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Don’t It Always Seem to Go that You Don’t Know What You've Got ‘til It’s Gone

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Lately, I just can't get that saying out of my head and keep hearing Joni Mitchell singing it.. emoticon

Sparkpeople has been a part of my life for over 11 years. I never got down to my goal weight, but it sure helped me not get any worse. And, although I wasn’t particularly successful on the weight part of it, I am fairly healthy and am not on any medication and I can definitely say that SP assisted in that as I religiously was tracking my exercise and checking off the fruit and vegetable and water goals fairly close to daily. emoticon emoticon emoticon

I have a number of exercise videos bookmarked in SP. I especially liked the “9-Minute, Low Impact High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Workout” by Jessica Smith and had to recently go to YouTube directly to find it so I could change my SP bookmark for the workout to a YouTube location bookmark. Most HIIT workouts are high impact and way out of range for someone at my age and weight, but this one I could do (albeit some segments a little slower than Jessica), so was a real find. emoticon

When I was down (or really excited or happy) about something, I could post my SP status and people would respond. I know I wasn’t “Besties” with any of these people, but sometimes all I needed was a kind word to offer support or congratulations, or commiserate (or rejoice) about the weather. It was simply the experience about reaching out to a group of people and having them respond in kind and knowing that often what I was experiencing was often shared by them as well. It was a simple but valuable connection. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

And, how would some of us have gotten through 2020 without this support? I was living by myself and my whole family lived in a different state. I am retired, so although I have contact with many former co-workers, it is not the daily contact that you get when you are employed. Just the mere fact that the experience at SparkPeople had NOT changed was comforting. It was one of the few daily routines that was “normal” through the whole pandemic. It made me feel less isolated. emoticon

But, life moves on, and so will I. I have hope in that at least the 5% Challenge Teams will most likely find some place to move. Many people from the other teams I am on are also members of the 5% teams, so am hopeful that some connections can be maintained. emoticon

So, thank you Friends, for all the support, advice, and sharing. You have been a part of my life for over a decade, and I truly appreciate what you have done for me! emoticon emoticon


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    3 days ago
  • KATIE5668
    Change is never easy and this seems a drastic change after just coming out of the Covid insanity.
    Giving the new Spark site a chance seems only right..but our international members not being included was a huge jolt to them and to all of us I am sure.
    Indeed I feel as you so nicely many have helped me thru so much and so many changes over the past few years.
    My Song...Ain't Nothing Gonna Break My Stride!! emoticon
    46 days ago
  • RHOOK20047
    I had always heard that change is good, but in this case I have my doubts. I don't know that I will find what I found here. True friends that care, although they are only virtual. I am hoping that my online friends will find a way to keep in touch.
    46 days ago
    I had the same song going through my head
    47 days ago
    Are you going to sign up for Spark360? There WILL be community, it will have a nutrition tracker, the email feature isn't up yet but will be. I wasn't going to pick a city but they just added Boston so I've joined in on that challenge. I am not really sure yet how it'll work, the start date is Sept 1st it'll give me time to get used to this site, but at least I feel like what I do will count towards something more than my own health.

    The song going through my head is "STAYING ALIVE" LOL that probably doesn't surprise you.
    47 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    47 days ago
    that song goes through my head a lot to....
    47 days ago
    47 days ago
    Thank-YOU, very much, too !
    All the best !
    47 days ago
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