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BLC 25 - Azure Island Goal-Setting

Saturday, May 03, 2014

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!
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  • 68ANNE
    You can do it!
    1413 days ago
    I'm so glad that you are back on Azure! Sadly, I decided I needed to switch things up myself and really push myself, so I'm now on CAMO (what better team to encourage you to really push yourself?) but I'll miss seeing you on Azure. But I've promised to come by for visits!

    I can say that the best thing I did for myself the last year and a half or so was my spark teams. I was soooo insanely busy that my teams, especially Azure, was the only thing that kept my healthy lifestyle on the table. So I hope that your teams do that for you as well.

    I have always hated snooze (downside of being both a light sleeper and it taking me forever to fall back asleep--I'd rather sleep as long as I can and then get up when the alarm goes off) so I don't have a ton of advice, but I think if you get more sleep it will be easier to wake up when your alarm goes off the first time. And I've heard that moving the alarm clock out of range so you have to get up to turn it off helps.

    1416 days ago
    You know, Michelle - maybe you'll have to keep switching up your goals this round just to shake your body up and get it back into a "losing" point. In terms of the snooze alarm - I used to put the alarm clock right outside my bedroom door, so I'd literally have to get out of bed to turn it off! ;-) Also, in terms of your focus - maybe now you want to be healthy to help YOURSELF in your YOUNG age! emoticon
    1416 days ago
    Plateau vs. stuck...a conundrum...! Been there, done that...! Hoping to reach my goal, but have to admit to being fairly stuck 10 pounds over my goal. Not quite pushing the envelope enough on food to nail that goal just yet.

    I'll reach it yet! :-)

    1417 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    You have some great goals and motivations. You CAN do everything on your list. Have fun with it. As for the snooze button. I don't have any great ideas. One thing we've done is our bedroom clock (and only the bedroom clock) is set about 10 - 15 minutes fast. So I can relax for a few minutes after the alarm first goes off and then get up and moving right on time.

    Have fun!
    1417 days ago
    Hopefully getting more sleep will allow you to reach for the snooze button less. I have trouble not hitting the snooze button myself. You have good goals and and they are doable. emoticon emoticon
    1417 days ago
    Very reasonable and sound goals.

    About the snooze button, you might try moving your alarm clock across the room so yu have to get up to turn it off.
    1418 days ago
    You can do this. You have a great list that shows your determination and commitment. You will honor and glorify God by working with Him on making your temple more fit for worship. Hug, hug -- Evelyn
    1418 days ago
    emoticon Here's to our slimming down for summer time! emoticon emoticon
    Great Goals, Michelle! You sound ready to blaze a trail....:::I know I'm on a roll too.
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    1418 days ago
    Just my very personal opinion, but you'd be better off with more sleep, even if that means cutting back on some of the other goals. The snooze button problem is telling you that your body needs more sleep.You should listen.
    1418 days ago
  • CIPHER1971
    Great focused goals. We will rock this round

    Have a great day
    1418 days ago
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