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Mixed Feelings - May 16, 2011

Monday, May 16, 2011

I usually start my mornings with SparkPeople, idly spinning the SP wheel. After racking up my points for the day, my next stop is to check out the daily blogs. Today was not a good morning. To my horror I noticed my profile staring at me as one of the popular blogs for the day. This never was my intention.

I came to SparkPeople like everyone else here: I needed something to change my "wicked, wicked ways", or I certainly would hurtle into oblivion. My own internist had told me that my body "was starting to complain", and hitting me back with the beginnings of high blood pressure and, for good measure, a pre-diabetic state.

Comparing this site with the "other" popular, PAYING sites, I could see that the structure was very similar, but goodness! It was created as a FREE site! Now, what can be wrong with that? Chris Downie has dedicated himself to maintaining this site as he originally envisioned it: FREE.

As we all know from the Motivational Pages as well as from other bloggers, many have achieved success and are maintaining it BECAUSE of the untiring work of Chris and his team. It really shouldn't have to be said (and some apparently do need the reminder), but they really do deserve our appreciation, thanks, and recognition for what they have created here.

Unfortunately, it seems, that for the past week or so, because of a very negative situation, many have chosen to take keyboard in hand to leave notes on the SP Guy's site, complaining loudly and, I must add, in unseemly terms, how they felt about that situation. This, from where I am sitting, is really unfair. And yet it seems that this situation has taken on a life of its own, and is veering us off in a direction that has NOTHING to do with health, lifestyle changes, exercise, weight loss and maintenance (for those blessed to have arrived at the Holy Grail already).

I see from my own Friend Feed that that individual is still active on SP, still leaving encouragement for people she is in contact with. I admire her continued dedication to helping others. For those that miss her daily blog postings, enough people have provided the links where they can still be found.

Let's take a moratorium on this situation and allow the SP team to work it out with the blogger, and let's rededicate ourselves to the REAL task of why we are here in the first place: Adopting a newer, healthier lifestyle.
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  • JGAL8123
    Well said - thanks!
    3173 days ago
    I am too new to know Yoovie, and I am only reading about the conflicts second hand. However, I do appreciate the blogs--yours especially--that have spoken thoughtfully and compassionately (not impassioned!) about what it means to both nurture and strain the community that most of us hope to encounter here on Spark. Thank you.
    3173 days ago
    I haven't seen the link to Yoovie's blog. I would love to keep up with her even if it is on another site. She is a great motivator!! I miss reading her blogs each day.
    3173 days ago
    I agree. There been too much negative energy focused on this. Now we need to move forward and work on our goals.
    3173 days ago
    all of this has gone right over my head....and that's great!
    carry on with your good work, I am still sparking and hope your resolve bears good fruit
    best wishes, Sandra
    3173 days ago
  • LISA01605
    I couldn't agree more! Love your blog!
    3173 days ago
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