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Sexy By Christmas Bootcamp - Day 12 - Weigh-in confusion

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Wow, it's been twelve days already! Time goes by so quickly sometimes. As you know, I've been working really hard for the past two weeks on my weight loss. I have worked out six times a week, eaten healthy foods and stayed within my calorie limits, done lots and lots of cardio, and stayed away from candy/junk food/soda etc. I feel different. My clothes fit better. My confidence is already improving, and I feel stronger than in years.

Today, I decided to weigh myself for the first time in three weeks. I have been stuck at the same weight for months now, not going either up or down. It's really frustrating. I was so excited to see the what the scale would say after a few weeks of hard work. And the result? NOTHING. I am at exactly the same weight I was the last time I was here. I HAVEN'T LOST AN OUNCE. I'm so confused and, to be honest, really disappointed. I didn't expect to have lost a lot of weight since I'm probably building up muscle, too, but I definitely did not think I'd still be at the same weight I have been since August!!!

I feel like I'm at my wit's end. What can I do to get the scale moving again? I don't know what else I can do! I have been following my program religiously! Do you guys have ANY suggestions? I really need to get my weight loss going once and for all! I'm so sick of seeing the same number every time I step on the scale, no matter what I do!

Now, I know that there are other measurements beside the scale. I know you can tell you've lost weight if your clothes fit better or you've lost inches (and I wish I could tell but I didn't take measurements before I started losing weight). But it's just so weird that I haven't lost ANY WEIGHT even though I've been working my butt off! Even if I have gained muscle you'd think I would still lose at least ONE LOUSY POUND!

I don't know. I'm trying my best not to get discouraged. I know I just have to keep working hard and I will eventually see results. It's just so frustrating and disappointing when nothing seems to be working even when you give it all you got.

As of today, I did pretty well. I worked out for 30 minutes, did cardio for an hour, ate healthy but did not get my six servings of fruit and veggies (that is something I need to work on!!), drank lots of water and did not eat candy/junk food. I'm still a little low on calories (at 870 at the moment) and I don't know how to get 400 calories today to meet my calorie limits (it's already 10:47 pm over here). I'll have some fruit and a bit of yogurt, I think. I don't want to consume too little calories since I know it'll only hurt you in the end.

If you have any suggestions for me about how to get my weight loss going again, I'd really appreciate it. Everyone says you sometimes need to jump start your body to get off a plateau and I thought that was exactly what I was doing so I'm a little confused.

Have a great Saturday everyone!

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ZANNACHAN 12/12/2009 10:51PM

    It's probably way too late, as you are probably already asleep, but I like nuts as a calorie-booster when I get to the end of the day and am short on calories. Or, if I were as short as you are on calories, I'd probably have a combination of nuts and something else--some fruit, some cheese and crackers, or something. But nuts, while they have a lot of calories in a fairly small package, are really good for you--they are loaded in protein and other stuff that is good for you. Almonds have calcium, for example (which I rarely get enough of) and some--Walnuts, I think?--have Omega 3's.

I agree with Kaisah, that you are too focused on the scale. If you are feeling better, more energized, and your clothing is fitting better--all that is clear signs that that all that work really has paid off. You have probably slimmed down, and you are healthier and more fit. That shouldn't be undervalued.

But some ideas that may help jump start your weight loss:

1) stress management. I know that this past semester has been really stressful for you--and stress can cause your body to hold onto fat and/or gain weight. So if you can find ways to better deal with stress--working out regularly will help, as will getting enough sleep. You could also try making sure that some time in the day is set aside for meditation or reading or whatever allows you to unwind and shed stress.

2) Make sure you are drinking enough water. If you aren't getting enough water, it can hurt your metabolism, causing your body to not burn fats. So make sure you are getting your water in--8 glasses normally, more if you work out (water also helps the muscles work better when working out, so make sure your are properly hydrated when you work out.

3) Change up your exercise regime--do something different. Sometimes the body gets used to doing something, and so it doesn't have to work as hard to do the same movements. If you change it up, it can force your body to work harder because it moves in new ways.

4) Make sure that you are eating enough food for your work out level. While it may seem counter productive, if you are short changing yourself too much your body thinks you are starving, and so hoards calories and shuts down your metabolism.

5) Check out the information on sparks on suggestions for overcoming plateaus. there's tons of info out there. For example:

And if nothing here seems to help, you can always post a message on the message boards asking for advice.

Best of luck! I know that it's frustrating, but don't feel that all your hard work has been a waste of time. You are fitter, slimmer, healthier, and more confident as a result. That's better than any number on a scale.

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KAISIAH 12/12/2009 4:04PM

    "I feel different. My clothes fit better. My confidence is already improving, and I feel stronger than in years."...

I think you are letting the scale determine your self worth a little. Don't feel discouraged when your state of mind is better, the body will follow even if it's not in the timeline you expected. If you are worried about a true plateau shake up the exercises you do or the type of foods you eat. If you run on a treadmill for cardio, try the stairstepper next time. Also don't always eat at the low end of your calorie limit, sometimes eating just a little bit more gets your body out of "starvation" mode and allows your body to release more fat. If your range is 1200-1600 a day eat 1400 calories once a week and see how it feels.

You are doing an Amazing job, stick to it and you'll see results!

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Sexy By Christmas Bootcamp - Day 11

Friday, December 11, 2009

I'm so exhausted right now that I can barely keep my eyes open. In a little while I'm off to bed, but first I'm going to update Sparks. Today has been such a long day and I feel like I really need the rest. I woke up at 6:45 which is really early for me, I'm so not a morning person! I had a literature test at 8:30, I got back at the flat a couple of hours later, and then it was time to start packing. As you know, I'm spending my Christmas holiday in Lahti with Tommi (and at my parents' house) so I had to pack a month's worth of clothes, shoes, coats, make up, accessories and all kinds of little things. I'm sure I forgot something. I have a bad feeling! But anyway, when I finished packing, Tommi and I drove to Lahti and dropped off some of my stuff at his place, and then hopped back in the car and drove all the way east to meet our parents. It was almost a six-hour drive from Turku to here! I took a little walk late in the evening (in addition to the hour of walking I did earlier today) and worked out. Now I should go blow-dry my hair and get ready for bed. I have to get up early tomorrow because my lovely mom has arranged some kind of a surprise for me, and she told me to get dressed and ready by 11 tomorrow morning! I'm so excited. I wonder what she's got in store for me??

I did really well today when it comes to my bootcamp. I reached all my goals except for the one concerning junk food: I had a BigMac and four chicken nuggets. BUT I DIDN'T GO OVER 1350 CALORIES which I am very happy about! No junk food tomorrow though. PROMISE!

Have a lovely Friday everyone!

My motivation :)

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IUHRYTR 12/12/2009 8:18AM

    You continue to inspire when you keep up your workouts wherever you are. Have a nice break from school. -- Lou

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ZANNACHAN 12/11/2009 5:18PM

    Have a great holiday with Tommi and your family! Hopefully if you have forgotten something, it isn't something important.

Congrats on meeting most of your goals--and for staying under 1350 calories, even though you had fast food! That's great. I can't imagine being so successful at eating healthy and exercising and everything while dealing with finals--I never even got much sleep finals weeknd by "not much" I often was doing well to get 4 hours). So I'm really impressed with how much you have accomplished.

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Sexy By Christmas Bootcamp - Day 10

Thursday, December 10, 2009

I better update now before Tommi gets here because otherwise I won't have time. Today has been another gray, rainy day but I'm trying my best to ignore the weather and stay positive. Amanda left earlier today and I walked her to the train (which took me about an hour). The rest of the day was spent cleaning the flat, catching up on homework, studying and working out. I have one more test coming up tomorrow (literature) and then it's time for Christmas break! Four weeks off! I'm so happy!

I worked out in the morning because I figured it was best to get it out of the way. I know that once Tommi gets here I'll be too busy being with him to work out! Haha! I'm a little worried though... He called me earlier but the call got disconnected, and his phone has been off since. He was on his way home so if his battery was dead then he would have called me as soon as he got home. Or skyped or emailed or something. It's been almost three hours now and I can't get a hold of him. What if something bad has happened? This has never happened before. I'm going crazy not knowing what's going on.

I'm trying to stay calm, it's probably nothing. I just have the tendency to freak out and overreact.

Anyway, here's how I did today:

- 1200-1550 calories (not met yet, I haven't had dinner but I will soon, and I calculated that I'll end up somewhere around 1200-1300 calories)
- 12+ glasses of water - GOAL MET!
- 6+ servings of fruit and veggies - (not met yet, but I'll have salad for dinner so I'll end up having my six servings!)
- no candy/junk food - GOAL MET!
- 60+ mins of cardio - GOAL MET!
- strength training; full body; 30 mins - GOAL MET!

I better get back to studying. I really hope to get a hold of Tommi some time soon or I'll go mad! Hope you're all well!



Okay so Tommi's here now. His battery was just dead! Thank God! I was getting a little worried already! Haha. I'm like that. I remember when I was little I used to think my mom had gotten into an accident if she wasn't home on time. I really need to learn to have a little more faith and not always expect the worst. I'm such a pessimist!

Everything's fine now though :)


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IUHRYTR 12/10/2009 4:37PM

    emoticon on your eating control and workouts. Regarding Tommi, be confident and remember that no news is good news. I'm sure you'll find there was a good reason for his not contacting you. Hang in there and study hard. -- Lou

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ZANNACHAN 12/10/2009 3:11PM

    Way to go on meeting your goals! Awesome! And best of luck on your last exam, and I wish you a great holiday break!

Keep us posted re: Tommi, but I'm sure it's nothing serious. Cell phones can be pretty temperamental. The other day, we were going out of town to visit a friend and she got really worried when she called both me and my husband several times and couldn't get through to either of us. I don't know why, but neither of us ever heard our phones ring. Things like that can happen.

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LUCYGODDESS 12/10/2009 2:40PM

    Girl try NOT to freak could be a # of things.....1. Maybe his cell phone service is experiencing difficulties, 2. Maybe his cell phone got turned off, 3. Maybe he is an area that doesn't have coverage. 4. Or maybe even the ringer got shut off, 5. Maybe the vibrate was supposed to be on & he either didn't feel it OR if it rang he failed to hear the ring.
I'm sure everything will turn out ok. Have FAITH!

I have weight to lose because I have been sooo bad the month of December with food. Yesterday I even had an 800 calories hot fudge cake & coffee for lunch and then for dinner, a salmon florentine, rice pilaf, and succotash from a sit down restaurant (only got it to go with Jack's meal and took them home.)

Keep us posted on the Tommi thing, but I'm sure it's an equipment malfunction or something else explainable.

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JULIADBF 12/10/2009 1:17PM

    Good for you!!!!!!

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Sexy By Christmas Bootcamp - Day 9

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Hey everyone!

I didn't have the time to update yesterday, but here's my day in pictures:

Amanda and I went for a long walk and did a little shopping while admiring the beautiful Christmas lights and all the decorations in the shop windows. On our way home, we took pictures and saw the German flag (for some odd reason) and the Finnish flag as well. Later, we had a little wine, relaxed, danced, took a few pictures and went out for drinks in the evening. It was such a fun day! And despite the wine, I didn't go over my calories or overeat! I also walked a lot and worked out as planned.

Today has been great as well. I worked out, walked for nearly two hours, did a little Christmas shopping, ate well, and had fun with my lovely sister. I also got a flu shot today and now my arm is hurting like crazy. But I'm glad I took it! Now I don't have to worry about swine flu anymore.

I met all my goals today and everything's going well! Nine days already! WOW. I can't believe I'm doing so well. I haven't gone nine days without eating candy in years!


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LUCYGODDESS 12/10/2009 2:51PM

    Girl, it looks like the two of you had such a BLAST! I would so love to be close enough to run around with ya eating, drinking wine, and acting crazy! Would be such fun!

It is so obvious Amanda & you are sisters; you are like two peas in a pod as far as looks. You each look a little different & are both beautiful in different ways, yet look sooooo much alike!

So glad you are doing well with the abstinence from candy. YAY girl!

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ZANNACHAN 12/9/2009 5:24PM

    Thanks for sharing those pictures! It looks like you had a full, lovely, and happy day. You and your sister look so beautiful and happy together! You are lucky to have a sister that you clearly enjoy being with so much.

Congrats on staying so on target! That's just fantastic. Especially during the holiday season. Whoo hoo!

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Sexy By Christmas Bootcamp - Day 7

Monday, December 07, 2009

FIRST WEEK SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED! I am SO proud of myself. It has been so easy this time. I get no cravings, I'm more than willing to work out, I'm being active, I'm meeting my calorie limits and eating lots of healthy foods... I feel the change already. Today when me and my sister went shopping I tried on a few things and I felt so beautiful and sexy, I can already see that my hard work is paying off. And on top of everything else I feel much more confident and so much happier to be me than I did before. I'm so glad I decided to do this. Two more weeks and a few days and it's Christmas already. My bootcamp might stop there but I won't! I'll keep on working out and making sure I make healthy food choices in the future as well. I'm so ready to start losing weight again. I think that the time is finally right for this.

Here's how I did:

- 1200-1550 calories
- 12+ glasses of water
- 6+ servings of fruit and veggies
- 60+ minutes of cardio
- no candy/junk food
- strength training; core; 30 minutes

Met all my goals today!


And I walked two hours again today with my sis. I feel pretty exhausted now! I'm ready for bed. Hope you're all doing well, I'm still reading your blogs even though I haven't been commenting that much. I think it's about time I start doing that again! Anyway, I'm sending you lots of love and hugs all the way from Finland!

Today's motivational picture:

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MAKI34 12/7/2009 7:38PM

    Wow with a plan like that there is no way that you are not going to be looking sexy by Christmas! You are going to be looking super Hot!

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ZANNACHAN 12/7/2009 4:53PM

    And sending love and hugs and a big thumbs up from Michigan, USA right back at you! One of the wonderful things about the internet is making friends all over the world.

Congratulations on a very successful first week! That's awesome that you haven't had to struggle to stay on target, too. That's very encouraging--especially since you also said you have a lot more energy and everything because you're eating right and working out. Fantastic!

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AGAPEJOY 12/7/2009 4:27PM

    Congratulations on your accomplishments. Keep up the good work. You can do it. Finland. WOW! I believe you are the first person I've met from another country. I live in New Jersey, USA. Nice to met you.

You look great! God Bless you. emoticon

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