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It's time to get real.

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Lately, I feel like I'm slipping. I've been losing my momentum. I think it's got a lot to do with me getting sick and not tracking my food or being able to exercise for more than a week. I was too tired to do much of anything other than staying in bed, reading or watching TV (which made me feel miserable and lazy). Today I was able to take a walk for the first time in over a week, and it felt so good!! I also tracked everything I ate and as a part of my plan to get back on track and start working hard again, I even took pictures of what I ate at each meal to share with you guys. I thought it would keep me more accountable, and it did! I think I might actually do this for a while.

So here's what I ate today:



A small glass of freshly squeezed orange juice, a banana, a slice of freshly baked bread with turkey and red pepper, and some yogurt.



A turkey sub for lunch.



Chicken and oven-roasted vegetables (mushrooms, tomatoes, eggplant and zucchini) for dinner.



And half a cup of raspberries and some vanilla pudding for dessert.

Total calories: just a little under 1,500!!

I really want to get serious about putting my health first again now that the flu is finally gone! I lost some weight while I was sick and basically had no appetite whatsoever, and I really don't want to gain it all back. I'm now around 171 pounds and I'm hoping to get down to the 160's by my next weigh in a week from now. I WAS THERE already but then I weighed myself again today and now the scale said 171. All the more reason to stay focused! I definitely don't want to gain any weight.

So this is me, refocusing and regrouping! It's time to get real again!

  
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IUHRYTR 5/5/2012 7:40PM

    It is inevitable that there will be detours and bumps in the road of our progress. Don't let it get you down. You're back now and starting a new streak. emoticon -- Lou

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Before and after picture!

Tuesday, May 01, 2012




Iím so excited! This is my very first before/after picture. Iím not exactly sure about my weight in the first picture, but I know I weighed at least 190 pounds for sure, maybe even a little more. In the second picture I weigh around 174 pounds, which means I weigh about 16 pounds less than in the first picture. I know itís not a lot of weight but just LOOK AT HOW DIFFERENT I LOOK! I remember that jacket barely fit me on the day that before picture was taken and I felt really uncomfortable and miserableÖ And in the after picture the jacket looks a lot looser! But thereís more to it than how my clothes fit. My expression is different. I look happier, more confident. I felt so different than on the day that before picture was taken.

Iím so proud of myself for doing this for myself. Looking at this picture gives me motivation and strength to keep on working hard every single day!

  
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IUHRYTR 5/4/2012 11:45PM

    The difference is readily obvious. I'm proud of you too, Annie, and look forward to the next "after photo. I'm sure it will be emoticon, just as this one is. -- Lou

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AUNTIEB82 5/3/2012 3:52PM

    emoticon Great job on the weight loss so far! You look awesome!!

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DEBADEAU 5/2/2012 1:14PM

    That's a huge difference and 16 lbs is a big accomplishment! Congrats!

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CANES4EVER63 5/1/2012 7:00PM

    What a great difference!! Keep up the great work!!! You look amazing!

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MAGGIEX3UK 5/1/2012 5:36PM

    You have every right to be proud of yourself! You've done a great job. Thank-you for inspiring me to work harder =]

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BEN09262009 5/1/2012 5:21PM

    Great job! Very inspiring. You look amazing and much happier- continue on!

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CATLADY52 5/1/2012 5:14PM

    The difference is amazing. emoticon

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KARENCRANER 5/1/2012 4:43PM

    Great work, Girl! You're rocking the sparkpeople spirit!

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WENDYSPARKS 5/1/2012 4:38PM

    You look good!! Congratulations!! Very pretty!!

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BRYTANEY 5/1/2012 4:37PM

  great job such a motivation.

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Week 10 recap!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Hello friends!

I know I've been MIA for a while, but I do have my reasons! First, after I got back from St. Petersburg I've been crazy busy with school, final exams and deadlines, and then, in the midst of all the craziness, I got the flu.

For the past four days I have been staying in bed with a high fever, a sore throat and a headache (and as of today, a stomach ache as well). I can't remember the last time I was this sick, probably back when I was a kid. Half of my class is sick though, so it's some kind of a nasty epidemic obviously. BUT ANYWAY, I am beginning to feel a little better and hopefully I'll be back on my feet soon enough.

I really wish I wasn't sick though! It's such a beautiful spring/summer weather outside! AND now my classes are officially over and I have a month without absolutely NOTHING to do before I start interning at a local hotel as a receptionist on May 28th. What better way to start a summer break than by being sick with the flu! I know I shouldn't complain, things could easily be so much worse. But it's so frustrating to have to stay in bed when everyone else is outside enjoying the beautiful day. (Everyone except Tommi, who's been staying with me all the time, pampering me and taking care of me like the amazing boyfriend that he is!).

Enough about the flu!

I haven't been tracking for a few days now but I haven't been eating a lot either. I feel too sick to eat so I've been just trying to drink tea with honey, mineral water and some fresh juices, and I've mainly been eating veggie soup and oatmeal. I did weigh myself on Friday which is my weigh-in day, and found out I had lost another 2 pounds - which means I am down to 172 pounds! I'm so excited. I can't wait to start wearing all my cute summer clothes again, even the ones that didn't really fit me last summer!

I feel bad for not reading your blogs and commenting back this week :( I do appreciate all your comments and encouragement and as soon as I get better, I promise to get back on track in all meanings of the word! :) I hope you've all had a great weekend and that you're all healthy! Thanks for your support, I love you guys.

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IUHRYTR 5/4/2012 11:49PM

    Even a weight loss due to illness is a positive. Sorry you don't feel well but it is good you have a friend dedicated to helping you through this time. -- Lou

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DEBADEAU 4/29/2012 1:16PM

    Congrats on the weight loss! I'm also an offender of leaving SP for undetermined amounts of time because life gets in the way!

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SEATOWN_GAL 4/29/2012 12:18PM

    Here's to feeling better soon and enjoying that weather! I cannot wait for nice weather..we have had a couple days here and there, then back to gray skies. And a big woo-hoo on 172! I cannot wait to get there!

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PASKALINI 4/29/2012 12:08PM

    Congratulations on 172!! Feel better soon. We've had really nice spring/summer weather here too. I can't wait to wear some of my sun dresses!!

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CANES4EVER63 4/29/2012 12:07PM

    I'm glad you're feeling better!! Enjoy your month off with nothing to do! I'm SO jealous!!

Congrats on the weight loss this past week and keep up the great work!

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Pictures from St. Petersburg!

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!







The Hermitage.













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! ;)


  
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WHQPHQ 4/29/2012 8:32AM

    Love your photos, I'd love to visit but the visa costs so much!

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41SUSAN14 4/23/2012 11:45AM

    Pretty!


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MRSBUMP09 4/21/2012 7:49PM

    Thank you for sharing your pics. Looks like you had a great time and got to see lots of beautiful places.

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IUHRYTR 4/21/2012 7:39PM

    I have looked forward to seeing pictures of your trip. Guess all that walking paid off. I admit ignorance that I didn't know St. Petersburg had canals. Thanks for the travelogue an the education. Glad you had a nice time. -- Lou

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MAGGIEX3UK 4/21/2012 6:57PM

    Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing

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WALKINGRED 4/21/2012 6:02PM

    Love the pictures! What a fun trip!!

Take me with you next time, pleeeease emoticon

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LIZ1147 4/21/2012 5:22PM

    St. Petersburg looks gorgeous! Such beautiful old architecture. You look goregous as well. Glad you had such a great time!

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PASKALINI 4/21/2012 3:52PM

    All the pictures are fabulous! You look great.

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CANES4EVER63 4/21/2012 3:04PM

    Congrats on losing a pound while going on vacation, that's awesome!!

And your pictures are gorgeous! I love St. Peteresburg, it's so beautiful there! You made me miss it!! I'm glad you had a fun time and were able to even go shopping!

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Week 8 recap: Two months and 15 pounds gone!

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! :)

  
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ZANNACHAN 4/16/2012 4:16PM

    Have an awesome trip!!! I'm looking forward to your stories when you get back!

I think that it makes a lot of sense to focus on the healthy choices and how you look/feel than on the scale. If I went by the scale, I'd probably have given up ages ago... but I know I'm thinner, stronger, and healthier and I know that every time I make a healthy choice--eat fruit instead of candy, drink water instead of pop, go for a walk instead of sitting on the couch--then I'm doing something good for myself.

Congratulations on the weight loss--and even better to being thinner, having more energy, and in general feeling better about yourself! Way to go!

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IUHRYTR 4/14/2012 5:32PM

    An, it is so much fun to read the happiness in your words about your progress. I know you will keep it up. Have a great time on vacation. -- Lou

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CANES4EVER63 4/14/2012 7:02AM

    Congrats on your efforts so far and you will do awesome with meeting your goals for the next month! Keep up the great work!!

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