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The Spark, Chapter 1

Saturday, February 04, 2012

I really didn't care for the last line in the into that leads into the 1st Chapter.

"I may now live in a house near Silicon Valley with a view of the Pacific and a wife and two young sons who are my chief motivation for staying healthy and goal-oriented."

This one line really really threw me off. Its as if I am following another millionaire in their quest to make money. Let's put more money in their pockets! After reading further into the book I see it as a achievement he met, not barging rights. I understood it as, I've been rich forever and you should follow my fake ideas of how to get fit! But then I think I've been on sparkpeople since 09' and I never felt that it was being ran by a heavy handed millionaire, I had to read more.

Hearing his background is really helpful to me because I can relate. Maybe not on the same level as him but in my own right. Its helpful for me that he expresses how hard his life was before he realized how many people he could help. This first chapter was most helpful because it made me realize that I'm not the only one who's gone through a hard life/wanting to make it better.


The ways my life relates to his is, my family fell apart when I was young. I basically raised myself and I had to make really hard adult choices for my age. I had ah-ha moments early in result. I've always been strong headed, and it seems as though once I've made up my mind, there's no changing it. Its hard to stay on a diet plan or a lifestyle change. I am committed to myself and I will not stop here.

In this chapter, he mentioned that he made a list of goals he wanted to achieve. I, like him, didn't ever really consider goals as a big picture. I did daily small ideas like, woo, its frozen cherry night!! So as I look at my life, I know I've been in a rut in my life career wise. My hours were cut at work just before Christmas and as a result, I have a lot of time to think. I work at a job that's not in my field and I don't know if I care for that at all. As I was at work, I realized, I've kind of settled for this life and I don't have much to look forward to and it shouldn't be that way. So I am setting some yearly goals for myself. These are things I can look forward to and check off of my list as I go along. I'm a list maker and I love to check things off as i go, so here I go.

1 Month
- Join The Biggest Loser at Work, (no cheating)!
- Join a gym, (or at least test them to see if a gym is for you).
- Save more money, (plasma money goes into savings).
- Do something active every day, (unless you're falling apart).

1 Year
- Workout so that you'll look better in a white dress.
- Make a web site that doesn't require you to go to a class.
- Make a name for yourself, no one knows you!
- Paint the inside and outside of the house, make it a home already.
- Read more books.
- Keep it clean
- Develop yourself so things make sense.
- Make a better life for yourself, make you happy.
- Come back in 1 year and check these off.

After reading his story, I'm able to put my life into prospective. There are things in my life that need changing, that only I can change.
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  • NORE1969
    I felt the same way about that opening line. How in the world can I ever identify with a person like this? He speaks of his relationship with his mom which I appreciate because my children grew up with no father in the picture. I always felt like I had failed them because my other single parent friends found suitable "fathers" for their kids. I didn't meet my husband until my kids were almost adults. I have the kind of family that is right there in every aspect of your life. I can't speak of diets or fitness around these people because they all "know" what I need and what I "should be" doing and never hesitate to tell me. I don't feel like I can voice my goals so I keep this to myself.
    3021 days ago
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