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Reflections of the Way Life Used to Be (lots of pics!)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

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! emoticon emoticon



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  • ANNABELLISABEL
    What? No those aren't like me being all touched by your story tears, that's my allergies. lol.

    Seems like you've come an awfully long way, I am proud to be your spark-friend!
    1477 days ago
  • JUNEAU2010
    emoticon emoticon I love your spirit!
    1478 days ago
  • MOJO0607
    What great photos and an amazing testament to the power of the support that SparkPeople offers, if you only choosed to open yourself up to it. Thanks for being one of the people we all turn to for inspiration and guidance, and best wishes on your new adventures!
    1478 days ago
  • SBEAR5
    Soooooooooo proud of you! and even more so, so happy and blessed to know you.
    1478 days ago
  • ELEXEY
    Such a beautiful blog MJ. You've come such a long way, and I know you'll keep up the amazing work. Love you much!!
    1478 days ago
  • SLIMMERKIWI
    Wonderful blog, and congratulations on the continuing weight-loss :-)

    Kris
    1478 days ago
  • no profile photo EVIE4NOW
    Amazing, simply amazing. Keep on doing what you are doing.
    1478 days ago
  • POOKASLUAGH
    You are awesome MJ! I look forward to being part of this group again, in person, very very soon. Well, not very VERY soon. Eight months. Eight months to go. Can't wait to see all you again! (And even sooner, in person, when I come to visit!)
    1479 days ago
  • GEORGE815
    Keep up the good work.
    1479 days ago
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