The Spring Challenge officially ended this past Saturday. I met my goal of losing 5%, which equated to 11.5 pounds, over the 8 week challenge. Further, I lost a total of 3.5 inches in my waist, hips, thighs and arms. Doesn't sound like a lot, but it is progress! And I'm proud of it!
What was the secret for my success? Persistence, more than anything. I maintained a healthy, low-ish carb/calorie diet, and exercised 4-5 times/week. My exercise consisted of walking, lifting weights, aerobics, pilates, and stretching. Since the fitness center is closed in our community, I relied on videos for the aerobics, and pilates. I found some good ones on Silver Sneakers, with varying degrees of difficulty, that were effective in burning calories.
Daily activities during the challenge included: nutrition and activity tracking, tracking certain challenges as set forth by the team leaders (I'll get into that in a bit), chatting w/team members, word games (which helped you AND the team gain Spark points). Initially, I found all of this tracking/chatting/playing a bit challenging. Once I got the hang of it, I was able to complete the things that I wanted to do quite efficiently.
Team challenges: activity was always something we tracked/reported daily. We also had quality of life challenges that varied from week to week. For example, we tracked how many hours of sleep you get/night, menu planning, social activities such as reaching out to family/friends (via phone/social media, etc). There was enough variety in these activities to keep you on your toes, and make you mindful of healthy living....physically and spiritually.
I also gained a new host of SP friends who were on the same journey. We uplifted each other through these challenges, as well as what is happening in the world around us (covid 19). I know we will continue to spark each other on as we move on from this challenge into another. Right now, some of us are participating in the In-Between Challenge, which will get us to the next 5% challenge. My approach for the IBC will be less strenuous and more relaxed. In fact, I took a 3 day hiatus from SP this past weekend to recharge myself.
I hope you will consider a 5% challenge in the future. I will say, it's not for everybody. But everybody who participated was a winner! Success is solely dependent on what you put into it. If you follow the program to the "t", you will be happy w/your success....I promise!
I'll post more info on the Summer Challenge when I learn the effective dates. Right now...I'm concentrating on the IBC. Spark on!