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A look back..

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

I joined SparkPeople on May 5, 2010. That seems like a very long time ago, especially considering that, according to calculations at that time, I should have reached my goal and been 'done' and maintaining at this stage of the game. Ah well.

I quit smoking November 1, 2010. I have probably had a total of 2 1/2 cigarettes since that day. I call that a success.

I've participated in 4 Half marathons and countless 5K and 10K walks and runs.

I've volunteered for several run/walk events.

I've met some wonderful SparkPeople face to face who I now count as friends, although we don't get to see each other often.

I've made friends with other SparkPeople who I may never meet in person, but who impact my life positively and I'm grateful to know.

I help GayeMC lead the SparkPortland team, and as a team we have volunteered at the Food Bank together, we've gone on walks together, we've shared meals together.

I've had good days (months?) and bad. I've cheered on and encouraged friends and people I do not know, alike. I've been the recipient of similar support and enthusiasm.

This is a reflective time of year for me. Where I've been, what I've done, where I want to go. It's all up to me, after all. It's my decision. It's my time, and I decide what to do with it. I choose to continue forward, accepting the bumps and detours and roadblocks that I encounter, and figuring out how to work around them when necessary.
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ROEBUNCH 11/9/2012 11:27AM

    Well said!! I needed those subtle reminders today emoticon Keep sparking!!

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GAYEMC 11/8/2012 8:52PM

    You joined Spark on my birthday. No wonder I like you so much. I joined Spark 7/06 ans have just reached my goal. I reset another 10 lbs down about a week ago. I'm of the slow but sure wins the race! You have done great and will continue to do so. Let's go for a walk soon.

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/8/2012 10:00AM

    Fabulous stuff! Congrats!

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SPEEDYDOG 11/8/2012 9:55AM

    Hi Candy,

Congratulations on quitting smoking. Thanks for you support. One of the nice things about SparkPeople is that we get to read what people think and how they feel. You are doing well.

Thanks,

Bruce

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CHEETARA79 11/8/2012 9:01AM

    I love it! You're looking at the positive and you have accomplished so much.

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IMIN2GENES 11/7/2012 8:32PM

    Thanks for sharing your musings... I know I'm sure grateful that I've met you here through SP. Even if we never meet in person, you still motivate and inspire me. Onward and upward my friend!
Chris
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BE-THE-CHANGE 11/7/2012 7:25PM

    I am envious of what you have done with SparkPortland! Any pointers for another city's team leader?

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GETFIT2LIVE 11/7/2012 7:15PM

    It's so easy to look at how far we have to go and forget to look back once in awhile at how far we've come. You HAVE come a long way; just keep taking the next step, no matter how big or small. You will reach your goals, I know; enjoy the journey and believe in yourself, I do!

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IRISHBEANERGAL 11/7/2012 6:08PM

    Look back at all you have accomplished - no small feat, gal!

I'm proud of your successes and your "learning moments" - I know you are too.

I need to do this (look back, that is) and remember why I'm here. Thank you for sharing.

~Irish

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 11/7/2012 4:10PM

    same here....

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 11/7/2012 3:10PM

    I've been here even longer. I hate to think about it, especially when I read blogs about people losing gobs of weight in 10 months. Sigh.

I'm so glad you are here! You encourage me!

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ROXIT22222 11/7/2012 2:13PM

    You are awesome! I'm glad you are one of my friends. both spark and real life. Even though we don't see each other too often. Always nice to find you at a race.

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REALLY_ROBIN 11/7/2012 1:33PM

  I'm so happy to be on this journey with you!!!

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ENDUROVET 11/7/2012 1:10PM

    Yes, good points - forward, ever onward!

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DIET_FRIEND 11/7/2012 11:14AM

    It's good to have a goal to work toward, but the goal is not everything--the journey is probably even more important. I think you are awesome on your journey. I think it's great that you are out there running and walking and socializing with sparkers. I need to do more of that myself!

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DLDROST 11/7/2012 11:10AM

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