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A Most Amazing Christmas Gift thanks to Spark People

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Friday, December 25, 2009

I don't pretend to understand how things affect me. I've blogged before about how the longer that I have be "clean" from compulsive emotional overeating, the more emotional I am. Today is Christmas. My husband, family and friends have all gifted me with some wonderful "things". I am very grateful and feeling very blessed today. I have been able to give gifts this year. I made a lot of homemade gifts and was able to buy some as well. This has perhaps been one of the best Christmas holidays that we have ever had. I have been relatively stress free for the most of the holiday season. I am feeling healthy, happy and grateful.

However, a miracle has occurred in my life today. Perhaps it won't appear so to you, the reader. But to Dawn, the writer, the gift that I was given this morning was the greatest I have received and nothing short of a miracle.

Some of you reading this blog will be new to DawnRobin2. You may never have met me before. Others who will read this know me through my blogs, my posts in various threads, be my fellow team/family members or maybe just play some of the trivia games that I love here on Spark People. If you know much about me at all, you will have figured out by now that I am very passionate about my friends. I truly consider my Spark Friends my family of choice. When I accept a "friend" request, I believe that you will be my friend. When I post that I love you to someone, I mean it. Spark People has brought some of the most wonderful, creative, spectacular and awesome people into my life. You inspire me. You motive me. You lead the way for me to follow down the path to better health and a better ME. I am writing all this in prelude to sharing "my most amazing Christmas gift" because I want you to understand how very serious I am about what I am writing. This is coming from the bottom of my heart.

Since I received this gift this morning... I have been crying on and off all day... Not tears of sadness mind you, but tears of absolute joy and gratitude. Today I feel blessed beyond words. I am grateful. I am happy.

This morning my very special Angel Friend, "Bonnie", ANGELFIRE4U, post a "WooHoo" moment in our Team thread for celebrations. Today Bonnie entered "onederland". This precious special LADY has been an inspiration, motivator and friend to me since I joined Spark People. Her generosity and sweet spirit have kept me in awe of her much of the time. She has persevered despite a sluggish stubborn scale, long lingering illness, financial and personal struggles, and many roadblocks along the way. She has shared honestly and openly about her journey. She is always there with good cheer and encouragement for others, all the while struggling to push herself toward her goals. When she posted her accomplishment this morning... her glorious news that the scale said "199" on this wonderful Christmas morning... it was as if I were the one getting the happy news. I just started crying. I felt pure unadulterated joy at her news. I KNOW how she must be feeling today. Thank you Bonnie, for sharing this journey with me, with us. Thank you for showing us that dreams DO come true and that we can ALL DO IT if we continue to keep on keeping on.

Spark People is full of men and woman who are DOING IT. Brothers and sisters traveling this road to better health, better fitness, better lives together. WE are the gifts that we give to one another. Every time the scale gives us happy news; every time that we stumble and get back up again instead of giving up; every time that we reach out and help another Spark Friend... we are giving one another the gift of love and friendship. We've been taught all of our lives that THE GREATEST GIFT IS LOVE. That is what Spark People is all about. It's about loving ourselves. It's about loving and helping one another. It's about loving and caring for strangers. People ask me why SPARK People works for me and I can tell you that easily... it works because we LOVE.

Bright blessings for the Merriest of Christmases and a New Year full of Fun & Fitness, Happiness & good Health, and most of all lots of Love & Laughter! Be blessed and be well, Love, Dawn emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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MISSCLEO11 1/10/2010 4:33PM

    This is a great blog! I've got a little time today to read and I'm sooooo glad you posted this! Thanks!

And it got voted "popular"! For good reason!

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GLENNSWIFE82 1/8/2010 12:30PM

    I just read your blog and may I say you have a pureness that not many people have. You have such a giving spirit and beautiful heart! Thanks for sharing it with all of us. What an inspiration you are to me. Congrats to Bonnie also. I would love to be in onederland someday. I'm so happy for her. I have been away from sparkpeople for a while now, and I'm so glad to be back. people like you are one of the main reasons I joined in the first place. Everyone seems so genuine. Thank you for being you. You are a true sparkfriend!
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DANCEMORE 1/6/2010 4:03AM

    emoticon Your writing makes me realize there is more to 'weight loss' and it's struggles than I have ever thought about. You shine a light on something that's even more important than having the greatest of health.
Love for others, compassion, empathy, and the ability to give encouragement.

Even the healthiest and most disciplined of humans can lack all those wonderful traits that you have in abundance. then what are such people? vain, self-centered and empty.



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JSOL170 1/2/2010 10:38PM

    Thanks for posting such a great blog. You have opened my eyes and made me think of blogging in a new way. I have been blogging for myself and have looked for inspiration from others for myself without doing much inspiring of my own. It was something I needed this past year but this year I hope to give back to my spark friends more and be there for them. You have been a great spark friend and have helped me lose weight and I thank you!!!

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DAHLITSA 1/1/2010 2:45PM

    Keep it up my dear! I have just prayed for you and since I have subscribed to your blog, I will pray when ever it comes ( and in between as I remember)
blessings,
Ann

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MAINEACK 12/31/2009 4:39PM

    Dawn, that was such a wonderful blog! You have such a gift of being able to express your true feelings in writing. I am thrilled for Bonnie's success and motivated by it. I am also so very motivated by your continued success. It makes me think that if you can wage the war and win, so can I.

Thank you for your true heart. I wish you a very Happy, Blessed and Healthy New Year and many Spark hugs emoticon

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SWEESIN 12/30/2009 6:03PM

    "I read something that I feel fits you, "You give the world a gift every single day. every time you put someone else first, every time you speak out, every time you lend a helping hand, or share a hug or a smile, or a kind word, you's giving something more special than anything that can be gift-wrapped yourself! Eveyone you know has a blessing to count: YOU!"

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GONE2014 12/30/2009 11:58AM

    What a great! blog.. thanks!!

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PAIGESMAMA 12/30/2009 11:42AM

    Wow!! You are a wonderful writer.

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MOMMYBYCHOICE 12/30/2009 11:28AM

    wow you are such an inspirational write I am sending my SP over to read this so we will be able to write the same one day thank you so much you are such an inspiration.

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FUNNYGRANNY71 12/29/2009 6:02PM

    How beautifully stated, Dawn. It has inspired me and motivated to do even better in the coming year. I want to thank you and commend you.
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SUNSET24 12/28/2009 6:35PM

    Wat a wonderful heart-filled blog, thank you sooooooooooo much for sharing your heart and its warmth ((( hugs )))

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LADYJEXIE 12/28/2009 5:55PM

    What a loving kind caring person you are. Thanks for sharing this.

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LKEITHO 12/28/2009 12:32PM

    What a great sentiment, Dawn! Thanks for sharing your feelings with us, and making me see the joy in everyone's achievements!

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OUBACHE 12/28/2009 12:27PM

    How true that our Sparkfriends are our very real friends, even if we never get to meet many of them in person. Thank you for this touching blog post.

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LTZMOM 12/28/2009 11:31AM

  Thanks SO much for sharing Bonnie's momentous time with all of us! Your energy illuminates throughout your blog post! And now I dream of "Onederland" :) Thanks!!

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VANDALEE13 12/28/2009 9:59AM

    Dawn, what a wonderful blog. I love you my friend an you are an inspration to me. I have not done well this holiday but with the love an support of all my friends here on Spark an espically you, I know that the new year will bring great things for me. I know that I can do this an mostly thanks to you my friend. You have been encouraging me all along an I think it has finally gotten through that I can do this as you have shown me the way. Thanks!! emoticon emoticon HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU AN YOUR FAMILY.

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MEOWMAMA3 12/28/2009 12:25AM

    You're the best Dawn! I feel your joy!
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TRYINGHARD1948 12/27/2009 10:40PM

    Thank you for sharing your "gift" with us and showing us your wonderfully open, joyous and giving heart.

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WALNUT5612 12/27/2009 10:27PM

    Wonderful blog! Thank you sOOO much!

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PINKNFITCARLA 12/27/2009 9:12PM

    Very nice to read! I too have found some wonderful people here on SP that I'm proud to call my friends. I've come so far since joining and look so forward to "my time" each day so I can spark.

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DBELLE39 12/27/2009 9:07PM

    Wonderful blog Robin. One of the great things about spark is meeting so many wonderful people that I call my friends. Each one has a special attribute that allows them to be something different but each one is very special. You are one special person as well, very sincere ---I can tell this be reading your blog, just can feel the compassion you have for others.

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BARBARAROSE54 12/27/2009 8:49PM

    You are a wonderful friend to all Dawn. I can feel your honest excitement for Bonnie.



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MASE72 12/27/2009 6:07PM

    Thanks for sharing,very nice!

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AMIEMICHELE 12/27/2009 2:37PM

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DEEDAYE 12/27/2009 2:21PM

    Dawn. You are such a gift!!! As always, your words give me clarity perspective and inspiration. Thank you. May God bless and give you the grace & strength to realize all your dreams.

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TEDDYTEDDY 12/27/2009 10:38AM

    I, too, want to get back to one-derland again.... great blog..thanks emoticon

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JANAUNE 12/27/2009 9:50AM

  You both were truly blessed.

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OZARKMARY 12/27/2009 6:07AM

    Great blog! So glad I wandered/was Guided to your post. I look forward to reading more. emoticon emoticon emoticon Mary

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MAFOSTER11 12/27/2009 2:55AM

    What a wonderful blog post my friend. So true, every word. Sorry I've been MIA but I'm back now.

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ZEE1960 12/27/2009 2:26AM

    Great thanks

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TRACYZABELLE 12/27/2009 12:04AM

    I am always so pleased when a sparkfriend hits a milestone-- it is definitely a celebration! THe support we get from our spark friends is what keeps us going-- and you keep me going as well sparkfriend! I love you

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IZONPRIZE 12/27/2009 12:02AM

    Thank you for reminding us that the most important things in life are not things, but people. Woo Hoo for your friend and Woo Hoo to you for being such a sweet friend. emoticon

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ELISADEL 12/26/2009 11:23PM

    Great blog post! Thank you for sharing it!

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SANDYB223 12/26/2009 10:58PM

    Just reading your blog brought me to tears, as I know exactly what you are saying....I really love my friends here on spark. I am so glad that we made acquaintance recently and have become friends. I look forward to sharing the journey and the LOVE with you. LOVE YOU, Sandy

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FITSHELLYINDIA 12/26/2009 10:37PM

    You're beautiful...thank you for that blog and that's why I love Spark People and all the support...I couldn't do it without you!!

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MOMFAN 12/26/2009 9:56PM

    WooHoo for your friend. I know I have a wonderful gift on the scale also on Christmas thanks to Sparks and this wonderful community of supporters and encouragers just like you!

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JUSTFOXXY 12/26/2009 9:53PM

    Very nice blog. I think we can all appreciate the support we receive from our Sparkfriends.

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KURVMOM 12/26/2009 9:26PM

  what wonderful news.. im heading to "onederland too" have a happy new year and enjoy the rest of this wonderful Christmas Season!

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CYANI48 12/26/2009 8:27PM

    Love IS the answer. Thank you so much so the arrow to my heart. Bless you!

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NETEMEDTOTROLDE 12/26/2009 8:21PM

    Now that is what Christmas is all about. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you.

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JAKEANDNELLIE 12/26/2009 7:16PM

    All I can say is "Thank you" for a wonderful blog and for being such a wonderful person. You inspire me - not just to lose the weight, but to be a kinder, caring person.
Do you have any idea of the lives you have helped change, of the people you have inspired, of the good you do each time you touch those computer keys?
It cannot be measured!
We love you!
Sheila

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MICKEYCUSTER 12/26/2009 7:08PM

    You my dear are what makes Sparks so wonderful. Thank you.
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RITAROSE 12/26/2009 6:48PM

  What a gift you have in sharing your heart! I loved your blog! Support from other sparkies is soooo helpful! Thanks!
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KATHYJO56 12/26/2009 5:14PM

    I am relatively new to Spark People - Aug. 1st., and I have not started my own blog yet, but after reading this one, I think I will give it a try. After all, keeping track of my food intake has work marvels, 40 lbs. since my first day. I used to use my wheelchair and walker as an excuse, but no longer. This blog is the most beautiful, heartfelt blog I have ever read. Thank you so much for sharing. I truly cried as I felt the love that came from deep within your soul. Spark People is a true family of love. emoticon

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WORDSINMOTION 12/26/2009 4:46PM

    I've just taken SparkPeople seriously today and have the hope and expectations of staying motivated by this helpful site. I want to lose 50 pounds this year.

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NEWME0519 12/26/2009 3:50PM

    Wow, what a great blog--very sincere and heartfelt!

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WDBROWN94 12/26/2009 2:55PM

    What a beautiful blog! It is so true and accurate about Sparkpeople!!

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VGIMLET 12/26/2009 2:49PM

    Excellent blog, and so true. I firmly agree with you, it's the PEOPLE that make SparkPeople work.



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