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My "trouble goal"

Friday, May 25, 2012

I'm now on Stage 3 of the SparkDiet and tackling Diet Strategy #4 which is called You Can Overcome Setbacks. As a part of this strategy, one of the action steps was to write in my blog about one single "trouble goal". Here's a quote from the article:

"We all have that thorn in our side, an itch we can never get rid of. We all have that one "trouble goal." As hard as we try, it always seems to come back and cause problems. (....) Itís time to make that trouble goal go away! Write about this goal in your online journal. Talk about why it happens, what problems it causes, and what you can do about it. Talking about the problem may not solve it, but it can help you gain insight that you may not have recognized before, leading to that elusive breakthrough youíve been waiting for."

I'm having trouble choosing just one! Haha! I have a few trouble goals that I should probably focus on, such as getting 5 servings of fruit and veggies a day consistently and staying within my calorie range on the weekends (although I'm already doing pretty well with that one these days!) or eating less sugar.

But here's my pick: eating less fat. Even though I stay within my calorie range and meet all other nutritional goals, I often go over my fat grams. Almost every day, actually. I really want to start focusing on eating less fat because I want to lower my cholesterol and eat healthier in general. Honestly though, I don't know where all the fat comes from! I'm going to go through my tracked meals and try to find the most common sources of fat in my diet and hopefully it'll be easier to find healthy substitutions and lower my fat intake for good.

What are your "trouble goals"? :)

  
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IUHRYTR 5/26/2012 8:29PM

    Checking back through what you have tracked is a good idea and will let you pinpoint what foods are taking you over your daily range. It may be eye-opening. It will be interesting to read what you learn. Keep on the positive path you're on. You're making terrific progress. -- Lou

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PASKALINI 5/26/2012 9:11AM

    I think the fats and the 5+ servings of fruits and veggies are my trouble areas too.

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WENDYSPARKS 5/25/2012 5:05PM

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Not doing very well with taming my sweet tooth

Thursday, May 24, 2012

A couple of weeks ago I joined the Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge as you guys know. Week 1 was about recognizing your sugar downfalls and tracking everything you eat. It went smoothly and I learned a lot about my sugar eating habits and cravings along the way. Then along came Week 2 which focuses on eliminating sugar from your diet, and that's when things went wrong I guess. My birthday came along as well, and I had some cake and cookies. The next day I had some ice cream... And the next day I had a small piece of chocolate... I didn't get back on track. I didn't go over my calories but I did eat something sugary every day for a few days. I only had small portions and I'm glad I stayed within my calorie range every day but it was still sugar and I had some when I shouldn't have.

At this point, I'm thinking about maybe restarting the whole challenge. If I decide to do this, I want to do this the right way. No shortcuts.

But at the same time I'm having mixed feelings about the whole challenge. While I think it's perfectly fine to eat everything in moderation, I think cutting back on sugar might be beneficial and a good idea health wise. But to be honest, though, I don't know if I want to cut out sugar completely. My portions are usually small and I rarely go over my calories these days. I used to eat a lot more sugar and compared to that, my sugar consumption these days is pretty minimal. I know sugar is not healthy but having some in small portions a few times a week keeps me from binging.

I don't know what to do. Maybe I'll just sleep on it and decide tomorrow. It's almost 1 a.m. here already and I'm getting tired. Off to bed! :)

  
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KICKINGIT@56 5/29/2012 2:23PM

    I have also joined the "Tame your sweet tooth challenge", and can empathize with you. I don't think the idea is to cut out all sugar, but to cut down drastically on all those unhealthy calories and to decrease your susceptibility to binging on it. Being able to pass by the candy dish or vending machine for me would be a major accomplishment and that's what I'm hoping to get out of this challenge. If I were you I would finish the challenge ( don't worry about the glitches, nobody's perfect), and if it is not as satisfactory as you would like, then you can repeat it. The second time around will probably be better, and each time you gain more confidence that you can turn that lion into a kitty cat.

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KENDRACARROLL 5/25/2012 10:48AM

    All things in moderation. The minute you ban something completely you'll want it even more and that usually backfires big time.
Personally I try to limit artificial and processed, but the keyword is 'limit'.
I think you're on the right track. Awareness is the first step.

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LIZ1147 5/25/2012 3:17AM

    I know exactly how you feel! I have an awful sweet tooth. There is just absolutely no way I can ever completely give up sugar. However, I have made some good swaps. I eat a lot of yogurt (mainly Chobani or Fage greek yogurt with fruit) instead of ice cream. The greek yogurt with fruit in it has sugar, but still has protein and live cultures. I have learned if there is dessert in the house, I will eat it. Especially cinnamon gummy bears. Yum. Since I eat far less processed sugary food, I crave it much less. Good luck!

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PASKALINI 5/25/2012 2:18AM

    I am the same way! Allowing myself 1 small square of chocolate or one small serving of something sweet keeps me from freaking out and binging. I can't even fathom trying to cut it completely out. I eat TONS of fruit but when I want a piece of chocolate nothing is going to make me happy until I get it. I usually only need a bite or two and I'm ok. Also like you I used to eat WAY WAY more sugar then I have in the last 3 months since i started re-sparking. I think this is HUGE. I'm not eating 3 scoops of ice cream a night anymore. I'm not baking brownies every other day. So I don't feel bad when I have a scoop of gelato in town with my family, or when I have an ice cream or a piece of chocolate. What I have had to do though is buy everything in single serving sizes so I know I have 1 and I'm done no "accidentally" ending up with 4 servings. We obviously can't tell you do it or don't do it but I think even 1 small serving a day is much better than cutting it out completely and ending up on a crazy sugar binge.

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IUHRYTR 5/24/2012 11:52PM

    I am not a proponent of the attitude that something has to be totally eliminated in order for successful weight loss. To me, that makes us dwell on the banned item instead of ignoring it. So I agree with you, all things in moderation, with a variety of foods, fruits and vegetables, along with portion control and staying within our daily calorie range. -- Lou

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CHICKYBEE 5/24/2012 7:44PM

    I know that imagining a world where you never have sugar again can be super depressing, and can cause you to fail in a short challenge. Think of this challenge as just that -- a SHORT challenge. We are not asking ourselves to do this forever. But knowing that you are having such a hard time now should show you that you probably could benefit from it. I say... we all fall off the wagon some time. Just get back up, shake it off, look to a future when sugar doesn't rule over you (as in, you might not even need to think about it, it might just come naturally to eat it within reason always!) I hope you can use this challenge in a good, supporting way. That is what it is there for... not to make you feel bad about yourself, or make your life miserable. I have failed too, and it was also during birthday celebrations. Some days are just too hard... but don't let them keep you down... c'mon - join us and beat this challenge!
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LAINGMOM 5/24/2012 5:53PM

    Everything in moderation, including cutting out the sugar. Being aware of what you eat is always a good thing. I have given up all sugar for short periods of time (4-6 weeks) and find that each time I did, I ate less each time I returned to the sugar. I think challenging yourself is always a good idea. Good luck.

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3 months and 22 pounds gone!

Monday, May 21, 2012

It's been three months since I started my journey towards a new and improved me. It's been an interesting three months and I've learned so much along the way! I don't know what has changed but this time, everything is different. I feel like I can do this, without a shadow of a doubt. There will be bad days and bumps in the road, but I know this time I will not give up on myself. I'll get right back up and keep moving forward!

I've lost 21.8 pounds so far! I'm so proud of myself for taking small steps towards my goal every day. THANK YOU, my SparkFriends, for encouraging me and supporting me along the way! I couldn't do this without you.

I took my measurements today, and here are the results:

Waist: 34.2 inches (2 inches lost)
Hips: 43.3 inches (2.7 inches lost)
Bust: 45.2 inches (2 inches lost)
Chest: 34.6 inches (2.8 inches lost)
Thigh: 25.9 inches (1.6 inches lost)
Calf: 15.3 inches (0.8 inches lost)
Upper arm: 14.6 inches (0.8 inches lost)

This month, I didn't lose any inches off my waist. On the other hand, I lost most around my hips and thighs. I'm very happy! Next month, I hope to fit into one of my favorite skirts that has been too small for a couple of years. I tried it on today and I could almost zip it up but not quite! So that's my goal measurement wise for next month.

I lost 6.6 pounds this month. I'm very happy about that as well! I'm taking it slow this time to make this change last. Now I've lost a third of the total amount of weight I have to lose. The last two thirds will come off just as smoothly as the first one (I HOPE!).

  
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PASKALINI 5/23/2012 4:06AM

    Way to go!!! We have pretty much the same journey going right now! You will get into that skirt and you will feel amazing! Congratulations and keep up the good work!!

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WHQPHQ 5/22/2012 4:43PM

    22lb well done!!!!

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LIZ1147 5/22/2012 2:51AM

    Congrats! You are making great progress! Keep it up!

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IUHRYTR 5/21/2012 11:19PM

    So proud of your effort ans success, Annie. I love your focus, determination and positive "will-do" attitude. You WILL reach your goal. That will be a wonderful day, won't it? emoticon -- Lou

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STARTINGALLOVER 5/21/2012 6:07PM

    I am so happy for you! Congratulations and great work!!!

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CANES4EVER63 5/21/2012 6:01PM

    Congrats!! Keep up the great work!

What I find absolutely surprising is that our inches are almost identical right now (since we're the same height and weight!), but you look stunning in your pictures! I wish I looked like that! emoticon

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CHRISZ40 5/21/2012 5:58PM

    Impressed by your determination and weight loss.. congratulations!

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ERH12275 5/21/2012 5:56PM

    Congrats on your losses. I have been at it the same amount of time. I know that the measurements happen differently not only for everyone but even on one person. One month I lose an inch the next I have gained an inch in muscle...ugh. It will get better for us right?

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Such a great weekend! (Pictures!)

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Hello friends!

So Saturday was my birthday and I spent the day with my parents and my amazing boyfriend. My parents had rented a cabin by a lake a few hundred kilometers from where we live and Tommi and I decided to go there for a couple of days as well to celebrate my birthday and enjoy the peace and quiet. The place was nice and I was so happy to be surrounded by people I care about and just take it super easy. I'm not a party girl and I rarely go out, so the best way for me to celebrate is to stay in and relax.

Here are some pictures:



Having some cake! (See how small the cake was??! My mom was sweet enough to take my new healthy lifestyle into consideration, haha!)



Got some beautiful flowers and enjoyed the sunny day on the terrace.



Went for a walk by the lake.



Received lots of birthday kisses!



Tommi and I.



Found a little pond with lots of fish!



Got in touch with my inner child ;)



Got pampered! A bubble bath just for me :)



With champagne and some chocolate as well...


So now that the weekend is over it's back to normal again! I weigh in tomorrow morning and I have to say I'm a little nervous. I'm sure I haven't gained any weight (FINGERS CROSSED!) but I have a feeling I haven't lost any weight either this week. We'll see!

On another note, I'm not sure what's going on with the Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge. I did have sugar both yesterday and today. During week 2, you're not supposed to be eating any sugar... I'm not sure if I should just do week 1 again and move onto week 2 next week or what. I want to do this right! I'll figure it out tomorrow. I'm tired! Off to bed :)

I hope you all had a great weekend!

  
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IUHRYTR 5/20/2012 10:15PM

    A nice picture tour of your special day. So glad you had family to share your day with. The bubble bath looked like a relaxing end to a beautiful day. -- Lou

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IMAVISION 5/20/2012 7:59PM

    emoticon for sharing your birthday with us. It truly was a memory making celebration. I think the pleasantly quiet celebrations are always the most memorable.

God bless you with many more such happy times that turn into happy memories.

Ima



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PLAYBLUES22 5/20/2012 7:18PM

    Sweetie, you look stunning emoticon

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MAGGIEX3UK 5/20/2012 6:59PM

    Happy belated birthday!
By the pictures, it looks like you had a wonderful day.
p.s i love your dress; it looks great on you

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LUCYGODDESS 5/20/2012 6:06PM

    I agree...the bath looks wonderful. And that cake of your Mom's. Not sure what kind that is but it is lovely and yummy looking. I'm glad you had a good birthday and a good weekend! emoticon

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CANES4EVER63 5/20/2012 5:46PM

    That bath looks so inviting! I"m glad you had a great weekend!!

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Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge, Day 9 of 28

Friday, May 18, 2012

Not such a good day today when it comes to eliminating sugar from my diet. I'm not making any excuses but I just want to explain what happened. My sister invited me over to an early birthday dinner (tomorrow is my b-day) and she had prepared a healthy vegetarian pasta dinner with ice cream sundaes as dessert (a few scoops of vanilla ice cream with strawberry jam, chocolate sprinkles and a cookie). Now, I could have said no, but honestly, I didn't really want to. Why not? Because first of all, I didn't want to be rude to my sister who had prepared all that for me. And secondly, I really don't want to become one of those people who become so obsessed with rules (like not eating sugar) that they forget to have a little fun from time to time. Now I know I said on my previous blog that I'm not going to eat ice cream for the next couple of week and I don't feel proud of myself for breaking my own rule especially so early on. But it was my choice and I own it, and I'm not making excuses for it. I chose to eat that ice cream sundae. Now I have to live with it.

I did stay within my calorie range today (1,300+ calories) but I wasn't supposed to eat any sugar so I'm not overly satisfied with how I did today. I'm also a little bit worried about tomorrow. I'm going to be celebrating my birthday with my family, and I know my mom has probably baked all kinds of sugary treats and there'll definitely be cake. What am I going to do? Should I just think of this as one of those special occasions when having a little something not-so-healthy is considered okay? I don't want to screw up this challenge but I don't want to ruin the day for anyone, not even for myself. I think maybe I should just think of this as a rare occasion and have a little something sweet - and make sure to track every bite.

What do you guys think?

  
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WENDYSPARKS 5/20/2012 5:02PM

    Have some but don't overdue it...enjoy!!!!!

Happy Birthday!!

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LUCYGODDESS 5/20/2012 12:00PM

    It's your birthday...I hope you enjoyed it...I think you should have had the sweets in moderation, but then don't think about and guilt yourself out over it.


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IUHRYTR 5/19/2012 7:53PM

    Sample, but don't pig out. Enjoy the day and being with family and friends. -- Lou

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