BLC 20 – 6.4 Show and Tell, The 6-Week Results Episode (Part I)

Saturday, October 20, 2012

I sometimes find just the thought of blogging a bit overwhelming. My mind whirs with fears, joys, expectations and the like. How could my fingers possibly keep up my speed of thought? What will the world have to say in judgment or is it worse if they don’t have anything to say at all? Shake it off, Ree. You’ve got a challenge to participate in and this week’s Mid Challenge Slump edition requires some reflection and goal adjustment.

Some six weeks have passed since we started on this 20th edition of the BLC. It hardly feels like we’re more than 50% done at this point. I still feel like I’m learning the ropes. Yet, when I look back, I have accomplished quite a bit so far. The goal is to maintain momentum and finish strong in six more weeks.
So far, I’ve dropped about 10lbs on this challenge, an average of 1.5lbs drop per week. My goal weight for BLC was to hit the 160s, which gives me 6-8lbs to go in the next six weeks. This progress rate puts me on target for December. And now the latest pictures (and the originals for comparison):

Somehow the pictures were a bit of a letdown. In my mind, I expected more dramatic progress - though in the grand scheme of things, ten pounds is only a third of the way to my goal. It would have been nice if I’d taken some measurements at the start. Hard numbers have always been more convincing to me than visuals. What do you guys think?

In terms of non-scale victories, I have achieved several milestones.
- Clothes are fitting much better now! Belts that barely closed before are being pulled in tighter than before.
- As of last weigh-in, my BMI has reached the “Normal” range for my height and frame size
- A nice bonus is that friends and family have begun commenting on these changes.

I attribute my success so far to a few main things
- Shifting to a cleaner, healthier diet
- Maintaining a daily yoga practice for exercise and stress management
- Adjusting my mindset about dropping weight thanks to the IOWL podcasts

Tomorrow's blog will go more in-depth into my goal progress and discuss ways to maintain momentum for the next six weeks!
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  • MITZY7
    10 lbs is awesome!! Think about it.. that is 10 lbs that you never have to see again!!
    Keep up the great works:)
    2008 days ago
  • ZIGGY7611
    Awesome! Congrats! I can definitely see a difference! Keep it up!! emoticon emoticon
    2008 days ago
    Your waist looks great. You look great. 10 pounds is awesome. But, you knew all that ...right emoticon
    2008 days ago
  • LUCYLU22
    emoticon emoticon emoticon 10 lbs is wonderful for the first 6 weeks, and your goal for the next six is very attainable!!! GREAT job! I can see definite differences in your before and after pictures! Looking good, and "normal" range to boot! Keep up the great work!
    2008 days ago
    WOW! You look terrific! There is a very definite difference! Keep up the great work!!!!
    2009 days ago
    emoticon I definitely see a difference, especially in your midsection in the profile picture. I think your arms and legs look more toned too. Is that the same bottom in both pictures? If so, it definitely hangs differently in the back. emoticon
    2010 days ago
    I can definitely see a difference in the pictures, especially in the profile pictures. But in each, if you study them, you'll see a smaller waist, a smaller midsection, and smaller hips. You may want to study your face, too, as sometimes weight drops from the face when you don't expect or really see it (pics b & a may help there).

    I know how you feel though, disappointed like you expect the WORLD to know you've progressed! I've dropped over 20 and the only person who notices is a difference is me and my husband. It will take me to hit 30 - 35 before others will notice. But hey, having clothes that fit better and having your family notice is great.

    Congrats on sticking to it and getting motivated to getting a plan for the next six weeks. You're doing great!!!
    2010 days ago
    emoticon I can see a difference in the before and after, especially in the side and back pictures. Keep up the good work.
    2010 days ago
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