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Sparkin' at Wal-mart

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

I just have to share my latest "spreading the Spark" experience. DH and I were walking down the aisle in Wal-mart, he in front of my cart. I saw a woman sitting along the side of the aisle speak to him. When I caught up, she repeated for me what she said. With a twinkle in her eye she said, "I told your husband that I hoped sitting on these is all I need." That's when I noticed she was sitting on stacks of Slim-fast! She went on to explain that Wal-mart had removed all the benches in the nearby pharmacy section and being overweight and with a "blown-out knee", she was unable to stand and wait for her husband to return with their cart. It was one of those instant rapport moments when two strangers start telling each other personal things. She said her doctor is after her to lose weight, but he just doesn't understand how hard that was for her with the knee problem.

Now I don't normally say to complete strangers that they need to lose weight. But the opportunity was too good to pass up. I told her how I had lost weight and really changed my lifestyle since my cancer experience a few years ago. Then I reached into my purse and pulled out one of my Spark "business" cards. Her face just lit up as I explained what Spark was- and that it was all free! It was just one of those moments when two people meet and strike an instant rapport. What a delightful person with such a wonderful outlook on life! She said she would get online tonight and check out the website. (Hope she's reading this!) I told her to check out my page and let me know how I can help her in her journey. A few minutes later when DH and I were standing in the check-out lane I noticed ONE copy of the People magazine with the photo of the Spark gal (Christina Cores) on it a few lanes away. I sprinted over and grabbed it, dashed back through the store until I found the lady again, and showed her the photo. I told her that we will meet again next year in Wal-mart and we'll both look like that! She said, "Can I have two years?" What a sense of humor!

I don't believe in coincidences. It was just one of those moments when the world puts someone on your path that you need. The woman's husband said he'd been held up in another part of the store talking to a fellow vet who needed help in getting his benefits. We agreed that my meeting his wife was an example of paying it forward for his kindness and willingness to take a few minutes to help a stranger. So, the next time you're in Wal-mart and you have a chance to talk to a stranger, tell them about Spark. It'll make you more sure of what you're doing on your Spark journey. And if you don't see a stranger to help- try sitting on a stack of Slim-fast!
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DIANNEMT 6/18/2012 7:58AM

    I'm going through old mail to delete it and found your story--again. Hope you are still on track and doing super!!

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MAMATO2BOYZ 3/19/2012 4:41PM

  Thanks for sharing, very inspirational!!! U do have a good heart.

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MSROZZIE 12/4/2011 8:47PM

    Thank you for sharing your story. What an inspiration and support you were. Good job.

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 9/26/2011 2:56PM

   
I thought you were very savvy the way you were able to tell this woman what she needed to hear without that pointy finger so many of us get.


Tell us more about Spark business cards. I want to be like you and be proud to pass them out on May 1, 2012 on my first Sparkaversary.



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CHANGE_4_ME 9/20/2011 12:18PM

    What a wonderful blog and experience! Thanks for posting!

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MICHELE142 7/22/2011 11:41AM

    Your blog says so much about sparking but, kindness. Would like to know if you ever did meet that person again and if she did indeed get with SP. Thanks for sharing.

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MMRB7111 7/9/2011 11:33AM

    What a wonderful experience to have. Thank you for sharing. Also, I would like to know where you got the SP business cards. I think I want some to carrry in my purse. As my weight decreases more, I want to be able to share with people where my help and motivation has come from.

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DEBRA_BULLIS 6/7/2011 3:22PM

    What a great story! Where did you get the the "business cards"? I would love to have some of them to carry around with me. Not that I am any great model of success just yet, but I will be and I want to tell people how I am doing it (did it).

Thanks for the inspiration.

Debra

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JEANORMALLY 5/6/2011 6:50PM

    I loved this story.I work at our local Walmart and see young people using the drivable wheel chairs because they are too big to walk around and some older people leaning on carts and walking even though itb is hard for them to get around but say that walking around Walmart is their exercise. I have just joined Sparks but will be spreading the word when I can. Thanks for the inspiration.

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TESSA321 5/3/2011 11:22AM

    Such as awesome experience!

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VANHOEVENA 4/27/2011 10:50AM

    very cool story...thank you for sharing! It does only take one person to help another!

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SHELLPRO 4/25/2011 9:18AM

    I've done it 2, still do it, Spread the Spark! Just use the Spark Promo Cards and keep them handy at all times. I've left them on the Diet Isle at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club:)

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JBEST73 4/22/2011 9:55PM

    What a great story. I cannot wait to hear the follow up.

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BLONDEY491 4/19/2011 6:26PM

  What a great story. I truly believe that everything happens for a reason and that lady just needed to talk to you. You made her day and probably felt better yourself. Good job!
My favorite thing to do at WalMart is to grab a basket and walk up and down every isle. I have neuropathy in my feet and it makes it very painful to walk. But,with the help of a basket to hold onto it makes it easier. A great way for me to get my exercise. We all do the best that we can. emoticon

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SURYAH 4/5/2011 3:38PM

    I think I will do just that. I already talk about Spark to friends.

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LINDAF49 4/5/2011 2:20PM

    What a precious way to share!! I can just picture me sitting on a pile of slimfast!!! TeeHee. Thanks for the encouragement to share our story wherever we go!!

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KELLYTHEFIT0710 4/5/2011 11:21AM

    Thank you for Spreading the Spark! I feel that if we all do that, the world will be a happier, healthier place! Good luck as you continue your journey! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MTMOMOFTHREE 4/4/2011 8:54PM

  What a great testimony. I work at a Wal*Mart, and I love to hear about the good things that happen there. I have been trying to learn from you all. I still loose my way and find my way back to Spark. You would think I would learn but its a slow progress, anyways back to the reason I'm commenting. Thanks for the story.
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DOCDUTTON 3/30/2011 1:00PM

    spread it around...

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BISSA7 3/29/2011 5:34PM

    That's a great story! Way to spread The Spark!

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PRUSSION 3/26/2011 11:53AM

    GREAT STORY! emoticon

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LOIDAEG 3/24/2011 5:22PM

    awesome story! :) i love it! i can't wait to spread the spark! i hope i get an opportunity like yours sometime!

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RAELYNNSMILLER 3/24/2011 10:58AM

    Oh my goodness! This happened to me just two days ago. I didn't have any "business" cards but there I was being a Sparkpeople cheerleader. It caught me by surprise.

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BLUEJEAN99 3/20/2011 6:48PM

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SPUNKYTURTLE 3/15/2011 6:49AM

    Thanks so much for sharing this story! Love little moments that can teach us so much! emoticon

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MARIAND123 3/10/2011 11:22AM

    omgoodness. that is an awesome story. thanks for shareing. emoticon

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SUSIEMT 3/3/2011 9:11PM

    Good for you Elseebee! What a wonderful story! Keep on spreading the spark!

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MAYBER 3/3/2011 11:41AM

    Thanks for sharing your experience with us
Sometimes when we least expect it we meet a special "friend" to nice to forget and who needs just a nudge in the right direction
Best wishes as you continue to help others and in turn help yourself one day at a time
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MISSEDIVA 2/28/2011 12:46PM

    That's a great true-life story! I hope when you meet two meet again that you feel great, look great and are still Sparking!
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ESURVIVOR 2/27/2011 2:25AM

  Great blog...thanks for sharing!

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WINFIELD28 2/23/2011 7:03PM

    What a beautiful story!
Thanks for sharing it!
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THORNSANDALL 2/23/2011 12:36PM

    This was a great story, I needed this motivation today. emoticon

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TONIABLAKE 2/23/2011 11:22AM

    Love this story.

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DIVASPARK 2/22/2011 8:43PM

    great blog emoticon

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TONETHIGHS 2/22/2011 3:56PM

  Great Story! Very Inspirational!

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BSLIC70 2/22/2011 2:32PM

  GREAT STORY! I do agree we have to be missionaries and spread the word about a healthier way of living/eating/being. Don't give up. I would love to hear her update.

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EUNIQ3 2/22/2011 1:22PM

    very inspirational!!! And I know you have made that person's gloomy day sooo bright and sunny!!! emoticon

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SISTAH937 2/22/2011 1:08PM

    Great story!

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AHICKEY1 2/20/2011 9:42PM

  What a great day for you both! Pay it forward - I love sharing the "spark", but I've never done it in Wal-Mart before. emoticon

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CWILCOX007 2/20/2011 12:56PM

    Great story. Thanks for sharing.

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JENNYD97 2/20/2011 12:33AM

    awesome!

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WONDERS06 2/18/2011 3:01PM

    Great Story! This site ROCKS! Thanks for sharing!

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NOLAGEM 2/18/2011 11:43AM

  I actually learned about Sparkpeople from a Walmart cashier while chatting at work one day.I work in the Beauty Shop there and we were taking our break at the same time, I've forgotten how it came up, but I am so glad it did because I love Sparkpeople and pass it forward daily and I feel like I am amongst friends every time I sign on.

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JENNYEVE 2/18/2011 10:13AM

    What an amazing story. Thank you so much for sharing!

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CALLAHAN9101 2/18/2011 5:58AM

    that is just wonderful that you would think enough of another person to give them the information on spark. Congrats

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KNOBLE0309 2/17/2011 10:54PM

    awesome story!

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AMETHYST2364 2/17/2011 6:24AM

  Awesome story...brought tears to my eyes! emoticon

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LUBAML 2/16/2011 10:57PM

    Great story! Thanks for sharing! emoticon Luba

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INMYBMI 2/16/2011 10:52PM

    A very warm hearted blog. I've had similiar experiences with strangers (not about Spark People, but meant to be moments) and it reminds me of why we are here on this planet in the first place. Enjoy your Spark Journey. emoticon

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GETTING_TO_GOAL 2/16/2011 2:48PM

    What a wonderful post! God bless you for encouraging her!
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