I am so overwhelmed!

Saturday, July 06, 2013

This site is huge. It would take hours a day to get through everything.

I'm also frustrated. I joined some challenges and it feels like I need to enter things multiple times to have my streaks show. I'm missing things. For example, I'm in the Spark Solution right now, using SparkCoach, joined the 10 minutes of exercise a day challenge. I forget to go everywhere and click on everything. How come if I enter 10 minutes on my tracker it doesn't feed to all my challenges? Does anyone have any hints on how to keep things straight?

I had a spinal tumor removed in January. I was on leave for three months. I just need to get myself moving again. I finished physical therapy and feel like I have so far to go yet. My eating habits are good. I know there are a lot of great new recipes on here and am excited to try them. It just feels like everything is trying to change my eating habits. I just need to physically get myself motivated and moving. Don't hate me but I have lost 14 pounds without really trying, that's not my goal. I want to be able to move pain free and have some flexibility first. So I haven't been doing the food tracker on a regular basis. Once I get moving I can work on the food end. There's always room for improvement, right?

I returned to work full time and it takes everything I have to get through a shift. Most days I fall asleep in my chair with ten minutes of being home. I am a nurse and run a 150 ft hall for 8-10 hours everyday. It takes even more to convince myself to do an additional 10 minutes of exercise when I get home. I've been walking 10 minutes during my lunch break (when I get one) so I can at least say I did that much.

I need suggestions on ways to get myself motivated. I know how important this is. I work on a physical rehab unit. I'm telling people everyday about what they need to do to get back on their feet. But yet I struggle to myself motivated and doing what I need to do. What have you done that worked for you?

(I'm sorry this seems so scattered. I'm exhausted and it's hard to concentrate to type up something that makes more sense.)
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    I'm still lost. I guess I have to figure out site navigation.

    I ran across the Spark Points Page once, I couldn't find it when I looked again.

    I have chosen not to use the nutrition tracker until I get the exercise thing down. I know I make good choices (and I consciously make other choices from time to time).

    Spark America?

    I made my 50 points today. Is that our limit?
    1751 days ago
    I use the SparkPoints page as my guide EVERYDAY!! I try to rack up at least 50 points. There are a few areas I don't participate in, but for the most part, I am finding it keeps my motivation high to stay on track and keep learning, gaining new friends (support) and not feeling overwhelmed.
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    1752 days ago
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    My suggestion is: Don't get over whelmed, if you are running 150 ft long hall in your job I'm sure you are walking a lot more than you think you are, beside you are already putting that extra 10 minutes in at lunch (which is great for you....that walk is your time not any one else in the floor). When you track your fitness minutes in your tracker it automatically adds it to Spark America, if you look at the right hand side of your fitness tracker it should match your Total minutes in the middle of the page, you have today's total and right below you have the Total minutes for the week. They reset every Sunday.
    I'm not sure I'm answering your question....
    When you giving advise to your patients try to listen to your own easy to give advise but when it comes to us we either criticize or bring our self down. The best way to get motivated is by reinforcing the positive that is happening around you or to you not matter how small the changes are.
    I recommend the nutrition really makes a big difference.
    When you go to your teams look on the right hand side when the Blogs are running click on those that call your attention or the people that you already have something in common with you....that will save you time when you are short on time without browsing through all the pages.
    Finally, congratulations, loosing 14 Lbs is a great achievement. You will start feeling better as your body gets stronger.
    Good Luck!

    1752 days ago
    Try using your Spark Points page for your daily map for doing things. I also use the Other Goals page. I have the goals I want on there from the ones that are team goals I have joined. Plus your quick start goals. It only takes a minute or 2 to go there and check what you have done and if you do it every day without fail, you can do for the whole week. It also has a link there on the streaks. Saves a lot of time.
    1752 days ago
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