Blogging has opened up a whole new world of friends for me. It's amazing how many wonderful people and blogs are out there. I was looking to connect with other military family blogs and came across Deployment Diva.
Jessica is a deployment survivor and a health coach. She always has uplifting and helpful information for dealing with deployments and your health; and your health while dealing with deployments. She also provides private coaching.
So, when she sent out an invitation to participate in a 5-day challenge, I was definitely interested. But it was going to require some commitment. Daily meal plans would be available, and intense exercise of a minimum of 60 minutes each day would be required, as well as active participation on the Facebook group page.
The Major was getting ready to leave on a TDY and the kids' spring sports activities and practices were picking up steam. If you didn't notice, I was already looking for any reason why it would not be a good idea to participate. I was talking to the Major about it and saying that I didn't want to have to quit in the middle of the week because of how busy I would be. Then, he said something that pushed me up to the starting line: quitting can't be an option. And I knew he was right.
Jessica had lost 9 inches total when she had done the 5-day challenge previously and I knew I wanted in. So, I did it. I submitted my "before" photos, measurements and weight. I purchased the items on the grocery list and prepared for a week of "fun"! And you know what? It was! I enjoyed the meals, for the most part, and the kids even ate the dinners with me.
|This was my favorite lunch!|
Sure, it was tough making time for exercise, especially for a whole 60 minutes, but I wanted to see some results. And the support from everyone that joined the challenge was great, especially from the coaches, Jessica and Sarah. I lost 3.5 inches, with a solid inch gone from my waist!
|My sparkle (sweat)!|
I can't wait for the next 5-day challenge. I try my best, to eat right and exercise regularly, and this small 5-day commitment is great for giving you that extra boost and change from your normal everyday routine. Looking forward to May!