Our Biggest Loser Challenge 22 officially ended yesterday. I really enjoyed being on this challenge. I met so many nice spark buddies & learned so much! In spite of having to deal with 3 birthday parties with loads of fattening unhealthy food I still managed to lose weight each week which wasn't easy for me! I did go off track a little for 2 weeks during that time. I truly believe if it wasn't for this challenge I would still be off track & gaining weight. The comradery on these teams are fantastic! I did some soul searching toward the end of the challenge. What got me started was what one of our leaders wrote me. "You certainly found your key to success." I questioned myself, "What was my key to sucess? Why was I so successful this time & not in the past?" I searched deep inside & asked the question? A went on! These are the 2 things that came to me.
1) I MUST BE PATIENT WITH MYSELF & NOT GET DISCOURAGED! Their are times I will go off track. That's ok, as long as I try to get back on track ASAP! Their are times when the scale will stay the same for a few weeks or even go a pound. As long as I know in my heart I am trying my best things will be ok in time! I must believe that!
2) STAY FOCUSED ON THE FUTURE! This one was very important to me. I must not look back & beat myself up for all my mistakes! I have as one of my favorite quotes listed on my home page, "IF AT 1st YOU DON'T SUCCEED YOUR RUNNING ABOUT AVERAGE." I guess what I'm trying to say is learn from your mistakes but don't dwell on them. Look down the road to the future! I must focus on my goals!
My half-way point!---214 lbs.
My next ville. 200ville, 190ville, etc. My next ten pounds!
Entering into Onederland! YES!!
No longer obese!
My final goal down the road, 152 lbs. NO LONGER OVERWEIGHT!
These are the goals I'm going to keep my eyes focused on! So as you can see this challenge has been a tremendous success for me personally. I wouldn't have traded it for all the money in the world! I was truly impressed at all the hard work the leaders invest on these biggest loser challenges.
Since June 5th I have lost a total of 33 lbs. & 15 1/2 inches. I weighed in this morning at 217 lbs. A total of 35 lbs. I can truly say I am proud of my accomplishments!
It has been 7 days now & my weight has been bouncing between 228 &229 lbs. After reflecting on the situation I've come to the conclusion it's not what I'm eating but the amount I'm eating that is causing me a problem. I'm going to kick this problem in the butt before it gets out of control. Yesterday I decided to start using the food tracker again. Even though I have been watching what I eat the amount I eat is another story. Sometimes we think we are not eating much till we start tracking, measuring, & weighing everything that goes into our mouth. The results can be shocking! I always had success with loosing weight when I was using the food tracker. I decided to start using it again even though it can be time consuming. More like a pain but using it does show results! My weigh-in with BLC is Wednesday so we will see if I can get that scale down a pound by then!
We were asked to reflect on our previous 6 weeks with BLC. We are at our half way point now. We were asked to be honest with ourselves on what we did well & what could use some work.
I feel that it helps me tremendously when I take the time to reflect on where I'm going on this weight loss journey. Since I started this journey with BLC on June 5th I have recently met my goal. I have a weight loss of 23 lbs. My goal was to reach 220ville (229) before the 12 weeks were up. I am now at 228 lbs. At first I felt very pleased with reaching my goal then something happened which I am trying to sort out in my mind. It is hard for me to appreciate where I am at this point on my journey. I still have to shop in the plus sizes. I still have plenty of weight to lose. I truthfully don't like the way I look . I have come to the realization for me to be able to move on I must accept where I am now! I have made the decision I will accept where I am & move on from there. Since the challenge started I have increased my water intake on a daily basis & started eating healthy unprocessed food. I have been trying a lot of new healthy recipes. Some were quite good. Even my DH loved them.
Now the things I must work on. I want to be consistent when it comes to exercise. One thing I want to accomplish before this challenge ends is to use my treadmill each & every day. I also must start watching my food portions more closely.
I would be so happy if I could end this challenge in 210ville (219). Only time will tell.
I didn't blog last week because I didn't make any progress with my plan. After much consideration I had a awe moment! Building healthy habits that will stick for the long haul takes time. I didn't get where I am overnight & I won't get where I want to be overnight. That is a simple fact! Since I started The BLC I did develop two healthy habits with consistency. I replaced my junk food with freggies! I can truly say that I am enjoying healthy eating. I found some recipes that I really like. For example tonight I had roasted spaghetti squash with seasonings & marinara sauce. It was . I also have replaced my diet soda with water. Occasionally I will have a diet soda. I feel pleased that in less than 4 weeks I have developed two healthy habits that are being ingrained. The good news is I'm 3 more pounds! For the next few weeks I am going to work on:
1) Exercising in the morning
2) using my treadmill each day.
I will still blog each week to keep myself accountable & chart my progress. I can truly say that for the 1st time in ages I feel good about myself! It is such a beautiful feeling!
I completed week two of BLC. I am 3 more lbs. I did real well when it came to eating more freggies. I think the main reason was because their is so much fresh fruits & vegetables in the summer. I did manage to use the treadmill this week. It was the 1st time in ages. As far as exercising 1st thing in the morning thumbs on that one.
Week Three Plan:
1) Continue trying to exercise 1st thing in the morning.
2) Trying to be more consistent in using the treadmill each day.
3) 30 minutes each day of "me time" I am going to take better care of myself mentally & physically.