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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

I don't know how I ever used to wait until January 1st to start my resolutions. I was ready to go on December 26th, when I woke up with a Christmas Hangover and my tummy was begging me not to put any more cookies into it.

Yesterday I went out and bought a scale. There is one at my gym, but I'm not always there at the same time from week to week. So even though I know that home scales tend to show a lighter weight than what the "true weight" is, it will at least be consistent. And really, its more to keep me accountable than to actually worry about the number. Sure I'd like to lose some more weight, but it's more helpful for me to know that I have to get on the scale each morning - is a pint of ice cream worth it?

In my last blog I wrote how I didn't really want to make yearly goals - I don't do well with long-term goals like that. But after thinking about it, I *did* come up with something I'd like to do this year. I'd like to send out a card a week. It can be to a friend, to a family member... just a hand-written note to let someone know I'm thinking of them.


I just got back from a great gym session. I did about 90 minutes worth of elliptical, circuit training, and treadmill. It felt really good... The hardest step for me is actually leaving my house to go to the gym. I am getting better at taking that step.


Drank a ton of water today, and I'm still drinking strong! I definitely felt fuller when I ate my dinner (a salad with chicken and a piece of bread). I have one more Sigg to drink, and then I will treat myself to a glass of wine.


Filled the freezer with some delicious vegetarian chili. It uses bulgur as the "meat," and it's very very tasty.


Brad (my honey) and I sat with our finances today. We went over our bills and decided that we were going to start mixing together more of our money and our payments. Tomorrow we're going to the bank to open a joint account for shared expenses... it's a big step. I've always taken a lot of pride in being independent; this step will show me that my independence isn't being taken away, rather, it's strengthening our commitment to each other. We will keep separate accounts for our own purchases, but we're going to start sharing more of the big expenses.


I have done a lot today, and I am tired. I think I'll take some time to relax. I hate to say this, but winter break will be over before I know it and I'll be bummed out if I don't take time to just be lazy.

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JOPAPGH 12/31/2010 8:48AM

    Great blog and congratulations on the commitment required to open a joint account.

Have a great 2011! emoticon

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COOPSM 12/31/2010 8:16AM

    I got unsubscribed from your blogs....
Love that you are taking your relationship to a new is to a great year...

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CAMROLA 12/30/2010 2:28PM

    I love this post! You're so good at keeping to the details, and a true inspiration! Keep it up--sounds like things are great already and can only get better!

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PAYANAR 12/29/2010 10:57PM

    The idea of writing a card a week is a great one. It will make you feel so good to spread some cheer and you will know that you are brightening someone's day with each card sent.

I also think the idea of treating yourself to a glass of wine after making sure you have a certain amount of water is a fabulous idea! Keep up the great work. emoticon

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CHELLES_BELLS 12/29/2010 9:11PM

    This is an absolutely fabulous post!

I'm not great about making long term goals either, but that card idea is so sweet.

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PINKCOCONUT 12/29/2010 8:25PM

    I realized this week how independent I've come with my finances! Alan and I discussed me leaving my job by the end of the year so I can focus on building my career but the idea of having to share some of HIS money (I'd get something part time in the mean time to pay my share of the bills) freaked me out!

We chatted about it today at lunch however and although it still freaks me out I know it's due to my independence! We have a joint account and it works out really well, I just use a pre-authorized payment plan and put money in it every paycheque for bills and it works out pretty well!

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    Have I ever mentioned before that I love reading your blogs? You're always so positive and upbeat! I have been considering my new goals all week...I think we all get so used to setting the same goals...lose weight, eat more veggies, quit drinking pop...that when we have already changed our lifestyles we find that we have different, not necessarily weight related goals. I look forward to moving into the new year with you!

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 12/29/2010 7:37PM

    That is a very thoughtful, wonderful idea, and so like you! I love it.

I'm trying to figure out my resolutions, still.

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KIKIMAC04 12/29/2010 5:23PM

    I looove your idea of sending out a card a week! What a wonderful way to connect to people!

My husband and I make a pot of vegetarian chili a lot and eat off of it for the week...I have no clue what bulgar is but I'll have to check that out! Chili is such an awesome, simple thing to make and eat.

It's sounds like you made some great and very do-able year goals!

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BESEVEN 12/29/2010 5:09PM

    Wow! You're really an inspiration! Keep up the great work.

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Holy moly, it's the last week of the year.

Monday, December 27, 2010

I don't know how I feel about New Year's Resolutions for me this year. Last year I wanted my motto to be "Will this make you happy?" and the intent was for me to ask myself that question every time I was faced with a cookie, some ice cream, or a desire to skip the gym. Well, I forgot about that question. I just remembered now because I'm thinking about the New Year.

Right now I can't think of anything I really want to change about my life... at least nothing big enough to make into a resolution. I guess I could always go with the "I want to lose these last 15 pounds," and while it sounds good, I've been Sparking long enough to know that my lifestyle (with which I am currently happy) keeps me from losing more than a few ounces a month.

And I *could* make "track all my food" a resolution, but that implies that i didn't do it enough in 2010. And I did. I mean, I did enough for me. Sometimes I just didn't feel like tracking and sometimes I did. So maybe "more consistent tracking" can be a goal for me.


The other issue I have with resolutions is that they are a whole year thing! Some of you are very good at sticking to long-term goals and seeing far into the future. I am not. I have trouble seeing past next week.

So I thought about my "resolutions" today while I was sweating it up at the gym, and I decided that I'm going to stick to weekly goals. But to get into the spirit, I *am* going to make some relatively big changes. Not this week, though, because I'm still on vacation...

Here goes.

This week:
emoticon I will drink four Siggs of water a day.

emoticon I will write down in my journal everything I ate each day, and I will enter it into Spark on Friday. I enjoy the physical act of writing, so I think this is totally do-able for me. I think that I haven't been tracking my food consistently because it's such a tedious task for me. I like the idea of taking one evening and getting it all done.

emoticon I will write down all my workouts in my journal and enter them into Spark on a Friday. Same reason as nutrition.

emoticon I will take my calcium twice a day.

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Since this week is a vacation week for me, I'm not going to set the alarm. I love sleeping in until I wake up and being able to decide when things get done. But after this week, I am going to spend more time at the gym in the morning and more time at night getting stuff ready for the following day. I get up really early, and there is no reason I shouldn't be able to get in a good hour-long workout before school.

The chicken is done roasting... it just needs to rest a little bit before dinner. I think I'll have a little veggie with it and a big glass of water. Some kind of fruit for dessert - I am cookie-d and pastry-ed out for the season. And while I could easily eat more cookies, I have to get my body back into craving fruits and veggies and other good stuff.

Cookie pudge, no more!

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LONGWINDINGROAD 12/28/2010 12:33PM

    I am COMPLETELY with you on year long goals. I stink at sticking with things for that long…I have a hard time making MONTLY goals! While I set goals for the month of December, they were things that I could break up into weeks…such as…I will do 1000 fitness minutes this month – if that means I do only 100 minutes in one week, I still have 3 weeks to make up the rest of it. I do much better with shorter goals, so I really like yours. I LOVE the idea of writing everything down and tracking all at once. So smart! Although, I’m a planner, and I usually know all of the food I’m going to eat for the upcoming week…I think I’ll spend a little time on Sunday tracking for the upcoming week…if I have to make changes here and there, that’s fine, but this will give me a better idea of any wiggle room I might have instead of me tracking after the fact only to find that I’ve gone 500 calories OVER. You’ve definitely given me something to think about as I get ready to set up some plans for January!

BTW…I’m glad you’re happy!!

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PINKCOCONUT 12/27/2010 10:18PM

    I agree, a year is too long! I tend to have themes for the year, something to remember that guides the rest of my goals along the way, like last year was "Just Do It!" and my goals for the year reflected the fact that I wanted to stop procrastinating and do what needed to get done. This invaded every aspect of my life and although it wasn't all that successful for some things it was for a lot of others!

And I agree, I need a serious detox right now! Alan and I went out grocery shopping today and planned our meals for the week and we both hit up the elliptical!

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ROCKYCPA 12/27/2010 10:10PM

    Doing smaller goals always works better than doing a long range - hard to keep up.

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RUNNINGWILD 12/27/2010 7:05PM

    I'm setting my goals a month at a time this year. I'm just putting together the workout goals for January. So far, all I've got done is my running schedule - SO EASY.
I'm with you tho', "cookie pudge, no more!"

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MIAMIA7 12/27/2010 7:00PM

    I agree Carrie that the year long goals are just that- too long! I like to set short term goals also. It's just like when I was losing the weight. Baby steps. Sounds like some good goals. We can always set goals but life is always changing. This change for the healthy is a life time journey. And you are doing great at it!

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A Spark Holiday Song

Thursday, December 23, 2010

I Am Fit, I Am Fit, I Am Fit!
(Sung to the tune of - you guessed it - "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!")

Oh the tummy roll is so frightful,
but the gym is so delightful!
I get to work up a sweat...
I am fit, I am fit, I am fit!

The cookies, they were delicious.
But not so much nutritious.
I washed them all down with water,
I am fit, I am fit I am fit!

When the post-Christmas days are here...
I'll still fit in my new size 4 coat.
I'll pass up excess holiday cheer...
And then I will just have to gloat!

I didn't drink too much egg nog,
or chow down on the chocolate.
I'm headed out for a run,
I am fit, I am fit, I am fit!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 12/24/2010 10:48AM

    Great lyrics - you should become a song writer.

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PINKCOCONUT 12/24/2010 7:39AM

    Ha ha ha! Too cute!

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MKKAYA 12/23/2010 10:57PM

    Nice to have some talent here! you rock!!!

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LEARNING2LUVME 12/23/2010 10:50PM


You're awesome!

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SIRIRADHA 12/23/2010 6:52PM

    emoticonand inspiring!

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DFROMTX 12/23/2010 6:51PM

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 12/23/2010 6:48PM

    Sweet!!!! That's how I feel right now!

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"Go run off those cookies!"

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

That's what my alarm read this morning. There's nothing like a little typed guilt to make me get up and go to the gym. But more than the guilt, I think it's more that the cookie-eating just happened. Right now, I don't know that "bikini!" on my phone would work, seeing as it's barely 20 degrees out right now. That would almost certainly inspire me to curl up under the covers even more.

"You ate too much last week!" wouldn't have worked - I already forgot what I even did last week, let alone what I ate.

So at this point on my journey, I am focusing on goals that are more short-term. I think it's important that we are flexible enough to change our goals, or at least the manner in which we attain them, when our mind and body want us to. There was a point where I looked far ahead - losing 25 pounds. That's no small feat! And it doesn't happen in a week, or even a month. I was able to see that far ahead. And it worked for me. I tracked my food every single day for every single morsel I put in my mouth. I planned out my workouts for a month in advance. I loved it!

But lately, my goals are more short-term. "Make it to the gym this morning. Run two miles." For good or for bad that's how it is for me. It's hard for me to see "losing another 15 pounds," because losing these last *two* has taken me forever. And honestly (I'm going to use the holidays here), I don't feel like focusing on weight-loss during the holidays. This is the first year in a long time where I have really felt the holiday spirit... not that I don't like Christmas, but this year I've been especially thankful and jolly and peace-ful and joy-ful. And for me, that means going to parties and having dessert and wine.

I have been consistent about going to the gym in the morning, and it's helped me stay in my "Very Skinny Pants" that I bought in the fall. So I guess in a way, "morning gym 4-5 times a week" is kind of like a goal that I meet each day and week. But I don't think of it that way. Just like I no longer think of "eat a healthy lunch" as a goal... I just do it. The healthy lunch is just who I am. And right now, the morning gym person is just who I am.


So anyway, I guess I'm saying that it's kind of funny how our goals evolve. Things we do now... maybe we never imagined doing those things as part of our every day. Things we will do... things we never in a million years thought we'd try to do, and things that we don't even know we'll do yet!

Off to heat up the car... Happy Winter Solstice!


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LEARNING2LUVME 12/22/2010 6:11PM

    I really think I need to start thinking of it in terms of small goals like that. "get a workout in today" and "log all food today" will probably work a lot more than focusing on any numbers.

Thanks for the idea. :)

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PINKCOCONUT 12/21/2010 10:11AM

    Agreed! I'm finding that short-term goals are really helping me with my long-term goals and I find that they cause me to be less overwhelmed!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 12/21/2010 9:36AM

    YAY! for you...and thanks for the Solstice reminder-I'm so glad it's here already. This dark winter stuff is too dreary.

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JILLIANPRNCSS 12/21/2010 7:05AM

    I could not have said it better.

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IILAAD65 12/21/2010 6:26AM

    GREAT post!! There is no reason to punish ourselves and not enjoy some of the simple things we do have in life.

I love the short term goals through this month. You're right. I think when I am unbending that's when the binge starts. I love this attitude!!!

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Cookies, cookies everywhere, but not a bite to eat...

Saturday, December 18, 2010

I love to bake my Christmas gifts. I love to bake, and I'm pretty good at it. I just bought a cookie scoop - the cookies look wonderful this year. So I spent all day baking!

The original plan was to bake tomorrow - a friend was going to come up and bake, but she canceled on me. I knew that would happen - she cancels on me a lot. I was really bummed out, though. It turns out that she was staying up at her boyfriend's family's house to watch the football game tomorrow. But what ticked me off even more than her leaving me hanging was that she didn't even bother to tell me about it. I texted her this afternoon- "I have the cookie stuff ready!" and she *then* informed me that she was staying away all day tomorrow. Well when the heck were you going to tell me???

And then if that wasn't bad enough, she wrote "I'm really sorry... but I have a Christmas gift for you." And I love gifts, but a while back we agreed not to get each other presents because she has no money. Which is fine, I like to spend time with my friends. But now I have to go out and get something for her, which I don't even really want to do because I'm ticked off about this weekend. ARGH And how did she magically get money? Did she borrow it from her boyfriend? Did she get me something just because she feels bad about this weekend?

I HATE feeling like I don't matter. Like baking cookies with me is the last resort... if something better doesn't come up, I'll bake cookies with you.

Well you know what? It worked out for the best anyway. After wallowing in my self pity, I cranked up the Christmas music, opened the bottle of wine (yes, it was 1:00 in the afternoon, but hey...), got the oven going, and busted out some Christmas cookies. Today is Bake Cookies Day anyway, so it was like I HAD to bake today. They look great. And tomorrow, I am heading out to buy some containers so I can wrap them up. I have lots of cookies, so lots of people are getting delicious gifts from me.

And another good thing is that Brad has a day off tomorrow. So instead of spending it baking cookies, I am going to spend my day having quality honey time. I'll take it. He has some Christmas shopping to do online, so I plan to go to the gym while he does some click-and-ship.

And despite having about 150 cookies in the house, I only ate four. I had one peanut butter, one lemon drop, and two chocolate chip-oatmeal. Quality control, people, quality control. Tomorrow I have to make (well not *have* to make, but want to make) molasses cakes. They are perfect for the holidays - full of yummy spices.

For the rest of the night I think I will make some tags for my hot chocolate gifts, labels for my cookies, and get my list of lucky cookie recipients together.

So my parting question - what do I do about a Christmas gift for the friend? I don't want to spite her and not get her anything, but I haven't even thought about it since I thought we weren't shopping for each other...


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FLY0NTHEWAL1 12/20/2010 8:20AM

    I vote to give her cookies too!

And nice job eating 4 cookies. I would have had those four plus extra chocolate chips from the bag, some of the cookie batter, etc. I love baking, but I really like goodies too!

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MRSSIBRAT 12/20/2010 8:09AM

    I've had friends like this...its really hard to feel like your friendship is only when it's convientient. I am so proud of you for not letting it ruin your day and for still having fun!! I am with everyone else...Give her a plate of coookies!

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LAGREBE 12/20/2010 5:56AM

    I would send her a "digital" cookie on the phone maybe on the 26th... emoticon

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 12/19/2010 7:24AM

    Another vote for a pretty plate of cookies for the friend. It seems that the people with NO money have no money for a reason: they spend it frivolously. Spending the day with you would have been much better than a 'gift'. I don't think it'd be spiteful if you didn't buy her something since you both agreed you weren't going to. I always have great ideas thru the year of making/baking gifts...and then the time comes and there's no 'oomph' in my gitalong so it doesn't get done. Something like that would be perfect for neighbors who have everything.
Fun blog,Carrie-hope you enjoyed your time with Sweetie.

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LEARNING2LUVME 12/19/2010 6:43AM

    Give her a platter of the cookies that you bake by yourself. emoticon

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GSDMIKE 12/18/2010 9:15PM

    Quality control... Nicely done. I'm just wondering, were the Chocolate Chip Oatmeal cookies that close to the line that you needed a second opinion, or was it a double batch?


I think I'd just let the friend give me the gift if we had agreed not to exchange presents.

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MUEHLBBO 12/18/2010 8:59PM

    I agree--cookies it should be!

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KEZRARAYNE 12/18/2010 8:31PM

    I would give her a plate of the wonderful cookies that she didn't feel it important enough to be part of. Not only is it an amazing gift that you already have on hnad, but it will be a nice little reminder that she had hurt your feelings and that the time with them making cookies would hav ebeen worth more than a gift...but i'm a bit of a scrooge. lol. Good job only eating 4 out of ALL those cookies! That is some real willpower! And don't worry about the my house, as long as you've had something to eat for the day (like a hearty breakfast for example) it's not too early to drink wine. lol.

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