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Biggest Loser Challenge--I'm In!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

On my quest to find the 5% Challenge teams (which are not yet available for fall I think), I found the Biggest Loser Challenge team. I signed up on the waiting list and, last minute, was added to the Sapphire Beauties team.

Which is pretty cool!

First off, for those wondering why I felt the need to join a weight-loss challenge team despite being "in the home-stretch": that is exactly why I wanted to join a challenge team. The closer you get to your goal, the harder it is to lose weight. I was losing weight left and right at the beginning and it felt wonderful. This past month (and a bit) have been a struggle for me. My motivation has been wavering and, while I've not been slacking in food and only slacking a little in exercise, I've been finding it harder to keep tracking, to keep exercising.

So I needed a challenge--easy solution.

I'm not entirely sure about any major differences between BL and 5%. I suspect that they are largely similar fundamentally: they both bring you in on a focused team where, as a team, you have individual challenges to complete while motivating each other on the healthy-living journey.

One of such challenges for the first week (which ends at noon tomorrow, but I only got added today, so I'm catching up!) was to find five things about yourself that might be holding you back.

I am going to share the first one of those things with you all, the first thing that popped into my head when I read the challenge.

1.) My aggressive competitive nature: I feel that if I work harder, try harder to eat less, and hurt by the end of the day then I will make it. Logically, I know that this is not true. Biology is not a game, and I need to be more careful about my body. I need to listen to when I am hungry vs full, and when I am tired.

I don't know how I got this idea in my head. Maybe from countless of sayings such as "no pain, no gain." I feel that if you want something, you have to work hard for it. No, harder. HARDER.

That's my problem. Sure, we have to work hard, and maybe harder, but not past breaking point. I have to tell myself that even if I have TIME to keep going, I should stop exercising for a bit and rest. I should stop for the day so I can keep going tomorrow. I did a new class today, a stepping class, then did ST with the class afterwards, and I was considering on going running after that because the day is beautiful. Plus, I have time before I have to pick up the kids.

Yes, today is beautiful, but tomorrow will be as well. I can run tomorrow. I know I haven't had time to run recently, but tomorrow I can go running outside in the beautiful weather. I have the time, and it will feel great. I should really rest today after 95 minutes of exercise.

But there is that part of me that feels guilty to NOT go running, or take more classes, or do a video, or something after I finish my lunch. I have time, so I should spend it working out, right? Wrong. Logically I know that overexercising can be worse than under exercising.

I also need to figure out how much I need to eat not by tracking, but by how hungry I am. If I am hungry, I should eat. If I am not hungry, I should not eat just to get to 1500 calories. If I am full at 1400, good. If I am hungry at 1500, then I should have some fruit (I keep grapes, tomatoes, apples, and bananas--these are are suitable!). I suspect that NOT being in tune with my body is hurting me the most in my weight loss--I need to listen to what my body needs and deliver. That should probably do the trick, and get me into the 140s.

Well, that sounds logical enough, right?

So there it is--my major goal for Biggest Loser: Become more in tune with my body. Listen to my body's needs and deliver. Exercise enough to be healthy, but not too much to sustain injury. Don't over or under eat--try to remain content.

That shouldn't be too hard... right?

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    I hear ya! GOOD LUCK! emoticon
    2050 days ago
    Balance -- so elusive, but so important in the long run. Sounds like you have thoughtfully looked at your personal challenges, and are thinking through how to tackle them. Best of luck with the Saphires!

    2050 days ago
    You are preaching to the choir. I too am super competitive and I think it is great to have a winning spirit but like you said, we are easily injured with these mindsets. As you enter you maintenance phase you will have a whole new set of worries but I am sure you will tackle those as well.
    2050 days ago
    Finding the right balance with both eating and exercise, as well as learning to really listen to our bodies, seem to be the trickiest parts about this whole healthy living adventure. Sometimes I think it's a never-ending project, an art that you can never truly perfect, but that you can keep improving on.

    Good luck with your BL Challenge!
    2050 days ago
    The journey of living a healthy life is as much about what's in our heads as it is about what we put into, or do with, our bodies. Recognizing the "never enough" tendency in yourself--and being willing to deal with it--is a huge accomplishment. I think part of the reason we get stuck here, with exercise at least, is that for a long time that was the "expert advice." "You won't burn off that body fat unless you do cardio for at least 60 minutes a day," etc; so now, even though we know better, those old tapes replay. Congratulations for realizing that it's about more than just losing the weight. Maybe your body/mind needs to sit for awhile with a good book or listening to some soothing music before you have to kick back into "Mom mode." Don't wait until you're my age before you realize how important "balance" is in living a full, happy and healthy life. Good vibes coming your way...
    2051 days ago
    Yes, I think you have the right idea - go for it - enjoy and good luck!!
    2051 days ago
    I think joining the challenge is a great idea. I use challenges to help me focus on things other than numbers and give me some new motivation. I so understand your obstacle. I am someone who wants to keep going and going and going. I need to learn when enough is fine and to enjoy myself as well. I think the only reason I don't work out all the time is my kids. They keep me in limitations. I am sure you will do wonderfully in the challenge!
    2051 days ago
    I have the same trouble, it's about balance, I know this and I still want to hurt at the end of the day. I know after some of my biggest fitness achievements I have hurt and it felt good! It's one reason I started cross stitching and crochet projects so I had something to work towards completing when I wasn't working out. I think I'm the only person who sets a goal to finish so many square inches of cross stitch in one go!

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    2051 days ago
    Thanks for sharing your first obstacle. I read your post and thought about some of my challenges, too. Though I probably couldn't have articulated it or figured it out immediately, I could really relate to your points - it's hard to draw the line each day to say that you've done enough! Good for you for recognizing it and trying to face the challenge head on!
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    emoticon if anyone can it is you girlie!! You are going to rock this challenge the Sapphire Beauties are lucky to have you on their team emoticon
    2051 days ago
    great motivation girl! I hear ya about being to hard on ourselves sometimes. Sounds like just want you needed to do - listen to your body!
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    emoticon You are getting there kiddo! I know you want it all yesterday but that's not how it works. You are emoticon and so are your results! Have a great rest of the day!
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  • LYNSEY723
    Great job knowing what you need to do!!! You have pin-pointed a problem and now need to take steps to fix it. This is a huge start!! That is very difficult to do.

    You will get to the perfect balance - you are strong, smart, and willing. You can do it!!! Don't forget to take a little time for you. A bubble bath, a massage, a pedicure... anything for yourself that is relaxing!

    Keep up the great work!
    2051 days ago
    It sounds like you know yourself and know what you need as you go down the home stretch! Congrats on what you've accomplished and on what lies ahead of you!
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