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BLC 23, What Have I Learned?

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

When I registered for BLC24, and asked to remain with Azure Destinations, I started to think about what the BLC meant and had done for me, and what I had learned since I first started on BLC22.

I started the BLC with Azure, and have stayed an Azurite. After initial concerns whether I could cope with it, I settled in, and found a strong caring team that fitted me like a glove. I wouldnít want to leave them. This round, being my second, having got my feet under the table, I have learned a lot.

I NEED the scale! One of my concerns when I started was with the weekly weigh in, as I know that I am an obsessive person, who can become fixated on the numbers, which then take on an importance they donít really have. For years I have been saying to anyone who will listen, that itís not all about the numbers, itís about how I feel in my skin, how my clothes fit etc, and thatís all very true, BUT, and itís a big but, my easy going, laid back personality that can ignore what is going on in the mirror, and is an expert at not seeing what is obvious to everyone else, who can chuck the scales under the bed and not use them for months, well, that all contributed to me becoming the 220+lbs person that I was when I originally joined Spark.

I have learned that I need that weekly weigh in, but not to take it too seriously, lots of things can upset that number. Itís merely a tool.

I NEED the structure. Although I have exercised for the last couple of years, it has been sporadic. I will seize upon any excuse not to do it, and I donít push myself. Although Azure doesn't have the same challenges as the other teams, (we do however always have others), when weíre traveling, we take on their challenges. I love the TNTís, the weekend challenges, and the LCWís. It hauls me out of bed and gets me to the gym. It gets me in the pool after, it sends me off to karate, when I really would rather not, just to gain extra points for my team!

I needed to be more flexible in my attitudes. I started out in round 22, thinking ĎIím not doing thisí and ĎI canít do thatí and have gradually found myself doing all sorts of things. participation not perfection, is the phrase, and itís meant wholeheartedly. If you are physically not capable of doing something, you can modify it until you can at least try.

I love meeting the other teams and visiting them. I meet lots of different personalities, and make friends and see how they do things. it is fascinating, and I can do anything if itís just for the week! (except I draw the line at jogging!)

I NEED CI/CO. Azure is a team that doesnít use this, and as I love Azure as it is, and would be sad if it changed, I am very glad of it, but I had never even heard of it before recently visiting the Outlaws. I have always resisted calorie counting, not only does it take a lot of time, but it doesnít work for me, because Iím set an unrealistically high calorie limit which I then eat Ďupí to. Then I gain weight!. CI/CO though worked! It was a revelation, my BMR was calculated much closer to what I calculate it to be, and if I Ďsavedí 3,500 calories over a week, guess what, I lost a pound! Simple as that! and as I can calculate over a weekly, rather than a daily target, I get less Ďtaken overí by it too. It's just another tool.

I would never have found or tried that if not for the BLC, and independently, will keep on using it.

I NEED Azure! My journey through SP has been littered with teams joined, briefly flirted with, and discarded. This one is different. if I only had one team on SP, and in actuality, I only visit this one, it will be Azure. A no apology, no blame, no criticism zone. I have learned to be honest. Because nobody criticises me, I no longer need to be defensive, whatever I have done or not done, someone else on the team has been there before. I can be proud of my successes, and simply acknowledge my failures. We are a close knit team, without exception.

Itís always interesting, I have never been bored by it. My team chat thread, and the thread of the team I am visiting, are the first things I check in the morning and the last I look at at night.

So, at the end of BLC24, I will sign up with Azure again for round 25Ö.and 26Ö..27...... ad infinitum as far as I can see at the moment.

Perhaps I will meet you there on one of the teams.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ZELLAZM 12/24/2013 5:02AM

    It's been fun getting to know you on Azure!

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ZANNACHAN 12/23/2013 11:26PM

    Well said! And many of your discoveries are things I've learned about myself as well (such as the need for flexibility and benefiting from having structured challenges etc.) so I found myself nodding my head a lot as I read this.

And you are definitely right about the part where there's probably nothing that any of us have done or experienced that someone else hasn't! But the upside, not only does that help me from feeling defensive (which is different from motivated to do something about it, LOL) but also inspired--because if they didn't give up and if they can continue losing weight and getting healthier, thinner, and stronger, so can I!

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ALIHIKES 12/21/2013 5:44PM

    Great blog about the importance of a team (and support) for success in achieving goals emoticon

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BOPPY_ 12/13/2013 7:36PM

    Different strokes for different folks.

I've never found the challenges of interest to me, but I can see that they are quite useful to many.

If it works for you and it advances your program, health and well being, I cheer you on!

Lee emoticon

PS BTW, I had to google BLC to have a clue what you were talking about. emoticon

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LIVE_AMAZINGLY 12/12/2013 10:14PM

    Iím glad you found a team where you arenít criticized, and are supported. I have in the past joined teams where I thought I would find that, but instead found people being critical or snippy, or worse. Sometimes the Ďpowerí (?) of being Ďteam leaderí goes to some peopleís heads, and instead of being supportive they end up demanding that you do things exactly as that team suggests, instead of taking what works for you and modifying. And so, though there were teams I really would have liked to be a part of I left when those things happened. And have pretty much avoided participation with any team since the first several that happened at. Your example shows plainly that those positive teams are out there and that I should reconsider my stance of Ďno real participationí in threads.

I am really happy for you that you have found such wonderful support as you have.

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PINKYYSUEE 12/12/2013 2:00PM

    I have loved getting to know you on Azure..I loved hearing about your trip and I love hearing about how many steps you got in a day...

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PCOH051610 12/12/2013 7:44AM

    Awesome way of putting it all!

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FEISTYOWL 12/11/2013 10:59AM

    Evelyn, I have so enjoyed getting to know you with BLC. You have been a great inspiration to me, and I find my thoughts often are similar to yours! I, too, enjoyed and learned the CICO model, which I hadn't heard of before either. So, cheers to you and all your wisdom learned and shared!!

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WATERDIAMONDS 12/11/2013 7:50AM

    What a well-thought-out tribute to the concept of the BLC teams. And what wonderful insight into yourself.

Good for you and best of success in the next round!

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JUNEAU2010 12/10/2013 10:56PM

    Happy for and proud of you and just a wee bit jealous!


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LETHA_ 12/10/2013 9:54PM

    Sounds like you found the perfect spot. Most excellent!!

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MARYJEANSL 12/10/2013 8:27PM

  It sounds like you are well on your way.

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HMJ5053 12/10/2013 5:20PM

    Enjoyed your post. BLC was the first (and only) group in which I participated on SP. So glad that I did. Just like you, I've tried and learned new things that have been very helpful. Completing the various aspects of my team's challenge has kept me on track far more than I would have been without participation in the challenge. I too found a wonderful team and have signed up for BLC 24 because I know for sure, it is something that I need to be successful in reaching my goal.

Wishing you a great finish to BLC 23 and on to BLC 24 in January!
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SEAJESS 12/10/2013 4:17PM

    emoticon blog, Evelyn! I have loved getting to know you on Azure and am grateful it was a great fit for you so you stuck around for a second round! You've been a bright, funny, encouraging and interesting addition to my Spark life. emoticon
emoticon Loved what you said about needing the scale and needing not to take it too seriously!
emoticon I also love that BLC23 had a variety of teams so that others also have a chance to find their perfect fit. (Another great aspect of Azure - getting to travel to meet those teams. I've thoroughly enjoyed every team Hula Cabana visited this round.)
emoticon I appreciated Azure's flexibility so that it could accommodate individual differences. I'm a big believer in "best effort" and Azure supported that almost 100%. Even the MOJO Challenge, which I hated, was good though because it made me get in touch with what I valued and what worked for me.
emoticon also for the perfect timing of this blog. Just in time for WI Wednesday!

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FITNHEALTHYKAL 12/10/2013 3:45PM

    :::sniff::: This is just such a wonderful description of who we are and what we're about and I can't imagine Azure without YOU! emoticon Ohana is family and Azure IS that.

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FUNGIRL81005 12/10/2013 3:36PM

    You are a perfect fit for Azure.... emoticon emoticon

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 12/10/2013 3:32PM

    So great to hear from you again :)

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AKELAZ 12/10/2013 3:03PM

    Great blog, Evelyn. BLC and Azure sound great. I've given up joining teams because I am never consistent and end up feeling I'm letting people down. I need to investigate BLC and probably give it a go.
If nothing else transpires I'm grateful for the inspiration - for which I thank you.

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WATERONE 12/10/2013 12:55PM

    Great insight into what is working for you and why. Glad you found the team that fits you best.

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CIPHER1971 12/10/2013 12:43PM

    Brilliant you found such a great fit for you

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GARDENQE2 12/10/2013 12:12PM

    Glad you're doing so well!

We sort of miss you on the Fast Diet threads!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 12/10/2013 11:53AM

    I love what you have learned through your journey with BLC & Azure. You are awesome! Congrats on finding tools that work for you and the ability to utilize them as such without letting them take over your life.
May you continue to have fun for a very long time!

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SUSANELAINE1956 12/10/2013 11:33AM

    emoticon I thoroughly enjoyed reading this blog, just as I have thoroughly enjoyed reading all of your posts. I love your honesty and humor, and am so glad I got to meet you through Azure. emoticon

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CHOCOHOLIC2276 12/10/2013 11:10AM

    What a great blog!! I am so happy to have found BLC also!

AGREED the scale is only a tool. I weigh in every day, no it does not define whether my day is good or bad based on the # I see. It's merely there.

You are a force my friend and I'm sure Azure sees how lucky it is to have you also. Huge emoticon

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BELLSES 12/10/2013 10:49AM

    And we're so glad you're on Azure with all of us!

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DR1939 12/10/2013 10:44AM

    Glad you found the right place for you.

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TEKRU1 12/10/2013 9:55AM

    emoticon You ARE a perfect fit for Azure - we're lucky to have you!

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MYTHMYTH 12/10/2013 9:17AM

    emoticon Glad that you found such a supportive team!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/10/2013 8:53AM

    I'm glad you found a team that works so well for you!

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AVAMARIE62 12/10/2013 8:49AM

    Evelyn well put!
I know what you mean about the scale. I would really like to wean myself away from it. I am trying hard to focus on healthy eating and physical fitness and let the numbers and pounds take care of themselves!
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LADYOLIVER 12/10/2013 8:36AM

    Evelyn this is great. I have been on the same page of viewing what I learned from BLC, just had not blogged it yet. emoticon

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