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The First State of the Spark Address

An Introduction from SparkPeople's Founder & CEO


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It was so kind and generous of you to do this. Thank you so very much Chris.

Jan Report
Thank you Chris .I just found Sparkpeople this Spring .I have been on so many diets only to gain every pound back plus more each time.I need the encouragment and the trackers . Bless You and the SparkTeam. Report
As I have always said, THANK YOU CHRIS for this wonderful site! It is such a gift and a blessing. Thank you for all you and the Sparkteam do to provide this to us! Report
Thank you for your undying concern for the health of America. I've gone to Curves and had good results in loosing weight. I am Bipolar and was put on Seroquel and gained close to 40 lbs. But the gym went out of business and other gyms were sooo expensive. I exercise at home with different CD's by Leslie Sansone, she combines cardio with strength training. She also combines cardio and floor exercising with ab training. She show concern for not hurting yourself and doing the exercises right and she is inspiring. When the gym closed and I gained all that weight I was so upset and depressed about the way I looked. I finally went to Psychiatrist and she took me off of Seroquel and put me on Latuda, then I started Spark People again I have been a member on and off since 2013. Now I am here to stay. Once coming off of Seroquel Leptin was able to tell me when I was full and in 2 months without any effort I went from 191 lbs. to 175 lbs. Since coming back to Spark since mid January I am now at a plateaued 168. Without the support of Spark I would have thought that I could not loose the weight and was doomed to be depressed about my body. Thanks again for your program and since money is tight the program being free is an even momentous blessing. Thanks a lot . Bridgette Baudoin (Franklin, Louisiana) Report
You are doing Great!
Thanks for the site
Cheers Richard Report
I found SP mid-DEC 2016,AND IT HAS CHANGED MY LIFE. The trackers has made it easier to focus on my health, and I'm grateful. Thanks a lot! shafferchet Report
Chris I want to thank you for setting up such a great site. It's got a wonderful support system and a great menu of areas to choose from. my only struggle is when i log food in, it takes a really long time to boot up, so sometimes I'll just use my fitness pal bc it's quick, but I really enjoy the articles and support! I got inspired to start a spark team but maybe I need to put on hold till I get more friends LOL Report
Chris, you are as inspiring as the whole site is. Thank you for providing this for free so that people who are struggling with finances can still make a positive change in their lives.
I know that the only way I can keep on track is to keep recording, reading inspirational stories and sharing successes/failures/fears and hopes. I love the point system, it encourages me when things are hard and gives me a boost when I am low. The various trackers remind me of what I am supposed to do. Knowing I have to track gets me out of my chair when I want to be lazy and stops me putting things in my mouth I shouldn't. Report
Hi, Christ Can't I still stay a member of Sparkpeople even if I don't have a personal coach? Report
too many e-mails You don't have too write a book every day Report
Chris you've made a difference in my life as well. I'm down 50 lbs since the second week of January this year. I have about 30 more to go but I'm confident I will lose the rest because of your site. I've gleaned so much good advice and information from this site. I tell anyone that asks about my weight loss about using SPARKPEOPLE. It's made a huge difference in how I think about life, let alone weight loss. Thanks for making this site and making a difference. I'm extremely grateful! Report
Dear Sparkguy:

While I *do* block ads on websites as a matter of course in my browser (Chrome via AdBlock), partly to make my sometimes slow internet connection and time online more efficient, I REALLY appreciate the sparkpeople site, and the fact that it is FREE!! :D I would welcome opportunities to click on partner ads, *at my time of choosing, on one page, all put together* especially if there were sparkpoints associated with clicking daily.

Just a suggestion :)
THANKS! Report
Thank you Chris! SparkPeople has helped me greatly, and I have had many of my patients (I am a healtcare provider) receive help in achieving healthy goals by using your site. You have whatever support I can give you! Report
Chris, thank you for this address. It is informative for those who have not read either "Spark" or "The Spark Solution" that I have both enjoyed. I found SP quite by accident in a magazine in the doctor's office. I joined SP in October, 2013, having lost 140 pounds on Jenny and on my own, beginning at 535 pounds. I have lost another 47 on SP. I am 67, went from a wheel chair to a walker, and now a cane. I have made much progress in all areas of my life, and am just starting with a personal trainer. I have a long term goal for another 100 pounds. My family says, "Mom, if you lose 287, you should go for 300!" I just might.
Thank you for your commitment to the world, and this wonderful place to learn and grow.
Tearose22/Tina/Cleveland, Ohio Report
I'm upset because Sparkpeople made me start over because I was forced to change my email address. I've lost all my Sparkpeople history. Report

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