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CONTEST CLOSED: Start 2012 Out Right: Enter to Win 'The Spark'


CONTEST CLOSED: The winners are AUNTIEE50, EMT670MOM, NETTIE2127! 

To help you get a jump-start on the new year, we're giving away three paperback copies of The Spark: The 28-Day Breakthrough Plan for Losing Weight, Getting Fit, and Transforming Your Life, the New York Times best seller written by SparkPeople founder and CEO Chris "SparkGuy" Downie.

In addition to all of the great features found in the original, the paperback contains our Strong Start Guide, written by SparkGuy and Coach Nicole, which shares the proven strategies to lose twice the weight in two weeks--and keep it off! What you do in the first two weeks can make or break your weight-loss program, and we found out what works. (The paperback version is updated and is the only place you'll find the all-new Strong Start Guide!)

Learn more about the Strong Start Guide here.
Posted 12/30/2011  6:00:00 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 22 comments   12,294 views
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7 Ways to Make the Most of a Short Workout


A few years ago, Boston Sports Clubs conducted a study to find out how exercise duration affected one’s adherence to a workout program. They found that participants who exercised for 20 to 30 minutes actually exercised more consistently than people who worked out for 45 to 60 minutes at a time. The results are clear: You may be more likely to stick with shorter workouts than longer ones.

These findings didn’t surprise anyone at SparkPeople, since we’ve found that short workouts provide a great foundation to build lasting lifestyle changes. And why are longer workouts harder to stick to? Time constraints coupled with an all-or-nothing exercise mentality (deciding it’s better to do nothing when you can’t fit in a full hour) could be to blame.

When SparkPeople founder Chris Downie and I were researching and writing the new Strong Start Guide for the new paperback version of The Spark, we discovered similar findings. We surveyed more than 2,000 members to find out exactly what they did in the first two weeks of their weight-loss programs to either make or break their motivation and affect their results. "Strong starters" were the most successful in the beginning—and in the long term, and the habits, attitudes and even workouts they followed were markedly different than those whom we refer to as "false starters." When it came to exercise, these two groups couldn't have been more different!

Both strong and false starters alike seem to know that exercise is an important component of a weight-loss plan. In fact, the majority of people in both groups incorporated three to five days of exercise per week when starting their programs. But would you believe that the people who lost more weight and got off to a stronger start spent less time working out?
Posted 1/28/2011  11:00:00 AM By: Nicole Nichols : 41 comments   25,105 views
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Down 57 Pounds, Heather Shares Her Secrets


The big news of December was the launch of the paperback edition of "The Spark," the New York Times Best Seller written by our own Chris "SparkGuy" Downie. The new and updated version not only has a lower price (WooHoo!) but it contains the Strong Start Guide, which was written by SparkGuy and Coach Nicole.

Found only in the updated paperback edition, the Strong Start Guide shares the proven strategies to lose twice the weight in two weeks--and keep it off! What you do in the first two weeks can make or break your weight-loss program, and we found out what works.

The paperback also features three new Success Stories of people who've lost weight and kept it off using SparkPeople and the 28-day plan outlined in "The Spark."

I reached out to one of those successful members, Heather Johnson (HEZLIZZIE) of Jacksonville, Florida, who lost 57 pounds and just ran her first marathon. She shed five pounds in the first two weeks, and that strong start was crucial to her continued success. You can read her full Success Story in "The Spark," but this former cake decorator wanted to share a few more secrets and tips with you!
Posted 12/28/2010  12:28:58 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 38 comments   18,089 views
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Now in Paperback: 'The Spark,' with Secrets to a Strong Start


We have some great news! The paperback edition of Chris "SparkGuy" Downie's New York Times best-selling book, The Spark: The 28-Day Breakthrough Plan for Losing Weight, Getting Fit, and Transforming Your Life is now available. (Can I get a WooHoo!?)

We're really excited to share this new and updated version of the book with you--at a new low price (under $11 at some retailers!). In addition to all of the great features found in the original, the paperback contains our Strong Start Guide, written by SparkGuy and Coach Nicole, which shares the proven strategies to lose twice the weight in two weeks--and keep it off! What you do in the first two weeks can make or break your weight-loss program, and we found out what works. (The paperback version is updated and is the only place you'll find the all-new Strong Start Guide!)

Previous SparkPeople research that found that 50 percent of people report losing their momentum within two weeks of starting a diet, and 18 percent within three days. And once the momentum is gone, the diet usually fizzles. To discover the secrets of a strong start that builds momentum, SparkPeople did a new in-depth survey of over 2,000 of its members and found that ‘strong starters’ lost twice as much weight in the first two weeks and were five times more likely to reach their ultimate goal than 'false starters' because they took certain actions and avoided others in the first two weeks of a weight loss plan.

The survey's most counterintuitive conclusions: focus less on weight loss and you'll lose more of it, and shorter workouts lead to greater weight loss than longer ones. You'll have to buy the book to read the entire Strong Start Guide, but you'll find the key findings below--along with details on free deals and other cool extras (like a free bonus “SparkPeople Issue” of All You magazine with 100 pages of additional healthy living tips, advice & success stories!!) you'll get when you buy the book!

Posted 12/7/2010  10:01:04 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 29 comments   11,027 views
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