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One thing that's bothering me...

Monday, November 25, 2013

I am taking part of a Biggest Loser Challenge. And the BLC is a wonderful Sparkteam, where all the 600 members are divided into smaller teams that compete in both team weight loss and individual weight loss. I can’t say enough good things about this Spark team, it is usually very supportive, and it works. However, I came across an issue last week that I didn’t think was fair. When I expressed my opinion in my own personal blog, not on the team page, I was reprimanded by the admin of the BLC team. I am entitled to my own opinion, and I am entitled to express that opinion on my own blog. I didn’t name the individual’s name, and I didn’t go to her Sparkpage and attack her. I simply expressed how unhealthy I thought her methods of losing weight were. She is living on smoothies, and nothing else. And while it is giving her amazing results, such as her 40 lb weight loss in 8 weeks, I do not think it is healthy. Because eventually, she will start eating real food again, and all the weight will come back.

The purpose of all Sparkteams is to not only learn how to lose weight in a healthy way, but also how to maintain the weight loss. And I do not think the Admins should condone this weight loss method, or actively encourage it. I’m sorry if that makes me seem “bitter,” as the person accused me of being, but it’s the truth. I could stop eating and just drink protein shakes, and end up with big losses too. But for me, the only person I am truly competing with is myself. So using that method might help me win an online competition, but in the end when the weight returned, what satisfaction would I have? And yes, I am aware that the person in question has a lot of stress and problems in her life, but then so do I. Everyone has their own battles and struggles, no one has a perfect life. I don’t think that should be used as an excuse.

I am not perfect, I have lost weight and regained it due to emotional eating. That is where I struggle, and something I am trying to work through. But I am honest, I do not take shortcuts, and I put in the exercise time. I haven’t only lost 45 lbs, I have gained strength, muscle and endurance. I have dramatically lowered my blood pressure. I have dropped clothing sizes. This week I have increased my exercise time by almost 30%, and I am seeing results. So no matter how my weight loss compares to another’s weight loss, as far as I am concerned, I have already won. Does that make me bitter? I do not think so. And I do not think anyone has the right to come to my page and reprimand me for what is my opinion. I set my Sparkpage to private as a result of all of this, but I don't think I should have to.
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    emoticon And you've amazed me personally with your dedication to health given all the really powerful stressors you've had this round.

    When you write blogs, you know you are opening yourself up to other peoples opinions (they have a right to theirs too), but it should absolutely be expressed without any name calling or an effort to make the blogger feel bad.

    1466 days ago
    Actually i totally agree with you. And you are right though that person will not be successful in the long run at all. I'm sorry you got hassled about what you post on your own page. And I also agree that someone should address the issue because it is not healthy at all. Hang in there Kat!! You are a valuable team member!!!!
    1466 days ago
  • TEKRU1
    As a member of BLC Admin, I'd like to extend an apology to you. We encourage our members to lose weight in healthy ways, not by using fad diets. Members expressing their personal opinions in blogs on their sparkpage is also encouraged. In reading several of your blogs, I applaud your attitude and your efforts to lose weight.

    Keep up the good work!
    1475 days ago
  • GABY1948
    It probably doesn't matter but...I totally agree with you! Actually, until I hear otherwise, this country (and Spark originated in this country) was founded on freedom of speech although there seem to be many that want to remove that...but for now that I what I will stand on. Try not to let it get you down...we are always going to disagree about one thing or another... emoticon
    1481 days ago
    Very well said! I'm sorry you are going through this, always a few nutters out there. Stick to what works for you and being positive and you'll go far! We're here to support YOUR journey!
    1482 days ago
    emoticon FWIW, you have my complete support.
    1482 days ago
    I think that opinions should be welcome. Also I think if a smoothie is made with balanced nutrients ( carbs, fats, proteins and vitamins/minerals) then it can count as a meal.
    You are doing great emoticon emoticon
    1482 days ago
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