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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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Toward 2011, one little step at a time.

Friday, December 17, 2010

While December has not been a bad month for eating or working out (I'm quite pleased with it, all things considered), it hasn't been the greatest for goal setting. It's not good or bad, it just *is*. But I know that once the craziness of the season is over, I should get back to more of a routine so I can kick this layer of fat to the curb.

I've been staying up late with Brad the last few weeks. And while it's wonderful to spend time with him, my sleep time has been sacrificed. And I LOVE to sleep. This is this time of year when I wake up at 5:00 to get to the gym (I can't even think about going after school), so going to bed at 10 or 11 doesn't give me enough sleep time.

So post-holidays, back to a regulated sleep schedule it is. Eight hours is ideal. And while it's going to be a little strange going to bed so early again, I did it before - I can do it again. Not only will it keep me from getting so tired during the day, it will be a big part of my weight-loss efforts.

So there it is - 2011 goal #1.

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COOPSM 12/18/2010 4:13PM

    Carrie---maybe this is a goal we can work on together for 2011--I will aim for 7 hours....

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LAGREBE 12/18/2010 8:24AM

    Sleep! Oh yes! Since I gave up TV (I don't even miss it anymore on the contrary the few snippets I get at the gym pretty much annoy me) I have so much more time to read and... sleep. I like this as a #1 goal for 2011!

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GSDMIKE 12/17/2010 1:15PM

    My sleep schedule is a rollercoaster. The flexible work schedule lets me off the hook most of the time, but I should really try harder to hit a consistent schedule. One thing I can guarantee though, it won't be consistently waking up at 5AM. I'd probably be on the 11-7 shift.

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 12/17/2010 11:12AM

    I need better discipline. I am a night-owl by nature, but I need to work out in the morning. My natural tendency is to stay up late and sleep in....tough for morning gym routines.

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ONICAM 12/17/2010 9:51AM

    I know I need to work on sleeping more. I have just started my semester and when the semester is on it takes me until 11 until I get all the schoolwork done and I need to wake up at 5.

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MARLIMOO 12/17/2010 8:07AM

    I am the same. There is NO way I would work out AFTER work. I prefer mornings too. I have been getting about 7 hrs of sleep. that seems to be good.

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TMAC10 12/17/2010 6:44AM

    great goal! I too have to get eight hours of sleep or i'm miserable. I finally caught up on mine last night after a crazy week!

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MRSSIBRAT 12/17/2010 6:26AM

    I know what you mean about sleeping...I would totally sleep ten hours a night if I could..I have to be at work at 5:30 in the morning so my husband and I go to sleep at 8:30 at night...everybody says we are like old people lol.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

It's funny how stuff happens sometimes. Yesterday I woke up in a great mood. I did a 45 minutes workout (I still feel it today - yahoo!), I was ready for the day, and I was feeling good. And then my car started acting up on the highway. I took it in, and it's still there. Hopefully it's not a big deal and I'll have it back today.

But this is not a blog about my car (anymore). This is a blog about the kindness of people and the realization that it's never a bad idea to ask for help. A good friend from work "rescued" me yesterday morning. She hopped back in her car (she was already at work) and came to get me when I called. I had about four people ask if I needed a ride home. I used to get really funny about asking people for help - I think it was a "why would they want to help me?" mentality.

But what's kind of weird is that I teach the kids all the time that it's a good idea to ask for help. It's OK if they can't do everything by themselves. I guess I need to listen to a few of my own lessons. People WANT to help. Goodness, I know I'd help out anyone who needed it.

What's funny is that when I realized how many people were willing to help me, the smaller a deal my car became. No more was I fretting about getting home or to school... one of the girls told me I could call her anytime I needed a ride. I had someone Facebook me that they'd pick me up whenever I needed it. 'Tis the season. But then again, it's *always* the season for helping others.


And what goes best with someone's help? A "thank you," of course. Brad's mom got me into writing cards and notes, sometimes for a reason, sometimes for no reason at all. So I have lots of blank note cards. Last night I spend some time writing some little notes and attaching them to some bags of cookies (I made some super molasses cookies last night).

My personal challenge today is to say "thank you" for help and really mean it. If a first grader picks up a pencil that was just sitting around, I want them to know that it was a big help for them to clean it up for me. If a second grader lets me through the line so I can heat up my tea, I want them to know they did something really nice. When my mechanic calls me and tells me he fixed my car, I want him to know how awesome it is that he could fit it into his schedule (so I think I'll take him a container of cookies).

So who are you going to thank today? For what are you going to thank them? Something big? Something little? If traffic is backed up and someone lets you in, give that person who let you in front of them a wave and a big goofy grin. If you get a hug from a kid today, tell them how much you love the hug. If your doggie greets you, thank them with a pet and a bone.

Have a great day!


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LEARNING2LUVME 12/18/2010 3:39PM

    LOVE IT!!!

I recently started reading The Five Love Languages, and I must say, thanking my husband on a regular basis has made a huge impact on our relationship already.

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LAGREBE 12/18/2010 8:27AM

    Great blog! Gratitude=Happiness!

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MARLIMOO 12/17/2010 8:08AM

    You angel face

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DREBENEZER 12/16/2010 8:17PM

    Carrie, thank you. Too often we get so independent and think that we are strong enough to do all things on our own. Sometimes it is nice to think that there are others there to help. Great blog. Thanks, again.

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COOPSM 12/16/2010 7:20PM

    Great blog Carrie---take time to realize the little things and to not take them for granted.....nice that you had so many come forward and you are willing to pass it on...we could all learn from this blog.... emoticon

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GSDMIKE 12/16/2010 5:37PM

    Great blog. I read the title on my friend feed and couldn't click it fast enough. Yet I usually figure that if I were to post a blog with that title nobody would click on it.

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MIAMIA7 12/16/2010 3:35PM

    Carrie-Isn't it wonderful to go from a down mood to a more positive one because you realize how many wonderful people surround you? Yesterday I had to hit the hospital (yet again) for more blood work. The lab people are starting to recognize me :( Anyway after a new guy did my blood work and chatting a minute with a few of them I said my goodbyes and told them all to have a "Merry Christmas" As I was walking out they said how nice it was to have a patient say that to them. That most people have just been angry or said nothing to them. Ha, I made the lab people happy. That put a smile on my face. Made me feel better. Thanks for the great blog. Sometimes it's hard to stay positive and I appreciate you for helping me feel that way! Anne

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LONGWINDINGROAD 12/16/2010 12:47PM

    This is such a great are the most positive person I know! It's great that you've reminded all of us to be thankful for the little things...because all of those little things add up! Thank YOU for being such a great Spark Friend!

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TORTUETOO 12/16/2010 12:11PM

    I'll say thank you to YOU! Thanks for the goodie. Here's to 2011 - a year with no drama. Hope your car gets fixed quickly and frugally! emoticon

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JOPAPGH 12/16/2010 9:48AM

    Great blog! I'll be on my best behavior today!

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CLALIZ 12/16/2010 9:43AM

    I am so glad there were so many helping hands! That is awesome that you do recognize when someone helps. I always tell my team (Customer Service) that they have no idea what kind of day a person is having and even if they are rude they should still try to do their best to help them out and if possible make the Customer's day. It is so nice when they get thank you letters and cards! I love it when people take a few minutes and just say THANK YOU - I will do my best to also practice this Thank you lesson today and every day. Great reminder!!!
Thanks for writing this blog!
have a great day! emoticon

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KARVY09 12/16/2010 8:23AM

    It's a great lesson and a great reminder!

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    What fantastic blog asking for Help should be the norm, but alas it is typically seen as a sign of weakness. What is more important - we should remember to offer help even if it isn't asked for.

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PINKCOCONUT 12/16/2010 7:58AM

    I learned that lesson this year, that it's okay to ask for help because there are people willing, and wanting, to do that for you. I think more as women we don't ask for help because we're expected to do it all but I'm fine with breaking that down thankyouverymuch!

So glad you did get the help you needed and I'm sure today will be an awesome day for it!

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ILLINITEACHER52 12/16/2010 7:25AM

  Asking for help is difficult for me too but it is SO important to be able to do so. Thank you for being someone who lets perople know that their help was appreciated.

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LALAFLOWERS 12/16/2010 6:49AM

    I whole heartedly agree!

And... I love your line about writing notes! I do it all the time. My idea is that I love getting mail that has nothing to do with bills or advertising... so, if I mail enough cards out to others, they get the thrill of a non-bill piece of mail, and a fun little thing, and maybe they'll start passing it around to others too!

Love email.. but not the same thing as opening a card that has a special note, just for me!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 12/16/2010 6:43AM

    If people did this the world would be a much better place! I have a hard time asking people to help me too.

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COLORMESKINNY2 12/16/2010 6:39AM

    This is so true! Sometimes we get caught up in the whirlwind of life that we forget how simple and rewarding life can be if we just take it day by day and moment by moment.

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ANYANKA2 12/16/2010 6:29AM

    I really liked this. Thank you for posting it.

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