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Book Review: The Spark Solution......

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Hey guys!

Today I will be reviewing SparkPeople’s new book, “The Spark Solution: A Complete Two-Week Diet Program to Fast-Track Weight Loss and Total Body Health” by Becky Hand, R.D. and Stepfanie Romine. Chef Meg Galvin created the recipes and Coach Nicole Nichols designed the workouts. Chris “SparkGuy” Downie wrote the introduction.



Oh my goodness! What a wonderful, comprehensive book that details two weeks that can change someone’s life! From advice from actual Spark success stories (including yours truly) to delicious recipes to great workouts, this book has it all!
One of my favorite parts of the book is how encouraging it would be to a person just starting their journey. The book talks about how this is changing your lifestyle not a short-term diet and is broken down step by step. I believe it is so important to keep it simple and have the idea of a lifestyle change pounded into your brain. This lifestyle is NOT temporary.

Lydia likes it too!


The recipes were actually really good. I’ve tried a lot of ‘diet’ recipes (Hungry Girl, for one) that just don’t taste like what I am craving so I still end of craving (and usually eating the full calorie version. The recipes in the book are the real deal. The first recipe I tried was called Thai Peanut Noodles. It tasted like a delicious satisfying Thai dish. And the kicker here is the serving size is TWO HEAPING CUPS for 391 calories!! I couldn’t even eat a full serving! It was so good! We also tried the Southwestern Chicken and Rice. It was just like the Chipotle bowl I normally order (I added cilantro to the rice.) I think this book would be worth buying for the recipes included. They are that good!

The workouts are terrific. They have photos for the strength workout and a fitness plan, which includes exactly what to do for two weeks. If I were just starting (or jumping back on the Spark Train,) I would definitely be encouraged by the fact that for at least two weeks I know exactly what I need to do for each day. After the two weeks, the book has two more weeks (plus a rest of your life section) of encouragement and a general idea of what to do. I think this would be helpful because it is almost like the book is weaning you to be able to figure out what to eat and how to move your body.



I didn’t follow the two-week meal plan but I think it would be great for someone who had no idea where to start or how to cook tasty, healthy food. Each day there is an Insider tip, Mindset Makeover tip and Motivation Makeover tip. I think these are very inspiring. I especially think it would be motivating to read a tip from someone who has used SparkPeople and had success. I absolutely loved reading the Insider Tips from other successful SparkPeople members! Plus, it was fun to see my tips in the actually book! At the end of each day, the book has a spot to reflect on the day. I think this would be very beneficial. It would be awesome to look back on your first two weeks as you progress on your journey.




The Bottom-Line: Would I recommend this to a friend?
Yes! I have actually already told several people about the book! I love SparkPeople and I truly believe, Chris Downie and his employees, genuinely care about the success of their members. This book is no different. It is written in a way that is easy to follow and has success written all over it.



If YOU are interested in this book it will be coming out May 7th and for more information check out this link!
sparkpeople.com/sparkso
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“I received an advance copy of this book for free from SparkPeople and did not receive any form of payment for my review.”
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KARENE10 5/21/2013 9:01AM

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AMBER281 4/30/2013 5:29PM

    I will keep that in mind. Thanks.

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GRAMMAJUDY1 4/29/2013 6:16PM

    How does one enter to win a free copy of "The Spark Solution"?


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SHFELKEY 4/23/2013 12:02PM

    Thanks for your review, Eliicia!

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GLORYB2014 4/19/2013 5:19PM

    Thank you for sharing you opinion of this book. I have already pre-ordered it and really look forward to reading it. I have their other two books and enjoy re:reading them.
I'm an old hand on sparks but can learn something new every day!
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EARTHTONED84 4/18/2013 12:20PM

    Thank you for sharing!

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ROYADEDEAUX 4/15/2013 10:01PM

    Oh that looks great. I can always use a two-week-re-boot! :)

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123ELAINE456 4/14/2013 3:49AM

  Thanl You for an Excellent Book Reveiw. I have preordered the Book and waiting for it to come. God Blessings to Everyone. Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care.

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TUDI4480 4/13/2013 11:29PM

    I'm looking forward to the book and starting again.

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ANNELIZABETH918 4/13/2013 11:13PM

    Thank you for sharing! Great review!

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MACJIMMY0061 4/13/2013 11:04PM

    I pre-ordered this book the first one and got the cook book. It was free shipping on orders over 25 dollars. Now that I now live alone I want to have some new ideas on what to cook. I never was a great cook....good maybe but it wasn't about lasagne's and homemade spaghetti and meat balls. It was a meat and potato and a vegetable.

I'm like most people get into these sweet attacks and there's no satisfying it. I read on one of the pages that your better off getting a small bar eat slowly and really enjoy it rather than eating everything in sight because you want something sweet. I love the fact they gave some examples of comfort food you can try. It's getting into the routine and sticking with it. I started 2 months ago and didn't lose weight for a month after trying so hard. So I quit and starting eating everything in sight and finally said to myself this is ridiculous to let yourself go back on this merry-go-round again. So I came back joined spark coach to keep me grounded. There's something about having someone to be accountable to that makes a difference at least for me. So glad I'm back excited about the new book. Onward and upwards. There's lots kind and encouraging ppl here. It's hard for me to be on the computer for long periods of time and was missing out on some friendship. Hoping it will change this time round. You read ppl's stories and you think wow that was amazing. Thanks for your review and from what the introduction pages were saying you could help but be intrigued. I had to order from Canada because I was eligible for free shipping and it was a lot to ship here so I goggled Amazon Canada. Yay all 3 will be coming in mid May. So excited. Well better close before this becomes my own novel. emoticon


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XHENA16 4/13/2013 8:41PM

  I purchased the book 'The Spark' as well as the audiobook - I love them both but my favourite is the audiobook which I listen to regularly when walking the dog or driving to and from work. It is simply inspirational and I highly recommend it. emoticon

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A-DAY-AT-A-TIME 4/13/2013 4:43PM

  Good for you!

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MSROZZIE 4/13/2013 4:27PM

    Thank you for sharing your views about the new SparkPeople book. The Spark Solution. I have pre-ordered the book. emoticon emoticon

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THEIS58 4/13/2013 3:07PM

    Thank you!

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IMSUNSHINE 4/13/2013 11:58AM

    Thanks for the review!

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DWSCHUYLER 4/13/2013 11:47AM

    Already on my wish list!

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JENSHAINES 4/13/2013 11:12AM

    I've read another review of this, as well - it sounds absolutely wonderful and I've already ordered it.

I've also been at this a long time, so my general knowledge is okay, but I've had trouble with follow-through - will this book help with someone at my stage, do you think?

Thanks for your review!

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SNOWEATER 4/13/2013 9:53AM

  I'm putting it on my book list now, thanks :)

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TRYINGHARD54 4/13/2013 7:04AM

    I'm going to get this book

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READYRACHEL 4/12/2013 10:26PM

    Ordered my copy a while ago. Just got my free workout DVDs in the mail today. emoticon

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PATSYB7 4/12/2013 5:42AM

    Ordered it--can't wait to get it! Thanks for the review/preview!
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