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Miracles for Pre-Order

Saturday, March 30, 2013

I have some amazing, fabulous, super groovy news to share. In little over a month on May 7th the new SparkPeople book The Spark Solution will be released. The book features an all-inclusive two-week diet program to improve your total body health as well as tips and stories from actual SparkPeople members, including yours truly!

When SparkPeople contacted me with the opportunity I was so flattered. I was also eager to share and to give back to this community which has completely changed my life and continues to sustain my success. The entire experience has been super reaffirming and positive and I can't wait for the release of the new book.

I do confess I have an advance copy (shhh!) but I'm waiting to read it; for me there's nothing more satisfying than holding the real thing in your hands. In the meantime as I browse and reread the tips and information I contributed, even though I'm rereading what I wrote prior, I still find the content insightful, fresh, and powerful, and I hope everyone will feel the same.

At this point the news of the book release is a little stale and you're probably already aware of it. You might have seen the advertisements for the book floating around, too. Did you spot my braying face? For the marketing campaign I participated in a photo shoot and I look so good!

The photographer Michael Mowbry gave me a tip that turning to the side helps further slim the body but I'm not too concerned over that.

As I admire the photos I take pride in all that I have achieved and wow, look at those sexy knees!

On the other hand, the photos are also a reminder of the body dysmorphia I lived with and continue to experience each day. Just going about my business in the day I feel approximately fifty pounds heavier than I am now. I sit and I feel like my legs spilling over the seat, my bingo wings flapping as I raise my arms, my belly bulging out over my pants. In my mind's eye I still look like this:

Weird huh? I also realize when I weighed my heaviest I thought i actually looked about fifty pounds lighter, coincidentally the same image as above.

But now when I catch a glance in a new mirror, when I spy my reflection in a window, when I have photos taken, I undergo revelational moments of sheer clarity. Each reflection and photo, I experience another miracle because instead of the stocky girl I expect I find the girl I have worked to be, and I love it! I love every little bit about my new body, no matter the loose skin or saggy frowny-face stomach or the stretch marks and psoriasis scars or the barrel-shaped torso. Even after two years we're still at the honeymoon phase. It's love and I want to celebrate, I'll even bray about it!

I just feel so lucky to be able to share the potential for these happy times with all of you in the new Spark Solution. Here's to the new book helping you find you own miracles! They're waiting for you.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LILPIXIE55 6/6/2013 12:44PM

    emoticon emoticon amazing what a pleasure to meet you emoticon

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BETHSWORLD 4/5/2013 11:56AM

    Very exciting news girl! You look amazing!!!

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BOOKWORM27S 4/1/2013 7:39AM

    This is amazing, congrats!

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KARENLEIGH32 3/31/2013 11:20PM

    You look great in the pictures, can't wait til the book comes out!

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DEVINSHIRE1 3/31/2013 5:57PM

    Bray away, you're gorgeous! Congratulations on your well-earned successes!
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BILL60 3/31/2013 2:29PM

    You deserve every bit of notoriety. Congrats!!

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ELLIE381 3/31/2013 8:49AM

    emoticon I am so happy for you! emoticon emoticon

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LOPEYP 3/31/2013 7:58AM

    Great photos! Congratulations on your success!

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MYRTROSE 3/31/2013 7:41AM

Love the pics! Can't wait to see the book!
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    Way to go!

I too have felt body dysmorphia at both my heaviest (or close to) and these days as well. It's a dysmorphic beast, for sure.

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TINAJANE76 3/31/2013 3:37AM

    That's just fabulous! I love seeing your happy face whenever I check my email. You look so joyful and you've certainly got a lot to be joyful about. I think body dysmorphia is quite common. I've personally experienced it both ways--when I was 260 pounds, I didn't think I looked nearly as large as I was and now that I'm at a healthy weight, I still think of myself as being much bigger and am often shocked when I look at recent photos of myself. I guess it takes a while for our brains to catch up to our bodies, lol!

Anyway, congratulations again on being featured in the book. I'm still waiting on my advance copy and can't wait to see it all in print!

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ROCKMAN6797 3/30/2013 11:11PM

    Congratulations Tina!
I love seeing your smiling face in my SparkMail advertising the new Spark book!
I look forward to downloading a copy and reading the fabulous tips my fellow SparkMembers offer.
BTW, I share your feelings about our new bodies. It is becoming increasingly easier to actually believe that the person I see in the mirror is me! And, like you, I love it. You can help but smile when you realize the change in perception our hard work has brought about.

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