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Wednesday, May 09, 2012

"It's weird to feel such a connection with a lot of you and not even know your real names, LoL. Does anyone else feel this way?"

My status yesterday got me thinking...

We don't go shopping together, though with all my thrift store pictures, you probably feel like I dragged you along sometimes :) We don't get together for the holidays. We haven't shown each other our embarrassing high school photos or shared our innermost secrets. I may not know you, but I know you.

Outsiders may see this as just some message board, a place to gripe, a place to brag. A place where the big'uns unite. A place to waste time and talk the talk without walking the walk.

This place is so much more. You are my home away from home. You 'get' me. I 'get' you. You're where I want to be or where I've already been. Maybe we're even cosmically holding hands because we're at the same place, with the same goals and ambitions. You've made me smile. You've made me cry. You've made me believe in myself. You've made me believe that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to. You keep me accountable.

Those of you that have commented on me being an inspiration, being motivational, on my 'success story in the making', those of you saying I'm beautiful...all I can say is thank you. From the very bottom of my heart. I hope, in some little way, I can pay forward what I've received from all of you.

This isn't 'just a website'. This is a LIFEline. You are helping me save my life.

I may not know your name, where you live or what score you got on your SATs, but you hold a special place in my heart. And you always will.

My SparkleLovelies, I am forever indebted to you.

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JEWELLE217 6/10/2012 8:39PM

    Very nicely said! Thanks for putting that into words. You hit the nail on the head!
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Deb

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AMBER281 5/22/2012 9:40PM

    Very well said!! and so true.

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FCARMICH 5/21/2012 7:29AM

  good thoughts

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ROEANDGO 5/17/2012 1:26PM

    Wow...Thank You!!!

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 5/17/2012 9:43AM

   
I liked "visiting" with you.

Thanks for the kind thoughts, and right back at ya!!

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NURSELAUREN 5/16/2012 2:13AM

    well said! emoticon

Comment edited on: 5/16/2012 2:14:04 AM

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NEED-TO-BREATHE 5/16/2012 12:35AM

    Y emoticon . emoticon

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MANLEYSANDY 5/15/2012 3:32PM

    I feel the same way!

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RUNNER12COM 5/15/2012 2:30PM

    It's a great description of SP, definitely. We connect on so many levels, it's like we're all family!

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PATRISNA 5/15/2012 2:24PM

    I agree with all the comments.

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PRAYINGSUZIE 5/14/2012 3:27AM

    Thank you for such a wonderful blog! I feel the same way! This website and the people on it have helped me through some pretty hard times and have always been there for me when no one else was! Thank you all!

Suzie

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HEALTHY4ME 5/13/2012 10:42PM

    I just met a spark buddy in person today and was awesome. Have met 2 other internet friends too and is fun.
I have to say found out my sil uses sp. and not that I put "mean or ill spirited things" in my lblogs. but felt like ewww family will read stuff. I have my friends don't need family on here lol ha

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FITKAT62 5/12/2012 10:34PM

    You are right! Sparkpeople is a great support system and the anonymity is the icing on the cake.
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SPIRITEDFILLY 5/12/2012 6:38PM

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SCRAPPER1124 5/12/2012 2:48PM

    So totally true, for me the being "anonymous" gives me the ability to be truly honest about my journey.There are things that I don't want to share with anyone from work, friends or family. Many just don't really get "it" as those on Spark. It's a great place to vent and cheer others on as well. You feel like your not alone in the struggle to lose weight.

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ANDBEYOND 5/12/2012 2:17PM

    GREAT IDEA! GLAD I THOUGHT OF IT!
EXCELENT!

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SANDRALEET 5/12/2012 8:34AM

    We sometimes get to now a side of people that they show on this sight.I all so found this on the buses .I find that God often buts me be side hurting people that I talk to.God has so many ways to help us. Ask and you shall find.

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CRINKLYMONKEY 5/12/2012 6:56AM

    This is a very nice blog. It is very true. Just goes to show that you do not physically have to be with someone to "love" them. I enjoy everyday on sparkpeople and have met some great friends here and hope to meet more. It would be great to get together sometime.....

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LILYPAD12311 5/12/2012 2:31AM

    Of course,,, I will echo the praises of everyone that posted here,,,,,, what a positive insight to share with everyone Wubby 82 .... well we are not totally anonymous because we can see the faces of some of our "friends". But it is an interesting site because many of us share the same struggles,,,, we cry when others cry,,, we send teddy bear hugs,,, we reach out when someone hurts,,, and it becomes a little community. I have not been on the message boards but I do like the small groups in the various teams. What a wonderful site where people are so supportive and positive,,, just like you Wubby,,, thank you for sharing your world with us! emoticon

PS. And you are beautiful and you are very funny,,, but mostly you seem very honest and your blogs are heartfelt.

Comment edited on: 5/12/2012 2:32:05 AM

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HYATTI1 5/12/2012 12:21AM

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You hit the nail on the head...I have been here just a short time and I feel real concern from some of the members that I have been chatting with. I understand them and want to make sure everything is alright before I call it a night. Interesting concept how the internet brought all that together.

Well said a very good incite to an active forum board.

Joanna

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CM_GARDNER78 5/11/2012 11:43PM

    I agree!! Totally. It's almost....weird...or creepy even. What in the world did people do 30 years ago?! Oh well, I'm glad I have SparkPeople and can read awesome blogs like yours! :-) Thanks for sharing!!

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MAMO1014 5/11/2012 11:38PM

  I also think not knowing everyone who comments on our sites/blogs/whatever is a good thing. However, bonding and friending a few people I think is a have to.. Now for SBNormal, I also felt the same way...I thought I made a couple of friends and we really clicked, but I havent heard from either one for over a week. I miss them. On our own pages we got a little more personal with each other and shared some of our most intimate fears, loses, likes and dislikes. But don't give up SBNormal..it will happen. This site is awesome and has become a great tool in my life on my journey to get thinner and healthier.

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ULEWIJ 5/11/2012 10:51PM

    awwwww love this!!!! :)

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MARIANNELK 5/11/2012 10:47PM

    Sometimes it's easier to compare notes with strangers. They can't stop me from going on the path to a better life. I can make use of their knowledge and I can share mine. You are my safe place to air my health, weight, and exercise problems. Maybe I failed today in traveling that healthier road. But I read that you did also and then I know I can also succeed next time. Thank you for allowing me to correct my errors. I want better. You understand this. Thank you for "relighting" the pathway. Your help is truly a blessing.

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MARYJEANSL 5/11/2012 10:45PM

  Spark People are the best!

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KENDAL0525 5/11/2012 10:31PM

    This is a lovely post. One thing that I've struggled with on Spark is creating friendships. Do you have any advice for that?

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FEELINGFITERIN 5/11/2012 10:28PM

    This is soooo true! I have met so many amazing friends on SP. It's nice to have somewhere that you can "be yourself" and know that others will offer support and friendship! emoticon

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BODYJOY6 5/11/2012 10:25PM

    I totally, completely agree. From thousands of miles away (or maybe just a few, I really dunno lol), we're in this together!!

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SBNORMAL 5/11/2012 9:13PM

  I come here everyday, to connect, in the struggle of obesity. I found hope, after giving up. I have found support and true "kinship", because they do not even know my name.

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HHB4181 5/11/2012 8:27PM

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great blog

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MILEHIGHMAMA 5/11/2012 7:55PM

    I totally agree - there is a LOT of intimacy in this anonymous virtual space!

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KIPPER15 5/11/2012 7:15PM

    emoticon emoticon So true

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JJMARTINEZ 5/11/2012 5:18PM

    Well said! After two weeks, this place is becoming a new place for friends and weight loss buddies. :D

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TMORELLI 5/11/2012 4:35PM

    Hi

I'm Tony it's nice to meet you !!!



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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 5/11/2012 3:46PM

    Such a great post....

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AJAUNT76 5/11/2012 3:39PM

  I just joined this site and already feel as if I am in a family around here. Nicely written! Hope to read more from you soon!

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GRATEFUL_BEING 5/11/2012 3:25PM

    So true. I couldn't have walked the walk without the people here.

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JEANETTECURRY 5/11/2012 3:01PM

    Only on Spark a couple of weeks and find myself looking forward to checking in with my "People" every day. Thanks for putting this into words. Love your collage banner!

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HELESM 5/11/2012 3:00PM

    Beautifully written. Thank you.

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SHERREMAC 5/11/2012 2:37PM

    SOOOOO True!!

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JAS9096 5/11/2012 2:10PM

    Very true :)

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SEATOWN_GAL 5/11/2012 2:09PM

    Love it!

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EARTHHAVEN 5/11/2012 1:34PM

    simply awesome

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CATHY6468 5/11/2012 1:32PM

  Could not have said it better myself....even though I am new I get a sense that there is a lot of camaraderie and I can't wait to get to know more people

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TRIPLEL1977 5/11/2012 1:05PM

    Are you in my head?

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KENAZFEHU 5/11/2012 1:02PM

    Funny I should come across this today. Regarding a different web site that I've been frequenting for years, I get to feeling sometimes like I have all these friends and am involved in all these lives, but reality boils down to the fact that I'm a woman sitting all alone in front of the computer. I need to push away and live my life; that's the conclusion I came to. Your conclusion has a lot of merit, too.

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AMMEE79 5/11/2012 1:02PM

    And to you too!!!!!!

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MAMALOVEBUG 5/11/2012 12:52PM

    This is so true. emoticon

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SKYWATCHERRS 5/11/2012 12:51PM

    Great post. I couldn't have said it better.

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PATTOMMC3 5/11/2012 12:42PM

    So well said! emoticon

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