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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Okay, I don't know if it's the fact that I'm just a sap or it's this straight Vodka I'm drinking - why not 'fess up? My food and exercise journal are public anyway! But a member from one of my teams just reached out to me this evening (you know who you are) because she felt I was feeling discouraged and that just really touched me. I have my girls from college on here on our own private team, but they rarely post anymore - yall know it's true! LOL! We have several other life experiences to bond over, but losing weight really isn't one of them. hahah But this past Biggest Loser team has been the absolute BEST and I swear I love those gals! I have really enjoyed "meeting" all of them. I had no idea that I would feel like I actually knew most of them by the end of 12 weeks, but I do. That's why SP is so great. It just connects people who would never meet if not for weight loss/healthy living goals. I can't talk about my struggles and daily habits with my friends IRL (In Real Life)...frankly, they just don't care. On SP, we're all struggling with something, a lot of us have the same goals, it's just perfect. I love it.

I remember after several of the challenge teams I joined this year, a one-month challenge ended, I still checked up on one particular member to see how she was doing. Well she had since joined another team and blogged about how that was the best team she had found on SP! I was a little offended/hurt because I was on a previous team that clearly wasn't the best for her...but now I understand. I really feel like I've found a team of people who I have genuninely connected with and who care if I succeed or fail and I'm interested in how they're doing as well. I also felt that way about my friend Helen from the August [2006] Bride Bootcamp - she was from England!! - but I think she's disappeared for a moment. But anyway, I love SparkPeople for connecting me with my Biggest Loser team. YOU GALS ROCK!!!
(okay, if you're on my BL team and you're reading this right now, you have to reply with a RIGHT ON or something! LOL)
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    Cali, I am a new member to our BLC4 team but I am sure that I am going to feel the same way that you have expressed. I have been on several other teams, some of them work and are supportive and some are don't. I have been lucky and have a few that I really feel connected with. Actually one of them recommended me to sign up for BLC and I am so glad she did. It is so important to have a sounding board for your struggles and accomplishments and to feel as though people care about you and what you are going through. In the short week I have been on the Lavender tem, I feel that. So I thank you and the rest of the team for passing on what has been given to you and sharing with the rest of us! I hope I can return the favor!

    4938 days ago
    Cali, it just wouldn't be the same not seeing your smiling face on the message board everyday! I'm very grateful for our little group too and all the encouragment and support and fun we have. So glad you're a part of it and I've had the chance to get to know you.
    4945 days ago
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    Okay, so I'm a little late responding but all I have to say is a huge AMEN!
    4946 days ago
    Hi Cali,

    Glad to see that you are lovin' Sparkpeople and are receiving the much needed support from your BL group.

    Keep up the good work.

    4946 days ago
    Mel - you know you're included! You, Julie, Rita, Helen, Centauri...I really appreciate how you all read my blog and thread posts and comment on them. We are not in this alone. My BL friends are great!!!
    4949 days ago
    Here here! I am super happy to 'know' you. There is no way I would be able to face the weight loss battle by myself. The people physically around me are supportive, but they would lose patience pretty quickly with how obsessive I have to be to make it happen. Not you. You are obsessive right along with me! :)

    I am thrilled to have our group, and honored to be on your team.

    Don't be discouraged. (I'm telling you as much as I'm telling myself.) Just think of it this way... the longer it takes us to reach our goal, the longer we get to hang out at SP together.

    p.s. Do you like how I just assume that you include me in your praise?
    4949 days ago
    Awww! We love you, too!!! And can I please tell you how happy I am that you're migrating with the rest of us ;)
    4950 days ago
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