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.