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T-Minus 15, BLC 26 is Preparing to Launch!

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Jillian Michaels, oh how I love/hate you! I can barely walk today after doing 30 minutes of her Banish Fat Boost Metabolism workout. OHEMGEEE! Let's do that again!!

Below is a bit of an infomercial to help fill our ranks as we prepare to open the door at the "BLC ranch."

I've been counting down since BLC 25 completed. Are you interested in a 12 week challenge that will focus on you, help you lose weight, and forge great new friendships with like-minded individuals?

The Biggest Loser Challenge (also known as the BLC) is a 12 week challenge that was inspired by the TV show of the same name. It's been around for over 8 years encouraging HEALTHY weight loss and fitness. It's like a sub-culture of the Sparkpeople sub-culture! I'm glad it's had some staying power because I have personally tried it out a number of times and it wasn't until I landed on a team that was a good fit for my needs that it really worked for me.

So, if you have been looking for a team to motivate, support, and challenge you, I encourage you to check out the BLC. There are a number of teams, all with a unique focus. But don't take my word for it. Check out this message board where existing members are sharing their thoughts about the BLC:

Register now to become part of the 26th round of the Biggest Loser Challenge. Meet new friends when you join a team chosen by you based on your needs. There is no better program to give you the accountability you need and the support you deserve, while having FUN together getting to goal....sign up today!
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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CATS_MEOW_0911 9/2/2014 6:36PM

    I signed up--this will be my first time! I could really use the accountability...

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A_RARE_BEAN 9/2/2014 4:44PM

    Love me a bit of Jillian, she does make ya sweat!

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T-Minus 16, New Month, New Goals

Monday, September 01, 2014

I love this time of month around Sparkpeople. Everyone is busy looking back at last month and resetting goals for the next. Woohoo! I've been sitting here myself trying to decide what to do in September. I had some good experiences tinkering with food In July and August.
I'm doing the smoothie cleanse with a Facebook team on September 8, which is really bad timing because my mother in law is coming for a visit then. So, I may resign to do the modified cleanse, which is ok. The full cleanse was brutal.

My fitness minutes definitely took a hit last month. I think I'm ready to turn it back up. 60 minutes a day ought to do it!

1. 2-3 green smoothies a day.
2. 60 minutes of a la carte fitness (strength, yoga, cardio, anything I choose) 5-6 days a week.
3. Sensible dinner and snack before 9 pm.

I had to add the 3rd goal as a reminder. I've overcome a lot of food issues, but only because I'm aware of my weak spots and constantly vigilant.

That's it. Short and sweet. Let's get to work!

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A_RARE_BEAN 9/1/2014 4:05PM

    great goals! emoticon

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TANYA602 9/1/2014 3:39PM

    I love the goal-setting part of a new month, as well! Thank you for stopping by my blog, and for giving me some ideas here with your goals. I like the ala carte fitness idea!
Here's to a terrific and successful month!

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JCARDINAL 9/1/2014 12:50PM

    Sounds like a great plan!! September here we come!! emoticon

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JMARIES51 9/1/2014 11:39AM

    Good goals, sounds like you are really pushing and exploring at the same time. Hope you have a wonderful week and month

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ZANNACHAN 9/1/2014 10:05AM

    good luck on the cleanse! I can't imagine doing one with family in town--hard enough to do one under normal conditions.

Best of luck stepping up your fitness! You can do it!

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DEW1960 9/1/2014 9:36AM







Have an awesome, God blessed day today, you and your family too.


Daniel Walker


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T-Minus 17

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The long awaited Ninja arrived today, along with the Mag07 magnesium supplement. I'll let you know what I think when I make the next batch of smoothies!

I definitely got my fill of animal protein this weekend. I feel like it's all sitting like a lead balloon in my belly! I'm back to smoothie and a piece of salmon for dinner tomorrow. Those sweet little filets are soaking in Chef Meg's Ginger Garlic Marinade.

Taking a break from the extreme cleanse means getting back to work. I did DDP Yoga in the morning and hit the elliptical tonight. That's one thing back to normal. Now to figure out the food. I kicked around doing the Whole 30. If I do, I'll want to modify the meal frequency. I'm kinda, sold on the idea of smaller, more frequent meals, rather that 3 squares a day. What I'll probably do is a modified Whole 30/Smoothie cleanse. More to come when I figure, it out.

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ZANNACHAN 9/1/2014 1:03AM

    Does the whole 30 prescribe how many meals you eat? For some reason I thought it was more like a guideline as what to eat... you know, avoid processed foods, etc.--something similar to the Pale diet.

Sounds like things are changing but in a good way.

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T-Minus 18, Full Cleanse Complete

Saturday, August 30, 2014

I'm declaring victory with 4 of 10 days complete. I may attempt the 10 day full smoothie cleanse again, but I think I'm ready to switch to the Whole 30. My husband will be happy to get fed again!

Even though I didn't go the full 10 days, the experience was a breakthrough for me. I have the mental fortitude to take the more difficult path and come out the victor when an internal debate over food ensues. Big, big win for me.

And today I shop for real food that's going on the grill!

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JUNESHOPE 8/31/2014 9:29PM

    emoticon Keep up the good work. Way to judge how far you want to take things, and make them work for you.

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VEG954 8/30/2014 7:37PM

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SHERYLDS 8/30/2014 11:32AM

    clean sweep.... emoticon
Now time for real eats....go for it

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ZANNACHAN 8/30/2014 11:32AM

    I'm glad that it was beneficial, but I bet it will be good getting back to actual food, LOL! Good luck on the whole 30!

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JMARIES51 8/30/2014 10:50AM

    Good for you, Brenda. I tried a complete cleanse once and lasted 3 days. It is extremely difficult. Nice to feel that you have control over the food, isn't it? Now onto your next challenge. emoticon

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MRSP90X 8/30/2014 10:28AM

    As Dr Fuhrman would say, "then it's done its job", on the purpose of a fast. I just watched Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead the other day and thought of you. Awesome results! Whole30 here we come! emoticon

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T-Minus 19

Friday, August 29, 2014

I fell off my smoothie cleanse pretty hard yesterday. Ouch! I barely ate my veggies snacks during the day because I was so busy. When I got home, I had a boiled egg and my smoothie. Then I had a plain chicken bratwurst sausage, and another on a bun, followed by a thin sliced chicken breast on a toasted English muffin. I obviously reached my tolerance level for low animal protein! All of that was followed by a serious belly ache! On to Day 6!

Did you know you can modify the information visible to you and your friends in your friends feed? I changed what I could see to get rid of a lot of activities so I can see when people blog. It still shows status updates and weight loss and a few other things, so you can still cheer and comment. But I was interested in paring back all the things I ignore. Doing that helps me see the blog roll. I know you can subscribe to blogs, but if you don't click the email link, the subscription is disabled.

I was up before 3 a.m. again today and now I'm getting tired when I need to get ready for work. Ugh!

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CATS_MEOW_0911 8/30/2014 9:04AM

    Oh, bummer on the belly ache. Hope today it feels better!

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JUNESHOPE 8/29/2014 11:38PM

    It's only human to not be perfect. We have to accept that we will all have days we let our guard down a little. We just need to remember to get right back on track, and not let the word 'tomorrow' take over.

You are one of the strongest women I know. Keep up the good work. And thank you for the information. I will check my email.


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LINDA! 8/29/2014 5:52PM

    Thanks for the information on the friend feed.

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A_RARE_BEAN 8/29/2014 1:07PM

    I just did that a bit yesterday, pared down the friend feed, it does help to streamline everything that's for sure! Cut down my blog subscriptions too, as wonderful as spark is I can't be having it overrule my inbox the way it has been lately when school starts up again!

Hope the belly ache is better. Tomorrow is a new day, onward to day 6 and the weekend! Enjoy

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VEG954 8/29/2014 10:16AM

  Cleanses can be tough since they go against what we have been doing.
I tried a juice cleanse and didn't last thru the second day!

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VALIENDRA 8/29/2014 9:12AM

    Thank for the information about the Friends feed. and TGIF! It sounds like you're having very busy days. Just don't forget to think about you!
Have a wonderful weekend
Isabelle ☼

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