For anyone that's wavering about joining Phase 3- just do it. It's no secret that I'll be doing the 1200 calorie plan (that's what I've been doing for most of November already) but that doesn't mean you have to limit yourself to 1200 too. Either plan is going to require planning ahead and choosing your foods wisely, which you should be doing on any diet in my experience. Princess Dieter posted several links here for 1200 calorie meal plans (some of them have higher calorie plans too) that have some great suggestions if you're still on the fence about whether you could/should do 1200 calories or an increased amount. Look at the plans- it's still a lot of food, there are still great choices, and a lot of variety. I'm not trying to push anyone into the 1200 calorie plan, just sharing that with anyone that's still on the fence. No matter what you decide, make a plan of attack for December.. Pick something, commit to it, and put it into action now.
I can't speak for anyone else, but December is traditionally a month in which I gain a lot. Not this year--December is going to be my bitch.