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BLC 6 Week Reflect

Monday, July 22, 2013

I'm half way through my 1st BLC and one of the weekend challenge points is to reflect on the half way process. So this is it.

I enrolled in the BLC pre-challenge at 175 lbs. and began the official 12 week challenge at 170.8 lbs. At the conclusion of week 6 I weighed in, on my 29th birthday, at 157.8 lbs. That's a 12 lbs. loss in 6 weeks, leaving me with 8 lbs. left before my first goal weight.

I say first goal weight because 150 still has my BMI as overweight, which is something I would like to shed. I've also been told by quite a few people that I appear to weigh around 140, so I'd like to know what that actually looks and feels like, as well as its manageability. Enough about weight.

I've been lagging lately - and, yes, I have the tendency to get like that - and am assuming it means I need to pull in some variety. I have been repeating the same workouts and food for a while now and my body is growing accustomed while my brain is growing bored. So I have some work ahead of me to shed these last 8 lbs. by the conclusion of BLC. I also have some trepidation as my vacation creeps closer. There will not be a scale or internet or a food scale or a farmer's market around the corner or my gym for that matter and it is alarming! I know I will be fine; I make reasonable decisions; I am capable of enjoying myself while maintaining health in whatever the circumstance, I just need to be confident in that. I won't need a gym because I'll be in the Grand Canyon and moving everyday. Sure, I won't have SP, but I might try to sneak on somehow once or twice.

I got off track.

Back to BLC based reflection: I'm satisfied with my progress, but was hoping the BLC would give me something "new". I was in a rut before I entered the BLC and hoped it would bring new people and ideas into my journey, but it hasn't proved that way. I have been introduced to a few great motivators who are very supportive, but at times, it really feels like the team is comprised of 5-7 people when it should be 25. I've been really trying to bring positive and supportive vibes to the group, but often times feel a bit alone for a team. I'm not trying to be mean or condescending, just honest. I was hoping the BLC would bring me more enthusiasm on SP, but it has not. Perhaps it isn't for everyone.

I feel better after writing that.

On a positive note, I realized a terrific NSV today. I've always needed a pillow or some sort of support to lay on my back - yoga, massage, bed time - and upon watching a yoga class end in corpse pose, I realized that I have not used any type of support behind my knees to lie on my back in months! I hadn't even noticed. It was a great realization this morning as I shlept through my workout. Perhaps I'll try yoga again...

Final 6 weeks of BLC goals:
* Confidently make it through - and enjoy - vacation
* Find a positive space for me to retreat emotionally when I feel otherwise
* Enjoy my wedding anniversary without worrying about nutrition
* Vary my exercise and increase my swimming

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    YOU are rockin' the challenge. Your points about the BLC and team not bringing new people and things to your life....since it's your first BLC you don't have a big point of reference but I would assume that you would be meeting new people throughout the BLC both on the team and in challenges and that you are connecting and learning about your teammates and their journeys along the way just as we do in life. I know I do. I read the status updates of my friends every day or so and I love reading about what they are up to and saying and in doing so and reading blogs :) I meet new people and learn about them! However, not all teams gel that way and not all team mates share and really commit and go the distance.

    emoticon nice to meet you! ADMIN does an amazing job at placing people in the BLC. They take your choices and then additionally Nicole reads your page, your blogs, looks at your friends and uses all of that information to put you with the team that she thinks will be a great fit for you and she most always nails it. If not, in the first few weeks of a round you can go to her and say it's not working and she can TRY to place you elsewhere. Soon, you will have the opportunity to apply for the next round and team. Maybe you'll want the maintenance team by then. Maybe you really want to work out and be challenges and CAMO sounds good to you. You've had some time to learn more and see more of the BLC and get a feel for it. It's an amazing challenge that is huge and the fact that there are 5-7 people carrying your team makes me sad but I think that happens in life too in groups. There are a hand full of people who carry most groups. You sound like you are strong and motivated and your weight loss and commitment demonstrates that. I just want you to love the BLC as much as I do many rounds later! Together we CAN!

    My team mates and most of the BLC call me Mama Kal. Stop by Azure Destinations and take a walk on the beach! emoticon
    1759 days ago
    I empathize with you re: BLC it is my first round also. Something wrong with me I guess as I don't really feel a part of the team. But I am enjoying participating in the challenges and hope to be excepted into the next round, if there is one. The structure of the challenges etc help keep me practicing healthy habits that are slowly becoming my new normal.
    Have a great time in the Grand Canyon... Cannot wait to hear about your adventure... will there be pictures too??
    Hugs, Audra
    1765 days ago
    Great 6 week re-cap...with 6 weeks to go you can lose those 8 pesky pounds.


    I know what you mean about feeling uneasy about vacation. It is something you really look forward to but without a "normal" routine you have to think everything through. Going to the Grand Canyon sounds awesome... will you do any kayaking?


    1765 days ago
    You are doing so awesome on the challenge and I don't think you realize how inspiring your dedication is, especially your blogging! After reading about your kayaking adventure on your birthday I decided that we are going to go kayaking on my staycation. I broke out of my comfort zone and tried on swimsuits this weekend, all because you've inspired me.

    I know what you mean about the boredom. I'm going to shake up my workouts and see what happens during the next couple of weeks.

    We can do this!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1765 days ago
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