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What if SP closed? Photos added 3-31-16My responace to STEPH-KNEE blogs 3-27 & 29, 2016 VERY though

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

(Please read her blogs if you want more info about my response!)

SP Friend Steph-Knee,
emoticon for your honesty & sharing it with us. emoticon

I have not had negative comments. emoticon I am SO sorry you have had them. What's up with jealously? emoticon I usually write positive blogs. I believe being positive, creates more positivity emoticon & being negative creates more of that, too. (Indeed, I have VERY hard days, weeks & also months, just recently. SP helped me through ALL the stress, it's not ALL sunshine & roses, for any of us) I have regained 8 # & try VERY emoticon hard to keep my weight down. Luckily, SP has taught me how to 'be real' with myself, enough, that when my weight starts to move up, I stop at 8#. 3-16-16 was my 4 year with SP. emoticon YES! This is a daily challenge for me. I KNOW it is because I over eat. emoticon Period. But I start each day, trying my best & being happy with my body, as I never was before SP. Maintenance is the hardest thing I have ever done, no kidding! I search out members who have maintained for years & friended them. Reading about them & learning their tricks of success. I am on their teams; AT GOAL & MAINTAINING....; CALLING ALL SP MOTIVATORS; SP MOTIVATORS TEAM, (by invite, only). These teams help me & also help me help other people. THAT is what makes my world move in the direction I want it to go. emoticonThe statistics of how many people reach their goal & stay there, are VERY small.(5-10%, according to Chris Downie) I am SO happy I have kept loving myself, that the 8#, although are a challenge, I DO consider myself being IN maintenance! One of the goals on my 'bucket list' is emoticon goal, 6 more years to go!

I have decided that I need to promote myself, here on SP. emoticon (My ONLY social site, not on FB, etc.) When I want to share a blog, I send it to ALL of my friends. I celebrate emoticon my own achievements. I know I am the only 1 who REALLY cares about that. My SP friends support, as they can, BUT it is all up to me! emoticon I post my accomplishments about SP to every team I'm on. (43) I spread whatever I am happy emoticon about in EVERY place on the site, I can! That is how I think this process works for me. I give myself 1 hour a day to spark. I have a VERY active life (I gave up 6 hours a day of TV, on Sparks, to stay healthy!) & that wouldn't be happening if I was not a member! The Yeses out weight the minuses for me, SO MUCH! emoticon

What would we do if SP closed this site? That is always a possibility, right? I would be VERY sad, because that would mean I would lose my SP friends; my trackers would have to be my responsibility to keep them going; my physical life would be SO much harder. I am SO grateful Chris Downie has started it. I hear his book, THE SPARK, emoticon almost weekly. As we are all changing, so is this site. Our world is tiny emoticon & I am possibly the head emoticon emoticon to the best of my abilities. I carry SP business cards; talk to people in shopping lines; walking in nature; the Santa Run, etc. Anywhere & Everywhere! This site saved my life. (I have blogged several times about that, check my history, if you have time!)

If I can help you in anyway, please just let me know. You are a friend emoticon of mine & have been for several years! I will be adding my weeks activities to this blog, daily. I DO write most of my blogs for me, but your blogs REALLY moved me today. THANK YOU! And, I wrote this thinking of YOU! emoticon I truly hope you find comfort in my response! Our journey together is what it is ALL about for me!

emoticon 4-1-16 "LIFE HAS IT'S FUNNY UPS & DOWNS, for just when things are looking down, things start looking up!" 1950's movie, I LOVE MELVIN, song. I use this song to perform for the children of my marionette shows. emoticon Happy, healthy April!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

About my day: 4-2-16 emoticon 6 hours of hiking emoticon & walking emoticon & playing in nature, emoticon today! Ready to REST!!!!! emoticon Happy Saturday everyone!! emoticon

emoticon Hi! from my world, today 4-3-16: I am resting! emoticon The last 5 days have been VERY packed with exercise! emoticon Today is resting, no matter what! Also, I have logged into SP for 1478 days! (SP thinks it's less than that, but a computer change, didn't up date!) emoticon

emoticon 4-4-16 'WHEN I APPRECIATE, I FEEL SO VERY GOOD.' Abraham-Hicks, so true! Welcome to Monday, a happy day of feeling 'normal', working & playing! How about YOU?? emoticon

emoticon 4-5-16 I KNOW what I want, my job is to figure out how to find the path of least resistance!! emoticon

emoticon emoticon 4-6-16 A day of finding a "link" to sell our unwanted 'good' stuff, with an app. locally! This is HUGE for us! No shipping! I will meet the buyers in the police station parking lot, for safety! Faster than Craig's list. More info as I learn about the "HOW" to of it! We have a TON of lovely things to sell! THX Angels for your help! emoticon

emoticon 4-7-16 A morning of being foggy headed. Not sure why, pushing through. I didn't have coffee yesterday & it was a VERY active day. More water & I'm off to it! emoticon

emoticon 4-8-16 "Dignity & tranquility last forever" Yogi tea HAPPY Friday! Date night with DH emoticon after work emoticon , Zumba emoticon , walking LUCY emoticon &&&& sending Love to YOU! emoticon

emoticon 4-9-16 Off to play in nature, after a lovely rain! emoticon Happy, healthy, abundant Saturday to all! emoticon




"WILD THING" my WooHoo for the team THE WOO HOO LOUNGE

Santa 5K with Apple tree hand puppet
This event is to raise money for a local charity for
special needs children. I do it every year, I am leader of the SP team, AND
this training I do all year keeps me in shape!

Hiking with SP cap

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    Thank you for sharing your experience. You are right; maintenance is the hardest thing to do. I'm 5 months into maintenance. There have been so many potential roadblocks in my way throughout mu journey, but I did not let them deter me. However, I never lost so much weight before, so I think I learned some things along the way this time. Thank you for your insights. TV is definitely a detriment to weight loss and maintenance. Thanks again! emoticon
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    Comment edited on: 4/29/2016 11:24:58 PM
    I'm sorry that your friend got some bad comments. I've had some before, and it made me think that it would be good if we could block people here. Because if they do it once, it's more likely they will do it again. That's been my experience. And I have contacted support, and they said that you need to notify them yourself about not wanting any future messages left on blogs or pictures or your page. So I hope your friend has done that, let them know not to bother her again. It would be easier, though, if we could just block people! You can on Facebook, so it seems you should be able to here.

    I'm glad that you are getting so much out of SparkPeople! I really like the site too, and hope that it never gets closed. I didn't read the other person's blogs, so I don't know how that came up. But SP is a great place to meet people who are trying to better themselves. I get support here that I really don't get in real life. So it's really a lifeline for me, as far as motivation is concerned. It helps me be more motivated, knowing that other people here are also trying to lose weight, and care what I am going through. Even if they are busy, and can't read all of my blogs, I know they're out there doing things to lose weight too. It gives this sense of camaraderie!
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    emoticon your so creative....love it!

    Happy April! emoticon
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    emoticon You ROCK!! emoticon
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    Glad I found you this morning as I was browsing. You are a bundle of SPARK! I think I can use you to help me! Thanks friend for sharing your story! Hugs, Jude/daisypetal
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    Glad I found you this morning as I was browsing. You are a bundle of SPARK! I think I can use you to help me! Thanks friend for sharing your story! Hugs, Jude/daisypetal
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    emoticon emoticon glad you sent me here to read this!
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    I agree...SP has made a huge difference in my life and thousands upon thousands of others! Well said!
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    Great photos!
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    Wow, I am right there with you on the way you feel about SparkPeople. I have been here almost four years with a brief leave of about 3 weeks last September. That was due to illness and I will NEVER do that again. I lost all my points, my SparkPeople Motivator emblem on my page, and the team that I started as well as the leadership of the SparkPeople Motivators team. But I am back and I just got SparkPeople Motivator back and have started two teams and leader on several others. I love this site. That is all there is to it. My purpose is to support and encourage others in losing weight and living healthier lives. I weighed 357 pounds, lost 240 and because of health problems and new medication, I gained quite a bit back. I am losing again and I owe that to SP. This site is such an aid and help to so many, as well as diversified to the extent that you can find a supportive team for just about any interest you may have. I have some age on me but I would love to be able, like you, to reach that 10 year anniversary. Thank you for this amazing blog. Very special.

    Long live emoticon emoticon blog
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    emoticon You're a great motivator/supporter to others including myself. I sure do appreciate it too.
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    Thank you for your wonderful blog! You bring sunshine where ever you go!
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    Sparkling! You are my hero. You've faced some real challenges with true grace. Thanks for being there and continuing to inspire me.
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    emoticon I second Moonglow's nomination to crown you MS Positivity!!! We can all agree that your sharing your love of life and joy is inspiring to us all!

    I admire your effort and success and love you for all of it!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

    I am also eternally grateful to Chris Downie and SparkPeople!
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    Comment edited on: 3/31/2016 12:49:15 PM
    emoticon emoticon Sparkiling...YOU are just emoticon Hope you continue with your Spark Journey and never emoticon because you are a inspiration & a MOTIVATOR to all of your emoticon 's:" ....so happy that you are my emoticon and continue on with all your "Positive" remarks!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    Thank you for this neat blogpost!

    Words and concepts in this blog: honesty, sharing, positivity, loving, promoting, achieving, laughing, accomplishing, responsibility, possibility, cheering, leading, changing, being grateful, thinking, thanking!

    I nominate YOU for Miss Positivity!!! (something we all NEED more of - POSITIVITY!)

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    You are SO positive every day. emoticon You are a shining light breaking through the ordinary emoticon with joy and energy and motivation. emoticon
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    emoticon SparkPeople does make this Journey a bit easier. Just having Daily Contact with other Travelers is a Huge Benefit. Without SP, it would be up to US to use the Tools that Spark has given us.
    The possibility that SparkPeople could disappear, or that the Internet might go down is why I've given contact information on Facebook to some of my SparkFriends. A few even have my Phone Number.
    emoticon I have learned that I need to be conscious of Time Zones when I call Spark Friend's who live in other parts of the country, LOL!
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    I agree! I am thankful to CD also. Hugs!
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    Agree. This is a tremendous place to get support on the journey to better health.
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    All I have to say is: "This is a two way street! If I'm ever able to do anything for you, just ask me, as you will never know if I'm able to help you, unless you ask, sdo ASK!"

    Great Blog!


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