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5% Dawgs vs Cats - Blog #1: A '(re)Starter' Blog

Sunday, May 19, 2013

As part of a mini challenge in the 5% Spring Into Summer Challenge, I need to blog...daily if I want my full points. And, I do. More importantly, I want to fully participate in each aspect of the challenge.

I feel full participation will be the key to renewing my energy and enthusiasm even while it will consume energy and time. Over the past four months, I have settled onto a plateau physically (actually gained 6 lbs) as well as mentally and emotionally.

Looking back, I realize I was very involved in my wellbeing plan with daily goal-setting and monitoring to reach my short term and long term goals. . .and I was making tremendous progress - I dropped 21 lbs in just six months!

Then, I allowed myself to be distracted, started to take mini breaks, monitoring only some things, etc. - and my enthusiasm slowly leaked away. One day, I logged in and just looked at the screen wondering why I was here. When I dressed later that same day, my clothes were a bit snugger, I felt less energized generally and less focused in all aspects of my day - so began my plateau.

So, I am re-dedicated to my wellbeing efforts - focusing my attention on the most important part of my life - and that requires full participation. . .even in those activities I don't enjoy and find difficult - such as blogging.

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    1253 days ago
    Like you, I have trouble blogging, coming up with something to say.

    And I have had similar issues with complacency and slacking off. This challenge is going to help me to turn it around, rebuilding good habits I shouldn't have lost. I hope it does the same for you! emoticon

    1253 days ago
  • COOKIE_AT_51
    Dolly, I was right there with you. I have been putting everything and everyone else first for about the last month. I have hit the same plateau, BUT NO MORE!

    ... coming back, refocusing starting today.

    Looking forward to our team ... it will be awesome! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

    1254 days ago
    I had surgery last Wednesday and am scheduled for the second one on Friday. In the meantime, I will do whatever exercises I can. I want the cats to chase ME for a change!
    1255 days ago
    emoticon You'll do well.
    1255 days ago
    Good luck on your challenge!
    1255 days ago
    I sure understand allowing oneself to get distracted from a healthy living plan! May both of us get to a better place!

    1255 days ago
  • NAVYMOM133

    I am really proud of you for getting back to basics and restarting as soon as you could. I am in a similar situation, hitting maintenance and hanging on for a year before letting things slip.

    I'm also finding the accountability of the challenge is helping a lot. This side challenge will be fun! Thanks for coming by my blog as well.

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    1255 days ago
    Meow, meow. Glad you are back in the swing of things! Hope you have an incredible challenge.
    1255 days ago
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