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Monday, December 03, 2012

Hello Friends!

Today was a productive day and I'm so ready for bed. It's 11 pm here and I usually don't go to bed before midnight but right now I'm so tired I can barely keep my eyes open. I had an exam today which I think went well and I also did LOADS of laundry and studied for another exam and the day just flew by! But it was a great one though! The weather was so nice: sunny, crispy, cool. It snowed on the weekend and now everything is covered in white. So beautiful.

I ate healthy today, walked to my classes and back (takes about an hour when I walk really briskly) and met all my goals. It feels really good to be back at it again! I've missed feeling this calm and in control.

Hope you all are having a lovely day!

Just a reminder:

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JADOMB 12/3/2012 11:15PM

    Keep the faith.

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IUHRYTR 12/3/2012 10:52PM

    Happy to read that you are back on track. emoticon -- Lou

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Welcome to today

Sunday, December 02, 2012

I've had a great day today. Nothing special happened, there's no particular reason for feeling so happy and relaxed but all I know is that I'm in a good place right now. The stress is FINALLY gone. Ever since we moved to our new place in September and my classes started I've been more or less stressed nonstop. I don't know what happened but I finally seem to have reached a peace of mind. Let's hope it's here to stay! I know I need to work on stress management and find healthy and helpful ways to deal with stress when it's unavoidable. Mediation, yoga and exercise have all proved effective.

In another note, I weighed myself this morning and was happy to see I had lost 1 kg/2 lbs! I won't be weighing myself before next Sunday because I really want to stick to weighing myself only once a week. My goal is to lose 2 pounds by then but obviously I'll be happy with any amount I manage to lose. I don't want to obsess about it but at the same time I really feel like it's good to have weekly goals.

Today I tried a few new recipes from the SparkPeople Cookbook. For lunch, I made the Lower Count of Monte Cristo sandwich and Carrot slaw with apples. And for dinner I made veggie and chicken quesadillas and they were delicious! I used whole wheat tortillas and much to my surprise they were really good!

I met all my goals today and I'm feeling so confident and motivated. It just goes to show that small things can make a big difference: we can either make our day count and face its challenges head on or we can spend it procrastinating and avoiding mirrors. I'm so glad I made today count. I've been procrastinating for long enough now.

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JADOMB 12/3/2012 11:14PM

    You're doing it sweetie. Great job.

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IUHRYTR 12/2/2012 7:07PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon - Lou-

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CAGMUAHFO2 12/2/2012 4:46PM

    Glad to hear that you have seem to have found some peace and that the stress is gone.

emoticon on losing 2 lbs!! That's emoticon

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Climb this mountain

Saturday, December 01, 2012

As I said on my status earlier, I just love it when the month changes! It's the symbolism that gets to me: a whole new month ahead of us is like a clean slate, we can make it either a great one or a not so great one. Today, I am making a promise to myself to make this December as great as it can be. I want to start the new year (in one month it will be 2013 already! How crazy is that?) right and I want to feel healthy and in control from the start. It's obvious that I've been having a lot of issues with my motivation lately. As I've said before, I make no excuses. I could have and should have worked harder but I chose not to. I should have known better but I was lazy and got too comfortable.

This is a fresh start. I need to start taking better care of myself again to be able to live my life the way that I want to. I am committed to making this change and sticking to it. I have been able to maintain my weight loss (for the most part, I've gained 2 pounds) and I've also been working out a lot lately which I'm very happy about. I recently ran my first 5K ever and I've been going for a brisk walk every day. Now I just want to start tracking my meals again to make sure I stay within my calories and start losing weight.

My goals for December are:

- lose 9 pounds (weigh in once a week, on Monday mornings)
- go for a walk every day
- track my meals every day
- update my blog at least 4 times a week to stay accountable

As I said, I got too comfortable and lost sight of where I really want to be. As much as I love my body and even though I really do think I am beautiful at my current weight, I can't honestly say I'd be content to stay where I am. It's been okay for now and I've learned so much about myself and gained such an understanding and a respect for my body no matter what the number on the scale, but it really is time to start moving on. I can feel it.

That is so true!

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IUHRYTR 12/2/2012 7:05PM

    I have confidence in you that you will not lose the progress you have made, Annie. Let the slump be over and I'll join you in re-committing to a new beginning. emoticon -- Lou

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JADOMB 12/2/2012 1:35PM

    You'll do great. It is a journey and NO one jogs up the mountain. Slow and steady wins the race and is much easier to maintain for life. It's only bad when one STOPS. But a few pauses to take in the view from the viewpoints will make the mountain climb more attainable and more worth the trip. ;-)

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FATHINSN 12/1/2012 6:14PM

    Good luck for your December 2012 goals!

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KRISZTA11 12/1/2012 6:03PM

    Good, reasonable goals!
Have a wonderful December!

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AQUANESS212 12/1/2012 5:45PM

    Great post! Best of luck to you with your goals! emoticon

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A step in the right direction

Thursday, November 08, 2012

I just wanted to share that I've already lost two pounds this week which puts me ALMOST to my pre-gain weight of 156.5 lbs. My goal is to get down to 153 lbs by the end of the month.

I feel really good. I've been tracking everything I eat and it just feels so good to be back on track. I am confident that this was just a temporary setback and now I'm focused and motivated all over again. Nothing can stop me from reaching my goals!

I hope you're all having a wonderful day!


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SUN_N_SEA 11/9/2012 3:03PM

    Great attitude!! emoticon

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KRISZTA11 11/9/2012 5:14AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

We all have bad days and bad weeks sometimes - the important thing is to get back on track!

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IUHRYTR 11/9/2012 2:46AM

    Good effort, Annie. Don't let up now. You can get there. -- Lou

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DMANN104 11/8/2012 6:40PM

    Awesome job! Keep it up!

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JADOMB 11/8/2012 6:36PM

    Great job

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CANES4EVER63 11/8/2012 6:18PM

    Awesome!! Keep up the great work, you're doing great!

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DIBANANA 11/8/2012 3:56PM

  It feels good. Keep up the good work and attitude

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MOLLZ007 11/8/2012 3:41PM

    Way to go!! emoticon

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A much needed wake up call (and renewed motivation!)

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

So as you already know, I've been having a hard time lately. I lost motivation and started making very bad choices when it comes to food. I went through a period of extremely high stress (moving to a new city and making some important yet difficult changes in my life in general) and somewhere along the way, I stopped tracking my meals and being accountable. I managed to not gain any weight even though I knew I was slipping back to my old ways. But this morning as I stepped on the scale, I got my wake up call.

I have gained four pounds. This is the first time since I started my journey that I have actually GAINED weight, and I can tell you it scared me straight. As bad as I felt about it, I feel like I really needed to see those numbers on that scale to realize I can't keep doing this and expect there to not be consequences! That's ridiculous! It's time to face the facts. If I don't change my behavior SOON, I will end up gaining back all the weight I worked so hard to lose.

Even the thought of it makes me so motivated to not let that happen! As of yesterday, I'm back to tracking my meals. I know this is so, so, so important! Even though I've been exercising regularly it's just not enough because my eating has been out of control lately.

I have no excuses. I started to get too comfortable. I gave into all of my cravings and lost sight of what is really important to me. This is starting to affect my self-esteem and confidence as well, and I'm not going to let this get to me.

So, what I'm trying to say is that I AM BACK. No more slacking, no more excuses, no more shortcuts. I want to get my momentum back and start losing those pounds again. I certainly DO NOT want to gain back any more of the weight that I have already lost. I did it once, I can do it again! It's all about tracking, regular meals and regular exercise, and moderation.

Wish me luck!!

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MZKYND 11/12/2012 10:02AM

    You can do it!!

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JADOMB 11/8/2012 6:35PM

    I may be right there with you soon. I too have backed off tracking and all that to see how I fair. I'm already getting the idea I may be headed the wrong way if I don't get back to being more accurate and accountable.

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LOVELY-AMANDA 11/7/2012 10:43AM

    Good luck! We can do it!!!!!!


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IUHRYTR 11/6/2012 7:22PM

    emoticon back! I have faith in you that you will get back on track. emoticon -- Lou

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KRISZTA11 11/6/2012 2:42PM

    emoticon back and good luck!

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GIANTOCR1 11/6/2012 1:38PM

    Want to wish you luck. Sounds like it was the wake up call you needed to get focused again. You can do it and we are all here to support you in your journey.

All the best,

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CANES4EVER63 11/6/2012 1:10PM

    Welcome back!! Sometimes the scale can provide that nasty wake up call for me - it does for me!! You can do it! Keep up the great work!!

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TASNIM81 11/6/2012 11:11AM

    emoticon emoticon

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NEPTUNE1939 11/6/2012 11:07AM

    Practice improves! That last sentence is extremely accurate. Bodybuilders and models can be fanatical in this regards. I paid close attention to all tracks and learned what foods, exercises, and strength training methods best suited my body. My body fat is now below 9% and the habits developed are now a part of my life style. What is amazing is that now I no longer crave the many foods that were slowly killing me. May God bless your progress and health, Earl emoticon

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