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Focused and motivated

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Today was a great Sunday! It was rainy all day though so I decided not to go for a walk especially since I'm still not 100 % well. So it was a fairly lazy day but I enjoyed it! Got some cleaning and other house work done. I had three healthy meals and got my 5 servings of fruit and veggies! I ended up consuming just a little under 1,400 calories today which is great.

I joined a new SparkTeam today called SparkPeople Largest Virtual Weigh-In! The members of the team weigh themselves once a week and post the result on the team message board as a way to keep themselves focused and motivated. I think it's such an inspiring team and I really want to do well! I know that there are other important ways to measure progress beside the scale, and I won't become obsessive. I just need something like this to keep me focused on my goals and make me want to work hard every single day! It's not too serious, it's just fun!

I'll be weighing myself and posting the results on the team page on Mondays which means that tomorrow will be my first weigh-in! I'm so excited!

I hope you all had a healthy and relaxing weekend! Keep on sparking!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

IUHRYTR 5/6/2012 8:44PM

    I like your new background picture, Annie, and am happy for you that the old weekend habit seems to be gone. emoticon on another good day. -- Lou

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**RENEE** 5/6/2012 6:51PM

    Excellent efforts today! Keep up the hard work, and have a healthy weigh-in tomorrow.

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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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