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Overwhelmed

Monday, December 23, 2013

Every day I look forward to sitting down at the computer and going thru my Friend Feed - seeing what everyone is accomplishing and reading new blogs. This truly is an amazing site with some of the most generous, caring people on it. I talk about a lot of people I've met here to my husband and sometimes he gets this look trying to remember who "so & so" is... and then I remind him- spark! He doesn't quite understand how I can feel like I have friendships with so many people I've never met :) But he doesn't realize the depth of support that is here. Comments, mail, goodies - just taking the time to encourage someone can go a long way in the battle to lose weight, get healthy or keep spirits uplifted. We all know life can be so hard. I've read too many blogs of women losing their babies, or people will ill family members, family losing jobs ~ and yet through it all, there is still hope. I guess that's what I love so much. We live in a world with so much negativity and unhappiness & yet, here is a place where people care about you for you. It doesn't matter if you're overweight and feeling ugly. No one cares - it's about each of us being a person. Not being defined by our weight or our status in life.

So, I'm feeling overwhelmed with joy this morning b/c I have met some amazing people on this site. I'm thrilled for all of the members who reach out to each other with love and encouragement. To anyone who reads this blog today, please know that you are special to me. I care about each and every one of you. And I thank you for ALL of your kindness and support. I hope everyone has a great week. Merry Christmas & Happy Hannukah (Sorry, no idea how to spell that). Love you all!!!
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  • CTUPTON
    I am overwhelmed with joy, too! This is such a wonderful site! I try to explain to friends how great it is, but they don't really understand at all.

    chris emoticon
    2531 days ago
  • APRILRUSSELL3
    I agree the people on here really do care! I couldn't do it without you all! An I care about you all too.
    2535 days ago
  • -JAMES-
    TWESTEN1,

    I had a similar thought today too. I thought its crazy that there are these "virtual" people out there. My only communication with them is via keystrokes. Yet something very real comes through, and I do care. There is indeed a depth of support. Just knowing that there is a community of like minded people makes a huge difference.

    I started Spark People on a particular diet, the "Ideal Protein Diet". I stick around on other low carb teams for a few reasons. First, I am fully convinced that low carb is healthier than high carb, and I want to help others. Secondly I find that others help me.

    James
    2537 days ago
  • WILDKAT781
    Merry Christmas to you too...I agree...this is an awesome place and the friendships are very real and very wonderful!!!

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    2538 days ago
  • KING_SLAYER
    This is a wonderful place to feel accepted and encouraged. Merry Christmas to you :)
    2538 days ago
  • CTUPTON
    OH! What a heartfelt message! I am delighted you have found support here. It sure is here 24/7! It has been the group that has kept me going. I don't know what I'd do without my spark friends. chris emoticon
    2538 days ago
  • AALLEY2
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  • _BABE_
    I am definitely glad we met and I am happy to say you are my spark friend. Merry Christmas and 2014 IS going to be the year we get this done! emoticon
    2538 days ago
  • ANNABELLISABEL
    You are a wonderful motivator. I am so glad to have you as a friend. Any motivation you've had, I'm glad for it. I definitely know what you mean though, Josh is always like, wait who? Haha.


    :)
    2538 days ago
  • AMARILYNH
    emoticon This is SO true! I've experienced the joy of meeting some of my SparkFriends in real life and it is just so amazing - though we are meeting face to face for the first time, we KNOW each other as if we've been life long friends! In fact I think sometimes we know each other BETTER than life long friends because this is a 'safe' place where we can be completely honest with each other about life's struggles.

    The support I receive here is the only reason I truly feel, for the first time in my adult life, that I can KEEP the weight I've lost OFF! That is indeed a wonderful feeling!!

    One more thing - reading your 'title,' JOY is not what I expected you to be overwhelmed with at this time of year. I LOVE it - because peace and joy are two of life's most wonderful feelings!
    2538 days ago
  • FENWAYGIRL18
    There are many great people on this site and I have some special spark friends that have gotten me through the death of my mother and 2 respiratory failures with my dad and then gave me some good advice about putting my life first when my dad was belitting me and being just plain rotten to the point of literally making me sick (I suffer from lyme and fibro) the stress was making me very sick and I finally had to say I was done with my dad.
    These people got me through a lot and for that I'm very thankful, it's true there are some you have close friendship even if it's via computer. One girl asked if you could send cards to her aunt that had uterine cancer and it had spread to her lungs, she needed cheering up. Just by reading her plea many of us sent letters, I thought how scared this poor woman must be, I sent her an angel and have prayed for her. My husband said who are these cards for and I explained , I don't know if he gets it how it's like a little family here, but he thought what I did was nice.
    Its just repaying the kindness that has been shown to me on this site.
    I'm glad you've had some positive friendships here also!
    I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy / HEALTHY New year!
    2538 days ago
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