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September 30, 2020

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

I have found my way to SparkPeople again after quite some time. At the last second, I decided to jump on the 5% Challenge Team Wagon and was placed with the Walkers, Joggers, Runners, Gadgeteers team. Since I was on a team last (my beloved Shooting Stars), I gained some weight, had joined the YMCA, started regular water aerobics and Zumba classes, took part in regular Senior classes (I am 51, but have really bad knees, so the tempo and exercises are so much safer and easier). I went there a minimum of 3 times a week, and ended up the fittest I think I have ever been, although my weight did not move down much. My stamina, heartrate, muscle tone, over all well being was so amazing... then the Pandemic hit, as it did us all. YMCA closed, my world was completely uprooted and I did what many of us did... stayed home, became paralyzed by the new situation, unsure of how to be normal. My job became unbearable with few employees left and the clients becoming complete monsters with Covid hot on their heels. I have to say, this Pandemic magnified everything. Nice people became even nicer, more caring and selfless. Mean people became monsters, hellbent on harming and ripping down others, and I almost ended up walking off my job because I just could not deal with the constant attacks from clients ( I still work as a receptionist at a veterinary clinic). The team is great though, and we got some wonderful new hires, so slowly things are improving internally, which means, it is easier to ignore the rude and mean people calling the hospital. When they say "be the person your pet thinks you are", there must be a lot of heartbroken and disappointed furpersons out there realizing who they really live with :)

But nonetheless, I am back at Spark, and happier than ever to be here. I had to work hard at concentrating once again on all the nice things that happen during a workday, and try to ignore the bad stuff. It did pay off, I am much happier in my job, we laugh and joke a lot, and the team is growing together nicely. This is what I am hoping to find in my 5% team again. Friendly competition, team spirit, making some new Spark friends and improving my well being.
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    Hey, you! Glad to see you here. Enjoy the 5%!
    303 days ago
    Happy to see you back. emoticon
    304 days ago
    Welcome to the WJRG team. I didn’t start out to be on this team, but it’s one of the best I’ve been on! Until I retired a few weeks ago, I too had a busy front desk job, and I so agree with what you said about the pandemic magnifying things. I’m glad work has gotten better for you.

    Your alligator comment on my blog made me smile imagining what one might think about a much colder NY lake. As a native Floridian, I know that if there’s a lake here, there’s a gator in it and that you always give them a wide berth since they can move very fast for short distances. The one I saw was swimming across the lake.
    305 days ago
    emoticon I hope you'll enjoy your new team and share the good ideas from the Shooting Stars with us as well. I saw a comment that you're a knitter? I'm a self-taught knitter, but haven't picked up my sock #2 since March. I really need to finish it. emoticon
    306 days ago
    Welcome back You can and will do this!
    306 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12302025
    welcome back. I'm on your 5% team. Hoping to find some support and contacts as well.
    306 days ago
  • BJAEGER307
    emoticon Ute, glad to see you come back. Also happy to read you are doing well. Take care. emoticon

    By the way you still knitting?
    306 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/30/2020 8:38:56 PM
    Welcome back

    306 days ago
    Glad you're back. Great source of support in these stressful times.

    306 days ago
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