I'm half way through my 1st BLC and one of the weekend challenge points is to reflect on the half way process. So this is it.
I enrolled in the BLC pre-challenge at 175 lbs. and began the official 12 week challenge at 170.8 lbs. At the conclusion of week 6 I weighed in, on my 29th birthday, at 157.8 lbs. That's a 12 lbs. loss in 6 weeks, leaving me with 8 lbs. left before my first goal weight.
I say first goal weight because 150 still has my BMI as overweight, which is something I would like to shed. I've also been told by quite a few people that I appear to weigh around 140, so I'd like to know what that actually looks and feels like, as well as its manageability. Enough about weight.
I've been lagging lately - and, yes, I have the tendency to get like that - and am assuming it means I need to pull in some variety. I have been repeating the same workouts and food for a while now and my body is growing accustomed while my brain is growing bored. So I have some work ahead of me to shed these last 8 lbs. by the conclusion of BLC. I also have some trepidation as my vacation creeps closer. There will not be a scale or internet or a food scale or a farmer's market around the corner or my gym for that matter and it is alarming! I know I will be fine; I make reasonable decisions; I am capable of enjoying myself while maintaining health in whatever the circumstance, I just need to be confident in that. I won't need a gym because I'll be in the Grand Canyon and moving everyday. Sure, I won't have SP, but I might try to sneak on somehow once or twice.
I got off track.
Back to BLC based reflection: I'm satisfied with my progress, but was hoping the BLC would give me something "new". I was in a rut before I entered the BLC and hoped it would bring new people and ideas into my journey, but it hasn't proved that way. I have been introduced to a few great motivators who are very supportive, but at times, it really feels like the team is comprised of 5-7 people when it should be 25. I've been really trying to bring positive and supportive vibes to the group, but often times feel a bit alone for a team. I'm not trying to be mean or condescending, just honest. I was hoping the BLC would bring me more enthusiasm on SP, but it has not. Perhaps it isn't for everyone.
I feel better after writing that.
On a positive note, I realized a terrific NSV today. I've always needed a pillow or some sort of support to lay on my back - yoga, massage, bed time - and upon watching a yoga class end in corpse pose, I realized that I have not used any type of support behind my knees to lie on my back in months! I hadn't even noticed. It was a great realization this morning as I shlept through my workout. Perhaps I'll try yoga again...
Final 6 weeks of BLC goals:
* Confidently make it through - and enjoy - vacation
* Find a positive space for me to retreat emotionally when I feel otherwise
* Enjoy my wedding anniversary without worrying about nutrition
* Vary my exercise and increase my swimming