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.