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Exercise Secrets to Losing Big in 10 Minutes a Day


SparkPeople.com is the most highly trafficked weight-loss website in America. Needless to say, we know a thing or two about helping people lose weight. Our members have lost more than 10 million pounds to date by following our fun and healthy nutrition and fitness plans, but we wanted to learn more about what really worked for them, so we conducted a huge survey, asking the most successful "losers" what they really did to reach their goals.

We recently shared several of their secrets to weight-loss success with you, and included even more of their strategies in our book, The Spark, which we released last year. Soon after, SparkPeople asked me to create a workout plan based on the book, so I turned to the strategies of our most successful members for help. After all, I wanted this DVD to be more than just another workout DVD. I wanted it to incorporate tactics that were proven to help real people lose weight and reach their goals.

The result, Fit, Firm and Fired Up in 10 Minutes a Day, is a no-brainer workout plan that's fun, easy to follow, and truly effective. I believe it can help you learn to love exercise (if you're not there yet) and totally change your attitude about fitness.
Posted 3/17/2010  7:02:12 AM By: Nicole Nichols : 47 comments   32,738 views
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The Secrets of Success: Follow the 80/20 Rule


When you need help fixing your car, you go to a mechanic. When your sink clogs, you call a plumber. Why? Because they know what they're doing. You wouldn't trust your dog groomer to fix a leaky roof, and you wouldn't ask your yoga instructor to recaulk your bathroom. You trust your belongings to the experts, so shouldn't you do the same with your body? When it comes to losing weight safely and keeping it off for good, SparkPeople members know what they're doing. That's why we asked our top members to tell us what they did to change their lives forever. Grateful for the support they found at SparkPeople, they eagerly spilled the beans. Now we're sharing their best tips with you. We published all 27 secrets of success in The Spark, but we're leaking 15 of them to you.



Secret #15: Follow the 80/20 rule.
Posted 3/15/2010  6:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 90 comments   24,294 views
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The Secrets of Success: Look Forward, Not Back


When we were researching and writing our best-selling book, The Spark, we discovered 27 secrets of success that thousands of successful SparkPeople members have used to reach their goals, lose weight and keep it off.

We're sharing 15 secrets from the book on the dailySpark from March 1-15.

Secret #14: Don't look back.
We define "successful" members as the people who have reached their goal weight OR lost at least 100 pounds but are still on track to reaching their ultimate goal. Of all of the most successful members we surveyed, literally ZERO percent said they let setbacks derail their efforts. How did they get back on track?
Posted 3/14/2010  6:01:27 AM By: Nicole Nichols : 49 comments   14,819 views
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The Secrets of Success: Stop Dieting


SparkPeople doesn't endorse "diets." We don't sell pills, and we don't have a gimmick. What we have are success stories, committed members and proven results. Last year, we reached out to the members who have lost weight (more than 100 pounds in some cases) and kept it off. We shared their 27 Secrets of Success exclusively in our best-selling book, The Spark, but then we realized that some secrets--including these--are too good to keep to yourself.

We're spilling the beans.


Secret #13: Stop dieting.
Posted 3/13/2010  6:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 61 comments   12,842 views
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The Secrets of Success: Tap into the Power of Positive People


When people first come to SparkPeople, they are often happily surprised by how positive our members and community are. SparkPeople members are by and large a positive bunch, continuously looking out for one another and spreading encouragement. This positive support system is so important in any healthy lifestyle journey--and it really works! Our most successful members--real people like you who have reached their weight-loss goals or lost at least 100 pounds in their journey to date--truly understand the power of positivity. When we recently surveyed this elite group, we found out so many things these big "losers" did to reach their goals and were finally able to quantify just how successful certain habits or strategies really were. You can find it all in The Spark, now a New York Times Best Seller!

We couldn't keep all the secrets in this book to ourselves, so we're sharing our 15 favorite secrets of success on the dailySpark from March 1-15.

Secret #12: Tap into the power of positive people.
Successful SparkPeople members don't just consider people a nice part of their community; instead they tap into the power of positive people and use that as a weight-loss tool. How?
Posted 3/12/2010  6:07:11 AM By: Nicole Nichols : 46 comments   11,131 views
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The Secrets of Success: Get Cooking


There's no secret recipe when it comes to weight loss, no magic ingredient that will make the pounds melt away. Still, there are tips and tricks that help ease the process--and change lives forever. The weight-loss experts at SparkPeople (members who have reached their goals) told us how they did it, and now we're telling you. Until now, the 27 Secrets of Success could only be found in our best-selling book, The Spark. We're sharing 15 of those secrets here.

Secret #11: Get cooking.
Posted 3/11/2010  6:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 130 comments   40,624 views
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The Secrets of Success: Sneak In More Exercise


We've been talking a lot in the past few weeks about exercise and weight loss: why it matters, how much you need, and ways to vary your routine for better results. What if working out and dieting alone aren't really enough to lose weight? Yes, both exercise and a healthy, calorie-controlled diet matter for weight management. What about all the hours you're NOT exercising? Could that be holding you back in your weight loss?

When we surveyed our most successful SparkPeople members to write our best-selling book, The Spark, we found out lots of little "secrets" that helped them be successful in the weight-loss game. You'll have to read the book to get the full story, but we're sharing our 15 favorite secrets of success on the dailySpark from March 1-15. Lucky you!

Secret #10: Sneak in more exercise.
65% of people who met their weight-loss goals added more activity to their day by "sneaking" it in: pacing while on the phone, lifting weights in front of the TV, doing jumping jacks in between conference calls, taking the stairs and more. How much of a difference does all of this activity really make?
Posted 3/10/2010  6:05:06 AM By: Nicole Nichols : 109 comments   60,564 views
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The Secrets of Success: Make A Plan


Life is what happens when you're making other plans, as they say. Whether your life follows a straight and narrow path or one that meanders, there will be bumps, detours, and traffic jams along the way. That doesn't mean that you should stop--and you can't turn back. The same goes for weight loss. For it to last and become a part of your life forever, it isn't always easy--but it can be done. That's what we've learned from our most successful members, whose weight-loss successes are detailed in The Spark. We're sharing 15 of those 27 Secrets of Success here on the dailySpark.

Secret #9: Make a plan.
Posted 3/9/2010  6:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 80 comments   32,282 views
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The Secrets of Success: Mix It Up to Keep It Off


We've already learned how important exercise is to weight-loss success. But what kind of exercise helps the most? Is any one form of cardio or strength-training better than another? We recently survey our most successful members--people who reached their goal weights or were still going strong after losing at least 100 pounds--to find out. We compiled all of their tactics in our best-selling book, The Spark, but we're sharing our 15 favorite secrets of success on the dailySpark from March 1-15.

Secret #8: Mix It Up to Keep It Off.
Successful members exercised at home, outside, in the gym, with home equipment or home DVDs, with workout groups or buddies, varying their routines and keeping it fun so that they were more likely to keep going. So how does workout variety help you lose weight?
Posted 3/8/2010  6:08:20 AM By: Nicole Nichols : 62 comments   18,769 views
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The Secrets of Success: Start Small to Achieve Big Results


Every journey begins with a single step--even your journey to a healthier you. We know that losing weight and improving your health isn't something that happens overnight but rather gradually, as small steps add up to something bigger. That tip is just one bit of advice we learned from our top members, the ones who lost weight and stuck with it. Until now, their sage advice has not been shared on the dailySpark and was found only in our best-selling book, The Spark. These strategies are so effective that we wanted to shout them from the rooftops, so we decided to share our 15 favorite Secrets of Success on the dailySpark from March 1-15.

Secret #7: Start small to achieve big results.
Posted 3/7/2010  6:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 85 comments   27,030 views
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The Secrets of Success: Move It to Lose It


How much exercise do you really need to lose weight? You've probably heard a lot of conflicting opinions from different experts. Some have even said that exercise doesn't help with weight-loss at all (more on that one later). What better way to find out than to ask the most successful weight "losers" how much exercise played a role in their healthy lifestyle?

When we were researching and writing our best-selling book, The Spark, we discovered 27 secrets of success that thousands of successful SparkPeople members have used to lose weight and keep it off. We're sharing our 15 favorite secrets of success on the dailySpark from March 1-15. Today we'll share the results of our survey on how much exercise SparkPeople members really did to reach their goals.

Secret #6: Move it to lose it.
Of those who reached their goals, 90% exercised regularly. How much exercise did they really do?
Posted 3/6/2010  6:08:02 AM By: Nicole Nichols : 93 comments   38,983 views
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'We Lost 100 Pounds Without Dieting--So Can You!'


We started our Secrets of Success series on March 1 and will continue sharing one proven solution to weight loss each day through March 15. If you're hungry for more, check out the current issue of First for Women magazine (on newsstands now through March 22). The "non-diet" solution touted on the cover isn't a supplement, miracle juice or detox diet. It's 20 more secrets to weight-loss success that came directly from SparkPeople.com, now America's #1 weight-loss website, and our best-selling book, "The Spark!"

Inside the March 22, 2010, issue of First (pictured at left), you'll also find the profiles, stories and before and after photos of four amazing SparkPeople.com members who used these secrets to lose more than 100 pounds each. Each strategy is backed by research and case studies of real people just like you who are winning the battle of the bulge without resorting to the crazy diet gimmicks of the past.

Courtesy of First, we're sharing three of these tricks with you today, but you'll have to pick up the magazine to get the full story and see the amazing transformations yourself.
Posted 3/5/2010  3:15:36 PM By: Nicole Nichols : 115 comments   103,483 views
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The Secrets of Success: Eat Your Fruits and Veggies


While there are no magic pills or quick fixes when it comes to weight loss, there are plenty of tips and tricks that can help you commit to a healthy lifestyle. SparkPeople members know what works, so we reached out to our most successful members--those who reached their goal weight or lost more than 100 pounds using our program. We discovered 27 "secrets" of success, which we shared in The Spark. Now we're sharing them with you.



Secret #5: Eat more fruits and veggies.
Posted 3/5/2010  6:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 109 comments   43,765 views
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The Secrets of Success: Take the 'Work' Out of Your Workouts


What are the secrets to lasting weight-loss success? As America's most popular weight-loss website, we've learned a thing or two (and it's not a magic potion or pill).

When we were researching and writing our best-selling book, The Spark, we discovered 27 secrets of success that thousands of successful SparkPeople members have used to reach their goals, lose weight and keep it off. Some secrets—including these—are too good to keep to yourself.

We're sharing our 15 favorite secrets of success on the dailySpark from March 1-15.

Secret #4: Make exercise fun.
Successful members proactively took steps to keep exercise fun. A whopping 64% made it a point to try new and different things. How else did they make exercise fun?
Posted 3/4/2010  6:13:50 AM By: Nicole Nichols : 82 comments   26,817 views
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The Secrets of Success: Be A “Goal-Getter”


When we were researching and writing our best-selling book, The Spark we discovered 27 secrets of success that thousands of successful SparkPeople members have used to reach their goals, lose weight and keep it off. Some secrets--including these--are too good to keep to yourself.

We're sharing our 15 favorite secrets of success on the dailySpark from March 1-15.

Secret #3 Be a “goal-getter.”
Posted 3/3/2010  6:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 50 comments   28,245 views
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