Spark Spotlight: Jessica (JESSALELO)

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: Jessica (JESSALELO)
Age: 31
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Small Success of the Week
Jessica recently posted in the Community Goal Feed that she was celebrating a 20-day streak of not having any sodaand the streak is still going! 

What's your overall goal? 
My overall goal is to become healthier in general and to be within a healthy BMI range.

How is SparkPeople helping you get there? 
SparkPeople helps me stay accountable to myself each and every day, along with giving me a place to be inspired when I am feeling alone in my weight-loss journey. 

What's your biggest challenge right now? 
My biggest challenge right now is sugar cravings at night! 

What advice do you have for someone who just joined SparkPeople today?
My advice to everyone is to track your food! We're not taught proper portion sizes and it's easy to lose sight of how many calories we're ingesting. 

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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LIBR@RYL@DY 3/6/2019
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KATHRYNGC 3/3/2019
I am so very proud of you! Soda pop has been my coffee since 16 years old. Started trying to get off of it in my 30s. Good amount of damaged done by then but still have all my own teeth......due to much expense. Your struggles are real for it is a real addiction. So much more has been discovered on the destructive "food".You are strong! By doing this now, you are doing so much for your body to be that much healthier when older. You are so awesome. This has encouraged me to keep on my streak. Thank you! Report
BIKE4HEALTH 2/26/2019
Thank you Report
Congratulations! Cutting soda out of your life when you're addicted to it is very hard to do. Report
BIKE4HEALTH 2/25/2019
Super Report
ARNETTELEE 2/25/2019
awesome Report
Good job!! Keep it up!!!! Report
CHERYLHURT 2/24/2019
Excellent Report
BIKE4HEALTH 2/24/2019
Good stuff Report
DWROBERGE 2/24/2019
Great article Report
ANHELIC 2/23/2019
Way to go. Report
DWROBERGE 2/22/2019
fantastic article Report
BIKE4HEALTH 2/22/2019
Good job Report
KARRONH 2/22/2019
Wish I could do it. I've tried several times and have never been able to hold out for a week. But all we can do is keep trying. Report
Inspiring! Report
PLCHAPPELL 2/21/2019
Great article Report
SHOAPIE 2/19/2019
Keep it up. Report
Congratulations on not drinking soda! I haven't had soda in I don't know how long and every once in awhile I'm tempted. I just find something else to do or get a hot decaf tea. Report
Congratulations. You are doing great! Report
ZRIE014 2/19/2019
helpful Report
DWROBERGE 2/19/2019
Great Report
_CYNDY55_ 2/18/2019
WTG! Report
Congrats and great job! Report
MOONDRAGON30 2/18/2019
Congratulations Report
Awesome job!!! It's not easy, but it does get easier as your streak builds up. Great job doing this as a streak. That in itself is motivation. I used to drink 6 to 8 cans a day of Pepsi, but it's been over 8 yrs. Report
DARIUS2792 2/18/2019
Congrats ?? Report
RAPUNZEL53 2/18/2019
Great. Report
PAMBROWN62 2/18/2019
Congratulations,that’s great! I have now been soda free for 3 years. It gets easier the longer you go along. I wish you continued success in reaching all your goals. Spark on! Report
ERIN_POSCH 2/18/2019
WTG! Report
GETULLY 2/18/2019
Congratulations! for someone who was a soda junkie that is a hard streak to keep going. It will get easier!! Report
PATRICIA-CR 2/18/2019
Bravo!!! Report
Congratulations on "no soda"! I gave that up when I started Spark over 2 years ago. I do not miss it. Try the Sweet Tooth Challenge! My cravings for sweets still gets out of control once in a while so I keep going back when I need a reset! Report
AQUAGIRL08 2/18/2019
Congratulations! Report
DMEYER4 2/18/2019
Congrats . I have not had soda for 3 years now and do not miss it Report
THINCPL2004 2/18/2019
Awesome!! Report
Awesome! Cheers to you! Report
MARCY1955 2/18/2019
Congratulation! Report
JANIEWWJD 2/18/2019
Congratulations!!! Report
NANCYPAT1 2/18/2019
That's a huge accomplishment! Report
NANCYPAT1 2/18/2019
That's a huge accomplishment! Report
KATHYJO56 2/18/2019
WTG! I drink one Coke Zero a day to help stay away from sweets, but I think what you have done is commendable. Report
ANHELIC 2/18/2019
Congratulations. I have stayed away from drinking sodas for 2 years now and presently I have no cravings. Report