Spark Spotlight: Rhea (RheaElizabeth)

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: Rhea (RheaElizabeth)
Age: 73
Location: Somonauk, Illinois
Small Success of the Week
Rhea is a role model for getting fit at any age. In fact, she recently finished her first official 5K race with a first-place win in the 70 and over age group. But she doesn't want to stop there—she wants to lose weight and get as fit as she can and isn't letting anything stop her.
What's your overall goal?
I joined a local gym in the hopes of working on balance issues and getting some exercise through their Active Adult program. My goal was to lose weight and get as fit as possible "at my age," but I got much more in the process—friends, challenges and fun!
How is SparkPeople helping you get there?
Seeing the success stories on SparkPeople and reading all the information about health and exercise keeps me motivated and trying new things that help me to be successful in my healthy journey. The recipes and workouts are a great help.
What's your biggest challenge right now?
Staying the course when I'm on a plateau! I do weigh myself every morning so that I stay on track with eating right. I've lost almost 60 pounds since I started in late November 2016 and now the weight is coming off slowly and it can get frustrating to do all the right things and not see the scale move. But my body is shrinking and everyone sees the difference.
What advice do you have for someone who just joined SparkPeople today?
Get into the journey for the long run and don't give up! If you lack support at home or with family and friends you still can get support on SparkPeople and if you stick with it you can be successful. I'm rooting for 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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Congratulations on your weight loss and winning the 5k in you age group, Thanks for sharing. Report
Fantastic accomplishment....reward yourself with something very healthy you have never given yourself permission to to Report
Congrats, SparkFriend. It just goes to show us all, it's never too late to reach a goal. Woo,. hoo and way to go! Report
Congratulations on your weight loss and on winning the 5K for your age group. Way to go!!! Report
Inspirational Report
Its great seeing accomplishments like this...inspiring Report
Congrats on the 5K win and the loss of 60 lbs.! WOW!!! Impressive!! YAY!!!! Report
I'm getting close to 70 and need to keep this goal on my mind! Report
Congratulations! Report
You have opened my eyes to weight loss.and all the factors that come with it. Because I've been trying to lose weight for some time now with no success. I had almost given up but for some reason, I just can't do that. So I'm asking for help please with your knowledge if you would check out this site for me (seeing that I paid for it) and let me know if you think it will work. if not could you recommend something for me? Thanks, and I'll wait for your respond... Report
Way to go! Report
awesome! Cheers to you! Report
Love this inspiring blog. Congratulations! Report
Congratulations! I am so proud of you and what you accomplished Report
Congratulations on your inspiring accomplishment. Report
Great job!! Report
Great job!! My Gram was your age baking, eating and NOT healthy. She told me at 73 "Diane, I'm going to die of something so I'm eating what I want.". Grammy was 5" X5", wide, tall. A very lovely woman. I thought she has it RIGHT!!

Now I realize she didn't. Glad you're continuing life and WOW no wonder are Impressed!! Report
Great story. Report
Congratulations on your victory. Report
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Awesomely inspiring! Report
Great example for us kids trying to figure out what we want to be doing when we grow up and finally live long enough to be in our 70's. Pretty sure I don't want to be like my mom and issues, mobility issues etc in their 70's... Report
Congrats, Rhea! You rock! Report
Totally awesome! So proud to see "us" seniors representing a healthy choice. Congrats on your first official 5K! Report
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Congratulations! You are inspirational! Report
Congratulations. Way to Go! I would love to be able to run again. Keep up the Great Sparking!

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