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Week Four: 5% Summer Challenge

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

I lost zero last week...nada...nothing. But I gained good perspective. I indulged way more than I freely admitted, and my body clung to every last ounce of it. How did I do on the challenges? Actually very well. I had one slip up with the OSOM (Out of Sight Out of Mind) challenge. That’s when I discovered Ben and his devious partner, Jerry, lurking in my freezer. Presumably left behind by the grands when they visited that weekend prior. I made myself one serving, savoring every last yummy, smooth, creamy, deliciousness. Then I tossed the rest down the sink! And yes...I tracked it on my nutrition tracker. That was part two of our challenge last week. I took Saturday off, but I tracked faithfully after that.

Tracking is key. It is way too easy to slip up if I don’t. I’ve been tracking since I started my “Take Back” program last November. And besides eating more healthy (and less of it) and exercising regularly, tracking has been my mainstay throughout. It works. I’m sold. But I digress.

Week four of the challenge includes reporting our exercise minutes, and avoiding OSOM. After all, one can never stress the importance of moving more, and avoiding temptation! In fact, DH went to the store yesterday to pick up a couple of items. It later occurred to me that he probably picked up some OSOM and stashed it in the garage somewhere. I jumped up and ran out to the garage and looked. But only half heartedly. I opened a couple drawers of the workbench, and checked the tops of them too. Nothing. I backed away...slowly...breath coming under control again as logic seeped in. I know it’s out there...I don’t know where...but it is. And I don’t want to know. Shut the door, shut it out! Whew! Another bullet dodged!

Our third challenge is stretching. I looooove to stretch! Yet somehow, Through the years, as my weight crept up and my fitness faltered, stretching fell by the wayside. In the last few months, I’ve added it back in, but only when I do an aerobics or Zumba video. Our challenge emphasizes the importance of stretching to stay limber and flexible, and to prevent injury. We are to add 10 minutes of stretching/day. Oh Joy! Permission to stretch! That’s all I needed to incorporate it back to my regimen! I love that feeling of stretching my feels soooo good! Why did I wait so long? Aren’t I worth it? Well, of course I am!

That’s another benefit of these challenges. They were created long before the virtual world we now live in. Yet, they are still so fresh and relevant. It keeps me sane in this crazy COVID world...all my Spark friends who are supporting one another while we embark on this journey. Lots of time for self reflection, which is healthy for peace of mind.

So join me for a good ten minute stretch, won’t you? Your body will thank you, I promise! Spark on!
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    Thanks for writing and posting such an honest and inspiring blog. I smiled when I read the part about you searching the garage - my DH can rarely hide treats from me. His hiding places are way too obvious. emoticon
    62 days ago
  • CAROLJ35
    So glad you are doing the challenge. And you are so right in tracking all food. Those calories can creep up so quickly. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    62 days ago
    I laughed at you searching the garage and clapped when you dumped the B&J. emoticon emoticon
    63 days ago
    You searched the garage!?! Lol Thanks for the smile! That took some strength to kick out Ben and Jerry! I wish I could get into the stretch habit. Tracking really does help me the best. Until I started doing that I was really fooling my self about my calories.
    Very well written! Keep up the great work!
    63 days ago
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