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Tuesday--October 8, 2013--BLC 23 Is what you make it

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

This is the second week of the BLC 23 and I thought it would be good to reflect back on when I started BLC 21 and what has kept me doing the BLC.

When I first started BLC21, I was really determined to lose weight. However, I was not prepared for all the work I would need to do to change my lifestyle. I really thought our captain was a tyrant with a whip requiring me to do challenges, track everything, chat on the page, sparkfriend the whole team and then also join facebook. Was she kidding??? How would I have time for all of that, learn to eat healthier, get my exercise in, take care of my family and work 40 hours a day?

The answer was simple--I needed to change. I needed to commit to become a healthier me and put myself first. All of the requirements of BLC helped me to change my eating habits, increase my fitness routine, find support with others along my journey and also get that accountability that was missing. I had tried to lose weight by myself numerous times and was not successful. I found that my team members and captains were along on the journey with me. They selflessly shared their journeys with us including the good, the bad and the ugly.

To all of the newbies on BLC23--you need to commit to the team challenges and requirements. You will be paid back 10 fold because you will become healthier, stronger and happier. BLC is what you make of it. Put yourself first and get going on the challenges, get to know your team members, ask questions but most of all, take care of you.

What do I think of my captain now? She is an inspiration and a true friend and I wouldn't be where I am at now without her, my co-captains and the administration. Where else can you go and get the support and accountability for free. I am now a co-captain on my team and look forward to helping others on their journey to a healthier lifestyle.

Hugs to all on the journey this week. May you find success and take care of you!!!
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  • SARIC3
    1687 days ago
    1687 days ago
    Great blog Patty!
    1688 days ago

    Thank you for your insight. Yes, it is a lot to do and remember, but staying "busy" with the little things is what adds up to the big things!

    I really appreciate you and the rest of the BLC administration -- you are really helping ME a lot! For the first time in over 4 years on Spark I think I might meet my goal! emoticon

    1688 days ago
    It is very overwhelming at first. Once I got the hang of posting, tracking, etc things got better. Also, once I realized that perfection wasn't required that helped.

    I know the more time I put into this challenge, the better I will do. Its like anything else in life. You make time for the things you really want to do.
    So maybe I give up an hour of tv or interneting for the team tracking, posting, etc... isn't a healthy, strong body what I ultimately want?
    Its worth the effort!

    1688 days ago
    Great blog, and I totally agree!!!!! :-) You are pretty awesome yourself!! emoticon
    1688 days ago
  • LETHA_
    1688 days ago
  • ANNETTE117
    Awesome blog.
    1688 days ago
    You are doing a great job Patty! Sorry I missed you at the Y today, I think I am giving up on coming Tuesday morning's because my work day is so long. I will definitely see you tomorrow though! Have a great day! emoticon
    1688 days ago
    I'm a newbie and it is a lot but I've been at this for 9 months and I'm a little compulsive so it hasn't been bad.
    1688 days ago
  • KAZZIE531
    Thanks Patty for your insight on BLC. You are so right about commitment here. I was a bit overwhelmed at first...but then thought why not commit, the more I put in..the more I'll get out of it. The captains, co-captains, and Admin in my opinion are under appreciated. They are here for us and they all do a lot for us...and I DO thank them and YOU Patty.... emoticon
    1688 days ago
    I have only recently heard about the BLC on spark. is there a page or spot I can get more info and maybe sign up for the next round? emoticon
    1688 days ago
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