How To Make Spark Work For YOU

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

HI gang ...

I decided that this is motivation Tuesday ....because I need this as much as anyone.

In zipping around the site this past month, I have noticed that the most successful people are the involved people. So how do we get involved here and stay involved?

1. Make a Spark page and make it public .

Yes I know there are some of you who want your privacy and that is ok. For the rest of us, please. please take the time to make your Spark page. Tell us about yourself. Post some pictures if you like. Why are you here at Spark? What are your goals? Do you have children or pets? Tell us as much or as little as you wish.
Give us someplace to come and visit you. To say "welcome" and "hello, how are you doing?". We like to drop in and see your progress and lend our support.

2. Blog ..Blog ..and Blog.

A big part of this journey to a healthier lifestyle is recording the ups and the downs. Your blog can be long or short, happy or sad.
Tell us how great you felt when you passed up the brownie and how bad you felt when you binged.
Take the time to read the blogs that others write. If you are in teams, each team will have links to member's blog on the first page of the team. You will also see a community link in the upper right and a link to Spark's Pages can follow that to see recent blog entries.
You will find wonderful motivation in the blogs.

3. Join Teams

This site is loaded with teams of people with similar interests. When you find some you like, join and introduce yourself. Set your emails to receive the new posts. Get to know your team mates.

4. Post Post Post

Post in team boards and in the general boards. Don't be afraid to post. No one will criticize you. Let YOUR personality shine through. We are all learning from each other.

5. Log your food and exercise.

Use the food and exercise trackers daily .... You do not need to be perfect ....just so you are tracking your progress. Out here in California, Keiser Permanente, a medical provider, did a study and found out that those people who kept food diaries faithfully, lost more weight over the time of the study then those who did not log. It really does make you more aware of what you are doing.

6. Get your daily Spark points will see a link to Spark points on the right side of the page. You can have fun with the points giving Spark goodies to people ... and to yourself.

I guess the whole point of this blog is INVOLVEMENT. This community is supportive and motivational if you allow it to be.

We can do this ....together. We are not alone. We need each other and we need YOU.

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    I LOVE this blog... I'm going to post a link to in in my team's forums! emoticon
    4684 days ago
  • LUVDANCE6803
    Great ideas. I will have to update my page and probably will include more photos.
    4686 days ago
  • no profile photo TMROTH
    emoticon one Ro!!!!!!!!!!!

    I like your thinking. Which reminds me - I should update my page again so it's not boring anyone.
    4686 days ago
  • SUZY6281
    Thanks for the reminders. I need to work on #4, but I can agree that the more you participate, the better you do.

    take care,

    suzy emoticon
    4686 days ago
  • MUSTANG0421
    Thanks for your suggestions. This is really a case of KISS (Keep it simple sister) or in other words, do what others are doing.
    4686 days ago
    Thanks for all the pointers.
    4687 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3239596
    You are right. I am so excited that today is my "3 month" anniversary and tomorrow....I will become a community team member. This will really help boost me into action. The more we do...the more we want to do. As I look back on the 3 seems like I have been here forever. I have learned a lot...even though I thought I knew it all about dieting.....and the biggest thing I have learned is that I was doing it all wrong.....this is the way...I am convinced. And if I ever hope to keep this off forever...I have to find peace with a way to achieve it.....I think I can live with LIVE-IT. I have to...cause I am so done with bein the fat bout you?
    4687 days ago
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