Spark Spotlight: Sandra (SILVERSPARROW04)

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: Sandra (SILVERSPARROW04)
Age: 29
Location: Cayman Islands
 

Sandra's Small Success of the Week

Getting up at 5:00 a.m. to exercise!

What's your overall goal? 

For weight, I am aiming to reach between 126-130 pounds. For non-scale goals, I want to be able to run/walk a 10K and to be and feel stronger overall. I also want to make my diet at least 80 percent whole foods. 
 
How is SparkPeople helping you get there? 

Keeping track of what I eat, my water intake and my exercises definitely helps me stay focused on my goals--but interacting with the community has been the biggest help. Reading other members' daily posts, seeing their victories or helping them get through their setbacks with a few words of encouragement really helps me keep going. 

What's your biggest challenge right now? 

I really want to eat more whole foods and less processed foods, but it can sometimes be difficult to do that, since where I live fresh food (especially produce) is expensive. 

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

Start small by tracking your regular eating to gauge where you need to improve. Don’t try to do everything all at once, or you’ll burn out and become frustrated. Definitely interact with other members by joining a team or doing a Spark Challenge. 

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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Comments

KERRYG155 10/20/2018
That's what I did and it is a great way to start the day. Report
SALLYMANS1 9/5/2018
Awesome! Report
BIKE4HEALTH 4/24/2018
excellent Report
MIYAMO 4/23/2018
Great article. Report
RHOOK20047 4/21/2018
Way to go! Keep it up! Report
EVIE4NOW 4/21/2018
wtg Report
NANCYPAT1 4/20/2018
Great job! Report
NASFKAB 4/19/2018
Kudos to you Report
FAETTA 4/18/2018
Great! Early morning are the best! I get up at 4 AM and start my workout. Report
MUSICNUT 4/18/2018
Way to go! :) Report
MUSTANGMOM6 4/18/2018
great article Report
NANCYPAT1 4/17/2018
Terrific Report
JANTHEBLONDE 4/17/2018
Congratulations! You are doing fabulous! Report
MSJENNIFERVT48 4/17/2018
Awesome!!!! THAT IS FANTASTIC!! Keep Sparking!!! Jen Report
MOONDRAGON29 4/17/2018
Way to go! Report
_CYNDY55_ 4/16/2018
Awesome Report
BUTEAFULL 4/16/2018
keep sparking Report
NANCYPAT1 4/16/2018
Really awesome! Report
RHOOK20047 4/16/2018
Good example to follow! Thanks for sharing. Report
KHALIA2 4/16/2018
Way to go! Keep Sparking! Report
DAUGHTEROFGOD7 4/16/2018
You are awesome!❤😌 Report
DAUGHTEROFGOD7 4/16/2018
You are awesome!❤😌 Report
MSROZZIE 4/16/2018
Press on, Push forward, Spark ON! Report
ARTJAC 4/16/2018
GREAT Report
AIYANASMAMA 4/16/2018
Good job Report
DAN1964 4/16/2018
Way to go! :) Report
PELESJEWEL 4/16/2018
Awesome! I find it great when I’m all done, you have so much of your day ahead to kick more butt! lOL! Report
BARCELONAME 4/16/2018
Good for you Report
STACYDICK1981 4/16/2018
My goal is to start working out first thing in the morning Report
PIANOKEYS88 4/16/2018
Totally agree not to do everything at once. Small SpakChallenges make for big progress. Report
RAJMHJ 4/16/2018
5 am to do exercises, good for you, I hope this sets up a "forever" mentality in you that exercise is so worth it!! I remember doing that at your age, and I am so NOT a morning person, but it was the only time guaranteed to be available all the time given work and babies. Since then, whenever I am not motivated to exercise, I remember those years and how much better I felt after exercising, both physically and mentally. I think exercise kept me sane and hopefully a good person to be around. Keep yourself exercising!! Report
ROBBIEY 4/16/2018
this is wonderful Report
OLDSKOOL556 4/16/2018
Morning! I love early workouts too! Keep Sparking! Report
DMEYER4 4/16/2018
congrats way to go Report
AUNA_VISTA 4/16/2018
Congratulations on your success! Report
ETHELMERZ 4/16/2018
I remember doing exercises at 5 am back when ESPN had exercise shows on tv, one show after another. Was sort of fun, until the kids came. Good luck! Report
HEALTHYANDFIT27 4/16/2018
Cheers to you! Report
JANIEWWJD 4/16/2018
I'm going to start getting up at 5 am to workout too. I love the idea!!! Report
JANIEWWJD 4/16/2018
I'm going to start getting up at 5 am to workout too. I love the idea!!! Report
ZRIE014 4/16/2018
i enjoy getting up at 5 AM on the weekend to run. Report
DIANEDOESSMILES 4/16/2018
Lol never been the first person to leave a comment.

Congrats!! You're doing amazing!!! Must be lovely living on the island!! I live on the Atlantic in the US, and its purdy, but cold in Maine. Ahhh to be able to swim in the ocean all year!!! Report
KATHYJO56 4/16/2018
Way to go! You are doing awesome Report