Friday, November 01, 2013
October was a blazing success. I started at 151.5 and ended at 143. This is due in NO small part to joining BLC23, the Biggest Loser Challenge. I love my team, the Steely Sapphire Soldiers!
Being on the team, participating in the weekly challenges has kept me focused on the small things that always add up to big things. It has been really working for me.
Probably the biggest difference the challenge has made to me is helping me combat the "I can indulge this once" mentality. That's always been my downfall in the past: "I can eat/drink this now and start again tomorrow." Before you know it, that one day turns into 10 days and I've wasted another month. The challenge has kept me focused on staying on track EVERY day and it's made all the difference.
In November I'll have some challenges: this Sunday we are walking a half marathon in Springfield, MO. TC wants to stop at a "famous" diner on the way home that specializes in a Volcano Burger (1/2 pound burger covered in melted cheese)! It's the type of place we'll only go to once, so how can I refuse? I have checked the online menu and if I can be STRONG I'll have a grilled chicken sandwich without the top bun and a side salad. Sounds decidedly punitive in a place that brags about 20 different specialty burgers! But I'll work hard to remember the Bigger Picture and will report what I end up eating to help keep me accountable!
Another challenge is the week before Thanksgiving; my mother and sister will be coming to visit. The food won't be a challenge since I'll be cooking and my mom is a healthy eater. But the visit may put a crimp in my usual daily fitness center visits. I don't want to be a poor hostess and leave them at home while I work out, yet neither of them is a good candidate for the classes we take. So the most exercise I can probably expect for the week is a few leisurely, short walks on our city trail.
The following week is Thanksgiving, and isn't that a challenge for all of us? Add to that the fitness center will be closed FIVE DAYS. Yikes and Yikes!
Looking at all of that, I can see that I will have to be extra vigilant in my food intake, and should expect a much smaller weight loss, if one at all. But I vow to you and to myself that I will hit my goal weight of 136 by the end of this year!