Save the Date: Show Your Spark Book Club Weekend!

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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

One of the biggest and most important"Show Your Spark" Weekends is coming this January 22nd- 24th, 2010. This is your chance to show others that you're part of a worldwide movement in fitness, nutrition and healthy living!

As many of you know, one of the biggest reasons that SparkPeople is free is because our members do such an amazing job of Spreading the Spark! This allows us to keep our costs low and keep resources focused on making the site better for you and your friends. That's why we encourage you to tell others about SparkPeople. Show Your Spark Weekend is an easy way to get the word out and find even more SparkFriends to share your journey.

So, why is this one of the most important Show You Spark Weekends – because we are trying to get on the New York Times Bestsellers List and you can help! We are holding a Show Your Spark Book Club Weekend as well as a contest to have Chris "SparkGuy" Downie call into your local book club!

We are currently developing a bonus book site that will hold all the details needed to host your very own book club that weekend, but we wanted to provide a "Save the Date" post so people can begin to plan ahead! More details will be posted soon, but below are details on the contest.

  • SparkPeople will hold a STS Book Club Weekend January 22nd-24th, 2010

  • SparkRallies posted for this weekend only will be entered into a drawing to have Chris “SparkGuy” Downie call into their book club meeting or SparkRally

For more Spread the Spark ideas, visit this page. And to Show Your Spark every day of the year, check out our branded products and apparel at SparkPeopleStore.com. We hope that we can count on you to Show Your Spark this January 22nd- 24th, 2010. As always, thank YOU for making SparkPeople such a positive place!
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    seems like it would be a good book
    2990 days ago
  • DON691
    After being away from spark for 3 yrs Im back to lose I hope 50 lbs, spark did it for me yrs ago when I lost 40 and I know with everyones help i can do it again , thank you Don
    3010 days ago
    Just pulled out Show Your Spark Weekend Meet 'n Greet for tomorrow...woo hoo!

    3011 days ago
    I recently joined spark people, I just got my computer and this is how I am learning to use it. this is a great site for healthy living and a great way to learn my way around my computer thanks sparkpeople emoticon
    3012 days ago
    I have my book and it is great!!!!! I am on chap 7 and I am proud to be apart of Sparkpeople. I have my t-shirt and got my husband one for christmas. I love all you have done for us and God Bless you Chris!!!!!!!!

    3012 days ago
    Bought it, but haven't read it yet. My Bad. Cause, I'm sure it will help me get off my butt and work it!.

    3012 days ago
    I bought the Kindle version and have been listening while I work out at the gym. I love it!
    3012 days ago
    Thank you for writing such an inspirational book. emoticon
    3012 days ago
    FYI: Selected Titles Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off -- Offer valid through February 1, 2010, in stores and on Borders.com -- The Spark is included on page 3 and here's the link:
    3012 days ago
  • MISSM66
    Excellent book I am still reading my book,and will always read it,lots of motivation and good idea's in the book,very good book, emoticon emoticon
    3012 days ago
    I went through the book and found lots and lots of motivating and encouraging reading. In fact with the amount of information and reading material this could have been 2 books instead of one.
    3012 days ago
    Received My copy yesterday:) Started reading it this morning, Wow it is amazing all I have learned though the years Chris has put it together easy for me to go by!! Can't wait to get back to it today:) made my mind FOCUS:) emoticon
    3012 days ago
  • DRIVEN4444
    Love this book, read it every day! emoticon
    3013 days ago
    I was touched by how Chris inadvertantly encouraged his (former) co-worker, Pat, into changing her lifestyle. I'm three chapters in, and it hit some heartstrings enough to make me cry and nod my head in agreement with some of the statements!

    My best wishes to everyone at SP, especially Chris, for doing right by SO MANY PEOPLE. That's a true humanitarian right there! Good luck everyone, we can do it! emoticon
    3013 days ago
    Only using the online resources is incomplete without the book. I have had my ah moment while reading the book and putting in place the recommended tasks. Great book. emoticon
    3015 days ago
    I've only had my book for 2 days and cannot explain how its made me feel....IT FINALLY ALL MAKES SENSE!!! Why the dieting alone never had a lasting effect, for thanks to "The Spark " I see now that its not just about "losing" the weight but also "finding" myself, my dreams and working all areas of my life for the good of each other!!! WOW and I'm only at chapter 2! I'm excited for whats to come!!! emoticon
    3015 days ago
  • SHERYLP461
    I just got my book today and started reading. Love it so far
    3015 days ago
  • GIVEUP30
    I have just received the book a few days ago and I'm reading it.
    3015 days ago
    Just downloaded The Spark book into my Kindle - have it with me always. My new best friend :-) emoticon
    3015 days ago
    i love sp been here long time met lots of great people here i only encountered one bad person here and that huge for how big it is i just want to encourage any one and every one if you are thinking about a life change this is he time to look and feel good about joining this site it has totally changed me i just love it the friends the message boards the food guides and shopping list and recipes all help plus the teams and fitness board i love it all what can i say i like to exercise now before it was a waste of my time look at me before and then now just for the toning of things i have really came long way this will be my year to looking great feeling great and succeed i feel it thanks spark people sherry wilson

    3015 days ago
  • HARPO787
    For those asking what's inside the book, you can go to amazon.com and "Look Inside" and see the Table of Contents as well as roughly 6 pages from the introduction. Here is a bit taken from the inside flap of the book:

    In The Spark you'll discover:

    -A 28 day program that distills the most effective, medically accepted nutrition and fitness practices from SparkPeople into an innovative 4 stage, 4-week program, available only in this book

    -The 27 "secrets to success" that thousands of successful SparkPeople members have used to reach their goals

    -SparkPeople member success stories that offer an honest and inspiring look at weight loss -- with all its ups and downs -- from those who havelost anywhere from 2 to 200 pounds

    -A fully illustrated workout program created by SparkPeople's certified fitness trainer, Coach Nicole

    -A stunning 16-page color insert featuring before-and-after photos and the stories of some of SparkPeople's dedicated members

    -A step-by-step, mix-and-match food plan that will teach you how to combine foods into delicious recipes that won't leave you feeling hungry or deprived
    3015 days ago
    I just got the book this weekend. I have started to read it and keep saying Yes, Yes. This is why I joined this site. I have just started my journey and this book and site have me motivated.
    3015 days ago
    I had pre-ordered the Spark and was so excited when my UPS man delivered it. I read a chapter each night before bed and it reaffirmed all the reasons why I joined Sparkpeople in the first place. The success stories inspired me to be a success story too! As I read, I kept saying "Yes, yes, yes". Reading the book in conjunction with doing the program on line strengthened my belief and commitment to the program. Thank you Chris!
    3015 days ago
    I have the book and really enjoy it. I sometimes go back and read again when I am having a down day. Thanks for the motivation it has really helped. emoticon
    3015 days ago
    I, too, would like to know what the book entails. I don't see any answers to that question here. How can I 'look through' the book, or find out something about it?
    3015 days ago
    I got my book from Kindle emoticon
    3015 days ago
    what does the book discuss exactly?
    3015 days ago
    I am ready the Spark and excited to change the rest of my life. The stories from other Sparkers sharing their success is very inspiring and motivating to me.
    3015 days ago
    Just bought the Spark book.....cannot wait to read it! emoticon
    3015 days ago
    Wow! Just got my Feb. copy of Good Housekeeping Magazine and saw Chris Downie's article "Start Small Lose B!G" All I can say is: W!O!W!

    That is awesome !!!!!!

    3016 days ago
    I ordered it the other day and am looking forward to receiving.
    3017 days ago
    Looking forward to reading the book. I've just had a chance to skim it and that is all. Can't wait to get into the meat of the book!
    3017 days ago

    I went out yesterday and purchased The Spark Book at Books A Million, It is a really good book Thank you Chris for putting this book out there.
    3017 days ago
    What is in the book and how do i get one?
    3017 days ago
    I have The Spark and am reading it...looking forward to success! TERRIBERRI4 emoticon emoticon
    3017 days ago
    I just purchased The Spark book as an audiobook which is great because I can listen to it while walking on my treadmill. If I like a certain chapter I will listen to it more than once . Thanks emoticon
    3017 days ago
    have been doing the quizzes. such informative stuff. i suffer depression and know i have to add exercise to my day. thank you
    3017 days ago
    Yep, when you edit your sparkpage, there is a box to check that you bought the spark. There is also a box to check that you read the spark.
    3017 days ago
  • LAURAP924
    Does anyone know how you get the "I Bought the Spark" icon on your sparkpage???
    3017 days ago
    I am trying to get my family and friends to join. My workout partner gave me the book the other day and we both have signed up. Just starting out means we have a way to go to get rid of all of the unhealthy habits. But we are in it for the long haul. I so want to make a permanent change!
    3017 days ago
    I'm just waiting for delivery. Looking forwards to reading love the site though its fantasic!

    3018 days ago
  • MISTY767
    emoticon Just finished reading the Spark. This book gives the tools to plan & stay with the changes needed for your lifestyle plan. I have been a member of SparkPeople since March 2008. I joined mainly to change my eating habits. I now eat 3 meals & 2 snacks a day instead of 1 meal (dinner). I know that sounds stupid but I had a lifetime of 1 meal a day and it was hard for me to change, to much food to eat. I had to change for my health. I have learned a lot about health, eating the right food & the importance of exercise. I use the meal tracker daily. I am now starting the diet. This book & website will help me reach my goals. Thank You SparkPeople for our home full of support members.

    3019 days ago
    Sharing, spreading, showing our sparks! Great.
    3019 days ago
    sounds like a good idea, but I've not yet gotten the book :-( but I do let everyone I know about the site itself!
    3020 days ago
    3020 days ago
    This will make a great Valentine's Gift :) emoticon
    3021 days ago
    Let me know if anyone is going to host one in Milwaukee Wisconsin or nearby communities. I'll help
    3021 days ago
    I emoticon and I had told 4 people about it; so far 2 of them has joined SparkPeople and became SparkFamily. I am over joyed! Thank you for joining our SparkPeople Family!
    3021 days ago
    I have been telling my personal trainer about SparkPeople for some time and he has yet to catch the spark, but he loves the motivation that I carry with me as a result of this site.
    3021 days ago
  • FREDDIE_13
    I will be spreading the Spark! The Spark and Sparkpeople has made such a difference in my life, I want to tell EVERYONE about it!
    3021 days ago
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