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New Contest: SparkPeople's Search for the Best 'After' Photos

Monday, March 01, 2010



We hear amazing stories of transformation and weight loss every day at SparkPeople. Now it's time to for you to SHOW everyone how your hard work has paid off by entering our "After" Photo Contest! SparkPeople's Official "After" Photo Contest is looking for great photos that show how your hard work and weight loss has paid off!

The winner of the best "after" photo will receive a $250 Amazon.com gift certificate and 10 semifinalists will receive a special Trophy on their SparkPages.

Here's what you do:

  1. Join this Official "After" Photo Contest SparkTeam. There, you'll find detailed instructions for sharing your photo and contest terms and conditions.

  2. Grab your digital camera, enlist your photographer friend, or head to a local photo studio to reward yourself with some great new photos that you can share. While these photos do not need to be shot by professionals, they will be judged both on content (your amazing transformation or energetic pose) and on quality (high resolution, clutter-free backgrounds and vibrant colors). Good taste is a must and these photos must also abide by our community guidelines (i.e. suggestive photos will not be considered).

  3. Upload your very best "after" photo by March 31, 2010 and you could win a $250 Amazon gift card or a special SparkTrophy for your SparkPage!


That's it! We hope you enjoy entering this contest and looking at the many photos submitted by other members, too.
  
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RSSGMATT 1/13/2011 5:22PM

    Right now I only have the before pictures and they are not pleasant to look at, maybe next time.

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1WARRIORGODDESS 4/22/2010 2:57PM

    YAHOO! LADYVIXON GETS MY VOTE!

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JEWITCH 3/21/2010 2:20PM

    Can't wait to see the pictures. This should be great.

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AKGAL09 3/10/2010 12:40AM

    This should be fun to watch all the great afters!

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VMCSHANNON 3/9/2010 6:14PM

    I wish I could participate. But my after is at least 18 months away at the rate I'm going. Will you do this again?

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LEOLO_1 3/9/2010 1:36PM

    yay! i love looking at before and after!

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SWEETIEPIE1128 3/8/2010 9:30PM

    I can't wait to see everybody's before and after pic. YAY!! How exciting!!!!

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GGTAKESCONTROL 3/8/2010 3:11PM

    The before and after pictures lift my spirits and motivate me! What a great idea! Gigi emoticon

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MCJULIEO 3/8/2010 12:24PM

    Before and After photos are one of my favorite parts of Spark People (and I can hardly wait to see these After pictures)

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CHERRY666 3/8/2010 9:39AM

    I'm looking forward to seeing these. It's always inspiring to look at other's before and after photos.

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JAREJIL 3/7/2010 12:59AM

    Before and after photos are alwasy MY inspiration!

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COOKINGFAT 3/6/2010 2:02AM

  emoticon me too ! emoticon

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MASE72 3/5/2010 12:43PM

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CREOLELADY1 3/5/2010 9:19AM

  March is no where near my goal but its worth a try.

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PROZAK1 3/5/2010 12:07AM

  Great idea, before and after, it may be the very inspiration that I need to give me a boost. emoticon

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FITNESSFOODIE 3/4/2010 7:44PM

    I find before and after photos so amazing and motivating!

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MEANDMYBOY 3/4/2010 3:31PM

    can't wait to see the photos, I LOVE the before/after, keeps me looking forward to MY after!

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THENORA 3/4/2010 3:26PM

    I am so excited to see the submissions! They'll help keep me motivated!

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TABITHA08 3/4/2010 9:58AM

    I love the before and after photos. They always inspire me. Right now, I feel great. I feel better than I have in years, my biggest issue is these last 30 pounds that I really want to get rid of. These pictures keep me pushing on.

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2BEEFIT 3/4/2010 7:55AM

    I am always so inspired by the photos.

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KATYN106 3/4/2010 2:03AM

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MIS2101 3/3/2010 6:33PM

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NONNIELL 3/3/2010 3:14PM

    This contest may be a motivator for many. For me, I am tuned into being and feeling healthier. I will never don a skimpy swimsuit...no need for me. My beauty is within.

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WALKERSSS 3/3/2010 1:35PM

    Where can I view the pictures?

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FITLIFE40 3/3/2010 11:25AM

    Yeah I have to agree with some of the other's posts......this isnt at all about beauty, the mirror, or a competition. Its about feeling better, and getting healthy. Lets have a contest for the best motivating story from the people who have met their goal, or from thise who are well on their way to doing so. That is far more meaningful to those of us who need motivation to keep it going.

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SLIM153 3/3/2010 11:09AM

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I think it is a great idea for people to show themselves in action as many of us were not moving too quickly before we became aware of healthy and fit lifestyle and goals!
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MVRANA 3/3/2010 9:18AM

    Great idea! emoticon

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LADYJEXIE 3/3/2010 8:31AM

    For me - It's not about 'before and after' pictures.
It's not about looking better. It's about feeling better .

I realize this type of 'contest' is motivating to many.
Good luck to all the participants.

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NICOLE.ALICIA 3/3/2010 8:27AM

    Sorry didn't mean to post 3x- my computer is being funky this morning

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NICOLE.ALICIA 3/3/2010 8:26AM

    Very cool!

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NICOLE.ALICIA 3/3/2010 8:26AM

    Very cool!

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NICOLE.ALICIA 3/3/2010 8:26AM

    Very cool!

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JANC319 3/3/2010 8:02AM

  This might be a great motivator to a lot of people.

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FLUFFYWONKENOBE 3/3/2010 7:09AM

    Since when was it all about looks? That's one thing that I've appreciated so much about Sparkpeople - it's about healthy living, not what the scale or the mirror tells me. I can understand being proud of how your body looks when you lose the weight, but I didn't think that was what Sparkpeople promoted.

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SFEXPAT 3/3/2010 3:53AM

    Not to make a big deal of it, but I find this contest a non-motivator--it flies in the face of everything I have come to think of as the foundations of SparkPeople, and seems ill-conceived at best. How many Sparkers have you just told "Thanks for making us what we are, but you're not 'transformed enough,' "haven't 'lost enough weight,' "don't 'have an energetic enough pose' or a 'professional photo friend,' or 'your colors aren't vibrant enough (whatever that means)' to play in this new game of ours."

Coaches, please get out of the "Beauty Contest" business and celebrate what has been accomplished by the thousands of individuals here--even if it's ("only") a pound or two at present. Even if its only a one-day streak of 8 glasses of water.

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CYNDY_55 3/3/2010 2:03AM

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LINDA6105 3/2/2010 11:56PM

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TRACKMOM64 3/2/2010 10:56PM

    Maybe I'll be ready next time. Good luck everyone.

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MONKISOUNE 3/2/2010 9:29PM

  Too bad I am still at the "before" phase!

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SWOMIC 3/2/2010 9:26PM

    Great Idea.

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AUSOMEVOICE 3/2/2010 7:35PM

    wow

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ONLYTEMPORARY 3/2/2010 6:27PM

    Fantastic but with my health issues, I have to go slow. I cheer on all those that can do it and good luck to all!

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HUSKERDEE 3/2/2010 5:40PM

    This sounds great and I would like to take part; however, I just recently started and am sure I would not beat out someone that has done this for a while. Besides, I never took a before photo as I hate photos. Good luck everyone joining.

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SHERRY666 3/2/2010 4:47PM

    This is a great idea.................. I hope there are more contest in the future for those of us that will hit our goals later... emoticon

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KSIGMA1222 3/2/2010 4:45PM

    Who all can enter this? I have been maintaining for over 2 years but still continue to tone and add muscle back. Just wondering.

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NIKKISA10 3/2/2010 4:30PM

    Love this idea...I agree with MPHUMPHREYS, it should be an annual or bi-annual event so that those of us who are not at our goal on March 31st can have another date to strive for.

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MICHELLEJ653 3/2/2010 4:07PM

    I agree! This is an excellent idea! I will see what we can do..

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PRINCESSNIBBLES 3/2/2010 2:59PM

    Block out the people's faces to make it more fair. It's going to be the "best looking" person, as usual in these kinds of things. Make it the healthiest looking person instead. Just my 2 cents.

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HEALTHYJULIA 3/2/2010 1:59PM

    I hope you do this again when I am an "After" success.

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LNZMANSFIELD 3/2/2010 1:44PM

    Oh how exciting! This will be amazing to see! I have a long way to go, but I did take a before picture! I'm excited to get to my goal weight so I can take tons of after photos!

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Marathon SparkPeople Members Featured on CNN.com!

Thursday, February 25, 2010



CNN.com recently profiled several SparkPeople members who met online and then decided to meet up in real life to take part in the Surf City marathon races in Huntington Beach, California.

Virtual Meetups Spark Real Fitness


We love hearing about members who set goals, support one another, and get together in real life to make their dreams happen! Here's a list of the members featured in this story:

BECCACOATS (5K)
BSTAKINGACTION (half marathon)
EVETROY (5K)
JENNIFER124 (half marathon)
MARATHONMOM26.2 (half marathon)
PAMTHEDREAMER (5K)
SORGIN (half marathon)

We will feature more about these amazing SparkPeople members and their race day in an upcoming dailySpark.com story.

Congratulations to each member for completing her respective race. And thanks for Spreading the Spark by sharing your story with CNN! How about a big WOO HOO for these great Sparkers!

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ALASKAN 3/9/2010 7:44PM

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Congrats to those mentioned members

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ENAS38 3/7/2010 12:58PM

    Great work! emoticon

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EESCAMILLA10 3/2/2010 11:28PM

    Awesome...hope we can do that near my town as well.

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FUNNYGRANNY71 3/2/2010 5:01PM

    This is a great idea. I hope you do it again when I have lost enough to really be an 'after'.
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GEE-KNEE 3/2/2010 8:25AM

    I was there. They did a great job, and they are all very nice as well.

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AKWINTERGIRL 3/1/2010 11:38PM

  I love the way springbelle said it. I ditto that.

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BOB6234 2/28/2010 7:14PM

    Good job

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ANOTHERTAG 2/27/2010 2:52PM

    emoticon Congratulations!

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MIS2101 2/27/2010 2:48PM

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EIKOOW 2/27/2010 2:18PM

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MRDPOLING 2/27/2010 9:00AM

    Seems SP is skarking all over the place these day! I love it!!!!!

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TRABOLD8567 2/27/2010 1:01AM

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DIETMEISTER 2/26/2010 9:18PM

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SWOMIC 2/26/2010 9:02PM

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NICOLE.ALICIA 2/26/2010 8:27PM

    Awesome

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MORGANIZER 2/26/2010 4:41PM

    :)

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JEANNEADAIR 2/26/2010 4:21PM

    They are really an inspiration!

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BECKYBEFIT 2/26/2010 1:12PM

    How inspiring!!! I run a 5K at work most days and reading this story really gives me the motivation to push myself and run a little longer today!

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GOLDBERG73 2/26/2010 12:20PM

    Congratulations on Spreading the Spark!!!

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EVE180 2/26/2010 10:15AM

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ICMAMA 2/26/2010 9:11AM

  Great Job!! Looking forward to the next group's success! emoticon

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GOOZLEBEAR 2/26/2010 8:22AM

    Way to go Chris!!!! Keep spreading the good news about the SPARK!!!!!
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MATTRIXMSP 2/26/2010 8:00AM

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MEHOPEFUL2 2/26/2010 1:04AM

    emoticon emoticonInspiring for all of us and spreads the spark! emoticon

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CHRISA41 2/25/2010 10:36PM

    Awesome woohooo

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LKEITHO 2/25/2010 9:43PM

    Great job, people! Fantastic determination!

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PAULASTRAS 2/25/2010 9:26PM

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EGRAMMY 2/25/2010 8:38PM

    emoticon Great Sparkers

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AUDISARAH 2/25/2010 8:34PM

    It was this article that led me to this site yesterday!

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MRS_LOOMIS 2/25/2010 8:27PM

    So cool!

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LINDA6105 2/25/2010 7:51PM

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COOKI56 2/25/2010 7:48PM

    Excelent! How inspring! emoticon emoticon

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JBARBER1953 2/25/2010 7:17PM

    You know the saying "it takes a village". That's Sparkpeople. Sure has done a lot for me.

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KEVVLYNN 2/25/2010 7:13PM

  emoticonGreat job!

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SOULCOLLAGESUE 2/25/2010 7:10PM

    WOO HOO! AWESOME! Nothing compares! We have many members on the team Sparked by Coach Nancy, too (Jeff Galloway Training for any Length Race team), who are now running races. GO SPARKERS!

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SOULCOLLAGESUE 2/25/2010 7:09PM

    WOO HOO! AWESOME! Nothing compares! We have many members on the team Sparked by Coach Nancy, too (Jeff Galloway Training for any Length Race team), who are now running races. GO SPARKERS!

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THEDCG83 2/25/2010 6:48PM

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BLUDDINGTON 2/25/2010 6:43PM

    This is SO cool! Great job ladies! And congrats on the story as well. Positive media is so rare these days - emoticon

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NANAPATTYB 2/25/2010 6:38PM

    WooHoo - Way to go girls. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CYNDY_55 2/25/2010 6:25PM

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SHERRY666 2/25/2010 5:48PM

    emoticongoes out to all of them................ emoticon

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GOING-STRONG 2/25/2010 5:48PM

    Looking forward to the story. Always LOVE to see Sparkers in the news!

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TKD_1D 2/25/2010 5:47PM

    This story was how i found Spark People...Today was my first day here, and so far i am quite impressed...I love the ease of the calorie counting, and being able to count more than calories...I have a physical disability, and that is about half of my weight issue...the other half is just me...I have recently seriously re-injured my knee, and have regained 15 extra pounds...Now my new goal has climbed back to losing 50 lbs...i just want to be healthy, and be an even bigger inspiration to all of my classmates and students in TKD...Finding this article today, seems to have made me very content...Thank you for this resource!! emoticon

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FUNNYGRANNY71 2/25/2010 4:59PM

    I just love to see how other Spark Members are changing their lives. It only encourages me to do better and better.

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DDOORN 2/25/2010 4:45PM

    Wonderful to see the SPARK being SPREAD Far & Wide!

Woo Hoo! :-)

Don

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ANGELCOWBOY1 2/25/2010 4:37PM

    emoticon With SP we all can do it!

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Have You Used Your Friend Feed Lately?

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Can you believe it's been almost one year since we launched the Friend Feed and Current Status updates on SparkPeople.com?

Your Friend Feed (which includes a "Current Status" feature that allows you to earn 1 SparkPoint per day by updating your status) allows you to keep up with your mutual SparkFriends and helps them to stay up-to-date with you. This helps you stay in contact, get support and better communicate with your SparkFriends and others in the Community. Think of it as one more way to get the help and support you need.

If you are unfamiliar with the Friend Feed or want to learn more about using it, you can read this informational article.

Upgrades to Friend Feed Launched Last Week
For those of you who enjoy following what your SparkFriends are doing by reading your Friend Feed, you may have noticed a few new features we incorporated last week, including:

  • You can now subscribe to comments on Status items! When you comment on an item in someone's feed, there is now a checkbox where you can subscribe (optional). This subscription will work just like the message board subscriptions do: You will get an email after the first comment, and then no more emails until you click the link in the email. This way, you'll know if someone answers your question or comments back to you!
  • "Current status" updates will remain in your Friend Feed for 30 days. Everything else (SparkPoints earned, blog posts created, etc.) will still be removed from Friend Feed after 7 days. Many members have requested this as a means of de-cluttering the feed, while still seeing what their friends have been up to.


We hope you enjoy using the Friend Feed and Current Status features on SparkPeople--especially with the new updates we just made to the features. Thanks as always for sharing your ideas and feedback about the site so that we can make it better for everyone!
  
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DARLMAY 4/23/2010 6:50PM

    So how does this work

I am Darlene from Missourithis is my 2time back here

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LOVELIFEBETTER 4/3/2010 5:24AM

    love the friend feed, always checking to see what's up with everyone

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NEWGIRL20101 3/26/2010 11:23AM

    Yes i use it a lot almost everyday if not everyday

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LINDA6105 3/26/2010 11:20AM

    Yes I use my friends feed everyday to keep up with what they are doing. emoticon

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SHELLY-ELLY 3/12/2010 1:19PM

    Yes I really like the friend feed. It helps me keep up with how my friends are doing and allows me to leave commetns to congratualte them. Thanks

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ENAS38 3/7/2010 9:03AM

    Thank you. emoticon

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BASKETLADY6 3/6/2010 8:33AM

    Yes, I really like the Friend Feed! It tells me the accomplishments of my Spark Friends!

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MUSIC66 3/6/2010 4:43AM

    its great

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 3/6/2010 4:30AM

    I really like the friend feed.
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UNSTOPPABLE_ 3/6/2010 4:28AM

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SKINNYROBIN100 3/6/2010 1:23AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon The friend feed is a great feature!!! emoticon

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WVROSE1 3/5/2010 10:56PM

    I love the friend feed. It helps me keep track of blogs that I may have missed.

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ITCANBEDUN 3/5/2010 8:54PM

    The Friend Feed is Awesome! emoticon

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JOY1918 3/5/2010 8:06PM

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LIFEISAJOURNEY 3/5/2010 7:16PM

  Thanks.

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LOZUKE 3/5/2010 5:04PM

    Great emoticon

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BARB827 3/5/2010 5:03PM

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TRACYZABELLE 3/5/2010 4:59PM

    Awesome features!

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K_RENEE 3/5/2010 4:44PM

    cool! emoticon

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ROSEEVANS 3/5/2010 12:28PM

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ROSEEVANS 3/5/2010 12:28PM

  This will be cool!

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TINYC887 3/5/2010 11:36AM

    I love the friend feed, love seeing what my sparkies are doing, thanks

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DHSPARK 3/5/2010 9:29AM

    I just LOVE Friend Feed. Great way to quickly keep in touch with my SparkFriends!

Thank you for continuing to improve the features on SP!

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NO_SNOW_BODY 3/5/2010 8:20AM

    it is a great feature

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GOOZLEBEAR 3/5/2010 7:29AM

    I also love this Friends Feed and status report
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QUARKLLL 3/5/2010 6:31AM

  I'm there. get me talking. emoticon

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RITAROSE 3/3/2010 10:35AM

  Thank you Spark People!! You are the best!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MASE72 3/2/2010 5:22PM

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BOB6234 2/28/2010 7:14PM

    Yes thank you

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STARTSPARKING 2/28/2010 5:19AM

    Thanks for listening to members' feedbacks and using them to make SP even better! emoticon

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SHERYLD5 2/27/2010 1:33PM

    Hey can someone help me ? I cannot get my sparkpage to fill in to tell about myself or post pictures. Is it because i am on a mac? Does anyone know? I tried twice.


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STRONG-FIT-GIRL 2/26/2010 8:51AM

    It's great!

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KIN59VARA 2/26/2010 6:08AM

    Thanks I love checking out friends blogs.

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HAPPYNOW26 2/26/2010 12:30AM

    1st thing I check every day!

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CEEDEEB1 2/25/2010 1:11PM

  I love this emoticon

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MIMIKK7 2/25/2010 10:50AM

    I love it and use it daily! emoticon

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MVRANA 2/25/2010 10:13AM

    Yes, I love to blog with my friends!!

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SCHAUJODY 2/25/2010 9:42AM

    I haven't used it recently but I plan to be more active.

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LIUBOCHKA 2/25/2010 9:38AM

    I love using the friend feed to check what my friends have been up to, and to keep up to date on all their accomplishments! It's also a great way to see if there's a friend that could use a bit of support.

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4DOGNIGHT 2/25/2010 8:57AM

    Just recently discovered friend feed and how easy it is to update your status!

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RE2BAH 2/25/2010 8:46AM

    Oh, being in this just one month, I didn't realize it was new! What a great feature! Thanks! emoticon emoticon

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CAROLYN1ALASKA 2/25/2010 12:53AM

    I love this feature and use it all the time for quick updates about my Spark friends.

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GEODAWG 2/25/2010 12:22AM

    I love it. Use it every day.

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LINDA6105 2/24/2010 11:03PM

    yes I use every day emoticon

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SHIHTZUPAN 2/24/2010 10:57PM

    I LOVE it!!! Thanks!!!

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Sign Up for Special 'Secrets of Success' Newsletter

Monday, February 22, 2010



When we were researching and writing our best-selling book, "The Spark," we discovered 27 powerful secrets of success that thousands of successful SparkPeople members used to reach their weight-loss goals. And now we want to share some of these proven tips and strategies with you!

Next week, we're launching a special 15-day email series called "The Secrets of Success." Subscribers to our "Best of SparkPeople" email newsletter will receive one new secret each day, beginning Monday, March 1. (Yes, it's free!)

If you don't currently subscribe to the "Best of SparkPeople" newsletter but would like to receive these 15 secrets of success, change your email settings here. (Note: You must subscribe to "Best of SparkPeople" in order to receive these special issues. When making subscription changes, be sure to click the "Save & Submit" button at the bottom of the page.)

We hope you enjoy learning some of the secrets of SparkPeople's most successful members! Don't forget to subscribe before March 1 to get the entire series!

Did you miss a day? Don't worry! You'll be able to find each secret at dailySpark.com even after this promotion ends!

The SparkPeople Team

  
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MIRRORIMAGE11 4/9/2010 11:12AM

  This is very good! everyone can benefit from "secrets of success if applied.

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KARLY47 3/16/2010 10:15PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonThis is great

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TRIGFROST 3/6/2010 2:18AM

    I just got mine, Thank You....

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JFROGDIVA 3/5/2010 9:46PM

    I never got notified of this with an email!! How do I get this???? Thanks ~ Jae

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ISLOBIRDSEEDS 3/5/2010 9:13PM

  I am signed up too... but I too have not gotten this in my email?????

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ITCANBEDUN 3/5/2010 8:58PM

    This is great. emoticon

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KELLI9001 3/5/2010 5:50PM

    I signed up!!

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RNMIMI 3/5/2010 4:46PM

    !!!!!
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PURPLEBABYBEE 3/5/2010 11:22AM

    emoticon

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LADY_KATHY 3/5/2010 10:42AM

    : )

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DHSPARK 3/5/2010 9:33AM

    The "Secrets of Success" won't be so secret and that's good! We can always use tips on how to be successful in our journey to better health.

Keep offering these great features... emoticon.

Sshhh...don't tell anyone...tell EVERYONE...
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NO_SNOW_BODY 3/5/2010 8:21AM

    awesome

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QUARKLLL 3/5/2010 6:29AM

  sign me up. emoticon

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SPBECKIE2024 3/2/2010 4:59PM

  I sign up i hope i get the newslwtter

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MOCOLOCO 3/2/2010 10:05AM

    I already subcribe to "Best of Sparkpeople", but don't remember getting an email on the first "Secrets of Success"?

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MEENG85 3/2/2010 1:31AM

  I already get the "Best of Sparkpeople" so am anxious to get the Secrets of Success.

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MOM4555 3/1/2010 7:35PM

  great news

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CHRSLVSBKS 2/28/2010 8:02PM

    I am signing up. The more help the better, thanks!

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GAYLE_S 2/28/2010 12:30PM

    Thanks, I'm looking forward to it.

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CH0COTIGGER 2/27/2010 7:14PM

    I need it

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SWOMIC 2/27/2010 1:10PM

    Me Too emoticon

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AMERINDO0627 2/27/2010 12:36PM

    Count me in!


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MO-MO1025 2/27/2010 10:46AM

  count me in!





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SPARKLE-SHINE 2/27/2010 9:07AM

    Need all the help I can get!!

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KIN59VARA 2/27/2010 5:05AM

    Looking forward to it!

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JANE1216 2/26/2010 7:44PM

    emoticon

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GRAYGRANNY 2/26/2010 7:32AM

    sounds good to me!!!!!!!!

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LOOKBETTER7 2/26/2010 6:31AM

  I need to learn all I can about eating correctly

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ANNABELLA007 2/25/2010 10:20PM

    Sounds good!

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JMLEE509 2/25/2010 6:54PM

    Sign me up!

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BETHLI1 2/25/2010 1:35PM

  Great idea. Thanks! emoticon

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LAURIESDAD 2/25/2010 9:54AM

    I look forward to daily tips
spark people is working for me.
I have lost 12lbs so far. emoticon

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SANDRAMOTE 2/25/2010 9:39AM

    emoticon for the info. I am looking forward to it.

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THOMS1 2/25/2010 8:45AM

    Thanks for the info.

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VRLILLIS 2/25/2010 7:27AM

  I can't wait to read these tips!

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MAYBER 2/24/2010 2:38PM

    Looking forward to the tips and hints can use all the information that you have. Spark People Site Is emoticon

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    emoticon emoticon

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ECASPERS 2/24/2010 7:54AM

    I am excited to receive these tips - anything to add to the success. I received the Spark on Monday and began reading it. So far, I have enjoyed the reading - the stories and now I am ready for Part II.

Thanks.

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MARTINT011 2/24/2010 7:34AM

  can't wait to get this! emoticon

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  can't wait to get this! emoticon

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SUNRISE14 2/24/2010 6:43AM

    You guys are great!! I am having a problem with my e-mails tho like clicking on a recipe or extra article and getting points for reading the sparkpeople e-mail sometimes i get a point but most of the time i don't. Can you check this out for me i would appreciate it. I am doing the 28 day challenge and love it!! This is day 24. The question i got is i haven't lost but 5 lbs. since the 4th of december. I can't exercise because of a heart problem. I take 6 heart pills and a thyroid pill that slows my metabilsm down. I started out for a month on 1500 calories and didn't lose anything then went to 1300-1400 calories and lost 5 lbs in 10 weeks then the last three weeks i haven't lost anything at all . So yesterday i cut down to 1200 -1300 calories to see if i can get more weight off! Do you have any suggestions. I won't give up and will be here as long as i got a computer but i sure would like to lose some! I measure my waist and hips the first of the month. I have lost 4 inches between the two! Thanks for listening! emoticon

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SKBIRD50 2/24/2010 5:14AM

  I'm reading the Spark, and looking forward to the new series.... emoticon

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WHITEANGEL4 2/24/2010 1:56AM

    Looking forward to this....thanks emoticon

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TXGRANDMA 2/24/2010 12:03AM

    Sounds like something from which I can learn a lot!

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GRANDMAP27 2/23/2010 11:36PM

  Sounds great!!!

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CHULALULA 2/23/2010 11:34PM

    Oh this sounds great. I am really looking forward to this.
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GLORY2WALKWHIM 2/23/2010 10:36PM

   

I always love to hear member tips!

thanks in advance,

glory

P.S. love this user friendly SP website!!

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STEPHONBIKE 2/23/2010 10:31PM

    thanks... emoticon

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JENNJENN00 2/23/2010 10:01PM

  thanks

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Coach Nicole Shares 'The Spark' with Cincinnati's FOX 19

Friday, February 19, 2010

Happy Friday, Sparkers!

This morning, Coach Nicole appeared live on Cincinnati's FOX 19 station to share The Spark and talk about her new workout DVD, Fit, Firm and Fired Up.

During the segment, she dishes two of the "Secrets of Success" from our SparkPeople members and demonstrated a couple quick and easy exercises that you can do at home. You can view the video below or at FOX 19's website.



Good job, Nicole! Thanks for Sharing 'The Spark' with Cincinnati and everyone else who has the opportunity to see this video.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

RLEOPOL 3/2/2010 8:43AM

    Nicole - You are such a inspiration and advocate for Sparkpeople. Your voice and actions spill over with encouragement to all of us. Thanks so Much!

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USAZIMBA 3/1/2010 1:55PM

  Great job Nicole I thank it's great to let who you can know to know, I tell every one about it because it's such a great site! My daughter has join now because I'm always saying how good it is. Thank you Thank you. P.S. My sister-in-law & Father should be joining soon.

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SONIAFIT 2/25/2010 6:52PM

    emoticon
Well Done! Keep it going.

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BEPHOEBE 2/24/2010 11:10PM

    Nicely done. When will people realize that all the little changes add up? SP Rocks!
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LDY_ALI_79 2/24/2010 10:31PM

    I love it! Way to spread the spark Nicole & community!
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GLOWORM1963 2/24/2010 6:53AM

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MARSHALLLEE 2/23/2010 12:04PM

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JIBBIE49 2/22/2010 10:33PM

    Coach Nicole, you deserve a RAISE.

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GOLDIE041 2/22/2010 7:18PM

    Cool

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CEEDEEB1 2/22/2010 7:10PM

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DIDMIS 2/22/2010 10:33AM

    Nicole you jusr keep going and going and going. Wonderful.

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TOASTIE 2/22/2010 10:32AM

    great job giving folks a peek at the f un we're having

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ANGELWINGS71079 2/22/2010 1:38AM

    I was already on a low calorie lifestyle change and bought the "Diet 2010" magazine. With in the pages was an advertisement for Sparkpeople, and from that point on I'm 100% on board. Great job Nicole you looked awesome. I got you DVD today and I am going to thoroughly enjoy it. Keep spreading the Spark.
Kymberly

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GETFITTER7 2/22/2010 1:24AM

    Great job Nicole!! Thanks for keeping us MOVING! emoticon

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JAVAJUNKIE 2/22/2010 12:33AM

    Great Job! she has gone from being a piece of this site to being almost the icon of this site! way to go Nicole!

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LINJOHNSON1 2/21/2010 10:33PM

  GOOD JOB NICOLE. KEEP SPREADING THE SPARK emoticon

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IMEMINE1 2/21/2010 9:17PM

    You did a great job and you looked so cute.

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NEED2LOSE45 2/21/2010 8:53PM

    I get that station and didn't get to catch it. Due to downloads I can't watch it here either...Wish I had known

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THINMOMMAGN 2/21/2010 8:44PM

    Keep on sharing - I am so glad that I found the spark and all its features!! Thanks for keeping it free and for keeping us motivated!!


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PASTORKATHY 2/21/2010 7:56PM

    I just found about about SparkPeople in Jan 2010. This is great! The Spark is spreading... Chris, I pray that you and your staff are able to handle the enormous numbers that keep joining the Spark program, while keeping it free.

Congratulations to you Chris and to Nicole for making it do-able.

Thanks for spreading the spark!

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GIVEUP30 2/21/2010 7:27PM

    emoticonkeep the Sparks going emoticon

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STEWIE 2/21/2010 7:24PM

    Keep spreading the Spark

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JARMOOZLE 2/21/2010 6:23PM

    Brilliant!

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MISZEE 2/21/2010 5:00PM

    Fantastic Job Coach Nichole ~ Thats why you keep us Sparked!

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AUNTYEMM 2/21/2010 4:50PM

    She is a wonder woman isn't she Chris? I think she is fantastic!
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GOALIEGRANDMA3 2/21/2010 4:20PM

    fun and supportive....yes, that's the ticket emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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2BLEAN_N_FIT_AZ 2/21/2010 4:17PM

    Fantastic!!!

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SALLYSEAGULL1 2/21/2010 4:13PM

    Great clip. Well done! emoticon

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LINDA! 2/21/2010 3:21PM

    Darn!! I live in Cincinnati and missed it...at least I can share it here. Thx!!

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EBLOOMING 2/21/2010 3:19PM

    emoticon emoticonGreat Nicole!!! You are a winner and so is Chris Downie!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUNSHINE_ANGEL 2/21/2010 2:44PM

    Great Nichol! I am going to order the DVD. I had to wait until I got my Social Security check.

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CBEVNOW 2/21/2010 2:37PM

    way to go Nicole. emoticon emoticon Caroline

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BLESS_RAMB 2/21/2010 2:09PM

  emoticon Keep up the good work!

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MASE72 2/21/2010 1:39PM

    emoticon emoticon

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DORSKI 2/21/2010 1:34PM

    emoticonGreat job Nicole

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BEGONIAC 2/21/2010 12:18PM

    Yay Nicole! emoticon

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GERIKRAGH 2/21/2010 12:05PM

    One more positive point for Spark!

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SUNNYARIZONA 2/21/2010 11:38AM

    WOO HOO...WTG....Would like to see this shared on alot more stations around the country! Go SPARKS!!!!!

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LPRINCESS90 2/21/2010 11:35AM

    I have the book now all I need is the dvd. I definitely love sparkpeople too. emoticon

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ELLEBE725 2/21/2010 11:29AM

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LORETTA24 2/21/2010 11:28AM

    emoticon Just loving it!

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PARROTHEAD12 2/21/2010 11:07AM

    My health insurance "coach" recommended this website to me. I am a newbie but am already following through with all my new commitments. I too have been through many, many, other programs-some quite costly. This is so much fun to use. I am responsible for my own progress and I can tailor it to my own likes,dislikes and health needs. There are SO many tools! I even filled in my appointment calendar and reminders. It included making an appointment for a massage for myself in a month. I need rewards and food is not IT anymore. Terrific website! emoticon emoticon

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TRIAGE123 2/21/2010 10:51AM

  i was introduced to spark through work. I find it very helpful. friendly and free. Thanks Spark. I loved the video clip. and I am learning a great deal. Kudos emoticon emoticon

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EATNBOOGERS 2/21/2010 10:50AM

    Wow, how have I not found the SparkGuy's blog until now??? Awesome video! Love you all!

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RANDIHEATHER 2/21/2010 10:47AM

    Yey yey yey yey!!!!!!

I must use a new emoticon for this!

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AMYRWATSON 2/21/2010 10:02AM

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WINGERC 2/21/2010 9:44AM

    You go, girl! Great presentation of a great program.

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SNAZZHK 2/21/2010 9:31AM

  Nicole is right...Spark People is fun!

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KKLENNERT809 2/21/2010 9:00AM

    What a great way to spread the Spark!!

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KKATZE 2/21/2010 8:55AM

    Great!
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