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Today I learned...

Monday, January 03, 2011

That I can get ready for school in less than 40 minutes if I really have to. The iPhone was having alarm problems, and I *knew* this, but I didn't bother to check if it was fixed. It obviously wasn't, as I woke up at 7:30 this morning. Oops. I wanted to get up at 5:00, get in a swim, make my pasta for lunch... no such luck. But I spun what could have been a really crappy day into something really great. So what the heck is so great about getting up late?

- I got ten hours of sleep. And it felt WONderful.
- When I got home from school, I didn't feel like crashing on the couch. I got a lot of stuff done! Almost everything is crossed off my list. I'm going to earn a few more Spark points, and then go get my clothes ready for tomorrow.
- I pulled myself together in less than an hour. I even had my coffee! Hair wasn't completely dry, but that's what headbands are for.
- It made me thankful that I had my school bag packed up last night, and that I bought an "emergency lunch" (frozen dinner) at the grocery store yesterday. I didn't know I'd need it so quickly!
- My energy level was sky high today. While most other people were complaining about how tired they were, I was totally NOT tired. Wahoo!

So it turned out to be a really good day. However, I still plan on going to the gym in the morning... I like coming home from school and having the evening to myself. I can sit around, get some stuff done, and relax. So tomorrow I will set my phone AND the "real" alarm clock (even though I checked my phone alarm, and it works...) and start my intended 2011 schedule.

Lunch is packed, food is entered for the day... I just need to get my clothes ready for tomorrow and register for Just a Short Run at the end of March. Yahoo!

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DREBENEZER 1/4/2011 10:54PM

    Awake at 5??? Does not compute!!

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CASSIOEPIA 1/4/2011 10:23PM

    Sounds like you needed the sleep, and then took advantage of it later. Great day!

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BOBBYD31 1/4/2011 10:20PM

    10 hrs only in my dreams. now your ready to register for JASR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this is going to be so much fun

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MKKAYA 1/4/2011 7:35PM

    Sleeping in once in awhlie is good for the body!!!! You turned your day into a wonderful one! I just call it Carrie style - You are always so upbeat thanks for that and I appreciated your recents comments on my blog. Yo are an inspiration to me also! thats what makes spark so fantastic!!!

Mike

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COOPSM 1/4/2011 7:12PM

    What a way to still have a great day...someone needed sleep...

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PSHANKEY 1/4/2011 9:42AM

    You like to move it move it!

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JUDYFRANCE 1/4/2011 5:31AM

    Sometimes our bodies just need to catch up on the sleep. I'm impressed that you turned the day into something so incredibly positive!

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PILLOWFOOL 1/4/2011 2:31AM

    that's so funny because my hubby's iphone alarm ditched him yesterday too. but it looks like it worked in your favor! so many people would have immediately had a bad day because of this and you turned it around - I LOVE that about you! also: you need to immediately download the Words With Friends app for the iphone and friend me: pillowfool so we can play scrabble together!!!! I'm pretty sure there's a free version but I think the paid version was like $3 - so not too expensive and I LOVE it. also: I'm going to look for that wine app because it sounds awesome. yaaaaay

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BRAINYBLONDE5 1/3/2011 10:27PM

  way to keep a positive attitude! you rock! :)

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PINKCOCONUT 1/3/2011 10:10PM

    Wow! Sounds like you subconsciously set yourself up for some more sleep! Ha ha ha

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 1/3/2011 9:46PM

    I slept 10 hours last night too - but I am using up vacation days I didn't get to use in December...I'm always totally bummed when I wake up late - glad you were able to salvage the day!

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KATZABELLAMAMA 1/3/2011 9:20PM

    Good thing you had that emergency lunch. I can get ready in 40 as well it is amazing what adrenalin can do.

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JILLIANPRNCSS 1/3/2011 8:33PM

    I love my sleep and need lots of it, glad you were able to catch up.

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LONGWINDINGROAD 1/3/2011 8:28PM

    I need to take lessons from you! I let things like that control my mood...Being late always makes me mad. Great job keeping it positive! I'm glad your day was so great!

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Doing the little things...

Sunday, January 02, 2011

I have to say, I'm very good at doing the routine things. I do the laundry regularly, I wash the dirty dishes right away, I take out the trash when it needs to go out... but something I struggle with is getting the "other" stuff done. The not-routine stuff. Like buying new bras. It's more fun to go out and try on sweaters and jeans and coats. Bras, not so much. But i know I need them. Ugh. So I am making an appointment with myself to buy bras - next time I drive down to my mom's house for the symphony (at the end of January), I am going to go into Macy's and buy some new bras.

Something else I've been putting off because it's seemed overwhelming is opening an ebay account to sell some stuff. I have this suit - it's a nice suit - and it doesn't fit anymore. It's beyond alterations. I didn't really want to *give* it away, I paid a lot of money for it. And I know that if I gave it to my mom, it would sit in her closet for "someday" when it would fit. And since honey and I are trying to save a bit of money, I thought selling it on ebay would be perfect. I've thought this for a long time, but never did anything about it. But today I did. I set up my account, did my Pay Pal, ordered some boxes, took a picture of the suit, and I'm ready to go. I will list it when my boxes come - but I wrote up the description and all I have to do is post it. I'm starting with the suit, and if I have some luck, I will put some more stuff on. It's exciting! (I know ebay isn't a new thing, but I just haven't hopped on the ebay boat until now.)

I need to vacuum out my car today... it's one of those things I just don't do, because it's not part of my routine. And besides, I'd rather stay in my house. Sigh. But today is relatively warm, so I guess today would be a good day to do it. "Suck it up and do it," is what my mom and I always say.

Today:
- I had a great workout at the gym
- I drank all my water already, but I'm still going strong
- Laundry is getting done
- I'm feeling good!

Have a super day!

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COOPSM 1/3/2011 7:48AM

    Carrie---bra shopping...I just order the same thing from Victoria Secrets....good luck with that.
Let me know how the Ebay thing goes..I have only bought from them....

Have a great week.....Beth

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PILLOWFOOL 1/3/2011 5:50AM

    I am the SAME way with the "other things" and in all honesty - sometimes I'm not so good about the routine things either! haha. it's just the lazyness and procrastination that I'm trying to fight this year. we can do it together! (though you don't strike me as at all lazy. hahaha!) we'll suck it up! ooooor, my personal favorite, we'll "put on our big girl panties and DEAL WITH IT" - it's my motto. I have a keychain to remind me that sometimes you just have to pull up those big girl panties!

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SEPPIESUSAN 1/2/2011 7:06PM

    I'm the same way, and it feels awful knowing there's stuff I gotta do (like changing my license and passport to reflect my married last name - and I got married 11 months ago!!!) but it feels REALLY good to finally get that stuff done. Clean out the fridge? Check!! Oh, and I bought a new bra a couple days ago without trying it on first - the line at the dressing room was too long - and it fits, but the underwire pinches. Good reason to drop a couple pounds. Ouch. Remind me to get the kind without underwire next time, haha!

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PINKCOCONUT 1/2/2011 5:58PM

    Oh my gosh, I'm the same! The last time I bought a bra was back in the Spring when I needed a new one for a wedding but I'm in desperate need! I'm trying to make a point of scheduling those necessities into my to-do lists. That's how I got into the routine of getting the dishes done!

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GONE2014 1/2/2011 5:27PM

    I'm with you on that little stuff list just sitting there. I too knocked a couple things off my list yesterday. Opening an ebay account to sell stuff just seems too overwhelming. I've donated a ton of things recently that I know I could have sold but it was just too much so you'll need to keep us all posted on how it went!

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LONGWINDINGROAD 1/2/2011 5:20PM

    My husband keeps saying that he wants to sell some stuff on ebay. You'll have to let me know how it goes!! And I hate vacuuming my car, too!

I think it's a good idea to make appointments to do the things that aren't really a routine...just because they aren't routine doesn't mean they don't need to be done! Maybe if you write them down enough they will become routine, too. You're doing great! And you always give me such good ideas!

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KATZABELLAMAMA 1/2/2011 5:06PM

    I am quite the opposite. I have a hard time doing the things that should be routine. I guess in my mind I find them repetitive and would rather do them once a week or twice a week. That will be next years resolution lol.

I opened an eBay account to sell my jewelry on but it just never happened. I got to scared, what if they (meaning the world) do not like my stuff. Now since I stopped doing my jewelry as much I don't have a tonne of it sitting around any more.

Good luck on selling the suit.

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ONECOOKIETWO 1/2/2011 4:55PM

    I'm not on the ebay boat yet myself.
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I commend your commitment to actually go through with the sale. I'd be interested to hear how it goes.


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SOUTHGOINGZAX 1/2/2011 3:51PM

    I hate vacuuming the car - it's just such a hassle - until I just suck it up and do it, and then I love how clean my car is...I think I'm going to try to work on just sucking it up and doing it (whatever it is) rather than moaning about it ahead of time.

It's a New Year! On to New things!

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Today is....

Saturday, January 01, 2011

My two year Spark-Versary!!!


Hooray!

  
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SEPPIESUSAN 1/2/2011 12:53PM

    Congrats! I have been on Spark about FOUR years now, wow!

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GONE2014 1/2/2011 11:48AM

    Mine too! Happy Spark-versary to both of us!

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PINKCOCONUT 1/2/2011 10:08AM

    Happy Sparkversary!!!!! So glad you joined!!!

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RUNNINGWILD 1/1/2011 11:19PM

    emoticonHappy Sparkiversary!! emoticon

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JEN-LOVES-LIFE 1/1/2011 10:47PM

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Happy 2 years to you!!

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KATZABELLAMAMA 1/1/2011 10:20PM

    Happy sparkiversary! emoticon

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DRAMBERT 1/1/2011 10:19PM

    That is too cool! emoticon

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GSDMIKE 1/1/2011 10:12PM

    That's easy to remember.

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Congrats!

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ETTEZEUS 1/1/2011 10:05PM

    Happy Spark-Versary!
I hope you have many more!

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Listing and planning, planning and listing.

Friday, December 31, 2010

I LOVE to make lists. The physical act of writing is really wonderful for me, so I have tons of written lists all over the place. I have given up keeping a paper planner, but I have two calendars at home and I keep a written weekly calendar on the fridge. I guess the more I write things down, the more easily I remember to do them.

So I'm ready for 2011. I'm ready to take a fresh look at what I'm doing and change up the routine a little bit. I have trouble sticking to something for a long time (except for Spark - my two year Spark-versary is tomorrow!), so in 2011 I am going to commit to a schedule/plan for a month.

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- Spark in the morning
- gym in the morning (for about an hour)
- after school: pack lunch, get clothes ready for the next day
- eight hours of sleep

- Go to weekly Yoga and stretch classes. I haven't gone to either class in weeks, and I miss it. I feel my flexibility going away. I will commit to this for January.
- Plan meals and enter them into Spark on Sunday, after the grocery shopping. Change as needed during the week. I originally was going to enter them in on Friday, *after* I had eaten them, but after reading other blogs and thinking about it, I decided that planning my meals would be better for me. Again, this is for January.
- Send out a snail mail card every week. Or more, if I feel like it, but at least one.

Daily in January:
- Drink 4 Siggs of water
- weigh in each morning - not that I'm focused on the number, but weighing in makes me think twice about food choices. Like this morning, I weighed in - and at lunch, I didn't shove every last french fry into my mouth because the scale number was in my head. It made me really think about my fullness level.

I am ready to get rid of this tummy in 2011. I'm not unhappy with my body, but I want to be THRILLED with my body.

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PINKCOCONUT 1/1/2011 5:15PM

    Sounds great! Can't wait to hear how it all goes!

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COOPSM 1/1/2011 4:33PM

    Carrie--love it, esp. like the daily weigh in and the reason for doing it...have a great a great Jan...

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KATZABELLAMAMA 1/1/2011 10:31AM

    Yep stepping on the scale daily is something I need to do again. I lost perspective for a while when I stopped and now look, I'm dealing with a weight gain because I wasn't aware of it.

I am like you I want to be thrilled with my body this year. The tummy needs to go!

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GSDMIKE 12/31/2010 9:55PM

    I'm going back to the listing and planning myself. I'll be tracking food and fitness minutes again, starting today until I reach my target weight. It's how I've been most successful. I'm going with it.

Looking forward to a great 2011. Happy New Year!

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CFMOSS 12/31/2010 6:06PM

    Good lists, good goals, good fitness minutes! Enjoy a wonderful evening and the New Year.

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RUNNINGWILD 12/31/2010 3:55PM

    I may just steal your list. emoticon

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PLAYBLUES22 12/31/2010 2:42PM

    Sweetie, these are great goals and I know that you will accomplish all of them emoticon

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Whoa Wednesday!

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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 level....here 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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LONGWINDINGROAD 12/29/2010 8:16PM

    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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