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5 Years Ago Today

Saturday, January 25, 2014

I was waiting somewhere and picked up a random magazine. Thumbing through it, I saw the link to Sparkpeople and came here to check it out. Although I registered on this day five years ago, I was overwhelmed by the plethora of information and waited another week or so before diving in.

Since then, I have supported SP in every way possible - referring friends, buying products (everything except the tracker and most recent dvd. Still thinking about the tracker.), buying from advertisers, spending time here, etc. Of course, I've been a critic of the things I don't agree with here, but that's just part of life.

And I go through periodic bouts of spending less time on the site when I feel like I'm becoming too sedentary, and took an entire month off last year as I just maxed out. It's funny, when I came here, I didn't want to join because "I'm not a joiner." Nope, I'm not.

Well, in my personal life, these past 5 years have been like Mr. Toad's Wild Ride at Disneyland. (not sure it's still there) Only without the fun. Be that as it may, the only thing that was a constant and was always here was SP. Logging in each day gave me a sense of the continuity and commitment to myself that would have been lost among all of the stressors that tidal waved me.

And, of course, the community here has been invaluable. The kindness of virtual friends throughout my time has at times left me speechless.

My "progress" itself has taken many forms. Not just weight loss, but other goals like no caffeine, no sugar, less dairy, less spending, etc. have really added to my quality of life. And when I have gotten off track with my eating and back on the trail, my body has craved the healthy food in the midst of the junkie stuff. I am referring to last year's March pneumonia and thereafter when I gave myself permission to eat funky. Still repaying that piper for that time. (smiling)

But it's all good and I thank those who are no longer on this site who were my supportive friends. I am thankful for those currently supporting me. And whoever comes along for the ride together in the future will be of help, I'm sure.

Here's to all of us for a happy, healthy 2014. Big hugs, my friends.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
2WHEELEDSHARON 1/27/2014 9:31AM

    What a beautiful blog. I'm sure I speak for more than myself in saying that you've done a superb job of capturing the spirit of our Spark experience as well. Thank you for this and for being you!

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DAVIDPRESCOTT 1/26/2014 7:03PM

    It really is an amazing community. Every single person seems to be cheering every other person on - it is such a place of positivity, it's just wonderful.

And what a well written blog - congrats on 5 years!

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SWEETNEEY 1/26/2014 11:13AM

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SETTIMIA 1/26/2014 10:12AM


I mark my 5 months and you your 5 years, I hope that I too will have the commitment to my fifth year anniversary, also to inspire others, just as you have been doing.

This journey is up and down as we know, but having this community has been more than I could ever dream of. Thank you for being with me, I appreciate all your kindness from over the pond.



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RACEWELLWON 1/26/2014 9:27AM

    Jess - you have been a stability for me here on SP even when you take time for yourself - your still here for others ! With all of the times I have become frustrated and felt like quitting you have always understood and forgave and welcomed me back with open arms and I really do appreciate what you have gone through and have taught many - I forwarded your Blog to Chris - I am sorry but I was just hoping for Once that recognition would fall on the people that deserve recognition , not that the others do not - it just the same people everyday - I guess my Wish emoticon would be that people would take a look at others and learn from them - Get out of the Box sort of speak Thanks for always being supportive and True Friend - hugs Karen

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CATHYGETSFIT 1/26/2014 1:59AM

    emoticon emoticon on your 5 year Sparkversary! emoticon emoticon Isn't it crazy how time flies?? Our virtual spark friends are part of what makes this site so awesome. Hope that 2014 will be a happy and healthy one for you!


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IGNITEME101 1/26/2014 1:03AM

    emoticon 5 years is a long time to be on the road of improvement!

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BUTEAFULL 1/26/2014 12:20AM


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MEADSBAY 1/25/2014 9:27PM

    I recently celebrated my 5th, too, and, like you, joined but it was so overwhelming it took me a few more weeks to fully engage.
Now, I couldn't imagine my life without Sparkpeople and all the lovely friends I have made here!
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WATERMELLEN 1/25/2014 9:17PM

    Congrats to you on your five years here: you've given at least as much as you've received!! This is an amazing community of people.

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ALEXSGIRL1 1/25/2014 7:41PM

    I really hope you have a happier healthier 2014 my dear friend it has been five years of love fun and adventures glad I am here to share it with you

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NEWROSE27 1/25/2014 7:24PM

    Congratulations on your healthy journey.

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MOM2ACAT 1/25/2014 6:12PM

    Congrats on your 5 years!

I remember when I found Spark, it was featured in an ad in Quick and Simple magazine; I cut the ad out of the magazine, and went online the next day and checked it out.

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CATLADY52 1/25/2014 5:33PM

    Congrats on the five years! I'm not that far behind you. Time really does fly by.

If you feel that you have grown in ways that aren't shown on the scale know that you are not the only one. We all have jumped on board for different reasons and we find different ways of accomplishing our goals. emoticon

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ALIHIKES 1/25/2014 4:45PM

    Congratulations on all the healthy changes you have achieved! emoticon

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NANCY- 1/25/2014 4:18PM

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Congrats on the many changes you have made and here's to the changes you may wish to.
WTG on doing what you need to do for creating a healthier you.
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    Well congratulations for sticking with Spark for 5 whole years! That's amazing. And, that's when I joined up the first time.

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VELVET_01 1/25/2014 1:57PM

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I'm really glad you've stuck around this long so I had a chance to become your virtual neighbor too! I agree, this place is amazing and irreplaceable!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 1/25/2014 12:52PM

    How time flies! Congratulations on 5 years I agree that this place is so valuable. I can't imagine being without it.

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TERI-RIFIC 1/25/2014 12:43PM

    emoticon of 5 years!! emoticon emoticon

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JUDY1676 1/25/2014 12:42PM

    emoticon on 5 years! And yes, our virtual friends make this site worth using- in addition to the wealth of info!

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LOLA_LALA 1/25/2014 12:40PM

    Yours is the story of commitment coupled with steady evolution, Jesse! emoticon It sounds like you've taken full advantage of everything Spark has to offer, and all in the spirit of real involvement. It's a helpful place for reaching those "lateral" goals, too, isn't it? (such as sticking to a budget, etc.). So surprising how aiming for one goal can open the door to so many others - CONGRATULATIONS!!

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DELIA38961 1/25/2014 12:02PM

    Congrats on the five years :)

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/25/2014 11:06AM

    First, congratulations on your 5 year anniversary! I just realized from reading your blog that I joined in 2009 just a couple months after you. I wonder if we have been friends all that time. However longs it's been, I'm glad we met up here somewhere along the way. I've really apprecisated your support over the past six months in particular and I've always enjoyed your often pithy blogs.

I'm glad you have stuck with Sparkpeople all this time.

Congratulations on the changes you have made for the better along the way. Bit, by bit, you have accomplished a lot!

Like you, I'd been having similar thoughts about Sparkpeople and how it's been a constant through some major changes/events. Great blog!


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MADEIT3 1/25/2014 10:56AM

    Congratulations on five years. Isn't it funny how just stumbling over information can change your life. Glad Spark changed yours for the better!

Happy and healthy 2014 to you, too!!


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