Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Yesterday, May 11, made it four year here. Just checking in at my start week Spark team, it appears that very few of us are left . . . I did hear from team buddy JOPAPGH who has been burning up the running trails big time.
Although I consider the At Goal and Maintaining Team to be an invaluable source of information and motivation, I'm not a great team person myself -- mostly use Spark to track nutrition and fitness, and to keep in touch with Spark friends by reading their blogs and commenting on them. The team challenges, recipes and other resources aren't so much for me: but I see that they are very important to others here. That's gotta be Spark's own secret of success: the ability to diversify and meet the needs of so many.
People fade away when they've achieved weight loss -- or when they've given up -- and I do miss a lot of wonderful Spark friends who've disappeared over the four years. But: so be it. I know that for myself, continued tracking will be key to maintaining weight loss. And despite occasional frustrations with the site (the commercialism! the occasional culture shock for an unredeemed Canuck!) I continue to be grateful for all that Spark offers.
With every year that passes with me continuing to fit into my size 8s, I believe more and more strongly that it's possible to take weight off and to keep it off. Spark is a big part of what's made that possible for me. So thanks, Spark People! And even more important, thanks Spark people . . . all of you terrific individuals who've from time to time let me share your lives and struggles and triumphs! I continue to learn from you and to enjoy your friendship. Together we're stronger, more than the sum of our individual selves!