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Going Backward - and Why (Part 3)

Friday, June 07, 2013

Today I need to address Sparking in general and SparkTime in particular. Like many other areas of my life, something has gone wrong here and needs to be fixed.

Of course, at the beginning of SparkPeople, we race through the levels - and it feels good! But I let the "rush" get to me, and I got really competitive with myself and others about racking up SparkPoints. I just HAD to be #1 on a team or two for the month. And I was - but it was an empty accomplishment. Even when I was consistently in the top 3 of my small teams and top 25 on some of the larger ones, I still felt like a fraud.

And I was being a fraud. I was making sure to list each cup of coffee separately, because that meant that the cream gave me 3 SparkPoints instead of one. If I had a salad, I listed each veggie separately for the same reason: SparkPoints. I huddled for the points, rarely reading what any of the rest of you were saying. I signed up for SparkCoach for the "easy" 25 points a day, not to really learn from it. I could give many more examples, but you get the picture.

So what did I do when I started? I used the quick track and kept track of only water and freggies for two weeks. All of my fitness minutes went on quick track too. It was only later that I set a mileage goal and put my walking on the Fitness Tracker. I had exactly 3 goals, my fast break ones. It worked.

So as part of my going backward, I have deleted all my team and special goals. Yes, that deletes the streaks too, and I'm glad they're gone. I went back to only 3 goals. I'm not going to use the nutrition or fitness trackers for at least two weeks, just the quick track. I'll work on putting SparkCoach to its intended use. I'll huddle regularly - and purposefully. I'll aim to post on one thread for each of my five most important teams daily. I'll be in touch individually with my SparkFriends, one each day, with a comment on your SparkPage or blog, or by giving a goodie.

There are others of you out there whose blogs I've subscribed to without doing Friend requests. You have all become special to me for a variety of reasons, and I'll still be reading your blogs faithfully. And, of course, I'll pay more attention to the team I lead than the others.

But for now, that will be my Sparking. Friends and subscribed bloggers, I love you all.
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    It is def. good to declutter all areas, including spark.

    At the first of the year, with all my teams and duties, I found myself on Spark 8 - 10 hours per day, and at the end of the month even more, trying to get everything done.

    I learned to let go of some duties. To delegate. Found great team leaders to help out. Some things that didnt get delegated, just don't always get done.

    But it has made my spark time enjoyable again, not some dreaded chore with no end in sight.

    Good for you for finding your balance too! emoticon
    1737 days ago
    Oh yes . . . that old saying "To think own self be true." is . . . well . . . true! Good job.
    1745 days ago
    Oh Pam! The stress you are under is trying to wear you down! I am so glad you are taking a step back and evaluating your approach to weight loss!

    You can not change what you are going through. Your response to it is all you can change. Take time for yourself, and your family!

    I have never been one for leaderboards. Not even a spark coach person. I don't care much about Spark Points other than getting enough to send goodies out now and again.

    You are doing a wonderful job getting back to where you need to be!
    1746 days ago
    Good for you! I found that too, a couple of years ago, I wasn't actively working on weight loss and fitness just sparking...I stepped away, now I'm back! I'm fitting in the exercise and my teams, and blogging! I'm excited, but definitely needed that break! Good luck on focusing on what's important!!!
    1746 days ago
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