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Goodbye For Now & One Year SparkVersary!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Dear Spark Family,

It has been an amazing year thanks to this wonderful website and the equally wonderful friends I have made during my time here. This is the most success I have ever had at losing weight and keeping it off. Not to mention, developing a fitness schedule which works well for me. I feel that I have built a firm foundation to move forward with for the rest of my healthier life. Although I have not reached my weight loss goal yet, I am sure I will this year. I have gone from 240 pounds to 175 pounds and am feeling better about myself and healthier than I have in many years. Having said that, it is with some sadness that I need to say I must move on. emoticon

I will miss all of you and will try to stop by once in a while to say "hi" and see how you are doing. You are all wonderful people and I couldn't have done any of this without your support and caring. Now, I will step out on my own and see if I have the strength of purpose to continue forward or not. I know if I don't have the strength, I would be welcomed back with open arms by the most supportive group of people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing!

The time has come for me to spend less time on my computer and more time living in the "real" world. With my DH's recent medical issues, time has become a problem for me in trying to accomplish all I need (and want) to do on a daily basis. There have been occasions where I have used the excuse of, "I don't have time to go to the gym today. I am behind on SP and need to catch up." Or, "I can't sit and watch TV with you right now (to DH). I have to post in SP." I cannot let my "virtual" world overrule my "real" world and until I can find more time or more balance, I have to sacrifice SP.

I will continue to use the nutrition tracker, because I KNOW I will fall by the wayside if I don't! I know I will have to measure my food and count calories for the rest of my life and I don't mind. I have developed good, sound habits here and they are second nature by now. The same for my gym schedule. This is my way of life now.
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P.S. If you need to get in touch with me directly, send me sparkmail and I will respond as soon as possible.
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    Live it up! You go girl!!

    3316 days ago
    I understand; it takes a lot of time to blog and read; that's why i only read, and that takes a lot of time away from life. i agree, family first! wish you well, my friend. just read your forest gump blog; funny how we choose our friends. i am a dialysis nurse
    3318 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/8/2012 8:22:30 PM
    Awwww, shucks. Just saw this today! I am so happy you've had success and wish you CONTINUED success. I think you're doing what you need to do for yourself and your DH, and THAT is the priority.

    God bless.
    3344 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    Sparks is all about a new lifestyle, you have that,, you are not leaving, you are just lurking,, go for it, be with DH and family. All of these arms are opened 24/7, so enjoy your new time off the chair!! Linda
    3348 days ago
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    3354 days ago
    emoticon on your progress, m'dear...

    ...and YES! You do what you need to, sweetie, that's what SparkPeople is all about! It's a learning place, with lessons and tools meant to teach us how to do exactly that: live in the real world. May I suggest checking in with your team mates once a month or so with an update--say, one Sunday evening when the world has gone to sleep? Mornings are the best time for planning, etc, for me, and evenings for reflection... it may work that way for you too.

    We're all interested in your continued progress, y'know. Set us a good example, girl, okay? Hug that hubby of yours for all of us... and good luck! (not that you'll need it...)

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    3355 days ago
    Best wishes! Praying for your hubby and for you as you care for him:)
    3356 days ago
  • CARLAH528
    I understand so well. I too have backed off a bit. You take care of you and DH. The two of you are what is important. And you are right. If you need Spark again we will be here. Good luck. *hugs*
    3357 days ago
    Hi Linda..........
    I totally understand what you are saying and why you are leaving. I have come very close to this decision many times. You said it so well in your statement: "I cannot let my virtual world over-rule my real world." This rings so true. When I find myself arranging my day around my computer instead of around my friends and family, I truly believe it is time to make some changes.
    My thoughts and prayers will continue to be with you and your husband. I am concerned about you too. I hope that you have had the tests recommended. You need to take care of yourself too. Please do that.
    I will miss you and am very proud of the success you have had. Please let me know how you are doing from time to time and if you ever need "An Ear", I am here.
    3357 days ago
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    I truly understand. Our families have to come first before time spent on these computers. I have been missing in action for a few weeks myself. So glad I logged in today. Thank you for all the support and encouragement you have given me. Take care of yourself and DH. I will keep the both of you in my prayers and I will keep up with you via Spark mail and directly don't rush to answer any of my emails. Since I am spending less time on my computer, I don't check emails.

    Will miss you. emoticon
    3357 days ago
    Best of luck, and I think you are wise in continuing to use the food tracker - it's a great tool and will hopefully keep you on the right track! Remember, we are always here if you need to come back for some renewed motivation!
    3357 days ago
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    3357 days ago
    I totally understand my friend.

    I am going to MISS YOU !! Take care and give DH a big ole hug for me and know that I have you both in my prayers each and every day.

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    3357 days ago
    An important step in taking care of yourself on this journey is to not be afraid to make those changes that will support your goals. You will be missed, but I appreciate the example you are setting of keeping priorities in order. BTW - 65 pounds lost is awesome!!!
    3358 days ago
    Good luck Linda, totally understand.
    Take care of each other and if you ever come back look me up! emoticon
    3358 days ago
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    Hugs to you and your hubby! Take care and "see" you soon.
    3358 days ago
  • YICHE12
    Hello Linda. I fully understand your needing to be close to your husband but please, please, do take care of yourself also. Do check in with us from time to time. Will miss you. emoticon my dear friend.
    3358 days ago
    Hi Linda - I understand what you are saying, and support you in your decision. We must all be careful that we don't allow our virtual family to take the place of our real family.

    I hope this gives you and DH more time to do things together and that once he starts dialysis he will feel better. You haven't said anything about your own health; I hope that you have had the tests you were waiting for. Please don't neglect your own health.

    I'll be in .touch from time to time via Spark Mail, because I consider you one of my best Spark friends. You both will stay in my thoughts and prayers, and I wish you both all the best.

    3358 days ago
    Linda, you have done a great job on your journey in the last year. I'm sorry that you have to leave this site, but believe me, I understand completely. Thanks for all your support during my mom's illness. You will be missed here, and more specifically your Sapphire sisters will miss you on the team chat thread. Take care and I hope someday things improve for you and dh personally so that you can come back. Blessings and emoticon Kim
    3358 days ago
    Linda, thank you for all your support during my brief time. It is just two months for me. Thank you for all your kind words and support. I am sure we will be hearing from you because we are your Spark Friends. I will miss you and your encouraging words. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3358 days ago
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