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  Week of 7/11/2013 - Featured Blog Post

Why This is So Much More than a Diet

It's been a while since I wrote a Blog Entry but I felt the time was right to express some thoughts about my life as a SparkPeople member. Over the years I've been on Spark, I have made a lot of friends. I have seen people come and go and I, myself, have dropped off the radar for periods of time - depending on what was going on in my life. The thing that amazes me is that I always find my way back and, when I do, I make some new friends as well as reconnect with some old friends. It has been a comfort to me to know there are all these wonderful people out there who share my happiness; my worry; my sadness; my pain and always know just what to say to support me and let me know I'm not alone.

Recently I've been having some problems with my little dog's health and have been worried that I may, one day soon, be faced with making a decision regarding her life. She is very old - 15 years in real time and well over 100 according to my Vet. I wrote about my sadness and got so much support and so much comfort from my SparkFriends: these wonderful people who I have never met in person - and probably never will. Yet, they were there for me - even when people I see every day didn't really understand what I was feeling. As it turned out, my dog is doing much better and I am just going to enjoy her for as long as I have her.

My hope is that I have been there for my SparkFriends when they've needed that person to share with and find some support and comfort from. When I joined SparkPeople years ago, I thought I would get support on my diet and health goals and interact with people like myself who are dealing with weight issues. What I got was much, much more. SparkPeople are about health and nutrition, but they are also about "people" and all the things that shape us and make us who and what we are, and who and what we strive to be. I am very thankful for this place where I can just be me and know that I will be accepted and never mocked or ridiculed. The weight loss I've had is like the cherry on top of the friendship sundae I've enjoyed here!

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