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Day 37: Thanks SparkPeople!!!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Last week I started my Spark-break because I found myself spending too much time sitting at the computer, mostly Sparking. There's just so much great info here and it's easy to get carried away. Especially the social interactive opportunities - SparkTeams, SparkFriends! Oh my!!

So I decided to step away from the computer for a while. I've been Sparking for a year and a half, I thought I could do it myself. But I'm finding It's hard to keep on track without checking in every day.

Not that I'm going after donuts and candy bars . . . I'm keeping with my good nutrition and fitness plan. . . .

it's just hard to keep it all straight in my head without having it all in front of me at one well organized place.

Just take a look at our start page - it's got everything we need right there!
and then there's the fitness and nutrition trackers . . . I found that without those trackers, I get distracted and lose track of what I've eaten. I've tried to keep a mental calorie count through-out the day . . . only to realize - too late - that I forgot to add this or that . . . which has put me at or over my daily calorie count a couple times.

So, even though I really miss my Sparkfriends, reading all your blogs and keeping up with my team activities, I'm going to stick with the 'social' Spark break, at least for a while. But I'll be checking in and using my nutrition and fitness trackers so I can track more accurately.

After all, I am in this to SUCCEED! And to do that - I need to Spark.

Does that make me a Spark-a-holic????

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    We are ALL spark~o~holics and I think thats a GOOD thing...but you are so RIGHT about getting too caught up in the social part of the site...sitting on your butzkie sparking isn't doing ANYONE a whole lot of good. I have to set a timer and then get up and go about my day! emoticon
    1466 days ago
    1466 days ago
    It is amazing to me how much it helps to get points for everything I do: being healthy is sort of turned into a video game where I am accountable and rewarded for everything.
    1469 days ago
    Good question. I wonder that about me too?
    1469 days ago
    I have wondered many times myself about the amount of time I spend on SP. I have also wondered if I will ever be able to pull myself away from it some day. Sometimes I feel like it is an addiction and I wonder how on earth I will ever manage without it.

    Around one year ago I stopped going to FB (for a multitude of reasons). It was hard at first, as any change is, because I was so worried that I was missing something important. Really! The lack of important stuff is one of the reasons I left. I don't really miss it at all now. I still have my account and I will go to FB if my DD tags me for a photo of the grandkids, but even then I am in and out in a flash.

    Some day when I have achieved my healthy lifestyle goals I hope to back off of SP a bit. I think SP is a wonderful site and I can't say enough good things about it to anyone who asks, but it will be glorious to reach the end because that will mean that I have succeeded!

    1469 days ago
    I've exchanged my FaceBook-aholism for Spark-aholism! I may spend as much time on the computer...but at least I'm getting some good out of it.

    BUT, I know how you feel about the time consuming part. I've got to watch myself, or I wont get my exercise in. emoticon VS emoticon ...who will win?
    1469 days ago
    You are awesome and yes a Spark-a-holic. That's ok.

    We'll be here when you have time. Just know you will be missed.
    1469 days ago
    Start page is awesome. And you know you inspire me.
    1469 days ago
    I totally understand ............ Believe it or not .......... when I joined Sparks, I only did the tracking and reading spark blogs and did not join one team or interact with anyone for about 3 months! (NOW LOOK at me!) ............... emoticon I am going to go back to setting a timer and only allowing minutes instead of being an addict! ........... It can be dangerous! ............ emoticon emoticon
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    1469 days ago
    Hey Cathy! Welcome back! I definitely tend to get carried away and have to remind myself not to necessarily respond to every blog! I could be here all day! I do find too though that I am forever looking at my trackers etc -- and that's probably a good thing. And hey - if this is the worse bad habit we ever get .... We'll at least be smiling and healthy!!! emoticon
    1470 days ago
    I'm in the same boat. There is a lot of good stuff here that I need, but I do get distracted with too much socializing!
    1470 days ago
    Probably - but that's a good thing!
    1470 days ago
    Hmmm. . . if you are I sure am too! HUGS No all bad I guess in the scheme of things! emoticon
    1470 days ago
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