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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Sometimes things just seem to happen for a reason. I won't make myself out to be a big believer in fate or anything like that, but every once in awhile things fall into place and you have to take notice.

A couple of days ago, I went searching all over the forums trying to find fellow restaurant workers who have to deal with "family meal" and very limited storage options for food from home, which are my current saboteurs in my healthy lifestyle efforts. I posted on some topics and found a SparkTeam for just such a group! Score one.

Then I went to work yesterday, and during the lunch hours, a man walked in who I thought looked extremely familiar....I didn't want to ask him because I couldn't think of a tactful way to do it, but I just let him go to his table and proceeded to tell everyone at the front desk about how I thought I recognized him. When they were leaving, I lost my head and HAD to ask him if he was CHRIS DOWNIE from SPARKPEOPLE and you know what? IT WAS!!! I was so excited!! One, that he happened to walk into where I work, and two, that I recognized him! He was so nice and I got a picture with him AND he signed a copy of The Spark! for me!!! Thrilling.
Edit: Here's Chris Downie's blog about it! With pictures! www.dailyspark.com/blog.
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I've never been linked to before!!!! My day just got even BETTER!

Just on a side note, Al Gore also happened to have lunch that day, AND Stephen Schwartz, famed composer and lyricist!!!! It was kind of a big day - not typical I swear.

Anyway, aside from my excitement over meeting Chris Downie, I was prompted to write this entry because I have been struggling ever since I graduated in MAY and I've been letting myself off the hook and it's no good. I started reading The Spark yesterday and it really helped me remember how hard it is to just START a program, and I was inspired by the stories in the introduction chapters. Since I had done so well last year, I've been beating myself up for letting it all go, but not really fixing anything. I decided to restart everything on Sunday, and on Monday I got a little push in the right direction! So here's to today, and to the next coming days, and every little step I continue to take forward.

I already know what the "right" tools are, now I need to figure out how to implement them with a new set of circumstances! I'm starting again!
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GINGERVISTA 3/10/2010 8:19PM

    Know what you mean about "letting it all go." I've done that so many times in my life: up, down, until I hit 205# & then got to 140, only to be near 160 again. I've ONLY done this for the past 40 years or so......lost, gained, lost......I'm sick of it & I want all the confidence & success that comes with losing the weight. Not that losing weight is a magic pill; but as Chris mentioned in The Spark.....succeeding in one area of your life can have positive effects on EVERYTHING! And that's what I want.......unfortunately, I still have the attitude of "I want my cake & eat it, too!"
Thought that was so COOL you met CD. How fantastic is that!?!?
Looking forward to "chatting" with other Spark owners......the book, that is.

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KAITLYNSNAMMY 2/28/2010 12:52AM

    How great was that! Good 4 you...and Chris too!

Big smiles.

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REDSLIPPERS57 1/14/2010 11:44AM

  How cool is this web site and I just bought the book yesterday.. I am so engrossed with this book and now I have to get this program together I just have to get going in the cold weather and get moving,.. I did walk in my Mall in the last 2 days.. Too cold to walk very far.. Also need to get moving on this excercise program.. I am such a person who dodges the pain afterwards of sore muscles and stiffness and then I quit to easy..

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LITTASGABBY 1/13/2010 5:47PM

    How awesome! Chris Downie is becoming one of my most favorite people in the world! I couldn't be happier for you! Talk about everything coming together! Stay motivated!! You can do this!! We can do this!

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FLORIDAFLUTIST 1/13/2010 10:23AM

    What an awesome experience that you'll never ever forget!

Best of luck implementing your tools for success!

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MARJIJANE 1/11/2010 8:14PM

    I love that you had a personal awakening! Woo Hoo! Congrats on a new copy of The Spark!

Love that you are excited and I loved the pictures, as well!

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SPTAMI 1/11/2010 10:49AM

    Hi Judi,
It was so much fun to meet you when Chris and I were in NY last week! Thank you for your excitement and enthusiasm!
Tami

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SPTAMI 1/11/2010 10:49AM

    Hi Judi,
It was so much fun to meet you when Chris and I were in NY last week! Thank you for your excitement and enthusiasm!
Tami

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MRSGBERG 1/10/2010 9:27PM

  That is so cool - it's like a sign that it is time to get back in shape!

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TIME4AFITME 1/10/2010 5:02PM

    Wow that is a great day

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JENNY888 1/10/2010 4:54PM

    How cool! I also find that The Spark is what I needed to get going again. I can recommend that everyone should get The Spark and not just to support SparkPeople but also to support outselves.
emoticon Chris for the book!

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CHICARELLA 1/9/2010 8:03PM

    Wow! How cool is that?!

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HAIRDO 1/8/2010 10:54PM

  Judi,How fun!!!I can't wait to get the Spark Book. Though I have to say I am an on and off spark people user too,but the great thing is that even if I am off for awhile,I always come back and each time I am left learning something new that sticks with me!! I have lost 20 pounds over the last 2 year and keeping it off,I have 10 more to go. But I am focusing more on healthy habits rather than weight loss.You may want to try the Body boot camp It is a cool way to get consistent with exercise. It is just starting to I am sure you can catch up!!

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ARUBINST 1/8/2010 4:19PM

    OK. So you didn't meet Johnny Depp, but this would have gotten me excited too. emoticon

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STRONGNANA 1/8/2010 1:21PM

    Good luck, Judi! I'm sure you'll succeed in meeting your goals!

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DOINFINE 1/8/2010 10:52AM

    That is soooo cool!! I'm so happy for you!! You've hit the Big Time!! Meeting THE Spark Guy AND getting his autographed book.
It doesn't get much better than that! emoticon

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DIDMIS 1/8/2010 10:21AM

    That was great. A famous man who helps millions of people.

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JUSLEFAIRE 1/8/2010 7:49AM

    What a wonderful adventure. Congratulations on meeting Chris, but on your own journey. All the best to you.

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JUSLEFAIRE 1/8/2010 7:47AM

    You are a lucky girl. Congratulations,Judi. All the best to you.
Nancy

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SHELPEN 1/7/2010 10:18PM

    Haha, I love that the former vice president of the United States of America comes in, but he's kind of a side note compared to SPARKGUY!! What a rockstar he is!! Glad you had such an awesome experience and got a mention in his blog! emoticon

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JENIFIREHARP 1/7/2010 9:45PM

    That is so very very cool and awesome!!!

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VGIMLET 1/7/2010 6:53PM

    That is very cool. emoticon

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GREATGRANNY55 1/7/2010 2:33PM

    What an exciting experience! Good luck with your renewed SparkPeople efforts!
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CHUBBYMUMMY09 1/7/2010 1:01PM

    That is so cool!!! I don't know what I'd do... I'd probably babble and make a fool out of myself. lol.

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MARYALINE 1/7/2010 12:53PM

    Cool! Lucky you! Getting to meet SparkGuy on the fly!

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MELISSA_X0 1/7/2010 12:19PM

    Thanks for sharing your awesome day!

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NICKUMS 1/7/2010 11:09AM

  How exciting! I'm sure it made your day, and was very motivating and inspirational.

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SAMSPARK1 1/7/2010 10:33AM

    VERY COOL! I just bought The Spark yesterday!

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ROCKYCPA 1/7/2010 8:49AM

    What a great experience! How many of see someone we think we recognize but are afraid to say hello. Good for you.

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IGUANA44 1/7/2010 8:30AM

    I always believe things fall apart right into place! What an exciting day for you!

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BRIGHTSPARK7 1/7/2010 1:05AM

    I'm so glad you had a chance to meet Chris and I wish you all the best on your Spark journey, using the tools and staying on track with the support of this wonderful community.

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FITSHELLYINDIA 1/7/2010 12:36AM

    What a thrilling experience! I'm glad to hear that you found your "Spark" again and here's wishing you success in the new year!-Michelle

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VMOMMA 1/6/2010 11:21PM

    Very cool that you recognized him and said something! And now he's blogged about you, maybe I should get your autograph! I also graduated in May and let myself go over the summer and found SP in August and have been motivated ever since. But I agree, reading the book adds an extra "spark" to the fire. Good luck on your journey.

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SHLUMPY1 1/6/2010 10:37PM

    That is really awesome. Good luck on getting back on track!

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KLMGSU07 1/6/2010 9:54PM

    Woohoo that is so awesome!!!

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BEMORESTUBBORN 1/6/2010 9:41PM

    What a banner day! Awesome!
Give "today, the next coming days, and every little step" your all! Best wishes for 2010, too!

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ERNURSERN 1/6/2010 9:25PM

    That is the BOMB!!! it is nice to have such an approachable hero!! He seems like such a wonderful guy!!!

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MACGIRRL 1/6/2010 9:05PM

    That is SO awesome! I would have been all quivery-groupie shy-like! What a gift, that you had such an inspiring jump-start to Re-Ignite Your Spark! Thanks for the share!!! emoticon Fortitude emoticon on realigning with your healthy lifestyle!

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DARKFAERY 1/6/2010 8:16PM

    That so exciting!! Way to commit yourself! Keep up the fantastic work!

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CAROL- 1/6/2010 8:00PM

    WOW! I am thrilled for you. Thanks so much for sharing..

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FURBALLDTH 1/6/2010 7:51PM

    wow how exciting is that!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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POLYANASUNSHINE 1/6/2010 5:42PM

    What a great happening and story to tell.

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BOOKERSMOM 1/6/2010 5:35PM

    And just when I have myself convinced that I don't want to live in NYC... That's awesome that you met him!

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GAYEMC 1/6/2010 4:16PM

    I'd really like to meet Al Gore, but I'd rather meet Chris Downie. How cool that you got to meet him, what a way to get back on track. Thanx for the blog!

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BENJAMINSBABY 1/6/2010 4:13PM

    That is SO awesome that you recognized him!!! And really neat how things you needed just kind of happened! I totally hear you on the letting things slip since graduation...I graduated in May too and let me tell you, I totally went backwards! But we can do this! I believe in you!

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THECOOLESTSARAH 1/6/2010 3:36PM

    What an awesome day!! Thanks for sharing it with us!

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RAINCITYLIZ 1/6/2010 3:29PM

    How exciting! I think meeting Chris in person would certainly motivate me, too. I have been sparked already from my copy of The Spark! Good wishes to you on getting back to your healthy lifestyle.

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HOTMAMACRYSTAL 1/6/2010 3:16PM

    That is so cool!!

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SUESMITH73 1/6/2010 2:49PM

    Awesome! Now turn that Spark into a flame!

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NEWME0519 1/6/2010 2:46PM

    Wow, now you should be fully SPARKed!
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