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Lost a pound this week! (+ a new picture)

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Today was my weigh-in and I'm happy to say I lost a pound this week! This means I have now lost 34 pounds since February. Woo hoo I'm so happy to be losing weight again! I really want to keep track of everything I eat even through the holidays and maintain my weight. I think losing would be a miracle, but I guess miracles do happen... ;) I'd be more than happy to maintain though!

I was feeling really good about myself today after my weigh in so I asked my boyfriend to take a picture of me in a size 10 dress I used to wear before I gained the weight. It fits nicely now, although it's quite short and it's not necessarily something I would wear in public. But anyway, here it is:

I hope all of you are having a wonderful day so far!

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IUHRYTR 12/21/2012 11:30PM

    Looking good. Woo hoo for another pound gone. -- Lou

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MOVES327 12/21/2012 9:56PM

    Great picture, and congratulations on the weight loss. If you keep doing what you are I am sure you can be successful over the holidays!


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KRISZTA11 12/21/2012 10:28AM

    emoticon to your success, you look great!

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LYNSEY723 12/21/2012 10:04AM

    You look great! Way to go!

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JSTETSER 12/21/2012 6:04AM

    Congrats! You can do it!
Read my blog.

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JACKIE542 12/20/2012 7:46PM

    Good job! emoticon

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LILLEAN 12/20/2012 7:31PM

    Pretty pic! emoticon

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KATRINAKRAUT 12/20/2012 5:43PM

    That's great! looks like you are starting to shine from the inside out!

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Went jogging today

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Today I went jogging and I jogged for 30 minutes. This was only the third time I have ever done that so I'm very proud of myself! My pace was very slow; I wanted to ease myself into jogging again and I "only" jogged for 2.3 miles. My plan is to go jogging for 30 minutes three times a week and gradually start running faster and faster as my body get used to it and I get fitter. My goal is to be able to run a 5K in 30 minutes one day! I really love how challenging running is. I'm used to going for brisk walks and even though I walk almost as fast as I jogged today, it is so much tougher than walking! Afterwards you just feel great and so strong. I hope my legs aren't sore tomorrow though! I stretched properly once I was done so I should be okay.

I stayed within the lower end of my calorie range again today and I'm feeling pretty good about tomorrow's weigh-in. I don't want to get my hopes up as it's been less than a week since I last weighed myself and I had a couple of higher-calorie days after that as well. But I really hope to have lost a pound since last week! I would be sooo happy! We'll see how it goes.

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JADOMB 12/20/2012 7:27PM

    Take your time getting up to your goal. When you finally reach it, you'll wonder why it took so long and seemed so hard in the past.

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IUHRYTR 12/19/2012 10:47PM

    emoticon Great dedication, Annie. You make me feel like a slacker. emoticon -- Lou

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JACKIE542 12/19/2012 7:43PM

    Sounds good! emoticon

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Goals and rewards

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Today has been a great day when it comes to food: I consumed 1,238 calories and met all my nutritional goals except for protein, which was just a little bit too low. I know I need to make protein my priority and make sure I get enough. I also went for a walk; I walked for 50 minutes and burned 230 calories.

I also thought about my goals and rewards today, and wrote them down. I wanted to share them here as well. They are:

Goal: 70 kg (154 lbs)
Reward: get my hair colored, a nice dress, a new profile picture, 50 euros for my "reward bank" (I'll explain this later)

Goal: 66 kg (145 lbs)
Reward: some new make up, 50 euros for my reward bank

Goal: 63 kg (139 lbs)
Reward: new sports bra and workout clothes, an update before-after picture, 50 euros for my reward bank

Goal: 60 kg (132 lbs)
Reward: new shoes, 50 euros for my reward bank

Goal: 58 kg (128 lbs)
Reward: hair extensions, 50 euros for my reward bank

Goal: 56 kg (123 lbs)
Reward: NEW CLOTHES!! (All the old ones will be too big for me to wear and now I can use the money in my reward bank to buy new ones!), an awesome before-after picture!

I'm so excited! I came up with this "reward bank" idea today as I realized that once I reach my goal all my clothes will be too big and I will have to get a whole new wardrobe for the new me. I will stash away 50 euros every month that I reach my goal and use that money to buy new, amazing clothes for myself once I reach my goal weight! It'll be so much fun :) I can't wait.

Here's a picture I took of myself today:

And here's a picture that was taken on Valentine's Day of this year:

I'm 33 pounds lighter and so much happier. I can't wait to see what I look like once I reach my goal!!

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MERRY_XMAS 12/19/2012 3:59PM

    You look great! And I love your reward bank system!

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LALMEIDA 12/18/2012 9:42PM

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JADOMB 12/18/2012 9:16PM

    I know the feeling, and I know many others here do too. When one is finally able to take weight and age off of their bodies and truly see the difference it is like, "WHY ON EARTH DID I LET IT GO THIS LONG". Even at your heavier weight, you were a pretty lady, but now, you are awesome. When you reach that goal of yours, you will see even more beauty coming out. ROCK ON.

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JULESJET 12/18/2012 7:51PM

    WOW! just WOW! That's great! and I like your reward bank idea!

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IUHRYTR 12/18/2012 7:43PM

    Such a beautiful change. Proud of you, Annie. Keep going strong. -- Lou

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MOVES327 12/18/2012 7:20PM

    Congrats those are great goals.


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MCSWIGAN 12/18/2012 6:41PM

    You can see such a difference in your pictures! Great job! emoticon

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JACKIE542 12/18/2012 6:22PM

    You are doing very well, I like your reward system. Your before and after pictures are amazing, you can see the difference, YAY! I can't wait to see your goal picture either. Keep it up you are doing great. emoticon

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CRISSA1669 12/18/2012 5:59PM

    Wonderful progress, beautiful pix...before and NOW...congratulations on your sucessful 2012....let's make it just as awesome in 2013! :)

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DIET_FRIEND 12/18/2012 5:55PM

    You can really see a difference. You are such a pretty girl. Keep on sparking!

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Met my goals today!

Monday, December 17, 2012

I promised I would stay within my calories today and I did! I ate healthy and walked for over an hour as well. I'm excited to weigh myself again on Thursday (I usually weigh myself on Fridays but this week is an exception because we're going out of town and I want to weigh myself before we leave). I really hope the scale is my friend on Thursday and that the numbers go down. I'd be sooo happy to lose 2 pounds this week as well last week but I'll take any loss and be grateful. And even if the scale won't move (we all know how unpredictable weight loss can be) I'll still be content knowing I have done my best and made healthy choices along the way.

But I really do hope to see those numbers go down again... ;)

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JADOMB 12/17/2012 9:25PM

    You will do fine. You know what you need to do and now you just need to find ways to maintain during these weeks of celebrations so you can get with it when it's all over.

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JULESJET 12/17/2012 6:43PM

    Good for you! I hope the scale is friendly this week for you!

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JACKIE542 12/17/2012 5:31PM

    Good job. You are doing well. emoticon

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MARYJEANSL 12/17/2012 5:04PM

  Good for you! You will have succeeded even if the scale doesn't move. Here's hoping it will, though.

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Staying accountable.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Ok, so today has definitely been a not-so-great day for me. When I promised myself to try and update my blog daily - at least for now - I swore I would be honest at all times. So here I am, being honest. So far, I haven't tracked my meals today; this is the first time in two weeks I have skipped doing it. I planned to record it later but before I knew it, it was already past midnight (it's 1 am now as I'm typing this) and I was too tired.

Also, I baked Christmas cookies today and ate four of them as well as two traditional Finnish Christmas pastries I made. But that's not all. I skipped dinner altogether so I could indulge in those things without going over my calories. Not smart, not healthy, not something to be proud of. I'm ashamed of myself for doing that; I should know better by now!! I didn't get all the nutrients my body needs, and while I'm pretty certain I didn't go over my calories, what I ate was by no means healthy.

I realize this is something I need to be conscious about. The thing is, I really LOVE baking. I do. And I haven't baked anything for at least two months now because I know that always gets me into trouble. Today, I really wanted to bake some Christmas cookies to get it the holiday spirit, but I knew I was walking on thin ice... Granted, I could have just had one cookie and one pastry, but we all know how hard it can be to stop there. Now that the holidays are here I need to make sure I keep track of everything I eat and only eat treats and baked goods in moderation. I plan to have some on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and that's it.

You know what? I'm going to track everything I ate today right now. I don't care how late it is! I promised myself I would do this and I will. AND TOMORROW IS A NEW DAY! :) A new week. I'm going to eat clean and healthy, provide my body all the nutrients it needs and go for a long walk.

-- Update --

It's now 1:30 am and I just finished tracking my food. I'm proud of myself for not skipping it after all!!! Even though I did go over my calories it wasn't catastrophic and will not lead to weight gain, I'm sure. It's not the end of the world. Live and learn, right? ;)

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JADOMB 12/17/2012 9:22PM

    I am still not doing so well myself. I don't think the calorie count is too far off, but I know my balance is. It's not like I hungry and eating all day long, just that some of the stuff in the house hasn't been the most healthful of foods. Oh well, a few more weeks and our lives should get back to normal. Just do your best, I know you can and do.

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IUHRYTR 12/16/2012 9:50PM

    That dedication and follow-through will pay you great dividends, Annie. Good for you. -- Lou

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JACKIE542 12/16/2012 8:39PM

    Good for you you did track it now forgive yourself, tomorrow is a new day! emoticon By the way it took me many years to not eat Christmas cookies. Sweets were my downfall.

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