SP Premium
150,000-199,999 SparkPoints 182,186

Thanks 5% Challenges

Saturday, June 20, 2020

I do have much to thank the 5% challenges for.

One--my weight loss. Granted, my weight is not always going down, but because I know a 5% challenge is on my horizon I do try to hold the line. My recent 5% challenge was one of my better ones--best loss in a long while. So, I'll be building on that in the Summer 5% Challenge coming up. The accountability for what adds up to a loss is what keeps me coming back. We log our daily food, we exercise and move that plane, and we see the pounds drop off.

Two--the support! Can't say enough about leaders and teammates keeping spirits up and weight off. The weekly motivation makes keeping up easy.

Three--lifestyle changes. While we're all trying to find a lifestyle--not a diet--to keep us healthy, there are other components to health. In the 5% Challenges we are asked to add new components to that healthy journey. I've found that practicing them for 8 weeks--the length of the challenge--is a good way to incorporate them into my journey. I've added the habit of drinking water--only water, the habit of getting enough sleep--I know that varies for each of us but I've found my spot, regular movement--10 times a day, and it sounds like a lot, but once it becomes a habit you'll welcome it, and during the Spring Challenge we were asked to reach out to a person and socialize once a day.

This socialization was a game changer for me. Of course the pandemic and shelter in place were factors in not being with others regularly. But, as the challenge went on, I found myself contacting friends and acquaintances I'd not been in regular contact with even before the pandemic. While some of the contacts were phone calls and emails, I also started writing short notes to people. I had some cute notecards I used, or I received cards from organizations I support and used those. I've continued to contact people even though the challenge has ended. I now have made 2 social contacts part of my daily routine.

If your journey to health needs a shake up or a jolt to get going again, may I recommend the Summer 5% Challenge to you. You'll have fun, become healthier, make new friends, and enjoy this journey we're all on together.

Share This Post With Others
Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Liked your blog.
    I am on your Teddy Bear Team.
    Really enjoying it and meeting the new people.
    Hope that you and your family are doing well.

    387 days ago
  • no profile photo CD25551981
    Good. Message. Just need to get my act together
    408 days ago
    I loved the Spring Challenge. It was wonderful to have a focus and feel I was accomplishing something each day.

    I wish you all the best in the Summer Challenge.
    409 days ago
    A great message about the 5% challenges.
    409 days ago
  • no profile photo CD24069739
    I am in the same boat. I lose a few ponds one week and the next week they are right back but this site does help wit a healthier life style. I am staring to think my body knows how much it should weigh LOL
    409 days ago
    Loved reading your blog; where do we find the 5% Challenge?
    409 days ago
  • Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

    Log in to post a comment

    Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.