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Sunday, April 06, 2014

My BLC Goal - Reflection

emoticon 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.

emoticon 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.

emoticon Overall, I feel that I was a success with my goals. However, my participation in BLC has provided me with additional insight.

emoticon 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.

That's good.

emoticon 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.

emoticon And, I do not think I push myself enough with fitness. Even with my medical limitations, I believe I can do more.

emoticon 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.

emoticon 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.

emoticon emoticon 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.

emoticon I especially am grateful to have my buddy.

emoticon emoticon 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.

emoticon 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.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MALAMI518 4/7/2014 8:35PM

    I am sorry to see you leave the Stingrays, but I completely understand the need to find a team that works better for you. One of the most important lessons that I have learned is that you need to do it your way. There is no one right way, and you need to find what works best for YOU.

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NITTINNANA 4/7/2014 7:14PM

    So sad to hear you're leaving the Stingrays!

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JAXMOMMY 4/6/2014 10:03PM

    I maintain that dieter mentality too! Wish I could tell You how I changed it, but I haven't yet! I must have missed news that your mom had a stroke. My dad did too a year ago and I had to do Assisted Living for him. It makes me sad, but I couldn't do it all for him. We are in daily contact and it is a big stress! I'll sure miss you in the Stingray thread, but I encourage you to do what you need to reach your goals! Wishing you continued success!!

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LYNETTEMOM 4/6/2014 9:22PM

    it sounds like you are in tune with your inner self and that is a huge step. I find that using SparkPeople is very helpful but sometimes I spend too much time at the computer when I should be tackling my goals. I'm not at the weight I want to be, I'm not fit, I'm not organized--and each day I need to DO things to move forward so I encourage you to actually cut down on what groups and challenges you participate in. Maybe just challenge yourself to do one thing or spend 5 or 10 minutes on making progress on that thing and bit by bit you will be closer to your goals.

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MAC4902 4/6/2014 7:03PM

    I appreciate reading your blogs and find encouragement in them. I haven't been an active participant in the challenges for any team. I think I am afraid of failing before even trying. Looking forward to seeing the new challenge with a spark ready to fire.

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KELLYFROG 4/6/2014 5:08PM

    Sounds like you made some great strides this round- with weight loss and also how you think about things. I don't know about any other SP groups but I will still be around our Sunset Stingrays page over the break. I will continue to weigh in every week as well. I like to remain accountable in between rounds.

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Motivating Goals (other than weight loss)

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

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IMEMINE1 2/22/2014 8:10AM

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DEBB1313 2/21/2014 2:03PM

    Thanks for the blog and the link. This is a great exercise that everybody should do!

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FUNGIRL81005 2/20/2014 11:38AM

    Love the blog!! You can do it!!

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JAXMOMMY 2/18/2014 4:31PM

    Awesome! I've been wanting to read this blog ever since you told us about it in the Stingray chat, but couldn't find time! Now I'm going to read the article you linked here.... I think it is great to focus on something other than those numbers on the scale and your goals are realistic and achieveable! Good for you and thanks for sharing!

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SHANTODD420 2/16/2014 6:31PM

    Those are some great goals you got there. Go get them and never look back.

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MALAMI518 2/16/2014 4:51PM

    Those are fantastic goals! Thanks for sharing them and also the link to the article. I will definitely spend some time thinking about new goals after dinner.


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FATKAT65 2/16/2014 4:02PM

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FLASUN 2/16/2014 1:20PM

    emoticon Jackie!!!! Thanks for posting the link to the SP article!!!!

You have emoticon goals!!!!

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PEGGYO 2/16/2014 12:34PM

    way to go!

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KELLYFROG 2/16/2014 11:50AM

    It's good to think about other things besides the scale- great goals emoticon !!!

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CVRONEK 2/16/2014 10:25AM

    I like the way you have put it down! I know you can do it. emoticon

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AUNTRENEE 2/16/2014 9:53AM

    Love those goals. Keep it up.

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BLC Goal

Monday, January 20, 2014

My BLC Goal

Goal: 15 pound weight lost


I want to lose weight to eliminate the pre-diabetic diagnosis I received at my last annual check up. The doctor informed me that continuing with my weight loss and regular exercise should change the diagnosis. Maybe as little as 10 pounds with regular exercise.

I am also motivated to continue losing so I can wear a size 14W (or smaller). That means all new clothes.


Short answer - full participation in BLC!

In addition to the challenges, I will start off exercising 30 minutes x 6 days a week. 2 of those days will be strength training. I will do a variety of cardio exercises and try something new at least once a month. No excuses.

I will track my food and exercise daily. I must stay within my calorie range 6 days a week. One day will be allowed to over range for a good reason, not for binge eating. (A good reason may be family party, work meeting, etc.) I will continue to eat lots of veggies and fish/shellfish.

I will do one daily action of self care to eliminate stressors that lead to emotional eating.


12 weeks (end of round)


By doctor: appointment will be scheduled for the Friday after the last weigh in.
By scale: 15 pounds gone!
By measurements: compared to starting numbers
By NSV: smaller dress size

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JAXMOMMY 1/24/2014 11:29AM

    Great job with your goals! Good plan, good methods and all SMART! You can do this!

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CVRONEK 1/21/2014 6:31PM

    emoticon All very doable! I know you will reach your goals! emoticon

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FLASUN 1/20/2014 3:55PM

    emoticon Goals Jackie!!!! Wishing you the emoticon and just know............. emoticon Janice

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X33SNOWWHITE13 1/20/2014 10:57AM

  Great goals!

You can totally do this. I can't wait to hear how far you come over the course of this challenge!

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Survival For the Holidays - No Gain Plan

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

As I indicated in an earlier blog, I am going to use challenges from BLC to maintain my weight (or perhaps lose a pound or two).

Starting on Friday through Tuesday I will F.O.C.U.S. every day:

emoticon FREGGIES: 7 Servings of fruits and veggies

emoticon ORGANIZE: 30 minutes of whatever it takes to distress (paperwork, housework, etc.)

emoticon CARDIO: At least 30 minutes of cardio

emoticonUMPH: Strength/Toining: 10 sets of 10 Reps

emoticon STAY ON TRACK: Track every, bite, lick and taste! (Good, bad and ugly).

For today and Thursday - I will do ST and/or seated cardio activities emoticon

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IMEMINE1 12/28/2013 7:58AM

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ARKPLE 12/18/2013 8:33PM

    I'm glad you're able to recycle the challenges and put them to good use! xo

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CVRONEK 12/18/2013 7:05PM

    Great plan! emoticon

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    F-O-C-U-S GOOD!

Make today a great day!

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FATKAT65 12/18/2013 5:07PM

    Great plan! emoticon

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Reflections and Strategies

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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IMEMINE1 12/17/2013 1:17PM

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SUNSET09 12/17/2013 12:43AM

  emoticon and emoticon You have proven that it is a lifestyle change. All you can possibly need or desire is already yours. Call your desires into being by imaging and feeling your wish fulfilled." Neville Goddard. emoticon emoticon

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FATKAT65 12/16/2013 9:36PM

    Congrats on your success! I am also doing a lot of decluttering and getting more organized. I feel so much better now that my house is clean and tidy.

Good luck in your next BLC.


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SLLYONS51 12/16/2013 4:35PM

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