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Blogging and baseball

Monday, January 16, 2017

When I joined SP, I was probably looking for weight loss inspiration. Since it's been awhile, I really don't remember. As I explored the site, I found articles, quizzes, and all sorts of ways to earn points. That included blogging. In fact, an award was given, so I decided to write a blog about what I knew best; being miserable about being overweight. Something unexpected happened. Another member commented, and the person was less than helpful. The suggestion I received was that I didn't have to swallow the food I had eaten. I could just spit it out. It took about two seconds to figure out how to delete the post. It was shocking because I had no idea that what I had wrung out of my heart could be read by others. Although I was undaunted, I thought it would be wise to proceed with caution.

First off, I had no idea how the person found my blog. To be quite honest, sometimes I still don't how that happens. As I continued to check out SP, I made friends and discovered the friend feed. Lo and behold, I could read my friends' blogs, and they had and still have a lot to say and share. They post marvelous photos of Colorado, Canada, England, Iowa, etc. I can always count on an inspirational saying, funny animal pictures, and laugh-out-loud postings. Mostly, I enjoy hearing about my friends' lives; their joys and disappointments, their daily lives, and the animals that inhabit them. Love, love animal stories!

After my disastrous inaugural blog, my outlook on life began to change and so did my blogs. I was so focused on my weight that it was crippling. Although SP is basically about health and weight loss, it's also about appreciation of one's self. Once I began to look at myself differently, I was able to recognize all those moments of happiness in my life. When I do get down, I blog with the knowledge that my Spark friends have my back and won't be judgmental. Instead everyone helps me get off the ground and then dusts me off. You guys are the best! emoticon

Baseball you ask? The World Series celebration continued today with the Cubs taking a trip to the White House. Sorry, but I just had to gush. emoticon


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    I love SparkPeople because most of the folks I bump across are like you - they're actively working at being the best possible version of themselves, which may or may not have a thing to do with weight! One of the things I always appreciate about your blogs is that you're actively looking for the good in every day. Some days you have to look harder (don't we all?!?) but you find SOME kind of silver lining in even the darkest raincloud. It's a good reminder to us all that there is more good in our days than we realize - we just have to LOOK for it!
    795 days ago
    795 days ago
    Spark is my 'go to place' while I eat my breakfast everyday. Eager to do the games, and challenges, to record my food and exercise and best of all to check on my friends blogs, to see how they're doing. We're all 'pen-pals' in a way, trying to do the best we can and cheer each other along. I'm amazed at how fit you've become, and love that you enjoy your kitties and birds, as well as the Chicago teams. You have a great sense of humour... glad to have met you, Leslie. xoxoxox emoticon emoticon
    796 days ago
    You Go Cubbies.

    Great blog, I felt the same way when I started here several years ago, but I found myself really just having one friend and when she left cause of her husband dying very unexpectedly and she was so devastated that she was hospitalized for weeks. I was lost and I dropped out also. Was gone about 3 years and one day I went to the site and low and behold my account was there waiting for me to continue. This time I let others in to my life and have enjoyed all of the friends I have met here. I also love hearing about others life and pet, and what their area is like, even what it is like to ride the L train. These things you see every day, but I have never been there nor will I ever be. So keep those pictures, and tales coming.
    796 days ago
    It amazes me that on this remarkable site, people can be so mean spirited. Occasionally, someone will leave a negative comment about the Minion of the day. When I click on their photo, I find those people usually have their pages set to private. I guess it's easy to be mean if you have the ability to hide, and, I usually delete those comments. I guess you have figured out by now that when you post a blog, it shows on the homepage of any team of which you are a member.

    Today, I watched a video of the Cubs at the White House. Lots of good spirited fun.

    So very happy that you are my friend and that you are here. emoticon emoticon
    796 days ago
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