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11/12/18 9:21 A

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Here is a post by Coach Jen this Monday morning:

Hi everyone!

I'm writing an article about why you don't necessarily have to tell others about your weight loss goals in order to be successful. In your own experience, what have been the pros/cons of telling people that you're going to try to lose weight?

We talk a lot about having a support system, but are you someone who feels like you are on a very private journey? If so, I'd love to hear from you! How do you field questions and deal with people who might notice a change in your behavior/routine?

Please send me a SparkMail and your comments might be shared in my article. Thanks for your help!

Coach Jen


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1/2/16 11:30 A

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There's an old saying "It's about the journey, not the destination." Usually it refers to Life, but in this case - achieving a healthy lifestyle - it's every bit as true.

A "journey to health" isn't just about a chronological timeline of progress.

It's also about goals... stumbling blocks... discoveries... successes... falling down and getting up again.

Whether you write in a journal, post a blog, or keep an old-fashioned diary, recording your steps and feelings along this journey can help you improve: you can vent your frustration, congratulate yourself, analyze and correct problems holding you back.

If you choose to blog about your own journey to health, please post a link on the team wall so your fellow teammates can read it - you never know who will find something helpful in your writing. And it gives others a chance to cheer you on as well!

The other side of the writing coin is reading. Learn from articles. Find motivation. Research for answers. Gather information.

My favorite feature on SP is the blogs - ordinary essays, for the most part, with a personal angle - posted by my fellow Sparklers. I've found them helpful and inspiring, and more than once they've served as catalysts for me to progress on my own journey to health.

To encourage blogging, two new team goals have been added. Each day you can earn points for reading a Sparker's blog. This will be a permanent goal.

The other new team goal is a featured goal for January 2016 - depending on the response it may become a permanent goal, but in the meantime, we'll run a month-long experiment. The goal is to write a blog at least once per week. Doing so will earn you points and contribute to the team statistics as well.

Rewards! Can reading and writing get much better?

Edited by: KASEYCOFF at: 1/2/2016 (11:45)

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