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Little Lessons: 1

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Today I learned the benefit of measuring and weighing foods! I was preparing lunch and found some broken tortilla chips. They were little pieces but I was hungry so I decided I'd still eat them... Something told me to try measuring/weighing them first and what do you know ... Those LITTLE broken pieces of chips equaled 2 oz! So I only ate 1/2! YAY !

But imagine if I had done what I normally would do... and just eaten them because, "they are only little fragments." You know what, those little bites add up and I could have easily eaten 300 calories without even knowing it! HMMMMM, so THAT must be how we can workout for hours on end, feel like we're eating "better" and never see results! As they say, Little foxes spoil the vine. I will do better to count all of my intake so I can see results!

Just wanted to share!

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BROWNSUGADIVA 1/11/2011 9:46PM

  Great lesson learned in deed.

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360NOMORE 1/10/2011 3:21PM

    that is so interesting, i continually eat the "broken" pieces and do not count them when i make dinner and such, wow. I better be more careful.

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SPARKLE1908 1/10/2011 9:37AM

    Good job with stopping and actually measuring them....you are very focused indeed!!!

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KMICHA 1/9/2011 10:18PM

    Great lessonn! Thanks for sharing! I eyeball a lot of things, and I'm sure I'm not on the low side but on the higher side! I need to find my scale and begin using it again. We are in the middle of a kitchen remodel and I don't remember where I put them!!! LOL!!!

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JENNIE745 1/9/2011 7:12PM

    What a great lesson with such a great visual that I know I have done on more occasions than I'd like to admit! Thanks for posting, I will think before I eat the crumbs!

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BRAINYBLONDE5 1/9/2011 4:57PM

  thats awesome! i always munch on those broken pieces but next time i will think twice!

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7PASTORMIKE7 1/9/2011 2:04PM

    Thanks for sharing these good thoughts !!!

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GANASSI 1/9/2011 2:01PM

    Wow! Great lesson learned! Thanks for sharing your story, and reminding me about weighing EVERYTHING, especially now I'm stuck on a plateau.


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Weekly goals: 1/9/11

Sunday, January 09, 2011

This is a short blog... but I'm just writing to say that I am recommitting myself to being accountable. I am starting to use spark people on my phone as a way to immediately record what I am eating and hold myself accountable. I only have a BlackBerry and the internet isn't that great but it'll do for now. I'm sure it will be better if I upgrade to a droid... but I am starting where I am!

So for the NEXT week I am committing to :

1. recording everything I eat and counting my calories
2. Being HONEST in my assessment at the end of the week AND honestly counting each meal/bite of food.
- at the end of the week I will KNOW how much I am eating and be better at making adjustments... plus eventually you get tired of seeing high calorie counts and wondering why you're not losing weight. :-)
3. weigh myself and record the weight. AND take my measurements. Then NOT judge myself. It is a number and a starting point. Being critical doesn't burn calories. ;)
4. drinking more water and exercising more days than not!

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BERRIMOUSE 1/11/2011 11:30AM

    Sounds good to me, we all are accountable to ourselves first. You will make progress on your journey. emoticon

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    sounds like a plan my friend... you can do it!!

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SLOLOSER 1/9/2011 8:39AM

    Great plan!

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A moment to breathe. random musings.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Sometimes when everyone is asleep, I sit alone in my apartment and think.
Unsure of exactly what I am thinking, I find peace in the uncertainty.
When life is swirling all around you, there is nothing like a moment to breathe.

I believe plans, dreams, and goals are really what makes life worth the living. And for too long I have just allowed life to happen to me. Kind of floating along. Waiting for the next thing. good or bad. Not really effecting my life, just being affected by it. I want so much more than I am getting. I am happy, do not get me wrong. But I seriously sometimes feel that I am living below my potential. Where is the charismatic, friendly, outgoing woman that I once was?

In less than 5 months I'll be a MD. A doctor. I will have reached my life long goal at 25 years old. But, there has got to be more to me than this. I hopefully have a lot of life left for the living and I am goal-driven which means... I am going to have fun thinking of some NEW goals!!! :-D

I am still Her sometimes-the me I'd like to be. But for the most part I think I've allowed life, well medical school and my love life to be specific, to beat me down. I was reading something that said 'that we must RETURN to who we were meant to be. Powerful, magnificent, confident beings. No one was born beaten.' And that really spoke to me.

In the new year I want to really LIVE. To take chances. To do things that I may have neglected to do before. To go out and meet people again. to smile like never before. to be free.

I'm not sure if I told you all but 2010 has been eventful to say the least. Third year of medical school is enough to beat the crap out of you and make you wonder why you ever wanted to do it in the first place :) BUT on a positive note it has strengthened my relationship with God- which previously wasn't too bad if I do say so myself ;) .

That's one thing I've learned about hard times, they either bring you closer or further from God. But if you grow closer to him during the hard times, you'll find that victory is always much sweeter. Sometimes all you need is a seed of hope. Hope is enough to bring you out of the darkest things.

3rd year was difficult because we worked 80 hours a week every week. Got yelled at. Belittled. put on the spot. mistreated. all in the sake of becoming a phenomenal doctor- I suppose. But of course, it wasn't ALL bad,. it's a right of passage of some sort. And the best part is I'M A 4TH YEAR NOW!!!

And I've passed every board exam I need to take, and graduation is in 5 months-not that I'm counting! So that just goes to show that even the hardest things have an end. Nothing lasts forever. :)

I also got engaged in 2010 and ENDED an engagement all in the span on one year. Let's just say. I'm thankful that I mustered up the courage to do what needed to be done even when it was difficult. It's a LONG story but I will say... I made the right decision and am thankful that I did it now vs. later. When you don't have peace about a situation it's probably best to follow your mind. :-) And I figure, I'll meet someone sooner or later.

I pride myself on keeping a GOOD attitude even in the midst of sadness/turmoil and hopefully people didn't even realize I was going through so much.

Not sure why I brought any of this up... lol. Only to say, if you're still reading... keep the faith, hold your head high during tough times... Keep smiling and know LIFE IS FOR THE LIVING! So stop holding back, don't wait until you lose the weight. LIVE NOW! We may not be where we want to be but there is some JOY to be found in your situation. Look for it. And when you find it, take a moment to breathe and smile. This is the only life you've got. Love it. emoticon

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TEENY_BIKINI 1/7/2011 8:39PM

    I love your good attitude.


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    Girl, I love you for this blog! You are such a phenomenal woman! That's why we are SP buddies...although i haven't been the best lately :-( sorry about that. I'm re-committed now though and ready to do this!!! You are such an inspiration! And I'm soooo proud of you for all that you've accomplished...a DR in 5 months?? what?? girl that is just great!! Love it!! This blog is really making me think long and hard about how I can fit pharmacy school in my schedule!! I feel like I'm settling now, by not doing what I really want to do...sigh. But I'm going to keep praying and when the time is right, God will make it where it's possible for me to do what I need to do! Thanks again.

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SHERWOODCYCLER 12/29/2010 11:23PM

    Thanks for sharing. Sounds like 2011 is gonna be one exciting year for you. Do you know what you want to specialize in as an MD?

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AMBERBERRY 12/29/2010 6:52PM

    Your very encouraging.Thankyou.

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SPARKLE1908 12/29/2010 3:29PM

    Great blog...you have a lot to be proud of, as you know, and I expect 2011 to be an even BETTER, BIGGER and BLESSED year for us all!!!!!

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GONABFIT 12/29/2010 2:07PM

    Aww thank you all for reading and commenting!! I know some of the blogs are random but it's always nice to know someone out there may read it! :-D

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PRINCESSRUNNER7 12/29/2010 12:47PM

    LIVE NOW! I love this. Often time we get caught up in the past or the future that we forget to live the PRESENT.

emoticon blog!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 12/29/2010 9:40AM

    Reading your blog really touched me today, thanks for sharing. Ya never know what you might say that can impact a person in a very special way. emoticon

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SAMANTHAJEAN86 12/29/2010 8:53AM

    Great blog!

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TRAVELGRRL 12/29/2010 7:58AM

    There are lots of doctors in my family so I know about the looonnnggg hours and the abusive hospital rotations. Congrats on running the gauntlet and making it through to the other side!

2011 can be the year where you start to rediscover yourself...good luck and congrats on your engagement.

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-SHIMMER-ANN- 12/29/2010 7:48AM

    I didn't know your engagement had ended...I'm sorry :( BUT!! I'm glad you did what was best for you, there are gonna be plenty of hotttt doctors out there ;) I'm so excited for you, and I can't wait to read your 2011 adventure blogs!!

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DAWN.BELIEVES 12/29/2010 7:16AM

    CONGRATS!!!! I am in school now to be a LPC and I feel like I will never graduate. I can't wait till I am saying...only 5 more months! :)

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Footprints in the snow: please read :)

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Last night was Christmas and I had a wonderful day with my family!

I drove back to my apartment and after the 4 trips to and fro to get my gifts from the car to my apartment I decided to go workout. As I walked to the gym in the SNOW I smiled because I was proving to myself that I am REALLY dedicated this time. :-D

My mission for this week is to clean out my closet and rid myself of all things that are too small and those that are so old I probably will never wear them again. I have been wanting to give these clothes to charity for a while but I always am left with the What-ifs... What if I really lose weight this time and get into that size 6... I don't want to have thrown away things that I could have worn. But, after years of doing this, the clothes are older now (most still with tags though) and I probably should just let someone who can wear them NOW wear them.

And then there was that box.

The box in the floor of my closet that has been haunting me for quite a long time. I knew what was in it but still didn't want to open it until I knew that I had achieved my goals. In that box is probably 50 pairs of jeans that are too small for me. Size 6's, 8's, 10's.Some almost fit, some can get on but I am no where near zipping, and some might as well be ankle warmers because they are NOT getting up these thighs lol. [I actually wear a 10 now but they are tight and I wear some 12 Petites. ]

As I decided what to do with them I saw all my size 8's that I REALISTICALLY believe I will be able to wear again soon. So I have decided to keep them. Don't worry I have MANY MANY extra clothes to give away to charity. And I'm not going to keep every size 8 that I have. But those that are business pants, or really cute timeless jeans... I just want to keep them. A way of not giving up the hope. But I have made a promise. If I can't wear them by the time I graduate medical school in 5 months, they will be given away as well.

So that the next time I make foot prints in the snow on a wintery night headed to the gym for a late night workout, It will be BY CHOICE and not desperation. It will be because I love exercise- which I ALREADY do- and not because I know that I haven't reached my goals yet and I don't want to risk another year of not being successful. And most importantly because the next time I open that box, I want to SLIDE into a size 8 and wonder if there was really a time when they didn't fit.

Merry- day after- Christmas Spark buddies.

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    Thanks for having me, I am very motivated to ee some results this time around

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GONABFIT 12/29/2010 5:30AM

    Thank you guys for commenting!!! Glad to see that we are all in this together. :) Getting rid of the things that don't fit us, frees us to find the things that TRULY fit who we are right now! And yes keeping that ONE big size reminds us where we were. :-D

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 12/28/2010 11:11PM

    Cleared out my closet last week with the big clothes that I never plan to wear again. Held on to one pair of pants because those will be the infamous "after" pants that I will bask in the glory of as I stand in one leg and take a photo to post on spark people. What a happy day to look forward to! Good luck with fitting into those size 8 jeans. You should hang them on your door as motivation when you just don't feel like being active. You got this in the bag, girl!

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DIHEALTHYHAPPY 12/27/2010 7:53PM

    I loved this! I'm going through a similar process myself. I've decided that where I am at the end of this school year is where I need to be happy with for the rest of my life. I'm tired of "dieting" and want to just be relaxed and healthy. I'm in 10's and hoping that it will be 8's that I wear forever, too. :) Good luck! Keep puttin' those footprints in the snow. :)

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SPARKLE1908 12/27/2010 2:49PM

    Yes, cleaning out your closet is very therapeutic AND a wonderful gift to those in need!!!!

You'll be back in those jeans before you know it...

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COCOABUTTASAKI 12/27/2010 9:55AM

    Out with the old and in with the new. What a Fantastic Goal! I seem to do that a little too often tho. Good Luck this week!

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NANCY- 12/27/2010 7:49AM

    You have reached a wonderful goal .... "As I walked to the gym in the SNOW I smiled "
Goals give us direction...but it is our actions that count.

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NELLIEC 12/26/2010 4:47PM

    Definitely sounds like a good project.

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MEOUTE 12/26/2010 3:33PM

    Good job! I know you will feel great when you put those jeans on!

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Day of Discipline: 3 :-D - My week in a flash!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

So as I lay in bed after going to sleep "early" at 9 pm and waking up at 11 pm. lol.... I thought if I'm up I may as well write a quick blog!

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I am STILL doing pretty darned well with my eating!! And I MUST admit I AM PROUD! I made my own chinese food substitute that was pretty healthy. It was pretty healthy, small measured portions, and veggies took up most of the plate

My mini TG turned out delicious as well! The Turkey breast I baked was AMAZING even though I didn't have the right pan or foil to bake it in! And I was PRETTY close with my calorie counts!!! I went a little over for sparkcals BUT under my personal limit AND I did extra exercise before hand to make sure that I would at least have balance. :-)

Monday- made healthier choices. Ate 1/2 of anything I felt was unhealthy but was interviewing/driving 7 hours all day. no formal exercise and didn't count cals

Tues- ate 1300 cals. recovering from the very long weekend I had. Some stretching no formal exercise. But diet was on point!

Wed- ate 1496 cals BURNED 1015 calories (through cardio)

Thursday ate 1675 cals and BURNED 1080 cals through cardio and strength moves :-D


I am hoping that all this exercise and trying to eat better will lead to some weight loss, inch loss, and belly fat loss! My stomach has always been a problem in MY eyes and it has gotten a bit bigger since I put on some pounds. But either way, I'll just keep on working hard and being patient... results SHALL come eventually!

Happy to be a person who Makes it Happen!!!!! :-D Shout out to my team! LOL! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BELIEVER104 12/19/2010 11:38AM

    Sounds like a healthy and productive week! Keep up the great work!

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WEIGHTOSUCCESS 12/19/2010 11:33AM

    Sounds like you're doing it!! Awesome job on your eating and workout girlie.. I need to jump on board with you emoticon

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CHARLIE2213 12/19/2010 11:22AM

    such motivation! my goal is usually to burn 500 cals per workout but now im def upping it to 1000!!! get it girl, keep up the good work!!!!

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NELLIEC 12/17/2010 10:23PM

    It sounds like you are doing well!

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SPARKLE1908 12/17/2010 9:17AM

    Way to go girl...you have a LOT to be proud of!!!!

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