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What advice would you give to a spark people member, new or long standing?

Sunday, March 31, 2013

I had a question like this for new members in the Spark Poll section tonight. There is a lot of good information about weight loss, nutrition, and exercise on the Spark site. One can get so caught up in earning points, that they are neglecting to get all they can from these good articles. Once in a while, you've got to forget about the points. Read articles that might come up that you may have read months ago. You've already earned your points on that article. Rereading might just get in the way of getting a hundred points or 75 points. But there are times when the information you need to get and stay healthy is exactly what's in those articles, and you might not want to miss it the second time. That is why you need to be mindful of what your goals are while at spark. For the vast majority, I am assuming it is weight loss and physical training. Don't let your quest for nightly points become number one for too long. You need to keep bringing yourself back to the fact that your body is your real project, and not how many points you have.

One other thing a Spark member made me aware of that is easy to forget. Set goals for yourself with rewards. They don't have to be big. Many times they can be virtual. But for good success, spend some time formulating steps and goals along the way, and tag them with whatever rewards you can think of. This is really using the pricpipal of positive reinforcement. When used consistenly, it leads to greater likelihood that one will continue on his or her chosen path. It might even make a nice blog post to map out the steps along the way to your goal, and the rewards you will receive.

Those are just a couple of the insights I would pass on to Saprk members, having been active on Spark for about a year now. I'm sure there are lots more pointers others would pass along. Good luck to all of you. Glenn
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    Really good blog. I'm wondering now just what advice you might have for me with what I am going through right now. Check out my page as well as the most recent 3 or 4 blogs and you will see what I mean.

    1787 days ago
    I think you raise very valid points here. It's true sometimes I tend to gloss through articles but often there are helpful ideas or methods for staying on track. I also have had the thought that the points were one thing but the most important thing to remember is to get results. We put so much time into this. It is also interesting that certain suggestions resonant more for one person than another. I confess I have been guilty of just going for the points on occasion. I try to put in a reasonable amount of time and contribute to the team huddles and chatter. I like the feeling of belonging and being part of the equation.

    I had forgotten about the reward thing and I thank you so much for reminding me of that. I have been plateaued for quite awhile and I think it is time to utilize this tool. So I am going to set up a couple short term goals for my self with specific rewards and I think that is going to make a difference for me.

    Kudos to you for bringing this to our attention. emoticon emoticon
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    1789 days ago
    I think checking in daily with a group of people is critical to success. Even if you just post that you didn't do all that great today, you kept yourself accountable. In the real world no one wants to hear every detail of your wellness day. I can't tell my co-worker "Wow, that new sweetener really helps curb my appetite!"

    I'm not a real fan of most of the SP articles. I've read a lot of women's magazines in my time and they mostly tend to have that "Ten things not to do" or "Five healthy food choices" vibe to them. I get enough of that unclear advice in the mainstream media.

    My favorite contributor here is Dean Anderson. His articles on the psychological side of eating attitudes are pretty unusually useful.
    1789 days ago
  • BBECKER1955
    Good points, all!
    1789 days ago
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