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Sparkpeople: A mindset-transformer

Friday, June 21, 2013

Most of us stumbled on this site while searching for a way to lose weight. Free tools, lots of resources, a new approach to the weight loss science made it look quite appealing to the exhausted and disappointed dieter. Little did we know that given the right circumstances and using it the right way, it could literally transform our mindset regarding healthy living.

When someone gets started here, they have to be ready for change. Real, deep, gradual and irrevocable change. And as most of us know by now, change starts from within. In the mind. The body just follows. It achieves what the mind believes.

The site, the resources, the community can be extremely helpful in our transformation as long as we are eager to alter our way of thinking. Then magic happens.

Because the truth is that the majority of us, when we first started here, had just one problem: a turbulent relationship with food. And a completely distorted idea of how to deal with it. We used to tackle all our everyday problems with food. We would “drown” our feelings in generous amounts of food we knew was bad for us. We would search for joy in various kinds of junk food and multiple servings of desserts. And then we would starve ourselves with famine-resembling diets that guaranteed the solution to all of the above.

I’m sure this sounds familiar to many of you. For me this was the case for many years. And I have to admit that when I first came here I wasn’t ready for change. It took me a while before I could realize that the change had to start from my mindset.

Reading blogs was the biggest source of knowledge. Learning about other people’s ways, successes and failures had so many lessons to teach. And not just about weight loss. About living and enjoying life.

A friend of mine asked me recently: “How did you manage to dissociate food from entertainment?”
I didn’t! As I’ve said before, food and entertainment, food and social encounters, food and joy are combinations that have been inculcated into our subconscious ever since we were kids. It’s not easy to uproot attitudes with such strong foundations. But we can change their proportions and bring them to our own standards, to the way we want to live our lives, closer to the relationship we choose to have with food.
I learned to enjoy real food, food that is good for me every day. At the same time I taught myself how to enjoy all types of “food temptations” in moderation and on chosen occasions. I learned to enjoy the preparation of healthy recipes and home-made desserts. And above all I learned to find joy in many other things apart from food.

My good Sparkfriends have showed me so many beautiful things through their blogs! Fun family pastimes, wonderful hikes surrounded by nature’s wonders, enjoyable fitness activities, anything that makes life worth living.

So, I started looking for joy. In everything. In everyday life’s smallest and biggest things. In a music tune, in a beautiful flower, in a child’s smile, in a new recipe, in a good book, in anything that creates positive feelings. And I would like to share my joys with all of you.
That’s why I created a new online place where I’ll blog about the joys in my life. If you could stop by my "Gleams of joy" and tell me what you think, I would be really honored and your feedback would be greatly appreciated.

I’m new to all this but I’m a quick learner so I hope I’ll be able to make corrections soon. And for those of you who are Facebook users, you can follow the link from the blog page.

Thank you all for reading. And if you’re new here or you’re disappointed by the progress that doesn’t seem to be happening, don’t quit. Open your mind and try to start your change from within. This site is a treasury of resources and support. Use them wisely and your own magic will soon happen.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KACAR51 6/27/2013 11:05AM

    Well said and so true! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    So absolutely love this blog - your attitude - your thoughts. You truly have swept my heart away with this one - and it is definitely confirmation that I chose wisely in my SparkFriend - because you are a gem.

Keep sharing you wisdom - and when I get a chance - I will check out your blog. You have a lot to share.


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GEORGE815 6/23/2013 3:55PM

    Here's to progress for everyone.

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FUNLOVEN 6/22/2013 9:59PM

    What a great blog and oh so true! You described perfectly what is so special about SP emoticon I checked out your blog and think it is very nice so I signed up for your e-mails emoticon

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MICKEYH 6/22/2013 12:05PM

    Wonderful bolgs and love the piña colada cakes. Yum!! I can so relate to you in these blogs. Thanks for sharing!!

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KANOE10 6/22/2013 8:53AM

    I love your blog. You are an eloquent writer. I also have not given up using food to celebrate and enjoy life. Like you I have learned to like healthy foods and can be moderate with indulgences. You describe the magic of Sparkpeople very well. It is not just a diet but learning how others successfully enjoy and maintain a healthy life.
I liked your new blog. I love the cake. It was so cute! I like your focus on finding joy in your life. Thanks for sharing both blogs.

I am so happy to not have the turbulent relationship with food. Yes there are times when I need to cut back, but I am very happy with my life. emoticon

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WORKNPROGRESS49 6/21/2013 7:11PM


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BAMAJAM 6/21/2013 4:56PM

  Thank you for a most uplifting blog! Your encouragement means so much to me--- Have a wonderful weekend--!

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THOMS1 6/21/2013 1:45PM


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123ELAINE456 6/21/2013 1:38PM

  Awesome Blog. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Wonderful Weekend. Take care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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BAKER1009 6/21/2013 1:33PM

    I'm so happy for you Elle! Off to check out your blog!

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THEEXERCISER 6/21/2013 11:12AM


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KATIEM929 6/21/2013 11:08AM

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KRISTIPUGH 6/21/2013 11:07AM

    I started this year with the Fruit of the Spirit - love, peace, joy, patience, etc. I focus on one per month!

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