Friday, July 18, 2014
BLC25 Ė THE BEST THINGS!
I have been on a wonderful BLC team this round Ö the Mighty Mocha Hunters! Sadly, a few of our Mocha Sisters dropped out for various reasons along the way, but those who were able to continue strong throughout the round have been phenomenal! Weíve had our share of troubles Ö job losses and changes, family illnesses and deaths, struggles with motivation and injury. Through it all, weíve found support, encouragement, friendship, and lots of laughs from this amazing group of women! I count each one as my friend!
Weíve had some great challenges this round, to keep us on track and putting forth the effort needed to reach our goals. I especially liked Capín Roniís Boot Camp this round, which gave us a chance to work on one skill or behavior for a whole week.
Iíve loved the accountability Iíve felt with this team. Iíve done my best to do my part to make our team #1, if not on the charts, at least in our hearts.
Thanks to Roxy, Roni, and Alicia Ö for their untiring efforts in our behalf. I know how hard these ladies have worked to keep us inspired.
My personal progress?
Itís been a rough round for me. My sweet Mom passed away in June. I had two visits out of state to be with her, one week in May, and then a week in June sitting by her side, followed by a week after her passing. It has been an emotional and difficult time, but also a time of sweet reflection, tender mercies, and much joy. Through it all, I have been able to maintain my weight, largely due to habits that have been developed and reinforced through my participation in BLC. Yes there have been fluctuations, and Iím still struggling a bit to get my feet (and my good habits) back under me, but I am certain that I will, that I can reach my goal very soon, and that Iíll continue to maintain as I continue to plan my work, and work my plan.
Buying summer capris in size 10. Last summer I was wearing size 14. Feeling great about that change!
My Plan for the BLC break:
There is quite a long break before the next round starts in September. I am planning on joining another similar challenge for my time during the break, to keep me engaged and active. I recognize how important it is to me to have the accountability provided by these challenges, and it keeps things fun and interesting for me. My goals this summer will be to continue with my cardio Ö.I generally get 50-60 minutes 5-6 times per week, Strength Train at least 2 times per week Ö maybe coming up with a specific plan to cover all muscle groups appropriately, and improve my eating habits. Iíve gotten lazy in my meal planning and preparation, and I recognize the need to buckle down!
I just ordered the Spark ActivityTracker to add something new to my routine!
Looking forward to that!
Iím sad to say that Iím stepping down from my leadership role in BLC for the next round. Itís been a pleasure, and Iíve loved the association Iíve had with our awesome Mocha leaders and teammates. Itís just time for a change for me. I must have a short span of attention, but Iíve found I need to shake things up from time to time. I need to try different things, keep myself guessing, and push myself out of my comfort zone. Time will tell where it will all lead Ö. maybe (and hopefully), right back in the nest where I belong!
For anyone who stumbles upon this blog, and wonders if BLC (The Biggest Loser Challenge) might be right for you, I whole-heartedly endorse it! It has helped me overcome a long plateau, given me the opportunity to try new things, challenged me to do better, and brought me into a circle of an inspiring and fun group of Sparkers! New registrations for the next round (starting September 17, 2014) will begin after August 15. Feel free to Sparkmail me, and I will send you the link to learn all about it when it becomes available!
Let's keep Sparking and reaching for our goals.
"Your ideals anda well within your reach." -Ancient Chinese Proverb
Yup. But you gotta keep reaching!
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Part of our BLC Challenge this weekend is to plan for an "accident" or slip-up ... how will I get back on track?
Well, my Mama always told me that PREVENTING an accident is much better than trying to pick up the pieces later, so my first plan of attack is to stay on track as much as possible. I do this by checking in to Spark every day, tracking fitness, tracking nutrition, participating in team challenges. When I do these things, I pretty much keep my big girl panties dry!
But knowing that I'm far from perfect, and I've slipped up before, my plan is to pick myself up and try again.
Always got to be willing to do that. The sooner the better. No regrets, just forward motion, one baby step at a time if needed.
Thursday, May 08, 2014
I heard a WW leader relate this experience several years ago, and it really stuck with me. Thought Iíd share it with you.
She was invited to hike the Grand Canyon with a group of friends. She had been working out, and losing weight, and was excited by the prospect of doing something so far out of her comfort zone, and something that she knew would be a challenge. She accepted.
The hike was very difficult for her. Going down was hard on her knees, but it was beautiful, and she felt good.
As they started their ascent out of the canyon, though, she rapidly fell behind her friends. She didnít want to hold them back, and told them to go ahead and hike at their own pace, and she would meet them at the top. At first she was embarrassed that she couldnít keep up, and frustrated with her own limitations.
But instead of letting those things get her down, she kept looking up. The trail had lots of switchbacks, back and forth, and often, she would look up and catch a glimpse of her friends on the path ahead of her. She created a mantra that kept her focused on the goal, kept her positive, and kept her going. She repeated to herself, over and over, ďThatís me next.Ē
She knew that if she kept putting one foot in front of the other, sheíd make progress. She knew that she may not get there as quickly as her friends got there, but she WOULD get there! And sure enough, she did.
Sometimes we may get discouraged because our ďhikeĒ to goal weight may be a long, difficult climb, with obstacles strewn along the trail. Our friends might outpace us. We might be dead last! But, if we keep doing the things that we KNOW will eventually bring us to the summit, if we look to other hikers for inspiration and direction, if we keep reminding ourselves that ďthatís me next,Ē we WILL succeed and reach our goals.
If you ever feel discouraged by the difficulty of your ďhike,Ē if you wonder if youíll ever see the numbers you hope and pray and work for, I challenge you to look for a motivator, someone who is on a similar journey, maybe a few steps ahead of you, and say to yourself, time and time again Ö ďthatís me next!Ē Then get back to work and make it happen.
As I near my goal, I have been doing just that. I subscribe to Sparkblogs from people who have lost weight and are maintaining. Maintaining a weight loss brings a whole new set of challenges and a whole new skill set to the table. I am learning a lot from these mentors, and often, (and with hope) I say, ďThatís me next.Ē
Sunday, January 19, 2014
If a goal isn't written down, it is only a wish or a dream.
Done a bit of dreaming in my time!
Gonna make a difference this BLC by writing my Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic & Relevant, and Time-Specific goals here!
MY SMART GOALS FOR BLC24 (January 15-April 9):
1) I'll lose 6-10 pounds. I am a bit wishy-washy on the number because I am very close to my goal weight, but still have some ďflab.Ē I donít know for sure what I will weigh when I am satisfied with my tone. My lowest weight as a youthful adult is still 20+ lbs less than I weigh now, but that may be quite unrealistic at this point in my life. I also am going to start a new strength-training program and expect to gain muscle, which weighs more than fat. I donít have any way to quantify body percentages, so my goal will be to see diminished blub and more definition. Iíll be able to see the difference in the way my clothes fit Ö and when I look in the mirror.
2) I'll track every bite for 5 of 7 days each week. Iíll be a 12-week STREAKER! Tracking works for me. When I track, I see in black and white the good, the bad, and the ugly!
When I choose not to track, it is usually because I am eating too much of the wrong kinds of foods, and I guess I think if I canít see it, it wonít count. Duh! Iím aiming to track my nutrition and stay within my calorie range most days each week! Iíve made my tracker public, which intensifies my reluctance to have an ďoffĒ day. I commit to track, even when it is embarrassing. If I canít get to the computer to track immediately, Iíll carry a 3x5 card to write things down so I donít forget.
3) I'll continue with my exercise habit. Iíll be a 12-week STREAKER! I love the way I feel when I am an ďexerciser.Ē It makes me feel great! Iíll continue jogging 2 days per week, riding stationary bike before work 4 days per week, and add a more intensive strength training program as outlined in "The New Rules of Lifting for Women" 3 days per week. I may need to decrease cardio minutes each week to allow time for the strength work, so Iíll re-evaluate as time passes.
4) Iíll increase my mental toughness by continuing with the FatLoser program. I truly can be my own worst enemy mentally. I can (and do) self-sabotage. I will work on eating for health, being 100% compliant, making a decision and sticking to it! Iíll do what it takes to succeed. ďLife isnít fair; success isnít free; welcome to the jungle!Ē (Steve Siebold) Iíll post my mantras around the house, and create some pop-ups on my computer to keep my goals in front of me.
5) Iíll participate in BLC24 challenges and community. It is fun, it keeps me on my toes, I learn new things, I can serve and help others.
6) I will try to keep a balance of the important things in my life. If I find I am neglecting other important aspects of my life to reach these goals, I will evaluate weekly and see how I need to adjust.
So there they are!
Yup. I'll be pushing myself.
But all very SMART, I think.
ďIt is better to pay the price of success than endure the price of failure.Ē
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