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Monday, March 07, 2011

I offer my sincerest apologies to the 5% challenge community regarding my communication absence. This unfortunate event has cause significant confusion within the participants and for that I am truly sorry. But, life is often about survival and after almost a year of unemployment, I have two and a half poor paying jobs to make ends meet. So my 82 hours of work is compounded by home activities, exercise and sleep. There are only 168 hours in a week. And that is all there is.

For those who think I am purposefully causing confusion. Shame on you. We all do our best regardless of the situation. So try to do yours. Well, I have spent my allotted 10 minutes posting everything I could today and hope to be able to make contact later on this evening or later this week.

Be your best. Do your best. Be at peace.
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  • no profile photo CD7782993
    Thanks so much for the time you sacrifice to do this. I admire you for all the hard work you do to make ends meet. First and foremost, please take care of yourself. All you leaders are awesome and so what if there is some confusion about points . Clarifications are posted and we can live with that. The main thing is team work and an attitude of "lets work together" to do the best we can to be healthier people.
    3311 days ago
    Wow you are working very hard I hope you can find time to breath. Hang in there sweetie and I hope your hours get better
    also want you to know I think you and the others are doing a great job
    Go Cats
    3312 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/11/2011 3:07:40 PM
  • HICIM705
    Vince - it is what it is ... I'm one of the leaders and I was confused about points - but I just chalked it up to the fact that I can't read ... I thought that reading was something I had mastered some time ago - but now I'm not so sure! - LOL.

    It's fine - ... today & tomorrow and this part of the challenge will be over. There is a lot to coordinate within the smaller teams . . . even more to coordinate for the overall challenge. Don't worry about it.

    Glad that you are still here 'Sparking' - despite the new job(s) ... DH has been out of work for over a year - that's NEVER happened before's rough out there, but hang in there. . .
    3313 days ago
    Not to worry. We will all buck up and try to make it with the time you have available to us.

    hope that things will calm down for you soon.

    Wht can I do to help?

    3313 days ago
    Hi, Vince,

    I should have posted something to the Discussion Board on the main 5% site, but I hope that y'all know that I am floored--FLOORED--at how much time and effort coordinating this challenge must take for all of the leaders, and I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciate it.

    Not gonna lie. This week's challenge calculations WERE a little confusing for me. But is that your fault? NO. With almost 500 people in the challenge, someone's going to get confused every week. We don't all communicate in the same ways or read things the same ways or word things the same ways, so it's going to happen. That it was more or different people this week is in NO WAY a reflection on you as a leader or a communicator.

    And BRAVO on calling out those who got on your case about it. I second your "Shame on you" and add an exclamation point to the end!

    I'm sorry you're under so much stress with--holy moly!--82-hour workweeks. That you can balance that with the leadership on this challenge and with family and other obligations and still have time to sleep and eat and exercise and lose weight is absolutely incredible! You are AMAZING!

    Thank you for taking your precious little free time and using it to help us.

    3314 days ago
  • LAURIE9404
    Thank you for all the work you put into these Challenges. Just tring to work with 1 team is tough - I can't imagine how much effort has to go into working with all these teams. Good luck finding a nice job that takes care of everything you need! And thank you for everything you do!
    3314 days ago
    emoticon Don't worry - we are grateful for all you do! Take care of yourself and your family.
    3314 days ago
    No worries. If someone wants to blame their confusion on you, let that be their problem! Hang in there, and rock it when you can... if for no other reason just to have some time to feel good for yourself! ((hugs))
    3315 days ago
  • FREES1
    hang in there guy!!! we're all in your corner! may you soon be in 1 good paying job as you are in our thoughts!
    3315 days ago
    Wow - and I thought I worked alot!! I understand doing what we have to do to survive in this economy. As the others have already said, do what you have to do -- and remember to take care of yourself!! Prayers are with you!!

    3315 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4114604
    Don't you worry about someome who is trying to say 'that you are trying to confuse'(confuse HOW??!!) you are right..Shame on them!! Plus if they will take the time and look under the 'Leader' section..your Name is right there and has been there!
    You do what you ahve to do and post when you are able!!
    Thank you for all you do DESPITE a 82hr work week!!My hat up to you for still trying to come here and interact and lead.I appreciate you...and a big emoticon
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    3315 days ago
    I don't know who was trying to put fuel on the fire, but forget it.

    Sounds like you're doing more in 1 day than I do in a week or 2. Just remember - you need "me" time so be sure to schedule that in emoticon
    3315 days ago
  • ERC247
    I am sad that anyone made you feel bad about trying to clarify something that definitely needed to be clarified. Take care!
    3315 days ago
  • WOODY113
    Thank you for all that you do!
    3315 days ago
    Vince, You do what you need to do and don't worry about the team here. I wasn't aware of any confusion that could be blamed on you, and I'm sorry to hear that has happened. Just try and take good care of yourself, and when you are able to check in here, we'll be here! Prayers for your peace of mind and strength!
    3315 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2516753
    Things happen, we understand. You have a lot of conflicting obligations right now. Try to find a little time for yourself to focus on your goals so you don't get too overwhelmed with work. It is easy to put your health last when time gets tight.

    3315 days ago
    HI Vince,,, WOW you have ur hands FULL !! All one can ask is you keep ur SANITY and U do what you need to do pay ur bills and keep life working. The extra's one can do on a puter,,, are EXTRA's. As others are saying, they were concerned. Hope to see U only when you can. You take care of you first and above all. My brother Al is in the same position as you and my breaks for him, but your working honestly and what else can be said for that but YEAH !
    3315 days ago
    Thanks for all you do...and, I'm not just talking about the Stars or Spark People. Be good to yourself. Do what makes sense to you. It's all good!

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    3316 days ago
    Don't apologize... you're doing all you can and that's great!! Good luck with everything... I think it's wonderful that you're even still trying here with everything that's going on!!
    3316 days ago
    Vince, I'm so sorry that you don't have the time to do everything you'd like to on Spark. May I make you the same offer that was made to me when I was recovering from the
    Shingles ... "Use your time to socialize and let the other leaders carry the load for now."

    It sounds like you are under a great deal of stress, and we don't want to add to it.
    3316 days ago
  • BEAR2009
    Hope life improves for you soon. Hang in there.
    (Not sure what all the confusion was about, but take care of YOU first)
    3316 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6427585
    Vince... the vast majority of us truly appreciate ALL you do and I am humbly ashamed for anyone of us that has given you a hard time. We must all remember that the world does not REALLY revolve around us! Take care of you! And emoticon
    3316 days ago
  • CANDOK1260
    just happy you doing fine may you fine one good job
    3316 days ago
    Vince, good to hear from you and I am so glad things are okay. We are on our way to Tokyo and getting healthier along the way, have a great week.

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    3316 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/7/2011 11:15:43 AM
    Hi Vince, I'm so glad to hear from you. I don't think anyone thought you were purposely causing confusion. I know you were missed, and people were concerned about you. I was very happy to see your post on TB's this morning and to know you are ok.

    As you said, life often is about survival and obligations sometimes need to be prioritized. My continued prayers are with you for your load to ease, and your work situation to improve.

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    3316 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/7/2011 10:15:38 AM
    Life itself is confusing most of the time! I wasn't confused, but for those that were, things are working out. Don't worry about anything. Good luck. Wish the jobs were better, but at least it's something. We'll catch you when we can.
    3316 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8640526
    I must have missed the whole confusion thing becuase I am not confused at all. These are supposed to be FUN and encourage us to lose weight.

    I can understand a good competition but nothing is going to be absolutely perfect.

    We all have our lives to lead on top of trying to be good supportive SP Pals to one another.

    You have not let me down at all! I hope your situation gets better but good for you for exercising and leading a healthy lifestyle while going through this!

    3316 days ago
    I wish you success in finding better jobs! Hang in there!
    3316 days ago
  • *ERICA*
    Hang in there! Thank you for all you do. I understand life gets in the way and its a huge responisbility to have the team on top of your daily life. emoticon
    3316 days ago
    We all have problems that sometimes keep us from being here. But know that you are thought about and missed when you are not here. We all know that sometimes things happen to confuse people but it is not intentional. That is what leaders are for to try and help. Some times they have the answers and sometimes they don't but thye do know where to look. So be assured that there are others out here to help you.

    I hope your jobs are at least enjoyable because it is so hard to work at something you dislike.
    3316 days ago
    Being part of the 5% community...The thought never even crossed my mind that you (or anybody else for that matter) was purposefully being confusing! It was just a hiccup in the road on our way to Tokoyo...who knew until we began the challenge that is was going to be confusing! It's all good...

    Now, on to more important things...take care of you! Have an incredible week...and may your team do great...and may the Shooting Stars just do a tidbit better! emoticon
    3316 days ago
    I feel for you. I hope that your several poor paying jobs are at least somewhat entertaining or enjoyable. You keep doing your best too!
    3316 days ago
  • SPLASH1105
    I hope you have a great week and find time to get some rest.
    3316 days ago
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