Sunday, January 05, 2014
I am trying to increase how active I am here on Sparkpeople. I keep reading articles about how being involved in the community features of the site helps a lot, and I am hoping that it will help me. I did fine losing weight 'on my own' using SparkPeople's tools, but now that I am building on top of that goal I think involvement will help me a lot.
I started earlier this week by joining some specific challenges and SparkTeams that will help me reach my goals. I am also trying to post on the message boards within them. I have recently joined the following SparkTeams and Challenges:
-Official January Jumpstart Fitness Challenge
-SparkPeople's 5k Your Way Rookie Running Program
-Official Healthy Cooking Challenge
-Official Better Sleep Challenge
-Official 10-Minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge
-SparkOmaha - The Official Team
The January Jumpstart and 10-Minute Daily Exercise actually go really well together, with similar fitness goals. Running a 5k is a personal goal of mine, so I was excited to see that Sparkpeople had an official challenge and program for it. I actually joined it last year, but broke my leg so I am starting over. The healthy cooking and better sleep are also new year's resolutions for me.
I love the challenges with their goals and the sparkteams because they help me to reach goals I already have and help to hold me accountable. I also enjoy the community aspect of it, so I don't feel like I'm 'going it alone.'
Last year I managed to lose a whopping 19 pounds. I went from a BMI of 26 (slightly overweight) to a BMI of 22.3, almost smack dab in that "normal" range. What is normal, right? I am ecstatic with the results of using sparkpeople's fitness and nutrition trackers on a regular basis. I am hoping to get stronger, healthier overall, and maintain a high fitness level by continuing to use sparkpeople on a daily basis. I know the community tools will only help me even more than sparkpeople already has. That is why I decided to post a blog today.
I am hoping regular blog entries will allow me to A. make shorter blog posts than this and B. help me be involved moreso with the community here on sparkpeople. I'll try to post about my successes (and failures) on my fitness journey and possibly reviews of fitness products that I try, such as the different workout videos on here. I also hope to post how the challenges I'm in are going.
I wish you all a happy and successful New Year!