Wake up every day and be thankful that you are here on this earth and you get another day to make the most of your life and be thankful for what you have and what you can do.
I am almost at 2 years of maintenance and 3 years of being here on SP.
My life has changed dramatically because of that I have learned here and the friends and support that I have found here.
Every time I read about another sp friend who has done something they never thought was possible, I just smile and think good for them. They stepped out of their comfort zone and did something that they probably never thought they could do. I know that is so true for me.
Losing 40 some pounds and keeping it off for 2 years? Really? Learning to love to run and make exercise a daily part of my life for 3 years? Really, could this really be me?
Is this really something I learned to incorporate into my life and make it is lifestyle change?
Some days I look at my ticker and I just can't believe it. I never thought I could be part of a web site and find so much more than a "Diet plan". I have found friendship beyond my imagination, I know that if I were to meet any of my sp friends in real life, at a park to go for a walk, we would hug and be so happy to meet one another and then we would carry on like old friends
I miss some of my friends that have left SP and I hope they are doing well and carrying on in their new lifestyle without the tools that I have found so useful and helpful. I have some friends that came back and they are so glad to be back amongst friends!
We are all here for one purpose, to be able to live a healthy life, to do the best that we can, to learn some new ways that will help us to go on with this healthy lifestyle.
I could not have done this without all of the people that have been here with me and who have encouraged and supported and cheered me up and cheered me on! I have found new friends along the journey and I try to pay it forward to the new people just joining. If I had not found those few great friends at the beginning of my journey, I don't know that this would have clicked with me and I don't know if I would have been as successful as I have been. My guess is that I would not have been. I had lost weight before and gained it back because I quit exercising and I started eating the way I had before I lost the weight and we all know that is not going to work!
So once again, I have to thank all of my very wonderful SP friends who are some of the nicest people that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. You have made a difference in my life and you are so important! Never ever doubt that you make a difference in life because I can guarantee that everyone here does!
Keep on spreading the spark and keep on sparking yourselves! Together, we can do this!
then and now!