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2/7/10 12:08 P

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Thanks, Allie, I got busy, but you have said it all. He put his determination into action and got to where his goal was. I know that his determination can also be mine and that I can make my goal.

When I read that he has never had a weight problem, I was a little turned off. I thought, how can someone that never had a weight problem help me lose weight. But is is about more that weight, it is the determination that can get you to your goal, and that is in ANY area of your life. Now I understand that he is helping me to see where I am going and how to get there. He had to overcome the shyness and I need to overcome the foods.

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2/1/10 12:51 A

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What I liked about Chapter 1 - just thought I would provide a summary of the chapter showing how the "spark" of Sparkpeople started.

1. I was curious how Sparks started so I was happy to find out all about Chris Downie' life and how he created Sparks.

2. I liked that as a shy and awkward child, he still strived to do well in school, play soccer. He overcame his fear of public speaking at college, and realized the importance of exercise.

3. I can relate to his tiring job at Proctor & Gamble because I also grabbed any old lunch and fell down on the couch exhausted and flipped the channels.

4. He was able to zero in on his goals of family, health, making money and doing something positive with it, made a vision collage of his goals.

5. He combined goal setting and motivation with fitness (where he got the idea of a streak)a consistent 10 mins of exercise each day, and positive self-talk. A big breakthrough was he realized he was responsible for his own actions.

6.This helped him on his job and motivated another staff member. Seeing her positive results in weight loss and career success thanks to his example was as breakthrough for him. He had found the "spark" of sharing and connection as that staff member would motivate others and so on. He recognized that the "weight gain, loss of energy, and loss of confidence" cycle could be broken and that is how came up with his Spark plan.

7. He struggled to build his Web business with his partners but his hard efforts were rewarded as he sold the business to E-Bay, became a millionaire and met his future wife, bought his mother a house.

8. He could have just lived off his millions but still had his Sparkpeople dream. He had achieved his goals and wanted to help others achieve theirs.

9. He refined his idea with the help of his wife, got the idea of babyfit.com when they had 2 kids, moved to California,and received funding(from someone also interested in health and believed in Sparks success) and was able to grow the Sparkpeople site and make it free for everyone. It is now the most active diet and fitness website in America.

10. Chris Downie is a real inspiration to us all. He was able to define his goals, create a vision of what he wanted and take the steps necessary to get there, self-motivating along the way. He knew he also needed the physical energy to keep going and the support of and connection with other people to get there. He is a great example of what Sparks is all about.

Edited by: ALLIEINSHAPE at: 2/1/2010 (01:01)
--Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul--

--The journey of discovery begins not with new vistas but with having new eyes with which to behold them--

--Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful -Wm. Morris--

keep it simple- eat REAL FOOD, whole fresh and organic!


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DORIS104's Photo DORIS104 Posts: 236
1/31/10 10:15 P

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I was waiting for those that got it to respond. What did you think of the first chapter? Did you learn anything from it? I need to review it so I can answer with intelligence. Let me know what you think and I will respond tomorrow.


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1/31/10 10:37 A

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Jut got it a few days ago and read the first chapter

--Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul--

--The journey of discovery begins not with new vistas but with having new eyes with which to behold them--

--Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful -Wm. Morris--

keep it simple- eat REAL FOOD, whole fresh and organic!


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DORIS104's Photo DORIS104 Posts: 236
1/25/10 9:28 P

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Well, let's go then. I will put up a special forum on the group and we can post there. Let's get through the first chapter by this weekend and try to meet around 1pm pacific time. I don't know where everyone lives, so if that time is a problem for you, just let me know where you live and I can change the time.

Sorry I haven't been back for a few days. We have had family problems to deal with. Everything is ok now and I am ready to get into this book.


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1/13/10 7:13 P

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Yeah Nola!

I am ready when you are! emoticon

With GOD in our life, we can handle it ONE pound at a time.


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STOP-IT-KNOW's Photo STOP-IT-KNOW Posts: 10,251
1/13/10 6:48 A

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i got my book i read the intro so when you are ready let me know


(Nola .F) Because there is another Nola on here my dear friend. Mountain time zone.



I HAVE A CHOICE. THE WAY I CHOSE IS UP TO ME. IF I FALL I WILL GET BACK UP. ONE STEP BACK. TWO STEPS FORWARD.


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1/12/10 8:55 A

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the book was mailed on the 29th so it shoulder be any day now i'm ok on the sweets just not losing can't walk like i want to much pain howare you? i just check with amazon it's at my post office will pick it up today

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(Nola .F) Because there is another Nola on here my dear friend. Mountain time zone.



I HAVE A CHOICE. THE WAY I CHOSE IS UP TO ME. IF I FALL I WILL GET BACK UP. ONE STEP BACK. TWO STEPS FORWARD.


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DORIS104's Photo DORIS104 Posts: 236
1/12/10 8:40 A

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Nola, I haven't heard back from anyone else yet, so I won't be starting it until I know that everyone is ready. I wonder if it has been lost in the mail somewhere. Maybe check and see if they have sent it and when they expect delivery.

Hope all is going well with you. I love to read your blogs, so keep it up. How is the sweets withdrawal coming along?

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1/12/10 8:16 A

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i'm sorry i still don;t have my book go ahead with out me i hope it comes today


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1/11/10 11:12 P

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Hi lolanu, Glad to see you joined us. I think that we could start the discussion if everyone is ready. Just let me know if everyone is on board.


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1/11/10 11:04 A

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welcome LOLANU i also have osteoarthritis in my knees and every joint but i'm here this is a small team but a good one i hope you jump right in. i was wondering how do you get up from a chair i'm haveing a lot of trouble because of my knees thought you could help?


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1/11/10 10:37 A

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Good morning. I am new here and suffering from osteoarthritis in my knees. I had surgery on the left 7 weeks ago but besides the arthritis there was damage from an auto accident that had to be repaired.I had to use a walker for 6 weeks and now I am using a cane until Feb. 1st. After that I am anxious to get moving. I also have the book but have not started reading it yet. I go to physical therapy three nights a week so I haven't made the time. But I will start today at lunch and hope to join you in a discussion when everyone is on board. So far I have lost 17 lbs. and hoping to lose quite a bit more.

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DORIS104's Photo DORIS104 Posts: 236
1/11/10 10:05 A

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As soon as Nola can get her book, we have 3 to start the review group. I think that is a very good number to start with. If others want to join after we have started that is ok also.

Nola, just let me know when you have recieved you book. No problem, but we will start when you can join us.

Good luck to all and I hope everyone is sticking to your diet plan. We will feel much better once you start seeing that scale move in the right direction.!

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1/10/10 9:21 P

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Hello Doris & Team!

I am very happy to be a part of the team! I am back to Spark as of 2010. I need to FOCUS. I have the book and would love to work through it as a team effort. I am currently suffering from degenerative arthritis in my hips, knees and back! I really need to lose weight to get the pressure off of these areas! I have been putting off a hip replacement since 2007 because I REALLY need to lose some weight BEFORE the procedure. Unfortunately the PAIN is TREMENDOUS!

With GOD in our life, we can handle it ONE pound at a time.


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1/9/10 11:25 P

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That's TERRIFIC!!!!

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1/9/10 8:22 P

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i still haven't but i hope one day next week i'm doing ok no sweets.


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1/9/10 5:44 P

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How's the sweets going Nola? Hope you are doing good with it!! Did you get the book yet? I hope you can join us soon!

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1/5/10 1:01 P

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will do i'm doing ok i am challengeing myself no sweets 31 days 4 down.


(Nola .F) Because there is another Nola on here my dear friend. Mountain time zone.



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1/5/10 10:09 A

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Let me know when you get the book, Nola, and I am going to wait 1 week to see who else may want to join us. I hope we can get a couple more, but I'm not sure. Hope all is going well for you and keep in touch.

Ms_Jones - I am glad to see you join us. Let me know a little about you and how I can help you on your weight loss journey. I need all the help I can get also, so glad to see another member.

Doris

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i haven't got my book yet but i'm in when i do i will let you know when.


(Nola .F) Because there is another Nola on here my dear friend. Mountain time zone.



I HAVE A CHOICE. THE WAY I CHOSE IS UP TO ME. IF I FALL I WILL GET BACK UP. ONE STEP BACK. TWO STEPS FORWARD.


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1/4/10 9:28 P

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Doris104:

I have also purchased the book and would be interested in a chapter discussion. Let me know.

Thanks

With GOD in our life, we can handle it ONE pound at a time.


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1/3/10 11:03 P

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I was wondering who got the Spark and if you have started reading it yet? I got it in the mail a couple of days ago, and am going to start reading it tomorrow at work. I thought that,for those that have the book, if you would like to read a chapter and then have a discussion about it. I think it would be fun to go through it together. It motivates me more to be able to discuss what the book said to me and get others interpretation of it. Sometimes, we can get a whole new meaning to what we read.

Let me know who has the book and would like to read along with me. If others want to get the book, I can hold off on the discussions until we can all be on the same page....LOL

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