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just sayin’ … I’m back and Sparks is ???

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Well, dang I come back from Texas … and y’all have messed up Sparks.

I spent tons of time hugging on our DS1 after not seeing him for almost 2 years. I gave him his quilt I made for his birthday a year and a half ago. He goes to the doc the end of July to see if the powerful meds he is taking are changing the pituitary brain tumor. He suffers a daily migraine … so hopefully that means the tumor is shrinking.

I spent 5 days “tidying up” BFF’s house. I got to say good-bye in my own way. Her son gave me permission to bring home the “gifts” she promised me. I also brought home 8 quilts to finish for her and 2 quilts for her g-kids to basically start and finish by Christmas. BFF no longer hand quilted like I do … so machine quilting will finish them up in the fall.

Since November I feel like I have been struggling with losses … the loss of my close relationship with our DD, the loss of Hubby during his manic / psychotic episode, the loss of my BFF of 35 years and now … the loss of the Spark Community.

I’m sure Chris Downie has good reasons to change the SparkPeople format … I mean he started Sparks to bring together folks who were focusing on becoming healthy. Along the way Sparkers have achieved their goals … I lost weight and gained it back … and we’ve made “real” friends.

I came back from Texas re-dedicated to purge my body, soul and home of everything that doesn’t work for me.

How am I gonna do that with out the support from BFF and alllllllll y’all???

Change your mind … and the rest WILL follow.
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    My heart reaches out to you. You've been through so much, and here you are, battling on, being the warrior in the storm. Hugs and smiles to you dear friend emoticon emoticon

    PS: have you looked at My Fat Secret? It has a similar set up to Spark, and is free too. A few of us have joined already. I am Libelulita on there, as on here if you want to look me up.
    46 days ago
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    It's the end of one chapter and the beginning of another! Spark is a business. Like others mentioned, it isn't personal, it's business. Some employees in a business can show they care, but the bottom line a business must make money to thrive and survive!

    Just like our bodies and minds! What do we do to thrive?

    I looked at some of the many Face Book and Google locations many are scrambling to create. Like all are jumping for lifeboats. But what are YOUR goals? What will help YOU? Everyone's journey is different.

    For me, I decided that I am not joining anything new. I am great when I push myself and I don't rely on others for "diet" support. I often use excuses that others share and use them for myself, but again that is just me. I don't need others to cheer for me if I only have 1 slice of pizza, or I lost 2 lbs. I do it for me. I don't need to report to others if I choose to eat an entire container of ice cream, but again that is just me.

    The bottom line: Life has challenges! But we only get one trip. What will you do with yours? What makes you feel good? What gives your body the best chance of having a longer happier journey?

    Hugs to you! I know you have been through and continue to go through a lot!

    I will be keeping in touch with the few SparkFriends I have through my Gmail. If you ever need/want to chat I will always "listen". I will always be honest. Feel free to reach out to me through Sparkmail and I will share my Gmail with ya!

    One choice at a time. You matter!

    Hugs,Love, and look for rainbows!
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    47 days ago
    You have had a lot to cope with -- and look at you, remaining the same steadfast kind engaged imaginative person you ARE. Finishing up your BFF's quilts for her and her family members: she is smiling down at you. I'm with OKM . . . it's taking a bit of bandwidth but we have many resources to stay in touch and there is still time before SP shuts the doors!!
    47 days ago
  • DSJB9999
    I had to remind a friend and myself today that it isn't personal with Sparks closing, we are not important enough to have him close it because of any of us! Well done for finishing those quilts for your BFF, you are very kind and the ones you had done for your family members. Only recently we commented that someone had the 'job' of passing on our demise through Spark, but things change don't they. We can share things for another two months so I'm going to enjoy it before it ends. love and hugs Donna xxx
    47 days ago
    It is nice to see you back. The loss of Spark People is a blow to most of us. After taking time to process the news many of us are finding other apps and sites to use. We are sharing contact information to make sure we don't lose people who have become dear to us over the years. I have been reading (and deleting) my old blogs. Reading the comments brings memories of people who were here for a season and left for whatever reason. We have until Aug. 17 although a few have left already. I plan to stay until SparkPeople turns the lights off.

    Take care emoticon
    47 days ago
    HUGS HUGS HUGS HUGS HUGS. It has been beyond a rough year. Too many changes. And yet those changes keep on rolling in. Some days the head seems to spin like the Exorcist.

    BUT as OKM says, we need to follow in other venues, other ways. It'll be strange, but . . . it can still work.

    In the meantime, surrounding you with loving vibes and if I could invoke a protective bubble I would!

    48 days ago
    Answer: don't lose us all... follow us to other venues. It's going to take more bandwidth, mentally, I know, for me to be blogging as an independent, and I'm having trouble identifying everyone from the comments as some come across as "unknown" and some ask questions like "how do I follow" and whether I even know the answers (and I don't, fortunately some others more familiar with the venue are answering).

    What I *have* figured out is that those who create a profile for themselves on Blogger show up under their Blogger name as commenters... and several have created Blogger profiles with their Spark names, so they are easy to recognize. Like I said, it's gonna take more mental bandwidth, and I don't know how much you've got to spare... I know it put a burr under MY personal saddle, and I shall rise to this challenge. I hope that enough folks are able to follow along that there will be a small group of Spark refugees over there, and we can continue supporting each other and encouraging one another!


    48 days ago
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