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One week at a time...

Monday, January 10, 2011

I'm not too good at looking far into the future and setting goals. I just don't work that way. So this year, when I did my "resolutions," I decided to start with committing to a plan for January. And since even a month is a long time for me, I thought I'd just plan out my schedule week by week and see what happens. So far it's been a wonderful thing. While it's hard for me to see all the way to February, I *can* see until Saturday.

This helps immensely on days like today, when all I wanted to do was stay in bed. Too much football and beer yesterday does not make for a happy Carrie at 5:00am when the alarm goes off. But I thought of my weekly plan, how I had everything all figured out, and it made it a little less horrible getting up. "If I miss today, then I have to rework my whole week." If I were thinking of the whole month, I probably would have thought "Well, it's only the 10th, I can make this up at some point." So there it is.

My car is warming up, I have my bag ready to go... off to the gym for a bit of circuit training!

Have a super day!

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PILLOWFOOL 1/11/2011 1:02AM

    you're my hero. I didn't even have football and beer last night and didn't make it out of bed until 9:15 - you are awesome. and even though you are kicking my ass in words with friends I am loving that too :)

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RUNNINGWILD 1/10/2011 9:47PM

    Beer & football have been known to kick my butt a few times. Or hockey & beer... but generally, I just give in. Way to go Carrie!

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JOPAPGH 1/10/2011 10:53AM

    Nice approach. Hope it's a healthy and productive day.

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PINKCOCONUT 1/10/2011 10:44AM

    I like your goal setting, it's immediate and gives you more focus!

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LALAFLOWERS 1/10/2011 8:40AM

    Glad you made it! You know you feel better when you do!

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JUDYFRANCE 1/10/2011 8:26AM

    Did you see the SP article today about streaking?
/motivation_articles.asp?id=88 You're doing your weekly streaks!!

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MRSSIBRAT 1/10/2011 7:10AM

    Hope you had a great workout this morning Carrie!!PLanning a month at a time is a great idea...

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COOPSM 1/10/2011 7:09AM

    One week at a time is a great plan....enjoy the gym today!!!!

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In which my thoughts are a little random...

Saturday, January 08, 2011

I am stepping out of my comfort zone... I am organizing some different things in my house. I just spent some time going through old photos, taking them out of the old, yellowing album and putting them into a box. I made dividers with some scrapbook paper ends I had lying around. It felt good to do that! The old album looked so nasty, and now the photos are in a box, more easily accessible. I'm almost ready to empty out two more albums - the albums are ones I bought in high school - the designs aren't my style anymore (well of course not, that was almost 15 years ago!).

I've been thinking a lot about my personal style lately. Reading a lot of articles about how "When you're in your 30s, you should be developing your own style." So here I am - firmly in the 30s. When I just turned 30, it was sort of like I could still do the 20s thing. But no more. So I've really been thinking about what makes me comfortable. I'm working on making my house and my wardrobe/accessories reflect my style, which is simple/classic (the terms I've most often come across).

In 2011 I am looking forward to more finely honing my style and working on a signature look. I'm really starting to know what I really like and in what I feel comfortable... this is exciting for me. Instead of making my resolution "lose weight," I am finally able to make the resolution to do something ELSE. Like get my look together.

So tonight:
- water water
- football
- pack up some dishes and store them (we got some new dishes from Brad's parents for Christmas, and I'd like to use them. I came to the conclusion that I don't need to get rid of everything in the world, I can store it. We have more than enough storage space in our house. i.e. a big basement that hardly has anything in it.)
- enjoy a(nother) glass of wine. My dad gets me an organic wine called "Eye of the Bee" which is just delicious. It's a nice little treat and a special one, too, because it's a gift.


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COOPSM 1/9/2011 11:55AM

    Carrie---great plan---I would love to get a style...I am a casual girl..jeans for me...need to get some stylish tops for sure...
Hope you enjoyed the wine...I am sure you did...

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    Once I lost the weight, I have been trying to refine my look as well. It is so hard to do sometimes. I am almost out of my 30's and I'm still trying to refine it. I'm not so sure it is a 30's thing or just a I lost weight lets get a bunch of nice clothes I can finally fit in phase.

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BOBBYD31 1/8/2011 7:51PM

    my life style it total kayose, LOL. i applaud you for doing this, that is fantastic! (get your plane ticket????)

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GSDMIKE 1/8/2011 7:00PM

    This is a big difference between men and women. If I had to describe the signature look of my house, I'd have to ask Sherry. I'm fairly sure "cluttered" would be in there somewhere. And maybe dog-friendly.

Enjoy the games, and that second glass of wine.

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ONECOOKIETWO 1/8/2011 6:48PM

This is a wonderful, heartfelt personal story. Thank you for putting this out there. I wish I had your wisdom when I was your age, but then, that's comparing apples to oranges, after all. Lucky for me I had my own wisdom, right?
All best to you in your progress toward your own inimitable style

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On organization and boredom...

Friday, January 07, 2011

Planning and being organized is a strength of mine. I plan my meals for the week, I have my clothes, lunch and school bag packed the night before, and I know where all my paperwork is. Need my passport? I know just where it is. Instruction manual for ____? I have a file for it, and I probably can tell you when I put it there.

It gives me a sense of calm to know that I don't have to search around for things - I know just where they are. I want to wear that red and purple sparkly pin I haven't worn in a year? It's in with my other pins. I don't keep enough *stuff* around to have it buried under something.

Did you pay the electric bill? Not yet, but it's written on my schedule to pay it on Wednesday, along with sending in the check for the car insurance.


And while planning and organizing gives me a sense of calm, it also tends to prevent me from living my life NOW. I had a snow day today - and I feel like I should have spent it doing NOTHING... but what did I do? I went through some old jewelry and put some in a box to give away... I went over my finances... I did laundry (which I was planning to do tomorrow anyway)... I think it's a coping mechanism for me. When Brad is here (not working), he helps me to sit around and enjoy the now. This morning, we watched Maury (a guilty pleasure) and watched about 374829 girls cry when "You are/are NOT the father!" came on. We sat in our jammies and snuggled. We took a nap. We ate lunch together, not worrying about sitting there for 45 minutes slowly eating our chili.

But as soon as he left, it was like I felt I HAD to be doing something. I think I'm afraid of eating out of boredom... if I give myself something to do, I won't eat. Over the winter break, I ate so many cookies because of that reason. I was bored. There are only so many ornaments to put away, so many presents to wrap... and when I put on my work pants on Monday, I could tell that the cookies did a little damage.

So I organize. Almost *too* much, maybe. I don't know. I don't like extra stuff hanging around... disorder makes me crazy. And I'm not talking about like when I go somewhere else and see other people's things, I mean my own things. I can't stand clutter.

But anyway...

I like being organized. And I don't feel like I'm missing out on stuff because of it... I just think for right now it's a way for me to stay busy so I don't miss Brad too much (we hardly see each other because of our opposite work schedules) and so I don't stuff my face out of boredom. I suppose there are worse things I could be doing to pass the time...

So if you ever need your house cleaned up, I'm your girl. I am very good at throwing things away... I don't keep things unless I have a real attachment to them and I love them. Elementary school report cards? Trash. Old pictures? Generally trash, unless they have some sort of meaning to me. I don't need 50 gazillion pictures of someone's rear end because I thought it was funny to take those kinds of pictures back in high school.

It's time to make a pot of decaf...

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    My address is.... hahaha My house needs a serious 5S, lean terminology. I would need to take off at least 2 weeks from work and take away the tv and computer in order to get it done.

I wish I had half of your need to organize, but I'm always a "I'll do it later" kinda gal. I think my thinking is more of a curse, because I still don't live in the now.

Maury used to do interesting shows, but now they are all the same Jerry Springer kinda material now. I don't even watch it when I'm home sick.

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PINKCOCONUT 1/8/2011 8:05AM

    I'm very much the same. Although not THAT organized, I always feel as if I should be doing something if I have extra time. So much so I've had to make it a goal to take an hour out of my day to just chill! Alan thinks I do too much but I'm forever saying: "No one else is going to do it but us so if not now, when?!" He thinks I'm anal.

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    Maybe you should find a good book to read.

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    I am a totally disorganized slob. I will have fits of neatness kick in, and I will manage to get things somewhat organized, then my natural, "eh - whatever," attitude kicks in and I wallow about in my office with random receipts and papers everywhere....Passport? That reminds me, I should really find that as I will need it for my trip to Cuba.

I had a week of vacation and did a whole lot of nothing - my goal was to clean out my office and my closets, but that never happened. Eh - whatever.

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 1/7/2011 7:15PM

    I'm working on getting MORE like you. I schedule things on the spark appointment calendar to help me remember, and I follow to help me keep my house in order.

I am a retired teacher and had a schedule for lessons, and lunch, paprs, etc. organized like you have now.

I like the feeling of being in control. We can control our environment, AND our eating habits. I think they go hand in hand. emoticon

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RUNNINGWILD 1/7/2011 7:09PM

    I *wish* I was that organized. I'm still looking for the box for my phone... I can find every box for every OTHER phone I've ever owned (and broke/threw away) but I cannot find the one I'm looking for.
Snow day.... what's that?

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Three for Thursday

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Three good things, three points.

1) I went to stretch. It was wonderful.
2) I drank all my water.
3) I kept a positive attitude all day.


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MARLIMOO 1/7/2011 9:46AM

    Nice work

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SHAKENMA 1/6/2011 9:41PM

    Good job! emoticon

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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.

- 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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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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    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 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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