Thats sound some organisation re that chalenge group. I never aim for 5% weight loss either, we have to be realistic! Taken on board we all have challenges re weight, exercise, drinking water etc in other teams as well as this. I am thinking more of a challenge for every team member to post once a week on this team on any thread! What mails we would have then? At times it feels like just 3 of us regulars on this team.. I am in another challeng where we have to say something positive thats happened that day.I do enjoy that and it gives you a good feeling to realize Yes Life is good to me. But if theres so little interest in a challenge we shall plod on as we are maybe. Keeping going is one challenge!
Irene in Nottinghamshire UK
Fitness Minutes: (130,210) Posts: 14,636 9/18/11 5:20 A
I LOVE Challenges! That is, depending on the set-up, attitude, competition, accountability, and circumstances. I've participated in some that were okay; but most didn't work for me or seemed negative, so I'd I drop out.
Now, however, I belong to a private team called the 5% Challenge. There's about five, eight-week-long challenges a year; one per season, plus an extra, with time off between. The team is closed, and then reorganized for each challenge. Under the guidance of the main team, there's 12 to 15 smaller teams of about 45 people. The smaller teams work together in competition with each other. Each has their own team page, leaders, message boards. et al. I've been participating for 18 months.
As you can see, it's quite elaborate, very detailed! There must be about 50 people who volunteer to lead the teams and coordinate everything. (We just started the Fall Challenge.) There are two parts to each weekly challenge.
The first is the same every week: earning "air miles" (exercise minutes). Each week we "travel" to a new locale, going around the world on a virtual trip. The leaders post a detailed description and links to videos of our destinations. The second part is called "Living the Good Life," and is different each week. The challenges focus on healthy lifestyle changes; for example, we earn points for drinking water, eating freggies, fiber intake, tracking food, and similar goals.
I really enjoy this challenge! There's support, not pressure, and if you can't do something - like me and lots of physical activity - there's no judgment or penalty. I also never (and I mean NEVER) reach the basic 5% weight loss goal; and even though I aim for 2% or 3%, and still don't reach it, no one has ever been negative towards me.
The only aspect of the team's overall set-up that I WASN'T comfortable with was the "5%" goal. While it's certainly doable, depending on one's weight, it's also at the higher end of recommended weight loss. I'm most definitely a Slow Loser kind of person! However, during the last Challenge, we had a discussion about it that reassured me.
A teammate pointed out that the "5%" wasn't necessarily about the weight loss goal that had been chosen as a general goal for us participants. It more likely refers to our goal of joining those 5% of people who successfully manage their weight loss to keep it off long-term. Considering how the team works, that makes a lot more sense!
SHOULD WE HAVE TEAM CHALLENGES? I don't know!
Others have monthly, weekly, or even daily challenges, with the leader(s) sending goodies to participants or winners. If we do one, I'd like it to focus on healthy lifestyle changes, 'cause we're in this for the long haul!
Questions? Do you like a challenge ? Are they helpful to you? If so what sort of challenge? Most teams have them .Does this team need one? I have mixed feelings about them so will welcome team members views Please respond. Irene (Co leader)
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