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BLC26 Progress: Entering Maintenance

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Tis the eve before the last weigh-in for BLC26. I'm curious to see just what my Weight Watchers weigh-in will reveal tomorrow, 12/10/14, at noon.

In June I returned to SP to track nutrition and exercise, and to rejoin BLC. It was time to take responsibility for myself to stay off Lipitor and high blood pressure medication. I was too late for BLC25, but BLC26 began 9/17. I was lucky to be accepted on the Azure Destinations team, perhaps the most supportive team in all of BLC. We Azures work hard on our goals, but we acknowledge that we all face different challenges.

Back in September, I posted my BLC26 Expectations for 9/17/14-12/10/14:

I am happy to say that I met all of my goals:

I began BLC26 at 142.6 pounds, which is 4.6 pounds from a healthy weight. My target weight loss was 1.5 lbs. per week.

1. Release 12-17 pounds, which will put me well into the Healthy Weight range.
RESULT: emoticon 16-17 pounds released (I had released 15.8 lbs. as of 12/03/14).

2. Exercise a minimum of 840 minutes a week. This will include walking outside and wogging on the treadmill, Stonecot's Torture (TnT) for our Azure BLC26 team, as well as Strength Training as recommended by Precision Nutrition. It may include other exercises outlined in BLC challenges.

RESULT: emoticon 11887 Intentional Fitness Minutes, Average 990.6/week, which included at least 3 sessions of ST a week.

3. Exercise within my recommended heart rate per PolarPersonalTrainer.
RESULT: emoticon

4. Eat only when hungry; eat slowly; and eat until 80% full (just satisfied). My calorie range may possibly deviate from SP's calculations (which have been known to recalculate in the middle of the day).

RESULT: emoticon

5. Complete the 12 weeks of BLC with streaks intact:
a. Exercise at least 5 days per week for at least 20 minutes minimum.
RESULT: emoticon

b. Consume at least 6 freggies a day for at least 5 days per week minimum.
RESULT: emoticon

I take monthly progress photos, so I would represent my progress in BLC26 through the following pairings of 9/27/14 and 11/23/14 photos:

What was my secret? Persistence and consistency, just call me "The Little Engine That Could".

Did I feel deprived? No. I enjoyed my meals and ate until just satisfied.

Have I lost all the weight I need to? I really don't know! I had no certainty that I would reach my nominal goal weight of 125... ever; I did not know if it was attainable. I certainly lost enough weight and improved my nutrition enough to stay off drugs. Now that I am hovering around that weight, I still want to whittle my waist; I am not sure if additional weight loss will accomplish that, or whether continued Strength Training will make the difference, or whether I shall count my blessings for all that has been accomplished.

So what makes BLC so special? BLC requires accountability, and BLC teams build camaraderie. When motivation seems elusive, fellow team members help to boost one's spirits.

For anyone willing to try new things, and committed to losing weight or improving health markers in a healthy way, I recommend trying BLC27. It's not too late to join, please go to:

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

HONEYBEESBLISS 12/14/2014 1:38AM

    You know I'm now in the healthy range too, but in the upper part of it, and for the most part I'm happy with things, but I still have a thick waist too and would like it to be a bit smaller in that area. I'm just taking it 5lbs. at a time and starting to really push strength training harder than before too since that really makes a huge difference. Also I'm taking it really slow I can relate the being The Little Engine Who Could!!! LOL I think the combo of strength and maybe a bit more loss will get us closer to where we want to be. I feel like I'll know when I get there and it's not too far off! I also felt like you that the ideal weight was possibly impossible when I started but I've reached it and now nothing seems so impossible anymore. I pretty much feel that with continued effort I will reach any goal I wish!

Thank you for friending me! emoticon

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WALLAHALLA 12/12/2014 10:05PM

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DECLARE74 12/10/2014 5:26PM

    Fantastic Kate - Well done - I didn't achieve my goals for BLC 26 (any of them) but I have learned so much and have come such a long way
I can't wait for BLC 27

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MYTHMYTH 12/10/2014 9:28AM

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I am so very, very happy for you!

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COOLMAMA11 12/10/2014 5:53AM

    emoticon Kate, ou did so well, shows what can happen if you stick and stay, you are truly an inspiration to the team!

Elaine emoticon

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CIPHER1971 12/10/2014 2:14AM

    Way to go - you have achieved an amazing amount.

See you in round 27

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What to Wear?

Monday, December 08, 2014

Last time I had to find an outfit for Azure Island, I chose

But recently, I found this look, which I am planning on making:

Directions are at:

Aw, heck, I'll need them both!

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SHAMROCKY2K 12/10/2014 6:52AM

    WTG on reaching your goals. (Or being super close.) The 2nd outfit is adorable.

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CIPHER1971 12/10/2014 3:48AM

    That is an awesome frock

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WALLAHALLA 12/8/2014 11:04PM

    You work hard for your body. You may as will rock it! emoticon

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JENSHAINES 12/8/2014 7:58PM

    I think you're going to look HOT! Seeing all these outfits is making we think we all need a field trip to a REAL tropical Island!

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KATIE5668 12/8/2014 11:37AM

    I like the white..and the coral one is cute..will you make it in that color?
both look like you are dressed for either fun or frolic.


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MYTHMYTH 12/8/2014 9:15AM

    You will look awesome in that!

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    Yowza ! Have fun where it's HOT ! You will fit right in !

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NELLJONES 12/8/2014 7:41AM

    I like them both, although I sure wouldn't look like the models in them!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 12/8/2014 6:32AM

    Ooh, sexy!! I love them.

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COOLMAMA11 12/8/2014 6:06AM

    woo hoo the second choice is very daring! emoticon

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MELYROD18 12/8/2014 2:30AM

    I like both. :)

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EMSSBEARS 12/8/2014 12:45AM

    I like both outfits

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In My Dreams...

Sunday, November 23, 2014

June 16 I uploaded this composite picture. The Caption is "In my dreams, I see myself running."

During the past week, I came within 2.2 pounds of my nominal "ideal" weight of 125. My stomach is pretty flat now, and my arms have lost their batwings, so I am starting to resemble this picture in real life. As for running, I have been easing into intervals since July; during the past 4 weeks I have been doing 10 sets of running "all out" for 30 seconds, then walking at a relaxed pace for 20 seconds. Monday I begin running "all out" for 60 seconds and walking relaxed for 60 seconds. I'm not rushing this process; I promised my doctor I would not exceed my Maximum Heart Rate per Polar Personal Trainer.

Never underestimate the power of a vision board!

Here's my vision board from mid-October:

I see dancing in my future! emoticon

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ZELLAZM 11/30/2014 11:27AM

    So good to catch up on your blog posts and see what great things are going on! Hemp protein sounds interesting...will have to look for that at the health food store.

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LIMOM2TWINS 11/28/2014 8:42AM

    emoticon you are doing so fabulous!! you are an inspiration to all of us!! emoticon

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SUSANELAINE1956 11/24/2014 7:23PM

    You have done an amazing job, not only losing weight but getting in shape. emoticon

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/24/2014 8:54AM

    Interval training is a great way to improve. Good for you. Keep the vision.

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WALLAHALLA 11/23/2014 8:19PM

    Totally emoticon I didn't know it was possible to lose bat wings. How did you do it?

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SUNSET09 11/23/2014 6:04PM

  No limits as they are only in our head! emoticon and emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon on!

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DEE797 11/23/2014 5:04PM

    WTG! That is AWESOME!

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 11/23/2014 4:33PM

    That is wonderful. Shows the power of having a vision.

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IXCHEL23 11/23/2014 4:10PM

    You ARE emoticon !!! So happy for you that your dreams are coming true! emoticon I wish I had your motivation and determination! emoticon

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Out of My Comfort Zone with a Little Help from My Friends

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Thanks to WINDYCITYCYNDEE, I unlocked the secret to making a truly clean protein powder -- hemp (100% hemp, no sweeteners, no additives) -- taste pleasant.

My nutrition plan calls for eating at least one serving of veggies with a lean protein at breakfast (actually, at every meal), and I normally have a super protein shake using Thorne FX Vanilla Whey Protein Isolate, the highest rated protein powder by the staff at Precision Nutrition. However, as high as the production standards are for that protein powder, I don't think it rates as 100% "clean." I love my green protein shake in the morning; it fills me up and makes it so easy to eat at least 5 veggies & 1 fruit a day.

Cyndee recommended using Greek yogurt. Since last night I ended up having a cup of nonfat Greek yogurt to meet my calcium goal for the day, it seemed fitting to use it in this morning's Clean shake.

Once I input the ingredients, I decided that 44g of protein was extremely high for 1 serving, so I made the recipe as producing 2 servings.

Note that I used only half of a "serving" of Hemp Protein; hemp protein has such a strong taste -- not a hit in my book -- that I toned it down.

This morning, I enjoyed my hemp protein shake! With that blessed help from one of my SparkFriends!

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DEE797 11/23/2014 5:06PM

    I like the idea of using the Greek yogurt. Haven't tried that yet. WTG!!

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JENSHAINES 11/16/2014 8:37PM

    Hmmm.... didn't know there was hemp protein powder! I'm loving how everyone is piggy-backing on others' suggestions - so cool!

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    That's so great! I'm glad that you were able to create this clean and tasty innovation! (We must find a way to put it in the "story" emoticon. )

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EMSSBEARS 11/16/2014 6:05PM

    Great job and way to go Cynthia for the advice I would not have been able to advise on that one.

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LYNNIERN 11/16/2014 3:17PM

    That sounds great; I have a terrible time with any kind of protein powder; I haven't figured out the key to making it palatable for me.

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WALLAHALLA 11/16/2014 3:12PM

    Good deal! Now it won't go to waste, and you will receive the health benefits!

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SUSANELAINE1956 11/16/2014 2:17PM

    Fantastic! One of the many great things about our team is the valuable tips and suggestions we get from each other. emoticon Cynthia, and so happy you are now enjoying your shake. emoticon

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Out of My Comfort Zone - Or Why I am Not 100% Clean

Saturday, November 15, 2014

For Week 9 of Azure Destination's Spa Activity, I was challenged to do something outside of my comfort zone in my health journey. Well, the BLC26 Week 9 "Clean Eating" challenge took care of that.

First of all, I am VERY comfortable with my eating routine! Creature of habit, rut lover! I look forward to my favorite foods for breakfast and lunch, and shake up dinner a tiny bit. For breakfast, I usually have a green super protein shake. These days the shake has 1 pear, 1 scoop Thorne FX Vanilla Whey Protein Isolate, 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter, 3 cups of kale, 10-15 ice cubes and 6 oz. of water. Think of all the freggies in that shake! It even tastes great!

But how "Clean" is the Thorne FX Vanilla Whey Protein Isolate? I did a web search and found a feature that touted the cleanest protein powders; they favored hemp protein powder, which apparently has raw protein. I found one of the recommended brands at Wegman's: Nutiva Hemp Protein with High Fiber, which is 100% Hemp, no sweeteners or additives.

Friday I just substituted the Hemp Protein for the Vanilla Whey. I didn't gag, but the hemp flavor was heavy. (There was also the psychological aspect that I was basically eating marijuana.)

Saturday (today) I added a 100-calorie Wholly Guacamole snack container (100% avocado). That needed more ice and more water. It was so appetizing (not) that it took me 3 hours to drink my shake.

Tomorrow I will try almond milk, and see if I have any unsweetened coconut flakes. The Nutiva canister provided one recommended shake recipe that called for both of those ingredients. I'll update this blog once I try it.

So far this weekend, I have eaten as cleanly as possible, but once "Clean Eating Weekend" is over, I need to find a vegan who can appreciate the hemp protein powder. I don't need to eat 100% Clean. I want to enjoy my meals.

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    I have to admit I'm not ready for 100% clean eating, as well. My protein powder has been a godsend this round, I think it's a good thing, especially psychologically, to eat as cleanly as you can, but tracking and awareness will improve eating habits simply because you must balance nutrients and can't binge.

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NELLJONES 11/16/2014 8:14AM

    I am a "clean eater" but to me that means no artificial anything. I make everything from scratch. I also don't eat smoothies, I'll put everything on a plate and just eat it instead of drinking it. It takes longer and feels more like food.

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NATURALLYME126 11/16/2014 7:48AM

    Lol, basically eating Marijuana was to funny girl!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/16/2014 7:07AM

    I tried raw protein too but it didn't do well in my protein bars - too crumbly. I had to eat it like granola. Tasted OK though.

Can't comment on a smoothie. I never drink any calories. I like to chew them. LOL

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WALLAHALLA 11/15/2014 10:42PM

    You're one brave soul. I do like almond milk, but the chocolate kind, so it's not so clean.

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MCFITZ2 11/15/2014 9:55PM

    Good for you. Our Groovy Gecko bootcamp is a green smoothie daily this week.
This is the same boot camp as round 25. I almost freaked out when I saw that. Tried it and now my husband expects to have one with me in the morning. It is one meal I can be sure he is having a diabetic healthy meal. I use unsweetened coconut milk and an equal amount of unsweetened almond milk. Usually protein powder, flaxseed meal, cinnamon and a fruit. Often banana that have gotten overripe. We use Kale or chard. Tried purple curly kale to day. emoticon
Back to green kale tomorrow emoticon
Great on trying the smoothies. emoticon

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COOLMAMA11 11/15/2014 9:43PM

    Yeah kate for trying new things! emoticon

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CARELLIGIRL 11/15/2014 9:39PM

    I eat vegan 98% of the time and I don't use hemp protein. Nutiva is a great brand, but protein powders are very subjective to the user's palate. I use pea protein powder instead. It tastes a little like spirulina powder, which is also a flavor some people love and others hate.

Great job on stepping out of your comfort zone! emoticon

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JAIZWAYS 11/15/2014 9:37PM

    emoticon for trying some alternatives Kate. emoticon we don't have to be 100% "clean" and we do need to enjoy what we are eating.

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EMMACORY 11/15/2014 9:28PM

    Good for you in trying new things. Sometimes when we experiment we find something new to enjoy. emoticon

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    What about trying plain Greek yogurt in place of the protein powder? If I had planned better, I would have done this for a clean smoothie: Greek yogurt, almond milk, 1 cup of grapes (with grapes, the sweetness is very very sweet indeed, and I never need to use other sweeteners), 1 cup of unsweetened frozen peaches, and 1/2 to 1 cup of frozen spinach or kale, plus two tablespoons of wheat germ or flax for extra fiber. I usually use Ensure vanilla-flavored protein powder, which isn't clean, but I enjoy the Greek yogurt smoothies at Panera so that is an option. And it's almost as high in protein. (Hemp really does taste awful imho.) emoticon

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