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Father's Day

Sunday, November 08, 2009

I had a lovely, lazy Father's Day with my family. Went a little over my calories for today but I've been doing really well all week so I won't beat myself up about it. Tomorrow's a new day, right? :)

Now I'm here in Lahti with Tommi and my heart is breaking when I think about having to leave again tomorrow. I miss living here with him. I miss our lovely home that we shared together. I miss everything about this town. And yet, I have to leave to Turku tomorrow (or possibly on Tuesday morning). I don't know if I can / want to deal with this distance for AT LEAST three more years. Ahh well, we'll figure something out.

Hope you all had a lovely weekend and got to relax properly!

Until tomorrow then!

(My inspiration (body-wise)):

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ZANNACHAN 11/10/2009 11:00AM

    I'm glad that you were able to see your father and Tommi for father's day. I bet they were really glad that you were able to make it.

You've been doing really well at staying on top of all your goals! Whoo hoo!

Yeah, long distance relationships are really hard. Possible, but hard. The first two years my husband and I dated, we spent most of it 10 hours apart. I got to see him only about once a month, on average, and even when he graduated he was still an hour away. Some of the time we've been together, I've been in another country entirely. There were times when I didn't see him for months. I remember he gave me a gift when we had spent more than half of the time we'd been dating in the same country. It was really, really hard. Phone calls, email and old fashion letters helped. It also helps to keep busy, because it helps distract you from missing each other. It would probably be easier for you if you liked what you were doing in school better.

*Hugs* I hope that things get better for you soon.

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MAKI34 11/9/2009 2:23PM

    Yeah I think we all would love to look like Kim Kardashian!

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Saturday night's alright

Saturday, November 07, 2009

It's almost 9 pm here in Finland. Saturday night! I'm waiting for Tommi to come by ( -- it's just like the old days when we both still lived here with our parents! It feels really strange) to pick me up, we're going for a little drive in the countryside, it's such a beautiful night. You can actually see the stars here which you can't in the city. It's lovely.

Anyway, I worked out like crazy tonight and I'm so proud of myself. The soreness was gone by then so I was really happy that I was able to work out as planned. I also stretched and cooled down. Let's hope I won't get sore this time!

I managed to stay within my calorie limits today as well. Good for me!! I never used to stay under 1500 calories on the weekends before so this is a huge step for me! I also weighed in this morning and I have lost 2 pounds since my last weigh in two weeks ago. I expected to have lost a little more than that but it's okay, I don't mind. I know I'm done my best and that's all I can do! I'm hoping to lose 6 pounds by the beginning of December! That's my next mini goal.

Anyway, hope you're all doing fantastic! HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND and remember: SATURDAY NIGHT'S ALRIGHT! :)

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IUHRYTR 11/8/2009 12:30AM

    Good progress, slow and steady. Hope you enjoyed the ride and the stars. -- Lou

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At home

Friday, November 06, 2009

I arrived here at my parents' home after a 5-hour train ride completely exhausted. My train was late and nothing seemed to go as planned, but I'm here now and that's what counts. It's Father's Day on Sunday (at least in Finland) and that's why I wanted to come. I also hung out with Tommi (he's here to visit HIS parents who live very close to mine) and it was so nice to see him again, I missed him a lot although we only just met last weekend. I'm just so used to being with him all the time.

Today's been great food-wise, I had some chocolate but didn't go over my calorie limit :) Yay! I also walked a lot. I don't know if I'm going to work out today because I'm still really sore. I'm probably going to work out tomorrow instead.

Alright, I better go now. Have a great Friday everyone! AND STAY STRONG!


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2BLEAN_N_FIT_AZ 11/6/2009 2:36PM

    I bet your Father is happy that you are home for Father's Day.
Enjoy your time, you did really well with the chocolate...for some of us it is really hard to stop. WTG.
Enjoy your weekend, once you're rested you will feel like exercising.

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Feeling good about my body

Thursday, November 05, 2009

I was just trying on some clothes I found at the back of my closet, and - this is the embarrassing part - and while I was doing that I was listening to my feel-sexy-music (mostly Beyoncé) and dancing a little. I love dancing. Anyway, when I looked in the mirror I suddenly felt very strong, confident, sexy and beautiful. I know there is a long way to go before I reach my goals but hell, I'm GETTING THERE. And I also realized something else: I've often wanted to get back to the weight I was at when I was around 15 years old (110-120 pounds). It's been automatic, that's the first number that came to mind when I thought about what my goals are. But now I'm thinking that the number doesn't really matter and besides, I don't even know if I want to look like when I was 15. I want my body to be more feminine and I want to keep these curves that I love so much. Sure, I need to get in shape and focus on strength training to get firm - but I really don't want to look like a teenager anymore.

Here's how I did today:

Eating 1200-1550 calories a day emoticon
At least 60 minutes of cardio emoticon
10+ cups of water emoticon
Taking the stairs instead of the elevator emoticon
Eating at least 2 servings of fruit and veggies emoticon

I did so well except for the last goal. I need to focus on getting enough fresh fruits and veggies in my diet! AND I WILL.

My body is so sore after yesterday's strength training session. I cooled down and stretched but I guess it just had been such a long time since I last worked out properly that my body isn't used to it. Hopefully I'll feel better tomorrow so I'll be able to work out again!

Some motivating pictures:

Hope you're all well!

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ZANNACHAN 11/10/2009 10:53AM

    I think it's valuable to feel good about your body! I need to take a lesson from your book. I know that part of me wants to get back to my weight from when I was younger and slimmer--but I'm not that young any more, so I don't know if that's realistic or reasonable or even possible. And curves are definitely a good thing, *grin*

You are doing great!

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SRNEUBIE 11/5/2009 2:46PM

    Good job meeting most of your goals! Also, you are don't want to look like a teenager. Be proud of your curves! :) Keep up the good work!

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COLO_GIRL 11/5/2009 2:36PM

    This is great! You will reach your goals and our bodies have changed so much since we were teenagers. I don't want the body I had then...i think I was too gangly and thin. What I want is a body that when I look in a mirror, I don't want to start crying.

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Positive energy (& dreams)

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

So I've been reading this book by Chérie Carter-Scott called If Success Is a Game, These Are the Rules: Ten Rules for a Fulfilling Life! I'm now on page 129 and I'M LOVING IT. It speaks to me in so many levels and I truly recommend it to all of you. It guides you towards making your dreams come true and helps you reach the goals you've set yourself along the way. It's so amazingly positive, encouraging and inspiring that I feel like I'm bubbling with all this positive energy. I really believe this book will help me to find out what my dreams are and make them my reality. I already feel a sense of clarity I haven't had in a long time. It's wonderful!

I've now written down some of my most important dreams and made a game plan about how to actually live my dreams. For example, I want to get down to healthy weight and feel comfortable in my own skin. Therefore I'm going to work out regularly, track my meals and eat healthy foods until I weigh 120 pounds by the summer 2010. Another goal for me right now is to find something interesting to study (and to be able to live with Tommi again). To reach that goal I'm going to find out what studying opportunities the city of Lahti offers that interest me and that I could feel passionate about. And then I'll apply to those schools. AND get in. Also, one important goal for me right now is to finally finish my book (and hopefully get it published!). To make that dream come true I'll take some time to write at least a few pages every day until I'm finished - and then I'll just send it off to publishers and hope for the best! I have a couple more goals (getting married in a few years, being able to take a vacation next summer...etc.) that I'm going to focus on, but I feel like these are the most meaningful ones for me at this point of my life.

The book also encourages the reader to take a look in the mirror and ask what you really look for in life, your job, a relationship or whatever it might be that you're willing to change. What I realized was that I have ended up here studying something I really do not feel passionate about and don't feel happy doing, because I haven't taken the time to really listen to myself and evaluate what my strengths and weaknesses are. I haven't paid enough attention to the person I really am and what I enjoy doing. I wrote down a few things that came to mind and here is the result: I'd love to have a job that doesn't take up all my day but leaves me free time to spend with my family and friends. I don't want an academic job or a job that requires lots and lots of studying (of theoretical information) but I want to do something more hands-on and creative. I like beauty, well-being, nutrition, fashion, writing and traveling. These are some things I could see myself focusing on in the future. I could be a cosmetician, a make-up artist, a nurse, or a journalist (just to mention a few examples). I just want to find something I could study near Lahti so I could live together with Tommi. That really would mean the world to me. I miss him so much and I absolutely hate this distance and the fact that we only get to see each other on the weekends. I don't feel whole without him.

Oh wow, I've written so much! I'm sorry if this is incoherent, it's just that I have so many thoughts inside my head right now and I keep typing them down but I'm not sure if this makes any sense to you all! I sure hope it does :))

Change of subject:

Today has been a success food-wise and exercise-wise as well! I've had healthy meals and ended up consuming about 1300 calories today. I also worked out in the morning (strength training) and I'm planning to do yoga before going to bed tonight. I feel so much better and stronger already. This is going to be the last time I've ever had to start over. I'm ready to turn my life around for good! (I even went back to Diet Stage 1!! Just to make my fresh start official. I'm so serious about this.)

Anyway, I hope you're all well.

A few pictures that motivate me:


(This Miu Miu bag is pure perfection. It would make a lovely reward once I reach my goal weight!)

(I love her style and her hair)

My weight loss inspiration:

I don't really like Kim Kardashian except for her amazingly motivating and beautiful body. Haha, Tommi actually said I kinda look like her; we have the same body type. And I'm hoping that if I work hard and exercise regularly I'll be able to look at least HALF as good as she does!

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ZANNACHAN 11/4/2009 2:35PM

    I'm so glad to see you inspired and fully of energy and focus!

I think it's important to step back periodically from your life and evaluate it--what makes you happy, what isn't working for you, what needs to be fixed. knowing what you really want is a big part of that. I did that last winter--spent about 4 months thinking through what I wanted from my life and how I intended to get there, of which sparks is one piece of that bigger puzzle. It's been a slow process, but a rewarding one. I hope it goes as well for you!

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