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Happy Sparkiversary to Me!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Seven years on Spark - on again/off again but mostly on (65% login statistic). Lost a bunch of weight, gained some back, but mostly gained healthy habits that should last a lifetime.


I've gained some great friends, too, including some people and prayer partners who've seen me through a lot of difficult times including the death of both my mom and my dad. You've been there through the good times, too - like celebrating with me when I reached goal, had some awesome NSVs, got my Master's. You've also packed with me and traveled with me to and from the States a bunch of times. You've shared your hearts in posts and photos, you've given me advice, and pushes, kicks and boosts when I've needed them.

emoticon is not just an emoticon! It's for real! Thanks for 7 awesome years!

So this has got me thinking --- Where do you think Spark People will be seven years from now? Will we still be here diligently typing in our recipes and recording our calorie counts and exercise minutes and racking up those precious Spark points!? Or will we be using some other technology to support our healthy lifestyle?
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  • VISUALLYRICS
    Love you, Michelle! emoticon
    878 days ago
  • JERSEYGIRL24
    Happy Sparkiversary, Michelle, even if I am a week late!!!

    I will be celebrating my 7th in December. I joined Spark when I got totally disgusted with my weight. I was at an all time high, and I honestly believe that I will never be there again. Believe it or not, I belong to another site, MyPoints, and they were giving extra points for joining SparkPeople. Because I was totally disgusted with my weight, the time was right.

    I certainly got more than I bargained for, including great friends like you.

    Spark has certainly kept up with the times. There was a time when I loved everything about it. I can't quite say that any more, and I still am struggling to find the best approach, especially with respect to challenges. However, I really hope that the site will still be here in 7 years and that you and I will both be part of it. As far as the support goes, I don't thing that is technology based, and I think it will still be here (though the players will certainly change).
    880 days ago
  • 68ANNE
    Way to go!
    886 days ago
  • PINKNFITCARLA
    Happy Sparkaversary!! emoticon
    886 days ago
  • AALLEY2
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    887 days ago
  • QTEALADY20031
    Congratulations on 7 years, Happy Sparkversary! In 7 years hopefully I will be on maintenance for 6 years! lol Enjoy your Day! emoticon
    887 days ago
  • MTNGRL
    Congrats Michelle! Happy 7yrs on Sparks and being Firecracker of the day!
    I think we will always be a part of Sparks as long as it is here. So many long friendships have been made and support like no where else. Plus once a Firecracker..always a Firecracker!
    887 days ago
  • FORMYDARLINGS
    I hope we are all here, maintaining and happy.


    Happy number 7, Michele! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    887 days ago
  • JANETELIZABETH1
    Congrats Michelle on attaining your emoticon + emoticon SparkVersary!
    Yes, I wonder where we'll all be in another 7 years... I didn't think I'd be here on my 7th year (June) either!!
    Keep sparking...you are an inspiration to me and so many others. emoticon
    887 days ago
  • SWEETNEEY
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    887 days ago
  • ZANNACHAN
    Happy Sparkiversary!

    Heh, you know, I've been on sparks now for 5 years (not sure exactly when my sparkiversary is, but it's sometime in April I think). And sparks has grown a lot during that time. And while some of the changes I don't care for (like the new way of tracking strength training), I think most of these changes were improvements, giving its users more resources, more options, and more control and flexibility in their program. So... I can't imagine that it will be going away any time soon!

    I will say though that I don't know what my log in track record is, but I'm not as good about logging in as I used to be--I come to sparks now mostly via email notifications, which makes my life much easier, but It doesn't take me to my sparks page and as a result I often forget to log in, even when I'm active on the site. emoticon

    887 days ago
  • 2BEHEALTHY2014
    emoticon and emoticon On being Firecracker of the Day!
    887 days ago
  • LAURAKATE76
    Woohoo! Congrats! emoticon
    887 days ago
  • ALICEART2010
    Congratulations!
    887 days ago
  • WENDYSPARKS
    Happy Sparkversary!!!!!! emoticon
    887 days ago
  • FIT4MEIN2013
    Happy Sparkversary!
    887 days ago
  • VISUALLYRICS
    emoticon Michelle on 7 YEARS!! Wow! . . .so emoticon This is the most versatile site I know of ...for sure! With only a few minutes online a day, I can maintain healthy lifetime of good habits! emoticon
    887 days ago
  • RURAL3
    Happy Sparkiversary Michelle. This truly is a supportive community. It seems overwhelming at first but then you find your niche on a few teams and become friends, not just strangers with advice. Praying and rejoicing with one another through the good and bad times. emoticon Carol
    887 days ago
  • LIVE2RUN4LIFE
    Happy Sparkversery!
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    887 days ago
  • SIMPLELIFE4REAL
    Happy anniversary! I don't know about technology 7 years from now, but I sure hope to see your smiling face posting blogs and letting us know how you are doing.
    Hugs,
    Kay
    887 days ago
  • SHERYLP461
    Congratulations on your Spark journey and all the friends you have made along the way. Spark is like family isn't it?
    Your ups and downs are a part of life, it is part of being a kind and loving person. Good for you for recognizing this.
    887 days ago
  • DISNEY4537
    Happy 7th Sparkiversary! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    887 days ago
  • MAGIK0731
    Happy Anniversary!
    887 days ago
  • AEO_SUNSHINE
    Congratulations on your 7th anniversary.


    887 days ago
  • EJOY-EVELYN
    What a great journey to become better informed, healthy people. I'm at a stage of this 7-yr journey (myself) where I'll probably always need a vehicle to aid my journey and prayerfully hope that the eating out options continue to improve. Somehow the spice of life seems filled with toxic sugars and genetically modified foods. Fortunately SparkPeople continues to evolve to meet our needs. It's a great source of comfort to know I have friends like you to go to. Happy SparkVersary! Praise God! You're a true gem!
    887 days ago
  • DDOORN
    Congratulations to US and our class! Our SparkFamily is a one-of-a-kind community that offers such a degree of support that can be found nowhere else in the internet! :-)

    Thank you for all of your support and shares over the years as well, Michelle!

    Onward and Upward for our lives and flat or DOWNward for our scales!

    Don
    887 days ago
  • FRANNIEDID
    Hurray for you! And me too!
    887 days ago
  • SUSANELAINE1956
    Congratulations on 7 years of healthy living. I sure hope SP will be around 7 years from now. emoticon
    887 days ago
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