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What Happened?

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Since Christmas vacation, the kitchen chair next to mine held a steadily growing stack of magazines. Finally, school has ended, and I spend my mornings reading while I enjoy my leisurely cups of coffee. In June, an article in Prevention really caught my attention. The author had lost a tremendous amount of weight and she attributed her success to Spark People and the resources and support she found there. The article was marked for reference, and later, while at the computer, I decided to check out this Spark People site. After going through the steps to create an account, no one could be more surprised than I, when discovered I already had an account. The site sent a password reset and I entered... emoticon

My page (there sure wasn’t much there!) states that I joined Spark People on 10 September 2012. Not true. An account may have been created, but I didn’t join anything. My warped thinking probably was, “If I create an account, I will lose weight.” Nothing in my thinking included a commitment to myself or doing any of the work. I have a friend who joined Weight Watchers. After a meeting, she will lament, “I go to meetings. I don’t understand why I don’t lose weight.” She does not work the program. I digress.

It was on 30 June 2014, that I really joined Spark People! There were a couple of teams on my page from before, but I have no recollection of welcome. So...I went in search for a team that had similarities to my life. And. I found it. I roamed around Spark People and signed up for anything that was offered: health emails, recipe emails, blogs, anything to give me motivation to stick with some kind of program. The next morning, I was back again. Checking some of the links for this team (from here on referred to as “my team”) I found a comment from one of the leaders. A huge welcome, but she couldn’t find my page. She wanted to find my page? Really? So I went to my page and changed some settings. During this process, I discovered I could add some things to my page. As others reached out, and I visited their pages, I discovered I could add pictures, colors, backgrounds, I could change my status ~ everyday if I wanted.

At first, I didn’t interact much. But with each small post I made, I would find positive comments about my post. I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to join conversations, so I just read them. Stalking? Maybe. I like to think of it as learning. And I have learned...so much...and I continue to learn everyday. Tracking my food has shown me the dangerous foods that cause my calorie intake to sky-rocket. In turn, I’m learning about portion control and that I don’t have to give anything up, just have smaller amounts. The number on the scale has gone down and my clothes are looser. The very best part of this remarkable site is the marvelous people on my team who make the same journey as I. My self-esteem has grown exponentially!

What happened? Who knows? I had a bad day, binged, felt like a failure and quit. I had a busy day and just didn’t have time. More than likely though, it was because I expected to lose weight just by creating an account. Ugh! I can sit in a garage for a week, but I still won’t be a car. This time. This time I think I’m going to make it. When I have a bad day, my team will be there to offer kind words and support. When I have a great day, my team will be there to cheer me on. Prayer, faith, support, and friends those are what is happening now.
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    Could not have said it better! I was here before too, but same deal- never got involved, never really committed. SO glad I came back- and glad you did too!!
    1324 days ago
    Well, first and most importantly, I am SOOOO glad you decide to pursue SP even if it has been little by little. I luckily found the same team and I think you joined right before me!!! I do feel we are 'kindredspirits'.

    1324 days ago
    I did the same thing when I joined SP back in 2007 except I called it "Lurking" emoticon

    I'm glad you found your way back again although much has changed since you first created your profile.

    Wishing you well on you current and future goals. emoticon emoticon
    1334 days ago
    emoticon I think you are awesome! Starting something new is difficult....change is difficult. You have found your way and you have a home here. SparkPeople really do care!! I have not been on SparkPeople too much longer than you. I just love it and all my team mates! Good for you for keeping on keeping on! emoticon
    1336 days ago
    Jeanne, first I have to laugh a little bit...how like so many of us to set up an account and then "forget about it." What a great analogy...sitting in the garage and becoming a car. It is hard work, but sometimes it isn't hard at all. We're awfully glad you're on our team!! It's wonderful to see your enthusiasm and excitement. None of it is possible without a bump in the road now and then, but with your attitude, you can't go wrong! Sure glad you were lurking around out there and finally decided the water was good enough to jump in!! Hugs and love, and wishing you all the very best in this journey to better health! Love, Jeannie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1336 days ago
  • COOP9002
    Don't let a tough day get you down.

    Blessings upon you on your journey.
    1336 days ago
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    1336 days ago
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