I just wanted to post a quick blog that the registration for BLC 23 is NOW OPEN.
If you have been thinking about joining, or have been looking for something to challenge you or to help you keep your weight loss and healthy lifestyle goals in focus, NOW is the time. Apply right away--space is limited and it's first come, first serve. BLC 23 starts Sept. 25 and runs until Dec. 18.
The BLC is a team weight loss challenge inspired by the tv show the Biggest Loser. The idea is that individuals are placed on teams who then compete against each other over the course of 12 weeks. This is a long challenge--it's an investment in YOURSELF. But while it is a weight loss challenge, it's about sensible, healthy weight loss (you are encouraged to set realistic goals based on YOUR body and where you are in your weight loss journey... there is even a team for people who have reached their goal weight and wish to maintain it).
All members of all teams are asked a basic level of commitment--you are to weigh in every week (on Wed., before midnight), you are expected to participate in the challenges to the best of your ability, and you are expected to post in the team chat thread at least three times a week... more is better, daily is best. The more you are invested in the challenge and in your team, the more you will get out of it in the long run.
There are a lot of different teams, with a lot of different philosophies and focus. Want a team that is really hard core and driven and highly competitive? There's a team for that. Want a team that focuses more on nutrition and balancing the rest of your life with your healthy habits? There are teams for that. Need a team that will support and encourage you? All the teams are there to encourage and support their members, but there are teams who prioritize this. Need a team that is flexible? Yup, there's that, too. If you are not sure what you want or need from your team, the BLC admin can help with that, too. They are VERY GOOD at what they do, and one of those things is fitting the person to the team. And if you get on a team and find out that team just isn't going to work for you, they will work with you to find a team where you can thrive.
There are a lot of mini-challenges over the course of the 12 weeks; all teams participate in challenges at one point or another, though each team has a different focus/goal/orientation. For example, depending on your team, you might have a last chance workout challenge on the Tuesday before weighing in (the more fitness minutes the better); you may have a weekly strength training challenge on Thursday. You will have a number of weekend challenges (Friday-Monday) which will ask you to push yourself in a number of ways--to exercise, to try new foods, eat more fruits and veggies, or to drink your water, or to be involved with the BLC community such as posting blogs or commenting on spark pages. Some of the challenges focus on some TLC--we all need a break sometimes, so we may be asked to do something for ourselves (like read a book for 15 minutes) or to get at least 7 or 8 hours of sleep a night for the challenge. Many of these challenges are HARD--they are supposed to challenge you after all! But you don't have to get perfect scores--I almost never do! What we DO expect from our team members is that you push yourself (to the degree that is safe and doable for you) and that you participate to the best of your ability. And sometimes, you'll surprise yourself at what you are capable of if you try... I know I have!
Some members of the teams struggle with weight loss--I am one of those. I have a very hard time losing weight and almost didn't join my first BLC because of that. Some participants struggle with health problems or injuries--I'm in that category, too. There are still a lot of exercises I can't do because of my hip. That's OKAY. Ultimately, the BLC is a journey for YOURSELF, with the support and encouragement--and the occasional kick in the backside when needed--from your team. And if you can't do an exercise challenge as written because of a health issue--contact your team captain and come up with something you CAN do.
The BLC is one of the best things I've ever done for myself (thank you, 4_1HealthyCyndi, for talking me into joining!). It isn't easy, and as many of you know the last couple of years have been particularly stressful in my real-life, and the BLC has been an important touchstone in my life--keeping my goals focused and giving me support and inspiration when I needed it.