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.