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Honored to be a spark!!!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

One of my lovely sparkfriends, Shannon AKA Coffee-mate-y) sent me the following link this morning and I got all sparked out and EXCITED!!!! I just couldn't contain it and had to share with all my lovely sparkfriends!!!

book.sparkpeople.com/def
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I just can't thank Chris Downey, Jenny, and the rest of the Sparkpeople staff enough for including me in this newfound journey!!! I really hope that by sharing my story, I can inspire someone else to make the effort and make GREAT things happen in their own life. SP is such a lifechanging experience. Not only is it a great weight-loss tool but the social support is PRICELESS. I have taken this virtual world and pulled real friends from it. Through comments, SparkRally's and message boards I have a great support network!!!

I couldn't have survived the last 3 months without this support. When my father passed away, it was as if my whole world was shattered. I do not have extended family members that live in the state and most of them I do not know. I felt rocked. Totally alone. This is when the Sparkpeople community stepped up. I had SP friends helping clean my father's house out, helping me have 2 seperate estate sales, spreading the word about the two motorcycles that I have to sell, and not to mention all of the emotional support.

Just having that one post that reads, "Wanna run tonight?" was enough to keep me going even when I thought I couldn't go on. Where would I be right now without all of you? Even just knowing that I am not alone and that there are members out there that can feel the pain I am going through and relate. These things make the SP community PRICELESS!!!!!

With this, I want to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU so very, very much for the honor of being included in the book and thank you for changing lives.

SPARKPEOPLE ROCKS MY SOCKS OFF!!!!

Leah

P.S. PREORDER YOUR BOOK TODAY!! SP IS OFFERING SOME FANTASTIC PERKS, SPECIAL OFFERS, AND DISCOUNTS!!! I JUST ORDERED MINE!!!! CAN I GET A WOOOO HOOOO????
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CAOMAGIC 10/5/2009 2:53AM

    You were one of the first people who approached me at the San Diego convention and I am honored to know you!! Congratulations on being included in the book, and stay strong!!!

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KSIGMA1222 10/5/2009 12:15AM

    Congrats and we are pagemates in the new book if nothing else changes in the layout. Me on the left page and you on the right page. Funny how you are the only other person I have met and know in the book and we end up so close! Still surprised I am in the book but honored and proud to help spread the SPARK! Have fun running your half!

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/3/2009 3:04PM

    Leah, I didn't realize your journey until I preordered the book and saw the ad. WOW! How inspiring. VERY! Mega-congrats.

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RACHSW1MS 10/2/2009 5:55AM

    Wow, Leah it amazes me how well you are doing! You are thriving and you look fantastic. I can't believe you are now famous and you will continue to inspire so many others to take on the Spark Journey. The pictures from the video and the ad are just beautiful. Glad to see you doing so well! I miss you and Taylor. I hope Taylor is still swimming and getting faster.

Love,

Rachael
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JULIEN* 10/2/2009 1:34AM

    Thank you back! You are so wonderful and supportive! You look amazing in the book and you deserve to be included not only because of your awesome health and weight loss achievements, but also because of the amazing kindness and support you show to your fellow sparkers. Thanks for being such a wonderful role model.
((hugs))

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GOINGFORTHEGOAL 9/30/2009 1:52PM

    Wow I love this. Your so inspiring! You look fantastic. I'm going to add you as a friend if you don't mind :)

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SPARKLINGVIOLET 9/25/2009 1:52AM

    OMG YOU'RE FAMOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please remember me when Chris asks you to appear with him on Oprah. ;)

Violet

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SPARK_COACH_JEN 9/24/2009 8:32PM

    Your post inspires me, Leah! Congrats on your progress and thanks for everything you do to make our Community as awesome as it is!

Coach Jen

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SP_COACH_NANCY 9/24/2009 8:21PM

  Leah,

We will have you with us in spirit...what a true inspiration you are!!!

Hugs

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SP_COACH_NANCY 9/24/2009 8:20PM

  Leah,

We will have you with us in spirit...what a true inspiration you are!!!

Hugs

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SPARKGUY 9/24/2009 8:15PM

    We're so happy to feature you Leah!

And I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad. Glad your SparkFriends have helped you during this. We're with you.

I'll give you 2 sparks as support:
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Chris

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ZIRCADIA 9/24/2009 4:50PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!! :D

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GLOBE_TREKKER 9/24/2009 4:24PM

    WOOOHOOO!!!! That's soooo awesome girl! You look FABULOUS on the cover, but my only problem is...they didn't take one of you running, I mean, annihilating the hills :) LOL!

(((HUGS)))

-Mari
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WOLFKITTY 9/24/2009 3:23PM

    Oh Leah, that's FANTASTIC!! Congrats so much for being featured so prominently!! :D You look fabulous!

HUGS!!
Jocelyn

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DDOORN 9/24/2009 2:49PM

    Awesome to see you front & center on the ad! Couldn't have picked a better member of SparkPeople!

WTG Leah!

WTG SPARKPEOPLE! Woo hoo!

Don

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CDIAZ197731 9/24/2009 2:25PM

  WOW! Now I'm really inspired. I just join today because i've been feeling down and i can use support and friends. i have neither. My father died six years ago but its still a painful thing. I'm glad I'm here as well. emoticon

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KLONDIE3 9/24/2009 2:20PM

    Awesome post Leah! You are amazing and rock! You are a superstar and we couldn't be more proud to have you as a fellow sparker!

I wish I lived in sunny SD and could run with you all the time:)

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MISSJCISRUNNING 9/24/2009 2:08PM

    Awesome!!! You are such a inspiration to so many people!!! Can't wait to see you again in Long Beach...just another couple weeks!!! Jackie!!!

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COFFEE-MATE-Y 9/24/2009 2:04PM

    You are the awesom-est person Leah! ! !

That picture of you on the beach is FABULOUS!

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