Sparkteams: insights, info, awareness and direction

Monday, January 10, 2011

ok... i'm still really new, but i find that the Sparkpoints page is a really good place to explore what Spark's has to offer, because it makes you go everywhere (well.. to earn points :) (at 1st..)

I think at 1st i would have been intimidated by the SparkTeams. But that's my old self: perfectionist, shy to share, to open up, to ask for help.

Now: not perfect - i don't need to meet all the challenges (sorry) BUT i know that in the past, i've never maintained weight loss. So i have to do things differently. And if i want to DO things differently, well.. i have to LEARN NEW THINGS.

so... message boards.. - well.. if you don't know, maybe you can't search (what you don't know)

SPARKTEAMS?? A WORLD opens up to you!!!!!!

This morning , i received the STRESS CHALLENGE 1st wk email (i NEED to do something about stress - because i've always resorted to food - not good, the challenge... 4 wks.. hmmm.. in 4 wks, perhaps i can change the way i act and see things.

1st on the list: a quizz (no Spark points (kidding!!! :) ): and for exercise, it talks about PERSPIRATION!!!!! What?? I thought being active was so much LESS than that! AND i thought, if i exhaust myself, i won't have any energy left (and i don't have any to spare to start with...) Still... seed in my mind...

Another sparkteam??? 1-day challenge (because, honestly, i can do pretty much ANYTHING for ONE day, not too intimidating. Today's challenge?? 30 minutes consecutive challenge yourself work-out.

ok.. 1st reaction: can't do it - well I DID IT!!! - what is 30 min... for ONE day. And YES i DID perspire, when i NEVER thought my little step could make be perspire (AND it takes sooooo much LESS time!! - i think i could actually FREE UP time by stepping up the intensity!!)

Other teams?? Organization (i've already started - not doing challenges per say, but being part of the group makes me AWARE - and that awareness makes me ACT)

Many teams mention 'me': me time, me pampering, me free time, fun - and those have been lacking in MY life. Being aware, over time may operate a shift in me: a shift that will allow weight maintenance (not there yet), but also a more happy, balanced, positive me.

ohhh!! and perspiring makes the 8 glasses of water soooooo much easier to achieve!!!!!

cheers :)

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    I completed the 4week stress challenge. it has helped me to be more aware of the root of stress and to incorporate stress relievers into my daily life. my need for perfection has caused me some stress involving spark teams, but i have learned that if you feel overwhelmed and need to leave a team, no one takes it personally. And you can join or rejoin a team at anytime. Find the right amount of team involvement and the weight loss journey does get more rewarding and easier.
    2661 days ago
  • JMGLEN62
    I was slow to try teams and do posts, but I'm with you give them a chance and it's surprising what you can learn. I wish you much success!
    2661 days ago
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