Reach Out When You Need To

Friday, April 18, 2008

I'm going to borrow a habit from JESPAH for this blog and post a link to a video for a song that came up in my playlist the other day. I have a very large library, so songs don't pop up too often on random play, and I haven't heard this song in ages. I thought it a perfect example of SparkPeople both in the lyrics, and the imagery in the video.

I'm not going to address weight loss issues. I'm going to discuss self-esteem issues.

Many people who are overweight tend to lock themselves away from the world, choosing to either hide, or ignore who they are. This blog is to remind you that YOU are NOT your body. Your body is just a shell that keeps all of the gooey insides from falling out. The person that is you, is a vibrant, worthy person and the world deserves to know who you are. Each and every one of us has something to contribute, and when you hide yourself away, you are depriving the world of your wonder and beauty.

Yes, I said beauty.

Now, I certainly realize that overcoming those feelings can be even harder than the diet itself. And that's why it's so great to have a resource like SparkPeople. Because we are a community. We all stick together, and we help each other. Not just when we slip in our diet goals, but also to reinforce the fact that YOU ARE WORTH IT. The road to better health is not just about the body. It's about our mental and spiritual health as well.

As SparkPeople preaches all the time, take baby steps in this area as well.

If you're not quite ready to face the world yet, that's alright. At least get a little closer. Trade your telescope in for a keyhole.

Trade your dreams in for plans. Reward yourself for each mini-goal that you accomplish. What will you do for yourself when you lose 5 lbs? 10 lbs?

Stop being the breeze that dies in the trees, and become that whirlwind that faces life head-on with the force of a tornado.

There are literally thousands of people here willing to be YOUR Spark when you need them. That many sparks all put together make a pretty big flame. So remember that, every time you're feeling like it's just not worth continuing what you've started. Remember that every time you feel that nobody cares. We care. I care. Reach out, and someone will be there for you. Whether you need advice, or just to vent.

Because without your spark, our collective flame is weakened. We need you. Come on out and play.
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    WOW!! Once again Tracy I am blown away by the words and wisdom you have provided!! It seems to me that you know when we all need a little kick in the ass, and you do it so lovingly and philosophically! Thank you for being the sincere, warm, beautiful person that you are, and always remember I am here for you too!
    4769 days ago
    Tracy, Tracy, Tracy...Thank you for being my 'Spark'. Everything you have said hits home and takes things to a whole new level. Day by day is how we can all do this. Those 'not so good days' that pop up now and then are becoming fewer and fewer. Why? Because I am here on SparkPeople with you and all of the other wonderful people I have met taking the same journey more or less. Something I thought was going to be the hardest, most difficult thing to accomplish has turned into that something I am truly enjoying.
    Hugs, hugs and more hugs! ~ Joy
    4769 days ago
    Thank you!!! I just wrote my own blog that I was struggling.

    It is very easy for me to give others a spark, but not myself. Your blog was my spark. Thank you. Thank you!!
    4770 days ago
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