Meet SparkPeople's Newest Employee!

By , Sarah Felkey
Editor's Note: By popular demand, our Behind the Scenes at SparkPeople feature has returned.

Name: Sarah Felkey (SPFELKEY)

Position at SparkPeople: Marketing Coordinator

Age: 31

Family: I am married to my wonderful husband, Sean, and we have two cats: Frisches, who carries slippers around the house, and Izzy, whose only speed is "run."

How long have you worked for SparkPeople? Since May

Tell us your proudest accomplishment at SparkPeople or a fun fact about your job:
Since I’ve only been here since May, I am still learning about my job responsibilities, but I’m excited about what I’m working on so far, including marketing for our upcoming cookbook, print ads, and emails. I’m also helping beta test a new member support feature that hopefully will be released very soon on the SparkPeople website!

How do you stay in shape?
My husband and I are currently training for our first 5K so lately it’s been running. I also enjoy working outside in the yard, as well as sneaking in little exercises throughout the day like wall pushups or parking far away at the grocery store to get some extra walking in. All those little bits of activity add up! (Update: Sarah and her husband ROCKED their first 5K last weekend!)

What's your favorite food?
If I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life, I think I would be able to sustain myself quite comfortably on cereal. I love all different kinds (except the super sugary ones) with really cold milk.

What's your favorite indulgence?
Ice cream! There is a local ice cream place that has the best peanut butter soft serve. Thankfully they offer junior cones, so I get that when I want a special treat.

How do you feel when you exercise?
I think the hardest part about exercising is not the actual act of the exercise; it’s making the time and effort to do it! My first excuse is "I don’t want to change clothes" (poor excuse!), but once I start exercising I feel great. (Psst, Sarah, check out "The Habits of Fit People" and bust those excuses once and for all!)

What do you do to de-stress?
I like to read a magazine or sometimes cook or bake. But when I’m the most stressed, a nap is usually just what I need to calm down and recoup. Sleep is a wonderful thing.

What is your passion in life?
I love helping people. That is what most attracted me to SparkPeople – the fact that we are helping people live healthier, happier lives! I am naturally an introvert, but I find that I come out of my shell when I can make a positive impact in people’s lives, whether it’s a small or big act.

How has working at SparkPeople affected your life?
I have become more aware of my eating and exercise habits – some good, some bad! I’ve also started drinking a lot more water and much less soda. But what I’m most excited about it that I have gotten back into running. I used to do it more often, but got away from it. I love how strong it makes me feel. Now I’m making time for it and really enjoying it!

Have you gained or lost weight since starting here?
I have maintained my weight but am working on toning and strengthening.

Have you started any new habits?
I am trying to eat more fruit. I love veggies, but I’m more picky when it comes to fruit. I’ve found that making smoothies is a fun way to eat different kinds of fruit.

What's your favorite breakfast cereal?
As I mentioned before, my favorite food is cereal so it’s hard to choose just one! Lately though I’ve been on a Life cereal kick. Tastes delicious dry or with milk!

What did you eat for dinner last night?
Pork chops on the grill with asparagus and roasted potatoes and onions. One of our favorite meals!

Do you have any hidden talents?
I like to draw, paint, and do other creative things like making cards.

What are some of your goals?
I would like to lose 5-10 pounds and get a stronger upper body and core. I have had back pain since I was a teen, and I know that when my core is stronger, my pain is less. So that’s a good motivation.

What's your favorite SparkPeople feature?
I love spinning the SparkPoints wheel. It’s strangely motivating and I love it when I get the bonus spin!

What do you like best about working at SparkPeople?
The company culture is amazing. It’s just a fun place to work! It’s very casual and laid-back, but we are all focused on making continuous improvements to SparkPeople to help people reach their goals.

I also love telling people where I work and getting the "I love SparkPeople!" response. It’s so fun to work at a company that so many people love.
Is there anything else readers should know about you?
I am a cat lover. Not a crazy cat lady, but I have been called a "cat whisperer" by my family since I seem to have a way with cats, even difficult ones. It’s hard to resist their purring!
 Let's welcome Sarah to the SparkPeople team! What advice do you have for her? How can she reach her goals with SparkPeople?

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Welcome to Spark Sarah! Thanks for sharing your feelings with us. Report
Welcome Sarah! Glad to know the bonus spin is motivating to someone besides myself! Report
Welcome Sarah! Glad to have you here! I love veggies and am picky about fruit too. But I've been working on it and I think I'm making progress! From what you said you seem really nice. Just keep your enthusiasm and you'll be fine! You will make a true difference in so many lives! Report
Welcome, Sarah! I hope you know that most of us feel you have just about the perfect job!! We look forward to hearing more from you! Report
Welcome Sarah! Report
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Welcome!! Most important advice: Have fun!! Report
Welcome Sarah. Happy to have you. Report
Welcome Sarah! I'm a little late but, welcome to you none the less. I love that Spark introduces us to the staff because I like feeling as though I know something about the people who make all this possible. I think that working for Spark People would be about the best job in whole world, so congratulations!

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Welcome to the team Sarah. It will be a pleasure reading your articles. Congratulations on the 5K. Hope Report
Welcome Sarah! Isn't it nice to work for a company with such an upbeat attitude? Everyone here is so nice and supportive. You can just tell how much they care about everyone. Good luck to you and enjoy your adventure. Report
Welcome, Sarah! Glad to have you at Spark! Report
But who's cat is that beautiful Red Tabby its not yours. He looks just like my Malcolm (RIP), Report
Welcome, Sarah! I LOVE SparkPeople! Report
Hi Sarah
Welcome to SP! I started late April and am having a blast.
This journey is sweet and I am so thrilled that a friend gave me the Spark!
If I can help, let me know how....I love to share good things! Report
Welcome Sarah! I'm a cat person, too. Is your kitty Frisches named after the restaurant?? I lived in Cincinnati for about 20 years, and I think I remember a restaurant with that name. Report
Welcome, Sarah-the-cat lady! You sound like a perfect addition to the Spark team, and I'm anxious to find out what this member support feature is :) Report
Welcome Sarah! I have currently have two main coons and am a cat lover too!!
I find that keeping a journal/calories/exercise/emotional
helps tremendously with finding out exactly who I am, since we are so individual in our composition, perhaps this will help you with your goals. Good luck! Report
Hi, welcome Sara. hope you enjoy your new job. I am looking forward to your articles. Report
Hi Sarah -- It was great to learn a bit about you "behind the scenes." Have fun with the cookbook promotion. I'm looking forward to owning it. Welcome to SparkPeople! Report
Welcome, Sarah!!! I am a cat whisperer, too. It is a great thing to be blessed with. Looking forward to your input into SparkPeople. Congrats on your run!! Report
Welcome Sarah. Cereal? You got to be kidding! Makes me ashamed to admit mine is milk chocolate! Report
WELCOME Sarah (and Sean) to SparkPeople! We are so glad to have you join us! I am looking forward to your contributions to the site and success of the entire SparkFamily. Congrats to you both for the 5K run...WooHoo! Report
Welcome! I share your love of cereal but always choose the ones with the higher protein (hypoglycemic) plus I add 1-2 walnuts. Sometimes I have it as a snack before bedtime so my low blood sugar doesn't wake me at 3 AM. Report
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Welcome, Sarah! Thanks for being part of such an amazing team! Report
Welcome Sarah! Report
Welcome Sarah!!! Report
Welcome to Sarah! It's nice to 'meet' you!
SparkPeople is wonderful and it's great you've joined the family and are working to make SP even more awesome. Talk about a dream job!
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Welcome Sarah! Your job sounds fun and rewarding. Best wishes for continued success! Report
Welcome Sarah! Report
So Glad to meet you! I laughed out loud when I read that your cat carries slippers around. Too funny! Report
Welcome Sarah!!
You are working with such a great group of people. I never ran at all until I joined SP. I always thought that runners were crazy. No one is chasing them, so why are they out there running? Now, I am proud to say, I am one of the crazies!!
Enjoy your journey, every moment of it in your personal life and at work and I am sure that you will be so happy! Report
Welcome Sarah! It's great to enjoy your job and helping people makes life a much happier place. You have a "bonus" working w/SP cuz your doing it with good people who have gifts and talents who can help each other as well with completing tasks & goals. Keep up the great work and much success. SP Sarah's a keeper!
Have fun ya'll. Peace, Darlene Report
Welcome to Spark. Since you are a cereal lover let me tell you about my favorite combination. I have it every morning (right after my grapefruit). Its Kashi Go Lean Crunch. Then I sprinkle a couple of table spoons of milled flax seed on top and of course, the very cold milk. So good! Report
Welcome to SparkPeople. Good luck with your running and other goals. Report
The warmest welcome and wishes to you! Report
Welcome Sarah! Report
Welcome, Sarah! I would love to see a special feature that would be another tracker of sorts, that would be right next to the other trackers on our start page, but it would be a check list of goals for the day. It would just need empty boxes, say maybe 10 that we could type in our "to do" things next to each box and as we complete them, we could check it off. Maybe even get spark points for completing it each day. The blogs are great, but to go back and check things off you would have to edit your blog every time, and the journal is great, but not as convenient as the trackers. So I think that would be a great new feature. I hope you understand what I'm trying to explain. Thanks, Sue Report
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Welcome - glad to see you joined the family! Report
Welcome, Sarah! I enjoyed your blog, and thanks for all you're doing for SP.

Good luck with your 5K.
Welcome Sarah ! This is also the name of my GrandD ! I hope her first job which is coming right up is as enjoyable to her as this is to you !! May you continue to work for SP and enjoy it ! I am sure it's FUN FUN FUN !!! I am also a cat person,,,,,,and love the purring so much as Princey just jumped off my lap.

CONGRATS On all you've done and will do. Keep up the good work with the running. I am so sorry to say that due to severe health problems, I can not run, and am just getting a cast off my leg finally after 2 months, but at LEAST I can finally WALK ! YEAH ! Celebrate each moment in life, it goes so quickly ! Report
Welcome Sarah! Good luck at your new job. I think working for Spark would be a totally awesome job! Helping other people stay healthy and learning more about keeping yourself healthy in the process. Good for you and way to go! Spark On!!!
p.s-i love cereal too... Report
Welcome Sarah you are during a great job on SP emeetings. I am having great fun. Report
Welcome Sarah, looking forward to seeing your articles on Spark. Keep up the good work with your running

Another cat lover,
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Welcome Sarah! Good luck with reaching your goals. You've found the right place! Report
Welcome to Spark Sarah, will be looking forward as you progress through spark. Report
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