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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!


Stressed out

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

I have so much to do and I don't know where to start. To put it simply, I don't deal with stress very well. Basically, I freak out, over-eat and feel overwhelmed and desperate thinking about all the things waiting to get done. Sometimes I make lists and plan things out and it helps - but the problem is that I rarely follow my own plans. I just want to get my act together soon because the more energy I spend on stressing and obsessing about things, the less I'll be able to focus on my health and well-being. And the less I take care of myself, the worse I feel. I also want to enjoy this time of year - Christmas is on its way and it's by far my favorite holiday of the year! I don't want to feel burnt out by then! I want to feel energetic again. Obviously, my mood naturally affects my relationship with my fiance. I hate to think that on Saturday when we went out for dinner, I was so stressed out that I couldn't relax and enjoy that special day. I feel bad about that. I want to make a list of things I need to get done in order to make me feel better and a lot more relaxed. This has got to end before it begins!

Things to take care of:
- Buy Christmas presents for T, A, mom & dad, grandma & T's parents
- Clean the apartment and decorate it for Christmas
- Watch Mrs. Dalloway and write an essay about it for Literature class
- Study Spanish
- Take out the trash
- Buy a pair of sports bra
- Start working out again
- Pay the rent & the hospital bill
- Plan your menu for the rest of the week so there won't be a chance to over-eat
- Start losing weight again!

It's not that bad really, as you see. I just tend to make a big deal out of everything and then things suddenly get way out of proportion. As soon as I'm finished writing this, I'll start cleaning the apartment and putting up Christmas decorations. Now I just need to relax, take a deep breath and remember that no stress is worth over-eating and neglecting my health - or my relationship with T!

Take it easy everyone.


It's December!

Monday, December 01, 2008

Can you believe it's December already? Christmas is right around the corner! I really want to do my Christmas shopping early this year - no more stress for me, thank you. I have so much to do but so little time. I should organize things more carefully, maybe I wouldn't feel so stressed out then.

Today was okay but it definitely could've been better. I didn't work out, I just walked for 20 minutes. I didn't have enough fruit / vegetables. I stayed within my calorie limits though! And had plenty of water! So I didn't do THAT horribly.

But still, I want to focus on staying healthy now 100 per cent. From now on, I'm going to try and reach these simple goals every day and improve my health. I just want to stay motivated and positive!

- Eat at least 4 servings of fruit & vegetables
- Work out every day (at least 1 hour of cardio a day; 3 x 30 minutes of strength training per week)
- Stay within the calorie limits of 1200-1550
- Reduce your fat intake
- Control your portions
- Drink at least 10 cups of water
- Don't skip meals - eat small, healthy meals every 4 hours!

It's that simple! Tomorrow I'm going to eat lots and lots of fresh fruit and vegetables and work out now that I'm finally able to do that! I can't wait.

Hope you're all great!


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