Spark Spotlight: Jeanie (WALKIN4JEANIE)

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: Jeanie (WALKIN4JEANIE)
Age: 57
Location: Hickory, North Carolina

Small Success of the Week

Jeanie is proud of her NSV (non-scale victory): She put on and wore a pair of pants that she was not able to even pull up at the end of the last school year! She says it felt good!

What's your overall goal?

My overall goal is to get to a healthy BMI, which my doctor just told me today that is another 17 pounds away. I have broken that into small increments, though, so my next goal is actually 1.2 pounds away. I am not thinking about the big number—that's too big. I am thinking in small increments.

How is SparkPeople helping you get there?

[Goal-setting] is the skill I have learned from SparkPeopleI learned to set a small goal, reach it, plan for a little reward and move to the next goal. I actually have a new reward of a cute little bracelet in mind when I meet the next goal.

What's your biggest challenge right now?

My biggest challenge right now is beginning the school year next week. I am a high school teacher [so] I will have to adjust my routine, but I don't want to lose my momentum. I know that the first two weeks I will be so tired that I can barely move at the end of the day, so I am trying to come up with a plan to combat that. Right now, I am thinking of trying to prep my meals on Sundays.

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

I would tell a new SparkPeople member to set small, attainable goals to feel success more easily, and then challenge themselves to move forward. Honestly, I started with something really easy that I knew I could do and then built from there. I use the hashtag #keepimproving quite a bit.

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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KATTHOMAS2 9/19/2018
I love your idea of breaking your goals into smaller increments & rewarding yourself. I plan to utilize your ideas! Report
KHALIA2 8/31/2018
Congrats on a job well done, Jeanie! Report
SHOAPIE 8/19/2018
Well done. Report
SPRING145 8/11/2018
Thanks for the good ideas. More success to you. Report
ANHELIC 8/11/2018
Thank you Report
BIKE4HEALTH 8/10/2018
thx Report
RAPUNZEL53 8/9/2018
Congrats. Report
PEGJW111 8/9/2018
I so agree with your "small increments" approach. Some of us set ourselves up for failure when we set goals too high. We can take it easy and still win! Report
-POOKIE- 8/9/2018
Great Report
NANCYPAT1 8/8/2018
You are doing fantastic! Report
1CRAZYDOG 8/8/2018
Wow! Congratulations and proud of you, Jeanie! Keep up your awesome progress. Report
Awesome job! Very inspiring! Report
BKNY11216 8/7/2018
Good for you! I know what that feels like. I am excited to go shopping through my closets for the clothes I couldn't wear last year (or years before). Thanks for reminding me that small steps matter! WTG Report
Congratulations, here's to your continued success!
ALOFA0509 8/6/2018
WAY2GO!!!! Your doing Awesome~ Report
1958TMC 8/6/2018
You are awesome!!!! Report
Smart thinking!! I love small goals.

WTG on a no food reward!!!

Congrats on being in the Spotlight!! I was during the winter. It's quite nice to be recognized for an outstanding job!! Report
MARKSMOM3 8/6/2018
Wtg! I hope your success continues right thru the upcoming school year. Report
Great job~keep it up!
I have LOST 8.6 lb.s in 7 wks. being on the Summer Challenge and 11 lbs. overall on SP! I am MORE THAN HALFWAY to my GOAL WEIGHT!! I also have the challenge of teaching coming up in 2 weeks,but I am able to have more flexibility in my schedule since my WHOLE FAMILY is now on board the Healthy Eating & Exercising Train! I have kept updated blogs throughout the Summer Challenge -2018~! We also Homeschool so we plan to get in 3x a wk. runs~weather permitting and treadmilll when not! We are planning our schedule AROUND EXERCISE and not the other way around which is a GREAT BLESSING! I have LOST the weight TWICE BEFORE on SP and I KNOW ,without a doubt,that IT WILL HAPPEN again and no more emotional eating or not exercising {like the first two times} is going to be the culprit for wt.gain! I plan to STAY on MAINTENANCE since I have DONE THAT for A YEAR ~2 yrs.ago!! ALL SPARKERS SHOULD KNOW~You really CAN DO IT!! SP gives you the TOOLS to do it !!!!!!Just the TRACKERS alone , and the SP Community , SP TEAMS,and all the REPORTS are enough for me ~!!!!! Watch me just BURN those calories away! Report
Congrats on all your successes! You are an inspiration! Report
ROBBIEY 8/6/2018
this is awesome, keep on sparking Report
AQUAGIRL08 8/6/2018
Congratulations on your progress! Report
Woo Hoo! Way to Go! Report
KATHYJO56 8/6/2018
What an inspiration. I am so happy for you and wish you the very best. Report