Friday, December 27, 2013
I love Spark People and am so grateful I found the book and the site two years ago. It's funny, but clearly I am motivated by Spark Points (just reached level 12); logging in daily (105 days in a row this time); seeing fitness minutes increase and reading success stories and blogs. I also appreciate the articles from Spark Coaches, fitness videos and recipes.
Confession time: I recently discovered the blogs section a few weeks ago when I realized I needed to 'do more' to obtain points to reach level 12 (2500 points or something crazy like that!). I also needed a place to use my Spark Goodie points – so had to find people to give them to! I realized that blogging is just a space to share thoughts, musings, ideas, challenges, successes - even recipes and photos. Sometimes lots of people will read and respond and sometimes people blog just for themselves -- and it is OK either way.
The part of Spark People I have yet to really embrace are the friendships and connections and that is what I hope to work on in year 3. I 'join' Spark Teams but don't often go back and read and contribute. Then I join different ones and the cycle continues. This year I'm going to try to pick 2 or 3 teams and really make a commitment to show up.
Over a period of years prior to SP I lost the weight I had been struggling with (down 5 sizes, then up 1 to where I am today). I now have 1 size to go again, potentially, though now I am concentrating more on fitness (recovering from painful injuries) and health and less on the # of lbs on the scale. I've also had a shift philosophically that moved from believing in a simplistic version of "it's just math: calories in vs. calories out" to understanding the impact of what the quality of food I am eating (now mostly whole foods, lots of greens, omega 3s) as well as the impact of hormones, stress, and what is happening mentally. I feel like I am on the right track and am hopeful and optimistic.
Thanks Spark People for the incredible resources, encouraging people, and overall positive sparkiness!
PS: I really love the new look of the site -- it works much better for me!