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5/25/12 11:26 A

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Thanks, Jeri.
P.S. I sent the SP marketing guys an e-mail also.

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5/25/12 11:24 A

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Cat, I just noticed your signature. "Fork down, Activity Up." That's great!

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5/25/12 11:20 A

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I do agree with all that has been said here, and I also deleted the e-mail. But I had to read it several times to finally get they they were asking for an unbalanced way of eating. It is strange.
Raul's is not the first success story that has been published via SP request and I am sure it will not be the last. At least Raul gave a healthy outlook.

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5/25/12 9:34 A

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I totally agree with you and considered the request exploitative. I just deleted it. Wondering now what kind of response they had. Also had me wondering if this is going to be a trend since Raul's recent article being published. Is SP "marketing" stories??

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5/25/12 7:13 A

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I thought it was a rather strange request, myself, but as it didn't apply to me I ignored it.

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5/24/12 10:05 P

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emoticon My thoughts exactly, but I also just deleted the e-mail. In my experience many of those articles don't allow you to speak freely, or tell 'The Whole Story' when they interview you.

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5/24/12 9:10 P

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I couldn't agree more! Of course, I didn't take a stand; I just ignored the silly request. But you're absolutely right.

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5/24/12 9:09 P

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I'm glad you questioned them. I got the same e-mail and deleted it. I believe in an all around healthy diet with a variety of foods and healthy portion sizes. Spark has always encouraged that type of eating. It's disappointing they would ask for those types of stories.

She woke up one morning and threw away all her excuses...
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5K: 27:13
10K: 58:10
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Aug 9, 2014: Oly Distance AG National Championships
Oct 12, 2014: Iron Horse Half Marathon
Nov 1, 2014: Monumental Marathon
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5/24/12 8:57 P

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I wrote a letter questioning Spark asking for successful maintainers who fit a particular eating plan, that of limiting carbs to the morning, for a magazine article. There is nothing wrong with this way of eating, but using success stories in this way is misleading and bad science. One thing I've always appreciated about Spark is that they support generally increasing smart habits like increasing veggies and fruits, eating more fresh or homecooked food without telling people what time of day to eat certain things, promoting exercise, reducing calorie intake in general, etc. People have lost weight eating less meat and more meat, fewer grains and more grains, etc. Authors of magazine articles shouldn't be picking and choosing this way. To me it's like the dishonesty of infomercials picking the most successful clients and using them to sell the exercise DVD's, then putting in VERY small print that the results are not typical! It's more of the diet industry taking advantage of desperation, IMHO.

I wish Spark had suggested they support an article that showed several different ways Sparkers had been successful....



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