Spark Spotlight: Geri, The Comeback Kid

By , SparkPeople Blogger
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.


Hometown: Ontario, Canada
Age: 50

What's your overall goal? 
My overall goal is to not go to extremes when it comes to losing weight. Every year, I would lose weight, get healthy and skinny and then immediately gain back the weight. Either I didn't know my limits when it came to eating my indulgences, or I couldn’t maintain a healthy lifestyle long-term. 

How is SparkPeople helping you get there? 
SparkPeople is helping me with this because I am more accountable. When I post what I’ve done toward leading a healthy lifestyle, I get that pat on the back from fellow members. It’s very encouraging, and it perpetuates healthy behavior. You don't want to break all of the streaks you’re on. Currently, I’m on a streak for tracking my food, and at times, I have streaks with exercise. I refuse to buy fitness or health magazines anymore because Spark has all the informative articles I need. There are great exercise resources, too! I also love the caring and encouraging postcards from members I have never even met. It’s always a treat when I get a kind email. I wrote an award-winning blog and it feels so good to touch others. I've also read great blogs from others and been touched in return. 

What are you most proud of this week? 
This week, I’m most proud of going back to the gym and trying out new classes on my own, and also making new friends. I tried the Body Walk class at my local YMCA, which has a weight training component. I may also try the yoga class soon.

What's your biggest challenge right now? 
In mid-October, I had a blood test and discovered that I have high cholesterol. It was shocking to me since I’ve eaten lots of vegetables every week and have worked out regularly. But it runs in my family, I didn’t have a handle on my junk food at times, and I probably didn’t set enough boundaries for myself. You can’t be too complacent. I’m not on medication for this; the doctor said to change it through my diet. Need to make changes. 

What advice do you have for someone who just joined Spark today? 

Be bold! Be brave! If I didn’t toot my own horn, I wouldn’t be where I am today, and I wouldn’t have met as many supportive people, my SparkFriends. No man or woman is an island. Tell us how you’re doing, good or bad. Tell us what you’ve done. Tell us about your family and your pets. Tell us about the good and the bad in your life right now. SparkPeople has helped me so much, and I trust it will help me as I continue with a healthy lifestyle. 

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Thank you for sharing your story. Report
HOLLYM48 2/5/2018
Great story! Report
TCANNO 2/4/2018
Nice story Report
CHRIS3874 2/4/2018
Ontario is a PROVINCE NOT a municipality Report
ROBBIEY 2/4/2018
this is good information Report
Have great weekend. Thanks for sharing your story with us. Report
Congrats Geri thanks for sharing. Report
JANET552 2/4/2018
Thanks for sharing this inspiring story. Report
TIGERLILLY55 2/4/2018
Great inspiration Report
Oh - I like that - toot my own horn. I've thought about doing that, but decided against it b/c I thought - who cares about my dog or my kids unless it has to do w/me making a good food or exercise decision. But now, I'm going to try this. Report
Congratulations! Report
PATRICIA-CR 1/9/2018
Well said! Report
Great story- very inspiring Report
TERRIBELLA63 1/8/2018
Thank you for sharing. I tend to try to do things alone but seeing what others are doing is such great encouragement. Report
BECCABOO127 1/8/2018
Great job! Report
CATE195 1/8/2018
Yeah Geri, I completely understand the part about getting skinny then gaining it all back. I'm really committed to Spark People now as I have once again reached my goal, but realize the hard work is ahead of me: to keep the weight off and continue with my healthy habits with the support of SP.
Thanks for sharing!
97MONTY 1/8/2018
Thanks for sharing Report
GOLFGMA 1/3/2018
I agree with Geri's comment about needing people who are doing the same things to talk to each and every day and feel that I have friends to share the good and not so good accomplishments. Report
SHAWSKITO 1/3/2018

Thanks! Good blog. Welcome back! It's hard to stay motivated when you don't have a "Drill Sergeant" that you have to account to for your actions or non-actions daily. Like the Nike motto - "Just Do It!" I know my downfalls, most days I just don't put my shoes on, but yesterday I hit the treadmill and did 1-1/2 miles. Hopefully by next week, I can get back to regularly doing 3 miles at least 5 days of the week. Have to stop reading so much on the computer - takes up valuable time, but it is also nice to have many friends. All the best to you to keep on track!
ZRIE014 1/3/2018
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MNABOY 1/1/2018
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ROBBIEY 1/1/2018
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JIBBIE49 1/1/2018
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