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Joining Spark was the single best thing I have ever done for myself!

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Thursday, December 08, 2011

Good Morning!

Woke up this morning to see the ground covered in the white fluffy stuff and had to smile! Picture this - me still clad in my pjs standing in our bedroom door saying "come on, who has to go do their pee" and the only response I got was from my husband! So, I went to each dog and whispered in their ears and they stumbled out across our living room and out the patio door. Maddy, with his head still down, went down the steps, did his business and retraced his steps (I'm not even sure his eyes ever opened!) and fell back to sleep on his bed. Lou, at least had her head up and eyes opened saw the snow and turned back! When I insisted she go out, she grabbed a mouthful of snow, ate it, and just sat there looking at me and proceeded to get very sleepy in front of me! So it seems the sleep fairy got us all last night - I went to bed really early on the pretence of reading (ha!) and drifted off with no effort!

In my opinion there are few things as good as a good sleep! I used to struggle with sleep - the doctor gave me the equivalent of horse tranquilizers just to knock me out at times but that is another thing that Spark has blessed me with.

When I think of all the things Spark has given me I get overwhelmed with gratitude! Joining Spark was the single best thing I have ever done for myself.

- I have FREE access to all this fantastic motivational, nutritional and exercise material!
- I have made some of the best SparkFriends and joined some great teams
- I have discovered that a healthy lifestyle doesn't include the word D-I-E-T!
- I have rediscovered my love of walking
- I have learned how to read nutrition labels
- I have come to love water
- I have been able to help my depression by blogging
- I have been able to give up one of my medications
- I have become more aware of how my body works and what my body needs to function
- I have been sleeping like a baby
- I have started to change the shape of my body
- I have become a better person; yes, I think that is fair to say

So, here is another one of my zany ideas! When you are struggling to find the perfect gift this year or want something extra to tuck into a Christmas card, why not mention Spark and how much Spark has improved YOUR life. Talk about the perfect gift - one size fits all as I'm sure you would be hard pressed to find somebody in your life that couldn't do with a little Spark!

A few family members have noticed that I have been "changing" and they can't seem to quite put their finger on it so I am going to tell them my "secret". If each of us recommends Spark to just two people and one of those joins, just look at the impact WE can have on those around us.

Give the gift of Spark this Christmas season and you will have given the perfect gift!

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SAILSATSUNSET 6/20/2012 12:28PM

    WOW! I just joined this past April..and you express my exact feelings about This website is amazing. It has changed my life in that I am back to exercising again as well as making better choices with the foods I eat. I have belonged to other weight loss groups and they don't begin to compare with sparks.

Thanks for posting's good to read other success stories. emoticon

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/25/2012 11:04PM

    Love it!

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MAYBER 1/26/2012 4:36PM

    Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts
I tell everyone about Spark People
It is one of the most positive site in my life
One day at a time
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    Inspiring post! emoticon

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FAITHUP 1/10/2012 11:40PM

  Great Job! emoticon

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ROXYHON 1/4/2012 1:34PM

    You are so right about the many gifts that SparkPeople fills our lives with, and what a great suggestion about passing the Spark to others. The gift works year-round and can be given any time!! Congratulations on the results you have achieved, and know that there are more coming for you to add to the list. Thank you for your post....

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7WORSHIPS 1/2/2012 4:38AM

  emoticon Great blog

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AGAPEJOY 12/31/2011 3:39PM

    emoticon for inspiration!!

emoticon Happy New Year!

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LENELLA 12/27/2011 9:52PM

    A beautifully written piece that rings true in everything you say. There is nothing more to say. Well done!

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TRACYLEE050269 12/25/2011 2:34AM

  Great job! I am new to SP and I admit that I haven't really been all that gung ho about it yet. Partially because I recently had abdominal surgery; and partially because I'm in the stage where I am afraid to try and fail. Reading others' stories will help me realize that I, too, can do this. So I would say that I also need some cheerleaders!

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HOPE1764 12/22/2011 7:02AM

    Great!! emoticon

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145HEALTHY 12/22/2011 5:40AM

    Boy, did you hit the nail on the head! Thanks for sharing.

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K_RENEE 12/21/2011 11:25PM

    Can I just say how happy I am for you? Seriously, I am just so glad you have Sparkpeople and I'm so glad to see the changes it's made in your life. It really touches my heart because I know your words are very sincere and I can relate to some of what you're going through and what you've been through. Glad you're a part of the SP family!


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MSHUFFNPUFFN 12/21/2011 12:04AM

    Love your blog--thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUNSHINE99999 12/20/2011 10:55PM

  this blog was fantastic.

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LILEMAMA 12/20/2011 3:08PM

    Thank you for sharing, this was an emoticon emoticon

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IRYAHM 12/19/2011 4:55PM

  so true and so good for U !!! all these sparks light up lot's of old dark places. Just see how many others feel that positive buzz!!!True the trick is spreading more sparks and keeping ourselves by the fire, Keep moving on and up!!! emoticon

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RUNNERRACHEL 12/19/2011 2:03PM

    emoticon blog!

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_WAGATHEGREAT 12/19/2011 1:20PM

  Yay! amazing work

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DRB13_1 12/19/2011 11:25AM

    emoticon on being featured in the most popular blogs!
I like what you said about Spark - "one size fits all"
Isn't that the truth?!
Happy holidays and best wishes on your healthy life journey!
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MAMAENUFF 12/19/2011 11:17AM

    I truly agree with you. I have gained and learned a lot of wonderful things with SP.

Happy Holidays!


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VTORIA3 12/19/2011 8:28AM

    Great blog. SparkPeople is one of my blessings for many of the reasons on your list. I can't imagine my life without this great DAILY resource. It's the best "social network" surpassed by NONE. emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 12/19/2011 2:02AM


great blog by the way

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MJ7DM33 12/18/2011 10:25PM

  Great blog! Spreading the spark is a wonderful gift! emoticon

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CAROLYNINJOY1 12/18/2011 9:37PM

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KLAYLAB 12/18/2011 9:14PM

  Thank you so much for the encouragement. You are saying the things a lot of people need to hear.Very well written. You are the greatest. emoticon emoticon

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SAMYEDAVIDSON 12/18/2011 3:35PM

    Awesome! Keep on keepin on!! So proud of you!

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MISSLISA1973 12/18/2011 3:24PM

    emoticon Husbands!

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JIBBIE49 12/18/2011 2:21PM

    emoticon Wonderful to see you featured in THIS MONTH'S BEST BLOGS. What an honor!!

emoticon Merry Christmas and Happy 2012 New Year. We will make this the best year ever! emoticon

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TIMETOGETGOING 12/18/2011 1:59PM

    Love this blog! You are right on.

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NUMEXI17 12/18/2011 1:17PM

    emoticon emoticon Yes, you have found within yourself what brings success with the help of others... It is great when we can learn to depend on others... Glad they were there for you!!!!! emoticon

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CM_GARDNER78 12/18/2011 1:39AM

    YES! That is a fabulous idea!! I agree - I am also experiencing many of the same positive side-effects you are! You have so eloquently stated what I've thought many times! Thanks for sharing! Good luck to you!!

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JENNYBAKER247 12/18/2011 1:35AM

    emoticon emoticon I echo your sentiments exactly!!! Spark People is absolutely THE BEST!!! Well written!!! Have an exceptional Christmas and BEST WISHES for the new year. WE are shrinking!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINNNEY47 12/17/2011 7:55PM

    Awesome blog. You've gained a lot from SparkPeople

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JOY73YL 12/17/2011 6:45PM

    You are just great. SparkPeople is doing a lot of those things for me too and I'm just a beginner. Slow starter. I joined in July this year but it was probable Sept before I got serious about it. I just want to find all the things you have found and I'm on my way. Thank you for being here for the rest of us and giving encouragement. I just love SparkPeople. I was off SparkPeople for two days only because my phone died and I couldn't get on the internet.
Your picture shows so very much and I love it.
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TWEETIEBIRDIE 12/17/2011 3:52PM

    You are truly in the Xmas spirit! I am so glad that life is changing for the better for you. Enjoy the holidays!!! emoticon

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CELSAANDCHIPS 12/17/2011 1:08PM

    What an awesome blog post! SparkPeople is truly the best gift anyone could get! :-)

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MOSTMOM1 12/17/2011 11:49AM

    Great blog, Susan! Hope you have a Sparky Christmas!
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MISSILENE 12/17/2011 6:39AM

    I agree with every thing you say. This is a wonderful blog. Good luck to you in your journey, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WALKZWDOGZ 12/17/2011 3:38AM

    Wonderful job & wonderful blog! And I have to confess that the 2nd sentence had me emoticon !

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SPEEDY143 12/17/2011 3:21AM

    Indeed emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PEACEGRANNY 12/16/2011 11:02PM

    Taking positive steps toward health is one of the greatest things in life! Good for you! Thanks for sharing your experiences. Have a great new year!

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7356WILMA 12/16/2011 9:48PM

  Thanks for expressing so well how I feel!!! So well.

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MARGIEH0104 12/16/2011 8:51PM

    What a gift we give ourselves when we come to Spark!
Yes, a wonderful gift to share with those we care about!

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ALBERTHA7 12/16/2011 7:35PM

  What a great way

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EJRANVILLE 12/16/2011 4:42PM

    What a great idea! I just had a friend join and I have to say it felt good to give that 'gift.' Congratulations on your changes and have a wonderful Christmas! emoticon

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CHANSEN_20001 12/16/2011 3:17PM

    Great job!!!

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