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BLC-22: Sign Up for a Fantastic Experience!

Monday, May 13, 2013

BLC-22 sign ups are this week.

The Biggest Loser Challenge here on Spark People has been the single most helpful aspect of Sparking for me. The 22nd edition begins on June 5th and I look forward to it. The BLC is tailor-made for me, and quite probably for you, too. It’s got a universal appeal because there are so many paths to success available to all members.

If you are having problems achieving the level of weight-loss or the level of fitness you long for, the BLC is probably for you. If you are a social butterfly the BLC is for you. If you are a reclusive hermit, the BLC is for you. The BLC is equally hospitable to the young, the old, the atheist, the religious, the morbidly obese and the maintainer. The BLC works if you are a turtle or if you are a hare. It works very well if you are competitive but it also has great guidelines to work within if you shrink from competition. It works well if you are a wretched cynic, like I am and it works even better if you are not cynical.

The BLC is divided up into various teams and each team has weekly challenges that are carefully thought through to be motivational and to get you headed in the right direction and to stay in the right direction.

I am not, by nature, a joiner. Nor am I by nature an enthusiast. But the BLC really works. I think it works its magic in different ways for different people. First, you need to believe that you can make progress and improve. If you believe in yourself just a little tiny bit…just a smidgeon…then you are at a good starting point to have the BLC help you.

There are many ways to succeed at the BLC. My own way is that I look at it like I looked at school. I was always good at school. I like homework. I like directions. I like goals. I like benevolent leaders and teachers. My instinct to do well kicked in when I joined the BLC. I wanted to get good “grades” (i.e. “grades” come in the form of improved health, stamina, and weight loss).

You can succeed if you look at it as a social experience. You can succeed if you look at it as a scientific experience. You can succeed if you look at it as you, competing against yourself, to achieve more than you once could. If you plunge yourself into the BLC world, and have just a little bit of motivation you should find a way to make it work for you and for your body and for your emotions. And yes, even if you hated school---I use the “school” analogy because it works for me. You can find your own illuminating metaphors and analogies.

Use this link to go to the sign-up BLC team:

www.sparkpeople.com/mysp
ark/groups_individual.asp?
gid=50602


and here's the link to the Team Descriptions:
www.sparkpeople.com/mysp
ark/team_messageboard_thre
ad.asp?board=-1x50602x52930040


I believe sign-ups begin on May 15th.

❀ Make it Happen ❀

Sign-ups have commenced! Let the games begin on June 5th!
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  • CANDOK1260
    happy you enjoy the blc
    2955 days ago
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    Yaay Natalie you will do great! Thanks for sharing what BLC means to you - it helps me understand it better. Off I go to the links in your blog!
    2956 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13804916
    GJ,

    I don't know if the group I'm joining is part of the BLC-22 challenge or not, but I am definitely looking forward to the BLC group that I'm joining and to getting started.

    Thank you for this blog. It is very encouraging, motivating, and exciting! I'm grateful for your friendship.

    Thank you, again!

    Josie emoticon
    2957 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13629552
    I signed up for the mailing list and think I'd like to do this as long as no one tells me exactly what sort of exercises I have to do or what days I have to do them on. If they say cardio minimum 3 days a week, weight train 2, I can do that - and work within my own goals and my own body issues. In fact, I intend to do more cardio than that this summer, because I CAN - my schedule will be lighter than usual since I will only be taking a 4 day a week class with an internship (no work!) in June and July. I can log in every single evening to say what I did.

    I don't have a ton of weight to lose, but I'm stubbornly holding onto what remains. And I've got some seriously flabby bits I'd like to tone up. Some motivation from on high would be helpful since my habit is to curl up with a book instead.
    2957 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/14/2013 2:07:49 AM
  • MONETRUBY
    I really enjoyed my time in the BLC (well, until the last one, but I won't go there and spoil my mood), and I've made friendships that have extended far beyond the challenge-friendships that include yours! I think it can work for so many people, and I think you did a wonderful job of laying that out. I hope people join up as a result, and find success like so many others.
    2957 days ago
  • NORWOODGIRL
    I participated in 1 BLC. There were lots of things I liked about it. I made some great SFs. But I found it a huge commitment of time. I was looking forward to this summer's challenge - but this year I have another obligation that will limit the time I can spend. No BLC this time - but I am on the mailing list!
    2957 days ago
  • SMOKY_TEA
    Yes, they are most definitely not for everyone. I cannot impose any serious discipline on myself so I welcome getting it from an outside source.

    I've never been a member of AA or other groups like that, but I think that the authority of the BLC is a sort of "higher power" for me. But that's just me and it worked in a quirky kind of way.
    2957 days ago
  • MORTICIAADDAMS
    I tried joining a challenge once. It is not for me. LOL. It requires time and commitment I choose to spend on my sparkfriends. I would have to give up reading blogs.
    2957 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8634484
    I signed up last year, and I'm still waiting to hear from them. Perhaps this time I'll get that Spark mail!
    2957 days ago
  • STHOMAS1009
    BLC Teams are emoticon
    2957 days ago
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