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BLC Week #2

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Update Time!

SW:181.4
WK #1 W: 178.6
Wk #2 W: 177.6
Weekly Loss: 1
Although it doesn't seem like a huge number, it's actually a BIG victory for me becausing I'm PMSing and TOM is due in a few days, and I'm usually ALWAYS up prior to TOM, so this is great that I'm actually down!

Fitness Minutes: 363

Week 2 NSV: Get Off the I Pad when I can't sleep
Week 2 Review: Not perfect, but pretty good. I've tried to just stay in bed and count sheep or something instead of walking around, reading, going on the computer, watching TV, etc, and it has worked slightly. I'm going to start documenting my insomnia so that I can better see how often it happens.

Week 3 NSV: Do all of the pixie challenges (YW, TT, 5K, MM, etc.) I did this in week 1, but it got away from me during week #2, and I' missed YW and MM. I want to change that.

Pixie Purge: CHOCOLATE! emoticon
Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it!), I got so many yummy things at the military base that I can no longer have due to the purge, including Reese's PB Cups, Mr. Good Bar, Oreos, Jif Chocolate Hazlenut Spread, etc. These things are items that you can't get readily in London. But, it's better this way. My kids can have the treats occasionally, and there will be more for them than if I had some, because I tend to be GENEROUS with myself! emoticon

I wrote my letter to my future self, I am excited for the upcoming 10 weeks. I am feeling better already, with just two weeks in. I had been at a "plateau" for a few months, bouncing between 178 and 180. But really, it was because my nutrition was not in check. I was getting laxer and laxer with my food intake, regularly going over my calorie range.

These two weeks have seen me lose because I'm tightening up my nutrition. My weekly goal is to burn around 4,000 calories in cardio. I'm able to eat around 2,000 calories a day and still lose, so that is comfortable for me.

I am at an "all time low" with my weight, and less than 3 pounds away from moving out of the obese BMI into the overweight BMI. Still sounds bad, but better than the alternative!!

  
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SCOUTMOM715 1/31/2013 11:30PM

    You are doing emoticon I need to purge chocolate too (or at least limit myself to dark chocolate only & limit myself to a couple times a week) emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DONNA0256 1/30/2013 6:25AM

    You've had a very good week! emoticon

I was going to pick chocolate as my purge too, but with Valentine's and my birthday coming up next month - I just couldn't do it. Instead I chose coffee creamer emoticon

Looks like we share the love of two yummy items! emoticon

You are on your way to a better BMI!

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BLC Week #1

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Well, I thought I would write a quick blog to document how this 12 week journey goes.
SW:181.4
CW: 178.6
Total Loss: 2.8 (woot, woot!)

Fitness Minutes: 424 minutes (whoa, this is a LOT for me!)

Week 1 NSV: Try To Eat ONLY At The Table
Week 1 Review: Okay, not as well as I would have liked, but I tend to want to be 100% at everything right away. I think I'm going to modify this going forward to be able to eat only Breakfast at the computer, otherwise I can't check in with my team; rest of the meals at the table with the family;

Liking the Forest Green Pixies, a really nice bunch of women, enjoying the weekly challenges, LOVE the weekend challenges that help me accountable at a time when I have a tendency to lose control.

I got back into my BOKWA after a month off, and I had such a good workout yesterday, my heart was pounding and I was dripping in sweat, so it was a much needed workout. So much so that I am going to try another studio today for another BOKWA class.

I am right now at my lowest weight, 178.6 (on my new scale) which is 177.5 on my old scale. How sick is it that I hve the scales side by side and step on both every morning??

One of the things that I like about the Pixies is the Maniac Monday challenge that they have. I'm trying to incorporate that into my every day routine, because it's Strength Training, and I ALWAYS struggle with this, I just don't enjoy it. I know, I know, I'm a big girl and should do things I don't enjoy because I know they are good for me, but still a struggle.

So far, so good, it's been a good week, I'm back home in London and am ready to ROCK IT!

  
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SCOUTMOM715 1/25/2013 9:01PM

    emoticon on your weight loss & your first week on your BLC team! I use to dislike Strength training too, but I love it now. My biggest regret is that I didn't start doing it sooner. Keep up the great work!! You Rock!! emoticon

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DEBRA0818 1/24/2013 4:51AM

    GREAT work on Week #1. I would find it VERY difficult to eat at a table. I had a nutritionist tell me it didn't matter where I ate as long as I was being mindful about what I was eating, i.e., not shoveling it in my mouth unconsciously. The thing is, it's a lot easier to be mindful when you're at the table. All those screens (TV, computer, smartphone) make it harder. Hmmmmmm. Something to think about.

Good luck on Week #2!

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FITNFUNJEN 1/23/2013 2:35PM

    Congrats on the great weigh-in! Glad you are loving the new team!! Your are doing great!

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MELISSAD0721 1/23/2013 1:08PM

    Sounds like week one was a huge success! Imagine 12 weeks like that and you will feel AND look amazing! I am looking up BOKWA as we speak. lol.

Great job!

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RISENABOVE 1/23/2013 1:04PM

    Great idea to blog the week! ST is my downfall for the same reason! I do love MM because it's "circuit style" which makes the boring time fly by! emoticon

Look foward to seeing and hearing more about your progress in the coming weeks! emoticon

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BLC21 ABC Blog

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Hi everyone, I have joined the BLC21 and I'm so excited!
this will be my second challenge ever on SP, and I'm so
looking forward to it.

A is for ABOVE and BEYOND...Does competition push you? YES
B is for BLC rounds... Newbie?(first BLC round) Oldie?(1-3 rounds) Goldie?(long time BLCer)? Former BLC team(s)? NEWBIE
C is for CHILDREN...you have? FOUR
D is for DOWNFALL...what's you're biggest temptation? I HAVE TO PICK JUST ONE??? I GUESS SWEETS, DESSERT, BAKED GOODS TYPE OF THINGS.
E is for EARLY Bird or Night Owl? NIGHT OWL
F is for FURRY FRIENDS...you have? NONE, WE ADOPTED OUT OUR PETS PRIOR TO OUR MOVE.
G is for GROCERIES...what do you fill your cart with? GREEK YOGURT, REDUCED FAT CHEESE, FRUIT
H is for HOME...where do you call home? WHERE THE HEART IS, SO FOR ME, THAT IS NEW JERSEY. BUT I LIVE IN THE UK.
I is for INSPIRE...who or what is your roll model/inspiration? I HAVE A FEW, MY HUSBAND, MY MOTHER, MY DEAR FRIEND PATRICIA, A FEW SPARK FRIENDS WHO ARE
INCREDIBLE.
J is for JOB...What do you do for a living? NOTHING, I MOOCH OFF MY HUSBAND (JK)
K is for KEEP IT SIMPLE...What's your healthy focus when short on time? NUTRITION, I ALWAYS STRUGGLE WITH THIS AND HAVE TO REMIND MYSELF, WEIGHTLOSS IS MORE THAN 80% WHAT YOU PUT IN YOUR MOUTH!
L is for LOG...Do you use the Nutrition and Fitness trackers? ALWAYS!
M is for MARRIED, Single, Involved? MARRIED
N is for NAME...What's the meaning behind your sparkname? EARLY MORNING SPARKER, I FIND THAT I DO BEST IF I CHECK INTO SP IN THE MORNING, HELPS ME BUILD MOMENTUM.
O is for OUNCES...How many ounces of water do you consume on a daily basis? LOTS AND LOTS, EASILY OVER 100
P is for PRODUCE...How many fruits and veggies do you consume daily? I TRY FOR 7, USUALLY GET AT LEAST 5
Q is for QUOTE...what's your favorite? CAN'T PICK JUST ONE!
R is for ROUTINE...Average number of days and minutes you exercise weekly? 6 DAYS A WEEK, 45 MINUTES A DAY, THAT'S A PERFECT WEEK. SOMETIMES MORE, SOMETIMES LESS.
S is for STATURE...How tall are you? FIVE FOUR
T is for TIME...What time zone are you in? GREENWICH MEAN TIME
U is for UNWIND...What is your favorite pass time or hobby? READING
V is for VACATION...If you could travel anywhere, what destination would you choose? NOT MUCH FOR WHERE I WOULD GO, BUT MOSTLY, I WOULD LIKE MORE TIME TO TRAVEL WITH MY WHOLE FAMILY, INCLUDING SON WHO WILL BE LEAVING SOON :(
W is for WEIGHT WORKOUT...Do you follow a consistent ST program? ALWAYS A STRUGGLE FOR ME, I KNOW I SHOULD, BUT I REALLY DON'T LIKE, I TRY TO DO 15 MINS OF ST DAILY, WORK ALL MUSCLE GROUPS 2X A WEEK.
X is for "X" MARKS THE SPOT...What do you want to see happen these 12 weeks, other than the scale move? ANOTHER VISIT HOME, GOD WILLING! SOME PLANS TO FINALIZE FOR THE UPCOMING YEAR, MY SON IS APPLYING TO COLLEGES, I CAN'T MAKE PLANS UNTIL I FIGURE OUT WHERE HE WILL WIND UP (EITHER IN US OR UK, NOT SURE), AND I AM A PLANNER, SO THIS IS HARD FOR ME!
Y is for YESTERDAY...Do you dwell on poor choices or allow them to push you forward? PUSH FORWARD!!!
Z is for ZERO...name one weight loss tool you couldn't live without? I AM ADDICTED TO MY HEART RATE MONITOR, I PRETTY MUCH CAN'T EXERCISE WITH OUT IT, SO HORRIBLE! IT'S GOTTEN TO THE POINT WHERE I STOP LISTENING TO MY BODY AND JUST LOOK AT THE MONITOR..."WOW, THIS WORK OUT FEELS REALLY HARD...DO I REALLLY FEEL EXHAUSTED, OR IS IT MY IMAGINATION. WELL, LET ME CHECK MY hrm TO FIND OUT...DOH!"

  
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BLOOIZEANGEL 1/25/2013 10:46PM

    I mooch off my husband as well. Good luck with college applications this year.

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NEVADAPP 1/15/2013 9:29PM

    Awesome!

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36ROCK 1/15/2013 5:29PM

    Great job on your blog! emoticon

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MCELLO58 1/15/2013 12:45PM

    Hello. I'm a newbie and I'm looking forward to getting to know you throughout this challenge.

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WINKERDINK 1/15/2013 8:49AM

    So funny about the HRM! I'm the same way! I won't even take a casual walk without it! emoticon
I now have a fitbit and it's going to become an appendage too!

Great to have you with us! emoticon

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DONNA0256 1/15/2013 8:34AM

    emoticon to the Forest! I'm a BLC Newbie too, so we'll muddle through together. Lot's of friendly, helpful Pixies in the Forest.

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December Recap & January Goals

Monday, December 31, 2012

November 30th Weight: 177.5
December 31st Weight: 178.5

Well, up a pound, not the best at all, but considering I was up at least 4 more lbs earlier from eating and eating, I guess it's okay.

Here are my goals for the new year:
I would like to lose about 50 lbs to weigh around 130ish by November 2013. I will do this by
DAILY:
- 45 minutes of exercise (30 cardio; 15 ST)
- eating no more than 2100 calories
- planning the next day's menu every day
- getting 8,000 steps (not including my exercise above)

WEEKLY:
- eat out 1x or less
- burn 4,000 calories in cardio

MONTHLY:
incorporate a new "wellness challenge" for each month.The
only one I'm sure about is January, the others, I have to plan
on a month by month basis depending on what is going on that
month (Travel plans, vacations, etc.). The plan is to do the behavior
every day for the whole month in hopes that it will become the
norm.

JANUARY wellness challenge: ONLY EAT AT A TABLE. If eating
out of the house, make sure I'm sitting down and not doing anything else.

OTHER MONTHLY CHALLENGE ideas: climb 10 flights of stairs per
day; no coffee in the morning; 7 freggies per day (I did this for December,
it was fun, but I started mid-month); getting to sleep by 10pm; no ipads/TV
in the bedroom; 10,000 steps per day (not including exercise), etc.

PERMANENT CHANGES:

1) No MORE SODA! I can do this, I'm almost 90% there, I just have to commit
to myself.
2) No more baked goods (cookies, cakes, pies, etc.) except in the following
circumstances:
- planned in advance AND
- the item in question can be finished by my family in ONE sitting

I am adding this because I notice that I tend to BINGE and BINGE big when
there are packs of sweets lying around. I can't have just ONE cookie, I just
can't, I will have a whole sleeve and a half, even if it makes me sick. I'm
generally okay if we only have a small serving in our house of chocolate
cake (the servings here in EUROPE are tiny!!! Perfect for my family of six
where everybody gets a taste, and it's only like 200 calories), once it's
gone, it's gone, and I'm fine. But if I have a pack of cookies and I'm the only
one at home and I get a craving, I WILL NOT BE ABLE TO HAVE JUST ONE,
NO MATTER WHAT I TELL MYSELF. That's why I'm adding in the planning
part, we'll see if it works. It's been a tough holiday season, that's why I'm
adding in this resolution.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL MY SPARK FRIENDS!
ETA: I did my math wrong!

  
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SMILINGTREE 1/2/2013 9:23AM

    I with you on the sweets. My kids joke about having to hide sweets from me. They say, "If it's sweet, and it's here, mom will eat it." Sadly, they are correct.

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SCOUTMOM715 12/31/2012 6:40PM

    Great goals! I'm am so with you when it comes to not having great control on cookies!! This is my biggest downfall. I'm also gonna limit my eating out to 1x a week or less. Need to go back to brown bagging my lunch. emoticon

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DEBRA0818 12/31/2012 12:51PM

    I'm with you on the dessert type products. I just sent myself spiraling backward with the cookies I baked for my party. I put way too many in my mouth before, during and after the party. So, in 2013, only wheat-free, sugar-free things I make myself with almond flour and only a small portion at a time. I have a few exception days that I've mapped out, but even those days will not see the kind of baking I did this year. I believe we can do this and...Happy New Year!

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A Little Late, But A 30 Day No Chocolate Challenge

Friday, December 07, 2012

I should have started this for December, but shoulda, woulda, coulda....

anyway, because I have been down lately, I have had a bigger tendency to binge, and I have been noticing that chocolate is among the major culprits. I love, love, love chocolate and unfortunately can't stop with a "reasonable" amount.

So, for the next 30 days, I'm challenging myself to give up chocolate. No more chocolate chips, nothing with chocolate (like cakes, cookies, fudge, etc.). The only thing I'm allowing myself is a tablespoon of cocoa powder a day (if I feel like it, sometimes I stir it into my oatmeal or greek yogurt and it helps satisfy a craving with something that is actually pretty virtuous).

This is very unlike me to even post that I'm doing this because I'm pretty much thinking I won't be able to follow through, and I don't like to fail, esp. in front of people. But what the heck, if I don't make it, at least I can say that I tried!

  
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SCOUTMOM715 12/7/2012 9:41AM

    I'm cheering you on!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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POOKASLUAGH 12/7/2012 7:43AM

    Good luck! I decided, when i got serious about this journey, to never give up chocolate. I found a way to eat just a little bit every day - a Dove Promise on days when I've done well - to motivate me to do well and to never feel chocolate-deprived.

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