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5% Challenge: 8 weeks in retrospect

Monday, April 22, 2013

How fast eight weeks went by! Our first landing to the first city of the challenge seems like yesterday.
I was a first-time challenger and I was in great anticipation of these eight weeks. New things, new friends, motivation, an interesting virtual-travelling competition andÖ goals. And expected results.

So, how did it go? Am I happy with the results? Did I meet my goals?

Answering the last question,Ö not reallyÖ

Why? Simply because life got in the way. During these eight weeks, the road got bumpy. And the 5% challenge was not the only one I was facing.
The initial goal of losing 5% of my weight wasnít met. Iím not even sure of the overall loss I appear to have after the eating disaster of this last weekend! I struggled with emotional eating on many days. Which was also another one of my lost battles.

Another one of my goals was to support my teammates as much as I could. And thatís one Iím really sorry to have failed at. I always like to help and support people and thatís one of the main reasons I joined the challenge. Unfortunately, I had to limit my Sparking time or even minimize it on some days. So, I wasnít always there for you, my fellow-Starfishes. And Iím really sorry about thatÖ

The only goal I was successful with was my fitness schedule. I followed it exactly as planned and I did my best to accumulate fitness minutes! And Iím so glad that I could at least help my team this way.

So, did the challenge help me?

Absolutely!
When I first joined, I needed an extra source of motivation. I wasnít trying to form new habits, Iíve already done that. And these last pounds that I want to lose, I know how stubborn they are and how difficult theyíve proven to be. I wanted to fight emotional eating and maybe I havenít been 100% successful but, hey, where would I be if it wasnít for the challenge? My lack of sparking time could have been a reason for a much more off-track behavior, but the everyday tracking of the challenge kept me accountable. And thatís exactly what I needed! Sometimes the success of something we do is not only measured by numbers. Given the circumstances and taking everything into consideration, it may have helped in many other ways, motivation and accountability being the ones in my case.

Will I be there for the next one?

You bet! I already signed up for the Spring into Summer 5% Challenge. And if youíre looking for a new motivation, an active team, new Sparkfriends, fun and support, and youíre ready to commit to making a daily appearance, come join us. You can find the team here:

www.sparkpeople.com/mysp
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gid=59980


Letís Spring into Summer being the best version of ourselves!
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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

REBECCATKD 5/4/2013 9:14PM

    Oh, I hope you're a Starfish again!!

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KALISWALKER 4/23/2013 12:17AM

    I am glad you kept exercising and have made a habit of it!

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123ELAINE456 4/23/2013 12:12AM

  Awesome Blog. I have never join any of the Challenges because of Health Reasons. This is the WAY TO GO!!! YOU CAN DO IT!!! Keep Pushing Forward. God Blessings To Everyone. Have a Delightful Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!

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CERIUSLY 4/22/2013 3:17PM

    Great Blog! I believe if even one small success was accomplised, the 5% Challenge was a totally worthwhile experience!

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THOMS1 4/22/2013 12:51PM

    One step at a time. You made your fitness goal and that's good. emoticon

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GEMLADYONE 4/22/2013 12:43PM

    The goals and the challenge are about so much more than just the numbers on the scale. My biggest wins from the last one weren't the numbers on the scale, although that went well for me. I'm very much looking forward to the next one too.

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LOOKINGUP2012 4/22/2013 12:10PM

    Let's try again to meet our goal. I didn't quite get to mine either. Can't wait.

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MONAKIN314 4/22/2013 10:23AM

    I think you did awesome for the Starfish!!

Life has an aweful way of getting in the way of all of our plans, but you suck with in and posted regularly!

Emotional eating is such a hard nut to crack. It took me a long time to admit that I was doing it. I had all kinds of excuses, for my overeating and none of them had anything to do with my emotions.

So Hang in There and Keep Pushing, cause you are worth it and you can do it!

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BLOOMINGLENA 4/22/2013 8:52AM

    I agree, my sweet Elle, that success is not always measured by numbers. Emotional eating is something we confront often and you have given many fights and were a winner. That is why you have made it all the way to where you are now, having lost a great number of kgs! You have only a couple of pounds left to lose and that is the most difficult part but not one that should make you feel disappointed with the results in this challenge.
You haven't stopped motivating the participants and sparkfriends all the way. Maybe you wanted to have helped them more but we are people with families and obligations and we cannot be there for all our sparkfriends as much as we want to. It is ok!
The fact that you didn't stop exercising is very important and it is the proof that all these 8 weeks you kept going to the right direction without making a U-turn! So, charge your batteries and get ready for the next challenge!
Take care and please don't worry that much. We all have our ups and downs and that's why we understand and support each other.

Love you!
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ANNIEONLI 4/22/2013 7:10AM

    I love a good honest blog...and that was this. It actually hit on subject of why I have NOT done a 5% challenge in a while...mainly because the 2 times I did, LIFE GOT IN THE WAY and I was abysmal at the social aspect of it. So I am so glad you put this spin of helping the team with the fitness minutes...that really is something good that came out about it and is a big success in my eyes!!!! Geez woman, when life gets in MY way, the fitness gets out of my way too! LOL

Kudos, my friend...Good Job!!

And I get the emotional eating - this weekend, total loss for me... it happens. And I was tracking all week too...you'd think it would counteract those thoughts!! So see....you are not alone in the battle!

Maybe we can figure out how to not let those pitfalls trip us up as bad in the next 8 weeks! I'm here if you need me...and I know that you are too...vice versa!
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