Today I hit 60,000 Spark Points! When I looked at my SP Class of January 20-26, 2008, I saw 30,812 Members, but in February only 213 members have Spark Points and 11 members posted blogs. I thought about why I am still here when ten of thousands have left.
To continue to Spark year after year means I am getting something from being here. I get recipes, tips on healthful living, interesting articles, exercise information, supportive friends and interesting Teams. Of all the good things here, it's the 5% Challenges that keep me coming back.
Each 8 week Challenge gets me focused on my goals, plans, meals and exercise to lose weight and improve my health. Many times I have not been as successful as I would like to be, but yet again I refocus and get involved in the next 5% Challenge. Even when I fail, I have not quit, I start again.
I am starting my 14th 5% Challenge. I am working on the Countdown Assignments and my plans are coming together. I reviewed the Check Points - Have you got your gym clothes, runners, water bottle, etc. ready to go? What is your exercise plan? Do you know what diet you will follow? Found some recipes? Have you stocked up on the foods?
I have to update my Spark Page before the next challenge. Time has a way of slipping by and goals, progress and even programs change so it's good to renew my page. I've thought about all the reasons I want to lose weight. What do I want to change? How do I want to look? How do I want to feel? What things will I be able to do in the future with a slimmer healthier body?
I've had to consider all my Trigger Foods and situations. Can I pick a replacement habit or behavior that will cause me to pause, and think do I really want to do this, and why?
I have to consider the reasons/excuses on why my diet and exercise plans have not been well executed in the past. I have learned from my past behaviors and commit to doing better. I've taken my measurements and calculated my 5% weight loss of 11 pounds.
I can set a goal, but it takes preparation, planning and motivation to see it through to the end. Each 5% Challenge I reconnect with Spark Friends and meet lots of new Friends. It's the friendship and shared common goals in the 5% Challenges that keep me here.
Thanks Spark People for all that you offer on this terrific site! You have kept me going for 5 years, and I have learned so much and improved my health and outlook along the way.
My way of giving back is to invite people to join in the 5% Challenge which starts on Feb. 23rd. Team members will work towards losing 5% of their starting weight in 8 weeks by participating in team challenges that focus on exercise & healthy lifestyle habits. Letís have fun, make new friends and get in shape!