Spark Spotlight: Dawn (PENNYLANE15)

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.

This Week's Spotlight: Dawn (PENNYLANE15)
Age: 32
Location: Levittown, PA

Dawn's Small Success of the Week

"Celebrating five years of 100-pound weight loss!"

What's your overall goal? 

To just feel better and be able to live life. I spent almost my entire life just feeling like utter crap, both physically and mentally. I just wanted to change that. And now, years later, I'm so thankful to myself for not only doing, it but keeping myself here. 

How is SparkPeople helping you get there? 

SparkPeople has helped me every single day for years. Whether it's logging my food to stay on track or even logging it on days when I'm so off track that I've got to find a map to get back, logging food helps to hold me accountable. Seeing a bad day literally broken down in front of me makes it real, and that also means I can change it. I can see the mistake and brush myself off and move forward. Plus, SparkPeople is so much more than a "calorie counting" app: It's a community. When I needed motivation, I'd read through success stories. When I needed encouragement, I reached out to people on the site. When I needed a new perspective, I read blogs from members who have gone through what I was currently going through, and it helped me to see the light at the end of the tunnel and understand it's a process. 

What's your biggest challenge right now? 

Maintenance! When you're in the midst of losing the weight, all you can think of is getting "there," whether that's your goal weight, size or overall feeling. Then you do get there -- and boy, it's TOUGH staying there. Old habits come back, sometimes you give yourself too much slack on certain things, and the next thing you know, your goal jeans are getting tighter, you're feeling alittle sluggish and you feel like you've failed. And that's okay! It happens! That's why this is called a lifestyle change  -- you need to work just as hard once you've reached your goal as you did trying to get there. So I take it one day at a time, just as I did in the beginning. 

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

It sounds cliched, but it's true: Don't give up. It's not a straight line from starting point to goal. You will be all over the place. Up, down, zigzag. Your head will spin, you'll lose momentum, you'll cry happy tears and some sad tears. You'll be angry you ate that entire cake, but then next time you won't and you'll be stronger. It's okay to fail. But only if you get back up and try again. See it through. Don't give yourself an unrealistic timeframe. For some, it can take months, and others years. It doesn't matter, as along as you push through and get there. You'll be glad you did.  

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!

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LCOGGY 3/14/2021
That is a HUGE success! Way to go! Report
FARMERGAL4 11/25/2020
Thanks for all the great advise!!! If is nice to see people reach their goals. To realize that it is a new lifestyle we need to embrace!! Keep living out your goals and dreams! Report
ALLYLIZZY 9/20/2020
Amazing Spark Spotlight! I could relate a lot to this, and I found this very helpful and inspirational. Thank you! Congratulations on the 100, PENNYLANE15! Report
RACHAEL2020 8/25/2020
Good list of ideas. Report
Wow! Amazing story. Thanks for sharing. Report
Awesome. Report
Congratulations! I've lost almost 70 pounds and am within 3 pounds of my goal weight. I've been trying to educate myself on maintenance as this is my second attempt at permanent healthy weight living. SP is an integral part of my life. Report
Awesome! I wish you continued success. I am nearing my goal and this certainly provides me with inspiration to get to and maintain my goal weight. Report
Thank you for talking about the reality of maintenance. I'm currently losing successfully, but needed to hear that maintenance is hard also. Report
Thank you for your inspiring story. Maintenance is where I want to be when I reach my goal and the demonstration of maintenance in action lets me know that I can do it too! Report
Way to go. Keep up the wonderful progress! Report
You are a true inspiration. And I like most about you wanting to "just be able to live life"to paraphrase. Report
Congrats!!!! Report
Your success is amazing! Report
Thanks so much for sharing your story! Report
Well Done! Congratulations! Report
Awesome job good luck on maintenance woo hoo I'm in bucks too Report
Kudos to you on your success Report
I think you totally rock Report
congratulations Report
Kudos to you great job now to maintenence Report
Congratulations! Maintenance is tough! Report
That is wonderful. Report
Bravo! So happy for you! Report
Congratulations big time! Report
Congratulations on your ongoing success. Bravo for you. You're an inspiration. Report
Congratulations! Way to go! Report
Awesome Report
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thanks much Report
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Amazing....well done....go you Report
Thank you for sharing Report
SP works and is worth every bit of pain when we get where we want to be. Report
That is awesome. Report
Very impressive - five years is a real success story. Report
Very impressive - five years is a real success story. Report
Congratulations! Thank you for your story. It is an inspiration for the rest of us. Report
Great Blog Keep Sparking! Report
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Awesome!!! Report
What a great accomplishment! Well done! Report