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Aspire & Inspire "Happy Hikers" Week 2 Blog: Why I Joined Spark People

Sunday, August 18, 2013

I joined SparkPeople quite by accident. I had started to eat healthier in the beginning of May. (2013) But I was having a hard time know what the calories of foods were so I could know exactly what my calories per day was. It was May 3rd (date I joined) and I looked up "calorie counts". I clicked on that, and of course there were only a million different sites to go to. I went down the list, went to a few sites. They were not helpful at all in what I was looking for. I looked some more, and I came to SparkPeople. It listed various things of the site. I clicked on that one. Here was this site. It said "Join Free". Of course that is what caught my eye. I thought "what have I got to lose" (besides a few pounds, bad eating habits, and my really unwise food choices, one of which was not eating hardly any fruits because those other "unhealthy foods were always telling me "Pick me, because I am good for you", I comfort you and make you feel So Good, and I am always there when no one else is. and also so much negativity of myself)
Then I figured out a user name, but the first 2 were already taken. So I tried another. No one had it, so that is when I became a member. I could not believe there was so much to this site. It was so overwhelming that I almost quit right then and there. I kept thinking "I CAN'T" do this, especially when it came to the part of setting up a page for myself. That is when I told myself that I really "CAN'T" do this, and I left the site. Immediately I reached for a cigarette and went outside with a cup of coffee & a my cigarette. By the time I came in, I had talked myself into trying it another time. I did and here I am. 3 1/2 months later. Never did I think it was possible to be able to lose a few bad habits of mine, but also to lose a few pounds. My eating habits have changed drastically. I now grab fruits instead of chocolate (not ALL the time, but a great part of the time) I guess the best thing of joining is the really "special" friends I have made throughout these last months, and along with that, all the support I never thought I would ever have, or deserved for myself.
So the conclusion of this is I have begun to really "like" myself for the first time in my life, and actually proud of myself. It is too bad it took my whole lifetime to feel this way. I truly believe that I never could or would feel this way without Spark People. So what started as an accident in looking for something else, I found this site instead. What a change in my life this so called "accident" has made. I have so much to be thankful for. Thank you everyone who has come into my life since joining SP. I could not have asked for anything more!!
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