Spark Spotlight: Jo (OUTSIDEJOJO)

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: Jo (OUTSIDEJOJO)
Age: 53
Location: East Islip, New York
Small Success of the Week
Jo is an enthusiastic SparkPeople member who posted on the Community Goal Feed that she is was on her second day of completing at least two miles per day for 30 days. "Who’s in?" she wrote. "Run, walk or skip. Let’s do this! Day 2 complete."
What's your overall goal?
My overall goal is stay healthy and active. I'm on a mission to lose 20 pounds, but will take the little increments weekly as I believe this a lifestyle change and not a diet.
How is SparkPeople helping you get there?
SparkPeople helps [me with my] journaling and accountability with a network of people on the same journey. I like to check in to see how people are doing, and what they are doing. Keeping track of my food intake and workouts is key.
What's your biggest challenge right now?
My biggest challenge is including in my life delights [such as] cookies, cheese, crackers and beer. They say you can't out-exercise a bad diet. By journaling I see the cost of my treats so I limit their intake. I don't deprive, just reduce.
What advice do you have for someone who just joined SparkPeople today?
Journal everything! Move everyday!
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!