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Thursday, March 31, 2011

When i first joined sparkpeople back in January 2009 I didn't know what to expect. I was skeptical about whether or not it could really offer me anything to help get me going in the right direction. And honestly for a long time it didn't. We all know though you only get from something what you put in to it. And frankly I didn't put much effort in to it at all.

It took me a while but when I finally decided to use the tools offered to us here I realized that maybe this little corner of the World Wide Web was just what I needed. I reached out to others and found in doing so that others reached out to me. I started using the trackers for food and fitness and started becoming more and more aware of what I was eating and what I was burning. Most importantly I joined groups and allowed myself to get to know others who are all going through the same struggles day in and day out. At the end of the day whether you have 100 pounds to lose, 50 pounds to lose or just trying to maintain and keep healthy we ALL are in the same boat. That is what makes this site so great. So many people trying to figure out the same things. It sure make it easier to wake up every morning and keep on going when you know the rest of us are doing it to.

This site has blessed me more than I thought it could, in SO many ways. One of the most special and wonderful things it has given me is a friendship that I cannot even begin to express my gratitude towards. Aimee (AIMEEM77) has been such an inspiration and friend to me. She pushes me, she believes in me and keeps me accountable EVERY day. A while back I asked her if she would come run a 5k with me? Almost without hesitation she said yes. So we decided on the Shamrock Run which was here in Portland on March 13th. I was SO excited for my friend to come visit me and run with me. Sadly while training I broke my foot and was not able to run. I felt so bad that I had asked her to fly dead across the country for this and then I left her to run without me. But she assured me it was okay and that the race was just an excuse to come visit. We had a wonderful weekend. I was very happy that her and my husband Chris got along famously, I knew they would be it was still a relief to actually see it. We took her to the Oregon Coast which is one of my favorite places EVER. We took her to Multnomah Falls and for a drive along the Columbia River Gorge on our way to visit another dear Spark friend Rachel.

Besties


Me and Chris


Rachel, Me and Aimee


My friends Tammy and Jeremy, Hubby Chris and my girl Aimee


Although I was disappointed that I couldn't run the race with her. I was so happy to finally be able to spend time with and HUG my friend who has become such an important and special part of my life.

To the rest of you much love. I am happy, blessed and honored to know each and every one of you. You all help and encourage me in your own ways and my hope is I do the same for you.
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  • SMILELEE
    That is awesome! What a great story of friendship and support.
    3522 days ago
  • THEASHINATOR
    emoticon Great blog.
    3532 days ago
  • WOODSYGIRL
    This was such a great blog! I'm so sorry you broke your foot and couldn't run in the race. It sounds like you have a terrific support system with your husband and your friend, who didn't mind a wink about coming out and getting to spend time with you, regardless of running the race or not. THAT is friendship, and I think that is just awesome!
    3533 days ago
  • SKUNKY4
    What an honest blog. I'm so glad that you had the chance to spend time with Aimee and Rachel. They are both exceptional people. emoticon
    I know what you mean about "We all know though you only get from something what you put in to it." My heart is willing but sometime my mind and flesh poop out on me! I'm really trying though and this weeks challenge will help!
    I'm sorry you were unable to run the race with Aimee, but I'm glad you were there to cheer her on.
    Hope someday to meet you in person instead of flat Evey! emoticon
    3536 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6281318
    Evey,
    Aimee is pretty Awesome isn't she? but then, "birds of a feather flock together!" Right? emoticon

    emoticon emoticon Two cute chicks! (It was this icon or rubber duckies) LOL!

    I was so honored to have you, Chris, and Aimee come all the way down the Gorge to visit me! Now that my friend blessed me! Thank you Evey, I think you are pretty Awesome too and I'm glad you're my "spark" friend" Blessings, Rachel

    3537 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/31/2011 8:03:08 PM
  • DMC10241
    You definately encouraged me yesterday. After having one of the worst days in quite a while, you made me smile emoticon No, scratch that you actually made me laugh! emoticon Thank you!
    3537 days ago
  • AIMEEM77
    Aww!! You are going to make me cry...AGAIN...lol! You mean the worls to me and i love you dearly! I had a fantastic time-thanks for sharing your life with me!
    3537 days ago
  • GMINYARD
    Love the blog - that was so fun.
    3537 days ago
  • WILDFLOWERR_
    Great Blog, and YES Aimee is a very special person! emoticon

    3537 days ago
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