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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.

- 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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    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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    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.
I commend your commitment to actually go through with the sale. I'd be interested to hear how it goes.

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    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!!!


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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


Happy 2 years to you!!

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    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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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.

emoticon January
- 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.

emoticon Have a safe, healthy, and happy New Year!!!

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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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    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.


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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