Saturday, April 21, 2012
I had such a wonderful trip :) Four days was a really short time to get to know such a big city but I did get to see A LOT and experience so much! I knew St. Petersburg is such an old, beautiful city but it still surprised me how beautiful it actually is. The canals, the old buildings, the churches... I was blown away! But, then again, as soon as we traveled away from the city center we saw a lot of poverty and slums, things you basically never see here in Finland. That's the things about Russia, I guess. The rich are filthy rich and live in exquisite old palaces and the poor are really dirt poor and live in slums.
Anyway, here are some pictures! I took almost 500 pictures (!!!!) while I was there so it was really difficult to choose the ones I would upload here.
Beautiful old buildings along the Nevsky Prospekt, the main street of St. Petersburg.
St. Isaac's Cathedral.
The Neva River with the Hermitage on the far right.
Me and my friend Heini.
The Church of Savior On Spilled Blood (that's seriously the name of the church!). So beautiful!
At lunch with a group of friends.
Having some white wine in a nice and stylish bar/club called Gamma.
Did some shopping as well! ;)
The shopping mall, Galeria. It was HUGE!
My friend Heini and me! :)
Enjoying a glass of white wine with my friend Nita!
I hope you enjoyed them! I had such a wonderful time!! We ate well, walked EVERYWHERE (my feet were so sore when I got back home) - and as a plus, I even lost a pound while I was there!
Now it's back to normal, however, and I'm back to tracking what I eat. It's always tough to re-gain the momentum and get back to your normal routine after being away for a while, at least for me. But I'm working on it! ;)
Saturday, April 14, 2012
So itís been two months now, and Iím 15 pounds lighter a million times happier than on the day I finally committed to getting healthier and losing this weight. Iíve learned so much along the way and I know I still have a lot to learn. I donít mind that Iím losing weight much more slowly than other times when Iíve wanted to lose weight. This time, I want to take it one small step at a time to really make a change that will last and to be able to maintain the weight I will one day reach :)
This month I lost:
4.4 pounds (total loss 14.4 pounds)
0.4 inches around my waist (total loss 2.4 inches)
0.8 inches around my hips (total loss 2 inches)
0.8 inches around my bust (total loss 1.6 inches)
Next month, my goal is to:
- lose 10 pounds by my birthday (May 19th)
- do an hour of cardio (mainly walking/light jogging) at least five times a week
- track what I eat every day
- get at least 5 servings of fruit and veggies
- stay within my calorie range EVEN ON THE WEEKENDS!
If I manage to not go over my calorie limit even on the weekends and if I work out regularly and eat my 5 servings of fruit and veggies, I will reward myself at the end of every week. Iíll give myself something nice (a manicure, new top, a movie night) for the good work Iím doing. Iím thinking of maybe only weighing myself again on week 12 (on my birthday). Maybe that will keep me motivated to work hard to reach my goal and prevent me from becoming too obsessed with the scale.
Iím so proud of myself for coming this far already. I know 15 pounds isnít that much and I have a long way to go to my goal, but itís not all about the weight. Itís about how I feel. How my clothes fit. How much energy I have. I keep noticing positive changes in myself every day, and it inspires me to keep on going!
Anyway, Iím off to St. Petersburg now! I wonít be updating while Iím there, so Iíll see you guys again on Wednesday!
Have a great weekend! :)
Friday, April 13, 2012
I hope it works this time; I tried uploading this here before but it wouldn't work :( I was so nervous while filming this, haha! My hands were literally shaking. Sorry for the bad quality in advance! Hope you enjoy it :)
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!
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