The Importance of Teammates
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Let's face it: Holidays are TOUGH! We're around other people all the time and there's food EVERYWHERE, and it's harder to feel in control of what we eat and what we do. We're back to being the minority where everyone around us is eating whatever they want, and can't understand how dangerous it would be for us to let ourselves do the same. All the people who have supported us are now chowing down on the desserts, the gravy, the mashed potatoes... and we're alone again.
This time of year is the most important time of the year for our teammates to come together and give us that extra sense of community. United we stand - well, you know the rest. Though in this case, I guess it's more "United we lose, divided we LOSE."
As the holidays approach, I am finding it especially important to check in with teammates, see how they are doing, and compare how things are going for each of us. What are WE going to do to save ourselves from a holiday slump? What are WE going to do to substitute those holiday comfort favorites? What safe foods are WE going to bring to the table? It's definitely easier than figuring out what I'M going to do, when "everyone else" is not having to worry about the same things.
This week, and throughout the next month, I am challenging myself to stay in contact with my teammates, and to get in contact with those teammates I don't always check in with. I think that should be a challenge for all of us here at sparkpeople, whether motivationally challenged or not. Those who feel strong and feel like the upcoming holiday won't present a huge challenge for them might want to get in touch with those sparkbuddies who could use some extra encouragement when having to make the choice about that piece of pie, that extra helping of cranberry sauce, that "just a little bit more" gravy. Those who know that this holiday will create a potential problem may want to get in touch with those sparkbuddies who inspire them or keep them on track when they feel like giving up. Team up! There's safety in numbers, so go find those who will make up your holiday buddy system and let's all get through this holiday season without creating "extra baggage"!