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Okay Sparkpeople, I have a complaint!

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Who do I complain to?

Yes, I definitely have a complaint. Somebody isn't following through here. I joined this place years ago and was assured that if I ate properly, exercised, used the nutrition tracker and participated in teams I would reach my health and fitness goals.

Well, guess what, I haven't met those goals. Sure I have lost fifty pounds over the years. Yes, I am more fit at 49 than I was at 45 or whatever age I was when I joined. But c'mon, I haven't met my goals yet. I still have about 60 pounds to go and I am getting tired of all this eating healthy, exercising and my daily visits to Sparkpeople.

Oh sure, I did hit a rough patch in life a few months ago. Yes, there were too many family health issues with too many visits to doctor’s offices and many stress filled days and nights. It has been a "crappy" bunch of months and life has been busy but come on, just because I have had a rough go of things doesn't mean Sparkpeople should renege on their promises.

Sparkpeople, you promised if I exercised I would be healthier and lose weight. For years I have been exercising, riding my stationary bike, playing soccer with my daughter, going for walks. And you know what, it worked, for a while. But for some reason, there has been weight gain lately.

Yes, in the last few months the exercise may have stopped but come on, is that really enough reason for this weight gain. I did start walk/running three times a week, well some weeks, and maybe I did take the last two weeks off but I have been busy at work and getting ready for a new job. If I didn’t know better maybe my weight gain could be because of inconsistency on my part.

Sparkpeople, that nutrition tracker of yours isn't doing its job lately either. I have used it for years and years and I know what my serving sizes look like. I know that the breakfast I eat on a regular basis is about 450 calories, my lunch another 450 and my dinners about 700, and my usual snacks through the day about 400. I really don't have to use that tracker because I know I eat about 2000 a day and lately I haven't used the tracker because I have been skipping my lunches.

You would think that missing lunches should free up some extra calories but no, my weight is going up. If I didn’t know better some may suggest it could be related to the French fries I have sometimes been eating, or the three to ten candies I have been nibbling on at work, or chocolate, well chocolate doesn’t count because dark chocolate is healthy. And do I really have to record those cookies, I mean I am stressed and an extra cookie or two, once or twice, or even three times a day shouldn't hurt.

And Mr. Sparkguy, you also promised that if I were to participate in teams I would have support and that would lead to weight loss. Hey, I am on teams, I think it was ten on my last count. But for some reason I am still gaining weight. Sure I haven't had time to log on everyday, read my friend feed or check up on my teams but I haven’t quit those teams, I have just been too busy to check in on everyone. Something is definitely wrong here.

So, whom do I complain to? It is obvious someone isn’t doing what he or she is supposed to and I really want this situation fixed up. Soon!

Note from the author...

Actually, I do know who to complain to... Me!

Yes, this was written tongue in cheek. I completely recognize that the person that isn't doing what he is supposed to is me. Sparkpeople, like a gym membership, pedometer, or pair of runners, actually has to be used to receive benefit. While I have been successful using Sparkpeople, I have had a rough go that has slowed me down. It would be easiest to blame Sparkpeople, the gym, whatever, but I know the buck stops with me. My reason for writing this is to share my struggles and understandings in what I hoped would be perceived humorously.

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  • MISSLISA1973
    Right there with you!
    1592 days ago
    Love the way you write, really funny, but yet so much truth in there. Thanks for putting a big smile on my face this morning! You have a new follower in NB emoticon
    1670 days ago
    Great blog!!!
    1671 days ago
    This is awesome. Are you sure you weren't writing about me?
    1671 days ago
    OH Andy you've been SITTING ON MY SHOULDERS !! GET OFF MY SHOULDERS and STOP looking at what I['ve been EATING !!

    LOL I also need to get it toether !!!! Tomorrow is a new chal on the 5% chal,,, I WILL BEHAVE !! PLUS I've just gotten the SPARK SOLUTION and WILL FOLLOW it though I DO NOT believe it !

    1671 days ago
    You really had me going until I got to the part about the emoticon . Then the more I read the harder I laughed. A friend was reading it with me and thought you were really serious. That made me laugh even harder.

    But it also hit home. Me and only me is responsible for meeting my goals. Thanks for the great laugh and wonderful insight.

    Your Fellow WRJ&G teammate.
    1671 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/26/2013 9:26:33 PM
    Your tongue-in-cheek message worked. I see myself in every word, I am having the same issues.

    I having been slipping away from the actions that helped to lose weight. And I can't seem to remember how to get back on track.

    I never realized that losing weight and getting into better physical shape would be so much work!

    Let's get back into it Andy!

    We can do it!!
    1693 days ago
    Andy had me going there for awhile! Lol. glad I read to the end.
    It is def time to step up to the plate and take one small step at a time. The beauty of making a healthy lifestyle YOUR goal is that you can always get back up again and pick right back up where you left off. emoticon emoticon

    ps/ I am so glad I stumbled across your blog...even if it is a month late. emoticon

    emoticon Laura
    1695 days ago
    I guess we can all relate to what you have wrote. I enjoyed reading this... Puts things back into prospective. Hope to see you around. And.. you need to start challenging me again on fitbit. Miss you on top.

    1696 days ago
    Very funny blog Andy! It is funny how we fool ourselves. I have been playing fast and loose with the trackers and now I am paying the piper with 12 added pounds. It seems much easier to put on than take off. Thanks for the reminder that I am only fooling myself! emoticon
    1698 days ago
    I've been busy not spending much time on SP but this morning realized I hadn't seen your name on my friend feed. Wow. You wrote this on June 1st ?!? That's 2 weeks ago.

    About your blog, It's like you read my mind from the last few years. I can imagine you tap-tap-tapping your keyboard about who the heck to blame for the weight gain, darnit. I would have been, that is if I ever blogged.

    In your blogs that I've read, I so appreciate that you always come back to the concept of our own responsibility to ourselves. It's a simply notion but not that easy to master. It's a lifetime process and judging by your writings, you are a fine example of having a sense of responsibility for self.

    So here's a hug and belated support for whatever is pressing on the welfare of you and yours.

    1711 days ago
    Andy, Andy, had me going for a while there. I've been losing weight for about two years now. Lost about 50 also, like you. It's been very slow for me. I totally understand what your saying. It's a lot of work and you get tired doing it after a while. I catch your drift.

    It's ok to take a break or not go gung ho all the time. However, the fact that you wrote this blog tells me that you are still committed. Hang in there. and I will too.
    1713 days ago
    Gosh darn it, spark people, pull up your boots! hehehehe! emoticon Don't worry Andy, it will come together. One habit at a time.
    1719 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    Funny Andy! Well it sounds like the wagon left for a while but the great part is, that wagon is always right around the corner! Hope right back on where you left off and start slowly so you can beat yourself at your own game! Life sometimes gets in our way and we just have to be strong enough to recognize that and get ourselves back on track, easy- no, but worth it - absolutely! Hope things are less stressful for you soon but remember that exercise is one of the best stress busters around!
    Good luck, we are here cheering you on every step of the way!
    Holly emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1719 days ago
    Terrific blog!! And one unfortunately I totally relate to! You are such a gifted writer. I would love it if you would blog more often.
    1720 days ago
  • JUDY106
    Glad you came to your senses in the end. (LOL) Great blog. Thank you.
    1722 days ago
    Great blog! Getting back on track myself this week. Cheers
    1723 days ago
    Hang in there Andy, you will reach your goals! You can do it!!
    1723 days ago
    Thanks for the laugh. I've been having issues like that lately, too. emoticon
    1723 days ago
    MYSHEL7 loved this blog & told me to take a look at it. Yes, this is us.It's done in a really clever way to take a look at ourselves from the inside out & don't forget the humor. A good laugh even in the worst times helps us break the tension for a moment.

    I binge on processed carbs. I'd be down quite a few more pounds if I got it under control. I have a VERY stressful life & have been out of work because of it, which causes more stress. God willing I'll be back to work soon.
    This stress brings on these binges pretty fierce, because I don't have control of this situation & I soothe myself with food. Which after makes me feel worse.

    I've learned even in the worst of circumstances, not losing myself , taking care of the one body I have will help me deal with all life throws at me & I CAN control what I do to it , which in turn will effect how I feel going through lives everyday problems.

    Thanks for sharing & making us think. Love the picture of you & DW. What a great couple! Love the lightning bolt, too
    emoticon pretty cool
    1724 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/4/2013 11:26:24 AM
    You tell 'em Andy!

    Did you listen? emoticon
    1724 days ago
    Terrific blog--now put the cookies down !!! emoticon
    1724 days ago
    You have been missed Andy! Love your humor and yes, this is all so true! Guess I need to file a complaint as well. With ME!
    1725 days ago
  • QTEALADY20031
    I love your blog Andy and I was laughing so hard I was almost crying but we all recognize your point. I just said to a friend of mine yesterday that I have been off track for the last 6 weeks. I have been tracking but going over calorie intake and like you due to some medical issues with me and now my daughter have not been doing my exercises but "once in a while" The writing is on the wall for all of us with this blog Andy. Like you I have been on Spark two years this August and have lost about 30 pounds, now this is ridiculous and you know we CAN do it and quit trying to see how far we can go, as I always say, I try to keep on foot in the water and one foot on the ground. We can't have our cake and eat it too. Andy thanks for the reminder, it is up to us to do something every day that will have us reach our goals!! Hope the new job goes well for you. Great blog Andy. emoticon emoticon June
    1725 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/3/2013 12:58:49 PM
    Great Blog!
    1725 days ago
  • MSHEL7
    I Love this blog, it is great, it is me right now, where I am sitting. At least, I have finally learned it is me, I knew that before I read your blog. Before Spark, I would have blamed all kinds of things for my own personal problems. Thank you so much for writing this one, I would love to print it off and put it on the wall.
    1725 days ago
    I too have only myself to complain too! I've got a plan though, do you?
    1725 days ago
    Awesome blog!!!!
    1725 days ago
    emoticon Very Well Done Rant!! I am looking forward to hearing more from you!!
    1725 days ago
  • DRB13_1
    1725 days ago
    Very good at the rants, now get back to work and use the tools available to you! Nice blog!
    1725 days ago
    GREAT blog and I think you're stalking ME too! Seriously, I just wrote a similar blog to this. My life has had issues in the past several months and now that it has slowed down a bit I need to get back on track. Let's do this!
    1725 days ago
  • CAROLJ35
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    1725 days ago
    Hi Andy we missed you this Spring. I hope everyone is happy and healthy now. Congratulations on your new job. I hope you have time to take better care of yourself.

    Sorry to say complaining here doesn't do anything. Sparkguy has not invented new ways to lose weight so you are stuck with tracking your food and exercising. BUT there are all the great Spark things you can do to be motivated and informed.

    1725 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/2/2013 9:29:42 PM
    emoticon SP has some nerve not following through and getting your goals taken care of! I'm sure they will straighten it out straight away! that they know of your concerns! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon
    1725 days ago
    I could have written your blog, totally get that I'm the reason the wieght loss has stalled. Here is to a great next month.
    1726 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    I look forward to reading your blogs. I'll see one in my mailbox and I'm thrilled. Imagine my surprise when I read your blog today! Have you been stalking me?

    Seriously, I do enjoy your blogs. I'm sorry life has been rough lately. I hope the health issues are resolved and everything starts running more smoothly. I just keep telling myself I have to be flexible. That no matter what, I can still make healthy choices. You can do it! Hope you love your new job--that always makes life easier.
    1726 days ago
    Thanks for the laugh
    1726 days ago
    Thanks for the laugh! Now put those french fries down and get to work on those goals! emoticon
    1726 days ago
    You need a good, swift kick in the butt from your SparkFriends - so consider your butt officially kicked. You need to hit the reset button. Remember why you started this. Remember the enthusiasm with which you started this journey!

    Thanks for another great post - even if it is rather tongue-in-cheek! You put into words what so much of us feel at one time or another.

    Really want someone to complain to? Take a good look in the mirror. While you are taking a good look at yourself, dig down deep and find that man that has lost so much weight already, and knows that this is a lifetime journey.

    You know how to do this!

    1726 days ago
    I know this blog is tongue and cheek but....

    I cannot say enough how SparkPeople provides the tools and support FREE OF CHARGE.

    Just because a person buys a gym membership doesn't mean they go to the gym and do the required amount of exercise to match or exceed the calories they are taking in to lose weight or maintain. Owning a gym membership does not mean you lose weight gain muscle without doing the work.

    We have to take responsibility for our own actions/choices to get the results we want.
    1726 days ago
    Thanks for my morning chuckle! But seriously, does the guilt of eating poorly and not exercising make life's stressfull situations more bearable? Naaa. Time to get back on program kiddo!
    1726 days ago
    Too funny, I'd be happy if I had lost 50#'s but that's me. Remember it's a lifetime new life style and it will go on forever....I'm sure you really aren't upset with Spark we're all here for you!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1726 days ago
  • BECCA315
    Thanks for making me smile! It's nice to know I'm not the only one... Becca
    1726 days ago
    awesome blog! i have exactly the same complaints. stupid sparkpeople emoticon
    1726 days ago
    You made me laugh today! Personally, I thought it's the extra cortisol in our bodies due to the stress of being in education right now, but my son is an assistant principal and doesn't seem to have these issues! For instance, on Friday our school had a shelter in place because of a drug bust going down across from the school. Was my class in school at the time? No, we were art the museum across the street right next to the drug bust. While our school resource officer escorted us back to school and my kids had no idea what was going on, I was a little stressed! Mind you, we are in a rural town, and don't see this every day, however....and don't get me going on the Common Core, which I assume you don't have in Canada! Seriously, we have to do the best we can, and find replacements and fit them in. Wishing you the best on your journey! emoticon
    1726 days ago
    Sorry you are having a rough time.
    1726 days ago
    Ha .. yeah ... I'm feelin' it.
    1726 days ago
    Keep going emoticon I am thinking about using that Zombies are Chasing You app. I think you will shrink.
    1726 days ago
    Hahaha too funny andy!

    Remember always you get out of it what you put in!

    I know things will get better... Beleive in the SPARK!
    1726 days ago
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