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Spark Spotlight: Melissa "Milly" (MILLYMAE1)

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5/14/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  27 comments   :  8,676 views

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: Melissa "Milly" Jones (MILLYMAE1)
Age: 45
Location: Webb City, Missouri
 

Milly's Small Success of the Week

Losing 15 pounds!

What's your overall goal? 

My overall goal is to reach a weight of 175 pounds. While still technically overweight at 175 pounds, I think I wold be able to maintain this weight easier than 155. At my heaviest, I weighed 243 pounds. I am currently at 213. 
 
How is SparkPeople helping you get there? 

SparkPeople is helping by making me accountable for my food choices, my exercise and even my attitude. I use the Nutrition Tracker every day and see when I make bad choices, and see how they affect my health and attitude later on. I track my exercise as a way to motivate myself to move.

What's your biggest challenge right now? 

My biggest challenge is my health. I have fibromyalgia, GERD, high cholesterol and several other health issues that seem to conspire together to keep me from exercising. My doctors tell me to keep active, and I have been doing better since my GERD diagnosis in 2017. I will be having surgery soon that will help my GERD, but I have been told that I still need to lose the weight or I run the risk of more health problems. 

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

Track your food and exercise. Know what portions are. These two are important, because you never realize how much you're really eating until you see it on the screen. And to see that your portions are larger than you believe is an eye opener. I would also advise them to ask for help. Get a buddy. You shouldn't try to lose weight by yourself. You need friends, family and Sparkbuddies! 

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!

Living a Fit & Healthy Life Just Got Easier

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5/11/2018  2:00:00 PM   :  43 comments   :  6,254 views

Launching into a healthier lifestyle can be complicated. Where do you start? What do you need? Okay, what do you really need? What do other people like? What's the big deal with food scales? Do the perfect black leggings exist??

We want you to be able to get the most out of the products we've tried and tested, loved and hated, researched and purchased ourselves over the years. To make it easier to find all our shoppable blogs, we've moved them in all together in our brand new SHOP section. From a treadmill we love that is regularly used in our office gym to and a pasta strainer that helps with portion control, to black leggings we can't get enough of and motivational music that helps you go the extra mile, we have the insider information to find exactly what you've been looking for all along.

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50 Ways to Improve Work-Life Balance

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5/11/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  30 comments   :  9,212 views

With our email inboxes living in our pockets, colleagues and clients clamoring for instant answers and competitive workplaces judging employees based on the length of their workdays or the size of their project lists, the archetypal 9-to-5 workday has become all but a distant memory. For working parents, the struggle to juggle family obligations and professional duties can often seem futile. In the never-ending quest to impress the boss and pad the paycheck, personal passions and hobbies tend to get shoved to the back burner. Lopsided priorities—say, logging 12-hour workdays while sacrificing exercise, recreation and relationships—can even lead to weight gain, poor health and depression.
 
Is it really possible to achieve that elusive "work-life balance?" Although life isn't a pie that can be neatly bisected into perfectly equal segments, there are some steps you can take to make sure you're not filling up on too much of a work slice and that you're leaving enough room for other, more important pieces of the pie.

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How Beth Lost 230+ Pounds and Reclaimed Her Life

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5/10/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  79 comments   :  46,849 views

This year marks a decade since Beth Donovan (INDYGIRL) joined SparkPeople. A lot has changed in that time—most notably, she's lost more than half of her body weight, but other parts of her transformation can't be seen. As it turns out, losing 230 pounds (and counting) doesn’t just change how you look—it also changes how you think and feel. For 53-year-old Beth from Fishers, Indiana, the road hasn't always been easy, but it's certainly been worth it. 

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How Yoga Taught Me Not to Fear New Things

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5/8/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  45 comments   :  10,109 views

I am a creature of habit. I eat the same breakfast and lunch every day, I do certain household chores on the same days each week and my workout schedule basically follows the same structure no matter what (strength training on Mondays, running on Tuesdays, etc.). Part of this is due to my personality—I like structure and predictability—and part is out of necessity—I have four kids in a lot of activities, I work and I exercise daily. It wouldn't be possible to get as much done if it weren't for a routine.

Although this structure allows me to be very efficient, it's also made me very hesitant to try new things over the years. I either convince myself I don't have time, or the anxiety of stepping out of my comfort zone is more than I wanted to deal with. That is until three years ago.

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Spark Spotlight: Enya (TANNERZ)

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5/7/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  29 comments   :  7,314 views

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: Enya (TANNERZ)
Age: 29
Location: Ontario, Canada
 

Enya's Small Success of the Week

Losing 60+ pounds!

What's your overall goal? 

My overall goal is to lose 85 pounds. So far I've gone from 250 to 190; I'm hoping to be 165 depending on how I look and feel overall. 
 
How is SparkPeople helping you get there? 

SparkPeople is helping me get there by providing an easy-to-use tracker for my nutrition and exercise and rewarding me by increasing my SparkPoints and acknowledging that I actively use the site on a daily basis. The streaks are a nice feature. 

What's your biggest challenge right now? 

My biggest challenge has always been sweets and overeating at night. I've managed to replace sweets with fruit, but not 100 percent. Sometimes I feel I have to indulge so I don't end up miserable. This seems to work for me--even if the journey is slower, I'm not in a bad mood doing it. 

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

This isn't a race--take your time and learn more about yourself and your body. You shouldn't view this as one big goal, but a bunch of little ones. Don't forget to reward yourself, because starting a journey to a healthier self is the best first step anyone can do for themselves. 

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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