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And We're Off.....

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Today is the first official day of BLC24!! We've been getting to know each other in the Jungle for a few days so that's been fun but know it's time to get serious and get our game faces on.




I want to have a strong start so I'm going to focus on the things that have worked best for me in the past.


1. Track, track, track. It seems so simple but I let busyness become an excuse for not being consistent with this even though it is the thing that brings me the most success.

2. Fruits and Veggies. I will eat them with every meal, At least five servings a day but preferably seven to ten each day.

3. Water. I got into the horrible habit of drinking Diet Coke again over the holidays. I'm going cold turkey and cutting it completely out for the next twelve weeks (and hopefully for longer).

4. Exercise. This one usually isn't an issue for me but with the cold weather I sometimes find excuses to not get it done. I'll push for at least 500 fitness minutes each week. I can do it!!


  
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DRADDIE 1/16/2014 7:44PM

    Go Go Go!!!!

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 1/16/2014 8:11AM

    Good PLAN..

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Jungle ABCs

Thursday, January 09, 2014

BLC24 is now open and in the Jungle we like to introduce ourselves to our teammates!!

So, here I go....


A is for ABOVE and BEYOND...Does competition give you an extra push?

Sometimes. I feel like I will never be the strongest or fastest person but I can give it my best shot.


B is for BLC rounds... Newbie?(first BLC round) Oldie?(1-3 rounds) Goldie?(long time BLCer)? Former BLC team(s)?

Definitely a Goldie, This will be my 8th or 9th BLC round (3rd in the Jungle)

C is for CHILDREN...you have?

zero

D is for DOWNFALL...what's you're biggest temptation/excuse?

Food brought in and left around the office


E is for EARLY Bird or Night Owl?

Night Owl

F is for FURRY FRIENDS...you have?

I don't actually own any but my roommates have three dogs and the Jack Russell Terrier (Roxy) has adopted me. They also have two other dogs--Lilly and Djenga. I get the benefit of having pets without having to feed/walk/take them to the vet

G is for GROCERIES...what do you fill your cart with?

Fruits and veggies, Greek yogurt, eggs, meat. I try to stick to the outer edges of the grocery store.


H is for HOME...where do you call home?

Nashville, TN

I is for INSPIRE...who or what is your roll model/inspiration?

My BLC teammates. It's amazing to see how far we can push ourselves and each other!!


J is for JOB...What do you do for a living?

I close loans for a mortgage company

K is for KEEP IT SIMPLE...What's your healthy focus when short on time?


fitness...it's the one thing I do pretty consistently without fail


L is for LOG...Do you use the Nutrition and Fitness trackers?

I have in the past and need to get back to it. I'm ready!!


M is for MARRIED, Single, Involved?

Single, never married


N is for NAME...What's the meaning behind your sparkname?


First name, last initial and favorite hockey player from years ago number

O is for OUNCES...How many ounces of water do you consume on a daily basis?

Usually at least 80


P is for PRODUCE...How many fruits and veggies do you consume daily?

between 5 and 7 servings

Q is for QUOTE...what's your favorite?

Still my favorite:
"The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start."

John (the Penguin) Bingham

R is for ROUTINE...Average number of days and minutes you exercise weekly?

Six

S is for STATURE...How tall are you?

5' 6"

T is for TIME...What time zone are you in?


central


U is for UNWIND...What is your favorite pass time or hobby?

reading (I read A LOT--118 books last year) or watching the Predators play hockey

V is for VACATION...If you could travel anywhere, what destination would you choose?

England

W is for WEIGHT WORKOUT...Do you follow a consistent ST program?

Yes!! I go to a strength and toning class twice a week. I love ST!!

X is for "X" MARKS THE SPOT...What do you want to see happen these 12 weeks, other than the scale move?

This round I want to be consistent with my tracking again. I have found that this is the single most important thing for weight loss success.

Y is for YESTERDAY...Do you dwell on poor choices or allow them to push you forward?

Allow them to push me forward. If I've made a bad choice, I let it go and move on.

Z is for ZERO...name one weight loss tool you couldn't live without?

running shoes

  
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ZENRYAKU 1/12/2014 8:02AM

    I just discovered John Bingham - I am currently last in the field. But hey, I couldn't run 5K three months ago!

Lucky you getting all that reading in - I wish emoticon

All the best with your goals and those for the next 12 weeks.

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NIGHTASBYDAY 1/11/2014 12:42PM

    emoticon its nice to see you back here and roaring to go .

sorry that your still nipping my tail emoticon , but your the one that's great at the weight loss weekly.

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EATTRAINSLEEP 1/11/2014 8:52AM

    emoticon Suzie....looking forward to an awesome round!

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CRGARDNER1 1/11/2014 5:42AM

    Good luck on this round fellow tiger... ROAR!!!!!!!!! Do you have any tips since this is your 8th-9th round?

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AIMEESINGS 1/11/2014 12:47AM

    I was excited to have finished 52 books last year! You far out read me! lol
Also a hockey fan! I'm in Buffalo so I follow the Sabres. Nothing like being on the losing team almost all the time lol! But I still love the sport!

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SALGUOD2 1/10/2014 9:01PM

    118 books in a year, that is some serious reading.

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 1/10/2014 1:37PM

    Loved your "A,B,C's"

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STORMYWEN 1/10/2014 11:57AM

    Great to see you back Suzie! I have a feeling this round is going to be awesome!

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AODEFEY 1/10/2014 11:20AM

    Enjoyed learning more about you! I am part of a title company here in Texas so I feel your pain!! Lol!

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GORIANA 1/10/2014 11:17AM

    Good luck this round. You push hard through the challenge, so I predict another excellent round.

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GLUCOZA 1/9/2014 10:51PM

    Thank you for sharing your ABCs. I'm new on the team and just getting to know everyone. I love Halloween costumes! Did you make yours? I made mine this year, you can see it on my page.

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SUNPANTHER 1/9/2014 9:06PM

    Great! That John Bingham quote is a long time favourite of mine too!

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Let's be Honest

Wednesday, November 06, 2013



Week 2 loss: -.5
Total BLC23 Loss: -5.4
Weekly Fitness Minutes: 625
Weekly Calorie Differential: ????


OK, so I'm going to lay it all out here. As you can see above, I don't know what my calorie differential for the week was. And the reason I don't know that? It's simple. I have been a tracker slacker!! You like that one?

There were three or four days this past week where I didn't track my food. And while I don't eat horribly, I KNOW that my number one weight loss tool is that tracker.

Thankfully I did have a little loss this week and I'm sure that has a lot to do with an increase in the exercise this week.

I have actually asked my Tigers team to watch my trackers this week and keep me accountable. Because if you can't be honest with your BLC team members then maybe this isn't the place for you.

So, my goals this week are going to be tracker related:

1. track every single bit. When I was in WW, they had all kinds of little sayings. If you bite it you write it; if you lick it, you stick it; If it goes in; write it down with your pen. I'll be repeating all of those this week.

2. Get back to the freggies. I want to have at least seven servings a day of freggies.

3. 100 oz of water each day. The weekends are when I really struggle to get my water in. During the week when I'm in my routine and at work I usually have that 100 oz in before heading home from work.

4. Lose a pound. I know if I stick to these goals and keep my exercise up then I will be able to lose that pound.


  
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FITNHEALTHYKAL 11/26/2013 5:39AM

    I HATE tracking and trackers and until I find one that I can just take a picture of and it transfers and translates everything I will probably slack at this horribly. FACT. But it's also a FACT that tracking works. :::sigh:::

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STORMYWEN 11/13/2013 11:05PM

    Great goals!

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EATTRAINSLEEP 11/11/2013 11:31PM

    I'd be lost with out tracking. And I agree, if you can't be honest here, whats the point. I've gotten much better about tracking EVERYTHING - the good, the bad AND the ugly lol


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36ROCK 11/11/2013 12:09PM

    emoticon kick that tracker slacker to the curb tiger!

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 11/7/2013 10:18AM

    The trackers sure do help keep us honest with ourselves.
Remember what you eat in private, shows in public.
Actually that last line,,, I don't know why I keyed it.
Hugs, Audra

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AVAMARIE62 11/7/2013 3:12AM

    Way to go Tiger! Tracking is the way forward!
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KCSMOM9 11/6/2013 9:10PM

    I believe in those trackers to. They are so important! emoticon

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NIGHTASBYDAY 11/6/2013 9:07PM

    emoticon emoticon great goals

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Let's Not Make Excuses

Wednesday, October 30, 2013



Week 2 loss: -.8
Total BLC23 Loss: -4.9
Weekly Fitness Minutes: 520
Weekly Calorie Differential: -4763

Tomorrow is Halloween and the start of the fall holiday season. It would be easy to use the holidays as an excuse to go off plan. There is junk food all over my office (and that temptation will be there through the end of the year). There are parties, shopping, get-togethers and other activities that can take my focus away from that exercise that I need. So, this year, I'm planning to not let any of the holidays be an excuse for going off plan.

I was a little short of my 600 fitness minutes goal. I think 90 minutes a day with one day at 30 - 60 minutes is pretty much my limit (I say that but am planning to go to a 2 hours Zumba-thon on Saturday). 600 minutes might be a little high for my schedule. I am plenty happy hitting that 500 minutes a week mark.

I also did not quite make my 1 pound loss mark. That said, I am thrilled to still see the numbers going down on the scale right now because this is usually the weight I get stuck at. Those ounces are going to add up!

Here is my plan for week 6 of BLC (man, halfway through already).

1. 500 fitness minutes. I am loving my fitness classes at the gym. The instructor and I are becoming great friends too!!

2. Stay out of the junk food around the office. This is going to be accomplished by having more healthy options readily available. If I'm wanting some of that Halloween candy, I commit to reaching for a piece of fruit or going for a short walk outside first.

3. Work on planning my meals better. I feel like lately my meals have been thought up on the fly and this always makes for some interesting choices that are not the best.

4. Lose that pound! I'm going to really push this week for that one pound loss that I didn't get last week.


How are you going to handle the holidays?

  
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OVERACTIVEELBOW 10/31/2013 8:03AM

    You CAN make your healthier choices ... one choice at a time... and reach your goals. The point where you rarely have to make conscience choices because most of the time your healthier habits will be making the right choices automatically.
You can do it !!!
Audra

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Over that Hill

Wednesday, October 23, 2013



Last week I mentioned that I am at the weight where I tend to plateau but I made a plan last week and stuck to it and things went very well on the scale this morning.

Week 2 loss: -1.8
Total BLC23 Loss: -4.1
Weekly Fitness Minutes: 750
Weekly Calorie Differential: -4416

I had a few extra days off last weekend and decided that I was going to really push the exercise minutes--120 minutes every day I was off and I blew my goal of 600 minutes last week out of the water. I figured if I wasn't going to do it when I was off, it wasn't going to get done.

I drank my water, I focused on getting more whole foods into my diet and I lost more weight than I aimed for.

This week it's back to work and routine but my goals are going to look pretty much the same:

1. focus on whole foods (still staying out of the market at work which helps tremendously)

2. 600 fitness minutes

3. 100 oz water every day

4 lose 1 pound


I say if it works, stick to it!

  
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AVAMARIE62 10/24/2013 12:15PM

    You are doing great! Glad that part of your success is from staying out of the kitchen market at work!

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TANYA602 10/24/2013 9:12AM

    Awesome plan! 120 minutes a day of exercise is impressive!
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THINFITFEMINIST 10/23/2013 8:50PM

    Absolutely fantastic! Keep it up and you'll cross your goal line sooner than planned.

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NIGHTASBYDAY 10/23/2013 8:33PM

    emoticon your really movin that emoticon

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EATTRAINSLEEP 10/23/2013 8:29PM

    emoticon great goals Suzie - you can do it!

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THE_RED_BIRD 10/23/2013 7:52PM

    Good for you! I'm impressed with your dedication!

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