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