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11/19/09 2:35 P

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Thanks for all of your support. Support and motivation are what I need most right now, and I'm glad I can be in an environment that will help me succeed.

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11/17/09 5:55 P

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Welcome, Logicallie!

As many have pointed out, we all have out issues/baggage. It was good reading yours, it helps the getting to know you process. I've only been on SP since March and it has helped me a lot! Anyway, it's nice to meet you and I hope you hang around and post.

Susan

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Even if our efforts of attention seem for years to be producing no results, one day a light in the exact proportion to them will flood the soul.
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11/17/09 12:03 P

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Welcome to SoCaW!

I recognize your "handle" -- where did you participate when you were here before? Must have crossed paths.

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11/17/09 9:15 A

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Howdy! Welcome to the gang!

Don't worry, we all have our own depressions and issues and baggage, so we understand where you're coming from. I read your latest blog post, too, and I hope you know that we all go through that stuff, so we can be here for you. I've just returned here myself after taking several months to backslide and make excuses, and generally feel sorry for myself. "I'll start on Monday!" was my constant refrain.

Anyway, coming to SP is a good way to keep yourself going or get yourself started. I find that when I stay away I tend to feel alone with this weight, but when I come here and make myself interact and get involved, I feel more like I can handle it.

Stop in any ol' time!

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11/17/09 12:21 A

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I, too, really appreciate your introduction. One of the benefits from those tough things we go through in life is that they usually leave us stronger than we know, though admittedly with a few battle scars. Losing your mom and brother must make you feel very alone at times. SparkPeople friends can help with that, since none of us have to be alone with our attempts to live a healthier life.

Thanks for sharing some of your experiences. I think you'll discover many friends on this team, and I'm glad that you stumbled upon us. Explore the pages of other team members and join in the discussions as you wish.

The "happy beaver" CASSIE mentioned showed up as a visitor on one of our challenge threads, the "2009 Blaze of Glory Challenge". That's a fun place to lurk, even if you're not into challenges. It's the free-wheeling, humorous, and compassionate atmosphere that many find addictive about that particular challenge. If challenges help you, feel free to join in at any time.

Otherwise, start threads on any topic of interest to you. Make yourself at home, and let us know how we can befriend you.
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11/16/09 9:24 P

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I am touched by your story. I appreciate the fact that you shared it. This certainly sounds like a wonderful space for you to hang out.

So sorry for all the loss you have endured. You are a fierce woman to be grabbing life and living it in the name of those who caused you so much struggle.

I am honored that you feel at home here already.

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oh, by the way, our team mascot is the happy beaver;)


�The more we witness our emotional reactions and understand how they work, the easier it is to refrain.� ― Pema Ch�dr�n



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11/16/09 5:16 P

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Well, I, for one, loved your intro. I can relate when you say that you feel like you can let things out when you feel you are in an accepting environment.
I can't imagine what you've been through... I think that you have come to a great group though; one that will support you and be truly concerned for YOU. And we won't say, "God be with you." :-)

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11/16/09 4:49 P

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(Pre-apology: Sorry about the length of the intro. Feeling like I'm in an open/accepting environment tends to allow me to let things out.)

I've been on Sparkpeople on and off for a couple of years now, and I'm now feeling a bit of a resurgence.

I stumbled upon this team in reading a reply post from a member. Curious, I decided to check out the page, and now I'm here.

Raised in the South, I was never far from religion. My mother found Jesus when my chronically ill brother was born, and after that, my life spiraled out of control (I was 7). I don't know if it was because of her new-found faith, or growing up in the shadow of a sick sibling, but the two became inextricably intertwined throughout my childhood.

I met my father about the same time, who was-of all things-Southern Baptist. Forced into religion on both fronts harbored some resentment, but it took late adolescent to start seeing organized religion for the money-hungry sham it really was. When the pastor was living in a $700,000 McMansion, I realized that perhaps the congregation had its priorities out of whack.

Then, my freshman year of college, my mother died of a massive heart attack. All of the "God be with you"s in the world couldn't mend my broken heart, and by that point, I figured, "What was the point?"

My mother was morbidly obese and raised me and my brother on a low-income salary, feeding my weight issues. The depression I fell in after my brother was born didn't help either.

After my mother died, I knew I couldn't end up in her shoes. But between supporting myself through school and taking care of my brother, I was just fighting to not get worse, instead of focusing on getting better.

Two years ago, my brother died. Now I'm the last one in my family left. Now I have to live for both of them, and it's time that I make the changes in my life to make that possible.

So, in a (macadamia) nut shell. That's me.

And I'm happy to be here.

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