Friday, September 14, 2018
I have come to the conclusion from my personal experience, and from observation that success (whatever that looks like) here on SparkPeople comes down to "willingness". But what do I mean when I say willingness? I don't mean blindly following whatever hot trendy diet or fitness craze pops up, or the willingness to "try anything"! I guess I mean more of a willingness to make a choice to learn as much possible... about the process and function of living a healthier lifestyle, about your (my) physical, mental, and emotional needs and motivations, about the honest amount we are willing to invest in ourselves as far as time and effort go (setting aside money concerns for now, as it is possible to live a healthier lifestyle on a limited budget... I am living proof!)... and a willingness to apply what is learned with consistent and determined effort.
I am not saying I am perfect at this. Far from it! It is a process, even in maintenance. There are always new things to learn and discover about myself, about my level of willingness, about my physical, mental and emotional needs. As humans we are not static beings, but rather dynamic beings, always changing, being influenced by both internal and external forces. It is amazing we can function as well as we do amidst the chaos of all the changes happening, lol!
But I can say that I apply fairly consistent, determined effort to this ongoing journey (first to lose the weight, and now to maintain a healthier lifestyle), and when I falter or find myself doubting my commitment or ability I have my Sparkfriends to hold me accountable or bolster my confidence (whichever is needed at the time)... I have seen a lot of people come and go... some use Spark solely to lose a little weight, and once they achieve that objective they drop out of sight and move on, but there are others who seem to use it for continuing accountability, support, and resource for living a healthier lifestyle on an ongoing basis. I am not saying one way is better than the other. Both have their uses. For me, the ongoing support, and the friendships with like-minded people in a supportive online environment has been invaluable in my success at losing the weight AND at living a life that is healthier in the longer term. I have said it before, but those bad habits I exchanged for healthier ones are seductive, and it would be exceedingly easy to be seduced by the easy, convenient, old habits... if it weren't for my personal expectations, and the accountability I have here with my longtime Sparkfriends...
Sorry, if I have gotten all lecture-y in my last couple of blogs. These things have been rattling around in my brain, and they wanted out!