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Over 2 Billion Calories Burned!

State of the Spark Address #3

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Hello SparkPeople Members!

I'm back with another State of the Spark Address. This time, I’m writing to tell you about a major milestone we all have all achieved together. To date, SparkPeople members have tracked and burned over 2 billion calories!

Yes, that’s 2,000,000,000—with nine zeroes! And as I write, we’re already up to 2,031,676,438, and it never stops moving. Burning that many calories is equivalent to Spinning for 4 million hours, walking over 2.5 million miles, or swimming for 200,000 continuous days. My favorite way to burn calories is to exercise with my two young boys to help them build healthy habits.

Our new Activity Stats page automatically updates the calories burned and other stats in real-time throughout the day. In addition to burning over 2 billion calories, SparkPeople members have:
  • Lost over 2.5 million pounds. Imagine 1,250 tons of body fat gone forever. It’s more weight than 312 elephants or 16 loaded passenger airplanes.
  • Drank over 54 million cups of water. That’s over 3 million gallons—enough water to fill 5 Olympic size swimming pools.
  • Earned over 300 million SparkPoints by using the site.
  • Created over a quarter of a million SparkPages to share their goals with others.
  • Started over 9,000 SparkTeams to motivate members with similar goals.
As SparkPeople’s Founder, I can say that our team of employees and I are both humbled and excited about these accomplishments. We’re humbled because of what these numbers represent—that hundreds of thousands of people are living healthier lifestyles. And we’re excited because these numbers continue to grow at accelerating rates since the site is growing so quickly. This is just the beginning of the adventure story we are all writing together.

I hope that all SparkPeople members feel a sense of pride in these numbers. We couldn’t do this without you using the site and Spreading the Spark to your friends!

Stay tuned—soon we’ll be launching a new program that makes it even easier (and a lot more fun!) to track your calories burned. We always have something brewing in the SparkPeople labs. Maybe our next goal will be to hit 5 billion calories burned!

Make your life an adventure!

Chris "SparkGuy" Downie
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Member Comments

  • Thanks SP! I'm going to help with this goal! I've joined the burn 3500 calories/week team. Not likely I'll reach that goal anytime soon, but every lil step/sweat droplet counts! - 6/16/2014 12:02:11 PM
  • I really enjoy this site, and I a hoping that as my friends are trying it out for themselves that they too soon enjoy it and use it as much as I do. Thank you so much for making this all happen!!! - 9/19/2008 3:36:36 PM
  • SparkPeople.com is an amazing site!
    I tell everyone I meet that is trying to be healthier about it. This is a fantastic resource! Your members motivate and encourage each other to acheive their fitness and weight loss goals. Why pay for prepackaged food when you can learn how to eat better and have everything that paid sites have and so well put together. I do hope that chat rooms are in a future upgrade to the site, that would be wonderful!

    Keep suporting the advertisers to keep spark free! I know I DO! - 8/4/2008 5:39:56 PM
  • Thank you for making this happen! I really appreciate SparkPeople being available!!! - 7/27/2008 12:35:54 PM
  • In the few weeks since discovering Sparkpeople, I have made a lot of major changes in my eating habits and have finally regained the focus I need to regain my once healty lifestlye of ten years ago. I hope to get to the point where I can motivate others as you do. Keep doing this great innovative website. America needs you. Thanks.

    - 7/27/2008 3:52:36 AM
  • Right on brother - I'm SPARKLING ALL OVER MY BODY - when I joined here about a month ago I was not interested in utilizing this tool, thought it was silly. Oh how wrong i was. Now I look at it as another motivator in my quest of a healthy lifestyle. I am proud too of my spark points and love this site. Thank You - 6/22/2008 9:11:13 PM
  • oops I completed a marathon last year now I'm working on a triathlon! - 4/30/2008 11:42:18 PM
  • This site has made a huge difference for me. We have been rather cash poor since I took time off to have my two younger sons and care for my mother in her last days. I ran a marathon last year. I could have let all that training fade away but this site and all the encouraging, generous and loving people have kept me motivated and focused. When my mother passed away in Nov. 2007 my teammates held me up and kept me moving. My sisters and I ran the marathon for her with the American Heart Association's Team Train To End Stroke http://www.ttes-c
    a.org
    I feel like we are the ones who ended up with the gift. I am in the best shape I've been in since my oldest son was born. I am getting ready to accomplish a lifelong dream of completing a marathon. I stumbled upon Spark People while I was reading through MyPoints. I can't believe all of this life-changing stuff has been free, just for sharing with the people I consider friends. Thanks to the community we have at SparkPeople!!! - 4/30/2008 11:40:46 PM
  • I do wish we had CHAT ROOMS. We are a great bunch!!! - 4/30/2008 3:41:26 PM
  • CHOCMOM
    I just want to say Thanks to everyone at SparkPeople. You all are awesome! - 4/30/2008 2:23:20 PM
  • I agree with everything said....this site is amazing and provides motivation to so many people in so many ways and the best thing is that it is everything you need on one site and its FREE, your a wonderful person and you have done a very wonderful thing for so many others!!! - 4/30/2008 12:03:17 PM
  • One person CAN make a difference, and you have made a huge difference in so many lives. Thank you for all you give to the world! - 4/30/2008 8:59:37 AM
  • Chris, you are hero in this world! Thank you for such a wonderful site! You are a true giver of life to most of us:) - 4/30/2008 8:45:05 AM
  • LITTLEWITCH23
    I completely agree with the other comments. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 4/30/2008 5:58:52 AM
  • REDNECKFEMINIST
    Thanks for all you do! - 4/30/2008 12:26:46 AM

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