Why I Am Sticking With the 5% Challenge?
Thursday, December 02, 2010
As an assignment we have been asked to write a post on why we are taking part in the 5% challenge and what do we hope to get out of it. Now that I am at goal weight, I don't want to loose 5% of my body weight anymore, so I can't entirely take complete part in the challenge. But I have decided to remain in the challenge, even if my weigh ins don't count for the team. Why you may ask?
Honestly, the challenges are what keep me exercising when I don't want to. Just because I have reached goal weight, doesn't mean I can go back to my old ways of eating whatever I want, when I want and becoming more sedentary again. No. Now, I almost need more motivation to exercise and eat healthy, etc. IE I feel like I have earned some calorie splurges, but if I do that a lot, that could be a problem. Others around me will also encourage me to eat more now. (To be honest, some have even when I was trying to loose weight and I don't mean my husband or son. I mean others at church, etc.)
I want to maintain this weight loss over the long haul. Why, you ask?
1. I had gestational diabetes (diabetes when pregnant) and diabetes runs in my family. This means I have a very high chance of getting diabetes as I age and I would like to hold it off as long as I possibly can.
2. High cholesterol also runs in the family and mine has been borderline over time. I am hoping that my cholesterol will be better now and will stay that way. (I had it tested 2 1/2 weeks ago and they have not mailed me the scores yet, like they usually do. Need to call my doctor's office and find out what is up.)
3. I also have asthma and it is exercise induced, but if I take my preventative Advair twice per day, I can do most exercise. But I still want to be able to ride longer distances on my bike. (Will have to work on that next spring.) I tend to use my inhaler everytime I ride my bike up a hill. I want that to change.
4. Exercise is also a challenge that I seem to enjoy. I like trying to burn more calories in an hour than I did before, or walking farther than I did before, etc. That challenge can prove to me, over time, that I am capable of more than I think which is something that my low self-esteem needs. (One person told me that he took up jogging and proving he could do it was a way to slowly raise his self esteem.)
5. My son is now 13 and I want to be a good role model for him and I want to watch him get gray hairs and have a child of his own. I have too much that I want to do in my life to allow my own health to get in the way. So I want to be as healthy as I can for as long as can. As the old saying goes, I can't help another, until I help myself first. I want to be healthy, so that I can help others, as it is a big part of who I am.
6. I am also sticking with the challenge because I believe it is very helpful in my and others get healthier journey. I am proud to be a leader of the Butterfly team, or any team during the 5% challenge. We are all struggling to be a healthier person with all the obstacles that life can throw at us. (And life does throw obstacles at us. Other people who think we are being a bit over the top on calorie counting. Other people who eat multiple cookies and we stare jealously at them. Delicious food that just calls our name constantly. Stress that just needs relieving in some manner.)