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My favourite part of BLC25

Monday, July 21, 2014

It's way easier than I expected to decide what my favourite part of BLC25 was..... it's the same every round actually..... it's getting to know some amazing people!

There is nothing like the support you receive from your teammates in the BLC. If you are having a rough day, vent it out on the chat thread and you feel better..... if you had a great personal victory share it with your team and you'll alll feel good about it together..... if you have a question about nutrition or exercise, raise it and you'll likely get an answer or at least a path to go down to find an answer....

It's a place for support, ideas, motivation, and FUN! Your teammates encourage, challenge and celebrate with you.

I've always been a lone sport kind of girl. I enjoy training alone or in small groups but the BLC has proven to me time and time again that a team atmosphere can be so valuable along your path to healthier living.

  
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SWEETNEEY 8/3/2014 1:01PM

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JAXMOMMY 7/22/2014 11:53PM

    Here, Here!! Couldn't agree more!!

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FORZACHANDMATT 7/22/2014 4:33PM

    This makes me excited for BLC26 - thanks

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BLC25 Review and some NSV's

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Here I was, thinking about this last round of BLC and it occured to me that I should review my goals I made at the beginning of this round......


I was surprised to find out that I had achieved 4/5 of my goals! This was actually fabulous news for me because I didn't have a very good round as far as scale numbers go. I've been in a bit of a rut and struggling to make the scale move at all.

My goals were....

TRACK MY FOOD - Done.... I miss the occasional day here and there but I've gotten into a very good habit of tracking all of my foods, drinks etc. It really does help me know where I'm going off course and where I'm doing well once I review.

10 min of fitness 5 days a week...... I've been good this round at getting at least that 10 minutes in. Life has been hectic for the last little while and generally is while having 2 little kids in the house.....but I've managed to at least do "something" fitness wise every night.... it's important to me to keep the habit alive.

YOGA min 2 hrs a week ..... Done. I've been loving my Sunset Yoga class each week and I've been adding 10 mins of yoga on most other days to reach my goal.

DE-CLUTTER.... it really makes me feel good and reduces my stress when my surroundings are uncluttered..... I've been doing little bits regularly and although I always feel I could do more it does make a difference.

REVISIT .... The only goal I would say I've missed on.... I had really wanted to revisit my goals weekly and tweak as needed. This one just slipped through the cracks due to time limitations.


These were all big Non-Scale Victories for me this round. I often let my goals just fade away into the background but I feel like I accomplished something important this round.

I am actually looking forward to setting more goals next round and achieving them to!

  
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JAXMOMMY 7/20/2014 8:38PM

    Great progress! It is amazing to track! You can really see where the problem are when you do! I think you do remarkably well considering your children and all you have going on daily in your life!! Keep up the good work!

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SUSANELAINE1956 7/20/2014 1:02AM

    Sounds like a very successful round. You accomplished a lot. emoticon

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GRANDMASHUNGRY 7/19/2014 11:29PM

    You did a great job!

I need to make a new list of goals for myself.

I'm looking forward to joining in on the next round of BLC.

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My in-between-BLC-rounds plan

Saturday, July 19, 2014

emoticonHere it is, after much consideration, my plan for between BLC rounds....


emoticon I'm terrible at planning.... actually that's not true, planning is not the problem...... following the plan is the problem. I'm a person who loves to fly by the seat of my pants so to speak, roll with the punches, adapt to my situation....


emoticon I think that has actually been my biggest obstacle in my healthy living lifestyle journey. Realizing that there is a lot to be gained from planning ..... planning meals especially. It's something I've always struggled with, but I now recognize that and I've been working at it relentlessly for quite a while now.


My plan for between rounds is this....

emoticonI will continue to live an active lifestyle everyday.... an example is leaving my coworkers to get on the elevator while I take the stairs instead.

emoticon I will plan my meals.... specifically lunches and dinners. I do good with the lunches normally and need to keep working at the dinner planning.

emoticonSet a goal of a minimum of 20 minutes of cardio based exercise 4 days a week.

emoticonSet a goal of a minimum of 20 minutes of strength training 3 days a week.

emoticon I will continue tracking every bite, lick and taste of food I consume in my SP tracker.

emoticonI will continue to check in regularly with the Stingrays and WI each week.




I think that if I work my plan I will be able to enjoy the break between rounds while staying on track.

See you next round!

  
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MASTERCARE 7/20/2014 1:17PM

    Planning is great..it is the executing! I know that is right! I have to say...I smiled when you said you leave the co workers and take the stairs! YOU GO!

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GRANDMASHUNGRY 7/19/2014 11:31PM

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BLC25 Goals

Monday, May 05, 2014

OK I'm back again posting my goals for this round of BLC..... do I sound annoyed? I'm not annoyed with the task, I'm annoyed with myself for my ability to use this goal setting project as a motivational tool.

I know many of you have set goals for yourself and regularly monitor and update them. It is fantastic, I enjoy reading about your progress, the progress of others actually inspires me to push myself and achieve more.

However, with all of that said, I've never been able to sucessfully use my goal setting experience to motivate and inspire myself. I'm going to try a slightly different approach this time....

First I'm setting some smaller goals. I want them to be day to day things instead of a goal for the whole round. Really my day to day goals (if reached regularly) should lead me to success for the round.

OK so here goes.....

1) TRACK my food. My nutrition/eating plan allows me a lot of days where tracking is not required. I want to try to get back to tracking everyday so I can be more educated about my big picture.

2) Achieve 10 minutes minimum of INTENTIONAL fitness 5 days a week. I now lead a very active life. I play games with the kids, garden, walk, jump on the trampoline, bike etc. but I want to go back to some intentional exercise each day. My time is limited so I will start small.

3) YOGA - for a minimum of 2 hrs a week.

4) DE-CLUTTER / ORGANIZE for 10 minutes each day. Not just tidying up from the day! I've never really gotten organized since we moved. Clutter makes me feel overwhelmed and stressed so I need to eliminate it in order to better overall.


5) REVISIT my goals weekly. The area that needs the most improvement for me.



So that's where I am starting at the moment.....

  
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KELLYFROG 5/5/2014 11:36PM

    Great goals!!

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MALAMI518 5/5/2014 8:06PM

    Great goals! I know how you feel about the clutter. I need to do some major organization and decluttering around here, but somehow I never quite seem to get to it. And then it stresses me out, and I start screaming at people that I love. So, I should join you in that goal.

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JAXMOMMY 5/5/2014 4:39PM

    WE all gotta do what works best for us! These goals sound like a good way for you to go! Look forward to your updates! I too am inspired others' progress!

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SUSANELAINE1956 5/5/2014 2:25PM

    Good luck with your goals. emoticon

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The Question of Calorie Cycling

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

I have a very hard time striking a balance between "dieting" and enjoying life. I find that with calorie cycling, you can enjoy the foods or dishes you might not normally enjoy on a regular "diet" and still improve your health. The goal is to consume the same amount of calories per week as you would on a low calorie diet, but with alternating high- and low-calorie days.
 
I've recently become a convert to the ways of calorie cycling and it's working wonderfully for me.  Here is how I got to this place!
 
After initially losing 20 lbs I've now been struggling over the past 6 months to push past a plateau/rut.... whatever you call it.  I'd been counting calories, staying in my range, putting in the fitness minutes etc. and basically losing/gaining the same 5 lbs.  I tried all kinds of suggestions to break the plateau and nothing would really work.  I became frustrated and the whole experience became a vicious cycle.  Then I read a blog from another BLC member (check it out yourself www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590012
).  She discussed intermittent fasting and how it works for her and many others.

This got me thinking.... I'm the very last person to jump on a fad. Whether it be fad diets, clothes, hairstyles. I've always kind of moved to the beat of my own personal drummer. Doing what feels right to me. The next step my scientific mind required was investigation.

First thing I did was watch the BBC documentary by Dr. Michael Mosley... Here's a link if you are interested.... (it's about an hour)....
www.dailymotion.com/video/xvdbtt_eat
-fast-live-longer-hd_shortfilms

My interest was piqued....

So next I looked up Dr. Krista Varaday who is Assistant Professor of Nutrition at the University of Illinois-Chicago. She deserves credit for most of the research on this topic. She has done extensive research over the last 10 years. I read lots of different studies and scientific data. I was beginning to be impressed ....

I really liked the idea of losing fat and not muscle (which in turn keeps the metabolism going), lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and cancer risk. I even went so far as to speak with our family DR about it all. She had heard of the research (luckily she's young, open-minded and remains very up to date on current research) and although she repeatedly expressed concern that I should listen to the cues my body gives me when "fasting" she "gave me her blessing".
 
So I've jumped on the bandwagon so to speak... I started with restricting my calories to below 1000 for one day a week... it wasn't so bad actually... I slowly upped my days and now I calorie restrict for 3 days a week. The other 4 days a week I eat sensibly, I don't restrict myself AT ALL but I also try to keep within the principles of healthy eating. Lots of fruits, vegetables, whole foods, and little to no processed CRAP. I've found as I've been going this for longer it gets easier and easier.

I've been doing this for almost 2 weeks and I've lost 4 lbs so far and broken the plateau I was on. I've rarely if ever lost more that 0.5 lbs a week before. I weigh less now than I have since I got pregnant with my first child about 6 years ago. I'm excited and plan to live some form of this permanently.

For me the health benefits are what I'm interested in. I have 2 little kids that I want to be a Nana for their kids.... Losing weight as fat, (not muscle) is an awesome byproduct.

So if you are in a rut, and regular daily calorie restriction just isn't cutting it for you anymore, why not do some investigation of your own.....

There are so many websites and resources out there to give you information... google: Alternate day fasting, every other day diet, calorie cycling.

  
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PREDEL 2/12/2014 2:15PM

    emoticon Hey Debb, visiting from Azure and so this blog. I've been experiencing similar problems and have given Evelyn's fast a try with great results. The science is impressive and I like how you adapted to your own needs. I've been off track for a few weeks and you've given me the inspiration to go back with what works for me! Thanks for posting the blog! emoticon Pat

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JAXMOMMY 2/12/2014 1:31PM

    Sounds so promising. I have a hard time sticking to any diet plan and this may be the answer for me! Thank you for sharing your personal experience and for sharing the informative links! I will be looking into it and perhaps will be down 4 pounds my next weigh in! Thanks!

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BOPPY_ 2/7/2014 11:28PM

    There are so many things I like about your post that I won't bore everyone with my babble.

Perhaps, the single most important point is that you kept looking for a sensible way to continue to succeed. That's success of the highest degree. Congratulations!

Lee

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PENOWOK 2/7/2014 6:53AM

    Very interesting! Thanks

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STONECOT 2/7/2014 5:59AM

    emoticon for the link to my blog, and for publicising this way of eating again. People have accused me of following a 'fad' diet, But I've been doing it very successfully for 11 months now, and it suits me, being able to eat without guilt on alternate days. I hope you continue to do well with it, and that gradually others will join us.

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 2/7/2014 1:09AM

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GODZDESIGN95 2/6/2014 11:14PM

    awesome!

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MALAMI518 2/6/2014 10:18PM

    Thanks for sharing all that information and how it's working for you. I'm doing a slightly different version of calorie cycling, but this is very interesting. I'll keep it in mind!

I'm glad that it's working for you, and I agree that I want the health benefits more than anything. I'm much closer to being "Nana" than you, and I want to stay active for a long time.

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SHANTODD420 2/6/2014 4:09PM

    Sounds like a great plan and I want to try this.

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ABAKER34 2/6/2014 8:47AM

    Great blog, it's very similar to the approach I've been taking with my eating method as every 4th and 7th day I bump up my calories, and it's been working great for me so far (I've been on it for 2 weeks). Thanks for the blog!

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CHAKARA1 2/6/2014 7:08AM

    Hmmm, Interest piqued. I have been trying this, but never allowing myself to eat "normally." I have to figure out how to wrap my head around eating more calories.

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KELLYFROG 2/5/2014 10:24PM

    Thank you for the information! I'm glad to hear it's working for you!

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