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Two Challenges and a quick fat-burning tip

Monday, September 30, 2013

I joined the Biggest Loser challenge for the first time a week ago. Because I'm a regular on the 5% Challenge I had hesitated to do this before for two reasons: I feared becoming over-committed, especially to recording (i.e. too much time sitting in front of a computer), and I thought that there might be a sameness that would lead to boredom. But I couldn't have been more wrong. The recording aspect has led me to plan how I will manage: I now keep an informal notebook where I record anything necessary so that I can enter results all at one go. And the leadership of the challenges make it so easy with templates and reminders.

As for boredom, not a chance. The types of activity for each challenge are complementary and the variety makes both more enjoyable. The great benefit of belonging to two long term teams is that although there is some time over-lap the number of weeks without a challenge to focus on is vastly reduced. I've had a tendency to lapse during breaks in the 5% Challenge but now if I'm not actively involved in a challenge, I'm reviewing one or preparing for the next!

Today is a case in point: my BLC has had me concentrating on tracking and activity; the 5% Fall Challenge in Assignment 1 asks me to organise myself for the mid-October start and to THINK about how I will go about fulfiling the requirements. Even the preparations for BLC, although similar in some aspects such as weight and measurements, were different in others and involved "before" photographs. Ugh! But I did it!

Because of the BLC I am already part way there in getting ready for the 5% Challenge: my exercise clothing, shoes, equipment are all at the ready and I have found my unused exercise DVDs to work through. The 5% Challenge page has reminded me that the treadmill I plan to bring in from the garage needs to be moved soon if I plan to use it, and I do! I have found a timer so that I can do spassing through the day. (Spassing is the term used on One For All And All For One - link below- for intense bursts of 60 seconds exercises.). Once the 5% challenge begins I will start regularly changing my page background to reflect the LTGL (Living the good life) focus for each week so that I keep my commitment to each challenge to the fore in a visual way.

And I came across this tip the other day:


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PCOH051610 10/4/2013 4:16PM

    I'm finding the BLC overwhelming but I think I will use your tip and keep track on paper first. Loved the how to burn calories emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/2/2013 6:37AM

    Loved the tip ! LOL!

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TWEETYKC00 10/1/2013 5:04AM

    Good work with everything! love the fat burning as well, lol.

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ARTJAC 10/1/2013 4:58AM


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SIMONEKP 9/30/2013 1:16PM

    I was just invited to do the 5% challenge but declined because I'm BLC, I'll be watching your progress to see how you manage both.

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MICKEYH 9/30/2013 11:23AM

    I so proud of your efforts towards your health journey. Best wishes for your BLC also fall 5 %.
I do believe the treadmill is the best investment. I ever made in entire my life. Go for it Penny!!
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SUPERGREENDIET 9/30/2013 10:30AM

  Nifty blog post. Love all the tracking and accountability that the two teams provide. That picture made me smile SO much. Hahahaha. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 9/30/2013 9:04AM

    love THAT CALORIE BURN! hugs

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RDEE22 9/30/2013 8:46AM

    I enjoyed your blog Penny. It gave me some ideas........ emoticon

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AWESOMECHELZ 9/30/2013 8:23AM

    I enjoy your blog today because you gave me ideas on how to make my exercising and recording more efficient. I am in a very challenging team called Hogwarts and there is a lot I need to keep track off and do, and last week I did poorly. Your blog has given me some really wonderful ideas. Thanks SO much AND the best to you with your wonderful goals. emoticon emoticon

P.S. I changed my user name from Ocean_mist. emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 9/30/2013 7:24AM

    Love the calorie-burning idea - it's obviously (you should pardon the pun) -

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SUSIEPH1 9/30/2013 6:55AM

    Way to go Penny .. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TORTISE110 9/30/2013 6:52AM

    You have really stepped up to the plate, and I do not mean the dinner plate! LOL Good for you for organizing your life to achieve your goals. Impressive!

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PHEBESS 9/30/2013 5:46AM

    Great tip, LOL!!!

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YMWONG22 9/30/2013 4:53AM

  emoticon tip. emoticon

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JACKIE15108 9/30/2013 4:26AM

    That's a picture of my cooking!

I'll have to look into these 2 make the sound intereting and worthy.
Good luck!

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    LOL I could eat that right now!

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MESEATURTLE 9/30/2013 3:54AM

    emoticon loved your fat burning tip!!!

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NEW-CAZ 9/30/2013 3:09AM

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