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!
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.
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
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?
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.
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!
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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