So... this was an interesting exercise. We are to blog about our expectations for the BLC.
To have no expectations.
Yes, I know that doesn't sound very positive. Actually, though, it's the best kind of positive. The reason that I have no expectations is that each round has been a completely different adventure. Some adventures have been happier than others, some more life-changing, some more challenging, but all have been SPARKling in their own way.
And I like surprises. So, I'm trying to not go in with specific expectations.
I do, however, have intentions.
I've been part of a special program that Terry, Tekru1, dubbed "Jen's Magical Mystery Tour". It's a *learning journey* run by Mycelium.is, and it has helped me to get my non-profit moving forward. It's also given me many, many tools, as well as many fabulous human catalysts and fellow-journeyers.
Two tools I've learned about are intentions and back-casting.
One thing that is clear to me about the BLC and all challenges in life: you get what you put into it. The one thing I would say loud and clear to BLC newbies - is do every little thing you're asked to do (unless your doctor says "no"). Push your boundaries; try new things. My success, or lack thereof, during various rounds has had everything to do with what is between my ears.
I like the word "intention", rather than "goal", because I'm putting myself in the equation. It's what I'm taking on. It's my intent - from the inside. A goal, now, to me is something internal that may rely on many factors. I'm not sure I'm making sense here, but in my own brain, I am.
Back-casting is an exercise where you imagine an eventual outcome and then move backwards to figure out the steps to that outcome. To do this fully here would be way more than anyone would want to read, but I'll do it in brief:
At the end of Round 26 of the BLC, I'll have a stronger core that allows me to do more hill walking and stairs with ease and holiday temptations won't be an issue because the emotional part of my eating will be tamed via help from my teammates, but especially from Emssbears and Jaizways - Emssbears because she has these amazing 100 day challenges (one is starting September 23 - feel free to sparkmail her and JOIN!), Jaizways and I have some similar patterns, and so she has given me sage advice that works for my body. However, the rest is up to me. I don't know what my final weight will be. I'd love it to be at least 10 lbs. down from where I started, but that's truly secondary to a strong core and defeating emotional eating.
To get there, I'm going to track most days, be mindful all days, follow the core training tools that are available through sparks and beyond, and be present, present, present and learn from my wonderful teammates and other BLCers and Sparkfriends.
Cheers! I hope you all have an