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In the dressing room (pics!)

Friday, January 25, 2013

My sister has an art exhibition coming up in a few weeks and I wanted to buy a new dress for the opening party. I wanted a dress with long sleeves (I'm really insecure about my arms) and today I found one that was really pretty and cheap, too! Now, I should probably point out that this is not a dress I would normally wear or even try on, it's way more revealing than any of the dresses I own. I still wonder whether or not I made the right decision buying it but I figured that since it's pretty low-cut at the front I could always wear a black top underneath to make it less revealing... I'm not comfortable with showing off my cleavage! Haha. I was kind of wondering whether or not I should even post these pictures here and I still feel very insecure about it but I wanted to share them nonetheless because this was probably the first time I felt 100 % beautiful and sexy in a dressing room. That doesn't happen very often!! Usually there's something wrong, I don't like the way the clothes fit or I see flaws when I look at my reflection (which is sad and something I am working on!). There was a time when I dreaded looking at myself in the mirror. But not this time! And as a celebration of that, I am sharing these pictures with you. Even though I'm not at my goal weight yet and despite all my insecurities, today, for a moment in that dressing room, I loved every part of my body. And that's pretty remarkable!









  
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KENDRACARROLL 1/26/2013 6:13PM

    Beautiful!

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IGSBETH 1/26/2013 3:03PM

    Lovely!

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ANELAKANOA 1/26/2013 1:41PM

  I agree with everyone! You look amazing in these pics! You seem like you have so much confidence! And I am extremely jealous of your hair!!! I think this color looks fantastic on you!

Angie

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CANES4EVER63 1/26/2013 11:21AM

    Firstly, girl, you look HOT!!!

Secondly, I hope you exposed that cleavage! You deserve it! It may not be something you do on a regular basis, but the dress doesn't make you look slutty and it purely makes you look sexy/attractive. There is a difference and that dress makes your chest look amazing!!

Thirdly, WAY TO GO on posting the pictures even if you were uncomfortable. That's a HUGE accomplishment!!

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GIANTOCR1 1/26/2013 9:24AM

    I think this dress looks amazing on you. This shows off all your hard work you have put in. Love the color of the dress with your hair. I hope when you go out in it you hear all the compliments you deserve.. Very hot..

Keep up the hard work,
Marty

ps: To be honest with you, I didn't even notice the cleavage until i read what you wrote...my thoughts are a little is fine, and that is just fine... emoticon

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BRIAN36 1/26/2013 8:47AM

    Skip the black top underneath. You are rockin' that dress.

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KRISZTA11 1/26/2013 3:13AM

    Very good dress and suits you well!
That's the hard thing in choosing from many nice dresses, finding the one that shows your beauty the best.
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DMANN104 1/26/2013 12:50AM

    emoticon You look great!

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FLAMENM 1/26/2013 12:46AM

    Great dress !!!!

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CECISMOMMY09 1/25/2013 9:49PM

    you look totes adorable!

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IUHRYTR 1/25/2013 8:10PM

    Beautiful! -- Lou

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DOVESEYES 1/25/2013 7:19PM

    Know that dressing room feeling... but it's a new gorgeous you.

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RODRIGUEZ41508 1/25/2013 7:02PM

    DAAAMB Girl !!!
You are Rockin' that red dress ! It is Sexy and my Favorite color too, Love it. It's Awesome to hear you say that you love your body and you should cuz you have worked hard at achieving it.
Way to Go !
I don't like showing much cleavage either, but in that dress your wearing, you are gonna be the Knock out at your sisters art exibition.
Check you out Chica ! emoticon

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AM_MORRIS87 1/25/2013 6:59PM

    You look fantastic! :)

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LYNSEY723 1/25/2013 6:55PM

    You look amazing!! I think it shows the perfect amount of skin... celebrate your accomplishment and allow yourself to show a little more once in a while!! You look AMAZING!!!!

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DEE1221 1/25/2013 6:54PM

    Wear the dress (you look great) and have fun (you deserve it)! emoticon

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JADOMB 1/25/2013 6:04PM

    Be still my beating heart. ;-) The only problem that is going to happen is that NO one at the art exhibit will be looking at the art. They will be too busy looking at you sweetie. You look fabulous, enjoy it, you've earned it. Keep the faith

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FEB_SHOWERS16 1/25/2013 5:59PM

    You look so very lovely!!!! Congratulations! emoticon

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GRATEFUL_BEING 1/25/2013 5:54PM

    You look great. Perfect dress for you!

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SUN_N_SEA 1/25/2013 5:50PM

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!! You're a bombshell!! emoticon

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BECCAZEN7 1/25/2013 5:46PM

    Thanks so much for sharing the pics! You look incredible! I am glad that your brain is allowing you to see how beautiful you are without picking it apart - I swear we are our own worst critics. I don't think you need to hide the cleavage - if you got it, flaunt it baby! LOL. Have a great time at your sis's art opening. emoticon

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JACKIE542 1/25/2013 5:46PM

    I like the dress, you look great! emoticon

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CAGMUAHFO2 1/25/2013 5:43PM

    You looking AMAZING!!!!!! I personally do not believe you are showing too much cleavage. I think it's perfect just the way it is. You have every right to feel sexy and to be comfortable in your skin. YOU LOOK GREAT!!!!! emoticon

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MERRY_XMAS 1/25/2013 5:40PM

    You look great! Great color!


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KERRISEYMOUR 1/25/2013 5:19PM

    You look fantastic!!! I understand body insecurities, but you look smokin'!!! Enjoy yourself and feel beautiful, like you are!!

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Motivational Monday

Monday, January 21, 2013



I love this quote. I should write it down on post-it notes and put them everywhere I can see them! It would be a nice reminder on days like this when I feel tired and lazy. A year really can make such a huge difference. The choices we make today determine what our tomorrows are going to be like. Small changes like working out just for 10 minutes, skipping dessert, having multiple servings of fruit and veggies and drinking your water all add up in the long run!

I think this is a good reminder for all of us! Think about where you want to be a year from now, and decide to take at least one small step towards that goal today.

Happy Monday, friends! :)

  
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MERRY_XMAS 1/24/2013 10:02AM

    Sharing is caring! Thank you so much!

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IUHRYTR 1/23/2013 1:41PM

    The past year has certainly been a good one for you. Aren't you glad you started? -- Lou

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JADOMB 1/23/2013 1:34AM

    Stay positive, it will positively pay off. ;-)

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RODRIGUEZ41508 1/22/2013 10:10PM

    LOVE IT !!!!!!!!!
Looking back to the past years, I have always had this quote in mind and thought to myself "If I would have started then"...... NO MORE ! Done with that, the time is NOW and make the Best of everyday ahead of me. Consistency is Key and like you said, doing the little things/small steps everyday add up - so true.
Thank you for this quote reminder and for the encouragement to think on where we want to be a year from now. emoticon emoticon

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KRISZTA11 1/22/2013 3:32AM

    I love this quote!
It is so true for long-lasting healthy habits.
Reading many blogs here and my own experience proves to me that making positive choices does make you a happier person!
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MARYONAMISSION 1/21/2013 9:16PM

    Omg, I need that quote today. I love it! Thanks for sharing emoticon

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LIZ1147 1/21/2013 8:24PM

    Thanks for the quote! It's so true!

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JACKIE542 1/21/2013 7:02PM

    Love this quote too,very true.

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DOVESEYES 1/21/2013 6:42PM

    So true!!!

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SUN_N_SEA 1/21/2013 6:19PM

    Yes, so true! It's one of my goals for 2013 to think about "the big picture." I find it keeps me more motivated too when I know that all these little things done on a daily basis do make a difference in time! Love the positivity, girl!! Keep it up!

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LYNSEY723 1/21/2013 5:44PM

    Agreed! And to sit back and look at where you are a year later - a great feeling!!!

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DMANN104 1/21/2013 5:36PM

    Great quote! One I need to keep in mind myself!

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MIRANDA2112 1/21/2013 5:28PM

  I really like this blog as I when it comes to summer every year I am always sorry I haven't made the effort beforehand to be the weight I want to be to fit in to all the nice summer fashions.

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A great Sunday!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

The weekend is almost over here in Finland (it's 10:30 pm as I'm typing this) and I just wanted to update before going to bed to read a for a while. I had a great day! I overindulged a little yesterday but didn't beat myself up for it today, I just got right back to my normal routine and didn't give it another thought.

I started my day with a delicious smoothie (strawberries, kiwi, mango and orange juice), had a healthy lunch and for dinner I had some veggie soup with whole wheat bread. I worked out with my boyfriend today which was a lot of fun; we went for a nice long walk/run in the evening and I got to try my new running shoes! I love them!!

I just finished making a meal plan for the upcoming week and we're going grocery shopping tomorrow. Lots of healthy stuff; veggies, lean protein, fruit, complex carbs. I really want to focus this week to get this weight loss going again so I'll lose another 2 pounds by the end of the month (so I'll finally be able to say I've lost 40 pounds!).

Hope you all had a nice, relaxing weekend!

  
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JADOMB 1/23/2013 1:33AM

    I can't wait until you join me in the 40lb club. You rock.

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TAYSMOM77642 1/22/2013 2:04AM

    Great job on the planning and getting your bf to walk/run with you. It's wonderful when they are supportive. Go for those next 2 lbs I want to see you be able to use the 40 lbs lost icon.

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RODRIGUEZ41508 1/21/2013 1:11PM

    Glad you Enjoyed your weekend girl emoticon
You are planning ahead for the week and that is Key to staying on track, week by week. Just stay Focused and you WILL get your 40 pd Loss ! before you know it..... emoticon !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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IUHRYTR 1/21/2013 11:09AM

    emoticon staying on course, especially over the weekend! -- Lou

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DMANN104 1/20/2013 10:52PM

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Sounds like you had a great weekend, and should have a good start to your week.
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MERRY_XMAS 1/20/2013 6:50PM

    Yay!!! Well done!
I planned my week, too, eating-wise but for now I'm always making changes... I find it very difficult...

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SUN_N_SEA 1/20/2013 5:29PM

    Yay!! Sounds like it was a great day, and you've got a wonderful plan for the week to stay on track! Keep up the hard work, you're doing awesome!!

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RYDERB 1/20/2013 4:17PM

    emoticon emoticon Good luck next week!
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SHERYLP461 1/20/2013 4:16PM

    Wonderful, enjoy your book

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JACKIE542 1/20/2013 4:08PM

    Glad you had a great weekend, I still am relaxing in the sun in my garden, so it is a great day here. Sweet dreams, and have a good week! emoticon

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BOOKWORM2004 1/20/2013 3:53PM

    AWESOME!!!

I'm so glad you had a great weekend! Sounds like a lot of fun with your boyfriend!
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This week's mantra

Friday, January 18, 2013

I've had a bit of a tough week. I don't know why but I had a hard time sticking to my meal plan and finding the energy to work out - but I did (well, except for a couple of small slip-ups, but looking at the big picture I think I did really well). I have been staying consistent with my exercise routine and I'm especially happy with sticking to my yoga workouts because they make me feel so good afterwards.

This week's mantra has pretty much been: "Oh so you don't feel like it? Well, do it anyway. You'll thank yourself later."

At times I felt like I was just going through the motions but I'm glad I did because I feel really happy about it now. Even though this week wasn't perfect, I made a lot of healthy choices, took care of myself physically and mentally (I started meditating again as a way of dealing with stress and I LOVE IT), and kept my eyes on the prize.

Sometimes there just are weeks like this one. They come and go. The important thing is to keep on pushing forward despite everything - you'll be glad you did so later on!

  
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JADOMB 1/23/2013 1:31AM

    It happens, just don't let it take over. Keep the faith

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RODRIGUEZ41508 1/21/2013 1:03PM

    I LOVE your mantra : "Oh so you don't feel like it? Well, do it anyway. You'll thank yourself later." Soooo True ! It's Amazing what POSITIVE Self Talk does to you.
Be so PROUD of yourself for Pushing Forward despite the obstacles.
Just keep moving forward and Not looking back.
You Go Girl !!!
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MERRY_XMAS 1/20/2013 7:44AM

    That's the spirit!
People usually regret thing that they didn't do, not the things that they did.

You can do it!



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DMANN104 1/19/2013 10:33PM

    Great job! It's always hard to keep at it when other stuff is going well. Keep it up!

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MARYONAMISSION 1/18/2013 10:39PM

    We had the same mantra this week! So glad you did it. I'm also loving me some yoga right now. It instantely makes me feel better. Why did I ever stop going?
Great job by the way. keep up the good work.

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JACKIE542 1/18/2013 7:17PM

    Good job, My favorite quote is Just do it. That is what I did, so now many bad habits have been replaced with good. emoticon emoticon

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LITZEE 1/18/2013 7:14PM

    I think it's awesome you kept up the 'good stuff' even though you were having a bad week! :)

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LYNSEY723 1/18/2013 6:25PM

    Awesome job!!! That is the hardest part about a lifestyle change... sticking with something when you are so tempted not to! emoticon

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IUHRYTR 1/18/2013 5:55PM

    I like your mantra. I need it tonight. -- Lou

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Not having the best day...

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The title says it. I don't know what's up. I've been feeling exhausted (despite getting enough sleep) for the past few days, last night I got dizzy and nauseous, my head felt really heavy, my skin is burning hot even though I'm cold (I don't have any fever though) and my eyes feel like they're burning.

I didn't go to my classes today and spent the day resting. It's now 6:30 pm here and on top of everything else, I'm having the worst cravings for ice cream and chocolate right now. I don't get it - I'm sick, food should be the last thing on my mind, right? Well, it isn't, and I'm not having a spectacular day food-wise so far. Nothing disastrous, but my lunch could have been healthier and I just had a big handful of chocolate candies.

This is probably emotional eating, right? I'm feeling bored and sick and that's why I'm feeling the need to overeat. How do I get past it? I'm just trying to wait it out, eat something healthy instead and do a very light yoga workout and meditate afterwards. Maybe it'll help.

I'm sorry I'm not much fun today! But I believe in being honest; that's what this blog is for, after all.

I hope you're having a better day than I am!

  
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JADOMB 1/18/2013 12:06PM

    HHHMMM, I just don't see any difference. You are beautiful and a wonderful person. I guess those inner demons are just too deep and small for anyone else to see. You can take them on and beat them with very little effort. Now kick butt and don't waste time taking names. ;-)

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LYNSEY723 1/17/2013 12:21PM

    I hope you are feeling better!! Keep your eye on the prize - say no to the ice cream!

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MARYONAMISSION 1/16/2013 4:13PM

    Distract, distract, distract. That's what I do when I have cravings for unhealthy food. Keep getting some rest too it sounds like your body needs it. Hope you feel better soon!
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MERRY_XMAS 1/16/2013 3:29PM

    Sorry to hear that you don't feel well... Try to find something to distract you, like watching TV or calling a friend... I usually call my friend (who's on diet, too) and tell her to keep me busy for a while so I won't eat... An you can always try hot tea to help you with the cravings, it usually makes me feel full.

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IUHRYTR 1/16/2013 2:52PM

    We all have off days, Annie, because we're sick, run down. stressed for whatever reason... Nurse yourself back to health with some down time relaxing then bounce back strong like you've been doing. Hoping the bug doesn't last long. emoticon -- Lou

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MOVES327 1/16/2013 1:57PM

    Feel better

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JACKIE542 1/16/2013 1:01PM

    Sorry you don't feel well, rest , drink plenty of liquids and hope you feel better very soon. emoticon

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RODRIGUEZ41508 1/16/2013 12:44PM

    I'm sorry your not feeling too good. : (
Hang in there and keep pushing through it. I think what you decided to do as in the light yoga workout and meditate should help or even go out for a walk ( if the weather is nice enough) to distract yourself from the cravings. I confess that last weekend I had a huge craving for chocolate and it was TOM for me so I knew that was why. I did have 2 snack size chocolates to stop the cravings and then just watched the football game on t.v. with my family. Once this week started, I just got back on my plan and moved on forward just like you will too. :)
Hang in there girl.
You are strong and can get through this.
Make sure to keep hydrating yourself.

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ARUNNINGKAT 1/16/2013 12:15PM

    Hope you feel better soon!

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ELISELOVE1 1/16/2013 11:54AM

    i hope you feel better soon. dont beat yourself up. rest up . watch good movie. throw away candy.

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