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Summer Sun-sational Challenge Goals...

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The BLC Summer Challenge is officially underway. This is a 10 week challenge full of lots of fun, support and inspiration. As I read over the goals of my teammates for this challenge, there seems to be a theme of balancing lifestyle changes with living life. What an important theme this is! What kind of summer is it if you avoid BBQ's or ice cream after your sons' baseball game? It's definitely necessary to stay focused on diet, exercise and improving my health. But it's equally important to spend quality time with those I love and enjoy some of the special times and treats of the summer months. To thrive and survive, balance is crucial.

In working toward this balance, the goals I am focusing on are:
1. Consistent exercise - I do great one week, not-so-great the next week. I must set this on my schedule and stick to it no matter what. Life is always going to throw a curve and there may always be something I'd rather do. But not doing the exercise isn't working towards the ultimate goal of being healthy. I know it seems extreme but I need to do some exercise everyday. As someone who sits all day at my job, I have to move each day.

2. No chips in the house - Yes this may sound extreme too but for now, it's what has to happen. I am an emotional eater and if there are chips in this house, I will eat them. Often times I will have eaten many before I even catch myself. So instead of having the temptation here, I will create an environment that helps me to succeed.

3. Fun and active time with the boys - Each week we will try something new that involves walking, running, biking, swimming or anything active. I need to incorporate them and activities with them into my lifestyle. One, because it is precious time shared. Two, because they need to see their Mom being active. And three, because I want us to create memories now. Not when the weight is gone.

4. Water - Drinking lots of it. I've been working with my doctor to get my thyroid medicine at a dosage level that works for me. We believe we have it leveled out but it does require me to drink a lot of water for it to be effective and for me to not retain water. So it's my drink of choice all summer.

5. Me time - It's easy to get caught up with working, taking care of the family and life's responsibilities. I need to carve out some chunks of time just for me. Whether that be reading, getting my nails done or some retail therapy - the focus on ME is important. Time to refresh, recharge and refocus.

Here's to an amazing 10 weeks! GO TEAM DIAMONDS!!
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SPARKFRAN514 6/20/2013 11:20PM

    Like your goals you are not saying you can't have ice cream just not every night its once in a while treat.
the doing things with your kids before goal is a great plan
ď. i am one that uses quotes to help me along spent two hours today organizing a few and found some i forget i had thought this one fits your statement about doing things with your kids now Donít wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



ďThe healthy life: Itís not just about losing the weight; itís about losing the lifestyle and mindset that got you there.Ē

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OSTERA15 6/20/2013 7:20PM

    Great goals! Especially #5 as moms (parents) it's so easy to get caught up in taking care of everyone else that we neglect ourselves. emoticon

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BROWNCOFIDDLER 6/19/2013 11:15PM

    Sounds like a great set of goals!! You'll do real well and you'll have fun too. emoticon

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AMY-MIMI77 6/19/2013 3:36PM

    You have awesome goals

I love #3: those boys will live the "momma time". (Mine always did & still do)

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RUNNER4LIFE08 6/19/2013 11:52AM

    Steph... these are great goals and very realistic too. I know you are going to meet them and have a great summer doing it!

Keep on Dazzling my Diamond friend!!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 6/19/2013 9:43AM

    Good job! Sometimes we have to do extreme things to reach our goals! I don't keep chips in the house either and I've been in maintenance for 3 yrs. Don't miss 'em, and if DH or DD want 'em, then have to consciously go out to get them. Mean? I don't think too much.

HUGS and good luck.

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VALYNN26 6/19/2013 8:02AM

    I love your goals!! 3 & 5 are very important! I just may have to try #2 also because I have that same problem with the chips. Good luck meeting your goals. I know you're going to do fantastic. Let's ROCK this challenge Diamond girl!!

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TKOVACH1 6/19/2013 7:11AM

    I love the goals and you are right about trying to balance family time with exercise and me time. Enjoy every moment this summer!
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SASSYLJB 6/19/2013 6:47AM

    Love these goals diamond girl! With the way things sometimes work for you number 5 is very important! I so get the chip thing it is a big issue with me as well!
You got this after all you are DAZZLING!

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WORLDSERIES11 6/19/2013 2:33AM

    Well Done Stephanie!!! Great Goals!! emoticon

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NDKARIKARI 6/19/2013 1:43AM

    great goals and good luck!

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MRSVK11 6/19/2013 12:08AM

    Great goals I particularly like #3 and #5 My son is own his own now, so I have an abundance of me time, but I remember those busy time well and it is so important to connect when they are young my son always told me a lot of what was going on in his life when we were busy with other activities. Good Luck meeting your goals we are going to rock this challenge! emoticon

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