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Spreading the Spark

Friday, February 24, 2012

I came home from grocery shopping after work. It was another lovely day here in OK, and my daughter was outside playing with her good friend and neighbor, whose mom I took to the gym with me yesterday. The girls came running over to me, so I asked my daughter's friend, "How is your mom today? Was she sore?" and she said, "Yeah she was.. but she's down at the gym now!"

I was so happy. This woman who was, just a few days ago, afraid to go to the gym went by herself after just one time with me. She had felt so good yesterday, it filled my heart with pride. I inspired someone. I did exactly what SparkGuy asks of us... I spread the Spark.

I may not have lost a lot, if any, weight yet... but people are noticing my efforts, if nothing else. I might not be a good dieter, or a good runner, or a good biker, BUT I AM a good FRIEND. I have that totally going for me right now as I make friends on Spark as well as in my neighborhood. I've got the guys at work cutting back on coffee and drinking green tea instead. I'm making small changes for me, and in turn, changing the world around me. These are such small feats in the scheme of things, but hopefully they lead to a much, much bigger change. Until next time....


PS- My doctor doesn't want me to weigh myself except for once a month at his office. I am having a mental difficulty accepting that order. IDK... I know I have gone down a pants size since I started... should that be enough? Or should I sneak in a weigh in? Opinions please?!
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  • no profile photo SHARON-MARIE
    SARAOMG - I absolutely LOVE how you know that your being a good friend is going to go far in helping you spread the Spark!

    Awesome, Awesome!

    Regarding how often to weigh . . . I'm in the camp of less is more, regarding the scale. The scale is but only one measure of how one is doing . . . and, in my opinion, it's not the highest priority measurement nor does it always portray an accurate picture of your journey.

    Loose clothes is a good measurement! :)

    And even better than that is being able to notice an improvement in how one is feeling physically (and mentally).

    I see so many people on Spark and elsewhere who hang their entire self-worth on what the scale says. I've also seen people become completely dejected and misplace their self-worth because the scale won't move. This saddens me. It's putting too much emphasis on what the scale says.

    Work your program. Trust the process. Encourage yourself.

    Personally, I do not weigh more than once / month. Sometimes, I go even longer than that. It helps me keep focused on my priority (which, my priority is not to loose weight; my priority is to continually improve my health, on all levels - the weight loss is but one physical result of my sticking to my priority).

    Me? I get more excited over loose clothes than I do watching the scale go down . . . and there have been times when my clothes have become looser and my weight has either stayed the same or, sometimes, has even gone up. Water consumption, exercise, eating properly . . . it all plays a factor.

    Be blessed,
    2461 days ago
    Spreads the spark at the gym and on my personal web page.
    2462 days ago
    It's hard to just weigh yourself once a month. My doctor told me not to weigh myself more than once a week and I feel good about that.
    2462 days ago
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