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The water cycle

Sunday, January 30, 2011

1) Fill up glass with water
2) Drink glass of water
3) When glass is empty, re-fill
4) Repeat

By George, it works!

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RUNNINGWILD 1/30/2011 4:31PM

    Did I tell you about the pretty coloured book rings that I have for my water bottle? I put four on them and, if I drink a bottle, I take one off. By the end of the day all four rings s/b gone and *I've* consumed my 8 glasses of water for the day. (and then some) emoticon

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KATZABELLAMAMA 1/30/2011 10:36AM

    Haha you are too funny!

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SHARJOPAUL 1/30/2011 8:56AM

    That's the cycle alright.
As far as the peeing, I try to get most of my water down before 6PM, that way I don't have to go as often during the night. Also I remind myself that all those trips to the bathroom are just extra steps that burn a few extra calories everyday.

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JUDYFRANCE 1/30/2011 8:46AM hubby's name is George.....Glug glug glug

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GRANDMABETTY60 1/30/2011 8:41AM

    Yeah, but what do you do about the PEEING! I went 4 times during the night last night. ARGH!!!!!

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Having faith in my body...

Friday, January 28, 2011

January 1st was my two-year Sparkversary. In the two years I've been Sparking, I've learned a lot about my body and what I need to do to keep it healthy. I've been able to keep 30 pounds off and live the life I want to live.

But I still get scared... I get scared about gaining the weight back. I haven't had a serious scare in a while, but this week was one of those weeks. Actually, it's been one of those months. My brother moved to Qatar for a semester to teach, we've had umpteen snow days where I haven't been able to get out to the gym, and there are a million more excuses... but yesterday afternoon I was actually scared that my body was not going to go back to wanting exercise... that it wasn't going to want good food anymore... that it would be happy creeping up in size until I'd have to buy bigger clothes.

Last night I had one of those moments, though, where the desire to be fit was more than the desire to overeat. I wrote yesterday that I got the new J.Crew arrivals via e-mail... during the winter, it's easy to think "oh, I can throw on a sweater." But when those cute bikinis popped up on my e-mail, it was like "Oh sh*# !!! THAT'S why I'm working so hard and treating my body right." I immediately stopped craving cereal, and I even got two carrots as a snack.


So tonight was Chip Night. I decided earlier in the week that on Friday (today), I'd get whatever I wanted for dinner, not feel bad about it, get it out of my system. And a funny thing happened. I went in for chips, and I didn't really want them anymore. I bought them anyway - I thought "well, if I don't get them now while I'm here, the craving will get so out of control that I won't be able to stand it anymore." So I picked up a bag of Kettle Chips and a single-serving of Haagen-Dazs strawberry.

Got home, started eating the chips, and I thought "you know, I don't really want these. They don't taste that good, and I don't feel that good eating them." So I threw most of them away. I will admit, I enjoyed every single bite of the ice cream. I think if I would have gotten a pint, it would be gone. So I'm glad I got the little one.

I picked up some cherries at the store so I didn't look like a *complete* pig getting chips and ice cream, and i actually enjoyed the cherries a ton more than I enjoyed the chips.


So I guess the point of this blog is to say that even though it was hard, I kept faith in my body. I thought "ok body, I'll give you one more chance to get the chip craving out before I totally get worried." And my body didn't let me down. It knew I meant business, and tonight it worked with me to get back in the right state of mind. My routine got knocked for a loop, and I wasn't adjusting well. It was getting easier and easier to make excuses, and harder and harder to make the right choices. But my body hung in there.

I send out a gigantic, HUGE THANK YOU!!!! to you all for leaving supportive and kind words for me. You assured me that I'd get through this, and I did. THANK YOU!!!!!!!

So if you are having a difficult time getting back into it, trust in that body of yours. It knows what it wants, sometimes it takes a little bit of time and work to get back on the same wavelength. But you will. You'll rediscover the joy of peeing often because you're getting enough water. You'll rediscover how awesome it feels to finish a killer workout and be reminded of it two days later when your thighs are burning. You'll especially like the joy of looking in the mirror and once again being happy with what you see. It's nicer to see muscles emerging instead of a roll.


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ZORAHGAIL 1/31/2011 2:33PM


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LEARNING2LUVME 1/30/2011 7:35PM

    Thanks for this reminder!!!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 1/29/2011 7:09PM

    I like your idea but I need something other than a bikini for motivation. I need to work on finding one.

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JAZOIE 1/29/2011 12:06PM

    That's awesome! emoticon

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PINKCOCONUT 1/29/2011 10:48AM

    You are AWESOME! I don't think you'll have to worry about a thing because the difference now is that you have a positive motivation behind all of this. It's more than just being skinny, it's being healthy, trusting your body and feeling good about yourself. You've built habits up over time and I don't think you'd be able to go for more than a couple of weeks before you'd be eating veggies like it's your job and busting your butt at the gym!

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J. Crew read my mind...

Thursday, January 27, 2011

J. Crew has always been sort of a goal for me. When I was in high school, I'd go shopping with my friends, and they would always try stuff on at J. Crew while I watched - nothing ever went up to my size. So in the back of my mind was always "I want to be able to go into any store and be able to fit into the clothes."

One of the first years Brad and I were together, he took me to the Nordstrom annual fall preview sale. All this cute stuff, and I couldn't fit into it. In fact, some of the clothes only went up to a size 10, and I was a 14 pushing a 16.

So shallow? Yes, a bit. But I'll tell ya, getting the e-mail with J. Crew's new arrivals totally did it for me today. I stuck to my dinner plan tonight and even drank a little extra water. Seeing the cute dresses and even cuter bikinis trumped every cereal craving I might have had tonight. It's like they *knew* I was feeling lumpy and unable to control my cravings. Do you know I just peeled a carrot for something to crunch on? A freakin' carrot! And it was sweet and crunchy and delicious. I might even get another one.

And in other good news, I have two boxes of Girl Scout cookies in my kitchen and I haven't opened either one. WAHOO!

Tomorrow's plan:
- morning gym
- afternoon library
- evening relaxation with a little "craving food." I have been seriously wanting chips, and today I decided that Friday would be my chip night. What always happens is that I'll eat the chips and then I'll be good for another few months.


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KATZABELLAMAMA 1/28/2011 12:21PM

    Glad j crew motivated you to stay on track. We all need something like that.

Chips is what gets me in trouble all the time. I can garble up an entire bag in a matter of minutes.

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    Can't wait to read your report on your J. Crew shopping trip.

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CHELLES_BELLS 1/28/2011 7:39AM

    Anthropologie and J.Crew are my ultimate goal when I get out of the 14s! I'm glad to know that someone made it to those stores and back!

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MKKAYA 1/27/2011 9:41PM

    I am not too hopeful I will fit into those clothes either. LOL

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JUSTBIRDY 1/27/2011 9:19PM

    I feel the same way about J. Crew. Someday. Soon.

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Give me bread!!!!!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

So here I am, craving carbs again. Because it's been kind of recently, I went back and read a blog from about three months ago - looks like it's because of this Loseaonique. It is my "That Time of the Three Months" so I suppose that's what's going on. Bleh. I don't think the cold weather and being holed up is helping... and maybe I'm getting sick. I *did* come home and sleep on the couch for two hours...


I am having such a rough time with my eating... I feel like I'm eating everything in sight. I'm still going to the gym regularly, I just can't seem to control my eating. I know all the tricks, but it doesn't seem to matter. Ugh.

Need to get more water for tonight...

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MARATHON_MOM 1/27/2011 11:36AM

    I went through the "eating everything in sight" thing for about 2 months! It's finally ended, and I am getting it back under control. You will too! I think we all go through it at one point or another... This too shall pass...
Congrats on recognizing it and being prepeared to reign it in!

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    Hang in there - it will pass.

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    When I eat bread I seem to go in to a eating frenzy. Seems like we are a bit opposite.

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 1/27/2011 12:17AM

    Ooh...I eat EVERYTHING when I am near that TOM. Which is now. Which is why I had 4 pieces of toast this morning (2 with PB, 2 with plain ol' butter).

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BRAINYBLONDE5 1/26/2011 7:12PM

    youll get through this :) emoticon

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One of a million great things about Spark...

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Yesterday I put it out there that I was thinking about becoming a Personal Trainer, or at least getting certified. I guess I still have that Unfit Girl Mentality, because the first thing that went through my mind was "are you kidding me? *me* be a trainer? HA!" But I got such great support... Spark is helping me to see who I've become instead of clinging to who I once was.

I think it's important not to forget where we started, but it's just as (or more) important to embrace the people we've become.

So you all have inspired me to do some horn-tooting here.

Why I'd Be a Great Trainer
- I have great form when I do weights.
- I'm very organized.
- I'm super positive! (Which isn't everyone's cup of tea, but there are people out there who would want that!)
- I have my own story of eating right and working out to get to a healthy weight. No pills! No crazy diets! Just hard work, proving that it CAN be done!
- I'm very interested in how the body works. Since I started going to the chiropractor and running, I've been fascinated by everything working together like it does.

What a great goal this would be for me... I'm going to ask my gym tonight what they look for when they hire a trainer (certifications), and go from there.

- water water water (I'm back to wearing my Silly Bands, and they helped SO much yesterday)
- Yoga after school (snow, please stay away until *after* my yoga class)
- Cross some piddly stuff off my to-do list

Have a super day!


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SPLASHDOG1 1/25/2011 1:44PM

    I'd hire you! I agree, sparker support is really outstanding! Good luck with your certification process and definitely let us know how it goes!

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GSDMIKE 1/25/2011 1:18PM

    Good luck with the PT certification. I guess some day I could see myself being a running coach, but I'd probably even need to learn how to hold a dumbbell before I could do that.

And I think you'll find that there are a lot of people who want a positive PT, not a drill sergeant.

"Drop and give me 50, you slimy worm!!!"

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ONECOOKIETWO 1/25/2011 11:28AM

I think you WOULD be absolutely great as a personal trainer. And if some people are put off off by super-postive people,then that's their problem. And I do believe that anyone who is put off, may quite well have a weight problem that they can't seem to resolve successfully.
Keep me posted on your success in this new field!

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    emoticon I say go for it.

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PINKCOCONUT 1/25/2011 10:06AM

    And then you can move to Toronto and be MY personal trainer!!!!

I like this idea!

But seriously though, I think it's a great idea. You'll be awesome!

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PSHANKEY 1/25/2011 9:15AM

    Please let us know how it goes.

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COOPSM 1/25/2011 9:06AM

    Carrie----awesome!!! I must have missed that blog about thinking of becoming a would do great with it......
Love it and hope you pursue it....

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SEPPIESUSAN 1/25/2011 8:37AM

    I can't imagine that being super positive would ever be unhelpful for a personal trainer. Sounds like you have all the right qualities to me. Exciting!!

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RAWKNRUN 1/25/2011 8:24AM

  THat's how I started! I have been working at my gym for about a year and a half now!

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CASSIOEPIA 1/25/2011 7:56AM

    ((but I thought you were secretly wishing for snow - giggles))

I love your positive-ness, and think it would be a great asset for a trainer. Congratulations on taking this step forward. You are no longer that unhealthy, unfit person. You are a strong woman, very capable of helping others to reach their goals. SHOOT FOR THE MOON!

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BIGDOG18 1/25/2011 7:55AM

  Good luck!!

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