Sunday, April 06, 2014
My BLC Goal - Reflection
When I started BLC Round 15 my primary goal was to lose 15 pounds. My secondary goals were to lose the pre-diabetic diagnosis, a dress size smaller and noticeable difference in inches.
When the challenge ends on Wednesday, I know I will have lost over 10 pounds, but I am not sure it will be 15 pounds. I have not measured, but I know I have lost inches as some of my larger clothes are too big. I have also purchased one size smaller clothes and required new foundations because of the ST. I have not made my doctor's appointment, but plan to do so, because it is now time for my annual.
Overall, I feel that I was a success with my goals. However, my participation in BLC has provided me with additional insight.
First off, I am a dieter. I have dieter mentality. On a diet. Off a diet. That is how I work. Yes, I know that healthy and more active lifestyle is the preferred path, but I am not there. Yes, I do make much more healthier choices with food. I actually enjoy eating salads and love veggies. I don't feel right if I did not have some type of veggie everyday. And, I have learned to include fruit as part of my daily snacks. And, I enjoy preparing healthier versions of foods. Also, I do exercise and do not feel right if I miss 2 days in a row without good reason.
What is not so good is the binge snacking I allow myself as a reward for doing so well after my weigh in. Yes, I limit it to just the evening meal (it is the evening meal). But it is not small amounts. It is a whole bag of something salty and a package of something sweet. And sometimes I will throw in a snickers bar. While I am able to get back on track, it is not my idea of healthy and active lifestyle. It is dieting. On a diet, off a diet.
And, I do not think I push myself enough with fitness. Even with my medical limitations, I believe I can do more.
My goal for the next BLC is to achieve a healthier balance with snacking. In my ideal world, "bad" snacks will not be limited to one day when a feeding frenzy occurs. I want to incorporate my sweet and salty tooth into my interpretation of a healthier lifestyle. Since I know I need accountability and thrive with accountability, I requested to join a BLC team that requires open trackers. I know that when I track, I am less prone to overeating and, get this, I will have a sensible amount of a "bad" food. I also know that I will exercise more so that I can enjoy higher caloric foods or a preparation of a food.
My goals will be basically the same as the previous rounds:
Lose 15 pounds by daily tracking, cardio six times a week and strength training at least three times a week.
My current team, Sunset Stingrays, has been an important part of my journey. I love the support and encouragement that is so freely and readily given. I have the greatest admiration and appreciation for the leaders. The challenges were not just challenges for me to complete. They provided a healthy distraction when LIFE events threaten to pull me off course. The challenges also made me realize that I am capable of doing more and that I deserve it. Now. The leaders admirably set the tone of the team. Yes, support, encouragement, but accountability as well. Reminders of the importance of participation, always. And, the leaders change things up to motivate us and provide additional tools to reach our goals.
I especially am grateful to have my buddy.
And then there are my teammates. A wonderful example of what a real team does best - motivate, acknowledge and support. And not just BLC, but real life events. Let's face it, there is no "ideal" time to make a change. However, I faced an unexpected major LIFE event with my mother's stroke and the need for 24/7 care that requires weekend stays with her. And, my workload increased. My teammates compassion for my own LIFE struggles was an unexpected, but fully welcome blessing. They are important factor in me not quitting the team and giving up.
I am thankful. I am honored. I am blessed.
The next round does not start until the end of April. Of course, I am in a panic, because I am not sure what it will take to keep me on track. (Dieter's mentality must be kept in check!) Since I am a team leader for the Fit and Organized team, I am responsible for creating daily fitness, nutrition and organization challenges for April. That will help. But I need more accountability. I am open to suggestions.
If anyone has a team or there is something here on SparkPeople that has challenges with accountability (like weigh ins, etc,) please let me know. You can posted it in the comments or Spark mail me. Thanks.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Today I read an interesting blog about goal setting. The focus was not the scale or even to lose weight. Here's the link:
I decided to post my own motivating goals:
Performance goal: to consistently walk a 5k in an hour or less.
Real-life goal: get rid of the car seat belt extender
Health goal: get rid of my pre-diabetic diagnosis
Movement goal: 30 minutes of exercise, six days a week
Feel good goal: reduce stress by daily doing 15 minutes or one action off my to-do list
Monday, December 16, 2013
I spent the past 12 weeks on the True Blue Team of the Biggest Loser Challenge Round 23. This was my first time participating in a virtual BLC. I was motivated by the success of Spark friend, Tacones.
When I started, my goal was just to lose weight. And I did lose weight. What I did not expect was the community of support from my Team True Blue. Through everything, I was cheered, consoled, praised, motivated, inspired, pushed and encouraged. Nothing that I experienced was too small or too large for recognition and support (and that included the death of my grandmother).
I also learned that I am capable of so much more. Ability to do more cardio, strength training, stay in calorie range and make better food choices.
I began to fully grasp the importance of the whole picture, not just dieting and exercise. Everything like decluttering, finishing projects, getting proper rest are factors that make a difference in healthy eating and lifestyle.
With the increased strength training, I saw body changes with firmer legs and arms and no more double chins! I like looking in the mirror, even with only undies on. I treasure the other NSVs as well. Compliments from friends, family and coworkers. The need for new undies and tad smaller clothing.
The time commitment was intense, but well worth it. Everything finally clicked!
Now that the round has ended, there will be a period of no BLC, before the next one starts. At first, I was afraid that all of my good efforts would go out the window. However, as part of the last Weekend Challenge, we were asked to make a plan to avoid weight gain. (How's that for timing?)
So, here's my plan:
As, with the Weekend Challenge, I will start Friday with one of the prior WC which I will post on my blog. I will follow that WC from Friday through Tuesday. I will weigh in on Wednesday and report my loss or gain on my blog. I will create mini challenges for my Fitness and Organization team based on the WC I have selected. This will serve a dual purpose - fulfill my requirements as team co-leader and more accountability.
Wednesday and Thursday will be my scheduled ST. And on each Thursday, I will decide which WC will start the following Friday.
I will follow this schedule until the next round starts.
Thanks so much to my team True Blue, the exceptional leadership provided by Barbara, Amber and Mandi and other behind the scene helpers. You have awaken a sleeping giant.
I will carry the spirit of blue with me to the next team. Armed with my determination to max out the WC and get to my goal of a more beautiful, healthier and active me!
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