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The Evolution of a Spark person (me!)

Monday, May 17, 2010

I was thinking about my "life as a Sparkperson" as evidenced by the Sparkteams which I have joined (and unjoined).

At first, I was all excited about the sparkpeople.com site and all it had to offer. With starry eyes, I joined about 10 different teams... a book club team (I love to read), a WW team (I was also counting points), a Thyroid team (I have half a thyroid), a Cholesterol team (I have high cholesterol), a few more.

Then I connected with a friend from high school who is a very engaged and successful sparkperson. So I joined a few of the teams that he is on.

I unjoined a few teams... goodbye book club team... I wasn't reading those books. Goodbye Thyroid team.... I have half a thyroid but it is working fine....

Now, I find myself inactive in about half my teams and REALLY interested and active in about five of them. A few location specific teams. A meditation team. A treaddesk team. A half marathon team. Two walking teams (only need one of them). I have unjoined the WW team, but still get EXCELLENT daily emails from that team leader. What a gift she has been!

It's been a few years. I now log onto Sparkpeople every single day. I really feel Sparkpeople can be an anchor in my life and a way to form habits around logging my fitness, my nutrition, my wellness... a place where I can encourage others, and get suppport.

I'm going to really look at MY teams. Things change. I should look for teams that motivate and balance me. I should do this every few months. Tweak things here and there. This can really renew my Sparkpeople interest.

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    Glad you’re finding those groups that add to your healthy journey and you’re logging in daily. I found tracking critical in my success and still use as I maintain.
    4048 days ago
  • SPARKIE1964
    I joined SP back in January and do also find myself spending a lot of time here, and learning and growing in ways I never expected. I am on too many teams and don't get to stop by all of them regularly, and need to reevaluate today...Thanks for sharing your evolution....
    4048 days ago
    Thank You for your insightful and informative blog. I, too, was 200% gusto when I first came to Spark back in January. I joined several teams over the past few months, initially participating in every challenge that came along. I soon discovered that I was spending more time "Sparking" than practicing the healthy living lifestyle that would insure that I kept this weight off and got more fit.

    I have since reached my first weight loss goal, re-evaluted that goal and adjusted that as well as setting new goals for fitness, body fat percentage, and a couple of other areas completely unrelated to weight loss. I still find myself psuedo tethered to teams that have no bearing on where I am or want to go.

    I quit one team already, due to some very judgemental and hurtful comments being made to team members, but I think now is the time to look at other teams that may not be a "right fit" for the point I am at in my journey and cut them lose as well.

    I plan to continue "Sparking" for a loonnngggg time, and just like other areas of my life, my Spark life needs to receive a periodic "housekeeping" to insure that it is manageable and effectively and efficiently working to help me keep sestting and reaching my goals.

    Thanks so much again for your blog. It was extremely helpful!
    4048 days ago
    That's what it's all about. Finding out who we are! Keep up the great job.
    4048 days ago
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