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?
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:
Letís Spring into Summer being the best version of ourselves!