Friday, December 27, 2013
If anyone has been thinking about joining the BLC, now is the time to do it! Don't wait, however; this time we have a very short window for registering before the next round starts.
This will be my 9th round of the BLC, and it is one of the best things I've ever done for myself. It is a 12 week challenge, and there are a number of subteams that compete with each other. While it is a weight loss challenge you are required to weigh in weekly (on Wednesdays), these teams have a wide variety of focuses. Some teams are really competitive. Some teams are really focused on exercise, or nutrition. Some teams emphasize supporting their members. It's okay if you are like me and lose weight very slowly, or if you are like me and need to modify a lot of the challenges because you have physical limitations; just pick a team that is compatible with your needs and they will adapt. This isn't about everyone competing in P90X; this is about *you* challenging *yourself* and doing the best *you* can do.
Most teams have a series of weekly challenges... for example, many teams have a "last chance workout" (typically cardio) on Tuesdays and a strength training challenge on Thursdays. Weekends (Friday-Monday) are often challenges against other teams which can focus on exercise, nutrition, stress relief, or other aspects of living a healthy lifestyle. Team members are asked to post a minimum of 3 times a week, but the more you post and get to know your teammates, the more you will get out of the challenge. I'm a member of Azure Destinations, which is an unusual team. We emphasize support--but not just support for our own team members, but for all of Azure. We visit other team threads to spread inspiration, encouragement, and just plain fun. We don't tend to do a lot of challenges of our own, like the other teams do, but we do try to participate in whatever challenges the team we are visiting is doing.