Sunday, September 30, 2007
Hope everyone is doing well! I just got back from a bike ride in the sun.
I love seeing how many different types of people use SparkPeople. This was a great post from a military spouse:
When out spouses leave on deployment to fight for our country,
we need all the support we can get. Weight gain is an increasing issue amoung military spouses, due to emotional overeating, depression, etc.
Utilizing your website has provided not only a sense of community, but has also pulled a great deal of us out of our displacing and frustrating situations and into empathetic, supportive, and motivating atmosphere.
When our loved ones come home, they will be coming home to a healthier spouse. When they go away again, they will be comforted in knowing that we have such tremendous support, both in weight loss, as well as in dealing with the absence of our loved ones.
Thank you for everything, Chris. You and a true blessing.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Here's a recent post from a member seeing great results in other areas of life after using SP!
KEEGANDLILY has just submitted a new topic.
Title: The rewards of goal setting
Message: Not only have I lost over 100 lbs since joining Sparkpeople, I
have really used the goal setting techniques in all aspects of my life;
whether it be to stay on track maintenance-wise, to run just a little bit
further or to advance in my career.
In the past month I have aced two interviews at work which have gotten me
into the management training program...a goal I set 6 months ago.
Yayyyyyyy Sparkpeople! I know I don''t get to post much lately, but I do
still Spread the Spark wherever I go :)
Have a great day everyone!
Saturday, March 03, 2007
Loved seeing this one this week!
CANDO62 has just submitted a new topic.
Title: Thankyou Thankyou SparkPeople!
Message: I have so much gratitude in my heart for SparkPeople that I pray
daily now for the creator/team leaders, and all like me who are succeeding
at last with learning how to be HEALTHY. My doctor recommended Sparks to me
and is thrilled with my progress so far. I am hypo-thyroid too, and with the
help of the food calculator and menu and recipe ideas, I look forward to
healthy daily eating rather than dieting...which always fails in the end for
me. I have also been motivated to exercise, by all the advice and articles
and videos etc for that, here at Sparks. Now I absolutely love to exercise
and be active every day. I also drink my water and the ''water goal'' and
''other goals'' each day help me to have pride in myself for other reasons
than just weight loss. I have lost 10% of my weight already, and am so
grateful! My blood pressure medication was reduced form 10 mg a day to 5 mgs
a day and is now at the lowest dose possible of 2.5 mgs a day. My aim is to
get off it altogether. My cholesterol numbers are down too, but I still have
to stay on that med. for the time being. I don''t even crave fat or desserts
anymore, and eat plenty of fruit and veggies and use oils. I am also eating
more fish -thanks to the menu suggestions I believe. The motivational and
information articles are ''the best of the best'' anywhere online. I get
support from my teams and friends here at Sparks. I made a Sparks''
scrapbook and also keep a written daily journal, and have pictures and
mottos all over my computer area to motivate me even more. I will be away
(from the computer) from mid-May to end of July this year, but with my
printed - off info and advice, and my journal, scrapbook and calorie
counter (as a reminder), plus the good new habits for eating and portion
control, and my new exercise and walking habits, I know I will continue to
lose weight while on vacation. I have prointed off some cards that advertise
SparkPeople and plan to place them all across Canada while we travel.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Stories like this motivate us to keep helping people get and stay healthy - and even to think if we can somehow be part of the solution for this issue.
I have been on SparkPeople for one month, and I'm doing great. I have lost nearly 20 pounds, and I exercise every day. Before last month, I NEVER exercised, and I needed my kids to help me get up off the couch. So I have NO complaints, and am as happy as I can be.
One thing that I wondered, though, was how many of you, like me, have no health insurance.
I am so happy that SP is here for me to get healthier. I know that, without insurance, which also means without seeing a doctor regularly, my health has been deteriorating for years. Only with SP have I seen light at the end of the tunnel.
20 pounds ago, I used a cane. I was afraid to go to a doctor, which I couldn't afford anyway, because I knew they'd stick me for hundreds of dollars so that they could tell me I had high cholesterol and I probably had a blood sugar level high enough to worry about. I was losing sensation in my toes on one side and could see many bad things beginning to happen in my life.
In general, without SP, even all that was NOT enough to get me going. I needed support. And without support, I knew I would fail at losing weight. I had failed so many times in the past, I had virtually given up on even trying. I had decided to get to love myself as a heavy person.
But without that insurance, it was even hard to love myself correctly. I couldn't take care of myself.
Anyway, the point of this sad tale is that, thanks to SP, now I feel 100% better and I intend to take complete control of my health.
However, when it comes to health insurance, my family and I are still out there in the wilderness.
We've had it in the past, but over the years, it got so high, we couldn't afford it.
We own our own restaurant, and our goal is to eventually get insurance. We know how important it is, because my husband had a hospital stay ($17,000) last year. But while we're paying back the hospital, we still have no money for insurance.
What a country.
Anyway, I'm inviting all you other insurance-free SPers to gripe, comment, and maybe help figure out who we need to talk to so that everyone in this country (even working people) can have insurance.
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