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Team Motivation

Monday, June 27, 2016

I've been doing okay at this whole SparkPeople thing. It's been 3 months and I'm down 22 pounds. I had hoped it would be more but I am choosing to look on the bright side and that's still 22 lbs less than what I was.

The biggest challenge was going thru my first plateau which hit in May and lasted 4 weeks!! I have to admit, I was getting a bit twitchy. This is the point where I've given up in the past. Could I survive it? It also came at a point where my life became unbelievably hectic! Well I did come thru it without gaining. I circled within the same 1.5 lbs for those 4 weeks. And then finally the scale started to move.

Something that appeared on my radar during this time was DAWNSUCCESS talking about the 5% Challenge team and that new signups were going on for the Summer Challenge. Even though at the time I didn't fully get the whole concept of how it would work, I did understand that this was an ACTIVE group that was there to support and motivate each other. Yes, we work in teams to try to be first to our destinations but really we are all in this group looking to give and provide support to each other whether we are trying to lose that 5% or maintain.

Our first flight took off on Saturday the 25th so we need to check in by the end of the each day with our exercise minutes and our "Living the Good Life" goal (this week drinking our water). This weekend was extremely busy but I did get my exercise minutes in and my water count down but I wasn't near my computer until late in the evening to update my numbers. And last night I almost went to bed until I remembered I still needed to log in. I jumped out of bed to get those numbers in. Apparently I am stressing about this just a bit because I had a dream (or nightmare?) where our team leader had a post today reprimanding us for not updating each night. *** I had to check first thing this morning to see if it was just a dream. It was. ***

Why is it we can let ourselves down but it is so much harder when there are others counting on you? Aren't we just as important? If I wasn't a part of this team, I would've put off updating my exercise minutes into SP until today... and then maybe forgot to do it.

Then by being a part of this team there's that extra motivation to do just a bit more. More minutes of exercise means more minutes for the team. Yesterday I had a 30 minute walk in but I found myself sitting on the couch at 8 pm. Part of me was tired and thought about going to bed. Then there was the part of me who was remembering her conversation with her doctor about strength training. I had really slacked off a bit on it... I thought about going to the gym. What to do? Well thanks to my participation in the 5% Challenge and the Tiger Monarchs, I went and got dressed for the gym and headed out. I felt fabulous once I got there. I did a few minutes on the treadmill for a warm-up and then hit some of the weight machines. It was a WIN all the way around... for me and for my team!

I'm really looking forward to this Challenge. Yes, of course, I hope to lose that 5% in 8 weeks. If I don't, it won't be from lack of trying. But more importantly, I hope to be inspired and maybe to even inspire someone else. This getting fit business can be a long lonely journey but with companions along the way who "get it" it doesn't have to be. So I will be there logging my minutes, my LTGL goals and my weight. I will be there cheering others on as they achieve success and ready to lend a hand if someone stumbles. And even if we don't come out on top, we will still emerge victorious!

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    You have to post your exercise minutes and LTGL points by Friday each week, but it helps the team to land faster if you do it each day. I've remembered after I was in bed and got back up to enter my numbers few times.
    Congrats on the pounds lost and hanging in through the plateau!
    1768 days ago
  • PATTIA1311
    Great blog!! Love that the group helps motivate you!! I know it does me, too. I hate the days I only have 30 minutes of exercise because I want more for the team!! But that is what is so great about groups like this, you want to do well for them. Once this becomes a habit and you enjoy the feeling, it eventually becomes for you, too. And you are even motivated when not in the challenge! I know it has for me! Welcome to the Tiger Monarchs! So glad you are on our team!! emoticon
    1785 days ago
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    The challenge is so fun. Enjoy!
    1785 days ago
    First off thank you for posting on my blog and giving me a boost. I am finding that I need this challenge. The people here are so supportive. Your words above about the team are my words also. That said... congrats on 22 pounds lost! It sounds as if you are in the right mindset for a reaching every goal you are striving for.
    1786 days ago
    I like this blog, a lot! This is my second challenge, and my first was a huge success for all of the reasons that you so eloquently listed here! Not only did it keep me motivated, but it made me really think about how I was treating myself. On the days I was in a fibro flare, and I really wanted to push my body for those exercise points, I would think about what I would say to a teammate in my situation. It really changed the way I treat myself on this journey to better health. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1786 days ago
    Everything you say is why I stay too. It is odd how we're more likely to push when part of a team, isn't it? Because, as you say, WE are worth it even if we are not part of a team. But that is a big piece of it for me! I would slack off if it were just me, but knowing YOU rely on me makes me a better person.

    So happy you're a Tiger Monarch!!
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    1786 days ago
    Great weight loss, congratulations
    1786 days ago
    Your doing great
    1786 days ago
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