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5% Challenge vs. BLC - if I had to chose.....

Sunday, May 19, 2019


I have been a pretty faithful member of the 5% Challenges for too many years to count. I have been on several teams including the Firecrackers, Cloverleaf and Teddy Bears. All have been positive experiences and I’ve made some amazing long-term SparkFriends. These challenges have motivated me, encouraged me and gently pushed me. Simply said, I love them!

Then, I very cautiously enrolled in the current BLC. To be completely honest, I was not sure what I expected but I feared I was getting in over my head. I sent a SparkMail to one of the overall team leaders and told her what I was looking for in a team. She suggested three teams and I was place on the Azure Destinations. I know it’s only early in the Challenge but I am loving being involved. My teammates have welcomed me with open arms, we have a lot of fun and I am feeling motivated and am committed.

So, which would I choose? The 5% Challenge or the BLC? To be completely honest, I think I would do both. They are completely different and yet somehow complement one another.

The reality is, and I have been guilty of this myself, is you can join as many of these goal- based teams as you want but until you do the work you are not going to see results. You can be motivated to the moon and back but you have to be committed to making an effort.....an HONEST effort.

I have made losing 20 pounds by late August as my first weight loss goal. I am not going to think about the many other 20 pound increments that I have to lose.

Goal: To lose 20 pounds by the end of August 2019

- increasing my fruit and vegetable servings to a minimum of 4 a day,
- drinking a minimum of 6 glasses of water a day
- doing cardio for a minimum of 20 minutes, 5 times a week
- introducing some beginner ST I can do at home
- eating 3 meals a day and enjoying healthy snacks

I will weigh myself twice a week Wednesday and Saturday
I will take my body measurements once a month
I will take monthly progress pictures

I am committed to reclaiming my health because I am worth the effort!
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