Friday, September 09, 2011
Just eight weeks ago, I started the 2011 SUMMER 5% Challenge. I committed to exercise (45-60 minutes per day, strength training 3 days a week), to track and stay within my Spark calorie range, and to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day. There was a five week stretch where I stuck with my commitment 100% of the time. I amazed myself with that streak. Then…the scale seemed to get stuck for absolutely no good reason, and I got a tad discouraged (well, a lot discouraged, if truth be told), and my 100% commitment slipped to more like 85-90%.
I did lose weight, but not the hoped for 5%. Being that summers are notorious for packing on the pounds, at least I can be proud of the fact that I had a weight loss at all, modest as it was. Another thing I can be proud of - I didn’t get totally discouraged and give up…there is something to be said for that. That used to be my pattern, and it would be months or years (and many pounds gained back later) before I would try again. This time, I just kept getting up, dusting myself off, and trying again.
As I look back, I wish I hadn’t let myself get discouraged with the slow weight loss. I wish I hadn’t given so much power to the scale. I wish I had focused on just making it through each day and doing whatever I had to do to make it happen – in other words, be totally committed to accomplishing my goals. This is the lesson I am taking into the Fall 5% Challenge. My new plan is to focus on each day and stick with the program, reviewing my goals at the beginning and the end of each day. That way it puts them in the forefront and I can’t forget what I promised myself I would do. I can do this!
No time like the present to put this plan into action. Tomorrow morning, Operation 100% Commitment begins in earnest. No reason not to start following my action plan every day while I am waiting for the Fall Challenge to begin. I am on it!