I joined in May of 2009 but didn't really start doing the program until Nov. 9th, 2009. My friend Sandy encouraged me to join and at first I did just to be nice. But by Nov. I was really not happy with how my body looked, after viewing vacation pictures from that summer.
So what have I learned here on Sparks.
There are wonderful people all over the world who use and still use this program daily.
I have made many friends who helped me with all sorts of problems, not just my weight.
The friends have accepted me for who I am, not how I look.
I learned that I could lose weight even while being on certain medications that make it almost impossible to lose weight (steroids like prenidsone).
I also learned the hard way that at my age (58 in March 2014) and with medical problems, that if I don't exercise on a regular basis, like everyday, I will gain the weight back (Yes I did).
I learned I can start over and not feel guilty that I gained all the weight back.
I learned that you really need to love yourself to be able to take care of yourself.
I learned to love my husband even more than I already did, but I don't need his approval to want to change the way I am. (He smokes cigs, does not exercise and isn't all that encouraging in many ways but does want me to be healthy and happy, and loves me with all of his heart.) I accept him for who he is, so why shouldn't I accept me for me.
I learned I will never have the body I did in my 20's, yes it was great to never have to exercise, eat whatever I wanted and not gain a pound at 5'8" and 123 pounds. I have accepted this and leaned to love the new me.
What I learned here on Sparks was to love. Love myself, love others, accept those that are different and try to help and encourage everyone.
I learned to pass the word about Sparks and hope I have made a difference in at least one person's life. Now that is real LOVE.
As the Beatles said many years ago, "All you need is Love", and I truly believe in "The Power of Love" (Hughie Lewis & the News).
So did I learn a lot here on Sparks. Exercise tiIps, exercises, food tips, recipes and much more, but I think friendships, love & acceptance are number #1.
I learned I am starting over once again to lose weight, but I love myself now and forever!
Thanks one and all for listening to my ramblings. lol