How to Get Back Up When You're Down

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Editor's Note: This blog is part of our "Hello from SparkGuy" series--a weekly post where SparkGuy himself stops by to motivate, inspire and share a bit about what's going on at SparkPeople. 

Hello, SparkPeople Members!

I hope last week went well and you are ready for another good week ahead! With the holidays quickly approaching, life can get very busy. Let's all keep taking small steps one at a time to reach our goals for the last 70 days (or so) left this year. Don't give up on reaching goals this year. Instead, make every day count!

Motivation in a Minute

I read this great quote on Quora yesterday:

"When we hit our lowest point, we are open to our greatest change." (From the TV show Avatar.)

This is a brilliant quote that illustrates a major point I make in the free 10+ Fitness Minutes Mini-Book: all it takes is a few small positive steps when we are down (which happens to all of us) to start building a virtuous cycle back up. It also clearly demonstrates how mistakes can be great learning experiences. (This is coming from someone with a history of anxiety who doesn't like making mistakes, but now values the process when it inevitably happens :)). Any time you are down for any reason, make a mistake, or somehow stray from your goals, just keep this quote in mind and immediately start thinking about one positive step you can take. Examples would be: eating one healthy food, doing 10 or more fitness minutes at home, calling a friend, or even posting in the SparkPeople Community to receive support. 

You can do it!

SparkPeople Mobile

Another thing I wanted to mention this week is that over the past few months, we have greatly improved the SparkPeople mobile apps. This includes both of our flagship apps and some smaller ones:

1) Nutrition and Fitness tracking app
2) Healthy Recipes app
3) Smaller apps like our Inspirational Quote of the Day app

If you use mobile apps, would you mind downloading our apps and trying them out? And then, if you do like the apps, would you mind rating them for us? With so many people using apps now, this is one of the top actions you can take to help us help more people reach their goals. I'd really appreciate your help!

You can download all of our apps from this page:

Weekly Check-In

Last week, over 400 people left messages on the Weekly Check-In, so let's keep doing this feature! Just click the link to the blog below and share any small steps you took to reach your goals the prior week, OR share a goal you have for the upcoming week. This could be a fun way for us to motivate each other! Check in here.

That's all for this week. I'll see you next week, or as always, you can find me on SparkPeople or on our Facebook page -- I post to each just about every day.



Chris (SparkGuy)

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Even the best of us need a nudge when we seem to be at our lowest! Report
ROBBIEY 4/6/2020
good info Report
Some Great information. Report
NEPTUNE1939 12/23/2019
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Good article. Report
Thank you! Report
Always good for a reread Report
Thanks for this great article! Report
Support is a godsend! Thank you for this article! Report
Start again every day Report
Everyone needs a hand to hold in to during this journey, SparkFriends. Report
Thanks for the Spark! Report
thanks... Report
great reminder Report
E all need to remember we can do it. Report
Good quote! Added thought, when we reach our lowest, there is no way but up. So take UP the challenge! Report
The quote is actually from the Legend of Korra (the sequel to Avatar the Last Airbender about the next Avatar). The character General Iroh said it. Report
I found that the daily check in was not there in the app, so it never kept track of my streaks and I also found they took up far too much memory on my phone/iPad. I ended up deleting them. Sorry they need some work. Report
I love the downloads. I have them all on my tablet and phone! I have been working hard to keep my streaks going! Thanks for the motivation! Report
Really appreciated the downloadable ebook for offline information! Thanks for your weekly postings. Report
What a great quote! Will need to remember this one. Report
You're my hero! Report
I am enjoying the weekly posts. Keep it going! I have been using the pool for water workouts and they feel so good. Averaging 25 min.s a night. Little by little we all get up and go!! Report
nice article. I like what you are doing. we all need support and motivation to keep on trucking along. It's a marathon and not a sprint. Report