BLC 26 conclusion
Monday, December 08, 2014
As part of our last weekend challenge for The Biggest Loser round 26, we are asked to look back and reflect on our successes over the last 12 weeks.
For anyone reading this that may not be a part of the Biggest Loser challenge community, check it out. It is a wonderful community of individuals who come together for 12 weeks to set goals, and to challenge and motivate each other to be as successful as we can be. We break into "teams" and have weekly challenges to compete in. It is a lot of fun and makes this journey a little easier. As round 26 wraps up, the community will open up for new members sometime the middle-ish of December and have teams set up for round 27 to start in January.
Round 26 was a little rough for me. As many of you know, I had been diagnosed as pre-diabetic awhile back, and had been fighting as hard as I could to not slip into the diabetic range. I was told back in July that my numbers, despite everything that I had done, had slipped farther up the scale, and I was now considered diabetic. It was during this time that we made a major move from west Tennessee to the coast of South Carolina. I was able to delay the start of "official" treatment for diabetes until I got to SC. Which was stupid on my part, because I was only delaying the inevitable, and making things worse in the long run. To make a long story short here, I started the new diabetic meds here in SC in the middle of this Biggest Loser round. I won't go into detail, but they made me horribly ill for over a month. It took a bit to get the dosage/timing correct, and I think that we are finally on the right track with where we are today. I started seeing a nutritionist, who has been a Godsend, in helping me navigate my way through meal planning, and carb counting. She has been wonderful and gives me better choices, and better solutions when it comes to eating. I love her dearly. The worst part of this whole "ordeal" was not the being sick part because of the meds, as horrendous as that was, but it was a mental thing for me. I was devastated. I thought that I was working so hard, and that I was going to beat becoming diabetic. I have learned that lifestyle does play a part in maintaining healthy blood sugar numbers, but sometimes genetics and age just can't be overcome that easily. I know that I did do what I could, I ate (for the most part) healthy and exercised daily, and it wasn't necessarily my "fault" that I was diabetic. It truly was/is a grieving process at the time of diagnosis, and it takes time to adapt and accept the new normal that is now my life. I am in a good place mentally now, and I am so thankful and grateful for the many friends I have made through Biggest Loser. Some were motivating, some were comforting, and some were strong enough to tell me that it was time to get up, and do what I had to do. Thank you!
So, with everything that happened over this last round, I can honestly say that I didn't have the best round in terms of success. I have lost weight...slowly...but I have lost, and I am getting stronger and stronger each day. I have finally wrapped my head around the whole lifestyle journey. It is not a journey to a destination. It is a journey with no end. It is our walk, day by day, to a place of better health. We will walk this journey until our time on earth is up. We must have the mindset though, that the journey not be tedious and something that we are "made to do". We can enjoy the journey, learn new things, make friends, laugh, support each other, motivate each other. There is a strength that comes in numbers, just like going to war. You can go it alone, and hope and pray that you can be successful and overcome, or you can take an army of fellow fighters along with you. That is what the Biggest Loser community, and especially my team means to me. And as most of you know, everything is always more fun when you take a girlfriend along!
For Biggest Loser 27, I look forward to continuing to lose weight, and gaining more ground in my fight to lower my A1c (blood sugar numbers). I will continue to improve my fitness tests, shaving off minutes and adding more weight/reps to my workouts. I will continue to meal plan in advance, logging my nutrition, and staying within my ranges. There is no magic pill, no extreme diet, and no wishful thinking that is going to get the job done for me. I am walking my journey, one step at a time, one day at a time, one meal at a time, and one workout at a time. I will remind myself that each goal that I make is not the final destination, but merely a place of recognition of a job well done, and then keep walking...
For those of you that may not be familiar with Biggest Loser, I urge you to check it out. It is a 12 week commitment. A gift to yourself that lasts 12 short weeks (they really do fly by) that will challenge you, motivate you and encourage you every day.
I look forward to a new year, and another new start of Biggest Loser.