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Week Six of the 5% Summer Challenge

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Wow! What a week! DD and her sweet hub came for a week long visit. She also invited her bestie to come stay with us. Bestie's hub and sweet baby came along too. Two of our three wonderful sons came, but just for the weekend. The week was fun, busy, and just what this momma needed after self isolating umpteen months due to covid! The last of our family left yesterday, and after the clean up and rest, I am able to reflect on my progress of the challenge. For week six, we are to continue tracking our exercise minutes and hours of sleep. We are also supposed to eat one meal at a 20 minute pace. Slow down, savor the food, listen to hunger cues. The week was a whirl of activity for me, as I assumed the mother/ hostess role. There was no tracking of anything! Luckily, my gizmos track my steps and sleep minutes, so I was able to track that. Also, I am a slow eater in general, often taking 20-30 min to consume my meals. No problem there. And I did get out and walk 2 of the 5 days. Could have been better, but at this point, I'm just glad I got something in. I now realize how I put my own self care on the back burner when carrying for others. It explains why I've put on all this weight through the years. I need to find the balance. I should have tracked my nutrition while everyone was here. But I didn't. I was too busy making sure everyone had what they wanted or needed. Let me clarify: I wasn't waiting on anyone, I wasn't serving anyone, I was taking stock of supplies and foods to assure there was enough. My fam is very good at pitching in to help with kitchen duty or anything I ask them to do. Yesterday I stepped on the scale for damage control...I gained 2 pounds this weekend. Not surprised! Today, I've lost a half pound already, which tells me that some of that weight is water. So...I've got today and tomorrow to try and lose 1.5 pounds before our weigh-in on Sat. Not gonna lie....I don't think I'll make it. But at least I've got 2 more weeks of the challenge to lose the total 5%. So, it was a great, busy, fulfilling week. This mother's heart is full. But this Sparker now realizes that she must take care of herself, even when family is here. I'm so thankful for the support of all my Spark friends! Spark on!
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