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How a Roller Coaster Led Erin to Lose 117 Pounds


Meet Erin. She's 30 and lives in Florida. Happily engaged and recently promoted at work, she loves her life. She wakes up feeling great, rarely stops moving throughout her waking hours, and goes to sleep each night with a smile on her face. Life isn't perfect, but every day feels better than the last, she says.
 
Erin is so committed to this life that it's hard for her to remember what it was like before, when she weighed almost twice what she does now. When she had little energy to stay awake after work and all she wanted to do on her days off was sleep. When she was in excruciating pain from even the smallest physical efforts and walking around the block seemed like torture. When she looked in the mirror and didn't recognize the woman she'd become and didn't know how to change her life.
Posted 5/15/2014  12:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 72 comments   30,878 views
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Get 'The Spark Solution' in Paperback—and Get in Shape for Summer!


Great news! Our popular book "The Spark Solution" is now available in paperback, which means you can snag what U.S. News & World Report named one of the "Best Diets" around at an everyday low price! (And when you purchase the book, you'll earn 500 bonus SparkPoints—WooHoo!)
Posted 5/6/2014  6:00:00 AM By: Nicole Nichols : 2 comments   14,313 views
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'Spark Solution' on the U.S. News 'Best Diets' List


Our latest book, "The Spark Solution: A Complete Two-Week Diet Program to Fast-Track Weight Loss and Total Body Health," has made the prestigious "Best Diets" list published by U.S. News & World Report.

Out of 31 diets* on the list, ours was ranked:
  • #4 Best Commercial Diet Plan
  • #6 Weight Loss Diet
  • #13 Overall Diet and Healthy Eating Diet
We also ranked favorably in the Heart Health and Diabetes categories, among others.

Here's what the panelists said about SparkPeople's latest book--which is now available in paperback at a low price!
Posted 1/4/2014  12:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 21 comments   9,527 views
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7 Signs You'll Fail at Weight Loss


That headline got your attention, didn't it? Not to worry, SparkPeople hasn't changed our attitude about healthy living and weight loss. But what we have done, for the first time ever, is compile and publish the very best advice, tips and tricks from our "Success Stories"--more than 100 members who've lost weight and kept it off using SparkPeople.com to accomplish their goals. These members know that how you start to lose weight is the most important indicator of long-term weight loss. They shared their struggles and successes so that you can learn from their experiences and remove the guesswork from weight loss.

We compared their success against people who gave up on weight loss within the first two weeks. And you know what? We found quite a few red flags that determined--from Day 1--whether someone would succeed or fail.

Here are our top 7 signs that you'll give up on weight loss--and how to reverse your fate if you have any of these demotivating habits.
Posted 9/16/2013  6:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 32 comments   26,258 views
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Don't Miss 'The Spark Solution' Cover Story!


Great news! If you're perusing the magazine covers in the checkout line this week, you might notice one that sounds familiar. The Spark Solution, the new book from the experts and members at SparkPeople.com, is featured in a cover story in First for Women magazine!

In addition to a four-page spread on the book, you also can read impressive weight-loss stories featuring Laura Ayd (SOCCERFAN82), Angela Mwiraria (HARMANEE), Christie Bales (62NVON) and Michelle Miller (JUSTCHELLE75).   Angela and Christie are even pictured on the cover! Way to go, ladies!


We're honored that the book has been featured, and we can't wait for you all to read it. And if you've discovered SparkPeople thanks to that article, welcome!
Today we're sharing an entire day of The Spark Solution plan. From breakfast through dinner, plus snacks, you'll see a sample day of eating on the program, and you can take a peek at our fitness plan, too!
Posted 9/9/2013  6:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 9 comments   18,066 views
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Summertime Favorites: Stuffed Burgers


Who doesn't like a game of hide-and-seek? The usual burger-and-fries dinner is hiding loads of fat. Seek out ours instead, which has secrets of its own. Extra lean beef can be dry, so we stuff it with onion and herbs for a juicy, tasty burger.

Compare a typical home-cooked burger meal to our lightened-up version.
Posted 7/1/2013  12:00:00 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 14 comments   21,248 views
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Join 'The Spark Solution' Summer Challenge and Win Prizes While You Lose Weight


To celebrate the start of summer, we're launching The Spark Solution Summer Challenge on June 21. Lose weight while using the comprehensive 14-day program from SparkPeople's new book--and be entered to win prizes, including a $250 Visa gift card.
 

Lose up to 5 pounds in 14 days,
enter to win great prizes,
and say goodbye to diets forever!

Here's what SparkPeople Founder Chris "SparkGuy" Downie has to say about this challenge--and why the program in The Spark Solution: A Comprehensive Two-Week Diet Program to Fast Track Weight Loss and Total Body Health works:
 
Summer is a great time to set new goals for yourself. Whether you want to lose weight, improve your diet, or just reinforce the healthy habits you already have in place, The Spark Solution Summer Challenge can help you achieve success. At SparkPeople, we know you can't go it alone--and we know it's much more fun and rewarding to reach goals as a community. That's why we're offering prizes and added support to those who follow the program.
 
We hosted a challenge right after the book launched, but many of you said it was too soon--you needed more time to get ready or your copy didn't arrive in time. We listened, and we're launching an even bigger challenge this time--with prizes. (If you did the first challenge, you can still do this one and be eligible for the prizes.)
 
End the yo-yo diet cycle for good with a program that's proven, with built-in, no-fail tactics to ensure you're successful. No more deprivation and no more relying on sheer will power alone. With The Spark Solution, there is no next time, only this time! You're just 14 days away!


To join the challenge, you'll need to have a copy of the book by June 21. Read through the intro, get familiar with the layout of the book and the program, and be ready to start Day 1 on Monday, June 24. Starting that day, you'll check in daily on the team, share your progress, and receive added support and feedback from the book's authors (and others like you who are committed to getting healthy and losing weight once and for all).

What are you waiting for? Get your copy today so you can join in the fun!
Posted 6/10/2013  12:00:00 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 35 comments   28,419 views
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The 8 Best Habits to Ensure Lasting Weight-Loss Success


We talk a lot about giving up bad habits and starting good ones, but which ones are the most important? Which will have maximum impact on your life?

Here, we've rounded up eight habits we believe to be the most powerful you can adopt, gleaned from the survey we did of our "success stories." These are the essential and proven truths that will lead to sustained weight-loss, and health. These habits helped our successful members keep their motivation levels high throughout the first two weeks and beyond. Here they are, in no particular order of importance.
Posted 5/20/2013  12:00:00 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 35,796 views
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'The Spark Solution' Challenge Starts May 13


The Spark Solution, the new book from the experts and members at SparkPeople.com, is now available! To celebrate the launch, we are hosting an exclusive one-time "Spark Solution Challenge" on the site!

From May 13-27, everyone who has purchased The Spark Solution is invited to go through the comprehensive two-week program TOGETHER for added motivation and enthusiasm. The book's authors and contributors will be offering additional support and tips ONLY in the exclusive, official Spark Solution team during the challenge. Don’t have your copy yet? It’s now available in stores and online – hurry to get your copy before May 13!

Each day will have its own thread in the team, with additional motivational resources, more tips to make meal planning and workouts a breeze, and--the best part--support from those who are going through the program right alongside you. We will also send "reminder" SparkMails throughout the two weeks to help you stay motivated. 

Who's ready to get started?

Posted 5/10/2013  6:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 5,824 views
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Great News: The Spark Solution is Now in Stores! (Help Us Spread the Word)


Today is a pretty big day here at SparkPeople. Our new book, The Spark Solution: A Comprehensive Two-Week Diet Program to Fast Track Weight Loss and Total Body Health, is officially available. WooHoo!

This isn’t our first book, but this is a major first for us: For the first time ever, we have published the very best advice, tips and tricks from our "Success Stories"--more than 100 members who've lost weight and kept it off using SparkPeople.com to accomplish their goals. These members know that how you start to lose weight is the most important indicator of long-term weight loss. They shared their struggles and successes so that you can learn from their experiences and remove the guesswork from weight loss.

To celebrate the release of The Spark Solution in stores, we're giving the first 1,000 people who buy the book in a store a special BONUS gift. Why are we asking you to buy in a store? We think this book has serious potential to change lives, but to do that we are asking for your help to reach the best-sellers list. When people buy our book in a store, we have a better chance of getting on the best-sellers list, and impacting even more people!
Posted 5/9/2013  6:00:00 PM By: Chris "SparkGuy" Downie : 41 comments   69,567 views
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Read the First Reviews of 'The Spark Solution'


As you've likely seen and heard by now, SparkPeople wrote another book--and it comes out next week, May 7! We are pretty excited about it, but don’t take our word for it – read what some long-time SparkPeople members who received advance copies are saying about The Spark Solution.

"This isn't a diet like other diets. It doesn't promise to shed pounds with little effort, or 'burn fat' more than others. It's about teaching you to make healthy choices for life. Teaching you to think about what you're putting in your body, and eat for energy. It's about mindfulness. This is a handholding introduction to healthy living, and after you finish the (two week) plan, it arms you with the tools and resources to keep moving forward."  --DRAGONCHILDE, My new secret weapon!

"After reading the material my first initial reaction was two thumbs up. Bravo! I would consider this new book to be more of a survival guide rather than 'just another diet book.' If you are just starting out or trying to get your Spark back after a downturn in your journey, this book is for you! I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking to build or rebuild a solid foundation for their journey that will carry them through." --ON2VICTORY, My Review of The Spark Solution

"I love this book. It's life changing. It should be shouted from the mountaintops! In the first 2 weeks I lost 4 pounds! I love how the book talks in language we can relate to. It is like the authors are sitting right there with you, speaking directly to YOU.” –NIGHTSKYSTAR, Review of The Spark Solution!

"I would recommend this book to anyone trying to lose weight. I'm a big fan of baby steps and changing your lifestyle. After all, that's what helped me lose over 200 pounds.
My very favorite aspect of this book is its ability to list real simple changes, recipes, and workouts that a real person can do. It isn't about having that one last big meal, becoming perfect and getting on the wagon to cook and workout for hours on end. It's about taking healthy choices and making them a part of your life." ~INDYGIRL, "The Spark Solution..." Book Review

"This is very good stuff to know, whether you need to lose weight or not. Living healthy is for everyone! It is a book that anyone can follow and get results with, but especially if you are just beginning the program, or if you need a shake-up because you are on a plateau." –CASSIOEPIA, THE SPARK SOLUTION

Read more member reviews of The Spark Solution.
Posted 4/29/2013  6:00:00 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 18 comments   7,660 views
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Behind the Scenes on 'The Spark Solution' Recipe Photo Shoot


One of my favorite parts about writing a book for SparkPeople is the recipe photo shoots. Those days start early and end late, with nary a moment to rest, but it's some of the best fun I've ever had while "working."

Today I want to take you behind the scenes of the photo session we did for The Spark Solution: A Complete Two-Week Program to Fast-Track Weight Loss and Total Body Health.  (Available for pre-order now!)

Talking to the team before the day got started. It was already hot under the lights!

The book contains 70 recipes, all created by Chef Meg, plus additional tips and swaps to vary those recipes based on what's in season and your personal preferences. And all the photos are in full color! The inspiration for the recipes, which we call "Spark Swaps" is the standard American diet--and all the comfort foods we love to eat. Ours are lower in calories and fat, and quite low in sugar and sodium. All of the meals were designed to fit into a 1,500-calorie meal plan, with no more than 2,300 mg sodium a day.

A delicious quesadilla in the making, with a delicious pesto in the background. We measured all the ingredients that went into every recipe to make sure they were true to the serving size.

Peek behind the scenes of the recipe photo shoot!
Posted 4/10/2013  6:00:00 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 8 comments   8,032 views
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