Lessons from the Summer 5% Challenge
Sunday, August 27, 2017
Summer's over? Already? Yesterday, the Summer 5% Challenge ended. For those of you unfamiliar with this great undertaking, you join a team for 8 weeks with a focus on losing 5% of your body weight. There is a ton of support (thank goodness!) and camaraderie. Here is what I learned over the last 8 weeks:
1. When you fall down, your team is there to help you get back up.
I hit a really rough spot at the end of July: vacation eating, lack of exercise, and a splash of depression to top it off. My teammate Carl was right there, emailing and coaching me to get back on track. Without Carl and the support of other team members, I might not have finished the challenge. Thanks, guys!
2. Every little bit counts.
This is true of workouts and more. I tend to be an all-or-nothing exerciser; if I can't sweat it out for 60 minutes, then why bother? However, I've learned that every workout counts. Taking the dog for a 15-minute walk around the neighborhood gets me fitness and fresh air AND keeps me away from food when I'm just bored, not hungry.
Also, this rings true for weight loss. I started the summer at 158 and started the challenge at 155.6. Eight weeks and several struggles later, I ended at my current weight: 152.6. (The angels are singing Hallelujah right now, do you hear?) Although I did not lose the full 5%, I did lose 5.4 pounds total this summer.
3. Celebrate the victories.
* I wore pants to church today that did not fit in June.
* When I saw that a dessert had 400 calories, I cut it in half and shared with my daughter.
* I pushed to finish a long bike ride yesterday because I could.
* I am far more hydrated than usual.
* I am starting the school year feeling healthy and fit.
I am sure there are more lessons to be learned, which is why I'm already signed up for the Fall 5% Challenge. Want to join me? Here's the link: www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/gr