Spark Spotlight: Tom (TANGOJAVA43068)

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: Tom (TANGOJAVA43068)
Age: 49
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Small Success of the Week
Tom shared a monumental success on the Community Goal Feed a couple of weeks ago. "So excited today!" he says. "This is my first day under 200 pounds since around 2001." 
What's your overall goal?
My overall goal is actually a non-scale goal: I would like to be off all of my prescription medications. A healthy weight is a bonus that I will enjoy. Nevertheless, overall health and [living] prescription-free is my true goal.
How is SparkPeople helping you get there?
The SparkPeople community is helping by keeping me accountable and encouraged. Hearing everyone else’s stories and seeing the successes and struggles helps ensure we are not in this alone.
What's your biggest challenge right now?
My biggest challenge now is keeping the focus on the overall goal and trusting the process. I, like many, want results immediately and tend to focus too much on my current weight and not on the whole of the journey. Keeping in mind that I have come a long way and still have a lifetime ahead, and allowing myself to relax and take it day-by-day is often hard to remember.
What advice do you have for someone who just joined SparkPeople today?
The best advice I can give is to see each day as a new opportunity. Never focus on minor setbacks and don’t spend too much time on the scale. Find ways to seek non-scale wins. Aim for a healthy lifestyle not so much a diet to live by. Set smaller goals and change them frequently. Maybe a good goal is to lose four pounds in a month or to drop a clothes size in a specific amount of time—just be reasonable and don’t think it will happen overnight. 

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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Thank you for being an inspiration to us all. Keep it up. Report
Congrats! Report
Congratulations! Feel great in your continued success. Report
Amazing! One-derland is an amazing place Report
Thank you and congratulations. Report
Way to go! Great advice- using common sense! Report
Congratulations you are headed in the direction of a lifetime of healthy living. Keep it up. Report
Oh, I really love the NSV goal. I think I may focus on that instead of the scale for a awhile. Report
Excellent Report
Welcome to Onderland, SparkFriend! Woo, hoo and what an accomplishment. Oh, what a feeling. Report
Thank you for sharing your goals and successes with the Spark Community, Tom. You are showing us it works if you work it, and you are doing it. Wishing you a Healthy Spark Journey! Report
Tom, you are doing the darn thing....showing up to exercise in the rain/setting new and different goals/staying accountable on the site....well done, Spark Friend!! Report
Good Work!!!!! Congrats!!!!! Report
I am SOOO Happy for you
Keep up your great work!!! Report
Way to go! Awesome! Report
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I love this! Great job, fella!💕 Report
Congrats Tom. Great advice. Spark people has helped me tremendously. Lost quite a bit of weight 2015-2016. Been in maintenance since then. I have gained five pounds and am working furiously with the help of Spark Coach to get it off! Report
Great job Report
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Way to go Tom! Keep up the good work. Report
Great job! I have the same issue and am working toward the same result. Report
Thanks for sharing. I can't remember when I was last under 200 but look forward to getting there. Report
Congratulations! Your right, don't think of this as a diet. I think of this as a healthy and fit lifestyle! Report
That's wonderful Tom that ypu made it to One-derland!🎈 Report
Congratulations! Thanks for the inspiration! Report
Congratulations and I wish you continued success. I have stepped away from the scale. I am also working to be as prescription free as I can be. We can do this. Report
congratulations!!! Report
Congratulations! You have done an awesome job. Keep up the good work. Report
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