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Going back home tomorrow

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

I've spent the past week at my parents' house and I celebrated Christmas here with my family. Tomorrow my boyfriend and I are heading back home. I've had a wonderful week here and I'm so happy I have been tracking my meals and working out every day even during the Holidays. I remember last Christmas when I was feeling really uncomfortable in my own skin and went on a binge that lasted for days. My weigh in day is on Friday and I'm not at all worried. I know I haven't gained any weight during my stay here and it feels so amazing to not have to be scared of what the number on the scale will be.

Enjoy your day, friends! :)


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IUHRYTR 12/26/2012 10:58PM

    I remember last year. You've come a long way with your weight loss and your positive attitude. emoticon -- Lou

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JADOMB 12/26/2012 6:42PM

    It's nice to be in control, there is much satisfaction to it. You have purged the weak minded you out and now you are healthy, fit and THEE master of future.

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SUN_N_SEA 12/26/2012 6:25PM

    emoticon emoticon That is such a great achievement, congratulations! Keep up the good work! Happy holidays!

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NESARIAN 12/26/2012 5:14PM


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JACKIE542 12/26/2012 4:51PM

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MAMISHELI53 12/26/2012 4:45PM

    Good for you on tracking the whole time!

I was lax on the tracking on Christmas Eve and Day, because I knew I was going to go over, and was planning on enjoying the special foods. Blue-cheese-stuffed, bacon-wrapped dates are definitely a once-a-year treat! But like you, I continued my exercise, and the damage is minimal. I expect to bring things back down!

You have learned much, Grasshopper! (throwback to old TV show called Kung Foo)
Blessings - Shel

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I can't believe how much I've changed

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Today is Christmas Day and:

1) I have tracked all meals.
2) I consumed 1,250 calories.
3) I worked out on the exercise bike and burned 320 calories.
4) I only ate 4 small pieces of chocolate even though there seems to be chocolate everywhere I turn and despite the fact that it is (or used to be?) by far my biggest Christmas food downfall.
5) I don't crave any unhealthy foods but instead I'm content, happy and full just by eating healthy foods and enjoying treats in moderation.

I can't believe this is me. I used to overeat so badly during the Holidays! I would eat an entire box of chocolate and still crave for more and skip working out altogether. I have changed. I'm still me, but I'm a better, healthier and stronger version of the person I used be. Seeing these changes in myself makes me so happy and keeps me motivated along this journey.

I hope all of you are having a wonderful Christmas Day!

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JADOMB 12/26/2012 6:40PM

    Great job, I never doubted you for a minute.

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JACKIE542 12/25/2012 7:09PM

    I use to do that too, these are great healthy changes. emoticon

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THESUBY 12/25/2012 6:23PM

    Wow, we started about at the same time! I'm noticing changes, too. Great job, keep up the good work!

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/25/2012 5:36PM

    Good for you! Merry Christmas!

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IUHRYTR 12/25/2012 5:33PM

    I remember last year, Annie, when you were losing the battle with chocolate. This is indeed a momentous occasion. emoticon -- Lou

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CRAZYSTEPPER 12/25/2012 5:33PM

    Great job! Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas, Spark Friends!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Even though it's ridiculously late (or early?) here I just wanted to wish all my wonderful Spark Friends a Merry Christmas!!!

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I've had the most amazing Christmas Eve with my family and my loved ones. I'm so grateful for my family, I feel truly blessed to have them in my life. Also, I didn't overeat today (although I did decide to skip tracking my meals for the day) and I went for a walk in the morning. I haven't so far had any chocolate even though I was a little worried I might be tempted to overindulge. Chocolate is my number one weakness. All in all, it's been a perfect day!

I hope all of you have a wonderful Christmas! Love you all.

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JADOMB 12/25/2012 3:17PM

    Merry Christmas to you and yours. I may end up skipping tracking today too, just too complicated and no real way to measure. But I will eat sanely.

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TEADYBEAR77 12/24/2012 8:36PM

    Merry Christmas!

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MOVES327 12/24/2012 8:13PM

    Merry Christmas to you as well!

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MYBULLDOGS 12/24/2012 7:52PM

    merry CHRISTMAS

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ELRIDDICK 12/24/2012 7:48PM

  Thanks for sharing

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MAMISHELI53 12/24/2012 7:47PM

    You are doing a great job on living more healthily and also having a healthier self-image. God doesn't make junk! We just tend to mess up His handiwork a bit. Blessings on your journey to a healthy lifestyle, and Merry Christmas!

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Winter wonderland (pictures!)

Sunday, December 23, 2012

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!!


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SUN_N_SEA 12/26/2012 6:27PM

    Absolute tranquility emoticon

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JADOMB 12/24/2012 1:44PM

    BRRRRRRR, my blood is so thin living in San Diego that I would just die. LOL But it is sure pretty.

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MOVES327 12/24/2012 12:34AM

    Beautiful pictures. Good to hear your having success!

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IUHRYTR 12/23/2012 9:51PM

    Proud of you, too. Beautiful pictures. -- Lou

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1935MARY 12/23/2012 5:14PM

    Awesome, I wished it would snow here in Tennessee for Christmas. I am glad you are doing well. Have a Great Christmas.

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JAMBABY0 12/23/2012 5:13PM

    Great pics I was hoping for snow for Christmas here but looks like not til after, thanks for sharing

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KRISZTA11 12/23/2012 5:07PM

    Thanks for sharing, beautiful pictures!

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What motivates me today

Saturday, December 22, 2012

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!

Have a healthy Saturday everyone!

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JADOMB 12/24/2012 1:43PM

    Well you do look great and I hope you stay motivated the rest of your life.

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KRISZTA11 12/23/2012 5:15AM

Positive comments from family and friend are great motivators!
They make success more real : )

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IUHRYTR 12/22/2012 7:40PM

    I agree with your sister, Annie. The recent pictures you posted show an inspiring difference. Won't it be exciting to see your before and after photos when you reach your goal? -- Lou

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NEEDTOLOOSE1 12/22/2012 6:31PM

    That is a great motivator. I also need to keep myself motivated. Keep up the great work, and have a wonderful Christmas

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TAYSMOM77642 12/22/2012 6:06PM

    That is one of the major things that motivates me too! I am hoping for the same reactions. I hope you do get them and keep up the great work!

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