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Grief, Loss, and Farewells

Tuesday, June 08, 2021

Yes, I too am reeling over the announcement that SP is passing away.

I understand the financial reasons that are driving the change but I don't understand why they couldn't roll the nutrition and fitness trackers from SP directly into the new platform. Why reinvent the wheel? Also why couldn't they roll the SP group into the new program as a participating 'company'? It is a bit like watching urban redevelopment when they take down a huge building and then build a new one that ultimately is not that different than what was destroyed. So sad.

I am thankful they waited until (hopefully) the Pandemic is abating and the world is reopening as the blow might have been too much for some of us if it had come in the middle of lock-down. I learned so much about resilience and positivity from so many of you during this trial. Thank you.

I haven't decided whether I will try out the new program. SP was the third program I had migrated to along my journey as it had the benefit of nutrition and fitness tracking in one place which made it more efficient to use than the separate ones I had been using. I will be exploring whether any of the trackers I had used before are still in operation as they may be a better choice for me. A surprise for me was finding how important the support and shared wisdom of other members became. As somewhat of a loner, I was not expecting to interact with other people on a personal level, let alone feel the close connections that I have experienced here. Again, Thank You!

A great loss, for so many of us, is that the new platform won't accommodate world users. This is a terrible loss. SP has brought so many individuals from different cultures together with shared goals of improved health and fitness. This is powerful. The world needs more of this connection. I am sad to see it go.

That brings me to farewell. Farewell to SP and its fabulous community. If any of you wish to stay connected with me please send me a private SP email with your interest and/or non-SP email address so we can maintain that contact. It is nice that SP had given us some time to get our affairs in order before they pull the plug. It has been very nice meeting you all and getting to know some of you so well. You will be missed. Your wisdom and support has been helpful and appreciated. Thank you. I wish you all success, health and continuation of your journey toward your goals. You are worth it.

Peace and Care
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  • GOULDSGRANITE
    Sad as it seems no real options or input from members. What we had here on Spark was so unique and hopeful, really going to be grieving the loss for some time. I'm moving to MFP, my fitness pal, as the 5 % team is gathering there. Same handle there, hope if you go you'll friend me. In the meantime, I will send you a SM with my email address. Thank you for your insights and friendship over the years. It has added something special to my life. emoticon emoticon
    41 days ago
  • YOUCANDOITNANA
    I agree. A major attraction for me was the global community. We learn from others. I also wish they would have charged a fee to continue as is, if money was the deciding factor as usual.
    47 days ago
  • WALLAHALLA
    emoticon My sentiments exactly. Coach Merle said they will be adding a nutrition tracker that is very similar in September. Meanwhile, I'm checking out FatSecret.
    47 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    sad for sure. There just are no sites like this one. It would have definitely been better to charge a fee for use vs. closing as it is. **SIGH*

    HUGS
    47 days ago
  • ROBBIEY
    Peace and care to you as well. Hang in there, something else will come along
    47 days ago
  • LOSEDAPOUNDS
    You make a good point. I am glad they waited until the pandemic is moving to a better phase. I put my email on your main page before I read this. Please do keep in touch!
    47 days ago
  • MARYJOANNA
    They could charge a small fee if they could keep it going. It would be worth it to me!
    47 days ago
  • ALEXSGIRL1
    this is still to sad for me Hugs i will reading others blogs and writing mine the most
    47 days ago
  • GEORGE815
    I don't understand the financial reasons.
    48 days ago
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