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Just feeling a lot of gratitude today

Thursday, April 28, 2011

I'm home from my last day of clinicals for my Nurse Assistant class. We've been working at a nursing facility in town. My heart aches for these people. So many of them had vibrant, fully functional lives until age and illness made them dependent on others for the most basic of care. My empathy for them is intense. Many of them are my mom's age and some of them are even just a few years older than I. It truly made me appreciate my health and renews my resolve to take care of myself to the best of my ability through the years.

But this experience has also made me very grateful for SparkPeople. My weight has fluctuated most of my life. Something about being a part of this community has brought me to a place I've not seen in years. I'm only a couple of pounds from my goal weight. Truth be told, if I never lost another pound I'd be just fine. I feel better than I've felt in years. I'm wearing clothes that I buried in the back of my closet with only a glimmer of hope I'd ever wear them again. And people are noticing. Everyone's noticing! But most important, the "kids" I attend college with are getting inspired! They're snacking on bell peppers and proudly telling me about it! They're asking me for my thoughts on health and nutrition! This makes me think of ways to give back. To spread the Spark.

I decided to buy copies of "The Spark" to have on hand. As I see an opportunity, I'm going to give a copy to anyone who seems really interested in knowing about this community and getting on track to a healthier life.

But mostly, I just want to express my gratitude to SparkPeople, its founder, the wonderful people on staff, and the community as a whole.
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