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Reflections on Chapter One of "The Spark"

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

I spent my lunch break at my desk reading the Introduction and Chapter One of "The Spark."

There were quite a few times when my eyes filled with tears. I'm grateful for Chris's honesty and bravery in following his dreams -- his actions have ultimately changed my life through SparkPeople.

* My Thoughts on Mistakes
In the past, I would feel defeated by my mistakes and give the defeated feelings power over me to thwart my efforts of reaching my goals. I have SLOWLY been making progress in this area -- I've noticed that I don't "beat myself up" about mistakes as much; that it has been easier for me to assess the situation, regroup and move forward; and that I've been much more positive in my "self-talk" (trying to give myself the same type of talk that I would give a friend that made a mistake).

* My Thoughts on Life Goals and a Vision
I must allow myself to take the time to think about my life goals. I will be giving this serious consideration over the next week.

* My Thoughts on Community
I believe 100% that community is extremely important. I'm thankful for my SparkFriends -- YOU are the people who make up my biggest support network. I have been sharing my goals and accomplishments with you during my journey, as well as my setbacks. You have provided support, encouragement, inspiration, advice, suggestions -- and have been helping me stay accountable. I hope that you find me doing the same for you. I believe that together we can achieve our goals and have fun along the way.

I'm hoping to inspire others through my actions. I'm aiming BIG! I don't plan to compartmentalize to just one area, I would like to inspire most people that I encounter: my family, friends, co-workers, acquaintances, people that I pass on the street... you never know how even the smallest action can have a huge impact on another.

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  • JULESANA8818
    I first chapter made me cry too. The community is priceless and truly makes such a difference.
    3899 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6254520
    I had the same reaction when I read the first few chapters. I felt like someone had answered my prayers.

    Thank you for sharing
    3902 days ago
  • CMBELISLE
    My life goals and vision have been in my thoughts a lot too since I read the first 2 chapters. I had to attend a conference last fall and since I have the attention span of a gnat sometimes, I made a lot of notes about my reasons for losing weight and getting healthy - lots of introspective thinking. Now all I need to do is find those notes so I can keep working on my goals and vision.

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    Keep up the good work!
    3904 days ago
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