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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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HEALTHYNEWPAIGE 5/12/2013 5:57PM

    You are emoticon ! Thanks for sharing!

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JBLOSSOM 5/12/2013 4:22PM

    I love your enthusiasm! I think I'll order one now for my own Mother's Day present for myself emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FIRECOM 5/11/2013 11:00AM

    I have just started reading the book and I share your enthusiasm.

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IMEMINE1 5/10/2013 5:30AM

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NANHBH 5/9/2013 11:39PM

    Shelli,

Great review of the book! Impressive weight loss. You ROCK!
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CIRCULARPRAISE 5/9/2013 11:17PM

    Great post, both the video and the written part. And I was so stoked to see all those hoops in your collection! So glad to know there are other hoopers on here. emoticon

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RUNNERRACHEL 5/9/2013 10:49PM

    Love it! What a great review! Video was awesome. I was smiling all through! Got mine in the mail today! I like the meals and the ST *is* harder than it looks....whew!

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SCOUTMOM715 5/9/2013 10:30PM

    emoticon to 11.7 lbs lost! emoticon Thanks for your review of the book.

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1BEACHWALKER 5/9/2013 4:34PM

    emoticon Sounds great! You are a good promoter! emoticon emoticon

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55TUCKER 5/9/2013 1:15PM

    Really enjoy your encouragement and especially your writing style! Thank you!

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PUNCHILOUIE 5/9/2013 1:03PM

    Thanks for posting this vlog, good info in a funny interesting way! you are the right person to promote the new book!

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LILSPARKIE85 5/9/2013 12:42PM

    Thank you so much for sharing!

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BENNYBOY1 5/9/2013 12:36PM

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DISNEY4537 5/9/2013 12:32PM

    The video is awesome! emoticon I pre-ordered the book and can't wait to get it!! 11.6 pounds, that is amazing!! emoticon emoticon

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ZINNER44 5/9/2013 12:17PM

    This is awesome. Maybe I should get this book. I seemed to have lost my motivation. This might Spark me once again. emoticon

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WILDASTER 5/9/2013 12:11PM

    Awesome, thanks Shelli ! I wasn't sure I wanted to order the book, after all like you I am familiar with the site and I track my food. But with your loss I am thinking it over again.

Thank you for your review!

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MSHEL7 5/9/2013 12:05PM

    I really love your videos, keep sparking and keep posting. emoticon

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IMAGINE46 5/9/2013 10:57AM

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SCAREWALDORF 5/9/2013 9:51AM

    You are ADORABLE! I'm so excited for my book to arrive

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SANDICANE 5/9/2013 8:25AM

    11.7 pounds! Well, I'm going to buy The Spark Solution today. I'm really in maintenance mode, but now think it would be nice to go down another 5-10 lbs. Well, I want the inches gone anyway...the weight really doesn't matter.

Thanks for the blog about it's success. Congrats on meeing SparkGuy!!!!! That must have been a thrill. I would like to thank him in person for all he has done for us with this website.

Cheers,
Sandi

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TCOOK10456 5/9/2013 7:43AM

    I pre-ordered it too, just got email that it was shipped yesterday!!!
Can't wait to start. Loved your vlog.
Spark on sparknerd. emoticon

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BECCAZEN7 5/9/2013 6:15AM

    *sparknerd* snort - that is a great word! Sparknerds unite! Like super heros....ha!
Loved the video and loved the blog. I am still not sure about purchasing this book....just kidding! Who wouldn't want to buy it after that wonderful endorsement!!! I'm gonna rush right out and buy 100 copies!!! Or just maybe one. So cool that you got to meet all the spark gurus!!!! Jealous. Have sparktackular week sparkie! emoticon

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POETICJUSTUS 5/9/2013 5:31AM

    You my dear have a way with words, Vlogs , well you know what I mean. Way to go!
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SHARIKAYE 5/9/2013 2:36AM

    I have the Spark and have never read it. I've been too busy working through SparkCoach. But when I read today that there was going to be an official 2 week challenge starting the 13th I hopped online and ordered Spark Solution. And after seeing your Infomercial I'm really glad I did.
I have to admit, I'm quite the SparkNerd myself. You have way more SparkStuff than me though!! I've only been on here since January. I have to get going and start collectiing. What great rewards!!

Shari

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FUSCHIA6 5/9/2013 12:24AM

    Okay, now the endorsements have credibility. Congratulations on this new success; you deserve it.
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MTRACHEL 5/8/2013 11:47PM

    Who needs reality TV when there's the mostmom1 channel???? Love your work, your inspiration and your recommendation. My Spark Solution is on the way. emoticon

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NANADEE44 5/8/2013 11:27PM

    I just got my copy yesterday and can't wait to dive into the book with the rest of the team. I'm about 14# from my goal, so I am stoked!

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NATLOO 5/8/2013 10:52PM

  emoticon Your blog has "Sparked" me to go out and buy the book! I can't wait to do the challenge emoticon

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JANIEWWJD 5/8/2013 10:32PM

    Sounds like the book is a good buy. Thanks!!!
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HOOSIERNATIVE46 5/8/2013 9:36PM

    This sounds like you had lots of hard working fun and reaped the benefits! Great work.

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MAJONES1225 5/8/2013 7:44PM

    I did order the book and it is on the way to me. Great job keep up the good work

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KARENLEIGH32 5/8/2013 7:38PM

    So cool emoticon ! I am buying the book tomorrow...I hope I can find it. If not I will be ordering as soon as I get home, it will be delivered in 24 hours!

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    Thanks for sharing your experience in this great blog! emoticon

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    emoticon Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor. emoticon

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ZOE13O 5/8/2013 5:30PM

    I LOVED your blog and can't wait for my book to arrive!

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MRSBIGGLESWORTH 5/8/2013 4:46PM

    You're a hoot! That made my day! emoticon

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MADLYINLOVE 5/8/2013 3:54PM

    This is too fun!! You've got mad talent!!

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CDRAWDY1 5/8/2013 3:30PM

    This was really cute. I love your energy and motivation. I just pray the book I ordered (have not received yet) gives me half of the energy and motivation you have. Way to Go!!! And keep up the Great work. emoticon

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PAULA3420 5/8/2013 3:24PM

    emoticon blog, Now, I'm sure I want to buy the book. It has been on my TO DO LIST. Congrats on your Wonderful emoticon RESULTS!! Keep up the great work.


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PEGGYO 5/8/2013 3:19PM

    double way to go!!

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JEWITCH 5/8/2013 2:55PM

    Fantastic commercial for Sparks. Thanks for sharing info on the new book. Way to go on the weight loss. Keep up the great work.

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