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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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CHELAGETSFIT 1/8/2009 11:27AM

    I bought that issue of People Magazine just for that section of the magazine, the weight loss section. It was inspirational to see so many people changing their lives and it was so awesome to see a fellow Sparker on there!!!! We are everywhere!! Congratulations to her and everyone else that has gone that far into reaching their goal. And for those of us who havent I say... we cant loose hope, we can only try harder and never give up because we ARE worth it!!!

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JENNIS7 1/8/2009 10:41AM

    Congratulations! You look fabulous, Lessie !

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LINDAMS2 1/8/2009 9:51AM

  I would like to truly congratulate Lessie... I found out about SparkPeople thru the magazine and it has honeslty given me the desire and hope to make a change in my life... Thank you very much for all of your help SparkPeople!! emoticon

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METALMORPHIS 1/8/2009 8:35AM

    What an inspiration!! It's people like you that help me keep going!!

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SONGS415 1/8/2009 8:21AM

    emoticon You are an inspiration!!!

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IDCLARE 1/8/2009 3:39AM

    emoticon What an accomplishment!! You are truly inspiring Lessie. God bless you. Hugs, Clare emoticon

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HUGS2015 1/8/2009 2:17AM

    Thanks for letting us know! I'll have to run out and get a copy! Congratulations Lessie!

Comment edited on: 1/8/2009 2:17:55 AM

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ALINAKD 1/7/2009 10:57PM

    This article is how I found out about SparkPeople. What an awesome story! Made me want to check it out, and I'm SO glad I did. I can't believe the resources the site offers! YAY! Finally a way for me to keep motivated! :)

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CLEANFROG 1/7/2009 10:26PM

    Lessie's article is how I discovered sparkpeople and it seemed to happen at just the right time for me. Lessie is truly an inspiration to me as my story is similar to hers. tHanks for this opportunity!! emoticon

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LMD1973 1/7/2009 9:39PM


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SHAY4HIM 1/7/2009 9:19PM

What an awesome accomplishment!

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WINNER1 1/7/2009 8:55PM

    Thank you so much - you inspire me because I have to lose about the same amount of weight!

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EMOTION2 1/7/2009 7:06PM

  TRULY INSPIRING! emoticon emoticon

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COFFEECREW 1/7/2009 6:51PM

    You truely inspire me .Congratulations in your succuess emoticon

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FLUFFBUSTER 1/7/2009 6:34PM

    emoticon emoticon

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TERRACOFFIN 1/7/2009 6:28PM

    Thank you Lessie for sharing your story. It has been an inspiration. Congratulations on all your hard work.

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TELERIE 1/7/2009 6:00PM

    Congratulations, Lessie, you're what SPark is all about!

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SAVINGHANNAH 1/7/2009 5:24PM

    very inspiring!!

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LOVELY0NE 1/7/2009 4:46PM

    Congrats!! And thanks for spreading the spark because that's how I learned about the site!!!

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SASSY_QUEEN 1/7/2009 3:00PM that is inspiring.....whoohoooo.....

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CASSANDRA1 1/7/2009 2:12PM

    Congrats - You are an inspiration!

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PAPERTIGER05 1/7/2009 2:06PM

    Wow, how terrific! Congrats to Flabbyasian!

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MAECMATHIS 1/7/2009 1:52PM

    Great job emoticon emoticon

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ABUFFKIN 1/7/2009 1:39PM

    You are SOOOOOO awesome!!! Congrats on your weight loss!!!

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LWYATT2002 1/7/2009 1:25PM

    Way to go! Congrads and keep up the good work!

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PHEBESS 1/7/2009 1:01PM

    Go Lessie!!!! Spread that Spark!!!!!

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LISAAR1 1/7/2009 12:15PM

    Thanks for your inspiration. emoticon

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AJCHARTERS 1/7/2009 12:10PM

    Wow. You are so inspiring. I'm so happy for you. emoticon

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VANNASMOM 1/7/2009 11:03AM

    A People magazine article, maybe last years 1/2 their size is what made me come here. It is good to see Spark represented again this year. Congrats Lessie you look fabulous!

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QUAIL75 1/7/2009 8:54AM

    Congrats on your amazing success! emoticon

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KARIWITT 1/7/2009 8:50AM

    emoticon You are so inspiring and awesome! emoticon

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BARBARA-ANNE 1/7/2009 7:50AM

    You have achieved what most people dream of and you look and sound so very positive. Three cheers for you! emoticon

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LAUGHTERGIRL 1/7/2009 6:59AM

    Great job!!! Very inspirational. emoticon

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RUN4MYDOGS 1/7/2009 6:46AM

    awesome job!

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KOUNTRYCOW69 1/7/2009 6:17AM

  Great Job Lessie!! emoticon

You are such an inspiration!

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MOMMYFITNESS 1/6/2009 11:46PM

    Wow you look great! Amazing! emoticon

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ABRANDNEWME2 1/6/2009 10:54PM

    Very Motivating. I ask myself, if they can do it, maybe I can! emoticon

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MONTSERRATF 1/6/2009 7:26PM

  Congratulation!!! your are a great inspiration. I just joined sparkpeople last week and this is a fantastic site, I invited all of my friends already. Keep up the good work guys.

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BACKAGAININ2010 1/6/2009 7:23PM

    What an inspiration you are!! Bought the magazine and was proud to see Spark People represented. Congrats!!

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HDHAWK 1/6/2009 6:53PM

    emoticon You deserve the recognition for all your hard work! Inspiring!!

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LIZABAKER 1/6/2009 6:43PM

    Way to go Lessie! And yay for SP getting more recognition - it's never enough!

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TRACIELYN4 1/6/2009 5:27PM

    Great Job! Keep up the hard work!

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JULIETEXAS 1/6/2009 4:48PM

    Way to go Lessie! You are an inspiration!!! emoticon

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DEBBIE227 1/6/2009 12:44PM

  this story is just one of the million i checked out seems very interesting i am goanna try to work with this my internet experience is just starting today i got on my treadmill for 16 minutes on #2 speed I DID IT !!!!!!!!!!!! AND I AM STILL ALIVE LOL. i want to understand how this ''SPARKS'' works. emoticon

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COOKI56 1/6/2009 12:16PM

    I purchased this magazine already, but haven't read it yet,.. had no idea that SparkPeople is attributed to a success story in the issue. Of course I am excited and glad that SparkPeople gets the recogniton that it deserves.
I always purchase this issue of People because if its inspiration for weight loss.
Congratulations to Lessie!



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BECKYWILL 1/5/2009 11:32PM

    This article is how I found out about Spark People and I sure am glad I did! emoticon

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RDY2GETFIT09 1/5/2009 10:28PM

    I came to this web site because of the people magazine I want to know how do u find people in ur area and how do you begin to get help from this site? I'm so ready to lose weight and I NEVER buy magazines but I just felt the need to pick this one up good job my hats off to Lessie. I hope to be 160lbs soon.

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SIMPLY_BLESSED 1/4/2009 11:09PM

  That is awesome! More people will know what a wonderful site SparkPeople is! emoticon

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JAPAN-FAN 1/4/2009 11:08PM

  The “12 page” online "Half Their Size" People article which includes a quote from Lessie Alvarado starts at

Lessie Alvarado went from 302 lbs. to 145 lbs. The article says: ‘Alvarado, 41, started working out after a friend brought her along to the gym. "I became so addicted to Turbo Jam kickboxing that I went every day. People could tell I'd lost a lot." She then took her weight-loss further, signing up with an online diet community. "I came across one night last year, and it's really helped with the maintenance."’

Lessie Alvarado's part of the article (if you don't want to read the whole thing) starts at

Comment edited on: 1/4/2009 11:09:56 PM

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