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Owning the SPARK!

Monday, January 28, 2013

I have always been an over-achiever . . . .give me a TO DO list, and I'll get it done. But when it comes to self-care, I just don't take time to do it. I am overly critical of myself and usually put myself at the end of the list . . . .which means "I" don't get 'done'.

That's one of the reasons I needed a few days away from SparkPeople. Not that I want to splurge or binge or anything . . . I just want to see how much of the the daily TO DO list is really making it's way into my brain and into my life, rather than being a quest for the points or whatever.

It's taken a few days, but I am definitely liking the direction and progress I'm making into really taking care of ME. After all, that's what this journey is all about. And by the way, this morning I was at my lowest weight since joining SparkPeople!

I'm working on slowing down and staying in touch with myself, and making sure that I'm making decisions for the right reason.

Another thing I'm focusing on is getting some quality time with myself each day which includes dialing the world OUT and giving myself a 5 minute NON INTERRUPTED pep talk.

That's just where I'm at right now.

Each of us have to find out what works for you. Do whatever it takes to OWN it and make it happen for you. You are worth it.
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    Sounds like a good thing! I need my Sparktime every morning. But I don't feel I overdo, I give it an hour every day.
    2450 days ago
    I find in life that once the curtains are pulled pack people are predictable creatures, as are the problems they face. If your To-Do list had nothing on it, you would still find things that need to be done because it keeps you from tackling and facing your own problems. I know because I have been there before. The difference is no one told me and hiding behind To-do helped to end my marriage. Take care of yourself.
    2450 days ago
    You have to find your way to make the trek to a healthier life. SP gives ideas and the teams give support but you have to make the commitment and do the work. Keep on Sparking your way
    2451 days ago
    Way to go! Glad you are finding the right path for your journey.
    2451 days ago
    You have the right attitude! It can't be about
    the points, but that can be motivating on its
    own. Let it be about being healthy, making
    good choices and focusing on YOU!
    Yep, you got it! HUGS!
    2451 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/28/2013 10:55:42 PM
    I am trying to cut down on the quest for Spark points too. I generally average 130 points a day on SP. I am going to hit Level 19 in a few days and have been telling myself when I do that, I will just do the basic tracking and keep in touch with my SP friends.

    I have gone a few days here and there with low points and I did live. I should be working more on fitness minutes than SP points.
    2451 days ago
    Sounds lovely - especially your uninterrupted time.
    2451 days ago
    I like that quality time with yourself idea. Being kind and gentle to ourselves in a healthful way, is so beneficial. We know when we've got it right and for the most part have by now made some pretty positive changes in our lives. Old habits die hard though so it is important to stay mindful.
    I haven't been spending as much time sitting in front of my computer lately. Trying to break some pretty sedentary habits.
    Happy for you that your still losing. Me too!
    Spark on! I will need to keep checking to see if you blog. I haven't been getting notices and I am quite sure I subscribed again.
    2451 days ago
    I like and relate to this blog. It's given me some things to think about.
    2451 days ago
    Very wise...I can get way too caught up in playing spark games with friends, when it would actually be doing my body more good to be up moving, or at times sleeping. I have to limit my spark time if I want to accomplish any thing good for me. I keep reminding myself, Spark was created for me to use, I was not created to spark.
    2451 days ago
    Good for you! I schedule everything in my smart phone so that I not only know when I have time for other people when they ask, but so that my activities are official somewhere, making them more real and less likely to be skipped.

    Good luck!
    2451 days ago
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