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2013 will be the year when I...

Sunday, January 13, 2013

…lose the extra weight.
…stop wasting my time doing nothing.
…go after my dreams.
…stop doubting myself.
…realize I’m good enough just the way I am.
…don’t give up on myself.
…work hard even when I don’t really feel like it.
…become a writer.
…get my work published.
…make writing a daily habit and stop being lazy.
…become a runner.
…stop coming up with excuses.
…do yoga regularly.
…become more spiritual.
…spend less and save more.
…find ways to avoid emotional eating and binging.
…keep making healthy choices in my daily life.
…keep in touch with friends more.
...listen to myself more carefully.
…try and stop being so shy and introverted.
…become more active in all aspects of life.
…gain self-confidence and courage.
…become more positive.
…read a lot of books.
…try new things.
…cook lots of healthy meals.
…follow my heart.
…enjoy the little things.
…stop being so afraid of everything.
…travel to places I’ve never been to before.
…get married.
…reach my goal weight.
…make my dreams come true.
…get to know myself even better.
…finish what I started.
...will be able to finally say: I DID IT!
…become a whole new me: strong, ambitious, optimistic, hopeful, courageous, hard-working, creative, healthy, thin, kind, confident, spiritual, happy, active, fit; a writer, a runner, a doer, and a wife.

This will be our year.


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JADOMB 1/18/2013 11:56AM

    You rock sweetie and I have no doubt that you will follow through with your goals. Keep the faith.

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RODRIGUEZ41508 1/14/2013 11:27PM

    Girl.... I "LOVE" this blog !!!! emoticon
I also truly relate to many of your goals and I too will accomplish many of them.

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MERRY_XMAS 1/14/2013 6:19AM

Amazing list, every line is a whole new page in one's life...

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DMANN104 1/13/2013 10:44PM

Great goals - I could almost have the same list!

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IUHRYTR 1/13/2013 7:59PM

    Terrific goals. emoticon -- Lou

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KRICKET4 1/13/2013 6:54PM

    Big year for you!
Wishing you all the best.

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Weigh-in day: 69 kg/152 lbs (I did it!)

Saturday, January 12, 2013

I'm so happy to say I'm down to 69 kg this week! I can't believe the last time my weight was in the 60's!!! It's been YEARS. When I started, I had a hard time imagining myself at this weight. I believed I could do it but it seemed so distant. You know? I'm so proud of myself for making this happen! I feel like I can do anything now. I know I will reach my goal and maintain my new weight. I know I will NEVER go back to where I started. I'll make sure of that.

I have now lost a total of 17 kilograms / 38 pounds. Two more pounds and I can add the "I lost 40 pounds with SparkPeople" badge on my page ;) I can't wait! I hope to get there by the end of the month.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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JADOMB 1/18/2013 12:01PM

    I remember the day I was able to add the 40 lbs loss award, it was awesome. I look forward to seeing you post it. Good on ya.

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MERRY_XMAS 1/14/2013 6:17AM

    Congratz!!! Amazing job! Well done, I'm so happy for you!

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RODRIGUEZ41508 1/13/2013 12:33PM

You are Determined and that is Awesome and Empowering. I know you will have that "I lost 40 pounds" Sparkpeople badge on your page by the end of the month. You can accomplish whatever you set your mind to...Focus.
Get it Girl !!!!!!

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TAYSMOM77642 1/13/2013 1:05AM

    Congrats chica! I am so happy for you! You are such an inspiration to me b/c you prove time and again that when you put your mind to it anything is possible. Keep up the great work and keep us posted. Have a great rest of the weekend! emoticon

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MOVES327 1/13/2013 12:23AM

    Congrats, glad to see you having so much success!

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OMMAMA7 1/12/2013 8:44PM

    Congrats!! That is awesome!!

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IUHRYTR 1/12/2013 8:39PM

    Always had faith in you, Annie. This is indeed a day for feeling proud. emoticon! -- Lou

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DOVESEYES 1/12/2013 8:38PM

    Fantastic you rock great work so happy for you emoticon

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JACKIE542 1/12/2013 7:02PM

    emoticon Your positive attitude and hard work is soooo working! WOO HOO!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BESCAIFE 1/12/2013 6:39PM

    So happy for you! Great job. :-)

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KRISZTA11 1/12/2013 5:39PM

    Congrats to your success!

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FITBECKSRN24 1/12/2013 5:19PM

    Awesome Job Girly!! :)

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NICLBE 1/12/2013 5:13PM

    well done, that's a fantastic achievement! :)

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BUNNYSMASH 1/12/2013 4:25PM

    Woo congratulations! That's how I'm gonna feel once I get to 159 lbs...I don't even remember the last time I saw that number.

You are so inspiring, keep it up!


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COMMUNITY10 1/12/2013 4:19PM

    So inspiring! You are very dedicated to changing!!

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The No S Diet

Friday, January 11, 2013

I've been having a healthy week so far. I've done a lot of walking and my daily 10 minutes of strength training like promised. Actually, I've been doing more like 20 minutes every day except for Wednesday when I had the worst headache all day and I just did the 10 minutes. On Wednesday I skipped yoga as well, but other than that I've been doing 40-60 minutes every day.

As far as food goes, I've been eating really healthy this week. For the past few weeks, I've been trying this thing called "The No S Diet" (you can read more about it here: ) and I have to say that I'm in love with it. It's not a diet. Really, it's not. (The name in itself is a pun, No Es Diet). It's a lifestyle, a way of eating that targets the habit of overeating itself instead of focusing on certain foods you can or cannot eat like a lot of diets out there do. Basically, it's a lot like the SparkDiet but there's no calorie counting involved. For someone who has been dealing with binge eating disorders and compulsive overeating, this approach REALLY works! I was going to wait to write about my experiences about it until the end of the month just so I could tell you how I feel about it and if it's been working for me, but I can't wait. I'll give a better update on it at the end of the month though, but for now, I just have to say I think I have found something I'm really comfortable with.

There are three rules and one exception: No Snacks, No Sweets, and No Seconds - except (sometimes) on days that start with S (Saturday, Sunday, Special days such as Christmas, Valentine's Day, or your birthday). At first, I was a little worried because there is no calorie counting involved and there is no way of knowing exactly how much your eating, but it turns out I'm actually eating A LOT LESS now than before! I'm more in tune with myself and my hunger. I did not expect this! I tracked a couple of days this week just to see how much I'm eating and it turns out my intake is consistently 1200-1300 calories a day, whereas it used to be about 1500-1600 calories a day. How weird is that? I think that before I just kept on eating until my calories were used up for the day even if I wasn't that hungry. Now I just stop eating when I'm full.

Another thing I was a little worried about was whether or not I'd go crazy and overindulge on the "S Days" (the weekends) but it turns out, that's not a problem! I find that with freedom there comes a strong sense of responsibility, at least for me. I'm the one in control. I'm the one responsible for how my weekend turns out. I'm responsible for my health and my weight loss. I can choose what to eat and what not to eat, and that choice will have consequences. I still follow my eating plan on the weekends and add treats in moderation (like an ice cream on Saturday night or a slice of cake on Sunday afternoon). It feels so amazing to be in control of my eating this way without having to worry about it too much! I'm not much of a snack eater anyway and I very rarely go for seconds, so the "no sweets" is the only challenge for me. And so far, it hasn't been a challenge at all since I know I can have my sweets on the weekend, with moderation.

Now, I'm aware it's not for everybody. For someone who had gotten very used to counting my calories it felt a little scary at first, but now I'm loving it. This feels like a real lifestyle, not a diet. I'm planning my meals in advance, I stick to my eating plan, I enjoy three wonderful, delicious and healthy meals a day and on the weekends (and on Special days) I can indulge in my favorite treats without guilt or overeating. The No S Diet was designed to help people get rid of overeating, and like I said, it's been a problem for me for a very long time. This approach to food really works for me. I'm not saying it works for everyone, but to me it's just so straightforward, so simple and so common sense that I love it.

Granted, the weight might come off a little more slowly with this eating plan but frankly, I don't mind. I just want to make healthy eating a lifelong habit that I won't break. I want to learn to listen to my body, to only eat when I'm hungry and stop when I'm full, love and respect the food I am eating and learn that I'm the one in control of what I eat and don't eat. The weight will come off along the way, I'm sure :)

Have a great weekend, friends! I have my S Day treats all planned out :) I can't wait!

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JADOMB 1/18/2013 11:59AM

    That's a great way to do a NO tracking way of maintenance. Not sure how well it would be for those trying to lose weight, but if followed closely, would probably work there too. It's definitely a good way to handle one's urges when on vacations or when away from their tracking mechanisms. You can do it, I have faith in you.

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IUHRYTR 1/11/2013 10:38PM

    emoticon on keeping going strong. -- Lou

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RODRIGUEZ41508 1/11/2013 9:04PM

    "The No "S" Diet" sounds pretty straight forward and easy to follow. I'm with you, I want to make eating healthy a Lifelong habit too. I will check the website out and try it. Thank you for sharing this and your thoughts on it :)

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MOVES327 1/11/2013 6:46PM

    Agreed, if it is working for you. That is terrific. It really is how I eat in a way I guess., but I am so aware of what I eat I can pretty much tell what the calories are going to be in anything I prepare roughly I just enter ingredients after I make it. I have found also that most days I am fine in the 1200 to 1300 calorie range. I do listen to my body and eat a snack to put it up to 1500 when it really needs it though. that may be a few times a week on average. Great job.

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MERRY_XMAS 1/11/2013 5:02PM

    I'm glad it works for you! Whatever makes you feel comfortable, it's a good choice!

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Small victories lead to great success

Thursday, January 10, 2013

I've been feeling really tired for the past few days. Even though I get enough sleep during the night, I still feel sleepy in the afternoon. I know the weather plays a huge part. It's been rainy and cloudy for about a week now, all the snow has melted and the days are just really dark. No wonder you just want to sleep all day!

HOWEVER, despite being sleepy, I did get in my 10 minutes of strength training, walked for an hour and did my yoga workout in the evening! I'm so glad I did it even though I wasn't feeling like it because it made me feel really energized and amazing afterwards.

It's small victories like these that eventually lead to great success!

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JACKIE542 1/11/2013 10:54PM

    I do think it is the weather. I have been feeling tired too.
Good job in getting your exercise in anyway.
Loved what you said at the end small victories do lead to success, and the spark quote is very true. emoticon
Hope you have a great weekend.

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RODRIGUEZ41508 1/11/2013 8:43PM

    High Five to you girl emoticon for getting in your workout and pushing through the tiredness. Right now I'm feeling tired and don't feel like working out. PMS is playing a Major part in it emoticon emoticon , however, I am going to push myself and work it !!! Because I know I will feel Much better after being done and just like your quote says, I Definitely will "Not" Regret it :)
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IUHRYTR 1/10/2013 10:10PM

    Every time we overcome our feeling that we do not want to do something we get stronger mentally. Good going. -- Lou

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HSMOMX2 1/10/2013 6:49PM

  Wow, you did an awesome job! I like that quote too.

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LYNSEY723 1/10/2013 6:12PM

    Way to go!!! emoticon

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BUNNYSMASH 1/10/2013 5:59PM

    That's exactly how I've been feeling lately. Super tired even though I'm getting a lot of sleep. I pushed myself to the gym today too though, and you are right, I didn't regret it. I feel really proud of myself now.

Keep going with the small victories, they will add up! emoticon

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Stress Busting Challenge Update

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

I am now done with Week 1 of the Stress Busting Challenge and I thought it would be a good idea to review what I've learned this week and set goals for the rest of the challenge.

This week, I have been keeping a stress journal. As I said even before I started this challenge, I have no "real" or obvious reason to be so stressed out. I think most of it comes just from not being very organized and also from procrastinating which is a problem for me. Poor time management is also an issue. So it didn't surprise me when I found myself writing down things in my journal like: "Today I've been stressing out about the fact that I haven't worked on my novel for a few days and I should have." or: "I'm stressed out because I should email my professor and ask about this course / order new books for the poetry course / I'm not sure when and where a certain lecture takes place etc."

So it's obvious I needed to find ways to become more organized, establish some routines and STOP PROCRASTINATING. And I have to say, I haven't been stressed at all this week after I started doing this!! I can't believe how little it took! I just started writing down daily (realistic) to-do lists and making a daily schedule for myself (except for the weekends when I just want to relax and not follow a schedule). Poor time management has always been my problem and I'm now finding ways and tools to deal with that. I also sorted out all my lecture notes and school stuff, wrote down a weekly schedule (what lectures to attend, where they're held and at what time). I started using the calendar my mom gave me as a Christmas present and now all the deadlines and dates to remember are no longer floating around in my head but are actually right there, in black and white. What a relief!

I'm now realizing it doesn't take a lot to get rid of "pointless stress" which is what I call this type of stress I'm mostly dealing with. It's self-inflicted and easy to fix. It's just my mind telling me I need to stop slacking and procrastinating, and start to plan my days more carefully so I have enough time to do the things I need to do in order to feel happy and content with my life (exercising, writing, reading, relaxing).

I hope that with this challenge I'll be able to recognize my stressors, eliminate them effectively by doing the things I mentioned earlier and learning new ways to deal with stress whenever it occurs. I feel really good about this challenge! :) It's helping me a lot already.

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JULESJET 1/9/2013 11:43PM

Yay for realizations and fixable, doable goals!

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IUHRYTR 1/9/2013 10:45PM

    Sounds like it was an insightful and productive week stress-wise. Keep going strong. -- Lou

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OMMAMA7 1/9/2013 5:32PM

    That is awesome! So glad you are seeing such positive results. It's pretty empowering when we take the step to make some changes in our lives and we can see how they better ourselves and our lives. WOOHOO!

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JACKIE542 1/9/2013 4:06PM

    Vary happy you have found answers and that the challenge is helping you. emoticon

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MERRY_XMAS 1/9/2013 4:01PM

    I couldn't keep my sanity without my calendar... Especially in my university with all the essays, it's impossible to remember everything...
I procrastinate and postpone things, too... It's my only reason for stress but I keep doing it... I make to-do lists but I never follow them, especially if they include studying...
But I still hope that I'll overcome this at some point of my life...

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IGSBETH 1/9/2013 3:26PM

    Great insights!

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LYNSEY723 1/9/2013 3:12PM

    Awesome changes! It's so great that you are already seeing results!!


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