If you are over 40, I bet you heard the Supremes singing the title, didn't you?
It's really hard to remember life before Spark. It seems it has been a part of me forever, even though I joined in 2010. It's just that ingrained in my life, I guess.
I'm reflecting today on the last 5 years of being a Spark member, and on the last 4 years as a Spark team leader here in San Antonio . There have been some major highs, let me tell you. I've climbed hills and dined with some of you. We have attended birthday parties, theme parties, and baby showers together. Some of you held my hand literally and figuratively during my mom's long illness and decline. Some of you were at her funeral, helping me to cope and get through. I've zip lined and tower climbed with some of you. I've trained with you and walked a half marathon with you. I've participated in spark challenges with you and I've become part of some of your lives in the flesh, as you have in mine. You've been there through my thyroid surgery, my heart stent, my many strains, sprains, fractures, and the various procedures on my back. Many of you, whether on the San Antonio team or not, have been so supportive of me during the worry about getting the funding for my gastric sleeve surgery, have gone on tv with me, have participated in fund raisers for me, and in the months since then as my real weight loss and return to health has begun you've been cheering me every step of the way. Spark and its members have been a HUGE part of my life for the last 5 years.
The way life used to be before Spark doesn't matter - sorry for the misleading title - but it is the truth. Life SINCE Spark is what is important now. I've found myself again, rediscovered that I can do great things if I want them enough, and I've finally built and will always retain a lot of very healthy habits. I'm still 2/3 of the way from my goal weight, but I'm 100% finished having to start over again with this aspect of my life.
I don't think I will ever NOT be a spark member, no matter how healthy, no matter how fit I become. What I am going to NOT be after the first of the year is a San Antonio Spark Team leader. I'm stepping down to more fully concentrate on me, my journey, and with the book and path I'm hoping to develop for myself. I'm not saying I'll be gone from leadership for very long or even that I'll be gone from it forever, but for a while at least, I need more ME time.
I'm going to leave you with just a small sample of pictures from our spark adventures over the years. The last picture will be three pictures of me in the last year that show my progress. As always, I love you all...and I love, love, love sparkpeople.com!
Zip line and Tower Climb!
Spark dinner meet ups, 5ks, and our 13.1 Half Sparkathon
Sparkers on Great Day S.A. tv show and a couple Spark supporters in their Save the She Beast t-shirts
And me in a comparison photo 14 months ago, one month ago, and yesterday. 55 pounds gone, 97 pounds to go!
p.s. If you are a member of the San Antonio Spark Team and haven't signed up for the SPICE challenge which starts this Friday, October 31st, get your behind to the team page and sign up NOW. Let's get through the holidays happier and healthier with the SPICE challenge, and help me leave leadership on a very high note!