Sunday, April 22, 2012

This week I had my emoticon . In all actuality, it has only been 1 year. For those who know me it has been a very hard year but I am very happy I have been here. My weight tracker shows that I am 49 pounds smaller than I was at this time last year. Now that is a big emoticonfor me!!! emoticon
I have been down to this number several times during the past year but then after trips to the hospital and all the fluids they pumped into me, I would have to start all over again. emoticon

Now that is a bummer, but life happens, now I could give up, but those words are not found in my vocabulary. Not here, Not now, Not ever because 49 pounds gone is a big victory. I am hoping that this new year will bring health to this body. And at this time next year I should be, No, will be in the onederlands. emoticon emoticon emoticon Now, how wonderful is that?

I wanted to write this Blog this week so that next year I can look back and glean from it! But the most important reason is to give tribute to someone very special. She is one of our Sparkfriends! You see, the reason I am here is because a very special lady took the time to SparkMail me on my second anniversary. She didn't know me, I had never even heard her name. When I joined the SP. I didn't have a clue what or how to get around this board. It was very confusing to me. I have a feeling a lot of us feel that way when we join. So I joined a team and then went back to my own comfortable world without knowing what Sparkpeople was. Back to the world of eating what I wanted and gaining, losing gaining a pond here and there but never seeing the emoticon go down and stay. Never seeing that I really could lose this weight. Having a desire to but no hope to see it come to pass.

Well, into my life stepped Tisha, (Tublady) I read the SparkMail and came back to check it out. This time around it was easier to figure out and I had someone to ask a few questions. If she hadn't taken the time to send me that mail, I think I would of been another 20 pounds heavier than I was last year. Maybe even dead, only God knows. Thank you Tisha!! emoticon

So I give tribute to Tisha and I want to encourage all of us to pay attention to the Special Days list we get each week from our team leaders. Take the time to reach out to our team members. Even the ones that look like they are no longer with us. Send a Sparkmail. Who knows, it might help spark the life back into someone, maybe even save a life, or find a new friend. So I thank SparkPeople, and all of you here. I am Blessed to be here and look forward to seeing what this next year brings. I am so full of anticipation!!!
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    Congratulations! You are doing great. To stick with SP for 3 years and have a great loss in spite of serious illness and hospitalization. WOW! You are truly inspirational. You are exactly why I so often find tears in my eyes when I come on SP--the wonderful and caring people who are succeeding in spite of all the odds. So again, congratulations on your anniversary with SP. And thanks for sharing your loving spirit with all of us. emoticon emoticon
    2521 days ago
    emoticon you are an inspiration!

    2558 days ago
    Gail, I have tears in my eyes as I am reading this, I had no idea that such a simple thing as reaching out to someone could have such an effect.
    Thank you for being the kind caring women that you are and I am sure with the Lords help and all the wonderful members here on Spark, especially on the 100-.200 over 60 Team, you have all the love and support anyone could ever have.
    With all the medical problems that have occurred you have done remarkable to lose 49 lbs. That number will grow and by the end of the next Spark anniversary. You will have racked up a lot more lost pounds during the next year.
    Stay positive, believe you can and you will.
    Love, Tisha emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2574 days ago
  • SPEEDY143
    emoticon emoticon SparkVersary Gail... YOU are so loved and bring such joy to everyone who is blessed to know you. Spark On sweetie emoticon

    emoticon Linda
    2574 days ago
    Happy Anniversary Gail!
    way to go my friend ...
    You are so right we need to make that extra effort because who know what some one could be going through when they haven't Sparked for a while !!

    You are so special Love and Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2583 days ago
    LISE emoticon emoticon
    2583 days ago
    And we are Blessed to have you as a "family member". God bless you Gail on your WL progress and continued success. xoxo Noel

    2583 days ago
    Congrats on your success, and thank you for reminding us that we never know when we "spark" someone!
    2583 days ago
  • JILL313
    Love the great WL progress that you've made happen for Yourself! You have overcome many obstacles to get to where you are--I'm so proud of you. I've always admired Tisha but do more than every now. I do need to reach out more to people I know who have left as maybe I'll get someone to give Spark another try like you did. Thank you Tisha for sending that timely e-mail as otherwise Gail wouldn't be doing well and I wouldn't have made such a loved friend like her. You are so admired by me and many others. . .I've been so blessed having a wonderful caring friend like you.


    2583 days ago
    Gail, you are one special lady yourself! You have triumphed over very serious illness, have never given up, have stayed right with us and pushed through it all. So, I'd like to give tribute to you, too!! emoticon

    Tisha is a special lady, and you are so right reaching out and touching others! Thanks for that reminder! emoticon

    Sending you special blessings and prayers for continued success!! Hugs and love, Jeannie
    2583 days ago
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