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5% Challenges

Saturday, April 21, 2018

THIS 5% challenge, the Spring one, this current one, has started the best I've ever turned in. I join the 5% challenges because they are great motivators, great accountability, and great fun. I find I need all those to keep me steady and keep me focused. After the winter challenge this year, for some reason, I lost focus, I lost my motivation. So I was dreading the weigh-in to start. I was REALLY GOOD for the week before the challenge started--I wouldn't have been as good without the challenge coming--so I had a starting weight that was better but not good. Keeping that focus the following week, my first week's weighin was great--down 4 pounds. I wouldn't have stayed steady without the challenge to keep me accountable. Posting the weights in "public" makes me want to do better--have a list of numbers that continue to get smaller each week.

Obviously I had a great week and I enjoyed reading the congrats and telling my husband about my achievement. I am satisfied with this number, but I know there are more weeks to follow, so I need to find and hold that focus and motivation. I find my journal a great help to keep motivated. I daily note how I'm doing, how I'm feeling, what I felt worked/didn't work. By rereading the "good" days I can try to replicate those days. On the other days, I have a list of what doesn't work and can work to avoid those situations/choices.

Of course the challenges work only when I work HARD at making good results happen. BUT, and here's the best part of the challenges, I have supporters/cheerleaders/helper
s to keep me going. I have to do the work but I know I can rely on teammates and leaders to help me do my best. So, participation is key, and since all those around me WANT me to succeed, too, I find it easy to participate and take advantage of the support.

Since the challenges are set up to help us succeed, we have a wealth of choices of tools to help. Teammates post motivating quotes, insights from their own experiences, and links to articles and blogs they've found helpful. Even sending us a goodie because of an accomplishment or comment lets us know someone is paying attention, is interested in our progress. I, then, am motivated to do the same to other teammates--send a goodie, comment on activities, congratulate on an accomplishment, encourage someone who is struggling.

With the information from teammates, I can then plan, adjust, improve my work each week to make my journey more successful. What works for someone may also work for me; recipes or menus found by someone else I can add to my meal-plans.

All the purposes of the 5% challenges are to make ME successful in a journey to health; losing weight may be the most apparent goal or mission, but not the only one. From my teammates I learn how to be successful, how to plan yummy menus that are healthy, and I met and make new friends
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  • CATE195
    Madonna, I'm so glad to tbe on the Teddy Bears team with you. You help to keep me motivated, not only here, but on my fit bit. I am so glad to see you off to such a great start, keep up the good work!

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    807 days ago
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    Loved reading your blog today. I'm so glad I'm on your Teddy Bear team because it's team mates like you that help keep me motivated. I love all your planning and strategy in journaling. This is going to be the Challenge you hit that 5% goal,
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    807 days ago
    I so totally agree with everything you said. I, also, was so very unmotivated at the end of the Winter challenge. I didn't get anywhere close to my goal, and in fact I don't think I lost any weight at all. And then those weeks following with winter going on and on and on..... I also paid closer attention during that week before the challenge and I really pushed myself during that first week - MAKING myself go up to the gym for my favorite classes on Tuesday, Wednesday AND Thursday (which is the day my DH is gone all morning so I'd really prefer to stay at home to have some quiet time) emoticon I had planned to go up there on Saturday too but that was the day of our biggest April snowstorm in many years.

    Week two has also gone pretty well. I am working hard to get in my exercise minutes and have been finding healthy recipes to make. I am making progress and this time I am determined to make a difference. I agree, knowing we have a team to be accountable and team members to support and who will be supportive back is a great motivator.

    Great blog!
    807 days ago
    I'm part of the 5% Challenge too....Starfish Team. 🤸
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