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February Stats, Streak Results & March Madness...


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Saturday, March 01, 2014



Overall, February was pretty rough. With my Birthday at the beginning of the month, I managed to gain 3 pounds the first week by celebrating for way too many days. Live and learn I guess. I will let the stats speak for themselves.

emoticon Total pounds lost: 2.6 (Goal 5 pounds emoticon)
emoticon Total strength training days: 6 (Goal 8 days emoticon)
emoticon Walk everyday: 28/28 emoticon
emoticon Cupcake stickers (days where I have overeaten by a lot): 9, pretty rough.

There are things that I consider victories for February, like consistently getting in enough water, trying to get enough rest, trying new recipes and cooking more. All of those things are becoming part of my healthy lifestyle, and for that I am excited. Which brings me to my next topic...

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The 14 day streak! I am so happy that so many of you joined me on a streak. For those that missed it, I invited others to pick anything they wanted or might have been struggling with and rock it for 14 days. Some of you started a little later and are still doing it. I invite you all to comment below and tell me how your streak went, what you did, the results, or how far along you are if you are still streaking. It really did motivate me, even though I had a far from perfect streak! I am so proud of all of you.

As for me, my streak of choice was 1400 calories or less. My overall stats are 11 out of 14 days on track. Out of my 3 "off days", 2 were conscious choices to break my streak and give my body more calories because I felt like my body was not responding well to the 1400 calorie allotment. The 3rd day was an outright binge, and I would never try to hide that fact. I am recovering from that today and doing my best to move forward from it. What I learned from my streak is that having consecutive on track days really makes things easier and it really makes the days go by faster when you have a focus. I also saw how easily straying from the streak could get me off track. I feel like if I wouldn't have upped my calories and "broke the streak" that I would have wound up with a perfect record. Oh well.

I also invite all of you to streak with me in March! There were many that were interested in doing a 14 day streak at the end of each month. So for March, it will start on the 18th! You can pick anything you might be struggling with or just want to stay consistent with. It could be staying in your calorie range, getting in a certain amount of steps, doing 10 minutes of exercise, getting 8 hours of sleep, drinking 8 glasses of water, seriously, the possibilities are endless! What I like about this is that it allows me to refocus before the month is over. I hate when an entire month has gone by and I feel like it slipped away without me even realizing or making much progress. So gathering that focus 2 weeks before the end allows me to have a chance at salvaging what is left of the month. Now in a perfect world, I would do fabulously in the beginning of the month, and the streak will just continue it... but it doesn't always work that way! So I will post a blog on the 17th, and any of you that would like to join me can post what your streak is going to be... and then I will check back with all of you on April 1st! :D I definitely will pick a streak that is more suitable for me... as I am learning this whole calorie game really is a game... and it is ever changing. *DOH* emoticon

Now onto my March goals:
To follow this workout calendar for Rockin' Body that I created for myself.


To continue my walking each day. emoticon
To hit 2,000 fitness minutes for the first time ever. emoticon

To experiment with my calorie range until I can find what works for me and my body. emoticon
To have a successful 14 day streak of whatever I choose. emoticon
To have 3 (or less) cupcake sticker days. emoticon
To lose 9 pounds (get to 181). emoticon Between you and I, I can pretty much guarantee that this one isn't going to happen unless there is a miracle! ;) But when I made my mini goals, 181 was my goal by the end of March... but that was if I was 188 by the end of February. So why there is a very real chance it isn't going to happen, I will be happy with any type of loss by the end of March. emoticon
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TERRIJ7 6/28/2014 10:19AM

    I love reading about the ups and downs and perseverance of Spark friends! Woo Hoo!

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WHITEANGEL4 6/11/2014 9:27AM

    You can make it because you are a winner

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GRAMPIAN 5/28/2014 6:09AM

  Good attitude. emoticon

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FRAN0426 3/17/2014 1:07PM

    Good plan for March emoticon

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MRSRIGS1 3/7/2014 4:27PM

    Way to go Stephanie! emoticon

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SUSIEMT 3/6/2014 3:14PM

    Way to go Stephanie! March will be a shall I say cake-walk?

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JIBBIE49 3/5/2014 3:42PM

    Glad to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail.

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MARGARITTM 3/5/2014 9:37AM

    love the cupcake stickers........ best with the 2000 minutes of exercise...ME TOO.

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AMANDACOETZER 3/5/2014 5:59AM

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CTICKET 3/5/2014 12:25AM

    I'll join you in going for the streaks!

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PJB149 3/5/2014 12:14AM

    emoticon Focus on your positives and let go of those things that did not go so well. Your streak idea is a really good one. I will have to think about something that I want/need to do and I may join you.

In any case, I wish you much success with your March goals.

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PREACHERLADY565 3/4/2014 10:26PM

  Over all you are doing great...keep up the good work and success will find you

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BESYKES 3/4/2014 7:21PM

    Awesome. Great plan. emoticon

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JANET552 3/4/2014 6:18PM

    Love that sticker idea. I think I might have to put an unused calendar to use so I can see my March goal more readily. Thanks for sharing!

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DIDMIS 3/4/2014 4:28AM

    Think about what you did not about what you didn't do. You did a good job, now don't whip yourself anymore. March is a new month and you are starting out anew.

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GORDON66 3/3/2014 10:11PM

  Focus is everything.

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KIM22211 3/3/2014 9:39PM

    hey in case you didnt see my email, there is a way to track the steps for the month but it is up to you however you want to do it because I wont mess with it! I just pay attention to the day and the week total on the fit bit! lol

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MARAGRAM 3/3/2014 9:31PM

    emoticon Way to get yourself on track!

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JUDYERAE 3/3/2014 8:43PM

    You're awesome! I like your idea of a 14 day streak and I love the stickers! I will join you on a 14 day streak.

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JRRING 3/3/2014 8:01PM

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TREV1964 3/3/2014 7:08PM

    Good stuff Steph but can I add a couple of things?

If you earn one penny more in a month than you spend you are in credit.
If you spend one penny more a month than you earn than you are broke.

If you net gain ten pounds but net loose ten and a half pounds you have lost half a pound and that is a plus.

You have and you continue to do so well and in spite of any set backs you carry on fighting which is a great inspiration to me and many others in here.

Your approach is a great one and one I know will work for you - but please try not to beat yourself up too much focusing on where you fall short of the very high standards that you set for yourself.

Your wonderful attitude to what you have set out upon will see you win and achieve every goal you could ever wish for.

Cheers, love and respect

Trev

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CHEENY 3/3/2014 7:00PM

    I set a goal for myself at the beginning of the year to just focus on exercise. In January I set a goal of 30 mins for 30 days. I kept saying I can do just 30 mins. I can do just 30 mins. I was successful 48% of the time. I didn't focus on eating just getting more active. Then, I set February into March as 35 mins for 35 days. I haven't finished yet but I'm goin much better t his month. Getting my strength back. Liking exercise again. This week I told my husband I want to see 7 days in a row when I exercise. So far my streak is 5 days!

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WOOFERCOALBOY 3/3/2014 5:26PM

    The calendar is a good plan.

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TRANSFORM724 3/3/2014 3:42PM

    Such fun Rock it out...You got this!!! Take it day by day.

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MISSJANE55 3/3/2014 1:10PM

  This is a great blog entry. Helps me to re-frame my craziness and think about goals in a different way. Thank you.

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SAPHRAEL 3/3/2014 12:26PM

    Love the cupcake sticker. I use stickers too. I have colored stars for different goals. I like the idea of having a goal to use a sticker as little as possible!
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THRIFTEE1 3/3/2014 12:12PM

    I like the lay out of your blog and all the information you shared. I might have to do this as well. Keep up the good work. You are doing great regardless what your cupcake stickers have to say. emoticon

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SUPERSYLPH 3/3/2014 12:02PM

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DINZEL 3/3/2014 11:58AM

  Very interesting read. I have attempted on numerous occasions to write a blog and just can't seem to do it - not much good at that kind of thing. However I do have things I should hare and maybe will do so in very near future. Keep up the good work. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MJEFFERSON23 3/3/2014 10:50AM

  If you believe it, you can do it! (I pretty much guarantee it, miracles always happen!)

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JUNEAU2010 3/3/2014 10:41AM

    A lot of birthdays, including mine, in March and other excuses to go off plan, but I am going to make every day count! I love the idea of a 14 day streak!

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STACYR31 3/3/2014 9:58AM

    It sounds like you are doing a great job. You have inspired me to start a streak of my own.

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SHARONCAPPS 3/3/2014 9:42AM

  Thank you for sharing. You can do it. You acknowledge your fall and got right back up and back on track. Great Job!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 3/3/2014 9:07AM

    Great Blog

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AJB121299 3/3/2014 8:45AM

    nice--good luck in March

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RUBYSNANA 3/3/2014 7:58AM

    Love how you have your month all planned out. Good luck with your streak.. I am participating in the 20 day #StreakintoSpring Challenge and the 100 day streak Challenge so we will see how that goes. Not to worried about that 20 day challenge, but the 100 day could be tough. Time will tell!

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ROXYCARIN 3/3/2014 1:24AM

  Great

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WRITERWANNAB 3/3/2014 12:53AM

    Never give up! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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RICHEDCOOK 3/3/2014 12:16AM

  Way to go! Good motivational blogging and solid work. Thanks a million for sharing.

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BANNERMAN 3/3/2014 12:08AM

  Thanks for sharing.
Keep on keeping on.

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JAMER123 3/2/2014 10:51PM

    Excellent set of goals!! There is a good chance you are going to make it by the end of the month!! Keep you eye on the daily path and your nose to the grind stone and you will be there!! I am looking at dropping 2# this month to hit my major goal that has been so out of reach but so close. That's a 100# loss!! When I hit that, I am setting a new goal that is going to be also reachable!!
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CAROLJ35 3/2/2014 9:03PM

    I started my streak on March 1st - and that is to eliminate sweets from my program as I had gotten to the place where I wanted dessert 3 times a day!
2 days down and I'm doing well.
Also lowered my calories from 1200 - 1500 (for maintenance) to 1100 - 1200. Not hungry so far!

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