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Why I love Spark

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

When I started at 67 years old I was 190 lbs and thought my health was good. But my health insurance provider Blue Cross/ Blue Shield Fed Program challenged me to reduce my weight. That's when I found out about Sparkpeople. I don't remember exactly how except I think it was through a TV news program. I am thankful for for Spark and the community of friends that encouraged me to stick with Spark. I grew up as a skinny weakling. I remember one time in high school when some jocks at another table in the cafeteria laughed at how I held a homemade peanut butter and jelly sandwich with two hands because the jelly was starting to spurt out. They joked that I seemed to be afraid that the sandwich was going to run away. But I just ignored them. I had my downs but I am now just one pound above my goal weight of 158 and feel a lot stronger and energetic than before.
Although I did regret some of the things in my past, I learned to never again look back with regret and to always be positive and grateful for my current situation even when it is not good. I grew up in a large family (I had 8 brothers and sisters) and we barely had enough money to pay for necessities and the mortgage on a 3 bedroom duplex with one bathroom. Owning our own home was a source of pride for our family, but both my mom and dad worked. Sometimes my dad also was a door to door salesman for the Fuller Brush company and some times he played card games at the YMCA for extra cash. He stayed away from playing poker, black jack, etc. and played card games that involved skilled partners such as partnership Hearts and Canasta. He and his partner were very good and would share any money they earned.
My dad was good at repairing appliances such as the washer, oil burning furnace and automobile and he was handy with a hammer and saw. He taught us children some of these skills. As a family, we built a workshop and bedroom in the basement. Sometimes we would pick up discarded appliances and bicycles at the city dump and repair them for our use. If we had the internet and Craig's list like today, we probably could have gotten a lot of items cheaply, fixed them up and sold them for a profit. My granddaughter did that and made a 400 dollar profit on one item.
I am thankful for all the support I found through the Spark community and want to share my story so others can also be encouraged to be more positive. I will post this also in the Spark team I created called You Can Heal Your Life.
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  • DJ4HEALTH
    That is great that you are close to your goal. Sounds like a good way to save money too. I know some people in my area that collect used appliances and strip them for the metals in them for cash or they repair them if they can do it cheaply and resell them.
    2026 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    No matter what, sounds like the common thread thru your life was love and pride in yourself. That's fabulous and seems so lacking in so many now-a-days.

    I grew up in a family of 5. We surely weren't rich either, but we always had enough. And LOTS of love and encouragement.
    2027 days ago
  • LIZZYLAMBDIN
    Spark team? Never heard of these. Is this for computer only or also for the mobile app? And wow ur story is touching. Good for u on ur goals and accomplishments. I am working on getting there. One pound at a time. :)
    2027 days ago
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