I too did the online course and read the book .it was deffinitely worth my money and has made a difference in my eating patterns. What I loved the most was that I was able to down load my personal work and interaction after I finished the online course and thick work book to go over and over. I also love the Book but yes it is different than the online course a little .both compliment each other
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I spent about 1/2 hr to 45 minutes a week doing the "lesson" and the workbook. Then you can spend as much or as little more time as you like doing some of the other optional tools and forums, and continuing to work on the workbook. You do have to keep up with it,but it's very interactive so it's not boring.
I spent about 2 hours the first day. I was anxious to read as much as I could. There is a lesson each week. There are a series of questions you go through. I'm guessing that might take 1 hour. Additionally, there are other tools that are optional. Dr. Gould also has another book on this site that you can read. There are community boards, chats, etc. So you can spend as much or as little as you have time. I try to spend a minimum of 15 minutes early in the morning to focus myself for the rest of the day. Sometimes I get on the computer for just a minute or two when I feel like grabbing for something to eat. Having said all that, I did see a schedule on the site, but don't know exactly where I saw it. I think you will like the program. I have read the book, but online seems much better to me.
I really appreciate all the feedback I'm getting. I'm wondering ~ do you visit the site and work on the program daily? weekly? a few times a week?
What amount of time do you spend doing the online program? Would you say it's an hour a day? A couple of hours a week? I'm just trying to get a feel for whether this would fit into my schedule. I know it would be helpful for me; just wondering if it's doable. THANKS!
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Hi, I think the online program is absolutely worth the money. I got so much out of it, much more than from the book. I actually haven't binged since I started the program. When you look at the price of the online program compared to so many other "diet" programs, and compare what you actually get out of it, it is definitely worth it! I didn't have any trouble being overcharged or getting signed in. I'm sorry some folks did. :( That doesn't feel good. I'm excited now to read the book again because I think I'll get more out of it than I did before I finished the online program. But they ARE different, and I think both are valuable. My two cents! :)
Mine came in an email also. I did sign up and I'm working through week 1. I am enjoying it. I am trying to use all the tools. I try to spend a little time each day. I want to read it all. I figure if I can devote a small amount of time each day then I'll be cussessful. Actually day 1 was the hardest...just navigating the site. It isn't hard, but there is so much there that it seemed a little daunting. I'm really trying to practice observing my feelings as to hunger, and tasting my food and stopping to take time to enjoy my food. That is so hard for me 'cause I have been such a fast eater for so many, many years. I would definately try to get the coupon and sign up now.
It came in my email. I've been signed up to receive emails from them for a while ~ usually the weekly blog and some occasional tips. The promotion code mentioned is holidays2009. The email has a link in it to sign up:
For me, I got more out of the online program. But, like Rachel, I would say it depends on your time and your personal ability to dedicate time to the book. I found myself being gung-ho on chapters 1-3, but only doing the work in my head. Then I got busy and didn't get back to it. With the online program, as I paid for it, I felt committed to doing the weekly work so I did all the writing. I would say, I found some of the later 'tools' confusing as some things are added on the last couple of weeks and I somehow didn't notice that and almost missed out!
If I knew I could stick to working through the book, and would commit myself to actually writing down the answers to the questions at the back of each chapter, then I would say you will get just as much out of the book. If you need to be prompted to finish what you start (like me), then the online is terrific.
For the person who said they couldn't log on, I would contact customer service. I never had that problem, but I am sure they will correct it if you contact them.
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I have used the online program and the book. I was initially dedicated to the online program but then my schedule got busy (like yours) and I didn't give the on line program the attention it needed. I enjoy the book more because I can peruse at my own speed and spend extra time on areas that I feel I can use extra help. The online program is nice because it leads you to your self discovery through a logic program. However I think you can do the self discovery on your own, it may take longer but is worth it. At the end of the day I think it is what works best for you. Some members have enjoyed the on line program more.
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I found it at the bottom of the page I got to by searching Shrink Yourself on the net. I like to think of them as an organization with integrity. I hope you get this cleared up.
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I tried to sign up for the program this morning. After taking my credit card# and charging $119.95 to my account, I was unable to sign in. I have sent them several emails. I feel like I've been ripped off. Anybody else have this trouble? Please help.
Hi, I'm new to this Spark Team, although I've spent the last few months reading and taking notes on Dr. Gould's book. I've just finished Section 1 and have learned so much about myself. I've found things in each of the different layers that apply to me. Now I'm ready to start Section 2, which is where the actual work begins.
I've always wanted to take advantage of the online course, but the cost was prohibitive to me. Recently, however, I received an email offering $30 off, which is substantial, and is really tempting me. I've even thought about canceling my Weight Watchers monthly pass in order to do this.
The one thing I'm concerned about is time. I work a full-time job in a doctor's office and then in the evenings do medical transcription from home for one of the psychologist I work for. This is probably the busiest time of the year for us. AND it's the holidays. I can easily see myself not being able to keep up and falling behind with the weekly plans. Stress is already a BIG factor in my eating, because it's what I do to calm myself down and "take care of myself/comfort myself." The last thing I need right now is another commitment that I have to squeeze in ~ or something else to fail at.
So...what I'm wondering is what type of actual work is involved in doing the online course. What types of reading/exercises, etc. are there and how long did it take you to complete it? Do you think it's doable in just a couple hours a week? Or would you suggest that I just stick to the book, which I can do at my own pace?
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