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 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)
Location: Cayman Islands
Sandra's Small Success of the WeekGetting 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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