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Consistency and Commitment are the Keys to Success

Saturday, November 17, 2012

We just finished week 6 of the 8-week 5% Fall Challenge. Although I never had the most weight lost for any single week, today I achieved that 5% goal and dropped 10.5 lbs during the challenge.

This accomplishment was really due to two things: consistency and commitment. I exercised hard and, for the most part, I kept my calories within my calorie range. I didn't always succeed on the calories, but looking back, I probably needed the extra calories a few times with all of the fitness activities I was doing. I also was determined to succeed - not just for myself, but also for the Teddy Bear team overall. There were many days when I really didn't feel like a lot of exercise, but I pushed myself anyway (sometimes after dark) to make sure I didn't let the team down. Perhaps my military background helped in the challenge - when you see that other team members are struggling for various reasons, you know you have to step it up meet the team objectives.

We still have two weeks to go in the challenge, and I don't plan on letting up (well maybe a little on Thanksgiving...). I hope everyone is successful in their journey to a healthier lifestyle. You can make it a reality if just commit yourself to success. I saw a great quote recently on SparkPeople:

"There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results." (Kenneth Blanchard)

Good luck to all of you!
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    1873 days ago
    How did I miss this? Consistency and Committment! Congratulations! I agree about the team concept. Not wanting to let the team down and we improve ourselves in the process.
    1919 days ago
    Congratulations!! I am so happy for you! That's awesome that you were able to reach your 5% goal. Thankfully I've lost weight for most of the challenges; but I've only reached my 5% once.

    Thanks for sharing your success with us and giving some extra inspiration to the team!
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    1921 days ago
  • NWFL59
    Congratulations on achieving your 5% goal. I too like the quote from Blanchard. emoticon
    1922 days ago
    I love the commitment vs. interest comment. I am so grateful for my military training as well, it did a lot to straighten out a kid who easily could have gone in the wrong direction.
    1922 days ago
    You are such an inspiration!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Way to go on meeting your 5%!!!!!!!!!!!
    1922 days ago
    You're our leading Teddy Bear up the mountain and probably five percent-wise. I'm so thankful for the gift of consistency and commitment you've been given as your health will say thank you many times over. Good work! Hug, hug -- Evelyn
    1922 days ago
    You've been the most AWESOME Teddy Bear of us all!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1923 days ago
  • PETUNIA102
    Thanks for the motivation! Congratulations on your weight loss!
    1923 days ago
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