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Goals for March (and for the rest of my life)

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Here are some of my goals for March and the future:

- Drink at least 10 cups of water a day
- Consume 1200-1500 calories a day
- Don't skip meals
- Eat at least 4 servings of fruit and vegetables a day
- Log into Sparks daily and update your blog, read motivating articles, write on the message boards, track your food and fitness & get inspired
- Get up and keep on going after setbacks
- Do at least 45 minutes of cardio every day
- Do strength training for 30 minutes three times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
- When you treat yourself, do so in moderation - and choose healthier treats like a bit of dark chocolate or a fruit sherbet!
- Drink at least 2 cups of green tea a day
- Don't put your new lifestyle on hold on weekends - that'll only backfire later
- Try be more active: go swimming, hiking, jogging etc. and ask T to come with you
- Weight goal for March: 150 pounds
- Weight goal for April: 140 pounds
- Weight goal for May: 130 pounds
- Weight goal for June: 120 pounds

I realize that I'm going to hit a plateau at some point and I realize that weight loss is tricky and the pounds rarely drop off just as planned. But I need to have goals and 'deadlines' to stay motivated. I don't, however, take it too seriously: if I don't reach a goal, it's okay as long as I know that I've done the best that I can. And as long as I know that I haven't given up and still continue to work on building a healthy lifestyle for myself, I don't really care if I reach a certain number by a certain date. What matters is my health and my happiness. After all, numbers on the scale are just numbers.

I'm so proud of myself. I ate healthy foods and worked out for an hour. I feel happy, excited and energetic. This is such an adventure! I can't wait to see what the future holds for me!

  


Planning ahead

Monday, March 02, 2009

Yesterday I spent 35 minutes planning ahead my meals and workouts this week. I find it A LOT easier to stick to a plan once you've written it down - it feels like there are no excuses and almost no change of failing if it's all in writing. To me, the plan is clear when it's in black and white. I have the whole week planned out! I feel so relaxed now. No need to stress about what I'm going to eat for dinner because I have it all planned out - which means I have a good chance of sticking to the meal plan I made when I'm hungry. Sometimes, especially when you're tired, hungry or stressed, it's too easy to go for the same old (unhealthy) foods. Planning helps to break those unhealthy routines.

I had such an amazing day today. I bought some new workout clothes and a sports bra! And I went for a 40-minute walk and did my strength training exercises. T and I made some healthy Greek salad for dinner, it was delicious! I love this feeling. I'm full of energy and motivation. I want to build momentum so that, when the times get tough, I won't give up.

I'll be back tomorrow with specific goals for March (and for the rest of my life for that matter!). Sweet dreams everyone!

  


ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

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!

  


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