....To get a fire going! I am so excited at how much my life has changed since I was introduced to spark people. My life has changed in so many ways and all of them have been good. I know that as I continue to take things day by day and spread the spark that has kindled my soul, I will enjoy more and more changes, only a small by-product of which will be reaching my ultimate weight goals. Far more important to me are the changes in my PMA (positive mental attitude), in my quality of life, and in my social life. If I had been given even a glimpse of the joy that my spark friends continually bring me day in and day out I would have jumped on the spark bandwagon well before I did.
Every morning I log in and spin the spark wheel. I read articles and take polls. I read the blogs that my friends, and other friends I have yet to meet yet, write and I share in their joys and their sorrow.. rejoice in their triumphs and cry over their pain. I track my food intake and fitness as the day goes on. I challenge myself to beat my own daily goals and raise the bar. I post in threads and welcome new spark members. I play silly games and write serious blogs. I reach out to sisters & brothers for help and advice as often as I offer them my experience, strength & hope and any good cheer that I can must. I kindle that spark and spread my wildfire of joy and hope everywhere that I can.
Daily I share my joy and respect for spark people, all of its members and especially our own beloved "SparkGuy" Chris Downie. I've told both my primary care doctor as well as his staff, my wound care clinic doctor and their staff, the entire YMCA staff and all my Water Aerobic class members.... I pass out the web link to anyone who will take it. I have my spark key chain proudly on my keys and recently bought a spark tee shirt to wear to the Y when I work out. I want to spread the spark! People are beginning to SEE the difference in me (I've posted pix if you want to see it too) and they ask me what I am doing. I can't wait to share the SPARK with them.
Thanks to the thoughtfulness of a friend who presented me with a giftcard I was able to pre-order my copy of Chris' book The Spark. I am so excited about this opportunity to help spread the word and give back a small part of the many gifts that I have been given. One of my spark sisters printed a link to the Oprah show and how to contact them to request that Oprah have Chris Downie and Spark people on the show. I am going to share that link here and make a special request that anyone and everyone who reads this blog take a few minutes to click on the link and post a request as well. Here's the link...
Here's what I wrote (simple and to the point):
Please consider having a show about SparkPeople.com and it's founder Chis Downie. His vision has created a website that has encouraged 1,000's of people around the world to lose weight and live healthier lives. He has just written a new book, that won't be released until after Christmas, but is already on Amazon's best seller list. The book is called: The Spark: The 28-Day Breakthrough Plan for Losing Weight, Getting Fit, and Transforming Your Life. I personally joined Spark People during the last week of May. On June 4th, 2009 I weighed in at 433 at my doctor's appointment. I have since lost 87pounds with spark people with the help & support of the spark friends I have made. Spark People is helping to change my life for the better and the world needs to know about it! Thank you, Dawn Woodgate
It's easy to write to her. Let's do it and get Chris on the show!! Feel free to copy all or parts of my note and put your own personal story in there too. We can't even begin to give back all that we are being given here.. but we can sure give it a good try.
I just want to share one more time my most heart felt thanks to every one of you that share your friendship and your journeys with me. You are my sisters and brothers and I love and appreciate you more than you will ever know. The many awesome responses that I got to my "Changes" blog has truly humbled me. I shared my secrets in hope of shining light into the darkness and instead of ridiculing me for my embarrassments, you have thanked me or cried with me and encouraged me. You have made my life better by being a part of it! Thank you thank you thank you! You spark joy and goodness into this old heart of mine and I am bubbling over with joy!
Now lets get healthy and do whatever it takes to reach our goals.. better health and happier lives. I love you! Spark On my friends!
Love ya, Dawn