Trying for balance.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

I struggle with balance in all things. It is hard to balance work and family, cravings with good food choices, exercise with my busy schedule.

I guess it shouldn't be a surprise then, that I struggle with knowing how much time to spend on SP as well. I do know that when I spend time here connecting with my sparkfriends, I do better health-wise. Right now, I'm about three pounds over my goal weight for about the third time in a few months. It seems either I'm here so often I feel pressured for time, but I'm at (or below) goal, or I'm not on the site at all and I start to gain.

I'm looking for advice. I see many of my sparkfriends adding new friends, and I have actually avoided posting blogs because I feel I can barely keep up with the friends I have! I really think it is important to reply to people when they comment or post, and so I'm afraid to take on more, but I also want to participate fully and help others as well as myself.

In short, I'm trying for balance.

How do you guys do it? Many of you have WAAAAY more sparkfriends than me - how do you keep up? I'd love your thoughts and advice.

P.S. Yes, I do recognize the irony in asking you to post more when I'm trying to figure out how to post a reasonable amount myself, but yeah, I'm doing it anyway. emoticon
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    I try to comment on the blogs of people who also comment on my blogs. I don't usually send a "thank you" to a page unless it is a new person. Commenting on each other's blogs seems to be a more genuine conversation to me. Once in a while I add a friend -- usually it is someone that I see commenting on my other sparkfriends' blogs and they say interesting things, so I think "that's someone I'd like to know."

    Does that help?
    2155 days ago
  • OPTIMIST1948
    My sp friendships keep me accountable to myself, as much as the trackers! I comment on blogs that look interesting. Add to the message boards when I need 3-5 more points to hit that bonus spin. I like most monitoring people status. 140 characters can say alot.
    2155 days ago
    Balance is key. I have been trying to limit my adds to people who are active on the site and then I try to comment when I an inspired. I do not expect all my friends to comment on my stuff as I am sure they don't expect the same. Same for the replying to comments. I agree that it is important to reply to those who have commented and I do my best. At the end of the day, if I spent time connecting and reached out to connect, that is what it's all about for me. I have also been trying to stay connected for at least 10-15 min a day, more on days where I am less busy (like that ever happens).

    2157 days ago
    Not sure I have great advice. I find it comforting to connect with SP friends so I prioritize it and try to do it quickly. But it does stress me out sometimes...and maybe I allow it to be an escape for me, but really, there are real world issues all around that I should be focusing more on!
    2158 days ago
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