Friday, May 23, 2008
Even though Iíve been on Spark People since December 14, 2007, I feel pretty much like a complete newbie a good part of the time.
I joined because of an email received from MyPoints. Registered and didnít look at it again for some time. Really should have gotten busy with it sooner. I was keeping track of my workouts and food intake in steno pads like Iíve done for over 20 years (got into weight lifting long ago dontcha know). WOW, the food tracker is one of the coolest things EVER and I really dig the Fitness tracker too. Donít even use my little notebooks anymore! I have to admit I really DIG the points, too. That is just funner.
When I first got active on SP, I joined a few groups that had to do with my medical condition, an autoimmune disease. Hoping that I would find people who actually knew more than I did.
Found a bunch of people hoping for the same thing except that I had done years of reading, research, experimenting on myself, spent time & money on NEJM and other medical journal articles and info behind me. It was very disheartening to speak up to help some of these people only to be slapped down hard by a leader of one group and a member of another. I was flamed, and I hadnít even gotten ďcontroversialĒ yet! LOL I left those groups quietly, but every time I look at group, I make sure those two Ďladiesí are not on it first. If they are, I just donít join the group.
A VERY good thing did come out of those encounters. I realized that Iíve come a long, long way from the depressed, fragile & brittle person who put a down payment on THE FARM almost five years ago. I have found what works for me, I feel GOOD pretty much every day, (have hair again too!) and donít so desperately need info or input from others so much anymore. No, Iím not stating imperiously that I KNOW EVERYTHING. Not at all. However, I donít think Iím the desperate seeker anymore, but rather, I should serve as help for other seekers. Either that or serve as a dire warning!
I joined my SP class late. Itís a cool group, though, and Iím very glad to have connected with people there! There are so many whoíve already reached their goals and I fear everyone will graduate and leave me behindÖ LOL Kidding! My weight is just coming off so slowly. Grateful itís coming off!
My cityís main group didnít have a leader. Jen posted to the group asking if anyone wanted to take over leading? No one did. Everyone had lots of opinions about what to do with the group, but no one wanted to take it on. I sent an email to Jen that simply said ďI will do this.Ē Fear caused me to secretly hope that someone else had beaten me to volunteering for this. LOL No way.
Iím a leader for the Tucson Sparkers now. Itís been interesting and Iíve been trying really hard to be there for anyone who needed me. I really would like a partner, but itís cool if no one is interested.
I will keep on keeping on & doing the best that I can do every day.