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Imagination at Work...

Wednesday, May 07, 2008


"Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A beauty bomb. And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one. It would explode high in the air - explode softly - and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air. Floating down to earth - boxes of Crayolas. And we wouldn't go cheap, either - not little boxes of eight. Boxes of sixty-four, with the sharpener built right in. With silver and gold and copper, magenta and peach and lime, amber and umber and all the rest. And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination." ~Robert Fulghum~


On May 5th I started my eleventh month here on Sparks. As with most, I started my journey here with great enthusiasm and motivation. I went all out for three months and then that original get and go, got up and went. I let it go for a couple of days and then took a long look in the mirror. What did I see? Amazingly, I saw a woman with a sparkle in her eye, a woman I had not seen in a long while. Just how willing was I let her go? Ummmm, I was totally unwilling, so I had to put on my thinking cap and get to work. What had happened to the enthusiasm and zest with which I had started this journey; where had the desire for health and happiness gone? The answer was right in front of me; the desire had gone no where. I was just bored; bored of the same old routine, bored with the exercises, bored with the food. I get bored easily. So, I needed to mix things up, stir up an imagination that had never born fruit and find a way to prod myself forward. I then started to laugh, I laughed till I cried and then I laughed some more. I have never been one to see what is just in front of my face. I belonged to this amazing site, a resource with recipes, a wealth of exercises, motivational articles; absolutely everything anyone could want in their journey towards health. I had searched the web, talked to friends, posted; I had done everything except turn to Sparks. I had not accessed articles, I had not looked at recipes, I had not checked out the exercises; as the saying goes, "you can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make then drink". I sometimes wonder what planet I woke up on, lol.

I spent the next week printing recipes, reading articles, blogs, challenges and incorporating new exercises into my daily routine. Within three days I was once again on my road to health and happiness. Granted, this new start was not begun with the same "high" as when I originally joined; this "high" was tempered by knowledge, the knowledge of success and the work still to be done. I also was gifted with the fact that while it did take work and dedication to make my journey a success; it was work well worth the effort.

Fading enthusiasm is to be expected; I have read many blogs lately attesting to the fact that it happens to most. However, when that happens, and it will, use your imagination and the tools at hand to reignite that "Spark" that brought you here. I have NO imagination, lol; but by reading articles and using the tools provided I was able to ignite my long dormant imagination and move forward. I now make my workouts fun. Because I have physical limitations, my routine changes day to day depending on my pain level. I love to "jig it up"...put on the tunes and dance around the house or out in the yard. When I cannot "dance", I do strength training to funky tunes, making a game out of it, doing things on the beat. When I start to get bored again,I delve into new recipes and new articles, rereading old ones; I paint my world new and enjoy the explosion that follows.

Paint your world new; reinvent the wheel, dig into that treasure trove called imagination and get re-energized. This is a life long journey and it will have have many twists and turns; make sure you are at the wheel and not in the passengers seat.

Live, Laugh and Love,

~Elle~
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  • HEALTHYGAL01
    Well written, I just joined the community team (a tool I hadn't used) and went into the introduce yourself forum for the first time. I read one of your responses and I was blown away - saved it into a word file - it was great.
    I love Sparkpeople and I love the fact that there ARE so many great tools and great people here - thanks for being one!
    Sara
    4770 days ago
  • SFOSTER
    Elle,
    Thanks for a great journal entry. While I haven't reached the boredom stage I have many times met the the Frustration stage and wanted to Give Up stage because if I am spending and average of 2 hours in the pool exercising why do I have so little to show for it. Then i realize that is just the pitty talking and HEY I have lost 13lbs and haven't taken any meds for my Arthritis since March 21,08 and by watching my calories I have only had acid reflux 2 times since January 15th, 2008. SO I will continue at the turtle pace and take one day at a time. Slow and Steady wins the race.
    Shannon
    4778 days ago
  • MOMZILLA52
    Elle, I have been here since December and I have not reach a boredom stage yet...you and all the others motivate me and keep me laughing and that is good for me! The weight loss is happening, despite myself, the exercise helps the chronic fatigue syndrome, and the laughter helps my soul.

    I am happy that you are here, and I love to read your blogs. I will watch out for the boredom to hit and be ready!

    Love you
    kat
    4787 days ago
  • EMMASMART
    I hope my tenacity inspires you some. I just won't quit. No matter how long it takes.

    Emma
    4789 days ago
  • HEALTHY4ME
    RIGHT ON GIRLY!!!
    I have hit the boredom button and it is stuck lol need a stick to prod it unstuck. Right now my excuse is i cant move my neck and have hurt my back. lol they are excuses cos I know many more on our team that are way worse. But yea I am getting back on the wagon, thanks to a great session with the counc. and dh really doing alot of talking and stuff. and a book to read that she gave me. so .......... I can do as much as I can with my neck so sore and stiff and even if I cant walk, i can do yoga, right now hurt so that I cant even get downstairs. oh well it will leave. I took today off and am off tomorrow so that will be 4 days in row. I will be better and back at it!
    thanks buddy
    Cindy
    4789 days ago
  • LUVMYORKIES
    Elle, I am right here with you on this one!!! I have hit that boredom stage also. You are so right about reigniting that old spark!! Good luck to you with this and good luck to me with this...We will do it together, k? LOL

    Love you...more emoed!
    Cat
    4789 days ago
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