Spark Spotlight: Carolyn (CESUMMERFORD)

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: Carolyn (CESUMMERFORD)
Age: 63
Location: Glennville, Georgia
Small Success of the Week
Carolyn recently shared in the Community Goal Feed that she can now fit into a size XL shirt (down from a 3XL), and she's wearing a size 20 pant (down from a size 28)! 
What's your overall goal? 
My overall goal is to be healthy and able to participate with my grandkids' activities.

How is SparkPeople helping you get there? 
SparkPeople has been a guiding force in my weight loss once my mind was made up. It has helped me by guiding my food intake, motivating me not to give up and to finally exercise. SparkPeople has also helped with reminding me why I am on this journey.
What's your biggest challenge right now? 
My biggest challenge right now is to not be jealous of the foods that aren't the healthiest choices, [and] remember it's about moderation, not about deprivation.

What advice do you have for someone who just joined SparkPeople today?
My advice to someone who has just joined SparkPeople is to be committed to using the site and to get involved. It can be overwhelming at first—especially if you are not computer proficient—but explore the entire website and listen to the coaching. 
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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save one set of clothes as your "before" clothes and donate all of the big girl clothes to homeless shelter... go out and buy new deserve it... woohoo Report
Donate those clothes that are too large now, so someone else can make use of them. You are NOT going to be wearing them again. Report
I first wore a size 2xx, lost weight over a two year span, down to sizes L (pants) and M(shirts). Unfortunately, I gained that weight all back up to 210 pounds from 179 lbs., and I was just miserable. So I've gone back on Sparkpeople, and for me, it's cardio dance workouts that get my weight down the easiest, and these are fun workouts. I don't stick too long to a repetitive, lengthy workout. Short dance workouts of about 20 minutes three times a week get my weight down, and fast. Report
Great. Report
Job well done. Report
Way yo go !!! Report
Way to go Carolyn. Your story is very inspiring! Report
Good for you! Let's celebrate!!! You must feel sooooo good!!!! Report
That is awesome!! Report
Thanks for sharing Report
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Congratulations! Great accomplishment! Report
Way to go!!! Report
good Job champ Report
Way to go! You are rocking this! Report
Way to go! You are rocking this! Report
Super job!!! Excellent! Report
Congratulations! Report
Congratulations!! Great job. I know to most people me wanting to go from a tight large to a medium isn’t a big deal but to me it is. Keep up the great work! Report
Fantastic job Carolyn! Report
Woo-Hoo!!!! Congratulations on your Amazing Progress!!! Report
Congratulations! Thanks for the inspiration! Report
Fantastic! Love the goal - and the success. Thanks for sharing the inspiration! Report
I remember when i was able to wear size XL and shop in the regular women's section of department stores it was the first time in 20 years. So exciting. Congrats! You are an inspiration. Report
Congratulations!!!! Report
Congratulations you've done great. Report
Wtg! Happy for you and know you'll keep pressing forward! Report
Fabulous progress! Encouraging to others too! Report
WTG. Happy to see someone closer to my age and beginning size featured. Blessings. Report
Congrats! Keep strong. WTG! Report
Congratulations ! Report
Great! Keep up the good work! Report
Congratulations. Smaller size NSV’s are the best! I wish you continued success. Report
WTG. You are a great inspiration. Report
WTG Carolyn! Very nice job. Report