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.
IT WAS JUST FUN!
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!