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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Hi Everyone!

In my last blog, I mentioned we are working on our biggest site upgrade ever. As an update, we finished all of the plans for this and our tech team is now developing the software.

I wish I could share all the details here, but this is so exciting I don't want to give competitors a look at what we're building.

After getting to the final plans, I can say that this is what I've always wanted SparkPeople to really be like, but we've had a hard time figuring out how to do this. Well, thanks to great work by a bunch of people on the team and even help from one of our partners, I think we finally figured it out and this will be the best software we've ever had to help people reach their goals.

You might guess that a bunch of things we're doing for the small goals challenge work into this and you'd be right :).

Our goal is to launch this by the end of summer. I'll try to get an exact date when I can. I can't wait to see what all of you think about this. We want to launch version 1 (V1) quickly, get reactions from you and some other experts who will take a look, and then we already have a list of V2 items to add to this platform.

We gave a sneak preview of the software yesterday to a possible partner and they were blown away because nobody has done something like this in our category.

Now that I'm finished working on the plans for this, I should be able to write more regularly as well. Like hopefully I can share my commencement speech this weekend as my weekly email.

I hope all of you are doing well! Thanks again for your support with this challenge and my blogs. All of this definitely influenced the thinking that went into this big project. I can't wait to see what you think!



Here is the link to the team if you haven't joined yet (we're over 2,000 members!):

Here is the button to press. Each time you press the button, the number of total presses will increase by one as a way to show that we're all part of something bigger -- a community of people reaching goals together!

Below is overview information for the challenge:

If you haven't seen this yet, here is the original announcement for this challenge:

And here is the link to the SparkPeople Fuel for Improvement System Overview that lists all of the current lessons and activities:

In addition to pressing the button, if you like posting comments, feel free to make a comment in each blog. I love seeing all the comments on the first blog with people saying "I commit to.......". Also feel free to post/track any of those goals to the community goals feed if you'd like.

Come back and push the button as many times during the day as you'd like to re-affirm your commitment -- like if you are wavering on making a healthy vs. unhealthy choice or just need a little extra push. All you need to do is refresh the page and the button will also refresh. Remember to subscribe to my blog if you would like to get an email alert right when I publish.

The button will remain on my blogs for now, but we might move it to a more prominent location at some point.

I am committed to a couple of goal right now:
1) Getting this challenge launched. I think this could be a lot of fun and a big way to help people, so I will work on this almost every day at least some.
2) I'm working to build the fitness level for my kids in various ways that I'll share more about on future blogs.
3) A commitment to keep my 10+ fitness minutes streak going.

SparkCheers and thanks for your support!

Chris (SparkGuy)
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