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SparkPeople Member on 'Today'

Friday, September 12, 2008

SparkPeople member Leah Nicholas (LMNICHOLAS) (note - link has been corrected) will appear on NBC's "Today" show this Monday, September 15! She is scheduled to appear during the fourth hour of "Today," which begins at 10:00 A.M., Eastern and Pacific.

We hope that her fellow SparkPeople members can tune in, tell their friends, and support Leah as she shares her amazing weight-loss story (over 110 pounds shed) and Spreads the Spark to millions of viewers across the country! Leah has been a member of SparkPeople for over a year and a half. Since then, she has been an avid user of the food tracker and fitness resources.

Here's how Leah used SparkPeople, in her own words:

I first began counting calories on SparkPeople and working out three times a week doing light cardio and weight training. After I lost about 50 pounds, I moved to Indianapolis and started my new job as a speech pathologist at a nursing home. I began packing all my lunches and pre-portioning all foods to be prepared. I then began increasing my cardio, doing cardio four times a week for 60 minutes, including running, biking, yoga, cycling and Pilates. I also worked with a personal trainer two times a week for about three months to gain new ideas for weight training and toning my body. I recently completed a sprint triathlon (500m swim in open water, 10 mile bike and 5K run), which I trained intensely for over two months on the race's course. I would adjust my caloric intake as the weight came off to continue losing, never going below 1,200 so I wouldn't lower my metabolism. I also monitored fat, carbs and protein on a daily basis, making sure I was within the appropriate ranges.

The areas of SparkPeople that helped me the most are the food diary, and being able to save your food and its values. This saves so much time, especially since most people tend to eat similar things on a daily basis. I also enjoyed the area that assists you in how many calories you should burn a week depending upon how many days you work out. I also liked the tracking areas, which give you a good visual of where you are compared to your goal. I also used quite a few of the recipes on the website.

Feel free to leave a comment on this blog to share your good wishes with Leah as she heads off to New York to prepare for the broadcast. If you can't watch the original airing live, don't forget to set your VCR or DVR to record it. (Or return here on Monday afternoon for a video clip of her appearance!)

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ALASKAN 10/14/2008 9:33PM

    Hello SPARKGUY,
I made a point to watch the Today and it's always nice to have someone from Spark People to represent our Team on the today show.
Always, ERNA

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LOVEMYPETS 10/4/2008 12:27PM

    I missed your show, too. But what an inspiration you are! Congratulations on your success.

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F8CONE8 10/3/2008 7:44PM

    Missed you on the show (working) but wow what a great story.

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MOTHEROFANGELS3 10/3/2008 1:14PM

    Leah what an awesome job you have done! Standing and cheering on for you as you continue to reach your higher goals. You have proven that you can do it!


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SHINESPARK 10/3/2008 11:08AM

    This is so inspiring and encouraging!

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MYGYPSYCAT 10/3/2008 12:05AM

    Wow! I'm a Speech Pathologist, too! Missed you on the TODAY show because I don't watch it here in Canada. Reading your blog is a great inspiration.

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VICTORIA1951 10/2/2008 10:52PM

    You did a fantastic job and give me even more inspiration to keep going for success. Thank you for sharing your story.

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223DAISY 10/2/2008 8:29PM

    Way To Go!

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DAWNM2006 10/2/2008 4:22PM

    emoticon great job. Keep up the great work. emoticon

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JOYISPRINCESS 10/2/2008 1:26PM

  Great job...I just got this email about your story but it is very inspirational.


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6FLAGS 9/25/2008 9:38PM

  Way to go Leah, keep up the good work. Don't you just love sparkspeople.I miss the show, but I read your story.
From 6FLAGS emoticon

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DAISY2041 9/23/2008 8:03PM

    I wish they would have mentioned SparkPeople in the vignette. They just said she counted calories emoticon

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NEWMAGGIE 9/22/2008 11:11AM

  Hi Leah,
I finally got around to reading my e-mail and also went to the Today show website to see your segment. Your sister said you are a beautiful person on the inside. You are also gorgeous on the outside. Congratulations you are such an inspiration.
New Maggie

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HICIM705 9/21/2008 6:47PM

    I just checked out the link for the interview. First of all...CONGRATS on your weight loss. What an accomplishment - and an inspiration for so many others.

I wish that SparkPeople would have been mentioned. Must have been fun to be on TV!

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MICHELLEMATT98 9/21/2008 1:16PM

    Congrats on your weight loss. I miss the show too sorry about that I would of loved to see it. Michelle

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DBAINES 9/21/2008 9:46AM

  Congratulations Leah.
Sorry I missed it.

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PINKHEARTGIRL 9/21/2008 2:09AM

    Hi Leah,
Great job on loseing 110 pounds.I wasen't able to watch the today show when it aired but I went on the today show's website and found it. So, I hope you don't mind if I put the link in here for it because I see that some other people didn't catch it either.
If you can't click on it, just copy and paste it. healthymw

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ONLYPATTY 9/20/2008 5:35PM

  Good going, I am sorry I was on vacation last week and didn;t get to see the Today show.
Can you please tell me how you handle the " I just have to have some salty snack and I will be ok" days. I try so hard not to eat anything late at night that is not a wise choice but there are times when an apple or grapes will not stop the little voice in my head.
PLease help. I have lost 32 lbs since January ( this counting what I relost) and still have 60 to go. Each day I fight harder but need some advice and hints.
HUgs and great going , Onlypatty

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ONLYTEMPORARY 9/20/2008 1:44PM

    Didn't get to see this and got here too late to view it. Thanks for posting her comments.

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GRANDMAAMIE 9/19/2008 10:07PM



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SCUNNEEN2 9/19/2008 2:23PM

  Way to go, Leah! Your story was very encouraging!

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DMB160 9/18/2008 1:24PM

    Do to Hurricane IKE I was not able to see the original broadcast. Glad to find the link here. It is always inspirational to see someone else succeed.
Wish SparkPeople could have gotten a mention. I still try to tell anyone who expresses interest in weight loss.

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THEPERFEKTWIFE 9/18/2008 10:59AM


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DELLAVA 9/18/2008 8:21AM

    You can watch the video at

Such a great opportunity to Share the Spark missed, but maybe they wouldn't let her promote that.

Great story. Congratulations.

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PMSLIVES 9/18/2008 12:29AM

    Wanted to watch, but alas no power to watch or record and no internet. Is there a link that I am not seeing? emoticon
I do have to say you have an inspiring story!

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BIGMONEYCENT 9/17/2008 11:45PM

    All I can say to Leah is, "You Go Girl! " emoticon

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SHELL367 9/16/2008 4:25PM

    How very exciting. Thank you for sharing your story.

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CITICHICK 9/15/2008 11:30PM

  Wow !! You are truly an inspiration to everyone. You look great! emoticon Thanks for sharing your story.

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LJS9111 9/15/2008 10:21PM

    What an inspiration you are a testament to the power of a simple progam like SparkPeople.

God bless

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CELESTIAL42 9/15/2008 10:21PM

    thank you for sharing and opening your story up to truly is motivational. Congrats!

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LMD1956 9/15/2008 9:58PM

  Congratulations on your success, your an inspiration to us all. Keep up the good work!!

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K10HENLEY 9/15/2008 9:49PM

    I happened to catch the show this morning and quickly related to you before even knowing that you were part of SparkPeople. I am 26 and also from the Indianapolis area (Carmel). I have lost 50 pounds in the past 9 months, but have been at a stand point for over a month or so. I felt like I needed motivation before the pounds started coming back. After seeing you on the show this morning, you gave me such motivation! I realize that I need to stay on the saddle to get the next 50 off. You're such an inspiration! You look amazing...Congratulations!!!

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JQRICHMOND 9/15/2008 9:31PM

    Simply fabulous! You're a success for your own life and an inspiration for the rest of us. Thanks for sharing your story!

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SNOWTGRR 9/15/2008 9:25PM

    WOW! What an inspiration for me you are. I'm starting at 240 and will do the first 50 pounds then do the next 50. One at a time. Reading your blog really inspires me to keep going. Also it shows me that it really is possible.

Keep it up.

Patty emoticon

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ROSIEJ1942 9/15/2008 7:13PM

    CONGRATULATINS LEAH, emoticon emoticon YOU ARE ONE GREAT INSPIRATION FOR US ALL. emoticon emoticon

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1AVERY 9/15/2008 6:23PM

    congratulations on your weight loss. It is a never ending battle that is hard to win but when someone does it, It gives the rest of us the incentive needed to say I CAN DO IT TOO!!!!!

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RD03875 9/15/2008 5:56PM

    Congratulations on loosing all that weight! Well done.
I was a little disappointed that Spark People wasn't mentioned though.

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LIBGRIMMETT 9/15/2008 5:42PM

    Hi Leah
You are my inspiration!! Congratulations on your weight loss and your recognition on the Today show - it shows that we can do it!



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SMILINGBEE 9/15/2008 5:17PM

    I am so happy for you Leah and I am so proud of you! Keep up the great work, you are amazing. emoticon

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BSHOWELL 9/15/2008 4:06PM

    What a story! Great!

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CAPMOM333 9/15/2008 3:43PM

    WAY TO GO LEAH! Was not able to view the segment but will hopefully catch it online. :-)

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AHUNYU 9/15/2008 3:40PM

  Congrats!!!! I was not able to watch the show. What a success story!

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SOULMATE94 9/15/2008 3:28PM

    Congrats on being selected to speak for Sparkpeople. What a success story!!! You rock!
Enjoy your well deserved trip to New York.

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SEJONES2 9/15/2008 2:11PM

  Sorry I didn't get to see the segment but I will look for it later this afternoon. Great going. Spark People are great motivators. I'm very proud to be one.

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LATINA1980 9/15/2008 1:42PM

    She looks terrific and her transformation is incredibly motivating but I also was disappointed that she did not mention spark people they asked her how she did it she mentioned working out at the gym and cutting calories she could have mentioned spark people.

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SAGAFARMS 9/15/2008 1:36PM

    I watched the Today Show and was SO proud for Leah. I was, however, disappointed that there was NO mention of Sparkpeople. I'm sure the production staff at TODAY has control over the content, and time is limited, but still feel it would have meant a LOT to MANY people for Sparkpeople to be mentioned. I've only been a member a short while, but am a devoted member and very grateful for the extra motivation I get every day from SparkFriends! Nina emoticon

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MACKANDJACK 9/15/2008 1:30PM

  You go girl! You are an inspiration, and I am following in your footsteps!

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LINDALEE51 9/15/2008 12:32PM

  Leah, congratulations!!! You have a great story to tell.

I believe this section was pre-empted on the show with a special regarding the current banking issues! Maybe it will be aired later?? emoticon

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