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June 2021 Update - last update?

Monday, June 07, 2021

Logged on today to see that they're killing this site. I'm super sad about it! I know a lot of people I used to know aren't active anymore and I'm off and on, but one of my favorite things to do is log on and read random blogs. Maybe blogs are too long and not the way of the world anymore but I still love them. My dad was a writer. I love the fleshed out thoughts and the connections. And whatever they're replacing this site with sounds awful.

I don't remember what year I joined, but really got active when I started trying to lose weight around 2009 and 2010. I got into running half marathons and connected with other runners here. I even dated someone I met through SP from 2010-2012, who lived 2.5 hours away.

I still have another fitness community. It is actually through another site I loved that got killed many years ago, and we moved to a Facebook group. There are only about 10 of us though, and we just check in and sometimes do challenges. It is the blogs here I will miss the most.

On my current front, I've been struggling to rejoin a gym after covid. I've always been an introvert and I had a free gym through work that ended in 2017 when I had to switch jobs. Since then, I have only worked out at home or outside. I'm really feeling like a gym membership would be beneficial again, a good add in to what I do, but I can't get over the social anxiety part of it. Especially after covid.

So that's my next goal to tackle. I decided to work on another first. We got really sick for the month of April and I had a hard time getting back into workouts at all, so I signed up for a June 5K. Knowing I had that coming up did the trick and got me out of bed before work, and off the couch when I would have skipped runs. On Saturday night, I did it and ran my slowest 5K ever. It took me 45 minutes, which is what my training runs were. I tried to remind myself and the 5K had done what I intended - got me out there when I was struggling to event start again. But I also remember the days I ran 5K's in under half an hour. So that was hard to swallow. This was the first in a series of 3 summer 5K's on a trail. I already signed up for the July race, so that will be incentive to keep going.

Weight wise - I gained a few lbs back and they've been really difficult to get back off. So between my 5K time refusing to go down and the scale not going down, it's been frustrating. But I'm working at the running and looking harder at what I was eating. I've done a few whole 30's and while I'm not doing another now, I ask myself before I eat something if I COULD eat it on whole 30 and it gives me pause.

Well, not sure if I will ever blog here again. I'm not sure what the point is with the August termination of the site. So funny, as I have spent the last slow week at work reading over the blogs of some of my favorite people who are not even active anymore. I still get inspiration from them, even if they're not here. Going to miss having this to come back to.
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  • MOGAL1946
    Yes, Sparkpeople will be missed by many. I joined in March, 2007 and enjoyed the nutrition and fitness trackers plus all the many friends through shared teams. The Facebook Spark will remain active so between the Fitbit app and Facebook and Silver Sneakers the healthy living will continue but just not the same.

    50 days ago
  • JOHNMARTINMILES
    Awright!

    Make today the greatest day of your life
    Until tomorrow!
    50 days ago
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