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BLC 25, A Great Experience!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

So, round 25 of the BLC challenge is drawing to a close, and one of the parts of the final WEC (Week End Challenge) is to blog about our best BLC experience!

Firstly, let me explain the BLC (Biggest Loser Challenge) to you. It is a private team of about 300 individuals, split into 18 teams, all of which, while promoting healthy lifestyle habits, have slightly different biases towards exercise, nutrition and eating, or support and encouragement. As in the TV program, team challenges are set for people to take part in, and they compete for points both within their team and across all the teams of the BLC.

Each round lasts 12 weeks, then thereís a break and registration, then it all starts again.

The mantra is ďparticipation not perfectionĒ as each person participates in the challenge according to their health and physical limitations, developing healthy habits, stronger muscles, and losing weight as they do so. It is about participation and posting on their teams thread.

So what has been my best experience? Although I know how much Iíve gained (and lost!) over both this round, and all the rounds Iíve participated in since last September, (it must be good as I keep going back!) itís quite difficult to chose one thing and put it into words!

Possibly, the fact that the whole thing is uncritical. Nobody passes any criticism of anybody else's program. It is totally inclusive, whether itís paleo, low carb, Weight Watchers, vegans or like me, fasting.

People are always very interested in what works for you, and what you do, they may then say that it wouldnít work for them, or that they wouldnít wish to do it, but I have never been criticised or told that I shouldnít do it!

My team is Azure Destinations. Iíve been an Azurita since I joined. Itís a cyber desert island, set in a sapphire sea, and as all newbies soon find, in whichever team, your team quickly becomes your cyber family.

This round in particular, I discovered how much I value and need that cyber family. Iím living in London, so Iím 5+ hours ahead of most of my team, so they post en masse while Iím sleeping. Every morning I go to the team thread, eager to find out what my team has been doing, and flicking down the entries to see who has said something specifically to me! I don't always respond instantly, but will at some point on most days.

Azure Destinations are the Ďjokerí in the BLC pack! From our hunky bartenders and cabana boys, to our mascot flying monkeys, (donít ask!) we are a fun team, who travel through the other teams staying a week, trying to spread lighthearted quizzes, encouragement and motivation as we go.

We do that teams challenges as well as our own, we play hard, but take our healthy lifestyles seriously so we work hard too.

This round I have come to realise how much that means to me. It is probably the part of the BLC that I love most. I am never more at my best than when Iím trying, by example, to motivate others! In fact, their motivation is my motivation!.

Weight loss???? this round I think itís going to be about seven or eight pounds, the last weigh in is on Wednesday. Which since Iím only about 20lbs now from goal weight is very good!

On Azure Island, weíre all so keen to keep going throughout the break that weíre opening the island to all comers, of whatever teams, to come and enjoy themselves with us, and keep on track over the holidays! And that is a great experience too.

And what about YOU gentle reader! If you have ever looked at a team and saw only yourself and another person ever posting, or lots of people and posts but none relevant to you or your circumstances, you might consider joining our close community. Although itís a private team, we are always looking for new blood, new members.

If you would fancy joining round 26, registration will open in mid August, and the round start in September. If you leave me a comment saying so on this blog, Iíll make sure you receive an invite!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MARIONJEANA 9/18/2014 10:11AM

    Sorry I have been ill for about four months but am now back. I would love an invite. Thank you.

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RYDERB 8/20/2014 1:13PM

    I was dropping by to thank you for the goodie and the info, and was surprised and excited to read your blog. You make it sound like a wonderful experience.

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ALIIDA 8/5/2014 6:26AM

    Bit late here. I'd love an invite!

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MARYJEANSL 7/24/2014 2:24PM

  I might like to try...but I am a bit hesitant. Please send me the invite and I'll go from there.

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POPSY190 7/22/2014 7:39PM

    I'm another who wakes up each day eager to see what SF have been up to overnight. 11/12/13 hours ahead of UK. Believe me, it beats the news any day!

This is a great depiction of the challenge. emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 7/22/2014 5:59PM

    I was invited to join a few years ago when I was new to SP and was completely overwhelmed. I admire you and them!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 7/21/2014 1:28PM

    You summed it up so well. I really enjoyed my time as an Azurita! I have truly enjoyed all the teams I've been on over the years (yes, I've been a member of BLC for that long.

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OLIVIANIGHT 7/21/2014 7:34AM

    They do sound like a brilliant team.

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GOANNA2 7/20/2014 11:50PM

    Great blog. Sounds like a fun team.

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    Hey Evelyn, Glad to hear you are still an active BLC'er... I have been thinking about getting back into the BLC-26 round... I will see what is going on in my world when the registration opens up... and if I get an invite. I am sure you are still the very active person I remember... Have you taken any interesting trips lately? If so, I sure hope you had a grand time.

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PREDEL 7/20/2014 1:40PM

    emoticon I've been on Azure since I joined Spark and really can't imagine one with out the other. You've written a wonderful blog that so perfectly sums up the BLC. And, of course, Azure is that much better because we have you, my dear girl!

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DR1939 7/20/2014 1:29PM

    Sounds like a fun team.

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JAIZWAYS 7/20/2014 1:20PM

    Evelyn - emoticon You have summed it up so well emoticon . I have so much enjoyed being part of BLC. The journey to lose the weigh and maintain that loss is a lifetime challenge. We all need support and encouragement plus things to motivate us to try something new. That is what BLC does for us - I almost didn't join and you persuaded me to give it a try - I am so glad I did emoticon

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CIPHER1971 7/20/2014 1:10PM

    Great blog Evelyn, and for the maintainers - BLC has a team of maintainers, and they are also welcome on any team because we all have something to learn from you emoticon

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ZANNACHAN 7/20/2014 12:10PM

    Love this--it hits on a number of things that I love about the BLC. You are so right about people not being judgmental about what works for you--it's one of the reasons I Azure was such a good team for me, and it's the same way for C.A.M.O. People have different things that they struggle with and that they need to do--and it's okay that what works for one person (maybe even necessary for that person) isn't something that will work for someone else.

And yeah... I love how interactive and especially supportive my BLC teams have been--all of them, the Wysteria Wolves, Azure, and C.A.M.O. It helps me feel invested in my team, which means that I'm inspired to do my best for them!

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COOLMAMA11 7/20/2014 11:10AM

    Wonderful Blog Evelyn, I really enjoyed the team, challenges and travel, it's true we become one for all and all for one, it is great to have so much support and encouragement. Good luck for the next round!


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ZELLAZM 7/20/2014 10:33AM

    Glad you had such a good 25th round! And congrats on your weight loss and healthy habits!

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REGILIEH 7/20/2014 10:28AM

    What if you are maintaining?

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INGMARIE 7/20/2014 10:21AM

    emoticon way to go, glad you enjoy this journey. emoticon

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MARYBETH4884 7/20/2014 9:47AM

    emoticon BLC is a family that helps the journey to better health fun and enjoyable, even through the struggles!!! emoticon For the great blog reminder!!!

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NEW-CAZ 7/20/2014 9:40AM

    What if you've been maintaining for years?

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COCK-ROBIN 7/20/2014 9:11AM

    How I wish I was with Azure again. They keep putting me with the Falcons.

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SUSANELAINE1956 7/20/2014 8:51AM

    emoticon I've always appreciated SP, but I love it now that I discovered the BLC last year. I'm glad we are teammates. emoticon

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