Friday, May 24, 2019
The Spring 5% challenge is heading towards its final week which is always a little bitter-sweet. I enjoy the discipline of the Living the Good Life challenges and logging food and exercise regularly but usually by now I'm looking forward to taking it a bit easier for a couple of weeks too.
As a type A personality, I'm just a teeny bit competitive. My introduction to the 5% challenges was with the UnderDogs who were (and still are) a very successful team. Fortunately, my health was reasonably good and I was able to keep up high levels of exercise during the challenges so I didn't let anyone down (entirely self-inflicted pressure, at no time did the team push me). Boy, did I need those weeks between challenges to recover though!
After two rounds of challenges, I followed my good friend Diane over to the Awesome A Team.
It might have been a bit of a gamble moving from such a proven competitive team but, with hindsight, maybe I welcomed the chance to take a little pressure off myself. My health this winter has been pretty much as it usually is in winter and I haven't been able to keep up nearly the same level of minutes but the Awesome As have done spectacularly well this spring. Big lesson in humility learned!!!!!! I can't believe we almost lost this team but now, I hope, it's future is assured.
It was with some trepidation that I originally accepted the role of Extra Leader; I knew what a difference the support from other members made for me in past challenges and so wanted to "pay it forward". I tend to be quite isolated and introverted usually but I've really enjoyed finding out more about my fantastic Awesome A's and what a really nurturing and supportive group of people they are. I was honoured to be asked to step into the Motivation Leader role and hope I've helped my team as much as they have all helped me xxx
During the 5% challenges, I usually end up and round about the same weight as I started, a cause of great frustration and disappointment in the past. Now I'm more "eh, at least I didn't gain" but I feel it's time to push further out of my comfort zone. It's a bit of a left-field choice for me but I'm also joining the Biggest Loser summer challenge. Besides, who wouldn't want to be a unicorn!
I will always be Awesome, first and foremost and will continue to be active thought the break and into the Summer challenge but I'm excited to see what I can learn from being Invincible