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Joining a New Team--A Wholesome, Inspirational, Healthy & Joyful Life

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Hello to all of you! I joined this team a few months ago and have been "deciding" to be part of it ever since. So, today when I'm going to Ft. Lewis to have a complete Fitness Test, I "decided" it was time to come out of that phase and introduce myself to the Team. Also, I observe myself giving my heart to others more and more, relying on the Spirit of the Universe to give me the needed support and ideas. So, I'm also introducing all of you to the Team in case you want to check it out.

Actually, I'm in a phase where I'm drawing back from Spark. Don't get me wrong here! Spark has given me this renewed energy and slim body that I am SO VERY grateful for. I AM BEYOND GRATEFUL FOR SPARK AND SO GLAD I FOUND THIS WEBSITE WHEN I DID. My blood pressure, anxiety, and weight were extreme and I needed Spark so much. It took me double hip replacements, recovery and personal training, and about a year to lose the 45+ pounds with Spark. All of that has changed my life and my day-to-day philosophy immensely.

It's just that I've been in Maintenance now for 3 1/2 years, and I want to reduce the time I spend online and figure out a way I can be most effective in my life the rest of the time. I've found that now on Maintenance, I don't have to be so focused in on how many calories, fruits and vegetables, glasses of water, fitness minutes, etc. It just happens. I am weighing myself regularly and frankly, I splurge when I want to. I exercise when my body says "Go", which is almost every day.

The spot I'm in is wanting to go on my own with menu planning and grocery shopping. I'm leaning toward more vegetarian and vegan meals. I find the Spark Meals helpful some of the time, but without enough variety and non-meat emphasis for me. As a retired person now, I get money twice a month and want to plan menus and go shopping only at those times. I think I can do it with the tools of my cookbooks, online recipes, and then check myself from time to time on Spark.

Maybe this will explain it: In 1980, I wrote and published a collection of favorite recipes I had collected as an Army wife called "When the Cupboard Is Bare". That book was indexed by ingredient...for instance, mushroom soup instead of Eggs Benedict. I still cook that way, even though now mostly with a microwave and crockpot. I find Spark's instant breakdown of major nutrients so very helpful, but not their suggested meals.

You'll probably see me still. I'll likely blog when something special happens. Like the 5K race I'll walk on Saturday. (I almost hate to tell you, since my son Eric is going to run 74 MILES in a straight up and down race on the same day.) Whenever I have something to say...you know.

Hugs to all of you! I do appreciate the support of the Spark Community....even when I'm going on my own.
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  • KENDRACARROLL
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    right back atcha.
    We'll see you around!
    Best wishes!
    1032 days ago
  • IMPROVINGME
    Best wishes, Patti!
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    1032 days ago
  • NOMI_822
    Awesome, you can so do it!! emoticon emoticon
    1033 days ago
  • no profile photo LAH1222
    Best of luck to you. We will miss you but you need to do what is good for you.
    1034 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    You'll be missed, but know you're surrounded by good thoughts, love and encouragement.

    HUGS
    1034 days ago
  • QUARTERMASTER3
    Best of luck to you.
    1035 days ago
  • OLDEROWL
    Patti. My own HUGS back to you from our team. Thank you for sharing what is on your mind. Obviously, you come a long way since you been in Spark; from one with high blood pressure, anxiety, 45+ pounds overweight and needing double hip surgery to to one where, from how you describe your current life, most all of these problems have mostly been solved with the help of Sparkpeople; and all the support from spark members sharing each others journey was a big benefit. I found my journey in Sparkpeople to be very successful also, but like you I need to cut back some also. I will still be very active in Spark but not as much.

    Do continue to come and visit us from time to time. I understand from your prior communications that your family life is very important to you and like most of us, there is always the problem of keeping everything in balance. I'm glad that you like the philosophy of our Spark team and plan to visit us and continue to share your journey via Spark Blogs from time to time.

    I plan to keep my dream going of creating a team where Spark members can share what is on there mind, support and get support from each other, while living a Wholesome, Inspirational, Healthy and Joyous Life going as part of my future so this team will always be here for you. Until recently, there has not been much activity here. In the past the post in my team have been mostly me sharing advice re living a balanced good life, but it hasn't gotten much response from team members. I been reading a book which says the best way to coach is by asking questions not by giving information and advice. You helped me greatly with your insights, and I plan to make as a 2nd sticky topic "Whats on your Mind?" and a 3rd Sticky Topic, "What are the Real Challenges You Face? P.S. I won't be give solutions as much as asking still more follow up questions to allow for the team to resolve the many issues faced by team members. Mr. Owl
    1035 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/29/2018 12:43:16 PM
  • NASFKAB
    All the best to you will miss you but you have to go on Where could I find a copy of your book?
    1035 days ago
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