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Week 2 recap

Monday, March 05, 2012

This was a great week in so many different ways. I had no classes this past week and I got to visit my family. I was a little worried about not being able to track everything I eat but things went surprisingly well!

Last week I learned that...
...being active can be fun! definitely can eat everything in moderation and still lose weight.
...I am a lot stronger than I think.
...there are better ways to spend the weekend than watching movies and eating too much.
...tracking what I eat is helping SO MUCH. It keeps me accountable and makes me more aware of how much I'm actually eating.

This week I'm going to...
...keep on tracking every single day!
...plan ahead and write down my daily menus. more fruit and veggies. at least 30 mins of cardio daily. active on Sparks.

I lost 2 pounds during Week 2 :) Which means I have now lost a total of 6 pounds. I'm so happy and I couldn't feel better! This week is going to be just as good as the first one.

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IUHRYTR 3/5/2012 9:46PM

    Annie, it is exciting reading of your success and hearing in your words your will-do attitude. Stay the course for another positive week. -- Lou

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LUCYGODDESS 3/5/2012 6:59PM

    You did fantastic today. Your points you make are very smart and show you know what you're doing. I am working on getting back to where I want to be too. I messed up a lunch today with 3 servings of crackers (I KNOW I KNOW...that's a heck of a lot of crackers.) So I am paying the piper tonight by eating only a can of Progresso Light Chicken Rotini soup. I am over by 18 on my calories, fat grams are fine, and carbs are fine (by Spark standards,) but I am trying to keep my carbs as low as I can. So I am actually combining SparkPeople plus low carb.

S'been a long time since we chatted. I never see you on FB anymore. Stay strong beautiful are doing this! emoticon

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ZANNACHAN 3/5/2012 5:57PM

    Who hoo! yeah, fitness can be fun. If I hadn't found active things I enjoyed, I doubt I would still be as active as I am 3 years after I started down this particular road. It isn't always easy but having physically active things that I enjoy helps keep me motivated even for those days I can't, say, go fencing--because I want to be stronger, faster, and last longer when I *do* get to fence. Or whatever. One of my major goals was always to be able to enjoy living my life.... sounds like you are well on your way down that road as well!

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So far, so good!

Friday, March 02, 2012

It's 10.22 pm on a Friday night and:

1) I'm not lying on the couch in front of the TV watching a movie.
2) I haven't eaten (and I'm not going to, either!) any pizza/tacos/ice cream/chocolate/chips today.
3) I haven't had any cravings for unhealthy foods.
4) It doesn't upset me that I'm not having any unhealthy foods this evening even though in the past, it sometimes has.
5) I burned 420 calories by riding my dad's stationary bike today.
6) I consumed 1,700 calories today as opposed to last Friday when I ended up going over 2,000 calories.
7) I feel pretty damn good!!!

Just thought I'd share this with you guys :)

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ZANNACHAN 3/4/2012 4:08PM

    emoticon That's awesome!

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IUHRYTR 3/2/2012 10:25PM

    You are doing emoticon Annie. It's exciting following your progress. emoticon emoticon -- Lou

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What an active day!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

This is going to be really short, but I just wanted to update before going to bed. It's 11 pm here in Finland and I'm EXHAUSTED! I've been up since 6 am which is extremely rare for me and on top of that I have burned a whole lot of calories today by being super active :)

I have no classes this week because it's winter break, and I came to spend rest of the week here in the countryside with my family. My mom, my sister and I went cross-country skiing today for the first time in a very long time. It was so beautiful: the sun was shining and the ski trail went through beautiful snow-covered valleys and forests. Everything looked magical! The trail was a little bit over 6 miles long and it took us 2 hours to complete. I was soooo sore! Skiing is such a great way of working out. It works all muscle groups and gets your heart pumping. AND I BURNED MORE THAN 1,000 CALORIES! What a workout!

I stretched afterwards but I'm sure I'll be pretty sore tomorrow. Let's hope it's not too unbearable though! :) I consumed about 1,350 calories today and burned about as many working out (walking, skiing).



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ZANNACHAN 3/2/2012 1:33PM

    What a great day! I've never been downhill skiing (I used to cross country ski, but I no longer have skis) but I've read that it burns a TON of calories. Whoo hoo for fun fitness!

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IUHRYTR 2/29/2012 8:05PM

    That sure sounds like a fun day. Good going on burning all those calories. One more positive day in the books. emoticon -- Lou

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My new weekend survival plan

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I've been having a tough time staying on the right track on weekends for as long as I can remember. Lately, I've been doing a lot better than I used to, but I still end up consuming way too many calories on Fridays and Saturdays. I know it's mostly because I associate food with so many positive things and emotions. It's been a form of relaxation, celebration, comfort and love for so very long that it's very difficult to find new ways to feel those things without it. I know it might sound like I'm overreacting but I'm not, trust me. I'm a food lover. Or actually, that's an understatement. I'm a food adorer. Always have been. Most of my childhood memories have something to do with eating or cooking or food in general. The problem is, of course, that my eating habits have been very unhealthy for a long, long time and I've been choosing all the wrong foods! So now it's time to find healthier alternatives and choose smaller portions to stay on track on the weekends as well as during the weekdays.

As I wrote here on my blog before, my perfect Saturday night has for years now included a great movie, my boyfriend, a bowl of ice cream or lots and lots of chocolate and - almost always - some greasy pizza. Now, for the past few weekends I've been working really hard on cutting back and making sure I choose smaller portions and pick healthier alternatives, and it's been working quite well for me. I haven't been feeling deprived but that's probably just because I'm still eating too much, haha! I'm taking small steps to make my weekends healthier, and I wanted to make a short list of things I'm going to do from now on to avoid overeating on Fridays and Saturdays.

- I'll weigh in on Monday morning instead of on Friday. This will definitely help me stay focused on eating healthy and working out as planned!!

- I'll track everything I eat (as I've been doing so far and it's really helping me eat less). Every bite of chocolate and every scoop of ice cream (if I choose to have some).

- I'll work out first thing on Saturday morning. This will give my day a great, healthy start and encourage me to stay on track all day!

- I'll plan ahead. I'm going to write down all my weekend meals beforehand and make sure I have room for a small 'guilty' treat (uhh I hate saying that some foods are guilty foods and some foods are not, it's just stupid. But for lack of a better word, I'll just stick with guilty).

- I'll try and come up with some smart and healthy substitutions for my favorite treats (such as frozen yogurt instead of ice cream) and make sure I keep my portions in check.

Those are just a few ideas, I'm sure I'll come up with more as time goes by. The main thing is to keep things under my control and stay accountable. I've been tracking all my meals diligently for the past two weeks and it has made ALL THE DIFFERENCE. I know that as long as I stick to tracking, I'll be fine :)

Any suggestions? What's working for you? I'd like to know how you guys stay on track on the weekends!

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GOSPELCLOWN 2/28/2012 11:45PM

    I am trying to add activity on the weekend. I can't eat if I'm in the public pool or jumping around the exercise room. I have to turn the TV OFF!

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IUHRYTR 2/28/2012 11:32PM

    This is a wonderful plan, Annie, and should keep you on track. It takes effort and determination to change old habits but the end result will be worth it. How about a fruit and veggie tray with a low-fat ranch or other dip? The way I indulge cravings is to have pizza every couple of months to get it out of my system. The same with an old-fashioned breakfast of eggs, bacon, biscuits and gravy. Once a month or so to get over the craving then I'm good for several weeks of healthier oatmeal type breakfasts. Trying to completely deny ourselves something will, I believe, make us focus on that more and more. Hang in there. You are doing emoticon! emoticon -- Lou

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Week 1 recap!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

I'm calling this 'week 1' because this is the first week in a long time that I've been consistently tracking what I eat and logging in to SparkPeople. So here's a short recap:

What's working:
- Tracking my meals!! This has made a HUGE impact on my eating habits already.
- Working out regularly
- Being active here on Sparks and updating my blog, posting to message boards and reading all those great articles
- Being consistent and finding new, small ways to make every day just a little bit healthier

Weight lost:
- I lost 4 pounds this first week back here! So that's proof that what I'm doing is working for me :)

Other positive changes:
- My clothes already seem to fit a little better on me
- I feel SO MUCH BETTER now that I'm being active and working on getting back in shape

Things I need to work on:
- STAYING ON TRACK ON THE WEEKENDS!!! This is a huge challenge for me, but I know that with just a little bit of planning and forethought, I'll be able to get rid of my bad habits before I know it :) I'll probably change my weigh-in day to Monday just so that I'll be less tempted to over eat on the weekends! I'll also plan ahead and make sure I don't go over my calories even on the weekends from now on. I'll have a small treat but that's it!

All in all, a GREAT first week! I'm off to a strong start :) Have a great weekend everyone!!

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IUHRYTR 2/25/2012 5:34PM

    emoticon Annie! A terrific week of success. Love the idea of changing the weigh-in day to keep the weekends accountable. It takes time to find replacements for old habits but little bits at a time you will do it. emoticon -- Lou

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WENDYSPARKS 2/25/2012 3:21PM

    Have a good week!!

Wendy emoticon

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