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Final Leaping Daffodils Update

Friday, May 10, 2013

Non-Fitness Challenge: Recap! How have you been doing? Have you met the goals you were wanting to accomplish? Were there things you didn’t reach? What would you change? Write a blog on how you did this challenge and what you want to accomplish in the future...how will you do it?

Since I came back to Spark in late February, I have made some major changes in my lifestyle. I have made it a priority to exercise several times each week, and I have made a big effort to learn new healthy cooking techniques and use them on a regular basis. Thanks in part to the challenge. I also tried a lot of new exercises. In my personal and professional life, I challenged myself to do new things as well.

The results of choosing a healthier lifestyle are becoming evident. Exercises that started out being hard are no longer an adequate work out most of the time. I am now back to being able to run more than three miles about three times per week. I am able to fit into smaller clothing. My weight has gone down 28 pounds.

Over the course of the challenge, I really liked trying new things, but I admit that the somewhat rigid structure of some of the challenges was frustrating to me. Overall, I found success, but certainly there were struggles as well.

Presently, I am facing a challenge knowing that I will be done with the challenge soon and back to making my own plan. I know I can do it, but there was certainly extra accountability when I was not just a team member, but actually a team captain or leader. I plan to get more serious about running again as that is something I like to do when I am fit. My dog has been an advocate for me as he loves to go with! As I move into the future, I also plan to continue to explore new foods, shopping at our farmers market, and exploring more places to be active outdoors this summer as that is what I like best when it is nice out.

I have really enjoyed being a daffodil, and I hope we all stay in touch! Good work, everyone!
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