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Monday, November 05, 2012

Being the "numbers" person on our team has made me much more aware of who is participating and who isn't. This has actually been really difficult for me and is one of the reasons that I was considering not signing back up for co-capt for next round.

I do realize that sometimes it is really difficult. As others have often interferes with our plans. However, for me, what I am trying to do is make changes in the way I live and treat my body. Those changes are lifestyle changes and they are forever. I am not on a diet and trying to exercise so that I will lose weight, I am working on changing my lifestyle and eating habits to become healthier and hopefully give myself the chance to live longer and do more as I age. Because of these reasons, participating in challenges and helping my team has become an added benefit. I move my body every day. When I can I do more, when I can't I still do some. Don�t have time to get to the gym before, during or after work? Does that mean that there isn't 30 minutes that you can take out of your day to do SOMETHING for you and your body? Rushing here and rushing there, some have incredibly busy lives but really, we NEED to carve out a few minutes for ourselves every day. I completely understand, if you are sick, sick, sick, then you might miss a challenge, you might not be able to participate in moving your body. But all of the other reasons are they really valid? Can we really explain to our bodies why we are not paying better attention to them?

Since this challenge started my life has not been easy. I have gone for quick walks around hospitals, counter top pushups in hospital washrooms, lunges beside hospital beds, wall push ups in door ways of buildings (when no one was looking) crunches while seated on a chair and hand weights while sitting and watching TV when I did get some down time. I am not saying this because I am trying to pat myself on the back (although I am very proud of what I have learned and how far I have come) but rather to show that WE CAN move our bodies in terrible or busy situations, perhaps not as well as we should, but still move them, if we make the decision to do it. AND in the process we can also support our team, the one that we joined that let us know from the beginning that participation was an expectation....not perfection....just participation.
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    Squirming burns a few calories. emoticon
    1959 days ago
    AND I HAVE LOVED PAM's idea from the git go - but we do have some that SQUIRM!!
    1959 days ago
    Karen, I see you have a whole new appreciation for why Jan can get a little cranky. LOL

    I know we are supposed to be charitable and say things like "everyone is in a different place with this lifestyle change," but it has such a negative impact on the whole team when there are a number of slackards.

    On the Outlaw team, we post everyone's scores to the chat thread after each weekend challenge, LCW and TNT - sorted by point total, complete with zeros. That way we celebrate the great scores and have a bit of in your face accountability for those who don't bother.

    Hope you decided to stick around as a co-cappy.
    1960 days ago
    Karen I totally agree with everything you have said. Please don't let the ones who have let the team down with their participation stop you from co-captaining the team. Jan and the rest of us need you. Awesome job in the ways you have learned to keep your body moving through some extremely difficult times.

    1960 days ago
    Well said, Karen. If you, who has had so many issues personally, can still participate then I think everyone on our team should participate. I just don't understand why someone would join a challenge and then not participate and if they aren't going to participate then they should at least let the Captains know and withdraw so that our numbers are better.

    1960 days ago
    emoticon Blog karen...very motivating to read that you did wall push ups...crunches etc...while spending time at the hospital... emoticon
    1960 days ago
    Well said.
    I couldn't agree more. emoticon
    Thank you.
    1960 days ago
    Very well said. I may not be captaining or co-captaining, on the same team, or even looking at numbers as you are, but I try to approach every challenge from the perspective of what CAN I do rather than why I CAN'T do something. (Even if I don't get as many points in a challenge, everything I do trying for those points has a positive benefit. My body gives me points.)
    1960 days ago
    This is why I love you and why we need you as co in our team!
    1960 days ago
  • LADYJ6942
    I couldn't agree more. You have done an awesome job keeping up despite the challenges in your own life, in encouraging and support those of us the team as well. Your creativity for fitting in your fitness is an example of what can/should be done vs the other way around. Those of us on this journey should be thankful that our bodies haven't failed us despite the abuse we've put it through. Now is the time to turn it around and treat it like the temple it is. Us it and push yourself to achieve all you've dreamed of because only you can do it.

    Thank you for all you do for the team and I hope you'll continue as a co-leader because you have provided a great example of what any and all of us can do.
    1960 days ago
    Totally agree with you. This is a challenge. You joined a challenge. I never understand how some people can't add up even a few points for participation. You are letting your team down and also letting yourself down. What I like about BLC is there is always something you can do in each challenge to earn points no matter what your fitness level.

    Hope you decide to come back as co captain, you are more aware of the issue and might be able to bring it up with your team. It is frustrating but this might be a push some people need.
    1960 days ago
    Participation NOT perfection. Each challenge is designed in such a way that as a former Cappie I can say unequivocally that everyone can find SOMETHING to earn points for themselves and the team each and every time. It IS hard; that's why it is called a challenge! emoticon emoticon
    1960 days ago
    I absolutely agree, Karen. Very well said! Everyone who has joined the team can do something for the challenges, even if the exercise is seated in a chair following a Coach Nicole video.

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    1960 days ago
    You said it so well HAVE had more than your share and yet you still find time ......... some for you...........some for your family...........some for the team. I don't get the participation issue either............and my pom poms are starting to wilt just a bit.

    I do hope you come back as are doing a wonderful job............

    .........and you are a wonderful friend.

    Thanks from *all* of the Warriors!!!
    1960 days ago
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