Involvement challenge Week 1

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

On the San Antonio team we are having a team challenge to boost involvement on the team, basically we get points for putting forth the effort and being involved on the team. I love this challenge because I need my team! My schedule gets extremely hectic, I get very busy and lose track of me very easily. I know that not everyone NEEDS Spark, I also know that the reasons people use Spark are different, and people don't always get further into Spark beyond their initial introduction, and that's ok, it's not for everyone. For me though, personally, Spark fills a number of rolls. #1) Accountability- Being involved in a team, not just to Spark itself, but getting involved in a team where I feel welcome and accepted no matter what allows me to be honest about this journey. And if I'm honest about this journey that means that I have no problem saying the not so pretty stuff right along with the amazing. Sometimes I need a swift kick in the seat of my pants, sometimes I need somebody to tell me, "ok, cool, you messed up, but now you get back in the game and you do this!" Which leads also to #2) Motivation- I do much better when I'm with a group of people who share a common goal, people who are cheering each other on. Don't get me wrong, I can be very competitive, but this is one place where that doesn't even come in to play. This is one of the most arduous journey's most of us will ever embark on, especially those of us that were raised without the least bit of focus on our health and didn't realize the importance of it until later in the game, and the people on Spark aren't the "judgy" types who are going to sit back and smirk while I sink deeper in a pit. People here do everything in their power to make sure you know you CAN and WILL succeed! #3)Tracking- Also goes along with accountably, I can track every single thing I eat, all of my fitness, everything from hard core HIIT to stretching, I also can set goals and track them as well. I don't always use them like I should, but I do notice a correlation between my success and using the trackers. And #4) Information- There is so much information here!! Health and fitness info, tips, tricks and strategies, inspirational stories, you name it, you can probably find it here. I have learned so much by reading the articles here. And recipes galore!!!

Ok, so this blog got a little more longwinded than I intended, but the long and short of it is this, if you aren't active on a team, I highly recommend it, it's good for the body and good for the soul as well. And back to the involvement challenge, one of the ways to achieve points for this challenge is to post a blog, with a picture of you doing a workout. Today rocked, I put more intensity into my workout than I have in a very long time, and it felt amazing!!! I enlisted the help of my four year old daughter to take the pictures, she's the most awesome little work out partner ever by the way!! And though the pics of me really show all the weight I've gained back since leaving Spark 3 years ago, which I am not proud of, at least I've got some pics of my, well, I can't really call it my starting point because I've lost 25 pounds since I started picking up again, but still, close enough.

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    Love your blog and including your baby in the fitness made me realize that I don't need the gym to get fit! I have the wii fitness, P90x, and videos, haven't used any. I WILL blog my picture today thanks to you! You are right TEAM matters! 😊
    2337 days ago
    I'm thrilled you are back on our team. You were missed!!!

    P.S. - I can't believe your daughter is 4 already! Where does the time go???
    2348 days ago
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    emoticon Thanks for sharing your input about teams. I'm trying to get more involved. We moved to San Antonio at the very end of June, so I need to get out there and meet some locals.
    I am up in the stone oak/Bulverde area. If you are in that area and ever want to go walking, indoor or out, just let me know.
    I have a 3 1/2 year old that would probably enjoy goofing with your 4yr old too.

    UPdate: oops, just saw that you are in Lubbock. LOL. Guess we'll have to do the 'virtual walk'. :-)
    2351 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/8/2015 1:09:17 PM
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    I totally agree with you; being a part of a team seems to make a huge difference. The 2014 SPICE Challenge was my first real challenge here on Spark and I must say it really helped knowing that I had others encouraging me to do my best as well as holding me accountable. Many of the members on this team do a good job of cheering each other on.

    Congrats on the progress you have already made and best wishes on all of your goals!!!

    2351 days ago
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    You got your pictures in! Sorry I didn't answer your email till this morning. I'm a day sparker at the moment, so I'm not on much during the evenings.

    So so glad you're back to being active on the team. It DOES make a difference. I can't believe you're already lost 25 lbs! WTG!
    2351 days ago
    I love having you back! I can't even put into words adequately how much you add to the team with your positivity and your caring nature. Your post wasn't long winded, it was informative and important. Big hugs!
    2351 days ago
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    I agree, teams are the best way to do it, and our team is fantastic! And you know what? you're back in the game and that's all that matters!
    2351 days ago
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