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Be the SPARK You Want to See in the World!


Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Riffing off a couple of fellow super blogsters, HILLSLUG98239 & ONEKIDSMOM:

Success is not an accident
www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
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How did you get started?
www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
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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!

Don
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HIPPICHICK1 5/11/2014 6:51PM

    I said something similar in one of my recent blogs. "...I think that anyone who is healthy is healthy because of conscious choices, not by accident."
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_LINDA 5/8/2014 12:18PM

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Thanks for the referrals although onekidsmom is already a regular must read.
Food is a hard critter to wrangle to the ground. I doubt anyone will ever get it perfectly!
Keep on Being the Spark!

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SPINNINGJW 5/8/2014 7:53AM

    I find the most amazing blogs by clicking on my siblings Sparkfriends. It doesn't hurt that you linked ONEKIDSMOM's blog. This is an amazing look at the work that goes into developing a healthy lifestyle as well as the emotional and societal aspects of living a healthy life.
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ZELLAZM 5/8/2014 4:27AM

    Way to spread the Spark, Don! A dentist, no less! emoticon

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CRYSALLIS1 5/8/2014 1:33AM

    Great blog. So true. I hate that I have not been up to par the last week. I'm on my way back to a positive Spark for myself & others. emoticon

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123ELAINE456 5/7/2014 11:37PM

  Awesome Blog. Well Said. Well Done, Good Way To Spread The Spark. Have a Great Day. Take Care.

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L*I*T*A* 5/7/2014 10:35PM

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/7/2014 8:23PM

    Way to spread the Spark, Don! emoticon

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THINFITFEMINIST 5/7/2014 7:41PM

    I think your response was an intelligent and very well stated one. However, I was thinking along the lines of her blog title my self today. Specifically: people in our lives expect us to stay the same for their comfort even if they do not like some aspects of who they think I am. It is still the known element and therefore comfortable for them. When one changes it stirs up things in those around us and often they do not like it. It may not have anything to do with them specifically, it just makes them feel out of sorts.

I got a lot of this when I got down below my goal weight. I am getting this now with financial management. I'm standing firm and allowing others to adjust or not. I also will do the same when I again go below my goal weight. It is what it is.

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WATERMELLEN 5/7/2014 6:35PM

    You are just one awesomely supportive person -- I've seen your encouragement in action over and over and over again here, welcoming new persons to the site and always with a kindly word of congratulation and celebration. So grateful for all of the gestures you've expended my way, for sure. And: not at all surprised that you are the same person in "real time"!!

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KANOE10 5/7/2014 6:21PM

    It does feel wonderful to pay it forward. That is good news about your dentist. I have told my dr about Sparlk people.

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1CRAZYDOG 5/7/2014 6:10PM

    Read both those blogs and they're excellent!

So glad you could spark-start the dentist and share your enthusiasm. AWESOME!

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VALERIEMAHA 5/7/2014 11:37AM

    You are my hero and a guide, brother Don, in the SparkWorldSangha!
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Hmmmm...for some reason HILLSLUG's blog wouldn't open for me, but I found it by getting to her page, etc., so just in case:

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SLIMMERJESSE 5/7/2014 9:46AM

    Very cool!

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