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Mid Challenge Reflection

Friday, July 19, 2013

As I pass the midpoint of BLC22, I want to look back and evaluate how I have done - what I have done well, and what I could do better. A couple of highlights of the challenge come immediately to mind. Number 1: I actually lost two pounds while on vacation for 8 days! I had thought that would be an impossibility! Never that I can recall, have I gone on a trip and come home weighing less than I did when I left. I learned that with focus, hard work, and determination, I can lose weight - even in difficult circumstances! Number 2, on the other hand, is not so positive. Last week, with a houseful of company, I lost focus for a few days and turned my back on the healthy habits I have been so carefully trying to cultivate. The result was disastrous on the scale - 4 pounds gained. From those two experiences, I have learned the importance of FOCUS and WORK! I am also realizing that I need to adopt the mindset that I DO make healthy choices - even in difficult circumstances. If I am stressed, I need to find a healthy way to handle it. If I am traveling, I need to plan to be successful. If I fall down, and slip into bad habits for a day or two, I need to look on that as an ABERRATION, not as inevitable, and get back on track ASAP! Overall, the past 6 weeks, I have done VERY WELL! I have improved my sleep habits significantly, exercised at least 6 days a week, stayed within my calorie range all but a handful of days, and stayed well hydrated. I am making healthy choices because I am WORTH it! I'm grateful for the support of sparkfriends who inspire and motivate me, and are helping me change the way I live.
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    T emoticon emoticon Tricia!! I'm impressed. Loosing weight on vacation is a huge accomplishment. You have shown great determination in making the changes required to be fit and healthy. I am proud of you.

    You continue to inspire and motivate me, to do the same. Thanks, Spark-friend.
    2879 days ago
    You're sticking to it, which is success in itself. Well done and keep at it!
    2884 days ago
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    emoticon Tricia!
    2884 days ago
    Good job
    2884 days ago
    I am very impressed with your achievements and your consistency. Don't let a minor blip on the scale deter you! I gained 4 pounds last month too and it has only motivated me MORE. Good luck with the remainder of BLC challenge!
    2884 days ago
    Wow... very impressive. Losing weight on vacation is awesome. I have tendencies to let things slide when I have Company... human nature Tricia. Just get back to your regular routine and you will be fine. The disaster happens when you fall to get back on track and you did just fine.

    Hugs to you,

    2884 days ago
    Very thoughtful "Forced" blog! emoticon

    2884 days ago
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