The end of the BLC 25 round comes at an already reflective time for me. Yesterday, 7/19 was my 5 year spark anniversary. So over the past few weeks, with that date looming in the future, I have been thinking about my progress, my accomplishments, my set backs and wondering why I am still in the process of trying to lose weight.
Five years is a long time to be dieting. I think Sparkís slowest loser was able to reach his goal in less than two years, and that was intentional. www.sparkpeople.com/mysp
When I first started Spark, it was about getting into a routine of exercising, eating within a calorie range and connecting with similar people. The Done Girls Team was a life line for me. I was able to do the workout challenges and watch what I ate and feel like part of a community.
As I began increasing my exercise options, one of my friends introduced me to a group of running buddies, who were out running @ 5:15 AM. Sometimes the weather was brutal, but they would be out there and I would feel the pull. We signed up for races, including 10 milers and
and trained together and I began to really enjoy running with these wonderful women.
On the days I didnít run, I focused on cross training using DVDs, a stationary bike, and whenever we went away, I used the gym which hopefully had an elliptical trainer. Then I started noticing how some days my running went really well, while others I felt like my legs were cement. I started taking stock of my nutrition. Spent more time on Spark, educating myself about not just being within a calorie range, but needing to fuel my body so it could run most efficiently.
It was around that time one of my sparker friends told me about the Biggest Loser team. I was already a fan of the TV show, watched the contestants as they overcame HUGE obstacles and watched the show evolve into what it is now. Anyway, my stay on the Waves DONE girl team had ended so the timing was right.
I got an invite for round 15 and have been in the BLC ever since. So, then I ask myself, ďWhy has it taken me eleven rounds to realize what I need to do in order to live up to my moniker, Health4Lyfe?Ē Because although in the beginning of this blog I stated it was a long time to be on a diet, the light bulb
has finally stayed on! Itís not a diet. Itís a lifestyle. I have had some events recently that I have wanted to look my best, so while I have not deprived myself of tempting treats
, I have been able to allow a taste here or there, but not given in to a previous ďall or noneĒ attitude which has been pervasive in these 5 years.
This past silver round of the BLC-25 coincided well with goals I have set for myself and my decisions to keep my long term goals more firmly in my view, so I donít lose sight of what I really want by confusing it with what I want NOW. I am better able to read signals from my body about being hungry versus being bored or dehydrated or emotional. I have learned to stop and think and act less impulsively. I have learned to eat more raw food and reap the benefits of preparing many foods for myself. I am eating more vegetables than ever before and they have SO many benefits!
Thankfully some of the challenges our team has put forth included eating more veggies and trying new recipes, which, because I can be somewhat competitive at times, has motivated me to meet those goals as well. Itís been such a win win situation! I could not have done it without the support of my team, the Navy Ninjas! Each and every one of the team mates, between their victories, their joys, their struggles, their setbacks, their competitive spirits, and their sharing have inspired me this round. Yes, and even our dreaded jumping jacks~ Thanks Grace!
I wish for all of you that the light bulb may stay on for you, especially during this time in-between rounds. Please donít make the same mistake I have repeatedly made and go on a break from your health.
and You Are Worth It!