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halfway point on BLC

Sunday, July 21, 2013

What I have learned and my progress so far. We are at the 1/2 point of the 12 week challenge and so far I am happy with my progress. I have been nowhere close to perfect, but I am learning to accept that I will not and can not be. It is not realistic. When I slip and I will slip. I need to not wallow in my misery and continue on the downward spiral, but start each day fresh and do the best I can.

I have lost 5 lbs since we started the challenge, but more important is I feel better and I look better. My clothes fit better, I have more energy and I find that I really enjoy eating healthy. I have come to the conclusion that the scale is the least important part of this journey. It is way more important how I feel and what I see when I look in the mirror.

I have learned how important strength training is. By doing it I am more flexible and have more endurance during my cardio workouts.

My goals for the 2nd half of the challenge. I realize that my initial goals of loosing 10-12 lbs just wasn't realistic and has too much to do with the number on the scale. I would love to break 120 before the challenge is over, but ultimately more important to me is that I have way more days that I eat in my range than out of it. That I exercise everyday and that if I take a day off it's because I really need it, not because I just don't want to exercise.

I want to develop a weekly workout regiment that I can live with now that I am back in my getting busy time and follow once the really busy times gets here next month. I want to work on planning my meals so I have no excuse for not eating healthy. I want to continue to develop relationships with the women on this team, because you are some fantastic people and I really think you will help me keep going in the fall, where in the past I have failed.
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  • v 2BEHEALTHY2014
    You're doing great and have a good plan inp,ace!
    1044 days ago
  • v SHEENADEE
    It sounds like you are making good progress -- emoticon

    It is great to have a team that you can count on and lean on when needed. Best wishes to you for the 2nd half of BLC.

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    1044 days ago
  • v LIVEDAILY
    It sounds like you are well on the way to developing and Keeping healthy habits!!
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    Whenever you hit a tough patch or you have a rough day, remember how you are feeling right now, and it will help carry you through it!! How you feel, being more flexible, eating healthier, planning your meals, a regular exercise routine:
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    1044 days ago
  • v CHALLENGER15
    Changes that we can live with plus the friendships of women to cheer us on are very important! Well done!
    1044 days ago
  • v ELSAT137
    Awesome!! Sounds like things are going well. I love how you said that the scale is the least important part of the journey!! SO true! When we focus on a healthy lifestyle and not on "losing weight" things happen! I also like that you are going to work on planning both exercise and food. That really helps me out too! Great job! 5 lbs at the half way? Another 5 may happen!!!! Keep working hard!
    1045 days ago
  • v LILYGAL
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    1045 days ago
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