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Winter 5% Challenge Recap

Sunday, February 28, 2016

I know I planned on meeting my goal of losing 5% of my weight during the Winter 5% challenge, but I must say that I am a bit surprised that I did it. I 5.6% of my weight during the eight week challenge. I've never made a weight loss goal before so I wasn't entirely sure I could do it.
I did not weigh myself for years. I had tried losing weight several times and failed so I guess I decided it wasn't for me. Two years ago my work schedule got nutty and in response I made a plan of what to eat every day for breakfast and lunch. My routine meals happened to be healthy ones. The lunches I had been eating were more junk than food. After I got settled into my routine an acquaintance asked if I had weight. My pants weren't feeling that great so I had been thinking they were getting too small. That night when I went home I realized that the pants I was worrying were getting to small were decidedly too big.
I joined Spark People the next day. I figured since I had clearly lost weight maybe I could keep doing it. I kept up losing weight but I never met the goals that Spark People prompted me to set. I'm so glad that I learned about the 5% Challenge. I participated for the first time in the fall. I didn't reach my goal, but I lost more weight than I had in months. I really love the community and the nudges towards healthy habits. In the fall focusing on tracking helped me realize that i could happily reduce my nightly ice cream portion. In the winter challenge the no evening eating challenge helped me change my views on night time eating.
As soon as I hit my 5% I set a new goal of 5% and gave myself nine weeks to meet it. I am excited for the spring challenge to begin, but I sure will challenge myself to continue in the meantime! If you are interested in joining here's the link.
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  • GYMRAT54
    WOW!! I'm so PROUD of you! emoticon AWESOME!! emoticon Great job! emoticon emoticon Am so happy for you.Thanks for posting this blog to give us a report on meeting your goal in the 5% Winter Challenge. The evening or night time eating really is a challenge. You DID it! Since you were able to get through this challenge, figured out how it's done and found you could do it, I'm sure you can get through the spring challenge. emoticon
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  • AMY_1217
    Awesome job Emily!!!! With your wonderful enthusiasm and great support, I reached mine too!
    And yup! I've already signed up for the Spring challenge!!!
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