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Monday, December 02, 2013

I havenít blogged in a couple of weeks. There was one week I barely even did status updates. Thereís a reason for that. Itís been a rough couple of weeks. But thereís something that Iím taking away from it and I think itís SparkWorthy enough to share. Itís something I already knew, but have an even deeper appreciation for now.

Community matters. Iím not talking about your town, or where you live, necessarily. I mean real communityó people you do life with. These last couple of weeks, I have seen my little community rally around a family who unexpectedly lost a precious nine-year old. The love and support have been inspiring and encouraging, in the midst of such loss.

Those same people stood shoulder to shoulder with me, helping me get caught up with work I couldn't possibly do on my own. They helped finish building a set, shoot video and design last-minute graphics. They brought my family food, because they knew we didnít have time to feed ourselves. They took care of us. That is community. We don't have family in town and couldn't travel to mine for Thanksgiving this year. So, some of our friends hosted a Transplant Thanksgiving, for people who don't have family in town. It was a houseful of "framily" (friends who are like family) and it was incredible. That is community.


Hereís the set they helped finish. I think it turned out pretty cool.

I believe that sense of community easily transfers itself to a SparkJourney. Itís very easy, and sometimes tempting, to keep a struggle with weight loss and health a secret. It can be embarrassing and frustrating to share both the successes and setbacks. But Iíve chosen to share those, to be very public about it. And Iím glad. It keeps me honest, but it also keeps me encouraged. This week, my buddy Tom (from 40,000 Step Challenge fame) got a new FitBit and he gave me his old one. Why? Because heís my buddy and it was a nice thing to do. He couldíve sold it, but he wanted to see me back on the leaderboard and back in the game with the rest of my FitBit buddies. Iím ecstatic!


Back in the game!! (But the new sync erased my 40,000 Step badge!!)

Jodi, one of my SparkBuddies, knew I was having a rough couple of weeks and she sent me this Christmas, Kermit the Frog shirt. Why? Because sheís awesome and she knew Iíd love it.


Kermit!

But itís not just about gifts, although Iím extremely grateful. Itís about people checking in with me, making sure Iím okay, that Iím on track, that I havenít lost my woohoo. (I havenít, by the way. The streak is intactótoday will be Day 968. And my woohoo is coming back.) I know for a fact, there is no way I can lose another 20 pounds on my own. Thatís just reality. Itís going to take a community and I know that. I rely very heavily on the support, advice and humor from my SparkCommunity. And I hope I can be there, to encourage and support other people on this journey, because I really do think it takes all of us.

Spark ON, Brave Sparkers!
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LORIVIOLA 2/26/2014 3:21PM

    Thank you for sharing the ups and downs.
And for encouraging all of us.

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GRAMPIAN 2/13/2014 6:24AM

  Inspiring blog. emoticon

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KATD13 1/6/2014 10:15PM

    Love your blog Ęĺ

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MAYBER 1/1/2014 7:40PM

    Sometimes it takes something special to bring life into reality
One day at a time
Best wishes to you are you continue on your journey
Love prayers peace
Bernice
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LISA_FRAME 12/23/2013 11:05PM

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EFFRAYECHILDE 12/13/2013 12:29PM

    emoticon Welcome back.

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 12/12/2013 8:27AM

    You are so good and caring. God takes care of those who take care...

Best,

J


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LEANMEAN2 12/11/2013 5:05AM

    Thanks for sharing. Glad the skies are clearing for you.

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AMARILYNH 12/9/2013 11:49AM

    Hooray for community - both the IRL and virtual kind!!

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LINDAKAY228 12/9/2013 11:11AM

    Loved your awesome blog! emoticon

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JENRAQTAY87 12/9/2013 10:43AM

    That's really great that you feel such a sense of community where you live as well as the interwebs! How wonderful!

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MSBEKANATOR 12/9/2013 4:19AM

    Love this blog! You are encouraging and inspiring as always! emoticon

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KYOUNGS71 12/8/2013 10:48AM

    You're very inspiring. I appreciate how open and honest you are.

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CVRONEK 12/8/2013 9:21AM

    What a wonderful blog.

It is easy to have people around you when times are good, but it brings to light the true feeling of community, friendship and support, when things are not.

You are such a "giver" and a t times, it seems it is not the right thing, to receive, but it IS.
Such lessons in life and the closeness that come from it are priceless.

It is during the rough patches, where I have learned and grown, the most and we can later help others because of our experiences.

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Chris

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KIN59VARA 12/7/2013 5:24PM

    So sorry to hear of your troubles.

Love the set that you designed.

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WHITEANGEL4 12/6/2013 9:14PM

    Keep looking up...........we al support you and want you to fulfill your goals

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JOANNHUNT 12/6/2013 8:47PM

    KEEP YOUR CHIN UP LADY AND KEEP MOVING FORWARD. YOU CAN DO IT.

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GEORGE815 12/6/2013 5:57PM

    Spark on to you too!

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FRABBIT 12/6/2013 5:16PM

  As always great to read your posts!

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BLPRETTYGIRL1 12/6/2013 11:58AM

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Hi, I have been away for awhile myself. Computer kicked the bucket, no $$$. I missed your blog. Now I am on the road again.

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JANEMARIE77 12/6/2013 4:28AM

    WooHoo I love you and know you still had it go girl go

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LIVELYGIRL2 12/6/2013 12:21AM

  I'm so glad so many have reache dout to you and this family. Does this family go to your church. I'm sorry sorry they lost their daughter. That could runin ones Christmas. I'm glad they have plenty loving on them. emoticon emoticon

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SUPERDAD55 12/5/2013 11:39PM

    This is so true! Years ago when my youngest daughter was in the hospital fighting an infection that was trying to literally eat her leg off, our community surrounded us with love and support. We never went in need, and it brought the neighbor kids even closer. I never did find out who mowed my grass and weeded the flower beds. It was a gift given without the desire for recognition or reward. We saw what a true community was all about. Glad to here that you too have a wonderful supportive community helping you in your time of need. Keep paying it forward.
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ANNE981 12/5/2013 9:35PM

  Keep up the awesome work

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MAWMAW101 12/5/2013 8:06PM

    A very thoughtful blog. May we all help others in need this Christmas season!
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Oh and congratulations on being the featured blog!

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ILOVEMALI 12/5/2013 5:10PM

    Onward!! Happy Holidays --

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WALNUTT1961 12/5/2013 3:58PM

    Awesome blog! Thanks for giving me some WooHoo!

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ELIZABETH5268 12/5/2013 2:28PM

    YAY good for you!!

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MARTYLYNN1 12/5/2013 2:04PM

    Community is important. Friends took us in as well as others who didn't have family here at Thanksgiving. Glad you have that support where you live.

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2BDYNAMIC 12/5/2013 9:16AM

    Very poignant story; most touching deep into the heart .............. How wonderful for this community support and indeed sorry for the loss of a child ... Bless you and all who gave ................ emoticon

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WALLPER26 12/5/2013 7:22AM

    Rock On! We're with you. emoticon

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123ELAINE456 12/5/2013 6:28AM

  It was a very Heartfelt Blog. Sorry about the family loss of their 9 year old. My thoughts and prayers going their way. And for your family too. Very Happy that
your Community takes care of you and each other. If more communities was like that we would not have near the problems we have today in the United Stated of America. God Blessings to Everyone. Jesus Is The Reason For The Season. Merry Christmas to All. Spark On!!!







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LISASGONNADOIT 12/4/2013 6:38PM

    So happy for your found friendships/community in all walks of your life! Your blog inspired me today. You are doing great! Hugs!

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LSIG14 12/4/2013 4:15PM

  I is amazing how much friends and family contribute to living, in general, and especially when you are on a difficult journey. I'm glad to see that your support system is as strong as mine is - it really does help!

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ERIKAB523 12/4/2013 11:39AM

    I enjoyed your Blog! Thank you for reminding me that im not alone. Sometimes all we need to do is reach out to feel better about how we are living. emoticon

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DOLPHINLADY05 12/4/2013 11:09AM

    Glad to see you back and that you are back in the swing of things with that FitBit!! I completely agree that being a part of a community is so very important, not just in helping us to be accountable and successful but it also fulfills that deep sense of "belonging" that we all need and crave, even when we don't want to admit it.

Much love and hugs always my sweet friend...
Lori

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MOMMY445 12/4/2013 10:36AM

    i fully agree! have a terrific day!

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