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BLC 25

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Well............it's about time I give it some thought, no? I feel like I've been down this road a million times. Like I'm spinning my wheels. What's different this time? Well, for sure and for certain, I know that the attempts I am making are easily doable, and that I don't feel in the LEAST like doing it, but I am doing it to reclaim my health and my life. Not going after a certain number, a certain size, or a certain look. You know that saying about hitting rock bottom before doing something.......yeah. Been there, done that, wrote the book! Now, I'm on the upswing......

With all that said, here's what I am shooting for during this round of the BLC:

I am going to work out 20 minutes daily. That amounts to a 1 mile walk. That's it. If I want to do more, GREAT. If not, no biggie. I have officially given myself permission to only do 20 minutes. SOMETHING is better than nothing!!! I repeat that to myself DAILY!!!

I will do all BLC challenges. That will include ST. That is ALL the ST I will shoot for during this round. If I happen to do more, WOO HOO! If I don't...no biggie!! I will be happy with once a week if that's all I do!

I am tracking my food. Daily. Every Bite, Lick and Taste. I am not fretting over the calorie range right now. I am just getting into the habit of writing it all down, and knowing how many calories I am consuming. The rest will come in a bit. DAILY TRACKING!!

Water!! No exceptions!! Water!!!

Sleep. I will continue my sleep patterns that I have been working on since January. (I'm breaking it now being on here! LOL) I will get up at 5:30, and get to bed NO LATER than 10 PM. This will be consistent, because it is the best way I can get things done. I am well rested!

Anything else that comes along with this is a bonus. I can only focus on so much, and I can only make so many new changes at one time. I want to make this all a habit and make it life sustaining. I am NOT going to rush the process like I have tried over and over again. NOT THIS TIME!

Finally, we were challenged to do a Fitness Test. My results are as follows:
Pushups: modified 19
Crunches: 13
3 min step up: 104
1 mile: did not complete this weekend

Most people would think that's probably crap. You might be right. For me, I am happy that I was able to complete anything without dropping dead. The crunches made me the happiest. I have been pregnant and given birth to 8 babies, and have had 5 c-sections. I am ELATED that I was able to do ANY crunches for this test! I thought I wasn't able to do them at all!

These results are coming off of being mostly sedentary. I will take this. I will measure again at the halfway point. I am REALLY looking forward to making progress!! :-)

Thanks for sticking with me, SparkFriends. I feel like a broken record, but this time, I'm glued together and while it may be some bumpy playback, it'll smooth itself out over time! :-)

(((HUGS)))
~ Christa
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  • MINIUM
    Well done! It's good to see you and see your dedication! You will eventually succeed since you're still putting so many efforts! Good job.
    I'm quite impressed with your fitness test, actually! That's very good! And it will improve, over time.
    I really like the idea of exercising for 20' a day. Totally do-able and that's what matters, isn't it?
    Finally, research has shown that your chances to succeed grow in relation to the number of your attempts. So, see, you are bound to succeed!
    Have a lovely day!
    Nan
    2351 days ago
  • MONIKA1948
    Great goals, Christa! emoticon emoticon
    2357 days ago
  • TOSHIKO120
    Christa,
    In the short time I've been perusing posts and pages, I've come to be excited to get to know you! I have not read the last page of the Violet chat thread. Not sure if you saw that we're the same age. I read your survey tonight and saw that you also share my wedding anniversary calendar date. Also 2002 is a significant year for me because that's when my DH and I met! I can also relate to much of what you wrote in this blog! We even had the same number for the 3min. test! Haha! I look forward to cheering you along and seeing what else we have in common! One thing is VERY different. We have no children and I also learned how many blessings you have of your own! You seem VERY busy but you also seem to have a great attitude! Good luck and have a GREAT challenge!
    2358 days ago
  • AMARILYNH
    Great plans!! We can do it!!
    2358 days ago
  • PATTYJ48
    Christa--Those are good results and a great plan. Sometimes we need to go back to basics and I know you can do it. I am right here beside you so let's ROCK THE BLC. I am on the Stingrays this round.
    2359 days ago
  • CHANGINGEMMY
    Great goals Crista!! You can do this! Lifestyle changes is what its all about. I hope you have a fabulous day!
    2359 days ago
  • SCHNECKERL
    Great goals! You are inspiring me to start tracking my food again - I've been flatly ignoring it while I try to pull myself together from April (...and March, and Februrary..etc, etc.)! I hope you will consider joining me for some fun in the pool sometime soon! Can't wait to meet you! emoticon
    2359 days ago
  • DAISYBELL6
    Excellent plan. One day at a time, one goal at a time. emoticon
    2359 days ago
  • NANCYJH64
    Great goals!! You can accomplish these and continue your success!!
    2359 days ago
  • BRADMILL2922
    LOVE THIS! I think sticking to some basic things like you are is a great plan! It is easy to try and do everything perfect but being consistant is much more important. Get used to tracking that food and you will start making better decisions just out of habit! You can do this!
    2359 days ago
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    2359 days ago
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