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On Being Sparkless

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

As most of you know, I have been having computer problems for a while now. I'd get the laptop "fixed", would use it for a while, then it would go all blue-screen on me yet again. This last episode was it's final gasp, and the laptop that had served me (and others before me) so well for about 10 years was officially pronounced as crashed and unrecoverable. So I have been without a computer and unable to get online and Spark for what seems like forever (a little over a week, lol).

I was surprised to find out that I missed my Spark time. I found myself maneuvering my schedule so I could visit various friends and somehow work in a request to use their computer so I could check my online stuff for a few minutes. Once online, I would quickly give my email a glance, but then would high-tail it to Spark People and try to cram all my Spark tasks into those few precious minutes. (As most of you know, Sparking is often not a sprint but a marathon in terms of time spent, so I always left these borrowed computer sessions feeling frustrated by all the things I didn't have time to do.)

Apparently I do more on the Spark site than I realized---and I now know that my Spark time means more to me than just spinning the wheel, tracking my food, tracking my exercise, etc. I felt very frustrated by not having the time to read and respond to my friends' blogs or postings, and I realized that these new connections had become very meaningful for me. The support I receive from Sparking is now an important part of my overall health and wellness experience, and the connections I have discovered here help sustain me, motivate me, and encourage me.

I am in the process of scraping together some money to get a used, refurbished computer (really can't afford one of the new ones....wish I could, so many cool bells and whistles on the new ones...oh well). So hopefully by this time next week, I will have an easier time getting online to enjoy some Spark time.

Thanks to all of you who have written messages, emails, and sent spark goodies to me during my Spark absence. I appreciate all the support!
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    I think most don't realize how important that part of Sparking is! Like you said "connections had become very meaningful for me. The support I receive from Sparking is now an important part of my overall health and wellness experience, and the connections I have discovered here help sustain me, motivate me, and encourage me".
    It is not until I go to read blogs and go to my page and see who visits do I feel encouraged. I always said, SP is a part health and part social website. To me it is better any day than twitter or facebook. We all have common goals and know what difficulties we face in our journey to get healthier and lose the fat!
    Hope you get a computer soon, we all miss you, just like our other spf's that don't come around as often or disappear on us all together. These people touch our hearts and are as real to us as ones we know offline! At least it is for me! Keep in touch when you can. emoticon emoticon
    1820 days ago
  • TERRI289
    I love my Spark friends...I just wish we all lived closer to each other...how fit we would all be!!!
    1843 days ago
    Yes, we do have public computers on the first floor of the library. She can just check in at the main desk (top of the spiral stairs) and they will set her up with one. There is sometimes a waiting list for one of the 11 computers we have but not usually more than 5-10 minutes.
    Betsy Paradis
    Belfast Free Library

    I wrote to the library and this is the answer for you.

    On Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 4:45 PM, plowther22@gwi.net wrote:

    Do you have computers people can use for free during the day.
    If not do you have any knowledge of where there is a place for people to use computers for free.
    I have a Dear friend in Belfast and her computer has finally quit and I would love to stay in contact with her.
    Pat Lowther Augusta Maine.

    1852 days ago
    emoticon i have to agree its hard not having time to Spark and visit with your Spark family and see how nice the wheel is to you emoticon
    hope you cna find something soon emoticon
    1853 days ago
    Hope emoticon your difficulties resolve themselves soon!
    1854 days ago
    I wish you were closer to us you could Spark on my computer. I am looking at some computers around here IO hope I can find something locally.
    I totally understand how important the outside communication is for people like us. I was used to a big family but when the kids moved away it was hard. Harder still when I gave up my business. Now I have these wonderful Spark friends and in the winter in Maine they are a boon to us. HUGS Pat Take care and stay well.
    emoticon emoticon emoticon Pat in Augusta.
    1854 days ago
    Thanks for checking in with us! Sorry to hear about the problems with your computer --- does the library have them available for use while you're waiting to get another one? You might not have to visit friends while you're without access so often! Although, it is nice to reach out and visit --- I find that during the winter, I tend to be a homebody, especially with it as cold as it is this week.

    Hope everything else is going well for you.
    1854 days ago
    that is a tough one!! I like sparkin' too! and you're so right...it takes a bit of time tracking the food and the exercises and then the fun stuff of reading articles, etc. hang in there! hope you can get one!
    1854 days ago
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