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Update (finally!)

Monday, June 15, 2009

Hey ladies!

Gosh it's been so long since my last update, I can't believe it's mid-June already! A lot has happened during my hiatus and I have a lot of catching up to do when it comes to you guys: I'll definitely go through your blogs and SparkPages once I'm done writing this.

Here's everything that's been going on in a nutshell:

- Entrance exams: I took part in a couple of university entrance exams almost two weeks ago (in Finland, you have to apply to the universities you're interested in, and then participate in their entrance exams (and you also have to read a couple of books for those exams which is not a picnic, trust me). Based on the results from these exams, you'll be either accepted as their student - or not. Only about 40 new students are accepted each year and there always are more than 400 applicants so it's not easy to get in. We'll see how it goes.) I applied to three different universities (in the Turku, Tampere and Joensuu). Actually, I also applied to the University of Helsinki but didn't go to the exam because I didn't have time to prepare for it. Anyway, I'm getting the results on July 10th (from Turku) and 13th (from Tampere and Joensuu). I CAN'T WAIT!!! I think the exams went well and I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

- Beauty school: Last Friday I was informed that I have been accepted as a student of a beauty school I applied to here in Lahti! It's my plan B - in case I don't get into any university I'll start my studies at the beauty school in August.

- No work: I didn't get the job in the jewelry store after all. They decided to go for someone with more experience. So, both Tommi and I are unemployed at the moment. No work, very little money. I'm so stressed. But we're hanging in there.

- I've hit a plateau: My weight doesn't go either up or down. No matter what I do. Well, naturally I'm glad that it doesn't go up since I've been eating all kinds of unhealthy junk lately. I'm sick and tired of it and I want to do something about this!! I want to see the numbers on the scale go down again!! Now that I don't have a job and have all this time in my hands, I'm gonna start tracking my food & workout here ONCE AGAIN and I'll stick to it, too. I'm stress-free at last so now I can give 100% to SparkPeople!

Actually, that's all that's been going on over here. Lots of little things, too, of course, but there's no point in writing down every single thing that has happened! You'd get bored in no time! Haha.

But, as I said, I'm back now and I'm not going anywhere either. I need all the support I can get so that I'll be able to get my weight loss going again and manage to avoid all the temptations that summer seems to bring along with it!

Okay, I'm off to read your blogs and comment now! Hope you're all doing wonderful!!

Anne-Maija

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MAKI34 6/15/2009 10:04PM

    Hey there, I missed you! So you're trying out beauty school? I've recently have thought about maybe doing that too. I would like to maybe be a makeup artist or something like that! I would love to learn how to do my own makeup correctly! LOL! Let me know how that goes! Well glad you're back and don't worry you look great so I'm sure it wont be too hard to get back on track!

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MSLZZY 6/15/2009 7:52AM

    So glad you are back! I missed you. Sorry about the job but maybe you'll find a new one. Do the best you can and concentrate on eating healthy and getting
exercise. You are worth it!

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RACHEAL01 6/15/2009 6:47AM

    Good luck with your uni exams :) And with losing weight too :)

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Feels good to be back!

Monday, May 25, 2009

I'm back - literally and figuratively. Tommi and I had a great time at the cabin and came back home yesterday evening. As soon as we arrived, I put on my workout clothes and went for a brisk 90-minute walk. I can tell you that as much as I loved the time we spent at the cabin, I was so happy to return home and get back to my normal eating and exercise routine. I overate and didn't work out as much as I planned because of the flu - so when I came back home, I decided that enough is enough. I've been neglecting my health lately, I admit that. I haven't been active here for various reasons (stress, studying - and yes, I've also been a little afraid to face the mess I've gotten myself into ONCE AGAIN!) but that's going to change now. Today I started tracking my meals again and it feels great. It gives me such a feeling of clarity and balance. But, as I said, it can also be a little time-consuming at times, so I'm gonna have to try and not to spend TOO MUCH time here on Sparks especially now that I have to study like mad for the entrance exams.

OH and by the way; I GOT THE JOB I MENTIONED A WHILE AGO! The one at the jewelry store! I'll be on my way there to discuss the details and such in a minute. I'm so happy! It won't be anything much: I probably won't even be working every day. But it's better than nothing and with this current economy situation I can't afford to be picky (Tommi didn't even get a job for the summer even though he applied to over 50 different jobs!).

I'll update again later if I have the time! Have a wonderful day, lovely ladies!

  
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MAKI34 5/27/2009 11:02AM

    I guess we all kind of fell off the wagon these days, I know I did. Well I'm glad you're back. And I totally understand about not being on Spark so much, I need to balance my time too! Or else I'll forget to do anything else but be on here!

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LUCYGODDESS 5/25/2009 8:59AM

    Welcome home lady! Glad you are feeling better from the flu. Glad you had a good time in the mountains. Sounds like you have a lot going on, but I'm sure if anyone can organize it all together, it would be YOU!

Girlfriend you are not alone in letting the weight creep back on. I have not done well either & have let 6 lbs creep back on me. We can do this....JUST KEEP AT IT & KNOW YOU ARE NOT ALONE IN THIS FIGHT!!!
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MSLZZY 5/25/2009 8:01AM

    You need to budget your time and watch your nutrition and exercise. You need to study and now, have a job. Do what you can and don't stress about doing it all. We will still be here to
read when you blog but no one will object to you putting your priorities first.
Eat right and make good choices. Exercise and track in a notebook, if you don't have enough
time to enter. Do what is best for you. You have done so well and come so far. I don't want
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Glad you had a chance to rest up and had a good vacation!

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Going away for a few days

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Today Tommi and I are packing our bags and leaving for the cabin my dad rented for us. It's a 5-hour drive from here to the North East of Finland - but it'll be fun; I like road trips! I've been to this same cabin a couple of times before and it's such a lovely place, located on the beach of a beautiful, big lake. It'll be great! I'm taking my exercise clothes with me (hoping I'll soon feel well enough to work out again), too! Also, I really need to study for the entrance exams (for the universities I'm applying to) and while I'm there, it'll be much easier to focus on that since there's no internet (and I'm not sure but I think there isn't a TV either?). Hopefully I'll get some studying done.

I'm not going to be here until Sunday since there's no internet over there. Just thought I'd let you guys know! But I'm tracking everything I eat on a little notebook I have with me at all times. And I'm not going to fall off the wagon anymore, PROMISE!

I truly hope you'll have a wonderful time while I'm gone. I feel bad that I haven't had the time (or the energy now that I'm sick) to really take time and read your blogs and comment. But I'm thinking of all of you and hoping that you're doing great and feeling strong and happy!

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MAKI34 5/20/2009 10:11PM

    I really have missed you commenting on my blogs! But I really hope you enjoy your trip! Get better soon! emoticon

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LUCYGODDESS 5/20/2009 10:04PM

    You have fun & get well & once again, HAVE FUN!!! Hope the studying goes well, but don't forget to study Tommi too (LOL) while you're there! We can't let him get bored ya know!
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MSLZZY 5/20/2009 7:44AM

    Enjoy your vacation, study hard as I know you will, keep tracking your nutrition. I also know you'll do lots of walking in the fresh air and sunshine.
You've worked so hard for university I know you'll succeed!

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Birthday Girl

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

I woke up feeling really ill this morning. I have a little fever and my head just feels really heavy. BUT I'M NOT GOING TO LET THAT RUIN MY DAY OR MY MOOD! Tommi gave me my birthday present (perfume; The Beat by Burberry) and I LOVE IT. And I love him so much. He's the best.

I'm on my way to literature class now even though I don't feel too good. Oh well, it's only gonna be an hour or so - I think I'll manage!

C'est moi right now:









HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY EVERYONE!!!

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LUCYGODDESS 5/20/2009 10:01PM

    Girlfriend, hair looks great, shirt is pretty, you are stylin' & profilin'!


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APRILNFO 5/19/2009 11:54AM

    Sorry you don't feel well, but you look great. Have a wonderful day ! emoticon

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MSLZZY 5/19/2009 6:20AM

    Have a wonderful day! emoticon

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KIM122278 5/19/2009 5:06AM

    I'm sorry that you don't feel well, but I am happy that you have a present that you love..Even though you're sick right now, you look Beautiful on your day! Have a great day! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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B'Day Tomorrow

Monday, May 18, 2009

I'm turning 21 tomorrow! TIME FLIES! I can remember turning 18 like it was yesterday. And now it's time for yet another birthday! I don't have any plans for tomorrow yet. I was thinking of inviting my friends over for cake and such, and having a lovely, romantic dinner with Tommi later. We'll see! I wonder what he's going to give me as a birthday present! I've been going on and on about all the things I'd really love to have (just to give him a clue of what to get me, I know it can be difficult to figure out sometimes, especially for a man): perfumes, clothes.. But HONESTLY, I don't really care about the present though - the most important thing is that I know he loves me. As cliché as it sounds.

Today was a lovely day! I had a job interview in a jewelry store called Kultajousi and I think it went really well. They'll let me know tomorrow or Wednesday! I'm keeping my fingers crossed! I also bought a new lovely top as a present for myself (OH AND I GOT MY HAIR CUT LAST FRIDAY as planned! It's lovely now, I should post you guys a picture!). Later this evening, a couple of friends and I went to dinner together and it was perfect: the food was lovely and the company was great. I'm so lucky I have friends like them. A lot to be grateful for! They even gave me a little present (golden earrings, they know I LOVE them!).

Food-wise, things aren't going as well as they could. Tomorrow is probably going to be high in calories but since it's my b'day and a girl's allowed to have some cake on her special day, I'll try not to worry too much. On Wednesday Tommi and I are going on a little romantic get-away to a cabin my dad rented for us. It'll be great! There's gonna be lots of walking and exercise! And I'll definitely eat healthy while we're there. PROMISE. I'm happy and I feel beautiful and confident despite my questionable eating habits at the moment. I know I'll get it right once I set my mind to it. It'll be fine.

Hope you're all doing wonderful! HUGS!!

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LUCYGODDESS 5/20/2009 9:56PM

    Girlfriend...I CANNOT believe I missed your birthday!!! I'm soooo sorry...we have been busy & had a friend over for dinner Monday & tonite (Wednesday). Tuesday I just was wiped out & haven't been on Spark as much as I should have & just for the necessities on here. Hope you had an awesome day girl!

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MSLZZY 5/19/2009 6:19AM

    emoticon Happy Birthday!

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