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Saturday, June 12, 2021

The initial shock of the Spark changes has worn off. I went through all the stages of grief rather quickly. Having a few more weeks to figure out my next steps allows me more time to accept this change and make a plan. I’ve also been so busy at work, my goals most days is just to make it to the end without tears, screaming or breaking something or someone.

I have kept up with moving daily but I’ve had to change what I do based on the weather and an injured arm. I’ve also found the late nights and poor eating some days impacts my energy level. Some mornings I just don’t have a lot to give but, I make myself walk at a minimum.


I’m excited I finished my 1st virtual 5k this morning. I even won my age group which was a complete surprise but super motivating. I have no illusions about my true athletic abilities and I’m sure there weren’t a lot of participants that submitted times but, I will take it!

Looking forward, I’ve signed up for the new Spark. I haven’t really had time to use it daily because I log my food here, send pics to a nutritionist and I can’t do another thing right now. I’ve connected with the Spark alumni on Facebook and some friends on IG.

We have all been on our health and wellness journeys a long time. We’ve overcome so many obstacles, including illnesses, weight gains and injuries. SparkPeople is a tool that connects the community but it is just a tool. We can figure this out, regroup and continue our programs successfully.


I told y’all my momma didn’t raise a quitter! Today is not the day to start and nobody gets to tell me when I stop climbing, crawling, scrambling, fighting toward my goal to be better today than I was yesterday and meet my weight and fitness goal. I didn’t even know this morning but I woke up a WINNER!

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I am sending you positive vibes for the week!
Ms. Most Improved
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    New Hair---made me hear----this girl is on fire! And, she was, at her first virtual 5K! Congrats! Let me know, please, sometime before the end, where you will be...I have not decided fully, yet. But, you energize me, even when you're pooped!
    32 days ago
    Girl, you wake up a winner and go to sleep a winner!!! I'm going to miss your regular posts so come join me on Fatsecret... the more I use it, the more I like it!
    44 days ago
    Congratulations on your achievement!
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  • LPORTER2015
    I love your positive vibes and willingness to encourage others. Congrats to you as well!
    45 days ago
    I have always adapted well to change.
    Heck, I attended 3 high schools when "leaving one's friends" really meant LEAVING them unless we wrote letters.
    Now we have so many alternatives to stay connected to spark friends.
    Alternative "people centered" websites, google groups, FB, or just plain sharing email addresses

    I saw the writing on the wall quite awhile ago. Probably because in my life I’ve seen enough “benign neglect” of apartment buildings, companies and websites to know something was in the works – convert to condos, sold to a developer or taken by a “corporate raider”

    I’m glad that Chris is healthy and this was to pursue the more lucrative corporate model rather than a health issue.
    Right now I’m spending all my time downloading my blogs, deleting email and making the connections that have become important to me.

    Take care of yourself.

    45 days ago
    LOVE the picture and congratulations. DEFINITELY we are not quitters. Too feisty for that, right!?!
    45 days ago
    Great job! You are a star! You keep going no matter how tough it gets! Admire that quality! I signed up for the new site and looked around but will probably not be getting involved. I haven’t used SP the “right” way for a long time; mainly to keep in touch with old friends. I will miss that as it seems they’ll be a bit scattered now.
    45 days ago
  • LIS193
    45 days ago
    Go you! And you ain’t leaving me behind!
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  • LORI-K
    Congratulations on your run!
    Keep it going.
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    I am too busy right now to look back and move quickly into the acceptance Part! ... Truthfully it did not come as a big surprise. Right now it is taking me forever and a day to copy all my blogs LOL! .. I figure it will take me another 10 or 11 days and then I can ship out! ... emoticon ... I am not signing up for the new spark or for any program right now if ever. I feel like I am pretty in and dated with hell And fitness information to last a lifetime! (Seriously)...... emoticon
    45 days ago
  • ELSCO55
    45 days ago
    Yes, yes!!
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    Awesome accomplishments, Ms Sypress! I am more resistant to change, and therefore slower, but I’m trying to preview and figure it out. My actions so far? Pretty much the same as what Koffeenut (love that name) said: Joined New Spark(Lite) -same user name- but haven’t explored much. I promptly found Community and joined the Sparkle and Shine (SparkPeople Refugees) group. I also will track and interact with friends on the real Spark till The End. Doing the final 5% Challenge starting next Saturday. Go Rowdy Rebels! Hang in there, warrior. Hope work behaves better next week. Hugs. 🤗
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    You rock..............thanks for the positive message..

    45 days ago
    Like you, I signed up at the new site (as KoffeeNut) and figured if it turns out not to fit my needs, I'll look at where some other Sparkpeople landed to see if there is something that works for me better. This is not a brick wall, it's a bump in the road. The nutrition and exercise trackers are what brought me to Sparkpeople but the COMMUNITY is what made me stay. My current plan is to hang here until they turn off the lights - by then I should have a better feel for what comes next for me!
    45 days ago
    emoticon Sparks isn't totally going away ... just changing.

    Just like us ... we are doing our best to ... change.
    45 days ago
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