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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Wow! I've been waiting for this for a long time. Not just the months that I've been actively changing my lifestyle and losing weight, but also the 17 years I spent getting heavy and NOT changing my lifestyle.

I am beyond grateful for all the help I have gotten - from my DH and kids, who have all been so supportive - literally through thick and thin; and also for everyone here at SparkPeople - friends, teammates and coaches - who have encouraged, counselled, and challenged me, and who helped me celebrate the many small victories and stick with the plan through the struggles along the way.

This daily devotional from the UCC, written by Jimmy R. Watson (Pastor of St. Andrew United Church of Christ, Louisville, Kentucky), seems appropriate. I think of Spark as an "authentic community of compassion and care":
Holy and Transparent God, you have invited us to lunch at your banquet and we know why we are here: to live in authentic communities of compassion and care. No pyramid schemes are needed here for motivation. Amen
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