How do you say goodbye to people that have been with you ,new friends and old for ELEVEN years? My child was a TODDLER when I joined because a friend in MOMS'Club showed how she was losing her weight and kept track of calories[when we were having the Biggest Loser Competition of our own ~ I came in 3rd!]and now my child is a TEENAGER and is getting to be as tall as me at 6 feet and he's only 13!
I am going through 300 blogs to capture and copy blogs that I wrote~
a love letter to my 3 yr. old son, a thank you to my brother ~Ode to a Caregiver Poem ~when he cared for his dying ex-wife because no one else would. The Thank you note of support to my husband for enduring his wife up at 2 am trying to balance getting her food tracked with taking care of a toddler. My toddler saying " Play with me,No Sparkpeople." So we would play ,which is why I would be up at 2am! The lessons I learned on Sparkpeople~food portion control,measuring everything in GRAMS with my food scale[this is my 2nd one!] b/c it was the easiest way to weigh by weight [no puns intended!].
ME ! ~ a 61 yr.old who had to learn her way around the computer by herself and had never written[ much less HEARD or KNEW what a blog was] before this!Or how to do a photo blog?!
And the 5% Challenges~all the people you meet on the teams and some you find live near you and you get to meet them in person! The learning that I have had fun doing ~trying to take the challenge habits and make them my own ~always doing a little better with the sleep routine ,but still a night owl ! Getting to play the games and learning new SP recipes with all the collections and learning about them through teams like Champions in the Kitchen. Finding pals to share book reviews with , or people who lived in the same state you once did,being on SP Teams like Gardening where we chat about our plants or Guided By God's Promises where we can uplift each other with Scripture or just talking about anything with my SParkfriends and SParkmembers or visitors who liked to visit the page or read the blogs. Getting to be a Motivator or have your page featured or featured blogs were just icing on the cake I was not supposed to eat!
I have learned so much through friends and SP information like the reports of the Daily Calorie Differential.I gained so much HOPE that I could beat my family's history of obesity ,that it was POSSIBLE I COULD do it . That I wasn't relegated to repeating the history in my own family with my child and husband.
I will be on SP until the end and then ,I will be on My Fitness Pal ,taking all the info I learned here and applying it as well. But I have to say if it were not for Sparkpeople, I would have never have learned this info. even as hard as it was to maneuver around a site when you don't KNOW what HTML is! When you are desperately trying to be the first one in the family to lose the weight the healthy way and show IT CAN BE DONE. And you can MAINTAIN it. I will be able to apply all those skills on My Fitness Pal, thanks to Sparkpeople and the people here ,including the SParkcoaches that I gave so many questions and comments to help myself and others. I thank all of my Sparkfriends,Sparkmembers,Spar
kcoaches and yes,Chris Downie,for the friendships and support to help me along my weight loss journey.
This will be a special moment in time ~11 years ~ of people,even total strangers, who gave me HOPE and said I could do it and BELIEVED in me when it was hard for me to think I could do it. That's why I am painstaking going through the blogs and even copying some of my groupings of foods for all the info I faithfully stored there.Sparkpeople will always 'spark' special remembrances of a time when I learned:
until the end ~ I will still blog til we go ....