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Goals for BLC 21 Challenge

Monday, January 14, 2013

I first want to say how excited I am to be doing another weight loss challenge! I did one last summer, but it was a complete disaster because I had a TON of family issues going on at the time, and I barely hung on by a thread with that challenge. I also went through some pretty rough months dealing with self esteem issues, emotional problems, etc. Basically, I haven't done a challenge in a while, because for the longest, I was afraid of the scale. emoticon emoticon I feel like I have overcome this fear at this point, because ultimately, it's only a number that can fluctuate significantly within a day's time. I have also feared the scale because of being stagnant in my weight loss since May. I hope to overcome this plateau through the new challenge and some lifestyle improvements. Even with all of what I have accomplished so far with my healthy lifestyle changes, I know there is always room for fine-tuning and improving! emoticon

My goals for this challenge are pretty simple:
emoticon To establish a set bed time of 10 pm so that I can get up each morning between 5:30-6 am. This will help improve my sleeping patterns and will hopefully stop my insomnia for good!
emoticon To get in at least 20 minutes of exercise 5 days a week. I will also continue to attend at least 3 swim classes a week.
emoticon Track my food each day and continue eating as clean as possible.
emoticon To lose 12 pounds.

I have to say that setting goals is not an easy thing for me to do, especially setting up a specific amount of pounds I wish to lose. Since I have been going between 215-220 since last May, I am very nervous about setting up such a definitive goal. What if what I do with my diet/exercise STILL doesn't work? I certainly don't want to be a failure! But, I have to have something to reach for, and believe in, otherwise my efforts will be null and void of purpose. I also realize the great importance of NSV's; in fact I probably appreciate them more because of my weight loss stagnancy! I plan to really focus on how I FEEL each day and how my clothes fit. Am I energetic, in a good mood, motivated? I'm very hopeful about this challenge! I have included on my page all of my favorite red things in honor of being a Scarlet Starlet! I will explain here what all of it means to my journey in this particular challenge:

This is one of the flowers I planted last spring. I tended to this particular flower with great care. It took a long time to sprout from its seedling all the way to blooming. I inted to treat my body in the same way--as a delicate flower that needs tending, nurturing, nutritive value, water, time, and patience.

This is just a close up of my pretty red purse! I just love it, and it makes me feel extra girly and pretty when I carry it!

This is my favorite dress that I own...and have NEVER worn. I lost 32 pounds 3 years ago, and was able to slide it on, but unable to zip it. Ultimately, one day I would love to wear this dress.

Pomegranate is the most wonderful fruit I have ever eaten! It's healthy, but I feel like I'm getting a real treat when I eat this stuff!

I wore this swimsuit on my honeymoon. By the end of this challenge, I think it will fit me comfortably again. I LOVE it! It's so sexy!

Candles signify to me many things. I love to watch the flame of a candle, as it reminds me of the spark we all need to start any journey. It's also a good reminder of taking time to rest and relax.

Anyway, I hope that this challenge will bring many benefits to my life, but I also know that it will require my commitment and interaction. I am ready to start the BLC 21 Challenge! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    The things you posted are so beautiful. It is so comforting when we surround ourselves with comforting things that have nothing to do with food! I so want to be like you when I grow up!
    1534 days ago
  • SWAZY33
    Great goals and LOVE all your red inspiration and the meaning behind! You CAN do this!! and of course i'll be cheering you along the way emoticon
    1534 days ago
  • KRISTY927
    great blog! i am so excited for this challenge emoticon
    1535 days ago
    Awesome goals!
    1535 days ago
    Great blog! Good luck with the challenge, and I can't wait to read about your progress along the way! emoticon
    1535 days ago
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