Spark Spotlight: Jessica (JESS0000)

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: Jessica (JESS0000)
Age: 43
Location: Northern Virginia

Jessica's Small Success of the Week

What's your overall goal? 

It's easy to say a weight goal (ideally about 60 pounds). But really, it's about being a healthier, more active person and a good example for my daughters. I want them to grow up emulating healthy habits and not struggle like I have. 

How is SparkPeople helping you get there? 

I've actually been a member for a while, but hadn't managed to stick to it. I've finally managed to really plug in to the community and the support has been really helpful. I like the logging tools (and it helps I can do it with the mobile app as well). I also find the Spark Points fun and motivating. 

What's your biggest challenge right now? 

Keeping the self-defeating inner voice at bay is a constant challenge for me. It's an absolutist, black/white perfectionist that I have to beat back with a mental carrot stick on a regular basis. It's tripped me up a lot before, so I really need to keep fighting it. 

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

Plug into the community. It's such a supportive group. If you post about a struggle, they're there encouraging you on. If you post about a success, they will cheer you on. It's really helping me this time. 

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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IKBENENOMA 2/19/2018
By tracking what I eat on SP, changing my way of eating to a Paleo approach and using their many exercise videos, I lost 15 lb. and was at the weight I wanted to be. At that point, I had a reaction to too much Vitamin C and lost 7 lb more. I am now trying to regain that weight and have gained about 4 lb. back. It's not that easy to gain weight. I have a few lb more to go. I have not seen anything on SP that deals with gaining weight. Report
GOLFGMA 2/11/2018
Love reading about spark people who are going through the journey. Any advice is helpful. Report
NANCYPAT1 2/8/2018
nice Report
BMGH85 2/7/2018
Awesome Report
DHBEST 2/7/2018
Yay! I have come back from a bad time -- gained back 20 of the 93 lbs I had lost. I am back on track -- SP has definitely helped me. I love the tracking, points, and all the good articles and blogs. There is always someone who has been where I have been. Report
WATOGA17 2/7/2018
Congratulations on not allowing yourself to be derailed! Report
PAULA3420 2/6/2018
Staying connected with Spark friends and logging in to Spark Daily helps me stay on track. The motivation and great advice keeps me moving in the right direction. I want it all now. Learning that Progress is what works, instead of Perfection has helped me believe I can do this. Thanks SPARK people. Report
NANCYPAT1 2/6/2018
Staying the course is essential Report
BTINCHER2001 2/5/2018
You are right. This system works! Report
Spark has given me healthy habits. I've logged in daily since 1/8/2017, except on vacation last year, no internet access. I'm 70 and Spark will be with me daily. Spark helps keep me accountable! Report
Way to go, Jessica! Keep Sparking! Report
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