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1400 Calorie December - Check In #1

Sunday, December 09, 2012



I just have to say, I am overwhelmed by the love and support and amazing amount of comments (for me at least) on my 60 Pounds Lost Blog! You are all amazing and it makes me want to keep working at this until I reach my goals, and then work to maintain, so thank you! emoticon

Now for the moment of truth. I had decided on 1400 calorie December and I am super determined to get this done. I can't explain it, but having a limit of 1400 and not a range has really done me a world of good. I don't see how it's any different than having a range of 1200-1550 and eating only 1400, but for whatever mysterious reason it seems to be working for me. I am thinking of making it 1500 calorie January and going back and forth until I get to goal, but we shall see what happens. I may have to shake it up more than that because of plateaus.

So here goes nothing:
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I'm obviously toeing the line there, but it seems to be working ha ha! emoticon

I know it's always easier to be motivated in the very beginning when you are trying something new, so I am not arrogant enough to think that my entire month will be so spotless. But my goal is to do as good as possible with minimal bumps in the road. emoticon emoticon

  
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WIFEALF 12/11/2012 4:44PM

    you are doing awesome!

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CORTNEY-LEE 12/11/2012 2:30AM

    seriously - you are doing such an awesome job!!

Keep up the great work!!!!

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PRINCESSAMY 12/10/2012 12:21PM

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 12/10/2012 12:04PM

    You are doing an amazing job! I am very impressed. emoticon emoticon

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LISAN0415 12/10/2012 8:03AM

    wow! Keep up the great work, Can I just say in all your recent photos, I can see the confience in your face?! You are really proving to yourself that you can do anything!

Lisa

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JESSICA_STULTZ 12/10/2012 1:37AM

    You are doing amazing already! I think it's easier to eat less after restricting calories that way.. and giving yourself a limit rather than a range. Good job keeping on track!

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JACOBSBELOVED 12/9/2012 11:35PM

    Yay! That's so good to hear! It's funny how certain ways of thinking work better than other ways. The range works better for me but the set amount seems to be working best for you.

Woo hoo for finding what works! Keep it up, lady!

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STEPH-KNEE 12/9/2012 8:08PM

    Leah: You have to take into account your fitness goals and how many calories your burn, that is why yours is higher. The standard rate to lose 2 pounds a week with not so much activity is 1200-1550. :)

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TIMELAG 12/9/2012 11:13AM

    I hate to be the Debbie Downer of the group, but are you sure 1400 a day is enough? We're the same weight and that's not even my minimum allowed for a day. But, huge congrats for setting a goal and absolutely sticking to it! You may beat me to ONEderland yet!

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LAHUDSONCHEF 12/9/2012 11:00AM

    Steph, this is awesome! I'm very proud of you. :)

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HFAYE81 12/9/2012 10:35AM

    Awesome! I'm thinking about doing this, the last week I have been treating my 1750 upper limit threshold as a 'limit' so keep going over by a few calories :/
Rock on! emoticon

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EUEK098 12/9/2012 9:41AM

    emoticon. keep doing it

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GRACEMCC45 12/9/2012 9:27AM

    Not toeing the line at all - meeting your goal! I think it's great that you get as close to 1400 without going over (Hello? Bob Barker?) because that really is how best to test it. If you stuck around 1250-1300, you really wouldn't know the true benefits of this challenge for yourself!

You are awesome!

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DIANER2014 12/9/2012 9:14AM

    Way to go! Great plan! emoticon emoticon

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SONIA260 12/9/2012 8:34AM

    woohoo!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is awesome!

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LRSILVER 12/9/2012 8:11AM

    Great job. Good plan. You are a superstar.

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MYHUBBYISMYHERO 12/9/2012 6:16AM

    You can do this. One week done already. Go Stephanie!!!!!!
Sharon

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LILLEAN 12/9/2012 6:09AM

    Great plan for December especially as it's the festive season. Keep your eyes on the prize emoticon

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OLIVIANIGHT 12/9/2012 5:26AM

    I found the same thing. Instead of looking at my ranges I just set myself a 1600 limit and I've already lost a few lbs! Good job on losing 60, that's awesome : )

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BETHIEBOOPS 12/9/2012 4:23AM

    WAY TO GO!! You are doing absolutely fantastically! emoticon It's going to be a GOOD Christmas present when you look at the scale and SEE the results in the numbers and a GREAT new years when you FEEL the effects of a new size! WOOHOO

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60 Pounds Down, I'm So Excited & I Just Can't Hide It!

Friday, December 07, 2012

Okay, so I have to tell you, my official weigh in day is Wednesday, and I weighed in at 212.6. Normally I would wait until next Wednesday to record my weight, but I have been waiting for this for SO long, I just couldn't contain myself!

You know what is crazy, I didn't even realize it til just now. I get on the scale every morning, but don't record it (and please, no lectures about weighing everyday emoticon )... so I just noted that the scale went down and went on with my day. I have been on a major plateau and had been within 2 pounds of 60 down for over a month, so I kind of forgot about it. It was hours later that I finally realized 212 pounds on the nose meant 60 pounds down! emoticon emoticon emoticon

So now I am doing the Snoopy Dance and am just so happy!


I have been so caught up with the challenge I made for myself of a "1400 Calorie December", the actual weight goals part kind of slipped my mind.

To all my Spark Friends who have been supporting me since I started this "new journey" in March, and there are even some who have been supporting me for years on this site, I thank you so much! You don't know what it means to me to have the support of such amazing people. Now on to 70 pounds down, closely followed by Onederland, and on to my goal of 180! I'm looking forward to it! emoticon

  
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MERRY_XMAS 12/19/2012 3:38PM

    Amazing! Congratulations!!!!
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TONYTHETSANGEL 12/10/2012 7:33PM

    Yeah for you!!!
I know your are proud of yourself!!
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ANYA_JADE 12/10/2012 12:42PM

    Congratu-freaking-lations! :D I'm so happy for you! 60 pounds is such an accomplishment! Not too much farther to go! Keep it up.

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    emoticon emoticon Congrats on your 60 pound loss.

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    Congratulations on your awesome success! emoticon emoticon

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NANCYSINATRA 12/9/2012 2:03AM

    congrats!!! Doing the happy dance with you.:)

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IMSOOZEEQ 12/8/2012 11:11PM

    Okay so I don't want to emoticon on your parade because it is not like me to do that kind of thing in this kind of place BUT....I have to say that YOU ROCK!!! Got ya! Umm is it looking like emoticon & emoticon yet???

You are so emoticon and I am so proud of you!!! 60 pounds lost!!!! emoticon

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KALIKA! 12/8/2012 11:00PM

    Congratulations! What an accomplishment and an inspiration!

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    emoticon on your great Success! emoticon

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 12/8/2012 9:38PM

    emoticon blog!!! emoticon on your efforts!!! So proud of you!

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ANGELWENDYMAMA 12/8/2012 9:36PM

    WOOHOOO for being down 60!!!! Congratulations!

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THESHELBSTER 12/8/2012 4:44PM

    Yay. So proud of you. You are a rock star! Love you!!! You are an inspiration to me and so many others.

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JESSICA_STULTZ 12/8/2012 12:06PM

    YAY! :) 60 pounds is so much to lose. Some people really have no idea just how much better you feel when you lose that much. Congrats and I hope nothing tries to make your mind stray from your 1400 calorie December!

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_MOBII_ 12/8/2012 9:55AM

    That's fantastic!

And I think its ok to weigh yourself every day (I do it) as long as it doesn't become an unhealthy obsession.



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STAYB123 12/7/2012 7:23PM

    Amazing!! I am inspired!!! Keep up the great work !! Onederland here you come!

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WOOHOOFORYOU 12/7/2012 6:47PM

    Congratulations!! :D

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to you !! You should be so proud and thrilled !!



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GRACEMCC45 12/7/2012 5:07PM

    Yay!!!! So exciting - great job!!

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MISSB8604 12/7/2012 4:51PM

    Congrats!!!!!!!

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NIKKICOLE83 12/7/2012 3:28PM

    YOU ARE A ROCKSTAR!!!!! I cannot wait until I am right there with you. Maybe I need to try 1400 cal December! You are doing amazing and i even noticed you are nearly smiling in your recent pics.

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GEMINIGEM6 12/7/2012 3:19PM

    OMG! Yaaaaaaaay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so happy for you and so proud of you!!!!! I know you are feeling on top of the clouds! That is such a major accomplishment! I know I haven't been there w/ you on your journey from the beginning but I am def here for you and I wanna thank YOU for supporting me! You rock serious socks! Congrats!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DIXIEDOLL87 12/7/2012 1:41PM

    way to go!! That is so awesome!!

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PEGGYO 12/7/2012 1:23PM

    and you're well on your way

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BRIDE2BEJOURNEY 12/7/2012 1:07PM

  WOOHOO!! Way to go!!!

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AIDANELENA 12/7/2012 1:05PM

    Way to go! That's so exciting! I weigh myself nearly every day as well...it helps keep my goals in check from the get-go!

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CELAMANTIA 12/7/2012 11:32AM

    That is so awesome! And don't worry about weighing every day, it's not a problem as long as you have a long-term attitude and don't stress over the fluctuations. emoticon

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SKINNYMISSKASEY 12/7/2012 11:17AM

    Way to go!!

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JACOBSBELOVED 12/7/2012 10:34AM

    Yay!!!! This 1400 Calorie December is just what you needed! I am so excited for you!

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STARSUB99 12/7/2012 10:22AM

    Oh my - CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I knew you would do it! Talk about motivation - you're doing it right girlfriend! Keep up the great success! emoticon

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HFAYE81 12/7/2012 10:16AM

    SO amazing!!! Almost to ONEDERLAND!!! emoticon

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SONIA260 12/7/2012 9:58AM

    yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you broke through!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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HEALTHYAGER 12/7/2012 9:56AM

    Amazing work! Way to go!!!

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YMWONG22 12/7/2012 9:33AM

  Congratulations!!! What a great achievement!!!!
You had every right to be excited and happy.

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HILLRUNNER 12/7/2012 9:27AM

    Dancing along with you!!
WTG! Excellent and you should be super proud of what you have accomplished!! emoticon

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PUNKY100 12/7/2012 9:17AM

    YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!
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I'm SO FREAKIN EXCITED for you!!!!!

I bet by the time you hit next Wednesday you'll be over 60 lost. I am so amazed and proud of you, especially sticking to your plan this month after being in a plateau. So awesome!!!!!!

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XANGELSTEARZX 12/7/2012 9:11AM

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P.S. I weigh everyday too. I like to keep water weight in perspective so I know if my sodium intake needs changed.

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TIMELAG 12/7/2012 9:05AM

    emoticon That is such a wonderful achievement! I can sense a renewed energy and dedication in you. Still keeping a close eye on your progress since we are at the same weight! Keep up the great work!

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AMCLELLAN 12/7/2012 8:36AM

    That is amazing. You can do it!! Great Job!

Don't worry, I weigh myself every morning too.

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BDH1970 12/7/2012 8:29AM

    That's awesome! Mush feel fabulous to see the results of all your hard work! Keep it up!

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ADARKARA 12/7/2012 8:13AM

    emoticon You're doing so great!!!

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PATRICIA4472 12/7/2012 6:59AM

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This is a true WOO HOO !!!! Congratulations on your achievement. Take this great feeling and make it work for you!!

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SARASMILING 12/7/2012 6:42AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon So excited for you!! Yay!!!

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TRACY31502 12/7/2012 6:41AM

    YAY!!! I'm doing the Snoopy dance for you too! That is fantastic! and no worries about lectures on the scale...I weigh every day too and only record it once a week....I think some of us need that just to keep us on track! I'm so happy for you....breaking through a plateau is something to get up and dance about that is for sure!!! way to go girl!!!! You will be in onederland before you know it!

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LRSILVER 12/7/2012 6:39AM

    Yay!. Well deserved.. Enjoy the moment.


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MYHUBBYISMYHERO 12/7/2012 6:28AM

    Stephanie,
Time to celebrate and enjoy this special achievement. Have a great weekend. Don't let the holidays sabotage your getting healthy goals.
I love the sparking pumpkins on your background.
Sharon

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"1400 Calorie December" and BLC 20 Recap...

Saturday, December 01, 2012


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I am SO flippin happy that it is December! I am so glad to have November, the month of not losing ANY weight behind me, and I'm ready for a fresh start. I am not normally someone who looks at the months, or fresh starts of a new week, or anything like that. But I am so excited to just be able to move forward. I have decided I am going to aim for 1400 calories during December. It is completely doable, in fact I am sure there are many of you that eat that amount or even less. When I first started in March of this year (one of my many, many restarts), I was faithful to the 1550 mark. As time went on, it got to be 1600, 1700, and sometimes 1800. I was content at losing a pound or 1.5 pounds per week and eating that little extra was worth it to me. While I am not focusing so much on the weight loss (1 or 2 pounds), I want to get my eating completely under control. I want to prove to myself that if I make smarter choices, 1400 is more than enough food. Obviously if I have Jack In The Box for lunch and blow 1200 calories, it is not enough food, which is why I don't need the Jack In The Box to begin with.

I don't expect anyone to really care about my plan for December, but I am putting it out here in the Sparkverse so that I have to be accountable. I will post each Saturday with my calories for the week, and I am hoping that it'll help me think twice before I go and eat something I shouldn't. I am sure I will not have a perfect month, because no one is perfect, but I would like to make it through December with minimal bumps in the road if possible. Then on December 31st I will post the recap, and then I will need to think of a new plan for January, a whole new YEAR?! Now that is going to be super exciting. emoticon emoticon


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"BLC 20 Recap"
As a part of our final week of BLC 20, one of our challenges is to post how we did this round. BLC ran for 12 weeks and I started the challenge at 227 pounds. I am currently 214, and our final weigh in is on Wednesday. I am happy that I made progress, but I am really sad to say that I have weighed 214 ever since October 31st. I attribute SOME of this to being on a plateau, but I also take full responsibility because I have not been pushing hard enough to break through. I am anxious to see where I place when the challenge is over, I have managed to be within the top 100 most weeks, and there are over 400 people in this challenge. I really enjoyed every aspect of the challenge, and once I got into the swing of it I really found it inspiring.

And a HUGE thank you to all of my Spark Friends that commented on my photo! It made me feel like a million bucks, which does not happen often. But it also makes me want to push that much more, and my plan is for the next pic to be of me in Onederland. emoticon

  
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HEATHERFREE 12/5/2012 10:58PM

    Fabulous plan dude! Decembers here and then its a new year for us to look forward to. Christmas is out to get me but I go grocery shopping tomorrow and am excited to really get in gear, I only have like one good week out of a month and its killing me! So tonight I am cleaning every bad thing out of the kitchen and getting everything I need so theres no excuses

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JESSICA_STULTZ 12/4/2012 11:33AM

    You can do it! You are so close to that 200 mark. Putting it into perspective.. If you lost 2 pounds per week you could be in Onederland! Sometimes I can use that type of thinking for motivation. I'm hoping I can get back on track with calories as well. I haven't been very faithful with my tracking lately.. and eating has kind of slipped. Working on getting back into it right now though! I definitely don't want to make it back to 200s since I've made it this far.

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PRINCESSAMY 12/3/2012 2:02PM

    I am maintaining for the month of December but I love your plan. emoticon

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WEBEZE 12/3/2012 2:25AM

    I like your December goal. Mine is to make it through the holidays without gaining. Actually made it through Thanksgiving eating all of my favorites and still lost 1 pound over the last 2 weeks.
Congrats on BLC top 100. Looks like you averaged 1 pound a week. Just think at the end of a year that is 52 pounds gone.
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JUDY106 12/2/2012 4:15PM

    You can do it!! you are looking really great. You can see the weight lost. It sounds as if you have a great plan for December. I have to tighten up on my calories too. I try to go on the lower end of my calorie count because I can't be super active, but this month for the first month that I started this I have going to the upper part of my calorie count. I only lost 3 lbs in Nov. So, I am going to have to do the same thing you are doing and shoot for a steady calorie count each day. Thanks for sharing Keep up the good work.

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ADARKARA 12/2/2012 12:32PM

    You're looking fantastic!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 12/2/2012 12:13PM

    You've done a fantastic job and, with a new month, is always a new beginning! emoticon

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EUEK098 12/2/2012 11:17AM

    Great plan, and we do care, because you inspire us to keep pushing. Just make good food choices, and practice volumizing and 1400 calories should be fine. Wow, the top 100, good job!!!! YOU LOOK amazing in your progress picture, and am rooting for you, onederland, here you come!!!

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AMCLELLAN 12/2/2012 10:50AM

    you can do it! 1400 is completely doable!
Accountability helps, trust me. When you put something out there and you think others might be watching (which we sparkers like to follow each other, lol) You tend to do what you promised.
Hope all goes well!!! I'm here for you!

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SONIA260 12/2/2012 8:33AM

    I'm loving the December calorie budget committment!!!! And you hit the nail right on the head, if we budget correctly and make wise decisions with out nutrition, 1400 calories is absolutely enough food for our bodies :) Way to go...you're looking fab! I just know you'll break this plateau and I can't wait to see that onederland pic!!!!!!!!

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BETHIEBOOPS 12/2/2012 5:38AM

    Hooray! I love this idea of sticking to a new calorie budget for December.Just like a budget you have to be careful not to "blow it all" right after pay-day- and this is a GREAT reminder to allocate your nutritional needs carefully. I can't wait to celebrate onederland with you! Since our start weights were so similar and our timeline was so close, I am totally living vicariously through you ;) SO proud of you girl. You are RIGHT THERE!

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GRACEMCC45 12/2/2012 4:08AM

    This is totally doable - you're going to do great!!! I look forward to your updates!

Very important that you are setting action goals rather than result goals for December - result based goals can be far too strict, and in a month like this where temptations abound, being too strict can lead to a horrible roller-coaster of behaviors, so kudos to you for choosing a basic and doable goal!

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LIBELULITA 12/2/2012 4:06AM

    Let me tell you as someone who always puts it out there and is extremely honest with my plans and how I'm doing, accountability is EVERYTHING. The moment I stopped making myself accountable to my Spark friends my weight piled back on. I half heartedly tracked and didn't blog and 57 pounds later I realised that I had to be on here whole heartedly letting everyone know my plans so that I was accountable to people who, even though they don't know me, DO care about weight loss and understand.

Your plan is a great one and if you do stick to 1400 ( apart from Christmas Day?) you should soon see the pounds start to come off again. I usually eat around 1250-1300 a day, 1400-1450 on "hungry" days where I eat more fruit.
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JACOBSBELOVED 12/2/2012 2:45AM

    Yay for accountability! It really does make all the difference when you put it all out there.

I really wish you luck with the 1400 Calorie December! Working in an office during the holidays will already be difficult but then you add in holday parties and family gatherings and stuff, and it's so difficult to even maintain. It sounds like you kinda want a no-nonsense holiday season and I think you'll totally rock this! There will be temptation everywhere but I know you have the self-control to do this!

I can't believe you're only 15 pounds away from Onederland! I know it's obvious and simple math but I didn't really think about it till now! I think you will see a big improvement in December. And just think, in 2013 you'll reach your ultimate goal! You could be in Onederland by Valentine's Day! So exciting!!!

I wish you the best, my friend! I know you got this!

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November Recap, Fit Bit +BLC 20 Blog...

Saturday, November 24, 2012

I know November isn't over yet, but I am SO ready for it to be over. emoticon I still have 2 weeks left of my vacation but I am finally home and back to business with no interruptions. I had a fabulous Thanksgiving, I didn't over do it, but the week in Vegas I over did it calorie wise for sure! The amounts of food were pretty bad, but a big improvement from what my old "normal" was. I am still up about 3 pounds from the trip, but the way it is coming back off and my body is adjusting to the my "new normal", I am thinking I'll be back or close to 214 by weigh in for BLC on Wednesday.

Speaking of 214, I have been 214 the entire month of November. emoticon emoticon So as you can see, I have totally mixed emotions about this! On one hand, I sure would have preferred to be LOSING, especially being part of a Biggest Loser Challenge here on Spark. On the flip side, I knew that November was going to be a huge struggle for me, so at the very least I am glad I am not gaining and gaining. So that is where the mixed emotions come in.

I set a goal for BLC 20 to lose 18 pounds over the course of 12 weeks. If I get back to my 214 spot, I will be down 13 pounds this challenge (down from 227) with one week left to go. So while I am not going to make my goal for the challenge, I am trying to be proud of the weight I have lost, but it always gets disappointing when you don't meet a goal.

I definitely want to participate in the BLC 21, because without the support of this challenge, I have a feeling that my month of November would have been a total disaster! But I am going to make it my personal mission to make the BLC 21 a much better round (if I am lucky enough to get to participate again). emoticon

This blog is very BLC oriented, we are supposed to blog about our goals to avoid holiday gain. I have made it through the hardest part. I go into work on Christmas at 9pm which is outstanding because all the potluck/pig out food will be gone and put away so I won't even have to deal with it. So for me, the world is back to normal. I have made it through the tough part and now I am just back to exactly what I know: Tracking everything, and exercising. My exercising has been lacking big time so I am ready to step that up.

I also ordered the Fitbit One and I am super excited. It should be here on Thursday and I am so anxious waiting for it. I mainly plan to use it to track my walking on work days, because my days off are usually work out videos which I would still use my Heart Rate Monitor to track, but I know this Fitbit is going to push me to go farther in my walking at work. For those that have one, which one do you have, and how do you like it? I'd love to hear any input!

Anyways, this blog was pretty much a snoozefest, emoticon, I wasn't in "blog-y mode" but wanted my points for the BLC. *Giggles* emoticon

I love "Friends" and I'm sure we can all relate to that quote at some time in our lives ha ha!

  
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LISAN0415 11/28/2012 4:30AM

    You've come a long way, and I know plateaus do stink, but if you keep on working at this, more weight loss is coming.

Please feel free to join Our Spark support Team "Lose weight over the Holidays" we are offering tips, support and strategies to lose weight and still enjoy the Holidays!

Best wishes to you, love the pictures :)

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GEMINIGEM6 11/26/2012 5:04PM

    Hey girl! Glad to see you back! I'm sure the 3lbs is just sodium anyway so you'll have that off in no time! :)

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KAESEA78 11/26/2012 4:27AM

    I just adore your positive spirit and your stick to it-ness! You are amazing! I am glad you are enjoying your time off. That was pretty smart to schedule your vaca around all the food at work-smarty pants emoticon I honestly believe that now you are back home and can get back in your routine AND have extra time off, you are going to kill the scale between now and Christmas!!!

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HEATHERFREE 11/26/2012 1:41AM

    Ah thank goodness you posted this, No one has really posted anything lately and I was in DESPERATE need of something! I have my weigh in tomorrow and am not looking forward to it, I want to skip it like the last two but I know that is a death sentence lol I need to see where I'm at whether I want to or not. But anywho awesome blog. I am just in awe of how you go to vegas eat a bunch of junk and too much of it and then come home and get right back on it! You are doing so great and DUDE you will be in the 199s SOOOO freakin SOOOOOON! ahh!

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RALWINE 11/25/2012 5:20PM

    Congrats on your progress, and let us know how you like your FitBit

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NIKKICOLE83 11/25/2012 12:55PM

    You are doing great with your progress and remember, you didn't have an overall gain butI know how hard it is to miss a goal. Could you tell me more about BCU? How do you join?

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HBLACK5 11/25/2012 9:58AM

    I have a Fit Bit and I love it! I wish that I had the Fit Bit One that would upload wirelessly. When the one I have is toast, I will upgrade to the new one. I use it to see how many steps I take and I aim to get in at least 10,000 steps 5 out of 7 days, which is usually pretty easy for me. I should probably up my goal and make it 11,000 or 12,000 steps 5 out of 7 days a week, so it gets me moving more.

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LIBELULITA 11/25/2012 9:23AM

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JACOBSBELOVED 11/25/2012 3:19AM

    Things could have been a lot worse! The holidays are always tough for eating well and I think you did good. Not to mention adding vacation and being away from home is always difficult to make sure you're doing what you should be doing.

I am so glad you have your BLC to help you! It seems like a good tool for you and I hope you get to continue to be a part of it for as long as you feel like you need it. :)

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Vacation All I Ever Wanted...Vacation Had To Get Away...

Wednesday, November 14, 2012



So I am currently at work with 5 hours left, and then I am finally freeeeeeeeee as a bird for the next 24 days!! I get a 2 week annual vacation, (next year I get 3 weeks), and with trading some days I turned that into 24 days. I am pretty excited. emoticon emoticon

I am going to Vegas to visit my Gammie for 6 days. We are going to gamble and eat, but for the first time I am going to really try not to revolve so much of our time around food, and she is totally on board with that. Other than that we will hang out and do puzzles like we do and just have fun. She is like my BFF.


Then I will be bringing her back with me so that she can hang out with the rest of my family and have a fabulous Thanksgiving. I am just genuinely excited not to have to go to work.

In other news, anyone who knows me knows that I have been struggling big time lately. emoticon At one point this week the scale was up 4 lbs emoticon. Through some work I was able to flush that water weight out of my system, *knock on wood* that I don't find it again in the morning. I should be looking to maintain my weight again this week, and I will be so relieved not to have to post a gain for the BLC. I have also had a GREAT two days prior to leaving that I really needed. I have reset my mind and reset my body and I'm ready to move forward.

If any of the emoticon's are reading this, after missing next weeks weigh in due to being out of town, I intend to be posting a weigh in the following week that will be a loss (down from my current 214).

I am fully aware that I am going to be gaining some water weight and what not by eating out in Vegas, I am prepared for it, and I am also prepared to take the pounds right back off when I get back. I have a plan in place for getting on track when I get back, and I have designated one my good buddies to stand by ready to open up a can of whoop a$$ if I don't get right back to it. I can very easily become distracted, and 6 days of eating out and enjoying certain things can send me on a downhill spiral but I am determined not to let that happen. Onederland is calling to me, and I won't give up until I get there. emoticon

To all my Spark Friends, I should be around to give out goodies and stuff for Thanksgiving, but just in case I hope everyone has a fabulous Thanksgiving (Well, my US Sparkies that is)! emoticon emoticon

  
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_MOBII_ 11/16/2012 2:09PM

    OOOO Vegas! Have a safe and fantastic trip! Have fun with your Gammie too!

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EATVEGAN 11/15/2012 11:37PM

    Your Gammie is a cutey. I know you will have fun with her and then both of you will join the family and just all enjoy each other. Food is just an added attraction. Have a wonderful time. Happy Thanksgiving!

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JACOBSBELOVED 11/15/2012 2:25PM

    Have fun with Gammie!!!!

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PRINCESSAMY 11/15/2012 12:07PM

    emoticon emoticon Enjoy yourself!!!

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DAOCCHICA 11/14/2012 11:13PM

    Awesome!! Hope you two have a wonderful time :D

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HEATHERFREE 11/14/2012 10:29PM

    sounds like youve got a plan set up and I know you are gonna do great!

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GEMINIGEM6 11/14/2012 3:03PM

    That sounds so exciting! And I know how you feel by being excited just to not have to go back to work for 24 days! Yay! Also, I know you're gonna get right back on track. No worries there. You are determined and you have done so great!! Go and enjoy yourself. Have fun! It's a vacay! :)

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JESSICA_STULTZ 11/14/2012 11:50AM

    Enjoy your vacation, grandma, and Thanksgiving! I'm looking forward to Thanksgiving.. I have a few "favorite" holidays.. But I absolutely LOVE Thanksgiving because it is not based on giving and receiving gifts.. but on spending time with the ones we love, giving thanks for the things we already have, (and good food! I intend on indulging a little on Thanksgiving because it is really about the only time I get to eat Turkey.. and Turkey is my favorite meat!) Really hoping for you that you can post a LOSS by the time you get back from vacay. Wouldn't that be awesome? I'm looking forward to you hitting Onederland now. Such an amazing feeling seeing a 1 instead of a 2 at the front of the scale. Not only that.. but the huge change in energy and happiness as the weight comes off feels amazing as well! Have I mentioned you are one of my favorite Sparkies? Keep pushing and you are going to hit Onederland before you are aware you got there!
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STARSUB99 11/14/2012 10:37AM

    Have a fabulous time on vacation!

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SONIA260 11/14/2012 9:18AM

    oh my gosh.....the litty killed me! Also, your grandmother is beatiful, I saw the pic before I read the blog and was thinking it was some photo editing program where you age yourself...you're totally gonna end up looking like her some day :) Super happy to hear that you are prepared for vacay to throw you off a bit, but have a strong plan to get right back on track!!!!!

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TIMELAG 11/14/2012 8:40AM

    I hope you have a fabulous vacation! Enjoy the time with your family and relax! But, try to picture us Sheriffs with you every step of the way- you will automatically make better decisions. I have no doubt you will come back refreshed and ready to kick butt!
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MERRY_XMAS 11/14/2012 7:50AM

    Have a great time!!! Enjoy yourself and relax!

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AELI2468 11/14/2012 7:23AM

    Have a fantastic time Stephanie! if you need the sheriffs to help you out while on vaca (which can be hard), you know where we are!
-Elizabeth

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BETHIEBOOPS 11/14/2012 7:18AM

    Ack! Have a GREAT time- and doing something brave while you're gone. Good Luck on eating well. On a vacation more than ever you have to remember that it's a day by day thing, make the best choices today and leave yesterday and tomorrow to themselves. You get to flex your healthy habits muscles and I just know you'll do well! Can't wait to hear all about it!

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CHICAT63 11/14/2012 4:57AM

    Have a great time with Gammie in Vegas, enjoy yourself:)
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LRSILVER 11/14/2012 4:37AM

    Great! Have fun Stephanie.

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BRENDA_G50 11/14/2012 3:54AM

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