The SparkPeople Blog

Spark Spotlight: Juli (JULIHC82)

pin it
author photo

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
11/19/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  1 comments   :  66 views

willAt SparkPeople, we love helping people accomplish big goals—but we believe it's equally important to celebrate the small successes along the way. Each week in the Spark Spotlight, we'll check in with a featured member about his or her proudest moments, biggest challenges and advice for others on living, thinking and feeling healthier. We hope these quick snapshots will help motivate you to keep moving steadily toward your own goals, week by week.
 
This Week's Spotlight: Juli (JULIHC82)
Age: 36
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
 
Small Success of the Week
 
This week, we are excited for Juli, who posted to the Community Goal Feed that she finally hit "onederland" for the first time in 15 years!

What's your overall goal?

Onederland is actually one of many goals that I have set for myself, but my overall goal is to lose 125 pounds and weigh around 140. I am almost 60 percent of the way there. I find it very helpful to make multiple attainable goals to really encourage myself to succeed. On my SparkPeople page, I keep track of every step of the way and mark the date each time I reach a goal—it really helps me stay accountable.

What's your biggest challenge right now?

Unfortunately, my biggest challenge is that I have a rare, incurable muscle disease. Though painful and very difficult at times, it's certainly not the worst disease to have, so I'm lucky in a way. It is what it is, so I try to stay positive. My biggest challenge besides my muscles is trying to eat enough quality nutrition. Sometimes I get complacent and make poor choices because I'm being lazy and choosing the easy options.

How is SparkPeople helping you get there?

SparkPeople helps me stay accountable. This community encourages me to be a better version of myself and transform into the person I am supposed to be.

What advice do you have for someone who just joined SparkPeople?

I would encourage a new person to SparkPeople to just be open to this community and really embrace this place where you can just be honest without judgment. Doing that will ignite the spark in you [and] success will follow! It took me longer than I wish it would have to finally embrace my truth and true self. But, thankfully, SparkPeople helped me do that.

Want to be the next small success we spotlight? Share your successes on the Community Goal Feed or in the comments below, and you might be the next person we contact!

How to Stop Feeling Guilty for Losing Weight

pin it
author photo

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
11/19/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  0 comments   :  82 views

We talk a lot about all the good things that come with weight loss. There's the lower risk of heart disease, improved cholesterol, increased mobility, renewed confidence, reduced chance of diabetes—the list goes on (and on and on). But parting with pounds can also come with some not-so-positive side effects, many of which go unspoken, disguised or overlooked.
 
Like weight loss guilt.

Read More ›

How a Single Working Mother Finally Lost the Weight—This Time for Good

pin it
author photo

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
11/15/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  18 comments   :  943 views

Like many SparkPeople members, 43-year-old Chris (ASHLEEMICAHSMOM) can't remember a time when she hasn't struggled with her weight. As an elementary school student in Flint, Michigan, she used to sneak the "goodies" out of other kids' lunchboxes.
 
"While I was never really bullied about my weight, I have always felt fat, and I always compared myself to all the pretty, skinny girls," she recalls. Then, when Chris lost her father at 18, she sought comfort in even more food. It wasn't long before her childhood chubbiness had become full-fledged obesity.

Read More ›

Spark Spotlight: Bobbie Jo (BOBBIEJO1017)

pin it
author photo

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
11/12/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  16 comments   :  3,697 views

At SparkPeople, we love helping people accomplish big goals—but we believe it's equally important to celebrate the small successes along the way. Each week in the Spark Spotlight, we'll check in with a featured member about his or her proudest moments, biggest challenges and advice for others on living, thinking and feeling healthier. We hope these quick snapshots will help motivate you to keep moving steadily toward your own goals, week by week.
 
This Week's Spotlight: Bobbie Jo (BOBBIEJO1017)
Age: 44
Location: Sumner, Iowa
 
Small Success of the Week
 
Bobbie Jo posted a "sweaty birthday selfie" to the Community Goal Feed along with a post that she made herself get out of bed for a 35-minute run in honor of her own personal "new year."

What's your overall goal?

My overall goal is to eat healthier and lose some weight.

How is SparkPeople helping you get there?

I like SparkPeople because I am able to get a lot of motivation and information.

What's your biggest challenge right now?

My biggest challenge right now is tracking my food—I feel the only way for me to figure out how to eat healthily is to track what I eat so I can really focus on a healthier version [of myself].

What advice do you have for someone who just joined SparkPeople?

My advice is it takes time. Try to focus on the little accomplishments you make for yourself. For example, I used to grab a quick lunch at a gas station and lately I have been packing my lunches which has saved me money but also lots of extra calories that I was eating.
 
Want to be the next small success we spotlight? Share your successes on the goal feed or in the comments below, and you might be the next person we contact!

11 of the Best YouTube Fitness Channels

pin it
author photo

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
11/8/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  142 comments   :  102,990 views

The gym is far from dead, a good group fitness class can be highly motivating and a run or walk around the block can be a great way to burn calories while enjoying the fresh air. But if you're pressed for time, house-bound by nasty weather or just having one of those days when you'd rather not venture out into close proximity to other humans, you can still get a great workout in the comfort and privacy of home.

Read More ›

Spark Spotlight: Ally (ALLYLIZZY)

pin it
author photo

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
11/5/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  35 comments   :  6,431 views

At SparkPeople, we love helping people accomplish big goals—but we believe it's equally important to celebrate the small successes along the way. Each week in the Spark Spotlight, we'll check in with a featured member about his or her proudest moments, biggest challenges and advice for others on living, thinking and feeling healthier. We hope these quick snapshots will help motivate you to keep moving steadily toward your own goals, week by week.
 
This Week's Spotlight: Ally (ALLYLIZZY)
Age: 26
Location: Santa Rosa, California
 
Small Success of the Week
 
Ally is happy to report to SparkPeople's Community Goal Feed that she is down from a size 20 in shorts to a size 13!

Read More ›

Read More Entries ›


Have a Tip or Idea?

Send it to editor@dailyspark.com