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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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Sexy by Christmas Bootcamp - Day 1

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Hi everyone!

How are you all doing? I can't believe it's December already! Time flies! It'll be Christmas in a few weeks time. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it'll be a white one! The weather is still the same here in Finland (warm and rainy, no snow in sight) and I can't believe I'm saying this but I actually miss winter. You know, like those snowy, crispy winter days. You never get those here in Turku (which is located in the Southwestern coast of Finland). If it snows, it never sticks; it always melts away as quickly as it fell. The thing is that it's really dark in the winter since Finland is way up in the Northern hemishpere: the sun sets at around four or three in the afternoon! And when there is no snow, everything's just black.

It's enough to make you crave carbs and curl up in blankets in front of the TV when you should be working out!

BUT no more of that for me. I'm taking matters into my own hands. I've made a plan for these next few weeks before Christmas so that I'll look my best on the special day :) It's called Sexy by Christmas Bootcamp and it's a very simple and doable bootcamp to get me to look a lot more toned and thinner before Christmas (and all those delicious Christmas foods and treats you simply cannot avoid!). It's just a little something for me to help me stay focused and stop slacking like I have been doing lately.

Here are the rules:
- 1200-1500 calories / day
- 6 servings of fruit & veggies
- 12+ glasses of water
- NO CANDY, NO SODA, NO JUNK FOOD for 24 days!! (This is the tough part!)
- 60+ minutes of cardio
- Monday, Wednesday : strength training / core; 20 mins
- Tuesday; Thursday: strength training; full body; 20 mins
- Friday; Sunday: strength training; lower body, 20 mins

Tough, but it'll do the trick. The thing is, I really need to jump start my weight loss. I've been stuck at the same weight for almost a year now, AND I'M SICK OF IT. I'm ready to look and feel my best. And I want to start now!

Today was great, and I met all my goals. No candy or junk food; lots of water; lots of fruit; walked for 75 minutes; worked out; had my fruit and veggies.

I feel great already!

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LUCYGODDESS 12/2/2009 9:54AM

    sounds like you have the right plan. Once again, you are the inspiration!!!

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IUHRYTR 12/2/2009 1:46AM

    I have faith in you. Such a positive attitude. Keep us updated on your progress. You can do this! -- Lou

p.s.: Study hard. :)

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BRYTESTAR83 12/1/2009 5:40PM

    I think you have the right idea! Great job on meeting all of your goals today!! emoticon

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One of those weekends...

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Does any of this sound familiar to you?

- You wake up on Friday morning and the first thing you think of is: "FINALLY, the weekend! I can finally have CHOCOLATE (or other guilty goodies that you normally do not have)!"

- By lunch, the thought has crossed your mind at least once. (The infamous thought in question being: "I'm going to have an off day today, I'll treat myself and relax, I DESERVE IT.") You manage to ignore the little voice inside your head that is desperately trying to remind you that IT'S NOT A DIET YOU'RE ON, it's not something you can just switch off when you feel like it. It's trying to remind you why you're doing this and that this is all about a permanent change in your lifestyle. It's trying to talk you out of it, but you don't listen. You want your chocolate, NOW.

- By dinner, you've already consumed a couple of days' worth of calories (and fat). Now, you COULD HAVE decided to be mature about this and taken a different angle at the whole weekend business. You could have had a few pieces of chocolate, a small glass of wine, a moderate slice of pizza. You had the opportunity to make healthy choices, but you chose not to do that. Instead, you ended up eating the entire pizza, or countless candy bars, or drinking too many glasses of white wine.

- Before you fall asleep on Friday night, you promise yourself to do better tomorrow.

- When you wake up on Saturday morning, you think about food. And, of course, chocolate. And you reason that it's SATURDAY, it's the weekend, you've been doing so well this week, you are a grown-up and you can eat a moderate amount of your favorite treats without going overboard.

- By lunch, you've already decided (subconsciously) that you have the permission to binge today. (Later on, you will wonder, again, HOW THIS COULD HAVE HAPPENED?)

- By dinner, you've already consumed a couple of days worth of calories (and fat). When you think back on it, you realize that once you figured you were going to consume way more calories than SparkPeople suggests, you threw the entire lifestyle change out the window. What's the point? You've already gone over anyway! You might as well keep eating.

- Before falling asleep, you realize how miserable you feel. You feel bloated, confused, tired, stuffed, discouraged and, let's face it, fat. You're angry at yourself. This was not what you wanted to happen. But it did. How?

The thing is, we make all those choices. The good and the bad ones. It might be very subtle, even subconscious. That's why we need to pay extra attention on why it DID happen (or, in my case, WHY IT KEEPS HAPPENING, every single weekend). This is supposed to be a lifestyle change, not a diet. You can't have a day off! It's your life! Every single day counts. I think this is a very important thing to keep in mind, especially now that the holidays are getting closer and closer.

The key to success is consistency. If we work hard, stay true to ourselves, don't throw our healthy habits out the window when we feel like it, and enjoy our favorite treats IN MODERATION every now and then, it'll be much easier to succeed.

And one more thing: anger doesn't help. We can beat ourselves up for our mistakes as much as we want to, but it doesn't help or solve our problems. We are learning constantly. Every mistake we make is an opportunity to become wiser and more aware of ourselves.

Sometimes the most important thing is to let go, and to move on.

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    couldnt have said it better myself

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IUHRYTR 11/17/2009 5:39AM

    So you're a chocolate fan, too, huh? And pizza and wine, oh boy. Tough temptations to resist. Hang in there. You've got a good perspective so don't mess up the good work you've been doing. And, study hard. :) -- Lou

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ZANNACHAN 11/16/2009 12:03PM

    Heh, that sounds *awfully* familiar. The calorie thing has been a roller-coaster for the last couple of months--I've been struggling there anyway. But usually I at least am eating basically healthy foods, if too many calories! But this week I was just craving CHOCOLATE and FAT and SALT--just really unhealthy foods. Is it something in the water? In the season? Maybe it's just a response to the dark cold wet weather we've been having?

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Tracking really helps

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

So I thought I did pretty well today. I had a healthy breakfast, a normal lunch but a little too much to eat for dinner. Even though I expected to go over 1400 calories, I was really surprised to see that I had actually gone OVER 2000 CALORIES! I was shocked!

Tracking every single item you eat can be exhausting and time-consuming at times, but it really does help you to see the bigger picture. Sometimes it's really surprising to find out how many calories you REALLY had in one day. I didn't expect to go over 2000 calories today - but I'm really glad I've been tracking faithfully because I feel like I've finally come face to face with the reason for my weight gain. I eat too many carbs and fat, my portions are too big, and I often eat too much for dinner.

Before, I've actually avoided tracking when I felt like I might have gone over my calorie limit. That's why I never fully understood what my biggest problems were! I guess I wasn't ready to face the reality of my situation.

I'm so glad I have such a tool I can use to make sure I'm eating the right amount of calories and all nutrients. Tracking really does make a difference, and I'm going to keep that in mind especially when I'm tired and don't feel like tracking at all.

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ZANNACHAN 11/12/2009 10:23AM

    You're right; tracking is really important. I just wish it didn't take so long! But not only does it show you when you go over (and by how much) but it helps point out the problem foods. I keep track of a lot of nutrients, too, not just the big three, so it's helped me spot a lot of problem areas, such as foods that were unexpectedly high in salt.

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2BLEAN_N_FIT_AZ 11/11/2009 5:35PM

    It is so true...what you think you're eating and what you actually consume often are two very different numbers. So you're right tracking is very important. After I have lunch, I put in the foods I ate to see whare I am on calories. Knowing what I am making for supper, I then plan accordingly. Somedays, I can have dessert some days I can't...but it helps keep me within my calorie range!
Keep tracking!

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REDCIANNA 11/11/2009 5:08PM

  I know what you mean I haven't started my diet yet, because Im still waiting on Monday. But I have been tracking my calories and I have eaten up to 4000 in one day. Sad thing is I didnt think I ate that much, it was just the choice of food that I ate.

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The Perfect Weight?

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I've read a couple of articles here on SparkPeople about how to set realistic goals and to find your own perfect goal weight. As I once wrote in an earlier blog post, I too have often focused on reaching a goal weight that might not be perfect for me anymore. I've gotten older, my body has changed, my vision of the 'perfect me' has changed as well.

Let me give an example: For a long time I felt extremely frustrated because I was trying to reach a goal that was not realistic for me and my body type. My body type is called a 'mesomorph': mesomorphs are often short and have strong muscles. They also develop muscles very easily due to strength training and have strong legs and wide hips. I'm curvy and I do have big muscles. I also gain weight on my thighs and my hips. My dad is exactly the same. I have come to terms with this and learned to embrace my body type. I wouldn't change it for anything these days. But a few years back, I kept dreaming of long, lean legs; a long, thin waist, lean arms and delicate, tiny bones. My bones are big. I didn't realize that I was wasting my energy AND my time by focusing on reaching an unrealistic goal.

So, this time I'm going to save myself a lot of trouble and frustration, and focus on being more realistic. I'm not going to stare at the number on the scale TOO MUCH, I mean sure, I'll weigh in to track the progress I'm making, but I'll use other measurements BESIDE the scale as well.

I therefore conclude that...

- When my clothes fit better, I'll know I'm making progress
- When I feel confident and comfortable in my own skin, I'll know I have reached a goal
- When I stop comparing myself to others, I'll know I have come to terms with myself and my body type
- When I stop caring about what the media and the society expect women to look like, I'll know that I feel comfortable being who I AM and won't waste any more energy on turning myself into someone I'm not

BE YOURSELF. LOVE YOURSELF. NO MATTER what you look like today - you might not be at your ideal weight yet, you might have a long way to go; but you should learn to appreciate your body - its uniqueness, its curves, even its flaws. Because when you DO lose the weight and DO reach your goals, you'll still be short if you're short now; you'll still have wide hips if your hipbones are naturally wide, you'll be pear-shaped if you're pear-shaped today. AND it's OKAY, it's what makes world such a beautiful place. Everyone is unique. Everyone is perfect in their own way.

Don't you agree?

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LUCYGODDESS 12/2/2009 9:49AM

    I totally agree! Very inspiritational blog!!!

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KIRSTY1306 11/11/2009 9:56AM

    Oh my goodness this is such a grea blog. For SO long I have fought with the desire to want a shape that I perceived as normal , a shape like my friends, but unfortunately like the rest of the women in my family I have a big bum! Now im learning to appreciate it, its good to have curves, and eating better and exercising is making it look much better and in proportion - but no matter what its always going to be there. Since ive came to that realisation my weight loss has become much more steady and is definately going in the right direction!
Thanks for such a great blog!!

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MACKEYW 11/11/2009 6:57AM

    great advise emoticon

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ZANNACHAN 11/10/2009 5:39PM

    I definitely agree. It isn't always easy to love your own body--no matter what our strengths are, it seems like it is always easier to see the flaws. And our media, with its unrealistic depiction of beauty--especially for women--doesn't help. But you are right--we need to love our bodies as they are, not yearning for something we aren't. That's not to say we shouldn't try to be healthier or to maintain a healthy body weight. But for example I would love to have my sis-in-law's build--she's about my height but built like an elf--slim shoulders, slim hips, long legs, subtle but feminine curves. I've never been built like that, even when I was toward the bottom of my healthy BMI. I'm not sure what my body type is--but I'll never be as slight boned as she is, no matter how much weight I lose. And I could make myself really unhappy and even ill trying.

Good news for you--I was talking recently with a friend of mine who is built much like you described. She puts on her weight in her hips and thighs, not her waist (I, in comparison, put the weight on equally in hips, thighs, and waist, losing all my curves. My body shape was/is more a tube than a pear, let alone an hour glass), and she recently discovered that it's a lot healthier for you to put weight on in the hips and thighs than in the belly. So not only do you have curves, which is definitely a good thing, but it's also healthier than other body types.

Just something else you can love about your body *grin*

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MISSEBONY1 11/10/2009 4:44PM

    go luck to you girl

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LVING4TODAY 11/10/2009 4:22PM

    That is awesome. I am not sure my "body type" how did you figure all of that out? Being happy with yourself is key, I definitely agree

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MERLINANDME 11/10/2009 4:14PM

    I am getting very near to what will be my eventual goal. I work with an exercise physiologist who sets my goals. He says we will know my goal when I get there. It will be within my healthy BMI range (I am already there); I will feel strong and healthy at it; I will be able to maintain by working out healthfully and eating correctly; I will feel good about how I look.

I leave it up to him, and all is going well. But I think those are reasonable guidelines for setting a goal weight.

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