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Sunday, December 17, 2017

I have lost my relevancy on this website, sorry to say :-( I have been here since 2009 and enjoyed every minute of my interactions with some great people. You have been awesome Sparkies!

But the fact of the matter is I do a lot of time wasting here just trying to earn points so I can give nice Spark goodies. I never seem to save up enough to get really good goodies because it gets spread out among many friends. I have read many of the same articles over and over again. The new content they put out I have already heard of elsewhere.

Everyone I know personally except my Mom & Stepdad are on Facebook. Even some old Spark friends rather hang out there than here. I have resisted going over to Facebook because I simply don't like the platform and I don't like megaliths :-)

Every health & wellness professional I follow has a private Facebook group to which I have been invited but refused.

I have not only missed out on great content, but the ability to interact and ask questions of the people I follow. Am I stupid or what? I want to find out answers to my health questions but have muted myself just because I can't stand their chosen platform.

All my favorite local businesses and events are on Facebook.

Some times it takes several poundings over the head to get the message.

If I want to get serious about my health, I need to hang where the action is. I have missed many live trainings and Q & A sessions given by my health professionals on Facebook.

Imagine the people I could meet, who have health issues like me and can really understand how it is to struggle to get out of bed in the morning and get moving or to never be able to sleep fully past a few hours due to pain.

I follow two pain specialists and never had the chance to ask them a question because their chosen platform of interaction is on Facebook.

The bottom line is I can't be in two places at once. I always preferred interacting on Sparkpeople rather than wading through all the junk on Facebook to get to my friend's posts. So I limited my time there to the bare minimum.

I have loved my time on here, but like other things in my life its time to move on. Most of my old friends here are inactive or don't bother to stop by my posts anymore, so I will have to drop by and say goodbye on their pages.

I even reconnected with a couple of elementary school chums on Facebook!

So it makes much more sense to hang out on Facebook where all events happening currently in my life are posted. I guess that was its original purpose to simply connect people. As its doubtful I would never get to travel and meet any of my far away Spark friends, it makes more sense to be on the local scene in my corner of the world.

I have had some grand adventures I have shared some of with you, but this isn't really the right place for that.

I made it to the top level in Sparkdom, level 25 (over 330,000 Sparkpoints) 1174 days of logging in, broken of course by hospital visits, so this shows its been a while since my last one :-) Hopefully a trend that will continue.

There is no question I will miss you all. But I don't seem to have much to offer you anymore.

As this is a premium account, I don't want to delete it, but perhaps pass it on to someone I might meet who could enjoy it. This means I have to clear out all my stuff on it, including the friend's list and I would request you unfriend me so there are no 'ghosts' left on it.

My sister suggested saving some of my blogs as a memory. That is a good suggestion, especially those I have shared useful information I might forget. Kind of a journal.

I had asked before if anyone is on Facebook, would they like to add me there, and only had a few takers, so that shows no one here is really all that interested in interacting with me to a further level.

This is an incredible site for support for weight loss and I like to hope I am done with that!!

I like to write and will miss it. Thanks for the few popular blogs you have given me, that was special.

Thanks for being here for me!

This was one of the best online homes ever!

Wishing you all success, good health, good fortune and to always remember to live each day you are gifted to the fullest!

Never give up, never give in, don't worry be happy!
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    You will be missed here plenty. I hope you sop by every so often even just to visit. Hoping you find some help with Facebook.
    1135 days ago
    So sorry to hear this Linda! I am later getting here since I haven't been feeling good lately and not online much last few days.
    You will be missed! Plus, your beautiful pics and informative blogs! You have helped many, many people on here, including me! Totally understand your reasoning and sounds like it will be the best for you. If you ever come back and I am still here, let me know. Not on facebook and In case I join it in the future, (you never know), how about stopping by and letting me know your facebook name. I would connect with you on there. Thanks for the goodie and your email.
    Best of luck to you in the future. Hopefully you can find someone on Facebook who can help you with your health issues. Big, Big Hugs and Lots of thanks to my longest spf on here! Take care. emoticon emoticon
    1135 days ago
  • LINDA!
    I am soooo sorry to see you leave. I do understand what you mean....I do spend so much time on Spark and Facebook. I have sent you my Facebook name and would love to be friends. I also have Spark Friends on Facebook. Another way to always connect.
    1135 days ago
    So sorry to hear you are leaving SP. I have been really busy lately and it seems I am not getting all the notifications of stuff in here lately either, so I didn't know you were thinking of leaving. I am on Facebook too, but I have really cut back on all my internet stuff as I have been so busy with work and other stuff. All my best to you always. Janette
    1135 days ago
    Oh my goodness! I am NOT on Facebook (and yes, there are platforms there such as Jon Gabriel and Bright Line Eating boot camps which aren't accessible to me . . .) but I will absolutely miss you here. You have made an enormous contribution and have been a much loved Sparkie. You've brought a wealth of wise personal observations and much information gleaned from your "on line" PhD level learning in health and wellness. I am going to miss news of your mother and Daisy and your contributions to the patient advisory board.

    I can only respect (and I do understand) your decision.

    Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity of getting to meet your indomitable spirit here, wishing you all the best going forward.

    I will wear that farewell tiara with pride and gratitude!
    1135 days ago
    You are a wonderful intelligent kind generous person. You really helped me a lot during my travails which unfortunately still continue, alas. I will surely follow you. Take care and thank you so much for your courage and fun!!!
    1135 days ago
    Good luck to you! I hope you get what you are looking for out of FB.
    1135 days ago
    May you find what you are searching for and discover that wonderful life we all have wanted
    1135 days ago
    I am really sorry you are leaving Linda. Hopefully you will find that Facebook doesn't do it all and come back, don't delete your account.

    FB is nice and I go there for my "special groups" but I find it very different than Sparks and I need them both.

    Wish you the very best on your health, hope you will change your mind in 2018 and come back

    Take care my friend emoticon
    1135 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/17/2017 9:04:14 AM
    I will miss you a lot. Big big big hug, Linda.
    1135 days ago
    Hi Linda,
    Thanks for alerting me to your move ...I just read you blog and understand the bittersweet aspect of your decision... I have moved on to FB more also, (as you know. So grateful for your friendship and support there.) Now maybe you and i can talk on the live chat...wouldn't that be cool?

    I have more to say about it but will save it for FB as this isn't the place for it.
    looking forward to seeing you on FB! All the best~!
    1135 days ago
    You're an amazing woman, Linda, and I'll miss you. Best of luck!
    1135 days ago
    All the best.
    1135 days ago
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