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Two-Week Pop Quiz for 500 Days

Monday, March 04, 2013

"Just keep going. Don't over-think it, don't make yourself crazy over-analyzing. Just do what you're doing. Just keep going."

That's what came to mind today when I began fretting that my 500-day project was trifling, that my chosen tasks were mundane and inconsequential.

By God's grace I was able to talk sense to myself. "Aren't these the crucial tasks that have been proven to result in weight loss? Is this the most important thing that you would choose to establish as a daily habit?"

The answer is yes. If I keep doing these things, today, tomorrow, and the day after that, in God's mercy I will reach my goal of a healthy weight and a strong, functional body.

I engaged for these practices for 500 days beginning February 19, 2013:
**1. I will track my food on SparkPeople. CHECK.
**2. I will stay in recommended calorie range. CHECK.
**3. I will do a minimum of 20 minutes daily exercise. CHECK. Two days I exercised for 30 minutes; every other day was at least an hour, thanks to the BLC 21 challenges!
**4. I will blog each quarter-term report card - coming March 20, 2013.

Today is Day 14, two weeks underway. I have pursued my course diligently. I have done the three homework items each day. I did feel some hunger on several different evenings when I refrained from eating more, before I exceeded my calorie allowance. But I was not biologically needing nourishment, and was able to distract myself until bedtime.

This term is the theme of Activation, and I have been reading many blogs to learn how successful Sparkers think and behave. I have also written a few blogs, trying to jump into the blog and ACTIVATE without being perfectionistic about it....just making myself flash a blog out there, however simple or silly.

I have also vigorously embraced each challenge offered by the BLC 21 team I'm competing with during a 12-week program. It is a phenomenal structure and support. Such a blessing. I am determined to score as high as I possibly can on these competitions. It is an unusually motivating framework, and I am losing pounds at a higher rate because of it. I will report my weight loss numbers at each term's completion.

I am pleased with my two week's work and I am grateful for God's help. Only 486 more days! And then to keep going with healthy habits permanently, but without carrying the excess pounds!
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    Great job! Normally I would say I would borrow that idea but I won't promise that.

    I'm committed to the 2 week phase one South Beach and that's it for now!

    Thanks for the welcome back! I missed your kind words and support!


    1810 days ago
  • SHARON2018
    You are an encouragement - this is not trivial, you are building heathy habits...step by step! emoticon
    1812 days ago
    Following your journey is such an encouragement. It provokes to good works, so emoticon for sharing that here that I might benefit.
    1812 days ago
    I can feel your determination. I read a great metaphor about worry:

    Worry and anxiety are like sand in the machinery of your life, faith is the oil.

    So be in the moment and allow yourself the joy of each success!
    (worry and anxiety rob you of joy)

    Peace and rest FL.
    1813 days ago
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    1813 days ago
    Congratulations! 14 days is a wonderful start. Your goals are simple and attainable. I love that you can recognize that you "weren't biologically needing nourishment", which is an ongoing challenge for me.

    You seem very relaxed and motivated, FL, and I believe that's the combination that makes the magic work! Love hearing from you and appreciate your comments on my blog yesterday. I agree, TV doesn't hold 100% of my attention either, so finding something else to do is a great idea.

    1813 days ago
  • DEBRA0818
    I like the structure you have built around your goals; a great support into your future!

    1813 days ago
    I'm so glad that you're a part of our team and I'm also thrilled that you find the team so motivating!
    1813 days ago
    That's it!::::....Just keep going. Through God's Grace, emoticon
    1813 days ago
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