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Friday, January 25, 2013

I'm fast approaching the date when I first started Sparkpeople four years ago and during that time, I have written a lot of these blogs. For those folks who have yet to embrace this particular tool as a helpful aid, let me answer the question.

What possible good can it be to write a blog?

This evening, I took some time to go back to my very first few postings and having done that I got hooked into looking randomly at many more. Here's what I found:

At first my blogs were often short entries. Those early posts expressed my frustrations, my impatience and my roller coaster motivation.

It didn't take long for me to find that writing helped me to purge myself of some emotional stress. Then I discovered that I had a world of friends who could cut through the carp (spelling intentional) and steer me toward clarity and at times provide a gentle prod toward the more suitable stress reduction skills I was learning. Part of tonight's fun in re-reading these posts is seeing that many of these same friends are still here for me both to celebrate the good and calm the bad.

Writing blog entries helped me to learn to speak more positively toward myself.

My blogs have been a place to share the highpoints....weight loss and the joy of finding that clothing was becoming too big. This was the place I could share the thrill of being able to run up a hill or cross a finish line. On the reverse of that coin, I could also bemoan the backslides and mistakes. I could throw a pity party though I rarely had too many guests willing to attend. LOL

Having all these snippets of my spark history to look back on is another tool. I find it to be refreshing to see the ups and downs. Four years later as I make note of the overall weight loss and successful maintenance of that loss, it's good to see that it wasn't always an easy shot.

I'm glad I wrote so many blog postings. For me, they have been a world of good.

Tomorrow I have an official weigh in. If today's scale holds out, I will be able to log a loss and the plateau will be on it's way to history. If tomorrow's weigh in does not show a loss, I have plenty of historical evidence to show me that it will happen, it just may need to fluctuate a bit first. Over the long haul..........the results will show.
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AMYMLE 1/29/2013 11:01PM

    I'm still here, too, Donna, right along with you. I've not been nearly as regular a blogger as you, but it's encouraging to think that this has become a 4 year long way of life, not a 4 month long diet. I appreciate your steadfastness.
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RETURNTORURAL 1/29/2013 6:45PM

    Great attitude! I'm a blogger elsewhere and just started here on SP. I really is a helpful tool to keep you focused and motivated.

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SPRINGBABY80 1/29/2013 5:36PM

  keep up the good work

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EMILYDOODLE 1/28/2013 9:59PM

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JENNIFERSLETTER 1/28/2013 8:44PM

    Thank you for your blog! Sometimes when I am having a rough night and want to blow it (like tonight) I lurk around on Spark to keep me on track and help me refocus on my goals and what is important.

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ROSGETSSERIOUS 1/28/2013 4:14PM

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JANEMAR2 1/28/2013 2:55PM

    I agree that blogging is such a helpful tool that people do not take advantage enough.

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HHB4181 1/28/2013 2:27PM

    Happy Sparkversary! I've been thinking I should blog more, thanks for the info!

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FIRECOM 1/28/2013 11:43AM

    I agree. I am new to the blogosphere, but the ones that I have posted have served as being a catharsis for me. I will continue to post.

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ERINCD 1/28/2013 10:52AM

    Thanks for sharing

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CYND59 1/28/2013 8:57AM

    I think blogging helps. I have started blogging more. Sometimes only a few lines but I feel it holds me more accountable. I sure love reading other blogs!

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FISHER011 1/28/2013 3:52AM

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What a wonderful blog! It came when I needed it most emoticon
I've been here a few years, but did my first blog 1-26-13.
I keep wanting to delete that blog 'cause it so depressing.
Your words of wisdom are just what I needed!
I will keep blogging, purging emoticon , and interacting with my new Spark Friends... emoticon emoticon
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Debbie

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KIMBERLY19732 1/28/2013 12:20AM

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AKATHLEEN54 1/27/2013 9:50PM

    Inspiring!! I'm new to Spark and am only starting week two so I hope someday I can blog about year four. That's wonderful. I have already learned that there are so many wonderful Sparklers out there who are willing to help and who will be there for us. I am on my way to being successful and I know that even when I fall backwards or plateau, as I know I will that there will be people there to pick me up and encourage me too keep going. I would like to add you as a friend because you sound like someone who has been thorough it all and would also be someone to offer some sound advice. emoticon

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CANINTEXAS 1/27/2013 8:23PM

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4RASCALS 1/27/2013 8:20PM

    emoticon on your success. I'm glad that blogging helps you. Me I am a little scared to do so. This will give me something to consider Thank you

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 1/27/2013 4:21PM

    emoticon Well said. You have given me motivation to put more out there.

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MONIQUE432 1/27/2013 2:29PM

    I am so happy that with the support of friends here on Sparkpeople and being able to share your journey, you have found so much success! I am sure you had a fantastic weight in! emoticon

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GINIEMIE 1/27/2013 11:35AM

    Congrats on 4 years. You are right, our blogging is a stress reliever. It helps clear the mind, the air and the "diet" at times.
Blogging to me is more rewarding than journaling.
Hope the scales tipped in a loss direction SF.
Ginie

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REDGALE 1/27/2013 10:31AM

    Thanks for the encouragement. I especially appreciate hearing how blogs can be helpful in seeing the big picture--where I've been, where I am, and where I'm going. Blessings on your day!

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TAWANDA_IS_BACK 1/27/2013 10:02AM

    emoticon Love the positive attitude!

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PENNYPACKER3 1/27/2013 9:53AM

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LIFETIMER54 1/27/2013 5:10AM

  Positively inspirational.... emoticon

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JANET552 1/26/2013 11:14AM

    You certainly do give compelling reasons to blog. Congrats on your 4 years and all you've accomplished!

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GRAMMAKARMIN 1/26/2013 10:04AM

    You might just motivate me to blog yet! :)

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JLITT62 1/26/2013 5:03AM

    Blogging can replace eating, pure & simple. Much better to send our feelings into the Internet than to eat them!

Your blogs are always so well thought out & insightful, too. We love em!

Thanks for your comments on my fashion blog. It can be amazing how well the right clothes - the ones that fit well - can make you look thinner than you really are. Not that I'm putting down my hard work or how far I've come, but there really is a bit more to be released yet. Altho I realized today that I'll probably release an entire pound when winter's over, since I have to WI in clothes!

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MNTWINSGAL 1/25/2013 11:51PM

    Donna, I didn't know you back then, but in the length of time I HAVE known you I've come to respect you so much for your kindness, your humor, and your wisdom. You've helped so many through your blogs, and for this I for one thank you from the bottom of my heart. I absolutely love your no-nonsense approach to everything.

Happy upcoming Sparkversary!

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CATANTIGO 1/25/2013 10:42PM

    You're always loved by us, but that darn scale can be a fickle friend. Good luck.

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ALWAYSROSY 1/25/2013 8:24PM

    You are SO right! the scale doesn't know everything! Sometimes its the LAST to know! emoticon

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BOBBYD31 1/25/2013 8:17PM

    congrats on the 4 years, anne and i just had 5 a couple weeks ago. i need to get back to blogging it tells the story and it is very funny to go read older ones

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ALWAYSROSY 1/25/2013 8:11PM

    emoticon Great!!!!!! emoticon

Here's hoping the scale loves you tomorrow!

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