Spark Spotlight: Jen (JENNMT)

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: Jen (JENNMT)
Age: 49
Location: Silver Bow County, Montana 
Small Success of the Week
Jen is celebrating her first month of using SparkPeople with the loss of 11.4 pounds and 15.5 inches! 

What's your overall goal? 
I am turning 50 in a few weeks and I want to feel my best. I don’t care how much I weigh or even what other people think about how I look—I just want to feel strong and healthy so I can get out and enjoy my life. 

How is SparkPeople helping you get there? 
Tracking my nutrition and my activity level [brought things] I had been doing that were not the best things for my body [to my attention]. I learned that I am much more active than I thought I was. Sometimes I feel like I haven’t done very much in a day, but I am learning that I am doing a great deal of physical activity around the house. By tracking my nutrition, I have been able to see that I was routinely not consuming enough calories per day to provide what I need to compensate for all the exercise I do. 

I think the greatest thing about SparkPeople, though, are the members. When I have blogged about frustration or having a rough day, someone will give me encouragement; when I post about being proud of an accomplishment, there are people to cheer me on. 

What's your biggest challenge right now? 

I expect too much of myself. I underestimate how much hard work I actually do. Now that I can see it in my trackers, I am very proud of myself for all I have done.

What advice do you have for someone who just joined SparkPeople today?
Start slowly. Don’t think you have to eat perfectly on day one. Take the time to track and observe what your habits are so that you can have a better idea of what you want to change. Also, don’t be afraid to reach out to other members on the message boards or the Community Feed because they are a friendly bunch of people who have been where you are and want to help you achieve your goals. 

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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ARIANAPHAM 1/12/2020
This is very interesting information. Thank you for sharing. To be sure your suggestions will help me / thank you Report
LIL-VIXEN 12/28/2019
Congrats, all that success in one month. Makes me wonder what i'm doing wrong. Report
LIL-VIXEN 11/17/2019
Such an inspiring article. Thank you for sharing it. Report
Wow so inspiring thanks for sharing
MEGHAN50 3/26/2019
before I started to exercise I thought that would be too difficult for me but then I realized the most difficult to take proper diet. I tried to take that diet day 1 I was like oh my GOD I have to eat this thing but slowly https:// / Report
NANCYPAT1 3/26/2019
Thank you for sharing this. Report
NANCYPAT1 3/26/2019
Thank you for sharing this. Report
POSEY440 3/24/2019
Great keep pushing, Spark works. Report
USMAWIFE 3/23/2019
wtg Report
Great Job !! Report
WTG! Report
SUNSET09 3/23/2019
Woo, hoo and way to go, SparkFriend. You're living the dream Report
NASFKAB 3/20/2019
Wow great job Report
DWROBERGE 3/19/2019
Way to go Report
GABY1948 3/19/2019
great Report
NANCYPAT1 3/19/2019
Nice Report
PELESJEWEL 3/19/2019
Amazing, continued success to you! Report
EOWYN24241 3/19/2019
wtg! Report
EVIE4NOW 3/19/2019
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You're an inspiration! Report
DARCY-B 3/19/2019
Great Work Jen! Report
DMEYER4 3/19/2019
congrats wtg Report
ZRIE014 3/19/2019
good article Report
ANHELIC 3/19/2019
Thanks for sharing.

DWROBERGE 3/19/2019
great job Report
Great job and congrats! Report
JESSALELO 3/18/2019
Way to go! Report
RAPUNZEL53 3/18/2019
Great Report
PICKIE98 3/18/2019
How is Spark helping me get there? Giving me motivation, a routine, and hope. Report
CECTARR 3/18/2019
Thanks Report
PAMBROWN62 3/18/2019
Awesome progress. Congratulations and I wish you continued success. Report
97MONTY 3/18/2019
Thanks Report
NANCYPAT1 3/18/2019
That is awesome Report
CINNAMON471 3/18/2019
Your doing awesome Report
LIS193 3/18/2019
Way to go! Report
GABY1948 3/18/2019
thanks Report
AQUAGIRL08 3/18/2019
You're doing such a good job! I tend to under eat too. It's a lifelong issue (mother was an anorexic). Tracking is very helpful. Report
JUNETTA2002 3/18/2019
Way to go Report
PATRICIA-CR 3/18/2019
Keep it up! Report
Awesome! Report
Congratulations Jen. Wishing you great success on your healthy journey. Report
AZMOMXTWO 3/18/2019
thank you Report
FITWITHIN 3/18/2019
Congratulations! You off to a great start. Keep up the great work to a healthier you. Report
FERRETLOVER1 3/18/2019
Great job! Report
HEREKITTYKAT97 3/18/2019
Oh my, Jen you are an inspiration! I have trouble consuming enough calories in the day, too. Report
Congratulations! Awesome! Report
STARMONICA 3/18/2019
Congratulations!! We re working together!! Report
JANIEWWJD 3/18/2019
Wonderful!!! Report
MOONDRAGON30 3/18/2019
Thanks Report
SUNSET09 3/18/2019
Woo, hoo and way to go, SaprFriend Report