Thursday, April 12, 2012
Hello again Sparkles :)
I am so excited! On Saturday, me and about 20 fellow Russian language students are going for an educational/cultural trip to St. Petersburg for four days! I've never visited Russia before even though it is our neighboring country and it only takes about 3 hours by train to go to St. Petersburg from where I live in Finland. Up until a couple of months ago, before I started my Russian language studies, I didn't speak a word of Russian and never imagined myself going to Russia, but here I am, packing to go to one of the most beautiful, exciting cities in the world filled with culture and architecture!
At first, I was a little worried about how I would be able to control and monitor my calorie intake while on vacation, but now I just feel like I don't want to stress too much about it. I'll order lighter options on the menu, I'll watch my portions and enjoy every single bite. I won't be tracking what I eat because that would be impossible since we're always going to be eating out. We'll probably be walking A LOT which is always good. I don't want to ruin my trip by constantly worrying about my calories or whatever. That being said, I won't use that as an excuse to overindulge, either.
I'm so excited to take this trip! I never imagined that I would go there. There are so many places I want to see and visit, but Russia or St. Petersburg have never been on that list. It'll be interesting to see what it's like over there! In Finland, people (especially older people) usually have extremely negative connotations with Russia (and mostly, for a good reason). Finland was at war with the Russians during World War II (twice, actually) as they tried to take over our country, but the Finnish troops were able to stop that from happening. I understand that older people still feel really negative about Russia because of that (in fact, my grandmother doesn't understand why on Earth I would ever want to study Russian after all her generation did to stop that from becoming an official language here).
I'm rambling!!! Sorry :) Anyway, I just wanted to share this with you guys because I'm so excited to be going there!
Also, here's something else I want to share with you! Another victory:
I haven't worn that jacket in over two years because it was too small, and now it fits perfectly!!! I'm so happy :)
Monday, April 09, 2012
Hello Sparkles :)
This past week was both positive and challenging at the same time. I started my week on the right track, making healthy choices and meeting my nutritional goals. Then along came Easter with its many (irresistible) treats. Ahhhhhh. For the past three days I have been eating enough food to keep me going for a week! I'm visiting my family and my mom is a great cook, making all these delicious Easter foods and desserts. Even though I have been tracking everything, working out daily and trying to limit my portions, I have consistently gone over 2,000 calories for the past three days! AND I'M DONE.
Why is it so difficult to stay on track when you're not at your own home, making your own meals? While I've been here I've been using an electronic kitchen scale to measure all my portions and reading nutrition labels and planning ahead, and still I find it very difficult to stay within my calorie range. That's definitely something I want to and NEED to learn along the way.
I did work out every day, and today I burned 600 calories on my dad's stationary bike. A minor victory! :) I'm so happy to go back home tomorrow morning though, back to my familiar foods and routines. I intend to do very well for the rest of the week. Friday is my weigh in day and I definitely do not want to see the numbers go up!
On another note, my mom and my grandmother both commented on my new appearance and my positive attitude this weekend. My mom actually told me I seem to have so much more energy and I seem more like myself than I have in years. I feel different! I know I'm making progress beyond losing weight. I'm actually improving myself as a whole.
Here's another sign that I'm making progress:
A month ago, I couldn't even button up this top and now it fits perfectly! :) I love seeing changes like this, especially since this is one of my favorite summer tops and now I'm finally able to wear it again!
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
Just something I found and wanted to share with you guys! This is so true! We might not be where we want to yet, but that shouldn't stop us from loving our bodies, flaws and all!
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