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

GABY1948 11/5/2018
GREAT article Report
TRIMNUP 11/4/2018
"Don't be impatient. It's the slow changes that are the longest lasting." Totally agree with his statement in this article. Report
2DAWN4 11/4/2018
What a great story! Thanks for sharing! Report
RAPUNZEL53 11/4/2018
Interesting. Report
BIKE4HEALTH 11/3/2018
Great results Report
NANCYPAT1 11/3/2018
Congratulations Report
NANCYPAT1 11/3/2018
Congratulations Report
BIKE4HEALTH 11/2/2018
Great experience.t...hanks Report
NASFKAB 11/1/2018
Kudos to you great job Report
HEALTHYANDFIT27 10/31/2018
Awesome! Report
RD03875 10/31/2018
Way to go! Report
PATRICIA-CR 10/30/2018
Very well done and said! Report
LOSEWEIGHT1212 10/30/2018
Thanks for the reminder about complacency. Keep up the good work.! Report
LOSEWEIGHT1212 10/30/2018
Thanks for the reminder about complacency. Keep up the good work.! Report
DMEYER4 10/30/2018
WTG Report
_CYNDY55_ 10/29/2018
Well done, Alex! Report
RUTHDEE2000 10/29/2018
Keep it up Alex...awesome achievement..☺ Report
SUNSET09 10/29/2018
No excuses here, SparkFriwnd. Keep up the good work. Woo, hoo and way to go. Report
JIACOLO 10/29/2018
It's important to have a Plan B for when weather is bad. Report
SRWYLIE 10/29/2018
Alex has become a great friend and colleague in the SP journey! I am so proud of his success! Report
1CRAZYDOG 10/29/2018
Agree 100% --- you have to keep showing up! Report
KHALIA2 10/29/2018
Great advice, Alex! Congratulations on your progress! Report
CGPS1795 10/29/2018
Way to go Alex!!!!

I'm proud to be on this journey with you Buddy!!! Report
KENTTUPPENCE 10/29/2018
Excellent Report
FITWITHIN 10/29/2018
Congratulations! Report
SMORSEBVR 10/29/2018
Really awesome Report
LIVINHEALTHY9 10/29/2018
Congratulations! Way to Go! Report
JANIEWWJD 10/29/2018
Congratulations. Thanks for sharing!!! Report
ANHELIC 10/29/2018
Congratulations, Alex. thanks for sharing. Report
ZRIE014 10/29/2018
thanks Report
KATHYJO56 10/29/2018
Congratulations! This is an awesome story. Report