Riffing off a couple of fellow super blogsters, HILLSLUG98239 & ONEKIDSMOM:
Success is not an accident
How did you get started?
HILLSLUG98239 struggles with others being jealous of her accomplishments and wonders why intelligent people can't put 2 + 2 together and just DO IT!
My response: education and intelligence isn't enough. Food is steeped and wrapped into SO many layers of emotions and feelings that can skew our minds and thinking terribly!
I've been there, done that for FAR too many years...and yes, I STILL struggle around those issues which continue to have the potential to knock me off the rails of my healthy and well lifestyle!
There is SO much more to making healthy lifestyle choices than intelligence. Which also speaks to a corollary erroneous belief others can have that somehow people who make poor lifestyle choices and as a result are obese, are intellectually inferior to their peers.
When we are successful it is because we've worked hard to find our unique path. And much of that work is emotional. To succeed others will have to do the same. There's no magic to this, just a few basic guideposts (1 - eat less, 2- better quality food choices, 3- move more) the rest is up to us to hammer out through our own trial and error.
What we CAN do, however, is to be the best example of living a life filled with SPARK to entice and invite others toward doing the same!
ONEKIDSMOM offers an example of my Gandhi-ism in her blog. As does HILLSLUG98239 too!
I've been developing one of my own examples: I recently changed dentists (darned insurance hiccups!) and got on to talking about SparkPeople, weight loss and bicycling. He is a bit overweight and showed an interest, mentioned how he wanted to get back to cycling.
When I returned to see him (darned old fillings needing re-doing) he excitedly shared with me how he rode his bike over the Brooklyn Bridge this past weekend! I cheered him on and loved to see his smile and joy in his face! He mentioned how he wanted to lose his belly and I encouraged him to pay attention to his food and shift toward more "real" and plant-based foods and of course to use the SparkPeople Nutrition tracker!
It just feels so terrific to see the SPARK catching on in others!
Keep paying it forward everyone!