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A Sparkfriend's Goodbye Email

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

I just opened an email from a sparker friend who advised me and others on her friends list that she was totally giving up on herself and cancelled her SP page. It made me sad to think of all of the times we want to quit, and that some people actually do. Even though she'll never see this post, I wish her the best and send good vibes over the miles. Here's to our keeping on keeping on - no matter how difficult it gets.

  
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CHRISTIEC73 3/25/2009 8:34AM

    I wish her the best of luck and may she find a way to believe in herself.

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JILLYB2 3/25/2009 8:06AM

  i HAVE TO ADMIT I GIVE UP ON MY DIET PLAN ,BUT NEVER ON SPARK FRIENDS, THEY ARE WHAT KEEP ME GOING , AND I WISH EVERYONE FELT THAT WAY!! I WISH YOUR FRIEND LUCK AND HOPE SHE COMES BACK!!

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KUNGFOOD 3/25/2009 7:38AM

    Close a door, open a window.
It might take some time for her to remember why she came to SP. I hope she does see your blog post, and I hope she realizes sooner rather than later that as a person she is truly worthy of every kind word, of good health, and of loving friendships along the way, wherever her path leads her.


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BINEMELLES 3/25/2009 6:42AM

    emoticonhow sad and frustrating, that you didn't even get the chance to reach out and try to convince her to stick with it. it's always so painful to see people give up on themselves, when really they are so totally worth all the effort to get healthier.


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LULUBELLE1102 3/25/2009 6:26AM

    I so wished we had know early enough to maybe help convince her that she is worth the work it takes to realize your dreams. I am one of those who from time to time give up. But then I realize that it takes work to become the person we want to be. I maybe going slow but the day will come when I will win the race.
lulu

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ARTHURTOM 3/25/2009 5:09AM

    There are a couple of people on my friends list that have given up...not to the extent that your friend has but still given up nonetheless.

Changing your lifestyle is a difficult thing to do. I know...I didn't want to change for a while. It is tough enough to go it alone, but add others around you such as a husband, wife, children, an unsympathetic boyfriend...you get the picture...the toughness multiplies greatly.

Sometimes there is an underlying fear of that change. The strategies and activities that spark people have been designed to incorporate those changes into your lifestyle in order to help you to realize that it is going to take time to get to where you want to be (healthy) and there is no overnight fix for it. Even when you arrive at healthy...your job only gets tougher and really begins at that point to maintain your goal weight and newfound health.

Had I known how good I would feel, I would have never let myself get to 380 pounds. I had been well on my way to where I am at right now before I joined spark people.

Joining spark people has reinforced my good habits and behaviors. Spark people has taught me things about my nutrition that I have let slip into the darker abscesses of my mind and brought around full circle the nutritional part of my program.

What spark people has impressed upon me and taught me (that I already knew for the most part) is that becoming healthy is no quick fix. Some people join with the best of intentions on seeing it through to their healthy conclusion but in the sad reality of life, some people for whatever reason just can't give up their habits to take the steps they need to get to the healthy them that they want to be.

Stay strong Jesse.

Tim

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MARSHA74 3/25/2009 4:22AM

    that is such a shame, how awful to have to do that??
thats a good idea of sending her an email every so often. maybe she had problems with a partner or something, i know some men can get a bit funny with us being on social sites etc.


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KEEPINMYCURVES 3/25/2009 3:31AM

    Oh no that is so sad :(


~ Kimmie, leader of the HOTTEST SparkTeam No Topic Off Limits! ~


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KFILANOSKI 3/25/2009 12:29AM

    aww that is sad.. I couldn't imagine ever completely giving up on myself and I'm glad you can't either. Hopefully she'll just continue her journey in another style :) and cheers to keeping on - never give up :)

- Katie

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BARB7983 3/25/2009 12:29AM

    If you have this person's personal e-mail address, send them a note every week or so to let them know you care....maybe they will come back!!

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Can it Be True that 2/3 of Americans Take Prescription Meds?

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Now, I'm not passing judgement because I know that some of these are needed to combat illnesses. But it seems that more and more meds are advertised on TV and I wonder if we've become a nation of addicts. I heard the statistic that 2/3 of Americans take legal drugs. Sure, I know that any substance - even caffeine - is viewed as such. But whenever they list the side effects in these commercials, it seems that they are more serious than the original ailment. As for me, I try not to even take an aspirin unless I need it. Maybe because I was brought up in the day when antibiotics were prescribed like candy throughout childhood and I've grown to take pity on my liver for having to process all that.

  
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ARTHURTOM 3/24/2009 12:20PM

    I used to be one of the 2/3 of Americans...until I got off my fat keister and started doing something about it.

I was on:

*Lasix- all that fluid need help getting out of me and my heart couldn't handle all of it when I was huge

*Prinivil- my blood pressure was through the roof

*Prilosec- I couldn't eat anything because of my digestive problems that was borne out of my obesity that didn't cause me gastric upset!

Since I went under 300 pounds...all of that stuff is GONE!

I'm happy to be in the 1/3 now!

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LAINYE 3/24/2009 10:59AM

    I agree with you. Some people see these ads and think - there's a problem I have so I better ask my doctor for this medicine. I do have to take meds for my various ailments, but they are regulated and I follow up with blood work frequently. I do know others who have irresponsible doctors that just keep doling out pills without any followup.

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Another Thing I Make Myself Do While Sparking

Monday, March 23, 2009

I recently blogged about adding water while I'm on this website. That is, while on SP, the rule is that I have to be drinking water. Yesterday, I came up with an additional component. It's been two months since I first logged onto the Sparkpeople site and ,as much as it's wonderful, I've been spending more time on the computer than I thought I would. So, I put my mini-cycle under my desk and when I spark, I pedal. It's worked out great and now those minutes that fly by are being used to maximum benefit.

  
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SPARKHOPE 3/23/2009 6:57PM

    emoticon Great idea! I need one of those things.

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TRYINGHARD1948 3/23/2009 5:09PM

    Well done on the lateral thinking. You're not wasting one moment. All the best.

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ARTHURTOM 3/23/2009 4:37PM

    A true multi-tasker! Way to go!

Keep on rollin' & sparkin'!!!

Tim

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MINDY1968 3/23/2009 11:06AM

    great idea!! I also spend too much time on the computer......the water thing is perfect for me, lol it might even make me spend LESS time online since I'll be in the bathroom after awhile of drinking and sparking!!
LOL

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MARSHA74 3/23/2009 11:00AM

    what a fantastic idea!!!! the water one is good too, i shall be doing that from now on!!
i can picture it now, thousands of women around the world at their pc's...drinking, pedalling and working on their pelvic floors all at the same time!!.. god i hope no one is watching!!.. haha x emoticon

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Weary but Not Discouraged

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Sometimes I wish that I could wave a magic wand and be at goal. I just get tired of paying such close attention to weight all of the time. Not to be mistaken for discouragement, because I'm not. But I do get tired of caring about all of the details along this adventure.

  
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SPARKLESSENCE 3/22/2009 7:33PM

    Yeah...all the tracking, weighing, measuring, forethought - it does get a little old, doesn't it? I think ARTHURTOM's got the right idea here, though...we (me too!) need to find some joy in the journey. You've lost so much weight...how would it be to go back and look at earlier pictures of yourself, even those which predate your initial involvement with the other online weight-loss program? There's nothing quite like visually bringing it home... For myself, I know I need to scare up some good new recipes to keep the grub interesting... but whether it's different exercise or some other change of fitness scenery, a little change might be in order... - Sara emoticon

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ARTHURTOM 3/22/2009 10:43AM

    When you're done with that magic wand I want to use it for a few things!

Seriously...try to find joy in your journey because all of the joy does not lay at the destination. Your hard work will be satisfying to you once you are at your goal...but seriously...try to enjoy the journey, it will make the goal that much sweeter.

Tim

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Here Comes a Major Challenge

Saturday, March 21, 2009

As I'm starting to do more professional networking, I find that most of these business events meet at restaurants and everything centers around meals. I know that I'm capable of ordering healthy things, but I don't want to eat every time I'm out. And there are triggers everywhere - all kinds of sweet stuff and other total garbage - that I just don't care to watch everyone stuff into their mouths. Why does everything in this society center around food and (usually) overeating? emoticon

  
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7REBACCA7 3/21/2009 10:42AM

   

I agree why do so many people have to eat every where they go i think personally it is because so many addicted to sugar in our society. Sugar increases our appetites and binging .We wouln't let people tell us what to wear so why let them influence what we eat it also gets easier the longer we stick to our decisions be such a brillent conversationlist,or so knowledgeable on what they are talking about that they think you are too interested to eat.If all else fails whatever tempts you the most say I am allergic to that.You are not lying we break out in fat.Hee hee emoticon

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ARTHURTOM 3/21/2009 8:09AM

    Take a lot of sugar free Trident with you and just chew gum? Maybe not...professional networkers might take objection to you chewing gum as opposed to stuffing your kisser full of food.

What happened to the good old days when black coffee and cigarettes would do for a meeting?

It's difficult as the other person who left a comment has stated. You just have to go low and eat very little of it and throw out what you don't eat/need.

I find as I drive my taxi, the closer it is to bar closing time, the more that people want to go through the Taco Bell drive through and order food not only for them but for me also. I always refuse as Taco Bell food is not even remotely close on my radar, but some rather insistent sorts go ahead and order me food anyway. If they do that, after I drop them off I just take the food by a bus stop where a homeless person may be camped out and give them the food. Works for me and them too.

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BINEMELLES 3/21/2009 5:08AM

    i think this is a very crucial question. eating and drinking has become the go-to ritual we rely on for every occasion - sports events, holidays, relaxation, comfort, socializing and business. it will stay hard to engage in a healthier lifestyle as long as the awareness of this has not changed.
but i think we can do the best we can to make people aware of this, and to bring up alternatives. change takes time, but we can still work on it.

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