BLC-21 Wk 10 - Fourth Quarter Check Up
Friday, March 22, 2013
♥ (Happy 10-Year Anniversary to me & my dh!!) ♥
As we work our way thru week 10 of 12 of BLC-21, we’ve been asked to take a look at our what we’ve been up to for this w’end’s challenge:
• R: re-evaluate your plan and post what has or has not worked for you during BLC21 (100 pts-one time)
• G: goal Setting (Going forward for these last 2 weeks what goal do you need to meet in order to succeed? 100 pts one time)
I’m hoping I can kill 200 pts w/ one blog post…
For 7 of the past 9 weeks, what’s worked has been my motivation & drive. I’ve wanted to do this, and I have had fun doing it. I started going to Jazzercise when my babysitting schedule lets me, and have been really enjoying it! Plus, I’ve been keeping up w/ my noontime walks up & down the hills near work. The social aspect of both have been very motivating!
What really, really helped was the “Skinny Jeans Challenge” I was participating in w/ Go Fit Gals, a local website ( www.gofitgals.com
) that promotes “Eat Clean, Train Dirty.” Well, I don’t really see myself going down the “clean eating” path, but it was a fun & free challenge which got us looking at healthy choices (not necessarily clean eating, but it did get me to try Greek yogurt… (um… not so much…)). I wound up doing pretty well w/ that challenge, meeting my goal to cross into “overweight” from “obese” before it ended (yay!), and I actually came in 2nd place!
What also helped has been the undying support of my husband, who really doesn’t understand why he weighs the food when he helps me make my lunches for work (especially when the apples are only a few grams different each day), but he does anyway. It is so helpful having a cheerleader at home. It means a lot.
I had every intention of going thru “Faithfully Fit” (Claire Cloninger & Laura Barr) again this round, but that got to be too much for me. I have, however, been doing Lysa TerKeurst’s Made to Crave 21-Day devos on youversion. Trouble is, I read them at night, before falling asleep, when they do the least good. When I’m done w/ them, I’m gonna start up again & integrate them into my (currently non-existent) morning devos.
For the most part, I have been able to resist temptation, using my “Not for Nancy” post-it notes at work, and just not taking that first bite. Once that first bite is taken, it’s all over, so it’s best just not to take that 1st bite at all.
WHAT HASN’T WORKED (TMI Alert)
The #1 thing that I have stumbled upon this round is emotions. I am smack-dab into peri-menopause, and these last two weeks, especially, have been a real roller coaster. I had some really crazy days last week followed by some really low days this week. Yes, I know that sounds bipolar, but I’m pretty sure it’s just hormones, especially since they have been accompanied by other peri-meno symptoms (warm flashes, fatigue), and I received proof this week that I’m not totally done w/ TOM (sorry, but I did give you a TMI alert). PMS gone wild, but combine its original meaning w/ peri-meno, & we got P2M2S (P-squared – M-squared – S), and one loony granny.
When my emos are out of control like this (either manic or sad – I hesitate to call it depressive), my apathy level for the diet & exercise thing is pretty high; my binge level was also high, and my resistance was low. I knew what I “should” do, but I didn’t care. I had these internal arguments w/ myself, which made my crazy symptoms worse. So, I just stopped for a bit. Thankfully, that seems to be behind me (for now), so back on the horse I climb…
I actually haven’t done very badly these last cpl of weeks…. I maintained the 1st week & posted a 1 lb gain this last W/I Wednesday, but I was down 1.5 lbs from there this morning. So, it looks like I’m good to go & hopefully back on track for another couple of mos until I go crazy again.
There are actually 3 more w/i’s left of the challenge (wks 10, 11, 12), not 2, like the writer of the challenge thought (12 minus 10 = 2), which is really good news, b/c even though I met my BLC goal of 10 lbs, I have a secondary goal of changing my 1st digit by the end of the round. I wanted to do it be Easter, but my body had other ideas…
So…. Final 3-week goals:
• 199 by last BLC-21 w/i (April 10)
• Start ST. This is a really funny goal b/c I’ve been saying this all round. I now have even more motivation b/c I signed up for a boot camp that starts in May, and the teacher really scares me (she’s the fitness half of the Go Fit Gals). I feel like I need to get in shape to work out w/ her!
• Resume “closing the kitchen” and stopping the after-dinner snacking. I bought a bunch of tea, and it was working, having tea in the evening instead of snacking, but I got back into the habit these last two weeks…
So… that’s my plan.
Have a great last quarter!!