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The Spark - In Stores Now!!!


Wednesday, December 30, 2009



Wow!!! What a day this has been!!! I am sooo excited about the recent release of "The Spark." As many of you know, I was fortunate enough to be included as one of the success stories!!! This is such a huge honor and I feel a bit undeserving as so many people have had even greater levels of success than I BUT NOBODY is more appreciative, humbled and honored by the inclusion. A HUGE thank you to Chris Downie aka Sparkguy and his fantastic staff (specifically Stefanie, Jenny, Nancy, Beth and Grant). They are AWESOME!

My day began with a fantastic 10 mile run. I started running at 5:55am and along the way I had the sun rising on the East and the beautiful waves on the West. It was a great way to start this epic day! I ran with two other people that I did not know from a meetup group. They were only going to run about 6 miles and they were faster than me. I figured I would just do my best and get in the miles. I ended up running a faster pace and still felt good finishing at the end. I consider this all a success!!!

I got on twitter when I got back and started to light things up on there talking about the book. I can't tell enough people about it. I truly believe it has the power to change lives and I want to spread that positive mojo everywhere!!!

A little while later it was time to take Tay to her swim practice. This was my opportunity to go scout out The Spark at the local Borders. Since I preordered mine months ago, I didn't realize I would not be in the office during the release date. I won't get my copy until I return to work on 1/4. I couldn't possibly contain my excitement and curiosity that long!!! I arrived at the store and expected to see it right off the bat but no cigar. I walked around and around before I asked one of the staff members to help me find it. It hadn't been put on the shelves yet but we uncovered a copy. I was so excited I couldn't help buy share my story with her. I opened the book and BOOYA! There I was!!! She seemed interested in my story and then she proceeded to say that she had the opposite problem...she couldn't keep weight on. Ummm, yeah. I have *NO* idea what that is like! It made me realize that we all struggle with our body image and I have to say mine has improved tremendously. I will share more about that in another post!

Another employee overheard me and joined in on the conversation. He thought it was awesome that a local resident was included in the book and I got to share a little bit about sparkpeople.com! I am all about spreadin the spark every chance I get! After that, I took a photo of my page and sent out a text to some family and friends! Some knew about the book and others did not. The response I got was amazing and so, so supportive. I am a very lucky girl!!! Those that didn't know about the spark or the website will get spammed with info tomorrow!! Watch out now! I also know that a couple of extra copies will be purchased because of that text message (pumps fist in the air)!!! Yay!

When I was getting ready to leave, I had to put the book back. There was a lady standing by the health/weight loss display and she was looking at a book called the Four Factor Diet or somethign like that. I walked up to her and said, "if you are looking to lose weight, all you need is this book right here!" LOL! She looked at me a little weird and I proceeded to spread the spark some more! I showed her my page and explained a little bit about the site. I then shared with her about the Spark San Diego team (gotta support the team efforts) and she seemed to be interested! I hope that she takes my advice and looks up the site.

After I picked Tay up from swim, she said she wanted to go to the bookstore to puchase a book with her Christmas money. I couldn't go back to Borders! I decided to take her to Barnes and Noble and snoop around to see if The Spark was displayed prominently! I am happy to report that it was!!! Yay!! So we looked around and bought her book and came home. I still can't believe that it is out there!!

On another related note, I made a big decision today! I purchased the study materials to become a Certified Personal Trainer!!! I am excited and scared all at the same time. It is even tough for me to write about. I like talking about things that are certain. Things that are in place. Things that are concrete. I know that by posting this it will be another level of accountability. When I put my mind to something, I do it! I do follow through and a big pet peeve of mine is when people say they are going to do things that they just don't do. I refuse to be "that" person. That alone will drive me to get this done.

I think the other thing is that I don't want to fail. Nobody does. I have learned recently that sometimes failure or lack of success is necessary for ultimate success or to learn valuable lessons. I am changing the way that I view failure. It is necessary and it should not be feared. Easier said than done but taking this step is a huge step toward acceptance and embracing the fear.

The cool thing is that I have plans to use this certificate to give back to the sparkpeople community. I hope to be able to provide more advice, knowledge and possibly small group classes for my fellow sparks!!! This is directly a result of reading "The Spark." That is why I decided to order the materials on the release date. It is my way of saying BRING IT ON!!! I pm utilizing the methods in the book for ultimate success.

The path that brought me to this point is pretty interesting. I will blog about it more specifically soon but it is genuinely a leap of faith. I feel that God gave me some signs that this is the path I need to take and here I am. Sometimes his plan reaches further than we can even imagine. I am ready for whatever He has in store for me. I believe that "The Spark" was His catalyst for change. You see, I have been wondering what my passion/purpose was and I think I know now. For many years I have said things like, "I wish I was one of those people that just knew what they wanted to be when they grew up" or "How come I don't feel passionate about anything?" These ideas and comments were regular occurances. I know why now. I had to endure part of a journey before that passion could be sparked!!!

I don't have all of the answers but I am sure they will be revealed to me when the time is right. I just want to make a difference!!! I want to encourage, support, and motivate others. I want people to know that they CAN DO IT!! They can do whatever they put their mind to and I plan to live it! I plan to show it! I believe it will happen.

I am soooo excited about all the new and exciting things that are in store for the upcoming year. I plan to share all my resolutions soon! I am planning some awesome things and I can't wait to share the journey with all of you!!! I don't wait for the beginning of a new calendar year to write down new goals, challenges or resolutions. I do this all year long but this is going to be a big year and I am dreamin big. In the past, I have not allowed myself to dream or to share those dreams with others but this year is gonna be different. I KNOW it. I have goals, I am going to announce them to the world and then I am going to pursue them. Life is too short! Don't sell youself short! Let's do this!!! TOGETHER!!!


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KSGROTHE 1/5/2010 5:18PM

    Leah, emoticon on Spreading the emoticon !

I see that the woman you talked to at Borders joined SparkPeople! emoticon

I haven't read the book yet. I just picked it up yesterday in from the post office when I picked up our Vacation Hold mail. After reading your blog, I feel like I must go home tonight and look for you in the book!

Keep up the good work! Good luck with the Personal Trainer course!

- Karen

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SUSANC549 1/1/2010 11:41AM

  Hi. I'm the woman that was checking out the diet books that looked at you strangely at Borders. I just wanted to let you know that I ended up buying the book and have registered on the website. I'll admit I was taken aback at first but once I realized you were sincere I paid attention. Thank you for not being afraid to share.

Susan
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DIXIE_AMAZON 12/31/2009 10:09PM

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Saw your comment over at Diet-Blog.

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BUSYMOM22 12/30/2009 10:44PM

    I think you're awesome and inspiring! An outstanding role model! :)

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TEDYBEAR2838 12/30/2009 8:54PM

    I'm with you. TOGETHER! The only way to Spark Shine in 2010!



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FITWITHIN 12/30/2009 7:01PM

    What a wonderful blog. I have a co-worker at work that ask me sometime ago what I doing to lose weight. You know I told her about Spark and even pull my page up and allow her to view it. Then she proceed to tell me that I sounds like to much work. I'm not going to give up on her and keep encouraging her to lose the weight in a positive and healthy manner. Better yet I'm going to let her read my book. I absoluetly love the site and wouldn't change using it for the world. I hope that I make it to the next Spark event.

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ZIRCADIA 12/30/2009 6:50PM

    I plan to get certified, too -- as soon as it is feasible for us to do so. :) Congratulations on being able to take that step now! :D I really want to help others to see how achievable being healthy and fit is. The Spark is UNSTOPPABLE! :D

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 12/30/2009 4:26PM

    Most people would not have bothered to drop by and leave a note on my page saying they had deleted the 6 copies of this blog, and, my comment asking you if you realised it had been posted 6 times. They just would have done it.

Good post by the way. Good luck.

Amber

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 12/30/2009 12:25PM

    Wow, this is a great blog. It is so awesome to see The Spark can encourage you in such a way! Its all very exciting. I love your enthusiasm and know that you will be a great personal trainer. Great job on spreading the Spark!

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LILHLFPINT 12/30/2009 11:06AM

    (aw, leah, i loved reading this sparkblog post. i could feel your excitement and i was giddy right along with you.

i love love love that you were spreading the spark and you have every right to be proud of being in the book!

i know EXACTLY what you mean about being nervous to put it out there that you are going to work on getting this certification. i feel exactly the same way with my pmp - i have been hesitating people i'm going to work on it because i'm terrified i won't pass the test and then when they ask me about it i will have to tell them i didn't do it.

::hugs:: you can do it and i can do it. it will take a lot of work and studying but we are smart, strong girls and we can do this.)

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DDOORN 12/30/2009 6:14AM

    WTG on your goal to be a CPT!

You'll be SUPER in that role!

Going to check our local book store and see if they followed my advice and have THE SPARK and have it displayed FRONT & CENTER...woo HOO! :-)

Don

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