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Tune in Monday for an Interview with Stepfanie

Friday, December 12, 2008



Hello, SparkPeople!

I wanted to let you know that I will be doing a radio/podcast interview with Debbie Alan on Monday morning!

You can listen online at www.onthehomestretch.com , and even call in with your questions!

I'm planning to talk about how to throw a healthy party--without breaking the bank.

The number to call in LIVE is 877-474-3302. I will be taking questions from 11:00 AM to 11:27 AM (Eastern Time); be sure to call in early with your questions, then listen to the interview!

Thanks! I hope you can tune in!

  
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SASSY_QUEEN 12/15/2008 2:48PM

    Thank you so much.......we love you guys.......

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SHERI1969 12/14/2008 8:06AM

    Sounds like fun! But I don't think I'll be here. I volunteer tomorrow. I hope you have a wonderful turnout and plenty of wonderful questions that perhaps can be implemented into the SparkPeople programs somehow! emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 12/14/2008 12:27AM

    That's great. emoticon emoticon

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KIMUSH23 12/13/2008 10:26PM

    Awesome!

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JAYMURZ 12/13/2008 10:23AM

    A great topic, and very timely! Hosting and entertaining, in a healthy manner (both with respect to food and beverages, AND finances) is a great idea, thanx!

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MARYANNE4403 12/12/2008 9:20PM

    i will tune in, thanks for letting us know about it

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PHEBESS 12/12/2008 7:06PM

    Nice! I'll try to tune in (it'll be lunchtime at school)!

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TAZ675 12/12/2008 2:15PM

    Thank you!


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COOLMAMA11 12/12/2008 1:55PM

    Sounds great! Thanks for letting us know, I am having several little get togethers, so will be interested in what to serve that is healthy!

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BEEJAY49 12/12/2008 12:53PM

    Thank you for letting us know ahead of time! :)

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MISSY372 12/12/2008 12:10PM

    great, thanx for the heads up. missy

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Over 5 Billion Calories Burned: Find Out Who Pushed Us Over the Mark!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Did you log your latest workout on SparkPeople's Fitness Tracker? Whether you burned 60 calories or 600, tracking your workouts at SparkPeople means something. It means that you're making yourself a priority; that you're taking the steps you need to reach your goals; and that you're using fitness as a springboard to success in other areas of your life. Congratulations!

But keeping track of your workouts is more than personal. It means you're part of something bigger: the SparkPeople movement. Together, our members have started fitness routines, made exercise a habit, and burned over 5 billion calories to date. That's no typo: 5,000,000,000 has nine zeroes.

YOU were a part of making it happen! At a time in history when sedentary lifestyles and weight problems are on the rise, SparkPeople members are reversing the trends. We're exercising, losing weight, drinking water, and improving our diets one person at a time, but we're all in it together!

To celebrate this big milestone we held a contest. We found the member responsible for logging the exercise(s) that pushed us to 5 billion calories burned. Congratulations to MAMATUSA, who has won a SparkPeople prize pack that includes some SparkPeople-branded products from our new store: a lunch bag, drawstring backpack, T-shirt, stress ball, 2009 day-at-a-glance calendar, 2009 monthly tracking calendar, window cling and key chain! Click here for official contest rules and terms.



I hope that every SparkPeople member feels a sense of pride in this accomplishment. So keep moving and logging those fitness minutes!

Make your life an adventure!

Chris Downie, SparkPeople Founder and CEO

  
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NOMI_822 12/21/2008 3:50AM

    Fantastic, Wonderful News!!! Congrats to Sparkpeople!!! emoticon

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FIRERAVEN9 12/20/2008 1:15PM

    Way to go SparkPeople!

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QUIETNEAL 12/18/2008 9:28AM

    Congrats SparkPeoples. SparkOn!!!

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LIMONM 12/18/2008 12:51AM

    TO MAMATUSA & ALL SPARKIES--CONGRATS BIG TIME!! emoticon

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AGAPE815 12/17/2008 6:50PM

    Way to go SPARKERS!!!!

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CHERIE55 12/17/2008 5:52PM

    emoticon emoticon

Cherie

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JEEPERSMOM 12/17/2008 12:44PM

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OLDERDANDRT 12/17/2008 11:01AM

    Way to go Spark People!!!!! emoticon

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KARIWITT 12/17/2008 8:50AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon work!

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JIBBIE49 12/17/2008 3:59AM

    We just LOVE ourselves, and by taking care of our health, we are loving our families, as well. emoticon

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3DOGCREW 12/17/2008 2:40AM

    Congrats and good job everyone

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SPARKLINGVIOLET 12/17/2008 1:19AM

    YAY! I'm so proud of us!! And I'm more proud that I was a part of this!! :)

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SONPARI1 12/16/2008 11:12PM

    Great job, Lets double the figure!

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MOM2POMS2 12/16/2008 10:41PM

    How cool is this!! Awesome job Sparkers!!

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KRISTINWEDDLE 12/16/2008 9:36PM

    I am proud to be a part of something so big that I can't even wrap my mind around it. America, the world really, has a lot of huge tasks to take on right now. One of the largest issues we face is, well, how large we are in this country.

Thank you for all that you do, SparkPeople!

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IAMKELSEYH 12/16/2008 9:15PM

    Good job team! :D

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AMYMCINT 12/16/2008 8:48PM

    What can we say - - - Sparkers Rock!

~Amy

PS. Looking for a team - consider "Done Being the Fat Girl" we would LOVE to have you!

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CAROLJ35 12/16/2008 8:19PM

    And to think I contributed to this awesome total!!!

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MAV1729 12/16/2008 6:07PM

    NOW THATS JUST REALLY COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I AGREE WITH JO*ANNE*IE .....IT TAKES A VILLAGE....THANK YOU SPARKS!!!

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JO*ANNE*IE 12/16/2008 5:06PM

    Proving yet again, it takes a village to burn a billion!!! Thanks Spark Guy!!!

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DAVISJH 12/16/2008 4:08PM

    I know that I contributed a couple hundred thousand calories to that total this year (perhaps another hundred thousand last year?). They all add up!!!

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DEGODDESS 12/16/2008 3:46PM

    Congratulations to all of us who continually stive for fitter lifestyles and are willing to work hard to reach our goals...also CONGRATULATIONS to MAMATUSA for pushing us over the 5 billion calorie lost mark! WE DID IT!
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FISHINGLADY66 12/16/2008 3:22PM

    Congratulations MAMATUSA.
I am very happy to a part of the SparkPeople movement.

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SCHALA 12/16/2008 2:37PM

  Congrats to the winner and to everyone on SparkPeople! ^_^

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TERLYN 12/16/2008 2:23PM

    emoticon Thats pretty amazing. Congratulations to the winner as well!

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WENDI_WA1 12/16/2008 1:30PM

    Congratulations MAMATUSA and all .

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DOLMADEZ 12/16/2008 11:42AM

    Congrats to MAMATUSA and ALL of the members of Spark People!!

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GRANDMASCRAPS 12/16/2008 11:39AM

    5 billion that's BILLION with a "B". What a team we have here at Sparkpeople. Awesome guys.

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1FITMOM09 12/16/2008 10:24AM

  emoticon That is quite an accomplishment... 5 BILLION!!! Way to go Spark People!!!

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COLEMANSR 12/16/2008 9:36AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TANTALUMGIRL 12/16/2008 9:10AM

    Congrats

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LOVEROFANIMALS 12/16/2008 8:59AM

    Way to go everyone!! What an accomplishment! emoticon

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FUNINFLIPFLOPS 12/16/2008 8:40AM

    Congrats to all that participated and to the winner of the wonderful prize!

Thank you for the people who work with us on a daily basis to keep us motivated and thank you to the founder of this wonderful website!

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REDNECKFEMINIST 12/11/2008 11:21PM

    How very cool!

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CURLSRFUN 12/11/2008 5:31PM

    Congrats to the winnner! Way To GO!

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MARYANNE4403 12/11/2008 4:37PM

    i track mine all the time

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BSHOWELL 12/11/2008 3:11PM

    Very cool!

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MAXFOCUS 12/11/2008 2:55PM

    The fitness tracker is one of my fav tools here. Thanks!

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LIFE-FAITH 12/11/2008 1:58PM

    I track mine daily!
Thanks so much for the awesome opportunity to win something!


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GROOVYKARMA1 12/11/2008 10:25AM

  I am going to make sure that I do! Let's go Va.Bch.!

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POUNDCAKES 12/11/2008 10:09AM

    I love posting my times, and will make sure I put in all mine every day. Great accomplishment for all of us!

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GRALLEN 12/11/2008 9:55AM

    Ok, so who was the winner?

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TONIBALOGNA_11 12/11/2008 9:32AM

    .Awesome! SP is a great tool to have in our life and to help make this lifestyle change a success! Thank you SP!!! emoticon

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ROYALETBONE 12/10/2008 11:45PM

    Wow, we already hit 5 billion calories burned....dang, it goes fast once we get this large!
Yeah, Sparks!

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BLUESKY104 12/10/2008 11:01PM

    What a motivator to log in those Fitness minutes -- which I do on a daily basis emoticon

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MCDEANE52 12/10/2008 10:18PM

    I do it every day and I'm glad I'm a part of this exciting achievment! I'll be even gladder if you pick me! LOL SP ROCKS!!!

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BELG64 12/10/2008 9:56PM

    Ooh I am heading over to track my exercise right now!!!!

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JULCAT51 12/10/2008 9:50PM

    SPARKPEOPLE ROCK!!!
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FISHINGLADY66 12/10/2008 9:46PM

    You and Spark People are so awesome.
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Irene

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ROAD2HEALTHY 12/10/2008 8:15PM

    This is just great!

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There is Still Time to Shop SparkPeoplestore.com

Wednesday, December 10, 2008



Can you believe the holidays are almost here? Before you panic, remember SparkPeople is here for you. The SparkPeoplestore.com offers a variety of great SparkPeople-branded products that are great for everyone on your list. Our members gave us lots of ideas for new products, from new T-shirt designs to fitness equipment to calendars and more! You'll find new items and some old favorites at SparkPeoplestore.com.

As the holidays are approaching, all holiday orders need to be placed by Friday December 12th and UPS has indicated that to ensure you receive your package before Christmas that you are encouraged to expedite your order (this would mean to select at least 2nd day air). Please note that means that the shipping costs will likely be more than you would pay with any standard shipping, but you will be assured of having the product in time for the holidays. Thank you!

www.sparkpeoplestore.com

  
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THEMOTIVATOR1 2/19/2009 7:32PM

    I was looking for the mens muscle shirts

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DEBRABUF 12/20/2008 11:12AM

    Oh ya, what about coming up with a book that is inspirational with some recipes, etc. I rather read something in my hands then on the computer. Thanks.

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DEBRABUF 12/20/2008 11:11AM

    I bought the daily inspirational desk calender and the lunch bag..I can't wait to start to use them. I think having a store is awesome...I plan to buy more things as the store expands!

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FUNINFLIPFLOPS 12/18/2008 6:38PM

    Does anyone sell good old VCR tapes anymore?

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MARYANNE4403 12/10/2008 4:43PM

    thanks for reminding us

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New Local Features and SparkAmerica Leader Board Launch

Monday, December 08, 2008



We love to see that our members are enjoying competing in our SparkAmerica Challenge. As you know, SparkAmerica is a health and fitness challenge designed to motivate Americans to improve their health by taking small consistent positive action steps. We have challenged each city to compete against each other to be at the top of the list on the “America’s Fittest City Leaderboards! We have launched a new feature this week that now allows you to see your city ranking based on size. Since bigger cities have more people, it can be easier for them to be at the top of the list and gain fitness minutes and SparkPoints faster than smaller cities. Our new leaderboard will now allow you to see how your city compares to others based on size in addition to overall numbers.

How it works is pretty simple. We took a look at the largest city, New York City, and gave other cities a multiplier based on their size compared to New York City. We then show the leaderboards based on overall numbers and “adjusted minutes” or the cities actual minutes times the multiplier. We hope this keeps the SparkAmerica Challenge interesting and is another opportunity to show how your city can help lead the way.

To help your city lead the way we created special pages with added functionality to help improve your health. Each city on the list has a special URL that takes you to your cities landing page filled with events and resources around your city. Here you can check out local parks, trails, restaurants, fitness centers and much much more. You can create teams within you local teams and hold SparkRallies. SparkRallies are meetings or events that provide an opportunity for team members to meet up with other SparkPeople members who live in your city. SparkRallies have added functionality and features such as RSVP, bring a guest and SparkMailing attendees.

We have launched a lot of great local features recently and hope you enjoy them. If you do not see your city on this list, do not worry, there is more coming for those not in these cities as well as those based outside the US!

  
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IRISHCARTER 12/23/2008 6:34PM

    Super disappointed in the new leaderboards. : ( Not all of us are under city and state sparkteams but use the leaderboards individually to motivate ourselves. : (

Leese

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CATTRINA 12/9/2008 9:25PM

  Hi , Maybe I don't understand too well but, I saw New YOrk among the lowest on the list , in fact it was way below. I thought that was odd .
I am going to look at it again. In any case, thank you . emoticon

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SPARKGUY 12/9/2008 2:15PM

    Hi Everyone - just so you know, we'll soon be launching leaderboards and pages for all 50 states too - so everyone has a way to participate in this.

And, we'll continue building out our international resources as well!

SparkCheers!

Ch
ris (SparkGuy)

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REDNECKFEMINIST 12/9/2008 2:11PM

    Maybe add a team for rural communities all together. I am 70 miles from any kind of metropolitian area, in any direction.

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JANETELIZABETH1 12/9/2008 12:46PM

    Well being in Spain I come under Spark Earth...how can I see the list of countries? It seems to have disappeared!! Any answers??

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TAZ675 12/9/2008 10:02AM

    Thank you!

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WILDCARD1 12/9/2008 7:50AM

    Awesome!!!

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SHERI1969 12/8/2008 9:22PM

    Will there ever be, or do you know yet, a Canadian thing like this? It would be great to have a Canadian side or even other countries, put into SparkPeople's site.

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SASSY_QUEEN 12/8/2008 8:29PM

    Is there some way you can join a city that is near your location if you don't live in a city?

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MARTINIGAL413 12/8/2008 5:42PM

    I could just be missing it... but I don't see my city on here Louisville, KY - which I find odd considering I believe we're the largest city in Kentucky. Lexington is there, though... do my minutes count towards that? Is there a way to get Louisville listed? Sorry - I've been a member of SP for 8 months, but I'm suddenly feeling out of sorts where this is concerned since I'd never bothered to really look.

Thank you for this change, regardless of whether or not my city is listed. Sounds like a fair adjustment!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 12/8/2008 4:49PM

    Thanks!

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TZH4145 12/8/2008 4:45PM

    Good news!!!

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CARLI_MAE 12/8/2008 4:38PM

    Hmmmmmm ... have to check -- last time I looked Chicago was on top (yay!) ... but maybe not anymore ... good thinking!

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KIMUSH23 12/8/2008 4:37PM

    Great news!

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PHEBESS 12/8/2008 4:34PM

    I've had fun with SparkEarth, but have one request - it would be great if you could add the American territories such as the USVI, Puerto Rico, etc. to SparkAmerica and the cities, rather than having us as foreign countries. Thanks!

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BEEJAY49 12/8/2008 4:34PM

    That'll be neat to be able to compare the cities! Thank you!

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MARYANNE4403 12/8/2008 4:32PM

    this is such a GREAT site, i love it so much, thanks for all you do for us

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Tune in: SparkPeople Member on The Doctors

Thursday, December 04, 2008



One of our favorite new nationally syndicated talk shows, "The Doctors" will be airing a show on December 5th that features SparkPeople member, SABLOUWHO (Cynthia) and we're encouraging members to tune in. Visit www.TheDoctorsTV.com to view a preview of the show and to check your local listings to see when "The Doctors" airs in your area.

  
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TREETHESHEE 12/7/2008 9:37PM

    That is great! Go Spark People!

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SQUIRTZIE 12/6/2008 7:39AM

    I would love to watch that show but unfortunately I do not get that channel.

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PHEBESS 12/5/2008 12:26PM

    Go Cynthia!!!!!!

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REDNECKFEMINIST 12/4/2008 10:48PM

    Very cool!

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TAZLADYOK 12/4/2008 10:45PM

    I will set it up to record! Thanks for letting us know!

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SHERI1969 12/4/2008 10:12PM

    Wish I could but I don't get that channel. Will SparkPeople be posting a youtube video of it somewhere afterwards?

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SPARKLINGHOPE 12/4/2008 7:59PM

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ONLYTEMPORARY 12/4/2008 7:27PM

    Thanks, will check it out.

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JOURNEYINGJEM1 12/4/2008 4:45PM

    good show i will tell my friends. i hope she talks about sparks as well as weight loss. this program is the best i have ever been in.

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MARYANNE4403 12/4/2008 4:21PM

    thanks so much for letting us know

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BEEJAY49 12/4/2008 4:15PM

    Thank you for letting us know!

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MISSY372 12/4/2008 3:37PM

    o i love that show. thanks for the heads up

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KELSPRETTYGIRL 12/4/2008 3:20PM

    Thanks for the heads up!

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KIMUSH23 12/4/2008 2:54PM

    Wow that is sparkeriffic!

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LULUBELL17 12/4/2008 2:25PM

    S0MMERSMILES has just won a spot on The Doctors as well. She was nominated by her friend CHICKSTAR8 through a radio show here in Dallas, Kidd Kraddick in the morning!

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