On my quest to find the 5% Challenge teams (which are not yet available for fall I think), I found the Biggest Loser Challenge team. I signed up on the waiting list and, last minute, was added to the Sapphire Beauties team.
Which is pretty cool!
First off, for those wondering why I felt the need to join a weight-loss challenge team despite being "in the home-stretch": that is exactly why I wanted to join a challenge team. The closer you get to your goal, the harder it is to lose weight. I was losing weight left and right at the beginning and it felt wonderful. This past month (and a bit) have been a struggle for me. My motivation has been wavering and, while I've not been slacking in food and only slacking a little in exercise, I've been finding it harder to keep tracking, to keep exercising.
So I needed a challenge--easy solution.
I'm not entirely sure about any major differences between BL and 5%. I suspect that they are largely similar fundamentally: they both bring you in on a focused team where, as a team, you have individual challenges to complete while motivating each other on the healthy-living journey.
One of such challenges for the first week (which ends at noon tomorrow, but I only got added today, so I'm catching up!) was to find five things about yourself that might be holding you back.
I am going to share the first one of those things with you all, the first thing that popped into my head when I read the challenge.
1.) My aggressive competitive nature: I feel that if I work harder, try harder to eat less, and hurt by the end of the day then I will make it. Logically, I know that this is not true. Biology is not a game, and I need to be more careful about my body. I need to listen to when I am hungry vs full, and when I am tired.
I don't know how I got this idea in my head. Maybe from countless of sayings such as "no pain, no gain." I feel that if you want something, you have to work hard for it. No, harder. HARDER.
That's my problem. Sure, we have to work hard, and maybe harder, but not past breaking point. I have to tell myself that even if I have TIME to keep going, I should stop exercising for a bit and rest. I should stop for the day so I can keep going tomorrow. I did a new class today, a stepping class, then did ST with the class afterwards, and I was considering on going running after that because the day is beautiful. Plus, I have time before I have to pick up the kids.
Yes, today is beautiful, but tomorrow will be as well. I can run tomorrow. I know I haven't had time to run recently, but tomorrow I can go running outside in the beautiful weather. I have the time, and it will feel great. I should really rest today after 95 minutes of exercise.
But there is that part of me that feels guilty to NOT go running, or take more classes, or do a video, or something after I finish my lunch. I have time, so I should spend it working out, right? Wrong. Logically I know that overexercising can be worse than under exercising.
I also need to figure out how much I need to eat not by tracking, but by how hungry I am. If I am hungry, I should eat. If I am not hungry, I should not eat just to get to 1500 calories. If I am full at 1400, good. If I am hungry at 1500, then I should have some fruit (I keep grapes, tomatoes, apples, and bananas--these are are suitable!). I suspect that NOT being in tune with my body is hurting me the most in my weight loss--I need to listen to what my body needs and deliver. That should probably do the trick, and get me into the 140s.
Well, that sounds logical enough, right?
So there it is--my major goal for Biggest Loser: Become more in tune with my body. Listen to my body's needs and deliver. Exercise enough to be healthy, but not too much to sustain injury. Don't over or under eat--try to remain content.
That shouldn't be too hard... right?