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