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Editor's Note: By popular demand, our Behind the Scenes at SparkPeople feature has returned. Today we're interviewing Mike, who joined the SparkPeople team earlier this year. In addition to being a SparkPeople employee, he used our program to lose almost 70 pounds (and he's not done yet)! Mike, who credits daily use of SparkCoach for his success, learned to love running. Read his story!
Name: Michael Honkomp (HONKUS)
Position at SparkPeople: Ad Operations Specialist
Family: Married to Erin for 14 years, father of two girls ages 7 and 4
How long have you worked for SparkPeople? 4 months
Tell us your proudest accomplishment at SparkPeople or a fun fact about your job: My proudest moment happens each day when I walk in the door for work. I do everything I can to help SparkPeople spread its message so it can help others as much as it has helped me.
How do you stay in shape?
I do at least 30 minutes of exercise each day: walking, running, free weights, floor exercises. I also eat a well-balanced diet, keeping within the calorie range I have set on SparkPeople.
What's your favorite food?
Pad Thai with tofu
What's your favorite indulgence?
I like to pour a modest glass of scotch while the wife has a glass of wine and just hang out.
How do you feel when you exercise?
Simply put, I feel alive. After a run, when I'm breathing deeply, dripping with sweat, and slightly tired, it makes me feel more alive and in tune with myself than anything else.
What do you do to de-stress?
I read books. I bought a Kindle a few years back, and have made great use of it.
What is your passion in life?
My family is my main passion. Providing them with a home and a happy, healthy lifestyle has been what keeps me going each day. I can’t find any joy greater than the smile and laughter of my girls.
How has working at SparkPeople affected your life?
I love the mission of SparkPeople. It started to affect my life long before I started working here, but after working here and seeing the employees truly living it day by day has strengthened my resolve even further.
Have you gained or lost weight since starting here?
I have lost about seven pounds since I have started, and I plan to lose 13 more to reach my goal.
Have you started any new habits?
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Since our launch of SparkCoach, other SparkPeople members like you have found incredible success with the help of our revolutionary program. And now, you can get the same great results on the go, because SparkCoach is now available on your iPhone and Android mobile devices! Read More ›
My one-year "Sparkversary" of working at SparkPeople came and went in January, and I've been reflecting on all the amazing things I've gotten a chance to do over the past 12 months. Between writing, editing and managing content on the site, I also got to go on a whirlwind adventure to California to help direct and film a batch of videos for SparkCoach, our premium interactive coaching program. But I wasn't in this alone—I also had the pleasure of working with SparkGuy himself and SparkPeople member Shelli (MOSTMOM1). (You might remember Shelli's "SparkPeople Cup'' and "Hooping Gangnam Style'' vlogs—needless to say, this woman is FUN to work with; we had a blast! You can read her account of our trip here.) Read More ›