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People Magazine Half Their Size

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

SparkPeople member Lessie Alvarado (FlabbyAsian) is featured in the annual People Magazine "Half Their Size" cover story that is currently on newsstands. You can find out more about Lessie's success by picking up a copy of the magazine and checking out the online story at

Lessie was also interviewed by the Today Show last week (watch the video) along with People Senior Editor, Galina Espinoza, who later mentions SparkPeople in an interview with Fox Dallas.

Leave a comment below to join us in saying congratulations to Lessie for her inspirational weight loss success and her tremendous help "spreading the spark" within the pages of People Magazine. If you learned about SparkPeople from this or previous People articles let us know how your goals are going with a comment below as well.


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CATHIMOMMY 1/3/2011 10:37AM

    I-N-S-P-I-R-A-T-i-O-N! That is what you and your story are....2 pounds this week....don't have as much to lose but am in my 40's and I am doing this BEFORE 50!


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DANYAL_REBORN 6/9/2010 9:15AM

    These three people have changed my way of thinking! Thankyou sooooooo much :-)

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SONIES 2/1/2009 3:00PM

    With tears in my eyes I want to say thank you, thank you for sharing your story and giving me something to believe in. My journey has been difficult and I keep getting on the rollercoaster and taking a ride but today I believe in my heart that I have finally reached that stage where enough is enough, and I do want this for myself. I hope others read your story and get the hope and inspiration that I have. Best wishes for your continued success and once again...THANK YOU!

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WISEWOMANCA1 1/23/2009 1:05PM

    Wow Lessie! You look terrific and I know how hard you worked toward that goal. You're so right about doing it for yourself! Everyone you love does benefit in the long run, but it has to begin with you. Today will be my first day to start ... again.... I've been with SparkPeople for 2 years now, started out great but fell hard off that wagon! I never stopped logging in though, it's been a sort of life-line. Thank you for sharing your story. I read your spark page and see your words became true! You found one more purpose in life (this person) and touched the lives of many! You're an inspiration and I wish you many blessings.

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ANGELGLORIA 1/23/2009 8:09AM

    Congratulations.... You give me so much inspiration to forge on and stay strong even in the most darkest times in life. We all have issues we must face daily but to stay strong and keep your eye on the prize which is a healthier life and a better me. God bless you and you make me want to push even harder to keep on the plan, no excuses not to exercise its going to hurt anyway just get my butt up and do it... All I can say is WOOOOO HOOOOO emoticon


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RSFBRITT 1/21/2009 11:07AM

    Oh my Gosh Lessie you look awesome! My body doesn't want to drop 5 lbs let alone 150lbs!
God Bless you, what an inspirational story. Keep up the great work!!!!!

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TRUEFIT 1/20/2009 6:57PM

    Congratulations! It is very hard to lose weight. I have a bit to lose myself and I find myself with an emotional eating condition. Sometimes I am motivated and sometimes not. It seems like I crave food I shouldn't be eating like chocolate.
I really enjoyed reading your story.

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SUZYQ2658 1/20/2009 5:18PM

    Hi Lessie
Just wanted to say congrats and well done for sticking to it. 21/2 years is a long time.
I have over 100 pounds to lose and your story is an inspiration


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ROBINBAIR 1/20/2009 12:31PM

Lessie is an inspiration to me...she is the same height as me and although she had a hundred pounds on me I am STILL incredibly over weight for my size and MUST (for me) continue with my endeavors. I've lost 7 pounds in the last 2 weeks just sticking to 1000 to 1200 calories...I HATE counting them helps me realize just HOW much I was consuming. I am a vegetarian so my meal planning is different but...I'm hangin in there...Blondie

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READY2CHANGE 1/20/2009 10:17AM

  I too am very overweight, 5' and 265 lbs. There are so many things happening in my life, often, that causes me to start over. It was encouraging to see that although it took you 2 1/2 yrs. you reached your goal. Congratulations! If I am faithful I too can reach my goal by the time I am 60. You have been such an encouragement. emoticon

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MCELLA915 1/20/2009 10:00AM

    Hey Lessie, Congrats! I haven't been a Spark member very long but reading your story has inspired me to become more involved in this website, the people and it's tools for weight loss. Keep up the awesome work!! emoticon

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GGJOAN 1/20/2009 8:10AM

  Congratulations Lessie. Well done. I have made up my mind to lose the weight that I need to. I have been a member of Spark people but have not really utilized the program. My journey begins today. You have definitely inspired me.

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DJCBECK 1/20/2009 6:09AM

    Congrats! Keep up the great workout what a beauty keep smiling!
Peace, Darlene emoticon

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ANDREAFA 1/20/2009 5:54AM


Your story has inspired me! God bless you for sharing, and God help you to continue!


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    Congratulations Lessie. I know how you feel. I just had an article done in Essence. Sparkpeople and the Sparkguy have changed my life too. You are an inspiration. Thank you.

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JUSTBCZ 1/16/2009 8:39PM

    I read the People magazine ad because one of the ladies is from my area. I read all of the articles and that is how I found out about SparkPeople. I had never of you guys before. I was so impressed with the one gals weight loss, I decided to try it. I am sooooo glad I did. Thank you SparkPeople for being here for us!!

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RACHELTEEHEE 1/16/2009 2:36PM

    Thanks so much to SparkGuy and Lessie. What you do is inspiring and hopeful. You're why I'm here on SparkPeople!!

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LEINAALA82 1/16/2009 9:20AM

    Congratulations! This is awesome and inspiring! emoticon

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MARY0001 1/16/2009 8:16AM

    Congratulations, Lessie! It's great to see a weight-loss/fitness success story resulting from participation in SparkPeople and one that also lets others know about what SparkPeople offers without cost. emoticon

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SAND1957 1/15/2009 7:33AM

  This is my 2nd week using the SP website. I have tried several other sites; however, I just love your site. I love SP! I have achieve much motivation and with your assistance know I will achieve my goals. I have been passing on this site to everyone I know. Thank you, I deeply appreciate you. emoticon

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JIBBIE49 1/15/2009 12:28AM

    I hope SP gets mentioned MORE in articles, as it sure is important that other know about what is available here. emoticon

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FITNESSGAL21 1/14/2009 10:17PM

    Congratulations Lessie on your success. emoticon You are a inspiration to all of us that still have a journey to go. emoticon

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CONTESSAWIN 1/14/2009 4:59PM

    You obviously lost a LOT of weight before finding Spark People.
What did you do to accomplish your major weight loss???

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SUGARINTHESUN 1/14/2009 10:02AM

    Congratulations!!! You have helped me to keep going. I have a lot more weight to loose, but I have been struggling to stay the course and not go back to my old bad habits. Thanks for sharing your story. Spark on!

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JQUANDT 1/13/2009 6:09PM

  Way to Go!! Thanks for sharing your success! emoticon

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GODDESSOFHOME 1/13/2009 6:05PM

    Way to go girl! Keep up the Spark!

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2BASWAN 1/13/2009 4:41PM

    A true inspiration!

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JBMT08 1/13/2009 3:38PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! what you have accomplished is TREMENDOUS!!! OUTSTANDING!!! Bless you!

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LADYBIKER08 1/13/2009 1:18PM

    GREAT JOB Lessie!! You do look beautiful!! Your hard work sure has paid off.

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HAPPYMOM8 1/13/2009 12:31PM

    We are all so proud of you!! Pat emoticon

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SHININGTHRU126 1/13/2009 12:29PM

    You've done a fantastic job - thanks for sharing your inspirational story with us here and People readers worldwide!

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MISSM66 1/12/2009 9:03PM

    Congrats to you keep up the good work emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LEYETTE 1/12/2009 9:14AM

    Awesome job!!!

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DENILOU54 1/11/2009 11:16AM

  god bless you and your team for helping people like me and othersto lose weight . I m looking forward to start losing wieght with you guys. thanks for welcoming me.denlou54

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MS.BAKERAT40 1/10/2009 9:15PM

    I bought this very People issue, just yesterday. I read it while walking on the treadmill this morning. It was very interesting and I was proud that I am a member of Sparkpeople. Once I was done, I then had to "kick up" my workout. I left the issue out so others in my household could see it.

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PANDA20092009 1/10/2009 8:25PM

    congrats leslie this article is what motivated me to start losing the weight i never thought i could do it but with everybody support i am going to do this time thanks so much emoticon

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    People Magazine Half Their Size is the reason I joined SP. Thank you Lessie for your hard work and for sharing it in a way that can inspire so many others!!! emoticon

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GETHEALTHY30 1/10/2009 6:11PM

    Congrats!!! I am so happy for you!! emoticon

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DETERMINEDINTX 1/10/2009 12:57PM

    emoticon A very special Congrats to you, Lessie!!!

You are an inspiration to all of us.....

Together, We Can Achieve!


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CARNEY8 1/10/2009 9:22AM

    Lessie, a great, big, heartfelt "congratulations!"
I'm aiming to meet you there someday soon and I'll look for all the reporters beating down MY door! LOL...!

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NICOLETTE518 1/9/2009 5:26PM

    It was reading this issue of people that I decided I can lose weight and that I can do it all on my own. I don't need a magic pill or surgery. What I need is a new frame of mind. I am on my way.

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AMYLYNN0307 1/9/2009 3:13PM

    This artical is the reason I joined SparkPeople! I hope to have a "haf their size" story of my own!

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MS-CEE 1/9/2009 2:55PM

    I always grab the People "Half their Size" issue when I see it, and I always smile when I see a Spark member get his or her props.

I am proud to be a Spark kid!

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2LABS2LOVE 1/9/2009 11:43AM

    I read the article in People Magazine online and it stuck with me. I signed up for Spark people but didn't remember where I read the article, but I was very impressed with her story. Once I found this blog, it hit me! Lessie's story is why I signed up for Spark People. What a great story!

I tried to connect to the link for the video on the Today show but could not find the it. I would like to see it and will search again.

This site is amazing. I will spread the word! emoticon

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JIBBIE49 1/9/2009 4:51AM

    I know you will keep working to keep at your goal weight. Fantastic! emoticon

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TAMIEKA84 1/9/2009 12:34AM

  This cover story right here is the reason I joined this site and it also motivated me to give it my all in 2009.

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JUJUB69 1/8/2009 10:03PM

    i read this people magazine and thats how i found out about the sparkpeople website and i am already amazed after a few days

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IBU3007 1/8/2009 8:50PM

    emoticon I hope I can lose a couple of kilos by the end of this month. I gained 2 kilos while on holidays and intend to lose more than that. Thanks for the story

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