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Down 4 pounds :)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I'm so happy to be off to such a great, encouraging start. After just one week of tracking everything I eat and how much I worked out, I am already beginning to see the numbers go down. I know I have a long way to go and I'm taking this journey one small step at a time. I will probably stumble and fall along the way, but I promise to always get back up and keep on moving towards my goal.

Here in Finland, today we celebrate the Finnish equivalent of Mardi Gras called 'Laskiainen'. On Laskiainen, we eat these:

It's a sweet cardamom bun sliced in half and stuffed with strawberry jam and whipped cream. They are sooo delicious! I have been staying on the low end of my calorie range today just so I can have one for dessert today and not go over my calorie limit. It's all about moderation! :)

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IUHRYTR 2/21/2012 9:26PM

    Annie, that is exciting news about your weight loss. That you planned ahead for the delicious looking dessert is commendable and is one more bit of reinforcement as you head for the next one pound loss. Good going! -- Lou

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WALKINGRED 2/21/2012 11:47AM

    Congratulations on your -4! Keep tracking emoticon

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GUSGUS02 2/21/2012 10:50AM

    That looks wonderful! Happy fat Tuesday!

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It's all about the small changes

Sunday, February 19, 2012

All in all, I had a great, healthy weekend! :) On Saturday, I ended up going over my calorie limit but I made up for it today (my tracker says 1,470 calories!) so it's not so bad. I definitely struggle more on weekends and it's sometimes difficult to fight off cravings and come up with low-calorie alternatives that satisfy my sweet tooth.

I know that, for me, craving unhealthy foods is purely mental at least most of the time. This weekend I tried to focus on avoiding those cravings as well as I possibly could. I drank a lot of water, ate lots of fresh produce, divided my meals evenly throughout the day so that I never got too hungry, I consumed enough calories, I cooked delicious meals... And yet, come Saturday night, like clockwork, I started craving for chocolate. I tried waiting it out. I tried keeping myself occupied and having fruit and berries instead, but nothing helped.

I then made a conscious decision to have a small chocolate bar (as opposed to my usual binge feast) and it definitely satisfied my craving without being too destructive. Had I eaten a little less during the day, I might not even gone over my calorie limit.

What I realized, then, is that I need to have one day per week when I'm allowed some 'guilty' treat. I know myself and I know I'll go nuts and eventually cave and eat way more than I should, so I think it's best to enjoy these treats in a controlled way. In moderation. Besides, a small amount of chocolate once a week will not wreck my diet. I used to eat chocolate every day so I guess it's not even realistic for me to expect to eliminate it from my diet altogether! And I wouldn't even want to, to be honest.

It's all about the small changes. It's about making conscious decisions and staying accountable. It's about enjoying everything in moderation, and about finding LASTING ways to change my existing lifestyle in a way that is realistic and doable. I want to make this a long lasting lifestyle change that will stick with me forever.

Small changes (like having a small chocolate bar instead of a whole bag of mini chocolate bars, or one small serving of low-fat ice cream instead of a giant bowl of the full fat variety) eventually end up being those big, life-altering changes that make the difference between a diet and a healthy lifestyle. And I need to keep that in mind!

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DEEPSOUTHGAL 2/19/2012 7:17PM

    Anything can be a part of a healthy diet, it all comes down to balance.
Looks like you did well emoticon

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IUHRYTR 2/19/2012 6:19PM

    Too many people believe they must deprive themselves of foods some so-called experts claim are "bad' for us but all that does is make us want that food more. It is better to give in now and then an get it out of the system and ad it into our daily calorie totals then to be so focused what we "can't" have that we obsess over it. Experts often get it wrong. Keep trying to find things to do on weekends that break the old habits and build new ones, one positive day at a time. -- Lou

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Weekends are a challenge

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Weekends have always been challenging for me. Over the years, I have gotten so used to my 'weekend routine' that it seems very difficult to break the habit. While most people my age (I'm 23) like to spend their weekends partying, I've never been the one to go out and party. The highlight of my weekend has, for years now, been Saturday night spent watching movies and eating pizza or some other high-calorie, greasy food on the couch with my boyfriend... Not to mention having some chocolate or ice cream for dessert!

It's now 7:40 pm here and I can't even begin to describe how badly I'm craving pizza and chocolate right now. I feel physically ill. All I can think about is food and I'm not even hungry. I've already eaten all the meals I had planned for today and I'm now at 1,500 calories. All my meals were healthy and nutritious, so I shouldn't be craving any more food. It's just a mental thing, I know...

I guess I'll just have to wait it out. I'm just in a really bad mood right now because of my cravings. Any tips on how to fight them??

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MAGGIEX3UK 2/19/2012 11:19AM

    Hmmm i face the same situation too. How about going for a piece of fruit? If you are craving something, let it be something healthy and nutritious. Sometimes when i feel that way, i chug some water down or channel my cravings into a mini workout.

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IUHRYTR 2/18/2012 7:35PM

    There are many articles here with tips on how to redirect our cravings. What has helped me is to do something else for 10-15 minutes -- clean house, walk outside in the yard, sort papers, anything to see if I'm still hungry after that. if so, then to drink water and have a piece of fruit, making it last and enjoying every small bite, thus giving my stomach time to realize it is full. Past bad habits are what we need to overcome if we are to be successful. Would stopping the stay inside on Saturday nights help? Maybe get out to a movie or bookstore or library or somewhere not associated with past food choices? Hang in there, Annie, one choice at a time. emoticon -- Lou

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What a great day!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Today could not have been better! I started my day with 45 minutes of power yoga followed by a 60-minute brisk walk. I burned about 500 calories! I tracked everything I ate and my Nutrition tracker now tells me I consumed 1,476 calories today. I am so proud of myself!

I've been drinking lots of water and I ate 6 servings of fruit and veggies today which is also good! If only every day was as easy as today was!! I know it's really easy to focus on eating the right things and working out now that I've only just recently re-started my program and I know things usually get a little more complicated after a while, but I'm prepared for it! I'm not going to give up myself anymore.

And that's a promise :)

Hope you all are having a great, healthy day so far!

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IUHRYTR 2/16/2012 4:02PM

    Good habits are built one healthy meal, one exercise and one positive day at a time. Keep up the effort, it will pay off. -- Lou

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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

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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