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Day 644- What My SparkFriends Say About Me


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Thursday, September 05, 2013

When I first thought about writing this blog, it took a mood ring prediction vibe.

If you see someone who has SparkGuy and SP_Staff as some of their top friends, they are either new to the site, or haven't discovered that they can change the order of their friends.

Also, if someone only has a small number of friends they could be new, or only feel like "friending" SparkPages they truly connect with or enjoy reading.

Then you come to my page and see...1300+ SparkFriends.

And I hope people don't think less of me for that huge number. I've made it my job that every week, I friend all the people who have added me as a friend. I do this to let people know that I truly appreciate their support and also that I'd like to see their blogs and journeys as much as they like following mine.

I can't tell you how honored I feel when I visit someone's SparkPage and I'm one of the top 6 friends listed. My top 6 friends are all people I've been lucky enough to meet and be inspired by. I include them so people who come to my page can also see their pages.

When I first started SparkPeople, browsing success stories and then visiting their friends pages was how I found some of the most inspiring people here on SP. So when someone has me in their top 6, and a direct link off of their page, I just want to thank them so much for choosing me as a friend. I'm thankful for every person that has ever friended me on SP because it has allowed me to visit your page and get to know your story.

While having 1300+ friends means that I obviously can't talk to every one of my SparkFriends every day, it also means that I have an infinite amount of blogs, photos and statuses to read every second of every day. Infinite chances to offer support and infinite chances to learn something new or be inspired.

Starting on this site in December 2011, I was sure that I'd fizzle out and be as unsuccessful as I had many other times. But the first comments on photos, blogs and statuses made me realize that every hour of every day, someone had the chance to hear my story and support me on my journey. And that was so uplifting that I just kept coming back.

I kept writing blogs in hopes of gaining good advice on my latest problems. I kept posting pictures to keep everyone up to date on my progress.

I kept tracking food and exercise because I realized people could see it.

So to my 1300+ SparkFriends, thank you for allowing me to be a part of your journeys. You've all been such an important part of mine.
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JIBBIE49 9/6/2013 8:25AM

    emoticon Great to see your blog featured in the Spark mail. What an honor. emoticon

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SIMONEKP 9/6/2013 8:21AM

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CHERYLHURT 9/6/2013 8:17AM

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FUNLOVEN 9/6/2013 8:07AM

    That is exactly how I have been building my friend list too, but I have rearranged all of them to be in alphabetical order so I can quickly find the right person at the right time when I want to get in touch with them. Of coarse, I don't have 1300+ friends so this has been a doable task for now.

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MIMIDOT 9/6/2013 8:07AM

    Enjoy your blogs. You are an inspiration!

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IDICEM 9/6/2013 8:02AM

  You use your resources to everyone's benefit. Fabulous. Spark on!

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MISSLISA1973 9/6/2013 7:04AM

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BESSHAILE 9/6/2013 6:28AM

    you're welcome - and thank you for helping and inspiring all of us.

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WATERDIAMONDS 9/6/2013 6:24AM

    What a giving person you are! Thank you for your inspiration.

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SHERYLP461 9/6/2013 6:24AM

    Thank you for allowing us to be part of yours, you are an inspiration to everyone.

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TRYINGHARD54 9/6/2013 5:59AM

    thank you, your emoticon

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STALEYK 9/6/2013 5:18AM

    Thanks for sharing with us!

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HAPPYMENOW58 9/6/2013 5:12AM

    What a great blog! You are inspiring.....Thank you!

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SANDYCRANE 9/6/2013 5:11AM

    You are a real inspiration.

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NASFKAB 9/6/2013 4:37AM

  you are great & inspire many by your thoughtful blogs

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MARVICBORG 9/6/2013 1:12AM

    what a nice person you are and I agree with everything you said about adding the people you connect with for me it's the same! Thank you for inspiring me and many others! emoticon

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_CYNDY55_ 9/6/2013 12:27AM

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COCK-ROBIN 9/5/2013 11:31PM

    You are a wonderful person.

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TIRED49 9/5/2013 10:58PM

    This was such a kind blog, it tells a lot about the great person you are. I dare say you will be adding even more friends including me!

Thanks for your inspiration. emoticon

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KARENLEIGH32 9/5/2013 9:14PM

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TRAVELGRRL 9/5/2013 6:50PM

    What a nice thing to say! I have enjoyed your blogs because I love reading how much weight loss has meant to a woman of your age. My daughter is 33 and obese and violently resistant to any suggestion that she might feel better/move better/ if she lost some weight.

I wish other obese people could see learn from your example, and see how much happier and exciting and better they would feel if they lost weight. Don't get me wrong, it's great to lose weight at ANY stage in life! But at your age, you must feel like you've got the world by the @ss! And you do! emoticon I'll take the shoutout as one of your sparkfriends!

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_JODI404 9/5/2013 5:34PM

    What a great perspective on SparkFriends!! I love it ~ especially the opportunities!!

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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 9/5/2013 5:27PM

    Thank you for another great blog!! I don't know how you manage 1300 SparkFriends. I am so totally overwhelmed with 162. Maybe that's the introvert in me. I can't cope with the social PRESSURE!!! You and Brad are the social butterflies.

Really looking forward to meeting up again in Indy in January.

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DEIDRESH 9/5/2013 3:22PM

    THANK YOU for being such an inspiration in every way! emoticon

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GREGGWEISBROD 9/5/2013 3:19PM

    lol, ha, didn't realize you could re-order your friends! :-D Learn something new everyday.

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KNYAGENYA 9/5/2013 2:41PM

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JOIFULJOII 9/5/2013 2:14PM

    Congrats on all of your SP success (:

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KOHINOOR2 9/5/2013 1:00PM

    Thanks for the information. You're always so positive and inspiring. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CINDHOLM 9/5/2013 12:43PM

    SPARK ON!!! emoticon

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MKATE99 9/5/2013 12:06PM

    Thanks for the tips, I didn't even know about adding friends until I read your blog, visited your page and saw the box to add. So yeah, now I've borrowed a few more of your friends for inspiration. Thanks! =)

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JEREMY723 9/5/2013 12:05PM

    Very well said! Sure to be a favorite blog in tomorrow's e-mails:)

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TONYAB2000 9/5/2013 11:43AM

    I love reading your blogs. You are always so inspirational and upbeat even when you aren't thrilled with something. Thanks for sharing and thanks for being a great Spark Friend!

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REDSPIRALWOMAN 9/5/2013 11:40AM

    You go girl in all the ways you do! emoticon

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ASMARTERWAY 9/5/2013 11:31AM

    I like the order in which my friends appear as it shows my oldest and longest standing friends first, although I did know that you can reorder them.

It's an impressive feat to have 1300 friends and this comes about by responding to others, which I know you do. You may have 1300 friends, but you manage to make me feel important when you often write to me, as I am sure you do with all your friends; it's a special gist that you have.

I hope I never have 1300 friends, though, because I subscribe to every blog of every one of my friends, and already have more mail and blogs to reply to an I can ever possibly deal with, and I have 105 friends!

What you do is amazing, which is why you are so popular, and deservedly so.

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JILLRY03 9/5/2013 11:30AM

    Hmmm I had no idea you could reorder your friends!!! I will have to check that out!! Thanks for being a SP friend! I love reading your blogs!

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WEEPINGANGEL74 9/5/2013 11:12AM

    Thank you for all you do for the Spark Community! !

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RUNNERRACHEL 9/5/2013 11:06AM

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GINA180847 9/5/2013 11:00AM

    What? You can reorder your friends list? Where have I been? I just come to your blog every day to see your gorgeous smile girls!!!!

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AMBERLICIOUS88 9/5/2013 10:37AM

    Awe! great blog! You are an inspiration.

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JRICHART 9/5/2013 10:34AM

    Wow, didn't know that I could reorder my friends list...chalk that up to being new to the site! Lol!

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JUDITHANNIE 9/5/2013 10:28AM

    I'm honored to be one of your friends

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87BERKEBILE 9/5/2013 10:27AM

    I get excited when I see that you have written another blog. They always seem to motivate me! You are truely succeeding on this journey! Keep writing those blogs!
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BLACK-PRINCESS 9/5/2013 10:22AM

    SP help in anyway they can. I love SP & the friends that I made on SP

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