Spark Spotlight: Lisa (1EVIL_ANGEL)

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: Lisa (1EVIL_ANGEL)
Age: 30
Location: Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
Small Success of the Week
Lisa recently posted in the Community Goal Feed about how great she was feeling now that she has quit smoking for one full month. Even better, she's still going strong with breaking that old habit!

What's your overall goal? 
My overall goal is to be healthier for myself and for my children. I have asthma, so smoking was very much a huge part of my problems. Quitting smoking has already made a difference in my overall health and my ability to play more with my children without taking breaks or needing my inhaler. I am also down 25 pounds of my 50 pounds goal, so I am excited to be heading in the right direction. 

How is SparkPeople helping you get there? 
SparkPeople has so much to offer, but my favorite things are the recipes, which take away the stress and the guesswork. The little rewards you get when you hit a goal don't seem like much, but they're a nice boost. I [also] like that I can sync my activity tracker to SparkPeople, but the biggest one is the support from the team and the other members who are going through the same things. Reaching goals and staying focused is so much easier with a good support system

What's your biggest challenge right now? 
My biggest challenge at the moment is that I am still having some cravings for the cigarettes, even after a month. I distract myself by creating activities for my children or coloring (adult coloring books are great). I just try to keep my hands and my mind busy. I also struggle with my water intake. The SparkPeople water tracker helps to remind me to drink my water throughout the day.

What advice do you have for someone who just joined SparkPeople today?
My advice would be to start small, set attainable goals and take your time. Once you have hit that goal, add another, then another. Use all of the tools SparkPeople has to offer and engage with the community—they will support you! 

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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This is an accomplishment, SparkFriend. Woo, hoo and way to go! It starts with taking that one step or doing it that one day! Report
You gotta feel good girl Report
Awesome!! Report
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Great job! Report
Good for you! The most important change you can make in your life. Report
You can do it. Report
Congrats! Way to go! Report
WAY TO GO Report
Very inspiring Report
Excellent Report
thank for shareing Report
Way to go! What an important achievement. Report
Thank you for sharing. I'm struggling with this issue too and you have inspired me. Report
That is inspirational. Report
Great! Report
Way to go. Great decision Report
Great Decision - stick with it! Report
way to go Report
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It's great to see so many others have quit too! Congratulations to you all! :) Report
I quit smoking on February 4, 2002 - it was one of the hardest things I have ever done. I had quit two or three other times prior to that - once for about three years, even! I'm proud of you and congratulate you on your success so far - keep up the good work, and best wishes to you for the future. :0) Report
Congratulations on quittig. My son is trying to quit right now using the patch and isn't having much success. He bought a thing, vape or something. I hope he quits, it is smelly and annoying not to mention his health. How did you quit? I quit 38 years ago by being hypnotized, haven't wanted a cigarette since. Report

Terrific! Looks like you have a plan to combat those cravings for cigs, and what a great weight loss, too~ Report
Great job! It's not easy. Way to go! Report
Congratulations, I'm very proud of you.... Report
Good for you Report
Love ur story Lisa!!! Your distraction techniques are great!! Keep on being an inspiration to us all!! Report
That is wonderful! I quit several years ago. Report
Congratulations! Dearly Beloved stopped smoking almost 25 years ago. You can do it. Report
Congrats Im Proud of you sister its been over 25 years for me Report
I struggle with smoking so your story gives me hope ! Congratulations on winning the war on cigarettes one day at a time!!🤗👏👍💖👑 Report
WooHoo on quitting smoking!! WTG on the weight loss also!! Report
Adding years to your life! Report
Congratulations! Report
I can still remember how hard it was to stop smoking! It took me 3 to 6 months before i didn't feel the cravings! Never give up, it is so worth it! Congratulations on working your way to a healthy and fit lifestyle! One day at a time! Report
thank you Report
Congratulations! One month will turn into 20 years like it has for me. Report
When I was working I was a stop smoking advisor and as an ex smoker myself I know just how hard it is to quit. Well done for giving up this addiction and good luck with your Sparking! x Report
Congratulations! Report
Congrats! You can do it - quit for good. Report