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What a challenge means to me

Monday, June 02, 2014

Last week of the RV Enthusiasts group challenges ! It has gone fast this time. This blog is part of that last challenge. I am not as adventurous as some but I love to try new things sometimes. First time I joined spark, I did not find a group that I felt was "family". I just could not relate to them, some did not have challenges or support and as a result, I ended up losing a lot of weight on my own and leaving just to come back heavier than what I had left at.

This time around, I was lucky enough to find "my" Rv group and I just love them. They are a fabulous group of people that support one another through thick and thin. Some have known each other for years, some have left and returned. Some are newer members like me, but I feel like we are family.

The challenges are like a bonus. They help me focus more on the journey or task of the week rather than the life long journey, which can seem quite daunting at times. To have a goal of 324# down to 130#- 150# is darn right scary at times. I enjoy the challenges whether I do well or not. It is learning about something new and testing myself to see if I have what it takes to make it through those challenges, that helps me focus and see my journey as one day at a time instead of the "life long diet" mentality that occasionally rears its ugly head.

I also get to see what helps me along my journey, what is not as helpful, and that we are all human. We do well, we fall down, and we pick ourselves back up. That, in my opinion, is what life is all about. We improvise, we overcome, we willing adapt to succeed in our spiritual journey through life and for me that includes taking better care of ME. I am all about taking care of others being a nurse, but I have found out the hard way, I do not want to be a burden to anyone else, so that means taking the time to make me a priority and get to healthy and stay there.

I think it is hard to run a spark group all by yourself and I have the utmost respect for Sharon for doing it and again, bonus, that she does it so well. I love these people and truly feel blessed to be part of this family. Thanks friends.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
NANBENT1963 8/27/2014 4:25PM

    I hope that we, too, (Black Panthers) will be a "family" group for you and that together we can rock this challenge and also make some great friendships in the process. Looking forward to getting to know you! emoticon emoticon for joining the Blue Team! Together, we can do this!


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STARLITNIGHT 6/14/2014 6:04PM

    That is wonderful TC, we all want to feel like we are Norm in the show Cheers. Were everyone knows our name, and they are always glad you came. Best Wishes

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NOILEDNWAD 6/12/2014 10:58AM

    The groups at SP are such a benefit! I'm glad you found a group that resonates with you! And I love what you get out of the challenges! emoticon

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BOOBERRY 6/8/2014 10:16PM

    Love having you for a part of this team your are so encouraging and up beat love your spirit keep up the good work

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FANNYMANSON 6/4/2014 1:58PM

    Positive support really does help! Glad you found a great team to motivate you!!

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BOOBERRY 6/3/2014 11:02PM

    Tc all though you just joined us a while back you feel like part of the family I enjoy reading all your good saying and you encourage everyone to do their best and pick themselves back up . So glad you came to our team keep up the good work on your weight loss journey emoticon

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    Proud to be part of your team :)

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GLASSART43 6/3/2014 5:20PM

    I really like this quote from your blog,

"We do well, we fall down, and we pick ourselves back up."

Not quitting is important to me, thank you for expressing yourself so well!

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ZANYGIRL1 6/3/2014 9:22AM

    Good teams are hard to find sometimes, but when you do, it helps so much!!!! emoticon

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    A team is only as good as it's members and you do our team proud! You are an inspiration to so many and we love to see you and your mom reaching weekly goals and becoming healthier every day! We enjoy being supportive and love to encourage you. I hope I can continue to motivate you as well.

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    That's great that you have found something so supportive!

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RUTHANN05 6/2/2014 5:55PM

    You have a great way with words. Thanks for being there for us too. We welcome you with open arms to our family.
This is the only way to go. with friends and Family.

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    Finding the right team is so important

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MTN_KITTEN 6/2/2014 5:04PM

    We are gonna get there ... one at a time!

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    You'll get there! I started at 320 and am now 112 lbs lighter. YOU CAN DO THIS!! We are panthers! Hear us roar!

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FOXXYROXXYD 6/2/2014 4:09PM

    emoticon and you are Freakin' Awesome!

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MASTERCARE 6/2/2014 3:07PM

    They are a good group of people...they are....but you know what? So are are apart of those people that are friends and family.

Proud of you!

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