CONTEST CLOSED: 7 Million Pounds Lost! We're Celebrating!


By: , SparkPeople Blogger

Thanks for entering! The contest is CLOSED, and winners will be annouced soon!

Congratulations, SparkPeople Members! We've hit another milestone on our road to healthy living.

This weekend, we surpassed the 7 million pound mark! 7,000,000 pounds! That's 3,500 tons of body fat gone forever! Woo-hoo! 7 million pounds equals about 467 elephants, 45 loaded passenger airplanes or 23,333 NFL linebackers. Pat yourselves on the back for that accomplishment.

That's quite a feat.

To celebrate, the dailySpark is giving away four sets of Pilates body bands by Savasa (see below).

It's easy to enter. Just respond in the comments below and tell us what motivates you today.

You can find the official rules here, but remember NOT to comment on the rules! This contest starts now and runs until 9 a.m. EST Friday, March 6, 2009.

Thanks for helping us reach this milestone. We just keep losing! As I write, we're already up to 7,002,276 pounds--make that 7,002,278--and counting.

Don't forget to comment BELOW and tell us what's motivating you today? You could win a set of Savasa Pilates body bands!

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  • 1663
    My motivation is two fold, my health and my kids. I feel so much better after losing 70lbs. My kids keep me focused and energized. The support that is out here on SparkPeople is amazing. - 3/5/2009   10:17:39 PM
  • 1662
    My motivation is looking back at those "before" pictures and knowing in my heart that I will never be there again. KNOWING that I now have the knowledge and the support to keep pushing forward even on those horrible days, those days you just want to dig in to something chocolaty, but instead I come here and see my rowdy Outlaws giving out those goyb and realizing I CAN AND WILL loose this weight.. - 3/5/2009   9:51:22 PM
  • 1661
    I think the SP community in general motivates me. Not all teams are for everyone, but once you find your groove, watch out. Because this is a site where ppl are genuine. Since starting with SP I have cleaned up my eating habits, thanks in part to the fantastic nutritional tracker, not to mention the awesome insight from other members. I also cut out meat as my main ingredient at meals. I mostly eat fish now. I also quit drinking, after being a heavy drinker and I quit smoking. Thanks in part to all the support and unconditional motivation the members of this offers! Thanks SP! - 3/5/2009   9:50:53 PM
  • 1660
    My motivations are my grandchildren - 2-1/2yr. old Patrick, Madison who is due next month and another granddaughter due in July. - 3/5/2009   9:47:47 PM
  • 1659
    What motivates me to continue to try to change my lifestyle? It's the support I get here at Sparkpeople. When I am depressed, binging or just need someone to tell my troubles to, share my dreams and goals with, someone is always here to listen and help or encourage or motivate me to get up and move. Gabs, Kylie, Annette, Deanie, Sarah, Tess, Bine (Blondegirl10, KylieMC, ASelent, ASillySkinnyOne, Say-Rah, MeanMummy, BineMelles) and everyone else on Members Motivating Members. They are ALWAYS there and help me keep going...even when the going is slow.

    Suzy - 3/5/2009   9:46:53 PM
  • 1658
    I, also, am motivated by my BLC team Lt. Blue Bombshells and the fact that my clothes are fitting loser!! - 3/5/2009   9:22:07 PM
  • 1657
    What motivates me..I started this to lose weight and that's still a goal but I have found that changing my lifestyle has improved my health soo much.I was in chronic pain and since joining a gym and working out 5 days a week,my pain is almost non existant.So feeling so good motivates me to continue to lose weight..get stronger and stay healthy.Sparkpeople has been such a source of information..the tools helped to learn what I needed to do.The blc 8 and 9 has been incredible.I have met some wonderful people who are supportive and caring. - 3/5/2009   9:22:03 PM
    I'm constantly motivated by the great friends and support system I've found at SparkPeople. Whenever I'm feeling challenged by my journey to health and fitness, I come here and am always uplifted and motivated! - 3/5/2009   9:16:55 PM
  • 1655
    I find great Motivation on the Biggest Loser Challenge #9 here on Sparkpeople. It is wonderful to have such wonderful people supporting my program and cheering me on. I have many friends on Sparkpeople who too have found their stride in this weight loss journey. I absolutely love the meal planner. Wonderful job! Keep up this great site. - 3/5/2009   9:13:17 PM
  • 1654
    I am motivated by my wonderful children. I want to be there when my 2 and 4 year olds grow up and have children of their own. I am also motivated by the wonderful friends I have made on SparkPeople! - 3/5/2009   9:07:49 PM
  • 1653
    I am motivated by all that my body can do NOW that I've lost 60+ pounds. I'm training for my first half-marathon and what keeps me going and training is knowing, everyday, that I won't "lose it" 'cause I use it! Thanks, Spark, for helping me like moving again! - 3/5/2009   9:00:04 PM
  • 1652
    SparkPeople has helped me get below the 200 mark for the first time in 30 years! That is VERY Motivating!!!! - 3/5/2009   8:51:42 PM
  • 1651
    SparkPeople has helped me get below the 200 mark for the first time in 30 years! That is VERY Motivating!!!! - 3/5/2009   8:51:38 PM
  • KIMBERLY5734
    What really motivates me is thinking about my dreams, the changes I want to make in life, and realizing that the weight has COST me some of these things to this point. Since I have had a weight problem nearly all my life, I used to believe when I was in my 20s that the weight "wouldn't really hold me back." But now, at 35, I'm confronted with the reality that my major life list of dreams looks basically just like it did in my 20's, meaning these things have gone unfulfilled. Finish my degree -- I've said I'll do it 'when I have more energy.' Start my own business -- I'm too tired from working a desk job to even concentrate to right a business plan, and not to mention feeling too HIDEOUS in my clothes to be taken seriously at a bank to apply for a loan. Owning my home free and clear -- I would take another job, at Starbuck's on the weekend, but then I remember that they make you wear a short sleeved shirt as a uniform, and I won't let anyone see my arms. All of these things didn't seem like a big deal at the time, but now after having 15 years of not achieving anything I REALLY want in life....I must put my health and fitness FIRST. These have to be the foundation for the life I will build. The life I want requires ENGERY...engergy I don't have dragging around 209 extra pounds. (But at least it's not 215 anymore. I've lost 6lbs since joining spark two weeks ago!!) What motivates me is the fact that I HAVE to CHANGE if I want to be my authentic self. If I donít change, the world will never know who I really am. And if I DO change, the world WILL know who I really am!!! - 3/5/2009   8:48:59 PM
    That is really awesome!! I am so excited to be part of this growing healthy lifestyle. - 3/5/2009   8:40:21 PM
  • 1648
    My Spark team from the BLC Peaches and Cream. Each week we have a different challenge, keeping us moving and supporting each other. The daily post where we share our difficuties and success. Knowing that we are not alone on this journey is very motivating for me. - 3/5/2009   8:39:52 PM
  • 1647
    7 MILLION!! aaaaa mazing!! WTG SP!! - 3/5/2009   8:30:06 PM
  • 1646
    Being on a sparkteam and part of a challenge motivates me. I know that I have to check in every week and that other people are counting on me. Having to journal my food everyday helps keep me accountable for the food that I am putting in my mouth. Knowing that I have to do 120 minutes of cardio every week pushes me to make sure I get every minute in. All of these things motivate me. But knowing that in the end I'm going to be soooo much healthier and skinnier gives me the most motivation. - 3/5/2009   7:56:54 PM
  • 1645
    My family and friends motivated me today. Knowing that I am living a healthy lifestyle also encourages them to live a healthy lifestyle. - 3/5/2009   7:50:25 PM
  • 1644
    Today I am motivated by all the sp friends who commented on my blog, over 30 people supporting me !! How cool is that..... - 3/5/2009   7:44:32 PM
  • 1643
    Sparkpeople has been motivating me for 2+ years now! Today when I was shopping for the ingredients for my dinner I told the cashier about SPARKRECIPES and SPARKPEOPLE. I'm THIS " " CLOSE to Onderland and I'm determined to reach it in the next 5 weeks! :-) Wish me luck! - 3/5/2009   7:34:36 PM
  • 1642
    All the great friends I have here keep me motivated. - 3/5/2009   7:31:26 PM
  • ANG76H
    Thanks SparkPeople!!! 85+ pounds and counting!!! - 3/5/2009   7:28:53 PM
  • 1640
    I'll soon be having my 1-year anniversary with SP. I am encouraged and motivated by just knowing that I am not alone in this struggle with weight and I can depend on Spark to give me the encouragement and instruction that I need, at whatever time I need it - - and to think - - this is free! It makes me know that someone understands and cares and THAT keeps me motivated! - 3/5/2009   7:03:34 PM
  • 1639
    The need to teach my children how to make healthy chioces in thier lifes motivates me to lead by example. On the days that i really do not want to get off my booty and move I can always count on my kids to get me moving with a soccer game, some hula-hoop and our jump ropes! - 3/5/2009   6:43:52 PM
  • 1638
    My motivation right now is being able to keep up with my 6 year old. Losing 22 pounds so far, in a year, but thats good for me. I can keep up with him, and he doesnt have a fat mom, okay overweight, but not FAT like I used to be! I didnt have any energy and it was horrible. Now I can stayup with him play bball with him, do other things like help with his karate. and its great. makes me a mom I want to be! I want to have another baby soon ,but I have very unhealthy pregnancies and lots of problems (already have one deceased child because of it) and I want to be as healthy as I can possibly be before I make that decision. I love spark people and I wear my bright orange shirt with pride! - 3/5/2009   6:41:28 PM
  • 1637
    What motivates me today is my love and support of my family. They support and motivate me to keep striving toward my goals to be a healthier me! - 3/5/2009   6:40:16 PM
  • 1636
    My motivation came from my doctor last week when I got the results of my 3 month blood tests. Would you believe that my bad cholesterol numbers went from 159 to 70??!! Yes you read it right and it all happened since my last tests. I attribute it to a combination of things. I've been on cholesterol meds for several years off and on but with all the things I'm learning on Sparkpeople and and support of its members I've been able to begin to live the healthy lifestyle I've always dreamed of. After having a heart attack last June I've made sleep a priority, watched what I eat more carefully as well as how much I'm eating, and I make sure I get at least 30 minutes of exercise 5 or 6 times a week, and have lost 15 pounds so far! It really is possible to turn your life around but for me it took joining this great group of people and friends I've found here. I have found knowledge, information, support , encouragement, and a new 'family' that really cares about helping me through all the way to my goal! Thank God for SparkPeople and thank God for all the wonderful friends I've met here!

    Wishing everyone else the same great results. Here's to meeting your goals!
    Kathryn - 3/5/2009   6:30:55 PM
  • 1635
    Having a more healthy attitude and living longer And getting to throw away some medicines is what motivates me.Thank you sp - 3/5/2009   6:28:35 PM
  • 1634
    My motivation is the desire to be healthy now and stay healthy as I age. I want to be there for my kids, grandkids, and great grandkids and maybe even the great great grandkids. I want my body to be fit enough so I can be active and able to participate - not sit in a chair and watch as others do. - 3/5/2009   6:25:19 PM
  • 1633
    It's all about being able to play with my kids. They motivate me to motivate myself. I want to be here for a long time and this is what needs to be done! Plus I want to teach them the right way to live! - 3/5/2009   6:22:47 PM
  • 1632
    I am motivated by my own body's response. It feels so good to exercise - 3/5/2009   6:13:05 PM
  • 1631
    I say, "I'm not dieting, I'm paying attention to myself." Caring for myself and having that nurturing and attentive self-care backed up, affirmed, encouraged by my fellow SparkWomen is what keeps me motivated. Because I'm well conditioned as a woman (by women) to first take care of everyone else, it's important for me to hear other women (and lots of them) give me permission, encouragement, and affirmation to take care of myself. - 3/5/2009   6:11:16 PM
  • 1630
    Today I am motivated by my uncle. He has MS and struggles everyday to do his exercises as difficult as it is. I look to him for strength when I am struggling. - 3/5/2009   6:11:15 PM
  • 1629
    What motivates me today and almost everyday is my team the Golden Gladiators (on the BLC9 challenge) as well as the idea of what I'm going to be, the person I'm going to be when I reach my short and long term goals!

    Couldn't (b/c I never has) be done without Spark People in my life! Thank you. - 3/5/2009   5:58:52 PM
  • 1628
    I am motivated today by all the awesome people and success stories that I meet and read about on Sparks. I have found so many new people and new ways to lose weight by utilizing Sparks. My sparksNashville group meets regularly to Zumba together. I love that I can communicate with people all over the US that have the same interest as I do and that we all encourage each other to LOSE the Weight. Thanks to sparks. I tell everyone I meet about this site. - 3/5/2009   5:54:36 PM
  • 1627
    I am motivated by the many members here, that are inspiring, encouraging and supporting in helping others work on a healthier lifestyle. We've all had or are having struggles...but, there is always time for an encouraging word or swift kick in the butt....whichever is needed and wanted. - 3/5/2009   5:47:14 PM
  • 1626
    My number one motivation is now to get fit and healthy enough that the grandkids have to run to keep up with ME for a change!
    ~Debbie~ - 3/5/2009   5:42:08 PM
  • 1625
    I am motivated by: the changes I can see and the ones I can feel; the power of knowing I am in control - not my emotions or circumstances; by the fact that I want to get "better" not older!; by my awesome teammates and leaders - Charging Chocolate Centaurs; by the fact I live in Virginia Beach and bathing suits are a must; because I look forward to warm weather (like today! gorgeous) so I can add long walks to my exercise routine; by people I have met on SP including one that has become a great friend and wonderful encourager - even though she is several states away; by reading comments and stories like all of these, and finally, by a terrific husband, who loves me no matter how I look, but is so complimentary on what I have done. - 3/5/2009   5:39:14 PM
  • 1624
    My fellow mossy team members and leaders are great motivation for me also every time I look at my 4 kids I know I need to loose weight and take care of myself so I can be here for them for a long long time. Spark people is a great place to make friends and keep motivated til we all reach our goal!! - 3/5/2009   5:33:49 PM
  • 1623
    The Biggest Loser Challenge and all of the wonderful people involved motivate me! - 3/5/2009   5:26:21 PM
  • 1622
    With Out a doubt it is my Challenge team & Leaders along with the Spark tools that motivate me. - 3/5/2009   5:25:53 PM
  • 1621
    I am motivated by the good friends that I have met since joining SP. What an amazing group of women! - 3/5/2009   5:25:38 PM
  • 1620
    always find some insiration everyday on one team or another. enjoy sparking. - 3/5/2009   5:22:31 PM
  • 1619
    I am motivated by soooo many things with SparkPeople!! However the biggest motivation is definitely my Periwinkle Pirates teammates and my AMAZING captain!! They are such a blessing and encouragement to me every day!! - 3/5/2009   5:18:47 PM
  • 1618
    My biggest motivator is without a doubt my team, the AWESOME and the AMAZING Periwinkle Pirates! These ladies are truly a positive force in my life. Good or bad I know they are there no matter what. Just log on, vent, and you get the response you need. Thanks Pirates! - 3/5/2009   5:10:12 PM
    My biggest motivation is my health. Since I hit 45 (am 46 now) my body seems to be deteriorating from 20 yrs of being overweight and unactive. I have quite a few battles like bursitis in my hip, sleep apnea, etc. and believe my weight is causing most.
    My many motivations are right here at SparkPeople! The challenges I've been on, the people that have comforted, listened, made suggestions, etc. and all the free tools that help me keep track of everything that matters so easily. - 3/5/2009   5:09:42 PM
    I am motivated my results and a great support system! Thanks Spark! - 3/5/2009   5:09:01 PM
  • 1615
    I am motivated by seeing results in me and in my Spark friends - 3/5/2009   5:07:49 PM
  • 1614
    I am motivated by the teams, challenges and sparkfriends I've made on Sparkpeople. The fact that the scale continues to move in a downward direction at a healthy rate and I've lost a size or two since January 1st is proof that it's working! - 3/5/2009   4:58:20 PM

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