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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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SLY_REDUX 6/13/2010 3:55PM

    There's nothing sweeter than hope.

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BOORZHA 6/13/2010 3:52PM

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One day at a time.


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RGDSGAL 6/13/2010 3:35PM

    That sounded real good.

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HIMELISSA2007 6/13/2010 12:46PM

    thank you for including us in your quest for weight loss and thinking of all of our struggles. Together we can do this!!! emoticon

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DAMIXMINDS 6/13/2010 11:46AM

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NYSOFMIND 6/13/2010 9:56AM

  So this is a fantastic motivator. Reminded me of looking for a new car...and the car you're interested in is suddenly everywhere. Someone else might have said that in a comment. I admit, I didn't read through all the comments, but the post was well said.

It's nice to know that there are so many people taking a genuine interest in their health.

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KIMF103 6/13/2010 9:25AM

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SHOSHANADP 6/13/2010 8:31AM

    Couldn't have said it better myself! Even though I have been on SparkPeople for a while, I still find that recently I am looking and thinking of folks differently. I see everyone out there as *trying*. Maybe they won't make today's goal, maybe they will, but they are trying and that's what counts.

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PATTIANNT 6/13/2010 8:27AM

    thanks...i needed that boost today. You Go GirlJ

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PATTIANNT 6/13/2010 8:27AM

    thanks...i needed that boost today. You Go GirlJ

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DEVORA4 6/13/2010 7:44AM

  emoticon too

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CLAUDINE41 6/13/2010 7:39AM

    Awesome!

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HAPPYNSMILING 6/13/2010 7:35AM

    emoticon You summed it up in just one blog!!

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MARTINT011 6/13/2010 7:27AM

  very well said. emoticon

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LYNMEINDERS 6/13/2010 6:35AM

    This is awesome...thanks

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GRAMPIAN 6/13/2010 5:15AM

  Thanks for the inspirational thoughts. emoticon

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TRABOLD8567 6/13/2010 2:36AM

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BIPOLARBEAR68 6/13/2010 12:52AM

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SEE YOU OUT THERE SOMEWHERE SOMETIME SOMEPLACE!!!! KEEP ME IN MIND AS YOU ARE OUT THERE WALKING, HIKING, BIKING OR WHATEVER IT IS THAT YOU DO...AS I AM OUT THERE DOING IT TOO...

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GRENEYEDBLOND 6/13/2010 12:19AM

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Spark people rock. I love them. emoticon

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NURSE222 6/13/2010 12:18AM

    awesome!

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HONORINGGOD 6/12/2010 11:49PM

    thank you for your compasion amen to this blog emoticon

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PAMJOY16 6/12/2010 10:35PM

    What a great outlook emoticon

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JENJESS48 6/12/2010 10:11PM

    Awesome blog! I have felt this way too, from time time. emoticon

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TWO_SPARROWS 6/12/2010 8:12PM

    GOOD for you! It's nice that you can be so positive and look for the good in your program in others. That's what inspiration is all about!

Yay YOU!!

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MZLADY77 6/12/2010 7:54PM

    Great Blog! Yes Spark rocks!!

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KSW1963 6/12/2010 7:41PM

    emoticon See you out there!

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FANESSLADYRED 6/12/2010 7:09PM

  I under stand that great job emoticon

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JULIAMOONCHILD 6/12/2010 5:38PM

    What a lovely blog. You have said it all so well, this experience that I think many of us have had since joining SP. I, too, have seen others out there and have wondered, are they spark people? Are they going through the same thing. Surely, I am hopeful that they are aware of this site, yet, like you have expressed, even if they are not, your spirit is still lifted up by the possibility.
I have thought of wearing a T-shirt whenever I am out walking which would indicate that I belong to SP. Not really wanting another spark person to see me as me, however, for I choose to remain anonymous, here. But, instead, to perhaps cause another person who is unaware of SP to ask what my shirt stands for. How excited I would be to sing the praises of SP and to hopefully help another person find their way to a new beginning.
Anyway, a very enjoyable and uplifting blog. emoticon

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SUZANNENICOLE 6/12/2010 4:46PM

    Inspiring blog. I love your energy! emoticon

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BRENDAF761 6/12/2010 4:30PM

    Loved your blog! Keep Sparking and enjoy your weekend! emoticon emoticon

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SDR1127 6/12/2010 3:02PM

  I love your Spark Page --- it is very soothing..... emoticon

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MAGNOLIA416 6/12/2010 1:08PM

    I'm a broken record sometimes too, about all the inspiration and support I get from SP, and some people just have a SP feel about them!

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PAULALALALA 6/12/2010 12:57PM

    I enjoyed reading your post! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JAZZYDJ1017 6/12/2010 11:33AM

    This is a great blog. I know what you mean about looking at the world in a different way, I was at the Y getting my measurements so I could track my progress as I loose weight, and asked if i could have a copy so i can record it on my sparkpage. the woman looked at me questioningly and I had the opportunity to explain what a great site this was,. There is everything on here that pertains to my life and the things I do daily. From bible studies to shopping , and everything else, its right here.

I'm not sure how I found this site in 08 but it has been apart of my day in some way sense them.

Go sprakpeople emoticon

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KARRYB1 6/12/2010 11:20AM

   
Great Blog!
I think there is something for everyone at Spark, not just the over weighters. I have found it an amazingly helpful site.
I often wonder also, when I'm out and about if the people I see are as lucky to have Sparks help in their life. emoticon

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TRATLIFF15 6/12/2010 10:58AM

    Well said! emoticon

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ITSUP2ME1 6/12/2010 10:53AM

    Thank you!

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NANASNOW 6/12/2010 10:25AM

    I know what you mean! Every chance I get, I try to tell someone about Spark People. I sure hope they look, even if they don't do anything right now. Keep up you good work!!

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ANGELAWILLIAMS3 6/12/2010 10:12AM

    This is a great post! I loved what you wrote (and your writing style too!!!). I find myself looking at the world in a new way as well. I am a Sparks person and very proud of my accomplishments and so should you!

Way to go!

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BUNNIELUVR 6/12/2010 9:46AM

    Great outlook! I'll have to keep that in mind when I'm struggling up the hill myself!!
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SLIMFIT57 6/12/2010 9:01AM

  Such a good blog.

I saw on app for SparkPeople on my new cell and went online to check it out. I love it! I have told everyone about it.
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KATESACUTUP 6/12/2010 9:01AM

    I just cannot believe the growing visibility of SparkPeople. I was a keynote on Networking today at the 2010 Statewide Nonprofit Mgt. Conference (MS) and sitting with some new friends at lunch. As I was leaving I heard some women discussing weight loss, so I stuck my nose in and suggested they check out this site (I've done this a dozen times since joining mid April.) Well ... one of the women said, "That's what * I * was telling everyone. Isn't SparkPeople wonderful?"

This was in Jackson, MS. MS being the operative word here -- the most obese state in the union.

Good job, SparkPeople!

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author, Laugh Your Shorts Off, Amazon.com

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BOBBIEED 6/12/2010 8:59AM

    I love spreading the word about SparkPeople...and the support here is amazing. Keep up the good work!

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RHON1935 6/12/2010 8:46AM

  Thanks for the inspiration

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