Monday, April 22, 2013
Well, that's the end of the latest 8 week 5% challenge.
I was thinking it was one of my worst yet, given my health issues with virus and viral stuff for the past several months.
But, in fact, it has been either my 2nd or 3rd most successful challenge since I started!
How do I know?
Because I have lost some weight, though not 5%.
Because I have felt more positive than in some previous challenges - despite thinking I was feeling quite negative this time around.
Because I have managed to increase my exercise to 120 minutes most days, despite the virus and viral stuff - I kept the 120/day going most of the time till the last week, when things fell apart a bit for me.
Because, I can say "things fell apart a bit" and not "I couldn't keep it up" or "I had to give up".
Because, as a team leader, I'm in there helping other Sparkers to achieve.
Because I know I'm thanking SP for the help I've received - in a practical way.
A few weeks ago, one of my co-leaders started a topic to neme 10 good things each day. I couldn't even start to find a list of 5 things that I felt good about me!
Now I'm looking back at that list of "because" - I really needed this challenge in a sort-my-life-out kind of way. But I also really needed it in a sort-myself-out way, even more.
I need to sort my mind so I can start to sort my life - same as all of us, really. And these 5% challenges are working for me. Very gradually, I must admit. But it is working.
And, as my experience increases, I feel more able to help other Sparkers and team mates, as well as myself.
I still have a long way to go - weight, house clutter, mind clutter, health, whatever. But I am now consciously working on it.
I will not let my old ways hold me back - now I am working forwards, in all areas of my life (including my relationship with my husband of 35 years).
Thank you, SparkPeople.