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The Bounce-Back Continues!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Thank you everyone for your concerns re: yesterday's mishap. Just gotta love our SparkFamily! A little Bacitracin and all this SparkLove goes a long way to making fellow keeping on tickin' when he takes a lickin'!

Went back at it today for 4 hours, kicking off with an hour of Spinning, 1/2 hr. elliptical, 1/2 hr. stationary bike, alternating with sets of upper body strength training and wrapping up with a 1/2 hour in the pool and hot tub. One of my favorite ways to spend a Saturday morning!

Had a different leader for Spinning today, neat to check out another person's "style"...dimmed the lights which I liked, could tune into the music and the rhythm of the ride better. She warned that the fitness center would have limited hours tomorrow due to the holiday. And followed that by saying the hotel (which runs the fitness center) is having an awesome Easter buffet and have absolutely jam-packed their ballroom with 500 seats which are sold out for the day with a 200 people waiting list. So parking might be a pain. Not if one is cycling...heh heh! Not that I plan to go tomorrow. I chimed in after she said this: Yeah you guys are in cahoots! Fatten 'em up at the buffet so they gotta come here to burn it off! :-)

Had a chance to chat up SparkPeople with one of the staff who also works on the side as a personal trainer...encouraged her to recommend SP to her clients!

Knee is still stiff, but it could be worse...! Swimming and hot tub was heavenly!

The only disappointment? No pellets! The demand has been so great that they won't have 'em until mid-May. At least I could lock in on the lower April pricing ($199 a ton). My knee is probably smiling over the delay.

Gotta heal up for the 5 Borough ride throughout NYC next week www.bikenewyork.org/rides/fbbt/index
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Only 42 miles, but I figure it'll be an awesome way to get more familiar with the Big Apple as I've only been to mid-town Manhattan a few times (such as last Feb. when I was on Dr. Oz with a few other members of SparkPeople!). They shut down the roads that we bike on...good thing as there are 32 THOUSAND cyclists converging for the event! I'm hoping to catch up with fellow Sparker RSILVERSEA who is also going to be cycling this event!

2BMYOWN sent me an Easter SparkGoodie and warned me to not eat too many peeps...I sent the 2 Eggs SparkGoodie and said: this is as close as I get to a peep allowed in this house...lol!

Have a wonderful Easter holiday everybody!

Don

  
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ZELLAZM 5/1/2011 7:44AM

    Never could understand the fascination with peeps myself. Looking forward to hearing about your NYC adventure!

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REYVE01 4/28/2011 6:07PM

    Wow... that bike ride sounds great... I wish I could go. Have a good time.

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GIRANIMAL 4/27/2011 11:55AM

    You are one amazing cyclist, Don! I hope your knee is better.

Thanks for providing such inspiration! At this point my 5-mile ride to work seems rough enough, after having been off it for CONSTANT RAIN for nearly two weeks!

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BAM-MA 4/26/2011 8:29AM

    You are an inspiration as always! The NYC ride sounds awesome. If they do that every year, I will have to try it sometime. Of course I would have to get a bike first... lol

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KINSBAILE 4/25/2011 9:23AM

    I hurt my knee last week, hope we both get better!

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KAZINMICH 4/24/2011 10:00PM

    That NYC ride sounds awesome, I hope to see pics!! :) :)

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L*I*T*A* 4/24/2011 10:56AM

   

Happy Easter to you and yours...
blessings and hugs.........lita

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LADYGWEN25 4/24/2011 8:37AM

    DOn you're going to have to recommed some bike rides for me to accomplish along with the running goals i listed. Will have to try the hot tub for my leg.. never thought of that! :)

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JLITT62 4/24/2011 5:41AM

    The pellets might've been overdoing it - I think God's looking out for you. Your bike ride thru NYC sounds fab.

I grew up in Poughkeepsie, and we went to Manhattan frequently. But safpdly, I've only vpbeen about 3 times in the 25 yrs since we've been married. Just a little too far for a day trip - comfortably - from here.

Enjoy your Easter!

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2BMYOWN 4/23/2011 9:41PM

    LOL! Yes, Maha, I was referring to those sugary confections that NOW come in ALL different colors, who knew......?? But unfortunately, Don, I have grandkids who LOVE those things...but not to eat, to play with. So I am still finding rock-hard peeps tucked away every time I go to pack up more toys for my daughter to take to her new place.....from LAST EASTER, for cripe's sake.....OMG They'd make excellent hockey pucks. ***shudder***

It tires me out just reading your blogs, Mr. Machine. Spinning, cycling....I gotta get crackin' here---- and I thought I was doing pretty good doing my walking with Leslie routine! LMAO ****siiiiigh**** Yes, it's so true, I am such a slug, what can I say! You are a true inspiration, keep up the tremendous work!!!

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VALERIEMAHA 4/23/2011 8:10PM

    Damn! that 5 Borough ride sounds intense. C'mon Don, "ONLY" 42 miles??? Now that you've done the century ride, you're incorrigible. HAHAHA But...but...THIRTY TWO THOUSAND cyclists?????? More hot tub soaks to get all healed up and ready for the exciting weekend, huh.

Is the diff between stationary bike and spinning that the latter is a class using the former?

I'm sooooo slow, but I don't get Gail's (2BMYOWN) joke??? Could it be something about baby chickies who go "peep peep, peep peep?" Don't have a clue!

In your activity and motivation you're at the OPPOSITE end of the spectrum of where I'm at these days, unhappy to say. I'm sure this too shall pass....

Keep up your amazing output my friend!
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Earth Day: On the Road Again...!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Well it wasn't the most INSPIRING of days to get out on my bike, BUT: it was finally DRY! And another dry day doesn't appear to be on our horizon for another week or so...ugh!

Plus, hey it's Earth Day! What better way to celebrate than to ride on down to the fitness center, over to the office to see a few clients and then head toward home and pick up a few groceries along the way! Nice to put one of my new panniers to use: www.axiomgear.com/products/gear/bags
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Unfortunately a mishap along the way to the fitness center resulted in Fall #2 on my bike. I wasn't paying quite the attention I should have been paying considering I was traveling along a very busy upper Front St. Otherwise I would have been able to have stopped before this car I was riding along-side turned into me with the intentions of pulling into a strip mall. It wasn't really a big deal...I just sort of bounced off and tumbled onto the street, still somewhat astride my bike albeit sprawled on the ground instead of upright. No tears in my clothes, even though I could already feel the joys of road rash radiating from my left knee & left elbow. The driver was mortified and so worried about me. I think I was even MORE mortified and ashamed and just scooted on my way, waving aside all of her worries.

Afterward I kicked myself as it could have been a bit of a teaching moment for both of us to talk and acknowledge our errors and need to be more observant in the future. Hopefully she'll connect the dots without my input...lol!

In this rabidly litigious society I try my best to be as accepting of these minor mishaps as possible. The same goes for dings in the car, etc. I'm not going to have a meltdown and report to insurance companies every little thing. Although I realize the odds are against me, but I just hope others can be the same way.

So I went my merry way, worked out my "kinks" on the elliptical...nice hot shower felt good!

Question is, I have "plans" for tomorrow:

Since the weather is going to be inhospitable yet again I have been looking forward to savoring one of my fitness center Sat. mornings, kicking off with Spinning, then strength training and other cardio fun...including swimming which I think would feel OH so nice! After a few hours of that? Pick up a couple tons of wood pellets, load 'em up and stack 'em up at home: all 100 forty pound bags!

Let's see how I feel in the morning... :-)

Everyone have a healthy, happy Easter holiday!!

Don

ps...trying to keep a running tally of my cycling miles as I rack 'em up this year...135 miles so far, wish it could be DOUBLE that, but I'll take what I can get!

  
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MRDPOLING 4/29/2011 1:59AM

    I bet you made Homer Simpsons, "DOH!" on that one! Ouch dude!

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LADYGWEN25 4/24/2011 8:38AM

    Ouch on the fall.. take care of yourself! :)

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KIMMARIE11 4/23/2011 10:37AM

    I too am glad that you were not injured in the accident. I also wanted to say that I admire that you 1) Didn't get angry and accusatory and cause it to become something so much more; 2) Didn't immediately seek to gain something out of the accident (as some would); and 3) Thought of it as a possible teaching/learning experience for both you and the driver. That is a somewhat unusual and refreshing response to something that could happen to anyone because we are so distracted by whatever shiny thing happens to catch our attention today. Your post was a nice way to start my first day back at sharing the road.

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L*I*T*A* 4/23/2011 8:49AM

    great you weren't badly injured....
hope you are feeling better today...
blessings and hugs............lita

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TOOTHFUL99 4/23/2011 8:00AM

    Glad you weren't hurt too badly in your accident, but here's the big question...."How's your bike?!" lol That's always the first question I ask after I fall!

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JLITT62 4/23/2011 7:42AM

    Hope the spill doesn't interfere with your plans this morning!

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FRECKS96 4/23/2011 7:28AM

    Ugh, Sorry you had such a rough ride in. I occasionally get "reminders" about needing to be more attentive in my running, so I know the feeling. Hope today goes a little more smoothly for you.

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DAISYBELL6 4/23/2011 7:14AM

    Sorry about your mishap and glad you weren't hurt. Love your panniers!

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ZELLAZM 4/23/2011 5:53AM

    Ouch! Glad you're OK! Must be great to be out and biking to work again. Still haven't got mine out of the cellar - too many other projects going on. Sounds like a killer Saturday! Enjoy!

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LMLOPEZ 4/22/2011 11:45PM

    Don, so glad you are not majorly injured. Thanks for helping out on Earth day and for being so dedicated to your own health!! Hopefully you won't be too sore for you fun filled day tomorrow!!

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VALERIEMAHA 4/22/2011 11:42PM

    ICK! ICK!! ICK!!! Sorry 'bout that mishap. I HOPE you're not all ache-y in the morning! Sounds like you have a VERY productive time mapped out for the gym...and then ONE HUNDRED 40 lb. bags??? WOW!

You are my hero in SO many ways, my friend.
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1st Cycling Commute!

Friday, April 15, 2011

FINALLY! A day when I'm not working late and it isn't raining!

Chilly 30 degree morning, but cycling always keeps me warm. Sunny blue skies keeping me company...woo hoo!

I was a bit too intent in scrutinizing the road for flat-making debris so I didn't realize quickly enough that fellow Sparker TEAMAEGIS was cycling northbound on Front St. as I was heading southbound...didn't get a "wave" hello in! Caught up later via e-mail....lol.

It's always great to see other cyclists out on the road, but a fellow Sparker and bike club member commuting to work the same time I am...how cool is THAT? :-)

Don

  
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GIRANIMAL 4/21/2011 9:54PM

    Awesome! I'm so glad you enjoyed a chilly but otherwise nice ride. Hasn't it been the longest winter ever in the history of ... ever? Hope to be joining you again soon. When I go back to work next week its finally supposed to be a bit warmer but wet. Ick.



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KINSBAILE 4/19/2011 1:04PM

    That's awesome, glad you could get out there!

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ZELLAZM 4/19/2011 7:19AM

    Very cool! I'm going to get my bike out of the cellar this week, too! Maybe even today! emoticon

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VALERIEMAHA 4/17/2011 12:47AM

    AWESOME!!! AWESOME!!! AWESOME!!!!!! You SO deserve this after the long, snow-bound winter! You're quite an inspiration, Don.
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VEEJAY3 4/16/2011 8:22PM

    can't wait, can't wait, can't wait, can't wait, can't wait, can't wait, can't wait, can't wait, can't wait, can't wait, can't wait, can't wait, can't wait, can't wait, can't wait, can't wait, can't wait, can't wait, can't wait, can't wait, can't wait, can't wait, can't wait, can't wait,

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OUTDOORGIRL69 4/16/2011 8:10PM

    Don....

I am so glad that your weather is where you can get out. Can you send me some of that blue sky & some warm temps so my snow will stop and the 4 feet that I still have will melt.

Really glad that you could get out & ride.

Ida

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GROEDER 4/15/2011 10:04PM

    I'm anxious to start riding my bike to work. The only problem is that we got another 5 inches of snow today. It won't last long, so I hope to be out riding soon.
Keep on peddling.

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WATERMELLEN 4/15/2011 9:37PM

    I'm thinking I should get my bike out . . . yeah!! Sounds like fun!!

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DAD2GETFIT 4/15/2011 9:00PM

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FRECKS96 4/15/2011 4:39PM

    Awesome! Glad you've finally gotten that first bike commute in.

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SCOTTK3000 4/15/2011 3:27PM

    nice!
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FERRETLOVER1 4/15/2011 3:04PM

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LMLOPEZ 4/15/2011 2:00PM

    YEAH!!!!!
Finally, a great day to get out and ride your commute. Isn't it a good feeling as if Spring is ACTUALLY starting?? LOL!
Glad you got there. And funny with the lack of run-in with your fellow Sparker. There's always Monday!!!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 4/15/2011 12:46PM

    Nice. I want to start doing that too.

It's an easy way to get 30 miles in for the day...

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MIZZSB 4/15/2011 12:11PM

    how awesome that you could FINALLY go out to ride your bike!!

enjoy more of those days!!

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KA_JUN 4/15/2011 12:06PM

    Bike commuting rules, well done! emoticon Many days, the best part of the work day!

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LADYGWEN25 4/15/2011 12:05PM

    that is awesome! I will say i've seen ALOT more commuter bikers the last week ride by as i'm sipping coffee on the front porch. :)

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JLITT62 4/15/2011 11:24AM

    Great job powering into work! Lord, I thought my fingers were going to drop off with frostbite whrpen I walked the dogs at 10 am! But iypt's warming up & the skies are a beautiful blue.

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MRDPOLING 4/15/2011 10:41AM

    I love that idea! biking to work!

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MEGA_MILES 4/15/2011 10:17AM

    That's too funny!! emoticon

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MISS_VIV 4/15/2011 9:58AM

    UBERKOOL DUDE emoticon

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Sun Shower

Wednesday, April 13, 2011



The other day after working out at RiverWalk, Mother Nature dished up some most peculiar weather as there was the most striking sunset with the skies clearing all the while steadily raining! I pulled over to get what would have been the perfect sunset picture with the sun just peeking over the horizon setting the trees on fire. BUT: it was not to be...that slippery old sun just nudged a bit further down out of sight. I hopped back into the car and just another few blocks I realized how beautiful the sunset still managed to be, glowing across the Chenango River here in Binghamton so I tried again! Juggling an umbrella that refused to stay open with one hand I nabbed the shot above.

Enjoyed another lovely 41 mile journey with my bike club this past Saturday. The ride was scheduled to begin out of Greene to Oxford. However that would have only been around 20 miles round trip. Since I live near Chenango Forks another 20 miles further south I thought why not tack it on? I posted to the club that I was starting out from Chenango Forks if anyone wanted to join me. Didn't notice anyone there, however so sailed right up to Greene. Moments after arriving another member got there and said he was waiting for me in Chenango Forks! Hmm...don't know how we could have missed each other...?

Although the weather was SUPPOSED to be sunny it was fairly drab with clouds all the way to Oxford. I wished and willed and hoped and prayed....and sure enough! On the way home the clouds parted and the sun came out to play! Woo hoo!

Here's a pic of a gorgeous old stone church in Oxford. I took this on the way into town, before the sun could really illuminate things, but still very impressive.



Looks like Sunday will be the better day for cycling this weekend. Probably return to Spinning class Saturday...my instructor is missing me...lol! I've warned her that as much as I love Spinning class, the open road is going to be running her TOUGH competition! :-)

April is living up to its reputation with LOTS of rain in the forecast, clearing and sunny days coincidentally seem to be happening on days when I'm working too late to ride. So no commute rides STILL...grr!

Hump day everyone! Spark On to the weekend!

Don

  
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WATERMELLEN 4/15/2011 9:37PM

    What a glorious sky!

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MIZZSB 4/14/2011 2:48PM

    lovely pics!

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L*I*T*A* 4/13/2011 10:45PM

    awesome!!! emoticon

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DAD2GETFIT 4/13/2011 9:12PM

    Great pics!

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FRECKS96 4/13/2011 4:13PM

    The sunset was gorgeous! I have pics of my own to upload eventually. Good luck getting some rides in soon. I know how much you've been missing them.

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MRDPOLING 4/13/2011 3:24PM

    dang! that sun shot was amazing! Good example of "Stoping to smell the roses!"

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 4/13/2011 1:30PM

    I got out for a short shakedown ride with Carrie on Saturday.

This weekend it'll be 18 miles, a 2000 ft climb for my leg of the Tuckerman's Ravine Pentathlon in NH. (!)

I was originally supposed to kayak, but due to my shoulder injury I switched with the biker.

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REYVE01 4/13/2011 12:13PM

    Isn't amazing all the beatiful things we see when we get up off our butts and get out side?????? That is the part I like... I explore the greenbelt trails, mountain trails,I walked up the hill to the water tower, played in the fountains in Old Town and much more..... awesome.

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KAZINMICH 4/13/2011 11:18AM

    Gorgeous church! I love older structures like that! :) And beautiful sunset. I can just picture it moments before too.

Awesome job on the cycling!!

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MNABOY 4/13/2011 11:09AM

    Envious of your bike tours. I am not supposed to ride bikes anymore and I do miss the pleasures. Great picture too. Just have to see the outdoors on my feet.

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IMIN2GENES 4/13/2011 10:03AM

    Love the photos! Thanks for sharing!
Chris

PS - I'm with you... the open road is much better than the gym!

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MISS_VIV 4/13/2011 9:40AM

    I am in awe over the changes that you have made in your life since you started on sparks.............YOU ARE A ROCK. emoticon

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JLITT62 4/13/2011 8:56AM

    Yeah, wouldn't you know the one pretty rainy day this week I'm signed up for group running?

Oh well, just glad it's not snow anymore!

Thanks for the photos - beautiful!

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MEGA_MILES 4/13/2011 8:49AM

    40 miles!! Between you and DAVEINSEOUL, I feel like a wimp with my five mile rides. emoticon

I know, I know, practice practice practice.

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Don't Give Up!

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

I was SO disappointed recently when I went to catch up with a fellow Sparker as I had an e-mail notice of her latest blog and...

POOF!

She was gone without a trace! No SparkPage, no recognition of her in the SparkSearch...just dropped right off the face of the planet!

This has happened before and I my heart just falls so...what could have happened? Could I have said something that might have made a difference?

Well, I'm passing this blog along to share with others and hope it will make a difference.

Feel free to forward it to anyone who you think might need some inspiration:
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4140664


Thank you SO MUCH JOHNTJ1!!

Here's a little more inspiration from Pink & John Legend along with Herbie Hancock and his band...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVQxSFG-ahk

Don

  
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YESCURLYCAN 3/12/2012 2:38AM

  I am so glad that I decided to go through some of your blogs; I needed this encouragement. Thank you for posting this :)

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KAZINMICH 4/8/2011 8:39AM

    Did you read my mind yesterday? lol.

Thank you so much for this! I really needed it. I wasn't fully giving up, but now I realize I was walking a fine line!!!

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KENNY83 4/7/2011 11:18PM

    Thanks for sharing Don! JohnTJ1 is the man!

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OUTDOORGIRL69 4/6/2011 9:12PM

    Don....

Thanks for sharing that Blog.

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L*I*T*A* 4/6/2011 11:19AM

    great share...........thanks
blessings and hugs..............lita

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DAYHIKER 4/6/2011 10:30AM

    I had 4 SP friends disappear last year! It's such a bummer. I wax and wane with the time I spend here but I think I'm here for the long haul. Spring through Fall are very busy times (everywhere!) here in the country now that the gardening is underway! Love it though!

You're a great encourager, Don--don't ever disappear!!! emoticon

Cindy in Indiana

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OLDERDANDRT 4/6/2011 9:19AM

    I know that sting, too. I'm sure some need a break and some are just overwhelmed and quit and some have reached their goals and left figuring there is nothing left here for them. For whatever reason, I think it would just be courteous if they jsut leave a quick blog or status letting everybody know very breifly that they are leaving and /or if it's for good or temp. It'd just be nice. I've had a couple of friends go and they had the courtesy to do that. Sorry your friend didn't. Maybe she'll be back one day. You just keep SParkin', buddy!!! emoticon

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MEGA_MILES 4/6/2011 8:14AM

    Anyone who has been on Spark for some length of time has lost friends. If this lifestyle change was easy none of us would be here.

Think of how many times you started one program or another and eventually quit. But wait a minute, you didn't quit, you took a break to let the dust settle. You were processing all your experiences in your subconcious.

The absolute proof you didn't quit is that your here!! Welcome.

Trust your friends, while missing, are taking a break. Maybe Spark wasn't the best fit for them. Let's hope all our missing friends find the program that works for each one of them and that they meet all their goals.

In the meantime, I'm glad your still here making progress in your life and that your my friend. Keep up the good work and let's all raise a glass of water to the friends that are still here.

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777GRACE 4/6/2011 8:05AM

    Totally agreed, I had been sparking this one gal and poof she went away. Very hard, but we still need to keep sparking even though we can't control their delete button!

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FERRETLOVER1 4/6/2011 7:23AM

    You just have to hope that they have gotten what they needed from SparkPeople and wish them well. I highly doubt it was anything you said or didn't say since you are a truly motivating man with truly good things to say!

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FRECKS96 4/6/2011 7:17AM

    I've had friends disappear like that too, it's heartbreaking. All I can say is that I hope they found what they were looking for.

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SCOTTK3000 4/6/2011 6:37AM

    glad you mentioned that.

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MRDPOLING 4/6/2011 5:45AM

    Yeah, that has happened to me too! My heart goes out to them as do my prayers.

If I ever vanish, there are people in the real world that are also on SP that can track me down.

My Dad's SP ID is EAGLE101
My Niece's SP ID is LOVEY890
My Sister's SP ID is DCRAFTER
My friends SP ID is OHIOFISHBEAR

And if I ever do quit, you have my permission to hunt me down and/or send one or all of them to kick my butt until I UN-quit! hehe!

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MIZZSB 4/6/2011 2:07AM

    ive noticed it as well from a SP friend, but what can you do??

I read the link of John and i liked it, it motivated me to go on and on.

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HEALTHY_CAROLYN 4/6/2011 12:11AM

    It's always sad when a sparkfriend is just gone, whether suddenly or fading slowly. It's something I've gotten used to, but it's still something that bothers me, too.

Thanks for sharing John's blog. It's so true what he writes. This isn't an easy process, and it's always reassuring to read the struggles, and ultimate triumphs over them, of others.

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LMLOPEZ 4/5/2011 10:52PM

    Thanks Don! It made me really sad the first time that happened and I don't want to become immune. If it helps change even one person's mind that would be great.

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