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Whats going right... and what isn't!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

I have been aware over the last couple of rounds that I seem to have moved away from the basic idea of weight loss being the be all and end all, both of my life generally, and this round in particular, and into a more holistic way of viewing things.

Not obsessing over nutrition and exercise on a daily basis, but looking at them as an accumulation over weeks. I have moved away from looking at pounds gained or lost on my weekly weigh in, and attributing them to my food, exercise or sodium on the previous day. Understanding that the game is not won or lost over such small things, but on long term commitment to my health generally.

I have also come to realise that the government chart that shows my ideal weight as 132 pounds, might have been appropriate when I was in my twenties, but is totally inappropriate in my sixties. I am going to accept that the 150 pounds that Iíve been bouncing around for the last year, is probably the best itís going to get!

I have a lot more muscle now. Also a lot more loose skin. If I lose more weight, yes, Iíll have a better figure, but it wonít improve my health much any more, and it will make my face look gaunt.

All this round I have basically eaten well, and to my plan. Fasted three times a weeks, and exercised like a demon, and Iím still at the 150 pounds I was at in September 2013!

So I suspect that next round I will be going for MOM. There is also the small fact that I lose weight the best when I stop trying!

So the only thing that isnít going right, is that I donít lose weight! emoticon

So, what is right???? I always work on a 80% - 20% ratio. If I do what I need 80% of the time, the other 20% is okay. Certainly my food and nutrition is within that 80%. I donít track, but as near as I can assess it.

I always drink a lot of water. I almost never drink sodas, or snack, or eat sweets, chocolates etc. I rarely eat fast food. I usually eat food Iíve prepared myself from fresh, raw ingredients.

Exercise: I donít ďexerciseĒ, I do the things that I enjoy doing! I cannot physically do more without leaving myself no recovery time.

Also whatís right is that Iím accepting myself as I am, and accepting that Iím not prepared to give up anything else, simply to lose that last 10-15 pounds.

  
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DANAPRIME 12/8/2014 8:43PM

    You go girl!

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JUNEAU2010 11/20/2014 9:37PM

    Your blog has a sense of happiness, of spirit and energy!

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MARYJEANSL 11/19/2014 1:06AM

  It sounds to me as if you have been successful in many ways, including weight loss. You may be at a (long) plateau right now, but that doesn't detract from your accomplishments. Congratulations! You are right where I want to be someday, and I hope I can achieve what you have.

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CHRIMSONFYRE 11/18/2014 11:00AM

    GREAT ATTITUDE and GREAT job!
They say we all have a happy weight, a weight our body functions best at. Sometimes it is not the weight we wish it to be, but we learn to love that weight because we feel the best that weight.

Keep up the great work, you are doing awesome!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 11/17/2014 7:24PM

    Congratulations! I am so happy that you have found what works for you and feels right. I think that is more important than a number on a scale. Have fun living your life.


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GYMGAL1951 11/17/2014 12:54PM

    At age 63 as well, my goal weight is between 145-150. A weight of 150 is in the "healthy zone" in term of BMI. I started this journey late September, 2012 at 198, so am pleased with results. Today weighed in at 160.

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ZANNACHAN 11/16/2014 9:32PM

    This post makes a lot of sense to me. I wouldn't worry about the BMI; it's very problematic because it's at best a statistical average based on the population at large. It does not take into consideration an individual's bone structure and muscle mass. I have 2 female friends and we are approximately the same height so our BMI's weight goal is the same--but we have 3 very different body types. So while I used the BMI and my weight when I was younger, before I put on the extra weight, as my original guideline for my weight loss goal, I also have reserved the right to change my mind when I get to a weight/size that seems right for my body now. And while I'm younger than you, I'm not a 20-something any more either emoticon

And I have also read that older people with a little extra weight are healthier and live longer lives, so I wouldn't worry too much about it.

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LIVE_AMAZINGLY 11/15/2014 7:02PM

    Studies actually show that older people stay healthier and live longer with a bit of extra weight on. Being underweight has far worse health implications for persons in our age group than being a bit overweight. The absolute worst thing for health is weight cycling.

Oh, by the way, I am the same age as you. With a nice red hair dye too! I love the red!

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LADYHYJINX 11/15/2014 5:17PM

    BRAVO!!!!

Evelyn, I am on the edge of that state of mind myself.

I relate to everything you said. I personally believe that it is all a part of our last phase of life: this self discovery, listening to our body, and moderation. I could really relate to the 80% - 20%.

I am very fortunate to find Azure and you in this time of my life. Sharing our insights and experiences makes it easier on all of us.

Good luck to you in your personal introspection and experimenting. Together we will find our true selves.......even the weight God blesses us with.

Peace always,
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MEADSBAY 11/15/2014 5:00PM

    Bravo!
I will be exceedingly happy when I, too, reach 150 lbs.
My dear doctor says the BMI chart is just a general guideline and should not be ruling folks' lives as it does.
You are happy and healthy...that is what truly matters.
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COOLMAMA11 11/15/2014 4:20PM

    Evelyn I was told 132 would be my "Ideal" weight, but my new Dr says 150 lbs would be great, at 70 I don't need skinny , I just want to be healthy! I think your decision to do maintenance next round is a good one!

Elaine

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MYTHMYTH 11/15/2014 4:02PM

    It's great that you are content with yourself and your body - not that you aren't looking for improvement but you seem to have put everything in perspective.

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ALIHIKES 11/15/2014 3:38PM

    Great blog! You are making great decisions that you can live by for the rest of your life.
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OVERACTIVEELBOW 11/15/2014 2:44PM

    Here !! Here !!
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A weight that allows you to do all that you wish and is most likely not going to cause you health issues in the future... is a healthy weight for you... I know I read that somewhere... Well maybe it was worded better but the message is the same. There are a lot more factors in determining a personal healthy body weight than just the number on a scale in relation to the number on a height chart and your gender.


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KATELJM 11/15/2014 2:16PM

    After the huge loss that you have maintained, it seems logical that your body would want to stabilize for a while. If your health markers are good, and you are at a "happy weight", your health might actually deteriorate if you were to try more drastic measures. You already do three times as much exercise as I do!

As for alcohol, if I drink, it seems to account for 10 pounds on its own. I never meant to cut it out entirely, but this summer I realized that my body feels much better without it. Indeed, I have such a low tolerance for alcohol now; one crepe suzette impaired my motor abilities! Still, my favorite sauce is white wine garlic sauce, and I will continue to make that.

My philosophy is that until my body weight plateaus, and my shape becomes more "normal," I haven't yet reached my "happy weight." I don't think I will be sad when that day arrives, for I have been delighted by my progress for the past 10 pounds. I, too, have no desire to appear gaunt. I expect to be in M.O.M. with you next round.

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DR1939 11/15/2014 1:58PM

    Sounds like you are doing quite well. Interestingly enough the best research (I'm a Health Psychologist and read this stuff) indicates the longest life to those who are slightly overweight by the tables. Thus, your 150 is probably what you should weigh for good health. I know there is a lot of media hype about longest life for those at lowest weights but that was one study by the CDC. Almost everything preceding and following that study indicates best health at slightly higher weight. Poorest outcomes are for those who are underweight even when controlling for disease (which can cause both weight loss and death).

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WINDYCITYCYNDEE 11/15/2014 1:47PM

    It sounds like you've achieved a sensible balance and inner/outer peace, so what could possibly be wrong with that? emoticon

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PREDEL 11/15/2014 1:44PM

    You are so right on! Forget about the charts. You know your body better than anyone. I love your comment on losing weight when you're not trying. That's so my MO. emoticon

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LEANIE64 11/15/2014 1:39PM

    Sounds to me like you have figured out what works for you..and are enjoying the journey..not obsessing is important. Keep up the good work..age does have its advantages..in that we do discover in the end..what is really important.

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MEOWMEEEOW 11/15/2014 1:38PM

    Way to be at peace with yourself!

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Eating 'clean'

Friday, November 14, 2014

I have been fascinated since I started Spark, by the phrase eating clean. It obviously has a meaning for you Americans, but as a Brit, it means diddly squat to me! I take it to mean eating unprocessed foods, but in that case, I'd like to know, where do you draw the line?

For the BLC 26 week end challenge, I'm asked to eat clean either for one day, or the whole weekend, but when is eating clean, not eating clean?

I always try to cook my own meals, from scratch, from raw ingredients each day, but if you look at today's menu, it might be balanced in nutrition, and all healthy food, but a lot of it is still processed, and therefore surely not 'clean'

Toast: did I bake the bread? No, it's wholemeal, but it was processed.
I'm not even going to mention the butter and marmalade! At least it was butter and not some man made spread
Dinner is,
Pasta, grilled bacon, and a garlic/bacon/tomato sauce.

Pasta: comes out of a packet....processed. Bacon: curing is processing, even if had cured it myself....processed. Sauce is organic, fresh, has garlic, chopped veggies and cooked tomatoes in it, has no additives..low fat...but did I make it? No, it comes in a packet so processed.

So suddenly, my well balanced, nutritional meal, is certainly not 'clean'

So where do YOU draw the line?

  
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MARYJEANSL 11/19/2014 1:10AM

  I think people mostly define 'eating clean' for themselves. It's not a term I use myself, but I am happy if I have cooked my food from scratch and not eaten, say, candy. I would probably say I met goals, or ate healthy food, or some such.

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ZANNACHAN 11/15/2014 10:58PM

    Honestly I don't think clean is a definitive "this is clean and that is not" so much as a goal to eat cleanER. So for example, while yeah, baking your own bread from flour etc. is cleaner than store bought (and for me just not happening, at least), I can choose cleaner store bought breads that have fewer ingredients and those ingredients more closely resemble actual food and not something out of a chemistry lab. So think of the challenge to have a clean meal not as mandate to make everything from scratch as to see where you can cut back on processed foods and emphasize food made from actual food.

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PREDEL 11/15/2014 12:52PM

    My dear Evelyn, I'm American and I'm as clueless as you are. When someone says 'clean' eating I pretty much figure they're a vegetarian who grows their own food. I have the same problem when people say they are eating no sugar. I went on a super low sugar diet and almost nothing had no sugar in it. Non-fat milk? Full of sugar. Fruit is loaded with it. I lost a ton of weight on the diet but ended up eating no fruit which made me feel so unhealthy. So I simply ignored that part of the challenge. I really don't feel comfortable with the word 'clean' eating.

You are always so good at putting my thoughts into words. Gotta love you for it! emoticon

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SUSANELAINE1956 11/15/2014 11:30AM

    Evelyn, I have also been looking into what it means so this blog and the responses were very timely. I am going to go by the definition that it means making your meals from scratch, lots of fruits/veggies, mostly chicken and fish, not using food with ingredients I don't recognize, not adding salt, limiting processed food as much as possible, little to no sugar, using whole grains.

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CEIL46 11/15/2014 10:19AM

    What a great blog. I was wondering what clean eating meant too. The responses are terrific and I now have a definition of what eating clean means for me.

Cecilia

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INGMARIE 11/15/2014 9:40AM

    Eating clean, emoticon
well to me it is unprocessed foods. Beef , chicken and fish I cook myself.
Veggies and fruit organically grown ( except the ones you have to peel)
whole wheat breads I also eat.
But I allow myself to "cheat" also a coffee cake here and there some Ice cream once in a while and I love chocolate and it is good for you too.

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K80DALY 11/15/2014 8:09AM

    It is nearly impossible to eat clean in the modern world. I do my best by purchasing organic when possible, reading the label on every can that finds its way into my grocery cart, and cooking my meals from scratch 6 days a week. If none of us worked, were avid gardeners, and were willing to spend ten plus hours in the kitchen per day, we'd be able to eat clean. Unfortunately, I enjoy my job, have a brown thumb, and get cranky after an hour of kitchen duty.

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MT-MOONCHASER 11/14/2014 11:14PM

    To me "eating clean" means no Hamburger Helper and other such highly processed, sodium laden dishes. I try to find foods with few additives and I do a lot of "from scratch" cooking. However, I am not really on the "clean eating" bandwagon per se, I just tend to fix my food that way.

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KATELJM 11/14/2014 9:45PM

    Evelyn, "Clean Eating" is a confusing term. There is a Clean Eatng SparkTeam, and the first definitive post made me laugh -- it had so many rules that had nothing to do with Clean Eating (eating 4-5 meals a day?).

I wouldn't have supposed that bacon would be a Clean Eating food because the curing process is not that healthy, but the website for Clean Eating magazine hosts a recipe using sausage!

The essence of Clean Eating is to include as few unpronounceable or unhealthy ingredients as possible. What is the healthiest way a food might be prepared?

Some people are on a mission. I will be happy with 90% compliance.

(But I am one of those people who grinds her own rye grain to make her rye bread.)


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MARMAERT 11/14/2014 2:41PM

    Eating clean is what you are doing. Eating whole grains (bread and pasta), eating fruins and veggies, healthy meats (not sausages or cold cuts), reading labels , and no chemical additives. My guideline is 80/20: 80% whole foods, 20% processed. So bacon and marmalade are your "20".

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 11/14/2014 2:22PM

    Love your question (s) !!!

Will you post the answer blog if you find that there is a "definitive" answer?

Don't you just love Phrases that have multiple connotations and people think you will know exactly what they mean when they use the phrase?

People we are a weird species that is for sure.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 11/14/2014 1:10PM

    Well, I don't claim to "eat clean". But my understanding is minimally processed foods with real ingredients, not chemical compounds. Those who eat the "cleanest" don't eat pasta or bread or any grains really, no dairy either. NOT GOING TO HAPPEN! I need my grains to feel my best. I need my meat and dairy to feel my best. Therefore I will not be going on a totally clean eating diet.

To me though, "eating clean" is eating foods with real ingredients that I can pronounce. I don't eat wheat (personal reasons as you know) but I do eat rice, beans greek yogurt, cheese, etc. I eat a lot of frozen meals as well, but again I try to purchase the better quality ones with fewer ingredients which are not chemical compounds.

If I were going to eat clean for a day it would probably look like ham, cheese, spinach omelet with hash browns (sweet potato if I have one on hand, regular otherwise); a nice salad with either chicken or tuna, lettuce, jicama, corn, raisins and any other fresh vegetable/fruit I have on hand; steak or chicken breast with steamed green beans and brown rice. It might not be someone else's idea of clean, but it works for me.

Have fun figuring it out for yourself.

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MYTHMYTH 11/14/2014 12:56PM

    Where do you draw the line.....good question but I'm not sure of the answer either.

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ADARKARA 11/14/2014 11:32AM

    this will perhaps be controversial, but to this American lady, "eating clean" has negative connotations, because it implies other foods are "dirty". Having said that, I cook from mostly scratch 6 or 7 days a week, but I eat the occasional purchased cookie or cracker and I eat Greek yogurt and protein bars. so I guess I'm not "clean".

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ALIHIKES 11/14/2014 11:21AM

    I don't use the phrase "eating clean" but my understanding is that it means avoiding processed or junk foods. But it sure sounds like every one has a different idea of "clean eating"!

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NEW-CAZ 11/14/2014 11:03AM

    You can only do so much! I stick to as much unprocessed and freshly prepared veg/fish/fruit/meat at poss but then you need bread and pasta and for convenience I get from the suppermarket whole wheat.
I'm happy I'm eating "mostly clean!"

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DR1939 11/14/2014 10:43AM

    These are good questions.

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RICKHANN 11/14/2014 10:02AM

    From what I hear it's much easier to eat "clean" in Europe. I've heard that you're breads do not seem to affect people over here with intolerances to wheat the same way or even at all in some cases.

What clean means over here to most I think is that the food is unprocessed, grown (hopefully) without steroids or pesticides, non-GMO and without preservatives. Fruits, nuts and vegetables obtained locally at a farmers market is probably the only constant for all. Dairy is hit or miss depending on who you talk to. If you do it meat it's farmed ethically and without steroids. Try to eat fresh and avoid anything in a can that lasts 10x longer than natural foods.

With me I basically will eat all food groups every day with the above guidelines, on a "clean" day I just try to remove processed sugar and maybe increase my veggie intake, but as you see from the comments provided there are a lot of different views on the subject.

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JENSTRESS 11/14/2014 9:27AM

    I think that your nutritionally well balanced food is clean. If I wanted to eat VERY clean, I would mostly just have a raw food day, where I made everything from raw ingredients. However, what you just described was a lot cleaner than most Americans eat day in and day out. So I would say that you are doing just fine.

I just try to eat minimally processed foods, and I like my processed store bought ingredients (pasta, bread, etc) to not have many ingredients, and nothing that I can't find to make that same thing. For example, if the pasta starts to have a ridiculous amount of ingredients instead of the wheat flour and egg and such, then I usually look for something "cleaner" and same with bread.

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MEADSBAY 11/14/2014 9:26AM

    I love your wisdom and common sense!
Most of us folks of -ahem- a certain age eat really fresh whole mostly unprocessed food that we prepare ourselves every day.
If that ain't clean eating, too bad.
Nobody is out there every day curing their own, bacon, baking their own bread and making their own pasta on a daily basis.
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CINDYBEL 11/14/2014 9:26AM

    You are asking very insightful questions. I think it means different things to different people. I don't want to insult someone because of their beliefs so I will leave it at that.

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2015TODAY 11/14/2014 9:23AM

    Where I draw the line.... meat to me is never 'clean'. Neither is dairy. Things like bread are a grey area to me. If it's fruit or vegetable, bean or nut, then it's clean to me if I eat it raw or cooked or baked without oil. And without additives of course.

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Expectations from BLC26

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

I have been musing all weekend about what I'm expecting from round 26 of the BLC. I have been doing it, all on the Azure Destinations team, for a whole year now.

I have learned over that time, what are and are not realistic expectations. So I'm not going to commit myself to losing 'x' amount of pounds, or inches, and certainly not expect it, but the main thing I am expecting, is to ENJOY myself and the progress towards 'getting there' wherever that might be.

I expect to enjoy the support of my Azure team mates, and to enjoy giving that support in return. To enjoy finding out about them and their lifestyles, so different from mine in the UK.

I expect to enjoy feeling my muscles moving under my skin, enjoy them working smoothly as I enjoy pushing myself just that little bit further. I always told myself that when I did crunches, I couldn't possibly get my shoulder blades off the floor. I found out yesterday, that not only could I get those shoulder blades of the floor, when pushed by my Sensai, I could do it holding a medicine ball too, for an entire minute!!!

I shall enjoy pushing myself out of my comfort zones again this round.

I expect to enjoy my food. Enjoy my fasting days when I have such boundless energy and enthusiasm, and my non fasting days, when I enjoy my lovely home cooked food from fresh ingredients. Enjoy eating all the things I love the best, all be it in smaller quantities where my stomach has shrunk.

I expect to enjoy celebrating every NSV, mine and everyone else's, every pound released, every inch lost, and enjoy not beating myself up when things don't quite go to plan, accepting that the scales, like the stock markets can go up or down!

I'm expecting to look forward to the rest of the round and all it brings forth.

  
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KATSPARK06 10/31/2014 9:37PM

    Absolutely!

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FALLNTENN 9/27/2014 9:10AM

    Great Expectations! Enjoy your celebration of this round of BLC

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KATELJM 9/25/2014 12:06AM

    Isn't it grand when something used to be impossible, but suddenly you are able to do it! You are a marvel.

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ALIIDA 9/24/2014 9:07PM

    I love your enthusiasm! Have a great time!

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SUSANELAINE1956 9/24/2014 7:40PM

    I loved your blog. Isn't great that we can have fun while working so hard to become healthy? I know that will help us all remain on track. emoticon

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POLSKARENIA 9/24/2014 1:41PM

    I always love reading your blogs...
Enjoy!!

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TRUCKERSMRS 9/24/2014 3:57AM

    Beautifully written.
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MYTHMYTH 9/23/2014 3:45PM

    Simply lovely!

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 9/23/2014 3:29PM

    Evelyn, Great blog filled with 'Realistic' expectations !!
Have a great BLC26 round!!
Audra

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ZANNACHAN 9/23/2014 12:42PM

    I love your expectations! And as Cyndi says--have fun! I hope you have a fantastic round.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 9/23/2014 12:29PM

    OOPS! Double post. Have fun!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 9/23/2014 12:29PM

    Sounds like you are in a great place with great expectations. I love it! Most of all have fun along the way.

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EFFIEANNIE 9/23/2014 10:05AM

    Good for you. I did BLC before, but haven't done the last couple rounds. Enjoy!

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INGMARIE 9/23/2014 8:23AM

    emoticon this is great. you have done great, so no doubt, you can do this all the way to where you want to be.
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COOLMAMA11 9/23/2014 8:18AM

    Oh Evelyn I am working toward what you are already achieving, I must say the encouragement and support from Azure has turned me around a lot, I am learning to relax, and like you say, just enjoy the journey, I know there will be bumps in the road, but I feel I am better equipped to deal with whatever comes along! Great Blog, a real eye opener!

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SLIMMERJESSE 9/23/2014 8:15AM

    Wishing you success. Enjoy!

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CIPHER1971 9/23/2014 7:37AM

    emoticon Expecting to enjoy your life is all any of us can expect

you will have a stupendous round

have a great day

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BLC 25, A Great Experience!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

So, round 25 of the BLC challenge is drawing to a close, and one of the parts of the final WEC (Week End Challenge) is to blog about our best BLC experience!

Firstly, let me explain the BLC (Biggest Loser Challenge) to you. It is a private team of about 300 individuals, split into 18 teams, all of which, while promoting healthy lifestyle habits, have slightly different biases towards exercise, nutrition and eating, or support and encouragement. As in the TV program, team challenges are set for people to take part in, and they compete for points both within their team and across all the teams of the BLC.

Each round lasts 12 weeks, then thereís a break and registration, then it all starts again.

The mantra is ďparticipation not perfectionĒ as each person participates in the challenge according to their health and physical limitations, developing healthy habits, stronger muscles, and losing weight as they do so. It is about participation and posting on their teams thread.

So what has been my best experience? Although I know how much Iíve gained (and lost!) over both this round, and all the rounds Iíve participated in since last September, (it must be good as I keep going back!) itís quite difficult to chose one thing and put it into words!

Possibly, the fact that the whole thing is uncritical. Nobody passes any criticism of anybody else's program. It is totally inclusive, whether itís paleo, low carb, Weight Watchers, vegans or like me, fasting.

People are always very interested in what works for you, and what you do, they may then say that it wouldnít work for them, or that they wouldnít wish to do it, but I have never been criticised or told that I shouldnít do it!

My team is Azure Destinations. Iíve been an Azurita since I joined. Itís a cyber desert island, set in a sapphire sea, and as all newbies soon find, in whichever team, your team quickly becomes your cyber family.

This round in particular, I discovered how much I value and need that cyber family. Iím living in London, so Iím 5+ hours ahead of most of my team, so they post en masse while Iím sleeping. Every morning I go to the team thread, eager to find out what my team has been doing, and flicking down the entries to see who has said something specifically to me! I don't always respond instantly, but will at some point on most days.

Azure Destinations are the Ďjokerí in the BLC pack! From our hunky bartenders and cabana boys, to our mascot flying monkeys, (donít ask!) we are a fun team, who travel through the other teams staying a week, trying to spread lighthearted quizzes, encouragement and motivation as we go.

We do that teams challenges as well as our own, we play hard, but take our healthy lifestyles seriously so we work hard too.

This round I have come to realise how much that means to me. It is probably the part of the BLC that I love most. I am never more at my best than when Iím trying, by example, to motivate others! In fact, their motivation is my motivation!.

Weight loss???? this round I think itís going to be about seven or eight pounds, the last weigh in is on Wednesday. Which since Iím only about 20lbs now from goal weight is very good!

On Azure Island, weíre all so keen to keep going throughout the break that weíre opening the island to all comers, of whatever teams, to come and enjoy themselves with us, and keep on track over the holidays! And that is a great experience too.

And what about YOU gentle reader! If you have ever looked at a team and saw only yourself and another person ever posting, or lots of people and posts but none relevant to you or your circumstances, you might consider joining our close community. Although itís a private team, we are always looking for new blood, new members.

If you would fancy joining round 26, registration will open in mid August, and the round start in September. If you leave me a comment saying so on this blog, Iíll make sure you receive an invite!


  
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MARIONJEANA 9/18/2014 10:11AM

    Sorry I have been ill for about four months but am now back. I would love an invite. Thank you.

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RYDERB 8/20/2014 1:13PM

    I was dropping by to thank you for the goodie and the info, and was surprised and excited to read your blog. You make it sound like a wonderful experience.

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ALIIDA 8/5/2014 6:26AM

    Bit late here. I'd love an invite!

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MARYJEANSL 7/24/2014 2:24PM

  I might like to try...but I am a bit hesitant. Please send me the invite and I'll go from there.

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POPSY190 7/22/2014 7:39PM

    I'm another who wakes up each day eager to see what SF have been up to overnight. 11/12/13 hours ahead of UK. Believe me, it beats the news any day!

This is a great depiction of the challenge. emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 7/22/2014 5:59PM

    I was invited to join a few years ago when I was new to SP and was completely overwhelmed. I admire you and them!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 7/21/2014 1:28PM

    You summed it up so well. I really enjoyed my time as an Azurita! I have truly enjoyed all the teams I've been on over the years (yes, I've been a member of BLC for that long.
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OLIVIANIGHT 7/21/2014 7:34AM

    They do sound like a brilliant team.

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GOANNA2 7/20/2014 11:50PM

    Great blog. Sounds like a fun team.

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 7/20/2014 8:55PM

    Hey Evelyn, Glad to hear you are still an active BLC'er... I have been thinking about getting back into the BLC-26 round... I will see what is going on in my world when the registration opens up... and if I get an invite. I am sure you are still the very active person I remember... Have you taken any interesting trips lately? If so, I sure hope you had a grand time.
Audra

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PREDEL 7/20/2014 1:40PM

    emoticon I've been on Azure since I joined Spark and really can't imagine one with out the other. You've written a wonderful blog that so perfectly sums up the BLC. And, of course, Azure is that much better because we have you, my dear girl!
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DR1939 7/20/2014 1:29PM

    Sounds like a fun team.

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JAIZWAYS 7/20/2014 1:20PM

    Evelyn - emoticon You have summed it up so well emoticon . I have so much enjoyed being part of BLC. The journey to lose the weigh and maintain that loss is a lifetime challenge. We all need support and encouragement plus things to motivate us to try something new. That is what BLC does for us - I almost didn't join and you persuaded me to give it a try - I am so glad I did emoticon

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CIPHER1971 7/20/2014 1:10PM

    Great blog Evelyn, and for the maintainers - BLC has a team of maintainers, and they are also welcome on any team because we all have something to learn from you emoticon

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ZANNACHAN 7/20/2014 12:10PM

    Love this--it hits on a number of things that I love about the BLC. You are so right about people not being judgmental about what works for you--it's one of the reasons I Azure was such a good team for me, and it's the same way for C.A.M.O. People have different things that they struggle with and that they need to do--and it's okay that what works for one person (maybe even necessary for that person) isn't something that will work for someone else.

And yeah... I love how interactive and especially supportive my BLC teams have been--all of them, the Wysteria Wolves, Azure, and C.A.M.O. It helps me feel invested in my team, which means that I'm inspired to do my best for them!

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COOLMAMA11 7/20/2014 11:10AM

    Wonderful Blog Evelyn, I really enjoyed the team, challenges and travel, it's true we become one for all and all for one, it is great to have so much support and encouragement. Good luck for the next round!

Elaine

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ZELLAZM 7/20/2014 10:33AM

    Glad you had such a good 25th round! And congrats on your weight loss and healthy habits!

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REGILIEH 7/20/2014 10:28AM

    What if you are maintaining?

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INGMARIE 7/20/2014 10:21AM

    emoticon way to go, glad you enjoy this journey. emoticon

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MARYBETH4884 7/20/2014 9:47AM

    emoticon BLC is a family that helps the journey to better health fun and enjoyable, even through the struggles!!! emoticon For the great blog reminder!!!

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NEW-CAZ 7/20/2014 9:40AM

    What if you've been maintaining for years?

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COCK-ROBIN 7/20/2014 9:11AM

    How I wish I was with Azure again. They keep putting me with the Falcons.

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SUSANELAINE1956 7/20/2014 8:51AM

    emoticon I've always appreciated SP, but I love it now that I discovered the BLC last year. I'm glad we are teammates. emoticon

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Fitness test BLC 25

Monday, May 05, 2014

I finally completed my fitness test!

Press ups in one minute: (on knees, but hands as far forward as possible): 63
Crunches in one minute: 57
Measured mile: In my case mostly uphill: 17 minutes
Pulse rate after 3 minutes stepping up and down 8" step: 100

I don't think they'll alter much over 12 weeks, but we shall see.

  
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INGMARIE 7/20/2014 10:21AM

    woo hoo, that is great. emoticon

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JUSTME_KELLYD 6/23/2014 11:10AM

    Great numbers!! Keep up the fantastic work!!

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COOLMAMA11 6/15/2014 5:42AM

    63 push ups, way to go! You are truly an inspiration ...

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WATERONE 5/15/2014 4:19PM

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ZELLAZM 5/13/2014 5:32PM

    Impressive!

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EMERALDELEPHANT 5/7/2014 12:53AM

    Holy crap Evelyn, these numbers make me want to use my inhaler. You are freakin awesome. My goal is to get half your numbers!!

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JUNEAU2010 5/6/2014 3:26PM

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STFRENCH 5/6/2014 1:38PM

    Wow! I'm totally impressed with your press-ups result emoticon

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GOANNA2 5/6/2014 6:38AM

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2015TODAY 5/6/2014 5:03AM

    Wow, that sounds pretty good! emoticon

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MARYJEANSL 5/6/2014 12:51AM

  It sounds like you are in pretty decent shape to start. I hope the 12 weeks go well.

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EMSSBEARS 5/5/2014 10:18PM

    Fantastic job you are truly awesome what I aspire to be

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JENSHAINES 5/5/2014 9:00PM

    Okay... this is my goal... to be you when I'm your age. I have just a few years to catch up and I'd better get cracking!

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FUNGIRL81005 5/5/2014 4:04PM

    We sahll see....You always AMAZE me!! emoticon

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MARUKI52 5/5/2014 3:10PM

    Well done.

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SUSANELAINE1956 5/5/2014 2:54PM

    Great results. As much as you already exercise, I would guess they won't change a lot either. You are in such great shape. emoticon

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INGMARIE 5/5/2014 1:22PM

    way to go. emoticon

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CINDYBEL 5/5/2014 12:47PM

    Immpresive. emoticon

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DR1939 5/5/2014 12:43PM

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CIPHER1971 5/5/2014 12:27PM

    63 pushups - emoticon phenomenal

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SHANTODD420 5/5/2014 12:26PM

    Those are great numbers way to go.

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ZANNACHAN 5/5/2014 12:16PM

    Even if they don't alter much, you did an AWESOME job. WOW.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 5/5/2014 12:07PM

    You my dear are in excellent shape. Congrats. I don't think you need much improvement in any of the areas, but you can strive to maintain your excellent results. Have fun!

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