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Week 2 Recap: 2 lbs lost!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

All in all, I think I did very well this past week. Even though I had the most stressful week with all the finals and deadlines, I was still able to get in at least some (but not enough, I have to admit) fitness every day. I feel bad that I didn't burn quite the 1700 calories that I have set as my weekly goal, but I'll make up for it this week. I've now been tracking all my meals consistently for two weeks, and it's really helping!!

I lost two pounds which means I am now back to my pre-gain weight and it also means I've lost 33 pounds and I'm halfway to my goal! So much has changed since I started this journey last February. Not just my weight but everything else. It's all connected!

Next week, my goal is to burn at least 1700 calories, go jogging at least a couple of times (and try and run my second 5K!) and keep tracking my meals and updating my journal. My goal also is to lose two more pounds before Christmas and I think it's absolutely doable.

I hope you're all having a nice and relaxing weekend!

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JADOMB 12/16/2012 12:08PM

    You're doing great, just stay focused and keep the faith.

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IUHRYTR 12/15/2012 11:02PM

    Of course you can do it! We have confidence in you and you have confidence in yourself. Two pounds for the week is an exciting loss. Keep it going. -- Lou

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METAMORPHUS11 12/15/2012 7:30PM

    Very doable
..nd go you on the 33lbs loss

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CANES4EVER63 12/15/2012 7:25PM

    Keep up the great work!! I'm sure you'll reach your goal!

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JUNA89 12/15/2012 7:23PM

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JACKIE542 12/15/2012 7:02PM

    Good job!

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KRISTEN_SAYS 12/15/2012 6:09PM

    Congrats! Keep at it!!

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SHEILA-45 12/15/2012 6:02PM

    Yes. it is absolutely doable! Congrats to you on your many successes!

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What a sad day

Friday, December 14, 2012

I really feel like something should be said about the tragic school shooting that took place today in Newtown, Connecticut. Even though I don't live in the United States it's all over the news here in Finland as well, and my heart goes out to all the victims and their parents as well as the survivors and their families. This is so sad. I have no words for it. The world we are living in is a scary, unfair place at times, and I'm so sorry those innocent children had to learn it so soon and that so many of them lost their lives over this. What is wrong with the world? Seriously? Nowhere seems to be safe anymore. A few years ago, two school shootings took place here as well and it was so shocking to realize that you never know when some crazy gunman is going to start shooting around the cafeteria or the classroom. All I can say is that my heart grieves for these innocent little angels. They did not deserve this.

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JADOMB 12/15/2012 3:30PM

    One just can't excape evil, it is all around us. But we can continue to battle it in hopes of winning some battles. God bless

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JACKIE542 12/14/2012 8:54PM

    Very sad!

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CANES4EVER63 12/14/2012 5:47PM

    Very true...

I've wrote about it in my latest blog, but just out of curiosity, did the Finnish news talk about the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado a few months ago or the mall shooting that took place in Oregon just this past week?

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COOKINGSTARS 12/14/2012 5:38PM

    that is so sad

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IUHRYTR 12/14/2012 5:37PM

    Evil knows no geographical boundaries and does not act reasonably. I saw news that children in China have been cut by a knife-wielding maniac. Sad what is happening to the world. Maybe these are the end times. emoticon -- Lou

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PICKIE98 12/14/2012 5:35PM

    Almost every blog I have read so far has blogged about it,, I have been at work since five a.m. and just walked in the door, so do not have a clue,, I will go to the news site and read, check out my tv,, prayers going out.

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Tomorrow is my weigh-in day!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

I'm proud of myself for sticking to my plan of only weighing myself once a week. Previously, I weighed myself every morning even though I knew being obsessed with a number on the scale was not healthy. Now, I'm only weighing in and tracking my weight weekly.

I've been doing really well this week, except for exercise. I have gone for (short) walks or runs, but I haven't gotten in nearly as many fitness minutes as I usually do because of my crazy schedule this week. I feel bad for it but I've been making sure I stay within my calories every day and eat as healthy as I can.

Weighing only once a week makes me a little nervous too. As we all know, your weight can fluctuate significantly due to a number of reasons and I hope what I'll see on the scale tomorrow will be how much I actually weigh. Previously, when I weighed myself daily, I had a pretty clear picture of what my "real weight" was and what was just fluctuation. Does this even make sense?

Suffice to say, I'm excited and a little nervous about tomorrow's weigh in even though I have no reason to be! Anyway, we'll see how it goes. I hope to have lost at least a pound this week.

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IUHRYTR 12/14/2012 2:33PM

    Stay positive. -- Lou

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JADOMB 12/14/2012 11:36AM

    I too make sure my weekly, official weigh in is as close to an exact duplicate state as all my other ones. I find my most accurate time and state is first thing in the morning and after I go bathroom. I have found that my weight can fluctuate about 5 lbs during the day and that my weight is 1-3 lbs lighter in the morning than when I go to bed. (alot depends on how many times I went bathroom throughout the night)

As far as other weigh ins, I do them all the time just for mental info. I've learned much about fluctuation and such by doing this. The thing is, I use it MOSTLY for info and not as my official weight. When I was tracking, and staying true, I never worried too much about the small fluctuations. But now that I am NOT tracking and just guessing, I do use it a bit. If I see a fluctuation that is a bit higher than my normal range, then I focus more on my foods to keep them at or lower than my intake range. So far, I have kept my weight at 169 for two months, so I seem to have found a pretty good balance as my body adapts to it's proper weight.

I'm proud of you and really admire your dedication, keep it up.

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SPIRALDOWN 12/13/2012 5:35PM

    U can do this... Weighing in weekly is gd... I make sure its the same day and within the same 15 min window.

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December rewards

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

My goal for December is to lose 11 pounds. I know it sounds like a lot but I'm confident I'll be able to do it! I already lost 4 pounds last week and I'm feeling very confident I'll lose at least another 2 pounds this week as well (way to jinx it! Haha.). I'm only weighing myself once a week, Friday morning, which means my second weigh in of the month is close - and I'm a little excited, I must confess! I've been doing really well and I have a feeling I'll see that progress on the scale as well.

If and when I do meet my weight loss goal for December, I can buy something nice for myself. Anything! I haven't gone shopping in a long time (well, two months) and I really want to buy new lingerie and some winter clothes. Also, if I reach my goal I'll get to update my profile picture and make a new before and after picture of myself! That's really motivating to me.

What's also motivating is to think that when I meet my December goal, I'll weigh 69 kilograms. I can't remember the last time I was in the 60's!! It's been years. How exciting!

I hope you're having a great, healthy day! :)

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JADOMB 12/13/2012 11:12AM

    What's the hurry? take your time and do the 1 lb per week loss plan. Your body will thank you for it. Since you are getting closer to your goal, it gets a bit harder also. Your body is going to be working very hard to adjust to the changes.

Since I lost at a nice consistent rate, my body has NOT revolted on me and is maintaining very well. Take care sweetie, keep the faith.

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JACKIE542 12/12/2012 10:16PM

    Good job, emoticon

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IUHRYTR 12/12/2012 8:30PM

    Love your happy, positive outlook. You CAN reach your goals with focus, determination and dedication. I'm eager to read of your continued progress. emoticon -- Lou

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My passion

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

This is mainly unrelated to weight loss, but it's something that is very important to me and I feel like I need to share it. It's quite long, but I'd appreciate it if you took time to read it. Thank you :)

I know I mostly write about my health, nutrition and fitness and leave other personal stuff outside my blog, but I sometimes want to share some other aspects of myself with you. As I have gone through this transformation, I have changed not only on the outside but on the inside as well. I have become more confident and I feel like I have a much better idea of what my dreams and goals are in life. I used to belittle them, tell myself they're not that important or that I'm not good enough to pursue them. But ever since last February when I first decided to change my life (not just the weight but the whole package) I have noticed a change in myself. I'm still a work in progress but I feel like I'm a lot closer to reaching my dreams as I was a year ago.

I've said it before so some of you may already know this, but one of my biggest dreams in life has always been to become a writer. I have been writing poems and stories since I was six years old, and when the teacher asked the kids in my class what we wanted to be when grow up, I told her I wanted to be a writer. Even though I've always known this, somewhere along the way I began to lose sight of this dream. I would think about writing every day but never wrote a single line. That would KILL me and I always felt so guilty about it. I knew I wanted to write, I needed to... but I just didn't have the drive. I was tired, lost and there were times when I was even downright depressed. I didn't know what I wanted. I started my English studies at Uni but took a leave after just one year to figure out what I wanted to do. I wanted to do something creative, I wanted to write, but I felt like I wasn't good enough.

I then spent two years working as a freelance journalist, writing poems or short stories occasionally. I took journalism classes online and then I applied to another school where I studied hotel management. I felt like I was at my wit's end. I was completely lost. I didn't know what I wanted - well, actually, I knew I wanted to write but besides that, I had no idea. I felt like I was drifting further and further away from my dream and the person I was meant to be. I didn't like any of my classes and I just felt like I didn't belong there. I had NEVER, ever in my life dreamed of working in the hotel management / hospitality field. It's definitely not me. In retrospect, I just drifted around aimlessly and ended up at that particular school because it was so close to where me and my boyfriend lived.

I decided I needed to change. I needed to step up and stop running away from my one true passion. I needed to stop running away from me. I had a talk (actually, many very lengthy conversations) with my boyfriend and I decided to quit the school I was studying at and go back to Uni where I had previously been studying English. I know this is all very confusing but let me explain. I decided to change my major from English to Literature. And that's what I've been studying now for the past months, and let me tell you, I'M LOVING IT!

I feel so blessed to have finally found a place where I belong. I love studying literature, and it's even helping me work on my own writing as well. I have been writing poems and working on a novella that I hope to be ready by the end of the month. I feel like I'm exactly where I need to be. Previously I felt like my life was not my own, but now it absolutely is. Without my detours I would have graduated already, but you know what? It's all been worth it. I've learned so much about myself along the way and I know it was all for the best. I'm here now, and that's all that matters.

My goal is to get accepted to the Creative Writing program and pick that as my minor next year. I also plan to make a collection of my poems and send that to a few publishers here in Finland. I WILL BECOME A WRITER ONE DAY, a published writer. That has always been my dream and I'm willing to work very hard for it. I've come a long way already. (Oh, and if my writing seems incoherent or not "good enough" for a writer, it's just because as most of you know English isn't my native language, Finnish is. And that is also the language I'm writing in.)

Anyway, I just wanted to share this with you as it is very important to me. I feel like this is directly related to SparkPeople and the changes I have made in my life since I joined here. I want to thank all of you for being such supportive and wonderful friends to me! Your support means everything.

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IUHRYTR 12/12/2012 8:28PM

    Annie, I applaud you for pursuing your dream, something so many others wish they had done. Since I've been a published writer, and now editor/writer, since 1981 may I offer a few suggestions?

One is to check bookstores and libraries for Writer's Market, Writing Digest and The Writer. Writer's Digest has thousands of listings of publishers, their writing guidelines, what material they accept, what they pay, etc., as well as articles about new authors, securing an agent, and more. There is an on-line version but I prefer having the actual book I can take with me to lunch, waiting for doctor appointments, and other times when I want to leaf through it for article ideas.

The other two are writing oriented magazines that monthly offer a wealth of articles about the business of writing, writing tips, interviews, new markets, etc.

Also, think of submitting Letters to the Editor of your local newspaper and even those around the world. Read them online and see if a letter raises a response in you that you can then write about and submit. Don't forget your hometown paper since you already have roots there.

Check associations, businesses, your university and others for copies of their newsletters. They often need material.

These tips will get you started on seeing the larger picture of writing than merely books and will begin to teach you about the business of writing and how to market your material, often to more than one source, earning more publishing credits and perhaps money!

I hope these ideas help. Please stay in touch privately so we can discuss your progress, problems and ideas. I want you to succeed! emoticon -- Lou

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JADOMB 12/12/2012 3:10PM

    One can't get good physical health without gaining some good mental health along with it. I have gained a much clearer mind also. I am glad you are going for your goals, you are too young to take on a career you already know is NOT you.

By the way, when an American writer ends his book, he ends with "THE END". How do you guys end your books? Do you end with "FINNISH" ? ;-)

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IGSBETH 12/12/2012 11:40AM

    That is wondeful! You go girl!

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CANES4EVER63 12/11/2012 5:47PM

    You can definitely do it!! The most important thing you've done is realize that you want to become a writer and then drop out of the program you were in to pursue something you actually want to do! I have no doubt that you WILL succeed!

I do think that losing weight makes a huge impact on changing our life. After all, losing weight is a LIFESTYLE change, and that includes the WHOLE picture! My lifestyle change includes dating (although that has yet to happen, there have been some moments though!) and being more open with people. Of course, all of this comes with gaining more confidence and losing weight teaches you that you CAN build the confidence that is required to change all aspects of your life.

Keep pushing towards your goals - you can do it!!

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