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Monday, October 26, 2020

After 11 years as a sparker, the last 3 mostly MIA, I appreciate the information, resources, trackers and philosophy of the program. Still, it’s the spark friends, old and new, that make it real for me.

It’s not like listening to a famous celebrity day after day or some marketing exec out to sell me a product, but so many real people with real lives, facing ups and downs while trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle in different environments in all parts of the world.

I appreciate the diversity of their experience. Some are senior citizens like me. Most seem to be middle aged like my children and others could be my grandchildren.

Just like in real life it is valuable to listen to the perspective of all generations. Some are starting their journey toward a healthy lifestyle, some lamenting yet another plateau, some have achieved amazing success, some describe overcoming challenges, hardship and loss. Others have been in maintenance for years. I love the variety of my Spark World.

Together the threads of all our individual lives are creating a beautiful tapestry as we bloom where we are planted.

COVID stopped our world travels. I moped about that for months, but the world is still there. I read about it and see your photos, every day, right here.

OneKidsMom reminds me to make every day count

When I need a laugh there are many, especially One-Day-at-a time

At age 73 I am very inspired by those in my age group (and older) still determined to get out there and enjoy every day. TCANNO inspires me to increase my daily distance and take time to appreciate the sights around me.

Just last night we were watching a documentary about the Indian Pacific Railroad across Australia and learned that Doveseyes lives near the western end of the route.

Then there are old friends who introduce us to new experiences.
When I returned to Spark, Kaliswalker invited me to join a 5% challenge.
OH I don’t need that. I know how to be successful and I have been.
Yet, I am enjoying the camaraderie and shared experience of teammates working toward a goal. I’ve even discovered the benefits of Pilates! How about that!

And finally from a new member who really “gets it”
She wrote a perfect explanation of the difference between diet and healthy living including the reaction of those who would stop us in our tracks. I think this is her first blog.


I am so happy to reconnect with old members and thrilled to learn from and share the experiences of new sparkers as well.

As a teacher for 30 years (retired since 2007), I wanted my students to become life-long learners and try to model that behavior myself. I had a sign in my classroom

“In times of change learners inherit the earth while the learned are perfectly prepared for a world that no longer exists” (Eric Hoffer)

Thank you for reading and enjoy your day.
As OneKidsMom would say - “This is the only October 26, 2020 we will ever get”
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    What a lovely blog. Thank you!! I'm glad you're here.
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    emoticon These peeks we get into one another's lives is a grounding connection in times when we have to be physically distanced! My Spark family is an extension of my IRL one... in fact, since I dragged both MOBYCARP and ALICIA363 into Spark, some of our real life conversations became, "did you read what SPARKSOANDSO wrote today? I really liked ______!"

    Yes, these are real connections, and I am so grateful for them!
    89 days ago
    You are such a natural at teaching and communicating.
    Thank you for such a thoughtful blog. Much appreciated!
    89 days ago
    Now is a good time to plan ahead for the future when Covid has been put in it's proper place.
    89 days ago
    Yes yes yes!!!

    And that can be your next big trip, several months exploring Australia via the train!!! (As a non-Australian, you can buy a rail pass for the India-Pacific and the Ghan, which runs from Melbourne to Darwin - we loved the trains!!!!)
    89 days ago
    Very well written And I share your sentiments, "Real people with real lives." I absorb far more from listening to an array of "real people" right here in the spark community. Listening to real people is more enriching to me than reading a text book or listening to a lecture on how to live. I have come to regarding many as actual friends and feel as if I met them in person We would have a connection or bond other than some of the people I know in my physical life. I especially appreciate how people here can be real and be themselves. If someone is having a "bad hair day", There will always be someone to listen and give an encouraging word. Spark people brings real people from afar together, And I am especially grateful for my time well spent since joining in 2012. Thank you for a wonderful blog that says it all! .....😊 ...👍...💌
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    Comment edited on: 10/26/2020 9:13:50 AM
    People like you are what makes SP work so well. While I haven't done so well with weight loss, I have met so many wonderful people here that it warms my heart. While we're all on our own journey. I'm so thankful mine brought me to SP. God bless us.
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    It is always the Spark Friends that keep me coming back and there are so many great ones here. Like you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    89 days ago
    Sparkers are the greatest....
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    I an so glad you are back! I love your spark!!!!
    89 days ago
    I so hear you. I'm always inspired by what sparkers share here - most especially their encouragement and their kindness. I feel like my world is just a little sweeter - a little bigger - here on Spark.

    And thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a little pumpkin love
    89 days ago
    Totally agree! SparkPeople has changed my life, too, made it much more fun, richer, and less lonely. Living in Japan for so long, I have been far away from family and friends, and SparkPeople has helped me feel connected. I've never belonged to any other social media sites, but I can't imagine people any more generous and caring than those I've met here. I'm so grateful! Thank you for expressing so well the way I think a lot of us feel.
    89 days ago
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