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Master Mind - my SP friends!

Monday, October 19, 2020

What is a “Master Mind,” you ask? I didn’t know either. As a retired teacher, I was hearing about Master Mind Groups but didn’t really know what it was. I was out of the loop!
This week I am listening to an audiobook, “The Power of the Master Mind,” hoping for an understanding of what it is. It can be as small as only two people, or can be more. The Declaration of Independence is an example of the power of such a group, even though it wasn’t called that, back then. The advice is not to tell everyone what your goals are, but to share them with a select group, your Master Mind Group, for support and encouragement.
This spring, I heard Dr. Jason Fung (via YouTube) say not to tell people you are intermittent fasting. He was right. Your friends and family won’t be supportive because they don’t “get it” and will think it is a strategy that is extreme or even crazy. (I’ve done the research - it is not!)
Well, guess what? They are right! Having just lost 60 pounds, those closest to me are the least supportive, asking:
1. Are you taking a diet pill?
2. Are you feeling weak?
3. Do you think you are losing muscle mass?
4. Do you think it’s affecting your brain?
...and so on.
The good news ... Spark members are VERY supportive! In these pages you get nudges, cheers, answers, challenges, encouragements, prompts, badges, trophies, laughs, jokes, and every kind of support you could ever need or want! SP love - unconditional!
I don’t think I would have ever admitted that I was 60 pounds overweight, and no one would have ever told me that. And here I am, adding another 5 to that goal, and will likely add another 5 after that. The advice of the Master Mind is to meet regularly, consistently, and purposefully. That’s what SparkPeople is for me - my Master Mind Team - daily. I feel the support and the results are evident!
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    I love SP too! It's best not to tell ppl what you are doing as they are the first to try to derail your efforts!
    276 days ago
  • no profile photo CD11945874
    I heard that same exact video by doctor Jason Fung! I agree that people do not understand and it's best not even to open the door to discussion. ... I just glanced and so I posted on this once before! But that's okay to refresh my memory To what you're doing. You're doing an amazing job so kitty doing what works for you!!
    279 days ago
    Better to keep our plans protected from envy people. Nancy Pauline made a perfect definition. People want to be successful but they don’t want to make the effort!
    286 days ago
    Thank you for the support, very much appreciated. emoticon You're an inspiration!
    286 days ago
    I have one sister that I shared my journey with. My baby sister, my smallest sister and one of my biggest supporters. Sparkies are the best. They never tell you not to loose any more pounds or you will get sick.
    287 days ago
  • BERRY4
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    Having a small "cheer" team providing support and encouragement to keep stayin' the course is definitely a great benefit!
    Glad that has made a difference for you in making choices for the "health" of it!
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    287 days ago
    I didn't know there was such a thing as "Master Mind". This is something I've been doing for years - in all aspects of my life - and didn't know there was a name to it.

    Congratulations to you on reaching your goals and continuing to be successful in becoming the best you can be. And doing it for you. I am very proud of you.

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    288 days ago
    emoticon on your great success! I'm all for following whatever plan works for you and to heck with what other people think of it.

    I loved reading everyone's responses. Like many mentioned, I, too, try not to talk about weight loss with people/friends for many reasons. One - I feel like it sets me up for feeling bad about myself if I am not successful at reaching my goals (accountability backfires on me). Two - people really don't care about MY weight loss efforts other than for judgement purposes. Three - I find weight loss discussions with others a bit frustrating as I have several friends who "want to lose weight" but even after I have told them about how wonderful SP is they opt to choosed diet plans that provide a "quick fix" and do nothing to help them learn about eating healthier for the long haul.

    288 days ago
    emoticon Congrats on converting your lifestyle to a healthy one and dropping the pounds of fat!!
    And Thank You for sharing about what a Master Mind is.
    Too bad people aren't more like the dogs most dearly love.
    Wishing you a Healthy Day!
    288 days ago
    288 days ago
    SparkPeople friends are very supportive and encouraging. “Master Mind,” sounds like a great way to share with like minded people.
    288 days ago
  • FITNIK2020
    Seems a good plan to me, I try to avoid talking about weight altogether. My sister knows I’m struggling and offered a goid cookbook reference and dies not bring it up. 12 stubborn pounds don’t make a crisis.
    288 days ago
  • no profile photo CD11945874
    I have always been one to zip my lip and keep a lid on whatever is going on with myself. Too many experiences where telling someone private things backfired! And when I began Keto .... You definitely wanna keep that 1 under your hat or you are really going to get the criticism and the lectures from all sides! I must have listen to the same talk by doctor Jason found that you did because I remember him saying to keep it to yourself that people will not understand. Good blog! You keep doing what you find works for you and it will be just great!
    (Oh..... I have found the majority of people think that keto and intermittent fasting are a fad).
    288 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/19/2020 10:19:47 PM
    When people question your success, I suspect it is out of envy. Most of them would like to achieve some kind of self improvement goal, but don't want to make the commitment to do the work. So it's easier to undermine your achievement to justify their own reluctance to start. emoticon
    288 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14105895
    Yes, Sparkfriends are the BEST!

    I have had people express "concern" for me ever since I hit 100 pounds down (I'm just over 130 down now). When I told someone at my previous volunteer job that I still had 50 pounds to lose, she looked aghast. I told her I was still just over 200 pounds, so yes, I really do have that much left to lose.

    I have already had people at my new job comment on how healthy my lunches and snacks are, and do I really work out every day before coming to work? One guy even asked me if I eat an apple with every meal, and what gym do I go to. This is the start of my third week and I am already attracting attention? WTF? emoticon

    Just goes to show people gossip too. I told two people about my morning workouts when they asked me what shifts I was scheduled for. I said I told the manager in my interview that I preferred either the 10 a.m. or 12 p.m. start times so I didn't have to get up at 5 a.m. to do my workouts. I have had numerous people comment on my food and fitness in only my first two weeks. Again, WTF?

    It's funny, people don't know what to do with you when you're living a healthy lifestyle I guess! Just keep coming back to Spark to get the moral support and encouragement you need! emoticon emoticon
    288 days ago
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