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How I Lost 3.6 Pounds in One Week

Sunday, May 19, 2013

The plateau: That leveling-off point at which you feel there is absolutely nothing you can do to drop those last few pounds. I had been there since January, and nothing was changing for me.

Then I saw the advertisement for The Spark Solution book, and I read a blog about the recipes being fantastic. Thinking it was simply a cookbook, I clicked on the icon on my Start page. I ordered off Amazon for about $16.00. When the book arrived, I nodded at it, put it on my kitchen counter, and let it sit for two days.

I received an email after ordering, informing me that I was added to the Spark Solution team. That's nice, I thought. Then I received another email on May 11 that read, Are you ready for Monday?

Ready for what? I wondered. Apparently, the Spark Solution team was going to complete the two-week Spark Solution together, beginning May 13. Yikes! I only had two days to prepare...and I needed to begin by reading the book. Little did I know that the Spark Solution was a meal and fitness plan for a two-week period of time, complete with a grocery shopping list for each week.

I did it. I shopped. I cooked. I froze leftovers and substituted them for meals that didn't appeal to me (which was only 1 out of the 21 I made). My family ate better, as I was now cooking with whole foods instead of a boxed dinner. I found out that I had been grossly overestimating the number of calories I needed. At 5'6" and 147 pounds, my nutrition tracker set my range for 1500-1850 calories daily. Silly me, I added calories to that range for hard workouts and then wondered why I couldn't lose any weight. The Spark Solution plan kept me at 1500 calories, even while working out. And I was never hungry! Choosing better foods kept cravings and hunger far away.

Results? This morning, the scale read 143.4. I was shocked...amazed...proud...thr
illed. Even better than the number, my clothes fit better, I slept like a rock all week, and I had more energy than usual -- more than enough for my Wisconsin Zombie Mud Run yesterday!

The plan meals are easy to prep and cook and work for both individuals or families. My favorites are ALL the breakfasts and the berry cobbler dessert -- only about 100 calories. Intrigued? You should be!

The book also includes several valuable Insider Tips, but I'd like to include here a tip of my own: Leave the excuses behind. We can all make them: I'm too busy, I don't have time to cook, I have dietary issues, I can't find time to work out, my kids' schedules are crazy... There's a great quote that Coach Nicole uses from Nike on page 70 of the book: "Someone busier than you is running right now." What's your excuse? And how can you beat it?

My goal for the next week is to keep following the plan. I already have my refrigerator stocked full of goodness, and I'm about to schedule my workouts. Will the scale say 142 next week? I hope so. Regardless, I'm already a success story. I've broken through my plateau and I'm losing weight more quickly than ever...without being a gourmet chef, without starving, without working out for an hour a night.

I found The Spark Solution. Find your own at www.sparkpeople.com/sparksolu
tion

** Update: As of June 15, my weight was 140.6. I've lost almost 5% of my body weight!
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POETICJUSTUS 6/18/2013 2:49AM

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MISSCURVY24 6/18/2013 12:33AM

    Congratulations on finding a way to break through your plateau! It is so discouraging when that happens, and often can make you feel like giving up when you don't see the results you're expecting. Keep up the great work!

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 6/14/2013 10:15AM

    You convinced me when you wrote about the sleeping part. I'm on vacation and the new challenge will begin a few days after I get home. I'm ordering the book today. I don't even want to get on the scale to see what I've allowed my vacation do. Fitness: A+, Nutrition: C-

SP is in my blood. The challenge will jump-start me back to where I ventyured off the path.

Part of the reason I allowed myself to stray was I had hit a plateau. Glad you mentioned that in your blog.

Have a sparkling day. -Bri

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GWINNER1 6/12/2013 8:10AM

    emoticon and very inspiring!

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CNANEWME 6/10/2013 12:56PM

  Thank for the inspiration

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HEALTHYLU1 5/24/2013 6:01AM

    Fabulous job! Thanks for the inspiration and the tips.

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ANNIEONLI 5/23/2013 1:06PM

    LOL That was the best right-up of a book I have read in a long time!!! I might even order it myself just to look at the recipes (I love recipe books) :)

Glad to hear things are moving again...that pesky calorie range - always keep an eye on it! Hope you have another great 2 weeks!!!
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MONAKIN314 5/20/2013 11:32AM

    Awesome. I ordered the book and started reading it right away. Then stopped and didn't do the challenge with the rest of the team. But I plan on doing sometime in the next couple weeks, but like everything else, I keep pushing it off.

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SHANTODD420 5/20/2013 10:51AM

    That is great congrats have a great day.

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AMANDAROX 5/20/2013 8:46AM

    Awesome!! Congrats on your success!

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BOILHAM 5/20/2013 8:15AM

    emoticon Thanks for the great review! Congrats.

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PMRUNNER 5/20/2013 8:09AM

    Sounds great! Thanks for sharing.

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FANGFACEKITTY 5/20/2013 6:53AM

    Great review! I have been toying with the idea of getting the book and keep deciding not to because I am in maintenance...but hovering exactly at the very top of what I allow myself. I joined the 5% challenge to jump start getting back on track, but maybe the book will be an extra impetus.

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 5/20/2013 4:47AM

    Awesome:)

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NUOVAELLE 5/20/2013 1:43AM

    Thank you for the excellent review, Rebecca! I'm glad you had such amazing results on your first week!
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GETSTRONGRRR 5/19/2013 8:41PM

    Congrats girl, that's great work! I may have to get the book after all!

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TWINZMOM7 5/19/2013 7:36PM

  This is great...my copy is on my nightstand. Time to read it!

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 5/19/2013 7:29PM

    I bought the book from Amazon and wasn't included in the team so I didn't read it yet. It's on my agenda, but I've been a LITTLE distracted lately! :) I guess I need to read it!

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KAYTIE22 5/19/2013 5:36PM

    Rebecca, this is an excellent blog and review of your first week! A big congratulations too on your 3.6 lb. results! I'm really excited for you.
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This is certainly a good motivator for anyone thinking about trying the program or has purchased the book but hasn't started the plan yet. (I won't mention any names!)

Continued success! Can't wait to hear about week #2.

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BEATLETOT 5/19/2013 5:26PM

    Rebecca, this blog is great, a wonderful review, and coming from you, I know it's honest. I don't like to read the reviews from SparkRoyalty, because, well, they are, so of course the LOOOOOOOVE everything. Having it come from you is a testament to how good the book is and the most convincing reason for me to pick it up and buy.

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KALISWALKER 5/19/2013 5:03PM

    Congratulations on your weight loss! I have the book and need to read it.

That is a big loss in one week

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DEBIGENE 5/19/2013 4:31PM

    You are such an inspiration !!! I joined the Spark SOlution also, lost a smidgeon but am now after 3 years including fitness in my days !!!

Woo Hoo !!!

Gotta love SP !!!

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