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It Truly Takes A Village

Thursday, January 17, 2013

So, about a month ago I wrote a blog post, then promptly got busy with the holidays and a quick vacation and forgot all about it. A few weeks ago I got an email from someone at Sparkpeople asking if they could include my blog in an email mailer. "Sure", I thought, maybe a few people will see it and it will be helpful. This morning I woke up to an inbox flooded with "you have a new comment on your sprakpage" emails and I can't stop smiling!

You guys are absolutely amazing! I don't know how people lose weight or get healthy without a support system. There are so many things holding us down and pushing us back. We get bombarded with messages and advertisements that tell us to eat junk. We see shows like "The Biggest loser" (which I love and is totally a guilty pleasure, don't get me wrong) that make working out look painful and difficult. But every day we get up and we take a stand and say "no" to unhealthy messages and "yes" to taking time for ourselves and putting our health first. It's not easy, somedays it feels like torture. But we do it because we want something better for ourselves. Support from people going through the same things and experiencing the same trials is crucial. I know that whenever I have a bad day I will come back and read all of the sweet words you all have written. I will be comforted by the knowledge that there are a lot of people out there just like me, struggling like me, fighting like me. we all have different approaches, some of us are walkers, others love yoga, some weights, but our destination is the same. And together we will get there. Keep supporting each other, you guys are awesome cheerleaders and you cannot know the difference you make with even one "you can do it!" comment.
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BETHL82 2/18/2013 1:24PM

  ur blog has been really helpful emoticon

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LOLABLACK69 2/6/2013 9:29AM

    I think you're right when it comes to support system. Honestly, people here are great and sometimes I think they're the only thing that keeps me going. So, if anything - I'm grateful for that support, for such positive thoughts and I plan to return the favour anytime I can to others also. On that note - I hope you'll succeed with your plans, and good luck with your goals! emoticon
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SPARKLISE 1/25/2013 12:35PM

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MYRTLE811 1/21/2013 10:09PM

  It's safe to express yourself here when you know that you speak for so many who are in the same boat you are and trying so hard to make it happen for them this time. I enjoyed reading your posts and kept thinking about how much you have learned from losing weight the first time and how we all need to seek out positive support to keep going. This site does it for you and I'm happy for your continued loss and your eventually getting to the goal weight you want to achieve.

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BOSSYGIRL 1/20/2013 2:40PM

    You go girl!! I love reading your emails. I too am trying to get healthy and it is a horrible struggle. Support from others always helps! Keep up the good work and I will be motivated by you! emoticon emoticon

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KATHIC2 1/19/2013 8:08AM

  Thank you for your insight and post.

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CHANGE4THEBEST 1/19/2013 5:14AM

    Hi

Your blog was forwarded to me from a sparkfriend emoticon It is true, I know I have allowed the needle on the scales to dictate my day!

Thank you for taking the time to write your inspirational blog - it helps us on the other side of the fence to accept, acknowledge and move on and get the results we are aiming for.

Keep blogging and have a great week

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MAIZEY 1/18/2013 10:16PM

    Great job on being healthy and reaching your goals in a positive way!

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HALFWEIGHT 1/18/2013 7:46PM

    Hey, thank you for a great post, and for being an inspiration to us all. As I struggle to get "back in the saddle", every person like you who share their tale of success despite difficulties is an encouragement to me. Keep up the good work, for there are even more of us out here to cheer you on now!

:-)

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BARBANNA 1/18/2013 4:55PM

    You do have a great gift for writing! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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ANGNMIKE 1/17/2013 1:18PM

    Brought me to tears! Great post!

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BEXNEW 1/17/2013 11:23AM

    I just read your blog post and it hit a nerve with me too - thanks for sharing. Way to go!!

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LIVIN2LOVE1 1/17/2013 10:21AM

    I read your blog post and I'm so proud of you for your achievements. Not necessarily the weight loss achievement, though that is amazing in itself, but for your realization that it's not about the size of pants you wear but it's about how healthy you live.

I'm now 40 and it took me many years on the losing and regaining cycle to understand that weight loss and healthy living is more in the mind than in the muscle. My attitude about fitness is holding hands with my desire to prevent those diseases that are linked to poor nutrition and a sedentary lifestyle. That's what gets me moving to fitness DVDs every morning; that's what gets me out the door to Zumba class twice a week; that's what makes me jump off the couch and take the pouch for a walk.

Thanks so much for your blog. You are an inspiration!

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