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Day 27 - Stage 2, Healthy Habits. Habit 1: Control Portions

Thursday, January 27, 2011

I'm now on Stage 2 of the SparkDiet and I decided to post a short summary of all of the six the Healthy Habits as I move through this stage. I feel like it's easier to fully understand the importance of each habit if you write it down and process it thoroughly.

I'm now already at Habit 2, but since I didn't post this last week I'll start with Habit 1, Control Portions:

"The first step to diet renewal is to regain some control over what goes on your plate. During your Fast Break, you started tracking food and calories to get a clear picture of what your current diet looks like. This week, you're going to focus on Food Portions. With careful measurement, you'll learn exactly how many servings you're eating, then reduce portions until they're more in line with recommended serving sizes.

This will be the habit that can cut the most calories the quickest. You could literally lose weight by doing nothing more than eating single servings of your favorite foods instead of the culinary pile of calories you're normally faced with."

Things to do:
- use smaller plates / bowls
- don't eat in front of the TV and pay attention to what and how much you're eating
- track your meals (!!!!!!!!! THIS IS SO IMPORTANT!)
- use a set of measuring cups to measure your servings
- use a small kitchen scale
- eat more slowly
- drink more water
- eat lots of fiber-loaded foods

So, there you go! Portion control is so essential when it comes to losing weight. I think eating too much of my favorite foods made me overweight in the first place. If I had just cut back and had a small portion of whatever I was having, maybe I wouldn't have gained all that weight. Oh well, it's all in the past and I want to focus on the future instead. From now on, I'll carefully measure my portions, choose my treats and enjoy them in moderation, track every single bite here on SparkPeople and eat more slowly.

BY THE WAY, one of my FastBreak goals was to stop eating in front of the TV. And I'm very proud to let you know that I haven't eaten in front of the TV in 27 days now! It has worked wonders. I had gotten so used to eating in front of the TV (since we currently live in a small studio apartment, the TV is right there, you can actually watch it sitting at the kitchen table..) that I didn't even think it would be possible to enjoy a meal at the table! Haha! Well, I proved myself wrong.

Today I'm going to be busy studying. I'll go for a nice long walk later today though! Have a great day everyone!!


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IUHRYTR 1/27/2011 5:17PM

    Your positive attitude is contagious and your progress is emoticon. Keep up the good effort, one pound at a time. emoticon because you are emoticon. -- Lou

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QUEENCREOLE 1/27/2011 6:00AM

    Great post! Good luck on your journey.

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Day 25 - Just a quick update!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Just wanted to update quickly before going to bed. Today was a nice day! I made healthy tomato soup for dinner, sooooo delicious!!! And low in calories, too. It's about time to cut back after the weekend! It wasn't that bad but I went to see my family and while I was there I didn't track any of my meals. And on Sunday and Monday back here at home I just couldn't bring myself to track, and I know I didn't do as well as I could have so I was a little bummed about that.

Last night I decided that TODAY is another chance to start tracking and making sure I don't eat too much. And today I've been doing really well :) This January, I've definitely learned that tracking is EVERYTHING when you're trying to lose weight. It can be a little daunting at times but it really does work!!

Anyway, hope you're all doing well!! I'm down 9 pounds and I feel amazing. Tomorrow will be another healthy, active, amazing day!

Lots of love,


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IUHRYTR 1/25/2011 11:50PM

    Once you get into the habit of consistently tracking what you eat it will become second nature to do and you won't think about it, just do it. It really is an excellent road map to show us if we're on track. So, a start a new beginning and feel proud of the nine pounds. That's exciting progress. Keep up the good effort. -- Lou

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7PASTORMIKE7 1/25/2011 5:18PM

    That is so wonderful to read ! Keep up the good work ! Your on your way !

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WENDYSPARKS 1/25/2011 4:59PM

    Congratulations on your weight loss!!

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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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