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Thursday, August 23, 2012

I get SO much done when I don't Spark. I mean around my house, making appointments, getting out to do things, exercising, BUT
it also contributes to a big BUTT
I may get more done, but then I lose focus on my eating journey. I specify eating journey because most of the rest of it is still there. But the eating. Pfaff. Pfuff? Bleah.

I want so much to find my balance, but right now it's running away from me.

So, the awkward question I put to you is, how do you sit at your computer long enough to touch base with YOUR beloved Spark friends (and I adore mine), and through that stay motivated to eat right, but still be active enough to manage your life? Do you set a time limit? Do you Spark throughout the day in little bursts? How does it work for you?

I refuse to believe I actually have more to do than you do! I can't be busier than everyone, can I?!

Ok, that's all I have time for today. Gotta get something else done before the forced time to stop so I can relax enough to go to sleep early tonight so I can get on my new regimented schedule for the school year.

Love all you guys!
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  • JENNY160
    I log all my food at once, usually on my lunch hour, which keeps me in check after I leave work (my weakest time for eating poorly) because I have a plan for what I will be eating in the evening to stay within my range for the day.

    As for Sparking otherwise, I usually log in at lunchtime and prior to bedtime. I give myself an hour or so at night, or if I am really tired, I try to get enough points for my bonus spin (logging my food and exercise usually gets me there) to just stay in the routine of logging on.

    Once I get out of the habit of logging on daily, I lose momentum, and then motivation, and then progress.

    I don't visit everyone's page every day. I pick one or two to visit and catch up on. The next day I pick two others, etc.
    3210 days ago
    Oh--I have this same dilemma! I tried using a timer...but is that timer........... Once I start sparking, hours can go by. I have to stop right now--to get ready for water aerobics. Balance. OK--I will try today! Thanks, Chris
    3224 days ago
    I kind of do this all at once. I can't stand when I have to spark on the mobile app. that takes all day.
    3225 days ago
    I've had to limit my sparking to after work / before bed when I'm vegging anyway. It was cutting into my productivity at work! So, I might get on here about an hour in the evening after dinner but before bed.

    I also dedicate Saturday to meal planning for the upcoming week, so I'm not tracking during the week, unless I change something.
    3225 days ago
    I am ridiculous, actually. I check my reg. email, facebook and spark first thing in the am for an hour. Then I work and stuff, then at night, after walking the dog, I am online from like 8-10 while watching tv. I never just watch tv. MY tablet is Always in lap, usually along with a cat. lol.

    3225 days ago
    Yep I agree, I'm also a burster. I jump at the chance to Spark when my hands are behaving since they are so unpredictable.

    I try to respond to my goodie gifters immediately after I open the Soark notice, so that actually helps me plug in more than once per day.

    Sometimes I ask myself if I want to do Spark mail OR visit Spark friend's pages and say howdy. Usually I cannot do both, and I find myself feeling guilty about that -???

    Glad to know that I am not alone in this little battle to stay social by plugging in AND keeping my eating healthy (& staying motivated).

    3225 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8667808
    As far as Sparking, you could call me a little burster. I know I'm not as busy as you, but when I am busy, I still make myself at least spend a minute or two checking out my feed just because the connection with my Speeps keeps me in line. A few of my Sparkfriends also text or regular email with me, especially if we don't have as much time for Sparking. But I think we'd all agree that not taking the time to Spark even when we're busy probably has more to do with a mental block in our journey than a time crunch. Wait a minute, are you trying to be All or Nothing with your Sparking too??? ;)
    3225 days ago
    The most important thing for me is to log my food and exercise. Anything over that is extra and only if I have time.
    3226 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12779890
    A little in the morning, check in during the day, a little at night. I need to stay FOCUSED and logging food and exercise during the day keeps me on track. emoticon
    3226 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10364891
    I do short bursts as well..I'll check in once for a few minutes during the day and then at night I'll spend more time tracking etc. after I'm done with my workout and all my meals. That works the best for's definitely easy to spend a *lot* of time here :) ..If I only spark after I'm done with everything I'm more moderate with it. I think the moment you find that you're using spark to avoid doing something more important then you should walk awaaaay from the computer.. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3226 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/23/2012 10:26:48 PM
    I totally get what you're saying! I've wondered myself, whether Sparks is becoming an obsession (and not in a good way!) when I'm sitting in front of my computer for so long.

    So I don't! I'll take the time to enter my foodstuffs and track my nutrients... but all the social communications only gets done when all my other daily activities are checked off.

    Moderation in anything and everything!
    3226 days ago
    I do short bursts... my time out from housework, errands etc. Works for me. emoticon
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