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8 Weeks of Fun - and it's Healthy! The 5% Challenge

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

I'm feeling quite sad; the 5% Challenge is over and I have to wait until May for the next one.

But there is a silver lining. My team, The Casual Travellers, keeps up its chat and interim challenges in the interval. So I'm not totally bereft of my friends and their help and support. To say nothing of their sense of humour. emoticon

The name belies the team's character : there's nothing casual about the help and genuine interest the members display towards one another as we wing our way around the virtual world, emoticon visiting fascinating places and picking up and practising healthy lifestyle habits en route. I'm a traveller in maintenance and find the whole experience even more useful in keeping my weight within acceptable bounds than I did when I was trying to lose. Without this regular challenge to keep me focussed on healthy eating and regular exercise I am sure my weight would have ballooned. emoticon

I've never felt that I wanted to try out another team as I'm comfortable in the Casual Travellers; but there are other wonderful teams hanging around the airport, each with their own individual character - something for everyone!

I've signed up already for the Spring into Summer journeying. Now it's just a case of waiting for an individual team invitation. Why not try to book a vacant seat on a plane?

All you have to do is join this team:

and wait for the fun to begin!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CAROLIAN 5/5/2013 6:45AM


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BETHICANFLY 4/25/2013 8:52AM

    Great description, Penny! I love the support and weekly goals on the 5% Challenge. I'm eager to see where we head off to next and what personal goals we all will conquer!

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LJR4HEALTH 4/24/2013 8:07PM

    Go Travelers emoticon emoticon I do have to say I love the 5% challenge even though I'm not losing any more it sure helps keep me on track and within range for the most part

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AMYTRIPP 4/24/2013 9:11AM

    I love the Travelers - such a great team!!

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MISSLORI5 4/23/2013 11:16PM

    These challenges do keep us focused-something I can always use help with, too!!! I spent a challenge on the CTs when I was in Okla. with my daughter, couldn't always get online, so it was a bit easier to handle! I, too, look forward to next challenge with great anticipation! Good luck and happy sparking!!!! emoticon

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KAYELENE 4/23/2013 6:30PM

    I've also signed up for the Spring into Summer challenge and asked to join the Cats Team again. We keep up with chatter and have an interim challenge as well. I didn't make my 5% goal but lost 3%. I'm looking forward to the next challenge especially as its cooling down in WA and can spend more time outdoors. emoticon

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MICKEYH 4/23/2013 6:20PM

    I have couple of my good SP friend include you are in Casual Traveler. But I am in Awesome A team. I did fit in right a ways and made lots of friends. My team also very supportive and has a great Atmosphere. I so appreciate all the teammate for the support and friendship.

I know what you means you miss the 5% challenge. I do too. On last Saturday, I felt kinda lonely due to I could not post the fitness minute anymore. But like your team my team also opened up chat thread during the break so we all can still talk and support one another. I also did sign up another round of 5% as well. This will be my 2nd time. I didn't know you can still be in the challenge with maintenance. Since I had a great result on my very first challenge, sometime soon I will be reaching my goal weight and will be maintenance phrase of my health journey. Let me know how you do stay in team with maintenance mode.

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KALISWALKER 4/23/2013 5:30PM

    I am really looking for to the Spring Challenge too!

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SUSIEPH1 4/23/2013 4:49PM

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PCOH051610 4/23/2013 12:03PM

    I had a great challenge this time around and lost 7.5 pounds. Thanks for reminding people to sign up!

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LADY_MARIANA 4/23/2013 11:24AM

    Thank you! I am so glad that you have had great success with the Casual Travelers. I am not a joiner by nature, but I have found that the challenges on Spark People have been incredibly motivating and helpful.

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LYNMEINDERS 4/23/2013 6:45AM

    I am going to enjoy the break and it is only a couple or 3 weeks till we potentially start the next 5% challenge.....
I am so looking forward to it and will be a cloverleaf again....
well and truly did my 5% this time....a fact I was close to 10%....woohoo....
Roll on the next one....

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NAVYMOM133 4/23/2013 6:18AM

    I signed up for the Spring into Summer 5% !!! Now, to get an invitation to the Casual Travelers team....
I need accountability!! You folks sound like just the thing!

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ARTJAC 4/23/2013 4:48AM

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