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Reasons to do this!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

1. To walk in high heels without getting sore feet.

2. To be able to run without getting winded.

3. To be more comfortable naked.

4. To be able to enjoy sex more and not worry about the way I look.

5. To have a strong self-esteem.

6. To be able to go to the beach and not feel self-conscious.

7. To sit down and not have to worry about the rolls on your stomach.

8. To be able to wear shorts, dresses or skirts without your thighs rubbing against each other.

9. To look great in photographs.

10. To fit in cute clothes and not having to look for plus size clothing in H&M etc.

11. To walk or bike to school without getting out of breath and sweaty.

12. To sit on T’s lap without worrying about being too heavy.

13. To have lower blood pressure.

14. To have a slower heart rate.

15. To have lower cholesterol levels.

16. To reduce my risk of getting diabetes or any other weight-related illness.

17. To look amazing in figure-hugging outfits.

18. To not have to be scared somebody is going to make a rude remark about your
size.

19. To look beautiful on my wedding day.

20. To look in the mirror and feel nothing but pride about the way I look.

21. To be strong and have more energy.

22. To be able to fit into my old clothes.

23. To say bye-bye to all my ‘fat clothes’.

24. To be told by a friend: “Wow, you’ve lost so much weight!!”

25. To make my family, friends and T proud.

26. To make myself proud.

27. To have more self-confidence in social situations.

28. To be able to dance without fearing that I look ridiculous.

29. To make love with the lights on and not feel self-conscious.

30. To start horseback riding again.

31. To be able to hike the Corfu Trail.

32. To not be all sweaty when it’s hot in the summer.

33. To be able to tie my shoes without my boobs getting in the way…

34. To never be embarrassed of my size ever again.

35. To look beautiful, sexy and fit even when I get older.

36. To not have to avoid mirrors.

37. To not feel exhausted all the time.

38. To not get heartburn or acid reflux every day.

39. To enhance and emphasize my hourglass figure.

40. To have T touching my waist without having to flinch or suck it in.

41. To have people checking me out (a girl is allowed to be a little superficial at
times, right? ;) )

42. To not have a nervous breakdown every time I set a foot in a dressing room

43. To wear sexy lingerie – and looking amazing in them!

44. To not have my jeans wear out where my thighs rub together.

45. To be able to cross my legs and not look ridiculous.

46. To be more graceful.

47. To be light enough for T to pick me up in his arms and carry me to bed.

48. To never be referred to as “the chubby girl with a cute face”.

49. To have my small towel fit all the way around me.

50. To once and for all feel like I’m finally there and no longer have to worry about losing weight or feel bad about having gained the extra weight. I want to learn to eat healthy and live an active, fulfilling life and not worry about being overweight!

  
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SIOUXZIEQ 5/9/2013 3:06PM

    Hello Lovely Curves. I love your Blogs. Reading some of the past. I love this post and am going to make my own list. If it is O.K. I am going to be using and modifying much on your list. It was like I was writing the list myself. I will be printing my list out and posting it where I will see each day to remind to stay on course.

Thank You for this bit of inspiration.
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IUHRYTR 2/15/2012 9:26PM

    A terrific list to keep your vision on your goals. I relate to many but the one about high heels, sitting on Tommi's lap, wearing dresses and a couple others I'll have to leave off my list. emoticon -- Lou

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RADFEN 2/15/2012 12:32PM

    Wishing you the best on achieving your goals. (I am with you except for the high heels thing - my knees wouldn't like it!)

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Have a great weekend, everyone!

Friday, February 10, 2012

I'm so glad the weekend is finally here. I will be spending mine visiting my family and catching up with my sister! That's always fun :) I'm going to eat right, work out, relax, spend time with my family and just take it very easy while I'm here. I'm trying to learn to be less stressed about things I cannot change (that's one of my bad habits that I want to get rid of!).

I hope all of you have a wonderful, relaxing weekend! Get some rest - and some exercise - and just enjoy the two days off! You deserve it :)

  
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IUHRYTR 2/15/2012 9:23PM

    Sounds like a fun weekend. Enjoy. -- Lou

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Tracking made easy

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Now, I know tracking meals and counting calories is a crucial part of the SparkDiet (as well as many other diet plans). I've often struggled with tracking my meals as I find it very time-consuming and difficult (always having to dig up nutritional info and measure my portions) and unfortunately, this usually ends up with me giving up with tracking altogether sooner or later. As I said before, I know it's extremely beneficial to track what you eat as it keeps you from munching on mindlessly. So I came up with an idea.

Instead of always tracking my calories using the Nutrition Tracker, I'm now writing down everything I eat on a notebook I carry with me at all times. I write down where, when, how much and what I ate. This means I don't really know the exact amount of calories I eat, but I eat small portions of healthy and nutritious food so I'm not too worried. I've also been tracking calories for years now so I'm pretty good at estimating the amount of calories each food contains. I do still use the Nutrition Tracker too but if I don't have time or don't know the nutrition facts (or just don't feel like spending all that time tracking) I'll write down every single thing I ate that day. I think it'll still be very helpful and help me reach my goals!

Do you guys track your calories every day?

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IUHRYTR 2/15/2012 9:22PM

    I think the important thing is to keep track somehow of what we eat so we know how much we're taking in. Otherwise, we're almost certain to underestimate. Hang in there. -- Lou

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MAKI34 2/9/2012 4:07PM

    I totally get you, especially if you have a retarded old slow computer like mine, it makes it even worse.

I've also gotten pretty good at just estimating and keeping track of the calories mentally. Whatever works for you!

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Every day is a new beginning

Monday, February 06, 2012

Wow, I can't believe it's been almost a year since the last time I updated my SparkPage. I feel like I should maybe give a short recap on what's been going on, but honestly, I don't know where to start. On the surface, not much has changed, but I feel as though I've gone through a lot mentally over the past year and learned so much about myself along the way.

Weight loss wise, I'm right where I was when I wrote my last blog entry almost a year ago. I'm about 85 kilos (187 lbs) so I haven't gained or lost any weight over the last year. I'm grateful for that because I know things could easily be a lot worse considering my eating and exercise habits (or lack thereof). Ironically, even though this is about the heaviest I have ever been, I now love and appreciate my body more than ever before. That doesn't mean I don't want or need to lose weight - because I do - but I no longer hate my body or the way it looks just because it's not "perfect" (ughh, I hate that word). I can't believe there was a time in my life when all I could see when I looked in the mirror were flaws. I used to feel like everything about me was wrong. Well, not anymore.

I know I need to be fitter, healthier and stronger to be able to enjoy my life the way I want to, but these days when I look in the mirror I see so much more than flaws or imperfections. Instead, I see a beautiful, amazing, attractive young woman with so much potential and a whole life ahead of her. I know I will never feel 100 % confident about myself at this weight but at the same time I know I have the power to do something about it and make a change.

Every day is a new beginning. Every day we can get up and choose to make a change in our lives. We can choose to be more positive and not let anything get us down. I know I have it in me to start making those small but important changes in my life that will eventually lead into a healthier, happier, more fulfilling life.

I'm so happy to be back. I've missed you all :)

  
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IUHRYTR 2/15/2012 9:19PM

    So happy to see you back here, Annie. Stay focused, determined and positive. emoticon -- Lou

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KICKINGIT@56 2/9/2012 10:38AM

    You are not alone. Many of us (myself included) are starting over. I regained all the weight I lost last year. That was very discouraging! I made a decision not to sit around having a pity party and getting fatter, but to get back on track. And, you know what? The number on the scale is only part of the picture. We are so much more than a number. The people who love us care more about who we are and what we do than what we weigh. So I've dusted off the spark tracker and gone back to the gym and am praying for renewed strength to do what I have to do. Fortunately, the Almighty God who created us is very big on 2nd, 3rd .....100th chances.

God bless you on your journey to fitness.



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Meatless March

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

This March, I'm going meatless! I have been wanting to cut back on meat for a while now, and this just feels like the right time to do it. I'm so excited! I'm going to try all kinds of delicious, light, and nutritious vegetarian foods and I'm sure I won't even miss eating meat! (and by meat I mean all kinds of meat; poultry, pork, seafood, beef... etc.).

Over the past few months I've come to realize that I eat meat way too often (almost at every meal). Because I have high cholesterol and I'm trying to cut back on calories, giving up meat seems like a smart thing to do! I'll make sure I get enough protein from dairy, eggs, beans, lentils and other protein rich foods so I'll be fine.

My reasons for doing this are obviously health and weight loss related, but I'm also doing this for ethical reasons. The meat industry today is just so disgusting and I hate that the animals are tortured and force-fed and pumped full of hormones and antibiotics and whatnot. It's just so wrong and so unethical, and frankly, I want nothing to do with all that.

This month my goal is to read Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer. I'm pretty sure that after I read it, my Meatless March will turn into many meatless months to follow...

How often do you guys eat meat? Have you ever thought about cutting back?

  
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ZANNACHAN 3/16/2011 1:10AM

    Best of luck!

Going meatless is not an option for us--my husband is allergic to all the major sources of protein for vegetarians (eggs, cheese, nuts, soy, legumes, etc.) so it's pretty much meat for us (and he's allergic to all seafood, so it's land based meat at that). And I am struggling to get enough protein as it is; it doesn't make sense for me to cut back on meat. But it sounds like it makes a lot of sense for you and there are lots of tasty and nutritious vegetarian options.

I definitely sympathize with your feelings on the meat industry. As I said, we are pretty much stuck eating meat, but we try to buy as much as we can from healthy, humanitarian sources. It's not as easy and it's more expensive, but at least it helps some. When we finally buy a house, though, it will get easier because then we can buy a whole or half a pig or cow from the farmer and freeze it--there are lots of sources around here but we have no where to put it right now (unfortunately, it will still be awhile before a house is an option).

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ANIMAI27 3/15/2011 4:06PM

    Best of luck!! I have considered many times going meatless completely, I just have been a meat eater for my entire life and its so hard to stay away from.

I hope it works out well for you and let me know how you make out!!

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IUHRYTR 3/3/2011 5:35PM

    Good luck with your plan. Never hurts to try something new. I'll be interested in reading how this has affected your weight loss at the end of the month. -- Lou

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PHEBESS 3/3/2011 11:52AM

    I mostly eat fish or poultry, with the occasional pork or beef or lamb. And probably half my meals don't have any animal flesh. I'll admit I'm big on dairy (but low fat!).

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MAGPIE17 3/3/2011 10:19AM

    Good luck; this would be really tough for me! I've cut back a little, and try to eat vegetarian meals a little more often, but I will not be a vegetarian in my lifetime.

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