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SparkPeople Deals: Deep Discounts and a Chance to Win a Kindle!

Monday, July 02, 2012



We’re excited to introduce you to SparkPeople Deals: Hand-Picked Deals from SparkPeople Experts.

This new program allows us to provide SparkPeople members with great discounts on health, fitness, family, and food products for your healthy lifestyle. We’ve teamed up with national partners to bring you products that will help you reach your goals and live life to the fullest!

By signing up today, you’ll receive an email each Wednesday with weekly deals that have been hand-picked for SparkPeople members by our experts. You’ll even get SparkPoints for checking out our Deal emails!

Here are just a few examples of some of the great products you can get discounts on through SparkPeople Deals:

• Workout gear like clothes and accessories
• Personalized items – show your spark!
• Fitness DVD’s and equipment
• Beauty items to keep you looking your best

Need another reason to sign up? How about a chance to win some awesome prizes? WooHoo!

Sign up for our weekly SparkPeople Deals email before July 15 and you’ll automatically be entered into our drawing to win an Amazon Kindle Fire or one of five $25 Amazon.com gift cards!
(view official giveaway rules)


Click here to sign up today and be on the lookout for your first SparkPeople Deals email in mid-July.

SparkCheers!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

123BECKY 12/16/2012 1:03PM

    What about the thousands of members who live in other countries? Amazon.com wil not deal with us!

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CHUM48 10/4/2012 6:38AM

    missed it!

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CHUM48 10/1/2012 9:40AM

    Thank you!

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SAVINGHANNAH 8/27/2012 11:32PM

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IACTA_ALEA_EST 8/16/2012 10:13AM

    I'm in!!!

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JEWITCH 7/26/2012 10:27AM

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LAURIE5658 7/20/2012 8:30AM

    Sweet!

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LAURAGRACIELA 7/18/2012 8:37AM

  I am very excited about losing my weight while learning to live and eat in a healthy manner. I am still trying to understand how this website works but I do have the trackers down which is great! I will post pics this weekend of me before!

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BLUEJEAN99 7/17/2012 4:33AM

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DEBK0923 7/16/2012 6:05PM

    thank you

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MARGEMF 7/15/2012 11:16PM

    Just signed up! Now I wait until Wednesday. Thank-you.

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BABY77A 7/14/2012 4:44PM

    thanks

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SKINNYMISSY2008 7/13/2012 11:04PM

    I would participate, but I already have a Kindle, so I don't need to. Thanks anyway.

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CINDYBEL 7/10/2012 10:39AM

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JAXMOMMY 7/10/2012 10:35AM

    I signed up b/c this is of great interest to me, but it probably means that as of Wed. I will stop receiving all SP notifications. I used to enjoy my SP Daily E-mails especially the Weekly Spark, but SP can't seem to work anything out with the largest cable company in the US, ComCast. I get so tired of having to change my preferences due to my SP mail being blocked. Can't y'all work something out with ComCast. They always tell me the problem is on SP's side. Thanks.

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MERETONI 7/10/2012 8:00AM

    Neat!

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SNOWYOGA 7/9/2012 8:20PM

    This is great! emoticon emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 7/7/2012 7:24PM

    Cool

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KATHY0715 7/7/2012 6:21PM

  I want to thank you for your welcome email . Yes, I am a little slow about responding. It took me this long to actually look over the site. Thanks for waht you are doing. Have a great day.


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SHERMOR13 7/7/2012 9:23AM

    Thanks - looking forward to it!

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THEIS58 7/7/2012 8:53AM

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LIS193 7/7/2012 4:46AM

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TOPAZMOON1964 7/7/2012 1:55AM

    Another reason to love Sparkpeople emoticon

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ZINNER44 7/6/2012 3:32PM

    Cool! emoticon

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EBURGITE 7/6/2012 12:38PM

    emoticon i look forward to seeing it.

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TDEMAIO2 7/6/2012 8:22AM

    Thank you SP : )

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THEIS58 7/6/2012 4:33AM

    Love it!

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SLACEN 7/5/2012 9:57PM

    emoticon keeping us motivated emoticon

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KOMTRIA 7/5/2012 7:34PM

  Here Kindle Kindle.

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CHERYLSBUTT 7/5/2012 7:15PM

    Thank you !!!
THis is a great idea!!!

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RHETORDAYNA 7/5/2012 6:42PM

  I have mixed feelings about the monetizing of this site. emoticon

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LOUVONNE1 7/5/2012 2:31PM

  I like it!

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MANDALORE 7/5/2012 1:30PM

    emoticon pick me pick me pick me!

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SUNNY332 7/5/2012 12:40PM

    emoticon I hope you draw my name for the Kindle.

I look forward to the new e-mails too.

Sunny

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COOKINGSTARS 7/5/2012 12:20PM

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WILDFLOWER521 7/5/2012 11:45AM

    Thanks SparkPeople for yet another way to stay fit and save money!!

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GOING-STRONG 7/5/2012 11:14AM

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BERI03 7/5/2012 10:06AM

    Very cool!

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INGMARIE 7/5/2012 9:57AM

    emoticon SPARK & SHOP wow, better than
go to the mall and park and shop emoticon

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LAURIE5658 7/5/2012 8:52AM

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PYNETREE 7/5/2012 6:55AM

    SPARKing AND Shopping !! Does it get any better than this!?

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GERMANIRISHGIRL 7/5/2012 6:10AM

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NANA2ANGELS 7/5/2012 6:01AM

    Thanks that's emoticon

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GBAUM0432 7/4/2012 11:44PM

  Thank you!

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LUCINDARW 7/4/2012 8:24PM

    I'm looking forward to receiving the e-mail deals! Thank you.

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HUNDREDS of New & Improved Motivational Quotes!

Monday, June 25, 2012



Happy Monday, SparkPeople!

Today we are so excited to announce an upgrade to our popular Motivational Quotes feature. We have created and added HUNDREDS of new quotes to inspire you to reach your goals and live a fit, healthy life. And we've renamed the feature, too. It's now called Healthy Inspiration from SparkPeople. The image above is one example. Here's another example of one on its page.

You'll be able to access these fun quotes in all of the same places as before: from the Motivation Resource Center (under the "Healthy Lifestyle" tab at the top of the site), via our Best Of SparkPeople newsletter each day (sign up here), and from the WebSearch page. Now you can find inspiration any time you need it.

You can easily save our Healthy Inspiration quotes to your SparkFavorites and share them socially, too via simple links to "like," tweeted, pin, email on the left side of each quote. These are great ways to inspire others and Spread the Spark! Feel free to share your own comments on the quotes below each one, too.

We love our new Healthy Inspiration feature and we think you will, too. Please share your feedback and comments below!

  
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VBA2009 3/15/2013 10:15AM

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EUEK098 11/14/2012 9:11AM

    Loving myself everyday

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ALIDOSHA 10/16/2012 4:36PM

    A great way to stay motivated.

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CHUM48 9/26/2012 10:25PM

    Thank you!

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CHUM48 9/24/2012 6:34PM

    Thank you!

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SPSPSP1 8/30/2012 2:22PM

    Yaay!

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 8/29/2012 7:58AM

    Great! I'll check it out now!

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IDAHOFLOWER 8/17/2012 1:53PM

    I need to get more motivational quotes
written down. Also to encourage my
Spark friends. emoticon

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HANDYV 8/16/2012 5:38PM

    Always need this.

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4THELOVEOFDOLLS 8/16/2012 9:29AM

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KIMMY608 8/16/2012 8:03AM

  I love this blog . What a inspirational quote. I used to think that the weight scale was not a good idea when I was training I now have changed my mind on this. The scale is your friend it will keep you on track. When you find that you have lost your way as life gets in the way getting on the scale will get you back on track. And of course going on to your favorite web page Sparkpeople will inspire you too! Kim Thibert Windsor,Ontario emoticon

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CUINPARADISE 8/3/2012 4:46AM

    LOVE the motivational quotes!
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JEWITCH 7/24/2012 3:56PM

    emoticon Love the quotes on SP.

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IMPROVINGME 7/24/2012 9:59AM

    I agree with CatMintJune. I like this new feature but miss getting the Healthy Reflections as a separate email.

Comment edited on: 7/24/2012 10:00:25 AM

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CATMINTJUNE 7/9/2012 4:41PM

  I really miss the Healthy Reflections! I like the new page, but I prefer getting the quote in my mail box each day, and without the imagery. This allows my imagination to see how that inspiration fits me.

Just wanted to share that. Thanks!

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DALI3519 7/9/2012 4:24PM

    Thanks! I can always use more inspiration!

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EMILYDOODLE 7/7/2012 1:09PM

  Great inspirational quotes. thanks!

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WEGENERCS 7/6/2012 6:22PM

    Thank you!

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STAR_BUTTERFLY 7/4/2012 8:22PM

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BIRDLSLAURIE 7/3/2012 2:41PM

    Thank you!

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JERICHO1991 7/2/2012 9:06AM

    Thank you for the added, inspirational quotes.

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LSIG14 7/2/2012 7:34AM

  Love it - am always looking for new inspirational quotes to use each day!

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REGILIEH 7/2/2012 1:47AM

    Love it!

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STEFICHELLE 6/30/2012 11:33PM

    These are so useful. Thanks for expanding them!

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JANIEWWJD 6/30/2012 7:23PM

    WOW!!! I love it! Thank you!!!! emoticon

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LESLIE56 6/30/2012 6:54PM

    emoticonGreat blog. where do I get that scale? lol.

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MARYDSAN 6/30/2012 1:59AM

    Thanks! What a great pin to let others know about Spark People. I already have had others repin my Spark exercise pins.

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TUBJUMPER 6/29/2012 9:12PM

    Awesome

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CARM1401 6/29/2012 3:46PM

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Awesome!

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GWENDO51 6/29/2012 2:07PM

  I am better today than I was yesterday.

I am closer to my goal than I was yesterday.

I had a little slip up. I will examine what went wrong, correct it, learn from it and go forth.

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FRENCHMARKET 6/29/2012 12:29AM

    Awesome emoticon

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NANAMOM652009 6/28/2012 10:55PM

    Thank you

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MISS-OVEREATER 6/28/2012 6:55PM

    I have a suggestion :-)

"Self bashing not allowed" maybe accompanied with a stop sign/symbol

(Since i'm so hard on myself, especially when it comes to my obesity)

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JESSZZ123 6/28/2012 5:50PM

    Perfect!

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KATD13 6/28/2012 2:28PM

    Thanks! Love it!


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PENOWOK 6/28/2012 1:49PM

    That's awesome!

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TDWANDD2MYK9 6/28/2012 12:36PM

    Thank you.

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CAROLKV 6/28/2012 12:32PM

  I think this sounds sweet but it does not motivate me. I do not love myself and can't until I look better. I would more likely do it because I love my family and
want to be around for them. AND I don't want to embarrass them!

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    Good! emoticon

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MARTHASPARKS 6/28/2012 11:57AM

    Great! These really help me, Chris.

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DHUNTER49 6/28/2012 11:29AM

    thank you!

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Fitness Tracker Enhancements Launched Today

Wednesday, June 20, 2012



Update April 2013
We made a change to the site so that all members get our new Fitness tracker. We have made a lot of improvements to the new tracker, so it should only add to your experience. However, if you have any problems or issues, please email support@sparkpeople.com.


Original Announcement in June 2012
Hi everyone,

We are happy to announce we made some upgrades to our Fitness Tracker, adding more tracking options plus making everything more streamlined.

A quick summary of the changes are:

- There is now just one “unified search” box where you can search for cardio, strength, and other activities all in one place. (Previously, you searched for and tracked all of these activities separately.)
- You now can see and track calories burned for all activities, including strength training. This has been a long-standing request from our members.
- You can copy exercises to another day and also create exercise groupings, much like you would "food groupings" in the Nutrition Tracker. This makes it easier to track a group of exercises you tend to do multiple times a week, for example.

Here is a new tutorial video that showcases the changes.



If you have any questions or feedback, please leave a comment below. We hope you enjoy this simpler way to track your fitness—and the calories burned for more of the activities you are doing!

Dave H.
SparkPeople.com

  
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GOODBYEPOOCH 7/1/2013 6:35PM

  I complete agree with most other people. I don't like the new tracker...I miss being able to browse, and I also find it more difficult to track my strength training. I don't know what strength exercises to do, and as a result, I haven't been doing it. I miss the old one! PLEASE bring it back

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 5/11/2013 4:57PM

    Please please please bring back the old tracker. The new one is so tedious to use that I often don't bother to track my fitness minutes anymore and that's not a good option for me.

The old tracker was simple and elegant. Please at least give us an option.

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SOFTSOAP 5/1/2013 7:53PM

  I'm so disappointed we no longer have the option to choose which fitness tracker we want to use. The classic version was my choice and now forced to use the other version. I don't find the new version user friendly and haven't figured out how to get some of the generated workouts I had before. Is there a technical reason for the change? Was the classic version causing a problem to the operation of the site? If not, can you change it back or again give us the option to use the classic version?

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JUDITHANNIE 5/1/2013 3:39PM

    don't like the fact that all my favorites I entered are no longer there!!!!

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CAMERON419 5/1/2013 12:12PM

    Do NOT like it! I need the browse button back in there so that I can find my many, scattered activities I do (ie: hula hoop, hiking cross country, etc).

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SJSFRANCINE 5/1/2013 11:03AM

  I don't like this new tracker at all! It's changed my cardio minutes per week and even though I went in to the screen to change my info, it didn't keep the changes that I made. Switch It Back!!!!!

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LJEFFLER 5/1/2013 9:19AM

  I've said it once and I'll say it again - Please bring back the old tracker. It was much more functional and user friendly than this new one

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KATHYJUNE 5/1/2013 8:32AM

  My fitness tracker was set up so I could just check off the exercises I had completed. That has all disappeared and now I can't even figure out how to set up a new program!!! Help--hate this new tracker. I'm so frustrated I don't even feel like I should bother to exercise since I can no longer track what I have done.
PLEASE go back to the old tracker method. Thanks.

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DUTCHONEY 5/1/2013 5:57AM

  Lost!!! emoticon

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DUTCHONEY 5/1/2013 5:56AM

  Really lost here! emoticon

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KELLYNOBELLY1 4/30/2013 9:39PM

  It would have been wise to NOT erase all the work we've done to set up our exercise routines without any warning they would be deleted. We would ALL have ben much happier had we had the chance to save it first or NOT switch over if we didn't want to.

I'm VERY frustrated and this for me, like most others I see, is not only disheartening but DISCOURAGES not only our goals but the use of this site.

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GLADUSHU 4/30/2013 9:18PM

    I had my strength training exercises all set up and could choose what I felt like doing that morning. What happened to it all. They have all disappeared. I worked hard to plan all those exercises for my workouts and they are all deleted. It's as if my computer has crashed. Not fair. So far I've lost 28 lbs since Christmas. Please don't upset this positive change in my life. This was supposed to be an improvement to the system not a complete makeover.

Comment edited on: 4/30/2013 9:21:03 PM

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KATHYZ10 4/30/2013 8:40PM

    I don't like the new tracker AT ALL----PLEASE can we choose????

I want the old tracker BACK

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KMICHA 4/30/2013 7:47PM

    I am not liking it at all. I like being able to have a set of exercises to do on my ST day and go in and check them off. I don't like the new system, it doesn't seem to be user friendly . . . therefore I am not motivated to track my exercise, and less motivated to do it. I like to see the list of what I have to do and check off what I have done. Am I just not getting how to use it????? emoticon

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GLADUSHU 4/30/2013 7:14PM

    I normally get up at 4 a.m. to plan my day which includes my eating plan for the day. Then I do my strength training exercises and aerobics on alternate days. I have exactly 45 minutes to do all this before I get ready for work. Guess what! So far I've missed 2 days of strength training because I can't figure out your "totally unnecessary changes to the site" which were perfectly working for me. I had a great strength training plan. Now I am so frustrated. From what I see by the responses to your changes many feel the same way. There may be a few people that like it and that's probably because they are very comfortable with computers and can adjust quickly. It takes me a long time to figure things out and why are you fixing something that ain't broke? I have to try to figure this out before Thursday and I don't think I'll be able to without help from my daughter who is not here for several weeks. We should have the old plan back for us unhappy set in their ways folks.

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KPLOUNGE 4/30/2013 6:22PM

    I can work with this tracker but would like it to be more user friendly although I guess I'm not using all its capabilities as the other users!

The things I liked about the old tracker was the ability to check off the exercises once done but with this new tracker I guess I could just remove the exercises I didn't do.

I liked the ability to see and use the comments for things I found pertinent to record for that day.

I liked being able to access the exercises straight from the page instead of having to search. I have just recently started using the videos and wish I could just click on the link, like demo for the exercises, and start the video instead of having to search for it.

I liked being able to have exercises recommended from the SP Staff/computer system and just choose which exercises to put on tracker; i.e. twist workout or mat workout.

I like the new tracker because I am able to copy exercises/group exercises to the other days like I can copy foods in the nutrition tracker.

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JOL2367 4/30/2013 5:43PM

    HATE IT! HATE IT! HATE IT! MAKE IT GO AWAY!!!!!

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JOL2367 4/30/2013 5:41PM

    Wow. I totally hate it....
It was SO much easier before I really hope you give us the option to go back to the old way. This way is just terrible

HOw do I choose strength training exercises??? UGH. PLEASE LET ME GO BACK!!! emoticon

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JKADUKA 4/30/2013 5:37PM

  Yikes! Talk about a step backwards in usability. I love that now strength exercises will count toward calorie burn, but... the rest of the changes are dreadful. Where is the fast tracker if you want to just log minutes? Where is the categorized list of the strength exercises? Where is the list of exercises I might do so I can just check off all the ones I did on a particular day? How can I edit an exercise (it does not take me 5 min to do 2 sets of 12 reps for any exercise)?

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BASKETSHERE 4/30/2013 2:10PM

  I don't like the changes either decreeases my motivation! can't I have the old way back?

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KAYWILLERTON 4/30/2013 10:10AM

  Don't like it!!!!!! What happened to the cardio tracker? When I add my miles to the mile tracker, it does not give me the same amount of cardio calories burned as what the treadmill said - not even close.

There is not any strength training things either. I'm not liking this so far.

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EVAKANEVA 4/30/2013 7:29AM

    The fitness page tends to freeze up after you enter your fitness activity. That's even after closing the search feature. I have to log out and then back in to be able to go to the other portals.

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EEVEE1 4/30/2013 7:24AM

    It is like the food tracker, but I am going to eat no matter what. I am not going to exercise if I have to decide all by myself what I feel like doing and when I feel like doing it. It is completely demotivating for me.


You helped so many people over the years using the old simpler style, why make things more difficult for people who don't know even know where to start or what exercises to look for.

Comment edited on: 4/30/2013 7:31:37 AM

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CJBAGGINS 4/29/2013 11:35PM

    When I first saw the changed fitness tracker, I thought, "Oh no!" and immediately looked for the button to click to change it back to the old one. Not seeing one, I was disappointed. I do not do well with change, so thought I would not like the changes at all.

However, after logging my fitness for today, I see it is very much like the nutrition tracker, so that is already very familiar to me.

I see some have mentioned that it is very time consuming. Once we have our favourites and our groupings set up, though, it shouldn't take any more or less time than the old tracker. I wonder if many of the people here who are complaining have not actually tried to search anything or put anything into favourites.

Think Nutrition tracker, people! It is just like that - once it is all set up, it's a snap.

I am officially declaring that the new tracker, for me, is just fine. I would be okay with the old one, but this one works as well. Plus, I like that we are burning calories for our strength training!

cj

Comment edited on: 4/29/2013 11:40:58 PM

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BUNNYGIRL53 4/29/2013 10:51PM

    Seeing the machines def helped me out. I'm trying to log in Lateral Pull Downs done a cable machine and I'm not finding them. Any help anyone?
I do like that strength training is registering. It's important. We just need to work out some kinks. emoticon

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FLAME42 4/29/2013 10:39PM

    Have to add to the list of those not liking the new tracker.

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LFARRINGTON84 4/29/2013 10:00PM

    I don't mind combining the categories and its very nice that weight training now counts for calories, but please give us back a button like the "print cardio tracked" button that allows us to see our weekly summary. It was a motivating report for me!

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ROCKYCPA 4/29/2013 9:29PM

    I like the old tracker better - don't like this one!

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ANGEL1066 4/29/2013 8:00PM

    I miss my old list of strength exercises I can do, with the easy check off as I did them. I am arthritic and spent quite a long time going thru your exercises, trying them out and making up the list of usable ones. Now that is all gone, I must redo the searching every day and I don't see the easy way to copy groups of exercises to days that you promised. I find your generated exercise routines frustrating because they do not take my actual abilities/disabilities into account. Please change back, or at least give us the old tracker option. There is nothing "streamlined" about my experience with this now one. emoticon

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LAMARY9 4/29/2013 6:33PM

    Adding my voice. I don't like it much. Can't figure out how to use properly. Right now it seems to track only my FITBIT minutes. Other activities do not add up. I liked the check system for exercise completed. Totals are incorrect. Please give us a break. HATE IT!

Comment edited on: 4/29/2013 6:35:09 PM

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LIVINGFREE19 4/29/2013 6:28PM

    Definitely DO NOT like this new fitness tracker at all, very time consuming!

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VERNAMG 4/29/2013 6:17PM

  When are you going to give us the option of using the old tracker? I liked it better. It added the minutes I exercises to the weekly totals and this way it doesn't. Unless there is a way to do that. I liked to check off the exercises I did also. I would have them already entered and could check off the ones I did because some days I didn't do them all.

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SUTERSPACE 4/29/2013 5:31PM

    I like having my strength training on certain days (the rest always changes but the strength training doesn't) and being able to just check on the ones that I do is so handy. You took me totally by surprise changing it. I guess I can just do my spark America minutes but I prefer doing the whole thing.

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CECELW 4/29/2013 4:40PM

    I hate the new tracker! It's not tracking calories burned correctly for one thing. Spark America...that's it...thanks for the reminder Fran!

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SMANISMELL 4/29/2013 4:07PM

    I do not like the new tracker. It does not give me all my points for my exercise minutes. You have to enter something three times before you get your points. I loved the old fitness tracker. Please bring it back.

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ALICE5402001 4/29/2013 2:49PM

  I go along with everybody else , I like the old tracker. It was easier to use.

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CMFARRELL36 4/29/2013 11:26AM

    I liked the old tracker, but only because I was used to it.
I'm finding that this new tracker gives me more flexibility for recording. It'll be even better once I'm more used to it.

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EILCAH 4/29/2013 10:20AM

    I went out of town for 2 weeks and came back to find my fitness routine gone! With no warning! What happened to the strength training section?

Not happy. emoticon

I really liked the old tracker and would prefer to have the option to use it.

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PANDAS10 4/29/2013 9:44AM

    There was a reason when they made changes to the old tracker a few years back that I DIDN'T SWITCH to the new tracker.

This DOES NOT MAKE THINGS EASIER. I walk on the treadmill several times/week and prefer to log my exercise by mileage. Now I have to figure out if that is even possible.

Thanks for nothing. Not sure why I stick with Spark at this point... always making changes without ANY INPUT from your actual users.

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SPARTAN40 4/29/2013 9:11AM

    I can't see to find my history either. It would be nice to see an updated blog addressing some of the concerns listed. If we are not using the new tracker correctly, please help us out.

Comment edited on: 4/29/2013 9:17:12 AM

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LJEFFLER 4/29/2013 8:43AM

  Please bring back the old tracker. Like others I far prefer the old method of keeping track. It was nice and simple. Set up your routine and click as you use it. It was the main reason I use the Spark system.

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CHRIS3874 4/29/2013 12:13AM

    Just EXACTLY HOW MANY comments do you have to get before you GET IT??
HARDLY ANYONE LIKES THE "NEW" TRACKER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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MU55IN 4/28/2013 9:56PM

  Disappointed with the fitness tracker. After 7 years of daily use it forces me to check out some other sites which may be more compatible with my needs

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RORYLYONS 4/28/2013 7:24PM

    Oh my goodness I truly miss the old tracker....Please return to the old way... emoticon emoticon

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MONIKA1948 4/28/2013 6:43PM

    Like everyone else, I hate the new tracker! Please return to the old one which was very easy to keep track of your fitness minutes. emoticon

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MARIABELLA 4/28/2013 5:24PM

    I LOST everything!!!!! I hate the new tracker! I can not find any of my strength training and I do not do my workout in multiples of 5 minutes. I want my old page back!

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SEDONACAT 4/28/2013 5:10PM

    I despise the new tracker and have lost allllll my settings.
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DRAGONPEARL 4/28/2013 4:46PM

    HATE this new tracker! I want the ability to check off all my exercises! Please give us the choice of using the old or new back! emoticon

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KOMODODANCER 4/28/2013 4:41PM

    Please bring back the old method of tracking strength training. I don't even know where to find it anymore...or if it's even available. I loved the old method where we checked off what we did, and where we could look through a list of pre-determined strength workouts. Losing that feature makes this "update" more of a "downgrade". :(

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MARTCHANTILLY 4/28/2013 2:24PM

    I am unhappy with the FORCED implementation of the Fitness Tracker. I can find most of my strength exercises. What I find odd is the automatic time assignment of five minutes to each exercise. My circuit takes about an hour. Why do you leave space for calories? I have no clue how many calories I am burning? Lastly, there's no "pay-off" in the Fitness Minutes executed for the week.

When will you publicly address our complaints Mr. Fitness Guy? emoticon

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Chat with Dietitian Becky this Thursday!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012



Join SparkPeople’s very own Registered Dietitian, Becky Hand, this Thursday, June 14 at 8 p.m. (EST) for her first SparkPeople LIVE! Special Event. During this live, hour-long presentation, she’ll be sharing tips on how to Avoid Mealtime Mayhem!

In our hurried and over-committed society, mealtimes have all but vanished and the kitchen often goes unused. In this special presentation, Dietitian Becky will share 10 simple tips to help bring your family back to the table. Here are just a few of the topics that will be covered:

• How to save yourself hours each week by designing and utilizing a menu plan and grocery list.
• How to organize your kitchen workspace for efficiency and speed.
• How to get the whole family involved in mealtime.

SparkPeople LIVE! Online Support and Motivation Meetings take place in an online video chat room, so you can join right from the comfort of your home! These meetings allow you to see other SparkPeople members, all while chatting, laughing, and learning together.

NEW! Now you can try an entire week of SparkPeople LIVE! meetings for free—no credit card required. What do you have to lose? Gain the support, motivation and inspiration you need to reach you goals! Click here to get started today.



We hope to see you in Dietitian Becky’s meeting on Thursday night!

SparkCheers!

The SparkPeople Team

  
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NASFKAB 7/16/2012 12:29AM

  great

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JENNY888 6/18/2012 1:18PM

    Something came up and I was not able to attend Live but I am watching the recording of the meeting. So far great. Thanks Becky. Wish I could have been there.

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PAPACHEWY45 6/17/2012 4:32AM

  i thank you for having me in this wonderful new thing it is new too me and i hope with the support from you and your staff and my team members i will reach my goal i just need a little help to get me started thanks again.

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MARGEMF 6/17/2012 1:12AM

    Thank-you for the post. Unfortunately I missed it. Next time???

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IAMAGEMLOVER 6/13/2012 11:37AM

    great. Thanks for the heads up.

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LDRICHEL 6/13/2012 9:43AM

    Very cool. Thanks!

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    Wonderful!

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SHEENADEE 6/12/2012 6:54PM

    Looking forward to it!

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BELLACUDDLES 6/12/2012 3:34PM

    Cool!!!

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    Thanks for the heads up!

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LUMETH 6/12/2012 12:47PM

    Looking forward to this program!

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    Cool!

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    I may have to check this out.

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Introducing SparkPeople’s Ultimate Grilling Guide!

Friday, June 01, 2012



It’s hard to believe that it’s already June 1, and that means it’s officially grilling season! As the temperatures continue to rise, preparing meals outside on the barbecue sounds more and more appealing.

But many times, grilling results in burned hockey-puck burgers and undercooked, bland chicken. Learn how to avoid these mistakes and make your grill work for you—and your healthy living goals– with our newest e-book: "SparkPeople's Ultimate Grilling Guide."

With 75 hearty, healthy recipes, this e-book is a must-have for the grill master in your house.

More than just a collection of recipes, for just $3.99 you'll get:

• Tips on grilling burgers, veggies--and everything in between
• 13 ways to top your burger for 100 calories or less (including bacon!)
• Step-by-step instructions for perfect steak, burgers, chicken, and more
• Dozens of sauce combinations, plus 10 ways to spice up leftover grilled chicken
• Advice on which meats are healthy, tasty choices for the grill
• Tips for staying on track at BBQs, potlucks, and picnics
• Answers to all your toughest BBQ questions
(Plus your purchase supports SparkPeople and helps us keep the site free!)

Click here to download the book from BarnesandNoble.com.

Click here to download the book from Amazon.com.

  
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VBA2009 2/26/2013 9:16AM

    sounds awesome!

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    Yum

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CZBAYS4207 6/18/2012 10:29PM

  look delicious!!!!!!!!!1

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DEBSGETTINFIT 6/18/2012 1:41PM

    I downloaded this to my Kindle immediately. Oh my goodness it has such important things in it and ideas. Love it. I know I will read and read this book.
Thanks

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TMPERRY1981 6/18/2012 10:17AM

    My boyfriend is going to LOVE this guide.

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DEBK0923 6/18/2012 8:35AM

    I would like to see your books become available on cd. I am nearly blind, that's how I enjoy books

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BECCA315 6/10/2012 6:44AM

    I, too, am fairly low-tech and hope to see this as a 'real' book soon.

Becca

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PEGGYLOL 6/8/2012 1:37AM

  WILL THIS GRILLING GUIDE COME OUT IN ACTUAL BOOK FORM ANYTIME SOON?

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SEATOWN_GAL 6/5/2012 11:26PM

    I love grilling and grill year round (yes even when it rains or snows!)

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BUZZFLOWER 6/5/2012 9:30PM

 


It is very uplifting to know there are people still willing to do nice things for others. Thanks for creating sparks!

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FAITHFULLY_FIT 6/5/2012 4:44PM

  Been looking for something to help my husband cook healthier during :male bonding time" with my dad and bro-in-law. This is perfect.

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TAMPATINK67 6/5/2012 12:16AM

    Yummy!

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ELSCO55 6/4/2012 11:11PM

    yum

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LIVINHEALTHY9 6/4/2012 9:03PM

    Thanks! I am sure it will come in handy.

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WHITEANGEL4 6/4/2012 8:20PM

    I will probably download this one. Hubby needs to make sure he has repaired out grill so that we can use it

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    YUMMY! emoticon grilling info! emoticon

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NAKIOMA 6/4/2012 12:32PM

    If you download this onto the Nook - is there a way you can receive spark credit for it?????????????

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CHRIMSONFYRE 6/4/2012 9:52AM

    emoticon I love grilling!

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CAM2438 6/4/2012 7:13AM

    Thank-you so much for this wonderful info.

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  Sounds great always looking for new grilling recipes emoticon

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DIETER27 6/3/2012 3:07PM

  Great grilling ideas! Opens up a whole new way of grilling.........

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  Oh dear I live in down under (New Zealand) just heading into winter, you lucky people heading into summer. emoticon

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FRIENDOFBACH 6/3/2012 12:21AM

  We're vegans and grilling poses some problems. We just don't do it.
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AJB121299 6/2/2012 11:03PM

    need to get in to grilling more

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We are grillers all yr. so finding variety is the "spice of life"!! Thanks!

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CM_GARDNER78 6/2/2012 9:26PM

    Ohhhh...that is AWESOME!!! I will be getting this for sure!! I am ALWAYS looking for grilling ideas and recipes! Thank you! :-)

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MARJORIEWRIGHT 6/2/2012 8:19PM

    emoticon for sharing. It really sounds like something I want to look into.

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PATRICIAANN46 6/2/2012 8:17PM

  Wonderful ideas.......... emoticon for sharing.

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LODESTONE 6/2/2012 8:11PM

    Did the Garlic herb potatoes this evening. They were awesome!

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MARITIMER3 6/2/2012 8:00PM

    Some great ideas - thank you.

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HLOCHRIDGE 6/2/2012 7:51PM

    My husband and I do more grilling now. Those recipes sound like something we need!

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CPATRICK9 6/2/2012 7:16PM

    Sounds good!

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CWIDNERV1 6/2/2012 6:05PM

  Mmmm grilling!

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ISABELLE31 6/2/2012 5:04PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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BELLACUDDLES 6/2/2012 3:38PM

    WOW.....getting hungry!! Sounds sooooooo awesome!!

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MAMAMANDA83 6/2/2012 3:10PM

    Very cool!

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  Sounds interesting.

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