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Day 21 - Before pictures, December 2010

Friday, January 21, 2011

These pictures were taken on Christmas Eve 2010 when I was at my highest weight. So, here they are, my official before pictures:

Today, I'm almost 9 pounds lighter than in those pictures! I'm getting there, one step at a time!


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ZANNACHAN 1/22/2011 11:43PM

    Hehehe, and here I was thinking "wow, she looks very pretty--and that's wearing a winter coat which adds bulk to any body!" (you should see pictures of me in my winter coat. I look like thep Pillsbury Dough Boy, but at least I'm warm). But congrats on the weight loss--you are doing terrific. Even better than pounds lost, you are eating a healthy diet and getting more active, which is great.

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MAGPIE17 1/21/2011 4:05PM

    I think you look wonderful in those pictures! WTG on your 9 lb loss!

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IUHRYTR 1/21/2011 3:29PM

    Yes you are getting there. Nine pounds down is an achievement to be proud of. Pretty soon you'll be looking like the pictures you shared from years ago. Still, you are an attractive woman whose confidence is admirable. Keep focused, one positive day and one pound at a time. You CAN reach your goal, Annie. -- Lou

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Day 19 - Lost another 2 lbs!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

I decided to weigh in again today since I was on my period on Sunday which was my weigh-in day. Since that always makes me retain water I wanted to check how much I weigh now. AND I WAS SO SO SO HAPPY to see that I had actually lost 2.2 lbs since Sunday!!! HOW AMAZING IS THAT??

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I was so excited that I decided to reward myself with a tiny bowl of ice cream. So delicious! I ended up consuming 1,380 calories today and burned 343 calories by going for a 60-minute walk. A great day!!!

Lots of love,

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IUHRYTR 1/19/2011 4:31PM

    So proud of the progress you are making. Keep making every day the best it can be and soon you'll be back to where you want to be in the pictures. emoticon -- Lou

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MAGPIE17 1/19/2011 3:29PM

    Way to go, Annie! Keep up the good work!

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Day 18 - Old pictures of the skinny me

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I found some old pictures on my boyfriend's computer. These were taken in 2004 when I had just turned 16 and my boyfriend was 17. Haha! I can't believe HOW SKINNY I WAS!!!! I remember when these pictures were taken and I saw then I thought I looked so chubby and fat... I feel so sad for that girl. Someone should have told her she was beautiful just the way she was. Around that time, I began starving myself. That was my first mistake. My second mistake was that I started to binge and purge, and developed bulimia at the age of 16. A year after these pictures were taken I had gained almost 20 pounds. That was the beginning of my yo-yo dieting career. I wish I could go back and change everything but I can't. The only thing I can do now is to try and make up for all those years I treated myself badly and hurt my body. I can now only focus on the future and getting back in shape, and loving myself every single day regardless of my dress size or the number on the scale.

I am beautiful.
And I will be thin again, one day.

Anyway, here are the pictures. Taken almost seven years ago:

Why on Earth did I feel so fat back then???! Crazy!!

That's me in the bikini.


Can I just have those legs back, please??

I try not to get all depressed by seeing these pictures. I'll use them as my inspiration on this journey! I know I'll never look like I'm 16 again and I don't even want to! My bone structure has changed, my hips are wider now. Still, this is so inspiring. One day, I'll look hot in a bikini again!! And when that day comes, I'll appreciate it and I'll love my body just the way it is unlike I did the day when those pictures were taken.

This is me, seven years later, not skinny yet but getting there:

Have a great, healthy day everyone!!! Lots of love,


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ZANNACHAN 1/19/2011 10:51AM

    I agree, you are beautiful now as well as then.

But I can sympathize! I hated my body when I was skinnier. I knew that I wasn't fat, but I hated the way my tummy wasn't flat etc. And now how I would love to have that body back (especially since that was my body before I hurt my hip, before I screwed up my hands, etc.)

Ah well. I will never get that exact body back--I'm not that young any more, for one thing--but I can be fit again, and thin again.

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CAPTIV8ED 1/18/2011 10:05PM

    You were beautiful then and you are beautiful now. Keep up the radiance :)

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ANNRID36 1/18/2011 10:10AM

    Wow! This story sure sounds familiar. Stay strong and love yourself. You will get there.

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IUHRYTR 1/18/2011 9:29AM

    You said, "I am beautiful. And I will be thin again, one day."

I say, "Yes you are and yes you will be, one positive day at a time."


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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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