What I have learned since 2009!

Friday, February 07, 2014

I joined in May of 2009 but didn't really start doing the program until Nov. 9th, 2009. My friend Sandy encouraged me to join and at first I did just to be nice. But by Nov. I was really not happy with how my body looked, after viewing vacation pictures from that summer.

So what have I learned here on Sparks.
There are wonderful people all over the world who use and still use this program daily.
I have made many friends who helped me with all sorts of problems, not just my weight.
The friends have accepted me for who I am, not how I look.

I learned that I could lose weight even while being on certain medications that make it almost impossible to lose weight (steroids like prenidsone).
I also learned the hard way that at my age (58 in March 2014) and with medical problems, that if I don't exercise on a regular basis, like everyday, I will gain the weight back (Yes I did).

I learned I can start over and not feel guilty that I gained all the weight back. emoticon
I learned that you really need to love yourself to be able to take care of yourself.
I learned to love my husband even more than I already did, but I don't need his approval to want to change the way I am. (He smokes cigs, does not exercise and isn't all that encouraging in many ways but does want me to be healthy and happy, and loves me with all of his heart.) I accept him for who he is, so why shouldn't I accept me for me.

I learned I will never have the body I did in my 20's, yes it was great to never have to exercise, eat whatever I wanted and not gain a pound at 5'8" and 123 pounds. I have accepted this and leaned to love the new me.

What I learned here on Sparks was to love. Love myself, love others, accept those that are different and try to help and encourage everyone. emoticon emoticon

I learned to pass the word about Sparks and hope I have made a difference in at least one person's life. Now that is real LOVE.

As the Beatles said many years ago, "All you need is Love", and I truly believe in "The Power of Love" (Hughie Lewis & the News).

So did I learn a lot here on Sparks. Exercise tiIps, exercises, food tips, recipes and much more, but I think friendships, love & acceptance are number #1.

I learned I am starting over once again to lose weight, but I love myself now and forever!

Thanks one and all for listening to my ramblings. lol emoticon emoticon
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    It doesn't get more essential and important than this: "Love myself, love others, accept those that are different and try to help and encourage everyone."

    Wonderful blog and awesome lessons learned!

    2125 days ago
    What a great blog! SP has so many advantages once we get in there and just go for it! The sparkfriends we meet along the way is the bonus! TXGRANDMA invited me to your blog and I am glad she did!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2131 days ago
    Congratulations on all you have learned and have yet to learn on SP! I am happy and honored to call you a friend!
    2132 days ago
    and from your learning, we all learn - thank you for sharing !
    2132 days ago
    You hit the nail on the head. emoticon emoticon
    2132 days ago
    Sparkpeople got me started and is still with me after I gained most of it back. Decided to really try again December 27, and Sparkpeople will remain with me through the journey. God bless. emoticon
    2132 days ago
    Teri, what a great blog! I agree with every word! Why is it that it is so easy to love others as they are but not love ourselves? Our husbands may not follow the same lifestyle that we do, but we love them, and they love us, just as we are! God Bless! emoticon emoticon
    2132 days ago
  • JAMER123
    Teri, good friends will help you and tell you to lean on them in tough times. Good friends can help teach you to love yourself and the they don't judge you by the the "cover". Good friends are forever and can be depended on. Great blog for all of us to think upon and learn self love!
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  • no profile photo DNJEN471
    You are totally right! I love my spark family!! You will always have support here!! emoticon
    2134 days ago
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