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 doctorís 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 didnít 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 didnít 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 doesnít 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 havenít 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 isnít 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.