Spark Spotlight: Alex (ALEXTHEHUN)

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: Alex (ALEXTHEHUN)
Age: 65
Location: Arlington, Texas
 
Small Success of the Week
 
Alex, a professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, didn't let cold weather keep him from achieving his goals. Instead, he took his exercise inside, walking and climbing the stairs to get in a good cardio workout and making sure he kept his #fitnessfeats streak going.

What's your overall goal?
 
My overall goal is to live a healthier lifestyle. Specifically, I needed to lose weight and eat better.
 
How is SparkPeople helping you get there?
 
I found SparkPeople in looking for nutrition trackers. To this day, I still use that feature almost without fail. But, of course, SparkPeople turned out to be much more than that. The community of people helps me maintain a good perspective.
 
What's your biggest challenge right now?
 
I have lost 60 pounds [and] I still have about 20 pounds to go to reach my goal. My main challenge these days is complacency. It is too easy and too tempting to be happy with the success I've had and not try as diligently as I did months ago. I have to be mindful of that. The good records I've kept through SparkPeople help me quantify that.
 
What advice do you have for someone who just joined SparkPeople today?
 
My advice to anyone starting at SparkPeople is to keep showing up. Don't be impatient. It's the slow changes that are the longest lasting.
 
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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Comments

Way to go Alex! Congratulations on your ongoing success. Report
GREAT article Report
"Don't be impatient. It's the slow changes that are the longest lasting." Totally agree with his statement in this article. Report
What a great story! Thanks for sharing! Report
RAPUNZEL53
Interesting. Report
Great results Report
Congratulations Report
Congratulations Report
Great experience.t...hanks Report
NASFKAB
Kudos to you great job Report
Way to go! Report
Very well done and said! Report
Thanks for the reminder about complacency. Keep up the good work.! Report
Thanks for the reminder about complacency. Keep up the good work.! Report
DMEYER4
WTG Report
Well done, Alex! Report
Keep it up Alex...awesome achievement..☺ Report
SUNSET09
No excuses here, SparkFriwnd. Keep up the good work. Woo, hoo and way to go. Report
It's important to have a Plan B for when weather is bad. Report
Alex has become a great friend and colleague in the SP journey! I am so proud of his success! Report
Agree 100% --- you have to keep showing up! Report
KHALIA2
Great advice, Alex! Congratulations on your progress! Report
Way to go Alex!!!!

I'm proud to be on this journey with you Buddy!!! Report
Excellent Report
Congratulations! Report
SMORSEBVR
Really awesome Report
Congratulations! Way to Go! Report
Congratulations. Thanks for sharing!!! Report
Congratulations, Alex. thanks for sharing. Report
ZRIE014
thanks Report
Congratulations! This is an awesome story. Report