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Winter 5% Challenge

Thursday, February 07, 2013

The Winter 5% Challenge, right here on SparkPeople, is gearing up to start. I’m not sure when it will start, as they want a few more people. If anyone is interested, I think you’ll have to let me know so I can send you an invitation, because it’s a private SparkTeam.

The idea of the challenge is to lose 5% of your body weight (or maintain). And count activity minutes which convert to virtual miles on a virtual journey around the world (that part’s kind of weird, so you just have to suspend disbelief and go with the flow). There are also weekly activities you can participate in, such as counting cups of water or fruits and veggies; some of these activities I find easier to accomplish than others. But it wouldn’t be called a challenge if it was all easy.

You get assigned a team, so there is as sense of camaraderie. Most teams are competitive, with some being more so than others. From what I can tell, the activity minutes (counted as miles) are what help your team's standing the most. The journey is the key, and weight loss is a great bonus.

The first assignment is getting ready. I wear my pedometer daily, and I have the RunKeeper app on my cell phone, so I can track my walks around town. I have walking shoes and running shoes, as well as hiking shoes. I wear the hiking shoes in winter, as they keep my feet warmer and drier in cold New England.

In the next 2 days, though, I probably won’t be walking much. I’ll be shoveling snow. We are expecting up to 2 FEET of the stuff. I do hope the weather people are wrong, but shoveling is definitely good exercise.
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  • MAGGIE101857
    Waiting for it to start!!!! I skipped the Fall Challenge; I was really off-track, but I'm ready for this one!

    Think of all the calories you are burning shoveling!!! emoticon
    1959 days ago
    I did these challenges last year. The team spirit was a lot of fun on all the teams that I was part of (I was with different teams during different seasons. Some people are very loyal to one team or another but I wasn't.) You have 3 things to keep track of- your fitness minutes, your weight, and a weekly challenge. The weekly challenge will probably be something lifestyle oriented and not physical. Can you eat breakfast every day, or get 8 hours of sleep, or even blog every day? Those might be some of your challenges.

    Good luck!
    1959 days ago
    Stay warm!
    1961 days ago
    I'm in that challenge also. A friend of mine has done several of them and loves them! My get-up-and-go got up and went, so I'm looking forward to it. See you on the board emoticon
    1961 days ago
    It is exciting that the challenge will be starting up Be safe and warm
    1961 days ago
  • SAMMI4444
    Good luck on the challenge!
    1962 days ago
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