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Before my birthday

Monday, September 17, 2012

The BLC challenge came at a great time. It was after my trip to the States for my DS's wedding, where I gained, no lie, 9 pounds! And, it ends the day before my birthday.

I love having goals and they really help me to accomplish things in my life that I might not even attempt otherwise. BTW, this is longest challenge I have participated in. Most of the ones I have done are around 8 weeks. And, speaking of challenges, I was just notified last week that I won a 60 day challenge that I entered with T Tapp. I was in the "more to lose" category for those over 50, and ended up 1st runner up! (nice name for 2nd place...) I could either go to their retreat for 5 days at half the price, or choose items from their website in the amount of $125! Cool! I have until the end of the year to spend my T. Tapp dollars. I won't be going to the retreat - even though I would like to. I had hoped that I would win 1st place and be able to go for free! It is in Tampa, Florida, where my sister and mom live, so that would have been great to visit them while I was there. And, just for information, during this 60 day challenge, I lost a total of 24.5 inches! Which I think is amazing. I lost 7 inches on my waist alone!

Okay, back to the here and now...My 12 week goals!

1. Exercise:
Run 3 days a week for at least 5 kilometers.
Play volleyball once a week
Do ST - which is my weak point, following Jamie Eason's program as much as I am
able since I do not have a gym or the equipment. 25+ pound dumbbells are going to
have to be adequate.
I will also do my best on all the challenges that are given weekly.
I do not plan to WOW anyone with points, etc for these challenges. If I can't keep up a
program, then it won't be a lifestyle, and then I will just gain the weight back. I want to
do what is reasonable that I will be able to continue until I am 90!

2. Nutrition
Track, track, track... It is 80% of the battle in my opinion.
For right now, I am eating on the Jamie Eason plan - but I do not know if I will strictly
follow this or not. Likely not for the same reason as I mentioned for over-exercising.
However, I do know that I NEED to eat a lot of protein. I could go a long time without
meat...but then my iron drops and that is no good either! So, I will strive to stay within
my calorie range, keep my protein high, eat food that my body needs rather than what it
wants, concentrating on whole foods as much as possible.

My goal is to lose a total of 15 pounds. Remember, I gained those 9 pounds. By the time the challenge started I had lost 2.4 pounds, but there is a lot more work to be done. My goal weight by the end of this challenge is 166.6. I think it is ambitious, yet doable. That will put me close enough to goal to be able to see the finish line, which is 149.

I will also do my best to support others on my team.

And now, without further ado, here are my before pictures. It was either headless, or none because I just don't feel like getting all prettied up. Besides, you're going to have to give me more than 150 points to post great pictures!
I'll try to take some really awesome after pictures though!
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    How has the month been going? I'm just getting back into SP and catching up on my buddies here. So strange to have missed most of the summer here in Germany and be back for fall colors. But enjoying it while I can before returning to FL for the winter.

    3210 days ago
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    I just found your blog. I'm not able to get on my computer much. I have been logging in on my cell phone. The computer is better. So proud of your accomplishment. You are looking great. It is good you have the encouragement to continue to lose.
    I haven't been losing since i hit 25 lbs. hoping I get out of the slump soon.
    I am still trying to figure out this program. I have been logging in every day and have earned sparkpoints, but am having a hard time trying to get all the info on the cell phone app. Going to have to try to get on the computer more often. I must go now.

    3223 days ago
    I just reread this and realized that you lost those inches in 60 days! WOW! I've lost in 11.25 in 2 weeks. So I am on my way! I, too, gained while I was in the states. 10 pounds! I have 5 of it off already, so keep at it. It'll come off. I know I need to track, but it so hard. I just can't seem to get over this hurdle. I set a goal of tracking 4 days a week. So far this week, I have done one. UGH! Thanks for the encouragement. You brighten my day!
    3229 days ago
    emoticon You do amazingly. I have no doubts whatsoever that you will meet any and all goals. To me, the fact that you gained a few pounds while in the States is not a problem. You had a good time and that is important! It isn't as though you eat that way all the time. It does a body good to treat self. Life is too short with some special pleasures. I'll take your size and weight any day. Keep up the good work and remember to treat yourself as well.
    3230 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/25/2012 4:07:48 PM
    Congratulations on winning the challenge. You are doing amazing!!
    3230 days ago

    Together we will learn how to get that protein in. thanks for the hints to help me get mine in. we all have those time where we gain glad you didn’t give up but got back on the trail. congs on wining the contest have fun spending the gift card. Right now I am enjoy the free trainer I won for two months. You can this challenge by taking it one day at a time I know your teams will enjoy your support . great pictures even headless. That way we have to wait to all of you after you reach the goal you set for the challenge.
    Like your plan and you are so right it needs to be something that can be done once we reach our goal or like you said it come back Been there done that that is why i am here Did WW in the 1980's and once i was at goal i stopped writing everything down and went back to old habits not this time . i know we can do this it just a one day at a time hike. good plan on working out since you have no gym. keep us posted on how things are going. emoticon emoticon

    3231 days ago
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    Congrats. on winning the challenge! I like your plan for the BLC 20! You can do it!

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    3237 days ago
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    emoticon One more time on being 1st Runner up in the T.Tapp challenge and on top of it you lost a LOT of inches.... emoticon emoticon I am so proud of you....i know you told me about it....but then i forgot all about it....and thought you may had stopped doing the challenge..because of all the things you had going on....plus you was getting ready to come to the US of A ..........but of course i should have known better...because you are not a Quitter! emoticon
    You will do great with this challenge...i just know you will.....you have a solid plan....plus you are one of the most disciplined people i know!!
    I like that you are not going to get crazy over racking up the points...it made me think about my approach...because that is all i have been trying to do....i will have to go a little easier on that maybe!
    Great job posting the pics.... emoticon even if they are headless..... emoticon why didn't i think of that??!!!!!!! emoticon lol......now everyone knows what i look like...no more Mystery!!! hehehe.....
    Either way...i already know you will ROCK this challenge...Jawohl !!!
    Hab dich lieb...... emoticon
    3237 days ago
    You are an inspiration!! emoticon
    3237 days ago
    emoticon Great plan! emoticon
    What a great birthday gift to give yourself! Sounds like you have created a plan to fit your life. I should have done the headless shots! Why didn't I think of that? LOL I think I need to find my TTap dvds. From one Warrior to another, good luck with the BLC20! Take care and be well.
    3237 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/18/2012 9:45:44 AM
    emoticon 24.5 inches lost!!!!! Congratulations!
    You're doing great!
    3238 days ago
    You have accomplished so much already, and your comment about a sustainable plan is right on!

    3238 days ago
    WOW, you did great in that challenge!! 7" off your waist??? emoticon
    I also love your plan. You are so right that it needs to be a general lifestyle we will be able to keep up, and even want to keep up. I don't usually follow "food plans" for that very reason, because I know I won't want to do it for very long.
    You are gonna do an amazing job in this challenge!!!!
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    3238 days ago
    This is a great plan, dear friend! emoticon
    I think it is very doable! emoticon
    emoticon on the $125 you won on that challenge and 24.5 inches IS amazing!! emoticon
    Thank you for reminding me that our programs need to be sustainable....i need to work on that one....you are so wise!!
    Good job posting your pics....luckily i know what you look like! emoticon
    great before pics!!
    Love you!!
    3238 days ago
    Keep it up!! Sounds like a great plan!! may God bless your journey! emoticon
    3238 days ago
    Sounds like a great plan. I know you can do it! emoticon emoticon

    I want to say that I love your comment about wanting to continue until you're 90. You're so right- if we can't stick with a short term plan, we won't stick with it as a lifestyle.

    Have a wonderfully blessed day!
    3238 days ago
  • LADYJ6942
    Great plan Mariean!
    3238 days ago
    Another headless pic. I guess we will never know YOU. LOL

    Great plan and outlook.

    Please tell me what the second picture means.
    3238 days ago
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