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The People of SparkPeople Inspire Me

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Saturday, January 04, 2014

I have never been so inspired to get fit! Nothing any doctor has told me has made such a dent as the messages that I get from you out there in Spark World! The responses to my blogs, posts on my page, goodies, Sparkmails... and I can't keep up!

You all make me feel like an emerging butterfly and make me want to be a role model. That's why I put such effort into my blogs and Spark Rallies and meetings here in Indianapolis.

You each have such a unique story to tell and all of us have such obstacles, No one obstacle is easier than any one other. It is about taking what you have and figuring out how to make it work- thinking CAN instead of can't. For instance, when I was bedridden at 460 pounds, I lifted shampoo bottles in bed. It seemed like nothing, but it is what I COULD do. It prepared me to do more. Start where you can and keep moving gradually. Never push yourself too hard. Things should be somewhat challenging, but never make you literally upset or full of dread. Those things are a good sign that something does not belong in your new lifestyle and to find an alternative.

Thank you for being my inspiration! I'm so sorry that I cannot get back to each of you personally. Know, however, that you each make such a difference in my life! I look forward to all of your posts!
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TERRIJ7 5/21/2014 12:09PM

    Beth, I couldn't agree more! We each get back far more than we give here at Spark People!

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LORIVIOLA 4/30/2014 9:22AM

    emoticon for the amazing blog.

What's a Spark Rally?

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GRAMPIAN 3/22/2014 11:12AM

  Great. emoticon

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ROSEHIP:-) 1/23/2014 3:25AM

    Girl, you got Moxie!!!!!

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SCRIPTEDFLIGHT 1/22/2014 11:05PM

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K1TT3N 1/21/2014 3:08PM

    You are such a help , I keep going back and reading older blogs of your I missed or want to reread .

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PATTYSPENCER 1/16/2014 9:39AM

    You and your journey inspire us/me as well! emoticon

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LEANMEAN2 1/15/2014 6:26AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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FLRED12 1/14/2014 5:19PM

  Thanks! emoticon

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CLAYARTIST 1/12/2014 8:17PM

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FLMOMX2 1/11/2014 10:11AM

    Great advice from a great woman. emoticon

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KADUFRESNE 1/11/2014 9:45AM

    Thank you for what you said. It made me feel great too. You know, I don't do much blogging, if at all. I'm not a very social kind of person. I wish I were, but it has never been my nature, but when I go to your blogs I get a very good feeling. And even though I don't communicate much, I'm so very glad that you have let me be one of your friends. Thank you so much. Take care and stay happy. emoticon

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CICELY360 1/10/2014 11:12PM

  Good blog.

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SDBACON 1/10/2014 10:07PM

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LYNNWANNABE 1/10/2014 5:03AM

    Beth not only do I love to read your blogs but all the many comments.. they are a great crowd of people ..and you are inspiring us all! emoticon emoticon

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DIANESKATZ 1/9/2014 1:45PM

    YOU inspire US!! And, vice versa you say? So glad we can all be there for one another. Takes many small stitches to make a garment. Or, a journey starts with a single step. You are amazing! I have seen your progress and it truly is enlightening to know you as a person and give us all hope. All the best in the new year...
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ENG_TV 1/8/2014 11:58PM

    Thanks for sharing with us your journey.

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COOKINGSTARS 1/8/2014 4:59PM

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CAROLYNJ18 1/8/2014 2:17PM

  I love to see your blogs because you inspire me!

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JENRAQTAY87 1/8/2014 9:38AM

    For me personally, what I enjoy so much about your posts and your story is your genuine honesty!

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2NDCHANCEWITHEY 1/7/2014 10:40PM

    Your not just an inspiration to me but you are an inspiration for my mom. She is currently struggling with her weight and was practically bedridden as well. Thanks for proving it can be done without surger

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EFFRAYECHILDE 1/7/2014 7:41PM

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LINDERVEE 1/7/2014 12:04PM

    emoticon Likewise, you've impacted more lives than you can imagine.



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ROXYCARIN 1/7/2014 12:58AM

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CORNERKICK 1/7/2014 12:32AM

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EDDYMEESE 1/6/2014 11:45PM

    thank you!

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TREE57 1/6/2014 10:24PM

    You are an inspiration to me and do many others. Thank you for sharing this journey with your spark friends.

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QUO_BREAKER 1/6/2014 8:41PM

    You're amazing! Surrounding yourself with people that have a common goal i.e. fitness is so key to one's personal goals. Keep up the phenomenal work!

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AJB121299 1/6/2014 4:37PM

    nice

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GUDDIGO 1/6/2014 4:30PM

  You have turned around and have become an inspiration

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BAMAJAM 1/6/2014 3:54PM

  Hi Beth--- Seems like you have quite a fan club indeed! Your remarkable accomplishments are on-going, and you have my utmost admiration.
Thank you --- Thank you so much!

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TURTLELADY56 1/6/2014 3:38PM

  hugs

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RENATA144 1/6/2014 2:50PM

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You are one of the most Inspirational of us all. emoticon

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DENISE14971 1/6/2014 2:45PM

    Great post

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KELLIEBEAN 1/6/2014 2:42PM

    Your journey has been inspiring me for quite a while.

I did not have the weight issue you had nor the health issues so whenever I feel like slacking off or thinking a healthy lifestyle is too difficult to maintain, I always think of you and your earlier blogs I read last year. There's no excuse I can ever come up with knowing your story!

You are greatness personified!



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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 1/6/2014 1:55PM

    great post

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IMAGINE46 1/6/2014 1:39PM

  emoticon as always!

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PATTISTAMPS 1/6/2014 1:38PM

    Awwww... It does feel good to be appreciated! Seriously, it is the team aspect of SP that really works. The friends we make here are no less important than those we see in our daily lives. So have a wonderful day, my friend!

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PABPAJ 1/6/2014 1:28PM

    Great post! Any step forward is a GOOD THING, indeed! Thank you for the inspiration! emoticon

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NEWLITTLE1 1/6/2014 1:00PM

    Even the smallest steps are moving forward. emoticon emoticon

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VANGO79 1/6/2014 12:59PM

    Thank you for the inspiration! emoticon emoticon

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TIGERESTJEN 1/6/2014 11:30AM

    You inspired me the first time I read your story, and what great inspiration to see you still going strong. Thank you for all you do!

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ZIEKEPPLER 1/6/2014 11:06AM

  The spark just keeps being passed along and firing up more people! Isn't it terrific that we all inspire each other? It doesn't matter whether we're beginners, long-term winners, or up-and-down people, we all contribute to the power. Thanks for the reminder and for continuing to keep the spark bright!

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SPARKBJOK 1/6/2014 10:57AM

    SP people rock!

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MJEFFERSON23 1/6/2014 10:30AM

  Thank you for this blog, I constantly find myself pushing myself too hard! I'm now going to take things slow and steady. emoticon

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FLMOMX2 1/6/2014 10:29AM

    You Rock!!! Thanks for all int inspiration. emoticon

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DIEGOGAL1 1/6/2014 9:40AM

    I couldn't agree more, the individuals on sparkpeople are so wonderful and supportive.

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BEARYMARE 1/6/2014 9:14AM

    You're an inspiration to everyone on this site. And I couldn't agree with you more. It really is the people on this site who make it what it is.

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JRRING 1/6/2014 8:59AM

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