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The end of an era

Monday, June 07, 2021

I heard the news that many of you heard yesterday - that Sparkpeople is ending.
It makes me sad and mad all at once.

I have made so many awesome friends on here and have met several in person. I have shared some details of my life that I couldn't always share with my "in person" friends. I shared loses and wins, and ups and downs. I have also shared in the celebrations and loses of so many. Some that I know better than others and some whose pages I came upon accidentally. We were all family. Sigh...........

Now that is coming to end and what to do. I will hold off on deciding about SparkAmerica. Right now there are no "branches" in Massachusetts so that makes my decision easy. I'm not sure about the challenges, etc.

I loved the ability on SP to write blogs and get help and support from others. Not sure where I will go from here.

What are your thoughts?

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    Hi I feel exactly the same way as you do. I tried to look for sparkfriends on Facebook but I didn’t know what group to join. I didn’t attempt spark America yet. I am wondering about other sites. Have you heard of any? I am here since 2009. So sad 🥺
    27 days ago
    Yes, I just read this sad news today. Very disappointing. I just cannot share on FB like I do in SP. I have reached out to one SP friend and we have shared e-mail addresses to keep in touch that way. So, that is one thought. I know that I need a support community if I am ever to overcome my food issues. I was hopeful SP would be that community and now, it will not be available. So, I am not sure what my other options are. Feel free to add me as an e-mail friend. cathyabarnhill@gmail.com I hope we can continue to keep in touch. Thanks for your friendship and support over the years. Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon
    29 days ago
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    It is sad....as have made many friends here....will try out some other sources... emoticon
    32 days ago
    I am researching and have friends doing the same. I will let you know.
    46 days ago
    I’m still shocked both over this news and how it was handled. Poorly done, SP. I will miss this irreplaceable community. Wishing you the best going forward.
    47 days ago
    Baffeling. I am wondering if there is some blog community we can create.
    47 days ago
    I’m in shock….& very sad. I’m not on Facebook, so I am losing out. I will miss everyone…it’s going to be difficult saying goodbye to so many friends.
    48 days ago
    I'm extremely disappointed & confused as what I'll do. So many pals, great inspirational blogs, motivation, & recipes will be lost. 70 more cities are coming online, hopefully Boston.
    48 days ago
    Quite a shock! I don’t know why they think this is a good idea! It has helped so many, myself included
    48 days ago
    I am so disappointed with this decision. Spark People has made it possible for me to make the lifestyle changes needed for my health, but I still have a way to go. I am not sure how I will make this journey without the support of teams, the informational articles, and a way to monitor and assess goals. Spark America does not appeal to me at this stage and unfortunately, i know of no online weight loss sites that are as comprehensive and supportive as Spark People.
    48 days ago
    I am still processing and am not sure what I am going to do. Spark has been such a key part of my life for 11 years and I am in shock.
    48 days ago
    I have to leave as I live in Canada and I will miss so many friends here. I am very sad
    48 days ago
    emoticon Had not heard that
    48 days ago
  • GEORGE815
    Feel like something good came to an end. TV series which I have enjoyed are off the air.
    48 days ago
    Still processing
    48 days ago
  • ROCKMAN6797
    I am so sad, too.
    I have been on this site since 2009, this site was a major reason for my life change.
    I truly enjoyed the community aspect of the site and will miss it.
    I have joined SparkAmerica but it does not feel the same.
    This is difficult to fully process but I have learned so much and will meet the future with gusto instead of fear.

    48 days ago
    I just heard about it and am very disappointed. I have made many friends here and met quite a few of them. Living in Australia I had to travel far to catch up with many.
    The one from Wales, UK we met in London. Another 4 I met in Chicago and a couple in NYC. We went to Las Vegas and met with 3 members. It was so much fun and we are still friends after meeting 10 years ago.
    There was also a Spark friend who I met in Israel though I haven't kept in touch with her.
    All in all it's been a lovely 15 years on SP.
    48 days ago
    Good morning, some sparkies have created a Facebook page: SPARK PEOPLE FAMILY & FRIENDS
    Maybe this will help some...
    48 days ago
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