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Streaking Her Way to Success 2,000 Days in a Row

By , SparkPeople Blogger
This is a featured "SparkStory", one of the classic posts from our members that provides support, encouragement and inspiration to the SparkPeople Community. 

SparkPeople Member: NORASPAT

In 2009, I came across “The Spark” while at a bookstore with my husband. I had never heard of SparkPeople, but had recently (and surprisingly) been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. I purchased a copy for myself, as well as three more as Christmas gifts for my sons. Shortly after, my son set me up with my first computer so I could make the most of everything the book had to offer. I was 66 years old, and had no clue how to use a computer or navigate the site.

Soon, though, I met two friends on the site: Judy in Canada and Mary in Indiana. Every day, I had questions and they were there, helping me set up my SparkPage and explaining different features available on the site. Six years later, we’re still close SparkFriends. Eventually, one of them told me about SparkStreaks, which quickly became very important rewards to me.

I joined The Diabetes Weight Loss Challenge, and started losing weight. I saw my fasting blood sugar getting lower and, eventually, I was even able to stop my diabetes medication all together. The diabetes SparkTeams keep me accountable and logging in. While I cannot say I enjoy the computer, the trackers are keeping me healthy. 

Today, at 72 years young, I now have more friends in the Spark community than I have where I live. Some days, I get snowed in and I enjoy having the opportunity to stay inside, give support when I can and blog and read about the success and struggles of other members. It brings me joy to welcome newcomers to the community on the Message Boards. The SparkPeople community keeps me happy, and I am certain they are the reason I now have a streak of over 2,000 log-ins! 

While I was initially oblivious to my long streak, once it grew and grew, I become committed to keeping it going. We love to travel around Maine, and throughout all of our travels, I would take care to find a library or restaurant with Wi-Fi or find places where we could sit outside just to log in and enter my fasting blood sugar. I also always carry my glucometer, which helped remind me to find the Internet. 

When I started SparkPeople at 66 years old, I could not operate a computer and I had high blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol issues and more. Now, after six years with SparkPeople, my health issues are under control and I can walk four miles, plus I am able to work out with resistance bands despite arthritis in my hands. I love this place and owe my good health to SparkPeople. You never know how SparkStreaks might inspire you to change your life!  I’m over 2,000 days into my log-in streak, and have no intention of stopping now!

How have SparkStreaks helped you stay consistent with your goals?  Share in the comments below!

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Comments

LIZLOVEROSES 8/1/2019
Way to go, keep up the good progress Report
EVILCECIL 7/27/2019
way to go Report
KOALA_BEAR 7/22/2019
Nice to read about the improved health on SP since the media tells us repeatedly about what a small percentage of those who lose weight keep it off. I prefer the positive approach of encouragement. The media makes $$$ from advertising & we all see how many ads there are for diabetes medications. No wonder they want us to think it's hopeless. Obviously the key is consistency. Thanx for the reminder. Report
REDROBIN47 7/5/2019
Awesome. Congratulations. Report
TOMATOCAFEGAL 3/24/2019
Thank you for your story. Awesome motivation! Report
CECELW 2/8/2019
2000 days in a row? Wow Report
MERRILYLIFE 1/16/2019
You really motivated me this morning. Thank you. I am sick with a bad cold. Report
That is great congrats! On your progress Report
Congratulations! Very inspiring article, that I will read more than once, thanks! Report
Congratulations- you are an inspiration! :) Report
I love your blog, congratulations. Report
what an inspiritation Report
Great inspiration Report
What a story! Keep going..... Report
Thanks for sharing Report
I only heard of Spark People 2 months ago. I am so glad that I found all of you. Report
Wow! That's a fantastic streak!!! and HUGE congratulations on getting healthy here. I'm not good at login streaks myself. Sometimes I'm on the site but just forget to spin so my streak ends (hate that). My best streak is over 200 weeks of working out at least 90 minutes every week. I wear a fitness tracker that synchs with SP so forgetting to log isn't a problem. The streak motivates me even on weeks when life is out of control, I make sure I get my workouts in. The consistency on fitness is key for me. Continued good luck with your journey! Report
CYNTHIAELAIN1
You gave me a good boost for today. I try to log in everyday,myself,only way I can stay on track. Congrats on your better health ! Keep up the good work. Report
TVAUGHN57
I'm on day 57 (I think). I've lost a total of 40 lbs. I'm glad I have Internet so I can log on every day! Report
Congrats to you . I have just past my 3000 days of being on SP with only missing one day of spinning the wheel due to the internet being down Report
GREYTDOLPHIN
Congratulations, that's quite a streak. Mine is a bit over 600 and know about going to a restaurant with Wi-Fi when our internet is down. It's work keeping up those streaks, but worth it. Report
Congratulations. You are an inspiration. Report
Congratulations dear Pat. Here's to the next 2000+... Report
Great story!
I love seeing my streaks when I check in every morning. I'd love to get to 2000 days! Report
HI Pat !! We met quite a few years ago on the Maine team. At that time we were climbing ,, hmmm think it was Katahdkin? We were doing it with steps we counted from stairs we climbed. Just barely into it, I had hurt my foot. You were all so SWEET and KIND allowing me to ride as you dragged me up with you !! I felt so bad though tht I couldn't do the steps I found other things I could do. I am STILL having problems with the foot, though I HOPE it's almost ovah.

CONGRATS on the weight loss and Proving "An old dawg CAN learn new tricks!" You are absolutely an inspiration !! Report
Thank you for sharing your story. I admire your commitment . I am just starting out . God bless you Report
I am so happy that you didn't let the computer scare you and keep you from reaching your goals. Good for you for going outside of your comfort zone and making your life better! Report
Thankyou for sharing this! so wonderful! I hope one day to be able to say that i lost my weight (which i will) and that i stuck to the course logged all my meals etc. and made it and am able to help out others.

That is just awesome! Congratulations on this success! you are a big inspiration to me! Report
I was on SparkPeople a few years, was doing very well losing weight and building quite a long streak. Then I veered off course, lost my streak and didn't make it back until now. I was amazed to find how encouraging that streak was, and how losing it crashed my motivation. This time around, I'm determined to keep the streak going, but have also built in other motivations and encouragement sources. Thanks for sharing your encouraging story. Report
Very inspiring! Congratulations! Thank you for sharing :) Report
I plan on being right there with you! I am almost 59, and need to lose over 60 pounds. I have health issues and I have arthritis in my hands too. I love my computer and stay on it quite often, probably too much......so I will be keeping up with you!! Thanks for a great, great story!! Report
BJISCHANGING
Inspiring! Report
way to go! Report
Great story and you proved your NEVER to old to get your life on the right track.

Thanks Report
EVELYNEVC
WOW. Way to go :) Report
!!!! W O W !!!!
You are SO INSPIRING !
Congrats
Thanks for sharing Report
CHRIS3874
Way to go Pat!! Report
Congratulations to you. If you don't start, nothing happens. Way to go!

SparkCheers,

Nola Report
'2000' thumbs up!! Congrats!! Report
Very inspiring! I hope I can come close to your streak and success! Report
Wow and congratulations to you! Report
XD Way to go! Report
Fantastic! Pat, you are an inspiration for us all! Report
NANATERRI1
I love this article. Report
Awesome accomplishment!
This is a great community. Report
Congratulations on your streak. It is exciting to think that I know one of the bloggers who has been featured. Way to go!

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WELL DONE PAT HERE'S TO THE NEXT 2,000 YOU CAN DO IT SPARK FRIEND WTG HUGS Report
Today is 2036 log in I wrote it in January and it happened to be posted yesterday February 5th
2000 felt special and I was going to stop but it is a reminder of my years on Spark. Pat in Maine Report
Congratulations on your streak. Mine is at 2112. Report
Congratulations Pat. You are living proof that Spark is good for us. I love being one of your friends. Report
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