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Thank You for Making 'The Spark' a National Best Seller

State of the Spark Address #6 (January 2010)

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I honestly believe that the best step any SparkPeople member can take to increase your chances of reaching amazing goals in life is to read The Spark.

This past week, I travelled to New York City and made a quick stop in Washington, D.C., to launch the book. I did 22 interviews – 19 of which took place during a 3-hour media marathon. It’s still amazing to think that I used to have such extreme anxiety and now I’m fairly comfortable talking on TV (some great media training helped with that). It was so much fun. My favorite interview was with a major magazine where I told the entire story of SparkPeople for an hour. I hope that they will do a story about us! When I’m talking to people in the media, I always try to represent the excitement going on in our community at SparkPeople. As hard as I try, I know I can never match that excitement – but I’ll keep trying!

Now it’s time to get back to work helping people reach goals. Until next time, have fun reaching your goals!

SparkCheers!

Chris “SparkGuy” Downie
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Member Comments

  • I truly love Spark, Sparklers and all the Spark Coaches! I wish you all continued health and happiness. - 2/15/2013 7:32:09 PM
  • I have the book on cd's AND in hard book! I listen to the cd's, in my car instead of going through drive in fast food! I take my healthy lunch with me! FABULOUS reading! GREAT Insperation! AND now with the Spark People radio show... WE are ALL so lucky! - 2/15/2013 5:41:13 PM
  • SAILSATSUNSET
    I love this website and the book. I bought it in paperback and also downloaded it on my Kindle. For the first time in a long time I really feel like I can do this.

    Thank You! :) - 6/5/2012 8:19:55 AM
  • WOO!HOO!! Thank you. - 5/31/2012 11:09:27 AM
  • SANDIBETTS1
    Spark Guy I applaud you and all that you do to help us give away the weight we do not need or want. - 4/29/2012 8:22:04 AM
  • SANDIBETTS1
    Don't have the book yet. Love the comments--great stuff to help us on our journey. It is on my list for Target. - 4/29/2012 8:20:41 AM
  • I am so glad that you made this available on Blackberry otherwise I never would've stumbled across it when looking for a calorie counter. Not only did I find a calorie counter, but a resource to reach my goals on all levels. - 6/6/2010 10:59:49 PM
  • Thanks for writing the Spark! I have enjoyed reading it and it gives me great inspiration. I carry it with me all the time and when I am feeling down or just need to get encouragement I just randomly open the Spark and read a section. I really enjoy reading how others have overcome their weight lose obstacles.

    I would like to see an audio version similar to the Spark for when I am walking or just at home relaxing. It would be nice to have an audio version with music and maybe people telling their stories about how they embrace their journey. Something to listen to keep the positive attitude going. Just a thought I hope you will consider. Thanks again

    - 5/13/2010 9:25:05 AM
  • NJ_HOU
    Thank you for the website and thank you for the book. I don't think I actually understood the website until the book. My book I've loaned to my daughter but I'd already bought the audio from Audible. So thank you also for reading the book. I've now hopefully gotten the message and will continue with progress at a better rate! Thank again for all your efforts and especially your generosity. - 3/24/2010 2:16:25 PM
  • Thank you Spark Guy for your extreme generosity in starting and maintaining this site for those of us who need a lifeline! It's made so much difference in my journey!! I know i would not be losing right now if it weren't for the support I get from this site. The pros and coaches are teaching me valuable lessons, the teams and friends are so supportive and the system that is set up to use daily is very helpful for consistency! I send you and your team a big HUG!! I truly never thought I could lose 52 pounds, which is just over the halfway point in my plan! - 3/24/2010 8:16:08 AM
  • WooooooHooooo! Just bought mine! - 3/24/2010 5:26:48 AM
  • WOOHOO!!! Congratulations=) I can hardly wait for my copy to arrive! - 3/2/2010 3:22:12 AM
  • WOOHOO!! GREAT JOB!!! - 1/12/2010 10:43:59 PM
  • Say WOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOO
    OOOOOOOOOOOOO
    O!!!!!!! - 1/12/2010 9:49:52 PM
  • Hi. A few people have read or posted some parts of The Spark to me, but my question is are there any plans to have The Spark published in an audio format for us blind SP users or so people can listen to it as they workout? A quote of mine is even in the book and I can't read it! Just wondering.... Thanks! - 1/12/2010 6:00:49 PM

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