I did my first BFL 12-Week Challenge last year. I started in Feb 2009 and got 9 weeks into it. I started to see a lot of positive changes then thought I knew better... I started my own diet and exercise plan, jumped around to a few other popular ones out there, ended up completely burning myself out and taking a 4 month hiatus completely from eating clean and exercising.
I've slowly started easing back into the fitness world a few months ago and feel ready to get back to basics with the BFL program. I managed to put on about 10 of the pounds I worked so hard to take off last year. It's discouraging thinking "This time last year I was ordering a cute new bikini and now I don't even fit in in"... I know it does me no good thinking that way - but can't help it!
I found the forums to be a great place to gain motivation and for people to come out and tell you the truth! I'm hoping to get back in touch with that and finish these 12 weeks. I'm so afraid that I've messed everything up and this won't work for me again... :o(
I'd love to hear any feedback and/or tips you may have for me!
Wish me luck!KDub
Hooray!! Go kdubinaz!!
Congrats on the first one!
This next one is in the bag!!!
Don't worry about past mistakes! Everyone stumbles once and a while. Get back on BFL, it works! Set your goals, write them down, read them every night and you will be back on track before you know it! Your bikini is calling you!
Just checking back in - I'm in the middle of week 5 now and have had very little motivation and even less results. I know why... I haven't gotten every workout and meal in yet. I'm still truckin along, but am finding this time around to be so much harder to dedicate myself to. I just can't figure out what it's going to take to get me moving in the right direction for good.
Any thoughts are appreciated!
About weeks 5 to 8, somewhere in there, you will encounter the "what the heck" syndrome. How you deal with it will determine the course and outcome of the rest of your challenge. Here’s how it works. You’ve seen good results to this point, maybe nothing spectacular, but your clothes fit looser, people have noticed, you feel stronger and lift more, and your diet has been pretty much by the book. You’re feeling confident and more. Then, here it comes: "Honey, you’re looking great, and that big wedding reception is coming up next week. Would you do me a big favor and just try to eat and act normally while we’re there? You deserve a little break–you’ve worked so hard!" A smile, and a "pretty please" squeeze and he or she walks away.
You bite. At the wedding reception, it’s cake and ice cream, a few beers, a couple of handfuls of nuts, and so on. What the heck–you’ll burn it off in the early morning cardio. And you hit the cardio hard. But you hit free day which comes up very quickly even harder. Sleeping in after free day felt pretty good, and you’ll be back on that routine before they know it. This begins a spin from which some never recover.
Well, this is just an example, and the what the heck syndrome can take many other forms. A very sad event that just begs you to eat and drink over it. A really joyous event that just has to be celebrated. So, what’s wrong with that? Can’t I enjoy life, you say? WELL, my question to you is, "What does risking all the work you’ve done so far, in exchange for some really unhealthy eating actually have to do with the enjoyment of life?? If this is how the rest of your life after your challenge is going to be, you don’t stand the proverbial snowball’s chance in Hell of keeping your weight off and staying conditioned.
The appropriate response to the "what the heck" opportunity is simple. Act like you’re enjoying yourself, and you no doubt will. If you can’t handle the peer pressure, grab a glass of diet soda, put a few little food treats on a plate and walk around talking to folks. Mess up the treats, and then at the first opportunity put the plate down, or hand it to a waiter, and walk away. You’ll feel better, and really, no one who matters to you will ever notice the difference. You will, though, because you won’t be waking up the next morning feeling like a bird slept in your mouth!
Having fun and acting normal at foodfests, without becoming a victim of the gluttony, takes practice but can be done! If you don’t master this, even if your challenge goes smoothly, the rest of your life is going to be a bumpy road! When I was first learning how to be a recovering alcoholic, I worried to death about how to decline a drink when offered one. My sponsor told me to simply say, "No thanks, I’ve had plenty!" And it was certainly no lie either. It worked. The only people who still tried to push drinks on me were people who needed the program I had just been in. It’s no different with food. The ones trying to get you to stuff yourself are doing it due to their own issues, not yours!
Eat, drink and be merry–on free days! On other days, be merry! Don’t let anyone steal the prize out from under your nose.
Challenge 2 is more mental...the euphoria of doing a new program is overwith, and you know by now that you will get what you put into the program because it is clear it works. This is the time you need to remember to take your brain with you wherever you go. I am sure you have heard by now that DebbieMO keeps finding my head here and there as I go through my challenge (3)....it isnt easy figuring out the "LIFE" part. Nobody said it would be. It is a choice you GET TO make if you want to GET the body you deserve.
ROCK ON! KEEP YOUR HEAD and the body will follow. :)
I guess I could be known as the "BFL Headhunter"! lol!! =)
DebMO :0) Blessed to be a Blessing...
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