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Tuesday, August 31, 2010


There was a link to this thread in my email. Coach Nicole had posted the following:

Did you lose weight with a SparkFriend or a SparkTeam?

Then we want your story! If you lost weight with the help and support of a close-knit SparkFriend or small group within a SparkTeam, your story could be featured in a national women's magazine—and help Spread the Spark!

We're looking for interesting stories of women who met online at SparkPeople, became good friends and support buddies, and reach their goal weights together. The ideal story will involve SparkFriends who met online but have ALSO met up offline at least once. Supportive friendships through SparkTeams that meet this criteria will also be considered.

What's unique about your story (Did you run a race together? Travel across the country to meet? Contribute to a cause?)

Please share this post with anyone you think qualifies for the story and reply as soon as possible to be considered. We hope to pitch some amazing stories about our members to the press early next week.

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This made me think about the potential for Spark friends to really be a team in meeting our goals. Of course, we are ultimately responsible for our own behavior and successes.

This morning I wrote in my Spark journal that I was tired of being left behind. People who have joined much more recently have reached their goals, even ones with more weight to lose. How fair is that?
We don't reach our goals based on how long we are here. We reach our goals when we consistently do the things that move us towards good health, one pound at a time, one habit at a time, one step at time.

Thinking through goals for September as we wrap up the August log, blog and salad challenge, this tiny germ of an idea is sprouting. Teamwork, moving together with Spark friends. Is this possible? What do you think? The journey is easier when we travel with friends. We write our own success stories.

What does this mean to me? I tend to be silent when I need Spark the most. The challenge had us blogging and visiting other members Spark pages every day. It was not based on whether I felt like doing it every day. What rewards there has been in the process. This is definitely a habit I want to keep.
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  • MREE777
    Accountability Annie. I've loved you for the sister you are, but feel that I have not been truly supportive of your goals. Please forgive me. Can we be accountability partners? Supporting and encouraging each other is vital.
    3743 days ago
  • CMJONES77065
    The axiom that "there is strength in numbers" has never been truer than right here; a group of people with a common goal supporting each other along the way.
    3746 days ago
  • STIPER23
    I know what you mean...about everything. From being frustrated that others meet their goals before you and not utilizing the SP community when we should. I have been quietly active on SP since January 2010 but have only in the last few weeks come out of my shell and started to reach out to other Sparkers. Good luck!
    3747 days ago
    I have never met such a caring bunch of team mates in my life, without all the support I get here, I would have given up a long time ago, I too am losing weight slowly Annie, but at least I am eating healthier, and exercising every day, that's something I didn't do before, that to me is a big success, the rest will follow.

    Elaine emoticon
    3747 days ago
  • -POOKIE-
    I think friends here on SP are very important, I know I inspire people, I know I am inspired by others, I know I get support and give support.

    It makes me feel good spreading the fuzzies! emoticon
    3748 days ago
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