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New and Improved Design on SparkPages

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Hi, everyone!

We wanted to let you know about a new and improved SparkPage design that we launched today. SparkPages hold so much information that we wanted to make it easier to navigate a person's SparkPage and find exactly what you're looking for. The overall design is the same, but we've cleaned up the look of SparkPages and added some great new functionality, too. Here are some of the highlights of this redesign:

  1. Tabs across the top of each Page, which allow you to easily view a member's photos, friend feed, blog posts, and more. For example, if you're looking at someone's photos, you can quickly get to their SparkTeams, too.

  2. NEW Photo Pagination. When viewing a photo in someone's gallery, you'll now see links below it that say "Previous Image" and "Next Image" that allow you to scroll through the photos as if viewing them in a slideshow.

  3. NEW Comments on Photos. Members can now comment directly on each other's photos. When someone comments on your photo, you will receive an email letting you know.

  4. NEW Awards Page. Everyone has a tab at the top of their page called "Awards." This is where you'll find a member's SparkGoodies, SparkStreaks and SparkPoints trophies. We plan to add more options for special icons and awards to this section soon.

  5. More SparkFavorites. You'll find favorites under the "More" tab at the top of each Page. Now, your Favorites section includes SparkRecipes you're rated and saved as favorites in addition to your favorite articles, message boards and shared recipes.

  6. NEW Alert on Updated Intros. To clean up the page, we've shortened the amount of introductory text that shows, but you can still type as much as you'd like. Visitors can click on the "Read More" link to see your entire introduction. If you have updated your introductory text within the past 30 days, a note will show up there, letting visitors to your page know that they should "Read More" to see what's new.

    At first glance, SparkPages look pretty much the same as before, but there are lots of improvements that came with this new design. We realize that our members take great ownership of their SparkPages, and we hope you'll discover that these changes give you even more control and functionality than before. Like any change, it might take some time getting used to, but we hope that you'll love the new design as much as we do!
      
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

REJ7777 4/16/2010 6:45PM

    This is such an incredible site!!! emoticon

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2BFITSPARK 11/29/2009 9:25PM

  But, somehow the new format dumped all my special food entry selections.

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RESTED11 9/20/2009 10:51PM

  May you blog,jog and log in faith. Jesus is Lord of all.

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BLUSTAR 9/13/2009 4:24PM

    Great Job :-)

Glenda

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BLUSTAR 9/13/2009 4:23PM

    Great Job :-)

Glenda

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YICHE12 9/13/2009 11:12AM

    SP is the best! emoticon

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REDSOXFAN4803 9/11/2009 4:23PM

    great job

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LIQUID11 9/3/2009 12:46PM

    EXCELLENT, KUTGW !!
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KSP3776 9/2/2009 11:19PM

    Good job - thanks

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MKELLEY913 8/25/2009 9:42AM

  THANKS for the new look which is so very helpful!

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KATAKITOMOTSIN 6/26/2009 1:55PM

    I can't believe it! I didn't think Spark could get any better...but it just keeps ticking.
It gets better and better and better.

Thanks to ALL OF YOU ! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IAMALIGHTHOUSE 6/8/2009 8:20PM

    I am back on Spark - so I like this new design- thanks for sharing.

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MOMOF3K 6/8/2009 1:52PM

  Thanks so much for this site and all the improvements. What a blessing all this help is. emoticon

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STRINGS58 6/7/2009 8:49AM

    I liked the feed --- especially the fitness minutes --- to greet me on the front of the spark page. While a click isn't hard work, I found being greeted with a confirmation of my effort as a reason to open the spark page

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QUEENLATIFA 6/7/2009 8:08AM

    As usual, I like the changes. I like having a fresh new look to the Spark Pages because it makes me take another complete look to see what is there. Sometimes I forget what all there is to see/read because I do the same things day to day. Thanks for a wonderful, helpful site.

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BRENDALEE1231 6/7/2009 7:40AM

    I love the new features!!!

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JIBBIE49 6/6/2009 9:15PM

    I love the comments on photos as that is a great improvement. Many Sparkers won't put their BEFORE photo on their page, so I like that I can leave a nice comment on the before photo and tell them how I know they will have a great AFTER one to display!

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ELDAFINLAY 6/6/2009 8:10PM

  I agree great job emoticon

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OTELINDA 6/6/2009 2:52PM

    Nice job

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HOLSHE 6/6/2009 10:56AM

  I like it. Nice job. emoticon

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CAPECODSANDI 6/6/2009 3:46AM

    I love what you have done to the spark pages....THANK YOU! SP rocks!!!

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SGEONEW5 6/5/2009 10:22PM

    Thank you! Great job!

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TERESAJOY56 6/5/2009 9:32PM

    Looks nice and clean. Thanks so much for this free site. It's such a blessing to so many of us that can't pay for weight programs. Teresa

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SEBORING 6/5/2009 9:24PM

  Great! Thanks.


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SUPREME5 6/5/2009 8:47PM

    THANK YOU

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CASAGRANDMA 6/5/2009 8:00PM

    Very helpful info' - Thanks much for this and all else you do. emoticon

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CHRISTMASRAIN 6/5/2009 7:50PM

    I love the new look and it is sooo much easier to navigate the Page!

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BOBBI97 6/5/2009 6:13PM

    I to also love the new changes and it makes everything easier to get too..


Thanks so much

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DOTTIELH 6/5/2009 5:56PM

    Thank you for the improvements and for all you do. emoticonDottie

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ARINDANA 6/5/2009 5:34PM

    Thanks for the changes! It all looks awesome :)

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LOSER541 6/5/2009 5:23PM

  Great Job! Thank you!

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VERONICAFAY 6/5/2009 5:00PM

  This was very helpful. Thank you for providing this to your sparkpeople community. Veronica emoticon

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RELEASINGJANA 6/5/2009 3:35PM

    Thanks for the info. Have only been a part of this for a week so still learning all the ins and outs. Tips are a great help.

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GIRLWYLIE 6/5/2009 3:03PM

  Like it emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 6/5/2009 2:13PM

    The new page improvements are very nice. emoticon

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JEANNEROBERTSON 6/5/2009 1:55PM

  The changes are really great! You guys are wonderful!!! emoticon

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GRANIJANI 6/5/2009 1:24PM

    The changes are great.

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FRUMPY55 6/5/2009 12:29PM

    I like the changes. It looks better and is easier to navigate. Thanks for the changes.

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 6/5/2009 10:46AM

    I love the changes! Thank you!!

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NARNIA9334 6/5/2009 10:09AM

    Good Job! emoticon

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SOULCOLLAGESUE 6/5/2009 10:01AM

    I love it! Decluttered and efficient. I appreciate the minds that go into this website's simplication, in order to support such a growing community.

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HOLYJANE 6/5/2009 9:22AM

    Thanks, it's so functional! This is my 8th day, and I'm still learning my way around. This is good to know! emoticon emoticon

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CBURNS89 6/5/2009 9:15AM

    Looks great! Thank you!

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BOOMPA1 6/5/2009 9:09AM

    Great job You and Your Team did on the new and improved spark page.

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SMKYMTNGIRL 6/5/2009 9:05AM

  You have made so many wonderful changes and absolutely all are great. Very nice and sleeker pages.

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PINKGIRL175 6/5/2009 8:40AM

    I'd be amazing if you could average calories for any random number of days from "view results" in the nutrition tracker (not just montly or weekly average) :)
and thank you thank you! emoticon

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NICA_LOSN_IT 6/5/2009 8:13AM

    The changes that were made are magnificent! I love all the new shortcuts and the layout. Thanks for thinking about us. emoticon

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MIAJOEB 6/5/2009 7:59AM

    Love the changes. I am sure you have already heard about having less really luxury goodies and more different goodies that suit the season as well as creative motivational tools.
I was using it quite a bit for new comers but I found I got bored with getting 10 welcome mats.
It is part of the game I find fun. Maybe we could shuffle them around.
Love the trivia game. I have a horrible score but will continue to try to beat it.
I guess I still have a lot to learn. Thank you so much for this website.
I am loosing instead of gaining and I am exercising instead of sitting.
I am challenged daily.

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KATHYLINE1 6/5/2009 7:54AM

  This is better to navigate around in, thank you all!!! emoticon

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ANNIEMARIE6 6/5/2009 7:28AM

  I do like the new design on the spark people pages. They will take some getting use to. Keep up the good work.

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Earn SparkPoints When You Play SparkPeople Trivia

Monday, May 18, 2009



Good morning, SparkPeople!

We're excited to launch a fun new feature today called SparkPeople Trivia!

You'll find it in the Wellness section of the site, as well as the Healthy Lifestyle Home tab and your SparkPoints page. Basically, when you choose to play our trivia game each day, you'll receive a random assortment of multiple-choice health, fitness and nutrition questions. You can take as many tries as you need to correctly answer 3 questions each day. Once you answer 3 questions correctly, the game is over (until tomorrow) and you'll earn 3 SparkPoints!

Plus, you can choose to place yourself on our trivia Leaderboards to see how your overall score ranks with other members. It's a fun way to learn more about living a healthy lifestyle!

You can play trivia now by clicking here.

We hope you enjoy playing, learning and competing with other members using SparkPeople Trivia!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JWARD199 6/26/2010 2:09PM

    I really liked the idea of the Wellness Trivia to earn points, and to track our ranking with others. However, in practice, it has been very frustrating, as I attempt to move up on the board.

The wording of some of your Trivia questions have been misleading and some questions are making Trivia exclusively American when SP is an international community.

How do those people on the Leadership Board get 100 Percent correct? I think they skip questions that they might miss, answering only the ones they are certain of the correct answer.

Please make these questions less ambiguous and think about eliminating the way you score on the Leadership Board. Instead of listing the percentage of correct answers (keep that on an individual basis only), list the ones who have participated the most days that month: If I answer 3 questions correctly, no matter how many I missed, it counts as participating. If on June 26 I have answered 3 correct questions every day, I am 100 percent. If I missed a day, my percentage goes down, and I go down on the board.

If you make that change (and revise the questions to make them less misleading or "tricky") I think you will inspire people to learn more by answering questions they do not already know FOR SURE.

Please consider revising the program, and the questions/answers to make them more clear.

If you want some examples of ambiguous questions/answers, please drop me a SparkMail.

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GRAMMA123 11/15/2009 1:31PM

    Some of the Trivia answers are wrong, or are marked as wrong on my scorecard, yet correct in the explanation. Example: Which of these do not lead to high blood pressure. I marked high intake of calcium. Game said my answer was incorrect. The explanation said high intake of calcium does not lead to high blood pressure. These need to be checked. Fun game anyway.

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STOP-IT-KNOW 10/2/2009 1:23PM

    boy am i dumb. but will try again.

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STOP-IT-KNOW 10/2/2009 1:22PM

    boy am i dumb. but will try again.

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DRUZZIE 5/21/2009 10:31AM

    I thought I knew a lot more than I do about food, etc. Very good and as Sherry666 said it is great that it explains the answers for us.

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CYNDY_55 5/20/2009 9:44PM

    Another Fun Brain Teaser To Feed Our Mind~~~~~ emoticon~~~~~

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SHERRY666 5/20/2009 7:42PM

    I like it a lot......... Now if your wrong....... it tells you what is right........ and explains it for you........ So your learning all the time.... I think it's great..... emoticon

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LITTLE_QUEEN 5/20/2009 10:35AM

    I like this feature, I have found out I don't know as much as I think I know, plus it sure does not hurt you can earn extra points, LOL!

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JERSEYGIRL24 5/20/2009 7:06AM

    This has been fun and a nice way to earn a few points. I would like to see more opportunities to earn points that are interactive like this one. Thanks.

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FISHINGLADY66 5/19/2009 7:02PM

    Thanks for this learning tool. I really enjoy this way to learn. Spark is so wonderful.

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CORPEEGIRL1 5/19/2009 6:23PM

    Sounds like a lot of fun. Can't wait to play!! emoticon

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BANANABANA 5/19/2009 4:13PM

  Good Idea for a little fun. I like it. emoticon

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PRISM141 5/19/2009 2:01PM

    It's amazing how much you think you know...until you are tested. Great learning tool. Thanks!

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SPRINGBREEZI 5/19/2009 12:10PM

    I am not much of a game person but I liked playing today.

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SPORT77 5/19/2009 12:01PM

    I enjoyed playing it. It was a learning experience.

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MRSAKINS2005 5/18/2009 10:29PM

    I love trivia to begin with. so this is a lot of fun for me to play. Is there a way to set up an email to come to our home emails about this. Like our Healthy Reflections and others come to us?

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TXSPLA 5/18/2009 9:52PM

    It was fun. I learned a lot.

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AMJSATURN 5/18/2009 8:40PM

    I love the trivia thing, I create trivia for my workmates.


Alexia

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MARYANNE4403 5/18/2009 6:27PM

    i played, it was lots of fun and i learned a few things

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KYOTEMOM7 5/18/2009 6:15PM

    sounds fun

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ROBCURTROSS 5/18/2009 5:06PM

  great game, thank you.

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PHILBG 5/18/2009 4:31PM

    Awesome! It's just that three questions is way too little for a daily limit :(
Hehe Can't wait to get back to it tomorrow :)

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REDNECKFEMINIST 5/18/2009 4:26PM

    sounds like fun!

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BELLACUDDLES 5/18/2009 4:09PM

    I love it! IT was fun and I am looking forward to playing it tomorrow too!!! emoticon and......... emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 5/18/2009 4:05PM

    Thanks for another way to test our knowledge and win points as well.

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TZH4145 5/18/2009 3:41PM

    I love trivia games. I think I'll play it right now.

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100LBLIGHTER 5/18/2009 3:28PM

    Wow...I missed the first 5 questions? I guess I needed to study before this test!! grace emoticon

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BEEJAY49 5/18/2009 3:27PM

    Sounds like fun! :) Thank you!

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MOFUFU 5/18/2009 2:55PM

    woo-hoo! i like trivia! i'll check it out now!

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STEVIECAT4 5/18/2009 12:18PM

    This was fun. Point of interest, though, the Leaderboard has a bug in it. Pages 3, 4, 5, 6 and I don't know how many more pages because I stopped looking at them are duplicate pages. Same members, same scores, same percentages.

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FITANGEL09 5/18/2009 12:16PM

    Sounds like fun! On my way to check it out...

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SPARKLINGVIOLET 5/18/2009 12:13PM

    HOW FUNNNNN!! I'm going to play right now!

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POLYANASUNSHINE 5/18/2009 11:49AM

    What a great idea and educational for us too. emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 5/18/2009 11:46AM

    A great way to learn.

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JEANSHEP2 5/18/2009 11:40AM

    Yea! Another great idea from SP that keeps my interested and has helped me lose 42 lbs. to date!! Keep up the great work!

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DESERTDREAMERS 5/18/2009 11:23AM

    Yeah, more fun!

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DENONNIE 5/18/2009 11:09AM

    Great idea! Love the game!
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SASSY_QUEEN 5/18/2009 10:54AM

    lOVE IT....ANOTHER GREAT IDEA.

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RLMCCUE 5/18/2009 10:54AM

    What a fun idea! I can't wait to try it out! Thanks SparkPeople!

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JANEYINMADTOWN 5/18/2009 10:48AM

    Cool! What a great way to learn and reinforce health related info!



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TAZ675 5/18/2009 10:45AM

    Fun stuff!!

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Spread the Spark Summer Challenge

Thursday, May 14, 2009



SparkPeople is kicking off summer with our Spread the Spark Summer Challenge and it all kicks off with the official "Show Your Spark" Weekend, Friday, June 26, 2009, to Sunday, June 28, 2009. During this weekend, SparkPeople members across the globe will wear their SparkPeople Gear and/or gather at SparkRallies. (Visit your local SparkTeam page to help plan or RSVP to attend a local SparkRally in your area!) Even if you don't attend a Rally, you can still wear your gear wherever you go--and be on the lookout for other SparkPeople members doing the same!



We want everyone wearing SparkPeople gear that weekend to take photos of themselves and their SparkFriends to share with us. By wearing your gear, taking photos, and sharing your pictures with us, you could win fun SparkPeople prizes and even an iPod touch in our Show Your Spark Giveaway. Here's how.



1. Wear your SparkPeople gear the weekend of June 26, 2009. (If you do not have SparkPeople gear, you can purchase it at our SparkPeople Store.)



2. Start or sign up to attend a SparkRally near you. Don't forget to remind other members to wear their SparkPeople gear to the Rally, too.



3. Join the Spread The Spark Summer Challenge SparkTeam. Here, members can post fun and healthy summer activities, share information about SparkRallies, and post their photos all summer long.



4. Take photos of yourself and your friends at SparkRallies and events that weekend!



5. Upload your photos to the Team page so others can see how much fun you had. To upload a photo to the Team page, click on the red "Photos" tab (above the Team message boards) and follow the instructions there. Or add your photo(s) to your SparkPage or SparkPeople blog to share with your friends! Our staff will look at all of your photos and may feature your photos or story in future articles, emails or dailySpark posts!



6. Win prizes in our giveaway! To show our appreciation, and to encourage everyone to participate in the official Show Your Spark Weekend, we'll be giving away SparkPeople prizes and even an iPod touch! We will periodically select winners at random, from all members who join the Team and share their photos. We will post the winners in the Spread the Spark Summer Challenge Team and announce the iPod touch winner on July 10, 2009.


  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

PAULA_COACH 6/10/2009 11:48AM

    Torrance/SouthBay-BeachCities/LA Sparks will be in "Showing our Spark "in Redondo Beach Ca Sat, June 27th everyone is invited to our rally!!!!!

Teams.Sparkpeople.com/Torra
nceSparkers

for more info!!!

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DIXONNINE 5/21/2009 3:42AM

  this sounds like a very good way to meet spark people. i am new at this and would like to meet sparkpeople. i do not have any gear . i do not even know what it looks like. i would like to know very interested. thanks dixonnine

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EMMABE1 5/20/2009 8:48PM

    In order to participate in the ‘Show your Spark’ weekend I ordered a Spark T shirt from the SP shop. I live in Australia and entered Australia from the drop down menu in the address field on the order. It came up saying the post and handling charges would be ‘actual’ but gave no figure. .
It seems very unfair that we can't get a postage cost when we order - the site is set up that you have to give your credit card number without having a postage charge (just says - actual) and confirm the order before you know. That is very unfair and wrong - they have your card and can charge what ever they like!!!
Very few will order in that situation. With most countries, normally the postage charge is detailed as soon as Australia is entered as the address and you have the chance then to continue or cancel the order.
There are obviously programs available that will do this automatically, and since there are a growing number of Sparkies in various countries outside the US mainland maybe this should be thought about.
I then emailed the store to ask the cost of sending a T shirt to Australia and was told that the price would depend on the item and weight, every order is calculated individually. I have to wonder how much the weight of a T shirt varies!!
The whole idea was to encourage Australian Sparkies to get a T shirt to participate in the weekend – since it has proved impossible to even put a cost on our message board I really cannot see many buying a T shirt without knowing how much will be charged to their credit card!!


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ROBCURTROSS 5/18/2009 5:09PM

  will publicize SparkPeople. Any handouts available -- short brochures, etc.?

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GTSLIM 5/18/2009 1:16AM

    do we have last year winner photo?

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SHEENADEE 5/17/2009 12:38PM

    On my way next to join the new team & will check out Rally plans in my area.

KATIE10146 - I love the wearing of SP gear at Curves. :-) Good combo of resources.

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VIOLETTE1 5/17/2009 12:21PM

    I've been passing along Spark Recipes and ideas for 3 years now!


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AKEITH1967 5/16/2009 12:07PM

  I think that this is a great idea. I have been telling my sister about sparkpeople and she joined. So she can help me spread the spark too. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ROUXZQ 5/15/2009 11:28PM

    I've been trying to get my Mom to join SP. She is getting close I think!

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KATIE10146 5/15/2009 5:22PM

    I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S "KOSHER", BUT I WEAR MY SPARKPEOPLE SHIRT WHEN I WORKOUT AT CURVES .... emoticon

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DONNAEDA 5/15/2009 3:12PM

    I even got my grown son to join SP when he saw how successful I was using your website I love Sparkpeople

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BELLACUDDLES 5/15/2009 3:00PM

    What can I say except............ emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KING*GET*FIT 5/15/2009 1:26PM

    I was just looking at the shirts and realized someone has their colors mixed up. In the spark apparel section of your online store you have a blue shirt listed as tangerine (item 905) and a orange(ish) shirt listed as blue (item 906). Were you aware of that, lol.

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NCAZULL 5/15/2009 11:29AM

    I'm all for this I am gonna wear my shirt and carry flyers and spread the spark in my neighborhood.. I'm even gonna have them take pictures.
I am going to get together with my teamleader and we shall make it a GREAT rally for that day....
Can I get a WOO HOOO??????

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KELLEYCLOVER 5/15/2009 10:58AM

  How do I find out who is in my area (i am fairly new to being interactive on this site. emoticon

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NEGRI5 5/15/2009 10:53AM

    SOUNDS GOOD!! THANKS

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BENZA811 5/15/2009 8:12AM

    thanks so much, this site is GREAT - emoticon

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JAIGFTL 5/15/2009 7:15AM

    I am going to be in Russia at that time. Is a Russia Spark People group were I could join to show my spark???? emoticon

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QUEENET 5/15/2009 3:48AM

    This sounds GREAT.

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KIMUSH23 5/14/2009 11:25PM

    Sounds wonderful!

SPARKPEOPLE Says...Reach Out & SPARK Someone emoticon
Luv Ya Kim

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MARYANNE4403 5/14/2009 11:06PM

    thanks so much, this site is GREAT

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SPARKYCARLEY 5/14/2009 8:54PM

    A team that I'm part of called People in Ontario have several rallies planned. They've been referring to them as 'Play dates' or 'Meet & Greet'. There isn't one in my city and I don't have a car, but I'm hoping to get a ride to the nearest one. I think it'll be so much fun!

http://www.sparkpeople.
com/myspark/groups_individual.a
sp?gid=1702

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SAM60SUMTHINK 5/14/2009 8:41PM

    Will there be a quick-link on Start pages to help us reach a site listing locations and contacts for various rallies?

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TAZ675 5/14/2009 8:34PM

    Woohoo!!

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SASSY_QUEEN 5/14/2009 8:34PM

    Can;t wait....

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GETHEALTHY57 5/14/2009 8:22PM

    This sounds like it is going to be fun....Does anyone live in South Jersey?? Cumberland County? I like this challange SPARKGUY......I'm what you consider probably a newbie...but even a few people together can make things happen...and if not; you can count on me to be wearing a tee shirt..and hopefully other gear...LOL!!! emoticon

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BONNIEDENNIS 5/14/2009 7:23PM

    I'm excited to meet people in my area. No one comes up on the buddy search though.

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LINZ50 5/14/2009 7:21PM

    Would love to have a rally here in Arizona!

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SPARKLINGVIOLET 5/14/2009 6:16PM

    Yay to Spark Rally's!!! We love them here in San Diego! :)

Violet

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JANEYJAYE 5/14/2009 5:27PM

    Sounds like a great way to meet local sparkers! emoticon

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KLONDIE3 5/14/2009 5:22PM

    Thanks for the quick response!!! This contest is open to all SparkPeople Members so get Sparking!!!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 5/14/2009 5:11PM

    This is great, I wear my T Shirt all the time anyway. Will post this on the Teams.

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RD03875 5/14/2009 5:03PM

    Thank you for the incentive. Two of my teams are trying to plan get togethers and this may help set a date!

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BKWERM 5/14/2009 4:52PM

    Sounds good. Just one question though, is this contest open to anyone other than US citizens, e.g. Canadians or Brits?

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Another SparkPeople Member Featured in USA Today Weight-Loss Series

Tuesday, April 14, 2009



About a year ago, Ebony Lugo joined SparkPeople and set out on her journey to healthy living. Since then, the 23-year-old New York City resident--known as SWEETZMIX--has lost 48 pounds and been named a SparkPeople Motivator!

We're not the only ones who have noticed Ebony's success; USA Today featured her in its sixth annual Weight-Loss Challenge in the newspaper and online at dietchallenge.usatoday.com. The series focuses on losing weight on a budget. In addition to joining 100% FREE SparkPeople, Ebony started cooking big batches a few times a week and eating breakfast at home every day instead of dining out, saving hundreds of dollars a month!

Read Ebony's story here, and stop by her SparkPage to congratulate her on her success!

  
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PAULA_COACH 5/14/2009 5:02PM

    WOO HOO!!! WAY TO GO EBONY!!!!

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COLEMANSR 5/14/2009 4:44PM

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SUNNY950 5/9/2009 10:57AM

    emoticon- Way to spread the spark!

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SHERI1969 4/26/2009 9:33PM

    SparkPeople will eventually spread to every country because the web is world wide. And people will be featured and asked how they did it, mentioning Sparkpeople. Perhaps one day, everybody will know about SP!!!

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5ATKINS 4/23/2009 10:47PM

    I recently joined and really appreciate this website! I appreciate the motivation to reach my goals! Thank you Spark Guy! emoticon

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TANYAHDG 4/22/2009 8:06AM

    Great job Ebony! It is wonderful here that can motivate ourselves and go even further with the support of SparkPeople. This site is a blessing to so many lives espeically mine! emoticonEbony! emoticonSparkPeople! emoticonSparkGuy

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CHATIONE1 4/21/2009 9:50PM

    Proud of you Ebony, you make it believable we can all reach our goal. emoticon

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JESPAH 4/21/2009 8:15PM

    Yay Ebony!

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HBANGEL 4/20/2009 12:34PM

    Good shop Ebony. I hope that I can as good as you.

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BELLACUDDLES 4/20/2009 11:52AM

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ABRANDNEWME28 4/19/2009 4:44PM

    Great job Ebony..

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JEANNEROBERTSON 4/18/2009 3:00PM

  Way to go!!! What an inspiration to us all. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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TAZ675 4/18/2009 9:00AM

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THIN4HIM5 4/17/2009 7:56AM

    emoticonI am so happy for you!!! You look FANTASTIC! emoticon emoticonHave a great day!!! emoticon
Wendy

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QUEENET 4/16/2009 10:50PM

   

WAY TO GO EBONY emoticon

You are certainly an inspiration to all of us. You gooooooooooooooooo girl.

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EVADAUZ 4/16/2009 3:04PM

    That's a big WOW!!! wish...wish...wish... emoticon

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CARISSIA 4/16/2009 3:44AM

    SparkGuy...Thanks for recognizing your mission in life to help others, especially me and others like me who have good intentions, but sometimes falter when it comes to our own health.
SparkPeople.com is awesome and it works allowing me to see when it is me and not the excuses I am trying to fabricate about why I am not following my own plan. This website is truly realistically functional, and it possesses all the tools that are all in-compassing for people, like me, to stay focused. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KHAIKHESU7 4/15/2009 4:25PM

    Awesome!!! Go Spark People emoticon

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DAKOTAKATH 4/15/2009 12:58PM

    Ebony - I just joined the Sparks, and your success has "sparked" me today. Way to go!! emoticon

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USEDTOBETHIN216 4/15/2009 12:52PM

    AWESOME! you are to be admired for your stamina and ability to plan ahead! its a hard task especially (as I know from experience) when the social dinners out are a pleasure. However the realization of the wgt gain is enough to wake one up! emoticon

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LADYJ003 4/15/2009 10:02AM

    WAy to go Ebony!!! Congratulations on your success!!

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EARTHY_MOM 4/15/2009 1:47AM

  Way to go, Ebony!!! emoticon

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JANLEEW 4/15/2009 12:00AM

    Another WOW! This is wonderful. Hooray Ebony. Lives are and will be changed with every article written and read.

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PAINTTHINNER 4/14/2009 11:29PM

    Thanks Ebony and Sparkpeople for inspiring the rest of us! emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/14/2009 10:02PM

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LIVINITUP519 4/14/2009 8:22PM

  Your story is so encouraging! Way to go!!

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FISHINGLADY66 4/14/2009 7:39PM

    emoticon Ebony emoticon.

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CRBIONDO 4/14/2009 7:37PM

    Way to go Ebony! Keep up the great work! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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COLEMANSR 4/14/2009 6:22PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonEbony .

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MARYANNE4403 4/14/2009 4:28PM

    emoticon Ebony emoticon

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GETHEALTHY57 4/14/2009 4:14PM

    Way to go Ebony....I read the article and it was very inspiring!!!!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 4/14/2009 3:58PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Ebony

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BEEJAY49 4/14/2009 3:26PM

    Congratulations Ebony!

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MARIADEAQUI 4/14/2009 3:18PM

    Good work EBONY!!! emoticon

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CGABBYJ 4/14/2009 2:25PM

  Wow! Ebony!
I am truly am inspired by your determination. You've really got your act together! The sky is the limit for you!
CGabbyJ

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TELERIE 4/14/2009 12:59PM

    I'm so proud of you, Ebony! You're looking great and spreading the Spark and DOING IT!

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VINTEABLE_MOE 4/14/2009 12:43PM

    wow....what an inspiration emoticon

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REDNECKFEMINIST 4/14/2009 12:36PM

    Very cool!

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Enhancements to our Reports tab - including new reports!

Thursday, April 09, 2009



Hi everyone

We're happy to announce the launch of a number of enhancements to our reports. These can all be accessed by going to the My Tools tab and then selecting Reports.

This new page puts all our reports in one place and also features reformatted versions of all our reports. The new formatting includes includes making it easier to set date ranges. For example you used to just be able to say "Show me the past 2 months," you could now say "show November 2008 through January 2009."

The biggest enhancement though is adding new reports, including:

  • Two different reports showing calories eaten verses calories burned. One report shows a day at a time, and the other shows progress over time. Please note the disclaimers on these reports noting that calories burned can sometimes be rough estimates.
  • Daily calorie breakdown report, showing which foods contributed the most calories
  • A chart showing total SparkPoints by month
  • Report of members who you referred to join SparkPeople
  • Several new ways to view your fitness progress
These enhancements have been requested for some time by our members so we are very happy to make them available! Please leave a comment here if you have any questions.

  
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SAM60SUMTHINK 5/14/2009 8:37PM

    I've been using this feature and enjoying the reports!

The reports put much into a new perspective, reinforcing some of what I do, givign me motivation for changes.

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MK40BY40 5/12/2009 8:45AM

  Love the reports page! Good work! As a technical person I LOVE charts and graphs : ) I am thankful for all the resources you guys have provided.

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KATAKITOMOTSIN 5/11/2009 9:36PM

   

Thank You so much for the new report page. It is so helpful and helps us get a good overall idea of what is happening with us. You guys are terrific. I am so thankful for all the work you do.
Just received my Smart Portion Kit. It too is fantastic!! emoticon

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WHATTALOSER 5/11/2009 12:10PM

    Thanks for the new reports. I haven't been to the reports page in a while because I didn't find all that much helpful there before. If I hadn't come to the SparkGuy_SPTeam page, I wouldn't have known they were there. Glad I did. I'll be coming to the reports page more often now.

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TERESA6262 5/9/2009 7:29AM

    Ditto what SimSweet said two comments down. The line graph makes (weigh lost progress)it hard for me to see patterns in my weight loss, like plateaus during the same week of the month, how many pounds I lost each week. I've had to track that on my kitchen calendar. THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO!!!

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DEEEBEE 4/19/2009 10:04PM

    What I'd like to see on the Nutrition Report is a breakdown of all the foods by their content. For example, in the pie chart, if I drink three glasses of milk, I would like to see 1 large "pie section" of milk instead of 3 small ones. If this is at all possible, I think it would be helpful. Overall, the SparkPeople reports are a tremendous help in analyzing how much we eat, and I thank you for creating SparkPeople and for continually improving it.

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SIMSWEET 4/15/2009 11:09AM

  I need to see a posting of weight loss todate which includes weight loss each week and todate. Is this possible, it's a motivator for me and I'm sure to others as well if we can see total pounds lost each weigh in.

simsweet

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LORI00 4/14/2009 11:53AM

    I am new so I never knew Sparks without it.
I am really impressed with all the tools you make available to us to help us stay focused and on task! Thanks!!

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JROACH1968 4/13/2009 1:21PM

  This is very informative stuff.. Thanks for keeping up abreast. emoticon

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JANLEEW 4/12/2009 7:57PM

    Hooray! Thanks for another way to ourselves on track.



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LEBOOBOO 4/12/2009 2:00PM

    emoticonI'm not sure which one I'm more excited about, the calories in vs. burned or the chart that tells you % of each type of food. emoticon emoticonjob SparkPeople!! emoticon
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HEALTHYRED 4/12/2009 10:38AM

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KAREN-1328 4/11/2009 11:10PM

    sounds fantastic !!

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LJEFFO 4/10/2009 6:48PM

    Another innovative idea from SPARK People. Way to go and thanks a bunch! I've been tracking all these things on my own since I found out I was a diabetic a couple of years ago. I have watched my A1c level go down with diet and exercise while tracking it through spreadsheets I made myself. This makes it easier and is so great for people like me, I can't thank you enough.-Lydia

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LILMOM883 4/10/2009 4:13PM

    Love it! Used to do this calculation manually ... Thanks SP!

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LAULLYPOP84 4/10/2009 3:22PM

    I happen to be one of the chicas in HLDRAKE's network of friends so you just saved me oodles of time ... thanks!!! emoticon

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LAULLYPOP84 4/10/2009 3:22PM

    I happen to be one of the chicas in HLDRAKE's network of friends so you just saved me oodles of time ... thanks!!! emoticon

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PINKPOLISH25 4/10/2009 3:06PM

    Yay spark! This is awesome because lately in my network of friends ppl have been calculating BRM, cals eaten and cals burned -- just like your reports do! But now it'll be super easy haha plus I don't love math. :) Thanks!!

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DJHEILMANN 4/10/2009 2:32PM

    BLESSFULLMOON, you can now run your weight report for "all time," so not just a year. Hope that helps!

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DMCOONCE 4/10/2009 1:14PM

    Thank you! emoticon

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OAKBORN 4/10/2009 10:05AM

    The changes are excellent! Also for some reason, I was unable to view the old reports at work due to weird firewalls... now I can see them!!

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BLESSFULLMOON 4/10/2009 7:30AM

    I liked the old setup much better actually, though it is convenient to have them all in one spot, now I can't see all my weight progress!!! I liked how before I could see all the way I've come, now it's limiting me to the past year! is there any way you could either remove that time constraint? or at least give us the option to choose which version we prefer? and also, the graphs are much smaller now, though I can live with the size if I can manage to see my entire progress. I really do like to see from what I'm coming from, it helps me stay focused. I hope that's possible, and thanks for your constant hard work

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PIPERGREY93 4/10/2009 7:03AM

  Great! I'm especially excited about being able to see my calorie intake versus calories burned. The charts have helped me more than any one thing in SP. I don't know why, but nothing is more motivating to me than being able to compare my dots over time. Thanks Again!

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COJACQUE 4/10/2009 7:00AM

    Thanks. These are great.

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LINSUARA 4/10/2009 2:54AM

    Thank you ! Your ideas are awesome~
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ONLYTEMPORARY 4/10/2009 12:05AM

    This is fantastic! Thank you so much. emoticon

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MOM2ACAT 4/9/2009 11:46PM

    Thank you!

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KIMUSH23 4/9/2009 11:44PM

    Great!

SPARKPEOPLE Says...Put Some SPARK in Your SPRING emoticon
Luv Ya Kim


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JAIGFTL 4/9/2009 8:36PM

    Thanks so much for all you do for us

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LIVINHEALTHY9 4/9/2009 8:35PM

    Thanks. How neat.

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MARYANNE4403 4/9/2009 8:28PM

    thanks so much, i don't know how you all do it, but this site just gets better EVERY day

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AZAOZA 4/9/2009 7:42PM

    The new reports is amazing and a very good motivator to make the fitness reports upper and the weight reports lower and lower Thanks SP

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FAIRYGHOST 4/9/2009 6:40PM

    Thank you SOOO much- This site just keeps getting better!

Some of these reports I was tracking on my own on an Excel spreadsheet, but I don't have to keep tabs on that anymore- it's all right here on my Sparkpage!!

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BEEJAY49 4/9/2009 5:17PM

    No questions, just a great BIG THANK YOU!!!!

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MICIASHAKIRA 4/9/2009 5:04PM

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TURTLE133 4/9/2009 4:12PM

    Thanks these are great

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LINDA25427 4/9/2009 3:17PM

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OVALS4ME 4/9/2009 2:54PM

    I love the website and the accountability that it offers. However, I usually use this website during my breaks and lunch time since I do not have a computer @ home. So I am unable to log in a lot of the food tracking etc as I am doing it the following day. Weekends will be gone also. Is there a way to log this info in the following day????. emoticon

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TOPS2KOPSVILLE 4/9/2009 2:39PM

    I love it and I plan on starting to use it more often right now just trying to get in habit of
journeling food. Thanks I love all the improvements. emoticon

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QUEENET 4/9/2009 2:28PM

    Hi All:
I had 409 calories for Breakfast.
Have a Great Day All.

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DANNI10 4/9/2009 2:11PM

    Awesome! Thanks so much for all you and your team do to make life better for us!
Danni

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BELLACUDDLES 4/9/2009 2:05PM

    WOW...another Spark cool idea! Thanks so much!!!!!!

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KAYAKKIM 4/9/2009 1:42PM

    Thank you so much for adding the calories burned vs calories eaten report- it is helpful to see a general idea of the energy balance. For me, the was the only missing component to the Spark system, so thank you!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/9/2009 1:34PM

    thanks!!

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DAWNO64 4/9/2009 1:23PM

    Very cool!! I can already see that the times I was on a Plateau or just not losing any weight consistently were times my nutrition/exercise differential was higher than (-200) on average. Nice diagnostic tool!! Thanks, SparkTeam!!

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LILLIBIRD 4/9/2009 1:04PM

    Thanks calories burned vs calories eaten reort will be a helpful

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PAINTER41 4/9/2009 12:56PM

    I really use all your charts. The food menu, knowing what foods are giving me the right vit. and where I go over or under, is one of the most valuable things I have ever come across.
Thank you so much......I know I will be able to get the weight off and keep it off with these tools.

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ONMYWEIGHDOWN 4/9/2009 12:49PM

    That sounds great, THANKS!!

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MIAJOEB 4/9/2009 12:45PM

    If I keep track of my daily calories and calories burned, I know why I am loosing or as is the case right now. I have decided I am not measuring my food accurately and as you said the calories burned are only an estimate. So I have to keep this in perspective.
I do a lot of different things and exercise is on of the things that keep me centered.
Thank you for your inspiration to do what I was unwilling to do when I joined in September.
So I am going to rely less on keeping track of this and work on exercising more.


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ADVENTURE-GIRL 4/9/2009 12:42PM

    Very cool. Thanks.

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