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Lost 1 pound this week!!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Yay for me! I started this week with such determination to do better, AND I HAVE! Last weekend was so unhealthy and made me feel really bad physically and emotionally. I promised myself to do better this weekend, and so far, I'm doing great :)

I stayed within my calorie range today, which is very rare for me. Usually, when Friday rolls around I get in a completely different mindset. I get cravings because I'm so used to getting my weekend fix, but today I decided: NOT THIS TIME! I made a conscious decision to skip the usual Friday night chocolate/ice cream/pizza while watching a movie, and I felt so good about myself afterwards!! Because I felt like I was in complete control of my actions and that it was MY decision whether or not I would eat the chocolate bar I had right there in front of me, it didn't even feel difficult to say 'No thank you'!

I thought about how it would look like on my tracker. I would go over my calorie limit and probably feel bad for doing so. I weighed my options carefully and honestly, and much to my surprise, it was very easy to say no. And such a confidence boost as well!

I weighed myself this morning and I have now lost another pound :) I'm now down to 180 pounds and have lost a total of 13 pounds! I'm determined to stay on the right track all weekend so I can get out of the 180's for my next weigh in.

I hope you're all having a great day!

  
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WHQPHQ 3/31/2012 6:46AM

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Well done! I'm 1lb down this week too, those 1lbs all add up!

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WALKINGRED 3/30/2012 5:38PM

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Keep up the GREAT work!!!

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ONUTHIN125 3/30/2012 5:12PM

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MAKI34 3/30/2012 4:45PM

    Hurray! Keep it up, the more you do it the easier it'll get!

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Dealing with stress?

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Hello Sparkles! :)

So today was such an amazing day. I went for a long walk in the evening with my boyfriend and it was just so relaxing and so much fun! I ate healthy all day and I'm happy to say I'm FINALLY getting enough fruit and veggies! I focused on eating at least two servings of fresh produce at each meal, and I ended up getting 12 servings today. I feel so happy for being good to my body for once. I love my body and all its amazing functions, and I just want to take the best possible care of it.

On a different note, I've been thinking a lot about stress lately. I think I've been chronically stressed for the past few years and honestly, I don't even know why. I know there are people in the world who have a lot more on their plate (no pun intended) than me and still manage to avoid stress better than me. I sometimes feel like I have 'no right' to be stressed out! And it stresses me out even more. Sigh.

I just get very easily stressed out, I guess. I have suffered from anxiety as well which just makes it a lot worse. I go over things a million times inside my head, I worry, I play out possible worst case scenarios, I make endless to-do lists and plans (and yet rarely follow through). Sometimes I feel like there is an ongoing chaos inside my head and it's so VERY exhausting. I often wish I could just turn off my mind for a while and enjoy life without feeling like there is constantly something to do and take care of.

I've only just begun to notice how stressed I actually am. It seems like my stress has become almost chronic, and it's very difficult to shake. I know I want to - and I NEED to for the sake of my health. But as many things in life, it's much easier said than done.

The first step I took was write down a list of my top-five stressors and then try and figure out ways to relieve the stress those things cause. It was very eye-opening and helpful! I also made a list of things to do when I feel a stress attack coming, including:

- go out for a walk
- listen to soothing music
- meditate
- do yoga
- write it out in a journal
- talk to a friend

I need some other suggestions, though. DO YOU GUYS EVER SUFFER FROM STRESS OR ANXIETY? How do you deal with it? I know I'm definitely not alone in this and it would be great to hear your tips and ideas on how to become stress-free! :)

  
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WHQPHQ 3/30/2012 4:36PM

    Have you ever seen a counsellor about your stress? I've been off work because my anxiety got so bad, I had panic attacks and it was all quite horrible. I'm back at work now but the headaches are still bad. I've tried doing relaxation podcasts and they help. I have the Headspace app for my phone which is good.

Hope you find something that works for you, I know how hard it is struggling with stress and anxiety. emoticon

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IUHRYTR 3/29/2012 11:33PM

    You have taken a positive step in identifying sources of stress and finding things to do when stress occurs. I like your list, especially taking a walk to get away from home, see the neighborhood, maybe talk to people you see. One question to ask about the things that cause stress is why they create stress. The answers might reveal problems you can resolve, thus easing the stress in the future. Stay the course. You're doing great. -- Lou

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CANES4EVER63 3/29/2012 9:11PM

    I also deal with stress and anxiety. Journaling and relaxing is key for me! If you have a phone that allows you to download apps, look for "Relax Free" by Andrew Johnson. It's amazing. He use to have it on his website, but it isn't the full clip anymore. Perhaps the download mp3 link is the full 15 minute relaxation. Taking me time is also good. Just don't bottle all that stress up, that will be bad (hence, the journaling!). Good luck with it though! It can be quite difficult sometimes!

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LIZ1147 3/29/2012 5:01PM

    I am always stressed out. School, work, family, etc. I deal with it by getting in a good, hard workout or doing some yoga or stretching. I feel a lot less stressed and more empowered when I'm done, and I sleep better. Good job on dealing with your stress!

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SUNSHINE99999 3/29/2012 4:14PM

  Sounds like a good list to me. Yes, we all have stressful times for sure. Right now, my wife and I have my mom and sister and her dad going thru some serious health issues. Blessings to you!

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Picture time!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Hello Sparkles! :)

So today was a long and busy day but despite that I managed to eat healthy and get in some exercise. I was in a good mood all day. Lately, I've been really stressed out and I've even suffered from anxiety, but today was a good day and I just felt really calm and positive. I consumed 1,700+ calories and burned just under 300 by walking to school.

I'm too tired to write a proper entry, but I just wanted to share these two pictures with you:





These pictures were actually taken last spring but I weighed back then as much as I do now, which is 181 pounds. I then gained about 10-15 pounds last fall and it just made me really sad. Now I'm so happy that I've lost some weight and gotten healthier because frankly, I think I look cute in those pictures - and now I'm back at that weight! Woohoo for reaching small goals! It's so encouraging.

  
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IUHRYTR 3/28/2012 10:12PM

    Yea for Annie an your progress so far. I know you will continue on to your goal. Stay positive. Good looking pictures. emoticon -- Lou

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LUCYGODDESS 3/28/2012 5:05PM

    YES you do look CUTE in those pictures! You are doing great. Keep up the good work!

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WHQPHQ 3/28/2012 4:36PM

    Love that skirt! It's a fab colour! Well done emoticon

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CANES4EVER63 3/28/2012 4:28PM

    Congrats on your weight loss so far and keep up the good work! Getting back to your lowest wight is such an amazing feeling! I can't wait to get back to mine - for a second time!

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Loving "The Spark"!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

I have to say I really love The Spark! It's such an inspiring book with full of ideas and motivational insights. Not just about weight loss, but living a fulfilling life in general! Being happy with who and where you are, finding your own purpose, creating meaningful goals and finding that spark within you.

I've had a great day today. I went for a bike ride and walked to the grocery store (and burned 500 calories by doing these activities!) and it was such a lovely spring weather outside. I got my 5+ servings of fruit and veggies, my 10+ cups of water and my 30+ minutes of cardio! I stayed within my calorie range (ended up consuming just a little over 1,300 calories today!).

Lately, I've been really focusing on what I want from my life and where I envision myself five, ten or twenty years from now. I know I'm not living up to my full potential and I want to change that. There's so much I could do and be and yet I've been standing in the sidelines, too tired and scared to change my behavior. That will change in the future. I can already see the changes in myself :)

Calorie information for today:

Calories eaten: 1,399
Calories burned: -500
BMR: 1,933
Calorie differential: -1,034

Today I feel:

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IUHRYTR 3/27/2012 8:23PM

    You are making terrific progress. Soon you'll be at your goal weight and look back on these days and be grateful you started again and stayed focused and determined. When that day comes I want to celebrate with you and cheer and yell emoticon emoticon! -- Lou

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Received my copies of The Spark and The SparkPeople Cookbook today!

Monday, March 26, 2012

I'm so excited! I ordered them a couple of weeks back and seriously, they could not have arrived at a better time. As I wrote last night, I've been hitting a wall lately (especially on the weekends with all the unhealthy eating) and I was in desperate need of inspiration and motivation.

Now, with all the amazing and healthy recipes in the SparkPeople Cookbook and the motivational stories and strategies in The Spark, I feel like I have plenty of tools to stay on the right track and keep making those healthy choices. I can't wait to try new recipes and cook some of those delicious meals. I actually tried a delicious banana and strawberry smoothie today which I really, really loved!

I'm so over this past weekend and all the negative emotions. Today has been a new day for me and I feel like I could not have done better. I stayed at the low end of my calorie range today and got 7 servings of fruit and veggies and 10+ cups of water! I worked out for about 40 minutes and read The Spark :) Now I feel like I can do anything if I just keep at it and never ever give up on myself even if things get tough every once in a while.

I have only read the introduction part of The Spark but I'm already in love with it. I know it's nothing new and I've read it all before here on the site but it's always nice to learn more about being healthy!

So here's how I did today calorie wise...

Calories consumed: 1,232
Calories burned by exercise: -251
Calories burned by BMR: 1,933
Calorie differential for today: -952 calories

Woo hoo!

And in addition to that, I feel really good and healthy. I ate more fresh produce than I normally do and tried a few new things today. I have so much energy and I hope it continues all week.

Hope you're all having a wonderful day!

  
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IUHRYTR 3/26/2012 10:48PM

    Great news -- you're back on track, the weekend forgotten. New opportunities every day for positive results. emoticon emoticon -- Lou

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