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It's about more than losing weight

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Largely due to the 5% Challenges and the friendships and comraderie on SP, I'm really enjoying this. I'm not normally a web social network type of person (I have a very neglected Facebook account, and Twitter--I just never saw the point), so when I first joined SP in August, I expected to just use the trackers, profit from the neat exercise videos and generally use the site as a convenient aid. I have done that. But for a while I've known how much more it is to me than that. And today was a prime example.

Today our Winter 5% Challenge had us on the last leg of exercising to get to Cairo, Egypt--yeah, it takes a lot of exercise "miles" to get that far, but as a team we were closing in on it--and we wanted to get there first. I can't help it; I'm competitive--I wanted my team to beat out the others.

When I got up this morning, I was hoping someone had landed us in Cairo, but no, we still had some miles to go--so I started in exercising, then stopped after 30 minutes and posted it, hoping others were doing the same thing. Well, only one other person had posted since I'd last looked, so I started in again determined to go as long as I needed to in order to land that plane in Cairo if no one else did. 40 more minutes was all it took. Elation! What did I win?....well, nothing actually. And I had no idea whether another team had beaten us to Cairo--not really. But I just felt good helping my team to get there. We'd all contributed a lot of exercise minutes to get that far, and if I was the only one with the time free to put some more minutes in this morning, I wanted to do it. It wasn't really about the exercise or losing a lb. It was team spirit--believe me, I am by no means the first one on my team to continue exercising just to bring our plane in-- and well, OK, bragging rights are nice too for our team (but only for a minute--cause it really isn't entirely about that either) if we actually did get in first.


I can't explain it. Just join the next 5% challenge--you'll see. Who says we can't have fun while we do this!
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    So jealous of the Teddies having you!!! The 5% Challenge is so fun!
    3064 days ago
    You just keep challenging yourself my dear because it is working. Bravo for making it across that challenge and for you pushing them over the wall! You are awesome and I beg to differ, I believe you did win something..esteem my dear!


    3064 days ago
  • TERESA159
    Thanks for landing our team! U r awesome.

    3065 days ago
    emoticon Love your emoticon spirit! It's funny how a team approach and challenge can be so motivating! I too have found myself exercising more because I am posting my min publicly for my team to see (I don't want to disappoint, I want us to win) These 5% challenges are such a great way to loose weight and stay motivated. I doubt I would be this close to hitting my goal without them. Thanks again for landing us!
    3065 days ago
  • YIWEN39
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    3065 days ago
    Gee, Columbine, I never thought of people having those thoughts because in practice, it's a very supportive environment. Most of us are here at SP because we want to lose weight the healthy way and keep it off, so yes, it's tied to weight-loss. The challenge is to lose 5% of your weight or whatever amount you decide on (we all set goals at the beginning) -- through exercise and other good habits (I didn't mention the other activities called "living the good life" that earn points, those change every week--this week happens to be getting points for finding "Me time" every day; last week it was eating breakfast). We are expected to stay with the effort as much as possible--not start it, and then drop off the face of the earth--like we know can happen; but, of course, life circumstances do cause some people to do this. And some people can't, or don't want to, exercise every day, but I'm betting, if they're like me, being on a team that needs you pushes them to try to stay with their plan.

    It's a challenge for all of us, and most of our blogs are complaints about how much difficulty we have staying with it, but then you guys and other members of the 5% team, encourage us to stay with it--and sometimes we get to have our personal team come in first or second or third. I am not the hero for putting in the final minutes to get us to Cairo--every person who exercised 20 minutes added to 7,400 miles we had to travel to get there, and by the way, once we arrive it's not over. We keep logging in our exercise minutes because there's a daily team winner for the cumulative min. of exercise. I know I contribute as many as I can each day, so I'm the hero each day along with the other 100+ members of the team, whether our points put us first, second or last (No, all 100 that joined are not participating regularly, but we assume they're doing what they can), and because those ex. minutes help me grow to become a stronger person. And also while we all have a goal to lose weight, some weeks the scale just does not cooperate--no one is beat up for this. We just keep exercising and tracking--the same as you're doing now, just with more support.

    I hope I didn't paint the wrong picture of the object of the challenge by writing about my excitement of our exercising to Cairo. Like I said, the comraderie we develop makes the exercise fun.
    3065 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/12/2012 12:35:27 AM
    Awesome blog..it sounds so motivating to be on a team. But for those who haven't done a challenge...well...it's confusing and seems like a massive undertaking and there's the fear of not being the hero (like you were today!) and being the one who drags the team down.

    How does a challenge work? Is it too unwieldy to describe to us wannabees? Are they all based on exercise minutes? Seems like I've seen some based on pounds lost. I would really like to try it....but would like to understand before I sign the dotted line........

    Thanks! emoticon
    3066 days ago
    When I get a bit more time to exercise I'll have to find out what team you're on and help out with this.
    3066 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10713018
    You will have to tell me about this 5% Challenge; I feel totally in the dark. Sounds like good fun. Taking my mind off the pounds would be nice.
    3067 days ago
    Way to go on landing us, and I liked the title of your blog - and loved the blog you shared via SP mail.
    3067 days ago
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