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Monday, June 07, 2010

Since joining SparkPeople I have started to look at the world differently.

There are the obvious ways - trying to figure out how to fit in more exercise, cooking new recipes, waking up every morning and walking myself through my day to make sure I'm doing everything as mindfully as I can to be healthy.

But the thing I wasn't really prepared for was how I am starting to look at other people in the world.

Maybe it's because I'm a DONE GIRL and have the most awesome support of the best team of ladies one could possibly ask for - but I am literally starting to see SparkPeople everywhere!

Now - most likely these people I'm seeing are not really Sparkies. I would assume in a lot of cases, these people I'm running into have never even heard of SparkPeople (oblivious to the Spark as I was 2 months ago). But I think something happens when you start doing things for yourself. You start looking at the people in the world around you and you begin to wonder if they know what you know. If they have experienced what you have experienced. And in the case of something good - like this is for me - you want to know why everyone doesn't know about this really terrific thing!

I was out and about all weekend long enjoying some pretty awesome weather (between thunder showers). And since most of what I was doing involved exercise, I started looking closely at the people who were also out walking, hiking and biking. I saw a lot of athletes. I saw a lot of runners and cyclists and fit people enjoying their workouts. But I also saw a lot of overweight people. Young mothers struggling with their 3 kids to climb a hill. Out of breath ladies pushing themselves to go one step further, climb one hill higher. Women whose feet were sore and swollen who had stopped to take a rest and whose thighs were surely rubbing together under those shorts.

I saw these people and I thought of Spark. Maybe these people were Sparkies too! Maybe they were tracking their miles, and drinking their water and giving it all they had to live a healthier lifestyle. I watched them, and I thought of SparkPeople and I got an instant boost of energy. Just imagine - fellow Sparkies - people who I've never even met, but who might be fighting their own battle, trudging along beside me. It was great!

And even if they aren't SparkPeople, even if they've never heard of this great site, and even if they aren't trying to lose weight, or live healthier - just their presence and the possibility that they were made me feel stronger.

Even when we can't be with each other, we are in spirit. To my fellow DONE GIRLS and other team members who have shown me endless support and love already in my journey - you are the BOMB! I take your energy and spirit with me wherever I go. And I see your smiling faces in the faces of people I meet on the road - cheering me on.

A world full of SparkPeople. Now that's a great world to live in!
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SEAJESS 3/26/2012 1:24PM

    This is SO TRUE. I spent a usually cold dark and miserable winter slogging through rain, wind, snow and slush and yesterday I finished my first half marathon. Although it looked as if I was doing it all alone, I wasn't. My wonderful SparkBuddiers on Slow Fat Runners and Jeff Galloway Training for Any Distance as well as my all-terrain SparkBuddies were with me every day and on every step.

Couldn't have done it without them. Thank you, Sparkers and thank you Chris Downie for your great gift to the world.

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WIDARLING 2/19/2012 11:33PM

    LOVE THIS. emoticon

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JUDYPOPPINS 10/7/2011 10:32PM

    Nice attitude adjustment!! You are what being a Sparkle is all about...looking at the world differently (perhaps seeing what was always there anyway).
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MARGARITTM 6/27/2011 12:26PM

    Great blog! I agree - I get motivated by other people I run into on a running path..... all on their own journey... for different reasons and in different places!

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FINAL2010 3/11/2011 10:31AM

  yeah i do think about it too! i was almost tempted to ask someone if he was a sparker!..........but i held myself am also a DONE GURL! pleasure reading ur blog. gooooooooo DONE GURLS!!!!!!!!! woo hoo

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SEDONACAT 3/5/2011 7:19AM

    I turned a friend into a Sparkie yesterday!


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MYADOG1 3/4/2011 8:17PM

    Lol I was thinking the same thing this week! I wonder that, oh are they sparking right now when I see people drinking their water or jogging along. emoticon Have a sparkly weekend! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SOUL_LOVE 1/30/2011 6:15PM

    Great blog - thanks for the inspiration! I think about how much I love Sparkpeople and I wish everyone could be part of it, too.

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SYBILBAKER 7/5/2010 9:32AM

    friends to the end!

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MDTWEETY 6/24/2010 7:54AM

    Haha! I often wonder the same thing....does that person on the treadmill next to me at the gym know about SparkPeople? I once was at Safeway and saw someone with a SparkPeople T-shirt on. It was pretty cool! :)

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HAPPY_AS_IS 6/17/2010 4:10PM

    Great blog!!!

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CAROLYN1213 6/17/2010 4:01PM

    I LOVE your perspective on this!!! Fabulously worded. I do look at other women out doing what they do and am encouraged by their presence on the track of life . . . like we are fighting the same fight, traveling the same journey, even though I don't know your name, I salute you and the effort it takes to do what you do!

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BASKETLADY6 6/17/2010 8:17AM

    I do think we look at people and opportunities differently since we've joined Spark and committed to it.

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GTOGIRL67 6/16/2010 8:45PM

    GREAT BLOG! I LOVED IT. I FOUND IT AT A GOOD TIME BECAUSE I NEEDED SOME MOTIVATING AND AFTER READING THIS BLOG I GOT IT BACK . THANK YOU .

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ROCKYCPA 6/15/2010 11:47AM

    Great blog - really interesting to read. Thanks for writing it and keep up the good work.

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MICKI2010 6/15/2010 11:22AM

    This was very enjoyable to read. Thanks!

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NOWEAPON 6/15/2010 10:00AM

    awesome

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MSV2UU 6/15/2010 9:11AM

    Great Blog fellow DONE Girl!!!!

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CAMOTLEY 6/14/2010 9:39PM

  I love the comraderee found on SparkPeople, its definately uplifting! I also found it just a few months ago thru a site called MyPoints I think. Its great!!

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WYNAMT 6/14/2010 8:32PM

    I have just started, and have spent a lot of time getting familiar with things. So far i love it. When i am feeling like eating, i just log on and look for something, and there is plenty of that!

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BELTRITA1 6/14/2010 7:00PM

    GREAT BLOG !!! Keep up the good work emoticon

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NJMADD 6/14/2010 6:59PM

    Really enjoyed your blog!
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Norah

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CINABEE 6/14/2010 5:52PM

    Great Blog emoticon emoticon

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DEBLYNN323 6/14/2010 3:54PM

    emoticon yes, you do see a world of difference with all this Spark awareness!

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DIANALP61 6/14/2010 2:25PM

    Enjoyed reading your blog. emoticon

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AML05030 6/14/2010 1:52PM

    I wonder those things too. I am glad you do it in a positive way, too.

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BRANDYCELIZ81 6/14/2010 1:49PM

    emoticon

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SUNNI4ME 6/14/2010 12:34PM

    I totally agree with you. SparkPeople is so great, I don't know why more people don't know about it. I just found it 2 months ago by accident.

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DEVORA4 6/14/2010 12:33PM

  Once I got into living a healthy life style, I looked around and tried to convert the "infidels". Sadly, I haven't been able YET. emoticon

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DOLE10 6/14/2010 12:12PM

  I joined spark a couple of years ago and did nothing with it until a few months ago. By being active, I have gained a great spark and has really motivated me.

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MCSNYDER1 6/14/2010 12:10PM

    I love this blog!!! You are sooo right! emoticon

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ACLUBB5 6/14/2010 11:00AM

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SUNSHINE6859 6/14/2010 10:34AM

    I totally love this blog. I am a fairly new sparkie myself(almost a month) and I just love it. I look at people differently now as well; wondering if they are sparkies as well. emoticon emoticon

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BRADIA 6/14/2010 7:57AM

    It is a very different rewarding way to see things and make us want to do the same.

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NEW-CAZ 6/14/2010 5:23AM

    what a wonderful blog emoticon

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MEDICINESQAW 6/14/2010 3:05AM

    It's amazing what we see when we open our eyes! emoticon

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GOING-STRONG 6/14/2010 1:16AM

    It is amazing how when we start living a healthy lifestyle that we become more aware of the people around us. Great blog and all the best to you... spark on!

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KRITTERKEEPERS 6/14/2010 12:50AM

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RELEASINGC 6/14/2010 12:22AM

    Great blog, and I want to steal your background - sure makes water look wonderful

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LIFESAJOURNNEY 6/13/2010 11:37PM

  thanks for sharing,

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PMWIGGI 6/13/2010 11:10PM

    It sounds like you got a little spark of motivation! Good work!

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SBWIGGS41 6/13/2010 8:24PM

  Wow what an inspirational blog.

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_MAOMAO_ 6/13/2010 7:58PM

  I love your point of view. It's so true, being a Sparker puts me on the lookout. I do look at people and the word differently. I validate other people's healthy habits better b/c I'm focused on my healthy habits.
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JURI62 6/13/2010 7:21PM

    Thanks for great perspective!

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STUFFNEARTABOR 6/13/2010 7:14PM

    Good outlook.

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FISHKNEES 6/13/2010 6:36PM

    Good observations...Thanks for sharing

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DYA177 6/13/2010 5:50PM

    what a boost you gave me today. I dowloaded the app on my phone. Its great to have spark with me at all times. Now I dont hav eto cheat on my food journals.

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KRILLFURY 6/13/2010 5:19PM

    Great blog! But what's a "DONE" girl?

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