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Rollin', rollin', rollin'...

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

It's Wednesday, and so far, 2011 has been pretty wonderful. I've been sleeping well (today I got up without the alarm, and on time!), I've been working out well, and I've been eating well (save a few pieces of chocolate here and there). I've been keeping a positive attitude and making an effort not to fall into the "let's complain about work" at work thing. Which happens a lot... we get back to school, and a lot of the teachers say "oh, the break was too short. Can't believe we're back. Etc, etc." And I have to say, I don't mind being back. Would I like to be at home instead of school? Well sure. I can sit around in my sweatpants at home! But I love my job. I like to go to work. I love the kids, and I have so much fun with them. Every year I have gotten better at my job, and this year is the first year I really feel like I have a good handle on classroom management. My days are easier because of this. And very enjoyable.

So enough about school.

Yesterday i woke up at 5:00 to get my morning sweat in. Did a bit of circuit training, went to school, and then went *back* to the gym for some elliptical and yoga. For January, I committed to going to yoga and stretch class each week. Some days that means I will be at the gym twice in one day but that's ok. It's for January. And I think that knowing it was only for January was really helpful last night. At the end of the school day, all I wanted to do was go home. But I thought "I set a goal for January. And I will meet that goal." So I went to the gym and had a really great workout. And I slept like a log. I think this evening workout thing has some positives... I don't want to plan anything else, but I will keep in mind how good it feels to get in an evening workout. Hm.

Today:
- Drink four Siggs of water
- Stick to a lite drink at Starbucks tonight - I'm meeting a friend for coffee after school.
This evening:
- clean up the house
- pack my lunch for tomorrow
- get clothes ready for tomorrow

Have a super day!

  
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LALAFLOWERS 1/6/2011 6:29AM

    Love your attitude.. but I have a very basic question... how do you drink all that water during the day, and get your potty breaks in/??? when ever I'm in a school, I have a really hard time with that aspect!

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PILLOWFOOL 1/6/2011 12:50AM

    great start for sure! if you don't mind a cold drink at starbucks I LOVE their shaken iced tea lemonade made with the passion tea and unsweetened lemonade. it's yummy - then again.... it's cold where you are. hahaha! have a great day!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 1/5/2011 1:44PM

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 1/5/2011 12:07PM

    I wish my work got me out of the house more often, sometimes....that's why I like working out at the gym - when I work from home, sometimes the gym is the only place I go during the day. also, it's hard to stick to a regular schedule when you work from home - sometimes I wish I had more of a rigid schedule so I could plan out my days better.

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JUSTBIRDY 1/5/2011 10:11AM

    Great attitude!!

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GSDMIKE 1/5/2011 10:00AM

    Keep them dogies rollin'. I'm with you on the work thing, though being able to do my job at home in my sweatpants makes that easier.

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PINKCOCONUT 1/5/2011 9:58AM

    Sounds like a great start to the year!!!

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MARLIMOO 1/5/2011 9:15AM

    I am trying to go back to my old commitment of the Wii Fit. Did it last night. WOOO. So happy to hear you enjoy teaching. What a reward- to mold and inspire our future. AWESOME girl!

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KATZABELLAMAMA 1/5/2011 9:06AM

    Tomorrow is my yoga night I look forward to it. With how early I start my work I am not able to work out before work. I like going to the gym after work, there isn't very many people there yet.

Hope you have a great day!

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JOPAPGH 1/5/2011 8:25AM

    Nice way to start the year!

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MRSSIBRAT 1/5/2011 8:21AM

    I know what you mean about work girl...I feel the same way!

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COOPSM 1/5/2011 8:21AM

    Carrie---love you positive enrgy...love reading your blogs!!!
Have an awesome day....

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CHELLES_BELLS 1/5/2011 8:18AM

    Nothing better than yoga. Seriously!

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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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