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''How I Changed My Life in 28 Days'' *

Winners of The Spark's 28-Day Contest Share Their Stories

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Could you change your life in 28 days? Could you lose weight, get fitter, and change your attitude about weight loss in just four weeks? We think so! That's the premise behind our best-selling book, The Spark, written by founder and CEO, Chris Downie. We recently challenged people reading the book to follow its 28-day jump-start program and then tell us how their lives had changed when the month was over. Out of dozens of emotional, funny, and downright amazing entries, we narrowed it down to five winners whose stories you can read here. If you need a motivational pick-me-up, these stories are sure to inspire you to believe that change can happen for anyone!

My 28-day Challenge

"Reading 'The Spark' has inspired me to new heights this month. I have been a member of for several years and have been able to lose weight through the program. But where 'The Spark' helped me most was in defining tangible goals and giving me the motivation to look at this journey in terms of a healthy lifestyle and not just dieting. This came out in my vision collage. The pictures that appealed to me weren't the swimsuit models, but those of people eating healthy, hiking with their spouses, and playing with their grandchildren. I think when I began to look at my reasons for wanting to be fit and realizing that they are to stay alive and be energetic and fully present to my family and friends that I made a real breakthrough.

"That is not to say that my body didn't change during this month. I had been at a plateau just 2 pounds shy of my goal weight for several months, and just two weeks into the 28-day challenge, I reached my goal! Overall, I lost 3.6 pounds and 3-3/8 inches this month. I dropped a clothing size and felt more confident. Lots of people are noticing the changes in me and are asking what I've been doing. I am telling people everywhere about 'The Spark' and SparkPeople!

"Another result from the challenge is that I am seeing the crossover effect in my life. Having health and fitness successes has carried over into being more organized, keeping a cleaner house and having a more fun-loving attitude about life. Our family is reaping the benefits of having a mom who takes care of herself!

"I am already looking to set some new short-term goals and begin working on some of the longer-term goals. I am thinking of trying things I once thought were impossible! Thanks, SparkPeople!"
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Member Comments

  • RowdyRiley's story really touched me because I could see myself. Not being able to tie my shoes. Always being out of breath. If, I tried to walk up the stairs I had to make many stops along the way and couldn't talk. I went on a trip and almost had to go to the emergency room because it required a lot of walking. The group I was with had to help me make it back to the bus. Thank you for your story it has motivated me even more. Again Thjanks! - 4/13/2016 9:52:04 PM
  • These scenerios have provided me with a lot of motivation. I'll order the book today! - 11/7/2013 11:03:34 AM
  • DISNEYMOM's story is so inspiring to me! I am faced with a similar situation of being a displaced retail manager myself. Management positions are asking for bachelors degree for half the salary a manager used to make without one. They won't hire you for a lesser position because they say your "over qualified" for an associates position. it's kind of "a rock and a hard place" position to find myself in. I have been a retail manager since I was 19, now at 42 I seriously am thinking a will have to change careers. Like her, I'm realizing I want to do something to help people, I truly believe that is my "life's path". Somewhere in this mess of job displacement, relationship break up, and relocation to a new area, I lost the strong, independent, healthy, thin "me". I'm not sure where the "happy go lucky me" went, but I miss her and I'm determined to find her now that things are getting clearer and the dust has finally settled! Thank you DISNEYMOM! You have no idea how close to home your story is and how much you have inspired me to find myself and my life's path, again... - 7/13/2013 12:27:11 AM
  • I am confident that because of these blogs I will succeed as well - 6/13/2013 3:07:53 PM
  • Thanks all for sharing! - 5/1/2013 8:49:12 AM
  • Thanks for this! I am going to get my own copy of "The Spark" and read it. I definitely need help setting tangible goals. - 9/20/2012 12:11:26 PM
  • Very encouraging. Thanks for sharing! - 4/12/2012 1:43:18 PM
    Awesome. I am so inspired my each person's story. Thank you! Joanna - 3/16/2010 12:49:00 PM

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