To sign up for the next 5% challenge or not, that is the question

Monday, July 01, 2013

I'm aware that the deadline to sign for the summer 5% challenge is coming very soon. I'm having trouble deciding if I should sign up for this round. While I enjoy the challenges, the accountability and the friendship and would miss being part of the starfish, I'm thinking my participation would not be fair to my teammates.

You see, my husband and I are leaving for the US this Friday and we'll be gone for a month. While I totally intend to eat mindfully and exercise and live healthfully, there will be a lot that is not in my control. Doing the challenges may not always be possible and I'm not even sure if I will have access to a scale for weigh ins.

There will be many celebrations to participate in...the birth of a new granddaughter, the first birthday we've celebrated with our daughter in about 10 years, the graduation of our son in law from college and another sil becoming a licensed engineer. Our son will also be in the US from N Ireland!

Plus just the inevitable extra calories from US food...

But, those same reasons seem to make it even more important to have my team members to help me be accountable. If I have to post everyday, then I will be more likely to look for time to exercise and keep up with LTGL points.

What do my teammates think?
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    Sorry I am just catching up on your blog! But I agree with everyone else... We aren't perfect but the most important thing is the friendships we have and the motivation we give to each other on our journeys.
    1784 days ago
  • BEE2LE
    I agree with everyone else. We won't feel like you've let us down if you can't keep up with the challenges! This is only my second starfish challenge, but it's pretty clear we are not a strongly competitive bunch. We are more about support and friendship. Although I think challenges can add some stress, they also provide some reminder and accountability to this weight loss journey. I have provided a less than stellar participation this challenge due to various reasons in my life. But, I didn't gain weight (except recent water weight), I've developed a habit of tracking, and maintained my exercise routine. So, make the decision that's best for you. Good luck & enjoy your family!!!
    1787 days ago
  • MONAKIN314
    Donna - I think you should stay, I am a little selfish but I would miss you if you weren't a Starfish.

    So what if you can't meet every goal or every challenge. Can't weigh-in just mark it on the thread before you go.

    The Starfish aren't about being perfect, we are about helping each other along this journey!!

    So enjoy the time with your family, I know you deserve it. Check in when you can, and let us know how things are going.

    Don't worry about letting the Starfish down, it is not possible!
    1788 days ago
    If you need a break then by all means have a nice vacation with your family . . . but i believe logging in will help you to be more conscious of your eating and fitness habits.
    1789 days ago
    How WONDERFUL that you'll have so much to celebrate with family while you're in the US--I'm really happy for you!

    We Starfish will be glad to have you stay even though you won't be able to be super-consistent. Sign up if it serves you, & don't worry about the team numbers. I almost never look at the team rankings, as that's not the point for me.

    But if you think it wouldn't serve you during the trip, that's another matter. Sit it out & come back later.

    Either way, emoticon !
    1789 days ago
    I can sort of relate - I just dropped out of a challenge after less than two weeks because I felt I was doing things for "the team" rather than for myself and it was driving me crazy trying to do things that didn't fit my style/schedule.

    If the team is making you feel constricted in some way then I would say take a rest. You have to do what works for you.

    But if you're only worried about whether you're "doing enough for the team" then don't worry - come back and join us! I didn't do everything, I can't do everything. But it gave me a reason to keep trying. Starfish has been in the middle of the pack on most results.
    That's not such a bad place to be - you don't want to be on an extreme team.

    I hope you stay (but that's just a personal feeling)
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    1789 days ago
    I can understand, too. I'm actually burnt out and sitting out at least one round. But the Starfish have never been really about getting the most miles. Our team is all about the friendships and accountability and striving to be just a little better than we were the day before. You can still do that stateside. =) But of course, it's your call, and I can't say you should or shouldn't when I'm not, but don't drop on account of the Starfish. They'll be happy to have you still. =)
    1790 days ago
    I understand your indecision and uncertainty given everything you have going on. It would be understandable if you decided to sit this one out.

    However, this is a month out of your journey- a part of your journey. Our goal isn't to be perfect- with tracking, with following the challenges, with weigh-ins, or with the difficulty of eating healthy food in the US or abroad. Our goal is to be better than we were, better than we thought we could be. In that mindset, perhaps sticking with the challenge would help you on your path to being better than you thought you could be while in the US and while celebrating so many wonderful life events!
    1790 days ago
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