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New: Add Comments to SparkPeople Polls and Slideshows

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Good morning, SparkPeople!

For a long time now, members have been able to comment on our articles to add their own tips, commentary and ideas to our stories. Member comments on our articles can be great sources of innovation and motivationónot only to our other members, but also to our editors, who read every comment you make!

Today we launched the ability for members to add comments to two more SparkPeople features: Polls and Slideshows. (Remember that you must be logged in to make comments.)

To comment on a poll, you first have to take the poll. On the poll results page, scroll down (below the "Get Your SparkPoints" button) and you'll see other member comments and, at the bottom, a box to submit your own comment. Commenting on a poll is a fun way to discuss what you think about the results, why you chose the answer you did, or what answer choices you wish were available, for example.

To comment on a slideshow (click here to see an example), you can scroll down to see member comments and to leave your own. You can add a comment to a slideshow on any slideónot just as the end. You can let us know what you think about slideshows, what other tips and ideas you have that the slideshow didn't mention, and more!

Please keep in mind that comments allow you to share your own tips, experiences and ideas about SparkPeople's articles, slideshows, and polls. All comments must abide by SparkPeople's Community Guidelines. Comments are not the place to ask or get answers to questions. If you have any questions, please post them on the Message Boards in order to get a response.

We hope you will take advantage of the ability to comment on polls and slideshows!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

PMANQUEN 1/17/2009 11:38AM

    I love everything about SparkPeople.....I'm here everyday, in one fashion or the other. One question I have is.....why are we only allowed to get points for 2 daily spark blogs when we receive 3 Dailies? I think we should be able to get points for all 3!

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CATKEEPER 1/16/2009 11:22AM

    These are great improvements - thanks!

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MOM195 1/14/2009 6:38PM

    Awesome idea. Such a fantastic motivator. emoticon emoticon

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    Very cool!

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SHERI1969 1/14/2009 4:25AM

    I like being able to make comments on the polls especially. Not all polls reflect every person and sometimes none of the answers are the ones a person needs. Great ideas and great work! Thanks!


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KIMUSH23 1/13/2009 7:31PM

    Great idea...

2009 Is OUR Time To SPARKLE!
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PIXIEMOMMA 1/13/2009 6:26PM

    Love it! The more feed back we give you the better this site becomes everyday.

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JOEGIRL6113 1/13/2009 5:41PM

    These are some great new additions. Thanks for all you do. Rosy

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PIANO*LADY 1/13/2009 5:33PM

    You are always making great additions to this wonderful site. Thank you!

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SANDINB 1/13/2009 5:32PM

    Great! Sometimes I make a choice on the polls, but would rather have been able to choose something else, or at least to make a point about why I chose the way I did. Thanks.

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02BFITAGAIN 1/13/2009 5:31PM

    I've often thought how cool it would be to comment on the Spark Polls. Thanks for opening that opportunity!


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MS_MAYZEE 1/13/2009 4:11PM

    Great Option-Thanks. emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 1/13/2009 4:07PM

    Thank you so much!

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MARYANNE4403 1/13/2009 2:04PM

    thanks so much for the help

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COOLMAMA11 1/13/2009 12:38PM

    Great idea! Spark just keeps getting better and better, I am so happy to be a part of it.

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MAURIZIA 1/13/2009 11:37AM

    Great option...particularly on polls since many times I think my answer would be better if I had the choice of "...." Now, if we could organize our favorites into folders...that would be wonderful, too! I am reluctant to save faves since it takes me so long to go through them to re-read something on a 2 minute break at work.

Thanks for improving this wonderful website!

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COLEMANSR 1/13/2009 11:21AM

    Great, thanks.

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PHEBESS 1/13/2009 11:17AM

    Another wonderful Spark idea!

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Changes to Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy

Monday, January 12, 2009

We made a few changes to our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy this week. Nothing major, but a few things that we wanted to make things more clear for everyone. You can read the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy to see all the changes, but below is a quick summary of some of the changes:

- We reinforced that you should never disregard professional medical advice because of something you read on SparkPeople, and if you are having a medical emergency you should call your doctor or 911.
- By registering for and/or using the site you agree to our Terms and Conditions.
- If a user violates our terms their permission to use the site terminates.
- We reinforce that SparkPeople can use any information you submit to the community (User Generated Content) in any media, including our websites or print.
- If we link to another website we are not responsible for the privacy practice on the other site.
- We reinforce that information you post on our community may be viewed by other users and the general public.
- We state that we use multiple firewalls and security to keep our data safe.

Please post a comment here if you have any questions. Thanks!

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KLTFIT 5/7/2011 10:01PM

    Most secure sites use SSL and typically you see that in the status bar in the form of a lock. I don't see that when I login. What mechanism is used to secure our data? Are there any plans in the future to update the stie to prevent members MySpark Page from being visible to anyone on the internet? Thanks.

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BARBXYZ5 1/16/2009 10:04AM

    I love everything you have to offer!! Thanks emoticon

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QUESOSAUCE 1/16/2009 7:44AM

    Thanks for providing a breakdown of the changes in plain terms! emoticon

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CAROLJANE4 1/15/2009 11:51AM

    Thank you for such a great site,and for a secure site.I love Spark People and feel so great it was recommented to me,by a friend. again thanks for all you do. Carol

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CHERIE55 1/14/2009 2:14AM

    I agree with everything everyone else on this page said. I love the new emoticons too. I would like to see a ball like a stability ball. Thank you,

Cherie emoticon

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TOPS2KOPSVILLE 1/13/2009 12:29PM

    I really like that idea due to sometimes I have two answers but only can choose one.

I also love the new emotions great job sparkpeople Only one thing wish the day one emotion would go be able to go so you can do day 2 day 3 so on so on and son on

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GDY2SHUZ 1/12/2009 10:32PM

    Thank you for the information and in keeping a secure site. emoticon emoticon

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TAZ675 1/12/2009 9:09PM

    Thank you

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    Thank you and I agree with JulCat. Some people are a little less than friendly. Like they are here to be the best not for support or to help others. I've even tried to be helpful and been treated terrible for it.
Also, thanks for the new emoticons. I thought there was more to choose from today!! emoticon

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JULCAT51 1/12/2009 6:57PM

    Thank you for the reinforcement.
Many persons are giving medical advise as if it were the only way to deal with a physical problem and any other way is inferior. Our members need to work with their doctors for their specific medical needs.

I would also like to see more reminders to be polite. Some long time Sparkers act superior as though they are better than others. I worry about people who struggle. We need support, not criticism.
You guys are very good and I love how you take care of our site.

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GGKIDS7 1/12/2009 6:20PM

    Thank you for the information. It is great to know that this is a save site.

Not pertaining to this blog but also thank you for the new emoticons.


Comment edited on: 1/12/2009 6:21:28 PM

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EMMASMART 1/12/2009 6:18PM

    Thanks for letting us know about the "change" I appreciate you letting us know.


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BEEJAY49 1/12/2009 5:51PM

    Thank you. :)

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MARYANNE4403 1/12/2009 5:13PM

    sounds good to me, i LOVE this site!!

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COLEMANSR 1/12/2009 5:12PM

    Thanks for the reminder.

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SASSY_QUEEN 1/12/2009 5:12PM

    Sounds like you just cleaned up some housekeeping...good job.....we are so lucky to have this site......

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5 Ways to Show Your Spark on Friday, January 16

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Don't forget! The first ever Show Your Spark Day is Friday, January 16, 2009. This is your chance to show others that you're part of a worldwide movement in fitness, nutrition and healthy living!

As many of you know, one of the biggest reasons that SparkPeople is free is because our members do such an amazing job of Spreading the Spark! This allows us to keep our costs low and keep resources focused on making the site better for you and your friends. That's why we encourage you to tell others about SparkPeople. Show Your Spark Day is an easy way to get the word out and find even more SparkFriends to share your journey.

If SparkPeople has helped you make positive changes in your life, then please join millions of members from all over the globe on this special day! Here are 5 easy ways you can Show Your Spark on January 16:

  • Wear a SparkPeople T-shirt. If you have one, sport your SparkPeople T-shirt on January 16! We encourage everyone who owns a SparkPeople T-shirt to wear it, so be on the lookout wherever you go.

  • Tell a Friend about SparkPeople. We have several easy emails you can send to your friends on January 16. And remember, you'll earn 10 SparkPoints every time one of your friends joins!

  • Hand out SparkPeople cards. We've created some printable cards and flyers that you can use that Friday to spread the words to your employer, co-workers, clients and more!

  • Spruce up your email signature. Change your email signature on January 16 to include a link to SparkPeople.com, a SparkTeam, or your SparkPage. Include something like "Reaching my goals at SparkPeople.com" or "Join me at SparkPeople.com" each time you send an email from work (if permitted) or from your personal account.

  • Update your Facebook and/or MySpace status. Tell others about SparkPeople by updating your status on January 16. Be sure to include "SparkPeople.com" in your status update so that your friends know where to go. You can talk about reaching your New Year's resolutions, getting healthy, or something else that you want your friends to know about SparkPeople.

For more Spread the Spark ideas, visit this page. And to Show Your Spark every day of the year, check out our branded products and apparel at SparkPeopleStore.com. We hope that we can count on you to Show Your Spark on Friday, January 16, 2009. As always, thank YOU for making SparkPeople such a positive place!
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CAROL6X 10/8/2011 7:41PM

    I have been mentioning SparkPeople to co-workers and some patients alike in casually talking.

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WOLFFETTE 12/5/2010 7:25AM

  Great Idea for Spark Day! I have been sharing this site since I came upon it 4 days ago. It's amazing. Thank you.

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SUNRISE14 3/21/2010 6:09AM

    I to love this site. I have been inspired even tho my weight loss is very slow because of health reasons i am eating right and for the first time in my life in control of the food i eat! emoticon

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MHUTTON 1/20/2009 4:17PM

    I wore my SPARKPEOPLE Tshirt all day. Fridays we get to wear jeans so I wore it to work too.

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MAUREEN19640824 1/18/2009 11:34AM

    Great ideas!

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TONKA501 1/17/2009 12:59PM

  I have been reading and trying suggestions from Spark pages for seven month. I lost 40lbs so far, and now people started to ask me how i did it. My answer is "Spark People" , especially motivational stories, quotes, articles. Whenever I wanted to quit or thought I can not loose any more weight, I was able to find something on this site that will give me strength to go on. I am very glad I can spread Spark by being example that it does work.

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HARRINGTON5 1/17/2009 12:47PM

    I just love this site and have told everyone I know about it. My sister is also member and we live in different states, so it is also a good way for us to keep tabs on each other. It helps keeps us both motivated.
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FRYLEBANON1953 1/17/2009 1:39AM

  I have been with spark people for a couple of weeks now. It has help me think about what I am eating and drinking more water. Also has help me with other problems such as sleep. This is a wonderful program. I haven't lost much as yet but I will be soon. emoticon

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SEAQUILTER 1/17/2009 1:34AM

    I joined about 3 weeks ago. I am very impressed by Sparkpeople. I have spread the word to all my friends verbally. They too are as impressed as myself. Seize the day Sparkpeople!

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57WINDDANCER 1/16/2009 10:52PM

    I have a personal blog (you can find the address on my page) and I have been writing about spark people on a daily basis since the day I joined a week and a half or so ago. I love this new found sight I found here, and hope to become an active member
~~~Wind~~~ emoticon

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VELVETCATT 1/16/2009 10:28PM

    I've been sharing the benefits of SPARKPEOPLE with co-workers and friends for quite some time, so I am hoping that this will be the year that at least SOME of them join!

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MAMAWPAM 1/16/2009 10:25PM

  I just joined this week. I told family members about it. Hope they have better luck than me. Guess i will have to keep trying to learn the system

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NURSE19861 1/16/2009 10:16PM

  I have been telling several people about the sight and encouraging them to check it out. It is a big encouragement for me!!

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KAREN42BOYS 1/16/2009 10:14PM

    i bought 2 of the sparkpeople bottles -- one for a friend and one for me, kind of like wearing friendship rings!

and i've got lots of people noticing i'm looking different, so that's led to a lot of conversations that include sparkpeople.

thanks for giving us such wonderful resources!

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BRATT21 1/16/2009 10:10PM

  I just joined three days ago and I've already told my mother as well as a vary close friend about sparkpeople today . I think it is a great thing that you have sstrated Thank You!!

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4DIANE 1/16/2009 9:58PM

  I told 4 people of this wonderful place to learn many things that people have in common.

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TAMMY507 1/16/2009 9:55PM

    I told my mother and she is joining this weekend.

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FROGGY1013 1/16/2009 9:45PM

    I told 3 people about Spark today! emoticon

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ELLYN68 1/16/2009 9:32PM

  I have tried to share the SparkPeople site by way of e-mail from this site but it's not working right. I have been CC myself to be certain that it goes out. Please let me know what I need to do differently so that I can share it with others. I really LOVE this site!!

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C21BROKER 1/16/2009 9:13PM

    My daughters and I joined 4 days ago and have decided to create a new team! Watch for the Boonville Belles!

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    I joined 1 week ago today and alreay got my sister-in-law to join. She posted today. YIPEEEEE

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AGNETE 1/16/2009 7:48PM

  Thanks for the ability to give out the business cards. Some people don't want their e-mails shared, so this gives them the power to do something really good for themselves. Thank you

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NANA71 1/16/2009 7:39PM

  I told my daughter who is very interested.
Thanks for hosting such a helpful site! emoticon

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JANISTROTMAN 1/16/2009 7:20PM

    Since I joined in October, I have sent emails to friends and two friends has joined, both not easy bloggers. Will keep telling people about this wonderful site.

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LOLAJO54 1/16/2009 5:48PM

    Thanks I had some cards and gave them out and put my Spark on my facebook account -changed my page around-- it was all fun and hopefully someone who needs to get healthy and wants to change their life around will see it and take action.. Most of my team wore their Sparks shirts for today!! Yeah for SparksPeople-- thanks for being a free site.- Jo emoticon

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SAMODER 1/16/2009 5:32PM

    I wore my Sparkpeople.com T-shirt to work/school. I got my principal's permission, just in case.


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LINSUARA 1/16/2009 5:26PM

    This is so cool! I got my T-shirt this morning and I am wearing it and using my water bottle. I didn't get my calendar. They said there were no more. Do I get a refund?
I am so happy it came today because I wanted it to,
The t-shirt fits perfectly and the water bottle is great.

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SHAWNALUCY 1/16/2009 5:07PM

    Yay! For SparkPeople!!! Yay that SparkPeople offers the fitted t-shirts now, too!! I LOVE mine!!

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    my" i love sparkpeople" t-shirt arrived yesterday so i planned to wear it everywhere today. however my westies kirby joe & la la la got sick and had to go to the vet today. so i put my spark t on over a long sleeve red shirt and got out in the 12 degree weather and proudly wore my spark t-shirt to the vets office. thank god they just had gotten a cold. i constantly tell everyone about sparkpeople and hand out the sparkcards for them to join. i have lost 31 pounds since joining. spread the spark daily !!! emoticon

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KSH1967 1/16/2009 4:58PM

    Hi, I just joined but I sent about 5 e-mails out to friends so they can see how helpful this site can be on our journey to better health!! Yea, Sparkpeople.com!!

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MHALASCHAK 1/16/2009 4:40PM

    Everyone who uses spark people has a great outlook for the future and their effort to lose or maintain a good life style ........ So hip hip hooray for spark day emoticon emoticon

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FLUTRBY 1/16/2009 4:35PM

    I am showing my Spark today by writing about it on my Facebook. What a great suggestion. emoticon

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LEEPFROG95 1/16/2009 4:31PM

    I gave the SPARK to the HR Dept. at Work and they are adding to to a
the LOST it at WORK competition. And there are about 70 -80 people
that are in the contest. emoticon

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MOMMA48 1/16/2009 4:19PM

    I passed the link to a few of my friends who will love this site! Thanks!!

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PKLOSES 1/16/2009 4:18PM

    I have SP on my MySpace page, someone in one of my groups asked me about SP so I sent her the link to my page and told her if she signs up to say that I sent her :) I'll be adding it to my signature...never thought about doing that and it's so simple!!

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DMBEANER03 1/16/2009 4:05PM

    I sent an invitation email to 5 friends to join Spark

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TBUCKETSMOM 1/16/2009 4:02PM

    I distributed fliers and updated my facebook status to say that I was spreading the SPARK with sparkpeople.com

25+ pounds down with Sparkpeople!


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JKVOLKERS 1/16/2009 3:45PM

  I told the weight loss counselors at program I joined about SparkPeople! emoticon

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JCARDINAL 1/16/2009 3:37PM

    I wore my T-shirt with pride today.

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ANNAWONG 1/16/2009 3:24PM

    i put it on my myspace.com/anna_bucks emoticon

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JJMCMARTIN 1/16/2009 3:23PM

    I posted flyers at work!

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MISSY-PIE 1/16/2009 3:20PM

    I told a friend about Spark People today and she has already joined!!! emoticon emoticon

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MARYSPEN 1/16/2009 2:56PM

    I told four people about sparkpeople today. emoticon

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DEBELLE 1/16/2009 2:45PM

  I added this to my facebook page....it went to California........the spark is going coast to coast! emoticon

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COURTNEY521 1/16/2009 2:43PM

    I told a friend about spark people emoticon

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IANDME 1/16/2009 2:38PM

    I posted a message onto the facebook website to tell all my friendsabout Sparkpeople.
I will also print out a flyer to put up in my doctors surgery. emoticon

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ANAMACHA 1/16/2009 2:20PM

    I told a friend about SparkPeople today!

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RONEESHA 1/16/2009 2:13PM

    I try to tell everyone that I know about SP. I added it to my myspace and my e-mail signature. emoticon

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ADENA_HANNA 1/16/2009 2:07PM

    I told a friend about spark people and she was really interested emoticon

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GOLDENPEARLE 1/16/2009 2:07PM

    I will print off the B cards, a give the letter to my doctor.


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People Magazine Half Their Size

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

SparkPeople member Lessie Alvarado (FlabbyAsian) is featured in the annual People Magazine "Half Their Size" cover story that is currently on newsstands. You can find out more about Lessie's success by picking up a copy of the magazine and checking out the online story at People.com.

Lessie was also interviewed by the Today Show last week (watch the video) along with People Senior Editor, Galina Espinoza, who later mentions SparkPeople in an interview with Fox Dallas.

Leave a comment below to join us in saying congratulations to Lessie for her inspirational weight loss success and her tremendous help "spreading the spark" within the pages of People Magazine. If you learned about SparkPeople from this or previous People articles let us know how your goals are going with a comment below as well.

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CATHIMOMMY 1/3/2011 10:37AM

    I-N-S-P-I-R-A-T-i-O-N! That is what you and your story are....2 pounds this week....don't have as much to lose but am in my 40's and I am doing this BEFORE 50!


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DANYAL_REBORN 6/9/2010 9:15AM

    These three people have changed my way of thinking! Thankyou sooooooo much :-)

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SONIES 2/1/2009 3:00PM

    With tears in my eyes I want to say thank you, thank you for sharing your story and giving me something to believe in. My journey has been difficult and I keep getting on the rollercoaster and taking a ride but today I believe in my heart that I have finally reached that stage where enough is enough, and I do want this for myself. I hope others read your story and get the hope and inspiration that I have. Best wishes for your continued success and once again...THANK YOU!

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WISEWOMANCA1 1/23/2009 1:05PM

    Wow Lessie! You look terrific and I know how hard you worked toward that goal. You're so right about doing it for yourself! Everyone you love does benefit in the long run, but it has to begin with you. Today will be my first day to start ... again.... I've been with SparkPeople for 2 years now, started out great but fell hard off that wagon! I never stopped logging in though, it's been a sort of life-line. Thank you for sharing your story. I read your spark page and see your words became true! You found one more purpose in life (this person) and touched the lives of many! You're an inspiration and I wish you many blessings.

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ANGELGLORIA 1/23/2009 8:09AM

    Congratulations.... You give me so much inspiration to forge on and stay strong even in the most darkest times in life. We all have issues we must face daily but to stay strong and keep your eye on the prize which is a healthier life and a better me. God bless you and you make me want to push even harder to keep on the plan, no excuses not to exercise its going to hurt anyway just get my butt up and do it... All I can say is WOOOOO HOOOOO emoticon


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RSFBRITT 1/21/2009 11:07AM

    Oh my Gosh Lessie you look awesome! My body doesn't want to drop 5 lbs let alone 150lbs!
God Bless you, what an inspirational story. Keep up the great work!!!!!

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TRUEFIT 1/20/2009 6:57PM

    Congratulations! It is very hard to lose weight. I have a bit to lose myself and I find myself with an emotional eating condition. Sometimes I am motivated and sometimes not. It seems like I crave food I shouldn't be eating like chocolate.
I really enjoyed reading your story.

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SUZYQ2658 1/20/2009 5:18PM

    Hi Lessie
Just wanted to say congrats and well done for sticking to it. 21/2 years is a long time.
I have over 100 pounds to lose and your story is an inspiration


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ROBINBAIR 1/20/2009 12:31PM

Lessie is an inspiration to me...she is the same height as me and although she had a hundred pounds on me I am STILL incredibly over weight for my size and MUST (for me) continue with my endeavors. I've lost 7 pounds in the last 2 weeks just sticking to 1000 to 1200 calories...I HATE counting them but...it helps me realize just HOW much I was consuming. I am a vegetarian so my meal planning is different but...I'm hangin in there...Blondie

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READY2CHANGE 1/20/2009 10:17AM

  I too am very overweight, 5' and 265 lbs. There are so many things happening in my life, often, that causes me to start over. It was encouraging to see that although it took you 2 1/2 yrs. you reached your goal. Congratulations! If I am faithful I too can reach my goal by the time I am 60. You have been such an encouragement. emoticon

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MCELLA915 1/20/2009 10:00AM

    Hey Lessie, Congrats! I haven't been a Spark member very long but reading your story has inspired me to become more involved in this website, the people and it's tools for weight loss. Keep up the awesome work!! emoticon

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GGJOAN 1/20/2009 8:10AM

  Congratulations Lessie. Well done. I have made up my mind to lose the weight that I need to. I have been a member of Spark people but have not really utilized the program. My journey begins today. You have definitely inspired me.

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DJCBECK 1/20/2009 6:09AM

    Congrats! Keep up the great workout what a beauty keep smiling!
Peace, Darlene emoticon

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ANDREAFA 1/20/2009 5:54AM


Your story has inspired me! God bless you for sharing, and God help you to continue!


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    Congratulations Lessie. I know how you feel. I just had an article done in Essence. Sparkpeople and the Sparkguy have changed my life too. You are an inspiration. Thank you.

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JUSTBCZ 1/16/2009 8:39PM

    I read the People magazine ad because one of the ladies is from my area. I read all of the articles and that is how I found out about SparkPeople. I had never of you guys before. I was so impressed with the one gals weight loss, I decided to try it. I am sooooo glad I did. Thank you SparkPeople for being here for us!!

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RACHELTEEHEE 1/16/2009 2:36PM

    Thanks so much to SparkGuy and Lessie. What you do is inspiring and hopeful. You're why I'm here on SparkPeople!!

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LEINAALA82 1/16/2009 9:20AM

    Congratulations! This is awesome and inspiring! emoticon

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MARY0001 1/16/2009 8:16AM

    Congratulations, Lessie! It's great to see a weight-loss/fitness success story resulting from participation in SparkPeople and one that also lets others know about what SparkPeople offers without cost. emoticon

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SAND1957 1/15/2009 7:33AM

  This is my 2nd week using the SP website. I have tried several other sites; however, I just love your site. I love SP! I have achieve much motivation and with your assistance know I will achieve my goals. I have been passing on this site to everyone I know. Thank you, I deeply appreciate you. emoticon

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JIBBIE49 1/15/2009 12:28AM

    I hope SP gets mentioned MORE in articles, as it sure is important that other know about what is available here. emoticon

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FITNESSGAL21 1/14/2009 10:17PM

    Congratulations Lessie on your success. emoticon You are a inspiration to all of us that still have a journey to go. emoticon

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CONTESSAWIN 1/14/2009 4:59PM

    You obviously lost a LOT of weight before finding Spark People.
What did you do to accomplish your major weight loss???

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SUGARINTHESUN 1/14/2009 10:02AM

    Congratulations!!! You have helped me to keep going. I have a lot more weight to loose, but I have been struggling to stay the course and not go back to my old bad habits. Thanks for sharing your story. Spark on!

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JQUANDT 1/13/2009 6:09PM

  Way to Go!! Thanks for sharing your success! emoticon

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GODDESSOFHOME 1/13/2009 6:05PM

    Way to go girl! Keep up the Spark!

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2BASWAN 1/13/2009 4:41PM

    A true inspiration!

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JBMT08 1/13/2009 3:38PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! what you have accomplished is TREMENDOUS!!! OUTSTANDING!!! Bless you!

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LADYBIKER08 1/13/2009 1:18PM

    GREAT JOB Lessie!! You do look beautiful!! Your hard work sure has paid off.

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HAPPYMOM8 1/13/2009 12:31PM

    We are all so proud of you!! Pat emoticon

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SHININGTHRU126 1/13/2009 12:29PM

    You've done a fantastic job - thanks for sharing your inspirational story with us here and People readers worldwide!

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MISSM66 1/12/2009 9:03PM

    Congrats to you keep up the good work emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LEYETTE 1/12/2009 9:14AM

    Awesome job!!!

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DENILOU54 1/11/2009 11:16AM

  god bless you and your team for helping people like me and othersto lose weight . I m looking forward to start losing wieght with you guys. thanks for welcoming me.denlou54

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MS.BAKERAT40 1/10/2009 9:15PM

    I bought this very People issue, just yesterday. I read it while walking on the treadmill this morning. It was very interesting and I was proud that I am a member of Sparkpeople. Once I was done, I then had to "kick up" my workout. I left the issue out so others in my household could see it.

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PANDA20092009 1/10/2009 8:25PM

    congrats leslie this article is what motivated me to start losing the weight i never thought i could do it but with everybody support i am going to do this time thanks so much emoticon

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    People Magazine Half Their Size is the reason I joined SP. Thank you Lessie for your hard work and for sharing it in a way that can inspire so many others!!! emoticon

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GETHEALTHY30 1/10/2009 6:11PM

    Congrats!!! I am so happy for you!! emoticon

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DETERMINEDINTX 1/10/2009 12:57PM

    emoticon A very special Congrats to you, Lessie!!!

You are an inspiration to all of us.....

Together, We Can Achieve!


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CARNEY8 1/10/2009 9:22AM

    Lessie, a great, big, heartfelt "congratulations!"
I'm aiming to meet you there someday soon and I'll look for all the reporters beating down MY door! LOL...!

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NICOLETTE518 1/9/2009 5:26PM

    It was reading this issue of people that I decided I can lose weight and that I can do it all on my own. I don't need a magic pill or surgery. What I need is a new frame of mind. I am on my way.

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AMYLYNN0307 1/9/2009 3:13PM

    This artical is the reason I joined SparkPeople! I hope to have a "haf their size" story of my own!

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MS-CEE 1/9/2009 2:55PM

    I always grab the People "Half their Size" issue when I see it, and I always smile when I see a Spark member get his or her props.

I am proud to be a Spark kid!

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2LABS2LOVE 1/9/2009 11:43AM

    I read the article in People Magazine online and it stuck with me. I signed up for Spark people but didn't remember where I read the article, but I was very impressed with her story. Once I found this blog, it hit me! Lessie's story is why I signed up for Spark People. What a great story!

I tried to connect to the link for the video on the Today show but could not find the it. I would like to see it and will search again.

This site is amazing. I will spread the word! emoticon

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JIBBIE49 1/9/2009 4:51AM

    I know you will keep working to keep at your goal weight. Fantastic! emoticon

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TAMIEKA84 1/9/2009 12:34AM

  This cover story right here is the reason I joined this site and it also motivated me to give it my all in 2009.

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JUJUB69 1/8/2009 10:03PM

    i read this people magazine and thats how i found out about the sparkpeople website and i am already amazed after a few days

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IBU3007 1/8/2009 8:50PM

    emoticon I hope I can lose a couple of kilos by the end of this month. I gained 2 kilos while on holidays and intend to lose more than that. Thanks for the story

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