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Truth or Dare Weekend Challenge

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Several years ago I joined an online program called Sparkpeople. When joined, I only wanted extra points in my "Mypoints" bank and this was free so what the heck, I joined. I kept getting emails that I would skim through but never really read until I saw at the bottom "Get Sparkpoints". Well, since I like "points" I went ahead and clicked through the email. I spent a few hours that night perusing the site and found it to be the most interesting site I'd ever been on.

I joined my first few groups, one of them is Members Motivating Members. The day I was looking through that group they were talking about poop and well I love to talk about poop. I started posting and pretty soon became very good friends with a lot of nice people. We had challenges, we would play music each night and dance to the music, we would compare the foods we ate and the exercises we did and we had a lot of fun in the process. I found myself losing weight without any effort at all and lost over 10 pounds!

Shortly thereafter, one of my friends on the MMM team asked us to join her team that she was captain of on this group called BLC. Well I'm always one to do a favor so I joined her group and got assigned to the Teal Tasmanian Tribe. Fast forward just a short time and I was captain and then a co-captain and we changed the name to the Teal Troopers.

I've found myself getting too comfortable with Sparkpeople and have gotten to the point that I just sop in to read and comment on the posts but am not using the site for weight loss. Because of that I am gaining and not losing. I am not as big as I was when I joined oh so many years ago but I am not that far away!

What happened? Where did the weight come from? Why am I not losing? The answer is obvious. I am spending my time chatting and not exercising. I am eating foods that are bad for me and not tracking the calories. I look at food and think "I don't care, I am hungry and I want that so I will eat it" and then I look at the exercise videos or the exercise ball and think "tomorrow I will start".

This is my tomorrow. I will go to the grocery and get healthy foods. I will start counting my calories again. I will start making time to exercise again and stop making excuses on why I can't exercise. There is a post going around FACEBOOK that says "If you have tme to post on FACEBOOK you have time to exercise". I will make that time. I may not be chatting as much and may not be able to keep up with the posts on a daily basis but I will be doing the things necessary for me to lose this weight and live a healthy life!
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    OMG I am guilty of the same bad attitude and I am sitting here thinking of all the GOOD reasons why I can't exercise.
    I am going to join you this week with a much improved attitude.
    3003 days ago
    Your life is my life, Donna! When I hit 50,000 points this past week I was irritated with myself rather than happy. I have all these points---and all this weight still!

    I went to La Centera yesterday and bought the water bottle coozies with my friends' initials for our Spark Sisters get together in early June. Let's plan on another walk day one Saturday or Sunday, okay?!

    3275 days ago
    Good plan!!!!!!
    3280 days ago
    I'm with you on losing the purpose for being on SparkPeople and being a part of BLC. I think a lot of us have and it has strictly become a social gathering and a place to chat. Today is the tomorrow I talked about yesterday. I remember those old TASMANIAN TRIBE days. We can get back to doing what we came here to do. Get the push. Let's get rid of these pounds.
    3282 days ago
    Good blog Donna

    Back to basics
    I need to join you emoticon back to emoticon emoticon
    3282 days ago
    I think many people are guilty of the sane thing.....myself included. Thanks fir sharing.
    3282 days ago
    Amen Sister! Love the attitude and determination! I do! Knowing you....you will succeed!
    3282 days ago
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