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Old 06-03-2007, 01:06 PM
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I know that many of you are familiar with SparkPeople.com.

It personally has helped me in many areas of my journey back to health & fitness...

I wanted to share this short video: a news story done by Fox TV Chicago. It interviews
SparkPeople Founder/CEO Chris "SparkGuy" Downie and several SP members
in Chicago who talk about how the site has changed their lives.

http://www.myfoxchicago.com/myfox/MyFox/pages/sidebar_video.jsp?contentId=1473446&version=1& amp;locale=EN-US

~ Vilma [img]smileys/smiley1.gif[/img]

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Old 06-03-2007, 04:52 PM
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I agree with you Vilma this is a wonderful site and I use it often!

Enjoyed the video too!


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Old 06-03-2007, 07:05 PM
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I've never heard of SparkPpl, but it looks awesome. I don't have much time right now to look into further, but is it really free???? Thanks for sharing!
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Old 06-03-2007, 08:14 PM
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yup... completely FREE!!! LOTS and LOTS and LOTS and LOTS of free resources. This guy could charge $25 a month or more for this but he makes it available for free![img]smileys/smiley32.gif[/img]


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Old 06-04-2007, 06:54 AM
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Here is more info on what SparkPeople is all about...

Taken from: SparkDiet overview page

<t></t><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0">
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<td width="415">“This
diet will change your life!” You’ve heard that one before, haven’t you?
The latest crazes claim to have stumbled upon a magic secret that
decades of research and millions of real-life experiences have failed
to discover - and now they’re willing to share it with you. Too bad
those “secrets” or “discoveries” never quite pan out the way they’re
supposed to.

The problem is, these diets do not
change your life, even if they do help you lose weight. They don’t
change your life, because they don’t change your lifeSTYLE. When the
diet’s over, you end up with the same habits and daily routines that
caused the weight gain in the first place.

Typical diets are temporary solutions to what for many of us is a
lifetime problem. That’s why 95% of dieters gain their weight back
within a year - and often more. Fads and gimmicks are no match for some
plain, old-fashioned common sense.

Dieting without a lifestyle change is like patching a flat tire. You
can put a temporary fix on the damaged area to get the car rolling
again. But it’s highly likely that you’ll just end up patching it again
later - just as it’s likely that you’d have to diet again at some
point. There are millions of frustrated dieters out there who have made
a practice of patching tires again and again and again, and are still

If they simply had a better set of tires (or a healthier lifestyle), this wouldn’t be a problem anymore.

The SparkDiet<sup>TM</sup>
is a four-stage process that helps you make the elusive jump from
“dieting” to a “fresh, new lifestyle.” These stages zero in on the keys
to a lifestyle transition that fixes the problem once and for all -
motivation, healthy habits, and confidence. When these are normal parts
of your everyday life, you may never need to “go on a diet” again.


<t></t><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0">
<td width="33"></td>
<td width="415">Yo-yo
dieting may seem like a harmless way to live, but it is serious,
dangerous business. Studies have shown that yo-yo dieting is hard on
your heart and depletes your immune system. Not only that, but it’s
counterproductive. Every time you lose weight and gain it back, it
makes it much tougher for your body to lose weight again and much
easier to gain it. So, every time you diet, it’ll take a higher and
higher toll on you - and your body - until you completely wear yourself
down or give up trying altogether.

So, unlike most
diets, the SparkDiet will be a positive experience. No more yo-yoing
here, just steady progress that winds up with permanent results. It
will make you feel good about yourself instead of training you to find
flaws or beat yourself up. Hopefully, you’ll meet new people in the
community and have some fun.

Most of the fun you’ll have will come from freedom. Freedom to make the
journey as you see fit, freedom to mess up without the world ending,
and freedom to create the healthy lifestyle that you’ve always wanted.
So jump off the dieting roller coaster and free yourself from this
harmful cycle. You’ll land safely and - yes - your life will change.


<t></t><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0">
<td width="33"></td>
<td width="415">

The Fast Break Stage is a springboard that gives more power to the
other SparkDiet Stages. Just a little prep and practice give you a head
start without the need for manic, life-altering changes. You’ll choose
and focus on three small, simple goals that will help you get off to a
good start without overwhelming you. Meanwhile, you’ll learn six
strategies that will set you up

for success.

Healthy Diet Habits help you chisel away at the building blocks of a
healthy lifestyle. These are six simple changes you can make in your
life that really add up to something special. If you pick up these six
habits - and if they stick around - we can almost guarantee that you’ll
reach your goals. You’ll also accelerate your weight loss during this
stage by regularly using the meal planner and nutrition tracker, tools
that help you build a healthy lifestyle the right way.

Stage 3 bridges the gap from dieting to healthy lifestyle and gets you
ready to spread the “spark” to other people. The Lifestyle Change gives
you a chance to learn to live with your collection of new habits. Even
more importantly, it also teaches you how to stay motivated and
consistent. Persistent self-motivation is the key to keeping momentum
alive and making it different this time.

This is the culmination of weeks of hard work. In this stage, we’ll
help you max out your weight loss success and put it to good use as a
positive force for your loved ones and community. You can draw on
everything you’ve done up till now to reach your goals and dreams, and
to help others do the same. You can do whatever you put your mind to!


<t></t><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0">
<td width="33"></td>
<td width="415">The
diet program is a combination of directed and self-directed action.
Your MySpark Page, along with reminder e-mails, will guide you to the
right places at the right times. The program is set up with activities,
tools, goals, articles, and information that help you build the skills
and habits to live a healthy lifestyle.

This is a
very hands-on process. Quick fixes may promise weight loss while you
sleep, but a healthy lifestyle is active, not passive. You’re going to
play an active part in making real changes, instead of waiting for them
to happen to you.

Every step will be another boost of motivation and momentum. You’ll
cover a wide range of topics, from controlling your portions to coping
with setbacks. Every bit of it is designed to build confidence and
habits that last. While all of this is going on, you’re encouraged to
explore and use the site and its resources to your advantage.

We know that everyone moves at different speeds and that you can be
tripped up by tricky obstacles that are out of your control. Because of
this reality, you control when you move on to each higher stage. You
can either follow the prescribed schedule (highly recommended), or wait
to move on until you feel more ready.

Also, if you miss a topic or two - or even if you completely fall off
the wagon for a while - you can revisit old topics and strategies at
any time. You’ll do much better, and you’ll see stronger,
longer-lasting results, if you pay attention to all of these strategies
and habits. You’re not being timed, so there’s no need to rush. You
will lose weight, but don’t forget that keeping it off is just as
important. So make a commitment, take some time, and make sure you get
it right.


<t></t><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><t><tr><td width="33"></td>
<td width="415">Going
out on a limb here, it’s probably a safe assumption that you want the
SparkDiet to work. You want it to work fast, you want it to work well,
and you want it to stick. You’re in luck. Whatever else happens in the
next several weeks, whatever else you learn, there are three major
ingredients that run through every stage of the SparkDiet, and make it

These factors are proven to accelerate weight
loss and raise your motivation levels to new heights. Any time spent
here will save hours of false starts, confusion, and frustration.

You may have heard that “it takes a village to raise a child.” Well, it
can take a whole community to help each other reach goals. That’s
exactly what the community does. Tens of thousands of people from
around the world use our site as a gathering place and a forum for
meeting, motivating, and trading ideas.

You’re now a member of this community. Many of our members say that the
only thing standing between their success and failure is often a kind
word or bit of advice from another member. Post on the message boards
regularly, join a SparkTeam, comment on someone's SparkPage blog, or do
a SparkPage search for other members like you.

The calorie equation is the core of what you’ll be doing in the
SparkDiet. To lose weight, you simply need to burn more calories than
you take in. The best way to know if you’re reaching your calorie goals
is to simply create weekly meal plans and track what you’ve eaten. Our
meal planner and nutrition tracker, along with reporting and journal
tools, give you a real-time, clear picture of how you’re doing at any
time. In some stages, you’ll be using these tools more than in other
stages, but you should always be in the

habit of using these tools to get a handle on what you’re eating.

Few diets ask you to do anything more than eat what they tell you to.
That’s part of the problem; a one-size-fits-all weight loss program is
doomed to fail. You can customize the SparkDiet to fit your needs, and
to do this, it’s important to know something about yourself. In the
next several weeks, you’ll be introduced to several simple activities
that help you learn what type of program strategy works best for you.
So watch for the Diet Personality Profiler, Fitness Personality
Profiler, Main Motivation Worksheet, and Healthy Lifestyle Checkups.
They’re your chance to learn something that you didn’t know before.

One other way to learn about and pay attention to your body is to find
methods to measure progress that don't involve weighing yourself on the
scale. We would all agree that the benefits of fitness and weight loss
go far
beyond the number on a scale, so fixating on that number alone really
doesn't make sense. It's fun to discover how your body changes as it
grows healthier, no matter what the scale says. Measuring different
areas of your body is a great example. Your neck, arms and waist can
prove progress even when the scale doesn't budge. To help you keep
these measurement, we've created a printable measuring tape that you
can download here.

So, are you ready to start the SparkDiet? We and the rest of
the community will be here with you every step of the way. A new
lifestyle - and a new life - are right around the corner.</td></tr></t></table>

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