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I hope you don't mind, but...

Thursday, June 26, 2014

... I've taken a major step back in terms of Spark stuff.

I don't know if you had noticed, but I have been largely absent from SparkLand since just before Easter.

It's not something I'm particularly happy about - I miss my Spark Friends and feel that I'm letting you down by not reading and commenting on your blogs, failing to send you Spark Goodies or encouraging messages, no longer contributing to Team Points and so on.

The thing is, I just got too obsessive about Sparking so that instead of it being a useful tool to help me make changes towards a healthier and happier lifestyle it became a heavy burden. I HAD to get as many points each day as I could, ticking off (= "checking" for my US friends!) the boxes on my Spark Points list even when I was very late for bed and desperately tired.

I was also obsessive about recording all the food I ate and the exercise I did - not in itself a bad thing, indeed we know it can be a very useful, positive thing to do, but ... well, eventually I realised that it was making matters worse rather than better.

So I've taken some time off. I hated the thought of not logging on to Spark and it was only through going to a remote part of Scotland where I had no access to a computer or the Internet for a week that enabled me to do it.

And now?

Good question.

I've taken a tentative step back into SparkLand because I want to track my food intake for a few days to see if I'm getting the levels about right.

I really miss the support and friendship I've found here but don't feel I can afford the time that 'doing Spark properly' takes. emoticon

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    I wondered where you were so I finally got over here to check on you! I've missed you but I understand your need to pull back a little bit to take better care of yourself! Keep up the good work and drop by every now and then to let us know how things are going!

    God bless!

    1406 days ago
    1423 days ago
    Yay for taking care of yourself!
    1424 days ago
    I can only agree with the other comments. Use Spark as a tool as you see fit. We are all here if you decide to check in beyond that. Take care of you, sweet friend.
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    1424 days ago
  • MISSY455
    I have missed you Lindsay, but you have to do what works for you. There have been times when I have had to take a step back too, so totally understand.

    If you still want to track food and exercise, have you checked out the quick tracking option from the start page? I found it useful before I had the capacity to track from my phone.

    Currently, I track food from my phone, or wait until the end of night when I turn on my computer. I don't turn on my computer until 9 or 10 PM, and only do what I can until bedtime. Because of that, I am not nearly as active on teams as I used to be, but that's what works for me.

    Good luck as you find your path to success!
    1425 days ago
    Glad to see you're getting your life balance right. Use the bits of Spark that help you, and dip in to the other bits when you feel it's right.

    1425 days ago
    Use Spark as it fits your needs and don't feel you have to do anything more. I only record my nutrition and exercise most times. I aim to get more exercise minutes than Spark points. I am glad you are back, but please don't feel you have to read my blog, etc. unless you really can spare the time. I want what is best for you.

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    1425 days ago
    Key word my friend, MODERATION! I used to be obsessed with doing all the things you just related, took a year off of sparking, now if I miss a day or week or two, it's OK... Doesn't mean I've stopped healthy eating or working out...

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    1425 days ago
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