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Moving On and Staying Here.

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Weird title, right? How can I be doing both? Believe it or not, I found a way. And I'll explain that in a moment. But first, the background.

I am grateful to SparkPeople for helping me change my life. Without the site, I doubt I would have learned how to take small steps towards my big goals. That kind of foundation is so important, and I believe SparkPeople does it as well as any other site out there.

That said, I am no longer that person. Five marathons, seventeen half marathons, six relays and countless other events later, I know what it takes to dream big, work hard, and find success. I can honestly describe myself as an athlete.

And as an athlete, my needs have evolved. I don't need as many articles on health and nutrition, daily blogs with simple tips, or team challenges. Instead, I need an easy to use, fully integrated exercise and food tracking system. I need to be able to quickly add food items by scanning their barcodes. And I need to see my available calorie intake for each day, increased by whatever calories I burn during my workouts.

What I need is a more robust and functional fitness app. And I found one. Well, two, actually. They do just what I need them to do right now. They are not right for everyone, and that's okay. They are what *I* need. (I am going to blog about later today in more detail at Runner12.com, if you are interested in my review.)

That's the moving on part. And the staying here? Well, as many of you already know, I was fortunate enough to be part of a weight-loss documentary called, "From Fat To Finish Line." fromfattofinishline.com/ It's the story of a dozen strangers who each lost weight through running and healthy eating. The film will be released late this year, and we are excited to share our stories with anyone that will listen... and maybe, we just might motivate others to start their own journeys.

We have already created a Fat To Finish team here at SparkPeople ( www.sparkpeople.com/mysp
ark/groups_individual.asp?
gid=58886
) , and we will be adding new forums and content over the next few months. You are invited to join now, just remember that there is a lot more great stuff still to come.

And since I am changing my focus here at SP, I have changed my name, too. Instead of SanDiegoJohn, I am now Runner12Com. It's fitting, since I am Runner 12 in the movie and will be actively participating in the Spark Team that way.

So, I'm moving on personally to a new fitness tracking application, and I am staying here with my new name to help build an amazing Fat To Finish team. Sounds like a Win/Win to me!

And speaking of Win/Win, I managed to get in a quick run and a bike ride this morning at the gym before work. Go, me!

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LITTLE2NOHOPE 7/14/2013 3:19AM

  I'd like to hear more about these other apps you found for tracking food. It is the tracking of food that helps me the most but SP's tracker takes so much time for me. I'd love the idea of scanning food!

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 5/26/2013 9:17PM

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What a wonderful story!

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AMANDANCES 5/21/2013 9:52AM

    You are a true inspiration!

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MYOWNHERO 5/1/2013 6:09PM

    Awesome news!

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SHANTODD420 4/24/2013 7:42AM

    Wow Jon such new changes in your life. I am glad I get to read your wonderful blogs and information you share.

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CLAIREINPARIS 4/21/2013 6:48AM

    I am so glad you are staying here! Although I rarely comment on your blogs, I love them. Good for you for always looking for what is good for *you*!

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MISSCUS 4/20/2013 10:43PM

    I wondered what you had been up to. Go John Go!! You'll have to blog when the movie comes out. I would love to see it. Glad you'll still be around SP too.

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MINNA72 4/17/2013 2:26AM

    I'm glad, John.

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CHERIRIDDELL 4/16/2013 1:24AM

    I am so glad you have found progress .I too was frantically searching to make sure you were not running in Boston ! In spite of the fact that I can't run due to my injuries I wilkl continue to follow the blogs you write and send all my friends healthy enough to run to your new Spark team as I think it is a brilliant idea and uou are certainly inspiring !

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CM_GARDNER78 4/15/2013 10:27PM

    That is AWESOME!!! I JUST read today that you were thinking of leaving.....I was frantically searching for you to make sure you weren't running in Boston today! Anyway, glad that you're still going to be here - I LOVE reading your blogs...even though I don't know if I have ever commented on any of them! :-/ Yay for staying here!! :-) (((HUGS))))

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BE-THE-CHANGE 4/13/2013 7:31AM

    I am glad to see you didn't leave us.

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WISHICOULDFLY 4/11/2013 2:52PM

    I am so happy you found a solution for you that includes SP. emoticon

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MYRTROSE 4/10/2013 9:32PM

    Yay!

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INDIANOAKS 4/10/2013 5:56PM

    WOO HOO!!!! SO GLAD to read this!! Sounds like a great "combo" -- changing your focus a bit, getting what you need yet sticking with us other Sparkers to a point!! THANKS JOHN! You made my day!!!

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PS -- LOVE the pic!! Please keep sharing your smiling face with us!! Always great to see -- and as ALWAYS -- very inspirational!!!!!

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KRISKECK 4/10/2013 4:49PM

    Very cool - I will continue to follow you, and look forward to your reviews, too.

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PATTISTAMPS 4/10/2013 11:14AM

    I'm just glad I found you here! I tried to read your prior blog, and it came up blank! So I guessed you were gone. I am glad you will continue to inspire us here with your great story, and wish you all the best in the future! You are amazing!!

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BLESSEDBEING 4/10/2013 12:57AM

    It's fascinating how we all find different things to motivate & inspire us. You made the point in a recent blog that we are not all the same here on Spark--and isn't it wonderful? I'm not a runner and have no interest in running, but I know some of my Spark Friends find great joy in it, just as many say food tracking is their most important tool--and it remains something I refuse to do.

As long as we keep sharing our progress and passion with each other, what a wonderful gift we give ourselves and the world!

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IMIN2GENES 4/9/2013 9:48PM

    That's awesome news! I'm glad you'll still be around SP and I can completely understand your reasons. Makes perfect sense to me! Looking forward to checking out your opinions on the other trackers. I'm not there yet; but I hope to get there in the near future...
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QUAIL75 4/9/2013 3:25PM

    Sounds like a win/win to me too! emoticon

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ELIZABETH5268 4/9/2013 2:47PM

    Yay! Glad you are still here. I'll look forward to your reviews as I might need these eventually as well!

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OAKBORN 4/9/2013 2:17PM

    Rock on! and emoticon Good luck in all your new adventures!

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HAWAIIANMAMMA 4/9/2013 2:06PM

    So great to hear! That's all awesome news!

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GINGERHAWK 4/9/2013 2:01PM

    It's great that you found something that fits into your life right now - there's no need in trying to put a square peg in a round hole, right? Definitely a win-win situation!

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SPEEDY143 4/9/2013 1:59PM

    So glad you have found a way to balance your needs and still be an active Spark member... an emoticon win/win for ALL of us emoticon Runner12Com. emoticon emoticon

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ARCHIMEDESII 4/9/2013 12:36PM

    That's marvelous news ! I'm glad you've found a fitness website that suits your needs and can still stick around SP.

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