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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.


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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!!

Wendy emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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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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Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge, Day 8 of 28

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Just a quick update before I go to bed! Now it's time for Week 2 of the challenge which means replacing unhealthy sugary treats with healthier alternatives.

For Week 2, you have to choose three sugary treats you would normally turn to and make a commitment not to eat them for now. Instead, you should look for healthier alternatives to get rid of the sugar cravings that might occur.

My three unhealthy trigger foods are going to be:
- ice cream
- chocolate (& all types of candy for that matter!)
- pudding (I know, a strange choice. I once started using pudding as a low-cal option instead of chocolate or ice cream, but it now seems I've become addicted to it as well...)

Today was a great day! I AVOIDED SUGAR COMPLETELY! I chose not to have yogurt for breakfast and had a slice of bread and a small banana instead. I didn't eat anything sweet or sugary, and I didn't even crave sugar or dessert today. So no sugar for me today! And I burned another 700 calories raking leaves and doing yard work today. My calorie differential for the day was -1,050! I'm pretty satisfied :)

Hope you're all having a wonderful day!

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IUHRYTR 5/17/2012 11:49PM

    emoticon for you having another good day! Ice cream is one of my downfalls, too, so I'll be interested in whatever you discover to replace it. -- Lou

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Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge, Day 7 of 28

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Week 1 of the Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge is done! This first week was all about identifying where hidden sugar is hiding in my diet and tracking my current sugar intake to get a clear picture of how much sugar I'm actually consuming.

During Week 1, I learned:
- The less sugar I eat, the less cravings I get.
- Biggest sources of hidden sugar in my diet are: yogurt, instant oatmeal and light mayonnaise.
- My biggest sugar downfalls are: ice cream, chocolate and other types of candy, cookies, pudding and cupcakes.
- It's hard to stop after a small portion of some sugary treat.
- Avoiding sugar in social situations and on special occasions are a challenge.

During Week 2, my goals are:
- To limit my sugar intake to a minimum.
- To replace ice cream, chocolate, candy, cookies, cupcakes etc. with healthier, natural alternatives such as fruit or berries.
- To eliminate hidden sugar from my diet by replacing flavored yogurt with Greek yogurt and by reading labels carefully to make sure there is no hidden sugar.
- To keep tracking my sugar intake and all my meals.
- To stay accountable and keep blogging daily.

Week 2 starts tomorrow!!! I'm excited! Now it's time to kiss sugar goodbye.


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IUHRYTR 5/16/2012 9:30PM

    You sure have learned a lot in a short time and your progress shows the results. Recognizing when our triggers happen, like weekends or parties, allows us to find ways to overcome those hard times. Wishing you continued success. emoticon -- Lou

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CANES4EVER63 5/16/2012 4:39PM

    Good luck!! One thing I did notice is that you're going to try Greek yogurt instead of regular yogurt - be aware! Yoplait has about 25 g sugar, Yoplait light has about 15 g, although this is aspartame (bad sugar!), Greek yogurt has around 19 grams. It isn't really THAT much better for you in terms of sugar, it is better for you in terms of everything else though. Like it being healthier and having much more protein than regular yogurt. However, what I do to cut out the sugar is buy 0% Greek yogurt (in the big containers) and I take out half of the individual container's yogurt and replace that half with the 0%. It cuts out the sugar by about 8 grams - and adds A LOT more protein!

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Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge, Day 6 of 28

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Today has been an okay day food-wise. I went over my calories again but my calorie differential was -320 calories, so it wasn't that bad. I'm trying really hard and tomorrow I'm determined to stay within my calorie limits. It's tough like I said on my last blog. It's tough to eat right when away from home! It's such a challenge for me, but I'm trying.

I'm really enjoying spending time at Tommi's family's summer house. It's such a beautiful place by the lake, so peaceful and beautiful. I'm just taking time to take care of myself and enjoy every moment. I'm writing again which is good. I feel really good and healthy over here :)

My goals for tomorrow:
- stay within my calorie range
- go for a walk
- get 5 servings of fruit and veggies

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IUHRYTR 5/15/2012 9:21PM

    I've long dreamed of having a mountain cabin and a beach cottage. Maybe if I win the lottery. It does sound like a peaceful place to spend time. You're still doing good. Hang in there. -- Lou

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