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It only takes a spark....

Sunday, October 11, 2009

....To get a fire going! I am so excited at how much my life has changed since I was introduced to spark people. My life has changed in so many ways and all of them have been good. I know that as I continue to take things day by day and spread the spark that has kindled my soul, I will enjoy more and more changes, only a small by-product of which will be reaching my ultimate weight goals. Far more important to me are the changes in my PMA (positive mental attitude), in my quality of life, and in my social life. If I had been given even a glimpse of the joy that my spark friends continually bring me day in and day out I would have jumped on the spark bandwagon well before I did.

Every morning I log in and spin the spark wheel. I read articles and take polls. I read the blogs that my friends, and other friends I have yet to meet yet, write and I share in their joys and their sorrow.. rejoice in their triumphs and cry over their pain. I track my food intake and fitness as the day goes on. I challenge myself to beat my own daily goals and raise the bar. I post in threads and welcome new spark members. I play silly games and write serious blogs. I reach out to sisters & brothers for help and advice as often as I offer them my experience, strength & hope and any good cheer that I can must. I kindle that spark and spread my wildfire of joy and hope everywhere that I can.

Daily I share my joy and respect for spark people, all of its members and especially our own beloved "SparkGuy" Chris Downie. I've told both my primary care doctor as well as his staff, my wound care clinic doctor and their staff, the entire YMCA staff and all my Water Aerobic class members.... I pass out the web link to anyone who will take it. I have my spark key chain proudly on my keys and recently bought a spark tee shirt to wear to the Y when I work out. I want to spread the spark! People are beginning to SEE the difference in me (I've posted pix if you want to see it too) and they ask me what I am doing. I can't wait to share the SPARK with them.

Thanks to the thoughtfulness of a friend who presented me with a giftcard I was able to pre-order my copy of Chris' book The Spark. I am so excited about this opportunity to help spread the word and give back a small part of the many gifts that I have been given. One of my spark sisters printed a link to the Oprah show and how to contact them to request that Oprah have Chris Downie and Spark people on the show. I am going to share that link here and make a special request that anyone and everyone who reads this blog take a few minutes to click on the link and post a request as well. Here's the link...

www.oprah.com/ord/plugfo
rm.jsp?plugId=216


Here's what I wrote (simple and to the point):

Please consider having a show about SparkPeople.com and it's founder Chis Downie. His vision has created a website that has encouraged 1,000's of people around the world to lose weight and live healthier lives. He has just written a new book, that won't be released until after Christmas, but is already on Amazon's best seller list. The book is called: The Spark: The 28-Day Breakthrough Plan for Losing Weight, Getting Fit, and Transforming Your Life. I personally joined Spark People during the last week of May. On June 4th, 2009 I weighed in at 433 at my doctor's appointment. I have since lost 87pounds with spark people with the help & support of the spark friends I have made. Spark People is helping to change my life for the better and the world needs to know about it! Thank you, Dawn Woodgate

It's easy to write to her. Let's do it and get Chris on the show!! Feel free to copy all or parts of my note and put your own personal story in there too. We can't even begin to give back all that we are being given here.. but we can sure give it a good try.

I just want to share one more time my most heart felt thanks to every one of you that share your friendship and your journeys with me. You are my sisters and brothers and I love and appreciate you more than you will ever know. The many awesome responses that I got to my "Changes" blog has truly humbled me. I shared my secrets in hope of shining light into the darkness and instead of ridiculing me for my embarrassments, you have thanked me or cried with me and encouraged me. You have made my life better by being a part of it! Thank you thank you thank you! You spark joy and goodness into this old heart of mine and I am bubbling over with joy!

Now lets get healthy and do whatever it takes to reach our goals.. better health and happier lives. I love you! Spark On my friends!

Love ya, Dawn
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VANISLE 10/18/2009 6:57PM

    Hi Dawn ,
I ended up on your page and I must say you are a inspiration to me . Your Blogs are so honest and heartwarming .
Thankyou for allowing me to share that with you .
Brenda emoticon

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MACGIRRL 10/16/2009 10:24PM

    You are amazing Dawn!!! I would have NEVER thought about contacting Oprah to spread the SPARK if it weren't for YOU. emoticon
DID IT because of YOU. emoticon
Your passion is contagious and so very real. emoticon
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VANDALEE13 10/14/2009 10:47AM

    Dawn, Oprah sound like a good plan. I am starting back with water areobics tomorrow. I am going to see what it does to my arm. The lymphedema is improving every week now. It has gone down to 80% from when I started thearpy. I have my sleeve now so only use the bulky thing at night. You are a great friend an an inspriation to me. I read your blog daily even though I don't commment on them everyday.Your friend,Vandalee emoticon emoticon

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BETHSHEALTH 10/13/2009 8:54PM

    Spark on Dawn! Beth

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DANJAKEJOE 10/13/2009 8:31PM

    I am in total agreement with this Dawn. I wrote to the Oprah Winfrey show.

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MAFOSTER11 10/13/2009 12:22PM

    What a great example you set for the rest of us. A true leader in spirit. Thank you Dawn......... emoticon emoticon

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SUSAN134 10/13/2009 11:50AM

    I am in total agreement with you regarding all the benefits of Sparking! Thank you for posting the link for writing Oprah. Chris Downie and a show on SP would be a perfect fit for her.....bring it on!!!

Hugs to you!

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POLYANASUNSHINE 10/13/2009 9:19AM

    If you read your comment you will see what a great effect you have onall of us. Thank you my Spark sister. I have written to Oprah and requested she feature Chris on her show.

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TRAVELNISTA 10/12/2009 11:31PM

    Dawn I love your PMA. You put the spark into Spark for me. emoticon emoticon

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STILLPOINT 10/12/2009 6:38PM

    Hi Dawn....I landed on your page and I am so incredibly inspired by you. Congratulations on all you have accomplished - fantastic!

Blessings

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JEAN524 10/12/2009 6:20PM

    emoticon Sounds like a great idea and I hope you succeed. If your weight loss is anything to go by you definately will. Love Jean

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FUNNYGRANNY71 10/12/2009 5:38PM

    Dawn, you never cease to amaze me. You have been given a great gift of putting down you words that anyone can understand. The words and the feelings behind them nearly jump from the computer screen as I read them. I admire you so and I am proud to call you a friend.
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NPA4LOSS 10/12/2009 5:06PM

    As usual you have said things just right. I wasn't able to get to the Oprah site on this computer but I will try again soon. My moods have been level and and my weight keeps going down and I have great friends from all over the world. How Good is That! emoticon Thank You for being one of those people who keeps me inspired and looking for the good in life. emoticon Nola


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TEDYBEAR2838 10/12/2009 3:49PM

    I agree with you so much Dawn! Spark friends are awesome and I donít know where I would be without them. They are so inspiring and motivational. I love each and every one of you. You are a total inspiration to me and I love the things you write about. Why did we wait so long?

But that is behind us, we are on this Wonderful Journey Together!
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I am SO proud of you. You are doing it the right way. I look forward to reading more of your blogs and I do hope Spark people will get featured on Oprah, not just a one minute spot. It has done so much good for people all over the world. I would be glued to the set if Sparkpeople were the subject.

I know we can make a difference in the quality of peoples lives, as you are a
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Keep up the great work and I'll see you at goal, standing there hand in hand, with all our sparkfriends around the world.

YOU GO GIRL! emoticon

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VALERIEMAHA 10/12/2009 1:59PM

    Thanks for inspiring me to write!

Ok, found the oprah.com site (http://www.oprah.com/contactus -- and then click on "Send us your suggestions" under "The Oprah Winfrey Show"). Here's my letter:

I participate in the online wellness community, SparkPeople.com founded by Chris Downie. I recently drove to Cincinnati to hear him speak at a SparkPeople event because I'm so impressed with the initial impulse of philanthropy that fueled his idea to offer this informational/resource-laden website to help people in their journey to wellness and wholeness, whatever their body-mind-spirit issue(s) might be.

I have struggled with weight issues all my adult life and have managed to move from 203 pounds to my current 140 pounds, 10 pounds from my goal. The calorie/nutritional tracking and the exercise tracking are critical components in my journey to optimal health. I have looked for easy ways and have found they simply don't exist. The SparkPeople program assists me with a conscious and focused awareness on a daily basis.

Chris has written a book, The SPARK, which I'm very excited about. I think the WORLD needs to know about the resources available to them through Chris' work, as well as his book, The SPARK. Please consider having him on your program to tell his story.

Thank you,
Valerie Christensen

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VALERIEMAHA 10/12/2009 1:00PM

    WOW! Dawn, it feels like you lit a bonfire!!!

I'm definitely going to follow though with the Oprah letter! Thanks for the link.

Talked to our sista' Mary lately?

Blessed be!
Maha

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SECRETMUSIC 10/12/2009 12:57PM

    Thanks for blogging, as always. I love what you wrote to Oprah! Have a great day, friend!

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SUNSET24 10/12/2009 11:12AM

    you are incredible and I am so happy you are here, hugssssssssssss

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ZAEZAE 10/12/2009 11:06AM

    Great blog!! You really are ON FIRE and soooo focused. I think it's awesome that you are spreading the spark!

Keep up the great work and congrats on your awesome transformation so far!!

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YATMAMA 10/12/2009 10:47AM

    So well said, my friend. Blaze that trail!!!

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FITKAT2010 10/12/2009 8:12AM

    I'd love to see Ophra use this site, of course incognito.

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BETHLOVESBIKING 10/12/2009 7:46AM

    A great blog, Dawn! You're an inspiration! And great idea about writing to Oprah--hope it works. emoticon

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MSHOPPER63 10/12/2009 6:27AM

    Great blog Dawn

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DJS-DEBBIE 10/12/2009 6:12AM

    Dawn, I love the new picture! You look great. You are definitely a huge inspiration and motivator!
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Debbie

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4TERRIERS 10/11/2009 11:59PM

    Dawn,

You are an inspiration to us all.

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ZSAZSAJANNY 10/11/2009 11:22PM

    Thank YOU, Dawn! You are part of that special 'something' that keeps us all of here striving to better ourselves by reaching those goals we've set for ourselves.

Looking forward to following your progress!

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YANSKA 10/11/2009 10:41PM

    PMA all the way!:) I'm glad I read this blog right before bed - I'm guaranteed to wake up with focus and strength!

THANKS for posting! :)))

Anna


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