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Sexy By Christmas Bootcamp - Day 6

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Hey everyone!

Today was such a fun day and I'm glad I got to spend it with my sister (and my best friend) Amanda. I don't have time to write much tonight (I have a test tomorrow and I need to study) but I just wanted to give you guys a little update on how I did today.

- 1200-1550 calories emoticon
- 12+ glasses of water emoticon
- 6+ servings of fruit & veggies emoticon
- no candy/junk food emoticon
- 60+ mins of cardio emoticon

I met all my goals except for having 6+ servings of fruit & veggies - and I have an explanation for it! I was supposed to go grocery shopping today but I had forgotten that all stores are closed today as it is Independence Day here in Finland. So I had to settle for the fruit and vegetables I had at home, which wasn't much: some kiwis and tomatoes. I got three servings of fresh produce, which wasn't enough for me to meet my goal. But it's okay anyway, and I'll do better tomorrow.

No exercise today by the way, Sunday is my day off. I've been doing strength training every day this week so I think it's only fair to give my muscles some time to rest. But my sister and I walked for two hours around the town today, and I burned 600 calories!

Tomorrow it's been a week since I started my bootcamp and I'm still going strong. The best part is that I don't have any cravings, and I'm so happy for it. I think I can finally do this for myself!

Hope you all had a great, relaxing weekend! Hugs!

Now it's time for me to get back to studying before going to bed. Until tomorrow! :)

  
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ZANNACHAN 12/7/2009 12:13AM

    I'm glad that you had a good day with your sister. Sounds like you had fun. *grin*

I've read that it's really important to give your muscles some time to rest between work outs--that's why sparks recommends either working out at least every other day for strength training or concentrating on different muscle groups if you strength train every day. I take weekends off my "official" schedule, though Saturday I usually do yoga anyway. But Sundays are my sloth days.

Congrats on meeting most of your goals yet again! I can sympathize on the shopping issue--that's one of the things that trip us up a lot. We don't buy a lot of canned veggies (I don't like canned veggies for the most part, and my husband can't eat any of them) and we have a small fridge/freezer here, so we only buy limited amounts of perishables and fridge foods at a time--but that means we have to go shopping every few days. If we miss, because something comes up, or someone gets sick or something, we usually have back up foods in the house, but it's usually not as healthy.

Best of luck on your exam tomorrow!!!

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Sexy by Christmas Bootcamp - Day 5

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Hello everyone!

What a great day. I went shopping in the afternoon and ended up buying new leggings and a clutch bag. I tried on a bunch of shoes as well, but couldn't really decide which ones would be the best so I decided to sleep on it and hit the stores again tomorrow! Haha.

I did really well today and met all my goals (again!)!

- 1200-1550 calories
- 12+ glasses of water
- 60+ mins of cardio
- 6+ servings of fruit and veggies
- no candy/junk food
- strength training; full body; 25 mins

And to make a great day even better, I just got a call from my sister Amanda saying she's coming over for a couple of days! I'm so happy! It's so good to have some company. We can do all kinds of fun girly stuff that I never do with Tommi! I've been feeling like going out for a while now, maybe we'll do just that next week. It would be so much fun!

I rented PS. I Love You today, and I just finished watching it. I cried through the whole thing, it was so beautiful and touching. And besides, Gerard Butler and Jeffrey Dean Morgan are two of my favorite actors. (And yes, they ARE hot!)

It's time for me to get ready for bed. I have a lot to do tomorrow before Amanda gets here, so I better get some sleep.

Hope you're all enjoying your Saturday!

  
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BRYTESTAR83 12/6/2009 2:33PM

    I love that movie!!

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ZANNACHAN 12/5/2009 9:43PM

    Awesome! Great that you continue to stay right on target! Keep up the good work emoticon

I'm glad that you had a lot of fun shopping, and it's cool that your sister will be coming to visit. I'm sure that you will have a blast.

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Sexy by Christmas Bootcamp - Day 4

Friday, December 04, 2009

Woohoo, day 4 successfully completed!

Here's how I did today:

- 1200-1500 calories emoticon
- 12+ glasses of water emoticon
- 6+ servings of fruit and veggies emoticon
- no candy/junk food emoticon
- 60+ mins of cardio emoticon
- strength training; lower body; 20 mins emoticon

I met all my goals again today and I couldn't be happier! I also got some great news today saying that not only did I pass yesterday's test but I also got an excellent grade to boot (I got 4; 5 is the highest you can get). I'm so happy! I never expected to get such a high grade, I wasn't even sure if I'd pass. But I did!

I'm spending this weekend in Turku alone, and I miss Tommi. We usually spend the weekends together even though we don't live together anymore. It feels a little strange, but I'm trying not to think about it too much. At least I'll now have a little 'me time'! I can do the stuff I enjoy doing. Tomorrow, I'm going shopping with a friend. I refuse to feel lonely today. After all, I'm seeing him again on Thursday - that's right around the corner!

Have a great Friday everyone - relax, unwind and enjoy the beginning of the weekend!

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GONABFIT 12/5/2009 12:52PM

    Congrats on meeting your goals!

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ZANNACHAN 12/4/2009 4:10PM

    Awesome! Congrats on meeting all of your goals! And congratulations on doing so well on your exam! That's fantastic.

Have a great girl's weekend--take some time to spoil yourself a little *grin*

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SHAYWEE 12/4/2009 3:47PM

    Fantastic! Keep up the great work!

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Sexy by Christmas Bootcamp - Day 3

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Still going strong! Day three, everyone. I'm telling you, I can already feel the difference. My energy level is through the roof (although I'm a little tired physically - but mentally, I feel so great and motivated!). My clothes ALREADY fit a lot better since I'm not overeating. I'm gaining momentum every day and I feel confident that I can finally jump start my weight loss and get rid of these extra pounds!

Here's how I did today:

- 1200-1500 calories emoticon
- 6 servings of fruit and veggies emoticon
- 12+ glasses of water emoticon
- no candy/junk food emoticon
- 60+ mins of cardio emoticon
- strength training; full body; 30 mins emoticon

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Good for me!

Now I can just relax for today and study for tomorrow linguistics exam. Today's grammar exam went pretty well in my opinion - at least I know I did my best and that's all I can do. You have to get 75 % of the answers correct in order to pass the exam, which I think is just brutal. And on top of that, there was also this one exercise where you weren't allowed to make ANY mistakes or you would not be able to pass the exam (even if every other answer on the test was correct). Crazy. I'm keeping my fingers crossed though.

And now for some inspirational pictures:









Working out pays off! ;) (Don't know why she's drinking coffee while she's working out though.. Haha!)

Until tomorrow!

Keep on sparkling!

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BRYTESTAR83 12/3/2009 4:47PM

    wow, still drinking the water huh? lol I can't get myself to drink 4 cups let alone 12! You go girl! That coffee before working out idea sounds kinda cool. I might have to try that one. emoticon

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SAASHA17 12/3/2009 4:30PM

    hey goals sound gud and achievable...gud luck and u can do it..tat test sucks!I had a similar test luckily it was Math so i did fairly well...gud luck for the results:)...yeah she is an inspiration..did u know if u drink coffee before a workout, u burn more calories....i read abt it somewhere and its better coz it fills u up and no added calories:)

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ZANNACHAN 12/3/2009 3:35PM

    Awesome! Congratulations for hitting all of your goals! And it's great that you are feeling more energy, too. That's definitely a good thing.

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Sexy by Christmas Bootcamp - Day 2

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Day 2 already!

It's almost 11 pm over here in Finland and I'm getting ready for bed. Today was such a great day: for once, it was sunny and crispy, and I went for a long walk in the morning to enjoy the weather.

I had yogurt and an apple for breakfast; a chicken salad with two pieces of baguette for lunch; and spaghetti with tomato sauce for dinner. Oh, and I also had two clementines, they are so tasty right now. I've never understood what is the difference between clementines and tangerines... They look and taste exactly the same to me. Who knows! All I know is that I like them, and that's enough for me! :)

I've been trying my hardest to focus on studying today. I have a grammar exam tomorrow (I can't even begin to put my desperation into words) and a linguistics exam on Friday. I'll do my best and hope I'll pass. I'm not that worried about the exam on Friday though, but I'm freaking out about tomorrow's test. Here's a sample of what my notes from the course have to say: "Different types of phrase also serve as clause elements or have other functions. The verb element (V) in a sentence is a (finite) verb phrase, but the other forms and functions are more complex. A noun phrase can be a Subject (S), Object (O), Predicative (Subject Predicative SP, Object Predicative OP)." I'm telling you, I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT IT MEANS. Any of it. I have tens of pages of rules like this and my head is spinning. Usually it helps if I just memorize things when nothing else will do, but the problem with this test is that I actually have to be able to identify these clause elements in the text and explain and examine them... Feel my despair!

ANYWAY, back to my day.

Here's how it went:

- 1200-1500 calories emoticon
- 6 servings of fruit and veggies emoticon
- 12+ glasses of water emoticon
- no candy/junk food emoticon
- 60+ mins of cardio emoticon
- strength training; core; 30 mins emoticon

YAY! I'm proud of myself!

Here's a little something to keep me inspired:



I want my body to look like hers. She's curvy but toned, and she's not super tall either (I guess she's around 5'3") which is great because I'm not either. She's my ultimate motivation. I actually like her style and make up too these days. She's not so super super sexy anymore, and I think she's wearing less make up which makes her look more classy.

Anyway, hope you're all doing well and your having a wonderful day!

  
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ZANNACHAN 12/3/2009 1:22PM

    Congrats on meeting all of your goals! That's awesome!

And best of luck on all your exams!

It's probably too late, because your exam is today, but I looked up object and subject Predicative.

The predicate is simply the part of the sentence that includes the verb and the phrases that either are acted on by the verb (direct object), indirectly influence the verb (indirect object, usually requires a preposition) or is an adjective or adjective phrase that modifies the subject.

For example:

I sent the letter to Mary.

Who sent the letter? I (Subject)
What was done? Sent (verb, past tense)
What was sent? The Letter (direct object)
To whom was the letter sent? Mary (indirect object).

"sent the letter to Mary" is the predicate.

In some instances, the preposition is implied, such as in the sentence "Mary sent me a letter". The letter was sent to me--the "to" is implied.

From what I can figure out, a subject predicate is a phrase in the predicate that modifies or describes the subject of the sentence. So in the sentence "Sarah is lonely," "lonely" is the subject predicate that modifies the subject, Sarah. (How would you describe Sarah? lonely). It occurs in sentences that use verbs like "to be" "to become," etc.

An object predicate, near as I can tell, is a word or phrase that modifies the direct object of the sentence. So for example, in the sentence "I borrowed the book that Mary read," "that Mary read" modifies the word book, which is the direct object (the noun receiving the action of the verb "borrowed").

(disclaimer: grammar isn't my strong suit, so this is based on what I remember from grade school grammar studies, foreign language classes, and with a generous helping from the internet).

I actually had to study all of this way back in grade school, and I hated it then, too, and I swear I've forgotten most of it. It has been somewhat helpful in learning a second language, because it helped me understand the relationship between words in a language that doesn't follow the sentence order that English has (in Spanish, for example, direct and indirect pronouns--but not nouns--go before the verb in most cases rather than after it, and some languages put the subject after the verb rather than before it). It would also be useful from a linguistic perspective, especially comparative linguistics, because it shows exactly how language communicates complex ideas in a way that can be compared across very different languages. But that's about the most usefulness I've ever gotten out of grammar, and it's not only frustrating and counter-intuitive, but it has little to do with the way we as humans actually learn languages. I still think the best way to learn a language is to get some basics and then to read a lot, watch television, and talk to people, and to use the language--trial and error.

At least your semester is almost over! Then you'll be able to go back home for the holidays.

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BRYTESTAR83 12/2/2009 9:47PM

    emoticon on making all your goals today!!! I wish you the best luck on your test tomorrow. I had an exam in Biology today, so I feel your desperation! Yesterday I had felt like I was reading german as I looked over my notes! It'll be over soon! emoticon Oh! and I love Kim's look too! I think its great to aspire to loose weight AND keep curves! You can do it!

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