This is a bit late as I usually post this as soon as registration starts, but life has been *really* crazy for me lately (and for some reason my internet access annoyingly less than reliable... grr!).
BLC 26 will be starting very soon--the doors open it sounds like on Sept. 10th though the actual challenge won't start until the 17th.
For those of you are not familiar with the BLC on sparks, it's inspired by the TV show the Biggest Loser but it's quite different from it, in that it emphasizes HEALTHY and SUSTAINABLE weight loss. While it is a weight loss challenge and we are required to weigh in every Wednesday, it is about doing so in a healthy way. There are a lot of teams, and the teams have different focuses and personalities--some are really strict, others more flexible. Some emphasize nutrition, others exercise, others social support. Some are competitive and others less so. So no matter what it is that you personally need to support you on this goal of being a thinner, healthier, stronger you... there's a team for it. There's even a team of people who have reached their goal weight but want the continuing support and challenges to help them maintain their goal weight and healthy lifestyle. It is a 12 week challenge--this is not a short term boot camp or fad diet, but about a long term, sustainable commitment to a healthier YOU.
The BLC is about *accountability* and having fun while pushing ourselves (within our own personal limitations!) to be better, healthier, stronger people. I almost didn't join the BLC originally because I lose weight so painfully slowly (and let's be honest, I've gained more over the last few years than lost--which is all my fault, largely a result of too much stress, and not the BLC's fault) and because with my hip issues there's a lot of stuff I can't do. But the BLC has been one of the best things I've ever done for myself. It kept my healthy lifestyle on the table when I was stressed out of my mind with grad school--no small feet. I'm on my third team now--last round I was on CAMO and I am hoping they'll let me back in *grin*--and all three teams were HUGE sources of support when I most needed it. And I'm still friends with my team mates from all three teams. All three teams were more than willing to work around my hip issues and encouraged me to do the best *I* could do--not the best someone else can do.
I've graduated now and while this summer has been topsy turvey (too many things going on to talk about here, but among them my husband getting a new job so we're in the process of buying our first home) and I'm really looking forward to this next round because I really need to get my feet back underneath me. I need to completely re-figure out my routines, especially my fitness routines. I need to re-find my focus, my motivation, and most importantly it's more than time to kick this fat to the curb and to reclaim the strong, healthy body I deserve.
If you are interested, my understanding is that the registration is still open, but sign up quickly because it's first come, first serve, and I don't know how many spaces are still open.