People Magazine Half Their Size

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

SparkPeople member Lessie Alvarado (FlabbyAsian) is featured in the annual People Magazine "Half Their Size" cover story that is currently on newsstands. You can find out more about Lessie's success by picking up a copy of the magazine and checking out the online story at People.com.

Lessie was also interviewed by the Today Show last week (watch the video) along with People Senior Editor, Galina Espinoza, who later mentions SparkPeople in an interview with Fox Dallas.

Leave a comment below to join us in saying congratulations to Lessie for her inspirational weight loss success and her tremendous help "spreading the spark" within the pages of People Magazine. If you learned about SparkPeople from this or previous People articles let us know how your goals are going with a comment below as well.

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    I-N-S-P-I-R-A-T-i-O-N! That is what you and your story are....2 pounds this week....don't have as much to lose but am in my 40's and I am doing this BEFORE 50!

    2724 days ago
    These three people have changed my way of thinking! Thankyou sooooooo much :-)
    2932 days ago
    With tears in my eyes I want to say thank you, thank you for sharing your story and giving me something to believe in. My journey has been difficult and I keep getting on the rollercoaster and taking a ride but today I believe in my heart that I have finally reached that stage where enough is enough, and I do want this for myself. I hope others read your story and get the hope and inspiration that I have. Best wishes for your continued success and once again...THANK YOU!
    3425 days ago
    Wow Lessie! You look terrific and I know how hard you worked toward that goal. You're so right about doing it for yourself! Everyone you love does benefit in the long run, but it has to begin with you. Today will be my first day to start ... again.... I've been with SparkPeople for 2 years now, started out great but fell hard off that wagon! I never stopped logging in though, it's been a sort of life-line. Thank you for sharing your story. I read your spark page and see your words became true! You found one more purpose in life (this person) and touched the lives of many! You're an inspiration and I wish you many blessings.
    3434 days ago
    Congratulations.... You give me so much inspiration to forge on and stay strong even in the most darkest times in life. We all have issues we must face daily but to stay strong and keep your eye on the prize which is a healthier life and a better me. God bless you and you make me want to push even harder to keep on the plan, no excuses not to exercise its going to hurt anyway just get my butt up and do it... All I can say is WOOOOO HOOOOO emoticon

    3434 days ago
    Oh my Gosh Lessie you look awesome! My body doesn't want to drop 5 lbs let alone 150lbs!
    God Bless you, what an inspirational story. Keep up the great work!!!!!
    3436 days ago
    Congratulations! It is very hard to lose weight. I have a bit to lose myself and I find myself with an emotional eating condition. Sometimes I am motivated and sometimes not. It seems like I crave food I shouldn't be eating like chocolate.
    I really enjoyed reading your story.
    3437 days ago
  • SUZYQ2658
    Hi Lessie
    Just wanted to say congrats and well done for sticking to it. 21/2 years is a long time.
    I have over 100 pounds to lose and your story is an inspiration

    3437 days ago
    Lessie is an inspiration to me...she is the same height as me and although she had a hundred pounds on me I am STILL incredibly over weight for my size and MUST (for me) continue with my endeavors. I've lost 7 pounds in the last 2 weeks just sticking to 1000 to 1200 calories...I HATE counting them but...it helps me realize just HOW much I was consuming. I am a vegetarian so my meal planning is different but...I'm hangin in there...Blondie
    3437 days ago
    I too am very overweight, 5' and 265 lbs. There are so many things happening in my life, often, that causes me to start over. It was encouraging to see that although it took you 2 1/2 yrs. you reached your goal. Congratulations! If I am faithful I too can reach my goal by the time I am 60. You have been such an encouragement. emoticon
    3437 days ago
  • MCELLA915
    Hey Lessie, Congrats! I haven't been a Spark member very long but reading your story has inspired me to become more involved in this website, the people and it's tools for weight loss. Keep up the awesome work!! emoticon
    3437 days ago
    Congratulations Lessie. Well done. I have made up my mind to lose the weight that I need to. I have been a member of Spark people but have not really utilized the program. My journey begins today. You have definitely inspired me.
    3437 days ago
    Congrats! Keep up the great workout what a beauty keep smiling!
    Peace, Darlene emoticon
    3437 days ago

    Your story has inspired me! God bless you for sharing, and God help you to continue!

    3437 days ago
    Congratulations Lessie. I know how you feel. I just had an article done in Essence. Sparkpeople and the Sparkguy have changed my life too. You are an inspiration. Thank you.
    3440 days ago
    I read the People magazine ad because one of the ladies is from my area. I read all of the articles and that is how I found out about SparkPeople. I had never of you guys before. I was so impressed with the one gals weight loss, I decided to try it. I am sooooo glad I did. Thank you SparkPeople for being here for us!!
    3441 days ago
    Thanks so much to SparkGuy and Lessie. What you do is inspiring and hopeful. You're why I'm here on SparkPeople!!
    3441 days ago
    Congratulations! This is awesome and inspiring! emoticon
    3441 days ago
  • MARY0001
    Congratulations, Lessie! It's great to see a weight-loss/fitness success story resulting from participation in SparkPeople and one that also lets others know about what SparkPeople offers without cost. emoticon
    3441 days ago
  • SAND1957
    This is my 2nd week using the SP website. I have tried several other sites; however, I just love your site. I love SP! I have achieve much motivation and with your assistance know I will achieve my goals. I have been passing on this site to everyone I know. Thank you, I deeply appreciate you. emoticon
    3442 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    I hope SP gets mentioned MORE in articles, as it sure is important that other know about what is available here. emoticon
    3443 days ago
    Congratulations Lessie on your success. emoticon You are a inspiration to all of us that still have a journey to go. emoticon
    3443 days ago
    You obviously lost a LOT of weight before finding Spark People.
    What did you do to accomplish your major weight loss???
    3443 days ago
    Congratulations!!! You have helped me to keep going. I have a lot more weight to loose, but I have been struggling to stay the course and not go back to my old bad habits. Thanks for sharing your story. Spark on!
    3443 days ago
    Way to Go!! Thanks for sharing your success! emoticon
    3444 days ago
    Way to go girl! Keep up the Spark!
    3444 days ago
    A true inspiration!
    3444 days ago
  • JBMT08
    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! what you have accomplished is TREMENDOUS!!! OUTSTANDING!!! Bless you!
    3444 days ago
    GREAT JOB Lessie!! You do look beautiful!! Your hard work sure has paid off.
    3444 days ago
    We are all so proud of you!! Pat emoticon
    3444 days ago
    You've done a fantastic job - thanks for sharing your inspirational story with us here and People readers worldwide!

    3444 days ago
  • MISSM66
    Congrats to you keep up the good work emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3445 days ago
    Awesome job!!!

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    3446 days ago
    god bless you and your team for helping people like me and othersto lose weight . I m looking forward to start losing wieght with you guys. thanks for welcoming me.denlou54
    3446 days ago
    I bought this very People issue, just yesterday. I read it while walking on the treadmill this morning. It was very interesting and I was proud that I am a member of Sparkpeople. Once I was done, I then had to "kick up" my workout. I left the issue out so others in my household could see it.
    3447 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/10/2009 9:16:29 PM
  • PANDA20092009
    congrats leslie this article is what motivated me to start losing the weight i never thought i could do it but with everybody support i am going to do this time thanks so much emoticon
    3447 days ago
    People Magazine Half Their Size is the reason I joined SP. Thank you Lessie for your hard work and for sharing it in a way that can inspire so many others!!! emoticon
    3447 days ago
    Congrats!!! I am so happy for you!! emoticon
    3447 days ago
    emoticon A very special Congrats to you, Lessie!!!

    You are an inspiration to all of us.....

    Together, We Can Achieve!

    3447 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/10/2009 12:59:48 PM
    Lessie, a great, big, heartfelt "congratulations!"
    I'm aiming to meet you there someday soon and I'll look for all the reporters beating down MY door! LOL...!

    3447 days ago
    It was reading this issue of people that I decided I can lose weight and that I can do it all on my own. I don't need a magic pill or surgery. What I need is a new frame of mind. I am on my way.
    3448 days ago
  • AMYLYNN0307
    This artical is the reason I joined SparkPeople! I hope to have a "haf their size" story of my own!
    3448 days ago
  • MS-CEE
    I always grab the People "Half their Size" issue when I see it, and I always smile when I see a Spark member get his or her props.

    I am proud to be a Spark kid!
    3448 days ago
    I read the article in People Magazine online and it stuck with me. I signed up for Spark people but didn't remember where I read the article, but I was very impressed with her story. Once I found this blog, it hit me! Lessie's story is why I signed up for Spark People. What a great story!

    I tried to connect to the link for the video on the Today show but could not find the it. I would like to see it and will search again.

    This site is amazing. I will spread the word! emoticon
    3448 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    I know you will keep working to keep at your goal weight. Fantastic! emoticon
    3448 days ago
    This cover story right here is the reason I joined this site and it also motivated me to give it my all in 2009.
    3449 days ago
  • JUJUB69
    i read this people magazine and thats how i found out about the sparkpeople website and i am already amazed after a few days
    3449 days ago
  • IBU3007
    emoticon I hope I can lose a couple of kilos by the end of this month. I gained 2 kilos while on holidays and intend to lose more than that. Thanks for the story
    3449 days ago
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