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The Final Countdown!!!

Sunday, September 27, 2020

YUP - the last quarter of 2020 is almost here, 10/1/20 officially begins this Thursday! What a year 2020 has turned out to be, don't you agree? (And here is a interesting/scary thought: it still isn't over!)

As in many other years, 2020 had its share of highs/lows ~ but, I would say, for me, the highs were extremely high and the lows were very low. Probably one of the lowest points for everyone was the pandemic ~ COVID-19. Another extremely low point for our family is that we recently lost my sister-in-law (she was only 63). She suffered a stroke during 4th of July weekend. She was doing well and getting better, but right after Labor Day, she suffered another stroke. This time, if they were to operate, she would have been in a vegetative state; it was decided to let her pass. My husband comes from a relatively big family ~ a yours, mine, & ours situation and if you stood all of the siblings in a row, she would have been the one that you would have never imagined to have a problem. She was in great shape, yet had high cholesterol and that was probably the biggest factor in her passing.

A highlight of the year was the wedding of my nephew and his new bride - right before the USA was shut down for the pandemic. Even more near and dear to my heart was the wedding of my DD and SIL (actually 2 weddings) in the midst of things being shut down/areas s-l-o-w-l-y reopening/possibly shutting down again. . .the engagement on 12/31/18 to March of this year was fine ... then EVERYONE began to struggle.

The events surrounding the wedding became extremely complicated. First DD's shower was canceled. DD and one of her bridesmaids had their weddings planned within 7 weeks of each other and they were in each others weddings. As it got closer to DD's first date in June, it became apparent that it just could not happen as planned and it was postponed until August. Shortly after that, her bridesmaid decided to postpone her wedding as well. Then DD and her future hubby talked and asked my GF and her hubby if they could have a small wedding at their home (just immediate family) on their original day. DD's bridesmaid decided to do the same with a small, intimate family wedding in the backyard of a family member. Right before DD's elopement, the Governor decided that it would be OK to have small gatherings of 25, so we had 24 at that outside event. The following week, right before DD's girlfriend's backyard elopement, she (the girlfriend) was diagnosed with breast cancer - 25 years old, talk about unfair!!! Of course, because things were so strange and everything was shut down, there had been no bridal shower or bachelorette party for either my DD or her GF. Since the GF was diagnosed, they wanted to make sure that her bridal shower and bachelorette party happened before she had too many treatments. So her parties were planned/executed as quickly as possible, outside events and they happened before DD's August wedding, DD's wedding was at a large venue in PA and because of capacity rules and the fact that the venue was private, they were able to proceed. They had the grand ballroom which normally holds about 500, DD's wedding was much smaller than we originally thought it would be and was just around 100 on the actual day. DD and DSIL moved into their first condo a few short weeks after the wedding and her bachelorette happened last weekend, bridal shower was yesterday.

Here's a picture of them at their 6/6/20 wedding:


Here's a picture of them at their 8/8/20 wedding party:




SO ... what does ANY of this have to do with SparkPeople and/or weight-loss? Actually, nothing ~ and actually, everything! You see, with a year like we all have had ~ everyone had highs/lows. Many struggled this year with job loss situations or they struggled to execute their 'other' job of being a school teacher to their children. Some of us struggled with isolation and loneliness; others struggled with the pain of losing a beloved family member or dear friend to COVID, or like our family ~ a sudden, unexplained loss. All of this upheaval in our lives can cause havoc to our daily routines and we can easily lose our way and ourselves as we strive to survive each and every day.

SparkPeople provides a refuge for those that are struggling and feel broken; for those that are seeking support; and for those that are seeking a new like-minded friend to share their journey with. If YOU feel like you have been 'a little off' or 'struggling', I invite you to check out the 2020 Fall 5% Challenge.

The Challenge description says:
'Race to Fascinating Places - 8 Weeks this Fall. Join a supportive team and let's have fun as we lose 5% of our weight, make new friends and improve our health!'
Starting date: OCTOBER 3RD

The 5% Challenge is a member-led Challenge and the 5% Challenge Team will become a private team once we begin our journey on Saturday, October 3rd. Do you feel as if you are struggling? Do you feel like you are somewhat lost and are looking to get back on track? Do you feel that support of like-minded individuals might be the 'extra push' that you might need to help you be successful? THIS is YOUR INVITATION to check us out ... we hope that you will consider taking this journey with us!
Here is the link to the 2020 5% Challenge Community Page where you will find additional information, and, if you are inclined to do so, sign up. (last day to do so is Friday 10/2:

www.sparkpeople.
com/myspark/groups_individ
ual.asp?gid=71783

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  • NANCYPAULINE
    I can't help but think how nice it was for your DD to be able to wear her lovely gown on two separate occasions. I'd still like to figure out an excuse to wear my again after all these years (11). emoticon
    22 days ago
  • LADYLUK
    This has definitely been a tough year for a lot of us. So sorry for your loss and for the one with cancer. Hugs and Prayers for you and yours!

    Lookiing forward to the Fall Challenge!! Go Shooting Stars!!
    22 days ago
  • MARILYNROBERT
    Thank you for this update...thinking of you, always emoticon
    22 days ago
  • JILLIAN0216
    You have experienced some extremes this year. Unfortunately this won't change like the flip of a switch when 2021 arrives. May your highs carry you through.
    22 days ago
  • SNOOPYLINKOS
    Up, down and all over the place! Yep Sparkpeople listens to it all! emoticon
    22 days ago
  • MAWMAW101
    Great blog! I am looking forward to the challenge! emoticon
    22 days ago
  • HAPPYELF
    It has been a year of struggles. emoticon
    22 days ago
  • NIGHTSKYSTAR
    Huge, Heidi!!
    22 days ago
  • BROOKLYN_BORN
    Highs and Lows - a perfect summary of 2020
    I'm sorry for your loss. The lows you describe would challenge the strongest among us
    However, your positive attitude shines through it all
    Hang in there. We've got to have HOPE
    22 days ago
  • AKA_TROUBLE
    Yes, this has been a rough year for many of us. I am lucky and can work from home quite easily, but so many people have had major upheavals in their lives and my heart goes out to them. emoticon emoticon
    22 days ago
  • GOLFGMA
    After this year I think we will not be surprised with anything that happens and as you said it isn't over yet! Glad you were able to have a beautiful wedding for your daughter!
    23 days ago
  • JERSEYGIRL24
    I am so sorry for your loss (SIL). You don't say how old she was, but about 20 years ago, a family friend had a heart attack and died. He was just short of his 50th birthday. He also was the last person you would expect this from. He was skinny, ate very healthy, and an avid runner. In fact, he won the NYC marathon in 1972 (this was before it was the big deal it is today, and I think his name has sort of faded into oblivion, but he won it nonetheless running around Central Park for however many laps it was. Ironically, my daughter was supposed to do the NYC marathon this year and did a lot of fundraising, but it was cancelled. And she intends to do it sometime in the next three years. But I digress). And our friend died from a heart attack sustained during a run. Very shocking.

    I am so happy you were able to achieve some degree of normalcy with the various activities and that you guys were able to pull off the wedding.
    23 days ago
  • DIANEDOESSMILES
    OH Heidi!! SO MANY extreme changes for so many of us in such a very short period of time!!

    So glad your DD did get to be married with a group though smaller than thought, wasn't that bad of a group. Oh my heart totally BREAKS for her GF with the cancer. Oh I SURE hope they get it ALL easily. I have a friend who's much older (I think she was 55 at the time) but, they got it early and she's celebrated that past 5 years a few years ago, and is doing GREAT!!

    LOVE the 5%
    23 days ago
  • MNABOY
    5% Challenge is great! Thanks for spreading the word.
    23 days ago
  • JANS-JOURNEY
    Yes - this year has been a tough one! Today was a day full of plumbing issues for me just adding to the year and issues.
    Have a great week and bring on the fall challenge ~ I am signed up and ready! emoticon emoticon
    23 days ago
  • WALLAHALLA
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    23 days ago
  • CSEGUIN2
    Have a great week!
    23 days ago
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