I found Spark in 2007 as the result of health issues. A sedentary lifestyle, poor eating habits, and self-imposed isolation was destroying me. However, there remained a tiny piece of myself that wanted more. I did not like the future which lay ahead. I had no idea where the road would take me, but as I took that first step I knew it would only get better.
Admittedly, I was not very accountable in the beginning. It was mainly the recipes, and nutrition tracker I would use. A bit later I began to read more of the articles. I do not remember when I made my first post. However, I know it was at least three years before I began to interact on the site. This was a tremendous step for me, and I have been blessed to "meet" so many wonderful
and caring individuals. The courage and strength of each inspired, and continues to inspire me in so many ways.
This is why I always try to encourage new members to interact as soon as possible.
With the help of Spark and my friends, my initial faltering steps became steadier. A few years later I was stronger and healthier than I had ever been. My life changed dramatically for the better. There are no words to express the gratitude I feel.
Throughout this time, the majority of my focus was on regaining and maintaining my health, and ultimately the quality of my life. Meal planning, cooking, exercise, and Sparking. It has been a road of twists and turns. Spark was there through it all.
I have learned many things, and have made many changes. One of the things I have learned is that it is necessary to re-evaluate your routines and determine whether or not they are working. Recently, as I was once again admonishing myself that I am not "Sparking" as much as I should, I am neglecting my friends (who are never forgotten and mean so much), I realized it was time once again to take inventory.
I believe that the intent is not to create stress, but to help ease the journey and stress of our challenges through encouragement, support, and education. I began to gradually open my eyes to what was nagging me. I, had, at some point, become overly invested. What a realization! For me, it is time to change the direction as I continue down the road.
Taking the principles I am learning and using them make it necessary to alter the manner in which I use my time. New avenues are opening and exciting things lie ahead. However, this means some things will need to change, and one is not to allow my spark to go out, but to carry it with me as I continue my journey. This may mean loosening my grip, but I will not be letting go.