I have been on a whirlwind tour of sorts, driving in my mini-van, meeting up with all sorts of friends and family. I had some business to take care of; but in the midst of my travels, this year and last, I made it a point to find and meet up with as many of my online buddies as possible. In particular; the special folks who were critical to my success and part of a core support group that I discovered back around 2009. Some I met later; but some have been with me from the beginning. Most of these amazing online buddies blossomed out of teams and blogs/challenges that I joined on a free website called SparkPeople.com. It is a great resource where you can track your food intake, fitness minutes, participate in teams and challenges, find recipes, read articles, etc. The creator of the website, Chris Downie, also wrote a book (The Spark) that was critical to my success, back in the beginning of this journey. I still have that book today.
While the transformation itself has been full of starts and stops and plateaus and monumental AHA moments; there are some fabulous ladies who have remained faithful and diligent in their care, friendship and support. Folks can make fun of online friends and communities all they want; but I am here to tell you ~ it was a wonderful tool for me and honestly, a new concept to me when I started. If you want to read the detailed version of ‘My Story’, click [here].
So anyway, these women helped me find my ‘Spark’ back in the day and so I wanted to find THEM and meet them in person. Now granted I have not met all of the critical folks in person yet, there are still a few on my list that are just not geographically convenient 🙂 It will happen, though, for sure. I’m on a mission I tell ya.
Meanwhile; here are some of my amazing online friends that I have had the pleasure of meeting in person while on road trips (this year and last year, etc.). It is also worthy to mention that there are also some phenomenal Spark Friends local to me in San Antonio. They are worth their weight in GOLD for sure. I love meeting my ‘Sparks’.
As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady
Awwwww .. . .. sooooo many wonderful and beautiful ladies!!! What a blessing to be just one of so many who have been there along this wonderful journey. Thank you for your friendship and encouragement to myself and so many others.
Awwwwwww . . . so blessed to be just one of the many women who have travelled along with you in this journey. We grow in courage and confidence when we allow ourselves to be part of something bigger than ourselves and encourage others to do the same.
Neat blog! You have permission to put a name on this Spark friend! 🙂
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