Thursday, September 08, 2011
Since it's CAMP OUT Week in the BLC, we are excited to bring you the BLC Challenge-Wide S'MORE Challenge!
Challenge runs FRIDAY - MONDAY
Sweat - 5 pts for each 15 minutes of cardio - 20 pt/per day max
S ~ F: 20, S:10, S: 20, M: 20 = 70
Munch your Freggies - 5 pts a day for 5 SERVINGS of FREGGIES, all or nothing.
M~F: 5, S: 5, S: 5, M: 5 = 20
Organize - set goals, make menus for the week, make a healthy shopping list, organize a cabinet in your kitchen, etc - get ready for the challenge - 5 pts 1 project per day
O~F: 5, S: 5, S: 5, M: 5 = 20
Rest - 5 pts for getting in 7 - 8 hours sleep
(The REST portion only is Friday night through Monday night/Tuesday morning.)
R~F: 5, S: 5, S: 5, M: 5 = 20
Exercise - Strength training - 1 body area per day (upper, lower, abs) alternate. 5 pts per each set of 15 reps...20 pt/per day max
E~F: 20, S: 20, S: 20, M: 20 =80
Get those done, do SomeMORE! :) Max possible points 220
Total S'MORE Points = 210
Friday, July 01, 2011
We're focusing on declaring freedom from a from a couple more pounds as we create the stars and stripes that make up Old Glory!
Stars: Perform a minimum 50 reps of ST daily to earn a star! (Reps must be the same exercise!)
Stripes: Consume 7 glasses water daily AND 6 freggies consisting of AT LEAST 1 each Red, White and Blue to earn stripes!
Earn both a and and celebrate the day with !
F~Star, Stripes, Fireworks
S~Star, Stripes, Fireworks
S~Star, Stripes, Fireworks
M~Star, Stripes, Fireworks
T~Star, Stripes, Fireworks
Total: Stars, Stripes, Fireworks
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
For a couple weeks now I've been trying to write my thoughts in a blog, but I just couldn't wrap my words around what was bouncing around my head..until now! Thanks to my dear friend JoAnn for planting just the seed I needed in her blog...The Last 20lbs! Here's the link if you want to take a look! www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
You see, I too have been mulling...over the last 10 pounds I have to reach my goal! When I look back on the past 3 years, it seems that the first year was the best...full of drive, ideas, motivation and success! I reached the 1/2 way point of my journey late August of 2008...22.5 pounds gone, just 3 months after starting! I celebrated reaching that goal with a trip to a local dairy farm that makes the best fresh ice cream...my favorite Coconut Almond to be exact! Not exactly the conventional reward for a healthy lifestyle milestone, but I'd made the sacrafices and felt deserving! At the 6 month mark the plateau hit and I stayed fairly stable! The holidays came and a few pounds crept back on, nothing I couldn't and didn't take back off quickly at the start of a new year! Over the second year, I dropped another 13 pounds, pushing through many frustrating moments with the scale, but none the less it was a year of a good loss that brought me down to about 145! My third year has now passed as of May, and I'm not at all happy with the progress I made! While I was able to drop 5 pounds...it was a year of bouncing back and forth! Thoughts of maybe this is where I'm suppose to be settled in, but deep inside I knew that was not the case!
The last few days I've turned my thoughts back to those first few months! The task seemed impossible, but I was full of excitment at the possibility of what I "could" be! I knew I'd have to make sacrafices, I knew I'd have to exercise when I didn't want to, I knew I'd have to give up things that I liked to eat because they were not benefiting me along the journey, I knew I'd have to drink water, which I didn't much like! Those are all things I've done and continue to do, they have become habit now...so why am I still juggling these last 10 pounds?
The answer is simple! Somewhere along the line I lost the excitement, focus on myself and allowed frustrations to creep in! The little things that I accomplished that were HUGE in the beginning don't seem so important now! Dare I say that while I was supporting my SP friends, cheering them on with "progress not perfection" I began to lose focus on me!
I've search, for months now, for just that one thing that would bring me the "excitement" I felt in the beginning! A lot of good ideas have crossed my mind, but no single thing stood out amongst the others! I even contemplated changing my sparkname to reflect what I will have accomplished when I reach my goal, but there again I think of all my friends here and how they've come to know me as the "Cookie girl" and just wasn't sure I could change that!
What? That's when the lightbulb went off....the answer as to why I'm still playing with 10 pounds! This journey for me, from the beginning, has been about helping others see their full potential, sharing ideas and motivation! Cheering them on during their successes and supporting them through struggles! However, somewhere along the line I forgot that *I* need to do the same for ME! Each day of progress should be celebrated...that doesn't mean only the perfect days, but even the ones that have setbacks! If there's one thing I've learned over the last 3 years it's that the setbacks are what make you stronger mentally to tackle the next setback!
So...while I'll still be focused on what I truely love, helping those around me, I'm taking back focus and excitment for myself, doing what's best for ME to accomplish what I set out to do! If that means I'll be known as someone other than who I've been for 3 years, then that's what has to happen for ME be to all that I aspire to be when the goal is reached and the second half of the journey starts! This seems a selfish avenue to me, but then again the one true way to help someone is to step outside the comfort zone, and show that ALL things are possible if you truely want to make it happen! I do and I WILL!
As of this morning I've re-entered the 130's...139.8 to be exact, that means I have 10 pounds to reach my goal! Just so happens that the new SP name I've contemplated has 10 letters! There are also 10 weeks from today until BLC Round 17 starts! For this last week of Round 16, I've already set a goal to be at or below my lowest BLC weight of 139.4! Over the 9 week break, I'm planning a personal challenge that will help me stay focused on all the things I need to do to achieve my goal! Oh...and the week after BLC 17 starts I'll be celebrating a birthday of 4x10 years and my sights are set on being at my goal for the big "40" day! And yes, when I reach that goal I will celebrate another healthy lifestyle milestone complete with a farm visit and Coconut Almond! Free from guilt, for just that moment, to take in all that I've accomplished....just because I deserve it!
Now...for those who want to follow my progress, here's what you can expect!
I'll be scrambling the letters of my new sparkname and revealing 1 letter with each pound lost...plan is 1 pound/1 letter a week! I'll also be blogging each week of my personal break challenge, building on the previous as the weeks progress! I will drop the final 10, be a new ME and at goal by 40!
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