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What's love got to do with it??

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Only everything!!! That's how I feel about my Spark Community.

The day I joined Spark I was sick, tired, defeated, unhealthy, not enjoying life. Good grief! There is NO time in life when anyone should feel like that. But it takes SELF-LOVE to make that leap of faith, to take that first step towards better health, having energy, feeling successful, feeling vivacious and healthy and definitely enjoying all life has to offer. That includes all the challenges thrown in . . . and life sure has a way of doing that.

What do I especially love about Spark?

1. THE PEOPLE I've met in the various communities I belong to. There simply could not be a more caring, compassionate, educated group of people.

2. At no time is there any hint of being judgmental. No matter who you are, what you are, what you do, where you live . . . you are accepted! Heck sometimes you don't even have that advantage in your own family! I will say, in my own family, I do feel lucky that my parents always stressed listening to all sides of a situation before making any kind of a judgment.

3. There is so much information on this site that makes it VERY easy to do what needs to be done to get healthy!! It's a matter of taking thge time to learn. Now, that takes time, but if you TAKE the time each and every day to learn just one new thing, you're going to be on the right path.

4. Spark has taught me that motivation has to come from within. You have to love yourself enough and BELIEVE in yourself enough to take the steps you need to take. With all the motivational material available AND the motivation from all the wonderful fellow Sparkers, well . . . motivation happens!

5. Cooking . . . Spark has taught me that there's so many healthy ways to prepare our food that is good for our bodies AND tastes spectacular (or should I say SPARKTACULAR!) Check out all the recipes. Check out the cook book. Loaded with so many ways to feed ourselves and our families healthy, nutritious food.

Spark taught me to be realistic and HONEST about my portion sizes too. It's not good enough to eat heatlhy, nutritious food. You need to eat in portions that are healthy!

6. Spark taught me to look @ food in a different way. Instead of living to eat, it is soooo much better to eat to live! That's a huge lesson I've learned from Spark.

Are YOU feeling the love yet????? I sure am!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
IAMAGEMLOVER 5/19/2012 12:51PM

    emoticon for such a great blog. I needed to read this today. You are such a positive person and an inspiration to all.

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CANNIE50 5/18/2012 12:49PM

    emoticon emoticon I love that you included the statement about how defeated you felt when you joined SP vs how you are feeling now - this is a very hope-filled blog.

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LINDAKAY228 5/18/2012 11:02AM

    Totally agree with everything!!

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NANCY- 5/18/2012 9:54AM

    You are spot on!!! There is so much to love.

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WILLPARKINSON 5/18/2012 2:27AM

    Agree 100%.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 5/18/2012 1:17AM

    I am definitely feeling the love. emoticon What a great blog!!! Thank you for sharing!

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MELIVA 5/18/2012 12:07AM

    Oh yeah...totally feeling it. I so relate.

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PATRICIAANN46 5/17/2012 10:26PM

  Hi Barb..........
So well said! emoticon for sharing this with us and emoticon for being a very good Spark Friend.

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EVWINGS 5/17/2012 10:08PM

    There is so much to love about Spark and you captured it very well with your blog! Thanks!!

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SHARON10002 5/17/2012 10:02PM

    Totally agree!! You're one of my reasons . . . emoticon

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THEEASYKILL30 5/17/2012 9:58PM

    emoticon Yep, I drank the Kool-Aid too and am totally OK with it!

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/17/2012 8:30PM

    emoticon Yep, feelin' it!

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JERZGURL_NAN 5/17/2012 7:35PM

    Excellent journey of self evaluation and Spark Awareness. An amazing 'gift' we have here!!

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FLPALM 5/17/2012 3:09PM

    SPlove! Yup, feeling it!

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THECRAZYMANGO 5/17/2012 1:10PM

    I definitely feel the spark love! I am glad we are friends! emoticon

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SHERYLDS 5/17/2012 1:04PM

Feel the love.....Thanks for being such a good friend

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RADFEN 5/17/2012 12:19PM

    And love yourself, too!

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ECOAGE 5/17/2012 11:51AM


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BAILEYS7OF9 5/17/2012 11:38AM

    Love SP!!! Great job! Great blog!

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CMCBRIDE37 5/17/2012 11:29AM


I agree. emoticon

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HOPESINGH 5/17/2012 11:25AM

    emoticon too! And it's true, Sparkfriends are a treasure :-)

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MSROZZIE 5/17/2012 11:20AM

    emoticon blog! Enjoyed reading it. Keep of the good work. You deserve it. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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