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Prepping For 2014: Let's Rock This!


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Saturday, December 21, 2013



I am super excited to tell you that there is only 10 days left in 2013! emoticon emoticon emoticon Why am I so excited you ask? I am excited because there will be no more "holiday goodies" being passed around EVERYDAY at work. There will be much less (and farther between) pot luck nonsense, and people wanting to feed me at every turn. I won't have to keep hearing coworkers saying "who cares, it's the HOLIDAYS?!" Funnily enough those same coworkers will be complaining on January 1st about their Holiday weight gain and vowing to start a new diet... but I digress.

My goal for these next 10 days is survival mode! I haven't given up on my goals, but I have given up on stressing myself out because of all this holiday madness. I have definitely done damage on the scale ever since Halloween, but it is what it is. I will most likely have to re-lose 10 pounds I had previously lost, but you know what, this second time losing it is going to be the LAST! How do I know that? Because I am already looking forward to bigger and better things! I learned the hard way January 1, 2013, that the New Year doesn't necessarily bring a lot of sparkle and motivation! It can, if you plan and follow through with that plan... but I was waiting for some magic weight loss fairy emoticon to come and sprinkle some fairy dust, and melt the fat right off my body! I thought that with the New Year, making healthy food choices and getting in my exercise would be so easy and that I would be untouchable. When that didn't happen I started off the year to a rough start. The good news is, I've learned from that and I am much more prepared. I won't be looking for the weight loss fairy on January 1, 2014. Instead I will put my plan in place and follow it like I'm supposed to and get the job done!



These action plans are different for everyone, but it is very important to have your plan ready! For me that includes doing all the things that helped me get this far, and eliminating some of the things recently that have caused me to put back on some pounds this holiday season.



The most important things on my plan include:
emoticon Tracking everything I eat, before I eat it! That for me is super important especially if I'm trying new foods. There is nothing worse than going to track something after the fact and being upset about how many calories it "cost" you.

emoticon To plan and prepare my food for work in advance, so that I am not scrambling for something to eat at the last minute.

emoticon To drink my water daily. (Luckily this is the ONLY one that comes naturally at this point) emoticon

emoticon To really rack up the fitness minutes and work on being active each and everyday!

emoticon To keep my eye on the prize! It is very easy to get distracted and temporarily lose sight of why we are doing this... so staying on top of things and looking forward are very important for me!

emoticon Even more important is to never lose sight of how far I have come on this journey. I am not done by any means, and this weight loss journey never truly ends... but I don't want to lose sight of what I have accomplished. Sometimes with some re-gain you feel like you have thrown everything away. But I still have 70+ pounds that are no longer attached to me, and I need to remember that so I don't try to find them again.

There are also some very important things that I need to get away from which include:

emoticon Eating out. Prior to starting this journey I was a fast food junkie. I really turned that around as I lost my weight but in the last month and a half it has creeped back into my habits and that is unacceptable. A dinner out with friends and family every now again is no big deal, but hitting the drive thru on a regular basis is not okay. I'm going to work towards making my fast food visits almost obsolete. This goes hand in hand with preparing my food for work, so that fast food isn't my "go to" dinner at the last minute.

emoticon To not be afraid to stand up for myself. Just because EVERYONE at work is ordering pizza and wants to know if I want to pitch in and participate does not mean I "have to". I'm going to get back to politely saying "no" to these invitations. I was at a point where they only asked me to be polite, but fully expected me to say no... but with the holiday madness many "yeses" have escaped my lips. Time to get back my no-normal.

emoticon To get away from this candy nonsense! Now hear me out... I am an everything in moderation gal (with a few exceptions of some trigger foods I have)... There is nothing wrong with a small piece or two of candy. But the craziest part is I have never been a candy person, until recently! A coworker was always giving me fun size snickers or butterfinger, and I would have one a day or every other day. No big deal. Until I started craving chocolate and the craving wouldn't be satisfied by one fun size bar. It really did amaze me that something I never really cared much for became such a strong craving... it is amazing what our bodies can get used to. But just as my body could get used to craving chocolate, and can get used to leaving chocolate in the dust.

These are my plans going into 2014... I am prepared, and I am ready to get this down and get to my goal weight. 10 pounds at a time, 40 pounds total, let's rock this!! emoticon
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ADVENTURE-GIRL 1/3/2014 10:59PM

    Great plan!

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DAILYCHOICES 1/3/2014 6:05AM

    Awesome! Sounds like a very realistic and doable plan! Go girl! emoticon

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FLMOMX2 1/1/2014 8:33PM

    I love your attitude, It just makes me smile emoticon . Missed reading you while I was in NC seeing family and friends and snow!! It's been a bit warm in FL.

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HEATHERFREE 12/31/2013 10:56PM

    Sounds great girl!!!

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EFFRAYECHILDE 12/30/2013 12:24PM

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JERICHO1991 12/30/2013 9:33AM

    Great plans. Looking forward to hearing of your successes following the plan.

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_CYNDY55_ 12/28/2013 12:27AM

    emoticon emoticon blog!!

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TREV1964 12/26/2013 7:53PM

    Preparing for 2014 along with you having lost half of my weight that I intend to loose in 2013 I will be resuming in 2014 with the intention of completion down to goal weight and better health.

I draw inspiration from the journey you are making.

Cheers and seasons greetings

Trev

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KIN59VARA 12/26/2013 5:56PM

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JENRAQTAY87 12/26/2013 2:26PM

    This is perfect!
I think we are 5 days from New Year's now.
Here we go!

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NHES220 12/26/2013 12:04PM

    Good plan for 2014 Steph! Let's rock this!

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JMARIES51 12/25/2013 8:53PM

    Wonderful goals and I am with you. emoticon Make a plan, follow the plan, repeat... sounds easy. Of course it isn't all that easy, but having a plan is probably one of the most important keys to success. And of course, keeping the eye on the prize. 2014 is going to rock!

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BEATLETOT 12/25/2013 7:01PM

    What a motivating post!!! Thank you!

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ANGELN325 12/25/2013 5:50PM

    Woohoo! Let's do this!

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 12/24/2013 9:47PM

    Have a warm and peaceful Christmas. Keep up the blog we are all with you

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 12/24/2013 4:23PM

    Way to go Steph!

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MRSRIGS1 12/24/2013 12:19PM

    You have a GREAT plan with really good ideas! I, too, need to track my food BEFORE I eat it or prepare it. I have gone over my calories, fat, protein on occasion because I tracked AFTER the fact! emoticon emoticon

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FLMOMX2 12/24/2013 11:10AM

    emoticon You put into words what many of us are feeling. Thank you!! Now we have our "marching orders". LOL emoticon

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ZELLAZM 12/24/2013 3:52AM

    What a great blog! I'd like to bottle some of that Mojo and save it for "those" days!



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NEWMEFORJESUS 12/24/2013 1:44AM

    You definitely got this! Good luck in 2014! I too learned that magic fairy doesn't show up with it's magic motivation/ weight loss dust

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SCASSIDY5 12/23/2013 2:45PM

    You have hit the nail on the head in soooo maaannnny ways! Great job! Wishing you every success in 2014

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    emoticon blog! Thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MAWMAW101 12/23/2013 12:59PM

    As my first year at Spark comes to an end I need to sit down and make my own plan to
"rock the next year"! Your blog is awesome, all the best in the next year!
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THERESAMARIEM 12/23/2013 12:24PM

    Amazing!! Our goals are very similar. I've already started mine. emoticon

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THOMS1 12/23/2013 11:01AM

    Great blog. Made me think back to last year at this time. I had started the holiday season on Thanksgiving just about at my goal and by the time New Years came around I had gained 17 lbs. It has taken me this whole year of tracking, measuring and exercising to lose it. This year from Thanksgiving till now two days before Christmas has been totally different. I learned from my mistakes and although I have gained a couple of lbs it is within my limit. Have a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year! emoticon

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HAPPYMENOW58 12/23/2013 11:01AM

    Great! Loved this!

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AUGUSTDRAGON 12/23/2013 10:48AM

    Great ideas in this post. Thank you. emoticon

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ZAPPATTACK 12/23/2013 10:05AM

    Agreed on all fronts!! I may have to make a list of goals for this new year myself, and keep the eye on the prize!

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SHANNONY84 12/23/2013 9:11AM

    Great blog! Thank you!

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BEANIES_MOM 12/23/2013 7:00AM

    I'm so with you on just trying to survive. I do not want to hit 200 again, but this last week out of town really put me close. I have got to be more diligent. You are amazing and such an inspiration to me!!!

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JAMER123 12/22/2013 11:01PM

    Sounds like a great plan! I know you can do it!
emoticon I am a chocoholic and enjoy my chocolate daily. Haven't been able to kick the habit but I am still losing, very slowly, but losing!

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JIBBIE49 12/22/2013 10:46PM

    Hugs

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PROVERBS31JULIA 12/22/2013 7:21PM

    Hey while reading this, I thought of a Queen song you could modify:

"I will, I will, Rock This!" (We are the champions")

Snazzy new mantra, eh?

and your co-workers - maybe copy SparkGuy's Post-It Note Daily Streaks, I think it was exercise but you could say - "This many days since I last had Pizza" and add the new day each day. Something like that. Even the 10 minutes of exercise (I need to go back and re-read his story of how his daily streaks ignited a spark within one of his co-workers.

But your blog sparks in me that I need to set up a plan too!!

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JOANNHUNT 12/22/2013 6:13PM

    AWESOME BLOG THANKS FOR SHARING.

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