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Sunday, December 17, 2017


I have lost my relevancy on this website, sorry to say :-( I have been here since 2009 and enjoyed every minute of my interactions with some great people. You have been awesome Sparkies!

But the fact of the matter is I do a lot of time wasting here just trying to earn points so I can give nice Spark goodies. I never seem to save up enough to get really good goodies because it gets spread out among many friends. I have read many of the same articles over and over again. The new content they put out I have already heard of elsewhere.

Everyone I know personally except my Mom & Stepdad are on Facebook. Even some old Spark friends rather hang out there than here. I have resisted going over to Facebook because I simply don't like the platform and I don't like megaliths :-)

Every health & wellness professional I follow has a private Facebook group to which I have been invited but refused.

I have not only missed out on great content, but the ability to interact and ask questions of the people I follow. Am I stupid or what? I want to find out answers to my health questions but have muted myself just because I can't stand their chosen platform.

All my favorite local businesses and events are on Facebook.

Some times it takes several poundings over the head to get the message.

If I want to get serious about my health, I need to hang where the action is. I have missed many live trainings and Q & A sessions given by my health professionals on Facebook.

Imagine the people I could meet, who have health issues like me and can really understand how it is to struggle to get out of bed in the morning and get moving or to never be able to sleep fully past a few hours due to pain.

I follow two pain specialists and never had the chance to ask them a question because their chosen platform of interaction is on Facebook.

The bottom line is I can't be in two places at once. I always preferred interacting on Sparkpeople rather than wading through all the junk on Facebook to get to my friend's posts. So I limited my time there to the bare minimum.

I have loved my time on here, but like other things in my life its time to move on. Most of my old friends here are inactive or don't bother to stop by my posts anymore, so I will have to drop by and say goodbye on their pages.

I even reconnected with a couple of elementary school chums on Facebook!

So it makes much more sense to hang out on Facebook where all events happening currently in my life are posted. I guess that was its original purpose to simply connect people. As its doubtful I would never get to travel and meet any of my far away Spark friends, it makes more sense to be on the local scene in my corner of the world.

I have had some grand adventures I have shared some of with you, but this isn't really the right place for that.

I made it to the top level in Sparkdom, level 25 (over 330,000 Sparkpoints) 1174 days of logging in, broken of course by hospital visits, so this shows its been a while since my last one :-) Hopefully a trend that will continue.

There is no question I will miss you all. But I don't seem to have much to offer you anymore.

As this is a premium account, I don't want to delete it, but perhaps pass it on to someone I might meet who could enjoy it. This means I have to clear out all my stuff on it, including the friend's list and I would request you unfriend me so there are no 'ghosts' left on it.

My sister suggested saving some of my blogs as a memory. That is a good suggestion, especially those I have shared useful information I might forget. Kind of a journal.

I had asked before if anyone is on Facebook, would they like to add me there, and only had a few takers, so that shows no one here is really all that interested in interacting with me to a further level.

This is an incredible site for support for weight loss and I like to hope I am done with that!!

I like to write and will miss it. Thanks for the few popular blogs you have given me, that was special.

Thanks for being here for me!

This was one of the best online homes ever!

Wishing you all success, good health, good fortune and to always remember to live each day you are gifted to the fullest!

Never give up, never give in, don't worry be happy!
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  • GABY1948
    You will be missed but I also understand I almost didn't come back after my long illness but now I am thankful that I did! I wish you all the BEST! emoticon
    245 days ago
  • BUSYBERRY
    That’s a pretty long dramatic good bye , but why are you still posting here then ? If it’s not meeting your needs why discourage the people that are here trying to get healthy? Good bye enjoy Facebook , it doesn’t compare to this
    398 days ago
  • MNEME2
    I took a long Spark break and now I am back. It does help me to keep my focus on bettering my health and I really appreciate the support. If you decide to come back to this site, I hope you'll add me as a friend. Wishing you the best in all you do....
    399 days ago
  • GOGEENOW
    I understand now Linda, wishing you all the best!
    419 days ago
  • ENUFF81020
    Dear Linda,
    I think you have held on a long time, and I understand. So many life things have changed-some delightfully and some painfully, I've missed you, but all of the ding-dong changes to this platform made it take on so much of my time that I had trouble doing the things I joined on to do. I shall find you and if you are on FB, we will reconnect that way as well. I'm sending out an email to you momentarily,
    Love always,
    Sylvia
    536 days ago
  • MJREIMERS
    Thank you for all of your support over the years. I appreciate you giving me the chance to say, "Good-bye and I wish you all the best." I do understand your reasoning for leaving. I have contemplated leaving for the same reasons. Alas, not quite yet.

    Hugs! May 2018 be one of health, happiness and joy!
    539 days ago
  • HOBBESIS49
    Linda, Thank you muchly for your encouragement in reference to my broken wrist *what you suggested was helpful (very much appreciate that). Sad to see u go just as I am returning to SP. Jane
    542 days ago
  • BLUEJEAN99
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    543 days ago
  • JHDIETNOW
    I just now read about your move to facebook and was terribly disappointed. I realize that my feelings are pity for myself and am working toward feeling glad that you have the strength to follow what you know is best for you--one more "Linda" lesson for me.

    Facebook is big, bigger, and biggest--but so horrible. It is more than I can tolerate to sign up for it.

    My many thanks, though, for seeing me through my early Spark days and problems as they arose. I am grateful to have known you.
    543 days ago
  • LADYLUK
    Linda
    I am so sorry to see you go. I know you are doing what is right for you. I wish you love, light and happiness on your journey! I have a facebook page but truth be told I do not get on it much unless someone tags me in a post. I would love to have you add me and let me know how you are doing. You can find me under Barbara Riggle Leggitt.

    God bless you and keep you on your journey! Have a fabulous day!
    544 days ago
  • HOT4FITNESS
    I logged on this morning and read that you are leaving Spark. My time on Spark has been Sparse lately. A divorce then my father's passing shortly there after. Thank you for all your support these past few years. I wish you the very best!! God Bless!
    Deanna
    544 days ago
  • TOCONNER
    Good luck on your new journey, I most certainly will miss you. I am on Facebook and SparksPeople. and I enjoy both. Facebook lets me connect with some of my old high school friends while SparksPeople has allowed me to make new friends from all over the country. I am on Facebook under Tammy OConner please feel free to look me up and send me a friend request. emoticon
    546 days ago
  • KELLY_SS
    Linda, i just sent you a private message with my full name so please look for me on Facebook.
    Thank you for your awesome support here both with weight loss but also as a fellow RA sufferer.
    Hope to see you on fb. I wish you all good things but especially with the RA and its impact on your overall life and health ... mind, body and spirit. 💜💜💜
    546 days ago
  • EISSA7
    Best wishes as you journey on .... your input and comments were valued... I hope that FB provides you with the info and new opportunities you are seeking! emoticon
    546 days ago
  • JEANKNEE
    Wishing you the best in your new adventures. Thank you for your contributions, your thoughtfulness, and wealth of knowledge so freely shared.

    Thanks for alerting us of your move to facebook. I have no facebook account.

    547 days ago
  • SKYDRAKE
    Thanks for your email info. Think I am going to have to breakdown and get a Facebook. I have so enjoyed our friendship, so I am glad it doesn't have to end. I understand that you have to make a choice, and your reasons are really good, but still makes me sad. I will send you email with my info. You'll know it is me by the name.
    547 days ago
  • GOLF-NUT
    I left you a message on your last post....Sadly I will miss your inspiring notes.....But understand what you need to do.....All the best to you Linda and would love to connect with you on FB....I am not a person who post a lot but do check FB daily...hugs
    547 days ago
  • JANISMKW
    Great pix!!!
    Good luck controlling that powerful but designed-to-be-addicive-time-suck beast FB.
    You can always come back here, it is free. 🤣
    You will be missed.
    And still prayed for. ❤️
    547 days ago
  • BAILEYS7OF9
    Great photos. I sent you a good... find me on facebook!
    547 days ago
  • CHELZANNE
    Hi Linda! I had been kind of slow on SP the last two weeks so just now read your blog. I sent you a goodie with my name for Facebook. I hope we stay in touch! I met people here in SP who I connected with me on Facebook and they are not here anymore but are there and we stay in touch. emoticon

    I appreciate you saying goodbye here since I have had people who just disappeared and you didn't. Thank you.

    Please stay in touch and God bless. Thanks for everything. emoticon
    547 days ago
  • GRACE612
    Hi Linda!! I completely understand where you are coming from!! I, too left SP to join groups on FB that serve me better. Hence why I haven't been on SP for a few years now. If you are seeing this, please friend request me on FB.... (facebook.com/grace.t.wadsworth). My fitness journey is posted over there now and you will be amazed at how far I've come :) Good luck to you in the future if you choose not to friend request me...
    547 days ago
  • SUNNYARIZONA
    Linda, it has been so good to know you. I guess I should do the same. I mean leave!!! Have been here since 2007, That is totally unbelievable!!! But I too have lost the desire to blog here....or anywhere for that matter. In Oct. I went back to WORK....eekkk.... But it was something I wanted to do.....Not alot but I have done Home Health before and thought it would be fun....so far....the charting is the PITS....ha....I am on Facebook but I do NOT do it daily ....it is just another place to go.... You keep up the good work....don't let ANYTHING get you down!!!! ~~~~Kathy~~~~~aka Sunnyarizona. !!!
    547 days ago
  • SLENDERELLA61
    I understand because you've made your case well. And because I'm to some extent in the same place. It's good to know I'll continue to see you on FaceBook! -Marsha
    547 days ago
  • KALIGIRL
    Good luck on the new phase of your journey!
    547 days ago
  • KSNANA2
    Good luck Linda. I don't care for Facebook myself. Too much political stuff shows up from relatives I do not want to unfriend, but it depresses me so I don't want to see it either. I hope you will come find us all again if you decide to come back. I don't follow SP that closely either. I think 15 days is the most I have logged on in a row. But there are days I really need to see how others are doing and WHAT they are doing to keep their weight down to a right size. I can see that is not your goal anymore. That was a problem you have long since overcome.

    I wish you well. I will "unfriend" you as requested, but it is with a heavy heart. Take care dear one.
    547 days ago
  • OHMEMEME
    Thanks for sharing! It is very thoughtful of you to let us all know where your journey is leading. Best wishes to you. I have enjoyed all the insights you have shared here on Spark. (No FB for me at this point.)

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    547 days ago
  • SNOOPYLINKOS
    I hope you find what you're looking for. Safe travels. Happy New You!
    547 days ago
  • LETSGOPLAY
    I am soooo glad you reached out to me as we are new frieds and I would have been sad to see you left without saying goodbye or maybe hello again on FB. I don't "really" do FB BUT as it is SP has begun becoming in many ways like FB. I know what you mean about time as I limit my time here as it was getting in the way of my goals. I hope peace love and happiness in your life!!! emoticon
    547 days ago
  • GLORIAZ
    Linda....thank you for your friendship! I completely understand why you made this decision, but I will miss your blogs. You are a beautiful person and I’m blessed to know you. I’m not on Facebook, but I will say so long and maybe we’ll catch up later! emoticon emoticon
    547 days ago
  • BESSHAILE
    I can certainly understand your decision but you will be missed. I did something of the same in the opposite direction. I left FB pretty much - not entirely - after the presidential election because too many people I love said too many horrifically vicious things - from both parties. I couldn't read their words and still love them. so I came here where the focus is narrower.

    I'm just glad there's a place where you can feel safe and comfortable and valued. And I'm besshaile on FB too if you want to stay in touch.

    Hugs
    Bess


    547 days ago
  • IMEMINE1
    Oh, no. I really don't want you to go. I am hardly on face book.
    There is usually so much stuff to sort through but How do we follow you there.
    I am so saddened by you leaving. I always enjoy your blogs and posts.
    I do wish you all the luck and love in the world.
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    547 days ago
  • KRISZTA11
    I wish you good health and happiness,
    and a lot of joy in your human relationships.
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    547 days ago
  • REDROBIN47
    So sad to hear this Linda. I will truly miss you. but we each need to do what is best for ourselves. Good luck on facebook. I hope you find what you are looking for.


    548 days ago
  • ARTJAC
    emoticon TO SEE YOU GO LINDA emoticon emoticon I WISH ALL THE VERY BEST
    548 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/17/2017 11:07:16 PM
  • SPEDED2
    So very sorry to say good-bye, maybe just so-long.

    May your seas be smooth and the wind always at your back.
    548 days ago
  • BJAEGER307
    Sorry to see you go, but I understand. You're right you can't be in two places at once. I've enjoyed your travels and pictures to the max! Always so interesting. I'm not very much for posting, so maybe I've been lax in that department for your blogs, but I do follow them. I really loved the beaver pictures you had on here.
    I'm going to miss these wonderful blogs.

    Hope to run across you on FB.


    548 days ago
  • DESIREE672
    I’ve always been amazed by your courage.

    I hope you’ll find wonderful connections and keep your health up to the best level possible.
    548 days ago
  • TEENY_BIKINI
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    Wow, I'm gonna miss ya. I totally understand that life has many exciting twists and turns for learning, happiness, growth and new friends :) I wish you all the best. Thank you so much for all of your support and for everything that you have shared. You are truly wonderful. And thank you for saying goodbye. That is really sweet. Health, happiness and many blessing to you!

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    PS - I am not really on Facebook. Honestly, I can't figure out it so try to avoid it :) I hope we cross paths again XO
    548 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/17/2017 9:35:42 PM
  • PHOENIX1949
    emoticon Wishing you great WELL-th.
    548 days ago
  • SUNNYWBL
    How do I find you on Facebook? I am Sunny Sonnheim. Hope to see you there!

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    548 days ago
  • SUNNYWBL
    How do I find you on Facebook? I am Sunny Sonnheim. Hope to see you there! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    548 days ago
  • POINDEXTRA
    Fare the WE'LL! I too have resisted joining Facebook. I truly hope you find what you need. You know we're here if you ever decide to come back.
    548 days ago
  • SPARKLINGME176
    I agree with everyone else, too! I don't face book, either... I see it takes more time from my DH than SP does. Also I don't know how to 'unfriend' you. Blessings to you for life! emoticon
    548 days ago
  • LUCYCAN7
    Linda,i am so very sorry to see you go.I don't do Facebook,sorry
    about that.I don't do blogs either,i have always enjoyed your blogs.
    Will miss you and your wonderful blogs that you have always done.
    I hope you don't delete your account.Wishing you the very best
    with Facebook and a very Merry Christmas emoticon xoxo
    The very best 2018 emoticon
    548 days ago
  • MARTHA324
    Linda,
    You will be missed by many and I for one will really miss you. Your support and comments on my blog have been so appreciated. I'm sorry that you are leaving Spark. I'm on FB and have to say that the support I get at Spark far exceeds anything on FB, but then that's just me.

    If there is one thing that is true is that we have to do what works for us. Sending you the best.
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    548 days ago
  • OVERWORKEDJANET
    Thank you for your occasional stop to my blogs.
    Good luck in all you do!
    548 days ago
  • ONEKIDSMOM
    You will be missed. I do understand needed to stick to the forum where you will get the help and interaction that YOU need right now. You are incredible, and I've enjoyed all I've read of your journey. I will respect your wishes as expressed in last Goodie.
    548 days ago
  • CHRIS3215
    I will miss you my dear friend..
    IF you are on Facebook,,you can find me there as Christine LaFleur - Recore..
    I understand why you are leaving SP, I have found it so different and not like it use to be ..PLUS chasing points for what??
    I agree with you and your decision ..
    I just pray I hear from u again in the future..
    548 days ago
  • TWEETYKC00
    You will be missed here plenty. I hope you sop by every so often even just to visit. Hoping you find some help with Facebook.
    548 days ago
  • 1ZIPPYC
    So sorry to hear this Linda! I am later getting here since I haven't been feeling good lately and not online much last few days.
    You will be missed! Plus, your beautiful pics and informative blogs! You have helped many, many people on here, including me! Totally understand your reasoning and sounds like it will be the best for you. If you ever come back and I am still here, let me know. Not on facebook and In case I join it in the future, (you never know), how about stopping by and letting me know your facebook name. I would connect with you on there. Thanks for the goodie and your email.
    Best of luck to you in the future. Hopefully you can find someone on Facebook who can help you with your health issues. Big, Big Hugs and Lots of thanks to my longest spf on here! Take care. emoticon emoticon
    548 days ago
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