I don’t remember a start of a Team Challenge feeling like this one.  It’s our 33rd Challenge and it felt like the 1st. The routine was the same with before pictures, the introduction of teams and first weigh in’s, but the mood was different.  Maybe it was because we were present…we truly were.

I talked about two things this week to get us started and kick off this important ten weeks;  what does it mean to “win,” and  how do live our lives being “present.”

I focused on winning at our relationships with others and with ourselves. Winning  with others means connection and respect,  boundaries and love. Winning with ourselves means being healthy; body, soul and spirit. To win…we must be present!

William James, a college professor from the mid west who was deeply interested in mindfulness said this “Compared to what we ought to be, we are only half awake”  and he said that in 1924! That’s scary when you think about where we’ve come since then. We are less connected and more distracted than any time in history.

I couldn’t help but quote Albert Einstein. “I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots!”

We’ve come so far with technology and lost so much ground with connectedness…not only with others, but with ourselves.

When we are not present we are not experiencing life to the fullest. When we don’t experience life to the fullest we look for ways to fill the void. Food is just one way we fill the void.

I encouraged our teams that they can begin to change the need to use food JUST by being present.

It’s going to be a powerful and life changing team challenge. We will surely lose a ton of weight and we will feel better than we’ve felt in years. However, my hope is that we all leave the spring team challenge having experienced the important practice of being present and that we WAKE UP to a life we haven’t experienced before.  I know we are all going to find that you truly must be present to win.

Always encouraging you,

Letha