Sandcastles are both fun to build and to admire.
But who can live in a house, made of sand. A single gust of wind, a careless
passer-by or rains are sure to come and sweep away the moment of magic.
The Sandcastle's I am referring to are often popular, advertised just like a Brand name of your favorite cereal. They range from the latest fad diet, infomercials presented by celebrities in small hour glass figures; scores of health gurus welcomed on our favorite day time programs bidding for your dollar "This is the one" .... "Try this!" ... and of course the convenient diet plans where you simply pick up your weekly food rations, OR the food comes straight to your door! ..... No fuss, no muss! ...No weekly menu planning! ... No clean-up! (Hey-more time for resting on the couch-lol)
I have seen enough and tried most all short lived fad diets to tell of my experience and others first-hand. Without name dropping of companies or diet plans etc. I share a couple scare stories.
My Co-Worker Three years ago told me this:
"She convinced her husband to put up the $350 so she could join this one XXX weight loss clinic for one last ditch effort, needing to lose about 100 pounds." He agreed. "No sooner joined and began to eat and drink the food just as they told her, but found her heart palpitating, breathing hard, and broke out in a sweat. ... She knew something was wrong so she stopped, but was afraid to ask them for her money back. She never returned. Her sandcastle collapsed.
While working in a physician's office years ago, I talked with a patient, a young lady who
told me she had been heavy for SO long, that she too tried "One Last effort" to get her weight off. She signed up for one of the most expensive popular diet programs. She confessed to being lured at the idea of food being already prepared for her. All she did was to eat it and never mess up her kitchen." ....... (close to exact conversation) .... She concluded through tears which turned to outright sobs as she told me, "I am alone, live pay-check to paycheck and spent ALL my savings, but when I ran out of money, so did the food. When I stopped, I gained ALL and then some." Again, sandcastles are pretty to look at but buyer beware: they collapse!
These clinics and organizations tantalize you with promises you while you fork over the money! .... But what do they really deliver when you run out of money? ...This gives new meaning to "Give and Taker" as the customer does all the giving while they do all the taking! I decided years ago, I was through with gimmicks, fad diets, scams, empty promises, and tired of building sandcastles in the sand, only to watch my hopes crumble.
In February of 2012, I traded my sandcastle for a Spark mansion.
A friend called me and told me she just discovered Sparks. My sandcastle took on a new look as I turned sand into steel and began to form a firm and lasting foundation.
Membership is FREE and Sparks takes nothing, But has everything TO offer!
A former site I was on briefly charged me a monthly fee, yet offered little in return and you did not have the luxury of your own private page and all the amenities that Sparks has. .... I ask, where do you find a site that has a start page FULL of endless resources, a community feed with tons of inspiration, coach blogs, daily spark coach, a nutritionist and recipes, food plans, tracking tools, and quick links and off ramps that will take you anywhere in the site you want to go. The start page has much but takes you through the many rooms and into the vast community not to mention wonderful spark friends! What a banquet every day open 24/7 ....And where do you find a site where the CEO blogs daily reads each and every post?...
Incredible success stories and Sparks is FREE .... costs me nothing, and yet, I want to give something of myself back. How can I do that? .... For one, I recommend Sparks when opportunity knocks. And I write blogs to inspire and send a ripple of hope or encouragement to the community. And lend support to the spark community in various ways.
Only an illustration but why buy the sandcastle when the mansion is free?
I think of in comparison as a mansion for it's many rooms that lead to another and
another and end in success. Sparks really is and has the Solution!
Thanks for stopping by friends and have a great Friday and Fun weekend!
P.S. Thought this was cute and just had to add:
"So, how do I cash in all these Spark points?" .... ha ha
Oh ... yeah! How did you happen to find Sparks and how long have you been here?