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10 Weeks From Now

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Ten weeks from now, BLC 18 will be coming to a close, and hopefully when I look back on this post, I will have accomplished a number of goals.

Maybe the biggest thing I'm hoping to gain this challenge is a feeling of having made progress in my weight loss. I'm not too concerned with a specific number, but I've spent 2.5 months hanging out in the same 4 pound range, and while I'm glad to know that I can maintain, I need to lose. I'm transitioning to low carb eating, focusing on basically eating real foods and avoiding grains (which I mostly do already, I just also eat a lot of refined sugar). I'm hopeful that this will feed my metabolism the way it wants to be fed and my weight loss will finally progress a little bit.

I also hope that I've continued to work out, and by the end of this challenge, I'd like to be able to run a solid mile without stopping. I don't think this is too unrealistic, because I'm pretty sure endurance wise, I could do this now. I also want to be able to do it without causing injury, though, so I'm going to continue to build up to it slowly. In the realm of fitness, I also hope that I've completed Hip Hop Abs, and have continued to work on the ballet technique classes I've just started taking!

For personal gain and motivation, I hope that I have continued to meditate, focusing on goals I have for my health and well-being. Meditation has become a pretty powerful tool to me these past few weeks, helping me relax and relieve stress, and also helping me focus more easily and act more deliberately. I definitely feel like it would be beneficial to keep doing this, so when I read this 10 weeks from now, I hope it's doing even greater things in my life!

My final goal is to have remained engaged and to have been a successful leader throughout this challenge. This is my first time as a leader, and I'm excited to experience things from this side. I also want to have served in this role well, and to have been helpful and encouraging to as many people as possible who are participating in the challenge.

My overarching theme this challenge is just to try. As long as I do that, I hope that when I look back in 10 weeks that I am able to celebrate myself for what I have accomplished, be kind to myself if I fall short of any goal, and be proud of the last 10 weeks!

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SHINING_ON 4/18/2013 11:26AM

    You've been a FANTASTIC leader so far! You know I completely commiserate about the weight maintenance (or stagnation, if you want to be pessimistic emoticon - I usually am). I think your attitude is great, and your plan a good one. I think that has been one of my biggest realizations: with the long-term maintenance of really GOOD habits, the weight eventually begins to come off. I seem to lose in "chunks", and this confirms this idea for me. It almost seems like I have to convince my body that I really am doing this and changing, so it better get with the program. Then, it finally does, I lose 10 lbs, and the cycle starts all over again. Baby steps, but 10 weeks from now - and especially 10 months from now - I guarantee you will see a difference. I'll be curious to find out if you lose in "chunks" too. I really do stagnate for a couple months, just plowing through with my good habits, and then suddenly lose a bunch of weight relatively quickly, anywhere from 4-10 lbs. Last BLC was a "chunk" loss. I lost 9 lbs, but didn't change ANYTHING from what I had been doing for the 3 months before. It was just like my body suddenly decided it was time to let go. I'm thrilled with the loss, but over the past 3 weeks I've stagnated again. I'll try stepping up the fitness again to try to spur it on... but like you, all I can do is try.

And trying IS enough.

You're going to be great. I can't wait to read what you write 10 weeks from now!

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ANGELAK85 4/18/2013 8:52AM

    All of your goals are realistic. I would also like to be able to run a mile without stopping. So maybe this is something we can work on together :). I wish I could go out and walk/run more but with a toddler it can be challenging. Good luck during this BLC and you will be a great leader!

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