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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ANNIEMAROO 1/10/2019
Your success is amazing! Report
MNCYCLIST 9/10/2018
Thanks so much for sharing your story! Report
MOM1014 8/17/2018
Well Done! Congratulations! Report
TMP0418 7/13/2018
Awesome job good luck on maintenance woo hoo I'm in bucks too Report
NASFKAB 7/7/2018
Kudos to you on your success Report
KATHYJO56 5/10/2018
I think you totally rock Report
USMAWIFE 5/9/2018
congratulations Report
NASFKAB 4/21/2018
Kudos to you great job now to maintenence Report
JSTETSER 4/10/2018
Congratulations! Maintenance is tough! Report
EVIE4NOW 4/10/2018
That is wonderful. Report
DARRINISM 4/9/2018
Bravo! So happy for you! Report
Congratulations big time! Report
Congratulations on your ongoing success. Bravo for you. You're an inspiration. Report
EO4WELLNESS 4/9/2018
Congratulations! Way to go! Report
BIKE4HEALTH 4/9/2018
thanks Report
NANCYPAT1 4/8/2018
Awesome Report
NANCYPAT1 4/8/2018
Awesome Report
NANCYPAT1 4/8/2018
Awesome Report
BIKE4HEALTH 4/8/2018
thanks much Report
BIKE4HEALTH 4/7/2018
Thanks and congratulations Report
MNABOY 4/6/2018
Congratulations Report
Amazing....well done....go you Report
BIKE4HEALTH 4/6/2018
thx Report
Thank you for sharing Report
BIKE4HEALTH 4/5/2018
SP works and is worth every bit of pain when we get where we want to be. Report
IMEMINE1 4/5/2018
That is awesome. Report
NANCYPAT1 4/4/2018
Very impressive - five years is a real success story. Report
NANCYPAT1 4/4/2018
Very impressive - five years is a real success story. Report
MIYAMO 4/4/2018
Congratulations! Thank you for your story. It is an inspiration for the rest of us. Report
OLDSKOOL556 4/4/2018
Great Blog Keep Sparking! Report
BIKE4HEALTH 4/4/2018
Congrats Report
PWILLOW1 4/3/2018
Awesome. Congratulations! Report
SHOAPIE 4/3/2018
Awesome! Report
HARROWJET 4/3/2018
Congratulations! Keep Sparking. Report
NANAW12001 4/3/2018
Congratulations. Report
CHRIS3874 4/2/2018
Awesome!!! Report
MAW_OH 4/2/2018
What a great accomplishment! Well done! Report
FBAILEY24X 4/2/2018
Excellent, way to go, you rock! Report
PATRICIA-CR 4/2/2018
Woohoo! Congrats! Report
You've not only gained success in reaching your goal but also being able to obtain it must be a huger thing. By achieving success, you give others insight on how to obtain their own success. Thank you so very much and have a blessed day! Report
BEATRIZ269 4/2/2018
Thank you for sharing your story. 100lbs down for five years. Wow! Report
You have got the best attitude ever! I loved your blog. It is so encouraging. Thanks. Report
Great Blog!!! Congratulations!!!

Thanks so much for sharing. I've been at goal once since I've joined SP in 2014. After I got to my ultimate goal, I was overwhelmed about what to do. Even though I asked SparkCoaches and read many articles, joined at least one maintenance team, I still got off the track and couldn't right myself. Finally in 2016, after I gained all but 10 pounds back, I had that aha moment and am now on my way back to my ultimate goal weight. I have 9 pounds to go and I will be there, but this time I am ready. I have made my plans for maintenance now so that when I hit it, I can just jump the track and keep going! Thanks for the awesome and informative blog.


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GRLTAZ 4/2/2018
WTG ! You are strong and it shows in your weight loss and maintenance. Inspiring and true words that will hopefully motivate a lot of we people still fighting in our heads (at least that is where my struggle is). Thanks for putting in words what I needed to read today !! Report
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INGMARIE 4/2/2018
Congratulations, this is awesome. Report
Thank you so much for sharing your Spark Journey! You are an inspiration to so many of us just getting started. Well done! Report
RALYBUCH 4/2/2018
How awesome! Yea You Report
TOCONNER 4/2/2018
Congratulations! Report
ETHELMERZ 4/2/2018
Too bad the person isn’t on here anymore, so we could read her page from the beginning. Hope she is still successful! Report