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REFLECTIONS OF MY SUMMER... (itc blog - bl challenge)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Our inter-team challenge for my Biggest Loser Summer Challenge team is to create a blog about my reflections from the challenge so far. At the beginning of the challenge I posted a list of goals that I wanted to complete by the end of the challenge - mid August. Behind each I'll make my observation of how I am doing on that so far (with only two weeks left in the challenge).

Goals for this Challenge:
In 10 weeks I'd like to:

1 - Lose 25 pounds (only lost 9 pounds so far - had a few weeks where I either yo-yoed or stayed the same)

2 - Fit comfortably into any size 18's (I am in 20's in pants - some 20's are still too tight and size 2x in shirts which would be a 20/22 - but some 1x fit)

3 - Make ST a habit - 3x a week (haven't done hardly any ST since the beginning of the challenge)

4 - Finish reading Master Your Metabolism and the Superfoods Rx Diet (haven't finished either book)

5 - Continue training for a 5K (even after the race in June is done) (after the 5k was done I took off two weeks - just of running, not all exercise - and now I am in week 3 of the C25K program and doing well)

6 - Switch over to all natural and organic fruits and veggies (I have pretty much done that. I think I have decided that at this point we aren't ready for 100% natural or organic all the time. But all produce and most meats and pasta, rice, etc are all organic. I feel better eating this way and look forward to learning more about clean eating and cooking that way.)

7 - Eat more healthy on weekends (better portion control and less restaurants). (this past weekend I did a little better - ate more at home instead of restaurants - but I still didn't do well for MOST of the challenge and I really need some improvement in this area)


Normally I would think that what I didn't accomplish is pretty depressing. But I did accomplish some of the things on my list. Nine pounds lost isn't even close to 25, but it's better than nothing lost! And I still have a couple of weeks to go. It would be great if I could get to 12 pounds lost. Even though the challenge will be done mid-August, if I could lose another 3 pounds by the end of August (weeks 3 and 4) then I will get to 15 pounds lost this summer. I guess if I look at it that way it doesn't sound so bad. Summer can be a really hard time to lose weight with parties, cookouts, picnics, festivals (Milwaukee is KNOWN for their festivals and it's hard not to eat a lot there, lol).

I completed my first 5k. At the time I trained the way I needed to just to get through it, but I didn't use the C25K program. I just alternated jogging and walking. Now I am training myself to complete a 5k in the fall - and be thinner, run better and get a better time. I am proud of myself for taking of those two weeks and then getting back into the game.

I did switch over to almost all organic and some natural. My food bill is more, but I feel better physically and I feel better about what I am putting in my body and my family's bodies. I don't worry about pesticides on my produce anymore - and that alone is worth every penny!

Okay, so I am not wearing 18's yet. I feel good about where I am at. The difference from my top weight and now is very obvious in pics (posted in my photo gallery). I have lost quite a few inches now and it's starting to show both in the mirror and in my clothes.

Things I can work on to get the most out of my last two weeks in this challenge -
1 - Keep logging my food. I did better this last week when I logged every bite. I know it's hard for me, but I have been utilizing the fancy options such as creating a food grouping or the recipe builder and it's making the tracking a little easier now.
2 - Pick one of the books (Master your Metabolism or the SuperFoods Rx Diet) and finish reading it over the next two weeks. I am a fast reader so I should be able to get it done.
3 - Lose another 3 pounds by the end of the challenge. I think I can do it, but it's gonna hinge on #4
4 - Eat out only ONCE on weekends and drink extra water and watch portions. Weekends are not a free-for-all.

So, at the end of the summer I'll do another blog and update on my update! lol
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    Honey, you are doing GREAT! 9 lbs is over 1/3 of the way to your goal. BE PROUD!

    Summer is hard. It's so easy to use the heat and humidy as an excuse to not get out and work out. But you need to be proud of yourself. You're still moving in the right direction, even if it's not as fast as you want. You've made good changes and you're making them part of your life so they'll stick.

    You are a winner!
    4338 days ago
    You have done a great job, and I feel like you are a great inspiration. And you know I love your pages always. emoticon
    4340 days ago
    You are doing GREAT and it is so good to see some of your perfectionism slipping away and you being able to give yourself credit for those things you HAVE accomplished! I am SOOOOO super proud of you!
    4340 days ago
    You are wise to focus on what you HAVE achieved and not get too discouraged by what you haven't achieved yet! I think you are doing well and I'm proud of you!

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    4340 days ago
    Its not about perfection but improvement and you are improving in every way! Your a total success in my book and are going to have a great year behind you soon.

    Enjoy the rest of the Summer and keep getting healthier, one pound at a time
    4340 days ago
    I see lots of progress on your list. Good for you for not discounting the good things. And at the end of the challenge you will be better for it. I HAVE lost weight and you HAVE made progress - You sound like a WINNER to me!

    Good for you, keep up the hard work!
    4340 days ago
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    YOU GO GIRL!!!!
    4340 days ago
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