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A homecoming, a Sparkversary, and lessons learned...

Sunday, November 18, 2012

I'm BACK!!! It has been since mid-June, but here I am! I'm so happy to be back. I've missed my friends and just being on Spark! It feels like coming 'home'!

Beginning of October was my 4 - year Sparkversary! I can't believe I have been a part of this community for that long! I have come to know so many wonderful people, and have thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of using this website. I hope to be here for 4 more!

So, in the last 4 years, or even just the last 4 or so months, I have had time to ponder what I've learned from being on Spark.

** There is 100% certainty that you can't do life alone. Especially when it comes to weight loss. Even better - you need a community of people to come along side of you and encourage you, and be willing to listen to you when things are going right...or even when they are not going so great.

** If you are not involved on Spark, then you aren't thinking about weight loss. If you're not thinking about weight loss, you're not going to lose weight. Worse? You might even gain some. (Ask me how I know!)

** If you don't actively pursue weight loss, it's not going to happen. You won't wake up tomorrow and suddenly the weight is gone. Or even start going away. You have to put in the effort in order to reap the rewards.

** Gaining weight, plus age, equals big problems. I can't go on thinking that I am invincible, and that I have "all the time in the world" to take the weight off. The time is now. I must pursue it with urgency.

** The longer you remain inactive, the more you will NOT want to be active. "If an object is not moving,its momentum is zero." How true is that. Whereas, if you start, even if it's just small, it builds on itself. You begin to have more energy, which allows you to do more, which gives you even more energy, which allows you to do even see where this is going. It all starts with taking that first step.

** Giving up is not an option. Even if you don't achieve your goal - or even if you perceive what you have done as a failure. You can't give up on yourself - you are the only you that you've got! Every day isn't perfect, and everything doesn't always line up. When those days happen, you have to turn around, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start forging ahead - AGAIN. You might have a one step forward, two steps back kind of day...but that might be followed by a ten steps forward kind of day. You don't know how it's going to play out, so just keep giving it your all!

** NOTHING worth achieving has happened overnight! The pyramids weren't built in a day, the Great Wall of China didn't happen in a week, Rome didn't come about in a month. Likewise, if a year is put into something, it can take that long (or longer) to undo it. (You get what I'm saying here - if you've been overweight for 10 years, it's NOT going to change in a month! Give it time!)

** You can NOT talk down to yourself. You are a person who is here for a purpose and a reason. It is no coincidence or accident that you are here. So do NOT believe for one second that you are worthless, stupid, ugly, lazy, or useless because you are overweight. There are lessons you are going to learn that will be beneficial in the long run. Embrace the challenge, and show yourself (and everyone else!) what you're made of!

** I just read this today on Spark: If you're tired of starting over, STOP GIVING UP! Ouch! That one hit way too close to home. But, how true is it?! No need to get back on the wagon if I never get off.

It's go time. No more excuses. I need this community to help me through this. I need the resources here to teach me what I need to know. I need to realize that just because everything didn't go well one day, doesn't mean that the next day is out too. I can do this - and as long as I put my mind to it, I can accomplish anything. And so can you!!

~ Christa

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