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Day 17

Monday, January 17, 2011

Today I consumed 1,347 calories and burned lots of calories walking around running errands. My goal tomorrow is to do at least an hour of cardio and consume 1,200-1,250 calories.

I just read an article here on SparkPeople about how our attention starts to wonder after the first two weeks and how we slowly begin to lose momentum. I feel like that's exactly what's happening to me right now! I won't let it happen though. I'm going to make sure I track everything I eat, stay active and reach my FastBreak goals every day. By the way, FastBreak is now over for me and yesterday I moved on to Stage 2, Healthy Diet Habits! I'm definitely going to make the most of it!!

Have a healthy day everyone!! Lots of love!


(That's me earlier today)

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ZANNACHAN 1/19/2011 10:48AM

    Great photo! You're lovely.

Yeah, that two week mark can be a challenge because that's when the fire to make all these changes starts to wear off and the temptations--to eat unhealthy foods, to skip exercise to watch our favorite shows, etc.--starts to be more appealing. But one of the things I like about the sparks system is that it helps you through that stage by keep giving you new things to focus on while not depriving you of anything--there are no "bad" or "forbidden" foods--just moderation and a gradual change in lifestyle.

You can do it!

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MAGPIE17 1/18/2011 3:18PM

    You look beautiful! As long as you make a conscious decision to stay on-track, you'll stay on track, don't worry!

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IUHRYTR 1/17/2011 9:11PM

    Lovely photo. Do the best you can every day, one day at a time. -- Lou

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Day 15 - Lost 2.2 pounds this week!!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

I had fun shopping in Helsinki with my mom and my sister today! I bought some sexy lingerie as a reward since I've been doing so this month :) We also went to a museum and had a lovely lunch in a cozy restaurant. Yesterday's bad mood is definitely gone now! I guess it was just the PMS then.

In regards to the blog I posted yesterday, I agree that denying yourself any food completely is definitely counterproductive and just not a good idea. My plan was to stay away from sweets (especially chocolate) till the end of the month and then, gradually and in moderation, add it back to my diet. I wasn't planning on removing it from my diet completely! However, now that the cravings have started full-force, I decided to have just a little bit of chocolate today to calm things down. And it helped! The cravings are gone and the chocolate didn't wreck my diet. Thanks to you guys, I feel so much better today! :)

ALSO, I LOST 2.2 POUNDS THIS WEEK! I weighed in this morning and was so pleased to see a new number on the scale! WOO HOO! I feel amazing. This time, I'm sticking to this for the long haul. This is my new life, this is the new me.

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ZANNACHAN 1/16/2011 4:55PM

    Awesome! I'm glad that your bad mood disappeared and congratulations on the weight loss! That's awesome!

I'm glad that you let yourself have a little chocolate.

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IUHRYTR 1/15/2011 7:45PM

    emoticon on your weight loss. You have worked hard and deserve this success. Stay determined and focused, one day, one pound at a time. emoticon -- Lou

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MAGPIE17 1/15/2011 6:33PM

    Way to go!!

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PLILLICOTCH 1/15/2011 4:28PM

    Good for you. emoticon

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Day 14

Friday, January 14, 2011

I'll be honest. I'm having a bad day. A terrible day, in fact. One of those days when you feel frustrated and miserable and don't even know why. I just want to kick and scream and pick a fight with someone. Maybe it's because I'm PMSing right now or MAYBE, just maybe, it's because I'm craving CHOCOLATE so bad and it makes me so angry that I can't have any!!! ...Or maybe I'm craving chocolate so bad because I'm PMSing... WHO KNOWS. Uhhhhh I knew this was bound to happen at some point. I'll just have to suck it up now and stay strong. The cravings will go away eventually. My bad mood will go away. Tomorrow will be better. It has to be.

I consumed 1,342 calories today and burned 524 calories. Not bad! I just wish my bad mood would disappear, as well as the cravings.

Maybe I have to change things up a little to avoid boredom and to keep the cravings away. Try new foods and snacks.

I hope you are having a better day than I am!! Lots of love,



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ZANNACHAN 1/16/2011 4:53PM

    I always crave chocolate when I'm PMSing--even though I am not overly fond of chocolate the rest of the time.

I agree, completely denying yourself treats backfires in the long run. The trick is to enjoy them in moderation.

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IUHRYTR 1/14/2011 6:37PM

    Trying to completely deny yourself a treat now and then will be counterproductive, as you have learned. You'll start to obsess over what you tell yourself you can't have. Enjoy a treat and add it to your calorie tracker. Remember, it's the total amount of calories consumed every day that counts, not whether or not you had a small piece of chocolate. Hang in there. You are doing so well this month. Don't set yourself up for failure by trying to completely stay away from treats. -- Lou

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MAGPIE17 1/14/2011 3:47PM

    If you deny yourself the foods you enjoy, you'll set yourself up for failure. My suggestion? Buy some reallllly high quality chocolate and treat yourself. Savour it and it eat slowly; let yourself feel decadent, and enjoy it. Then you won't binge, and you're enjoying things in moderation.

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Day 13 - I'm so proud of myself!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

It's already past midnight here in Finland so it's technically already Day 14 for me, but I'll pretend it's not ;) Anyway, I should be heading to bed already so I'll just update quickly before I pass out. Today went really well food wise! I did end up consuming a little more than I planned (which was 1,200 calories) as the total amount of calories for today was around 1,300. But I don't mind! It's still really well. I've been really hungry today for some reason. I don't know why! Maybe it's because I was more active today than I normally am, and burned lots of calories. I'm also beginning to get some cravings. They're not that bad YET and I knew they were bound to start at some point so I'm prepared. I'll just try and eat healthy and regular meals and have some sort of healthy treats instead of the high-calorie junk I normally have.

I haven't had any junk food/candy in January, which is HUGE. I used to eat junk food or chocolate every day before restarting my program. I decided that I won't have any in January - it's kind of like a detox. It's been going really smoothly so far and the cravings aren't even that bad! I feel like I'm making such significant progress... A month or two ago I never would've imagined I could stay away from all those fattening foods for 13 days in a row! I'm really proud of myself!!! Once the month is over I'll start to find healthy ways to add my favorite treats back into my diet in moderation and without wrecking my weight loss plan!

Hope you're all well! Lots of love,


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MAGPIE17 1/14/2011 11:16AM

    You're doing great!

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IUHRYTR 1/13/2011 7:40PM

    You continue to make exceptional progress. emoticon After we get used to sweets such as fruit or fat-free yogurt we begin not to crave candy and such. Just takes a while to retrain our taste buds. Hang in there. emoticon one positive day, one pound at a time. -- Lou

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Day 12

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

I'm going to update really quickly before heading to bed. It's been another healthy day for me! Ended up consuming 1,375 calories which is good! Tomorrow I'm aiming for around 1,200 calories :) I didn't get to do any cardio today except for the 15 minute walk to the grocery store because I wasn't feeling well. I think I might be coming down with something... I hate being sick :( Let's just hope I'll feel better tomorrow!

I created a list of monthly rewards today! I'll share it here with you guys tomorrow. Now I need some sleep!

Hope you are all having a healthy, lovely, AMAZING day!!

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ZANNACHAN 1/16/2011 4:52PM

    I hope you are feeling better by now!

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IUHRYTR 1/12/2011 9:15PM

    Yea for another successful day. Isn't it a nice feeling to finally be making progress? Hope you feel better tomorrow so you can keep up the good effort. -- Lou

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