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The Spark Solution! w/Extreme Product Placement :)

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Monday, May 06, 2013


I get a little crazy when I have to keep good news to myself, so Iím glad I finally I get to share this with yíall! I pre-ordered The Spark Solution the very first day I saw the banner on the website. I had packed on ten pounds over the winter and a two-week jump-start sounded like just what I needed. But oh, to have to wait that long for the book to come out! Then, I got really lucky and SparkPeople let me test drive the program. Iíve been using it for six weeks (seven, after I post this) and Iíve lost weight every week! Iíve lost 11.7 pounds, by following this program! (I lost 6.9 pounds in the first two weeks.) Wooooooooooo (deep breath) Hooooooooooo!

I just want to add a few things I donít mention in the vlog. This book has helped me look at my eating habits from a healthier perspective. Itís definitely helped curb my sugar and salt obsessions. Not gonna lie, thereís a lot of cooking and prep involved--a lot. But I think that goes along with eating fresh, healthy food; you have to actually MAKE it. Sigh. Iím not so great in the kitchen, cooking-wise; I can hula hoop and dance like crazy in there, but cooking... I was a little overwhelmed with making so many different recipes every day. So, I repeated a lot of days. That way, I was less overwhelmed and got a little better and faster at making stuff. It worked for me and made for a smaller grocery list. Plus, there were some things we liked so much, we didnít want to rush on to the next recipe; we wanted to have it again. We had the Dijon-Herb Pork Tenderloin for Easter dinner and I had the Berry Cobbler Cup for my birthday, instead of cake! Iím still working my way through all of the recipes; there are a lot.

The first two weeks were very structured, with Spark telling me exactly what to eat and how to exercise (although thereís plenty of flexibility, if you want to swap and substitute stuff). I didnít need any extra exercise equipment or anything. The next two weeks helped me build on the habits Iíd been learning and let me make more of my own choices. Then, the last part of the book is full of all kinds of tools and resources Iím using to make these changes sustainable.

Has it been extra work? Yes. Are groceries expensive? Yes. Do I like doing the pushup to side plank? No. But did I lose 11.7 pounds? Yes. Am I that much closer to my weight loss goal? Yes. Do I eat way less sugar and salt than before? Yes. Can I DO the pushup to side plank? Yes. Was it worth it? For me? Yes. Absolutely yes. If you need a jump-start and youíre ready-- really ready, to put in the time and effort, I donít see how you could lose. Two thumbs up from me.

Side note: I was excited to be able to go and speak at a local Spark event, where I got to hang out with the creators of The Spark Solution and thank them, personally. Here are a couple of pics from that swanky event. :)


With Becky Hand, co-author of the book and nutritionist extraordinaire


With Stepfanie Romine, co-author of the book and the awesome chick who agreed to let me kick the tires on this program


With Coach Nicole, who did NOT make me do a pushup to side plank that night. Whew!


With our hero, SparkGuy! I even got to meet his mom and his aunt! How cool is that? SparkRoyalty. :)


A word about all the SparkSwag. Yes, I realize I have an obnoxious amount of SparkGear. A few of the shirts have been given to me, but Iíve bought all the rest of the stuff, a little bit at a time, over the last couple of years. SparkSwag is my own personal reward for meeting goals. Why? A: Itís not food. B: It helps motivate me. The more I see that logo, the more it keeps my goals in the forefront of my mind. And Iím game for anything that helps me get to the next goal. SparkNerd? You bet!

Oh, and in case youíre wondering, I already promised the copy of the book I pre-ordered to my in-person SparkBuddy, who went with me that night and drove, so we wouldnít get lost. Those were some funky intersections; ĎRika, you deserve the book! :)

Spark on, Brave Sparkers!!
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AUGBABY1 3/2/2014 5:51PM

  Thank you so much for your video! I've been on and off again with Sparkpeople.
I'm back on :)
Your video is so inspirational!!!! This is a great commercial from a Real person not an actor. Plus Love how your such a Fanatic, makes me want to go shopping on the site.
Definitely have to have the Spark Solution now. I'll be ordering today!!!!

Best Wishes on Your Journey! You are a Success Story and should be on the Home Page of SparkPeople :)
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CATNCAG 1/3/2014 2:37PM

    Way to go Shelli on your 6 weeks of consecutive weight loss of 11.7 pounds! I am lucky that I was given the Spark book by a fellow Sparkian. This has motivated me to start reading it ASAP!!!
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MONTREAL12 8/14/2013 8:49PM

  Thanks for the glowing testimonial and congratulations on your weight improvement. I can see why this particular issue was voted amongst the most read!

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SUPERSYLPH 8/6/2013 10:29PM

    emoticon How AWESOME is that?!?!

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TERRIJ7 7/16/2013 11:24AM

    Love, love, LOVE your blogs!

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CATNCAG 7/8/2013 1:06PM

    Good for u! I'm gonna have to check this book out! BTW - I love your personality & has anyone ever told u that u look a bit like Ellen DeGeneres?

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NWFL59 6/22/2013 10:52AM

    Really enjoyed your vlog and blog. I recently received my book to and am participating in the 21 Jun Spark Solution Challenge to help get me off a long term plateau and back to a downward trend again. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WILSONWR 6/22/2013 7:47AM

    OK, I'm a little slow getting around to some of the blogs, but this one was great! What an entertaining video about the new program - I guess I'll have to get the book and try it. Thanks!

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ZAKURA 6/20/2013 12:01AM

  Great job and thanks for sharing! emoticon

I also liked the bit at the end of your post about Spark swag as a reward. I think I might try that.. I'm looking for more ways to motivate me, and maybe I'll promise myself to get something when I finish my 2 weeks of The Spark Solution. :)

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NORASPAT 6/15/2013 10:55PM

    WELL done --you go girl. Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CAROLJ35 6/15/2013 9:53PM

    As always, well done, Shelli.

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WALKMYWAYTOFIT 6/15/2013 4:23PM

    Yay! You Rock!

Love the guinea pigs with you discussion the recipes from the Spark Solution!

You can't argue with those results! Nosiree!

Congratualtions .... I am a super Sparkie too... though I don't have all the shirts and cups you have! Lol!
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KLEMIE 6/15/2013 4:03PM

    I was toying with buying the book, or making it one of my goal rewards. Now you've made me anxious for it. I guess I'll just have to order it.

Thanks for sharing. Your vlog was really cute.

Karen

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ELVISINTHEHOUSE 6/12/2013 6:59PM

    You're so cute! And inspiring! emoticon emoticon

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QUEENALICE 6/12/2013 2:12PM

    Great Vlog!! Thank you so much for posting it! You totally inspired me- WOOHOO!!

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MELROSE13 6/11/2013 8:34PM

    Great Vlog and Blog. I was on the fence about ordering the book and joining the new challenge but you may have changed my mind...I have to get it on my kindle though as it is not in hardback in Australia..but thanks for sharing!!!

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ANGELONE11 6/11/2013 12:38PM

    emoticon emoticon I pre-ordered as well and am looking forward to this challenge and am willing to do the work to help me get closer to my goals!! emoticon

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SARASMILING 6/11/2013 6:26AM

    Wow! You did an awesome job on that video!!! emoticon emoticon

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LUV2RUN72 6/10/2013 11:41PM

    Awesome!

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SUNSHINE_ANGEL1 6/10/2013 2:44PM

    I like your attitude! I must be closely related to you! I too love Spark People and ALL the books. I love the Spark People goodies too. They make great goal gifts to myself. Keep up your great work. I have lost 10 lbs.so far. (i.e. 2 lb. per week that I have been working with Spark Solution) and like you I just haven't been able to lose that much consistently in the past. Keep up the great work! Spark Team! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHERYLSBUTT 5/31/2013 8:37AM

    Thanks for the encouragement with your testimony
I have purchased and begun the Spark Solution ...I need to be more disciplined!
Starting again today!!

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    emoticon emoticon You helped make my decision easy. I will buy it emoticon

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YMUNDERWOOD 5/23/2013 9:04PM

    Love this blog. Can't really get into the book right now as i broke my ankle back in February and still going through the healing process. About to have surgery to remove the plate placed in my ankle to help support the bone on june 13. And will be staring physical therapy soon as well. Can't wait to get back in the swing of things. emoticon

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MCJULIEO 5/22/2013 10:56PM

    Power to the Sparknerds!

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LOVESTYPOS 5/19/2013 7:25PM

    I just received my copy yesterday. I can't wait to start tomorrow. I hope I can have the same results you did. Thanks so much for sharing.



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    Sounds like fun. Keep up the good work!! emoticon emoticon

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CFMOSS 5/15/2013 8:59AM

    You make me smile. Thanks.

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KIMCOLLINGS 5/13/2013 12:58PM

    Awesome!!!!!

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MEG3450 5/13/2013 11:32AM

    I can't wait to get started on the challenge. I really need it!

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SFREY217 5/13/2013 9:13AM

    Thanks for the great info !!

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BOGUSANNIE 5/13/2013 2:19AM

    I love that you get to meet the crew so often!
Great vlog....

WOOHOO for sure!

You really should get them to create a Woohoo Jar!!!

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    Shel,

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I know it is now 7 consecutive weeks, and therefore probably 12 pounds/+.

That really is AWESOME!!

I ordered the book right away as well, and can't wait to check it out. I've scanned through it, but look forward to some time to really dive into it. I enjoyed your review!

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    You are emoticon ! Thanks for sharing!

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