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