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BLC21 - Thoughts for Success..

Sunday, January 20, 2013

I can't believe we have started again already! Woohoo!!

Before the challenge officially started we were asked to create a plan for our 12 weeks challenge. What were we going to do to to achieve success, and what were our rewards going to be. At the time, I had to think about it. I mean, the plan I had for BLC20 worked really well (lost 12lbs), and I have continued to lose since the end (if only a little). So before I could share my plan I had to decide if I really wanted to change anything....After all, why 'fix' something if it isn't broken.

So, here is my thoughts on how to maintain success this round:

1. Plan - Continue to plan. In order for me to be successful, I need to plan my meals ahead of time. I also have found that planning and cooking meals on the weekend, saves time during the week, when I am tired and fed up and really just want to grab the closest thing for dinner.

2. Exercise. I did well last round, but I think I need to up my game. I want to try to get between 40-60 mins daily. This should be do-able, and even enjoyable. In order to do this, I need to make sure I get my schedule down...Which leads to number 3.

3. SLEEP! I need to go to bed early, so that I can get up early and do my first (longer workout). If I don't get the workout in first thing, I have a tendency to try a cop-out later. I end up doing it, but I end up trying to talk myself out of it. Well rested = Perky morning = good morning workout and no drama!

4. Water. Must keep drinking my water. Helps me stay refreshed and not feeling bloated.

5. Food. I need to eat protein at every meal or snack and I need to make sure I eat more often. The longer I go between meals and/or if I skip protein, sets me up for bingeing later on. Steady food and protein is better for me!

6. Support. I have to keep up my posts and blogging with my team. I really love them, and find I am more successful when I keep up with them.

7. Limit computer time. I use my computer to do a lot of time wasting things. I watch TV, read emails, play games, etc. Time I could use for other purposes. The more I sit in front of the computer, the less I want to do. SO....pull the plug. I will try to use my computer only for sparking, recipes and 30 mins of social stuff a day.

To help myself track....Here are some pics for the start of BLC21:


The differences may be hard to see, between these pics and the originals I took for BLC 20, but the differences ARE there...I'm good with that.

I am still thinking on my rewards. I don't know what each will be. That will have to come in another blog. For now, my plan makes me happy. And happy me = successful me. I can definitely live with that! emoticon

  
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A1KAYOS 1/23/2013 1:34PM

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MAGGIEVAN 1/20/2013 11:07PM

    What a great start when you are confident at what you can achieve. Just do it now! All the best for 2013.

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CRIMSONCOCONUT 1/20/2013 7:26PM

  Terrific! Thanks for sharing this. I'm trying to figure out why I can't figure out where the BLC is now!! I was really looking forward to doing it, but I seem to have lost where it's at. Your blog is great!

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2LABS2LOVE 1/20/2013 4:43PM

    emoticon wonderful goals!

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INSPIRATIONAL3 1/20/2013 3:11PM

    WELL SPARK SISTER YOU LOOK LIKE YOUR HEADING STRAIGHT FOR SUCCESS SINCE YOU ARE PUTTING THE WORK AND EFFORT NEEDED TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE AND HEALTH FOR THE BETTER. I APPLAUD YOU AS I AM THINKING AND DOING SIMILAR I KNOW ALL THE WORK IT TAKES.

HERE IS TO US BEING THE BEST WE CAN BE IN 2013

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20lbs GONE! The Plateau has been beaten!!!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

OMG! Never thought it would happen. I broke through the plateau!

I have been fluctuating between 18lbs and 18.6 lbs lost for the last several weeks. This stupid plateau was starting to haunt me. I was so frustrated that I almost fell off my plan! I actually had to convince myself (just yesterday), that cheating wouldn't solve anything and that it wouldn't make me feel better. So despite my self-grumbling, I stuck with it....I walked, and did my videos, and ate properly.

Then, this morning, I got on the scale and the angels were singing!!! emoticon I finally went down!!! I am now at 20.3lbs lost. Ya Baby!

So, the journey continues.....And the next time I hit a roadblock, I will remember this moment! emoticon

  
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A1KAYOS 1/16/2013 1:25PM

    YEAH CHELLE!!!! You are such an inspiration, Im so happy that you are a Starlet again!

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SONGBIRDPAULA 1/16/2013 7:45AM

    emoticon emoticon Howdy! from the DFW area of Texas!

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You have just added another success to your "journey to the new you!"

I wish for you as many successes as you can stand in one day! emoticon

Have a blessed day and wonderful journey to the new you!

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ADZY86 1/16/2013 7:39AM

    emoticon You are testament to the fact that we all just have to emoticon through the tough times. I've not achieved it yet; the past few times I've lost weight I hit a plateau and then I end up thinking 'what's the point in all this?!' I am DETERMINED not to do that again. Thank you for the reminder emoticon

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KALI511 1/16/2013 6:43AM

    How awesome is that????? Congrats on all your hard work to make it through and beat that plateau's bum.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 1/16/2013 12:04AM

    Hooray!!! Way to keep pushing until you broke that plateau like a twig! :) GREAT job....you must be feeling awesome, as you should be!


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SUSIEGKORN 1/15/2013 8:28PM

    So happy for you! Glad you kept going even though it had to be frustrating. Your commitment has paid off! Commit and carry through ~ that's my motto! Happy healthy rest of the week to you!
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KIEFERSCOUSIN 1/15/2013 8:01PM

    Awesome! I knew you could do it! emoticon

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JULESJET 1/15/2013 7:24PM

    Yay!
Congratulations!

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MYOWNHERO 1/15/2013 7:12PM

    Woo hooo!

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GOPINTOS 1/15/2013 7:11PM

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 1/15/2013 7:07PM

    A BIG emoticon to you. That is so fantastic. Have a great rest of the week and keep up the good work.
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WATERDIAMONDS 1/15/2013 7:05PM

    GREAT job of thinking it through before you made a choice you'd likely regret.

Congratulations.
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MSBUTTAFLY 1/15/2013 6:48PM

    Congratulations! Keep up the great work. emoticon

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KATRINAKRAUT 1/15/2013 6:48PM

    That has got to feel good. You pushed through it. Way to go!

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CECISMOMMY09 1/15/2013 6:42PM

    CONGRATS!

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Currently at pre-vacation weight! Who knew?!!

Monday, January 07, 2013

Yeah!!! I got on the scale both yesterday and today...It's official. I am the same weight I was before my 3 week Christmas vacation!!! I am actually 0.6lbs less. Woohoo!!!

I was was really good the first 2 weeks. I ate really well because I couldn't exercise much given the weather. I drank my water. I was well behaved. Well, then the 3rd week rolled around....Let's just say I lost my mind! I ate more crap than should be humanly possible!!! I was terrified of what the scale would say. Apparently it wasn't as bad as I had imagined.

Who knew!???! emoticon

  
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KBRADFORD88 1/7/2013 9:45PM

    awesome girl...I think us just weighing in makes a huge difference. Way to go

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BLC20 12 week Reflection...

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Wow! 12 weeks goes by in a flash! I remember back to the first week when I was taking 'before' pics. At the time I was super frustrated from pulling a muscle in my back. I was thinking that life isn't fair...I mean, here I was trying to start out on good path, and the fates throw in a pulled muscle which really restricted my ability to move. emoticon Funny how you can look back on something that seemed so important then, but is really just a tiny bump in the road. emoticon

All in all, I had good weeks, and I had some bad weeks. Sometimes I was chatty Kathy on my team page, and sometimes I was really quiet (or even absent). Sometimes I gave my all during fitness minutes, and other times not so much... emoticon So through this journey and 12.8lb loss, I ask myself what did I learn?

I learned:

1) Going to bed early and getting a full nights sleep is super important. Sleep makes my body happy and helps it recuperate much quicker. Also makes me a less grumpy human being. Who knew!?!

2) Planning ahead is key. Whether it is planning my meals for the week, or planning how and when I am going to get my fitness minutes in, planning is essential to my survival!!! I cannot leave things that are this important, to chance. emoticon

3) The buddy system really works. I would not have had the success I did this round, if not for the kind support (and sometimes tough love) of my team! I love you Scarlet Starlets!!! emoticon

4) I am stronger and more capable than I think. There were many a moment (more so at the beginning) where I felt that I couldn't continue....'I couldn't finish my workout cuz it's too hard....I couldn't survive the week without diet soda....I couldn't run because my ankle isn't strong enough'....Etc. etc. etc. All those times I heard that negative voice, I had to make a decision - give up on myself or push through. Each time, I chose to push through....And you know what?! I could finish that workout....I did give up diet soda....I did increase the speed & distance of my wogs. emoticon...I can do it! I am a strong and capable woman!!!!! emoticon emoticon

5) It's ok to be a little selfish. In order to be successful these past weeks, I have had to make a commitment to myself. I had to take a stand and worry about me first. And while that was a little harder at the beginning, it has truly paid off.

6) I'm worth it! I am worth the time and energy I have devoted to this journey (and will continue to do so). When people bring you negativity, just ignore it. You are worth it. When people pull a face or make comments...Take pride in the fact that you are doing something nay-sayers don't understand....And that's ok. Cuz I'm worth it!

  
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DANILYNNG 12/6/2012 12:47AM

    Great job on the weight loss, and here's to your continued success emoticon

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KATRINAKRAUT 12/5/2012 7:35PM

    12.8 pounds is fabulous! And you discovered that it does not have to be all or nothing. like you said, there were some curbs in the road but you still progressed. Way to go!

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BLC20 6 Week Update

Monday, October 22, 2012

Time sure flies when you are having fun! I cannot believe that week 6 is here already. It seems like it was just yesterday when we found out our teams. Wow.

I have to say, on the whole, I am happy with my progress. So far, 8lbs lost. emoticon Not too shabby. I'm drinking my water emoticon , getting enough sleep (crucial for me) emoticon , and I'm still planning (and sticking to) my meals. emoticon

The biggest downfall...or let's call it, 'Area of opportunity' is with my exercise. I like exercise, and I don't mind getting out there for a walk, wog, hike or whatever....But when I signed up for this challenge I was hoping to kick my workouts into high gear. There are a bunch of things I wanted to do - boot camp, spinning, kickboxing, etc...You get the idea. Unfortunately, dealing with messed up muscles in my back/leg...Has not let me exercise as much as I would like. I know. I know. I should be happy that I am able to get out at all...And I am....It's just a little disappointing that 6 weeks in, I am still dealing with this issue (although much improved).

So for the last 6 weeks, I'm going to stick to the plan I set out for myself at the beginning, but try not to beat myself up about the exercise. I will do what I can, and not get discouraged. As my team leader Andrea keeps telling me, go slow & careful, so that I don't make it worse. I will do my best!

  
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