The Five Percent Chronicles - Week 2 Recap

Monday, April 24, 2017

Week Two went by quickly and successfully. Following Week 2's challenge and tracking my calories on SparkPeople was far easier than I'd expected. Now I'm wondering why I never did it before. I think it's already made a huge difference in my overall awareness and discipline.

I felt more motivated to take my workouts to 60 minutes more often. And the workouts themselves, whatever they consist of, were non-negotiable. I showed up, I sweated, and I did it. I even moved about on the weekend, although it wasn't for long on Sunday!

I was getting more remarks on how my ribcage area looks a lot smaller, so out of curiosity I measured my bra-band area. I've lost two inches from there, woohoo!!

I stepped on the scale on Saturday morning, expecting to see a loss... And apparently I gained thirty-five pounds. emoticon And then I went to step on it again, and it just seems to be completely broken. Argh!!!

Other than the scale, I'm quite pleased with my week. However, I am NOT pleased that my mind is still a sieve and I'd been forgetting to post my daily numbers in Weight Warriors. Doing this caused us to fall behind in rankings, especially at the end of the week if we'd forget to post our Friday numbers before midnight. Eurgh. I feel like I've been letting my team down. My lack of self-esteem has been whispering things of shame and rejection at me, telling me to ask to resign from the team.

"You're not cut out for this," my mind sneers to myself. "Do everyone a favour and leave."

But you know what? I refuse. I'll just remember to post. I'll set an alarm, even.

So there.

Not only am I going to win my body, I'm going to win my mind as well.

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    I didn't get mine in on time Friday either. We are still new in this and after missing it this past week I think we will be much more alert to getting it in on time from now on. I confess I felt like a kindergarten child who missed the right bus. emoticon
    1561 days ago
    We want you! The challenge is meant to motivate and inspire. Numbers help us move up in the ranking, but more important... exercising and tracking nutrition helps to improve your health, fitness level, and body shape. Stay positive. You are a great Warrior!

    emoticon Warrior Strong!
    1561 days ago
    WOW. Your blog goes from one extreme to another! As an individual, you achieved what you set out to last week. Embrace that. Enjoy that. Continue that. Just because you forgot one aspect of the overall program for a brief time does NOT make you a bad team-mate.

    There are so many details involved in working our individual programs, tracking, planning, weighing, measuring, exercising, checking in... truly it's hard and sometimes overwhelming to remember all of it. The first challenge I did, I actually had to make myself a daily checklist because I was stressing out over trying so hard not to miss anything. The more work it becomes, the less I want to do it. Then I relaxed a little too much and I find I don't do well as an individual when I do that. It's all about a balance.

    You are doing GREAT. Give yourself a pat on the back. You are a great team-mate. Just the fact that you WANT to support the team this way is huge. We all miss something, sometime. That's why we're a team.

    I read this article this morning and found it helped center me....
    /wellness_articles.asp?id=2134 try it out. In case the link doesn't work, you can find it by author - Dean Anderson.

    Spark On! You got this!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1562 days ago
    Oh my! That is a harsh mind you have talking at you! I am a team mate of yours, and when I see people have not posted I assume they are busy, or absorbed in something else, or away, or they forgot or or or... I NEVER think you lousy team members you let us down! I doubt anyone does.

    The competition with other teams aspect is my least favourite thing about the 5% challenge.... I honestly could not care less. But I do like how it allows us to challenge ourselves and support each other in that, If you are improving your exercise and tracking food, then the team-ness of the challenge is working perfectly, in my view!
    1562 days ago
    You can battle on, warrior.
    The tracking really does make a difference. I particularly notice it if I take a break from it.
    Go you!
    1562 days ago
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