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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

I joined the BLC this past fall for the first time. How did I do? How did I like it?

It was a bit rough in the beginning, and really in the middle too. I floundered. I flunked. I felt like I failed. It was challenging (well, isn't that the point???). It sent me way out of my comfort zone. Mostly because I had been sitting back, doing nothing before I joined. It's one of the reasons I joined - to shake me up, to remind me that living a healthy lifestyle is important to me. I had forgotten that it takes effort (sometimes a lot of effort, sometimes a little is okay, but definitely consistent effort) to be successful.

I struggled with checking in all the time, with fitting in the exercise, with keeping up with chat threads, and tracking, with just about everything. Then at the suggestion of a dear friend (para) I took a break. To regroup. To try and get a grip on where this fit in my life. I really, really wanted to think and reflect before it came time to register for the next round. Because I wasn't so sure I was going to do it again. I whined, I complained, I thought it was too much. Too much time, too much effort, too much tracking, etc.

Then I learned...I missed it when I took a break (not the first day or two). I missed knowing how everyone was doing. I missed the spreadsheet so lovingly created for our team. I missed the support. I missed the fun. I realized that the BLC is MORE than the tracking, the challenges, the traveling (for us Azures). It really is about living a healthy lifestyle. It is about taking care of yourself. About being aware of limitations in your life and working around them. About sharing - really about sharing imo. Sharing how you do things, how you eat, how you exercise, how you de-stress, how you handle life's ups and downs and still focus on being healthy.

I realized I LOVED the sharing. I've learned so much from my teammates, and from new friends made when we traveled to other teams. It's worth repeating...I've learned so much. About myself and about this journey/lifestyle. I've found new books that have been a tremendous help (thanks Stonecot!!). I also found new fiction novels to read (thanks to the entire team sharing their fav books). I've learned that being here keeps me accountable, and that's something I need. I just do better when I am involved with a team.

I've really begun to understand the phrase 'good is better than perfect'. Really, that is beginning to sink in for me. And trust me I am definitely an all or nothing gal; and a die hard perfectionist.

At the end of the round I have realized that I love the Azure team, and I need the BLC. And that I can adjust it so that it works for me (okay, that's still a work in progress, but that's okay too).

I did not meet my goals, but in hindsight they were way to ambitious for this time of year. I am really happy with my results - I believe I'll be down 5 lbs from my starting weight (my goal was 12 lbs). And typically for me to maintain this time of year is difficult, so the loss is welcome! Funny thing is it has come at the end of the round (and after some unexpected oral surgery), but maybe it took me that long to figure it out. And maybe not being able to eat much for a few days helped jump start me again.

I do know that next round (yes, I've signed up again) I will be ready to go. I know what to expect now. I feel like I am a part of this team, and I am looking forward to starting up again!!

So thanks to everyone on my team! You all helped me through (Jen you saved me at the end!). You were understanding and supportive and just there. And I truly appreciate each and every one of you. It has been a journey for me, and I am glad that I jumped in with both feet!!
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  • PARASELENIC
    I am so glad that you are back this round, feisty! I'm excited to see your progress this round!
    2705 days ago
  • TEKRU1
    I didn't see this when you posted in December (but I knew you were debating coming back) - really good blog about the BLC and what its really about! And I'm SO glad you're back with us this round!
    2705 days ago
  • REFORMDEB
    Awesomely encouraging post!!!
    2705 days ago
  • ZELLAZM
    Your post echoes a lot of my sentiments. I'm still on the fence about next round although I've signed up. Am going to take some time over the next week or two to ponder the decision. I have had very little time for pondering lately!

    2730 days ago
  • LADYOLIVER
    emoticon looking forward to getting to hang out with you more on the island.
    2734 days ago
  • ZANNACHAN
    I'm glad that you were on our team and I'm glad that you are coming back!

    I love that you realized that you missed it after a break--because while the challenges are intended to push out of our comfort zone, I think what makes the BLC so successful is that community and support. And that's why we push people to post regularly--more than the minimum 3 times a week. That regular participation is important for building the community.

    Next round will be easier, too, because you'll be a veteran and know your way around. The first round of the BLC can be pretty daunting at first because there's so much to learn, and you add onto that Azure's traveling (which I remember being daunting, and I'd been part of the BLC for awhile by that point)... doing both for the first time at the same time must be doubly so! But now you know your way around.
    2734 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8634484
    We were glad to welcome you too! I'm glad you're coming back again. We'll still all be there between rounds too, on the same thread and doing the same things, none of us can wait until the next round!
    2734 days ago
  • SUSANELAINE1956
    Five pounds is great. emoticon More importantly, it sounds like you learned so much about yourself.
    2734 days ago
  • IRISHBEANERGAL
    I'm happy to see this, because I signed up for a BLC challenge for January (first one ever) - and I'm extremely nervous! Thanks for sharing!

    ~Irish
    2734 days ago
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