This year, I'm spending Christmas with my family in a tiny little town in Eastern Finland. They live in the countryside and I absolutely love it here. This morning, when I went for a walk with my sister, we walked for an hour along the country roads and saw no one. It's a nice change! Everything is so beautiful, so calm, so peaceful. It has snowed over the past couple of weeks and everything is covered in white. I took a few pictures to share with you. Enjoy!
So far, I'm doing so well! I was a little nervous about going out of town for the holidays but I've been tracking everything I eat and working out every day. Today I had about 1,250 calories and walked for over an hour. I'm so proud of myself.
Enjoy your day everyone! Tomorrow is Christmas Eve!!
I think it's so important to find things that motivate you along this journey, and I make sure to think about the things that motivate me many times every day. Especially right before I go to sleep and the first thing in the morning when I wake up.
What motivated me today was the thought of coming back home to visit my family in a few months and seeing their faces when they realize how much weight I have lost! I imagine them saying things like 'You've lost so much weight!' and 'You look amazing!' And it makes me feel so motivated to stay focused on my goals. My sister already told me today I look so much thinner now and it felt so good to hear her say that :)
I stayed in the low end of my calorie range today, walked for an hour and rode the exercise bike for 30 minutes. A great day!
This is going to be short because I'm tired and it's getting late (1 am here already) but I just wanted to give you guys a quick update. Today me and my boyfriend came home to my parents' house to celebrate Christmas with my family. I'm so thankful that my mother is both an excellent cook and also a bit of a health freak. I think I'm going to be just fine this Christmas :) Moderation is key! I'll work out every day (well, except for Christmas Day maybe) and track everything I eat. I really want to maintain my weight over the holidays.
I went jogging again today. I jogged for 30 minutes as planned and I ran even further than the last time! I'm making progress and it feels great. It was a tough workout though; when I had jogged for about 15 minutes my legs were beginning to feel so heavy and I had to force myself to get through the workout. But once I got past the point where I just wanted to give up it got a lot easier and I enjoyed it :) And afterwards I felt just amazing, as always after a run.
I hope all of you SparkFriends are having a wonderful and healthy day so far!
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!
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.