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December Challenge Week 1

Let’s Lose 2 pounds, this week

Hello friends,

Who’s ready to get 8 pounds ahead of the New Years Resolutioneers? Who’s ready to set a realistic goal for yourself, and take the December Challenge Week to make it a reality in the next 4 weeks?! Obviously we’re 11 months into 2015,

It’s long past the time to get any XL goals done this year. Heck, you may or may not already be where you want to be {weight wise} this year, either way…don’t fret…your journey isn’t over.

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Time flies. Even in the 11th month, it’s never to late to set a goal.  Why wait til January? Start today. Start right after you get done reading this. Who’s motivated?

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The one habit successful people practice is persevering no matter what

My body weight has fluctuated anywhere between 5 and 30 pounds over the last six years of weight-loss maintenance. {Heck, my weight can fluctuate wildly over the course of a 24-48 hour period}.  My workouts are consistent. In my case, weight gain is always due to un-checked calorie intake.

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Never fails

A while back I mentioned that I felt a case of motivation coming on…you remember…when my muffin top made its appearance.  Clearly, I set a goal for the end of the year.  Lose the muffin top.

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It suddenly dawned on me…why do it alone?  See #3 & #4.  Why not invite y’all to come along? So, essentially I am rallying anyone and everyone to come along with me if you’re so inclined…to lose a very realistic 8 pounds before new years {that’s approx 2 lbs a week for 4 weeks}.

Who’s in?  Obviously I am.  I’m readying my food scale, recipes and apps.  I’ve got motivational tools on standby.  I asked Santa for a FitBit charge/hr. See #6. Don’t ask how I survived this long without one…curiosity finally gets this kitty.

This is not a diet with a set of rules.  This is a guide, not rigid rules to beat yourself up over.  Eat however you like (vegan, paleo, volumetrics, gluten-free or weight watchers), just follow this equation.

Here the equation to simplify the challenge and help you to lose 8 pounds in 1 month.

1 Pound= 3,500 calories

• Each day, eat 500 fewer calories (500 x 7 = a deficit totaling 3,500 calories a week)  This can be a simple as cutting out sodas, coffee drinks, chips and crackers, dessert and/or reducing the size of your meals.

• Each day, burn 500 calories with exercise (500 x 7= a deficit totaling an additional 3,500 calories a week) This sounds like a lot, but simple things like parking further away from the office, or store, taking the stairs, doing a few rounds of push ups or lunges throughout the day all add up quickly.

Following this equation leaves you with a total caloric deficit of 7,000 calories a week, or, a loss of 2 pounds. 😉  The biggest and most important variable in this equation is your level of commitment and determination.

Not sure where to start with calories?  Heres a link to an easy calculator: How Many Calories Per Day

Note: If you want to join the December challenge, post progress or share motivation, we can keep in touch through #VitaminWe

So there you have it.

Do you have a New Years Resolution in mind yet?

What are your best tools for motivation?

xo

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***Disclaimer: Always check with your doctor first before starting new fitness routines to ensure that they’re right for you.***All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

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