Yes, I'm back on Azure Destinations for the Biggest Loser Challenge's 25th round! I was on the team for round 24, and then took a break because I was overwhelmed and because I would have been away for 4 weeks in the middle of the challenge period.
Actually, I’m wondering what on earth I’m doing in this round because I’m just as busy as I was before, if not more so! But I know that the mutual support of my Spark buddies and teams (shoutout to the Firecrackers and Polewalkers, too!) was a major factor in getting to my good goals in the past, so I’m counting on that this time around, too.
I’ve been STUCK at the same weight for a long time and I know that, although I still maintain a lot of my healthy habits, I need to make some changes. Let’s get real here - This is NOT a plateau, it’s me just being unwilling to take the steps!
I need to reevaluate my motivation for losing, too. For years, the idea that I needed to be healthy in order to be there for my parents in their old age was a major motivational factor for me. They are both gone now. I’m so thankful that I was healthy enough to deal with all the travel and stress of the past four years, but that has also taken a toll. And I’m still dealing with the shift in focus, looking to the Lord for guidance. I have new challenges in my work, ministry and personal life, some positive, others not so. In any case, I need my health and a thinner me to handle them.
I’m a great list maker, but I want to be realistic in setting some goals for the next 12 weeks. The time frame is really good, because another trip to the States is coming up at the end of July. That gives me at least some short-term motivation: I want to enjoy the trip fully. I so do NOT want to be carrying extra weight around Orlando and other parts south in the summer heat! I want to be able to wear my favorite capris and maybe even shop for a swimsuit, etc., etc.
Here goes with the goals: By the end of the BLC, I will have…
…gone from 70 kilos to 66. That’s a loss of around 9 pounds.
…broken the “snooze” button habit – any tips on how to do this?
…been getting more sleep, minimum 6 hours a night.
…tracked my food a minimum 6 days a week and stayed within ranges most days.
…tracked intentional exercise - minimum of 30 minutes a day.
…been to the gym at least once a week…two trips would be even better but my schedule (!)
…worked up to a 30-minute run.
…reestablished my journaling habit.
…done a minimum of 10 minutes of ST three times a week.
…been doing the stuff I need to do to stay active on my teams and support my teamies!