The Spark I Need

You know all of those silly online sites that promise community, the ability to log exercise and food, tips and tricks to lose the weight for good, and let you create whatever ridiculous fitness inspired status update you like? Yeah, I love them.

Mostly, I love SparkPeople.


The first time I joined Spark was about 2 yeas ago and it really helped me eat better and stay accountable. The community aspect was especially helpful, because for the first time in my life I wasn’t trying to get healthy alone. I actually had friends who wouldn’t get sick of me rambling on and on about how lonely my life was without peanut butter.

However, I ended up leaving because I felt that it was all too time consuming, and other areas of my life (relationships, work, school) were suffering because I was willingly spending too much time on Spark.

But now I’m ready for some more me time. I’m ready to say that everything else can just take a little break while I focus on getting harder, better, faster, stronger. Not that I’m looking to completely immerse myself in the Spark community again (though I know that is an option), but I’m just realizing that I was at my best when I was really relying upon that site to help me out. This blog has been a huge help as I seek support in my weight loss efforts, but I suddenly find myself craving the opportunity to recommit myself to a bigger community and admit that I ate three slices of pizza at the soccer tailgate yesterday with a food tracker that doesn’t judge.

In fact, I’ve already signed up once more and I’m feeling the spark so far and the encouragement that comes along with starting something new!

Are there any online sites that you rely upon to help with your fitness journey?


8 thoughts on “The Spark I Need

  1. I tried SparkPeople briefly but got hooked on myfitnesspal for logging. I’m not always comfortable with the social aspect, but I think the support would be tremendously helpful. This struggle with weight and fitness can seem pretty lonely sometimes! I’ve really enjoyed doing this challenge and getting to know some other fitness bloggers and have learned a lot.

  2. I am with Cynthia, I use myfitnesspal app and really like it. I find it keeps me mostly on track 6 out of 7 days and I like that. I don’t have friends on it to keep me on track but it is just me keeping me accountable.

    Good for you for sparking things back up again 😉

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