Now, with only 2 weigh-ins to go, this weekend/Monday and August 28, only 9 days left, we have 24 fighting on and checking in--including Deb, our leader. (Some might still be in the challenge, but just forgot to update for whatever reason, but 23 checked into the linky plus Deb's post with the linky, for 24 who officially checked in for the last update.)
Here's the update roster for last weekend: Slimmer This Summer Week 11
Thank you to those couple dozen still hanging in, whether doing well or not so well or awful. Thank you for NOT GIVING UP, NOT QUITTING, which was one of the rules of the challenge. Just hang in!
That's more than half who GAVE UP on the challenge.
This is expected. I expected it, though I hoped otherwise. I hoped no one would quit even if they did not meet all their goals, did not have great weigh-ins, did not feel motivated. Just hang in there and be accountable. But that's par for the course. Ask Allan how many quit right in the middle of a phase. Or early in a phase. It's how it goes. People start all flush with desire to change...and that fizzles. Life gets in the way. Stress hits.
We had a death in my family. I didn't quit.
Some of us have major health issues, but didn't quit.
Some of us have trouble with the summer heat and exercise. But don't quit.
Some have new jobs, no jobs, vacations, children acting up...and don't quit.
Thank you for hanging in there to all these folks:
|1.||DebK||9.||Dieting4Disney||17.||Beyond My Looking Glass|
|2.||Jo @ A Well Kept Life||10.||Empty Nest||18.||Mir aka Princess Dieter|
|4.||The Voices Within Unleashed||12.||Angela Pea||20.||Karen@Turn My Life Around|
|5.||Michele||13.||Laryssa @ Magic Garden||21.||Natasha @ My Journey to a Better Life|
|8.||A Hippo With A Headband||16.||Amber Overcoming|
And if you didn't update, but you haven't given up...get back in the game. Only 9 days to go. Let's make it a good 9 days, 9 days to feel satisfaction about. Remember to link up this Sunday/Monday with Deb at her blog post for the challenge.
Let's make it a soundly accountable 9 days. Let's finish strong, no matter the ups and down. Let's finish this together....because completing a challenge makes you part of a minority. Every challenge I've been in has had oodles of drop-outs. Stay in and feel proud about it.
Persevering, even in the face of setbacks and adversity--that's what lifelong weight maintenance will be. Not quitting. Getting back on the horse when falls occur. Maintaining motivation, or fighting to get it back when it lags. Struggling. Breezing through. Struggling again. Falling. Getting up. Forging habits. Finding your groove. Holding on. That's what a lifelong weight loss success story is like. You've seen the successful maintainers blog about it. You don't win if you give up. Giving up is the only failure.
Don't quit. Keep going. Be strong.