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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.

Comment edited on: 12/16/2012 8:43:45 PM

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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!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

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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