better care of our selves. That's what we are here for & it doesn't have an ending.
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KRICKET57 2/6/2013 8:23AM

    One of the best things about Spark People is that we help each other. We provide the support network, share our goals and heartaches, share our strength and help each other. Reaching our goals becomes a team effort. For me, quitting when I have reached my goal seems selfish because I know there are friends out there who need my support as much as I need theirs. They have been there for me and I plan to be there for them.

Good for you for sticking with us and Congratulations on your successes. Keep up the good work!

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