Top 10 Reasons to Spark Your Life


By: , SparkPeople Blogger

Do you love SparkPeople? Would you love the opportunity to meet up with your online SparkFriends in real life or meet our Coaches in person? Are you looking for extra motivation to adhere to your healthy lifestyle or a fun way to jump-start your nutrition or fitness program? Then we have some news for YOU!

The first-ever SparkPeople "Spark Your Life" Convention will take place this May in San Diego, California! We know how much helps people reach their goals, find support, and improve their lives, so we wanted to bring the site to life during this special event—and we want YOU to be there!

If you're not convinced, here are the top 10 reasons you should register for the Spark Your Life Convention today!

  1. Be a part of Spark History! This Convention is a SparkPeople first. Sure, there might be more in the future, but wouldn't you love to say that you were part of the exclusive group of people who attended the first one?
  2. Work out with Coach Nicole. What more reason do you need? OK, all jokes aside, if you're a fan of my workout videos, then you'll love to be a part of my Convention workout sessions, which will take place behind the San Diego Convention Center, which is right on the beach! Talk about a fun way to work out! Resident Expert Nancy will be there, too, to lead you in an optional outdoor run and answer your questions!
  3. You deserve it. Why not plan your annual vacation in San Diego this May and make the Spark Your Life Convention one of many you-deserve-it treats during your trip? When you work hard to earn an income, provide for others, and take care of everyone else's needs, sometimes you need to put yourself first for once. This Convention may be just the ticket you need—people coming together for a common goal that matters to you. Bring the family—or your best buds. Better yet, schedule some alone time and make it a weekend where you do exactly what you want to do!
  4. Invest in your health. You already pay for healthier foods and a gym membership, for example. These expenses help you keep health a priority and save you money in the long run by cutting your health care costs. Think of the Convention as an investment in your health—one that will keep on giving. Sure, you could spend that $49.99 registration fee on a new purse or pair of jeans, but why not spend it on something that will keep on giving back long after your newest fashion accessory goes out of style.
  5. Take a vacation where you DON'T gain weight! Do you go overboard on food and take it easy on the fitness when you go on vacation, only to come home and discover that your pants are tighter? When you plan a trip around the SparkPeople Convention, we make it easy for you to exercise (with multiple workout options throughout the day), stay motivated (the whole day is about motivation!), and eat better (when you're with your SparkFriends who can help you stay on track).
  6. Meet the coaches. The experts who write the articles, answer your questions, and help you reach your goals will be there, too! See what we're really like in "real life" (you know that you're dying to know) and utilize opportunities to get expert answers to YOUR questions in person! Hey, we'll even make some cameos in your photos that day and we may even give out a few autographs (if you ask nicely)!
  7. Get an exclusive SparkPeople T-shirt. Only attendees of the first-ever Spark Your Life Convention will receive a specially designed T-shirt that you can't get anywhere else. Not only will you be able to remember the good times you had each time you open your T-shirt drawer, but you'll be part of an exclusive group of people who own the shirt that commemorates the event!
  8. Feed your SparkPoints addiction. Do you love racking up SparkPoints on the site? So do we! When you attend the Spark Your Life Convention, you'll be able to spin a real-life SparkPoints wheel (complete with prize options!) at the event—talk about fun! Plus, all day long you'll earn SparkPoints for the activities you do during the Convention—and you'll be able to add all of these Points to your account!
  9. Thank SparkGuy in person. Chris "SparkGuy" Downie, the founder and CEO of, is the keynote and closing speaker at the Convention. He'll be there all day long to talk to members, answer questions and more. If SparkPeople's amazing free resources have helped you reach your goals, attending the Spark Your Life Convention is a chance for you to give back and show your thanks to SparkPeople and SparkGuy for making it all possible.
  10. Recommit to your healthy lifestyle. If your motivation is waning, this Convention is a chance for you to relax, regroup, and recommit to your healthy lifestyle program. You'll hear inspiring stories and techniques from members who lost weight and kept if off; learn more about your eating behaviors (and how to improve them) with a presentation by Dietitian Becky, and so much more. To learn more about the day's events, click here.

  11. Bonus Reason: Get exclusive previews of SparkPeople's forthcoming book, The Spark! All Convention attendees will receive an invitation to join a private SparkTeam led by Chris “SparkGuy” Downie, author of The Spark! You’ll get weekly notes and challenges from Chris, sneak previews of the book, and an opportunity to "test pilot" the 12-week program in the book almost a year before it publishes! Only available to convention attendees, don’t miss this exclusive opportunity!

So what are you waiting for? Register for the Spark Your Life Convention by March 31, 2009 for the early-bird rate of $49.99! After March 31, that rate goes up to $79.99, so reserve your seat today before they're all gone!

Do you plan to attend the Spark Your Life Convention in San Diego? Why or why not?

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  • 108
    WOW..wish I could..and would if it were closer. I am in VA, but would love one somewhere between Indiana and VA. CIncinatti works for me too!!!!! - 9/11/2010   6:33:13 PM
  • SUNSET09
    Would love to as I've been wanting to check out the zoo. May go anyway just to be in the mix! There's lot to see, learn and do. It's all in priority and if it's important to you, you'll make it happen. I'm in the A-T-L! - 3/25/2010   12:41:32 PM
  • 106
    Wish I could, I'm in Texas - 3/12/2010   12:54:25 PM
    Would LOVE to attend, but like most of us here, it's too far and too costly. Perhaps, some of the conventions could come our way here on the east coast. I'm using what money I have saved for my college classes. - 2/1/2010   10:01:44 AM
    nope, I'm in Chicago. - 1/28/2010   9:58:32 AM
  • 103
    too far from me, they need to have one in miami florida or west palm beach that would be nice, - 1/24/2010   10:14:00 AM
  • XWQ19870217
    invest healthy is better than not - 12/11/2009   3:38:02 AM
    2 far - 8/12/2009   12:02:25 PM
    Same as everyone else. No money. Too far away. Come to Michigan and I'll be right there. - 6/16/2009   1:22:11 PM
  • 99
    I'm just a little north of San Diego in San Bernardino and being new, I missed the cutoff date for the reduced rate. Any chance of a break? - 4/26/2009   1:50:46 AM
    too bad it is not in cincinnati. - 4/24/2009   8:08:06 AM
  • 97
    I would love if had on the east coast...I can't afford the airfare or hotel stay. - 4/18/2009   7:49:17 PM
  • 96
    I agree, we need a convention on the East Coast, maybe in sunny Florida. Financial reasons are keeping me from the San Diego convention. But it sounds like it will be wonderful. And right now I could use the extra motivation to stay on track or get back on track. - 4/5/2009   9:54:49 AM
    Would like to attend, however just to get to CA and back would break me.
    Want to go.
    Can't afford to go.
    Come to the east coast.
    - 4/3/2009   2:26:27 PM
    I would love to come but can't afford the airfare. Please bring the convention to Atlanta, GA. Thanks for a great website. - 4/3/2009   11:51:56 AM
    Can't be around people because of all the chemicals they wear. - 3/27/2009   8:12:28 PM
  • 92
    I too would love to attend, but unfortunately can't afford the airfare, etc. - 3/27/2009   1:06:28 PM
  • 91
    I, too, would love to go and meet everyone. I think it will be a lot of fun. Unfortunately, my hubby and I are both unemployed at the moment and are struggling just to survive. If something miraculous occurs to change our circumstances, you can definitely count me in. I love San Diego, anyway. There is so much to do there. If you plan to have these annually, I will try to save up for the next one. - 3/26/2009   3:38:02 PM
  • 90
    what? the first convention is not in Cincinnati?

    Really would love to attend since my work place signed up with spark people early but San Digeo is too far away.....

    Hope you are going to have them in different cities .......... - 3/26/2009   12:28:01 PM
    While it would be cool, I don't have the time. I have limited time off on my new job. That's the problem with changing jobs. In a job I had only seven years ago I had five weeks' vacation. By changing jobs twice I lost two weeks and now only have three, so I have to budget them carefully. - 3/26/2009   8:13:08 AM
  • 88
    I want to go but my son get's his Master's Degree in May and I also may have to go on the East Coast because one of my sister's is very ill. I only live about a 2 hour drive. Have a wonderful time!!! - 3/26/2009   1:23:57 AM
  • 87
    Nope, can't afford it. - 3/26/2009   12:01:26 AM
  • 86
    I'm so happy you're having the convention, but SO bummed that there's no way I can attend. :( If it were closer to the Southeast, maybe, but with both my husband and I out of work and surviving on unemployment, there's just NO way to afford it. Though, realistically - even if we were both working, I doubt we'd have the extra $1K we'd need for airfare, lodging, etc. Maybe consider doing more than one convention in a year? Perhaps one East coast and one West coast or something.

    Ha!Ha! A girl can dream, right? - 3/25/2009   9:46:55 PM
  • 85
    If the convention would have been in the Mid-west I would have attended. When Spark sent out the survey about a convention California was never mentioned. There were lots of cities (Chicago, Columbus, Indianapolis, etc) mentioned that I would have gladly traveled to, but California is too far away for me. If there is one nearer Ohio I'll be there! - 3/25/2009   7:23:13 AM
  • 84
    I would love to go, unfortunately travel isn't in the budget for me right now. Maybe next time, it can be held in Cincinnati. I can definitely make that, plus it will promote tourism to our area. - 3/25/2009   5:57:06 AM
  • 83
    If I lived anywhere near there I would be there in a minute! But plane tickets are pretty pricey and I have to use that cost to visit my kids. Come to the Midwest and I will be there! Come on, I dare you! Come see us in the Midwest! - 3/24/2009   10:13:05 PM
  • 82
    I really, really want to go but unfortunately we already had plans to go to Disney World in May so there goes our vacation budget. I hope everyone who goes has a wonderful time. I love my SparkFriends!! - 3/24/2009   10:03:50 PM
    Oopps I meant from NC to CA - 3/24/2009   8:59:04 PM
    I found another hotel to stay in and worked it down to about $600 to go from NC to SC and do the whole convention thing. While I have the money and can take off during that time I feel like it's irresponsible of me to take an impromptu blissful vaca to see my wonderful sparkpeople while I have responsibilities at home and my company is laying off people left and right. : ( - 3/24/2009   8:58:33 PM
  • 79
    I have the time to go.
    I have the money to go.
    I have ZERO interest. - 3/24/2009   7:19:27 PM
  • 78
    With the economy the way it I will not be going...the airline ticket alone from Florida would be a large strain, not to mention the 49.99 fee... - 3/24/2009   5:00:48 PM
  • JMLEE509
    I would LOVE to go but can't afford it now! Hopefully there will be many more conventions throughout the states and near Albuquerque, NM then for sure I'll go! - 3/24/2009   4:06:06 PM
  • 76
    I unfortunately will have to pass on this one due to financial reasons. I am so bummed, too, because I live in San Diego!! How sad... - 3/24/2009   12:25:26 PM
  • 75
    I unfortunately will have to pass on this one due to financial reasons. I am so bummed, too, because I live in San Diego!! How sad... - 3/24/2009   12:25:26 PM
    if it were closer to home I would so be there! - 3/24/2009   12:01:16 PM
  • 73
    Midwest would work. Stuff like this has to be close to home or there's no way I could go. It sounds like a blast, though! - 3/24/2009   11:32:43 AM
  • 72
    Financially impossible. By the way, what is an annual vacation? - 3/24/2009   9:48:58 AM
  • 71
    I wish I lived in the US, I would definitely go! I hope that sometime in the future, I will be able to. - 3/24/2009   8:47:59 AM
  • 70
    I would love to attend, but distance, cost, and timing are issues for me as well. I'd cast another vote for a location in the Midwest for the next one. - 3/24/2009   8:22:57 AM
  • 69
    Truthfully? It feels like I will miss an important family reunion. Like the Poetry conventions that I would so love to be a part of in another circle, this loss hurts a bit more. Just no way to fly there and back and afford the stay. My heart is there, but my hopes are dashed on that event. Were there a way, I would be there in a heartbeat! Sending them Huggles, Diana - 3/24/2009   8:10:14 AM
  • 68
    I won't be going to San Diego this year. We plan our vacations at least a year ahead of time. But we will be meeting up with a spark friend we met in 2007, not in San Diego, but Jamaica! - 3/24/2009   6:57:00 AM
  • 67
    Oh how I wish I could go. Times are extremely tough and good old Uncle Sam is going to take every last dime (and then some) this year. I am bummed!!!

    Barbara - 3/24/2009   5:58:23 AM
    I would love to come! I won't be able to be there as my daughter graduates from college that weekend. Also It seems a little short notice for hotel and airline reservations. Based on what I'm reading you could have them on the east coast in the north and south and be sold out. Could you set it up like danskin does their triathalons? Kate - 3/23/2009   9:18:29 PM
  • 65
    I am definitely going to try to be there! The convention sounds fabulous! - 3/23/2009   9:04:40 PM
  • 64
    Oh, I wish! travel, other costs, but mostly time (it's the middle of our spring term). I'll be with you in spirit. - 3/23/2009   7:54:53 PM
  • 63
    I would have loved this too, but I live in Quebec, and like so many others here, there is no way I can afford this trip. Have fun and give us a detailed account afterwards!! :-) - 3/23/2009   7:02:39 PM
    I'll be there. I already have my ticket and I'm so excited. I live in San Diego, or it would not be possible. I wish everyone could be there because I would love to meet all of you, but in todays economy it is too hard to make travel arrangements and pay for flights. If I lived anywhere else, I would say no because I'm trying to save money for my sons future. - 3/23/2009   7:01:24 PM
  • 61
    The good news... San Diego is on my vacation list this year.
    The bad news... I already went last month.

    I think a lot of the exclusives would be cool to be a part of and get, unfortunately there is no way this is going to happen for me this time around. :(

    Have fun to everyone who gets to go! - 3/23/2009   6:12:36 PM
  • 60
    Would that I could . . . Need more time to plan such a trip. To all those who attend, enjoy and then share with those of us who can't this time around. - 3/23/2009   4:25:29 PM
  • 59
    I would love to attend and meet some fellow sparkers (and the coaches of course!) but we're leaving for a cruise the very next day from Philly....don't think thats possible! Hope all that attend have a FANTASTIC time! - 3/23/2009   3:39:37 PM

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