Friday, April 19, 2013

There's Something About: The 5-Day Challenge

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!



  1. This is awesome! I think making small short term goals like this is a good idea. :)

  2. I love this! A short goal is easy to commit to. I think I will try something like this soon geared towards my eating habits! I also would love to connect to more military wives. My husband was injured in Iraq and it is a huge part of our life. Way to go with your first five day challenge!

  3. how cool! Breaking up those BIG goals sound so manageable. I think saying I'm going lose 1 lb in a week is better than I'm going to lose 20 lbs.. Good luck to you and thanks for linkin up with my ladies! If you have time coe join us @ a new blog hop called The Show Off Weekend Blog Party happening on my page all weekend! Hope to see you there :)

    The Wondering Brain

  4. You always look fantastic! That lunch looks delicious!!!

  5. great post. Thank you for following and joining our Show Off Your Blog Party. I need to commit and eat better. Have a wonderful weekend and here is a great big thank you to your family for the sacrifice you have made as a military family ~ we really appreciate it.

    A Dose of Jules

  6. Awesome!! Congrats. That's dedication.

  7. So, so proud of you girl!! I can't wait to see how you do in May!! :)