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Your Mission: Spread the Spark and Help Make Tiffany a Star

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Hello SparkPeople! SparkGuy here, and I'm excited to share with you an incredibly inspirational Success Story of one of our very own members. Here at SparkPeople, we consider each and every one of you to be a part of the family, and boy are we proud of this family member. After sharing more about her story, I'll show simple ways that the SparkPeople family can come together to make a big difference and be part of this amazing story!



Tiffany Monique is a recording artist and a back-up singer for Beyoncé. She also lost almost 80 pounds using SparkPeople--and she's not done yet.

Awhile back, she reached out to me and shared one of the most heartfelt reviews of my book, "The Spark," that I've ever read:

It's amazing because so many of the stories in "The Spark" made me feel as if someone were peeking into my window. I grew up as a skinny teenager and began gaining weight in college... I guess you can say I gained the Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior and Post Graduate "15." LOL!

This was also the time I began to take my music career seriously but always ran into roadblocks because of my weight. I was even told by a well-known music executive that I had the chops, but my "looks didn't compete with the divas" on his roster. I was CRUSHED. As my song Nemesis outlines, I learned to transform that negative energy into fuel for my success. That mentality showed immediate effects with my esteem, but it didn't do as much for my success in entering the major music entertainment industry.

I am honored that Beyoncé looked beyond my size to see my gift. The opportunity to sing background for and tour with Beyoncé gave me the education and training required, in my opinion, for any artist to truly be successful.

But it was not without consequence. I, and the other full figured background singers, read countless reviews that praised our vocals but criticized our weight. We were called "fat tubbies, big mommas, bodyguard singers" and more. It was a constant reminder of how cruel people can be, but also how unhappy I was with my weight and that I needed to get obesity out of the way to make my dream a reality.



This is where "The Spark" comes in. I joined the site and purchased the book all while on tour. And within the first couple of pages, I felt as if I needed to check the ceilings and windows for surveillance cameras. I was the one who saw the amount of weight loss needed as so extraordinary (100 lbs) that it seemed impossible. I was the one who set goals so grand and large but didn't account for the small steps that needed to be made first. And MOST importantly, I am the mother who, though thrilled with the opportunity of being on tour with Beyoncé, felt guilty that I was leaving my son behind in order to make a living. Yes, this is the life I desire, but not solely from the "background." I desire a successful music career on MY terms that affords me the opportunity to have my son with me instead of having to solely watch me on television or through a Skype camera for months on end.



Your book was definitely instrumental in helping me honestly assess what my goals and motivations were."


Wow!

Well, a story like Tiffany's (read the dailySpark blog post to learn more!) needs to be shared with the world. CBS News interviewed her and aired her story on affiliate stations nationwide this week. Big thanks to Tiffany for mentioning SparkPeople in the interview with CBS News!

Watch now:





We want to thank Tiffany for all her support and help her share her amazing talents with the world--and you can help!

Watch her music video (a really powerful and motivating song called "Nemesis"):


I strongly believe that if SparkPeople members come together to help a member of the family, we could help make Tiffany into a major star since she obviously has the talent to make it big. In the tough music industry, sometimes it just takes that little extra push for a breakthrough. Here are 3 things we can all do to help her:

1. Spread the Spark – tell everyone you know about this great story by sharing the link to the dailySpark post.
2. Watch her music video above. By watching her video posted here on SparkPeople, the overall view count of her music video on YouTube will also increase. This is something simple that will help her get more overall attention.
3. If you like her music, consider buying her EP on iTunes. I have bought it and really like her songs. The current price is only $4.98.

Let's all Spread the Spark and help Tiffany achieve her dream of sharing her music with the world! After all, SparkPeople is about more than just losing weight. It's about making your life an adventure and using the success you achieve in weight loss to propel you to do great things in other aspects of your life, too.

WooHoo!
Chris "SparkGuy" Downie
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AYAMMAYA 2/13/2011 1:06AM

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WooHoo! Congratulations Tiffany! Go get 'em girlfriend!!!
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I will help share your story with everyone that I know and everyone that they know...
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1BEACHWALKER 2/13/2011 1:05AM

    How cool that she is with SP and sings backup for Beyonce! She is a very good singer, enjoyed her video! Hope she acheives all her dreams and becomes a big star! emoticon

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SUPERSYLPH 2/12/2011 11:59PM

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You'll make all your dreams come true and beyond!!!

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SONYALATRECE 2/12/2011 11:36PM

    Wonderful blessings!

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MCJULIEO 2/12/2011 11:22PM

    What a great story! And a gracious acknowledgement of what Spark People has done for her! Everybody wins!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 2/12/2011 10:39PM

    Absolutely! I'll spread the word. Thanks! emoticon emoticon

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THINME2011 2/12/2011 10:16PM

  emoticon Way to go. I wish you much success. Great song and you sound amazing.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 2/12/2011 10:07PM

    Great Story!

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AJB121299 2/12/2011 9:55PM

    i like this

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ANNIEAROMA 2/12/2011 9:42PM

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DRTAMM 2/12/2011 9:04PM

    Amazing story! Wishing her the best and much much support!

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46SHADOW 2/12/2011 7:27PM

    Go live your life-wonderful stuff.go Tiffany go!

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SAWSHOTS 2/12/2011 7:20PM

  You go girl...that song was incredible! emoticon

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PONYFARMER 2/12/2011 6:15PM

    I am all in and Tiffany, you are already a star in my book. Way to rock it sister.

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ONEGREATCAT 2/12/2011 5:03PM

    How powerful! Go Tiffany! emoticon

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BEATYK 2/12/2011 3:57PM

  Too bad people think eveyone needs to "fit the mold". Who created that mold?

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BLOOMING52 2/12/2011 3:51PM

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AZURELITE 2/12/2011 3:35PM

    Powerful song, amazing woman!
Go Tiffany!

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TEENY_BIKINI 2/12/2011 3:01PM

    Count me in....

Go Team Tiffany go!!!

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Spark on!

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MIMOTOGO 2/12/2011 2:28PM

    happy to help!

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GOGIRLOLDER 2/12/2011 2:05PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing! She did and is continuing on!Thanks Chris I spread the Spark wherever I go. My weight loss is slow, but people notice a difference in me and when the say something I spread the Spark! emoticon

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MELLYBEANS0919 2/12/2011 1:24PM

    Inspiration galore! :-)

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BELLACUDDLES 2/12/2011 12:50PM

    WWWWWOOOOOOWWWWWWW!!!! AWESOME!!

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BLAULKEIM 2/12/2011 12:49PM

  it would be great if you put the book on an e-book for kindles.

suzi

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LUBAML 2/12/2011 11:48AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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PILLYWIGGIN 2/12/2011 9:27AM

    Thanks for sharing - I feel inspired!
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PRESHA811 2/12/2011 9:06AM

    Good luck, Tiffany! I'm sharing your story with my Facebook friends. :)

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AMGM2001 2/12/2011 8:49AM

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DOCBBECCA 2/12/2011 8:32AM

    Tiffan is beautiful! I knew Beyounce was worth her "weight" in gold for looking beyond the outside and looking on the inside. It's sad not everyone does that, but I am sure we have all felt that sting. keep on Tiffany! Your voice is heavenly and will take you far!

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CHOOSEOFF 2/12/2011 8:13AM

    NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!! Great story, it gave me insperational hope. Bless you with all the best.

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LENA79691 2/12/2011 8:05AM

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ANIHAKA 2/12/2011 4:10AM

    Tiffany is a emoticon Inspirational!

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HEARTSTOPPER 2/12/2011 1:22AM

    :)

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JILLIBUG07 2/12/2011 12:43AM

    WOW! What a great story! Her voice is AMAZING!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

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TRABOLD8567 2/12/2011 12:31AM

  Great story. Thanks!

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DAISY238 2/12/2011 12:04AM

    Wow very talented. Congrats Tiffany!

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HANNAH_CALM 2/11/2011 10:47PM

    Good song! Congratulations, Tiffany on all you've been able to accomplish! Your story is very inspirational.
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HAYSRACHEL 2/11/2011 10:39PM

  She is very talented. Thanks for sharing

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JERSEYFLOWER 2/11/2011 10:30PM

    Tiffany is going to be featured on the 11 o'clock news here tonight!

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PELESJEWEL 2/11/2011 10:08PM

    emoticon This TOTALLY ROCKS!! Thanks for featuring this story. Tiffany is a emoticon

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LAURELSPARK 2/11/2011 10:05PM

    What a great story. Thanks for sharing it with us!

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JENIFIREHARP 2/11/2011 9:42PM

    Thanks for sharing such a great story!

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QUEENMAX1 2/11/2011 8:56PM

    All I can say is WOW!!!

Tiffany not only looks amazing but her voice is outstanding!

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MOTLEM 2/11/2011 8:49PM

    She looks good and sings very well.
Thanks for sharing.

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MRDPOLING 2/11/2011 8:29PM

    Kewl!

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CASSIOEPIA 2/11/2011 7:28PM

    Thanks for sharing such a motivational success story. Go Tiffany!

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MONIKA1948 2/11/2011 7:16PM

    TRULY AN INSPIRATIONAL STORY. YOU ARE A ROLE MODEL TO LOOK UP TO. CONGRATULATIONS

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LAURAWILLBEFIT 2/11/2011 7:02PM

    Beautiful voice, Beautiful Lady!
She is our Spark star! emoticon

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