Goals for Spring - Do I need Spark People? - Other ramblings
Monday, March 10, 2008
As I was pouring through my seed catalogs planning my gardens and what I hoped for them this year, I realized it is time to access what Donna is going to do and what her plans are for the coming season.
Spring is a time of new beginnings. Old plants that have lain dormant throughout the winter months are starting to put out new shoots, and renew themselves. Old ladies should do that to!
My weight is fine. Do I need Spark People? I was at my goal weight August 1, 2007. There was a little four pound spike over the holidays but I've got three of those back off. I can now walk into my closet and grab something to wear without first closing the door and trying it on to see if it fit without DH seeing me. I feel wonderful. We are remodeling our home and although we are both exhausted at the end of the day, it is a good tired and the next morning, we are ready to go again. Do I need Spark People?
I am into a regular exercise routine. I walk at least a mile a day weather permitting but a lot of my cardio comes from all the construction work we are doing in the house. I have a regular Strength Exercise routine on Monday, Wednesday and Friday that I automatically do without even thinking of it being exercise. Do I need Spark People for that? It is already a habit.
My first thought was, "There are so many things I could be doing if I didn't spend so much time on Sparks." True. Does that mean I don't need Spark People?
YES - I need Spark People. I need the nutrition tracker, I need the exercise tracker, I need the support and friendship of those I've learned to love over the past year on the boards. If sometimes I think Spark People is overwhelming me, I need to realize it is me letting it do the overwhelming - the website can't do that! I have an off button on my computer! LOL!
I am just going to cut on some of the things I do on the boards. I was blaming SP because I was starting to feel overwhelmed with all the new topics created by new members saying "Hi, I'm new" on an Over 50 board where I am a co-leader. I felt obligated to answer every one of these - and that can be an eight hour a day, seven day a week job. It just isn't feasible on dial up to even try! I over whelmed myself and irritated the man I love!
I made an obligation when I joined the Community Team to greet three newbies a week on the Community Introduce Yourself board. That I will continue.
I realized it was not Sparks causing me to feel overwhelmed - it was me making me feel that way. I sat me down and told me, "This group is over 50 years old! You aren't their mother! They are adults - they can find their way! It is mapped out for them!"
We just had a co-leader on our Over 50 . . team suddenly drop from sight without notice. There was a note on her Spark Page that said, "I'm taking some "me" time." Now, the page is no longer public. This concerned me - I was close to doing the same thing! The difference is that I mentioned it in a blog and this same co-leader talked me out of it. I was not given the chance to support her and encourage her when she made the decision to disappear from view. That was her choice as she had a team who would have been there for her if she would simply have asked for help.
With this disappearance of someone who was highly respected and very motivational, I see how it effects the other team members - me included. We think " what did I do, what didn't I do - why did she leave without saying anything."
After seeing this, I will never leave my teams without a goodbye.
On that note - it is Monday. I am the unskilled laborer for "Honey Do Construction" and I've rambled long enough! Mr. "Honey, will you get me. . . ." is calling!" and I really can't blame SP! I need them too much! LOL!