Spark Spotlight: Melissa "Milly" (MILLYMAE1)

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: Melissa "Milly" Jones (MILLYMAE1)
Age: 45
Location: Webb City, Missouri

Milly's Small Success of the Week

Losing 15 pounds!

What's your overall goal? 

My overall goal is to reach a weight of 175 pounds. While still technically overweight at 175 pounds, I think I wold be able to maintain this weight easier than 155. At my heaviest, I weighed 243 pounds. I am currently at 213. 
How is SparkPeople helping you get there? 

SparkPeople is helping by making me accountable for my food choices, my exercise and even my attitude. I use the Nutrition Tracker every day and see when I make bad choices, and see how they affect my health and attitude later on. I track my exercise as a way to motivate myself to move.

What's your biggest challenge right now? 

My biggest challenge is my health. I have fibromyalgia, GERD, high cholesterol and several other health issues that seem to conspire together to keep me from exercising. My doctors tell me to keep active, and I have been doing better since my GERD diagnosis in 2017. I will be having surgery soon that will help my GERD, but I have been told that I still need to lose the weight or I run the risk of more health problems. 

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

Track your food and exercise. Know what portions are. These two are important, because you never realize how much you're really eating until you see it on the screen. And to see that your portions are larger than you believe is an eye opener. I would also advise them to ask for help. Get a buddy. You shouldn't try to lose weight by yourself. You need friends, family and Sparkbuddies! 

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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KHALIA2 6/9/2018
AWESOME! Thanks! Report
IRONADONIS 5/23/2018
Awesome! Report
PICKIE98 5/20/2018
How did you lose 15 pounds in one week? That is amazing. Report
I believe that people who have to lose some weight, a few pounds could be just as difficult as someone who has to lose more weight. It's all relative. Report
BIKE4HEALTH 5/19/2018
thanks Report
I have had GUERD since I was a young teen(much older now,) and have done acupuncture for it!! Its GONE!! As long as I'm careful after 8PM I can now eat ANYTHING!!! I have it done by a MD and my insurance pays all but the cost of the needles(only 10!!). Report
BIKE4HEALTH 5/18/2018
Great share...thanks for doing this Report
PHATPAT18 5/18/2018
way to go Report
NANCYPAT1 5/17/2018
Good going Report
MUSTANGMOM6 5/17/2018
Great job Report
GRANDMASUSAN13 5/16/2018
Good job Report
JANIEWWJD 5/16/2018
Congratulations!!! Report
keep up the hard work....congrats coming from Carthage, MO Report
Congratulations! Well done! Report
HOLLYM48 5/15/2018
What a wonderful article!! Report
PLATINUM755 5/15/2018
Great share...Thanx! Report
MNABOY 5/14/2018
Thanks for sharing Report
Woo Hoo....way to go... Report
LJK091354 5/14/2018
Way to go! Report
Congratulations. You CAN do this!! Keep your focus and never give up! WooHoo!!! Report
I am sure you will hit "Onderland" before you know it.I was so happy when I finally reached that goal -- I felt like I could do anything! But I found after that, it felt like the pounds were coming off more slowly and it was a little frustrating. But I kept at it and just a few months later, I have lost an additional 24 pounds! It seems that it is true -- slow and steady wins the race!! Report
You have a great attitude and I am sure you will hit all of your goals, congratulations! Report
NANCYPAT1 5/14/2018
Great going! Report
CKOUDSI617 5/14/2018
AWESOME! Congratulations! Bet you'll be in "ONEDERLAND" before Fall! Report
Well done! Report
KHALIA2 5/14/2018
Great! Keep up the good work! Report
EISSA7 5/14/2018 are well on your way! Keep doing what you are doing because it works!! Report
KATHYJO56 5/14/2018
What a great article. You are very inspiring. Report