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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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MOM1014 5/8/2013 2:47PM

    Good commercial. Cute as a button. I must say though. Don't make fun of "what have you got to lose, but weight". I made that up in Wilmington NC over 25 years ago, when I had a "warehouse" (franchise) in "The Diet Connection". Ran ads with it. (I was a copy writer for broadcast and adv media in upstate NY before moving to NC. The Diet Connection went bankrupt. I did ok. When I was out. The "Diet Center" took over that phrase. Both were selling vitamins. I am glad Spark People is not. It is selling common sense.
Therefore I bequeath (what have you got to lose but weight) to you. Never copyrighted it. All yours but treat it gently. Wish I'd had that young lady on my side then. Good for you.

P. S. Here is a free one for you also: We don't sell Vitamins. We give away good old fashioned plain common sense.
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Lee

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IDLETYME 5/8/2013 2:35PM

    Super blog. Makes you want to run out and buy the book! - Like this weekend!!!!!
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PROVERBS31JULIA 5/8/2013 12:49PM

    I want to design and make me up some WooHoo cards for me to fill in on the back. Then who knows, I might laminate them too?? Great ideas! And I'm looking forward to my book arriving in a few days - Amazon just sent me email this morning saying it was on the way! Woo Hoo!

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KLUTZY68 5/8/2013 11:42AM

    Have you ever thought of doing commercials? You could make a fortune, seriously! I'm ready to buy and I am a VERY hard sell! And I think you deserve another moniker--SparkCutie! emoticon

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SHANTODD420 5/8/2013 11:19AM

    That is so awesome I need to look into getting the book. I need to get back on track and start losing again.

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GARNETT15 5/8/2013 11:03AM

  I can not wait to receive my new sparks book. I liked the video - awesome.

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GARNETT15 5/8/2013 11:02AM

  Can't wait to receive my new book...! Love the video

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MINIMOE1 5/8/2013 10:43AM

    So glad that you found the new book helpful.

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KBRADFORD88 5/8/2013 9:34AM

    Thank you for always showing the truth and the fun. I think we all gain at some point so to see that you had trouble too but pushed past it is very inspiring. Woo hoo

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TEASCHERTZ 5/8/2013 9:26AM

    Thanks for the review. Just got my book yesterday. Ready to go.!
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JMSA67 5/8/2013 9:23AM

    Thanks for the review. Now I am even more anxious to get my book! It should be here any day... Come on post man...I want my book.

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SANDYCRANE 5/8/2013 8:24AM

    Thanks for the honest review. I am not much of a cook either.

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SANDYCRANE 5/8/2013 8:19AM

    Thanks for the honest review. I am not much of a cook either.

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 5/8/2013 7:21AM

    That;s great, AND 11.9 to boot! Good for you, see we can do it:)

Best,

J


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MISSLISA1973 5/8/2013 6:34AM

    You're awesome. I loved it! I especially enjoyed your response to yourself when you said the exercises didn't look that hard. emoticon

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NEWTINK 5/8/2013 5:51AM

    I just love your wonderful sparkiness emoticon

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JSEATTLE 5/8/2013 2:21AM

  What a wonderful endorsement of the new SparkBook! Thank you so much for your first-hand insight!

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MOLLYBROWN55 5/8/2013 2:06AM

    I LOVE your video!! Thank you so much for doing it!!
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BANNERMAN 5/8/2013 1:32AM

  Thanks for sharing

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ILIKETOZUMBA 5/8/2013 12:17AM

    That sounds great! And now I learned what a push-up to side plank is...I hadn't seen that before; I'll have to add it to my workouts because it looks like a good challenge! Love the photos. Thank for sharing all that! :)


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JAMER123 5/8/2013 12:12AM

    Great blog!! Sounds like you had a ton of fun!!
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FLEMIDG 5/7/2013 11:48PM

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LUVTOBOWL 5/7/2013 11:10PM

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Thanks for sharing.....

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CAROLJ35 5/7/2013 10:21PM

    As always, well done, Shelli!!!

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GAILSMAILS 5/7/2013 10:19PM

    Loved your blog and your honesty about the time and challenge it is to stick with it. Your accomplishment really speaks volumes.

Thanks for sharing and we all enjoy your enthusiasm even if you are a Sparknerd! LOL!

You ROCK!

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AUGUSTDRAGON 5/7/2013 10:13PM

    My book should be here from Amazon on Friday. How graceful do you think a 60 yr old goddess like me will be doing a push-up to side plank! Poetry in motion. Thanks for sharing your pics with us.

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Proud of you my sweet Spark Sister!!

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 5/7/2013 9:58PM

    Exciting stuff!

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GINGERVISTA 5/7/2013 9:46PM

    I SO love your enthusiasm & your presentation.....so fun & enjoyable to watch. Always learn something, in addition to smiling. emoticon job! And it IS worth a emoticon

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SUNSHINEGB 5/7/2013 9:37PM

    Two thumbs up from me! emoticon emoticon

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CHARLOTTESOMEXS 5/7/2013 9:31PM

  I love you! Awesome blog - thank you! emoticon

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SHILLEE 5/7/2013 9:26PM

    Way to go!

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SUSIEMT 5/7/2013 9:16PM

    Great blog! I have read other reviews and yours is so good! I can't wait for mine to come in the mail. I heard it shipped yesterday!!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 5/7/2013 9:15PM

    Another home run blog, Shelli.
I appreciate your honest assessment of The Spark Solution.

You rock!

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CICELY360 5/7/2013 8:54PM

  good blog

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FEMISLIM 5/7/2013 8:42PM

    Great!

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    Best Review EVER!!! Here goes your emoticon emoticon

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DEE0973 5/7/2013 8:23PM

    Congratulations. You are correct, eating healthy takes lots of time and prepping. I'm in week two of eating clean and measuring all my meals. Keep it up and thanks for the extra encouragement.

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J2740LOU 5/7/2013 8:21PM

    Great Blog! You are absolutely emoticon ! I certainly enjoyed reading about your visit and experience with getting back on track and the new book. Yesterday I copied that receipe about the Dijon-herb pork tenderloin off the SP site. Next time I make pork tenderloin I'm going to try that receipe on your recommendation! Keep sparking!

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FRABBIT 5/7/2013 8:15PM

  Congrats! Way to go!

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