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Day 10

Monday, January 10, 2011

I did really well today! I did 85 mins of cardio and burned 441 calories. I consumed 1200 calories which was my goal for today. Perfect!

On another note, I'm feeling a little stressed today. I've recently had to make some changes in my life and I feel like I owe an explanation to certain people. I hate that. I shouldn't be forced to justify my actions when I know I've made the right choice.

Oh well, I might as well tell you guys what's going on. As you may or may not know, I've been studying journalism in a private school for the past few months. It's just a one-year prep-course but it costs A LOT of money. The spring semester alone would've cost me 1,600 euros which is 2,070 US dollars. My parents can't help me financially so I would've had to pay for all of this on my own. Now, the problem is that I don't have the money. I got a student loan but it just isn't enough since I have to pay for other things, too. I decided it would be best for me to quit the course since it's not like I would've graduated anyway (it's just a prep-course). I decided to focus on work instead (I work for a local newspaper as a journalist/assistant). The thing is, now I feel like people are judging me for quitting the course and I'm sick of explaining myself to everyone.

This is just stressing me out. I should learn to not care too much about what other people think. After all, you can't please everyone.

I better get ready for bed. Maybe I'll feel less stressed tomorrow.


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ZANNACHAN 1/11/2011 1:36AM

    No you can't please everyone and in a situation like that, you do what's best for you--no one else has the right to judge you for it.

Stay positive, stay focused, and do what works best for you.

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IUHRYTR 1/10/2011 7:22PM

    You're right -- we can't please everyone so why try? You owe others no explanation for a decision like this. It's none of their business so ignore them and continue to do what is right for you. Don't allow small minded busybodies to deter you from the terrific progress you have made. Stay positive and focused. -- Lou

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Day 9 - Weigh-in / Week 1: I lost 4.4 pounds this week!

Sunday, January 09, 2011

I'm so happy! Today was my first weigh-in and I was beyond pleased to find out that I had lost 4.4 pounds this week! How amazing and encouraging is that? It's just what I needed to boost my confidence :) I'm determined to do well this week too so that the number on the scale will be just a little smaller a week from now. I'll eat between 1200-1400 calories and do some cardio every day. I feel like I can actually reach my goal weight this time!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!!!

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ZANNACHAN 1/10/2011 12:03PM

    emoticon That's fantastic!

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IUHRYTR 1/9/2011 4:12PM

    Your hard work and dedication are paying off. Push on strong this next week and we'll see more inspiring results. -- Lou

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SARAH103 1/9/2011 4:02PM

  You are doing great. I love being happy too. I hope when I weigh in tomorrow I have lost something too. Oh by the way we can both reach our goal weight because we have Sparks.

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Day 8 - Inspiration

Saturday, January 08, 2011

I remember reading somewhere that the body renews itself completely over a certain period of time. I think that's possibly the most motivating thing I've heard in my entire life. Just think about it: we have the chance to create someone completely new. In addition to improving our lives, making our dreams come true or having a complete style make-over, we have the capacity to actually create a new, healthy, fit body for ourselves. How amazing is that? By eating right, getting all the nutrients we need, being active and getting enough rest we can make sure that the body we create is strong and healthy.

I think the most common belief is that the body renews itself every seven years. Now, I don't know if this is scientifically true and, honestly, I don't really care since it has made me to seriously think about what I'm putting into my body and how I'm treating myself. It has made me want to change.

Whether this belief is true or false, seven years from now I PROMISE I'm going to be someone completely new. Someone who is strong, healthy and beautiful; inside and out.

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ZANNACHAN 1/9/2011 12:14PM

    I had never heard of the body renewing itself every 7 years, but the body's ability to heal and recover and, yes, renew itself is incredible.

I read once that, in smokers, the body starts healing the lungs immediately after your last cigarette. Of course if you turn around and have another cigarette 3 hours later, you'll do harm to the lungs faster than the body can repair it, which is one of the reasons why smoking is so bad for your health. But it starts healing right away. And if you quit smoking, you'll start getting better right away--not in 5 or 10 years. It may take years to entirely undo the effects of a lifetime of smoking, but you *start* healing right away.

In 7 years I imagine my life will be quite different from what it is now. I hope that I will be done with grad school (long before that 7 years is up!), maybe in a house, maybe even have a kid or two who knows? But I hope that in 7 years I can also say that I'm healthy, fit, and active; that my hip is no longer a problem, that my headaches are better, and that I'm relaxed and happy and enjoying life.

But I also believe that I can see positive progress--have in fact already seen positive progress--in less than that. That every time I go to the gym, I'm making myself a little stronger, a little fitter; that every time I choose a healthy meal my body is that much healthier. Like an-smoker's lungs, I don't have to wait years for my body to improve; it's doing so right now.

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IUHRYTR 1/8/2011 5:36PM

    I believe if you keep your positive attitude and continue to work toward losing a pound at a time that in seven weeks we'll see a different Annie. -- Lou

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Day 7 (+pictures!)

Friday, January 07, 2011

I can't believe it's already been a week! :) I have a feeling that 2011 is just going to fly by. Today I had such a fun day with my sister Amanda. We just finished watching a movie called The Majestic (starring Jim Carrey) and I loved it. I'm such a huge fan of everything vintage, and the movie was set on the 1950's. I wish I could do my hair like the women back then! And the dresses, the gloves, the hats, the scarves... Oh my. So classy and beautiful! When I reach my goal weight I'm going to get rid of all my 'fat clothes' and replace them with classy 50's style super feminine ones.

I ended up consuming 1650 calories today since I had a slice of pizza for dinner. I'm happy! That's a great accomplishment for me since I used to eat twice or three times as much on the weekends before coming back to Sparks. Baby steps! (I keep repeating that over and over but it's just so important not to rush into this!)

I'm so thankful for my life and my family. My sister is also my best friend and we're really close. We have the same sense of humor and she always knows how to make me laugh or how to cheer me up! :) I love her so much!

Here's a few pictures of us from our trip to Greece last summer:


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IUHRYTR 1/7/2011 8:35PM

    So nice the two of you are that close. Keep working toward your goal, one pound at a time. -- Lou

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ZANNACHAN 1/7/2011 6:21PM

    Great pictures!

How cool that your sister is also your best friend! I'm really close to my brother, but I know a lot of people who are not so lucky.

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HARRINGTON5 1/7/2011 6:03PM

    Wonderful pictures. It is really a beautiful thing when your sister is your best friend too. You are right, baby steps. You are making great progress!

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Day 6

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Today I've been feeling like I'm coming down with a cold. Let's just hope it passes quickly and doesn't stop me from working out now that I'm on a roll! :D Today I went Nordic walking with my mom (do you guys know about Nordic walking? It's great: it burns twice as much calories as regular walking. Here's a link to a SparkPeople article about it:
s_articles.asp?id=952 ) in the beautiful winter weather. Everything looks so beautiful and the air is crisp! I felt great afterwards.

Food-wise things went really well today! I ended up consuming 1490 calories which is good! I'm getting more and more excited about my first weigh-in on Sunday! I can't wait to see if the number on the scale is already smaller. It's funny, but I actually FEEL SMALLER already! I know it's only been six days and that I couldn't have lost more than a pound or so, but I feel the change already. How amazing is that? I guess that's what a healthy diet and exercise routine will do to you! Can't complain!

Hope you're all well!! Lots of love and healthy thoughts! Stay strong today!

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IUHRYTR 1/6/2011 4:58PM

    Stay positive and focused and aim for one pound, no matter how long it takes. Then one more pound and one more. Makes it easier to envision attaining than always keeping in mind the total you want to lose. emoticon -- Lou

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ZANNACHAN 1/6/2011 4:42PM

    I've heard of Nordic walking but have never tried it; that sounds pretty impressive!

remember to drink lots of water and get your sleep; fingers crossed you don't come down with a cold!

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