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What is the verdict? What will become of Jillybean25? *dun dun DUN!*

Friday, October 07, 2011

Side note/unrelated: You know what’s frustrating? Writing an entire blog and having your browser encounter an error and POOF! It’s gone… So, take 2!

Thank you to all who left a comment on my blog, page, photos, left goodies, or sent me a private message. I am very thankful to have had such an outpouring of support. I read each and every comment and message, gave them thought, and took them to heart.

And......... I've decided to stay!

I am going to make sure this journey is mine and my responsibility. My success will not be determined by how many friends I have or how much support I received. But, those elements will definitely help keep me on the right path, moving forward to better health and smaller clothes. I’m also going to work on giving support out of love, and not expecting anything in return. Getting something in return would be nice (and very helpful), though!

I’m going through each person (all 32 of them) and leaving a comment on each page to touch base, start something new, and make sure ya’ll know I’m serious! If I’m so inclined, and depending on time, I’ll leave a message or two on some blogs or photos. I’ll most likely save the “extras” for another time, though, when I schedule in SparkPeople to my normal routine.

Individually, I’d like to thank:


Additional thank yous:

I’ve left comments on some pages already. I’m working my way through the list, so you’re next! If I’ve misspelled your name, missed you entirely, or you’re new to the party, let me know and I’ll amend the list!

Once again, I can’t thank you all enough. I feel very blessed.

And, on a lighter note, I’ll leave you with some photos of foods I’ve made this week. (I warn you in advance, I am obsessed with the RetroCam app for Android!)

This is chicken paprikash with whole wheat dumplings (and corn/peas)- from scratch!

This is vegan lentil chili (with a not-so-vegan dollop of sour cream!)

This is my homemade artichoke and kalamata olive hummus!

Hot cocoa... not homemade... in a cauldron mug!
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    Girl that looks amazing! like the other poster I would love to see the humus recipe as I've been looking for a good one ( I love greek food!!)

    Glad you decided to stay!
    3475 days ago
    Thanks for the info on the book you recommended so that this veggie diet doesn't get boring. Also, don't get discouraged with SP. A lot of people have recently written that blog responses seem to be down in general. I've been on here 2.5 years and people come and go. Sometimes they respond, most of the times they don't. I've never had a sense of community here. Just use it for the good stuff the site provides and if you make friends in the process, all the better. Hope you're feeling better.
    3479 days ago

    I've been thinking about that blog a lot since you posted it and I've been really trying to keep up the effort in my friendships. I even called a friend last night who I hadn't spoken to in months. And it was nice! I made it a goal for myself to step outside my social comfort zone 3 times each month.

    That chili looks amazing! I've never met a vegan chili I didn't like!

    3482 days ago
  • GABLE227
    Glad you stayed! emoticon
    3482 days ago
    I am glad you are staying....the food looks so yummy!!
    3482 days ago
    Awe shucks !! I'm so happy to hear that you've decided to stay ! You're going to do great !!

    Love the photos of the yummy dishes ! Of course, now I'm hungry ! LOL !! I'm a big chili fan too ! Yum !


    PS - Pretend the emoticon is a chili emoticon ! LOL !
    3483 days ago
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    3484 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8377237
    Caldron mug! Awesomeness! Also, the food looks delicious and is making me hungry!

    "I am going to make sure this journey is mine and my responsibility."

    This was a hard lesson for me to learn. When I wrote that blog I mentioned in your last blog, someone told me some tough love stuff which basically amounted to... it is not our responsibility to make sure you take care of yourself... it is YOUR journey... we are here to help, but we can't do it for you.
    I felt that was a little rough to say (not those words, but basically thats what they meant), tho it was true. In the end tho, I stepped back a little, assessed myself and what I wanted out of sparkpeople, and decided to revamp my approach. I would visit everyone's page and read everyone's blogs and respond to them IF I WANTED TO... not because I felt obligated to. Once I did that, it really helped. I do also check in especially on my favorites from time to time (tho i admit, mostly they check in on me first and i remember to return the favor), but again, because I WANT to.

    I'm really glad you're staying and I hope you take that lesson to heart.
    "I am going to make sure this journey is mine and my responsibility."
    This place is really great, even tho people, but if you expect more out of it than it can give, you're bound to be disapointed. In any case, I'm glad you're staying and we can all cheer you on with the rest of your journey!!!
    3484 days ago
    Mmm! I want artichoke hummus! But I can't do the olives. You should give me your recipe. HEehee! :D

    3485 days ago
  • LISAG418
    I'd love to stop by and check in with you every now and then. Glad you are sticking with Spark! I get frustrated too, but I find I do better with SP than without it. Hope you find it works for you better as you develop a support network with the rest of us that are hanging in there as well :)

    PS ... Your hummus looks and sounds delicious, can you share the recipe?
    3485 days ago
  • LUCYLU22
    MMMM You are trying to make us all hungry, I think--LOL!! It all looks incredibly tasty! I am happy to have found a new sparkbuddy to support, encourage and keep in touch with, I am glad that you decided to stay on Spark.
    3485 days ago
    Glad you're sticking around. Now your food pictures have made me hungry...
    3486 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4429274
    Give without an expectation of receiving in return and you'll find yourself receiving more than you ever could imagine.

    So glad to read that you are onboard to stay!
    3486 days ago
  • CANNIE50
    I came to thank you for commenting on my "Bully" blog (it made me happy to come across your comment). I love that, despite the frustration of losing a blog, you didn't give up, you just re-doubled your effort. I love that you listed all the Sparklers who came to support you and I really like that CatsMeow911 got top billing because she really got the Sparktrain rolling in your direction. I like your recommitment and your recognition that most of it will fall on you, that offering support to others is a big part of being successful on SP (or anywhere, really), and that anything you receive in return is a bonus and a blessing. I think you are going to be just fine, and then some. You are a doll.
    3486 days ago
    Spark People is a better place for keepin' ya around! Look forward to checking up on your progress!
    3486 days ago
    ooo I love chili in the fall and winter. I made a huge crock pot of it two weeks ago when we had a cold spurt here in GA and then the next day it was in the 80's! lol oops, so needless to say a bunch of it went into the freezer but there's still nothing like a hearty bowl of chili. YUMMO!!!
    3486 days ago
  • CATS_MEOW_0911
    Aww, thanks for the shout-out! Glad you're sticking around.

    And ummmm...recipe for that artichoke and olive hummus please?

    3486 days ago
    I'm glad you're staying and your food looks absolutely delish!
    3486 days ago
    3486 days ago
    emoticon I'm glad you're staying and you are right your journey is yours and your responsibility. If I left my journey up to those around me I would've quit along time ago.
    3486 days ago
    Very happy you are staying! And, your food looks yummy! emoticon
    3486 days ago
    I'm glad you're staying.

    SP can really help out. I particularly like the health news articles, which I get to from my SparkPoints page every day. I frequently learn something useful browsing the news.
    3486 days ago
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