Spark Spotlight: Robin (RASAYLOR)

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: Robin (RASAYLOR)
Age: 28
Location: Morgan City, Louisiana
Small Success of the Week
Robin has gone from barely walking six months ago to walking a lot more now, while also cutting down her time for a 5K by about two and a half minutes. She's also celebrating a loss of 14 pounds since January, which will help her reach her ultimate goal! 

What's your overall goal? 
My overall goal isn't actually weight loss, however, it includes needing to lose weight. I actually started my weigh-loss journey due to fertility issues, which is a very sensitive subject but I guess someone has to open up about it.

How is SparkPeople helping you get there? 
The motivation and success stories from other users! Facebook tears you down so much because it makes you want to compare yourself to others, but here, everyone is happy! They all want you to succeed and that has really helped me to keep going. It also helps me keep accountable. Those daily reminders of "Hey! [It's] time to track your breakfast" or "It's awful late to track your lunch" [ensures that] I track those calories and stay on track [with] water and exercise. 

What's your biggest challenge right now? 

I'd have to say my biggest challenge at the moment is seeing the bigger picture. I want to be the hare, but the tortoise always wins the race. When things don't happen immediately, I get frustrated easily, so this journey has not been an easy one. Six months in and it's still hard to stay motivated, even seeing the results. 

What advice do you have for someone who just joined SparkPeople today?
I would say turn to your peers; your peers have advice for you. If you look at the Community Goal Feed, everyone posts positive messages on a daily basis. If you're having a down day, tell someone! They can help you to put things into perspective. 

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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CKOUDSI617 5/3/2021
That's AWESOME Robin! Congratulations! :) Report
LIVELYGIRL2 4/25/2021
this is great!!! I was just saying that I could not see these messages for about two years and several parts of the front page. Report
2DAWN4 1/14/2021
Thanks for sharing! Report
Thanks for sharing! Report
You decided, and then committed. Success! Congratulations! Report
JBLOSSOM 9/26/2020
Wow! I am so out of shape. I feel like I can barely walk now! I have been trying to start 10 min daily and it's hard. This gives me some hope. Maybe by this time in 6 months I can be doing that !! Woo! I hope so. One day at a time. I can be a tortoise, too. Report
NANHBH 8/29/2020
Good stuff! Report
NOVELAFAN 8/5/2020
This gives me hope. Report
SUNSET09 7/25/2020
We all have to start from somewhere, SparkFriends. Woo, hoo to you Report
CKOUDSI617 6/22/2020
Congratulations Robin! I hope your very special wish comes true SOON! :) Report
DEBBY4576 5/30/2020
That is amazing progress!! Report
74KGSTU 5/22/2020
Amazing.Well done. Report
WTG! So true about Facebook. Since using Spark People, I've found myself coming on here more, FB less. Spark is just so positive and happy. I feel better about myself and excited about my goals more often. This spotlight was very inspiring. =) Report
The positivity on SparkPeople is so true!!! Report
I love reading about other people's journey. I had read this before but wanted to read it again! Report
This is really uplifting. Just what I needed to read!! YOU are going to be successful! Report
Great Article! Thanks for sharing! Report
Why do you continue editing me and others come right behind me and say the same thing and receive NO edit? Report
WTG Report
Awesome!!!! Report
Great Job! Thank you for sharing this one!!!! Report
wow! impressive! xxx Report
Congrats, what a milestone. Report
Congrats! Well Done! Report
Nicely done.... it's the daily activities and decisions that get you the results... keep up the good work. Report
Awesome story. Way to go! Report
Fantastic Report
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Congratulations!! Report
You are inspiring and motivating. Way to go! All the best in reaching your goals. Report
Great Job! Report
Well done, that is such an inspiration Report
Congrats! Well done! Report
Congrats Robin. Great accomplishment. Do you use a treadmill for your walking or bike, or just walk? Any advice is always helpful. Keep up you momentum. Thanks for sharing. Report
Very motivating. Report
Great article! Report
Keep up the great work! Report
Great job! WooHoo.. Congratulations!! Report
Fantastic accomplishment. thanks for sharing with us Report
great success Report
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Great! Report
just goes to show you, if you can believe it, you can achieve it Report
Thanks for sharing your journey! Report