Two Members in National Magazines on Newsstands Now

Friday, May 23, 2008

On newsstands this week, you'll find the success stories of SparkPeople members in both People and Good Housekeeping magazines!

After dropping ten sizes and 50 pounds, Diana Bales (DI136229), was selected by the editors of Good Housekeeping to represent SparkPeople in their annual "Walk Off Pounds!" cover story. Reflecting on her experience Diana said, "When I joined SparkPeople last year I just wanted to lose my Christmas weight. But I ended up reaching a goal weight I NEVER thought I could." She also completed her first 5K race and her first triathlon, but more importantly, she learned to never say, "I can't." See the newly transformed Diana in the current issue of Good Housekeeping, on newsstands now!

Nichole Jones (NICHJONES) was selected by the editors of People magazine for their cover feature "100 Pounds Lost, and Swimsuit Ready" that hit newsstands on May 23, 2008. As part of the photo shoot, Nichole was flown to Miami Beach and last Wednesday, to New York City to promote the magazine story on "Good Morning America," "Inside Edition" and "Extra!" Nichole, a SparkPeople member for over 2 years, lost 105 pounds and recently started participating in fitness and figure competitions. You can see her bikini-ready body in the current issue of People magazine, on newsstands this week!

These women aren't celebrities with personal chefs and trainers. They're regular people just like you who spent years working hard for what they wanted. Because of their determination, they were rewarded with an experience they'll never forget—an all expenses paid trip to Miami Beach, a glamorous photo shoot, and the opportunity to Spread the Spark to millions of people. It doesn't get much better than that. Like Diana and Nichols, you just might be the next SparkPeople Success Story!

Show your support by picking up copies of both People and Good Housekeeping soon, as they won't be on newsstands much longer!
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    3123 days ago
    now THAT'S what I'M talkin about! these women rule! sp has helped so many average, ordinary people change their lives for the better, including me, to grow personally and actively manage their healthy lifestyle-change, and it's finally getting the recognition it deserves. sp rocks! nancy
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    3267 days ago
  • HOLLYJ1985
    these women are amazing!
    3270 days ago
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    3276 days ago
    Really awesome, and very encouraging to others. WELL DONE. emoticon emoticon
    3278 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/5/2009 8:37:00 AM
    Wow that's awesome!
    3280 days ago
    Wow! This shows how effective SparkPeople is!
    3282 days ago
    I found out able this website this morning watching Good Morning America. I love it! emoticon
    3287 days ago
    It's just wonderful the Ladies are being put in the spotlight for their hard work and success. It's also great the word will be spread so more average people will have a chance to join and use the services to change their life for the better. Thanks so much Mr Sparkguy, Sparkpeople.com is such a blessing. emoticon
    3329 days ago
    This is amazing!! And it's so important to highlight the fact that these are real women who did this through hard work and determination! Great job!!
    3338 days ago
    Wow Ladies -
    emoticon . This is the first day of my 3rd week and I have already lost 5.5 lbs. I am just learning my way around the SparkPeople site, but love it already. I have read several articles and have even taken a few polls.

    I am looking forward to meeting many people/friends here on "Sparky" and reaching my goal of losing 30 lbs.

    3339 days ago
    WOW!!!! Awesome job ladies! You are an inspiration to all of us!!!
    3343 days ago
    how do we get copies of these magazines? this is great! emoticon
    3352 days ago
    I am at work right now but makes me want to hit the gym right now!! Great Job ladies.
    3359 days ago
    Read the story. Did 15 reps. Motivation meter is through the roof. Good Luck to all! emoticon
    3370 days ago
    wow this site really supports and helps motivate people. congradulations for all who has succeeded.
    3371 days ago
    Hi, I am also fairly new to this site. This is such a wonderful and encouraging site. It is so simple to use and also very helpful. I joined this site after reading about it in a magazine; even though I'm not sure which magazine I read it in. emoticon
    3386 days ago
    HI Sparkguy, I just joined in a couple of weeks ago. I am getting used to your site. It is not too hard to find your way around it and lots of useful and helpful information. I have to say I love Sparkpeople.com. So far I haven't lost any weight, but should be soon as I am getting more active and working on my eating habits. Started out just cutting back on how much I eat. And now cutting out junk and adding more healthy stuff. I even cleaned out my pantry yesterday.
    I would love to read these articles on Diana and Nicole. Is there any way we can get copies on the issues or articles themselves? Thanks for a wonderful and easy site.
    3404 days ago
  • NADINE1011
    It is wonderful that Spark People is being recognized and commented upon. I too found out about Spark People through a magazine. In Dec. '08, People magazine had done an article on people who had lost half their weight. I was reading the different ways they had done it. One young lady who had lost over 100lbs. cited Spark People.com. I found your site and I have been hooked ever since. emoticon
    3412 days ago
  • LSAN159996
    Since these articles appeared in May '08 and are no longer on the newsstand, would it be possible for SparkPeople to getcopyright permission from the magazines to reproduce the Sparkpeople portion of these articles on the SparkPeople website?

    I was unable to find either person in keyword searches on the magazines' website and would love to read their stories
    3441 days ago
    I love spark people and I tell everyone I know about it. I will sit there and teach them how to use the tools because that was the hardest for me. I am so glad more people will know about spark
    3451 days ago
    Sparkguy.....i will always love you...
    3478 days ago
    As a new member of Sparkpeople, I find these articles so encouraging. This is good stuff!
    3486 days ago
    Hi, Zik! That's terrific that you've already reached your goal! You must have worked exceptionally hard! I'm so glad for you and hope these articles in the magazines will let others join us in Sparking! emoticon Carol (from Oregon, remember?)
    3491 days ago
    I found out about Spark in the Good Housekeeping article. Very inspirational.
    3491 days ago
    This is really cool. I only joined SparkPeople in August, and I've already lost 25 pound and hit my goal. I also ran my first 5K in September, and I've made some new friends. People are asking ME to be their SparkBuddy! Thanks for spreading the spark!

    3494 days ago
    These stories are truly inspirational. It's so motivating to see everyday, regular people achieve such goals.
    3495 days ago
  • CAR2631
    I love this site! I have made recipes which were very good. My husband is even beginning to eat better. I really think that this is going to be the one for me. I lost 5 pounds my first week by following the guidelines and documenting everything that I eat as well as documenting my exercises. I also plan foods much better and going out to eat for now is almost never. emoticon
    3495 days ago
    This is so great. Regular people working hard and that is what this is all about. Not hiring a personal trainer, cook, etc, but digging in and doing it yourself. I missed out on the issues and the show as I work nights and feel like a bat, but was encouraged by reading this blog. Thanks!
    3518 days ago
  • PAR12199
    I love this site--Sparkpeople. I have only been here for a couple of weeks and I am still finding great info.
    Thanks Sparkpeople.
    3522 days ago
  • JENNY122449
    I found Sparkpeople by accident, It is the best accident ever. I feel good knowing there are people in the world who are interested in helping people lose weight, not dipping into their pocketbooks.
    3543 days ago
    Thank god We found sparkpeope.
    3548 days ago
  • DONNA433
    This article was truly an inspiration to me. I am so jazzed to lose weight after reading about their success stories! Congrats to you both...you deserve it after all your hard work. emoticon
    3562 days ago
    SparkPeople.com is doing a great job of reaching people who can benefit from this site and all of the resources. I found out about it through a program called MyPoints. I may not have otherwise, but that just goes to show the company's dedication to reach everyone whether through word of mouth, referrals, online contacts, etc. I am so glad they did I have lost 8 lbs. total since starting 7/20/08 and every day I look forward to getting online and using the tools and resources on Sparkpeople! Thanks everyone at Sparkpeople...you are doing a great job! emoticon
    3567 days ago
    This is truly inspiring. I am motivated to lose weight and get healthy all over again.
    3569 days ago
    Dang. I'm impressed!
    3570 days ago
    I hope to one day be featured in People magazine once I complete my weight loss. However, you can all check me out in the June/July issue of Heart & Soul magazine for my current weight loss success!!! emoticon
    3590 days ago
    Nicole is also the reason I joined. I had not idea this site existed. This site is a blessing. I am still struggling to get started but had some medical issues to deal with. I am glad to see that there could be more rewards than just loosing weight and feeling better!

    I would love to be an inspiration to everyone including myself.
    3606 days ago
    super cool... only hope that someday i can join them
    3608 days ago
    Nichole is the reason I joined sparkpeople in the first place! I love it, and she is an inspiration.
    3616 days ago
    the stories of these women resemble great ecouragement for women and men who want to loose weight.
    3618 days ago
    3620 days ago
    These stories are extremely motivating! I can't wait to be the feature story for healthy weight loss. emoticon
    3624 days ago
    Reading both stories reinforced my happiness with finding the Sparkpeople website.
    Kudos to both of you ladies, you give me hope. emoticon
    3628 days ago
    Nichole's story actually inspired me to check SP out, and I have been a member now for almost a month! Thank you so much!
    3628 days ago

    After just finding this site yesterday, I think it is wonderful! I am so excited to have SPARKPEOPLE as a tool for my lifestyle change.

    Thanks to everyone who contributes and to the SPARKPEOPLE staff for all they do everyday. emoticon
    3631 days ago
  • QUEENB33111
    3634 days ago
  • ZRY1208
    Wow, this is just very motivating that somebody just like us can on the Cover magazines. . It is very inspiring.
    3636 days ago
    Wow & Congrats!!
    This is truly uplifting. Keep up the GREAT work emoticon
    3636 days ago
    What a great motivating story this is for someone that is new to SparksPeople.

    3637 days ago
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