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Don't give up! You don't have to do this alone!

Monday, October 22, 2012


Decided to get healthy? Congrats! Let's see...Food tracker? Check. Treadmill? Check. Greek yogurt? Check. Support system? Umm...not so much... Don't despair! Help is only a click away.

I've been really impressed with the tools and info made available for free here on Spark. But, I've been absolutely blown away by the support I've been given by total strangers! I believe the people here are the most positive, encouraging, kind, and downright amazing people you will find on any social site. They are real people like you and me AND they are willing and even eager to help YOU reach your goals.

Why? Why would a bunch of strangers take time from their busy lives to cheer you on with a comment or goodie, offer you advice to get you through a tough time, or write a blog to remind you that you are not in this alone? :) I think it's because we are all here with a common goal- to become healthy or to stay healthy and we know it isn't easy. In fact it's hard. Very. Hard. We all need support and when we encourage and motivate each other, it comes right back to us. That's a win-win!

Having a support system is an important key to your success. Take advantage of it! Find an active team or message board and get involved. You will be surprised by the support you'll receive. And reach out to someone else who may be struggling on this journey. Knowing they are not alone and that somebody else cares enough to stop and offer them a pat on the back or a kind word can make the difference between them giving up or going on. And that is a priceless gift that we can all afford to give.

If YOU are one of the many people who have encouraged ME-thank you! It makes a difference. I will keep making healthy choices because quitting is not an option!
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SHAMROCKY2K 10/24/2012 12:34AM

    I never really thought about it. Even telling your loved ones is not effective. Possibly they are concerned it will change who you are and how you interact with them. I try and just briefly say I am trying to be healthy to be around for any possible grandchildren. Interest is usually lost quickly. I stopped saying Spark People around them.. as excited as I have been. We are lucky we stuck with it my spark friend!
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PHATPAT18 10/23/2012 2:12PM

    Carol, beautifully written. You are also an inspiration to all the others on the message boards that we frequent together. We can do it, we will do it, we are living the spark.
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AAHMED61 10/23/2012 12:52AM

    We support each other bcoz we all the travelers of the same journey and can understand the phases others are going through. By supporting one another we not only encourage them but also boost the motivational spark within ourselves. Thanks to sparkpeople for providing this platform emoticon . emoticon emoticon

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LOSINGVICKI 10/22/2012 6:29PM

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HEYITSAPOSSUM 10/22/2012 6:07PM

    It's funny to me, too. I get more support from complete strangers who (in some cases) live across the ocean than I get from my co-worker who sits two feet from me.

And I, too, will continue to make healthy choices! emoticon

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