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Sunday, March 01, 2009

Seems to me that I can't function properly when I'm not active on SparkPeople. I haven't gained any weight while I've been gone, actually I've managed to shed a few pounds. But I lack motivation. And momentum. I lack the support I get from here. This place is so incredibly motivating and inspiring. But it's also a lot of work to record all meals (because I live in Finland which means we don't have the same kind of meals here and I have to enter all the foods manually). But I don't care. It's worth it! It helped me so much last fall - I lost so much weight! So, this means I'm back. I want to get down to my goal weigh before summer. I've had enough of feeling like I have no one to guide me through this because it's not true; I have you guys. I have this wonderful place filled with wise and kind people, great tips, helpful tools and motivational stories and articles. I don't know why I even left in the first place!

But what matters, I guess, is the fact that I'm back now. And this time I'm here to stay!


White Christmas

Thursday, December 11, 2008

It has been snowing for a few days now and the whole world is covered in white. It's so beautiful! I'm keeping my fingers crossed and hoping to have a white Christmas this year. It creates such a magical mood somehow, the whiteness and the purity of just fallen snow. We decorated our very own and new Christmas tree yesterday and today we gave the whole apartment the final magic touch. Everything looks so perfectly beautiful now. Now I'm ready for Christmas!

Gosh, I'm so hungry but it's 11.23 pm already here in Finland and I really never eat this late. I have to stay up for some time though and I know I can't fall asleep when I'm starving. I'm thinking of having a tangerine or something else that is filling and healthy (and low in calories!). Food-wise things are still going pretty smoothly. It seems that everyone's having parties and eating tasty (but fattening) Christmas treats and it is not only acceptable but almost obligatory. People give you the look (you know, the what-the-hell-are-you-thinking-not-eating-
my-foods-look) and it's really hard to say no. But I'm doing well despite everything. I'm just trying to keep things in balance. Not too much of the good (=high-calorie) stuff but then again, not too little either as it, at least in my case, only leads to a binge. It's all about balance!

I really want to give my SparkPage a makeover. Those pictures of me aren't that flattering (or recent, for that matter). Maybe I'll do that tomorrow. Hope you're all well! Hasta maņana.


Positive, motivated & full of energy

Monday, December 08, 2008

Hi everyone! I had a great weekend at my parents.. I ate healthy foods every day and stayed withing my calorie limits. It's such a nice feeling for a change not to feel guilty for over-eating after the weekend! Very encouraging. I want to keep this up! And I don't even feel deprived at all because I was still able to have small portions of my favourite secret pleasure foods. I guess the difference is that I don't even want to have a whole box of cookies or three donuts in one sitting! I'm happy with small, reasonable portions that still satisfy my cravings if I happen to get them from time to time. (And OF COURSE I will!)

T and I went shopping for a Christmas tree (a fake one, obviously) today. And we found one that was just the right size and price so we bought it. Now we just have to decorate it and give the whole apartment the final decorative touch to make it look perfect for the Holidays! I can't wait. I'm just listening to Christmas music and getting in the right Christmas mood. I have lots and lots to do this week (mostly school stuff) and I really need to start working on those things before I get stressed again.

Today was a fun day and a success food wise, too. I made some healthy chicken soup for dinner and it was delicious. T loved it :) Hope you're all well! Until tomorrow!


Le weekend commence!

Friday, December 05, 2008

It's Friday and I just got back home from school. I had one class in the morning and now I'm ready to start my weekend. We're going to my parents' today (it's a 2-hour drive) and I still need to pack and get ready. It's the Indepence Day here in Finland tomorrow and I'm going to spend it with my family. Healthy and delicious foods (my mother is such a health freak so it's easy to stay on track while I go there!), good company... It'll be fun! And I finally get to see my sister. She means the world to me, and she's been a bit down lately so I'm going to try and cheer her up a little.

I'm feeling so great. I was wearing the new shirt I bought yesterday and my new earrings and bracelet and I felt really beautiful. It makes me so happy to feel like this. I used to spend all my time obsessing about the flaws and focusing on the negative - I can't believe that has changed now! Of course, I still have bad days like everyone else.

I just won't let them get to me like before! Have a great Friday everyone! Bijoux!


I love Thursdays!

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Hey everyone! I just went to do some Christmas shopping earlier today with T. I bought gifts for mom, dad, my sister and my grandma - I only have Tommi's gift left! I have no idea what to get him though. I wish I had more money, it would be so much easier to buy people presents not having to worry about your budget! But I'll figure something out. I have a few pretty good ideas.

Oh and I also bought two really cute shirts today! Well, the other one is more like a top really. They're really pretty! And Tommi said I looked really sexy in them! Haha. To be honest, I felt kind of sexy myself, too. It makes me so happy to feel good about myself for once. My attitude towards myself and life in general is definitely changing!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Thursdays! Thursday is by far my favorite day of the week. I love my Thursday's classes - history, translation/interpretation and Spanish. And all of them are taught by the amazing Mr. Howard. He's SO GREAT. He's so laid back and funny and he makes all of us feel really motivated to learn the things he's talking about. It's also really great to be able to listen to and talk with a native English speaker. My English has improved a lot this semester - even my pronounciation! But seriously, Mr. Howard is the best teacher I ever had. Last week when we did really well on our history exam, he bought all of us drinks at a near-by Irish pub (he's got Irish roots but he's originally from Washington and has been living in Finland for over 30 years now). I'm so glad I came to Lahti to study at this particular prep-course. I can't help but think it's not just a coincidence; it must be fate!

Food wise, things are going much better! I've been eating a lot less fat (and calories in general) for the past few days and I feel GREAT. I made this delicious and healthy tomato soup for dinner last night. It was so easy to make and really good! I'm going to eat much more soups and salads from now on. I want to avoid foods high in fat and get back to the weight-loss mode.

It's Friday tomorrow already! This week just flew by, don't you think? Bye for now lovelies! Hope you're all well!


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