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.