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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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HAPPYSOUL91 5/6/2013 9:33AM

    Great review, I also purchased the book and can't hardly wait for it to arrive. Congratulations on doing so well with the program

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CIROHIO 5/6/2013 9:27AM

    Hi Shelli! WOW that was one secret that I am sure was super hard to keep. Good Girl. Congrats on the weight lose. emoticon Oh you lucky lady to meet all the people from Sparks. And to me Spark Guy himself. emoticon You know I wonder if Spark guy really realizes how many life's that he has touched. inspired and maybe even saved. He is a very special guy and holds a place in my heart that is for sure. emoticon to him. Thanks for sharing with us. Can not wait for my book. Should be arriving 5/7 tomorrow. emoticon

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FELINEBETTER 5/6/2013 9:18AM

    emoticon Shelli! If SparkGuy & Spark People don't hire you to be a spokesperson.....
they are missing out bigtime! Lucky for us though -- we have you for free!(so far, anyway! hehehe)

This endorsement and you -- are truly priceless!

As always - I just love your vlog, your spirit and your humour! emoticon

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GWTRIKER 5/6/2013 9:18AM

    The Spark event sounds wonderful. Glad you got to meet a lot of people. Glad to hear the program works. I preordered it as well.

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JACKIE542 5/6/2013 9:17AM

    Good job on your weight loss, that is great. Must be so exciting to go to the spark events. Thank you. Great motivation to get that book! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 5/6/2013 9:10AM

    Wow! That's so wonderful!

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KANDOLAKER 5/6/2013 9:09AM

    Awesome! Congrats to you and here's to many more great successes!!

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DNRAE1 5/6/2013 9:03AM

    Congrats, Shelli! You are one awesome woman, and the best spokesperson Spark People could ever have! You are inspiring, motivational, and funny! I love your vlogs, and the positive way you continue to meet each day. Thank you, Shelli!!!!!!!!

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GOANNA2 5/6/2013 9:00AM

    You are so lucky Shelli being with Spark roayalty
and all! Congratulations on the great weight loss.
I can't wait for my book to arrive and start lsoing...

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SJKENT1 5/6/2013 8:57AM

    Love the Grand Finale (fireworks sound) at the end. Nice way to start off the week - thanks for the motivation

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VLINDER2014 5/6/2013 8:56AM

    This is was Awesome way to start a Monday... I can't wait to get my book.. What a inspiration you are. And I Love , Love , Love the humor.

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RAINBOWMF 5/6/2013 8:54AM

    emoticon so proud of you.

It had to be so hard for you to keep this a secret.

Thanks for sharing the pictures too.

Hugs Mary

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DEBRITA01 5/6/2013 8:50AM

    Wow, Shelli... First of all, congrats on the 11.7! Secondly, how great is it that you got to speak at the Spark event (and meet all the Spark Peeps). I'm sure you really motivated everyone and got them sparked. You are an awesome cheerleader, book reviewer, and representative of how effective the program is. Keep Sparking (and blogging - I love those vlogs!) emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AMETHYSTSTAR 5/6/2013 8:48AM

    Honeygirl, I love you! You make me smile and giggle and believe in myself! Even though we have never met, I call you friend. Thanks so much for sharing your adventure!

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TWEETYKC00 5/6/2013 8:42AM

    Love it! It's great that you have alot of push, especially from your furry friends as well! Whoohoo! Major spark joy!

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