Spark Spotlight: Michelle (SHELLEYMCELROY6)

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: Michelle (SHELLEYMCELROY6)
Age: 43
Location: Vincent, AL

Michelle's Small Success of the Week

Discovering a newfound love of exercise!

What's your overall goal? 

To lose 100 pounds and keep it off with lifestyle changes in my meal plans and exercise.

How is SparkPeople helping you get there? 

I get to track my meal plans and be social with like-minded people who exercise and encourage and support each other. There are even challenges that really motivate and get me going in the right direction. 

What's your biggest challenge right now? 

Patience. Remembering it didn't get this way overnight. I can't rush it, I've done that SO many times in the past and gained it back plus some. I've got to do it right this time and be patient. 

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

Read the articles and join the community and do the challenges. But ultimately, it has to be you making the food choices and being honest with yourself. Don't rush it! Stay within calorie range and make exercise so much fun that you'll actually want to do it. 

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!