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Dear Chris (Spark Guy) and Staff cc: Spark Friends and Team(s)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Dear Spark Guy & Staff:

5 years, yes 5 years on Sparkpeople.com I have lost weight using your site as a tool to loose those pesky pounds I tend to put back on eventually after having lost them...yes I am/was a yo-yo'er. But...I never really ever felt the "Spark" while losing weight although I knew I was on a healthier path....

What I want to tell you now is how my Spark Friends finally...FINALLY penetrated my thick skull telling me I needed to take care of me first. I listened this year after brutalizing myself mentally physically and spiritually last year by working almost 24/7 non-stop. A great year fiscally however my body had turned to a lump, muscles atrophied, spirit depleted, healthy eating only a vague memory of the past.

Ok...so where is this going?

I began slowly by reintroducing myself to walking with my Dogs (Doggettes)

and boy what a challenge that was physically! A month or so later I wanted to be challenged more and when I met a physical trainer, I actually became "Sparked"!! I joined her facility where their mindset is not to lose weight per se but to get fit and healthy with weight loss as a result...

well Duh, Spark Guy and my apologies as that is EXACTLY what you and your wonderful staff continue to tell us!

Spark Guy to give you an idea of this awesome woman and her facility when I struggled thru the "power lunch" routine yesterday - 10 lateral burpees 10 squat jumps 10 plank with leg curl in a 2 minute segment 30 seconds rest then start again...for 10 circuits total. Keep in mind I am not in trainer shape at age 57 LOL! Wow, when I was halfway thru I was having a hard time she jumped right beside me and said come on you can do it lowered me to 5 reps vs 10 and by golly I finished!!

I am SO SPARKED right now for all the right reasons.....I feel so good, healthier. I feel my blood coursing through my veins now, my body's muscles becoming firm and toned...I have only been to 5 sessions I can only imagine how I am going to feel in a year, oh heck another month! I am more aware, more focused, happier....I am finally Sparked !

Better news here. We as a group decided to all go as a unit to an event called Spartan Race. 4500 hundred showed up this year and some from the group that did go said it took them 2 hours and 20 minutes to get thru the course...I am SO pumped about doing this. Allow me to share my 1 year goal in fitness


I feel energized, I never want to abuse my body my mind my spirit again...ok OK I get it I now know what you are driving us all towards...you want us SPARKED!! for a healthier happier Life!

I cannot thank you enough Spark Guy & Staff for all you do for all of us here at Spark People and am truly grateful for your continued perseverance in helping us to become what we are capable of and then showing us that pushing just a little bit more for that extra mile is worth even more because...WE ARE, WE CAN and WE WILL DO IT!!

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    Way to get sparked!!!!
    2921 days ago
    Ellen! I sure do wish I lived by you, so I could join you. It sounds like so much fun. I'm sure it was hard to start, but look at you now! So inspiring!
    2921 days ago
    Aww. Ellen! I want to live by you and join in your fun! You are an inspiring woman!
    2921 days ago
    Aww. Ellen! I want to live by you and join in your fun! You are an inspiring woman!
    2921 days ago
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    3116 days ago
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    emoticon AWESOME my friend!! So glad you are SPARKLING....but then I think you always have been you are just taking time to notice!!!!! emoticon

    :( But -the Spartan race link isn't working

    3117 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/16/2012 1:29:36 PM
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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Sparktacular! I feel the same way about SparkPeople & my SparkFriends ~ y'all keep me going when I would've quit, as before... this is different. I no longer feel helpless, hopeless, nor alone & words don't express how much this truly means to me... I'm so glad we're Sparking2gether & I look forward to sharing your victories & your milestones! Here! Together! Woot!!!
    3118 days ago
    Wow Ellen, I am so proud of you and so happy that you are feeling the Spark!!!!
    Leesa emoticon
    3118 days ago
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    Ellen ~ I am SO thrilled for you!!!! Now if I could just get sparked like you, but I just can't seem to get my head in the game!! LOL!!!! Maybe I can get sparked off you!!!! I am SO proud of you!!!!
    Hugzz ~ Jae emoticon

    PS ~ nose numps!!!!
    3119 days ago
    emoticon shazam!
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    3119 days ago
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    emoticon Awesome Ellen! This is what I have been waiting for you to discover - for yourself!! I love the way you SPARKLE!
    I am so very happy for you, and proud of you!

    emoticon Dianne
    3119 days ago
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