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BLC 22 Registration NOW OPEN!!!


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

I just received notification that the next round of the BLC (Biggest Loser Challenge) is now open for registering.

The BLC has been a huge part of my healthy lifestyle journey since I first joined two (!) years ago, for the BLC round 16. I had heard about the BLC before that, but I was hesitant because I lose weight--if at all--very, very slowly. I'm doing *really* well if I lose a half pound in a week. I also still, even 2 years later, have limits to what I can do physically and with my diet (the former because of my hip, though it's WAY better than it was 2 years ago, the later because my husband's food allergies complicates everything). So I had my doubts about whether it was for me, and I really did not want to bring my team down. But 4_1HealthyCyndi, who has a similar experience when it comes to exercise and weight loss, convinced me that this was something I could do, and I've never regretted that choice.

Because the reality is that, while the BLC *is* a weight loss challenge, it has something to offer everyone who is pursuing a healthy lifestyle. If you are a hard core exerciser, there's a team for you. If you want to focus on your diet, there's a team for you. If you are a slow loser, there's a team for you. If you are the kind of person who benefits most from having a team that you are held accountable to, there's a team for you...and if you are the kind of person who is most motivated by cheering other people on, yep, you guessed it, there's a team for you!

For me, the BLC offers to very important things to me. One, both of my teams (First the Wysteria Wolves, who sadly no longer exist, and now Azure Destinations) were ones who make it a priority to support each other. Community is really important to them. We cheer each other on through the victories, offer sympathy when we are struggling, and even tough love when we need it. Personally, I really need that--the personal connection, the people who get it when I'm struggling and who understand and cheer on my victories. The other thing that it does is that it forces me to keep the healthy lifestyle on the table. Grad school has been really brutal to me for the last 9 months or so and it's only going to get worse before it gets better. It would be very easy to let things like exercise or cooking actual meals (as opposed to grabbing food that is fast and convenient but not necessarily healthy) because of everything else I have on my plate. I don't have a deadline for my health--so it's easy to get buried under the 20 other things I *have* to do TODAY.

Thankfully for me, my BLC teams have both been flexible, and actively--and strongly--encourage participation, not necessarily perfection. So if we have a weekend challenge and I only can get 150 out of 300 points, that's okay--as long as I know that *I* did the best *I* can do. I do best with flexible challenges which means I can push myself within the limits of what my body can handle. Sometimes, if the challenge is specific, I talk to my captains about substituting another exercise for one I can't do. What matters is that I am invested, dedicated, and actively pushing myself while recognizing the limits of my body.

It's a long challenge--12 weeks--which I like because it's about long term changes, not short term fad diets and boot camp-style workouts. It's about participation--posting regularly on the team threads (minimal of 3 days a week, but the more regularly you post, the more you'll get out of it), participation in the challenges, and weighing in every Wed. whether or not the scale was kind. It's not easy, but it's definitely doable, and worthwhile.

To register, go here:

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SAPHRAEL 5/17/2013 11:46AM

    Wonderful perspective on the length of the challenge. It can be intimidating, especially when there's so many competing priorities. I'm looking forward to the next season and coming out healthier on the other side!

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MONETRUBY 5/15/2013 4:23PM

    You hit the nail on the head with this post! What I loved most about BLC was the camaraderie, the relationships and connections that were made among team members. Those friendships have gone far beyond the BLC, and continue to be a part of my life, including my friendship with you. I am so glad to took the plunge, too, when I first joined. It was a tremendous gift.

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