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Challenges are Challenging

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A definition of the word challenge is: a call or summons to engage in any contest, as of skill, strength, etc.. Another definition is: difficulty in a job or undertaking that is stimulating to one engaged in it.
On the Rootin’ for Ruby team, or the sister team, Women’s Fat Night, we have many challenges. Some are long term over several weeks and some are just a daily challenge within the longer one. And they are indeed a call to engage in a contest. And they are very much a difficulty in an undertaking that is stimulating.
On Sparks, we use this stimulation to aid us on the journey we are on to weight loss/better health.
I really do enjoy the challenges. For one thing, they bring us into closer relationships with our team mates. We get to know them better as we help them along this journey and as they help us in return. They aren’t really a contest as we aren’t trying to out-do one another.
For myself personally, what I like best about these challenges is the opportunity to encourage my team mates.
But at the same time, I find that I am so afraid of failing that I too often sabotage myself. Why is this? I want to reach my goal and yet it seems to stay just a few pounds away from me.
I have tried fooling my scales by changing my goal, making it another ten pounds down. Hopefully that will work.
On the other hand, I am wondering if maybe my goal is not right. I know that I will never be a slim person, even if I only weighed 125. At that weight I would like more like a shar pei.
So I am going to continue as I have been, watching what I eat (most of the time) and getting in some exercise (some of the time) and let the scales do what it wants. If I stay where I am now, I will be satisfied. And I won’t allow myself to gain back any of my loss. I weigh less now than I did as a senior in high school when I lost 55 pounds. And I am far removed from that era of my life.
So bring on the challenges. I am ready and willing. I know this is what it will take to maintain!

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  • PUGRAD1995
    you've done good girl.

    But it's people like you, Lori and Kitt that keep going through the challenges that motivate the beginners like me...And I definitely still struggle just trying to do most of the challenges.

    Living alone, I also need the outlet for my frustration with the scale. This place has done wonders for that.

    So keep on sparking! emoticon
    3667 days ago
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    3667 days ago
    Arlene, you've come so far and done such an emoticon job! I love the challenges too..they keep me on my toes and I also really enjoy getting to know, motivate and encourage our teammates!
    3668 days ago
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    I love these challenges too! This whole process certainly isn't easy--I love that Pixie always calls it a journey b/c it totally.... we learn to eat right, exercise right, and eventually not set ourselves up to fail just b/c we think we will.

    Good Luck!! I'm so glad to have you has a team member!!
    3668 days ago
    I really enjoyed this blog. And my butt already looks like a shar pei! For anyone out there that has never heard of the Ruby teams, PLEASE do yourself the favor of stopping by to see what we're all about. You may just find, like I did, that you found a new home.
    3668 days ago
    Love the title, that is something I actually tell myself a lot! I also get the sabotage, I am trying HARD to break that pattern within me this summer, but I have done that to myself in the past.....keep at it though, we have to figure it out eventually, I figure!
    3668 days ago
    I am glad you like the challenges, so do I, it takes alot of work for Pixie and Debbie to do this for us, I like the fact that we do our best, and if we don't have a loss we are not made to feel bad, and the challenges are doable in my opinion.
    You can do this Arlene, Look what you have accomplished so far, You have done great
    3668 days ago
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