Well, first let me say thanks to the Sparkers that missed me. and sent me goodies and messages while I was away. Next, I want to say that I viewed some your Spark pages, and you all are doing fantastic.
I have been completely off SP for about 3 weeks. ( I was slacking off a little before that, too) The reason is that my dad has been really sick (and getting sicker) He has been diagnosed with ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. It has been really hard to balance my busy life and help him and my mom at the same time. So, as you can figure, I let myself go.
See, my dad is the greatest! (I know all of you would say the same about yours) and he has been so good to me. I need to be there for him and my mom. It is really hard to watch him go down hill as fast as he has.
I did well during the holidays: keeping up w/ exercise, drinking water, and eating healthy. Then I started slacking off. and that sent me into a down hill spiral. ( I gained 5 lbs)
I realized that my Spark time consisted of too much for everyone else and I was getting no benefits from it. For example: I logged on everyday and commented on everyone's status, blogs, triumphs and discouragements. and welcoming new members to the teams etc. I guess I was trying to be SP MOD or something. Then next I would accumulate all the points I could. ( that was a game) I soon discovered I wasn't tracking my food, or doing anything for myself.
So, then I took a break and concentrated on taking care of my dad for a while. I've given up some of the jobs I have and I'm ready to concentrate on my wt. loss again. I've lost 3 lbs of the 5 that I gained, (not tracking the wt. gain this time)
What this boils down to is that I'm back and ready to get in there and lose wt. and do it right this time. I will be checking on you all from time to time. but this time I'll log on to track 1st then I'll take time to see what everyone else is up to. Taking care of my dad is a priority at this time, so if I don't get to Spark everyday, I will not beat myself up or give up on my journey. I want you all to know that I support you and wish you all the best on your journey. I may not comment on your status and blogs as much as I used to, but I'm still cheering you on!