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1st Day of Summer 2021 ~ Change of Season

Monday, June 21, 2021

MAMADEE's Blog ~ SP Day 5541
Monday, June 21, 2021 9:33PM

Happy First Day of Summer 2021

We can't become what we need by remaining what we are.

It's our last First Day of Summer here on SparkPeople.
We've had about two weeks to adjust to the news of SparkPeople going dark.
In case YOU haven't heard; it's going dark on August 17, 2021.
SparkPeople will no longer exist after that date.
SparkAmerica, aka Spark360, will be the "replacement" site ~ or the website closest to what SP has been for 25,000,000+ people worldwide since 2001.
How close it comes to what SP has been remains to be seen.
As much as I, as we, love SparkPeople, the time has come for some changes.
Changes that are too big, or too something, to just adjust SparkPeople.
Changes that require a different website entirely.
Changes that are hard!
Yet, just as the seasons change... must we at times.

Life Begins Outside of Your Comfort Zone!


When we are in our comfort zone, we feel safe and in control.
I've been here on SP for 15 years now. It was safe & I did feel like I had control of things here & in tracking & improving habits over the years that really have made my life better.
For all that, and so much more, I WILL FOREVER BE GRATEFUL TO SPARKPEOPLE, and to Chris Downie for getting it all started! emoticon emoticon emoticon

When the news of SP going dark first came out, I, like most all of us, felt...
...a lot like that next circle, one step out of our comfort zone: the FEAR Zone where we are being affected by others' opinions, lacking the self-confidence to venture on to something new, maybe even finding excuses to stop doing those beneficial things we've learned here! I'm sure there are other feelings that would fit into this zone too. So if I didn't mention something you were maybe feeling, that's okay, just add it to this list. emoticon

As we adjusted to the news we took the next step & we went into the LEARNING Zone: we extended our comfort zone and learned a few new skills as we began to search for alternatives to SP & we all began dealing with the problems and challenges that this sudden, unexpected, abrupt change put into our safe & well controlled comfort zone as it was known prior to June 7, 2021. emoticon

So many things have now happened! We have OPTIONS!
We are moving into the GROWTH ZONE!!!
We are conquering objectives (finding other websites that do SOME of what SP has done)!
We are setting new goals (to stay in touch with SparkFriends; to keep challenges going, etc.)!
We are finding new purpose in our lives!
We are living new dreams in our lives!
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Some of those options that I have taken on, as a trial for what might work best for me and my personal goals, I'm listing below - just the website and the name to find me there: as "MAMADEE016" (as of 6/19/21) as "MAMADEE016" as "MAMADEE016" as "Andee ~MAMADEE016"

Spark360 (SparkAmerica) as "MAMADEE"

Facebook: SP Alumni as "Andee Anderson Dunn"

Facebook: SP Family -Health, Wellness & Motivation as "Andee Anderson Dunn"

That's all for me, so far. I don't know which one(s) I will settle on in the end yet.
If you know of any others please tell us about them in the comments below!

In just over an hour we'll have 56 Days left of SP as we know it.

Til Next Time,
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  • JIBBIE49
    29 days ago
    Spark People going dark totally leaves me out in the cold since I live outside the US so SparkAmerica is not available to me. I applaud you for checking out so many new options. I'm sort of working on two - My Fitness Pal and Lose it! And right now I barely have time to even look at them but I hope that will change in a few days. I'm Retired_Sue on MFP and I think I'm bookysue on Lose It! but I'm not even sure! emoticon
    34 days ago
    34 days ago
    Totally agree...change is hard and I don't like it much. I friended you over on MFP. I'm Fireduckie emoticon . The internet never forgets you...I set up an account a long time ago. Loved the blog and the picture about "The Comfort Zone".
    34 days ago
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