Meet One of SparkPeople's Best Problem-Solvers!

By , Interview with SparkPeople's Jeff Rezer (MRRERE)
Editor's Note: By popular demand, our Behind the Scenes at SparkPeople feature has returned.

Name: Jeff Rezer (MRRERE)

Position at SparkPeople: Ad Operations

Age: 42

Family: Wife Sarah, son Ethan (6), two adopted ex-racer greyhounds
How long have you worked for SparkPeople? 1 year

Tell us your proudest accomplishment at SparkPeople or a fun fact about your job: As part of the Ad Operations team, I often get a chance to interact directly with SparkPeople members who might be experiencing problems with the website. When I’m able to help them solve their particular issue, whatever it might be, it really makes my day!

How do you stay in shape? Lots of treadmill – and I like to get out and take walks with my son when I can. When the weather’s nasty, I use my Wii Fit Plus in our basement…

What's your favorite food? There are so many things I like, so this is a hard one… but I guess it’s probably fresh seafood since I don’t get a chance to have it all that often now that I’m not living on the East Coast.

What's your favorite indulgence? Honestly, I’d have to say it’s craft beer. But everything in moderation!

How do you feel when you exercise? Exercising is really hard for me to work into my daily routine, but I ALWAYS feel better once I do. It’s great knowing that there are so many of us on a similar journey, and often times that helps give me the motivation to keep going.

What do you do to de-stress? I love music, so when I’ve having a particularly stressful day, I’ll often pop on a pair of headphones and start up either Spotify or iTunes and look for something to rock out to.

What is your passion in life? I guess I would say that above all else I enjoy serving others. I love helping people – whether it’s a simple task at work, doing something to lighten someone else’s load, or helping someone in need.

How has working at SparkPeople affected your life? I really believe that SparkPeople helped to re-ground me and motivate me to make a lifestyle change. I’ve almost completely eliminated drinking soda and late night snacking, I’m working out regularly, and overall I just have more energy to devote the things that really matter, mainly my family.

Have you gained or lost weight since starting here? Lost – about 15 pounds! A lot more to go, but I know I’ll get there!

Have you started any new habits? I started working out regularly, and I now am taking weekly walks with the family. I never used to eat a regular breakfast either, but now that’s something I do every single day.

What's your favorite breakfast cereal? Just one? I love any kind of granola-ish cereal. And Raisin Bran. And Golden Grahams… and…

What did you eat for dinner last night? Apple/Chipotle marinated chicken breast, roasted acorn squash and peas! Delish!

Do you have any hidden talents? I play piano and sing. And I can say the alphabet backwards REALLY fast. True story.

What are some of your goals? Healthwise, I’d love to get back to my college weight within the next year or so. I’d really like to start songwriting again (it’s been about 10 years), and I also want to travel and take my wife to Europe.

What's your favorite SparkPeople feature?
I really think there’s a ton of great stuff on the site, but I particularly like the ''eat smarter'' kinds of features, like the Dining Out Guide that helps you make smarter choices when eating away from home, and the tips/tricks articles for things like reducing sugar intake and getting more fruits and veggies into your diet.

What do you like best about working at SparkPeople? I love the company’s mission, and the fact that everyone here really does ''walk the walk.'' Everybody’s super nice and I was welcomed into the SparkPeople family with open arms.

Is there anything else readers should know about you? I’ve lost A LOT of weight twice (70-90 pounds each time), but wasn’t able to keep it off because I went about it the wrong way with fad diets and little to no exercise. I really feel confident that I can do it for the LAST time this time because I’m learning new habits and am going about doing it the right way.

Would you like to see more "behind the scenes at SparkPeople" interviews? What questions do you have for Jeff?

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Thanks for the awesome job on Spark - we appreciate - great job on the loss !! Report
Jeff! You have to play some music for SP! How has that not happened yet? Report
Would like to see more behind the scenes.
Enjoyed your blog. Great to see you have two 45 mph couch potatoes. We also had greys, and adopted the older ones. Report
Thank you, and am so glad to hear such sincere n candid answers to the questions. I hv problems with snacking at night too. I watch TV to relax after the kids go to bed. Very often I reach for some crackers, chips or whatever's in the fridge. This is really a tough habit to kick. It feels so good to just enjoy so snack while relaxing n watching TV. Let's tackle this one day at a time. Report
This is a great feature - yes, please - more "behind-the-scenes."
Nice to meet you, Jeff, and thanks for giving those greyhounds a loving home. Report
Nice to get to know you, Jeff. I have been "dieting" for about 63 years and this is the first time I have been able to keep the weight off, and I have been a member for over 4 years. Great site and I think you are fortunate to work for such an awesome company!!! Report
Hi Jeff. It's great to know the people who do so many things for us. Everything that you do is highly appreciated. Hugs. Report
Best of luck with your song writing!!
Thanks for sharing, Jeff! Wish you all the best! Report
Hi Jeff! Thanks for all you do for us!
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Nice to meet you! Congratulations on your determination & best wishes for your success both on the job and on the body! Creating a healthy lifestyle is hard work, but very rewarding:)
Congrats on doing it the right way this time, Jeff! And I have to say, I love that you aren't being super crazy and unrealistic about your goals. Down to your college weight in "a year or two" is a fantastic, healthy goal. It took me 25 months to lose 61 pounds, and I don't see that as a failure or a long time at all. I lost slowly and happily, not fast & miserable!!! :) Best wishes to you, and congrats on setting an AWESOME example for your son of eating wisely and being active! Report
love it Report
Keep up the great work, Jeff. We love that Spark is free, and the ads keep it that way! Report
I enjoy meeting the people behind the scenes. It makes you feel like it is not just a computer program but real people. Keep them coming! Report
Nice to meet you, Jeff!
Love the behind the scenes view, more please! Report
Yes, I enjoy the interviews. What I love about this behind-the-scenes interview is that Jeff is not 'just doing his job' or 'continuing in a healthy lifestyle while in this job', but is in fact working in a position and environment that empower him in a journey he tried by going on a wrong path.

Jeff, your position with SP is a true win-win situation. I'm cheering you on and delighted to know that one of the staff (more?) actually is on the journey. Hope you'll keep us updated on your progress, too!?! Report
Hope you find walking fun, and get more fitness things for the wii so you can find variety which helps make working out more fun. How great that you have a great job and encouragement to be healthy at the same time! Report
I love your personal story Jeff, I enjoy reading it and I hope your lasted attempt at loosing weight this time would be your last. Report
I really enjoy these stories and greatly appreciate each employee who chides to share their lives with is through these articles.

I REALLY appreciate the work that Jeff does! Report
Yes! This was a GREAT article. Welcome to SparkPeople. Report
I'd love more stories. I agree with some fellow Sparkers, it's great to know that the people behind the scenes (and in front) are living the life as "leaders" in a lifestyle change! Thanks to all! Report
Love your story very much. You Can Do IT!!! Very inspiring. This is the WAY TO GO!!! God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Day and Week. Report
I like the Behind the Scenes featured blogs. I haven't been on sparks long enough to know that it is a returning feature but I think it is a fun idea! Report
Thanks for sharing and for the idea where to finally open and *USE* my Wii fit! Good health and perseverance to you. Report
Loved your personal story Jeff !! Report
Yes, I would love to see more behind the scenes. I like a company that lives its mission. Report
I'm with you, Jeff. This is the LAST time! How fabulous that you can work for such a great, supportive place. Report
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