Spark Spotlight: Monty (MIRAGE727)

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: Monty (MIRAGE727)
Age: 67
Location: Dunedin, FL

Monty's Small Success of the Week

"Completing my first duathlon of the year!"

What's your overall goal? 

My overall goal is to continue to lead a healthy lifestyle for my wife, granddaughter and sister. I want to continue competing in duathlons and triathlons to stay in the best condition I can for them. Along with inspiring and motivating others to embrace a happy, healthy life, I enjoy sharing with others, especially on SparkPeople.

How is SparkPeople helping you get there? 

SparkPeople keeps me accountable and focused on my goals. I use my SparkPoints as my daily checklist to success.

What's your biggest challenge right now? 

My biggest challenge is to stay injury-free. I am achieving this through cross-training, strength training and yoga. 

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

Forget everything you've thought, heard or read in the past about "dieting." Most of it is obsolete. Select the "Learn" tab at the top of every SparkPeople page and start self-educating on the most up-to-date information. Ask questions in the endless forums available here on SparkPeople. Embrace a healthy lifestyle, start slowly, strive to be consistent and your progress will follow. The short-term goal is to attain your optimum weight. The long-term goal is to live a happy, healthy life. Never quit! 

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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ALLYLIZZY 10/6/2020
Congratulations! Report
Way to go, Monte! Report
That is really inspiring! Thank you! Report
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I can't believe I missed this. Congrats on getting spotlighted! Very well deserved. You are always a source of inspiration to me! Report
Sorry it took me so long to respond. A Duathlon is composed of only two disciplines, run and bike. The format is composed of a run leg, then a bike leg, then another run leg. So with that in mind, my first was a 1 mile run, an 8 mile bike, then finish with a 5K. (It's what we might call a Super Sprint Du because it's short and fast) My longest to date is a 5K run, a 15 Mile bike, finishing with another 5K.aka a Powerman Sprint. Each January, my Tri Team and I do one down here in Tampa Bay to loosen up for the full Triathlon Season. I'm doing my first Tri this Saturday, April 14. I'm doing 4 more this year leading to Ironman North Carolina 70.3 Relay in October to celebrate my 68th Birthday. Did a Marathon last year to celebrate my 67th! "Stay Healthy, My Friends!" Report
Congratulations, Monty... you worked hard for this! Report
Awesome!! WTG! Report
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Congratulations on your success. Thank you for sharing your inspiring story. Report
I need to start running. Report
great! Report
That is fantastic! Report
So what IS a duathlon?I know what a biathlon is but clearly they are not the same. Report
I enjoy these inspiring stories. Keep them coming. Report
WooHoo! Report
Awesome job... I have completed 5 5K races since November of 2017 and have many more that I am already signed up for... also, I have lost 30lbs since the start of the year. It's healthy living, eating and exercise that have been important to me... and the correct balance of people encouraging me along the way. Report
Way to go!! Congratulations!!!! I miss Triathlons sooo very much. You are such an inspiration to me. Report
Way to go. Report
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Thank you all for the kind words! I know Melissa was sweet enough to interview me but didn't see this until several of you sent me messages of it! Please take the time to read my SparkPage. I hope you will find inspiration or motivation to embrace this journey for life! Bless you all! #staystrong #noexcuses #neverquit Report
way to go Report
Never heard of a duathalon, thanks for the new term Report
You are an inspiration! You go girl! Report
This is Soo Awesome Monty!!!! Well Deserved, Congrats my friend ;) Report
Way to go! Report
Congratulations! Awesome! Report
Monty, congrats on your duathlon! Love that you are are out there doing all of this, your an inspiration! Report
Way to go! Congratulations!!!! Report
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Way to go! Report
Awesome!!! Congratulations!!!! Report
You are such an inspiration. Congratulations on a job well done! Report