Tuesday, February 12, 2013
I know what the Spark is. I know what it means. I've been Sparking like a firework the past couple of days, and drifting off to sleep I was thinking about today, and how I plan to make today a fantastic productive day. And I figured out what the Spark was right then.
The Spark is, in short, the motivation. And not just being motivated about weight loss. Being happily motivated. About everything. It starts with the weight loss. It starts with the changes, the nutrition tracking. Following the plan for exercise. Reading the articles about how to stay on track. Posting on the message boards and seeing people on the other end of the journey.
It's not just losing weight that's been motivating me. I've only lost about 3 pounds so far. But I feel smaller. I feel happier. I feel more motivated to do ALL manner of things I need to do with myself over the day. I'm more proactive on my homework. I'm keeping up with housework. I'm thinking more clearly, my moods are overall higher. I'm filling my days with meaningful things that I'm doing and I'm feeling great about tomorrow when I put my head down on the pillow.
That's the spark. A chain reaction. Start with diet and exercise, and overall wellness and happiness will follow. I haven't even really seen results in the numbers yet, but it's already apparent in how I feel and that makes me want to keep going. It's the spark.
When I'm talking to my friends, perhaps people I haven't spoken to in a while, I tell them about SP, and about how happy I am that I'm doing it, and how excited I am to work toward goals, and what a wonderful community it's been so far. I tell them that it's helpful, and all the reasons that they should give it a try. I tell them that it's free, and that usually gets their attention.
Two people in the past week have told me, after hearing how much better I'm doing in just two weeks, that they're considering doing the same. Getting back out there and exercising and eating a better diet. They want to feel as good as I do, and it's only been two weeks. It's unbelievable.
That's the Spark too.
Maybe this seems a bit cheesy (mmm cheese ...) but I'm seeing the Spark as this deeply philosophical thing, a thing that can only be understood when experienced. The Spark has already reacted and sparked more in my life, and in just two short weeks done a world of good to me mentally and physically.
I'm already starting to notice I can make it up two flights of stairs and only be a little winded, instead of wanting to die. I'm finding myself happier. I'm exploding over small things less. I'm enjoying getting up out of bed at 7am, even if I don't have class until 2. I'm spending my time planning my meals and staying on top of the dishes and the mail and my homework. All the things that make being an adult so hard for me are suddenly easy to fit into my day and my life is better for it.
And it's all due to the Spark.
Keep Sparking, guys, and don't depend on the scale to measure progress. Pounds lost or gained are why we're here, but we can never overlook the progress we make in the rest of our lives when we feel this much better.