I was nervous but excited when I stepped onto that scale this morning. I needed to reach 6% of my starting weight for the Oct. Transformer to qualify for the final round. I reached my qualifying weight with a whole pound to spare! How exciting! Hard work really does pay off and boy did it deliver. I realize that it will still be a long haul to actually win the game, but I am determined to do it. I have 3.5% left to lose, which means about 6 pounds in 4 weeks. It is doable, and I lost more than that the first month of the challenge, but I felt like I made so many sacrifices these past few weeks just to qualify. It makes me nervous to think of what I will have to do this month to reach my goal.


I still have cravings for junk food, fast food, and desserts. I know that I will have to be smart about my food choices, while also allowing for treats every now and then. I do not follow a diet plan, as that never works for me. I simply track everything I eat on MFP. I don't know about the rest of you, but I find it extremely difficult to stay within my calorie goals. If I set my goal for 1,800 calories, I will eat about 1,900-2,000. If I aim for 1,500, I will eat 1,600-1,800. So, I set my goal for 1,200 calories and I have been consistently eating below 1,500 calories. It's sad, but it works for me. If I want a treat, I figure out a way to work it into my allotted calories. It's been challenging, but I know that if I can just keep up with what I have been doing, I know I can succeed. 



On the plus side, I signed up for another Transformer last month, to give me the extra push I needed, so I am doing very well in that game. Even if I lose the Oct. Transformer, it's still win-win for me. I lost 12 pounds so far!!! Small changes make a big difference, so I'll just take it one day at a time.