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One Challenge Over, Another About to Begin

Friday, September 09, 2011

Just eight weeks ago, I started the 2011 SUMMER 5% Challenge. I committed to exercise (45-60 minutes per day, strength training 3 days a week), to track and stay within my Spark calorie range, and to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day. There was a five week stretch where I stuck with my commitment 100% of the time. I amazed myself with that streak. Then…the scale seemed to get stuck for absolutely no good reason, and I got a tad discouraged (well, a lot discouraged, if truth be told), and my 100% commitment slipped to more like 85-90%.

I did lose weight, but not the hoped for 5%. Being that summers are notorious for packing on the pounds, at least I can be proud of the fact that I had a weight loss at all, modest as it was. Another thing I can be proud of - I didn’t get totally discouraged and give up…there is something to be said for that. That used to be my pattern, and it would be months or years (and many pounds gained back later) before I would try again. This time, I just kept getting up, dusting myself off, and trying again.

As I look back, I wish I hadn’t let myself get discouraged with the slow weight loss. I wish I hadn’t given so much power to the scale. I wish I had focused on just making it through each day and doing whatever I had to do to make it happen – in other words, be totally committed to accomplishing my goals. This is the lesson I am taking into the Fall 5% Challenge. My new plan is to focus on each day and stick with the program, reviewing my goals at the beginning and the end of each day. That way it puts them in the forefront and I can’t forget what I promised myself I would do. I can do this!

No time like the present to put this plan into action. Tomorrow morning, Operation 100% Commitment begins in earnest. No reason not to start following my action plan every day while I am waiting for the Fall Challenge to begin. I am on it!

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    2450 days ago
  • MISSLISA1973
    There is a LOT to be said for you not getting discouraged and giving up. There is a LOT to be said for the progress you made over the summer. You have done great things! Don't belittle it. If you saw one of your friends or someone you admire make the accomplishments you did over the summer, wouldn't you be proud of them? Or would you say they should have done better? Well, I think you should be just as proud of yourself as you would of the person nearest and dearest to you. Keep up the great work. We're all proud of you!
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    a few years ago a friend shared a concept with me that helped me tremendously (i don't have any good links/resources but have read similar here & there...)

    there is a difference between focus on what you can control kinds of goals compared to the results goals you would like to see. As you do one, the other follows.

    What is hard, always for me, is pushing through the cycles/dips in enthusiasm & motivation. seems like every few weeks/months, it dips and it becomes hard to persevere & persist. That is where a daily motivational goal, like Sparking to connect or daily reading or doing something to Spark motivation has helped. I realized I have to recommit, remake the commitment every day... Now I tend to take time with breakfast, it helps & sets the tone for the day...

    Good luck with the next round! Whether you make the 5% or not, more practice building those daily habits/actions that you can actually do and control... and your hopes & dreams (results ;) will follow :)
    2451 days ago
    Good for have the inner strength to carry on, even when the challenge is over!
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    Sounds awesome.... emoticon
    2451 days ago
    emoticon *HIGH 5!* You and me both! I am ON it today! Go figure... the challenge ends... and I begin! There's something WRONG with this picture! emoticon But that's okay... I do things MY way! emoticon
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  • IILAAD65
    If you find another challenge like that please let me know!!

    2451 days ago
    To my mind, having a goal to focus on gives us motivation and a sense of direction. You did well over the summer, even if it wasn't as much improvement as you wanted to see - but ALL progress is GOOD progress, and you achieved that. Using a new 5% goal to spur your commitment is a great idea - keep going, girl!
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    2451 days ago
    Good recap of the summer challenge. I start out so motivated at first and then trail off at the end. I love your Operation 100% Commitment! Great idea! emoticon
    2451 days ago
    Great blog and an even greater attitude!!
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    emoticon Half the battle is our attitude! Sounds like you've got it under control! emoticon emoticon
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  • NEWMAC2011
    Good for you! I can relate to getting discouraged but now I look for ways to celebrate success that don't involve the scale. I'm sure you'll do great in the Fall Challenge! See you there.
    2452 days ago
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