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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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