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A strong start for a new week!

Monday, March 19, 2012

I just wanted to share this with you guys before calling it a night (it's 11.30 pm here in Finland and I'm so ready for bed). I did such a good job today :) I've been feeling a little sluggish lately and staying at the high end of my calorie range for a week or so, but I'm very happy to say that today I made healthy choices and ended up consuming 1,250 calories and going for a brisk 50-minute walk!

My calorie differential for today was -921 calories and I couldn't be happier. I do feel a little hungry as I'm typing this so it's probably a good idea for me to eat a little more especially on days when I'm being more active. Anyway, I feel like my week is off to a strong start and I'm looking forward to making the most of every day this week :)

I hope you're all having a great Monday so far!!!



That's me today, feeling healthy and beautiful!

  
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IUHRYTR 3/19/2012 11:41PM

    Getting off to a strong start is good news. Keep it going. emoticon -- Lou

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Week 4 recap

Sunday, March 18, 2012

It's been a month since I returned to SparkPeople, and I can already see and feel the difference that a month of learning about healthy habits and learning to make the right choices can make.

This month, I...:

...lost 9 pounds.
...lost 1.2 inches off my waist.
...lost 1.3 inches off my hips.
...learned to be more patient with myself.
...took things one small step at a time.
...got excited about working out.
...cooked lots of healthy meals.
...realized the importance of portion control.
...tried new foods (such as raw spinach instead of lettuce).
...stayed consistent with tracking my meals and workouts and I now realize what a huge difference it makes!
...had more energy and confidence.
...did not get discouraged even if setbacks happened.
...loved making healthy choices in my everyday life and finding new ways to fit exercise and other healthy habits into my day :)

Next month, my goal is to:
...lose 10 pounds.
...exercise regularly and find new types of cardio exercises I like.
...stay consistent with tracking and being active on SparkPeople.
...stay focused on my goals!
...keep on finding ways of becoming healthier that fit me and my life and that I can stick with in the long haul.
...forgive myself for making mistakes and keep on moving forward.
...love myself every single day :)


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IUHRYTR 3/18/2012 9:45PM

    Wow, Annie, that is an exciting report and inspiring. Here's to another successful month, one pound at a time emoticon. -- Lou

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WALKINGRED 3/18/2012 1:38PM

    I love your plan!

When I tried to diet years ago, I always ate less and moved more, but I NEVER tried to change my brain. And I think that is the secret weapon- being kind to yourself- and you've GOT IT. Therefore, you GOT THIS.
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Mid-week update

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

I'm so tired right now. I just got home a while ago after a hectic 12-hour school day. It's only 10.30 pm and I'm so ready for bed. I just wanted to post here really quickly before I do :)

So far, this week...
- I've been staying at the high end of my calorie range and I'm not thrilled about that. I want to eat around 1,400 - 1,500 calories for the rest of the week. At least I've been tracking which is always good :) And I'm doing okay. I just want to eat a little less. I'll cut back on fats and sugar and eat more fruit and veggies instead and I'll be fine.
- I've been walking a lot and I'm doing well with my goal of burning at least 1,500 calories this week by exercising.
- I realize I need to stay extra focused now. This is usually the time when I start losing momentum / interest, especially if setbacks happen. I NEED TO KEEP MY GOALS ON TOP OF MY MIND and stay focused.

I'm doing fine. I'm making healthier choices and being consistent, especially when it comes to tracking. Now I just want to make sure I don't get too comfortable!!! Change takes focus, preparation, planning, patience and momentum. I want to have all of these qualities as I keep moving towards my goals step by step.

  
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IUHRYTR 3/14/2012 8:08PM

    Sounds like you might be hitting what runners call "The Wall" a time in their run when they want to give up, when the body feels tired and their motivation wanes, but a time that passes when they keep putting one foot in front of the other and not giving up.

Your plan to cut back a little every day to offset is a wise one. Too many people give up after not having the results they want. I know you can keep pushing until you're past this wall. I can hear your determination and desire in your words. Hang in there, give it your best effort, one healthy meal, one exercise, one positive day at a time and, like runners, you, too, will blast through this wall and stride on to more success. emoticon -- Lou

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Week 3 recap

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Hello my fellow Sparkles :)

This week was quite challenging for me emotionally, but I managed to stay on track and I lost two more pounds!

Things I did right this week:
- I tracked every meal I ate
- I stayed within my calorie range 90 % of the time
- I lost 2 pounds which is well above my lose-half-a-pound-per-week goal ;)
- I did not turn to emotional eating even though I was faced with difficult situations and upsetting news this week
- I ate at least 3 servings of fruit and veggies every day this week
- I drank 10+ cups of water per day
- I realized that in order to make this work I need to accept some realities of my current everyday life and build my new healthy lifestyle around them. It'll save me a lot of time - and calories!

Things I want to improve next week:
- I want to get more exercise (burn at least 1,500 calories by working out)
- I want to eat even more fresh produce
- I want to make sure I stay within my calorie range every single day
- I want to be more active here on Sparks. Once the first few weeks are over, it's too easy to begin to lose momentum and I don't want that to happen. I'm off to a strong start and I want to make most of my journey to a healthier me!

I have now lost 8 pounds in three weeks and I am so proud of myself. I have been tracking everything I eat for every single day since I restarted my SparkDiet and I feel like I can really make it happen this time. Instead of trying to change everything at once I've been focusing on making my current way of life just a little healthier every day: a few tweaks here and there, small steps that build momentum for years and years to come.

I'm not giving up on myself anymore :) I'm beginning to change, inside and outside. And I love it.

  
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IUHRYTR 3/11/2012 6:41PM

    Good going on staying emotionally strong and not turning to eating. Your weekly plan to improve a little every week is one others can follow. It takes the pressure off of trying to be perfect every day. And, eight pounds off so far? emoticon -- Lou

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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!
...you 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.
...eat more fruit and veggies.
...do at least 30 mins of cardio daily.
...be 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 lady...you 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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