I sometimes find just the thought of blogging a bit overwhelming. My mind whirs with fears, joys, expectations and the like. How could my fingers possibly keep up my speed of thought? What will the world have to say in judgment or is it worse if they don’t have anything to say at all? Shake it off, Ree. You’ve got a challenge to participate in and this week’s Mid Challenge Slump edition requires some reflection and goal adjustment.
Some six weeks have passed since we started on this 20th edition of the BLC. It hardly feels like we’re more than 50% done at this point. I still feel like I’m learning the ropes. Yet, when I look back, I have accomplished quite a bit so far. The goal is to maintain momentum and finish strong in six more weeks.
So far, I’ve dropped about 10lbs on this challenge, an average of 1.5lbs drop per week. My goal weight for BLC was to hit the 160s, which gives me 6-8lbs to go in the next six weeks. This progress rate puts me on target for December. And now the latest pictures (and the originals for comparison):
Somehow the pictures were a bit of a letdown. In my mind, I expected more dramatic progress - though in the grand scheme of things, ten pounds is only a third of the way to my goal. It would have been nice if I’d taken some measurements at the start. Hard numbers have always been more convincing to me than visuals. What do you guys think?
In terms of non-scale victories, I have achieved several milestones.
- Clothes are fitting much better now! Belts that barely closed before are being pulled in tighter than before.
- As of last weigh-in, my BMI has reached the “Normal” range for my height and frame size
- A nice bonus is that friends and family have begun commenting on these changes.
I attribute my success so far to a few main things
- Shifting to a cleaner, healthier diet
- Maintaining a daily yoga practice for exercise and stress management
- Adjusting my mindset about dropping weight thanks to the IOWL podcasts
Tomorrow's blog will go more in-depth into my goal progress and discuss ways to maintain momentum for the next six weeks!