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STRUGGLING Big Time: 1400 Calorie December Check In #2

Friday, December 14, 2012



I have lost my mojo and my marbles!! I did not plan on checking in until the end of my night Saturday, but I am hoping that owning up to this NOW will prevent this from happening for a 3rd day in a row. I really need to be in a good state of mind tomorrow because I am spending the day at the Casino with my uncle for his birthday, we are going to a concert. We will be eating dinner there but if I make smart choices I will be fine. But judging how today and yesterday went, I just have been EATING EVERYTHING.

I am going to journal for myself in a little bit to go into more detail, I do not want to ramble on here for pages and pages about why I feel I am out of control, but I will let you all in on some quick tidbits.

emoticon: I continuously struggle with self sabotage and being scared of actually reaching my goals. I have been working on this.

emoticon: I tend to be an emotional eater, I am not a big eater when I am happy, but when I am down in the dumps food is my comfort. I have been working on this, but I do not always win against the binge monster emoticon , and these last 2 days have been proof of that.

emoticon: This is a stupid excuse, and embarrassing to admit, but the weight simply has not been coming off since I started this 1400 calorie December. Not budging in the least. So while I was proud of sticking to my goals, I was upset that I wasn't seeing any rewards. My brother even went on to say maybe I should up calories a little bit. But I am stubborn and I wanted to continue to prove to myself I could do it.

emoticon: This is even more embarrassing to admit out loud, and it irritates me that I did that. But yesterday when I went over my 1400 calorie mark, something went off in my brain that hasn't happened in a VERY long time. I said to myself "you already blew it, might as well eat whatever you want." I have plenty of motivational quotes to the tune of "if you break one dish, do you go back and break the rest of the set?", on and on and with the similar meaning. I have been SO good about not doing this, until these past 2 days.

This is getting long and wordy, which is what I was trying to avoid. I will save the rest for my journaling. I refuse to just chalk this up to two bad days and move on. Don't get me wrong, I will not beat myself up for this, I am only human, but I want to UNDERSTAND what is happening and then I will be able to put it behind me and move forward. I know this weight stuff is going to be something I will battle with for the rest of my life, and in order to keep winning this battle I need to understand why I do certain things. I am a work in progress and I will keep working.

I also wanted to post this to be accountable to my Spark Friends. I have had a LOT of people be super sweet to me and congratulate me. A lot of people see 60 pounds lost and see before and after pics, but I wanted to remind everyone that it is not always emoticon's and emoticon's and that I struggle from time to time. I knew my month of December was not going to be spotless with this 1400 calorie December, but I also didn't expect to go so far off the deep end. I will just emoticon

1400 Calorie December:
9th: 1393 emoticon
10th: 1395 emoticon
11th: 1389 emoticon
12th: 3,000+ emoticon emoticon
13th: 3,000+ emoticon emoticon

Previous Update was 1-8, all under 1400. emoticon

Next check in might end up sooner than expected if I feel I need the accountability! I hope all my Spark Friends are having a better week than I am! emoticon emoticon

  
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PRINCESSAMY 12/18/2012 2:15PM

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HEATHERFREE 12/15/2012 11:50PM

    You are doing good! You screwed up and your owning it and finding solutions and delving deeper into the reasoning behind it!. It doesn't matter how long you stay where your at...OKAY?!?! It matters that you keep looking forward even if you are just standing in the same spot. Dont go back! Dont turn around!
As far as you not losing, I would maybe lower the carbs if you think your getting more than you were, or just up your walking a tad bit. Or add a 30 second jog/sprint here and there while your walking. I'm gonna weigh on monday......I hope its good...ish!

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JUSTLIKEALICE 12/15/2012 11:24PM

    You have got this. Just remember how far you have come. And we are here for you! emoticon

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JUDY106 12/14/2012 7:12PM

    I know how you feel. I have not been doing the normal on my calorie count . I always stay at the lower end of the count and this month I have been at the higher end. I been at this for six months and never went to the higher end of the calorie count. I don't know why things has changed for me too. I am trying to get back to the lower end every day. I hope you do better than me. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Tomorrow this a new day. Thank the Lord !!


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JACOBSBELOVED 12/14/2012 12:59PM

    I just feel for you so much! I can feel your frustration and your sadness through my computer screen and I don't know what to say other than keep going.

You have come so far; you know that. You can look at all of your progress pictures you want but you still need to feel mentally secure, too. Feeling like you are in control and satisfied with what you are doing is as equally important as being satisfied with how you are changing physically (in my book). Like we keep saying, the mental part is the hardest part. If you aren't feeling strong mentally, it's hard to keep going.

I know it's hard to see but you had 11 good days and 2 bad days. Those 11 days are definitely the majority and those 2 days are just, well, 2 days. I wish we could look at the 11 instead of focusing on the 2 but it's hard. I feel like I used to do that with my grades in school as well. It's hard to focus on all the positives when you see one or two negatives.

Is TOM here or coming soon? I know that can mess with me big time.

You are loved and you are supported. Keep going, lady!

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AMCLELLAN 12/14/2012 7:37AM

    We all have bad days. I sometimes get the same mind set. Especially if I didn't think the day was that bad, then I track everything and it was worse than expected. You can do it. Give your body time to get used to the new calorie range. Everything takes time. Also do what feels healthy to you. Could be a sign that it is to low of a range, but who knows better than you listening to your own body.

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LRSILVER 12/14/2012 7:14AM

    I think 1400 is too low for you. Your body is in starvation mode and holding every calorie. Also feeling so deprived can sabotage you. Ease up plan your meals. Stay in
a better range. And think about why you want this. You are worth it.


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MYHUBBYISMYHERO 12/14/2012 7:11AM

    We still love you. We know that you can do this. I have had a bad 4 weeks intermittently. Hopefully, I am back on track. The scale was VERY kind to me this morning.
Sharon

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BEANIES_MOM 12/14/2012 5:09AM

    emoticon You can do this! I know its hard to regain control when you feel you are slipping, I struggle with it all the time. Have faith YOU ARE STRONG!

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WEBEZE 12/14/2012 2:01AM

    emoticon Getting to the bottom of what your triggers are will help you overcome them. I hope your journaling helps you to find the answers.

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BETHIEBOOPS 12/14/2012 1:44AM

    Hey girl- it happens! I'm not trying to trivialise what you are going through, but often the novelty of trying something new will wear off, and your "inner kid" will start bossing you around. How are you feeling on a 1400 day? Are you satisfied? Are you tired? Are you feeling empowered for the day ahead? Do you get headaches or muscle cramps? before you up your calories, you can have a look there with how you are feeling when you eat 1400 and see if you genuinely need to up them. You mentioned that you didn't lose last week and aren't seeing results this week- that is normal! You made a change in your life and sometimes it takes time to see that on the scale. What are your measurements telling you? Are you stalling there too? and here's the last question: How much water are you drinking? Water helps flush the toxins out when your body uses it's fat resources for energy. If that's lagging try a week with 10 or more glasses (about 2.5-3 liters) and see what happens.

Looking at food analytically is the best way I've tried to beat the emotional eating monster. It's not love, it's food. It's not acceptance, it's nourishment.

Are you typically an introverted person? For me, as an introvert, I notice that too much outside stimulation (too many parties/gatherings etc) even with people I love, will drain me too quickly, and I'll binge. But really what I need is an evening to myself to putter around the house and de-stimulate. I mention this only because you've been so busy and maybe you're like me :)

Sorry this has gotten so wordy! BIG HUGS

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LISAN0415 12/14/2012 1:16AM

    P.S. One more thing- since you are looking for accountability to yourself, and long term changes, here's a tip I have learned- and you really have to do it earnestly before you try saying it won't work:

This only takes maybe 10 minutes- sign off Spark and get a piece of paper

On the piece of paper, draw a vertical line down the middle

on the left side, I want you to write down any behaviors, thoughts ideas that have kept you from your goal these past 2 days (like if you kept junk food in the house, if you didn't track your food, if you didn't plan ahead, if you choose unhealthy foods)

Then at the bottom of that side write: I forgive myself, but I will do better.

On the Left side, On the top write 3 goals in large letters. and then under it write all the things you will do in the future to combat the things on the left side (like keeping junk out of the house, planning your meals ahead, drinking 8 glasses of water a day....)

and then at the bottom write I CAN AND WILL DO THIS.

Please try this, and put it in a spot you can see it at least once daily (it can be your underwear drawer, or in your purse.

Good luck!

Lisa

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LISAN0415 12/14/2012 1:09AM

    Ok, breathe! This happens to me too, I eat 1 bite of a trigger food and then go tumbling fast down that bad hill! Yikes!

Best thing to do is to start from right now, we can't change the past, but we can admit that we engaged in behaviors we don't wish to repeat, and then do better.

Now here's a few things that may help you:
1. Before you go out to dinner, eat something at home! Eat something like a Fiber one 90 calorie bar, some carrot sticks, yogurt-, an apple, anything filling that way you can order something lighter on the menu and eat half and take the other half home.

It really works- if I am not super hungry, it's easier for me to pass up high caloroe dishes, and easier not to overindulge.

You can do this! Just because you "slipped" (AND WE HAVE ALL SLIPPED, AND STRUGGLES- THAT'S WHY WE ARE ON SPARK) doesn't mean you need to stay on the ground, get back up hold your head up high and keep walking confidently in the direction of your goal!

bEST WISHES,
Lisa

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Changing Negative Self Talk & Living Life...

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

I have come a long way the past (almost) 9 months. The physical changes are obvious, and I've been focusing on a lot of physical stuff lately. I have been talking about the amount of weight I have lost and my calorie plans to lose more, but I haven't talked much about the emotional stuff.

I have been learning to reprogram my mind and get rid of my negative self talk. After 26 years of constantly telling myself "You will always be the fat girl", "you will never lose this weight", "why are you even trying, you will only gain it back!", it is really quite the challenge to turn that self talk around.

Do I still have my "fat days" where I just feel blah? emoticon Absolutely, but I try not to let that thought overwhelm me or stick with me throughout the day.


Despite all the progress I have made, I recently found myself saying "I will actually be happy when I lose the rest of this weight!" But I really stopped and dissected what that statement meant to me and what it implied. I felt like, while at first glance this statement looked potentially harmless, for me it meant that I am not happy now, and that I am waiting to be happy when I get to my goal weight. That is certainly not what I want. Despite everything I am actually very happy now. I may not get to my goal weight for months and months, or maybe even over a year. I am done "delaying happiness" because of a number on a scale. I was saying this to myself multiple times a day, so I had to replace it with a new phrase. I thought about it for a minute and I decided on "I will FEEL a lot better when I lose the rest of this weight." I thought that was a very fair and accurate statement. I feel 10 times better after getting 60 pounds off of my body, so it is only logical that after losing 30 or 40ish more I will physically feel EVEN better.

I am learning to appreciate where I am at and what I have accomplished while striving to get to my goals. I don't want to allow myself to become too comfortable at this weight, because I have places to go and people to see in Onederland, but that doesn't mean I can't stop and enjoy the scenery in the mean time! I have been going out more, dating boys *gasps*, although not super successfully emoticon, and have not been jumping out of the way of cameras. I have more pictures of me out with friends in this past year than I have in my whole life and I'm glad to have them. emoticon

I encourage any of you that struggle with "negative" or "counter productive self talk" to try your best to replace it with much more encouraging phrases, it really does help in a lot of ways! emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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GEMINIGEM6 12/17/2012 8:44PM

    You KNOW I struggle with this as we've talked about it before. So I feel you! And I too have really been working on this. I totally understand! I know the key for all of us is to learn to be content in the moment and while we're on the journey and not wait for that only for when we reach our destination. :) Aren't you glad you catch yourself when you think this way now? I didn't used to catch it but I am so much more aware of it now! :)

p.s. that kitty pic is TOO cute!

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THESHELBSTER 12/16/2012 8:07AM

    LOVE this bog and love you. Super proud of you.

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JESSICA_STULTZ 12/13/2012 12:26AM

    Yes.. You are more than just a number on the scale.. And you should be happy with yourself no matter what progress you have made! You deserve to be a happy you! (I think I'm really guilty of this too though.. of saying when I hit my goal I will be so happy with myself.) I never really stopped to think about what I was saying either. This makes me think I need to start rethinking how I feel about myself as well. I have been pretty negative about myself up until this journey.. and even now I have my days.

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JUDY106 12/12/2012 9:59PM

    This was a fabulous blog. Thanks for sharing.We all need to be reminded to use the positive Self Talk. funny I just stated in another blog that I was going to have to use some serious Self talk to get though the Holidays. I really believe in Positive Self Talk.
This blog was what I needed to read right now to get myself back to the correct state of mind. Thanks again. Hugs, Judy

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HEATHERFREE 12/12/2012 8:32PM

    So awesome! I was going to mention the pictures the other day. I was thinking wow she has been taking tons of pics the past few months! I wonder if she notices that change? And here I see you do! The negative self talk and thinking in general is the biggest thing I need to work on, it is was sabotages me every time! Good job, onederland is SO close!

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JACOBSBELOVED 12/12/2012 2:21PM

    You make me so proud!!!!! I love EVERYTHING you said! I am particularly fond of "I will FEEL a lot better when I lose the rest of this weight". Being over-weight myself, I can definitely say there are times when I just physically feel uncomfortable. And of course you can be happy when you get to your goal weight, but I'm glad you're realizing that you need to be happy with yourself regardless of what you weigh.

You definitely have the right attitude and that's going to get you where you want to go. Everyone deserves happiness and I'm glad you have found yours. :)

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SKINNIESOMEDAY 12/12/2012 12:07PM

   
yes this is a great blog and I think something that I and also alot of others deal with !! very good share and I need to realize and re-think some of my thoughts too !!
Congrats on your awesome journey and I know you will go further.... remember you ARE worth it !!

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BETHIEBOOPS 12/12/2012 10:32AM

    Ohmygosh. YES! YES! YES! YES! to each and everything you said. losing 100 lbs is so so so much more than losing 100 pounds. It's also about losing the baggage that you carried around 60 pounds ago- including feeling like you will only be happy at X weight. I easily judge people who buy the latest and greatest TV/Stereo/Car/House as a way to be happy. I know that in 6 months, they will be eyeing something new, because stuff doesn't make us happy. Yet, we do this to ourselves by putting limitations on how happy we are allowed to be. I am so proud of you for recognising this thinking and dissecting it. You are so very brave look into yourself so honestly! You go girl!

I hope to hear more life updates soon!

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AMCLELLAN 12/12/2012 7:45AM

    It is very hard to change how you feel. There is always something better. Trying to be happy in the here and now is the best. Just keep trying. You can do it! Being happy will help take the weight off, then there is less self sabotage. Keep up the great work!!!!!

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MYHUBBYISMYHERO 12/12/2012 6:04AM

    Overweight or normal weight, I think it is human nature to say, "I will be happy when such and such happens." You are wise to realize that externals aren't what makes you content with who you are and what you have achieved. Have a great day. Looking forward to hearing about your 1400 calorie days in December.
Sharon

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LRSILVER 12/12/2012 4:43AM

    Great attitude. You will be the change that makes you healthy and happy. Love yourself first. emoticon

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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:
emoticon December 1: 1364 emoticon
emoticon December 2: 1388 emoticon
emoticon December 3: 1379 emoticon
emoticon December 4: 1393 emoticon
emoticon December 5: 1394 emoticon
emoticon December 6: 1391 emoticon
emoticon December 7: 1394 emoticon
emoticon December 8: 1385 emoticon
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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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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MINILOVER1 12/9/2012 10:51AM

    emoticon emoticon Congrats on your 60 pound loss.

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DIANER2014 12/9/2012 9:18AM

    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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NPA4LOSS 12/8/2012 9:44PM

    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

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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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