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Ready to make today count!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

As you may notice I actually got up earlier today than yesterday (just as promised). Now I'm about to have breakfast and have a wonderful day. I'm so sick of listening myself whine about all kinds of things pretty much all the time that today I'm just simply not going to do that. I'll enjoy the day and everything's it has to offer despite the fact that it's still cloudy and not as warm as I would've hoped.

I'll make healthy food choices, exercise, clean the flat, have fun with Tommi and just enjoy all this free time (instead of complaining about not having a job).

I'm ready to make today count!

  
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MAKI34 6/17/2009 11:53AM

    emoticon That's the way you do it! You just have to decide to be happy! It's all in our attitude! Positive thinking brings positive results! Wish you the best!

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LUCYGODDESS 6/17/2009 9:54AM

    I know it's hard not to worry about money, but yes you guys do need to enjoy "the now." Once you get a job and school, you won't have as much time & ironically, you'll be wishing you had more time for beautiful NOTHINGNESS!
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What a boring day...

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Okay I'm officially bored. And when I'm bored, I eat. And when I eat out of boredom, I eat way too much. And when I eat too much I feel like crap.

Get the picture?

It's just that the weather has been bad all day and I have no money to do anything fun. I have cleaned the flat a thousand times, re-arranged all the closets, read a book, watched TV... I just wish I had a job. It would bring some structure to my days.

I made pancakes earlier today. Very yummy but very fattening. I'm at about 1000 calories for today and we haven't even had dinner yet. I'm making French baguettes with tomatoes, cheese, lettuce and some light dressing. I'm hoping I won't go over my calories (at least not much).

Oh and I also went for a brisk 60-minute walk! I did at least something right. I'm so ready to get this weight loss really going again!! This plateau is making me so frustrated. And when I'm frustrated.... I EAT. I'm so done.

Anyway, I'm starting to make dinner now. Later beauties!

  
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SUZGLEADALL 6/17/2009 11:43AM

    I can totally sympathize with your circumstances.I'm not working at the moment as well and it is really getting old!You can only clean so much... My husband says: "you can go do whatever you want." But all of my friends work and it's just not as much fun going to do stuff on your own. And you would think because you have all this time that eating right and exercising would be easy.Wrong! I find when I have a set schedule like I do when I am working I know I only have so much time to work out and plan my meals and I just do it.And like you when I get bored all I want to do is eat as well.

Anyway.Hope you find a job.In the meantime, hang in there!

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LUCYGODDESS 6/17/2009 9:51AM

    Pancakes sound sooo yummy! But you need to use sugar free syrup, not full fledged maple syrup. A maple flavored sugar free. Over here we have Carey's brand & Maple Grove Farms brand, but I'm sure you can find something like that over there. Hey diva, I'm not asking you to find Ranch dressing...lol. emoticon

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Good morning everyone!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Well, to be exact, it's not really morning here in Finland anymore but afternoon instead - I just woke up so late that it feels like morning to me. Now that I don't have school or work or anything of the sort, my normal daily rhythm has flown out the window. I go to bed around 2 or 3 am and wake up at noon. I don't want to wake up that late, it seems like a waste of time to sleep the days away. But the thing is that I've always loved to stay up late and, also, I've always hated to wake up early (7 or even 8 am) so this comes pretty natural to me. It doesn't make it any easier that Tommi's just like me when it comes to sleeping patterns. We'll just stay up all night and talk and watch movies and things like that. (Well, come to think of it, maybe it's a good thing that he likes to stay up late too - otherwise I'd be up all night with no one to keep me company!)

Anyway, that has to change. Tonight I'm going to bed earlier (midnight or 1 am the latest) and I'll get up at 10 am tomorrow morning. That's a good start, right?

I so hope that today will be less boring than yesterday. It was raining all day so there was very little to do other than stay indoors and be here on Sparks. I'd love to do something fun like go to a picnic or to the beach or something. But sadly, it looks like it's going to be cloudy today and it's not very warm either. Too bad.

Oh well, we'll see what happens. Later ladies!

  


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
you to burn out! emoticon
Glad you had a chance to rest up and had a good vacation!

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