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Two Members in National Magazines on Newsstands Now

Friday, May 23, 2008

On newsstands this week, you'll find the success stories of SparkPeople members in both People and Good Housekeeping magazines!

After dropping ten sizes and 50 pounds, Diana Bales (DI136229), was selected by the editors of Good Housekeeping to represent SparkPeople in their annual "Walk Off Pounds!" cover story. Reflecting on her experience Diana said, "When I joined SparkPeople last year I just wanted to lose my Christmas weight. But I ended up reaching a goal weight I NEVER thought I could." She also completed her first 5K race and her first triathlon, but more importantly, she learned to never say, "I can't." See the newly transformed Diana in the current issue of Good Housekeeping, on newsstands now!

Nichole Jones (NICHJONES) was selected by the editors of People magazine for their cover feature "100 Pounds Lost, and Swimsuit Ready" that hit newsstands on May 23, 2008. As part of the photo shoot, Nichole was flown to Miami Beach and last Wednesday, to New York City to promote the magazine story on "Good Morning America," "Inside Edition" and "Extra!" Nichole, a SparkPeople member for over 2 years, lost 105 pounds and recently started participating in fitness and figure competitions. You can see her bikini-ready body in the current issue of People magazine, on newsstands this week!

These women aren't celebrities with personal chefs and trainers. They're regular people just like you who spent years working hard for what they wanted. Because of their determination, they were rewarded with an experience they'll never forget—an all expenses paid trip to Miami Beach, a glamorous photo shoot, and the opportunity to Spread the Spark to millions of people. It doesn't get much better than that. Like Diana and Nichols, you just might be the next SparkPeople Success Story!

Show your support by picking up copies of both People and Good Housekeeping soon, as they won't be on newsstands much longer!

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CAMROLA 11/7/2009 11:17AM


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KEEPITMOVING 6/16/2009 10:04AM

    now THAT'S what I'M talkin about! these women rule! sp has helped so many average, ordinary people change their lives for the better, including me, to grow personally and actively manage their healthy lifestyle-change, and it's finally getting the recognition it deserves. sp rocks! nancy
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HOLLYJ1985 6/12/2009 3:45PM

    these women are amazing!

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FARMIE 6/6/2009 6:09PM

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MAHITCHEN 6/5/2009 8:34AM

  Really awesome, and very encouraging to others. WELL DONE. emoticon emoticon

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CASAGARBER 6/3/2009 8:21AM

  Wow that's awesome!

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MAJKJUD 6/1/2009 12:47PM

  Wow! This shows how effective SparkPeople is!

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WENDYWHINER 5/26/2009 3:37PM

    I found out able this website this morning watching Good Morning America. I love it! emoticon

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MSFDAA 4/14/2009 7:04PM

  It's just wonderful the Ladies are being put in the spotlight for their hard work and success. It's also great the word will be spread so more average people will have a chance to join and use the services to change their life for the better. Thanks so much Mr Sparkguy, is such a blessing. emoticon

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STATCHO28 4/6/2009 2:12PM

    This is amazing!! And it's so important to highlight the fact that these are real women who did this through hard work and determination! Great job!!

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JUDALON15 4/5/2009 2:33AM

    Wow Ladies -
emoticon . This is the first day of my 3rd week and I have already lost 5.5 lbs. I am just learning my way around the SparkPeople site, but love it already. I have read several articles and have even taken a few polls.

I am looking forward to meeting many people/friends here on "Sparky" and reaching my goal of losing 30 lbs.


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HEMRICHM2 3/31/2009 11:13PM

    WOW!!!! Awesome job ladies! You are an inspiration to all of us!!!

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    how do we get copies of these magazines? this is great! emoticon

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NURSING08 3/15/2009 8:21PM

    I am at work right now but makes me want to hit the gym right now!! Great Job ladies.

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MOMMAMITRA 3/4/2009 3:05PM

    Read the story. Did 15 reps. Motivation meter is through the roof. Good Luck to all! emoticon

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BREETAYLOR 3/4/2009 11:57AM

    wow this site really supports and helps motivate people. congradulations for all who has succeeded.

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MSYOYO1 2/16/2009 10:51PM

  Hi, I am also fairly new to this site. This is such a wonderful and encouraging site. It is so simple to use and also very helpful. I joined this site after reading about it in a magazine; even though I'm not sure which magazine I read it in. emoticon

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DESIGNSBYM 1/29/2009 4:48PM

    HI Sparkguy, I just joined in a couple of weeks ago. I am getting used to your site. It is not too hard to find your way around it and lots of useful and helpful information. I have to say I love So far I haven't lost any weight, but should be soon as I am getting more active and working on my eating habits. Started out just cutting back on how much I eat. And now cutting out junk and adding more healthy stuff. I even cleaned out my pantry yesterday.
I would love to read these articles on Diana and Nicole. Is there any way we can get copies on the issues or articles themselves? Thanks for a wonderful and easy site.

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NADINE1011 1/22/2009 8:30AM

    It is wonderful that Spark People is being recognized and commented upon. I too found out about Spark People through a magazine. In Dec. '08, People magazine had done an article on people who had lost half their weight. I was reading the different ways they had done it. One young lady who had lost over 100lbs. cited Spark I found your site and I have been hooked ever since. emoticon

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LSAN159996 12/24/2008 11:27AM

    Since these articles appeared in May '08 and are no longer on the newsstand, would it be possible for SparkPeople to getcopyright permission from the magazines to reproduce the Sparkpeople portion of these articles on the SparkPeople website?

I was unable to find either person in keyword searches on the magazines' website and would love to read their stories

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RUNNOODLE 12/13/2008 6:49PM

    I love spark people and I tell everyone I know about it. I will sit there and teach them how to use the tools because that was the hardest for me. I am so glad more people will know about spark

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PURPLECARROT 11/16/2008 9:24PM

    Sparkguy.....i will always love you...

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SEASHELLANNIE 11/8/2008 8:46PM

    As a new member of Sparkpeople, I find these articles so encouraging. This is good stuff!

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SONRIDGE 11/3/2008 8:11PM

    Hi, Zik! That's terrific that you've already reached your goal! You must have worked exceptionally hard! I'm so glad for you and hope these articles in the magazines will let others join us in Sparking! emoticon Carol (from Oregon, remember?)

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MYGEORGE 11/3/2008 6:08PM

    I found out about Spark in the Good Housekeeping article. Very inspirational.

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ZIKJACKSON 10/31/2008 8:38PM

    This is really cool. I only joined SparkPeople in August, and I've already lost 25 pound and hit my goal. I also ran my first 5K in September, and I've made some new friends. People are asking ME to be their SparkBuddy! Thanks for spreading the spark!


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GOINGFORWARD 10/31/2008 8:36AM

    These stories are truly inspirational. It's so motivating to see everyday, regular people achieve such goals.

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CAR2631 10/30/2008 10:28PM

  I love this site! I have made recipes which were very good. My husband is even beginning to eat better. I really think that this is going to be the one for me. I lost 5 pounds my first week by following the guidelines and documenting everything that I eat as well as documenting my exercises. I also plan foods much better and going out to eat for now is almost never. emoticon

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FLUFFYMOMMA21 10/8/2008 9:53AM

    This is so great. Regular people working hard and that is what this is all about. Not hiring a personal trainer, cook, etc, but digging in and doing it yourself. I missed out on the issues and the show as I work nights and feel like a bat, but was encouraged by reading this blog. Thanks!

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PAR12199 10/4/2008 6:59AM

    I love this site--Sparkpeople. I have only been here for a couple of weeks and I am still finding great info.
Thanks Sparkpeople.

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JENNY122449 9/13/2008 10:09AM

  I found Sparkpeople by accident, It is the best accident ever. I feel good knowing there are people in the world who are interested in helping people lose weight, not dipping into their pocketbooks.

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CECEWALK 9/8/2008 11:21AM

    Thank god We found sparkpeope.

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DONNA433 8/25/2008 1:53PM

  This article was truly an inspiration to me. I am so jazzed to lose weight after reading about their success stories! Congrats to you deserve it after all your hard work. emoticon

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MOONBEAM929 8/20/2008 1:33PM is doing a great job of reaching people who can benefit from this site and all of the resources. I found out about it through a program called MyPoints. I may not have otherwise, but that just goes to show the company's dedication to reach everyone whether through word of mouth, referrals, online contacts, etc. I am so glad they did I have lost 8 lbs. total since starting 7/20/08 and every day I look forward to getting online and using the tools and resources on Sparkpeople! Thanks everyone at are doing a great job! emoticon

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BMOREHEALTHY 8/18/2008 9:22AM

  This is truly inspiring. I am motivated to lose weight and get healthy all over again.

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DAGNETAGGERT 8/16/2008 3:21PM

    Dang. I'm impressed!

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SHANADAS3 7/28/2008 2:02PM

    I hope to one day be featured in People magazine once I complete my weight loss. However, you can all check me out in the June/July issue of Heart & Soul magazine for my current weight loss success!!! emoticon

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    Nicole is also the reason I joined. I had not idea this site existed. This site is a blessing. I am still struggling to get started but had some medical issues to deal with. I am glad to see that there could be more rewards than just loosing weight and feeling better!

I would love to be an inspiration to everyone including myself.

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FUTUREMESEE 7/10/2008 8:39AM

    super cool... only hope that someday i can join them

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    Nichole is the reason I joined sparkpeople in the first place! I love it, and she is an inspiration.

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HEALTHYMAMA61 6/30/2008 1:51AM

  the stories of these women resemble great ecouragement for women and men who want to loose weight.

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CHRISTMASRAIN 6/23/2008 5:07PM

    These stories are extremely motivating! I can't wait to be the feature story for healthy weight loss. emoticon

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  Reading both stories reinforced my happiness with finding the Sparkpeople website.
Kudos to both of you ladies, you give me hope. emoticon

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FLATTSFAN1216 6/19/2008 2:39PM

    Nichole's story actually inspired me to check SP out, and I have been a member now for almost a month! Thank you so much!

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MOTOCROSSGIRLY 6/17/2008 12:33PM


After just finding this site yesterday, I think it is wonderful! I am so excited to have SPARKPEOPLE as a tool for my lifestyle change.

Thanks to everyone who contributes and to the SPARKPEOPLE staff for all they do everyday. emoticon

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ZRY1208 6/12/2008 4:33AM

    Wow, this is just very motivating that somebody just like us can on the Cover magazines. . It is very inspiring.

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MOHOGANY731 6/11/2008 8:30PM

  Wow & Congrats!!
This is truly uplifting. Keep up the GREAT work emoticon

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ITALRICAN 6/11/2008 10:33AM

    What a great motivating story this is for someone that is new to SparksPeople.


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