Spark Spotlight: Diane (DIANEDOESSMILES)

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: Diane (DIANEDOESSMILES)
Age: 59
Location: South Portland, Maine

Diane's Small Success of the Week

What's your overall goal?

Originally, it was to get out of my power chair. This has been accomplished! I weighed 288 pounds and was so scared of being put into a nursing home. Now I'm at 173. It's not really about the number on the scale, but freeing my body from the prison it was in. Now, my goal is about moving as easily as when I was in my early 30s. I'm almost there.

How is SparkPeople helping you get there?

I've met so many people with the attitude of "I can -- no, I AM doing this!" Tracking is so easy! I belong to two amazing teams: The 5% Challenge on the Spirited Under Dogs (Dawggies) as the motivational leader and the Biggest Loser Challenge in the Invincible Indigo team. I've not dieted. Instead, I've grown into the confident woman I used to be, while shrinking both in body and fears. 

What's your biggest challenge right now?

I just had brain surgery two weeks ago for a non-ruptured aneurysm. I'm supposed to be taking it very easy. But I have a TON of energy. I'm not a patient gal.

What advice do you have for someone who just joined SparkPeople today?

Please remember we didn't put the weight on in a few months. It will come off, but be patient and work the steps. Track every bit. It's amazing what you'll see. I also encourage them to either buy or get from the library The Spark by SparkGuy. IIt will help you progress and NOT be hungry. 

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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Diane, you have INSPIRED me with your ENTHUSIASM since Day one And I am now following suit!! Report
JSTETSER 2/22/2018
Great article. You inspire me Dianne! Report
You're doing great! Report
truly inspiring! Another Spark story of overcoming challenges! Report
Congratulations on becoming a better YOU!!
Best wishes as you recover from brain surgery. Report
Congratulations on your great success so far and best wishes for your post-op recovery! Report
Good for you Report
Way to go Diane!!!!! You have been a VERY big motivator to me!! Well deserved recognition!! Report
You are a GREAT motivator! Report
Awesome job! Report
Thank you for sharing your story! Its amazing to me how inspirational some peoples journeys can be. Sometimes you don't even realize what you are doing, small changes, that will make a change to your entire life. OR even greater to change the life of someone else. Congratulations and motivate ON!!! Report
Great blog! Report
Love your inspiration, Diane! Report
Diane, Thanks so much for being you and sharing so much of yourself with us! You are our coach, cheerleader and a model of inspiration to the Underdawgs of the 5% challenge. Woof and WooHoo! Report
Great uplifting article on you. didn't begin to cover all the adversities you've come thru with flying colors. Guess they couldn't write a book uh? You are amazing. Report
Diane, so happy for you on so many levels!! Congrats to you on all your achievements and continuing efforts!! You're such a terrific inspiration to so many of us. Report
Diane Does More Than Smiles! She does it ALL Amazingly!
Yay Diane, so glad the spotlight is shining on you today for all to enjoy your story and be inspired by you! Report
Thank you for sharing your story & advice. i particularly liked your comment that weight loss is more than being just about a number. Report
Great job! So encouraging! Report
Way to go! Report
Keep it up Report
What a beautiful inspiration you are, Diane! Spark is such an amazing place to create, live and share our journeys with each other. Well done! Report
Diane is beyond amazing I am proud to call her friend.She is always ready to encourage everyone on our team and never ever gives up! Report
Diane is so PAWESOME, woof! She leads us Dawggies on our journey to be healthy and strong. Such an inspiration to our team. Congratulations Diane on the Spotlight! Report
I'm not a bit surprised to see you in the spotlight! You're an inspiration! Way to go! Report
Congrats Diane! You have definitely earned your place in the spotlight!! Report
way to go Diane you will inspire all who read this story and about your journey to good health. Report
Congrats to you, In the spotlight!
You've got the motivation right... not a number on the scale, but being ABLE to do the things you want to do... to live your life! Well done, and congrats on the progress to date. Report
Congrats, Diane - you well deserve being in the Spotlight!
Please just try to learn a wee bit of patience. Sometimes it's fine to jump in as soon as you want to. But sometimes, a bit of caution to go with that jump-in - yes? Even for a Dawggie!!! Report
You are truly an inspiration to many! Report
Diane, I know you are going to inspire lots of Sparkers to keep pushing and keep trying. Report
Diane, you inspire me every day, I want you to know. It has been my pleasure to learn from and be enlightened by you. Congrats on being in the spotlight, my dear friend! Report
congrats on being in the Spark People worked hard and have achieved much!! Rock on woman!!! Report
Hey Diane!

Way to Go! Ain't it great?!?! Keep it up, the sky's the limit with SP!!!!

Carl Report
My goodness Dianne that was no small goal and as such a wonderful accomplishment. You are really an inspiration to me and to probably all of us. Keep it up. I'm going very slowly not that that's my plan but I too have difficulty exercising. I guess my goal should be able to get off the floor without help to get up if I fall and to get under 180. I'd be happy there. Actually I'm happy where I am but I would feel healthier there. God bless you all. Report
Thanks for the inspiration Diane. WOW but you have done great. In 4 days it will be 4 months since I was broadsided by a car while riding my bike. Surgery put my leg back together but my recovery has been slow and painful. One of the things that's kept me going is focusing on the positive. As you stated, celebrate the things you CAN do. Keep going. Report
WTG Diane! I haven't been a fellow doggie in a while but kept following anyway because you were always such an inspiration. So happy to see it recognized!! Report
way to go Report
Yea, Diane! So glad to see you on here. Even though I am being pulled twelve ways right now, you helped me when it was needed and I got on the Dawgie train. I know everything will fall into place soon (like when puppy potty training is over!), and I'll be more active on here. Until then, I'll keep reading and listening to what you've got to say. Report
That's awesome! Way to go, Diane! Report
Nice job! Report
Thank you for the inspiration! I love these "Spotlights"! Cheers to you Diane! Report
Way to go, Diane! Report
Nice job! Report
So happy and proud to read this, Diane. I didn't realize everything. You always amaze me, chica!! Report