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    GEMLADYONE   65,135
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5% Challenge Helps Build Healthy Lifestyle and Lose Weight

Monday, April 22, 2013

We just completed the 8 week “Winter into Spring 5% Challenge”, and I am totally pleased with the results. In the 5% challenge, for eight weeks we compete as teams to virtually travel to exotic places, while we work on consistency in exercise and in other healthy lifestyle habits. It was a lot of fun and I met a lot of wonderful people. The members of the team worked together to keep up encouragement, motivation, support and accountability as we all worked on building good habits together. The leaders of the teams and of the overall challenge did a fabulous job putting it together and keeping it organized and all of us on track.

In the challenge, I managed to lose 9% of my starting weight over the eight weeks, but I believe that rather than being the main focus, the weight loss was the result of the healthy habits that we focused on each week. When I joined Sparkpeople 5 years ago, the nutrition plans and fitness plans helped me achieve my goal weight, but I didn’t learn anything about maintenance and soon gained it all back and more. I returned in December 2012 determined to do things differently this time, and to learn the healthy habits that would not only help me achieve my goal weight, but improve my fitness and change my lifestyle permanently for the better.

For me, the 5% challenge was a catalyst to reinforcing the habits I was trying to make part of my lifestyle, and to learn (or be reminded) about some new ones that also should go along on the trip to my healthy future.

So now, my suitcase is packed with good habits to help me on the journey, I’m working to leave the bad ones behind, and I’m ready to move ahead with the rest of my (healthier) life.

I am looking forward to the “Spring into Summer 5% Challenge”, to keep making progress on my journey, and to spend another 8 weeks with my friends and team-mates.

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Anyone can join in the next 5% Challenge - Spring into Summer. Here's the link to the team you will join to sign up:

www.sparkpeople.com/mysp
ark/groups_individual.asp?
gid=59980


After you join this overall challenge team, you will have time to read more details about the challenge and get to know the other participants. In a few weeks, you will be assigned to an individual team, where you will be for the 8 weeks of the challenge.
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KRISTINSGOALS 4/24/2013 11:58AM

    Alie!!! Rock on!!! You did incredible things during the challenge! I'm so glad you're on our team!!

Kristin

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NEWCHINELO 4/24/2013 10:56AM

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DASU1949 4/23/2013 9:09PM

    Way to go Alie! emoticon
I am happy for you reaching 9%!
I did not make the 5% but, like you, I have learned a lot and am applying it. I am not giving up and look forward to the next challenge. I am feeling better for the weight I did lose which good.
Take care - see you in the next challenge.
Dave
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ANYVAR54 4/23/2013 6:08PM

    Congratulations on being in the spotlight and in your progress in the challenge. Way to go.

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PCOH051610 4/23/2013 4:33PM

    "For me, the 5% challenge was a catalyst to reinforcing the habits I was trying to make part of my lifestyle, and to learn (or be reminded) about some new ones that also should go along on the trip to my healthy future. "

What a great blog you wrote and the above sentence really struck a chord with me! emoticon

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TEQPEACH 4/23/2013 3:21PM

    emoticon and then some! Way to go.

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LYNCHD05 4/23/2013 11:16AM

    Co beats on your successful weight loss but more important the new skills we have learned. I'm with you!!!!

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KALISWALKER 4/23/2013 10:16AM

    I have come close to 5% but never quite made it. Thanks for the inspiration!

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SLIMLEAF 4/23/2013 9:36AM

    Well done, Gemladyone - you are a STAR!

It's been great having you on the Awesome A Team - you're a real asset! I didn't do so well on the challenge but I have, nevertheless, made some changes for the better and I did lose a Little weight!

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LJR4HEALTH 4/23/2013 7:00AM

    emoticon on exceeding your 5% goal

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WELLNESSME09 4/23/2013 6:26AM

    emoticon blog!
Love these challenges also, it has helped me in so many ways.

emoticon on your success thus far...wishing you the very best in the next challenge. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FLYCHRISTI 4/23/2013 4:44AM

    Great blog! emoticon for your results (I don't mean only the weight loss!)
I am looking forward too to the next challenge.
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POPSY190 4/23/2013 3:10AM

    Great blog. The challenges are wonderful, aren't they and full of interest!

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CERIUSLY 4/22/2013 9:52PM

    Grreat Blog!Congratulations on your outstanding success! I am excited to hear such great comments about the 5% Challenge!

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MICKEYH 4/22/2013 6:14PM

    Wha-oh !! Great blog Alie!! You are a wonderful promoter of this challenge. And your great experience and success about challenge is really rocks !! Congratulations.
I so did enjoy being your friend and teammate. Looking forwards to another round of
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LOOKINGUP2012 4/22/2013 12:06PM

    Loved the last challenge too! emoticon emoticon emoticon on exceeding your goal.

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