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Back to tracking (+ 2 pictures)


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

So I know I promised to update my blog every day but I went away for a long weekend to visit my family and I just didn't want to spend time sitting in front of a computer screen when I could spend time with my family.

But now that I'm back home I'm going to be updating my blog regularly again. I've been doing well: this weekend, I ate healthy and a lot less than I've eaten for the past few weeks. We went for a couple of long walks with my mom and my sister and it was really nice :) I didn't track my meals on the weekend (I didn't make any of the meals I ate so I had no way of tracking them accurately) but I made sure I kept my portions small and stopped eating when I was full.

Yesterday, however, I tracked my calories for the first time in a long time. I ended up consuming about 1,600 calories and it felt like a good amount. I wasn't hungry and I didn't get any crazy cravings like I sometimes get if I eat very little. Today I've been tracking what I've eaten so far and I still have room for a delicious dinner. I'm making vegetable soup! It's my favorite soup recipe: very yummy, delicious and low-cal.

Whenever you find yourself in need of a restart, it's so tempting to try something very drastic to get back on track. I always get this urge to cut my calories way back and exercise like crazy to start losing weight again. These days, I'm smart enough to resist this urge (at least most of the time) because I know it'll only backfire. I can never keep up such a strict diet/workout regimen.

The best way for me to do this is just to track what I eat (most of the time) and make sure I eat enough (around 1,400-1,600 calories seems to be a good number for me) and not to deny myself anything. Everything in moderation! That's how I lost the first 30 pounds. I tracked my meals, ate healthy most of the time, practiced moderation and worked out at least 5 times a week. It's as simple as that, but somehow I still find myself looking for that shortcut or that magic trick that will suddenly make me thin.

To keep myself focused and to remind myself that the slow way to lose weight is the best way, I'm going to write down the lessons I've learned over the past couple of years, print them and hang them where I can see them everyday. I might even write a blog about it!

I hope your day is going well :) Let's make it count!





(Those are a pictures I took last week to make myself feel better about my body. I think selfies are a great way to improve your self-esteem! :) )
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IUHRYTR 2/15/2014 5:58AM

    Your progress is obvious Annie. Looking forward to following the rest of your successful weight loss journey. -- Lou

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KING_SLAYER 2/11/2014 6:15PM

    Tracking, being consistently good 80% of the time and exercising are definitely excellent tools to get you where you want to be. Your pictures look great, very cute. Perhaps they should be called "esteemies" instead of "selfies" ;)

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DOVESEYES 2/11/2014 5:57PM

    You are beautiful!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OMMAMA7 2/11/2014 4:02PM

    words that come to mind from your pictures: cute! adorable! pretty! :)

I can totally relate to fighting the urge to find a short cut. But I too am resisting the urge! You are doing great!

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JACKIE542 2/11/2014 3:34PM

    Glad you are back and doing what is right for you, you have done this before and know what you are doing. Hope you have a great day too. I started mine ok, with a walk nice day here too and that helps emoticon emoticon

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KENDRACARROLL 2/11/2014 1:29PM

    You're definitely on the right track.
I'd end up in a huge binge every time I'd undercut calories.
And over-exercising leads to burnout.

These pounds will come off, but not magically :)
Keep up the good work.

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STEVEN_D 2/11/2014 1:18PM

    I wish there was a magic bullet too, for weight loss. My good fortune has been to be able and be consistent in exercise without injury , and eating better. The cutting cals way back and exercising alot plateaued me for about 3 months. Am changing some things and getting my confidence back. Your pictures are very pretty and I hope you have a great week.

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