Advertisement -- Learn more about ads on this site.


    TIGER_LILY_613   14,963
SparkPoints
10,000-14,999 SparkPoints
 
 
Unexpected Side Effects

Thursday, July 25, 2013

My family lives all over the place. When I started losing weight, I wanted to find a simple way to keep them up-to-date on my progress, so I started updating my Gmail status for every pound lost.

This way, any time they log in to check their emails, they'll see at a glance if I have made progress or if I'm stalling. This gives them an opportunity to encourage me if I'm struggling or celebrate with me if things are going well.

What I hadn't anticipated was how it would affect my friends. Helen sends a very cheery Instant Message everytime she sees the numbers change. Francine gets really excited everytime she notices that another pound has melted away. She says it feels silly, but she gets really happy whenever those numbers change.

Today, my status changed from "-37" to "-38".

Two weeks ago, Francince told me that she has decided to start losing weight too because my numbers have inspired her. Today, her she changed her Gchat status to "-5". We may have started a trend :)

Francine told me that I have been an inspiration to her. I admitted that my intention had just been to keep my family in the loop, but that it made me happy that it inspired someone else, and I thanked her for that.

To that, Francine replied, "That goes to show... Always put your best out because you are touching people as you go"

When I get home tonight, I'm writing that on a Post-It and sticking it to my wall. What she said doesn't just apply to this journey, it works for everything else. I am humbled that something I started for myself is having a positive impact on someone else. And I'm grateful that this person has taught me something new because of it.
SHARE
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SDTOHIO 7/31/2013 9:30AM

    Love it that must make you feel on top of the world! You have the emoticon touch!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MRS.CARLY 7/28/2013 9:09PM

    Actions speak louder than words! You have no idea how many people you touch, how many lives you may change! People like to see success!

Report Inappropriate Comment
RECREATING_ME 7/26/2013 4:11PM

    emoticon That is a really cool story for how this journey can be a benefit for those around us! You should be very proud :)

Report Inappropriate Comment
KCMAGPIE 7/26/2013 6:06AM

    Way to 'spread the spark' to your friends! Keep up the great work!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JUNESHOPE 7/26/2013 12:26AM

    emoticon Congrats on your weight loss. Thank you for your comment on my blog. I won't fall off track this time. I've lost 30 lbs over & over, and I think I always go back off track because I think it will be easy to lose it again, and keep going 'next time'. But after reading my journals, I see just how many times I have 'started over'. I've wasted waaaay to much time, when I could have been at goal years ago. I feel great this time I think I've really found my niche, and what my body needs to succeed. I'm right behind you & look forward to watching us reach our goals together.
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
WEEPINGANGEL74 7/25/2013 11:16PM

    You are an inspiration to many!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LISA579 7/25/2013 7:10PM

    That is so amazing how one little thing can inspire someone.

Report Inappropriate Comment
_BABE_ 7/25/2013 6:09PM

    You never know how you and what you do effects another individual. This is a good reminder that I am an inspiration and an I also thought about my bad moods and how I need to reign those in.... I am woman...I am powerful...jk. good blog. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
UNSWEETMAMA 7/25/2013 5:01PM

    I love it!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DAUGHTEROFTWIN 7/25/2013 3:55PM

    I know that makes you feel amazing to have spread the inspiration to your friends!

Report Inappropriate Comment
PEZMOM1 7/25/2013 2:14PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
FRUITYFUL 7/25/2013 2:13PM

    That's awesome. That would make me feel great too!

Report Inappropriate Comment
RUNNING-TURTLE 7/25/2013 1:55PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CHERYL_ANNE 7/25/2013 1:28PM

    WooHoo for being an inspiration and motivational force!

Report Inappropriate Comment
GINA180847 7/25/2013 1:27PM

    I think it is even more amazing that you are inspiring others. There is a lot of love out there if one can only tap into the stream.

Report Inappropriate Comment
ICKA_2 7/25/2013 1:25PM

    That's so awesome! You sparked your friends =)

Report Inappropriate Comment
KBLASEN 7/25/2013 1:11PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
DALID414 7/25/2013 1:06PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 7/25/2013 12:56PM

    It must feel amazing to know you are inspiring so many others! Keep up the great work!

Report Inappropriate Comment

Add Your Comment to the Blog Post


Log in to post a comment.
 


Other Entries by TIGER_LILY_613