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Why I Love Spark

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Wow, I haven't blogged in ages. I still remember my first blog here on Spark, I never in a million years would have guessed that I would have the success I have had on this site. While I did "the work" it was the tools, support and motivation that I received here that helped me on this journey. I want to say thank you to all of my friends and others who have supported me along the way. Especially thanks to this Site for bringing me together with some lifelong friends.

Although I knew nutrition was an important part of weight loss, it took a Sparkmember reading though my food logs and saying, "yeah, you are in calorie range but you may want to cut out the poptarts and other processed crap" that really opened my eyes and jumpstarted my first few pounds lost. (i still eat some processed crap but way less than I used to).

Even though I started running about a month or so before I found Spark, I never would have gotten through those first few injuries without the support of my Sparkfriends, I had to give up my first half marathon due to a stress fracture and I was devastated but my Sparkfriends never faltered, they carried me though and waited through all of my complaining and self pity until I was able to get back on my feet and complete three half marathons as well as several other distance races.

I never would have even considerd completing a triathlon if my Sparkfriends hadn't held my hand through the process. It was a Sparkfriend who called me the morning of my first tri to talk me off the ledge, I was never so scared in my life! But I got in the water and swam, then got on my bike and rode and finally hit the road and ran across the finish line.

I have tried Zumba, I have tried Making the Cut, I have tried New Rules of Lifting for Women all because of the inspiration I received here on Spark, New Rules of Lifting absolutely changed my body and my mindset. I am forever grateful for the information I have received here.

Spark has changed my life, my Sparkfriends have changed my life, I am a new and improved version of me thanks to all of you.

While others have motivated me along the way, I found something even more powerful, my inner strength and self motivation. I run because I love to, I run because I know if I don't, I am not as happy. I run because it brings me peace. I never would have gotten here without Sparkpeople and the best Sparkfriends ever.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JUDIL62 5/23/2011 3:32PM

    Awesome blog! I live in MA too and have a new found love of running. You look FANTASTIC. Very inspiring!

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HOPERY 5/18/2011 11:13AM

    Awesome!! I have a question for you about the NROL. Is this manageable to do along with running or did you have to cut your running back a lot? I am training for a half, and after it want to rev up the lifting, but don't want to lose too much endurance. Thanks!

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SWEATONCEADAY 5/16/2011 5:49PM

    great blog megan! i am so happy for spark to because it has brought great people like you into my life.

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GRSMITH80 5/16/2011 12:53PM

    Great blog. You look amazing! Congrats!

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CRYSBROWN1 5/16/2011 10:02AM

    You've come a long way & you are such an inspiration! Glad you found Spark it that it has contributed to your success!

BTW - holy abs in that pic!

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PAULAMARIEF 5/16/2011 9:30AM

    Great blog. Spark is a wonderful place!

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MRS.NG.06 5/16/2011 8:39AM

    that was beautifully written and YOU have come a long way with alot of hard work done by congratulations just keep rocking it! xoxo

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RUNNINGPFUHL 5/16/2011 7:18AM

    Awesome!! Great blog!! Great work!!

And you have done the same for me, for sure! You got me thru an injury! Thank you!!

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ETTEZEUS 5/15/2011 10:26PM

    Way to go!
Great Blog!
And kudo's to you! You look great!

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HEALTHYCHIC 5/15/2011 9:58PM

    Meg, You are amazing. I'm glad you blogged! I can remember way back, the 130s that you kept cycling up and down in. You are amazing, strong, and inspiring. We probably became runners at about the same time...2005/2006ish. Love you bud.

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CAROLCRC 5/15/2011 8:38PM

    We find you inspiring too! Bravo Megan!

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SEEHOLZ 5/15/2011 8:02PM

    You are one of those Sparkfriends that you talk about in that blog! You have inspired and motivated me more than you know and I'm so lucky that you have been part of Spark and that I can call you my Sparkfriend.

You are AMAZING and I am so proud of you!!!

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MBSHAZZER 5/15/2011 11:34AM

    Hey Megan, I hope finals and everything are going GREAT for you and that we hear more from you over the summer! :D

You are so inspiring - all of the great support you get from Spark, you give right back!

Hope you're having a fab weekend!

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TAMTAM64 5/15/2011 11:31AM

    You are an inspiration to me!


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LIL_EZZY 5/14/2011 7:46PM

    You are truly amazing.....

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LITTLEWING21 5/14/2011 4:43PM

    Love ya girl! You rock, it's been so great to see your progress on here you motivator!!!

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CCSDESTINY 5/14/2011 2:25PM

    You're amazing! I am so proud of you and everything that you've accomplished!

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JENNY888 5/14/2011 12:10PM

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