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Wake up!

Sunday, June 07, 2015

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!
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  • EILEEN828
    Gratitude is a wonderful characteristic to cultivate and I want you to know I appreciate you as well. Thanks for being a good friend and a wonderful motivator. It really does help you know. emoticon
    2160 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14903239
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I love this website, but the friends are what make it happen or to keep it going for me. Just like you said and I couldn't have said it better myself! Thank you for hanging in there and helping me too! You're the emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2160 days ago
    Nice Blog! Keep on moving,
    2160 days ago
  • BOPPY_
    Good Woik! emoticon

    Lee emoticon
    2166 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12036831
    Holly - what a wonderful post! You look great! Keep moving spark friend! Carleen emoticon
    2167 days ago
    You are so right! I've been on Spark for more than 5 years now and it made all the difference.

    2168 days ago
    I love that quote and that picture. I feel the same way. The support at Spark is wonderful. You look lovely and are doing so well maintaining your weight loss. I also have that thought..is this really me..getting up at 4:30 to workout and do yoga. It is so much more than a diet..It is a new life.
    2169 days ago
    I feel exactly the same way except I've been here a lot longer - over 6 years. Still, I check in every morning for my daily dose of motivation, from longtime maintainers to those just starting out.
    Both help me remember where I was, why I needed to change and how to do it.
    2169 days ago
    I love reading your blogs, and hearing from someone "on the other side". Proof that it is possible. You're always very encouraging, so from us new ones to SP, thank you. Now YOU are making a difference.
    2169 days ago
  • ANGGEL40
    Awesome blog and you are so right! Thank you for supporting me and cheering me on! You are an Awesome Sparkfriend Holly...God Bless!
    2169 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15324855
    This is such a beautiful blog, Holly. I agree - I am so thankful to have found SparkPeople, and I am so thankful to have you as a SparkFriend! You are such an inspiration and encouragement. Congratulations on two years of maintenance!! That's fantastic!!!! emoticon emoticon
    2169 days ago

    I so appreciate you!
    2169 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon This is truly a beautiful and inspiring blog. emoticon our Spark friends are very special. congratulations on all your accomplishments emoticon Hugs. Thank you for sharing. You look fantastic!
    2169 days ago
    emoticon That's what makes life worthwhile, achieving your dreams, what you thought was not possible, and then, savoring and working for it, minute by minute.

    2169 days ago
    Great blog and so true. I would never have predicted I could be an avid user of social media til I really started to use Spark.

    You look amazing!
    2169 days ago
    Holly, I think walking with you would be a blast! I, like you, have made some truly great friends here on spark and it is always fun going for a walk with them!

    Hugs for your Sunday!
    2169 days ago
    AWWWWW!!!!! This made me smile and then tear up! LOL So true! I feel the same way about Sparkfriends and it's funny because I'm always mention this sparkfriend or that sparkfriend when I talk to people just as I would with any other friends because it really is simply friendship all around! I love that we get to connect with others here on spark or I'd probably feel pretty lonely with all that I have gone through during my journey to health and within health too!
    2170 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12068097
    Wonderful blog. You are one of our Rock Stars. Rock on.
    2170 days ago
    Oh Holly - what a beautiful and inspiring blog!!!!!
    2170 days ago
  • no profile photo PATTYGIVENS
    Just want to say you look beautiful !!!!
    2170 days ago
    Thank you for this Holly, I needed it. I need to give up the stress eating for good and go back to my better habits from the beginning of my journey with SP in 2010.
    I thank you for reminding me that with y'alls help I can get through this and reach my goals. emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    2170 days ago
    What a beautiful blog Holly! Congratulations on two years of maintenance! I am so proud of you! Thank you for being such a wonderful sparks friend! You are a true blue friend! I can always count on you for making me smile every day! Thank you for all your encouragement and support! I think you are a beautiful person inside and out! I feel truly blessed that we have become sparks friends! Wishing you and your honey a Bright and Beautiful Sunday full of lots of Love and Happiness!
    Hugs and love to you My Wonderful Sparks Friend, xoxo

    2170 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/7/2015 10:26:44 AM
    2170 days ago
    Good Morning Holly! As always, you look beautiful and amazing! You are right about our SparkFriends, they are the best...so supportive and wonderful! Love and hugs to you, may your Sunday be sunny and bright!
    2170 days ago
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