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I want to Spark like it's a marathon, not a sprint.

Friday, April 06, 2012

I joined this site on November 4, 2010. Wow. Seems like yesterday. And nothing I have done in the last 20 years has changed my life so much (other than having children). I had dieted and exercised before, but I was really just bouncing around in the dark. I love the structure and flexibility that SP gives me. I can eat anything I want. Anything. And still lose weight. I just can't eat everything I want. I can exercise how I want. If I want to eat more, I know I can change my goals to lose weight more slowly, or I have to exercise more. I am not following a rigid plan set up for the general public. Love that.

I am a part of two Spark Class teams. The one I "joined" when I signed up for SP, and the one in which I was made co-leader. Periodically, I will check the leaderboards for fitness minutes. My original Spark Class has dwindled down significantly, and I am 5th on the leaderboard. With 250 fitness minutes, I am 35th in the rankings in the Spark Class of March 11-17th, 2012. I'm not even on the front page. I remember when I first started sparking, I wanted to be top ten. I spent two hours working out most days. Now, not so much. Even though I liked being one of the top in fitness minutes, I have accepted that I probably won't be able to compete with the newbies. After all, I have lost over 50 pounds. The next 20 pounds are not going to come off as quickly as the first 50. I have to do something that I can sustain for the rest of my life. Can I work out an hour or so 3-5 days a week? You bet! I can't do the 2 hours, 5 days of week. And that is ok. I was a sprinter in the early days of my Spark journey. I may not be able to run like so many of my Spark friends, but I can Spark like it's a marathon. Slow and steady may not win the race, but I can certainly finish!
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    You go girl! AND you continue to be an inspiration for all of us!! Hugs!
    2215 days ago
    I totally agree! At this point in my life, I'm much happier loping along. I wave and smile at the sprinters as they go past.
    2224 days ago
    I have no idea where my Spark class is at...I never really bonded with anyone there. But now I'm going to go back and check!

    This was a great blog and you are so right...turtle trumps hare, every time!

    2234 days ago
    You are a marathoner - you can do it, Michelle! 3-5 workout days + good eating = WINNER!
    2234 days ago
    I believe you are a marathoner and we are still here together!!
    2237 days ago
    Great blog and message!
    2237 days ago
    I totally agree with the slow and steady philosophy. This journey has been the most enlightening of all my diet attempts. For the first time in my life, I lost the weight and gained the weight in such a way that it was obvious to me how hard it is to keep doing this... I don't know that I explain that very well, but it was eye opening to me! I WILL NOT EVER have to re-lose these pounds - it is too much work!

    And, I totally agree that the last 20 come of much harder than the first 30, 50, or 70 - whatever the case may be. And I bet the last 10 will be even harder than the first 10 of those 20, but we can do this!

    SparkTurtles Unite! emoticon
    2237 days ago
    I am for the spark turtles!! It took me over 3 years to lose 55 pounds and that was okay. I also eat what I want..not giving up my pizza:) You are moving forward with your healthy lifestyle....take your time!! Your right, it isn't a race.....but a marathon!!
    2237 days ago
    The turtle was the winner! We need a new team... SparkTurtles. I left my Spark Class so I have no idea where I would stack up now. They were a bunch of whiners, lol. I was on a roll and didn't want to be sucked down with their "this is so hard" complaints. It wasn't hard 70 pounds ago. It's the last 20 that are hard! You will make it to the finish, my friend. We ARE going to get there eventually!
    Turtle Power!
    2237 days ago
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